With favorable spring weather coming our way, people are taking advantage by walking, jogging and bike riding on our local roadways. The potential exists that some people may come across trash left behind by those who have manufactured methamphetamine (meth). The Indiana State Police Meth Suppression Section wants to remind citizens that this trash may contain chemicals that are toxic, flammable, corrosive, and acidic. The combination of these chemicals could cause an explosion, fire or burns if they come into direct contact with the skin.

Indiana’s dubious ranking as the state with the most meth lab incidents last year offers a mixed message for Northwest Indiana.

Nearby Starke County is the closest area with significant methamphetamine production, while LaPorte and Pulaski are at the bottom of counties with meth issues, said Indiana State Police Master Trooper Maggie Shortt. Lake and Porter counties aren’t even on the radar.

“Porter County had no seized meth labs last year. LaPorte has none yet this year,” said Shortt, of the meth suppression unit. That doesn’t mean there is no production, just that they haven’t been reported or located. “It’s really too much area and too few of us,” she added. Her suppression unit covers 11 counties in the northern portion of the state.

Lake County Sheriff John Buncich said that his officers are on alert for meth houses, which seem to locate in the more rural areas of his jurisdiction. His drug task force supervisor reported no raids on suspected meth locations in the past three years, but when investigators obtain any information about meth labs, they give it to the Indiana State Police Meth Suppression Section, Lake County police spokeswoman Patti VanTil reported. “They are the local experts,” she said.

When the meth trade first took off, its makers need an isolated spot and access to anhydrous ammonia, both available in rural areas. But the new “one pot” method uses bottles instead of buckets and the ammonia odor isn’t a factor, Shortt said.

“We are seeing an increase in cities and towns now that they use the one pot,” Shortt said. “Buy a few chemicals and mix it up in a bottle. It’s not that complicated, but it is dangerous.”

The one pot requires quantities of over-the-counter pseudroephedrine, an ingredient in cold medicine. State law requires pharmacies keep records of those sales. And while the dangers that accompany the ammonia process aren’t as spectacular, the waste from the one-pot method is hazardous, state police said.

Now that the snow has melted and Northwest Indiana residents are out walking, jogging and riding bikes, the discarded trash from meth production might be seen on trails and along roadsides, the meth suppression section warned.

“This trash may contain chemicals that are toxic, flammable, corrosive and acidic. The combination of these chemicals could cause and explosion, fire or burns if they come into direct contact with the skin,” a warning issued by the meth suppression section states.

In a news release issued last week, state police tell people not to handle plastic bottles, food storage bags, blister packs and jars that contain a grainy material, because it is “extremely hazardous.” The plastic container may have a tube attached. Cylinders with a valve attached, sometimes found in open areas such as a field, may contain anhydrous ammonia, a hazardous gas. The valve would have a tell-tale bright blue color, police said.

“If someone comes across this type of trash, they should not handle it,” the release states, urging people to notify police immediately.

Law enforcement officials in Lake and Porter counties say the use of other drugs is more prevalent than meth.

Porter County Sheriff David Lain said that his officers do encounter meth users, but heroin remains a much bigger problem.

“We in Northwest Indiana don’t have the degree of meth the rest of the state does, but the only reason is because heroin is accessible and cheap,” Lain said. “We would have meth if we could stem the tide of heroin. It’s all about accessibility.”

Porter County heroin users trek to Chicago for their drugs, Lain said, and some heroin addicts also buy the stimulant to counteract the effects of heroin’s sedative effects.

Shortt agreed. “I’ve seen some kids in LaPorte County mixing the two, or using them consecutively. In their mind, the two will even each other out,” she said.

The second-most-used drug in Porter County, Lain said, is prescription drugs. “That’s why we support programs that encourage turning in expired medicines,” he said.

In Lake County, law enforcement focuses on the use and sale of heroin and cocaine, but Buncich said, “We remain vigilant as we know meth exists in Lake County.”

Anyone with information about the production of methamphetamine can call the ISP crime tip line at 800-453-4756, Shortt said.

The investigations take time, she noted.

http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/lake/26718369-418/the-region-littered-with-trash-from-new-way-of-making-meth.html#.U2aVTCxOWzl

Port Townsend Police say two boys that were the subject of an endangered missing person advisory were found safe in Mason County.

Police issued the advisory for the children , who has multiple felony warrants.

Police say they attempted to locate Mary E Hos, 41, at her residence in Port Townsend to arrest her on an outstanding warrant.

Police could not find her but a man who also lives at the home reported that Hos left the area and took their two sons with her. The father reported he has not seen them since April 17, 2014 at about 6 pm.

Police believed Hos was taking steps to avoid being located.

Police say Hos is suspected of using methamphetamine and has multiple felony warrants out of Jefferson County related to use and possession of methamphetamine.

Police and family were concerned for the well-being of the children.

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.king5.com/news/Port-Townsend-Police-searching-for-boys-mother-257814051.html

 

 CAMDEN COUNTY, Mo.– Narcotics teams bust red phosphorus methamphetamine lab during drug investigation.

Camden County Street Crimes Unit and Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group conducted a narcotics investigation in the 100 block of Payton Place in Climax Springs May 1.

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During the search the Sheriff’s Office says a red phosphorus methamphetamine lab was seized along with methamphetamine.

According to the Camden County Sheriff’s Office, two individuals were arrested in connection with red phosphorus methamphetamine lab.

Matthew Allen Fitzwater, 49, of Climax Springs has been charged with a Class B Felony of distribute/deliver/manufacture/produce or attempt to or possess with intent to distribute/deliver/manufacture/produce a controlled substance, and a Class A Misdemeanor of possession of a controlled substance.

Fitzwater is currently being held in the Camden County Adult Detention Facility on a $1,000.00 cash or $7,500.00 surety bond.

Rebecca Irene Randolph, 22, of Climax Springs has been charged with a Class C Felony of possession of a controlled substance, and a Class A Misdemeanor of unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

Randolph is currently being held in the Camden County Adult Detention Facility of $1,000.00 cash or $7,500.00 surety bond.

 

 

 

 

http://www.ozarksfirst.com/story/d/story/two-arrested-in-red-phosphorus-meth-lab-bust/31115/bExfpChJ90WkzlTAyiAuOw

 

The medical angle on Methamphetamine

Posted: 4th May 2014 by Doc in Uncategorized

PRYOR, OK — Individually the ingredients are toxic, but combine them and methamphetamine users don’t blink an eye.

A meth high will wear off eventually, but the effects of the homemade drug can last a lifetime.

Meth releases a surge of dopamine, causing an intense rush of pleasure or prolonged sense of euphoria. Over time, meth destroys dopamine receptors, making it impossible to feel pleasure,” according to a Public Broadcasting Service special report, “Although these pleasure centers can heal over time, research suggests that damage to users’ cognitive abilities may be permanent.”

Medical researchers have found that after more than a year’s sobriety, former meth users still showed severe impairment in memory, judgment and motor coordination, similar to symptoms seen in Parkinson’s Disease.

Chronic abuse of meth can lead to psychotic behavior including paranoia, insomnia, anxiety, extreme aggression, delusions and hallucinations, according to Mayes Emergency Service Trust Authority paramedic Steve Smith.

Those issues are what paramedics see most, according to Smith.

“We run meth calls all the time, but they’re almost never dispatched that way. They don’t want to admit that they’re strung out on meth so the calls are usually described as mental illness or contain suicide threats,” said Smith. “Increased heart rate and heart attacks are a common response to meth, so that’s another way the call is made.”

Paranoia and hallucinations make providing medical service to users all the more difficult.

“They become combative and we have no way of know what they’re seeing or thinking,” said Smith. “We start by reassuring them that we aren’t police. They see flashing lights and a badge and assume we’re there to arrest them. It’s hard to keep them calm.”

Dispatch, he said, is a lifeline.

“They are the ones handling the calls and responsible for letting us know what we are getting ourselves in to. They have to be on the lookout for key phrases and behaviors so we don’t get ourselves in an  unnecessarily dangerous situation,” said Smith.

Meth users, he said, basically rob their bodies of nutrients.

“People using meth don’t eat, they don’t take care of themselves and any spare money is spent on the next hit and not on medical or dental check-ups,” Smith said.

“Increased wakefulness, increased physical activity, decreased appetite, increased respiration, rapid heart rate, irregular-heart beat, increased blood pressure and increased body temperature,” are just a few of the medical side effects of ingesting the chemical cocktail according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

“Meth mouth” and meth sores are two of the most visible side effects of the drug.

Abuse of meth causes the destruction of tissue and blood vessels, which are detrimental to the body’s ability to repair itself.

Acne appears, sores take longer to heal, and skin loses its luster and elasticity, making users appear years older, according to NIDA. Poor diet, grinding of teeth and poor oral hygiene results in tooth decay and loss.

Another contributor to “meth mouth” is the drug causes the salivary glands to dry out, which allows the mouth’s acid to eat away tooth enamel.

Some of the chemicals in meth are corrosive in nature, taking their toll on teeth and skin.

Anyhdrous ammonia, found in fertilizers; red phosphorous, found on matchboxes; and lithium, found in batteries; are all on the meth ingredient list.

Chouteau Police Officers Chad Nave and Thomas Fisher said their years on the force have taught them that meth and sex often go together.

“Typically we see sexual promiscuity and meth use going hand-in-hand,” said Fisher. “But that’s part of the effects of meth, a heightened libido.

“Unfortunately,” said Nave. “drug use also lowers cognitive ability so the behavior is typically risky. Combine that with users sharing syringes and it’s a recipe for Hepatitis or HIV.”

Lowered resistance to illness, liver damage, convulsions, extreme rise in body temperature, stroke and death are other common effects of meth, according to Smith.

With every meth high, users are doing irreprable damage to their brains and bodies.
– See more at: http://www.pryordailytimes.com/local/x1535588895/Part-3-The-medical-angle-on-meth#sthash.K7jMdE9W.dpuf

 

 

 

 

http://www.pryordailytimes.com/local/x1535588895/Part-3-The-medical-angle-on-meth

 

Kostelec nad Labem, Central Bohemia, May 3 (ČTK) — A driver pursued by the police knocked down and seriously injured a Czech policewoman who tried to stop him on Friday, and she succumbed to fatal wounds in a hospital today, police spokeswoman Marketa Johnová has told ČTK.

 

 

Detectives say the driver was under the influence of drugs, in particular methamphetamine (pervitin), and he was banned from driving.

A district police patrol wanted to stop the car near Brandýs nad Labem, Central Bohemia, but the driver did not react to the signal and drove away.

In the evening, police accused the driver of violence against a person in authority. If found guilty, he faces up to 16 years in prison. He also faces the accusation of obstructing the execution of an official decision, Johnová said.

“Policemen were pursuing him; other patrols were called to help. Another police patrol tried to stop the car again on the road between Brandýs nad Labem and Kostelec nad Labem and the driver ran down a policewoman. She suffered serious wounds,” Johnová said.

Policemen then detained the 22-year-old driver and another two people in the car, a man and a woman.

Petra Effenbergerová, from the Central Bohemian Emergency Service’s press section, said the car had knocked down the policewoman in a high speed. She was transported to the trauma center of Prague’s Vinohrady Hospital with a serious head injury and an open leg fracture.

The woman was hospitalized at the anesthesiology and resuscitation clinic where she succumbed to the injuries this afternoon, hospital spokesman Lukáš Matýsek said.

In keeping with Czech media law, neither the names of the victim or the suspect can be disclosed.

 

 

http://www.praguepost.com/czech-news/38811-policewoman-killed-by-driver-high-on-methamphetamine

 

EUDORA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities have arrested a man charged with using a rural Douglas County home to produce methamphetamine.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports (http://bit.ly/1fGMHQ7 ) Benito Olivas-Yanez was arrested Wednesday in Olathe. He’s one of 17 defendants indicted in December as part of a conspiracy federal prosecutors say spanned from July 2011 to December 2013.

Olivas-Yanez, a Mexican citizen, is scheduled to return to federal court Monday for a detention hearing. He’s the 12th defendant arrested in the case, which is scheduled to go to trial in March 2015. He’s charged with possessing more than 50 grams of methamphetamine and for using a home in rural Douglas County to produce methamphetamine.

Investigators believe the conspiracy spanned multiple states and into Mexico.

A lawyer listed for Olivas-Yanez couldn’t be reached for comment.

 

 

 

http://www.sfgate.com/news/crime/article/Feds-arrest-man-charged-in-Kansas-meth-case-5451141.php

 

A Manchester elementary school teacher is on administrative leave after police say they found a marijuana growing operation, methamphetamine and other drugs at her Pine Street apartment.

Kirsten Dergosits, 45, and her husband, Robert, 41, were arrested April 23 after police searched their apartment and found marijuana plants, growing equipment, methamphetamine and cash, according to the Manchester Police Department.

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Manchester school officials confirmed that Dergosits works at Robertson Elementary School. A school directory lists her as a third-grade teacher.

According to the superintendent’s office, Dergosits was placed on administrative leave as soon as the school system found out about her arrest. School officials said they can’t comment further because it’s a personnel issue.

Manchester police said the East Central Narcotics Taskforce searched the Dergosits’ home at Ribbon Mill Apartments at 150 Pine Street last Thursday.

According to the arrest warrant, Dergosits answered the door when investigators arrived and the apartment reportedly smelled of marijuana.

Dergosits admitted to smoking marijuana earlier that day, the warrant says. When police asked if there was anything illegal inside the apartment, Dergosits reportedly answered, “Not that I know of.”

But investigators searched the apartment and found about 3.5 lbs. of marijuana with a street value of about $12,000, packaging material and drug paraphernalia, growing equipment, nine marijuana plants and 13 seedlings, about 22 grams of methamphetamine and $4,306 in cash, police said.

Police seized those items, along with a television, cellphones and a computer, as evidence.

Kirsten and Robert Dergosits were both charged with a string of drug offenses, including possession and cultivation of marijuana, operating a drug factory, possession with intent to sell, possession of drugs within 1500 feet of a school and possession of cocaine and heroin.

They each posted $150,000 bond and will appear in court May 30.

Information on an attorney representing the couple was not immediately available.

 

 

 

 

http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local/Manchester-Elementary-Teacher-Charged-With-Growing-Marijuana-257378361.html

 

 

Stephen Andrew Boehme, age 46, of Goleta, was arrested for possession of methamphetamine for sale and transportation of methamphetamine.

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Santa Barbara Police Department Narcotics detectives recently developed information that Boehme was selling methamphetamine in Santa Barbara and Goleta, and on April 23, 2014 obtained a search warrant for Boehme and his vehicle. On May 1, 2014 at 12:45 p.m., detectives conducting surveillance in the area of State Street and Broadmoor Plaza observed Boehme riding in the passenger seat of a vehicle. The car was stopped Boehme was detained and searched pursuant to the warrant. Boehme’s personal vehicle was located in the parking lot of an apartment complex on the 3400 block of Richland Drive and also searched. Boehme was found to be in possession of nearly two ounces of methamphetamine valued at approximately $1000.00. Boehme admitted to selling the drug.

Boehme was booked into Santa Barbara County Jail on the aforementioned charges with a bail amount of $30,000.00.

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A New Zealander who was a tourist police volunteer for 15 years in Thailand has been sentenced to nearly five years in prison for drug dealing.

Garry Halpin, 52, admitted charges of dealing crystal methamphetamine to teenagers in the tourist resort of Phuket, and to overstaying his visa.

Halpin was jailed for four years and 10 months, and fined 250,000 baht (NZ$17,800).

The sentences would have been doubled had Halpin not pleaded guilty, the Phuket Gazette reported.

Halpin was found with more than 18g of crystal methamphetamine, along with drug paraphernalia, a digital scale and cough syrup when he was arrested at Chalong Villa and Spa on December 14.

Lt Col Jarun Bangprasert of the Phuket Provincial Police says Halpin had been a Tourist Police Volunteer and had been helpful with Chalong Police trying to communicate with tourists.

“He worked closely with police, and used this connection to convince foreigners that he could do what he wanted, right or wrong,” Lt Col Bangprasert said.

Halpin was arrested after 25-year-old Lersak Thaitae told police he sold crystal methamphetamine to Halpin, who would then redistribute it to tourists and teenagers.

He was arrested after police set up a meeting between Thaitae and Halpin.

 

 

 

http://home.nzcity.co.nz/news/article.aspx?id=186545&cat=980&fm=newsmain%2Cnarts

 

 

On Wednesday, investigators with the Metro-Narcotics Unit went to 803 East Chester on a crime stoppers tip about illegal drug activity.

George Smith (Left), and Brandy Smith

Investigators arrived at the home and determined that George Smith and his wife Brandy Smith rented a room from the homeowners and it appeared the homeowners were not involved in the suspected illegal activity.

George Smith was at the home with his 2-month-old and two other children. Investigators obtained a search warrant to search the area rented by George Smith.

Investigators said they located two one-pot, or “shake-and-bake” meth labs and four gas generators in the living area and where the children were at.

Investigators also located four digital scales, two glass smoking pipes, 18 Xanax pills and other meth making components including empty boxes of cold medicine that contained pseudoephedrine, police said.

Police said a preliminary ion scan of the rented space indicated the presence of methamphetamine and other drugs.

The house was quarantined because of the meth labs and a cleanup driver with the Tennessee Methamphetamine & Pharmaceutical Task Force disposed of the meth labs, gas generators and other toxic materials.

The investigation indicates that the children, including the two-month-old, were present around the meth labs and possibly while meth was being cooked so the Tennessee Department of Children Services was called to the scene, police said.

DCS temporarily removed the children and they will be tested for the presence of methamphetamine which could upgrade the charges against George and Brandy Smith, police said.

Police said they are charging George Smith, 35, and Brandy Smith, 34, with initiation of meth manufacture, felony possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of Schedule IV with intent to resale, reckless endangerment and aggravated child abuse and neglect.

They were arraigned on the charges today in General Sessions Court.

Anyone with additional information about this case or any other drug activity can call the Jackson Madison County Metro Narcotics Unit at 731-424-6485 or Crime Stoppers at 731-424-8477.

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.jacksonsun.com/article/20140502/NEWS01/140502004/Police-Crime-stoppers-tip-helps-uncover-meth-labs-aggravated-child-abuse?nclick_check=1

 

Metro Police said they discovered an active methamphetamine lab in West Nashville on Thursday evening.

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A tip to authorities led them to execute a search warrant in the 5400 block of Illinois Avenue when the lab was allegedly found, according to a Metro Nashville Police Department release. The street near the home was closed for hours while detectives, the Nashville Fire Department and the Tennessee Meth Task Force to stabilize the scene.

Two residents at the house, Brian Keith Williams, 35, and Monica Adkins, 36, was taken into custody on meth manufacturing charges on Thursday, the release said. Williams remains in Metro Jail on $50,000 bond, while Adkins is still in jail on $30,000.

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/crime/2014/05/01/pd-two-arrested-meth-lab-found-w-nashville/8593985/

 

A police sweep earlier this week in Eastern Oregon netted 29 arrests and a small amount of drugs and cash. Pendleton police Sgt. Rick Jackson, coordinator of the Blue Mountains Narcotics Enforcement Team, said “Operation Black Eye” was a multi-agency takedown of methamphetamine dealers.

Jackson said the drug team began working the case about five months ago based on information from confidential informants and undercover drug buys. Officers on Monday and Tuesday conducted about 30 “knocks and talks” at residences in Boardman, Irrigon, Umatilla, McNary, Hermiston and Stanfield.

The simple tactic of simply knocking on doors and talking to who’s there yielded good results, he said.

The offenders were low- and mid-level drug dealers, Jackson said, and several of the 29 were wanted on outstanding warrants. Police also seized a small amount of methamphetamine and about $300 cash.

“I believe this will make a difference locally,” he said

.Jackson credited Morrow County parole and probation officers, Hermiston police investigators and several others for working on the bust. He said the team effort made the mission a success.

Suspects were also connected to other criminal activity, Jackson said, so cases are far from over.

http://www.bluemountaineagle.com/operation-black-eye-nets–arrests-across-umatilla-morrow-co-publish2_ap_9a75cec80d06bed4cfebd1f45f41727e

Salton City, California – Wednesday, El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio station arrested a suspected narcotics smuggler and seized more than 24 pounds of methamphetamine concealed within gas tank of a vehicle.

The incident occurred at approximately 1:30 p.m., when Border Patrol agents encountered a 41-year-old woman, driving a Silver 2002 Mazda MPV as she approached the Highway 86 checkpoint located between Westmorland and Salton City.

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The driver was referred to the secondary inspection area.  During the secondary inspection a Canine Detection team alerted to the vehicle’s undercarriage.  Agents conducted an inspection of the vehicle’s gas tank and discovered 22 plastic sealed packages of methamphetamine concealed inside.

The methamphetamine had a combined weight of 24.91 pounds with an estimated street value of $286,465.

The woman, a Lawful Permanent Resident card holder, was taken into custody.  The vehicle and methamphetamine were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.

 

 

 

http://imperialvalleynews.com/index.php/news/imperial-valley/8495-el-centro-sector-border-patrol-busts-woman-with-meth.html

 

 

A month-long joint investigation by the Jacksonville Police Department, NC State Bureau of Investigation and the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office led investigators to drug activity at a RV camper located Whaley Field Road near Rock Creek Subdivision on Thursday, May 1, 2014 afternoon.

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Investigators executed a search warrant at the location and located an active “one pot” methamphetamine lab inside of the RV.  The suspect, Seth Austin Jarman, was taken into custody without incident.

Jarman is being held at the Onslow County Jail under a $166,000.00 bond.  His charges are listed below.  “Methamphetamine production is a dangerous public safety hazard.  We will continue to zealously investigate any methamphetamine related criminal activity in our community” stated Captain Jason Bettis, JPD Investigative Services Supervisor.

 

 

 

 

http://www.jdnews.com/news/crime/investigation-leads-to-meth-lab-bust-1.313877

 

(WKTV) – Two Rome residents face charges in connection to methamphetamine manufacture, the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office said.

Anthony P. Armstrong, 47, of the 6000 block of Lamphear Road in Rome, and Corie L. Edwards, 35, of Anken Street in Rome, are charged with unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine in the the third degree and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree.

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According to authorities, on Friday, members of the New York State Police S.O.R.T. Team, Oneida County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team, Oneida County Sheriff’s Criminal Investigation/Narcotics Unit and the New York State Police Contaminated Crime Scene Response Team executed a search warrant at a home on Lamphear Road. The search warrant was the result of a five-month investigation into the sale and possession of methamphetamine at the address.

The home had been investigated before, and a search warrant was executed there in December. At that time, Armstrong and others were arrested.

The Oneida County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division, the Rome Fire Department and the City of Rome Codes Department assisted at the scene.

 

 

 

http://www.wktv.com/news/local/Two-Rome-residents-accused-of-manufacturing-meth-257717541.html

 

 

LAREDO, TEXAS– U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Laredo Port of Entry this week seized a combination load of methamphetamine and marijuana valued at $1.1 million during a routine vehicle examination.

“Our officers employed an effective combination of inspections experience and technology to seize a combination load of narcotics,” said Jose Uribe, Acting CBP Port Director, Laredo. “Seizures like these reinforce the border security aspect of mission and keeping our communities safe from the scourge of street-level narcotics.”

The seizure occurred on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 when CBP officers working at the Lincoln-Juarez Bridge encountered a 1995 Ford Econoline van driven by a 30-year-old Mexican citizen from San Nicolas de los Garza, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. CBP officers referred the driver and vehicle for a secondary examination. During the examination, CBP officers discovered 13 bundles containing a total of nearly 33 pounds of alleged methamphetamine and 51 packages containing a total of 158 pounds of alleged marijuana hidden within the vehicle. The combined estimated street value for the narcotics is $1.1 million.

CBP officers seized the narcotics, vehicle and turned the driver over to Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents for further investigation.

 

 

 

 

http://laredosun.us/?p=5231

 

 

 

FRIENDSWOOD POLICE RELEASE

Marianna Marchesini, 34, of La Marque, was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance in Penalty Group 1; Stephen Roger Edwards, 33, of Freeport, was charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Felon and Possession of a Controlled Substance in Penalty Group 1 and Jessica Brooke Banks, 30, of Pearland, was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance in Penalty Group 1 on Thursday (April 29, 4:27 p.m.) Dillion Ray Wimberley, 19, of Santa Fe, was arrested for a felony warrant.

Marchesini was stopped for speeding and failing to drive in a single marked lane in the 900 block of W. Edgewood Drive. As the vehicle came to a stop, the officer noticed that the front passenger was attempting to hide something.

As the officer was speaking with Marchesini, he was interrupted by the front seat passenger, Edwards, who appeared to be under the influence of narcotics. Edwards claimed to be the owner of the vehicle and told the officer that he was not driving because his license is suspended. The officer then identified and checked to see if there were any warrants on the two back seat passengers, Banks and Wimberley.

Wimberley had an outstanding felony warrant in Galveston County for Possession of a Controlled Substance PG1 and was taken into custody. The officer then learned that the other three persons had extensive criminal history including narcotics offenses and asked Marchesini for permission to search the vehicle. She agreed. During the search, the officer found crystal methamphetamine and a pistol near the driver and passenger.

The officer believes Edwards was attempting to conceal the gun during the traffic stop. Edwards, who is a convicted felon, told police that Wimberley stole the gun from a drug dealer. The officer then searched the back seat. He searched Banks’ purse and found more crystal methamphetamine.

Marchesini’s bond was set at $2,000. Edwards’ bond was set at $120,000. Banks’ bond was set at $2,000. Wimberley’s bond for the felony warrant was set at $10,000.

 

 

 

http://www.yourhoustonnews.com/pearland/news/traffic-stop-leads-to-four-methamphetamine-related-arrests/article_1a9ff05a-715a-5980-a6c6-950bb20a46a0.html

 

 

SALEM TWP. — State drug agents with the Office of Attorney General seized a large amount of chemicals and equipment used to manufacture methamphetamine from a house in a residential area on Friday.

Brent Harvey, 31, and Jessica Brudnak, 30, were arrested when agents served a search warrant at their house at 719 E. Second St. as a result of a methamphetamine investigation with police in Berwick and Salem township. The house is along Salem Township Boulevard near the Berwick line.

State police chemists removed the alleged methamphetamine and highly volatile chemicals from the house.

Harvey and Brudnak were charged with four counts of possession with intent to manufacture a controlled substance, three counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, and one count each of risking catastrophe, possession of a controlled substance and illegal dumping of methamphetamine waste. They were arraigned by District Judge Donald Whittaker in Nanticoke and jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $100,000 bail each.

According to the criminal complaints:

State drug agents and police served the search warrant at the house at about 6 a.m. arresting Harvey and Brudnak and allegedly finding ingredients, chemicals and equipment used to cook methamphetamine.

Some of the chemicals and ingredients found inside the house include Coleman fuel, multiple pots, sodium, ammonia nitrate, lithium, sulfuric acid, coffee filters, cold medicine and unidentified liquids, the complaints say.

Agents said the ingredients and chemicals combined create a dangerous situation “presenting a potential for explosion, fire hazard and the release of noxious and toxic fumes into the atmosphere,” according to the complaints.

Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane said in a news release that the method Harvey and Brudnak used to cook meth is called the “one pot method.”

When using the one pot method, methamphetamine cooks combine a series of ingredients into one container and the chemical reaction that ensues leaves a crystalline powder that users smoke, snort or inject, Kane stated.

Harvey and Brudnak allegedly admitted to cooking methamphetamine inside the house and disposing waste in household trash, the complaints say.

Preliminary hearings are scheduled on May 14.

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.timesleader.com/news/local-news-news/1368729/Two-arrested-in-making-methamphetamine

 

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (Larry Davis) — Police say they’ve cracked an operation that may have put drugs on your street.

A mother and daughter both sit in jail Thursday night accused of being players in a methamphetamine operation that stretched from Atlanta to Columbus. Officers from Butler and Hamilton counties raided the home where the two lived in Wicklow Drive in Middletown Thursday morning.

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It all started with the arrest of an 18-year-old woman on I-75 at Paddock Rd. Police found ecstasy and meth on her. That led drug agents to a home in Middletown where they busted the teen’s mother. The 37-year-old suspect was led out of her rented home by undercover drug agents. They asked Local 12 not to identify her since the investigation is ongoing.

Investigators say the woman was a distributor of methamphetamine. The drugs were transported from the Atlanta are to Middletown. Agents say the drugs were then sold in southeast Indiana, Dayton and Columbus. Neighbors tell Local 12 they were used to seeing a steady stream of cars going to and from the home.

Undercover agents confiscated powder, crystal meth and other drug paraphernalia Thursday morning. Neighbors looked on and said they are stunned that agents busted a drug operation in their quiet, upper-middle-class neighborhood. But they are very glad and relieved it is out of their neighborhood.

In addition to the tow arrests, drugs, and paraphernalia that was seized, agents also towed away four vehicles and two ATV’s. Investigators say those were bought with drug money.

 

 

 

 

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ELKO, Nev. (AP) — A California couple has been charged with drug trafficking in Elko County after a Carlin police officer found a small amount of marijuana and about a pound of methamphetamine during a search of their car along Interstate 80.

Carlin Police Chief Bill Bauer tells the Elko Daily Free Press the officer pulled the couple over Saturday night after noticing their vehicle had an expired license plate.

Bauer says 44-year-old Martin Rubio of Oakdale, California, and 46-year-old Cynthia Gilmore of Pendleton, California were ordered held in the Elko County Jail in lieu of bail set at more than $260,000 each.

Each has been charged with possession of less than an ounce of pot, trafficking controlled substances and conspiracy to violate the Uniform Controlled Substance Act.

 

 

 

 

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Tulsa firefighters discovered meth-making materials while battling a blaze at an abandoned building late Thursday.

Crews were called about 11:30 p.m. to the 500 block of South Quincy Avenue and were met with smoking billowing inside an old industrial building, said Fire Capt. Stan May.

No one was in the structure, he said.

After containing the fire, investigators found what appeared to be materials that were associated with a meth lab in a small room, May said.

A cause of the fire has not been determined, May said.

 

 

 

 

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HAZARD—Officials with the Perry County Sheriff’s Office have one subject in custody and have evacuated an apartment building in the Christopher community after an anonymous tip led to the discovery of an active meth lab Thursday evening.

Active meth lab found in Christopher

According to officials on the scene, an anonymous caller informed the Hazard Police Department (HPD) of an active meth lab in the basement of an apartment in that area, and the HPD contacted the sheriff’s office just before 4 p.m.

The building, allegedly owned by Perry County School District Superintendent Jonathan Jett, has been evacuated after deputies found Freddie Kennedy, III, cooking meth in the basement of the apartment building.

According to Jerry Burns, Perry County Sheriff’s Deputy, when they arrived on the scene, another deputy, Kevin Day attempted to enter the basement. Day stated that he could feel someone pushing on the inside of the door as he attempted to enter.

Deputies forced entry and discovered a substance cooking in a hot plate, a powder substance in a Gatorade bottle and a plastic Folgers coffee can which were all smoking. They also found Kennedy in the basement.

Officials also reported that a backpack was found in the basement which is believed to contain meth precursors. Several burping tubes were also found in the basement.

Kennedy is reported to have active federal warrants for drug trafficking. Officials with the Sherrif’s Office contacted the Kentucky State Police to begin clean-up of the meth lab.

 

 

 

 

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WAGONER COUNTY, Oklahoma

Wagoner County Sheriff’s deputies arrested two people after discovering a meth lab while investigating a misdialed 911 call.

 

Deputies say they responded to a home around midnight Thursday in the 26800 block of East 161st Street South in Coweta after the misdialed 911 call.

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Officials say deputies were allowed into the home to confirm the misdial and make sure no domestic disturbance had occurred.

Once inside they found various forms of drug paraphernalia and marijuana in plain view.

Deputies arrested Roger W. Tuttle and Aaron Kay Haggard on complaints of endeavoring/maintain a dwelling where CDS is kept, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Tuttle and Haggard are in the Wagoner County Jail on a bond of $15,000 each.

 

 

 

 

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WEST COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) – The State Law Enforcement Division receives a million dollars a year to decontaminate meth lab sites, and an investigation uncovered there is no documentation to show exactly which sites have been cleaned and which have been left untouched.

WIS met with a former meth cook about the hidden dangers his labs left behind, even though he’s kicked his habit.

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“I was a very caring person,” said Todd McGill, a former meth cook. “I started using really hardcore drugs when I was 18 years old.”

McGill was a drug user for 12 years. One of his passions was making meth and partaking in his product.

“I never really had a full-time job or anything as an adult,” McGill said. “I didn’t come out a lot during the day. I come out a lot at night.”

McGill agreed to show us a glimpse of a life he’s trying to leave behind.

Out of the shadows

“Being around it, I started using it and I picked up on it,” McGill said. “I started making it within two weeks of starting to use it.”

Room 119 in the American Inn motel in West Columbia is where his cooking career ended in February 2013.

“I looked out this window, and the cop was standing outside this window,” McGill said, standing at the motel. “I ran to the bathroom to get rid of what I could, but it was no use.”

McGill was convicted of manufacturing methamphetamine and was sentenced to five years’ probation.

“I’d been coming here once a week to make meth,” McGill explained. “It’s $30. You come, you make $300 worth of meth and you leave. You’re leaving the mess in their room, not in your house.”

McGill estimated at least one meth lab operates at the motel each night.

According to SLED, drug agents have found three labs at the American Inn motel in the past three years. But there’s no documentation from the state Department of Health and Environmental Control, SLED, or local law enforcement that any decontamination has taken place.

Jay Patel, manager at American Inn motel, said they haven’t taken any special measures to decontaminate their rooms, except for replacing the carpet a few months ago.

Richland County narcotics investigator Brien Gwyn said about half of the meth labs busted are in motels.

“Just because it’s such a transient population,” Gwyn said. “They’ll move from county to county.”

McGill admits he was also cooking meth every day in a mobile home he used to live in. WIS visited the home to ask the current resident of he knew a meth lab was operated there in the past.

Current resident Adrian Hernandez said he was unaware McGill used to cook meth in the house.

“I should have at least learned about it,” Hernandez said. “Every once in a while, I’ll get a smell, a weird smell.”

McGill said the smell of lithium and ammonia didn’t leave the mobile home while he was living there.

Landlords and mobile home brokers are not required under law to disclose if a meth lab was once on the property. Under state law, sellers, however, are required to disclose that information if they’re aware of it.

“I think sometimes there’s pressure put on the seller to not put down things because they think it will impact the property,” said Morris Lyles, vice president at Central Carolina Realtors Association. “They could potentially lie about it.”

McGill expresses guilt for the mess he left behind in homes and in the environment.

“Like the trash across the street, I don’t know what to do. I want to get it cleaned up,” McGill said.

McGill took WIS to a wooded area across the street from the mobile home, where we found the remnants of his many meth cooks.

“You see that thing of lighter fluid,” McGill said, “that’s an old bottle. I know for a fact they have chemicals in them that are not very good for the environment.”

Chemicals, even those used in meth labs, should be disposed of the proper way.

“It can get into the groundwater, not to mention the vegetation,” said Tara Kinney, a sheriff’s department drug chemist. “A lot of these chemicals are meant to be disposed of in a certain way because they’re so toxic.”

It’s unknown how many drug waste dump sites have been found or cleaned in the state. SLED tells us that no one is keeping track. After WIS’ investigation, SLED said the dump site McGill was concerned about is slated to be cleaned up this week.

“It should be noted there is no law or regulation that establishes clean-up standards on the federal or state level,” said DHEC spokesman Jim Beasley. “Therefore, there is nothing to be ‘enforced’ by law enforcement or DHEC.”

With a million dollars a year from the state, SLED is able to hire contractors to clean up the gross contaminants found in meth labs. But, the money goes quickly, and they tell us there is no record of which sites have been decontaminated.

“It’s been my experience that those environments are not fully cleaned to something I would want my home to be,” said SLED Lt. Max Dorsey. “There are various reasons – some of these properties are rental properties, some are hotels or motels. I guess there’s some ambiguity as to what is actually clean.”

Lyles said DHEC has not given realtors guidelines for how to clean up a former meth lab site.

McGill said fixing the meth problem lies in restricting the chemicals needed to cook the meth, like pseudoephedrine.

If you suspect your property was the site of a meth lab, contact SLED. If SLED has no record, the agency can connect you with certified environmental specialists who can safely decontaminate the site. The price to decontaminate ranges from $8 to $15 per square foot.

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The North Dakota Attorney General says some narcotics task forces tell him meth is becoming their most significant drug problem.

Wayne Stenehjem says it seems crystal meth is coming directly from California, Arizona and the Southern Border, which tells him people involved are more closely related to its production. He says the biggest concern use to be local drug operatives making an ounce or less of the drug, but now task forces see it come in the pounds.

He also says the sellers are almost always armed now. While he sees the drug on the rise across the state, he says task forces especially find activity in the West where the price of the drug is high and there are plenty of willing purchasers.

ND Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said, “It’s becoming increasingly serious for us here in the state of North Dakota and we’re also seeing the profit motive is there because the price on the street of the meth that is being sold is higher than it is elsewhere in the country.”

Stenehjem says the state is working closely with the Highway Patrol, and the federal government has stepped up sending agents as well.

 

 

 

 

 

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