A recent increase in methamphetamine seizures at the border suggests that Mexican cartels are seeking to meet demand with meth-making ingredients more difficult to obtain in the U.S., the top drug-enforcement official in Arizona said Wednesday.

In the last two years, Arizona has seen a 40 percent increase in meth seizures, with about 5,500 pounds seized last year, according to Douglas Coleman, Drug Enforcement Administration special agent in charge for Phoenix.

Most of that methamphetamine came from Mexico, he said.

“We see very little that’s actually manufactured here,” Coleman said. “Those labs that we do have here, which are eight or nine a year, produce minimal amounts. So that is the stuff that’s coming across the border.”

Comparing Arizona to another major access point for drug trafficking, the DEA reported 5,124 pounds of meth seized last year in San Diego, which used to be a main production hub for meth.

Only marijuana is trafficked more than meth in Arizona, Coleman said.

The federal Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act of 2005 restricted over-the-counter sales of products containing ephedrine, pseudoephedrine and phenylpropanolamine, all used in the production of methamphetamine.

The number of meth labs in Arizona has dropped dramatically since, with the DEA reporting five clandestine meth lab incidents fiscal 2014 versus 133 in calendar 2005.

The drop-off in domestic production hasn’t reduced demand for meth in Arizona or the rest of the country, however. And cartels in Mexico, particularly the Sinaloa Cartel, which controls most of the meth production in Mexico, are meeting that demand by sending more of the drug across the border, Coleman said.

Meth-related statistics
Number of clandestine meth lab incidents in Arizona:
• 133 in calendar year 2005
• 14 in fiscal year 2013
• Five in fiscal year 2014

Amount of meth seized at the border in Arizona since the Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act:
• 389 pounds in 2005
• Roughly 5,500 pounds in 2014


“If the domestic labs weren’t operating, then the Mexican labs began to pick up,” he said.

The price of meth has also decreased significantly as well. Coleman said the DEA can find the drug for as low as $3,000 per pound, a price he deemed “dirt cheap,” down from $8,000 per pound five years ago.

Tony Vidale, a program manager at the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission’s Drug, Gang and Violent Crime program, said drug seizures are a good sign of drug trafficking taking place in the state. Task forces his agency works with have seen a steady increase in meth-related investigations since 2010, including 1,517 meth-related arrests in the 2014 fiscal year, he said.

“The increase in investigations tells us that drug task force officers are coming across the drug more often in the community, and it is drawing their attention enough to trigger investigations,” he said.

The increase has also resulted in an increase in the number of people sentenced to prison on charges related to meth. Vidale said that during fiscal 2014 methamphetamine was the most common primary drug among those sentenced to prison.

Vidale said that the numbers his agency has collected point to Arizona still having a significant problem with meth.

“The amount in the community and the number of people involved with meth has been increasing over time,” he said. “As a result, an increasing number of individuals are being prosecuted, convicted and sentenced for drug crime involving meth.”

Coleman said that since Mexico does not have the same kind of controls that the U.S. has on the precursor chemicals, production there has been able to increase drastically.

“The super labs, the 100-plus pound labs, have increased significantly in Mexico in the past 10 years,” he said.












MOORHEAD – A man was arrested Monday after more than 132 grams of methamphetamine was discovered in his car, police say.

Brian Kelly Coppinger, 45, was charged Wednesday in Clay County District Court with first-degree possession of methamphetamine and fifth-degree possession of Clonazepam, both felonies. Court records list his address as unknown.COPPINGER

Coppinger was identified to police by a criminal informant as the informant’s drug supplier, who had recently moved a large supply of meth to the metro area from Minneapolis, the complaint alleges.

He was pulled over Monday by Moorhead police while driving without a license in the 30th Avenue and 20th Street South area, court documents say.

Police found 132.9 grams of meth and 56 Clonazepam pills in the car, as well as more than $3,000 in cash, they claim in court records.

The first-degree drugs charge carries with it a potential 30 year-prison sentence upon conviction.












Brandy M. Couch, 31, of Thayer, was arrested on Friday, Feb. 13 by the Thayer Police Department for possession of methamphetamine.2293978-L

According to documents filed in Oregon County Circuit Court, Assistant Police Chief Jason Jennings observed two vehicles stopped on Highway 63 near the intersection of St. John Street. The vehicles appeared to be in distress, as their hazard lights were flashing. Jennings approached the vehicles and made contact with Couch, who was in the rear vehicle. Couch told officers that she was waiting for the occupant of the first vehicle, whom she identified as “Mark” to come back with a rope in order to tow her.

Jennings identified the vehicle from a previous encounter as one driven by Jamie Hutcherson of Thayer, who has several active warrants issued against him. The license plate on the disabled vehicle was issued to a different vehicle. Officers asked for consent to search the vehicle and Couch told them that they were welcome to do so.

Officer Brady Grinell, with the assistance of Foust, the Thayer K-9 unit, searched the vehicle and found a syringe in the glove box. Couch was taken into custody and asked if there were any more drugs or paraphernalia in the vehicle or on her person. She told officers that she had a baggie in her bra, which she removed and gave to police. The baggie contained a crystal like substance which was identified as methamphetamine.

“We’re just glad to get this amount of drugs off the streets,” Thayer Police Chief Daryl Childers said of the arrest.












MONTGOMERY CO., Va. – One person was hurt in an explosion at a suspected methamphetamine lab Tuesday night in Montgomery County.

The explosion happened in a garage at a property at 5825 Roanoke Road.

According to deputies, the investigation found that 34-year-old Jeremy Hatfield was making meth in the garage. The meth lab failed, causing the explosion. Hatfield was taken to the hospital by an unknown third party.

When deputies arrived, they found a second person at the property. Investigators also found suspected methamphetamine, methamphetamine precursor chemicals, and items related to the explosion.

Charges are pending.




An explosion at a suspected meth lab sent one person flying out of a Montgomery County home on Tuesday evening.

The sheriff office’s Street Crimes Unit responded to the scene in the Shawsville area sometime before 7 p.m.

A helicopter flew the person to a hospital that has a burn unit.














Man taken to the hospital with chemical burns in Montgomery Co. meth lab explosion


MONTGOMERY CO. (WSLS 10) – A local man was taken to the hospital Tuesday after deputies say he sustained injuries from a suspected methamphetamine laboratory explosion in his garage.

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says on Tuesday, February 24 they responded to Lewis Gale Montgomery Hospital in reference to a man who had received fire and chemical burns. The man was identified as Jeremy Dean Hatfield, 34, of Ellison.

Upon further investigation, deputies say they discovered damage was located at the man’s residence along the 5800 block of Roanoke Road. Deputies from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Street Crimes Unit, Christiansburg Police Department VICE Unit, and Elliston Fire Department responded to the scene.

The investigation found the garage was damaged from an explosion from an apparent meth lab. The Sheriff’s Office says Hatfield was manufacturing methamphetamine in the garage of the property.

Investigators say the meth lab failed causing damage to the garage. Hatfield had sustained injuries from the explosion and had been taken to the hospital by an unknown third party.

The Sheriff’s Office says they found suspected methamphetamine, methamphetamine precursor chemicals, and items related to the explosion on the scene. Deputies say another person was also located at the residence.

The investigation is still in progress and charges will be obtained by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office at a later date.












078350-0ca0b8c4-bd69-11e4-a005-b478f5906d65THE Australian Federal Police and Australian Customs and Border Protection Service say they have seized 100 kg of methamphetamine, leading to the arrest of two men.

The pair, a 30-year-old Hong Kong National and a 37-year-old Malaysian national, are expected to appear at Sydney’s Central Local Court today.

The AFP says the drugs were found in a shipping container from China marked ‘kids toys’ and say they have an estimated street value of $65 million.


One of the blocks of methamphetamine


The Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) have seized more than 100 kilograms of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of approximately $65 million as part of a joint operation

Customs officers found a false floor in the container which concealed a compartment that contained the drugs.

AFP officers then conducted a controlled delivery of the consignment to an address in Prestons where the arrests were made.

AFP Acting Manager Serious and Organized Crime Arthur Moerman warned smugglers they would not get away with it.

“Those that seek to import dangerous drugs such as methamphetamine will continue to face the combined efforts of Australian law enforcement partners,” Acting Commander Moerman said.

Investigations are ongoing and the AFP has not ruled out further arrests.












MOSES LAKE – A 5-year-old girl was treated at Samaritan hospital last week for reportedly having methamphetamine in her system.

Child Protective Services and Moses Lake police are investigating after the girl was hospitalized on Friday. The girl has since been released from Samaritan, according to Moses Lake police.

At least two of the girl’s family members have been interviewed and investigators are still trying to determine how the girl came into contact with meth.

No other information is available at this time.












b889237z_1_20150225092948_000_gsd62ae8_3_1-1aeq9rqLarry Maiolo left his home for a morning walk at Halls Head beach, surrounded by locals walking their dogs, swimming and riding their bikes. The dedicated family man and father of two never returned — he was stabbed to death by Daniel Luke Zwerus in a frenzied and unprovoked attack.

Zwerus, a complete stranger, then callously dumped Mr Maiolo’s body in the ocean.

Sally Kaur, 57, was cutting vegetables at the kitchen bench of her home in Koondoola. Her stepson, Catalin Alin Borbil, took the knife and repeatedly stabbed her in the torso, plunging the weapon into her neck after she slumped to the ground.

Borbil then stepped over her blood-soaked body to steal from the family home.

Lindsay Ferguson was driving his cab in Mandurah, petrified after one of his passengers brandished a knife and flew into a rage. Grant Lindon Collard’s violent outburst was so terrifying, his three accomplices fled as he smashed up the inside of the vehicle, shouted and swore.

Collard, found guilty of murder by a jury, had frightened the 67-year-old taxi driver to death, causing Mr Ferguson to have a heart attack after his cab collided with a truck.

Witnesses said Collard spat on Mr Ferguson as he lay dying.

Not even two months into the year, this is a snapshot of cases the WA Supreme Court has dealt with. Each has needlessly cut short a life, leaving grief-stricken and devastated families at the sudden and shocking loss.

Each attracted a life jail term for the offender. Though it is the lesser told story, this also often spreads tentacles to another category of victims — the parents wondering what went wrong and children left to grow up without a parent.

There are two common factors which stand out in these cases.

The use of methamphetamine was a driver in the abhorrent actions of each of the three murderers. And the level of violence involved is almost incomprehensible.

The link between drug use and crime is nothing new.

But over the past 10 years, the use of methamphetamine has overtaken other drugs and its prevalence as a cause of violence is undeniable.

It is common for speed use and addiction to be rattled out as one of the factors, often the most pertinent, in offences of drug dealing, drug taking, robbery, stealing, burglary and assault.

But methamphetamine binges are fuelling offending accompanied by an escalating and frightening level of violence.

Late last year, an almost unbelievable tale of determined violence emerged in the Supreme Court during the “head in the bag” trial. Fuelled by speed, Aaron Carlino shot underworld figure Stephen Cookson twice in the head before spending about six hours removing his legs, arms and head.

He buried the corpse and then later dug up the decaying parts, dumping the body pieces off a boat and Cookson’s head washed up on Rottnest.

Again, methamphetamine use was frequently referred to during the trial.

Last year, in a series on methamphetamine in this newspaper, Supreme Court Chief Justice Wayne Martin noted that by the time methamphetamine-related offences came before him, it was too late.

Victims of Crime Commissioner Jennifer Hoffman said the drug was also driving an escalation in domestic violence and cases where women were forced by their partners to commit offences such as drug cooking.

Sentencing Zwerus this month to a life jail term with a minimum of 18 years, Justice Steven Hall described the former WAFL player as being in a drug-induced psychotic state that had left him delusional and paranoid after months of using methamphetamine on an almost daily basis.

“In my view, it is clear that you knew that the drugs were having a seriously adverse effect upon you and your judgment and despite attempts to stop, you went on using those drugs,” he said. “In those circumstances, it is not open for the psychosis to be viewed as a mitigating factor.

“The adverse effects of methamphetamine on mental health are notorious and they include aggression and paranoia.”

Sentencing Borbil on Monday to life with at least 17 years before parole, Justice Michael Corboy commented on the need for court penalties to serve as a deterrent.

“It is apparent to the courts and the community that there is a disturbing connection between methamphetamine intoxication and gross levels of irrational violence,” Justice Corboy said.

Sadly, the past two months have shown that the link between methamphetamine and catastrophic violence is unrelenting — and for too many, it is far too late by the time matters reach the Supreme Court.

That is the challenge for a coordinated response by governments, schools, parents and families as the community deals with the devastating effects of this insidious drug.












A 25-year-old who threatened to kill his wife with a carving knife and was later stabbed by her has been sentenced in a court in Western Australia’s Mid West to four months’ jail.

Police said Jye Gerhard Picking held the large knife to his partner’s throat following ongoing arguments at their property in the seaside town of Dongara in April.5947396-3x2-940x627

The Geraldton Magistrates Court was told Picking eventually released the blade from his partner’s neck when she made mention of their children.

Police said Picking slashed two tires of a car so his wife was unable to travel to Perth and also damaged her mobile phone.

The court also heard that during a scuffle out the front of the property, Picking’s wife grabbed the large knife and stabbed him a number of times in the hands.

Picking, who is serving a three-year sentence at Hakea for attempting to manufacture methamphetamine, also used his car to hit a parked vehicle that had a 10-month-old baby inside.

The baby was not injured.

In court today, Picking’s lawyer Kate Fry said her client had become angry because his wife had come home with methamphetamine and he had been trying to stay off the drug.

Ms Fry told the court the couple had a “volatile” relationship and said Picking’s wife had also held a knife to her client’s throat.

Magistrate Geoff Lawrence described Picking as a “poster boy” for what “methamphetamine could do to a person’s life”.

He told Picking that the addictive drug had caused “a lot of grief in your life and others’ lives and your business has suffered because of it”.

Magistrate Lawrence said he hoped others could learn from Picking’s case.

“This is what methamphetamine can do … ruin your life,” he said.

Picking pleaded guilty to seven offences and was fined $600 and given a four-month prison order, which will be served alongside his existing three-year jail term.












The number of murders and armed robberies committed by people addicted to methamphetamine is “truly frightening”, Western Australia’s Chief Justice says.

Justice Wayne Martin said 95 per cent of armed robberies and up to half of all murders could be attributed to people taking methamphetamine, also known as ice or crystal meth.389760-3x2-340x227

Speaking on 720 ABC Perth, he also said he was “enormously worried” about methamphetamine use spreading in Indigenous communities, a concern shared by community representatives.

Justice Martin said ice had become the “drug of choice” among criminals, with 95 per cent of armed robberies drug related, and most of those being committed by people using methamphetamine.

“Within our armed robberies, I can’t remember a case that didn’t have a drug component; they are almost all – 95 per cent – related, and of the drugs, methamphetamine has become overwhelmingly the drug of choice. So the vast majority of those armed robbery cases involves methamphetamine,” he said.

“To put that in numerical terms, we deal with about 200 armed robberies a year – that’s about four a week – and 50 homicide cases, so that is one a week, so the significant majority of those are drug related.

There must be hundreds, thousands of families that have been profoundly affected by this terrible, terrible drug. — WA Chief Justice Wayne Martin

“With the worst murders, and all murders are terrible, but the most gruesome and most violent are usually associated with drugs.

“Almost all of our gun homicides are drug related, and again the drug of choice these days is methamphetamine.”

Justice Martin said what was “profoundly disturbing” was that the problem was far more widespread than was represented by court cases.

“It is likely what we are seeing in the court is only the tip of the iceberg in terms of what is happening in the community,” he said.

“The cases that reach us are what you might call pathological cases, where something has gone horribly wrong but below the surface of the water, there must be hundreds, thousands of families that have been profoundly affected by this terrible, terrible drug.”

Meth leads to irrational acts: Chief Justice

Justice Martin said a fundamental problem with methamphetamine, as opposed to heroin, was that meth led people to behave irrationally and do things they could not explain.

“With heroin, people would tend to go to sleep, slow down; methamphetamine makes people think they are super human, will encourage 48 hour binges, during which five serious crimes might be committed,” he said.

“And the levels of violence we are seeing – levels of utterly irrational violence we are seeing – are quite extraordinary.

“People do bizarre things they wouldn’t do if they weren’t using meth … people say they can’t explain why they did what they did.”

Justice Martin said the relative ease with which methamphetamine can be manufactured was contributing to its spread.

What is ephedrine?

A stimulant used as an ingredient in cough medicine

Also used as an appetite suppressant and decongestant

A key ingredient in the illegal drug crystal methamphetamine

Reactions can include delusions, mild euphoria, insomnia, confusion, paranoia and agitation

“Heroin and cocaine are both made of natural products not grown in Australia – they have to be imported – so that gives us a point of border control,” he said.

Meth is entirely chemical, as long as you have the precursor drug, usually some form of ephedrine …. you can make it using other things you can buy in the hardware store, make it in about two hours out of the boot of your car, using a recipe you can get off the internet.”

Justice Martin said that he was “enormously worried” about methamphetamine moving into regional communities.

“We already have a serious problem with violence in those communities – if meth takes hold in those communities, I am very concerned about what might happen,” he said.

“The feedback I am getting from both police and senior officials in the Aboriginal Legal Service is that meth is now finding its way to those communities, and that is grave concern.

“Because we already have a significant problem with excessive violence in those communities, throw in a chemical that exacerbates violence, and I am terrified about what the consequences might be.”

Kimberley elder concerned over ice impact

One of the most senior Indigenous leaders in the Kimberley said she also held grave concerns for the impact the ice could have on remote communities in the north.

Bunuba woman June Oscar, chief executive of the Marninwarntikura Women’s Resource Centre in Fitzroy Crossing, told 720 ABC Perth she was worried about the increasing use of methamphetamines in the Kimberley.6028022-3x4-340x453

“I hold similar concerns, grave concerns for what it is doing already to families in the small towns in the Kimberley and what it might do to the more remote areas up here,” said Ms Oscar, who has done a lot of work with alcohol abuse and resulting violence in remote communities.

Ms Oscar said better education and awareness campaigns were needed to prevent young people from getting hooked.

“We need to go hard at an education and awareness campaign, we need that accelerated, we need to provide accurate, factual information to children and the broader adult population,” she said.

“We need to give some very good examples of what this is, what it is we are dealing with, so people armed with that can self-manage, can make information to them and make safe and good decisions.”

Justice Martin said the justice system was not enough of a deterrent to people using methamphetamine.

“We’ve been throwing the book at offenders for a long time; upper level dealers have been getting very heavy sentences, 10 years plus, for more than a decade now,” he said.

“But the fact is that they have not reduced the spread of the drug, and it has continued to prosper and flourish.

“What it tells you is that people have an inflated view of the criminal justice system to change behavior. By the time people get into the courts, it is a bit like shutting stable door after horse has bolted.

“Really police and courts must continue to do what they are doing, in terms of punishing people who deal in this drug, but fundamentally this is a public health problem. I think we need a community response.”













LERAY, N.Y. — Three North Country residents were arrested after police discovered methamphetamine and chemicals used to produce the drug inside a LeRay motel room Monday afternoon. 17102368-mmmain

Members of the Metro-Jeff Drug Task Force raided Room 17 at Davidson’s Motel around 4:30 p.m. Monday, the task force said in a news release.

Inside the motel room, police found three grams of methamphetamine, items used to produce methamphetamine, used hypodermic needles and other drug paraphernalia.

Robert Snyder, 43, of Carthage; Rene Gracey, 38, of Castorland and Eugene Lively, 30, no address given, were all charged with second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a felony.

All three were arraigned in LeRay Town Court and sent to the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building without bail. Additional charges are pending.

The undercover investigation into the motel room meth lab spanned several weeks, the task force said.

It’s not the first time Lively’s been charged with making methamphetamine in a motel room. In May, Lively was charged with making the drug inside Room 202 at the Royal Inn in Pamelia. The Metro-Jeff Drug Task Force also conducted that arrest.

The state police Special Operations Response Team, Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team and Community Narcotics Enforcement Team responded to the scene, as well as Watertown city police and Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies.













The man accused of killing three people and an unborn child on Friday was found in possession of a meth lab, documents show, two months before the slayings.

However, authorities did not charge or jail Brian D. Williams in the drug case until Saturday — the day after the killings.n-BRIAN-D-WILLIAMS-large

So why wasn’t he charged in the meth case earlier? Should he have been behind bars instead of free when the killings happened?

Christian County Sheriff Joey Kyle said the drug charges were presented to prosecutors on Saturday so that authorities could hold Williams while they built a solid case against him for the homicides. But Kyle said he didn’t know why those drug charges had not already been filed over the last two months.

A probable cause statement says Christian County deputies discovered the meth lab on Dec. 26 in a mobile home at 4465 N. Fremont Lot N.

Kyle said after that seizure, the investigation was turned over to COMET, the Combined Ozarks Multijurisdictional Enforcement Team. George Larbey, who heads COMET, confirmed that his group was involved in Williams’ drug case. Larbey said he could not talk about the specifics of that case but, speaking in generalities, there are many reasons why charges would not immediately follow a drug seizure.

“It is very typical that we don’t file charges on labs in any immediate proximity to when they are found,” Larbey said. “Many times it is an ongoing investigation.”

Larbey said among the factors that hold up the filing of charges in drug cases are: Evidence in meth cases is often sent to the backlogged crime lab for analysis, people involved in seizures may cooperate in other drug investigations and a drug seizure may be part of a larger distribution conspiracy that is still being investigated.

Williams is being held in Christian County Jail. In addition to three drug charges, Williams is also facing four first-degree murder charges, four armed criminal action charges, a tampering with a motor vehicle charge and a theft of a firearm charge in connection to the deaths of Christina Winden, 40, James Marsh, 27, Casey Maples, 26, and Maples’ unborn child.

A James Marsh and Casey Maples are named in a different search warrant from Dec. 18 in which authorities recovered meth, marijuana and drug paraphernalia — including pipes, baggies and scales — from a different mobile home in Billings.

Kyle said they are likely the same Marsh and Maples who were found dead on Friday. Kyle said drugs appear to be part of the motive in the homicides.B9316378169Z_1_20150224202750_000_G0GA292AR_1-0

That search warrant from Dec. 16 says Marsh sold $100 worth of meth to a confidential informant. The warrant says Marsh’s criminal history includes possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, and the confidential informant told authorities he had purchased drugs from Marsh on multiple occasions.

Marsh and Maples had not been charged in that Dec. 16 drug seizure.

Marsh’s mother, Adelena Michel Marsh, said her son was “moving away from that world” and making plans to go to rehab.

Adelena Marsh, said as soon as she heard about the shooting, she suspected Williams was behind it. Adelena Marsh said her son used to be good friends with Williams but he had been attempting to distance himself from Williams over the last couple of months.

“As far as I can figure things out, it happened because James told Brian that he couldn’t help him anymore,” Adelena Marsh said. “James was trying to get his life in order with the baby coming and getting married and starting a life. He told Brian that he couldn’t help Brian anymore, because Brian was toxic.”

Adelena Marsh said Winden had let Williams stay in the camp trailer attached to the mobile home on North Fremont Street for $100 a month when Williams was struggling financially. But when Williams stopped paying rent, Winden kicked him out, according to Adelena Marsh.

Adelena Marsh said she did not believe Friday’s homicides were drug-related.

“I don’t think this was about drugs,” she said. “This was about Casey and James moving on and leaving Brian behind.”













Brian D. Williams Charged In Killings Of 3 People, Unborn Child

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri man used the light from a headlamp he was wearing to see and methodically shoot and kill a pregnant woman and two other people in a mobile home, authorities alleged Tuesday in charging him with four counts of first-degree murder.

Brian D. Williams waived his arraignment and pleaded not guilty to the slayings that happened last Friday near Ozark in southwestern Missouri. Williams, who was ordered jailed without bond, is charged in the shooting deaths of 27-year-old James Marsh; Marsh’s 26-year-old girlfriend, Casey Maples; and 40-year-old Christina Winden.

He’s also accused of killing Maples’ unborn child, which a pathologist said was 7 or 8 weeks old.

A public defender assigned to represent Williams declined comment Tuesday. Christian County Prosecutor Amy Fite also would not discuss the case.

Authorities have not revealed a motive for the killings or Williams’ possible connection to the victims, though Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt. Daniel Nash said in a probable cause statement that Williams once lived at the mobile home and went there the morning of the slayings in a pickup truck he stole the previous day.

Nash said Williams, 25, of southwestern Missouri’s Sparta, knew the home’s occupants were sleeping when he forced his way inside and used the light from his headlamp to go room to room.

The sergeant said Williams later admitted he awakened Marsh and Maples in a bedroom, told them not to move and placed his pistol against Maples’ head before pulling the trigger. But the gun failed to fire.

Williams then shot both Marsh and Maples and kicked in a door to another bedroom, where he fatally shot Winden in the head, Nash said.

“Williams advised that as he went back down the hall, he heard noises coming from the other bedroom, so went back in the room and found Marsh was still gasping for air,” Nash wrote in the probable cause statement. “Williams advised that he was surprised by this, so he shot him again to make sure that he would die.”

Williams searched the mobile home for wallets and fled in the stolen pickup truck that he later tried to destroy by fire, discarding the gun along the way, according to Nash.

Christian County Sheriff Joey Kyle has said a fourth person who lived at the mobile home found the bodies hours later after returning from work.

Nash said in the probable cause statement that Williams remarked that he knew Maples was pregnant and that he “wished that the fourth person had also been at home, as he would have killed him as well.”

In addition to facing four counts each of first-degree murder and armed criminal action, Williams also is charged with tampering with a motor vehicle and theft of a semi-automatic handgun. Authorities say the gun was from the stolen pickup.

He was charged the day after the slayings with possession of meth-making chemicals and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia. He also has pleaded not guilty to those charges.













A porn star on meth was arrested after leading police on a high speed car chase through the Czech capital Prague.

Czech Sona Muellerova, 25, who goes by the stage name of Laura Crystal had been asked to show up at her local police station after she had earlier been caught on camera driving whilst banned.


Speeding Star: A porn star was arrested after leading police on a high speed car chase through the Czech capital Prague

But after turning up to hand in her license, officers noticed her getting into a car after leaving the station and driving off.

Jumping into their squad cars, the cops then gave chase as the blonde sped off.


Facing Jail: If Sona Muellerova is convicted she faces up to three years in prison

A police spokesman said: “At one point she was going at 136 mph and officers called in other cars for support.

“When they eventually stopped her she gave a fake name, which is something she has often done, and said she had forgotten her driving license.

“When the officers explained that she had given them her driving license just half an hour before, she cursed and when she was arrested she didn’t seem at all surprised.”


Czech porn star Sona Muellerova in one of her films.

Muellerova was taken back to the police station where she was given a standard drug test.

The police spokesman said: “She was heavily under the influence of crystal meth and admitted she had taken the drug.

“She has been charged with dangerous driving, driving under the influence of a narcotic, taking narcotics, obstructing the police and endangering the lives of others.”


Alter Ego: Muellerova’s stage name is Laura Crystal

If found guilty the porn star, who once appeared in an adult film called ‘A little Jailing Nailing’, is facing three years in jail.












54ecaff5b5a09_preview-620AMERICAN FORK — A shoplifting incident late Monday night escalated quickly after police officers found the suspects were reportedly stashing heroin and methamphetamine.

Officers received a call Monday night from Kohl’s loss prevention that two people were reportedly concealing items in the dressing room to later steal them. One suspect, Jordan Hutchinson, was cutting open packages inside the dressing room, and when approached by loss prevention officers, he said “I will kick your a** if you don’t let me go,” according to police.

Loss prevention officers let Hutchinson and his reported accomplice, Estelle Nelson, leave the store, and watched them drive off in a silver Ford Mustang. The officers reported the incident to police, who would later find the pair not far from the store.

Once officers stopped the pair, they arrested Hutchinson, 27, on the spot for a revoked vehicle registration, driving on a suspended license and suspicion of retail theft.54ecaff5968a7_preview-620

Officers searched Nelson, 31, and reportedly found a $20 bill wrapped around a small bag of heroin. Officers reportedly felt a second item in her bra, which Nelson said was a bag of meth.

Police searched Hutchinson’s car and reportedly found heroin, a small scale and Nelson’s purse, with about $291 in cash of varying denominations, in the passenger seat. In the driver’s seat, numerous items of drug paraphernalia were found, including containers of heroin, a burnt spoon and syringes, according to police.

Nelson was arrested and informed of her rights. She reportedly told police she had several bags of meth stashed in her bra, and the bra she was wearing was stolen from Kohl’s. She also told police she had texted back and forth with other individuals to arrange the distribution of various controlled substances.

Hutchinson reportedly knew about the heroin in the car, and both used meth before going into Kohl’s.

At the Utah County Jail, Hutchinson submitted to a urine test, which reportedly tested positive for meth, speed, benzodiazepine, opiates and cocaine.

Hutchinson was booked on suspicion of the following charges: one second-degree felony for possession of heroin, one second-degree felony for possession of meth, one third-degree felony for retail theft, one class A misdemeanor for possession of drug paraphernalia, and numerous traffic-related charges.

Nelson was booked on suspicion of the following charges: one second-degree felony for possession of heroin, one second-degree felony for possession of meth, one second-degree felony for dispensing a controlled substance, and one class A misdemeanor for possession of drug paraphernalia.

All of the drug-related charges were enhanced as Kohl’s is a drug-free zone.












A federal complaint was filed in court yesterday, alleging that a Department of Corrections officer tried to bring close to five grams of methamphetamine, Tabasco sauce and other contraband into the prison.

Internal Affairs supervisor Lt. Jeff Limo said in an interview that an investigation has been launched at the prison.

According to the complaint submitted by an FBI special agent, the prison’s internal affairs division learned that a “package of contraband” was thrown over the prison fence this month in Mangilao for an unidentified inmate.

When prison officials interviewed the inmate, he allegedly implicated corrections officer Eugene J. Sunega “in criminal drug activity at the (prison).”

On Monday, the complaint states, Sunega was scheduled to begin his shift at the Mangilao facility at 6 a.m., but he called in to say he would be late.

When he arrived later that morning, acting prison warden Capt. Alan Borja told the officer that his bag would be searched and asked Sunega if he had any contraband on him.

Sunega said “No,” according to the complaint.

Borja searched Sunega’s belongings and found a “large package” hidden inside the officer’s jacket, which was rolled up inside his backpack.

“When Captain Borja discovered the sealed package,” documents state, “Sunega stated, ‘I’m sorry, sir.'”

At that point, Borja stopped the search and contacted Limo, who escorted Sunega to another room.

The complaint said the package allegedly contained cigarettes, lighters, tobacco, beef jerky, Tabasco sauce, garlic powder, a glass pipe and “a quantity of crystal-like powder,” which was later presumptively identified as methamphetamine.

All of those items are considered contraband prohibited by the prison, documents state.

The powder was found inside cigarettes while the pipe was found in the package of jerky, documents state.

In total, documents allege, the meth weighed 4.9 grams.

That document went on to state that is equivalent to “at least 49 user dosages” and was “consistent with the distribution of crystal methamphetamine.”

Limo said federal authorities took Sunega into custody.

As of yesterday, Sunega was detained at the federal detention facility in Hagatna, Limo said.

Sunega is a corrections officer I.












STORM LAKE, IA (KTIV) – A Storm Lake, Iowa woman has been arrested on a charge of Delivery of Methamphetamine. 25-year old Evelin Aldaba Celaya was being held on $50,000 bond in the Buena Vista County Jail. Storm Lake police arrested her after executing a search warrant at a residence at 1219 Spooner St. at 7:30 pm Monday in connection with an investigation into the sale of meth.

They arrested Celaya on a warrant after police say she sold meth to a police informant in January.

Police also seized a vehicle and a cell phone in connection with the investigation.












STURGIS, Ky. (2/24/15) — A Sturgis man is accused of trafficking in meth and two women are accused of possessing meth after a terroristic threatening complaint was investigated by Kentucky State Police.

According to a KSP report, police responded to a terroristic threatening complaint at 7:36 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21 on U.S. 60W in Sturgis. Upon arrival, troopers located Terry W. Utley, 52, Sturgis, and began the investigation of the complaint. Upon investigation, Utley was arrested for possession of methamphetamine. After a search of the residence, Cynthia D. Fowler, 45, and Beverlee A. Herbert, 47, both of Sturgis, were charged with possession of meth.

The investigation revealed items consistent with trafficking in meth.

Utley was charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance/meth – first offense and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Fowler was charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance/meth and drug paraphernalia – buy/possess.

Herbert was charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance/meth – first offense, first-degree possession of a controlled substance/opiates – first offense and drug paraphernalia buy/possess.













DECATUR – A Decatur couple, Joshua A. Cain and Sarah McGinnis, were each charged Tuesday with Class X methamphetamine manufacturing for allegedly manufacturing the drug in their home in the 1500 block of North Taylor Street.

McGinnis, 28, was also charged with methamphetamine-related child endangerment for allegedly exposing her two young children to the meth lab.

Devon M. Miller, an 18-year-old Decatur male, was charged with methamphetamine manufacturing. A 15-year-old boy was also arrested in connection with the narcotics operation.

During surveillance of the suspected meth lab, detectives from the Decatur Police Department Street Crimes Unit observed McGinnis exit her home about 5:30 p.m. Friday evening with the two children, said an affidavit by a detective. She got into a vehicle with a female driver, which was then stopped by police for traffic violations.

During the stop, McGinnis admitted to police that she used meth and that Cain, 29, manufactured meth at their home, the affidavit said. She was taken into custody, and the children were released to a family member.

McGinnis was then driven back to the residence, where officers found Cain, Miller and the juvenile.

According to information offered by the suspects, the 15-year-old male introduced Cain to meth and was the one who initially made the meth on Taylor Street, beginning about five months ago.

“Eventually Josh learned to make meth and would also make meth on his own,” but usually the juvenile made the meth with Cain assisting, the affidavit said.

“Sarah said her children were present on at least three to four separate occasions when Josh and (the juvenile) manufactured meth,” the detective wrote in his statement. McGinnis said the children were living in the house at that time, and she had not done anything to keep them away while the meth was being made.

When city detectives and Illinois State Police officers searched the house, they found meth ingredients and equipment in a bedroom that contained “a large amount of children’s clothing.” A small amount of methamphetamine was found in the house.

Cain, McGinnis and Miller are being held in the Macon County Jail, pending their preliminary hearings in circuit court March 4. Bond was set for Cain and McGinnis at $50,000 each; Miller’s bond is $10,000.













CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) – Police arrested a man for possession of a controlled substance and evading police in a vehicle at around 1:45 a.m. Tuesday after an officer tried to pull him over for a traffic violation and he tried to flee.

According to police, a patrol officer spotted 32-year old Espiridion Suarez making an improper turn from Marguerite Street onto South Staples Street. When the officer attempted to pull him over, Suarez allegedly sped away.

Responding officers found his vehicle abandoned in the 500 block of South Staples Street. Suarez was found walking between nearby buildings in the area and was arrested for evading police. He was additionally charged with possession of a controlled substance after police determined that he tried to toss a bag of methamphetamine away. The drugs were recovered by police.












Acting on a tip, Horse Cave police arrested six adults and detained a juvenile on drug and other charges Monday in the 200 block of East Main Street in Horse Cave, according to a press release issued Tuesday by Horse Cave Police Department Chief Sean Henry.

  • Joshua Kinslow, 32, of Glasgow, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia; possession of a controlled substance-methamphetamine, second offense; endangering the welfare of a minor; first-degree persistent felony offender; first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance; tampering with physical evidence; and first-degree wanton endangerment of a child.
  • Michael Hunn, 24, of Horse Cave, was charged with endangering the welfare of a minor; possession of drug paraphernalia; first-degree possession of a controlled substance; and tampering with physical evidence.
  • Mindy Helson, 33, of Horse Cave, was charged with endangering the welfare of an minor; possession of drug paraphernalia; first-degree possession of a controlled substance-methamphetamine, second offense; and first-degree wanton endangerment.
  • Stephen Helson, 39, of Horse Cave, was charged of first-degree possession of a controlled substance; possession of drug paraphernalia; first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance-methamphetamine; and first-degree wanton endangerment of a child.
  • Stephen Helson Jr., 21, of Horse Cave, was charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance-methamphetamine; and possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • Tiffany Jones, 21, of Horse Cave, was charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance-methamphetamine; possession of drug paraphernalia; and tampering with physical evidence.
  • A 17-year-old juvenile was charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine; possession of drug paraphernalia; and tampering with physical evidence.

All were arrested about 1:30 a.m. Monday morning. In the course of “eradicating the illegal drug sales, the police were also concerned with unsanitary living conditions in the local downtown apartments,” the release said. HCPD contacted social services, who removed an 8-year-old girl from the apartment. The child was taken to other family members.

Henry met with code enforcement officer Ken Russell, Fire Chief Donnie Parker and the owner of the apartment, which is near the Horse Cave First Baptist Church.

“The living conditions were found to be uninhabitable by any living creature and condemned until corrections were made and the apartments were up to City Code,” the release said.

All six arrested were taken to Hart County Jail, where they are awaiting bond, according to the jail website.

The juvenile was taken to the Lincoln Village Juvenile Detention Facility in Elizabethtown.












An Ellwood City teen faces drug charges after police allegedly found suspected methamphetamine, cocaine and a gun in her house.

Taylor Renee Foley, 18, of 950 Skyline Drive, was arrested Monday after police executed a sealed search warrant around 6:30 a.m. at her home.

Participating in the raid were officers of the Lawrence County District Attorney’s special investigative unit and drug task force and the New Castle police.

Police said they found a quantity of suspected crystallized methamphetamine in Taylor Foley’s bedroom, along with a small amount of crack cocaine and $508 in cash.

Police also confiscated a black Kia sedan from the garage. A bag containing 7.1 grams of suspected crack cocaine was found inside with other drug-related items, police said.

Foley is charged with two counts each of possession and possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

She was arraigned by District Judge Scott McGrath, who committed her to the Lawrence County jail in lieu of $50,000 bond.












Botetourt County Supervisors first held a public hearing and then approved an ordinance for the collection of reimbursements for the cleanup of meth labs at its meeting Tuesday, Feb. 24.

Since 2011, there have been seven meth labs shut down in Botetourt County. The sheriff’s department’s most recent meth lab bust occurred in January. Due to the danger of the labs, the cleanups are often expensive.

No one spoke at the public hearing. Commonwealth’s Attorney Joel Branscom explained the problems with the current cleanup system to the board.

Here is the section code change to 15.2—1716.2 of Virginia State code and in section 1-18 Botetourt County amendment:

“Sec. 1-18 Reimbursement for expenses associated with Methamphetamine lab clean-up:”

Any person convicted of an offense for the manufacture of methamphetamine under Virginia Code Sections 18.2-248 or 18.2-248 shall at the time of sentencing or in a separate civil action, be liable to Botetourt County or to any law enforcement entity for restitution of expenses incurred in the clean-up of any methamphetamine lab located in Botetourt county, Virginia related to the conviction. The amount charged shall not exceed the actual expenses incurred associated with the clean-up, removal, or repair of the affected property or the replacement coast of personal protective equipment.












NOGALES, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) – Customs and Border Protection officers recovered over $1 million in drugs and arrested seven people in smuggling attempts last week.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection tells KGUN9 that on Feb. 18 CBP officers recovered an estimated $50,500 in methamphetamine hidden in an SUV.Meth51

The driver of the SUV, 25-year-old Jorge Gerardo was taken into custody.

The next day, more than $7,600 worth of methamphetamine was recovered from 43-year-old Dinorah Eunice Suarez-Osorio. CBP officers say the drugs were concealed under her clothing and attached to her calves.

That same day, 25-year-old Eder Martin Gonzalez and 22-year-old Estrella Jazmin Ramirez-Perez were taken into custody after CBP officers discovered $53,000 worth of cocaine hidden in Gonzalez’s Volkswagen.

Officers also found $280,000 worth of cocaine in the sedan belonging to Ramirez-Perez.

On. Feb. 21, 47-year-old Maria Leticia Gurrola-Ortega and 46-year-old Judith Coronado de la Reyes were taken into custody after CBP officers found $472,000 worth of heroin and five pounds of methamphetamine in the pair’s SUV.

Finally, on Feb. 22, 43-year-old Carlos Alberto Franco Bours attempted to smuggle $272,000 worth of heroin across the border. The heroin was discovered by a canine team in his sedan.

CBP officers processed all vehicles and drugs for seizure.

All of the suspects were referred to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.












Jakarta (ANTARA News) – The anti drug directorate of the Jakarta metropolitan police has arrested a Nigerian identified as TC believed to be a drug ring leader operating between Jakarta and Hong Kong.

TA was arrested on charge of being in possession of 6 kilograms of methamphetamine sent from Hong Kong, director of the police narcotics detective division Sr Comr.Eko Daniyanto said.

His arrest followed report received by police about a suspicious bag sent from Hong Kong addressed to someone in Paseban, Central Jakarta.

A police officer then disguised as a parcel courier brought the bag to the address and arrested a suspect identified as HT that received the bag.

Interrogation of HT led to the arrest of a woman identified as KY in Rawamangun and TC at his apartment room at Jalan Centra Primer, East Jakarta, Eko said.

KY was known to be a member of an international drug syndicate.

The suspects are facing life sentence or death penalty if found guilty.

Last month, a Nigerian drug convict was executed by a firing squad on the Nusakambangan (*)












NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) – North Charleston police arrested a 26-year-old woman they say took her baby with her to smoke meth at an area hotel.6824604_G

Ashley Murdaugh was arrested early Monday morning and faces a charge of unlawful conduct toward a child, police say.

Detectives spotted a car in the parking lot of a Fain Street hotel with two woman inside at approximately 1:30 a.m., according to an incident report. When they approached, the driver exited the vehicle and approached the office and was called back to talk to police.

The passenger of the vehicle, Murdaugh, was with her 8-month-old child, the report states.

Detectives say the stories provided by the two women were not consistent.

The driver of the vehicle told police there was a meth pipe in the vehicle, then said they were there to meet another girl and smoke meth with her, but did not know which room she was in, the report states.

Police found a glass pipe with a bowl at the bottom, which is commonly used to smoke methamphetamine as well as a prescription pill bottle for Xanax, the report states.

Police say because of the drugs, they contacted the Department of Social Services.

The driver of the vehicle told police they had been at her house in Walterboro smoking meth with all the minor children in the home. After running out of drugs, she told police she contacted the third woman, who said she had a “bowl” of meth, and made arrangements to meet up at the hotel.

Murdaugh was being held at the Al Cannon Detention Center on a $100,000 bond, police say.












Renton-rapist-230x300Renton police seek the public’s help as they look for a felon who reportedly sexually assaulted his ex-girlfriend inside a North Renton espresso stand last week.

A woman was opening the stand about 4:36 a.m. Feb. 17 in the 300 block of Park Avenue North when 42-year-old Shad A. Johnson allegedly forced his way inside the stand and assaulted her, Renton police say.

When a witness drove up, Johnson left the scene in a red 2004 Ford F-150, reports indicate.

Johnson used to live in Idaho and has a criminal history in Eastern Washington, but reportedly mentioned fleeing to California after the assault.

Johnson is wanted on a federal probation violation. He pleaded guilty in 2010 to a federal charge of conspiracy to possess and deal methamphetamine in Idaho.

Renton police advise Johnson should be considered dangerous and ask anyone who spots him to call 911 right away.

Anyone with information about Johnson may also leave an anonymous tip at 1-800-222-8477 and reference Renton police case 15-2026. Tips that lead to Johnson’s arrest and felony charges may earn an informant up to $1,000 reward.