A Rome woman who allegedly had meth was arrested Tuesday, according to Floyd County Jail reports.

According to the reports:

Kimberly Diann Wilson, 40, of 1588 Big Texas Valley, was arrested Tuesday.

Kimberly Diann Wilson

Kimberly Diann Wilson

Wilson is charged with felony trafficking methamphetamine, felony possession of methamphetamine, felony possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell, misdemeanor possession of drug related objects and misdemeanor failure to signal when changing lanes.

Wilson was stopped on Ga Highway 53 at Pierce Hill Road for allegedly failing to use her turn signal. She was allegedly found to be in possession of more than an ounce of methamphetamine that was intended for distribution. Officers said Wilson was also in possession of digital scales.








During the evening hours of October 13, the Audrain County Sheriff‘s Office, Missouri State Highway Patrol, and the East Central Drug Task Force executed a narcotics search warrant on South Second Street in Martinsburg.
As a result of the search warrant one suspect was arrested for possession of a methamphetamine.
Additionally three suspects who were present at the residence were taken into custody for outstanding arrest warrants from Warren and Montgomery Counties, and transported directly to those counties.
One will also be charged later in Audrain County for possession of methamphetamine.

Those arrested were Beverly Sue Dowell, age 54, of Martinsburg, for possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and endangering the welfare of a child. Dowell’s bond is set at $25,000.
Sarah Ann Wideman, age 49, for possession of methamphetamine and a Montgomery County warrant for failure to appear in court on the original charge of passing a bad check. Wideman was released to Montgomery County pending the filing of charges for possession of methamphetamine in Audrain County. Wideman’s bond is set at $2,607.79 cash only.
Devin Michael Heinz, age 26, of Montgomery City, on a Montgomery County warrant for failure to appear in court on the original charge of a seat belt violation. Heinz was transported to the Montgomery County Jail. Heinz bond is set at $10 cash only.
Kacey Marie Cain, age 25, of Montgomery City, on a Warren County warrant for assault. Kane was transported to the Montgomery County Jail and posted a $500 cash only bond.
The task force reported the following amounts of drug seizures as a result of their enforcement efforts in the previous quarter (July 1, 2013 through September 30, 2013).
Methamphetamine, 2,124 grams; Psilocybin, 10 grams; Marijuana, 1,192 grams; Synthetics drugs (Synthetic Cannabinoids/Cathinones), 204 grams; Pseudoephedrine, 11 grams; prescription drugs/pills, 202 units.
During the previous quarter, the East Central Drug Task Force also seized 13 firearms, disassembled 17 methamphetamine drug laboratories, served 20 search warrants, arresting 49 individuals, totaling 60 separate drug charges.
The task force credits their success to local and surrounding law enforcement agencies’ and the public’s cooperation.
The East Central Drug Task Force was organized in 2001 and serves the cities of Bowling Green, Mexico, Montgomery City, Vandalia and Warrenton, the counties of Audrain, Montgomery and Warren, along with the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
If you have any information regarding a possible methamphetamine laboratory, growing of marijuana, or other information about the distribution of narcotics, please contact your local law enforcement agency or you can call the following toll free numbers to reach the East Central Drug Task Force, 1-888-823-METH (6384) or 1-800-BAD-WEED (223-9333). All callers have the option of remaining anonymous.







KELSO, Wash. — Police in the southwest Washington community of Kelso say they gave a cold 3-year-old girl warm clothes, food and a place to nap after her mentally incapacitated mother was picked up and admitted to a hospital.

The Daily News of Longview (http://is.gd/2JNQcn ) reports police later handed the child over to Child Protective Services.

Police said they had contacted the 25-year-old woman eight times in recent days. Each time she was wrapped in a blanket and carrying her daughter.

Early Tuesday morning, a driver reported seeing a woman wrapped in a blanket carrying a small child in the middle of a dark road. Officer Bebe McFall says both mother and child were barefoot, the blanket was covered with wet mud and the child was crying and said she was cold.

The newspaper says the woman told police and medical staff she had been using methamphetamine.


Blount County Sheriff’s Department officials and deputies and officers with the Fifth Judicial Drug Task Force have had a busy couple of days when it comes to making methamphetamine busts, with a pair of discoveries that led to charges or citations being issued against five people.

In the first case, Cynthia Renee Evans, 47, was pulled over on a routine traffic stop on Tuesday when officers discovered that she was driving on a revoked license and was in possession of meth-making materials.

That find led to a search, with her consent, of her house on Sheets Hollow Road, where officers found a complete meth lab.

Evans was then charged with promoting the manufacture of methamphetamine and is being held on $15,000 bond.

The two passengers in her vehicle, Steven Rauhuff, no age given, and Jennifer R. Scearce, 22, were also cited with possession of meth-making materials, while Leon Sparks, 20, who was at the house, was found to have four outstanding warrants against him and was taken into custody.

Then, on Wednesday, a call about a suspicious person at a business led to officers contacting Thomas Lee Grimes, 51, of Vonore, and discovering that he had two bags of meth on him.

He gave officers his consent to search his vehicle, whereupon investigators found a mobile meth lab in the trunk.

Grimes now faces charges concerning the manufacture, possession, and promotion of meth, as well as the intent to sell, and is being held on $35,000 in bonds.

In both investigations, the Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force responded to help safely dispose of the materials.







BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Police culminated a month’s long investigation into the distribution of methamphetamine in the Bakersfield area.

As a result of this investigation three search warrants were served in the 300 block of Lloyd Street, the 3000 block of Oliver Street and the 3100 block of Cottonwood Road.

The investigation led to the seizure of over 13 pounds of methamphetamine, $30,000 in cash and two firearms.

Miguel Marquez, 28, of Bakersfield, was arrested for possession for sales of narcotics, possession of stolen property, armed while in possession, ex-felon in possession of a firearm and conspiracy. Luis Alfonso Mendivil, 21, of Riverside and Jonathen Leyva, 26, of Riverside were both arrested for possession for sales of narcotics and conspiracy.

The Bakersfield Police Department Major Violators Unit conducted the investigation with the Drug Enforcement Administration Agents, Kern County Probation and McFarland Police Department.








Thousands of pills and nearly $2 million worth of assets have been seized in a two day police operation across the country.

The drug bust has seen 23 people arrested and charged with a range of offences including supplying methamphetamine and manufacturing and supplying ecstasy.

The 14 men and nine women are aged between 21 and 61 years and will be appearing in courts across the country on serious drug dealing, money laundering and fraud-related charges.

Operation Nebraska was led by Wellington police and search warrants were executed in Wellington, Canterbury, Bay of Plenty, Eastern and Central Police Districts. It follows the successful interception and seizure of $2 million worth of methamphetamine last week.

In Christchurch ESR scientists are working with police to examine and dismantle a scene where it is believed pill manufacture was taking place. A commercial pill-press has been seized along with thousands of pills and approximately five kilograms of powder.

Firearms have also been located in Rotorua and Christchurch.

“We have been monitoring this syndicate’s activity for a number of months to collect evidence of their alleged drug dealing activity,” Detective Senior Sergeant Tim Leitch said.

“As a result, we have deployed investigators, response and specialist staff across five policing districts to gather evidence and make these arrests. The operation will cause significant disruption in the illicit pill market.”

The Police Asset Recovery Unit has “restrained assets” valued at more than $1,875,000, including four properties, a boat, five vehicles and money held in bank accounts of $230,000.

“We are sending a clear message to these people that if you are going to derive your income from drug activity that harms our communities, we will be using all the legislation available to disrupt that behaviour and seize those assets,” Mr Leitch said.








A Milton couple was arrested last week for numerous drug charges, including trafficking methamphetamine, possession of drugs and paraphernalia, according to a Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office report.

Bert and Christen Gilmore were arrested after a narcotics unit attempted to make contact at their residence in the 6800 block of Dixon Street in Milton. A note was on the front door, saying to use the side door.

Christen Gilmore mugshotBert Gilmore mugshot

While the narcotics unit went around to the side door, they observed the remnants of a methamphetamine lab near the back of the residence.

Bert walked up the street, finding the narcotics unit at the house. He told authorities that he and his wife lived there. Bert was taken into custody. Authorities searched the man and found a small bag containing suspected methamphetamine. It was tested in the field, which yielded a positive result.

A search of the purchase history showed the husband and wife attempted to purchase 32 pseudoephedrine boxes in 2013. Pseudoephedrine is a controlled substance and a main ingredient in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

Bert was booked into the Santa Rosa County jail and given a $71,000 bond. He is charged with two counts of drug possession, two counts of drug equipment possession, marijuana possession, and trafficking methamphetamine.

Christen was arrested two days later and given a $47,000 bond. She was charged with marijuana possession, drug possession, two counts of drug equipment possession and trafficking methamphetamine.







HAMMOND — Tangipahoa Parish sheriff’s deputies arrested a 26-year-old man Tuesday and accused him of smuggling methamphetamine from California to Louisiana, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Authorities arrested Marvelle Worjloh, of Baton Rouge, after he sold two pounds of methamphetamine to an undercover agent at a Days Inn in Hammond, Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Dawn Panepinto said in a news release.

Marvelle Worjloh

Marvelle Worjloh



Worjloh was booked into the Tangipahoa Parish Jail on counts of possession with the intent to distribute more than 500 grams of methamphetamine.

Worjloh was arrested as part of an ongoing investigation involving the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office, Hammond Police Department and federal Drug Enforcement Administration.







A woman who was driving without a driver’s license was pulled over Tuesday by a sheriff’s narcotics officer who recognized her, but her lack of a driver’s license was not among her legal troubles.

Narcotics officers Carlyle Gover and James Stroope found 22 grams of methamphetamine in the car the woman was driving, Gover alleged in a report. Gover arrested Anna Coffey, 28, and passenger Butch Spearman, 36, on charges of manufacture of delivery of a controlled substance in a drug free zone, jail records state. Spearman was also charged with possession of marijuana.

Anna Coffey

Anna Coffey

Butch Spearman

Butch Spearman




According to Gover’s report:

Gover and Stroope had received information for several months about two people who were allegedly distributing methamphetamine in Brown County. On Tuesday, Gover saw Coffey driving on Beaver Street in Brownwood and made a traffic stop. Spearman was in the front passenger’s seat, and Coffey’s 6-year-old daughter was in the rear seat.

Coffey denied Gover’s request to search her car, and Gover called for Stroope and his drug dog, Buster. The dog alerted on the car, and the deputies found a “distribution among” of methamphetamine in the center console. The deputies also found under 2 ounces of marijuana under the front passenger’s seat.

Coffey’s daughter was released to her grandmother.








Was anyone surprised? Maybe they need to start offering health benefits

KOSCIOUSKO COUNTY, Ind.– Walmart shoppers got a dangerous surprise when they went to buy their groceries Tuesday. A man was found sleeping on a park bench outside the store. When police approached him, they discovered he had a mobile meth lab on him, police said.

“Stuff can happen you know with meth labs from what I hear about them. They can explode,” said Gary Sparkman.

“The explosions that have happened, people got burned,” said John Doyle.

Walmart customers agree it was a dangerous situation at the supercenter earlier Tuesday.

A man was found sleeping on a bench outside of the store for six hours.

When he was approached, police say they found a mobile meth lab on him.

The Warsaw Police narcotics and the Indiana State Police were brought in to dispose of the lab.

Gary Kirkwood, who was also wanted on a parole warrant, was arrested.

Customers say as weird as it is to be found at Walmart, with how bad the meth problem is in Kosciusko County, they are not surprised.

“You hear it constantly in hotels and people driving with it in their vehicles,” said Sparkman.

Gary Doyle says police are doing their part to combat this issue.

“I think police are doing about as well as they can with it,” said Doyle.

He blames the economy for meth popping up everywhere and says Kosciusko County will not be clean until the financial state improves.

“Bottom line with the tough economic times out here, I think people are doing anything they can for money,” said Doyle.

Kirkwood was booked into the Kosciusko County Jail on possession and manufacturing methamphetamine.





Apparently, corporate profits just aren’t enough for some global megabusinesses these days: a Walmart store in South St. Louis County, Missouri was emptied by police when an “active methamphetamine production laboratory” was discovered inside.

Now, it’s entirely possible that the “lab” consisted of an empty plastic bottle and some chemicals, but still, you guys: some tweeker was cooking crystal inside a freakin’ Walmart.

The store was open and full of customers when it was cleared about 6:15 p.m. Thursday after employees and then police discovered the possible hazardous situation involving the substances used to make methamphetamine, St. Louis County police Lt. Mark Cox said. The chemicals were discovered after police were called about a shoplifter. Cox did not yet know details of the “lab,” how it was put together or where in the store it was located.


UPDATE: It gets weirder. This local news report further clarifies that a woman detained for shoplifting at the Walmart “began to make meth in the loss prevention office.”

Now that is baller. You’re busted for shoplifting, placed in what amounts to a holding cell inside the store, and how do you kill time? Makin’ ice!

“Loss prevention had detained the woman, and she was placed in a holding area until officers arrived,”

“While she was detained, she began cooking meth in the holding room.”

Sounds like an improvised mobile setup—she’s no Heisenberg, and that’s no blue.

Good news, though, the store will only be closed for three hours. And, nobody got their face chewed off.

Here’s a photo of hazmat guys cleaning it up. And a local Patch.com article has more details here.

Sarah Flagg, writing on a local Patch.com page, says it was “a portable meth lab in her purse,” also known as “shake and bake.” These are often fashioned on the fly from a two-liter or 20-ounce beverage bottle (the size Bloomberg is outlawing in New York City… coincidence?).

Shake ‘n’ Bake is an actual thing. It is, as you might imagine, very dangerous: a resulting explosion can kill or seriously burn the “cook” and any bystanders.






WHAS11) — A central Kentucky Walmart store shut down Wednesday afternoon after police discovered a meth lab inside.

Employees say a man walked into the bathroom at a store in Nicholasville and later found him passed out on the floor.

Police arrived and found the man with a working meth lab inside his backpack. The store had to be evacuated.

James Prater, 36, has been charged with possession of meth and was checked out by EMT’s at the scene.

No word on when the store will re-open.







Somebody left behind a surprise in the bathroom at Walmart.

A custodial employee working on Saturday found a “shake-and-bake” meth lab in the women’s restroom at a store in Alabama, Boaz Police Department officials confirmed to The Huffington Post.

The single-use methamphetamine operation included a Nestle water bottle and five empty packets of the over-the-counter cold medicine pseudoephedrine, the Gadsen Times reported.

“That kind of blew my mind when I read the report,” Police Chief Terry Davis said, according to WHNT-19. “We’ve found a lot of shake-and-bake meth labs in different places but never inside a business.”

Police also found it odd that the pills used to cook the low quality methamphetamine were of a brand not sold at Walmart.

Investigators with the Marshall County Drug Enforcement Unit disposed of the meth-making lab.

In December, an Oklahoma woman was similarly accused of attempting to cook meth in a different Walmart.





UPDATED at 11:15 a.m. with ages of suspects and new details on the incident.

SOUTH ST. LOUIS COUNTY • A customer cooking a so-called “one pot” batch of methamphetamine inside a pop bottle in her purse caused the Thursday night evacuation of the South County Walmart store.

The woman, 32, was caught shoplifting an item unrelated to meth-making when store security and then police discovered the 20-ounce bottle, St. Louis County police Lt. Mark Cox said. The store full of customers at Telegraph Road and Interstate 255 was evacuated about 6:15 p.m. because of the possible dangers of the chemical concoction.

“It had the potential to be flammable or blow up at any time,” Cox said. He described the initial situation inside the store as “volatile,” but said the evacuation was mostly precautionary.


Police said Walmart staff confronted the woman outside the store after she walked out with cosmetics and a purse. Police said she hadn’t paid for the items. She was brought back to an office where employees found the bottle in her own purse.

No one was injured. Aside from the bottle, no harmful substances or fumes were discovered inside the store.

The trend of cooking small quantities of the drug for personal use is on the rise, police said. But Cox said this was one of the first times locally a “one-pot” batch has been discovered and seized in a busy, public setting.

“There are lots of one-pot cooks,” Cox said. “But taking it into Walmart is very unusual.”

The woman and a male companion, 37, were arrested. Police did not release their names because they have not yet been charged. Police said charges will not be filed until after laboratory tests on the seized substances are complete.

Cox said it did not appear the woman was trying to steal any of the ingredients used in the meth-making process and did not begin making the concoction inside the store.

Police investigators in gas masks also confiscated several meth-making precursors — bottles of medicines, pills and chemicals — from the suspects’ car in the Walmart parking lot.

The store, open 24 hours, was scheduled to reopen later Thursday night.









A shake and bake methamphetamine lab was found Saturday morning in a women’s rest room at Walmart in Boaz.

Boaz Police Chief Terry Davis said a cleaning crew found a Nestle water bottle and five empty packets of pseudoephedrine between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. in a stall in the restroom in the front of the store. He said the cleaning crew contacted managers, who contacted police.

Davis said the pseudoephedrine was another store’s brand and not a brand available at Walmart, so it is unclear why someone would bring the ingredients into the public restroom to make the batch of meth there.

Residue was found in the bottle, and it is believed the meth that was produced was removed from the bottle and possibly used in the restroom.

Davis said an investigation is continuing.








The Nicholasville Wal-Mart was evacuated for more than an hour Wednesday morning after a 2-liter bottle containing methamphetamine ingredients was found in a man’s backpack, authorities said.

A store employee found a man asleep in a bathroom and called police.

In the man’s backpack, police found a one-step methamphetamine lab in a 2-liter bottle, said Kevin Grimes, public information officer for Nicholasville police.

“You put all the chemicals in a 2-liter, and you close it up and it starts cooking itself off,” Grimes said.

There have been at least five similar incidents at Wal-Marts across in the country in the last several months, according to news reports.

“It’s maddening to think something like this could have been brought into one of our stores,” Kayla Whaling, spokeswoman for Wal-Mart’s Arkansas corporate headquarters said Wednesday.

“We notified police and evacuated our store out of an abundance of caution for the safety of everyone in our facility,” she said.

The store was evacuated about 9 a.m., Grimes said. Cleanup was contained to the bathroom, and the store reopened by 10:15 a.m.

Police arrested and charged James Prater, 36, with manufacturing methamphetamine, Grimes said. Prater was taken to the Jessamine County Detention Center.

Prater, of Lancaster, was also charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

“We regularly check our restrooms, and if we do find anything suspicious, we will report that to police,” said Whaling, the Wal-Mart spokeswoman.

Also, Whaling said Wal-Mart has policies in place to restrict the purchase of products containing pseudoephedrine. Pseudoephedrine is a key ingredient in methamphetamine.

Grimes said he did not know of any similar incidents in Nicholasville.

In June in Missouri, police evacuated a Wal-Mart after reportedly finding a “one-pot” methamphetamine bottle inside a woman’s purse.

Also in June, a man was arrested in Mentor, Ohio, after he allegedly made meth in a salt shaker in a Wal-Mart store.

Similar incidents were reported in Wal-Marts in Arkansas and Oklahoma, both ending in arrests.

Additionally, a cleaning crew found the ingredients for making methamphetamine in a Wal-Mart women’s bathroom in Alabama in April, reports said.


Nine people were arrested early Tuesday morning after Springfield police say the group broke into a vacant home where some of them cooked meth around two kids.

Police arrested six men and three women after an anonymous tip led officers to discover a meth lab in a vacant rental house on West Mount Vernon Street.


Megan Caldwell
Megan Caldwell
Annastasia McFarland
Annastasia McFarland
Shala Holloway
Shala Holloway

Also in the house were two young girls, ages 4 and 6, according to a police incident report.

One of the women arrested is the mother of the children, said police spokeswoman Lisa Cox.

Narcotics supervisor Sgt. Bryan DiSylvester said investigators discovered evidence that meth was being cooked in the same room where the kids were sleeping on the floor.

Police contacted the Division of Family Services and the two girls were put in the custody of their grandmother, Cox said.

Police believe the owner of the property was unaware his home was allegedly being used to cook meth. Messages left with the owner were not returned Tuesday.

Stefan Day

Stefan Day 
Shane Minor
Shane Minor
Ronald Hubbard
Ronald Hubbard
Lee Wiley
Lee Wiley
Tristan Dawkins

Tristan Dawkins
Courtney Brown
Courtney Brown

DiSylvester said the case was submitted to prosecutors Tuesday afternoon.

Police are seeking a range of charges against the individuals, DiSylvester said, including burglary, trespassing, and — for at least one person — child endangerment.

Charges, ultimately decided by prosecutors, had not yet appeared on online court records Tuesday evening.

Springfield police are seeking child endangerment and other charges against nine people suspected of cooking meth at a vacant house at 929 W. Mount Vernon. Photographed on Tuesday, October 22, 2013.
Springfield police are seeking child endangerment and other charges against nine people suspected of cooking meth at a vacant house at 929 W. Mount Vernon. Photographed on Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Police believe two kids were sleeping in the same room where meth lab components were found.
Police believe two kids were sleeping in the same room where meth lab components were found.
Photos from inside 929 W. Mount Vernon Street where police arrested 9 people in connection with a meth lab. Two children were also found inside the hosue.
Photos from inside 929 W. Mount Vernon Street where police arrested 9 people in connection with a meth lab. Two children were also found inside the hosue.
Photos from inside 929 W. Mount Vernon Street where police arrested 9 people in connection with a meth lab. Two children were also found inside the hosue.
Photos from inside 929 W. Mount Vernon Street where police arrested 9 people in connection with a meth lab. Two children were also found inside the hosue.
Photos from inside 929 W. Mount Vernon Street where police arrested 9 people in connection with a meth lab. Two children were also found inside the hosue.
Police believe two kids were sleeping in the same room where meth lab components were found.
Police believe two kids were sleeping in the same room where meth lab components were found. 

This is the second alleged meth lab incident at a rental property in about a month.

DiSylvester said officers dismantled the suspected meth lab and sent the chemical concoctions to a hazardous materials bunker.

No state or local statute requires that the home be cleaned at all.

Homeowners and landlords are required by state law to disclose meth lab activity to potential buyers or tenants if they are aware that the property was used to make meth.







A continued arraignment was set Nov. 5 for a 49-year-old Carson City woman arrested after she failed to appear for an earlier court date on her third arrest for driving under the influence.

District Judge Tod Young ordered Ann Syphus-Freed to be held on $10,000 cash bail. She was ordered to appear Oct. 15, but didn’t show up.

Ann Syphus-Freed

Ann Syphus-Freed



Young issued a bench warrant for $10,000, and Syphus-Freed was arrested Oct. 17. She also tested positive for methamphetamine, according to court reports.

Terms of her released had included no driving or use of drugs or alcohol. She is charged with a third offense of driving under the influence within three years.

Syphus-Freed was convicted twice in 2011 for offenses that occurred in Tahoe Township and East Fork.

Her most recent arrest was May 15. She was charged with driving under the influence of a sedative, methadone or methamphetamine.

A warrant was issued for her arrest in June when she failed to appear for drug tests.

Her bail was reinstated, and she was ordered to appear Oct. 15 in court.









Meth labs are on the rise in Lebanon hotel rooms.

Recently, a lab exploded and destroyed a hotel room wall.

The recent case and the other discoveries of meth labs in hotels has prompted Lebanon police to forward information to owners and managers to help them recognize suspicious activity.

<b>A Travel Inn hotel room was damaged earlier this month when police said a meth lab caused an explosion. </b>

A Travel Inn hotel room was damaged earlier this month when police said a meth lab caused an explosion.



“Ultimately, the people who do this will fall back on the hotel owners,” Lebanon Chief of Police Scott Bowen said. “One thing we’re going to do is get information out to these hotel staffs on what to look for and keep them from happening.

“They are extremely dangerous, and when you start cooking in a hotel room, you put others at risk.”

Lebanon has several hotels near Interstate 40, which Bowen said draws customers from outside the area.

The recent meth lab explosion was at the Travel Inn along Murfreesboro Road near Interstate 40. No injuries were reported. No suspects were in custody, but witnesses reported seeing two men covered in soot who ran from the scene.

Police had to close the back section of the hotel until an environmentalist gave the OK for it to be re-opened to the public.

Bowen also recalled meth lab discoveries in the past year at the Knights Inn, Southland Motel and Best Value Inn in Lebanon.

The police department was scheduled to send information to local hotels last week that included behavioral warning signs of individuals potentially involved in methamphetamine and appearance or traits of a room that may have suspicious activity.

“I think it is a great idea if the local authorities could help the local hotels avoid renting rooms to potential meth producers. Middle Tennessee has been a playground for meth labs, and we need to get more proactive on that front,” said Roshan Patel, owner of the La Quinta Inn in Lebanon.







KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) — A man and woman have been charged in connection with an apartment fire Monday that sent some tenants to the hospital and resulted in the building being condemned, the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department says.

Warrants have been obtained charging Gregory William Young, 31, and Maria Rosalyn Young, 28, with operating a clandestine laboratory. Both were residents of the apartment where the fire began.

It happened just after 7 a.m. Monday in the 5800 block of Starling Drive in Rand, W.Va. — the result of a shake-and-bake meth lab.



Experts with the West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office arrived to investigate. They determined the fire originated in Apartment 4. The fire was caused by a clandestine meth lab.

The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department sent a deputy sheriff to Kanawha County Magistrate Court to request and obtain a search warrant. Two trained technicians were sent to the apartment building to collect evidence in the investigation.

The building was condemned about 8:45 p.m. Monday.







MIDDLEBURG, Fla. — The house on 4874 Alligator Blvd. has been a meth lab, the scene of a deadly shooting and now it has been vandalized by racist graffiti.

For neighbor Adriana Rodriguez, even before the hate symbols covered the front of the house, the building served as a constant reminder of a memory she’d like to forget.

“Every day I look at that house passing by here and I think, ‘God that awful family that has to go through that,'” said Rodriguez.

According to investigators the man whose name appears spray-painted on the walls, Ted Tilley, killed Clay County Detective David White during a drug bust.

While investigators search for whoever is responsible for the graffiti, neighbors want to know why the culprit had a canvas to begin with.

“Why don’t they just go ahead and tear it down? There’s no reason for that house to be there at all,” said Sam Gil.

“It’s a bad image to look at every day passing by. It’s disrespectful,” said Rodriguez.

Clay County Attorney Mark Scruby said it’s not that simple. He said he’s not aware of any local statute that would allow the condemnation of a home previously used as a meth lab.

If the foreclosed home was to be demolished, they’d have to go through state law. Despite calls from neighbors to get rid of the eyesore, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office said its hands are tied until the investigation is over.

Scruby said even if there was an ordinance allowing the county to condemn the home, because there is an ongoing investigation any possibility of tearing it down would likely have to wait.

Action News found out Duval County does have a municipal code that allows it to condemn a structure as unsafe after the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and the Fire Department confirm it’s being used for drugs. St. Johns County has a similar ordinance.







The scourge of hard drugs is well-documented, and yet these mugshots are still confronting and shocking – underlying the harrowing, physical affects of substance abuse on the body.

In a series of portraits from the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office in Oregon, the images show how methamphetamine can ruin the human face in the space of a few years.

Addicts show that they have lost teeth and developed legions, their once normal skin tone turning grey and gaunt.


This pretty brunette's face is transformed in the space of a year through using meth This pretty brunette's face is transformed in the space of a year through using meth

Transformation: This woman’s face has deteriorated in the space of a year through persistent Methamphetamine abuse


Within a year of his first mugshot being taken, this young man loses his healthy appearance and is covered in sores Within a year of his first mugshot being taken, this young man loses his healthy appearance and is covered in sores

Unhealthy: Within a year of his first mugshot, this young man has lost a significant amount of weight


Tragic: This woman turns from fresh faced and attractive in the late nineties to gaunt and haggardTragic: This woman turns from fresh faced and attractive in the late nineties to gaunt and haggard

Tragic: The years have not been kind to this woman, whose appearance is radically altered by Methamphetamine


 The collection of mug shots from 2011 follow the controversial 2004 Faces Of Meth release, and show how addicts go from fresh-faced to ravaged, sometimes within a matter of months.

The pictures have been released in the hope that they will make young people think twice about touching drugs of any sort.

 The photographs show the first arrest of a drug user partnered up with a picture taken at a later date, when the person is clearly in the grip of their addiction.

Addicts are seen with teeth missing, scratched and scabby skin, and sallow cheeks. Their complexion is bordering on grey and their hair is matted or falling out.

It takes this female meth user just four months for her face to show the ravaged signs of addictionIt takes this female meth user just four months for her face to show the ravaged signs of addiction

Rapid decline: It takes just eight months for this female meth user to show the ravaged signs of addiction


This man's face appears to be collapsing as his features are ravaged from years of taking hard drugs This man's face appears to be collapsing as his features are ravaged from years of taking hard drugs

‘Meth mouth': Addicts often lose teeth through years of abuse





‘Faces of Meth went round the world, it captured peoples revulsion and imagination,’ said deputy Bret King, 45, who was instrumental in putting together the original Faces of Meth project in 2004.

‘As I was putting together the project and touring the country trying to highlight the effects of meth on people, I had a nagging feeling that I knew I wasn’t bringing the whole picture to people’s attention.

‘Every single person I booked and interviewed who was not just a meth addict but a heroin user or a coke-head had started on some seemingly innocent drug like alcohol or cannabis.

‘Everyone experiments at college or school and I want… to show kids that everyone in those pictures started on cannabis, they didn’t just dive head first into heroin.

‘So I ask the students at schools to look at these people and think about their actions, otherwise that could end up being you,’ said deputy King.

A glamorous-looking young woman looks decidedly worse in just a matter of yearsA glamorous-looking young woman looks decidedly worse in just a matter of years

From glamour to gutter: A well-kept young woman looks decidedly worse for wear in just a matter of years


One young woman's fresh-faced appearance is marked by years of drug abuse, as seen in her police mugshotOne young woman's fresh-faced appearance is marked by years of drug abuse, as seen in her police mugshot

Within a year: Youthful looks are virtually non-existent in the space of 10 months


This man looks like almost a different person after years of drugs have taken their toll on his faceThis man looks like almost a different person after years of drugs have taken their toll on his face

Totally altered: There is little left of the athletic-looking man from 2004 in his 2007 mugshot


A woman smiles for her police mugshot in 2007 but looks haggard and gaunt after becoming addicted to meth a year later (right)A woman smiles for her police mugshot in 2007 but looks haggard and gaunt after becoming addicted to meth a year later (right)

Gaunt: A woman’s smile in 2007 has faded – along with the rest of her appearance – a year later


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BOISE — Following a 7 Investigates report last year looking at Idaho’s contaminated meth lab properties law, KTVB asked for more records. The records revealed an issue with the amount of time it’s taken agencies to notify the public that a property shouldn’t be occupied.

Meth-contaminated houses took weeks to get publicly listed

The Clandestine Drug Laboratory Cleanup Act was passed in Idaho in 2005. Its purpose was to establish guidelines for keeping potential homebuyers, renters and owners safe by publishing a list of contaminated properties and requiring them to clean-up to get off the list. If listed, the home must be unoccupied.

New records show health officials, public not being notified within legal timeframe

By law, within 72 hours of a meth lab bust in a house, apartment, or mobile home, the agency with jurisdiction over the lab is supposed to report it to the state get it on a contaminated properties list.

“When I get that notification, then I put it online so that the public can be aware of where the meth lab is, and realtors, the public, whoever needs to know,” said Jim Faust, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Idaho Indoor Environment Program Manager.

KTVB obtained all of the police reports for the 42 homes currently on the contaminated homes list. After going through each handwritten report and comparing incident dates with the dates police reports were actually faxed to the state, KTVB could only confirm three of the 42 were definitely filed within the 72 hour timeframe.

More commonly, we found examples where city, county and state agencies around the state took dozens, or even hundreds of days to file.

Homes only publicly listed once police send in the form

For a while, meth-contaminated houses weren’t being listed until the police told the state. In one Idaho Falls case, we found that the police took 728 days to notify Faust, so it was another couple days before it was listed.

More recently, the state has another way to find out about meth labs, and Faust now contacts police if the form doesn’t come in 72 hours.

He now gets alerted when a hazmat crew comes out. He then asks police for the report, though it can still take a while to get the report and list the house. For example, in 2012, a Nampa home wasn’t reported to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare by authorities for 212 days. The property went unlisted from April to November. Nampa Police says the Drug Enforcement Agency files its reports.

“Sometimes we have to push a little bit. We have to make repeated calls,” Faust said. “It’s because they’re very busy, and they don’t work with labs every week on a weekly basis, or even a monthly basis, many times not even a yearly basis, so sometimes it takes several phone calls to get the report.”

Police, health officials say they’ve adapted and reporting is getting better

The fact that police are dealing with home meth labs on a less than regular basis gives a lack of data to report any recent trend. Idaho Department of Health and Welfare happily reports that there was only one lab bust in a home this year.

Some departments have made adjustments since the law went into effect. Boise Police for example say their narcotics unit knows about the requirement and now has one officer tasked with the notification.

The officers who sent late reports for Boise back in 2007 and 2009 don’t work in Boise anymore, so we couldn’t find out why the reports were late.







Is the meth clean-up law really working?

BOISE — Toxic chemicals embedded into walls, soaked into carpet, melted to appliances; that’s what’s left in a home meth lab even after police take out the big containers during a bust. Those leftover chemicals can make people sick if not cleaned up.

To protect people who might rent, buy, or simply want to go back to living inside one of these homes, Idaho legislators passed the Clandestine Drug Laboratory Cleanup Act in 2005. The law says decontaminate the house, or demolish it, or don’t let anyone live there.

Is the law working?

The law gave the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare the authority to establish cleanup standards and maintain a list of residential properties that police say have had a meth lab and need to be cleaned. Since the law went into full effect nearly six years ago, police statewide have busted labs on 58 properties that went on the list.

Only 14 property owners have gone through the state’s cleaning procedure to have anyone live there. That means 44 are still sitting on the list and legally should be unoccupied.

To get off of the list, homeowners must remove all but trace amounts of meth-making chemicals from the property. Things that soak in chemicals, like carpet, have to be thrown out. Health and Welfare estimates the average cost of cleanup is around $5,000, and the cost of testing by a qualified industrial hygienist is around $4,000.

Inside a home meth lab

“It’s a chemical smell. It’s kind of hard to describe it in words, but it’s been described as a cat urine smell type thing. Real pungent,” Boise Police Sergeant Michael Harrington said.

Common chemicals found in meth labs include: Drano, Comet, paint thinner, iodine, matches, pseudoephedrine, antifreeze, lighter fluid and acid. Most of the ingredients have hazardous warning labels on their own, and when combined can be much more dangerous and volatile.

“We always wear the suits with the masks. We never go in there without those,” Harrington said.

Harrington supervises officers who have to go into the dangerous labs and bring out the evidence. The Drug Enforcement Administration says the federal government helps pay for the cost of removing and disposing of the bulk materials. Idaho State Police say the cost of removing the bulk of chemicals can run $800-$8,000 per property.

“It’s all basically removed from the house, but we don’t do any cleaning of the house,” Harrington said.

If the property is left as is, hazardous chemicals stay long after officers leave the property with the big containers of chemicals. Police are not responsible for doing any extensive cleaning on a property; that responsibility rests on the homeowner.

“The stuff that spills in carpets, that’s in the walls behind the stove, because it’s baked on the stove, the walls, the condensation that builds up, that’s all there. And that’s all breathable,” Harrington said.

Properties to be unoccupied until delisted

In 2006, Health and Welfare Idaho Indoor Environment Program Manager Jim Faust was tasked with keeping a list of addresses where police say they’ve found labs. The addresses stay on the do-not-occupy list until Faust reviews industrial hygienist clean-up reports to see if the property is decontaminated.

By law, if an address is one of the 44 on the state’s current list, Faust says the homeowner must clean the property and have it certified by state standards.

“Sometimes they [have to] rip up the carpets. Sometimes they have to take the drywall out. Sometimes they have to take the appliances out. It just varies a lot upon each lab,” Faust said. “To get their property off the list, what they have to do is have the house cleaned up according to state standards. An industrial hygienist then will come in and do wipe samples and send them to a certified lab.”

Faust then reviews the reports to see if the property is sufficiently decontaminated.

People are living in these homes

KTVB checked out nine homes on the list in Canyon and Ada Counties. Doors opened at four homes, proving people are definitely living inside. Three had signs that people could be there. One Nampa apartment still has the police hazardous material sticker on the door from last summer, but a neighbor said she sees people living there. Only two of the nine properties are clearly vacant.

Some of the homes have been on the list for more than five years, and every property owner or renter we made contact with knew the home they live in is on the list. Some of the owners were living there when the lab was found.

Why are they still living there? Why aren’t homeowners going through the cleanup process? A frequent answer was the cost of decontamination testing. The testing can be thousands of dollars, which is steep even for people who say they did extensive cleaning. One homeowner believes her large home could be $12,000-15,000 to test, even though she already paid to gut the entire house.

“I think that what they need to do is take it on a case by case basis as to what happened at the properties because five years later this has come back to haunt me. And I’ve spent $420,000 redoing my home, and now they want us to spend another $15,000 to get it off the list, and I don’t think that really makes sense,” Homeowner Cathy Mascroft said.

‘No punishment, no penalty’

On top of costs, there’s another issue: While it may be against the law to live in a home on the list, Faust confirms there are no punishments or penalties for living in one of these homes. Police say they can’t stop people from living in the homes either.

Senator Denton Darrington (R-Declo) sponsored the bill in 2005 that created the list and gave Health and Welfare the job of maintaining the list. Darrington says the law was created with law enforcement input as well as the concerns of realtors trying to protect homeowners.

KTVB went to him with the current meth lab property list, which he had not seen until the interview, and asked what he thought of people occupying some of the listed homes.

“I’m just interested in what you tell me because I haven’t seen this list before, but no, I guess it’s not surprising people are living there,” Darrington said.

Darrington explained the law was made not only for public safety from hazardous chemicals, but to protect homeowners and buyers. If the owner cleans the house as required, they are immune from civil claims. Also, the list itself, which is publicly available online, tells potential renters and buyers what they’re getting into.

“So far as I know, this has been not only acceptable, but successful. I don’t know that it hasn’t,” Darrington said.

Darrington said he is not inclined to consider changes to the law until police or Health and Welfare say there’s a need.

“I’ve not been approached by those who work in the issues and say we have a problem with the present law. When we have a problem with the present law, we’ll address it,” Darrington said.

Oregon law carries penalties for living in listed homes

Faust said there has been very little talk of making changes to the law, but knowing people are living in potentially dangerous homes, he says he might want to take another look.

“A couple things they could do to improve the law is to have a mandate that they do have it cleaned up and a deadline for it,” Faust said.

Some states do have laws that punish and penalize people for living in homes that aren’t cleaned up and certified. For example in Oregon, state health officials say if the home isn’t cleaned up within six months, it’s listed as a public nuisance. With that, local jurisdictions could choose to sue the property owner.

Also, anyone on the property, even a homeowner, can be arrested for trespassing. If a homeowner is living in the house or rents out the property, there are even more possible penalties including fines and potentially jail time. Oregon Health Authority officials say there have been cases of local sheriff’s offices pulling people out of those homes.

Oregon’s law also requires homeowners to use a licensed contractor to do the cleaning, which Faust points out would raise the cost of completing a cleanup program.

Idaho considering more meth laws

A new meth crackdown bill is moving through the state’s legislature right now and has a committee hearing this week. Senator Joyce Broadsword is sponsoring a bill to help police track pseudoephedrine sales more easily by having pharmacies use an online service to log sales.

“Members of my local law enforcement agencies asked for my help in getting a real time online tracking program in place for Pseudoephedrine sales,” Broadsword wrote in an email. “They expressed frustration at the cost and man power time involved in going from pharmacy to pharmacy to pick up copies of the hand written log books the current law required.”

She says currently meth-cookers will run pharmacy to pharmacy buying the maximum at each store, eventually gathering enough to make a batch of the drug.

“In my part of the state for example, a team looking to gather enough PSE to cook a batch of meth will go to the 6 pharmacies in Sandpoint, 2 in Priest River, the 2 in Oldtown, 2-3 in Newport, Washington, then travel down to Spirit Lake, Rathdrum, Hayden Lake, and CDA sending 2-3 different folks into each pharmacy to purchase the limit. These different communities are all within 45 miles of each other. The deputy showed me examples of the log books with the same names on the same days from several different pharmacies as proof that it is indeed happening,” Broadsword continued.

There will be a hearing in the Senate Health and Welfare Committee on Thursday.

Federal laws only have voluntary guidelines for cleanup

In 2007, the federal government passed the Methamphetamine Remediation Research Act for the Environmental Protection Agency to create cleanup guidelines. The federal cleanup guidelines are voluntary.







How to test your home for meth contamination

BOISE — Renters and homeowners can take things into their own hands when it comes to finding dangerous meth residue where they live, but if meth is present, things get hard to deal with.

Over the past few months, KTVB has looked at homes where police have busted meth labs. If there’s a bust, there are cleanup requirements and a public list of the properties that have not met state cleanup standards.

There are homes that will not be on that list on the list, either because police didn’t find the lab, or there was meth use, but no lab. If a home isn’t on that list, it’s tough for renters or potential buyers to find out the home’s drug history.

Renter: ‘I was dizzy’

Last year, Helen Leeper moved into a duplex in Boise. Already dealing with the auto-immune disease lupus, Leeper says her health got worse once in the home.

“When I got in there, after the second week, I had hives,” renter Helen Leeper said. “My labs started getting weird, and I had shortness of breath, and I was dizzy.”

She says her doctor didn’t have any answers. Leeper could not figure out what was making her sick. A conversation with a neighbor steered her suspicions toward possible drug contamination.

“I had no idea what was going on. One day I was talking to the neighbors and they said, you know the people that lived in there used to do meth? And the bells went off,” Leeper said.

Symptoms of meth chemical exposure

Meridian St. Luke’s emergency room Doctor Mark Urban confirms exposure to chemicals found in meth can cause a variety of symptoms. In addition, the elderly, very young, and those with pre-existing conditions can have worse reactions.

“A lot of them are volatile chemicals that when exposed to the skin or inhaled can cause some pretty significant problems,” St. Luke’s Meridian ER Doctor Mark Urban said. “Some of the chemicals in particular that are used, [such as] the hydrochloric acid as well as anhydrous ammonia, those can cause some pretty significant burns onto the skin and irritation on the skin, as opposed if they are inhaled, pretty significant damage to the lungs, respiratory tract.”

A $50 test confirms suspicion

Armed with a new suspicion from her neighbors, Leeper talked to Jim Faust at the Department of Health and Welfare He gave advice he tells many renters who call asking about possible meth contamination. The recommendation is a kit from this Salt Lake City company.

“They can order wipe samples for about $50, that includes that lab analysis. Then they can wipe down some of the walls in their apartment, then put them back in an envelope, send them back to the lab and then they get an entire analysis for meth or any other drugs that they pick,” Faust said.

Leeper’s results showed there was meth where she lived. Her lab results were explained to show her contamination was at a level 11 times higher than Idaho law would require known meth lab properties to get to, in order to re-occupy. Leeper showed Faust her results, but she got a surprising reaction.

“I about fell on the floor, and he said, yeah ‘those results are really high, but there’s nothing we can do’,” Leeper said.

Idaho law does not require landlord cleanup unless there’s a lab bust

Faust says there are no laws on the book to protect renters like Leeper from meth contaminated homes, and there is no cleanup responsibility. The only laws are for homes where police have busted an actual lab.

“For meth use, not a meth lab, there’s no state standards on cleanup,” Faust said. “There’s no responsibility in regards for the landlords for getting that cleaned up. We do hope they would clean it up, they would take it seriously.”

Leeper told her landlord about the results she got, and about a month later, found a new place to live. She says her symptoms slowly decreased.

“After I got moved out, it took six weeks for my brain functions to come back and for the hives to clear away,” Leeper said.

Landlord cleaned home, had new tests done

KTVB spoke with landlord of the duplex that tested positive for meth. Even though he is not required to do so, he said he spent thousands of dollars doing extensive cleaning and had more tests done that came back clean.

Again, Idaho law actually does not require a landlord to do anything if we’re talking meth contamination because of drug use. This landlord said he was shocked at how lax the state’s laws are for cleaning up drug residue.

How to test your home

ALS Environmental in Salt Lake City is the company the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare recommends people use for a preliminary and relatively inexpensive test. Those interested in a kit can call the company at 1-800-356-9135. They can ship a kit for $5.00 and then the analysis runs $45.00. The results come via email.

To see the instructions that come with the kit to get an idea of how it works, click here.





Cleaning up a former meth lab

Earlier this year, the 7 Investigation team knocked on the doors of several Treasure Valley homes on a meth property list where, legally, no one is supposed to live until they are properly cleaned.

We found people living in some. Others were unoccupied, like the apartment in this story. Over the past few months, KTVB followed the owner’s costly quest to get off the list of homes that are made unlivable because of former meth labs.

It’s a little yellow apartment building, right on a main street in Nampa’s northside. A little yellow apartment building, marked with a bright yellow warning sign.

“I left that on there because I wanted everybody to know, ‘Hey, if you’re coming in, this is dangerous stuff. It could be bad,’” said homeowner Debbie Johnson.

Johnson bought the apartment building in 2004 as a real estate investment. She hoped it would be a bright spot in a rough part of town.

“I thought, yeah, this just needs clean up and paint,” Johnson said. “So I thought.”

One of her tenants was busted for meth last summer.

“He did his cooking right back here,” Johnson said, indicating one part of the house. “He put his chemicals in Coke bottles, and there were toddlers around. Can you imagine?”

Now, she’s dealing with a building she can’t rent out, because of something she knew nothing about.

‘I don’t even know how to smoke a cigarette!” Johnson said. But instead of throwing in the towel, Johnson decided to push through and get off the do-not-occupy list.

On one March day, Johnson had a professional duct cleaner in. This, after she scrubbed, repainted and pulled up the carpet.

The company cleaned out the vents, which could be spreading meth residue.

Then, later that month, what was dubbed “the final wipe down,” scrubbing the whole building, top to bottom and left to right. Her church, the Christian Faith Center North Campus, volunteered to help.

“I couldn’t do this,” Johnson said. “I’m just a single person. I couldn’t get this all cleaned up.”

The church’s leader has a special — and unexpected — connection to this neighborhood.

“This was one of my main spots. I was a drug dealer on the northside here,” Pastor Jordan Hodges said. “When I was 18 years old actually, I had a grand jury indictment for selling meth here in Nampa that I was prosecuted for and went to prison for.”

The former dealer- turned-pastor and his church members are determined to get Johnson’s house off the list. Not only that, they want to turn it into something for the community – a place where the church can keep donations to give to community members in need.

“I think big change starts with little steps,” Hodges said. “You know, one thing at a time.”

From a little yellow apartment marked with meth by a bright yellow sign, to a little yellow apartment marked with hope by a bright — and clean — future.

“When I first walked in, there was just kind of a thought that birthed inside me and that thought was ‘from a dope house, to a hope house,’” Hodges said.

But to get to that hope house, this process needs to end with no dope.

‘I mean, just a trace amount and you can’t get off the list,” Johnson said. “So, hoping I did it right. We’ll find out. But yes, I’m nervous!”

Idaho’s law says homeowners can do the clean-up themselves.

Even using mostly volunteer labor and a carefully budgeted plan, Johnson has personally spent $3,000 or $4,000 and will pay almost a $1,000 more for certified testing.

We’re still waiting to hear what her results are.





An East Milton woman returned home one day last week to an unfamiliar, green car parked behind her residence with two people inside she did not know and she entered her house to a chemical odor, according to a Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office report.

There was a white male and white female in the car, parked behind her house. She briefly exchanged words with the male in the vehicle before going inside her home.

Her boyfriend, 28-year-old Alex Bryant, was at the kitchen sink.. There was an open window above the sink, with a fan blowing air out of the building in the 4500 block of Belleville Ct., directly off of Hickory Hammock Road.

Alex  Bryant


The report states there was a heavy chemical smell in the building. Bryant was told authorities were going to be called, so he left and exited the trailer. As Bryant was walking away, the woman found a glass pipe from Bryant’s back pocket. She asked him where the drugs were, and he responded, “In the green car that just left.”

Bryant then bolted, running south toward Hickory Hammock Road.

Authorities arrived at the residence, discovering methamphetamine-manufacturing materials. The woman gave authorities consent to search the premises, stating the items were not there when she left earlier that morning.

The strong odor was determined to be paper towels that had been soaked in camping fuel, which were discovered in a trash can.

A check of Bryant’s background revealed that he had numerous purchases of pseudoephedrine at multiple pharmacies during a four-month period of time.

A warrant was issued for his arrest Oct. 8. Bryant was arrested and booked into the Santa Rosa County this week for possession of a listed chemical with the intent to manufacture a controlled substance. He was given a $10,500 bond.







Jessica N. Bell, 36, of 511 Jefferson St., was charged by city police Monday afternoon in the 1100 block of Coffeen Street with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation following a traffic stop.

Police said a small quantity of methamphetamine was located in her purse. She was given an appearance ticket for Watertown City Court.







LOGAN, Ohio – Two people are facing drug charges after detectives found an active methamphetamine lab following a fire at their Logan mobile home Monday.

Curtis E. Stapleton, 33, of Moxahala, and Hollie L. Rushia, 29, of Logan, have each been charged with one felony count of aggravated arson, one felony count of manufacturing methamphetamine, and one felony count of illegal assembly of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, according to the Hocking County Sheriff’s Office.

Hollie L. Rushia, 29
Hollie L. Rushia, 29
Curtis E. Stapleton, 33

Curtis E. Stapleton, 33

According to a release from the sheriff’s office, firefighters from the Logan City Fire Department, the Marion Township Fire Department, and the Good Hope Township Fire Department were dispatched to a mobile home in the 9700 block of Larimer Road on a report of a fire on Monday.

The fire was deemed suspicious and detectives from the Fairfield-Hocking Major Crimes Unit and members of the Sheriff’s Interdiction Unit were asked to respond to the scene.

One of the residents told detectives that they were attempting to evaporate a mixture of Coleman fuel and methamphetamine oil over the stove in the kitchen of the mobile home when the fire ignited.

Detectives seized finished powder methamphetamine, snort straws, Coleman fuel, salt, coffee filters, and glassware from the residence. Samples of liquid taken from the scene tested positive for methamphetamine, according to the sheriff’s office.

Stapleton was arrested after he was medically cleared from the Hocking Valley Community Hospital Emergency Room.

Rushia was not released from the hospital due to the burns she sustained in the fire.

The suspects will be arraigned in the Hocking County Municipal Court on Tuesday.









PINE VALLEY, Calif. — U.S. Border Patrol agents intercepted a meth smuggling attempt at the Pine Valley checkpoint Friday morning.

At approximately 10:45 a.m., agents encountered a 20-year-old male U.S. citizen driving a 2010 Nissan Sentra as it arrived at the checkpoint.



A K-9 alerted to the vehicle and the driver was referred for secondary inspection. Agents searched the vehicle and discovered a hidden compartment in the trunk of the vehicle.

The compartment contained a large, black trash bag filled with bundles of crystal methamphetamine. The driver was arrested and the drugs were confiscated. The bundles weighed 22.71 pounds and had an estimated street value of $261,165.

The suspected smuggler was turned over to a Drug Enforcement Administration task force for further investigation. The drugs and vehicle were seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.

To prevent the illicit smuggling of humans, drugs, and other contraband, the U.S. Border Patrol maintains a high level of vigilance on corridors of egress away from our Nation’s borders.








HARTFORD, MI — Two men were arrested after police found a meth lab inside a storage unit in Van Buren County Tuesday.

A 35-year-old Hartford man was arrested on charges of breaking and entering, operating and maintaining a meth lab and driving with a suspended license, according to the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office.

Michael Morrison, 40, of Tennessee, was arrested on warrants for violating his conditional release out of Tennessee and failure to appear in court Allegan County, a news release said.



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Van Buren County sheriff’s detectives received information about a possible breaking and entering and manufacturing of meth in a storage unit in the 62000 block of Red Arrow Highway in Hartford Township, according to the news release. They conducted surveillance on the storage unit and saw a subject matching the suspect’s description pull in.

Detectives later made contact with several people at the location and their investigation revealed that one of subjects, Morrison, had warrants for his arrest. The other subject, whose name was not released, was identified a suspect in a break-in at the storage unit.

Police made contact with the owner of the storage unit, who said the men didn’t have permission to be inside and asked the police to search the unit, according to the news release. Officers found two one-pot meth labs, as well as additional items used to manufacture meth during the search.

Both men were lodged at the Van Buren County Jail.








A Pensacola man and woman were arrested Monday on charges of manufacturing methamphetamines in their vehicle, a news release from the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office said.

Around 6 p.m. Sheriff’s deputies received a call about a narcotics violation in the 1000 block of E. Nine Mile Road. According to the release, deputies found Troy Michael Clark, 26, and Sheena Beth Stinnet, 28, in a vehicle with a one-pot meth lab.




A one-pot meth labs refers to a method of methamphetamine manufacturing where all of the ingredients are placed inside a bottle and shaken together. 

Both Clark and Stinnet were arrested and are being held in Escambia County Jail on bonds of $121,000 each for charges of production of methamphetamine, possession of a listed chemical, trafficking methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. They are scheduled to appear in court Nov. 14.








CALEXICO — U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized more than four pounds of methamphetamine found hidden in a vehicle at the Calexico downtown Port of Entry on Monday.

Jonnathan Molina-Parra, 21, of Barstow approached the Calexico downtown Port of Entry on Monday driving a 1996 Dodge Ram.

A detector dog alerted to the vehicle, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection referred the vehicle and driver to secondary inspection, according to the court complaint.

Subsequent inspection revealed one package of methamphetamine hidden in the vehicle’s intake manifold.

The methamphetamine had a total weight of just over four pounds, according to the complaint, and has an estimated street value of more than $127,000, based on information provided by the Imperial Valley Narcotic Task Force.

Molina-Parra was booked into Imperial County jail on suspicion of importation of a controlled substance.







A man was arrested Thursday evening in the 700 block of South Freeway Drive on suspicion of methamphetamine possession, according to Napa police.

Roommates told police the suspect, Jose Antonio Correa, 34, of Napa, allegedly was on a three-day methamphetamine binge, claimed to be a federal judge, ordered his roommates out of the residence and talked to the walls, police said.

The officers found Correa in his room. He allegedly displayed signs of being under the influence and admitted being in possession of methamphetamine, police said. The officers allegedly found a small amount of the drug when he was searched, police said.

Correa was booked into the Napa County jail on suspicion of drug possession, police said.