JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – A Jonesboro woman pulled over for illegal window tint now faces felony charges after police say she tried to bring drugs and drug paraphernalia into jail.

According to an incident report from the Jonesboro Police Department, Investigator Pete Lochner pulled Mallory Goad over in the Wal-Mart parking lot on E. Highland Drive.

She asked Lochner if they could move locations because she was embarrassed.

“Lochner smelled the distinct odor of burning marijuana coming from inside the vehicle,” the report states.

While writing Goad a citation for her tint being too dark, Officer Bryan Bailey conducted a probable cause search of Goad’s car. Inside, he found a Valium that she did not have a prescription for.

“I secured Goad in my back seat via double locked handcuffs behind her back and seatbelt and finished my search of the vehicle,” Officer Bailey said. “Once the search was completed I entered my police unit and noticed Goad had her hands in front of her body.”

Goad told Bailey she did it “just to show y’all I could.” Bailey then handcuffed Goad’s hands behind her back again.

After dropping Goad off at the jail, Bailey watched the rear video playback from his police cruiser. In the video, Goad can be seen slipping her right hand out of the cuff.

“Goad then reached into her bra and retrieved an item from it and leaned forward making a motion with her hand as if she was concealing the item inside of her pants,” Bailey said. “Goad then leaned back up and put her hand back into her handcuff before sliding her hand down inside both sides of her bra retrieving another small item and placing it into her mouth.”

Goad later admitted she ate marijuana.

Due to the activity Bailey witnessed on camera, he requested Deputy Cassandra Morphis conduct a strip search of Goad.

Morphis said Goad denied having anything on her person three different times prior to the search.

“I then advised her that if I found something it would be a felony charge,” Morphis said.

Morphis said Goad was wearing two bras, and when she removed the first, two orange pills, identified as Xanax, fell onto the floor.

“She acted surprised and advised she had forgot she had those,” Morphis said. “She advised that they were nerve pills of her grandmother’s and that she gives them to her when she is stressed out.”

When Goad removed her panties, Morphis stated she could see “something plastic protruding” from her vaginal area.

Morphis said Goad had a plastic baggie of marijuana in her vagina.

“She advised she didn’t know it was there,” Morphis said.

The next morning, Officer Logan Butler was called back to the jail in reference to more contraband found inside Goad.

“Goad was again found to have an item shoved into her vaginal area,” a probable cause affidavit states.

Morphis found a glass methamphetamine pipe hidden inside Goad.

Goad faces two felony charges and four misdemeanor charges, including possession of drug paraphernalia and furnishing prohibited articles.

She will be back in court on April 20. Her bond was set at $3,500.




A mother and her two sons have been charged with operating a meth lab.

43-year-old Renee Espling, 20-year-old Jacob Poitraw, and 22-year-old Thomas Poitraw were stopped in a car in Bangor in November.

Police say they saw a needle and rubber tubing under the front passenger seat, and in the back found all the makings of the drug.

Police say they were able to find out through a national database used by stores that the three bought Sudafed at Wal-Mart earlier that day.


A methamphetamine lab bust in Cleveland has revealed an alleged conspiracy involving 12 people who conspired to manufacture and possess the illegal drug.

Four of those 12 people have been arrested on charges ranging from Manufacturing Methamphetamine to weapons charges.

Acting on an anonymous tip, the Cleveland Police Department notified the Pawnee County Drug Task Force and relayed that it had information of a meth lab in the Delaware Apartments located at 305 W. Delaware Street.

The apartment, belonging to Andrew Franklin Brink, was put under surveillance by drug task force investigators, who observed three individuals identified as Marcus Dobson, Bradley Kirchner and Christina Holloway enter the apartment.

The task force investigators approached the apartment shortly after the three entered and detected an odor they associated with the manufacturing of methamphetamine or meth, according to a probable cause (pc) affidavit.

The agents called for back up requesting county officers and Cleveland police to assist. At approximately 10:50 p.m. this past Saturday night, the investigators knocked on Brink’s door, but it was void of a response until the agents used the phrase, “hey Scooter its me.”

This is a nickname for Brink, according to the affidavit. At this time Brink did open the door, was notified that it was law enforcement and was asked to step outside.

He would eventually give written consent for a search of his apartment after admitting that he had a meth lab in his home but that nothing was active at that particular time, according to the document.

The search revealed four one-pot meth labs as well as chemicals, salt, tubing, lithium batteries, sulfuric acid, sodium hydroxide and various other chemicals and components that are indicative of manufacturing meth, according to the affidavit.

Several shredded boxes of pseudoephedrine and blister packs were also discovered. These are key ingredients in the manufacturing process, according to investigators.

Upon entry into the apartment, officers said they observed Kirchner sitting on a couch next to a loaded AR15 rifle and a light bulb which had been modified as a makeshift smoking pipe.

Investigators also said they observed Dobson sitting at a table in front of a plate filled with what would test positive as methamphetamine. He stated that he knew it was meth but he was only there to see an Aaron Martin.

Martin was also questioned. He stated that he had purchased alcohol from Walmart and brought it over for the purpose of working on a Playstation, according to the affidavit.

It does not state if Martin admitted to being a meth user as Kirchner and Brink had done. It does, however allege that he is the owner of the rifle and had only brought it in the apartment so it would not be stolen.

The affidavit also alleges that text messages between Kirchner and Brink’s cell phones prove that the two men and Holloway had prior drug transactions.

After Brink had been taken to the Pawnee County Sheriff’s Office in the early morning hours of Sunday, Brink stated that he and the others present had intentions of smoking meth, the affidavit alleges. It also states that Brink admitted to manufacturing the drug for the last several months inside his apartment and that he did so for money.

Brink is charged with four counts of Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance with Intent to Distribute, Possession of a Firearm while in Commission of a Felony and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, according to the affidavit. He is currently in custody in the Pawnee County Jail.

Martin, Kirchner and Holloway are charged with Endeavoring to Manufacture a Controlled Dangerous Substance and Possession of a Firearm while in the Commission of a Felony. They have each bonded out, according to Undersheriff Mike Waters.


LAKELAND — A joint methamphetamine drug trafficking investigation resulted in the arrests of four suspects and the seizure of 32 pounds of methamphetamine, $5,000, two firearms and marijuana.

Arrested was Daniel Tavira Santander, 35, brothers Joseph Cruey, 34, and Jackie Cruey, 35, and Juan Mendoza-Tavira, 31, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office said.

The investigation began in January when the Sheriff’s Office received information that Santander was back in Polk County distributing large amounts of meth. He had been arrested in April 2015 with other suspects by the Sheriff’s Office during Operation Déjà vu on charges of trafficking meth. He was released after posting $500 bond and has been out of jail since then.

The Polk Sheriff’s Office said detectives discovered Santander was living in Auburndale but had a house in Ocala where he was storing meth to avoid detection by Polk County law enforcement, according to reports.

Polk detectives began surveillance of Santander and his associates, three of whom were identified as the Cruey brothers and Mendoza-Tavira.

On March 8, the Sheriff’s Office learned the Crueys were coming from Texas back to Polk County with a large amount of meth, the report said.

The next day in Lake City, Florida Highway Patrol troopers stopped a Ford F-150 pickup carrying the Cruey brothers, based on a ”be on the lookout” alert issued by the Sheriff’s Office.

Troopers said they found 32 pounds of meth concealed in the toolbox in the truck’s bed, and two loaded handguns in the cab, along with a small amount of marijuana.

Also on March 9, Polk Sheriff’s detectives stopped a Jeep Cherokee occupied by Mendoza-Tavira. Inside was a 5-gallon paint bucket with a half-pound of meth submerged in paint and approximately $5,000, they reported.

On March 10, detectives from Polk and Marion counties arrested Santander at his Ocala house.

He was booked into the Marion County Jail and later transferred to the Polk County Jail. He is charged with conspiracy to traffic in meth. He’s being held on a Nebbia hold, which allows the court to inquire into the source of the funds used for the bond.

Santander’s arrest history includes charges for vehicle theft, vehicle burglary, robbery, carrying concealed firearm, possession of a weapon by a minor, fraud, felony drug charges, felony weapons charges, aggravated assault, violation of probation, battery domestic violence and DUI.

Mendoza-Tavira was booked in to the Polk County Jail and charged with trafficking in meth, conspiracy to traffic in meth, possession to sell controlled substance and possession of paraphernalia. He is being held on an ICE-Department of Homeland Security hold.

The Cruey brothers were booked into Columbia County Jail on charges of possession of firearm during a felony; trafficking in meth; conspiracy to traffic in meth; distribution of meth; smuggling a controlled substance across state lines; possession of marijuana; and possession of paraphernalia.

Jackie Cruey was also charged with one count driving with a suspended or revoked license and has an extensive criminal history including arrests for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated battery, culpable negligence, felony drug charges, cultivation of marijuana and battery domestic violence, the Sheriff’s Office said.

“Methamphetamine is a dangerous drug that is seriously harming our communities and our citizens. Those who deal in meth and illegal narcotics need to be dealt with swiftly and severely,” Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said.

“One of the suspects arrested during this investigation, Juan Mendoza-Tavira, is here in the country illegally, dealing in meth. Drug traffickers who are here illegally need to be removed from this country as soon as possible,” he said.

The investigation was a joint effort among the Sheriff’s Office High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force, the Florida Highway Patrol Criminal Interdiction Unit, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office HIDTA Task Force, the 10th Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office and Florida Attorney General’s Office of Statewide Prosecution, according to the Polk Sheriff’s Office.


Yavapai CountyFourteen pounds of meth is discovered in a vehicle’s gas tank after Yavapai County Deputies are alerted by a K9.

Monday a YCSO K9 deputy noticed a gray 2016 Nissan Sentra traveling east on I-40 in Ash Fork, with the driver and passenger showing abnormal concern about the presence of the Sheriff’s vehicle.

After quickly slowing, the Nissan exited the freeway and pulled into a nearby gas station. From a distance, the deputy continued watching as the pair seemingly stalled for time before leaving the gas station. When the deputy pulled behind the Nissan, the driver suddenly turned into a café parking lot in the 100 block of Park Avenue. Both the driver and passenger got out and walked quickly inside the café, apparently attempting to avoid the deputy and to get away from the vehicle.

Due to their suspicious actions, the deputy chose to use K9 “Miley” for what is known as a “free air” sniff of the vehicle exterior. During the walk around, “Miley’ displayed alert signals to the rear passenger fender area. As a result, deputies went to speak with the 2 people inside the café. The driver, later identified as 31-year-old Robert Deleon, attempted to go into the ladies bathroom when deputies approached. He was detained along with his passenger, 38-year-old Miguel Patino. Both are from Delano, California. Deleon had 2 meth pipes in his sock and admitted to a small amount of marijuana in the vehicle.

Based on the K9 alert, deputies conducted a search of the Nissan to locate the source of the odor. While checking under the rear seat, deputies noticed tool marks on a gas tank component and became suspicious as a newer rental vehicle is unlikely to have this type of work done to the fuel system. Based on their training and experience, deputies suspected the tank concealed drug contraband.

When deputies removed the tank component, it exposed 14 one pound packages of methamphetamine concealed in a false compartment. Additionally, numerous recent gas receipts were found indicating several tank fill-ups to compensate for the reduced tank capacity. Both suspects denied knowledge of the methamphetamine load.

Deleon and Patino were booked at the Camp Verde Detention Center on charges including Transportation/Sales of Dangerous Drugs, Possess Dangerous Drugs for Sale, Possess Dangerous Drugs, Possess Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

They remain in-custody with Deleon on a bond of $500,000 and Patino’s set bond at $750,000.

A records check revealed that Patino was out on a $100,000 bond from unrelated cases from Tulare and Kern Counties in California. Charges in these cases included Burglary, Possession of a Stolen Tractor, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Illegal Firearm’s Possession and Possession of a Sawed off Shotgun.

Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260 or the YCSO website:


As heroin and its man-made cousins continue to kill Ohioans at record rates, frustrated law enforcement officials warn of the re-emergence of methamphetamine and cocaine.

“They are making a huge comeback,” said Shawn Bain, noting the sharp increase — 21 percent — in arrests related to meth.

Bain was a drug task force commander for the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office before becoming the Drug Intelligence Officer for the Ohio High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, a group coordinating anti-drug efforts between federal, state and local authorities. Bain and two other Ohio HIDTA officials spoke Wednesday at the Franklin County Opiate Crisis Summit.

In the last half of 2015, there were 2,706 reported meth arrests in Ohio. That grew in the first half of 2016 to 3,265. They didn’t have statistics for cocaine arrests.

“All of the major areas in Ohio are seeing a major (meth) increase,” Bain said.

Orman Hall, Ohio HIDTA’s public health analyst and former executive director of the Fairfield County Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Board, said there are two major reasons for the increase in stimulants such as meth and cocaine.

A crackdown on prescription medication to combat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and similar disorders has led some people to seek stimulation formerly provided by those prescription drugs.

“We are using significant amounts of stimulants,” Hall said, noting there was a 30 percent increase from 2010-2015 in prescriptions for ADHD medication.

“We’ve got to be vigilant about ADHD medicine in much the same way we were about (prescription) opiates.”

The second reason for the increase of cocaine and meth, Hall and Bain said, is more pragmatic.

“People don’t want to die,” Hall said. “There is widespread knowledge that heroin kills.”

Ohio had 3,050 opiate overdose deaths in 2015, a number officials agree will be topped when 2016 statistics are finalized.

Young people, Bain said, are telling law enforcement they are terrified about how many friends and relatives have died using heroin, fentanyl or carfentanil.

“They say, ‘I’m scared of (opiates). I’m going to do a drug that won’t kill me right away,’ ” Bain said.

Despite that, Bain and Hall believe heroin and its synthetic relatives will dominate illicit drug trade for some time.

“They are still the biggest threat we have in Ohio,” Bain said. “I’m just hoping this crisis ends really soon.”

Another drug that law enforcement is watching is gabapentin, sold under the brand name Neurontin. The anti-seizure medicine, often prescribed for epilepsy or to treat nerve pain, was challenging opiates for number of prescriptions in Ohio late last year, Hall said. Like cocaine and meth, it is a stimulant often snorted, injected or taken orally.

“Its abuse is skyrocketing,” Bain said.



The border state of Chihuahua, Mexico is confronting a resurgence of violent crime, but the fight seems more about local revenue streams than international trafficking routes.

Data from the Mexican government shows that Chihuahua logged a total of 791 gun murders in 2016, a 40 percent increase over the number of gun murders recorded in the state in 2015.

The violence has continued in 2017. According to statistics obtained by InSight Crime from Chihuahua’s Attorney General’s Office, the state logged a total of 321 murders during the first two months of 2017.

Many of these killings appear to be hits targeting individual victims. And in many cases there are signs that the recent wave of attacks is tied to organized crime and local level retail drug dealing.

On March 20, for example, Chihuahua’s State Attorney General’s Office confirmed the death of suspected local crime leader César Raúl Gamboa Sosa, alías “El Cabo,” in a confrontation with a rival group the previous day.

Less than a week earlier, on March 14, armed civilian gunmen attacked a group of police officers in the town of Bachiniva south of Ciudad Juárez in the center of the state of Chihuahua. One officer was killed and two were injured in an attack that mirrored a similar incident in the same area one week earlier.

On February 5, three college students were killed at a taqueria in Ciudad Juárez, the largest city in the state. Prosecutors allege that the three men were involved in local level drug dealing.

And on January 23 two men were killed and two others were injured in an ambush while driving through Villa Bravo in Chihuahua City. Police found more than 300 .223 mm and 7.62 X 39 mm shells at the crime scene, ammunition used in AR-15 and AK-47 assault rifles. Prosecutors in Chihuahua have stated that the victims were alleged members of La Línea, one of the state’s major organized crime groups.

Chihuahua’s State Attorney General César Peniche acknowledged last year that “since the start of [2016] an increase in the number of homicides in Ciudad Juárez as well as Chihuahua and other towns has been reflected in the statistics.”

But the battles are not just urban. In one particularly dramatic incident on October 12, 2016, a large convoy of heavily armed men near the rural town of Madera confronted police in a gunfight that lasted several hours and left ten dead, including three municipal police.

And on October 27, gunmen killed seven people at a motel outside of Ciudad Juárez, in a shooting prosecutors said was linked to competition over street-level drug dealing.

InSight Crime Analysis

The recent crime wave in Ciudad Juárez and Chihuahua is different from the hyper-violent period of 2008-2012 because the fight appears to be mostly focused on retail drug dealing rather than a wider battle for control of smuggling routes.

“We attribute this [uptick in violence] to the repositioning of certain criminal organizations that are fighting for territory for the retail drug trade,” Peniche explained, specifically citing the methamphetamine business as a flashpoint.

But while incidents of violence in the world of retail drug dealing have become more frequent, Chihuahua is not experiencing a similar rise in murders of taxi drivers and street vendors who often work as informers and lookouts for organized crime groups engaged in cross-border drug smuggling.

Additionally, the rise of gangland violence does not appear to have been accompanied by a commensurate increase in crime targeting innocent residents or local police officers and police captains. The number of kidnappings reported in Chihuahua in 2016 is around 7 percent of the level recorded in 2011. Even as violent crime rose in 2016 the state recorded only nine kidnappings.

In fact, current levels of violence in state are still far below levels experienced during 2008-2012, when the Juárez and Sinaloa Cartels battled for control of the lucrative Juárez corridor. For instance, in 2010 Chihuahua recorded 3,210 gun murders. Since 2010, however, the overall level of violence in Chihuahua diminished. The state logged 2,382 gun murders in 2011, 1,093 in 2012, and a low of 393 in 2013.

Since 2012, Ciudad Juárez has enjoyed major improvements in overall security. And the recent crime wave has not erased the broader trend of improving security for ordinary citizens. So far, the violence appears to be highly concentrated among low income, low-level drug dealers or in rural areas like the Sierra Madre.

“The current uptick in Chihuahua and Ciudad Juárez probably has a lot to do with competition within Chihuahua to control the domestic trade in meth and heroin. The killings we’re seeing appear to be fairly low-level people, street dealers,” Julián Cardona, a researcher from Ciudad Juárez, told InSight Crime.

Researcher Molly Malloy of New Mexico State University agreed, telling InSight Crime, “A lot of the violence in Juárez may have to do with local street gangs and their fight to control their territory to sell heroin and meth. They kill people because they want to sell drugs. That’s where the violence is generated. There are violent street gangs that control neighborhoods and fight each other.”

The dynamic is complicated by the fact that international trafficking groups often use local street gangs as soldiers and enforcers. The Sinaloa Cartel, for instance, has been allied with groups such as Los Artisas Asesinos and Los Mexicles, while the Juárez Cartel has its own enforcement arm, La Línea, as well as an alliance with the street and prison gang Barrio Azteca.

WICHITA FALLS, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – A CPS investigation led to the arrest of a Wichita Falls’ mother who allegedly exposed her children to meth. Officers arrested 23-year-old Brianna Cheek, Saturday on a warrant.

She’s charged with abandoning-endangering a child. They say a CPS investigation began after both Cheek and her newborn son tested positive for methamphetamine on March 8th.

The baby was removed from her care on that day. According to police Cheek’s 2-year-old daughter also tested positive.

CPS officials say Cheek told investigators that she had used illegal narcotics while she was pregnant.


A woman picked up a drug charge while at the Vanderburgh County Jail after police picked her up on a warrant.

Police say 19-year-old Julianna Sellner had a misdemeanor warrant for her arrest.

When she was booked, police say they found a bag of methamphetamine in her bra.

Sellner now faces a meth possession charge on top of the warrant.



CLERMONT COUNTY, OH (FOX19) – A Miami Township woman has been indicted by the Clermont County Grand Jury for three counts related to her involvement in the trafficking of crystal methamphetamine.  

Diane Unser, 47, has been indicted on one count of aggravated trafficking in drugs, one count of aggravated possession of drugs, and one count of tampering with evidence.

On Feb. 22, the Clermont County Narcotics Task Force launched an investigation following a fatal overdose, occurring at Unser’s residence in the 5700 block of Hilltop Way. During the investigation, agents learned of her intention to travel to Dayton to purchase crystal meth.

On March 10, Unser was stopped by a Clermont County deputy as she returned from Dayton. Agents suspected she concealed methamphetamine in her vagina.

A search warrant resulted in the recovery of 26.5 grams of crystal methamphetamine from Unser, which she intended for distribution.

Estimated street value of the crystal methamphetamine seized was $2,650.

Unser is currently being held in the Clermont County Jail on a $75,000 bond.

She is scheduled to appear for an arraignment in Clermont County Court on March 22.

This investigation is ongoing.



HELENA – A female suspect has been charged for possession of meth after she tried twice to force her way into a home.

Olivia Diane Stewart was arrested Monday on two counts of violating an order of protection and for possession of a ‘meth kit’.

Stewart’s father called sheriff’s deputies to his home after the 20-year-old allegedly used a rock to break a window at the home.

Stewart’s father told law enforcement officers he felt his daughter was high on meth.

Detention officers found an eye glass case in her purse that contained a hypodermic needle with a clear liquid inside, which tested positive for meth.

If convicted, Stewart faces 5 years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000.

She’ll be arraigned in April.



A Greenwood woman who confessed to police that she had methamphetamine inside her pocketbook during a Friday afternoon traffic stop was booked on a drug charge.

Maxine Ruley, 46, of 226 Briggs Ave., was charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

A woman was pulled over in the area of Harper Street as authorities from the Greenwood County Drug Enforcement Unit were executing a search warrant at her home.

The woman told an officer she had methamphetamine inside her pocketbook on the front seat of her car.

During a search, police found four clear plastic bags with a crystal-like substance that tested positive for methamphetamine, weighing a total of 1.66 grams.

Authorities also found a glass smoking device in the purse. A search of her residence turned up more paraphernalia, including two sets of digital scales, a box of glass pipes and a hand-rolled marijuana cigar.




COLDWATER — There was nowhere in the house or on the property at 1023 Delmar Road, Montgomery, where Branch County Sheriff’s Office deputies did not find meth labs or components Sunday morning.

Residents Brandon Hosek, 22, and Destinee Hull, 23, of rural Steuben County, Indiana, are facing charges of operation of a meth lab, creating hazardous waste with a meth lab and delivery of meth, all 20-year felonies, as well as possession of meth, a 10-year offense.

Hosek was held under a $200,000 after he refused a drug test at the Branch County Jail.

Hull has a prior conviction, which doubles all of her penalties and can also lead to consecutive sentences. Because she is on probation for meth, Branch County District Court Judge Brent Weigle set her bond at $350,000.

The investigation started after a Steuben County Sheriff’s Office corporal went to the address — located a quarter-mile north of Ray — to investigate a hit-and run accident in his county.

Questioning Hosek in the driveway next to a fire, he noticed Hosek was burning remains of a one-pot cook meth lab.

At approximately 7:45 a.m., Branch County officers were called to investigate.

Hosek said a friend left the lab in his garage and he was burning it to get rid of it. He allowed deputies to further search the house.

Inside, they found Hull crawling out from under a couch, wearing only a sweatshirt and appearing to be “tweaking” from use of meth.

After she gave officers a false name, they were able to determine that she was in fact Hull, on probation in Steuben County for meth. A glass meth pipe was found in her shirt pocket.

Hull told officers that she was pregnant. Next to her was a bag that contained spoons and syringes for meth injection.

Multiple bottles of chemicals used to make meth and other components, as well as used gas generators and one-pot cooks were found in almost every room.

Officers located meth oil and coffee filters used to collect meth from cooks.

In the basement was a bucket of meth-making materials, including an acid that had been spilled on the floor.

When Hull arrived at the Branch County Jail, she complained of burns on her forearms and hands from the acid. She was taken to the Community Health Center of Branch County for treatment after being booked.

Two dogs and a mother cat with kittens were also located at the house. No food was found there. Deputies requested help from the Humane Society of Branch County.

Hull is wanted for a probation violation in Indiana, after she pleaded guilty to dealing methamphetamine in November 2015. She was sentenced to six years in the Indiana Department of Corrections. Of that, the court suspended four years, and she was placed on two years probation.

Hull absconded from probation in April 2016. She is now facing prison in Indiana.

Preliminary proceedings were set for March 28 and April 4.




Siblings Rebecca M. Pattison, 28, and David Neese, 27, both of South Killarney Lane, Richmond, are facing multiple charges in connection with a suspected overdose death Saturday morning at their apartment.

Richmond police responded to the apartment after a caller reported a man had fallen unresponsive and was not breathing. According to the citation, the man was located in the apartment bathroom — his body already cold. After Madison County EMS arrived, the man was pronounced deceased.

Pattison said she “started to freak out” when she found the man unresponsive and a used needle and syringe in the bathroom, the citation stated. Pattison said she took the needle and syringe and disposed of them in a milk jug that her mother used for diabetic equipment so they would not be discovered when police arrived.

The woman said she then instructed her brother, Neese, to check the body for money because she knew the deceased had a large amount of cash. After finding the money, Neese gave the money to his sister, the citation noted. The money, $271, was later found in Pattison’s purse, which she stated she was going to give to the deceased man’s grandmother so she could give him a funeral, according to the citation.

Neese told police he performed CPR on the unresponsive male, but the attempt came after collecting the cash, the citation noted. Then, 911 was called.

According to the citation, items found in the bedroom Pattison and the deceased shared included, 6.8 grams of a rock substance found in a black box hidden under the mattress and 1.2 grams of a rock substance in a large black flower lock box, both substances appeared to be crystal methamphetamine. Inside the flower lock box, which Pattison said belonged to the deceased, police located several small baggies, a Hello Kitty glass pipe, which appeared to be used to smoke methamphetamine, three electronic scales and several residue covered straws.

A Taurus 9mm handgun with 18 rounds of ammunition was also found, according to the citation. Through records, it was discovered the gun had been reported stolen.

Pattison was charged with tampering with physical evidence, receiving stolen property less than $500, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, first offense first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (more than or equal to 2 grams of methamphetamine), buying/possessing drug paraphernalia and receiving stolen property (firearm).

Neese was charged with tampering with physical evidence and theft by unlawful taking or disposition all others less than $500.

The pair was booked into the Madison County Detention Center, where they remained Tuesday afternoon, according to online jail records.


HER dying brother hoped she would spend the $30,000 he left her as a deposit on a piece of land, but instead Julie Ann Rothwell squandered it on the “evil trade” of methamphetamine dealing.

The Bundaberg News Mail report that the 56-year-old Elliott Heads woman has been handed a six-year jail term after pleading guilty to trafficking and possessing more than 24g of pure meth.

The Bundaberg Supreme Court heard on Monday that it was Rothwell’s grief at losing her brother to skin cancer that propelled her back into the world of drugs.

When police stopped her car at Elliott Heads on July 6 last year they found $2525 in cash and a strip search revealed six clip-seal bags of drugs hidden in her panties, along with a set of digital scales.

A search of her property found $12,500 in cash in a concealed safe as well as more drugs, bringing the total weight to 33.7g.

The purity of the drug was between 68% and 76%, which meant Rothwell had more than 24g of pure methamphetamine.

Tick sheets and money transfer records totalling $33,500 were also found.

Defense barrister Callan Cassidy said his client had battled addiction in the past but had also spent significant periods drug free, showing she could contribute to society.

Previously working as a registered nurse in aged care in Brisbane, Mr Cassidy said his client had suffered a traumatic experience in 2008 when she informed her ex-partner she was moving to Bundaberg to care for her mother.

Mr Cassidy said her ex-partner had put Rothwell’s head in a wooden vice before fleeing the country.

Workmates raised the alarm when Rothwell failed to turn up to work three days later.

After moving to Elliott Heads, Rothwell worked in the agriculture industry but, Mr Cassidy said, she fell back into drug use when her brother fell ill in November 2015.

In sentencing Justice Duncan McMeekin said it was clear from the records police found that Rothwell had “been very busy over a couple of months in this evil trade”.

But he said her grief at the loss of her brother had been “misapplied” and she took up drug trafficking, which just extended the misery to others.

Rothwell was sentenced six years jail for trafficking as well as a number of lesser concurrent terms for drug possession and a range of summary offences.

She will eligible for parole from July 5 next year.


TAMPA, Fla. — Michelle Ringler will be away from her three kids until she feels like she has fully recovered from her drug addiction. The last thing she wants is to relapse and go back to using methamphetamine.

“It basically took everything that I love in just a couple of months,” Ringler said sitting at the Tampa Bay Sober Living halfway home.

Ringler says it started when she was prescribed painkillers after she gave birth to her third child. She says started taking hydrocodone, liked the feeling, and became addicted to opioids. When her prescription ran out and she could no longer afford to pay a doctor to get more pills, she switched to meth.

“It helped my withdrawals but it didn’t help my addiction,” she said.

Ringler fell deeper in love with the drug and had to ask her mom to take her kids.

“Got them in the car, put the baby in the backseat, put both of them in the backseat pretty much screaming, not wanting to go and begging me to go with them. And I wouldn’t,” she said. “The wanting to use is so incredibly, it’s so strong inside your body. It’s like at every fiber of your body. You need that. And you just don’t even think about anybody else.”

Like Ringler, many start down the path towards addiction with legal drugs. In 2015, more people died in Florida from using legal drugs than illegal drugs. 2,530 people died from prescription drug overdoses in the state.

Florida Senate Democrats are urging Gov. Rick Scott to declare a public health emergency over the growing opioid epidemic.

“Opioids are very good at covering pain and you want to adequately control legitimate pain,” Dr. Alfred Aleguas, Managing Director of the Florida Poison Information Center:, said. ”
But if you crave that sensation, then, you’re going to go wherever you need to to fix it.”

Ringler is working on getting rid of her cravings at Tampa Bay Sober Living: She’s staying away from drugs and focused on her goals. At the top of her list is getting her kids back.

“Before I started the whole addiction, I was a good mom. I did things with my kids. I had my son in football,” Ringler said. “I don’t want to let them down. And that’s the hardest thing.”


NEWELL | Around 40 people attended the Newell meeting of Governor Dennis Daugaard’s “Meth Changes Everything” campaign.

The event on Monday night, March 20, was hosted by the Whatever It Takes Coalition with assistance from the local Lion’s Club. WIT Director Sabrina Harmon impaneled a slate of knowledgeable professionals to speak to that topic as well as drug and alcohol abuse.

Participating in the panel discussion were: Butte County Chief Deputy/Coroner Gary Brunner, Kara Graveman with the ABC Coalition of Sturgis, Commander Joe Guttierez of the Juvenile Services Center in Rapid City, Kristi Palmer of the South Dakota National Guard, State Law Enforcement Special Agent (unnamed due to privacy issues), Drug Testing Services Lori Lei and State Trooper Nathan Monger of Faith.

Dominique Charleson of Youth Wise in Spearfish started things off giving a presentation about meth and its effects. She asked several questions of the audience and shared staggering information about the costs to the citizens of South Dakota. One shocking thing Charleson shared was that in 2015, 3.8 percent of students in grades 9-12 in South Dakota admitted to having tried meth.

“A person can become addicted the very first time they try meth,” said Charleson.

Joe Guttierez said, “Prevention and education are the number one tools to stop this (abuse).”

Butte County States’ Attorney Cassie Wendt said that she has watched the problem grow and was surprised to note that the people abusing meth, especially, are not the homeless or jobless but those who are represented as normal, everyday people who try it once and get hooked.

“It’s more of the mainstream population,” said Wendt.

A comment about the photos representing meth users that people have seen sparked some comment from several of the panel members. They said that the photos are good representations of the changes in meth users’ appearances but Palmer issued a word of caution when working with youth.

“I would say tread very lightly when using pictures because they (youth) might know of someone who uses meth and has not shown drastic changes,” said Palmer. “Then they think you are lying when you say that it does change the physical appearance.”

The program, which was instituted in 2016 by the Governor, is supplied through the South Dakota Department of Social Service. The goal was to promote prevention and provide education on meth and meth use to youth and adults in 100 communities across South Dakota by May of 2017.

In 2015, there were 2,125 meth-related arrests in South Dakota. That is a 40 percent increase from meth-related arrests in 2014. Trooper Monger was involved in taking down a large meth distribution operation in the Faith area recently.


Oil theft is fuelling terrorist groups and drug cartels around the world, according to a new analysis.

Mexican drug gangs can earn $90,000 (£72,000) in seven minutes from tapping a pipeline of refined oil, while insurgents in Nigeria financially benefit from a share of the third of the country’s refined oil exports that is lost to theft, said the Atlantic Council.

The Washington DC-based thinktank, which mapped the scale of crime in the oil refining and processing end of the sector, said the issue had largely been ignored by authorities and law enforcement agencies so far.

“This has been an invisible issue for many years, people do not recognise downstream oil theft as a problem. It’s a multibillion-dollar thing that affects many people all over the world,” said Ian M Ralby, the author of the analysis, which follows up on a study published in January.

“These are global concerns because they affect the global economy and they affect global security,” he added. The crimes take many forms, from straightforward theft from pipelines to smuggling to avoid taxes.

Donkeys laden with jerry cans are used to smuggle oil across the closed border between oil-rich Algeria and Morocco. As a result an estimated 660,000 cars in Morocco and Tunisia run on fuel smuggled from Algeria, and border cities have sprung up to provide a property market to launder some of the funds. “Many, many drops start to flood a house,” said Ralby of the cumulative impact.

Along with Nigeria, Mexico is one of the biggest oil theft hotspots, where an estimated $1bn of oil is stolen each year, with the Zetas cartel controlling nearly 40% of that market alone. Drug barons tapping pipelines in Mexico are also known to leave them open afterwards for farmers to win support.

Europe is not exempt from the problem, with the analysis finding the EU lost about €4bn (£3.5bn) in hydrocarbon revenues in 2012. Ralby said a huge industry was taking shape in which refined crude from Libya, which has Africa’s largest oil reserves, was being illegally transferred ship-to-ship in the Mediterranean and passed off as legitimate oil imports to the EU.

“We were somewhat surprised to see the extent of ongoing criminality within the EU. Many people believe this is [just] a developing state phenomenon,” said Ralby.

Part of the reason the crimes are not being tackled is that in many cases those who are meant to be stopping oil theft are sometimes involved – regulators can be perpetrators, and police can be facilitators. Another factor is that oil theft is sometimes seen as benign.

“In some cases you have a Robin Hood dynamic. You have drug cartels stealing oil from a state-owned oil company and selling it at a discount to the poor. And in some cases, yes, you have criminality that aids the energy poor, but at what cost, at what consequence?” said Ralby.

That cost comes in direct economic losses to the energy industry and governments, the environmental impact of spilled oil and in the instability caused by oil money reaching terrorist groups and insurgents such as Nigeria’s Niger Delta Avengers, according to the analysis.

Ralby said there are affordable and easy “quick wins” to stem downstream oil theft. The Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center proposed molecular marking, where criminals cannot see that fuel is marked but authorities can test to see if it is illegitimate, and better tracking of oil tanker trucks.

Separately on Tuesday, the credit rating agency Moody’s said the oil price recovery in recent months had led it to upgrade the outlook for the major oil and gas companies from “stable” to “positive”. It is the first time the majors have been classed as “positive” since November 2014.


LYMAN, SC (WSPA) – A mom with meth is accused of passing out behind the wheel of a car with a small child in the backseat, according to Spartanburg County sheriff’s deputies.

They say it happened Sunday on Highway 357 in Lyman.

Deputies say a man on the scene told them he tried to wake up the woman, but she was unresponsive.

The woman was slumped over the wheel and the car was still running, while a small child was unbuckled in the backseat, according to an incident report.

The deputy says there was no way to buckle the child in with all the clutter in the car.

The deputy says they were able to wake the woman up.

She was identified as Brandi Deann Brigman, 31, of Chesnee.

Brigman told the deputy she drove to the store to buy an alcoholic drink to help with a UTI she thought she had.

Meth was found in Brigman’s jacket pocket, according to the deputy.

Brigman failed a field sobriety test and was arrested for DUI, according to the report.

Brigman was read her Miranda rights and reportedly told the deputy she had a bag in her car that had needles and a pipe in it.

The deputy found 7 needles with meth inside, a pipe and a spoon with white residue, according to the report.

Brigman told the deputy she was going to register her vehicle and get insurance when she could.

The report says Brigman was under suspension with a prior driving under suspension charge within five years.

Brigman is charged with:

  • DUI 1st offense
  • Child endangerment
  • DUS 2nd offense
  • Uninsured vehicle fee viol 1st


TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — Today’s Bible lesson: It’s a bad idea to use the good book to smuggle drugs into jail.

A Mississippi sheriff says the jail’s property officer noticed a bulge in the back cover of a Bible dropped off March 16 for an inmate convicted of methamphetamine trafficking.

Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson said that it held meth.

Johnson says 30-year-old Courtney Ford of Nettleton has been charged with possessing an illegal drug and trying to bring contraband into the jail. Her bond was set at $75,000.

He says 41-year-old Stephen Jason Estes of Plantersville had been asking where his Bible was.

Estes was sentenced last week to 40 years, with 34 years suspended. Johnson says he hopes the judge will now reverse the suspension.




TUPELO – A Lee County couple learned that the Good Book is not a good place to hide drugs, especially if you are trying to sneak them into a jail.

Courtney Ford, 30, of Nettleton, is accused of hiding methamphetamine in the binding of a Holy Bible and dropping it off March 16 for inmate Stephen Jason Estes, 41, of Plantersville.

“We search every item that is brought into the jail, and the property officer noticed something wrong. There was a bulge in the back cover of the Bible,” said Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson. “We cut it open and found a powdery substance.”

A local drug lab determined the sample was meth and another unknown substance. A second sample was sent to the state crime lab. Officials believe the couple conspired to bring the drugs into the jail.

“We know he knew about it because that day, he kept asking where his Bible was, even before she dropped it off,” Johnson said.

Ford was charged with possession of a controlled substance and attempt to introduce contraband into a correctional facility. Justice Court Judge Chuck Hopkins set her bond at $75,000. She was out on bond for a possession of a controlled substance when she was arrested.

Estes was in jail because he was convicted last week in circuit court to trafficking more than 30 grams of methamphetamine. He was sentenced to 40 years with 34 suspended. He was awaiting transfer to a state prison when this came up.

“We hope to carry him back before the judge to have his sentence reconsidered,” Johnson said. “The judge could reinstate the 34 years and make him serve all 40 years.”

Estes’ bond on the new charge was set at $30,000.



PRENTISS CO, Miss. (WCBI)– A woman in Prentiss County faces traffic violations and a drug charge.
Investigators say Wednesday, Ashley Franks was arrested and charged with numerous misdemeanor traffic violations.
 The arrest took place in the Piney Grove community.  Once Franks was transported to the Prentiss County Jail, officers say they discovered Methamphetamine hidden in her bra.
She was then charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine) in a Correctional Facility.  Her bond was set at $5,000 on the felony charge.
Franks was given a $4,500 bond on the traffic violation charges.

A 26 year old Murfreesboro woman was found partially under a car on Hazelwood Street having convulsions. When paramedics arrived and the woman regained consciousness, she told them that she had just taken meth and had a negative reaction to the drug.

The case was labeled as a drug overdose and is being investigated.

The incident happened in front of the C building at Ashwood Cove apartments in Murfreesboro. A full recovery is expected.



CALDWELL COUNTY, N.C. – Investigators in Caldwell County arrested Jackie and Shea Byrd for a second time in just weeks, again accusing them of trafficking meth.

Three pounds of meth was found in the pickup truck the two were driving, investigators said. The street value is more than $214,000.

Earlier this month, deputies said they found 1.5 pounds of meth inside the Byrds’ home.







BONIFAY – A month-long undercover operation by investigators with the Holmes County Sheriff’s Office resulted in the arrest of ten suspects and the seizure of several ounces of methamphetamine Friday.

“Over the past several months, we have received information about illegal drug activity going on at one of our local motels in Bonifay,” said Holmes County Sheriff John Tate. “We received complaints that drugs were being sold out of several rooms.”

Dubbed “Operation: Room Service,” an undercover drug investigation was launched, with investigators making several controlled sales and purchases from two of the motel rooms at the Economy Lodge, located on State Road 90 in the City of Bonifay.

Investigators also executed two search warrants in two separate rooms, where they seized what reports called a “considerable amount” of methamphetamine package for sale. Investigators identified a third room suspected to be used by dealers for drug transactions, and a search of that room resulted in the seizure of more methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

The investigation also led investigators to a residence located at 602 West Kansas Avenue, where “trafficking amounts” of methamphetamine was located.

In all, investigators seized several ounces of methamphetamine, about a half ounce of marijuana, more than $1,000 in cash, a 1999 Lexus sedan, several prescription pills, including Xanax, a fake firearm carried by one of the would-be methamphetamine buyers, and assorted drug paraphernalia, including syringes, scales, glass pipes, and spoons containing suspected methamphetamine residue.

“We will continue to aggressively pursue illegal drug dealers and users in Holmes County,” said Sheriff Tate. “We also hope that those needing help overcoming addiction will take advantage of rehabilitation programs made available to them through the criminal justice process and the judicial system.” Sheriff Tate also expressed his appreciation to the Holmes County State Attorney’s Office for their assistance.

The street value of the seized narcotics totals more than $3,000.

Arrested and charged were: Mark Lucious of Marianna, Michael Gainey, Shonda Butler-Beaver, Grady Taylor AKA “Shady Grady,” Harold Rodriquez, Brittany Meyers, Juan Martinez, Jeffrey Golob, Lori Pierce, Dustin Bruner, all of Bonifay.

The investigation is still ongoing, and more arrests are anticipated.



A man arrested Friday in a fatal shooting in Pope County had been committed for psychiatric and drug treatment in Little Rock last month after overdosing on methamphetamine and swallowing drain cleaner, according to court documents.

A judge in Russellville set bail at $250,000 for Nathaniel Z. Symonds, 19, of Dover at a probable cause hearing Monday. Symonds was being held in the Pope County jail on a charge of first-degree murder.

Symonds is accused of shooting Ronald Dean Esserman Jr., 42, of Dover with a shotgun Friday afternoon on Oak Meadows Road in Dover, about 10 miles north of Russellville.

A probable cause statement by Pope County sheriff’s office Lt. Jacob Yarbrough said officers were called to 245 Oak Meadows Road, where they found Esserman dead of apparent gunshot wounds in the front yard of a mobile home. Symonds was found in a home down the street and arrested.

According to the statement, Symonds told investigators that Esserman attacked him, hitting and kicking him until Symonds was able to get away.

Symonds went to his grandfather’s home about 100 yards away and got a shotgun, the statement said. He walked back toward the mobile home and fired a warning shot in the air. Symonds told deputies that he encountered Esserman in the front yard of the mobile home and shot him.

“He said the victim fell to the ground and exclaimed ‘I’m gonna die.’ [Symonds] said the victim began to crawl away from him and [Symonds] shot him several more times. [Symonds] said he then walked up to the victim and shot him in the head,” Yarbrough’s statement said.

Prosecuting Attorney David Gibbons said he believed formal charges would be filed against Symonds in two or three weeks.

Records show that a petition was filed Feb. 8 in Pulaski County Circuit Court to involuntarily admit Symonds to CHI St. Vincent Infirmary’s Behavioral Health Unit.

The petition said Symonds, whose address was listed as 249 Oak Meadows Road in Dover, was admitted to the Little Rock hospital on Jan. 31 on a 72-hour hold. The petition said he overdosed on methamphetamine and ingested Drano that caused “severe mouth and upper airways burns.”

He had to be intubated and put on a breathing machine in intensive care before being admitted for psychiatric treatment, according to the petition.

He signed a voluntary commitment Feb. 1 but had to be placed on a 72-hour hold Feb. 6 “because he wished to leave in the face of persisting suicidal thoughts,” the petition said.

The petition said he had a history of post-traumatic stress disorder related to childhood sexual abuse, methamphetamine addiction, and depressive disorder with past suicide attempts.

Circuit Judge Morgan Welch ordered on Feb. 10 that Symonds be held for inpatient treatment at CHI St. Vincent for no more than 45 days. The records in the court file didn’t show when Symonds was released.