BOZEMAN, Mont. – There are plenty of families out enjoying the summer weather in Belgrade. Many in the community say they feel safe but things have changed for them as the drug crime rates increase. That increase is leading to other crimes too.

“When people want more drugs, they’ll find the money for it in the cars, stealing from stores. They will find money by holding up people for their last dollar,” explained Jerry Reichirt, a Belgrade resident. Reichirt worries about his mother. She’s on medication and lives in Belgrade. “An old neighbor of hers was asking for her narcotics, her drugs. My mom said ‘If you ever call or ask me ever again, I will call the police’,” he explained.

Belgrade is seeing the highest drug crime rates in Galllatin County but the city isn’t alone.

“Right now, the state is definitely seeing increased drug trafficking of er9paugh3qp9348ytp3qmethamphetamine and additional trafficking of heroin,” said Jake Wagner, the commander for the Missouri River Drug Task Force.

Belgrade’s drug crime rate is about 12 offenses for every 1,000 residents. The Missoula Police Department and Silver Bow Law Enforcement report a rate of about 11 offenses per 1,000 residents. Kalispell is seeing the highest out of those at 18 drug offenses for every 1,000 residents.

“It’s ruining lives, it’s ruining families and we need to do more to prevent it. We need to become more aware and we need to be more watchful,” added Teresa Kemp, a Bozeman resident.

The drug task force has a two pronged approach: punishment and outreach.

“We spend a lot of time reaching out to our pharmacies, our doctors, mental health facilities, everybody all the way through the system,” said Wagner.

He’s working with local agencies and hopes that through outreach and education, they can reverse the trend.

The Missouri River Drug Task Force puts on 50 to 60 drug talks a year as a way to educate the public. They get a lot of their information on drug use from tips but more than 70 percent of drug arrests start off as traffic stops.

Although the state is seeing an increase in meth and heroin, marijuana is the most cited primary drug at treatment facilities.

 

 

 

 

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A grand jury has charged an Egegik man with possessing with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, federal prosecutors say.

Jason Corey Vincent Alto, 20, was charged with having nearly three pounds of meth on him while traveling on an Alaska state ferry. Alto was en route from Washington to Whittier, Alaska, when authorities contacted him in Ketchikan. The meth was found in his luggage, prosecutors say.

Alto was taken into custody in Ketchikan.

If convicted, Alto faces for a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years to a maximum of up to life in prison.

The Coast Guard and the Alaska State Troopers Drug Unit conducted the investigation leading to Alto’s indictment.

 

 

 

 

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Methamphetamine is cheap, it’s easy to make, and once you’re hooked, you’re often hooked for life. We speak, of course, of methamphetamine. In its ‘crystal’ form, it can be ‘cooked’ up by pretty much anyone, from ingredients which are reasonably easy to obtain.24041748

While climate and growing conditions tend to dictate where narcotics like heroin and cocaine can be produced, there are no such constraints upon meth. Which gives enterprising drug-pushers from areas in which opium, coca, and so forth do not grow a golden opportunity to grab a slice of the global drugs trade for themselves. Reports indicate that some West Africans are increasingly taking up this opportunity, turning drug barons as they produce meth for smuggling abroad (mostly to Asia).

Methamphetamine

Methamphetamine is a pretty powerful drug, which induces extreme ‘highs’ and euphoric states in users. It’s easy to synthesize – although deaths from meth-lab accidents are not uncommon – and is powerfully addictive.

Methamphetamine causes the brain to release huge amounts of ‘pleasure chemical’ dopamine, and then prevents the brain from re-absorbing it for many hours. This gives a lasting and euphoric ‘high’.

However, it also starts to damage the brain (while simultaneously causing pretty awful effects throughout the rest of the body), and can reportedly cause almost instant addiction. This latter fact makes it tremendously easy to create a ‘captive’ market for methamphetamine, and makes it potentially a very profitable substance. Methamphetamine can very swiftly devastate entire communities, making it a very dangerous drug indeed.

While some people have – with a lot of effort – managed to get clean from methamphetamine, it’s by no means common to do so. When your nation has a methamphetamine problem, it spells a lot of trouble. And West African nations are, sadly, fast developing into something of a methamphetamine phenomenon.

Global Transit Route

West Africa, including Ghana, has long had a part to play in the global drugs trade by being part of a transit route which sees drugs crossing continents. Loose border controls and a lack of emphasis upon drugs-based policing has given traffickers ample opportunities to use West Africa as a convenient transit point. However, West Africans have tended to have little to do with the drugs trade, and internal drugs problems have been low. Until recently.

Meth Production

As the global value of methamphetamine has skyrocketed, West African criminals have been quick to take advantage. Using established drugs routes to traffick their product, more and more West Africans are taking to meth labs in order to make their fortunes.

The market for West African methamphetamine tends to be Asia, Japan in particular, and the profit margins are vast. A kilo of meth can cost a West African producer $1,500 to make, but will sell for $150,000 in Tokyo.

That’s enough money to tempt anyone, especially when one considers that producing meth does not take a lot of time or effort. Currently the main markets for West African meth appear to be abroad, but the potential for an internal market to develop out of control (destroying many of West Africa’s most vulnerable communities) is huge.

Why West Africa?

West Africa is a tempting prospect for many meth producers due to a number of factors.

  • Firstly, the aforementioned presence of established drugs routes makes the stuff relatively easy to traffic.
  • Secondly, many West African nations are rich in isolated, unpatrolled areas in which crystal meth can be ‘cooked’ without interruption from the authorities.
  • Thirdly, the past lack of major drugs issues in West Africa has resulted in police forces which are unused and ill-equipped to dealing with drugs issues. In this latter aspect, at least, Ghana is trying to take control.

Though it’s a very difficult thing to do, Ghanaian authorities have spoken of making a concerted effort to improve the way in which the nation deals with drugs and drugs-related crime.

This acknowledgement that there is a very serious problem is a great step forward, which will hopefully lead to positive action and change in the future.

In the meantime, however, the West African methamphetamine trade goes from strength to strength, causing great trauma and heartache for the thousands of unfortunate individuals who come into contact with it.

 

 

 

 

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(MITCHELL) – A Williams woman was arrested early this morning after Mitchell Police found her at Mitchell Memorial Park with meth.williams%20woman-thumb-250xauto-7258

Police arrested 25-year-old williams%20woman-thumb-250xauto-7258on charges of possession of meth and drug paraphernalia.

According to Mitchell Police Chief Steve Blair, an officer was patrolling the park just before 2 a.m. when Weldon walked out from behind a building.

Weldon told the officer she was charging her cell phone. When the officer asked to see the cell phone, the officer saw a spoon in Weldon’s bag. The spoon tested positive for meth residue.

 

 

 

 

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MONTEZUMA, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – A Macon State Prison corrections officer was arrested, accused of trafficking nearly 150 grams of meth.Demarcus-Woolfork-e1466542278660

De’Marcus Woolfork is also charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

Officers and deputies with the Macon County Sheriff’s Office seized the drugs from inside Woolfork’s home and car.

They also found several PayPal cards and cell phones. The department is working with the state prison to see who was working with Woolfork.

The FBI is assisting in the case.

 

 

 

 

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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) – A Twin Falls woman was in court on Monday on three felony charges for delivering methamphetamine and two possession of a controlled substance charges.

Marsha Ann Fairbanks, 33, of Twin Falls, was booked in the Twin Falls Marsha+Ann+Fairbanks+ShetlerCounty Jail on June 17 following three controlled buys of methamphetamine and a failed attempt to use her as a confidential informant, according to court documents.

Fairbanks is being held on a $50,000 bond and her preliminary hearing is set for July 1.

According to court documents, an Idaho State Police undercover officer and a confidential informant made controlled purchase of methamphetamine from Fairbanks during March and April.

On March 30, an undercover officer and a confidential informant purchased 3.9 gross grams of methamphetamine according to court documents. An undercover officer made another controlled buy from Fairbanks on April 5, purchasing about 3.8 gross grams of methamphetamine.

On April 28, the undercover officer and the confidential informant arranged to buy 3.5 gross grams of methamphetamine from Fairbanks in the Wal-Mart parking lot, according to court documents.

On May 23, a warrant was issued for Fairbank’s arrest. During the search, police seized suspected marijuana, trace amounts of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, scales, and suspected methamphetamine packaging material, according to court documents.

Court documents said police gave Fairbanks the opportunity to work as a confidential informant, but she allegedly did not conduct control purchases between May 23 and June 13.

On June 14, police attempted to meetup with Fairbanks and she allegedly absconded and did not respond to calls or text messages, court documents said. Police pulled Fairbanks over during a traffic stop and she allegedly fled the area on June 16.

Idaho State Police took Fairbanks into custody on June 17. While at the Twin Falls County Jail, deputies found a small plastic baggie containing suspected methamphetamine.

 

 

 

 

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FAIRBANKS — A Fairbanks woman accused of stealing an iPad and trying to ditch a bag of methamphetamine outside a police car on Monday is also accused of stealing items from a truck last month.

Angela Rae Harman, 41, is charged with two counts of felony second-degree theft and one count of felony fourth-degree drugs misconduct.

Fairbanks police responded to Tiparos Thai Food on Lacey Street at about 7:30 p.m. Monday after the owner reported that a white woman entered the restaurant and took his iPad when she left. The man said the woman asked the counter person for a menu to take with her because she was going to place a large order from her hotel. The woman wrote down a telephone number and said her name was Angie Smith, according to a criminal complaint.

Police viewed surveillance footage which showed an older, faded red van with a white sleep conversion on the roof and broken grill turn into the parking lot from Lacey Street. Harman got out of the van, entered the restaurant and talked to an employee while covering the iPad with her arms. The employee answered the phone and Harman left with the iPad while the woman was distracted, according to the complaint.

A police officer spotted the van in the Westgate neighborhood shortly after midnight Tuesday. The van pulled into a driveway on Coppet Street and police contacted the driver, Harman, and a female passenger.

The occupants of the house Harman pulled up to told police their dog woke them up because someone it did not know was in their driveway.

Harman got the iPad out of the van, gave it to police and said her passenger told her it was hers, according to the complaint.

Police found a small bag of methamphetamine outside the police vehicle Harman was put in after she was arrested. A review of police video showed the baggie was not there when Harman walked to the vehicle but was there after she was placed inside it, according to the complaint.

A records check showed Harman had at least two prior theft convictions in the past five years.

The incident was Harman’s second brush with the law in the last month.

According to a separate criminal complaint filed Tuesday in Fairbanks District Court, police responded to the University Center Mall Parking lot May 31 after a couple reported they went into the GCI store and came out to find a woman removing personal belongings from their Ford truck and putting them in a white SUV.

They said the woman, later identified as Harman, got in the SUV and fled after the man confronted her, according to a criminal complaint.

Police found a possible match for the vehicle and spoke to the owner, who said he loaned his white GMC Jimmy to Harman. Police went to Harman’s apartment and found the GMC with its doors open and several household items and tools in plain sight inside it. The apartment door was open but Harman shut it and wouldn’t answer it for several minutes, according to the complaint.

Harman admitted to stealing the couple’s belongings and agreed to return them, according to the complaint.

The couple came to the apartment and identified their missing items and Harman as the person who stole them. The items were valued at $1,354.

 

 

 

 

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – An Arizona woman is facing federal drug charges in North Dakota.

Sarah Fernandez, of Mesa, Arizona, is charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and use of a communication facility to distribute meth. She has yet to appear in North Dakota to answer the charges.

Authorities say Fernandez was arrested after mailing a package containing meth from a post office in Mesa to a man in Minot.

Arraignment for Fernandez is scheduled Friday in Bismarck. A federal public defender could not be reached for comment.

 

 

 

 

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MOULTRIE, GA. — A Colquitt County mother and son were arrested after a search of the East Central Avenue residence turned up suspected methamphetamine and marijuana. Officers also found drug paraphernalia scattered throughout the 2915 E. Central Ave. house, including pipes and a marijuana grinder, said Inv. Randy Rakestraw of the Colquitt County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Team. Officers executed a search warrant at the residence on Thursday.

“For the past several weeks leading up to that day we conducted some undercover operations,” Rakestraw said. “That provided us with information of suspected drug activity.”

During the search officers arrested Sandra Ann Cooley, 39, and 18-year-old Tommy Rayden Cooley.

“Tommy Cooley was identified on scene and determined to be in possession of an amount of crystal meth and marijuana in his front pocket,” Rakestraw said. “In the bedroom belonging to Sandra Ann Cooley investigators found a large quantity of crystal meth with drug paraphernalia — pipes for smoking and things of that nature. Digital scales were also found in the same room.”

Officers found about 11 grams of suspected methamphetamine and a small amount of suspected marijuana in Sandra Ann Cooley’s bedroom, Rakestraw said.

“(In) almost every room in the home we found drug-related objects, including a marijuana grinder,” he said.

Police charged Sandra Ann Cooley with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and possession of marijuana, and charged Tommy Cooley with possession of methamphetamine and possession of marijuana.

The mother was released on Monday on a $2,000, according to the Colquitt County Jail. A judge denied bond for Tommy Cooley in an initial hearing.

Two other children, a second son and a daughter, who live at the residence were not charged. Sandra Ann Cooley’s mother also was living there and police have notified elder protective services about the conditions in the residence.

 

 

 

 

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COSHOCTON – A Coshocton County grand jury has handed down felony charges against a father and son from Blissfield who are accused of possessing chemicals for manufacturing methamphetamine on May 31.

David James McFadden, 33, is charged with the illegal assembly or 636021106027204066-COS-McFaddens-02-0609possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, a third-degree felony, as is his father, David S. McFadden, 60. The younger McFadden also is charged with the illegal manufacture of drugs, methamphetamine, a second-degree felony.

The manufacturing charge could carry a mandatory term of up eight years in prison, according to Assistant County Prosecutor Ben Hall. The chemical possession charge could earn up to three years.

The younger McFadden remains in the Coshocton County Justice Center on $25,000 cash or surety bond. The elder McFadden is out on $10,000 bond.

Detectives arrested the elder McFadden on May 31 at his home in Blissfield after a joint investigation by the Holmes and Coshocton County sheriff’s offices. They arrested the younger McFadden two days later.

Detective Sgt. Timothy Stryker, of the Holmes County Sheriff’s Office, testified earlier this month in a preliminary hearing that investigators found camp stove fuel, lithium batteries that had been cut open and blister packs thought to have previously contained pseudoephedrine when they searched a vacant house and two campers at 41951 County Road 318 on May 31.

Those elements can be used to make methamphetamine. Pseudoephedrine is commonly used as a nasal and sinus decongestant.

The elder McFadden lives in one of those campers, officials said; while detectives say the younger McFadden lives in the other, he has denied that and said he lives in Killbuck.

The indictments list their addresses as 41951 County Road 318.

The younger McFadden has previously been convicted of illegally manufacturing methamphetamine and served four years in prison on that conviction.

The grand jury formally filed those charges Monday morning in Coshocton County Common Pleas Court. The court made them public Tuesday.

 

 

 

 

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(Valley News Live) – A Minnesota man is in custody after a months-long investigation, where he was caught selling methamphetamine at the Dakota Magic Casino.

Jessie James Gruettner is a 32-year-old from Browns Valley, Minnesota. He was arrested on June 15 at the Dakota Magic Casino in Hankinson, NorthJessie+James+Gruettner Dakota.

Gruettner’s arrest was the result of a four-month long investigation involving several area and state agencies, including the Traverse County Sheriff’s Office, Minnesota BCA, South Dakota DCI, and SEMCA Drug Task Force.

SEMCA agents say the investigation involved numerous controlled buys where more than 100 grams of methamphetamine was purchased from Gruettner. Agents estimate the street value of the meth to be over $20,000.

Two search warrants were also served on two Browns Valley residences where drug paraphernalia was found. All agencies are still investigating this case.

Gruettner is charged with delivery of a controlled substance and is currently in custody at the Richland County Jail in Wahpeton. His bail is $20,000 cash only or $100,000 with surety.

 

 

 

 

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FONTANA >> Deputies seized 4 pounds of methamphetamine early Saturday morning after responding to a shooting call in a Bloomington neighborhood.

Shortly before 1:30 a.m., a 911 caller said someone was possibly shot after a drug deal went bad at a home in the 10000 block of Magnolia Avenue, according to a sheriff’s news release.

Deputies found a car door ajar with the window smashed out and approximately 2 pounds of packaged meth on the ground.

After several failed attempts to contact someone in the home, deputies decided to enter to make sure nobody inside was injured.

As they searched, deputies found two additional packages of meth on the floor near the door, the release states.

Detectives assigned to the Fontana station secured a search warrant and found a digital scale and containers used in the process of producing methamphetamine along with the 4 pounds of meth already discovered.

No victims were found and no arrests have been made.

Anyone with information is asked to call deputies at 909-356-6767.

 

 

 

 

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WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — A traffic stop revealed a man was driving with more than 16 pounds of methamphetamines from Austin to Dallas.

Guillen Fernando, 45, was arrested by a trooper and now faces charges for ki5tki5i5drieuedupossessing a controlled substance. He was initially pulled over on Monday for driving 86 mph in a 75 mph zone.

The trooper noted in the affidavit that Fernando was visibly jittery and shaking, “almost as if [he] wanted to run.” He told authorities he was going to pick up someone from Austin and then drive back to Dallas.

Fernando would not give police the name of the person or address he was going to. When asked if officers could search his vehicle, Fernando said there was nothing in his car.

When a K9 was brought in to smell around the vehicle, the dog indicated a positive alert. More than 7.4 kilograms of methamphetamines were discovered inside the car.

 

 

 

 

http://kxan.com/2016/06/21/man-arrested-in-possession-of-more-than-16lbs-of-meth/

 

EVERETT, Wash. — Two men were arrested at the Everett Mall earlier this month for possession of a box filled with meth, cash and apples.Clgq0-YVEAAJNh5Clgq2Q9VAAQSfeU

 

 

 

 

 

 

The two pulled into the mall’s parking lot and were in the process of unloading the box, police said. They were attempting to deliver the meth to undercover police officers.

Inside the box were 12 pounds of methamphetamine, $3,895 in cash and a group of apples.

The men were arrested and booked into the Snohomish County Jail.

 

 

 

 

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HAMBLEN COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) — The Hamblen County Sheriff’s Office busted 24 people as part of what they call the largest local crystal meth undercover operation.

The additional 24 arrests bring the total number of crystal meth cases up to 51 cases in 2016, the Hamblen County Sheriff announced.

Officials reported that all of the defendants related to the crystal meth operation were indicted for conspiracy to distribute more than 50 grams of meth, an offense that can carry a 10 year minimum sentence.

 

 

 

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Four people were arrested with 600kg of compressed marijuana hidden in cow dung and 3kg of crystal methamphetamine concealed under fruit in separate raids in Chumphon and Surat Thani provinces on Wednesday.

In Chumphon, Jetsada Yodthong, 30, of Si Sa Ket, was apprehended when highway police stopped his pickup truck with no licence plate for a search at kilometre marker 23 on Asia Road No 41 in Sawi district on Wednesday 1836649morning.

The search found 14 plastic bags containing 600kg of compressed marijuana worth about 18 million baht hidden in sacks under cow dung piled in the back of the pickup, said Pol Maj Gen Somchai Kaosamrarn, commander of the Highway Police Division.

Mr Jetsada said his regular job was to deliver chilli from Si Sa Ket to Bangkok.

He had been approached by a man identified only as Por to smuggle marijuana from Nakhon Phanom to Bangkok.

He said Lao people had loaded the black plastic bags with the drugs onto his pickup, and Por drove another vehicle ahead of him. However, nobody came to pick up the drugs when they arrived in Bangkok.

Por then asked him to deliver the drugs to Songkhla’s Hat Yai district, but he was caught. If the drugs were successfully delivered, he would have received 200,000 baht, the suspect said.

In Surat Thani, three people, one woman and two men, were arrested after 3kg of crystal methamphetamine was found hidden in their pickup truck loaded with fruit in Tha Chana district on Wednesday.

Yanisa Nuanroad, 33, Prapan Siem-on, 36, and Surin Ariyaseranee, 29, all natives of Chumphon, were caught at Nongnin intersection.c1_1017093_620x413

Ms Yanisa told police they had been hired for 50,000 baht to put packages containing 3kg crystal meth into a garbage bin beneath a footbridge in Ban Na San district of Surat Thani.

Surat Thani governor Wongsiri Promchana said during a media briefing that the province was being used as a transit route for drugs into southern border provinces.

 

 

 

 

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Hezbollah, the Lebanese-based, Iranian-backed Shi’ite Muslim terror group, has—in partnership with drug cartels—developed “the most sophisticated money laundering scheme or schemes that we have ever witnessed,” a former top Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) official told members of the U.S. House of guxtgfkykjcjtgjxcryjRepresentatives Financial Services Committee. Yet, the June 8, 2016 testimony by previous DEA operations chief, Michael Braun, received little coverage by U.S. news media.

The Washington Times (“Cartels aid Hezbollah with mass drug scheme,” June 9) reported Braun told lawmakers that Hezbollah—a U.S. designated terrorist organization—is “moving [multiple] tons of cocaine from South America to Europe.” A Lexis-Nexis search of major U.S. print news outlets, including The Washington Post, USA Today, The New York Times, among others, showed that only The Washington Times noted Braun’s testimony about expanding Hezbollah-drug cartel ties.

Hezbollah (“Party of God”) is a virulently anti-Western, antisemitic terrorist group that was responsible for the Oct. 23, 1983 Marine barracks bombing in Lebanon killing 241 American personnel. Prior to the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack by al-Qaeda, Hezbollah had killed more U.S. citizens than any other terrorist organization.

Washington Times correspondent Guy Taylor pointed out that prior to Braun’s testimony, there has been “a backdrop of rising fears in Washington about smuggling connections between Middle East terrorist groups and the Western Hemisphere.” Hezbollah, Braun warned lawmakers, has “metastasized into a hydra with international connections that the likes of [the Islamic State] and groups like al-Qaeda could only hope to have.”

As CAMERA has noted, the DEA announced in February 2016 that it had arrested Hezbollah members (“DEA Uncovers Hezbollah Drug and Money Laundering,” Feb. 3, 2016). The arrests were made as part of DEA’s Project Cassandra, an effort to clamp down on Hezbollah’s External Security Organization Business Affairs Component (BAC), which traffics cocaine in the United States and Europe. Over the past year, U.S. Department of Justice investigations into Hezbollah financing have resulted in the indictments of individuals living in Columbia, Lithuania, France and the United States.

Taylor said that after the February arrests, “The DEA said several of the BAC’s Europe-based operatives had been arrested on charges of trafficking drugs and laundering money from South America to purchase weapons and finance the group’s military activities in Syria. The agency described an intricate network of money couriers who collect and transport millions of euros in drug proceeds from Europe to the Middle East.”

In addition to Braun, lawmakers also heard from Emanuele Ottolenghi, an Iran analyst with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a Washington D.C.-based think tank. Ottolenghi told the House committee that Hezbollah has a “vast network of support” in Latin America, particularly in Brazil, which is home to an estimate 7 million people of Lebanese descent. Ottolenghi cited a 2014 report by the Brazilian newspaper O Globo, which outlined a connection between Hezbollah and a Sao Paulo-based prison gang called Primeiro Comando da Capital.

The Washington Times observed that “the full scale of Hezbollah’s operations has long been a subject of debate in Washington.” In 2013, the U.S. State Department conducted a probe into the extent of Hezbollah’s activities in Latin America and later claimed that Iran was not supporting any active terrorist cells in the region. The congressional testimony offered by Braun and Ottolenghi seem to contradict the State Department’s previous claim.

Media largely failed to note an apparently newsworthy fact: a U.S.-designated terrorist group with a history of attacking Americans was named in congressional testimony as taking part in “the most sophisticated money laundering scheme” in the Western hemisphere in order to finance terrorist operations. Where was the coverage?

 

 

 

 

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Four individuals are facing multiple charges after police allegedly found them in a motel room along with what appeared to be an explosive device and drug paraphernalia.

Angel Foley, 21, of Cawood, Kathy Rice, 32, of Harlan, Amber Stepp, 27, of Cumberland, and Charles Keith, 40, of Harlan, were arrested by Cumberland City Police officers on Friday.

According to the citations, police responded to room 222 at the Plaza Motel. Stepp, Rice and Keith were in the room which Foley had rented. Police searched the room and discovered what appeared to be an explosive device. Police also found syringes after being advised there was nothing in the room that could harm them.web1_KathyRiceweb1_AngelFoleyweb1_AmberStepp

Foley was arrested by Cumberland City Police Officer John Teagle and charged with first-degree wanton endangerment, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Rice was arrested by Teagle and charged with first-degree wanton endangerment and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Stepp was arrested by Cumberland City Police Officer Cody Bargo and charged with first-degree wanton endangerment and first-degree promoting contraband.

Keith was charged with first-degree wanton endangerment and possession of drug paraphernalia.

All four were lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on $500,000 full cash bonds.

Officers responding to the scene included Teagle, Bargo, Cumberland City Police Officers Zack Smith and Kenny Raleigh, Benham City Police Chief Ryan Shepherd and Kentucky State Police Trooper Jimmy Halcomb.

 

 

 

 

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The Idaho Falls Police made two separate felony drug arrests this past weekend.

Police arrested 38‐year‐old Chrystal A. Roan Eagle for felony possession of methamphetamine on Thursday. Roan Eagle of Idaho Falls was booked into the Bonneville County Jail.57682e709c589_image

According to reports, Roan Eagle was found in possession of methamphetamine while being treated in the emergency room at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center. She was treated and issued a jail clearance prior to her arrest.

In a separate incident, police arrested 53‐year‐old Kim C. Summers for felony possession of Methamphetamine during a traffic stop Saturday night. Summers of Idaho Falls was booked into the Bonneville County Jail.

According to reports, officers stopped a blue Mercury Sable, driven by Summers, at G and Canal around 8:30 p.m. During the stop, Summers was found in possession of methamphetamine.

 

 

 

 

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Beatrice police arrested a woman for drug possession after obtaining a photo of her using methamphetamine.

Lori A. McAtee, 52, was arrested Saturday evening for possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.576844b5d9bcb_image

At around 10:30 p.m., Beatrice police received photos of a woman who was smoking methamphetamine in the Traveler’s Lodge, according to Gage County Court documents.

Officers went to the hotel and spoke with the woman, who denied having any meth.

A bag was located in the hotel that contained baggies of meth and a glass smoking pipe. A baggy tested positive for methamphetamine.

McAtee’s bond was set at $5,000 with a 10 percent deposit. Her next court date is July 19.

 

 

 

 

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SAN BERNARIDNO >> A vegetation fire charring several acres and burning five outbuildings to the ground was out but still being investigated early Monday evening, fire officials said.

The blaze erupted shortly before 3 p.m. and quickly burned out of control claiming numerous outbuildings, fire officials said.

San Bernardino police officers along with firefighters from several agencies — surrounded by walls of flame and smoke — evacuated homes in the fire’s path Monday afternoon.

San Bernardino County, Loma Linda, Colton, CalFire and San Manuel fire departments worked together to knock down the blaze in the 1000 block of Third Street near Tippecanoe Avenue.

“I heard a loud explosion and watched everything start to catch fire,” 42-year-old James Ross said.

Ross, who was walking along the north side of Third Street at the time, said after the explosion a big black plume of smoke began to rise.

Temperatures soared to more than 110 degrees, making it more difficult to battle the blaze, officials said.

Fire officials were looking into the possibility that a makeshift clandestine methamphetamine lab was the cause of the blaze, but shortly after 6:30 p.m. announced there wasn’t any lab deeming the fire suspicious in nature.

Residents were allowed back into their homes shortly after 6 p.m., officials said.

HazMat specialty investigators, as well as arson investigators, are on scene attempting to determine the cause of the blaze.

 

 

 

 

http://www.sbsun.com/general-news/20160620/san-bernardino-brush-fire-prompted-evacuations-in-midtown-neighborhood

 

ADRIAN – A pop bottle suspected of being used to make methamphetamine exploded Saturday in a bottle-return machine at the Adrian Country Market, leading to a small fire and the supermarket being evacuated.

There were no reported injuries, but the business closed for the night for cleanup. It reopened Sunday, and the bottle return area is open.wriofuhwf9y429

The Adrian Fire Department was called to the scene for a smoke investigation in the bottle return room at the store just after 5 p.m. Saturday, a Michigan State Police news release stated Monday.

State police Detective Lt. Aaron Hunt said the Region of the Irish Hills Narcotics Office, a multijurisdictional drug task-force coordinated by the MSP, was dispatched to a potential methamphetamine fire investigation at the store and responded shortly after 6 p.m. to investigate a potential “one-pot” methamphetamine fire.

“Through investigation, it was determined that the fire was caused by a suspected ‘one-pot’ lab,” Hunt said.

Upon arrival, investigators found the bottle dry and empty of liquid chemicals.

A “one-pot lab” is a two-liter, plastic, pop bottle used to manufacture methamphetamine. Hunt said the bottle was put into the return machine, and when it was crushed, its ingredients were exposed to the air, causing the small explosion. There was a small fire inside the machine, and fumes were released into the air.

Hunt said any contaminated material found in the bottle return carton was seized and packaged for hazardous materials disposal. In its release, MSP said most, if not all, of the evidence was destroyed by the fire that was contained to the bottom of the carton. It further said there was no contamination of any food products, though the health department is conducting an independent investigation.

Hunt said this is the second time in several months this type of situation has occurred. He cited a similar incident in April at the Country Market in Brooklyn.

“Once these ingredients are exposed to oxygen or water,” Hunt said, it can lead to an explosion.

As a reminder to the public when picking up discarded plastic bottles, the MSP said “extreme caution should be used due to the potential hazards of coming in contact with both flammable and hazardous chemicals. Generally, plastic, two-liter soda bottles are the preferred choice for the methamphetamine ‘one-pot’ cooking method.”

All inquiries regarding the investigation should be directed to Hunt at 265-5787.

 

 

 

 

http://www.lenconnect.com/news/20160620/one-pot-meth-lab-blamed-for-adrian-country-market-fire

 

NACOGDOCHES — A search during a traffic stop resulted in the seizure of a mobile methamphetamine lab and one arrest.

Deputies with the Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office stopped a vehicle around 10:30 p.m. Sunday for a defective equipment violation.meth3_1466467906932_3224565_ver1_0

Deputies observed the driver was very nervous, and deputies became suspicious of illegal activity. Deputies obtained consent to search the motor vehicle from the driver. During the search, the suspect fled on foot into a wooded area and was able to get away.

Deputies confiscated the vehicle and found a meth lab inside the car, which contained several different types of chemicals to include a pressurized anhydrous ammonia container. Deputies also found liquid that tested positive for methamphetamine that weighted in at 358 grams. There were other chemicals also confiscated from the vehicle and drug paraphernalia.

Deputies searched for 53-year-old Doug Brock throughout the night but were unable to find him. Detectives with the sheriff’s office obtained a warrant for Brock’s arrest early Monday morning for the charges of manufacturing or delivery of a controlled substance, a first-degree felony, and possession or transport of certain chemicals, a second-degree felony.

Brock was later located at a motel in Nacogdoches. Shortly after noon, detectives located Brock at the motel room and he was taken into custody.

The Nacogdoches man was booked into the Nacogdoches County Jail on the two felony warrant charges.

 

 

 

 

http://www.khou.com/news/crime/mobile-meth-lab-seized-during-traffic-stop-in-east-texas/250720104

 

2015 was a record year for violent crime in Rapid City — an astonishing number of homicides, numerous assaults, and many, many robberies.

You can find one common factor in some of those cases — meth.tgswgiogjewg[

Jegeris says, “As a state, we have not done a good job to deter continued illegal drug use.”

Putting an end to addiction is a priority for many police chiefs in the area, including Rapid City’s own Karl Jegeris.

He and a few others recently testified to state legislators that current sanctions surrounding illegal drug users — are proving, not enough.

Jegeris says, “The criminal justice system has really changed its response in the last few years to known methamphetamine users.”

Jegeris says the key to prevention is having a deterrent.

But many of the cases they see are repeat offenders — potentially leading to more violent crime — and more punishment, not reform may be necessary.

Jegeris says, “We want to reform illegal drug users, but when behavior shows indicators that a drug user is not ready to reform, I think we need to consider an alternative path.”

One of those offenders, Linn Cross Dog, the man accused of shooting a Rosebud police officer last month — had several previous encounters with R-C-P-D.

Jegeris says, “When he was 20 years old and arrested, he told us he was addicted to methamphetamine. I think it’s unfortunate that as a system that we waited two years, until he shot a tribal police officer, to receive the deterrent that he needs.”

Jegeris believes we can make a change in the community when it comes to illegal drug use — and hopes these efforts may make lawmakers consider changing the way meth use is handled in the criminal justice system.

Jegeris believes we can make a change in the community when it comes to illegal drug use — and hopes these efforts may make lawmakers consider changing the way meth use is handled in the criminal justice system.

 

 

 

 

http://www.blackhillsfox.com/content/news/Police-chiefs-want-tougher-sanctions-for-meth-cases-383698281.html

 

Two people were arrested and a large amount of methamphetamine and cash were seized in a joint operation of the Newton County Sheriff’s Office, the Ozark Drug Enforcement Team (ODET) and federal authorities.

Justin Thurston, 33, and Sergio Diaz-Ontiveros, 30, both are charged by the United States District Court Western District of Missouri with conspiring to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine.

According to the criminal complaint filed by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Special Agent Colleen Peery, ODET received information from three different sources that Thurston was a pound level methamphetamine dealer in the Joplin metro area.

About 1 p.m. Thursday, Peery said that agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), ATF and ODET executed a search warrant involving the Drug Trafficking Organization (DTO) of Katie Stein on a Carthage residence where about a half ounce of methamphetamine was seized.

A cooperating defendant revealed he was receiving the drugs from Stein’s DTO and from Thurston; and a phone call revealed Thurston was at the Downstream Casino in Quapaw, Oklahoma.

Tribal Police were called and before apprehending Thurston, a drug-sniffing dog alerted on his vehicle in the parking lot. A search of the vehicle turned up four ounces of methamphetamine and he was taken into custody.

Thurston said his source was staying at the Microtel Hotel in Joplin and agents identified the room in which Ontiveros was staying. A drug sniffing canine alerted on his vehicle, and while waiting for a state search warrant to be signed agents were alerted that Thurston had bonded out of the Ottawa County, Oklahoma jail.

Fearing the possible destruction of evidence by Thurston possibly tipping off Ontiveros, Newton County Prosecutor Jake Skouby directed agents to secure the room and detain the occupant until a warrant could be obtained.

Upon serving the warrant, agents seized three pounds of methamphetamine, about $10,000 in cash, and a loaded 9 mm Baretta pistol.

Ontiveros was taken to the Newton County Jail where he told agents he is paid $500 a pound to “babysit” the methamphetamine. He said he was asked to keep 25 pounds but did not feel comfortable and agreed to deliver only five pounds. He said he had sold two pounds the night before.

Ontiveros said that an unknown white male delivers the methamphetamine to him at a chosen hotel, and he then waits for an unknown Mexican male located in Las Vegas, Nevada to call him to let him know who will be coming by to pick up the drugs and how much they should receive.

He said that the unknown Mexican called Wednesday night to tell him that an individual would come by the room to pick up $20,000, which he gave him. He told authorities he was scheduled to return to Las Vegas Friday to give the unknown Mexican male the money he had obtained.

Both Thurston and Diaz-Ontiveros are free on bond.