Armed with search warrant, Rowan County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigation Unit (SIU) and the Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Unit (ACE) charged two people with drug violations after finding methamphetamine.

On Thursday, they executed a state search warrant at 1324 Montgomery Ave. Approximately 12 grams of crystal methamphetamine “ice” was located in the search of the residence, along with other drug related paraphernalia. The retail value of the methamphetamine was around $1,200.

Arrested were Holly Ryan Higdon, 20, and Jamie Lynn Myers, 36, both residents of 1324 Montgomery Ave. Higdon was charged with possession of methamphetamine and maintaining a dwelling and placed under a $5,000 secured bond. Myers was charged with possession with intent to sell or deliver methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia and placed under a $10,000 secured bond. The arrest is a continuation of efforts by the sheriff’s office to disrupt the manufacturing and distribution of methamphetamine and crystal methamphetamine “ice” in Rowan County.



SHEFFIELD — Three people, including a mother and her daughter, are in jail accused of making methamphetamine, authorities said

Curtis Burns, director of the Colbert County Drug Task Force, said Rachael White, 35, her mother, Catherine White, 59, and her boyfriend, David Russell Kilpatrick, 31, all of 1519 Shoals Ave., Sheffield, have been charged with first-degree manufacturing of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Agents and members of the Sheffield police said they found three used methamphetamine labs in a bag of trash, sitting on the back porch of the residence.

Burns said officers also found a gram of methamphetamine valued at $100.

“Plus, we found all kinds of chemicals and other items used in the manufacturing process,” Burns said.






LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW)– Brooke Clements, a La Crosse teenager, battled addiction for years. She tried getting clean, but relapsed several times, until she realized it was becoming a matter of life and death.




In July Brooke used methamphetamine every few hours for six days, barely sleeping or eating, but when she began to feel dangerously ill, she called 911. It wasn’t her first drug overdose but Brooke vowed it would be her last.

“They told me in the ambulance that I had a meth overdose,” Brooke said. “I don’t have any intentions of dying.”

However getting clean isn’t easy. Brooke started using drugs at 14 and continued even after court ordered rehab, and meth users have one of the highest relapses rates. Casey Bablitich a chemical dependency counselor at Gundersen Health System, says studies show most people go through treatment about seven times before staying clean.

“Meth is a very powerful stimulant so the first time someone uses, it has the potential of grabbing them and hooking them,” Bablitich said.

Meth contains things like campfire fuel and household cleaners; a toxic drug people with addictions turn to when they’re desperate for a high.

“They’re using just to feel normal and they lose what the real normal feels,” Bablitich said.

Brooke says meth left her with heart problems and scaring in her throat and lungs, but it’s the emotional toll the drugs took that create the biggest hurdles to her sobriety.

“There’s always temptations. I mean if something doesn’t go my way, instant thought is oh go use. Or if I’m depressed, oh go use,” Brooke said. “I have using dreams a lot. And I had one the other night and I woke up and I was shaking and I had to calm myself down and be like you’re ok, you didn’t use, it’s just a dream.”

Despite the obstacles Brooke is now 101 days clean. Something she credits to daily meetings, her sponsor and changing virtually every aspect of her life, from who she hangs out with to what she eats to her exercise routine. Still Brooke says she will never be addiction free.

“When I turn 21, I won’t ever be able to go have my 21st birthday and go and bar hop,” Brooke said. “Once an addict, always an addict. I am in recovery.”

But Brooke says faith and thoughts of the future keep her moving forward.

“I wanna make a difference in the world. Whether it be just talking to fellow addicts and eventually getting enough clean time where I can sponsor somebody and help them out or eventually going back to college,” Brooke said.

But she says she has a ways to go. Right now, her focus is on staying busy with sober activities, to keep her mind off using.

“Normally when I catch myself think about that, I either call for help or I push it away and say you know that’s not reality, you know what’s going to happen, you’re just going to end up in the same place or even dead or in prison,” Brooke said. “I mean it’s going to take some time, but eventually I’m hoping I can reach that point, where when somebody offers me something, I can be like no, no thanks.”



  • Amy Hartley is charged with statutory sodomy, tampering with evidence and abandonment of a corpse in Khighla Parks’ death
  • Parks’ body was found by boatman in Missouri’s Truman Lake 10 days after her disappearance in September 2012
  • Hartley’s boyfriend, 48-year-old Anthony Balbirne, is charged with murder, statutory rape and child molestation
  • Hartley told police she saw Balbirnie ‘wrapping body and putting it in trunk of car’
  • Teenager died inside Hartley’s ‘uninhabitable’ Buffalo home that doubled as a meth lab

A 37-year-old Missouri woman has been charged with having illegal sex with a 15-year-old girl and helping her ex-convict boyfriend dispose of her body last year in Truman Lake.

Court documents unsealed last week show that Amy Leigh Hartley, 37, of Buffalo, faces charges of statutory sodomy, tampering with physical evidence and abandonment of a corpse.

The felony complaint shows she also is charged with endangering the welfare of a child by allowing the teen, Khighla Parks, in her ‘uninhabitable’ home, where methamphetamine was made and used ‘to engage in sex with multiple partners, some of whom were known by the defendant to engage in asphyxiation sex.’

Amy Leigh Hartley Missouri
 Accomplices: Amy Leigh Hartley (left), 37, was arrested in connection to the September 2012 death ofa Missouri teenager, which also allegedly invovled her boyfirned, 48-year-old Anthony Balbirnie (right)


Tragic end: Khighla Parks, 15, who was Facebook friends with Balbirne, was reported missing on September 20, 2012, and was discovered dead in a lake 10 days laterTragic end: Khighla Parks, 15, who was Facebook friends with Balbirne, was reported missing on September 20, 2012, and was discovered dead in a lake 10 days later


After Parks’ September 2012 death, Hartley helped move the teen’s body, according to the complaint. Hartley also is accused of washing bedding in an effort to thwart investigators.

Anthony Balbirnie, a man described in court documents as Hartley’s on-again, off-again boyfriend, has been charged with second-degree murder, statutory rape, child molestation, endangering the welfare of a child, tampering with physical evidence and abandonment of a corpse.

A special prosecutor filed the charges against Balbirnie this month after the county prosecutor dropped a count alleging that he abandoned the corpse of Miss Parks.

 Balbirnie, 48, of Springfield, is incarcerated at the state prison in Bowling Green, where he is serving time for violating parole.

Investigators believe Parks, a high school sophomore who loved horseback riding, met with Hartley and Balbirnie at the woman’s home at 810 Locust Street in Buffalo on September 21, 2012.

After engaging in sexual activities with the couple, which allegedly involved asphyxiation, the 15-year-old girl died.

Gruesome find: A boatman came upon Parks' corpse with weights attached to it in Truman Lake Gruesome find: A boatman came upon Parks’ corpse with weights attached to it in Truman Lake


Police say Balbirnie took Parks’ body, weighted it down and dumped it in Truman Lake, where it was discovered by a boater September 30.

Hartley, who reportedly suffers from a brain injury sustained during a 2008 car accident, told police that her boyfriend helped wrap Parks’ body and stuffed it in the trunk of a car and drove off en route to Truman Lake.

Bizarre: Balbirnie, whose Facebook account features a mask with a swastika on it, has a long rap sheets containing multiple drug charges Bizarre: Balbirnie, whose Facebook account features a mask with a swastika on it, has a long rap sheet containing multiple drug charges


Harlety faces up to 29 years in prison if convicted, Ozarks First reported. She is being held on $75,000 bond.

Another man, Larry Warner, is listed as a co-defendant in the charging documents, but investigators are keeping mum on his alleged role in the case.

Probable cause documents containing further details on the girl’s death and evidence against the suspects have been sealed by a judge at the request of the state attorney general, who cited safety concern to witnesses, the Springfield News-Leader said.

Parks, who was Facebook friends with Balbirnie, was reported missing on September 20 after she left her grandparents’ home in Willard to go for a walk.

She was last seen alive at a party in Buffalo, Missouri with a crowd of people, around 40 miles away.

The girl’s grandmother Bonnie Adams told KY3: ‘She had taken off a few days, went to a friend’s house or something like that, so I gave her the 24 hours.

Balbirnie was released from prison on parole in August 2012 after serving 15 months for possessing marijuana, according to the Missouri Department of Corrections.

He was on probation for convictions in 2010 for unlawful use of weapons, manufacturing a controlled substance and resisting arrest with the intent to cause physical harm or death by fleeing.

The 48-year-old has a long history of criminal charges from drug possession to resisting arrest.

Life lost: Parks was a high school sophomore who loved horses and was a member of a riding group Life lost: Parks was a high school sophomore who loved horses and was a member of a riding group


Larry WarnerLarry Warner
 Mystery suspect: Larry Warner (left), is listed as a co-defendant in the charging documents, but police are keeping mum on his alleged role in Parks’ death


Balbirnie’s long-inactive Facebook page features a profile picture of a mask with a swastika on the forehead. He describes himself as ‘outgoing and energetic, likes to take long walks in the woods’.

He was named a suspect in an attempted abduction in 2006 when a 16-year-old girl was allegedly taken against her will from a hotel room.

The teen was later returned home and no charges were filed agaisnt Balbirnie because the girl allegedly told him she was 17 years old.

Two dozen bombs were found Wednesday during a search of a fortress-like home on Patrick Avenue in Wilmington, police said Thursday.

Erik Rudolph Arnebold, 37, is charged with 24 counts of possessing weapons of mass destruction, one count of possession of methamphetamine and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. He is being held in the New Hanover County jail in lieu of a $625,000 bond.

Arnebold said during a jailhouse interview Thursday he made the bombs two or three years ago when “there was talk about disarming Americans.”

Nevertheless, the bombs were never intended to be set off, said their maker, which is why they were hidden away.

Erik Rudolph Arnebold, 37, is charged with 24 counts of possessing weapons of mass destruction, one count of possession of methamphetamine and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia



“I made them just out of curiosity, and then I didn’t know what to do with them, so I sealed them in the drywall in my home,” Arnebold said.

The discovery came after Narcotics Enforcement Unit officers conducting a drug investigation uncovered evidence that suggested Arnebold was manufacturing explosive devices, Wilmington Police Department Capt. Jeff Allsbrook said in a press release.

After receiving a search warrant, members of the WPD’s bomb squad and SWAT, WPD drug officers, officers assigned to the local FBI office and members of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives converged at 4705 Patrick Ave. about noon Wednesday.

Officers dressed as construction workers lured Arnebold outside by telling him there was a water main break, Arnebold said. He added he was then kept in custody for two hours while police searched his home.

Allsbrook described the residence as “a fortress with windows and doors barricaded.”

One bomb was found in “plain sight” outside the home and 23 others were found behind a trap door hidden beneath the interior flooring, Allsbrook said. He added at least 12 of the devices contained lead shot, “to serve as shrapnel.”

Arnebold, who said he has moved at least once since making the devices, could not remember whether he’d put lead shot in the bombs.

“The motive for the creation of all the devices remains under investigation, however, through the work of law enforcement in Wilmington, we feel that any violent acts planned for the future were certainly thwarted,” Allsbrook wrote. He said the department would not comment on the nature of the explosive devices.

The bombs were 2 to 3 inches long and resembled M-80 firecrackers, said Arnebold, who added they were not very powerful and, at the most, could have “maybe blown a garden hose up.”

Police also seized materials commonly used for the manufacture of pipe bombs, a handgun, a rifle and an “extensive” amount of ammunition, Allsbrook said.

Arnebold said the guns were inherited from his dead father and accrued via other means through the years. He also said the chemicals police found were for use in a printing business he just began in his home, not for the creation of pipe bombs.

“I’m your everyday citizen and now they’re throwing the book at me,” he said.

Arnebold kept to himself, neighbors said Thursday.

“He was very private. He didn’t really talk to us much, basically just communicated through text,” said Ashlyn Hooks.

Along with her boyfriend, Logan Davis, Hooks rents a property from Arnebold behind his Patrick Avenue home.

Tuesday evening, Arnebold texted Davis to ask if the couple could pay their rent a day early because he was “going out of town,” Davis said.

That wasn’t the only recent suspicious activity, though.

About a month ago, Davis said, he heard a loud noise that sounded like a bomb, causing him to run through the house locking all the doors.

“I asked (Arnebold) about it and he said he didn’t hear anything,” Davis said. “But I know 100 percent that I heard it because it scared me half to death.”

Though members of the FBI task force assisted in the search, an FBI spokeswoman said all questions should be directed to the Wilmington police.

It was not clear Thursday if there was any connection to the February FBI arrest of a man accused of keeping pipe bombs in a Monkey Junction storage unit.

A federal indictment handed down in August charges Istvan “Steve” Merchanthaler, 43, with unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition, unlawful possession of ammunition and possession of a non-registered firearm.




Santa Barbara Policehave arrested a man they say is a major area drug supplier, and seized large quantities of cocaine, methamphetamine and cash at the culmination of a two-week narcotics investigation.

Hernan Lizardo Gutierrez


Hernan Lizardo Gutierrez, 32, of Ventura was arrested this week on suspicions of possession of cocaine for sale, transportation of cocaine, possession of methamphetamine for sale, and transportation of methamphetamine, Sgt. Riley Harwood said.

Narcotics detectives began an investigation in mid October into the activities of Gutierrez, believed to be a major source of illegal drugs in Santa Barbara.

Large quantities of drugs and cash were seized during the arrest of Hernan Lizardo Guitierrez of Ventura by Santa Barbara police

Harwood said the investigation resulted in Gutierrez being contacted during a traffic stop on the 200 block of West Haley Street at 8:50 a.m. Wednesday, when he was arrested for being in possession of two ounces of cocaine and an ounce of methamphetamine.

Detectives then served a search warrant at Gutierrez’s residence on the 200 block of North Garden Street in Ventura, where significant quantities of cocaine, methamphetamine and cash were found, along with 9-mm pistol and a kilo press used to package narcotics into rectangular-shaped bricks approximately a kilogram in weight, Harwood said.

In all, detectives seized approximately 3 pounds of cocaine, 1.3 pounds of methamphetamine, and more $90,000 in cash.

Harwood said the value of the drugs is in excess of $40,000.

Gutierrez was booked into Santa Barbara County Jail, with bail set at $100,000.




Five men are in police custody following an investigation into the production of Methamphetamine in Weston-super-Mare.

Officers from the Serious Crime Group were alerted to a laboratory in the town via a local intelligence network which sees the police working in partnership with health authorities.

  1. Halloween eve raid on 'Breaking Bad' lab in Weston-Super-Mare

    Halloween eve raid on ‘Breaking Bad’ lab in Weston-Super-Mare

Methamphetamine is one of the most dangerous and addictive Class A drugs.

The men, aged 38, 34, 40, 37 and 45, were all arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply a Class A drug.

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The arrests were made yesterday as officers executed warrants under the Misuse of Drugs Act. Four addresses were searched and more than 200 exhibits have been seized.

Evidence of methamphetamine production was found at two of these addresses.

Police have also seized large quantities of chemicals for the production of Methamphetamine as well as equipment and a ‘lab’ contained within a box.

Local intelligence networks were set up following the Shipman Inquiry. They aim to ensure the safe management of controlled drugs. Pharmacies and local health trusts can refer any unusual purchases or activity to the police.

Methamphetamine is known to have a devastating impact not only on those that take it but on associated crime in the areas it is sold. As a result it was made a Class A drug in 2007.

Avon and Somerset’s Drug Strategy Manager Paul Bunt said: “We have always treated this drug extremely seriously. Not only is it hugely addictive the production of it is a highly dangerous process.

“It is very rare to come across the production of methamphetamine in this country let alone in our force area. However due to the successful relationship we have with the health authorities we were able to act swiftly so it did not reach our streets.

“We have seen the devastating impact this drug has had in America, Australia and South Africa and must do everything in our power to prevent it becoming common place in the UK.”

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COLFAX, La. (AP) — Sheriff’s deputies executing a search warrant at a Grant Parish home found crystal methamphetamine — and a frozen alligator.

The Town Talk ( ) of Alexandria reported in a Wednesday story that deputies found an alligator that had been illegally killed stored in a freezer at the home where two Colfax men were arrested.

Both men were booked on drug and weapon charges.

One faced an additional charge for possession of the alligator.



ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal authorities say 18 people are charged with participating in a three-state drug ring in the Southwest.

Officials with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for New Mexico and the Drug Enforcement Administration say the ring allegedly obtained methamphetamine from Arizona and Texas.

They say the drugs were allegedly distributed in Otero and Dona Ana counties in southern New Mexico earlier this year.

The 43-count indictment was issued under seal on Oct. 16. It was unsealed Wednesday following arrests of 12 defendants, including two already in custody in unrelated state charges.

Six of those charged remain at large.



BROWNSVILLE – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Brownsville Port of Entry seized nearly 52 pounds of alleged methamphetamine that carries a street value of $1.6 million.

The seizure occurred on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 when CBP officers working at the Gateway International Bridge encountered a 28-year-old man from Brownsville, Texas driving a 2006 Kia Optima.

CBP officers referred the driver and vehicle for a secondary examination. During the examination, CBP officers discovered 22 packages containing a total of nearly 52 pounds of alleged methamphetamine hidden within the vehicle.

CBP officers arrested the driver, seized the alleged methamphetamines and the Kia Optima. CBP officers turned the driver over to Homeland Security Investigations special agents for further investigation.



Prosecutors on Thursday filed seven felony charges related to the sale of methamphetamine against the husband of Montebello’s mayor following his arrest last month, authorities said.

Ruben Guerrero, 44, was arrested two weeks ago during an early morning raid at the home he shares with Montebello Mayor Christina Cortez in the 1500 block of Los Angeles Avenue.

Sheriff’s officials have said Cortez is not a suspect in the investigation.

“Los Angeles County sheriff’s detectives arrested suspect Guerrero on Oct. 17, 2013, after he allegedly sold methamphetamine more than once during the previous weeks to an undercover sheriff’s detective,” Capt. Mike Parker of the Sheriff’s Headquarter’s Bureau said in a written statement. 

Guerrero sold drugs three times to an undercover investigator during the investigation, Los Angles County District Attorney’s officials said.

“The sales took place in a parking lot across the street from Montebello Intermediate School in the City of Montebello and were audio and video recorded by sheriff’s investigators,” Parker added.

He was charged Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court with three counts of felony sales of a controlled substance, three counts of transportation for sales of narcotics and one count of selling narcotics within 1,000 feet of a school. 

Montebello Intermediate School is about a block away from the home of Guerrero and Cortez.

At the Oct. 25 City Council meeting, Cortez thanked her supporters and said she had no plans of stepping down.

Guerrero was ordered back to court for an arraignment hearing Nov. 7, officials said. At the hearing, prosecutors were expected to ask that Guerrero’s bail be increased to $120,000.

He has remained free on $60,000 bail since the day of his arrest, according to county booking records.



An unexpected flat tire led Lebanon police to the discovery of a meth lab in the sheriff’s overflow parking lot Tuesday night.

Chris Luna, a Wilson County meth technician with Lebanon police, said motorcycle Officer Robert Bates stopped to help a woman who had pulled over in the parking lot where the Goodyear tire store once stood at about 7:45 p.m.

“He noticed what appeared to be a one-pot meth lab behind her leg,” Luna said. “This was in a half-gallon jug that was in process.”

Luna said Bates approached the woman and asked her to move away from the truck. That’s when Luna said Bates saw the meth lab, and Luna was called to the scene.

Kimberly Vance

“I verified it was a one-pot and had to burp it to make it safe again,” Luna said.

Police charged Kimberly Irene Vance, 35, of Mt. Juliet, with promotion of methamphetamine manufacture, possession of drugs in a drug-free school zone and driving on a revoked license. Vance was taken to nearby Wilson County Jail and remained Wednesday on $38,000 total bond.

Sheriff Robert Bryan said he was aware of the arrest and thanked the Lebanon officers for their work in processing the scene.

Luna said the meth lab found Tuesday night was the 12th seized so far this year in Wilson County. He said as of Sept. 7, Wilson County was up 400 percent in meth labs found compared to last year, which is the second-highest percent increase in the state for meth labs found.

“We’ve found two meth labs since Sept. 7, so we are probably up 500 percent at this point,” Luna said.



ROGERSVILLE — A Hawkins county mom who exposed her 7-year-old child to meth lab fumes in early 2012 accepted a plea agreement Wednesday reducing her child abuse charge from a class B felony to a Class D felony.

Christy Lee Kilgore, 39, 313 Bray Road, Surgoinsville, was sentenced to two years and one day and fined $100 by Judge John Dugger in exchange for a guilty plea to Class D felony child abuse.

Woman takes plea deal for exposing 7-year-old daughter to meth fumes




She was arrested on Jan. 6, 2012, a couple of days after she and her 7-year-old daughter spent the night in a camper where meth was being manufactured by her boyfriend at the time, Tracey Dewayne Gibson.

Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to a Rogersville physician’s office on Jan. 6, 2012 after a family member of the 7-year-old girl brought her to have respiratory problems treated. It was determined that the child’s breathing problem was caused by exposure to an active meth lab.

HCSO Narcotics Unit detectives spoke to the girl, who described in detail a complete or partial meth lab in a camper.

Detectives were able to determine that the camper belonged to Gibson in the Greenland Campground in Church Hill.

Detectives went to the camper and found Gibson was gone but observed numerous meth lab ingredients and components in plain view from outside.

Deputies subsequently executed a search warrant on the camper and discovered more evidence of a meth lab inside, as well as meth residue and syringes.

Kilgore who admitted that she stayed with Gibson the three nights prior to Jan. 6, 2012, and her daughter had stayed there overnight the first night.

Kilgore stated that on the night her 7-year-old daughter stayed in the camper all night, fumes of a meth lab were present in the camper. Kilgore also allegedly told the HCSO her 7-year-old daughter slept on a couch while she and other individuals snorted pills and meth inside the camper.

Kilgore is eligible for parole after serving 30 percent of her sentence. She was originally charged with Class B felony child abuse charge carries a sentencing range of 8-12 years.




Springfield police are investigating an apparent meth lab this afternoon on the first floor of a motel after seeing a “chemical fog billowing out of the room.”

Meth Lab Bust at Motel 6

Meth Lab Bust at Motel 6: Officers looking for a man with an active warrant found him and a meth lab when they saw “chemical fog billowing out of the room.”



Officers were looking for a man with an active warrant when they approached room No. 150 at Motel 6, 2655 N. Glenstone Ave.

Logan Wilson

Logan Wilson



Police were seeking Logan Wilson, 23, because of a parole violation stemming from an earlier meth manufacturing conviction, said police spokeswoman Lisa Cox.

According to police Cpl. Daron Wilkins, the lab did not catch fire but the officers saw the fog leaving the room.

Officers have donned protective gear as they work to render the lab site safe and transport the hazardous waste from the room.

Narcotics officers clean up a meth lab found at Motel 6 on N. Glenstone on Wednesday, October 30, 2013.

Narcotics officers clean up a meth lab found at Motel 6 on N. Glenstone on Wednesday, October 30, 2013



If this recent find is confirmed, it will be the sixth meth lab found at the North Glenstone Avenue Motel 6, according to an ongoing News-Leader investigation of Springfield meth lab data.

That investigation has revealed meth makers often prefer to cook in hotel and motel rooms.

A review of police data shows meth labs were found in at least 22 hotel and motel guest rooms during the past three years.

Lodging situated on North Glenstone Avenue has a particularly high density of discovered meth labs, with 16 active or remnant labs found.

Earlier this year, the News-Leader requested comment from the Motel 6 about meth activity but all questions were deferred to corporate offices. A corporate spokesperson responded with a statement from the American Hotel & Lodging Association.

“Methamphetamine labs are highly volatile, which is one reason why these labs are set up in hotel and motel guest rooms instead of personal residences,” the statement said.

Cleaning the room after a lab is found is also very expensive to the industry. It can cost anywhere from $2,000 to $20,000 to rid a room of volatile chemicals, the statement said.

The statement also noted that the labs threaten the safety of guests, employees, and the community.

Lisa Lee, a city inspector tasked with following up on meth lab discoveries, has said hotel and motel proprietors are “pretty good” at cleaning up after meth lab discoveries — even though no law in Missouri requires that they do so.

Today, officers arrested Wilson on the parole violation and suspected meth manufacturing.

Other arrests are possible as police continue to question others found at the scene, Cox said.




MUNCIE – Police discovered remnants of two meth labs found thrown along the side of the road about a half-mile from each other Wednesday afternoon.

One lab was discovered thrown near a tree off the north side of the 2600 block of East Centennial Avenue.

Two trashed meth labs found on East Centennial Ave...

Two trashed meth labs found on East Centennial Ave…: Police were immediately unsure if there was a connection between two meth labs found thrown along the side of the road in Muncie


The other lab, meanwhile, was found about a half-mile to the east, within a field off the south side of Centennial Avenue, near Ault Avenue.

The Indiana State Police’s Meth Suppression Section was called to the scene to properly dispose of the meth materials. An officer at the scene said he was immediately unsure if the two tossed meth labs were connected.


Meth cooks will often toss the remnants of their labs off the side of the road so the materials cannot be linked to their residences, police say.





Local law enforcement officers have been making several arrests lately in relation to meth labs, and last week added four more arrests to the list.


On Oct. 23, West Virginia State Police responded to a hit and run crash with injuries on US 119 near Chapmanville. Upon arrival, officers observed a demolished 1999 Pontiac Grand Am which was bearing a license plate belonging to a 1998 Chevrolet S-10. Another vehicle, a 2006 Volvo commercial truck belonging to Peerless Block and Brick, was sitting in the emergency lane. Officers were informed that the person driving the Grand Am had fled into the woods to avoid arrest, leaving his injured passenger.

Steven Sansom

Steven Sansom


According to the complaint, officers ordered the driver, identified as Steven Lee Sansom, 21, of Chapmanville, to come from out of the woods where he was hiding. After he was detained, Sansom allegedly stated that he was racing a F-150 truck southbound and attempted to overtake the truck before changing lanes. Sansom reportedly lost control of the vehicle and struck the left rear tire and wheel of the Volvo truck. The vehicle then went into a spin during which the passenger, identified as Amos Scott Holland, 18, also of Chapmanville, received a severe laceration above his eye that demanded immediate medical attention. Instead of rendering aid to Holland, Sansom retrieved three duffel bags containing precursors to a clandestine drug laboratory and fled on foot. Sansom and Holland both were allegedly on their way to Walmart to purchase other clandestine drug laboratory precursors.


Sansom was charged with operate or attempt clandestine drug lab, conspiracy to commit a felony, improper registration, no insurance, fleeing on foot, failure to render aid, hit and run with injury, drag racing, reckless driving and destruction of property. His bail was set at $100 000.


Holland was charged with operate or attempt clandestine drug lab and conspiracy. His bail was set at $20,000.


On Oct. 26, an anonymous tip led West Virginia State Police to the area of Sarah Ann where they discovered a meth lab in a home where children were living.


According to the complaint, officers went to the residence of Gary and Lisa Martin and asked the couple about the drug complaint, to which the couple denied. As the officers were speaking to the couple, they could detect a chemical smell coming from the residence and observed what appeared to be clandestine labs lying in a burn pile by the couple’s residence. They also observed several children inside the residence.


Whe officers went inside to check on the children, they found a leafy green substance to which Lisa allegedly advised officers that it was hers. As officers were speaking with Lisa, Gary reportedly came in and threw the marijuana onto the floor in an attempt to conceal it from the officer.


The WVSP Meth Lab specialist was called in to remove the clandestine lab.


Gary Martin, 39, was charged with operating a clandestine lab, possession of Sudafed in an altered state, conspiracy, obstructing and simple possession (marijuana). His bail was put on hold since he was already out on bond for possession with intent to deliver.


Lisa Martin, 39, was charged with operating a clandestine lab, possession of Sudafed in an altered state, conspiracy and simple possession (marijuana). Her bail was set at $100,000.


There was no mention in the criminal complaint on who took guardianship of the children in the home following the arrests of their parents.




Storm Lake Police were called to the Walmart store Tuesday afternoon for a woman customer acting strangely.



Officers were told that the woman was flailing her arms and crawling around on her hands and knees in the store. As they arrived, the woman had made her way to a car in the parking lot of the store.

Officers found that Lynsey Huls, age 20 of Odebolt, was under the influence of methamphetamine and took her into custody. Police further allege they located in Huls’ vehicle approximately one ounce of methamphetamine which they said has a street value of $4,200, packaging materials, a scale, and other paraphernalia used in the sale of the drug.

Huls was transported to the police station for questioning and was subsequently charged with Possession With Intent to Deliver Methamphetamine, a felony, Failure to Affix a Drug Tax Stamp, Public Intoxication and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. She was booked into the Buena Vista County Jail on a $25,000 cash bond.

Based on information gathered during the investigation Storm Lake Police obtained a search warrant for a residence located at 600 West 6th Street in Odebolt. Storm Lake and Sac County officers entered the home at 11:30 p.m. There they seized a small amount of methamphetamine and additional drug paraphernalia. Officers said the residence had been wired with outdoor surveillance cameras.

Additional charges are pending as the investigation continues.



SPRING HILL – A 32-year-old Spring Hill woman was arrested Tuesday on multiple drug charges after a deputy saw her driving her car along a sidewalk on Spring Hill Drive near Deltona Boulevard, deputies said.

After Tracey Ann Redmond, 32, failed a field sobriety test, deputies found methamphetamine, Clonazepam and drug paraphernalia in her car, as well as an open can of beer.

Tracey Ann Redmond

Tracey Ann Redmond

A background check showed Redmond’s license was suspended for failure to complete a court-ordered substance abuse course.

At the jail, deputies found Redmond had methamphetamine hidden in her bra. Redmond woman refused to submit to a drug test, claiming she “accidentally touched” her fiance’s methamphetamine, deputies said.

Redmond was arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession of methamphetamine, nine counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, introducing contraband into a detention facility, DUI and driving with a suspended license. She is being held on $9,900 bond.

Court records show she has been found guilty of DUI and possession of marijuana in the past.



 Waynesboro woman who police say caused a couple of car crashes is now in custody after being a fugitive for nearly five months.

Emily Laura Simpson, 21, faces a felony charge of meth possession and other charges stemming from failure to appear in court for the crashes. They happened on Hopeman Parkway back in May. No one was seriously injured.

Emily Laura Simpson
Emily Laura Simpson

Simpson fled to California but returned to Waynesboro and turned herself in Tuesday. She is being held at Middle River Regional Jail without bond.


City of Waynesboro Police Department Press Release


Update – October 30, 2013

Emily Laura Simpson, now 21 years old, surrendered herself at the police department on October 29 after nearly five months as a fugitive. Simpson had fled to California in June and returned this week. She is being held at Middle River Regional Jail without bond on the three charges.

Update – September 4, 2013

The Waynesboro Police Department is requesting assistance in locating Simpson who is now wanted on three charges: a felony charge of possession of methamphetamine and two capiases from Waynesboro General District Court for failing to appear for the April 10th assault charge and the May 1st car crashes, respectively.

Initially, the Police Department received information that Simpson had fled to California but now it is believed that she is back in the Waynesboro area.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Waynesboro Police Department at (540) 942-6675 or Central Shenandoah Crime Stoppers at 1(800)322-2017. Information given to Crime Stoppers may be given anonymously. Callers with information that lead to an arrest in this case are eligible for a cash reward of up to $1000.

Update – June 21, 2013

Simpson is currently wanted on a Waynesboro General District Court capias for failing to appear in court. Simpson was supposed to appear in court on June 3 for trial on an assault charge stemming from an April 10 incident. She is also wanted on a felony warrant for possession of methamphetamine.

Simpson is scheduled to appear in Waynesboro General District Court on June 24 for the charges related to the May 1st car crashes.

Previous Release – May 2, 2013

The Waynesboro Police Department has arrested a Waynesboro woman for causing a couple of motor vehicle crashes at two intersections on Hopeman Parkway. On May 1, 2013 at approximately 4:30 PM, officers responded to the area of Hopeman Parkway and Ivy St for a report of a two vehicle accident with the parties arguing. When they arrived, they found Emily Laura Simpson, 20 years old, being detained by other motorists and demonstrating obvious signs of impairment.



On Tuesday, Oct., 2013, Emanuel County District Attorney Hayward Altman announced that felony warrants of Murder and Cruelty to Children have been issued against Robert Michael Benton and Melissa Faye Fullmore in relation to the on-going investigation of the death of four month old Rosalynn Fullmore on May 21, 2013.

Investigation continues in death of infant



According to Emanuel County Sheriff J. Tyson Stephens, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Emanuel County Sheriff’s Office, GBI Medical Examiner’s Office and the District Attorney’s Office have worked closely on the investigation over the past few months and have been able to build a case against Benton and Fullmore that supports the new charges.

Investigation continues in death of infant




Both Benton and Fullmore have remained in custody without bond since their arrest on May 21, 2013.


On Tuesday, May 21, 2013, the Oak Park Police Department and the Emanuel County Sheriff’s Office was called to respond to a residence in southern Emanuel County in reference to the death of an infant child. Emanuel County First Responders and Emanuel County Emergency Medical Services were also called to the scene.

Upon arrival, officers were given information that Robert Michael Benton and Melissa Faye Fullmore, the mother of four month old Rosalynn Fullmore, had awoke from a nap and found the baby unresponsive in her bassinette. Benotn and Fullmore then called 911 for assistance.

The child was transported to Emanuel Medical Center by ambulance and pronounced dead by Emanuel County Coroner Jeffery Peebles.

Investigators from the Emanuel County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation were called to the scene to investigate the death. The investigation revealed that both Benton and Fullmore had ingested methamphetamine the previous night and had fallen asleep at approximately 9: a.m. on Tuesday. Benton and Fullmore awoke sometime after 2 p.m. and found the child unresponsive.While searching the residence, investigators found quantities of suspected marijuana and methamphetamine, and evidence that the drugs were being used in the residence. A handgun was also located in the residence.

According to Emanuel County Sheriff J. Tyson Stephens, both Benton and Fullmore are currently being held without bond in the Emanuel County Jail. Both have been charged with Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Crime and Possession of Firearm by a Convicted Felon.

Both have previously been convicted of felony crimes, including possession and distribution of methamphetamine.

Sheriff Stephens continued by saying “Chief Investigator Rocky Davis and GBI Special Agent Josh Alford are working with the GBI Medical Examiner and Coroner Peebles and are awaiting autopsy results. All agencies involved are working closely together and are sharing all information immediately with the District Attorney’s Office.”

According to Middle Judicial Circuit District Attorney Hayward Altman, charges related to the death of the infant may be forthcoming, pending autopsy results.

The East Central Georgia Drug Task Force is also assisting with the investigation. Anyone with information related to or helpful to this investigation is asked to call the Emanuel County Sheriff’s Office at (478) 237-7526 or the Georgia Bureau of Investigation at (478) 364-6988.





(TeleManagement) Unborn babies may be at risk of serious health risks if their mothers to be have a habit of doing methamphetamine.
This is not a shocking finding, and just supports many other studies that suggest that doing drugs during a pregnancy can greatly damage the unborn child.

This study was conducted by researchers from the University of Hawaii. Researchers analyzed the brains of toddlers between 3 and 4 years of age, whose mothers had done meth during their pregnancies.
They compared these results with the brains of toddlers of the same age whose mothers had not done the drug during their pregnancy.

The researchers noted that in the brains of the children whose moms had done the drug, there was damage in the white matter of the brain, responsible for transmitting messages. Tthis is the first study to prove that damage from drug use by the mother can effect the undeveloped brain of the offspring in this way.

“Methamphetamine use is an increasing problem among women of childbearing age, leading to an increasing number of children with prenatal meth exposure,”



A routine enforcement stop along Highway 99 in the Madera County corridor resulted in the arrest of a Stockton man found to be in possession of 22 pounds of crystal meth.

Thirty-year-old Alejandro Angel Guerrero remained behind bars last week following his arrest Oct. 22.

According to the Madera County Narcotic Enforcement Team, a California Highway Patrol officer, was called out to a traffic stop on northbound Highway 99 near Avenue 24.

According to officials, the highway has become a major thoroughfare for drug trafficking.

Inside the vehicle, officers found 22 pounds of methamphetamine with a street value of $220,000.

The driver was taken into custody and booked at Madera County Department of Corrections.


LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW)– Methamphetamine is one of the most common drugs in the area, after heroin, according to police.

In 2005, Congress passed the “Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act,” which in part regulates the sale of medicines containing pseudoephedrine, a common ingredient in meth. But the new rules, requiring identification to purchase the cold tablets, didn’t necessarily reduce the amount of the drug produced, but rather it changed the method of production.

“A lot of people are like oh there’s not a meth problem here and I’m like oh you’ll be surprised,” said Brooke Clements, a recovering addict.

In fact Brooke, a recovering addict, says walking down the street she can usually spot at least one person she’s used with.

Remnant of a meth lab after raid by authorities
Remnant of a meth lab after raid by authorities

And police say that’s because the demand for methamphetamine in La Crosse isn’t declining.

“We have a number of suppliers who bring methamphetamine in to our city and distribute it for large sums and it’s very profitable,” said Detective Sgt. Dan Kloss of the La Crosse Police Department.

Historically meth labs required a significant amount of space and equipment.

“People decided they needed to figure out a way to more efficiently make meth in a smaller environment,” said Tom Johnson with the West Central MEG Unit, an area drug task force. “So they came up with this one pot or shake and bake method.”

According to police a gram of meth costs between $100 and $120 in La Crosse. But making it in a bottle using the one pot method, generates between two to three grams for about $50. It’s cheaper but even more dangerous.

“You have the exposure of burns to the person that’s doing the cook,” Johnson said. “Back in the days of the garage lab, if something went wrong with the cook, the person could basically run away from the situation. Here, the cook is actually holding the situation.”

Despite the even greater risk, the one pot method means users don’t need dealers so police say more people are trying it.

“We’re seeing the demographic reduce a little bit,” Johnson said. “The younger people are getting a chance to, ‘hey try a hit of this.'”

Clements began making her own at just 19.

“I was surprised at how easy it is. I mean like, household items,” she said.

No matter how meth is produced, the drug and the waste it creates are toxic. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, for each pound of methamphetamine produced, five to six pounds of hazardous waste is generated.

That waste poses serious risks not only to users but also responding officers.

“We always call the Department of Justice’s specialized team. It’s called the CLEAR Team. That’s Clandestine Laboratory and Enforcement Response,” Johnson said.

Sgt. Kloss is the only La Crosse officer who is on the CLEAR Team.

“We’ll go in to the house, assess it with our safety equipment on, and make sure we can either dispose of that chemical and get that out, or call more assistance in,” Sgt. Kloss said.

But the dangers extend beyond clean up. Meth can be instantly addicting, leaving users desperate to finance their habit.

“They’ll do whatever it takes: breaking in to your car, breaking in to your house, any type of property you have that has any type of value,” Sgt. Kloss said.

It’s a problem the police department and drug task forces are constantly battling.

“I feel like we are making a dent within the meth business in the city,” Sgt. Kloss said. “It’s hard to tell though on a given basis- when we take off a large dealer, or someone of significance in the city, within a week or two, someone has taken that spot and that supply and demand.”

Police say part of the solution is public cooperation. Anyone who seems unusual traffic or something suspicious at a home is urged to contact Crime Stoppers.




STORM LAKE, Iowa | An Odebolt, Iowa, woman was arrested Tuesday on methamphetamine charges in Storm Lake.

Lynsey Huls, 20, was charged with possession of methamphetamine with the intent to deliver, a felony. She was booked into Buena Vista County Jail on $25,000 bond.

The Storm Lake Police Department responded just after 2 p.m. to the Walmart in Storm Lake, where Huls had been flailing and crawling around the store, police said.

Police later found methamphetamine in a vehicle in the parking lot and in an Odebolt residence, officials said.



An active methamphetamine lab – which law enforcement officers called “highly volatile” – was discovered Wednesday morning at a Creek Road residence, according to the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office.

The occupant of a house trailer, Stephen L. Doan, 26, was initially arrested on an outstanding warrant for parole violation, said Major Brett Prickett, chief detective of the CCSO. Additional charges are pending for the methamphetamine lab.

Stephen L. Doan
Stephen L. Doan

Doan was incarcerated at the Clinton County Jail.

Prickett said the one-pot methamphetamine lab was cooking when deputies arrived on the scene.

Three fire trucks – two from Clinton-Warren and another from Chester Township – stood by at the scene as a precautionary measure.

Rose Cooper/News JournalFire trucks from the Clinton-Warren Joint Fire District and Chester Township stand by at the scene of the meth lab.
Fire trucks from the Clinton-Warren Joint Fire District and Chester Township stand by at the scene of the meth lab

Creek Road was closed to traffic from U.S. 22 to George Road, near Clarksville. Employees from the Clinton County Highway Department provided traffic control.

A neutralization team from the Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation (BCI) was called to the scene to remove the active lab, Prickett said. Law officers and the BCI neutralization team remained at the scene late Wednesday afternoon, Prickett said.