Comments Off on Andrea Leann Mason, 35, charged after trying to smuggle Methamphetamine and a syringe into Craighead County Detention Center hidden in her bra

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – A Trumann woman faces charges after police say she tried to smuggle meth into the jail in her bra.

Craighead County District Court Judge Tommy Fowler found probable cause Tuesday to charge 35-year-old Andrea Leann Mason with possession of meth or cocaine less than 2 grams, possession of drug paraphernalia, and furnishing prohibited articles.

A sheriff’s deputy was at an apartment complex on County Road 716 Saturday when he saw Mason pull up and walk up to one of the apartments.

As Mason knocked on the door, the deputy asked what she was doing. According to the affidavit, she told the deputy she was there to see a friend.

“But the driver of the vehicle she arrived in said it was his apartment she was at,” the court documents stated.

After learning that she was wanted on a failure to appear warrant out of Poinsett County, the deputy took Mason into custody.

A female officer called to the scene searched Mason and reportedly found a syringe with approximately 78 units of suspected methamphetamine inside Mason’s bra.

The deputy transported Mason to the Craighead County Detention Center. He asked Mason several times if she had anything else on her, the court documents stated. Mason denied having anything.

“While searching Mason, [a booking officer] found a small plastic bag with a usable amount of suspected methamphetamine in her bra,” the affidavit said.


Comments Off on Cherokee County Jail Nurse, Amanda Oliver, 39, and Husband, Travis Oliver, 39, Had Home Methamphetamine Lab

GAFFNEY, S.C. (AP) — A jail nurse and her husband are accused of having a meth lab in their South Carolina home.

The Spartanburg Herald-Journal reports that a Gaffney Police Department incident reports says 39-year-old Amanda Oliver and 39-year-old Travis Oliver were arrested Thursday following a search of their home.

The incident report says Gaffney police had responded to the home after a report that Travis Oliver had shoplifted from a Walmart earlier that day.

The Olivers have each been charged with manufacturing or distribution of methamphetamine or cocaine base and unlawful exposure of a child to methamphetamine. Travis Oliver was also charged with shoplifting.

Cherokee County Sheriff Steve Mueller says Amanda Oliver was a contract employee who worked as a nurse in the jail.

It’s unclear if the Olivers have lawyers.

Comments Off on Bryce A. Dacus, 21, of Casper, accused of having sex with underage girl, could face 62 years in prison

A Casper man previously arrested on drug and DUI charges is now accused of felony sex crimes against a minor.

Bryce A. Dacus, 21, waived his preliminary hearing Tuesday morning in Natrona County Circuit Court on charges of sexual exploitation of children, sexual abuse of a minor in the second degree and two counts of sexual abuse of a minor in the third degree.

Should he be convicted of all four counts once the charges are bound over to Natrona County District Court, Dacus could face up to 62 years in prison and $40,000 in fines.

Charging papers say the investigation began before 8 a.m. on July 18, when a report of a teenage girl sleeping in a gutter led an Evansville police officer to find a juvenile female asleep on the street.

The girl allegedly said she and another girl had run away and drank heavily the night before. As the officer investigated, one of the girls allegedly said she had consensual sex with Dacus in a vehicle at about 5 p.m. the previous day, “and she was concerned about it,” court documents say. A sexual assault kit was completed July 18.

The victim participated in a forensic interview at the Children’s Advocacy Project on Aug. 2. She told investigators that she and Dacus had sex in the backseat of a green pickup truck.

Later in the interview, the victim reportedly disclosed she and Dacus had sex on two previous occasions in 2016.

The victim also allegedly claimed Dacus knew she was underage.

A detective later reviewed an arrest report from July 17 which shows Dacus was taken into custody after police stopped a green pickup truck at about 11 p.m. near CY Avenue and 15th Street, some five to six hours after the victim said she and Dacus had sex.

Dacus was booked into jail that night on charges of meth and marijuana possession. When police stopped the pickup he was riding in, Dacus was with another man, a woman and two juvenile females.

The detective also determined the sexual intercourse the victim described as having taken place in April 2016 had been reported to the Casper Police Department on April 12, 2016, and the case was still active.

On August 3, two detectives and an investigator from the Wyoming Department of Family Services interviewed Dacus while he was in custody at the Natrona County Detention Center.

Dacus allegedly said he had not seen the victim since 2015, but later said she had called him and asked him to pick her up. Dacus claimed he never had a sexual relationship with the victim because he had a “baby mama” who was with him “24/7.”

When asked how he and the victim met, Dacus allegedly said they met at “the fair,” and afterward police had come to his house looking for the girl, who had been reported as a runaway. Dacus said the victim continued to contact him afterward on Facebook, specifically asking to have sex on multiple occasions.

Investigators told Dacus that the results of the sexual assault kit would be sent to the state crime lab for DNA testing; Dacus reportedly said his DNA would not be found in the kit.

During the interview, Dacus said he “didn’t ever know how old [the victim] really was,” according to the police affidavit.

Dacus later allegedly described an incident in which he claimed the alleged victim “started unbuttoning my pants” and initiated sexual contact.

“I didn’t know what else to do, a man’s instinct is a man’s instinct,” Dacus told investigators, saying he then had sex with the victim, though he, “didn’t take her to the truck or anything.” He reportedly said the sexual intercourse took place “next to the trash,” according to court documents.

Dacus allegedly went on to tell a detective that the victim had lied to him about her age, “and now come to find out she’s probably not even [redacted] yet.”

Charging papers allege the victim was at least four years younger than Dacus.

Investigators got a search warrant to take DNA from Dacus. He was subsequently arrested.

Public defender Dylan Rosales on Tuesday asked for a reduction in Dacus’ bond before Natrona County District Court Judge Steven Brown, saying Dacus has lived in Casper all his life and could work if he could post bond.

Assistant District Attorney Dan Itzen opposed the request, saying Dacus has failed to appear in court on at least three occasions, failed to comply twice and has had his probation revoked twice. Itzen also said Dacus has been arrested on a number of DUI and trespassing charges.

“I do have a kid on the way, and I would like to be there,” Dacus told Brown.

Brown declined to reduce the bond amount, saying the safety of the community and ensuring Dacus would appear for court hearings were his priorities.

Dacus remains in custody on $50,000 cash or surety bond. His arraignment in Natrona County District Court is pending.


Comments Off on Huge number of North Koreans are on crystal Methamphetamine, defectors reveal

North Korea clamps down hard on a lot of things – including South Korean TV soaps, which can lead to execution by firing squad if you’re busted watching them.

But while the secretive dictatorship clamps down on everything from Bibles to haircuts, it is ‘turning a blind eye’ to massive crystal meth use in the country, defectors have claimed.

Up to a third of North Korean citizens use drugs, according to International Christian University in Tokyo’s Stephen Nagy.

The regime also exports crystal meth made in factories in the country – and doctors prescribe the drug, Nagy has said.

Nagy that the regime, ‘ manufactures drugs for export to earn hard currency. It excepts some of the surplus to filter into the population.

‘The stimulates keep the fatigued population energetic enough to continue working to meet the regime’s demands including agricultural production etc.’

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North Korea has regulations on haircuts, bans on WiFi internet, and citizens could be executed for owning a Bible.

But the oppressive regime is turning a blind eye to – and even profiting from – the manufacture and sale of crystal methamphetamine both in and outside the country.

Crystal meth, or ice, is considered one of the most addictive and harmful drugs in the world, but not in North Korea.

“It’s not treated as serious abuse, and can even be prescribed as medicine,” University of Technology Sydney associate professor Bronwen Dalton told

The prevalence of drug use in North Korea is very common, according to International Christian University in Tokyo’s Stephen Nagy.

“Most South Korean studies based on interviews with defectors say that about 30 percent of the population are using some kind of drug,” he said.

“These drugs are used to deal with the exhausting labour conditions, for ‘recreation’ and escapism.”

There’s many reasons the regime turns a blind eye to the drug trade, Dr Nagy said.

“First, it manufactures drugs for export to earn hard currency. It excepts some of the surplus to filter into the population,” he said.

“Second, the stimulates keep the fatigued population energetic enough to continue working to meet the regime’s demands including agricultural production etc.”

“Drugs are easier to come by than rice,” one refugee told the Database Centre for North Korean Human Rights.

“Unless you’re a simple organism, you do drugs,” said another.

North Korea is now a significant exporter of illegal drugs, with crystal meth from the country flooding the market in the Chinese border province of Liaoning.

“If you’re a drug addict in China, you are usually addicted to heroin,” Dr Dalton said.

“But in that province it’s crystal meth.”

Drug smuggling into China is as simple as crossing the Yalu River, often across the bridge to Dandong.

Chinese authorities only check a fraction of the hundreds of trucks that cross the border every day, meaning smugglers can skirt narcotics laws as easily as they can skirt other sanctions placed on North Korea.

Drug use is illegal in North Korea, but the ostensibly socialist regime has no qualms about lining their pockets with drug bribes.

“It’s excused particularly if methamphetamine results in earning foreign currency,” said Dr Dalton.

“The regime is on the take in regards to any economic activity.”

South Korea-based Daily NK reported last month that universities and pharmaceutical factories were being used to make meth.

“North Korean state companies and merchants have been waiting for the export markets to re-open ever since sanctions began having a significant impact in February this year,” a source within North Korea told the news site.

“But now trade has been shut down for the coal exporters due to the country’s missile launches, and they are turning to drug production and smuggling as a replacement.”

Meanwhile, Dr Nagy said North Korea was taking advantage of diplomacy laws to smuggle drugs into Southeast Asia.

Ambassadors and diplomats do not have to have their bags checked by customs, meaning heavy-hitters from the Pyongyang foreign office may be working as drug mules.

“Drugs can be smuggled out through diplomatic pouches but that would only be small scale and provide hard cash to diplomats abroad,” Dr Nagy said.

North Korean diplomats have also been tied to the smuggling of elephant ivory, counterfeit cigarettes, pirated DVDs and gold.

“There’s no such thing as organised crime in North Korea that doesn’t involve the government,” US State Department expert David Asher told Vice in 2014.

“Crime is disobeying the leadership.

“If they find somebody going around the senior leadership, that person gets whacked.”

North Koreans have even been caught smuggling drugs to Australia. In 2003 Australian special operations soldiers boarded cargo ship the Pong Su on suspicions it was involved in a massive heroin operation.

The following year the US State Department referenced the Pong Su incident to accuse Kim Jong-il’s regime of involvement in drug smuggling.


Comments Off on Methamphetamine is growing in the shadow of the opiod crisis

FOND DU LAC (WLUK) — Growing in the shadow of opioids, Drug Free Communities coordinator, Ellen Sorensen, said meth use is rising and it’s not just the users that are being affected.

“It can be airborne. The toxicity can be inhaled by children or it can be topical through skin contact,” Sorensen said. “Many times those children have to go in the hospital and be checked because the proximity of the meth.”

In the most recent study by the Wisconsin Department of Justice, it shows meth use increased 250 percent between 2011 to 2015.

“The meth that we’re seeing now, the majority of it is being trafficked in from either Mexico or Asia,” Fond du Lac Police Chief Bill Lamb said.

The study also shows an increase in meth offenses. In 2010, there were 327 charges related to meth possession. In 2014, that number jumped to 1,069.

“Our drug task force investigators are reporting that they are seeing increasingly more meth than they are heroin over the course of the last several months,” said Lamb.

Lamb added that his department is working closely with Drug Free Communities Task Force to combat the issue.

The first project is displaying a sign that reads, “The Stuff in Here is the Stuff in Meth” on a garbage truck.

“Barron County, WI had this sort of sign on their garbage trucks and found that it had really effective means to their communities,” Sorensen said.

Currently only one truck has the drug awareness sign. The sign is magnetic, allowing organizers to easily maneuver the sign to different garbage trucks.

“Meth is so toxic,” Sorensen said. “You’re really putting garbage in the body.”

The state is also stepping up its efforts. Attorney General Brad Schimel appointed an assistant to help prosecute cases related to meth.


Comments Off on Leader of Los Zetas in Reynosa killed and six accomplices taken prisoner

Translated by Otis B Fly-Wheel for Borderland Beat from a Noreste article with additional images from Epoca Violenta

Subject Matter: Ricardo Carreon Olvera, El Calo, Reynosa
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

The Coordination Group for Tamaulipas detailed that after the operation, the detained six accomplices of El Calo


The Coordination Group for Tamaulipas informed that the leader of Los Zetas in Reynosa, Ricardo Carreon Olvera, alias El Calo, died in an operation Tuesday afternoon, while they were carrying out an arrest warrant for him.
In a communication, the Coordination Group for Tamaulipas detailed that after the operation there were six accomplices of El Calo detained and they are, Cristian Alejandro N, Edgar Antonio N, Eber Eduardo N, Juan Manuel N and Jonathan N, with a under age male aged 15.
They also confiscated rifles, rifle magazines, ammunition and substances that had the characteristics of Marijuana and Cocaine.
El Calo was considered one of the relevant criminal objectives of Tamaulipas and had existing arrest warrants issued against him for the crimes of extortion and criminal association.

The detained were put at the disposition of the Ministerial Authorities for the corresponding processing.

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5 Dismembered bodies left in Port of Veracruz

Posted: 13th September 2017 by Doc in Uncategorized
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Translated by Otis B Fly-Wheel for Borderland Beat from a Sinembargo article with additional picture from Noreste.

Subject Matter: Veracruz executions
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

Reporter: Sinembargo Redaction

Elements of the Veracruz Police located three human head of men on the hood of a car that appeared abandoned in the Port by the assassins. The vehicle on which the heads were left was in the Diaz Serdan Colonia.

The report said that a little before midnight on Sunday, armed men were seen travelling in a white and black pickups.

The rest of the body parts were in plastic bags left on the road next the vehicle where the killers had thrown them. There was also a narco manta left with the heads threatening vehicle thieves, with a claim that the Navy and Secretary of Public Security were not protecting the interests of the people by arresting the thieves.

The crime scene was cordoned off by elements of the State Police and the Marines while waiting for the arrival of personnel of the Attorney Generals office and forensic experts, who carried out the corresponding diligence’s and later ordered the removal of the body parts to the forensic experts offices in the hope they may be identified.


Comments Off on Local woman tells how she was sexually assaulted by Kosygin McNeely, 32, from Kalamazoo, at Forest View Psychiatric Hospital

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – One of the victims of a pair of sexual assaults at a local hospital is speaking out about what happened to her.

We are not identifying the woman because she is considered a victim of sexual assault.

The woman described what it was like inside the Forest View Psychiatric Hospital. She says she was sexually harassed and groped while she was a patient there. The groping she says happened in a public area of the facility where men and women are allowed to gather. The victim says there was little to no supervision by employees at the facility when the incident happened.

The man accused of assaulting her is 32-year0old Kosygin McNeely. He is from Kalamazoo and has a long criminal history. 

McNeely was supposed to be in jail on a kidnapping charge and somehow ended up at this facility the same time the victim was there earlier this month.

In an interview with us, the former patient said of McNeely: “Basically what he said to a nurse was that women are his prey. And he attacks and gets what he wants.”

She says she was “fearful he would act on his (sexual) comments”

Court records we obtained back up the victim’s story. McNeely was charged with fourth degree criminal sexual conduct for what he is accused of doing to the woman.

The same records show McNeely is also accused of assaulting a woman in a restroom at Forest View. The records show he sexually assaulted her inside a single bathroom stall. An arrest affidavit shows the victim made a noise to frighten McNeely and he ran from the bathroom after engaging in the act. Michigan State Police records indicate the person who was assaulted was an “incapacitated victim.”

McNeely is charged with third degree criminal sexual conduct for that incident.

This case comes as McNeely is facing a kidnapping charge from Kalamazoo County. The kidnapping case is child enticement-related coming from the city of Kalamazoo. McNeely had a $50,000 bond on that case from May.

We contacted leaders at the Forest View Psychiatric Hospital but did not get a call returned to explain the situations.

It’s unclear whether McNeely was referred to Forest View because of the serious criminal charge he’s facing in Kalamazoo County.

State records show he was sentenced for possession of methamphetamine just last month. His record shows a lengthy criminal history including convictions for larceny in a building, breaking and entering a vehicle and a lengthy list of drug charges.


GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – A man from Kalamazoo is charged in connection with two alleged sexual assaults at the listed address of the Forest View Psychiatric Hospital in Grand Rapids Township.

Court records show 32-year-old Kosygin McNeely is accused of assaulting a woman in a restroom. The records show he sexually assaulted her inside a single bathroom stall.  An arrest affidavit shows the victim made a noise to frighten McNeely and he ran from the bathroom after engaging in the act. Michigan State Police records indicate the person who was assaulted was an “incapacitated victim.”

McNeely is charged with third degree criminal sexual conduct for that incident.

This case comes as McNeely is facing a kidnapping charge from Kalamazoo County.  The kidnapping case is related to child enticement coming from the city of Kalamazoo. McNeely had a $50,000 bond on that case from May.

The other case happened on Aug. 30 where McNeely is accused of inappropriately groping a woman in a public area of the Forest View facility. The woman reported McNeely had been making lewd comments to her and was “fearful he would act on his comments.” McNeely is charged with fourth degree criminal sexual conduct for this particular incident.

We contacted leaders at the Forest View Psychiatric Hospital but did not get a call returned to explain the situations.

It’s unclear whether McNeely was referred to Forest View Psychiatric Hospital because of the serious criminal charge he’s facing in Kalamazoo County.

State records show he was sentenced for possession of methamphetamine just last month. His record shows a lengthy criminal history including convictions for larceny in a building, breaking and entering a vehicle and a lengthy list of drug charges.

McNeely spent time in prison in 2010 for a weapons conviction.

Comments Off on 20-year-old female tenant fled without paying rent, but allegedly left 60 million baht in Methamphetamine tablets for landlord

A landlord in Chonburi came to her townhouse to collect rent from her tenant on Sunday, but instead, she found four fertilizer bags filled with THB60 million worth of methamphetamine tablets outside of her property and her tenant gone.

Sutheemat Singpakdee, 45, called the police after discovering 400,000 methamphetamine tablets, also known as yaba, outside the home she had rented to another woman, who had fled with all her belongings.

Police collected fingerprints from the bags for further investigation.

Sutheemat said the house was rented out to a 20-year-old woman named Kaysorn Kangrom for THB6,500 a month. She had lived at the townhouse with her husband, whose name was unknown, since April of 2015.

On Sunday at midday, Sutheemat made an appointment with Kaysorn to collect the rent, but all she found were the yaba bags.

Police said they would summon Kaysorn and her husband for questioning, MThai reported.

Comments Off on El Paso DEA leader, Will R. Glaspy, leaving for Houston talks of new drug cartel, Methamphetamine menace

Mexican drug cartels continue to expand into methamphetamine and heroin trafficking as they turn away from marijuana, said the departing leader of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in El Paso.

Will R. Glaspy, who for more than three years has been the special agent in charge of the DEA’s El Paso Division, is being promoted to lead the Houston Division.

“Every day we try to answer the prayers of those parents who are praying that drugs, violence and crime will pass over their children,” Glaspy said in an interview last week while preparing to leave El Paso.

He is scheduled to start work Sept. 18 in Houston, where the DEA also is dealing with helping staff affected by devastating flooding from Hurricane Harvey and the tropical storm it became.

Glaspy said the fight against drug trafficking is an evolving battle with changing drug trends, adding that cities and towns face a variety of challenges.

The El Paso Division covers West Texas and all of New Mexico. It also has a district office in Albuquerque and smaller resident offices in Las Cruces, Midland and Alpine, Texas.

During his time in El Paso, Glaspy said that his agents handled cases such as the arrests of Sinaloa-cartel affiliated drug traffickers in El Paso, Albuquerque meth traffickers and “Operation Crystal Mountain,” which targeted meth dealers on the Mescalero Apache Reservation.

The No. 1 priority in the El Paso region is fighting Mexican drug cartels, with the No. 2 priority being “community impact cases” that target local drug-dealing groups, Glaspy said.

DEA agents deal more with border drug-trafficking issues in El Paso, Las Cruces and Alpine, which covers the vast Big Bend area.

“Basically, what we are trying to do is target command-and-control of the Mexican organizations sending the drugs up here,” Glaspy said.

In Albuquerque, the DEA deals more with gangs and drug dealers and a large opioid addiction problem, he said. Midland also deals with gangs involved in drug distribution.

“We have a lot of drugs that are being imported into the Permian Basin to supply the oil fields,” Glaspy said.

Meth and Heroin 

The growing drug trend in the El Paso region has been the shift by Mexican cartels toward methamphetamine and  heroin trafficking, Glaspy said.

“Some of the other (border drug smuggling) corridors, marijuana tapered off a few years ago,” Glaspy said. “Now, we are starting to see a decline in marijuana being smuggled in, but to that regard we are seeing more heroin and more methamphetamine.”

The opioid-heroin problem is not seen as much in El Paso as in Albuquerque and Northern New Mexico, Glaspy said.

Glaspy said that the DEA in El Paso has not seen much fentanyl, a synthetic opiate much more powerful than heroin that troubles law enforcement because it is potentially lethal if inhaled or ingested.

According to a DEA report, Mexican heroin poppy cultivation increased 62 percent between 2013 and 2014 in the “Golden Triangle” formed by the states of Chihuahua, Durango and Sinaloa and in the state of Guerrero in the southwestern Pacific coast region.

The number of heroin users nearly tripled from 161,000 in 2007 to 435,000 in 2014, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration annual National Survey on Drug Use and Health.

Methamphetamine is national problem being overshadowed by the opioid epidemic, Glaspy said.

“Most people are aware we have this national opioid epidemic, whether you are talking about heroin or you’re talking about opioids in medication,” Glaspy said.

“We’ve got a national crisis right now. If it wasn’t for that national crisis with opioids, we would be talking about the methamphetamine problem we have in the United States.”

El Paso County sheriff’s narcotics investigators also have reported seeing an increase in Mexican-made meth. The price of a kilo of meth was about $9,000 in 2016, compared with $26,000 to $28,000 about two or three years earlier, sheriff’s investigators said last year.

Mexican drug cartels

A new drug cartel has started to emerge in the El Paso-Juárez region, which is still dominated by the Juárez and Sinaloa cartels.

DEA investigations have found drug cells in the region with ties to the Cartel de Jalisco Nueva Generacion, or CJNG, Glaspy said.

The Jalisco-based New Generation Cartel is an offshoot of the Sinaloa drug cartel.

“They are making inroads into the state of Chihuahua. We have seen that from several of our ongoing investigations,” Glaspy said. “They are establishing a presence here that a couple of years ago they didn’t have.”

Mexican drug cartels in recent years have been splintering into smaller, regional organizations, drug trafficking analysts have said.

“Fortunately, the war between the Sinaloa cartel and the Juárez cartel has diminished, although we have seen an uptick in violence across the river in the last year,” Glaspy said.

“We are still dealing with the Sinaloa cartel and remnants of the Juárez cartel — some people refer to it as La Linea now and they have kind of gotten away from calling it the Juárez cartel or the Carrillo Fuentes cartel. But they are still a very viable criminal organization, whatever name you want to call them.”

Border communities

Glaspy credited cooperation between federal, state and local law enforcement for helping keep the rampant drug-violence in Mexico out of U.S. border cities.

Glaspy spent 27 of his 30 years with the DEA on the border. He used to be in charge of the DEA’s field office in McAllen in Texas’ Lower Rio Grande Valley.

“In our border communities, we don’t typically have the drug problems the rest of the country has,” Glaspy said.

In the past few years, heroin overdoses have increased in the El Paso area, “but it pales in comparison to what they are seeing in Ohio and West Virginia,” Glaspy said.

Drug abuse levels tend to be lower in border cities, which are typically transshipment points for drugs heading to the Midwest, East Coast and other cities up north, he said.

“It’s not just El Paso. It’s really throughout border communities, especially border communities in Texas,” Glaspy said.

“We are smart enough not to use the drugs, but we are dumb enough to get involved in the smuggling and transportation of drugs.”

Glaspy credited good working relationships between federal, state and local law enforcement agencies that allow for coordinated investigations that keep El Paso safe.

“This has been a tremendous assignment for me. I enjoyed West Texas. Being from the Dallas area, Texas is home,” Glaspy said.

The DEA Houston Division that Glaspy will lead covers the southern half of Texas, including Austin, San Antonio and the border from Del Rio to Brownsville.

It is still too early to know how the massive flooding might impact drug trafficking in Houston, but the fight will continue, Glaspy said.

“I can tell you that it didn’t affect some of the dirt bags who were trying to sell drugs at the shelters and evacuation centers,” Glaspy said.

“We actually did some enforcement operations in conjunction with our law enforcement partners and ended up arresting some people selling drugs at some of the shelters. That’s about as low as you can go right there.”

Texas Gang Threat Assessment – 2017

Posted: 11th September 2017 by Doc in Uncategorized
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Executive Summary
The key analytic judgments of this assessment are:
Gangs remain a significant threat to public safety in Texas.
 Gangs in Texas continue their involvement in organized criminal activity throughout the state, committing violence and maintaining relationships with dangerous Transnational Criminal Organizations. We assess that as many as 100,000 gang members are in Texas.
The most significant gangs in Texas are Tango Blast and associated Tango cliques( estimated >19,000 members), Latin Kings (estimated >1,300 members), Texas Mexican Mafia (estimated >4,100 members), and Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) (estimated >500 members).
These Tier 1 gangs pose the greatest gang threat potential based on their cartelrelationships, high levels of transnational criminal activity, level of committed violence, andoverall statewide strength and presence.
 Violence is often inseparable from gang activity.
 Whether protecting criminal assets andterritory, carrying out contractual obligations, initiating new members, or targeting othermembers, gang member
violence places Texas citizens in harm’s way.
More than half of all tier-ranked gang members incarcerated within Texas Department of Criminal Justice prisons are serving sentences for violent crimes, including robbery (23 percent), homicide (16 percent), assaultive offenses (14 percent), and sexual assault (6 percent).
Cartel and gang relationships remain steady.
 Mexican cartels and Texas gangs work together to distribute drugs throughout the state, smuggle illegal aliens across the border, and procure and move weapons to Mexico. Cartels sometimes reach out to gang members to commit violent crimes on both sides of the border. The relationships between certain gangs and cartels fluctuate based on cartel structures and cell alignments, gang alignment with specific cartels,threats or coercion, and familial ties. As long as illicit cross-border crimes are profitable, the relationship between cartels and gangs will continue.
 Partnerships between gangs continue across the state.
 Law enforcement reportingthroughout Texas shows members of different, and sometimes opposing, gangs will worktogether to fulfill common criminal objectives. These collaborations are frequently a result offamilial and neighborhood ties, hybrid gang memberships, and temporary mutually beneficialagreements. In addition, some violent rivalries remain in place in Texas, mostly between streetgangs in concentrated areas, such as the Texas Chicano Brotherhood and Tri-City Bombers in theRio Grande Valley. Other examples include the rivalry between the Bandidos Outlaw MotorcycleGang and Cossacks Motorcycle Club, which contributed to the May 2015 shooting in Waco thatkilled nine people. Their conflicts can result in the injury or death of innocent citizens, particularly during violent altercations in public, such as drive-by shootings.
Gang members actively use social media to communicate, boast, and recruit.
 The popularity of social media has not been lost on gang members, especially with youngergenerations. Gangs use social networking and video-sharing websites as platforms to brag,recruit, and antagonize rival gang members, while mobile messaging applications are used bygang members to communicate. These include encrypted messaging platforms whose use by gang
members challenges law enforcement agencies’ ability to investigate and collect criminal intelligence information.
Read the full report here: Texas gang threat assessment July 2017
Comments Off on From New Jack City To Breaking Bad: How The Crystal Meth Epidemic Has Displaced Crack-Cocaine

Working as a police officer was an experience like no other. My first job was in a town filled with honest hard-working people, with a small handful of others who made it hard for the rest who lived there. It was this “handful” that kept me busy on the job.

One of the worse things I saw was the crack epidemic. You can read about it in the news and watch it on movies like New Jack City (still one of my top 10 favorites), but seeing it first-hand changes your outlook on life.

The moment I realized how real it was happened when I was called in to do perimeter duty on a homicide that took place in the City of Benton Harbor. A local victim of the drug was given money to purchase crack for people visiting from Chicago. She wound up buying and using $20 worth of the drug before returning to the people who had given her the money to make the purchase.

Upset that she had smoked their $20 worth, the two suspects shot and killed the victim before rolling her up in a carpet and setting her on fire in a BBQ grille. This was the biggest wake-up call of my career and it happened only six months after I graduated the police academy. It was clear to me from that point on that drugs were the root of many of society’s problems.

Meth Comes on the Scene

Lucky for me, I left law enforcement prior to the explosion of the meth epidemic.

Crystal methamphetamine, a drug that has been around for decades, had largely been replaced by crack-cocaine in the 1980s-90s. Most of the production took place in the United States and Mexico but was not having as much of an impact on society as crack was at the time.

So while meth had always been there, it wasn’t something that really took off until the 1990s when new ways to make the drug became prominent to users.

One person familiar with the rise in the use of meth is Neama Rahmani. He worked in the United States Attorney’s Office and prosecuted numerous meth cases. Before becoming the Director of Enforcement of the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission, he prosecuted a case against a fugitive murderer and drug kingpin who was featured on America’s Most Wanted.

Meth is cheap to manufacture,” Rahmani told me in a telephone interview. “Unlike other hard narcotics (like cocaine that requires coca leaves and heroin that requires poppy flowers), it is entirely synthetic, which makes it easier to produce. Mexican cartels do not need to rely on organized crime in Columbia, Afghanistan, and elsewhere, so they can keep all the profits. In addition, meth is highly addictive and the dosage is low (tenths of a gram), so the cartels make a huge profit on the drug.”

This makes sense as reports now show that most of the meth in the United States is controlled by major drug cartels from Mexico.

Meth gets into the hands of users in many ways. A recent article in the Business Insider documented someone trying to smuggle the drug inside hollowed out tortilla shells. While the ingenuity shocked me, Rahmani didn’t seem fazed.

“I’ve never seen it in tortillas, but I’ve seen meth smuggled in and transported through every possible means: body cavities, car compartments, toys, tunnels, drones, speed boats, and submarines. Nothing surprises me anymore.”

After doing some more research, tortillas no longer surprise me either as meth can wind up anywhere. I even found a story about a user who deposited her meth at an ATM instead of the cash she intended to bank.

The drug has become so prominent in society there was a television series based on the manufacturing of the product.

Is Meth Here to Stay or Can It Be Stopped?

Wishful thinking I guess, but I still had to ask. With a drug as addictive as meth, stopping it is vital. Unfortunately, I do not see it being curbed anytime soon. History has shown us that the war on drugs has not been a successful one.

“The war on drugs will never be won,” says Rahmani, confirming my sentiment. “Even on our best days, I’d estimate that we catch less than 10% of the drugs flowing into the United States.”

Even though it seems like a losing battle, it is still one that many are willing to fight. In 2005, the United States enacted the Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act (CMEA) which sought to regulate the purchase of ephedrine, a common ingredient in meth. This is the reason why you can no longer purchase certain over-the-counter medicines, such as Claritin-D, without showing your identification.

Statistics have not shown one way or another that CMEA has made a significant impact on the meth trade, but many believe it has.

“I think it’s been very effective in reducing methamphetamine cooking in the United States,” Rahmani says about the law. “You don’t see labs in the desert like you used to find 10 years ago. Unfortunately, most of that activity has moved to super labs in Mexico, just a few miles south of the border.”

The smuggling of the drug into the United States has also been a tough one to prosecute.

“The hardest cases to prosecute are supposed “blind mules,’” recalls Rahmani, of his time with the Justice Department. “They are low level individuals in the drug trade and they believe they are smuggling something else into the United States, and are caught with meth. They can be sympathetic defendants because they may be young, unsophisticated, and know very little about how the drug trafficking organizations operate. Sadly, they also take the biggest risk and get caught the most often.”

Final Thoughts

So can we make a dent in the meth epidemic in the United States? Hell, who am I to tell you. I’m just a writer. I gave up my life as a cop years ago. I will say that it is evident there is a problem and we as a society need to find a way to decrease drug use as a whole.

Rahmani has left the drug prosecution trade as well, currently working as a trial attorney for West Coast Trial Lawyers here in Los Angeles. But, while he spends his time in private practice taking on celebrities, others are still taking up the fight.

Before I leave you, I want to make sure you noticed how I used the term “victim of the drug” earlier in this story. After seeing what I have seen, there is no room for anyone to judge someone addicted to a dangerous drug. Unless you have been in their shoes (and I pray you never are), lean towards empathy and not criticism.

If you, or someone you know has a drug problem, contact the SAMHSA Helpline: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
Comments Off on Wanda Jean Francis, 43, and Dennis Michael Cantrell, 48, Arrested For Methamphetamine After Dangerous Chase At Mountain Creek

Two people were arrested after a dangerous chase at the Mountain Creek area early Friday morning.

Charged were Dennis Michael Cantrell, 48, and Wanda Jean Francis, 43.

A county deputy attempted to make a stop of a silver Hyundai Sonata due to a tail light out and crossing out of lane. The vehicle sped up and tried to elude the deputy.

At the roundabout on Mountain Creek Road the vehicle went into the opposite lane of traffic and almost struck one vehicle. It went onto the W Road and struck a mailbox, then went onto Glendale Drive.

The Sonata came up quickly on a vehicle on Glendale Drive, forcing it off the road.

The vehicle went back on Signal Mountain Road and into an apartment complex, where it crashed into a parked vehicle.

The driver exited and tried to flee, but was captured after he attempted to punch the officer and pushed him off of him.

Ms. Francis was taken into custody after going out the rear driver’s side door. Meth and cocaine were found on her.

A second female, identified by Ms. Francis as Ashley Vanrohr, ran from the vehicle to behind the apartment complex. She has not yet been arrested.

Ms. Francis said Cantrell had picked her up at 1500 Suck Creek Road. She said she asked several times to be let out of the vehicle, but he told her to shut up.

Meth and syringes were found in the vehicle.

Cantrell was charged with evading arrest, possession of a controlled substance, three counts of reckless endangerment, kidnapping, driving on a revoked license, not having insurance, assault on police, and leaving the scene of an accident.

Cantrell was on probation on drug charges.


Comments Off on Christopher Rainey, 27, of Rock Hill, Blames Methamphetamine and Drugs After Burning 4 Kittens to Death

(CHESTER, S.C.) — A South Carolina man has been sentenced to two years in prison for burning four kittens to death.

The Herald of Rock Hill reports that 27-year-old Christopher Rainey pleaded guilty Friday to arson and ill treatment of animals. Prosecutors say he poured gasoline on a shed at his family’s home in Great Falls in May to burn it down with five kittens in it. Rainey blamed his use of marijuana, meth and cocaine while not taking his prescribed medications for mental health issues.

Solicitor Candice Lively says one of the kittens survived.

Lively asked for the maximum sentence of five years, saying Rainey’s decade-long criminal record includes two stints in prison for burglary and assaults.

Rainey’s mother, Tammy Lane, says he does “crazy stuff” when not taking his prescriptions.

Comments Off on Natchanon Pongsiriwat, 30, from Ubon Ratchathani, Arrested in Chiang Rai’s Phan District with 190,000 Methamphetamine Pills

CHIANG RAI – Chiang Rai police arrested a woman in Chiang Rai’s Phan district on Saturday morning after 190,000 methamphetamine pills were found in her car.

Natchanon Pongsiriwat, 30, from Ubon Ratchathani was arrested after her car was stopped at a checkpoint on the Chiang Rai-Phayao road at 6am.

Police said they checked the boot of the car and found the drug hidden in a bag.

Ms. Natchanon told them she was hired to take the drugs from a hotel in Chiang Rai’s Muang district to a recipient in Bangkok


Comments Off on Greene County Jail Inmate, Shelly Wilkinson, 41, of Bloomfield, allegedly sneaks Methamphetamine into facility

An inmate at the Greene County Jail is facing charges after allegedly sneaking methamphetamine into the facility.

According to a probable cause filed by Greene County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Bobby Pierce, Shelly Wilkinson, 41 of Bloomfield, allegedly brought the methamphetamine in on Aug. 23.

Pierce was reportedly asked to help with an internal investigation by Jail Officer Steve Dobson after an inmate informed him of Wilkinson sharing the methamphetamine with inmates in her cell.

“Dobson was told the methamphetamine use took place on the corner of a bed under the northwest camera,” Pierce wrote.

Camera footage from the southeast camera was reviewed, which reportedly showed Wilkinson and three other inmates ingesting the methamphetamine.

“Jail Officer Dobson checked this area and located a white crystallized substance with a rolled up phone card next to it. I observed what Dobson located and identified the substance as methamphetamine through my training and experience in law enforcement,” Pierce wrote.

A search of the holding cell did not turn up any other methamphetamine.

Wilkinson was then placed in an interview room and read her Miranda Rights.

“Wilkinson admitted to bringing methamphetamine into the Greene County Jail,” Pierce wrote. “Wilkinson said she had the methamphetamine in the back pocket of her sweat pants but her arresting officer did not check the pocket. Wilkinson said once inside the facility, she still did not get patted down or searched.”

Wilkinson allegedly added she placed the methamphetamine in the palm of her hand and maneuvered it into her jail uniform while being dressed out. She then reportedly decided to use the methamphetamine in her cell.

“Wilkinson said the other inmates saw her and asked to use as well. Wilkinson explained, being addicted to methamphetamine, she knew what it was like to want to use, so she shared the methamphetamine with the other inmates,” Pierce wrote.

The other inmates had reportedly told Wilkinson the southeast camera in the cell did not work.

During the interview, Wilkinson allegedly placed a clear zip lock bag containing a white crystallized substance on the table.

“I asked Wilkinson why she originally brought the methamphetamine into the facility. Wilkinson said she did not know what else to do with it,” Pierce wrote.

Pierce added after overhearing a conversation between Wilkinson and other inmates, she admitted to also bringing Suboxone into the facility.

Wilkinson is facing charges of trafficking with an inmate as a Level 5 felony, dealing in methamphetamine as a Level 4 felony and possession of methamphetamine as a Level 6 felony.


Comments Off on Lancaster County Jury asked to decide if Methamphetamine found in Christine Tannehill’s vagina belonged to Courtney Savage, of Lincoln

The drug trade isn’t run by choir boys and Girl Scouts, the prosecutor told the jury in closing arguments in Courtney Savage’s meth case.

Savage stood accused of possessing a dealer amount of methamphetamine, not in itself a particularly rare charge.

But what made his case stand out was where the 9.1 grams of meth was found: inside the vagina of a woman with whom he’d been driving around town early Feb. 17.

When he was arrested, police say, Savage denied knowing about the drugs or being involved in dealing and asked “how he could be charged for meth found inside of someone else.”

In closing arguments Thursday, Deputy Lancaster County Attorney Carolyn Bosn laid out the state’s case, which included testimony from two people who had been in a car with the Omaha man that night.

They both told police, separately, that Savage had pulled a bag of meth from his groin area when he saw the cops, tossed it to Christine Tannehill in the backseat and told her, in no uncertain terms, to put the bag inside her.

“It’s clear who’s up the chain on who here,” Bosn said.

She said Savage was Tannehill’s dealer and had given him a ride to Lincoln to sell drugs. They were on their third stop when police caught up with them near 10th and Washington streets.

Bosn said texts from Savage’s cellphone confirm he had been the one selling.

“It’s the totality of the evidence that leads to a guilty verdict,” she said.

Savage’s attorney, Darik Von Loh, said a police officer on the stand admitted the drugs could have been Tannehill’s and that she could’ve sent the texts from Savage’s phone.

Why else would it take nearly five minutes for Tannehill to give up the bag of meth to police? Because it was hers, Von Loh contended.

“Mr. Savage exercised no control over those drugs because he never had them,” Von Loh said.

Bosn said the case came down to control, and Savage had been in control of everything.

She said the idea that Tannehill and the second witness independently would make up the same story to police was unbelievable.

They were high, they were scared, they were nervous, Bosn said.

“And they told you exactly what happened,” she said.

After deliberating for about 3½ hours, the jury found Savage guilty.

If the judge finds him to be a habitual criminal, as alleged, he’ll get at least 10 years in prison when he’s sentenced in November.

Tannehill pleaded no contest to possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine and is participating in drug court.


Comments Off on Krystal Ibach, 58, of Schuyler, Accused of Possessing Over 20 Grams of Methamphetamine, Disposing Drugs in Toilet

SCHUYLER, Neb. – A Schuyler woman faces prison time after police say they found over 20 grams of meth in her home with some of it inside her toilet.

58-year-old Krystal Ibach is charged with felony possession of meth – 10-27 grams and misdemeanor obstructing a police officer.

According to the court records, law enforcement searched her residence off a warrant on March 28th.

Police say when they arrived, they found a crystal substance, multiple papers and baggies  inside the toilet bowl. The affidavit says the bathroom trashcan had a digital scale and unused plastic baggies inside.

The documents say, authorities found 20.6 grams of meth inside the toilet and other locations in her home.

According to the records, an investigator said that Ibach admitted to flushing drugs down the toilet when she heard officers knocking on her door.

The documents say, law enforcement also found marijuana and THC edibles inside the home, along with seven glass pipes that they say were used to smoke meth.

She is scheduled to appear in Colfax County District court on September 20th.

If convicted of her current charge, which is a class 1d felony, she faces up to 50 years in prison, with a mandatory minimum of three years.


Comments Off on Shaun Michael Maubach, 32, of Mahtomedi, the sex trafficker who bragged of ‘running 6 girls’ and dealing Methamphetamine, goes to prison

A Mahtomedi man who sold a woman for sex in three states has been sentenced in Washington County to 19 years in prison.

Shaun Michael Maubach, 32, pleaded guilty to sex trafficking of an individual, for which he received a 15-year sentence. Because he had a previous sex trafficking conviction, he also received an additional four years, said County Attorney Pete Orput. 

“Human sex trafficking knows no boundaries,” said Orput, who credited interagency collaboration for Maubach’s successful prosecution.

According to the criminal complaint, Maubach was arrested in June in Woodbury on a Kansas burglary warrant. He volunteered to a detective assigned to the Washington County Drug Task Force that he could provide information on where to find $10,000 worth of methamphetamine and marijuana, using photos stored in his phone.

The detective looked at the phone and instead found evidence of sex trafficking, including a phone number connected to more than 15 commercial sex ads posted in the metro area. Further inspection revealed more than 100 ads placed in Minnesota, Colorado and Washington, the complaint said. Maubach had bragged in text messages of “running 6 girls,” and also distributed methamphetamine through texting.

The detective “then located what appear to be secret video recordings of suspected commercial sex customers having sex with known sex trafficking victims,” the complaint said.

The female victim, when interviewed by detectives, seemed fearful of Maubach and relieved that police had intervened. The complaint noted that Maubach had used a tracking phone application to “monitor where she is and what she is doing.”

Maubach has a lengthy criminal history, including several violent crime convictions. An investigation into other possible trafficking victims is ongoing, the complaint said.

Judge Gregory Galler sentenced Maubach on Wednesday in Washington County District Court. Assistant County Attorney Imran Ali prosecuted the case.



Comments Off on Brandon Harmon, 32, of Alva and Dywon Vaughn, 36, arrested, accused of attempting to trade Methamphetamine and drugs for sex

CANADIAN COUNTY, Okla. (KOKH) — Two men were arrested after authorities say they attempted to trade drugs for sex.

The Canadian County Sheriff’s Office reports that on August 12 investigators made contact with a man attempting to sell methamphetamine on Craigslist. Deputies set up a meeting with the man at a truck stop in Canadian County. At the meetup, 32-year-old Alva resident Brandon Harmon was taken into custody. Authorities recovered three grams of meth and a stolen gun from Harmon.

Harmon was taken into custody for possession of a controlled deadly substance with intent to distrubte, possession of a stolen firearm and using a firearm in the commission of a felony. He was booked into jail and later bonded out.

On August 29, Harmon once again began communication with undercover deputies on social media. The undercover deputy was posing as a female when Harmon allegedly offered to give her cocaine if she would have sex with him and his partner.

A meetup was arranged and Harmon and 36-year-old Dywon Vaughn were taken into custody on scene. Authorities allegedly seized meth, cocaine, Xanax and PCP from the two men.

Both men were then booked into the Canadian County Jail on complaints of intent to distribute CDS, possession of drug paraphernalia and solicitation of prostitution. Harmon has since been released on bond while Vaughn remains in custody.

Comments Off on Jasmine Block, 15, of Alexandria, Minnesota, was transported in duffel bag, held for 29 days, tied up and repeatedly sexually assaulted and raped – Thomas Barker, 32, and Joshua Holby, 31, of Carlos, and Steven Powers, 20, of Mankato, arrested

MINNEAPOLIS — A 15-year-old Minnesota girl who thought she was helping a friend’s dad was instead kidnapped and held captive for 29 days during which she was repeatedly raped, tied up with zip ties and locked in a closet before escaping and swimming across a lake to safety, prosecutors said Thursday in announcing charges against three men.

Court documents detail instances in which the girl said she believed that the men were trying to kill her, including when she fought back as one of them tried to push her underwater in a bathtub, and another when a cord or rope was placed around her neck and she was forced to hang until she couldn’t breathe.

Weeks into her ordeal, police knocked on the door of the mobile home where she was being held to investigate a report of stolen property, but no one answered. After that, the men told the girl to get into a duffel bag, loaded her in the back of a truck, and moved her to an abandoned home.

The girl escaped from that home in rural, western Minnesota on Tuesday when the men left her alone for the first time in nearly a month as they went to get pizza. She knocked on nearby doors, then swam across part of a lake — losing her pants and shoes in the water — and flagged down a farmer for help.

The Associated Press generally does not identify victims of sexual assault and is not naming the girl. She was reunited with her family Tuesday, and the family has asked for privacy.

Three men were charged Thursday with multiple counts. Thomas Barker, 32, of Carlos, Minnesota, and Steven Powers, 20, of Benson, were charged with kidnapping, criminal sexual conduct and false imprisonment. Joshua Holby, 31, of Carlos was charged with kidnapping and false imprisonment.

According to the criminal complaint, Barker kidnapped the girl from her home in Alexandria, about 133 miles northwest of Minneapolis, on Aug. 8 by tricking her into thinking he needed her to talk to his son, who was misbehaving. Barker was her friend’s dad, so she agreed to help, leaving her phone behind.

Prosecutors say Barker drove the girl to his mobile home in Carlos, about 9 miles away, restrained her and sexually assaulted her, brandishing a firearm and threatening to kill her.

The girl told police that shortly after her abduction, Barker, who has cerebral palsy and is physically-impaired, put her in a bathtub while she was restrained with zip ties “and she believes that he tried to drown her” but she fought back. In a second incident, the girl told police, she was put in a duffel bag that Holby and Barker put in the bathtub, but she stuck her head out of a hole in the bag. She told police that in another incident, a rope or cord was placed around her neck and she was required to stand on a bucket, the complaint said.

“She stated that Holby then forced her off of the bucket and she described a period in which she could not breathe,” the complaint said. She said Powers also forced her to snort a line of “white powder.”

The criminal complaint says Powers arrived at the home about two weeks into the girl’s abduction and was told not to go into Barker’s room when Barker and Holby left the residence. But Powers became curious, went into the bedroom and found the girl in the locked closet.

“Powers did not free (her), nor did he contact law enforcement,” the complaint said.

The complaint says the girl had a television set and fan in the closet, and food and water were brought to her.

The farmer who found told police he saw something moving in a field of tall grass about 300 yards away from him, then realized it was a female running toward him — wet and wearing no pants or shoes.

When she got closer, the farmer recognized her as the girl pictured in missing-person fliers in the area. The girl said she needed the cops “now” and he called 911 while she got into his truck and hid, the complaint said.

A message left with an attorney for Barker and Holby was not immediately returned. The name of Powers’ attorney was not immediately available.

According to the complaint, Barker told police that he had used methamphetamine and alcohol, but he denied knowing the girl or picking her up. Barker also said that Powers had been with the girl, but that he had not and he declined to answer more questions, the complaint said.


ALEXANDRIA, Minn. – After a month in captivity, an Alexandria teen is safe and back with her family following a what authorities are calling a brave escape.

Jasmine Block, 15, disappeared from her home on the 200 block of North McKay Avenue in Alexandria sometime after 10:30 p.m. on Aug. 8.

On Wednesday, Alexandria Police Chief Richard Wyffels provided some details regarding what happened in the 29 days police say she was held captive.

Chief Wyffels believes Block was kidnapped that night by a man whom she knew. The man claimed he needed Block’s help with a “family situation.” Chief Wyffels says that was the beginning of Block’s nightmare.

She was tied up and taken to a home in Carlos, Minnesota. There, Wyffels says Block was repeatedly physically and sexually assaulted. She was often times kept in a closet and often threatened.

On Sept. 6, the three suspects (two from Carlos and one from Mankato) drove Block to several locations, including a cornfield in Grant County. That afternoon, the men left Block alone to get food. Chief Wyffels said this was the first time in 29 days she had the opportunity to escape.

Block ran for help, knocking on the doors of several homes, but no answer.

She eventually swam across a portion of Thompson Lake. Once to shore, she ran to a nearby farm where a man immediately recognized her. He called 911.

The farmer, fearing he too was now in danger, began driving Block to a “safe place” in Elbow Lake. On the way, Chief Wyffels says Block recognized one of the vehicles and men involved. The farmer, still on the line with the 911 dispatcher, notified authorities. They eventually found and arrested the suspect, who led them to the two remaining suspects. All three remain in police custody awaiting formal kidnapping, false imprisonment and assault charges.

“This is an unbelievable young woman,” Chief Wyffels said. “She has a lot of strength. We think a lot of her and her family. They’re all amazing people.”


ALEXANDRIA, Minn. (KMSP) – Three suspects charged in the kidnapping and assault of a 15-year-old girl from Alexandria, Minnesota made their initial court appearances Thursday. Prosecutors said the teenager was abducted and transported in a duffel bag and “treated like animal” over the 29 days she was reported missing.

Authorities had been searching for Jasmine Block since she went missing on Aug. 8. At a press conference Wednesday, Alexandria Police Chief Richard Wyffels revealed Block had been kidnapped by a family friend, held against her will and repeatedly assaulted by three men for several weeks. She was reunited with her family on Tuesday. Jasmine Block detailed the alleged abduction in a interview with Fox 9.

The abduction

Thirty-two-year-old Thomas Barker, a family friend, approached Block outside her home around 11 p.m. the night of Aug. 8 and asked for her help with his son, who was not behaving.

Since she knew him, Block agreed to help and got into his vehicle. She believed they would be driving to a house in Alexandria, but instead Barker drove the victim to his home in Carlos.

Once Block was inside, he allegedly restrained her with zip ties, pulled out a gun and threatened to kill her, according to the charges. He then sexually assaulted her.

Held captive

Block was held in Barker’s house against her will for several weeks, often being kept in a closet. She was repeatedly physically and sexually assaulted by him and two other suspects; Steven Powers, 20, of Mankato, and Joshua Holby, 31, of Carlos.

“I was usually in a closet and I usually stayed quiet because I was scared they might hit me or do something,” Jasmine told Fox 9.

Block told police that Barker, Powers and Holby attempted to kill her several times. Twice, Barker allegedly tried to drown her in the bathtub. In another incident, a rope was reportedly placed around her neck while she was forced to stand on a bucket. Holby then forced her off the bucket and Block said she was unable to breathe.

Powers discovered Block when he was staying at Barker’s house. Barker and Holby left for a short time and Barker instructed Powers not to go in his bedroom while he was gone. In a statement to police, Powers said he became curious and went into Barker’s bedroom and discovered Block in the closet. He did not free her or contact police.

According to the charges, Block told investigators Barker forced her to have sex with him four times and perform oral sex on him approximately 10 times. She was also forced to perform oral sex on Powers. Holby reportedly did not sexually assault her.

At one point in the search for the missing teenager, a deputy investigating a stolen property report came to Barker’s house in Carlos and knocked on the door while all three suspects and the victim were inside. According to Powers, no one answered the door and the victim was kept in the closet. The suspects remained silent until the deputy left.

Escape from attackers

After the police visit, Barker reportedly decided they needed to move Block from the house. They put her in a duffel bag and put the bag in the back of a truck. The three suspects then took her from the house in Carlos to various locations, including a cornfield and foreclosed property in rural Grant County.

On Tuesday afternoon, the suspects left the Block alone for the first time since her abduction while they went to a nearby town for lunch. She escaped and ran door-to-door looking for help. She eventually swam across part of Thompson Lake, where she encountered a farmer who instantly recognized her from news reports.


The three suspects were taken into custody on Tuesday after Block alerted authorities to one of the vehicles they were driving.

In a statement to police, Barker admitted he had been drinking and using meth. According to family members, he has cerebral palsy and is married with six children.

“We have just as many questions as everyone else,” said Brittany, Barker’s sister. “We’re lost we’re broken. Our family is shattered.”

Barker is charged with two counts of kidnapping, two counts of first degree criminal sexual conduct, one count of assault with a dangerous weapon and one count of false imprisonment. Brittany says she is disbelief about the accusations.

“I helped with her search. I donated t-shirts to her mom,” she said. “I’m not going to not believe it I’m sorry to Jasmine, I’m sorry to her family.”

Powers is charged with one count of kidnapping, one count of criminal sexual conduct and one count of false imprisonment.

Holby is charged with two counts of kidnapping and one count of false imprisonment.

All three men have criminal histories. Barker has the most on his record, including misdemeanor convictions for burglary, disorderly conduct and theft. Now charged with six felonies, Brittany vows to stand by her brother.

“My brother was a happy person, and he was on drugs,” said Brittany. I don’t know what else to say.”


ALEXANDRIA, Minn. – Sarah Block describes it as the best moment of her life.

“Being able to hug her, kiss her, we all cried … I mean it was the greatest feeling,” she said.

Block is describing the moment she was reunited with her daughter Jasmine 29 days after the 15-year-old was allegedly abducted by a one-time family friend. That man, 32-year-old Thomas Jay Barker, and his two roommates, 31-year-old Joshua Lee Holby and 20-year-old Steven Michael Samuel Powers, were charged Thursday with kidnapping and holding the special needs teenager captive for a month. The charges also say two of the men sexually assaulted Jasmine repeatedly.

“Sleep is hard,” Sarah Block shared about her daughter’s readjustment after staging a daring escape. “Anytime she closes her eyes, she sees their faces.”

It was on Aug. 9 at 1:18 a.m. that Sarah Block contacted Alexandria Police and reported her daughter, Jasmine, was missing. The girl was last seen by her mother around 10:30 p.m the previous night laying on a recliner suffering from a migraine. Jasmine’s cell phone and scooter were still in the house, something that was very unusual behavior for the girl.

Despite an intensive investigation and numerous searches Jasmine was not seen or heard from until Tuesday, Sept. 5, when the teen ran into the yard of Earl Melchert, a resident of Barrett, and told him she needed the police “now” as she had been kidnapped and had to swim across Thompson Lake to escape.

Melchert recognized Block from the missing posters he had seen all over the area and immediately called 911. As she took shelter in the man’s truck, Jasmine informed him that a car passing by was one of the men who kidnapped her. Melchert relayed that information to arriving officers and the driver, Steven Michael Samuel Powers, was arrested.

Jasmine Block told investigators that Powers, Barker and Holby were her captors and that Barker carried a handgun. She detailed how Barker, the father of one of her friends, came to her home that night and said his son was not behaving and that he needed her help. Jasmine says she got in Barker’s truck, and he proceeded to his residence where he zip-tied her, pointed a gun at her and raped her.

The teen says she was held captive at Barker’s residence in Carlos for most of the time she was missing, and that he tried to drown her in a bath tub one time but was unable to finish the job as he suffers from cerebral palsy and lacks strength.

Jasmine told investigators that she also survived at least two more efforts to kill her. She says she was confined to the closet in Barker’s house, which had a television and a fan in it. The men brought her food and water over that time. She claims that Barker and Powers raped her on multiple occasions, but Holby did not.

Block finally got an opportunity to escape on Sept. 5 while riding in the back of a pickup truck inside a zipped up duffle bag. When the three men went inside a convenience store to get some food, Jasmine slipped out of the bag and ran away. She eventually swam across the lake and found Melchert. Powers was arrested as he drove by the scene and Barker and Holby were arrested later that day when a state trooper conducted a traffic stop on the pickup that had been carrying Block.

During questioning, Powers admitted to staying at Barker’s place for two weeks and having sexual relations with the girl. He also reportedly told detectives that while Jasmine was being held captive, a Douglas County Deputy came to Barker’s residence as part of a stolen property investigation, but they didn’t answer the door.

Barker allegedly admitted he has been abusing methamphetamine and alcohol but denied knowing Jasmine, picking her up or holding her captive.

On Thursday night, Block talked to KARE 11 about the moment she was reunited with her daughter.

“Knowing it was actually her, and being able to hug her and kiss her and we all cried. It was the greatest feeling,” said Block.

Barker and Powers are being held on $100,000 cash bail with conditions of release, a $1 million bond with conditions or a $2 million cash bail or bond without conditions of release. Holby is being held on a $75,000 cash bond without conditions ($750,000 bond) or a $1.5 million cash bail or bond with no conditions.

The conditions of release for all three men include remaining law abiding, making all future court appearances, reporting any address changes, not leaving the state and not possessing any alcoholic beverages or drugs. They also must stay away from the victim and her family, the other suspects and be hooked up to GPS monitoring.

Their next court date will be at 10 a.m. on Sept. 18.


 – Jasmine Block is barely 15 and one courageous young lady.

“I was usually in a closet and I usually stayed quiet because I was scared they might hit me or do something,” said Jasmine.

Jasmine was allegedly lured from her Alexandria home August 8 by family acquaintance Thomas Barker. Court documents detail a nightmarish month.

The suspects restrained the teen restrained, locked her in a closet in Barker’s trailer about 10 miles away in Carlos.

Barker and two friends, Steven Powers and Joshua Holby, allegedly threatened the girl and assaulted her on multiple occasions.

It wasn’t until Tuesday that Jasmine finally found her moment to make a break for it.

“They went to the store to get some food,” she said. “And they said it would be about an hour.”

Jasmine reports that she had been left alone in one of the suspect’s trucks in rural Barrett, Minnesota and she ran as fast as she could. She swam across a portion of a Grant County lake before finding help from a local farmer in his vehicle, who immediately recognized her as the missing teen.

“I opened the door and told him to call 911,” she said. “[I said] ‘My name is Jasmine Block and I’ve been kidnapped.’ And he asked if I was the missing girl from Alex and I said ‘yes.’”

The three suspects now face various felony counts of kidnapping, criminal sexual conduct, assault and false imprisonment.

According to investigators, Barker, who suffers from cerebral palsy, admitted he was on methamphetamine and booze.

Jasmine, now home, is starting to heal from the experience.

“Sometimes [I feel] good,” said Jasmine. “Sometimes not great. Like sometimes, I have problems sleeping because I close my eyes and I see their faces. I’m scared to sleep because I might have bad nightmares.”

Jasmine and her mother want to share the teen’s story of survival and thank a community that never gave up bringing her home alive.

“I think she’s a warrior,” said Sarah Block, Jasmine’s mother. “She’s probably the strongest person I have ever known.”

Jasmine was scheduled to start her freshman year of high school Tuesday, the day of her daring escape. She is now hoping to join her classmates as soon as next week as she moves forward in the healing process.

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CALLAWAY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) – According to the Bay County Sheriff’s Office, deputies arrested a Georgia woman after the BCSO Special Investigations Division found nine pounds of crystal methamphetamine in a Callaway motel room Monday.

BCSO said it learned about a federal fugitive in the Panama City area.

Officials said federal authorities informed BCSO deputies that Susan Anderson, 66, of Hortense, Georgia, was wanted on a federal warrant out of Georgia for conspiracy to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine.

Deputies said they located Anderson at a motel and took her into custody without incident. They also said they obtained written consent from Anderson to search her motel room.

Investigators said they found approximately nine pounds of crystal methamphetamine, about $25,000 in cash, approximately 173 alprazolam (xanax) pills, two firearms, and a small amount of marijuana.

Law enforcement officials said Anderson was released from federal prison in 2003 and is a convicted felon.

According to the Bay County Sheriff’s Office, Anderson was charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of Alprazolam with the intent to distribute, possession a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of marijuana less than 20 grams, and a retainer was placed on her for the United State’s Marshals Service.


Federal Fugitive, Susan N. Anderson, 66, of Hortense, Arrested in Callaway with Nine Pounds of Methamphetamine

Comments Off on 16 pounds of Methamphetamine seized – Rhonda Rosales, 45, and Joe Louis Rosales Jr., 46, arrested: Coleman city officials shocked by record bust

COLEMAN, Texas – A record meth bust took place in Coleman with officers from multiple agencies seizing 16 pounds of the illegal drug. But city officials say this is part of a broader plan to clean up the city.

The Coleman Police Department, Coleman County Sheriff’s Office, Runnel County Sheriff’s Office, Coleman Park Police, and Coleman ISD Police were all involved in the investigation.

The agencies executed three search warrants from Aug. 31 to Sept. 3, discovering illegal guns, scales, and methamphetamine.

“Wow, it’s not everyday you come across that much,” Coleman Police Chief Anthony Smith said.

He said his department had been watching the house where law enforcement conducted the bust, in the 400 block of 10th Street for “a while.”

“We’re out here trying to clean this up and we’re not going to stop,” Smith said. “We’re going to keep going.”

The record meth finding also shocked Coleman’s Assistant City Manager David Martinez, although he said it’s part of a city plan to beautify Coleman.

“To me, going after the criminal element in town is part of that clean up, and trying to bring our city to be the little shining star in the middle of Texas,” Martinez said.

Joe Louis Rosales Jr., 46, and his wife Rhonda, 45, were both arrested during the raid in August. They face several charges, including manufacturing and delivery of a controlled substance in a drug-free zone, according to police.

Rosales told KTXS what officers discovered was a jug of sugar, not meth.

Smith said tests prove otherwise.

“He can claim its sugar all he wants to, but we’ve tested it several times, and it’s tested positive every time we’ve tested it,” he said.

The Coleman Police Department is continuing their investigation, and it could possibly lead to more arrests, according to Smith.

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HONOLULU — A man is accused of using a Hawaii vacation rental to receive a package sent from California containing 11 pounds of methamphetamine.

Crystal meth is one of Hawaii’s most popular illicit drugs. Drug traffickers often use the mail to smuggle it into the island state, where it sells for a premium.

Walter Rolando Atemio Dominguez Garcia was staying at an Airbnb vacation rental in east Honolulu in June when postal inspectors intercepted the package addressed to him, court documents said. A profile using a username “Walter” with a picture of Garcia wrote a review of the room located on Wilhelmina Rise, in the hills above Diamond Head.

“We have zero tolerance for this kind of behavior and have permanently banned this user from our platform,” Airbnb spokeswoman Mattie Zazueta said in a statement Thursday. “Airbnb reached out to the authorities to assist them with their investigation and we will help them in any way we can. There have been over 200 million guest arrivals in listings and negative incidents like this are incredibly rare.”

In July, postal inspectors intercepted a package containing another 11 pounds of meth addressed to Garcia at an apartment in Waikiki, according court documents. In August, he allegedly tried to sell three pounds of meth and three ounces of cocaine to an undercover officer for $30,000.

Alexander Silvert, his federal public defender, said he doesn’t yet have much information about the case.

Earlier this week, a magistrate judge ordered that Garcia be detained without bail.