Comments Off on Jessica Redd, 28, of Winnsboro, arrested with Methamphetamine and morphine

A Winnsboro woman was arrested on drug charges by Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s deputies assigned to the street crime apprehension team (SCAT) in West Monroe last week.

Jessica Redd, 28, of 8614 Hwy 17, Winnsboro, told deputies they could search bags which she said belonged to her during a search of a car she was sitting in, according to the arrest affidavit of probable cause.

In her bags, deputies found a meth pipe, bags and a digital scale. In her purse, deputies found a medicine bottle with several Morphine pills. The bottle had no label on it. Redd told deputies she had a prescription for the pills but was unable to produce one.

Deputies also found in her purse a $1 bill that was folded up and contained suspected methamphetamine in it. There was $1,500 in the car that no passengers would claim. Redd ultimately claimed $700 belonged to her.

Redd told deputies she did not know any of the drugs were in her purse or wallet. Redd was booked at Ouachita Correctional Center on suspicion of possession of morphine, possession of meth and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Comments Off on James Courtney Hart, of Lexington, accused of selling Methamphetamine from family’s food stand

LEXINGTON, Tenn. — A man is accused of selling more than just food from his family’s business.

“I was going there today and I found out this happened. The van is sitting right there and I couldn’t believe that,” John Parson said, who often went to the fish trailer to eat lunch.James Courtney Hart

James Courtney Hart was arrested Thursday on accusations of selling meth from his family’s food trailer business, Little Kitchen, in Lexington.

Officers said the arrest comes as a result of months of investigating by Lexington police and Henderson County deputies.

“They were actually selling it out of the business which led to our search warrant that we obtained. It led us here today where we did recover several amounts of cash and some extra methamphetamine,” Investigator Stephen Clark with the Henderson County Sheriff’s Department said.

Hart is charged with possession of Schedule II with intent to sell and possession of drug paraphernalia. Officers say more charges may be forthcoming.

The trailer was removed from the premises Thursday afternoon.

Hart was taken to the Henderson County Jail.

Comments Off on NYPD drug bust yields $1.6 million worth of crystal Methamphetamine; Mario Hernandez, 33, arrested

meth10n-5-webHe was “Breaking Bad” in a Hyundai Sonata.

Cops cuffed a 33-year-old man they say was caught tooling around Manhattan with 25 kilos of crystal meth in his trunk, authorities said Thursday.

Mario Hernandez is now facing multiple narcotics trafficking charges for the speed found stowed in boxes in the trunk of his silver economical midsize sedan following a car stop outside the Holland Tunnel.

It was not immediately clear if he was planning to transport the drugs — with a street value of $1.6 million — across the river to New Jersey.

NYPD detectives pulled over Hernandez at the corner of King St. and Hudson St. at about 5 p.m. Wednesday, officials said.

The light-blue crystals showcased in the hit AMC television series “Breaking Bad” were found stowed in boxes used to transport stone tile, a source with knowledge of the seizure said.

The takedown was so large cops had to use a dolly to cart the drugs away, the source said.meth10n-2-web

Hernandez was held on $500,000 bond for criminal possession of controlled substance at his arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court Thursday.

Hernandez, wearing jeans and a blue windbreaker, did not speak during the hearing.

The car was a rental and he was unaware of the stash in the truck, his lawyer insisted.

“He’s a professional painter,” a woman who identified herself as hernandez’s girlfriend told the Daily News. “He works hard for a living. Hes a really good man.”

City Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan said city drug enforcement agencies are concerned about a rise of meth use in the city.

“It is something that we continue to keep an eye on,” she told The News in an exclusive interview last week. “The point of origin for the big methamphetamine that we’ve had is Mexico and if the Mexicans are pushing out meth the same way they are pushing out heroin and its finding its way to New York, then we’re going to have a problem.”

Heroin use in the city has tripled over the last few years, officials said.

More people in the city die from heroin overdoses than murder, city stats show.

Comments Off on Michael Melitski, 54, of High Bridge and John Renner, 45, of Hillsborough, caught making, selling Methamphetamine in three-county investigation

Authorities have arrested eight people after a four-month investigation into alleged methamphetamine dealing — including one they say was trying to hide his drug proceeds by routinely gambling with it at a Pennsylvania casino.

The investigation by the Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren prosecutor’s offices — and several police departments in each county — is believed to be the first of its type, authorities said in a joint announcement Thursday.17470256-large

Somerset County Prosecutor Geoffrey D. Soriano said the teamwork involved “was nothing short of spectacular.”

It culminated in the arrests of Michael Melitski, 54, of High Bridge and John Renner, 45, of Hillsborough — who among the eight arrested face the most serious charges. Six more people have also been charged with conspiracy to possess a controlled dangerous substance and attempt to posses a CDS after further arrests early Wednesday morning.

Soriano said that on April 4, detectives from the various law enforcement agencies executed search warrants on Melitski’s High Bridge residence, his rented garage located on Belvidere Avenue in Washington Township and two of his vehicles. The searches turned up more than two ounces of methamphetamine, $20,000 in U.S. currency and three vehicles owned by Melitski.

The Superior Court also froze his personal bank account with a balance of $139,000 pending further investigation and steps to seize the funds, Soriano said.

Detectives also executed search warrants on Renner and a property located on Route 206 South in Hillsborough Township where runs his business, the announcement said. It didn’t specify what that business was.

Those searches turned up a half-ounce of methamphetamine and a firearm, authorities said.

From 2013 through 2015, Melitski would frequently travel to a casino located in Pennsylvania. to gamble with money from his alleged criminal activity, and try to conceal its origin, authorities said.

Melitski was charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine in the second degree, conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in both second and third degrees, and money laundering.

Melitski was lodged in the Hunterdon County Jail, with bail set by Judge Yolanda Ciccone at $350,000, cash only, authorities said.

Renner was charged with maintaining or operating a controlled dangerous substance production facility in the first degree, possession of a firearm during a drug offense in the second degree, conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in the second and third degrees, and distribution of methamphetamine in the third degree.

The information provided in the announcement Thursday didn’t specify where Renner allegedly maintained a methamphetamine facility, or provide any further details about that facility.

Renner was lodged in the Somerset County Jail with a bail set by the Ciccone at $350,000, also cash only.

Early Wednesday, authorities also arrested Ned Coolbaugh, 33, of Flemington; Stacie Hillman, 34, of High Bridge; James Mahler, 46, of Easton, Pa.; Kyle Reed, 32, of Asbury; Jan Thatcher, 54, of Mt. Bethel, Pa.; and John Thomas, 50, of Belvidere.

Authorities said the methamphetamine seized in the investigation had a street value of more than $12,520.

“I would like to thank Somerset County Prosecutor Geoffrey Soriano and Warren County Prosecutor Richard Burke for their leadership in the successful conclusion of this operation, as well the various municipal police chiefs and officers in charge that provided their department’s expertise and manpower,” Hunterdon Prosecutor Anthony P. Kearns III said. “I also commend the investigators from all the participating agencies for their commitment, dedication, and hard work. All involved worked together toward the common goal of taking this dangerous poison off our streets.”

The law enforcement agencies involved were:

• New Jersey National Guard Counterdrug Task Force

• New Jersey State Police

• Hillsborough Township Police Department

• Somerset County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit

• Warren Township Police Department/ K-9 Unit

• Clinton Township Police Department

• High Bridge Police Department

• Raritan Township Police Department

• Readington Township Police Department

• Hackettstown Police Department

• Mansfield Police Department

• Phillipsburg Police Department

• Pohatcong Police Department

• Warren County Sheriffs Office

• Washington Township Police Department/K-9 Unit








Comments Off on 16 pounds of Mexican Methamphetamine headed for Springfield seized; Enrique Fortiz-Huerta, 22, Juan Garcia Jr., 22, and Yosjan Brizuelas-Mieres, 35, indicted

After a traffic stop last month, authorities seized 16 pounds of meth that was being transported from Mexico to Springfield, according to federal court documents.

Enrique Fortiz-Huerta, 22, Juan Garcia Jr., 22, and Yosjan Brizuelas-Mieres, 35, were indicted last week on federal charges of conspiracy to distribute meth after authorities say they were involved in an operation to bring meth up from Mexico and distribute it in the Springfield metropolitan area.B9316922032Z_1_20150409185630_000_GPCAF7K7H_1-0

According to a complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in Western Missouri, a state trooper stopped Brizuelas-Mieres for a traffic violation in north-central Texas on March 3. Brizuelas-Mieres appeared nervous, so authorities asked for permission to search his Ford Expedition.

Upon searching the vehicle, authorities found about 16 pounds of meth concealed in the door panels, the complaint says.

Brizuelas-Mieres told authorities he was being paid $5,000 by an organization based in Mexico to deliver about half of the meth to Joplin and the other half to Des Moines, Iowa, according to the complaint.

Brizuelas-Mieres agreed to assist federal agents in making a controlled delivery of the meth in Joplin, the complaint says.

When Brizuelas-Mieres later spoke with the leader of the organization in Mexico — identified in the documents as “Miguel LNU” — he instructed Brizuelas-Mieres to transport the meth to the Dogwood Park Inn, 815 N. Glenstone Ave., in Springfield, the complaint says.

Brizuelas-Mieres met Fortiz-Huerta and Garcia in the parking lot of the motel on March 4 while authorities conducted surveillance on the area, the complaint says.

After an interaction in which Brizuelas-Mieres handed the vehicle off to Fortiz-Huerta, authorities moved in and arrested all three man, according to the complaint.

Fortiz-Huerta and Garcia told authorities they had just arrived in Springfield from California with instructions to take the meth to an unknown person in the Springfield metropolitan area, the complaint says.

Fortiz-Huerta told authorities he had come to Springfield once before to solicit business for the meth organization, the complaint says.

Local authorities said this summer that while meth labs have practically disappeared in Springfield, Mexican meth distribution in the city has grown exponentially with organizations from south of the border flooding the Springfield market with a better, cheaper product.

Documents say the drug distribution charges carry a maximum sentence of life in prison and a fine up to $10 million.

Fortiz-Huerta and Garcia are being held in the Greene County Jail.

Comments Off on Homeless mom, Melba Lois Appleton, 27, kids found in stolen car with Methamphetamine pipe in Los Angeles County park

methhead9n-1-webA 27-year-old homeless mother is behind bars after being found in a stolen vehicle with her two young children and drug paraphernalia in the back seat, police said.

The shameful sight in a closed Los Angeles County park led to Melba Lois Appleton’s arrest about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, Irwindale police said, according to KTLA.

The woman’s daughters, ages 6 and 4, were described by police as sitting near a methamphetamine pipe.

Additionally, the car had been reported stolen in February. Appleton was listed as a suspect in its theft, police said.

The girls were determined to have been neglected by their mother and taken into the care of the Los Angeles County Department of Family & Children Services.

Their mother was arrested for suspicion of vehicle theft, child endangerment and drug paraphernalia.

On a Facebook page appearing to belong to the troubled woman, she posted March 22 that she was moving to New York City.

That announcement, lacking any additional details and information, appeared to come to the surprise of several of her friends — one of whom asked about her kids.

Comments Off on Lorraine Otero, 46, of Los Lunas, tries to shoot, kill boyfriend; Methamphetamine pipe in the console of truck

A Los Lunas woman is behind bars, charged with trying to kill her boyfriend in Peralta.

Lorraine Otero, 46, was arrested last week after her boyfriend, Ruben Juarez, reported she had fired several rounds at him after an argument and stealing his truck.OteroLorraine-199x300

Bosque Farms Police Lt. Andrew Owen said officers were called to a domestic dispute at 16 Don Jacobo just after 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1. The dispatcher told the officers while taking the call, a “scuffle could be heard in the background and the line went dead” and the caller couldn’t be contacted after numerous attempts.

When officers arrived, Otero told them everything was “fine” and denied anything happened. When the officers spoke with Juarez, he told them Otero had become angry with him and began punching and scratching him. Lt. Owen said the argument was over another woman.

“They had been intimate and Mr. Juarez was not committing to Ms. Otero, so evidently, (she) did not feel the same way,” Owen said.

Juarez told the officers after the argument, Otero took his truck keys from him and stole his pickup truck, driving it off the property without his permission, Owen said. She returned a short time later driving her own vehicle recklessly into Juarez’s gravel driveway, doing doughnuts.

Owen said Otero then got out of the vehicle and began pointing and shooting her rifle towards him, yelling she was going to kill him. She fired numerous shots while he attempted to get to cover and safety, going through a door and into the garage.

Another man on the property was standing next to Juarez and began running, hiding in the corner of the garage.

Officers found one casing on the ground and a rifle on the back seat of her vehicle. They also discovered a methamphetamine pipe in the console.

“The vehicle smelled of recent methamphetamine use,” Owen said. “The vehicle was sealed until a search warrant could be obtained.”

Along with several other casings, officers found the impact point from a rifle bullet located in the garage door where Juarez had attempted to hide. The bullet went through the door and impacted a stop sign, which was hanging on the inside of the door. The bullet never exited the sign, Owen said.

Juarez was literally within inches of being shot in the head.

The Bosque Farms lieutenant said medical personnel arrived and checked everyone on scene; none of whom required transportation to the hospital. Juarez did suffer from significant facial, neck and shoulder injuries and a possible broken nose.

When Officer Paul Linson interviewed Otero, she admitted to the shooting and stealing Juarez’s truck and provided directions to the location of the vehicle. Otero stated she hid his truck keys in the frame of her truck.

Otero is charged with attempted murder, a second-degree felony; aggravated battery on household member, negligent use of a firearm, unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, tampering with evidence and aggravated assault.

Otero is being held at the Valencia County Detention Center in Los Lunas on a $150,000 cash-only bond for these charges, and $25,000 cash-only bond in a separate case.








Comments Off on Methamphetamine lab investigated as source of Kalamazoo County fire that burned 46-year-old Kendra Story

COOPER TOWNSHIP, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – Investigators now say they are looking into whether a meth lab may have started a Kalamazoo County house fire that critically injured a woman.

Kalamazoo County deputies tell us they are investigating the possibility there was a meth lab inside the house that caught fire Monday on Boylan Street in Cooper Township.

The fire left one woman critically burned.

The victim in the fire has been identified as 46-year-old Kendra Story. She was burned over 90 percent of her body and has been in critical condition.

She was found inside the home when firefighters responded and taken to Bronson Hospital.

Investigators say when they went in to investigate the fire they did find evidence of someone making a meth lab. Investigators say Story was the only person in the house at the time of the fire.

Comments Off on Tennessee grapples with Methamphetamine abuse during pregnancy

Tennessee lawmakers wrestled again this month with a controversial law that allows women to be arrested for harming their newborns by abusing drugs during pregnancy.B9316825886Z_1_20150408125234_000_GANAD9SSE_1-0

But a vote on Wednesday against expanding prosecution powers could signal the first step toward repealing the law altogether, said health advocates who say expanding treatment would do more for newborns than putting mothers in jail.

“We feel like people … realize this is not the way to deal with this problem in Tennessee and that we really need to go back to the drawing board,” said Allison Glass, state director of Healthy and Free Tennessee, a nonprofit women’s advocacy group. “The vote signifies that people are really rethinking the punitive way that this law deals with this.”

Confronting a growing wave of babies born to addicted mothers, the state has scrambled to respond.

After first passing measures to count cases and to encourage women to get treatment, Tennessee last year became the first state in the nation to try a criminal penalty — misdemeanor assault — against moms who give birth to babies who test positive for narcotics.

A proposal this year would have added methamphetamine to the list of drugs that could trigger arrests. Entering this week, the plan to expand the law had momentum in the House and had cleared the committee process.

But the Senate Judiciary killed the bill in a 5-3 vote Wednesday, giving opponents hope of ending prosecutions next year when the law comes up for a mandatory review of its effectiveness.

Opponents said prosecuting moms who use meth, in particular, would have set off a slew of unintended complications. Those concerns are on top of arguments held during prior debates charging that the threat of arrest drives women away from treatment, and that lawmakers don’t understand the science of addiction and haven’t done enough to monitor the prosecutions they made possible.

Before the expansion died in the Senate, the House sponsor, Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver, R-Lancaster, said predictions that “the sky’s gonna fall” haven’t materialized.

“I don’t believe for a minute that this bill has a negative impact,” she said. “It gets (women) on trajectory to getting help.”

The law allows an assault charge against a woman if her newborn tests positive for drugs. The mother can avoid jail if she can get into and complete a treatment program. Weaver said arrests got several Memphis-area women into the city’s rehabilitative drug court.

But whether prosecutions will stem the tide of drug-dependent births remains to be seen, and they’re still on the rise this year. The law was created with a 2016 “sunset” provision, so it’s in a critical evaluation period.

Weaver describes the research as a work in progress — “the proof will be in the pudding” — but several measurements are already available:

–For the 14th year in a row, Tennessee is on pace this year for more drug-dependent births than the year before — approaching 1,000 out of the state’s 80,000 annual births — state numbers show.

–Incidents of meth causing children to be taken into state custody have already been declining sharply, down from 330 cases in 2011 to 186 cases in 2014.

–In the last six months of 2014, after the prosecution law took effect, the state counted 57 drug-dependent babies born to Tennessee women who went out of state to give birth.

There is one number that’s unknown: the count of how many women have been prosecuted.

Lawmakers didn’t give anyone the responsibility for tracking that figure. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, which tracks numerous crimes, isn’t monitoring these arrests. And the Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference, which pushed for the prosecutorial power, isn’t keeping track, either. The state Department of Safety recently conducted a survey of prosecutors across the state but has not provided the results.

Observers are left to cobble together estimates. Between advocacy groups, lawmakers and media reports, The Tennessean has identified 28 women charged.

“We don’t think we should be expanding this law to include more (drugs) without really understanding the impact that the law is having,” Glass said. “There isn’t oversight.”

Glass’ organization has led opponents — including treatment centers, the ACLU, women’s rights groups and doctors — in speaking against the legislation.

“If the intention was to help the health of these babies … it is having the opposite effect,” she said.

Senators who voted down the meth provision raised concerns about the availability of drug treatment centers for pregnant women and expressed hesitance about expanding the law before knowing whether arrests have made a difference.

Fear and false positives

Weaver said she wanted to give prosecutors the power to charge in meth abuse cases because the drug is a “huge issue in rural areas.”

But doctors and treatment specialists said common pregnancy drugs can create “false positive” tests for amphetamines and warned that the drug’s effects on newborns aren’t the same as with prescription narcotics, which hospitals have been required to track since 2013.

In her Nashville clinic, obstetrician Jessica Young said she has seen firsthand how the threat of prosecution has made pregnant women fearful, including some who left the state to give birth.

“They know there’s a law. They bring it up. But they don’t know the ins and outs,” Young said. “They know they’re at risk for arrest and prosecution.”

After the prosecution law took effect last summer, state health officials heard rumblings of women leaving Tennessee to give birth and asked hospitals to begin counting. They found 57 out-of-state drug-dependency births in six months.

Young specializes in pregnancies put at risk by addiction at the Obstetrics Drug Dependency Clinic at Vanderbilt. She’s one of five doctors who signed a letter opposing the meth proposal.

She said meth stands apart from last year’s narcotic pain pill law because meth rarely causes the same neonatal abstinence syndrome that state officials have zeroed in on.

And, she said, “false positive tests for meth are very high.”

But especially in rural areas, authorities want tools to fight meth abuse, said Bill Whitesell, interim executive director of the state prosecutors’ conference.

“A lot of people say it’s not the right approach, but the district attorneys feel we have innocent children who are being harmed, in some cases to the point of death, and someone needs to be there for these children,” Whitesell said.

Like debates the past three years, all sides agree drug-dependent births have reached epidemic levels. And everyone argues that they’re on the side of protecting newborns.

But suggestions for how to help could hardly be more different. And laws have whipsawed.

“They don’t want to see this law as being punitive, but there’s really no other way to see it,” Glass said. “We really feel like this law jumped the gun. We are really going to be working hard to create a plan that could actually help women.”

She called the defeat of the meth expansion the first step toward “turning the tide.” She wants experts involved, she said, to put Tennessee back on track as a national leader for addressing babies born dependent on drugs.

Meth child custody cases

Fewer children are being taken into state custody because of meth use in homes. The state Department of Children’s Services found meth as at least a contributing factor in 186 custody placements last year. Here’s how many meth-related child custody cases the state has counted the past four years:

  • 2011: 330
  • 2012: 265
  • 2013: 266
  • 2014: 186

Source: Tennessee Department of Children’s Services

Rapid rise of infant drug dependency

Tennessee is again on pace to count a record number of babies born dependent on drugs in 2015. The state began requiring hospitals to count cases of neonatal abstinence syndrome in 2013 after finding a tenfold increase in such births in a decade. There were 188 cases logged in the first 12 weeks of this year, ahead of the pace the past two years.

Comments Off on Methamphetamine house raid leaves former Putnam County Sheriff’s deputy, J.R. Scott, with major health problems

COOKEVILLE, TN (WSMV) – Ten years ago, J.R. Scott, a former investigator with the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, walked into a meth house. He’s still suffering from what happened that night.7405108_G

Scott is now the picture of bad health. His lungs are destroyed, forcing him to use a ventilator at all times. His medicine cabinet is loaded with daily doses.

But he was once an aggressive and dynamic leader of Putnam County’s meth task force.

“I’d never been sick a day in my life until that happened,” Scott said.

Scott walked into the Chestnut Street home with the Department of Children’s Service to remove children from the home.

“There was a white five-gallon bucket on the floor,” Scott said.

The meth cook reacted and threw chemicals all over Scott.

“She managed to get the lid, dousing it all over me,” he said. “It melted the shirt. It took about four months before I could speak.”

For Scott, the last 10 years have been a hellish decline. He’s suffered from voice problems, blood clots, heart attacks and heavily damaged lungs.

“The only time I leave the house is to go to the doctor, to the hospital,” Scott said. “I’m stuck here. I’m frustrated but not bitter.”

Scott has passed on his passion for service to his children. One of his sons is a K-9 deputy with Putnam County. Another son is a marine.

Scott is so uncomfortable with being needy, he said he was embarrassed to set up a GoFundMe account to buy dentures.

“My pride was trying to get in the way,” he said.

In the end, he admits he needs some help, just like all those he helped in his 21 years in law enforcement.

Scott has never tried to sue the county. He said he knew the risks that came with the job.

Comments Off on Jackie Mae Nolan, 37, allegedly used methamphetamine, marijuana and Vicodin while driving around Portland with three children in her car

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) – Prosecutors are moving forward with criminal charges against a woman who allegedly used marijuana, methamphetamine and Vicodin while driving around with three children in her car, according to an Oregon State Police report.jackie-nolan-37

Jackie Mae Nolan, 37, was arrested in February after being pulled over by OSP Trooper Joseph Deszo in Northwest Portland. Police reports show that troopers were conducting a “move over” saturation patrol when Nolan’s vehicle was reportedly seen committing multiple traffic violations. Nolan was pulled over and “exhibited signs of impairment” and “exhibited multiple clues” during failed field sobriety tests, the report states.

Nolan admitted using methamphetamine, marijuana and Vicodin, troopers said. Meth and marijuana were also found in her possession. The trooper’s report said pot was also found in one of the children’s Hello Kitty backpacks.

The children, ages 2, 4 and 7, were released to family members. Their exact relationship has not been made public.

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office originally issued a “no-complaint,” at Nolan’s arraignment in February, and the charges were dismissed. Court records show that a grand jury recently indicted her with one count of unlawful possession of methamphetamine, misdemeanor driving under the influence of intoxicants and three counts each of reckless endangering another person and endangering the welfare of a child.

Nolan turned herself into the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office Tuesday afternoon and was then released from custody. She is set to be arraigned Wednesday morning.

Comments Off on Christine Sue Myers, 41, of Dowagiac and Jason Edward Vroma, 37, of Kentwood charged for February Methamphetamine lab explosion at the Walker America’s Best Value Inn & Suites motel

WALKER, Mich. (WZZM) – Two people with a history of drug abuse have been charged with running a methamphetamine lab at a Walker motel that resulted in an explosion and small fire in February.635641120330752994-myersmeth

Jason Edward Vroma, 37, of Kentwood and Christine Sue Myers, 41, of Dowagiac are charged with running a hazardous methamphetamine operation. The charge is punishable by up to 20 years in prison. Both have prior meth-related convictions.

Walker police and fire were called to America’s Best Value Inn & Suites at Alpine Avenue and Three Mile Road NW after an explosion and fire was reported in a bathroom of room 102 on Feb. 24.

By the time police arrived about 12:15 a.m., the pair had fled and the fire was out. Police discovered a one-pot meth lab in the bathroom shower, which included ammonium nitrate, Coleman camping fuel and lithium batteries. Police arrested Myers in Cass County. She admitted to cooking meth, court records show.635641119443569620-vromameth

Myers, who is on parole for a 2012 meth-related conviction in Van Buren County, told investigators she drove Vroma to a second getaway car after they fled the motel, court records show.

Vroma was identified on surveillance video buying ingredients used to make meth. The Kent Area Narcotics Team and the Michigan State Police Meth response Team also assisted at the scene.








Comments Off on Michigan’s Methamphetamine incidents surge to all-time high

LANSING – When Tim Haney saw yellow police barrier tape surrounding a building in downtown Charlotte two years ago, he joked to himself that a meth lab must have gone bad.B9316884590Z_1_20150408130641_000_G2FAEJJ4R_1-0

It only took a few minutes for this former addict — now 11 years clean — to find out that a real meth lab had exploded and caused thousands of dollars worth of damage near City Hall and the Fire Department.

“You know there are addicts,” said Haney, a 47-year-old married father of two. “But I just had no idea that something going on here was on the same level as bigger cities.”

Since 2013, Michigan police officers have found more than 1,500 meth labs and dump sites for lab equipment and the dangerous chemical byproducts that come from producing the highly addictive stimulant.

The number last year, 861, was a record and adds to the Great Lakes State’s reputation as one of the fastest growing areas for production and distribution of the drug.

Michigan State Police Sgt. Steven Spink describes Michigan’s meth crisis as “a real nightmare” that’s stretched state and local public safety budgets to the limit. No community appears safe.

Meth is nasty stuff,” Spink said. “We’ve seen people that have gone to the hospital because they’ve been burnt while trying to cook it, and they start cooking it again the day they’re out.”

State Police found 23 meth labs in Ingham, Eaton and Clinton counties last year and more than a dozen sites with lab equipment or dumped chemicals.

Charlotte’s meth lab explosion in 2013 took place in a second floor apartment on the same block as City Hall and the Fire Department.

The blast damaged the west wall of the structure and forced tenant Derek Ayers to pay more than $18,000 in restitution. He pleaded guilty to two counts of operating a meth lab and was sentenced to at least three years in prison.

Labs are a year-round problem in Michigan, and April is typically the month where dumping sites start popping up along highways, residential streets, parks and other public spaces.

It’s not uncommon for police officers to find dangerous chemicals used to cook meth stored in coolers, backpacks, trash bags and soda bottles just a few miles away from where the drug was cooked, Spink said.

“April showers bring May flowers,” said Spink, one of at least 350 state officers trained for meth cases. “But they also bring dump sites. And you just can’t leave them alone.”

Cleanup costs for a meth lab or dump site can range anywhere from $500 to $2,500

Since federal funds to cover some meth-related cleanup have ebbed in recent years, it adds more pressure at the state and local levels to find answers.

“The cost is what is hurting everybody,” Spink said.

Michigan’s 1,240 townships compose at least 96 percent of the state and have been hit hard in the fight against meth for at least a decade because of cuts in state revenue sharing, said Catherine Mullhaupt of the Michigan Townships Association.

But townships are still finding ways to work with State Police and county sheriff departments to find answers. Townships aren’t mandated to provide public safety services to their residents.

Mullhaupt said prevention of meth-related incidents is not only a crime issue, but one tied to economic development that isn’t limited to a community’s size or location.

“There are places all over this state where people and communities are hurting, and they need help,” Mullhaupt said.

Tracking OTC drugs

The Michigan Legislature and Gov. Rick Snyder set limitations last year on availability of cold and allergy medications that can be used to create meth.

A law went in effect Jan. 1 that limits the purchase of ephedrine and pseudoephedrine or a mixture of the drugs to no more than 9 grams within a 30-day period. The law also prohibits a person from possessing more than 12 grams of either chemical or a mixture of the two.

Michigan is one of 27 states that uses a real-time online tracking system called NPLEx to monitor the purchases of cold and allergy medications at pharmacies and stores.

Mullhaupt, Spink and Haney all agree that educating the public about meth, its production and distribution, and the hold it can have on addicts is one of the most proactive ways to address the problem.

Spink estimates that State Police officials give about 500 presentations a year to business owners and other groups who could be affected by production of the drug. Mobile homes, portable toilets and even septic tanks can get in the wrong hands, he said.

“What’s frightening is that you often don’t know who is doing this,” Spink said.

Haney is an outpatient counselor at Michigan Therapeutic Consultants in Lansing who has seen the number of clients trying to recover from meth, opiates and other drugs rise from 75 to over 160 in the past year.

Haney has plans to open a new recovery center in Charlotte within two weeks because of the that community’s growing need.

Meth’s grip on Michigan is easy to understand; it’s cheap to make and always in demand because of its euphoric effects, Haney said.

“When you first start using it you feel like you’re invincible and that nothing can stop you,” said Haney, who was an addict for nearly eight years. “Then you realize you haven’t been to sleep for three days, you’re seeing crazy things and you’re hearing voices.”

Tutt Gorman, Portland’s city manager, said poor code and ordinance enforcement in a community could make it an easy target for makers and addicts of the drug.

Portland has a population of nearly 4,000 residents. The last arrest for methamphetamine possession in the city was less than three weeks ago.

State Police discovered eight meth labs in Ionia County last year — a county record.

“You just have to be diligent because the recidivism rate for meth is huge,” said Gorman, a former city attorney and prosecutor. “People can change; they can get back on the wagon (and stay clean), but then get right back off.”

The State Police encourage residents to call its anonymous tip line at (866) 638-4847 to report suspicious activity they believe could be meth-related.

Comments Off on Methamphetamine distribution ring from Indianapolis to Terre Haute dismantled

INDIANA (WTHI) – The U.S Attorney’s Office released Wednesday afternoon of a methamphetamine distribution ring ranging from Terre Haute to Indianapolis was dismantled after a year-long case.

United States Attorney Josh J. Minkler announced 14 defendants were arrested on various gun and drug-related charges after federal agents along with state and local officers served warrants in Marion, Vigo and Morgan counties early Wednesday morning.

Most defendants face charges related to the distribution of methamphetamine.

“The violence and social devastation that methamphetamine brings to our communities is a problem that law enforcement needs to address.” said Minkler. “Preventing violent crime through dismantling drug trafficking organizations, remains a top priority of my office and I will use every available federal resource to help keep our communities safe.”

According to the indictment, the conspiracy began in June 2014 and continued until Wednesday.

The defendants used mobile phones to facilitate the methamphetamine distribution and often used coded messages and texts to discuss prices and quantities of the drug.

Those arrested include:

Honan M. Rivera Bonilla, 25, Indianapolis

Ramon E. Rivera Bonilla, 21, Indianapolis

Charles G. Talley, 33, Mooresville

Thresa A. Talley, 44, Mooresville

Larry A. Key, 27, Indianapolis

Amanda S. Sims, 34, Martinsville

Brian E. Ridener, 42, Martinsville

Brandon L. Ross, 33, Terre Haute

Amanda M. Dill, 30, Dubois, IN

Osman R. Diaz-Reyes, 41, El Salvador, Central America

Joshua B. Camplin, 34, Martinsville

Michael A. Bones, 39, Terre Haute

Martin Gonzalez, Jr., 26 Indianapolis

Ronald L. Woods, 42, Indianapolis

The indictment further alleges that Charles and Thresa Talley received large quantities of methamphetamine from Honan and Ramon Rivera Bonilla and Key.

The Talley’s then distributed the methamphetamine to Sims, Ridener and Ross for redistribution throughout the Terre Haute, Indianapolis, Mooresville and Martinsville areas. Diaz-Reyes, Camplin and Woods were also charged with possessing firearms in furtherance of their methamphetamine-related crimes.

As a result of this investigation led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Administration, Indiana State Police, Vigo County Drug Task Force, Vigo County Prosecutor’s Office and the Morgan County Prosecutor’s Office, law enforcement seized 24 firearms and 13 pounds of methamphetamine.

“The FBI will continue to combat drug trafficking organizations with our local, state and federal partners in order to keep the citizens of Indiana safe,” said Special Agent in Charge W. Jay Abbott.

According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Mathew Lasher who is prosecuting this case for the government, all defendants face decades in prison if convicted.

An Indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Comments Off on UPDATE: Female defendant, “Leticia” 33, of Fort Worth, FOUND GUILTY of trading sex with a 12-year-old girl for Methamphetamine

FORT WORTH  —  A woman accused of letting a convicted felon sexually assault a 12-year-old girl in exchange for methamphetamine was convicted Wednesday evening of continuous sexual abuse of a child.

The woman, whose first name is Leticia, faces a maximum sentence of life in prison. She elected to have state District Judge Scott Wisch sentence her. He will begin the punishment phase of the trial on Thursday, prosecutors said.

The Star-Telegram is using only the defendant’s first name to avoid identifying the girl because the newspaper generally does not identify sexual assault victims.

The man who sexually assaulted the girl is Thomas Crick, who told the girl he was a member of the Aryan Brotherhood. He assaulted her for almost four months beginning in September 2012.

Thomas Crick, 31, is serving 30 years in prison for engaging in sexual conduct with a child. A relative of the child is on trial on a charge of continuous sexual abuse of a child.

Crick sent the child home with free methamphetamine for Leticia in exchange for her blindness to the child’s situation, prosecutors said.

Crick, now 31, of Fort Worth, was sentenced in September to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to trafficking of a child/engaging in sexual conduct.

Prosecutors blamed Leticia for delivering the girl into Crick’s hands.

“Thomas Crick is a creep of the highest degree,” Wes Ball, Leticia’s attorney, told the jury in a closing statement Wednesday. “He’s a convicted felon, a meth user and he molested the girl. That’s not in dispute.”

What was in dispute was whether or not the state had proved its case against Leticia, Ball said. Where is the proof that Leticia’s need for drugs was so bad that she continued to “pimp out” the child in her care? Ball asked.

Crick was on parole for aggravated robbery and unlawful possession of a weapon. He disabled his ankle monitor prior to his arrest, according to authorities. Crick had been out of prison for less than a year before he was charged with this new offense, said prosecutor Eric Nickols.

Leticia led relatives to believe that Crick was the girl’s babysitter, which was a lie, Nickols said. The girl often cared for her younger brothers and could take care of herself, according to witness testimony.

“Her innocence was the price for Leticia to get high,” Nickols said.

White Settlement police officers testified Wednesday that they seized drug residue and two glass pipes typically used by people who smoke methamphetamine after a search of the residence where Crick lived with a roommate. Police testified that they also found condoms, an empty morning-after pill package and a blue nightgown small enough for a child.

Crick’s roommate declined to be interviewed by police because he “feared Thomas [Crick] and his connection to the Aryan Brotherhood,” according to testimony from Detective Steven Person.

On Tuesday, the girl testified that she has four brothers and lived with three, but none of them was ever asked to go to Crick’s house. Leticia slept most of the day and would retreat to a closet to smoke methamphetamine, the girl said.

She testified that she never told anyone she was having sex or smoking meth with Crick because she was afraid she would get in trouble and also because she came to have feelings for Crick during her abuse.

The girl testified that she does not have those feelings for Crick anymore.

After the girl spent a first night with Crick, Leticia asked if he had touched her or done anything inappropriate, and the girl told the jury that she said no.

“She never asked again,” the girl testified.

Female defendant, “Leticia” 33, of Fort Worth, accused of trading sex with a 12-year-old girl for Methamphetamine

FORT WORTH  —  The defendant cried Tuesday after hearing testimony by the girl whom she is accused of prostituting for methamphetamine.

The girl cried, too.

The defendant, Leticia, 33, of Fort Worth, and the girl, now 14, had not seen each other in two years until Leticia’s trial began in state District Judge Scott Wisch’s courtroom.CRICK_Thomas

Leticia is charged with continuous sexual abuse of a child under 14. Authorities say she turned a blind eye to the sexual assault in exchange for the meth that the assailant provided.

The maximum sentence is life in prison.

The Star-Telegram is using only the defendant’s first name to avoid identifying the girl because the newspaper generally does not identify victims of sexual assault.

The girl’s assailant, Thomas Crick, 31, of Fort Worth, was sentenced in September to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to trafficking of a child/engaging in sexual conduct.

In January 2013, authorities separated Leticia and the girl and arrested Crick after relatives of the girl began to suspect that Crick, who was supposed to be baby-sitting the girl, was sexually assaulting her.

The girl, then 12, told investigators that Crick had raped her repeatedly since September 2012. She said that he was a member of the Aryan Brotherhood but that he was trying to get out of the group.

The girl first visited Crick’s Fort Worth home in September 2012 with Leticia. When the girl and Leticia returned home, the girl testified, she was told to pack a bag and prepare to spend the night with Crick.

The girl testified that she and Crick had sex that night and every night they spent together for nearly four months. Many of those nights, they smoked meth, the girl testified. Sometimes she stayed at his house for a week.

Sometimes Crick used a condom and sometimes he did not, according to an investigator’s report based on a Jan. 31, 2013, interview with the girl. Crick’s mother sometimes took the girl to a drugstore to get a morning-after pill so she would not get pregnant, the girl testified.

The girl told an investigator that the meth made her “feel weird” and that she “would have a tingle feeling in her arms and legs and that Thomas [Crick] would give it to her before they would have sex,” the report said.

Crick gave the girl the same drug to take to Leticia, the report said. Leticia never gave the girl money to give to Crick in return, the report said.

The girl described for the investigator an “Aryan Pride” tattoo on the back of Crick’s head and another across his back that said “something versus demons.” Crick also had a “Nazi sign” tattooed on his upper left arm and a picture of Hitler on his stomach, she told the investigator.

The girl told two aunts what was happening, and the aunts called authorities. One aunt took the girl to Cook Children’s Medical Center for a sexual assault examination and reported that her niece was disoriented.

“She reeked of drugs,” the aunt testified. “She was tired because she had been up all night before.”

“This is a sad reality in the life of some children. Their parents are not there to protect them,” said prosecutor Melinda Westmoreland, who is presenting the case with prosecutor Eric Nickols.

Leticia’s attorney, Wes Ball, told jurors in his opening statement that Leticia did not know about the drugs or the sex.

“Where’s the proof that she knew?” Ball asked the jury. “For a conviction, you have to know that the offense was committed and you have to know that the offense will continue to be committed.”

Testimony is scheduled to continue Wednesday.

Comments Off on Chelse Layne Montgomery, 23, of Longview, and Jessica Leigh Test, 29, of Hallsville, arrested for Methamphetamine possession; Montgomery tried to bring Methamphetamine into correctional facility

LONGVIEW (KYTX) – Gregg County jailers caught an inmate trying to bring methamphetamine into the facility Monday afternoon.

According to an arrest affidavit, a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper arrested two women during a traffic stop on Craig Street in Longview moments before 4 Monday afternoon. Chelse Layne Montgomery, 23, of Longview, and 29-year-old Jessica Leigh Test, of Hallsville, were jailed, after the trooper found meth in each of their purses.

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While being processed at the jail, workers found meth concealed under Montgomery’s clothing. She was charged with possession of a controlled substance, and of a prohibited substance inside a correctional facility. She’s being held on $15,000 bond.

Test, who was charged with possession of a controlled substance, was released from jail this afternoon on $5,000 bond.

Comments Off on Aimee Lynn Carlson, 32, of DuBois, Accused of Possession of Methamphetamine

DUBOIS – A routine check by probation officers has a DuBois woman accused of drug possession and related charges.

According to an affidavit of probable cause filed with District Judge Patrick Ford’s office March 27, Aimee Lynn Carlson, 32, 302 S. State St., DuBois, is charged by the DuBois City police with manufacture of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to the affidavit, officers from the Jefferson County Probation Office had gone to Carlson’s home to check on Carlson. The probation officers noticed a purse beside Carlson, which she said was hers.

The officers checked the purse and found a white vial containing a substance the probation officers believed to be methamphetamine and a large baggie filled with the same substance. The probation officers contacted the police.

After obtaining a waiver of search warrant, signed by Carlson, the police officers searched the residence and located several items of drug paraphernalia, baggies for packaging, pipes, vials, spoons containing drug residue, a syringe and a scale.

Tests on the suspected substance turned up positive for methamphetamine.

Comments Off on Methamphetamine lab stench ‘overwhelming’ in Dayton; Alysha Swearingen, 26, Michael Coulter, 31, and Thomas Coulter, 57, arrested

The stench of a meth lab discovered on Montgomery Road in Dayton was “overwhelming,” according to law enforcement officials and three individuals were arrested in connection to the lab. 55244741da7c9_image

Michael Coulter, 31; Thomas Coulter, 57; and Alysha Swearingen, 26, all of Dayton, were arrested on Sunday, March 29, and are facing a variety of drug-related charges.

The arrest reports were released to The Herald-News on Monday.

At around noon on March 29, sheriff’s deputies responded to a Montgomery Road home in Dayton on reports of possible drug activity.

When deputies arrived at the house, the report states they saw Michael Coulter “poke his head out of a little shack” behind the residence.

“I advised Mr. Coulter to come outside, and when he opened the door, the strong odor of a methamphetamine lab struck me in the face,” Rhea County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Davin Payne said. “The smell of a methamphetamine lab was overwhelming.”

The report states that deputies saw Michael Coulter put a small canister in his pocket, but he handed over the canister when deputies asked for it.

“Inside was a small bag tied in a knot with white powder believed to be methamphetamine,” Payne said.


Deputies received consent to search both the shack and residence, where they found Thomas Coulter and Swearingen. After searching the property, deputies allegedly found a working meth lab, as well as various items used to manufacture methamphetamine such as fertilizer, lithium batteries and muriatic acid.

The report also states that they found several hypodermic needles in Swearingen’s purse.

“Mr. Coulter and Ms. Swearingen both had marks on their arms consistent with hypodermic needle use,” Payne said.

Payne said that RCSD Investigator Charlie Jenkins, who is a certified meth lab technician, was called to the scene as well the state’s Methamphetamine Task Force to safely dismantle the lab.

Michael Coulter, Thomas Coulter and Swearingen were booked into the Rhea County Jail.

Michael Coulter and Thomas were charged with possession of a Schedule II controlled substance for resale, possession of drug paraphernalia, promoting the manufacture of methamphetamine and initiating the manufacture of methamphetamine.

Their bonds were each set at $75,000, and they were still incarcerated as of press time Tuesday.

Swearingen was charged with violation of probation, possession of a Schedule II controlled substance for resale, possession of drug paraphernalia, promoting the manufacture of methamphetamine and initiating the manufacture of methamphetamine.

Her bond was set at $70,000, and she was also still incarcerated as of press time Tuesday.

Comments Off on Unidentified woman and man allegedly cooking Methamphetamine while fishing in Guernsey County pond

Charges are pending against an unidentified male and female following their arrest Monday night at a Bluebell Road location where they were reportedly manufacturing methamphetamines in a one-pot, “shake and bake” operation while fishing at a rural pond.

Authorities declined to release the identities of the suspects pending the filing of formal charges.

Guernsey County sheriff’s deputies located the pair after receiving a tip regarding the manufacture of methamphetamines in the Bluebell area.

According to sheriff’s detectives, deputies were working in close conjunction with the Noble County Sheriff’s Office after receiving the tip regarding the suspected illegal drug activity.

Deputies located the suspect’s vehicle at the pond on Bluebell Road (Route 146) near the intersection with Crane Run Road in southern Guernsey County at approximately 7:30 p.m.

Deputies observed the male fishing in the pond and when they approached him, he attempted to carry the meth lab back to his vehicle. He was stopped by deputies and ordered to put the one-pot lab on the ground.

The male and his female companion were taken into custody.

Guernsey County deputies who were recently trained and equipped to neutralize and clean up meth labs were able to neutralize the lab and remove the components from the scene.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation and the Pleasant City Volunteer Fire Department assisted at the scene.

No injuries were reported.

The male and female suspects remained incarcerated in the Guernsey County Jail as of press time Tuesday.

Comments Off on Michigan State Police Are Finding Several Makeshift Methamphetamine Labs

If you see a pop bottle on the side of the read, police are asking you to think twice before you pick it up.

Now that the snow has thawed, police are finding a number of makeshift meth labs in the grass.

It’s called a one pot meth lab. meth+ingredients1oo

“You can take something as simple as a 2 liter plastic bottle such as Mountain Dew bottle; and, you can put the ingredients in the bottle and then basically they call it a shake and bake. You shake it and it cooks the meth,” explained Lt. Brian Bahlau of the Michigan State Police.

Lt. David Cook of MSP added, “Once they’re done with that, the liquid in there would be the meth oil where they use a gas generator to gas it off and get their product with it.”

And when they’re done with it, police said the creator dumps the bottle.

“What they’ll do is just drive along and throw their trash out the window. When the snow melts, that’s when you find them on the side of the road,” said Lt. Bahlau.

You’ll know the bottle is part of a one pot meth lab because the bottom will be melted and there will be a hole drilled into the cap.

Don’t touch it. There’s a team trained to handle the dump site.

“You have your tank on the back, it gives you fresh air. And, then we have a protective suit that’s protective against hazardous material and also against flames or fire retardants,” Lt. Bahlau explained.

That’s why police don’t want you anywhere near the bottle.

“The off gasing from those chemicals, in addition to the contact to bare skin can cause burns,” said Lt. Bahlau. “But, the biggest concern we have is the inhalation hazard from the chemicals combined that can cause permanent lung damage.”

“You don’t want to pick it up. If somebody suspects it’s a meth lab, they want to call 9-1-1,” Lt. Cook added.

Police have been receiving those calls all too often recently.

Lt. Cook told News Ten, “Probably one or two a week easily.”

“It’s no longer a chemist in a lab with the glassware and everything,” said Lt. Bahlau. “Once you get it down, it’s a pretty simple process.”

Sometimes because the one pot has sat in the snow or rain, it’s harder to trace it back to the culprit. But, Lt. Bahlau said their team takes every dump site seriously.

And they go to great lengths to attempt prosecution, especially if the one pot is made out of glass because the bob squad is called in to handle those dump sites.








Comments Off on Muncie Police: Bicyclist Kenneth Ray Sheppard II, 32, was mobile Methamphetamine lab

MUNCIE — A Muncie man was in effect a mobile meth lab when arrested in recent days, police said.

Kenneth Ray Sheppard II, 32, was preliminarily charged with dealing in meth, dumping controlled substance waste and possession of precursors. He remained in the Delaware County jail on Tuesday under a $20,000 bond.B9316894412Z_1_20150407150748_000_GV2AEK8CG_1-0

A city police officer wrote that he observed Sheppard riding a bicycle, and pulling another bicycle behind him, in an alley in the 1400 block of South Hoyt Avenue about 1:30 a.m. Friday.

Finding the bicyclist standing next to a trash container, the officer said he asked an “increasingly nervous” Sheppard what he was doing, and eventually received permission to search the man’s backpack.

Upon opening the backpack, the officer wrote in an affidavit, he was “overcome by a strong chemical odor that is consistent with (meth) production.” A state police meth suppression scene was called to the scene.

Among the items found inside the backpack were two “one-pot” meth generators, empty containers of lighter fluid, an empty bottle of drain cleaner and used coffee filters.

Since 2007, Sheppard has been convicted of possession of a controlled substance, residential entry and driving while intoxicated.

Comments Off on Longview Street Crimes Unit finds Methamphetamine, guns, arrests four women and men

The Longview Street Crimes Unit seized methamphetamine, drug packaging materials and scales, cash and eight firearms and arrested two people while serving a search warrant Tuesday at 1646 North Pacific Ave. in Kelso.

The following people were arrested and booked into Cowlitz County Jail:

Travis Lee Glovka, 31, and Rose M. W. Market, 37, were arrested on suspicion of possessing methamphetamine and eight counts each of unlawful possession of a firearm.

Teresa Ann Walker, 51, was arrested on suspicion of possessing methamphetamine with intent to deliver.

Casey A. McCann, 24, was arrested on suspicion of possessing methamphetamine.

Comments Off on Woman accuses Pct. 4 deputy constable of sexual assault near Plaza Verde Drive at Greens Crossing Boulevard in Spring, Texas; Methamphetamine seized from the deputy’s possessions

SPRING, Texas – One woman says a traffic stop became a nightmare. She claims she was handcuffed and forced to have sex with a deputy constable, who pulled her over.

The woman says it happened near Plaza Verde Drive at Greens Crossing Boulevard.

KHOU 11 News knocked at the door of the Tomball home Monday night of the accused deputy, who is now out on paid leave pending an investigation.

“It’s always easy to allege things happened. It’s very easy. It’s a little harder to prove sometimes,” said Debbie Pierce, whose daughter lives down the street.

She says he’s been nothing but nice.”At Christmas we were trying to unload some things and he was very kind to help us.”

But the search warrant obtained by KHOU 11 News says he wasn’t kind during the recent traffic stop.

It says the deputy pulled a woman and her friend over and found marijuana in her purse.

The friend was sent off with another deputy while the woman was handcuffed, driven to a dark industrial area near Greenspoint and sexually assaulted.

“If he’s done any of the things he’s alleged to have I’d be very disturbed,” said Ron Hickman, constable for Harris County Precinct Four.

Documents show he dropped the woman off at this Walgreens and told her to walk home.

Hickman added that “it’s so frustrating and disheartening and disappointing that you’ve given them that trust.”

Precinct 4 is also doing its own investigation into mishandled evidence. Folks in Tomball want to reserve judgment.

“It’s very unfortunate because they do serve our communities in so many better ways we don’t report on,” Pierce added.

According to the search warrant, investigators seized Xanax and Crystal Methamphetamine from the deputy’s possessions. The deputy has been on the force for a year.

Comments Off on Tasha Ticheal Jantz, 41, of Eureka, arrested on suspicion of Methamphetamine and heroin drug trafficking from her apartment

The following is a press release issued by the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force:EP-150409882

Today at approximately 7:15 a.m., agents with the Humboldt County Drug Task Force, with assistance from the Eureka Police Department’s Problem Oriented Policing Unit served a Humboldt County Superior Court search warrant at 833 H Street, Apartment #1, Eureka, CA. This search warrant was in response to complaints of drug trafficking occurring at the apartment complex, specifically from apartment #1. This was the second search warrant served at the Floyd Squires owned apartment complex in one week.

During the service of the search warrant, agents contacted Tasha Ticheal Jantz, 41, at the residence. Jantz told agents she was the manager of the apartment complex. During a search of the residence, drug paraphernalia, two digital scales, prescription pills, marijuana, counterfeit U.S. currency and a small amount of suspected heroin was located. While at the residence, agents sought an additional search warrant for two vehicles that belonged to Jantz. A Humboldt County Superior Court judge issued an additional warrant for the vehicles.

During a search of the vehicles, agents located approximately 58 grams of suspected methamphetamine and 50 grams of suspected heroin.

Tasha Ticheal Jantz was arrested and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility for possession of methamphetamine for sale, possession of heroin for sales, possession of heroin, possession of marijuana and possession of prescription medication without a prescription.

Anyone with information for the Humboldt County Drug Task Force Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Humboldt County Drug Task Force Office at 707-444-8095.

Comments Off on Man goes on violent rampage south of Wollongong after four-day Methamphetamine binge

High from a four-day drug binge, a man sparked a flurry of calls to emergency services after allegedly going on a violent rampage south of Wollongong on Sunday.

At least six members of the public called Triple-0 around 3pm on Sunday, reporting a man wearing an orange t-shirt and black shorts lashing out violently at others in an Unanderra street, Port Kembla Local Court heard on Monday.

Police allege Richard John Glynne Dutton was high on ice after a four-day drug binge when he went on a violent rampage in Kotara Crescent, kicking an elderly neighbor in the face and punching another man, who was in his front yard.

According to witness statements presented to the court by police, Dutton approached a number of neighbours and told them: “You have to go with me or you’re all going to die”, allegedly becoming violent when they asked him to leave.

The 29-year-old is accused of then turning that aggression towards some children and allegedly kicking a 73-year-old neighbor in the face when he tried to intervene.

When police arrived Dutton allegedly fled, jumping over a series of fences and attempting to gain entry to a house before he charged at the pursuing officer and was pepper-sprayed in the face.

Police allege he kicked out at officers’ legs and continued to yell, “Everyone is going to die, I’m going to die, I’m going to die” as officers handcuffed him and struggled to move him into the back of the police vehicle.

Dutton later lashed out and tried to bite an officer’s hand when they tried to remove the handcuffs, before eventually calming down and admitting to police he had been on a four-day drug binge and had smoked methamphetamine, police facts tendered to court said.

He was charged with assaulting police, resisting police, affray and drug possession, after police allegedly found a bag containing 7.69 grams of cannabis on him.

On Monday, Dutton told Port Kembla Local Court he had no memory of the events and would be willing to report twice daily and abide by a curfew if released on bail.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Anna Comer opposed his release, noting Dutton was on parole for a break, enter and steal offence at the time of the alleged incident.

He also has a lengthy criminal record, including several matters of violence, the court heard.

Registrar Kathy Frost refused Dutton’s bail and adjourned the matter until Tuesday.