(Batesville, Ind.) – A Versailles man who fell asleep in a McDonald’s drive thru is facing multiple drug related charges.

The Batesville Police Department responded to the report around 5:58 a.m. on April 14 at Batesville McDonald’s location, just off Interstate 74.

Upon arriving at the scene, police say they found Thomas J. McConnell II sleeping in his vehicle in the McDonald’s parking lot. According to the arrest report, McConnell had woken up, moved his car from the drive thru to the parking lot, and fell back asleep.

During a search of McConnell’s vehicle, police allegedly found a glass pipe, butane torch, methamphetamine, suspected marijuana, smoking pipes, plastic bags, cash and a digital scale.

McConnell, 34, was arrested and transported to the Franklin County Jail.

He is charged with Dealing in Methamphetamine (Level 5 felony), Possession of Methamphetamine (Level 6 felony) and Possession of Paraphernalia (Class A misdemeanor).

 

 

 

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SOUTH ABINGTON TWP. — Police arrested three people after they discovered a 3-year-old child in a hotel room littered with syringes, methamphetamine and other drugs.

South Abington Twp. police responded to Nichols Village, 1101 Northern Blvd., on Saturday for a concerned parent’s worry that his daughter, Kayla Nicole Thurston, 20, 407 College Ave., Factoryville, was using drugs in one of the rooms.

While at the hotel, police also found out that noise complaints were made for the room Thurston, Ariel Ann Burke, 20, 46 Orchard Road, West Abington Twp., and David Paul Button, 22, 43 Orchard Road, West Abington Twp., had been staying in since Thursday.

A hotel manager also told police a young child, later identified as Burke and Button’s child, was also seen wandering the hotel halls without supervision.

Once in the hotel room, police found a metal pipe packed with marijuana on the dresser, a prescription pill bottle with seven Buprenorphine — a generic brand of Suboxone — pills and three bags of methamphetamine.

Inside a small pink metal box and a small pink plastic box, police also found “several dirty and uncapped syringes,” according to the police report.

“The box was accessible to anyone in the room … and could easily by opened by a child,” the report says, and notes, an uncapped and “loaded” syringe was also found on the floor.

Thurston, Burke and Button were charged with child endangerment and drug-related charges. They were arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Paul Keeler and their bail was set at $10,000 each.

 

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Two people are behind bars after a traffic stop yielded an active meth lab, the Steuben County sheriff’s department said.

Police made traffic stop shortly after 11 p.m. Saturday on County Road 50 West, just north of Indiana 127 north of Angola, the sheriff’s department said in a statement.

The driver, Tammy Kimbrough, 48, LaGrange, was charged with driving while suspended and an outstanding warrant from Clark County, Indiana, alleging failure to appear, the statement said. It said the passenger, Rian Houser, 28, also of LaGrange, was charged with domestic battery.

During the process of having the car impounded, officers found an active meth lab inside, along with chemical precursors used to manufacture meth, paraphernalia used to ingest meth and what police believe to be meth, the statement said.

Kimbrough also was charged with manufacturing and possession of meth, possession of two or more chemical precursors and possession of paraphernalia. Kimbrough was being held on $16,000 bond for Steuben County and will be transferred to Clark County when bond is posted, the statement said.

Houser was charged with manufacturing and possession of meth, possession of two or more chemical precursors, possession of paraphernalia and carrying a handgun without a license. Houser was being held without bond.

The lab was disposed of by the sheriff’s detective bureau and the Indiana State Police clandestine lab team.

 

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The rough terrain surrounding the decommissioned laboratory and concealment measures undertaken by its owners made it impossible for surveillance helicopters to spot.

The laboratory, one of the largest of its kind to be discovered, was able to produce anywhere between 100 and 200 kilograms of crystal meth every 24 hours.

One kilogram of the illegal substance can reach prices of up to $10,000 on the Mexico-United States border.

A military spokesman said the discovery of the facilities meant the Mexican Army had delivered a harsh blow to the finances of the Sinaloa Cartel.

It was troops on foot who were searching and destroying marijuana and opium poppy plantations that came upon the narco-laboratory.

Since then, the facility has been under guard by the federal Attorney General’s office, which has coordinated its dismantling with firms specialized in the handling of highly toxic and polluting materials.

The laboratory can only be reached by walking two kilometers from the community of El Veinticuatro, population 60. No path leads there, save for a dry stream bed that at places narrows to a breadth of only half a meter.

In order to set up the laboratory — described by the authorities as rustic — members of the Sinaloa Cartel had to transport all the necessary supplies and equipment on mules or wheelbarrows, or by placing small tree trunks on the ground and using them as makeshift rails.

The facility was located on a 600-square-meter piece of land located near a ravine. Everything on the site was powered by gasoline-fueled electric generators.

The crystal meth lab was mostly open to the air, with tarps serving both as roofing and a low-tech concealment measure. Officials say the processes performed there severely polluted the area.

The chemicals used in the manufacture of the meth have seeped deep into the ground and contaminated the groundwater.

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Desha Bailey is grateful for the simple life.

She likes the small mobile home in Tulsa that she and her two children, ages 6 and 10, live in.

And she likes going to bed early and waking up every day to an assembly line job.

Because Bailey knows what it’s like to lose it all.

Struggling with drug addiction, Bailey was arrested a few years ago because of meth. She repeatedly tried to get treatment but instead got jail time.

Regardless, that led to drug court, and drug court led to freedom — from drugs, bad influences and a version of herself that Bailey didn’t like.

Today, Bailey loves herself, and she’s grateful for her second chance at life.

“The simple life is the best ever,” Bailey said. “I know, at 7:30 every night, I will be laying my head in my bed, not on the street … And I still get to be a mom. So many people who are trapped in that cycle of addiction don’t get that opportunity.”

Jail and prison are often where Oklahomans struggling with drug addiction land.

A little more than one-fourth of offenders in Oklahoma prisons, almost 7,600 people, were there for drug-related crimes in 2015.

Among the probation and parole clients, those percentages are higher — almost 8,000 people, or one-third of all probation clients, are on probation for drug-related offenses. Among parole clients, it’s almost 1,800 people, or 60 percent of the people on parole.

And prison is known to be the most expensive, least effective form of “treatment.”

For Bailey to go through drug court, it cost taxpayers $5,000 per year. Meanwhile, it would have cost $19,000 per year to send her to prison.

‘I wanted to not feel’

Bailey’s addiction started with painkillers.

A doctor prescribed tramadol, an opioid painkiller, for Bailey’s neck and back pain. One day, she realized she was taking too many pills. She got scared and stopped taking them.

Bailey started experiencing withdrawal symptoms. Her body shaking, Bailey went to the hospital to ask for help. She told them that she had stopped taking tramadol. They told her that she would just have to let the drugs run their course.

When Bailey told her doctor that she was worried about how many she was taking, he told her to start taking them again.

During this same time, Bailey moved her family to Collinsville.

There, Bailey worked long hours as a certified nursing assistant. She was lonely, and she started hanging out with a group of people who introduced her to methamphetamine.

Bailey found that the drugs numbed the pain of trauma.

As a child, Bailey moved around a lot, and she had to grow up fast. Her mother escaped an abusive husband, but that meant she had to work two jobs as a single mom. Bailey was left to care for her two younger siblings.

Bailey had moved to Collinsville to escape an abusive ex-partner, and she felt angry at herself for loving someone who hurt her so badly.

The drugs were an answer for how to block all of that out, she said.

“I wanted to not feel,” Bailey said. “I was tired of feeling stressed out. I was tired of feeling alone, and that drug became my lover, and I would have done anything for it.”

Bailey started shooting up, injecting meth by needle, because smoking it didn’t give her the high she wanted. She lost 50 pounds in three months.

On her son’s birthday in late July, Bailey showed up to his party in a sweater to cover the track marks. Everybody knew.

“And that’s really the catalyst, where it really all began to fall apart,” Bailey said. “Full circle, a year later, at that point, I had lost my apartment, I had lost my job, I had lost any amount of dignity and respect I had for myself, and I was arrested July 23.”

Bailey knew she was going to jail. A police officer pulled over Bailey and two other men and found what amounted to a mobile meth lab.

In jail, Bailey had to call her son and tell him that she would miss his birthday.

“I got to jail, and I made my first phone call,” Bailey said. “It was to my son at 3 a.m. I told him, ‘Hey, Mommy loves you; I’m not going to be at your birthday party.’ … It was hard.”

Bailey spent almost two months in jail, where for the first time in months, she had no drugs in her system. Because this was the first time Bailey had been arrested, a judge sentenced her to drug court. It saved her life.

Begging for treatment

Throughout her battle with meth, Bailey repeatedly tried to get help.

The December before she was arrested, she called a drug-treatment center in Muskogee and was told there was a 16-week waiting list. She was arrested about six months later.

Bailey said she didn’t need to go to jail to get clean and wishes treatment options were more widely available in Oklahoma.

“Most people, when they’re in active addiction, when they decide they want to get clean, they need to do it right then because the fear of failure will set in,” Bailey said. “And they will be like, ‘No, forget it.’ They will get scared.”

Dr. Elizabeth Foote, a psychiatrist at OU Physicians, said the idea that someone must hit “rock bottom” before they’re willing to accept treatment isn’t necessarily true.

Rather, some patients benefit from a type of therapy called motivational enhancement therapy, a counseling approach that helps people resolve their ambivalence about engaging in treatment and stopping their drug use, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

However, even for people willing to go to treatment, they often face two key barriers: a waiting line for services and the cost of care, even for those with health insurance.

The waiting list for state-funded residential drug treatment is more than 800 people long.

Foote said even the waiting list for her care is too long because of the lack of psychiatrists like her.

“As an addiction psychiatrist, there are only 3,500 of me, and there are over 9 million people who need help,” Foote said.

Foote regularly sees patients who cannot afford care. Treatment is costly, and sometimes, patients will have health insurance plans that don’t include substance abuse treatment.

Recently, a patient told Foote that he couldn’t afford to pay for both his mortgage and his addiction medicine. If he stops taking his medicine, his chances of relapse are high.

“He’s one example of many, where it’s not just a matter of, there’s not enough providers to go around, but it’s also the fact that treatment itself is cost prohibitive,” Foote said. “It’s a really difficult place for people.”

Getting her life back

After she was arrested, Bailey moved into a sober living house.

“And that’s where I started my actual recovery,” she said.

Bailey was ready to be put in the work to get well.

She started working a 12-step program, and she met friends who were in recovery. She built a healthy support system that was ready to help support her journey.

In May, she got sole custody of her children.

“That was the highlight of my life right there,” Bailey said. “It was amazing because I worked my butt off to get where I was.”

Bailey’s next goal is to move her family out of the trailer into a house, but for now, she’s enjoying the life she got back.

“I have earned the trust back from my family that I once lost,” Bailey said. “I have worked so hard to get to this point that I will not allow anything to take that away from me.”

 

 

 

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Methamphetamine support groups are calling on the government to urgently fund public health advertising for P, as it does with tobacco and alcohol, to warn people of the drug’s harmful effects.

 

The Tauranga-based Brave Heart New Zealand group held its second public hui a fortnight ago, with 250 people turning out to voice their concerns.

It said more and more methamphetamine support groups were being established nation-wide, largely by volunteers.

Erin O’Neill co-founded the group after her son’s lengthy struggle to fight his P addiction.

“As a mother myself 15 years ago, I’d never even heard of P, let alone what a P pipe looked like,” she told Nine to Noon.

“It took four years of doctors, counselors, anger management to find out what was happening to my son.

“I just want to educate people, let them know the signs to look out for and support the whānau because without supported whānau, the addicts really don’t have as good a chance to get into rehab or to recover.”

She said one police officer she felt she could turn to was Western Bay of Plenty senior constable Lindsay Smith.

In his own time, Mr Smith had been working with families in the district affected by P for some time.

“I teach them ways of finding out and I give them a lot of tips on what to look for, where to find and how to go about that sort of thing.

“And just be generally aware, not naïve anymore. And I also get them to stop enabling. They usually enable out of love and they want to help … but I make sure they focus their help in the right way that’s not enabling.

“And so they don’t just end up just buying more drugs [for them].”

Supporting family members without anger was extremely important, he said.

“You can’t let anything slide but you’ve got to be able to confront in a safe way because methamphetamine has an awful correlation of violence as well.

“So I teach them how to do this safely or safer.”

Mr Smith said education for these families was hugely important.

A Hawke’s Bay mental health support worker said people needed to know what methamphetamine pipes looked like and how addicts behaved.

Nicky Prisk organised a hui last week in Waipukurau, where P addicts, worried families and gang members were among the 100 people who attended.

She told Nine to Noon that had prompted her to start a weekly drop-in center in the town, from today, for P addicts and families affected by the drug.

“I’ve never been a meth user myself but I lived in a [violent relationship] with my ex partner for 10 years, who was a meth user, and I knew the signs.

“And three years ago, when I found my son using it, it broke my heart and I just felt so helpless not knowing how to help him.”

Ms Prisk said the government needed to admit there was a nation-wide P crisis and more rehabilitation centers were desperately needed.

 

 

 

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Reporting by Lizbeth Diaz in Mexico City, Uriel Sanchez in Guerrero, Jesus Bustamante in Sinaloa, Tamara Corro in Veracruz,; Editing by Michael O’Boyle, Grant McCool and Chris Reese

At least 35 people were killed over the weekend in Mexico, according to local officials, amid a widespread surge in drug gang violence that has driven murders to a level not seen since 2011.

In Sinaloa state, twelve people were killed in different incidents during the early hours of Sunday, according to local officials.

Battles between gangs have increased in the area following the arrest last year of Sinaloa cartel boss Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who was extradited in January to the United States.

Nine people were killed in what prosecutors said on Sunday was a gun battle between rival drug gangs in the mountains of Mexico’s west coast state of Michoacan.

The shootout took place Saturday in an isolated village of the municipality of Churumuco, which borders on Guerrero state, where eight bodies were found on the main street and another in the nearby sierra, the state prosecutor’s office said in a statement.

In January 2014, the federal government effectively took over control of Michoacan for more than a year in a bid to curb violence between drug gangs and community militias that had risen up to fight extortion and kidnappings.

The region, especially Guerrero state, is the site of the worst violence in Mexico as gangs battle over fields of opium poppies, which are used to make heroin. A surge in U.S. demand for heroin has fed the violence.

Eight bodies were found in different sites around Guerrero on Sunday while another six bodies were found in Veracruz state on the Gulf of Mexico, according to local officials.

Violence in Mexico has risen to its worst since 2011. In March, there were 2020 recorded murders, the highest for any month since June 2011, according to government data.

President Enrique Pena Nieto is facing rising criticism over his handling of the spike in bloodshed.

Murders had fallen from their 2011 peak but killings began climbing again during the last two years. Guerrero is the bloodiest state while Michoacan, Sinaloa and Veracruz are in the top six states for firearms murders.

Translated by Otis B Fly-Wheel for Borderland Beat from a Zetatijuana article

Subject Matter: CJNG, Tijuana
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

The criminal families of Los Arzate and Los Uriate have united in a bid to contain the expansion of the CJNG in the East zone of Tijuana, which has resulted in a war, 443 people have been assassinated in four months. Operating with impunity, the cartels have initiated a campaign of intimidation against Police Chiefs, which they have done publicly with narco mantas.  The protagonists in this criminal struggle have no arrest warrants against them, even on the part of the PGJE of Baja California.

Reporter: Zeta Investigations

There had been an accord between the Cartels of Sinaloa, CJNG, and Arellano Felix. In Tijauana they had divided it up into various zones, but the CJNG have unilaterally changed and have started to move their marijuana and crystal meth through every zone in the City; recently the crews from he Sinaloa Cartel, the brothers Arzate Garcia “El Aquiles” and “La Rana”, and Los Uriate have been operating separately confronting each other, they have temporarily combined to recoup the criminal activities, in the delegations of Los Pinos, La Presa, in East Tijuana and Sanchez Taboada. These are the thoughts of a member of the State Counsel for Public Security in order to explain the wave of executions that has shook the City, and the co locations of the Narco manta threats left on bodies.

Not being a major aside, in territorial terms, the jewel in the criminal crown in the delegation of Sanchez Taboada, where for the last three years, the CJNG established its illicit centre of criminal operations.

The investigator has arrived at this conclusion from the recent declarations of detained criminals. The same reports indicate that those of the Cartel Arellano Felix are not going to enter a war between Cartels, because they have diminished operations,  that has been established in the streets by the criminals in the service of “El Karateka” Carlos Garmino Gonzalez who was detained in February of 2016.

Up until now the confrontations have not included Mexicali nor San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora, because these cities are the ports of entry for the drugs of the CJNG. There even though they have a large presence, it only functions as a reception centre for the drugs that are transported to the Costal zone, detailed the investigator.

According to the captured drug dealers, the heads of the Sinaloa criminals consider that Jalisco “has a lot of Government” that is to say complicit authorities in the PGR, and in various states, as well as in the Police and the three levels of Government, which is the reason why in the mafia narco mantas the threats are against members of the Police corporations.

Marco Sotomayor, Secretary of Public Security in Tijuana, received a telephone call from someone who identified himself as “Rene Arzate”, who threatened his life and those close to him. In a similar manner, Jose Maria Gonzalez, Assistant Attorney General of the PGJE, was also contacted by a member of the CJNG and threatened.

Security Chiefs, Ministerial Police and the Sub-Secretary General in Tijuana have received telephone threats from narco trafficking groups. This is in spite of the deficient work that the authorities of the Coordination group are carrying out in matters of security, which has generated concern and complaints from business organizations, civil associations, and private citizens.

The only response that has been made by Governor Fransisco de Lamadrid is that he is also concerned about the growing violence; he regrets of not being able to speak about how to combat the strategy of the narco’s as stated on March 27:

“…. last month I was in Mexico City three times; twice to visit Sedena to deal with the issue and with the Attorney General of the Republic to deal with these things… it is frustrating for myself because I understand the concern of the people, however, this is a very important factor in fighting back”.

In four months in Tijuana there have been 443 murders

According to the statistics of the Executive Secretary, in the first three years of the administration of Vega de Lamadrid, homicides have incremented more than 40 percent and the second part of his administration has fared no better.

Crime has intensified with the change in municipal authorities, to the extent in Tijuana, where more than 80 percent of the executions occur, in the first four months the new city councils have surpassed 100 homicides per month, when in 2016 the highest monthly total was September with 88 murders.

In December of 2016, the first month of the Governorship of Juan Manuel Gastelum, there were 112 executions recorded; 103 violent deaths in January, another 110 corpses in February, and 118 near the end of March. A total of 443 murders and still eight months to complete his first year of municipal government.

In 2017 and until the 28th of March, 332 have been killed, 300 men and 26 women and in seven cases of incinerated bodies the sex could not be determined. In addition, 220 have been shot, 33 strangled, 36 stabbed to death, 27 beaten to death, and 10 classified as other.

The delegations with the most murders are La Presa with 47, La Presa Rural with 37, another 37 in Los Pinos and 36 in Sanchez Taboada.

All of these cases show impunity, a circumstance that has been used by drug traffickers of different cartels, to demonstrate their criminal power and threaten officials and police.

Crime reports

On Sunday, March the 26th, a manta was hung on the East Zone bridge, an area that according to the State Security Council, is being heavily contested as the Sinaloa Cartel try and recover it from the CJNG. In the manta the threat was plain.

“Now they are going to know what it is to love God in Agena land, because that is Agena land for you dirty dolls of Jalisco, your f**king chief “El JP” takes it in his lizard a** and makes you call Cabo 8 here, you feel like a**holes here, as well as Cabo 96 or Carlos Hinojosa Maldita four eyes, and your Bebe Cabo 39, bad traitor who killed his commander and turned, and you will also put your friend or your f**king cousin a**shole, for 3000 pesos, but here they area going to suck together the f**king rat traitors, and pendejos of Meher, like the worst will end up in suitcases, and all your rats. ATTE your Sargento, you know who, f**king sh** heads.”

According to official reports, Victor Hugo Mejia “El Griego”, a sicario of the Sinaloa Cartel, is who in this last year has started to call members of the CAF and ex members of the Sinaloa Cartel who currently work for CJNG as “dolls” in the Coastal Zone of Baja California.

The threats, conclude the investigators, is against Jesus Rafael Yocupicio “El Cabezon”, Juan Jose Perez Vargas “El JP” of whom they assure are not in the city. Edgar Herrera Pardo “Cabo 8”, “El Caiman” or “El Zame”. They also make reference to “Cabo 96, Carlos Hinojosa and a “Bebe Cabo 39” who have not been identified by intelligence analysts.

“El Meher”, according to unofficial data is Carlos Enriquez Castaneda, 26 years of age, assassinated by gunfire on 22nd March at Calle Sinaloa, opposite no.9 of the Los Pinos delegation; the bullet ridden corpse was found inside a vehicle of recent model with United States plates.

In respect of the authorities, they reported that Reynaldo Solano Cortez, detained on 30th of June of 2016, is part of the CJNG, and is identified as “El Cabo”; informed that his photos, name and nickname were known, he had decided to change his nickname, as did all the members of the CJNG that operate in San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora, Mexicali and Tijuana, who now have a key assignation that started with Cabo 1, and so on.

Continuing Mafia communications

After the Manta of Sunday 26th of March, the communications from the mafia continued, the following day, Monday the 27th, on the Lomas Verdes bridge, an unidentified man was hung with a manta left tied around his neck, he had been tortured, the manta was attributed to the CJNG.

The day of threats continued on the Tuesday the 28th of March, although there were more executions, the manta messages were in smaller scale on placards; that day the Forensic Medical Service carried off six corpses, and only on two bodies were there mantas.

“This is going to happen to all those Cabos of Piolina in skirts, Atte: Joce Luis Mora Samora, this was placed on a dead body in Sanchez Taboada, and “this will happen to those who work with Las Chompas and Los Aquiles, Atte : CTNG, this was left on the body of a man shot while cycling in the El Florido subdivision.

The authorities do not consider these 6 homicides as a noticeable increase due to a new fight between criminal groups, because the output of those killed is constant, and on Thursday, March 23rd, before the mantas there were the same amount of homicides.

On Wednesday, March 29th, the statistics only recorded a single murder in the La Presa delegation, , the authorities did remove a manta, this time in a crowded area opposite the Macroplaza:

“We of the CTNG are not strangers and we fight for Tijuana to bring tranquility to our countrymen of Tijuana. You are dirty and pay you people that’s why they switch. You have left the job of Patron to your people and they laugh behind your back because you say you are the Plaza boss of Tijuana but you are not. The people of Tijuana are not stupid, and you know this motherf***er is a cabron, and a dirty cabron does not sit well with the people. With metal and iron we give it to you in the a**, and your words are drowned out, hahaha Here the CTNG is stronger than ever Atte: your worst nightmares”.

In this message, Jalisco claim to be victorious in the criminal contest against Victor Hugo Mejia “El Griego”, who in his mantas usually signs them as “Iron and Metal”.

They claim criminal control of the plaza but have no arrest warrants

To analyze the current conditions, this criminal struggle can only escalate, Cartels can continue to spread fear, terrorizing citizens, hanging mantas, killing people in the streets, leaving tortured or incinerated bodies on the street, and as mentioned none of those people mentioned have an arrest warrant against them or one requested by the PGJE.

Except for Alfonso Arzate, “Aquiles”, the Sinaloa criminal jefe who has an old arrest warrant for homicide, the rest, despite being identified, and have been mentioned in previous investigations, enjoy impunity. On the side of Sinaloa, the plaza jefe, Victoria Higo Mejia “El Griego” and “El Uriate”, also have no problems, in fact when they have been captured they are set free.

The same situation applies to the identified member of CJNG, who now claim to be CTNG, there are no arrest warrants against Manual Morales “El Gallero”, or an arrest warrant against his sicarios, Jesus Rafael Yocupicio “El Cabezon”, Juan Jose Perez Vargas “El JP”, Edgar Alejandro Herraro Pardo “El Caiman” or “El Zame”, or Kevin Gizado, Jonathan Lopez, Erasmo Valadez, Daniel Esparza, or the recently mentioned Carlos Hinojosa and Bebe Cabo 39.

Original article in Spanish at Zetatijuana

 

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A drug bust in Omaha, Nebraska this week revealed a disturbing scene involving a crib that had a locking feature on top.

Police went to the home of Kaylee Taylor and Joseph Hamilton and found more than 170 grams of meth.

When going into the basement, police found a crib with a gate-tied to the top to keep Taylor’s 3-year-old daughter caged. Above the crib was a wifi camera so they could watch.

There was also a makeshift bomb in the front of the house.

According to the police report, the child was put into protective custody with her grandfather because she was quote, “Being cruelly confined in the crib for undetermined amounts of time.”

The couple faces several felony drug charges. Child abuse charges are pending.

 

 

 

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Omaha police found three suspicious items during a search of a South Omaha home this week that led to charges against a woman and a man:

  • a baby crib with a gate zip-tied to the top, so a toddler would stay inside;
  • a makeshift bomb outside the front door; and
  • nearly 172 grams of methamphetamine in the woman’s bra.

Officers also found the woman’s two daughters, ages 12 and 3.

Kaylee Taylor, 32, and Joseph Hamilton, 34, have been charged with two counts of intentional child abuse, conspiracy to commit a felony, possession of methamphetamine and two other felonies.

Taylor is being held in jail on $115,000 bail. Hamilton is held on $100,000 bail. They must pay 10 percent of their bail amounts to be released.

The children have been deemed wards of the state.

According to a police report, officers obtained a warrant to search a home near 48th and O Streets at 6:50 p.m. Tuesday.

Authorities found the crib in a basement bedroom “with a gate zip-tied to the top of it in order to keep (the toddler) inside the crib,” the police report states.

A camera was located above the crib and could connect to Wi-Fi so that Taylor and Hamilton could watch the toddler “when she was confined inside the crib.”

Officers said they found 171.6 grams — about a third of a pound — of methamphetamine in Taylor’s bra and the makeshift bomb outside the home.

Preliminary hearings on the criminal charges for the couple are scheduled in May.

 

 

 

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FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) – Two people were arrested Friday for allegedly manufacturing methamphetamine at a Florence hotel.

According to information from Florence Police Lt. Mike Brandt, Charles Logan Jordan and Ashley Renee Hunsucker were arrested at the scene and each charged with one count of manufacturing methamphetamine.

Around 3 p.m. Friday, agents from the FPD’s special investigations unit responded to the Colonial Inn Motel at 415 S. Irby St., after getting information regarding drug activity in one of the rooms, Brandt said.

When agents made contact with the suspects in the room, they allegedly observed precursor materials for the manufacture of methamphetamine.

“The further investigation revealed that methamphetamine had been manufactured in the room and appropriate measures were taken to make the scene safe,” Brandt said.

Florence police were assisted by the Florence Fire Department and Florence County EMS.

 

 

 

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Two Jefferson County residents are accused of driving around with an “active one-pot meth lab” in their vehicle.

Police say 49-year-old Cindy Childers and and 44-year-old Christopher Skidmore, both of Carthage, had meth and meth supplies in their vehicle when they were stopped on Wednesday morning.

Childers, the driver, is facing third-degree manufacture of methamphetamine, drinking alcohol in a motor vehicle, among other charges.

Skidmore, meanwhile, also was charged with multiple counts, including third-degree manufacture of meth and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

The two were taken to jail, each being held on $20,000 bail.

 

 

 

 

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A 57-year-old man was charged last week with several counts of assault for what police described as a meth-fueled tirade against his toddler sons and adult daughter.

The man’s two sons, ages 2 and 3, came away with several scratches, bruises and dried blood stains when police found them at the family’s Federal Way home April 11, according to incident reports.

The daughter, court records say, was attacked with a kitchen knife when she tried to defend the young brothers from their father.

The father reportedly had attended a military reunion and was expected to return hours later, but instead he was gone three days, Officer Richard Adams wrote in the police report.

His daughter claimed he returned home about 12:45 a.m. and appeared under the influence of drugs.

About seven hours later, the woman awoke to sounds of her father “growling” and her brothers screaming. In the hallway, she found her father allegedly holding the 2-year-old boy in one arm and pushing the 3-year-old boy by the throat against a wall.

When the woman confronted her father, he reportedly punched his daughter in the head and continued to punch her.

During the scuffle, one or both of the boys grabbed two serrated table knives and the them at their sister while she tussled with the father on the ground, reports say.

While the woman tried to place her father in a submission hold, he allegedly grabbed one of the knives and repeatedly tried to stab her by swinging toward her head and back, according to court records. The daughter blocked the attempted stabs, but her father reportedly continued to punch her with his free hand.

At one point, the woman broke free and struck her father in the head with a piece of wood, Adams wrote. She ran to a neighbor’s home to call 911.

The woman then returned to check on her brothers, only to find them locked in the bathroom with their father. She broke into the bathroom to find the father straddled on top of the 3-year-old, while also grabbing the 2-year-old by the shirt, reports indicate.

The father and daughter engaged in another physical struggle in which the man allegedly punched her repeatedly and strangled her.

At one point, the woman told the 3-year-old boy to open her bedroom door, releasing her dog. The dog initially bit her, but she directed the dog to bite her father, Adams wrote in the incident report. She ultimately escaped to her bedroom and called 911.

Police arrived and struggled to handcuff the man, who resisted officers’ attempts to detain him, according to court documents.

Cops found the woman with scratches and a bite mark, while spotting dried blood, bruises and scratches on the children. The 3-year-old also had a swollen lump on his face and an “indentation mark” around his neck.

Federal Way police reports say that while being treated in the emergency room, the defendant told an officer, “My daughter did what she had to do,” and said the same for the dog.

Adams told detectives he had taken methamphetamine and heard voices telling him that his daughter was not his real daughter, reports say.

The man is charged with two counts of second-degree assault, one count of second-degree child assault and one count of fourth-degree assault with child abuse. He remains jailed on $300,000 bail.

 

 

 

 

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Australia is grappling with increasing efforts to smuggle in huge quantities of the drug methamphetamine from across the region, prompting the police to create global task forces that have resulted in record-breaking seizures.

Fueled by strong demand and high local prices, Australia has become a popular destination for syndicates from across the region, including China, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia.

“Drugs enter in almost every shape and form,” said Professor Ross Coomber, an expert on the drug trade at Griffith University in Brisbane. Policing the nation’s vast border and entry points was a huge challenge, he said.

This ranged from airline passengers carrying drugs, containers on ships and ordinary boats trying to sneak past coastal patrols to imported objects such as floorboards, pottery, food items and cars.

Street prices are believed to be about 10 times higher than in countries such as China, adding to the allure for smugglers.

Prof Coomber told The Straits Times that ultimately Australia would have to try to focus on demand and treat use of methamphetamine as a public health problem.

According to federal government data, about 2.1 per cent of Australians above the age of 14 have used methamphetamine in the past year. And a study published last year by the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre shows the number of users in Australia has tripled in the past five years.

The soaring trade has prompted Australian officials to set up joint police task forces with China, Thailand and Cambodia. This has resulted in massive seizures and numerous arrests, though experts say these may only be putting a small dent in the overall supply.

According to the manager of organised crime for the Australian federal police, Commander Bruce Hill, the China task force has resulted in seven or more tonnes of crystal methamphetamine, or Ice, being taken off the streets. Based in Guangzhou in south-west China, the effort started in November 2015 as a six-month trial but has been extended until at least next year.

The Chinese task force is the first such “ever commenced with any country before, and there has been a number of flow-on effects, not just the drug seizures, but also the first time the Chinese have ever given evidence in an Australian court”, Commander Hill told a parliamentary inquiry in March.

“We have really been able to open up our relationship with China.”

The task forces have helped lead to several significant seizures of crystal methamphetamine in Australia in recent years.

On April 4, police revealed they had made Australia’s biggest ever drug bust – intercepting 903kg of crystal methamphetamine hidden among 70 boxes of floorboards smuggled from China. Police photos show the drug being scraped off planks of wood in the shipment.

The haul was unprecedented: it totalled about nine million drug hits and was given a street value of A$900 million (S$947 million).

The seizure followed other recent large drug hauls. In February, 720 litres of liquid methamphetamine was found stashed in bras and art objects in Sydney.

Australia has been holding a parliamentary inquiry on the problem.

The authorities believe most of the methamphetamine in Australia was imported. There is also a trade involving imports of precursor chemicals which are then converted into methamphetamine in domestic drug labs.

Commander Hill said 1kg of Ice could cost A$6,000 to A$7,000 and would be worth about A$80,000 to A$100,000 when it lands in Australia. Its street price could then rise again to about A$200,000.

“The profit margin on this is just phenomenal,” he said.

 

 

 

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An early morning disturbance in a local club parking lot led to the arrest of a 21-year-old local woman on a charge accusing her of trafficking methamphetamine.

Sgt. Brice Woolly, Ardmore Police Department Criminal Investigations Division, said Brittany White was arrested about 1:50 a.m. Sunday by Officer Bart Smith. White was one of three people involved in a parking lot disturbance.

“The officer made contact with White as she was getting into her car,” Woolly said. “During the investigation she was found in possession of more than 50 pills, about 6-grams of marijuana and a large plastic bag containing what weighed out as 56.8 grams of methamphetamine.“

First Assistant District Attorney Heather Cooper filed formal charges Tuesday. White made an initial appearance on the felony charge, as well as a misdemeanor drug charge, the same day in front of Special District Judge Carson Brooks Tuesday. Bond was set at $100,000.

Court records show White was released from the Carter County Detention Center Wednesday after posting bond.

The local woman is to appear for a case conference in district court June 1.

If convicted she faces up to life in prison and/or a fine ranging from $25,000 to $200,000.

 

 

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A Cody woman is facing a felony child endangerment charge after authorities reportedly found methamphetamine in the system of her 6-month-old baby last year.

Kristen R. Kenney, 34, made her first court appearance on the allegations on Tuesday, where her bail was set at $40,000 cash.

The allegations date back to early November — when the Wyoming Department of Family Services took custody of her child — but local law enforcement had been unable to find Kenney for the last several months. She was arrested Monday after showing up for a hearing in Park County’s District Court to answer separate, civil allegations that she
neglected the child.

In arguing for bail to be set at $40,000, Deputy Park County Prosecuting Attorney Leda Pojman called Kenney “an extreme flight risk and an extreme danger.” Among her arguments, Pojman said Kenney had failed to show up for a couple past court appearances, was uncooperative with law enforcement and “just the charge itself … indicates she’s an extreme danger.”

Kenney, who had recently been living in Neola, Utah, asked to be released while the case was pending.

“I’m willing to … I would like to go to treatment and I would like to be placed on an ankle monitor, so that I can start moving forward to seeing my children and getting them back,” Kenney said.

Fifth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Bruce Waters, however, went with Pojman’s recommendations.

Kenney is charged with a felony count of endangering a child with a controlled substance, which alleges Kenney caused her baby to ingest meth and/or allowed the child to be in a home with meth.

Chris Wallace — a Powell police officer currently assigned to the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation — wrote in a sworn statement filed in support of the charge that he and another DCI agent spoke with Kenney outside her Beartooth Drive home in Cody on Nov. 9.

According to Wallace, Kenney told the agents that “there might be a little bit” of meth in her home and “if I did have a big amount, hypothetically I got rid of it a couple days ago.”

Wallace said Kenney “knew that the methamphetamine could not be in the house around the child” and voluntarily turned over a vial of apparent meth; the officer said the vial had been in a pouch that was on the floor of the bedroom Kenney shared with her baby.

“Agents later learned that Kenney had not provided the child with any medical care, and had not sought any medical care for herself when the child was born or since the child was born [in May],” Wallace wrote. He said the DCI agents contacted the Wyoming Department of Family Services, which placed the baby in protective custody.

“Agents later learned that a urine test from the child indicated the presence of methamphetamine,” Wallace wrote.

A few days after DCI had her child placed in protective custody, Kenney made a public Facebook post addressed to “the pieces of [expletive] dressed in gold badges.”

“I will find my child that you illegally took!” reads the post, specifically naming Wallace, the other DCI agent and a Department of Family Services worker. The post from Kenney’s account said the officials were “not getting away with it this time.”

Pojman cited Kenney’s Facebook post in arguing for the $40,000 bail.

Kenney responded that she had been “highly upset” about having her child taken from her.

“So yes, I do apologize for that,” she said of the Facebook post, adding, “I guess I shouldn’t have any emotions over it whatsoever.”

A preliminary hearing in the case is tentatively set for Wednesday.

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Michael Graham of Crosby was shot once, had initials carved into the back of his head and jumped out of second floor window to escape his captors who tortured him in an apparent methamphetamine fueled frenzy in 2016.

That’s what prosecutors said Thursday in announcing the conviction of 50-year-old Billy Shawn Chauncey also of Crosby, who was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

“This case would have been a murder case if the defendant had not managed to break loose from captivity,” prosecutor Daniel Simons said in a press release issued by the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.

Prosecutors said Chauncey was the ringleader who, with three other people who regularly used crystal meth, stripped, bound, burned, shot and stabbed Graham on January 4, 2016.

They claimed Graham owed them money.

Graham testified that he was tied at the wrists and ankles with electrical tape, and a chemical cleaner was poured on his head causing severe burns.

One attacker used a knife to carve his initials into the back of Graham’s skull.

Graham broke free as the attackers discussed unleashing a pit-bull on him, prosecutors said. He jumped through a second floor window and ran away. He was shot in the back, but managed to reach the home of a neighbor who called police.

Graham, whose past includes drug use and convictions for theft, said he has been clean of drugs since the attack and has been trying to improve his life, Simons said.

“He got a job last week and was in tears when I told him the jury convicted the man who orchestrated the fourth-degree burns and gunshot wound that he will live with for the rest of his life,” Simons said.

Chauncey was convicted of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon during a four-day trial in the 180th District Court.

He and another man have been convicted and sentenced to prison. A third pleaded guilty and an a fourth still faces trial for her role.

 

 

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A Gulfport couple is facing charges in Indiana after conservation officers said they found them inside a pickup truck smoking methamphetamine while their 5-year-old daughter was in the back seat.

Indiana conservation officers were called Wednesday afternoon to a report of a suspicious vehicle parked near a shelter house in Clark State Forest, authorities said.

Officers found Bradley Gordon, 52, and Sheila Gordon, 31, in the truck. Their daughter was asleep in the back seat, authorities said.

“Further investigation revealed methamphetamine and paraphernalia, which the couple had been smoking while the child was inside the vehicle,” Officer Jim Hash said in a news release.

The couple was arrested and charged with neglect of a dependent, possession of methamphetamine, maintaining a common nuisance and possession of paraphernalia. They are being held in the Clark County Jail.

The child was temporarily placed in the custody of the Indiana Department of Child Services, authorities said.

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HAMMOND, LA (WAFB) – Two people have been arrested on federal drug charges for the reported distribution of methamphetamine.

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that as a result of a joint investigation, Roger David Hammond Jr., 43, of Hammond, and Charlotte White, 50, of Holden, were both arrested on federal drug charges.

The investigation revealed that Hammond was traveling to Baton Rouge to obtain methamphetamine that he would later sell in Tangipahoa Parish. After weeks of gathering information on the illegal operation, TPSO and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) officials made a plan to shut the operation down. With assistance from the Hammond Police Department, agent with all three agencies began surveillance of the illegal operation on April 5.

During this time, agents observed Hammond driving to the Baton Rouge area to obtain meth. While under surveillance, he reportedly traveled back into Tangipahoa Parish, where he met up with White. The duo was seen meeting up at the weigh station area on I-12 east of Pumpkin Center. While under observation, Hammond and White openly conducted an illegal drug transaction.

Officials say once the transaction was completed, agents conducted traffic stops on both vehicles. At this time, search warrants were obtained and executed. As a result, agents discovered approximately 2 ounces of meth.

Hammond and White were both arrested by the DEA on federal narcotics charges and are being held without bond. Hammond was also charged by TPSO on multiple traffic violations and on an outstanding warrant for domestic violence.

 

 

 

 

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A California man was arrested Wednesday by Utah County Sheriff’s Office deputies on reports of coming to Utah to have sex with a 13-year-old girl and intending to have sex with other underage girls in Colorado.

Jason Akers reportedly began chatting online Monday with a person whom he believed was a 13-year-old girl, but was actually an undercover investigator with the Utah Valley Special Victims Task Force.

Akers, 38, brought up sexual topics to the 13-year-old girl, asking if she were a virgin and where she lived, reports state. Akers said he was going to be in Utah on Wednesday and wanted to meet up with the girl.

According to police, Akers arranged to meet the girl at a public place in Provo. When he arrived at the location, deputies made contact with Akers and he was arrested.

In Akers’ car, deputies reported seeing a methamphetamine pipe with meth residue. Akers told police he had been smoking meth all night while driving from California to Utah and had taken a hit just before being arrested, reports state.

Marijuana, a marijuana pipe and some marijuana gummy bears were also found in the vehicle, reports state. Akers also reportedly had a handgun in the vehicle.

During an interview, Akers told police he sent the 13-year-old girl nude pictures of himself and asked the girl to do the same. After searching his phone, police reportedly discovered Akers was planning to go to Colorado to meet with and have sex with a 14-year-old girl.

More than 70 chat conversations with underage girls were found on his phone, and in many of the conversations Akers either asked for nude images or sent images of himself, reports state.

“The 74 chat conversations that Jason was having with underage females is a very strong indication of his threat level to the children of this and other communities,” the police report states.

Akers was booked into the Utah County Jail on suspicion of the following charges: three counts of enticing a minor over the internet, one being a second-degree felony and two being third-degree felonies; two third-degree felony counts of dealing in materials harmful to a minor; one third-degree felony count of possession of a firearm by a restricted person; one class A misdemeanor count of possession of meth; one class A misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana; and one class B misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Akers is being held on a $50,000 cash-only bail.

 

 

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A 37-year-old man was arrested on felony drug charges after a methamphetamine lab exploded, requiring a response from Sumter County Fire & EMS.

The brother of Jason Jeremy Collier had contacted law enforcement after he spotted Collier behaving suspiciously in the woods in the 700 block of Clyde Street in Wildwood. Officers from the Wildwood Police Department went to the area and found a black garbage bag containing baggies and Sudafed packaging. Police called the fire department to the scene.

Collier was apprehended nearby and told a police officer he had just dropped off a pickle jar of meth to someone at Club Wildwood.

He said had been cooking the meth and was nearing the final stage. When he attempted to “gas off” the liquid using salt and sulfuric acid, it exploded and burned his hands and jeans, according to an arrest report.

He said he had been inside a house cooking the meth when the explosion occurred. He then put the items in a black bag garbage and dumped them in the woods.

He was booked at the Sumter County Detention Center on $19,000 bond.

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A Madawaska couple is accused of running a meth lab in the home they shared with their two young children.

Carl Thibeault, 36, and and Casie Thibeault, 34, are charged with aggravated trafficking in methamphetamine, aggravated operation of a meth lab, and endangering the welfare of children.

Drug agents say it’s one of the largest meth labs they’ve encountered.

They say they found a lot of manufactured meth, along with a large amount of meth-making materials in the home.

The children were taken into state custody

It’s the 15th meth-related response by the MDEA this year.

 

 

 

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Complaints from community residents steered authorities to uncover a methamphetamine operation at a Sherburne mobile home, according to Chenango County Sheriff’s deputies.

Narcotics investigators responded Tuesday afternoon to 30 Classic St., Lot 17, and found Andrew Palmer in the woods just behind the residence, according to deputies. Palmer was throwing meth-making material into the woods, deputies say, and he was quickly taken into custody.

A search nearby revealed several “one-pot” meth labs in the woods, along with several others in the residence, according to deputies.

Investigators also allege Palmer illegally possessed suboxone.

The New York State Police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team conducted a search and cleanup of the residence and wooded area. The Village of Sherburne Police Department also assisted with the investigation.

Five ounces of meth were recovered during the searches, deputies said, and several ingredients used to make meth were also seized.

Palmer was charged with felony counts of third-degree unlawful manufacturing methamphetamine and unlawful disposal of meth lab equipment, along with a misdemeanor count of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. He was sent to the Chenango County jail on $15,000 cash bail to await further court proceedings.

 

 

 

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HOUSTON — The Houston Police Department is investigating one of its own after several grams of methamphetamine were found inside the home of an accused officer and his live-in boyfriend, court documents said. Both men are facing drug-related charges and have since paid their respective bonds.

HPD confirmed James Daniel Norman, 34, has been relieved of his duties with the police force.

Officers with the HPD narcotics division met with Norman’s romantic partner, 27-year-old Abelino Lemm, at the suspects’ townhome in the Yorktown Apartment Complex of southwest Houston as a part of a buy bust operation on April 4.

Lemm unknowingly handed an undercover officer 59 grams of methamphetamine in exchange for $1,200 during the buy bust, according to court documents.

Investigators said the agent found two glass pipes on a coffee table in the suspects’ living room, a blue container with 4.42 grams of meth on a computer desk and several little bags under the desk, which suggested the men had been selling narcotics.

The police department said mail addressed to Norman was also found in the home, and the officer was taken in for questioning.

During the interview, court documents said Norman admitted to smoking meth and consuming gamma-hydroxybutyric acid — commonly referred to as GHB — earlier that day. He allegedly also told investigators about a purple container, which had more drugs, inside the home.

Officers confiscated a total 5.10 grams of confirmed methamphetamine from the house, the police report said.

Lemm was charged with delivery of a controlled substance, and Norman was hit with drug possession charges.

Lemm’s bond was set at $20,000, and Norman’s was set at $10,000.

 

 

 

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A Bath woman is behind bars after police received a tip that someone was making meth in a house on Shannon Street in the village.

Armed with a search warrant, Bath police officers, assisted by the New York State Police special crimes unit and the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, searched the residence in question and reported finding several ounces of methamphetamine, a meth lab and the precursors to make meth.

As a result of the search, police charged Autumn I. Campbell, 18, of Bath, with third-degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine and second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, both felonies.

Campbell was arraigned in Village of Bath Court and sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.

 

 

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Authorities raided homes Tuesday in McDowell, Burke and Catawba counties and seized 20 pounds of methamphetamine, $500,000 in cash and guns.

They’ve been investigating nearly a dozen suspects in these area for the past nine months.

There was also marijuana and pills in those homes.

Ten people are facing charges for trafficking the drugs across the area.

Three have not been apprehended.

Three suspects with warrants and were unable to be located:

  • Dwayne Bullock, 35, of 100 17th St. West in Newton is wanted on six counts of conspiracy to traffic heroin, three counts of conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine and one count of continuing a criminal enterprise.
  • Marqueseo Marshay “Pepe” Pearson, 37, of 129 Stephens Drive in Morganton is wanted on three counts of conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine and one count each of conspiracy to manufacture a Schedule II controlled substance and aiding and abetting continuing a criminal enterprise.
  • William Jackie Pearson, 66, of 129 Stephens Drive in Morganton is wanted on three counts of conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine and one count each of conspiracy to manufacture a Schedule II controlled substance and aiding and abetting continuing a criminal enterprise.

Those arrested Tuesday and their charges include the following:

  • Jamie Leonard Tate, 36, of 100 Stacy Farm Road in Nebo was charged with six counts of trafficking methamphetamine, three counts of conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine and one count each of conspiracy to manufacture a Schedule II controlled substance and continuing a criminal enterprise. He is in the McDowell County jail under a $5 million bond.
  • Leah Patience Davis, 37, of 100 Stacy Farm Road in Nebo was charged with six counts of trafficking methamphetamine, three counts of conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine and one count of aiding and abetting continuing a criminal enterprise. She is in the McDowell County jail under a $1 million bond.
  • Gregory Adonis Rutherford, 25, of 4475 Shade Valley Dr. and 3162 Ed Bowman St., both in Morganton were charged with three counts each of trafficking methamphetamine and conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine and one count each of conspiracy to manufacture a Schedule II controlled substance and aiding and abetting continuing a criminal enterprise.
  • Randy “Big Country” Scott, 49, of 2041 U.S. 70 West, Apt. 2 in Marion was charged with six counts of trafficking methamphetamine, three counts of conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine and one count each of conspiracy to manufacture a Schedule II controlled substance and aiding and abetting continuing a criminal enterprise. He is in the McDowell County jail under a $1 million bond.
  • Aretha Gilley Fullwood, 45, of 4186 Snow Hill Church Road in Morganton was charged with three counts each of conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine and conspiracy to traffic heroin and one count each of trafficking methamphetamine and aiding and abetting continuing a criminal enterprise. She is in the McDowell County jail under a $500,000 bond.
  • Aretha Faye Giles, 55, of 100 17th St. West in Newton was charged with three counts each of conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine and conspiracy to traffic heroin and one count of aiding and abetting continuing a criminal enterprise. She is in the McDowell County jail under a $500,000 bond.
  • Karita Shanece “China” Bullock, 28, of 2999 Shangri La Drive in Conover was charged with six counts of trafficking methamphetamine, three counts of conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine and one count of aiding and abetting continuing a criminal enterprise. She is in the McDowell County jail under a $1 million bond.

 

 

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