On 01-06-15 a deputy working court security in Humboldt County Superior Courtroom five noticed a subject who had fallen asleep. The deputy contacted the subject, who was later identified as Zachary Davis (27 yrs old), and struggled to wake him up.

When Davis finally woke up he dropped a cellular telephone and plastic bindle containing a white crystalline powder.15177525a606247c9fbe5d3d040c4367

Davis quickly picked up the items and exited the court. Davis then entered a bathroom. Additional deputies contacted Davis in the hallway as he exited the bathroom.

A search of the bathroom reveled a bindle of suspected methamphetamine.

Davis was in court to be sentenced on a prior case. Davis had been released from custody and was on SWAP.

He was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and the SWAP violation.












WASHINGTON (CNN) – Call it “Breaking Bad” on the border, only bigger. Apparently much bigger.

Even before Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto arrived at the White House for a snowy morning meeting with President Barack Obama, senior administration officials had already highlighted new “border enforcement priorities” to enhance “national security and safety” at the southern border.

The meeting comes at a time when U.S. Border Patrol agents in San Diego have just reported an enormous increase in confiscation of methamphetamine in California’s southernmost large city. San Diego’s border patrol said that methamphetamine seizures increased in the 2014 fiscal year by a whopping 43%. And meth seizures in just that one area accounted for almost half (47.7%) of all the methamphetamine seized by the Border Patrol nationwide.

The spike in meth confiscations is both cause for alarm in Washington, and also a signal that efforts to control access to chemicals used to make meth in the U.S. may be paying off.

Dave Gaddis, former chief of global enforcement for the Drug Enforcement Administration, said the flow of the drug across the border is adding to a “dwindling supply” of meth that is already in the United States.

“Because of more effective law enforcement, you don’t have the large labs that will manufacture the amounts that the demand [in the United States] is requiring,” he said.

The other good news is that there is no concrete evidence that the amount of methamphetamine use in the U.S. has spiked. The 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health suggests the number of meth users has neither risen nor fallen significantly since 2011.

But here is the problem for U.S. law enforcement: Cooking and smuggling meth has become much more of an international business. Small homegrown labs in someone’s house used to create a lot more of the product, with all the associated risk including fires and explosions and, of course, arrests.

Now, Mexican drug cartels are suspected of manufacturing as much as 90% of the available quantities of the drug and shipping it across the border, along with other drugs including cocaine and marijuana. In earlier days when the homegrown version of the drug was more popular, Gaddis said law enforcement might have encountered “10 to 12, maybe 16 ounces” of the drug at a time.

“But down there? They’re manufacturing 500 kilos at a time,” he said.

The illegal drug markets could flood, thanks to the large volume of meth the cartels can supply, Gaddis said.

“Prices could go down. And if prices do go down, because of the nature and violence of that particular drug, we’re going to see emergency room visitations increase,” he said. “We’re going to see [overdoses] increase. More homicides.”

So why would Mexican drug cartels want to get involved in the meth business anyway? Many experts see the law of supply and demand at work.

Brian O’Dea, a former drug smuggler and author of the book, “High: Confessions of an International Drug Smuggler,” said the precursor chemicals to make meth are readily available in Mexico. And it’s very easy to do.

“You can build the product in Mexico with impunity pretty much,” he said. “You can pay for protection. To cross the U.S. border from Mexico, there are a whole lot of people willing to take that chance and to get the drug across the way that illegal aliens come across that border.”

What to do about it?

Gaddis said in years past, law enforcement shifted its priorities and took the focus off of meth, which may have given it an opening to grow.

“You can’t keep your eye on 10 balls at one time,” he said. “It’s a very nasty drug. It does a lot of damage physiologically to people. I hope we take another look at it and try to build another program that blocks a lot of that.”











Christopher Cook, the man accused of shooting Albuquerque police officer Lou Golson, is a meth addict, according to his former friends and police.

At his perpetrator walk Tuesday morning after being arrested, Cook answered a KOB reporter’s question of what happened Saturday morning by saying, “I don’t know, I don’t remember from Saturday. I haven’t slept in two weeks.”

Albuquerque substance abuse counselor Ron Timmcke hasn’t met Cook or treated him, but believes that statement could be a sign of meth addiction.cop shooter christopher cook

“Two areas are affected by meth use,” Timmcke said. “One is short term memory and the other one is the frontal lobe, executive functions, decision making, impulse control – that type of thing.”

KOB also showed Timmcke Cook’s mug shots that were taken over the years. In the most recent ones, he appears to have lost weight. The change in appearance points to another possible consequence of drug use.

“One of the things that’s happening is the person is not making decision to eat, so the long they’re on the drugs – the meth or stimulants of that type – the lower and lower the weight will go,” Timmcke said. “Over the time period, they don’t eat and they don’t maintain their nutrition.”

Cook also has an extensive criminal history – no drug charges, but lots of property crime and theft charges.

“A drug addict needs to support their habit, so a lot of the property crimes that are committed in Albuquerque and around the nation are people that are responding to their addiction and using property crimes to support that addiction.”

Timmcke speculated that Cook didn’t have any drug charges on his record because he simply hadn’t been caught.












Police work and a lucky break lead to shooting suspect’s capture

Two Bernalillo County Sheriff’s deputies were finishing a routine traffic stop in the North Valley early Tuesday morning when they saw a man staggering down the street.

They decided to check whether he was OK and got more than they bargained for.

He was the most wanted man in Albuquerque.

That put an end to a massive, three-day, multi-agency manhunt for the suspect in the shooting of veteran Albuquerque police officer Lou Golson.

Christopher Cook, 36, shot Golson four times at close range during a DWI stop near San Mateo Boulevard and San Mateo Lane early Saturday morning, according to a criminal complaint filed in Metropolitan Court. The officer was seriously injured, but he survived.a01_jd_05jan_cop-shot-e1420434624759-148x175

Early on, investigators keyed in on the gun used in the shooting and left at the scene. They tested it for DNA and on Monday night got a hit – Cook had a lengthy police record.

They had an ID. Now they needed to find him.

The statewide search was underway when the deputies ran across him walking southbound on Edith Boulevard near Montaño Road around 4 a.m. Tuesday.

“Based on the temperature, deputies went to check on the welfare of the individual,” Sheriff’s Office spokesman Aaron Williamson said.

Cook had a large screwdriver in his pocket and was dressed in a dark-colored hoodie and jeans. He was carrying no identification and provided the deputies with false names and birth dates.

But they recognized him as the shooting suspect, Williamson said. They verified Cook’s name when he was fingerprinted, and BCSO turned him over to APD.

Cook was escorted past news photographers and reporters into the Prisoner Transport Center after police interviewed him Tuesday morning. When asked by a reporter what happened Saturday morning, Cook said he didn’t remember.

“I don’t know, I don’t remember Saturday. I haven’t slept in two weeks,” he said.

Cook was booked into the Metropolitan Detention Center and charged with attempted murder, being a felon in possession of a firearm, shooting from a motor vehicle and receiving and transferring a stolen vehicle.

Cook is also facing a federal charge. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives filed a criminal complaint in federal court Tuesday, charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm. Police said he will be transferred to federal custody to face that charge.

Cook could face up to a lifetime in prison if he is found guilty of being an armed career criminal, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Cook was released from prison about a year ago and has a violent criminal past. Police also say he has a history of drug abuse.

Details of the shooting

At a news conference Tuesday afternoon, Albuquerque Police Chief Gorden Eden provided more details of the shooting and the investigation that led to Cook’s capture.

“Officer Golson approaches the vehicle, the car door opens, and the suspect opens fire, firing multiple rounds from a handgun at officer Golson,” Eden said. “Officer Golson was shot multiple times, and he falls to the ground as a result of being shot.”

Eden said the suspect fired five shots and Golson returned fire with eight shots. The gunman then ran north on San Mateo.

Golson called police dispatchers, saying he had been shot, and a team from the Albuquerque Fire Department arrived on scene to provide emergency aid, Eden said.

“Ah, it hurts, it (expletive) hurts,” Golson says as two officers arrive and check the SUV for the shooter, according to the lapel video.

Eden said fingerprints were found on the exterior of the stolen Isuzu that Cook allegedly was driving and on a Johnnie Walker bottle of Scotch.

Investigators gathered DNA evidence from the 9 mm semi-automatic handgun left inside the SUV and matched it to Cook’s DNA. Bullet casings found at the scene matched the gun, Eden said.

Police say Cook had stolen the SUV from That Car Place, at Wyoming and Marquette NE, on Jan. 2 after asking to test-drive it.

According to the criminal complaint detailing the state’s charges against Cook, surveillance footage near the scene of the shooting showed the suspect fleeing, but the quality wasn’t high enough to identify him.

However, police showed a still image from the lapel footage to Cook’s brother, who said it looked like him.

Officer recovering

Eden said Golson underwent surgery Saturday. One of the shots went through his left side and broke his left femur, according to the complaint. Three shots hit his bulletproof vest causing bruises, and he broke his wrist during the fall.

“This morning, when officer Golson was contacted that Cook had been arrested, I can tell you the family was greatly relieved,” he said.

Eden said he was visiting Golson on Monday night, when a young man came to the hospital to wish him well.

“It was actually a young man he had issued a traffic citation to. He wanted to make sure that the officer knew that the community was thinking of him, that their thoughts and prayers were with him, and I think that speaks to the nature of our community,” Eden said.

Sheriff Manny Gonzales also spoke at the news conference.

“This was a very personal matter, not only for the department but for myself,” he said. “I worked with officer Golson when he was on the SWAT team for the Albuquerque Police Department. His son is a new graduate of our academy. So it became very personal to our agency.”













NEWTON, Kansas – The Newton Police Department recently completed an investigation on a case surrounding the trafficking and sales on a substantial quantity of methamphetamine in the City of Newton.

Back on December 12, an operation involving an effort between the Narcotic Enforcement Units of the Newton Police Department and Wichita Police Department led to the recovery of 2.25 pounds of methamphetamine.

The drugs originated from a Newton home, and a search warrant was executed. The search of the home yielded an additional 6.28 pounds of meth. The total street value of the seized drugs was at least $386,914.

During the investigation, police learned the 8.53 pounds recovered was a part of a 15 pound shipment. The missing 6.47 pounds has been distributed throughout the city. It is believed the person involved is connected to a network which was bringing similar quantities of methamphetamine to town for years.












Two Lebanon County residents were arrested Saturday after authorities said they were found with crystal methamphetamine and other drugs in a home where there were two young children present.

Corey Robert Hartman, 38, and Andrea Maria Rebuck, 31, of Bethel Township, are both being held in lieu of $50,000 bail in Lebanon County Prison.16708968-mmmain

The Lebanon County Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at their home, where they said they found the methamphetamine in addition to Oxycodone and marijuana. Drug paraphernalia, including scales and packaging materials, and a loaded firearm were also found at the residence, authorities said.

Police allege an 8-year-old and 5-month-old were inside the residence at the time the search warrant was executed. The children were released to a family member, authorities said

Hartman and Rebuck were charged with possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, possession with intent to deliver Oxycodone, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, endangering the welfare of children and criminal conspiracy.

Hartman and Rebuck are scheduled to appear Jan. 22 for a preliminary hearing.












LA CROSSE — A 57-year-old La Crosse man has been arrested on charges of possessing blue-tinted methamphetamine worth thousands of dollars.

Steven McCurdy is facing charges of possession with intent to deliver meth, escape, resisting officers, criminal damage to property and possession of drug paraphernalia, the La Crosse Tribune reported. Police say they seized 98 grams of meth from McCurdy on Saturday.

Police reports say McCurdy damaged the squad car divider, escaped his handcuffs and fought with officers during his arrest.

It wasn’t immediately known whether he has an attorney.

La Crosse police first discovered blue meth in late December. Investigators say they believe the manufacturer of the drug is dyeing it blue to trademark the product in a nod to the popular TV series “Breaking Bad.”












JAKARTA: Indonesian anti-narcotics officials have seized 800 kilograms of methamphetamine and arrested nine people, including five foreigners, in one of the biggest drug busts in recent years. Sumirat said the drugs were suspected to have come from Guangzhou in southern China and were brought over by ship.Petugas mengamankan sejumlah tersangka pengedar sabu-sabu di Kalideres, Jakarta Barat, Senin (5/1)

Agents from the National Narcotics Agency, or BNN, discovered the drugs in a truck in the parking lot of a supermarket in West Jakarta, during a raid based on tips gleaned from informants.

“We carried out the raid when the goods were being transferred” from the truck to a pickup truck, Sr. Comr. Sumirat Dwiyanto, a spokesman for the BNN.

The raid took place in the parking lot of the Lotte Mart supermarket in Taman Surya, West Jakarta. BNN agents discovered 40 sacks inside the truck, each one stuffed with 20 one-kilogram packages of meth. The individual packages were disguised as bags of coffee.

BNN agents have arrested nine people in connection with the raid, including four Chinese nationals and one Malaysian. The four others are Indonesian.










Charged with trafficking drugs, Tiffany Stover sits behind bars in Laurel County. Just after Christmas, State police say that the 29 year old took a late night trip to a Pilot gas station off of 1-75 in Corbin. When she went to the adjoining McDonalds, Stover went to pay for her meal and pulled out something that wasn’t her wallet.

State Troopers told Josh Breslow that, “She looked at the cashier and she said oh my goodness I can’t believe I just pulled that out in front of you.”6366951_G

According to this arrest citation, Stover went on to tell the employee at this McDonalds exactly what was in that container.

She said that the jar contained drugs and money and that she was traveling from Ohio to Corbin to sell drugs and make a killing.

Investigators said that the jar contained money, aluminum foil and meth.

A man was also arrested with Stover. Bobby Smith, a Clay County man was accused of driving Stover to the Pilot while he was on drugs.  When troopers approached the vehicle, they say that the 62 year old threw meth out of the window. He is charged with DUI and drug possession.












GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – To most people, owning a home is part of the American Dream, but for one family it’s become a living nightmare.

Heather and Brian Vanorder found out the home they recently bought was used to make methamphetamine. Now, the home feels more like a prison, one they say is hiding dark secrets within its walls.

The Vanorders believe they were lied to about renovations done to their home, a cover up of chemicals left behind from methamphetamine once cooked and smoked in their home, threatening their financial and physical well being.

Heather has a history of Multiple Sclerosis and Rheumatoid Arthritis and is fearful the chemicals will hurt her family in the future.

Located on Straight Ave. NW, the Vanorders moved into their home a month ago; looking forward to living closer to family. However, shortly after they bought the house, a man living in the upstairs unit of their duplex told them some surprising news about the previous owner.

“He was one hundred percent sure they cooked meth in there and that he helped the seller cover it up,” said Heather Vanorder.

That conversation was caught on tape, and the homeowners shared the recording with FOX 17. In it, the former upstairs tenant admits to helping the former owner renovate the kitchen and bedroom to cover up the drug activity.

The family has had two separate tests run in the kitchen and bedroom, both showing levels of methamphetamine much higher that what the EPA allows.

“You see it in the movies, you watch ‘Breaking Bad,’ but you get into a house with it, it’s like, what do I do?” said Brian Vanorder.

“We bought a meth house, said Heather, “I don’t even have words anymore.”

Heather and Brian are now forced to live out of their moving boxes, afraid of contaminating anything coming into contact with the house.

“It’s scary and I don’t want to live in fear or be sick,” said Heather.

Believe it or not, there’s no law requiring a seller to disclose former drug activity or other crimes.  A short paragraph in the seller’s disclosure agreement asks for information on any “environmental contamination,” to the home. It’s a rule easily sidestepped, as the Vanorders’ believe was the case here.

We reached out to the previous owner and asked him about the six years he lived in the home. He declined to issue a statement.

Heather and Brian are now looking for the best way to make their home a safe place to live. The estimated cost is $20,000 and they’re hoping for help from the public using Gofundme.

They’ll need walls torn out, furniture replaced and other big-ticket items.

Heather and Brian are in the process of building a fence to keep meth users familiar with their residence; out of the home once known as a meth house.

To help Brian and Heather, click the following link for their Gofundme efforts:












OKLAHOMA CITY —Despite a decrease in meth production in Oklahoma after cracking down on the sale of pseudoephedrine–the drug’s main ingredient–researchers say meth use remains at epidemic levels.img-10pm-Video-4-Mexican-Meth

The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics says the issue remains problematic because Mexican cartels continue to heavily traffic the drug into the state. In fact, OBN says as much as 15 pounds is being brought into Oklahoma on a weekly basis by as many as seven different cartels.

Those cartels are transporting meth through Oklahoma to St. Louis, Chicago and Kansas City.

Nationally, drug agents are reporting a 300 percent increase in meth seized at the border from 2009 to 2014. Experts say more meth is being made south of the border because production costs are cheaper.

OBN says in 2011, 930 meth labs were seized. In 2014, that number dropped to 177.

OBN has reportedly hired more bilingual agents, increased highway stops and collaborated with other agencies in an effort to undercut cartel activity.












The DEA said they are seeing more methamphetamine crossing our South Texas border.

Drug traffickers are using new and creative ways to smuggle the drugs across.

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A DEA spokesperson explained that methamphetamine is smuggled across in different forms including powder, crystal, and liquid. The latter is becoming a more popular alternative because it’s easier to disguise.

Just last week, Customs and Border Protection discovered $27 million in liquid methamphetamine being smuggled through the Los Indios Port of Entry.

About 852 pounds of meth were extracted from the 18-wheeler’s fuel tank, which held about 100 gallons.

The DEA said smuggling methamphetamine is in its highly concentrated liquid form is becoming more common.

“We have seen a trend going toward liquid meth because they are able to conceal it for smuggling methods. They are able to bring it across the border easier and they are able to contain it and hide it with a solvent base, which is harder to detect,” explained Wendell Campbell, a DEA spokesperson and special agent.

He also told Action 4 News that drug traffickers typically use solvents like gasoline and acetone.

“Once it’s brought into the United States it has to be converted back to a crystal,” said Campbell, “They burn off the gasoline-it leaves the liquid crystal in the bowl.”

Campbell explained that process of boiling off a solvent over an open flame is very dangerous and has a potential to cause flash fires. Unfortunately, he said it’s a risk that most smugglers are willing take.

“Drug trafficking organizations, the cartels, really lean toward moving meth in because it’s cheap to produce and has a really high profit margin. It’s easier to conceal than some drugs like marijuana,” said Campbell.

Meth seizures are growing at an alarming rate. CBP seized nearly 3,698 pounds of meth during fiscal year 2014 from eight ports of entry between Laredo and Brownsville, which is a 28% increase from 2013.

Campell said meth seizures are not only increasing along the border, it’s also trend that’s reflected in destination markets further north.

“We’ve seen a significant increase in seizures within the Houston division of upwards-approximately of 89% over this time last year,” stated Campbell.

He explains it’s supply and demand.

Campbell also said that meth is being smuggled into the United States, the DEA is seeing meth drop in street value.

A pound of meth used to run about $12,000-15,000, but agents have seen in RGV as cheap as $7,000 a pound.












Two men were arrested and 300,000 methamphetamine pills seized in Ayutthaya province, the Narcotics Suppression Bureau said Tuesday.

Pol Lt Gen Rewat Klinkesorn, the NSB commissioner, said at a press conference that Puchong Rerkpayak, 46, and Anon Pokham, 31, were arrested while leaving a petrol station in Muang district where they met, unaware they were being watched by a team of police following up a tip.

Mr Puchong left the petrol station on a motorcycle, followed by Mr Anon in a Toyota Vios. Police stopped the two for a search and found in the car 150 packages containing a total 300,000 methamphetamine pills. The two were charged with possession of illicit drugs with intent to sell.

In a separate action, NSB police arrested Wuthichai Luadsong, 19, who was wanted under a court warrant dated Aug 6 in Nong Buahi district of Ubon Ratchathani province on Monday.

The arrest of Mr Wuthichai was based on information from Thongsuk Sithon, a Thai worker who was caught smuggling methamphetamine pills to Israel.  Mr Thongsuk told police Mr Wuthichai was a member of his smuggling ring.












HICKORY, N.C. — Police arrested Jessica Dawn Greer, 26, 6535 Greedy Highway, Hickory, late Friday night and charged her with possession of a schedule II controlled substance, Hickory Police Department spokeswoman Chrystal Dieter said. 54ab19fd25187_image

Police noticed a suspicious vehicle idling at West End Bar-B-Q and made contact with the occupants, Dieter said.

A search of the vehicle yielded a bag of 0.4 grams of methamphetamine in the suspect’s purse and digital scales in the vehicle, Dieter said.

Two other people also present at the time were not arrested.












KERN COUNTY, Calif. – Kern County’s Mental Health Department has released their latest methamphetamine impact study, which took an in-depth look at meth use throughout the county over the past six years, and officials are seeing a moderate to sharp upward trend.

The last study was conducted in March 2008, and about 40-percent of all felony prosecutions in the county included meth offenses, but that number is now well over 50-percent.

“Kern County is larger than the state of Massachusetts, so it’s a very large county with a lot of rural areas that would make it very attractive to cook dope,” said Chief Environmental Health Specialist Brian Pitts.

The district attorney’s office saw the biggest spike in meth cases in Mojave, which includes Tehachapi, jumping from 50 to 70 thousand in one year.

Lake Isabella has not had its own jurisdiction since 2009-their cases are now directed to Mojave, which could be one reason for the increase in the Mojave area.

The Kern Stop Meth Now Coalition wants to make the public aware of their latest findings with a community forum, on Monday, January 5th, at 9 am in the Board of Supervisor’s Chambers at 1115 Truxtun Avenue.












EL PASO, Texas — U.S. border officials working the port of entry in El Paso have seized about 86 pounds of methamphetamine worth about $2.7 million.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection said that officials seized the methamphetamine Sunday after a drug-sniffing dog alerted officials to a vehicle at the primary inspection station that had arrived from Mexico.

Officials scanned the vehicle with an X-ray system and discovered an anomaly in the vehicle’s appearance. Officials then found the bundles hidden in panels of the car.

The driver of the vehicle was turned over to special agents with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations to face charges associated with the failed smuggling attempt.














(SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE) Methamphetamine seizures at U.S. ports of entry on the California-Mexico border reached unprecedented levels in fiscal 2014, as drug trafficking organizations strive to smuggle growing quantities of the low-cost Mexican-made product into the United States.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection figures show 14,732 pounds of meth seized by the San Diego field office during the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, accounting for 63 percent of the synthetic drug seized at all land, air and sea ports of entry nationwide.

With the California border as their main smuggling route, “the Mexican cartels are flooding the U.S. marketplace with their cheap methamphetamine,” said Gary Hill, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s assistant special agent in charge in San Diego.














Six people were arrested Friday by the Kentucky State Police on multiple charges, including manufacturing methamphetamine at a local motel.

According to a press release, on Jan. 2, troopers from Post 10 Harlan received information that several individuals were making methamphetamine at the Comfort Inn in Harlan. Troopers responded to the hotel and made contact with six individuals inside of a room. Once inside of the room troopers located Coleman fuel, lithium batteries, syringes, liquid fire, and other items used to manufacture meth with.

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Six people were arrested and charged:

  • Samantha Smith, 27, of Gulston, charged with first-degree trafficking controlled substance (meth), manufacturing methamphetamine, unlawful possession of meth precursors and possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • Marlin Fields, 23, of Gulston, charged with first-degree trafficking controlled substance (meth), manufacturing methamphetamine, unlawful possession of meth precursors and possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • B.J. Hickson, 28, of Cawood, charged with first- degree trafficking controlled substance (meth), manufacturing methamphetamine, unlawful possession of meth precursors and possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • Kristie Jones, 28, of Evarts, charged with first-degree trafficking controlled substance (meth), manufacturing methamphetamine, unlawful possession of meth precursors and possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • Christopher Gilbert, 26, of Baxter, charged with first-degree trafficking controlled substance (meth), manufacturing methamphetamine, unlawful possession of meth precursors, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana.
  • Rebecca Combs, 27, of Evarts, charged with first-degree trafficking controlled substance (meth), manufacturing methamphetamine, unlawful possession of meth precursors, possession of drug paraphernalia, second degree possession of controlled substance, prescription not in proper container and first degree promoting contraband.

All six people were arrested and lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center. The case is still under investigation by Trooper Rodney Sturgill. Assisting at the scene were Sgt. Jason Joseph, Trooper Kenny Sergent, Trooper Brandon Burton and Trooper Andy Soltess.

Soltess is continuing the investigation. Assisting at the scene were Burton and Trooper Joey Brigmon.












BATTLE CREEK, MI — Two suspects were arrested in Battle Creek Monday morning after police say an active methamphetamine lab was found in their vehicle during a traffic stop.

The Battle Creek Police Special Investigations Unit conducted a traffic stop near Capital Avenue and Beckley Road around 9:30 a.m. and discovered an active meth lab inside the vehicle, according to a press release from the Battle Creek Police Department.

A large quantity of meth and meth making materials were also discovered during the stop, police said.

Both of the vehicle’s occupants, whose names are being withheld pending arraignment, were arrested on drug charges.

Police said the investigation is ongoing.












AKRON, Ohio — A 15-year-old boy and a 24-year-old woman told police they ran a meth lab, police reports say.

The 15-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of illegally manufacturing methamphetamine, drug possession and possessing a loaded gun.

The woman, Holly E. Beers, of Akron, is charged with first-degree felony possessing chemicals used to make methamphetamine, making meth, corrupting another with drugs, child endangering and drug possession.

Her bond was set at $10,000 and her case, which is scheduled to be presented to a Summit County grand jury on Jan. 12.

Akron police received a complaint about a meth lab at Beers’ home in the 1000 block of Morningview Avenue.

Beers let investigators into her home. Police noted a chemical smell inside the house. A 15-year-old boy emerged from the basement, police reports say.

Beers told police her and the boy created a meth lab in the basement. Officers also found the loaded pistol in the boy’s pocket, police reports say.

Officers uncovered chemicals, jars containing meth oils, syringes and meth in the basement of the home, according to the arrest report.












54ab5fb008298_imageYuma Sector Border Patrol agents seized 55 pounds of liquid meth, worth approximately $510,000, on New Year’s Day.

Agent Juan A. Santana said agents working the Border Patrol checkpoint near Wellton referred a vehicle to secondary inspection following a canine alert.

 “The canine alerted to the gas cap area of the vehicle,” Santana said. “It gave agents an indication of where to start their search of the vehicle.”

After receiving consent from the driver to conduct a search, agents found 18 packages filled with a combined 6.63 gallons of liquid methamphetamine hidden in the gas tank.

The narcotics and driver were turned over to Yuma County Sheriff’s Office.

Methamphetamine in liquid form is much more valuable than the powdered crystallized form. For example, according to the Border Patrol’s figures, had the same amount of crystal meth been found, its street value would only have been about $5,000 a pound, or about $250,000 for the entire shipment.

Locally, however, the price was far less. Santana said using local street value figures provided by the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office, the same shipment would cost roughly $3,000 a pound or $165,000 in total.

Santana explained that once at its destination, the liquid, which is usually water, is boiled away, leaving the drug in its solid form — the most sought-after form on the street.












SAN DIEGO — Seizures of methamphetamine soared at the U.S.-Mexico border during fiscal 2014, accelerating a trend that began several years ago as new laws that limited access to the drug’s chemical ingredients made it harder to manufacture it in the United States.She was passing through the Otay Mesa

Meth seized by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s San Diego field office accounted for nearly two-thirds — 63 percent — of all the meth seized at all ports of entry nationwide in the fiscal year ended Sept. 30, the San Diego Union-Tribune newspaper reported Sunday.

Almost all of the meth consumed in the United States was once manufactured domestically, with San Diego as a known production hub.

But a crackdown in the United States on the precursor chemicals used to make the synthetic drug has pushed its manufacture south of the border, where drug cartels find it cheaper and easier to produce and smuggle over the border than cocaine from South America, the paper reported.

With the California border as their main smuggling route, “the Mexican cartels are flooding the U.S. marketplace with their cheap methamphetamine,” said Gary Hill, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s assistant special agent in charge in San Diego.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection figures show a 300 percent increase in meth seizures at California ports of entry from fiscal 2009 to 2014.

Agents find the drug, often in smaller quantities, strapped to pedestrians crossing the border, in gas tanks, mixed in with clothing or hidden in food cans emptied of their original contents. In some instances, smugglers are liquefying the drug and trying to conceal it as windshield-washer fluid.

Undercover agents are buying it in San Diego for about $3,500 a pound — about a third of the cost of a pound of cocaine — and prices have been decreasing since 2008, Hill said. He added that, unlike with cocaine, drug cartels can eliminate the middleman by directly overseeing meth manufacturing, and the smaller overhead means a cheaper street price in the United States.

Joe Garcia, interim special agent in charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations in San Diego, said much of the meth coming into San Diego is headed north. Los Angeles has emerged as an important hub for shipments headed elsewhere, he said.

“Our investigations take us through all corners of the country,” he said. “It’s going into Canada as well.”

Authorities in San Diego have seen the consequences of more meth coming across the border.

Emergency-room visits and deaths are up, as are the number of arrests for meth, said Angela Goldberg, coordinator for the Meth Strike Force, an effort by law enforcement and health officials in San Diego County to combat meth.

And drug prosecutions in San Diego County for meth jumped from eight in 2013 to 60 in 2014.

“It’s very hard to get past these drug cartels,” Goldberg said. “They’re very good at what they do.”












Owners of homes that become drug labs will be responsible for cleaning up any hazardous chemicals inside, according to new legislation in Lorain.

City Council will consider taking aim at meth labs, houses or buildings where residents cook up doses of illegal methamphetamine.

The legislation would create a new city law regarding “clandestine drug laboratories.” It seeks to hold property owners responsible for environmental cleanup inside homes where the illegal drug-making takes place, said Leon Mason, director of Building, Housing and Planning for Lorain.

The meth labs may contain chemicals and residues that are harmful to people, especially children and adults of child-bearing age.

In 2013, Ohio had 1,010 labs, ranking fourth in the nation in the number of meth labs, meth dump sites and chemical dump sites, according to the legislation, which cited the U.S. Department of Justice.

The new law also would “provide notice to illegal drug manufacturers that these types of activities are not welcomed in our city — period,” Mason said in his cover letter to Council.

“In addition, our city’s law-abiding residents should not be subjected to view these tainted structures and the additional blight that results from the operation of clandestine drug labs/sites,” he said.

The city law would require police who find any meth or drug lab to notify appropriate city, child protection and public health authorities.

The law declares clandestine drug labs are public nuisances, and the city will post a “Do Not Occupy” notice on the houses.

The home owners immediately will vacate all residents and then have 90 days to show they have corrected any drug lab or property code violations, a cleanup was conducted and the property is safe for human occupancy.

The property owners will pay for all cleanup costs, according to the legislation. Property owners also must notify potential renters or buyers the house was the site of a known drug lab until the city’s chief building official removes a declaration of public nuisance from the home.

Property owners who do not comply with the orders to clean up the meth lab sites could face six months of jail time and fines up to $500, according to the legislation.

The new rules will have first reading when Lorain City Council meets at 6 p.m. Jan. 5 at Lorain City Hall, 200 W. Erie Ave.












DALLAS — Josh Vazquez lives in the same far southeast Dallas home where he grew up. But he said the streets where he once rode his bike as a child are now too dangerous for his own two children to play.

“I fear for my life, and — at the same time — I had to stand my ground,” he said. “This is my house. This is my domain.”

Just around the corner from his house, four people were shot inside a home in the 2000 block of Ben Hur Street. Police said two people were found dead inside the house and a third died at the hospital. The fourth person was wounded.

No identities were released.

It’s in an area Dallas police call “high risk,” and where officers take extra precautions.

A sign posted on the fence asks people not to trespass, litter or drink. It also lists a 10 p.m. curfew. But neighbors said there are often people coming and going at all times of the night and early morning.

As many as 10 people may have been inside the residence when the shootings took place, according to a man who said he was there. Police are still looking for suspects, and shared few details about what happened.

Neighbors had their own ideas.

“I don’t know,” speculated Peter Ware. “Drug deal gone bad?”

Meth. Methamphetamine,” Vazquez concluded. “That’s all you see around here.”

Both men said drugs have brought crime and violence to what used to be an ordinary working class neighborhood. The sound of gunfire is not unusual anymore.

“It’s just too close and too many,” said Ware. “Just about every night. And it’s high caliber weapons.”

Ware was out riding his bike in the neighborhood, the first time in a while. He said he mostly keeps to himself now.

Vazquez said his own home has been broken into three times. He added burglar bars to the front. He has a pit bull dog and a gun for protection. He calls police whenever he sees anything out of the ordinary.

“It’s horrible to have to live that way, but this is my roots. This is my house,” Vazquez said.

He would like to see more police presence in the neighborhood, but until then, he said he’ll continue to keep a close eye on his home and his surroundings.












BECKLEY (WVVA)- Four people are behind bars after WV State Police say they found meth making materials in their car.

According to the criminal complaint troopers pulled over a Nissan Sedan for a routine traffic stop on Robert C. Byrd Drive in Beckley, Friday night.

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The complaint states that once troopers approached the Sedan, they spotted several pre-used hypodermic needles in plain view.

After searching the car they found meth making materials in the trunk.

The complaint states that Cassidy Raines, Amy Cobbs, Candace Long and Scott Coffman are all facing methamphetamine charges.

The four are being held in Southern Regional jail.












MELBOURNE, Fla. — A Melbourne couple was arrested Saturday evening after police said they discovered a meth lab in a spare cottage it rented.

Investigators with the Melbourne Police Department and the Division of Children and Families responded to a substance-abuse complaint at the Rock Water Trailer Park at around 7:15 p.m.Brian_West_Leslee_West_Double_Mug

Once on scene, officers said they learned that Brian West, 29, and Leslee West, 26, rented a second cottage at the north Melbourne trailer park off Pineapple Avenue.

While trying to enter that unoccupied residence, police said they detected the odor of chemicals.

Narcotics investigators, who were called in, said they found materials “consistent with a meth operation.”

The lab was then dismantled and the chemicals were collected, officials said.

Both Wests were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine.

Their two young children, ages 2 and 4, were placed in the custody of a relative following a DCF investigation.

The case remains under investigation.











Meth-Lab bust: Florida parents arrested in trainer park

Melbourne couple with two children had been operating a methamphetamine lab in Rocky Water Trailer Park when they were arrested Saturday night, police say..

Melbourne Police Commander V. Pryce said 26-year-old Leslee West and 29-year-old Brian West had two cottages in the trailer park — one for the couple and their 4-year-old and 2-year-old to reside in, and another for the operation.

“When officers attempted to enter the other cottage, they were met with a very strong odor of chemicals,” Pryce said.

Originally called to the property to investigate a complaint pertaining to substance abuse and an environmental hazard along with the Florida Department of Children and Families, they ensured that the chemicals were carted away and that the couple was arrested.

The suspects were charged with manufacture of methamphetamine trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of listed chemicals and child neglect.

Their children are now with a family member.