Raleigh: Law enforcement in North Carolina used technology last year to uncover a record number of illegal drug labs that make methamphetamine, Attorney General Roy Cooper said today.

“Investigators now have at their fingertips information that can help them find and stop dangerous meth labs by tracking buys of the drug’s key ingredient,” Cooper said.

State Bureau of Investigation agents responded to 561 meth labs in 2013, an increase from 460 labs found in 2012. Of those meth labs, 81 percent used the “one pot” method, portable labs which make small amounts of meth.

Methamphetamine is a highly addictive synthetic illegal drug whose key ingredient is pseudoephedrine, found in some cold medicines.

Also known as “shake and bake” labs, one pot meth labs use a small amount of pseudoephedrine to make meth in a plastic soda bottle. The labs are easy to conceal and move, making them more challenging for law enforcement to find than traditional meth labs that are larger and less mobile.

Tracking purchases of meth’s key ingredient helps uncover more labs
SBI agents and other law enforcement officers in North Carolina have access to information about pseudoephedrine purchases through the National Precursor Log Exchange (NPLEx), helping them to identify likely meth cooks and find more meth labs. More than 400 investigators in North Carolina are now using the database to aid their investigations.

“Technology is leading us to meth labs we otherwise wouldn’t know about,” Cooper said. “We want to encourage all law enforcement agencies in North Carolina to take advantage of this tool to protect their communities.”

North Carolina pharmacies log all purchases of products containing pseudoephedrine through NPLEx. The system also helps block illegal sales of meth’s key ingredient. NPLEx blocked 44,299 purchases in 2013, totaling 56,397 boxes or 146,957 grams of pseudoephedrine – enough pseudoephedrine to have made approximately 280 pounds of methamphetamine.

The NPLEx system connects North Carolina with 23 states nationwide including neighboring states, making it harder for meth cooks to skirt the law by crossing state lines or shopping at multiple pharmacies.

North Carolina pharmacies began using the system January 1, 2012. NPLEx automatically lets pharmacies know if the buyer has reached the legal limit for pseudoephedrine purchases so the store can stop the sale.

State law limits purchases of products that contain pseudoephedrine to no more than two packages at once and no more than three packages within 30 days. Purchasers must show a photo ID and sign a log. All pills containing pseudoephedrine and ephedrine are required to be placed behind a pharmacy counter.

A new law that took effect December 1 also makes it a felony for any convicted meth cook or user to possess products containing pseudoephedrine, and the NPLEx system is expected to help law enforcement identify violators.

Meth lab busts by county
Counties in both western and eastern North Carolina saw large numbers of meth labs last year. The North Carolina counties with the largest number of meth lab busts in 2013 were: Wilkes (50 labs), Onslow (46 labs), Anson (30 labs), Catawba (27 labs), Sampson (27 labs), Gaston (26 labs), Burke (23 labs) and Johnston (22 labs).

Onslow, Lincoln, Gaston, Stanly and Sampson counties saw the largest increase in meth labs in 2013 as compared to 2012. Law enforcement and SBI agents also saw a significant increase in the number of meth labs in counties surrounding Charlotte in 2013, including Anson (30 labs), Gaston (26 labs), Union (20 labs), Lincoln (19 labs), Stanly (15 labs) and Rowan (10 labs) counties.

See maps of meth lab busts by county for 2013 and previous years at ncdoj.gov.

Neighboring states continue to struggle with meth labs as well. South Carolina saw meth labs rise from 540 in 2012 to 617 in 2013, while Tennessee saw more than 1,500 labs for the fourth year in a row.

Meth labs endanger children, elderly
Meth labs can cause fires and explosions and produce hazardous fumes and toxic waste. Two people cooking meth were killed last year, one in Charlotte and one in Duplin County, when their labs caught fire.

The labs are especially dangerous to children and seniors. Statewide, 86 children and 17 seniors were found living in homes with meth labs the SBI investigated in 2013. As of December 1, 2013, meth cooks face stiffer sentences under state law if they make meth around children, seniors or the disabled.

Responding to meth labs
The SBI is the only statewide agency in North Carolina whose agents are trained and equipped to dismantle meth labs safely, and it plans to ask legislators for additional agents to keep up with the demand. Seven SBI agents currently work full time responding to meth labs, while other agents work meth labs on top of their full-time assignments.

SBI agents also provide safe disposal of meth lab waste at no cost to local law enforcement. Agents and trained local officers remove, neutralize and package meth lab waste and transport it to one of eight container sites across the state for pickup and destruction by a hazardous waste contractor.

In addition to busting more labs, extra agents would be able to work more long-term investigations and open more investigations using NPLEx.

“Tougher laws and new technology are helping but smaller meth labs continue to pose a threat to safety,” Cooper said. “We need more law enforcement along with better public awareness to fight meth labs.”








Three local law enforcement agencies played a part in building a case against a Statesville man suspected of operating a methamphetamine lab in his apartment.

Authorities arrested Jacob Joseph Janning, 31, of Shelton Avenue, Wednesday, concluding a two-month investigation. He was charged with three counts of possession/distribution of meth precursor and one count each of manufacture of methamphetamine and maintaining a dwelling/vehicle to keep/sell controlled substances. His bond was set at $300,000.


Capt. Clarence Harris of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office narcotics division said detectives began receiving information a couple of months ago about possible drug activity at an apartment at 2200 Shelton Ave. He said the information indicated Janning was making multiple purchases of products containing pseudoephedrine, which contains the precursors to make methamphetamine.

As the sheriff’s office launched its investigation, both the Mooresville and Troutman police departments received calls from local businesses about suspicious purchases.

Capt. Frank Falzone, supervisor of the vice, narcotics and trafficking division of the Mooresville Police Department, said a call came in from a Mooresville businessman, telling officers that a man was buying large quantities of pseudoephedrine.

Narcotics detectives began surveillance at the business and followed Janning after he purchased the cold medicines and found he lived at 2200 Shelton Ave., Harris said.

During two of the surveillance episodes, said Detective Sgt. Corey Richard of the Troutman Police Department, the TPD assisted. He said the TPD narcotics detective was also looking into Janning’s activities after receiving a call from a home improvement store that someone was buying suspicious amounts of acid.

Richard said the Mooresville Police Department was contacted because of reports of a meth lab there. “It turned out we were looking at the same person,” he said.

The ICSO joined forces with the two other agencies once it was determined the suspect resided in the county, and on Wednesday, a search warrant was served at Janning’s apartment.

The N.C. State Bureau of Investigation also helped with the service of the search and the clean-up of the apartment, authorities said.

At the apartment, detectives seized gas generators, tubing, bottles, lye, drain cleaners and various other items utilized in the manufacture of methamphetamine, Harris said.

The surveillance of Janning yielded a bonus when a drug deal was observed, Richard said.

After observing the drug transaction, TPD officers stopped both vehicles – one on Interstate 77 near Exit 45 and the other near Exit 42, Richard said.

He said as officers stopped the vehicle near Exit 45, the driver began throwing cocaine out the window.

The TPD arrested Terris Deshun Turner, 28, of Buffalo Shoals Road, on charges of possession with intent to sell/deliver cocaine, possession of Schedule VI and possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond was set at $50,000.

The other person charged was Kelly Agar, 18, of Troutman. She was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia and released.








HERINGTON — A 25-year-old woman has been arrested in connection with the sale and use of methamphetamine after a search warrant was served at her home, authorities said.

In a news release Thursday, the Dickinson County Sheriff’s Department said the operation took place Dec. 20. Kendra Dee Gable was arrested after authorities executed the warrant at 119 N. 8th St. in Herington.

The news release indicated agents found a gross weight of 211 grams of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia items that they said were consistent with the sale and use of the drug.

Authorities noted there were children living with Gable in the home.

Gable was booked into the Dickinson County Jail on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell, possession of methamphetamine, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to obtain a Kansas drug tax stamp and two counts of aggravated endangerment of a child.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office is being consulted for possible adoption of this case for federal prosecution.








Fond du Lac Police and Fire Department personnel spent a number of hours Wednesday evening at the scene of a suspected methamphetamine lab operation on the city’s northwest side.

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The investigation was taking place at a property on North Lincoln Avenue — a dead end north of Johnson Street.

“That (investigation) is ongoing …” Fond du Lac Assistant Police Chief Steve Klein said around 7:30 p.m. “We are awaiting a response team from the Department of Criminal Investigation — a team that goes in to help stabilize and clean up meth lab operations.”

Neighboring residents were kept away from the area Wednesday night.






LANCASTER – Two suspects have been booked on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine, and their infant son was placed in protective custody, authorities said Thursday morning.

Francisco Nunez, 28, and Veronica Garcia, 21, were found with one quarter of a pound of methamphetamine in their possession after a search warrant was served on their residence in the 200 block of East Avenue J-8 in Lancaster, said Sgt. Miguel Ruiz of the  Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Lancaster Station.

Investigators also recovered $500 in currency, a small revolver and a vehicle during Wednesday’s midday raid, he said, adding that the suspects’ year-old child was taken into protective custody.

   Both were booked on suspicion of multiple felonies, including possession of methamphetamine for sale and child endangerment, Ruiz said. Bail for each was set at $100,000








On Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at about 2:00 PM, narcotics detectives assigned to the Kern County Sheriff’s Office Major Violator Unit served a search warrant on a residence in the 600 block of Bridle Avenue in South Bakersfield with the assistance of the Kern County Cal-MMET, KNET, HIDTA, the KCSO Gang Suppression Section, and members of the Bakersfield Police Department Narcotics Division. The search warrant concluded a month long investigation in which detectives developed evidence three Bakersfield residents were involved in trafficking large amounts of methamphetamine. The suspects were identified as 45 year old Harold Morales, 35 year old Jose Alvarez, and 27 year old Frankie Gomez. During the service of the warrant, detectives located approximately 20 pounds of crystal methamphetamine, two pounds of processed marijuana, four marijuana plants, a loaded .357 revolver, and other evidence of drug sales. Detectives also found $5,000.00 in US currency, which was believed to be proceeds obtained from illicit drug sales. All three suspects were arrested and booked into the Kern County Sheriff’s Office jail for various drug and weapon related charges.





A woman suspected of dealing methamphetamine in Coweta was arrested by sheriff’s investigators Wednesday, authorities said.

Investigators with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office Crime Suppression Unit arrested Anna Michelle Lowe, 44, around 1:15 p.m., said Lt. Col. Jimmy Yarbrough with the sheriff’s office. Investigators received information that Lowe was dealing methamphetamine in the county, and with the help of a confidential informant, they set up a deal with Lowe.


According to Yarbrough, investigators met Lowe in the parking lot of DJ’s Grocery II on U.S. Highway 29 North — just inside the Coweta County line. When they approached her and identified themselves, Lowe dropped a baggie of suspected methamphetamine onto the floor, Yarbrough said. Lowe was taken into custody, read her Miranda rights and asked if she had any other contraband in her possession — after this, Lowe removed another baggie of suspected marijuana from her bra and handed it to investigators.

Lowe was charged for the possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, and she was transported to the Coweta County jail. Once inside the jail, however, more baggies containing narcotics were found in Lowe’s possession, Yarbrough said. These baggies contained hydromorphone, a schedule II narcotic, and alprazolam, a schedule IV narcotic (Xanex).








SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) – Spartanburg County deputies said when they went to check on an unattended fire they discovered a methamphetamine lab.

Anthony Million, 42, was arrested Thursday when deputies said they found him cooking methamphetamine at a building along Graham Chapel Road.


Deputies said they were called out to try and locate who was responsible for the attended fire at the property.

As they began searching, Million appeared and started talking to them. Deputies said they began questioning him and found contents near the fire used to make methamphetamine.

Million did admit he was responsible for the fire and was placed under arrest, according to deputies. Deputies said they continued to search the property and found a methamphetamine lab in an outbuilding on the property. They said there were more than 10 grams of methamphetamine cooking inside.

Million was charged with two count of trafficking methamphetamineand manufacturing drugs near a school.







Police found drugs, cash and scales when they raided a New Plymouth couple’s home and disturbed them in bed.

Chelsea Ann Cave, 25, and Reece William Maxwell, 28, both pleaded guilty in the New Plymouth District Court yesterday to possession of methamphetamine and cannabis for supply.

Cave can now be named after interim name suppression given to her on her first appearance last month lapsed.

Police found drugs, electronic scales, tick lists and $7300 in cash at the Davies Rd home last month when they searched it, arriving just before 8am.

The search found 18.5g of cannabis head in plastic bags, along with a check list with names and amounts owing.

In the main bedroom, another tick list was found in a drawer with names and amounts owed, along with the amounts of methamphetamine purchased.

A satchel bag in the couple’s bed contained $7000 and another $300 was in Maxwell’s wallet.

In a metal tin were two plastic point bags, one containing 1.6g and the other 1g of crystal methamphetamine.

When interviewed, Maxwell said all the drugs were his and the meth was for his own use. He was not selling the drug. He said he saved the $7000 from his benefit over eight months.

He used meth and smoked about half a gram a day. However, he could not explain how he could afford to keep up the habit, the summary says.

In her interview, Cave denied being involved in selling but then acknowledged she wrote the tick list and was also involved in the sale of meth.

Maxwell was remanded in custody because of his previous criminal history while Cave, who has no previous drug convictions, was given bail.

Judge Allan Roberts ordered pre-sentence reports for both, focusing on upper-tier sentences.

The couple are to reappear for sentence on February 14.









A house near two Berkeley County schools burst into flames Wednesday afternoon, and investigators were checking whether a meth lab exploded.

The house is in on Aldene Avenue, which is off Red Bank Road near Sedgefield Middle School and Goose Creek High School. The fire was reported about 5:15 p.m., and flames were coming from the roof when firefighters arrived.

house on Aldene Avenue

The Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office drug unit was coordinating the investigation, which was expected to continue late into the night.

A man and woman were seen running from the house, Sheriff’s Office spokesman Dan Moon said. Deputies arrested a suspect who turned out to be wanted on a warrant on charges of making meth. Justin Wright, 21, was arrested on the oustanding warrant and was also being questioned about the house fire, Moon said.

Arson investigators were going through the house to try to determine how the fire started. A hazmat team was also at the scene.







VERONA — Making methamphetamine is hazardous to health. Those who get caught doing it in Augusta County could get a hurting put on their assets and finances, too, if they have any.

The Board of Supervisors adopted an ordinance Wednesday that authorizes the county to recuperate the costs of cleaning up meth labs from convicted drug makers.

Augusta became the second area local government after Waynesboro to take advantage of a state law passed recently allowing local governments to bill meth manufacturers for the money it takes to clear drug scenes and remove material for forensic evaluation. Supervisors voted unanimously to adopt the change at their regular meeting.

Last year, the Waynesboro City Council jumped at the chance to employ the state government’s new enabling legislation after meth busts cost the city $6,500 in cleanup costs.

When police investigators discover meth labs, the environments can be so toxic that they need an elaborate decontamination and ventilation protocol to remove drug paraphernalia to be analyzed for criminal cases.

Waynesboro had to pay contractors to do the work, which typically leaves behind a still-hazardous scene that property owners have to clear. The city’s law enforcement leaders don’t expect to get much of the public money back using the ordinance change.

The city and county just want to have the chance to do so. The recuperation would have to be done through a civil legal claim.







JACKSON, Tenn.-  A meth bust late this afternoon in north Jackson happened outside a popular restaurant.

Metro narcotics officers tell WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News they took two suspects into custody around 5 p.m. outside the Waffle House in the 2300 block of North Highland Avenue.

According to investigators, the two men, who are believed to be homeless, had shake-and-bake meth labs in garbage bags and were trying to sell the drug. Their names have not been released.

Crews remained on the scene for hours cleaning up.







SMYRNA — Cobb Police arrested a man Saturday who they say was driving on the  East-West Connector with 132 pounds of methamphetamine in his car.

Jose  Pineda, 21, was listed from Tallahassee, Fla., according to the warrant, but  from Alpharetta according to the arrest report.


The warrant said at 1:24  a.m., Pineda was pulled over when his red Chevy Impala with a Tennessee license  plate crossed both lines to the right and left of the lane.

According to  officer reports in the warrant, that was when a Cobb police K9 dog alerted  officers about something inside the car.

Concealed in 10 car batteries,  placed in a suitcase in the back seat and in boxes in the trunk, was 132 pounds  of what officials suspect was methamphetamine, “which tested positive during a  roadside presumptive field test,” according to the warrant.

Pineda was  charged with failure to maintain lane and a felony for trafficking  methamphetamine. Pineda is in the Cobb jail and was not granted a bond.





It’s bad enough that Kentuckians too frequently learn about another meth lab being discovered, but it is even worse when methamphetamine is being produced in a house where children are present.

This newspaper has reported on these crimes numerous times through the years and has editorialized that those who manufacture meth with kids present are the lowest of the low and should have the book thrown at them.

John Franklin Williams and Bethany Dawn Guffey are charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, first-degree wanton endangerment, first-degree endangerment (police officer), first-degree possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a meth precursor and fourth-degree controlled substance endangerment to a child. Williams is also charged with first-degree fleeing or evading police.

On Friday, a judge found probable cause that a crime had been committed and sent the case to a grand jury.

The case stems from a Dec. 26 complaint that the Warren County’s Sheriff’s Office responded to about a meth lab in a garage at a Bowling Green house.

According to the case file, investigators found 17 one-pot labs, 14 hydrogen chloride generators with meth production and empty blister packs of medication in the garage. Deputies found a black duffel bag in the backyard that contained an active meth lab within a 2-liter bottle, along with drug paraphernalia associated with meth production near the site of the duffel bag. The report alleges Williams was seen trying to leave in a vehicle from the residence. He was stopped by a deputy. Guffey was found at the garage entrance and she denied any knowledge of the meth labs in the garage.

Three juveniles were in the house while deputies were there and were later taken from the house at the time of the arrests.

While Willliams and Guffey are both presumed innocent until proven guilty, this report portrays a pretty grim picture.

They will both have their days in court, but if they are found guilty, both deserve the longest prison sentence possible.







BROOKSVILLE – A Spring Hill woman was arrested Tuesday night after being found with  a syringe containing methamphetamine.

Megan Steele was arrested on charges of possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia after a traffic stop.

Megan Steele

A sheriff’s office arrest affidavit shows a vehicle Steele was riding in was pulled over because of a broken headlight. After Steele, 28, was seen “shaking” and “twitching,” the driver told a deputy that he was on a first date with her after meeting on a dating website, and allowed his car to be searched.

A search of several of Steele’s bags found two syringes: one containing methamphetamine and the other empty.

Steele denied the syringes belonged to her, but was booked in the Hernando County Jail. She was being held on no bail because she was already out on bail on similar charges.

Court records show Steele has been convicted of trespassing, battery, driving with a suspended license and leaving the scene of an accident in the past.








Four people were arrested on drug-related charged Tuesday by the III-CORPS Drug Task Force with assistance from the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office and Fremont Police Department.

Authorities served a search warrant at 535 Ridgeland Ave. in Fremont.

The arrests, who are all Dodge County residents, were the result of a year-long investigation by III-CORPS.

Thomas Ashburn, 59, was arrested for possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, possession with intent to deliver marijuana, possession of a controlled substance alprazolam, three counts possession of a deadly weapon by a prohibited person, four counts possession of a legend drug without a prescription, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Tina Cash, 49, was arrested for possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, possession with intent to deliver marijuana, four counts possession of a legend drug without a prescription, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Douglas A. Kellogg, 61, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Dan L. Reinert, 70, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance hydrocodone, possession of a deadly weapon by a prohibited person, and possession of drug paraphernalia.







FAIRFIELD — A Vallejo woman who blamed crystal methamphetamine for her leaving her 16-month-old son in a gas station bathroom last year was ordered by a judge Wednesday into a residential drug treatment program.

Joia E. Hukill, 21, appeared for sentencing Judge Harry S. Kinnicutt where the order was made. Hukill was also placed on three years’ probation in connection with the July 13, 2013, incident.

According to police, a review of surveillance video at a Chevron gas station showed a white or Hispanic woman in her 20s with dark hair wheeling the boy into the ladies’ room in a stroller, and emerging alone about nine minutes later, heading on foot toward Benicia Road.

The baby was still in the stroller when a Ukiah woman, passing through the area, stopped at the gas station and made the discovery while taking her daughter to the restroom.

Hours later, Vallejo police took Hukill into custody.

In a jail-house interview, Hukill told Sacramento-based KXTV news that she was high on crystal meth when she forgot her son in the women’s bathroom.

Prosecutors charged Hukill with child desertion, child abandonment and possession of methamphetamine, all of which were felonies.

However, in September, Hukill pleaded no contest to one felony count of child abandonment and the remaining charges were dismissed.

Kinnicutt ordered that Hukill remain in custody until a bed was available for her in a residential treatment program.

He further ordered her to complete a 52-week child abuse counseling program.







MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) – The OPSO SCAT team has conducted an investigation that resulted in the clearance of several Ouachita Parish burglaries along with the seizure of methamphetamine, marijuana, hydrocodone and cash.

On January 1st, deputies responded to a reckless driving complaint in the Bawcomville area of West Monroe. Subsequently, the vehicle was located at 234 Lilac St. Deputies determined that the vehicle was stolen and had been occupied by Clayton Parker,24,of West Monroe along with William Cain,18, of Monroe.

Deputies are continuing this investigation but to date the following arrests have been made.

Parker has been charged with 2 counts of Theft of a Motor Vehicle, Arson, Simple Burglary, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Cain has been charged with Burglary and Resisting an Officer.

A related investigation at 994 Winnfield Rd in West Monroe  yielded the arrest of Renee Lovett,46, and John Bigelow,49. Stolen property, 4 ounces of methamphetamine, marijuana, suspected Hydrocodone, 3 firearms and 14,000.00 in cash were seized.

Both Lovett and Bigelow have been charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine, Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine,Possession of Hydrocodone, Possession of Marijuana and Illegal Carrying of Firearm.

At a residence at 230 Pink St, Deputies were able to locate more stolen property and suspected methamphetamine. This led to the arrest of Jeremy Wells, 36, and Kayla Lara, 36. Both have been arrested with one count of Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine.

Sheriff Russell is pleased with these arrests and said this is a good example of great cooperation between the Uniformed Patrol Division. Special Crimes Apprehension Team (S.C.A.T.), Investigations Division and Narcotics Division of the Sheriffs Office.  “It is through this type cooperation that investigations are furthered and criminal enterprises are foiled”, said Sheriff Russell.

The investigation is ongoing with more arrests expected. Investigators are currently working to identify stolen property to complete additional cases.







SAN JOSE — A 17-year-old boy from Mexico was arrested on New Year’s Eve at Mineta San Jose International Airport after he tried to smuggle more than one gallon of liquid methamphetamine into the country, according to federal authorities.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers searched the boy’s baggage and discovered five one-liter tequila bottles containing a clear liquid. Laboratory tests confirmed that the liquid was methamphetamine with an estimated street value of more than $500,000, according to federal agents.

The boy flew from Mexico to San Jose on the afternoon of Dec. 31.

The methamphetamine was seized and the boy was turned over to the San Jose Police Department, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Frank Falcon, a spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, said drug cartels often “test us and see what they can get away with.”






COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. — A shoplifter being taken into custody Monday morning is now accused of having drugs and trying to bribe an officer, according to Colorado Springs police.

The incident happened at about 9:40 a.m., at the Walmart off East Platte Avenue near Chelton Road.

A police officer who was working extra duty at the store was trying to take 20-year-old Anthony Barreras into custody because of shoplifting.

When Barreras was searched, the officer found what he believed was a small baggie of crystal methamphetamine. That’s when Barreras offered the officer $100 if he would let him go, police said.

As the officer was putting handcuffs on Barrerras, he started to resist. As the fight continued, police said a 40mm Glock semi-automatic pistol dropped from Barrerras waist.

The gun was picked up by a Walmart employee.

Barerras was arrested for Possession of a Schedule II Drug, Possession of a Weapon by a Previous Offender, Bribery, Attempt to Influence a Public Official and Theft.


A Decatur man was arrested and charged after he violated a quarantine order at a  house in Charleston.

Raymond E. Martin, 56, was found inside the house by  Charleston Chief Hank Hayden.

According to an arrest report filed by  Hayden and deputy Johnny Stokes, Hayden noticed Martin inside the house on Cass  Lane, which had once housed an alleged methamphetamine lab.

Martin told Hayden and Stokes he had entered the house to collect some clothing and belongings and “he was fully aware the residence had been quarantined for manufacturing meth.”

The report noted quarantine placards were in place  and visible, “as well as yellow crime scene tape to show the residence had been  quarantined.”

Martin was charged with violation of the quarantine  order.






EL CENTRO– U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a suspected drug smuggler at the Greyhound bus station on Monday and seized more than 2 pounds of methamphetamine estimated to be worth more than $67,000 found hidden in an overhead luggage bin, according to a press release.

Around 7:15 a.m., agents were questioning a suspicious 25-year-old woman who was in an outgoing bus during a transportation check.


The woman, a U.S. citizen who sometimes lives in Mexicali, was nervous and couldn’t answer the agents’ questions.

She gave permission for her luggage to be searched, and a search of her luggage uncovered six plastic-wrapped, baton-like objects containing methamphetamine.

Authorities arrested the woman, and she was transported to the El Centro station for processing.






Officer Neitherutt was patrolling NewPark Mall on a bike Saturday when he encountered April Hope, 38, and Jahan Kaccem, 43.

Kaccem was arrested on multiple outstanding warrants and lying to a police officer about his identity. Hope was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. The amount of meth they had is unclear, according to Newark Police Commander Michael Carroll. He said the officer used a chemical test similar to a litmus paper test to determine that the substance was methamphetamine. The meth was sent to a lab get weighed.






Two women were arrested on Tuesday when police raided a drugs factory in Meyerton, in the Vaal Triangle, said a spokesman.

Acting on a tip-off, the crime intelligence gathering and K9 units raided the premises at 4.45pm, said Captain Augustinah Selepe.


They found large quantities of chemicals, buckets and flasks used to produce cat (methcathinone) and meths (methamphetamine).

Two women, aged 38 and 41, were arrested on the premises. They would appear soon in court.

Selepe said the house apparently belonged to an elderly couple on holiday in Cape at the moment.

She said the drugs found were thought to be worth about R1 million on the street and that more arrests were expected.







A Eunice man and an Avoyelles Parish woman are in jail today in Eunice, charged with operating a clandestine drug laboratory.

Arrested on that charge and a second charge of possession of drug paraphernalia are Sean Babineaux, 25, of 100 Crestview Loop, Apt. 204, and Jamie Herrman, 19, of 3573 La. Highway 107 in Plaucheville.

Jamie Herrman Sean Babineaux

According to Eunice Deputy Police Chief Varden Guillory Sr., the pair were arrested after police received a tip that someone was manufacturing methamphetamine in an unit at the Windcrest Apartments in Eunice.

“Upon arrival, officers noticed the chemical smell and fumes as they stood near the door. Officers then knocked, and the door was opened by Jamie Herrman, who allowed officers to enter,” Guillory said.

He said the officers then observed Babineaux exiting the bathroom.

“Both were detained and advised of the complaint. Babineaux admitted to manufacturing the methamphetamine,” Guillory said.

He said a search of the apartment turned up equipment and ingredients used in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

As the chemicals are highly explosive, he said the fire department was notified to come to the scene as a precaution.

“The apartment was then cleaned and processed by trained individuals due to the hazardous nature of the materials,” Guillory said.

The pair currently are being held on $26,500 bonds.