On July 21, 2014, Investigators with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) began an investigation into the manufacturing of methamphetamine at 190 Moll Drive, Santa Rosa Beach, FL.

During the afternoon hours, a probable cause search warrant was obtained for the residence. During the search, Investigators located several used “One Pot” cooking vessels, muriatic acid, empty boxes of cold medicine, lithium, and syringes.

The resident, Joseph Shawn Moll, 32, was arrested and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a church and preschool, and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Moll was transported to the Walton County Jail where he received an additional charge of Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer for striking a detention deputy.


WALKER Parish narcotics agents and uniform patrol shut down a local methamphetamine lab Monday and arrested the man believe responsible for it, Detective Stan Carpenter said Tuesday.

Police booked Scotty Ray Morrison, 21, at his residence at 39270 Tyler Ballard Road, Walker, on charges of manufacture of methamphetamine and placed him in the Livingston Parish Prison, where he remained as of Wednesday on a $500,500 bond.

Police received an anonymous tip relative to a strong ammonia type odor coming from the residence, Carpenter said. When deputies went to the investigate the complaint, they smelled the ammonia-type odor.

Deputies approached Morrison, who was standing outside, Carpenter said. After talking with police, Morrison voluntarily showed officials the location of the lab, which was running at the time.

According to information and evidence at the scene, police believe the lab was capable of producing approximately 20 grams of methamphetamine, valued at $2,000, Carpenter said.

DEA officials responded to the scene and joined ongoing investigation, Carpenter said.

A clean up team was called in by DEA as to dispose of any hazardous materials.

Carpenter said more arrests in this case are forthcoming.








July 22, 2014. Avery County Sheriff Kevin Frye announced the arrest of two individuals after deputies escaped a possible ambush last week.

On July 17 at about 10 p.m., deputies were dispatched to a reported breaking and entering in progress at 155 Old Plumtree Creek Rd. Upon arrival, officers located one of the suspects sitting in a car in the driveway of the residence and another suspect standing just outside the house. As officers began speaking with the person inside the car, the second suspect ran back inside the house and into a bedroom where he shut the door.


Officers were able to make contact with and arrest both suspects. The suspect who ran into the house had also opened and turned over a recliner, appearing to be ready for a barricade and the Uzi which was found with ammo jammed, making it inoperative. Charged with breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering and trafficking in methamphetamine were Daymon Isaac Pritchard, 25, of 852 Big Horse Creek Rd. in Newland and Levi Cody Hicks, 26, of 6210 U.S. 19 East in Newland.


Officers also located a semi-automatic .22 caliber pistol which was in possession of one of the suspects and reported to have been stolen.

Both suspects were detained at the Avery County Jail where Pritchard was held under a $200,000 secured bond and Hicks under a $250,000 secured bond.  Approximately 100 grams of methamphetamine was seized.









Three arrests cleared up six vehicle burglaries in Lamar County.

Eleven more netted a passel of people allegedly dealing methamphetamine and prescription drugs around Purvis and Sumrall.

It’s been a busy week for the Lamar County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Danny Rigel said deputies on patrol spotted a car fitting the description of one at the scene of vehicle burglaries at Foxgate Apartments between Cox Avenue and Interstate 59.

After pulling the car over, deputies arrested Marquis Terrell Dantzler, 21, of Hattiesburg and two juveniles.

“We had gotten a call from a witness that had seen them,” Rigel said. “It was a deal where they were going into cars that had been left unlocked.”

Rigel said Dantzler was charged with auto burglary and possession of a firearm by a felon. Bond was set at $10,000 on the burglary charge and $5,000 on the firearm possession charge.

A month-long investigation into the sale of prescription drugs and methamphetamine led to 11 arrests in Purvis and Sumrall by the department’s Narcotic Unit.

“It’s been a continuing investigation, where we’ve been following up on leads,” Rigel said. “More arrests are expected.”

Seven were charged with felony sale of a controlled substance:

• Dawn Lynn Argue, 60, Purvis ($200,000)

• Mathilda Danielle Dixon, 27, Purvis ($200,000)

• Gregory Revett, 57, Purvis ($200,000)

• Keith Lott, 27, Sumrall ($200,000 bond)

• Jacqueline Lynn Taormina, 44, Sumrall ($200,000)

• Christopher Clayton Phillips, 35, Sumrall ($100,000)

• Thomas Lee Pulliam III, 34, Sumrall ($50,000).

Three others were charged with two counts of felony sale of controlled substance:

• Meagan Danielle Dixon, 27, Purvis ($200,000)

• Crystal Michelle Dunn, 34, Hattiesburg ($200,000)

• Tanner Joe Runnels, 18, Sumrall ($200,000).

The 11th, James Randall Ford, 58, of Poplarville, was charged with felony sale of controlled substance and possession of controlled substance (methamphetamine). His bond was set at $200,000.

Justice Court Judge Bill Anderson set bond on Dantzler as well as those arrested on the drug charges.









Sunday, July 20th, after a traffic stop, two Burke residents were arrested after a quantity of drugs was found inside their vehicle, according to the Avery Sheriff’s Office.


Arrested was Crystal Lynne Newton, 30, of 3233 Clark Loop Morganton. She was charged with possession with intent to sell/deliver methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine.  Newton is being held on a $40,000.00 secured bond.
Also arrested was Danielle La-rae Eldreth, 22, of 5131 Crawley Dale Street, Morganton, charged with possession with intent to sell/deliver methamphetamine, maintaining a vehicle and possession of methamphetamine.  Eldreth is being held on a $35,000 secured bond.














ROGERS COUNTY, Oklahoma – A Rogers County task force arrested a 61-year-old woman accused for selling meth. They said an undercover drug buy led them to Elda Spears.

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When they arrested her they said she had more than 44 grams of meth on her, which has a street value of more than $2,000.

Investigators said she also had about $1,800 worth of hydrocodone pills in her purse.







MADISON, TN (WSMV) – Managers spent Monday surveying the damage at the Alta Loma apartments in Madison after a meth fire destroyed several units.

S&S Property Management runs the complex, taking control of the apartments just two months before the fire. The landlords, accompanied by insurance adjusters, walked through the rubble to assess cleanup costs. It’s unclear how much the meth cleanup will cost.

Metro police said the fire started when a meth lab exploded inside the building Saturday afternoon, displacing nearly 75 people. The flames destroyed eight apartments before Nashville firefighters extinguished the blaze.


Police arrested Kelly Wakefield, 27, and her Michael Drury, 22. Both are charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and aggravated arson.

“When people do these things inside their homes, there’s not much we can do,” said Tabitha Allbert, of S&S Property Management. “We’re doing whatever we can to make it right.”

Allbert said she’s refunded rent and deposit costs for at least five residents. Tenants who wish to stay at Alta Loma can request a vacant apartment. Allbert said there are enough units at Alta Loma to accommodate the people left homeless by the explosion. She puts that estimate between 35 and 45 residents.

Managers said they hope the residents can move into the apartments by Wednesday, but the time frame remains unclear.

Allbert said the company plans to develop tenant profiles to learn more about its renters.

A simple background check could have revealed Drury is a convicted felon with a history of robbery and burglary. But Allbert said Wakefield never listed Drury, her boyfriend, on the lease.

“With our current policies in place this would not have been an issue,” Allbert said.

Despite what neighbors say, managers claim they’ve never received drug complaints about residents in the building. Allbert did admit receiving several other “minor” complaints, but could not elaborate.

“The complaints that we did receive, we were taking all action allowed by Tennessee Law and there was a plan in place for this unit,” Allbert said.

“And what was that plan?” asked reporter Alanna Autler.

“I can’t discuss the plans, unfortunately,” Allbert said.

The information comes too little, too late for Maurice Key, who escaped the flames with his 1-year-old daughter.

“I just want a roof for today,” Key said. “That’s my goal, where we going stay for the night?”

Key and his pregnant girlfriend, Breane Hodge, spent Monday searching for help. They tried visiting the American Red Cross shelter at a nearby church, only to learn it had closed Sunday.

“We’re basically just stranded out here,” said Key, who works two jobs to support his family. The flames incinerated the uniforms he needs to wear for work. Key and Hodge have stayed with relatives since Saturday.

“Our small child, everything she had, her bed, her clothes, her toys, everything is gone,” Hodge said.

An ongoing drug investigation led police to arrest two men at a nearby building earlier this summer, according to Don Aaron, a spokesperson for the Metro Nashville Police Department.

Aaron said that investigation appears unrelated to Wakefield and Drury.

Representatives with the American Red Cross said victims can still reach out to their Nashville office for food, clothing, and other assistance. Call 615-405-2433 for more information.

Managers with the Parkwood Villa Apartments in Nashville also want to help these victims. The company will waive move-in fees for residents displaced by the fire. As of Monday afternoon, six units remained open.







A Golden Meadow Police officer and two others are charged with manufacturing meth, authorities said today.

Officer Ashley Pollard, 37, and his girlfriend, Anna King, 31, both of 113 West 82nd St. in Cut Off, were arrested Monday, the Lafourche Sheriff’s Office said. Also arrested was his brother, Courtney Pollard, 33, of 2016 South Bayou Drive in Golden Meadow.

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Golden Meadow Police Chief Reggie Pitre said Ashley Pollard has resigned from the department.

“I am sorely disappointed in the actions of this former officer,” Pitre said in a written statement. “The Golden Meadow Police Department has no tolerance for criminal behavior, and we want to reassure the public that this officer’s actions are not a reflection on our department as a whole. My sincere hope is that this ultimately results in him getting the treatment and help he needs.”

Pitre declined to comment further.

The Lafourche Parish Drug Task Force began investigating the case in April 2014, the Sheriff’s Office said. Agents learned the Pollards had produced the illegal drug for personal use. King bought pseudoephedrine, a drug sold over the counter for colds and sinus conditions, and other products for meth production.

Agents obtained arrest warrants for all, as well as a search warrant for the home where Ashley Pollard and King live.

Agents met Monday with Ashley Pollard at the Criminal Operations Center in Lockport and questioned him regarding the investigation.

“During questioning, he confessed to his participation in manufacturing methamphetamine for personal use,” the Sheriff’s Office says in a news release. “Pollard told investigators he used methamphetamine to help cope with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder he says he developed following overseas deployments with both the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps.”

A search his Cut Off residence turned up additional evidence of meth manufacturing, the Sheriff’s Office said.

All three were booked into the Lafourche jail on one count each of creation or operation of a clandestine lab for the unlawful manufacture of a controlled dangerous substance.

All were released Monday after posting bond. Ashley Pollard’s bond is $10,000, King’s $5,000 and Courtney Pollard’s $25,000.

Courtney Pollard’s criminal history includes 14 prior arrests, including various battery charges, drug possession and several counts of contempt of court, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Ashley Pollard and King do not have prior criminal histories.


Lincoln, NE – In August 2013 federal law enforcement officials reported the arrest of 17 people linked to a single organization importing and selling meth in western Nebraska and northeast Colorado. Most of the accused lived in or around Ogallala and Big Springs, Nebraska. A dozen more people have been charged with having ties to the same group of dealers, according to officials familiar with the investigation.MugShotsBKvert_300x550

Investigators dubbed the investigation “Operation Mexican Seafood.” Court documents reviewed by NET News indicate the boss of the local operation lived on a small ranch five miles outside of Big Springs, Nebraska and had meth supplied by large, illegal manufacturers in Mexico.

“It was a huge deal,” Scotts Bluff County Sheriff Mark Overman said. He says it was not only the size of the operation but the unmatched quality of the methamphetamine being imported. In the past two years informants and undercover officers purchased meth which is up to 95 percent pure, according to investigators.

Sheriff Overman says getting such high-quality drugs from street dealers indicates “the folks who are manufacturing it are really good at manufacturing it.” Since it would be almost impossible for small, local meth lab to deliver such pure meth he believes “you are probably looking at a major meth lab, a super-lab.”

The operation targeted in Operation Mexican Seafood shed some light into how the drug travels from labs in Mexico to dealers in rural Nebraska. The investigation had humble beginnings.

“That all started, believe it or not, with a Colorado marijuana buy,” according to Dana Korell, supervisor of the Scottsbluff-based Western Nebraska Intelligence and Narcotics Group (WING).

The investigators soon learned the drug deals stretched eastward, into the territory of the Central Nebraska Cooperative for Drug Enforcement, a second police task force based in North Platte. Both played a role in investigating the operation.

In 2012 an informant working for the drug investigation task forces bought pot from a pair of suspects. Caught in a police sting, the busted dealers told police “they wanted to go to work” and provide information about other dealers in the area. The case continued to expand as additional deals yielded new intelligence.

“That morphed into this giant methamphetamine case,” Korell said. As the investigation unfolded through 2013, officers marveled at the amounts of the illegal drug available from the dealers. “They were moving pounds. Pounds and pounds of methamphetamine,” he said.

At the height of the investigation 13 different local and federal law enforcement agencies tracked down leads and rounded up suspects.

Court records examined by NET News indicate informants and electronic surveillance uncovered a methamphetamine sales network stretching from northeast Colorado almost 200 miles east to North Platte, Nebraska. Police tracked money transfers funneling the money back to Mexico delivered by wire and personal couriers.

“I don’t think anybody had any idea the size and the quantity of the methamphetamine that was going through the Ogallala-Big Springs area,” Korell said.

Some of the drugs were allegedly distributed out of a small ranch five miles east of Big Springs. One informant, a street dealer out of Colorado, told State Patrol investigators he sold $3,000 worth of crystal meth picked up at the house. He identified Andres Barraza as “the boss.” Court documents list Barraza’s alias as “Guacho.” Loosely translated from Spanish it means “The Bastard.”

In June, Barraza pled guilty in U.S. District Court in Omaha to federal charges of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and was sentenced to ten years in prison.

Nine others in the organization have been sentenced to prison terms ranging from 12 to 60 years in federal prison. Some sported long criminal records. Others were low-level dealers in Ogallala, linked by high school friendships and jobs at local fast food restaurants.

The busts apparently provided area law enforcement with a map of how incredibly pure meth made its way from the Mexican border to western Nebraska.

“Their distribution network is like, you think of it as tentacles of the octopus spreading out across the United States,” said Deb Gilg, the U.S. Attorney serving the State of Nebraska.  “The influence of the Mexican cartels cannot be underestimated in terms of their sophistication, their network in bringing methamphetamine into Nebraska.”

Investigators are not saying if they have traced where specifically the high-grade methamphetamine originated, or which of the cartels might be the manufacturer, other than saying there is evidence it originated in Mexico.

Reports prepared by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in the Rocky Mountain and Midwest territories link the source of huge amounts of the methamphetamine sold in the region back to Mexico’s northwest coast in the Sinaloa province. Sinaloa had been the home base of the drug cartel operated by Joaquin Guzman Loera, known as “El Chapo.” His arrest in Mazatlán earlier this year created international headlines and was considered a major blow to the drug trade in Mexico.

Five years ago, law enforcement saw a significant drop in the number of people in Nebraska attempting to make inexpensive home-brew meth. Pseudoephedrine, a popular ingredient in cold medicines and available at drugstores, was distilled as an element in meth.   A change in state law placed tight restrictions on the key ingredient used in small operations. Almost immediately south-of-the-border drug gangs began expanding sophisticated labs to make meth.

“What’s happened is the distribution network of the cartels have picked up and filled the void with meth coming in,” Gilg said. “It is frustrating to see the amount of drugs that are coming into Nebraska.”

From 2007-2012 statistics compiled by the Nebraska State Crime Commission reveal a significant increase in the number of drug arrests involving methamphetamine while cases involving heroin and cocaine dropped significantly. In 2013 there were 46 federal indictments filed on meth-related charges in the U.S. District Court of Nebraska. These are generally people accused of being part of an organization selling large quantities. Half of those arrests were made by the regional drug task force based out of North Platte. Some were also weapons charges filed against those involved in the drug trade.

Local law enforcement officials regard meth as the biggest crime problem in the area. In a survey conducted by NET News at the end of 2013, a sizable majority of county attorneys and sheriffs surveyed agreed meth was “the greatest threat.”

“It causes the most problems and by far the most violence,” Sheriff Overman said. “There’s a lot of associated crime. Theft, robbery, burglaries, and that creates the money to buy the methamphetamine.”

More meth dealers and suppliers working out of Nebraska and Colorado could be picked up based on intelligence collected during Operation Mexican Seafood. Law enforcement hopes it could also land bigger fish, including those operating one of the super-labs across the border churning out the high-grade meth flooding the market in the Great Plains.










CADDO VALLEY — A Hot Springs man claiming to be an Arkansas State Trooper faces felony drug charges after police found a traveling meth lab in his vehicle.

John Paul Dunn, 44, of Hot Springs, remains in custody at the Clark County Detention Center on three felony meth charges. According to a recent report filed by the Caddo Valley Police Department, Sgt. Roy Bethell was patrolling the Valero service station parking lot after hours when he observed the driver of a SUV back into a parking space in front of the business. The driver exited and walked to the entrance of the store, which was closed.

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The SUV had a permanent trailer tag displayed on the front bumper. The driver, later identified as Dunn, approached Bethell and asked where he could find a cheap candy bar; he said he had just left a store nearby and “wasn’t paying two dollars” for a candy bar, the report states.

Before Bethell was able to respond, Dunn got back into his vehicle and drove across the street to the Pilot, where he again backed into a parking space. He “quickly exited and walked into the store before I could get to him,” Bethell wrote in his report.

Bethell took a closer look at the trailer tag on the front of the vehicle, discovering it was covering another license plate. He looked at the rear license plate, which also covered another plate. The California license plate was checked through dispatch, which said it returned to a stolen BMW. Bethell also noticed that the steering column inside the SUV “had been tampered with, which is common on stolen vehicles,” according to the report.

Bethell and another officer waited outside with the car until Dunn exited the Pilot and inquired about the license plates and the damaged steering column. Dunn reportedly said it was stolen but “quickly” changed that story toe ay it had once been stolen. He gave Bethell an Arkansas identification card and an Arizona driver’s license, which returned suspended. Dunn also had warrants out of New Mexico, which was contacted but would not extradite outside the state.

At some point during the conversation with police, Dunn said he was a former officer from the Malvern Police Department and was currently seeking office of sheriff at Maricopa County, Arizona. “He further stated that he worked for Troop F of the [Arkansas] State Police,” the report notes, but according to ASP spokesman Bill Sadler, Dunn is not employed by state police.

The report notes that Dunn “appeared to be under the influence of narcotics in that he rambled, could not stay still and changed topics in conversation rapidly and displayed nervous but aggressive behavior.” Asked to have a seat in the rear of Bethell’s patrol car, Dunn complied. Citations were written, and he was advised the vehicle would have to be towed because he had no insurance and because of the suspended driver’s license.

Dunn was later released and asked to retrieve his “very aggressive and large” dog from the vehicle so police could inventory the SUV prior to being towed. In the passenger seat, Bethell located meth. A check of the hatch area revealed a duffle bag containing “numerous items of drug precursors and chemicals for manufacturing meth,” the report states. A loaded Winchester 7 mm rifle was found under the back seat.

Dunn was then arrested and transported to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.

Formal charges are pending and will be determined by Prosecuting Attorney Blake Batson.









SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) – Police think a “one pot” meth lab became too hot to handle so the owner threw it out of a car behind a Salisbury grocery store.

On Monday afternoon a truck driver discovered an Adidas bag on the ground near a loading dock behind the Food Lion in the 500 block of Jake Alexander Boulevard.

The driver said the bag was smoking, so he called 911.

Police arrived and found the bag still smoking.  According to the report, it contained all the ingredients necessary to make the highly illegal and addictive drug methamphetamine.

The SBI was called to remove the bag.







Ogallala celebrates its past as a rip-roarin’ cattle town of the late 1800s, with monuments and tourist attractions.

It earned its claim to fame after the railroad reached what would become Ogallala in 1867, the closest point for Texas beef to reach transportation to the hungry East.

There probably won’t be any monuments built to the latest way the community facilitates a connection between producers and buyers.

The fame — or infamy — actually belongs to a small farm near Big Springs, which provided high-quality methamphetamine to tweekers in Northeast Colorado, Northwest Kansas and Southwest Nebraska.

Methamphetamine has been a problem in our area for decades, but five years ago, after authorities cracked down on the sale of the pseudoephedine used as a raw material, they noticed fewer and fewer instances of small, local meth labs.

That left a vacuum in the market that was filled by drugs of such purity — up to 95 percent at times — leading officials to believe they were coming from a “super lab” in Mexico.

Law enforcement agencies, including the Central Nebraska Cooperative for Drug Enforcement based in North Platte and including McCook-area authorities, set up “Operation Mexican Seafood,” using confidential informants seeking immunity from marijuana busts.

One informant said he sold $3,000 worth of crystal meth he picked up at the Big Springs ranch, and the alleged local kingpin, Andres “The Bastard” Barraza was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison on conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Nine others got terms ranging from 12 to 60 years. Some were career criminals, others were high school friends or knew each other from fast-food jobs.

NET News, which dug through court records and produced the story, reported that while local authorities wouldn’t confirm the connection, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration linked the meth back to Mexico’s Sinaloa province, home base of the drug cartel operated by Joaquin Guzman Loera, “El Chapo,” who was arrested by much fanfare earlier this year.

While much attention has been focused on the legalization of marijuana in Colorado, and the harm it may cause to society, there is no question of the harm caused by meth, through crime, violence and ruined lives.

If marijuana were legalized everywhere, there would still be plenty of work to go around for those involved in enforcement of drug laws, and plenty of “customers” for jail and prison cells.







Augusta, Ga. (WRDW) — “It isn’t the neighborhood, it’s the people in the neighborhood,” said Belinda Council who lives in the Harrisburg neighborhood.

Council’s strolls on the streets of Harrisburg are now few and far between.

“I’ve moved from one side to the other one,” she said.

Getting away from the bad, heading for what she thought was good but never realizing, it was following her and the one she loves the most.

“I got a granddaughter, and I don’t want my baby around that kind of stuff, you never know what can happen,” she said.

Just two blocks from her house, she would’ve never realized this could happen. An active meth lab in plain sight.

“You cannot beat the smells,” said Matt Perkins with Richmond County Narcotics Division.

Perkins says he can smell trouble from a mile away. He got the call Sudnay night to Battle Row, a man allegedly cooking up meth in his backyard.

“They’re definitely coming up in places that you wouldn’t think that they would normally show up in,” he said.

It’s almost an everyday occurance for Perkins but he says it’s not something that happens in just troubled areas.

“Come in, exchange money for dope, leave, and then they’ll use it and they need more, they come back, so it’s a constant drive-thru,” he said.

Neighborhoods filled with kids, older folks. Belinda says, “You got this stuff going on and they’re breathing in these chemicals.”

She’s holding her breath though, hoping the bad air will clear so her granddaughter can alittle breathe easier.

“If you want to put your own life in danger then you do that but you don’t have the right to put nobody else’s life in danger,” said Council.







HARRISONBURG,Va. (WHSV)– This year, 12 meth labs have been dismantled in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County. The number of labs in our area has been going up. That’s why the Rush Drug Task Force is making sure property owners know what to watch out for when it comes to finding meth labs in the Valley.

Mark Campbell, who is a special agent with the task force, says the ingredients used to make meth are pretty simple. It’s an issue that he says they’re struggling to keep up with locally.

“It’s statewide. The focus of it was in the southern part of Virginia when it first started. Now it’s starting to spread. It’s just so easily available. Any of the ingredients that you see that are for processing meth or making meth can be bought at a hardware store or Walmart for $40 and buy what you need,” said Campbell.

Once they find meth labs, they take the waste and store it in containers in Rockingham County until a contractor can come get rid of it safely.

Campbell adds that when they find evidence of meth production, most of the “lab” can be found in bottles. He says the thicker plastic holds up to the chemical reactions that take place to make the drug.







BUTTE — Michelle Yallup, accused of leaving an Anaconda hospital with her newborn baby after testing positive for methamphetamine, has been arrested in Utah.


Butte Silver Bow Undersheriff George Skuletich said on Monday that Yallup, 29 years old, is in custody and her baby is safe; no other details have been released at this point.

Anaconda police chief Tim Barkell said after she ran away that Yallup was not authorized to leave the hospital after the boy was born because she tested positive for meth.

She had been ordered to stay at the hospital until Child Protective Services officials arrived.

The Montana Department of Justice then issued a Missing/Endangered Person Alert for the baby and Yallup.

(UPDATE, 2:20 pm) The Montana Department of Justice has released the following information.

On June 17, Michelle Yallup went to the Community Hospital of Anaconda, where staff discovered her to be in labor and about to deliver a baby. During the hospital intake process, staff determined that Ms. Yallup had no pre-natal care and was possibly on drugs when she entered the facility. The baby was delivered at 6:15pm, and Ms. Yallup indicated she wanted to leave.

Hospital staff informed her that she could leave against medical advice if she chose, but that she could not leave with the baby.

Ms. Yallup took her baby son for a walk in the hospital hallway later that evening, and while doing so, she left the hospital and entered a waiting vehicle.

She was not seen afterward. On June 18, the Montana Department of Justice issued a Missing and Endangered Person Advisory.

On July 2, Anaconda-Deer Lodge County Department of Law Enforcement asked DCI to assist in locating Ms. Yallup and her baby, at which point an arrest warrant was issued for her. DCI Agent John Sullivan was assigned to assist.

On July 16, through the coordinated efforts of the Anaconda-Deer Lodge County Department of Law Enforcement, Butte-Silver Bow Law Enforcement, and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, DCI agents located Ms. Yallup in Utah.

On July 21, DCI agents received further information regarding Ms. Yallup’s last location, which was a truck stop in Willard, Utah. This information was relayed to authorities in Utah, who upon arriving at the truck stop noticed an orange motor home bearing Montana License plate 2-66873A parked in the lot.

Authorities approached the motor home and found both Ms. Yallup and the baby.

Ms. Yallup was arrested on felony warrants for endangering the welfare of a child and forgery.

Medical personnel transported the baby to the hospital, where the baby is being evaluated. The Utah Department of Family Services will take custody of the baby.


GULFPORT, Mississippi — Three suspects — two males and one female — have been arrested and are facing multiple charges after police say they robbed a man at gunpoint outside a Gulfport casino, led police on a chase and were also found with methamphetamine.

According to Gulfport Police Chief Leonard Papania, his department received a call around 4:15 Monday afternoon of an armed robbery. Police arrived and met with the male victim near 36th Avenue and U.S. 90.

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The victim told police he was approached by a female, later identified as Ashley Nacol Adams of Gulfport, inside Island View Casino, where Adams attempted to sell him a laptop computer.

The victim then followed Adams to the beach where the victim was approached by two white males — later identified as Dylan Spencer Thomas of Gulfport and Dustin Lee Rivers of Lucedale — with one of the males brandishing a shotgun.

The three suspects robbed the victim of cash and then fled in a vehicle eastbound on U.S. 90. Officer later located the vehicle in the area of Gulf Avenue, where the suspect vehicle attempted to elude police.

After a brief pursuit, Thomas, Rivers and Adams were stopped and arrested. At the time of the arrests, a shotgun, ammunition and methamphetamine were recovered from the vehicle.

Subsequent investigation revealed Thomas and Rivers have prior felony convictions. They were charged with Armed Robbery, Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine and Possession of a Weapon by a Felon.

Adams was charged with Armed Robbery and the methamphetamine charge.

All three suspects are in the Harrison County Adult Detention Center — Thomas and Rivers under $125,000 bonds and Adams under a $120,000 bond set by Gulfport Municipal Court Judge Felecia Dunn-Burkes.








The Henry County Sheriff’s Office reported multiple methamphetamine labs were located in the Deshler area Saturday morning as a result of a joint effort between deputies, the Deshler Police Department and the Multi-Area Narcotics Unit.

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Law enforcement first responded to 640 E. Holmes St. Lot #56 in Deshler at 12:35 a.m. for a report of suspicious drug activity. After conducting an investigation, a meth lab was located inside the residence, which led to the arrest of three Deshler residents.

Robert E. Salyer, 33, Pamela D. Salyer, 35, and Brian J. Cole, 35, were each charged with illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacturing of drugs, a second degree felony, and endangering children, a third degree felony. The individuals were incarcerated at the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio and additional charges are pending.

As a result of the ongoing investigation, deputies were led to two additional residences in the Deshler area Sunday morning. During a consent search of an abandoned residence at B-363 County Road 1 in Bartlow Township, a second meth lab was located.

This investigation is still ongoing. According to CCNO booking records, a pretrial has been scheduled for all three individuals in Napoleon Municipal Court for an unspecified date.








The health of former Kings Cross detective Roger Rogerson is ”failing” as he awaits trial in jail for the murder of Sydney student Jamie Gao, his lawyer says.

Mr Rogerson, who turned 73 in January this year, is on remand in Silverwater Correctional Centre following his arrest in May over the alleged murder, which police say occurred when a drug deal went wrong.


His former police colleague Glen McNamara has also been charged with the murder of Mr Gao, as well as with drug offences.

Speaking outside Central Local Court, where Mr Rogerson’s matter was briefly mentioned on Tuesday, his solicitor Paul Kenny said the former detective was ”ailing in jail” and suggested he was likely to apply for bail in the coming weeks.

”He’s being kept in isolation in very difficult circumstances. His health is failing,” Mr Kenny said.

”He’s not very well at all. There’s a number of ailments..I’m concerned about his mental health too.

”I can’t see why he can’t have a wristwatch and a calendar. He didn’t even have a blanket initially.”

Mr Kenny said his client would plead not guilty to the charges against him.


Earlier the court heard that after the alleged murders, police found methamphetamine in Mr McNamara’s car.

”A scientific analysis of the methamphetamine allegedly found in Mr McNamara’s car should be available within two weeks,” crown prosecutor Chris Maxwell, QC, said.

The court heard that this analysis was among a number of pieces of evidence against the two accused killers, including CCTV footage, which would take between six to nine months to be ready for presentation at trial.

This footage is believed to be from a security camera in Padstow that caught some of the last movements of Mr Gao, showing him walking from his sports car on Arab Street with a bag tightly held in his right hand.

It allegedly shows three men walking into the storage shed – but only the two former police officers walk out.

Police will allege that Mr Gao took three kilograms of the drug ice, with an estimated street value of $3 million, to the prearranged meeting with Mr McNamara and Mr Rogerson.

The business student at the University of Technology was reported missing the next day.

An hour after Mr McNamara was charged with Mr Gao’s murder, the young man’s body was spotted by a fisherman off the coast near Cronulla. It was wrapped in blue plastic.

The court heard that the evidence against the accused also includes fingerprints and DNA from the alleged crime scene.

Mr McNamara briefly appeared via audio-visual link from prison, wishing the magistrate a curt ”good morning” before his matter was briefly mentioned.

The matter will return to court on August 28.








A suspect required treatment and two Ware County deputies were briefly overcome by chemical fumes Sunday when deputies raided what is believed to have been a working methamphetamine lab, the county sheriff said.

After receiving a tip that methamphetamine production was under way at a Ware County residence, sheriff’s deputies traveled to 3143 Slash Pine Road about 10:40 p.m. Saturday, Sheriff Randy Royal said.

The owner of the residence, Joseph C. Puckett, gave them permission to “look around” and, as they did so, the officers saw a light in a building behind the residence, Royal said.

When the deputies opened the door of the building, they were briefly overcome by chemical fumes from inside and took the man inside the building, William G. Bird, 23, into custody, Royal said.

When they did, however, Puckett and Kayla Kesler, a 19-year-old woman who lived at the residence, ran into the house and locked themselves in and refused to come out, Royal said.

Byrd complained that he had inhaled fumes and was taken to the Mayo Clinic Waycross where he was treated and released.

Drug detectives came to the address with a search warrant and Puckett and Kesler came out of the house after about 45 minutes, he said.

In executing the search warrant, officers found a number of spoons and hypodermic syringes that appeared to have been used for injecting drugs along with a small quantity of methamphetamine, Royal said.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s regional drug enforcement office in Savannah responded to help with the cleanup of hazardous chemicals and to process the evidence, Royal said.

Ware County fire and rescue also had an ambulance and fire truck standing by as the volatile chemicals were secured, Royal said.

Officials remained on the scene until 7 a.m. Sunday, he said.

Puckett, Kesler and Byrd were arrested and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of drug related objects. Kesler was also charged with the unlawful possession of a prescription narcotic, Royal said.

All were in the Ware County jail Monday morning, Royal said.

Royal said detectives believe they found methamphetamine in the outbuilding but won’t know how much until the GBI finishing processing the evidence.









A deal is pending for a Dillon man facing distribution of methamphetamine and child sexual assault charges.

Brook Randall Fritts, 31, appeared for the first time Monday, July 21, in Summit County District Court for an arraignment. During the hearing, Fritts’ attorney, JB Katz of Breckenridge, waived formal advisement of the charges and requested the court schedule the case for a disposition hearing, saying a plea bargain deal was in the works with the 5th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.


Fritts faces several charges of possession and distribution of a controlled substance, as well as child sexual assault charges, in two active cases in district court.

Fritts also is expected to plead guilty to one count of first-degree trespass of an automobile stemming from an alleged bond violation in 2013, according to court records.

Fritts, who remains in custody on $150,000 bond, returns to district court at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 18 for his disposition hearing before chief judge Mark Thompson. Deputy district attorney John Franks is prosecuting Fritts.

Fritts was arrested April 29 following a monthlong investigation by the Summit County Sheriff’s Office, the Silverthorne Police Department, the Dillon Police Department, Summit County Probation, Summit County Social Services and the 5th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

The sexual assault probe was launched April 1, after a Summit County Social Services employee had a conversation with one of two alleged victims. The social worker told deputies the alleged victim admitted to having a sexual relationship with Fritts and that he would also provide she and another victim methamphetamine.

The names and ages of the two alleged victims have been redacted from court records because they are minors.

Investigators did not launch an investigation into the alleged drug activity until more than a week later. While conducting a routine welfare check, at the request of Social Services, law enforcement officers discovered the two alleged victims suffering from methamphetamine overdoses at their apartment in the 800 block of Straight Creek Drive.

Deputies received additional information about Fritts’ alleged drug activity when they arrested Ramon Benitez-Romero, an employee of Subway in Keystone, on charges unrelated to the case. During the course of his interrogation with law enforcement, Benitez-Romero said he witnessed Fritts — also a Subway employee — selling methamphetamine in the restaurant’s rear parking lot, according to court records.

Deputies then responded April 28 to the First Interstate Inn, where it was thought Fritts and the two alleged victims were residing. Although Fritts was not at the motel at the time, officers confiscated a bag belonging to the suspect.

After executing a warrant to search the bag, officers booked into evidence eight glass pipes — some of which contained white residue that later tested positive for methamphetamine — a syringe, a small plastic baggie also containing white residue, a glass vial, two digital scales and several documents confirming the backpack belonged to Fritts, records stated.

Deputies noted in their reports there have been a rash of reported methamphetamine overdoses over the last several months in Summit County. Many of the survivors claimed they received the drug from Fritts, according to records.


Longview police arrested six people Saturday morning on charges of manufacturing and delivery of a controlled substance after more than 200 grams of methamphetamine were discovered at a Longview home.

Debra Stiles, spokeswoman for the Longview Police Department, said Sunday that the drugs were found at a home in the 1900 block of  Willis Drive during an investigation of a stolen vehicle.

Gerri Paige Holt, 25, of White Oak, Brandi K McAlister, 32, of Ore City, Stephen Dwayne Cannada, 40, of Longview, Lacie Danielle Dorgan, 30, of Ore City, Carl Oscar Gearhart, 30, of Gladewater, and Leland Curtis Smith, 32, of Longview, were each being held Sunday on bonds of $50,000, according to Gregg County jail records.

Stiles said officers also found two more stolen vehicles at the home and an investigation is ongoing.








An Evansville man is accused of dealing methamphetamine.

His reasoning? He apparently told officers he had fallen on hard times, and was behind on his Vecrten bill.Storytrrt

Officers were dispatched to an alley in the 1100 block of North 4th Street Saturday afternoon. When they arrived, they say Christopher Swango made a run for it – tossing a canister that allegedly had meth inside. He was arrested and faces charges of dealing and possessing meth.

According to court records, he was arrrested on charges of possessing a controlled substance and battery in January 2010. A month later, he was convicted of purchasing too much Pseudoephedrine; the major precursor in meth production. In August 2010, he pleaded guilty to posession of marijuana. And in October 2010, he was convicted of visiting a common nuisance. Then in June 2012, he was convicted of possessing meth and resisting law enforcement.








It’s never easy when someone you love becomes dependent on a drug – but in the case of ice, there can be an extra problem: the suspicion and paranoia that can trigger violence. What do you do when your once high-achieving, sports-loving son breaks your window, injures the family dog and digs holes in the back garden, convinced there are bodies buried there?


These are experiences that Debbie, a Victorian parent of five adult children, has lived with since her son developed a dependence on ice 18 months ago. Her focus now is on helping him get treatment – and that’s not simple. Although he’s been admitted to a hospital psychiatric unit during episodes of drug-induced psychosis, the hospital tackles only the psychosis, not his drug dependence. Once he’s recovered from the psychosis, he’s discharged and the cycle of using and chaotic behaviour starts again.

“When he stops using for a week or so there’s this window period when he knows he needs help and wants his old life back, but there’s never a place available in a public rehab at the time. There’s always a waiting list,” Debbie says.

“We need more money spent on treatment for drug dependence. If he had a disease like cancer, he’d have the best of treatment.”

Family Drug Support, an organisation that helps families and friends of people with a drug dependency, says phone calls about ice to its 24-hour Support Line have now overtaken calls about all other drugs, including alcohol.

“The biggest concern is aggression and violent behaviour. With ice this can be very unpredictable – it just comes out of the blue,” says Tony Trimingham, the CEO of Family Drug Support, which has just produced Walking a Tightrope, a resource to help families and friends avoid drug and alcohol-related violence.

“Our advice is not to get involved in confrontations. You might feel it’s wrong to back down and walk away, but standing up to someone under the influence of ice isn’t an option.”

Associate Professor Nicole Lee, of the National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction at Flinders University, says: “Families of drug users often need support, but especially families of regular ice users, because it’s a drug that can cause a lot of chaos and be very difficult to live with.”

What is the difference between ice, amphetamines and methamphetamines? Amphetamine is the term for a number of psycho-stimulant drugs, including methamphetamine. Speed is the powder form of methamphetamine, and ice – which is more potent – comes in the form of crystals.

There are two things that set ice apart from other recreational drugs, according to Dr Lee.  One is that it triggers a greater release of the pleasure chemical dopamine in the brain – as much as 1000 times higher than normal levels – which helps explain both the intensity of the drug’s highs and its crashing lows.

“The other is that its effects on the brain are more complicated. While most drugs just act on one centre in the brain, ice affects three. Besides causing the brain to produce more dopamine, it also increases serotonin, a neurotransmitter which regulates sleep, mood and appetite. But ice also activates the ‘fight or flight’ system, causing the release of noradrenaline. This can make people anxious, suspicious and jumpy, and increase the risk of aggression and getting into fights,” she says.

Dr Lee says these effects on the brain can make it difficult to treat dependence on ice.

“When people use ice all the time, their dopamine system becomes worn out. They can’t produce normal levels of dopamine and this can make them feel very depressed, and the relapse rate is high,” she says. “Counselling and psychotherapy can help, but it can take 12 to 18 months for people to feel normal again.”

About 2.5 per cent of Australians have used methamphetamine in the past year, mainly people in their 20s and 30s. These users are likely to be employed and connected to their communities – so they do not fit the stereotype of the marginalised drug user, Dr Lee says.

 “About 15 per cent of methamphetamine users are dependent – it’s likely that a higher percentage of ice users are dependent, given its potency. The remaining 85 per cent are more likely to use methamphetamine recreationally or to [help them] stay awake. But there are people using ice at a relatively low level who, although they don’t need treatment in long-term rehab, still need help to get off the drug or to reduce some of the harms – these people might be having trouble sleeping and feeling depressed and may not be making the connection between their symptoms and the use of ice.”






Bismarck Police arrested a 30-year-old woman after she was reportedly found unconscious and methamphetamine was discovered in the home while she was caring for two children.

Authorities responded to a call at the 4800 block of Coleman Street at 10:07 p.m. Friday.

The woman had been reportedly lying on the bathroom floor. A small baggie of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia were found nearby. The woman was conscious when authorities arrived.

She was arrested for child abuse and neglect and possession of methamphetamine. Charges are pending.








A reported house fire lead to the discovery of a meth lab in Harrison County.072014Meth

William D. Radcliff, 43, has been charged with operating a methamphetamine lab, exposure of a minor to the manufacture of methamphetamine, and exposure of a first responder to the manufacture of methamphetamine, resulting in injury.
Saturday night, the Lost Creek and West Milford Fire Departments received a call and responded to a reported house fire where smoke was coming out of the back of the residence on Hawk Highway in Lost Creek.
After evaluating the scene, law enforcement was requested to respond because they believed the smoke was the result of a meth lab and Radcliff would not open the door, even though a small child was inside.
Members Harrison County Sheriff’s Department’s Street Crimes and Drug Unit arrived on scene and attempt to get Radcliff to open the door to his residence.  When he refused, SCAD members forced open the back door to the residence.
Radcliff was detained and transported to UHC for decontamination for meth lab exposure.
SCAD Deputies and firefighters then searched the residence and located a male child, believed to be between 3 and 5 years old, seated on the living room couch.  The child was removed from the residence, and transported by medical personnel to UHC for decontamination.
After clearing the residence and getting its occupant’s to safety, one of the SCAD Deputies was taken to UHC to be cleared for the exposure to the manufacture of methamphetamine.
The Meth Lab Response Team from the office of the Lewis County Sheriff, Adam Gissy, was contacted and responded to assist.
A search warrant was obtained for Radcliff’s residence, and as a result of the execution of the search warrant, SCAD Deputies located three Methamphetamine laboratories, finished methamphetamine product, a handwritten methamphetamine recipe, cold medication, and other chemicals/materials used to manufacture methamphetamine.
Multiple firearms and electronics were located and seized as well.

The West Virginia Department of Human Services was contacted and responded to UHC in reference to the juvenile.
Radcliff was released from UHC and transported to the West Virginia Regional Jail to await arraignment by a Magistrate.