FAIRFIELD, CA – A 22-year-old Vallejo woman says crystal meth is the reason she abandoned her baby in a gas station restroom Saturday.

Joia Hukill spoke exclusively with News10 in the Solano County Jail, saying she “forgot” her baby in the bathroom when she went in to smoke meth.

Hukill said she was already high when surveillance cameras caught her pushing a stroller into the bathroom.

A few minutes later, cameras catch her walking out, without the stroller.



“If I was clean, it wouldn’t have happened,” Hukill said.

She was arrested Saturday night after her friend told her she was on the news.

“So she said, ‘Do you want me to call to turn you in?'” said Hukill. “And I said, ‘I guess, I don’t care,’ so they picked me up.”

Hukill says she doesn’t remember taking her son into the bathroom.

“I couldn’t feel,” she said. “When you’re smoking dope or slamming dope, you don’t feel.”

The Solano County District Attorney’s Office is still determining what charges Hukill will face.

Child Protective Services took the 16-month-old child, a boy, and Hukill says her new baby, a 3-week-old, is with another relative.

When asked if this was a wake-up call for her to stop abusing drugs, Hukill responded, “I’m not going to promise something I can’t. I can’t promise you that I’m always going to be clean, ’cause I don’t know.”






(WBIR-Harriman, Tn) Roane County officials arrested a man they say fled deputies, leaving his two small children behind at a home with a meth lab inside.

The Roane County Sheriff’s Office says deputies went to the home on Harrison Lane in Ten Mile Wednesday to serve an outstanding warrant on 39-year-old John Hughes.

Hughes fled when he saw the officers.


They also arrested a woman at the home, 40-year-old Kristi Price.

Roane County officials say this is the second home Hughes has lived in that has had to be quarantined because of meth.  He’s facing several charges.

D.C.S. was also at the scene.  An ambulance transported Hughes’ children to Roane Medical Center for evaluation.







A Midland man who was found in possession of methamphetamine outside of a  local bar on Tuesday claimed his doctor prescribed it to treat post-traumatic  stress disorder, according to court documents.

Keith Allen Green, 29, is being held on a $15,000 bond for a second-degree  felony charge of possession of a controlled substance between 4 and 200  grams.

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Keith Allen Green


A Midland police officer who was working off-duty security at Rockin’ Rodeo  at about 11:54 p.m. Tuesday observed a vehicle in the parking lot with foggy  windows. He found two men trying to conceal a container on top of the middle  console, according to court documents.

The driver, Green, gave the officer the container and explained that he had  been in the military for several years and was diagnosed with PTSD. He said his  doctor prescribed the drug in the container to treat his disorder.

The container had a white powdery substance with small crystals, which the  officer identified as meth. The officer also found another container of meth in  the vehicle’s driver door compartment, according to the arrest report.

The affidavit does not indicate if the other man in the vehicle was arrested,  nor does it provide the exact amount of the drug obtained by police.

If convicted, Green faces up to 20 years in prison.







Three people are facing charges after deputies say they busted a meth lab on their Lenoir County property.

The Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division executed a search warrant at 4313 Outlaw Bridge Road in Seven Springs, near the Wayne County line on Wednesday.  The search revealed a meth lab behind the home and the seizure of between one and two grams of methamphetamine, methamphetamine precursors, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.  Deputies say they arrested three adults, but there were also three children living at the residence.  They are now in the custody of the Department of Social Services.


“It is a sad state of affairs when you have caregivers making meth around children,” said Lenoir County Sheriff Chris Hill in a press release.  “Apparently these people care nothing for themselves or the children.  It amazes me the length addicts will go when under the spell of this dangerous narcotic.”

Two people who live at the home were arrested: 30-year-old Winfred Hansley and 22-year-old Molly Braxton.  The two are charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possessing methamphetamine and maintaining a dwelling for controlled substances.  Their bonds were set at $60,000 each.

A third suspect was arrested.  Jamie Albritton, 27, of Bland Howell Road in Kinston is charged with possession of methamphetamine.  Albritton’s bond was set at $5,000.

The SBI helped clean up and decontaminate the meth lab.







Courtesy YCSOA Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office deputy found 16 pounds of meth in a hidden compartment in a wheel well during a traffic stop Tuesday on northbound I-17.
Courtesy YCSO A Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office deputy found 16 pounds of meth in a hidden compartment in a wheel well during a traffic stop Tuesday on northbound I-17.

A Yavapai County Sheriff’s deputy arrested two men Tuesday after he found 16 pounds of methamphetamine valued at $150,000 in a hidden compartment in a their car’s wheel well after a traffic stop on northbound I-17. At 9 a.m., a Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office K9 deputy stopped a blue 2005 Toyota Corolla on north I-17 for equipment and moving violations. When the deputy spoke with the driver Darren Keller, 23, and passenger Jose Ramirez, 22, both of Colorado they said they were heading home from Phoenix, YCSO Spokesman Dwight D’Evelyn said. After the deputy spoke with Keller about the traffic violations, he asked if there were any drugs in the vehicle, Keller said there were no drugs in the car and consented to a search, D’Evelyn said. While checking the front passenger side of the vehicle, the deputy detected an odor of marijuana and traced its source to a bag of marijuana in a passenger seat pocket, D’Evelyn said. Neither Keller nor Ramirez had medical marijuana cards. The deputy deployed his K9 for an exterior sniff of the vehicle and when the dog was near the rear driver’s side of the vehicle, the deputy saw the K9 alert to the wheel well and eventually scratch this area, D’Evelyn said. The deputy took a closer look in the wheel well and saw a spot covered with fresh body putty and paint. “When the putty was removed, it revealed a metal cover which, when detached, exposed a compartment that extended to the opposite wheel well,” D’Evelyn said. “The compartment was found to contain nine wrapped packages of methamphetamine with a total weight of 16 pounds. A conservative wholesale price for this load is well in excess of $150,000.” The deputy also seized nearly $3,500 in cash. Both Keller and Ramirez said they did not know the methamphetamine was in the car, D’Evelyn said. Keller and Ramirez were booked at the Yavapai County Jail on felony charges including transportation of a dangerous drug for sales and possession of dangerous drugs for sale. Both remain in custody on $100,000 bonds, D’Evelyn said.






Blount County authorities discovered 16 separate single-pot methamphetamine labs and took five people, including one juvenile, into custody when they acted on a tip about a mobile home.

The Blount County Sheriff’s Office received the tip about 9 p.m. Wednesday in reference to the residence on Terry Way.

Two people ran from the trailer just as officers arrived, while five others were taken into custody at the scene, according to a BCSO news release Thursday.

Investigators with the Fifth Judicial Drug Task Force arrived and seized 15 “one pot” methamphetamine labs inside, including one that was in the active stages of processing its ingredients.

A 16th meth lab also was discovered inside a nearby vacant trailer.

The Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force was called to dispose of the materials.

The five suspects, including a 17-year-old girl, were not identified, pending formal charges. They were decontaminated at the scene by the Blount County Fire Department. The two other suspects remain at-large.

The bust was the result of the task force’s “cash for cooks” tip program launched this year to combat the increase in meth-related crimes, according to BCSO.

Anyone with information on meth-related activity in Blount County may call 865-977-7266.







ST. GEORGE – A Washington man was arrested for felony drug distribution Tuesday by the Washington County Drug Task Force.

St. George Police Lt. Mark Brklacich said Craig Hanlin, 43, of Washington had been pulled over on a traffic stop and was arrested. The vehicle Hanlin was driving was searched and an alleged “distributable amount” of methamphetamine was discovered along with drug paraphernalia, Brklacich said.

According to the probable cause statement, Detective Lynn Koester, the arresting officer, recognized and observed Hanlin at the Maverik gas station on Hilton Drive. Hanlin was recently arrested on drug-related charges by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. He is also currently involved in a court case connected to the arrests and was on pretrial release.

Koester ran Hamlin’s information through dispatch and it was discovered his driver’s license was no longer valid. The detective followed Hanlin’s vehicle and pulled him over. Koester made contact with Hanlin who verified his identity and that his license was not current. Hanlin was then arrested and searched. According to Koester’s report, drug paraphernalia was located on Hanlin and had a smell of burnt marijuana on it, and that Hanlin had a pocket knife on him.

The car Hanlin was driving was a rental vehicle with three other occupants in it. The others were not detained and were advised they were free to leave. The rental company that owned the car was contacted and gave consent for task force detectives to search it. They found a plastic bag alleged to contain a distributable amount of methamphetamine. A search of the trunk produced backpacks containing possible drug paraphernalia and digital scales that had “a white crystal powder residue on them which is indicative of drug sales,” Koester wrote.

Hanlin was booked into the Purgatory Correctional Facility and has been charged with second-degree felony drug distribution and various drug-related misdemeanors. Bail has been set at $100,000.

Ed. Note:  Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.


BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – The former president of a Bakersfield parents’ association plead no contest to one charge Wednesday.

Dereck West was arrested on April 29 when deputies searched his car and found a glass pipe and straw, officials said. Officials said West had a used glass pipe and and baggies that contained methamphetamine on his person.


Dereck West


West plead no contest to conspiring to commit a crime.

The former Panama-Buena Vista Union School District parent council president stepped down from his position as president amid the allegations.

West had over 4 grams of methamphetamine, a used glass pipe, a glass stem and a plastic straw in his possession during his arrest, according to the arrest record.







DOTHAN, AL – On July 15, 2013 the Dothan Police Department arrested Raymond Martin and Kiely Sutton after officers discovered items associated with manufacturing methamphetamine in their hotel room.

Investigators say patrol officers performed a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Martin for erratic driving in the parking-lot of the Best Value Inn. During the traffic stop, Martin was found to be in possession of the drug “Crystal Meth”. Through further investigation, the officers were advised Martin was staying at the Best Value Inn with his wife Kiely Sutton. Contact was made with Sutton at the room and while there, officers discovered materials used to make crystal meth.

Martin and Sutton’s arrest now bring this case to a close.

• Raymond William Martin, white male, 44 years of age, of Barrington Road was arrested and charged with first degree manufacturing of Methamphetamine. A bond amount has been set at $60,000.

• Kiely Sutton, white female, 21 years of age, of Ross Clark Circle was arrested and charged with first degree manufacturing of Methamphetamine. A bond amount has been set at $60,000.

All persons arrested are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.







LAKEWOOD, Ohio – A man who allegedly jumped from a window Wednesday is  recovering in the hospital from severe burns after a reported methamphetamine  explosion at his home, according to police.

Officers said they responded to a call around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday reporting  that a man was on fire and had jumped out of a window at 2026 Quail Ave.

When crews arrived, officers said they found equipment used to manufacture  methamphetamine.

lakewood meth suspects

Amanda Bentkalowycz, 24, and Jeffery Mehnert, 33



The Lakewood Narcotics Unit was called in to confiscate the items.

Police said the 26-year-old victim, whose name was not released, suffered severe burns to his body and was transported to MetroHealth Medical Center. An update on his condition was not released

Police said two other adults who were inside of the home were arrested and  booked into the Lakewood jail.

Amanda Bentkalowycz, 24, and Jeffery Mehnert, 33, were charged with  aggravated arson, drug abuse, drug trafficking and illegal manufacturing of  drugs.

They are expected to be arraigned Thursday morning.







ROCK HILL — An alleged Charlotte gang member who improperly changed lanes while riding his motorcycle was charged with drug and weapon charges after York County drug agents say they found a loaded gun and methamphetamine hidden in his flashlight.

At about 3:15 p.m. Tuesday, agents with York County’s highway interdiction team stopped Brandon Hellman, 29, who they said improperly changed lanes while riding his 2007 Harley-Davidson between Cherry and Celriver roads in Rock Hill, according to a sheriff’s report.

Hellman was wearing a jacket bearing the insignia of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club, which for years acted as rivals to the Hells Angels, said Marvin Brown, commander of the county’s multijurisdictional drug enforcement unit.

Brown said Hellman had hidden 8 grams of methamphetamine in a flashlight and was carrying a pistol loaded with 15 bullets. Police seized the flashlight, two hunting knives and two cellphones.

Hellman also was operating the motorcycle without a valid motorcycle driver’s license, police said. He was charged with possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, unlawful carrying of a pistol and for having no S.C. motorcycle driver’s license.

He was released Wednesday on bond of more than $6,200, according to court records. He could not be immediately reached for comment.

Hellman has no past criminal history in South Carolina, according to records with the State Law Enforcement Division.

But, his North Carolina criminal history spans more than a decade with a one-year probationary sentence for possession of marijuana in 2001, according to court documents. A year later, he paid fines for carrying a concealed weapon.

A few months later, he was charged with driving after consuming alcohol while under 21. He was charged again with the same offense in 2004. Several traffic convictions followed in subsequent years before Hellman was found guilty of driving while his license was revoked.

Since 2001, more than 20 charges filed against Hellman in North Carolina have been dismissed without leave by the state district attorney, court records show. Those charges ranged from traffic and driving violations, such as driving a car with an expired license tag, to resisting police, possession of a handgun by a minor and felony conspiracy.

The investigation that prosecutors touted as having vanquished the Rock Hill chapter of the Hells Angels motorcycle club –the “Rock Hell Nomads” – developed after police received complaints about a growing turf war between the Hells Angels and the Outlaws in York County.

Several years ago, York County drug agents and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms raided a clubhouse belonging to the Outlaws on East Main Street, Brown said. Since then, most of them have left the county for Charlotte, he said.

Local drug agents recently found an active meth lab hidden in a child’s toy box at a Dickson apartment. Two children were decontaminated of meth and the byproducts at the scene.

Agents were looking for a fugitive July 3 in the vicinity of 105 Suggs St. when they received a tip the suspect was hiding in a nearby apartment. Authorities eventually arrested the fugitive July 9 at another location.

The drug agents arrested Caitlin Decaney, 24, and Katy Daniels, 23, both of Dickson, after searching the apartment, smelling meth and finding an active one-pot meth lab, commonly referred to as the shake-and-bake method.

Decaney consented to a search of her apartment at 105 Suggs St. for the wanted fugitive. An agent immediately encountered an “overwhelming” and “distinct” odor of methamphetamine manufacturing.

Investigators found the active meth lab in a child’s toy box inside the apartment. Decaney’s 4-year-old son and Daniels’ 2-year-old daughter were in the apartment.

The Tennessee Meth Task Force removed the meth lab and byproducts, and quarantined the apartment. The adults and children were decontaminated at the scene, and taken to Horizon Medical Center for evaluation.

Authorities also notified the Department of Children’s Services, which removed both children from their mothers’ custody.

Decaney and Daniels were charged with initiating the manufacture of meth and aggravated child abuse.

Judge Durwood Moore bound their cases to a grand jury after preliminary hearings July 12 in Dickson County General Sessions Court.

Decaney and Daniels remained jailed in lieu of $100,000 bond.







SALTON CITY — U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a suspected drug smuggler and seized more than $1.26 million in methamphetamine hidden in a truck bed early Wednesday.Around 5 a.m., a 41-year-old male driving a dark grey 2007 Ford F-150 truck approached the Highway 86 checkpoint between Westmorland and Salton City.

A Border Patrol canine detection team alerted to the vehicle, and during secondary inspection, agents found 11 packages of methamphetamine hidden inside two non-factory compartments in the pickup’s bed. The methamphetamine had a combined weight of 39.4 pounds with an estimated street value of $1,260,860.


The non-factory compartment where the 11 packages of methamphetamine were concealed. The methamphetamines had a combined weight of 39.4 pounds with an estimated street value of $1,260,860.



The suspected smuggler, a U.S. citizen, was taken into custody and turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration along with the drugs and vehicle for further investigation.


SOCORRO –  The Socorro Police Department arrested five more alleged drug dealers July 6 when officers executed search warrants at their homes.

SPD Detective Rocky Fernandez said the search warrants, all executed July 6, were a result of undercover drug buys police have been making from alleged dealers in Socorro.

SPD Chief George Van Winkle stressed that Socorro police are active in their pursuit of drug dealers.

“We’re hitting those hard,” Van Winkle said.

According to criminal complaints filed July 8 in Magistrate Court, police were briefed on serving search warrants at three different addresses about 6 a.m. July 6, including a property on Blue Canyon Road with two houses listed under the same address. Following the briefing, officers went to the first home on Blue Canyon and announced their presence and went inside.

Police found several people sitting around a kitchen table, including a man and woman who stood up and tried to leave. The pair were taken into custody, along with the other people. The woman was eventually released after being cited for having a glass pipe in her purse. The man, Cord James Trujillo, was arrested on a possession of charge.

The woman listed as the main target of the search warrant was Alicia Marquez, who was found in a side bedroom with another man. The criminal complaint reports Marquez was found in possession of two individually wrapped packages of methamphetamine and a larger bag containing 1.2 grams of meth.

Police then searched the room Marquez claimed as her own, according to the criminal complaint. They found two more paper wrapped bindles of meth on a small dresser. A bindle is a small package of drug powder, often a small piece of paper, thin cardboard or tin foil folded into a tiny envelope, but sometimes a corner of a plastic bag tied off with a rubber band or twist tie.

Police also found a pink piece of paper containing white powder that did not test as meth or cocaine, according to the complaint. Marquez told police someone had left it and she believed it was a Suboxone pill. Suboxone is a prescription used to treat opioid addiction, but can also be abused by addicts.

Two marijuana pipes were also found in the room, according to the complaint, along with a small bag of marijuana.

Marquez was charged with first offense trafficking controlled substances with intent to distribute, a second-degree felony, and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Once that home was cleared, officers went to the second house on the Blue Canyon property, according to a second criminal complaint. Police knocked; a man asked who was there, then police identified themselves and ordered the man to open the door. When there was no response, police kicked in the door to find Bartolo Saiz standing right in front of them.

Police ordered Saiz to get on the ground several times, but he allegedly would not comply so they put him on the couch and handcuffed him. Saiz told police he was only using enough heroin to keep him from being sick, according to the criminal complaint. He did not tell police where to find the drugs.

Once Saiz was placed in a patrol unit, police searched the residence and found several foils with burnt residue in the bathroom. They found a blue box containing heroin on the toilet.

On the bathroom sink was a red container with a small amount of marijuana inside. Also in the bathroom, police found marijuana pipes, a syringe, a spoon with burnt residue and cotton soaked with brown liquid. Everything was collected for evidence.

Saiz was charged with possession of heroin, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting, evading or obstructing an officer.

A third criminal complaint reports Richard Julian was also found at one of the Blue Canyon homes, with a glass pipe for smoking methamphetamine in his possession. Julian also had a self-executing arrest order and was taken to the police department for booking.

As police were preparing Julian for booking, an officer opened Julian’s wallet and three bindles of meth fell out, according to the criminal complaint. Julian was taken to the Socorro County Detention Center for booking, and detention staff found another bindle of meth in his crotch area.

Following the booking process, the transporting officer returned to his patrol vehicle to find another bag of alleged meth in the seat where Julian had been sitting.

Julian was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and tampering with evidence.

About 6:30 a.m., police proceeded to Walkway Place to serve the next warrant, according to the criminal complaint filed on Jamie Gonzales. When nobody answered the door, police breached it and found Gonzales in the master bedroom with her infant child.

Gonzales was handcuffed and put on the couch in the living room. When a detective read Gonzales her Miranda warning, she did not speak other than to call the detective a “dick” and yell at him for breaking her door, according to the criminal complaint.

Police searched the home and found several foils with heroin residue in one bedroom, as well as methamphetamine in the kitchen, according to the criminal complaint. Gonzales had told an officer drugs were in her purse, and police found a large rock of alleged meth in a bag, as well as five smaller prepackaged bags, in a pink plastic container. Police also found a glass pipe with meth residue. Two electronic scales were also found in a kitchen drawer.

All of the evidence was collected and police called the state Children, Youth and Families Department, according to the criminal complaint. CYFD took the infant into custody.

Fernandez said Friday that the child tested positive for methamphetamine.

Gonzales was charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, child endangerment and possession of paraphernalia.

Police next went to Northeast Frontage Road to serve a search warrant at Michael Cory’s residence, according to the criminal complaint on Cory. When nobody answered the door, police let themselves in and began clearing the residence when one detective noticed Cory running outside.

The detective yelled at Cory to stop and get on the ground, which he did, according to the criminal complaint. He was handcuffed. Another man and woman were also placed in custody. Cory’s mother was also found at the residence and was seated on a bench beside Cory.

Cory refused to tell police where he kept his drugs, saying he only had Suboxone, according to the criminal complaint. When police searched the home, they found burnt foils with heroin residue throughout the place. They found meth in two plastic bags on Cory’s bed. They found two glass pipes with meth residue and one plastic pipe with heroin residue. They found a small grow room for marijuana in a closet, and a plastic bag of cocaine on the top shelf.

The criminal complaint reports police found a butane burner in a dresser, several empty bags used to hold drugs and too many used foils throughout the house to pick up.

Police found Cory’s cellphone on his bed. The criminal complaint reports the phone displayed multiple text messages from people asking to buy narcotics, which were photographed for evidence.

Once the search was completed, police released the other people who had been detained and arrested Cory, according to the criminal complaint. Cory was charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of heroin, possession of cocaine and possession of paraphernalia.







(KAIT) – A 10-month-old baby was airlifted to the Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock after police say she ingested meth belonging to her grandmother.

Just after midnight Wednesday Jonesboro police were called to the emergency room of a local hospital where doctors were treating the child.  A doctor told Officer Joe Robinson the child had methamphetamine in its system.

According to the initial police report, hospital staff said the baby’s eyes were open wide and she “could not stay still and was moving constantly and appeared to be very scared.”

The child’s mother, 20-year-old Courtney Stevens, told police her mother, 36-year-old Marsha Stevens, had put the child to bed around 9 o’clock Tuesday night.

Ten minutes later the baby began screaming.

Courtney Stevens went to comfort the child and found her vomiting.  She then called 911.

Marsha Stevens, 36
Marsha Stevens, 36

When the ambulance arrived, Stevens said her mother handed her a plastic baggie that was “wet and appeared to have been chewed on”.  She told police she knew that Marsha Stevens uses methamphetamine, the report stated.

Courtney Stevens told police she herself did not use methamphetamine.

Robinson ran both women’s names through dispatch and learned that Marsha Stevens “had several arrests for possession of methamphetamine” and was on active probation.

Officers went to the home, located in the 400-block of State Street, where they arrested Marsha Stevens for introducing a controlled substance to another’s body, possession of drug paraphernalia and a probation hold.  She was taken to the Craighead County Detention Center to await a probable cause hearing.

Courtney Stevens was issued a citation for endangering the welfare of a minor due to her “knowledge of her mother’s continued drug use and knowledge of drugs in the residence” and because she “allowed her child to be an unsafe environment where there was a high risk of injury/death,” the report stated.







BRANSON, Mo. — A popular Branson restaurant is closed after federal agents found nine pounds worth of methamphetamine.
La Iguana is a California-style Mexican restaurant off the Highway 76 strip. Tuesday afternoon, witnesses said, federal agents raided it and an apartment complex about two miles away. A day after the raid, La Iguana in Branson and another one in Branson West had county signs in the window announcing its abrupt closure.

“This establishment is closed until further notice by the Taney County Health Department,” read Tom Cisneros. His company, Ozark Window Tinting, worked on the restaurant’s building. Cisneros is also a loyal customer.”This is actually a great place to eat. I’m from California, so I know all the good Mexican food and this is authentic California tacos and food and it is the best,” said Cisneros. “Whatever reason they had for closing, I hope they open up soon!”Another man, Dennis Johnson, agreed with Cisneros.”They are all good people,” he said of the owners. “I’m an ex-chef and my wife and I just love this place. It’s inexpensive; the food is always authentic Southern Californian.”According to a public affairs officer with the Homeland Security Investigations department of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, special agents with ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations, DEA and officers with the Missouri Department of Revenue, Branson Police Department and the Taney County Sheriff’s Office all took part in a “law enforcement operation.”
Witnesses said about 10 federal agents raided La Iguana around 2:00 p.m. Tuesday. Most of the agents drove in unmarked black vehicles and some of them had DEA across their chests. Witnesses said they watched as a Branson police car blocked off an area of the parking lot to interested people passing by the busy street.
Neighbors said La Iguana is more than just a place to get something to eat. Owners also run a check cashing business, money transfer operation, and sell international phone cards.
“I send money back to my sister all the time in Mexico,” one man said as he attempted to open the door.
Signs posted in English and Spanish also advertise the services.
Federal agents said the restaurant and a unit at The Vineyards Apartment Complex were part of the raid. An investigator said about nine pounds or four kilos of methamphetamine were found. Police believe the drugs originated from Mexico.
An agent said two people were arrested. Witnesses nearby report a familiar person being taken out of the restaurant in handcuffs. They said the man was born and raised in Mexico and is not a U.S. citizen.
No one has been charged in the raid.






Two men arrested Tuesday during an undercover drug operation by the state  attorney general’s office in Allentown have connections to drug cartels in  Mexico, according to court records.

The arrests were part of a drug investigation that began in January involving  a group that sold large quantities of cocaine, crystal  meth and marijuana throughout Allentown and Lehigh County, according to  court records. As the investigation progressed, agents with the attorney  general’s office learned that the individuals in the group have ties with drug  cartels, according to court records.

According to a criminal complaint prepared by Agent Thomas Sedor:

The attorney general’s office used a confidential informant to arrange a  transaction by phone with Luis G. Gonzalez-Contreras for 200 grams of cocaine  and 2 ounces of crystal meth. Gonzalez-Contreras agreed to meet at a store on  North 13th Street in Allentown.

The informant and an undercover agent met with Gonzalez-Contreras. The agent  showed him a large amount of money for the drugs. Gonzalez-Contreras left the  store and called someone on his cellphone. Later, Marco A. Contreras-Ruiz  arrived and the undercover agent also showed him the money.

After seeing the money, Contreras-Ruiz handed the drugs to the informant, who  gave them to the undercover agent. Agents moved in and arrested Contreras-Ruiz,  who struggled briefly. Gonzalez-Contreras was arrested in the 200 block of  Clinton Street, a short distance away. He was carrying three cellphones,  including the one used to place the drug order.

Agents said the drugs had a street value of $31,200.

Both men, who have no current address, were charged with running a corrupt  organization, dealing in the proceeds of unlawful activity, criminal use of a  communication facility and possession with intent to deliver cocaine and  methamphetamine, possession of cocaine and methamphetamine, and several counts  of criminal conspiracy.

They were arraigned Wednesday morning before Senior Judge Charles Crawford  and were sent to Lehigh County Prison. Both men were denied bail because they  were deemed extremely high flight risks. When they were arrested, both men  admitted being in the country illegally, according to court records.






Metro Police tell WJCL News that one man is in custody after calling 911 on himself by accident.  Police say Tuesday afternoon, officers with Metro Police responded to a residence following a report of a possible burglary in progress.

Police say the 911 Center received a call from 35-year-old Robert Boyles who stated he was home alone when he heard what he believed to be voices inside.  Fearing for his safety, Boyles took shelter inside the residence and called 911.  Metro Police quickly responded to the residence located in the 200 block of Beaufort Road and made contact with Boyles.

Officers searched the residence to ensure no other persons were inside.  While inside, officers located items they believed to be related with methamphetamine.  Agents assigned to the Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team responded and confirmed the officers’ suspicions.

CNT Agents found items commonly used in both the manufacturing and use of methamphetamine. Additionally, evidence to support methamphetamine was recently manufactured at the residence was found.  CNT charged Boyles with a number of felony and misdemeanor charges to include Possession of Certain Substances with the Intent to Manufacture Methamphetamine, Trafficking Methamphetamine and Unlawful Use of 911.   Boyles is currently being held at the Chatham County Detention Center.  More arrests are expected to be made in the case.

Methamphetamine can make people hears voices, see things that aren’t really there or even believe they feel things like bugs crawling under their skin.  Users also often suffer from persecutory delusion believing people are out to get them or that they’re under surveillance.







WEST JEFFERSON — Two women were arrested on July 17 for burglaries in Shady Grove and Graysville. The pair is suspected of burglaries in other jurisdictions as well, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff’s detectives began an investigation in response to recent burglaries in the Shady Grove and Graysville areas of western Jefferson County.

Evidence was accumulated that led to a pair of suspects. The pair had been seen at a residence in Graysville where one of the burglaries was committed.

“When questioned by a neighbor, they concocted a story about passing out flyers to promote a Huntsville sandwich shop that was expanding to the area,” stated a sheriff’s office press release. “They even had flyers with them to support their story.”

The pair was staying a home in the 3000 block of Poplar Lane in Adamsville. On July 16, at about 10:45 a.m., deputies went to the home and knocked on the door but no one answered. Deputies spoke the resident, who is the mother of one of the suspects. She gave them permission to enter the home and see if the women were hiding inside. One of the women was found in a back bedroom and the other found hiding in the attic.

While deputies were in home they discovered the components of meth lab, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. Deputies located and recovered several items that had been stolen during the burglaries. Both women were taken to be questioned by detectives about the burglaries.

They were subsequently arrested and taken to the Jefferson County Jail. Nancy Howard, 41, of Adamsville is charged with burglary 3rd degree, unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and theft of property 3rd degree. She is currently in the Jefferson County Jail with bonds totaling $192,000.

Brandy Lively, 30, of Adamsville is charged with burglary 3rd degree, unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and theft of property 3rd degree. She is currently in the Jefferson County Jail with bonds totaling $192,000.







RED BAY — A local man faces drug and kidnapping charges after police found an active methamphetamine lab at his residence and learned that he had been holding his girlfriend against her will at his residence, authorities said.

Jamie Milam, 36, 1110 Meadow Lane, Red Bay, is charged with first-degree kidnapping, trafficking methamphetamine, first-degree manufacturing a controlled substance and felony possession of drug paraphernalia, Red Bay Police Chief Jana Jackson said this morning.

Police, acting on a tip of the possibility of meth being made at the residence, executed a search warrant at Milam’s house around 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Authorities said four one-pot labs were located in the living room of the house, and once inside, police were informed by the 45-year-old Hamilton woman that she was being held there against her will. Jackson said the woman was not injured.

Milam is being held without bail in the Red Bay City Jail and will be transferred later today to the Franklin County Jail.










LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) – East Texas police made a $10,000 drug bust on Tuesday after a speeding driver evaded arrest and attempted to ditch his vehicle at a motel.

According to the Gregg County Sheriff’s Office, 31-year-old Sherman Lamont Edwards, of Dallas, was arrested after police located 120 grams of methamphetamine in his vehicle.

Around 12 p.m., Deputy Tracy Freeman observed a speeding car traveling eastbound on Interstate 20 near Longview. The deputy activated his emergency lights in an attempt to stop the 2003 black Cadillac. Edwards, the vehicle’s driver, attempted to evade the officer by exiting off of I-20 onto Estes Parkway. Edwards then drove around to the back of a motel where the deputy located his vehicle.

After arresting Edwards, Deputy Freeman located a plastic bag containing 120 grams of methamphetamine with a street value of over $10,000.

Edwards was taken to Gregg County Jail and will face one charge of manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance. His bond has not been set at this time.







Horry County police arrested four people after a traffic stop lead to distribution of methamphetamine charges for four people.

Tyrell Myers, 18, Igor Lourenco, 20, Tequenez Wilson, 20, and Laqueta Harrell, 19, all of Myrtle Beach, were all arrested and charged with Manufacture, Distribution of Methamphetamine, according to an incident report from Horry County police.

Officers pulled over a Chevrolet Cavalier around 5:10 a.m. Tuesday on Mr. Joe White Avenue in Myrtle Beach after they noticed the car did not have a tag light, a police report states.

Police said they noticed an open container of beer lying in the rear floor, so the officer told the suspects to get out of the car.

An officer recognized one of the suspects as Laqueta Harrell, who is wanted out of Massachusetts for an armed robbery.

During a search of the car, officers located a clear white baggy containing an off-white substance in the center console, the report added.

One of the suspects said “the beer was his but not the meth.”

Officers search the suspects and found more of the off-white substance in a baggy on one of the suspects.

They were all arrested and taken to J. Reuben Long Detention Center.

During a body cavity search of Harrell, police found 12 individually wrapped clear plastic bags.

The total roadside weight of the drugs was 55 grams, the report added.







COALMONT, Ind. (WTHI) – On Monday, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at 6422 E. Coulson Street in Coalmont, Ind. where they located items used to manufacture methamphetamine.

Officers were also able to locate items that are consistent with manufacturing synthetic marijuana.

The warrant was issued after a two month long investigation into the distribution of illicit narcotics.

The homeowner, 27-year-old Brandon Moore, was arrested on preliminary charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of synthetic marijuana, manufacturing synthetic marijuana, possession of paraphernalia, and maintaining a common nuisance.

Officers also located 29-year-old Jesse Betts, 21-year-old Michael Damron, 32-year-old Sheri Fiscus, 52-year-old Robert Fulford, and 18-year-old Derek Burton at the residence.

All five were arrested and face charges of visiting a common nuisance.

Those five are being held at the Clay County Justice Center on a $3,000 bond while Moore is being held at the Clay County Justice Center on a cash bond only of $25,000.

The Brazil City Police Department and the Jasonville Police Department assisted the Clay County Sheriff’s Office in conducting the search warrant.

This case is ongoing and under review by the Clay County Prosecutor.







A Savannah, Ga., man who heard voices in his home called police who then  arrested him on drug charges.

Savannah-Chatham police initially responded to 35-year-old Robert Boyles’ Beaufort Road home after he called 911 and advised a dispatcher he believed he  was home alone and had heard voices inside the residence, said Gene Harley,  spokesman for the Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team.

Searching the home for signs of a burglary, officers found several items they  believed could used to make methamphetamine and called narcotics agents, Harley  said

The agents quickly confirmed the other officers’ suspicions, finding objects  used to make and use methamphetamine.

Harley said Boyles may have been delusional.

“Methamphetamine can make people hears voices, see things that aren’t really  there or even believe they feel things like bugs crawling under their skin,” Harley said. “Users also often suffer from persecutory delusion — believing  people are out to get them or that they’re under surveillance.”

Boyles was arrested and charged with possessing subtances the intent to  manufacture methamphetamine, trafficking methamphetamine and unlawful use of  911. Boyles remains in the Chatham County jail, Harley said.








Two Cullman men were charged with meth manufacturing after deputies allegedly found a meth lab inside a residence while following up on a domestic violence case on Sunday.

Cullman County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Randy Taylor, 47, and David Tyson, 29, both of Cullman after going to the residence of Taylor on Alabama Highway 278 in Cullman around 1 p.m. on Sunday. Cullman Narcotics Enforcement Team Director Joey Cone said the deputies noticed a strong chemical odor coming from inside the home which led to the arrests.
“As Taylor and Tyson came to the door and Taylor opened the door of his residence, the deputies saw one meth lab pot and smelled a strong meth lab odor,” Cone said. “Deputies removed Taylor and Tyson from the residence and called CNET.”
A meth lab pot is a two litter bottle with a white powdery substance around the top and an unknown substance inside the bottle.

When CNET agents arrived, they removed the one meth lab pot and a gas generator from the home. They also located approximately one gram of methamphetamine, used syringes, scales, ammonium nitrate, empty boxes of pseudoephedrine, salt and lithium stripes.

Both men were arrested for unlawful manufacturing of a controlled substance first degree. They are being held in Cullman County Detention Center, each on a $1 million dollar bond.

Sheriff Mike Rainey said the investigation on this residence has been going on for several months.

“We want to thank the neighbors in the community for being patient and working with us,” Rainey said. “We have been getting information about this particular residence for sometime and handling the investigation. We’re glad to have these guys in jail and appreciative of the deputies and the hard work CNET always does.”