Comments Off on Czech authorities detain three people after police crack international drug smuggling ring that used Czech and Slovak couriers to take Iranian Methamphetamine from Turkey and Armenia to Japan

Police have cracked an international drug smuggling ring that used Czech and Slovak couriers to take Iranian methamphetamine from Turkey and Armenia to Japan.sake-meth-map

Czech authorities are detaining three people, and more are being held in other countries, police spokeswoman Barbora Kudláčková said on the police website.

More arrests are possible, she added.

The suspects held in the Czech Republic face up to 18 years in prison if convicted of unauthorized production and other handling of narcotics and psychotropic substances and of poisons.

Czech, Slovak, Turkish, Armenian, Japanses and British police cooperated with Interpol and Europol on the case, which was codenamed Sake.

The methamphetamine that was smuggled into Japan was purchased in Iran, where a gram sells for about 200 Kč. In Japan, the same amount sells for 19,000 Kč.sake-meth

In most cases, the couriers traveled in mixed pairs or as spouses or siblings, making it more difficult to detect them.

The couriers traveled by plane from Prague and Vienna to Turkey or Armenia, where they would get specially adapted suitcases that hid a kilogram of methamphetamine. The couriers then flew to Tokyo by way of Abu Dhabi or Dubai.

In Tokyo, they went to a predetermined hotel where they drugs were dropped off.

The couples received 100,000 Kč plus travel expenses for their efforts.

Detectives worked on the case three months, during which time they managed to establish the organizers of the group, some of whom were staying in the UK. The detectives documented five methamphetamine shipments to Japan.

Japanese authorities detained a man and a woman attempting to import about 2 kilograms of methamphetamine concealed in two suitcases. These two have been convicted and face sentences of seven to 10 years in prison and fines of up to 6 million Japanese yen.

Further, two Slovak people were arrested in Britain before they could leave for Turkey or Armenia with about 5 kg of methamphetamine that was most probably destined for the Japanese drug market. One of the two Slovaks is being considered for extradition to the Czech Republic.

Under the same international cooperation, a Slovak with permanent Czech Residence was caught in a hotel in Antalya, Turkey, just as he took possession of a bag hiding 2 kilograms of methamphetamine. The unidentified Slovak was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

The trend of hiring Czech couriers to transport methamphetamine to Japan began in 2011. Most of the couriers come from underprivileged regions or have significant economic problems. The recruiters are usually Czech or Slovak citizens with links to foreign crime groups, the police said.

Prices for methamphetamine on the Japanese market are considerably higher than in European markets, and police expect the smuggling to continue.

Comments Off on 18 Women and men taken into custody for Methamphetamine and other charges in Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office sweep

Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics investigators wrapped up a 3-month investigation that involved undercover operations by confidential informants with a roundup targeting 20 suspects on Thursday.4-c63b46ec33

Sheriff Steve Mueller said the operation targeted Cherokee Avenue and the Happy Valley area of Gaffney based on resident complaints to the sheriff’s office. While Mueller said no specific drugs were targeted, the majority of the charges involved methamphetamine.

“Our success depends on the watchful eyes of our citizens in our community and we truly appreciate your calls with tips and information about possible illegal activity,” Mueller said in a written announcement of the roundup.4-32b9ba5c2b

The following 18 individuals were identified by the sheriff’s office in the written announcement as having been taken into custody as of 6 p.m.:

    • Brenda Jean Mincey, 25, of Kraft Street, charged with distribution of methamphetamine and distribution of methamphetamine within proximity of a school.
    • Clint Daniel Fort, currently in custody in Cleveland County, N.C., 31, of Jackson Street, charged with two counts distribution of methamphetamine.
    • Jacob Anthony Phillips, 25, of Marietta Street, charged with a 3rd drug offense of distribution of methamphetamine and distribution of methamphetamine within proximity of a school.
    • Jamarcus Deleon Foster, 26, of Evans Street, charged with a 3rd drug offense of distribution of methamphetamine and distribution of methamphetamine within proximity of a school.
    • Jomiltron Sentell Fair, 25, of Evans Street, charged with distribution of methamphetamine and distribution of methamphetamine in proximity of a school.
    • Joyce Ann Bolin, 43, of Kraft Avenue, charged with two counts of distribution of methamphetamine and two counts of distribution of methamphetamine within proximity of a school.
    • Tammy Crystal Owens, 36, of Marietta Road, charged with distribution of methamphetamine, distribution of methamphetamine within proximity of a school, distribution of a schedule II drug and  distribution of a schedule II drug in proximity of a school.
    • Kimberly Harrison, 30, of Rita Street, charged with distribution of methamphetamine and distribution of methamphetamine in proximity of a school.
    • Ricky Wayne Allen, 36, of Marietta Road, charged with distribution of methamphetamine and distribution of methamphetamine within proximity of a school.
    • Michael Ray Sellars, 28, of Wilkinsville Highway, charged with distribution of methamphetamine and distribution of methamphetamine within proximity of a school.
    • Miranda Elizabeth Giles, 23, of Pine Crest Road, charged with distribution of methamphetamine.
    • Patricia Gail Huskey, 51, of Rita Street, charged with two counts of distribution of methamphetamine and two counts of distribution of methamphetamine within proximity of a school.
    • Robert Allen Russell, 20, of Mullinax Circle, Blacksburg, charged with distribution of methamphetamine, distribution of methamphetamine within proximity of school and simple possession of marijuana.
    • Robert Luther Sprouse, 37, of River Drive, charged with distribution of a schedule III drug, distribution of methamphetamine. He also was served with a General Sessions Court bench warrant.
    • Roger Wayne Parris, 44, of Kraft Street, charged with distribution of methamphetamine and distribution of methamphetamine within proximity of a school.
    • Sharon Loraine Stone, 56, of Marietta Street, charged with distribution of methamphetamine and distribution of methamphetamine within proximity of a school.
    • Travis Gilford Childers, 19, of Hickory Street, charged with two counts of distribution of methamphetamine and two counts of distribution of methamphetamine within proximity of a school.
    • Tammy Kristin Fowler, 34, of Blue Bird Lane, Blacksburg, charged with unlawful attempt to purchase pseudoephedrine.

According to the sheriff’s office, deputies were still searching for two additional subjects as of Thursday evening. They are:

  • Angela Lucille Wentz, 40, of Freeman Road, Blacksburg, who faces a charge of distribution of methamphetamine.
  • Linda Kay Arquette, 23, of Marietta Road, who faces charges of distribution of methamphetamine and distribution of methamphetamine within proximity of a school.

Comments Off on Former Cochran Staffer, Fred W. Pagan, 49, Hopes for Plea Deal in Sex-for-Methamphetamine Case

A federal judge on Friday granted attorneys more time for the case of a 49-year-old man who spent decades working for Sen. Thad Cochran, starting with a stint as the Mississippi Republican’s page, before serious drug charges related to methamphetamine and date rape drugs cost him his career.

Fred W. Pagan pleaded not guilty on April 29 to charges of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and importation of a controlled substance, after allegedly confessing plans to distribute both drugs “in exchange for sexual favors.” U.S. District Judge Beryl A. Howell continued the case until Aug. 7, with attorneys hinting a plea deal may be in the works.

“Productive discussions” are underway about a disposition in the case, Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Pearlman told Howell during a quick status hearing at the federal courthouse blocks from the Capitol. Further evidence still needs to be produced, including phone records and Drug Enforcement Administration analysis of some of the items found in Pagan’s Northwest Washington house.

Federal agents raided his home on April 23, after authorities intercepted more than a kilogram of gamma-Butyrolactone, commonly known as GBL, in a package shipped to “Longevity Concepts LNC, Fred Pagan” from a business in China. The bust was part of a two-week investigation, according to court documents.

GBL produces euphoria, intoxication and hallucinogenic states, and allegedly acts as a muscle growth hormone. Odorless and colorless, the substance is also abused as a “date rape” drug, causing drowsiness, dizziness, loss of consciousness and loss of inhibition, as well as memory impairment — which can make prosecuting rape cases difficult when victims are given the drug.

Pagan said little more than, “Good morning,” and, “Yes, ma’am,” during the brief proceedings. Neither Pagan nor defense attorney Kobie A. Flowers commented on the case.

Cochran’s office suspended Pagan of all duties when the senator learned of the arrest, and issued a statement saying Cochran was “disturbed and deeply saddened.” A spokesman said Pagan was terminated on May 15.

Pagan earned about $160,000 annually working as Cochran’s personal assistant and office administrator, according to LegiStorm. He also worked as a staffer on the Senate Appropriations Committee, which Cochran chairs, and the Senate Agriculture Committee, which Cochran previously chaired.

At 16, Pagan was accepted as a page for the senator and he completed his high school studies through correspondence from the University of Southern Mississippi after being asked to stay on for a second year, according to a 2006 column in the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal.

“I guess I’m the page that never went home,” he told the writer.

Comments Off on Justin Quintana, 18, and Erasmo Mercado, 18, charged with doing Methamphetamine with two underage girls who were 14 and 15 years old in Georgetown, west of Crescent City

PUTNAM COUNTY, Fla. –  Two Putnam County men are facing serious charges Friday after deputies said they were found in a condemned home with methamphetamine and two underage girls who were 14 and 15 years old.

Deputies were called to the home on Douglas Street in Georgetown, west of Crescent City, just before midnight Thursday.

The two men are 18-year old Justin Quintana and 18-year old Erasmo Mercado.

Quintana has bonded out of the jail, but Mercado is still behind bars. Mercado listed the condemned home as his address, but since it was condemned by the county, no one had a legal right to be there.

Neighbors in the area have said that the house has been a problem for quite a while.

Friday afternoon, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office arrived at the home on Douglas Street to give the final all clear, hours after authorities said that Mercado and Quintana were found inside with two young girls and about a gram of methamphetamine. Neighbors said they weren’t surprised.

“The police have been aware of that house for at least 8 months. But they’ve been monitoring it, and they rely on citizens to make calls,” neighbor Michael Rock said.

One of the people to call 911 Thursday was Rock’s neighbor, who heard Quintana and Mercado arrive to the home with the two girls. Because it was condemned, they knew no one was supposed to be there.

“Well, the girls were laughing and carrying on. They went to the back door first and then they went around the front,” Rock said.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, Quintana was found inside the house, but once deputies went searching, they said they spotted Mercado and the two girls in the garage hiding under a counter. Police later found the methamphetamine and a credit card used to cut it.

In the incident report, the sheriff’s office reported one of the girls was found wearing only a t-shirt.

When she was asked about it, the deputy said she quote: “admitted she had intentions to have sexual intercourse with Erasmo, however, our presence interrupted that.”

That detail is especially upsetting to those in the area and now that this has happened, neighbors are hoping to see this house gone.

“I just, I hope they tear the place down,” Rock said.

Mercado and Quintana are both charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia, plus trespassing. The girls were released to their parents.

Comments Off on Man Badly Burned in Suspected Methamphetamine Lab Fire in Paintsville

PAINTSVILLE, Ky. (WSAZ) — A man was badly burned Friday in a suspected meth lab fire and explosion along Depot Street in Paintsville, police say.

It happened about 1:15 p.m. Friday. A man in an upstairs apartment suffered severe burns to his hand and arm.

Police say the fire appeared to have started from a “shake and bake” meth lab. The explosion was so strong that it blew out an apartment window and into the playground area of a daycare across the street.

Materials used to make meth were found in the apartment. No charges have been filed at this time.

Comments Off on Frightened 9-year-old girl sees arrest of mom, Sandra Lynn Stover, 29, of Muncie, for selling Methamphetamine

MUNCIE –  Their encounter terrified a 9-year-old girl, and startled the law enforcement officers involved.

On Thursday night, as they prepared to arrest a Muncie woman for selling methamphetamine to an undercover officer, members of the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office’s narcotics unit converged on her van, their guns drawn, outside the southside Wal-Mart store.B9318039551Z_1_20150710165834_000_GMMBAKS6O_1-0

Then they saw the child in the back seat, “shouting and screaming hysterically,” one officer wrote in a report.

“Child! Child! Child!” one of the officers called to his colleagues.

Efforts were then made to take the girl’s mother, Sandra Lynn Stover, 29, of the 2100 block of South Mulberry Street, into custody in as low-key a manner as possible.

Child Protective Services were called to the scene, and the girl was eventually placed in the custody of a relative.

Authorities said Stover had sold the undercover officer a half-gram of meth for $40, inviting the agent “to taste it before I go.”

During a later interview, Stover said she “sells drugs to support her kids,” and was “disappointed” in herself that she brought her daughter to a meth transaction, according to an affidavit.

Stover said four months ago, she was “cooking” meth when her lab “blew up,” apparently costing her the sight in one eye.

“She was pleased with her decision to stop making meth and just selling it now,” Corp. Lenny Popp wrote.

Investigators said they found meth in Stover’s van, near where her daughter had been seated.

The Muncie woman was being held in the Delaware County jail on Friday under a $15,000 bond, preliminarily charged with dealing in meth, possession of meth and neglect of a dependent.

Comments Off on Autumn Nicole Wonsey, 19, of Lake, and Zachary Allen Thompson, 25, of Harrison, face Methamphetamine charges after incident at Isabella County’s Union Township Wal-Mart

A Harrison man and Lake woman each face charges related to methamphetamine after being caught stealing from a Wal-Mart store in Isabella County’s Union Township.

Zachary Allen Thompson, 25, and Autumn Nicole Wonsey, 19, were jailed after officials were called to a case of retail fraud at the store, 4730 Encore Blvd., at 8:20 p.m. Once deputies arrived, the male suspect attempted to run away, but was caught after a short foot chase.

Deputies were given permission to search the car the couple were using, and found a bottle containing meth as well as other ingredients used to make the drug.

Thompson was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, second-degree retail fraud, and resisting and obstructing police; his bond is set at $60,000. Wonsey faces charged of meth possession and third-degree retail fraud; her bond is set at $50,000.

Deputies were assisted by Mount Pleasant Police, Michigan State Police and the Third District Methamphetamine Team.

PHUKET: A woman was arrested in Phang Nga, north of Phuket, following the discovery of 760 pills of ya bah (methamphetamine) hidden inside her vagina.1_2015711144047585_SgscTMMNCAIKAwPfStTDmLjxdafHgmsXQhgExDlh_jpeg

“The pills were packed into three plastic bags before being nestled into two condoms and inserted into the suspect’s vagina,” Takua Pa Police Deputy Superintendent Worawit Yamaree revealed today.

The 33-year-old Laos national named by Takua Pa Police as ‘Ms Waen’, was in the midst of transporting the drugs on a bus from Bangkok when she was arrested.1_2015711144047585_EwKFHitQJVytjGTLZncbvNinvdiVytjSjStbloup_jpeg

“After busting a meth user, and then his local dealer, we were able to set up a sting operation,” Lt Col Worawit said.

The events that led police to the vaginal stash started with the arrest of Suksai Kokkian, who had four ya bah pills on him on Thursday. He confessed to having bought them from Chuanpit Sirisopano, 37, who was nabbed later that day.

Ms Chuanpit was in possession of 427 ya bah pills and 3.06 grams of ya ice (crystal methamphetamine), confirmed Col Worawit.

“When we searched Chuanpit’s house we found plenty of evidence connecting her to a dealer in Bangkok named ‘Uan’,” Col Worawit said. “So, we set up the sting by having Ms Chuanpit place an order. Ms Uan confirmed the order and said it would be delivered by Ms Waen.”

Police were waiting for Ms Waen at the Baan Bang Por checkpoint in Takua Pa when the bus arrived.

“Ms Waen showed us her luggage and said she didn’t have any drugs. However, we conducted a full-body cavity search and discovered the package in her vagina.

Police confiscated the packed condoms, her mobile phone, a tablet, 1,120 baht in cash and the rest of her belongings.

Ms Chuanpit and Ms Waen were both released from prison within the last year after having served time on earlier drug convictions.

Both women were charged with possession of a Category 1 drug with intent to sell. Mr Suksai was charged with possession of a Category 1 drug.

Comments Off on Ohio Counties battle growing Methamphetamine trade

CLYDE –  Many have seen it, heard about it, or binge-watched it: “Breaking Bad,” the ratings juggernaut of a TV show, tells tales of a chemistry teacher who teams with a former student to make and sell crystal meth.

The popular show, whose final episode in 2013 drew 10.3 million viewers, is fiction, but the real world demand for meth is growing — and the number of arrests for meth-related crimes is on the rise in Sandusky County and Ohio.

“You can learn to cook meth online and make it at home. People are going to get high for cheap. It’s a matter of economics,” Clyde police Chief Bruce Gower said.B9317995418Z_1_20150710201009_000_G8DBAID32_1-0

Gower said meth labs are popping up around the area because the drug can be produced in small or large quantities, and its combination of a low price tag and high potency keeps addicts coming back for more.

Since February, four meth labs have been found in Clyde, and each one was connected with the others, Gower said.

As people read and see stories and videos of the arrests — with law-enforcement officials in hazmat gear searching through bottles, chemicals and run-down homes — many law-abiding citizens might wonder what meth is and why it is growing in popularity in this area.

What is methamphetamine?

Methamphetamine, commonly known as meth or crystal meth, is a white crystalline powder that can be dissolved in water or alcohol, swallowed, smoked, snorted or injected using needles.

Gower said the business of meth has increased through the years, starting with large-scale laboratories in the western United States and Mexico and then slowly migrating east as ways to manufacture it got easier.

One simple process of manufacturing, called the one-pot method, takes from 20 minutes to four hours depending on the size of the batch.

Despite the danger of mixing chemicals and creating a volatile potion, Gower said, sellers can manufacture meth in the woods, a motel, at a house, or even while driving. A couple arrested recently in Sandusky were operating a mobile meth lab in the back seat of their car, according to police.

A drug trend report from the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services said meth was on the rise from July 2014 to January 2015, including a spike in rural areas such as Bellevue and Clyde.

Ranking the ease of access for buying meth from 1 and 10, with 10 being the easiest, the 2014 report scored a 4 in urban areas and a 6 in rural areas. But those numbers changed dramatically in January 2015, when law enforcement gave big cities such as Toledo a score of 1 while rural areas jumped to a 10.

Jill DelGreco, a public information officer for the Ohio Attorney General’s Office and the Bureau of Criminal Investigation, said the number of meth labs found in Sandusky County nearly doubled, from four in 2014 to seven so far this year.

Meth labs are tracked by the attorney general’s office from Oct. 1 through Sept. 30 each year.

“These only represent labs that BCI assisted with or were reported to us by local agencies. Not all agencies report, so the numbers are likely higher,” DelGreco said.

Statewide, DelGreco said, seven years of data show the meth problem is growing.

In 2005, law enforcement reported 444 meth labs were found in Ohio. In 2014, 1,003 were found. Through July 2015, DelGreco said, state law enforcement agencies have reported 547 labs.

Buying and making meth

The materials to produce meth are relatively easy to obtain, with most coming from pharmacies and local stores, Gower said.

“You can learn how to cook meth online,” he said. “Some learn in prison.”

The equipment and ingredients for the one-pot method include pseudoephedrine or ephedrine tablets, some kind of solvent, and other easily purchased household items.

Using another method called “Shake and Bake,” all the ingredients are combined in a bottle, either an ordinary 2-liter pop bottle or 16- to 20-ounce bottles.

Ottawa County Common Pleas Judge Bruce Winters said meth is worse than heroin.

“Heroin is not as dangerous,” Winters said. “It terrifies me to think of meth coming into our community.”

Winters said Ottawa County has been dealing with heroin use, and he considers heroin users to be more thinkers than meth users.

“I’ve had a (meth) addict tell me they don’t care about anything. You could have a person holding a gun at your children, and a meth user will just ask them to move away from the TV,” Winters said.

“Meth is a less-forgiving drug. You can lose your teeth,” Winters continued. “A user said meth is the devil.”

Meth on wheels

Unlike most drugs, meth can be made on the road, Gower said.

“You can cook it in your back seat. If it catches on fire, they just throw it out the window,” he said.

Using a heating source in the back seat, manufacturers roll down the windows while combining the chemicals. Gower said the rolling meth lab allows dealers to conceal their whereabouts, making it difficult to find the moving meth labs.

“We have a website of people who are buying the materials. We know the people but are trying to figure out where they are,” Gower said.

When purchasing items for the one-pot cooking method, many meth dealers buy materials in small quantities at different locations, a tactic known as “smurfing.” That makes it harder for law-enforcement official to track them, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Being able to buy materials in one city and then drive to another for the manufacturing process helps dealers elude the law, officials say.

Meth’s effects and impact

The report by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services said a gram of meth can sell for up to $180, with some buyers saying they can buy a tenth of a gram for $20.

The DEA compared the addictiveness of meth to alcohol and cocaine, with staggering results.

Using a group of 100 people, the DEA found that, if given a drink of alcohol once a day for three weeks, eight of the 100 will become addicted.

If a person snorts or ingests cocaine every day for three weeks, the DEA found, 14 of the 100 will become addicted.

Whether injecting or smoking meth, the DEA study found that, if used only twice, 90 of the 100 people would become addicted.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse cites several complications a user can expect if addicted to meth, including damage to the cardiovascular system, memory loss, malnutrition and severe dental problems. Meth use also can increase the risk of transmitting infectious diseases such as hepatitis and HIV.

Ohio 3rd in the nation

Meth can cause a potent effect on the user, similar to cocaine and other stimulants, said Dave Posten, who oversees the meth program for the Ohio BCI.

“Ohio was No. 3 in the nation last year for meth-related seizures that were reported,” he said.

As meth became easier to produce and required only ordinary household items, a law was passed in 2005 to monitor the sale of nonprescription products containing pseudoephedrine. Retailers were required to keep those products behind the counter, and customers had to sign a logbook after each purchase.

After that law was enacted, the DEA reported a large drop-off in the number of meth labs found, from 10,693 in 2005 to 5,031 in 2006.

Posten said many meth users also are starting to use heroin, as the drugs are at the opposite ends of the spectrum for the kinds of highs they produce.

“Meth is stimulant and heroin is a depressant. They are using the other drug to come up or down from their other high,” Posten said.

Many busts and arrests have led to child endangerment charges against suspects, a horror that Gower said is all too familiar in the busts executed by Clyde police.

“Fumes can be toxic. I (also) worry about kids getting into it. We had a bust on Mechanic Street where needles were found next to a crib,” Gower said.

With toxic materials, needles, and fumes and stains getting into carpets, Gower said, kids are risking their lives by crawling around homes where there are meth labs. Gower said charges are often heightened in meth cases when children have been exposed to the chemicals.

The DEA reports that 35 percent of all children removed from homes with meth labs tested positive for the drug.

Drug task force sought

Because of the meth labs and heroin busts in Bellevue and Clyde, the county’s prosecutor, Tom Stierwalt, has applied for grant funding to create a drug task force.

In Ottawa County, Winters said, law enforcement agencies have come together to compile a drug task force to help curtail the heroin issue.

Currently, Sandusky County does not have a drug task force, which Gower said makes it more challenging to track this mobile drug.

“Everybody’s going to have to work together with money and manpower,” Gower said.

Posten said the drug will likely remain popular because of how accessible it can be, with users either making it themselves or buying their fix.

“We’re not seeing any shortage,” Posten said. “Other types of labs for hallucinogens are starting to pop up. It’s a two-pronged approach (to stopping the drug) of treatment and enforcement.”

Comments Off on 22 Women and men arrested in Laurens County Methamphetamine bust

DUBLIN, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Twenty-two people are facing drug related charges after the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office conducted a methamphetamine bust.

According to a news release from Sheriff Bill Harrell, the deputies with the drug unit started the investigation into a methamphetamine distribution network in Laurens County in September 2014. Investigators found evidence to link the network to meth violators throughout the state.

Six Laurens County homes were searched on July 2 and July 3. As of Thursday, 22 people were arrested and charged with drug related offenses. The ages range from 17 to 54. Investigators also seized 11 vehicles and more than $17,000 in cash.

Investigators intercepted approximately two pounds of methamphetamine as it was being delivered to Laurens County on July 2. The sheriff’s office says it has a street value of more than $70,000.

In the news release, Harrell said he is concerned “for the significant increase in methamphetamine trafficking in Laurens County.” He adds he’s setting aside more resources to combat “the wave of plentiful meth made available through Atlanta area traffickers connected to sources in Mexico.”

District Attorney Craig Fraiser said in a statement this “strike is one of the largest blows against the drug trade in Laurens County history.”

The Dublin Police Department, a Department of Corrections K9 officer, officers with the Department of Community Supervision, and the GBI also assisted on the investigation.

If you have any information, call the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office at (478) 275-1522 or the drug hotline at (478) 272-8990.

Comments Off on Louie Gohmert: ISIS terrorists working with Mexican drug cartels — just like Tom Clancy novel warned

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) cited a fictional novel to back his claim that Islamic State militants had set up a base camp across the U.S. border with Mexico.wnd_gohmert_churchstate_140401c-800x430-800x430

The Tea Party lawmaker warned during an interview Thursday with World Net Daily’s Radio America that ISIS may be working with Mexican drug cartels, reported Right Wing Watch.

“Like Tom Clancy had written about in a novel years ago, they are linking up with cartels and they’re putting America at risk,” Gohmert said, referring to the 2011 novel, “Against All Enemies,” in which Taliban militants team up with Mexican drug cartels.

The right-wing Judicial Watch group, founded by conspiracy theorist Larry Klayman, claimed earlier this year that it had thwarted a planned terrorist attack by reporting that Islamic extremists were camped near El Paso, Texas.

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, said those claims had been confirmed by federal authorities – but numerous federal, state, local, and foreign law enforcement agencies knocked down those rumors.

The U.S. Department of State, the Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Northern Command, the Texas Department of Public Safety, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office and the Mexican government each denied the Judicial Watch report.

But Gohmert remains unconvinced, and claims that the shooting of 32-year-old Kate Steinle by an illegal immigrant proves that Republicans must not back down on limiting immigration in an effort to win Latino voters – who he claims will back the GOP through their innate love of God and family.

“It may just be because our president doesn’t know enough about our history — I’m sure they didn’t teach it in Indonesia — but the fact is when he says, ‘nobody has done more to secure the border than I have,’ or words to that effect – (it) is simply not true,” Gohmert said.

He said President Barack Obama should look to Woodrow Wilson’s Mexican Expedition, which nearly caused a war when U.S. troops entered Mexico, as an example of proper border security.

“This administration not only encourages people to violate the law, our immigration law, but it violates the laws regularly themselves, (which) leads to the tens of thousands of crimes that occur in the United States,” Gohmert said.

Comments Off on Naked driver in Santa Cruz, Richard Ducati, 51, of San Francisco, startles residents with bizarre incident while under the influence of Methamphetamine

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. —Santa Cruz residents were jarred awake Thursday morning by the sound of a car crashing into parked vehicles.

Police said Richard Ducati, 51, of San Francisco, was under the influence of methamphetamine during his bizarre rampage.

Ducati recklessly rammed into cars on Park Way and Acacia Way before he bailed out on foot and tried to break into a house, police said.naked-man-JPG

“I got up and looked out the window and then I see a car screaming down Park Way” resident Sarah Ringler said.

“I’d estimate 80 to 90 miles-an-hour down the road. I heard him coming back. He bottomed out right here at this intersection. He caught air when he hit it and hit the car over there and hit the speed bump and flipped over,” resident Justin Bettencourt said.

A very startled homeowner saw the naked man trying to open a sliding glass door and called 911 at 5:20 a.m.

The Glavis family was in shock while watching through their window.

“I heard from my mom on the phone (saying), ‘There’s a naked person in my backyard,'” Nolan Glavis said.

The naked driver ran into the Glavis’ backyard and tried to get inside.

“I was terrified. I was shaking. I was on the phone with 911 so I knew help would be on the way. But mostly I was thinking I had to protect my family, myself. I was worried he would get in and hurt us,” 911 caller Kristina Glavis said.

She laughed as she added, “Although, he had nowhere to hide a weapon.”

Emergency responders found Ducati in the backyard and hauled him away on a gurney. He was taken to a hospital to be treated for significant injuries.

Investigators discovered that shortly before the Park Way collisions on the east side of Santa Cruz, Ducati also caused hit-and-run crashes in Live Oak, as well as on the west side of Santa Cruz on Mission Street near Miramar Drive.

Police are unsure exactly where the rampage started, but they know it ended on Park Way, where the Jeep flipped and became disabled.

Ducati remained in the hospital Thursday afternoon.

“Mr. Ducati will likely be hospitalized for an extended period of time. He will be booked for his pending charges of driving under the influence of drugs, and hit-and-run,” police spokeswoman Joyce Blaschke said.

Anyone with information relative to this incident is asked to call the Santa Cruz Police Department’s investigations unit at 831-420-5820.

Comments Off on Methamphetamine-user, 38-year-old Christopher Allan McKenzie, jailed for rape of adolescent girl

A long-term meth-user with what probation called “an abominable history of violence” has now been jailed for nine years for the rape of an adolescent girl.

Christchurch District Court Judge Jane Farish told 38-year-old Christopher Allan McKenzie at his sentencing that his guilty plea had been only the first step for him.

“It is a very long road for you,” she said, noting the pre-sentence report by the Probation Service described him as having an abominable history of violence.

In 2009, McKenzie was jailed for six years for a drive-by shooting in Aranui when gang members from the Ruthless Boot Boys fired at a house where rival Harris gang associates were boarding.

The shooting at a house in Hampshire Street took place in the middle of the day on a public holiday, when people were around.

Shots broke a window and embedded in a ceiling, and put a hole in a tin fence and a weatherboard wall. No-one was injured.

McKenzie and his brother – both jailed – denied they were part of a gang but McKenzie referred to the gang twice in texts he sent amid the threats and rising gang tensions on the day of the shooting.

Judge Farish decided not to impose a non-parole term as part of the rape sentence.

She said she would leave the decision about 38-year-old McKenzie’s eventual release to the Parole Board, after he has completed a Kia Marama sex offenders’ rehabilitation program.

He has already done rehabilitation programs, a Stopping Violence course, and a first aid course while on remand in custody.

Defence counsel Tom Stevens said McKenzie had profound regret about the offending.

He said McKenzie’s lengthy indulgence in methamphetamine might give some indication of how his mind had been affected to behave in this manner.

McKenzie had pleaded guilty to the charge of sexual violation by rape after a sentencing indication hearing. He has now been given a first strike warning under the system that imposes heavier sentences on repeat violent and sexual offenders.

Comments Off on Darcy Ann Moore, 28, of Bismarck, allegedly loses track of a 3-year-old child while high on Methamphetamine

A Bismarck woman is charged with felony child neglect after allegedly losing track of a 3-year-old child while high on methamphetamine.

Darcy Ann Moore, 28, could receive up to five years in prison if convicted of the offense in South Central District Court in Morton County.559ee14b32174_image

At 1 p.m. Wednesday, Moore allegedly called the Mandan Police Department to report a 3-year-old child missing. She then went to the department, where “she was visibly under the influence of a narcotic and admitted to having done meth in the past few hours,” according to the complaint.

“She stated she took a nap at the residence she was visiting … and when she woke up (the child) was gone and she did not know how long he had been missing,” according to the complaint.

The child was found earlier Wednesday morning wandering along the street of a mobile home park at 100 Third St. S.W. and was taken into custody at Morton County Social Services at 11:36 a.m.

Comments Off on Arrest in Miami leads to Methamphetamine-laced candy in Bradenton; Jesus Casteyano, 53, arrested

BRADENTON — A Bradenton man has been charged with distributing methamphetamine disguised as candy, according to federal prosecutors.

According to a complaint, Jesus Casteyano, 53, and others distributed more than 500 grams of a mixture containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine that was contained and packaged as retail candy.104vAd_AuSt

Casteyano faces charges of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine. If convicted he faces a mandatory sentence of 10 years to life in federal prison, according to a news release from the U.S. attorney’s office in Tampa.

Casteyano made his first appearance in court Wednesday, and was ordered held without bond.

The complaint states that authorities began investigating Casteyano after Drug Enforcement Administration agents in Miami arrested a man with 5 kilograms of methamphetamine disguised as candy. The man told agents he had picked up the drugs from a residence in the 100 block of 59th Avenue Drive West in Bradenton.

Casteyano was among the people at the residence when authorities went to investigate on Tuesday. He and his wife were found in a bedroom with a 6-year-old and a 1-year-old. His wife confirmed that the four of them stayed in that bedroom of the home.

When law enforcement asked his wife if there were drugs in the home during a search, the woman said there were bags of candy in a storage tub in their closet. She said Casteyano had told her not to give the candy to her son because it was methamphetamine, according to the complaint.

Law enforcement found 19 pounds of a substance packaged as candy but tested positive for methamphetamine in the tub she indicated.

In interviews with officers, Casteyano confirmed that he was aware the candy was methamphetamine and that it belonged to him. He said there was one more processing step to complete for it to be usable meth.

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the FBI and the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

Comments Off on Tambra Laws, 56, and Gabrielle Poitra, 42, of Bagley, plead guilty to Methamphetamine charges

BAGLEY—Two Bagley women pleaded guilty Wednesday in Clearwater County District Court to felony-level drug charges stemming from a methamphetamine bust in April.

Tambra Laws, 56, pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree possession of methamphetamine and Gabrielle Poitra, 42, pleaded guilty to one count of storing meth paraphernalia in the presence of a child or vulnerable adult. Both women face multiple charges. They are scheduled for sentencing Aug. 5.

Laws and Poitra were arrested April 16 at a Bagley residence along with Darrin Forsberg, 44, who pleaded guilty June 17 to aiding and abetting possession of methamphetamine with intent to manufacture. Another man, Andre Chevalier, 53, of Bagley was also arrested and faces felony drug charges.

During the drug bust, law enforcement located methamphetamine, Muriatic acid (used in cooking methamphetamine) and a one-pot clandestine methamphetamine lab. Laws, Poitra, Forsberg and Chevalier were each charged in April with felony first-degree controlled substance, possession of a substance with intent to manufacture methamphetamine and methamphetamine-related crimes involving children.

Laws has five charges pending disposition and Poitra and Forsberg each have four. Chevalier has yet to enter a plea on three felony drug charges. Chevalier and Forsberg are scheduled to appear in court Wednesday. All four defendants are being held in the Clearwater County Jail.

Comments Off on Meth Labs Decline In Oklahoma, Methamphetamine Addiction Still A Problem

OKLAHOMA CITY – The number of meth labs in Oklahoma has dropped dramatically.

A meth offender registry and an online system that tracks pseudoephedrine are helping fight against meth production. However, while meth labs are down, meth addiction is not.

Thrifty Pharmacy was the first in Oklahoma City to use the pseudoephedrine tracking system. When someone tries to buy pseudoephedrine, they have to get approved through the online system first.

“It’s such a cheap product that you can turn into such a dangerous thing and it’s very scary,” said Dani Lynch with Thrifty Pharmacy.

Pseudoephedrine is used to make meth, so Oklahoma is now one of 31 states that use the National Precursor Log Exchange. It tracks pseudoephedrine purchases in real time and blocks purchases at the cash register if someone tries to buy too many grams of it in one day or too much in one month.

“At first, people that I had known for 20 years and here all of a sudden I am wanting their ID,” Lynch said. “They’re going, ‘What are you talking about,’ but now they are used to it.”

From January 1, 2015, to May 31, 2015, the system blocked the sale of 23,697 boxes of pseudoephedrine in Oklahoma. That kept nearly 60,000 grams from being purchased illegally.

Overall, Oklahoma has seen a drop in meth labs of 79 percent, however, meth use is actually up.

The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics (OBN) said meth users are now buying Mexican meth on the streets rather than trying to make it at home themselves.

Lynch said sometimes the people rejected for pseudoephedrine really need it, like families who have several sick children at home.

“You just hate to regulate people to death, but you have to,” Lynch told News 9.

Aside from the pseudoephedrine tracking system, Oklahoma has also added 19,000 known meth offenders to a meth registry to help cut down on meth labs.

Comments Off on Pinal County Sheriff: Kingman prison transfer, Geraldo Beltran-Torres, 20, came with 31 Methamphetamine bags

An inmate recently transferred to a Pinal County Jail following last weekend’s riots at a private prison near Kingman was found stashing 31 bags of methamphetamine, the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office says.

Sheriff’s officials say the drugs almost certainly came from the Kingman prison and were calling for other facilities absorbing Kingman transfers to be on alert.635720448041253852-Beltran-Booking-Photo

Geraldo Beltran-Torres, 20, is serving a four-year sentence for possession of a dangerous drug. He was one of the more than 1,100 prison inmates recently transported from the prison after the riots rendered the facilities uninhabitable.

The Pinal County Jail absorbed 380 of these inmates. Each prisoner underwent a strip search during the transfer process, and officials employed K-9 units to detect any contraband.

But it was a Pinal County Sheriff’s Detention officer who first flagged Beltran-Torres early Tuesday evening during a routine cell check, sheriff’s officials say. The officer looked into the inmate’s cell window and saw him drop something onto the ground, pick it up and put it under his mattress.

“The detention officer confronted Beltran about what he put under his mattress and Beltran said, ‘Nothing, it’s just trash,'” according to a statement from the Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff’s officials said that as the officer began to look under the mattress, Beltran put something in his mouth, swallowed it and gagged. He had completely swallowed the object before medical attention arrived.

Officers found 31 small plastic bags of methamphetamine under Beltran-Torres’ mattress, all stuffed inside a larger plastic baggie, the Sheriff’s Office says. Officials say the drugs weighed 16.9 grams.

Beltran-Torres was hospitalized and treated for the possible ingestion of drugs. He was later returned to the detention facility.

Pinal County officials say they plan to file new charges against Beltran-Torres: possession of a dangerous drug and promoting of prison contraband.

Issa Arnita, a spokesman for the facility’s operator, Management & Training Corp., said every inmate was searched before the transfer, per policy.

“We are grateful that Pinal County staff confiscated a dangerous and harmful drug from the inmate in their custody,” he said in an e-mailed statement.

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu said other facilities taking in the inmates should be the lookout for contraband. He said the inmate likely had ingested the drugs or had them hidden in his body during intake.

“Drugs are as valuable as diamonds inside prisons and this large amount of methamphetamine clearly came with this prisoner from Kingman,” Babeu said.

GALLIPOLIS, Ohio – A convenience store in Gallipolis and its parking lot was closed after police found a meth lab in a customer’s car.YBoysY2v

Police said they got a call about a domestic disturbance at the Go-Mart in the 1800 block of Eastern Avenue at about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

When police arrived on scene, they said several people were involved in an argument. They said one of those people had an active meth lab in the back seat of his vehicle.

Both the store and the parking lot had to be closed while a cleanup crew neutralized the meth lab.

Police have not released how many people were arrested.

Comments Off on Central Kansas Has A Methamphetamine Problem

GREAT BEND, Kansas – On Wednesday KSN told you about a big meth bust out of Great Bend.

On Tuesdsay the Barton County Sheriff’s Department made a big drug bust, collecting fifty-thousand dollars of methamphetamine, but they say it is just a small part of a bigger drug problem.meth-suspectssss

“Yes I know that there are large quantities of methamphetamines and other drugs out here, I do not think this is the largest bust we could get, I think we’re going to go after bigger ones and I think it’s here, and we’re going to try and track it down and get it,” said Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir.

Inter-agency cooperation has been becoming more common in the past few years which has been leading to the arrest of more drug dealers.

“We know who the players are we know who’s connected with who even if it’s two counties over, we’re getting more information and it’s helping us out a lot,” Bellendir said.

One reason the meth problem is getting worse is because it’s become cheaper and easier to get and is often imported.

“I believe we are seeing more importation of methamphetamine whereas ten or fifteen years ago it was locally produced in labs and it was a little more difficult to make, it’s become cheaper to import it, I believe a lot of it is coming from Mexico, from across the border.” said Bellendir.

Information shared between agencies has lead to more dealer arrests, hoping that they can make the supply of meth more scarce.

“Here in the last several large busts we’ve made we’ve been able to develop information that’s lead us directly to dealers, and we went right after the source.”

With an ongoing investigation into the most recent drug bust, the Barton County Sheriff’s Department says they’re looking to make more arrests in the next few weeks.

Comments Off on Nanette R. Brumfield, 40, of Ashton, Accused Of Giving Methamphetamine To her 15-year old child and two 17-year old children

ASHTON, W.Va. — The Mason County Sheriff’s Department said a woman is facing charges after deputies said she allowed her home to be used as a methamphetamine lab and gave meth to teens.38Vf9i2K

Nanette R. Brumfield, 40, of Ashton was charged with four counts of child neglect creating risk of injury and two counts of exposure of children to methamphetamine manufacturing, according to criminal complaints filed in Mason County Magistrate Court.

Deputies said the suspect would allow people to operate a meth lab inside her home on Regina Lane in Ashton. Deputies said the suspect’s two children, a 15 year old and a 10 year old, lived inside the home during the operation of the meth lab. Deputies said the suspect allowed her 15-year old child and two 17-year old children to ingest meth.

Brumfield is currently being held at the Western Regional Jail, and bond was set at $100,000.

Comments Off on Former Miss Nevada, Katherine Nicole Rees, 30, who was stripped of her crown in 2007, now facing several Methamphetamine charges

meth9n-1-webKatherine Nicole Rees, a former Nevada beauty queen with a tainted history, is facing a string of meth-related charges in Las Vegas, according to authorities.

The 30-year-old has been charged with trafficking methamphetamine, conspiracy and selling a controlled substance.

Rees was stripped of her Miss Nevada USA crown in 2007, after a series of sexually explicit photographs surfaced of her simulating sex acts and baring her breasts.meth9n-2-web

The next year she was charged with resisting arrest during a Las Vegas traffic stop.

In court papers filed earlier this week, prosecutors said Rees had sold meth to someone identified only as “J,” the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

Rees was carrying 5.3 grams of methamphetamine when she was arrested.

Casper police arrested a woman Tuesday after she was found swinging her infant child from its ankles while she was under the influence of methamphetamine.

Tiffany Nancy Mae Piper is charged with child endangerment with meth, possession of meth and possession of a controlled substance.559db5887dcf5_image

Piper, 24, had been living at the Self-Help Center’s Ivy House on Ash Street with her baby, who was born in 2014. Someone at the house called police about 2:30 a.m. to report Piper was “running around erratically” and “holding her baby by its ankles.”

The woman said Piper told her the baby’s head “was smashed in and cut open.” The woman believed Piper was hallucinating.

Piper told officers she was sleeping and had a bad dream and that when she woke, she believed it was real.

When asked by police, Piper denied ingesting any drugs. However, Piper gave police permission to search her room and they found meth and the pain killer Tramadol. Piper admitting to smoking the meth on Monday. She also admitted to smoking spice, or synthetic marijuana.

Piper’s sister took custody of the baby.

Comments Off on Kidnapping reported, Steven Acosta, of Salinas, arrested on Methamphetamine and several other charges

Authorities arrested a Salinas man Tuesday after a person reported receiving frantic text messages that her friend had been kidnapped.

Around 3 p.m. Tuesday, a person contacted police regarding text messages from an alleged victim saying that Steven Acosta was holding her against her will and that she was bleeding, according to the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office.

The person reporting the incident also told authorities Acosta was wanted and using methamphetamine.

Several minutes later, the same person received a panicked phone call from the alleged victim who was in the Jack in the Box on South Main Street in Salinas and had locked herself in a bathroom to make the call.

Acosta was sitting on the front passenger seat of the victim’s vehicle and immediately ran away when deputies arrived, according to the Sheriff’s Office. He ran to a residence on Chestnut Street, forced his way in and hid from deputies.

Acosta was arrested after he was found hiding in a closet at the Chestnut Street residence.

Two methamphetamine pipes were found in Acosta’s clothing, and he was booked into Monterey County Jail on several charges.

Upon further investigation, deputies said they learned Acosta had demanded the victim drive him from his Greenfield residence to her Bay Area home so he could “hide out,” according to the Sheriff’s Office. Acosta was wanted on a warrant for parole violation.

The alleged victim tried to quickly drive away when Acosta got out of the vehicle momentarily, but he reportedly threw a rock at the left front window and shattered it, cutting the alleged victim.

Acosta then demanded a ride to Salinas. He appeared to fall asleep on the way, and the alleged victim retrieved her phone and sent texts to her friend for help.

Comments Off on Sneaky Smuggler, 51-year-old Carlos Fierro of Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico, Stashes Methamphetamine in Tennis Shoes, Caught at the El Paso port of entry

EL PASO, TEXAS — U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers working at the El Paso port of entry seized 2.4 pounds of methamphetamine July 2. The drugs were concealed in the shoes of a pedestrian border crosser.  8261822_G

“Attention to detail demonstrated by CBP officers led to this seizure,” said Beverly Good, CBP El Paso Port Director.

The seizure was made just before 3:00 p.m. when a CBP officer working at the Paso Del Norte port of entry noticed that a pedestrian approaching the inspection area appeared to wearing bulky shoes. The CBP officer notified a coworker who escorted the subject to the secondary inspection area. The man was asked to remove his shoes at which point he told the CBP officer that he was carrying an unknown type of contraband in the sneakers. CBP officers continued their exam and located one bundle in each shoe. The contents of the packages tested positive for methamphetamine.

CBP officers arrested the pedestrian, driver, 51-year-old Carlos Fierro of Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico. He was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement HSI agents to face charges associated with the failed smuggling attempt.