Methamphetamine use contaminates homes

Posted: 16th December 2014 by Doc in Uncategorized

There’s growing awareness that it’s not just methamphetamine, or P, labs contaminating homes. Smoking the drug can also make them unhealthy.

While Auckland Council has just revealed tough new rules to clean up homes contaminated by meth, it admits its focus has been on the producers of the drug and not its users.

Nicholas Powell is a scientist whose company tests homes for meth contamination. Swabs are taken from walls and surfaces and are then analyzed, not only for the drug itself but also the ingredients used to make it.

“It’s not uncommon to just see methamphetamine on the swab,” he says.

That indicates the contamination is solely due to smoking the drug, and can be at levels in excess of the Health Ministry’s acceptable limit.

“We might see up to one or two micrograms per 100 square centimeters, so potentially double or quadruple the Ministry of Health guidelines,” says Mr Powell. “There is no doubt the Ministry of Health guidelines can be exceeded by smoking, though it might be heavy smoking.”

Toxicologist Leo Schep says the biggest risk is to young children and people with heart conditions, with “long-term exposure over weeks, months, where they are in contact with surfaces that have methamphetamine on them, which can lead to toxicity”.

There’s growing awareness of meth contamination caused by consumption but not manufacture as more and more property buyers and investors carry out precautionary testing of homes, even where police are not involved.

Councils meanwhile are only now getting fully to grips with the problem. Auckland has revealed it’s drawn up new protocols to deal with affected homes that include forcing owners to decontaminate to an acceptable level.

“What we’re seeing now with the volume of homes affected is that it’s necessary to put in safe standards so when homes are reoccupied, people can do so safely,” says Auckland Council compliance manager Grant Barnes.

He wasn’t aware of contamination due solely to consumption but said the protocols will be applied regardless of how the contamination occurs, but only if it comes to council’s attention.










The arrest of two teenage boys caught carrying $2.5 million of methamphetamine in a luxury car has led to a series of drug raids on the Headhunter motorcycle gang, police say.

Police have arrested 38 people, confiscated 22 guns and seized more than $17 million in methamphetamine, cash and assets in a series of operations targeting the gang this week.

Detective Inspector Bruce Good says the arrests came after two Headhunter gang associates, aged 17 and 18, were pulled over in a Mercedes on the way from Whangarei to Auckland in November.

“Inside the vehicle we discovered methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $2.5 million which police believe was bound for the Auckland market and beyond.”

The teens’ arrest helped lead police to a huge methamphetamine manufacturing operation in a rural area close to Whangarei, Mr Good says.

Detective Inspector Kevin Burke says the Whangarei operation had the capacity to produce $3 million of methamphetamine per week.

A series of raids were carried out at Headhunter properties across the country after its discovery, he says.

Nine Headhunter gang members were arrested in a raid on a Miranda property on Thursday last week.

A further 13 Headhunter members were arrested in Whangarei this morning. Raids were also carried out in the Tasman District, Onehunga, Otahuhu and rural South Auckland, police say.

Mr Good says the Whangarei lab may have been used to supply the South Island methamphetamine market.

“When you have cooks producing $3 million worth of methamphetamine in three days you start to see the size of the problem,” Mr Good said.

He promised to continue to carry out more operations against organized criminal groups supplying methamphetamine.

“In 2015 Police will shut down more clan labs. We will arrest more cooks. We will seize more drugs and restrain more assets and we will target the money behind these organized criminal networks.”








CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A Charleston man is facing serious charges after police say he wrecked his car with an 11-month-old baby inside while high on drugs.

Jimmy Bostic is charged with child endangerment, driving under the influence with a minor in the vehicle and possession of controlled substances.

Officers said they found Bostic outside of his wrecked vehicle on MacCorkle Avenue with a woman and the toddler.

Officers said while they were talking with Bostic to find out what happened, a small bag of prescription pills fell out of his clothing.

Officers searched Bostic and said they also found meth and heroin.

Police said Bostic admitted to taking the meth, heroin and one type of the prescription pills.

Bostic is currently out on bond.








Two men and a woman face charges in the death of a man whose body was found in a Cheyenne motel room.

A police report says an argument over $20 to pay for methamphetamine sparked a fight on Dec. 7 in which 48-year-old Anthony Hayward of Cheyenne died.

Dagoberto Ontiveros and Joshua E. Bowen each were charged with one count of first-degree murder, punishable by life in prison or death. Kimberly Brewer was charged with a lesser count of accessory after the fact. All are from Cheyenne. A fourth person originally arrested wasn’t charged.








Although it’s too soon to say if Regina is experiencing an upswing in crystal meth, a number of recent arrests and seizures show the drug is still very much a part of the city’s drug scene.1212 rcmp drug seizure3.JPG

Sgt. Todd Wall, sergeant in charge of the Regina Integrated Drug Enforcement Street Team (RIDEST), said an investigation into methamphetamine that began between a month and 1½ months ago resulted in searches of six locations and nine arrests over the past couple of weeks.

Six of those people are facing charges specifically related to that drug.

Other drugs were also seized during the searches, as were a number of weapons – including long guns and handguns – and other items. During the 2½ years that Wall has headed up the unit, he said there have been meth seizures, “however, this recent investigation has netted a noteworthy quantity.”

“The last 2½ years, we have seized meth in smaller quantities here and there, so we know that it exists, but these seizures here in the last month, month and a half, have been noteworthy.”

He said it’s hard to say at this point whether the larger amount of meth seized in the course of the recent investigation is a sign that there is truly more of the drug out there or whether it’s simply the result of the way police resources have been deployed.

“When you direct investigative resources to any one crime, you’re more than likely going to get results,” he said.

Wall said cocaine is still the most prevalent drug on Regina streets. That said, crystal meth (a form of methamphetamine) comes with its own set of problems for those who use it and for those tasked with trying to deal with it.

“It’s a highly addictive drug,” he said. “It’s life-altering as far as behavior and also health. Once you get addicted to it, it creates all kinds of health issues throughout the body and is a very highly dependent-type drug where you need to keep fuelling the high that you initially get. It’s a stronger addictive drug to break away from.”

Behaviorally, Wall said users can exhibit psychosis, unpredictability, and even violence, potentially leading to other serious crimes or making it more difficult for police when they have to interact with those users. Also of concern in the recent drug busts were the number of weapons seized at the locations searched, leading to involvement from SWAT in executing the search warrants.

“Any drug investigation, weapons are always a concern to the police,” Wall said. “It’s something we have to deal with when we go to arrest people, whether it’s in their car or it’s in their house. When it comes time for the enforcement part of it, it is a safety concern for ourselves, but it’s also a safety concern for the public.”

There is no indication those arrested during the recent seizures are members of any specific, known organized crime group, although Wall said even less-organized drug circles typically have some form of chain of command.

While RIDEST – and the other units and agencies involved in this recent investigation – have taken a quantity of meth off the streets, Wall said police are well aware there is always more out there.

Police ask that anyone with information about illegal drug activity contact the Regina Police Service at 306-777-6500 (ask for the Drug Info Line), or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.









ST GEORGE — A St. George man was arrested Thursday after members of the Washington County Drug Task Force found him in possession of heroin and methamphetamine in a motel room.McGrew

Task force detectives were following a vehicle carrying a man with a history of drug possession, task force Detective Travis Hall wrote in a probable cause statement supporting the arrest. The vehicle dropped the man off at Motel 6, located at 205 N. 1000 East in St. George, where he went to Room 119 and met with a man inside. Detectives obtained information from the motel, identifying the man living inside as 47-year-old David McGrew.

After further investigation, it was discovered that McGrew was on probation at the time, Hall said in the statement. Hall contacted Adult Probation and Parole Agent Doug Chambers who confirmed McGrew was currently one of his clients, the statement said.

According to court documents, McGrew is currently on a 36-month probation period after pleading guilty in May to distribution of heroin, a second-degree felony.

Chambers asked Hall to assist him by contacting McGrew and performing a search of his motel room based on his probation agreement, Hall said in the statement. About that time, McGrew was seen leaving the motel room. Task force detectives were able to make contact with McGrew near Denny’s Restaurant on 1000 East and told him they were asked by his probation officer to conduct a search of his room.

Upon searching the room, multiple drug-related items were discovered, Hall said in the statement. These items included a scale and small plastic baggies, where officers found a small brown flake that tested positive for heroin.

“A glass pipe was also located by detectives which had an amount of residue inside,” Hall said in the statement.

The residue was also tested and showed positive results for methamphetamine, the statement said.

McGrew admitted that he would test positive for both heroin and methamphetamine.

When task force detectives told McGrew they were asked to obtain a urine sample from him, McGrew admitted that he would test positive for both heroin and methamphetamine, Hall said in the statement. McGrew said he had used the drugs on Tuesday night.

With a preschool located across the street from Motel 6, McGrew was within 1000-feet of a drug-free zone and the drug charges against him were enhanced by one degree, Hall said in the statement.

McGrew was arrested and booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility. He was charged with two second-degree felonies for possession of heroin and methamphetamine, and one class A misdemeanor for possession of drug paraphernalia. McGrew was also placed under a 72-hour hold per the request of his probation officer.

His bail is set at $21,950 cash or bond.

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








MELBOURNE – An Australian woman has been arrested in Malaysia — which mandates the death penalty for drug trafficking — after allegedly being caught with 1.5 kilograms (52 oz) of crystal methamphetamine, an official confirmed Saturday.

The woman’s name is yet to be revealed but Australian media reports said she is a 51-year-old mother of four who was arrested in Kuala Lumpur in transit from Shanghai to Melbourne.interphoto_1416209535

Malaysian customs chief Chik Omar Chik Lim confirmed an Australian woman had been arrested in possession of the reported amount of “ice”, but declined to give other details.

He said she was arrested on December 7.

Anyone with at least 50 grams of the drug is considered a trafficker in Muslim-majority Malaysia, which imposes a mandatory sentence of death by hanging upon conviction.

The woman is likely to be officially charged next week but is expected to appear in court Sunday as authorities seek to extend the initial seven-day period of remand for criminal suspects.

Hundreds of people are on death row in Malaysia, many for drug-related offences, though few have been executed in recent years.

Two Australians were hanged in 1986 for heroin trafficking — the first Westerners to be executed in Malaysia — in a case that strained bilateral relations.

Last year, Dominic Bird, a truck driver from Perth, was acquitted on drug trafficking charges after he was allegedly caught with 167 grams of crystal meth.

His lawyers argued that a government chemist had made a mistake when analyzing the substance found on Bird. He was freed and allowed to return home.







Two men, one from Chino Valley, face drug and gun charges Dec. 9 after Chino Valley Police made a traffic stop and found ¼-pound bag of methamphetamine wrapped as a Christmas present, two hand guns and a rifle in their rental car. The stop was made at about 8:15 p.m. in the 900 block of North Highway 89.


Police arrested the driver, James Martinez, 25, of Primghar, Iowa, and the passenger, Michael Brainerd, 31, of Chino Valley, and booked them in the Yavapai County Jail in Cottonwood on felony charges of transportation of a dangerous drug, possession of dangerous drug for sale and weapon offenses.

While on the traffic stop, officers used their K9 police dog, which alerted on the black Toyota passenger car. Officers found the almost ¼-pound of methamphetamine individually packaged, marked and wrapped in gift paper.

In addition, officers also found drug paraphernalia, two semi-automatic hand guns with high-capacity magazines, a semi-automatic rifle and just less than 200 rounds of ammunition.







THE battle against the drug ice has been dealt a significant blow.

At a time when demand for the drug is skyrocketing, a woman has been found not guilty of murdering a man who was killed when a meth lab exploded inside her house in Ryde.917519-9866d3d0-7a83-11e4-a2c7-3f86b5167618

The charge against Irene Lin was a test case for whether those accused of running dangerous meth labs — often from inside suburban homes — could be held responsible for murdering a person who was killed if the lab exploded.

It failed on December 3 when Justice Peter Hamill SC directed a jury in the NSW Supreme Court to find Lin not guilty of murder and manslaughter of Zhi Min Lan.

Lan died when the drug lab inside the suburban home on Quarry Rd exploded on January 4, 2013.

Justice Hamill told the court that police and fire investigators at the scene did not establish what caused the drug lab to blow up.

This meant it could not be ruled out that Lan killed himself when cooking the drugs, Lin’s lawyers Leo Premutico and Richard Pontello submitted to the court.

A legal source said it was the wrong case for the NSW Director of Public Prosecutions to pursue a murder case on because it lacked the necessary evidence for a conviction.

Crown prosecutor Richard Herps told the court the DPP would appeal.

The murder case was believed to be among the first in Australian history with the court being told similar cases could only be found in the US.

Lin, a nanny and part-time restaurant cleaner, was jailed for at least seven and a half years on Thursday for manufacturing 6.7kg of methamphetamine inside the poorly ventilated house and possessing guns, including a Tech 9 sub-machine gun..

She was charged with murder after Lan was burnt to death when an explosion occurred in the bathroom about 4.40am. It got out of control when they tried to douse it with a mattress.

Police tried to enter the burning house but Lin “immediately rushed to the front door saying ‘no, no, no’ and attempted to close the door”, preventing them from getting to Lam, who was naked and crawling across the floor, the court heard.910422-44c98d84-8272-11e4-a702-553dc58650c9

Inside, police found an explosive combination of chemicals that were being used without any safety precautions or ventilation.

Prosecutors charged Lin with constructive murder, meaning they did not have to prove she intended to kill Lan, inflict grievous bodily harm or act with reckless indifference.

If the charge hadn’t failed, Lin could have been held responsible for Lan’s death because he died in the act of committing a crime with Lin that carries a maximum jail term of 25 years or more.

In this case, the crime was manufacturing a commercial quantity of illegal drugs.

Lin’s lawyers successfully argued she should be found not guilty of murder or and manslaughter.

Justice Hamill told the court it could not be ruled out that Lan killed himself by causing the explosion.

He told the court Lan could not be guilty of his own murder and this meant Lin would not be guilty either.

If Lan did kill himself, Lin may not have foreseen the possibility he could be killed, Justice Hamill told the court.

The judge told the court the charge was not helped by police and fire investigators not establishing who caused the explosion, which started from a gas bottle and burner in the bathroom.

Justice Hamill said the situation “could have been avoided with a better investigation”.

“…The fact is the failure to test the items in the bathroom are a remarkable and significant oversight on the part of the investigators,” he told the court.

Mr Herps told the court the murder case was “an unusual sort of charge”, which Justice Hamill said was “a masterpiece of understatement”.

According to the latest Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research statistics, amphetamine detections by police had risen by 26 per cent over the last quarter.

NSW police figures showed the drug squad had uncovered 88 illegal labs in 2014, 115 in 2013, 98 in 2012, 93 in 2011 and 96 in 2010.








POCATELLO – Authorities have released the autopsy results on the Pocatello sex offender who led police on a high-speed chase in October that ended with him fatally shooting himself and crashing his car into a mobile home.

Bannock County Coroner Kim Quick said the autopsy results confirm that Bryan Seward, 46, died from a single self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Quick said toxicology reports determined that Seward had methamphetamine and amphetamines in his system at the time of his death.

What still has not been released is the Idaho State Police report reviewing the Pocatello Police Department’s handling of the chase involving Seward.

The state police report on the chase has been turned over to Bannock County Prosecutor Steve Herzog, who has not yet made the results public.

Pocatello police said that when a Pocatello police officer attempted to pull Seward over on West Center Street on the night of Oct. 4, he brandished a weapon, fired at the officer and drove away. A pursuit ensued with Seward firing at police multiple times from his car, Pocatello police said.

Seward then pulled into a mobile home park on Wilson Avenue, called his step-sister and reportedly told her he wasn’t going back to jail. Police said Seward shot himself in the head before barreling his car into the front of a trailer home owned by Barbara Gehring.

Seward was pronounced dead at the scene. Miraculously no one else was injured during the chase, including the police officers Seward fired at.

Pocatello police officers did not return fire during the pursuit, but because the incident resulted in Seward’s death, an investigation on the conduct of the Pocatello Police Department was performed by the Idaho State Police.

Along with about a dozen traffic violations, including driving under the influence, and a number of theft and fraud charges, Seward’s criminal record included an arrest in November of 2012 for failing to register as a sex offender and on April 14, 2012, he was charged with injury to a child, violating his probation and contempt of court.

In 2000, Seward was charged with trafficking and manufacturing methamphetamine. He was also charged with three counts of lewd conduct with a child under 16 and one count of sexual abuse of a child in Bingham County in 2000.

According to the Idaho State Police Sex Offenders Registry, Seward was listed as being in compliance with registration requirements at the time of his death.







A 61-year-old woman got handed quite the unlucky day this week when she saw a man jump over her back fence, break through her bedroom window, and then hold a gun on her.

But the south Portland nurse had a few crucial things working in her favor: namely her ability to think quickly…and her training with regard to psychiatric patients.intruder-e1418414351492

At first, though, it was out-and-out terror: ”I didn’t scream. I didn’t have it in me to scream,” the victim, who asked for anonymity, told the Oregonian of Wednesday’s incident. “It was just this guttural, ‘oh my God!”’

When she tried to run from her house, the man wouldn’t let her. ”I just said to him, ‘Please don’t kill me!” she told the paper.

After she observed him removing the window screen he’d knocked in and wiping it down with a towel, she told the Oregonian she saw her chance to diffuse the situation. “I said, ‘Oh, you’re really tidy.”

Indeed that opened the door. The intruder corrected her, saying he was wiping it down to get rid of his fingerprints. He added that police were after him, as well as drones, and that he’d been smoking methamphetamine.

“I just looked at him and said I’ve heard about those drones, and I think the public should be aware of them,” she added to the Oregonian, noting she realized then that her clinical know-how might help her emerge alive.

She told the paper in nursing school she learned three keys in regard to dealing with psychiatric patients: be respectful, don’t startle them, and don’t do anything threatening.

“You keep your hands down to the side, don’t cross your arms,” she told the Oregonian. “I just engaged him in everything he said.”

She asked him if he wanted a water, he said yes, and they talked some more. He told her he’d been exposed to asbestos, the Oregonian reported, which “really messed” him up.

Then she found herself asking the man if he minded if she smoked, which she told the paper she never does in her house. ”He’s got a gun on me,” she said the day after the incident, “and I deserve a cigarette if he’s going to let me have one.”

When the man indicated he’d have to kidnap her, she thought fast once again: ”I don’t know how we’re going to do this,” she said, according to the Oregonian. “I don’t have a car.”

“We’ll get a taxi,” he replied, the paper noted.

Finally she made a suggestion that turned everything around. ”How about if I make you this promise?” she said, according to the Oregonian. “How about if I call police, and I tell them you are here, and they are to be so respectful when they arrive…They can’t come into the driveway with flashing lights and people jumping out with megaphones.”

He agreed, so she called 911 and explained everything to the dispatcher — and soon police quietly arrived.

“I gave him a hug before he walked out the door.”


More from the Oregonian:

The man put his handgun on the table of her dining room, removed the gun’s magazine, pulled the slide and one bullet fell to the floor. He stood by the front window, his hands up in the air.

Before he stepped out, the woman turned to embrace her burglar, now unarmed.


“I gave him a hug before he walked out the door,” she told the paper in an audio interview. “There was something about him that really touched me.”

The intruder — 55-year Keith Paul Mitchell — was taken into custody without incident; the woman went back into her home and began to cry.

Mitchell was arraigned Thursday on three counts of first-degree burglary, coercion, felon in possession of a firearm, unlawful use of a weapon, menacing and pointing a firearm at another, the Oregonian said.

“And I think I was lucky,” she told the paper. “I got a man who I don’t think in his heart is an aggressive soul. His eyes told me he was not…But I don’t want him on the streets…I’m hoping he gets the mental health care that he needs.”

Here’s an interview the victim, with her face off camera, via KOIN-TV:







A Warren County grand jury indicted a Bowling Green man on drug and child porn charges.

Randy Kirk Keen, 53, is charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, seven counts of possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor, tampering with physical evidence and second-degree hindering prosecution or apprehension.

He was indicted Wednesday.548d07d3e0705_image

“One of the most troubling offenses we deal with are child pornography cases,” Warren County Commonwealth’s Attorney Chris Cohron said. “Studies have shown that possession of child pornography many times will lead to contact offenses against children.

“Any time we can prosecute someone for child pornography, I truly believe we will be preventing a live child from being hurt.

“We always remember that behind each child pornography image is a live victim,” Cohron said.

The charges stem from an October tip that the sheriff’s office received about Keen in which the tipster said Keen had child porn images on his cellphone, Warren County Sheriff’s Deputy John Angel said.

Angel opened an investigation, confronted Keen about the allegations and then obtained a search warrant for the 7776 Ky. 185 home where Keen was staying at the time.

A forensic exam of the phone showed that Keen had deleted seven images of “pornographic nature” believed to be of children, Angel said. Capt. Tim Robinson was able to retrieve the deleted images.

The sheriff’s office has not determined the origin of the photographs.

Any time law enforcement finds a child pornography image, it is referred to a worldwide child protection database where those images are followed up on for analysis to see if the victim in the images can be found, Cohron said. Statistically, many child porn images originate in eastern Europe in the former Soviet Union, he said.

The evidence tampering charge against Keen is related to the photos being deleted after Keen had been confronted, Angel said.

During the investigation, deputies also found items used in manufacturing methamphetamine and discovered that Keen allowed a fugitive to stay with him for multiple days while knowing that the fugitive was wanted, Angel said.

Keen is in Warren County Regional Jail in lieu of a $10,000 cash bond.








MUNCIE –  A Muncie woman last week shared a recipe with an Indiana State Police trooper, but it wasn’t for eggnog or holiday fruitcake.B9315475877Z_1_20141213161416_000_GS69D5BLB_1-0

Amanda Michelle Doss, 27, 404 W. Seventh St., provided the trooper with her “recipe for how she manufactures methamphetamine,” according to an affidavit.

Doss and Richard Bart Stiffler, 55, 205 N. Eucalyptus Court, Yorktown, were arrested early Friday. The Chevrolet El Camino they were riding in was determined to have a meth lab in its bed.

Stiffler, who had been driving the vehicle before authorities approached it near Memorial and Burlington drives, was preliminarily charged with manufacturing meth, possession of precursors and maintaining a common nuisance.

Doss was charged with the same counts and unlawful possession of a syringe, which authorities said she was storing in her bra. Five other syringes were found in her purse.

Interviewed later, Doss told troopers she and Stiffler “were nervous in the vehicle due to the methamphetamine lab in it.” She also said she was on her way to complete a batch of meth at the time she was arrested.

Doss was being held in the Delaware County jail under a $20,000 bond. Court records reflect no prior charges against the Muncie woman.

Stiffler, the target of an unrelated Muncie City Court warrant, was being held without bond. He has twice been convicted of intimidation in southeastern Indiana’s Dearborn County, and twice convicted of driving while intoxicated locally, most recently last February.












Tabatha Lynette Mclaughlin, 39, Fargo, was placed under arrest and charged with second-degree sale of three grams or more of 548b1735173c1_imagemeth and second-degree possession of six grams or more of meth. The maximum penalty for each charge is 25 years in prison and/or a $500,000 fine.

Tabatha Lynette Mclaughlin, 39, Fargo, made her initial appearance in Wilkin County District Court Wednesday, Dec. 10.

JAMESTOWN, NY – Police are looking for the public’s help in finding a suspect connected to a November fire.

Jamestown Police say Christopher L. Swanson, 43, started a fire at 824 Prendergast Avenue while cooking methamphetamine in the upstairs apartment.635540661053580514-CHRISTOPHER-L-SWANSON

The fire happened on November 20.

Swanson fled the residence before police and the fire department arrived at the scene. Police say Swanson suffered burns.

There is a felony warrant for Swanson’s arrest. He is wanted for unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the Jamestown Police anonymous tip line at (716) 483-TIPS (8477). All calls will be kept strictly confidential.






Palo Alto police this week arrested three men in connection with two separate burglaries at a construction site near the College Terrace neighborhood.

A suspect in a third burglary remains at large after cutting through the fence and stealing copper piping Thursday night at the same site on the 1500 and 1600 blocks of California Avenue. Stanford University is constructing a residential development in this area that includes 112 apartments, 68 single-family homes and a community center.

The first of the three burglaries was reported on Sunday morning, when officers received a call from a woman who saw a man inside a construction site on the 1500 block of California Avenue. Officers arrived at the scene and reportedly found the man at the 2800 block of Columbia Street, driving a stolen vehicle.

Officers searched the car and found gloves, flashlights, pliers bolt cutters and other tools that can be used to commit burglary. They also found several mail items that had been stolen overnight from a residential mailbox in the area, police said.39547_main

Police had determined that the man, Michael Martinez Andres, 39, of Sunnyvale, forced his way into a locked construction site and the locked vacant building inside the site in order to steal metal. His car was allegedly stolen from San Jose several days earlier. Officers believe another suspect may have been involved in the burglary.

Police said Andres was also under the influence of alcohol at the time of the arrest and had methamphetamine in his possession. He was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail for burglary, possession of a stolen vehicle, conspiracy and identity theft, all felonies. He was also charged with several misdemeanors: possession of methamphetamine, possession of narcotics paraphernalia and driving under the influence.

Another incident at the same site occurred on Wednesday night, when a Palo Alto officer patrolling the area at around 10:30 p.m. found an occupied vehicle next to a commercial lot on the 1600 block of California. The officer also noticed a hole cut in the fence at the construction site and, suspecting a burglary in progress, detained the vehicle’s occupant. Officers subsequently found wire cutters, saws and other tools just inside the hole, as well as segments of metal that were reportedly removed from the site.


Officers accompanied by a police canine then searched the inside of the property, where they quickly found a second suspect. That man initially tried to hide but then hopped the fence and ran away. After searching the area, the police dog once again found the suspect, hiding in the foliage on the 2600 block of Hanover Street. The suspect, 47-year-old Randy Ford Etzold, was taken into custody without incident and booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail on charges of burglary, possession of burglary tools, violation of probation and resisting arrest. Police said he was on probation for burglary and possession of methamphetamine.

The man who was in the car, Jessie James Bass, 51, was booked for burglary (felony) and possession of burglary tools. Both Bass and Tezold are San Jose residents.

The Wednesday night burglary was followed by another one on Thursday night. The Police Department’s dispatch center received a call Friday morning from a construction supervisor who reported that a burglary had occurred some time over night. Officers determined that one or more people entered the site late Thursday by cutting through the fence and stole copper piping. No suspect information is available at this time, police said.

According to a media release, officers plan to increase patrols in the area and are working with the property owner on ways to minimize the risk of future burglaries.

Police are asking anyone with information about any of these incidents to call the 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to or sent by text or voice message to 650-383-8984. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through the department’s free mobile app, available at or








Rising alarm about abuse of the drug crystal methamphetamine or “ice” has prompted the Abbott government to order its chief drug advisers to make the problem their top priority.

Assistant Health Minister Fiona Nash announced on Sunday that the government’s newly rebranded Australian National Advisory Council on Alcohol and Drugs had been tasked with tackling ice as its number one order of business.1418533346164

“Tackling the growing ice problem is a major priority for the government, and as a first step I will be asking our advisory council to look at this issue as their first work priority,” Senator Nash said.

The move follows growing public concerns about ice.

Usually smoked or snorted, it is metabolized more quickly by the body than other forms of the drug, and is generally regarded as more addictive. The drug produces feelings of euphoria but can subsequently induce psychosis and violent and erratic behavior.

Data released in October by the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre found that while the incidence of methamphetamine use was generally stable, use of the crystal form had jumped from 22 per cent of the overall share in 2010 to 50 per cent in 2013.

“This is of significant concern,” Senator Nash said. “We are responding to community concerns and evidence on the ground that ice is causing widespread devastation and destruction, particularly affecting young people.

“It’s destroying families, children and communities across Australia. We want this to stop.”

The new council – which takes over from the former Australian National Council on Drugs – will be chaired by former Nationals MP Kay Hull and will include for the first time a dedicated specialist on indigenous drug and alcohol abuse, Professor Ted Wilkes.

Senator Nash said one focus would be developing an education campaign to tell Australians how addictive and damaging ice was.








A Utah mother with a deplorable criminal history of drug and child abuse stopped at nothing to feed her meth addiction, including exploiting her 5-year-old daughter.  Starla Rae McCabe, 45, took nude photos of the young girl and sold them to sick men for $100 a piece, the Deseret News reported.MethMomDuoPic

A cache of 19 photos of McCabe’s daughter was discovered by officers inside the family’s northern Utah home and was stored on a Nintendo DSI gaming system. The gaming device was equipped with a camera that captured the girl posed fully nude from the waist down, with her genitals exposed, and in some shots even revealed her face. Authorities had been tipped off about the mother’s perverted collection after a relative accidentally discovered the images on the gaming device.

The purpose of the photos didn’t come to light until the child victim was interviewed and told authorities that her mother would print out her X-rated pictures and sell them for $100 apiece, according to Utah news source KSL5. However, McCabe attempted to convince investigators that she took the pictures for educational purposes so she could teach her daughter about her female body parts.

The mother of three — two sons and the victimized daughter — is currently engaged to a man who is not the father of any of her children, and the five of them live in the sleepy country town of Perry on the northern end of the Wasatch front in Utah.



McCabe with her fiance, children, and extended family

Court records indicate that McCabe is no stranger to run-ins with the law. All of her criminal issues reportedly involve child endangerment, drug offences, and repeated probation violations. At the time of this recent arrest, the methamphetamine addicted mom was on a 36 month probation, which came from an April drug possession charge where she was required to undergo treatment for her addiction, the news station reported.

Officers discovered meth in a bathroom in McCabe’s home and inside a drawer in the living room within easy reach of a child upon their search of the residence for the child pornography after legally obtaining a search warrant.

McCabe will now be enjoying the walls of a jail cell and a lovely comedown off her drug of choice for Christmas. That’s the least she should receive for having sexually pawned her young daughter off and obliterating her innocence for the sake of feeding a high.








Mick Murray calls it the “plastic head” that sometimes sits on the shoulders of his 35-year-old daughter Bree and has a face he doesn’t recognize.

“I said, ‘How about cleaning up the house? Come on, you’re living here for nothing’. She went off her face, got right up close to me saying, ‘What the f… would you know’,” he said.

“I left and went to our beach shack, a fibro place in Preston Beach. I drove an hour and slept there, because I’d have knocked her head off if I’d stayed.”

For Mr Murray, the straight-talking mechanic-turned-MP for Collie, the toughest part of dealing with Bree’s 15-year methamphetamine addiction is remembering “she’s not the same person”.

“At home I say, ‘Has she got the plastic head on or has she got a real one on’,” he said.

“That’s what it comes down to. You are talking to a person you really don’t know, completely aggro when her general nature is bubbly, full of jokes, full of laughter, full of energy.

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Bree was this week handed a 12-month suspended jail term for possessing 28 ecstasy pills with intent to sell or supply.

She remains in Bandyup Women’s Prison awaiting trial on more drugs charges.

The future used to look bright.

An elite hockey player, Bree represented Australia at under-16 and under-21 levels and spent two years playing professionally in Japan.

“The joys of watching her play in the State colors, Australian colors, was just immeasurable, but the pain on the other side is just as hurtful,” Mr Murray said.

Drugs crept into the frame when Bree was still in her playing days and Mr Murray still does not know how it escaped the notice of sports doping authorities.


He also does not know how the discipline and motivation that took her to the top levels of sport has comprehensively failed to prise her out of the drug’s grip.

“On one of our sit-downs, and we’ve had many of them, I said, ‘Bree, why?’ She said, ‘Dad, my head says no but my body wins over my head’,” Mr Murray said.

The Murrays’ battle was a private one until Bree was charged four months ago and her father’s public profile ensured it hit the headlines.

Since then, Mr Murray has been amazed by how many people, from prominent businessmen at functions to constituents via email, have told him he is not alone.

He hopes to give strength to other families by headlining Labor’s campaign for a Statewide, co-ordinated “crystal meth action plan” to stem the flow of the drug and provide better support.

The drug’s devastating effects, on Bree and her immediate family, including mother Anna and three sisters, are well known to Mr Murray.

“Bree’s got the concentration span of a gnat. She’ll fiddle with things for hours doing nothing, or sleep for 20 hours, 24 hours on the trot or be awake for three days straight,” he said.

“Or she’d come in and change everything in the house. For 20 years in the pantry the sauce bottle has been on one side and salt and pepper on the other. The whole pantry, everything on every shelf, has been moved. It must take hours.

“Or you go out and you come back and your furniture’s shifted around. It drives the wife mad.

“And, of course, there’s always half a dozen phones. They swap phones quick as, because people in that world, they just jump a cog. Get a new phone.”

As disruptive as it is having Bree around, it can be worse when she’s gone.

“She’ll walk out the back door and you won’t see her for a week,” Mr Murray said.

“One time this year it was for three months. We didn’t know if she was alive or dead.”

Mr Murray’s hopes for the future are pegged on a positive court outcome and four application letters Bree has written to rehabilitation clinics.

Although Mr Murray has pledged financial and moral support, he has vowed that he will not organize it.

“She’s got to do that herself, so it’s her decision-making process,” he said.

“Sometimes you look back and think maybe that was part of the problem.

“We did too much.”










Prosecutors have charged a woman with selling meth to an informant three times and exposing a 6-month-old child to methamphetamine.548b7af67df35_preview-620

Mariah Faye McCoun, 38, was arrested on a $10,000 warrant and booked into the Yellowstone County Detention Facility on Thursday.

On Friday, McCoun appeared by video from the jail in Yellowstone County Justice Court on three felony drug distribution charges and a felony count of endangering the welfare of children.

Charging documents say that three times in April 2012 McCoun sold methamphetamine to an informant wearing a wire at her home on the 800 block of North 25th street.

The informant reported to police that during one of the buys a 6-month-old child was present in the home.

On Friday, Justice of the Peace David A. Carter set McCoun’s bond at $5,000.

According to Deputy Yellowstone County Attorney Paul W. Adam, McCoun has no prior criminal history.

She is set to enter pleas to the charges in Yellowstone County District Court on Dec. 22.











Mexican army soldiers seized more than 17 pounds of crystal methamphetamine in a bus headed to Juárez this week, the federal attorney general’s office said.

The meth was found during an inspection of a bus at a checkpoint near Samalayuca on the highway connecting Juárez and Villa Ahumada.

The drugs were inside containers in a suitcase on the bus coming from Guadalajara, Jalisco, officials said.

The bus driver and his assistant were arrested until a court determined their disposition. Names were not released.









An early-morning house fire destroyed the home of a man currently in Limestone County Jail on drug charges.

Limestone County Sheriff’s deputies said the home of Edward Glenn McMeans, 62, of 23516 Memory Way, Athens, burned Friday morning. The cause of the blaze is under investigation.548b1265c7a50_image

McMeans was arrested in September after authorities say they found liquid methamphetamine buried in a Mason jar at the Memory Way residence. He is currently housed in Limestone County Jail on a first-degree manufacturing a controlled substance charge, a possession of a controlled substance charge and a possession of paraphernalia charge.

Piney Chapel and Oak Grove-Thach volunteer fire departments responded to the fire some time after 5 a.m. Responders had to navigate a narrow dirt path to reach the home at the end of Memory Way. No injuries were reported. An Alabama State Fire Marshal was also called to the scene.








While executing a search warrant on stolen property at an Auburn apartment complex early Thursday afternoon, Michigan State Police investigators discovered what could be a possible methamphetamine lab in an apartment as well as two pipe bombs in a vehicle connected to the investigation. The discovery of the explosives in a motor home in the parking lot of the complex caused authorities to flag off the area until a bomb unit could remove the devices.548b105590847_image

“What I know is I relieved the night shift who had been here all night investigating a case of stolen property” Michigan State Police trooper Sgt. Woodard said. “They were investigating a report of stolen property when they discovered the stolen property and found meth making equipment in the apartment.”

He said further investigation led the troopers to a motor home in the parking lot, which led to the discovery of the pipe bombs.

“All hazardous material has been removed from the scene,” Woodard added. He said crews had been on the scene all night and left around 8 a.m. this morning.

The trooper said one person has been arrested.

Kreager Towing was on scene to remove the motor home.

“We need to bring a special truck to remove a vehicle this big,” one of the tow truck drivers said. The vehicle will be stored in a police impound yard as the investigation continues.








A North Texas man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison after officers found a large quantity of methamphetamine stashed in his Tupperware.1297309084691_ORIGINAL

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that a Tarrant County jury convicted and sentenced Nicolas Guaderrama Thursday for possessing a controlled substance with intent to deliver on Thursday.

Guaderrama was also ordered to pay a $100,000 fine.

Grand Prairie police officers found nearly 500 grams of meth in his apartment after his then-girlfriend requested a police escort to remove her things from the home. It was stashed in the storage containers above his refrigerator.








Police have arrested a woman they say assisted in making methamphetamine at the Hotel Lafayette in Easton as well as a Bangor man who sold the drug, according to court records.

Police say Emily Ann Fatzinger, 22, of the 700 block of Princeton Avenue in Palmerton, was living with Richard Walterick III in a room at the Hotel Lafayette, 11 North Fourth St., where the pair allegedly cooked meth from Nov. 13 to Nov. 26.16555998-mmmain

Police encountered Walterick on Nov. 26 in the 300 block of Church Street while he was allegedly carrying a partial meth lab. A search of his room at the Hotel Lafayette revealed chemicals and equipment used to produce the drug, according to court records. He was arrested that day and charged with operating a meth lab and related offenses.

Police said they knew Fatzinger was involved in selling the drug. She was spotted Dec. 3 during a controlled purchase of one gram of meth for $100 in the 100 block of Murray Street in Bangor, according to court records. Members of the Northampton County Drug Task Force set up surveillance and say they watched Keith Allen Williams, 29, of Bangor, sell the drug with Fatzinger by his side. She was not charged with any drug distribution crimes.

The task force served a search warrant Thursday at Williams’ home and took him into custody on drug delivery charges. It wasn’t immediately clear how Fatzinger’s arrest took place.

Both were both arraigned Thursday night before on-call District Judge Jacqueline Taschner.

Fatzinger was charged with operating a methamphetamine lab, manufacturing drugs, possession of chemicals used to make meth, possession of drug paraphernalia and conspiracy. She was sent to Northampton County Prison in lieu of $50,000 bail.

Williams was charged with selling meth, criminal use of a cell phone and drug possession. He was sent to Northampton County Prison in lieu of $20,000 bail.