BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – The former president of a Bakersfield parents’ association plead no contest to one charge Wednesday.

Dereck West was arrested on April 29 when deputies searched his car and found a glass pipe and straw, officials said. Officials said West had a used glass pipe and and baggies that contained methamphetamine on his person.


Dereck West


West plead no contest to conspiring to commit a crime.

The former Panama-Buena Vista Union School District parent council president stepped down from his position as president amid the allegations.

West had over 4 grams of methamphetamine, a used glass pipe, a glass stem and a plastic straw in his possession during his arrest, according to the arrest record.



DOTHAN, AL – On July 15, 2013 the Dothan Police Department arrested Raymond Martin and Kiely Sutton after officers discovered items associated with manufacturing methamphetamine in their hotel room.

Investigators say patrol officers performed a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Martin for erratic driving in the parking-lot of the Best Value Inn. During the traffic stop, Martin was found to be in possession of the drug “Crystal Meth”. Through further investigation, the officers were advised Martin was staying at the Best Value Inn with his wife Kiely Sutton. Contact was made with Sutton at the room and while there, officers discovered materials used to make crystal meth.

Martin and Sutton’s arrest now bring this case to a close.

• Raymond William Martin, white male, 44 years of age, of Barrington Road was arrested and charged with first degree manufacturing of Methamphetamine. A bond amount has been set at $60,000.

• Kiely Sutton, white female, 21 years of age, of Ross Clark Circle was arrested and charged with first degree manufacturing of Methamphetamine. A bond amount has been set at $60,000.

All persons arrested are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.



LAKEWOOD, Ohio – A man who allegedly jumped from a window Wednesday is  recovering in the hospital from severe burns after a reported methamphetamine  explosion at his home, according to police.

Officers said they responded to a call around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday reporting  that a man was on fire and had jumped out of a window at 2026 Quail Ave.

When crews arrived, officers said they found equipment used to manufacture  methamphetamine.

lakewood meth suspects

Amanda Bentkalowycz, 24, and Jeffery Mehnert, 33



The Lakewood Narcotics Unit was called in to confiscate the items.

Police said the 26-year-old victim, whose name was not released, suffered severe burns to his body and was transported to MetroHealth Medical Center. An update on his condition was not released

Police said two other adults who were inside of the home were arrested and  booked into the Lakewood jail.

Amanda Bentkalowycz, 24, and Jeffery Mehnert, 33, were charged with  aggravated arson, drug abuse, drug trafficking and illegal manufacturing of  drugs.

They are expected to be arraigned Thursday morning.



ROCK HILL — An alleged Charlotte gang member who improperly changed lanes while riding his motorcycle was charged with drug and weapon charges after York County drug agents say they found a loaded gun and methamphetamine hidden in his flashlight.

At about 3:15 p.m. Tuesday, agents with York County’s highway interdiction team stopped Brandon Hellman, 29, who they said improperly changed lanes while riding his 2007 Harley-Davidson between Cherry and Celriver roads in Rock Hill, according to a sheriff’s report.

Hellman was wearing a jacket bearing the insignia of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club, which for years acted as rivals to the Hells Angels, said Marvin Brown, commander of the county’s multijurisdictional drug enforcement unit.

Brown said Hellman had hidden 8 grams of methamphetamine in a flashlight and was carrying a pistol loaded with 15 bullets. Police seized the flashlight, two hunting knives and two cellphones.

Hellman also was operating the motorcycle without a valid motorcycle driver’s license, police said. He was charged with possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, unlawful carrying of a pistol and for having no S.C. motorcycle driver’s license.

He was released Wednesday on bond of more than $6,200, according to court records. He could not be immediately reached for comment.

Hellman has no past criminal history in South Carolina, according to records with the State Law Enforcement Division.

But, his North Carolina criminal history spans more than a decade with a one-year probationary sentence for possession of marijuana in 2001, according to court documents. A year later, he paid fines for carrying a concealed weapon.

A few months later, he was charged with driving after consuming alcohol while under 21. He was charged again with the same offense in 2004. Several traffic convictions followed in subsequent years before Hellman was found guilty of driving while his license was revoked.

Since 2001, more than 20 charges filed against Hellman in North Carolina have been dismissed without leave by the state district attorney, court records show. Those charges ranged from traffic and driving violations, such as driving a car with an expired license tag, to resisting police, possession of a handgun by a minor and felony conspiracy.

The investigation that prosecutors touted as having vanquished the Rock Hill chapter of the Hells Angels motorcycle club –the “Rock Hell Nomads” – developed after police received complaints about a growing turf war between the Hells Angels and the Outlaws in York County.

Several years ago, York County drug agents and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms raided a clubhouse belonging to the Outlaws on East Main Street, Brown said. Since then, most of them have left the county for Charlotte, he said.

Local drug agents recently found an active meth lab hidden in a child’s toy box at a Dickson apartment. Two children were decontaminated of meth and the byproducts at the scene.

Agents were looking for a fugitive July 3 in the vicinity of 105 Suggs St. when they received a tip the suspect was hiding in a nearby apartment. Authorities eventually arrested the fugitive July 9 at another location.

The drug agents arrested Caitlin Decaney, 24, and Katy Daniels, 23, both of Dickson, after searching the apartment, smelling meth and finding an active one-pot meth lab, commonly referred to as the shake-and-bake method.

Decaney consented to a search of her apartment at 105 Suggs St. for the wanted fugitive. An agent immediately encountered an “overwhelming” and “distinct” odor of methamphetamine manufacturing.

Investigators found the active meth lab in a child’s toy box inside the apartment. Decaney’s 4-year-old son and Daniels’ 2-year-old daughter were in the apartment.

The Tennessee Meth Task Force removed the meth lab and byproducts, and quarantined the apartment. The adults and children were decontaminated at the scene, and taken to Horizon Medical Center for evaluation.

Authorities also notified the Department of Children’s Services, which removed both children from their mothers’ custody.

Decaney and Daniels were charged with initiating the manufacture of meth and aggravated child abuse.

Judge Durwood Moore bound their cases to a grand jury after preliminary hearings July 12 in Dickson County General Sessions Court.

Decaney and Daniels remained jailed in lieu of $100,000 bond.



SALTON CITY — U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a suspected drug smuggler and seized more than $1.26 million in methamphetamine hidden in a truck bed early Wednesday.Around 5 a.m., a 41-year-old male driving a dark grey 2007 Ford F-150 truck approached the Highway 86 checkpoint between Westmorland and Salton City.

A Border Patrol canine detection team alerted to the vehicle, and during secondary inspection, agents found 11 packages of methamphetamine hidden inside two non-factory compartments in the pickup’s bed. The methamphetamine had a combined weight of 39.4 pounds with an estimated street value of $1,260,860.


The non-factory compartment where the 11 packages of methamphetamine were concealed. The methamphetamines had a combined weight of 39.4 pounds with an estimated street value of $1,260,860.



The suspected smuggler, a U.S. citizen, was taken into custody and turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration along with the drugs and vehicle for further investigation.,0,1616646.story

SOCORRO –  The Socorro Police Department arrested five more alleged drug dealers July 6 when officers executed search warrants at their homes.

SPD Detective Rocky Fernandez said the search warrants, all executed July 6, were a result of undercover drug buys police have been making from alleged dealers in Socorro.

SPD Chief George Van Winkle stressed that Socorro police are active in their pursuit of drug dealers.

“We’re hitting those hard,” Van Winkle said.

According to criminal complaints filed July 8 in Magistrate Court, police were briefed on serving search warrants at three different addresses about 6 a.m. July 6, including a property on Blue Canyon Road with two houses listed under the same address. Following the briefing, officers went to the first home on Blue Canyon and announced their presence and went inside.

Police found several people sitting around a kitchen table, including a man and woman who stood up and tried to leave. The pair were taken into custody, along with the other people. The woman was eventually released after being cited for having a glass pipe in her purse. The man, Cord James Trujillo, was arrested on a possession of charge.

The woman listed as the main target of the search warrant was Alicia Marquez, who was found in a side bedroom with another man. The criminal complaint reports Marquez was found in possession of two individually wrapped packages of methamphetamine and a larger bag containing 1.2 grams of meth.

Police then searched the room Marquez claimed as her own, according to the criminal complaint. They found two more paper wrapped bindles of meth on a small dresser. A bindle is a small package of drug powder, often a small piece of paper, thin cardboard or tin foil folded into a tiny envelope, but sometimes a corner of a plastic bag tied off with a rubber band or twist tie.

Police also found a pink piece of paper containing white powder that did not test as meth or cocaine, according to the complaint. Marquez told police someone had left it and she believed it was a Suboxone pill. Suboxone is a prescription used to treat opioid addiction, but can also be abused by addicts.

Two marijuana pipes were also found in the room, according to the complaint, along with a small bag of marijuana.

Marquez was charged with first offense trafficking controlled substances with intent to distribute, a second-degree felony, and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Once that home was cleared, officers went to the second house on the Blue Canyon property, according to a second criminal complaint. Police knocked; a man asked who was there, then police identified themselves and ordered the man to open the door. When there was no response, police kicked in the door to find Bartolo Saiz standing right in front of them.

Police ordered Saiz to get on the ground several times, but he allegedly would not comply so they put him on the couch and handcuffed him. Saiz told police he was only using enough heroin to keep him from being sick, according to the criminal complaint. He did not tell police where to find the drugs.

Once Saiz was placed in a patrol unit, police searched the residence and found several foils with burnt residue in the bathroom. They found a blue box containing heroin on the toilet.

On the bathroom sink was a red container with a small amount of marijuana inside. Also in the bathroom, police found marijuana pipes, a syringe, a spoon with burnt residue and cotton soaked with brown liquid. Everything was collected for evidence.

Saiz was charged with possession of heroin, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting, evading or obstructing an officer.

A third criminal complaint reports Richard Julian was also found at one of the Blue Canyon homes, with a glass pipe for smoking methamphetamine in his possession. Julian also had a self-executing arrest order and was taken to the police department for booking.

As police were preparing Julian for booking, an officer opened Julian’s wallet and three bindles of meth fell out, according to the criminal complaint. Julian was taken to the Socorro County Detention Center for booking, and detention staff found another bindle of meth in his crotch area.

Following the booking process, the transporting officer returned to his patrol vehicle to find another bag of alleged meth in the seat where Julian had been sitting.

Julian was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and tampering with evidence.

About 6:30 a.m., police proceeded to Walkway Place to serve the next warrant, according to the criminal complaint filed on Jamie Gonzales. When nobody answered the door, police breached it and found Gonzales in the master bedroom with her infant child.

Gonzales was handcuffed and put on the couch in the living room. When a detective read Gonzales her Miranda warning, she did not speak other than to call the detective a “dick” and yell at him for breaking her door, according to the criminal complaint.

Police searched the home and found several foils with heroin residue in one bedroom, as well as methamphetamine in the kitchen, according to the criminal complaint. Gonzales had told an officer drugs were in her purse, and police found a large rock of alleged meth in a bag, as well as five smaller prepackaged bags, in a pink plastic container. Police also found a glass pipe with meth residue. Two electronic scales were also found in a kitchen drawer.

All of the evidence was collected and police called the state Children, Youth and Families Department, according to the criminal complaint. CYFD took the infant into custody.

Fernandez said Friday that the child tested positive for methamphetamine.

Gonzales was charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, child endangerment and possession of paraphernalia.

Police next went to Northeast Frontage Road to serve a search warrant at Michael Cory’s residence, according to the criminal complaint on Cory. When nobody answered the door, police let themselves in and began clearing the residence when one detective noticed Cory running outside.

The detective yelled at Cory to stop and get on the ground, which he did, according to the criminal complaint. He was handcuffed. Another man and woman were also placed in custody. Cory’s mother was also found at the residence and was seated on a bench beside Cory.

Cory refused to tell police where he kept his drugs, saying he only had Suboxone, according to the criminal complaint. When police searched the home, they found burnt foils with heroin residue throughout the place. They found meth in two plastic bags on Cory’s bed. They found two glass pipes with meth residue and one plastic pipe with heroin residue. They found a small grow room for marijuana in a closet, and a plastic bag of cocaine on the top shelf.

The criminal complaint reports police found a butane burner in a dresser, several empty bags used to hold drugs and too many used foils throughout the house to pick up.

Police found Cory’s cellphone on his bed. The criminal complaint reports the phone displayed multiple text messages from people asking to buy narcotics, which were photographed for evidence.

Once the search was completed, police released the other people who had been detained and arrested Cory, according to the criminal complaint. Cory was charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of heroin, possession of cocaine and possession of paraphernalia.



(KAIT) – A 10-month-old baby was airlifted to the Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock after police say she ingested meth belonging to her grandmother.

Just after midnight Wednesday Jonesboro police were called to the emergency room of a local hospital where doctors were treating the child.  A doctor told Officer Joe Robinson the child had methamphetamine in its system.

According to the initial police report, hospital staff said the baby’s eyes were open wide and she “could not stay still and was moving constantly and appeared to be very scared.”

The child’s mother, 20-year-old Courtney Stevens, told police her mother, 36-year-old Marsha Stevens, had put the child to bed around 9 o’clock Tuesday night.

Ten minutes later the baby began screaming.

Courtney Stevens went to comfort the child and found her vomiting.  She then called 911.

Marsha Stevens, 36
Marsha Stevens, 36

When the ambulance arrived, Stevens said her mother handed her a plastic baggie that was “wet and appeared to have been chewed on”.  She told police she knew that Marsha Stevens uses methamphetamine, the report stated.

Courtney Stevens told police she herself did not use methamphetamine.

Robinson ran both women’s names through dispatch and learned that Marsha Stevens “had several arrests for possession of methamphetamine” and was on active probation.

Officers went to the home, located in the 400-block of State Street, where they arrested Marsha Stevens for introducing a controlled substance to another’s body, possession of drug paraphernalia and a probation hold.  She was taken to the Craighead County Detention Center to await a probable cause hearing.

Courtney Stevens was issued a citation for endangering the welfare of a minor due to her “knowledge of her mother’s continued drug use and knowledge of drugs in the residence” and because she “allowed her child to be an unsafe environment where there was a high risk of injury/death,” the report stated.



BRANSON, Mo. — A popular Branson restaurant is closed after federal agents found nine pounds worth of methamphetamine.
La Iguana is a California-style Mexican restaurant off the Highway 76 strip. Tuesday afternoon, witnesses said, federal agents raided it and an apartment complex about two miles away. A day after the raid, La Iguana in Branson and another one in Branson West had county signs in the window announcing its abrupt closure.

“This establishment is closed until further notice by the Taney County Health Department,” read Tom Cisneros. His company, Ozark Window Tinting, worked on the restaurant’s building. Cisneros is also a loyal customer.”This is actually a great place to eat. I’m from California, so I know all the good Mexican food and this is authentic California tacos and food and it is the best,” said Cisneros. “Whatever reason they had for closing, I hope they open up soon!”Another man, Dennis Johnson, agreed with Cisneros.”They are all good people,” he said of the owners. “I’m an ex-chef and my wife and I just love this place. It’s inexpensive; the food is always authentic Southern Californian.”According to a public affairs officer with the Homeland Security Investigations department of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, special agents with ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations, DEA and officers with the Missouri Department of Revenue, Branson Police Department and the Taney County Sheriff’s Office all took part in a “law enforcement operation.”
Witnesses said about 10 federal agents raided La Iguana around 2:00 p.m. Tuesday. Most of the agents drove in unmarked black vehicles and some of them had DEA across their chests. Witnesses said they watched as a Branson police car blocked off an area of the parking lot to interested people passing by the busy street.
Neighbors said La Iguana is more than just a place to get something to eat. Owners also run a check cashing business, money transfer operation, and sell international phone cards.
“I send money back to my sister all the time in Mexico,” one man said as he attempted to open the door.
Signs posted in English and Spanish also advertise the services.
Federal agents said the restaurant and a unit at The Vineyards Apartment Complex were part of the raid. An investigator said about nine pounds or four kilos of methamphetamine were found. Police believe the drugs originated from Mexico.
An agent said two people were arrested. Witnesses nearby report a familiar person being taken out of the restaurant in handcuffs. They said the man was born and raised in Mexico and is not a U.S. citizen.
No one has been charged in the raid.


Two men arrested Tuesday during an undercover drug operation by the state  attorney general’s office in Allentown have connections to drug cartels in  Mexico, according to court records.

The arrests were part of a drug investigation that began in January involving  a group that sold large quantities of cocaine, crystal  meth and marijuana throughout Allentown and Lehigh County, according to  court records. As the investigation progressed, agents with the attorney  general’s office learned that the individuals in the group have ties with drug  cartels, according to court records.

According to a criminal complaint prepared by Agent Thomas Sedor:

The attorney general’s office used a confidential informant to arrange a  transaction by phone with Luis G. Gonzalez-Contreras for 200 grams of cocaine  and 2 ounces of crystal meth. Gonzalez-Contreras agreed to meet at a store on  North 13th Street in Allentown.

The informant and an undercover agent met with Gonzalez-Contreras. The agent  showed him a large amount of money for the drugs. Gonzalez-Contreras left the  store and called someone on his cellphone. Later, Marco A. Contreras-Ruiz  arrived and the undercover agent also showed him the money.

After seeing the money, Contreras-Ruiz handed the drugs to the informant, who  gave them to the undercover agent. Agents moved in and arrested Contreras-Ruiz,  who struggled briefly. Gonzalez-Contreras was arrested in the 200 block of  Clinton Street, a short distance away. He was carrying three cellphones,  including the one used to place the drug order.

Agents said the drugs had a street value of $31,200.

Both men, who have no current address, were charged with running a corrupt  organization, dealing in the proceeds of unlawful activity, criminal use of a  communication facility and possession with intent to deliver cocaine and  methamphetamine, possession of cocaine and methamphetamine, and several counts  of criminal conspiracy.

They were arraigned Wednesday morning before Senior Judge Charles Crawford  and were sent to Lehigh County Prison. Both men were denied bail because they  were deemed extremely high flight risks. When they were arrested, both men  admitted being in the country illegally, according to court records.


Metro Police tell WJCL News that one man is in custody after calling 911 on himself by accident.  Police say Tuesday afternoon, officers with Metro Police responded to a residence following a report of a possible burglary in progress.

Police say the 911 Center received a call from 35-year-old Robert Boyles who stated he was home alone when he heard what he believed to be voices inside.  Fearing for his safety, Boyles took shelter inside the residence and called 911.  Metro Police quickly responded to the residence located in the 200 block of Beaufort Road and made contact with Boyles.

Officers searched the residence to ensure no other persons were inside.  While inside, officers located items they believed to be related with methamphetamine.  Agents assigned to the Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team responded and confirmed the officers’ suspicions.

CNT Agents found items commonly used in both the manufacturing and use of methamphetamine. Additionally, evidence to support methamphetamine was recently manufactured at the residence was found.  CNT charged Boyles with a number of felony and misdemeanor charges to include Possession of Certain Substances with the Intent to Manufacture Methamphetamine, Trafficking Methamphetamine and Unlawful Use of 911.   Boyles is currently being held at the Chatham County Detention Center.  More arrests are expected to be made in the case.

Methamphetamine can make people hears voices, see things that aren’t really there or even believe they feel things like bugs crawling under their skin.  Users also often suffer from persecutory delusion believing people are out to get them or that they’re under surveillance.



WEST JEFFERSON — Two women were arrested on July 17 for burglaries in Shady Grove and Graysville. The pair is suspected of burglaries in other jurisdictions as well, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff’s detectives began an investigation in response to recent burglaries in the Shady Grove and Graysville areas of western Jefferson County.

Evidence was accumulated that led to a pair of suspects. The pair had been seen at a residence in Graysville where one of the burglaries was committed.

“When questioned by a neighbor, they concocted a story about passing out flyers to promote a Huntsville sandwich shop that was expanding to the area,” stated a sheriff’s office press release. “They even had flyers with them to support their story.”

The pair was staying a home in the 3000 block of Poplar Lane in Adamsville. On July 16, at about 10:45 a.m., deputies went to the home and knocked on the door but no one answered. Deputies spoke the resident, who is the mother of one of the suspects. She gave them permission to enter the home and see if the women were hiding inside. One of the women was found in a back bedroom and the other found hiding in the attic.

While deputies were in home they discovered the components of meth lab, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. Deputies located and recovered several items that had been stolen during the burglaries. Both women were taken to be questioned by detectives about the burglaries.

They were subsequently arrested and taken to the Jefferson County Jail. Nancy Howard, 41, of Adamsville is charged with burglary 3rd degree, unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and theft of property 3rd degree. She is currently in the Jefferson County Jail with bonds totaling $192,000.

Brandy Lively, 30, of Adamsville is charged with burglary 3rd degree, unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and theft of property 3rd degree. She is currently in the Jefferson County Jail with bonds totaling $192,000.



RED BAY — A local man faces drug and kidnapping charges after police found an active methamphetamine lab at his residence and learned that he had been holding his girlfriend against her will at his residence, authorities said.

Jamie Milam, 36, 1110 Meadow Lane, Red Bay, is charged with first-degree kidnapping, trafficking methamphetamine, first-degree manufacturing a controlled substance and felony possession of drug paraphernalia, Red Bay Police Chief Jana Jackson said this morning.

Police, acting on a tip of the possibility of meth being made at the residence, executed a search warrant at Milam’s house around 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Authorities said four one-pot labs were located in the living room of the house, and once inside, police were informed by the 45-year-old Hamilton woman that she was being held there against her will. Jackson said the woman was not injured.

Milam is being held without bail in the Red Bay City Jail and will be transferred later today to the Franklin County Jail.







LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) – East Texas police made a $10,000 drug bust on Tuesday after a speeding driver evaded arrest and attempted to ditch his vehicle at a motel.

According to the Gregg County Sheriff’s Office, 31-year-old Sherman Lamont Edwards, of Dallas, was arrested after police located 120 grams of methamphetamine in his vehicle.

Around 12 p.m., Deputy Tracy Freeman observed a speeding car traveling eastbound on Interstate 20 near Longview. The deputy activated his emergency lights in an attempt to stop the 2003 black Cadillac. Edwards, the vehicle’s driver, attempted to evade the officer by exiting off of I-20 onto Estes Parkway. Edwards then drove around to the back of a motel where the deputy located his vehicle.

After arresting Edwards, Deputy Freeman located a plastic bag containing 120 grams of methamphetamine with a street value of over $10,000.

Edwards was taken to Gregg County Jail and will face one charge of manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance. His bond has not been set at this time.



Horry County police arrested four people after a traffic stop lead to distribution of methamphetamine charges for four people.

Tyrell Myers, 18, Igor Lourenco, 20, Tequenez Wilson, 20, and Laqueta Harrell, 19, all of Myrtle Beach, were all arrested and charged with Manufacture, Distribution of Methamphetamine, according to an incident report from Horry County police.

Officers pulled over a Chevrolet Cavalier around 5:10 a.m. Tuesday on Mr. Joe White Avenue in Myrtle Beach after they noticed the car did not have a tag light, a police report states.

Police said they noticed an open container of beer lying in the rear floor, so the officer told the suspects to get out of the car.

An officer recognized one of the suspects as Laqueta Harrell, who is wanted out of Massachusetts for an armed robbery.

During a search of the car, officers located a clear white baggy containing an off-white substance in the center console, the report added.

One of the suspects said “the beer was his but not the meth.”

Officers search the suspects and found more of the off-white substance in a baggy on one of the suspects.

They were all arrested and taken to J. Reuben Long Detention Center.

During a body cavity search of Harrell, police found 12 individually wrapped clear plastic bags.

The total roadside weight of the drugs was 55 grams, the report added.



COALMONT, Ind. (WTHI) – On Monday, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at 6422 E. Coulson Street in Coalmont, Ind. where they located items used to manufacture methamphetamine.

Officers were also able to locate items that are consistent with manufacturing synthetic marijuana.

The warrant was issued after a two month long investigation into the distribution of illicit narcotics.

The homeowner, 27-year-old Brandon Moore, was arrested on preliminary charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of synthetic marijuana, manufacturing synthetic marijuana, possession of paraphernalia, and maintaining a common nuisance.

Officers also located 29-year-old Jesse Betts, 21-year-old Michael Damron, 32-year-old Sheri Fiscus, 52-year-old Robert Fulford, and 18-year-old Derek Burton at the residence.

All five were arrested and face charges of visiting a common nuisance.

Those five are being held at the Clay County Justice Center on a $3,000 bond while Moore is being held at the Clay County Justice Center on a cash bond only of $25,000.

The Brazil City Police Department and the Jasonville Police Department assisted the Clay County Sheriff’s Office in conducting the search warrant.

This case is ongoing and under review by the Clay County Prosecutor.



A Savannah, Ga., man who heard voices in his home called police who then  arrested him on drug charges.

Savannah-Chatham police initially responded to 35-year-old Robert Boyles’ Beaufort Road home after he called 911 and advised a dispatcher he believed he  was home alone and had heard voices inside the residence, said Gene Harley,  spokesman for the Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team.

Searching the home for signs of a burglary, officers found several items they  believed could used to make methamphetamine and called narcotics agents, Harley  said

The agents quickly confirmed the other officers’ suspicions, finding objects  used to make and use methamphetamine.

Harley said Boyles may have been delusional.

“Methamphetamine can make people hears voices, see things that aren’t really  there or even believe they feel things like bugs crawling under their skin,” Harley said. “Users also often suffer from persecutory delusion — believing  people are out to get them or that they’re under surveillance.”

Boyles was arrested and charged with possessing subtances the intent to  manufacture methamphetamine, trafficking methamphetamine and unlawful use of  911. Boyles remains in the Chatham County jail, Harley said.




Two Cullman men were charged with meth manufacturing after deputies allegedly found a meth lab inside a residence while following up on a domestic violence case on Sunday.

Cullman County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Randy Taylor, 47, and David Tyson, 29, both of Cullman after going to the residence of Taylor on Alabama Highway 278 in Cullman around 1 p.m. on Sunday. Cullman Narcotics Enforcement Team Director Joey Cone said the deputies noticed a strong chemical odor coming from inside the home which led to the arrests.
“As Taylor and Tyson came to the door and Taylor opened the door of his residence, the deputies saw one meth lab pot and smelled a strong meth lab odor,” Cone said. “Deputies removed Taylor and Tyson from the residence and called CNET.”
A meth lab pot is a two litter bottle with a white powdery substance around the top and an unknown substance inside the bottle.

When CNET agents arrived, they removed the one meth lab pot and a gas generator from the home. They also located approximately one gram of methamphetamine, used syringes, scales, ammonium nitrate, empty boxes of pseudoephedrine, salt and lithium stripes.

Both men were arrested for unlawful manufacturing of a controlled substance first degree. They are being held in Cullman County Detention Center, each on a $1 million dollar bond.

Sheriff Mike Rainey said the investigation on this residence has been going on for several months.

“We want to thank the neighbors in the community for being patient and working with us,” Rainey said. “We have been getting information about this particular residence for sometime and handling the investigation. We’re glad to have these guys in jail and appreciative of the deputies and the hard work CNET always does.”



TRINITY COUNTY, TX (KTRE) – An 88-year-old grandmother is believed to have served as a lookout for a methamphetamine distribution operation in Trinity County, Texas.

The grandmother was one of three suspects at a house in The Landing subdivision between Groveton and Trinity that was raided by Trinity County Sheriff’s Office deputies Sunday. Two people were arrested at the scene, and TCSO deputies seized “several grams” of pre-packaged meth.

“She didn’t actually hand us the drugs,” said Trinity County Sheriff Woody Wallace. “We would need for someone to actually hand us a drug or prove that she had knowledge that that’s what was taking place. We feel that she did because she was looking out the window when we raided the house with the search warrant.”

Larry Rawson Sr., 54, was arrested at the scene for manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance. Devon Sarafas, 38, was also arrested at the scene, and she was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana.

Wallace said the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office was initially called out to the residence in The Landing on July 11 for an overdose. When they arrived on the scene, they met with Michael Rawson, who was arrested on outstanding warrants later that day after he was taken to a local hospital and cleared in regard to health concerns.

While the authorities were at the scene, Wallace told Michael Rawson’s father, Larry Rawson, and 88-year-old grandmother that they knew they were dealing drugs out of their house.

“We’ve been watching them for quite some time, and basically, I gave them the option to quit, or we would be back shortly,” Wallace said. “Well, they didn’t heed the warning.”

Wallace said they sent an undercover officer to the home in The Landing on July 13.

“In the residence while we were doing the undercover buys, we would notice that there would be an elderly woman that would be watching out the window as the drug transaction was taking place inside,” Wallace said. “So we decided that we’re going to check her involvement out, and we’re going to let a grand jury decide whether she needed to be charged or not. That is going to a grand jury this next month. Given her age, we didn’t feel that it’s appropriate to just go and put her in jail. We want to be a little more careful with that.”

Wallace said as soon as the TCSO deputies “busted in” the door, the 88-year-old woman started “screaming and hollering.” When she realized that they were the police, she started crying.

“But she was ready to fight when we first showed up,” Wallace said.

The undercover deputy made two $40 meth purchases. It was enough for the TCSO to obtain a search warrant, and they raided the house the next day.

The house in question has been on Trinity County authorities’ radar for quite a while. Wallace said his deputies have been monitoring this residence and other suspected drug houses since he took office as sheriff in January. Wallace said the house in The Landing was first brought to his attention several years ago, when he was still serving as a constable.

As a result TCSO deputies made several trips out to the subdivision to observe the goings on at the house.

“We’d see known drug users go into the house, all hours of the night,” Wallace said. “They would go in, come back out within two or three minutes – it’s a good indication they’re trafficking drugs out of there. So like I said it was well known. They were doing major quantities out of this house.”

Wallace said they think the people involved in the meth operation were getting the drug from the Houston area.

“The district attorney and I have decided that we’re going to take a very strong approach to deterring anybody who wants to sell drugs in Trinity County,” Wallace said. “And we basically said that if there’s a way that we can legally start seizing these people’s property and costing these people the same amount of money that they’re costing the system and costing the tax payers, then that’s what we’re going to do.”

“I gave them the option to quit or we would be back shortly,” Wallace said. “Well they didn’t heed the warning.”

A video shows the dialogue between Wallace and Rowson:

Wallace: “Larry?”

Rowson: “Yes Sir.”

Wallace: “I told you I’d be back.”

Rowson: “Yes Sir.”

Wallace: “I told you if you continued selling drugs I’d be back.”

Rowson: “I hadn’t sold anything.”

Along those lines, Trinity County authorities have filed to seize the home and the property it sits on in The Landing. Wallace said they plan to file for seizure on every vehicle and house that are involved in drug distribution operations.

“We’ll take the stuff away from criminals and maybe sell it to law-abiding citizens,” Wallace said.



Gordon County deputy sheriffs stopped a suspicious automobile near the intersection of Riverbend Road/Moores Ferry Road near Plainville. The deputies noticed a harsh chemical odor within this car and conducted a search of the interior. The search revealed a portable, or `rolling` methamphetamine `lab`. Arrested were Ashley Nichole Sims, 25 of Crestview, Florida and Cody Clifford Fowler, 21, of Adairsville.



Both suspects are charged with with Criminal Attempt to Manufacture, Trafficking, and Possession, of Methamphetamine.

This method is used by people concocting methamphetamine and utilizes the motion of the vehicle to mix the ingredients.

Once the suspects were in custody, officers collect the evidence and dispose of the dangerous chemicals.

`Rolling labs` are extremely volatile and very dangerous to anyone who may be near the automobile, as there is an ever present danger of the ingredients exploding.

A Pennsylvania couple is accused of cooking methamphetamine inside a car while driving through Newark last week.

Police discovered the drug operation Friday during a routine traffic stop on Marrows Road, according to Cpl. John Weglarz Sr., a spokesman for the New Castle County Police.

The incident, which began just before 11 a.m., drew police, fire crews and a Hazmat unit to a parking lot between the KFC restaurant and College Square. The area was cordoned off for more than an hour while emergency crews disposed of the chemicals.


 Ryan Oakes-Janeiro

Ryan Oakes-Janeiro

Ashley Hoppes

Ashley Hoppes



A Hazmat crew could be seen donning protective gear and slowly searching through a green Ford Taurus, which sat in the empty parking lot with its doors and trunk open. Several police cars blocked off the parking lot, and officers kept curious passersby at bay.

An officer initially pulled the car over in the parking lot when the driver, Ryan Oakes-Janeiro, 22, failed to use his turn signal.

Oakes-Janeiro and his girlfriend, Ashley Hoppes, 20, appeared nervous and were “acting suspiciously,” Weglarz said.

Officers searched the car and found a bag containing a plastic bottle. Inside the bottle was an active meth cook operation, Weglarz said.

Investigators also found six bags of heroin – two in Hoppes’ purse and four more hidden in a camera bag.

Oakes-Janeiro and Hoppes, both residents of Barnesville, Pa., were arrested without incident and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of heroin and other related offenses. Both were released on $14,500 unsecured bail.

The meth chemicals were disposed of safely, and no evacuations were made, Weglarz said.



A Wayland attorney will spend 90 days in jail and two years on probation after admitting to maintaining a methamphetamine lab.
Patrick Schuyler Burson, 45, was sentenced Tuesday, July 9, in Allegan County Circuit Court.

“As a lawyer, you had to hold yourself to a higher standard than most people do, and, because of the addiction, you failed to keep that standard foremost in your mind and more importantly in your activities,” Judge James C. Kingsley said.

Burson was arrested in June 2012, after police raided his office in downtown Wayland and his property in Otsego Township. He was originally arraigned on multiple meth charges but pleaded guilty to a single count in May.
Kingsley, a Calhoun County judge, was appointed to handle the case because Burson was a longtime criminal defense attorney in Allegan County before his arrest.

“In my view this is a tragic example of the rapid onset and insidious nature of addiction to methamphetamine,” Kingsley said. “…I’ve been a judge for over 30 years and I’ve seen more cocaine and heroin and Oxycontin and vicodin and so on than you can shake a stick at.

“But the worst is methamphetamine.”

Burson spoke to the court before sentencing.

“I’m in a position where I want to apologize to everyone in the legal system here and everybody in the community,” he said. “I am in a position here where I should have held myself up to a higher standard and I didn’t do that.
“There is a saying in one of the programs I am involved in ‘We are not responsible for our addiction but we are responsible for our recovery.’”

He said he’d been sober since his arrest and would continue to work on that, whatever the sentence he received was, and try to better himself for his children.
Otsego-based lawyer James Mikel McEwen represented Burson and noted that he’d been a friend of Burson’s since the 1990s.



“I do know him; in the community he’s regarded as a generous, kind, giving individual,” McEwen said. “I’ve received an outpouring of support on his behalf.
“I don’t believe they condone his conduct; I know they don’t, but they believe there is more to him and that he’s a genuinely good person.”

Prosecutors asked Wilkinson to follow the sentencing guidelines in the case, which gave the judge discretion on whether to send Burson to jail or to state prison. Wilkinson said he considered the fact that Burson had, so far as the evidence showed, only been making meth for himself and his girlfriend.
In the sentence, Wilkinson gave Burson a year sentence in jail, but it will remain suspended if he completes his 90-day sentence and successfully completes probation.
Now that Burson pleaded and has been sentenced, the state Attorney Discipline Board can proceed with sanctions against him.




WAYNESBORO, PA - Waynesboro Police say two people are facing multiple charges in connection to a home explosion and fire Monday night.

Police say Logan Tyler Buchanan, of Lemasters, Pa., and Josie Lee McCormick, of Waynesboro, Pa., are charged with intent to manufacture methamphetamines, operation of a methamphetamine laboratory and risking a catastrophe.

The fire happened at the intersection of East Main Street and Grant Street around 8 p.m. on Monday.

The explosion shut down West Main Street between Potomac Street and Fairview Avenue for hours Monday night while Hazmat crews with the Pennsylvania State Police investigated.

Officials say a search of the residence resulted in the discovery of chemicals and precursors  used in the illicit manufacture of methamphetamines.
Police say the two suspects, Buchanan and McCormick, were the only people in the home at the time of the fire. They were taken to the WaynesboroHospital with minor injuries. They have since been treated.

The house had multiple residents and the family who lived on the second floor has been displaced. One Waynesboro Police Officer was treated for smoke inhalation and released following treatment.

Buchanan and McCormick are both being held at the Franklin County Jail.



Six people were arrested Tuesday as a result of a major meth trafficking investigation.

Arrested were Jeramie Ethan Mahler, 26, of Star; Michelle Christina Ritch, 35, Nearia “Nick” William Pinnell, 42, Wendy Demirdjian Harrison, 52, and Daniel Eric Vaughan, 51, all of Nampa; and Scott Vicente Hernandez, 42, of Oakland, California, on federal charges of conspiring to distribute methamphetamine.

The Treasure Valley Metro Violent Crimes Task Force, assisted by FBI SWAT, executed the federal arrest warrants at four undisclosed Treasure Valley locations.

Last week, according to U.S. Wendy Olson,  a federal grand jury in Boise returned an indictment charging eleven defendants — including the six arrested –with conspiracy to distribute over 500 grams of methamphetamine.

If convicted, they face a minimum term of ten years up to life in prison and a maximum fine of $10 million.

Two defendants also face charges for illegally possessing firearms.  Hernan Gomez-Gutierrez, 30, a Mexican national, and Carlos Eberardo Tovar, 28, of Nampa, charged in the original indictment filed in May, were arrested previously.  Both are set for trial on September 10 in the federal courthouse in Boise.

Two other defendants, Darrell Ray Zirschry, 32, of Nampa, and Bobbi Eileen Woolsey, 35, of Boise, are currently in custody on state charges.

The final defendant, Juan Luis Mojica-Barragan, 24, a Mexican national, has an outstanding warrant for his arrest.

Gomez-Gutierrez and Mojica-Barragan were also indicted for distributing meth  and cocaine. Zirschry is charged with unlawfully possessing a firearm. Mahler is charged with brandishing and discharging a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

The indictments are the result of an investigation by the Treasure Valley Metro Violent Crimes Task Force and the Drug Enforcement Administration.  The Treasure Valley Metro Violent Crimes Task Force is comprised of federal, state and local agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Boise Police Department, Ada County Sheriff’s Office, Caldwell Police Department, Nampa Police Department, Meridian Police Department, Canyon County Sheriff’s Office, and Idaho Department of Probation and Parole.


The brother of ailing country superstar Randy Travis was arrested Tuesday and charged with trafficking in methamphetamine.

David Brownlow Traywick, 50, of Marshville, North Carolina, was due to appear in Union County District Court on Wednesday.

The Union County Sheriff’s Office said Traywick was being held on $500,000 secured bond.

The Union County Sheriff’s Office says David Traywick is being held on $500,000 secured bond


NBC station WCNC reported that investigators alleged that “a working meth lab” had been found inside Traywick’s home.

Traywick’s wife Jessica and two other women were also arrested, according to WCNC.

Travis, 54, was placed on life support after being hospitalized on July 7 with a viral illness that affected his heart. He suffered a stroke three days later.

On Monday, Travis’ doctor said the Grammy-winning singer had “responded well” to surgery and was “interacting with his family and friends.”