(PEKIN) – Five people were arrested last week after officers served an arrest warrant at a home on West State Road 60, in Pekin.

There police found three active meth labs along with drug paraphernalia. The home is located about 500 feet from the Pekin Little League Park and less than 200 feet from the home of a childcare provider, which enhanced the charges.

The Leader Democrat reports the drug bust involved a Pekin man, 46-year-old Clayton Rogers, his twin 18-year-old sons, Zackery and Cody, a Salem man, 47-year-old Jerry White Jr. and 23-year-old Albert Lee Hardin II, of Pekin. Also arrested were 19-year-old Jennie Kemp, ofPekin, on a warrant for a battery charge. Officers initially were there to serve her warrant along with ones for Clayton Rogers and Cody Rogers. Kemp dates one of the Rogers twins.

Upon discovering the active meth labs, officers cleared the home until the Indiana State Police clandestine lab team could process the labs.

When officers checked the Meth Check website, a pseudoephedrine tracking system, they found that Clayton Rogers, Cody and Zackery Rogers, Hardin and Kemp had all purchased pseudoephedrine within the last few days from various area pharmacies.

A woman police interviewed told officers that Clayton Rogers makes meth in the back bedroom of the residence and Clayton Rogers had been cooking it two nights prior to the arrest warrant being served. She said Clayton Rogers was cooking the drug to sell to allegedly bond Zackery Rogers out of jail on an OWI charge.

Donna Rogers, Clayton Rogers’ wife, said he had also had her buy pseudoephedrine and she said there had been a lot of foot traffic at the residence. She said she “knew he was up to something” but didn’t know exactly what.

When questioned by police, the men all admitted to purchasing pseudoephedrine for Clayton Rogers to use the make meth. Zackery Rogers said Clayton would give him meth to trade for spice, and Cody Rogers said he would deliver meth for Clayton.







Agents of the Major Crimes Task Force had detained three individuals in relation to the alleged operation of a red phosphorus meth lab at a Beverly residence Sunday night.

Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks said the officers executed a search warrant at the home of Donna M. Glendening, 51, of 570 Albright Road, Beverly around 7 p.m.

The names of those being detained were not released as agents were continuing their investigation at press time Sunday night.

Mincks said because the red phosphorus method was used, an Environmental Protection Agency-certified crew would be required to clean up the lab.


“The chemicals are corrosive and will burn skin,” he said. “Masks have to be worn as breathing the fumes can cause lung deterioration.”


According to the National Drug Intelligence Center, the principal chemicals in red phosphorus methamphetamine are ephedrine or pseudoephedrine, iodine, and red phosphorus.

The method produces hydriodic acid from a reaction of iodine in water with red phosphorus which yields methamphetamine.

Mincks said the red phosphorus method was common at one time, but it is rarely used now as meth producers prefer the “shake and bake” method of making the psychoactive substance.

He said the task force agents would likely remain at the scene throughout the night.






FARGO – Local and federal authorities are seeking to apprehend 36-year-old Jeremy Arlen Crist, who is wanted for supervised release violations.


Jeremy Crist

The U.S. Marshals Service’s High Plains Fugitive Task Force is seeking Crist based on a federal felony arrest warrant for release violations stemming from an original charge of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute  methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana and heroin.

Crist was one of 13 people indicted in 2003 in what authorities said was a multi-state drug ring that had distributed more than 70 pounds of methamphetamine in several areas, including Fargo, Duluth, Minn., the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation in north-central North Dakota and Nevada, since 2000.

If you have information regarding Crist, call the U.S. Marshals Service at (701) 297-7325 or your local law enforcement agency.







STEELE CITY — The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate a methamphetamine lab found in Steele City Friday evening.

According to a press release from the sheriff’s office, a caller notified the department of a potential methamphetamine lab in an abandoned vehicle in Steele City at approximately 7:15 p.m. Friday evening.

Deputies located the vehicle and identified several items commonly used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine in plain sight, the press release states.

Meth lab technicians processed the scene Friday night and the vehicle was impounded as evidence.

The investigation is ongoing, the press release states, but the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is preparing affidavits for arrest warrants for the suspects believed responsible for the lab.







  • Scott  Miller was found with methamphetamine when arrested in June
  • Olympic  medalist, 38, said he earned $16,000 running an escort agency
  • Miller is  undergoing rehab and insisted he was not a drug dealer
  • Prosecutors  withdraw a charge of drug supply

A retired Olympic swimmer arrested with  $16,000 in cash and bags of crystal meth in his car told police he earned the  money by running an escort agency not drug dealing, a court heard.

Scott Miller, 38, who won silver and bronze  for Australia during the 1996 Atlanta Games, was pulled  over in a hire car at Mascot in Sydney’s south in June.

Drug shame: Scott Miller, pictured holding up his silver medal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics

Scott Miller, pictured holding up his silver  medal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics


Officers discovered the bundles of cash and three bags of methamphetamine along with scales, a ledger and several  mobile phones and SIM cards, a magistrate was told.

He pleaded guilty to the possession but  denied earning the money from drug dealing, the court was told today.

After hearing the evidence, prosecutors today  withdrew a charge of drug supply.

Miller’s lawyer, Greg Goold, said it would be  disputed whether the ‘indicia of supply’ belonged to him.

‘There’s an argument in relation to the  ownership… of the ledger, the scales,  the calculator… not the actual meth  itself,’ Mr Goold said.

The court also heard Miller was found with  ‘three small bags of methamphetamine’.

The magistrate was today shown a search  warrant video taken after police pulled Miller over.

When asked about the money, Miller told  police it was from an escort agency he ran.







HURON, SD – Huron police have broken up a drug ring where prosecutors say dealers used teens to distribute methamphetamine.

The investigation has been ongoing for two months and a Grand Jury indicted six adults Friday. Several teenagers less than 18-years-old also face charges.

Huron Police Bust Drug Ring Involving Teens


Prosecutors say a husband and wife used their Huron home as a place to keep and deal meth. According to court documents, 35-year-old Nick Zieske and 37-year-old Farah Zieske face multiple felony charges.

Beadle County Deputy State’s Attorney Kimberly Zachrison says the arrests could have an impact on drug traffic in the community.

“It’s very helpful to get a drug dealer of this magnitude inside the city of Huron because they’re dealing not just to one or two people,” Zachrison said. “They’re dealing with several individuals.”

Zachrison says police responded to a domestic violence call at the Zieske’s home in September. When they entered, they found evidence of drugs. A criminal history check shows both facing charges in that month for having and using a controlled substance.

As that investigation continued, Zachrison says police received information from inside the alleged drug ring.

“Calling officers to report that they didn’t want to be involved anymore and that this was what was going on,” Zachrison said.

That led to the latest investigation, authorities say, which produced more charges against the Zieskes. Nick Zieske faces counts of distributing drugs to minors according to a Huron Police Department release.

Other arrests also followed.

“Based on the investigation of who they distributed to, came out the light of all these other charges on the other individuals,” Zachrison said.

Those charges vary and the adults facing them are expected in court December 3.

A 19-year-old man is accused of statutory rape and giving the alleged victim marijuana and meth. Police say seven teenagers ranging from 14 to 17 years old face charges as a result of the investigation as well.

According to a Huron Police Department Release, the Grand Jury indicted the following people Friday:

  • Farah Zieske, 37, for Possession of a Controlled Substance, Unauthorized Ingestion of a Controlled Drug or Substance, and Keeping a place for the Sale or Use of a Controlled Substance.
  • Nicholas Zieske, 35, for Possession of a Controlled Substance, Unauthorized Ingestion of a Controlled Drug or Substance, 3 Counts of Distribution of a Controlled Substance to a Minor, and Keeping a Place for the Use or Sale of a Controlled Substance.
  • Tawnya Fortin, 38, for Possession of 2oz or less of Marijuana and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor.
  • Ramiro Gonzalez, Jr., 19, for Rape in the Fourth Degree, Distribution of a Controlled Substance to a Minor and Distribution of Marijuana to a Minor-1oz or less.
  • Phyllis Arganbright, 51, for Misprison of a Felony and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor.
  • Julio Gonzalez, 31, for Possession of 2oz or Less of Marijuana, Loitering in a Community Safe Zone and False Information on a Sex Offender Registration.






A Jonesville man who is charged with dealing methamphetamine was selling drugs to settle a debt with a Mexican drug cartel active in the Midwest, police said.

Police used an undercover informant on at least two occasions this month to buy meth from Gilberto Garcia, 38, of 209 Taylor St., according to formal charges filed by Bartholomew County Prosecutor Bill Nash. The police affidavit said Garcia told investigators he owed money to the Sinaloa drug cartel, one of the world’s largest illegal drug operations.

Garcia has been charged with two Class A felony counts of dealing in methamphetamine and a Class D felony of receiving stolen property. He is behind bars in Bartholomew County Jail on a $750,000 surety bond.







Nacogdoches County, Texas (KETK) — The Nacogdoches County Sheriff Office has arrested a local man after he threw a large amount of methamphetamine from his vehicle, early Friday morning.

Sheriff Jason Bridges said deputies stopped a pickup truck for a defective tail light around 2:30 a.m. The driver of the truck threw a plastic bag containing methamphetamine from the vehicle before coming to a stop on Farm to Market Road 2864.

ETX man arrested after tossing 15 grams of meth from car during traffic stop

Marcus Burdette, 54, was initially arrested for driving with an invalid license before deputies searched the area and found the drugs he had tossed. Officials tell KETK the bag contained around 15 grams of meth.

Burdette was arrested at the scene and taken to the Nacogdoches County Jail on charges of possession of a controlled substance and driving with and invalid license.






A brother and sister could spend life in prison after Ashland Police find them with more than 425 grams of methamphetamine.

The Saunders County Attorney charged William Heikes with possession of methamphetamine –140 grams or more, which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison, and possession of meth with intent to deliver, which has a maximum sentence of 50 years in prison.


Terri Strack is expected to be in court, facing the same changes, November 19th. Heikes preliminary hearing is set for December 12th.

According to police records, family members first notified police of the drugs. Documents say Strack and Heikes were staying a 2125 Dawes Street in Ashland after their father, the owner of the home, died. They were caring for a dog and making sure no one broke into the house.

A family member stopped by the house on September 23rd and discovered drug paraphernalia. Police found a small amount of a substance which tested positive for meth.

Police were called to the home three times that day. On the third visit, reports say the officer found a large zip-lock bag containing a crystal like substance. It turned out to be 425 grams of meth.

Reports say family told police Strack and Heikes would run drugs from California to Nebraska, and that it was “kind of a well know fact” in the family.

According to reports, Strack arrived at the house and confronted family about the drugs. When they told her the meth had been turned over to police, Strack fled in a car with Heikes.

Heikes returned to the home on September 24th where police arrested him.

Strack was arrested on October 15th.







Chiang Rai, Thailand — Two men were arrested and police seized 31 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine (“ice”) and 496,000 methamphetamine pills (“yaba”) in Chiang Rai province of Thailand.

The illegal drugs have an estimated street value of 150 million baht (US$4.7 million).



Thai police seized US$4.7 million in crystal meth and meth pills (yaba) and arrested 2 men in Chiang Rai province


Police became suspicious about two pickup trucks travelling on the Thoeng-Chiang Rai road in Thoeng district, and signalled for the drivers to stop for a search. They found the drugs hidden in the trucks, according to reports.

The two drivers, Charoon Kamnoi and Prasong Saen-arthit have been arrested on drug trafficking charges.






CALCASIEU PARISH, LA (KPLC) – A Sulphur man was booked Friday on charges of distribution of methamphetamine.

According to a news release from Louisiana State Police, Troop D, 32-year-old Christopher Guillotte was arrested following an investigation into his alleged drug activity.

Christopher Guillotte (Source: Louisiana State Police)

Christopher Guillotte


Troopers say Guillotte attempted to “elude arrest” by hiding at a home other than his own in Sulphur.

“Troopers developed intelligence as to where Guillotte was hiding and obtained a search warrant for the residence,” the release states. “Based on threatening comments Guillotte made toward police, as well as his statement that he was not going back to jail, the Louisiana State Police SWAT Team participated in the service of the warrant. Guillotte was arrested without incident.”

Guillotte was booked on three counts of distribution of a schedule II controlled dangerous substance (methamphetamine) and was booked into the Calcasieu Parish Correctional Center.







LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico mother has been sentenced to 23 years in prison for causing the death of her 5-year-old daughter.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (http://bit.ly/1aYS61B) Jessica Barron admitted in court Friday that she savagely beat the girl on Father’s Day 2010. The child’s injuries were fatal.

The 30-year-old mother said she was sorry for what happened and she was ready for her punishment.

Barron’s attorney claims his client was on methamphetamine and suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder at the time of the beating.

Barron had been set to stand trial Dec. 2. Her sentence resulted from a plea agreement with prosecutors.

As part of the agreement, prosecutors dropped two other child abuse charges against Barron. They stemmed from allegations that she burned her older, disabled son with a cigarette.



5-year-old dies, mother charged in death

06/25/2010 12:00:00 AM MDT

LAS CRUCES — A 5-year-old Anthony, N.M., girl taken to El Paso’s Providence Memorial Hospital on Sunday has died, and her mother has been charged with child abuse.

Jessica Barron

Jessica Barron, 27, of Anthony, N.M., was charged with intentional child abuse resulting in death. Doña Ana County sheriff’s officials wouldn’t comment on the circumstances surrounding the girl’s death.

The Office of the Medical Investigator in Albuquerque will perform an autopsy at a time yet to be determined.


Update: Details of 5-year-old girl’s injuries before her death

Posted:   06/25/2010 09:21:29 AM MDT

LAS CRUCES – A 5-year-old Anthony girl has succumbed to injuries police say she received at the hands of her mother.

Angel – whose last name is unknown – was bruised back and front and head to toe, had suffered bleeding inside her brain and had at least one broken rib when she was brought, unconscious, to Providence Hospital in El Paso on Sunday, according to District Attorney Susana Martinez.

The little girl’s wounds also included more than a dozen puncture wounds, what appeared to be a human bite mark on her ankle and scratch marks on her chest, Martinez said. For several days, Angel remained in a coma, in critical condition as doctors tried – unsuccessfully – to relieve the pressure caused by the bleeding in her brain. On Thursday, Angel was removed from life support when her brain activity ceased, Martinez said.

Jessica Barron, 27, remains incarcerated at the Do-a Ana County Detention Center with a bond – increased late Thursday evening by Magistrate Judge Joseph Guillory – set at $100,000 cash.

Barron will be charged today with intentional child abuse resulting in death, conviction on which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison. She had also previously been charged with tampering with evidence in the case.

The alleged abuse bears a visceral similarity with that in the case of Baby Brianna Lopez, who died July 19, 2002, covered in bruises and 15 human bite marks, after having been raped, her skull fractured in two places, her ribs, legs and an arm broken.

But Martinez cautioned against a comparison.

“Brianna was worse because she was five and a half months, had multiple broken bones and, the evidence was clear, she was abused her entire life,” she said, adding after a long pause, “You really can’t compare one with another. They’re both dead – and unnecessarily so. Two young lives were ended, unnecessarily and brutally.”

Authorities were called to the hospital soon after Angel arrived Sunday and subsequently arrested Angel’s mother, who had remained at home on Par Two Lane in Anthony, N.M. An ambulance hadn’t been called until the father of Barron’s youngest daughter, had taken Angel to the home of his grown daughter, who immediately called 911, Martinez said.

Barron’s two other children, Angel’s older brother and her younger half-sister, were immediately taken into state custody Sunday.

It is unclear whether others will be criminally charged in Angel’s death. Investigators expect to discover the full extent of Angel’s injuries when her body is transported to Albuquerque for autopsy today.

“We know that the healing of the bruises were at different stages,” Martinez said. “She had a broken (shinbone) within the last year. It was a spiral fracture. It certainly raises a red flag.”

Sheriff’s investigators plan to hold a news conference on the case today.

The investigation into Angel’s alleged abuse and death is ongoing. Anyone with information that could assist the investigation is asked to call DASO Investigator Mark Sanchez at (575) 525-1911.


11/15/2013 06:47:23 PM MST

Anthony woman admits to fatally beating 5-year-old, receives prison sentence

LAS CRUCES >> An Anthony, N.M., woman admitted in court Friday that she savagely beat her young daughter on Father’s Day 2010, causing such severe injuries that the 5-year-old died.

“I’m sorry for what happened,” 30-year-old Jessica Barron said as she wept. “I’m ready to accept my punishment.”

That came moments later, when Barron received 23 years in prison from Third Judicial District Judge Fernando Macias.

Jessica Barron

Barron, a native El Pasoan who also uses the last name Palacios, had been set for trial Dec. 2.

Through her attorney, she initiated plea negotiations, prosecutor Heather Chavez said afterward — that process typically starts with the district attorney’s office.

Barron’s main charge, intentional child abuse resulting in death, is a first-degree felony carrying a mandatory 18-year sentence. When it involves a victim under age 12, Chavez said, the mandatory sentence is enhanced to life in prison. In New Mexico that means 30 years without a chance at parole.

In exchange for the guilty plea, prosecutors agreed to disregard the age of the victim, Angel Lorraine Jimenez. Prosecutors also dropped two third-degree felony child abuse charges against Barron, stemming from allegations that she burned her older, disabled son with a cigarette.

As a result, Macias sentenced Barron to the maximum sentence available. Most of that is 18 years for intentional child abuse resulting in death. Additionally, there are three years for evidence tampering  — officials say Barron had somebody clean up blood — and two years because she’s a habitual offender. Barron admitted Friday that she had a felony marijuana possession conviction in 2001 in El Paso.

Chavez said officials made the decision to accept the plea deal, after lengthy negotiations, because of issues in proving Barron was capable of forming “specific intent.” During Friday’s proceeding, Barron’s attorney Gary Mitchell said Barron was on methamphetamine and suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder at the time of the beating. She also has some diminished capacity, he said.

Barron developed PTSD, Mitchell said, because she grew up with a mother who associated with drug traffickers. As a teenager, her mother “gave” Barron to an older man to pay a debt, Mitchell said. During that time, she raised her older brothers.

Chavez said the lack of witnesses, which officials say can be common in child abuse cases, was another factor.

Along with Barron and her daughter, the only other people in the mobile home that June 2010 day were her other children: a 2-year-old and the disabled 9-year-old, who is blind and deaf.

The toddler reportedly had told Doña Ana County Sheriff’s investigators that Barron beat her sister with a stick till Angel “fell asleep.”

The girl and her half-brother have since been adopted, Chavez said. Now 6, the girl has been through significant therapy, Chavez said, and has shown marked improvement. Chavez said, after talks with therapists and adoptive parents, they didn’t consider it appropriate to have the girl testify, even by taped deposition, due to that progress.

“It was not an easy decision,” Chavez  said.

Mark Sanchez, an investigator with the DA’s office, was with DASO at the time of beating death. He investigated the case and said there was evidence Angel was victim of repeated abuse but unfortunately “fell through the cracks.”

There had been previous complaints, he said, but none were substantiated.

Authorities said Angel’s body was spotted with bruises and puncture wounds, apparently from a nail protruding from a wall inside the family’s trailer. She also had a bite mark and a massive head injury, apparently suffered June 20, 2010.

Angel died four days later, when family removed her from life support at an El Paso hospital.


FORT WAYNE, Ind (21Alive) — Three people have been arrested and charged for the manufacturing and possession of methamphetamine.

On Wednesday, Nov. 14, the Fort Wayne Police Department was alerted by the Steuben County Sheriff’s department that they believed a subject with a warrant for methamphetamine possession, Matthew Wayne Friedel, was at 636 Ridgewood Drive.

Officers were asked to stop and make an onsite arrest if the warrant subject, Matthew Friedel, was found.  When officers arrived at the address Friedel came to the door and retreated back into the house upon seeing the officers.  One of the officers reported seeing liquid running out from under the overhead garage door and a strong chemical odor.

Officers then forced entry into the residence in order to arrest the warrant subject.  Upon entry they found two others inside, Veronica Grear of Fort Wayne and Jacob Colon of Freemont.  All three subjects were removed from the premises where they were allegedly trying to dump chemicals used in the making of methamphetamine.

The FWPD Meth Suppression Team was called in to investigate the scene.  The team reported finding an active Meth lab in the trunk of a vehicle owned by Matthew Friedel’s mother.  Also found were Meth precursors, Methamphetamine, and paraphernalia.  This is the 60th lab investigated this year by the Meth Suppression Team.

All three suspects inside were arrested and charged with the Manufacturing and Possession of Methamphetamine, both of which are felony charges.

FWPD reports that the investigation is currently ongoing.







Four Luling residents were arrested for running a meth operation out of their home, according to the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Capt. Pat Yoes, spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office, would not go into specifics, but said detectives received information that caused them to get a warrant to search the home at 208 Santa Cruz Court in the Coronado Park Subdivision in Luling. When inside, deputies say they found bottles containing a bluish-green liquid that tested positive for methamphetamine.


Synthetic marijuana and drug paraphernalia were also discovered in the residence, according to the arrest report.

Robert Wingrove, 39, Destinee Wingrove, 20, Renee Adams, 27, and Mark Aysen, 32, were all charged with five counts of the manufacture of methamphetamine. Each was also charged with possession of synthetic marijuana, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Robert and Destinee Wingrove are being held at the Nelson Coleman Correctional Center under a $200,000 bond.

Adams and Aysen were released from jail after posting bond.


OWLS HEAD, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — Police raided a house in Owls Head Friday morning that turned out to also be home to a drug lab.
Agents from the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency say the people living at that house had been cooking up the drug called methamphetamine, or “meth.”
State drug agents were joined by chemists from the state’s environmental health lab and cleanup experts from the Department of Environmental Protection. Commander Scott Pelletier of the MDEA says they first found evidence around the outside of the house, including chemical residue from drug manufacturing. That led them inside the house, where chemical samples were collected and taken back to the state laboratory. They say today’s raid followed a month long investigation into methamphetamine use in the area. It also followed the discovery of another meth lab earlier this year a few miles away in St. George.


Police say there were four people in the house when they arrived. All four were taken away and interviewed. A few hours later, all four were arrested. They are identified as Heather Gregory, Travis Batty, Anthony Torre and Damien Welch — all said by police to be from Owls Head. Welch was charged with aggravated trafficking in meth-amphetamines, a Class A felony.
The others were charged with the Class B felony of trafficking in the drug. More charges may be added. All four are being held at the Knox County Jail.

The Maine DEA says meth-amphetamine use is small in the state, compared with the major drugs — Oxycodone and Heroin. But agents say they have been seeing meth more often. The raid on Friday is the fourteenth meth lab bust in the state this year.
Agents also warn that the chemical byproducts of meth labs are extremely toxic to people and animals, and can also be highly flammable.







HARRIMAN (WATE) – The director of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says the Volunteer State is on track to be number one in the nation for meth labs.

Tennessee ranks number two with more than 1,500 meth lab incidents last year.

Making his budget presentation to Governor Bill Haslam this week, TBI director Mark Gwyn said limiting the availability of pseudoephedrine, an ingredient used to make meth, is the only way reduce meth production.

The state has created some restrictions over the years, but Gwyn says only two other states have put a dent in the meth problem. He says they did it by making pseudoephedrine prescription only.

Right now, pseudoephedrine sits behind the counter. Customers must show their IDs, and they can only purchase a limited amount. Even those restrictions aren’t making a dent in the meth problem in Tennessee.

“As we crack down in one area, it seems they find their way around it, and we have to adjust. So, it’s an ongoing problem,” explained State Sen. Randy McNally.

Sen. McNally supports a renewed effort to make a state law requiring a prescription for the drug commonly used in meth production.

A similar bill was introduced last year but was but on hold.

Now some cities are taking the effort into their own hands. The city of Harriman recently based an ordinance requiring a prescription at pharmacies citywide.

“Our area here in Roane County, we’ve had some issues with meth manufacturing, and I was looking for anything that would make a difference,” explained Harriman Police Chief Randy Hiedle.

Chief Hiedle believes the new ordinance will cut back on some of the meth production in their area.

“The problem with people making meth, by the time law enforcement is notified, the damage is already done; they’ve already made it. There’s only one ingredient to make meth. To keep you from making meth, if you take it away, you can’t make meth. And that’s pseudoephedrine,” he said.

According to Tom Farmer, the director of the Tennessee Meth Task Force, nearly two dozen other cities have passed similar ordinances, and they’ve seen, on average, a 69 percent decrease in meth production.

People had mixed reactions to the restrictions.

“I think making it available by prescription makes it much harder for the folks who misuse it to get it, but for the folks who need it, it might be an inconvenience. But at the same time it’s for the best,” explained Roane County resident Sue Lynn Johnson.

“It would make it real inconvenient for those of us that use it the normal way, but I can understand why they’re doing it for all the people who are abusing it,” said Constance Blackburn of Kingston.

Chief Hiedle says the ordinance has only been in place two weeks, but he hopes to see a difference in the near future.

“As parents, as law enforcement, it’s our obligation to do anything we can to make a difference in this meth issue,” said the chief. “Because this is a major monster in our country, and it’s not going to go away unless we keep on fighting at it.”







MARQUETTEThe Marquette Police Department was contacted about a possible methamphetamine dump site on Thursday afternoon.

According to police, the dump site was discovered by a person on trail #8, just west of M553. The person that discovered the dump site contacted police immediately, and officers responding to the scene discovered a white bag filled with meth lab components.



Police say that 11 meth incidents, including labs and dump sites, have been cleaned up within the city in 2013. If you notice plastic tubing, stripped batteries, fertilizer, Coleman fuel cans, and soda bottles with strange liquids inside you should contact local law enforcement.

Police also urge people not to touch any potential meth lab dump sites, as the contents are dangerous.






(WMC-TV) – Police found an active meth lab in a home with a child inside at the Green Acres Mobile Home Park Friday.

The park is near Summer Avenue and Whitten Road, where many families live with young children.

The park is near Summer Avenue and Whitten Road, where many families live with young children.
The park is near Summer Avenue and Whitten Road, where many families live with young children

As police discovered an active meth in one of the mobile homes children stood around and watched. Two of them were concerned for their 11-year-old friend.

"They were crystal meth," said Ian. "Now this has happened. It's just bad for him."
“They were crystal meth,” said Ian. “Now this has happened. It’s just bad for him.”

One of the friends said his uncle lives in the mobile home with his 11-year-old son. The teenager, whose mother gave him permission to talk with Action News 5, says he has been in the home when drugs were being done.

“They were crystal meth,” said Ian. “Now this has happened. It’s just bad for him.”

Police have one suspect in custody, but that person has not been charged.


Two people were arrested on a search warrant which netted eight meth labs Friday afternoon.

Meth lab materials

Meth lab materials – Materials found at a methamphetamine lab on West Wilson Road in Athens. Two people were arrested and a 4-year-old was taken from the home because of the labs

Jeffrey Turner, 45, and Lisa Turner, 41, both of 4376 W. Wilson Road in Athens, were arrested and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine.

A 4-year-old child was also found inside the residence, and is now under the care of Athens County Children Services.

“They are still processing everything they’ve got,” Sheriff Patrick Kelly, adding that a street value of the meth was not yet available.

The Turners were arrested after the Narcotics Enforcement Team executed a search warrant on the home. Eight “one pot” meth labs were found, according to the sheriff’s office.

Detectives dismantled and neutralized the labs and Waterloo Volunteer Fire Department and Athens County Emergency Medical Services assisted at the scene.

Both suspects were transported to the Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail, but bond was unspecified as of Friday afternoon.


MADISONVILLE, Ky. (11/15/13) – An Earlington woman has been arrested on several drug related charges after Madisonville Police were summoned to Walmart regarding an alleged shoplifter.

According to the Madisonville Police Department, Officers Clay Stroud and William Strader were dispatched to Walmart and were advised the suspect was using a knife to open packages of make-up, personal care items, and concealing them in her purse without making an attempt to pay for them.


MPD confronted Kristine Nichole Snyder, 24, and recovered two bags of stolen merchandise, according to the report. During the search in her purse, Stroud located a yellow and blue “coin purse” that contained two bags of suspected methamphetamine, a larger corner bag of a suspected methamphetamine cutting agent along with a suspected burnt marijuana roach.

After being advised of her rights, Stroud asked her if the contraband belonged to her. Snyder informed the officers that someone had given it to her before she entered the store, the report said.

Stroud also located a prescription pill bottle that did not have Snyder’s name on it. Inside the bottle were several suspected Clonazepam and hydrocodone pill mixes.

After a field test of suspected meth, the test came back positive.

Snyder is currently lodged in the Hopkins County Jail on a $2,938 cash bail bond for theft by unlawful taking disposition/ shoplifting under $500, first degree possession of controlled substance, first offense (meth), second degree possession of controlled substance, (drug unspecified), third degree possession of controlled substance (drug unspecified), possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia buy/possess and an out of county warrant from Muhlenberg County.






LENOIR N.C. – A seven-month investigation ended with the arrest of a Hudson man in a CVS pharmacy parking lot on felony methamphetamine charges.

Timothy Stephen Wilcox

Timothy Stephen Wilcox, 36, of 3304 Ester Lane, was charged with one count of felony possession of methamphetamine precursor chemicals and one count of felony manufacturing methamphetamine.

Officers staged Thursday at the pharmacy in Hudson. They watched Wilcox as he selected ingredients used to make methamphetamine in the store, according to a news release from the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office. When Wilcox walked outside, they arrested him.

After his arrest, officers obtained a search warrant for Wilcox’s home and property. There they found a one-pot meth lab hidden in a five-gallon bucket in the back yard, the release said.

Wilcox was held in the Caldwell County Detention Center with a $100,000 secured bond. He is scheduled to appear Monday in District Court.

“The penalties when convicted for having a methamphetamine laboratory or possessing precursor chemicals are justifiably harsh. If you’re in the business of cooking meth or supplying a meth cook with chemicals, you may want to rethink your situation,” said Caldwell County Sheriff Alan C. Jones in the release.

The sheriff’s office reports Wilcox’s lab is the seventh methamphetamine lab found in Caldwell County this year.







The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) conducted a traffic stop Thursday on IH-40, yielding over five pounds of methamphetamine valued at over $180,000.

At approximately 1:19 p.m., a DPS trooper conducted a traffic stop on a 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe traveling eastbound on IH-40, for a traffic violation, near Conway in Carson County.

The driver of the Tahoe was identified as Lorenzo Gutierrez Lopez, 60, of Mission Hills, Calif. During the traffic stop, the trooper discovered four bundles of methamphetamine in the spare tire.

Lopez was placed under arrest for possession of a controlled substance, a first-degree felony, and booked into the Carson County Jail. The illegal drugs were allegedly being transported from an unknown location in California to Atlanta, Ga.







NOGALES, Ariz. (AP) — Federal authorities say a Tucson woman is in custody for allegedly trying to smuggle nearly 21 pounds of heroin and methamphetamine into southern Arizona.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers say 24-year-old Cynthia Teresa Flores was arrested Thursday at the Port of Nogales.



CBP officers referred Flores’ vehicle for an additional inspection after a narcotics detection canine alerted them to the presence of drugs behind the dashboard.

Officers say they found three packages of heroin weighing nearly four pounds and 12 packages of meth weighing about 17 pounds.

Authorities say the methamphetamine had a street value of more than $262,000 while the heroin was worth more than $52,000.

The drugs and vehicle were processed for seizure and Flores was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.





NOGALES, AZ – Federal authorities say a Tucson woman is in custody for  allegedly trying to smuggle nearly 21 pounds of heroin and methamphetamine into  southern Arizona.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers say 24-year-old Cynthia Teresa  Flores was arrested Thursday at the Port of Nogales.

CBP officers referred Flores’ vehicle for an additional inspection after a  narcotics detection canine alerted them to the presence of drugs behind the  dashboard.

Officers say they found three packages of heroin weighing nearly four pounds  and 12 packages of meth weighing about 17 pounds.

Authorities say the methamphetamine had a street value of more than $262,000  while the heroin was worth more than $52,000.

The drugs and vehicle were processed for seizure and Flores was turned over  to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security  Investigations.





A 30-year-old man discovered with methamphetamine hidden in his rectum while being booked into the county jail on suspicion of flashing a fake gun to swipe candy from a South San Francisco 7-Eleven will stand trial for second-degree robbery and drug possession.

 Michael Aragon    

Michael Daniel Aragon, of Daly City, was held to answer on all charges after a preliminary hearing with five prosecution witnesses but none for the defense. He returns to court Dec. 3 to enter a Superior Court plea and possibly set a trial date.

Authorities say Aragon entered the convenience store on El Camino Real the morning of Feb. 2, 2012, and bought some taquitos before leaving. A few minutes later, he reportedly came back and hid two pieces of candy in his pants before trying to leave without paying. When the clerk confronted Aragon, police say he pulled up his shirt to show a weapon that turned out to be a BB handgun and said he had no money.

A second clerk called police but, before they arrived, Aragon purchased some more taquitos before leaving in his car. He was arrested nearby and, during his booking into jail, authorities reported finding a bag of methamphetamine concealed in his rectum.

Earlier this year, Aragon’s defense attorney questioned his ability to stand trial but two court-appointed doctors deemed him competent.

He remains in custody on $500,000 bail.






A months-long investigation led to the arrest Thursday night of a 32 year-old woman after she was found in a Dickinson hotel with more than $41,000 worth of methamphetamine.

Danielle Graham


Danielle Graham is charged with manufacturing/delivery of a controlled substance, according to the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office.

She is being held in the Galveston County jail in lieu of a $250,000 bail.

Deputies said they executed a search warrant about 10:45 p.m. at the hotel room at 3710 Gulf Freeway. They found Graham inside the room. They also found about half of a pound of methamphetamine in a night stand. The drug was valued at $41,920, deputies said.

Graham’s boyfriend was outside the room but he was not charged.

The arrest came after a six-month investigation about who was supplying methamphetamine in the Bayshore area.