Two Crawfordsville women were arrested Thursday afternoon on various drug charges during a traffic stop by Montgomery County deputies.

Ashley L. Harshman, 22, was driving near the intersection of Old State Road 55 and Oak Hill Road when a Montgomery County deputy pulled her over for speeding.

During the traffic stop, deputies found syringes and marijuana in Harshman and her passenger’s, Ashley M. Spencer, possession.

Deputies detained both suspects and later found methamphetamine on Spencer’s person at the Montgomery County Jail.

“Our deputies were paying attention to their surroundings and located illegal substances,” said Captain Jeremy Hughes of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. “Any arrest that gets drugs off the street is a good arrest.”

Spencer, 29, was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and possession of a syringe. She was held at the Montgomery County Jail on a $10,000 surety/cash bond and posted bail at 12:41 a.m. Friday.

Harshman also has been charged with possession of marijuana and possession of a syringe. She is being held at the Montgomery County Jail on a $1,000 cash-only bond.







FAIRBURY, Neb.– One woman is behind bars after Fairbury police arrested her for multiple drug related charges.

The Fairbury Police Department said they arrested Emily Rae Irwin, 18, for alleged possession of methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance (prescriptions), possession of less than one ounce of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and fictitious plates.irwin-emily

Police said an officer was conducting traffic enforcement near the Fairbury City Park when he saw a yellow Ford Mustang with fictitious plates. The officer conducted a traffic stop near 9th and Maple St. and said Irwin showed signs of possible drug use.

Irwin denied officer requests to search the vehicle.

A K-9 Deputy with the Saline County Sheriff’s Office arrived and said the K-9 showed signs of drugs in the vehicle. After a search, authorities found 2.3 grams of meth, some marijuana, prescription pills belonging to someone else, syringes and several other drug related items in the car.

Authorities said Irwin is a transient in Fairbury.

Law enforcement arrested Irwin and transported her to the Jefferson County Jail.

The incident remains under investigation.








Methamphetamine seizures at U.S. ports of entry on the California-Mexico border reached unprecedented levels in fiscal 2014, as drug trafficking organizations strive to smuggle growing quantities of the low-cost Mexican-made product into the United States.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection figures show 14,732 pounds of meth seized by the San Diego field office during the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, accounting for 63 percent of the synthetic drug seized at all land, air and sea ports of entry nationwide.Border_Crossing_X-Ray_at_San_Ysidro-JD_r620x349

With the California border as their main smuggling route, “the Mexican cartels are flooding the U.S. marketplace with their cheap methamphetamine,” said Gary Hill, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s assistant special agent in charge in San Diego.

Undercover agents are purchasing meth in San Diego for $3,500 a pound, versus about $11,800 for a pound of cocaine, Hill said. “We have seen the trend of the price of meth decreasing tremendously since 2008.”

Methamphetamine, a highly addictive synthetic drug, once was primarily produced in the United States, and San Diego was infamous as its manufacturing capital. But with a U.S. law enforcement crackdown on the precursor chemicals used to make meth, the drug is now largely produced in Mexico.

The DEA estimates that 90 percent of the meth consumed in the United States is manufactured in labs south of the border.

Mexican cartels are finding it far less expensive to produce meth in Mexico than importing cocaine from South America, Hill said. “The overhead is tremendous for cocaine,” while for meth, “the overhead is minimal. They oversee the manufacturing. There is no middleman.”

Hill said that production is largely controlled by the Sinaloa cartel and Knights Templar, groups that also control the smuggling routes on the California border, offering a theory as to why such as large proportion of the seizures would be coming through ports of entry such as San Ysidro, Otay and Calexico.

“That’s our supposition,” Hill said. “They control the gateway at San Diego and they seem to be the ones who are most involved in manufacturing the methamphetamine, so it kind of goes hand-in-hand.”

While San Diego has remained a transit center, much of the drug that makes it into the country is headed for distribution hubs farther north, according to Joe Garcia, interim special agent in charge for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations in San Diego.

“Los Angeles has become a huge transshipment point,” Garcia said, with the drug ending up in a wide range of locations. “Our investigations take us through all corners of the country, Atlanta, Chicago, New York, North Carolina, Seattle, San Francisco, Montana. It’s going into Canada as well.”

Garcia dates the upward trend in meth seizures on the California border to 2009. “What we noticed first was an increase in smuggling among teens. Initially it was marijuana, then there was a shift to hard narcotics, where meth was the main hard narcotic being smuggled.”

CBP figures show a 300 percent increase in meth seizures at California ports of entry from fiscal 2009 to 2014.








COOKEVILLE — A Wilder resident was arrested at a Cookeville hotel on New Year’s Eve after police discovered a gram of methamphetamine that allegedly belong to him in the toilet tank of a hotel room he was sharing with several friends.

Jesse Harold Cooper, of Sandy Road in Wilder, was charged with the manufacture, distribution and sale of a controlled substance in the incident that happened around 5 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.

Cookeville Police Officer Charles Teeters said in a report of the incident that he and several other officers had gone to the hotel with the intention of locating a “wanted party.”

Officer Teeters says in the report that he knocked on the hotel room door, and a male voice from inside asked who was there.

The officer said he responded by saying it was the police, and a male inside the room pulled back the curtain, looked out and said, “It really is the police.”

Officer Teeters in his report says, “I was able to look through a 6- to 8-inch opening in the blinds and observed a male wearing a red sweatshirt entering the bathroom.”

That male was later identified as Cooper.

The same male subject who had pulled back the curtain and looked out the window opened the door, and Officer Teeters said that, in addition to that male subject and Cooper, there were two other males and a female present in the hotel room.

“Concerned that the male that entered the bathroom may be armed, I went to the open bathroom door and encountered Jesse Cooper (wearing the red sweatshirt) coming from behind the shower curtain,” Officer Teeters’ report says.

“Jesse Cooper was very animated, proclaiming his innocence and asking why he was being harassed,” the officer’s report continues.

At that point, Teeters said he explained that the police had received a tip that a “wanted party” was at that location, and he asked to verify Jesse Cooper’s identity.

“I asked Jesse for his identification, and he stated that he did not have any. I asked Jesse for his Social Security number, and he stated he didn’t know it,” the officer’s report says.

Another officer asked the group who had rented the room, and the male who answered the door told them that it was his room but that it had been paid for by someone else.

That officer then asked the male subject for consent to search the room, and the male subject gave verbal consent to search, Officer Teeters report says.

“Officer [Daniel] Trivette went to the bathroom where I located Jesse Cooper and began his search,” the report continues.

He “returned and advised that he recovered a cellophane bag containing suspected meth from the tank portion of the toilet. Two syringes were located in this tank as well,” Officer Teeters says in his report.

Apparently, the methamphetamine in the cellophane bag was further divided into 11 smaller baggies, the contents of which collectively weighed about a gram.

“Believing that Jesse Cooper had placed the contraband in the tank, I placed him in handcuffs,” the officer’s report says.

Officer Teeters says he advised Cooper of his Miranda rights and that Cooper responded that he understood.

However, the officer’s report continues, Cooper “disavowed any knowledge of the recovered methamphetamine and could not explain why he was found in the bathroom.”

The other parties present in the hotel room denied that the recovered methamphetamine belonged to any of them.

A field test of the sample yielded a positive reaction for the presence of methamphetamine, according to Officer Teeter’s report.

“One of the needles appeared to have been used, so another field test was conducted with negative results,” his report continues.

Cooper was transported to the Putnam County Justice Center and charged, but he has since been released on bond.








BRYAN — One person was injured when fire broke out overnight in a duplex residence where methamphetamine was being cooked, authorities said.

The person with “serious” injuries was taken to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo, while six other people escaped the house at 304 Center St. without injury.

The statement from the Multi-Area Narcotics Task Force identified none of those involved, citing an on-going investigation. It also was not stated whether any of those who fled the fire resided at the duplex’s adjoining residence.

Bryan firefighters were sent to the house shortly before midnight Friday. The task force said preliminary investigation revealed a cooking vessel used to make methamphetamine failed during what is commonly known as the “one pot shake-and-bake” process, causing the fire.

Numerous chemicals and apparatus used to make methamphetamine were removed from the dwelling by task force representatives and members of the Williams County Sheriff’s Office and Bryan Police Department.

The Red Cross provided housing assistance for those displaced by the fire. No damage estimate was released.










In November, a 51-year-old man who lives off Stinsonville Road in Macon said he met a recovering meth addict as she was walking down the street. The woman, 34, had nowhere to live. The man, according to a Bibb sheriff’s report, said she could stay at his place.

In mid-November, he went out of town but let the woman continue living there.

When he returned a week or so later, two of his TVs, some computer gear and a stereo were gone. Also missing was what an incident report described as a gold “1963 George Washington Bedspread” with 24-karat gold trim worth $10,000. “He stated that he did have the appraisal paperwork,” the report said. The homeowner took the woman to stay at a motel.

A deputy later spoke to the woman. She said she had no idea who took the guy’s stuff.

The deputy talked to a fellow in her motel room. He denied going to the man’s house.

According to the report, he said he “knew it was bad news.”

He said the recovering addict was a prostitute and that the homeowner was “a frequent customer,” adding that when you “put crackheads and prostitutes together you are looking for trouble.”









A Lemoore woman has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit, saying she was interrogated while naked by a male police officer in Kings County Jail after a strip search turned up methamphetamine inside her bra.

A Kings County sheriff’s official says the incident never happened.

According to the lawsuit, Jessica M. Blanco was stopped by Lemoore police officer Kevin Cosper for a motor vehicle registration violation around 3:30 a.m. on Dec. 19, 2013. While searching Blanco, the suit says, Cosper found “a controlled substance.” The suit, filed Dec. 18 in U.S. District Court in Fresno, does not specify the controlled substance, but Blanco’s attorney said in an interview it was Xanax, an anti-anxiety drug, which had been prescribed to Blanco but which was not in its prescription bottle.

Blanco — who was on probation at the time for a drug-related offense — was arrested by Cosper, who is one of the defendants in the lawsuit. On the way to the Kings County Jail, the suit says, Cosper interrogated Blanco, who invoked her Fifth Amendment right to remain silent.

After reaching the jail, Blanco was turned over to Maribel Mixon, a female Kings County deputy sheriff, for processing. As part of the processing, Mixon made a routine strip search of Blanco. Initially, the suit says, the search was conducted away from male law enforcement personnel.

During the strip search, Mixon — who is also named as a defendant — discovered methamphetamine as Blanco removed her bra. By then, Blanco was completely naked. After finding the drug, Mixon called for Cosper. The suit says Cosper responded “so he could interrogate (Blanco), while unclothed, in an attempt to gain futher incriminating information from her. … His actions were designed to shock and humiliate her, in an effort to coerce her into giving incriminating statements — which she had previously refused to provide — and to retaliate against her for prior refusing to submit to his earlier interrogation.”

“This is a serious violation of our client’s rights,” said Visalia attorney Marguerite Melo, who is representing Blanco. “She’s in an entirely vulnerable position. They both ganged up on my client.”

The lawsuit says the actions were a violation of both Lemoore’s and Kings County’s policies regarding cross-gender strip searches of prisoners and interrogation of detainees while naked. Lemoore and Kings County are also named as defendants.

But Robert Thayer, an assistant sheriff with Kings County, defended his deputy and said the entire incident is bogus.

“We have looked into these allegations and it’s ludicrous,” he said. “It did not happen. Our deputy did not invite a male officer into a strip search area to interrogate a naked inmate.”

In addition to the Blanco incident, the lawsuit claims that both Kings County and Lemoore have “engaged in a pattern or practice” of failing to follow the established rules on both strip searches and interrogating prisoners while they are unclothed.

The suit says the actions violated Blanco’s First Amendment right to privacy, her Fourth Amendment rights on unreasonable search and seizure and her Eighth Amendment rights probibiting cruel and unusual punishment.

Blanco’s criminal case has already been resolved. She pleaded no contest to methamphetamine possession and was sentenced to 2 years and 8 months in a residential treatment program, Melo said. She is currently serving that sentence.

Melo and fellow attorney John Sarsfield are seeking at least $1 million in general damages and at least $1 million in punitive damages, as well as additional money for Blanco’s “mental anguish and emotional distress.”

Lemoore officials declined to comment.

The initial hearing in the case has been set for March 24 before U.S. Magistrate Judge Gary S. Austin.










Unfortunately for gay British porn star Bruno Knight (whose real name is Philip Gizzie – but let’s continue along with the porn name, shall we?), smuggling drugs is not as easy as the movies make it out to be or on Breaking Bad. It’s being reported that the male XXX star was arrested and sentenced to two years in a federal prison because he was caught smuggling some crystal meth through LAX. Where was it? Well, come on –– let’s just say it was in some seriously NSFW areas that Knight has shown in his many sex films. Cool?bruno-knight

CBS Los Angeles is reporting that the NSFW performer was caught with a half-pound of meth in his body while being searched at Los Angeles International Airport. He apparently “inserted three large objects containing methamphetamine” into his body. The star then passed two of the items at LAX after being searched and the last one over at Centinela Hospital.

Via an affidavit, Knight was holding 226 grams of meth in his body, which is just under a half a pound.

In the end, the actor couldn’t help but apologize, not only to the American people but also to our country. Honestly, he really said, “I am sorry to you and your country,” to Judge Manual Real. Well … thanks, Knight?BWrsYiJIYAA0Yth

For those who don’t know, smuggling drugs is an incredible serious offense in the US, which is seen through Knight’s two-year sentence for under a pound. Looks like Walter White had good reason to run from authorities, huh?

Readers, are you familiar with Knight’s work? CBS notes that in one of his many gay porn flicks, named Security Control, he played a “an airport security guard who searches another porn actor’s body for drugs.” Hmm, how interesting!








A Florida couple has been arrested after they were reportedly found locked in a college campus’ closet for two days — but deputies say they likely could have escaped at any time.Amber Campbell, 25,

Amber Campbell, 25, and John Arwood, 31, were rescued Tuesday from inside Daytona State College, which is closed for the holidays, after Arwood eventually phoned 911 for help, WFTV reported.

Curiously, when the door was finally opened investigators reported smelling meth inside.

They also described having no trouble getting into or out of the closet themselves.

Both were booked on charges of trespassing.

When asked what they were doing inside the closet, the couple reportedly told police that they were hiding after being chased on campus by unknown suspects.John Arwood, 31,

Jailhouse records show that this was Campbell’s second booking in Volusia County following charges in 2013 for aggravated battery of a law enforcement officer with a firearm, escape, resisting an officer with violence, and giving a false name upon being arrested.

It was Arwood’s fourth time, however, following multiple arrests for driving with a suspended license among other charges.










FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) –  It’s a ranking Indiana isn’t proud of.  In 2013, it had more meth incidents than any other in state in the U.S. The 2014 stats, so far, have it staged to repeat as the nation’s meth capital, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

That’s why a state lawmaker is proposing a new bill aimed at getting rid of that title. Representative Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn) hopes to further restrict the amount of pseudoephedrine Hoosiers can buy over the counter. It’s a common decongestant and a main ingredient used the make meth.

Smaltz’s bill would allow customers to purchase 9.6 grams of the ingredient per year over the counter. That’s significantly less than what’s currently allowed by state law.

To put things into perspective Indiana customers can currently buy two, 30-count boxes of 12-hour Claritin D in a month under current Indiana law without a prescription. But under the new bill, they would only be able to buy two and a half boxes of it in a year.

“Oregon, Mississippi, and Missouri have all implemented some variety of pseudoephedrine prescription,” Smaltz said. “In all three of those states, they’ve seen dramatic decreases in the amount of one pot labs discovered.”

But the Indiana Retail Council opposes the bill. It’s president, Grant Monohan, said it would inconvenience too many customers and raise health care costs by forcing more people to get prescriptions.

“The overwhelming majority of our customers in our stores who purchase these products are purchasing them for a legitimate reason, and they ought to be able to continue to do that,” Monohan said.

Sgt. Bob Burgess with the Indiana State Police supports Smaltz’s bill. He said Indiana is currently suffering from a meth epidemic, and that calls for desperate measures.

“Anything towards the restriction of pseudoephedrine is a good thing from a law enforcement standpoint,” Burgess said.

Smaltz’ bill would also create stricter charges for dealing and possessing meth, especially around children. He hopes to introduce it in a couple of weeks.








Sioux City, Iowa (ABC9 News) According to court documents, 45-year-old David Winne plead not guilty on one count of indecent contact with a child.David Winne

Winne is accused of touching his eight-year-old granddaughter over her clothes while she was sitting on his lap at his home last year. A complaint in the case says Winne also asked the girl to touch herself.

Court documents say Winne told authorities he did not remember the incident, because he is an alcoholic and a long time user of methamphetamine. Police say the victim has since suffered from severe emotional distress due to the incident.

According to court documents Winne told police that he didn’t remember the incident, but advised them that he is an alcoholic and long time user of methamphetamine. Police say the victim has since suffered from severe emotional distress due to the incident.

Winne is charged with indecent contact with a child, which is an aggravated misdemeanor. He’s being held in the Woodbury County Jail on a $5,000 bond.







Scottsbluff Police seized 160 grams of methamphetamine and more than a two pounds marijuana during a traffic stop on New Year’s Eve.

Francisco Camacho Jr., 29, has been charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver, a Class III felony; and possession of a methamphetamine, a Class IB felony. He was arraigned on the charges Friday.

According to an arrest affidavit, Scottsbluff Police stopped a vehicle with its headlight out at about 7:15 p.m. on Dec. 31 in the 1200 block of Tenth Avenue. The officer made contact with Camacho and he reported he could smell the odor of burnt marijuana coming from the vehicle.

The officer asked Camacho to exit the vehicle. He searched Camacho, finding a quantity of a green leafy substance in the front breast pocket of a shirt Camacho was wearing.

A second officer arrived on scene and Camacho’s vehicle was searched. The officer allegedly found a plastic bag with a white-crystal like substance inside the vehicle’s driver door panel. Officers arrested Camacho and continued a search of the vehicle.

In the additional search, officers located a large plastic bag with a crystal-like substance underneath the front center seat console and two large plastic bags with a green leafy substance inside a plastic tub in the truck bed of the vehicle. Officers also found drug paraphernalia in the vehicle.

As a result of the search, officers seized marijuana, weighing more than two pounds, and 160 grams of methamphetamine.

If convicted of the charges, Camacho faces a sentence of 20 years to life on the methamphetamine charge. He could receive possible imprisonment of one to 20 years imprisonment, a $25,000 fine, or both on the marijuana charge.

He is being held on a $500,000 bond, with a 10-percent provision. He is next scheduled to appear in Scotts Bluff County Court for a Jan. 16 preliminary hearing.








McAlester police say an early morning traffic stop led to a woman’s arrest on suspicion of possessing at least 10 bags of methamphetamine and digital scales.

Bree Osburn, 18, of McAlester, is charged with two drug-related felonies — possession and distribution of controlled dangerous substance.

McAlester officer Richard Bedford wrote in an affidavit he was patrolling in the area of Wyandotte Avenue and 3rd Street at 1 am. Monday when he noticed a white Nissan Maxima with a headlight out. He stopped the vehicle and said he smelled marijuana when he approached the car.

“I then asked…if there was any marijuana in the vehicle and explained that I could smell a strong odor,” Bedford wrote.

Bedford said a young woman was driving the car. Osburn was in the front passenger seat and a 16-year-old girl was in the back seat. He started to investigate further when the officer said Osburn volunteered she possessed marijuana.

“Bree stated that she would be honest and that she had some baggies in her bra,” Bedford’s report states.

Those baggies were believed to contain marijuana, including synthetic marijuana. Another officer, Matthew Miller, arrived at the scene and Bree told officers a pipe was also in the car “in a crayon box (on) the floorboard of her side.”

Miller inspected the vehicle and didn’t just find a pipe. He also discovered 52 baggies, digital scales, 9 baggies of varying sizes containing a crystal like residue, a large glass smoking device with white residue, a small glass smoking device with a white residue, a mutli-colored glass smoking device containing a burnt green leafy susbtance, a straw with white residue, and other items.

Osburn was placed under arrest and a check revealed Osburn also had an outstanding traffic warrant. Osburn was transported to the Pittsburg County Justice Center where police said Osburn told the officer “she wanted me to know something before she was searched. She then stated that she possibly had a small baggie containing methamphetamine in her bra.”

A female detention staffer eventually retrieved a a small baggie containing a crystal substance from Osburn during booking.








dt_common_streams_StreamServer53DENVER — A man who allegedly had explosives and materials to produce methamphetamine at a campsite southeast of Salida in May 2013 has been charged with federal crimes.

Randal C. Phipps was brought Monday to U.S. District Court in Denver and advised that he is charged with having three “destructive devices” and with having them while he was a user of controlled substances. He was kept in custody at least until a court hearing on Friday.

The federal charges stem from evidence found last year at the campsite, on Bureau of Land Management land.

Phipps’ campsite was dismantled by BLM Ranger Steve Cunningham and Chaffee County Deputy Sheriff Martin Johnson, assisted by Salida firefighter Ron Parks, the sheriff’s office announced in May 2013. Johnson and Parks wore full protective gear because methamphetamine-making materials can be toxic and dangerous.

The Colorado Springs Regional Bomb Squad disarmed the improvised explosive devices, the sheriff’s office stated at that time.

Phipps, 33, was charged in May 2013 in Chaffee County District Court on drug and contraband charges, but fled while on bail. He was a fugitive until Nov. 20 of this year when he was arrested in Albany County, Wyo., and turned over to U.S. marshals on the more recent charges in Denver.

Phipps was a Chaffee jail inmate on unrelated charges last year when the state drug and contraband charges were filed. Jail staff alleged they found methamphetamine when they searched him.

A court affidavit written by a sheriff’s officer stated that Phipps then told the jail staff about having explosives and a makeshift meth lab at the campsite.





A man and woman were being held without bail Friday after they allegedly were seen with syringes and drugs at a west Salt Lake City restaurant.

Salt Lake City police detectives said the 44-year-old male ex-con and his 27-year-old female companion were arrested shortly before 2 a.m. Friday at the Denny’s Restaurant, 2025 S. 900 West.

Officers allegedly not only found the needles seen by restaurant staff in a bag the woman had on her lap, but recovered methamphetamine, heroin, scales and packaging believed intended for distribution from the man’s vehicle in the parking lot.

The man was being held on an Adult Probation and Parole order, as well as suspicion of second-degree felony possession of methamphetamine. The woman was booked on suspicion of second-degree possession of heroin and methamphetamine counts.








An Augusta woman who shot her boyfriend just before Christmas did so to save herself from another beating, her attorney told the judge Friday in Richmond County Superior Court.

The judge granted a $25,000 bond for Lauren K. Weldon, 27, who faces charges of trafficking in methamphetamine, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Sheriff investigators called to the Flintwood Drive home on Dec. 21 found Robert Shipley, 35, with a gunshot wound to the head. Officers also found 117 grams of methamphetamine on the dining room table.

Weldon had visible injuries consistent with her account of being beaten with fist and a belt, but a witness who was waiting outside for Shipley told officers she heard the couple arguing and then a gunshot.

Defense attorney Jacque Hawk said Shipley is a known drug dealer with a history of abusing women. Hawk applied for an order of protection for Weldon in April because of the domestic violence, but Shipley convinced Weldon she would be arrested if she attended the hearing. The petition was dismissed in August.

The day of the shooting Shipley had been high on methamphetamine for days, Hawk said. When he started beating Weldon, she grabbed the gun and fired at Shipley who is twice her size, Hawk said.

Shipley has recovered from the gunshot. He is in jail facing charges of trafficking methamphetamine, theft by receiving stolen property and weapon violations. Shipley was previously convicted of trafficking methamphetamine in 2007.








As a young, smart and ambitious university graduate, Mahsa could have been a model of the modern Iranian woman.

Instead, the 30-year-old symbolizes a new generation of female drug users: well off, well educated and tech savvy but addicted to multiple synthetic drugs such as methamphetamine, methadone and sedatives as well as heroin.8afe9814-e3b7-48bd-b5a8-3bc741e3b1b1

Drug problems are not new in Iran. Opium smoking dates back to at least the 17th century, and the country has one of the highest rates of opiate addiction in the world, partly because it is a trafficking route from Afghanistan to Europe.

At least 6m out of 77.7m Iranians have drug-related problems, according to official reports.

Shisheh — a high-purity crystalline methamphetamine — has become the second most popular drug after opium among young people seeking an escape from social and economic hardship.

However, addiction is increasingly spreading across all social classes and affecting a rising number of women — a trend triggering alarm in the government.

The problem was first revealed in a 2011 study on the prevalence of addiction, says Zahra Bonianian, an adviser to the state-run Drug Control Headquarters for women and family affairs. “It was when we realized that the number of married female addicts was going up, the age of addiction going down while the educational level [of addicts] was high.”

The roots of the problem lie in the social change bubbling beneath the surface of Iranian society. Young adults, steeped in new ideas gleaned via the internet and social media, are increasingly rebelling against the traditional and Islamic strictures to which their parents conformed and seeking to emulate what they see as more modern norms. In recent years, the divorce rate in Iran has risen and marriage and birth rates have fallen.

At the same time, the Islamic regime has improved women’s access to higher education, and they now account for more than 60 per cent of graduates.

But young women in particular find themselves caught between increasing freedoms and educational opportunities on the one hand and the conservative values of their elders on the other.

“Girls and boys under 25 years old largely enjoy equal freedom in terms of social and educational activities, but girls have a more gloomy perspective, [seeing] more responsibilities ahead,” says Amir-Hossein Yazdani, a professor of psychology.

Highly educated girls “do not enjoy equal job opportunities, or they feel under pressure to behave like a traditional woman”, he says. “This is fanning fresh tendencies to addiction.”

Mahsa is emblematic of this trend. “I had big dreams, but they were all destroyed,” she says. Graduating from a high school for top students, her family forced her to marry at the age of 18. The couple had a son but the marriage ended in divorce after a year and Mahsa took refuge in drugs. Her ex-husband has stopped her from seeing her son in recent years.

She went to university and studied psychology but ended up at a Tehran addiction treatment centre last year with a drug habit that was costing her 1m rials ($37) a day.

After five months of treatment she is considered clean. But fearful of social pressure, she is refusing to return to her family in Arak, a conservative city in central Iran.

“I’ll stay at this centre hoping that my parents will sell everything and agree to move to Tehran,” she says, clad in tight black shirt and leggings and wearing make-up and orange nail polish. “In that small city, everybody knows I was an addict. I am shy to [leave the house].”

Iranian officials and experts have been warning in recent months that the speed at which addiction among women is growing is rising.

The latest official figures indicate the number of female addicts has almost doubled since 2007, with women making up 9.3 per cent of Iranians affected. More than 50 per cent of addicted women used drugs for the first time between the ages of 15 and 19.

Abbas Deilamizade, chairman of the Asian Drug Demand Reduction NGOs Association — an umbrella group for 32 regional organizations — warns that the country’s social welfare system is not geared to helping female addicts.

“A lot needs to be done to help the treatment of women,” he says. “We still do not have enough rehabilitation centers and prevention programs for women, and there is no plan [for it] in the country’s social security system.”

Some experts argue this is because women have been seen as a lower priority than men because they make up fewer than 10 per cent of Iran’s addicts.

But Ms Bonianian warns against complacency. “The addiction of women may not be as high as men’s. But if fathers are like ceilings who give protection to the family, mothers are like columns who keep the family together,” she says. “If columns collapsed, the ceiling would fall down too, and there would be no home to live in.”









A teenager who had sex with a minor – just one month into a probation term for a similar offence committed with another girl – was placed on 21 months’ probation yesterday.

ran into his second victim, an acquaintance he had met through mutual friends, sometime in September while performing community service for the earlier conviction.

He invited the 13-year-old home the next day and pressured her into having sex with him.

The court heard that Lee and his victim, both secondary school students, had met by chance at a community club near her home when she went there to attend a Mid-Autumn Festival celebration.

They chatted after he had completed his community service obligations for the day, and continued to communicate after parting ways.

This led to Lee committing two offences the next day at his Housing Board flat in Boon Lay, when no one else was at home.

Her ordeal started when in China, He drugged the girl with methamphetamine (Ice) and had sex with her while she’s in a stupor. He makes her his sex slave, beating her if she refuses him sex.

Lee’s first probation term of 15 months was imposed in August after he had sex with a 15-year-old. It will run concurrently with the second 21-month term, imposed yesterday.

Lee was also ordered yesterday to perform 120 hours of community service and to stay home from 10pm to 6am.

His parents signed a $10,000 bond to ensure his good behavior – twice the original sum bonded.

Community Court Judge Lim Keng Yeow said Lee had re-offended soon after being placed on the first probation term.

But the judge noted, among other things, a pre-sentencing report that seemed to indicate Lee had made some effort to improve.

He imposed the second probation stint but warned the teenager that any non-compliance with its terms would be taken seriously.

Lee pleaded guilty to one offence and had the other taken into consideration.

He could have been jailed for up to 10 years and fined for each count of having sex with a person under 16.







A drug-affected deckhand set off a flare causing a fishing boat to catch fire and sparked an expensive search operation off the Top End coast, a court has heard.

David Lawrence Morrison, 34, appeared in the Northern Territory Supreme Court on Friday for sentencing on four charges, including one count of aggravated assault and one count of damaging a vessel.

The court heard Morrison was working as a deckhand on a boat in July 2014 when he bought 1 gram of methamphetamine in Darwin before returning to the vessel.

Morrison injected himself with the drug and passed out in his cabin, before becoming dazed and going into a drug-induced psychosis.

The court heard he started hallucinating on the boat and demanded to get off the vessel, before threatening crew members with a knife and saying he would kill himself.

Morrison took the 25 centimeter knife and cut his left forearm, Justice Peter Barr said.

The crew hid the remaining knives on the boat but Morrison told the staff he could still “hit them with hammers”.

Meth-affected fisherman tied up by crew

The court heard Morrison, who had been demanding a helicopter come and retrieve him from the boat, activated an emergency distress beacon, sparking a search operation at a cost of $13,372.

He also threw an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) overboard.

Justice Barr said Morrison threatened to shoot emergency flares into the boat’s fuel tanks.

The court heard Morrison discharged one of the flares inside the wheel house, hitting a crew member and setting the boat’s computer and navigations systems on fire.

The blaze was extinguished but caused more than $6,000 damage to the boat’s electrical systems.

The crew restrained the man and tied him up as the boat made its way to Gove, where Morrison was taken into custody.

Morrison came to Darwin to ‘break drug habit’

Justice Barr said it was accepted that Morrison had a psychotic response to the drug.

His medical records showed he had experienced multiple psychotic breakdowns induced by drugs in the past, the court heard.

The court heard Morrison “felt like a complete idiot” and was angry with himself over the incident.

The Canberra-born man had come to Darwin to break away from a drug habit.

In sentencing Justice Barr took into account Morrison’s pleas of guilty.

He was sentenced to three months’ jail for the aggravated assault, 14 months’ prison for threatening to use flares, and three years for damaging the boat.

His non-parole period is one year and nine months, and the sentence was backdated to July 2014.








Rome police arrested two women on multiple drug charges after stopping their car for broken taillights, Floyd County Jail reports state.


Police say they arrested Jeanna Katrice Brown, 41, of 230 B Huffaker Road, and Tonya Nichole Turner, 30, of 105 Kirton St N.W., during a 8:30 p.m. Wednesday traffic stop at 420 Second Ave.

The officer smelled marijuana as he approached the car and he told Brown that he could search her vehicle, which he did. He then found suspected marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamine, a device used to grind marijuana, wrapping papers used to smoke the drug and digital weighing scales, reports state.54a61da064e5d_image

Both women face two counts of purchase, possession, manufacture, distribution or sale of marijuana; and one count each of possession of methamphetamine, possession of cocaine and possession and use of drug-related objects.

Both women remained in jail without bond on Thursday.








RENO-TAHOE, Nev. & Calif. ( & KRNV) — According to authorities in regional law enforcement, several arrests were made during New Year’s Eve festivities — but overall, the night was relatively quiet.


The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office reports that the 2014-2015 New Year’s Eve celebration in the casino core area of Stateline, Nevada went as planned.

The celebratory crowd appeared small, likely due to bitterly cold temperatures. U.S. Highway 50 was closed to vehicle traffic at about 11:50 p.m. for public safety reasons as the celebrants flowed into the roadway as they celebrated the coming of the New Year. The Nevada side of U.S. Highway 50 was cleared of celebrants at approximately 12:15 a.m. and was reopened to vehicle traffic at approximately 12:22 a.m. after the crowd peacefully moved off the roadway.

Eight people were arrested in the downtown casino core area of Stateline, Nevada during the evening. Charges included battery, domestic battery, disorderly conduct, minor consuming alcohol and possession of a dangerous drug.

Another three people were arrested for traffic-related offenses and driving under the influence.

The Minden-Gardnerville area reported a similarly quiet evening; with five people arrested for DUI, domestic battery, resisting a public officer, intoxicated pedestrian and minor consuming.

There were no reported injuries to any public safety personnel.


Despite cold temperatures, thousands of people gathered in downtown Reno to bring in the New Year. Several officers from the Reno Police Department were also in downtown Reno to ensure the event was safe for all participants. A spokesperson for RPD reports officers mingled and interacted with the crowd all night long having mostly positive interactions which resulted in very few arrests.

There were a total of four arrests during the Downtown Reno New Year’s Eve Celebrations; two arrests for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, one arrest for Possession of Methamphetamine/Possession of Methamphetamine for Sales, one arrest for Disturbing the Peace, and one arrest for an outstanding warrant.

Five people were also detained for civil protective custody due to being intoxicated.


Between the hours of 2 p.m. on December 31, 2014 and approximately 1 a.m. January 1, 2015, the Sparks Police Department increased its patrol staffing for New Year’s Eve, according to a spokesperson with Sparks PD.

During these hours, officials say there were three arrests made; one for an outstanding warrant, one for possession of stolen property, and one for fraud.

There was also one call of a juvenile party involving alcohol in which one citation was issued and two referrals were made to the Jan Evans Juvenile Justice Center. Finally, officers made many traffic stops and issued 11 citations for various traffic-related offenses.








FOUR people are due to appear in court following the New Year’s Day discovery of explosives and drugs during a routine traffic stop in Mt Lawley.

The group of two men and two women were refused bail to appear in court on multiple drug offences.493735-378ca40e-9216-11e4-9f9e-62c4c493a0de

About 2am on January 1, police searched a silver Kia Cerato after it was stopped at a breath and drug bus operation on Beaufort Street.

It will be alleged in the boot about 11.5kg of power-gel and an unknown weight of methamphetamine was found and seized.

The driver of the vehicle, a 21-year-old North Perth woman, was arrested and taken to Perth Police Station.

A short time after she was arrested, the three passengers went to another vehicle parked nearby and were arrested after police seized what they will allege were several clip-sealed bags of a white crystal material believed to be methamphetamine.

Police then searched a hotel room on Adelaide Terrace, Perth, where more alleged methamphetamine and cash was found.

The 21-year-old North Perth woman has been charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and false details.

A 43-year-old Ascot woman has been charged with two counts of possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell or supply, possession of cocaine with intent to sell or supply, possession of heroin and unlawful possession.

A 27-year-old Henley Brook man has been charged with two counts of possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell or supply, possession of cocaine with intent to sell or supply, possession of heroin and unlawful possession.

A 31-year-old man of no fixed address has been charged with two counts of possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell or supply, possession of cocaine with intent to sell or supply, possession of heroin, unlawful possession and unlicensed possession of dangerous goods.








The equipment and ingredients to make methamphetamine are easy to get and simple to put together. The process creates volatile chemical combinations that can explode, fumes that can debilitate, and finally, a drug that destroys lives.

This year, the number of meth labs continued to escalate.

In February, Coaldale police charged Jason John Shiffert, 33, with operating the meth lab at 11 E. Ruddle St.

In April, Mahoning Township police charged Todd Cermak with making meth at his Nis Hollow home.

In May, Nesquehoning police charged Eric Joseph Willing, 34, of 132 E. Railroad St., with operating a meth lab in his home.

In June, Lansford police, along with the Carbon County Drug Task Force and the state Office of the Attorney General arrested William Barnes, 36, for operating a meth lab out of his home at 237 W. Patterson St.

In July, Lehighton police charged Matthew Scott Haydt, 26, of 189 S. First St., with making the drug.

In October, authorities found a meth lab being operated by William McFarland, 48, in Lower Towamensing Township.

Also in October, the Pennsylvania State Police Clandestine Lab Response Team was in Tamaqua after police discovered a meth lab in a vacant apartment at 130 E. Broad St.

People making meth in their homes endanger family members, often children, by exposing them to fumes and the possibility of explosions.

They also endanger firefighters and ambulance crews responding to the explosions. Meth addicts are often violent, and neglect their children. It’s almost impossible for them to hold down jobs, and so they depend on public handouts for food, shelter and medical care.

While the cost of making meth is cheap, the cost of caring for neglected children, cleaning up the hazardous waste resulting from meth manufacturing, the cost of keeping meth addicts jailed, and the hours spent by firefighters, police and ambulance personnel are expensive.








Six children were taken by Child Protective Services from a Linda home where a group of adults allegedly provided methamphetamine multiple times to a 16-year-old boy.

Bobbie M. Galloway, 30, Pamela J. Rister, 51, and Michael D. Elliott Jr., 41, were arrested Tuesday and booked into Yuba County Jail on suspicion of providing a minor a controlled substance and cruelty to child. Bail for each was set at $75,000.

Six children, ranging from 4 to 16, were found in the home in the 5800 block of Garden Avenue. They are now with CPS, according to Yuba County sheriff’s Sgt. Josh Jelsey.

Deputies were investigating Elliott on suspicion of fraudulent use of an electronic benefit transfer card, when he showed a deputy a video of adults smoking meth with the teenager.

Further investigation led deputies to believe the suspects provided methamphetamine to the boy regularly for the last year.

An additional suspect in the case is still outstanding.








Methamphetamine fuels domestic assaults

Posted: 1st January 2015 by Doc in Uncategorized

Women’s refuges are reporting a spike in calls and are bracing for even more in the New Year after a quiet Christmas.

Lois Herbert, manager of the Christchurch-based Battered Women’s Trust, said its crisis line was quiet over Christmas but staff were “extremely busy” this week.

“It has picked up dramatically.

“Women have been staying where they are even if things have not been very good, sometimes for the sake of children. We have admitted women into our safe houses in the past two days . . . with [some] reporting significant assaults over the holiday period.”

Methamphetamine, or P, “seems to be an issue for many families at the moment”, Herbert said.

There was a problem with many women staying in violent homes and relationships because they were worried they would have nowhere to go if they left, she said.

The West Coast Women’s Refuge, in Westport, has received 27 police referrals since December 23.

“It is more than we’ve had previously in such a short space,” manager Heather Greer said.

Greer felt it meant more women were reporting violence.

Aviva, formerly the Christchurch Women’s Refuge, no longer runs a safe house (the Battered Women’s Trust took it over last month), but a spokeswoman said its telephone support line was “quite busy” pre-Christmas.

“The more sustained demand happens in January/February in terms of ongoing support. People generally try to hold it together through the Christmas period.”


* Need help? If you are in immediate danger, dial 111. For women’s refuge assistance, call 0800 REFUGE or 0800 733 843.