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

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

Christopher Guillotte (Source: Louisiana State Police)

Christopher Guillotte


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

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

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



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

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports ( Jessica Barron admitted in court Friday that she savagely beat the girl on Father’s Day 2010. The child’s injuries were fatal.

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

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

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

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


5-year-old dies, mother charged in death

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

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

Jessica Barron

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

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

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

Posted:   06/25/2010 09:21:29 AM MDT

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

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

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

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

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

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

But Martinez cautioned against a comparison.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jessica Barron

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FWPD reports that the investigation is currently ongoing.



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

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


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

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

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

Adams and Aysen were released from jail after posting bond.

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


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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

People had mixed reactions to the restrictions.

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

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

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

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



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

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



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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Meth lab materials

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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



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

Timothy Stephen Wilcox

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



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

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



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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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


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

 Michael Aragon    

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

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

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

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

He remains in custody on $500,000 bail.


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

Danielle Graham


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

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

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

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

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



The second drug trafficking arrest in a week took place Nov. 5 when Spruce Grove/Stony Plain RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) arrested and charged Patrick Reid, 29, following a drug seizure at Reid’s property on Oct. 30.

The seizure included 25.9 grams of methamphetamine, 1.1 grams of cocaine, weapons including a stolen 12-gauge shotgun and a stolen .308 rifle, a stolen motorcycle and a stolen ID, passport, social insurance card and credit card.



Reid was not at home when the raid was carried out, but RCMP obtained a warrant for his arrest since he was the resident of the property.

Some of the charges he faces include possession of methamphetamine and cocaine for the purpose of trafficking, and various firearms possession offences as well as breach of recognizance.

The arrest of Reid, as well as that of 26-year-old Tyler Beaudoin, who was arrested on Oct. 28 in connection to cocaine trafficking and possession of methamphetamine, are part of a recent upswing the RCMP has seen in the Spruce Grove/Stony Plain area in regards to methamphetamine use.

Cpl. Colette Zazulak says that’s a new trend that has only taken shape over recent months.

“It comes and goes; there’s different times where there will be more or less of certain drugs available,” Zazulak noted.

“We still see lots of cocaine, marijuana and ecstasy around as well.”

At present, Zazulak said the issue has been trafficking only; methamphetamine traffickers are not cooking it themselves and there’s no real concern of meth labs in the area.

But the more trafficking that occurs, the more drug-related violence occurs as traffickers arm themselves with firearms, knives or other weapons.

“With any drug trafficking, and definitely with methamphetamine, we’re seeing increased theft to support the habit — and of course with drug trafficking we also see violence,” Zazulak said.

“(RCMP) are seizing more and more firearms and weapons when they’re arresting drug traffickers.”

Spruce Grove/Stony Plain RCMP have seen several incidents over the past few years involving drug violence, Zazulak said, one of the most high profile was Adam Braidwood, an Edmonton Eskimo lineman who in 2010 was charged along with two other men with forcible confinement and aggravated assault.

But drug-related violence can become difficult to quantify for RCMP.

“In a lot of cases, victims aren’t reporting it to us or aren’t being completely honest with police about what exactly transpired,” Zazulak said.

Reid was released on $800 cash bail with various conditions, and was scheduled to appear in Stony Plain provincial court on Nov. 15.


The U.S. Attorney’s Office on Friday charged 32 suspects with conspiracy to distribute hundreds of pounds of methamphetamine throughout 10 rural Texas counties.

The federal complaint, which was unsealed this morning, formally charges the suspects with conspiracy to possess a controlled substance with intent to distribute, said Sarah Saldaña, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas. Thirty-one of the 32 are in custody, she added.

“These arrests illustrate the success of our District’s federal, state and local law enforcement partners’ collaboration in taking down these drug trafficking organizations — whether they operate in large communities, or in several rural counties as this one allegedly did,” Saldaña said in a prepared statement.

The feds say the drug ring was centered in Stephenville, but the suspects allegedly distributed hundreds of pounds of methamphetamine throughout Erath County, Parker County, Palo Pinto County, Comanche County, Eastland County, Stephens County, Hood County, Hamilton County, Somerville County and Taylor County.

While building their case, officers made undercover buys and served search warrants that resulted in cash and “substantial” amounts of the narcotic. Since the investigation began in 2012, more than 100 people were identified as being part of the so-called Brittany Barron Drug Trafficking Organization.

“Law enforcement has dismantled several of the DTO’s suppliers, and it continues to investigate others that remain in operation,” wrote U.S. Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Kathy Colvin in a release.

Prosecutors have 30 days to present the case to a grand jury to secure indictments.


The skinny: A misplaced purse helped police in Conneaut, Ohio, connect a person to bags containing the remnants of a methamphetamine lab.

What we know: Police said a citizen called on Thursday night and reported seeing a woman running along Harbor Street who appeared to be fleeing from someone and who stashed two duffel bags near a residence. Police searched the bags and found the remnants of a meth lab, along with a woman’s purse that contained identification. Officers later located the woman during a traffic stop.

Case update: The woman admitted that her purse fell into one of the bags. She was placed under arrest and the meth lab components were taken to the police station for testing and destruction, police said.



A MAN throws himself around his cell at the Ballarat police station.

Armed police can’t control him.

His lawyer can’t speak to him because he makes no sense.

He has been awake for more than 10 days and, according to his lawyer, his body is convulsing uncontrollably.

In that 10 days he hasn’t stopped using ‘ice’.

Crystal meth use behind town crime

He has driven in this condition. He has shopped in this condition. He has burgled homes in this condition.

His lawyer says she has never seen anything like it.

He will take days to return to some kind of ‘normal’ state.

There is nothing unusual about this scenario at the Ballarat law courts.

It’s just shy of midnight on January 11 this year and a 72-year-old woman is walking home alone.

A car load of men stop beside her.

A 20-year-old Gordon man, who later pleads guilty to the attack, jumps out, knocks the terrified grandmother to the ground and steals almost $2000 cash from her bag.

A drug user since his early teens, this young man recently began using ice.

All the telltale signs of self destruction were there.

In 2012, before he attacked and robbed the elderly woman, he broke another man’s jaw in an unprovoked attack outside the Bluestone nightclub.

Again, he was high on ice.

In my experience as a court reporter over the past six months, ice is the culprit behind the majority of crime in this town.

And it doesn’t discriminate.

Often it’s the motive behind petty shop thefts.

Supermarkets seem to be a prime candidate for users stealing to support escalating habits which can easily drum up thousands of dollars in drug debts.

It’s not uncommon for the courts to hear of men and women using more than $3000 worth of the drug per week.

It’s on a daily basis that defence lawyers tell the court “at the time of the offending my client was using ice”.

Former regional co-ordinating magistrate for the Grampians Region and now County Court judge, Peter Couzens, recently said ice was a terrible issue affecting all corners of the community.

Departing Ballarat after four years, Mr Couzens said ice was “rife” in Ballarat and causing the courts “enormous concern”.

A man’s body and a suspected meth lab were found by El Paso County Sheriff’s  Office deputies Wednesday in a house near Monument during a search for a wanted  man on probation.

Lt. Jeff Kramer said the identity of the man discovered at a home on the 2800  block of Hunters Glen Road, east of Highway 25 and south of County Line Road,  would not be released pending next-of-kin notification.

Photo - A body was found at a home in the 2800 block of Hunters Glen Road in Monument. The home was suspected of being a meth lab. A Hazmat crew from the El Paso County Sheriff's Dept. was called to the scene on Thursday, November 14, 2013.  A Hazmat technician is washed down after exiting the suspected house. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)A body was  found at a home in the 2800 block of Hunters Glen Road in Monument. The home was  suspected of being a meth lab. A Hazmat crew from the El Paso County Sheriff’s  Dept. was called to the scene on Thursday, November 14, 2013.  A Hazmat  technician is washed down after exiting the suspected house

Upon request from a probation officer to help locate a man who had a warrant  for his arrest, deputies entered the home and found the man’s body about 10:59  a.m. There were no obvious signs of foul play and no outward signs of trauma  seen during autopsy, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.  Final autopsy results were pending toxicology results.

Deputies also found a suspected active methamphetamine lab, prompting  response by the sheriff’s office HAZMAT team, the news release stated.




Meth labs pose dangers to the community beyond the obvious problems with the drugs produced and distributed. For each pound of meth produced, 5 to 7 pounds of toxic chemical waste are left behind.

When law enforcement officials bust a meth lab in a home, the process is much more involved than just extracting the offenders and any drugs found there. The entire home has to be decontaminated. The vapors from the drug can penetrate soft materials such as upholstery, carpet and drapes. Walls, ceiling and floors also have to be rinsed repeatedly with a special chemical to rid the space of the harmful meth molecules.

As the city of Waynesboro knows, the process of decontaminating a meth house can be expensive. The city has spent $6,500 this year on two properties where meth was produced. Those bills could quickly add up so, on Wednesday, the City Council approved an ordinance allowing the city to collect the costs of decontamination from the convicted meth makers.

While the city may be hard-pressed to collect anything from the drug dealers, the law gives the city a method to bill those responsible for contaminating the property. It is a reasonable move to offset a cost the city should not have to incur.

Meth is a blight on any community not only for the dangerous effects on the people who use it, but also for the hazardous chemicals and residue left behind by the production process.

While this new ordinance will likely not be a deterrent to those already violating the law, it may help recoup the costs of the problem.



In Michoacan’s meth heartland, a drug gang has gone medieval, militias are up in arms, and the government has put boots on the ground. Didn’t Mexico see this coming?


MEXICO CITY — Seven years after the government launched a military campaign against Mexico’s criminal cartels there, the Pacific coast state of Michoacan remains among the biggest obstacles to pacifying Mexico.

President Enrique Pena Nieto this month dispatched federal police and troops to seize the port at Lazaro Cardenas. The port, Mexico’s third busiest, has been used to smuggle meth ingredients into Mexico and ship illicit iron ore shipments out.

Bolstered federal forces also swept into the state’s so-called Tierra Caliente, or Hot Country, the largely rural redoubt of the state’s vicious “Caballeros Templarios,” or Knights Templar gang.

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Local militia fashion is all the rage in Michoacan these days
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“This was seen coming and absolutely nothing was done about it,” Mexican Interior Secretary Miguel Angel Osorio told a radio interviewer Tuesday about Michoacan’s precarious security. “This will be an issue for many years. As part of the strategy there will be other actions to recover the state and return it to the citizens.”

The pressure increased on officials in late October, as well-armed self-defense militias from towns that had risen up against the Templars attempted to “liberate” the city of Apatzingan, considered the gang’s bastion. Disarmed by the army outside town, the militiamen were fired on by gunmen when they held a rally in Azpatzingan’s central plaza.

Days later, Apatzingan’s Roman Catholic bishop, Miguel Patino, led a peace march through the city center and gave interviews redoubling his criticism of the Templars and allegedly corrupt state and federal officials.

Patino has called Michoacan “a failed state,” in some of the harshest language clergy or other leaders have used to described Michoacan.

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State officials struggled to refute Patino, who suggested in his missive that they’ve been either unwilling or unable to bring the gangsters to heel.

“We shouldn’t become bothered or angry when declarations are made like those of the bishop,” Michoacan Gov. Fausto Vallejo told GlobalPost in a phone interview. “In part, he’s right. In other respects, we’ll have to talk to him because he’s wrong. When he says the state and municipal governments are infiltrated, we have to review that.”

Mexican media also have been hammering on the state’s insecurity, corruption and vice.

Local reports in recent weeks allege:

– Millions of dollars worth of illegally mined iron ore is being shipped to China through Lazaro Cardenas. – The Knights Templar are spending $25 million a year to bribe military commanders and government officials. – The gang’s extortion network now plagues farmers, industries and merchants in two-thirds of the state’s 113 counties.

GlobalPost was unable to verify the media allegations.

“There has been a process of decay,” said Miguel Angel Chavez, state president of the center-right opposition National Action Party, which has called for the governor to step down. “This administration hasn’t been capable of resolving the situation. This has been a government that hasn’t really coalesced. This has all combined to ensure that organized crime takes hold here.”

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Renowned for its limes, avocados and other produce, Michoacan also has long been a hub for drug production and trafficking as well as other vices. In the past decade, it’s become Mexico’s foremost producer of methamphetamine, with precursor chemicals easily imported from Asia through Lazaro Cardenas seaport and clandestine labs sprouting in remote mountain communities.

The Knights Templar started in 2011 by a split within La Familia Michoacana organization, which itself was spawned by collapse of earlier criminal gangs.

Then-President Felipe Calderon, a Michoacan native, deployed thousands of troops to Michoacan upon taking office in December 2006. That was shortly after La Familia had shocked the world by throwing the heads of six alleged Zetas cartel gunmen on the floor of a nightclub.

Many blame that deployment for fanning out the gangland warfare across much of Mexico, in which often videotaped beheadings have become commonplace.

La Familia gunmen drove the Zetas and Gulf Cartel gangs from northeastern Mexico out of Michoacan more than seven years ago. The Templars now are fighting both La Familia remnants and a group aligned with Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s Sinaloa Federation gang in parts of the state.

Adopting their name and imagery from a medieval Catholic order of Crusaders, the Knights Templar attempt to justify their rampant extortion demands as collecting “war taxes” to defend the state against outside gangs.

The meth trade continues as a mainstay of Templar income, with much of the drug produced here sold to US consumers. But extortion and the smuggling of all kinds of products through Lazaro Cardenas have become increasingly important, a government security analyst in Morelia, the state capital, says.

“That’s why they’ve gone after the port,” the analyst told GlobalPost, speaking on condition of anonymity, following the seizure of the port last week by federal forces.

The rise this year of the anti-Templar militias now has only added to the insecurity. Suspected Templar gunmen attacked power and gas stations across the state after the militias rallied in Apatzingan on Oct. 26.

And now, rather than focusing on “self-defense,” the militias seem intent on prying the Templars’ control from other towns.

“It’s a matter of revenge now. They talk about defending themselves but then attack as well,” the Rev. Javier Cortes, who’s second in command of Apatzingan’s far-flung diocese, said of the self-defense militias. “That brings a lot of violence.

“The Tierra Caliente has a lot of work ahead of it,” he said.



A Bismarck woman faces a child abuse charge after her 2-year-old daughter tested positive for methamphetamine.

Sarah Weiss, 29, was charged Wednesday with Class C felony child abuse or neglect. A warrant has been issued for her arrest.

According to an affidavit from Bismarck Police Detective Joe Arenz, the father of a 2-year-old girl took the girl to St. Alexius Medical Center’s emergency room on Oct. 20 after the child was restless, pulling her hair and having trouble speaking as clearly as she usually did.

The girl tested positive for amphetamines, then a more detailed test showed methamphetamine in her system. The father said the girl had been with her mother prior to going to the emergency room, Arenz wrote.

He wrote that Weiss told investigators a friend had smoked methamphetamine in her home on Oct. 19, and she had the friend watch her children while she went to Mandan. She asked the friend to leave after noticing her daughter acting strangely, the affidavit said.

Weiss also was charged with Class C felony possession of buprenorphine. Arenz wrote in the affidavit that Weiss consented to being searched at the time of an interview, and officers found an unopened package of Suboxone for which Weiss did not have a prescription.




ST. PETERS, Mo. (KTVI) — They are law abiding citizens, but were evicted due to the suspected misdeeds of their neighbors. Affiliate KTVI’s Jeff Bernthal reports that Gordon Tomlinson, his fiance, grandchild and their dog have been forced to move to a hotel after a drug task force raided their duplex where neighbors were reportedly operating a methamphetamine lab.



Tomlinson told Bernthal the raid came as a surprise to him, he was playing cards when the dog alerted him to outside commotion. Commotion that included as many as 16 agents with their guns drawn, ready to carry out the raid.

The fallout has left Tomlinson and his family without many of their possessions, and worse yet, insurance won’t cover most of what he had to throw away. Tomlinson said their story can serve as a cautionary tale.

“I’m not going to say anything bad about the insurance company because they tried as hard as they could for me. It just wasn’t in my policy, I wasn’t covered for that,” Tomlinson told KTVI.

Police say it may be two-to-three weeks before the neighbors are criminally charged. The meth fumes they left behind have made moving back for Tomlinson and his family impossible, the toxins left can lead to serious respiratory problems.

Video report from KTVI



WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla police arrested a 42-year-old woman Tuesday afternoon on investigation of methamphetamine and other drug related crimes.

According to Walla Walla police spokesman Tim Bennett, Kimberly S. Hodgen was a suspect in a Special Teams Unit investigation.

Her arrest was not connected to Wednesday’s SWAT team arrests of Christina Boucher, 51, and Richard Chapek, 55, on investigation of methamphetamine possession and delivery charges.

Bennett said drug detectives had conducted several controlled purchases of drugs from Hodgen in the day’s before her arrest. Detectives also found $1,400 of methamphetamine, 37 grams of marijuana, packaging materials, scales and four glass pipes in Hodgen’s 2005 Ford pickup, according to Bennett.

Hodgen was lodged at the Walla Walla County Jail on investigation of two counts of delivery of methamphetamine, delivery of methamphetamine within 1000 feet of a school bus stop, possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, possession with intent to deliver marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.