A couple is in the Madison County Jail after methamphetamine materials were traced back to their hotel room in Madison.

Madison police say witnesses reported discarded meth precursors at a local hotel Wednesday morning. Police say the 17652476-largemanufacturing materials were discarded in a trash bin. Detectives traced the times back to one of the hotel rooms.

The room was occupied by Abigail Rene Marshall, 33, and Johnny Wilson Marshall, 30. The couple’s 9-month-old child was also in the room, according to police.

Police say they found more meth precursors and other controlled substances in the room. The Marshalls were both arrested and charged with first-degree manufacturing of a controlled substance, chemical endangerment of a child and possession of a controlled substance. Their bonds are $52,500 each.

Police say the investigation is ongoing.


FABIUS TOWNSHIP, MI — A drug bust netted police several one-pot methamphetamine labs Wednesday in St. Joseph County, authorities said.

Narcotics investigators with the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Office responded to a house in the 1500 block of Millard Road in Fabius Township after receiving a tip about a person with outstanding warrants who was alleged to be making meth at the address, according to a news release issued by the sheriff’s office.

At the scene, investigators said they found evidence that meth was being made at the house and obtained a search warrant. Inside, they found “several one pot meth labs as well as finished product,” according to the news release.

One person, whose name has not been released, was arrested at the scene.

Police said they plan to seek charges of operating/maintaining a meth lab, meth possession and maintaining a drug house against “other residents not home at the time” of Wednesday’s search, according to the news release.

Police are asking anyone with information regarding the incident to call the St. Joseph County Area Narcotics division at 269-467-9045, ext. 245.


A Shickshinny man admitted he smoked methamphetamine shortly before he caused a fatal car crash in February, police say.

Jacob Harvey, 25, was arraigned Wednesday before Magisterial District Judge John Hasay on charges of homicide by vehicle while DUI, aggravated assault by vehicle and DUI.

Harvey was involved in a violent two-vehicle accident on Lee Road in Conyngham Township shortly after 11 a.m. on Feb. 8, according to state police at Shickshinny.

Harvey’s eastbound Ford Ranger crossed the center line and crashed head-on into a westbound Mitsubishi Galant driven by Matthew Ruch, who later died of injuries from the accident, police said in a criminal complaint.

According to the complaint:

A trooper responded to a report of a vehicle on fire following a crash. The trooper found two smoldering, badly damaged vehicles and saw Ruch lying in the road as medical crews attended to him.

Police credited a passing motorist, Wayne Chonko, with pulling the occupants of both vehicles to safety.

Harvey, when questioned by police, said he did not remember what happened. Matthew Ruch’s daughter, Rachel Ruch, a passenger in the Mitsubishi, also said she could not remember.

Matthew Ruch was air-lifted to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center.

At the hospital, police interviewed Harvey again.

When asked if he had taken drugs or alcohol, Harvey said he smoked “meth” prior to the crash, and a trooper noticed that Harvey’s pupils were dilated.

Harvey consented to a chemical test of his blood. Test results showed he had amphetamines, cannabinoids and morphine or codeine in his system, according to police.

Rachel Ruch suffered broken bones and post-concussion syndrome, police said.

Matthew Ruch died of crash-related injuries on March 30, according to police.

The Luzerne County Coroner’s Office ruled Ruch’s death a homicide, caused by multiple traumatic injuries due to a motor vehicle accident.

Following his arraignment, Harvey was sent to Luzerne County Correctional Facility in lieu of $15,000 bail. A preliminary hearing before Hasay is scheduled for May 13.

Court papers do not provide age or address information for Matthew and Rachel Ruch.


ST GEORGE – The Washington County Drug Task Force arrested a 33-year-old woman for drug distribution Friday as they continue the fight to suppress drug-related crimes in Washington County.

The task force conducted a narcotics distribution investigation into Season Lee Ence, of St. George, according to a probable cause statement written by task force Detective Matt Schuman in support of the arrest.9IWB_ence

During the course of the investigation over the last several months, the task force conducted a controlled buy of methamphetamine in St. George through the use of a confidential informant who purchased meth from Ence, the statement said.

“(Ence) confirmed the price and location where the transaction would take place,” Schuman wrote in the statement.

Ence was arrested and booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility.

She was charged with a second-degree felony for drug distribution.

Fifth District Judge Michael Westfall ordered Ence’s bail amount set at $10,000 during her initial court appearance Monday. Ence was found indigent by the court and will be represented by court-appointed attorney Michael Lastowski. Her next court appearance is scheduled for May 4.

Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.


Dawna McDanielWORTHINGTON — Two Worthington residents, Nicholas Butera, 23, and Dawna McDaniel, 44, were arrested Sunday evening on two felonies: fifth-degree possession of methamphetamine and storing meth paraphernalia in the presence of a child or vulnerable adult. Additionally, both were charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possessing a small amount of marijuana, no remuneration, both petty misdemeanors.

According to court documents, just before 8 p.m. Sunday, Worthington Police Department officers were dispatched following a report of a man whispering over the phone that he was trapped in a home in the 1700 block of Pauline Avenue.

When the officers arrived, they were met by McDaniel, whom they recognized from previous encounters.

After entering the home, the officers went to a bedroom door where Butera said he had telephoned 911 because someone was trying to get him.Nicholas Butera

Butera told officers he had locked himself in his room for three hours because he heard someone yelling they were coming after him. He then said he hid in the closet, but continued to hear voices. While speaking to law enforcement, Butera appeared anxious and fidgety while making erratic movements. Officers determined he exhibited signs of being under the influence of methamphetamine.

As the officers searched the room, a small glass pipe was located underneath a dresser beside a plastic baggy with a white substance. Both tested positive for methamphetamine. In addition, the officers discovered three glass Mason jars beneath the bed that smelled like marijuana. The jars also tested positive.

When police arrested Butera and escorted him outside to the squad car, they noticed an adjacent bedroom had a crib and children’s clothing. Officers asked McDaniel if a child resided in the residence. The criminal complaint alleges that McDaniel said her daughter, daughter’s boyfriend and their son stayed in that room. She also told officers that she smokes methamphetamine on occasion and would probably test positive for the substance, which she later did.

McDaniel was also placed under arrest and transported to the Nobles County Jail along with her nephew. Both are currently in the Nobles County Jail and will make initial appearances in court next month.


An investigation Tuesday morning into a motorcycle crash at a Columbia motel allegedly led to police finding methamphetamine and forgery tools.

Julie Miles, 34, was learning to ride a motorcycle in the parking lot of America’s Best Value Inn, 1900 I-70 Drive S.W., when 5540f6a4713e5_imageshe lost control of the vehicle and crashed through a room’s window, Columbia police Officer Latisha Stroer said in a news release. First responders took Miles to a hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening. Police contacted the owner of the motorcycle, Raymond Crites, and arrested him on a failure to appear warrant on the original charge of not having insurance or plates on the motorcycle, Stroer said.

While officers were at the scene, another motel patron told officers two people were printing fraudulent checks in a second-floor room, Stroer said. Police went to the room and spoke with Danielle L. Dakon, 32, of St. Joseph. Stroer said officers found Thomas J. Culver, 44, of Warsaw hiding in the bathroom; two children, ages 14 and 6, also were in the room.

Stroer said Culver gave officers consent to search the room. Officers allegedly found several hypodermic needles and a small bag containing methamphetamine, which prompted officers to halt the consent search and request a search warrant. Once the warrant was obtained, the search proceeded.5540f66df02b1_image

Stroer said officers found meth, a small amount of marijuana, several trash bags full of documents containing other people’s personal and financial information, check stock, a laptop computer and a printer.

Police arrested Culver on suspicion of two counts of first-degree child endangerment, felony possession of a controlled substance and possession of forging instruments. Police arrested Dakon on suspicion of two counts each of first-degree child endangerment and felony possession of a controlled substance.

Culver and Dakon are both being held at the Boone County Jail on $18,000 bond.


An explosion that left a bathroom door lying in the middle of a hotel room had markers of a methamphetamine lab, according to a drug official.

Emergency officials responded about 8 p.m. to Cartersville North Inns & Suites, 11 Kent Drive in Cartersville, after reports of an explosion blew the door off and activated the sprinkler system.Meth_lab

“We responded to a possible meth lab explosion. It has some signatures of a meth lab explosion, but I won’t know until we get a search warrant to be able to get into the room and isolate that,” Bartow-Cartersville Drug Task Force Commander Capt. Mark Mayton said, declining to detail the signatures present at the scene.

Bartow County Fire Department Capt. Mike Kimbrel said crews responded to the third floor room to find no fire but other indicators of what may have occurred.

“There was no fire. We suspect the sprinkler system suppressed it … worked like it was supposed to,” he said. “… There was an odor they encountered. Everything we were doing was just precautionary, making sure no one was contaminated, everybody was accounted for.

“We’ve been told it was an explosion. … I don’t know that somebody didn’t just kick the door in. According to my crews, the door was off the hinges. I was just up there and there was a door laying in the floor of the bedroom.”

Authorities conducted a partial evacuation and hotel employees on scene Wednesday night were shifting guests to other floors as necessary.

“We have secured the immediate area to make sure there was no contamination to other guests that were in the building. We’ve evacuated the entire floor that this happened on,” Mayton said.

The occupants of the room were not at the scene and, as of press time, were not in custody. Mayton declined to comment on their identity.

While waiting for a search warrant for the room, Mayton said the investigation would determine whether the room’s occupants were indeed manufacturing meth.

“It’s going to depend on what we find in there. The air is going to have to be sampled. We have to use air monitoring equipment just to make sure there’s no explosive levels of gases in there,” he said.

No injuries were reported, although authorities were in contact with area hospitals for possible patients with chemical burns.


Justin L Brown, 23, of Pottersville, Angela M. McCalip, 40, and Dawndianne M. McCalip, 20, both of Bolivar, were issued summonses by Polk County Circuit Court last week on charges of class C felony possession of a controlled substance.

According to the court file, Bolivar Police officers responded to a residence on North Chicago Avenue on Oct. 2 for a domestic disturbance. Upon entering the house, officers could visually see several items of drug paraphernalia. Also found was a plastic bag with a white crystalline substance consistent with methamphetamine under a couch cushion where Brown was sitting.

Angela McCalip is accused of possessing methamphetamine found in her handbag that was located in a spare bedroom and a glass pipe and syringes found in the bathroom where she had been immediately before police entered the house.

Dawndianne McCalip is accused of possessing methamphetamine found during a search of the master bedroom where officers found a gray backpack belonging to her that contained a syringe used for injecting methamphetamine.

Both women are due in court at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 13, while Brown is due in court at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 20.


Maria Elvira Pinto Exposto, a 52-year-old mother of four, was arrested on December 7 at Kuala Lumpur airport with 1.1 kilograms (2.4 pounds) of the drug, also known as ice, court documents showed.

Prosecutor Hasifulkhair Jamaluddin told the magistrate’s court that Exposto had been trafficking methamphetamine based on the chemist’s report.Part-HKG-Hkg10176057-1-1-0

Magistrate Noor Hafizah Salim then ordered the case to be transferred to the high court.

Malaysia has a mandatory death penalty by hanging for anyone found guilty of carrying more than 50 grams of a drug.

Authorities previously said Exposto was trafficking 1.5 kilograms of methamphetamine.

Exposta, who was wearing a white blouse and black pants, looked nervous when the amended charge was read to her.

The defense is yet to enter a plea until the case reaches the high court since the lower magistrate’s court has no jurisdiction to hear death penalty cases.

Later as she was being led out of the detention room in handcuffs, the Australian told AFP that she was innocent and nodded her head three times.

“Yes (I am innocent),” she said with a smile.

No date has been set for the high court hearing but defense lawyers said the trial could begin later this year.

“We are confident that we can show her innocence at the trial,” Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, her counsel, told AFP.

Defense lawyers say Exposto was duped into carrying a bag — which she believed contained only clothing — by a stranger who asked her to take it to Melbourne.

She had travelled to Shanghai after falling for an online romance scam by a person claiming to be a US serviceman, according to lawyers.

Customs officers discovered the drugs stitched into the compartment of a backpack.

Two Australians were hanged in 1986 for heroin trafficking — the first Westerners to be executed in Malaysia.

Few people have been executed in Malaysia in recent years.


LANSING – A 35-year-old Lansing man is in serious condition with upper body burns apparently related to cooking methamphetamine, police said.

Police were called to a home in the 5800 block of Joshua Street at around 12:15 p.m. today on a report of a possible explosion and person on fire, Lansing police Public Information Officer Robert Merritt said.

Police found a fire in the back porch area, Merritt said. Lansing firefighters put out the fire and took the man to a local hospital. No one else was hurt.

Merritt said the man ran from the home holding an item that burst. He would not say what the item was, but that police found items at the scene consistent with the manufacture of methamphetamine.

Merritt said the man will likely face charges.

Michigan State Police are investigating.


MANALAPAN, Fla. —A man is facing charges of public intoxication and disorderly conduct after going for a ride on a stranger’s car.

It happened Sunday morning on South Ocean Boulevard in Manalapan.

Witnesses said it all started when Jonathan Restrepo, 25, of Coral Springs, jumped out of his girlfriend’s car in the middle of traffic.

Restrepo jumped onto several cars and even jumped into a convertible going 20 mph, according to the man who shot the cellphone video.

“He was running around like a monkey with his tongue out, waving his arms in the air, jumping on top of cars,” the man who recorded the cellphone video said.

One driver didn’t stop, and kept driving down A1A with Restrepo on the roof of her Nissan Altima. In the cellphone video, you can see Restrepo scrambling back and forth on the roof on his knees, even peering in through the windows at the terrified driver.

Eventually, as seen in the video, Lantana and Manalapan police arrive coming the other way on A1A and Restrepo jumps off the car and bolts for a grassy area by the Intracoastal Waterway.

“When he went to run away from the cops, he didn’t even run away from them,” the man who recorded the video said. “He ran a few feet and then ran back at them. He was really confused, just acting crazy. I’ve never seen anything like it.”

Restrepo followed police orders to lie down on the ground.

Officers say Restrepo told them he was using crystal meth and that someone was after him.

He was arrested on charges of public intoxication, disorderly conduct and criminal mischief for causing more than $1,000 damage to two different cars.

Restrepo was taken to a hospital after being arrested and has since been released.













635659251280879432-meth-dump-siteOTSEGO, Mich. (WZZM) — Allegan County authorities say meth remains a huge problem. This week, WZZM 13 followed undercover officers from the West Michigan Enforcement Team (WEMET) as they searched for meth dump sites.

In rural Allegan County, spring cleaning means something different to the undercover officer leading a team with the drug task force WEMET.

WZZM 13 has been asked not to show team members’ faces as they search for meth dump sites.

The WEMET team leader said those sites contain “the toxic materials that are leftover from a methamphetamine cook.”

They examine garbage, like plastic bags or bottles, for indications of something much more sinister.

“If we find something through the side of the bag, than it’s time to suit up,” said the undercover officer.

That time came while WZZM 13 followed the team around a meth dump site just south of Otsego.

“He’s putting on a fire proof suit right now,” the team leader said of an officer sealing himself from head to toe and wearing a special mask.

“It’s an air-purifying respirator; there’s a couple toxic gases that are produced at meth labs,” said the undercover officer.

The team discovered the meth-making materials by simply driving by. With a closer look, remnants of a chemical reaction are visible.

“Anytime you see a bottle with any kind of sludge in it, it’s probably meth-lab related,” said the team leader. “The biggest concern is that a person or a child is going to pick up one of those bottles and either inhale some hydrogen chloride gas or have a reaction vessel start on fire.”

The hazardous materials are placed in a container, carefully marked, and transported to an authorized storage facility.

Unfortunately, in this case, like most, there was not enough evidence to prosecute anyone.

“Fifteen percent of the dump sites have evidence with them — the other 85 percent do not,” said the undercover officer.

For now, the search for the next big meth bust continues on rural roadways and in empty fields.

“The best part of the job is when you get people in the system, and then when they’re out of the system they’re clean and sober and not using meth anymore,” the team leader said.

WEMET provided WZZM 13 with at least one hopeful statistic: the department says between 80 and 90 percent of people who are arrested and sent through Allegan County’s meth rehab program stop using the drug.


The suspect has several prior felony and misdemeanor convictions, and was preliminarily charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of a hypodermic needle and possession of a handgun without a permit by a serious violent felon.

An Elkhart man was arrested Tuesday morning after a SWAT team executed a search warrant for his home near two Elkhart schools.Hickman-Anthony-Scott

The Elkhart Police Department’s Special Response Team (SRT) went at 6:42 a.m. Tuesday, April 28, to the home in the 54000 block of C.R. 3 as part of an investigation, said Sgt. Chris Snyder.

Anthony Scott Hickman, 39, was arrested Tuesday, April 28, 2015, on preliminary charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of a hypodermic needle and possession of a handgun by a serious violent felon.

The house is across the street from Elkhart Memorial High School and Woodland Elementary School.

Snyder said the SRT was deployed instead of regular patrol officers because police had reason to believe there might people in the home who have a history of weapons and narcotics violations.

Police arrested Anthony Hickman, 39, of Elkhart on preliminary charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of a hypodermic needle and possession of a handgun without a permit by a serious violent felon. A court document from a 2006 felony drug dealing conviction notes Hickman had “two prior felony convictions and seven previous misdemeanor convictions,” but some of the online court records showing Hickman’s criminal history are incomplete. It’s unclear which charges resulted in convictions that contribute to his status as a “serious violent felon.”

He was booked at the Elkhart County Jail without bond.

The investigation that prompted the search is ongoing, Snyder said.


635658336929053738-david-wheeler-2015428155818ALEXANDER COUNTY, N.C. — The Alexander County Sheriff’s Office says they’ve arrested a wanted sex offender, but also found him to be in possession of methamphetamine.

The Alexander County Sheriff’s Office had been searching for David Wheeler, 27. Wheeler is a convicted sex offender, who authorities say did not update his registered address.

On Tuesday, the Sheriff’s Office said they received information that Wheeler would be coming into Alexander County from Catawba County on NC 16.

Taylorsville Police intercepted Wheeler’s vehicle, took him into custody, and reportedly found Wheeler to be in possession of methamphetamine.

His bond was set at $77,000.


A Palestine woman was arrested for trying to hide methamphetamine from a deputy during a traffic stop Monday evening.

Dana Rena Bledsoe, 49, Palestine was stopped by Dep. Michael Skinner at 11 p.m. Monday at FM 320 and ACR 420. 55401353bcc40_imageBledsoe was the only occupant of a dark blue Ford Escape.

While the officer had the car stopped, Bledsoe attempted to hide the methamphetamine in a clear plastic bag between the driver’s seat and console area, Anderson County Sheriff Greg Taylor said. Skinner recovered 1 gram of meth in the plastic bag.

Bledsoe went before a judge Tuesday morning and was charged with tampering with evidence and possession of methamphetamine. She has a $3,500 bond for tampering with evidence and $10,000 for possession of a controlled substance. She is still in jail and has not been able to pay the bond, Taylor said.


An Oneida man accused of attempting to trade methamphetamine for sex was arrested last week on charges of possession of a Schedule IV drug for resale, possession of a Schedule II drug and solicitation of prostitution.

David Andrew Billingsley, 27, of Oneida, was arrested Tuesday, April 21. According to a warrant filedby Oneida Police Department investigator Bill Miller, Billingsley sent a text message to a cell phone wanting to trade meth for sex.


KALISPELL – The toxins in meth make it deadly, but it’s the addictive properties that can cause some addicts to ignore the risks.

Risks that can include damage to internal organs, increased risk for heart attack, seizure and damage to just about every part of the brain.7599733_G

Neurologist Dr. Bret Lindsey says what looks like holes in the 3D brain scan on the right are essentially dead spots due to repeated meth use.

“When people do methamphetamine an extraordinary amount of dopamine is liberated by the neurons or brain cells and that gives people a feeling of euphoria, the high that people describe and so that’s really what gets people in trouble,” Dr. Lindsey with Glacier Neuroscience and Spine said.

Dopamine is the chemical that allows us to feel joy and in normal doses it’s great.

But meth causes such a high concentration to be released that the brain’s ability to create more and process it is severely damaged.

Dr. Lindsey described it like this, you eat a cupcake and it makes you feel great and the next time you have five but it’s not the same.

All of a sudden you’re eating 10…15…20 cupcakes a day but never able to duplicate that first experience.

Each time an addict ups the dose they are causing further damage to their body.


Methamphetamine, a highly addictive and destructive drug, is no stranger to Big Sky Country and its reach has been increasing over the last 10 years.

Local law enforcement agencies saying they have seen an increase in the amount coming into the community, but have been able to combat it with the Russell Country Drug Task Force Agency, a collaborative effort between local, state, and federal agencies based out of Great Falls.

The Task Force was behind “Operation Highline Crystal Highway,” one of the largest drug busts in Montana’s memory.

John Schaffer, Captain of the Great Falls Police Department’s Investigative Services Bureau, says in this particular case, Federal agents from the Drug Enforcement Agency were involved alongside state investigators from the Montana Department of Justice’s Division of Criminal Investigation, as well as the GFPD, Cascade County Sheriff’s Office and state probation and parole officers.

“We were able to remove a large amount of drugs from our community that now isn’t poisoning a certain population of our folks that live here,” Schaffer said.

The investigation spanned months and reached across the Western part of the United States, from Los Angeles, California to right here in north-central Montana. The investigation saw more than 20 pounds of meth move into the Treasure State and led to the arrest and indictment of 20 people.

Cascade County Attorney John Parker says that the poison’s grasp can stretch far beyond the user and that there is a major correlation between the drug and other crimes.

“What a lot of people don’t think about are the links to armed robberies, break-ins, and burglaries where people are stealing, taking money and assets by force to fuel their habit.” Parker said.

Parker also said he has seen meth as a factor in a number of severe domestic violence beatings and murders over the last decade.


An estimated $2 million to $3 million in crystal meth was discovered following a routine traffic stop in Kansas City, Kansas, Tuesday morning.

According to KCKPD, Kansas Highway Patrol troopers pulled over a ‘City Rent-A-Truck’ on the corner of 10th Street and Kansas Avenue around 9 a.m. They said the driver looked visibly nervous, so they proceeded to investigate.

After the driver gave permission for a search, he drove the truck to KCKPD headquarters where KCK’s Narcotics Unit searched the truck, uncovering 60-80 pounds worth of crystal meth. The drugs were hidden inside a steel lathe, which was enclosed in a large wooden box.

There was also a shipping label attached to the box which reads the container came from Compton, California, and was intended to be delivered to 6200 St. John St. in Kansas City, MO., where the ‘Super Flea’ building is located.

41 Action News called Super Flea. An employee said they were unaware of the drug bust and that there are 15 different businesses at their location.

The identity of the truck driver has not yet been released. Police also told 41 Action News that the drugs likely originate from Mexico.


Kansas City traffic stop leads to 90 pounds of meth

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) – Kansas Highway Patrol has discovered more than 90 pounds of methamphetamine during a routine traffic stop.

The Kansas City Star (http://bit.ly/1KsQkE8 ) reports the discovery was made Tuesday after a trooper pulled over a vehicle. According to a spokesman for the Kansas City, Kansas, Police Department, the methamphetamine is believed to have a street value of $2 million to $3 million, and to have originated in Mexico. Its destination was not known.

The spokesman said officers, including the narcotics unit that was called for assistance, found 15 packages of methamphetamine inside a large wooden crate.

The driver of the vehicle was taken into custody and is being questioned.


JEFF DAVIS CO., GA (WTOC) – As a result of ongoing drug Investigations, several suspects have been arrested in Jeff Davis County on numerous drug charges, according to Sheriff Preston Bohannon.

The following arrests were made due to the investigation:7594311_G

  • Zachary Bowen of Jeff Davis was charged with sale of methamphetamine.
  • Melanie Calhoun of Jeff Davis was charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, and possession of a controlled substance.
  • Gary Brinkley of Jeff Davis was charged with possession of methamphetamine.
  • Carlton James Wilson of Jeff Davis was charged with sale of methamphetamine.
  • Marshal Shane Latimer of Jeff Davis was charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, poss. of a controlled substance and poss. of marijuana.
  • Lucious Jackson of Jeff Davis was charged with sale of cocaine.
  • Anthony Baker of Jeff Davis was charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine.7594330_G
  • Danyel Clark of Jeff Davis was charged with Possession with intent to distribute cocaine.
  • Keith Wilcox of Jeff Davis was charged with possession of cocaine.
  • Mathew Carter of Jeff Davis was charged with possession of methamphetamine.
  • Tanya Newham Ellis of Jeff Davis was charged with possession with intent to dist. oxycodone and possession of marijuana.
  • DeQwavious Hawkins of Coffee County was charged with possession of cocaine.

If you have any information on any type of illegal activity, feel free to contact the Jeff Davis County Sheriff’s office at 912.375.6600 and you can remain anonymous.


  • First tunnel burrowed from Calexico into Mexicali from inside a residence
  • Four men were found nearby with 25 vacuum sealed bags of meth
  • The haul was worth $694,000, but three of the men got away
  • Second was found on the Tijuana-San Diego border and was being built
  • It had a complex railway system with a cart

Two underground tunnels dug beneath the California-Mexico border have been discovered in a two-day period. The first was found Monday near Calexico across from Mexicali. The second was an incomplete passageway discovered early Tuesday in the Tijuana River Valley across from Tijuana’s Avenida Internacional.lead_art_r620x349

The Mexicali-Calexico tunnel measured 230 feet in length, was about four feet high and four feet wide, and had lighting and ventilation, according to a statement Tuesday from the U.S. Border Patrol.

The passageway led from a residence in Mexicali and was discovered on Monday by members of the patrol’s Border Search Trauma and Rescue unit. The group had been searching an area near the All-American Canal after agents on Sunday had intercepted four men trying to cross the canal with 25 vacuum-sealed packages containing 69 pounds of methamphetamine worth $694,000.

Three of the men fled back to Mexico. The fourth man, described as a 27-year-old Honduran citizen, was caught in the canal with a wet suit and scuba gear.

On the Tijuana-San Diego border, an incomplete tunnel was discovered Tuesday west of the San Ysidro Port of Entry by U.S. Border Patrol agents working in the Tijuana River Valley.tunnelone_t837

The tunnel had lighting, as well as a rail system with a cart, said Lauren Mack, spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in San Diego. The agents initially thought it was a sinkhole, but on closer examination found it was a collapsed section of the tunnel, she said. It was 220 yards long.

There was no U.S. exit, Mack said, but Mexican authorities found the tunnel’s entrance at a residence in Tijuana. The residence is apparently located near the U.S. border fence in Colonia Castillo, where Tijuana media reported the presence of the Mexican military on Tuesday afternoon. No arrests were reported.

U.S. federal authorities have found more than 80 cross-border smuggling tunnels since 2006, most in California and Arizona. The illicit passage ways are typically used to by criminal groups to smuggle drugs across the border.


CANDLER A local woman has been arrested on one felony charge of possessing methamphetamine, six misdemeanor drug possession counts, one charge of possessing drug paraphernalia and one misdemeanor shoplifting charge.

Charged was Priscilla Cagle Clarke, 42, of Hookers Gap Road. Clark was accused of illegally possessing small amounts of several prescription drugs and taking food and clothing worth $87.33 from the Dollar General Market at 1131 Smoky Park Highway.


(Riverton, Wyo.) – A teenager babysitting two young children in Riverton has been charged with Minor In Possession and Child Endangerment after admitting that she had taken methamphetamine earlier in the day and then drank six “shooters” of alcohol while looking after the kids.Tialyssa Armour

Riverton Police identified the teen as 18-year-old Tialyssa Armour. The incident allegedly took place at a home on Heather Drive.

The mother of the children came home at 9:21 p.m. Saturday and found Armour gone from the house, vomit on the back door and her two children all alone inside. She told police she had hired the teen to look after her kids while she was at work. The kids were okay.

Police found Armour “in the area” laying in the back seat of a small pickup truck. A breath test revealed her blood alcohol level was .20% BAC. The legal level is .08%.

Inside the home officers found several broken items, including a mirror and a coffee cup and an overturned coffee table in the living room.

When questioned, Armour allegedly told officers that she started drinking at 4 p.m. and that she had used meth earlier in the day.

It was not reported if the alcohol came from the home or if the teen brought it with her.

Armour was arrested and taken to the Fremont County Detention Center in Lander.


MURFREESBORO – A traffic stop Tuesday night led to the arrest of a Murfreesboro man who is accused of kidnapping and beating a woman over the course of more than two weeks, according to Murfreesboro Police Department records.

Thanath Lont Sayadeth, aka, “Lucky,” was wanted on two outstanding warrants stemming from the allegations reported in March.B9317134004Z_1_20150427134902_000_G5PAKFK23_1-0

On March 25, a 20-year-old woman reported to Officer David Kelch that she was kidnapped, drugged and beaten by several subjects, including a man nicknamed “Lucky,” over several weeks beginning March 8.

“The original incident was a series of gang-related crimes in which the victim was not a random target and was known to the suspects,” said Sgt. Kyle Evans, spokesman for the Murfreesboro Police Department.

He explained the woman was likely a victim of a gang initiation.

The victim said she was kept in different motel rooms in Murfreesboro, handcuffed to a toilet, tasered and had a gun held to her head.

On March 12, she was blindfolded and placed in the trunk of her own car and transported to a house on Center Pointe Drive in Murfreesboro.

She told Kelch she was then placed in a bathtub, had a towel pressed into her face and bleach poured onto the towel. She said she was then drugged, injured by a Taser and beaten by different men and women until she was finally released March 25.

“Since then the subjects have kept tabs on her and used her to get information about their rivals,” Kelch said. He added the victim had injuries consistent with her story.

Since the reported kidnapping, Murfreesboro police have been on the lookout out for the alleged perpetrators.

Detectives Michael Levy and Chris Gann reported Tuesday night they saw a custom-painted motorcycle fitting the description of one owned by the suspected kidnappers.

“I was able to observe the motorcyclist through the front of his helmet and it did appear to be the subject,” Gann reported.

The detectives then conducted a traffic stop and identified Sayadeth.

During the traffic stop, Sayadeth said he had “ice,” also known as methamphetamine in his pocket, Gann said in the report.

The detectives found 15.1 grams of a “crystal-like substance” in a plastic bag in Sayadeth’s pocket during a search. It tested positive for meth, he said. They also found a second bag of the substance, weighing 1.1 grams in another pocket.

The detectives arrested Sayadeth, 41.

Sayadeth was charged with extortion and especially aggravated kidnapping, possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell, simple possession of methamphetamine and criminal simulation.

He was booked into the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center on $575,000 bond. He was later released. Sayadeth is scheduled to appear May 20 in General Sessions Court.

Sayadeth has a previous conviction for selling drugs, according to previous coverage.


635657308258679359-tressa(NEWS CENTER) — On Saturday April 25, Cumberland County deputies responded to a home in Standish for a report of a family disturbance. While investigating the disturbance deputies got information of a suspected meth lab at the home.

Members of the MDEA went to the house at 1 Woodland Avenue and with permission from the home owners, conducted a search of the home and property.

Two “one pot” labs were located and two older labs were also found discarded along the wood line of the property.

Timothy Schoubroek, 32, and Tressa Sprague, 35, were both arrested for manufacturing meth and violating their conditions of release on a pending theft charge. Both were transported to the Cumberland County Jail and were held without bail pending a court appearance scheduled for April 27, 2015.635657308258367357-timothy

Additional charges for endangering the welfare of a child are being reviewed by the States Attorney General’s Office regarding the presence of five children living in the home ranging from ages 4 to 14. Two of the children 8 and 6 years of age had been living in New Sharon, Maine at the location of a previous meth lab MDEA dismantled on March 27, 2015 on Farmington Falls Road, New Sharon.

The Department of Health and Human Services has been contacted and is assisting.

This was the eleventh methamphetamine laboratory related incident responded to by MDEA in 2015.

Assisting in this incident were deputies of the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department and the State’s Department of Environmental Protection.