SMYRNA — Cobb Police arrested a man Saturday who they say was driving on the  East-West Connector with 132 pounds of methamphetamine in his car.

Jose  Pineda, 21, was listed from Tallahassee, Fla., according to the warrant, but  from Alpharetta according to the arrest report.


The warrant said at 1:24  a.m., Pineda was pulled over when his red Chevy Impala with a Tennessee license  plate crossed both lines to the right and left of the lane.

According to  officer reports in the warrant, that was when a Cobb police K9 dog alerted  officers about something inside the car.

Concealed in 10 car batteries,  placed in a suitcase in the back seat and in boxes in the trunk, was 132 pounds  of what officials suspect was methamphetamine, “which tested positive during a  roadside presumptive field test,” according to the warrant.

Pineda was  charged with failure to maintain lane and a felony for trafficking  methamphetamine. Pineda is in the Cobb jail and was not granted a bond.


It’s bad enough that Kentuckians too frequently learn about another meth lab being discovered, but it is even worse when methamphetamine is being produced in a house where children are present.

This newspaper has reported on these crimes numerous times through the years and has editorialized that those who manufacture meth with kids present are the lowest of the low and should have the book thrown at them.

John Franklin Williams and Bethany Dawn Guffey are charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, first-degree wanton endangerment, first-degree endangerment (police officer), first-degree possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a meth precursor and fourth-degree controlled substance endangerment to a child. Williams is also charged with first-degree fleeing or evading police.

On Friday, a judge found probable cause that a crime had been committed and sent the case to a grand jury.

The case stems from a Dec. 26 complaint that the Warren County’s Sheriff’s Office responded to about a meth lab in a garage at a Bowling Green house.

According to the case file, investigators found 17 one-pot labs, 14 hydrogen chloride generators with meth production and empty blister packs of medication in the garage. Deputies found a black duffel bag in the backyard that contained an active meth lab within a 2-liter bottle, along with drug paraphernalia associated with meth production near the site of the duffel bag. The report alleges Williams was seen trying to leave in a vehicle from the residence. He was stopped by a deputy. Guffey was found at the garage entrance and she denied any knowledge of the meth labs in the garage.

Three juveniles were in the house while deputies were there and were later taken from the house at the time of the arrests.

While Willliams and Guffey are both presumed innocent until proven guilty, this report portrays a pretty grim picture.

They will both have their days in court, but if they are found guilty, both deserve the longest prison sentence possible.



BROOKSVILLE – A Spring Hill woman was arrested Tuesday night after being found with  a syringe containing methamphetamine.

Megan Steele was arrested on charges of possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia after a traffic stop.

Megan Steele

A sheriff’s office arrest affidavit shows a vehicle Steele was riding in was pulled over because of a broken headlight. After Steele, 28, was seen “shaking” and “twitching,” the driver told a deputy that he was on a first date with her after meeting on a dating website, and allowed his car to be searched.

A search of several of Steele’s bags found two syringes: one containing methamphetamine and the other empty.

Steele denied the syringes belonged to her, but was booked in the Hernando County Jail. She was being held on no bail because she was already out on bail on similar charges.

Court records show Steele has been convicted of trespassing, battery, driving with a suspended license and leaving the scene of an accident in the past.




Four people were arrested on drug-related charged Tuesday by the III-CORPS Drug Task Force with assistance from the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office and Fremont Police Department.

Authorities served a search warrant at 535 Ridgeland Ave. in Fremont.

The arrests, who are all Dodge County residents, were the result of a year-long investigation by III-CORPS.

Thomas Ashburn, 59, was arrested for possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, possession with intent to deliver marijuana, possession of a controlled substance alprazolam, three counts possession of a deadly weapon by a prohibited person, four counts possession of a legend drug without a prescription, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Tina Cash, 49, was arrested for possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, possession with intent to deliver marijuana, four counts possession of a legend drug without a prescription, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Douglas A. Kellogg, 61, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Dan L. Reinert, 70, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance hydrocodone, possession of a deadly weapon by a prohibited person, and possession of drug paraphernalia.



FAIRFIELD — A Vallejo woman who blamed crystal methamphetamine for her leaving her 16-month-old son in a gas station bathroom last year was ordered by a judge Wednesday into a residential drug treatment program.

Joia E. Hukill, 21, appeared for sentencing Judge Harry S. Kinnicutt where the order was made. Hukill was also placed on three years’ probation in connection with the July 13, 2013, incident.

According to police, a review of surveillance video at a Chevron gas station showed a white or Hispanic woman in her 20s with dark hair wheeling the boy into the ladies’ room in a stroller, and emerging alone about nine minutes later, heading on foot toward Benicia Road.

The baby was still in the stroller when a Ukiah woman, passing through the area, stopped at the gas station and made the discovery while taking her daughter to the restroom.

Hours later, Vallejo police took Hukill into custody.

In a jail-house interview, Hukill told Sacramento-based KXTV news that she was high on crystal meth when she forgot her son in the women’s bathroom.

Prosecutors charged Hukill with child desertion, child abandonment and possession of methamphetamine, all of which were felonies.

However, in September, Hukill pleaded no contest to one felony count of child abandonment and the remaining charges were dismissed.

Kinnicutt ordered that Hukill remain in custody until a bed was available for her in a residential treatment program.

He further ordered her to complete a 52-week child abuse counseling program.



MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) – The OPSO SCAT team has conducted an investigation that resulted in the clearance of several Ouachita Parish burglaries along with the seizure of methamphetamine, marijuana, hydrocodone and cash.

On January 1st, deputies responded to a reckless driving complaint in the Bawcomville area of West Monroe. Subsequently, the vehicle was located at 234 Lilac St. Deputies determined that the vehicle was stolen and had been occupied by Clayton Parker,24,of West Monroe along with William Cain,18, of Monroe.

Deputies are continuing this investigation but to date the following arrests have been made.

Parker has been charged with 2 counts of Theft of a Motor Vehicle, Arson, Simple Burglary, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Cain has been charged with Burglary and Resisting an Officer.

A related investigation at 994 Winnfield Rd in West Monroe  yielded the arrest of Renee Lovett,46, and John Bigelow,49. Stolen property, 4 ounces of methamphetamine, marijuana, suspected Hydrocodone, 3 firearms and 14,000.00 in cash were seized.

Both Lovett and Bigelow have been charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine, Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine,Possession of Hydrocodone, Possession of Marijuana and Illegal Carrying of Firearm.

At a residence at 230 Pink St, Deputies were able to locate more stolen property and suspected methamphetamine. This led to the arrest of Jeremy Wells, 36, and Kayla Lara, 36. Both have been arrested with one count of Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine.

Sheriff Russell is pleased with these arrests and said this is a good example of great cooperation between the Uniformed Patrol Division. Special Crimes Apprehension Team (S.C.A.T.), Investigations Division and Narcotics Division of the Sheriffs Office.  “It is through this type cooperation that investigations are furthered and criminal enterprises are foiled”, said Sheriff Russell.

The investigation is ongoing with more arrests expected. Investigators are currently working to identify stolen property to complete additional cases.



SAN JOSE — A 17-year-old boy from Mexico was arrested on New Year’s Eve at Mineta San Jose International Airport after he tried to smuggle more than one gallon of liquid methamphetamine into the country, according to federal authorities.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers searched the boy’s baggage and discovered five one-liter tequila bottles containing a clear liquid. Laboratory tests confirmed that the liquid was methamphetamine with an estimated street value of more than $500,000, according to federal agents.

The boy flew from Mexico to San Jose on the afternoon of Dec. 31.

The methamphetamine was seized and the boy was turned over to the San Jose Police Department, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Frank Falcon, a spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, said drug cartels often “test us and see what they can get away with.”


COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. — A shoplifter being taken into custody Monday morning is now accused of having drugs and trying to bribe an officer, according to Colorado Springs police.

The incident happened at about 9:40 a.m., at the Walmart off East Platte Avenue near Chelton Road.

A police officer who was working extra duty at the store was trying to take 20-year-old Anthony Barreras into custody because of shoplifting.

When Barreras was searched, the officer found what he believed was a small baggie of crystal methamphetamine. That’s when Barreras offered the officer $100 if he would let him go, police said.

As the officer was putting handcuffs on Barrerras, he started to resist. As the fight continued, police said a 40mm Glock semi-automatic pistol dropped from Barrerras waist.

The gun was picked up by a Walmart employee.

Barerras was arrested for Possession of a Schedule II Drug, Possession of a Weapon by a Previous Offender, Bribery, Attempt to Influence a Public Official and Theft.

A Decatur man was arrested and charged after he violated a quarantine order at a  house in Charleston.

Raymond E. Martin, 56, was found inside the house by  Charleston Chief Hank Hayden.

According to an arrest report filed by  Hayden and deputy Johnny Stokes, Hayden noticed Martin inside the house on Cass  Lane, which had once housed an alleged methamphetamine lab.

Martin told Hayden and Stokes he had entered the house to collect some clothing and belongings and “he was fully aware the residence had been quarantined for manufacturing meth.”

The report noted quarantine placards were in place  and visible, “as well as yellow crime scene tape to show the residence had been  quarantined.”

Martin was charged with violation of the quarantine  order.


EL CENTRO– U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a suspected drug smuggler at the Greyhound bus station on Monday and seized more than 2 pounds of methamphetamine estimated to be worth more than $67,000 found hidden in an overhead luggage bin, according to a press release.

Around 7:15 a.m., agents were questioning a suspicious 25-year-old woman who was in an outgoing bus during a transportation check.


The woman, a U.S. citizen who sometimes lives in Mexicali, was nervous and couldn’t answer the agents’ questions.

She gave permission for her luggage to be searched, and a search of her luggage uncovered six plastic-wrapped, baton-like objects containing methamphetamine.

Authorities arrested the woman, and she was transported to the El Centro station for processing.


Officer Neitherutt was patrolling NewPark Mall on a bike Saturday when he encountered April Hope, 38, and Jahan Kaccem, 43.

Kaccem was arrested on multiple outstanding warrants and lying to a police officer about his identity. Hope was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. The amount of meth they had is unclear, according to Newark Police Commander Michael Carroll. He said the officer used a chemical test similar to a litmus paper test to determine that the substance was methamphetamine. The meth was sent to a lab get weighed.


Two women were arrested on Tuesday when police raided a drugs factory in Meyerton, in the Vaal Triangle, said a spokesman.

Acting on a tip-off, the crime intelligence gathering and K9 units raided the premises at 4.45pm, said Captain Augustinah Selepe.


They found large quantities of chemicals, buckets and flasks used to produce cat (methcathinone) and meths (methamphetamine).

Two women, aged 38 and 41, were arrested on the premises. They would appear soon in court.

Selepe said the house apparently belonged to an elderly couple on holiday in Cape at the moment.

She said the drugs found were thought to be worth about R1 million on the street and that more arrests were expected.



A Eunice man and an Avoyelles Parish woman are in jail today in Eunice, charged with operating a clandestine drug laboratory.

Arrested on that charge and a second charge of possession of drug paraphernalia are Sean Babineaux, 25, of 100 Crestview Loop, Apt. 204, and Jamie Herrman, 19, of 3573 La. Highway 107 in Plaucheville.

Jamie Herrman Sean Babineaux

According to Eunice Deputy Police Chief Varden Guillory Sr., the pair were arrested after police received a tip that someone was manufacturing methamphetamine in an unit at the Windcrest Apartments in Eunice.

“Upon arrival, officers noticed the chemical smell and fumes as they stood near the door. Officers then knocked, and the door was opened by Jamie Herrman, who allowed officers to enter,” Guillory said.

He said the officers then observed Babineaux exiting the bathroom.

“Both were detained and advised of the complaint. Babineaux admitted to manufacturing the methamphetamine,” Guillory said.

He said a search of the apartment turned up equipment and ingredients used in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

As the chemicals are highly explosive, he said the fire department was notified to come to the scene as a precaution.

“The apartment was then cleaned and processed by trained individuals due to the hazardous nature of the materials,” Guillory said.

The pair currently are being held on $26,500 bonds.



A United States senior citizen is being held in custody in Auckland after Customs allegedly found methamphetamine valued at up to $6 million in the lining of his suitcase.

The 72-year-old man appeared in the Manukau District Court today charged with importing about 6.2 kilograms of methamphetamine or “P” with a street value between $3m to $6m into the country late last year. He will remain in custody until his next scheduled appearance in March.

Customs investigations manager Maurice O’Brien said the man was questioned by customs officers when he arrived in Auckland from Bangkok on December 28.

He was arrested after officers found 6.2kg of a white crystalline substance concealed in the lining of his suitcase. The substance tested positive for methamphetamine.

O’Brien said it appeared criminal syndicates were targeting older people to carry significant amounts of drugs across borders.

Two other US nationals, aged 70 and 55, were arrested and charged with importing methamphetamine into Australia last week.

A 68-year-old Auckland man was arrested in November after he arrived from Papua New Guinea carrying 1.5kg of methamphetamine concealed inside two bags.

The maximum penalty for importing class A controlled drugs into New Zealand is life imprisonment.



MCCRACKEN COUNTY, KY (KFVS)- A McCracken County couple was arrested after a methamphetamine investigation.

Robert Buck, 47, was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of meth and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Patricia Branham, 46, was charged with possession of meth and possession of drug paraphernalia.


Both were taken to the McCracken County Regional Jail.

According to the McCracken County Sheriff’s Department, deputies received a tip January 5 from a concerned citizen. The tipster said that residents of a trailer in the Beltline trailer park were making meth. The tip was passed along to the McCracken County Sheriff’s Department Drug Division.

On Jan. 6, detectives looked into the tip. During the investigation, they identified the residents at the trailer park as Robert Buck and Patricia Branham.

During a search of the home, detectives found numerous items used to make meth, as well as multiple items of meth paraphernalia. They say it was determined that Buck had been buying Sudafed to cook meth, and had been making meth himself.



Sapulpa and Tulsa Police joined together to arrest a Tulsa male on several complaints including kidnapping after serving a warrant at a motel where they found 12 grams of methamphetamine on West Skelly Drive early Saturday morning.
Booking records showed Brandon Pigeon, age 31, is facing formal felony charges for possession of methamphetamine, convicted felon in possession of a firearm, possession of paraphernalia, domestic abuse that resulted in great bodily harm, and kidnapping.
Police records showed Patrolman Derrick Clayton was dispatched to a motel on at 1:15 a.m. to assist the Tulsa Police Department with serving a warrant.
Clayton made contact with Tulsa Officers Angela Bax, Kip VanHoozer, Dean Montgomery and  Matt Hart. They told Clayton they were investigating a felony domestic assault and battery and kidnapping. They told Clayton that the suspect, identified as Pigeon, was staying at a room in the hotel.The victim had told Tulsa Police Department the room was registered in her name and signed a search waiver for it.
As the officers approached the room Pigeon opened the door and was immediately placed in custody as officers searched the room.
Clayton said as soon as he entered in to the room he saw several small, clear plastic baggies lying on the bed.
Officers also located a glass pipe containing burnt residue lying in a chair. Police recovered approximately 12 grams of a crystal like substance from the bathroom trash. The substance field tested positive for methamphetamine.
Officers also found digital scales under the mattress. Pigeon was read his rights and agreed to speak to officers.
Pigeon told officers that the substance was methamphetamine and was considered to be “high-grade.”
Pigeon said he was selling meth to make money, because he could not find a job.
Pigeon admitted to being in a dating relationship with the victim and said she was pregnant with his son.
Pigeon confessed that he hit and slapped the victim on numerous occasions, but did not know what he was doing because he was “high on meth.”
Pigeon said he did not remember all the details, but he did point a gun at the victim’s stomach and “dry fired” it. Pigeon said he told her he was going to kill her, the baby and himself.
Pigeon also admitted to owning a knife and had assaulted her with it. Pigeon said he could not remember strangling her but he was high and had been up for a four day period.
Police recovered a Smith and Wesson 9mm handgun.
Officers said the victim had strangulation marks around her neck, her left ear was severely bruised, had lacerations on her legs, and had bruising to her left arm. She told officers she had wanted to leave and asked Pigeon if she could leave, but he would not let her.
Pigeon was transported to the Sapulpa Police Department.
According to court records Pigeon has plead guilty or been convicted of multiple charges starting in 2002 including breaking and entering, larceny from a retailer, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, unlawful purchasing of Pseudoephedrine, and possession of drugs in a jail in Okmulgee, Seminole and Tulsa Counties.
As of press time Pigeon is in custody at the Tulsa County Jail on bonds totaling $130,250.



NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Two people were arrested after police uncovered a meth lab in an attic above a North Ridgeville woman’s garage.

Conni Miller, 27, was taken into custody on outstanding warrants from North Ridgeville and Avon police, and Robert Reed, 37, was taken into custody on drug paraphernalia charges.

A woman called police to 33124 Glenwood Court Monday morning and reported that she believed someone might be living in the attic above her garage.

Police discovered Miller, who they determined had been living in the attic for about a week. Reed, who lives at the home with his parents, had been hiding Miller in the attic without his parents’ knowledge, according to police.

Officers discovered indications that crystal methamphetamine was being manufactured in the garage. When the Detective Bureau and Lorain County Drug Task Force were called to the scene, it was determined that there was an active methamphetamine lab in the attic area as well as several components for manufacturing methamphetamine in the garage.

The lab was removed with the assistance of the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigations mobile response team.

Reed was found to be in possession of items used for smoking methamphetamine.

The investigation into the lab is ongoing.



BOISE — Four people have been charged with drug trafficking after Ada County Sheriff’s deputies seized more than 200 grams of methamphetamine at a west Boise home last week.

Devin Ponte, 27, Caley Proctor, 25, Joyce Richardson, 29, and Jeremy Courtade, 38, are all charged with felony counts of trafficking in methamphetamine.


Douglas-Langley Devin-Ponte Jeremy-Courtade


Charges are pending against a fifth suspect, 29-year-old Douglas Langley, who was arrested Monday for a parole violation.  Police found a semi-automatic pistol and just under five grams of meth inside his car.

Detectives began their investigation in November after learning that drugs were being sold at a home in the 3200 block of S. Featherly Way, which is near Maple Grove and Victory roads.

During a search of the home, officers found at least eight guns and 145 grams of meth.

A search of Courtade’s pickup truck also found nearly a half pound of marijuana and 55 grams of meth.

Langley will make his initial court appearance Tuesday afternoon.

The other four have preliminary hearings set for later this month.




COLUMBIA COUNTY, Fla. – Two arrests were made during a methamphetamine lab investigation by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office detectives Tuesday afternoon.

Detectives with the Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force discovered the lab during an investigation of a residence in the 1200 block of NW Ashley Street in Lake City at about 2:30 p.m. The hazardous meth lab material was dismantled and removed from a shed in the backyard by the Drug Task Force while the Lake City Fire Department and Lifeguard ambulance personnel assisted.


Ashley Nicole Tanner, 23, and Nicholas Hampton Cason, 32, were charged with manufacture of methamphetamine. According to a CCSO press release, the investigation is ongoing and more charges are pending at this time.



Bonneau police arrested two suspects early Saturday after a meth lab was discovered in a traffic stop, authorities said.

According to Police Chief Franco Fuda, officers pulled over a black Dodge Charger around 3:50 a.m. The car was driven by William Clifford Casselman, 42, of Main Street, Fuda said. Destry Sweatman, 49, was identified as a passenger. Both suspects are of Bonneau, Fuda said.

Authorities searched the car and found a meth lab, he said.

Casselman and Sweatman were charged with possession of methamphetamine, attempt to manufacture methamphetamine, manufacture of methamphetamine within a half mile of a public park and playground, simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, Fuda said.

Casselman received an additional charge of failure to use a turn signal. He was out on bail regarding a previous arrest by Berkeley County sheriff’s deputies on Dec. 9. In that incident, Casselman was charged with possession of methamphetamine and attempt to manufacture the drug, Fuda said.

St. Stephen police and sheriff’s deputies assisted authorities in the most recent arrests. State Law Enforcement Division agents were notified of the incident and the meth lab was secured, Fuda said.

Casselman was held at the Berkeley County jail in lieu of a $222,933 bail, Fuda said. Sweatman was also held in lieu of a $122,933 bail, he said.

Walter Jack White, 53, said dealing wasn’t part of his character — his dealer  made him do it. The judge said, ‘Thirty two-and-a-half pounds of methamphetamine  coupled with guns and violence is about as serious as you can get.’

Montana man who got into a shootout with his son over a drug dispute was  sentenced Monday to more than 12 years behind bars, authorities said.

Walter Jack White, 53, got nine years for meth possession and  three-and-a-half years for a firearms conviction, local media report.


Authorities discovered that White was part of a drug trafficking ring after  his son, Brandon Jay Joseph  White, shot him over a $10,000 drug debt in his driveway last January, the Billings Gazette reported.

Officers searched White’s home to reveal that he allegedly brought roughly  32 pounds of methamphetamine to the town of Billings and the Bakken oil fields,  the local paper said.

White was arrested in March.

“He ended up getting shot by his son,” the judge said. “Thirty  two-and-a-half pounds of methamphetamine coupled with guns and violence is about  as serious as you can get.”

White begged forgiveness in court and insisted that drug-dealing was not  part of his character. He said he got addicted and the pushers refused to let  him go.

He pleaded guilty to possession of meth for distribution and to possessing  two firearms. But — as part of a plea agreement — the judge dismissed a third  charge of conspiracy, according to local media.

Brandon Jay Joseph White, 23, was arrested and charged with two counts of  assault with a weapon and tampering with evidence. He pleaded not guilty, the Billings Gazette reported.

White told the court that his meth supplier was Tomas Alvarado, of Turlock,  Calif. He was sentenced to 30 years in prison for his part in the drug  trafficking ring.





Two Oregon diners were cuffed on drug charges after they left a waitress an  envelope full of methamphetamine as a tip.

Ryan Bensen, 40, of Beaverton, and Erica Manley, 37, of Cascade Locks, were  having drinks early Friday morning at the Twisted Fish in Seaside when they left  a gift card to cover the tab — and a bunch of meth as gratuity.

The shocked waitress called police about 1 a.m. when she found the white  crystalline powder, Seaside Police Chief Robert Gross told the Daily News.


Erica Manley of Cascade Locks, Ore.,  was found to have more meth in her purse after she and Ryan Bensen were cuffed  for leaving an envelope filled with the drug for their cocktail waitress.

“I think the waitress was stunned and probably offended that somebody would  think she was a user of a methamphetamine,” Gross said.

Responding officers recognized the drug as meth and placed both patrons  under arrest, Gross said. A subsequent search of Manley’s purse uncovered even  more of the drug.

Cops searched the couple’s car and motel room and found more meth and items  used to make the highly addictive drug.

The waitress at Twisted Fish in Seaside, Ore., realized two patrons had left what appeared to be meth as a her tip, and she called the cops.

The waitress at Twisted Fish in  Seaside, Ore., realized two patrons had left what appeared to be meth as a her  tip, and she called the cops.

Both were booked on charges of possession of methamphetamine and manufacture  of methamphetamine, while Manley faces an additional charge of delivery of  methamphetamine.

They’re both being held at the Clatsop County Jail awaiting arraignment.

Gross praised the waitress for “making the call to police and saying ‘no’ to  more methamphetamine in our community.”

“It speaks volumes of the business community doing their part” to stop the  drug’s spread in the small town, about 80 miles from Portland, Gross said.



A SYDNEY woman has pleaded guilty to smoking methamphetamine from a glass pipe at a Maryborough motel – allegedly to help her lose weight.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Chris Elder told the Maryborough Magistrates Court police went to the Lamington Hotel on November 26, where Dan Li admitted to smoking 0.1 grams of ice.

“She stated she got the ice from Sydney,” Sgt Elder said.

The court heard the woman told police she smoked the drug to lose weight, as that’s what all her friends in Sydney did.

The woman’s lawyer, Travis George, said his client had no prior convictions.

The 41-year-old was fined $550 and was ordered to surrender the pipe.

No conviction was recorded.



Deputies found a methamphetamine lab dump site Saturday, according to a Warren County Sheriff’s Office news release.

Deputies responded to a complaint of meth lab-related trash at 4:17 p.m. Saturday in the 800 block of Duncan Road near Drakes Creek, the release stated.

A deputy trained in clandestine labs investigated and cleaned up the dump site, according to the release.

The Bowling Green-Warren County Drug Task Force assisted WCSO. The investigation is ongoing.




A Marion woman was charged with three felony drug offenses after authorities discovered a stash of meth and pot in her home, according to a report released Monday by the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office.

Capt. Shanon Smith, of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office, charged Holly Rose Suttle, 30, of Sugar Hill Road in Marion, with one felony count each of possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine, trafficking in methamphetamine and maintaining a place to keep a controlled substance.




On Dec. 10, McDowell County sheriff’s deputies, Marion police officers, N.C. Highway Patrol troopers, N.C. State Bureau of Investigation agents and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents went to Suttle’s home to arrest a man wanted in a federal narcotics investigation.

Smith said they observed controlled substances inside the residence and obtained a search warrant. They seized 29 grams of methamphetamine and two ounces of marijuana.

Suttle is in custody in lieu of a $30,000 bond.