Comments Off on Dana Rena Bledsoe, 49, of Palestine, arrested for hiding Methamphetamine from Anderson County Sheriff’s deputy

A Palestine woman was arrested for trying to hide methamphetamine from a deputy during a traffic stop Monday evening.

Dana Rena Bledsoe, 49, Palestine was stopped by Dep. Michael Skinner at 11 p.m. Monday at FM 320 and ACR 420. 55401353bcc40_imageBledsoe was the only occupant of a dark blue Ford Escape.

While the officer had the car stopped, Bledsoe attempted to hide the methamphetamine in a clear plastic bag between the driver’s seat and console area, Anderson County Sheriff Greg Taylor said. Skinner recovered 1 gram of meth in the plastic bag.

Bledsoe went before a judge Tuesday morning and was charged with tampering with evidence and possession of methamphetamine. She has a $3,500 bond for tampering with evidence and $10,000 for possession of a controlled substance. She is still in jail and has not been able to pay the bond, Taylor said.

Comments Off on David Andrew Billingsley, 27, of Oneida, attempted to trade Methamphetamine for sex

An Oneida man accused of attempting to trade methamphetamine for sex was arrested last week on charges of possession of a Schedule IV drug for resale, possession of a Schedule II drug and solicitation of prostitution.

David Andrew Billingsley, 27, of Oneida, was arrested Tuesday, April 21. According to a warrant filedby Oneida Police Department investigator Bill Miller, Billingsley sent a text message to a cell phone wanting to trade meth for sex.

Comments Off on Methamphetamine in Montana: Health Impacts Are More Than Skin Deep

KALISPELL – The toxins in meth make it deadly, but it’s the addictive properties that can cause some addicts to ignore the risks.

Risks that can include damage to internal organs, increased risk for heart attack, seizure and damage to just about every part of the brain.7599733_G

Neurologist Dr. Bret Lindsey says what looks like holes in the 3D brain scan on the right are essentially dead spots due to repeated meth use.

“When people do methamphetamine an extraordinary amount of dopamine is liberated by the neurons or brain cells and that gives people a feeling of euphoria, the high that people describe and so that’s really what gets people in trouble,” Dr. Lindsey with Glacier Neuroscience and Spine said.

Dopamine is the chemical that allows us to feel joy and in normal doses it’s great.

But meth causes such a high concentration to be released that the brain’s ability to create more and process it is severely damaged.

Dr. Lindsey described it like this, you eat a cupcake and it makes you feel great and the next time you have five but it’s not the same.

All of a sudden you’re eating 10…15…20 cupcakes a day but never able to duplicate that first experience.

Each time an addict ups the dose they are causing further damage to their body.

Comments Off on Methamphetamine in Montana: A Force to be Reckoned With

Methamphetamine, a highly addictive and destructive drug, is no stranger to Big Sky Country and its reach has been increasing over the last 10 years.

Local law enforcement agencies saying they have seen an increase in the amount coming into the community, but have been able to combat it with the Russell Country Drug Task Force Agency, a collaborative effort between local, state, and federal agencies based out of Great Falls.

The Task Force was behind “Operation Highline Crystal Highway,” one of the largest drug busts in Montana’s memory.

John Schaffer, Captain of the Great Falls Police Department’s Investigative Services Bureau, says in this particular case, Federal agents from the Drug Enforcement Agency were involved alongside state investigators from the Montana Department of Justice’s Division of Criminal Investigation, as well as the GFPD, Cascade County Sheriff’s Office and state probation and parole officers.

“We were able to remove a large amount of drugs from our community that now isn’t poisoning a certain population of our folks that live here,” Schaffer said.

The investigation spanned months and reached across the Western part of the United States, from Los Angeles, California to right here in north-central Montana. The investigation saw more than 20 pounds of meth move into the Treasure State and led to the arrest and indictment of 20 people.

Cascade County Attorney John Parker says that the poison’s grasp can stretch far beyond the user and that there is a major correlation between the drug and other crimes.

“What a lot of people don’t think about are the links to armed robberies, break-ins, and burglaries where people are stealing, taking money and assets by force to fuel their habit.” Parker said.

Parker also said he has seen meth as a factor in a number of severe domestic violence beatings and murders over the last decade.

Comments Off on Kansas Highway Patrol police find 60-80 pounds of crystal Methamphetamine worth millions of dollars in routine traffic stop

An estimated $2 million to $3 million in crystal meth was discovered following a routine traffic stop in Kansas City, Kansas, Tuesday morning.

According to KCKPD, Kansas Highway Patrol troopers pulled over a ‘City Rent-A-Truck’ on the corner of 10th Street and Kansas Avenue around 9 a.m. They said the driver looked visibly nervous, so they proceeded to investigate.

After the driver gave permission for a search, he drove the truck to KCKPD headquarters where KCK’s Narcotics Unit searched the truck, uncovering 60-80 pounds worth of crystal meth. The drugs were hidden inside a steel lathe, which was enclosed in a large wooden box.

There was also a shipping label attached to the box which reads the container came from Compton, California, and was intended to be delivered to 6200 St. John St. in Kansas City, MO., where the ‘Super Flea’ building is located.

41 Action News called Super Flea. An employee said they were unaware of the drug bust and that there are 15 different businesses at their location.

The identity of the truck driver has not yet been released. Police also told 41 Action News that the drugs likely originate from Mexico.

Kansas City traffic stop leads to 90 pounds of meth

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) – Kansas Highway Patrol has discovered more than 90 pounds of methamphetamine during a routine traffic stop.

The Kansas City Star ( ) reports the discovery was made Tuesday after a trooper pulled over a vehicle. According to a spokesman for the Kansas City, Kansas, Police Department, the methamphetamine is believed to have a street value of $2 million to $3 million, and to have originated in Mexico. Its destination was not known.

The spokesman said officers, including the narcotics unit that was called for assistance, found 15 packages of methamphetamine inside a large wooden crate.

The driver of the vehicle was taken into custody and is being questioned.

Comments Off on 12 women and men arrested in ongoing Jeff Davis County drug investigation; six for Methamphetamine

JEFF DAVIS CO., GA (WTOC) – As a result of ongoing drug Investigations, several suspects have been arrested in Jeff Davis County on numerous drug charges, according to Sheriff Preston Bohannon.

The following arrests were made due to the investigation:7594311_G

  • Zachary Bowen of Jeff Davis was charged with sale of methamphetamine.
  • Melanie Calhoun of Jeff Davis was charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, and possession of a controlled substance.
  • Gary Brinkley of Jeff Davis was charged with possession of methamphetamine.
  • Carlton James Wilson of Jeff Davis was charged with sale of methamphetamine.
  • Marshal Shane Latimer of Jeff Davis was charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, poss. of a controlled substance and poss. of marijuana.
  • Lucious Jackson of Jeff Davis was charged with sale of cocaine.
  • Anthony Baker of Jeff Davis was charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine.7594330_G
  • Danyel Clark of Jeff Davis was charged with Possession with intent to distribute cocaine.
  • Keith Wilcox of Jeff Davis was charged with possession of cocaine.
  • Mathew Carter of Jeff Davis was charged with possession of methamphetamine.
  • Tanya Newham Ellis of Jeff Davis was charged with possession with intent to dist. oxycodone and possession of marijuana.
  • DeQwavious Hawkins of Coffee County was charged with possession of cocaine.

If you have any information on any type of illegal activity, feel free to contact the Jeff Davis County Sheriff’s office at 912.375.6600 and you can remain anonymous.

Comments Off on U.S. Border Patrol discovers TWO secret tunnels – one 230ft long with a working railway car – transporting millions of dollars worth of Methamphetamine and drugs into the U.S. from Mexico
  • First tunnel burrowed from Calexico into Mexicali from inside a residence
  • Four men were found nearby with 25 vacuum sealed bags of meth
  • The haul was worth $694,000, but three of the men got away
  • Second was found on the Tijuana-San Diego border and was being built
  • It had a complex railway system with a cart

Two underground tunnels dug beneath the California-Mexico border have been discovered in a two-day period. The first was found Monday near Calexico across from Mexicali. The second was an incomplete passageway discovered early Tuesday in the Tijuana River Valley across from Tijuana’s Avenida Internacional.lead_art_r620x349

The Mexicali-Calexico tunnel measured 230 feet in length, was about four feet high and four feet wide, and had lighting and ventilation, according to a statement Tuesday from the U.S. Border Patrol.

The passageway led from a residence in Mexicali and was discovered on Monday by members of the patrol’s Border Search Trauma and Rescue unit. The group had been searching an area near the All-American Canal after agents on Sunday had intercepted four men trying to cross the canal with 25 vacuum-sealed packages containing 69 pounds of methamphetamine worth $694,000.

Three of the men fled back to Mexico. The fourth man, described as a 27-year-old Honduran citizen, was caught in the canal with a wet suit and scuba gear.

On the Tijuana-San Diego border, an incomplete tunnel was discovered Tuesday west of the San Ysidro Port of Entry by U.S. Border Patrol agents working in the Tijuana River Valley.tunnelone_t837

The tunnel had lighting, as well as a rail system with a cart, said Lauren Mack, spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in San Diego. The agents initially thought it was a sinkhole, but on closer examination found it was a collapsed section of the tunnel, she said. It was 220 yards long.

There was no U.S. exit, Mack said, but Mexican authorities found the tunnel’s entrance at a residence in Tijuana. The residence is apparently located near the U.S. border fence in Colonia Castillo, where Tijuana media reported the presence of the Mexican military on Tuesday afternoon. No arrests were reported.

U.S. federal authorities have found more than 80 cross-border smuggling tunnels since 2006, most in California and Arizona. The illicit passage ways are typically used to by criminal groups to smuggle drugs across the border.

Comments Off on Priscilla Cagle Clarke, 42, of Candler, arrested on Methamphetamine charges

CANDLER A local woman has been arrested on one felony charge of possessing methamphetamine, six misdemeanor drug possession counts, one charge of possessing drug paraphernalia and one misdemeanor shoplifting charge.

Charged was Priscilla Cagle Clarke, 42, of Hookers Gap Road. Clark was accused of illegally possessing small amounts of several prescription drugs and taking food and clothing worth $87.33 from the Dollar General Market at 1131 Smoky Park Highway.

Comments Off on Working mom finds her two young children home alone in Riverton; Babysitter, 18-year-old Tialyssa Armour, on Methamphetamine and drinking alcohol shooters had left

(Riverton, Wyo.) – A teenager babysitting two young children in Riverton has been charged with Minor In Possession and Child Endangerment after admitting that she had taken methamphetamine earlier in the day and then drank six “shooters” of alcohol while looking after the kids.Tialyssa Armour

Riverton Police identified the teen as 18-year-old Tialyssa Armour. The incident allegedly took place at a home on Heather Drive.

The mother of the children came home at 9:21 p.m. Saturday and found Armour gone from the house, vomit on the back door and her two children all alone inside. She told police she had hired the teen to look after her kids while she was at work. The kids were okay.

Police found Armour “in the area” laying in the back seat of a small pickup truck. A breath test revealed her blood alcohol level was .20% BAC. The legal level is .08%.

Inside the home officers found several broken items, including a mirror and a coffee cup and an overturned coffee table in the living room.

When questioned, Armour allegedly told officers that she started drinking at 4 p.m. and that she had used meth earlier in the day.

It was not reported if the alcohol came from the home or if the teen brought it with her.

Armour was arrested and taken to the Fremont County Detention Center in Lander.

Comments Off on Thanath Lont Sayadeth, 41, aka, “Lucky,” of Murfreesboro accused of kidnapping, beating 20-year-old woman and possession of Methamphetamine

MURFREESBORO – A traffic stop Tuesday night led to the arrest of a Murfreesboro man who is accused of kidnapping and beating a woman over the course of more than two weeks, according to Murfreesboro Police Department records.

Thanath Lont Sayadeth, aka, “Lucky,” was wanted on two outstanding warrants stemming from the allegations reported in March.B9317134004Z_1_20150427134902_000_G5PAKFK23_1-0

On March 25, a 20-year-old woman reported to Officer David Kelch that she was kidnapped, drugged and beaten by several subjects, including a man nicknamed “Lucky,” over several weeks beginning March 8.

“The original incident was a series of gang-related crimes in which the victim was not a random target and was known to the suspects,” said Sgt. Kyle Evans, spokesman for the Murfreesboro Police Department.

He explained the woman was likely a victim of a gang initiation.

The victim said she was kept in different motel rooms in Murfreesboro, handcuffed to a toilet, tasered and had a gun held to her head.

On March 12, she was blindfolded and placed in the trunk of her own car and transported to a house on Center Pointe Drive in Murfreesboro.

She told Kelch she was then placed in a bathtub, had a towel pressed into her face and bleach poured onto the towel. She said she was then drugged, injured by a Taser and beaten by different men and women until she was finally released March 25.

“Since then the subjects have kept tabs on her and used her to get information about their rivals,” Kelch said. He added the victim had injuries consistent with her story.

Since the reported kidnapping, Murfreesboro police have been on the lookout out for the alleged perpetrators.

Detectives Michael Levy and Chris Gann reported Tuesday night they saw a custom-painted motorcycle fitting the description of one owned by the suspected kidnappers.

“I was able to observe the motorcyclist through the front of his helmet and it did appear to be the subject,” Gann reported.

The detectives then conducted a traffic stop and identified Sayadeth.

During the traffic stop, Sayadeth said he had “ice,” also known as methamphetamine in his pocket, Gann said in the report.

The detectives found 15.1 grams of a “crystal-like substance” in a plastic bag in Sayadeth’s pocket during a search. It tested positive for meth, he said. They also found a second bag of the substance, weighing 1.1 grams in another pocket.

The detectives arrested Sayadeth, 41.

Sayadeth was charged with extortion and especially aggravated kidnapping, possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell, simple possession of methamphetamine and criminal simulation.

He was booked into the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center on $575,000 bond. He was later released. Sayadeth is scheduled to appear May 20 in General Sessions Court.

Sayadeth has a previous conviction for selling drugs, according to previous coverage.

Comments Off on Family disturbance call leads to Methamphetamine lab bust in Cumberland County; Tressa Sprague, 35, and Timothy Schoubroek, 32, arrested

635657308258679359-tressa(NEWS CENTER) — On Saturday April 25, Cumberland County deputies responded to a home in Standish for a report of a family disturbance. While investigating the disturbance deputies got information of a suspected meth lab at the home.

Members of the MDEA went to the house at 1 Woodland Avenue and with permission from the home owners, conducted a search of the home and property.

Two “one pot” labs were located and two older labs were also found discarded along the wood line of the property.

Timothy Schoubroek, 32, and Tressa Sprague, 35, were both arrested for manufacturing meth and violating their conditions of release on a pending theft charge. Both were transported to the Cumberland County Jail and were held without bail pending a court appearance scheduled for April 27, 2015.635657308258367357-timothy

Additional charges for endangering the welfare of a child are being reviewed by the States Attorney General’s Office regarding the presence of five children living in the home ranging from ages 4 to 14. Two of the children 8 and 6 years of age had been living in New Sharon, Maine at the location of a previous meth lab MDEA dismantled on March 27, 2015 on Farmington Falls Road, New Sharon.

The Department of Health and Human Services has been contacted and is assisting.

This was the eleventh methamphetamine laboratory related incident responded to by MDEA in 2015.

Assisting in this incident were deputies of the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department and the State’s Department of Environmental Protection.

Comments Off on Methamphetamine lab, bodies of Carol F. Anderson, in her 40s, and Douglas Carter,50, found inside burned Chubby’s Auto Sales building in Harrodsburg

HARRODSBURG, Ky. —Kentucky State Police say they are investigating after two bodies and a meth lab were found in a burned building.Harrodsburg-meth-fire-jpg

Media report someone reported seeing smoke at the former Chubby’s Auto Sales in Harrodsburg on Saturday evening and called dispatchers.

Firefighters arrived to find the bodies of a man and a woman inside a room where the fire was contained. Police say the meth lab was found during an ensuing investigation.

Mercer County Coroner C. David Ransdell identified the man as 50-year-old Douglas Carter and the woman as Carol F. Anderson, who was in her 40s.

Their causes of death weren’t immediately available.

Police say the cause of the fire is under investigation.

Comments Off on Jeremy B. Pearson, 35, of Sikeston, Mo. arrested with Methamphetamine

pearsonThe Scott County Sheriff’s Office states that a Sikeston man was arrested and faces charges stemming from an incident on Friday.

Jeremy B. Pearson, 35, of Sikeston, Mo. has been charged with unlawful use of drug paraphernalia and property damage.

Deputies were dispatched to a home on Stone Drive. Pearson is accused of breaking the glass from the front door of the home after he fled when he found out police had been called to the residence.

Pearson was later located by deputies when they discovered him hiding near a pump house just west of the home.

Pearson was searched and reports state that a syringe was found on his person.

Reports state Pearson admitted to officers that the syringe was used to inject methamphetamine, the syringe was found to still contain a clear liquid substance.

The substance tested positive for methamphetamine.

Pearson was transported to Scott County Jail where he is held pending a $2,500 cash only bond.

Comments Off on Lori C. Jenkins, 44, of Piketon, arrested for illegal assembly of Methamphetamine

A Piketon resident was arrested and charged with illegal assembly after a search by the Piketon Police Department resulted in finding chemicals and other items commonly used in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

According to the Piketon Police Department, on April 24, Assistant Chief Brandi Davis and Patrolman Corey Clemmons executed a search of the premises at 206 Riverview Circle in Piketon. During their search, several chemicals and other items commonly used in the manufacture of meth were reportedly located, and it was also discovered that one person had suffered severe burns from these chemicals. Nearby residents had to be evacuated due to the hazardous nature of these materials.

Lori C. Jenkins, 44, of Piketon, was arrested and charged with illegal assembly and transported to the Scioto County Jail. James Bachtel was transported to the hospital due to the severity of his injuries.

The Pike County Hazmat unit and 400 Fire Department were called in to secure the hazardous materials and to make the scene safe.

This search was a result of the ongoing investigation into drug activity at that location, according to the police. More charges are expected.

Comments Off on 70 Pounds Of Methamphetamine, Worth An Estimated $1.5M, Found During Chino Traffic Stop; 34-year-old Alejandro Ramirez of San Bernardino, arrested

meth_seizureCHINO ( — A routine traffic stop in Chino led officers to nearly 70 pounds of methamphetamine valued at an estimated $1.5 million, police officials said Monday.

Police officers patrolling the east side of Chino stopped a gold Toyota minivan Friday in the 6300 block of Riverside Drive for an equipment violation, Chino police spokeswoman Monica Gutierrez said.

During the stop, officers were given permission to search the vehicle. A police canine assisting in the search alerted officers, who found the several bags of methamphetamine, Gutierrez said.

The driver, 34-year-old Alejandro Ramirez of San Bernardino, was charged with possession for sales of a controlled substance and transportation of a controlled substance. He is scheduled to make his first court appearance in the case Tuesday.

SAFFORD — Authorities believe they apprehended a woman driving under the influence of heroin and methamphetamine with a young child in tow.

Priscilla Rose Lacey, 29, was arrested late Saturday night for aggravated DUI-drug and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Lacey was initially pulled over for stopping past the painted white stop lines on two occasions; at 8th Street and 8th Avenue and at Central Avenue and 8th Street, according to a police report.

Upon interviewing Lacey, the officer noticed puncture marks on her neck and both arms that are consistent with IV drug use. A subsequent search of the vehicle yielded a glass water pipe with apparent methamphetamine residue.

Lacey’s passenger allegedly admitted to recently smoking methamphetamine, but declined ownership of the pipe. After Lacey confirmed the pipe was not her passenger’s and no illegal items were found in her possession, she was allowed to leave the scene.

A young child who was found in a safety seat in the back of the vehicle was released to Lacey’s father, who had been called to the scene. Officers then attempted to take a blood sample from Lacey but were unsuccessful due to the existing scar tissue on her arms.

Lacey was then transported to the Mount Graham Regional Medical Center where hospital staff attempted unsuccessfully to retrieve a sample through her hands and feet among other areas. She was then taken back to the Safford Police Department where a urine test showed the presence of opiates and methamphetamine. Additionally, a drug recognition expert officer with the Arizona Department of Public Safety said he believed Lacey to be under the influence of heroin and methamphetamine.

Lacey allegedly told an officer that she injects nearly a gram of heroin a day on top of her prescribed Oxycodone. She said her drug addiction began after she was prescribed the Oxycodone for pain from injuries sustained in a vehicular collision. She said she built up a big tolerance to the Oxycodone and began using heroin to supplement her existing prescription pill addiction. Lacey did not explain her methamphetamine use.

After completing their investigation, officers released Lacey to her father with charges pending urine test results from the DPS lab in Tucson.

Comments Off on Petaling Street ‘stripper’ tests positive for Methamphetamine in Kuala Lumpur

PETALING JAYA: The woman who was recorded stripping off her clothes in Petaling Street in Kuala Lumpur tested positive for methamphetamine, according to the police on Sunday.

“A urine test was conducted on the suspect who was detained following a report of public indecency under Section 509 of the Penal Code, and her urine tested positive for methamphetamine,” said Dang Wangi OCPD Asst Comm Zainol Samah.

He said the suspect was a 32-year old spa worker in Kuala Lumpur.

On Saturday, police arrested the Sabahan, who was caught on video removing her white jacket, black blouse and her bra at the popular tourist street during an argument over her refusal to pay for her meal.

ACP Zainol confirmed that the woman was nabbed at a hotel in Jalan Sultan at about 5.30 am.

In the video, she was seen arguing with another person and later took off her clothes.

The incident took place at 4.30pm on Thursday.

“She had eaten at a restaurant in Petaling Street and refused to pay for the food,” ACP Zainol said.

He said the woman might have been tipsy then as she had consumed two bottles of beer at the restaurant.

“She scolded the owner and taunted her,” he said, adding that the restaurant owner did not file a police report.

The woman stripped, apparently to avoid settling the RM18 bill.

She had gone to the chicken rice restaurant with a man, described by witnesses as Caucasian.

Witnesses said the woman’s companion then got into a scuffle with the restaurant operator when she was not allowed to leave.

The duo fled when policemen arrived at the scene.

Comments Off on Arielle Aldrich, 24, LaGrange, busted for Methamphetamine

LAGRANGE COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) – A LaGrange woman was busted for methamphetamine early Saturday morning.

According to the LaGrange County Sheriff’s Department, officers were dispatched to an area near State Road 9 and County Road 450 South after someone called 911 to report a vehicle was pulling a motorcycle out of a field.

Officers located a vehicle with a tow strap attached to the rear belonging to Arielle Aldrich, 24, LaGrange.

During the investigation, LaGrange County K-9 Officer Tyson indicated drugs may be present in the vehicle. Officers searched the vehicle and located methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, according to the sheriff’s department.

Aldrich was arrested and initially charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to court records, Aldrich is awaiting trial on several drug-related charges from a Nov. 2014 case. Aldrich is charged in that case with possession of methamphetamine, unlawful possession of a syringe and possession of paraphernalia. She’s scheduled for trial Aug. 18.

Comments Off on Former Buford Drive Checkers Employee, Derek Stargell, 34, Dealt Methamphetamine and other Drugs on the Job in Gwinnett County

A Gwinnett County hamburger joint likely won’t be appealing to drug buyers anymore after the arrest of a man who police say was dealing while at work at a Buford Drive Checkers.

Derek Stargell, 34, is facing multiple charges after his arrest on April 16, the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

He was arrested by the Gwinnett Metro Task Force after he had sold drugs to an undercover cop on three occasions at the Checkers located at 919 Buford Drive near Lawrenceville, the sheriff’s office said. Stargell was in possession of cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin when he was arrested.

He is charged with selling marijuana, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession with intent to distribute heroin, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

Stargell is currently being held at the Gwinnett County Jail with no bond.

The Gwinnett Metro Task Force is comprised of deputies from the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office and officers from Lilburn, Lawrenceville, Duluth and Suwanee police departments.

The Gwinnett Metro Task Force can be contacted by the Drug Tip Line at 770-670-5180 or by email at

Comments Off on ‘Chemical odor’ leads to Methamphetamine drug arrests of Joshua L. Jones, 31, and Quentin J. Reed, 30, both of Greensburg

553e44e96d9aa_imageGREENSBURG – A report of “a strong chemical odor” in a Greensburg neighborhood led to the arrest of two men late Thursday.

According to documents filed in Decatur Circuit Court, police arrested Joshua L. Jones, 31, and Quentin J. Reed, 30, both of Greensburg, on charges of possession of methamphetamine and unlawful possession of a syringe. The former charge is a Level 6 felony; the latter a misdemeanor.

The men were arrested following an investigation by Greensburg Police following a report that a person in the 400 block of West North Street was manufacturing methamphetamine and that a man had recently given or sold methamphetamine to another person in the area.553e44e979599_image

Investigating officers said they “smelled a strong chemical odor” upon arriving at approximately 9:30 p.m. Thursday in the vicinity of the area in which the alleged meth manufacturing occurred.

Greensburg Police Patrol Officer Matthew Terkhorn said he encountered a man sitting in a truck near the intersection of West North and North Ireland Street, who quickly exited the vehicle and began walking toward a residence located at 401 West North Street, according to a police narrative summarizing the case.

An uncapped syringe and a small quantity of methamphetamine were subsequently located on the man, who was identified as Jones.

As the investigation continued, police discovered a tent located on the property of 401 West North Street which Reed told officers he occupied. Reed gave permission for officers to look inside the tent where they allege they discovered a syringe that appeared to have been used tucked underneath a mattress, and a spoon that contained a powdery substance.

Police said they found more syringes, drug paraphernalia and a powdery substance not identified in the report after searching the tent.

Both men were taken to the Decatur County Jail without incident. Both suspects made their initial court appearances Friday where preliminary pleas of not guilty were entered. Attorney Tamara Butler was appointed to represent Reed, and Attorney Steven Teverbaugh will serve as defense counsel for Jones.

Reed’s trial is set to begin at 9 a.m. Aug. 24 in Decatur Circuit Court. No bond had been set for his release by Daily News press time Friday.

Jones remained jailed on a $750 cash bond Friday afternoon. His trial was set for 9 a.m. Aug. 25 in Circuit Court.

Comments Off on Miriam Landin, 18, from Texas, charged with trafficking $847K worth of Methamphetamine in Durham County

DURHAM, N.C. – Durham investigators have arrested an 18-year-old female from Texas on drug trafficking charges.

Officers arrested Miriam Landin Sunday after recovering 847 grams of crystal methamphetamine worth $847,000.

Landin was charged with two counts of level III trafficking meth and one count possession with intent to deliver.

Landin was placed in the Durham County Jail under a $2.5 million bond.








Comments Off on Methamphetamine Surge ‘Is Here Right Now’; Heroin Maintains Grip On Twin Cities

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Methamphetamine use has returned to epidemic levels in the Twin Cities not seen since 2005, according to a new research report. Meanwhile, more people than ever have been treated for heroin addiction.

The report, entitled “Drug Abuse Trends in Minneapolis/St. Paul: 2015″, was released Monday by Drug Abuse Dialogues. Carol Falkowski headed the research.

“The next methamphetamine surge isn’t looming around the corner — it is here right now,” Falkowski said.

In 2014, 11.8 percent of treatment admissions in the Twin Cities were due to meth addiction. That’s compared to 12 percent in 2005.

Meth busts by law enforcement are also on the upswing. In Ramsey County, 128 pounds of meth was seized in 2014. That’s compared to only 16 pounds in 2013.

Another alarming fact: a record 14.6 percent of treatment admissions were for heroin in 2014 – 37.5 percent of those being individuals between 18 and 25 years of age.

“We have yet to eradicate the heroin problem here,” Falkowski said. “And for the first time almost as many admissions were for heroin (3,208) as were for marijuana (3,246).”

Other highlights of the report include a small drop in treatment admissions for opiates and downward trends reported for synthetic drugs. Exposure of MDMA, however, has increased three-fold.

The full report is available here.

Comments Off on Ginger Butts and Michael Butts, 50, arrested, kept Methamphetamine near crib of sleeping toddler; Duane Smith, 44, also arrested

SPANISH FORK — A couple and their friend were arrested Sunday afternoon on charges related to possession of methamphetamine, which police reports state was kept near a toddler’s crib.

Officers conducted a narcotics search warrant Sunday afternoon on the residence of Michael and Ginger Butts. Their friend, Duane Smith, was living in a trailer on the property. Police documents state officers received reports that the three were selling methamphetamine from the property.

When officers arrived at the residence, Michael Butts, 50, was encountered outside in the yard. Police reports state officers found a bag with .6 grams of methamphetamine in his pocket. He was read his Miranda rights, and he told officers he smoked meth 30 minutes before, according to arrest documents.

As officers entered the residence, they found Ginger Butts in the kitchen. She was read her Miranda rights, and she too told officers she’d smoked meth earlier that day and that there was meth in their master bedroom, police reports state.

According to police reports, officers found 13.7 grams of meth in a nightstand in their master bedroom. Their 2-year-old grandson was asleep on the bed, just feet away from the meth.

A typical user amount of meth is about .1 to .2 grams, meaning there were more than 100 individual doses in the nightstand.

A baggie with 3.6 grams of marijuana was also found in the nightstand, police reports indicate. The couple has three children in the home, who, according to police reports, “could have easily accessed and consumed the drugs which were located in the residence.”

Duane Smith, 44, was found in the trailer parked in the driveway, and was arrested on an active warrant. Police searched the trailer and found a bag of one gram of meth in a sunglasses case, police reports state. Syringes, a digital scale and more baggies were found in the case.

Michael and Ginger Butts were both booked into Utah County on suspicion of one first-degree felony charge of possession of meth with intent to distribute, three third-degree felony charges of child endangerment, and one class A misdemeanor charge for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Duane Smith was booked on suspicion of one second-degree felony charge for possession of meth, and one class A misdemeanor charge for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Comments Off on Mark Cecil Hawkins, 49, of Eugene killed in 7-hour standoff with Salem cops; Wanted on Methamphetamine charges

What might have been the routine arrest of a Eugene man wanted for failing to appear in court on drug charges turned into a deadly shootout with Salem police officers.635655841717866525-hawkins

Before Friday’s tense, hours-long standoff ended with the gunman mortally wounded in a Wal-Mart parking lot, he had repeatedly fired his weapon at police while ignoring their demands to surrender, Salem police said.

His shots wounded a police dog in the head and narrowly missed a SWAT officer during the standoff before he was hit with a hail of police gunfire.

He was taken to Salem Hospital. Salem police said Friday night that he had died.

State police on Saturday identified the man as Mark Cecil Hawkins, 49, of Eugene. An autopsy conducted Saturday by Oregon State Medical Examiner Dr. Karen Gunson determined that Hawkins was shot nine times. The cause of death was gunshot wounds to the chest.

These and other details from the daylong confrontation that took place in the Wal-Mart Super Center on Turner Road SE in South Salem began to emerge Saturday.

The incident was the first fatal shooting by Salem police since May 2014. One of the officers involved in Friday’s shooting, Officer Trevor Morrison — as well as police dog Baco — were involved in the earlier shooting, too.

According to court records, Hawkins had been wanted since December 2014 on a failure-to-appear warrant out of Lane County. He was originally charged with delivery of methamphetamine.635655194307629633-Shooter47321

Lt. Dave Okada, a spokesman for the Salem Police Department, said Saturday that the investigation of the shooting has been turned over the Oregon State Police, which is standard procedure. Any further details about the incident would be released by state police or the Marion County District Attorney’s Office.

Okada gave this account of Friday’s standoff:

It began shortly after 11 a.m. when Salem officers approached a man they believed to be wanted near the parking area of the Wal-Mart at 1940 Turner Road SE. The man was later identified as Hawkins.

During that initial contact, the man fled into a bus that had been converted into a recreational vehicle and refused to comply with commands to come out.

Morrison and Baco also responded to assist. The suspect came out of the vehicle, and there was an exchange of gunfire between the suspect and the officers. No officers were injured, but Baco was shot in the head. The suspect retreated back into the bus.

Baco was evacuated for emergency veterinary care as officers secured the area. Baco was released a short time later with only minor injuries.

Officers from Salem Police Department, Keizer Police Department, Marion County Sheriff’s Office and Oregon State Police all responded to the scene to set a safety perimeter and assist.

The Salem Police Department SWAT Team responded, secured the area and immediately began negotiating with the man. Negotiators spoke with the suspect for several hours, trying to get him to surrender. During the negotiations, the man fired shots from the vehicle toward officers, at one time narrowly missing a SWAT officer.

As the negotiations and shots continued, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State Police and Portland Police Bureau sent additional tactical officers and equipment to assist in the situation.

After several hours of negotiations, tactical officers used armored vehicles equipped with battering rams to rip open up the walls of the vehicle in order to be able to see where the suspect was and what he was doing. Once the inside of the vehicle was exposed, the gunman refused to comply and had a handgun.635655029202501669-SAL-standoff-FIVE

At that time, 6:28 p.m., officers fired at the suspect. He was struck several times and fell out of the bus, and he was taken into custody and transported to Salem Hospital.

The Salem Police officers involved in the initial incident were Officer Chad Galusha, Officer Robert Owings, Cpl. Tim Dezotell and Morrison. The tactical officers involved in the shooting of the suspect were Officer Joshua Edmiston, Officer Vincent Dawson and Officer Sean Bennett.

The officers involved in the shooting have been placed on paid administrative leave, which also is standard procedure.

At the Wal-Mart parking lot on Saturday, few clues of the tense standoff remained, except for police crime-scene tape. The bus had been towed to an impound lot, and a street sweeper was cleaning up small debris left over from the attempts to end the standoff by ripping open the bus.

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UNION CITY –  Four people were arrested when police staged an early morning drug raid at a Union City motel, seizing heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana.B9317109117Z_1_20150425124308_000_GPDAJRP79_1-0

Union City police said they entered Room 11 at the Ambassador Motel, 125 W. Chestnut St., about 1:25 a.m. Friday.

Arrested on preliminary charges of dealing in a narcotic drug, possession of a narcotic drug, possession of methamphetamine, maintaining a common nuisance, possession of marijuana and reckless possession of paraphernalia were:

  • Teddy Allen Christopher Hunt, 26, 339 N. Main St., Union City.
  • Derek Allan Morrison, 25, 305 S. High St., Union City.
  • Aaron Michael Sturgill, 30, Bradford, Ohio.
  • Amy Lynn Gambill, 25, Celina, Ohio.

Morrison also faces a preliminary charge of obstruction of justice. A Union City police officer wrote in an affidavit that when officers entered the room, those found inside were ordered to get on the floor, but Morrison instead dropped “what was later found to be drug paraphernalia” in a toilet.B9317109117Z_1_20150425124308_000_GPDAJRP5C_1-0


The affidavit reflects police found “multiple individually packaged” bags of heroin.

Randolph County Prosecutor David Daly’s office on Friday was granted a 72-hour extension to file formal charges in the case before the defendants would otherwise be released from the Randolph County jail in Winchester.

Hunt was convicted of battery resulting in serious bodily injury in Randolph Circuit Court in 2007.

Sturgill, formerly of Winchester, has Randolph County convictions for attempted theft (in 2010) theft (2008) and driving while intoxicated (in 2007).

Morrison remains on probation for a 2013 possession-of-marijuana conviction, also in Randolph County.

Two Ohio men were arrested on cocaine-related charges at the Ambassador Motel in March.