Lafayette police are looking for two suspects involved in the stabbing of a Lafayette man and the manufacturing of methamphetamines.

Terry McCollum allegedly stabbed Jason Menk in his home in the 2500 block of Meadow Drive in Lafayette.

Menk was taken to St. Elizabeth East, where he was listed in stable condition late Saturday.


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  Police test substances from possible me…: Indiana State Police Trooper Sean Schaefer tests substances found after a suspect allegedly discarded them behind a home in the 2500 block of S. 18th St. in Lafayette. The substances were later determined to be a portable meth lab.

The call came in at 6:40 p.m. Saturday, said Officer Jacob Daubenmier.

According to police, McCollum fled talong with friend Andrea Bauer and ran through nearby neighborhoods, dropping items along the way.

Indiana State Police trooper Kyle Wentland walks through the scene Saturday as trooper Sean Schaefer tests substances for methamphetamines outside a home in the 2500 block of South 18th Street in Lafayette.
Indiana State Police trooper Kyle Wentland walks through the scene Saturday as trooper Sean Schaefer tests substances for methamphetamines outside a home in the 2500 block of South 18th Street in Lafayette. 

Several items were found in the 2500 block of South 18th Street. Police later determined that these items were a portable methamphetamine lab. Another bag, containing drugs, was dropped in the 1900 block of Kiowa Drive.

Outside the home where it was found on South 18th Street, Indiana State Police troopers tested the substances found in the bag.

Trooper Kyle Wentland said they were looking for substances commonly used in the manufacture of methamphetamines.

Police used a K-9 to search the area but were unable to locate either suspect.

“They are homeless, so they are going to be reaching out to find somewhere to go,” Daubenmier said.

According to police, McCollum and Menk were acquaintances. However, McCollum started to appear at Menk’s house uninvited.

Menk and his girlfriend left the house Saturday, and when they returned McCollum and Bauer were inside.

Menk told them to leave and McCollum allegedly stabbed him.

McCollum is a white male, 5-foot-8, 220 pounds. He was last seen wearing shorts and a T-shirt, Daubenmier said.

Bauer is a white female, 5-foot-4, 11 5pounds. She has long blonde hair and was last seen wearing a blue shirt, according to police.


MCCRACKEN COUNTY, Ky. – An inmate at the McCracken County Jail is now dead after being hospitalized yesterday for a suspected methamphetamine overdose.  

Tyler Cope, 21, allegedly came into possession of some methamphetamine that had been smuggled in by another inmate before swallowing the drugs to avoid detection.  He was then taken to Baptist Health Paducah where he later died.     

Inmate Craig Battoe, 28, of Symsonia was charged with trafficking methamphetamine.  He was also charged with promoting contraband along with six other inmates.  The case is still under investigation.


An off-duty Dyer County Sheriff’s deputy went fishing this week and ended up helping catch two drug suspects.


Timothy Long

Timothy Long, 24, 95 Carrie Drive, Dyersburg, Tenn., and Brittany Haddock, 21, 719 Wendell Ave., Dyersburg, Tenn., are both charged with promotion of methamphetamine manufacture.

On Wednesday around 6:45 p.m., Deputy Samuel Wells was fishing with his family on the south end of Miss Kelly Loop off a concrete bridge. As Wells was preparing the equipment to bowfish, his son found a camouflage backpack under the bridge. Wells told him to stand back and he came down and inspected the backpack and its contents. Inside the pack, Wells found numerous items used in the production of meth, including Coleman camp fuel, a measuring cup with white residue, and coffee filters. Wells closed the backpack up and notified dispatch of his find. He then spoke with Deputy Chad Jackson who was conducting search at another location in the county. Jackson said he would arrive as soon as he finished his search he was performing.



Brittany Haddock

Wells and his family fished for a while until they decided to go to B&B at Big Boy Junction to get some refreshments. Wells decided to stay behind and continue fishing. After about five minutes, Wells saw a black SUV pull up to the bridge and heard a female voice ask, “is it still there?” After which, Wells observed a person he recognized as Tim Long grab the backpack and say, “yeah, I got it.” Long then reportedly ran and jumped into the black Ford Expedition. Wells then stepped from under the bridge and observed a white female, later identified as Haddock, to be the driver of the SUV. As Haddock pulled off from the scene, Wells made eye contact with her through her rear view mirror. After seeing Wells, Haddock reportedly accelerated quickly and almost lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle continued down the road at a high rate of speed, but Wells was able to get its tag number. He then called Deputy Jackson, who said Sgt. Heath Walker was on his way. Wells then called his brother, who lives on nearby Richwoods Road, and told him to be on the lookout for the black SUV. Wells’ brother was in the area and saw the SUV pull onto Bradley Road and maintained a visual contact with it. Wells then put him in touch with Sgt. Walker who eventually caught up with the vehicle and made a traffic stop at Highway 182 and Haddock Road. A search of the vehicle did not turn up the backpack. However, there were other components found inside the SUV that are used in the production of meth, including a lithium battery found inside one of Long’s pockets.


Wells’ family arrived back at the bridge on Miss Kelly Loop and took him to him to where the SUV was stopped. Wells identified the suspects as the ones he saw at the bridge. Based on the evidence found inside the SUV and what Wells had observed, Haddock and Long were arrested for promotion methamphetamine manufacture.

Wells and Dep. Tim Mullin backtracked the route the SUV took, but were unable to locate the backpack due to it getting dark. The next morning, Wells was able to locate the backpack, which was approximately 50 yards in a field on the west side of Miss Kelly Loop. An inspection of the backpack revealed two new items that had been placed inside it that are also used in the production of methamphetamine.

At press time on Saturday evening, Long and Haddock were being held in the Dyer County Jail. Long has a $15,000 bond and Haddock has a $5,000 bond. They are scheduled to appear again in Dyer County General Sessions Court on June 3.



BEND, Ore. – Bend police contacted and arrested a man in a car in the Shopko parking lot Saturday evening, finding three handguns the convicted felon is not allowed to have, officers said. Two hours later, Central Oregon’s SWAT team raided his northeast Bend home and found two sawed-off shotguns, methamphetamine and a restricted knife, police said.

Officers contacted William Paden Hill, 23, in the car around 6:25 p.m., having developed information he recently was in possession of guns and was selling methamphetamine, said Sgt. Nick Parker.

William Paden Hill


Three handguns were found during a search of the car, two with their serial numbers filed off, Parker said.

Around 8:20 p.m., members of the Central Oregon Emergency Response Team (CERT) executed a search warrant at Hill’s unoccupied home at 2020 NE Holliday Avenue, the sergeant said.

That search turned up two sawed-off shotguns, meth and a restricted knife, Parker said, adding that one of the shotguns was found to be inoperable due to the alteration.

Hill was lodged at the Deschutes County Jail on four counts of possession of weapons by certain felons and one count each of felon in possession of a restricted weapon, methamphetamine possession and frequenting a place where drugs are used, Parker said. Jail records show his total bail was $13,500.

In 2009, then-19-year-old Hill was arrested on charges related to a 16-year-old Bend girl’s overdose on a new designer drug, “Sunshine,” local investigators had never heard of. He also was accused of sexually abusing the girl and giving her cocaine and marijuana.

At the time, Hill already had been convicted of drunken driving, domestic assault and minor in possession of alcohol, and was on probation for cocaine possession.



RIDGWAY – Law enforcement officers from three agencies arrested a Ridgway man this week for possession of methamphetamine which he allegedly had been obtaining through the mail.

Eugene Perkins, 58, was arrested at his home in the 8000 block of Highway 62 without incident on Wednesday, May 29. The arrest was the culmination of a month-long cooperative investigation that included the 7th Judicial District Drug Task Force, the U.S. Postal Inspector’s Office (a federal law enforcement agency), and the Ouray County Sheriff’s Office.

It all began with a tip from a community member.“We received some information that Mr. Perkins was involved with illegal drug activity,” Ouray County Undersheriff B.B. Burke said. “Part of our investigation led us to the fact that drugs were being delivered, transported, and received through the mail.”

The three agencies executed a search warrant at Perkins’ residence on Wednesday, where they found Perkins to be in possession of over eight grams of methamphetamine. Officers also seized several firearms from the residence, which Perkins, a previously convicted felon, may not legally possess. 

Perkins was “cooperative and nonresistant” at the time of arrest, Burke said.  He was interviewed, and then booked into Montrose County Jail on multiple charges filed by the 7th Judicial District Drug Task Force, including Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Firearms by a Felon, and other Special Offender charges related to the amount, and method of receiving, the methamphetamine.Bail has been set at $25,000.

According to Burke, methamphetamine drug busts are uncommon in Ouray County. “We don’t have them very often,” he said. “But we will initiate an investigation on any information given to us about any drug activity. We want to send a message to the community, that we will not tolerate illegal drug activity of any kind in Ouray County.”


Police want the public’s help finding a man suspected of dealing methamphetamine near a Central Point elementary school.

On May 3, officers with the Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement team served a warrant at a home in the 1900 block of Sunrise Way in Central Point.

They seized close to a pound of methamphetamine, a .357 pistol and $1,050 in cash, police officials said in a news release.

MADGE officers arrested Alexandria Hyman, 21, on charges of delivery of methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a school, possession of methamphetamine, being a felon in possession of a weapon and manufacture of methamphetamine. She was lodged in the Jackson County Jail and has since been released.

The home is near Jewett Elementary School, officials said.

However, her roommate Alberto Castro, 30, was not at home at the time MADGE arrived.

Castro is wanted on felony warrants related to the alleged drug sales occurring from the home.

Castro is 5 feet, 5 inches tall and weighs approximately 135 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes and often sports a small goatee.

MADGE officers believe Castro is still in Southern Oregon, possibly traveling between Central Point and White City.

He might be driving a 2012 Toyota Camry, with Oregon license 137 GEP.

If you have information on Castro’s whereabouts, contact your nearest police department, officials said.

Deputies found methamphetamine and more than 200 items of stolen property in a vehicle searched at Glen Ivy RV Park south of Corona about 3 a.m. Friday, May 31.

The stolen goods included electronic equipment, jewelry, iPads, a shotgun, power tools, designer purses and items related to identity theft such as driver’s licenses.

The driver, John Varian, a 42-year-old Lake Elsinore resident, had an outstanding felony warrant and was on felony probation, a Riverside County Sheriff’s Department news release reported. Varian lives in the RV park on Glen Ivy Road and deputies got a search warrant for his residence. While serving the warrant, deputies found David Sare, a 37-year-old Corona man, hiding in the residence, the release stated.

Sare was arrested and booked on suspicion of possession of stolen property, burglary, committing a felony while on bail and possession of a controlled substance. Varian was arrested and booked on suspicion of possession of stolen property and burglary,

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Deputy Ricard at the Lake Elsinore Sheriff Station, 951-245-3300.



A 40-year-old man was arrested by Fresno police late Friday night after a routine traffic stop led to the discovery of 22 pounds of methamphetamine.
Officers with Fresno’s North Bureau Impact Team stopped a vehicle in the area of Ashlan and Cornelia avenues, west of Highway 99, shortly after 11 p.m. During the traffic stop, officers searched the vehicle and found a 5-gallon bucket with the methamphetamine.
The man was arrested for possessing methamphetamine for sale and booked into Fresno County Jail.


SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A man accused of walking away from a county jail and repeatedly punching a police dog during his arrest has been charged with drug possession, escape and assault on a law enforcement animal.

The Argus Leader newspaper reports ( ) that 26-year-old Aaron Allen Unzelman was given a furlough from the Minnehaha County Jail for a doctor’s appointment on May 14. He’d been incarcerated on a $2,500 cash bond for charges of burglary and possession of methamphetamine at the time.

Authorities said Unzelman failed to return from the appointment. The following day, an undercover officer set up a drug buy with Unzelman at a local restaurant.

Sioux Falls Police spokesman Sam Clemens said when officers attempted to arrest Unzelman, he fled, shaking a container of methamphetamine as he ran.

The drugs fell out and dissolved in the rain, but a police dog was able to catch Unzelman and hold him down, as he repeatedly punched the animal, Clemens said.


A Tulsa Jail nurse was arrested Friday on allegations that she brought contraband into the Tulsa Jail and engaged in sexual activity with an inmate.

Elizabeth Ann Guy, 43, of Glenpool was booked into the jail on complaints that included second-degree rape, carrying drugs into a jail and possessing contraband.

Elizabeth Ann Guy: She is accused of having sexual contact with an inmate and taking contraband into the jail. Guy works for CHC, which provides health care at the jail


She was confronted Friday after an investigator received information that she had brought contraband into the facility, her arrest report says.

A substance that “presumptively tested” positive as methamphetamine was found in one of Guy’s pockets, according to the report.

After being read her Miranda rights and signing a waiver, she admitted that she had previously brought an inmate methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana, as well as tobacco and tobacco rolling papers, the document alleges.

She also admitted that she had sex with an inmate on May 25 and May 26 in an examination room in the jail’s medical facility, the report says.

Because the report released to the Tulsa World had been redacted, it is not clear whether the alleged contraband-smuggling and sexual activity involved the same inmate.

On the arrest report, Guy’s employer is listed as “CHC.”

Correctional Health Care Management is the jail’s health-care provider.

Tulsa County Sheriff’s Maj. Shannon Clark stressed Friday night that Guy is not an employee of the Sheriff’s Office.

The jail’s website shows that Guy was quickly released on bond, but Clark said she will not be permitted to work at the Tulsa Jail again, even if she keeps her job with Correctional Health Care.

Clark said the Sheriff’s Office acted “extremely quickly” after receiving confidential information about the allegations.

DECATUR, Alabama – New charges were filed against a woman after authorities found 55 grams of crystal methamphetamine in her bra as she was being booked into Decatur City Jail following a drug arrest.

Sherry Painter, 40, of 2236 Harrison St., Apt. 2, Decatur was initially arrested Friday for illegal possession of prescription drugs and a failure to appear in court charge, according to a Decatur police report.


Sherry Painter


She was arrested along with Tracy Young, who was driving a car pulled over by Decatur Police for a traffic violation on Alabama Highway 67. Officers found methamphetamine, marijuana and Hydrocodone in the vehicle.

Authorities also seized the car because it was used to transport drugs.

Tracy Young
 Young, 43, of 28246 Harvest Road, Toney was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance, second-degree possession of marijuana and using multiple lanes and improper lane change. She was booked in Decatur City Jail on $3,500 bond.

Because of the large quantity of meth on Painter, Investigator Arrington requested an increased bond amount. Judge Jennifer Howell agreed and set Painter’s bond at $200,000.



COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – A former methamphetamine addict swabbed the walls of two Colorado Springs hotel rooms last month, looking for trace amounts of drug residue.

“Meth smoke is a heavy, sticky substance, much like nicotine,” Rick Fleenor said. “It gets on every surface and stays there forever, unless it’s properly cleaned.”

Meth-Busters, made up of Fleenor and a small group of followers, travels the state in a bid to find dirty hotel rooms, which he says are chosen at random.

It’s a road Fleenor traveled a decade ago when he was hooked on the drug and made the messes he now seeks to eradicate.

“I’ve seen it because I’ve lived it,” Fleenor said. “Users will rent rooms for a week or two at a time, with double beds and four or five people will live together during that time. Eventually motel managers will get enough complaints that they’ll ask them to move out.”

Fleenor reserved rooms May 9 at the Fairfield Inn on Commerce Center Drive and the Extended Stay America, on Corporate Drive. Joined by his assistants, Steven Kreis and Harry Swaw, he rubbed the walls of the rooms with cotton pads and meticulously placed them in a jar, ready to hand over to a Denver lab.

Alarmed by the prevalence of meth residue in rental properties, Fleenor started Meth-Busters in 2007 as a division of Summit Custom Builders, a Denver-based remodeling company.

In 2007, he was trained by Meth Clean-Up Co., in Utah, in how to collect samples. Fleenor said he has since traveled around Colorado to test hotel and motel rooms.

While Fleenor’s intentions may be good, Meth-Busters walks a thin gray line, according to state health officials.

Colleen Brisnehan, an environmental protection specialist with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Hazardous Materials and Waste Management Division, said Fleenor’s certification has no legal validity in Colorado and only national board-certified industrial hygienists can conduct methamphetamine cleanup and testing operations that have legal clout.

“As long as he’s not representing that he is sampling under state regulations or statutes, then what he’s doing is fine,” Brisnehan said. “He’s not certified in the state of Colorado. He doesn’t appear to be doing it under real state statutes, or state regulations.

“There’s nothing wrong with him doing it free of charge and for informational charges, but no legal action can be taken from his tests or their results.”

Reservoir Environmental, the Denver-based lab Fleenor uses for testing, charges $40-$80 for each sample. Fleenor told The Gazette all costs for renting rooms, the equipment for sample-retrieval and the lab tests are financed through his building company, Summit Custom Builders. According to Fleenor, he spends about $15,000 per year on Meth-Busters activities.

Although Meth-Busters’ website states the company is a nonprofit organization, he is not registered with the Internal Revenue Service. Fleenor said the company is working with an attorney to apply for nonprofit status.

When results of the tests come back positive, Fleenor said he sends the report to the property owner or manager. He claims Meth-Busters does not promote any meth clean up business.

Reservoir Environmental’s reports were reviewed by Brisnehan and she confirmed the room tested at the Extended Stay America came back positive for meth presence, based on the lab’s results. Brisnehan said the state’s safety standard is below .5 micrograms of meth per 100 square centimeters and the Extended Stay sample came back at .63 micrograms. Fairfield Inn’s sample came back clean.

State officials employ only national board-certified industrial hygienists to perform meth testing and cleanup operations, Brisnehan said. When they come across high residue results that could indicate the presence of a meth lab, law enforcement gets involved, she explained.

If the contamination in a property is severe enough to require cleanup measures such as drywall removal, the structure can be deemed hazardous and shut down.

Brisnehan said it’s difficult to make any conclusions from just one test.

“The results show the sample obtained from the Extended Stay room is above safety standards, but it’s only slightly higher and there’s no telling how long the remnants have been there from just a cotton swab,” Brisnehan said. “It is very possible that meth was smoked at some point in that room, but there is no context for the results from Mr. Fleenor’s test.”

Repeated calls to the Extended Stay Hotel Inc. office in Charlotte, N.C., were not returned.

While taking hotels by surprise with positive meth results could be interpreted as a coercion tactic, Fleenor insists Meth-Busters holds no hidden agenda.

“We are not out to focus on any particular chain of hotels, this is all done at random,” Fleenor said.

“Once we have laboratory results we send them to the property owner of record on the county site. No one is ever happy that this has been discovered.”

Fleenor sampled a room at the Riviera Motel in Aurora in February. Lab tests showed the sample registered 1.83 micrograms of meth molecules per 100 square centimeters, above federal safety standards.

Manager John Fiscus told The Gazette May 23 he did not know about Fleenor’s activities at his motel until a reporter called, but said he plans to take every step necessary to clean up the meth residue. Being taken by surprise upset the motel manager.

“Knowledge is power, so I suppose the service Meth-Busters performs is useful,” Fiscus said. “However, I would have appreciated to be told in advance that Mr. Fleenor rented one of our rooms for this purpose. His tactics seem somewhat disrespectful to me.”

For a regular-sized hotel room, Fleenor said, the cleanup cost can run between $5,000 to $6,000. For a single-family rental home, it’s upwards of $20,000.

The residue from meth use in places like hotel and motel rooms, as well as residential properties, are what concern Fleenor the most.

The chemicals in meth smoke remain on the walls, surfaces and especially the carpets, Fleenor said. His biggest concern is for children whose parents rent a motel room after it’s been occupied by meth users and the dangerous effects that could pose to their health.

“Our motivation is public awareness and to keep children safe from exposure,” Fleenor said.

At an abandoned motel in Thornton, researchers from the National Jewish Medical Research Center simulated prolonged meth smoke contamination. They confirmed that children present in a structure where meth has been smoked will suffer from exposure to airborne meth and surface meth after the fact.

“There’s no easy answer to this problem,” Fleenor said. “The best we can do is keep raising awareness and take it one day at a time.”

“It’s a fine service for people’s information,” Brisnehan said. “But he has to make it clear that his tests do not require clean ups, and they cannot be used for real estate transactions or legal proceedings.”



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

Warrant: Mom charged after 4-year-old tests positive for meth photo
Simone Wright

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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



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

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

Redlands-Loma Linda Patch file photo by Guy McCarthy.


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

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

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

The estimated street value of a $86,000.


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

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

Arrested in the meth raid were:

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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


Meth charges

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Nickolas Wedding


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Police also found surveillance equipment at the home.

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

Codie Hennigan

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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



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


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

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

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

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

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


Marcus Lindsey
Tami Jo Hill
Heather Dunn
Christopher Davis
Dustin Clemons
Lisa Williams
Hope Mitchell
Betty Deckard
Kimberly Carney
David Barnard

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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