On February 16, 2015, members of the PCSO HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area) Task Force and undercover detectives served a search warrant at 1528 CR 555 South in Bartow, resulting in six arrests and the seizure of illegal narcotics, U.S. currency, and a stolen motorcycle.

During the investigation, detectives seized/recovered:

  • Four (4) pounds Methamphetamine
  • 16 Hydrocodone pills
  • 50 Alprazolam (Xanax) pills
  • 13.5 Alprazolam (Xanax) bars
  • 6 Oxycodone pills
  • 2 Carisoprodol (Soma) pills
  • A loaded .22 caliber revolver
  • Paraphernalia used to distribute and traffic drugs
  • Over $25,000 cash
  • A stolen 1998 Suzuki motorcycle (LPD case)
  • Other motorcycles and ATV’s – possible stolen, still under investigation


As a result of the investigation, the following suspects were arrested:


  • Joni Kay Parks, DOB 12/12/1973, of 1528 CR 555 South in Bartow; charged with: one count Armed Trafficking; one count Maintain Residence to Traffic Drugs with Child Present; one count Child Neglect; one count each Possession Hydrocodone, Oxycodone, Carisoprodol, and Alprazolam With Intent to Sell (WITS); one count Possession Marijuana Over 20 Grams; one count Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; she has been in the Polk County Jail on one prior occasion and was arrested in Seminole County previously. Parks lives in the home with Couey and two children. DCF was notified.


  • David Allen Couey, DOB 5/20/1971, of 1528 CR 555 South in Bartow; charged with: one count Armed Trafficking; one count Grand Theft of Motor Vehicle; one count Maintain Residence to Traffic Drugs with Child Present; one count Possession of Weapon by Convicted Felon; one count each Possession Hydrocodone, Oxycodone, Carisoprodol, and Alprazolam With Intent to Sell (WITS); one count Possession Marijuana Over 20 Grams; one count Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; he has been in the Polk County Jail on six (6) prior occasions and has been arrested in Florida six times. Couey lives in the home with Parks and two children. DCF was notified.


  • Donna Petrovich, DOB 3/9/1975, of 770 Lemon Street East in Bartow; charged with: nine (9) counts VOP – Grand Theft; one count DWLSR With Knowledge; one count Possession of Meth; one count Possession of Paraphernalia; she has been in the Polk County Jail on seven (7) prior occasions.


  • Michael Satterfield, DOB 2/27/1961, of 770 Shady Lane in Bartow; charged with: one count Possession of Meth; one count Possession of Paraphernalia; one count Tampering with Evidence; he has been in the Polk County Jail on 20 prior occasions.


  • Omar Gomez-Gallegos, DOB 9/22/1981, of 2006 Delaware Avenue in Fort Pierce; charged with: one count Trafficking in Meth; one count Maintain Vehicle for Drug Trafficking; one count Possession Paraphernalia; one count Unlawful Use of Two-Way Communication Device. He has been arrested in Florida seven times.


  • Eduardo Perez, DOB 1/18/1981, of unknown address; charged with: one count Conspiracy to Sell Meth; one count Resisting Arrest; he has been in the Polk County Jail on one prior occasion and has been arrested in Florida five times.

“This investigation made a significant impact in improving the quality of life for our citizens – we prevented several pounds’ worth of harmful drugs from poisoning others, we recovered at least one stolen vehicle and possibly others, we seized a firearm from a convicted felon, and we interrupted this criminal enterprise, hopefully for good. Remember – if you see something, say something.” – Sheriff Grady Judd














DOUGHERTY CO., GA (WALB) – A late night fire at a Dougherty County mobile home led to a drug investigation after firefighters discovered a small meth lab inside.6761078_G

Around midnight firefighters were called to a fire in the 1300 block of South Mock Road. Officials say an electrical line fell from a pole and landed on the home, sparking a small fire.

While firefighters were searching the home, they spotted the inactive meth lab and contacted police.6761079_G

No one was home at the time the fire was reported, and no injuries were reported.

Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeSTOPPERS at 436-TIPS.












A Natrona County District Court judge decided Tuesday to allow prosecutors to introduce past evidence of child abuse in the case of a Casper woman accused of burning a baby’s face with a hot pan in September.

Stephanie Shirts, 25, is charged with four counts of child abuse, four counts of child endangerment with methamphetamine and one count of aggravated child abuse.

She faces 65 years in prison for allegedly burning the infant’s face and shaking the baby with enough force to require trauma care. Her trial is set to begin Monday.

Natrona County District Attorney Mike Blonigen presented evidence Tuesday suggesting that Shirts, sometime before the burning allegations, repeatedly struck a small child at a Casper convenience store. The child was reportedly buckled in a car seat in the back seat of Shirts’ car.

The Aug. 26 incident was reported by two witnesses and caught on store surveillance cameras. Although Casper police officers investigated the report, no arrests were made.

Blonigen said that evidence relates to the ongoing case against Shirts. Natrona County District Judge Catherine Wilking agreed, ruling the new evidence admissible for trial.

Shirts’ attorney, Sarah Jacobs, questioned the Casper Police Department’s handling of her client’s interrogation. Her client was detained without proper notification of her Miranda rights, Jacobs said.

“Ms. Shirts’ statement wasn’t made in a voluntary fashion,” the attorney said. “She did not understand what rights she was giving up. She sat in a room for 12 hours and didn’t know what was going on.”

Detective Sarah Nelson said the notification of Miranda rights was given in accordance with standard department practices.

The court was given a transcript and video evidence of Shirts’ interrogation.

Wilking ruled that Shirts received a proper Miranda warning and acted in a voluntary fashion.

Shirts is also charged with suffocating the 14-month-old girl with a blanket, according to a police report. The infant was transferred from Wyoming Medical Center to the children’s hospital in Aurora, Colorado, to treat a brain bleed and bleeding in the eyes.

The infant’s mother, Bobbi Humphreys, is charged with one count of child endangerment with methamphetamine and one count each of felony and misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance.

Jason Cathcart, 37, who lives with Shirts and Humphreys, is charged with four counts of child endangerment with methamphetamine and two counts of drug possession.

Shirts was released on $100,000 bond earlier this year. The bond was revoked in October after police arrested Shirts for shoplifting. She remains in custody.

Wilking denied a motion to further delay Shirts’ trial in order to hear more expert testimony.












GRAVES COUNTY, KY (KFVS) – A couple from Graves County, Kentucky is facing charges after deputies say they allowed an 11-month-old baby access to methamphetamine.6758158_G

According to Graves County Sheriff Dewayne Redmon, Deputy George Workman was called to Jackson Purchase Medical Center on Monday, Feb. 16 after the baby was brought in with symptoms like those seen in a methamphetamine user.

Redmon says a drug screen showed the infant was positive for amphetamines.

Workman found out the baby was in the care of 32-year-old Gregory Pannell and 23-year-old Stephanie Gregory.

The couple lives at 608 Rogers Lane in the Mayfield area, according to Redmon.

Workman and a social worker interviewed Pannell and Gregory and found out they had smoked methamphetamine in their bed around noon on Feb. 16.6758156_G

The child was between them in the bed, according to the couple.

Pannell said he recently started using methamphetamine again after graduating drug court in January.

A search warrant was then served at the home on Rogers Lane on Tuesday, Feb. 17.

Methamphetamine was found in the home in places that were accessible to the baby, according to Redmon.

Deputies arrested Pannell and Gregory on drug-related charges at that point.

Workman then went to the Graves County Jail around 11 p.m. Feb. 17 and brought an additional charge of first-degree wanton endangerment.

Gregory was also charged with three counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon after three guns were found inside the home.













Noelia Telenili, when asked if she had methamphetamine in her car, told a New Mexico State Police patrolman she didn’t know what the drug was.

Her story seemed fishy to the officer.telenili

When he searched her car, he found 11 1/2 pounds of methamphetamine packed into the spare tire, according to court records.

The officer stopped Telenili, 26, when she was driving 2 miles per hour above the speed limit on I-40 west of Albuquerque around 8 a.m. Monday, according to a criminal complaint filed in Metropolitan Court.

He noticed air fresheners were hanging in the car. “It is common for drug trafficking organizations to use air freshener to mask the smell of controlled substances,” the officer wrote in the complaint.

Telenili told the officer she was driving from Arizona to Indiana to pick up her mom, but said her mom didn’t know she was coming. “General motoring public contact relatives and inform them of their visit,” the officer wrote in the complaint.

When the officer asked her if there was any cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine or marijuana in the car, she said she didn’t know what methamphetamine was, but said she didn’t have any of the other drugs. She allowed him to search her car, which is when he noticed that something was rolling around in the spare tire. A drug dog also singled out the tire.

The officer cut it open and found 11 packages of drugs wrapped in tape. The packages were all methamphetamine except for one, which was heroin, according to the complaint.

Telenili, also identified as Nooelia Tefenili in court records, was charged with trafficking drugs and booked into the county jail on $15,000 bail.












(HealthDay News) — Long-term use of methamphetamine causes more brain damage in teens than adults, a new study finds.BRAIN

Researchers conducted MRI brain scans of 51 teen and 54 adult chronic methamphetamine abusers. They compared those scans to those of 60 teens and 60 adults who didn’t use the drug. The study participants were all from South Korea.

Compared to the adult methamphetamine users, the teen methamphetamine users had greater and more widespread changes in their brains. The damage was especially evident in the frontal cortex, an area believed to be involved in people’s ability to organize, reason and remember things (cognitive ability).

“It’s particularly unfortunate that meth appears to damage that part of the brain, which is still developing in young people and is critical for cognitive ability,” study author Dr. In Kyoon Lyoo, of Ewha W. University in Seoul, South Korea, said in a University of Utah Health Sciences news release.

“Damage to that part of the brain is especially problematic because adolescents’ ability to control risky behavior is less mature than that of adults. The findings may help explain the severe behavioral issues and relapses that are common in adolescent drug addiction,” Lyoo said.

“There is a critical period of brain development for specific functions, and it appears that adolescents who abuse methamphetamine are at great risk for derailing that process,” study senior author Dr. Perry Renshaw, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Utah, said in the news release.

Teens typically use smaller amounts of methamphetamine than adults, so these findings suggest that it takes much less methamphetamine to cause greater damage in teens’ brains than it would in adults, according to the authors of the study.

Results were published recently in the journal Molecular Psychiatry.

“I think the results show it is hugely important to keep kids off drugs,” Renshaw added.












Guards at a maximum-security prison in Tbong Khmum province arrested a 32-year-old woman Monday morning after she attempted to smuggle 35 grams of crystal methamphetamine into the prison by hiding it in her bra, the prison director said Tuesday.

Kea Sovanna, director of Cor­rectional Center 3, said a female prison guard found the drugs while performing a routine search of Mao Yiv before allowing her to visit her cousin Korm Ratha, 38, an inmate.

“Our female prison guard checked everywhere on the suspect’s body and then found a plastic bag in the bra, so we found drugs and then arrested her immediately,” he said, adding that he suspected Mr. Ratha of planning to sell the methamphetamine to other prisoners.

Tbong Khmum police Chief Mao Pov said Ms. Yiv was still being questioned at the provincial court Tuesday evening.

The country’s prison guards have been particularly effective at stopping would-be smugglers this year, with a woman arrested last month while attempting to sneak drugs into the Kandal Provincial Prison by hiding them in the neck of a cooked chicken and another woman arrested last week for trying to pass saws to an inmate in Prey Veng province by hiding them in a bottle of body wash.












6736124_GGREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) – Greenville County deputies said a mother and her boyfriend have been charged in a 2-day-old baby’s death, which occurred in Nov. 2014.

Deputies said they were called to an address on Harrison Bridge Road in the Simpsonville area on Nov. 19 after the baby girl passed away.

Subsequent tests showed the baby had high levels of methamphetamine in her system, deputies said.

Greenville County coroner Parks Evans identified the baby as Gracie May Fuller. Evans determined the cause of death to be drug intoxication. The manner of death was ruled as homicide.

The mother, Kelli Noelle Smith-Durham, also tested positive for the drug, deputies said.

Deputies said the boyfriend, and Shane Ray Fuller, and three young children were all living in the house, which deputies said was deplorable, had no power and was being heated by propane canister heaters.6736125_G

The children, ages 2, 3, and 7, were placed in an alternate caregiver’s custody by DSS.

After a full investigation, deputies said Smith-Durham was charged with murder by child abuse and four counts of unlawful conduct toward a child.

Fuller was also charged with four counts of unlawful conduct toward a child.

Both are being held in the Greenville County Detention Center on a $40,000 bond.















Two Novato residents were arrested Friday on suspicion of possessing explosives following a traffic stop and home search in which more than 90 explosive devices had to be removed by the Berkeley bomb squad.

Laureen Mason, 43, and Robert Speer, 33, were detained and eventually booked into the Marin County Jail after a backpack filled with four explosive devices was found in Mason’s car around 8 a.m. Friday near Arthur Street and Taft Court in Novato, according to the Marin County Sheriff’s Office. Traffic was shut down and residents were told to stay inside while the bomb squad from the University of California at Berkeley removed the explosives.

Sheriff’s Lt. Jamie Scardina said the sheriff’s office and Novato Police Department had been receiving reports of recent explosions in the Pacheco Avenue and Indian Valley Road area. During the last week, he said the sheriff’s office developed information about Mason possessing explosives.

At 11 a.m. Friday the sheriff’s office served a search warrant on Mason’s residence on Pacheco Avenue with the help of the Novato Police Department, Marin County Major Crimes Task Force, Berkeley bomb squad, Novato Fire Protection District and the Marin County Hazmat Team. A total of 87 additional explosive devices were found in Mason’s bedroom.

Scardina said potassium perchlorate and aluminum powder were also found at the home. The two chemicals are commonly used in commercial exploding fireworks. He said suspected crystal methamphetamine was also located at the residence.

No other residents were at the home when the search was conducted and there are no additional suspects at large, Scardina said. He said Mason’s 5-year-old daughter was with another family member when the home was searched.

Mason has been booked into the Marin County Jail on suspicion of possessing explosive devices, igniting explosive devices with the intent to intimidate and child endangerment. Speer has been booked on suspicion of possessing explosive devices. Scardina said Mason and Speer are connected because they are in a relationship.












MIDLAND– U.S. District Judge Robert A. Junell sentenced 50-year-old former Denver City councilman Joe Anthony Kay to five years in federal prison for his role in a Midland-based heroin and methamphetamine distribution ring, announced Acting United States Attorney Richard L. Durbin, Jr., Midland, Police Chief Price Robinson and Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw. 54b9d0b085e1a_image

In addition to the prison term, Judge Junell ordered that Kay be placed under supervised release for a period of five years after completing his prison term.

On August 31, 2014, state and local authorities arrested Kay based on a federal grand jury indictment charging him with one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances.

Kay pleaded guilty to the charge on September 16, 2014.

By pleading guilty, Kay admitted that from June 2010 to April 2014, he conspired with others to distribute narcotics in the Midland, Odessa, and Denver City areas.

According to court records, Kay conspired to distribute 20 kilograms of cocaine, 2 kilograms of heroin, 1 kilogram of methamphetamine, and 100 pounds of marijuana.

Kay is the last of seven defendants to be convicted and sentenced for their roles in this drug trafficking scheme.

Yesterday, Judge Junell sentenced drug supplier Luis Jose Tarango Terrazas, age 51, of Fabens, TX, to 70 months imprisonment.

Last month, Judge Junell sentenced 42–year-old Michael Alexander Lozano of Denver City, and 46–year-old William Ray Warren of Midland, each to ten years imprisonment; 30-year-old Cameron Edward Gee of Midland, to 71 months imprisonment; 31-year-old Quentin Zachery Bailey of Odessa, to 46 months imprisonment; and, 24-year-old Merin James McCulley of Seagraves, TX, to two years imprisonment.

This investigation was conducted by the Midland Police Department together with the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Assistant United States Attorney Austin Berry prosecuted this case on behalf of the Government.












A man pointed a handgun at three people near a West O storage unit and demanded a ride to buy drugs Monday afternoon, police said.

The man, who police identified as Jesse W. Blackstock, approached the three near the 2600 block of West O Street just after 2 p.m., Lincoln Police Capt. Danny Reitan said.54e2b9f4d6334_preview-300

Blackstock, 33, of Minnesota, didn’t have a car and told them they were going to buy him more methamphetamine, Reitan said.

The male victim sent the woman and her daughter to call police.

Officers arrived around 2:45 p.m. and arrested Blackstock without incident, Reitan said.

Police searched Blackstock and found a handgun reported stolen from Minnesota and drug paraphernalia with residue in it, Reitan said.

No one was injured.

Investigators suspect he might have been under the influence of narcotics.

Blackstock was taken to the Lancaster County jail on suspicion of terroristic threats, use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony, possession of a controlled substance and possession of a deadly weapon by a felon.

He has several felony weapons and drug convictions out of Minnesota, state records show.












PARIS, Texas — An Arthur City couple was arrested after police say they were smoking meth with their small children inside a Paris hotel room over the weekend.021615+arrested

Paris Police say they caught 35-year-old Kevin Lynch and 33-year-old Jessica Proske a block apart with 10 grams of meth inside two different Paris motel rooms.

Officers arrested both for possession and child endangerment.












Jacky Hunt, director of the South Central Kentucky Drug Task Force (SCKDTF), gave a report during the Tuesday, Feb. 10th Logan County Fiscal Court meeting on how many cases the task force has been involved in over the past several months. Hunt was asked by First District Magistrate Dickie Carter for a breakdown of what the SCKDTF has been doing recently.

According to the retired state policeman, Hunt reported there were 639 criminal cases opened in 2014 by the drug task force, who is active in both Logan and Simpson Counties.

Hunt broke down some of those cases by amount and drug type. They are as follows:

  • 88 for drug paraphernalia
  • 117 marijuana
  • 2 anhydrous
  • 19 cocaine
  • 309 prescription drugs
  • 2 heroin
  • 43 other

Hunt reported that methamphetamine manufacturing was actually down in Logan County, however, crystal meth is showing up more and more and is most likely coming out of Mexico.

“Prescription drug abuse is the highest problem we have in the county at this time,” said Hunt. “We are seeing a lot of it.”

Hunt also warned of Heroin use saying it could take a short amount of time for it to become and issue here.

“We have seen an epidemic of Heroin in the northern part of the state and it happen literally overnight there,” Hunt advised adding people who were addicted to prescription drugs sometimes end up using Heroin if their pill supply runs out due to the way it makes them feel which is similar.

Hunt became the director of the SCKDTF Feb. 17th, 2014, after serving as assistant chief deputy of Simpson County. Hunt is also a retiree from the Kentucky State Police (KSP). He has 22 years experience in law enforcement with some of the toughest beats out there including: homicide, narcotics and organized crime. He spent the last 10 years with state’s DE-SI West, which is a special drug enforcement unit, covering 60 counties in Kentucky specializing in narcotics investigations.

The SCKDTF first became operational in the summer of 2004, at that time Butler County was part of the area covered along with Logan and Simpson counties and the cities of Franklin and Russellville. The force was designed to work deep inside the areas identified, acting upon strong leads and cooperatively battling illegal drug activity in South Central Kentucky. Some of the funding for operations comes from federal grant monies, and agents are loaned out from the local police forces.












STEPHENVILLE, Texas — A former deputy testified last week that he overheard the defendant in the “American Sniper” murder trial explain why he killed two men.

Gene Cole, who worked for the Erath County Sheriff’s Office at the time, testified Friday that on June 22, 2013, he “heard Mr. [Eddie Ray] Routh say, ‘I shot them because they wouldn’t talk to me. I was just riding in the back seat of the truck and nobody would talk to me. They were just taking me to the range so I shot them. I feel bad about it, but they wouldn’t talk to me. I’m sure they’ve forgiven me.’”

Testimony resumes Monday in Routh’s trial. He is charged with murder in the February 2, 2013, shooting deaths of Chris Kyle, the former Navy SEAL who was the subject of “American Sniper,” and Kyle’s friend, Chad Littlefield, at a firing range.

Routh’s lawyer admits his client killed the men but contends he was insane at the time.

In other testimony, Texas Ranger David Armstrong said investigators searched Routh’s residence and found drug paraphernalia, including a pipe commonly used for methamphetamine as well as “a ceramic pipe, what’s believed to be a bong, a grinder used to grind different substances and a loose leafy green substance” which lab tests confirmed was marijuana.

Armstrong also noticed a nearly empty bottle of whiskey in Routh’s kitchen.

Routh’s uncle, James Watson, testified that on the day of the slayings he was rousted out of bed by a call from Routh’s girlfriend, asking him to come over because she and Routh had been arguing.

He said he showed up and smoked marijuana with Routh, offered fatherly advice about women and played a hymn from his phone. They smoked marijuana together occasionally, Watson said, and Routh smoked “not every day, but pretty regular.”

When asked what they usually did after smoking marijuana, Watson said, “We just sit around and enjoy it.”

Routh left the house abruptly, apparently because Kyle had arrived to take him to the firing range, Watson said. Hours later, Routh showed up at Watson’s home and allegedly said, “I’m driving a dead man’s truck” — apparently a reference to Kyle’s truck, which he allegedly stole after the killings.

Watson said this did not alarm him because Routh sometimes made bizarre statements after returning from military service, such as saying the government was after him.

The prosecutor asked Watson whom he thought Routh was referring to, and Watson said, “I thought he was referring to himself.”

After being arrested, Routh told a detective he was worried about his own mental state, according to an officer’s body camera video.

In the video played in court Thursday, Routh was sitting in Kyle’s stolen truck when he told a detective: “I don’t know if I’m going insane.”

Routh also spoke of voodoo, hell and the apocalypse in the video.

Dr. Jeffrey Barnard, a medical examiner with the Southwest Institute of Forensic Sciences, testified that two of the six bullets that hit Kyle would have been “rapidly fatal.”

A prosecutor asked Barnard several times whether the other victim had wounds consistent with someone lying on the ground or in a kneeling position, but the doctor couldn’t say.

The prosecution appeared to be attempting to establish that Littlefield and Kyle were defenseless when shot. Both men were shot multiple times at a Texas firing range in February 2013.

Kyle and Littlefield were wearing loaded handguns in their waistbands when they were found, an investigator testified Thursday.

Michael Adcock with the Texas Department of Public Safety said he also found shell casings, ammunition and several firearms on the ground when he arrived at the Rough Creek Lodge firing range outside Dallas.

The guns on Kyle and Littlefield’s bodies were loaded, but two “old-style Western” revolvers were lying on the ground with all the bullets fired, Adcock testified. The slain men had fired these pistols at targets, the prosecutor has said.

The two men took Routh, a veteran with mental problems, to the firing range as a kind of therapy, lawyers have said.

After the killings, Adcock said, Routh drove Kyle’s pickup to a Taco Bell off Interstate 35 and purchased two bean burritos, leaving a restaurant receipt in the driver’s side door of the truck.

The trial began Wednesday with a lawyer using Kyle’s own words to bolster an insanity defense.

But Erath County District Attorney Alan Nash told the jury that Routh told investigators he used drugs and drank whiskey that morning. He admitted that he killed the two men and said he “knew what he was doing was wrong,” the prosecutor said.

A day at the range

Kyle had already risen to fame through his book when he died. He’d been doing charitable work to help former troops suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

The range is a small, remote part of the sprawling 11,000-acre Rough Creek Lodge, and the men were isolated, authorities said.

Frank Alvarez, resident manager of Rough Creek Lodge, testified Kyle had “exclusive access to the range when he came out.”

Kyle had said he was going to use the range for about 45 minutes, Alvarez testified, but “about 5 p.m. I got a radio call that said I had to go to the shooting range. Something had happened.”

A hunting guide found Kyle, 38, and Littlefield, 35, who also was a veteran, motionless and called 911. The men were dead when officers arrived.












Years of resentment and months of meth abuse combined into an “explosion” which led a 19 year-old to stab his stepmother to death in the kitchen of their home, and then escape on his pushbike, a court has been told.

Catalin Alin Borbil, 19, pleaded guilty to murdering Sally Kaur, 57, in the Koondoola home she shared with Borbil and his father John.

Her body was found by her husband in December 2013, lying in a pool of blood with 15 stab wounds to her chest, stomach and neck.a_051213genkoondoola4_1ae2snf-1ae2snj

At a sentencing hearing this morning, Justice Michael Corboy was told of Corbil’s deprived upbringing in his native Romania, and how when he arrived in Australia he was illiterate in English.

This led to problems in school, where he began taking mariijuana which escalated to methamphetamine use in his late teens.

He also resented his step-mother, who had married his father in 2010, which led to the deadly argument with Ms Kaur on December 5.

After being told to leave the house the night before, and taking a large amount of meth at a friend’s house, Borbil returned home in the morning to find his bags packed, and the doors locked.

After 20 minutes Borbil was let in by his stepmother, who told him “you’ve done enough trouble, you don’t belong here”.

As the argument continued in the kitchen, where Ms Kaur was chopping vegetables, Borbil was accidentally cut on the hand with the knife – which prompted his “frenzied attack”, the court was told.

After stabbing Ms Kaur more than a dozen times, Borbil took a Rolex watch from a safe in order to pay off a five-figure drug debt, before fleeing on his bike.

He was later arrested, and admitted to police he had continued his attack even as his stepmother lay dying. Prosecutors described his police interview as “chilling”.

Borbil will be sentenced next Monday.












St. GEORGE – Following a lengthy investigation, the Washington County Drug Task Force arrested two St. George sisters Tuesday on a variety of drug charges, including methamphetamine distribution in a drug-free zone.Larsen

Sherry Pace Larsen, 48, faces meth distribution charges, while her sister, 41-year-old Robyn Lee Swanson, faces drug possession charges, stemming from a task force narcotics distribution investigation conducted over the past three months.

During the course of the investigation, the task force conducted three controlled meth buys on separate occasions which took place at the sisters’ home, located on the 200 North block of Mall Drive in St. George, through the use of a confidential informant who purchased the meth from Larsen, task force Detective Matt Schuman said in a probable cause statement supporting Larsen’s arrests.

Detectives spotted Larsen and Swanson leaving their home Tuesday, headed north on Mall Drive with Swanson behind the wheel, and initiated a traffic stop because Swanson was driving with a suspended license, task force Detective Jim Jessop said in a probable cause statement supporting Swanson’s arrest.

After placing Swanson under arrest for driving on a suspended license, detectives found a baggie in Swanson’s pocket containing a white residue which tested positive for methamphetamine, Jessop said in the statement, along with several pills, identified as clonazepam and alprazolam, both schedule 4 controlled substances, as well as sleeping pills.

“As I was pulling a plastic baggie out of (Swanson’s) pocket, she stated that the pills were hers,” Jessop said.Swanson

When no prescription bottles with identifying labels were found during the search, according to the statement, Swanson changed her story about the pills.

“(Swanson) made an unsolicited statement about the loose pills,” Jessop wrote, “saying the pills weren’t hers and that she found them on the ground of someone’s garage.”

During a search of Larsen’s purse, after placing her under arrest for drug distribution, detectives found a glass pipe with a burnt residue wrapped in a yellow rag, as well as a wallet containing a plastic bag, according to Schuman’s probable cause statement. The plastic bag contained a crystal substance that later tested positive as meth.

Larsen and Swanson were booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility.

Larsen was charged with two first-degree felonies for drug distribution in a drug-free zone, one second-degree felony for drug distribution, one third-degree felony for drug possession, and a class B misdemeanor for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Larsen’s bail pending trial stands at $65,583.

Swanson was charged with one third-degree felony for drug possession, two class A misdemeanors for possession of drugs, a class B misdemeanor for possession of drug paraphernalia, and a class C misdemeanor for driving with a suspended license.

Swanson’s bail pending trial stands at $7,019.

Both women made their initial court appearance on Thursday and are scheduled to make their next court appearance on Feb. 23.

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












From a group of five people arrested at an apartment in downtown Litchfield on Thursday afternoon, one was charged in Meeker County District Court on Friday with a first-degree count for selling meth.

Along with being accused of selling drugs, Amanda Rohde, 28, faces five other drug-related charges, including possession of meth paraphernalia in the presence of a child.

Describing Rohde as a “significant public safety concern,” District Court Judge Stephanie Beckman set Rohde’s bail at $150,000 unconditional and $100,000 conditional. Rohde, who sobbed as Beckman explained bail conditions, has a history of probation violations and missed court appearances, Assistant Meeker County Attorney John Fitzgerald noted at Friday’s hearing.

Rohde was arrested during a search at her residence on the 200 block of North Sibley Avenue, where authorities say she lives with her boyfriend and their child. At about 3 p.m., three agencies — Litchfield Police Department, Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Department and the CEE-VI Drug Task Force — executed warrants at the residence related to an ongoing felony theft investigation in Kandiyohi County, according to a news release issued by Litchfield Police on Friday morning.

A criminal complaint filed Friday alleges Rohde had received a 13.7 gram bag of meth Thursday morning from a man, unidentified in court documents, and had made arrangements to pay the man $800 for it. Rohde also allegedly planned to sell the same drugs for $1,200 to another individual, who allegedly arrived at the apartment on Thursday and intended to go to an ATM machine to get cash to make the purchase.

When authorities arrived at the apartment on Thursday, Rohde allegedly stuck the 13.7-gram bag of meth in the ceiling inside the home’s “smoking room” adjacent to the kitchen, the complaint states.

Along with finding meth, authorities reportedly discovered in the apartment two torches and a butane tank refill, $1,298 in cash, a corner cut baggie, roach clip, red scoop straw and an “‘owe sheet’ located in a notebook.'” Meth and marijuana pipes and snort tubes were also reportedly discovered.

In addition, authorities reportedly recovered at the residence “numerous items of stolen property,” the complaint states.

Also on Friday, a 54-year-old man arrested during the search made an initial court appearance for a fifth-degree drug possession charge. Beckman set bail for Michael Welker from Clearwater, Minn., at $60,000 unconditional and $25,000 conditional. Welker, who is wanted on a Wright County warrant, has previous drug possession charges and is considered a flight risk, according to a bail study discussed at his hearing Friday.

County Attorney Brandi Schiefelbein said her office is reviewing the cases of three other suspects arrested during Thursday’s drug bust to determine whether to file charges.













  • Ashley McDaniel of Ocean Springs, Mississippi was arrested on drug charges after her 3-year-old child called police on Monday
  • McDaniel and three other men were found in an Economy Inn motel room, as was five grams of methamphetamine and marijuana
  • McDaniel was charged with child neglect and possession of marijuana and the child was placed into the custody of the Department of Human Services

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) – A 911 call from a 3-year-old boy led to the arrest of his mother and three men Monday afternoon in Ocean Springs.6725741_G

Ocean Springs police Detective Capt. William Jackson said officers responded to the Economy Inn on Bienville Boulevard around 2:15 p.m. after the 3-year-old called police and said he couldn’t wake up his mom.

Jackson said the child was unable to give a room number, but a responding officer was able to determine the call came from room 105.

Jackson said Patrol Officer Dylan Wooley went in to the room and found 35-year-old Timothy Fairbanks, of Saucier, sitting by the door. Police say Fairbanks appeared to be under the influence and told Wooley there were three other people in the room.

Wooley made his way into the room to check on the child. That’s where he found the boy’s mother, 26-year-old Ashley Nicole McDaniel, Kristopher Wales, both of Ocean Springs, and 32-year-old Dustin D. Yates, of Lucedale.

Jackson said all three of the adults were asleep.25B0185300000578-2953990-image-a-2_1423956511624

Authorities say Wooley woke McDaniel up, and she gave officers consent to search the room. That’s when police found nearly five grams of marijuana, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

Jackson said the Department of Human Services took custody of the child, who appeared healthy.

McDaniel was charged with child neglect and possession of marijuana with a total bond of $1,060.

Fairbanks was charged with possession of a controlled substance with a $460 bond.

Wales was charged with possession of a controlled substance with a $430 bond.

Yates was charged with possession of paraphernalia and also had an outstanding warrant with the Pascagoula Police Department.

All three suspects were booked into the Ocean Springs Municipal Jail.













A woman has been arrested for attempting to smuggle almost 3 pounds of methamphetamine while traveling with her daughter and two grandchildren as passengers, according to records released Wednesday.

The woman was charged with possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance.

U.S. Border Patrol said the case unfolded at 10:20 p.m. Monday, when a red Chevrolet pickup approached the Border Patrol checkpoint on Interstate 35.












PHUKET: Police are on the lookout for a suspected Phuket Town drug kingpin who escaped an attempted sting, while another ladyboy drug dealer is in custody after being caught nearly 60 grams of crystal meth.Mr Theewa Saengwomen

The ladyboy, Mr Theewa Saengwomen, has been charged with possession of a category 1 drug with intent to sell without permission, after he was nabbed by police at a rented house on Soi Po Kui lane of Mae Luan Rd in Phuket Town Talad Neua neighborhood.

Acting on tip-off by an informant that Mr Theewa was selling Ya Ice (crystal meth) to neighborhood teens and “night workers”, drug suppression officers staged a sting to purchase B1,000 worth of meth from Mr Theewa.

As the deal was taking place, police moved in for the arrest.

A subsequent search of Mr Theewa’s rented room uncovered B145,000 in cash and more crystal meth, weighing a total of 58.48 grams, which police seized as evidence.

At B2,500 per gram (according to previous police reports), the drugs are valued at nearly B150,000.

In subsequent interrogations, Mr Theewa  told police that the drugs were supplied by a Mr Few (surname unknown), who was then lured in a new sting at a 7-11 sore in the Kuku neighborhood.

Staked out, police spotted a Toyota saloon thought park in front of the convenient store which was thought to belong to the suspect.

But when police moved in for an arrest, the suspect fled in a hurry, managing to avoid apprehension.

The operation is ongoing.












PHOENIX – The Arizona Department of Public Safety seized a large amount of methamphetamine that was found hidden in a load of broccoli early Saturday morning.meth-broccoli-load

A DPS officer stopped a commercial truck for a moving violation along northbound Interstate 17 south of New River at about 2:45 a.m.

The officer searched the semitrailer loaded with broccoli and located a duffel bag containing multiple packages of methamphetamine weighing a total of 40 pounds, according to DPS spokesman Raul Garcia.

The methamphetamine was valued at $440,000.

The 39-year-old driver identified as Ata Hamed Taha of Greensboro, North Carolina, was booked into the Maricopa County Jail for possession of dangerous drugs, possession of dangerous drugs for sale, transportation of dangerous drugs for sale, conspiracy and control of an illegal enterprise.















A joint investigation between the Bowling Green-Warren County Drug Task Force and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has resulted in the largest seizure of suspected crystal methamphetamine in the 18-year history of the local task force.

Friday, detectives arrested Jason Dean Borden, 44, 3642 Garrett Hollow Road, Bowling Green, on charges of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (methamphetamine) greater than two grams and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, according to Borden’s arrest citation.

Borden was taken into custody in a fast food parking lot on Duntov Way after taking possession of about one pound and six ounces of suspected crystal meth. At the time of his arrest, he was also in possession of a large amount of cash and a loaded handgun, according to his arrest citation.

The suspected crystal methamphetamine will be sent to a crime lab for testing. The amount seized is worth about $50,000 on the street, depending on purity, and is in excess of 3,000 hits of meth, according to task force director Tommy Loving.

This is not the same type of meth that is made locally or in the state, Loving said.

“It’s the high-grade meth manufactured by the cartels in Mexico,” he said.

“I think in the past few months I’ve seen crystal meth working its way into Warren County,” he said. “We’ve been really surprised that it’s taken that long to show up here because there is a lot of it in far western Kentucky and Louisville.”

This large seizure is likely to drive the cost up locally, Loving said.

“When you are looking at supply and demand, when you take this large amount away from the supply side it has an effect on the meth that was available to be used and or sold on the street,” he said.

Loving declined to comment on what lead the task force to Friday’s arrest. Borden has a lengthy local arrest history, according to online Warren County Regional Jail records. He is being held in lieu of a $10,000 cash bond.

“Investigation is ongoing and pending federal prosecution is anticipated,” according to Borden’s arrest citation.

No other information was released.












Federal law enforcement is focusing its efforts on combating the influx of methamphetamine coming into Guam through the postal service.

In response, postal inspectors have increased their presence on island and are ramping up efforts to raise awareness about the legal consequences of bringing drugs into Guam.Illicit drugs travel by mail

Federal court documents show the regular inspection and seizures of drugs from packages that were mailed to Guam.

In the past couple of years, various law enforcement arms have seized “as much as 100 pounds,” said Michael Puralewski, Drug Enforcement Administration resident agent-in-charge.

That’s equal to a little more than 45 kilograms.

Each kilogram, Puralewski said, has about 10,000 “dosage units.”

“Meaning that’s 10,000 hits,” he said. “So we do seize that amount. That shows you that there is a drug problem.”

He called the problem “severe,” but said that isn’t meant to compare it to anywhere else.

He said that while the volume of meth in Guam isn’t on the same scale as certain parts of the mainland where law enforcement sees “seizures of thousands of pounds,” the volume that is seized “is putting the island at risk.”

Puralewski said ice appears to be the “drug of choice” on island.

“It’s putting families at risk; it’s damaging the community,” he added. “And that’s what we’re here to hopefully do, to protect the community by disrupting these organizations.”

He also noted that law enforcement’s focus isn’t just on local drug users and distributors.

The U.S. Attorney’s office has been “very successful” in bringing cases against rings that mail drugs from the U.S. mainland to Guam, he said.

Drug cases

Recently, three people, two of whom are from Nevada, were convicted in the District Court of Guam of a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine on the island.

Francisco C. Arias and Eder J. Cortez-Zelaya of Nevada and Corinna M. Concepcion were found guilty of involvement in a drug operation in which packages containing methamphetamine were mailed between Las Vegas and Guam.

They are scheduled to be sentenced at the beginning of March, according to Pacific Daily News files.

In addition to those three, nine other defendants were charged in the case, but signed plea agreements.

While Arias and Cortez-Zelaya were convicted of sending the drugs from the mainland, they relied on a network of people here to receive the drugs and wire money back to the mainland.

Bill Corbett, senior supervising resident agent at the FBI, said that even though many people in these cases are just “average joes” who were manipulated into participating by either wiring money or picking up packages, the government still sees them as co-conspirators in the scheme.

Drug sources

Addressing drugs in the postal system also is providing indications of where drugs are coming from and who’s making them.

Puralewski said while there is a “problem” with the manufacturing of drugs in Guam, it’s not as pervasive as in other jurisdictions.

“Primarily, most methamphetamine is brought in from mainland or other international locations,” he said, adding it’s not just the mail system, but also through other entry points.

He said it’s hard to determine what the proportion of drugs is that comes in from the U.S. versus international countries but that the majority is from the mainland.

Puralewski said the methamphetamine in Guam is generally manufactured by drug trafficking organizations based in Mexico.

The drugs agents see have high purity levels, indicating it isn’t an amateur hobbyist cooking alone, he said.

“The purity levels that we see are very, very high for methamphetamine,” Puralewski said.

In some cases, they’ve approached 100 percent, giving law enforcement an idea about who’s making these drugs.

“The purity levels that we see are as close to 100 percent that you can get,” he said.

In fact, he said, lab tests have shown purity levels of 100 percent, “which is obviously going to be made by real chemists with a true background with actual equipment, not something that would be locally manufactured by somebody that learned how to make meth over the Internet or something.”

With high purity, he explained, come high addiction rates.

“And when that addiction rate comes in, we then have people that need to acquire the drugs and that involves property crimes,” he added.

Suspicious mail

Inspectors have a variety of ways to recognize a suspicious package.

In an affidavit filed in federal court, a postal inspector wrote that criminals attempting to send drugs often use Express or Priority mail to allow them to keep track of their packages.

Fictitious or misspelled return addresses also are indications of suspicious packages, possibly indicating the person who filled it out doesn’t live at that address.

U.S. Attorney Alicia Limtiaco noted many crimes, such as home invasions, break-ins and property thefts all have connections to the drug trade and drug addiction.

“There is a … ‘domino effect’ when we talk about the nature of the problem and really the scope of it,” she said.

New measures taken

The postal service has taken new measures to stem the tide of drugs coming to Guam’s shores.

In 2012, said Rafael Nunez, who is the inspector in charge at the San Francisco division of the U.S. Postal Service, the investigation arm of the service received more information that drugs were coming here in the mail.

As a result of that information, the agency adopted new methods for tackling drug trafficking.

For example, agents brought more narcotics inspectors to Guam as well as specialists who focus on analyzing crime trends.

“And for the past few years, we’ve been very successful in curtailing the amount of meth and ice that are coming onto the mainland via the mail,” Nunez said.

Nunez said they were able to make headway in arresting both the senders and recipients of drugs.

Postal service investigations were able to identify seven different drug-trafficking organizations and arrest more than 35 people for trafficking drugs through the mail.

On top of that, through what Nunez called “Operation Thin Ice,” investigators have screened over 240,000 parcels inbound and outbound.

Nunez attributed the success to partnerships with other law enforcement agencies and especially with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Guam.

The postal service is installing posters in facilities to warn people of the dangers and legal ramifications of importing drugs.

Limtiaco noted the role all law enforcement agencies and the community at large have in combating drugs.

“When we have these campaigns, these awareness campaigns, I mean it’s multifaceted,” said Limtiaco. “It is to raise awareness, to have people ask questions.”

And by doing these campaigns, she added, law enforcers are empowering the community to ask questions and find out how to seek help for those who need it and solve the island’s drug problem.












Officers responded to a report of a disturbance on J Street at approximately 12:22 am Friday morning. Officers were advised that a neighbor had heard yelling and screaming coming from the residence.

When officers arrived, they witnessed a man, identified as 38-year-old Russell Yeik, sitting on a sofa cushion in the middle of the room, holding what appeared to be a methamphetamine pipe, preparing to smoke it, according to the report.

Officers waited for additional support before entering the residence.

Officers observed another person in the residence, identified as 37-year-old Vanessa Fuller, when she answered the door. The apartment belonged to Fuller, as she advised to officers that there was not a disturbance at the residence, according to the report.

During the officers’ observations outside, they witnessed Yeik stuff the suspected methamphetamine and pipe under the cushion. During questioning, they asked him what was under the cushion, to which he replied “drugs,” according to the report.

During the interviews, officers located a third person in the residence, identified as 43-year-old April Ernst, waiting for a ride. She stated that she was picked up by Fuller andYeik after they offered her a ride.

When they took Ernst in custody for allegedly hiding syringes filled with methamphetamine under the kitchen sink, she told officers that Fuller was hiding methamphetamine in her vagina, according to the report.

Yeik and Ernst were arrested for possession of a controlled substance and an additional charge of attempts/conspire was filed against Yeik, according to the charging documents.

Fuller was transported to the WMC where she allegedly removed the suspected methamphetamine from her person and attempted to throw it in the garbage, according to the report.

Officers located the methamphetamine next to the garbage in the hospital and arrested her for possession of a controlled substance and interference.












STEVENSVILLE – A community is shaken to the core and a 32-year-old man is behind bars without bond.

Several nights of sheer torture unfolded in the house on East Ninth Street in Stevensville under the noses of what many consider to be a very tight knit community.6724210_G

On February 6 the nightmare began. The sheriff says a young mom and Byron Craig Hall, Jr. met in January during Bitterroot College’s orientation. She reportedly invited him to her home.

She told deputies that when she mentioned Hall’s ex-girlfriend, it sent him into a rage. She says he strangled her until she passed out. When she came to, she says he was on top of her, and hospital officials saw signs on her body of methamphetamine injection and rape.

“We check on all of neighbors all the time. Everybody around here knows everybody so when I found out about this I was pretty well shocked,” said Jim Crews, who lives just three houses away from the victim.

Hall is no stranger to drugs. He was convicted in Flathead County for heading up a drug lab. He was sentenced to five years, but got out in 2014. He now faces several felony charges in Ravalli County, racking up a bond of $750,000. However, Hall won’t be out of jail anytime soon because he violated his parole.

“We’re saddened by it, but it also emboldens us to act together as a community, to be strong, and to keep things from happening again,” said Gene MimMack, the mayor of Stevensville.

The police report shows Hall told his victim she was “dirty like him now” and that she would get Hepatitis C from him.












STEVENSVILLE — Byron Craig Hall, Jr., is facing several charges after allegedly sexually assaulting a teen and then forcibly injecting her with meth.D31863AACC02FCD063FAEBBC102D0873_787_442

Ravalli County Sheriff Chris Hoffman says that Hall faces several felony charges, including aggravated kidnapping, sexual intercourse without consent, and criminal possession of dangerous drugs.

Bond for Hall was set at $750,000, but Hoffman says Hall is being held without bond on a parole violation stemming from a 2002 conviction in Flathead County for operation of a clandestine drug lab.

Authorities were called to a home in the 300 block of 9th Street in Stevensville at 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday for a report of a possible sexual assault.

Hoffman says deputies talked with the complainant, an adult Stevensville resident who knows the victim.

The complainant explained that she babysat for the victim on February 11, and that she noticed that there was something wrong with the victim’s demeanor, according to a news release.

The victim eventually told authorities that she had been forcibly injected with methamphetamine, and that she was then repeatedly raped over the course of several days.

The victim said that she had met Hall during orientation at the Bitterroot College in Hamilton on January 21.

Hoffman says Hall was found on Thursday in a Corvallis apartment and he was arrested without incident.












On Wednesday night, February 11, Ravalli County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a home in Stevensville for a charge of sexual assault.

After further investigation, it was determined that a 17 year-old female, the mother of an eight month-old child, had been forcibly injected with methamphetamine and the  repeatedly raped over the course of several days at her residence.

“On February 12th, Ravalli County deputies arrested 32 year-old Byron Craig Hall without incident at his Corvallis apartment,” Hoffman said. “He is facing multiple felony charges including aggravated kidnapping, three counts of sexual intercourse without consent, two counts of aggravated assault, one count of child criminal endangerment, and one count criminal distribution of dangerous drugs along with one count of possession of dangerous drugs.”

Hoffman said Hall appeared in Ravalli County Justice Court on Friday.

Here is a copy of the Sheriff’s press release: Special-Press-Release-2-13-15

“Bond was set at $750,000, however, he is being held without bond on a parole violation which stems from a 202 conviction in Flathead County for operation of a clandestine drug lab.”

According to court documents, that while the victim was being held captive, Hall allegedly informed her that he had tested positive for hepatitis C. The victim consented to a search of her residence, and deputies found three used syringes, one metal spoon, and a small baggie with a white residue. The residue in the bag was field tested and was positive for the presence of methamphetamine.