Investigators said today a crash that killed two people in Grover Beach in April was primarily caused by the driver being under the influence of methamphetamine.

Driver Ramond G. Cano, 49, and his wife, Kimberly R. Cano, 46, both of Arroyo Grande, were killed when their 1994 Ford F-150 pickup smashed into a tree in the 900 block of El Camino Real about 9:15 p.m. Tuesday, April 2.

The truck came to rest on the driver’s side, and the Canos were both pronounced dead at the scene by emergency responders.

Following an investigation that included toxicology tests, Grover Beach police said the primary factor in the crash was Ramond Cano being under the influence of meth.

Investigators said other contributing factors were improper turning movements when the vehicle veered off the roadway and an unsafe speed for roadway conditions.

Police said the pickup was traveling about 50 mph when it struck the tree.



On June 5, a nine-month investigation culminated with the arrest of six people on drug-related charges.

According to a news release from the Todd County Sheriff’s Office, several search and arrest warrants were issued for methamphetamine sales in the Staples area.

Five law enforcement agencies took part in executing the search warrants at the following locations on June 5:

• 200 block of Dakota Avenue SE, Staples;

• Wisconsin Avenue SE, Staples; and

• Section 9 of Villard Township in Todd County.

The six people arrested range in age from 22 to 48 years old. Charges are pending and additional arrests are possible, according to law enforcement.

The investigation was conducted by the Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force, Staples Police Department and Todd County Sheriff’s Office, and those agencies were assisted by Brainerd Lakes Area Drug Investigative Division, Wadena County Sheriff’s Office, Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office, Morrison County Sheriff’s Office, Cass County Sheriff’s Office and Wadena Police Department.



BULLS GAP – A man, who reportedly admitted he used and “cooked” methamphetamine, was arrested Wednesday night at a residence near a child care facility.

Donald Martin Rife, 38, 213 Northridge Circle, Bulls Gap, faces charges of initiating a process intended to result in the manufacture of meth, possession of a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony and maintaining a dwelling where narcotics are housed or sold.

Jessica Lynn Daniels, 32, identified as Rife’s girlfriend and of the same address, was arrested on charges of promoting the manufacture of meth and maintaining a dwelling where narcotics are housed or sold.
The Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit reportedly had received a complaint of a possible meth lab at the Northridge Circle residence and made ontact with Rife and Daniels, who said they had lived at the residence since April.
“During a search of the residence officers located a bucket on the front porch containing an HCL (Hydrogen Chloride) generator, sulfuric acid, one-pot meth lab in a Gatorade bottle and a Mason jar with clear flammable liquid in it,” Rife’s arrest report states.
Throughout the residence officers reportedly located items associated with the manufacture of meth including Coleman fuel, empty lithium battery packs, an empty psuedoephedrine box and blister packs, receipts for the purchase of components and cold packs containing ammonia nitrate.

“Officers also located a Ruger 22-caliber rifle with a Bushnell scope, loaded with approximately nine rounds.  The rifle did have a round in the chamber,” the
report adds.    Rife’s arrest report also states he admitted that he was both a meth user and had manufactured the drug.  “During the investigation, Mr. Rife gave a voluntary verbal statement that he does use meth and that he had cooked meth at the residence,” the arrest report claims.   Daniels reportedly told authorities she had purchased items so Rife could “manufacture methamphetamine” on at least one occasion.
“She also told officers that she had knowledge of his continuance of cooling meth at the residence,” Daniels’ arrest report notes.
The residence is located approximately 600 feet from the Discovery Days Child Care facility, according to authorities.
The Tennessee Methamphetamine and Pharmaceutical Task Force, Bulls Gap Volunteer Fire Department, Hawkins County EMS and Hawkins County Emergency Management  Agency responded to the scene.



Thirty-two people have been arrested on methamphetamine-related charges  following an 18-month investigation in St. Johns County.

Investigators, who still had warrants Wednesday for 11 others, used pharmacy  logs to track purchases of ingredients used to make the drug. In a two-day  sweep, St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office detectives were assisted with the  arrests by city police departments and sheriff’s offices in Clay and Flagler  counties.

Three potential labs were identified in St. Johns in the 5000 block of Avenue  B, 1400 block of San Juline Circle and 2500 block of South Florida A1A,  according to the Sheriff’s Office.



BOONE, NC (WBTV) – Deputies in Boone have arrested two men they say were trafficking methamphetamine.

On Monday, narcotics detectives from the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office and the Boone Police Department executed a search warrant on the 100 block of Long Street in Boone, according to a news release from the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office.

During the course of the search warrant, detectives located and seized 254 grams, just over a half pound of crystal methamphetamine. The methamphetamine had an estimated street value of $30,480.

Baxter Smith James, 69, of Long Street, was charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, possession with intent to sell and distribute methamphetamine, maintaining a dwelling/place/vehicle for a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Baxter James, left, and Robert Phillips, right
Baxter James, left, and Robert Phillips, right

James is currently being held at the Watauga County Detention Facility under a $1 million secured bond and is scheduled to appear in District Court on July 29, 2013.

Robert Hill Phillips, 48, was also charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, PWISD methamphetamine, maintaining a dwelling/place/vehicle for a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Phillips is currently being held at the Watauga County Detention Facility under a $75,000 secured bond and is scheduled to appear in District Court on July 29, 2013.

Both James and Phillips have pending court cases in Watauga County for Methamphetamine related incidents.

Two men have been remanded to appear in Sydney Central Local Court, charged by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) with importing approximately 57 kilograms methamphetamine into Australia.

It is estimated that the methamphetamine had a potential street value of up to $42 million.

The operation began last week when Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) officers inspected a shipping container containing aquarium supplies that had arrived into Sydney from China.

File image courtesy of Australian Customs and Border Protection Service.


Upon inspection of the container, ACBPS officers located four hessian bags containing a crystalline substance among similar bags of aquarium pebbles.

Initial testing of the substance returned a positive reading for methamphetamine.

The matter was referred to the AFP for further investigation.

The AFP conducted a controlled delivery of the container to a warehouse in Hurstville and subsequently executed a search warrant in Belfield where the two men were arrested.

A 28-year-old and 26-year-old man, both from Lidcombe, were charged with attempting to possess a commercial quantity of a border-controlled drug, namely methamphetamine, contrary to Section 307.5 of the Criminal Code Act 1995, by virtue of Section 11.1.

The maximum penalty for this offence is life imprisonment and/or a $1,275,000 fine.



A  MAN who had a $600-a-day methamphetamine addiction received an 18-month community corrections order for assaulting his mother in her Kyneton home last year.

Eaglehawk’s David Place, 24, was convicted of unlawful assault and damaging property by Chief Magistrate Peter Lauritsen in the Bendigo Magistrates Court on Tuesday.
Eaglehawk meth addict’s $600-a-day habit leads to assault

He was also found to have broken a family intervention order his mother had placed against him the week before the attack.

Police prosecutor Leading Senior Constable Denis Farrell said Mr Place had a disagreement with his mother on April 10 this year about a guest who was staying at her home.

“The disagreement escalated and the accused began pushing the victim, pulling her hair and kicking her with his left foot, causing considerable pain,” Leading Senior Constable Farrell said.

Mr Place admitted to police after his arrest that he was in a “heavily drug-affected state” at the time of the incident.

The court heard Mr Place had a significant addiction to methamphetamine but was put into an enforced detox after his arrest and has been drug-free since.

Defence lawyer Kate Youngson said Mr Place’s mother was keen to resume contact with her son and remove the intervention order.

“The enforced detox was the catalyst for David being able to address his intoxication issues,” Ms Youngson said.

Hours after he was in Adams County Circuit Court for a preliminary hearing on a methamphetamine charge, a 45-year-old Quincy man was arrested in connection with another meth case on Tuesday night.

The West Central Illinois Task Force said it arrested Richard L. Huddleston, who is reported as homeless, after authorities allegedly saw him discard materials used in meth production in an alley near Fourth and Jersey. Authorities followed him to 12th and Jersey, where he was taken into custody.

Richard L. Huddleston (Submitted Photo)
Richard L. Huddleston

Authorities reportedly found the ingredients and container for a shake-and-bake methamphetamine lab. He was charged with aggravated unlawful participation in meth production. Huddleston made his first court appearance on his new charges on Wednesday morning. His bond was set at $150,000. The Illinois State Police Meth Response Team assisted in Tuesday’s arrest.

Huddleston is on probation in Adams County for two 2011 meth possession cases. He was out on bond after being arrested on May 15 by Task Force officers at the Quincy City Center Hotel, 201 S. Third.

Task Force investigator James Brown said during Huddleston’s preliminary hearing Tuesday that two bags of meth — one with crystal meth and another with finished shake-and-bake product — were found on Huddleston when they searched his room, Room 222. Meth-making materials and other items of drug paraphernalia were found in the hotel room. Some items were hidden in the ceiling and the bathroom, Brown said.

Brown said Huddleston bought crystal meth from a confidential source and sold meth produced in a shake-and-bake lab to the same confidential source.

Judge William Mays found probable cause to hold Huddleston’s case over for trial and placed it on the August jury docket.



Police have arrested a prowler in possession of methamphetamine after a resident saw him peering into his home and tackled him, police said.

At 12:09 a.m. Tuesday, officers received a report of someone  trying to break into a van in the 2500 block of Indiana Street.

The suspect was described to police as wearing a black shirt, blue  jeans, and sneakers. He was about 6 feet tall and had a shaved head, police  said.

Officers searched the area but were unable to locate the suspect.

Then, at 12:31 a.m., officers were dispatched to a home in the 100  block of Cherryview Court, about half a mile from where the attempted auto  burglary occurred, after receiving a report of a burglary suspect who had  been detained by a resident in the home’s yard.

Officers found a resident standing over the suspect, who was later  identified as 32-year-old Napa resident Matthew Steven Allen, police said.

Allen matched the description of the person who had tried to  burglarize the van, police said.

Police took Allen into custody and searched him, and found a  substance believed to be methamphetamine. Hypodermic needles were found in  his jeans pocket, police said.

The resident who detained Allen told police he was asleep when his  dog began to bark downstairs. His wife went downstairs and saw someone in the  backyard.

Allen was standing inches from the back door looking into the  home, according to police.

The resident opened the door and tackled Allen to the ground and  held him there until officers arrived, police said. The victim told police he  had never seen Allen before.

Allen was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, being  under the influence of a controlled substance, violation of probation and  prowling, police said.



Federal authorities have seized yet another load of crystal methamphetamine at a Laredo port of entry. U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized 23 pounds of crystal methamphetamine after the driver of Chevy TrailBlazer attempted to smuggle them within the vehicle Tuesday morning.


This is the third seizure of methamphetamines in the past three days. On Monday, CBP found 23 pounds of crystal methamphetamine, worth about $832,000, concealed within a vehicle at the Lincoln-Juarez International Bridge. At the same bridge Tuesday, CBP encountered the TrailBlazer driven by a 44-year-old male U.S. citizen from Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. The vehicle and driver were referred to secondary inspection. The examination resulted in CBP officers discovering 69 bundles containing 23 pounds of alleged crystal methamphetamine concealed within the vehicle. The crystal methamphetamine has an estimated street value of $736,000. CBP officers seized the methamphetamine and the vehicle. CBP officers arrested the driver and turned him over to Homeland Security Investigations agents for further investigation.

Three women face child abuse and drug charges for allegedly making methamphetamine in a mobile home where three children lived.

The arrests were made around 3 p.m. Tuesday at a Biggerstaff Road home, and the children were taken into custody by the Lincoln County Department of Social Services.

Investigators with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office went to the property after being contacted by the Maiden Police Department.

The property is in a portion of Maiden that’s in Lincoln County.


According to the Sheriff’s Office, narcotics officers asked to search the home and spotted precursor chemicals for a “one pot” production of meth. Investigators soon obtained a search warrant and found drain cleaner chemicals, pseudoephedrine, camp fuel, cold medication packs and jars of an unknown liquid, according to Larry Seagle, Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

They also found other paraphernalia consistent with the production of methamphetamine, Seagle said.

Three women were arrested and charged with child abuse and possession with intent to distribute meth precursors.

Those charged were Angela V. Morrissette, 20, and Sara Elizabeth Jackson, 23, both who lived in the mobile home, and Carissa Rae Morrissette, 21, who has a Union Street address in Maiden.

Angela Morrissette was assigned a $50,000 secured bond, and the other two women were held on bonds of $40,000.

Investigators also intend to charge Dustin Jackson, who was not immediately arrested because he’s in Catawba County Jail on a drug and paraphernalia charge.

According to The Gazette’s news partner, WSOC TV, Sara Jackson’s mother, Mary Burchette, knew her daughter was mixed up in drugs.

“I’ve known it’s going on and I’ve been warning and begging them and they haven’t listened,” she said. “I just wish that this whole meth thing would end. It’s ruining a lot of people’s lives.”

Investigators contacted the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation, and a team arrived Wednesday morning.

Samples were taken and sent to the state lab for processing. The remaining hazardous waste was cleaned up, and the yellow crime scene tape taken down.

Manufacturing meth can put off harmful fumes, according to Lincoln County Sheriff David Carpenter. The child abuse charges come from that danger.

“Due to the chemicals involved and the residue that are left afterward, it’s an extreme danger to adults let alone children,” Carpenter said.

The children were under the age of 16.

Sara Jackson is the mother of one of the children, and the other two belonged to Angela Morrissette, according to Seagle.

LANCASTER, Ohio – A man an a woman have been arrested after the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office SCRAP unit allegedly found the two manufacturing methamphetamine in their home in front of a baby.

Members of the SCRAP team responded to a home in the 9600 block of Chillicothe-Lancaster Road, in Amanda, at about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday after receiving an anonymous tip regarding a possible methamphetamine lab.

Upon arrival, officers reported finding Seth Farmer, 22, and his girlfriend, Sara Darst, 25, in the process of manufacturing methamphetamine in the presence of an infant.

Seth Farmer, 22 (Credit: Fairfield County Sheriff's Office)
Seth Farmer, 22
Sara Darst, 25 (Credit: Fairfield County Sheriff's Office)
Sara Darst, 25

Members of the SCRAP team reported seizing an AK-47 assault rifle and two other rifles.

Farmer and Darst were transported to jail and have each been charged with one count of manufacturing methamphetamine, illegal assembly of chemicals, child endangering and tampering with evidence.

The infant was placed in the custody of a family member, according to the sheriff’s office.

Members of the Fairfield-Hocking Major Crimes Unit also responded to the scene to neutralize the meth lab.

Two other adults were present in the home at the time of the arrests. Charges could be filed against them, according to the sheriff’s office.



McCONNELLS – A McConnells mother is in jail facing child neglect charges after  she and her two young children tested positive for methamphetamine, according to authorities.

York County’s multijurisdictional drug enforcement unit on Tuesday arrested and charged Stacy Michelle Fincher, 26, with two counts of unlawful neglect of a child, said Lt. Mike Ligon, drug unit commander.


During a two-month investigation, officers discovered that Jonathan Patrick, the children’s father, cooked and used methamphetamine around the children, Ligon said.

At some point, Fincher took the children, two boys ages 6 and 7, to their grandmother’s house in Union County, where the Department of Social Services found that the children had methamphetamine in their systems, Ligon said.

DSS also discovered that Fincher tested positive for the drugs, he said.

Ligon said the grandmother may have known about Fincher’s activities and asked DSS to investigate. Fincher split her time between a Naturewood Road home in McConnells and a Union County home, he said.

Fincher was being held Wednesday at the York County Detention Center with bail set at $20,000.

Patrick, also 26, had been in jail since May 23 after drug agents busted an inactive meth lab in McConnells, arresting three people. Authorities then said Patrick had been manufacturing meth while a 2-year-old child was in the home.


The child’s mother, Amanda Holmes, was arrested and charged in the bust, but Patrick fled from officers on a four-wheeler.

He was found the next week and charged. He faces 16 charges, including unlawful carrying of a weapon, failing to stop for blue light, manufacturing methamphetamine, two counts of cocaine possession and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

The two incidents are unrelated, Ligon said, aside from Patrick being involved with both of them.

Patrick faces two counts of unlawful neglect of a child charges in connection with the latest incident. He is being held on a more than $81,000 bond.

DSS would not confirm an investigation into Fincher.

YORK COUNTY, S.C. — In mid-May, Channel 9 reported on a meth lab bust on Naturewoods Road in York County. Drug agents raided the rural property and found remnants of a meth lab in an out-building there.
There were four arrests made, and a child neglect charge was filed because a 2-year-old was living there.
Channel 9 learned Wednesday that two other children have tested positive for the drug.


stacy fincher mug
stacy fincher

Mike Ligon, with York County’s multijurisdictional drug enforcement unit, said the children could’ve been exposed to meth for weeks.
“It was obviously something that had been taking place for quite some time. They didn’t just one day wake up and say, ‘Hey, we’re going to start taking meth or selling meth,'” Ligon said.
On Tuesday, four weeks after the raid, 26-year-old Stacy Fincher was arrested.
Department of Social Services tested her two sons, ages 6 and 7, and those tests found meth in their systems, even days after they were no longer living at the house.
Police won’t discuss details of the tests but said that kind of exposure is serious.
“I’m sure there’s some type of damage as a result of the exposure to those labs,” Ligon said.
When law enforcement officers find a meth lab, they dress in chemical suits and other protective gear to keep from inhaling the fumes. These two children had no such protection.
Following the meth lab bust, Fincher’s two boys went to stay with relatives in Union County. Police tell Channel 9 they believe family members knew what was going on and contacted DSS there. That’s what led to the drug tests.
Finchers is still in jail on a $20,000 bond.
The father of the two boys, 26-year-old Jonathan Patrick, was arrested earlier and charged with manufacturing meth, third offense.
He faces 15 other charges, including two counts of unlawful conduct toward a child.
His bond is more than $80,000.

Grand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) – A northwest Minnesota couple faces felony drug charges after fleeing police during a traffic stop in Grand Forks.

Police stopped 24-year-old Nick Schouviller of Fosston and 20-year-old Peyton Stuhaug of McIntosh May 29th after a witness reported a “domestic disturbance” inside their vehicle. While police questioned them, Schouviller ran and Stuhaug drove away, but they were quickly stopped.

Officers found 100 small baggies of methamphetamine, syringes and a scale. They each face felony drug charges



The man who died with his four children and sister-in-law in a Mother’s Day fire in Pottsville tested positive for amphetamine, methamphetamine and THC, a substance found in marijuana, the coroner said Tuesday.

County Coroner Dr. David Moylan said the toxicology report on Eric Brown, 31, indicated those substances were present in his body.

“He tested positive for methamphetamine which is generally a substance for abuse. I would say it wasn’t a lot. It wouldn’t have killed him for sure,” Moylan said Tuesday. “It looks like he could have been smoking marijuana the day of (the fire),” because of the concentrations in his system.

The other substance, amphetamine, is a prescription medication.

“We didn’t find that he had any prescriptions in his name for that drug,” Moylan said, adding that doesn’t mean Brown didn’t have a prescription.

All six people – Brown and his children, Joy Brown, 8; Jeremiah Brown, 7; Elijah Brown, 2; and Emily Brown, 3; and sister-in-law Kristina Thomas, 23 – died of carbon monoxide poisoning and smoke inhalation in the May 12 fire at 235 Pierce St., Moylan said.

The home did not have smoke detectors.

“We checked the adults to see if there were any substances in their blood.” Moylan said.

Thomas’ results came up negative.

The fire late Mother’s Day had firefighters doing what they could to fight the fire. Kelly Brown, 28, Eric’s wife and Thomas’ sister, was not home at the time of the fire.

Pottsville fire Chief Todd March did not return a call for comment Tuesday about an update on the fire investigation. Last week, March said he did not yet have a cause.

“We’re trying to piece it together,” he said.

Mark Atkinson, city public safety director and firefighter, said the property can’t be demolished until the investigation is complete.

“We’re ready to move on it,” he said.

The police would have to give the OK and then the necessary steps could be taken.

A private contractor would most likely be hired to demolish the building, Atkinson said. The building had no insurance.

City Administrator Thomas Palamar did not return a call for comment Tuesday.

“To this point, there’s no evidence to indicate it’s the result of any direct criminal act,” Pottsville police Capt. Richard Wojciechowsky said about the cause of the fire and the joint investigation by the police, state police arson investigators and the fire department.

He did not want to speak on behalf of March.

“It obviously was a horrific tragedy,” Wojciechowsky said.



PHOENIX – A woman has been arrested after her 5-year-old daughter tested positive for methamphetamine.

Jacqueline Trousdale, 30, faces one count of child abuse and one count of endangering the life and health of a minor.

Jacqueline Trousdale Arizona-10933



According to court documents, the charges stem from test results of a urine sample taken from her daughter several months ago.

In the documents, police said they were contacted on October 14, 2012 by a relative who reported that Trousdale’s two daughters told their father and other family members their mother was injecting them with a drug and allowing men to molest them for money inside a hotel room in Tolleson.

The father told authorities he confronted Trousdale at the hotel, where she was in the bathroom consuming drugs with the eldest daughter present. According to court documents, the girls’ father took the younger child with him, but the 5-year-old girl refused to leave her mother.

Prior child abuse allegations had been made with Phoenix police and Child Protective Services and, according to the documents, CPS had been looking for the children for a while.

The 5-year-old was interviewed and said she was given a shot in the arm and in the foot. A physical exam was also performed on the child, but there were reportedly no signs of sexual assault.

The victim did have a fever, was underweight and had a heart condition that had been untreated, according to the documents. She was taken into CPS custody.

On October 30, detectives found Trousdale in front of the Tolleson hotel and she admitted to using methamphetamine around her daughters, but said she usually used the drug when the girls were asleep.

On June 5, 2013, the lab results from October showed a urine sample from the 5-year-old contained methamphetamine and amphetamine.

Tolleson police found and arrested Trousdale on June 9.

According to police, Trousdale was seen putting something in her bra and was searched by a female detective who found the bra’s underwire removed and bent, and three screws, apparently taken from a light inside the jail holding cell. She was also charged with one count of theft.

Trousdale was arraigned in a Tolleson court on Wednesday.







PHOENIX — A Phoenix woman is in custody on allegations that she injected her 5-year-old daughter with methamphetamine and amphetamine.

Police say 30-year-old Jacqueline Trousdale is being held on suspicion of child abuse and endangering the life and health of a minor.

Jacqueline Trousdale

Jacqueline Trousdale, 30, is in custody on allegations that she injected her 5-year-old daughter with methamphetamine and amphetamine

A family member called authorities in October, saying Trousdale was doing drugs in front of her two daughters, ages 5 and 6.

Authorities say the girls told police their mother had injected them with drugs, and state Child Protective Services took custody of the children.

Police say a urine sample from the 5-year-old girl last week came back positive for drugs in her system.

Trousdale was found in the Phoenix suburb of Tolleson and arrested.

She was arraigned on the charges Wednesday in a Tolleson court and does not yet have an attorney for the case.





St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office investigators arrested 32 suspects over the last two days for conspiracy to produce methamphetamine and conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

Eleven more suspects are at large and still being sought.

Pictured from left are  Jacksonville DEA Assistant Special Agent in Charge Cam Strahm, Sheriff David Shoar, St. Johns County Fire Rescue Operations Chief Kurt Kanauth.   By SHELDON GARDNER,

Pictured from left are  Jacksonville DEA Assistant Special Agent in Charge Cam Strahm, Sheriff David Shoar, St. Johns County Fire Rescue Operations Chief Kurt Kanauth

The arrests stem from an 18-month investigation called Operation Ancient City Brewers in which detectives and agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration monitored individuals they suspected were associated with the production and distribution of methamphetamine.

Law enforcement officers determined they had to take a proactive stance to stop the growing number of labs in the community.

“Meth, as all of you know, has become a scourge in our community,” St. Johns County Sheriff David Shoar said during a press conference at the Sheriff’s Office this afternoon.

Using pharmaceutical logs, investigators identified a number of suspects who had purchased a large amount of pseudoephedrine (a key ingredient in the production of methamphetamine).

During the operation, detectives coordinated with the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, Flagler County Sheriff’s Office, St. Augustine Police Department, St. Augustine Beach Police Department and St. Johns County Fire Rescue and the 7th District State Attorney’s Office.

The agencies assisted in identifying potential meth labs at three St. Johns County locations — the 5000 block of Avenue B, 1400 block of San Juline Circle and 2599 A1A South.

Although arrests have been made, the investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information regarding suspects still at large should call the Sheriff’s Office at 824-8304 or Crime Stoppers at 888-277-TIPS.


FRACKVILLE – A woman celebrating her 59th birthday and a man were arrested Tuesday after a methamphetamine laboratory was found inside their Fountain Springs home in Butler Township on Monday.

Arrested Tuesday afternoon, Deborah A. Reedy and Duane M. Maurer, 50, both of 406 Catherine St., were arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Christina E. Hale, Frackville, on four felony counts of possession of red phosphorous, one felony count of manufacture of a controlled substance, five felony counts of causing or risking a catastrophe and one misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.


Duane M. Maurer


Deborah A. Reedy


“I do have some serious concerns for the safety of the public,” Hale told Reedy just before setting her bail at $50,000 straight cash. The woman was then remanded to Schuylkill County Prison and a preliminary hearing scheduled for 11:10 a.m. June 26 before Hale.

In addition to Reedy, Patrolman Shawn Butler, the investigating officer, obtained an arrest warrant for Duane M. Maurer, 50, who owns and lives at 406 Catherine St. where the lab was discovered. Mauer was arrested Tuesday night and was arraigned by Hale, who set his bail at $50,000 straight cash.

Butler said uncovering the meth lab unfolded about 12:50 p.m. Monday when residents of an attached house at 404 Catherine St. called the county Communications Center to report an unusual odor in their home.

At the scene, Butler said he noticed a pungent odor inside the home and requested a fire chief come to the scene. It was around 1:30 p.m. when Englewood firefighters arrived and used a MultiRAE-Plus air monitor inside the home that detected a high concentration of an ammonia-based odor.

Firefighters determined the odor was the strongest near a common wall between the two homes and then checked inside the Maurer home at 406 Catherine St.

Firefighters found what they believed to be the source of the odor on the basement steps of that home where a 16 ounce plastic bottle with tubes fixed to the lids and a glass jar containing a milky, oily white substance were found.

Butler said that based on that information he believed the items were used to manufacture methamphetamine and contacted a member of the Schuylkill County Drug Task Force and the state police Clandestine Laboratory Response Team for assistance.

After contacting the proper authorities Butler said he then obtained a search warrant for the Maurer property.

A county detective arrived about 3:45 a.m. and shortly after entered the home wearing a hazardous material suit and self contained breathing apparatus. Inside he found a can of starting fluid in the living room along with the items found by fire personnel on the basement steps.

The detective also found lithium batteries that were pulled apart, three plastic bottles filled with a white substance, a bottle of liquid fire with a tube sticking out of the top and a soap dish with a white substance on it.

At this time Butler said everyone involved in the search exited the home and waited until about 11 p.m. when the CLRT team arrived and safely removed the hazardous items.

Butler said a test of the material on the soap dish proved positive for methamphetamine and that the state police team removed multiple items consistent with the manufacture of the drug and retained many of them for laboratory testing.

In addition to the drugs being a hazard to the husband, wife and three children living at 404 Catherine St., Butler said the Maurer home is within 1,000 feet of a day care center and could have put children there at risk.

Police Chief Edward Tarantelli said the investigation is ongoing and additional charges may be filed.



ALBURGH – Vermont State Police say they’re continuing to investigate a suspected methamphetamine lab discovered at a home in Alburgh.

Police say they joined the Vermont Drug Task Force and Grand Isle sheriffs in executing a search warrant at the home Monday.

The site was rendered safe by a state hazardous materials team and the state police Clandestine Laboratory Team, whose members removed chemicals used in making the drug, documented them as evidence and disposed of them.

No arrests had been made as of Monday evening.



The father who died in Mother’s Day house blaze that also killed four of his children and his sister-in-law as his wife helplessly watched had drugs in his system, according to investigators.

Father, Kids, Relative Die in House Fire

This image shows flames shooting from the home



Schuylkill County Coroner David Moylan told NBC10 that a toxicology report conducted on the body of Eric Brown, 31, found amphetamine, methamphetamine and THC — a substance found in marijuana.

“He tested positive for methamphetamine which is generally a substance for abuse,” Moylan told the Republican-Herald. “I would say it wasn’t a lot. It wouldn’t have killed him for sure.”

“It looks like he could have been smoking marijuana the day of (the fire),” Moylan added.

The fire killed Brown, his sister-in-law, Kristina Thomas, 26, and Brown’s children: Elijah Brown, 2; Emily Brown, 3; Jeremiah Brown, 7; and Joy Brown, 8. Their mother, 28-year-old Kelly Brown, was at a neighbor’s house doing laundry at the time.

Fire investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the May 12 blazee, which began in the kitchen. But they say it’s not considered suspicious.

Code enforcement officials say they had recommended smoke detectors for the home. The Republican-Herald reports Pottsville, Pa. Fire Chief Todd March said that it appeared there weren’t any smoke detectors in the home when the fire broke out.

Pottsville Public Safety Director Mark Atkinson said a deputy code administrator visited the home in December and recommended smoke detectors. March said the smoke alarms might have saved the lives of the victims.

Schuylkill County dispatcher Bill Lindenmuph told NBC10 that the fire broke out just before midnight at a single-family home on the 200 block of Pierce Street in Pottsville, Pa.

March called it the worst fire he has seen in 37 years battling blazes.

A woman could only watch as her husband, four children and sister were killed in a house fire. Matt Barcaro from NBC10’s sister station WGAL has the details on this tragic story.

Family Killed in House Fire


A Pottsville, Pa. mother watched in horrow, unable to rescue her husband, her four kids and her sister after a blaze broke out in their home. NBC10’s Katy Zachry reports.

Mother Loses Husband, 4 Kids in Blaze

“By the time our firefighters arrived on the scene there were flames everywhere — coming out the front — the whole building was entirely engulfed,” said March.

Firefighters later found all of the bodies on the third floor of the building, which sits on a steep hillside not far from the D.G. Yuengling & Son brewery in Pennsylvania’s coal country, about 90 miles northwest of Philadelphia.

Kelly Brown was doing laundry at a neighbor’s house nearby at the time of the blaze because her washing machine was broken, according to the neighbor, Jennifer Purcell. Purcell said they had smelled smoke, and Purcell went outside and saw the flames, telling Brown, “Oh my God, your house is on fire!”

They both ran up the street to the house, but weren’t able to get inside, Purcell said.

Kelly Brown started screaming to emergency personnel keeping her back, “What do you mean I can’t go in? My kids are in there, my husband is in there, my sister is in there. I’ve got to get them,” according to Purcell. Brown got weak after that and had to be walked down the street because she couldn’t stand, Purcell said.

Video shot by  shows heavy flames shooting out of nearly every window of the home as firefighters try to battle back the flames.

Five firefighters suffered minor injuries trying to rescue the family and put out the fire.

It took firefighters about an hour to bring the fire under control. All seven stations from the Pottsville Fire Department as well as surrounding departments were on location, Lindenmuph said.



Anti-narcotics police on Tuesday night arrested a Hmong couple at a checkpoint in Lampang province with one million methamphetamine pills in their possession.

Pol Lt Gen Chaiwat Chotima, chief of the Narcotics Suppression Bureau, said Nonthawat Chapaiboonsin, 29, and his wife Nitaya, 26, were arrested at Thasi checkpoint in Muang district of Lampang province.

The police found one million methamphetamine pills with a street value of about 300 million baht when their pick-up truck was stopped for a search.  They also had with them in the vehicle their one-year-old daughter.

The two said they were to be paid two million baht to deliver the drugs from Mae Chan district of Chiang Rai province to Bangkok, according to police.


LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC – Officers with the Lexington County Multi-Agency Narcotics Enforcement Team (NET) on Wednesday, June 5 seized a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory that was being operated at a home on Fish Hatchery Road near Gaston. Officers also arrested four men and four women on charges that they operated the methamphetamine laboratory that officers found at the home.

Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said officers arrested Christina Annette Bryant, 23, of 410 Hartley Quarter Road, Pelion; Christopher Charles Buffkin, 35, of 144 Addie Lucas Road, Lexington; Matthew David Dolak, 33, of 222 Walnut Creek Circle, Lexington; Pamela Ann Masanovich, 44, of 1043 Meadowfield Road, Gaston; Ashley Eleana Peele, 24, of 366 Peele Court, Swansea; David Dan Tinman, 54, of 4157 Fish Hatchery Road, Gaston; Allen Douglas Wahl, 44, of 366 Peele Court, Swansea; and Theresa Dianne Wilson, 34, of 753 Meadowfield Road, Gaston. The four men and four women were arrested on a charge of manufacturing methamphetamine. Bryant, Buffkin, Dolak, Masanovich, Peele, Tinman, Wahl and Wilson were being held on Wednesday at the Lexington County Detention Center while awaiting bond hearings.

Lexington County Sheriff’s Department deputies received information at about 11:15 p.m. on Tuesday, June 4 that a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory was being operated at the home at 4157 Fish Hatchery Road, where Tinman lives, Metts said. Deputies went to the home at about 12:55 a.m. on Wednesday and detected a strong chemical odor emanating from the residence that they recognized from training that they had received as an indication that a methamphetamine laboratory was being operated at the home.

After they entered the home, deputies encountered a thick white cloud that was produced from two reaction vessels that actively were being used to manufacture methamphetamine at the residence, Metts said. Deputies found one green plastic bottle in a room at the front of the home that contained a white substance and had a cap attached to it with a rubber tube. Deputies later found a second plastic bottle on the floor in the master bedroom that contained a white substance.

Deputies requested assistance from NET in further investigating the clandestine methamphetamine laboratory at the Fish Hatchery Road home, Metts said. NET officers arrived at the home and later determined that Bryant, Buffkin, Dolak, Masanovich, Peele, Tinman, Wahl and Wilson all were manufacturing methamphetamine at the residence. Deputies detained the four men and four women at the home and later arrested the four men and four women.

Metts asked anyone with information about illegal drug activity in Lexington County to call the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department at (803) 785-8230 or CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC. Citizens also can provide information anonymously by accessing the Crime Tip link on the Sheriff’s Department web site (

NET is comprised of officers from the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department, Batesburg-Leesville Police Department and Lexington Police Department, Metts said. The sheriff and municipal police chiefs implemented NET in 2001 in order to enhance drug enforcement in Lexington County.



An Osmond woman is suspected of driving under the influence of drugs and police found methamphetamine in her purse Monday.

Kayla A. Miller, 25, was arrested after an off-duty Madison County sheriff’s deputy called in to the Norfolk police to report a possible drunk driver at 2:24 p.m. Monday, said Capt. Michael Bauer of the Norfolk Police Division.

The deputy followed Miller’s vehicle until officers had contact with her at 914 W. Benjamin Ave. He met with officers to explain that the driver strike the curb, go out of her lane and several other traffic violations, Bauer said.

The Norfolk officer suspected that she was impaired and asked her to complete field sobriety maneuvers. The results showed impairment. A preliminary breath test produced negative results for alcohol, Bauer said.

Miller was further interviewed. During a subsequent search, a small plastic bag containing methamphetamine along with a syringe and spoon were located in her purse.

She will face potential charges of driving under the influence of drugs and possession of meth. She was booked into the Norfolk jail and later transferred to the Madison County jail.



SAMUT PRAKAN, June 9 – Customs Department at Suvarnabhumi Airport arrested two Iranian nationals for having a combined one kilogramme of crystal methamphetamine in their stomachs.

The customs department’s deputy director general Rakop Srisupa-at told a news conference that Mr Ali Dastbarsar, 23, and Mr Ehsan Babak, 24, acted suspiciously and matched descriptions provided by a secret agent.


An x-ray scan revealed suspicious objects in their stomachs, which were later found to be the illegal drug crystal methamphetamine totalling one kilogramme, with a street value of around Bt3.5 million.

According to an investigation, Mr Babak said that he was convinced by a drug gang to smuggle the drug into Thailand by swallowing the narcotics to avoid arrest. He was to be paid Bt60,000 to 90,000 if the delivery was completed.

The pair were initially charged with possession if illegal drugs and smuggling it into the Kingdom.



EDWARDSVILLE – Authorities charged an East Alton mother Monday after allegedly discovering a meth-brewing operation in her home late last week.

Andrea N. Mundy, 31, of the 100 block of Tomlinson Street, was charged in Madison County Circuit Court with aggravated participation in methamphetamine manufacturing, a Class X felony, and unlawful methamphetamine related child endangerment, a Class 2 felony.

 Circuit Judge Kyle Napp signed the information and set bail of $150,000.

Authorities went to the address on Tomlinson Street twice last week, responding to a tip about drug activity, said Maj. Brian Archer of the East Alton Police Department.

“We had a meth report on Thursday from a person who felt there was drug activity going on at the home,” he said. “They requested a check, but when officers went there (that day), the home appeared dark. I sent them back the next morning, and they made contact with several individuals in the house.”

Mundy allowed officers into the home, but at least two people ran out the back door, Archer said.

Officers noted a strong odor coming from the garage, and the woman allowed entry, he said. There, police found a small quantity of materials needed to make methamphetamine, including filters and lithium batteries.

“It was what we call a shake-and-bake operation – a portable meth lab,” Archer told The Telegraph.

The woman told police that she and others were preparing to inject themselves when police arrived, he said. The woman was cooperative with authorities.

“She said she was just tired of it,” he said.

The woman has children, but they were not at the home.

“They are with relatives right now, and it’s up to (the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services) to see what they want to do,” Archer said, adding that the youngsters are likely to stay with relatives. “She’s totally cooperative as far as her family and placing the children.”

A meth response team from the Illinois State Police took evidence from the scene, he said.

As for those who allegedly bolted the residence, police have leads.

“The other two were basically flopping there for the last couple of months,” he said.

He said police had been to the address before, but only for one small incident, which was not drug-related.