MONTEREY — A man slumped over the steering wheel of his vehicle in a fast food restaurant drive thru Saturday was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance for resale.


James Allen Cravens, 34, of Monterey, was in the Monterey Burger King drive thru line when Sgt. Larry Bates with the Monterey Police Department approached his vehicle and found him to be slumped over the steering wheel, a warrant states.

When Bates patted down Cravens, what appeared to be a cigarette lighter was found; however, the lighter was in fact being used as a hiding place for drugs, according to the warrant.

The fake lighter opened up, revealing “four individual bags of a crystal like substance that field tested positive as ice,” the warrant states.

“Ice” is a high grade version of methamphetamine, police say.

The warrant alleges that the drugs had been packaged for resale.

Cravens was booked into the Putnam County jail where his bond was set at $15,000.

He has an April 21 court date.

REEDER TOWNSHIP — A meth lab dump site was found in Reeder Township on Sunday.

According to the Traverse Narcotics Team, the site was discovered by a person on a walk who noticed the items on the side of the road.

Investigators reported finding chemical components and an apparatus used in the cooking of meth.

The components used to cook meth as well as the chemicals and their bi-products are considered environmentally contaminated and unsafe.

The Traverse Narcotics Team reports meth labs are becoming a large problem and officials are asking the public be on the lookout for dump sites.

Anyone with information pertaining to drug activity should call the tip line at 231-338-0868.



Oswego, N.Y. — A methamphetamines arrest in Oswego Tuesday is part of a significant increase in meth busts and meth use in the city, Capt. Charles Tonkin said.

The number of meth labs busted by Oswego police rose from three in 2012 to seven — an “all-time high” — in 2013, Tonkin said. Tonkin doesn’t think there were any meth busts in 2011 or the year before that.


“We’re seeing a lot more people turn to meth,” said Tonkin, the head of the police department’s drug unit. “We weren’t seeing any meth three or four years ago, and all of a sudden it popped up and now we’re dealing with it regularly.”

Tuesday’s arrest was the first meth lab bust of 2014, Tonkin said. Around 7 p.m., Oswego police investigators stopped a red Chevrolet Monte Carlo on East 9th Street near East Bridge Street.  Four people in the car were detained. The officers then found “numerous ingredients” and tools for making meth, Tonkin said. Police confirmed through interviews that the tools were intended for meth making.

Only one person has been arrested so far. Ronald E. Recore, 37, of 107 Highland St. in Fulton, faces one charge of third-degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine, a felony.

14421252-smallRonald Recore 

Recore, who will be arraigned in Oswego City Court, has also been accused of stealing a Rite Aid instant cold compress from a Rite Aid in Mid-Town Plaza that same day. The cold compresses have ammonium nitrate, which can be used for making meth, police said.

More people are likely to be arrested and charged in connection with the traffic stop and arrest, Tonkin said.

“They did some things that tipped us off that they’d be making meth shortly, which led to the traffic stop,” Tonkin said. “We know who the players are on this. We have a pretty good handle on who’s making meth, so we were actively watching these people.”

It’s hard to keep up with the drug’s proliferation in Oswego, Tonkin said.

“There’s no one area we could concentrate on that has meth labs: They’re all over the city,” Tonkin said.

Police hope to prevent the drug’s spread by arresting those who know how to make it, Tonkin said.

“These cooks teach other people how to cook and it just multiplies,” Tonkin said. “The quicker we can get our meth cooks off the street, the better chance we have at curbing this.”



Oswego, N.Y. — An Oswego woman who left bath salts in a container of baby formula in 2012 has been arrested again and linked to a methamphetamine laboratory, said Capt. David Lizotte of the Oswego Police Department.

Kerri-Ann M. Johnson, 23, was charged with third-degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine on Wednesday. She had lab equipment and chemical ingredients for making meth, police said.


Johnson was with Ronald E. Recore, 37, of 107 Highland St. in Fulton, when Recore was stopped earlier this month and eventually charged with running a meth lab, Capt. Charles Tonkin said.

“She definitely knew what was going on and was participating,” said Tonkin, who is the head of the Oswego Police Department’s drug unit, of Johnson.

Johnson was also charged June 5, 2012, with endangering the welfare of a child, Capt. Lizotte confirmed.

According to The Post-Standard’s archives, Fulton police at the time said that Johnson had an open pouch of White Sands Bath Salts in a container of Enfamil Premium Infant Formula.

Johnson’s child was with her when she was arrested, police said.

Lizotte referred questions about the adjudication of the case to the Fulton City Court. Court officials said they should be able to provide information later on Monday.



A Douglas County firefighter was arrested last week and accused of meth possession and distribution, according to Channel 2 Action News.

Alex White is being held on $61,000 bond at the Douglas County Jail on sale and possession of methamphetamines with intent to distribute charges, marijuana possession and gun possession charges and use of communication facility in commission of a felony involving controlled substances, according to Channel 2.


The two-year Douglas County firefighter was suspended without pay, authorities said.

Douglas County spokesman Wes Tallon said White was ordered by the court to surrender his emergency medical technician credentials to the fire department and will not be able to perform EMT duties while the case is under investigation.

Tallon reiterated that the 23-year-old White is a first-time offender “is innocent until proven guilty.”


Police have named Fadi Haddara as the head of an organized crime syndicate from which several members were arrested in pre-dawn raids.

Assistant Commissioner Steve Fontana said Mr Haddara was arrested at a panel beating business in Orange Street, Williamstown North.


The factory was being used in connection with drugs and firearm trafficking, Mr Fontana said. Mr Haddara has not been charged.

More than 600 police raided a series of homes in Melbourne’s north-western suburbs on Tuesday morning and arrested 27 people.

Raids began at 4.30 am, with 45 warrants issued in Altona North, Williamstown, Truganina, Sunshine, Somerton, Campbellfield, Broadmeadows and Strathmore.



Mr Fontana said significant commercial drug trafficking charges were expected to be laid relating to methamphetamine.

Mr Fontana said there was enough evidence to charge 19 people before raids began on Tuesday but additional charges and arrests made were a ‘‘bonus’’.

‘‘This was a high-risk operation involving a number of people we consider extremely dangerous,’’ Mr Fontana said.

‘‘I think we’ve given [the syndicate] a pretty good dent, but there is always someone who will want to come in and fill the void.

‘‘We’re not going to stop our investigations, so if they want to be involved in this criminal activity, and some is quite violent activity, we are going to target them.’’

Earlier, Mr Fontana told radio station 3AW: ‘‘These people have been involved for a number of years in very serious criminal activity. We will be charging a few today with commercial drug trafficking particularly of methamphetamine.’’

Police found methamphetamine, a drug lab, 100 kilos of dried cannabis, 12 firearms including a pistol with a silencer and a high-power assault rifle. They also found $55,000 cash.

In Moorabool, north-west of Geelong, police raided an illegal tobacco plantation, with 35,000 plants found on three plots. The raids were part of Operation Skyborne and involved a further 100 officers from customs, border security and the Australian Tax Office.

Mr Fontana said aerial images of the tobacco crop showed it was hidden by mesh.

He said police had also seized three cars considered as assets in the raids.

Most of those arrested are expected to be charged and appear in the Melbourne Magistrates Court later on Tuesday.

The raids were led by the Santiago taskforce, set up in October 2008 to address serious and organized crime, including shooting incidents involving a number of families and their associates.

Police say the taskforce works to combat crimes involving the use of firearms, kidnapping, other forms of extreme violence, drug trafficking, and organized car theft.



Almost 80 pounds of methamphetamine concealed in bars of soap were found at a Laredo port of entry last week, U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced Monday.
Federal officers seized the meth and arrested two men in connection with the case, CBP said. The estimated value for the alleged narcotics is about $2.5 million.
The seizure occurred Wednesday at the Lincoln-Juarez International Bridge when CBP officers encountered a 2004 Dodge 2500 pickup driven by a 54-year-old U.S. citizen from Mesquite, Texas.
CBP officers referred the man and a male passenger, a 54-year-old Mexican citizen from Georgetown, Texas, to secondary inspection. At secondary, CBP officers conducted a closer examination of the vehicle and its baggage. The exam resulted in the discovery of four boxes containing 100 bars of soap. CBP said the bars of soap contained a combined 79 pounds of alleged meth.
Officers arrested both men and turned them over to Homeland Security Investigations special agents for further investigation.

“Tenacious attention to detail and skilled experience is what CBP officers have to continually rely on, in order to keep up with the innovative methods that smugglers attempt to use in getting their narcotics past inspections,” said Jose R. Uribe, acting port director for the Laredo Port of Entry. “This seizure speaks volumes to the dedication that is inherent in CBP officers and which they use in the protection of our borders and in keeping dangerous drugs like this from reaching our communities and streets.”

Camden County – A Camden County woman is behind bars after law enforcement discovered illicit drugs at a home near Stoutland.

On the evening of March 12, Camden County Street Crimes Unit and Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group executed a search warrant in the 600 block of East State Route H Stoutland.


Authorities discovered a one pot methamphetamine lab, methamphetamine, and drug paraphernalia.

Jonna Elizabeth Henson, 44, of Stoutland has been charged with a Class B Felony of distribute/deliver/manufacture/produce a controlled substance, and two Class C Felonies of possession of a controlled substance. She is currently being held in the Camden County Adult Detention Facility on a no bond warrant.




YUCCA VALLEY — Investigators say a 40-year-old Yucca Valley woman gave a child methamphetamine and needles to hide from probation officers and deputies Thursday, March 13.

County probation officers and sheriff’s deputies contacted Jacqueline Noonan as she and a 12-year-old child sat in her vehicle in the 7300 block of Dumosa Avenue at 3:17 p.m. Thursday, Deputy M. Abel wrote in a news release.

Because Noonan is on probation for a narcotics-related conviction, the deputies and officers searched Noonan and her vehicle.

They later learned that before they began their search, Noonan had handed the child a pouch containing nearly an ounce of suspected methamphetamine and numerous hypodermic needles, Abel said.

The deputies and officers ultimately found the drug and needles with the child and linked them to Noonan, according to Abel.

Noonan was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail and is being held without bail.

In court Monday, March 17, she pleaded not guilty to felony charges of cruelty to a child and possession of a controlled substance and a misdemeanor charge of obstructing a police officer. Judge Bert Swift appointed a public defender for her.

The 12-year-old was taken into protective custody and released to the Department of Children and Family Services.



From Meth-house to family home

Posted: 18th March 2014 by Doc in Uncategorized

The walls of a retired Foxton couple’s home were laced with methamphetamine at concentrations up to 112 times above what is considered safe. Now the walls sparkle with a community’s love.

There were times in late 2013 when Ceridwen and Derek Hooper just stood in their driveway and cried, unable to enter the Norbiton St house they had just bought without a gas mask.


All trace of the class A drug is now gone and the house has been transformed. Newly-laid carpet, tiles, lino, stripped and painted walls and fences – essentially a fully renovated home – are the product of thousands of dollars’ worth of donated materials and thousands of hours of donated time.

After the Hoopers’ plight was highlighted by SBR Plastering owner Kris Harding, more than 50 people from around the lower North Island offered them a helping hand.

 “It’s been a long journey but we’ve come out the other side and just look at what we’ve ended up with,” Ceridwen Hooper said. “It’s amazing.

“Our little grandson, he’s 6 months old, and we can have him here now. He can sit on the carpet and play.”

Ministry of Health official guidelines state that the safe indoor limit for methamphetamine on surfaces is 0.5 micrograms per 100cm2.

At the time it was tested by Envirocheck some walls in the Hoopers’ home were measured at 56 micrograms per 100cm2 – the highest reading the company had recorded.

Almost every room had traces of the drug, so the Hoopers stored many of their belongings in the garage and lived in their motor home in the driveway while the house was stripped.

The methamphetamine left no obvious signs, just a musty smell like the windows had not been opened in months, Mrs Hooper said.

Both the Hoopers believed they could have been out of the house for years had they not called Harding for a quote on some gibbing. “Words can’t describe what he has done for us,” Hooper said.

Harding said he could not charge the Hoopers for the work and had a feeling the community would get in behind a doing-up of the house if someone started calling for it.



STEVENSON, Alabama – A child was placed in custody of the Jackson County Department of Human Resources after two adults were arrested Sunday for having 1.5 grams of methamphetamine in their car, Sheriff Chuck Phillips said.

The adults with the child, whose age and gender were not disclosed, were arrested and taken to Jackson County Jail.

Justin Gamble, 22, of Bridgeport, was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance (meth), unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and probation revocation.

Patricia Gamble, 29, of Bridgeport was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance (meth), unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and tampering with physical evidence.


The couple was stopped on County road 287 in Stevenson early Sunday morning after Jackson County deputies and Stevenson Police received tips of drug activity. Deputies found drug paraphernalia and about 1.5 grams of meth inside the car, Phillips said.



ODESSA– Odessa Police tell NewsWest 9 that drugs in the Basin are a growing problem.


Methamphetamine is a huge concern here in Odessa and we have seen a huge increase of meth especially here recently,” Steve LeSueur with the Odessa Police Department, said.
That’s exactly what Kimberly Gutierrez, Yolanda Borrego and Dustin Miller were put in cuffs for just last week. It all started on Friday afternoon around noon when the three suspects pulled out of Motel One. That’s when an Odessa Police Officer pulled them over for an expired registration sticker. But that traffic stop soon turned into a huge drug bust.
“Officers searched the vehicle and found a little over 28 grams of meth,” LeSueur said.
Odessa Police say they also discovered six cell phones, several glass pipes, digital scales, a hand gun and over $900.
“The three individuals were all arrested for possession of methamphetamine with intention to distribute, which is a first degree felony,” LeSueur said.
Gutierrez was also charged with possession of a controlled substance in a correctional facility, which is a 3rd degree felony. Borrego got another charge for unlawfully carrying a weapon.
Odessa Police said they believe there’s been an increase in meth on our streets for one reason.

“It’s very attractive for dealers here because they can make more due to the current state of the economy that we’re in right now,” LeSueur said.

Police say they’re working hard to fix the problem but they’re asking for your help.

Salton City, California – Thursday, El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio Station arrested two suspected narcotics smugglers and seized more than 20 pounds of methamphetamine concealed in a utility trailer.

The incident occurred at approximately 11 a.m., when Border Patrol agents encountered a 52-year-old man, and his 31-year-old male passenger, driving a white Toyota 4Runner pulling a utility trailer as they approached the Highway 86 checkpoint located between Westmorland and Salton City.

A Border Patrol Canine Detection team alerted to the vehicle and the two men were referred for further inspection.  During the inspection agents discovered 24 individual vacuum sealed packages of methamphetamine hidden within the flat bed of the utility trailer.

The methamphetamines had a combined weight of 20.18 pounds with an estimated street value of $131,202.

The suspected smugglers, a United States citizen and a United States Permanent Resident card holder were taken into custody.  The men, vehicle, and narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.



Tamaroa, Ill. – On Saturday March 15, 2014 the Perry County Sheriff’s Department received a phone call in reference to a yard fire that had occurred earlier that day at 4972 US Rt. 51 near Tamaroa. The caller stated they believe a Joe Soldan had been cooking meth and caused a fire which spread through the yard. Tamaroa Fire Department extinguished the fire.

Perry County Sheriff’s Department investigators discovered items from a meth lab at the residence.

On Sunday March 16, 2014 at approximately 7:15 p.m., Perry County deputies and the Sesser Police Department located and arrested Joe Soldan in Sesser. Soldan was transported back to the Perry County Jail.

Joseph Soldan, 44, of Sesser was charged with unlawful possession of methamphetamine manufacturing materials and unlawful disposal of methamphetamine manufacturing waste.

Soldan was incarcerated in the Perry County Jail. Bond was set at $50,000.

Sesser Police assisted the Perry County Sheriff’s Department in the arrest of Joe Soldan.

An investigation is continuing.

The report was provided by Perry County Sheriff Keith Kellerman.


EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) –  An Evansville man is arrested on meth charges.

The Evansville Police Department says 52-year-old Anthony Mayes was arrested on meth related charges after he was caught with a one pot meth lab.


EPD says a patrol officer was in the 100 block of E Maryland around 2:00 a.m. Monday morning when he smelled a strong chemical odor. Other officers responded to the area and found the source in an out building behind 114 E. Maryland.

Police say officers found Mayes in the building with an active one pot meth lab.

Mayes was taken into custody and charged with Manufacturing Meth-Class A Felony and Dealing Meth- Class D Felony.


The third day of the Future Music Festival in Malaysia has been cancelled after six people died from suspected drug overdoses and 19 people were arrested for drug possession, including at least one Australian.

Pharrell Williams, Eric Prydz, Brodinski, Porter Robinson, Knife Party, Baauer and were due to perform on day three of the festival.


Kuala Lumpur Police have confirmed six people suffocated after taking drugs while attending the Future Music Festival Asia at Bukit Jalil Stadium at 2am on Saturday.

pharrell-729-620x349Pharrell Williams was due to play at the Future Music Festival Asia, but day three of the event got cancelled. Photo: Getty Images

“The six victims who died were believed to have taken the drug methamphetamine before going to the concert,” Kuala Lumpur police chief Datuk Mohmad Salleh said.

He added that autopsies conducted on the victims found “all tested positive for drugs and the deaths have been ruled as overdose”.

The six who died were locals, known as Kamal Zekry Kamal Basha, 22, Victor Wong E Hern, 26, Sabreena Kamaruddin, 21, M.Suresh, 28, Syazana Sohaime, 23, and Nor Faizza Mohd Wazir, 27, according to New Straits Times.

Police confirm they were pronounced dead upon arrival at the University Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC) and the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre (PPUKM).

Two Singaporean men and a Malaysian man, aged between 19 to 27, were also in critical condition and being treated in UMMC and PPUK, he said.

The organizers of the festival said they were “deeply saddened by the reported loss of lives”.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of those affected,” they said in a statement. “The health and safety of our patrons is of upmost importance to us and we are extremely devastated that circumstances such as these occurred despite the significant planning and resources in place.”

Police arrested 19 festival-goers, including 12 foreigners from Australia, Singapore and Indonesia, and seven locals for possession of drugs during the two-day concert.

Local district police chief Tuan Mohan Singh recognised the efforts of organisers to establish preventative health and safety measures at the event, saying: “Police worked closely with event organizers, security, Bukit Jalil Stadium and a number of other government agencies in the planning process. A high visibility police operation featuring over 100 police members was in place to work across crowd control and drug detection activities.

“… [Organizers] have cooperated fully with the police on both days to create a safe environment for the public. What happened at the event is unfortunate and we remind all members of the public of the immense dangers associated with the use of illegal substances.”

Future Music Festival Asia had earlier posted on Facebook the following statement:

“As the health and safety of all festival-goers are our primary concern, we have lodged an investigation into the media reports. As [of] 5pm on March 15, we can confirm that one death, and not five, took place on festival grounds on March 14.

“A police report has been filed and we are working very closely with all relevant authorities in examining and determining the cause of this very unfortunate incident.

“FMFA underwent regular meetings with all agencies involved in the festival (including the Royal Malaysia Police, The Fire and Rescue Department of Malaysia, Bukit Jalil National stadium, Millennium Patriot Security, Jabatan Sukarelawan Malaysia (RELA) and our certified on-site medical doctor and paramedics) prior to and during the event.

“In the interest of public safety we have heeded the authority’s advice to not proceed with day three of Future Music Festival Asia 2014.

“This is also to help in the on-going investigation. We appreciate the understanding of all parties and will share updates on this matter as soon as possible.

“Details of refunds will be announced within one week. Ticket buyers are urged to logon to for refund details.”

COVINA, Calif. (KABC) — A family in Covina was terrorized by a stranger who burst into their home. Police say the man behind the bizarre and violent attack was high on methamphetamine and hallucinating.


Jeffrey Jimenez, 37, who police say was armed with a metal stake, unleashed a violent rampage at the home Saturday morning.

Tony Berdeguez recounted the ordeal.

“You’re having coffee with your family at the breakfast table, and some guy loaded on meth just walks right into your living room and starts threatening to kill you,” he said.

“It was like watching the devil walk in, because the look on his face it was horrifying,” said Joanna Berdeguez.

Jimenez demanded to search the home, insisting his nephew, whom he wanted to kill, was inside. They finally got him to leave, but that’s when things took a violent turn.

“As I was calling 911, we locked the door on him, and he kicked the door down and proceed to charge us,” said Tony Berdeguez.

The front door busted open. Joanna and her son, Marco Berdeguez, escaped out the back door, as Tony tried to calm Jimenez down by offering to help search for his nephew. The 37-year-old’s hallucinations began to grow.

“I tried reasoning with him, and when he started to walk down the hallway and start hallucinating that there was people with guns in the hallway, that’s when I took advantage of the situation and ran out the back door and we barricaded ourselves in the garage,” said Tony.

Jimenez ran out front and started smashing the window before walking right into responding police.

While no one was hurt physically, the Berdeguez’s say emotionally, there is a deep wound.

“It gives you a different perspective on life and safety of your own home,” said Marco. “You don’t feel as safe anymore and it’s just hard to get that comfort back in your own house.”

Jimenez remains behind bars facing charges of attempted murder and burglary.



NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A 26-year-old man was arrested for allegedly making methamphetamine at his grandparents’ house.

Police were called to the home last week on Janie Avenue to investigate a report of a meth lab. When they got to the home, they found Daniel Williams in an upstairs bedroom.

Police said he had syringes, marijuana, burnt spoons, digital scales, and pipe cutters in plain view. They also found plastic tubing, that later tested positive for ingredients to make meth.

Williams was taken into custody and charged with a felony drug offense, unlawful possession, and unlawful drug paraphernalia. His bond was set at $27,000.



Discovering methamphetamine or traces of it on someone is becoming almost a daily event for local law enforcement.

Meth is the new pot, apparently,” Rapid City Police Chief Steve Allender said recently.


Allender’s officers often encounter suspects high on the highly addictive stimulant or find the white crystalline substance and its remains on paraphernalia used to consume it. Syringes or pipes tainted with meth residue are found in pockets, cars or dwellings.

“It’s becoming very prevalent,” Allender said.

Pennington County Sheriff Kevin Thom has also noticed the resurgence in meth use, which he said had declined as recently as 2009.

“We sort of got a handle on it, obviously its spiked back up,” he said.

At a recent meeting of the City/County Drug and Alcohol Board, members speculated that increased prescription-drug monitoring and the crackdown on bath salts and synthetic stimulants could be contributing to the increase in meth usage.

“A few years ago, bath salts were technically legal, except for ingesting side,” Thom said. “There’s some speculation that people migrated off of meth to bath salts and when bath salts became illegal they migrated back to meth use.”

The prescription-monitoring program has made it hard to doctor shop and abuse prescription drugs, Thom said.

Methamphetamine-related arrests have quadrupled in Pennington County in the past three years, according to statistics compiled for South Dakota as part of its participation in the National High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program.

The Pennington County Drug Task Force reported 368 methamphetamine possession arrests in 2013, compared with 194 in 2012 and 92 in 2011.

Overall, the Pennington county Drug Task Force reported 453 methamphetamine-related arrests (possession, trafficking or manufacturing) in 2013, 243 in 2012 and 137 in 2011.

Methamphetamine has become a common find for patrol officers, according to according to Sgt. Tony Harrison, a Rapid City police officer assigned to the drug task force.

“When I started 18 years ago and I first found meth, the other officers that were working on the shift came and looked at it,” Harrison said. “You just didn’t see that much of it. That’s not the case anymore. It’s much more common.”

Harrison believes meth use is related to crimes such as writing bad checks, car burglaries, identity theft and shoplifting of big-ticket items.

Over the past 10 years, inflation has hit the drug world. The price for a gram of methamphetamine has jumped by one-third to around $150, Harrison said.

“It’s an expensive habit, so folks have to find a way to pay for it,” he said.

Drug trafficking arrests have almost doubled from 48 in 2012 to 81 in 2013, but not a lot of methamphetamine is made locally, Harrison said. Only four methamphetamine labs were found in Pennington County last year, compared with 28 in the Sioux Falls area.

Gone are the isolated forest labs littered with bulky propane tanks and toxic chemical wastes common nearly two decades ago. Even though drug users have refined the manufacturing process and use pop-bottle-sized “shake and bake” or “one pot” labs, users prefer the more refined crystal meth delivered in bulk from other states, Harrison said.

Last year, two major meth arrests were made in Pennington County. In December, a shipment of 48.8 pounds of methamphetamine was snared, five times more that officers seized from January through December.

“That’s not necessarily South Dakota bound meth. That’s meth going across the state,” Harrison said. That shipment was headed for Minneapolis, he said.

But whether meth is moving through South Dakota or being consumed locally, its impact on society is clear to Pennington County State’s Attorney Mark Vargo.

“It is very rare, frankly, for a serious assault case or a sexual assault case to come through our office that isn’t in some way related to drugs or alcohol,” he said. “Methamphetamine is certainly the most prevalent…it certainly figures prominently in a lot of criminal offenses.”



Tuscaloosa Deputies arrested two men on multiple drug charges Friday evening following a house fire that revealed a meth lab in Cottondale, according to the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies responded to the Peterson Water Department on Friday on a report of water being stolen at a residence in the 11000 block of Recreation Area Road.


When deputies arrived at the residence, Tuscaloosa Fire Rescue was on the scene due to a house fire. Deputies detected the odor of a possible meth lab and confirmed the unusual smell with one of the firefighters. They began to investigate further and at the conclusion of the investigation, the remains of a recently active meth lab were recovered as well as marijuana, drug paraphernalia and GHB.

West Alabama Narcotics Task Force Agents were notified and responded to the scene to assist the deputies. There were also two dogs at the residence, and Tuscaloosa County Animal Control responded to take custody of the dogs.

Johnny Truman Brown, 41, was arrested and charged with first-degree manufacturing a controlled substance ($100,000 bond), possession of drug paraphernalia ($5,000 bond), second-degree criminal tampering ($3,000 bond) and third-degree criminal trespassing ($1,000 bond). Brown also had two warrants as a result of theft of water from a nearby well, according to police.

Timothy David Jones, 29, was arrested and charged with first-degree manufacturing a controlled substance ($100,000 bond), possession of drug paraphernalia ($5,000 bond) and second-degree possession of marijuana ($5,000) bond.

Charges for Possession of GHB are pending the outcome of testing by the Crime Lab.



WEST PLAINS, Mo.  – Area law enforcement agencies began the weekend rounding up drug suspects and a meth lab. On Friday evening, a West Plains police officer arrested one person after a routine traffic stop ended with more than a speeding ticket. A search of the car stopped on Gibson Street discovered a couple of plastic bags police say contained about 100 grams of meth. The person arrested hasn’t been identified pending the filing of formal charges.

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And in Vernon County, sheriff’s deputies acting on a tip found a suspected meth lab on Oak Street in Nevada. A search warrant led to the seizure of what is believed to be multiple bags of meth and scales, which investigators say indicates someone was dealing the drug. The suspected drugs will be sent to the Missouri State Crime lab but Sheriff Jason Mosher said the type of meth found was not the usual crystal meth.

“The crystal meth we have been finding has been coming from places like Kansas City, but the type we found at this residence is home made,” Mosher said.

Mosher also said a strong chemical smell forced officers to wear masks before entering the house. Police do have suspects in the case but have not released any names pending the filing of formal charges.



A correctional officer at the Taft Correctional faces drug smuggling charges and bribery charges after he was caught in an undercover sting operation, the United States Attorney announced.

Roman Cano is accused of attempting to smuggle heroin and methamphetamine into the low-security federal prison facility east of Taft.

Cano, 27, was indicted by a federal grand jury on Thursday on charges of accepting a bribe by a federal official and possession with the intent to distribute heroin and meth.

He could face up to 40 years in prison and fines of up to $5 million, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said min a news release

According to the news release, officials began investigating in November 2013 after an inmate told investigators that Cano was smuggling drugs into the prison and getting paid for it.

An investigation was started, and it was culminated on Feb. 27 when Cano met with undercover agents in Bakersfield and accepted $4,000 in cash, an ounce of methamphetamine and one ounce of heroin to sneak into the prison, the news release said.

Cano was arrested at the scene after taking he money and drugs.




Bank robber Willie Sutton is often (incorrectly) credited with saying he robbed banks “because that’s where the money is.” If Sutton were alive today, he might find himself in the illegal drug trade. The market for illegal drugs in the United States is about $100 billion each year, according to a RAND Corporation study done at the request of the White House.


The study covered the years from 2000 to 2010 and contained some interesting conclusions. One was that cocaine consumption dropped by 50% between 2006 and 2010. Marijuana use, on the other hand, increased by 30% during the period covered by the study.

Heroin use remained fairly constant, with a slight rise beginning in 2008. Methamphetamine use peaked in 2005, but the study did not account for users who produce their own drugs. Also the data was drawn primarily from urban areas, and meth use is thought to be more prevalent in rural areas.

As might be expected, the study shows that the heaviest users of drugs are responsible for the bulk the money spent. For instance, heavy marijuana users accounted for about 80% of the $40.6 billion spent (in 2010 dollars) on the herb each year.

The study comes with the caveats that the figures are far from precise, mostly because much of the data is gathered by self-reporting by drug users. The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy commissioned the survey to evaluate drug policies, have a tool for estimating future drug-treatment costs and get an idea of how much money is going to criminal organizations in the United States and elsewhere.



Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office officials say they will remain vigilant in the days and months following what they said was the largest drug bust in the agency’s history.

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Deputies seized more than $4 million in heroin, meth and cocaine on Thursday and arrested a Florida man after seizing a tractor-trailer rig in which the drugs were hidden.

In total, deputies found 42 pounds of heroin valued at $3 million; 27 pounds of crystal methamphetamine worth nearly $600,000; and 33 pounds of cocaine worth $500,000 inside the truck, Maj. Shannon Clark said.

The tractor-trailer’s driver, Restituto L. Morales, was jailed on a complaint of aggravated trafficking of a controlled dangerous substance and is being held on a $250,000 bond. He was arrested just after midnight Thursday in the 3100 block of South Memorial Drive.

Thursday’s bust came a few months after a separate drug seizure that pulled 10 pounds of heroin off the streets, Clark said.

Though no information the office has received specifically states Thursday’s bust was related to the one in December, Clark said it’s possible.

“The 10-pound bust was pretty well-publicized,” Clark said. “Addicts here were desperately trying to get a fix, so it’s possible another drug lord was trying to get drugs up here to fill the void. We don’t know that they’re connected, but one could have been used to replenish the other.”

Clark said Thursday’s bust was completely a sheriff’s office operation, which should put drug dealers on notice.

“This was all done by deputies getting information from informants, using technology and investigative work,” Clark said. “And it culminated in a bust that should make drug dealers wary about how safe their transports are in Tulsa.”

Clark said investigators are working to ensure another such shipment doesn’t make its way into Tulsa to replace this recent seizure.

“There’s still investigative work to do,” Clark said. “It’s a big tree with lots of branches, and we’re making sure we investigate those branches.”



NATCHITOCHES, LA (KSLA) – Natchitoches investigators have arrested five residents in connection with an on-going narcotics investigation that resulted from citizen complaints.

According to a news release from Natchitoches Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force, agents searched a residence in the 1400 block of Grace Avenue after complaints about suspicious activities at the location. There were several people at the house and authorities seized suspected narcotics, weapons, and drug paraphernalia.

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Derrick Terrell Demery, 30, was charged with 9 crimes, including possession with intent to distribute crack, synthetic marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine, and marijuana.

Jerome Ray Pier, 31, charged with possession of methamphetamine, and failure to appear. Tiffany Lakeisha Williams and 19-year-old Erica Michelle Solitaire were both charged with failure to appear.

Jeffrey Lynn Washington, 30, was charged with aggravated robbery and aggravated battery.

Demery, Pier, and Washington were booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention awaiting bond, and Williams and Solitaire were released on bond.