BRAMPTON — A Superior Court judge has sentenced a Brampton drug trafficker to six years in jail for his role in what’s believed to be one of the largest drug labs ever discovered in Peel.

Roland Da Breo, 35, was convicted of possession of methamphetamine for the purpose of trafficking earlier this year and was sentenced today in Toronto court.

His sentence comes just a few months after Ramprit Goswami, 36, was convicted of the same offence and jailed seven years.

Earlier this year, another man arrested in the sting, Velle Chanmany, 32, of Kitchener, was jailed nine years in relation to the massive methamphetamine and ecstasy lab discovered in east Mississauga.

Calling Chanmany a major participant in the “high-level, wholesale delivery of a very dangerous drug,” Justice Michael Dambrot said he had to send a strong message to deter Chanmany and others from high-level drug trafficking.

“The offence of possession of methamphetamine for the purpose of trafficking is of increasing prevalence in this province, and has come to be recognized as a most serious offence. Methamphetamine is consistently referred to as a hard drug. It causes enormous harm to individual users, and significant harm to the health and safety of the community,” the judge said in his ruling. “It has been said that in many respects, the destructive consequences of crystal methamphetamine mirror those of two other hard drugs, heroin and cocaine…in addition, the methamphetamine offence committed by Chanmany is a particularly serious one. Seven kilos of methamphetamine is a very large quantity indeed.”

Chanmany was convicted of possession of methamphetamine for the purpose of trafficking and possession of Canadian currency that was the proceeds of crime.

Chanmany and Goswami were two of 36 people arrested in spring 2008 in connection with a joint-forces investigation dubbed Project Blackhawk, which was sparked after a traffic stop in Toronto led police to the drug lab they eventually dismantled on Sismet Rd., near Dixie Rd. and Matheson Blvd., on April 29, 2008.

Toronto Police and Peel Regional Police seized 4,000 kilograms of methamphetamine and more than 400,000 tablets of ecstasy from the Sismet Rd. lab, with a potential street value of more than $160 million.

In convicting Chanmany, Dambrot rejected Chanmany’s argument that Toronto drug squad officers falsely claimed to have seized seven kilograms of crystal meth from his SUV.

Defence lawyers argued that Toronto officers were motivated to fabricate evidence out of frustration and anger after failing to collect proof of his cocaine dealing during a major drug investigation.

But Dambrot did not believe Chanmany, whom he called a “lazy and greedy young man who had an aversion to work,” and said there was nothing raised by the defence that undermined the police evidence.

Of the officers involved in the case, Dambrot said, “There is nothing in this that logically would have led them to do what the defence alleges.”

Sismet Rd. has been a hotbed for drug labs, with four being discovered on the street, made up largely of industrial units and warehouses, in the last five years. The most recent was this past February when a $1.5-million marijuana lab was found.







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  • It had previously been reported that the 63-year-old had suffered a heart attack
  • Autopsy says he died of a hemorrhagic brain stroke, with ‘acute methamphetamine intoxication contributing’
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An autopsy report has revealed that the death of Jimi Jamison, the lead singer of 1980s rock band Survivor, was partly caused by methamphetamine use.

Jamison died on September 1 aged 63 at a home in Memphis, Tennessee, according to the report released by the Shelby County medical on Tuesday.

It had originally been reported that Jamison – who sang on Survivor hits such as Burning Heart and Is This Love – died of a heart attack.

The autopsy says Jamison had cardiovascular disease and narrowing of the arteries.

The report says he died of a hemorrhagic brain stroke, with ‘acute methamphetamine intoxication contributing.’

Because meth was determined to be a contributor, and the circumstances leading up to the death were not suspicious, the coroner ruled Jamison’s death as an accident.

The singer and songwriter joined Survivor in 1984, after the band had already become known for Eye of the Tiger, the theme song to the Sylvester Stallone film Rocky III.

After Jamison replaced vocalist Dave Bickler, the band had several more hits and recorded three more albums until they disbanded in 1989.

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The group reformed in 1993 with Bickler as lead singer, but Jamison eventually rejoined Survivor also and they remained a popular touring act in recent years.

Jamison, who also was a member of Target and Cobra, also co-wrote and sang I’m Always Here, the theme to Baywatch.







Methamphetamine lab seizures are on the rise in US cities and suburbs as makers of the lethal drug have been moving their now-portable labs into more populated areas and increasing production.

Methamphetamines used to be produced most frequently in rural areas, where abandoned buildings and farmhouses offered an ideal location for a hidden lab. With fewer authorities to combat the problem and wide open spaces that makes it difficult to find rural meth labs, the drug makers more often chose to operate production from the countryside. Anhydrous ammonia, a key ingredient in producing meth, can also be found more frequently in rural areas, since farmers use the chemical as fertilizer.afp-photo-asfouri-nicolas_si

But a rise in portable labs has made it easier for meth makers to move to US cities and suburbs, especially since the portable labs lack the odor that once forced the drug makers to the countryside. The deadly drug can now be made in someone’s car using a bottle of soda. This ‘shake-and-bake’ method produces the drug in smaller quantities, but doesn’t make production any less dangerous: the chemical reaction can still cause a large explosion, even if it is produced in container as small as an empty water bottle.

With easily accessible recipes on the Internet and cheap ingredients available in many US stores, more people have begun to produce their own meth. Cold pills, battery acid and drain cleaner are some of the substances required to produce the lethal drug.

“Bad guys have it figured out,” Rusty Payne of the federal Drug Enforcement Agency told the Associated Press. “You don’t have to be as clandestine – you don’t have to be in rural country to lay low.”

AP found meth lab seizures had increased in a number of cities, including St. Louis, Kansas City, Nashville and Evansville. Inner city gangs have also become involved in meth production and distribution, which they previously had little involvement with when the drug was primarily produced in rural America.

“No question about it – there are more labs in the urban areas,” said Tom Farmer, coordinator of the Tennessee Methamphetamine and Pharmaceutical Task Force. “I’m seeing car fires from meth in urban areas now, more people getting burned.”

Drug makers who are producing purer and less expensive versions of meth are also bringing labs into the US from Mexico.

In St. Louis County, lab seizures increased from 30 in 2009 to a predicted 142 in 2012. In Jackson County, Mo., which includes Kansas City, seizures have increased from 21 in 2009 to about 65 this year. In Nashville, the numbers have tripled in just two years, while Evansville saw a 500 percent increase.

And with a rise in meth production comes a rise in meth addicts: Users from all socio-economic levels have begun to use the drug.

“Lower class all the way up to middle class,” St. Louis County meth detective Ed Begley told AP. “We’ve even had retired folks who have become addicted. It’s a brutal drug.”





Lab busts of domestic methamphetamine manufacturing have dropped by 40 percent, but use remains high – and Narcotics experts say that is because users are increasingly relying on cheaper, meth from Mexicometh_si

Domestic manufacturing of methamphetamine peaked 2004, when 24,000 labs were seized by the Drug Enforcement Administration. In 2011, the seizures were just under half of that at 11,573. Through stricter laws and enforcements, less meth is being made in America.

However, usage remains high, and it is because meth is increasingly being made in Mexico where it is cheaper and purer.

“The great news is that meth from Mexico doesn’t explode, doesn’t burn down your house and your neighbor’s home, doesn’t contaminate your property, doesn’t kill your children the way meth labs have done here in the US for decades,” Joseph Grellner, chief narcotics officer in Franklin County, Missouri told The Associated Press.

Federal and state lawmakers began limiting the sale of pseudoephedrine, the main ingredient for meth, in the mid-2000s, thus making it hard to make large batches of the drug. As a result, meth-making operations became more localized – and more dangerous.

Two years ago, portable labs were in high use, making it easier for meth producers to move to US cities and suburbs, with labs disrupting the order that originally forced drug makers to the countryside. This was called the “shake-and-bake” method, which produces the drug in smaller quantities but can be made in someone’s car using a bottle of soda. The production is still dangerous and can lead to explosions. Recipes also changed because of the drug restrictions, with cold pills, battery acid and drain cleaner becoming some of the substances used to make the drug.

“Bad guys have it figured out,” Rusty Payne of the federal Drug Enforcement Agency said to AP. “You don’t have to be as clandestine – you don’t have to be in rural country to lay low.mexico

The DEA website lists thousands of national clandestine lab homes contaminated by meth. In New York State alone, the list is four pages long. The same holds true in a state like Arizona.

According to the DEA, Mexican cartels are producing a higher-end product that it is also cheaper. They have refined the process to the point where the meth is both more potent, and its purity increased from 39 percent in 2007 to 100 percent in 2014.

The Mexican meth cookers are relying on an old recipe known as P2P – which first appeared in the 1960s and 1970s – and uses the organic compound phenylacetone, which is banned in the US but obtainable in Mexico.

Prices, meanwhile, have fallen from $290 per pure gram to around $100 per pure gram, said Jim Shrobe, a special agent for the DEA’s office in St. Louis.

“If they’re smoking weed or doing heroin in small-town America, there’s going to be a market for methamphetamine, too,” he added.proxy

Mark Woodward from the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics said the reduction in meth labs has a collateral benefit because they can turn their attention to stopping trafficking.

“We all know that if we get a handle on meth labs, we will still have meth addicts who will work very hard to get their drug,” Niki Crawford, Indiana’s meth suppression commander, told AP. “This is where the Mexican cartel meth will fill the void.”




mexicanmob_t479Edgar “Playboy” Cordova and Benny “Conejo” Ybarra, two shot callers for Santa Barbara’s Eastside street gang allegedly working for the more powerful Mexican Mafia prison gang, were indicted this week for conspiracy to commit murder. Law enforcement officials declined to comment on the charges, but the unsealed Grand Jury indictment offers at least a glimpse into the planned killing.

On August 14, 2013, Cordova reportedly spoke to Ybarra about where the intended victim lived and advised Ybarra, known to carry a .32 caliber handgun, to “creep up” on him. Later that day, after the pair failed to locate their target, Ybarra told Cordova, “I’m gonna get that fool, dog.” The two are being held in County Jail on $1.2 million bail each and are scheduled to appear in court on December 22.

Ybarra and Cordova were also indicted on charges of extortion and conspiracy to commit extortion, along with five other defendants similarly accused of shaking down legal businesses and area drug dealers. Jesse “Loco” Enriquez, Ulisses “Silent” Guzman, Arturo “Frosty” Renteria, Ruben “Evil” Regalado, and Sarah Elizabeth Montoya are all named in the indictment; Cordova and Regalado are charged with methamphetamine sales and transportation as well. A $600,000 arrest warrant has been issued for Montoya, who remains at large.

The allegations appear to align with warnings from authorities over the past year and a half that the Mexican Mafia — also known as La Eme — is digging deeper into Santa Barbara’s crime scene. The notorious syndicate often pulls the strings of Latino gangs, like the Sureños around Southern California, from behind prison walls, controlling drug sales and transportation through intimidation and force. While Santa Barbara County is home to a number of smaller neighborhood gangs, or “cliques,” they generally operate under the umbrella of the Sureños.

Phone calls and text messages among the defendants in the summer of 2013 and detailed in the indictment shed light on the organization’s inner workings. (A 16-month investigation leading up to the filing included the use of informants and wiretaps.) The group makes introductions and discusses collection methods, specifying who owes debts and in what amounts. The participants also organize payments with bank account info and MoneyPak purchases.

In one phone conversation on July 16, Cordova allegedly told Enriquez that every ” ‘hood” — Lompoc, Santa Maria, Goleta, and Santa Barbara’s Eastside and Westside — had to pay $500 a month to Mexican Mafia boss Michael “Boo” Moreno, who until his August 2013 arrest, controlled the gang’s activities in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties. In another conversation in early August, Cordova and a fellow gang member “discussed how to use violence to get individuals to pay taxes,” the indictment states.

Cordova, 29, was arrested last month at the San Diego border as he attempted to re-enter the United States from Mexico. He reportedly felt his arrest was imminent and wanted to avoid incarceration in a Mexican prison. A member of the Eastside Traviesos gang, he was sentenced to six years in prison in 2005 for driving the car used in a drive-by shooting of Westsiders. Ybarra, 36, has a rap sheet that dates back to 1997 and includes felony drug and burglary charges. Both were implicated in the Santa Barbara Police Department’s massive gang crime crackdown last year, which was named Operation Falling Dawn as a subtle dig at the side of the city where the sun rises and its stronger gang resides.

Last month, Judge Rogelio Flores made a ruling that limited the amount of hard copy materials defense attorneys can provide their clients behind bars. Prosecutor Stephen Foley successfully argued that the safety of individuals named in discovery documents could be jeopardized by such free access. Defense attorneys have challenged the protective order, saying it’s unreasonable to expect them to read thousands of pages of evidence by themselves and that their clients are being denied the right to due process by not being able to adequately participate in their own cases. That issue is still being litigated.

Raymond “Boxer” Macias — a top tax collector who used to report directly to Moreno, and whose June 2013 arrest precipitated much of the evidence collecting in the current case — was convicted in September 2014 for his role in the kidnapping and torture of a Lompoc man over a drug debt. As of press time, he was scheduled to be sentenced on Wednesday to life in prison without parole. Enriquez had reportedly taken over collection duties from Macias before his own arrest last month.




HOUSTON — There is a new form of an old drug that has become Houston’s number one drug threat, and many people have never heard of it.

In the sleazy underworld that is the methamphetamine trade, traffickers are getting more creative. Now, the drug in a liquid form is on the rise.

“It can be put in drinking bottles. It can be placed in 55 gallon drums or even gas tanks,” said DEA special agent Wendell Campbell. “No longer is meth being moved only in crystal or powder form. Liquid meth is on the rise. It’s very concealable, it’s easy to get across that way and we’re seeing a dramatic increase in Texas and the Houston area.”

The drug is dissolved in a solution to be later converted for sale and use. It’s sealed in bottles, and in a bust just over the Texas/Louisiana border Oct. 16, it was found in candles.

This 19 year old from Houston was arrested. Two weeks earlier, 34-year-old Vanessa Hernandez was accused of trying to smuggle $700,000 of the liquid in soda bottles in her suitcase.

Meth is now in the Houston region considered the number one drug threat in our region,” said Houston police captain Dale Brown.

Liquid meth is flooding the market and grabbing hold of people like Shanan Maness.

“I couldn’t tell you how it went wrong,” Maness said. “If you would have told me 20 years ago I would be in a 2-year rehab and in and out of jail for the last 15 years, I would have said you were crazy.”

Maness has collected mug shots over the years while losing everything else–her kids, her home, and herself.

“The last 15 years has been a fog,” she said.

At 43, she’s doing her second stint in rehab and avoiding prison time.

Steve Reeves is a re-entry counselor for Cenikor, a substance abuse treatment center in Deer Park. He knows the appeal of meth because he is a recovering addict.

“I would say it’s the most popular at this time. You become obsessed with it,” Reeves said. “It keeps you high longer, and it’s cheaper.”

With the proliferation of the liquid, the supply is higher, which makes the prices even lower.

The Bureau of Justice says 20 percent of crime is drug related.

“As it becomes more predominant and people are committing crimes to support their habits, it does affect average citizens,” Brown said.

The DEA has put a priority on intercepting the liquid well before traffickers can convert it to crystal or powder in dangerous cook houses.

“Our investigations have led us to discover them in shops and warehouses and neighborhoods,” Campbell said.

Authorities say it’s impossible to know how much has slipped through.





Bertha Moore is sentenced to 87 months in federal prison for smuggling in the drug ice through her rectum.

Guam – A 45-year-old woman was sentenced to 7 years in federal prison for smuggling in methamphetamine or the drug ice from the Philippines.96e5c789d9b8bf3a9e86699e2b445aec_M

Back in May of 2012, authorities were alerted to Bertha Moore from a husband and wife who were also involved in a drug conspiracy case. So in August 2012, federal agents waited for Moore to arrive from the Philippines. Drug detecting dogs confirmed the presence of methamphetamine. Moore was then interrogated and she eventually confessed that she had smuggled in ice through her rectum. A press release from the US Attorneys’ Office states that agents recovered 108 grams of ice from Moore’s rectum. 108 grams has a street value of about $60,000. Moore eventually pled guilty to conspiracy to unlawfully import more than 50 grams of methamphetamine. Again, she was sentenced to 87 months in prison and 5 years of supervised release.

Read the press release from the US Attorneys’ Office BELOW:

(GU) – ALICIA A.G. LIMTIACO, United States Attorney for the Districts of Guam and the northern Mariana Islands (NMI), announced that Defendant BERTHA LEE MOORE, age 45 of Mangilao, was sentenced Monday, November 10, 2014, in the District Court of Guam by Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona, sitting by designation. Defendant was sentenced to serve 87 months incarceration followed by five years of supervised release and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment fee and perform 400 hours of community service during her term of supervised release. Additionally, MOORE was ordered to complete a substance abuse program.

In May 2012, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) was alerted via anonymous tips that Eric Tedtaotao and Macrina Tedtaotao, husband and wife, had been smuggling methamphetamine a/k/a ice into Guam from the Republic of the Philippines. As a result of the investigation of the information, on August 4, 2012, agents were at the Guam airport waiting for MOORE to arrive from the Philippines. When she arrived at the baggage claim area a drug detecting dog alerted to MOORE as having methamphetamine on her person. MOORE was questioned and admitted to having methamphetamine concealed in her rectum. 108 grams of methamphetamine was recovered from her rectum. MOORE, a codefendant with Eric and Macrina Tedtaotao, pleaded guilty July 17, 2013, to the offense of Conspiracy to Unlawfully Import more than 50 grams of methamphetamine. Codefendants Eric and Macrina Tedtaotao will be sentenced later.

The investigation was conducted by the DEA, Guam Customs and Quarantine Agency, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF), U.S. Marshal’s Service, Department of Homeland Security/Homeland Security Investigations (DHS/HSI), Guam Police Department (GPD) and the Guam Superior Court Probation Office. The case was handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Clyde Lemons.






Crystal methamphetamine remains the biggest drug threat in Napa County, according to the Napa Special Investigations Bureau, the countywide unit that focuses on drug-related offenses.

Detectives in 2013 made 108 arrests for suspected methamphetamine-related offenses; they also seized 1,368 grams of methamphetamine – or about 3.2 pounds of methamphetamine– with a street value of about $136,800, according to NSIB.

In 2007, NSIB reported its detectives seized about 2.2 pounds of methamphetamine in Napa County, according to its 2007 report.

Methamphetamine has been, and continues to be, our priority,” said Napa Police Lt. Gary Pitkin, who heads NSIB.

In August 2013, NSIB detectives served three separate search warrants on the same day on three suspected methamphetamine dealers in Napa. The three suspects worked independently of one another. Two of the three suspects were stopped in American Canyon. They were allegedly travelling to Vallejo, buying methamphetamine there, and selling the drugs in Napa County, according to NSIB’s annual report. A third suspect was arrested in Napa.

“The addictive properties and behavioral changes caused by methamphetamine is cause for concern,” according to NSIB’s 2013 annual report. “Methamphetamine continues to be trafficked into our County from Mexico by way of Southern California, the Central Valley and through surrounding counties including Solano, Contra Costa, and Sonoma. Methamphetamine has crossed every gender, age, and cultural line in our community.”

In 2013, drug agents also eradicated 25,555 marijuana plants, including 24,181 plants grown outdoors, according to the report. Marijuana grown in Napa County is transported across state lines and sold in other states.

Citizens’ reports of strong odors, armed trespassers, and water theft, spurred many of NSIB’s investigations.

Most of the outdoor marijuana plants that were eradicated were grown in large-scale operations on privately-owned lands. In most cases, the landowners did not know the marijuana was being cultivated on their property, according to NSIB.

NSIB detectives seized 20 grams of powder cocaine – or .70 ounces – far less than in 2012, when agents seized nearly 16 ounces of the drug. That may be due to falling of methamphetamine prices

The illicit sales and abuse of prescription painkillers and sedatives have increased. Many of the prescription painkillers may lead to a resurgence of heroin use and abuse, according to the report. “This theory is predicated on the fact that many of the highly desired prescription painkillers are more expensive and harder to acquire than heroin, a substance that provides a similar high.”

The recent passage of Proposition 47 imposes new rules on how drug and theft allegations are charged in California, with drug possessions prosecuted as misdemeanors instead of felonies. This new law, which went into effect Nov. 5, the day after California voters approved the statewide measure, will not affect NSIB investigations, according to the task force.

“NSIB targets drug dealers, manufacturers and cultivators,” Pitkin said.

NSIB detectives can either book into the jail or cite and release offenders arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor drug offenses.





DURHAM, N.C. – She had been a drug addict all her adult life.

Addicted to methamphetamine since she was 17, Kimberly Connolly had been in and out of recovery programs. She’d be clean for three years. She would tell her family that she was done with drugs forever and that she was going to change for good.

Then she would relapse.

“It was like I was in quicksand,” Connolly, 35, said with tears in her eyes. “People are trying to pull you out and you’re trying to pull you out, but you feel hopeless.”

Most programs didn’t work for long.

TROSA – Triangle Residential Options for Substance Abusers, Inc. – she said, is different.

Recently TROSA, a 20-year-old substance abuse recovery program, opened a second thrift store in Durham, following a model of creating opportunities for recovering addicts to work and learn skills and to raise money for housing and other services it provides to clients.

The 113,000-square-foot store, in a remodeled building that once housed a Wal-Mart, will provide extra vocational training, said Kevin McDonald, TROSA’s chief executive.

The two-year residential program is “a work program,” Connolly said. “You’re not just going to class here, class there, and sitting, then maybe doing a chore, and then going back to classes and learning about your drug addiction. And all those things are wonderful and for the right person they’re the right program, but this program makes you work for what you want.”

Since it was founded in 1994, TROSA has proved its value to the community in tackling the seemingly intractable problem of addiction, said Durham County Commissioner Ellen Reckhow. “The reason we provide them funds is because we know that their program works,” she said. “What’s great about TROSA is they get their residents involved in a variety of businesses so that they have employment experience.”

The program serves 500 people struggling with additions to a variety of substances. To date, the organization says 1,350 people have graduated from the program. One year out, 85 percent remain sober and off drugs, 90 percent have a permanent home and 95 percent have jobs, according to TROSA.

McDonald said the program has had to adjust to different waves of addictions and different kinds of clients over the years. When the program started, he said, most of the residents were addicted to crack cocaine.

The clients are younger now, and the scourge is heroin. “It’s a hard drug to get clean from,” McDonald said.

The new thrift store will sell clothes, furniture, electronics and other household items.

McDonald said he hopes to develop another TROSA in a different part of the state. “My biggest fear is running out of beds,” he said. “I’d hate to have to turn people around and leave them out there alone with no help.”

A former addict, McDonald said he started drinking and doing drugs when he was 13. At 32 and facing 20 years on criminal charges, a lawyer persuaded him to join a treatment program in San Francisco to avoid prison time. He agreed, but the day he got out of jail he reverted to his old ways.

“The first thing I did was went to drink, and scored some heroin, and the heroin was no good,” McDonald said. “It was the best thing that happened to me in the world because it was no good. That piece showed me the futility of the life going around doing all this different stuff. It just hit me in the face.”

He made it a point to change.

From then on, he wanted to help others just as some have helped him.

Connolly said she still thinks about her struggle with methamphetamine but no longer craves it. She will graduate from the program next year but plans to continue her work with TROSA to help other alcoholics and drug addicts recover.

Sixty percent of the staff at TROSA are graduates of the program. When asked what exactly she’ll do after graduation, she paused.

“I don’t know,” she said. “The sky is the limit.”

When she graduates this time, she says she won’t tell her family that she is done with drugs forever. She won’t tell them that she going to change for good. She’ll just do it.







MCDONOUGH — A Hampton man is being held on $35,000 bond after a preliminary hearing Monday on charges that include incest.web1_1112_HDH_IncestMUG_t300

Police charged James Schertz, 38, of Lisa Court with incest, statutory rape, child molestation, sodomy and possession of methamphetamine. The female relative told police Schertz fathered her 5-month-old baby and prosecutors are awaiting the results of DNA testing to confirm that allegation.

The woman, 18, told police she began having consensual physical relations with Schertz two and a half to three years ago. She said the two were intimate more than 100 times.

At some point, the alleged victim said she grew more reluctant to participate and Schertz had to “convince, coerce and guilt her” into having relations with him.

Police searched Schertz’s home and found methamphetamine. Schertz reportedly told police he had sex with the relative once and that the drugs were his.





Dubai: An employee has been jailed for five years for possessing methamphetamine and punching and kicking drug enforcement officers inside a hospital’s emergency ward where they arrested him.

The 59-year-old Korean employee, S.K., was said to have fiercely resisted a number of drug enforcement officers and repeatedly punched and kicked them when they tried to arrest him in the emergency ward during a sting operation in April.

Despite having entered a not guilty plea, the Dubai Court of First Instance convicted the defendant of resisting arrest, assaulting drug enforcement officers and possessing methamphetamine without any particular intent.

Presiding judge Mohammad Jamal ordered police wardens in courtroom three to immediately lock up S.K., who was out on bail until the ruling was delivered on Tuesday.

The accused will be deported following the completion of his imprisonment.

According to the charge sheet, drugs prosecutors accused the Korean of consuming methamphetamine, possessing the same substance for unknown purposes and resisting arrest and assaulting arresting officers.

The defendant contended before the court that drug enforcement officers were the ones who assaulted him at the time when they detained him in the hospital in Satwa.

He further claimed that he possessed methamphetamine for medical reasons.

An anti-narcotics police major testified that after they arrested a Filipino, who possessed and consumed methamphetamine, the latter informed them that he had obtained the banned substance from S.K.

“We ordered the Filipino to call the Korean and asked him for methamphetamine… we heard the conversation on the speakerphone. The Filipino and S.K. agreed to meet in the parking lot of the hospital in Satwa. A police squad was dispatched to the location to arrest the accused in a sting operation. S.K. came on foot and walked into the emergency ward… the drug enforcement officers went to arrest him after they identified themselves as policemen. The Korean resisted arrest ferociously. He punched and kicked everyone who tried to approach him. We restrained and arrested him after we outnumbered him. Some of the policemen were hit and injured… a sergeant had to be taken to hospital,” claimed the major.

When questioned by the arresting officers, according to prosecution records, S.K. admitted that a Chinese woman provided him with methamphetamine and he sold it to Filipinos.

“When he agreed with the Filipino to take the banned substance from him, S.K. did not set any price. At the time of his arrest, S.K. was the one who assaulted us and we did not beat him or coerce him to confess,” said the major.

Tuesday’s ruling remains subject to appeal within 15 days.





KEARNEY — A Kearney woman faces a methamphetamine distribution charge after a report that she left a child unattended.

Angel Poore, 38, is charged in Buffalo County Court with felony distribution of meth Friday in Kearney. She was contacted at about 8:30 p.m. following a report that a child had allegedly been left unattended in a parking lot in the 10 block of West 39th Street.546250368a108_image

Court records outline the case against her:

Police were called to the parking lot where they saw the unlocked car in the parking lot with its engine running and a crying 2-year-old child secured in his safety seat. Based on prior contacts, police knew Poore was the owner of the car and went inside the nearby store to locate her.

Police located Poore inside the store coming out of the men’s restroom. Inside the restroom, police found numerous small plastic bags and store merchandise packaging in the trash.

Poore then left the store and officers contacted her near the car. She and the child were placed into a police cruiser. A K-9 unit arrived at the scene. After the dog indicated drugs in the car, police seized a kit that allegedly contained three small bags with a white rock crystallized substance. The substance field tested positive for meth.

Many similar plastic bags and a digital scale were located in the car. Poore also allegedly had $330 in cash in her jeans pocket along with store merchandise.

Poore denied leaving the child unattended by saying a family member was with her in the car. Police were unable to locate that family member.

Poore was arrested and taken into custody, and the child was released to family members. In addition to being arrested on the drug allegation, she also was cited for child abuse and shoplifting.

Late this morning, Poore remained at the Buffalo County Jail on 10 percent of a $30,000 bond. She must post $3,000 to be freed.

Poore is scheduled to appear in court later this month.

If convicted on the drug charge, and if she isn’t placed on probation, she faces one to 50 years in prison.





ATHENS (WATE) – An East Tennessee sheriff says he’s seeing more cases of crystal meth coming in from Mexico. That’s because while local deputies were busy shutting down homemade meth labs, traffickers continued to sneak in the drug.5711518_G

McMinn County Sheriff Joe Guy told WATE 6 On Your Side the large number of meth labs made it harder to crack down on the people bringing in crystal meth from countries like Mexico. With fewer of those labs around, they can now focus their efforts on drug trafficking in the county.

Inez Fain, who lives in Athens, raises chickens for a living and learning about the drug problem is shattering her peace of mind. She worries that crystal meth from Mexico could take over McMinn County.

“I’ve got four granddaughters and I’d hate to see my granddaughters get hooked on that crap,” said Fain.

Sheriff’s deputies found a few bags worth of crystal meth from Mexico five weeks ago. Sheriff Guy said there’s been a shift toward people buying meth over making it at home. Part of the reason why it’s cheaper.

“It’s simpler. It’s simpler just to buy it already made than to have to make it yourself,” said Guy.

In the last four years, deputies have shut down about 100 meth labs.

“We sort of opened up a vacuum and some of our Mexican friends to the south of us saw there was a business opportunity there,” said Guy.

McMinn County Sheriff investigators said they’re dealing with crystal meth trafficking like they would marijuana or heroine by finding out where it’s being sold.

As for people in the area like Fain, she believes other neighbors need to help out the sheriff’s department to solve the drug problem.

“He’s good with the young people and good with the old, but he can’t do it all. The adults within their self and the city have got to step up and take their role,” said Fain.

The McMinn County Sheriff’s Department has identified about a dozen dealers in the county and it’s not just in one community. Guy said crystal meth is popping up in all kinds of neighborhoods.

According to a recent report, the number of meth labs seized has gone down by about 40 percent statewide.








BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – A former Winston County sheriff’s deputy previously jailed on state charges now faces federal charges for extorting a woman to cook methamphetamine.

Grady Keith Concord, 42, of Lynn, has agreed to plead guilty to one count each of extortion under color of official right, manufacturing methamphetamine, and manufacturing and distributing methamphetamine on premises where children are present or reside.grady-keith-concordjpg-6c17800152ce996ag

U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance and FBI Special Agent in Charge Richard D. Schwein Jr. announced the charges Monday, after an information and plea agreement were filed in U.S. District Court.

His arraignment is set for Nov. 18 at the federal courthouse in Huntsville.

Richard S. Jaffe and Michael Whisonant Jr. are representing Concord.

“Keith deeply regrets becoming addicted to methamphetamine and further breaking the law to obtain the substance, rather than seeking medical treatment” Jaffe said. “Keith in no way blames anyone or anything but himself for violating his oath as a law enforcement officer, and embarrassing his department and his family. His agreement to plead guilty and accept full responsibility is a positive first step toward recovery.”

In June, Concord was arrested on a second-degree manufacturing methamphetamine charge in Winston County. He was fired from the sheriff’s department and has remained in jail with bond set at $500,000.

He was indicted on the state charge in August. Online court records do not indicate when his next court appearance will occur.

The information and plea agreement filed in U.S. District Court give this description of Concord’s actions:

In July 2013, Concord, who used methamphetamine, approached a woman who lived in Nauvoo and pressured her to make the drug for him. He arranged to supply pseudoephedrine, an ingredient used to make meth, in exchange for the finished product.

Until June 2014, Concord delivered pseudoephedrine to the woman’s home and picked up meth. He took decongestant pills containing pseudoephedrine from the sheriff’s office evidence room, and he and his wife also bought pills, the plea agreement states.

Concord disputes the woman’s claim that he threatened her with an arrest warrant unless she cooperated, but he concedes that because he was a sheriff’s deputy, she might have felt that she “had no choice but to accept his offer,” his plea agreement states.

Concord knew the woman had two sons who lived at the home, and that one of them was a minor.

As part of the plea agreement, Concord must surrender all law enforcement certifications and not seek future employment in law enforcement or custodial oversight.

He faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine on the extortion count and a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine on the count of manufacturing methamphetamine.

A sentence imposed for the manufacture of methamphetamine where minors reside or are present must be served consecutively with any other sentence imposed. The maximum penalty for that count is 20 years in prison and a $2 million fine.

The FBI, agents of the Lauderdale County Drug Task Force assigned to the FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force, and the Winston/Marion County District Attorney’s Office, in cooperation with the Winston County Sheriff’s Office and the Lynn Police Department investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tamarra Matthews Johnson is prosecuting the case.




According to reports from the FADE Drug Task Force, DEA, and Rowan County Sheriff’s Office, three men have been arrested in connection with the seizure of $1 million of crystal methamphetamine confiscated by authorities on Wednesday, Nov. 5.

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Reports reveal that Jose Guzman, 41, of Grayson, Ky. Carlos Garza, 39, of Grayson, Ky. and Ariel Ceballos, 28, of Tucson, Ariz. were arrested in Rowan County, Ky. on Wednesday, and each charged with one count of trafficking in a controlled substance.

Authorities said they believe that the type of methamphetamine found is thought to be produced in Mexican super labs.

Guzman, Garza, and Ceballos were transported to the Rowan County Jail.




Forrest County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested a City of Hattiesburg accountant on drug charges.

Investigator Nick Calico said James Eugene Polk was arrested Thursday for possession of methamphetamine and manufacture of methamphetamine — both felonies — as well as a misdemeanor of disturbance of the family.

Calico said the 12th Judicial District’s Narcotics Unit was also involved in the arrest.

He declined to divulge any other information about the case, saying the investigation is ongoing.

City of Hattiesburg spokeswoman Chinika Hughes said Polk has been employed as an accountant with the city for the past four months. She said he still holds his job, despite his arrest.

Hughes said Polk’s duties involve handling money and dealing with budgets.

Polk was released from the Forrest County Jail Friday on $32,000 bond.



Cullman County Sheriff’s deputies discovered the components to a methamphetamine lab Friday morning during an unlikely circumstance.

Engaged in a high-speed car chase near County Road 1043, the deputies’ suspect, David Jeffery Miller, of Cullman discarded a black bag through his car’s window.546151c42cf43_image

After apprehending their suspect, deputies discovered that the contents of the bag were consistent with methamphetamine production.

“In the black bag, there were more articles for manufacturing,” Chief Deputy Max Bartlett said. “There were funnels, glass jars and meth residue.”

Miller, 32, has been charged with unlawful manufacturing, resisting arrest and attempting to elude officers.

The sheriff’s office responded to a call at 3:32 a.m. Friday after residents on County Road 1038 complained that Miller was making threats to them and firing a gun toward their homes.

After surveying the scene twice, the sheriff’s office obtained a description of Miller’s vehicle and subsequently attempted to halt him at a traffic stop.

The suspect, however, fled from police in what developed into a car chase with speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour. The chase ended when Miller wrecked on County Road 1043 and took to the nearby woods to avoid officers.

Miller was detained in an effort led by Deputy Patrick Thompson.

“They did a outstanding job,” Bartlett said of the responding deputies. “We’re thankful no one was seriously hurt.”

Miller sustained minor injuries from the wreck.

Along with the meth lab components the suspect tried to dispose of, the deputies also discovered 14.5 grams of methamphetamines.

The sheriff’s office did not find a firearm on Miller or in his vehicle to explain the complaints of the residents on County Road 1038. Investigators said they did not discoverany damages to homes from the alleged gunfire.




In Australia, drugs, sex and HIV have long had an intimate relationship. Public concern and political attention is currently focused on the harms of methamphetamine use, the potent stimulant better known as, ice, tina or crystal meth.

In Victoria, recent media coverage of an ‘ice epidemic’ has been alarming.

Public health experts have argued that it is misleading to suggest we are in the midst of a widespread “ice epidemic”, across communities. Fact-checkers out there will find that, in fact, the evidence points in the opposite direction.viewpoint-ice

Over the last ten years it actually seems that the number of people who are using crystal meth has been mostly stable. The kick, however, is that there has been a massive increase in the purity and potency of crystal meth. The desired effects that users seek out may be much stronger than before, but so are the risks and potential harms.

Multiple surveys of drug use support what many of us know from experience or might guess. Gay men and those living with HIV are more likely than many others in the population to use most illicit drugs. Crystal meth use follows such a pattern. HIV positive gay men are more likely again to have used crystal meth, with about one in four reporting use.

Whilst there can be a temptation by some to assume how and why crystal meth is used by gay men and those living with HIV, we must be careful in judging motivations and ‘taken-for-granted’ links. Like most human behavior, it’s not always simple to explain and deliver quick fixes.

For some parts of the wider community such drug use and activity is confronting and concerning. One question raised is whether the use of crystal meth can be held responsible as the cause of HIV transmissions. Certainly there is no doubt there is a strong relationship between HIV infections and the use of some illegal drugs and also legal drugs, like alcohol and Viagra.

The links between drugs and HIV are complex. The evidence is that many sexually adventurous men, including those who use crystal meth for sex, understand and anticipate health issues such as the risk of HIV transmission in condomless sex.

Focusing our concerns solely on crystal meth use misses key understandings of why and how pleasure seeking and risk taking happens.

Surely we can take a sex positive attitude and also build on the strong community history of providing relevant and realistic information, risk reduction strategies and supporting harm minimization? However, to get there we will need to have some frank and honest discussions.

The recent Victorian inquiry lends support for the key role community-based organizations have to act as trusted facilitators. Living Positive Victoria is well placed to lead such engagement and actions where we engage in drug use as a health issue, promoted through peer engagement and support.




Four members of a drug caravan were killed and four bags containing methamphetamine seized in a gun battle with border patrol police along the Thai-Myanmar border in Chiang Mai’s Chiang Dao district on Tuesday morning.707750

A team from the 335th border patrol unit based in Chiang Dao spotted about 10 armed men carrying bags suspected to contain illegal drugs close to the border with Myanmar near Ban Denyakhad village in tambon Muang Na in Chiang Dao district on Tuesday morning.

The patrol signaled to men to stop for a search, but instead they opened fire on the security force.

A brief gunfight followed. Afterwards the patrol found four dead men, with their weapons and four bags containing methamphetamine pills. The number of pills had yet to be counted, officials said.




The war on drugs in Afghanistan is unlikely to be successful as the international forces withdraw local players lack a mechanism to address the problem of narcotics, Khuram Iqbal – Co-author of Pakistan Terrorism Ground Zero, told RT.

RT: A new report has found the war on drugs in Afghanistan remains colossally expensive, largely ineffective, and likely to get worse. Do you agree?afghanistan-drugs-trafficking-taliban_si

Khuram Iqbal: If your question is related to the drug production in Afghanistan, its impacts on Pakistan, I would say that the impact of poppy cultivation in Afghanistan is [significant] in Pakistan. According to some estimates by the United Nations, Pakistan remains a transit as well as a destination country for far more than 30 per cent of the opium produced in Afghanistan. On the one hand, it has resulted in widespread drug abuse in Pakistani society, and on the other hand, it has created a very complicated and dangerous nexus between drug cartels and terrorist organizations which are operating from the Pakistan-Afghanistan border region. What we are witnessing in this region is that the groups of Pakistani Taliban are cooperating with drug cartels which are operating with them from Afghanistan to seek finance, and to protect their finances. Drug cartels and criminal syndicates are basically relying on terrorist organizations to ensure the security of their production facilities and their transit routes. And one alarming trend which has recently emerged in the Pakistan-Afghanistan border region with regards to the drug cultivation is that there is a number of terrorist organizations which have sought a religious decree from their handpicked Islamic scholars which justify the production and trafficking of drugs to wage Jihad. So we can conclude that the problem of narcotics in Afghanistan is not only facilitating the organized criminality but it is also contributing to transnational terrorism.

RT: The US are withdrawing from Afghanistan leaving record high levels of drug trafficking there. This is just one of the consequences of the devastating war in the country. What legacy as a whole the Americans are leaving?

KI: The international forces are preparing to withdraw from Afghanistan. Once they withdraw all the fragile gains which have been made against the narcotics trade in Afghanistan are likely to dissolve. I am afraid that after the withdrawal of international forces from Afghanistan the narcotics trade in the country can potentially emerge as the financial lifeline of the global Jihad movement. So a war on drugs in Afghanistan is highly unlikely because firstly, the international forces are withdrawing from the region and, secondly, the regional players, the countries in the Southern and Central Asian region lack coordination, they lack a mechanism which can address the problem of narcotics in Afghanistan.

RT: Is the Afghan government capable of handling the situation on their own?

KI: I suspect not, because there have been a number of instances where high-profile Afghan officials have been found involved in poppy cultivation, they have been found involved in drug trafficking. One prominent example of such cases is the late brother of the former President Hamid Karzai who was involved in drug trafficking on a massive level. As soon as the international checking balance goes down in the coming year or so we will see more corrupt Afghan officials, we will see more Afghan tribal elite resorting to drug trafficking to meet their financial needs and run their fractional infighting.



KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Haunting communities across America for generations, methamphetamine maintains its position as a go-to drug for some of our country’s most chemically addicted drug users. It’s known for being extremely addictive, attacking the central nervous system and creating what some users describe as a euphoric high.

It’s not only the chemical effects on the brain that’s harming meth users. Simply making the drug is enough to take your life. The chemical mix used to make it can explode at any time, catching even the most experienced meth cookers off guard. Meth burns are just one more hazard of the drug destroying lives across West Michigan.

So-called meth labs in our own west Michigan communities don’t look like anything Walter White from AMC’s “Breaking Bad” would be caught dead in.

In fact, a modern day meth lab can consist of a plastic drinking bottle. When common products such as fertilizer and lithium strips are combined to make meth, the bottle can explode in an instant.

“If you talk to the burn centers, they know a lot of these people they are seeing are meth related incidents, but we are not getting notified of those,” Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety Capt. David Boysen.

Capt. Boysen said that meth cookers will go to every extreme to hide their burns.

“I don’t know of any cases where they show up at the hospital and say,’Hey, I was cooking meth, and I got burned.’ Usually they always come up with some, ‘I was by a camp fire,’ or ‘You know, my Coleman stove blew up,” said Capt. Boysen.

“A lot of times, by the time the fire department gets there it’s a well-involved fire, and that puts a lot of people’s lives at risk,” said Capt. Boysen.

If you get burned while making meth with others, don’t count on your buddies to stick around, Capt. Boysen said.

“People that are cooking with them will just show up at the hospital, you know, kick them out at the curb and take off, so we don’t get called. So there’s a lot of this stuff that we don’t know about.”

There was another apartment fire in Portage in January of 2013. Several tenants inside one of the units were charged with operating a meth lab after the fire left about 40 people without a place to live. The unit the fire started in was completely destroyed.

Due to patient privacy laws, the captain said that law enforcement isn’t notified about suspicious burns when people show up to area burn centers.

“There are very few people that have cooked meth for any length of time that don’t have some chemical burns somewhere on their body from this process,” he said.

Keep in mind that meth burns don’t require a flame. Chemical burns are dangerous from even just a small leak in plastic drinking bottles used to make the drug. The chemicals are caustic and when mixed and come in contact with skin will cause severe burns, Boysen said.

“One of our biggest concerns with this whole meth manufacturing and the fires involved is a lot of it takes place in multifamily residences, in apartment buildings,” said Boysen.

With law enforcement continuing to tackle meth addiction, burns from the drug are now serving as another reminder of the problems plaguing our communities.

“There is a lot of this stuff that goes on that we in law enforcement don’t even know it’s happening,” said Capt. Boysen. “When we know about it is when it gets so bad that the structure catches on fire: the house catches on fire, or they get incapacitated so bad that we respond to the scene and find the victim there.”

Another danger law enforcement wants to remind you about is that if you see bottles laying around outside with what appears to be dried salt or dirt inside, stay far away, as they can still spark up a flame. Instead, call police right away for proper disposal.





TULSA COUNTY, Okla. – Your home is typically your biggest know if a home for sale in Oklahoma was a meth

That makes it especially important to have access to all the information you need to make sure the home will be a safe place to live.

“Never in my wildest dreams would I have ever thought this house would have been a meth lab,“ says Maria Gaytan about her house.METHCONTAMINATE2_20121113104005_640_480

Gaytan said she grew up poor, but worked while going to college to save the money for a down payment on her dream home. She was just 19 years old when she became a homeowner. Now she feels that dream is crushed.  “I feel like I’m in a nightmare you know, trying to wake up.”

After moving in she says a neighbor asked her fiancé if they knew about the home’s history.

“She said, ‘Did you guys know there was a meth lab here that exploded?’” During renovations Maria said she found and repaired a burned area along her master bathroom wall.

Fumes from cooking methamphetamine, or when a meth lab explodes, can contaminate almost any surface in a home. It can get into carpet, wallboards, furnishings, drapes and heating and air conditioning systems.   Maria said she often gets headaches in her house.  She added she had no idea meth manufacturing can cause eye, nose, skin, and lung irritation as well as cause dizziness, headaches and in rare cases death, if the chemical concentrations are high enough. Methamphetamine manufacture can involve many different chemicals depending on the method the person making the meth uses.

For Maria, the fact that her home really was a meth lab didn’t sink in until the 2NEWS Investigators told her it was on the Drug Enforcement Agency’s Clandestine Drug Lab Registry. We also pulled police and fire reports confirming meth was being made in the home. The fire report states: Fire resulted during the manufacturing of methamphetamine.

When law enforcement finds a meth lab it reports the location to the DEA. The DEA then puts that address on its Clandestine Drug Lab Registry. Maria said if she had known her home was on that list, “I wouldn’t have bought the house at all.”

DEA REGISTRY: There are 45 pages of addresses of homes in Oklahoma

We found locations spread all across the county. We then cross referenced the DEA’s Clandestine Drug Lab Registry with Tulsa County Property sales for the past five years. At least 135 addresses showing up on both lists have changed hands.

If a home seller used a real estate agent and the seller knew meth had been made in the house, Oklahoma state law requires disclosure to prospective buyers. You can find that disclosure on line 30 of the State’s official real estate disclosure form. If the seller fails to properly disclose the information, the buyer does have the right to sue, but the Residential Property Condition Disclosure Act only gives them two years from the time of purchase to do so. A seller that discloses meth was made at the property can add information about whether and how the meth lab was cleaned up. But, they are not required to provide that extra information.

If the seller’s real estate agent knows the home was the site of a meth lab he/she must disclose that fact or risk losing his/her real estate license. However, the buyer’s real estate agent is not required to check to see if the home his client is about to buy is on the DEA’s Clandestine Drug Lab Registry.

Now here’s where things get complicated. If the home is sold as a For Sale By Owner, commonly called a FSBO, the owner is not required to disclose any information about its history unless the buyer asks for it. If a landlord is selling a property that has only been used as rental property, if someone is selling a house they inherited, or if a bank or the sheriff’s office is selling a foreclosure property, no disclosure is required at all.

“They will sign a disclaimer which puts the buyer on notice that they don’t know anything about the property,” said Rodger Erker, McGraw Realty’s Managing Broker and also a member of the Oklahoma Real Estate Commission. “The buyer needs to be the detective.”

Maria bought her home in a For Sale by Owner deal and prior to her purchase it was a rental.

So what detective work does a buyer need to do whether working with a real estate agent or not?

— Check the DEA Clandestine Drug lab registry.

— If you suspect meth may have been manufactured in the home, you can have an environmental health inspection company test for meth residue.

This can be quite costly often running over $1,000 for a three-bedroom home and going much higher depending on how much of the property requires testing. Remediation can also cost tens of thousands of dollars especially if the clean-up requires tearing out walls, carpeting, insulation or replacement of heating and air conditioning systems.

— You also need to be aware that unlike Arkansas, Oklahoma law does not forbid people from living in homes where meth was made prior to the property being cleaned up. Since 2008, Arkansas posts all addresses of properties where meth labs are found and even maps those locations on its state website.

Arkansas prohibits anyone from living in those properties until they have been cleaned up by a certified methamphetamine contamination clean up contractor.



Local drug task force agents regularly bust low-level distributors of methamphetamine, but they’re limited in their ability to go after major suppliers.

The commander of the bi-county drug and gang task force (NET-5), Martin Horan, said the flow of methamphetamine is “like a leak in a dam. You can stand at the leak with a towel, or you can find the cause of the leak.”

Local law enforcement makes the local busts.

Investigators with NET-5 arrested two suspected distributors and seized $10,000 worth of methamphetamine last week, culminating a three-week investigation.

Oshauna Margaret Silva and Domingo Delgado Valasquez, both 39, were booked into Sutter County Jail on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine for sale and transportation of methamphetamine. Valasquez is believed to be undocumented and has an immigration hold. Horan said his team is looking into who supplied the meth.

But their resources to find and go after the sources are limited.

“We don’t have the manpower or money to chase the sources of who’s bringing it here,” Horan said.

And meth use is prevalent in Yuba-Sutter, even though local production drastically declined (due, in part, to regulation of medications containing pseudoephedrine). The drug is now supplied by distribution from major labs in Southern California and Mexico.

State Attorney General Kamala D. Harris earlier this year called the trafficking of methamphetamine a growing threat to the state.

The source of methamphetamine is ultimately Southern California or Mexico, Horan said, and they’ve approached other agencies to work together on the case, but “nobody else has indicated any interest in it.”

Prior to 2012, Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement agents could assist agencies like NET-5 by coordinating information with other regional agencies or by taking over the case and employing a statewide approach.

The bureau was closed in 2012 due to budget cuts.

Investigators’ choices now are to reach out to another local task force or to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

“We don’t get a high priority,” Horan said of the DEA.

Heavy meth use began in the area when Yuba County was a major supplier.

Yuba County District Attorney Patrick McGrath said primary manufacturing points were deserts in Southern California and the hill areas in-between Yuba and Butte County.

As those shut down, gangs saw the business opportunities to start mega-labs and applied what they had done for years with cocaine and heroin.

Horan’s team will continue to try to cut down the local supply by busting distributors, but for now, they’re dependent on agencies near production sites to confront production of supply.

That fight recently got a boost in early October, when Harris announced that the DOJ will create an anti-methamphetamine team of special agents in L.A. funded by a $1 million federal grant. The team will coordinate with other existing DOJ task forces.




JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – Jonesboro Police Department arrested a woman who had a syringe and needle with meth inside.

According to a report, officers were called out to the 4000 block of Jessica Lane on Friday morning.

A witness said Lindsey Henley came home and went into the restroom where the witness saw her using a needle, according to an officer.

When officers arrived, they said they observed Henley trying to shove a needle and syringe into a water bottle.

Officers said the syringe and spoon which were collected had a cloudy substance in them.

When police first asked Henley what was in the syringe, she said she does not remember what it was and she was just scraping the bathroom floor to find something to shoot up with. When asked a second time, she said she thinks it was just candy, according to the report.

Officers said Henley seemed as if she was not in the right state of mind and looked lost and confused at times. This lead officers to believe that she was under the influence of a controlled substance and meth was the cloudy substance in the syringe.

Henley was transported to the Craighead County Detention Center and charged with felony drug paraphernalia according to a report.




Drug smuggling significantly increased during the past two years in Vietnam where local users now consume more than VND14 trillion (US$658 million) annually, the Ministry of Public Security reported.

Vietnam has more than 204,000 documented drug addicts, including 19,000 in Ho Chi Minh City, one of the localities with the highest number, the ministry said in a report released during a Saturday conference held in HCMC on the nation’s fight against transnational drug syndicates.


Between September 2012 and September 2014, relevant forces busted 39 cases of drug smuggling at Tan Son Nhat International Airport and arrested 30 people.

Police seized a total of 16kg of heroin, 15kg cocaine, 21kg methamphetamine and 72kg stimulant used to make methamphetamine during the two-year period.

According to the narcotics department, drug smuggling through airports has increased since 2012 and mostly involves African criminal gangs.

Drugs seizures at Vietnam’s airports mostly involved cocaine from South America, methamphetamines from the Golden Crescent (Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan) and heroin from the Golden Triangle (Laos, Thailand and Myanmar).

The kingpins mostly operate abroad and direct local mules via telephone or over the internet.

“We often arrest local drug mules, but we never catch the African criminals who mastermind the smuggling,” said a police source.

“Foreign and local criminals often conspire to smuggle drugs from Vietnam to Australia and Taiwan, causing difficulties for customs officials,” he said.

Dinh Ngoc Thang, deputy head of HCMC Customs Agency, said customs officials have mostly caught drug mules based on hunches and lack the training and resources to cope with more cunning criminals.

“Besides, there has not been sufficient coordination between airport security, customs and police,” he said.

Nguyen Phi Hung, deputy director of the Ministry of Public Security’s investigative unit, said airport forces frequently detect drugs in the luggage and bodies of smugglers, but have also missed major consignments.

“The smuggling of 600 bricks of heroin out of Vietnam that ended up being caught by Taiwanese authorities is an example,” he said.

Hung said drug smuggling by sea is even more complicated than by air.

“In addition to proper training and resources, we need good officers because one rotten apple spoils the barrel.”