KUALA LUMPUR: The police have detained two men who allegedly used a rented house in Chow Kit as a ‘drug laboratory’ to process methamphetamine.

During a raid on Jan 14, a police team also seized an assortment of drugs worth about RM150,000 from the house in Lorong Haji Taib 1 about 10.30 pm.

Kuala Lumpur police chief, Datuk Tajudin Md Isa said the drugs comprised one kilogram of crystal-like substance believed to be syabu, 12 tubes of heroin and several drug-making paraphernalia and chemicals used to process methamphetamine.

He told a media conference here today that the suspects, aged 42 and 50, tested positive for methamphetamine.

The duo have been remanded for seven days, beginning Jan 15 to facilitate investigations under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act which carries the mandatory death penalty upon conviction.

Earlier at a handing-over of duties ceremony, SAC Zainuddin Ahmad took over as the new Kuala Lumpur CID chief from ACP Abdul Razak Abdul Gahfur who was acting CID chief.

Abdul Razak resumed his original post as Kuala Lumpur CID deputy chief.

Zainuddin’s previous post as CID and Community Security chief was taken over by ACP Mohd Firdaus Abdullah. – Bernama

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Five Indonesian police officers arrested for drug possession as Bali Nine ringleader set to be shot ‘by the end of the month’
  • Five Indonesian police officers have been arrested on drug charges
  • One had over 7000 ecstasy pills and 700 grams of methamphetamines
  • Myuran Sukumaran has revealed he will be executed by end of the month
  • Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said the Australian government has raised case and that of Andrew Chan more than 50 times
  • On Sunday six drug offenders were executed by firing squad in Indonesia
  • They hailed from Indonesia, Brazil, the Netherlands, Vietnam, Malawi and Nigeria
  • This gave Bali Nine ringleaders Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran a look at what their fates could be
  • Sukumaran’s lawyer will make a last-ditch effort to save his client from being executed
  • Chan is still waiting to hear if his appeal for clemency will be granted

Just days after five men and a woman were executed for drug offences, Indonesian narcotics police confirmed that five officers have been arrested for drug possession.

One of the men now locked behind bars in the scandal is a member of a narcotics-busting unit – while another is a senior member of the National Police security and intelligence unit.

The extraordinary case comes in the wake of five foreign men and an Indonesian woman being gunned down by a firing squad in the early hours of Sunday after their final appeals for clemency were turned down.

The six drug traffickers were executed in the country just after midnight on Sunday, sparking diplomatic outrage from Brazil and The Netherlands which have now recalled their ambassadors.

Indonesia has announced that under new President Joko Widodo no mercy will be shown to those involved in the drug trade – an ominous warning for all prisoners on death row, including two Australian men and British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford.

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Five Indonesian police officers (not pictured) have been arrested on drug charges just days after the execution of six drug traffickers on death row

One of the Australians, Bali Nine ringleader Myuran Sukumaran, revealed to The Australian at the weekend he believed he was going to be executed ‘by the end of the month’.

‘Just yesterday I heard news that I’m going to be executed by the end of the month’, the 33-year-old told the paper from Kerobokan prison at the weekend.

Now commentators on social networks and on Indonesian newspaper comment pages are asking how senior police are going to handle the arrests of the officers allegedly involved in the drug trade.

Chief Brigadier Sudirman – a member of the West Jakarta Police’s narcotics unit who uses only one name, is said to have been arrested in a car in a hotel parking lot.

In the vehicle, it is alleged, were 7,457 ecstasy pills and more than 700 grams of methamphetamine.

In a statement to his fellow officers, Sudirman claimed the drugs belonged to a man identified only as A and insisted that he was only in charge of the sale.

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Dutch citizen Ang Kiem Soei (left in 2003) along with Brazilian national Marco Moreira (right in 2004 in his holding cell) were both executed on Sunday morning  just after midnight

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Bali Nine ringleader Myuran Sukumaran has revealed he will be executed by the end of this month

But commentators in the Jakarta Post comment page said that if found guilty the police should be given the same capital punishment as others sentenced to death.

Referring to Suidrman’s alleged claim of only being in charge of the sale, one writer said that was the same as being a drug trafficker ‘and anything less than an execution for them will be a clear sign of corruption and hypocrisy.’

He added: ‘This is just a small amount like (the amount) those just executed (for) and on top of that it’s these people who are supposed to be cleaning up the streets, not supplying them.’

Another writer, identified as Markus asked: ‘Will these policemen be given the death penalty as other drug carriers? Let’s see what Indonesia does here as the world will be watching this one very closely.’

Confirming the arrests of the officers, Jakarta Police spokesman Senior Commander Martinus Sitompul said the cases were ‘still under police investigation,’ the Jakarta Post reported.

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Locals have expressed their outrage over the arrests of the officers (not pictured), saying they should face the same consequences as other offenders

The first arrest, last week, came when Jakarta Police’s narcotics division raided a house in the south of the city and arrested three officers from the South Jakarta police unit, along with a staff member from a private tv company.

The arrested police were identified as Second brigadier Nurhidayat, First Brigadier Susanto and Second Inspector Sikandar. The private individual was named as Heri Susanto.

At the house, it is alleged, the narcotics officers found two grams of methamphetamine, electronic scales and a glass pipe.

The following day the drugs team arrested Second Inspector Andri Agus Krismantoro, a member of the National Police security and intelligence unit. The result of the raid in South Jarkarta, it is alleged, was a total of 15 grams of methamphetamine in nine Ziploc bags, along with electronic scales and a bong.

Then came the arrest of Chief Brigadier Sideman of the narcotics unit as he was sitting in a car with thousands of ecstasy pills and hundreds of grams of methamphetamine.

This comes as the Australian federal government revealed has raised the cases of Sukumaran and fellow Australian ringleader Andrew Chan with Indonesia more than 50 times, according to Foreign Minister Julie Bishop.

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Foreign Minister Julie Bishop (left) said there have been more than 50 meetings about Sukumaran and Andrew Chan (right) pushing for clemency for the Australian men

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Indonesian President Joko Widodo (left) has faced criticism over his first round of executions as leader

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Ms Bishop said there had been 50 to 55 meetings between Australia and Indonesia about the issue over the years.

‘Prime Minister Abbott and I have continued to raise the cases every time we meet with the senior leadership of the Indonesian government,’ she told Nine Network on Monday.

‘My personal view is that an execution of drug traffickers will not stop the problems of drugs in and out of Indonesia.’

The federal government has been pushing for Indonesia to grant a presidential clemency to Sukumaran and Chan.

However, clemency has been officially denied to Sukumaran and expected to be denied to Chan.

Ms Bishop said Australians found the death penalty abhorrent.

But she conceded Indonesia was an independent sovereign nation and its new government had campaigned on the platform that it would be tough on drug traffickers.

Sukumaran has developed a passion for painting and a close friendship with artist Ben Quilty while behind bars, confiding in his mentor that he can’t sleep for fear of the footsteps in the night which will spell the end of his life.

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Sukumaran (left) has developed a passion for painting while behind bars under the mentorship of Australian artists Ben Quilty (right)

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This is a self-portrait painted by the 33-year-old prisoner, who believes he will be executed this month

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He has also painted many other people including fellow death row prisoner and Bali Nine ringleader Andrew Chan (pictured)

Painting presents a welcome reprieve for Sukumaran, and Quilty’s advice to his friend on how to spend what could be his final days was to keep doing what he loved.

Meantime, President Joko Widodo ordered his first round of executions in the early hours of Sunday, with four men and two women dying.

One woman, Rani Andriani, was from Indonesia while the rest hailed from Brazil, the Netherlands, Vietnam, Malawi and Nigeria.

Vietnamese woman Tran Thi Bich Hanh was executed in Boyolali district in central Java, while Andriani, Brazilian Marco Archer Cardoso Moreira, Dutchman Ang Kiem Soei, Nigerian Daniel Enemuo and Malawi’s Namaona Denis were put to death on Nusa Kambangan Island.

The island is home to a high-security prison located off the south coast of the archipelago’s main island of Java.

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Wife of convicted drug smuggler Namaona Denis pictured here just before his execution on January 18

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Dewo Retno Atik leaves the maximum security prison Nusa Kambangan in Cilacap in Central Java

All of the executed were caught attempting to smuggle drugs, except for Soei who was found guilty of operating a huge ecstasy-producing factory.

The executions of those who were handed their sentences between 2000 and 2001 were carried out just after midnight on Sunday, the ABC reported Indonesian attorney-general’s office spokesman Tony Spontana as saying.

Chan, 31, and Sukumaran, 33, are expected to be executed this year, but the former is waiting to hear back from the court about whether or not he has been granted clemency.

The latter had his appeal rejected last month, 9News reported.

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Bali Nine ringleaders Andrew Chan (right) and Myuran Sukumaran (left) are scheduled for execution in 2015

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A convoy of ambulances carrying coffins make their way to Nusa Kambangan prison at Wijayapura quay, Cilacap, Central Java

In a last-ditch effort to save his client from meeting the same fate as those executed on Sunday, Sukumaran’s Indonesia lawyer Todung Mulya Lubis told News Corp he would be submitting a request to Denpasar District Court for a case review next week.

This review, which is called a PK in the south-east Asian country, is usually granted when new evidence emerges.

Both Chan and Sukumaran have had previous PKs rejected before.

But it is not known if an appeal for a second review will even be allowed as there is no legislation surrounding the issue as of yet in Indonesia.

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Ambulance transports the body of executed Dutchman Ang Kiem Soei from Nusa Kambangan prison

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Police officers and security personnel stand guard as a ferry carrying ambulances sets off for Nusa Kambangan island where the executions of the five of six drug convicts were carried out

Mr Lubis said the law had been applied wrongly to the last review, which was denied by the Supreme Court.

The lawyer will argue Sukumaran, who has served 10 years in prison, is now reformed and has helped fellow prisoners also rehabilitate by setting up in-house jail programs.

‘If the purpose of any sentence is rehabilitation… those who have made a significant change in their life should be given relief. It doesn’t mean that he has to be freed because he has also admitted that he is guilty of a narcotic crime, Mr Lubis told News Corp.

‘However, there are many forms of punishment. A life sentence or 20 years prison term or 25 years prison term. There are many forms of other punishment. I just want to ensure that the perspective of justice should be at the forefront.’

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An ambulance carrying the coffin containing the body of drug convict Malawian national Namaona Denis leaves from Nusa Kambangan island

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The members of the Bali Nine were arrested in 2005 on charges of a plot to smuggle 8.2kg heroin into Australia

If the pair – who were caught trying to smuggle in 8.2kg of heroin from Indonesia to Australia in 2005 – are to be executed, Sunday would have given them a grim preview of what was to come for them.

Before the six convicted drug offenders faced the firing squad, made of 12 police officers, they were isolated in cells and were allowed last visits from family members and religious figures in the lead up to their deaths.

They were lined up and donned aprons that had reflectors attached on them over their hearts.

The six were shot dead all at the same time on Sunday.

Their executions have attracted widespread criticism from world leaders, including from Amnesty International, calling for Mr Widodo to scrap the death penalty.

The organization’s research director for south-east Asia and the Pacific, Rupert Abbott, called the executions ‘a seriously regressive move’.

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Kerobokan prison in Denpasar is where Chan and Sukumaran are being held in Indonesia

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A spokesman for Denpasar District Court displays a clemency presidential decree for Myuran Sukumaran

‘The new administration has taken office on the back of promises to make human rights a priority, but the execution of six people flies in the face of these commitments,’ Mr Abbott said in a statement.

‘This is a country that just a few years ago had taken positive steps to move away from the death penalty, but the authorities are now steering the country in the opposite direction.

‘The government must immediately halt plans to put more people to death.’

Mr Abbott urged Indonesia to ‘impose a moratorium on the use of the death penalty with a view to its eventual abolition’.

While the European Union’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini called the plan ‘deeply regrettable’.

News of the looming executions has galvanized Australians seeking clemency for Chan and Sukumaran, with 2,500 signatures on a petition begging Indonesian president Joko Widodo for mercy on their behalf.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Top leaders of Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel smuggled huge amounts of methamphetamine and other drugs to the United States, according to indictments unsealed Friday that reflect the organization’s recent success dominating criminal activity on California’s southern border.

Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada and two of his sons are among five dozen people charged in 14 indictments. Another son has pleaded guilty in the same investigation, which began in 2011 by targeting a small drug-dealing ring in the San Diego suburbs of Chula Vista and National City and reached top leaders through the use of more than 200 wiretaps.

So far, 117 people have been charged in the investigation, which alleges the cartel smuggled Mexican methamphetamine and marijuana, as well as South American cocaine and heroin, across the U.S. border.

The elder Zambada, who is at-large, was a key target for U.S. and Mexican authorities well before last year’s arrest in Mexico of Sinaloa cartel kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. Zambada was charged in two other U.S. cases in 2009 filed in Chicago and Brooklyn, New York. Adam Braverman, an assistant U.S. attorney, said he is charged elsewhere in the country in cases filed under seal.

“We know for sure that Mayo is recognized as a leader. But it’s hard for him to run day-to-day operations because he’s definitely on the run. He’s moving from place to place,” said William Sherman, special agent in charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in San Diego.

U.S. authorities said the elder Zambada is 64 years old and has four sons, including three who were charged in the San Diego investigation. Zambada is charged with continuing a criminal enterprise, which carries a maximum penalty of life in prison, and multiple counts of conspiracy. The indictment was filed under seal in July.

Ismael Zambada Imperial, who has been in Mexican custody since his November arrest, is said by U.S. authorities to be 30 years old and responsible for smuggling cocaine across the U.S. border and laundering money. Ismael Zambada Sicairos, who is at-large, is said to be 32 years old and responsible for making methamphetamine in Mexico, smuggling it across the U.S. border and money laundering.

Serafin Zambada pleaded guilty to drug trafficking charges last year in San Diego after his arrest at a Nogales, Arizona, border crossing. Vicente Zambada pleaded guilty to drug trafficking charges in Chicago in 2013.

The Sinaloa cartel, long one of Mexico’s most powerful, has extended its grip in recent years to Tijuana, across the border from San Diego, defeating a longtime rival family.

U.S. authorities say the Sinaloa cartel used its new stronghold to orchestrate a surge of cheap methamphetamine into the country. U.S. inspectors seized 23,335 pounds of the drug at border crossings with Mexico in the 2014 fiscal year, more than double the 10,106 pounds discovered three years earlier. More than 63 percent seized last year at Mexico crossings was in California.

Those indicted are “family members and people that were being groomed to take over all future operations of the cartel,” said the DEA’s Sherman.

They include Alfonso Arzate, known as “Achilles,” who is described by U.S. and Mexican authorities as a major figure in Tijuana, and his younger brother, Rene Arzate, who is known as “The Frog.” Braverman said it is the first time the brothers have been charged in the U.S. Both men are at-large.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ANNISTON, Ala. —A mother has been arrested after traces of methamphetamine were found in the body of her deceased 4-month-old baby, according to the Anniston Police Department.

Anniston Police Capt. Allen George said Tyelyn Kay Sanders has been charged with three counts of chemical Tyelyn-Sanders-jpgendangerment.

Police officers were called to a home in the 5000 block of Buggy Lane on Aug. 10, 2014.

George said the officers found the infant inside the home not breathing. The baby was pronounced dead by the Calhoun County Coroner’s Office and Northeast Alabama Regional Medical Center.

George said no foul play was suspected at the time. However, the infant’s body was sent to the Alabama Department of Forensic Science for an autopsy.

The Police Department received the results in January, which showed methamphetamine in the infant’s bloodstream, according to George.

George said Sanders admitted to breastfeeding the baby.

An 8-year-old boy and 2-year-old girl, who were also at the home, were later tested and methamphetamine was found in their bloodstream as well, George said.

The two children are now in the custody of the Department of Human Resources.

George said the case is still under investigation and will be presented to a grand jury.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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LANCASTER — The woman who shot her two sons and herself in the head two weeks ago in Montfort had been released one day earlier from a state mental health facility after she was taken there for an emergency commitment for making suicidal threats, law enforcement officials said Friday.54bab5a78f2ee_image

The deaths of Morgan Slaight, 27, and her son, Jaxon, 8, were ruled a murder-suicide by the Grant County coroner and Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff Nate Dreckman said Friday.

Slaight, a recovering methamphetamine addict who moved to Wisconsin from Tulsa last year, used a .22-caliber pistol to shoot Jaxon and another son, Joseph, 6, and then herself at her sister’s home at 305 E. Main St. on Jan. 2. Jaxon was found dead at the scene while Slaight died Tuesday at UW Hospital. Joseph remains in critical condition at UW Hospital but is showing signs of improvement, Dreckman said.

A third son, Charlie, 2, was living with relatives elsewhere at the time of the shooting, Dreckman said.

Slaight was taken to Winnebago Mental Health Institute on Dec. 22 after somebody called the Sheriff’s Office to say Slaight was making suicidal threats and was seeking help, said Capt. Anthony Sheckles, who led the investigation.

The decision for the emergency commitment was made by officials at Unified Community Services, which serves Grant and Iowa counties, Dreckman said.

Slaight made no comments about harming anyone other than herself, Sheckles said.

Slaight was released from Winnebago on Jan. 1, Dreckman said.

“This is not an uncommon thing for us to place somebody in emergency detention,” Dreckman said. “A lot of times, they are there and getting help and once the mental health professionals decide they are OK and are able to go back home, they are sent home.”

Sheckles referred questions about Slaight’s release to Winnebago mental health officials. State Department of Health Services spokeswoman Jennifer Miller said she would not comment due to confidentiality laws.

Sheckles said investigators didn’t know what triggered the suicidal threats or the shootings.

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Slaight, who grew up in the Dodgeville area, moved with her three sons from the Tulsa, Oklahoma, area to Edmund in Iowa County six months ago after she separated from her husband, Tyler. She moved again to Montfort to live with her sister and brother-in-law.

That followed a tumultuous two-year period in which Oklahoma’s Department of Human Services took over custody of Slaight’s children in 2012 while she and her husband sought treatment for their methamphetamine addictions. Slaight also spent about four months in jail and pleaded guilty to felony possession of a stolen vehicle.

Last month’s emergency commitment occurred one week after the Tulsa County Juvenile Division in Oklahoma renewed that custody order, online court records show.

It is not clear when or if Slaight received that order. According to a certified mail receipt, the document was delivered to Slaight on the “20th,” but it doesn’t mention a year or month or an address for her. Her husband, Tyler, who lives in Tulsa, received a document that listed Morgan as the custodian of their two children; the certified mail receipt said it was delivered to him on Dec. 31.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Cache man has been arrested after police say he gave his mother meth-laced urine to drink.6462373_G

According to KSWO, police arrested 54-year-old Elmer Lee Fort III after his 89-year-old mother tested positive for methamphetamine. Police say the woman had been sick for several days and refused to go to the hospital.

When the woman was finally taken to the hospital on Jan.8, a toxicology report came back positive for meth. During her hospital visit, police say the woman said her son gave her a “foul tasting tea“. The woman believed the tea contained urine.

The Cache Police Department obtained a search warrant for the home the woman and Fort were living in and discovered drugs, drug paraphernalia, a a shotgun. Police say they also found four large Styrofoam cups and a coffee mug containing 480 milliliters of urine. The cups of urine, a glass pipe, and a bag containing a white powdery substance all tested positive for meth.

Police then arrested Fort on complaints of abuse and neglect of a vulnerable adult, possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of drug paraphernalia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.okcfox.com/story/27869634/police-man-served-meth-laced-urine-to-elderly-mother

 

Lookout Mountain Drug Task Force commander Patrick Doyle said the drug “ice” methamphetamine is on the rise in Walker County.

According to Doyle, a father and daughter were arrested on Tuesday, Jan. 13, at their residence on Bandy Road just outside the city of LaFayette for possession of meth with the intent to distribute.

Doyle said Leon and Nancy Ingram were receiving the ice meth in bulk form and packaging it for resale.

After receiving information that the Ingram’s were distributing the ice, a search warrant was gained to search their home on Bandy Road.

After searching the residence on Jan. 13, between $1,500 and $2,000 in ice meth was discovered.

Doyle said the Ingram’s were buying the ice in bulk and cutting it down for resale from their residence. Buying the drug in bulk is cheaper and then once the drug is cut down, it is sold at a higher price.

Doyle said the wholesale value of the drug is typically $900 per ounce and then once the drug is cut down, it sells for $100 per gram (an ounce has 28 grams), thus making the local dealer a huge profit.

The ice meth, Doyle said, is usually purchased from international cartels and brought into the area and sold by a small-time distributor.

The ice looks like rock salt and is a more pure form of meth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A potent stimulant popular both with jihadist fighters and soldiers in the Syrian army was seized in the West Bank, police from the Judea and Samaria district said.Teenage Boy Buying Drugs On The Street From Dealer

In a statement put out on Friday, district police said that while checking a Palestinian returning from Jordan by way of the Allenby crossing they found 1.3 kg. of hashish as well as thousands of pills of Captagon.

The Palestinian man, a resident of Jericho, told police that the pills were to treat his heart condition. He was arrested and taken for questioning by Ma’aleh Adumim police.

A representative for the Judea and Samaria police district was not able to say on Saturday night if this was the first seizure of Captagon in the West Bank.

Captagon is the brand name for a stimulant with the active ingredient fenethylline, a chemical linkage of amphetamine and theophylline. The drug was outlawed in most of the west by the mid-’80s but remains extremely popular in the Arab world, especially in Syria, where much of it is manufactured.

Bootleg and generic copycats are quite common.

Recent reports have stated that Captagon is highly popular with fighters on both sides of the Syrian war; both jihadists from Islamic State and other groups as well as soldiers in the Syrian army.

An article published in The Guardian last week “Captagon: The amphetamine fueling Syria’s civil war,” said that the trade in the drug continues to bring millions of dollars in revenue each year, almost certainly paying for arms for rebel and jihadist forces and serving as a popular battlefield stimulant for fighters on both sides.

Earlier investigations by Reuters and Time said that the drug has become popular with Syria’s war-wracked civilian population.

In recent years, reports have surfaced that Lebanese Shi’ite terrorist group Hezbollah have been helping fund their activities through the production and trafficking of large amounts of fake Captagon, producing powerful methamphetamine pills sold across the Middle East. Lebanese authorities have also busted a number of drug labs in southern Lebanon that were reportedly used to cook methamphetamines.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Cache-of-jihad-drug-popular-among-ISIS-fighters-seized-in-West-Bank-388048

 

North Korea hasn’t had too much assistance from the real world post the collapse of the Soviet union, this country after all the tough sanctions and disastrous policy decisions was facing the brink of destruction when they were hit by a famine in 1990 and that was the last straw. An estimated one million people died, the infamous Kim regime, witnessed factories going out of work, losing oil. Determined and desperate to survive the Kim regime forced community farms to cultivate opium poppies, soon illegal trade became a big source of income for the Kim run North Korea.

Opium wasn’t the only drug that ran North Korea, soon enough there was a modern drug that originated from Japan, called methamphetamine or commonly known as Meth or ice. North Korea became a major producer of the drug, these chemical drugs or ice crystals would be smuggled to China from where it would be sold to various suppliers and it has eventually found its way to all big western countries too. Though North Korea later outlawed this, out of a lack of a decent income, these Meth factories were shifted to more isolated locations and the worst tragedy of all this is that the tragic fallout of the country and its policies has led to so many of the country’s own citizens becoming addicted to Methamphetamine and its various derivatives.

What is shocking though is how common it has become; Meth is a highly addictive substance, as very few commodities are available. It is used for treating cold and back pain to suppress hunger pangs during times of food shortage. In one interview a North Korean citizen alleges that with the condition of North Korea, she says when we have guests at home we offer a cup of tea, they offer a sniff of ice. Whatever limited statistics are available are shocking, a huge number of citizens are reported to be hooked to Methamphetamine. Studies from the US and China found soaring levels of crystal meth addiction in border regions with North Korea. Few users realize the dangers or what the side-effects will be. This intensely addictive drug has side effects ranging from blurred vision and insomnia to heart attacks and strokes.

According to narcotics investigators the North Korean government ran the production of opium, meth and other drugs for raising desperately needed hard cash for the late leader Kim Jong II, while this drug business was state-controlled, the use within the country was kept in check and it was only made for export. According to the U.S. State Department’s 2013 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report, the North Korean government has largely left the drug business, but soon after the government shut down operation, small meth laboratories sprung up all over North Korea catering to a country that doesn’t even have access to proper medicine, as Meth has taken its place.

News doesn’t get leaked from that self imposed iron clad nation, a few citizens who defected from North Korea say that when the earlier president Kim Jong II in 2003, found out about ice on the streets he was originally supposed to send them to concentration camps or remote villages with no food, when he discovered that the learned people and chemists of his nations were the ones producing this he forgave them and blessed meth as a super antibiotic. No one can verify this story but even today there aren’t any de-addiction centres, these citizens aren’t even sent to concentration camps, if found using crystal meth, they are sent to farming for 10 years and then they join the army at lower ranks.

It is ironic that the same people who have to enforce the law accept bribes such as beef which is rare in North Korea and crystal meth. How will the government ever crack down on them if government officials themselves are addicted to the substance, according to one report the higher your rank is in the government the more ice or meth has to be given along with dollars. Even for something as small as getting a stamp requires one gram of ice as bribe.

With the country in such dire conditions, the army is the only source of any protection, if the youth of North Korea grow up having crystal meth in their systems and army officers have a raging meth addiction the illusion of protection will also die down soon leaving this country exposed to outside attacks. If meth addicts are allowed to join the army as lower officers then where is the hope for this country. Hunger, poverty, lack of medicines, shortages in electricity and natural resources and high mortality rate were all the problems that plagued North Korea, now half of its citizens being drug addicts can be added to the woeful never ending lists of North Korea’s problems.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Three adults were removed from a Mason County foster care home — after police found a meth lab inside.

It’s one for the books. The Mason County Sheriff and Department of Human Services say they have never dealt with a situation like this before.6461625_G

Last night, a Northern Michigan drug team discovered an active meth lab at the Wallager Adult Foster Care home off of US-10 in Walhalla.

Mason County Sheriff, Kim Cole says, “Clearly it’s disturbing that you have meth labs in the first place in your area and of course when you put the component of people that rely on others for care that certainly adds an added danger.”

The drug team went into the Wallager Adult Foster Care home last night and say they found an active meth lab and arrested Russell Wallager and Alice Ramirez. It’s unclear how those two are related to the home. Sheriff Cole says, “The SSCENT Team secured the residence and then called in their state version of hazmat to come in and clean it up.”

The Department of Human Services says three adults who were being cared for were in the home at the time. They were immediately removed from the home. Bob Wheaton. spokesman for DHS says, “Usually what we want to do is first determine if the residents are safe and are okay after something like this and then we need to find an alternative place for them to live because at this point we can’t guarantee obviously that the place where they had been staying is a safe place for them to be.”

DHS says they have never dealt with any cases involving possible meth making in an adult foster care home and are now taking action. Wheaton says, “We investigate and then determine what we feel like is appropriate action regarding the license so in a lot of cases like this it’ll be a summary suspension of the license for a period of time or if it’s determined that it’s serious enough it could be permanent revocation of the license.”

Those who know the family say it’s devastating finding out what was going on. Lawrence Burns, a friend of the family says, “Russell, I guess is just a bad apple. I just hope they don’t let him out of jail.”

Russell Wallager and Alice Ramirez were charged with operating a meth lab, making meth, and two counts of having a firearm.

Wallager faces double penalties because of prior drug related charges.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The niece of a local mayor Thursday pleaded guilty to possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute, according to U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley. Springhill Police Department

Reiny Ratliff, 21, niece of Springhill Mayor Carroll Breaux, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge S. Maurice Hicks Jr. to one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

Ratliff  was arrested March 12, 2014, after Springhill Police responded  to a complaint that someone was illegally parked in a handicapped spot at Springhill’s Dollar General store.  While questioning Ratliff, the officer saw drug paraphernalia in the car, arrested her, and impounded the vehicle.

Upon search of Ratliff’s purse, 229.7 grams of methamphetamine and $5,347 were found.

Ratliff faces up to 20 years in prison, three years supervised release, a $1 million fine and forfeiture of the money found. A sentencing date of April 29, 2015 was set.

The DEA and Springhill Police Department conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney James G. Cowles is prosecuting the case.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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NORWOOD — A Norwood woman was charged with felonies for burglary and manufacturing methamphetamine Thursday morning, according to state police.REYNOLDS-mug_img_assist_custom-120x150

Troopers said they received a report of a burglary in progress at 9:56 a.m. at 39 1/2 South Main St.

Police said they entered the residence and located 30-year-old Jessica L. Reynolds of Norwood inside.

Reynolds did not have the permission of the homeowner to be in the residence, troopers said.

She was allegedly in possession of several precursors used in the manufacture and production of methamphetamine.

She was charged with third-degree manufacturing methamphetamine and second-degree burglary, officers said.

Reynolds was reportedly arraigned in the Potsdam Town Court and was remanded to St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility in lieu of $7,500 cash bail or $15,000 bond.

She is to reappear in the Town of Potsdam Court on Jan. 20 at 2 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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PHOENIX (CBS5) – A Surprise man is facing a laundry list of charges after allegedly stealing a car with two children inside and running from police.

It started when a traffic stop in Phoenix Wednesday evening took an unusual turn.27869992_BG1

According to police, Stewart Galligan, 35, pushed his girlfriend out of the driver’s seat so he could take control of the vehicle. He allegedly then hit the gas and took off with his girlfriend’s two kids, ages 3 and 5, still in the car. Police said Galligan nearly hit four officers as he fled.

The arresting officer wrote in his probable cause statement that Galligan sped into a neighborhood and then rammed the car through a chain link fence and wooden safety barrier. The car flew into the air, landing on a block and wrought iron fence.

Police said Galligan fled again, this time on foot, “leaving the children to fend for themselves.” The kids were not hurt in the crash.

A police helicopter located Galligan in a yard a short time later. He refused to come out of hiding, so officers on the ground sent a K-9 in after him.

Based on their interview with Galligan’s girlfriend, police believe Galligan had been smoking meth before the initial traffic stop.

A search of the vehicle turned up a plastic bag containing a “usable amount of methamphetamine” and the glass pipe Galligan allegedly used to smoke it.

During the booking process, officers learned Galligan was already wanted on a felony warrant. No information about the warrant was immediately available.

According to court paperwork, police believe Galligan has “shown his proclivity for attempting [sic] to elude police and his tendency to use violence to do so.”

Galligan now faces more than a dozen felony charges, including kidnapping, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, car theft, drug possession and use and child endangerment.

A search of Arizona Department of Corrections records shows an inmate with the same name and birthdate was released from prison in April 2013. Supervision ended in August 2013. That inmate also served nearly a year in 2008-2009.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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EAST WAREHAM – Authorities seized more than four pounds of methamphetamine worth more than $200,000 on the street from an East Wareham residence as part of a multi-law-enforcement agency follow-up to a heroin trafficking case in September that also led to marijuana and hash oil-related arrests in Bourne.10941838_995767313771043_3898619604281267316_n

Police said David Landry was arrested by Barnstable Police for multiple counts of heroin trafficking following an extensive investigation on Sept. 12, 2014 and has been held at the Barnstable House of Correction on $150,000 bail since his arrest.

During the past five months, investigating detectives continued the investigation into Landry and members of his drug-trafficking organization, police said. That lengthy investigation uncovered evidence identifying and linking several other individuals to the operation, including Evan Lopes, 26, of Wareham; Justin Groom, 25, of Bourne; and Derek Locurto, 29, of Bourne.

Search warrants were obtained Wednesday for two residences tied to the Landry drug- trafficking investigation, police said. The houses were located at 14 Point Pleasant Circle in E. Wareham and 304 Village Drive in Bourne. Investigators from several different agencies Thursday executed the two search warrants simultaneously.

Upon searching the East Wareham address, detectives seized more than two kilograms (approximately 2,200 grams) of suspected methamphetamine, which was found by Wareham Detective Bryan Whalen buried under a large pile of firewood outside the residence. Evan Lopes was arrested and charged with trafficking methamphetamine (over 200 grams) and was transported to the Wareham Police Department, where he was held without bail pending arraignment in Wareham District Court Friday. Police said the wholesale value of the methamphetamine is more than $40,000 and the street value is more than $200,000.10451779_995768313770943_415478862018670304_n

Officers also seized several ounces of marijuana and more than $7,000 in cash from the Village Drive residence. Derek Locurto will face a future charge of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

Police noted in a press release that detectives on Tuesday, Jan. 6, raided another Bourne residence at 8 Cheryl Lane associated with the Landry investigation and discovered a sophisticated hydroponic marijuana-grow operation inside the residence.

Justin Groom was arrested after detectives seized approximately $50,000 worth of hydroponic-grow equipment, $5,500 in cash, and more than $35,000 in marijuana and hash oil.

Detectives from Barnstable, Falmouth, Mashpee, the Barnstable Sheriff’s Office, Wareham, and Bourne, along with ATF agents participated in the cooperative multi-jurisdictional investigation. The investigation continues and more arrests are expected, police said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ARKANSAS CITY, Kan. —  Police in Arkansas City said they have arrested a woman believed to have left a baggie of meth on the counter of a local convenience store.

Newscow reports officers were sent on Wednesday to the Casey’s General Store at 625 West Madison Ave. Workers told officers a woman wearing pink pants and an army hat left the drugs on the counter.meth94

The suspect left the store in a white Dodge pickup.

Officers found the truck nearby and arrested 25-year-old Danielle Martens, of Ark City, after identifying her as the person who left the drugs behind.

Martens was booked for possession of meth and possession of drug paraphernalia. Police did not say how much methamphetamine was in the baggie.

Her bond was set at $6,000. She also forfeited bond in connection with a previous case.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.kake.com/home/headlines/Police-Ark-City-woman-left-meth-on-store-counter-288862911.html

 

BARNSTABLE— Barnstable police said they seized two kilograms of methamphetamine Thursday, the culmination of a seven-month long investigation into drug sales on the Cape.

The Cape Cod Times reported that the investigation started in July when police began making undercover buys of heroin. In September they arrested a Forestdale man. That bust led to the discovery January 6 of a 3,000-square-foot hydroponic marijuana grow operation in Bourne.

On Thursday, police executed two search warrants based on information developed from earlier arrests. At a home in East Wareham, officers found a two kilograms of methamphetamine hidden under a pile of fire wood. The drugs are valued at approximately $200,000. At a Bourne home, officers confiscated several ounces of marijuana and $7,000 in cash.

Police have arrested four men since the investigation started:

  • David Landry, 26, of Forestdale was arraigned on charges he sold heroin to undercover officers on four separate occasions. He was ordered held in lieu of $150,000 cash bail.
  • Justin Groom, 26, of Bourne was arrested, and $50,000 in hydroponic equipment, $5,500 in cash and $35,000 worth of marijuana was seized.
  • Evan Lopes, 26, of Wareham was arraigned in Wareham District Court on a charge of trafficking in methamphetamine (over 200 ounces). He was ordered held in lieu of $50,000 cash bail.
  • Derek Locurto, 29, of Bourne, faces a charge of possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute.

Detectives from the Barnstable, Falmouth, Mashpee, Wareham and Bourne police departments, deputies of the Barnestable Sheriff’s Department and agents of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives participated in the investigation. Authorities expect more arrests.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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JUDGES and politicians are being urged to radically change the way the state fights an “ice” epidemic, as new figures show use of the drug exploded last year. 962083-fa7bb5bc-9f05-11e4-8f33-8e666e0016f7

Victim advocates and the police union say damage to the community from crystal methamphetamine has reached a crisis point and requires a dramatic change in the way society tackles the issue — starting with soft-touch judges who allow addict criminals to escape punishment time and time again.

NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research figures show the number of cases involving possession and use of amphetamines — including methamphetamines and ice, the stronger form of that drug — rocketed 25.9 per cent from 5108 incidents in 2013 to 6429 in 2014.

The number of cases involving dealing and trafficking in amphetamines rose from 1676 to 1747 in the same period.

NSW Police Association president Scott Weber said ice addicts before the courts should undergo mandatory rehabilitation and not be allowed back on the streets until they are no longer a threat. He said there should be greater focus and more resources for education programs preventing people getting hooked on ice in the first place.

Mr Weber slammed the judiciary‘s approach to crystal meth and said offenders were being let off the hook day after day, despite clear evidence of the destruction they cause.

“Time and time again we’re seeing seasoned criminals that keep committing these same offences put back out on the street,” Mr Weber said.

“It’s morale-sapping for police but people in the community pay the ultimate price because they have to deal with offenders hurting loved ones.”940468-ice-1

The death in Bowral last week of Kevin Norris was the latest example of violence linked to the drug, which senior police admit is being used in increasing amounts and is readily available. Mr Norris, 38, was on a three-day ice binge before he became violent at a McDonald’s restaurant on January 10. He was tasered and died later at Bowral police station, sparking a critical incident investigation.

Mr Weber would not comment on that incident but said people who use the drug have higher pain thresholds and become “extremely aggravated, emotive, aggressive and strong”, allowing them to carry out extreme violence beyond normal capabilities.

Anti-violence campaigner Ken Marslew, a representative on the NSW government’s Sentencing Council, said ice effects could be dramatic.962135-f3881944-9f05-11e4-8f33-8e666e0016f7

“Even the nicest of people become animals as a result of taking this drug,” Mr Marslew said.

“It is an epidemic because ice is relatively easy to make and you can get a lot out into the marketplace at a relatively cheap price.”

Peter and Beck McNeill said the ice epidemic was worse than the heroin crisis that swept parts of Western Sydney 20 years ago. They want new powers to allow parents to force ice-addicted children into rehabilitation.

The McNeills’ eldest son Dane went from being a promising ice hockey player to an ice addict and low-level drug dealer.  The 20-year-old was stabbed to death over an allegedly trivial amount of drugs and his body was dumped in a suitcase and set on fire in Picnic Point last July.

959417-499c9f20-9ebc-11e4-b9c3-ee66fd2b4239Three people, including two brothers and a pregnant woman, are accused of murdering or being an accessory to the death.

“(Ice) is like a wrecking ball through society,” Peter McNeill said.

“With heroin they are in a lull but with ice they snap — they go into a rage, they are in a superhuman stage.”

Premier Mike Baird has promised to take action on the drug, which he described as a “scourge” on society.

“Like anyone I am horrified to hear of the terrible impact ice has on our society and we are determined to do more,” he said.

952583-ice-2NSW drugs squad head Tony Cook said the number of violent incidents carried out by ice-addicted offenders was a “significant concern” and said use of the drug has increased.

“It’s pretty clear that ice can result in incidents of psychosis and psychotic behavior — it rips people and families apart,” he said.

Detective Superintendent Cook said the number of backyard labs where ice was made had leveled off — but the amount those labs can churn out is increasing. “One of our concerns is the scale we’re seeing,” he said. “We’ve had examples where we’re seizing vessels in the order of 100 and 200 liters. That’s production on a commercial scale.’’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) – The attorney for a man accused of attacking a woman in a toilet stall at a Big Lots store last year while wearing a child’s pink Barbie costume told a jury Thursday that he may have cross-dressed because he was high on alcohol and methamphetamine but was not guilty of an assault.tutu1

Gregory Phillip Schwartz, 41, is charged with four felonies, including assault with the intent to commit rape and false imprisonment by violence. He faces more than seven years in prison if convicted.

In her opening statement, Deputy District Attorney Mary-Ellen Barrett told jurors that the victim — identified as Susan in court — went into the Big Lots store in Clairemont the afternoon of Feb. 28 and entered the women’s restroom while talking on her cell phone.

Once in a stall, Susan noticed a man’s bare feet in the stall next to her, Barrett said.

The prosecutor alleged Schwartz crawled under a partition and grabbed the victim by the neck. When she screamed, the defendant put his hand over her mouth and said “Shhh,” according to the prosecutor.

The victim told authorities that her attacker put his hands on his waist, and fearing he was about to unbutton his pants, she fought him and ran out of the restroom.

Store surveillance video shows Schwartz emerge from the women’s restroom wearing the Barbie costume and go into the men’s restroom. Minutes later, the defendant emerges, wearing pants and a Padres jacket, and exits the store.

Defense attorney Brianne Murphy told the jury that Schwartz had been up for hours, `acting weird,” drinking and using methamphetamine, prior to the encounter.

She said an expert on transgender issues will testify that some people tend to cross-dress when they’re high.

Murphy said that despite the victim’s claims, Schwartz was not wearing pants when he came out of the women’s restroom.

 As testimony began, Big Lots employee Kevin Barerra said he heard the victim scream and seconds later saw a “panicky” Schwartz — dressed in the pink Barbie costume — go into the men’s restroom.

Within minutes, the defendant emerged wearing pants and the Padres jacket.

Barerra said the defendant kept saying, “I didn’t do anything,” before walking out of the store.

The employee said the woman was “shocked, scared and shaking” when he approached her after the incident.

Schwartz was arrested in the Clairemont area two days later. Police said at the time of his arrest that Schwartz was on probation for two misdemeanor convictions, including one for drugs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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freyjpgAndrew Frey claims he has no recollection of the string of bizarre events that involved methamphetamine, tasers, and public masturbation.

Andrew Frey from Beaverton, OR, claims his consumption of meth caused him to have no recollection of a string of events last week that culminated in a confrontation with more than 12 police officers as he put on a public display of what most people do in private.

Apparently Frey, 37, began his afternoon by refusing to pay a locksmith that he had hired. Then he walked over to a local market and refused to leave. After being escorted from the market by an employee, Frey walked to Iggy’s Bar & Grill where, according to a bartender, he exposed himself and started masturbating and police were called. When the Marion County deputy arrived, Frey had already moved on to the restroom, where he was still apparently enjoying his own company.

Frey resisted arrest, fought with the deputy, and was zapped by a taser several times. According to officials, the stun gun had no effect and more than a dozen officers were called to the bar inside to subdue him.

Later, Frey told officials that he had used methamphetamine the previous day and had no memory of his bizarre behavior. He was charged with theft, resisting arrest, and public indecency.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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477039_800x450GALVESTON, TX (KTRK) — During a drug bust in Galveston, detectives discovered a new type of meth not previously seen on the island.

On Wednesday afternoon, the Galveston Police Vice and Narcotics Division executed an arrest warrant in the 1300 block of 55th Street. They intended to arrest Justin Boss, 24. Boss is charged with making a terroristic threat, as well as a parole violation.

Detectives say when they entered the home, they found methamphetamine, heroin, marijuana and other drugs. Most notably, detectives say the meth was a bright orange color. Generally meth is a white or off-white color, but now some manufacturers are adding other chemicals like cough syrups, police say, to alter the effects of meth on the user’s body. Narcotics detectives said they were aware of this new trend, but this was the first time they were aware of its presence in Galveston.

Three suspects were arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance. Boss surrendered Thursday afternoon and is now being held at the Galveston County Jail.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://abc13.com/news/detectives-discover-new-type-of-meth-in-galveston/477085/

 

A couple was arrested Thursday morning in the 800 block of Roy Beatty Lane after McLennan County Sheriff’s Deputies conducted a raid on a home and found illegal drugs near their children’s toys, officials said. 54b84b4581b1b_image

Ashley Baker, 23, and Andrew Beck, 31, were taken to jail about 6:30 a.m. after officials found Xanax, more than five grams of methamphetamine, multiple vials of steroids, ammunition and several credit cards belonging to people from out of state, said McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara.

Deputies also found scales and packaging that indicated methamphetamine distribution, McNamara said.

Baker and Beck were living with two small children — a 3-year-old girl and a 1-year-old boy — whose toys were within inches of the methamphetamine.

The two were charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and endangering a child, with additional charges pending, including identity theft, McNamara said.

The two children were released to a family member but the case is being investigated by Child Protective Services, the sheriff added.

“It’s been a family affair for a long time,” McNamara said, referencing a 2002 incident in which Beck was arrested with his mother, Jan Whatley, whose age was not available Thursday, in connection with methamphetamine manufacturing.

Whatley was in the home during Thursday’s raid, McNamara said. She was not arrested.

“Any time these drug dealers expose their children to the drugs, it’s unforgivable,” he added.

The sheriff’s office’s organized crime unit began an investigation into Baker and Beck in 2014, McNamara said.

According to jail records, Baker and Beck were still waiting to be booked in to the McLennan County Jail late Thursday afternoon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A traffic stop in Glendale on Wednesday led police to a motel room where a 34-year-old woman reportedly had narcotics and drug paraphernalia within reach of her two young children, police said.

Police stopped the driver, identified as Tom Back, 37, at 12:30 a.m. in a motel parking lot in the 1500 block of East Colorado Street for an equipment violation, said Glendale Police spokeswoman Tahnee Lightfoot.

He reportedly told police he was staying at the motel with his girlfriend and two children.

A consent search of his pick-up truck revealed a wallet with credit cards, two driver licenses and personal information — none of which were in Back’s name, Lightfoot said. Another wallet in Back’s possession had two credit cards that did not belong to him, she added.

Detectives tied one wallet to a man who reported on Jan. 9 that his car was broken into, and that his phone, wallet, gift cards, debit cards and other personal items had been stolen, Lightfoot said.

The woman, identified as Vanessa Velasco, was in the motel room with her two children, a 7-year-old girl and a 6-year-old boy. A consent search of the room revealed six lighters, a bong with powdery residue in the pipe and small bags of suspected methamphetamine and concentrated cannabis, Lightfoot said.

Velasco was arrested on suspicion of child endangerment and possession of methamphetamine, while Back was arrested on suspicion of identity theft and possession of methamphetamine.

A friend of the suspects took custody of the children.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.glendalenewspress.com/news/tn-gnp-mother-arrested-in-motel-room-with-drugs-within-reach-of-children-20150115,0,6642113.story

 

A New Lenox woman apparently really likes Kohl’s and methamphetamine.

Christina Sepsis, 35, was jailed Wednesday for allegedly stealing from the same Frankfort Kohl’s she was charged with shoplifting from in 2011.20150154b813e8a70dd

The theft charge was dropped when Sepsis pleaded guilty to a possessing methamphetamine. Sepsis was also charged with possessing methamphetamine when she was arrested this week.

A Frankfort police officer reportedly tracked down Sepsis after a worker from Kohl’s called the law on her. The officer pulled her over near the intersection of Route 30 and Route 45, said Frankfort Deputy Chief Kevin Keegan.

Sepsis at first denied stopping into the Kohl’s but eventually admitted she had been there, Keegan said. She was also “sweating, nervous, talking rapidly,” he said, and the officer noticed the stolen merchandise in her car.

The officer also reportedly found methamphetamine and a pipe.

In addition to her methamphetamine conviction, Sepsis pleaded guilty in 2013 to attempting to foil a drug test. As part of her plea, a charge of battery was dropped.

Sepsis was hit with that case in November 2012 when a drug test observer heard a “plop” and saw her pluck something from the toilet and stash it in her pocket, a prosecutor said at the time.

When the observer told Sepsis to hand over what was in her pocket, the prosecutor said, Sepsis pushed her against a wall and flushed away whatever she was holding. She later claimed it was a tampon, he said.

A month before that, Sepsis’ live-in boyfriend—41-year-old George Crocker—was charged with carrying two hand grenades in his car. Lemont police officers reportedly found Crocker lying outside the open door of the car in the parking lot of a McDonald’s. He was incoherent, police said, and while paramedics were trying to render first aid, an officer spotted one of the two hand grenades on the car’s center console.

Crocker pleaded guilty in September to the possession of a controlled substance and being a felon in possession of a weapon. He was sentenced to three years in prison and is now locked up at Vandalia Correctional Center.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://patch.com/illinois/newlenox/new-lenox-woman-caught-meth-after-stealing-frankfort-kohls-cops

 

dt_common_streams_StreamServerrrrPORT ALLEN — A traffic stop by Louisiana State Police on Thursday led to the arrest of two men accused of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

Troopers pulled over a 2015 Hyundai Veloster about 3:30 a.m. Thursday for a traffic violation along Interstate 10 in West Baton Rouge Parish and discovered 9 pounds of methamphetamine in a child’s backpack in the trunk and approximately 4 pounds of liquid methamphetamine in a cooler, Trooper 1st Class Jared Sandifer said.

He said the driver consented to the search of the vehicle.6452784_G

The driver, Mariano Alis Ismael Vicente, 47, of Miami, and his passenger Ismael Bragin, 65, of Cartersville, Georgia, were arrested and booked into the West Baton Rouge jail.

Both men were booked on a charge of possession with intent to distribute narcotics. Vicente also was booked for improper lane usage.

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http://theadvocate.com/news/acadiana/11344675-123/thirteen-pounds-of-methamphetamine-found

 

PARKER — The parents of a Parker child have been arrested after their 5-month-old was hospitalized with a fractured arm and broken ribs, according to Parker Police Department documents.

Molly Elizabeth Bush, 38, and Eric Dewayne Smitherman, 26, have each been arrested and charged with child neglect and aggravated child abuse, respectively. Police intervened after an incident Monday, which ended with their 5-month-old child being taken to a local hospital with serious injuries, and the two subsequently were taken to the Bay County Jail, police reported.

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Smitherman was arrested Monday for allegedly shaking his 5-month-old to stop the child from crying. During the incident, the baby suffered a spiral fracture to the left arm and also sustained broken ribs, according to arrest reports.

Police said that as Smitherman shook the infant, Bush — the mother of the child — did not attempt to stop the alleged abuse. Bush also did not contact law enforcement before taking the child to the hospital, police said.

Police claimed Smitherman was under the influence of narcotics at the time, according to arrest reports. Bush told investigators she had sold Smitherman hydrocodone, and he previously had been under the influence of cocaine and methamphetamine.

Bush told police that Smitherman had been violent with her other children in the past, but those incidents also went unreported on her part.

On one occasion in January 2014, Smitherman was arrested on charges of battery on Bush while she was pregnant with the child. He also was charged with depriving a victim of communication with law enforcement when Bush attempted to call police during the incident. Dispatchers at the Panama City Police Department could hear a brief moment of the altercation before Smitherman snatched the phone from her against her will and hung up, court records indicated.

During his bond hearing Monday, Smitherman requested he be allowed to bond out because he needed to provide care for his elderly mother.

“Weren’t you also supposed to be caring for your child?” Circuit Judge Shane Vann replied.

Smitherman is being held without bond after violating his probation from the January 2014 incident. He was given a bond of $50,000 for the charge of aggravated child abuse.

Bush was arrested on charges of child neglect. Her bond was set at $15,000.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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