WINONA — A woman made her first appearance in Winona County District Court Monday for charges that include the alleged possession of methamphetamine paraphernalia in the presence of child.

Courtney Nicole Williams, 28, was charged with storage of methamphetamine paraphernalia in the presence of a child and fifth-degree controlled substance possession, both felony charges and possession of drug paraphernalia, a petty misdemeanor.

Officers executed a search warrant at Williams’ home on July 29, 2016; at the time Williams was home with her two children, according to the criminal complaint.

Officers found “within ten feet of the trace methamphetamine and paraphernalia” was a child’s race car bed. Officers concluded the methamphetamine was “accessible to children inside the home,” according to the complaint.

Also in the house was 26-year-old Andrew Hansen Anderson III.

Inside the back bedroom there was a zipper pouch on the floor near the door, and another on a nightstand next to the bed. Inside was a pipe, digital scale and tubes. A portion of the white residue on the scales tested positive for methamphetamine, according to the complaint.

When Williams and Anderson were told they were under arrest, Williams pleaded with Anderson to “take responsibility” for the items found in the bedroom. Anderson asked how he could be arrested when Williams claimed the bedroom as hers.

Williams told her probation agent that the back bedroom was hers, according to the complaint.

Williams history includes an April 2014 conviction for the presence of drug paraphernalia and two 2012 convictions for fifth-degree controlled substance crime, one in April and another in September.

The maximum sentence for fifth-degree possession of methamphetamine is 10 years in prison adn a $20,000 fine, the minimum is six months in jail. The maximum sentence for the storage of methamphetamine paraphernalia in the presence of a child is five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Both are felonies.

The maximum sentence for possession of drug paraphernalia, a petty misdemeanor, is a $300 fine.

 

 

 

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The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled that David Donald, 33, of Graham, who was recently found dead in a church clothing donation box, died of methamphetamine intoxication according to a press release from Graham Police Chief Tony Widner.thwretwytwy

The Graham Police Department was waiting on the toxicology reports, which showed that elevated levels of methamphetamine were detected in Donald’s system. His body was found on July 2, 2016, when Graham PD responded to a suspicious circumstances report that resulted in the finding of the body at the Loving Highway Church of Christ.

Mr. Donald was found in the clothing collection box wearing nothing but a pair of shorts and a preliminary examination of the body did not reveal any indications of injury, violence or foul play. The investigation will be closed according to Widner, and there was no evidence to discount that Donald had climed into the box on his own.

 

 

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FRANKLIN, Ky. (AP) – An autopsy of a Franklin man who went missing shows that he died of acute methamphetamine intoxication.

Warren County Deputy Coroner David Goens tells The Daily News that 37-year-old David Aycock’s death is the first methamphetamine overdose death recorded in Warren County this year.

The Kentucky State Police said in a news release that they found Aycock’s body on June 16 in a wooded area in Warren County about 100 feet from a roadway.

Aycock was reported missing by family the previous day.

 

 

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Emergency crews are on the scene of a possible meth lab at an apartment complex in Horry County.ghrthswhgsghsgh

Fire crews were originally called to a structure fire around 5:15 a.m. Wednesday at the Plantation Apartments in Socastee on Rittenhouse Road.

Police on scene said they believe they are investigating a possible meth lab after something ‘blew up’ inside the apartment.

Multiple people are in the hospital in connection to the incident, according to police on scene.

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BISMARCK — Overcrowding, meth and black mold were among the issues pushed forward as U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro met with tribal leaders in Bismarck Tuesday to discuss housing challenges on reservations in the state.

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., invited Castro to the Northern Plains Housing Summit at the Ramada Inn to hear from tribes about an overall lack of

TOM STROMME/Tribune U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, left, speaks with Willard Yellow Bird, right, and Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), center, in Bismarck on Tuesday. Yellow Bird, a city of Fargo employee, told Sec. Castro not to forget urban Native American people and noted 33 percent of homeless people in the Fargo area are Native American.

U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, left, speaks with Willard Yellow Bird, right, and Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), center, in Bismarck on Tuesday. Yellow Bird, a city of Fargo employee, told Sec. Castro not to forget urban Native American people and noted 33 percent of homeless people in the Fargo area are Native American.

housing as well as a need to test home environments for amphetamines.

“What I heard today is that we need to look at sometimes barriers that exist in our housing programs that make it difficult for tribes to take advantage of those programs,” Castro said to reporters after meeting with tribal leaders.

This was the second time Castro visited North Dakota, first visiting Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation in 2014. Heitkamp invited Castro to visit North Dakota again last October to continue the discussion.

“We are in crisis in housing in Indian Country,” Heitkamp said. “We need to find new and better solutions.”

Chairman Dave Flute, of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Tribe, said he sees families stacked in two-bedroom, one-bathroom homes. There are 13,000 members in his tribe, and about 7,000 people living on the reservation.

“We don’t have near the amount of homes we need. It’s such a large problem. It’s a complex problem,” said Flute, who noted every tribe faces different challenges when it comes to housing.

“We do share some commonality with the mold, the meth and the lack of housing,” he said.

On the Lake Traverse Indian Reservation, mold already has made its way into housing built about six years ago.

“Why is there mold in there already? Is it because of the materials we’re getting to build those homes? I don’t know,” said Flute, suggesting education of tribal members on how to take care of their homes also would be helpful.

“We need the technical assistance to educate and to teach not just the people that are going to live in those homes or rent those homes, but I also believe and would argue that our boards need that technical assistance, too,” he said.

Jody Ground, acting director of housing at Fort Berthold, said his tribe’s main concern is on funding for the upkeep of more than 730 units on the reservation, as well as for methamphetamine testing.

“We have no new projects for the next year because we’re just trying to maintain the stuff that we do have at this time,” Ground said.

About two years ago, tribal members developed a methamphetamine remediation program, in which unoccupied units were tested prior to renting them to ensure there’s no methamphetamine.

“If they do come back positive and there is methamphetamine in there, then we go in and remediate them to the recommended EPA standard,” Ground said.

But there’s no federal funding available to recoup the costs for methamphetamine testing, he said. The remediation program comes from the tribe’s own budget.

Ground said he’s talked with other tribes who have methamphetamine programs in effect, some for more than 10 years.

“Every time I’ve spoken to any of them the same thing comes up, we have no funding to recoup our costs as part of our remediation,” he said.

Methamphetamine use has become a nationwide problem, not just on reservations. Ground said he’s also concerned because there aren’t any long-term studies done on the effects of methamphetamine in a home.

“It’s such a new thing, and we’re having to deal with it now more reactive instead of proactive,” he said.

After meeting with tribal leaders, Castro said he also heard of difficulties tribes have with matching grants from HUD or other agencies.

“That matching component … is difficult for a tribe to come up with,” Castro said. “That’s the kind of very helpful information that we can take and look at.”

Other solutions include marrying job skills development in Indian Country with the need in housing, Heitkamp said.

“There’s no doubt that we have a huge need for housing. There’s no doubt that we have a huge need for development of job skills, and this is just a perfect place,” she said.

To do this, there needs to be funding, she said.

“We need to be creative. It’s not just all going to come from the federal government, we’ve got to look a public-private partnerships, and we know that there’s been places where this has worked very well,” Heitkamp said.

For example, a tribe in Omaha, Neb., started a project on a housing unit there in Detroit Lakes, she said.

“They’re developing skills there and they’re using that as a tribal corporation to basically build housing,” Heitkamp said.

The project is funded through repayment, including recruiting people to live and work on a reservation and pay a mortgage or rent.

Often workers who come to work at the reservation leave because they have no place to stay, she said.

“We’ve got to look at expanding opportunities,” Heitkamp said.

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Three men are in the custody of U.S. Marshals, each being accused of attempted possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

Federal court documents indicate the scheme has connections to California and Mexico. And, it’s highlighting the growing problem, that more and more meth is making its way into Indiana from across the border.

The parking lot of a Little Caesar’s at 10th and Lynhurst on the west side is where a drug deal of roughly 22 pounds of Mexican meth would’ve gone down, had authorities in Texas not acted first.

“That’s disturbing. It’s disturbing everywhere you go today,” said Gregory Lee, “It could be a shoot-out, the police trying to raid somebody.”

A Texas State Trooper stopped a car on Tuesday, July 26 in Carson County, Texas on a traffic violation and found the drugs.

The driver agreed to cooperate with police and became a cooperating witness. The driver said they got the meth from a Hispanic man in Long Beach, California, with orders to deliver it to Indianapolis.

Investigators would prep the drugs for a controlled delivery in the 10th and Lynhurst shopping center parking lot on Wednesday, July 27.

When the deal moved into motion, authorities arrested their first suspect, Jose Zazueta. Federal documents indicate he told them a guy in Mexico named “Mario” got him across the border in Tijuana a couple of months ago. Then, he came to Indianapolis.

Zazueta said “Mario” called in favors. His job was to deliver drugs and get Mario his money.

Authorities and another informant then went to a far east side home in the 2200 block of Spann Avenue, where investigators arrested John Carmichael as he tried to take possession of some of the supposed methamphetamine. Federal documents indicate investigators searched the home and found money, more meth, and a gun.

Neighbors said drug dealing is common in the area. One woman was so scared to speak, we hid her identity.

“Cars buying dope all night out in front of our homes,” she said, “I don’t sit on my porch after dark at all.”

Federal authorities would pick up suspect number three, Angel Roman, at a Speedway gas station on the near west side. Documents indicate he had $25,000 on him and was an intermediary supplier, with Carmichael as one of his clients.

Just Monday night at our Indy Crime Chat, U.S Attorney Josh Minkler said, in general, the influx of drugs from Mexico, is a major problem.

“Now for Indianapolis, it comes directly from the southwestern border, so there are bigger drug organizations that are shipping massive quantities of drugs into Indianapolis,” he said.

Indiana State Police said in recent years users have been making less methamphetamine at home because of the risks involved and instead seeking it from Mexico because it’s cheaper and easy to get.

They said an alleged ring like this one is likely just one of several hundred going on in the state now.

The three men appeared before a U.S. magistrate judge on Tuesday and waived their initial and detention hearings. Federal prosecutors have 30 days to seek an indictment against them before a federal grand jury.

 

 

Feds intercept 22-pound west side meth deal with ties to California, Mexico

 

Concerned by the notable increase (around 25 percent) in the number of Whanganui district residents diagnosed with amphetamine-related disorders, Whanganui District Health Board health promotion officer Chester Penaflor is warning the community about how dangerous methamphetamine use can be.

“Because we’re seeing increasing numbers of people seeking help with their ‘meth’ addiction, I’m setting out very clearly the dangers this drug poses and the effects it has on those addicted to it,” Mr Penaflor says.

“As a person’s tolerance of the drug increases, so too do their problems. A person who starts smoking it can move on to injecting themselves, which increases the risk of blood-borne infectious diseases such as HIV, AIDS and Hepatitis.

“Meth users experience work and study difficulties due to staying up late for extended periods of time, loss of energy, increased number of days calling in sick, and losing all sense of responsibility due to the power of their addiction.

“The psychological effects of methamphetamine can include anxiety, depression, paranoia, aggressiveness and development of irrational and violent behaviours. A physical symptom is skin irritability and the need to constantly scratch, which can lead to sores that become infected. And there is the cost which can reach $500 a week for those who develop a habit.”

Mr Penaflor says clinicians are hearing that methamphetamine is becoming easier to access through social media, encrypted websites, overseas suppliers and globally connected networks.

His colleagues tell him social isolation can be a big issue for some users so having supportive whanau/family who are prepared to stand by them as they go through treatment, can make a huge difference.

“It’s important to have a structured recovery programme after a user has been through treatment,” Mr Penaflor says. This might include exercise, a good diet, connecting with positive people, and keeping themselves occupied and motivated – advice that is a key part of what our Alcohol and Other Drugs Service provide for meth users and their supporters.

“There are a number of services which meth users and their families/whānau can contact. The Alcohol Drug Helpline can be contacted on 0800 787 797 for free and confidential support for anyone concerned about their own or another person’s drug use.”

 

 

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An affidavit filed in the Michael Terry Todd rape case details allegations made by the 10-year-old victim in the case. The girl told authorities the 56-year-old Peel man sexually assaulted her multiple times and photographed her in a sexualized manner on multiple occasions, threatening to kill her 636056640645378904-Michael-Terry-Toddfamily if she told anyone.

According to an affidavit filed by Sgt. Perry Deese of the Flippin Police Department, the girl finally told an aunt and an uncle of the alleged abuse, touching off the investigation. As part of the investigation, the little girl was interviewed at Grandam’s House, a Harrison facility designed to allow non-threatening interviews of children in a warm environment. A digital recording was made of the interview and notes were taken by Susie King of the Crimes Against Children Division of the Arkansas State Police.

During the interview, the girl described four separate incidents of sexual abuse. The first allegedly occurred during spring break of last year. The girl said she was at Todd’s house taking a bath when he entered the bathroom.

Todd then allegedly disrobed and got into the tub with the girl where he touched her inappropriately, telling her she would “love it” when she grew up. The girl told authorities she told Todd to stop and when he wouldn’t, she got out of the tub, put her clothes on and ran away from the home for two hours. Eventually, she returned to the home and slept on the porch.

The next incident reportedly occurred when the girl fell asleep in Todd’s bedroom while watching a movie. She told authorities she woke up to find her pants and underwear down and Todd sexually abusing her while a “sex movie” played in the background.

On the third occasion, the girl told authorities Todd made her go “skinny dipping” with him. While in the water, Todd allegedly sexually assaulted the girl. Todd reportedly told the little girl a surgery prevented him from functioning fully. The girl told authorities Todd had a visible mark due to the surgery. In the final assault, the girl said Todd made her touch him.

On other occasions, the girl alleged Todd took pictures of her. On some occasions, Todd allegedly forced the girl to wear adult lingerie and a dress. On other occasions, she said Todd photographed her when she did not have on clothes. When Todd photographed her, the girl said he forced her to act like a stripper or a model.

Authorities say they found evidence in Todd’s home that corroborates her allegations of sexual abuse.

The girl said she saw guns in the house and said Todd also had drugs in the home.

Todd was arrested last week after authorities obtained a warrant for his arrest on a charge of rape. During a traffic stop, Flippin police reported finding methamphetamine, oxycodone, a gun and cash. A later search of his Peel residence found guns, marijuana plants, marijuana, acid, hallucinogenic mushrooms, prescription pills and $85,000 worth of meth.

Todd faces multiple charges in connection with the drugs. He also faces Class Y felony charges of rape and simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms. The Class Y felonies could mean a potential sentence of life in prison. Todd remains in the Marion County jail in lieu of a $180,000 bond.

 

 

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A compliance check by probation officers led to the discovery of a methamphetamine lab Friday and one person is now facing charges.

Tammy McFarland Blair, 49, of Deep Water Road, was charged with 579f8fd1e4074_imagemanufacture of methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine precursors. Bond was set at $30,000.

This was first of two meth labs found Friday, said Iredell Sheriff Darren Campbell.

The case on Deep Water began when probation officers went to the home for a compliance check and discovered what appeared to be parts of a meth lab, Campbell said. Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Investigators were called to assist.

Campbell said narcotics detectives are certified to verify and mitigate clandestine labs. They inspected the items found by the probation officers and determined they were part of a meth manufacturing operation, he said. A search revealed additional items needed to make meth, he said.

Iredell County Environmental Services was called in and reported that the house was uninhabitable until it could be cleaned and certified as safe. Iredell County Animals Services also came concerning the safety of several animals on the property, Campbell said.

As a result, Blair was arrested. Campbell said she has a criminal history, including attempted child abuse, possession of Schedule II, possession of drug paraphernalia and multiple driving while license is revoked counts.

The second meth lab was discovered Friday afternoon when a landlord was cleaning a manufactured home on Darlene Lane, south of Harmony, Campbell said.

Indications were that meth was manufactured at the home, which had been vacant for a few weeks.

The N.C. State Bureau of Investigation responded to help mitigate the meth lab, and during the process, the investigation kept growing, Campbell said. By 7 p.m., detectives discovered the remnants of nearly 200 “one-pot” meth cooking containers – mostly plastic soda bottles, he said.

Some of the bottles were found buried in a wooded area behind the house, and because of the possibility of contamination, the Environmental Protection Agency is expected to come to the property to take soil samples, Campbell said.

No arrests have been made.

The investigation will focus on the former tenants, Campbell said, and charges are likely to be filed this week.

He said this was one of the largest meth labs in Iredell County in recent history.

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Oroville police found more than half a pound of methamphetamine during a traffic stop Sunday near Highway 70, officers said.ryrhrhrahrhswh

The driver of the 1991 Mercury sedan, 52-year-old Kelly Johnson of Oroville, was subsequently arrested on suspicion of possession of meth for sales, transportation of meth for sales and an outstanding warrant for allegedly driving with a suspended driver’s license, according to a press release.

The police stopped the Johnson on Nelson Avenue, near Highway 70, and searched her car and belongings, according to the h4rwety ywg gwrelease. The search yielded 319 grams of methamphetamine.

Johnson’s was taken to Butte County Jail in Oroville. Her bail was set at $151,000.

 

 

 

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A Shinnston woman was arrested Thursday after she allegedly caught a Country Club Motor Lodge room on fire while making methamphetamine. 11152638_G

Lisa Brady, 39, was staying at the lodge on Locust Avenue in Fairmont when it caught fire, according to the Fairmont Police Department.
When crews arrived on scene, they found the fire to be suspicious because it was confined to the bathtub.
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A Shinnston woman was arrested Thursday after she allegedly caught a Country Club Motor Lodge room on fire while making methamphetamine.

Lisa Brady, 39, was staying at the lodge on Locust Avenue in Fairmont when it caught fire, according to the Fairmont Police Department.

When crews arrived on scene, they found the fire to be suspicious because it was confined to the bathtub. Vertical burn marks were visible on the bathtub walls, and surgical tubing, coffee filters, an uncapped syringe, and aluminum foil were found in the room, police said.

After further investigation, police found a trash bag, outside of Brady’s room, that contained ammonium crystals from cold compress packs, lithium battery casings, lithium strips, a lighter fluid cap, flip-top sandwich bags, a melted/burnt shower curtain, burnt towels, a receipt from Food Lion for two containers of butane lighter fluid, and a handwritten shopping list on a note card, according to court documents.

Police said Brady can also be seen on Food Lion surveillance video purchasing the lighter fluid on the same day as the fire.

Brady is charged with attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory.

 

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OKLAHOMA CITYA 29-year-old woman was booked into the Oklahoma County Jail last week on drug charges after a detention officer found meth during a strip search.

Police were called around 5:40 p.m. Wednesday to the 7100 block of randi-alison-monsour-mug-jpgNorthwest Expressway about a woman on a bike possibly stealing a computer. Officers found the woman, identified as Randi Monsour, but a laptop in her backpack did not match the description of the one that was taken, according to a police report.

Police found that Monsour had a warrant issued for her arrest, so they took her into custody, the report said. She told officers that she wanted to pick up some items from her motel room, so they took her to the motel and put her belongings into the squad car.

While Monsour was searched at the Oklahoma City Jail, a detention officer found a purple and white contact lens case hidden in her genitals, the report said. The case had a blue-green pill, a plastic bag containing crystal meth and a cotton ball that had absorbed a liquid substance. The cotton ball tested positive for meth.

Monsour was taken to an area hospital to be cleared because of high blood sugar before being booked into the Oklahoma County Jail.

She was booked on a misdemeanor charge of possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of contraband in a penal institution. Her bond was set at $5,000.

 

 

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JOSEPH, MO (WCMH) — Two Missouri parents are facing charges after their daughter ingested drugs for a second time.

Jean Mangus and Scottie Briner called medics after their daughter began yukutktyurukacting funny,’ according to court documents.

The girl was taken by helicopter to a children’s hospital where she tested positive for methamphetamine and oxycodone.

The girl was then removed from the home.

According to police, the home was filthy and infested with bugs.

A neighbor told KQTV that police had been called to the home multiple times for noise complaints.

Warrants were issued for the arrest of the parents.

 

 

Parents charged after 3-year-old tests positive for drugs

 

A Glenpool woman allegedly hid $47.53 worth of Sand Springs Walmart merchandise in her purse and had a bag of methamphetamine in her wallet when police searched her this week.

Emily Booher, 26, selected several items before she hid some in her purse in the toys section, according to an incident report.

Booher purchased $9.95 worth of items at a self-checkout, but didn’t attempt to pay for the concealed items, according to a report.

A store employee spoke to Booher and recovered 11 items totaling $47.53, a report states.

Booher admitted she’d stolen from Wal-Mart, according to a report.

Police found a bag with methamphetamine inside while they were searching her wallet, a report states.

Booher was arrested on complaints of possession of a schedule II controlled dangerous substance and petty larceny.

 

 

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MOULTRIE, Ga. — Colquitt County sheriff’s deputies charged a Colquitt County Jail inmate Saturday in connection with suspected methamphetamine that jailers found during a security check.

James Edward Kastelic, 45, 1265 Doc Darbyshire Road, was charged Saturday with items prohibited for possession by inmates and possession of methamphetamine.

The charges were in connection with a clear, crystal-like substance found in Kastelic’s bedding, along with his inmate ID and mail addressed to him, a sheriff’s office report said. The discovery was made during a security search of the inmate housing area July 24.

 

 

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PORT ORCHARD — A 55-year-old man found Saturday by police naked in Evergreen-Rotary Park in Bremerton, lying on a trail and masturbating, was charged Monday in Kitsap County District Court with possession of meth.

Police were called to the park at about 5 p.m. after a man walking his dog near the Kitsap 9/11 Memorial reported the lewd behavior, according to court documents. He also was found in possession of a small amount of meth and admitted to using the drug before being contacted by the officer.

The man initially argued the location was private.

“I argued that it was very public hence the man walking his dog who happened upon (the suspect) masturbating,” the officer wrote in court documents.

 

 

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Scott Anthony Roll, a union pipe fitter and father of two charged with meth possession, says he needs the drug treatment option offered by Yellowstone County District Court.

The 44-year-old Roll was one of more than 500 people arrested in 2015 on meth charges in Yellowstone County. Felony possession charges in 579fe73cb9c20_imageYellowstone County more than tripled between 2011 and 2015.

In response, Yellowstone County Attorney Scott Twito has proposed a drug intervention program to help “front load” treatment resources and speed up the time it takes to get someone new to the criminal justice system back into society.

“In the time they are waiting for trial, a large portion of drug offenders will pick up a new set of charges,” the prosecutor said. This delays justice and increases the number of cases in an already overcrowded court system.

A drug intervention program will allow for relapses associated with meth addiction without resulting in more charges, Twito said. It will also speed up how long it takes to get someone sentenced and into supervision or treatment.

In a study of 17 courts using post-adjudication programs like the one Twito is proposing, 13 of the courts saw a reduction in recidivism ranging between four to 25 percent, according to a 2010 Government Accountability Office study.

Twito said he chose a post-adjudication program because there was already funding for treatment through the state. A deferred prosecution program would require the county to pay for treatment.

The program would include an evaluation for prior convictions, addiction history and general demographic information. Any felony history that involves a crime against a person will most likely disqualify someone from the program.

If a person does qualify, they will be asked to plead guilty to their crime at arraignment, Twito said. In exchange, they would have a chance for almost immediate treatment.

A typical first-time felony drug conviction in Yellowstone County leads to a three-year deferred sentence and a chance at some treatment programs. However, during their deferred sentence, even a probation violation can lead to new drug charges.

Under Twito’s plan, the deferred sentence could be reduced to two years with the potential to serve only half that sentence if the person completes the intervention program early. During that time, drug relapses wouldn’t always result in charges.

“From the research I’ve seen, methamphetamine addiction begins to change a person’s lifestyle between 40 to 90 days after their first use,” Twito said. “This program is meant to recognize those people before the addiction takes hold.”

If the person has a previous conviction, they may still qualify for the program, but by statute they would be entitled to only a suspended sentence. They could be released from their sentence after completing the intervention program and serving two-thirds of the suspended sentence.

Treatment options would be determined through a second evaluation after sentencing.

“You want the person to be successful,” Twito said.

After Roll was jailed, he began treatment through an outpatient program as part of Yellowstone County District Judge Ingrid Gustafson’s drug offender treatment court.

Gustafson’s court can take 20 participants and shares the goal of preventing a relapse from resulting in more charges. If a participant is terminated from drug court, he or she generally has their sentence revoked and is brought back before a judge.

The seven months Roll spent in jail made it easier to kick his addiction, he said. Once back on the job site, he would have easy access to meth.

“Guys making $1,500 to $3,000 a week, you can find any drug you want on a construction site,” he said.

“When you put them in jail, you aren’t helping people,” Roll said. “You’re just making them better criminals.”

When they get released, they’ll just go back to what they know, Roll said.

Roll would not have qualified for Twito’s program because he committed thefts in order to cover up the gambling problem related to his meth addiction. Roll said when he was on meth he felt he was “on top of the world.”

His wife, Christy Roll, 46, said it strained their marriage. Watching her husband take up the option of treatment helped her to support him through his struggle.

“You see that he wants to do better,” Christy Roll said. “He doesn’t want to jump back into that world.”

Twito plans to reach out to the criminal defense bar, including public defenders, to hear their thoughts on the program. He still needs further approval from the Department of Corrections and the Yellowstone County judges before starting the program.

While awaiting sentencing, the drug convict will be required to be on some type of monitoring, something that will need to be funded through the county, Twito said.

He plans to start small and re-evaluate the plan in the months after it is initiated.

“We can’t continue to combat this problem the way we have,” Twito said. “We’ve got to try something.”

 

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Jane Maxwell

A decade ago, methamphetamine was a major problem across the nation because of the availability of ephedrine and other cold medicines to make the drug. After these medicines were regulated in 2005-2006, there was a decrease in meth production and indicators of use and misuse dropped.

But now, a new methamphetamine epidemic is quietly rising in the Southern and Western states, all while media headlines and lawmakers focus on increasing deaths due to heroin and prescription pain pills. I have studied patterns of substance abuse for more than 40 years.

This new methamphetamine epidemic appears intertwined with increases in yet another problem: sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV.

What has happened is that we have a new precursor, phenyl-2-propanone (P2P), which is used by Mexican drug cartels to make methamphetamine. When made with P2P, meth is much more potent and has more ability to produce greater intoxication and enhanced dependence.

And the problem is getting worse. In 2015, 91 percent of methamphetamine tested in forensic laboratories in the U.S. was made with P2P from Mexico. Because of the demand in the U.S., the kilogram amount seized at the Mexico border increased 37 percent between 2010 and 2015. Last year, the Dallas and Houston DEA divisions ranked methamphetamine among the top two drug threats in their areas, similar to Atlanta and Los Angeles.

More available methamphetamine means more misuse and overdoses. In Texas, the number of people being admitted to treatment programs has doubled, as has the number of calls to poison centers specifically due to meth overdose. Methamphetamine has become the major drug problem in areas of Texas that previously were dominated by heroin.

The methamphetamine epidemic is also going hand in hand with another troubling trend: increasing rates of sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV, particularly among young men who have sex with men.

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study shows that the proportion of men who have sex with men and use meth has gone up in the last five years.

Is there a link between these two trends? The problem seems to be that meth use in this population encourages risky or unprotected sex.

Texas HIV outreach workers have reported that methamphetamine use, particularly crystal meth, is “spiking” among young men who meet male partners through global-positioning-system-based apps such as Grindr, Scruff, and Jack’d.

We need to confront these intertwined epidemics of methamphetamine and HIV immediately. Although behavioral treatments have shown usefulness in improving treatment adherence for individuals with meth dependence, there are no medications approved to treat methamphetamine craving and dependence.

There still is no cure for AIDS, but there is at least one drug, a pre-exposure prophylaxis, that, if taken exactly as prescribed, can prevent infection by the HIV virus. Studies have shown the risk of getting HIV infection is lower if the pill is taken daily, safe sex practices are used, and condoms are used during any kind of sex.

The solution is education and advocacy. Users of methamphetamine and those engaging in risky sex must understand the dangers in which they are placing themselves and their friends.

We all need to remember the lessons that those who survived the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s learned the hard way. Through regular use of condoms and medication compliance — that is, taking the pre-exposure prophylaxis drug daily — we can prevent another potential AIDS epidemic.

 

Jane Maxwell is a research professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin.

http://www.eastbaytimes.com/opinion/ci_30195175/commentary-america-has-new-methamphetamine-problem-east-bay

 

Customs officers have seized $20 million of methamphetamine hidden in spatula sets imported into New Zealand.1470099107858

A 23-year-old Hong Kong national has been arrested over the seizure and appeared in Auckland District Court on Tuesday.

Customs said the arrested followed the interception in July of an air cargo pallet of spatula sets from Hong Kong that were packed with methamphetamine or P.

Each of the 80 brightly coloured 24-piece spatula box sets had about 250 grams of P hidden in it.1470099107858f

Customs investigations manager Maurice O’Brien said the spatula bust was another significant seizure involving ever-changing concealment methods.

The agency’s “targeting systems” helped it take quick action leading to the man arrest on Monday night on Auckland’s North Shore.

“Customs places a lot of emphasis on understanding the international [drug] supply chain and works closely with international enforcement partners around the world.

“These relationships work well and are absolutely necessary for dismantling syndicates and providing interception capability off-shore to tackle the root of the supply chain,” O’Brien said.

The spatula bust is the latest in a string of huge drug hauls in New Zealand.

In June, police to seized a record 500 kilograms of P worth more than $448 million after finding a boat abandoned at 90 Mile Beach – a local tipped-off police after a group of people requested help launching a boat.

 

 

 

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/82726794/Hong-Kong-man-arrested-in-20m-meth-bust

 

On July 31, 2016 at approximately 0230 hours, Officers with the Fortuna Police Department conducted a probation search on a motel room located in the 800 Block of Main Street. During the search of the motel room, officer located 10.5 grams of methamphetamine packaged in small quantities for sale as well as other26185c1f944d8a3702b8afb2e3559863 items related to the sale of controlled substances. Stored with the methamphetamine, officer also located a pellet gun with its orange tip removed to resemble a real firearm.

As a result, officers arrested Silverio Sanchez (age 22 of Fortuna, CA) and Brook Roll (age 43 of Fortuna, CA).

After the arrest, an additional 96.67 grams of methamphetamine was located concealed in Sanchez’s groin area.

14efc332217e30345b74a83a3e7f4687As a result Silverio Sanchez was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on the following charges.

• Possession of a Controlled Substance For Sale
• Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
• Violation of Probation

Brook Roll was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on the following charges:

• Possession of a Controlled Substance• Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

 

 

https://lostcoastoutpost.com/2016/jul/31/meth-dealership-based-main-street-motel-busted-for/

 

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – The Kern County Sheriff’s department said a methamphetamine lab was found inside a home in the 4200 block of Rosewall Street after reports of a domestic dispute call inside the residence.

Officials arrived on scene shortly after 9 a.m when they discovered an unidentified subject threatening a victim with a handgun.  Meth_house_discovery_in_SW_Bakersfield_0_43470989_ver1_0_640_480

Officials then surrounded the home, withdrew their weapons and asked everyone to surrender.

KCSO says approximately eight people exited the home and were detained.

Officials confirm there were juveniles inside the residence at the time of the incident.

While officials were inside the residence, they located a methamphetamine lab and arrested at least one person.

KCSO’s narcotics division and Kern County Environmental Health are assisting in this investigation.

 

 

http://www.turnto23.com/news/local-news/meth-lab-found-in-sw-bakersfield-home

 

Organized criminal gangs are targeting casinos in tribal jurisdictions to facilitate drug sales and sex trafficking, and drugs are being trafficked by large non-Native organizations with international ties, according to a new study examining methamphetamine use and implications in tribal communities.

Methamphetamine continues to be a substantial problem for tribal communities, though abuse of prescription pills could soon surpass methamphetamine use, according to the study.amy_proctor_right_and_candice_mccollum_work_on_a_report_about_impact_of_meth_in_indian_country_-_courtesy_photo

The study, which examines the trafficking, distribution and use of methamphetamine and other dangerous drugs in Indian country, involved interviews with law enforcement and social service providers from 10 Native American tribes in the western United States.

Seventy percent of respondents said casinos in tribal jurisdictions are targeting for drug deals and sex trafficking. High rates of larceny, burglary, sexual assault, child and elderly abuse and sex trafficking are also directly associated with the distribution and use of methamphetamine in Indian country, according to the study.

“Meth is unlike any other drug because of the harm it inflicts on people other than the user,” said study head researcher Amy Proctor, a criminal justice professor at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, and a member of the Cherokee Nation. “The level of abuse and neglect associated with meth are staggering and heart-wrenching. Meth use is destroying entire generations of Native Americans.”

The study was part of a larger tribal methamphetamine initiative and funded through the Department of Justice, Community Oriented Policing Services, Proctor said. Though she is not able to say which tribes took part in the research, she said tribes located near known drug corridors were considered for inclusion in the study. Proctor and research assistant Candice McCollum traveled more than 10,000 miles to visit the tribes and research participants.

Proctor said that cartels are also engage in human trafficking and prostitution. They are specifically targeting Native American women, she said.

“They will develop romantic relationships with Native women and oftentimes move into their homes located on reservations and begin to deal drugs to tribal members,” she said. “Geographic location and isolation, poverty and a lack of police resources also make Native communities more vulnerable to exploitation by outside forces.”

McCollum added that the remoteness of many tribal communities seems to play a major factor in why they are targeted.

“The amount of land and people that participants tried to cover was astonishing,” she said.

The study examined the large-scale impact meth had on the communities. In one example, Proctor said, a tribe tested its housing for methamphetamine contamination and found that 30 percent of the units were contaminated and uninhabitable because of the smoke that seeped into the walls, ceilings and carpets. Drug users had also pillaged the units for metal and copper so they could sell pieces to buy drugs, particularly methamphetamine.

“The tribe was losing thousands and thousands of dollars in rent and having to spend thousands more to repair the damaged structures,” Proctor said. “The tribal leaders also reported that they had hundreds of people on the waiting list for housing.”

The study also noted how meth affects violence. Though violent crime in Indian country due to meth is not the norm, according to the study, it was severe when it did occur. In one instance, a 13-year-old girl was raped by her brother and two friends and received a hatchet to the head. She survived but lost motor skills.

“The doctors don’t know if she will recover them with time or not. The offenders were 14 years old,” according to the example in the study.

Still, some communities seem to be making headway with the problems, and they all had several actions in common, Proctor said.

“Substance abuse problems were approached as a community problem rather than problems impacting individuals,” Proctor said. “The departments we interviewed had decent working relationships with each other. They may not always agree on the approach, but laid aside personal feelings in order to better the whole.”

In tribal communities where substance abuse was viewed as less of a problem, a sense of togetherness was evident, she said, as well as a strong sense of leadership, whether it from tribal elders or the transferring of knowledge from one elected official to the next.

 

 

 

http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2016/08/01/gangs-sex-trafficking-and-meth-interconnected-indian-country-165319

 
 

Methamphetamine use on the rise in Maine

Posted: 1st August 2016 by Doc in Uncategorized

It’s typically the opiate crisis that dominates regional drug-related news. But stories about meth labs have been increasing in Maine due to the dramatic increase in labs and dump sites discovered over the past few years.thkieath[itrophk[rwhhj

Already this year, Maine law enforcement agencies have located 61 percent more labs and dump sites than in all of 2015 with five more months remaining in the year. Maine State Police spokesman Stephen McCausland said, as of Thursday, there have been 90 labs and dump sites so far this year. Last year, there were 56; in 2014, there were 37. In 2009, officials found one meth lab statewide.

Dump sites have become so frequent that state police issued an advisory in July to warn the public from picking up plastic soda bottles that contained “white residue inside or other material that does not look like soda” or if the bottle is enlarged and disfigured from its normal size.

“If it doesn’t look right, leave it alone,” McCausland said of the bottles.

Items used to make meth can endanger anyone who comes into contact with them. Chemicals may enter the body by being inhaled, consumed, injected by a contaminated needle or accidental skin prick, or absorbed by the skin. Children are especially vulnerable to the health problems caused by exposure to meth chemicals in homes and apartments.

Soda bottles are used as miniature meth labs to mix ingredients to make meth. It’s called “one-pot meth” or the “shake n’ bake” method. After making the product, bottles seem to be disposed in random places.

Meth is not known for the overdose death counts seen with opiates, but it kills the body over time.

The process of making meth can pose a much more immediate danger than the drug itself. Home-based labs are common and can be extremely dangerous and are known for causing explosions, fires and deaths. Amateur chemists can create the substance from using over-the-counter drugs mixed with a variety of items including nail polish, lithium and sulfuric acid in short order. Fires are not uncommon. A state fire marshal in Maine found evidence of a meth lab after a fire in a shed. According to news reports, a house on the property had burned only weeks before, also from a suspected meth lab.mdggdjdgjhsdj

New Hampshire State Police Sgt. Jeff Dade is the department’s bomb squad commander and serves as a member of the Drug Enforcement Agency’s Clandestine Laboratory Tactical Team composed of officers from New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. On the team are people with a wide variety of backgrounds, from narcotic investigators to those trained in surveillance, hazardous waste and explosives.

The reason a bomb expert is on the team is that the chemistry between explosives and methamphetamines is similar, Dade said. “You can go from narcotics to an explosive material very quickly.” Dade said the team also needs to be concerned about potential booby traps set to protect labs.

The team works together to dismantle labs to help minimize danger to its members and the community. Because of the instability of the substances used, a chemical reaction can “get super hot super fast” and end with an explosion, he said.

If the drug maker is creating meth in an apartment, the lab can put the entire complex at risk. Last month in Concord, New Hampshire, police arrested a man for manufacturing meth that law enforcement believed started a fire in an apartment.

Methamphetamine, also known as speed, is a listed as a Schedule II drug under the U.S. Controlled Substances Act because the drug has a high potential for abuse and may lead to psychological or physical dependence. It does have medical uses, and pharmaceutical grade methamphetamine hydrochloride has been approved by the Federal Drug Agency for treating attention deficit disorder and obesity. The drug was originally discovered in 1893 and has been used recreationally for years.

In Maine, the recent rise in meth was not surprising to law enforcement officials.

“Other states have been having this crisis for years,” McCausland said, adding it’s been an issue for Midwest and Western states, with a hub of activity in the Midwest. “The trends go from West to East, and we knew it was coming,” he said.

In New Hampshire, Dade notes there have been spikes over the years, but anecdotally of what he has seen so far this year, the number of labs in the state seems comparable to last year. “It hasn’t decreased,” he said.

There is also a sizable amount of meth being imported from Mexico along with heroin and fentanyl. Earlier this month, the largest meth seizure in New Hampshire history occurred in Manchester, where law enforcement seized more than 16 pounds of meth, according to news reports.

One thing that has helped law enforcement locate more labs and dump sites is the training given to people outside law enforcement, like emergency room workers trained to recognize burns from meth labs and public works workers trained to know what a dump site looks like.

That sometimes makes Dade wonder if there is an actual increase of labs or just better knowledge of the signs of meth production that generate tips for law enforcement. But with illicit substances, exact knowledge of drug use and drug making can be hard to come by.

 

http://www.fosters.com/article/20160731/NEWS/160739951

West Australians are using about two tons of methamphetamine each year with a street value of $2 billion, wastewater tests have revealed.

The State Government announced plans to test sewage for the drug last year, with raw samples from three Perth treatment facilities being sent to the University of South Australia for analysis.207310-3x2-340x227

The initial 12-month results show 31.6 kilograms of methamphetamine is being consumed in the metropolitan area each week, or 1.6 tons annually.

Acting deputy police commissioner Michelle Fyfe said the findings were not unexpected, but were still shocking.

“These tests provide us with a level of data that we have not previously had. It is scientifically proven, it is peer-reviewed and it is accurate,” she said.

“Every member of the community should be shocked by the level of methamphetamine use in Western Australia.

“[This data] tells us there is a lot more out there and we need to work harder to disrupt and to deter these criminal organisations.”

Bunbury records highest rate

Testing was conducted each day, for seven days, every two months and was extended to Bunbury in November 2015 and Geraldton in January.

Bunbury recorded the highest rate of all six catchment areas, with an average of 558 doses each week per 1,000 people.

By the same measure, Perth averaged 344 doses per week, while Geraldton recorded an average of 314 doses.

“The results that came out of Bunbury were surprising and we’ll continue to work with our colleagues in Bunbury and the South West [to see] how we can disrupt and deter down there as well,” said Acting Deputy Commissioner Fyfe.

South West Labor MLC Adele Farina said she was shocked by the extent of methamphetamine use in Bunbury.

She said Bunbury addicts wanting to get clean must join a long waiting list and travel to rehabilitation clinics in either Perth or Northam.

“We need to provide the facilities in Bunbury for those people who have this problem and who want to get clean to be able to access those facilities locally,” she said.

“The Government needs to act immediately to fund a residential rehabilitation facility in Bunbury and start addressing the problem.”

Bunbury mayor Gary Brennan declined to comment.

The tests will be rolled out to Broome and 10 remote communities in coming weeks, with results available in the following months.

The deputy commissioner said it was difficult to compare WA’s results with other states, due to different testing methods.

“At this point in time, we’re probably up at the top of the ladder but it’ll be interesting to see when coordinated testing does start how that changes,” she said.

Data to be shared

She said the testing had limitations, as it could only indicate the number of doses consumed per day, rather than how many individuals were using the drug.7646420-3x2-340x227

Police Minister Liza Harvey said the data confirmed the extent of the state’s methamphetamine problem and would help evaluate past efforts and direct future resources.

“We’ve seen spikes at certain points — when there’s been seizures made we see a dip in usage rates — and so we can determine if we’re actually interrupting the supply chain,” she said.

“Anything additional that we can get to help us understand that market for methamphetamine and the structure of the drug networks is very useful.”

The data is only being used by WA Police at this stage but will be shared with other government agencies.

 

 

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-08-01/sewage-tests-reveal-wa-drug-problem/7677296

 

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Lawmakers will review a loophole in Montana’s incest law that allows 16- and 17-year-olds to be held as complicit as their parents.

The Montana Supreme Court suggested the examination in upholding the conviction of a man sentenced to life in prison for plying his 17-year-old daughter with methamphetamine and having sex with her in 2013.

He sought to have his conviction overturned, saying jurors should have been cautioned about trusting her testimony because, he argued, she could have been charged as an accessory.

Montana law does not allow a person to be found guilty based solely on the testimony of someone who could be considered an accessory to the same crime, unless that testimony is corroborated. The defendant also argued the state did not have enough corroborating evidence.

In its ruling last week, the state Supreme Court said the daughter could not have been charged as an accessory, but as a willing participant over the state’s legal age of consent – 16 – she could have been charged with committing incest herself. Prosecutors opted not to charge her.

The court also ruled the state provided adequate other evidence, including witnesses who testified that the father had given the girl drugs, that the girl and her father shared a bed, pillow and blanket, and that the girl told other people about the sexual activity.

The Associated Press is not identifying the man to avoid identifying his daughter as a victim of a sex crime.

It is believed to be the first time a defendant tried to use the apparent loophole in the 1983 law, his appellate attorney, Colin Stephens, said Friday.

Though the Montana Supreme Court rejected the argument this time based on the other evidence, some of the justices suggested lawmakers might want to revisit the law, saying it really can’t be interpreted any other way.

“I doubt this is what the Legislature intended, but the statute is not reasonably susceptible to another construction,” Justice Beth Baker wrote Tuesday in her concurring opinion that was joined by Justice Mike Wheat. Justice Laurel McKinnon wrote the 5-0 decision upholding the man’s conviction.

“Applied to consenting adults or to siblings, the statute properly treats both actors in an incestuous relationship as responsible for the offense,” Baker wrote. “And the statute rightly makes a stepson’s or stepdaughter’s consent ineffective if the child is under 18.

“But when, as here, a father has sexual intercourse with his underage natural daughter, her consent to the act makes her his partner in crime.”

Democratic Rep. Jenny Eck of Helena, a member of the Legislature’s Law and Justice Interim Committee, said Friday she hadn’t heard about the apparent loophole but would raise it at the committee’s August meeting.

“I think it would be something that we could pretty easily deal with in the (2017 legislative) session,” she said. “I can’t imagine there would be anybody on the other side of this.”

The man’s appeal noted that Alabama law specifically says no one can be convicted of incest based on the uncorroborated testimony of the other person. Montana prosecutors pointed to a 2001 California Supreme Court ruling that “a child under 18 who has an incestuous sexual relationship with an adult is a victim, not a perpetrator of the incest, and this conclusion remains valid even when the child consents to the sex.”

Courts in Idaho, Iowa and Arkansas have also ruled that incest cases require corroborating testimony, but Montana authorities noted those rulings were made in the early 1900s.

North Carolina law allows people ages 16 and older to be held criminally responsible for their involvement in an incestuous relationship.

Nonetheless, the Montana Legislature, “either intentionally or unintentionally, has left an ambiguity in the law in the rare circumstance involving incest and ‘victims’ over the age of consent,” wrote Stephens, the father’s appellate attorney.

“The Legislature may wish to take a fresh look at the incest statute to address this paradoxical result,” Justice Baker wrote.

http://www.wbal.com/article/179901/130/montana-to-revisit-incest-law-allowing-charges-against-teens