At the depths of his addiction, Brandon George knew he could save money by ditching heroin and getting high on methamphetamine instead.

The Indianapolis man could spend $150 to $200 a day on heroin, or he could slash the costs by using meth, spending about $50 each day.

“It’s stupid cheap,” said George, 35.

While heroin and opioid abuse continues to be a scourge across the state — grabbing the focus of law 636039255149773672-Meth-surge-jrw02enforcement, especially in rural areas — police in Indianapolis are seeing a “significant increase” in meth use, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Capt. Robert Holt said.

The trend has held for about five years, said Holt, of the covert investigations branch. Meanwhile, Indiana State Police investigators say they are seeing a downward trend in the number of home-grown labs.

A factor at play? An influx of meth from Mexican cartels into the Indianapolis area.

While the volume of marijuana from Mexico has declined in recent years, cartels are now flooding the area with heroin and meth, Holt said.

“They are pretty savvy in picking up what types of drugs to import in the U.S.,” Holt said. “Heroin and meth probably have most addictive properties, and they are taking advantage of that to ensure repeat customers.”

Meth use is not at the epidemic rates of heroin, Holt said. Heroin and opioid use, in particular, have ravaged rural Southern Indiana communities, where HIV infections rapidly spread last year.

But meth is still drawing attention from Indiana lawmakers, who passed laws that seek to make production here more difficult. A law that allows pharmacies to limit the sale of pseudoephedrine, a common meth ingredient, to some customers went into effect July 1.

Holt also noted that imported meth has been selling at lower prices than law enforcement would expect to see — to the point where it’s less cost-effective to manufacture it here.

Indeed, State Police investigators will seize fewer meth labs this year than last year if the trends continue, said 1st Sgt. Don McKay with the State Police meth suppression unit.

In 2015, the police unit seized more than 1,500 meth labs across the state, according to State Police data. Seven months into 2016, the unit has seized about 800 labs, McKay said, explaining that seizures tend to decrease in the second half of the year and have trended downward in recent months.

The meth lab seizures in 2014 and 2015, around 1,500 each, decreased from 2012 and 2013, when police seized 1,700 to 1,800 labs, the data show.

McKay attributed the decrease in part to the availability of smuggled meth from Mexico.

“When imported meth is available, it will certainly make a difference,” McKay said.

Scott Watson, founder of Heartland Intervention in Indianapolis and a clinical addictions counselor, said meth has always been available in pockets of Indianapolis, but he primarily saw the use in rural areas outside the city.

“Generally, we think of meth as consumed in the doughnut counties rather than Marion County, while heroin and weed are equal-opportunity offenders,” Watson said.

Watson said addicts will sometimes use heroin and meth in tandem to balance out the highs and lows. Holt, the IMPD officer, said meth is not as deadly as heroin but still insidious.

“It still can kill you, just a little more slowly,” Holt said.636039255182222088-Meth-surge-jrw03

For George, meth was easy to find in the city if you knew where to look. He sometimes balanced out his heroin use with meth, recalling the intense high that sometimes came with paranoia and hallucinations.

“The meth literally made me crazy. I’m not trying to be dramatic here,” George said.

His addiction held him in such a tight grip, George said, that using was a physical compulsion, like yawning or sneezing. His family didn’t want him around. He would enter treatment, only to leave a few days later in search of drugs. There were six facilities. And eight stays.

“I knew I needed help a long time before I got sober,” he said.

Finally, he said, one stint at a treatment facility worked.

He has been clean for seven years.



Two women have been arrested for attempting to smuggle multiple packages of methamphetamine or ‘P’ with a potential street value of up to $7 million.

Between February and July, Customs officers seized 11 packages sent from five countries to different names and addresses in Hamilton, Huntly and Invercargill.

Each package contained a very different type of common household good, but all hid meth adding to just over seven kilograms that Customs connected to the same criminal syndicate.

Customs with the assistance of local Police carried out simultaneous search warrants in Hamilton and Invercargill this morning, resulting in the arrest of both women. They appeared in court this afternoon, facing multiple charges for importing a class A controlled drug.

Customs Investigations Manager Maurice O’Brien says this operation shows organised crime at the grassroots level with local offenders attempting to smuggle drugs into the regions – possibly thinking they will be under the radar and have less chance of being caught.

“Criminals use a variety of ways to disguise the concealment of this insidious drug that causes so much harm to our communities. But Customs has good systems and tools in place to identify and intercept it, and the resources to link multiple shipments to those involved.

“Customs is proud of the work of our officers do in keeping these drugs from our community and playing our role in its protection. Local Police have been of great assistance throughout the investigation, which contributed to the outcome,” Mr O’Brien says.

Detective Senior Sergeant Mark Greene of Hamilton Police says this operation is another example of the continued work by Police, Customs and other agencies to crack down on and disrupt the methamphetamine supply chain.

“Methamphetamine is a significant driver of crime and it does enormous damage to families and communities. Police and our partner agencies are determined to do whatever it takes to prevent the harm and victimisation it causes.”

Organised crime can include anyone. If you have suspicions about someone smuggling or selling drugs, call Customs on 0800 4 CUSTOMS, Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111, or contact your nearest Police Station.


By: Noé Zavaleta | Translated by Valor for Borderland Beat

Xalapa, Veracruz— The bodies of six people were found this morning in the ranch Los Limones, located in the village of Tenenexpan, in the municipality of Manlio Fabio Altamirano, near the rural area of the port of Veracruz.13840593_10153548034650356_1315574690_o-c-702x468

The report from the naval police and of the Attorney General’s Office of the State of Veracruz sent to Xalapa indicates that “anonymous calls” gave notice that the bodies of six people with signs of torture and several gunshot wounds were found on a dirt road, naked, and with their hands tied.

Members of the naval police, civil force, and the forensic medical service cordoned off the concrete bridge Limones-Tenenexpan in order to carry out rigorous measures and to lift the bodies.

Near the site, various cartridges and abundant traces of blood were found, so it’s presumed that the victims were executed at the same site.

The remains are already at the forensic medical service (SEMEFO) waiting to be identified.

Yesterday, two youths who were reported as kidnapped 10 days ago in southern Veracruz, appeared executed in a safe house in the port of Coatzacoalcos.

Roberto Cristián Luis Guillén and José Luis Sánchez Guillén, both 27, were found face down, with ribbon tied at their hands and feet, with traces of multiple blows to the body. As they didn’t find any gunshot wounds, ministerial authorities presume that they died of asphyxiation.

Source: Proceso

Borderland Beat Reporter Valor


HILLSBORO, Ore. (KOIN) — An accused murderer is now linked to having sex with a minor, according to court documents.

Roger Emir Gastelum-Medina was previously charged with murder, being a felon in fnfhnzfnfznzpossession of a firearm and 2 counts of unlawful use of a weapon. The grand jury added one count of delivering methamphetamine and 5 counts each of third-degree rape and second-degree sexual abuse. The abuse is said to have occurred between March and June 2016.

Earlier this month, a grand jury heard evidence into allegations that Gastelum-Medina “unlawfully and knowingly” engaged “in sexual intercourse” with a minor.

Gastelum-Medina was arraigned Wednesday in Washington County Circuit Court.

The murder charge stemmed from a shooting that happened near a park in Aloha.

He is being held without bail in Washington County Jail.


Hillsboro murder suspect charged with raping minor


HILLSBORO, Ore. (KOIN) – A grand jury indicted a 21-year-old Beaverton man on 3 charges that officials say connects him to a killing near a Washington County park.

Roger Emir Gastemum-Medina is scheduled to be arraigned at 3 p.m. Wednesday on one count of murder, unlawful use of a firearm and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Gastemum-Medina is accused of killing 21-year-old Yusef Sharif. The shooting happened earlier this month near the intersection of SW Blanton Street and 167th.

Sharif was reportedly walking on Southwest Blanton when Gastemum-Medina pulled up in a vehicle. Gastemum-Medina stopped his vehicle, exited, confronted Sharif and fatally shot him, officials say.

According to court records, prosecutors were granted a court order to subpoena and compel two people to appear before the grand jury. The individuals are being held in the Washington County Jail on an unrelated matter.

The motive has not been released, but detectives do not believe the incident was racially motivated or a hate crime.


Alleged Aloha killer indicted by grand jury


MARIETTA, Okla (KXII) – The FBI says it wasn’t just Love County Sheriff Joe Russell’s patrol vehicle tangled up in his son’s meth dealing. A federal court transcript shows a number of crimes committed in the sheriff’s own home.RUSSELLMJ

The FBI says Sheriff Joe Russell and his son Willie lived in a home where methamphetamine was frequently used. A federal agent told a judge that Willie was allowing a fugitive to live in the house as long as she had sex with him.

“He would remind her that you’ve got warrants and as long as you are here dating me, you are not going to get arrested,” am agent testified, referring to Joe’s son, Willie Russell, who was convicted of selling meth in federal court last year and is awaiting sentencing.

The agent said the woman would frequently use meth inside the sheriff’s house.

“She referred to it as “booty bumping.” It would be mixed up, placed in a syringe, and then shot into her rectum [by the sheriff’s son].”

When she broke up with Willie and moved into another man’s house, the agent said Sheriff Russell himself went to arrest her for the outstanding warrants he allegedly let slide while she lived in his own home for years.

“The man she was with “basically had some words with the sheriff to the effect of why is it okay for her to live at your house with Willie and get high and have warrants and not be arrested, but then when she comes here she gets arrested,” the agent testified.

That’s when the agent says Russell arrested that man “for harboring a fugitive.”

The agent also said through the investigation they had one person tell them Sheriff Russell arrested a group of women drinking in bikinis by the Red River but instead of taking them to jail, he brought them back to his house “to have them dance, strip. Either Willie would strip them, sometimes Joe would… they (the girls) would then go ahead and partake of the meth that Willie would offer them and stay and party.”

The agent said the investigation had been very difficult because witnesses were reluctant to talk citing the mysterious disappearances of three people in the county.

“That has been an overlying theme of all of the interviews we have done,” the agent said. “Everybody is very hesitant to talk. They don’t want Joe Russell knowing that they are talking. So, yes, I would say they are all scared.”


MARIETTA, Okla. (KXII) — Love County Sheriff Joe Russell was arrested Tuesday afternoon after the Oklahoma Multicounty Grand Jury filed an accusation for removal from office against him.

Joe Russell was released on his own recognizance and has now returned to work.

The grand jury wants Russell removed from office for a number of charges related to corruption. They say he was maintaining a methamphetamine house with his son, Willie, who was convicted in federal court last year for dealing meth.

The affidavit stated that not only did Willie sell methamphetamine out of the house, but Willie also used the sheriff’s office patrol pickup — even snorting a line of meth off the console.

“Everybody should know what a screw up Joe Russell has been to this town,” Marietta resident Sheena Remy said.

It also accuses Russell of allowing a fugitive, Sara Bamburg, to live in the same house with active arrest warrants.

In the affidavit, it stated that Willie would remind her what a safe haven she was in.

And when Bamburg moved out and in with another man, Russell arrested not only her, but the man she moved in with for harboring a fugitive. People in Marietta say the arrest finally show’s Russell’s true colors.

“If you’re sheriff, you’re supposed to uphold the law. You’re not supposed to sit there and hide the fact that your son is doing drugs. That you are running a methamphetamine home.” Remy said.

D2B1CB4DBF414F898027EC58641DC8EFRussell is also accused of allowing James Conn Nipp to meet with family members unsupervised in a deputy’s office, where evidence is stored. Nipp is the primary suspect in the 3 year old disappearance of Molly Miller and Colt Haynes. Nipp is also a relative of Russell’s.

Nipp has never been charged in the disappearances. Molly’s grandfather Alex Miller says all he can do is hope Russell’s arrest leads to a break in the case.

“Is it possible that it could lead to her whereabouts? I would say it’s possible.” Miller said. “It’s too early for people to be patting each other on the backs just because he’s been arrested.”

Other residents say Russell is innocent until proven guilty.

“I’m not even sure if he did it, but if he did, he finally got justice. So, we’ll see.” Marietta resident Chris Cavitt said.

The Attorney General’s Office is expected to release a statement soon.

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LOVE COUNTY, Oklahoma – Earlier this week, federal prosecutors confirmed Love County Sheriff Joe Russell is under investigation by the FBI.

The news came to light as his son appeared in federal court for a criminal hearing, accused of distributing methamphetamine.edthegdagd

A private investigator thinks that alone should be enough for Russell to remove himself from the leadership position, but also believes Russell has hindered investigative efforts in the disappearance of Molly Miller.

Family members of Miller agree.

“Let us get the closure we need,” Miller’s cousin Paula Fielder said. “The sheriff has been our barrier in finding Molly since day one.”

In July 2013, 17-year-old Miller and her friend Colt Haynes were never heard from again after police said James Conn Nipp drove them on a car chase in Love County.CfugegTUEAUzkWF

And Fielder said she thinks Russell mishandled the missing person’s case.

“His cousin, Conn Nipp, was the last known person to be seen with Molly and I believe that he is covering up for him. I believe Joe Russell knows exactly what happened to Molly and Colt and where they may be,” she said.

Fielder hired private investigator Philip Klein to give the case the attention it needed. Klein said his group, out of Nederland, Texas, has investigated more than 700 missing person’s cases with a 90 percent success rate.

“We work hand-in-hand with law enforcement all over the United States and around the world … to find these missing persons. This is the first case that we have ever had where we have actually had a law enforcement agency, being the Love County Sheriff, that has attempted to thwart our investigation, that has attempted to hide evidence from us and who has attempted to intimidate witnesses,” Klein said.

James Conn Nipp was criminally charged in the case, but never named a suspect in Miller’s disappearance.

“It’s exhausting. Day in and day out wondering and wishing and hoping and just wanting this nightmare to come to an end,” Fielder said.

And now, more than two years later, Miller’s family believes, they’re finally close to the end.

“The sheriff’s arrest, his removal from that office will definitely bring more answers,” Fielder added.

 Molly Miller

  • Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
  • Missing Since: July 8, 2013 from Wilson, Oklahoma
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: April 30, 1996
  • Age: 17 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5’5, 95 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Biracial (Caucasian/Native American) female. Brown hair, blue eyes. Molly’s hair was dyed black at the time of her disappearance. Her lower lip is pierced on the right side and she has a tattoo of a star on her hip.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A white t-shirt, jeans and black Nike sneakers with a pink emblem.

Details of Disappearance

Molly and a friend, Colt Haynes, disappeared from Wilson, Oklahoma on July 8, 2013. On the evening of July 7, they were riding in a 2012 Honda Accord driven by 21-year-old James Conn Nipp. A photo of Nipp is posted below this case summary; he is frequently known by his rtheryeaeryqemiddle name. They were driving recklessly and throwing rocks at marked police cars. At 10:30 p.m., when a police car attempted to pull them over, the vehicle sped off and a chase resulted. The Honda, which reached speeds of up to 120 miles per hour, went over the county line into Love County and that county officers joined the pursuit, but eventually the police lost them in the vicinity of Long Hollow Road, which is a dead-end road.

Molly dialed 911 at 12:47 a.m. The call lasted only five seconds and Molly didn’t say anything. The dispatcher called her back immediately, but no one picked up. Colt’s friends stated he called them during the early morning hours and asked for help, saying he was lying in a creek bed and he had a broken ankle and was coughing up blood. He thought he was between Long Hollow and Pike Roads. His friends drove up and down the roads, honking their horns while talking to Colt on the phone, but he said he couldn’t hear their honks and yells. Molly also made several calls to family and friends during the early morning hours, saying she was in a field and asking someone to come and get her. Molly and Colt have never been heard from again. On July 22, the Honda Accord was found wrecked in a field near where the police pursuit had ended. It had over $18,000 worth of damage.

In January 2014, arrest warrants were issued for Nipp and his girlfriend, Sabrina Graham, who owned the Honda. A photo of Graham is posted below this case summary. She had told police Nipp had stolen it, but later admitted she had given permission to borrow it. She was charged with filing a false insurance claim. After Nipp turned himself in, he told authorities he had “no idea” where Molly and Colt were. He was convicted of endangering others while eluding a police officer and sentenced to ten years in prison followed by ten years of 34t8opty240probation, but investigators have never been able to prove he had a hand in Molly and Colt’s disappearances. He has a criminal record for marijuana possession and claims he began smoking marijuana as a child and was a heavy user by mid-adolescence.

Molly was a high school junior at the time of her disappearance. Her family stated she’s very good at sports, particularly softball. Although she had run away from home before and her family initially thought she had done so again, foul play is now suspected in Molly and Colt’s disappearances. A private investigator hired by Molly’s family believes the pair were shot and killed after a fight. Both cases remain unsolved.

Investigating Agency

If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation



Wilson Police Department



Two people from Love County, Oklahoma have been missing since July 2013, after reportedly being passengers in a car that was being chased by police. Today, their loved ones are desperately looking for answers, and rumors of a small town cover up are running rampant.

17-year-old Molly Miller, and 21-year-old Colt Haynes were driving down the street in a 2012 MILLERHAYNESHonda Accord on July 8, 2013. At 10:30 PM, the driver of the vehicle did a donut right in front of a Wilson police officer, which resulted in a police chase. The chase proceeded to County Line Road, where Love County then joined the pursuit. The Love County officers say they were “dusted out” and eventually lost sight of the car.

Police have since located the driver, but Molly and Colt have remained missing. Below is an excerpt from a Facebook page

Molly Miller has been missing since July 8th 2013. She was last known to be in a 2012 Honda Accord with Colt Haynes and Con Nipp. We have confirmation to support this. We know they were in Wilson, Oklahoma on the night of July 7th at approx 10:30 P.M at which point Con Nipp instigated a chase with Wilson PD, when he did a doughnut right in front of an officer. The chase proceeded to County Line Road where Love County picked up pursuit. The pursuit continued on to Long Hollow Road where officers where advised to block off Long Hollow Road, which is a dead end road. Love County says they were dusted out and lost sight of the car. Had they continued to the end they would have caught them since there is a gate that they would have had to stop and open to continue on. The car was found 2 weeks later, in a field near where the pursuit ended. At 12:57 a.m Molly called 911, it was a 5 second phone call. Dispatch called her right back with no response. No one was ever dispatched to the area to check out the 911 call. The 911 call came in to Marietta dispatch. We know her phone pinged off a towers between Pike and Long Hollow Rd. The actions of Love County and their relationship to the driver of the car have left a lot of unanswered questions. Love County Sheriff is related to the driver of the car. We feel their lack of corporation has hampered our efforts in finding OUR Molly.

Colt’s family has also created a Facebook Group, called Justice for Colt.

According to Colt’s family, he called friends for help the morning after the car chase, saying that he had a broken ankle, and that he thought he was in a creek bed between Long Hollow and Pike Road. His friends drove up and down those roads, honking and yelling while Colt was still on the phone, but Colt said he couldn’t hear any honking or yelling. Members of his family have walked the entire creek between Long Hollow and Pike Road and found nothing.

On July 22, as mentioned above, police found the wrecked vehicle in a field off Long Hollow Road. It was abandoned and apparently had no evidence inside of it. The driver of the vehicle has since retained an attorney and is not giving much information to the police.

So where are Molly and Colt? What happened to them after the car chase?

Some people are speculating that due to the Sheriff’s relation to the driver, the case is not being investigated thoroughly.

Both Molly and Colt’s families are looking for answers to what happened to them. They both seem frustrated with the investigation and both have brought up the possibility of corruption, due to the driver of the vehicle being related to the Love County Sheriff. Could this be a small town cover-up? Below is some info I found in interviews with the families that make me think it might be time to bring in a private investigator.

    • The car was found two weeks after police chase, on the same road where the chase had taken place. How was the car not found sooner?
    • A fire pit was discovered by Molly’s family near where the car was found. The pit was about ten feet deep, and had apparently been burning for approximately two weeks. Five hours after Molly’s family called police and told them about it, an officer came out. He took some samples from the pit and then covered it back up.
    • According to Molly’s family, investigators told them that no fingerprints were found in the car because they had evaporated after two weeks. They were allegedly told that “fingerprints are moisture and moisture evaporates.”
    • One of Colt’s sisters said in a radio interview that a Lone Grove police officer told her that Molly’s purse and ID were found in the car. Molly’s family says they were never told this.

“The fact is that fire was started on or about September the 8th. It was discovered on September 10th. This fire was in a field where the car Con was driving and Molly and Colt were passengers in had gone thru and not far from where the car was recovered. Joe Russell and Harvey went out there and looked at it but did not investigate it. It burned quite a large area. I was notified about the fire and lack of investigation in the 10th. The fire had bothered me since then. Misty Miller Howell and decided to check it out on Sunday and came across that hole that was still burning after 2 weeks. It wasn’t just smoldering it was hot to touch even the sides of the hole. We notified law enforcement and I was told David seals would be out there on Monday with a forensic team. He didn’t go and would not return my calls. Tuesday I got up and tried to call him. He again didn’t answer so I drove from Shawnee to Ardmore went to his office. He was there so I left his a nice message as to where I’d be. He showed up about 4 1/2 hours later. He told me to leave, when I asked why he said this is my crime scene now. Glad I can do ur job for you Mr. Seals.”


Anderson police officers Wednesday morning arrested a 29-year-old Bella Vista woman who arranged to sell them methamphetamine, according to the department.

Police just before 5 a.m. met with Brittni Sue Brundage after she began messaging officers to1011_rclo_mw_brundage+cropped_1444506766328_25060115_ver1_0_640_480 arrange the sale. Brundage didn’t know she was messaging police but still arranged the sale, officers said.

Brundage arrived to the Wednesday morning meeting to find several officers waiting for her. She tried to destroy the meth by stomping it into the carpet of her vehicle but police stopped her and recovered about 10 grams of the drug, officers said.

Police arrested Brundage on suspicion of drug possession for sale. She was on supervised release from the Shasta County Jail but officers booked her there following the morning arrest.

The Anderson Police Department will also request prosecutors file additional felony charges against Brundage, officers said.


BEDFORD, Ind. – Three people were arrested Tuesday after the Lawrence County Drug Task Force found more than 40 meth labs inside a Bedford home.


The task force served a search warrant at the home after receiving information about possible drug activity.thethaehah

Along with the multiple meth labs, officials also found items used to manufacture the drug.

The Indiana State Police Clandestine Lab Team was called to assist in the cleanup of the operation. Some team members reportedly said it was one of the largest amounts of labs that they had ever seen.

The residents of the home, Kyle Wasil, Alicia Stewart-Merriman and Vanessa Bailey, were charged with manufacturing of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of paraphernalia and maintaining a common nuisance.




3 arrested after over 40 meth labs found in Bedford home


MARCELLUS TOWNSHIP, MI — Five meth labs and assorted components and wastes were dicovered Wednesday, July 20 in a home in the 10000 Block of Wolfe Street.

Cass County Drug Enforcement Team members served a search warrant at that address on suspicion that the manufacture of methamphetamine was going on there,  according to a news release from the Cass County Sheriff’s oOffice.

They discovered five “one pot” methamphetamine labs, and various components for the continued manufacture and sale of methamphetamine, authorities said.

A 44-year-old woman and a 30-year-old man were arrested on charges of manufacture of methamphetamine, manufacture of hazardous waste, maintaining a drug house, operating a lab involving methamphetamine within 500 feet of a dwelling and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

The man was also arrested on unrelated warrants out of another jurisdiction.

Police have not released their names pending their arraignment.


Five people have been indicted in a methamphetamine ring in the Ozarks.

The U.S. Attorney is charging Brooke Beckley, Nathiel Lee and Jourdan McGinnis, all of Nixa, Anthony Donovan of Springfield, and Yovanny Aroldo Mendivil-Balderrama, a citizen of Mexico.

They’re charged in the case that resulted in the death of another man from Mexico, Oscar Adan Martinez-Gaxiola.

The U.S. Attorney says they operated a methamphetamine ring in Greene, Dallas, Webster and Christian Counties from April 28, 2015, to April 26, 2016.

In addition to the conspiracy, Beckley, Donovan, Lee and Mendivil-Balderrama are charged together with using firearms in relation to a drug-trafficking crime, resulting in the murder of Martinez-Gaxiola on April 25, 2016 in Webster County.

A Stoeger .40-caliber pistol, a Glock .40-caliber handgun and a Taurus 9mm handgun allegedly were used during the drug-trafficking conspiracy.

Beckley and McGinnis are also charged together in one count of possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute. Beckley is also charged with possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime.

Beckley allegedly was in possession of a Sears Roebuck & Company 20-gauge bolt-action shotgun with a sawed-off barrel and stock and a Phoenix Arms .22-caliber pistol on April 8, 2016, in furtherance of the drug-trafficking conspiracy.

Dickinson cautioned that the charges contained in this indictment are simply accusations, and not evidence of guilt.

Evidence supporting the charges must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy A. Garrison.

It was investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Christian County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department, the Greene County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department, the Lawrence County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department, the Webster County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department, the Seymour, Mo., Police Department, the Rogersville, Mo., Police Department, the Springfield, Mo., Police Department and the Combined Ozarks Multijurisdictional Enforcement Team (COMET).


Erik Bringswhite is a former Rapid City gang member who now works to stop meth use in .  Bringswhite uses Lakota culture and spirituality to reach out to those who are struggling with addiction.

Bringswhite is a meth prevention coordinator with the Oglala Sioux Tribe.   He stopped by the McCabeBringswhiteVargasStandingSoldierRapid City studio for an interview with a group of individuals working to curb the use of the addictive drug in the state.

Bringswhite was joined in studio by Sergeant Dale McCabe, Rapid City Police Department, Norman Standing Soldier, Oglala Lakota Housing, and Vaughn Vargas, Community Advisory Coordinator with the Rapid City Police Department.

Rapid City police officials and others dealing with meth use in the state are critical of recent reforms in South Dakota aimed at reducing the number of people in prison.   They say the reforms have lead to a spike in meth in the state and increased crime is a result.


The testing for methamphetamine in Manawatu homes has doubled for at least one agency in the past two years.

NZ House Surveys has seen requests for inspections spike amid growing awareness and concern for illnesses related the manufacture of the drug.1469083563659

Founder Jeff Twigge said more than 100 houses had been tested in Manawatu so far this year, already surpassing the total number of homes checked in 2015.

He said the number of people wanting tests spiked after the Fair Go television program reported bank notes testing positive for methamphetamine, a class A drug.

“It’s remarkable actually how much the numbers have increased. We average about six properties testing positive a month.”

Twigge said most houses tested by the agency were rental properties.

Of homes tested this year, 18.8 per cent were returning positive results. This is slightly up on 2015, when 17.8 per cent were found to be contaminated.

REINZ Manawatu spokesman Andy Stewart said more people wanting tests completed out of concerns for their family’s health and the value of their homes.

“People are basically concerned about the value of their homes falling after realizing it’s contaminated. Even after going through the decontamination process, there’s a stigma there that can affect the value.

“They’re also concerned about the health effects of living in a home that’s contaminated with P. If you’ve got a family then you’re going to be thinking about your children.”

Palmerston North City Safety coordinator Alane Nilsen said she had seen an increase in people wanting their houses tested and asking questions about the class A drug.

“I do get a lot of inquiries from people who have just bought a home or are renting a new home and are wanting to make sure it’s not P contaminated.”

She said renters in particular had shown concern about moving into a home with high levels of contamination.

She said more people were aware of P contamination following media coverage and conversations taking place.

Massey University senior lecturer and toxicologist Nick Kim from the School of Public Health said the use of methamphetamine was “certainly a problem” in New Zealand.

He said while smoking P in a property and handling money could leave traces of the drug, these instances were at the “low end” of the scale and there were minimal health risks associated with it, in comparison to “high end” P labs.

“People are worried about it, if you’ve been told that your house is contaminated then your world will fall apart. It’s a little bit like saying your house is full of asbestos, you don’t know too much about it but it sounds scary.

“My view is that in reality I think the industry has gone a bit overboard.”

A Housing New Zealand spokesperson said the number of state housing drug tests nationally had increased.

In Palmerston North, nine state houses tested positive in 2015.

In Manawatu, Taranaki and Wairarapa regions the number of state houses testing positive spiked from three in 2013/2014, to 45 in 2014/2015 and 63 in 2015/2016.

The spokesperson said there was increased awareness by staff of what to look for, such as signs of cooking P and use. There was also increased collaboration across agencies and raised awareness of the issue in New Zealand.


Border patrol agents seized 57 pounds of methamphetamine stashed in the roof of a woman’s car Saturday after she tried to cross the Del Rio International Bridge.

According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the meth has an estimated street value of $800,000.1469024336-POLL-BORDER_RESIDENTS_51684069

The 29-year-old woman, from Ciudad Acuña, Mexico, had stashed 41 packages of meth in the roof of her 2007 Honda Civic, according to authorities. Her name was not released.

A Border Patrol agent referred her to a secondary inspection, where drug dogs and imaging devices discovered the packages.

Border Patrol agents turned the case over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations for further investigation.


TUCSON – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested five women in separate weekend drug-smuggling attempts involving marijuana and methamphetamine at Arizona border crossings, authorities said.

Officers at the Port of San Luis first arrested a 30-year-old Yuma woman Friday after a CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to the back flooring area of a Mazda sedan she was driving. Officers searched the vehicle and found 28 pounds of methamphetamine, valued at 578fa49ba1176_imageapproximately $85,000.

On Sunday, a CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted officers to a Dodge sedan occupied by a 19-year-old driver from Pasadena, California and her 21-year-old passenger.  Officers searched the vehicle and found more than 300 pounds of marijuana, valued in excess of $150,000, in the vehicle’s trunk.

Officers also arrested two female Mexican nationals during separate attempts to smuggle marijuana and methamphetamine through the Dennis DeConcini crossing in Nogales.

The first incident occurred Saturday when officers referred a 41-year-old woman from Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, for a secondary inspection of her Ford SUV and discovered nearly 162 pounds of marijuana, worth almost $81,000, within the roof and seats.

On Sunday, officers referred a 30-year-old woman from Guaymas, Sonora, Mexico for an inspection of her Chrysler van and found close to 37 pounds of methamphetamine, worth close to $111,000, inside non-factory compartments located in the firewall.

Officers seized the vehicles, all discovered narcotics, and turned the subjects over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.


BELPRE, Ohio (WTAP) Washington County deputies were told about a car that had been parked on the side of the road for several hours in Belpre.

Brandie Lamp and Ted Nutter, who initially provided a false name to deputies, were Nutter+Lampoccupants of the car.

After questioning, Lamp agreed to a voluntary search of the car and admitted to being addicted to meth.

She told deputies there was a meth lab in a duffel bag in the trunk.

Agents found hydrogen peroxide, acetone nail polish remover, denatured alcohol, two boxes of match books and a blister pack of medication containing pseudoephedrine in the vehicle.

Both are charged with illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for manufacture of drugs and obstructing official business.

Both are being held without bond pending initial appearance in Marietta Municipal Court.


A Fort Smith couple faces a total of nine felonies in a methamphetamine case, according to the Fort Smith Police Department.

Miranda L. Black, 36, of Fort Smith was arrested on felony parole violation and suspicion of two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Jason A. Falconer, 40, also of Fort Smith was arrested on numerous warrants, as well as on suspicion of two counts of felony possession of drug paraphernalia, and one count of felony possession of methamphetamine with the purpose to deliver, possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance.

The two were arrested shortly before 10 p.m. Friday at the Knights Inn Motel, 3810 Towson Ave., according to a police report.

An officer stated in the report that while patrolling the vicinity of the motel, he saw Falconer in front of room No. 127 acting suspiciously by attempting to avoid eye contact. The officer stated it appeared as if Falconer was trying to hide something. The officer spoke with the motel manager to see whose name(s) was listed on the guest list for that room.

The two checked in under the name “Terry Moore,” a parolee. Additional police arrived at the motel room for a parole search. The motel room door was answered by who they assumed was Moore. In actuality, Moore was never at the motel room but rented the room for the couple, and Falconer assumed his identity while speaking with police, according to the report.

During the search, police seized 31 illicit pills, two bags of methamphetamine, syringes, scales, packaging materials commonly used for drug sales, along with additional drug paraphernalia items and $460 cash as evidence, according to the report.

Both Black and Falconer were being held Tuesday in the Sebastian County Detention without bond, a deputy said.


MONTGOMERY Co., Va. (WSET) – The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office have arrested and charged three people on manufacturing meth charges after a traffic stop.

Police say its Street Crimes Unit was conducting a methamphetamine related investigation on Sunday around 5:55 p.m. During the course of the investigation, police say deputies and officers from the Christiansburg Police Department were able to locate and conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle on West Main Street.2ee4cfa3-f58e-4888-9324-023f5bd9f216-large16x9_meth

The suspects were driving an SUV.

Police say during the traffic stop, they found two firearms, one active one-pot methamphetamine laboratory, methamphetamine related precursor chemicals, and methamphetamine.

David Andrew Hodge, 32, of Salem, is charged with manufacturing methamphetamine over 28 grams, conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine over 28 grams, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of a firearm while possessing methamphetamine.

Kara Beth Burton, 20, of Blacksburg, is charged with manufacturing methamphetamine over 28 grams, conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine over 28 grams, and possession of methamphetamine.

Richard Skyler Helm, 34, of Shawsville, is charged with manufacturing methamphetamine over 28 grams and conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine over 28 grams.

All three are being held without bond.

Police say additional charges are pending.


A Cheyenne woman is behind bars after her and her newborn tested positive for methamphetamine.

Cheyenne Police arrested 24-year-old Tralia Rose-Ann Evans at her apartment on E. 12th Tralia-Evans-20162Street on Monday.

“The mom was actually charged with child endangerment,” said Officer Dan Long. “We took the kid into protective custody.”

Evans was also arrested on a warrant for probation violation. She is being held in the Laramie County Detention Center.



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The woman who reported two men broke into her Lafayette house last month — triggering a four-hour SWAT standoff — has been cited after investigators say she admitted to using methamphetamine before making the report, which is now believed to be unfounded.

Trisha Chavez, 36, was cited on suspicion of one count of child abuse, according to Lafayette police Cmdr. Brian Rosipajla.20160629__30DCALAFw~1

According to Colorado law, a parent who “knowingly allows the child to be present at or reside at a premises or to be in a vehicle where the parent … knows or reasonably should know another person is engaged in the manufacture or attempted manufacture of methamphetamine commits child abuse.”

Police responded to a 911 call at 10 a.m. June 29 in the 700 block of E. Geneseo Street after Chavez said two men she didn’t recognize tried to break into her home. Police were able to establish a perimeter before persuading Chavez and her two children to get out of the house.

Police and SWAT officers surrounded the house for several hours while they used robots and drones in an attempt to determine whether anyone was inside. When police made entry into the house they did not find anyone inside or any evidence that shots had been fired.

“There was nothing found confirming any part of her story that she told,” Rosipajla said.

Investigators say Chavez admitted to being high when she made the report.

“By her own admission, she stated that she was using meth at the time,” Rosipajla said.

However, in the course of the investigation, police arrested Michael Gipson, 39, at a separate location on an unrelated warrant that stemmed from a previous domestic violence incident involving Chavez.

Chavez is due for a hearing in September, while Gipson has a hearing in August.


LLANO COUNTY, TEXAS –  A woman is facing felony drug charges after she was pulled over for allegedly carrying over 70 grams of methamphetamine Tuesday morning.

The Llano Police Department said they stopped Tanya Lynn Slaughter, 35, in the 600 block of Sheffield Ave. at approximately 4:00 a.m.

While police searched the vehicle, they said they found 73 grams of methamphetamine. Slaughter was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

Police added Slaughter, along with two other Llano residents, Courtney Slaughter, 17, and Austin Miller, 21, were arrested July 12 after a traffic stop. Police said with the help of the K-9 unit they seized approximately eight grams of methamphetamine from their vehicle.


Two men and two women face preliminary hearings next month after they were arrested Tuesday by Pennsylvania State Police in connection with an alleged methamphetamine making operation in West Mead Township.

All four were arraigned Tuesday evening before Magisterial District Judge Samuel Pendolino on multiple drug-related charges filed by Pennsylvania State Police for an alleged methamphetamine making lab at 79 Echnoz Ave., just north of Meadville. Police allege the quartet was manufacturing methamphetamine and burning chemical waste in fire pit at the property.

Those charged were: Travis Allen Lintz, 27, of 17631 Semerad Road, Meadville; Michael Thomas Luciano, 30, of 18583 Marshall Road, Cochranton; Crystal Renee Dickey, 41, of 5214 Homestead Ave., Linesville, and Kelly Ann Maxwell, 48, of 79 Echnoz Ave., Meadville.

Lintz, Luciano, Dickey and Maxwell were charged with one count each of possession of red phosphorous and chemical precursors, conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, manufacture of methamphetamine, operating a methamphetamine laboratory, illegal dumping of methamphetamine waste, risking a catastrophe, possession of pseudoephedrine, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and reckless endangerment.

Maxwell also was charged with two additional counts — one each of hindering apprehension and possession of marijuana.

All four were taken to the Crawford County jail in Saegertown following arraignment after failing to post bond. Maxwell is being held in lieu of $70,000 bond while Lintz is being held in lieu of $50,000 bond, Luciano in lieu of $30,000 bond and Dickey in lieu of $25,000 bond.

All four are scheduled to have preliminary hearings on their respective charges before Pendolino on Aug. 2.


MADISON, W.Va. (AP) – A motorist who was high on methamphetamine when his truck crashed and killed four people has been sentenced to life in prison.

Media outlets report 41-year-old Frank Thompson of Danville was sentenced Tuesday in Boone County Circuit Court to life with mercy, meaning he would be eligible for parole after serving 15 years.

Thompson was convicted in March on multiple counts including DUI causing death, negligent homicide and child neglect causing death.

Boone County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Chad Barker has said a toxicology report showed Thompson was high on methamphetamine during the September 2014 crash on U.S. 119 in Danville. Four others in the truck were killed — 5-year-old Alyssa Bowman, 1-year-old Nathaniel Thompson, the children’s mother, Betty Holstein, and family friend Rebecca Bias.


Making it After Methamphetamine

Posted: 20th July 2016 by Doc in Uncategorized

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) – It’s one of the most addictive drugs in the world, crystal meth. It’s one of the most common and deadly drugs here in Northwest Florida. It destroys the lives of those who try it, who say after a few hits they’re hooked.

“Everyone was doing it and it was cheaper and the people around me were not what you would typically think of as a ‘meth head’ so it made it seem less scary I guess,” said Daphne.1280x960_40224P00-AZEOF+(1)

Most people think of drugs as an urban problem. Cocaine in Miami, ecstasy in New York, acid in San Francisco, but methamphetamine is not a rich man’s drug. It’s being consumed by working class people, and can be made in your own backyard.

It’s become a huge problem that no one talks about and everyone’s doing,” said Daphne, a recovering meth addict.

It’s something the Bay County Sheriff’s Office battles. In 2003, Sheriff Frank McKeithen created a methamphetamine drug unit to crack down on the problem. Bay County became a state leader in shutting down meth labs.

“We saw a transition probably four or five years ago to the one pop method or shake and bake method where meth was then being manufactured in a Gatorade bottle or a soda bottle,” said Major Tommy Ford. “So it went from that elaborate lab set up to where they could manufacture smaller quantities but in these one pop method or just in a soda bottle.

“What we’re seeing right now is the ice form and it comes from across the southwest border, and what we’re seeing is when somebody here that’s a dealer, or finds a source of supply where that person travels to them with quantities of methamphetamine, we see an increase in the availability on the streets until we’re able to identify that person and their source, take them off the streets, and then we’ll see our incidents involving meth will kind of calm down for a while so it’s just a cycle.”

This former meth addict does not want to be identified. For this story, we’ll call her Daphne. She grew up in Bay County, and took her first hit, when she was 18.

“It’s like being super awake and on top of the clouds and you have this willpower to get things done and I felt like I was always getting things accomplished but in reality we weren’t getting much accomplished. You’d do things halfway, then quit, and then go do another thing.”

Daphne and her boyfriend would spend at least $300 a week on meth.

“We counted out his child’s piggy bank to afford a bag,” said Daphne. “That’s the things that meth will turn you into to. Doing things that you don’t even really realize are bad. Later on, you look back and you’re like, I can’t believe I did that.”

Not only was Daphne drowning in addiction, she was also stuck in an abusive relationship.

“The violence increased 100 percent. I was getting beat up four to five times a day and I was okay with it.”

After a year of addiction, she got pregnant. Her unborn child inspired her to pull her life together.

“I went from going where I’d work two weeks and switch jobs to having an actual career. I don’t even have a job anymore I have a career. I’m working on owning a house, I own my car. I have a bank account that’s never under $1,000. It’s just the hard things that I never imagined possible back then.”

Daphne stopped using meth when she got pregnant and her son was born with no adverse effects. She considers herself one of the lucky ones. In part of two of our special report: Making it After Meth, we’ll introduce you to Jay Strickland, who spent years battling his addiction, was arrested and lost everything before he changed his life.


China has become a major source of methamphetamine transported into the United States from Mexico, according to a congressional commission.

“While Mexican cartels produce the majority [around 90 percent] of meth used in the United States, around 80 percent of precursor chemicals used in Mexican meth come from China,” 2750D9CF-7509-42CC-9F0D-620A886D4758_w640_r1_s_cx0_cy5_cw0said a report issued Monday by the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission.

Precursor chemicals are increasingly being shipped from China to Mexico and Central America, where they are manufactured into meth, transported across the southern border of the United States, and brought into southwestern states — Texas, Arizona and California — before being shipped across the country,” it said, adding that China has become a major global supplier of crystal meth precursor chemicals.

While Beijing has tried to reduce domestic meth production and curb precursor chemical exports, the report said, its vast pharmaceutical and chemical industries remain largely unregulated.

“As a result, meth precursor chemical flows — along with other dangerous synthetic drugs — from China into the Western Hemisphere continue to increase, contributing to a growing drug problem in the United States,” it said.

The report recommended that U.S. legislators consider measures to encourage China to modify its laws governing chemical exports, and that they encourage the U.S. government to strengthen cooperation with China on drug control issues.

Congress established the USCC in 2000 to monitor and investigate national security and trade issues between the the U.S. and China.


Reporter: Juan Alberto Cedillo

The Mexican narco trafficker Marciano Millan Vazquez was declared guilty of the 10 charges that he faced in the United States, among them various homicides and drug trafficking.
The ex member of Los Zetas will be sentenced this coming October, and he is looking at a life sentence.san-antonio
Millan Vazquez is a ruthless killer, who in Piedras Negras prison, Coahuila, who with a machete, dismembered a young girl in front of her parents, he killed and “cooked” no less than a dozen victims, at the same time as attending mass on Sundays in San Antonio.
In order to judge him for crimes committed in Mexico, the Prosecutors of the Court of Texas utilized a special pact of the law that permits them jurisdiction. This made him a mark to hit for the USA justice department.
Pleading in defence of Millan, Jaime Cavazos, alleged that all of the testimony admitted into the trial lacked evidence, Russell Leachman, and assistant prosecutor said evidence in their possession ranged from recorded phone calls to the death of an informant that who condemned the accused.
During the trial, various witnesses that gave testimony described the activities of Millan Vazquez in the criminal organization of Los Zetas, and gave account about the subalterns that bought authorities in the State.
For example, Adolfo Efren Tavira Alvarado, ex chief of programming for Televisa, giving his testimony to the Judge and confessed that “Los Zetas control the Municipal Police of Piedras Negras. Also the bought Federal Police Commanders and some members of the Army and had arrangements with the PGR, with the Marines”, he couldn’t he said.
He added:” I knew of a contribution that was handed to the Governor in 2012. He was Governor Ruben Moreira but I do not know how much money was handed over. I was present at the delivery but got out before the delivery was made. It was in Rancho Beto Casas,” He was handed suitcases of money but did not know the amount inside them.
Other witnesses, Rodrigo Humberto Uribe Tapia, son of an ex mayor of Piedras Negras that has two disappeared brothers, assured that Millan operated as a financier of Los Zetas, and that he gave four million dollars to functionaries of the administration of Humberto Moreira to buy protection for the criminal organization.

Zetatijuana put the number of assassinations at 300 that he is responsible for, and they report that the female child was 6 years old, and was killed as part of a zeta purge. (Otis: I think this killing was carried out as the zetas purged Allende, see link to an article by BB reporter Valor on Allende).

Original article in Spanish at Proceso

CORVALLIS, Ore. — A 32-year-old man is behind bars after allegedly breaking into a stranger’s car, taking his pants off and masturbating in the front seat.

Corvallis Police responded to Carmike Cinemas on NE Circle Boulevard when a couple 9e89cfc1-6f6b-4235-a85f-275d35004f40-large16x9_MorganMorrisPhotocourtesyCorvallisPDwatching a movie came back out to their car to find a naked man sitting in the front passenger seat.

They called 911, and once officers arrived, they saw the man sitting in the car masturbating. He appeared to be under the influence of drugs, police said. Officers found meth paraphernalia and a bottle of vodka in the car.

The suspect, later identified as Morgan Morris of Corvallis, was arrested for unlawful entry into a car, public indecency, criminal mischief and unlawful possession of meth.

He’s behind bars on a $53,000 bail.