LOS ANGELES >> In-N-Out Burger was sued by a customer who claims he got sick from drinking a beverage he purchased at the Downey eatery he later found out contained two methamphetamine capsules.

Fred Maldonado filed the lawsuit Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleging negligence and strict liability. The complaint seeks unspecified damages.

The suit states that Maldonado bought a burger and drink from the drive-through lane of the restaurant on Firestone Boulevard on March 9, 2014. He then took the items back to his nearby motel room, the suit states.

The next morning Maldonado found two capsules and a napkin at the bottom of the drink cup, the suit states. He returned to the same In-N-Out location and told the manager, who apologized and offered him a certificate for a free burger, according to the complaint.

“Plaintiff did not initially know what the two capsules were, but later testing revealed that they were methamphetamine and that it appeared that they may have been illicitly manufactured,” the suit states.

Maldonado suffered nausea and severe mental distress as a result of consuming the beverage, the suit states.

“At In-N-Out Burger, we have always served the freshest, highest quality burgers, fries, and drinks and customer safety is one of our highest priorities,” In-N-Out Burger executive vice president Arnie Wensinger told City News Service.

“We will vigorously defend these baseless claims. Due to the fact that this matter involves ongoing litigation, we will unfortunately not be able to comment any further.”


Comments Off on Thomas Franklin Norris, 59, charged with running Methamphetamine lab in Cumberland County

Cumberland County authorities have arrested a 59-year-old man and charged him with running a methamphetamine lab.

On Wednesday, the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office and the State Bureau of Investigation executed a search warrant at 9785 Ruth Vinson Road in Autryville.thomas-franklin-norris

Thomas Franklin Norris, 59, was charged with running a methamphetamine lab. Agents said they found a fully functioning methamphetamine lab as well as three firearms. The State Bureau of Investigations hazardous materials agents collected, and stored the dangerous chemicals and dismantled the lab.

Norris, who has a previous conviction for Possession and Distribution of Precursors Methamphetamine, was again charged at the time of this arrest with Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Possession and Distribution of Methamphetamine Precursors, Maintaining a Dwelling for the sale of Methamphetamine, and Possession of a Firearm by a Felon.

Norris received a $ 50,000 secure bond.


Comments Off on Jillian Renea Husted, 37, of Clare County, accused of operating Methamphetamine lab

A Clare County woman has been charged with operating a methamphetamine lab after police received a tip earlier this month.

Magistrate Karen Willing of the 80th District Court in Harrison on Tuesday arraigned Jillian Renea Husted and ordered her to remain in the Clare County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bond.

Husted, 37, is accused of “cooking” the drug at a home in the 300 block of North First Street in Harrison, which is roughly three blocks from the Clare County Sheriff’s Department.

Deputies responding to the tip allegedly found Husted in the process of making and distributing meth, Undersheriff Dwayne Miedzianowski said.

Deputies received the tip July 8, the undersheriff said.


Comments Off on 11 women and men charged with being part of Methamphetamine ring in Shelby County

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say 11 people have been charged with participating in a methamphetamine distribution ring.

The U.S. attorney’s office in Memphis says 11 people were indicted Wednesday on charges of conspiracy to possess meth with intent to distribute. Five of those defendants also were indicted on charges of conspiracy to launder drug proceeds.

Agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration, the FBI, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and police departments in Memphis and West Memphis, Arkansas, conducted the investigations of the defendants. Police departments in Germantown and Bartlett, along with the U.S. Marshals Service, helped make arrests.

Prosecutors say nine weapons were seized during searches of homes. If convicted, the defendants face a maximum of 20 years to life in prison.


Comments Off on Pedro Gallegos, 33, Teodoro Yau-Silva, 43, Bernardo Real-Rojo, 39, Anthony Perez, 29, and Jose Christian Rodriguez, 19, associated with the Sinaloa Cartel, arrested in Ontario accused of smuggling 55 pounds of Methamphetamine

Five men associated with the Sinaloa Cartel were arrested in Ontario in connection with the trafficking of 55 pounds of methamphetamine with a street value of $2 million, the state Attorney’s General’s Office said Thursday.

Pedro Gallegos, 33, Teodoro Yau-Silva, 43, Bernardo Real-Rojo, 39, Anthony Perez, 29, and Jose Christian Rodriguez, 19, were arrested on charges of transportation of methamphetamine and possession for sales, as well as conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

The cartel’s high-profile leader, Joaquin Guzman, who is known as El Chapo, escaped from a Mexican prison on July 11 through an underground tunnel. The cartel gained notoriety for using tunnels to smuggle drugs under the border.

“California is the gateway for 70 percent of the methamphetamine trafficked into the United States from Mexico,” said Attorney General Kamala D. Harris.

“This dangerous drug, and the actions of those who traffic and sell it, threatens the public health and safety of our communities. I thank our DOJ agents and local and federal partners for their commitment to dismantling transnational criminal organizations.”

In one investigation, an undercover state Department of Justice Bureau of Investigation special agent arranged to purchase 30 pounds of methamphetamine for $4,000 per pound and the suspects agreed to complete the transaction in two deliveries of 15 pounds each, according to an attorney general’s news release.

On July 16, Real-Rojo, Perez, and Rodriguez were arrested after allegedly delivering 25 pounds of methamphetamine to the undercover agent in a public parking lot in Ontario. The suspects were expecting a payment of $87,500 for the methamphetamine that has an estimated street value of $1.25 million, authorities said.

On July 22, Gallegos and Teodoro Yau-Silva were arrested in an Ontario parking lot after allegedly delivering another installment of 15 pounds of methamphetamine to the undercover agent. The suspects were expecting payment of $60,000 for methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $750,000, authorities said.

Gallegos, Yau-Silva, Real-Rojo, Perez and Rodriguez were being held at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga. Bail for each suspect was set at $500,000.

Gallegos and Yau-Silva will be prosecuted by the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office and Real-Rojo, Perez and Rodriguez by the U.S. Department of Justice, authorities said.


Comments Off on 5 men with connections to Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel arrested in $2 million Methamphetamine ring bust

LOS ANGELES — California Attorney General Kamala Harris says five men suspected of having connections to Mexico’s notorious Sinaloa drug cartel have been arrested for allegedly trafficking 55 pounds of methamphetamine with a street value of $2 million.

The arrests were announced Thursday.

Authorities say two of the five were arrested in an Ontario parking lot earlier this month when they attempted to deliver a partial shipment of the drug to an undercover agent they thought was a buyer.

The others were arrested during another delivery attempt.

They were jailed in San Bernardino County on $500,000 bail.

Authorities say deliveries were negotiated with cartel representatives in Mexico and the United States.

Harris says California is the gateway for 70 percent of the methamphetamine trafficked to the United States from Mexico.


Comments Off on Newborn buried in yard tests positive for Methamphetamine and drugs, mom Tara Ostrowski, 37, of York County charged with unlawful conduct toward a child


Rock Hill woman who buried baby has past domestic violence conviction

ROCK HILL — The Rock Hill woman who police say hid her pregnancy from family, then buried her baby boy in the backyard, was convicted two years ago of assaulting her husband after claiming to have been a domestic violence victim herself, court and police records show.

The lawyer for Tara Lynn Ostrowski, who remained jailed without bond Thursday, has promised a “vigorous defense” and investigation on her behalf.ostrowskimug

The York County Coroner’s Office has ruled the death a homicide but has not determined a cause of death. Ostrowksi is charged with unlawful neglect of a child after prosecutors said a child fatality task force investigation found no evidence she intentionally killed her son.

An autopsy of the baby, who lived only minutes by Ostrowski’s own admission, revealed the presence of narcotics in his body, according to police records and arrest warrants. Police allege that Ostrowski, 37, smoked methamphetamine and took non-prescribed narcotics before she gave birth in May.

Police say Ostrowski, 37, admitted to the crime when they questioned her in May after an informant told a mental health worker about the pregnancy and burial.

In 2012, Ostrowski was charged with criminal domestic violence following an incident during which police say she attacked her husband while he slept. York County sheriff’s deputies responded to a report that Ostrowski was yelling and tearing up her in-laws’ home and that she jumped on her husband while he was asleep, according to the original police report.

In that incident, Ostrowski told deputies she and her husband had been arguing and claimed her husband threw her to the floor, the police report states. However, her husband said he only pushed her off him and she had thrown a picture frame at him after she had been drinking, according to the report.

Court records show that Ostrowski pleaded guilty in 2013 to third degree assault and battery in a special court York County maintains to hear domestic violence cases.

It remains unclear if Ostrowski will face any civil action in Family Court in the death of her baby, or any more criminal charges. Rock Hill police are still investigating to see if the burial violated any civil codes or criminal laws, said Capt. Brent Allmon, spokesman for the Rock Hill Police Department.

Harry Dest, 16th Circuit Chief Public defender, met with Ostrowski in the York County jail Thursday. Dest declined to comment on the meeting, but he said his office would investigate the police allegations that Ostrowski hid the pregnancy and secretly buried her son.

“We are just starting our look into this and will investigate the allegations,” he said, “and we will provide a vigorous defense in this case.”

The allegations against Ostrowski have shocked neighbors and others, including neighbor Betty Jenkins, who only recently retired from Piedmont Medical Center after 50 years as a nurse.

“I wish I would have known,” Jenkins said. “I would have helped her get medical attention.”


ROCK HILL, SC (WBTV) —A newborn baby, who police say was buried in a backyard by his mother, tested positive for hydrocodone and methamphetamine, according to the York County coroner.

Police say Tara Ostrowski, 37, is charged with unlawful conduct toward a child. She is accused of burying her dead son in her backyard earlier this year.Tara-Ostrowski-jpg

According to a police report, Ostrowski gave birth to the boy at home sometime around May 18, but the baby did not survive. Ostrowski says the baby, born at least a month early, was alive after his birth.

Officers were called about the incident about a week later.

The police report says that when detectives went to the home to investigate on May 28, Ostrowski admitted to burying the baby in the yard and showed officers where the body was located.

Rock Hill police arrested Ostrowski on Tuesday on a charge of unlawful conduct toward a child.

Ostrowski is being held without bond at the Moss Detention Center.

Toxicology tests showed the infant had hydrocodone, methamphetamine, and its metabolite amphetamine, in his system.

Investigators say the cause of death could not to be determined, but the death is being called a homicide.


Comments Off on Rita J. Buckingham, 42, of Shannon, and Lori June Schmidt, 44, of Nettleton, picked up in Itawamba for Methamphetamine

Two Lee County women were arrested Sunday, July 26 and charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell.

Rita J. Buckingham, of Shannon, and Lori June Schmidt, of Nettleton, were picked up by Itawamba County deputies in Tremont, for stealing a car and smuggling narcotics into the neighboring county.

Rita J. Buckingham and Lori June Schmidt

Rita J. Buckingham and Lori June Schmidt

The vehicle had been stolen from Pontotoc County.

The suspects were stopped on Hwy. 178 when a check on their license plate revealed it belonged on another vehicle. A search by narcotics investigators and deputies uncovered two ounces of methamphetamine.

Methamphetamine (also called meth, crystal, chalk, and ice, among other terms) is an extremely addictive stimulant drug that is chemically similar to amphetamine. It takes the form of a white, odorless, bitter-tasting crystalline powder.

It is taken orally, smoked, snorted, or dissolved in water or alcohol and injected. Smoking or injecting the drug delivers it very quickly to the brain, where it produces an immediate, intense euphoria.

Both suspects were brought before Itawamba Justice Court Judge Barry Davis. Buckingham, 42, and Schmidt, 44, had their bonds set at $10,000 each. They were then transported to Pontotoc County to face charges for the stolen vehicle.

Any additional information related to this case should be called in to (662) 862-3401.


Comments Off on Say Vanna, 32, of Fresno, who fell asleep weighing methamphetamine, arrested

A man who fell asleep while weighing methamphetamine was arrested overnight in the Calwa area, police reported.

Sgt. Eddie Barrios said officers received a call Tuesday night from citizens who spotted the man sleeping in a truck with the engine running in the parking lot of the Bank of America at Jensen and Cedar avenues. Several people tried to wake the man by knocking on the windows with no success.download%20(2)

Arriving officers observed that the man, identified as Say Vanna, 32, was sitting next to a scale with about 30 wrapped pieces of methamphetamine. He also had concentrated cannabis on his lap. Barrios said the man admitted to falling asleep while weighing the contraband. He was booked on charges of possession of a controlled substance and violation of parole.


Comments Off on Methamphetamine found after wreck that sent two sons – ages 4 and 5 – to the hospital in Trinity County; Melissa Thrasher, 32, and Joseph Collier, 24, arrested

TRINITY, TX (KTRK) —  Two parents were arrested following a rollover wreck in Trinity County that sent both of their children to the hospital. Investigators say they found meth in the vehicle.

The accident happened just before 10pm Tuesday night in the Lake L subdivision. Trinity County officials say Joseph Collier, 24, was driving with his wife, Melissa Thrasher, 32, and their two sons – ages 4 and 5 – when he lost control of the vehicle and wrecked.891282_800x450

The youngest son was flown via medical helicopter to the hospital and the younger son was taken by ground ambulance to ETMC-Trinity, and was later flown to a Houston hospital. At this point, the children’s condition is unknown.

Investigators say the children were not properly restrained.

Deputies say they found methamphetamines at the scene. Both Collier and Thrasher were arrested and charged with felony reckless injury to a child causing serious bodily injury. Collier was additionally charged with felony intoxicated assault with vehicle/serious bodily injury and felony possession of a controlled substance.

Investigators say Thrasher also had a Walker County misdemeanor theft warrant.


Comments Off on 29 women and men charged in massive Methamphetamine conspiracy in Greene, Polk, Christian, Jasper, Laclede and Webster counties

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. –  10 Springfield residents have been indicted by a federal grand jury for their roles in a now 29-defendant conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in Greene, Polk, Christian, Jasper, Laclede and Webster counties.

Kenneth A. Hoffman, 45, David L. Miller, Jr., 39, Jeffrey L. Hatch, 46, Gregory L. “Pops” Jones, 50, David A. Floyd, 40, Jeffrey M. Gardner, 33, Corey A. Stienbarger, 26, and Brandon W. Malen, 25, all of Springfield, Heather L. Courtois, 31, of Republic, Mo., and Brandon A. House, 32, of Ash Grove, Mo., were charged in a 66-count second superseding indictment returned under seal by a federal grand jury in Springfield on Wednesday, July 22, 2015. This second superseding indictment replaces an April 2, 2015, federal indictment and adds these 10 defendants to the 19 defendants previously charged as well as additional charges.

Kenneth R. Friend, 44, Anthony J. Van Pelt, 36, Anthony M. Massoni, 41, Melody W. Carpenter, 32, Bonnie L. Amodio, 29, Donette C. Davis, 41, Justin D. Owens, 28, and Neil L. Manning, 47, all of Springfield; Kenna M. Harmon, 36, of Republic, Mo.; Anthony A. Hatfield, 31, of Nixa, Mo.; Joseph R. Allen, 41, of Half Way, Mo.; Tiffany A. Brawley, 26, of Phillipsburg, Mo.; Carlos Tapia, 40, of Lee’s Summit, Mo.; Eric M. McClanahan, 35, of Kansas City, Kan.; Cheryl D. Paluczak, 48, of St. Charles, Mo.; Nelson Olmeda, also known as “Diego,” 25, of Rosenberg, Texas; Robert A. Edson, 32, of Richmond, Texas; Robert Canales, 32, of Houston, Texas; and Clayton J. Mendes, 34, address unknown, were charged in the previous indictment. McClanahan and Carpenter have pleaded guilty and are therefore omitted from the second superseding indictment returned today.

The second superseding indictment alleges that all of the defendants participated in a conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine in Greene, Polk, Christian, Jasper, Laclede and Webster counties from June 1, 2013, to Nov. 29, 2014.

In addition to the drug-trafficking conspiracy, Harmon is charged in a money-laundering conspiracy. The indictment alleges that Harmon paid $324,185 in cash for the construction of a residence in Halfway, Mo., in 2014. All of those funds, the indictment says, were from the proceeds from the unlawful sale of methamphetamine. While building the residence, Harmon allegedly used the property to promote her continued sale of methamphetamine by storing methamphetamine at the residence, and allegedly asked Allen to provide security at the residence, in part, to protect the methamphetamine stored there.

Harmon is also charged with one count of distributing methamphetamine and one count of possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute. Harmon is also charged with one count of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Harmon allegedly was in possession of a Jennings by Calwestco .22-caliber pistol.

Hatch is also charged with three counts of distributing methamphetamine and two counts of possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute. Hatch is also charged with one count of being a felon and an unlawful drug user in possession of a firearm and one count of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime. Hatch allegedly was in possession of a Springfield Armory semi-automatic 9mm handgun.

Manning is also charged with five counts of possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute and with one count of being a felon in possession of firearms. Manning allegedly was in possession of a Taurus 9mm semi-automatic pistol, a Llama .40-caliber semi-automatic pistol and ammunition.

Massoni was also charged with two counts of being an unlawful drug user in possession of a firearm and ammunition. Massoni was allegedly in possession of a Taurus .45-caliber semi-automatic handgun and ammunition, and in possession of a Taurus .357-caliber handgun and ammunition.

Friend is also charged with seven counts of distributing methamphetamine and one count of possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute. Friend and Olmeda are charged together in one count of engaging in monetary transactions to promote unlawful activity. The indictment alleges that Friend paid Olmeda $20,000 for the purchase of methamphetamine; those funds allegedly were the proceeds of illegal methamphetamine trafficking.

Allen is also charged with one count of possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute and one count of possessing firearms in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime. Allen allegedly was in possession of a Savage Arms .22-caliber rifle, a Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun, a Remington .22-caliber rifle, a Jennings by Bryco Arms .22-caliber pistol, two Glock .40-caliber pistols, a Rock Island Armory .45-caliber pistol and a Cobra .22-caliber derringer.

Hoffman is also charged with three counts of distributing methamphetamine and with five counts of possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute. Gardner is also charged with two counts of distributing methamphetamine. Jones is also charged with two counts of distributing methamphetamine. Miller is also charged with one count of distributing methamphetamine and two counts of possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute. Brawley is also charged with two counts of possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute. Owens is also charged with two counts of possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute.

Van Pelt is also charged with one count of possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute. Van Pelt and Stienbarger are charged together in one count of distributing methamphetamine. Van Pelt and Malen are charged together in one count of distributing methamphetamine. Malen is also charged with one count of making a building in Springfield available for the purpose of unlawfully storing, distributing and using methamphetamine. Malen is also charged with one count of being an unlawful drug user in possession of firearms. Malen allegedly was in possession of two Remington .30-06-caliber rifles, a Savage .22-caliber rifle, a Browning .22-caliber rifle, and ammunition.

House, Floyd, Amodio, Hatfield, Paluczak and Miller are each also charged with one count of possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute. Edson and Canales are also charged together in one count of possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute. Olmeda, Edson and Canales are charged together in one count of possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute.

Courtois was charged with one count of making a building in Republic available for the purpose of unlawfully storing, distributing and using methamphetamine.

The second superseding indictment also contains several forfeiture allegations, which would require various defendants to forfeit to the government any property used to commit the alleged offenses and any property derived from the proceeds of the alleged offenses, including Harmon’s residential property in Halfway, six vehicles (a Chevrolet Avalanche, a 2004 BMW-5 Series, a 2005 Mazda 6, a 2006 Hyundai Tiberon, a 1992 Harley-Davidson motorcycle, and a 2001 Harley-Davidson motorcycle), a total of $160,119 seized by law enforcement on various dates and at various locations, four rings and some bracelets and numerous firearms and ammunition.

Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, cautioned that the charges contained in this indictment are simply accusations, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charges must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Randall Eggert and Gary Milligan. It was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, IRS-Criminal Investigation, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Springfield, Mo., Police Department and Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).


Comments Off on Kevin Lewis, 40, of Glocester, stopped with Methamphetamine cooking in car trunk

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A Glocester man is facing a drug dealing charge after authorities say they stopped the car he was driving and discovered a batch of methamphetamine cooking in the trunk.

Kevin Lewis, 40, of 18 Spruce Ridge Road, Chepachet, was ordered detained Wednesday on a count of manufacturing and possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute after an appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Patricia A. Sullivan in U.S. District Court.

“This is not only a controlled substance … but it’s using a technique that creates a really extraordinary risk [of explosion],” Sullivan said in ordering Lewis held.

Wearing khaki pants and a T-shirt, a bearded Lewis appeared very subdued during the proceedings, politely answering the judge.

Glocester police alerted U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents early Tuesday about a suspected clandestine “one-pot” meth lab after noticing a strong smell of acetone, which is associated with meth production, during a traffic stop, according to an affidavit of Special Agent Alan J. Sims. The police had stopped Lewis around 6:37 a.m. on an outstanding Family Court warrant.

Lewis’s wife, Carolyn, drove the Nissan Maxima that Lewis had been driving to the Glocester police headquarters and verbally consented to a search of the car, the affidavit says. In the trunk, they found an active batch of meth cooking in a one-liter plastic bottle set within a five-gallon bucket as well as two hydrochloric acid gas generators used in producing meth. A completed batch was in a cooler, along with pseudoephedrine blister packs, the affidavit said.

Carolyn Lewis again consented to a search of her father’s Spruce Ridge Road property, where the couple had been living, the affidavit said. DEA task force agents discovered two plastic bottles that had previously been used to produce meth and another completed batch of one-pot meth in the back of a Taurus belonging to Lewis, it says.

A one-pot lab is a rudimentary process that combines pseudoephedrine and other chemicals in a disposable container to produce meth.

Agents seized nine grams of meth linked to Lewis, according to the affidavit. Pharmacies are required by law to record the amount of pseudoephedrine being purchased. Records revealed that Lewis purchased 49.92 grams from November through Tuesday and was denied purchases at other times, it says. One gram of pseudoephedrine produces .9 grams of meth, authorities say.

Lewis’s lawyer, Tara I. Allen, had asked that he be released to a drug treatment facility. Assistant U.S. Attorney Gerard Sullivan asked that Lewis remain held, noting that he had been arrested 24 times over the past three decades and had a history of domestic violence.


Comments Off on 10 more women and men indicted in major Ozarks Methamphetamine conspiracy

A federal case investigating a conspiracy to distribute meth throughout southwestern Missouri counties now has 29 defendants after 10 more people were charged Wednesday afternoon.

Kenneth A. Hoffman, 45; David L. Miller Jr., 39; Jeffrey L. Hatch, 46; Gregory L. “Pops” Jones, 50; David A. Floyd, 40; Jeffrey M. Gardner, 33; Corey A. Stienbarger, 26; and Brandon W. Malen, 25, all of Springfield; Heather L. Courtois, 31, of Republic, and Brandon A. House, 32, of Ash Grove were all indicted for their alleged participation in a conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of meth throughout Greene, Polk, Christian, Jasper, Laclede and Webster counties from June 1, 2013 to Nov. 29, 2014.

Kenna Harmon, a defendant from an earlier indictment, is alleged to have paid for the construction of a residence in Halfway with $324,185 made from the unlawful sale of meth. The property was then used by her to continue to sell and store meth.

The release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Western District of Missouri lists a variety of other charges for individuals allegedly involved in the conspiracy, ranging from money laundering to illegal firearms possession to making a building available to store meth.

This indictment supersedes an earlier one in which 12 more people were charged in the same conspiracy, as well as a second in which the total rose to 19. Two people from an earlier indictment, Eric McClanahan and Melody Carpenter, have since pleaded guilty and are omitted from the superseding indictment.

The indictment also requires various defendants to surrender property, including a house, four cars, two motorcycles, $160,119, four rings, several bracelets and numerous firearms and their ammunition.


Comments Off on Methamphetamine-affected driver Leah Lenarczyk, 39, who crashed into boy, jailed in Adelaide

An unlicensed driver who ran a red light and hit a 12-year-old boy while under the influence of methamphetamine has been jailed for seven months.

Leah Lenarczyk’s case has prompted calls for tougher drug-driving laws in South Australia.6660834-3x2-340x227

The 39-year-old had been acquitted of an aggravated charge of causing serious harm by dangerous driving after two methamphetamine experts said the drug could have some positive effects on a driver’s alertness.

Lenarczyk instead was convicted by the Adelaide District Court of a lesser charge of aggravated driving without due care, over the road crash at Salisbury Heights in 2012.

Her car hit Nickolas Falco, 12, who suffered extensive injuries, including a fractured skull and a collapsed lung.

Judge Barry Beazley said he could not be certain about the effect of the methamphetamine use on Lenarczyk’s driving.

“In your case, the prosecution was not able to satisfy me beyond reasonable doubt as to the effects of methamphetamine on that day,” he said.

“There was no evidence that the driving leading up to the collision involved any overtly poor driving, veering across the road, high speed or otherwise.”

Driver had never been licensed

Lenarczyk had never had a driver’s license, but had been convicted for driving when unlicensed and fined several times.

Judge Beazley said Lenarczyk’s luck had now run out and there was insufficient reason to suspend the sentence because the woman had disregard for the driving laws and road safety.

“The fact that you drove with your children in the vehicle, without a license and having consumed methamphetamine was, as I’m sure you accept, outrageous,” he said.

The judge found Lenarczyk failed to properly watch the road and had hit the boy before she saw him.

Commissioner for Victims’ Rights Michael O’Connell said the law needed to change to stamp out drug-driving.

“We need to go back, review the law and look at the possibility of ensuring that we don’t have this type of circumstance, where it’s near impossible to prove a person is affected by methamphetamine when they drive,” he said.

“In my view we need to have a proper, sound, reasoned debate, about not only alcohol but also drugs in our community.

He said the law was clear on alcohol use when driving and needed to be the same in regard to drug use.

Mr O’Connell said the young victim’s family was hopeful the court case would lead to legal reform.

“They don’t want this particular case to simply pass by as being just another court case, they want to use it as a stepping stone for law reform,” he said.

The victim’s family declined to make any comment as they left the court.


Comments Off on Colombian model Juliana Lopez facing death penalty in China over laptop drug bust

A COLOMBIAN model could face execution after being caught carrying drugs inside her laptop in China.    048217-2a962580-3631-11e5-b159-57caeec80925

It was supposed to be the trip of a lifetime for Juliana Lopez, but this one mistake could mean the 22-year-old could face death.

The beauty queen was travelling through China, on her way home to compete in the Miss World Medellin beauty pageant after winning the competition at the district level. She had gone to China to purchase items for her trendy boutique back home.

Ms Lopez’s family grew worried about the young woman when they lost contact with her after a few days and contacted the Colombian embassy.048245-2b915270-3631-11e5-b159-57caeec80925

Family members had called to report the traveler had disappeared, but were shocked to learn she had in fact been arrested.

Chinese officials told the family Ms Lopez had been caught with “a large quantity of a banned substance” inside her laptop, local newspaper El Tiempo reported.

The woman’s family is now desperately trying to raise funds to be visit and cover Ms Lopez’s legal costs. She may now face the death penalty.

Ms Lopez has been described as a “good girl”, gifted student and contestant of beauty contests, and a promising athlete.049566-2ca659f8-3631-11e5-b159-57caeec80925

Her football coach, Alejandro Duque, told the newspaper she was “the central point of the group”.

“My heart tells me that she is not guilty, she is a fighter,” he said.

“She cannot be sentenced yet, I have hope that she is innocent and that everything can be sorted out.”

Her friend Lis Hernandez said she believes her friend is innocent.

“My heart tells me she is not guilty,” she said.

“You cannot condemn it yet, I have hope that he is innocent and everything is clear.”

The Colombian Foreign Ministry is reportedly assisting the young woman as the investigation goes on. It is expected to take up to two years.

Ms Lopez joins 138 prisoners in China’s jails. China has the highest execution rate of any country, and carries out more executions than the rest of the world combined, according to Amnesty International.


Comments Off on Sara K. Forney, 39, of Columbus, shoplifted, had Methamphetamine

A Columbus woman is in custody after security personnel said they saw her taking items from a store in the 2000 block of Merchants Mile.

Columbus Police Officer Wesley Dodge located Sara K. Forney, 39, 161 Carrie Lane, outside the store at about 6 p.m. Monday, said Sgt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police spokesman.20150729cr_jail_mug_forney__sara_jpg

Officers learned she had items that she had not paid for in a bag and then located methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia in her purse, Harris said.

Forney was arrested on preliminary charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of paraphernalia and theft, police said.

She is being held in the Bartholomew County Jail in lieu of $62,500 bond.


Comments Off on Shealee Henigar, 25, of Clover, admits cooking Methamphetamine 30 times in front of her children

YORK CO. — Defense lawyer Chris Wellborn described the living conditions in Shealee Henigar’s home as “a terrible situation for children.”

Henigar pled guilty Tuesday to multiple charges including manufacturing methamphetamine, and exposing three children to the drug. Their ages at the time were three, two and nine months old.GS_story

“It’s just a sad situation where a drug addiction spiraled out of control,” said Deputy Solicitor Leslie Robinson.

York County drug agents found the “shake and bake” style meth lab at the home in Clover in December 2013.

The drugs, and drug-making chemicals, were found in the same room with Henigar’s children. She and others were cooking the highly dangerous drug only feet from the nine month old’s crib.

In the home, officers found all the ingredients for a meth lab, including pseudoephedrine, camp fuel, denatured alcohol, scales, coffee filters, acetone, sulfuric acid, instant cold packs, funnels, and other materials.

One child even swallowed some of the chemicals at one point after taking a drink from a container that was used to mix them. Another child tested positive for meth following Henigar’s arrest.

On Tuesday she was sentenced to eight years in prison. She had no criminal record before this drug arrest. Robinson said the negotiated sentence sent a message.

“Manufacturing methamphetamine is an extremely dangerous process regardless of whether children are involved, but the children just took it to another level,” she said.

In May, the father of the children, David Lee Ray Jr., also pled guilty, and was sentenced to 10 years in prison in the same case.

Robinson told Channel 9 the couple cooked the drug every day, hoping to stay high all the time.

Henigar, now 25, has since had a fourth child, who was born since she’s been in jail.

That child and the three others are still in Department of Social Services custody.


Comments Off on Bellingham to buy, raze Aloha Motel where 11 rooms were contaminated with Methamphetamine

BELLINGHAM, Washington — The city of Bellingham and the owners of the condemned Aloha Motel have agreed on a price for the property.

The Bellingham Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1ez5pci ) that the City Council approved a settlement Monday in which the city will purchase the property for $1.58 million. The sale is expected to close Sept. 1 after which the motel will be demolished.

The Aloha Motel has a reputation for criminal activity, and the Whatcom County Health Department found methamphetamine contamination in 11 rooms.

After the motel is removed, city officials say they will seek proposals from developers later this year for how to redevelop the property.


Comments Off on Methamphetamine blamed for death of triple murderer, Jared Michael Williams, while serving sentence at the McCormick Correctional Institute

The man convicted of killing three people and wounded a fourth in Pelzer in 2014 who died while serving his sentence at the McCormick Correctional Institute was killed by an overdose of methamphetamine, according to McCormick County Coroner Faye Puckett.Jared%20Williams_1415911261234_9581629_ver1_0_640_480

Greenville’s WYFF News 4 has reported that Puckett said that Jared Michael Williams swallowed a plastic baggie that contained drugs.

Efforts by the Independent Mail to reach Puckett on Tuesday were unsuccessful.

The South Carolina Department of Corrections spokeswoman Stephanie Givens would only say that Williams’ death, which happened in March, was under investigation. She refused to confirm any other details.

Williams was sentenced to three consecutive life sentences after pleading guilty to the murders of Wanda Anderson, 40, Victor Vandegrift, 48, and Hank Eaton, 33, at a home in Pelzer in March 2014.


Comments Off on Methamphetamine Use On Rise; Recent Spike In Arrests On The Flandreau Santee Sioux Reservation

Marijuana has dominated the headlines in Flandreau for various reasons the past several months if not years.

The drug, still considered illegal in every corner of South Dakota other than on the Flandreau Santee Sioux Reservation, is still often used, abused, sold, and distributed throughout our region. It currently accounts for a significant amount of local police calls and activity.

But marijuana isn’t the only drug local police have been concerned about. For the past couple of years, there has been a growing problem with methamphetamine use, not only in Flandreau but throughout South Dakota.

Locally however, area law enforcement has seen a spike in calls and arrests this month.

“We’ve experienced 59 drug offenses as of July 20th, which already exceeds last year’s total with four months in 2015 left to go,” said Flandreau Police Chief Anthony Schrad.

He added, “We are quickly approaching the 69 total (drug related) offenses we experienced in 2013 and the 62 drug offenses 5 years ago in 2010. Our biggest concern with the increase in drug use is the adverse affect it has on the quality of life for our residents. Our youth are exposed to the abuse and become more susceptible to future drug use themselves.”

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, methamphetamine (also called meth, crystal, chalk, and ice, among other terms) is an extremely addictive stimulant drug that is chemically similar to amphetamine. For those unfamiliar with what it looks like, it takes the form of a white, odorless, bitter-tasting crystalline powder.

So that the community is aware, those who use meth long-term often experience anxiety, confusion, insomnia, and mood disturbances and display violent behavior. They may also show symptoms of psychosis, such as paranoia, visual and auditory hallucinations, and delusions.

It is considered one of the fastest growing drug trends in America, and if you look at other states where use has long been high, the drug leaves a path of absolute destruction for users in its wake.

“We plan to address these drug concerns with proactive policing and community involvement. We are a 7 officer department, which is significant for our population size but we certainly cannot be everywhere at once. We rely on our community to keep us abreast on suspicious activity and criminality,” said Schrad.

You’re asked to contact local law enforcement if you notice any suspicious activity or if you know of someone using and you’d like to get them help.


Comments Off on A woman and two men detained after Richland County Sheriff’s deputies discover possible Methamphetamine lab at Irmo home

IRMO, SC (WIS) – Two men and a woman were detained by the Richland County Sheriff’s Department after a search warrant was executed at a home that may have had a meth lab Tuesday.8429915_G

Sgt. Kevin Lawrence with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department said deputies served a search warrant after receiving complaints from residents in the Ivy Green subdivision about activity at a home on Ivy Green Court.

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Deputies discovered a possible meth lab at the home.

No charges for the three detained have been announced.


Australian women are using methamphetamine to keep themselves awake so they can protect themselves and their children from domestic violence.

A special investigation by news.com.au’s Liz Burke found women are turning to the drug to help them stay alert and safe from violent attacks, as well as using it as a way to mentally escape the horrors of their situation.ice-main

Burke interviewed Sydney mum and former ice addict Sam, who detailed her use of the drug to help cope with her abuse.

“I didn’t want to sleep, ever … because of what he might do to me … I thought I wouldn’t wake up one day and I probably would’ve been right,” Sam said.

“I just wanted to block it all out. I’d just wipe myself out because I didn’t want to think. My life was destroyed and I didn’t want to deal with it. I’d just take drugs and everything would disappear and it wouldn’t matter.”

Burke found Sam’s case was far from unique, quoting a Melbourne ice expert who said a “scary” number of female ice addicts cite domestic violence as a reason for their drug use.


Comments Off on The unspoken role of Methamphetamine in Australia’s domestic violence problem

WOMEN in violent relationships are turning to the drug ice to cope with or mentally escape the horror of family violence.

Methamphetamine use is a common contributing factor when used by perpetrators of family violence, but news.com.au has uncovered another shocking link between the two biggest social and health issues facing the nation.

Blocking out the pain, a means of mental escape when they’re physically trapped, and even using the drug to stay awake and keep control in a dangerous environment are among the reasons vulnerable Australian women are turning to a dangerous high.

Sydney mum Sam, a recovering ice addict, told news.com.au her dependence was at its peak when she was in a violent relationship that saw her hospitalized a number of times, leaving her permanently mentally scarred.

She started using ice at age 21, but it was a few years later when she was in a “horrible” violent relationship that things really escalated.

“I just wanted to block it all out. I’d just wipe myself out because I didn’t want to think,” the 28-year-old says.

“My life was destroyed and I didn’t want to deal with it. I’d just take drugs and everything would disappear and it wouldn’t matter.”

It wasn’t only the escapism that smoking and injecting ice offered — she had a more practical use too.

“I didn’t want to sleep, ever … because of what he might do to me … I thought I wouldn’t wake up one day and I probably would’ve been right.”

Sadly, cases like Sam’s aren’t unique. In his role as assessment and intake manager at Melbourne rehab program Dayhab, Jack Nagle says it’s common for him to see women present with ice addiction after experiencing family violence.148922-77a1e7e6-34e3-11e5-b1c6-fce245fdac3f

“It’s actually quite scary the amount of different reasons that people are giving me for taking the drug,” the former addict turned activist says.

“I would say that a lot of the women that come into the treatment centre have been involved in domestically violent relationships and at some stage their usage, as a result of that, has increased.

“I see women who have had an abusive partner and they’ve used the drug to emotionally cope with the pain.”

Family violence support services, like WRISC in Ballarat, are increasingly encountering drug use in their work with women and children affected by family violence.

“To survive in an abusive relationship, women may turn to substance use,” executive officer Libby Jewson told news.com.au.

“Once the violence has stopped substance use will often reduce.”

Although little research has been done in the area, evidence of a causal link between ice use and violence is emerging.

Assistant Health Minister Fiona Nash has been working with the Prime Minister’s National Ice Taskforce told news.com.au the drug was destroying families.

“Ice is a destructive drug which destroys families and cripples communities,” she said.

“People are clearly using ice for many different reasons.”

The National Ice Task Force, chaired by former Victoria Police commissioner Ken Lay, has heard from families who have experienced violence and aggression from a loved one using ice.

Mr Lay is also working closely with Australian of the Year Rosie Batty on the Family Violence Advisory Council to “ensure both issues are given the clear focus and commitment they deserve from the highest levels of government” Ms Nash said.


Comments Off on Mexican Military Seizes Methamphetamine Hidden in Aloe Vera Bottles in a Passenger Bus Headed to Border

Mexican soldiers seized 29 Aloe Vera bottles filled with liquid methamphetamine that were being shipped in a passenger bus to a border city.

After the seizure Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office (PGR) kicked off an investigation into the origins of the shipment.Screenshot_2015-07-28-14-58-04-e1438113768533-640x512

According to information provided to Breitbart Texas by the PGR, the seizure came as part of a routine inspection of a passenger bus at one of the stops in the rural community of La Coma.

La Coma is a small community located between Ciudad Victoria and the northern cities of Matamoros and Reynosa.

“Upon inspection they found two cardboard boxes filled with 29 plastic bottles with 29 liters  of liquid all dully signed with their transit numbers,” the information in Spanish provided by the PGR revealed.

A close inspection of the bottles revealed that they were not filled with Aloe Vera as advertised but in fact were filled with liquid meth at which point the soldiers seized them and turned them over the PGR for further investigation.


A second, separate incident involved someone being arrested out of an ice cream truck under suspicion of possession of methamphetamine. According to a news release, 43 year-old Christina Celeste Goodwin was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), a warrant on a forgery charge and a warrant on a motion to revoke probation on a forgery charge.

A deputy saw a Frosty Treats ice cream truck at about 7:42 p.m. Sunday in the 6400 block of Golder Avenue, according to the release.

The license plate on the truck was not visible to the deputy, according to the release, and the deputy made a traffic stop on the truck at 69th Street and Russell Avenue.

Deputies found that she was wanted on two warrants, one to revoke her probation and the other on a forgery charge, according to the release. The deputies also found a substance believed to be methamphetamine in an eyeglass case.

Goodwin was being held Monday in the Ector County Detention Center without bond on the motion to revoke probation, on a $7,500 bond on the forgery charge, and bond hadn’t been set on the possession charge. Odessa and Ector County authorities have run into problems with ice cream trucks before.

An ice cream truck driver led Ector County Sheriff’s Office deputies on a chase Sunday night through parking lots and a number of city and county streets before being caught and charged with evading arrest. Jack Dempsey French Jr., 11623 W. Buckeye St., was being held Monday at the Ector County Detention Center on a $7,500 bond.

According to a news release, deputies went to the 6800 block of West 42nd Street and watched as French got into a white ice cream van and left at a high rate of speed eastbound on 42nd Street.

Deputies caught up to the van at Highway 302 and 42nd Street, according to the release, at which point the vehicle did not stop, swerved off the road and made the turn onto Highway 302, going east on Kermit Highway. The vehicle turned north on Pleasant Avenue and then east on 42nd Street, according to the release, at which point the van cut through the parking lot of the Ector County Coliseum to Andrews Highway going south. After that, the vehicle cut through the Odessa College parking lot, through several streets until Loop 338 and West 16th Street, according to the release, where French drove through a fence, got out of the van and ran on foot.

Deputies arrested French and charged him with evading arrest, according to the release.

Ralph David Romo, a 37 year-old man, was arrested in April after a woman saw him taking photographs of girls at Odessa High School and reported it to police. Romo was driving a Frosty Treat ice cream truck.

The woman reported to police that she found Romo listed in a sex offender database, at which point officers discovered that he was working at a different job than what he last reported.

Texas Code of Criminal Procedure requires registered sex offenders to report a change in employment no later than seven days after the person begins working with a new company.

Romo is required to register every 90 days with local law enforcement.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety sex offender database, Romo was sentenced on May 12, 2003, to four years in prison on a charge of criminal sexual conduct with a victim under the age of 13 in Minnesota.

He was also sentenced on Oct. 17, 2003, to five years and eight months in California on charges of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor under 17, sexual battery with a victim under 17, and lewd and lascivious acts involving children/contact with a victim under the age of 14, according to the DPS database.

Romo reportedly did not notify authorities about his job status within the time limit required by state law and was charged with failure to comply with registration requirements, a second-degree felony.

Sheriff Mark Donaldson said it’s important for parents to be watchful of what vehicles their children go up to.

“I think people should make sure any kind of street vendor or something like that — to be aware of something going on,” Donaldson said. Cpl. Steve LeSueur, Odessa Police Department spokesman, said they have heard complaints and rumors in the past of drugs being dealt out of ice cream trucks, but he hasn’t seen any arrests come out of those complaints until now.

“The main thing is it doesn’t matter if it’s an ice cream truck or any other vehicle, if someone suspects suspicious activity taking place … then they should be cautious,” LeSueur said. “Ice cream trucks shouldn’t be singled out. It could really be anyone.”

At the same time, LeSueur said police have been checking ice cream trucks to make sure they’re in compliance with City of Odessa permitting ordinances.