STOW, Ohio – Two men were injured when a methamphetamine lab exploded in a Stow duplex, police said.

The explosions blew out windows Wednesday night of a house on Mac Drive near Darrow Road. The meth lab was in a back bathroom.

Stow police said the men, ages 28 and 29, were taken to an area hospital with burns to their hands, feet and face. They are also suspected of making the meth that caused the blasts.

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The neighbors in the other side of the duplex were not home at the time.

The Summit County Drug Task Force is assisting with the investigation.

 

 

 

http://www.newsnet5.com/dpp/news/local_news/oh_summit/methamphetamine-lab-explodes-on-mac-drive-in-stow

 

SIOUX FALLS, SD – Employee vigilance helped lead police to Sioux Falls’ latest meth arrests.

40-year-old Camille Solberg and her husband, 39-year-old William White faces multiple drug charges, including manufacturing and possessing methamphetamine.

Solberg and White called Room 22 at the Arena Motel home for about a month, while they looked for an apartment. Arena Motel owner Tim Nicolai said the two had just moved to Sioux Falls after they got jobs. Nicolai said though the couple seemed nice, he and his employees routinely check the motel rooms.

Couple Faces Charges for Motel Meth Lab

 

“Went into the room. Things just seemed odd to me,” Tim Nicolai said.

Nicolai called police, who found a one-pot lab in the room. They arrested Solberg before 5 p.m. on Tuesday. Nicolai says White drove by, saw the commotion, and called him to ask what was going on, and if it was ok for him to go back to his room. Nicolai told him there was a medical emergency in a different room.

“We just told him there was a medical emergency when there really wasn’t. That would be an obvious reason for police and fire to be here. He bit on it and obviously wanted back in his room,” Nicolai said.

White was arrested at about 9 p.m. on Tuesday. Drug charges include possession of methamphetamine, manufacturing a controlled substance, maintaining a residence where drugs are used and stored, drug use in a school zone, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Both face more than 30 years behind bars and thousands of dollars in fines.

KELOLAND News interviewed Nicolai weeks before the bust. The motel owner was part of a story about how the Sioux Falls Police Department works with local motel/hotel owners, and trains them on how to spot possible crimes like this.

“We have to give a big, a big hand of applause to all these folks that work with us. Not just managers and owners of property, but employees who take it upon themselves to know what’s going on,” Greg Schmit of the Sioux Falls Police Department said.

Nicolai has read some online criticism of his motel following the arrests, which he said is the first meth bust at his business. But he said he finds nothing negative about getting more meth off the streets.

“I think the people of our community should be happy that we’re taking these people off the streets and that we’re aware of what to look for and to remind people this can happen in their own back yards, or under their roofs. Everything is easy to conceal,” Nicolai said.

Employees at the Arena Motel say reporting this type of crime is a priority.

“Especially through hard times, give people a chance to start over in life. Give them a place to have a roof over their heads and to move on with their lives. I take it very personally when somebody sets up a meth lab in my back yard,” Nicolai said.

 

 

 

 

http://www.keloland.com/newsdetail.cfm/couple-faces-charges-for-motel-meth-lab/?id=146795

 

Granby, NY — An Oswego County investigation that began with the seizure of methamphetamine ingredients led to charges against two women, deputies said.

Amanda J. Smith, 34, of 1219 county Route 85, Apt. B, Hannibal, was charged Tuesday with felony criminal possession of precursors of methamphetamine, as well as misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance, deputies said.

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Amanda Smith

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Allison Plumley
 

A search of a car in the parking lot of Granby’s Walmart produced a one gallon plastic jug of muriatic acid, a small plastic jug of drain cleaning substance and a 40-pound bag of rock salt, deputies said.

The investigation also led to an additional felony manufacture of meth charge against Smith after deputies said she was involved in making meth earlier this month in Hannibal, deputies said.

Deputies also arrested another woman, Allison M. Plumley, 37, of 14 Country Lane, Fulton. She was charged with felony possession of precursors of methamphetamine and criminal possession of a controlled substance, deputies said.

Smith was sent to the Oswego County jail with bail set at $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond, deputies said. Plumley was given bail of $1,500 cash or $3,000 bond.

 

 

 

http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2013/04/oswego_county_deputies_seize_m.html

 

EL PASO - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the El Paso port of entry seized 3.1 pounds of crystal methamphetamine strapped to the waist and calves of a man Tuesday, according to a news release.

Photos from CBP show the man, pants around his ankles and in “Simpson’s” boxers, with two packages duct taped to his calves.

William Horacio Pavia, 20, of Ciudad Juarez, was arrested and detained without bond at the El Paso County jail.

 
 

The seizure was made just after 4 p.m. when a man entered the pedestrian inspection area at the Paso Del Norte international crossing. A CBP officer at the primary inspection station initiated an exam and felt bundles around the man’s waist.

He was detained, and CBP officers continued their exam in a secure area.

CBP officers found four methamphetamine-filled packages strapped to his waist and two on his legs. The drugs weighed 3.1 pounds.

Pavia was then arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement HSI agents in connection with the failed smuggling attempt.

 

 

 

http://www.lcsun-news.com/las_cruces-news/ci_23046064/border-crosser-carrying-meth-arrested

 

 

MAQUOKETA, Iowa — Jackson County sheriff’s deputies are investigating an alleged methamphetamine lab and the overdose of two young women Tuesday morning at the same location in rural Maquoketa.

According to a search warrant return filed by Deputy Steve Schroeder in Jackson County Magistrate Court, the search warrant was for property in the 16000 block of 85th Street, north of Maquoketa.

Schroeder wrote in the warrant that a white powder, which tested positive for methamphetamine, pills and items used to make the drug were found in a tack building on the property, which had been converted into a living space.

Schroeder said Wednesday that authorities executed several search warrants at the property.

“All the evidence will be sent to the Department of Criminal Investigation lab in Des Moines,” Schroeder said. “Once the lab results are finished, we will determine what, if any, charges will be filed.”

An unidentified person called the Maquoketa Law Center about 6 a.m. Tuesday to say a woman had overdosed on a farm and asked for a welfare check. The report said when officers arrived, the property owner told officers no one was in the house, but they could check the other building on the property. 

Officers found two women in an upstairs loft. Officers said they found a small bag with white powder that field-tested positive for methamphetamine. Maquoketa Ambulance and Maquoketa Rescue Squad took one of the women to Jackson County Regional Health Center. Her condition was not available.

Schroeder said deputies executed several search warrants at the property in the past 24 hours as the investigation continues.

 

 

 

http://qctimes.com/news/state-and-regional/illinois/deputies-investigate-possible-meth-lab/article_3e8d6dbd-e379-5d1c-924a-b04d4556d4cb.html

 

 

OSWEGO, NY – Oswego County Sheriff’s Office has charged two women in connection with the manufacture of Methamphetamine.

Amanda J. Smith

Amanda J. Smith

 

On April 16 at 2:04 p.m., Amanda J. Smith, 34, of 1219 CR 85, Apt. B, Hannibal, was arrested for Criminal Possession of Precursors of Methamphetamine, a class E felony, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, 7th degree, a class A misdemeanor and Trespass.

The arrest stems from the investigation into an unrelated incident and a vehicle search in the parking lot of the Wal-Mart in the town of Granby that reportedly produced one gallon plastic jug of muriatic acid, a small plastic jug of drain cleaning substance, and a 40-pound bag of rock salt from the trunk of the vehicle.

Allison M. Plumley

Allison M. Plumley

 

Stemming from the same investigation, Allison M. Plumley, 37, of 14 Country Lane, Fulton, was arrested for Criminal Possession of Precursors of Methamphetamine and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance.

Ms. Smith and Ms. Plumley were arraigned in the Town of Granby Court by Hon. Judge Wells and remanded to the OCJ in lieu of $10,000/$20,000 for Ms. Smith and $1,500/$3,000 for Ms. Plumley.

They are to return to court on April 22.

During the investigation, Ms. Smith was arrested for Unlawful Manufacture of Methamphetamine, 3rd degree, a class D felony for her alleged participation in the knowledge that methamphetamine was being produced in a residence on April 4 in the town of Hannibal.

She was remanded to the OCJ with a return to Town of Hannibal Court on April 23 for that charge.

 

 

 

 

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A crystal methamphetamine ring, which stretched from Mexico to the Lehigh Valley and allegedly distributed $7 million worth of drugs over the past five years, has been broken up by state narcotics agents, according to state officials.

Twenty-three suspected drug dealers and traffickers are charged as a result of the 15-month investigation.

Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane identified the leaders of the organization as:

  • Gary Kuehner of Bethlehem, Lehigh County
  • Michael Lehreman of Danielsville, Northampton County

Evidence and testimony regarding the alleged drug trafficking was presented to a statewide investigating grand jury, which recommended that criminal charges be filed.

The grand jury found that a California woman secured large amounts of crystal methamphetamine from a source in Mexico and delivered the drugs to a location in Las Vegas, where it was packaged and shipped through FedEx to the Lehigh Valley.

According to the grand jury, shipments were made to Pawel Gajewski of New Tripoli in Lehigh County, who then supplied the crystal meth to Kuehner.

Kuehner and Scott Morgan of Allentown allegedly distributed crystal methamphetamine to customers throughout Lehigh and Northampton counties.

Agents estimate that the organization is responsible for distributing at least four pounds of crystal methamphetamine a month with an estimated street value totaling $7 million over the past five years.

“The time for denying that Mexican drug trafficking organizations are working in Pennsylvania is over,” Kane said. “People can no longer afford to bury their heads in the sand, denying that this problem exists. My office has taken action and we are committed to removing this threat to our communities.”

As the investigation progressed, court authorized wiretaps were approved to determine the scope of the organization and to help identify suppliers.

Through the use of the wiretaps, agents were able to determine that the organization also sold marijuana throughout the Lehigh Valley. Kuehner, allegedly a major supplier of this marijuana, obtained the drugs from James “Jimbo” Schwar of Red Hill, Montgomery County.

Over the course of the investigation agents recovered:

  • 103 handguns and rifles
  • $49,000 cash
  • Six cars, four motorcycles and a four wheeler
  • Various amounts of drug paraphernalia

Kane said the investigation is ongoing.

Here is a complete list of the defendants and the charges against them. (Defendants are presumed innocent until convicted):

  • Gary Kuehner, 32, 1126 W. Union Blvd., Bethlehem, Lehigh County, is charged with 10 counts of unlawful delivery or manufacture of a controlled substance, five counts of possession with the intent to manufacture or deliver, two counts of corrupt organizations, one count of criminal use of a communication facility, and one count of dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities.
  • Michael Lehreman, 45, 3828 Dogwood Road, Danielsville, is charged with 13 counts of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, two counts of corrupt organizations, two counts of criminal conspiracy to possess with the intent to deliver, one count of possession with the intent to deliver, one count of criminal use of a communication facility, and one count of dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities.
  • Maria Carmen Wahlfeld, 49, 3175 Cauby St., Apt. 24, San Diego, Calif., is charged with three counts of possession with the intent to manufacture or deliver, two counts of corrupt organizations, one count of criminal use of a communication facility, and one count of dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities.
  • Pawel Gajewski, 36, 4490 Run Road, New Tripoli, is charged with three counts of possession with the intent to manufacture or deliver, two counts of corrupt organizations, one count of criminal use of a communication facility, and one count of dealing in proceeds of unlawful activites.
  • Robert Nigro, 51, 616 Skyline Dr., Apt. 1, Allentown, is charged with five counts of possession with intent to manufacture or deliver, two counts of corrupt organizations, one count of criminal use of a communication facility, one count of dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities, and one count of unlawful possession of a controlled substance.
  • Scott Morgan, 32, 2724 Mosser St., Allentown, is charged with seven counts of possession with the intent to manufacture or deliver, five counts of unlawful delivery or manufacture of a controlled substance, two counts of corrupt organizations, one count of criminal use of a communication facility, and one count of dealing in proceeds of unlawful activites.
  • Lyle Dietz, 58, 6172 Airport Road, East Allen Township, is charged with three counts of corrupt organizations, three counts of possession with the intent to manufacture or deliver, one count of criminal use of a communication facility, and one count of dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities.
  • Kimberly Kerstetter, 39, 5100 Huckleberry Road, Orefield, is charged with three counts of possession with the intent to manufacture or deliver, two counts of corrupt organizations, one count of endangering the welfare of children, and one count of dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities.
  • John Kerstetter, 38, 5100 Huckleberry Road, Orefield, is charged with three counts of possession with the intent to manufacture or deliver, two counts of corrupt organizations, two counts of dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities, two counts of endangering welfare of children, and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.
  • James “Jimbo” Schwar, 35, 359 Main St., Apt. 1, Red Hill, is charged with three counts of possession with the intent to manufacture or deliver, two counts of corrupt organizations, one count of criminal use of a communication facility, one count of dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities, and one count of unlawful possession of a controlled substance.
  • Matthew Baker, 31, 1343 Maple St., Allentown, is charged with two counts of corrupt organizations, two counts of unlawful delivery or manufacture of a controlled substance, one count of possession with the intent to manufacture or deliver, and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.
  • Mark Balas, 38, 4408 N. Church St., Whitehall, is charged with two counts of corrupt organizations, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, one count of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, one count of criminal use of a communication facility, and one count of criminal conspiracy to possess with the intent to deliver.
  • Shane Wechsler, 38, 4640 Lehigh Drive, Lehigh Township, is charged with one count of criminal use of a communication facility and one count of possession of a controlled substance.
  • Michael Stroh, 51, 231 S. Walnut St., Slatington, is charged with one count of criminal use of a communication facility and one count of possession of a controlled substance.
  • Michael Gaspar, 37, 551 Bauer Road, Moore Township, is charged with one count of endangering the welfare of children, one count of criminal use of a communication facility, and one count of possession of a controlled substance.
  • Diana Southard, 44, 6780 Hanover St., East Allen Township, is charged with two counts of corrupt organizations, one count of criminal conspiracy to possess a controlled substance, one count of criminal use of a communication facility, one count of possession with the intent to deliver, one count of possession of a controlled substance, one count of criminal conspiracy to possess with the intent to deliver, and one count of dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities.
  • Robert Wells, 44, RT 940, PO Box 2119, Pocono Pines, Monroe County, is charged with one count of criminal use of a communication facility and one count of possession of a controlled substance.
  • Steven Keeler, 37, 3865 Cedar Drive, Lehigh Township, is charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.
  • Todd Bohlen, 52, 4179 Kozy Korner Road, Center Valley, is charged with two counts of corrupt organizations, one count of possession with the intent to deliver, one count of possession of a controlled substance, and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.
  • Brian Ehret, 43, 8439 Orchard Road, Zionsville, is charged with two counts of corrupt organizations, two counts of possession with the intent to deliver, one count of criminal conspiracy to possess with the intent to deliver, one count of criminal use of a communication facility, one count of dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities, and one count of possession of a controlled substance.
  • Justin Taglioli, 34, 108 Macungie Ave., Emmaus, is charged with two counts of corrupt organizations, one count of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, one count of criminal use of a communication facility, one count of dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities, one count of criminal conspiracy to possess with the intent to deliver, and one count of possession of a controlled substance.
  • Zackery Quaye, 34, 703 E. Cumberland St., Allentown, is charged with four counts of possession with the intent to manufacture or deliver, two counts of corrupt organizations, one count of criminal use of a communication facility, one count of dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities, and one count of unlawful possession of a controlled substance.
  • Dean Desantis, 51, 32 Bedle St., Belle Mead, NJ, is charged with two counts of corrupt organizations, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, one count of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, one count of criminal use of a communication facility, one count of criminal conspiracy to possess with the intent to deliver, and one count of dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities.

 

 

 

http://salisbury.patch.com/articles/7m-mexico-to-lehigh-valley-meth-ring-busted-ag-says

 

DAYTON — Police and a hazardous materials crew removed a box full of ingredients and tools used to make methamphetamine from the porch of a vacant house in Dayton Tuesday afternoon.

A Realtor reported finding the box outside of 1965 Gondert Ave, according to a police incident report. That house is four doors down from Kemp Elementary School.

Police responded at 3:55 p.m. Tuesday and found materials including plastic bottles with unknown liquid residue, cans of camp fuel, a gallon sized bottle of acid, plastic tubing, empty pseudo-ephedrine packets, trash bags and coffee filters.

Neighbors told police that the house has been empty for over a year and the box had been there since at least Thursday. No one witnessed the box being placed there.

Police had no suspects in the case as of Wednesday afternoon.

 

 

 

http://www.whiotv.com/news/news/crime-law/methamphetamine-ingredients-found-on-porch/nXPg5/

 

 

More than 11 grams of methamphetamine was seized during a traffic violation stop on a bicyclist just before midnight Monday on Grant Street in Los Molinos.

Billy Carpenter, 29, of Los Molinos, was arrested by Tehama County sheriff’s deputies on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance for sale and transportation of a controlled substance.

He was booked into the Tehama County Jail. Bail was set at $40,000.

 

 

 

 

http://www.corning-observer.com/news/reported-13903-arrested-ables.html

 

Three Grande Prairie men and one woman are facing a number of charges following a three-month ALERT investigation that netted $223,000 worth of illegal drugs, and guns.

Police executed a search warrant on April 14 and discovered 1.2 kilograms of cocaine, 500 grams of methamphetamine, three long-barreled firearms (two sawed off) and more than $1,000 in cash.

A team of police dogs was used during the search.

(Supplied)

 

“We know that drug trafficking activity increases the potential for violence,” said Sgt. Jason Gibson, CFSEU-Grande Prairie, in a media release. “While the seizures are significant, we know there is more work to be done and will continue to target those who put our communities at risk.”

Scott Adam Mckay, 31, is charged with possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking, possession of methamphetamine for the purpose of trafficking, possession of proceeds of crime and three counts of failure to comply with a recognizance.

Marlon Tabucao, 32, is charged with possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking, possession of methamphetamine for the purpose of trafficking and possession of proceeds of crime.

Mahasin Amanda Hadija, 30, is charged with trafficking cocaine, trafficking methamphetamine, possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking, possession of methamphetamine for the purpose of trafficking, possession of proceeds of crime, and three counts each of unsafe storage of a firearm and unauthorized possession of a firearm.

Paul Andrew Elliott, 36, is charged with possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking, possession of methamphetamine for the purpose of trafficking, possession of proceeds of crime, failure to comply with an undertaking, and three counts each of unsafe storage of a firearm and unauthorized possession of a firearm.

Police have issued a warrant for Elliot’s arrest. Mckay, Tabucao and Hadija have been released on bail.

Their next court appearance is on April 24 in Grande Prairie.

http://www.dailyheraldtribune.com/2013/04/16/alert-investigation-leads-to-drug-and-gun-charges

A methamphetamine addict began her 37th birthday being sentenced to four years’ jail for supplying the drug to others.

Kate Louise Bevin of Tawa, who turned 37 today, had pleaded guilty to three charges of conspiring to supply, two of supply and two of offering to supply, possession of cannabis and possession of an offensive weapon.

Kate Bevin

 Kate Bevin, who turned 37 today, has been jailed on drugs charges.

 
 

Bevin was caught up in Operation Marian, which saw Wellington police uncover five P labs, raid 12 homes and seize cash, vehicles, weapons, chemicals and large amounts of methamphetamine in April last year.

Wellington District Court judge Ian Mill, who jailed her, called her an addict who dealt to others.

He said after she was caught she was released on bail and went on to continue to offend.

Bevin offered to sell to associates in her own network and got the drug from Robert Taui, who was jailed for six years for his part in the operation.

Judge Mill said Bevin had grappled with her addiction, making tremendous progress by completing a residential drug treatment programme.

Bevan’s lawyer Liz Hall said she was diabetic and needed careful management in prison.

She said Bevin’s level of addiction was significant, having been a drug user for 10 years. Bevan had now done a treatment programme, counselling and began rebuilding her relationship with her family.

 

 

 

 

http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/wellington/8561217/Drug-addict-jailed-on-her-birthday

 

About 390 litres of cocaine and methamphetamine were hidden inside more than 1000 Mexican beer bottles found on pallets in a shipping container in Melbourne, a court has heard.

The drugs had been shipped to Melbourne from Mexico, the Supreme Court was told.

Adrian Franze has pleaded not guilty to two charges of attempting to possess a commercial quantity of cocaine and methamphetamine.

“This is a case about drugs,” Commonwealth prosecutor Daniel Gurvich said in his opening address to the jury on the first day of Mr Franze’s trial.

Mr Gurvich said Mr Franze had been involved in a joint enterprise with two other men, Erol Ramazanoglu and Anthony Sitar, to take possession of the drugs which had arrived on a ship from Mexico in October 2011.

Customs and Australian Federal Police officers searched a total of 672 slabs of beer after receiving information about the shipment. Each slab contained 24 bottles of Cerveza Cucapa, except one which had 20 bottles.

Mr Gurvich said preliminary testing of the liquid contained in some of the bottles revealed the presence of methamphetamine and cocaine.

The prosecutor said 46 slabs of beer bottles were identified as containing either methamphetamine or cocaine.

There were crystalline deposits found at the base of about 1061 bottles, Mr Gurvich said.

The jury was told that when these bottles were shaken, there was a “minor head formation” and the liquid inside was clear and colourless.

The other 626 slabs of beer were examined and found to have a normal head formation when shaken and the liquid was an amber or brown colour. There were no sign of drugs in these bottles, Mr Gurvich said.

The prosecutor said 11 of the 46 slabs of 355ml beer bottles contained cocaine while 35 contained methamphetamine.

Mr Gurvich said that in total there was 390 litres of drugs in the bottles.

Customs and Federal police officers later removed the bottles with the drugs and replaced them with similar bottles filled with water, the prosecutor said.

These bottles were then put back on pallets and returned to the shipping container.

Mr Gurvich told the jury forensic analysis of the bottles containing the drugs revealed there was a total of 14.1 kilograms of pure cocaine and and 133 kilograms of pure methamphetamine.

He did not give an estimate of the street value of the drugs.

Defence barrister Michael Tovey, QC, said the Crown case was circumstantial and relied on Mr Franze’s association with Mr Ramazanoglu and Mr Sitar.

Mr Tovey said Mr Franze, a director of the Destino Latin Bar in Chapel Street, denied knowing there were drugs in the beer bottles.

He said the Crown case was that Mr Franze was guilty by association with the other two men but the defence position was that was a matter of interpretation.

The trial before Justice Stephen Kaye continues.

 

 

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/drugs-hidden-in-mexican-beer-bottles-court-told-20130417-2hzwu.html

 

A 36-year-old Corvallis man was sentenced Tuesday in Benton County Circuit Court to 20 months in prison for giving methamphetamine to a 17-year-old girl and having sex with her.

As part of a plea agreement, Michael Todd Morefield pleaded guilty April 2 to a felony charge of delivery of methamphetamine to a minor and a misdemeanor charge of sexual abuse in the third degree.

In exchange, the Benton County District Attorney’s Office dismissed a felony charge of sexual abuse in the second degree and a misdemeanor charge of contributing to the sexual delinquency of a minor.

Morefield also was sentenced to two years of parole and to pay $2,570 in fines and attorney fees.

 

 

 

 

http://www.gazettetimes.com/news/local/man-gets-prison-for-sex-abuse-of-girl/article_6d3b5b1e-a702-11e2-8f5d-001a4bcf887a.html

 

CHRISTIANSBURG – Two juveniles were present Sunday when Christiansburg Police Department raided a methamphetamine lab in a house on Scott Street in response to a tip, authorities said.

 

Virginia Department of Social Services removed the children from the residence, in the 1300 block of Scott Street, following the 11 p.m. raid on an “active” lab, according to Becky Wilburn, director of public relations for Christiansburg.

She said one of the suspects arrested during the raid, Michael Lee Yelton Jr., 45, is charged with allowing a minor to be present during manufacture of methamphetamine. He and Blanche Elizabeth Ottersburg, 43, also are charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and possession of precursors to methamphetamine.

Both suspects are being held without bond at the Montgomery County Jail.

 

 

 

 

http://www.southwesttimes.com/2013/04/juveniles-removed-from-site-of-meth-lab/

 

A Sioux Falls woman was arrested Tuesday after police found components for making meth in her home.

The Sioux Falls Police were called to the Arena Motel at 2401 West Russell Street, because the occupant of one room was suspected of running a meth lab.

Police arrested 40-year-old Camille Solberg for possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Upon arrival of the Sioux Falls Area Drug Task Force, detectives found a meth lab in the room. The type of lab was a One-Pot methamphetamine lab. It was dismantled by the Task Force with Sioux Falls Fire Rescue Haz-Mat and Rural Metro ambulance assisting in their respective roles.

Solberg had additional charges of manufacturing a controlled substance, maintaining a residence where drugs are used-stored, and school zone violation.

She was taken to the Minnehaha County Jail on her charges.

This case is on-going with more arrests expected.

 

 

 

http://www.ksfy.com/story/21997194/sioux-falls-woman-arrested-in-arena-motel-metn-bust

 

 

HARTLY, Del. — A couple has been arrested on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine inside a Hartly home.

State police say 39-year-old Paul Winters and his girlfriend, 45-year-old Dixie Cunningham, were arrested Tuesday by task force officers who went to their home to investigate possible meth production.

Police say Cunningham lied to officers about whether Winters was inside. He was found hiding in a closet. Police say Winters has outstanding warrants.

Police say the home was evacuated after they found the meth lab and that environmental crews contained the hazardous chemicals used to make the drug.

Police also say a juvenile was found in the home and is now staying with a relative. In addition to the drug and other charges, Cunningham and Winters are charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

 

 

 

 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/man-woman-arrested-after-police-find-methamphetamine-lab-inside-hartly-home/2013/04/17/bb7717f8-a75e-11e2-9e1c-bb0fb0c2edd9_story.html

 

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Police say a suspected methamphetamine lab explosion at a Flint apartment complex has damaged the building and prompted an evacuation.

The Flint Journal reports (http://bit.ly/YZvze0 ) siding on the building was blown off about 1 a.m. Tuesday and several pieces of siding and window screens were strewn throughout the parking lot. Police say they don’t believe there are any serious injuries.

Residents were evacuated from the building.

Police found meth lab components at the site. Police say they have suspects in the case, but there’s no immediate word of any arrests.

 

 

http://www.sfgate.com/news/crime/article/Police-Possible-meth-lab-blast-damages-apartments-4437461.php

 

ROCK HILL – A Rock Hill couple who neighbors say recently moved into the area was arrested and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine Tuesday after drug agents found a “one pot meth lab” containing 100 grams of the drug in their duplex just steps away from a Cherry Road deli and Winthrop University.

Cory Seth Catoe, 29, and Brooklyn Barrett Brandon, 26, are charged with trafficking methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute, two counts of possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute in proximity to a school, manufacturing methamphetamine and manufacturing methamphetamine in proximity to a school, said Sgt. Jim Lubben, Rock Hill commander of the York County Multijurisdictional Drug Enforcement Unit. Brandon also is charged with interfering/hindering officers serving a warrant.

They were still held Tuesday evening at the York County Detention Center in York.

Tuesday morning, York County Sheriff’s deputies went to 1108 Ebenezer Ave. Ext. to serve a family court bench warrant on Catoe, Lubben said. When officials knocked on the door, they could hear a lot of movement inside.

Deputies got a key from the landlord and went inside, heading straight up a flight of stairs to find Catoe and Brandon together in a bedroom, Lubben said. Officials also found a 32-ounce Gatorade bottle on the windowsill they thought might be used to manufacture methamphetamine.

Catoe was arrested on the bench warrant, while drug agents were called to investigate the suspected meth lab, Lubben said. They found 100 grams of methamphetamine inside the bottle, still in its liquid form.

“That’s a lot,” Lubben said.

Officials evacuated nearby residents and called in a hazardous materials crew to help dispose of the lab, he said. Meanwhile, Catoe and Brandon were charged and taken to jail.

Two other people were in the duplex at the time, Lubben said. One of them, a man, had just spent the night and wasn’t involved. The other person, a woman who also lives in the duplex, was in her room the entire time and was released at the scene.

Drug agents along with personnel from the Rock Hill Fire Department, York County Emergency Management, EMS and the Sheriff’s Office all swarmed the scene as investigators donned hazmat suits and oxygen masks to rifle through bags, garbage and other property.

Investigators didn’t find any other possible labs, Lubben said, but they did recover several chemicals that could have been used to manufacture the drug.

The lab officials found was “active,” Lubben said, containing 100 grams of methamphetamine in its liquid form.

Methamphetamine, an addictive street drug that can be made from pseudoephedrine, over-the-counter cold medicines and household products, contains potent chemicals that, when handled improperly, can cause explosions and serious burns.

“All it takes is a minor mistake” to ignite a fire, Lubben said.

A bottle the size of what officials found likely wouldn’t spark a major explosion, Lubben said, but if a fire were to develop, chemicals could splash and spread the blaze “pretty quickly.”

Small or big, one pot meth labs shouldn’t be underestimated, said Lt. Max Dorsey with the State Law Enforcement Division.

The one pot method for cooking meth is the “most popular manufacturing technique used in South Carolina at this time,” and at least for the past four years, Dorsey said.

One pot labs, which take shape in Gatorade bottles, 2-liter soda bottles or any other “small vessel,” are condensed meth labs that are more mobile than their predecessors, he said.

Trends show that addicts commonly use the one pot method to produce meth for themselves or to sell it, he said.

Users fill the bottles with chemicals that react on their own and produce the meth in its liquid form, he said. The manufacturers then use another vessel with salt and acid to solidify the drug into a compound that they drain through a filter to produce the finished product.

“They’re manufacturing it as a ticking time bomb,” he said.

During a conference sponsored by the county’s All On Board coalition in March, Dorsey said SLED seized 267 small meth labs in 2011. A year later, officials shut down almost 540meth labs throughout the state, and by March had seized at least 100 labs so far in 2013.

Sixteen of those were in York County, Dorsey said. He also showed a video of investigators tampering with a discarded meth lab until it combusted in a flash of fire.

“In the pots, you have a bomb potentially,” he said. “To me, I think they’re more dangerous” than traditional stationary labs because of their mobility.

“You have no idea what’s going on in your neighbor’s house,” Dorsey said, “but what they do can affect your livelihood.”

Thom McNulty said he didn’t know what was going on in the duplex adjacent to his own apartment when he was asked to evacuate Tuesday.

Behind a stretch of crime scene tape, McNulty waited until officials gave him the green light to go back in his home, which police blocked off for nearly three hours. He stood nearby, clinging onto an iPad and snapping photos to send to a friend.

“I haven’t seen this locally,” he said. “It’s kind of frightening.”

From what he knows about methamphetamine, “the ingredients can be explosive,” he said. “I don’t really care for that kind of hazard in my neighborhood, much less the element it attracts.”

McNulty said he doesn’t know much about the people who were charged, except that he believed the couple just moved in about two months ago. For the most part, the street’s quiet, except for weekends when college students who live in the area spill into the street for parties, he said.

So far this year, Rock Hill Police have reported four drug violations within a mile of the duplex, according to Rock Hill Police crime data. Last year, they reported a total of 61 drug and drug equipment violations.

Two Winthrop University students who live across the street from the apartment watched and took pictures.

“I had to let mama know what’s going on,” said Clinton Washington, a 21-year-old senior business administration major at Winthrop. “I’m glad it didn’t blow up.”

“It’s scary,” said ShaRae Washington, a 27-year-old liberal arts graduate student at Winthrop. “I thought college students were living there.”

Winthrop officials confirmed Tuesday that Brandon and Catoe were not university students.

 
 
 
 
 

Otay Mesa, Calif. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Otay Mesa port of entry yesterday discovered almost 43 pounds of methamphetamine concealed in the spare tire of a vehicle.

Nearly 43 pounds of methamphetamine is discovered and seized by CBP officers at the Otay Mesa Port of Entry

On Wednesday afternoon, April 10, at about 10 a.m., a CBP officer and detector dog were screening vehicles waiting in line for inspection, when the canine alerted to a 2012 Nissan Frontier. The truck was driven by a 56-year-old male Mexican citizen and resident of Moreno Valley, Calif. The driver and vehicle were escorted out of line for a more in-depth examination.

CBP officers ran the truck through the port’s imaging system which revealed anomalies within the spare tire. CBP officers subsequently extracted 18 wrapped packages of methamphetamine from the spare tire, with a street value of about $860,000.

The driver was arrested and transported to the Metropolitan Correctional Center to await arraignment in federal court for the alleged smuggling attempt. CBP seized the vehicle and narcotics.

 

 

 

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Christopher Alan Siemers, of South St. Paul, allegedly stole his father’s vehicle and was in possession of methamphetamine when he was picked up by police.

 

A stolen vehicle led Apple Valley police to a cache of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia in February, according to charges filed against a South St. Paul man.

Christopher Alan Siemers, 30, faces one felony count of theft of a motor vehicle and one felony count of possession of a controlled substance following an incident on Feb. 12, according to a criminal complaint filed last week by the Dakota County Attorney’s Office. If convicted on the drug charge, Siemers could face a maximum of five years in prison and $10,000 in fines.

An Apple Valley police officer on a routine patrol came across a 1997 Dodge Ram truck parked on the side of the road, according to the complaint. A quick check of the vehicle’s license numbers revealed the truck was reported stolen and that Siemers was listed as a suspect.

The officer then spotted a person matching Siemers description standing near the the truck, the complaint said. Police arrested Siemers and found a small metal box inside his jacket pocket. Inside the box, police allegedly found baggies containing two grams of a substance later identified as methamphetamine, a glass pipe and three hypodermic needles.

The officer then contacted Siemers’ father, who had first reported the truck stolen. The father allegedly told police he had asked his son many times to return the vehicle, but that Siemers refused to hand it over.

 

 

 

http://applevalley-rosemount.patch.com/articles/stolen-vehicle-leads-apple-valley-police-to-drug-bust

 

 

Francisco “Pancho” Delgado-Galaviz, 36, of Mexico and a member of a drug trafficking organization based out of Vermilion Parish, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth E. Foote to 10 years in federal prison followed by five years of supervised release for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and cocaine.

Delgado-Galaviz, and 11 co-defendants were indicted in June 2009 on a variety of drug trafficking and firearms charges, along with unlawful use of communication facilities. 

The Stipulated Factual Basis entered into by both parties at the time of the guilty plea revealed that this drug trafficking organization was responsible for the movement and sale of methamphetamine and cocaine from Mexico into the United States and distribution throughout the Acadiana area. 

Delgado-Galaviz and his co-conspirators possessed and distributed kilos of methamphetamine and cocaine. The defendant admitted that he, along with another co-conspirator, was a decision maker in the organization. 

Their source of supply was from Arizona, but they developed a secondary source of supply for this conspiracy in Houston. The defendant’s couriers were often armed with weapons while transporting the illegal substances. 

Delgado-Galaviz acknowledged that he was specifically responsible for the distribution of approximately 2 kilograms of methamphetamine and approximately 5 kilograms of cocaine.

He is the last of 11-codefendants to be sentenced.

“The arrests and convictions in this case resulted in the elimination of large quantities of methamphetamine and cocaine being distributed from Mexico into the Western District of Louisiana,” Finley said. “The agencies involved in this case worked tirelessly to investigate and remove these dangerous criminals and drugs from our streets. My office, along with our federal, state and local partners, will continue in their efforts to bring drug dealers to justice.”

 

 

 

 

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VISALIA – In two separate cases, a total of four people were arrested in because of their dealings with methamphetamine.

Juan Placencia

The Visalia Police Department arrested two men on the morning of April 11 on suspicion of transporting drugs. As part of a planned traffic stop, the Narcotics and Gang Suppression units pulled over Juan Placencia, 24, and Jose Alvarez, 20, northwest of Farmersville as part of an investigation into suspected methamphetamine sales in Visalia.

Placencia had two ounces of meth on him and more than $18,000 in cash, while Alvarez was found with more than a gram of the drug as well as suspected drug-packaging material.

A search warrant at Placencia’s home just west of Farmersville revealed digital scales, drug-packaging materials and other items indicating a drug-selling operation, police said.

Jose Alvarez

Both men were arrested on suspicion of possessing meth for sale and transporting meth.

On April 15, a Visalia woman was arrested after investigators found meth in her vehicle. Teresa Eads, 43, was pulled over on Highway 198 near Demaree Street and police found a small amount of meth inside her car. A search warrant of her home in the 2800 block of East Goshen Avenue revealed three grams of meth and items that indicated involvement in drug sales, authorities said.

While police were serving the search warrant, 38-year-old Richard Dewitt showed up at the house with two grams of meth on him. Dewitt and Eads were arrested on suspicion of possessing meth for sales and transporting meth. Dewitt also had an outstanding warrant.

 

 

 

 

 

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More remnants of methamphetamine manufacturing were discovered along the roadside early this week, leading law enforcement officers to once again warn residents to be careful when they come upon what appears to be trash and, at the same time urging them to report anything that appears suspicious.

A Department of Transportation employee discovered the latest dump site Monday afternoon while working in the Giddensville Road/Harvey Lewis Road area of Sampson County, near Faison.

Sheriff’s Cpl. Marcus Smith said the employee stumbled upon the suspicious-looking trash as he was clearing the roadway around 2 p.m. and called officers.

Discovered was at least one canister with tubes coming out of it, along with other items Smith said were deemed to be the type contents used in the manufacturing of meth.

Agents with the Special Investigation Division of the Sheriff’s Department were called in, and they confirmed that the trash was, in fact, consistent materials used in the manufacturing of the illegal and highly addictive substance, the second such dump site discovered in just a week.

Smith said dump sites weren’t that unusual given that those who are making the substance usually do so behind their own homes.

While not ruling out mobile meth labs as one reason why debris is dumped along roadways, Smith also pointed to the more likely reason — removing evidence from places where suspects reside.

“There are a variety of reasons why they dump these materials, but the most likely is the fact that most people that do this are manufacturing it behind their homes. They can’t really dump that stuff there because a neighbor might see it and become suspicious, and, of course, they don’t want evidence lying around that would give them away,” Smith said.

Anything from glass jars and “blister packs,” the aluminum and plastic containers often used to hold assorted over-the-counter medications, like Sudafed, to remnants of red phosphorus and canisters with tubes attached are materials often associated with the manufacture of meth and often the things one would find discarded in a field, wooded area or along the roadside.

“It’s places that someone can pull over at night and dump this stuff without being seen,” Smith said. “That becomes a dump site.”

The sites, Smith stressed, are often hazardous and should be avoided by the public. “They don’t always have to be hazardous, but they aren’t materials anyone wants to be missing with. If you see what looks like a site, the best thing to do is immediately call law enforcement. It’s our job to respond and handle this type of stuff.

“People need to be really careful. Don’t touch the stuff. If it look suspicious, it probably is,” Smith stressed.

 

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State narcotics agents have taken down a drug ring that brought methamphetamine from Mexico to the Lehigh Valley, according to court records filed Tuesday.

Nearly two dozen people were charged in the ring, which agents said also sold marijuana. A couple grew more than 200 marijuana plants in their South Whitehall Township home, court records say.

Among those charged were a San Diego woman who brought the drugs from Mexico to Las Vegas, where they were trucked to a hotel in Lower Macungie Township, authorities said.

Pawel Gajewski, 36, of Weisenberg Township got the drugs from the hotel and sold them to others, who would distribute them in Lehigh and Northampton counties, authorities said.

Agents with the state attorney general’s office used wiretaps to intercept cryptic phone calls, conducted surveillance on those involved and had confidential informants make drug buys in the investigation, which began in January 2012.

A grand jury in Montgomery County heard testimony from several witnesses and issued a presentment last week, recommending charges against 23 people.

Most of the suspects were arraigned Tuesday by Lehigh County District Judge David Howells Jr., some for allegedly participating in a corrupt organization. All are facing a number of drug charges.

According to the grand jury presentment:

Gajewski, of 4490 Run Road in Weisenberg, was having the methamphetamine delivered to the Wingate Hotel on Hamilton Boulevard in Lower Macungie. The shipments, sometimes up to 36 ounces in one load, came from Las Vegas after being brought there from Mexico by Maria Carmen Wahlfield, 49, of San Diego.

Gajewski was detained last summer in Las Vegas and admitted he had been getting meth from Wahlfield for several months.

One of his main customers was Gary J. Kuehner, 32, of Bethlehem. Kuehner also bought marijuana from James “Jimbo” Schwar, 35, of Red Hill, Montgomery County.

Agents say Schwar and John Kerstetter, 38, and his wife, Kimberly Kerstetter, 29, ran a complex marijuana-growing operation in the Kerstetters’ home at 5100 Huckleberry Road in South Whitehall. Besides drug charges, the couple also face child endangerment charges because they had small children in their home.

The other main player in the ring was Michael C. Lehrman, 45, of Lehigh Township. Agents allege he bought marijuana and methamphetamine from Kuehner for about a year and a half, paying $400 an ounce for marijuana and $2,600 for an ounce of meth.

The others charged include three of Kuehner’s accomplices and his and Lehrman’s customers, according to the grand jury presentment.

Five of the 23 have not been arraigned, including Wahlfield.

Gajewski, Kuehner, Schwar, Lehrman and the Kerstetters were charged with corrupt organizations and related drug crimes. Kimberly Kerstetter was released on $100,000 unsecured bail. The others were sent to Lehigh County Prison.

Also charged were:

• Dean R. DeSantis, 51, of Belle Mead, N.J., identified in court papers as a marijuana supplier.

• Scott D. Morgan, 32, of Allentown; Matthew R. Baker, 31, of Allentown; and Mark F. Balas, 38, of Whitehall. They were identified as Kuehner’s accomplices.

• Brian Ehret, 43, of Lower Milford Township; Todd A. Bohlen, 52, of Upper Saucon Township; Robert M. Wells, 44, of Pocono Pines; Justin M. Taglioli, 34, of Emmaus; Zackery B. Quaye, 34, of Allentown; and Robert S. Nigro, 51, of Allentown. They were identified as Kuehner’s customers.

• Steven M. Keeler, 37, of Walnutport; Diana F. Southard, 44, of Bethlehem; Michael S. Gaspar, 37, of Bath; Michael Stroh, 51, of Slatington; Shane C. Wechsler, 38, of Walnutport; and Lyle F. Dietz, 58, of Allentown. They were identified as Lehrman’s customers.

 

 

 

 

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EUREKA SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) – Police in Eureka Springs have made several arrests all stemming from the buying and selling of methamphetamine.

In Oct. 2012, detectives with the Eureka Springs Police Dept. arrested an individual who agreed to turn informant for police to help them purchase drugs in exchange for leniency in his burglary charge.

This arrest turned into a five month narcotics investigation which has resulted in 25 arrests for selling, manufacturing, and possessing with intent to manufacture dangerous drugs, mainly methamphetamine.

Prosecuting Attorney Tony Rogers allowed two detectives to buy drugs as part of the investigation. As drugs were purchased, suspects were positively identified and arrested. Those who were arrested were given the opportunity to purchase drugs from their suppliers.

As the investigation progressed, more suspects were identified and became cooperative informants for detectives. Meth dealers who were known to deliver in the Eureka Springs area were identified in Berryville, Holiday Island, and rural western Carroll County as well as Barry County and Taney County in Missouri.

 

 

Detectives also teamed up with Berryville police to identify and arrest four dealers in the Berryville area.

Towards the end of the investigation, detectives and an informant bought an “eight-ball” (1/8th ounce of meth) from Melia McEnaney in Berryville. Detectives followed her as she left the house and pulled her over. Detectives found the buy money and another three ounces of meth. McEnaney is charged with delivery of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

Detectives got another informant to buy meth for them. The informant called a supplier, identified as Pedro Munoz-Casillo. The informant arranged to buy three ounces of meth from Casillo who was going to drive in from Branson.

The informant was told to meet Casillo at a local self-storage. A detective rode with the informant and the detective saw the transaction of $3,000 between the informant and Casillo.

That was when detectives arrested Castillo and his accomplice Dorothy Keys. During the arrest, detectives saw Casillo drop a red bag onto the floorboard of the car he drove. Inside the bag was one pound of crystal ice meth. Detectives also found a Star 9mm semi-automatic handgun with a loaded magazine and 440 grams of K2 packaged for sale.

Street value for all of the meth recovered is $8,700 and the street value of the K2 found is over $5,800. Also two vehicles were seized at the time of the arrest, a 2004 Toyota MTX and a 2003 Volkswagon, both belonging to Castillo. Also found on Castillo and Keys was $3,906 in cash.

Bond was set for Casillo at $1,000,000 and for Keys at $500,000 on April 9.

Other persons arrested are:

Cody Middleton of Eureka Springs
Jason Helm of Berryville
Phillip Thornton of Eureka Springs
Anthony Lillig of Eureka Springs
Jordan Anderson of Eureka Springs
Jason Edmonson of Eureka Springs (arrested twice)
Britney Collette of Eureka Springs (arrested twice)
Jason Still of Eureka Springs (arrested twice)
Jackie Aday of Eureka Springs
Melia McEnaney of Harrison
Pedro Munoz-Casillo of Harrison
Dorothy Keys of Green Forest
Christy Strickland of Eureka Springs (arrested twice)
Richard Decker of Eagle Rock
Suzie Scarrow of Eureka Springs
Spencer Martin of Eureka Springs

There are three more suspects in Missouri who have not been arrested as of this date.

 

 

 

 

http://www.thv11.com/news/article/260537/2/Big-meth-bust-in-Eureka-Springs