DUBUQUE (KWWL) – Dubuque law enforcement officials are investigating the city’s tenth methamphetamine-related structure fire since February of 2012.

Dubuque fire and police officials responded around 11:45 Thursday night to a house fire at 2613 Central Avenue. An investigation led them to suspect a meth lab caused the fire.

Two people were home at the time. They are 46-year-old Cory Cole and 90-year-old Virginia Allison. No serious injuries were reported.

While officials say meth is prevalent in Dubuque, it’s not the drug itself that’s on the rise. It’s the increasingly popular “one pot,” “one bottle” or “shake and bake” method that’s leading to these fires. Eight of those 10 meth-related fires came from labs using this technique.

Fire chief Dan Brown said he owes the increase in meth-related fires to that “one bottle” meth production technique.

“We’ve had fires from every type of method that they’ve used, but the method they’re using now, the ‘one-pot’ or the ‘one-bottle,’ where they’re doing it in, like, the small plastic pop bottle type container, seems to be a little more volatile,” he said, “where you have some of the things that are being mixed there that can have a self-ignition.”

Dubuque police spokesperson Lt. Scott Baxter said the Dubuque Drug Task Force investigated a total of 22 meth labs and 33 dump sites in 2012.

“People that are making or attempting to make the methamphetamine have little if any chemistry experience in their lives and probably don’t fully appreciate the dangerous nature of this activity,” he said.

Discarded and dangerous meth-making materials, he said, are often on the side of a road and can include two-liter pop bottles.

“If you have any doubt as to what it is you’re about to pick up or approach, we don’t want you to approach it or touch it or get near it. Call us,” he said.

As of Friday afternoon Dubuque County prosecutors had not yet filed any charges related to the Thursday night fire, but Baxter said he expects to see charges soon.

 

 

 

 

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Police charged a Leander woman Tuesday after her 4-year-old son tested positive for methamphetamine, according to an arrest warrant. Simone Wright, 43, was charged with three counts of endangering a child, it said. Child endangerment is a state jail felony punishable by up to two years.

When police executed a search warrant April 25 at Wright’s house in the 200 block of Woodley Road in Leander, they found methamphetamine, pipes and residue spread throughout the home and easily accessible to Wright’s three children who lived there, the warrant said.

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Simone Wright
 

Investigators also found methamphetamine inside a children’s backpack on the floor of the bedroom of two of the children, according to the warrant.

The three children were removed from the house and taken to their father’s home, the warrant said. Test results of hair follicles from each child showed that Wright’s 4-year-old son had positive levels of methamphetamine inside his body, the warrant said. The other two children had negative results.

Wright was arrested Thursday and was being held Friday at the Williamson County Jail with bail set at $45,000, according to court records.

 

 

 

 

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In 1972, Heinrich Böll won the Nobel Prize for literature. But before he became a writer of novels, short stories, and essays, Böll was a writer of letters. During his early 20s, which also happened to be during World War II, he was conscripted into the German military. And as he fought, serving in France, Romania, Hungary, and finally the Soviet Union, Böll corresponded with his family back in Cologne. 

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A bottle of Pervitin, dating from around 1940. The packing reads: “Alertness aid,” to be taken “to maintain wakefulness” — but, it continues with an exclamation point, “only from time to time”! (via Der Spiegel)
 

The letter he sent on May 20, 1940, contained not just an update, but a request. “Perhaps you could obtain some more Pervitin for my supplies?” 

Just one of these pills, Böll explained, was as effective at keeping him alert as several cups of coffee. Plus, when he took Pervitin, he was able to forget, temporarily, about the trials and terrors of war. He could — for a while, at least — be happy.

Pervitin was the early version of what we know today as crystal meth. And it was fitting that a German soldier would become addicted to the stuff: the drug, Der Spiegel notes, first became popular in Germany, brought to market by the then-Berlin-based drugmaker Temmler Werke. And almost immediately, the German army physiologist Otto Ranke realized its military value: not only could the methamphetamine compound keep fighters (pilots, in particular) alert on little sleep; it could also keep an entire military force feeling euphoric. Meth, Spiegel puts it, “was the ideal war drug.”

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And it was, as such, put to wide use. The Wehrmacht, Germany’s World War II army, ended up distributing millions of the Pervitin tablets to soldiers on the front (they called it “Panzerschokolade,” or “tank chocolate”). The air force gave the tablets to its flyers (in this case, it was “pilot’s chocolate” or “pilot’s salt”). Hitler himself was given intravenous injections of methamphetamine by his personal physician, Theodor Morell. The pill, however, was the more common form of the drug. All told, between April and July of 1940, more than 35 million three-milligram doses of Pervitin were manufactured for the German army and air force.

News of meth’s powers, unsurprisingly, spread. British papers began reporting on German soldiers’ use of a “miracle pill.” Soon, Allied bomber pilots were experimenting with the drug. Their tests ended quickly, though; while the soldiers who used pilot’s salt were able to focus on their flying in the short term … they also became agitated, aggressive, and impaired in their judgment over the long.

The Germans would notice the same side effects — the side effects (thanks, Breaking Bad!) we know so well today. Short rest periods, it turned out, weren’t enough to compensate for long stretches of wakefulness. Some soldiers who used the meth died of heart failure; others ended up committing suicide during psychotic phases. Many others simply became addicted to the stimulant, leading to all the familiar symptoms of addiction and withdrawal: sweating, dizziness, hallucination, depression. Leonardo Conti, the Third Reich’s top health official, moved to limit use of the drug among his forces. He was, however, unsuccessful.

As late as the 1960s, in fact, the Temmler Werke was supplying the armies of both East and West Germany with its Pervitin pills. And it wasn’t until the 1970s that West Germany’s postwar army, the Bundeswehr, finally removed the drug from its medical arsenal. East Germany’s National People’s Army wouldn’t follow suit until 1988.

 

 

 

 

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More than 500 pounds of pyrotechnic devices or fireworks were seized and four men were arrested Thursday during searches of two marijuana collectives and five residences in Yucaipa, Highland and San Bernardino, sheriff’s personnel said Friday.

Methamphetamine, a loaded hangun and a set of brass knuckles were also seized, but no information was disclosed on whether any marijuana was discovered or seized during the searches, which began about 9 a.m. May 30 with a contingent of  San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies and federal Drug Enforcement Administration agents.

 
Redlands-Loma Linda Patch file photo by Guy McCarthy.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Officers with U.S. Customs and border protection seized almost 6 lbs. of methamphetamine and arrested a man from Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico.

The seizure and arrest occurred Thursday morning at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge after CBP-OFO officers encountered a 22-year-old male mexican citizen as a passenger in a mexican based taxicab arriving from Reynosa.

Four packages of alleged methamphetamine, which weighed approximately 5.73 lbs. were found.

The estimated street value of a $86,000.

 

 

 

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MUNCIE — The production of methamphetamine again brought Indiana State Police troopers to Muncie on Thursday.

This time, three people were taken into custody at a home on the city’s southwest side after officers reportedly found a meth lab within the residence.

Arrested in the meth raid were:

• Jonathan Curtis Treadway, 29; preliminarily charged with manufacturing and possession of meth, possession of drug precursors and maintaining a common nuisance.

• Lisa Elain Hill, 48; preliminarily charged with manufacturing and possession of meth and maintaining a common nuisance.

• Ronald Lee Martin, 43; preliminarily charged with maintaining a common nuisance.

 

 

According to a probable cause affidavit, the investigation began Feb. 11 when Indiana State State police troopers Rusty Slater and Nate Raney observed a man later identified as Treadway buying Pseudoephedrine — one of the main meth ingredients — at the CVS Pharmacy at 201 S. Tillotson Ave.

The troopers followed Treadway in his vehicle, who drove to the residence at 3417 W. 27th St. in Muncie where, upon knocking on the front door, the officers recovered a cut straw that later field tested positive for meth.

According to the report, no meth-related arrests were made at the residence that day, but the troopers returned to the West 27th Street home on Wednesday and allegedly found several materials used in the manufacture of meth — accompanied by a strong smell of ammonia gas — in a city-issued trash bin located outside the house.

ISP officials were then granted and executed a search warrant at the property Thursday, and they reportedly found several meth lab-related materials and cut straws that also field tested positive for the drug in the house and also in a semi tractor-trailer parked in the driveway.

Located in the residence were Treadway, Hill and Martin. According to the report, Treadway and Hill had made a combined 18 purchases of Pseudoephedrine since last November. During that time period, Treadway was also blocked from purchasing the drug four times.

In Indiana, a person can buy up to 3.6 grams of Pseudoephedrine a day – or 7.2 grams a month – before they’re supposed to be denied purchase of the drug.

An Indiana State Police media release indicated Thursday’s investigation is “ongoing with further charges possible.”

Treadway has recent local convictions for driving without a license (twice), theft and driving while under the influence of a controlled substance. Martin, meanwhile, a former Gaston man, was convicted of driving while intoxicated in 1995. Local court records reflect no recent charges or convictions for Hill.

Treadway and Hill were each being held without bond Friday at the Delaware County jail. Martin, meanwhile, was released from jail Friday after posting a $2,500 bond.

 

 

 

 

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A Great Falls woman was arrested Thursday on charges that she sold a police informant methamphetamine on two occasions last summer.

Samantha Lee Forsman, 30, faces two counts of distributing the drug. She appeared in Lewis and Clark Justice Court Friday.

According to an affidavit by a detective with the Missouri River Drug Task Force, the informant told agents he could purchase an “8 ball” (3.5 grams) from Forsman.

The purchases turned out to be lighter; the informant purchased 2.3 grams from Forsman for $400 in June and another gram for $400 in July, according to the affidavit.

She remains in Lewis and Clark County jail with bail at $10,000.

 

 

 

 

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ASHEVILLE — Federal, state and local agencies broke up a WNC methamphetamine trafficking ring, and 19 people face narcotics distribution conspiracy charges, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday.

Authorities arrested 13 people Wednesday, and six arrests were pending as of Thursday afternoon. The accused face a statutory minimum prison term of 10 years, a maximum term of life imprisonment, and a $10 million fine.

“Together with our law enforcement partners we will continue our relentless pursuit of meth trafficking rings that operate in our communities, plague our neighborhoods and imperil our children,” said Anne M. Tompkins, U.S. attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.

The drug ring members conspired to possess with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of actual methamphetamine, or more than 500 grams of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine, which has a street value of $100 per gram, according to an unsealed indictment in U.S. District Court. The activity happened from about May 2012 to April of this year, primarily in Buncombe, Haywood, Macon, Swain and Jackson counties, according to the indictment. 

 

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The following individuals were named and charged in the methamphetamine conspiracy indictment: Cipriano Ramos Altamirano, 25, of Franklin; Claude Gregory Coggins, 50, of Cullowhee; Anne Harvey Cresswell, 42, of Franklin; Joseph Daniel Denmark, 32, of Franklin; Patricia Leigh Dreml, 48, of Bryson City; Daniel Furman Gibson, 50, of Franklin; Gerardo Beltran Llanas, 43, of Franklin; Carlos Lopez, 28, of Canton; Forest Shane Lynn, 42, of Robbinsville; Joshua Bryan Parker, 29, of Franklin; Eddie Dwayne Potts, 42, of Cullowhee; Gerardo Rodriquez-Aragon, 30, of Franklin; Javier Serna-Trejo, 30, of Clayton, Ga.; Chad Keith Shuler, 36, of Franklin; Paul Michael Swofford, 46, of Franklin; Ronald Edward Swofford, 39, of Franklin; James Homer Taylor, 52, of Franklin; Heather Marie West, 24, of Canton; Angela Leigh Wike, 39, of Bryson City.

 

The Macon, Jackson and Swain county sheriff’s offices and Franklin and Cherokee Indian police departments participated in the sting, along with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, State Bureau of Investigation and U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

“The successful results of this investigation should let criminals who flood the drug market with methamphetamine know that DEA and its multilevel law enforcement partners will disrupt, dismantle and ultimately destroy their drug distribution network,” said Harry S. Sommers, special agent in charge of the DEA in Atlanta.

The defendants made their initial appearances Thursday afternoon in U.S. District Court before U.S. Magistrate Judge Dennis L. Howell.

A separate unsealed indictment in U.S. District Court charged James Homer Taylor, 52, and David Carlton Martin, 57, of Franklin, with one count of dealing in firearms without a license. Martin was also arrested during the Wednesday roundup. Taylor and Martin face a maximum prison term of five years and a $250,000 fine for the firearms charge.

“Drug dealers are poison enough to our communities, but when you include a drug dealer who also deals in guns that have the high potential of being used in violent crimes, it becomes a top priority of ATF to stop them and hold them accountable for their criminal conduct.” said Wayne L. Dixie, ATF special agent in charge. “Anyone who deals in the illegal transfer of firearms and manufacture and distribution of illegal drugs can be assured that the full wrath and resources of the federal government will be used to remove them from our neighborhoods.”

 

 

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JEFFERSONVILLE — Four active methamphetamine labs were found Saturday in a Jeffersonville home near Thomas Jefferson Elementary following a concerted effort by Clarksville, Jeffersonville and state police.

Lawmen responded to the home of Nickolas Christy Wedding, 23, at 3105 Clearstream Way, to execute a search warrant after it was determined Wedding he was possibly in possession of a stolen firearm and possibly cooking methamphetamine on the property.

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Nickolas Wedding

 

When officers arrived, Wedding was found in a vehicle leaving the home.

Wedding cooperated with authorities and agreed to speak with a Clarksville police detective, at which time he said methamphetamine could be found in the vehicle and a methamphetamine lab could be found in the shed on the property.

Underneath the driver’s seat of the vehicle in which Wedding was found when the officers arrived, police located a package containing five grams of methamphetamine and a package containing one gram of crystal methamphetamine.

Wedding also told police the keys to his shed could be found in the vehicle.

While searching the shed, police found a black duffle bag that contained “several bottles of what appeared to be a one-pot methamphetamine lab,” according to the affidavit.

Officers noticed strong odor emitted from the duffle bag, at which time they stepped away from the area and called Indiana State Police Methamphetamine Extraction Team to process the possibly volatile materials.

ISP arrived and found four active one-pot methamphetamine labs on the property, according to the affidavit.

Police also found surveillance equipment at the home.

“I found at the residence several cameras that were located in the windows of the bedrooms and a monitoring system,” according to the affidavit.

A digital scale and two small plastic bags containing white powdery substances, which field tested positive for methamphetamine, were also found in the home, police reported.

Wedding was also asked about the stolen handgun, and he told police it was located in a storage unit located along Hamburg Pike in Jeffersonville.

Wedding and several officers went to the storage facility and the firearm was located and taken into police custody.

Wedding has been preliminarily charged with dealing in methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a school, manufacturing methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a school, possession of precursors, maintaining a common nuisance, possession of methamphetamine — more than three grams, and obliterating ID marks on a handgun.

His upcoming court appearance has not been scheduled according to online court records as of press time.

 

 

 

 

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SULPHUR, LA (KPLC) – A Sulphur mother and daughter are accused of selling methamphetamine, according to a news release from Louisiana State Police, Troop D.

Arrested were 55-year-old Rhonda Roden and 34-year-old Codie Hennigan. They are charged with distribution of schedule II controlled dangerous substance (methamphetamine).

Rhonda Roden (Source: Louisiana State Police)
Rhonda Roden
 
Codie Hennigan (Source: Louisiana State Police)

Codie Hennigan
 
 

Troopers said the Thursday arrests came as part of an undercover investigation by the Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigation narcotics agents.

Troopers said agents were able to purchase methamphetamine from Roden and Hennigan.

Roden’s bond was set at $25,000; and Hennigan’s bond was set at $50,000.

Troopers said if convicted, the women each face up to 30 years in prison and a possible fine of up to $50,000.

 

 

 

http://www.kplctv.com/story/22463383/sulphur-mother-daughter-facing-drug-charges

 

Four children are in state custody after investigators say their parents were caught manufacturing Methamphetamine in their home.

According to the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office, deputies wen to a home on Davis Road in Church Hill Tuesday night to check on the children who lived there.  Someone had reported that the kids, who ranged in ages from seven-years-old to ten-years old, had no food.

 

When deputies arrived, the homeowners, David Dwight Larkins, 43, and his wife, Justine Marie Larkins, 40,agreed to allow them to search the home. Inside, they found a “one-pot methamphetamine cook,” in a plastic bottle.  They immediately evacuated everyone from the home and called in the narcotics unit.

Those officers found more ingredients used to manufacture meth, along with a substance they believed to be the finished product.  They also found half of a green pill, which is believed to be Klonopin, a schedule IV controlled substance.

The Larkins were decontaminated and arrested, charged with  Initiating the Process of Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Possession of Schedule II (Methamphetamine), Possession of Schedule IV (Klonopin), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Maintaining a Dwelling Where Narcotics are Housed or Sold.

An investigation into the possible abuse or neglect of the children is underway.

The children were taken to a local hospital to be checked out, and placed into DCS custody.

 

 

 

 

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The Sheriff’s Office said a deputy stopped a vehicle carrying methamphetamine Thursday morning along U.S. 321.
Officers charged the driver, Paula Shrewsbury Rudisill, 42, of 4197 Kent Street in Maiden, with multiple drug charges.
According to a report, Deputy J. Robbins stopped her vehicle around 2:15 a.m. near Exit 24 when he noticed the light on her license plate had burned out.
Robbins searched the vehicle after he located a bottle of Hydrocodone not prescribed to Rudisill, the report said.
A white powdery substance and crystal-like substance were seized from bags stuffed inside the pocket of the driver’s side door and other places throughout the vehicle, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Deputies later tested the bags’ contents and determined they contained methamphetamine.
Robbins additionally seized $500 in cash from the vehicle.
Rudisill, who remains in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $20,000 secured bond, faces one felony each of possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a schedule II controlled substance and maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance. She was also charged with one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

 

 

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 Two methamphetamine organizations the operated throughout southeast Georgia, including Bulloch County, have been dismantled, authorities said Thursday.

The Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team, or CNT, announced several arrests and dismantling of the organizations, which had been operating throughout Chatham, Bryan, Effingham and Bulloch counties.

In 2011, CNT began investigating several members of the Basham family following complaints of suspected drug activity resulting in the arrests of a husband and wife, CNT Director Everette Ragan said in a news release.

Thomas Randall Basham, 36, and Melodie Jaclyn Basham, 26, both of Pembroke, were arrested in Bryan County by CNT in December 2011 following the seizure of a meth lab, Ragan said. They were each charged with manufacturing meth by CNT. The Richmond Hill Police Department also charged them each with meth-related offenses in a separate investigation.

In February 2013, Thomas Basham’s brother Roger Basham, 33, of Pembroke, and Hope Mitchell, age and address unlisted, were both arrested by Richmond Hill police following the seizure of a meth lab in Richmond Hill. They were each charged with manufacturing meth.

 

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In March, Thomas Basham – while out on bond for the CNT arrest in 2011 – was again arrested, this time by the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office. He and Marcus Lee Lindsey, 31, address unlisted, were charged with unlawful possession of pseudoephedrine, a precursor for meth, which they obtained in Chatham County, Ragan said.

Following those arrests and knowing manufacturing meth often includes several people, CNT focused its investigation on what it calls the Bashams’ “criminal empire” rather than the individual persons arrested in the separate incidents, Ragan said.

That led CNT investigators to family members and associates, who Ragan said were conspiring to purchase large amounts of pseudoephedrine and other items needed for the manufacturing of meth.

During the conspiracy investigation, CNT learned the organization made or tried to make more than 236 purchases of pseudoephedrine in 17 months. In some cases, Ragan said, the attempted purchases were denied because of state and federal laws restricting the amount of pseudoephedrine a person can purchase within a month. The purchases were made in 12 counties in Georgia and two counties in South Carolina.

Based on the known amount of the weight of purchased pseudoephedrine alone, it’s estimated the organization had produced more than 14 ounces of meth and 200 meth labs, Ragan said.

That produced meth would have an estimated street value of as much as $40,000, he said.

On March 26, CNT began a separate meth investigation following the discovery of a discarded meth lab on Cuyler Road in Ellabell. During that investigation, CNT found components of the meth lab were purchased or obtained in Chatham County.

Ragan said CNT identified a total of four people connected to the meth lab: Christopher Thomas Davis, 29, of Guyton; Heather Nicole Dunn, 22, of Pooler; Kimberly Marie Carney, 28, of Savannah; and Lisa Renee Williams, 33, of Savannah.

Persons manufacturing meth often discard the finished lab by simply throwing it into a wooded area or by leaving it on a roadway, Ragan said. This, he said, is extremely dangerous to the general public because someone who finds the discarded lab could be seriously injured from the fumes and chemicals.

On May 22, a total of 10 people in the Basham organization and all four people in the discarded meth lab incident were indicted in Chatham County Superior Court. All persons were indicted on felony meth-related charges, including conspiracy or attempt to violate the Georgia Controlled Substance Act, trafficking meth and possession of pseudoephedrine with the intent to manufacture meth.

Early Wednesday morning, CNT in a working partnership with the sheriff’s offices in Chatham, Bryan and Bulloch counties and the Tri-Circuit Counter Drug Task Force, executed several arrest warrants and one search warrant throughout those counties. A total of 10 people were arrested.

The search warrant in the 4100 block of Bacontown Road in Pembroke resulted in the arrests of several of the wanted persons, seizure of meth and items commonly used in the manufacturing of meth, Ragan said.

Of the 10 people arrested Wednesday, Davis, Dunn and Mitchell were already in custody in the Bryan County Detention Center on meth-related charges. Roger Basham turned himself in Thursday at the Bryan County Detention Center.

Capt. Rick Rountree of the Bulloch County Drug Suppression Team, which is part of the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office, said David Allen Barnard, 46, of Pembroke, was arrested in Bryan County, and Betty Deckard, 42, of Brooklet, was arrested in Brooklet. Both were arrested Thursday and taken to the Chatham County jail on charges of conspiracy/attempt to violate the Georgia Controlled Substance Act and trafficking meth.

Also arrested, according to CNT, was Sharon Mulkey Basham, 62, of Pembroke.

CNT is seeking the public’s assistance finding two others in connection with this investigation. Dustin Clemons, 34, is described as a white male, 6 feet 1 inch, 215 pounds, with brown eyes and short cut black hair. Tami Jo Hill, 52, is described as a white female, 5 feet 10 inches, 170 pounds, with green eyes and blonde hair.

“This is CNT following through on its promise to the community to conduct long-term investigations, thus identifying all persons involved and dismantling the entire organization,” Ragan said.

 

 

 

 

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Federal law enforecemnt offcicials say they arrested a man transporting 3,600 grams of methamphetamine through northern Arizona on Interstate 40 yesterday. According to a complaint filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the man had the drugs in a secret compartment in the rear of his SUV that could only be accessed by buttons on the dash that opened a solenoid-powered hidden door.

An agent with the Department of Homeland Security Flagstaff branch wrote in the complaint that he was in a Navajo County Sheriff’s Office deputy’s car when they pulled out behind the suspect’s vehicle traveling eastbound at 74 mph in a 75 mph zone.

“Smugglers are often known to travel at or below the posted speed limit to avoid contact with law enforcement officers,” the complaint read. The officers also said that the vehicle was travelling too close to a truck in front of it — about three or four car lengths.

When stopped, the man had a temporary driver’s license issued the day before and said he was en route from Santa Paula, California to Albuquerque to see family.

The man consented to a search of his 2004 GMC Envoy and officers found a small amount of marijuana. The officers ran a drug sniffing dog around the car and it alerted, according to court documents.

A section of the rear cargo floorboard had been glued down and was higher than normal. Inside the secret compartment were eight packages containing 3,674 grams of meth. A complaint said the drugs were still moist, indicating that they had been manufactured recently.

Edilverto Cano Hernandez is being held in the Coconino County Detention Facility without bond and faces one charge of possesion with intent to distrubute a controlled substance. Upon conviction, the crime would carry a sentence of ten years to life in prison.

 

 

 

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Some things sent in the mail are dangerous. Other items are positively illegal, as a Ridgway man now suspected of drug violations perhaps learned the hard way.

Eugene Perkins, 58, was arrested Wednesday after an investigation by the Ouray County Sheriff’s Office, the 7th Judicial Task Force and the U.S. Postal Inspector’s Denver office.

He is suspected of possessing a controlled substance — methamphetamine allegedly delivered in the mail. The amount authorities alleged they found in Perkins’ possession at the time of arrest — 8 grams — could subject him to special offender status, said Joel “BB” Burk, Ouray County undersheriff.

 

 

 

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Blount County – Across East Tennessee, officers have been trying to come up with ways to stay on top of the growing meth problems in their community. In Blount County, the sheriff’s office said it might have an answer with a creative twist on a tip-line system.

Similar to Crime Stoppers, the caller must give tips that lead to an arrest. The Blount County Sheriff’s Office said the program is about tracking down meth cooks.

“We’ve always tried to be, or thought that we were a little ahead of curve,” said Captain Ron Talbott. “Over a period of time, it’s kind of caught back up to us. So instead of being proactive, we’re having to react that now that are numbers are obviously going up.”

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In 2013, officers have already seized 21 meth labs in Blount County. Talbott said the first quarter of 2013 was 200% higher than the first quarter of 2012.

Talbott said he came up with the idea of a cash incentive program while mowing the lawn one day.

“Money drives everybody,” said Talbott.

Talbott said the cash reward system will help officers track down who’s cooking meth.

“Typically a ‘smurfer’, if you will, or a person that’s shopping for pseudophed for meth cooks, they will make the purchase of pseudophed and then they’ll take it to a meth cook and either exchange it for drug, or they’ll exchange it for anywhere from 40 to 50 dollars, they’ll sell it,” explained Talbott.

Talbott said the cash reward available might make smurfer’s think twice.

“We will pay them $100, which is double what they are going to typically make,” said Talbott.

The cash reward is available to anyone who meets three requirements. In order to earn $100, the caller must provide information that leads to an arrest of a meth cook, the seizure of a meth lab, and be in Blount County.

“I think it’s very unique. I don’t know of any place else that is doing this particular thing,” said Talbott.

The Director of the Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force, Tommy Farmer, said he has not heard of a cash reward system for meth.

“I think this is an out of the box, creative idea for them to do this. Ah, to promote those relationships and to get people to call them,” said Farmer.

Farmer said Tennessee is still on track to be number one in meth lab busts. Statewide, officers have seized 840 meth labs in 2013. That’s an average of seven per day, and 25% to 30% higher than this time last year.

“I think that they’re doing may ultimately result in more arrests now, and more lab seizures now, but I think that’s potentially an investment in the future,” said Farmer.

“Hopefully it’ll drive some meth cooks away,” said Talbott. “Maybe meth cooks will go somewhere else if they know they’re going to be told on in Blount County.”

If anyone has information on potential meth cooks in Blount County, they are asked to call the Drug Task Force Hotline, at 865-977-7266.

Talbott said if this system does not work, the Blount County Sheriff’s Office will continue to look for new ways to combat the growing meth problem in the area.

“We’re just trying to do our jobs, trying to think of new ways to stay ahead of the game.”

 

 

 

 

http://www.wbir.com/news/article/276226/2/Blount-Co-officers-will-pay-cash-for-meth-tips

 

SHAH ALAM: A Morrocan man was sentenced to death by the High Court yesterday  for trafficking in more than six kilograms of methamphetamine.

Judicial commissioner Choong Siew Khim sentenced Mohammed Seddiki, 27, a  car salesman after finding the prosecution had proven their case beyond  reasonable doubt.
Mohammed was travelling with two German men – Najib Sayed, 27, and Yossuf  Ezami, 26, – when the offence was committed.
Najib, a dispatch rider and Yossuf Ezami, a marketing officer, were also  charged with Mohammed.
All three were charged with trafficking in 6.6 kg of methamphetamine at  the Kuala Lumpur International Airport arrival hall at 8.45am on Jan 1, last  year.
The court, however, freed Najib and Yossuf after finding their defence had  raised a reasonable doubt.
The two had claimed they had no knowledge of the contents in the bags they  were holding as the bags were given to them by Mohammed.
The three were travelling from Germany and had transit in Instanbul and  Gaziantep, Turkey before arriving Malaysia.
DPP Rozanna Abd Hadi from the Customs Department prosecuted while  Mohammed, Najib and Yossuf were represented by counsel T. Suresh, Karpal Singh  and Datuk N. Sivananthan, respectively.
A total of 10 witnesses testified in the trial.

 

 

 

http://www.nst.com.my/latest/moroccan-man-gets-death-for-drug-trafficking-1.290600

 

 

Eleven people have been arrested and three more are wanted for their roles in two local methamphetamine manufacturing rings.

The Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team in recent months has worked to dismantle two groups working across local counties to manufacture and distribute the synthetic narcotic.

David Barnard

David Barnard

On May 22, 14 individuals alleged to be involved in the two meth organizations were indicted by a Chatham County grand jury on charges including conspiracy to violate Georgia’s Controlled Substance Act and trafficking methamphetamine.

Ten individuals were indicted based on their alleged involvement with a group centered around the Basham family from Pembroke, said Gene Harley, CNT spokesman.

Those individuals were: Thomas Randall Basham, 36; Melodie Jaclyn Basham, 26; Sharon Mulkey Basham, 62; Roger Basham, 33; David Allan Barnard, 46; Hope Elaine Mitchell, 37; Dustin Clemons, 34; Marcus Lee Lindsey, 31; and Tami Jo Hill, 52. Clemons, Lindsey, and Hill remain at large. The others have been taken into custody.

The other four indicted, Harley said, are alleged to have been involved in manufacturing methamphetamine in north Bryan County where a discarded meth lab was found on Cuyler Road. An investigation linked 36-year-old Christopher Thomas Davis, 22-year-old Heather Nicole Dunn, 28-year-old Kimberly Marie Carney, and 33-year-old Lisa Renee Williams to that lab, Harley said.

Davis, Dunn, Carney and Williams have all been arrested in the case.

CNT is asking the public’s help in locating Clemons, Lindsey and Hill.

Clemons is described as a white male, 6-foot-1 and about 215 pounds with brown eyes and short black hair.

Lindsey is described as a white male, 5-foot-10 and about 170 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair.

Hill is described as a white female, 5-foot-10 and about 170 pounds with green eyes and blonde hair.

Anyone with information about their whereabouts is asked to contact CrimeStoppers at 912-234-2020 or CNT at 912-652-3900.

 

 

 

 

http://savannahnow.com/bryan-county-now/2013-05-30/eleven-arrested-pembroke-meth-bust

 

 

As if the Third Reich didn’t do enough damage, Der Spiegel says, the offshoot of Hitler’s military pep pills are still around, ruining lives
Many Americans know about the scourge of crystal meth from the TV series Breaking Bad, says Fabienne Hurst at Germany’s Der Spiegel. “But few know that the drug can be traced back to Nazi Germany, where it first became popular as a way to keep pilots and soldiers alert in battle during World War II.” The drug was called Pervitin, a methamphetamine compound launched in 1938 by drug maker Temmler Werke. Almost immediately, “high-ranking army physiologist Otto Ranke saw in it a true miracle drug that could keep tired pilots alert and an entire army euphoric. It was the ideal war drug.” For many soldiers, the highly addictive compound became a nightmare.
A German customs officer holds confiscated amounts of the drug crystal meth.

    A German customs officer holds confiscated amounts of the drug crystal meth

Pervitin was supplied to the German military for decades — West Germany stopped giving to solders in the 1970s, and East Germany followed suit in 1988. “But its meteoric rise as an illegally produced drug had only just begun,” Fabienne says. An excerpt:

The drug’s new career came thanks to an American cookbook. In the United States, where meth use is widespread today, illegal methamphetamine was initially more an exception than the rule. Then, starting in the late 1970s, motorcycle gangs such as the Hells Angels discovered crystal meth as a source of income and began setting up large-scale drug labs….

Methamphetamine was no longer a powder compressed into tablets, but instead sold in crystal form, and few people knew how to produce these crystals. That changed when a mad-scientist type named Steve Preisler, alias “Uncle Fester,” a chemist in Wisconsin in the mid-1980s, published a drug “cookbook” entitled “Secrets of Methamphetamine Manufacture.”

 

 

 

 

http://theweek.com/article/index/244966/how-the-nazis-gave-us-crystal-meth

 

As a Levin man fell into the methamphetamine trap, he left people close to him and complete strangers out of pocket.

Vaevae Miak Hau, 45, has been sentenced to three years and two months’ jail for offending in 2011 and 2012 that coincided with a “decline into methamphetamine use”, according to a pre-sentence report.

Judge Gerard Lynch told the Palmerston North District Court yesterday that from April 2011 Hau was having a relationship with a woman, whose motorbike he pawned for $3000 a month later.

His partner had bought the bike on credit and her repayments fell into arrears.

“The bike was repossessed, leaving the pawnbroking store, which should have exercised more caution, out of pocket,” Judge Lynch said.

In June 2012, Hau began a new relationship with a different woman.

Hau told her he was taking her car in for repainting, but instead he sold it. He then convinced the same woman to buy a camper van, which he sold to a couple for $8000.

Unfortunately for them, it was then repossessed.

In October 2012, Hau bought a motorbike on Trade Me and used a $5.50 “money order” form he altered to read $5500 to pay for it.

He stole other items from his 2011 partner and wrote to both women while he was in prison on remand, promising to change his ways and repay them financially.

When the prison stopped him sending letters, he smuggled one out via a visitor from a church organisation.

In total, Hau admitted four charges of obtaining by deception, four of theft, five of breaching a protection order, two of dishonestly using a document, two of unlawfully taking a motor vehicle, two of possessing drug utensils, one charge of possessing cannabis and one of criminal harassment.

Judge Lynch imposed a minimum prison term of one year and four months.

He said it would be pointless to order reparation.

 

 

http://www.stuff.co.nz/manawatu-standard/news/8741111/Drug-habit-fuelled-stealing-and-fraud

 

Charges pending against man found with labs, stolen firearm

 

JEFFERSONVILLE — Four active methamphetamine labs were found Saturday in a Jeffersonville home near Thomas Jefferson Elementary following a concerted effort by Clarksville, Jeffersonville and state police.

Lawmen responded to the home of Nickolas Christy Wedding, 23, at 3105 Clearstream Way, to execute a search warrant after it was determined Wedding he was possibly in possession of a stolen firearm and possibly cooking methamphetamine on the property.

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Nickolas Wedding

 

 

When officers arrived, Wedding was found in a vehicle leaving the home.

Wedding cooperated with authorities and agreed to speak with a Clarksville police detective, at which time he said methamphetamine could be found in the vehicle and a methamphetamine lab could be found in the shed on the property.

Underneath the driver’s seat of the vehicle in which Wedding was found when the officers arrived, police located a package containing five grams of methamphetamine and a package containing one gram of crystal methamphetamine.

Wedding also told police the keys to his shed could be found in the vehicle.

While searching the shed, police found a black duffle bag that contained “several bottles of what appeared to be a one-pot methamphetamine lab,” according to the affidavit.

Officers noticed strong odor emitted from the duffle bag, at which time they stepped away from the area and called Indiana State Police Methamphetamine Extraction Team to process the possibly volatile materials.

ISP arrived and found four active one-pot methamphetamine labs on the property, according to the affidavit.

Police also found surveillance equipment at the home.

“I found at the residence several cameras that were located in the windows of the bedrooms and a monitoring system,” according to the affidavit.

A digital scale and two small plastic bags containing white powdery substances, which field tested positive for methamphetamine, were also found in the home, police reported.

Wedding was also asked about the stolen handgun, and he told police it was located in a storage unit located along Hamburg Pike in Jeffersonville.

Wedding and several officers went to the storage facility and the firearm was located and taken into police custody.

Wedding has been preliminarily charged with dealing in methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a school, manufacturing methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a school, possession of precursors, maintaining a common nuisance, possession of methamphetamine — more than three grams, and obliterating ID marks on a handgun.

His upcoming court appearance has not been scheduled according to online court records as of press time.

 

 

http://newsandtribune.com/clarkcounty/x1374705697/Active-meth-labs-found-at-home-near-Jeffersonville-school

 

 

Most common method uses ingredients and equipment that can fit into a duffle bag

MEYERSDALE, Pa. — In response to the discovery of a series of meth labs in southern Somerset County, a Community Methamphetamine Awareness event was held Wednesday in Meyersdale.
Sponsored by the Somerset County Drug Free Communities, the event featured a panel of law enforcement and drug/alcohol treatment experts sharing information on the dangers of “one-pot” meth labs in the region.
Meth, a man-made drug, comes in many forms and can be smoked, snorted, orally ingested or injected. The drug is highly addictive, but the danger is not limited to dependency, the very act of producing the drug can cause dangerous fumes and fires.
Pennsylvania State Police Cpl. Dennis Ulery serves as the coordinator for the PSP Clandestine Lab Team, the agency tasked with identifying meth labs and safely disposing of materials.
“All of the ingredients to produce meth are available at your local convenience and drug stores and a batch of meth can be cooked in less than two hours,” he explained to more than 100 citizens gathered for the event.
While there are many “recipes” and methods for cooking meth, the most common method uses ingredients and equipment that can easily fit into a duffle bag. These ingredients can include cold medications, containing pseudoephedrine, ammonia, anti-freeze, battery acid and drain cleaner.
The most common containers used to mix the highly flammable and toxic ingredients are soda or energy drink bottles. Ulery said materials can be easily transported between locations and “labs” can be set up anywhere, indoors or out. The materials discarded after the meth is “cooked” are also flammable.
“Methamphetamine is extremely addictive,” Ulery said. “The chemicals are easily accessible and it is easy to process. The process is highly dangerous. The likelihood of a fire or explosion sometime in the person’s career of cooking meth is very high. They will burn themselves or burn something down.”
Ulery said the number of meth labs discovered is steadily increasing. In 2012, more than 11,210 labs were found across the country, and in Pennsylvania, 179 labs were found last year.

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The panel of experts at a Community Methamphetamine Awareness event, held in Meyersdale, Pa., included Brooke McKenzie, director at Twin Lakes Center For Drug & Alcohol Rehabilitation, and Cpl. Dennis Ulery of the Pennsylvania State Police. Presenters shared information on what ingredients and materials are often used to produce meth, including cold medications, aluminum foil, drain cleaner, acetone, lighter fluid, lithium batteries, camp fuel, coffee cleaners and iodine

 
Meth, unlike many drugs, can have an effect on an individual for up to 24 hours and remains in the body for more than 12 hours. Considered a stimulant, meth affects the central nervous system and can be fatal after just one use.
Ulery said meth users often exhibit easily identifiable symptoms such as dilated pupils, excessive sweating, ticks, are often very talkative and paranoid, and may have what experts call “crank bugs.” Crank bugs are caused by users scratching or picking at their skin because they feel like something is crawling beneath the surface of their skin.
Long-term effects can include kidney and liver damage, heart infections, brain damage or strokes.
The presentation included a slide show of photographs of individuals who have used meth. The transformation was dramatic and in some cases the individuals were nearly unrecognizable after just a few months of use.
Ronna Yablonski, director of Somerset County Drug Free Communities, said the public can play a a key role in helping to identify meth users and the location of meth labs in their communities.
“We can all take steps to keep our communities safe. If you see someone buying these items or you see discarded bottles or see something unusual, call the police immediately,” she said.
“We cannot ignore the problems that drug use causes to our communities, families, children, schools and businesses. Methamphetamine is a very dangerous drug that is having an increasing presence in our county. The more educated the public becomes, the more the problems can be addressed and curtailed,” Yablonski added.

http://times-news.com/local/x240788308/Methamphetamine-production-can-cause-dangerous-fumes-fires

QUINCY, ILL. — A toddler has been displaced after another drug bust in Quincy.

Police arrested Tonia Hess, 40, and Elizabeth White, 23, Tuesday night after a drug bust at their Quincy home.

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The duo is charged with meth possession.

Officials with the Department of Children and Family Services removed the toddler and placed him with a family member.

According to Adams County court records, White is currently on probation in Adams County for a 2011 possession of methamphetamine case.

 

 

http://www.connecttristates.com/news/story.aspx?id=903758

 

The Min Buri Court on Thursday sentenced four policemen to death for stealing seized drugs in 2012.

The sentence was commuted to life because they cooperated and gave useful information during their trial.

The four police officers – Pol Lt Choengchob Ratchakhom, Pol Sr Sgt Maj Somsak Thiprassami, Pol Sgt Maj Patara Vorachanant and Pol Cpl Noppadol Phan-aree – were members of the Bangkok Metropolitan Police Division 3’s drug suppression task force. They were arrested, along with Chawalit Kamnerdkhonkaen, a civilian, by narcotics suppression police on March 19, 2012.

The court was told the four policemen had that day detained a number of drug dealers in possession of 300,000 methamphetamine pills and 4kg of crystal methamphetamine. They let them go without taking action against them.

Instead, they took the drugs and hid them in a car. The car was parked in the parking lot of the Metropolitan Police Division 3 headquarters. Mr Chawalit, the civilian, was suspected of being involved.

The court dropped charges against Mr Chawalit because there were reasons to believe he knew nothing about the theft.

However, the court ordered he remain in detention, pending a possible appeal by the prosecution.

 

 

 

 

http://www.bangkokpost.com/breakingnews/352581/corrupt-police-set-dealers-free-stole-seized-methamphetamines.View%20our%20policies%20at%20http://goo.gl/9HgTd%20and%20http://goo.gl/ou6Ip

 

MUSCATINE, Iowa — In 2012, the Muscatine County Drug Task Force seized just under nine pounds of methamphetamine.

The Muscatine County Sheriff’s Office recently released its 2012 report of crime statistics and highlights of activities performed by the law enforcement agency.

But, as Chief Deputy C.J. Ryan pointed out, a majority of that was because of an investigation by the Muscatine County Drug Task Force. The investigation, which was conducted by Detective Mike Channon and took over two months to complete, resulted in seven defendants being charged in state and federal court, seven searches executed and the seizure of two firearms, $12,000 in cash, over eight pounds of methamphetamine, seven and a half ounces of marijuana, 13 marijuana plants and a small amount of cocaine.

The report states that “this is the most significant case the [Muscatine County Joint] Task Force worked in 2012.”

“That was the reason for the spike,” Ryan said.

Compared to 2011, the Task Force executed 123 more search warrants in 2012, 32 to 155. Seizures in drugs saw both drastic decreases and slight increases. Only 160.5 grams of cocaine were seized in 2012 compared to 4,589 grams in 2011. Marijuana seizures in 2012 saw a slight increase from 2011, up to 18,168 grams from 14,795.

“This is an informant-driven business,” Ryan said. “So these numbers do fluctuate. Sometimes you can say it’s following a trend and that may or may not be true, but the numbers could also be attributed to the work of the members of the Task Force.”

Ryan said the task force is comprised of two sheriff’s deputies, two members of the Muscatine Police Department and a member of the Iowa Division of Narcotics. Ryan said the Task Force works a lot of cases and “some might be insignificant but they were able to impact more people” in 2012.

Other highlights from the report:

  • Criminal investigations were up slightly to 125 from 100 in 2011, with many crimes investigated on par with 2011’s numbers. Ryan said the office doesn’t expect the number to “wildly fluctuate one year to the next.” Ryan explained that since the economy has stabilized a bit, economy driven crimes likes burglary or gas-drive-offs have not risen to extreme numbers. “We’ve only got two detectives and they’re always busy,” Ryan said.
  • The report dedicated two pages to scams the Sheriff’s Office were tipped off about in 2012. Ways to prevent becoming a victim of a scam include don’t provide personal information when unnecessary, always secure your smart phone and lock down social media profiles. Ryan said websites like Facebook or Twitter are “fishing sites” for scammers because of personal information readily available.
  • In 2012, the Sheriff’s Office received a total of $45,250 from the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau grant. The money went toward overtime for traffic enforcement, five in-car video systems, education materials and a portable breath test. Ryan said this grant program is very important to the Sheriff’s Office. “The increased traffic enforcement around the holidays might not be possible without the help of the grant.”
  • Although no officers received distinguished awards, five were recognized for their years of service, among other honors: Corporal Brian Utter for four years and good conduct; Sgt. Mike Bailey for 12 years and good conduct; Deputy Craig Burmeister for 24 years and good conduct; Lt. Mark Kopf for 16 years and good conduct; Capt. Dave Lerch for 24 and good conduct.
  • This was the second year in a row the report was dedicated to a former sheriff. On Oct. 16, 2012, Lowell Snyder, sheriff from 1996-2000 and a member of the Sheriff’s Office for nearly 30 years, died. In 2011, the report was dedicated to former Sheriff Greg Orr. The former sheriff passed away in 2011. Orr was sheriff from 2001-08.

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The complete report can be found at http://www.muscatinecountysheriff.com/index.html.

 

 

 

 

http://muscatinejournal.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/saw-a-big-spike-in-meth-seizures/article_1e74b468-156b-59cf-a572-8dd18b4420b2.html?comment_form=true