A traffic stop in Lubbock over the weekend led to the arrest of a man who reportedly had a sizable amount of an illegal drug in his vehicle.

 A Lubbock Police officer stopped a 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe at 3400 Elmwood for a traffic violation just before 11:45 p.m. Saturday, August 17th.



 The officer requested that the K9 unit search the vehicle after observing evidence that made him believe there may be an illegal substance inside the vehicle, according to a press release from LPD.

 The K-9 unit reportedly found 120 grams of methamphetamine and more than $9,000 cash inside the vehicle.

 Police arrested 39-year-old Brian Melcher for possession of a controlled substance.

 Melcher is being held in the Lubbock County Jail on more than $100,000 bond.








Seven Tucumcari area residents are facing felony drug trafficking charges as part of District Attorney Tim Rose’s crackdown on methamphetamine operations, Rose said in a press release Tuesday.

On Aug. 12, Tucumcari police executed a search warrant and arrested Max Jimenez, Jr., on an outstanding Quay County Magistrate Court warrant for trafficking of methamphetamine and conspiracy to commit trafficking of a controlled substance. Also arrested in that search was Theresa Quintana of Tucumcari.

Arrest warrants had been issued for Jimenez, as well as for Pete (P.J.) Estrada, La Donna Evans, Hector Dominguez, Agnes (Krissy) Hussman, Mathew Arias and Jolanda Jessie. All have been arrested except Estrada, who is still wanted, according to Rose.

Rose said the search for Jimenez and Estrada involved posting notices through the Tucumcari Crimestoppers Organization for information leading to the arrest and indictment of both men.

Rose said Jimenez’s arrest is a result of a Crimestopper’s tip that was received on Aug. 12. The Crimestoppers informant also said Quintana was in possession of a substantial amount of methamphetamine.

The search warrant for Jimenez and Quintana was issued and executed on the same day by Tucumcari police officers with assistance from the investigations division of the Tenth Judicial District Attorney’s Office and the Quay County Sheriff’s Office.

Jimenez was inside Quintana’s residence. Both were found to be in possession of methamphetamine, and drug paraphernalia was also found during the search, Rose reported.

Both Jimenez and Quintana were jailed and charged with the drug-related offenses. Quintana was charged with harboring or aiding a felon, because she allowed Jimenez to stay at her residence to evade police, Rose reported.

Police are still actively seeking Estrada, and are requesting the public’s assistance in locating him.

Jimenez is being held at the Quay County Detention Center on drug trafficking and conspiracy to commit drug trafficking charges, charges of methamphetamine possession stemming from the execution of the search warrant, and on warrants issued in multiple non-related criminal cases. Quintana is also being held at the detention center on charges of harboring or aiding a felon, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

“The apprehension and prosecution of these local meth dealers is the result of months of investigations through our office,” Rose said. “Meth investigations are ongoing and will continue as long as I am in office and as long as we are blessed with the dedicated staff and law enforcement officers that contributed to our operations. I expect several more arrests in the near future.”







Authorities arraigned four people accused of manufacturing meth in a Hellertown home where they lived with a 12-year-old.

 Chad Hummer, 30, his mother, Joan Hummer, 53, Nicholas Reynolds, 26, and Lindsey Zacot, 24, each face 11 charges connected to the production of the drug at 166 Main St., according to authorities.

 The suspects were arrested this morning after a Northampton County Drug Task Force raid at the home. The four were led to District Judge David Tidd’s office about 3:30 this afternoon.


 Authorities allege the four cooked, packaged and sold methamphetamine from the apartment. Police say the first floor was vacant, the suspects lived on the second floor, and the basement was primarily used to produce the drug.

 Police say the drug operations occurred in the home while a 12-year-old was present, though no child endangerment charges were filed.

 Police seized a large amount of ingredients and equipment used to make meth with the popular, but volatile, one-pot method, court records say.

 During the arraignment, Joan Hummer, wearing a pair of pajama pants as a shawl around her bare shoulders, required the judge to go over each charge because she said she didn’t understand the offenses.

 “What exactly don’t you understand?” Tidd asked her.

 “I don’t understand what I’m being charged with,” she said. “Delivering what? I don’t understand. My son wrote in a statement that I don’t know anything and I don’t know anything.”

 “You’re going to stay here until you do understand,” Tidd said.

 All four individuals are charged with manufacturing or delivering meth, possession of meth, possession of the ingredients used to produce meth, operating a methamphetamine lab, illegal dumping of methamphetamine laboratory waste, possession of liquified as methamphetamine precursors, unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine, risking catastrophe, possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia and conspiracy.

 Each suspect was sent to Northampton County Prison in lieu of $75,000 bail. The judge allowed a 10 percent option if approved by pretrial services.







BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — Kern County deputies arrested a man Sunday morning who allegedly shot up his apartment complex while high on methamphetamine.

Juan Reynaldo Cisneros, 37, is accused of firing his handgun into the ceiling of his downstairs apartment in the 1700 block of Cheatham Avenue. He then allegedly went to the courtyard of the apartment complex and shot his gun again, the sheriff’s office said.

No one was injured in the shooting.

The sheriff’s office said Cisneros ran off but was found and arrested nearby. The gun was recovered, and deputies discovered ammunition, suspected meth and drug paraphernalia during a search of Cisneros’ apartment.

SAN LUIS — Federal authorities say Somerton woman is accused of trying to smuggle nearly three pounds of methamphetamine into southern Arizona by concealing it on her body.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Port of San Luis say an SUV driven by 44-year-old Adriana Palencia-Rodriguez was selected for further inspection Monday.

A CBP narcotics detection canine alerted officers to drugs and the SUV and the woman were searched.

During a pat-down search, officers say they found packages in her purse, underneath each breast and in her groin area.

They say the five packages contained 2.75 pounds of methamphetamine worth nearly $43,000.

The drugs and vehicle were seized and Palencia-Rodriguez was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.
Authorities didn’t know Wednesday if she has a lawyer.





A Phoenix, Ariz., man who dropped his bleeding, injured wife off at the emergency room on July 21, 2013, was arrested after police found an array of bloody bondage equipment in their bedroom. The wife, who admitted to having smoked a little meth that day, said she was assaulted by a demon.

Personnel in the Paradise Valley Hospital’s had no idea who dropped off the injured woman at the emergency room, or what had happened to her. It was clear that she had broken facial bones and lacerations all over her body, but the woman could not recall what had happened. According to court documents, she later told a nurse that her husband had done it. Later still, she said that it was “not actually [her husband], but a demon that had left his body,” and had “tied her up with chains and assaulted her.” The wife added that she had smoked meth earlier that day.

Brian Reade

Brian Reade



A review of the surveillance footage taken outside the hospital showed her husband, Brian Reade, 48, leaving her there. About 10 hours after that, rather than check in on her, Reade opted to call police and report that he thought his wife might have drugged and sexually assaulted him. Investigators found no signs of injury on Brian Reade.

A search of the couple’s home turned up a “toy box” in the form of a trunk at the end of the couple’s bed. According to police the trunk contained “bondage items,” specifically bloody: rope, chain and bolt cutters, as well as whips, dildos, ball gags, and two eyelets mounted on the ceiling over the bed, which could be “possibly used for bondage-type situations.” The bolt cutters had apparently been used on the woman’s toes, though the extent of the injuries inflicted is unknown. One of the chains matched the marks on his wife’s back. The sheets and blankets were already in the wash.

Reade was arrested and charged with two felony counts of assault with temporary disfigurement.






GARNER — A man and woman were slated for court appearances Monday on charges that they were manufacturing methamphetamine in a room at the InTown Suites Extended Stay hotel on U.S. 70 West.

Garner police arrested Anthony Wade Lewis, 43, and Julie Anne Lewis, 48, late Friday afternoon at the hotel, where police said Julie Lewis was living in Room 105.

An arrest report for Anthony Lewis listed his address as 105 Bashford Road in Raleigh.


Julie Anne Lewis


Arrest warrants said the Lewises had muriatic acid, used in the manufacturing of meth, along with other precursor materials in the room.

Anthony Lewis was charged possession of methamphetamine with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver it, possessing and distributing precursor material for meth, manufacturing meth, maintaining the hotel room as a place to keep and sell drugs, felony conspiracy with Julie Lewis, three counts of missing previous court dates for misdemeanor charges and probation violation.

Julie Lewis was charged with manufacturing meth, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or distribute, possession and distribution of precursor material, maintaining the hotel room as a drug sale and storage place and felony conspiracy with Anthony Lewis.

Anthony Lewis was convicted in December 2011 on a worthless check charge in Wake County and put on 18 months’ probation.


CALEXICO – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers found more than nine pounds of methamphetamine inside a car battery late Thursday, and an El Centro woman driving the car was arrested.

Around 9:30 p.m., a woman driving a blue 1995 Nissan Maxima tried to enter the U.S. at the Calexico downtown Port of Entry, according to a press statement. Officers referred the driver and her vehicle for a more in-depth examination.

Methamphetamine found in car battery

Five packages of methamphetamine were found in the car battery of a vehicle coming through the Calexico downtown Port of Entry Thursday night

A canine then alerted to the engine compartment, and officers found five wrapped packages of methamphetamine hidden inside the car battery.

The narcotics have an estimated street value of about $138,000.

The driver, Cynthia Flores-Carpena, 37, of El Centro was arrested and turned over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations agents for further processing. She was transported to Imperial County Jail for arraignment, and CBP seized the vehicle and narcotics.


BRIMFIELD, Ohio — Just five years ago, meth lab busts in Ohio were declining.

But a recent resurgence of the drug has law enforcement agencies concerned about your safety. Meth labs commonly used today are small, portable and popping up in places you wouldn’t expect, like cars and the side of roads.

“It’s a very serious problem,” says Brimfield Police Chief David Oliver. “What we’re dealing with now are the one-pot methods or bottle meth labs.”

It’s known as the “shake and bake” method, and these small-scale labs are a growing trend across Northeast Ohio.

“It is a 2-liter bottle, usually the main component is Coleman lantern fluid,” explains Brimfield Police Sgt. David Knarr. “[People] tend of use lithium battery strips and water to form their chemical reaction.”

These labs are easy to make, portable and have caused an uptick in meth labs in the state.


The number of meth labs seized has increased from 112 in 2008 to 635 already this year.

In Summit County alone this year, there have been 191 meth labs incidents, and the “shake and bake” method poses a serious risk to the public.

“A lot of times when [users] are through with these bottles, they toss them out the window of a car, so you could conceivably come across some chemicals in a soda bottle, a 2-liter soda bottle, you may think it’s old soda or something else and pick it up, sometimes those things can be volatile and explode,” explains Chief Oliver.

If you come across the components of one of these labs, you should immediately stop what you’re doing and call police, says Chief Oliver.

As this method becomes more prevalent, police in Northeast Ohio are standing their ground.

“We pursue it relentlessly,” says Chief Oliver.







On Tuesday morning, law enforcement officials were at 166 Main St., which was sealed off as an investigation into a suspected meth lab continued.

Members of the Northampton County Drug Task Force and the Pennsylvania State Police Clandestine Lab Response Team were at a suspected meth lab in Hellertown early Tuesday and executed a search warrant, borough police confirmed.




Members of the Northampton County Drug Task Force and the Pennsylvania State Police Clandestine Lab Response Team were at a suspected meth lab in Hellertown early Tuesday and executed a search warrant, borough police confirmed.

Shortly after 7 a.m., police tape restricted access to 166 Main St. while outside the building, agents in plain clothes processed evidence on the sidewalk.

Police confirmed that three people were taken into custody at the home, which is an apartment building.

On the front porch of the building, a child’s tricycle and a scooter were visible.

Police also confirmed that the suspected lab poses no danger to members of the public at this point.

More information about the case will be released as it becomes available, police said.




The 25-year-old North Korean man knew there would be no turning back once he escaped from North Korea across to the Chinese side of the frozen Tumen River. It was February 2009 and he knew he’d need to be swift to avoid detection by the armed North Korean and Chinese border guards.

He says only one thing could give him that clarity—the narcotic crystal meth, or methamphetamine.

“I inhaled about ten hits before I went to the river,” said the man, who now lives in Seoul and asked for his name not to be used. “I felt really focused, all I could think was go, go, go. I didn’t sleep for two days after that.”

Before his defection to South Korea, he says he used the drug, known as “bingdu” or “ice” in the North, off and on for about three years. He says it was easy to score, dealers worked the streets of his hometown of Hamhung, South Hamgyung Province.

A customs signaling disc lies on a table next to 20 kg of the illegal drug crystal meth in Munich, Germany

The man and his friends would get high together before dinner and the buzz kept them awake all night.

“Doing ice was a social thing; it was a lot of fun,” he said.

North Korea is experiencing a “drug epidemic,” according to a study published in the Spring 2013 edition of the journal North Korea Review.

“A New Face of North Korean Drug Use: Upsurge in Methamphetamine Abuse Across the Northern Areas of North Korea” explains how during the past several years meth production has gone from government-owned factories to privately run underground laboratories and “home kitchens.”

According to the report, it’s not the first time that a drug originally intended for export into China and beyond ended up flooding North Korea’s domestic market.

Throughout the 1990s and into the next decade, opium was the narcotic of choice for both the cash-strapped Kim Jong Il regime and the populace. But by the mid 2000s, the poppy fields began to disappear and meth became pervasive.

As with most details regarding the North, Pyongyang offers no official statistics on the prevalence of illegal drug consumption. The study is the first to attempt to put a number on how widespread the use of crystal meth has become.

“Almost every adult in that area (of North Korea) has experienced using ice and not just once,” says Kim Seok-hyang, who co-authored the study. “I estimate that at least 40% to 50% are seriously addicted to the drug.”

How North Koreans kick their meth habit is unclear. Prof. Kim, a former Unification Ministry official who now lectures at Ewha Womans University, says some of the refugees she interviewed for the study deny that ice is addictive at all.

“They say you can stop it whenever you want. All you need to do is sleep all day long, for three or four days,” she says.

Extreme fatigue, anxiety and depression are effects of methamphetamine withdrawal, say health advocates. And according to some North Korean defectors, addicts back home are using other drugs to help them get clean and cope with the symptoms of coming off ice.

“People who are addicted to ice cannot sleep, so they buy sleeping pills off the black market as a counterbalance to the drug,” says Kim Young-il, who heads the Seoul-based refugee association PSCORE.

Not all North Koreans are able to shake off their dependency on drugs even after making it to South Korea. In a paper entitled “Drug Misuse by North Korean Defectors,” psychiatrist Jeon Jin-young of the Ministry of Unification’s Hanawon resettlement facility writes that self-diagnosis, doctor shopping and abuse of prescription medication, including sleeping pills, is a growing trend within South Korea’s defector community, which numbers more than 25,000.

The Ministry of Unification declined to respond to specific questions regarding drug use or provide a Hanawon doctor to be interviewed for this article.

Prof. Kim says the South Korean government has tried to deal with the issue quietly. “They need to recognize openly how serious the drug issue is and try to find a solution in an open manner,” she said.

As for the 25-year-old defector, he says he never felt addicted to ice and looks back fondly on his experiences getting high with his friends in the North. But like many other things he’s left behind, that aspect of his life stopped at the border.

“I wouldn’t do it again, even if I had the chance,” he says. “My experimenting days are over.”







SYLVAN BEACH, N.Y. — A year and a half long investigation by State Police, Oneida Police and the DEA leads to a meth bust in Sylvan Beach.

State Police executed a search warrant at 2501 Vienna Road in Sylvan Beach Monday morning. They entered the house with the DEA and gas masks and protective clothing for safety. Inside, they said they found materials used to manufacture meth and other evidence. The evidence was then lined up along the property.


Police arrested 43-year-old James Edick, who lives in the home with his father. Edick is charged with intent to manufacture methamphetamine.

Police said his alleged actions posed a danger to everyone in the neighborhood.

Trooper Jack Keller said, “Most people who live in this area were concerned about someone manufacturing meth so close to their home. As you know, it’s a volatile situation. Anytime you make methamphetamine, you’re mixing chemicals you might not be aware of their chemical reaction. You’re looking at possible fires, explosions. So, certainly, this isn’t just affecting this household or this residence. It’s also affecting those neighbors around here with possible dangers.”

Edick was arrested in 2010 on federal charges, which were later eradicated, but police would not go into detail on those charges.

Edick’s father and a woman were also in the house during the raid, but police do not believe they were involved.






Some teachers want to stimulate young minds. Others prefer to send stimulants by mail.

Jennifer Krogman, 40, was arrested at her home last month after police received a report that the middle school teacher had packaged a “small amount” of methamphetamine to be shipped out of state, Redlands, Calif., police Lt. Travis Martinez told the Redlands Daily Facts.

Krogman, who teaches dance, health and physical education teacher at Clement Middle School, was arrested for possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and being under the influence of a stimulant, according to police.

Jennifer Krogman

Jennifer Krogman, 40, was arrested July 31



She had previously written a blog on the school’s website entitled “Taking Responsibility for our Actions.”

“Personal responsibility is seen as very important because it reveals how honest a person is and therefore how much we can trust them,” Krogman wrote in the 2010 blog post. “There is a great deal of debate on the issue of how far a society should go in making sure that every person takes care of his/her personal responsibilities.”

According to a statement released by Redlands Unified School District, it is their policy to place employees on paid administrative leave pending the “resolution of the criminal charges and the district’s internal investigation.”

Krogman isn’t the only teacher in that district to be arrested over a summer break. In 2012, Laura Whitehurst was arrested after giving birth to a child fathered by one of her students. Whitehurst pleaded guilty to having sex with the minor in July.







The U.S. Marshals’ Metro Fugitive Task Force based in Lincoln arrested a man wanted in Missouri for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, terroristic threats and using firearms during his crimes in Beatrice Friday night.

Michael Robinson, 32, of St. Joseph, Mo., was wanted in Kansas City for distributing a large amount of methamphetamine.

Michael Robinson


The marshals were contacted by the Drug Enforcement Agency with a tip Marshal was in the Beatrice area, a press release by the Marshal’s Service stated. Task force members investigated the lead and determined that Robinson was in the 1400 block of Elk Street in Beatrice Friday night.

At 7 p.m. Friday, a task force of marshals, Gage County SWAT team members and the DEA arrested Robinson and Kristie Lafave, 35, at the home. Lafave is wanted in Missouri for a probation violation.

The press release stated the arrests took place without incident.

Robinson was transported to the Saline County Detention Center where he awaited removal to the marshal’s western district in Missouri.

“This case is a good example of the effectiveness of the Marshals-led task force,” said U.S. Marshal for the District of Nebraska Mark Martinez, in the press release. “He fled to Nebraska from another state, but he could not escape the federal, state and local law enforcement officers working relentlessly to pursue and arrest him.”






MEIGS COUNTY — It has been a very busy past few days for officers with the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Keith Wood reports that deputies responded to two separate methamphetamine labs in addition to arresting an individual in possession of a stolen vehicle.

On Friday, deputies with the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office, officers with the Middleport Police Department, the Scipio Township Fire Department and Meigs County Children’s Services responded to a six-pot methamphetamine lab on Goose Creek in Albany.



Charges are pending in the case and could be presented to the grand jury this week.

In the early morning hours on Sunday, officers located an active one-pot meth lab on Pomeroy Pike. at a separate location on the property a bag was found containing the chemicals for the manufacture of methamphetamine.

Arrested in the second lab were Richard A. Hill Jr., 42, of Middleport, and Brandi M. Adkins, 31, of Langsville. Both individuals are charged with illegal manufacture of methamphetamine (felony of the first degree), illegal possession or assembly of chemicals for the manufacture of methamphetamine (felony of the second degree) and child endangerment (felony of the third degree).

Children services, the Middleport Police Department and the Chester Fire Department also assisted on the lab on Pomeroy Pike.

On Monday afternoon, deputies arrested Matthew S. Yonker, 29, of Pomeroy, on Court Street in Pomeroy. Yonker was reportedly in possession of a vehicle stolen from Racine on Aug. 9. He was out of bond and on probation from Meigs County Common Pleas Court.

Yonker and Adkins are housed in the Middleport Jail. Hill is in the Washington County Jail.









A 17-year-old girl, found in a motel room with a syringe loaded with methamphetamine, has been placed on a year’s probation.

The youth pleaded guilty Monday in Sarnia court to possessing the stimulant in May.

Sarnia police searched everyone in the motel room, mostly older men, after arresting someone they were looking for at the motel on a separate matter.

Officers found the syringe in the teen’s purse.


“I take full responsibility; I understand the consequences,” said the teen Monday.

Other drug paraphernalia found in the room included a smoking device and a syringe.

The teen’s record includes a break-in and assault but she was not on probation at the time of the May offence.

It is a great concern when a young person is found with methamphetamine, said federal prosecutor Michael Robb.

The teen, who has been drug-free since her arrest, plans to return to high school in September, said defence lawyer James Guggisberg, pointing out there was a significant age gap between the teen and others in the room.

It’s concerning to see a teenager involved in a dangerous and self-destructive situation, said Justice Deborah Austin.

The year’s probation is an opportunity to make changes so the teen can be healthier and happier, Austin said.

During probation, the teen must stay away from anyone named by her probation officer and take counselling.







CORBIN — When Corbin Police pulled a motorcycle over for several traffic offenses Friday, they discovered items used to manufacture meth. As a result, two Corbin residents were arrested and jailed.

Lonzo Mills, 41, and Sonya Cole, 34, both of Corbin, were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine; possession of controlled substances, first offense (meth); possession of drug paraphernalia, and numerous traffic offenses.

Both were jailed in the Whitley County Detention Center.

The incident happened Friday on South Main Street in Corbin. Capt. Coy Wilson stopped the motorcycle for numerous traffic offenses. During the stop, Wilson determined that Mills, the driver of the cycle, didn’t have a valid operator’s license and had three outstanding bench warrants.

He was placed under arrest.

Cole, his passenger, opened a bag on the motorcycle to produce her identification card. At that time, Wilson saw numerous syringes and several items used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine.

She was placed under arrest.

Officers then located several small baggies containing a white powdery substance that field tested positive for meth.

Patrolman Jeff Hill assisted at the scene.






SYLVAN BEACH >> After securing a search warrant, police raided a Sylvan Beach home around 6 a.m. Monday and arrested Wallace James Edick, 43, and charged him with allegedly running a meth lab.

Edick was arraigned in federal court in Syracuse around 11:30 a.m. on charges of manufacturing and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

He was placed in the custody of U.S. Marshals without bail or bond. He is scheduled to appear in a federal detention hearing Thursday, Aug. 22 at 11:30 a.m. At that time, bail or bond might be considered and it is anticipated he will enter a plea with the assistance of a court-appointed attorney, according to court officials.

Wallace “Jamie” Edick



The arrest comes on the heels of an 18-month-long investigation of Edick’s activities, conducted jointly by the Oneida City Police, New York State Police and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

The gray and light blue, modern-style house sits at the corner of Vienna Road and Pine Avenue in the village. A separate two-stall garage sits next to it.

All morning, police investigators were pulling possible evidence from the garage on the 2501 Vienna Road property, where police say Edick had been staying and allegedly cooking meth using the “one-pot” or “shake-and-bake” method.

The contents of the garage were removed by specially trained police


Edick was arrested and convicted on similar charges in 2011. His father, Wallace A. Edick, 63, who owns the property and lives in the house, said that his son served jail time for that conviction, was released from parole about five months ago, and has been living in the garage. At that time, his father said his son had passed drug tests and his parole officer reported he was doing well.

Through the early part of Monday afternoon, members of the state police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team (CCSERT) were clad in safety suits equipped with breathing masks and air monitors that sound off an alarm if they come in contact with hazardous gases as they removed items from that garage.

The team responds to any clandestine drug lab or other crime scenes that could have nuclear, biological, chemical or explosive contamination present. They’re trained to safely collect evidence.

After evidence processing, cleanup up can be tricky, said Jack Keller, public information officer for the New York State Police. Keller said that when a meth lab is located, the items in it are treated as hazardous materials and sealed or incinerated.

Police wouldn’t comment how long they believe Edick had been cooking in the garage, but noted that he had been the subject of their investigation for 18 months.

Edick’s father was at work when he heard about the Monday morning raid, and he returned home.

“I’m disgusted,” said an emotional Edick while watching the CCSERT team remove items from the garage. “He lied to me. He told me he was not doing that stuff anymore.”“He said he was trying to turn around,” the elder Edick said.

He said has fond memories of his son growing up. There were camping and fishing trips. Edick was the coach for his son’s Pop Warner football team.

Edick said he had no idea what his son had been doing in the garage.
“Now this happens,” he said, adding that police told him he couldn’t re-enter his home until the scene had been cleared by investigators.

When police finished their investigation of the garage around 2 p.m., they reported that they had in fact found equipment used to produce meth. As police made this report, a hazardous material cleaning crew was rolling in.

Neighbors on Pine Avenue said they never suspected any drug activity. Stephanie Clapper, 30, lives across the street from the Edicks. She described the son, who usually goes by “Jamie” as friendly, “a really nice guy” who would “give you the shirt off his back.”

She said Edick recently gave them some toys for their children.  Her husband, James Clapper helped Edick repair a vehicle. “He’s a real nice kid,” said James, “A good neighbor. We’ve never seen anything and never smelled anything.”

However, Clapper said he has quickly learned, “Don’t underestimate good people.”

Police said the investigation is ongoing.

MUHLENBERG, Ky. (8/19/13) – In week 4 of an ongoing series of informative meth-related articles supplied by Muhlenberg County Sheriff Curtis McGehee, the topic for discussion is how Meth usage and manufacturing affects local children.

Some have expressed concerns during the past couple of years that perhaps all the talk about meth is overkill. Some think it is an isolated issue; others tend to feel that is limited to certain social or economic sectors of the community. Others simply believe that it is not a big deal at all.

Meth is a big deal, and no one in the community is left unaffected by the epidemic, as it has deeply penetrated our county. I can assure you that in some way this drug touches your life. It may be because of the economic consequences, the environmental issues, or perhaps this evil drug has touched you in a more personal way; but in one way or another we are all impacted by methamphetamine.

People suffer in many different ways as a result of methamphetamine use. Children are no exception; the life of a child who lives in an environment where meth is used or made, is in great danger.

Unfortunately many children in rural communities everywhere are being exposed to the horrors of the “meth world.” This is true, even in our own community.

It is difficult to put into words just what a child faces, when exposed to methamphetamine, whether they are directly or indirectly exposed.

The life of a meth user is very unstable. The user may go days without sleep or food. When the user crashes (comes down from the high) he or she may sleep for days. Of course, a young child that has a parent that has been asleep for several days is at a high risk of neglect. Lack of food, lack of sleep, and lack of care in general are all common in homes where meth is used. There are other dangers that the child may be exposed to as well. Often meth users have friends that are coming in and out of the house that are questionable in character, making the child vulnerable to abuse.

It is not uncommon for the user to experience stages of delirium. When this happens, the addict could even become confused about the identity of the child, or even worse – the user could become convinced, in their mind, that their own child is an intruder or an enemy, making the child the object of physical abuse or even death.

Paranoia, violence and long lasting rages are just part of what might be going on at certain times in the life of the addict. When a parent is unable to control their anger, or becomes prone to violence, the safety of their child is greatly compromised.

When the drug is being manufactured in the home; there are additional risks. Some of the chemicals being used go airborne, massing in porous materials. For example clothes, carpet, furniture and other items may become contaminated. When a child makes contact with these items, and when they are confined to this kind of setting, the child may become contaminated with meth themselves. In fact, some experts feel that up to 50% of children living in homes where meth is being manufactured may test positive for methamphetamine.

The madness must stop, and as previously reported, we must combine our efforts as a community to address this crisis!

Here’s how you may help:
1. If you suspect a child may be exposed to a methamphetamine environment, please report it promptly.
2. If you suspect illegal drug activity, please report that promptly as well.
3. Learn everything you can about this drug and its influence on our community.
4. Get involved in community projects, especially those relating to children or neighborhood safety.
5. In a future article, I will discuss in more detail the advantages of community involvement.

To report illegal drug activity in Muhlenberg County, please call Central Dispatch at 338-2000. To remain anonymous please call 1-888-9ky-tips. You may also report tips online anonymously at www.muhlenbergcountysheriff.com.

Click Here to read the part 1 in this series.

Click Here to read the part 2 in this series.

Click Here to read the part 3 in this series.

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Information provided by Sheriff Curtis McGehee








A Bryan man accused of being a drug dealer was arrested after being clocked on his motorcycle doing 114 miles per hour.

A Brazos County deputy constable says he was headed north on the freeway before sunrise Saturday morning when his radar hit triple digits from a southbound vehicle with one headlight.

The deputy did a u-turn and saw the motorcycle make an exit at University.

Photo of Zachary White courtesy of Brazos County's Judicial Records Search at: http://justiceweb.co.brazos.tx.us

Zachary White




After stopping the bike and recognizing the driver, 25 year old Zachary White, a second officer was requested.

White was carrying a backpack containing two glass bongs.

On his person, officers found a wad of cash totaling $3,490 dollars.

And a zipper case was found on the ground behind one of the patrol cars, containing five baggies of methamphetamine and a bag of marijuana.

Seven hours after being booked, White was released from jail after posting bonds totaling $53,800 dollars.







ARANSAS PASS (Kiii News) – From the Aransas Pass Police Dept:

On Saturday 8/17/2013 at approximately 10:55 p.m., an Aransas Pass Police Officer was patrolling the AP Self-Storage located at 530 Cleveland Blvd. Aware of the recent influx of thefts and criminal mischiefs, Sgt. Mark Flores observed suspicious activity afoot involving a couple of subjects inside a storage unit. 



Sgt. Flores made his way back to the location by sneaking up on the two subjects. Upon surprising the two subjects, later identified as Stephen Wayne Endres DOB 09/07/1984 and Daniel Wayne Dobbs DOB 11/20/1981, they began communicating to each other and attempted to conceal their activities from law enforcement. Upon further investigation, Sgt. Flores and assisting Aransas Pass Officers found that the two were engaged in distributing methamphetamines within Aransas Pass and Rockport.

Officers arrested both subjects and seized 69 grams of crystal meth, marijuana, a loaded firearm, and several hundred dollars in cash. Police also found that the two were in possession of stolen items from around the area. This investigation continues.








A pair of Tulsa men were arrested late Sunday after police reportedly discovered they were operating a meth lab at a home where a juvenile lived.

Clifton Vincent, 37, and Jacob Barnes, 20, were taken into custody at a home in the 1500 block of North Joplin Avenue, Sgt. Brett Bilyeu said.


About 8:30 p.m., Tulsa firefighters responded to a fire inside the garage adjacent to the house, Bilyeu said.

Tulsa police were called after a smell consistent with chemicals from a meth lab was detected once the blaze was contained, he said.

Officers then forced their way into the residence and discovered Vincent, Barnes and a 10-year-old boy inside, police said.

The boy was taken to Hillcrest Medical Center and examined, then placed in protective custody, police said.

Vincent was taken into custody on complaints of child endangerment, larceny of utilities, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, endeavoring to manufacture and obstructing a firefighter, jail records show.

Barnes is held on complaints of obstructing a firefighter, endeavoring to manufacture and possession of a controlled dangerous substance.

They both remain in the Tulsa Jail.







At its most basic level, Breaking Bad is a show about capitalism—that omnipotent economic system which revolves around the pursuit of profits. The broader forces at play within the distinct American brand of capitalism—particularly the need to make enough money to be able to afford decent health care—functions as the spark that ignites Walter’s transformation from a middle-class teacher struggling to make ends meet into a wealthy CEO of a methamphetamine empire. Further, as the show progresses, his character radically evolves over the course of his accumulation of wealth.



Not so coincidentally, Walter’s ascent up the ladder of social class aligns with his gradual development of, and eventual transition to, his alter-ego Heisenberg. In this regard, we can interpret the Heisenberg persona as a broader representation for the dominant class—the bourgeoise—in the social hierarchy of capitalist society. Such a reading of Breaking Bad offers us an interesting insight not only into Walter White’s character development, but also into the very nature of capitalism and what it means to be in the kind of powerful position Walter commands.


My goal in this essay will be to demonstrate that we should interpret the Heisenberg persona as a very gritty, cynical and realistic portrayal of the American dream: the promise of social mobility which is afforded to anyone willing to work hard (or so the fairy tale goes). In particular, I will make the case that Heisenberg does not represent a deficiency of Walter’s character, but rather that it is the necessary and inevitable result of the capitalist mode of production.


The story of Heisenberg has its roots in the very first episode of Breaking Bad. In the beginning, Walter and his family are portrayed to the audience as a middle-class family struggling to make ends meet. And as if financial worries weren’t enough, the audience soon learns that Walter has lung cancer. Accepting his cancer as a death sentence, he decides to use what little time he has left (as far as he knows at this point in the show, anyways) to cook methamphetamines.


His desire to enter the black market is a purely pragmatic one. It arises out of a desire to provide for his family. At this point in the series, Walter does not plan to make a career out of cooking crystal. Whether it be from his cancer or of his own choosing, Walter plans on using the black market as a temporary stint. This is apparent in Episode 1 of Season Two, “Seven Thirty-Seven”. After selling Tuco a large quantity of meth, Walt does some back-of-the-envelope style calculations in his head to determine how much money he wants to make before quitting. “Seven thirty-seven… seven hundred and 30 thousand dollars, that’s what I need. That is what I need. You and I both clear 70 grand a week, that’s only 10 and a half more weeks, call it 11. Eleven more drug deals is all we need…”


However, as both Walt and Jesse eventually learn, there is no end to the dealing. Another situation, another problem, another blood-thirsty drug dealer always pops up, forcing the duo to keep cooking. One might view these series of coincidences as plot devices used by Vince Gilligan to keep the story moving, to allow the progression of the plot. And while that might be true to a certain extent, it’s more true that their inability to leave “the game” is indicative of a larger phenomena within capitalist economy. In other words, Walter and Jesse’s constant failures at quitting their careers as meth cooks aren’t so much a result of their personal choices as it is the inner dynamics of capitalism.


Karl Marx had much to say about capitalism, and it is through his ideas that we can gain a better understanding of a deep connection between the plot of Breaking Bad and capitalism. In Volume 2 of his groundbreaking work Capital: A Critical Analysis of Capitalist Production, Marx writes that, “[Capitalism] is a movement, a circulatory process through different stages … hence it can only be grasped as a movement, and not as a static thing.” One of the stages he is talking about is referred to as the “circuit of production.” In this stage of capital motion, the various forms of productive capital (for example factories, construction equipment, etc) take raw materials and human labor, and convert those things into money. This newly acquired money is then used to acquire more of the same capital goods, and the cycle begins anew. Marx refers to this phenomena as the reproduction of capital. The end result of the production process is simultaneously the beginning. It is in this sense which Marx claims that capital—and thus the capitalist system as a whole—inherently ensures and facilitates its reproduction, like an amoeba which creates two identical amoebas from one.


In the production process of methamphetamine, there are many necessary ingredients and equipment which the audience becomes all too familiar with. Pseudophedrine, methylamine, Bunson burners, centrifuges, Erlenmeyer flasks, and red phosphorus to name only a few. However, what makes Walter so important to that process is because he owns the most valuable commodity of them all—the ability to cook, or as Marx would call it, their labor-power. Anyone with the right connections and deep pockets can get their hands on all of the concrete, material ingredients to cook. But it takes a very talented and particular kind of person, a highly educated person with a vast knowledge of chemistry, to be able to take all of those resources and combine them into the valuable blue glass. Therefore Walter and Jesse, as the only two people with such knowledge (which they go to great lengths to ensure remains the case), occupy a critically important point within the circuit of production.


While it is true that his ability to cook affords him great privilege, he still resides within the productive circuit of capital as mere elements. The capitalist black market, as a part of system which reproduces itself, needs Walter’s labor-power. Walt himself says it best to Skyler in his I Am the Danger monologue: “Do you know what would happen if I suddenly decided to stop going into work? A business big enough that it could be listed on the NASDAQ goes belly up. Disappears! It ceases to exist without me.” Therefore, the dynamics of capitalism, regardless of whether Walter or Tuco or Gus are in charge of the business, will go to whatever lengths necessary to ensure that Walter keeps on cooking. Thus, while it may be true that Walt chose to start cooking, the fact that he cannot escape the iron will of the invisible hand is no fault of his own. That’s just capitalism working exactly as it should.


Both Walter and Jesse come to this realization over the progression of the show. And while both of them become quite aware of it, their reactions to this realization are quite different. Jesse, as an idealistic youth, clings on to the naïve hope that sooner or later, his opportunity to escape will come. And, in fact, eventually it does when Mike and Jesse decide to sell their 1/3 share of the methylamine supply. But since this is an essay about Heisenberg, I will save commentary on Jesse’s reaction for a different time. Instead I will focus on Walter’s reaction.


Whereas Jesse clings on to the hope of escape, Walter embraces the futility of retreat and accepts his inability to change the situation with open arms, much like how he accepted his death sentence of cancer. And it is precisely through accepting the fate handed to him by capitalism that Walter evolves into the infamous Heisenberg. He realizes that the meth market needs his labor, just as much as Walter needs the market to pay his bills. However, as the show progresses Walter becomes aware that as a laborer, always subordinate to some kind of drug lord, he inhabits a position which grants him less power and authority. Even though he might be an extremely well-paid worker, it doesn’t change the fact that he’s a worker. And so out of a desire to liberate himself from the subordination inherent in the workplace, Walt seeks to ascend the throne and become the top dog.


In his quest to be the boss, Walter resorts to drastic measures. He poisons a young child, organizes the synchronized murders of potential snitches, and directly murders the likes of Gus and Mike all out of a desire to attain—and maintain—his position of power. There are no moral depths to which Walter will not sink in order to keep bringing in the profits. This distinctly capitalist brand of nihilism strongly parallels the sense of ethical duty which is completely absent from contemporary capitalism in the real world. When garment factories in Bangladesh burn down, taking the lives of hundreds of workers with them, the market doesn’t even do so much as pause to consider the implications of the profit system that motivates those factories to skimp out on safety precautions. Accumulation must occur by any means necessary, and if that means unsafe working conditions for millions of workers in the third world, then so be it! As they say in Dune, “the spice must flow.”


Although it is certainly true that the inner machinations of capitalism that lead to such reprehensible atrocities are outside the control of any one single capitalist, it is also quite true that only a certain kind of person can fulfill this social role. Most people, if they came to the realization that their companies carelessness was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of employees, would lose sleep over the intense guilt they would experience; and rightly so! Only a truly cold-blooded sociopath could do such a thing for a living and think nothing of it. Yet it is this cold, emotionless, and detached rationality that helps to define Walter’s Heisenberg persona.


As we have established, sociopathy is practically a prerequisite to being a successful capitalist in the hyper-competitive drug market. It’s not that the dope lord takes pleasure in such cruelty, but rather that such cruelty is necessary to overcome the various barriers to accumulation. Human empathy is simply another obstacle to be demolished, another challenge to be overcome, in the endless pursuit of the all-mighty dollar. Yet in popular American culture, it is the CEO—the very same capitalist who must necessarily exhibit this morally reprehensible kind of behavior—who is deified and praised above all others! The one-percent is constantly exalted by the popular media as “job creators,” as creative, dynamic, entrepreneurial, and as a positive contributor to society as a whole. Although they’re never the ones with boots on the ground doing the actual labor that makes the economy run, they nonetheless take all the credit because their “leadership” and “excellence” have propelled them to such success. And because of their “excellence,” the bourgeois are deserving of their immense profits.


Whether it be in the news, in television, in film, or elsewhere, the CEO is commonly deified as the pinnacle of success; as a kind of role-model we should strive to be. In fact, the entire concept of the American Dream—that idealistic fantasy of personal success and hard work being rewarded with material wealth—is based on the assumption that we should all aspire to be like the one percent; hard-working, entrepeneurial, business-savvy, helpful, and dynamic. But the reality of the situation is that the bourgeoise are none of those things.


What the Heisenberg persona shows us is a more realistic version of the one-percent. Just like the CEO’s of Wal-Mart and Apple, Heisenberg is a perfectly rational individual, making all his decisions according to the calculus of supply and demand, the algebra of profits. Human lives are just another value to be plugged into an equation; a mere value to be considered in maximizing profits according to the computational algorithms of business. If it saves more money, or generates enough profits, then these lives are expendable. Heisenberg’s ruthlessness strongly mimics the complete lack of empathy held by corporations and their leaders. Rather than turning to the ideological pipe-dreams of the bourgeoise as “job creators,” we should instead look to the example of Heisenberg to gain insight into their true nature.


With that said, it necessarily follows that Heisenberg is not a persona unique to Walter. Heisenberg lives on inside the souls of every entrepreneur, every CEO, every business leader in the capitalist world. This isn’t due to a personality flaw, or an ethical defect, or anything else personal. Ironically enough, the anti-social Heisenberg persona is a result of the particular form in which capitalist social relationships manifest themselves. In other words, Heisenberg is a result of social forces outside of Walter’s—or anyone else, for that matters—control. The fundamental laws governing capitalism necessitate that Heisenberg, a person willing to compromise any sense of ethics in the blind pursuit of accumulation, exists. Heisenberg therefore isn’t an inherent personal trait belonging to any single person. Rather, it is a social role, a necessary by-product of the capitalist system. As long as we live under capitalism, therefore, there will always be Heisenbergs. That’s because at the end of the day, Heisenberg is capitalism personified.


Justin Yeary is a 23-year-old employed as a carpet cleaner living in Warren, Michigan. He has a bachelors degree in mathematics and philosophy from the University of Toledo, and plans to attend Wayne State University to pursue a Masters degree in math education. In his spare time, he enjoys reading about philosophy, the social sciences, and playing poker.







TWO Hells Angels bikies have been arrested and charged over a methamphetamine syndicate between South Australia and Darwin.

The two Hells Angels members – the sergeant-at-arms of the Darwin Chapter and another member, 39, from Adelaide – were arrested by NT Police along with a female associate, 18, and a Howard Springs man, 32.

The three men were arrested at a restaurant on the Stuart Hwy in the Darwin suburb of Stuart Park yesterday afternoon.

The woman was arrested at the Darwin Airport yesterday, in possession of about 56g of crystalline methamphetamine.

The arrests were made by Strike Force Lincoln detectives. The NT Police strike force was established in 2011 to combat the involvement of outlaw motorcycle gangs in drugs and violence.

“It is alleged all four were involved in a syndicate conveying crystalline methamphetamine from South Australia to Darwin,” said NT Police Detective Senior Sergeant Peter Schiller, officer-in-charge of the Drug and Organised Crime Squad.

“Over the weekend detectives seized $37,000 in cash, a commercial quantity of crystal methamphetamine and a trafficable amount of cannabis from the syndicate.”

Mr Schiller said the arrested men faced a string of charges, including supplying dangerous drugs, possession of tainted property and drug possession.

“Currently the Sergeant-at-Arms from both the Hells Angels and Rebels Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs are in custody on separate drug charges,” he said.

“Detectives will continue to actively target these people and their links to drug supply and violence in the Territory.”

The two Hells Angels members will appear in the Darwin Magistrate’s Court today.

The woman, 18, will appear at a later date.







The Central Narcotics Bureau said the number of drug abusers arrested increased 3 per cent in the first half of this year, compared to the same period last year. There were 1,731 arrests in the first half of 2012 compared to 1,790 in the same period of 2013.


 SINGAPORE: The Central Narcotics Bureau said the number of drug abusers arrested increased 3 per cent in the first half of this year, compared to the same period last year.There were 1,731 arrests in the first half of 2012 compared to 1,790 in the same period of 2013.

Heroin and methamphetamine continue to be the most commonly abused drugs.

92 per cent of all drug abusers arrested were heroin or methamphetamine abusers.

Cannabis was the third most commonly abused drug.

The number of new cannabis abusers arrested increased from 38 in the first half of 2012 to 51 in the same period in 2013.

CNB said there was also an increase in drug seizures in the first half of 2013 compared to the same period last year.

The estimated street value of drug seizures in the first half of 2013 amounted to about S$9.4 million.

Seizures of heroin and methamphetamine, or “Ice”, remained high.

Of the 22.5kg of “Ice” seized, about 17.7kg was not intended for the local market.

CNB said efforts to prevent the generation from abusing drugs are also important.

The bureau is continuing its outreach to youths through different platforms including exhibitions and anti-drug school assembly talks.

There are also high-profile events such as DanceWorks!, which entered its 15th year in 2013.