The arrest of 17 Southern Tier residents in early May during a two day raid of meth labs with ties to Schuyler, Steuben, and Chemung counties is a reminder; the fight against meth in the area hasn’t gone away, even though a lot of attention remains on the heroin and opioid epidemic.eiopsrk[0.t4=at

“I’ve been here 24 years and I’ve never seen anything that big and to actually watch it unfold; very, very impressive,” said Joe Fazzary, the Schuyler County District Attorney.

For local and state law enforcement, the fight against meth production and use remains costly, and time consuming.

“Methamphetamine is so labor-intensive as far as police resources that you really need to dedicate a large number of people for a long time for surveillance, to do things like that for the investigation overall. So it’s very labor-intensive,” said Capt. Sean Holley of the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office.

It’s especially labor intensive to conduct raids like the kind which netted 17 arrests, mostly through Schuyler County, during the two-day raids in early May. A large number of law enforcement agencies from around New York State descended upon the Southern Tier to take down the meth labs.

“State Police out of Rochester, the State Police out of the Southern Tier CNET Unit, all of the State Police investigators from Corning, Painted Post, Bath, and Horseheads; it was just a very, very large detail of officers that had to come together,” said Fazzary.

And that’s just take down the production labs. Then comes the expensive and extensive cleanup process, because every aspect of a meth lab is as dangerously toxic as the drug itself.

“A waste hauler could come from New Jersey or Rhode Island or someplace like that, and that could be $6,000 just for the waste hauler,” said Capt. Holley.

From primarily operating in rural communities, to the fact the drug can be sold very cheap because it can be produced with common household items, the battle never usually gets easier for law enforcement on any level.

And even though a lot of attention will be on the heroin and opioid epidemic moving forward, police officers in the field to prosecutors in the courtroom know the meth problem won’t be going away anytime soon.

“I fully expect that that’s going to be a bigger and greater issue for us going forward, but this meth epidemic has been occurring for at least the last 10 years of my tenure as DA and I don’t see it going away,” said Fazzary.



Southeast Texas — Law enforcement officers are warning of a well-known drug, methamphetamine. Federal drug agents and police tell KFDM News they are seeing a dramatic increase in the flow of the drug. The effects on the people using the drug, though, are at the heart of why it’s so critical to fight.srgWGWSGEFDw

“It destroyed my life, my family, my career, every aspect of my life is chaos,” a 40-year old man who asked not to be identified said. “It made me someone else.”

The man said he used the drug for three years and lost everything, including his career as a manager for a large sales and service company.

“It just takes over,” he said.

Investigators say the drug is becoming more prevalent and more potent.

“As a matter of fact methamphetamine is the number one drug threat coming across the southwest border,” DEA Special Agent Wendell Campbell said.

Campbell said from 2009-2015, there was a 400 percent increase in the seizure of methamphetamine along the southwest border.

“We’re seeing the Loz Zetas cartel, we’re seeing the Gulf cartel and we’re seeing independent drug trafficking organizations working with those cartels together to bring that methamphetamine into the United States,” Campbell said.

He said the drug comes from super labs in Mexico to conversion labs in the states through a major artery running right through Southeast Texas, Interstate 10.

“Really it’s the commercial trucking that we see utilize up the I-10 corridor as one of the main facets by which the cartels take advantage to move a hundred or two hundred pounds of methamphetamine into the United States at a time,” Campbell said.

It’s in crystal, powder and now, liquid form.

“It’s referred to as meth in solution but on the streets it’s referred to as liquid meth,” Campbell said.

Earlier this month, Beaumont Police discovered more than 50 lb. of it hidden in clear bouncing balls and 12 oz. cans during a traffic stop on near I-10 and 11th St.

“It was the largest that I know of that we got, especially with methamphetamine,” Beaumont Police Sgt. Cody Guedry.

Meth worth millions. Guedry said officers are now working to seize the vehicle while three men traveling from Mexico to Georgia face drug charges in connection with the bust.

“It’s a trend that’s coming forward so now we’re having to think of new innovative ways that to catch these bad guys because they’re thinking of new innovative ways to transport drugs and hide them and conceal them,” Guedry said.

Getting the traffickers off the streets, investigators said is key in combating the drug and will take more than officers.

“Really the best eyes and ears that we have are really the community itself giving us tips and helping us,” Campbell said.

It’s a community learning about the dangers federal and local officers know all too well.

“We’re seeing a very high level of purity of 90-95 percent pure methamphetamine being brought into the United States which people are utilizing it and we’re seeing people get highly addicted to it,” Campbell said.

The power of addiction, the 40-year old man and now former user is learning to fight. He’s recovering in a treatment program and sharing this message:

“It’s not worth it, not at all,” he said. “It destroys lives.”

If you or someone you know is seeking help, the Unity Treatment Center helps anyone no matter the financial situation. They can be reached at 409-840-9350.



New documents obtained by the government watchdog Judicial Watch prove, again, that guns sold through the Obama Justice Department’s Fast and Furious Operation have been used by Mexican cartels for mass 287b2e95-def0-44af-8026-8bab8eeb5501murder south of the border.

“According to the new records, over the past three years, a total of 94 Fast and Furious firearms have been recovered in Mexico City and 12 Mexican states, with the majority being seized in Sonora, Chihuahua and Sinaloa.  Of the weapons recovered, 82 were rifles and 12 were pistols identified as having been part of the Fast and Furious program.  Reports suggest the Fast and Furious guns are tied to at least 69 killings,” Judicial Watch reports. “The documents show 94 Fast and Furious firearms were seized, 20 were identified as being involved in ‘violent recoveries.’  The ‘violent recoveries’ involved several mass killings.”

The documents include locations, type of gun recovered and number of people killed:

June 30, 2014 — One 7.62mm rifle recovered in Tlatlaya, Estado de Mexico.  This is the reported date and location of a shootout in which 22 people were killed.

May 22, 2015 — Two 7.62mm rifles recovered from the site of a massive shootout in Rancho el Sol, Michoacán, that left one Mexican Federal Police officer and 42 suspected cartel members dead.

August 7, 2015 — One 7.62mm rifle was among five firearms reported as recovered from an abandoned stolen vehicle in which three dead shooting victims were found in Parral, Chihuahua.

January 29, 2013 — One 7.62mm rifle seized in Hostotipaquillo, Jalisco is reportedly related to the assassination of the town police chief, Luis Lucio Astorga and his bodyguard.

January 11, 2016 — One .50 caliber rifle seized from the Joaquin “Chapo” Guzman’s hideout in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, where he was (re)arrested.

Keep in mind these stats only relate to 94 Fast and Furious guns, most of them being AK-47s and .50 caliber rifles, that have been recovered. The Department of Justice, with help from ATF, trafficked more than 2500 of them right into the hands of violent Mexican cartels members. Fast and Furious guns are only recoverable and traceable when they are left at crime scenes, which doesn’t account for the number of times they were used in previous crimes.

Former Attorney General Eric Holder admitted during congressional testimony years ago that guns trafficked by the DOJ would be used to carry out violent crimes. In 2011, former House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa told reporters, citing Mexican Attorney General Marisela Morales, hundreds of Mexican citizens had been murdered as a result of the operation. Since then, a number of guns from the operation have been found at crime scenes in the U.S.

“These documents show President Obama’s legacy includes one of gunrunning and violence in Fast and Furious,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement.  “As the production of documents from the ATF continues, we expect to see even further confirmation of Obama’s disgraced former Attorney General Eric Holder’s prediction that Fast and Furious guns will be used in crimes for years to come.”

Last month a federal judge struck down an executive privilege claim made by President Obama in June 2012 over thousands of Fast and Furious documents. Those documents show the lengths Holder and his closest aides at DOJ went to cover-up the Operation and the scandal that followed, which became public when Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was murdered by Mexican bandits in December 2010. They were carrying guns from Operation Fast and Furious.



Judicial Watch: Justice Department Documents Reveal Widespread Use of Fast and Furious Weapons by Major Mexican Drug Cartels – Linked to at least 69 Killings

Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today released Justice Department documents showing that weapons sent from the U.S. into Mexico as part of the Obama administration’s Operation Fast and Furious gunrunning program have been widely used by major Mexican drug cartels.  According to the new records, over the past three years, a total of 94 Fast and Furious firearms have been recovered in Mexico City and 12 Mexican states, with the majority being seized in Sonora, Chihuahua and Sinaloa.  Of the weapons recovered, 82 were rifles and 12 were pistols identified as having been part of the Fast and Furious program.  Reports suggest the Fast and Furious guns are tied to at least 69 killings.

Fast and Furious was a Department of Justice Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) “gunrunning” operation in which the Obama administration allowed guns to be sold to Mexican drug cartels in the hope the weapons would be recovered at crime scenes.  Fast and Furious weapons have been implicated in the murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and hundreds of other innocents in Mexico.  Prior reports tie Fast and Furious weapons to at least 200 deaths in Mexico alone.

Judicial Watch obtained the documents last month in response to a March 17, 2016, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives seeking the following:

  • All records identifying the locations (including, but not limited to, crime scenes and the locations of seizures) at which firearms – that were identified during the course of or due to Operation Fast and Furious – have been recovered by law enforcement personnel.

The documents show 94 Fast and Furious firearms were seized, 20 were identified as being involved in “violent recoveries.”  The “violent recoveries” involved several mass killings:

  • June 30, 2014 — One 7.62mm rifle recovered in Tlatlaya, Estado de Mexico.  This is the reported date and location of a shootout in which 22 people were killed.
  • May 22, 2015 — Two 7.62mm rifles recovered from the site of a massive shootout in Rancho el Sol, Michoacán, that left one Mexican Federal Police officer and 42 suspected cartel members dead.
  • August 7, 2015 — One 7.62mm rifle was among five firearms reported as recovered from an abandoned stolen vehicle in which three dead shooting victims were found in Parral, Chihuahua.
  • January 29, 2013 — One 7.62mm rifle seized in Hostotipaquillo, Jalisco is reportedly related to the assassination of the town police chief, Luis Lucio Astorga and his bodyguard.
  • January 11, 2016 — One .50 caliber rifle seized from the Joaquin “Chapo” Guzman’s hideout in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, where he was (re)arrested.

In October 2014, Judicial Watch uncovered the fact that an AK 47 rifle used in a July 29, 2013, gang-style assault on an apartment building that left two people wounded was part of the Obama Department of Justice’s Fast and Furious gunrunning program.

“These documents show President Obama’s legacy includes one of gunrunning and violence in Fast and Furious,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.  “As the production of documents from the ATF continues, we expect to see even further confirmation of Obama’s disgraced former Attorney General Eric Holder’s prediction that Fast and Furious guns will be used in crimes for years to come.”

In 2014, Judicial Watch litigation forced the disclosure of Fast and Furious documents to Congress after years of delay.

Judicial Watch has a related active lawsuit seeking access to all records of communications between the Department of Justice and the House Oversight Committee relating to settlement discussions in the Committee’s 2012 contempt of Congress lawsuit against then-Attorney General Eric Holder (Judicial Watch v. Department of Justice (No. 1:13-cv-1344)).  The contempt citation stemmed from Holder’s refusal to provide documents to Congress related to the Fast and Furious gunrunning scandal.


Less than a week after the arrest of rival cell leader in Ensenada, El Mass de Los Aquiles and El Tres Animales de CAF, a shipment worth millions was seized by Los PEP, the same agency that made these arrests, and similar arrests in Tijuana in recent weeks.

A single 24 year old man was arrested in connection, and possession of the shipment, Solomon Rafael Arriga, of Culiacan, Sinaloa.  Though, seeing that a single man could not even transport 1/3 of this lost product, it should be assumed others were involved.  Circumstances of the arrest and seizure were not available, but the figures are impressive.  timthumbefwfw

634 kilos of crystal, 48 kilos of cocaine, and 80 kilograms of heroin, white or black is not specified. The crystal likely straight from Sinaloa is worth an easy million, to 800,000, at source cost price. The cocaine would be around 20/kilo in Culiacan, and 24 in Tijuana, is another million.  The heroin, which has flooded through Southern California, and the United States in recent months, and years, is around 30,000 a kilo in San Diego.  Likely 20,000 or so at cost price, after the purchase of opium, and the conversion process into black tar heroin.

The 1100 kilos seized of the three drugs are worth an easy 2 million at a conservative estimate, far from the kind of staggering loss in the tunnel found late April in Tijuana/Otay Mesa, but a heavy loss nonetheless. The shipment was likely being bound over for transport through Ensenada and up to Tijuana, to be held briefly, and crossed in smaller loads.  Some of the crystal and heroin may be sold to retail outlets in Tijuana.

The role of plaza bosses is to coordinate and assist in the transport of product that comes through their city, by using their local contacts to ensure the loads safety.  Product that falls, reflects badly on the plaza bosses, and many are dismissed (with prejudice) after one too many accidents.  The loads are often seized when rivals inform, bribes are not paid, or larger bribes by rivals are paid.

The chatter will read CJNG, but, the shipment is so closely aligned with other Sinaloa shipments, it’s much more likely it belonged to a group operating within that structure.  Also, the recent arrests of two people who would have some knowledge of a shipment like that, isn’t likely a coincidence.  Note the markings on the kilos, ‘Machin’, or ‘heavy’ as in ‘working heavy’…..

Sources AFN Tijuana

Borderland Beat Reporter J Posted at 11:52 PM




A 73-year-old Electra man is in jail after he allegedly tried to deposit almost a gram of methamphetamine along with his money into a local bank.

Louis Fueque Kent is charged with possession of a controlled substance and remains in Wichita County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.W0013755541--194319

According to an arrest warrant affidavit:

Around 10:50 a.m. on April 9, Kent pulled into the commercial lane of First Bank, 2801 Midwestern Pkwy., and sent a loan payment with some cash, checks and a piece of paper through the deposit tube.

When the teller opened the piece of paper, a blue plastic baggie fell out with a white crystal-like substance inside. She contacted a manager and the baggie in a locked desk until authorities with the Wichita County Sheriff’s Office arrived at the bank.

The substance in the baggie weight 0.91 grams and field tested positive for methamphetamine.



FENNIMORE, Wis. – A man and one child were injured after a motel room with a meth lab caught fire in Grant County Thursday, officials said.

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a fire in one of the rooms at the Fenmore Hills Motel Thursday at 10:40 p.m. The Fennimore Fire Department also responded and extinguished the fire.Christopher-Denning-and-Tabitha-Cory-jpg

Deputies were informed the occupants of the room had left, according to the report. The occupants informed firefighters that the fire was accidental and caused by a cigarette.

As deputies investigated the scene, they discovered an active methamphetamine cooking lab. Law enforcement officials put out an alert to police to locate the occupants, who had left the scene, according to the report.

Minutes later, an Iowa County Sheriff’s deputy found the suspects’ vehicle and initiated a traffic stop.

Christopher Denning, 26, who was a passenger in the vehicle, had second- and third-degree burns on his legs and was later taken to UW Hospital in Madison. Tabitha Cory, 34, was driving, and her two children, ages 12 and 14, were also in the vehicle.

The sheriff’s office said both children were in the room at the Fenmore Hills Motel at the time of the fire. The 12-year-old suffered minor burn injuries from the fire. Both children received medical attention, were removed from Cory’s custody by Iowa County Social Services and placed in temporary foster care.

Deputies discovered another one-pot-style meth lab in the passenger area of the vehicle and chemicals and supplies used to manufacture meth in the trunk of the vehicle.

The Clandestine Lab clean-up Unit team from the state Department of Criminal Investigations and the Chicago Crime Scene Cleanup Team responded to the motel.

Deputies said Denning and Cory were staying at the Fenmore Hills Motel because their house, in the town of Fennimore, burned down two days earlier.

Investigators found about 10 one-pot meth labs along with discarded meth-making materials at the home where Cory and Denning lived prior to living at the motel.

The sheriff’s office said charges against Denning and Cory are pending the completion of the investigation.

The C.L.E.A.R. team and the Chicago Crime Scene Cleanup Team also responded to the Cory and Denning’s former residence. The sheriff’s office said the cause of the fire is under investigation.



MADISON (WKOW) — The Grant County Sheriff’s Office is reporting that last Thursday (5/19) night a fire in a room at a Mount Ada Township motel revealed an active methamphetamine lab. The fire was reported to authorities at about 10:40 p.m. According to authorities the call reported that there was a fire in one of the rooms at the Fenmore Hills Motel. Fennimore firefighters responded and extinguished the blaze and when Grant County deputies arrived they were informed the occupants of the room had left. The same occupants had informed the fire department that the fire was accidental and caused by a cigarette.

However, as deputies investigated the scene they discovered an active methamphetamine lab in the room. Grant County deputies immediately attempted to locate the room’s occupants. In minutes, an Iowa County sheriff’s deputy located the suspects and initiated a traffic stop.

The Iowa County deputy found Christopher Denning, 26, a passenger in the vehicle. Denning had second and third degree burns on his legs. He was later transported to UW Hospital in Madison. Also in the vehicle was the driver, Tabitha Cory, 34. Cory’s two children, ages 12 and 14, were also found by deputies. Authorities discovered that the 12-year-old child sustained minor burn injuries due to the fire. Both children received medical attention. They were also removed from Cory’s custody by Iowa County Social Services, and placed in temporary foster care.

During the traffic stop, Iowa County deputies discovered another methamphetamine lab described as a “one pot” style in the passenger area of the vehicle. Chemicals and supplies for making methamphetamine were found by authorities in the trunk of the vehicle. Law enforcement later discovered that Denning and Cory had been staying at the Fenmore Hills Motel because their house, in Fennimore Township, had burned down two days prior to the motel incident. Authorities conducted a further investigation at the previous residence and found approximately ten “one pot” methamphetamine labs along with discarded meth making materials. The cause of the house fire is under investigation.





WADENA, Minn. — A man is charged with felony drug possession after four pounds of meth with an estimated street value of $200,000 was discovered in a package being delivered to a Wadena home.

Wadena County Sheriff Michael Carr received information from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension about a suspicious package that was being mailed from Arizona to a residence in the Wadena. Officers received a search warrant for the package after it was learned the intended recipient was not associated with the residence and found meth inside it.

A controlled delivery was conducted and Michael Gino-Ladon Ricks, 27, of Hanover Park, Ill., was arrested at the home for felony first degree possession of a controlled substance, Carr reported.

Ricks is being held on $500,000 bond without conditions or $30,000 cash bail with conditions set by the court. He was still listed as in custody on the Wadena County online inmate list as of Tuesday morning.


DUBOIS – A Brockway woman will stand trial for allegedly possessing a quantity of methamphetamine that she was selling in a local hotel room.

Brittany Nicole Keech, 23, is charged with manufacture/delivery/possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities, and criminal conspiracy.

After a preliminary hearing during centralized court, District Judge Patrick Ford ruled these charges should be sent on to the court of common pleas for further disposition. Keech’s bail was set at $10,000.

She is currently serving a state prison sentence of 10 months to two years for a probation violation on a retail theft charge.

These new charges stem from an incident Dec. 3 in Sandy Township when she was found in a local motel with drugs.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, Sandy Township police were called to the Homewood Suites Hotel to investigate a strong odor of marijuana that was coming from one of the rooms.

When police arrived they were advised that a man who had exited that room was leaving through the side door. The officers made contact with this individual.

While they spoke with him, they could smell marijuana. He confirmed that he had just left the room in question. The officers thought he appeared nervous and was trying to avoid their questions. But when they asked, he consented to a search of his person and his back pack. An officer allegedly found a silver grinder that had a small amount of marijuana in it.

The officers detained him before speaking to the hotel manager regarding the report. They were told a man named “Clark” had rented the room but they thought it was Keech, who was actually in the room. The officers were aware that Keech had active warrants for her arrest.

As the officers walked down the hallway toward the room, they could smell burnt marijuana. It was strongest in front of the room reported as the source of the smell.

They knocked on the door and it was answered by Keech. After she opened the door, she walked away. One of the officers stopped her and advised her to sit on the couch. She stated her boyfriend was in the shower.

An officer knocked on the bathroom door and identified himself. A man, Justin Zeruth, opened the door. On the toilet, allegedly in plain view was a tin container with needles and a powdery substance.

Inside the tin was a small plastic bag with a clear to white crystal substance that later tested positive for methamphetamine, police said. On the sink was a straw and a razor blade. When Zeruth’s pants were searched for weapons, officers found $700.

The officers received permission from both occupants to search the room. They found two scales, used and unused needles, plastic bags, nine small bags of suspected meth, drug paraphernalia including smoking pipes and an additional $380 in cash, according to the report.

Keech and Zeruth were taken into custody. Zeruth told officer he and Keech had been selling drugs from the room. He said they would sell a gram of crystal meth for $50 and he had bought two eight balls of meth that they “cut” to sell.

Zeruth, 28, 36 Courson Road, DuBois, was also charged with manufacture/delivery/possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities, and criminal conspiracy. He waived his right to a hearing in April. His bail is $1,000.

Both Keech and Zeruth were part of “Operation Ice Storm” which was a large scale investigation of a drug ring selling methamphetamine and heroin in the area.

More than 30 people were arrested in March as a result of this yearlong investigation by the DuBois City and Sandy Township police departments, the Clearfield County Drug Task Force, the District Attorney, and the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General.



GRUNDY COUNTY, TN – (WRCB) — Mayor Larry Phipps says he was like a deer caught in the headlights when he found out what was taking place inside the trailer he was renting to someone.

“My first reaction was I couldn’t believe this was happening, and it was happening on my property,” says Larry Phipps, Mayor of Tracy City.10623885_G

Sunday morning Grundy County Deputies received a tip the person they had a warrant for was staying inside this trailer on Sims Street.

“We went to that residence to see if we could find this person, when we got there we had someone come to the door. We asked if that person was there, they said: “No” our deputies asked for consent to search for that person inside the residence,” said Clint Shrum, Sheriff, Grundy County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies were given the okay to search the trailer. They didn’t find the person they were looking for. Instead, they say they came across a marijuana growing operation. They also found meth, pills, and a firearm.

Four people were taken to jail.

Mayor Phipps says it’s scary to know a drug operation was taking place on his property.

“The resale and all of that to the public is just a scary thought that all of that would happen,” says Phipps.

Sheriff Shrum says he’s glad the drugs were in plain sight.

“You’ve always got to be vigilant when you are looking and diligent about what you are doing there, and that’s what these deputies were doing,” says Sheriff Shrum.

Mayor Phipps says he’s going to demolish the trailer.

“I just don’t want it to happen in the place I use to live in,” Phipps says. “I will just get rid of it; destroy it, whatever.”

Jeremy Hill, Tracey Johnson, Amy Ledford, and David Sweeton all remain behind bars.



A man led Oregon State Police troopers on a high-speed chase through Jefferson, along Interstate 5 and into Salem Sunday night, crashing into a pick-up, reaching speeds over 100 mph and driving the wrong way on Highway 22, officials said.635995909314963691-636055

Todd Ramsey, 40, of Siletz, was arrested on charges of reckless driving, two counts of fleeing a police officer, DUI, possession of methamphetamine, third-degree robbery, hit-and-run of property, resisting arrest and giving false information to a police officer.

A probable cause statement described the following events:

An OSP trooper responding to reports of a woman in a car with a needle sticking out of her arm found her parked along I-5 near Jefferson shortly after 7 p.m. He saw the 26-year-old woman get out of her car and into Ramsey’s gray Nissan Altima. The trooper followed the car and reported seeing the woman unconscious and slumped over.

After Ramsey spotted the trooper, he averted eye contact, swerved his vehicle, changed lanes and quickly exited at the Santiam Rest Area. Suspecting the driver was intoxicated and the woman needed a welfare check, the trooper pulled over the car. He said the occupants appeared to be impaired by controlled substances. The woman was passed out, but Ramsey woke her up to talk to the trooper.

Neither had identification, and both gave fake names and dates of birth to the trooper. When the trooper asked Ramsey to step out of his car, Ramsey sped away onto I-5 southbound, where he struck a large pick-up towing a trailer. He continued driving at speeds over 100 mph, exited at Highway 164 and sped through Jefferson.

Witnesses reported seeing other cars pull over on the shoulder of the road to avoid crashing into Ramsey after he crossed the center line. He got back onto I-5 and sped north. Troopers said he swerved through all three lanes of traffic and both shoulders to get through the heavy traffic. Once he reached Highway 22, he began driving east in the westbound lanes, forcing traffic to sharply veer out of the way to avert head-on collisions.

As a trooper sped ahead to deploy spike strips, Ramsey attempted a U-turn, lost control of his car and skidded to a stop. He could not restart his car and fled into a field. Troopers located him near a residence in the 5300 block of Gaffin Road SE. A trooper tackled him after he refused to stop and lower his hands.

Officials discovered five grams of methamphetamine in a plastic container in his pocket. A Marion County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit searched the area and found four more similar containers filled with methamphetamine. Ramsey’s car had several large chunks of methamphetamine on the front seats and floor along with bags, pouches and containers usually used for drug possession and distribution.

The woman, who told police her name was Sarah, remained near the car after Ramsey abandoned it on Highway 22. She was not charged, and an OSP trooper released her at a nearby Safeway store. After releasing her, law enforcement discovered she had used a fake name, and she was actually Haley Ann Lynch, 26, of Logsden, Oregon. Lynch had a bench warrant for her arrest out of Lincoln County for a third-degree theft, heroin possession and identity theft charges.

Ramsey was taken to Salem Hospital for treatment and drug-testing. After he was medically cleared, he was escorted to Marion County jail and held on $100,000 bail. Ramsey previously pleaded guilty to eluding a police officer, methamphetamine possession and vehicle theft in Lincoln County. He is scheduled to appear at the Marion County Circuit Court Annex on June 2 at 8:30 a.m.



Two Mexican nationals were ordered held pending preliminary hearings in federal court Monday after they were arrested late last week allegedly transporting more than 65 pounds of methamphetamine from California to Lubbock, Texas.

Mario Osorio-Espinoza, 33, and Victor Hugo Lagarica-Salazar, 53, both of whom are illegally in the United States according federal officials, were arrested after a traffic stop by New Mexico State Police.

According to court records, Osorio-Espinoza told police he and his uncle Lagarica-Salazar were musicians traveling from Los Angeles to Lubbock to play music at a party there and then return to California.

Lagarica-Salazar allegedly gave police a different story claiming Osorio-Ezpinoza was his daughter’s boyfriend, he didn’t play any musical instrument and that he was there to relieve Osorio-Espinosa so he didn’t fall asleep while driving.

State Police reported both men were extremely nervous and a strong chemical odor was coming from the 2011 Jeep the men were driving.

Officers got their permission to search the car and found 65.12 pounds of methamphetamine hidden inside a speaker box.

Both men were arrested and spoke to police. Agents from Homeland Security Investigations were called in to help investigate the case.

Langarcia-Salazar told police this was his second trip delivering drugs. The first time was to Arkansas and he was being paid $5,000 for this latest delivery.

Osorio-Espinoza told police it was his first time accompanying Langarcia-Salazar on a drug run.

The two men remain in custody pending preliminary hearings. Detention hearings will be held this week.

If convicted of the charges in the criminal complaint, Osorio-Espinoza and Lagarica-Salazar each face a statutory mandatory minimum of 10 years and a maximum of life in federal prison.



Two Mexican nationals are facing federal drug trafficking charges arising out of a seizure of 65-pounds of methamphetamine, announced U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez, Special Agent in Charge Waldemar Rodriguez of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in El Paso, and New Mexico State Police (NMSP) Chief Pete N. Kassetas.


The Gatlinburg police and fire departments are making meth busts a top priority by training with the Tennessee Dangerous Drugs Task Force.

It’s the first time both teams have joined together at Gatlinburg’s new training center to combine efforts in seizing meth labs.eryulfug2O7FWPF

“This is very crucial and it could be life-saving for our responders,” Gatlinburg Fire Cpt. David Puckett said. “A lot of people don’t understand how common these items are and prevalent they are in their own homes.”

The training facility was used to recreate what a meth lab would look like so law enforcement and emergency responders could identify meth labs, their cooking materials, and how to safely contain them.

“You start finding solvents and fuels in kitchens, acetone in the refrigerator, and dishes covered in pasty items,” Gatlinburg Police Lt. Terry Stines said. “You see it on TV and the TV shows with labs set up and it looks like a chemistry set, but that’s not the case.”

If you can’t see any signs of meth in the making, according to Stines, you should also be aware of a chemical smell, specifically lithium.

He said the growing concern isn’t finding hazardous materials inside a private or rental property, but finding smaller meth labs on the go.

“Most of the time now, they’re actually carrying them around with them, which I think it very strange,” Stines said. “Backpack labs, basically. They try not to do it where they live. They figured that out, and they try to move the location and it makes it harder for us to track.”

The state’s drug task force said Tennessee is ranked third in meth lab seizures across the country, and there are about 40 meth lab seizures per month in Tennessee.

That’s down from a high point in January 2013, when there were 218 seizures just that month.

“Our population and our demographics change so rapidly, it can change overnight basically,” Stines said.

Gatlinburg responders hope this kind of training will continue and also help unite their force.

“This is going to help us mesh and respond more fluently to these emergencies and hopefully reduce the possibility of injuries,” Puckett said.



A week ago today, two men pleaded not guilty in the largest bust ever involving crystal methamphetamine on Kaua‘i. Police say they found seven pounds of meth—worth $1.6 million.

It’s the latest reminder that crystal methamphetamine remains a devastating problem around the state.Hannah

About 10 years ago, Hannah Ii Epstein was an addict. She was 17 when she first turned to crystal meth.

“I was really addicted to just putting things up my nose,” said Epstein. “I found that meth was the thing that made me actually feel something.”

Epstein lives in Chicago now, but grew up surfing at Hale‘iwa Beach Park on the North Shore of O‘ahu. Now she’s clean—but she still remembers how crystal meth made her feel.

“I was lost; and it was feeling anything at that point made me feel alive.”

Hannah Ii-Epstein is a playwright and filmmaker who grew up on the North Shore of Oahu. She tried crystal meth for the first time when she was 17 but has been clean for about a decade.

Epstein is one of many people in Hawai‘i who have gotten caught up in the cycle of meth abuse. It’s a problem that’s plagued the state for decades and is apparent across the islands, disrupting lives, clogging courts, and filling prison cells.

“I definitely have a lot of experience with the crystal methamphetamine epidemic; I mean, it’s a big part of my job,” said Jim Rouse, a public defender on Maui for most of the last 20 years. When it comes to drug cases, he estimates at least 10 arrive on his desk every week that are meth related.

“Crystal meth touches —and this is a guess —at least 75 percent of the cases. Of the serious cases, not traffic,” Rouse explained. “Property crimes, obviously the drug crimes themselves, even violent crimes. There’s usually some meth component to it.”

In 2014 the U.S. Sentencing Commission reported 26 percent of drug convictions nationwide involved 2014_mapmethamphetamine. In Hawai‘i, the figure was 77 percent—nearly triple the national number.

Last year the gap was even wider. Nationally, methamphetamine played a role in 28.5 percent of drug convictions in federal court. In Hawai‘i, meth was part of nearly 94 percent of such cases.2015_map

“If you really look, it’s everywhere,” said Gary Yabuta, the Executive Director of the Hawai‘i High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, a federal law enforcement cooperation organization funded through the White House. Before that, he was the Chief of Maui Police for five years.

“My rural districts—Moloka‘i, Lāna‘i—they were so much infected on it and still are infected on it,” he said. “The Big Island, Puna District, and so on,” he said. “It’s everywhere—it’s in Honolulu, it’s probably within 300 yards of where we’re sitting right now.”

Dr. Ronald Kuroda, Medical Director for Queens Medical Center, West Oahu, and Dr. Daniel Chang, an dr_changemergency room doctor at Queen’s Hospital. Both say they see a constant stream of patients with meth-related complaints.

But a sense of crisis surrounding crystal meth has given way to a sense of complacency. Meth busts and stories of addiction are no longer splashed across the front page.

But for people like emergency room doctor Daniel Chang, it’s hard to ignore the problem when he sees so much of it. He says 45 patients a day come through the ER at Queens Hospital with some sort of meth-related complaint.

“We are ground zero for the methamphetamine impact in the emergency room. We see it every day,” said Chang. “It’s tough because I don’t feel it’s getting as much traction as it really should be. My sense is that we’ve become habituated here in Hawai‘i because it’s just been around long enough. It’s been so prevalent that we’ve started to become used to the impacts of methamphetamine—which is really scary.”



BRISTOL, VA (WJHL) – Bristol Virginia Police Department’s Narcotics Unit arrested a woman Friday on methamphetamine charges.dilyaefpQEHPQ

According to a BVPD news release, the narcotics unit and officers executed a search warrant at a home on Madison Street, where they found and seized one half ounce of methamphetamine.

Officers arrested Suzanne Goodman, 37, and charged her with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.

According to the release, Goodman was being held without bond due to pending charges out of Washington County, Va. for methamphetamine possession.


LIBERTY, S.C. (WSPA) – A person on a lawnmower was pulled over for driving on the wrong side of the road, according to the Liberty Police Department.tydjudd5u5r6

They say that person was then taken to jail for possession of meth and drug paraphernalia.

There are no other details at the moment, but we will update this article as soon as we have more information.



CALIPATRIA, Calif. – A prison visitor was arrested after officials say she tried to smuggle methamphetamine and heroin into Calipatria State Prison.


Fourty-seven-year-old Natalie Garcia was visiting inmate Edwin Mora, who was convicted of robbery.

Officers say the two shared a bag of Doritos and appeared nervous. An officer noticed there was more than just chips inside the bag.

When the two were separated officers say they found two individually wrapped bindles of methamphetamine inside the snack.

Officers then searched the car Garcia drove to the prison where they found eight other bindles of heroin.

The drugs could have sold for more than $29,000 combined inside prison walls, according to officers.


Mora was placed in administrative segregation after officers were able to link him to the incident.

Garcia, a Ventura, California resident, was arrested and booked into Imperial County Jail, if convicted she could face three to five years in prison.


MACON – Three people were arrested Sunday after police claim they broke up a methamphetamine manufacturing operation being run out of a Macon motel room.

The suspects are a 25-year-old man from Macon, a woman aged 47 from Atwood and a 41-year-old female from Macon who was apparently living in a room of the Macon Motel with the male suspect. All three were booked into the Macon County Jail on charges of possession of methamphetamine manufacturing material, possession of methamphetamine precursor ingredients and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Deputies from the Macon County Sheriff’s Office had been called to the motel at 10:30 a.m by the manager who said the tenants in the room had not paid their bill and he wanted them thrown out. While they were on their way, the police were told there was a suspicion the occupants were making or in possession of methamphetamine.

Deputies checking out the room found the 47-year-old woman inside who allegedly tried to conceal in her pants a pipe used for smoking drugs. Police say they also seized a small amount of cannabis. The other suspects who had earlier left in a car then returned and their vehicle was pulled over.

“One of the deputies who was there had a canine and the canine did a free air sniff around the vehicle and indicated a possible presence of illegal drugs,” said Lt. Jamie Belcher.

Police seized a drug “smoking device” and a small account of cannabis. Belcher said the motel room was later searched and that is when deputies allegedly discovered chemicals and materials used to cook methamphetamine. “They also found Lidocaine patches, another controlled substance, and some other miscellaneous drug paraphernalia,” added Belcher.



KNIGHTSTOWN, Ind. — A Henry County man was arrested after being caught red handed cooking meth during a police chase.

State police and the Henry County Sheriff’s Office were investigating the man, Michael Cunningham, on Main Street in Knightstown, when he sped off.rweg9weqh9qeH9qp

After a short chase, officers pulled the man from his truck and a one-pot meth lab, which was actively making the drug, fell to the ground.

“Anytime meth is being made, it’s very dangerous. It’s explosive whether it’s being made in a home or in the woods or vehicle.  It’s dangerous,” said a state trooper who asked not to be identified.

State police say the bust illustrates a much larger issue of mobile so called one-pot meth labs.

According to the numbers, multiple meth labs are busted every day across the state. Most are simply plastic bottle filled with dangerous chemicals.

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So far this year in the Pendleton district, which covers just over a half dozen counties including Henry County, there have been 118 meth lab busts.

The vast majority are the one pot labs.

“That’s the most prevalent. There are a couple ways to make meth but the one pot is the most common that we’ve seen,” said the trooper.

Because most of the states meth labs are little more than plastic bottles filled with dangerous chemicals that also poses a risk to the general public.

State police deal with calls all the time regarding one pot labs being found along roads in a ditch and in parking lots.

Investigators say people should never pick up the bottles, because they could explode.

“It’s a hazard for everybody involved,” said the trooper.

Court records shows the suspect in Henry County was also wanted on a warrant out of Hancock County following a previous domestic battery case.

A search of his home turned up a larger meth lab and more drug making chemicals.

State police say the number of busts in the Pendleton district this year are very close to the numbers seen last year, so the problem isn’t going away.

As for the suspect in Henry County, he is facing a variety of criminal charges.


SALTON CITY, Calif. (KABC) — Border Patrol agents seized 25 pounds of methamphetamine that was stuffed inside the truck’s fuel tank at a checkpoint on Highway 86 Sunday.

Authorities say a 27-year-old man approached the Highway 86 checkpoint driving a 1999 Ford F-150 at about 5:20 p.m.1352309_630x354

A K-9 team alerted Border Patrol agents from the Indio Station to the vehicle, and then agents discovered the hidden drugs after an intensive search.

“This seizure highlights the important role played by our K-9 handlers and their partners in keeping our communities free from dangerous drugs and the violence associated with their sales and distribution,” said Marc Lieberman, acting patrol agent of the Indio station, in a statement.

The meth is worth an estimated street value of $281,200, according to Border Patrol.

The driver, who was a citizen of Mexico, was arrested and turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.



ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico — Five residents of Luna County, New Mexico, are facing federal narcotics trafficking and money laundering charges as the result of a multi-agency investigation led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

These charges against the five defendants are resulted from a multi-agency investigation led by HSI into a Deming, New Mexico-based methamphetamine trafficking organization allegedly led by Domingo Rodriguez.160523albq-nr

This investigation was designated as part of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) program, a Department of Justice program that combines the resources and unique expertise of federal agencies, along with their local counterparts, in a coordinated effort to disrupt and dismantle major drug trafficking organizations. It included a series of methamphetamine purchases by individuals working under the supervision of law enforcement officers.  During the course of this investigation, law enforcement authorities seized and purchased more than two pounds methamphetamine. They also seized more than another pound of methamphetamine during a law enforcement operation Thursday in Deming.

The following five defendants are charged in a nine-count indictment alleging methamphetamine trafficking and money laundering offenses: Rodriguez, 45, Leslie Frank Williams, 51, Oscar Garcia, 45, and Andy Garcia, 43, all residents of Deming; and Estella Aguilar, 44, of Tucson, Arizona.

All five defendants are charged with participating in a methamphetamine trafficking conspiracy in Luna County between July 2015 and April 2016. Williams is also charged with distributing quantities of methamphetamine on four dates between July 2015 and Sept. 2015.  Williams and Rodriguez are charged with distributing methamphetamine in November 2015. Further, Williams, Rodriguez and Garcia are also charged with distributing methamphetamine in January 2016.

Rodriguez, Oscar Garcia and Aguilar are charged with participating in a money laundering conspiracy; and Rodriguez and Aguilar are also charged with a money laundering offense. The indictment includes forfeiture provisions seeking a money judgment of $1 million, the sum allegedly derived from the drug trafficking crimes alleged in the indictment.  Aguilar surrendered herself into HSI special agents May 23 in Tucson, Arizona.

Williams and Rodriguez were arrested Thursday. They made their initial appearances in federal court Friday in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Oscar Garcia is in state custody in Oklahoma, and Andy Garcia is in state custody in New Mexico on unrelated charges. Both will be transferred to federal custody to face the charges in the indictment.  Aguilar has yet to be arrested and is considered a fugitive.

If convicted on the methamphetamine charges, each of the five defendants faces a statutory mandatory minimum of 10 years and a maximum of life in prison. If convicted on the money laundering charges, Rodriguez, Oscar Garcia and Aguilar each face a statutory maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.

This case was investigated by the following agencies and offices: HSI Deming and HSI Las Cruces, U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Office of Border Patrol (OBP) in Las Cruces and Deming, Luna and Grant counties (New Mexico) Sheriff’s Office, Deming and Silver City (New Mexico) police departments, New Mexico High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) Intelligence Center, the El Paso Intelligence Center (EPIC), ICE Enforcement Removal Operations (ERO), and ICE Office of Intelligence and Analysis.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Mark A. Saltman and Dustin Segovia, District of New Mexico’s Las Cruces Branch Office, are prosecuting this case.

Charges in indictments and complaints are merely accusations and defendants are presumed innocent unless convicted in a court of law.



Nearly five years ago, the U.S. government announced the arrest of an Iranian-American for plotting the assassination of the Saudi Arabian Ambassador at a restaurant he favored in downtown Washington.

A successful assassination would have likely killed and wounded hundreds of Americans out for an evening dinner in our nation’s capital. The operation was to have been carried out by members of Los Zetas, a 1464034782725Mexican drug cartel, and coordinated with the Quds Force, the foreign arm of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps.

The assassination plot was part of a hemispheric terror attack, including the bombing of the Israeli embassies in Washington and Buenos Aires, and the Saudi Embassy in Argentina’s capital.  The plot was foiled by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) which had an agent inside the drug cartel.  Its evidence included intercepts of conversations with high-ranking Iranian Revolutionary Guards officials in Tehran.

This is only one of many examples of the lethal alliance between drug smugglers and terrorists, most of them radical Islamists.

Iran, the world’s leading sponsor of terror, has been one of the major actors, as former FBI and Treasury official Matthew Levitt revealed two years ago in his book, “Hezbollah: The Global Footprint of Lebanon’s Party of God.”  Hezbollah has worked closely with drug cartels, especially, as in the Washington assassination plot, groups in Mexico.

U.S. officials have reported a surge in cartel operatives with Farsi language tattoos pledging loyalty to Hezbollah.  A Hezbollah terrorist and a Mexican military officer have both told American law enforcement organizations that Hezbollah carries out extensive explosives training of cartels.

This is a big deal.  Many thousands of terrorists have been arrested while coming across our southern border, and Florida Representative Ron DeSantis recently testified to the House Oversight Committee’s National Security subcommittee that the inflow continues.

According to DeSantis’s testimony on March 23, “Recent reports state that the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has apprehended several members of known Islamist terrorist organizations crossing the southern border in recent years.”   The organizations include the Somali group, Al Shabaab, as well as Al Qaeda and Hezbollah, both intimately tied to Iran. In fact, according to sources inside of the U.S. intelligence community, there is an up-tick in threat activity in the infiltration of ISIL through the Caribbean and we understand our CBP is developing a holistic plan to address this emerging threat, a good thing—let’s hope they aren’t too late.

There are so many terrorists in the United States that FBI Director James Comey has stated under oath [emphasis added] that the Bureau has active cases in every one of the fifty states.  Yet the Obama administration, the major media, and the political class all seem indifferent to the threat.  The Iranian leaders chant “Death to America,” and they have sent hundreds of would-be agents to fulfill the threat, but we lack the will to combat them on a suitable scale.

DeSantis’s testimony and supporting evidence from border security officials challenge the State Department’s claim that Iran’s influence in Latin America has been waning in recent years.  Indeed, Iranian support for terrorists in our hemisphere is very vigorous, operating under religious cover.  Iranian intelligence officials and agents have been found pretending to be purely involved in matters of faith, from supervising mosques to managing the production of halal meat.

A typical example is Bilal Mohsen Wehbe, ostensibly a Shiite proselytizer in Brazil.  In 2010, the U.S. Treasury identified him as Hezbollah’s representative in Latin America.  Wehbe “relayed information and direction between Hizballah leaders in Lebanon and Hizballah elements in South America,” and oversaw its counterintelligence activity in the “triple frontier” of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay.

Other well-known cases include Mohsen Rabbani, the head of the Al-Tawhid mosque and chief halal inspector in Buenos Aires, who ran back to Iran after he was identified as the key member of the group that organized the bombing of the Jewish community center in 1993.

Men such as these recruit Latin Americans, fly them to Qom for indoctrination and terrorist training, and send them back to our hemisphere, awaiting orders.  Sooner or later those orders will be transmitted from Tehran and other radical Islamic headquarters.

We still have no winning strategy, not against ISIL, not even against Iran, our most dangerous enemy.

Just as we recently learned how the Obama team lied to the American public about the Iran nuclear deal, orchestrated by none other than the master juggler himself, Deputy National Security Adviser, Ben Rhodes—we now realize how both enemies, especially Iran, wage war while our president and secretary of state cater to the demands of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and even pay for his war against us.

We need to attack the radical doctrines, and kill the hardest of the hardcore: radical Islamists.

There is no escape from this war, we will either win it or lose it, but we will not talk our way out of it.

If we can’t win in our own hemisphere, we’ll end up losing everywhere.

Lt. General (Ret.) Michael T. Flynn spent 33 years as an intelligence officer. He served as the Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency and the Senior Military Intelligence Officer in the Department of Defense. He is the founder of the Flynn Intel Group, a Commercial, Government, and International consulting firm. He is the author of the forthcoming book, written with Michael Ledeen, of “The Field of Fight: How We Can Win the Global War Against Radical Islam and Its Allies” (St. Martin’s Press, July 12, 2016).


WINTER HAVEN, FL (WFLA) — A Polk County couple has been arrested on drug and child neglect charges after police found two children living in deplorable conditions inside the home.fhjsrhrhsrh

Winter Haven Police say they responded to the home of Ashley and Richard Barnett on Sunday after receiving a tip of possible narcotics use and child neglect. Upon arrival, police say they found 26 year-old Ashley Barnett in the home with a two and four year-old living in horrific conditions.

The home, which did not have running water, had a strong odor of rotten food and feces.

Police say the mattresses were completely covered in brown stains without any sheets. Trash littered the floors and bags of garbage were piled throughout the residence along with rotting food shoved into the corners. Police say there was hardly any eatable food in the home.

Brown smudges on the walls were determined to be feces smeared throughout the residence, police say. The bathroom toilet was full of feces and the bathtub held about two inches of water with dead and live roaches floating in the water.

As officers walked the home, they say they discovered several baggies with white residue identified as methamphetamine, glass pipes and a small butane torch were found on a bed. Additional drugs and paraphernalia were located inside of the laundry room.

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Barnett was placed under arrest and when asked about her husband who also lives there, she stated he was out retrieving water, but had been gone for three hours. He was eventually located at another residence and placed under arrest.

The children are being cared for by a family member.

Ashley and Richard Barnett were both charged with negligent child abuse without bodily harm, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. They were both booked into the Polk County Jail.



ROWAN COUNTY, NC (WBTV) – A wanted Rowan County woman deputies say goes by the name “Twisted Sister,” is facing drug charges.

Investigators found methamphetamine in 44-year-old Jamie Tyree Kirk’s motel on East Innes Street in

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Salisbury Monday, Rowan County deputies say.

Kirk, who has an extensive criminal history, was wanted on drug charges after methamphetamine and a trafficking amount of opioids were found in her former Spencer home in March 2014.

Kirk is charged with trafficking opium, level 1, and possession of methamphetamine. She was placed under a $75,000 secured bond.

Kirk’s criminal history includes a felony conviction for fleeing to elude, possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting a public officer, second-degree trespassing, driving while impaired, injury to personal property, simple worthless check and possession of marijuana.


A Madisonville woman faces a list of charges including possession of meth. 36-year-old Christina Sanchez-Portillo was arrested on Saturday just after 12 p.m.eu9p3h0w894y

Police say she had an active warrant and was found at the Pennyrile Park Apartments in the 600 block of S. Kentucky Ave.

After searching the apartment, officers say they found crystal methamphetamine in a dresser drawer. Officers also found a hypodermic needle loaded with methamphetamine, a small bag of synthetic marijuana, and two glass pipes with illegal drug residue in the bedroom.

Sanchez-portillo was arrested and remains in the Hopkins County Jail on a $500 cash bond.




A London man under house arrest was taken into custody early Sunday when police discovered a half-pound of crystal meth and more than $100,000 in the same room where the man’s 8-year-old son was dustin%20higginbothamasleep.

Dustin Higginbotham, 32, of Chippewa Lane was charged with first-degree drug trafficking and wanton endangerment. He already was under house arrest for drug possession, according to the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office. He was being held at the Laurel County jail.

The child was released to Higginbotham’s parents, police said.

Police had obtained a search warrant based on a tip that over%20100,000%20dollars%20cashHigginbotham had a large amount of drugs in his house. The investigation is open.