LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) – A recovering methamphetamine addict says a recent East Texas drug raid illustrates how the problem of drug abuse is as prevalent as it’s ever been.

The seizure earlier this week of guns and drugs at two East Texas locations come as no surprise to recovering meth-addict Christopher Rodden of Longview.

“It’s really bad. More prevalent in the big cities than it is here. It’s been one drug to alcohol to another drug,” he says.

A Marine Corps veteran, Rodden became entrapped in the drug world doing meth, eventually moving to a dangerous new addiction: Straight shooting methamphetamine.

“It’s the most addictive, it’s readily available, it’s cheap. I started out smoking it, then snorting it. Then went to intravenous use. Very dangerous very powerful. You become completely powerless to this drug,” Rodden says.

More than 50 recovering addicts from various drugs are in the Highway 80 Rescue Mission recovery program.

“Whatever the case may be. Alcohol, drug addiction, or maybe a family issue, it gives them a chance to reflect on what caused them to be in this predicament,” says mission Manager Cedric Snyder.

“Hard to get away from, very hard. It took me to my knees,” Rodden says.

Rodden recovered at the mission and says more people will need a place like it to regain their lives.

“I’m putting God first in my life. Trying to rebuild what I messed up. It’s so easy to go back to drugs, you have to really want to be free from this addiction,” Rodden says.

Rodden now works at the Highway 80 Rescue Mission as a staff member.

Part of his recovery is that he is now trying to reconnect with his family.

 

 

 

 

kltv.com/story/34265994/former-meth-addict-you-become-completely-powerless-to-this-drug

 

Reports from the ground and in the media are insisting the shooting was cartel related. Authorities say it is the work of a lone gunman.  Details are slow to be forthcoming. Including the number of dead, between 5 and 8, and the number injured, between 12 and 18.

 

Alejandra Villanueva Ibarra, Denver Colorado, trampled to death

Injured American Heather Parham

 

College student Alejandra Villanueva Ibarra, 18 from Denver, was trampled to death in the chaos following the outbreak of gunfire.

“She was talking about how she was having so much fun and can’t wait to come back home and tell us everything about her vacation,” her brother told the DailyMail of their phone conversation just a couple hours before his sister’s death.

Alejandra was in Mexico taking a break from working hard in college, as well as looking after two younger siblings when she was tragically killed.

Festival organizer Kirk Wilson, (below) who is originally from Canada, is believed to have been killed along with three security guards, according to local reports.

Beautiful Playa del Carmen, has long been considered one of the most popular and safe places for tourists to visit in Mexico. The last thing authorities want is bad press that would hinder tourism. Residents of Playa del Carmen have placed flowers, candles and cartulina (poster) signs outside the Blue Parrot nightclub, reading ‘Peace in Playa’, ‘No more pistols’, and translated from Spanish;

“’Enough already, so much corruption and impunity’.

Trip Advisor and other travel websites, lists the Blue Parrot as one of the best in Playa del Carmen for “nightlife”.

 

 

 

 

http://www.borderlandbeat.com/2017/01/playa-del-carmen-details-still-cloudy.html

 

 

 

 

Gunfire was reported through social networks by users who attended a music festival in a Playa del Carmen nightclub, creating panic among visitors at the popular go to spot for foreigners.

Details are still sketchy,  although media reports that the narco shootout occurred at the Blue Parrot resulting  in at least 8 killed.

From Twitter:

“People came to the club and opened fire . Four, five dead and several wounded. Stay in your damn hotel if you are here in the BPM “wrote DJ Jack Revill, known as Jackmaster, referring to the festival that was held in the club Blue Parrot. Update:  People on the scene described it as a narco shooting.  However police report it was a lone gunman who had a disagreement within the club.  Since this is a tourist area any report from police may be suspected to shield the truth if it would damage tourism.  Hard to say.  12 are reported injured, including two Americans.

 

www.borderlandbeat.com/2017/01/8-killed-in-narco-gun-attack-at-popular.html

 

 

A man accused of selling methamphetamine from a Texarkana, Ark., apartment complex is in Miller County custody.

Brandon Jermaine Holmes, aka BJ, 40, allegedly sold an undercover operative methamphetamine in September and October during encounters at the Shangri La Apartments in Texarkana, Ark. According to a probable cause affidavit, Holmes was recorded selling 3.9 grams of meth at about 9:30 a.m., Sept. 16, at the apartments.

Holmes is also accused of selling approximately 2.9 grams of methamphetamine to an undercover during a meeting at the Shangri La Apartments on Oct. 12, according to the affidavit.

Holmes was arrested Jan. 4 and made an initial court appearance Jan. 6 before a Miller County judge. Holmes is charged with two counts of delivery of a controlled substance. Bail was set Jan. 6 at $80,000. Holmes is currently in the Miller County jail.

txktoday.com/news/man-accused-of-selling-meth-at-texarkana-apartment-complex/

MISSOULA, Mont. – A machine gun with a grenade launcher attached is among the weapons seized in a methamphetamine case.

The Missoulian reported eight people were sentenced in the case Friday.

Authorities said the group brought more than 11 pounds of the drug into Montana.

FBI special agent Monte Shaide said detectives found 68 firearms during home raids, along with drugs and $11,000 in cash.

Two grenade launcher attachments were found, as well as a rifle modified into a fully automatic weapon.

Waco police officials credit a crime scene technician with recognizing a suspect in the theft of a purse as she was retrieving a restaurant’s surveillance video.

The suspect apparently had stolen a customer’s purse in a restaurant at 906 S. Sixth St. and used all or part of the $200 the purse contained to buy methamphetamine but then stayed on or near the restaurant’s premises.

A report by Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said officers were called to the restaurant about 11:15 a.m. Saturday. A woman said her purse containing money and a phone was stolen while she was eating.

The crime scene technician, whose name was not given, arrived to assist officers who responded, began retrieving the video and recognized the suspect nearby. Officers arrested the man, identified as John Thorton, 44, and found 3.7 grams of methamphetamine.

“The suspect directed officers to the location of the victim’s purse and phone, and officers were able to recover those belongings,” Swanton said.

Thorton remained in McLennan County Jail Sunday afternoon under $8,000 bond on a charge of possession of a controlled substance and $2,000 bond on a charge of theft over $100 and under $750.

 

 

 

wacotrib.com/news/police/crime-scene-tech-helps-waco-police-with-purse-theft-meth/article_8d215e3b-3c9b-5d9b-8d67-64dee1113f84.html

 

(NEWSER) – There’s a reason people cleaning up former meth labs only enter in head-to-toe protection: the environments are extremely toxic, and drug residues can linger on porous and non-porous surfaces alike for months and even years. That’s according to a case study published in a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that discusses one family in Australia that didn’t learn they’d moved into a former meth house until all family members began to suffer. Symptoms ranged from persistent coughing and watery eyes to weight loss, memory problems, high energy, and difficulty sleeping.

After months of testing in 2014 revealed high levels of meth residue, as Live Science reports, the family vacated their $500,000 dream home, which ultimately may have to be demolished. Australian officials call the meth problem there so pervasive it’s become an epidemic. Last year alone, police broke up hundreds of clandestine meth labs, where chemicals that include drain cleaner and acetone make for an especially toxic mix. “There’s no way I’d buy a house or rent a house in Australia without testing for meth first,” the owner of a company that cleans up former meth labs tells Australia Women’s Weekly. He says his business is booming, and that he’s already decontaminated more than 80 former meth labs. (Police happened upon an active meth lab in a sewer below Wal-mart.)

newser.com/story/236504/after-falling-ill-family-learns-new-house-was-a-meth-lab.html

FRESH from winning the war on boat arrivals, the Australian Border Force is bracing itself for a “tsunami” of methamphetamine, or ice, coming from China, with fears the deadly drug will be distributed by criminals flying into Australia on tourist and student visas.

ABF commissioner Roman Quaedvlieg said the terrifying prospect comes as law ­enforcement agencies are detecting an increasing number of large-scale ice shipments.

In an exclusive interview with The Daily Telegraph, Mr Quaedvlieg also revealed Asian crime syndicates were using a new technique to import drugs, shifting away from the more traditional method of concealing drugs in shipping containers and air cargo.

He said drug syndicates were sending commercial vessels out of China and Hong Kong, “hitting our coastline with motherships” which were then meeting up with smaller “daughter ships”.

“The Asian continent as a whole is an epicentre of illicit drug production, with China specifically at the forefront of a tsunami of methamphetamine production heading our way,” Mr Quaedvlieg said.

Australian and Chinese authorities are working closely but face an almost impossible task because of the booming production of ice and precursor chemicals in China’s Guangdong province. Of particular concern is the city of Guangzhou, home to a burgeoning chemical industry across one of the world’s largest industrial and manufacturing precincts.

“Chinese authorities have begun a crackdown but the environment remains conducive to large-scale manufacturing of illicit substances alongside the legitimate chemicals,” he said.

Only last November, 90 liters of liquid meth from China, worth $54 million, was seized at Palm Beach. A small tender went out to meet a larger fishing vessel and returned with three barrels of the liquid.

Last May, $200 million worth of meth from China was intercepted off the West Australian coast.

“The use of commercial vessels to facilitate illicit imports is not a new phenomenon but there is no question we have seen a spike in the past 12 months. It demonstrates the adaptability to criminal syndicates both in terms of methods of import method but also types,” Mr Quaedvlieg said.

 

 

 

dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/chinese-methamphetamine-australia-faces-a-new-wave-of-death-boats-on-their-way-here/news-story/651adf5c62af3b685c9ef41856001952

 

A Spokane woman was arrested in Post Falls early Saturday morning after she was allegedly found with a large amount of methamphetamine.

Deputies pulled over a car driven by Ashley M. Allen, 25, near Pleasant View Road and Seltice Way just before 5 a.m. and saw her hiding drug paraphernalia as they approached the car, according to a Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office news release. They also reportedly discovered methamphetamine packaged for sale.

Allen was being booked into the Kootenai County Jail on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia when booking officers found more drugs hidden on her person, the news release said. Allen is now facing additional charges of concealing evidence and introducing contraband into a jail.

Allen has 18 previous arrests in Kootenai County for crimes including burglary, theft, trafficking in methamphetamine and probation violations.

 

 

 

spokesman.com/stories/2017/jan/14/spokane-woman-arrested-for-meth-trafficking-in-pos/

 

The woman thought she was going to a motel in Fife to meet a friend, but instead walked into a darkened room where her ex-boyfriend was waiting with zip ties, stun gun, machete and mask over his face.

After several hours of alleged abuse at the hands of her ex-boyfriend, the 33-year-old woman was able to escape and call 911 from a nearby casino. When Fife police officers arrived, they found the woman panicked. She was taken to the hospital, where she told police what happened.

Later that day, Larry Peters Jr., 42, was charged in Pierce County Superior Court with first-degree kidnapping, first-degree rape, felony harassment, second-degree assault and violation of a domestic violence no-contact order.

Bail was listed at $500,000.

According to charging documents:

The woman went to the motel late Thursday thinking she was meeting a friend. When she arrived, the room was dark and the door ajar. She looked behind the door and saw a man wearing a mask.

That’s when he allegedly grabbed her, slammed her against the wall and applied a stun gun to her neck. She fell to the ground, and Peters used the stun gun on her stomach. The phone in the hotel room was unplugged, and the woman told police he took her cellphone.

The woman saw plastic zip ties on a chair fashioned as handcuffs and a motel trash can partially filled with water which she believed would be used to “waterboard” her.

When the woman realized the man was her ex-boyfriend, she told police she tried to pacify him, afraid if she didn’t Peters would kill her. He repeatedly sexually assaulted her over the next several hours.

The woman told officers she tried to persuade Peters to let her go, but he picked up a machete and threatened to kill her and himself.

The woman escaped early Friday and called 911.

Peters denied the assault, telling officers the woman came to the motel where he was with other people. He told officers they were smoking methamphetamine throughout the night. He denied using a stun gun, saying the injury to the woman’s stomach was an abscess and then saying she used the stun gun on herself.

He denied raping the woman and adamantly denied they had sex. Later, Peters told police he couldn’t remember if they had sex.

Police found two stun guns in the motel rooms where Peters was staying, a large knife, gel pepper spray, bear spray, duct tape, a machete, zip ties linked together and wrapped with electrical tape, an unopened bag of syringes, cotton swabs, alcohol wipes, tourniquet, phone and piece of paper with “leave Washington” written on it.

A second no-contact order was issued Friday preventing Peters from coming within 1,000 feet of the woman should he be released from jail.

 

thenewstribune.com/news/local/crime/article126607019.html

CRESTVIEW – A woman suspected of robbing a store on Christmas Day was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia after officers pulled her over and searched her car.

The 48-year-old woman from McKenzie, Alabama, was not charged in the robbery. Her vehicle resembled the suspect vehicle, according to her Crestview Police Department arrest report.

After the vehicle was pulled over, a K9 unit came to the scene. The dog was “happy and moving fast around the vehicle” before stopping and taking a “deep sniff” of the passenger side door area.

Officers searched the car and found a brown make-up bag with four needles inside.

After the driver was read her rights, she said she does use meth but that the bag was not hers.

Her driver’s license was inside the bag, according to her arrest report.

She then told officers her daughter uses meth more than she does and the bag must belong to her.

There was no information about her daughter inside the bag, the report said.

 

 

nwfdailynews.com/news/20170114/police-blotter-meth-user-points-police-toward-daughter

 

GREENFIELD — A Greenfield woman was selling methamphetamine out of her apartment on the city’s west side, police say.

Greenfield Police Department detectives began investigating Monica Badger, 44, 94 Prairie Meadow Lane, Greenfield, nearly six months ago, records show.

Investigators say they received an anonymous tip that Badger was dealing meth from her home in the Prairie Meadows Apartment complex, located in the 900 block of U.S. 40.

Detectives used confidential informants to purchase drugs from Badger on several occasions, police said.

Now, Badger faces three Level 5 felony counts of dealing methamphetamine; one Level 5 felony count of corrupt business influence; and three Level 6 felony counts of possession of methamphetamine, records show.

She was arrested this week and is being held in the Hancock County Jail on $100,000 cash bond.

 

 

 

greenfieldreporter.com/2017/01/14/police_woman_was_dealing_meth/

 

COLDWATER – Branch County Sheriff Office deputies charged Michael Keeton, 41, with methamphetamine-related offenses, after he recruited a woman to buy him pseudoephedrine to make some more of the drug.

According to court files, on Dec. 23, 2016, Sheena Deal went to buy the cold medicine used to make the drug, but she was turned down for too many purchases.

When deputies questioned her, Deal said Keeton persuaded her to get the raw material after she had dropped him off at the home of Deborah Richhart in Quincy, where he planned “to cook” the meth.

Officers obtained a search warrant and went to the home, where they found meth residue, burnt foils used to smoke the drug, and other hazardous components used in meth production.

Richhart, who has a prior record for meth-related offenses, told the deputies Keeton had threatened to kill her if she didn’t use meth. The report said the two had used the drug over the prior two weeks.

Keeton was charged with possession of meth lab equiptment, lab materials which are hazardous, and delivery of meth to Richhart, all 20-year felonies. She was charged with soliciting Dean to obtain the pseudoephedrine to manufacture meth, a 10-year offense.

Because of an auto theft conviction last February, Keeton’s maximum penalty is increased by 50 percent as a habitual offender.

Bond was set on the charges at $100,000, with preliminary proceedings set for Jan. 19 and Jan. 26. Other arrests are expected in the investigation.

 

 

 

thedailyreporter.com/news/20170114/woman-said-keeton-threatened-her-to-force-meth-use

 

MUNCIE, Ind. — Authorities said a Muncie man pleaded guilty to three drug-related charges — and then seemingly disappeared.

Henry Thomas “Detroit” Lowe, 37, on Thursday was scheduled to be sentenced in Delaware Circuit Court 3. He didn’t show up, perhaps not a surprise since Judge Linda Ralu Wolf had already issued a warrant for his arrest on Jan. 3.

In November, he had pleaded guilty to the three counts — dealing in meth; aiding, inducing or causing dealing in meth; and possession of cocaine — after striking a deal with prosecutors.

Terms of the agreement were not available, but it apparently would have resulted in the dismissal of other drug-related charges pending against the Muncie man in Circuit Court 3.

Lowe entered the guilty pleas on Nov. 16, when Wolf took the plea agreement under advisement. He was then released to electronic home detention, ostensibly to await Thursday’s scheduled sentencing hearing.

On Jan. 3, however, Delaware County Community Corrections officials reported Lowe was missing, and Wolf issued the warrant.

On Wednesday, the Muncie man was charged with escape over allegations that he violated the terms of his home detention.

Court records appear to suggest Lowe was in Fort Wayne — more specifically, in Allen Superior Court 4 — on Wednesday.

He apparently admitted that day he had violated the terms of a suspended sentence he had received in October 2015, after pleading guilty to driving without ever receiving a license.

Lowe was arrested in February 2016, after police say he sold meth, for $25 to an agent for the Delaware County Sheriff’s Drug Task Force.

He was arrested again in May, after Muncie police reported finding him — and materials used in the production of meth — in a southside mobile home.

Lowe also faces at least five charges in pending Muncie City Court cases — intimidation and two counts each of failure of a sex offender to possess identification and driving while suspended.

According to the Indiana Sex and Violent Offender Registry, Lowe was convicted of lewd and lascivious behavior with a victim under the age of 16 in Florida in 2001.

 

 

 

thestarpress.com/story/news/crime/2017/01/14/man-missing-after-guilty-pleas-drug-cases/96531364/

 

  • Actor Vince Colosimo, 50, will face court charged with drug possession
  • He has starred alongside Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio in several films
  • Underbelly star was arrested last September in Melbourne’s northern suburbs
  • The father of two is set to front Melbourne Magistrates Court in February

Actor Vince Colosimo, the star of the smash TV series Underbelly, has been charged with drug possession after he was allegedly caught with methamphetamine.

The 50-year-old was reportedly arrested last September in Melbourne’s northern suburbs after police allegedly found a small quantity of the drug on him,according to The Age.

The father-of-two is set to front Melbourne Magistrates Court in February represented by elite defense firm, Tony Hargreaves and Partners.

The actor went from strength to strength after being nominated for a silver Logie for his role of Melbourne underworld figure Alphonse Gangitano in Underbelly in 2008.

He earned a household name in Australia, heading the cast in iconic films Chopper and Lantana.

Colosimo went on to ride the wave of success to go global, featuring alongside movie luminary Leonardo DiCaprio in Body of Lies and Great Gatsby

But in recent years his career showed signs of slowing down and he took some time away from the public eye.

In 2014 it was revealed he was working on building sites to supplement his acting salary.

A law firm soon after launched bankruptcy proceeding against him over a $36,000 debt, but the charges were dropped.

The actor has also been embroiled in legal battles with his ex-partner Jane Hall over the sale of their $890,000 home in Northcote.

He is rumored to be featuring on the cast for Channel 10s I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!

 

 

 

dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4120032/Underbelly-star-Vince-Colosimo-charged-methamphetamine-possession.html

 

Oroville >> Sometimes, when Misty Striker comes across a big box of family files at her job in social services, she gets emotional because that box used to be her.

At 6 months old, Striker went into the foster care system. She doesn’t know exactly how many homes she bounced around from, but guessed between 20-30. On top of that, she struggled with abuse and addiction for 24 years. Her main drug addiction was methamphetamine.

Seemingly all odds in the universe were against her, but somehow, she beat them.

She says once she found the “tiny seed of desire” to get clean, there was hope. And now, she wants to share her story, in the hope that it could change the life of even one person.

IN A LITTLE BLUE HOUSE

The Strikers’ home is cozy and full — with 2-year-old triplets laughing, drooling and playing with their dad, every once in awhile reaching to get into Mom’s lap. Their toys are neatly placed in a bin in the corner of the living room, next to a table which she refurbished. Centered above that is a collage of family photos with an “S.”

When she gets off work about 5 p.m., this is what she comes home to. Sometimes the kids are at day care and sometimes her husband, Thomas Striker, who is an electrician, takes care of them during the day. The two met through a 12-step program about four years ago.

“I was drawn to her story and felt deep down inside she was a good person going through a rough patch,” Thomas said. “She has made a lot of progress in self worth and being a better friend to people and companion to me.”

A year of friendship developed into a relationship. At first, Misty wasn’t easy to be with — walls were up, her husband said. It’s become easier for her to show affection and she wants to be a giver.

“She wants people to know that it’s possible to overcome these odds and become a productive member of society again,” he said. “She sees the bigger picture and she’s very optimistic about being able to help people.”

It was a heartbreaking road to here.

UNWELCOME TO THE WORLD, BABY

Misty Jolean Dundom was born on Oct. 25, 1980 in Paradise.

She was born with meth in her system. Both of her parents were drug addicts and at less than a year old, Striker was moved into another home by child services. Her mom was 17 years old when she had her.

Out of the many “parents” she’s had over the years, she’s still in contact with few — her now sober biological mother, a foster parent she lived with in Nebraska, and her adoptive parents, who she has dinner with every Thursday at their home in Oroville.

“My adopted parents are my anchors, whom I love like parents,” she said. “They saved my life. They loved me when I was unlovable. More than anything, I want them to be proud of me.”

At age 12, Striker and her two younger brothers were adopted, and until age 19, she would have no contact with her biological parents.

Finding her father, who she said sexually abused her, did not bring her peace, she said. They’ve never had a relationship.

“He scared the living daylights out of me,” Striker said.

When she found her mother in Portland, her mother was still lost in her addiction, she said. But she also met her sister and two half-sisters, who she now talks to daily. She also maintains a relationship with her mother today.

FOUND AND LOST

At 12 years old, Striker was sneaking her adoptive father’s Black Velvet whisky from above the refrigerator and cigarettes when she knew she wouldn’t get caught. In middle school, Striker said she smoked a lot — cigarettes and pot, drank and downed pills. She used meth for the first time at 19 years old.

“It masked every sadness I had,” she said.

And getting drugs was easy, she said, especially as a woman. Sometimes she would have sex in exchange for free drugs.

Striker said she hid her addiction from her first husband during an 11-year marriage, getting a fix from abusing alcohol and pills. They would go to Apple Hill to get pumpkins and Christmas trees and take many trips to Tahoe. She had her first daughter at 23 and second daughter at 24.

“I was told I’d be lucky if I ever had children due to the sexual abuse,” she said. “I remember looking at my daughter and crying so hard. She was the most beautiful little baby and he had given me this wonderful gift of motherhood. Same when the second daughter was born.”

She and her husband separated in 2010. In 2011, she met her now best friend, Eric Langsam at a strip club where Striker began stripping for the first time in her life.

“We were both going through a divorce so we leaned on each other a lot,” she said.

HITTING THE LOWEST LOW

Langsam and Striker became fast friends, with their similar backgrounds.

“We were really close,” Langsam said. “We’d talk about adoptive parents and stuff like that.”

He didn’t know Striker did meth until a month or two into their friendship.

“She hid it so well – that was the thing. She was functioning,” he said. “Little did I know how bad things were going to get. Around me, she was just unstoppable.”

After a few months using meth, she was like a different person, he said.

“Her attitude and everything started to change. She was this sweet kind person and her appearance started changing. She was getting so skinny and her eyes were always baggy. Her body was exhausted but her mind just wouldn’t let her stop.”

When she was high, she would punch herself and pull her eyebrows out. The hair never fully grew back and she has to draw them in everyday, she said.

Soon after, Langsam gave her a sort of ultimatum to quit meth and escorting, or he wouldn’t speak to her.

“I don’t think I’ve heard anybody cry as hard as I’ve heard Misty cry on more than one occasion. I asked why she felt the need to do it, and I knew the reason she needed to do it was to support her drug habit.”

A few weeks after their falling out, she called. She had overdosed and Langsam rushed over.

“It was a blank slate. Her face was just emotionless,” he said. “She was completely gone on the inside.”

SEED OF CHANGE

In May 2012, Striker returned to Oroville, and in July she headed to L.A., where she would continue to struggle with addiction, living on the streets, until seeking sobriety on Jan. 20, 2013.

She can’t pinpoint where exactly it came from. One day, she just knew she wanted to live.

A year after going into sober living, Misty and Thomas started dating. Fast forward another year, they were making a home together, having babies and getting married, at Misty’s adoptive parents’ home in Oroville. They bargained for one baby and got three, born prematurely at 5 lbs each, but healthy now. Striker just passed her one year mark in her job as an office specialist in the county’s social services department, her first “big girl” job, she said. This month she is four years sober.

“It’s a lot of work, to make something of yourself,” Striker said.

Today, she says, she is the best person she has ever been.

MAKING IT TO “THE OTHER SIDE”

Striker has always desired to be on the other end, helping people, she said. She hopes with her background, she can go on to become a counselor for addicts or sexual abuse victims, and reach people early.

“I think it’s important for people to identify with people who have been there,” she said. “I always knew my calling in life was to help people.”

Langsam says when he reconnected with Striker after treatment, it was like witnessing reincarnation.

“I feel like there isn’t anything this girl couldn’t do,” he said. “It literally felt like she was born again and she has never looked back.”

Striker, now 36 years old, has discovered many talents in her sober years like baking, decorating and writing. She is working on a memoir called “My Best Color is White” which she has shared with an interested producer, she said. If she could go back and change anything, she says she wouldn’t.

“I feel like I went on a journey,” she said. “I would do everything over again. Now I have empathy and compassion.”

If she could tell her younger self anything, it would be that things were going to end up OK, that she was made for something more.

“Life is so much bigger than I am,” she said.

 

 

 

orovillemr.com/general-news/20170113/former-meth-addict-turned-social-services-worker-shares-her-story

 

A Tennessee woman was jailed Thursday on felony drug charges after recovering from injuries sustained in a wreck in Floyd County in October.

According to Floyd County Jail reports:

Sasha Nicole Lorraina Kirkpatrick, 21, of Sevier­ville, Tennessee, was picked up at the Knox County Sheriff’s Office in Tennessee and returned to Rome on Thursday on a felony charge of possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of drug-related objects.

Kirkpatrick was seriously injured in a wreck on Calhoun Avenue at Mango Road on Oct. 16 and hospitalized for an extended period of time. She was stabilized at Floyd Medical Center immediately following the wreck and then transferred to the CHI Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga to be closer to her home and family.

Two men were in the vehicle with Kirkpatrick, but weren’t injured in the wreck. Nicolas Scates, 32, of Knoxville, Tennessee, and Jonathan Ray Lester, 30, of Adairsville, were charged with felony possession of meth after the wreck. Both were released from jail on bonds Oct. 17.

On Thursday, Kirkpatrick was picked up on a warrant alleging she had a quantity of meth in her clothing and various drug paraphernalia — a needle, scales and a container with meth residue.

Kirkpatrick was in jail without bond Thursday night.

 

 

 

northwestgeorgianews.com/rome/news/police_fire/tennessee-woman-to-face-meth-charge/article_3e0ad2c4-d94f-11e6-a4ff-333698c75ff9.html

 

A Licking police officer was dispatched Sunday to a parking area on West Friend Street regarding a report of an impaired female in the area.

Cpl. Pat Burton said that upon the officer’s arrival, the female was identified as May D. Hicks, 45, of Licking. During an investigation, Hicks advised the officer she was in possession of illegal drug paraphernalia.

After obtaining verbal consent to search, the officer located and seized a used hypodermic syringe and two small plastic bags containing a crystalline substance that tested positive for methamphetamine.

Hicks was arrested and taken to the Texas County Jail, where she was released to the jail staff and placed on a 24-hour hold.

She is charged with unlawful possession of drug –paraphernalia — amphetamine or methamphetamine — and held on $75,000 bond.

 

 

 

houstonherald.com/news/woman-from-licking-arrested-for-possession-of-meth/article_1b8e96b6-d92e-11e6-8206-f743dfbd29a4.html

 

Detroit — Federal agents busted a Los Angeles sex toy merchant for allegedly conspiring to sell crystal methamphetamine in Michigan.

Eric Dowdy was indicted Thursday and charged with drug and money-laundering conspiracy after being identified as a source shipping crystal meth to Metro Detroit.

Dowdy, 39, is a screenwriter and founder of Erotix Enterprises, which operates an online sex toy shop called Erotix Playground that encourages shoppers to “Indulge Your Fantasies!”

The shop offers 20,000 items for sale, including adult DVDs, sex toys, lingerie, sex furniture and other novelty items.

“I really just bought the site so I could get huge discounts on lube and (sex toys), which has paid for itself already!” Dowdy wrote in a social media post.

His LinkedIn page says Dowdy is a creative writer trying to break into the TV/film industry.

Dowdy was indicted alongside six others in a relatively rare case involving crystal meth and is being held temporarily without bond. He is due in federal court Jan. 17.

“Although meth exists in Southeast Michigan, it’s not nearly as big of a problem here as it is in other parts of the country,” said U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent Rich Isaacson.

The case emerged Aug. 30 when a confidential source told investigators that a parcel containing crystal meth was being shipped from California to Detroit.

The source said Dowdy was supplying the drug, according to federal court records.

Members of a DEA task force intercepted the package in Livonia, obtained a search warrant and found two smaller packages inside the parcel.

Inside, investigators found 1.6 pounds of crystal meth, according to the DEA. The street value of that amount in the tens of thousands of dollars.

The package was resealed and picked up by a man identified as Andrew Allison. Allison, whose age and hometown is not listed in court records, was indicted alongside Dowdy on Thursday.

Allison told investigators he had ordered the drug from Dowdy about 10 times and provided text messages allegedly exchanged between the men, according to court records.

Agents also obtained a photo Dowdy allegedly sent showing 16 vacuum-sealed bags filled with a white chunky substance, according to court records.

On Sept. 7, investigators had Allison place an order via FaceTime for a pound of crystal meth, the DEA alleged. Two days later, investigators intercepted the package in Allen Park and found four vacuum-sealed bags.

A small sample tested positive for meth, according to the DEA.

Investigators also obtained surveillance video from a FedEx office in Los Angeles allegedly showing Dowdy mail the parcel, according to court records.

 

 

 

 

detroitnews.com/story/news/local/michigan/2017/01/13/sex-toy-merchant-busted-alleged-meth-conspiracy/96540070/

 

JOSHUA TREE, Calif. – Two women visiting an inmate at the Morongo Basin Jail in Joshua Tree were arrested Thursday night after a deputy noticed one of them trying to sneak something through the security glass, which turned out to be methamphetamine, authorities said in a news release.

Amy Simms, 43, and 59-year-old Alisa Henderson, both from Yucca Valley, were visiting 34-year-old inmate Brian Godden.

A deputy allegedly saw the security breach when Simms slid a coffee stirrer containing meth to Godden. Deputies found several of the small narcotics-filled straws in Godden’s possession after he was removed from the visting room.

Simms and Henderson were detained for investigation. Authorities said several straws containing methamphetamine were also found in Simms possession.

They were both arrested on charges of conspiracy to commit a felony and for bringing narcotics into a jail facility. They’re being held on $25,000 bail each.

Godden was booked on new charges with a new bail set at $25,000 as well.

 

 

 

 

kesq.com/news/crime/2-women-visiting-jail-arrested-with-methamphetamine/266938972

A Rochester man is in custody today, accused of having nearly a half-pound of methamphetamine in his home — some of it kept in a 5-year-old child’s Halloween treat bucket in her bedroom.

Scott Christopher Dobbelaere, 35, was arrested about 2 p.m. Thursday after leaving the residence in the 5400 block of 51st Street Northwest.

Authorities had received information about the possibility of ongoing drug activity at the house, said Lt. Mike Sadauskis of the Rochester Police Department, and police surveillance confirmed it.

Officers watched as Dobbelaere left the home in his vehicle, then performed a traffic stop in the area of Kenosha Drive and Valleyhigh Drive Northwest. When told he was under arrest, Dobbelaere allegedly turned and ran; officers quickly caught him and made the arrest.

A search warrant recovered 7 1/4 ounces of meth throughout the house, the report says, as well as $3,000 in cash. Also at the house was the child; authorities found meth in her bedroom, Sadauskis said, not just in the Halloween bucket but as residue in plastic bags found on her bed.

Dobbelaere could be charged with first-degree controlled substance sales, first-degree controlled substance possession, storing meth paraphernalia in the presence of a child, and exposing a child to meth, all felonies, as well as gross misdemeanor counts of child endangerment and fleeing a peace office on foot.

A review of Dobbelaere’s criminal history indicates at least three felony drug convictions and prison sentences of 68 and 74 months.

 

 

 

postbulletin.com/news/crime/report-meth-found-stored-in-child-s-bedroom/article_1f8e4746-13b5-5e51-9a8a-54e307d99989.html

 

BILLINGS – A Fishtail man who admitted he transported 178 pounds of methamphetamine into Montana in a major drug smuggling operation was recently sentenced to more than five years in federal prison.

Brett Clouse, 36 of Fishtail, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Billings to 63 months in federal prison on Wednesday for his role as a courier in a large-scale drug operation.

Clouse was first indicted in October of 2015 on six felony charges including conspiracy to possess and distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, conspiracy to commit money laundering, and possession of a firearm in the commission of a drug trafficking crime.

Clouse entered a plea agreement in June where he pleaded guilty to one county of conspiring to possess and distribute methamphetamine and one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

Prosecutors said that even though Clouse was just a “drug mule,” he should have known better because of his experience working as a deputy sheriff in Teton County and Rosebud County from 2006 to 2008.

The drug trafficking scheme began in January of 2013 and continued for more than two years.

In court documents, Clouse is described as a key member of a drug distribution group led by a person named Merrill Clark Gardner.

Clouse and Gardner were friends who hunted together and casually used methamphetamine, according to court documents.

Investigators determined Clouse would make trips to Arizona in a truck provided by Gardner to exchange money for the drugs.

In June of 2015, law enforcement executed a search warrant at Gardner’s home.

While the house was being searched, Gardner and Clouse arrived at the home in Gardner’s vehicle.

Clouse was armed with a semi-automatic pistol that was strapped to his ankle, according to court documents.

Clouse told detectives that he and Gardner had just been at a residence in Nye, where Gardner retrieved methamphetamine not long before law enforcement arrived at his Fishtail address.

Investigators searched the Nye residence and located three packages of methamphetamine, totaling six pounds.

Clouse later admitted his involvement in the drug ring and explained that he had paid Gardner’s supplier a total of $200,000 for 20 to 26 pounds of methamphetamine.

Clouse admitted that in total he had received about 178 pounds of methamphetamine and delivered it to Gardner.

All of the methamphetamine seized was tested at high purity level.

Gardner was sentenced in July to 15 years in federal prison.

 

 

kpax.com/story/34257617/former-deputy-sentenced-to-prison-for-trafficking-178-lbs-of-meth

 

LAKE GENEVA — The charges are piling on for 50-year-old Patrick McBean of Lake Geneva. He’s already behind bars for charges related to meth manufacturing at The Cove hotel on Monday, January 9th — but now FOX6 has learned he’s also charged for maintaining a drug trafficking place.

Both had shown up on log books two months prior for purchasing an excessive amount of pseudoephedrine — drug used to make meth.On January 9th, Kuen was allegedly cooking meth in the bathroom when the explosion occurred.

She suffered first-degree burns and ran out in a panic. A security guard at the neighboring hotel helped get her to a hospital.Authorities say they uncovered a meth lab and meth waste at McBean’s house. He was not home at the time. Instead on January 6th, he checked into room 314 of The Cove hotel. A woman was also with him, identified as 35-year old Melissa Kuen.

“She was burned really bad from head to toe. Her clothes were burned off. She was crying. She was in need of a rescue,” said Dan Novotny, Mill Creek Hotel chief security officer.

McBean was found with burned off facial hair and burns on his hands. He lied multiple times about what led to the blast, police soon found evidence consistent with meth production. One officer reported the thick smoke was burning his lungs. Several law enforcement officers were sent to an area hospital for smoke inhalation.

“It’s dangerous for everybody involved. Obviously for the people cooking the meth, it’s very volatile — even if they do know what they are doing. We’ve learned something like this can happen very quickly,” said Lake Geneva Police Leiutenant Edward Gritzner.

At last check, police ares till waiting for Kuen to recover from her injuries to get a statement from her on what happened. The room where the blast occurred will need a new rug and drywall.

 

 

 

ox6now.com/2017/01/13/lake-geneva-man-facing-several-charges-after-meth-explosion-at-the-cove-hotel/

 

Melissa Kuen, 35, of Williams Bay, Severely Burned after Methamphetamine Catches Fire at The Cove Hotel in Lake Geneva

Three deputies arrived at a home in Palatka Thursday morning to serve an arrest warrant and were invited inside to find meth and meth labs strewn throughout the home and three people inside, authorities say.

Christopher Darren White, 27, Chad Irwin Parrotte, 36, and Amanda Joyce Hale, 28, were all taken into custody and charged with a litany of crimes around 10:15 a.m., says a spokesperson for the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office.

White met the three deputies at the door of the home on High Street and allowed them to search the home for the subject of the search warrant. When they went inside, deputies met Parrotte and Hale and also saw a baggie of methamphetamine and numerous other items used in making meth just out in the open.

There were old or used ‘one-pot’ meth labs, multiple packets of pseudophedrine tablets, lithium strips from batteries and numerous hypodermic needles, deputies say.

White even had a one-pot in his pants.

Vice Unit detectives responded to the scene to help process everything.

White was taken into custody and charged with one count of producing drugs, two counts of trafficking amphetamines and one count of possession of drug equipment. He’s being held at the county jail on a $55,500 bond.

Hale was taken into custody and charged with one count of producing drugs, one count of possession of drugs, one count of trafficking amphetamines, one count of possession of drug equipment and a failure to appear. She is being held without bond.

Parrottee is charged with one count of producing drugs. He’s being held on a $5,000 bond.

 

 

 

firstcoastnews.com/news/crime/3-arrested-on-high-street-in-palatka-for-meth-production-other-charges-deputies/385887681

 

MISSOULA -A drug task force of local and federal partners announced on Friday the completion of an almost two-year investigation into a multi-state drug trafficking organization.

Seven of the eight people convicted in federal court are from the Missoula and Hungry Horse areas and were conspiring to distribute roughly eleven pounds of methamphetamine.

“This investigation focused on the distribution of methamphetamine and the possession and exchange of firearms in the Missoula and northwest Montana area,” said Michael Cotter, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Montana.

The two-year investigation was spearheaded by the FBI’s Montana Regional Violent Crime Task Force.

This group includes Missoula Police Department, Missoula County Sheriff’s Department and FBI officials, along with the Montana Division of Criminal Investigation, the Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s Office, the United States Probation Office and the Montana Department of Corrections Probation and Parole Office.

They were assisted by the Flathead County Sheriff’s Department and the FBI SWAT Team.
The investigation began in 2015 with extensive interviews about methamphetamine distribution and firearm possession in the Missoula area that led to search warrants.
Investigators served three search warrants that resulted in the defendants’ arrests and seizure of the weapons and drugs ; one in East Missoula, one in Bonner area and one in Hungry Horse.

Investigators confiscated methamphetamine, weapons, $11,000 in cash.
The 68 firearms that were forfeit to the federal government included assault rifles, unregistered silencers, laser sights, grenade launchers, two homemade grenades and thousands of rounds of live ammunition.

“The task force has been instrumental in addressing some of the most violent offenders in our area,” said Mike Brady, Missoula Police Department Chief of Police.

DRUG-TRAFFICKING IN WESTERN MONTANA
FBI Special Agent Monte Shaide said that increased amounts of methamphetamine continue to comeinto Montana.

“We see amounts ranging from one ounce to pounds of methamphetamine,” Shaide said.
Imported methamphetamine is cheaper than the product that is produced locally, which drives demand for the drug to come from the west coast and Mexico, he said.

Corridors that suppliers are using to transport methamphetamine from these areas cut through Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, and Washington.

According to Cotter, the methamphetamine product that is being produced in southwestern United States and Mexico is headed by college-educated chemists working super labs.
Officials said that the large amounts of weaponry possessed by most of the conspirators were unique to this case.

“We are seeing a lot of these offenders being violent offenders. One, trying to bolster their street [credibility], their perception to other individuals out there, that they have weapons in their possession, so that deters other methamphetamine user to try and rip them from their product when they have it stored at their house,” Cotter said.

He said weapons are also frequently stolen and traded directly for methamphetamine. In neighborhoods where there is increased drug activity, people living there are adversely affected.

Shaide said when serving the warrant in Hungry Horse, people expressed their gratitude to have the trafficking hot spot neutralized.

“When we got there, in one of the windows, it was thank you FBI, for cleaning up our neighborhoods,” he said.

According to T.J. McDermott, Sheriff of Missoula County, drug trafficking brings other types of crime with it, including burglary and human trafficking.

“As a result of the huge amount of methamphetamine, heroin, and other drugs being trafficked and in sold in our community, we have seen an increase in violent crimes, as demonstrated by this case today, those trafficking drugs, are often violent offenders,” he said.

DEFENDANTS CHARGES AND SENTENCES

Prosecutors described the connections between the eight defendants in a statement Friday.
36-year-old Richard Wayne Stroh of Missoula is charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, and will serve 60 months in prison, with four years of supervised release.

He was a Missoula area supplier of methamphetamine. Stroh attained his product from 35-year-old Logan Rivers Weniger of Missoula, 39-year-old Neal Allen Maddox of Hungry Horse and Maddox’s common-law wife, 39-year-old Misty Leanne Beck, also from Hungry Horse.

Weniger was a supplier and distributor of methamphetamine in the Missoula area. He was charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and received the toughest sentence, 17.5 years in federal prison and five years of supervised release. He was in possession of large numbers of firearms and ammunition, including a grenade launcher. He also forfeited $3,100 cash.

Beck supplied methamphetamine to Stroh, and others, from her home in Hungry Horse. She and Maddox forfeited a large number of weapons and$2,800 cash. Both were charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and Maddox received additional charges for possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. Beck was sentenced to 72 months in prison and five years of supervision. Maddox was sentenced to 15 years in prison, and five years of supervised release.

48-year-old Katrina Lynn Everhart of Missoula was charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine that she received from Weniger and other sources. She will serve 60 months in prison, with four years supervised.

34-year-old Luke Aldon Hayes, from Missoula, was charged with being a felon in possession of firearms and unregistered silencers. He supplied firearms with others in exchange for methamphetamine for personal use. He was sentenced to 78 months in prison and three years of supervised release.

23-year-old Shacotta St. Onge of Missoula was considered a mid-level distributor of methamphetamine in the Missoula area. He was charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and will serve 51 months in prison, with seven years supervised.

37-year-old Ryan David Hippenstiel of Hayden Lake, Idaho, dealt primarily with St. Onge, but also knew Stroh and Hayes. He supplied methamphetamine obtained in Idaho to St. Onge. Hippenstiel is charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. He was in possession of a stolen handgun and $5,150 in cash that was forfeit to law enforcement. He was sentenced to 96 months in prison, with 10 years off supervised released.

All of the defendants pleaded guilty in federal court, and were prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Tim Racicot.

The possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime is an enhancement to the conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine charge and comes with a stiffer sentence.

A STATEWIDE ISSUE

According to Missoula Police Detective Guy Baker, most of the weapons will be destroyed by the FBI, except for some that will be retained for training purposes.
Baker said the amount of methamphetamine on the streets has been up for about the past five years, and to understand why people want to put themselves at risk to sell it, one must understand that the sales are highly profitable.
In rural places like Montana where the product is less readily available, dealers can increase the price to triple or quadruple the amount of places like Las Vegas, Baker added.
He also noted that the amount of heroin in Missoula is higher than what is seen in other parts of the state.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Members of the task force encourage people who see suspicious activity in their community to contact local law enforcement.

According to Ricky Shelbourne, Supervisory Senior Resident FBI Agent, drug task force members on the streets communicate with investigators in other arms of the task force that relationship ensures that citizen reports are utilized.

“That would not happen without the participation of the Missoula Police Department and the Missoula County Sheriff’s Department,” he said.

Cotter said the task force has been effective. In the fourth quarter of 2015, close to 32 federal indictments were achieved.

In Missoula and across Montana, methamphetamine continues to plague criminal justice and public health systems.

If you would like to file a report about drug trafficking in your area, you can fill out a form on the City of Missoula website, or contact law enforcement.

 

 

ktvh.com/2017/01/after-over-two-years-a-multi-state-drug-trafficking-organization-comes-to-a-close

 

PRESIDIO, TX (KWES) – U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers seized a total of 61 pounds of crystal methamphetamine on Wednesday and Thursday.

The street value of the drugs is nearly $2 million.

According to U.S. Border Protection, the first interception occurred at 9 a.m. Wednesday when a 24-year-old male Mexican citizen made entry through the Presidio port driving a 1999 Nissan Tsuru.

The vehicle inspection resulted in the discovery of 34 packages weighing 40 pounds and containing a white crystalline substance that later tested positive for properties of methamphetamine.

The largest methamphetamine seizure at the Presidio Port prior to this was in 2004 and stood at 38 pounds.

The second encounter took place at 8 a.m. Thursday.

We’re told CBP officers directed a 2008 Volkswagen Jetta driven by a 26-year-old Mexican male driver to the secondary area for an intensive inspection.

A total of 19 packages with 21 pounds of crystal meth were removed from the vehicle’s dash board area.

Both drivers were arrested and turned over to HIS ICE agents. They are facing federal smuggling charges.

 

kswo.com/story/34257135/61-pounds-of-crystal-methamphetamine-seized-at-presidio-port-of-entry

 

 

El Paso, Texas – Agents with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office working at the Presidio Port of Entry made a record-breaking seizure over the week. As part of that seizure, nearly $2 million worth of methamphetamine was seized from two separate drivers crossing into the U.S.

The first seizure happened Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. when a 24-year-old Mexican citizen entered the port in a 1999 Nissan Tsuru. A secondary inspection of the car revealed high density areas in the car’s front bumper which led to the discovery of 34 packages of crystal meth weighing approximately 40 pounds.

The seizure is the largest meth seizure ever at the port. The second largest seizure was made back in 2004, and weighed 38 pounds.

A second meth seizure was made on Thursday when a CBP officer directed the driver of a 2008 Volkswagen Jetta driven by a 26-year-old Mexican citizen to a secondary inspection. That inspection revealed an anomaly in the dashboard of the car.

CBP officers ultimately discovered 19 packages of crystal meth weighing 21 pounds inside the dash.

“The narcotic interception Wednesday morning set a new crystal methamphetamine seizure record for the port,” stated acting Port Director Steven Green. “Due to the vigilance and dedication of our officers these dangerous drugs never made it to American streets.”

Both drivers were arrested and turned over to HSI ICE agents to face federal smuggling charges.

 

 

 

elpasoproud.com/news/local/el-paso-news/record-2-million-in-meth-seized-at-presidio-port/640318437