LEWISTON, ID – Six people are in the Nez Perce County Jail tonight after being arrested Tuesday at the Clearwater River Casino.sara rasmuissin

Sara Rasmussen of Clarkston was arrested for felony trafficking of methamphetamine. She faces a mandatory minimum of three years in prison.

The five others were arrested for frequenting a place where drugs are trafficked. They face a fine and/or up to 90-days in jail.

Idaho State Police detectives and Nez Perce Tribal Police are still investigating this case.










For The Telegraph, Malcolm Moore reports that 24,000 suspects—some of them high-profile celebrities—have been detained and over 100,000 more investigated in the past 50 days as part of a nationwide anti-drug campaign:

The son of Jackie Chan, the kung fu actor, was one of the detainees as police made examples of several actors and models. The authorities also raided one bar in Beijing popular among foreigners and deported those who failed urine tests.

Liu Yuejin, the director of the Narcotics Control Bureau, said the flow of methamphetamine was proving particularly hard to control. He suggested there could be 13 million Chinese addicts, more than four times the official tally.

Last year nearly 170,000 suspects were detained for drug-related offences. This year’s campaign also shows a marked rise in confiscations from previous anti-drug efforts. A 50-day campaign in 2004 only netted around five tons of drugs, compared the 12 tons seized by authorities this year.

The South China Morning Post’s James Griffiths has more from senior narcotics control officials on the threat that synthetic drugs—particularly methamphetamine—pose on Chinese society:

Liu Yuejin, director of the Narcotics Control Bureau under the ministry, said: “China is facing a grim task in curbing synthetic drugs”, particularly methamphetamine.

Liu claimed that the annual economic loss caused by drug abuse could be as much as 500 billion yuan (HK$631 billion).

“Compared with traditional drugs, such as heroin and opium, methamphetamine can easily lead to mental problems. Addicts will be prone to extreme and violent behaviour, including murder and kidnapping” [said Liu].

Another top drug official, Song Zengliang, blamed the influx of methamphetamine from Southeast Asian countries on a rise in violent crime.

A separate report from the South China Morning Post notes that the southern port province of Guangdong is the main target of the ongoing drug crackdown. Hu Huifeng and Mimi Lau report:

The southern province is the mainland’s biggest market for illicit drugs and has developed a clan-based industry for the manufacture of synthetic narcotics, especially Ice, or methamphetamine, some experts say.

It also has the biggest population of addicts, with about 457,000 people on a register of suspected users, according to the provincial public security department.

The total has been growing by about 40,000 people a year since 2009, the China News Service reported.

Peng Peng , a researcher at the Guangzhou Academy of Social Sciences, said that unlike traditional drugs such as heroin and opium, most of which were imported, production of Ice had developed into a local industry.

He said the industry was protected by local officials and drugs made in Guangdong were sold across the province and country.

“One or two campaigns will not be able to eliminate an industry in which so many local people make a living,” Peng said.










HENRY COUNTY, Tenn. — The couple accused of hiding crystal meth in teddy bears waived their right to a preliminary hearing Tuesday.

Chris Barcio and his girlfriend, Melissa Axley, were arrested in June after a search warrant led to the discovery of the drug-stuffed bears.

The couple was arrested in June at a home in Puryear after police dogs helped track down narcotics.

Their attorney said both came to this decision to waive their preliminary hearing independently and let a grand jury decide if there is enough evidence to go to trial.

“Both of them made the same decision,” Hugh Poland said. “There was an offer, and they didn’t want to accept that.”

Assistant District Attorney Paul Hessing would not comment on what the offer was but said the state did not oppose the couple’s decision.

“From the state’s point of view, when that happens the state’s burden is to show that it was more likely that a crime was committed and more likely it was committed by them,” Hessing said.

According to an affidavit, Barcio and Axley are accused of stuffing a teddy bear with about 39 grams of meth packaged for dealing.

Their attorney said he has not made a decision yet if he will represent the suspects.

“I have no plans at this stage at all,” Poland said.

Hessing said he discussed what the couple could potentially be facing if found guilty. “And it came clear that we weren’t going to reach an agreement,” Hessing said.

Axley and Barcio are each free on $15,000 bond. A grand jury will hear their cases on March 2.

The couple is then scheduled to return before a judge on March 9.










THOMAS CO., GA (WALB) – Two people are now charged with possession of methamphetamine after troopers found one of them hiding the drugs in an unusual place.5867689_G

Georgia State troopers pulled Scott Singletary and Ramona Drury over because a tail light was out.

While the trooper was questioning them, he noticed Drury hiding something in her mouth.

When he asked her to spit it out, she revealed two bags of meth.

Thomas County Narcotics/Vice Division Commander Kevin Lee said, “Unfortunately, over the years, we’ve had people who have died and have had to be rushed to the hospital for ingesting drugs to keep us from getting them.”

When narcotics agents arrived, they found another bag of meth under the driver’s seat.

Both are charged with possession with intent to distribute.









PORTLAND, Maine —The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency says its agents have busted a record number of meth labs in 2014, and it hopes a new grant will help stop this growing problem.

Officials say 31 meth labs have been discovered in Maine this year. That is up from 20 in 2013.

Law enforcement officials said they expect the number to grow unless efforts are stepped up to stop meth in its tracks.

Maine DEA director Roy McKinney said his agency has been awarded at $900,000 grant from the federal grant to stop the spread of meth labs.

“We’re trying to stop it in its tracks, and we’ve put a great deal of resources. We’ve been fortunate that we’ve received federal grants from the community oriented policing services that has provided equipment, training and money to investigate and dismantle labs as well as money for the prevention,” said McKinney.

McKinney said they are still in the process of decided how to best allocate the money, but it will be used for identifying, investigating and prosecuting those responsible.

While McKinney said heroin investigations out number meth investigations 10 to 1 in Maine, he said a single meth lab can tie up a tremendous amount of resources across a number of agencies.

“So it’s very disruptive, not only in the time it takes to respond to the site, gather the evidence, and then return home and then the next day spend the day documenting that for reports,” said McKinney.

Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. on WMTW News 8, learn about a company that cleans up after meth labs are discovered and why the company said more needs to be done to protect Maine families from the dangerous chemicals that can remain long after a meth lab is discovered and cleaned up.









Toronto police say a Liberty Village condo unit that was the scene of an explosion late Monday may have been operating as a drug lab.

A 36-year-old man has been charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking, in connection with the explosion. He appeared in court on Tuesday afternoon. meth-lab-liberty-village

The explosion inside a sixth-floor unit at 85 East Liberty St. happened last night at around 6:30 p.m.

The force of the blast sent the door from that unit into the elevators across the hall.

The suspect was inside the unit at the time, and ended up in hospital with minor burns.

Mike Kindrat lives in the unit next to where the explosion occurred. He arrived home to hear fire alarms going off.

“I came up the stairs and saw the chaos,” he told CBC News on Tuesday.

Kindrat said he saw smoke “barreling out in the hallway,” while a wall outside an elevator was “pretty much blown apart.”

Davida Gragor also lives on the sixth floor. The day after the blast, she said the hallway was “just a disaster,” resembling “a messy construction zone.”

The explosion was heard on other floors in the building.condo-explosion-liberty-village

Courtney Elliott, who lives on the 23rd floor, told CBC News that she had been in the midst of ordering a pizza when she heard a loud bang the hallway.

Residents flooded into the hallway trying to figure out what was going on.

“Later we found out it was an explosion,” she said.

But the guy delivering her pizza went all the way to her unit, despite the commotion. They did not leave.

The fire marshal is investigating, as are police.

Building residents were notified Tuesday that elevator repairs are underway, but it is not clear when they will be completed.












After being caught stealing clothes from the laundry room of an apartment complex on Sunday, a suspect ran from police and gave a false name, but was ultimately apprehended.Amber Ledezma, 29

The victim had allegedly seen a female subject stealing clothes from the communal laundry room at an apartment complex on the 400 block of Wayside Drive, said Turlock police spokesperson Sgt. Stephen Webb.

Officers responded just before noon on Sunday, and located the suspect.

The suspect, later identified as Amber Ledezma, 29, ran from officers, but was ultimately apprehended on the 1300 block of Geer Road, said Webb.

When officers contacted Ledezma, she gave the false name of Amber Baker, according to Webb, as she had a felony warrant out of Placer County.

According to the Turlock Police Department, officers also allegedly found that Ledezma was in possession of methamphetamine and allegedly positively identified her as the suspect in an auto theft that occurred on Oct. 30.

Ledezma was arrested for burglary, lying to police officers, auto theft, possession of methamphetamine, and the felony warrant out of Placer County, according to the Turlock Police Department.










A call about shoplifters at Bi-Lo in Dayton eventually culminated with the arrest of two out-of-county men for possessing “one of the larger amounts” of methamphetamine that police have seen, according to law enforcement officials.


John Spencer Manis, 31, of Georgetown, Tenn., and George Wesley Miller, 51, of Ooltewah, were arrested Friday after law enforcement found nearly 40 grams of methamphetamine in their possession, according to Dayton Police Department [DPD] arrest reports.

“That’s a big amount,” DPD Investigator Steve Rievley said. “Usually, when we arrest someone with meth, at the most they’ve got a few grams. If you can get someone with two or three grams, that’s a good amount.”

On Friday at around 11 a.m., Dayton police responded to Bi-Lo on a call regarding possible shoplifters.

“According to the complainant, two white males ran from the store and got into a white or silver SUV with Georgia tags,” the arrest report states.

Police officers then began searching the city for the vehicle, and DPD Sgt. Dean Smith eventually found the vehicle parked near Shoe Show in south Dayton.

“There was no one inside the vehicle so I used my patrol car to block the vehicle form leaving just in case the suspects returned,” Smith wrote in the report. “As I got out of my patrol car, two white males matching the description walked out of Shoe Show. I walked toward the two men intending to ask them about the complaint when both men took off running.”

Smith was able to catch one of the suspects, and Rievley said he and another officer were able to apprehend the other suspect near Dayco Drive after responding to the scene.546bc6fb36cf6_image

“After being placed under arrest, a glass pip used for smoking drugs was found in the top left pocket of Mr. Miller’s jacket,” Smith said.

After Manis and Miller were placed under arrest, police officers began searching the vehicle and found the nearly 40 grams of methamphetamine stashed in the SUV.

“We went through the vehicle and found meth in the glove box,” Rievely said. “We found one large bag weighing around 30 grams and 16 other smaller bags that were slightly less than a gram each.”

Police also found a hypodermic syringe lying in the front passenger side floor board, the report states.

“Both Mr. Miller and Mr. Manis denied ownership of the drugs,” Smith said in the report. “Mr. Miller did admit to driving the vehicle but stated that he doesn’t know who the vehicle belongs to.”

Manis was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting arrest and possession of a Schedule II controlled substance for resale.

Miller was charged with driving on a suspended license, resisting arrest, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a Schedule II controlled substance for resale.

According to jail records, a $60,000 cash bond was set for both men, and they were still incarcerated at the Rhea County Jail as of press time Tuesday.










635518586448820009-methboxLITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – A Jackson County man is now behind bars facing drug trafficking charges.

Deputies say they found five pounds of methamphetamine under Danny Andrew’s bed on Monday.

Officers also seized nearly $2,000 in cash. Andrew is facing at least five drug related charges and is being held on a $1 million bond.

This is the largest ever meth bust for the county.










HUNTSVILLE, Alabama — The woman charged with murder in the 2012 fatal car crash that killed a former Sparkman High softball star had drugs in her system at the time of the crash, including Xanax and methamphetamine, according to testimony Tuesday.caren-rush-cropjpg-49476a7b53ed64a4

A drug expert from the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences said the levels of drugs in the system of Caren Gayle Rush, combined with later observations of her behavior, suggest a “high probability for impairment” at the time of the crash, a state doctor said today.

The drugs in Rush’s system are the basis for the murder charge against her, Madison County Assistant District Attorney Shauna Barnett has argued. Rush’s decision to take the drugs and then drive, showed extreme indifference to human life, according to the indictment against her.

Rush’s murder trial began Monday before Madison County Circuit Judge Karen Hall.

Rush did not slow down before her car collided with 24-year-old Emily Daye’s on the evening of Dec. 29, 2012 on Alabama Highway 53 near Harvest Road, according to testimony from Alabama State Troopers who investigated the crash. Daye died at the scene. Rush was injured in the crash but suffered no permanent damage.

Testimony from drug experts from the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences said testing showed Rush’s blood had 150 nanograms per milliliter of Xanax and 490 nanograms of methamphetamine following the crash. No alcohol was found in her system.

Dr. Curt Harper, chief toxicologist for DFS, said the Xanax level is above the normally prescribed range of up to 100 nanograms for panic attacks.

Rush received a Xanax prescription during a doctor visit that morning, according to testimony. Harper said Xanax acts in a similar way to alcohol in terms of central nervous system functioning and can affect a person’s ability to divide their attention over multiple tasks, like the requirements for driving.

He said the methamphetamine found in her system was at a moderate to high level. Methamphetamine is a stimulant which starts with a “rush” phase that can include an exaggerated sense of happiness, increased aggression and increased risk-taking, Harper said.

Defense attorney Chris Messervy pushed Harper to acknowledge he didn’t know when the drugs were taken or if the effect of the Xanax would be lessened if Rush had been taking it for several years.

Messervy questioned what effect a drug given to Rush for a respiratory infection would have on her driving. Harper said they didn’t test for the cold medicine. Messervy has argued Rush hadn’t slept for 36 hours before the crash.

Messervy also pointed out the trooper at the scene who filed the initial accident report didn’t express any suspicion that Rush was driving under the influence.

Harper said he based his findings on the overall accident report provided to him, which noted Rush had mood swings and would doze off, during her interview with a state trooper at the hospital after the fatal collision. He said her behavior was consistent with the “crash” side of coming down off a meth high.

Daye, who was 24 at the time of her death, was studying to be a teacher at Athens State University and working at the Harvest Elementary After School Care program.

She was an all-state first-team shortstop in high school and led Sparkman High to an Alabama 6A state championship as a junior. Sparkman made the state finals again her senior year.

The case resumes at 9 a.m.










Crystal methamphetamine remains the biggest drug threat in Napa County, according to the countywide unit that focuses on drug-related offenses.

Detectives in 2013 made 108 arrests for suspected methamphetamine-related offenses. They also seized 1,368 grams of methamphetamine — or about 3.2 pounds — with a street value of about $136,800, according to the Napa Special Investigations Bureau (NSIB).

Methamphetamine has been, and continues to be, our priority,” said Napa Police Lt. Gary Pitkin, who heads NSIB.

“The addictive properties and behavioral changes caused by methamphetamine is cause for concern,” according to NSIB’s 2013 annual report. “Methamphetamine continues to be trafficked into our county from Mexico by way of Southern California, the Central Valley and through surrounding counties including Solano, Contra Costa, and Sonoma. Methamphetamine has crossed every gender, age, and cultural line in our community.”

The recent passage of Proposition 47 imposes new rules on how drug and theft allegations are charged in California, with drug possessions prosecuted as misdemeanors instead of felonies.

This new law, which went into effect Nov. 5, the day after California voters approved the statewide measure, will not affect NSIB investigations, according to the task force.

“NSIB targets drug dealers, manufacturers and cultivators,” Pitkin said.

NSIB detectives can either book offenders into the jail or cite and release those arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor drug offenses.

In 2013, drug agents also eradicated 25,555 marijuana plants, including 24,181 plants grown outdoors, according to the report. Marijuana grown in Napa County is transported across state lines and sold in other states, the agency reports.

Citizens’ reports of strong odors, armed trespassers and water theft, spurred many of NSIB’s investigations.

Most of the outdoor marijuana plants that were eradicated were grown in large-scale operations on privately owned lands. In most cases, the landowners did not know the marijuana was being cultivated on their property, according to NSIB.

NSIB detectives seized 20 grams of powder cocaine — or 0.70 ounces – far less than in 2012, when agents seized nearly 16 ounces of the drug. That may be due to methamphetamine prices falling, the agency said.

The illicit sales and abuse of prescription painkillers and sedatives have increased and may lead to a resurgence of heroin use and abuse, according to the report. “This theory is predicated on the fact that many of the highly desired prescription painkillers are more expensive and harder to acquire than heroin, a substance that provides a similar high.”









(Reuters) – An increase in the smuggling of synthetic drugs like methamphetamine from Southeast Asia has fueled a rise in violent crime in China this year, a state-run newspaper reported on Wednesday.

In the first nine months of the year, police recorded more than 100 incidents of violent crime blamed on methamphetamine, more than the total number seen in the previous five years, Liu said.

“China is facing a grim task in curbing synthetic drugs, including ‘ice’, which more and more of China’s drug addicts tend to use,” the official China Daily quoted Liu Yuejin, head of the public security ministry’s Narcotics Control Bureau as saying, referring to the street name for methamphetamine.

“Compared with traditional drugs, such as heroin and opium, methamphetamine can easily lead to mental problems,” he added. “Addicts will be prone to extreme and violent behavior, including murder and kidnapping.”

Methamphetamine was being smuggled into China’s southwestern province of Yunnan and region of Guangxi, both of which border Southeast Asia, the newspaper said.

Last year, Yunnan police confiscated more than 9 tons of methamphetamine that had been smuggled in from Myanmar, while drugs have also been coming in from Vietnam, it added.

China has stepped up cooperation with Laos, Myanmar and Thailand to help tackle the problem, the report said.

Liu added that China was suspected of having 14 million drug users, five times more than official numbers, and about half of them use methamphetamine.

Over the past 50 days, police have detained almost 24,000 people suspected of involvement in drugs and seized 12.1 tons of drugs, the ministry said in a statement on its website on Wednesday.

Drug-related crimes carry harsh penalties in China including death or life imprisonment in serious cases.

The government has in recent months stepped up its fight against the problem, arresting a string of celebrities, including the son of Hong Kong kungfu movie star Jackie Chan.

The use of drugs in China, particularly synthetic drugs like methamphetamine, ketamine and ecstasy, has grown along with the rise of a new urban class with greater disposable income.









Oklahoma law enforcement recently received some help in their fight against the state’s ongoing problem with methamphetamine.w300-4c9912d9f87d11ab35b3195d2f84cb35

The state was awarded a grant this week from the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, an office in the U.S. Justice Department, that will go towards training officers on how to track meth users through an online database and on how to handle children found in homes where meth is being manufactured.

“This grant displays a multifaceted approach to the methamphetamine plight in Oklahoma and we are very pleased to spearhead this for our state,” said Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics Director Darrell Weaver in a Tuesday news release.

Ten states will receive the grant, and Oklahoma’s portion totals $217,400.

Although recent legislation has helped lower the number of lab seizures in the state, down to 200 in 2013 from 913 in 2011, the number of addicts remains steady, said narcotics bureau spokesman Mark Woodward.

While the drug might be cooked less in the state, Mexican drug cartels have stepped in and filled the demand.

“We are also seeing more ‘ice’ than we know what to do with,” Woodward told lawmakers at a September interim study. “It is absolutely pouring in here. The cartels are filling that void.”

State data on methamphetamine use and seizures shows that despite the decline in lab seizures, more than 160 people died from using the drug, up from 140 in 2012.









A SELF-described “monster” with an ice-fuelled lingerie fetish has been jailed for more than a decade after breaking into a sleeping Elwood mother’s apartment and raping her in her bed.

Months earlier Jesse Wright, 42, snuck into the bedroom of a high school student and indecently assaulted a 16-year-old girl, who had been sleeping next to her boyfriend.

Wright was on bail when he fled a rehabilitation centre and began stealing ladies lingerie, including 15 pairs of underwear and five bras that were hanging in a courtyard in Elwood, in April this year.

He broke into a unit, had a shower, rifled through the clothes drawers and tried on women’s underwear and a bra — returning some of the wet underwear to the drawer.

Days later, he broke into another apartment, armed with condoms, lubricant and a torch, and raped a 46-year-old while holding a pair of scissors to her throat.

The sleeping woman awoke, disoriented and confused, before Wright told her, “I’m going to f— you”.

The terrified woman begged him not to hurt her and said, “Okay, okay, okay”.

Wright claimed that, while on ice, he experienced heightened libido, obsessive sexualized thinking and was assailed by visual hallucinations of naked women.

He said he developed a fetish for women’s lingerie and “visions to do sexual stuff”, including breaking into a house and engaging in sexual activity.

Psychiatrist Dr Adam Deacon said in a report tendered to the County Court: “Methamphetamine appears to have generated the onset of an obsessive fetish-type sexual drive whereby he became motivated to access and often wear female underwear.”

“Also, and more alarmingly, has been a history of intense sexual fantasies, experiences as imaginary sexual scripts, including the odd notion of finding a female stranger in a house during a burglary, leading to a fanciful consensual and non-coercive sexual interaction.”

County Court judge Mark Taft said this terrifying ordeal was far from consensual and he was not persuaded that Wright’s underlying mental illness reduced his moral culpability for the crime.

He said the diagnosed schizophrenic, whose mother had spent around $30,000 on drug rehabilitation programs for Wright, was aware he had highly sexualized fantasies when a using ice and not taking his anti-psychotic medications.

Wright pleaded guilty to two counts of rape, two counts of aggravated burglary, four counts of theft, two counts of burglary and one count of indecent assault, obtaining property by deception, possessing a small quantity of cannabis and dealing with proceeds of crime.

The sex offender was sentenced to 11 years and 3 months’ imprisonment, with a non-parole period of eight and a half years, and fined $200.











PERU, Ind. (WISH) – Police in Peru say they found a meth lab inside a motel room on Sunday.

Officers made the discovery at the Budget Inn Motel on West Main Street after they were dispatched for the report of a battery.

When officers arrived the door to the room was open and unoccupied. Police found several items to make meth inside the room. Police obtained a search warrant and found more evidence inside for meth manufacturing.

Police arrested Nickolus Toepfer following their investigation. Toepfer was preliminarily charged with manufacturing meth, maintaining a common nuisance, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia

The 27-year-old Peru man is being held at the Miami County jail on $31,000 bond.

The Miami County Health Department says the motel room will stay closed until it has been decontaminated and cleaned.









LINCOLN, Neb. —State troopers have seized methamphetamine and marijuana in three separate traffic stops along Interstate 80.

The Nebraska State Patrol says more than 23 pounds of meth was seized after a trooper stopped a speeding car just west of the Lincoln Airport exit on Friday night. The meth, with an estimated street value of $1 million, was contained in 18 packages secreted in a hidden compartment. The driver was arrested.

A Hamilton County stop of a speeding car on Friday afternoon yielded 27 pounds of pot and the arrest of a driver and his passenger.

The patrol also says a trooper who stopped a speeding car in Keith County on Friday morning later found 20 pounds of marijuana in the car trunk. The driver and his passenger were arrested.











OTTUMWA — Don’t mistake bad news for good, law enforcement professionals warn.

In a trend that may eventually be helpful, the number of meth labs reported by Iowa law enforcement is down again in 2014 and on a pace to drop to its lowest amount in 17 years.Drug problems continue in Iowa

Lt. Jason Bell of the Ottumwa Police Department said that statewide finding (by the Governor’s Office on Drug Control Policy) is echoed locally, too.

“It’s common all across Iowa, and here, too, because there’s so much meth out there,” said Bell.

And that’s not good, he agreed.

“It just means [users] don’t need to go through the [manufacturing] process,” he said.

“Iowan’s demand for methamphetamine, that appetite, has never dropped in Iowa,” agreed Dale Woolery, associate director of the ODCP. “… which could lead one to conclude … the meth problem has really not gone away.”

In fact, according to the ODCP in Iowa, the amounts and use of meth smuggled into Iowa are increasing. The 64,000 grams of meth seized by Iowa law enforcement so far this year is the largest volume since 2005. And, said Woolery, it’s stronger; meth purity, he said, is approaching 100 percent.

Worse, Iowa drug-related cases involving children testing positive for drugs (or having been in the presence of meth manufacturing), rose to the highest level in five years.

Woolery told the Courier that “labs” are the most visible part of the meth problem. So as the “noise level” dies down, citizens may not realize the problem is still present.

“The education component is generational; it needs to be constant,” he said. “We need to be messaging on methamphetamine or against anything else that is mind altering, or any item that hasn’t been given by a trusted adult.”

Meth-related prison admissions still make up more than half of all Iowa drug-related prison admissions.

Half, but not all. Beginning to catch up? The use of a seemingly helpful group of drugs: pain medicine.

“The ease [at first] of access makes it easy,” said Bell.

The report from the office on drug policy quotes professionals who treat substance abuse. The therapists increasingly say they are treating Iowans who begin taking pain pills for legitimate health problems.

The counselors find legitimate patients may become addicted to the medication over time and eventually “switch to heroin when they can no longer afford the medicine.”

In Ottumwa, it may not be that addicts find the medicine too pricey; they may just have run out of cooperative physicians to provide access to the pain killers.

“That’s a lot of heroin addicts,” said Bell. “We talk to people who tell us they started with prescription drugs. After a while, the doctor may stop prescribing it because they worry the patient is abusing the pills — so the people switch to heroin.”

“The thought that [they] start with a broken arm and end some day with injecting a syringe into their bloodstream is [unfathomable] to many people,” said Woolery.

But it happens.

“It really is about access,” said Woolery. “If insurance won’t pay for the prescription, or if the ability to pay for medicine out of pocket decreases, or the doctor won’t fill a prescription” an addict can become desperate.

In a lot of places, the prices for pain meds and the prices for heroin are comparable. Heroin and many pain killers are related via the opiate family of pain-relieving drugs.

“Preventing prescription drug abuse in the first place must be a priority,” said director of the Governor’s Office on Drug Control Policy Steve Lukan in a press release. “One way to do this is through continuing education for health care professionals, parents and children.”

His office judges how bad the prescription drug problem is by ER visits and deaths from overdoses.

In 2003, there were 11 overdose deaths in the state. A decade later sees 2013 with 77 deaths from improperly used meds.

“Medication Take Back … also help Iowans safely dispose of unused prescription drugs in a way that prevents abuse,” said Lukan. “The most recent Take Back effort in September collected over four tons of unused medicines.”

The report is compiled with other data in the 2015 Iowa Drug Control Strategy, which outlines a plan involving prevention, treatment and enforcement efforts aimed at reducing illegal drug use.











TurnerA man arrested Saturday in the Richmond Wal-Mart parking lot on public intoxication and third-degree criminal trespassing charges attempted to swallow pills hidden in his prosthetic leg while being booked at the Madison County Detention Center, according to Richmond Police.

Voyd A. Turner, 40, was wrestled to the ground after deputies saw him trying to swallow the pills, the report stated. When Turner was searched, police found suspected methamphetamine and Suboxone, it added.

In addition to his original charges, Turner was charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine,) second-degree possession of a controlled substance (Suboxone), first-degree promoting contraband and tampering with physical evidence.

He remained in the detention center Monday evening, according to online jail records.









Fresno police arrested a 41-year-old man on suspicion of stabbing his girlfriend Monday morning, then attacking his mother and son with a knife.

Police said the man, identified as Steven David Clark, was high on methamphetamine. His 44-year-old girlfriend was hospitalized in critical condition but expected to survive.Steven David Clark

Officers were called to Saint Agnes Medical Center just before 10 a.m. after a woman with multiple stab wounds was dropped off at the hospital by her boyfriend.

Minutes later, officers were called to the 1100 block of East Kelso Avenue, just north of Clovis West High School, on a report that an adult son was trying to kill his mother with a knife, Lt. Joe Gomez said. The caller indicated the son had his mother cornered, Gomez said.

Officers arrived and detained the son in the front yard, police said. The mother had the knife and turned it over to police. She was not stabbed in the encounter.

Officers learned the two cases were related. Clark had blood on his clothing and inside his car when arrested, Gomez said.

Police gave this account of what happened:

Clark drove his girlfriend to do some remodeling work on a home near Millbrook and Teague avenues in the Clovis West neighborhood. As she got out of the vehicle, Clark stabbed her in the upper body, Gomez said.

The woman was stabbed in the head, neck, hands and upper torso. Clark then drove her to the hospital.

He returned to his Kelso Avenue home, where he assaulted and threatened to kill his mother while wielding a knife, Gomez said. He also tried to stab and threatened to kill his 18-year-old son, but his mother was able to call police before he could hurt anyone.

Clark’s girlfriend was taken to Community Regional Medical Center. Clark was also at the hospital to detoxify from methamphetamine before he would be booked into Fresno County Jail, Gomez said.

Clark will face charges of assault with a deadly weapon and making terrorists threats, police said.












LONGMONT – A 35-year-old man who was trapped in a space between two walls of a Colorado department store for as long has three days was high on methamphetamine, according to an affidavit released Monday.    635518448363220009-paul-felyk-forweb

Paul Felyk, of Westminster, was arrested Friday on charges of second-degree burglary, criminal trespassing, possession of methamphetamine, criminal tampering and criminal mischief.

In the affidavit, Felyk told police he had fought with a “female friend” and had driven from Westminster to Longmont to “think” about it.

He told police he parked behind a Marshall’s store to use meth and then decided he wanted to get a “better view of the stars” – so he climbed a ladder to the roof.

When he was done stargazing, he wanted to look around the building so he went into a room accessible from the roof. He found himself locked inside the building and climbed down the shaft that went to the first floor. Once in the shaft, he realized he was stuck.

Employees at a Marshalls store in Longmont reported hearing someone yelling Monday but couldn’t tell where it was coming from.

On Tuesday, they found the man yelling for help through a hole in the wall, so they notified authorities. Firefighters used a circular saw to free Felyk.



In his car, police found meth.










CALIPATRIA – A Riverside woman visiting Calipatria State Prison is accused of trying to smuggle heroin and methamphetamine into the prison while visiting an inmate there with her child this weekend.546a5eb6cc71d_image

Monica Garza, 31, was visiting Carlos Deharo, who has been convicted of assault with a firearm, on Sunday when staff noticed that they were acting suspiciously while seated at a table with the child in the visiting area, said Lt. Everardo Silva, prison public information officer/administrative assistant.

Staff then saw Garza hand two bindles to Deharo who placed them into his mouth and swallowed. The pair was separated, and during a search, Garza relinquished six bindles.

The bindles contained a total of 21.6 grams of heroin with an estimated prison value of $16,200 and a smaller bindle within one of them contained .1 grams of methamphetamine with an estimated prison value of $100.

Deharo was medically cleared and placed on contraband watch where staff will monitor him. Once cleared, he will be placed in the prison’s administrative segregation unit which is a jail within the prison.546a5edce4d79_image

Garza was booked into Imperial County jail, and the child was turned over to Child Protective Services. If convicted, Garza faces three to five years in prison.










Salton City, California – Saturday, El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio Station arrested a suspected drug smuggler at the Highway 86 checkpoint after discovering twenty-four packages of methamphetamine hidden in an aftermarket compartment in the rear bumper.

The incident occurred at approximately 10:35 a.m., when Border Patrol agents encountered a 29-year-old male driver in a burgundy 2000 Jeep Cherokee at the checkpoint.

Agents referred the driver to secondary inspection area for further examination. During the investigation, a Border Patrol canine detection team alerted to the vehicle.  The agents searched the vehicle and subsequently discovered twenty-four packages of methamphetamine in the rear bumper.

The methamphetamine had a weight of 14.35 pounds with an estimated street value of more than $129,100.

The driver, a citizen of Mexico with valid B1/B2, the Jeep, and methamphetamine were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.










LAS VEGAS — The man accused of killing another man following a traffic dispute told police three people came at his vehicle armed with guns and that was why he fired his weapon.5847473_G

William Jacobsen, 30, drove to his home immediately after the deadly shooting on Nov. 13 and called police to report the incident on Torrey Pines Drive, just south of Flamingo Road. Marlon Anthony Baylor, 49, was killed.

According to the arrest report, Baylor’s wife, Shirletta, told police Jacobsen was tailgating their vehicle and then pulled in front of them and was driving slowly and occasionally coming to a complete stop. Shirletta Baylor got out of her car and started yelling at Jacobsen. She said, her husband got out of the car to calm her down and that’s when he was shot by Jacobsen.

“I thought I was defending myself,” Jacobsen said. “It’s horrible, knowing that you did that, when never meant to, and what you thought was happening wasn’t.”

The report said, Jacobsen told police that Baylor had pulled up alongside him and he saw vehicles surround his car and three people with guns come toward him. He said he feared for his life and shot from the inside of his vehicle.

Police searched the Baylor’s vehicle and did not find any guns and there was no evidence of additional vehicles or people at the scene, the report said.

“I am so deeply, deeply sorry and I wish that there was so many ways I could change what happened,” Jacobsen said.

During Jacobsen’s arrest, police found crystal methamphetamine and narcotic pills in his pocket, according to the arrest report. Jacobsen is facing murder, drug possession and escape by a prisoner charges. When Jacobsen was being transported to the Clark County Detention Center for booking, he attempted to escape but was caught, police said.










A woman is facing charges after police say she was seen smoking meth in a McDonald’s parking lot.

To make matters worse, a 14-year-old child was in the car at the time, police say.pipe_featured

Brandie Lea Triplett of Lino Lakes, Minnesota, faces one count of meth-related crimes involving children, one count of possessing meth and one count of possessing drug paraphernalia.

The alleged incident occurred on the afternoon of Nov. 8.

According to a criminal complaint, Lino Lakes police were called to the McDonald’s on a report of a woman “smoking drugs” with a child in the car. The caller gave the woman’s license; the number was registered to Triplett.

By the time police got to the McDonald’s, Triplett was gone. The caller, however, was still there, and said that he was parked next to the car with Triplett’s license and clearly saw a woman doing drugs.

As CBS Minnesota reports, police then went to Triplett’s home and told her about the complaint. The 38-year-old woman admitted to being at McDonald’s but denied doing drugs, the complaint states.

Police noted that Triplett appeared to be intoxicated. An active warrant was out for her arrest in Wright County; an officer arrested her. Police conducted a search of her vehicle, during which they found two glass pipes with meth residue and a baggie containing 1.2 grams of meth.

If convicted of the charges, Triplett faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and/or a fine of more than $20,000.









A Texas couple has been taken into custody after their children tested positive for methamphetamine.

Leeanna and Linton Brandon Keyton were arrested and charged after Titus County Sheriff’s Office Narcotic Investigators obtained a search warrant and discovered quantities of the drug at their hotel room on Oct. 25, KLTV reports.keytons1_featured

The only one found in the room was Leeanna Keyton, who was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance. She was released the next day on $15,000 bond.

Child Protective Services removed the children — both under the age of 5 — from the couple’s care in mid-October. They tested positive for meth.

Officials served arrest warrants on both parents for allegedly endangering a child, KTLA reports.

Leeanna Heyton was arrested once again on Nov. 6 at the parking lot of a Pilgrim’s Pride supermarket. The woman resisted, but deputies managed to quickly take her into custody.

She was booked into the Titus County Jail for endangering a child, resisting arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia.

A week later, Titus County deputies tracked down Linton Brandon Keyton, who refused to identify himself. But deputies confirmed the outstanding arrest warrant and were able to place him into custody.

Deputies booked him into the Titus County Jail for endangering a child, possession of a controlled substance, unlawful carrying of a weapon, failure to identify, and possession of a dangerous drug.