Authorities seized nearly 100 pounds of crystal methamphetamine from an Atwater home less than 500 feet from the Bellevue Elementary School, officials reported Thursday. A 4-year-old child was among the four people at the home.

“This is a significant seizure for any law enforcement agency,” said Sgt. Rodney Court, who works with the Merced Area Gang and Narcotics Enforcement Team, known as MAGNET. “Anytime you get nearly 100 pounds (of narcotics), that’s significant. That requires a lot of good cop work.”

The investigation started about 8:30 p.m. Wednestje5tj-wthghwrhtrday when a California Highway Patrol officer stopped a car on Highway 140 and Highway 165 near Stevinson, Court said.

The CHP officer found about 6 ounces of meth in the car and arrested the driver, Elvis Espino Rodriguez, 34, of San Jose. Espino Rodriguez, who investigators said goes by several aliases and had a fake ID, was booked into the Merced County Jail on various offenses including manufacturing methamphetamine, transporting it, providing false identification and possession of a controlled substance for sale.

The arrest led investigators to the home at 2521 Boulder Drive in Atwater, Court said. Investigators served a search warrant about 10:30 p.m. and found materials used in the processing of crystal meth, Court said.

Investigators found several jugs of meth in the home and more in a car.

In total, 76 pounds of finished crystal meth were seized in addition to between 20 and 25 pounds of meth being processed, Court said.

Because of the amount of drugs at the home, the state Department of Justice’s Fresno Methamphetamine Task Force assisted in gathering and processing the evidence.

Three adults – a man and two women – who were at the home were not arrested but remain suspects, Court said. Further information about the child was not released.

Espino Rodriguez was held at John Latorraca Correctional Center with bond set at $535,500.

A hazardous-materials team also went to the home, near Bellevue Elementary School.

“What we found became a hazard material situation,” Court said.

Acting Atwater Police Chief Samuel Joseph said the material posed no danger to the school or students.

On September 23, 2016 at approximately 1:37pm. Blackfoot City Patrol Officers were attempting to serve a warrant at a local residence. Blackfoot Patrol Officers eventually found the subject of the warrant in a vehicle at the residence. Officers also discovered drug paraphernalia and methamphetamine in the vehicle.57e5b7f5093eb-image

Brian Kyle Deroche, 36 yoa, Blackfoot was arrested in regards to the warrant for Possession with the intent to deliver and the active warrant.

Subsequent investigation by the Blackfoot/Bingham Detective Division and Blackfoot Patrol Division lead to a search at the residence of Brian Kyle Deroche. Officers located additional methamphetamine and one firearm.

Officers located approximately 2.8 pounds of methamphetamine in both the residence and vehicle combined with an approximate street value exceeding, $ 100,000.00.

Brian Kyle Deroche is currently charged with the following crimes and incarcerated at the Bingham County Jail:

  • Possession with the intent to deliver.
  • Trafficking in Methamphetamine.
  • Convicted Felon in possession of a Firearm.

The Bingham County Prosecutors’ Office will determine if there will be any additional charges in this investigation.


Officers at the Hidalgo-Pharr-Anzalduas Port of Entry seized nearly 10 pounds of liquid meth smuggled in bottles of aloe vera, according to a news release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.30c12ec5-47f8-4f16-a809-30514b35f4ca-large16x9_aloevera

Officers encountered 45-year-old man on Tuesday and put him through secondary inspection.

Further examination revealed that the man was smuggling 9.8 pounds of liquid methamphetamine in aloe vera bottles stuffed in his luggage, according to the news release.

Officers estimated the street value of the drugs at about $204,587.

The drugs were subsequently seized.

The case remained under investigation.


SIOUX FALLS, SD (KELO-AM) South Dakota’s two largest cities are joining forces next week to talk about their growing meth drug problem and what to do about it.

Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Huether will be joined through video conference by Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender for a public briefing in Sioux Falls at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 27 at the downtown Law Enforcement Center. They’ll discuss the meth epidemic‘s impact on their two cities.tuktjktkrky

On Wednesday, September 28, same time, same place, some format, Sioux Falls Police Chief Matt Burns and Rapid City Police Chief Karl Jegeris will talk about meth’s impact on crime.

In fact, each day next week, there will be a special briefing at the Law Enforcement Center on the drug problem. Mayor Huether kicks things off on Monday with a briefing on why the meth epidemic is such an important topic.

In 2015, South Dakota suffered a 22 percent increase in drug arrests, most of them thanks to meth.

Following soon after the announcement of next week’s near-unprecedented activities, The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the Sioux Falls Area Drug Task Force announced a big meth bust.

Three suspects were busted on the east side of Sioux Falls for posession of large amounts of methamphetamines and marijuna, and one of the suspects was also arrested for illegal posession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

In custody are Justin Morales, the convicted felon, Chase Guzman, and Daniel Guzman, all from the Kansas City area, They were pulled over after leaving a home near Hayward Elementary School.

Authorities say that using a search warrant, they uncovered two pounds of meth and another two pounds of marijuana.


POTTAWATOMIE COUNTY, Okla. – An Oklahoma woman is facing charges after allegedly sending a naked photo of a baby girl for drugs.

On Aug. 31, investigators in Pottawatomie County were contacted by Seminole County officials about a tip from DHS.ujket5jtyhejetujrej

According to the probable cause affidavit, agents with the Secret Service found evidence of a crime between James Hampton Smith and Carmita Mae O’Bryant.

Instant messages between the pair showed that O’Bryant was allegedly asking Smith for drugs “and told him that she would do anything to get them,” the affidavit claims.

At that point, investigators claim Smith told O’Bryant that he wanted a picture, asking if “she remembered what he had wanted before.”

Officers say that’s when O’Bryant allegedly sent him three pictures of the genitals of a 6-month-old female relative.

Authorities say Smith responded by asking, “So you wanna give that up?”

Officers immediately took Carmita Mae O’Bryant into custody for an interview.

The probable cause affidavit claims that during that interview, O’Bryant told investigators that she had sexually assaulted an 18-month-old boy while Smith ‘would watch’ and ‘masturbate.’

An arrest warrant was issued for O’Bryant and Smith for conspiracy to manufacture child pornography and possession of child pornography.

Her first court appearance is set for Oct. 4.


Graphic: Oklahoma woman charged after allegedly sending pornographic image of infant for drugs




An Oklahoma mother is facing numerous charges after police said she tried to prostitute her five-month-old baby in exchange for crystal meth.

Cops allege that Carmita O’Bryant corresponded with James Smith through Facebook Messenger. ryjhnsrhsrhrehIn one message, Smith apparently asked her to send naked pictures of the baby to him so he could judge whether the woman was serious about the sick offer.

“Show me you are serious,” the message read. “Use your dirty mind and send me a pic, and then I can see what I can get you.”

Police say O’Bryant then sent several of the requested photos, KOCO reported.

The pair, who having been in an on-and-off-again relationship for years, have other children together.

They both face charges including sex trafficking of children, selling or buying children, and manufacturing child porn.



A Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma, woman is accused of trying to prostitute her five-month-old in exchange for drugs, a court case reveals.

Carmita O’Bryant stands charged with offering her baby as a sexual toy to James Smith in exchange for doses of crystal meth, Pottawatomie County sheriffs charge.

Much of the evidence for the crime appears on Facebook’s Messenger application, and authorities invited the U.S. Secret Service into the case to help investigate the electronic trail of evidence.

In one message, Smith allegedly demanded that O’Bryant send naked pictures of the baby to him so he could judge whether the woman was serious about the offer.

“Show me you are serious,” the message read. “Use your dirty mind and send me a pic, and then I can see what I can get you.”

Police say O’Bryant then sent several of the requested photos.

The two have been an on-again/off-again couple for years and have had other children together, KOCO reported.

The pair face a list of charges, “including sex trafficking of children, selling or buying children, and manufacturing child porn.”


A Grand Junction man out on bond on a number of felony cases was arrested this week on sex assault and other charges, accused of raping a woman multiple times over a four-day period in which he essentially imprisoned the woman with threats and physical abuse.

An arrest warrant affidavit for David Gaston, 32, details that he met the 27-year-old victim for the first time on Sept. 3, when he approached her while she was riding her bicycle.gaston_david_600x400

The alleged victim said Gaston “seemed like a very nice Southern gentleman” and told police he was “very attractive.” The two went on a date the next day, had consensual sex, and even joked about driving to Las Vegas to get married, according to police.

The following day, according to the alleged victim, Gaston became more controlling. He told her, “You’re not going anywhere,” among other statements the victim perceived as “very controlling,” she told police.

The day after that, Gaston allegedly became physically abusive, slapping and strangling the woman when she couldn’t figure out how to change a song playing on the television.

Gaston allegedly held the woman down, threatening to kill her and “put her in her coffin,” according to police.

The victim said she tried leave for at least 30 minutes before Gaston raped her.

“(The victim) advised David had her cellphone the whole time and would not allow her to call her grandpa,” with whom she lived, investigators wrote.

“(The victim) advised she wanted to leave, but every time she said something David didn’t like, she would get hit again,” a report reads.

Gaston and the victim went to a number of locations over the next two days, including Best Buy, the house of a friend of Gaston, and out to dinner. The victim alleges Gaston threatened and assaulted her numerous times in a variety of ways over that time. At one point, Gaston “nailed the door shut in (Gaston’s) condo with some type of strip, further preventing her from leaving,” a report also reads.

“(The victim) advised David made multiple threats to her that if she tried to leave him he would kill her grandfather and her great-grandmother,” investigators wrote.

The victim also told police she and Gaston had been using methamphetamine.

Gaston was advised Tuesday of possible charges including sex assault, second-degree assault, felony menacing, and false imprisonment. Mesa County Court Judge Gretchen Larson referenced a possible “significant sentence” for Gaston if he’s found guilty, and imposed a $25,000 cash-only bond in his case. His next court date is Sept. 26.


Lovina Rainey, the mother of a 2-year-old girl killed last week, has been jailed on federal drug charges.

Rainey, 28, is suspected of intending to sell methamphetamine and possession of a gun to be used in drug trafficking.ujk6rjeryjhetj

Prosecutors have accused her boyfriend, Jason Obermiller, with killing her 2-year-old daughter Adalynn
by striking her in the abdomen. Court documents allege the toddler and three young siblings were in Obermiller’s care while Rainey went out drinking.

Detectives found more than 90 grams of meth and more than 44 grams of heroin in a bag that Rainey admitted was hers, according to court documents. Investigators also reported finding an electronic scale, a gun and a drug sales ledger.

Rainey reportedly told investigators that she obtained the drugs in the Tri-Cities and that Obermiller was helping her sell the drugs. The methamphetamine is close to pure pure and likely came from Mexico or Southern California, investigators said in court documents.u6tet4jegjetjeje

After running from arrest, Obermiller was captured Tuesday in an empty Lake Coeur d’Alene summer cabin. He is fighting extradition to Washington to face a murder charge.

Rainey’s three other children are in the care of Child Protective Services.


The mother of Adalynn Hoyt, the 2-year-old girl found dead on the South Hill earlier this month, was booked into the Spokane County Jail on a Federal U.S. Marshals hold Wednesday night. 11897830_g

According to the Spokane County Jail, Lovina Rainey was picked up Wednesday night at a drug treatment facility in Coeur d’Alene. Court documents released shortly after Addy Hoyt’s death showed that Lovina was under criminal investigation in the case of her daughter’s death. However, Rainey appeared in Federal court Thursday afternoon, not for charges related to her daughter’s death, but in connection to the drugs and handgun that was found in her home after police searched it while investigating Addy’s death.

Rainey is being charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute 50 Grams or More of Actual (Pure) Meth, and Possession of a Firearm in Furthrance of a Drug Trafficking Crime. During a search warrant, investigators found a bag Rainey admitted was hers in her bedroom. In the bag was 90 grams of meth, 44 grams of heroin and a semi automatic handgun. Obermiller told investigators Rainey was selling the drugs to suport her drug habit. Investigators say the drugs Rainey was distributing were being brought in by three Hispanic males from the Tri-Cities area. Rainey heard the charges against her Thursday and will be back in court Friday afternoon. No charges have been filed against her in connection to the death of her child.

Rainey’s ex-boyfriend was quickly identified as a suspect in Addy’s death and after days on the run, Jason Obermiller was arrested Tuesday at a cabin on Lake Coeur d’Alene. Obermiller is currently in the Kootenai County Jail and is fighting extradition back to Washington to face charges in Addy’s death.

The Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office concluded Addy died from blunt force trauma to the abdomen after being either kicked or punched.

Court documents show Rainey had a relationship with Obermiller, who would stay at her house and sleep in a bedroom, but the two had become “distant” over the last two weeks, but Obermiller still stayed there. Court documents say Rainey brought home another man, who kissed her in front of Obermiller, which seemed to upset Obermiller. Rainey and the other man left for a night of drinking and left her four children with Obermiller and two other adult roommates.

Court documents show Rainey returned at around 3:30 to 4:00 a.m. the next morning and saw Obermiller’s car was not in the driveway and his bedroom door was closed. Court documents say Rainey looked into Obermiller’s room and saw Hoyt lying on the mattress and assumed she was sleeping (Additional court documents show Rainey said she never checked on any of the children when she returned home). The next morning, Rainey noticed the other three kids were all awake, but her 2-year-old daughter wasn’t. She went back into the bedroom and saw Rainey in the same position from when she checked on her hours earlier. She checked on Addy and found her arm stiff. She was dead.

Rainey called Obermiller, according to court documents, who said he could not hear her and hung up.

Another roommate told detectives she called Obermiller after finding out the girl was dead. Obermiller told her he could not come to the house because he was checking himself into drug treatment.

Detectives responding to the scene said Addy’s body had numerous small bruises on her body, including on the chest, abdomen, face and head. Dr. John Howard from the Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office estimated the girl died within a half an hour of sustaining the injury.

Additional documents released on Wednesday show that Rainey was also being investigated for a charge of Murder in the First Degree and Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver.

The three siblings of the deceased victim have been placed with Child Protective Services


Richmond police responded to a call from a Keeneland Drive motel Thursday morning to handle a customer who had not checked out.

Despite the motel manager’s unlocking the room’s door, the chain lock was in place. Attempts to yell for the occupants’ attention were made in vain, according to a citation. Police were able to take the chain lock off allowing access into the room.57e46570af186-image

Inside, police found Kai D. Hadley, of Burkesville, Ky, and a unnamed female laying on the bed asleep, according to the citation. Officers observed a small green plastic bag and a large amount of money on the nightstand. Following a search, police discovered two baggies of marijuana, two marijuana cigarettes, a baggie of suspected methamphetamine, two syringes and two cellphones, along with several empty baggies and $2,069 in cash laying next to the drugs, the citation noted.

Hadley admitted to transporting the methamphetamine for another male subject, the citation added.

Hadley was charged with first offense trafficking in marijuana (less than 8 ounces), first offense first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (less than 2 grams methamphetamine) and buying/possessing drug paraphernalia.

Hadley was booked into the Madison County Detention Center, where he remained Thursday afternoon, according to online jail records.


Korn guitarist Brian ‘Head’ Welch has recalled the incredible lengths he went to to ensure he always had access to drugs during his darkest days.

Welch previously revealed how he sent three 8-balls of meth from the US to Germany via Fed-Ex in 2004, risking everything to make sure he could get high while on tour.d1907d83-f471-4697-bd96-75f2a58de2f2

And now the guitarist, who has been clean for many years, confirms that he would also hide methamphetamine inside sticks of deodorant to avoid detection by sniffer dogs at airports.

In the latest edition of Loudwire’s Wikipedia: Fact or Fiction?, Welch says: “It’s cool that I can laugh about it now. Meth will make you do some crazy things. I would scoop out the white deodorant part and put meth in a baggy.

“I’d put it in the white stuff and then I would pack the white stuff back on it and out the deodorant stick back together.

“I was thinking the dogs will smell the deodorant. They won’t smell the meth in the baggy. And it worked.”

Welch also goes on to discuss how spirituality and his relationship with God helped him overcome his addictions.

He left the band in 2005 before returning in 2013 ahead of the release of Korn’s album The Paradigm Shift.

Korn’s 12th album The Serenity Of Suffering is set for release on October 21 via Roadrunner Records. The band have a number of tour dates still to come in 2016, including a joint UK winter tour with Limp Bizkit.



  • Two Chinese men have been sentenced to death in Indonesia
  • Li Fuzahang and Li Hezhang, both 30, found with 18 kilograms of meth
  • The pair claim they were unaware the drugs were at their workplace
  • Indonesia resumed the execution of drug convicts in 2014

Two Chinese men have been sentenced to death by an Indonesian court after being found with 18 kilograms of methamphetamine.

Li Fuzahang and Li Hezhang, both 30, were on Thursday found guilty of narcotics possession at West Jakarta District Court and will face the firing squad under Indonesia’s harsh drug laws, which have seen 18 people executed since 2014.38b179f400000578-3803256-image-a-17_1474592952361

Photos from court showed the two men, who were wearing blue jeans, white shirts and red vests issued by the West Jakarta Attorney’s office, staring despondently at the floor.

Fuzahang and Hezhang were arrested in December last year after police found 18 kilograms of methamphetamine inside four iron tubes at a shop they worked at in Tambora, West Jakarta, according to Indonesian state news agency Antara.

Defense lawyer Dolfie Rompas said his clients were unaware that the drugs were at the property, as they had been in Indonesia less than a month when they were discovered.38b17aa400000578-3803256-image-a-11_1474592764598

The pair had moved from China after a man named Chen Lao Pan, who is still at large, offered them a job at his spare parts business in Indonesia’s capital, Rompas said.

‘They only knew there was meth in the shop when they were caught by the police,’ he was quoted as saying by

Rompas said he planned to appeal the decision.

In sentencing the men, Chief Judge Mochamad Taufik Tatas said there were no mitigating factors and drug-related crime posed a threat to young people, reported.

Since taking office in 2014, President Joko Widodo has resumed the execution of drug convicts, justifying its reintroduction after a four-year moratorium on the basis that Indonesia was facing a drug crisis – something which has not been backed up by sound statistics.

Indonesia’s use of the death penalty has sparked widespread international condemnation and strained diplomatic ties with Australia when two Bali Nine members, Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, were executed in 2015.


ATHENS, Ala. – According to the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office 24-year-old Heather Nicole Legg was discovered to have over half a pound of methamphetamine in her vehicle Tuesday night.hnrnrsnfgbnsfb-s

During the Investigation,  they noticed what appeared to be a drug transaction taking place between Legg and another person at an Athens motel. They watched as Legg  drove an SUV to a gas station then attempted to flee when she noticed a large presences of law enforcement vehicles.

Deputies confronted her in the parking lot about the suspicious activity, and during the course of the search they found six bags of “ice” v-bdxndzgnzmethamphetamine weighing approximately 8.5 ounces. Police say that the street value of 8.5 ounces of “ice” meth is around $9000.

Legg was charged with Drug Trafficking.

Heather Nicole Legg is being held in the Limestone County Jail.

A bond has not been set.



Limestone County woman arrested after half a pound of methamphetamine discovered during search


HANCOCK COUNTY – A man who nearly died after he swallowed bags of methamphetamine during a traffic stop last month did the same thing again last week, deputies said.charlie%20parker

Charles Craig Parker, 41, of Bay St. Louis faces charges of possession of a controlled substance, tampering with physical evidence and possession of paraphernalia.

Hancock County sheriff’s Narcotics Commander Jeremy Skinner said a deputy stopped a vehicle Aug. 29 occupied by Parker and a 17-year-old.

Parker and the teen both swallowed a large amount of meth to prevent deputies from finding the drugs, Skinner said.

The two began having medical problems indicative of an overdose. Parker’s condition appeared critical, and he was airlifted to a medical center in New Orleans. The teen was taken to an area hospital. Both survived the overdoses and were released, Skinner said.

On Friday, deputies pulled over Parker in the Bayside Park community and observed him swallowing bags of narcotics again, officials said.

“Same scenario,” Skinner said. “He did swallow some of the drugs, but the deputy was able to retrieve at least one bag.”

Skinner said the deputy reached into Parker’s mouth to retrieve the last bag of meth just before Parker was able to swallow it. It’s unclear how many bags Parker did swallow, but he did not suffer any medical problems as a result, Skinner said.

Parker is being held in the Hancock County jail in lieu of bonds totaling $16,000. Jail records show he is ineligible for release, however, due to a probation violation.

LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- Lawton Police have arrested a Lawton Correctional Facility officer for trafficking methamphetamine into the prison.

On September 19, Darnell Buckley came forward in reference to a large 11887054_gquantity of methamphetamine packaged to be brought into the prison. Buckley showed Lawton police officers when he had hidden the narcotics.

Officers found approximately 204 grams of methamphetamine. Buckley admitted was in possession of the large amount of meth and that he had made an agreement to bring the drugs to an inmate inside the GEO facility.

Upon searching Buckley’s cell phone, police found several text messages about a monetary transaction between Buckley and another person. According to authorities, Buckley stated that he picked up the meth from an unknown source last week.

Darnell Buckley was arrested on September 20 for trafficking illegal drugs.


A California man was indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly trying to pass through the Kansas City area on a bus with more than 5 pounds of methamphetamine taped to his midsection.

An Indianapolis man is facing federal charges after he was caught with more than 10 pounds of methamphetamine that he planned to sell, officials said.

U.S. Attorney Josh J. Minkler announced Tuesday the arrest of Julio Rosas.

Rosas, 25, has been charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute over 500 grams of methamphetamine and attempted possession with intent to distribute over 500 grams of methamphetamine.

The investigation began when law enforcement officials learned of a large quantity of methamphetamine destined for Indianapolis last weekend, Minkler said.

Officials from the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, the Indiana State Police, the Lawrence Police Department and the Metro Drug Task Force worked together to set up surveillance Friday and into the early morning hours Saturday at a restaurant near East 21st Street and I-70 where Rosas was to pick up the drugs. They also monitored Rosas at his residence near East 38th Street and North Mitthoefer Road.

When Rosas arrived at the suspected pickup site, officials attempted to arrest him, but he ran from officers, according to a news release. He was quickly apprehended and taken into custody, and officers recovered a package containing 10 pounds of methamphetamine, authorities said.

“Marion County has experienced a great deal of violence recently fueled by drug trafficking,” Minkler said in a statement. “Those who peddle drugs in our neighborhoods will face the hammer of federal prosecution.”

According to Barry Glickman, who is prosecuting this case for the government, Rosas could face up to life in prison if convicted.

This is the latest bust Indianapolis DEA agents have made while working closely with state and local officials, according to a news release.

Since July, Indianapolis DEA agents have confiscated 45 pounds of marijuana, 26 kilograms of cocaine, 31 pounds of methamphetamine, four pounds of fentanyl and eight firearms and have arrested 15 people.

“Since the start of 2016, a goal of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department has been to increase collaboration with our federal law enforcement partners,” IMPD Chief Troy Riggs said in a statement. “This weekend’s joint narcotics operation with the DEA shows how effective these partnerships are in targeting high-level narcotics traffickers in our communities.”


Eric Stevens was just 17 years old when he tried meth for the first time.

And it gave him a feeling he’d never forget.

“It instantly brought a smile to the face and tingling through the body. And, this might sound crazy, but a lot of tingling on top of the scalp,” Stevens methstatistics1recalled. “It just felt pretty good.”

It was so good, he spent the better part of the next 20 years trying to re-create that high.

“I found I couldn’t quit,” Stevens said. The addiction was ruining his body and his relationships. “I started stealing from my mom, and I would start stealing and pawning stuff.”

All in order to feed what became a $100-a-day habit.

Methamphetamine is not a drug of the past — in fact, it’s bigger than ever. In Denver, there were 637 meth possession arrests last year, up 329 percent since 2011. Law enforcement officials say the highly-addictive drug is flooding cities.

“I have to say that methamphetamine is probably the most vexing and troubling drug-related border problem on my plate right now,” says Laura Duffy, the U.S. Attorney for the southern district of California. Border seizures of meth jumped 36 percent in fiscal year 2015 according to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Mexican cartels have solved production problems and are shipping in vast quantities of the chemicals necessary to make meth from China. Now, their superlabs in Mexico are churning out a lot of product.

“And as a result we’re seeing very high-quality methamphetamine flood the U.S. market,” Duffy said. “At the highest quantity we’ve ever seen, the highest quality we’ve ever seen, and unfortunately the lowest prices that we’ve ever seen.”

That combination of factors is keeping drug cops busy. Denver Police Lt. Ernie Martinez said the intersection of Speer Avenue and Interstate 25 is a hotspot for meth possession arrests because it’s near the freeway.

“Easy access, easy on and off, fitting in with the majority of the population going to and from work, recreating, eating that type of thing,” said Martinez, who knows a thing or two about drugs. A Denver police officer since the 1980s, he’s worked undercover and run drug taskforces.

In the past, when Martinez worked undercover, the goal was to get to the cook — the person making the meth. That was law enforcement’s target when household products like cold medicine, paint thinner and acetone fueled the rise of home meth labs.

Those are rare these days because the drug all comes from Mexico. So Martinez said the focus is on dismantling local distribution, like routes that use I-25 and I-70.

“Sometimes it’s a game of whack-a-mole,” Martinez said. “It’s quite sad because the bottom line is all of these people are addicted. They need help and there isn’t enough help for them.”

And he said many are forced into addiction treatment only after being arrested.

At Arapahoe House, the state’s largest treatment facility, the number of patients seeking help for meth addiction have tripled, from 617 in fiscal year 2009 to 1,890 in fiscal year 2016. That’s all while a heroin epidemic also rages.

“We’ve definitely added staff,” said Lindsey Harris, a therapist at Arapahoe House. “But I don’t think it’s been that many.”

Treatment for meth addiction is especially difficult. Harris says there’s no prescription drug to help with withdrawals like there is for heroin. And meth has a powerful lifestyle component — it keeps users up for days on end and gives them a feeling of superiority.

“It makes it difficult,” said Harris. “There are so many people out there that haven’t even come in our doors yet. And we’re really accessible now, but there’s still people out there who haven’t come in yet or aren’t ready yet.”

It took two decades for Eric Stevens to be ready to seek treatment at Arapahoe House. It took having a child to convince him he needed to get off meth. After year of sobriety he’s been able to reconnect with his son.

“It was awkward. He didn’t know me,” Stevens said. “But I see him about three or four days out of the week now, and things are really good. They’re better than I expected.”

Stevens has had a happy ending, after 20 years of turmoil. There’s no end in sight, however, for the cheap and potent meth that’s inundating the U.S. and Colorado, meaning more addicts and more suffering.


An alleged property dispute led to the arrest of a woman for reportedly bear hugging the victim and slamming her to the ground as well as drug charges.

Kimberly Michelle Ray, 35, of the 200 block of Pearl Street, was arrested for charges of simple battery and possession of schedule II controlled dangerous substance (methamphetamine).

Minden Police were dispatched to the Pearl Street address around 9 p.m. Saturday, where the victim reportedly told them Ray bear hugged her and slammed her to the ground, Police Chief Steve Cropper said.

“At some point, the victim obtained a red abrasion on the right side of her neck, and the victim wished to pursue prosecution,” he said. “According to the victim, she’d been living away from the residence for several days. According to the suspect, they were apart due to her methamphetamine addiction.”

Cropper says the suspect claimed she was clean, but she exhibited signs indicative of methamphetamine use.

“She was sweating profusely, even though the temperature was only about 84 degrees,” he said. “She was nervous and exhibited unnecessary and jerky movement.”

Ray was taken into custody, and officers located a red wallet lying partially open in a bedroom. The wallet was checked for identification, and officers reportedly located a crystalline substance believed to be methamphetamine. The suspect’s identification was inside the wallet.
Ray was booked at police headquarters and transferred to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.



Bear hug leads to meth arrest

This summer, Ankeny police investigated and arrested two different women for separate crimes involving minors at Autumn Ridge trailer park.

The alleged crimes, totaling 26 criminal charges, range from child endangerment, supplying alcohol and drugs to minors and sexually abusing a minor, according to police records.

For neighbors, the news about the women comes as a shock in what they call a typically quiet area.

“It used to be nice, but now, I’m not so sure,” said Megan Barraza, a mother who lives in Autumn Ridge.

Darcy Ann Duncan, 48, faces 23 criminal charges: one count of third-degree sexual abuse, 11 counts of distributing drugs to people younger than 18, eight counts of supplying alcohol to people younger than 18, one count of neglect or abandonment of a dependent person, one count of possession of a controlled substance – first offense, and one count of gathering where marijuana is used. She was also cited for possession of drug paraphernalia.

She was arrested Thursday and is at the Polk County Jail on a $1.4 million bail, according to jail records.

Criminal complaints filed in court against Duncan allege she held multiple parties at her home with the teenagers between June 1 and Aug. 24. Several teens told police Duncan would give or sell marijuana and alcohol to them at these parties. A 14-year-old girl also reported that Duncan sexually assaulted her, according to a criminal complaint.

Meanwhile, Melinda Bales, 39, was charged with three counts of child endangerment after she tested positive for methamphetamine, while running an unauthorized in-home daycare, according to court records. At least three children were under her care at her home between Aug. 8-26, according to police records. She was arrested and brought to the Polk County Jail on Sept. 8. She has since been released and has pleaded not guilty.636099924408482936-126458-20160908120300

John Cisna, of Ankeny, just moved into Autumn Ridge three weeks ago.

“I don’t know what motivated her or prompted her to do it,” said Cisna, who lives near Duncan. “It’s just a shame that happens.”

Barraza, who’s lived in the area for a year and a half, said she’s seen people come in and out of Duncan’s residence, along with police officers.

Barraza said the bus stop for Autumn Ridge is located on Duncan’s lawn, and said she will no longer allow her children to exit the bus alone.

“We moved out here because it’s so quiet, but you have these two people in the same trailer park,” Barraza said. “I wasn’t worried before. I am now.”

Between 2015-16, six people made calls referencing disturbances at Duncan’s residence, all of them involving minors, according to police records. The calls ranged from a fight involving minors, a loud party, a dispute and a welfare check on a runaway juvenile.

In October 2015, Duncan was charged with harassment and assault after she “invited herself to a juvenile party,” where she pushed a girl, yelled at her and threatened to break the girl’s jaw after she made a comment about Duncan’s weight, according to a criminal complaint.

Bales pleaded guilty in 2013 to operating while under the influence – first offense, and two counts of consumption of alcohol in a public place.

“It’s a shame that one bad apple might attempt to destroy the reputation of the environment here, but the majority of people here are absolutely wonderful,” Cisna said.



An Ankeny mom is accused of sexually abusing a teenage girl and providing drugs and alcohol to several other teenagers at parties at her home this summer.

Darcy Ann Duncan, 48, faces 23 criminal charges: one count of third-degree sexual abuse, 11 counts of distributing drugs to people younger than 18, eight counts of supplying alcohol to people younger than 18, one count of neglect or abandonment of a dependent person, one count of possession of a controlled substance-first offense, and one count of gathering where marijuana is used. She was also cited for possession of drug paraphernalia.636099133955971181-duncan

She was arrested Thursday and is at the Polk County Jail on a $1.4 million bail, according to jail records.

Criminal complaints filed in court against Duncan allege she held multiple parties with the teenagers at her home between June 1 and Aug. 24. Several teens told police Duncan would give or sell marijuana and alcohol to them at these parties.

A 14-year-old girl reported that Duncan had instructed two other children to hold the girl down, against her will, on Duncan’s bed, while Duncan performed a sex act on the girl by using a vibrator to touch the girl over the leggings she was wearing, according to a criminal complaint. The girl was eventually able to escape and go to another room in the house.

One of the children instructed to hold down the girl told police the same story that the victim did, the criminal complaint shows. Duncan admitted to investigators that she had owned the described vibrator at one time but said she threw it away, according to the complaint.

One 14-year-old told investigators that Duncan provided her with Bacardi rum and Coke for $15 and marijuana to smoke out of a glass bong for $11.

Another 14-year-old told investigators she also smoked marijuana out of a glass bong, provided by Duncan at Duncan’s house. This girl became sick and went to a hospital, where she tested positive for THC, a chemical found in marijuana, according to a criminal complaint.

It’s unclear how many teenagers were involved, but criminal complaints show at least 12 different victims, who are identified in the documents by their initials, not their names, because they are minors.

Some of these children went to either Centennial High School or Southview Middle School in Ankeny, according to the complaints.

Duncan admitted to investigators that the drugs and drug paraphernalia were hers, but she denied offering them to children, according to criminal complaints. With a search warrant, officers found marijuana and drug paraphernalia at Duncan’s home.

Duncan has been ordered by court to not have contact with anyone under age 18 while her case is pending.

This is not the first time Duncan has been arrested regarding her behavior at parties with teenagers, according to court records.

In October 2015, she was charged with harassment and assault after she “invited herself to a juvenile party,” where she pushed a girl, yelled at her and threatened to break the girl’s jaw after she made a comment about Duncan’s weight, according to a criminal complaint.

Duncan was sentenced to one year in jail in that case, with jail time suspended as she was on probation with conditions.

Her new charges filed this month show she violated the conditions of her probation, according to court documents.

Duncan’s next court hearing is scheduled for Sept. 26.


MINFORD, Ohio — Ohio Highway State Patrol responded to a car wash Sunday, after receiving reports of a woman spray-painting an all-terrain vehicle.carrie_mizenko_mug_shot

Officers found an “active, one-pot methamphetamine lab” in the wash bay of the self-service car wash in Minford, according to the report posted on the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.

Carrie Lynn Mizenko, 34, was arrested at the scene and charged with illegal manufacture of methamphetamine and other drug-related charges. Mizenko had an outstanding warrant for a previous meth manufacturing charge. She is being held on $177,500 bond at the Scioto County Jail.


CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A California woman caught transporting a significant amount of crystal methamphetamine from California to West Virginia pleaded guilty  to a federal drug charge, announced United States Attorney Carol Casto. Rachel Arlene Garay, 18, of Indio, entered her guilty plea to interstate travel in furtherance of a drug crime.

Garay admitted that in March 2016, she and Danielle Dessaray Estrada, a codefendant, drove from Los Angeles to West Virginia with approximately five pounds of crystal methamphetamine. Garay also admitted that she maintained contact with codefendants Cesar Garcia and Rafael Garcia Serrato to find out instructions on where to deliver the drugs. Garay additionally admitted that on March 26, 2016, she and Estrada arrived in West Virginia and Garay removed the drugs from a hiding place in the vehicle and placed the drugs into a bag for delivery. Shortly after Garay moved the drugs, law enforcement officers in South Charleston stopped the vehicle and arrested Garay and Estrada. During the course of the arrest, law enforcement seized over 2,200 grams of methamphetamine which was later analyzed and had a substance purity level of 98%.

Garay faces up to five years in federal prison when she is sentenced on December 15, 2016.

This prosecution is the result of a multi-agency investigation that led to an eight-count indictment implicating 14 defendants, including Garay. All of Garay’s codefendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law. Three other women who were used as mules to transport methamphetamine, Danielle Dessaray Estrada, of Los Angeles, Kelly Newcomb, of Nevada, and Cara Linn Monasmith, also of Nevada, pleaded guilty to interstate travel in furtherance of a drug crime. Estrada and Newcomb are scheduled to be sentenced on October 6, 2016. Monasmith is scheduled to be sentenced on November 8, 2016. Additionally, as part of this conspiracy, Rafael Garcia Serrato, of Los Angeles, Cesar Garcia, also of Los Angeles, Daniel Ortiz-Rivera, a Mexican national, Velarian Sylvester Carter, of Beckley, Miguel Tafolla-Montoya, a Mexican national, and Brian Ashby, of Kanawha County, previously pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine. Serrato and Garcia are scheduled to be sentenced on December 6, 2016. Ortiz-Rivera is scheduled to be sentenced on October 11, 2016. Carter is scheduled to be sentenced on October 13, 2016. Tafolla-Montoya is scheduled to be sentenced on December 8, 2016. Ashby is scheduled to be sentenced on December 13, 2016. Also, as part of this conspiracy, Marco Antonio Bojorquez-Rojas, a Mexican national, pleaded guilty to interstate travel in furtherance of a drug crime, and is scheduled to be sentenced on December 7, 2016.

The FBI, Homeland Security Investigations, the United States Postal Inspection Service, the Charleston Police Department, and the Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team conducted the investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Rada Herrald is in charge of these prosecutions. The plea hearing was held before United States District Judge John T. Copenhaver, Jr.

These cases are being prosecuted as part of an ongoing effort led by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia to combat the illicit sale and misuse of illegal drugs, including methamphetamine. The U.S. Attorney’s Office, joined by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, is committed to aggressively pursuing and shutting down pill trafficking, eliminating open air drug markets, and curtailing the spread of illegal drugs in communities across the Southern District.


MUNCIE (WTHR) – The street by street war on drugs is claiming victims of all ages and in all neighborhoods. In Muncie, a woman has spent more than a year begging the city to clean up the mess left by big drug bust and a suspicious fire.

Phyllis Oliphant has a nice home, and a tidy, well-kept yard. The place next door is something else. It is half burned down, full of debris, surrounded by waist high weeds and it stinks.munciehouse1

“I’m tired of it,” Phyllis said. “It’s awful. I don’t know what to do about it.”

For a about year and a half, she’s pestered the city to do something. By all appearances, Muncie did nothing.

“I know it takes a lot of red tape to get something done, but it’s been a long time,” Oliphant said with tone of frustration and disappointment in her voice.

In February 2015, police broke up a meth operation and arrested six people. The house stood vacant and appeared abandoned.

“Before it burnt, the back door had been busted in,” Oliphant said she propped a cement block against the storm door to keep people out. It didn’t work.

Since the fire in December, Oliphant says vandals, scavengers other characters have been through here. There’s a path in the weeds to the front door.munciehouse4

“It worries me,” she explained. “I have no idea who is in and out and what they are doing. I’m scared they will set it on fire again.”

The first one damaged her home.

Oliphant says she made numerous calls to the city asking for help and information. When the house wasn’t torn down in August as promised, she called the city back.

“They try to put you off,” she said. Getting the runaround? “A little, yes.”

Before explaining why the property hasn’t at least been boarded up, cleaned up, made safe and mowed, Muncie’s building commissioner’s office passed us to the community development director. Terry Baily explained that the city is dealing with more than 2,000 abandoned homes.

Baily says her office received the file on this home in June. Federal funding arrived in August and the city signed a contractor to tear it down by the end of November. That’s about a year and a half after Oliphant’s ordeal began.

“I will believe it when I see it,” she chuckled. “I’ll believe it when I see it.”

She says she would like to move, but her home’s value has fallen, and it would be hard to find a buyer willing to live next to the mess she’s put up with.





TACOMA, Wash. – Former methamphetamine labs litter Washington state, and in Pierce County there’s hundreds of houses and other properties where meth was produced and now on a comprehensive “contamination” list.rysjhrsyjsrjyhwjw

Those are the properties that have been found and flagged, but an expert in the field said there’s more off the list and it’s growing.

“There’s nothing that says, ‘Hey, the house you’re looking at may have had some small meth production at one point in time,’” said Derek Murphy. His home is listed on the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department’s list of former contamination sites.

He said when he was getting close to closing on his Tacoma home, he was blindsided by his inspection.

Records showed that between 2008 and 2009, there was a six-month meth cleanup on the home he was about to purchase.

As a former law enforcement agent, he was very concerned.

“The production of meth involves so many chemicals, you’re really talking about something that can be declared a hazmat site.”

He was able to ask questions and learn Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department worked with the contractors to ensure his home was contaminate-free, testing negative to health standards for any toxins that result in the production of meth.

Another Tacoma homeowner, Lance Westgaard said he was never notified his home had been on the contamination list.

“This is the first I’m hearing of that,” he said.

His home and his two next-door neighbors are among 680 homes in Tacoma on the former methamphetamine contamination list.

“There’s so much going on,” he said about buying the home, “you’re kind of just signing papers and going through hundreds and hundreds of papers and that just never was brought my attention.”

It’s state law that homeowners must be notified when they purchase a home if it was on the list. It’s also state law that landlords do not need to notify their tenants.

That means you could be renting a former methamphetamine lab and not know it.

“Research has shown that long-term effects can include cancer, brain damage and even miscarriages,” said Joe Gallagher, with Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, about meth lab exposure. He said it’s because of the serious health risks that the department has taken a proactive approach to oversee decontamination of these sites.

“We’ve cleaned up a lot of properties over the years, right now there’s only a few active ones that we’re still working,” said Gallagher. “The numbers are greatly decreasing. The reason for that is kind of unclear, but it’s great for our communities to have less of those properties because they do pose a public health concern.”

The list is compiled by notification from law enforcement and contractors. Heidi Hamilton of Able Environmental said Pierce County is one of the few active players working to make a difference. She has been cleaning up contaminated properties for 16 years alongside her father who runs the company.

“The counties are getting less and less stringent,” she said. There are some agencies that don’t keep track, she said, and more contractors that won’t notify at all.

“It’s scary, because that’s when people come in, buy them, flip them, they don’t get cleaned and people move into them and are unknowingly living in a home that’s still contaminated by meth,” she said.

The contamination goes everywhere, she said. “It’s in the water, it’s in the soil and could be in the wells.”

Most of her calls come from people who move in and start getting sick. She said more often than not, the homes come back positive for methamphetamine and byproducts of its production.

“It can cause some serious contamination.”

It’s the reason for the list, said Gallagher, and fortunately they are making headway.

In 2013, there were 103 properties in Pierce County. In 2015, there were 11 properties identified.

“I am wishing I would’ve known that ahead of time,” said Westgaard, “that could’ve been a deal breaker.”

Click here for the list of properties. 



Is your house or apartment a former meth lab and a health risk? It could be…


Methamphetamine-related crimes in Montana

Posted: 21st September 2016 by Doc in Uncategorized

BUTTEFor the past week, Butte has been home to the Tony Sawyer murder case. Monday, Sawyer was found guilty of deliberate homicide in the shooting death of 37-year-old Joe Powers. The deadly altercation happened over the use  of meth.

Butte-Silver Bow Sheriff Ed Lester said this case is just another example of how meth related crimes have increased. Therefore, his agency sees violence and as well as property crimes also increase.

“We are starting see and have seen in the past two-three years a couple of homicides are methamphetamine certainly played a role in,” said Lester.

Lester said their new K-9 unit, which he said, has been very effective in solving and investigating drug related crimes.

“The new program the K-9 has been affective in apprehending people who are in possession methamphetamine. So and again we work with the Southwest Montana Drug Task Force as far as enforcement,” said Lester.

Another organization continuing to combat meth in Montana is the Montana Meth Project. They said Montana currently rank 39th in the nation for meth abuse but their mission continues to change that ranking.


The use of methamphetamine pills has increased on P.E.I. says a police officer with the RCMP drug unit.

Cpl. Andy Cook said the biggest problem is speed pills, as they are known on the street.bfhdabhdabhdada

“It’s a small white pill that is round with different stamps on them or they can be rectangular and a lot of the rectangular ones that we see have ‘ice’ stamped on them.”

Cook said there has been a spike in the number of pills being seized and added more pills have been seized this year to date than in all of 2015.

Cheaper to make than buy

What is now becoming a concern said Cook is people are beginning to manufacture methamphetamine pills in clandestine labs on the Island.

“When you see people produce a drug like that, they’ve figured out it’s cheaper to produce the drug locally out of easily obtained ingredients.”

Cook said the ingredients and tools needed can be bought at local hardware stores and drug stores.

“They’ve figured out it’s a lot easier to do that then pay the five to $10 a pill.”

Cook said he has been involved with work to get drugs off the streets in four provinces since 1996 and in his opinion, methamphetamines is the most dangerous drug on the streets right now.

“All told, fentanyl in and of itself is dangerous for overdose purposes, but methamphetamine tends to make people erratic, violent, paranoid, we have a lot of issues with that. You don’t sleep for sometimes up to 15 days. To me, methamphetamines and violence go hand-in-hand.”

Increasing violence

Cook added police are seeing the violence associated with methamphetamine use in parts of P.E.I.

RCMP and police departments across the Island are working together to stop methamphetamine use from growing.

“Nobody wants to see that come in here. There are people here like me who’ve seen it elsewhere and it tends to lead to a lot of side issues. It’s very hard to treat as far as addictions go.”

Cook said police are going into schools and telling students horror stories about what can happen if you take the wrong thing.

“When you get that pill, you have no idea what’s in it. You can’t tell what you’re taking by looking.”




ANKENY, IowaAn Iowa day care provider is charged with child endangerment after testing positive for methamphetamine.

Ankeny police said Melinda Bales, 39 is charged with three counts of child endangerment after a tip led the Iowa Department of Human fsvsfvasdvavServices to administer the drug test.

Ankeny police said Bales ran an unregistered in-home day care out of her mobile home. According to state law, Bales could not have any more than five children in her care at a time.

Bales told KCCI she had no comment Monday. She recently bonded out of Polk County Jail

“I’m sure the parents are quite concerned about it,” Ankeny Police Lt. Brian Kroska said.

Kroska said the children were not harmed. Officers are not sure how often Bales used drugs while watching children in her home, but a tip from a woman led them to investigate.

“She was familiar with the day care provider and I think she saw some things or heard some things that made her believe the police should probably get involved,” Kroska said.

“It scares me,” Ankeny resident Suzanne Odom said. “It really scares me that other people trust her.”

Odom said she knew Bales was running an in-home day care across the street but had no idea what was really going on inside.

“To find out something like that has been going on … it’s very disturbing,” Odom said.

“As a parent myself, when that trust is broken it can be hurtful,” Kroska said. “It just really shakes your ability to trust people.”


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