The Sheriff’s Office said a deputy stopped a vehicle carrying methamphetamine Thursday morning along U.S. 321.
Officers charged the driver, Paula Shrewsbury Rudisill, 42, of 4197 Kent Street in Maiden, with multiple drug charges.
According to a report, Deputy J. Robbins stopped her vehicle around 2:15 a.m. near Exit 24 when he noticed the light on her license plate had burned out.
Robbins searched the vehicle after he located a bottle of Hydrocodone not prescribed to Rudisill, the report said.
A white powdery substance and crystal-like substance were seized from bags stuffed inside the pocket of the driver’s side door and other places throughout the vehicle, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Deputies later tested the bags’ contents and determined they contained methamphetamine.
Robbins additionally seized $500 in cash from the vehicle.
Rudisill, who remains in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $20,000 secured bond, faces one felony each of possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a schedule II controlled substance and maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance. She was also charged with one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.


 Two methamphetamine organizations the operated throughout southeast Georgia, including Bulloch County, have been dismantled, authorities said Thursday.

The Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team, or CNT, announced several arrests and dismantling of the organizations, which had been operating throughout Chatham, Bryan, Effingham and Bulloch counties.

In 2011, CNT began investigating several members of the Basham family following complaints of suspected drug activity resulting in the arrests of a husband and wife, CNT Director Everette Ragan said in a news release.

Thomas Randall Basham, 36, and Melodie Jaclyn Basham, 26, both of Pembroke, were arrested in Bryan County by CNT in December 2011 following the seizure of a meth lab, Ragan said. They were each charged with manufacturing meth by CNT. The Richmond Hill Police Department also charged them each with meth-related offenses in a separate investigation.

In February 2013, Thomas Basham’s brother Roger Basham, 33, of Pembroke, and Hope Mitchell, age and address unlisted, were both arrested by Richmond Hill police following the seizure of a meth lab in Richmond Hill. They were each charged with manufacturing meth.


Marcus Lindsey
Tami Jo Hill
Heather Dunn
Christopher Davis
Dustin Clemons
Lisa Williams
Hope Mitchell
Betty Deckard
Kimberly Carney
David Barnard

In March, Thomas Basham – while out on bond for the CNT arrest in 2011 – was again arrested, this time by the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office. He and Marcus Lee Lindsey, 31, address unlisted, were charged with unlawful possession of pseudoephedrine, a precursor for meth, which they obtained in Chatham County, Ragan said.

Following those arrests and knowing manufacturing meth often includes several people, CNT focused its investigation on what it calls the Bashams’ “criminal empire” rather than the individual persons arrested in the separate incidents, Ragan said.

That led CNT investigators to family members and associates, who Ragan said were conspiring to purchase large amounts of pseudoephedrine and other items needed for the manufacturing of meth.

During the conspiracy investigation, CNT learned the organization made or tried to make more than 236 purchases of pseudoephedrine in 17 months. In some cases, Ragan said, the attempted purchases were denied because of state and federal laws restricting the amount of pseudoephedrine a person can purchase within a month. The purchases were made in 12 counties in Georgia and two counties in South Carolina.

Based on the known amount of the weight of purchased pseudoephedrine alone, it’s estimated the organization had produced more than 14 ounces of meth and 200 meth labs, Ragan said.

That produced meth would have an estimated street value of as much as $40,000, he said.

On March 26, CNT began a separate meth investigation following the discovery of a discarded meth lab on Cuyler Road in Ellabell. During that investigation, CNT found components of the meth lab were purchased or obtained in Chatham County.

Ragan said CNT identified a total of four people connected to the meth lab: Christopher Thomas Davis, 29, of Guyton; Heather Nicole Dunn, 22, of Pooler; Kimberly Marie Carney, 28, of Savannah; and Lisa Renee Williams, 33, of Savannah.

Persons manufacturing meth often discard the finished lab by simply throwing it into a wooded area or by leaving it on a roadway, Ragan said. This, he said, is extremely dangerous to the general public because someone who finds the discarded lab could be seriously injured from the fumes and chemicals.

On May 22, a total of 10 people in the Basham organization and all four people in the discarded meth lab incident were indicted in Chatham County Superior Court. All persons were indicted on felony meth-related charges, including conspiracy or attempt to violate the Georgia Controlled Substance Act, trafficking meth and possession of pseudoephedrine with the intent to manufacture meth.

Early Wednesday morning, CNT in a working partnership with the sheriff’s offices in Chatham, Bryan and Bulloch counties and the Tri-Circuit Counter Drug Task Force, executed several arrest warrants and one search warrant throughout those counties. A total of 10 people were arrested.

The search warrant in the 4100 block of Bacontown Road in Pembroke resulted in the arrests of several of the wanted persons, seizure of meth and items commonly used in the manufacturing of meth, Ragan said.

Of the 10 people arrested Wednesday, Davis, Dunn and Mitchell were already in custody in the Bryan County Detention Center on meth-related charges. Roger Basham turned himself in Thursday at the Bryan County Detention Center.

Capt. Rick Rountree of the Bulloch County Drug Suppression Team, which is part of the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office, said David Allen Barnard, 46, of Pembroke, was arrested in Bryan County, and Betty Deckard, 42, of Brooklet, was arrested in Brooklet. Both were arrested Thursday and taken to the Chatham County jail on charges of conspiracy/attempt to violate the Georgia Controlled Substance Act and trafficking meth.

Also arrested, according to CNT, was Sharon Mulkey Basham, 62, of Pembroke.

CNT is seeking the public’s assistance finding two others in connection with this investigation. Dustin Clemons, 34, is described as a white male, 6 feet 1 inch, 215 pounds, with brown eyes and short cut black hair. Tami Jo Hill, 52, is described as a white female, 5 feet 10 inches, 170 pounds, with green eyes and blonde hair.

“This is CNT following through on its promise to the community to conduct long-term investigations, thus identifying all persons involved and dismantling the entire organization,” Ragan said.



Federal law enforecemnt offcicials say they arrested a man transporting 3,600 grams of methamphetamine through northern Arizona on Interstate 40 yesterday. According to a complaint filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the man had the drugs in a secret compartment in the rear of his SUV that could only be accessed by buttons on the dash that opened a solenoid-powered hidden door.

An agent with the Department of Homeland Security Flagstaff branch wrote in the complaint that he was in a Navajo County Sheriff’s Office deputy’s car when they pulled out behind the suspect’s vehicle traveling eastbound at 74 mph in a 75 mph zone.

“Smugglers are often known to travel at or below the posted speed limit to avoid contact with law enforcement officers,” the complaint read. The officers also said that the vehicle was travelling too close to a truck in front of it — about three or four car lengths.

When stopped, the man had a temporary driver’s license issued the day before and said he was en route from Santa Paula, California to Albuquerque to see family.

The man consented to a search of his 2004 GMC Envoy and officers found a small amount of marijuana. The officers ran a drug sniffing dog around the car and it alerted, according to court documents.

A section of the rear cargo floorboard had been glued down and was higher than normal. Inside the secret compartment were eight packages containing 3,674 grams of meth. A complaint said the drugs were still moist, indicating that they had been manufactured recently.

Edilverto Cano Hernandez is being held in the Coconino County Detention Facility without bond and faces one charge of possesion with intent to distrubute a controlled substance. Upon conviction, the crime would carry a sentence of ten years to life in prison.



Some things sent in the mail are dangerous. Other items are positively illegal, as a Ridgway man now suspected of drug violations perhaps learned the hard way.

Eugene Perkins, 58, was arrested Wednesday after an investigation by the Ouray County Sheriff’s Office, the 7th Judicial Task Force and the U.S. Postal Inspector’s Denver office.

He is suspected of possessing a controlled substance — methamphetamine allegedly delivered in the mail. The amount authorities alleged they found in Perkins’ possession at the time of arrest — 8 grams — could subject him to special offender status, said Joel “BB” Burk, Ouray County undersheriff.



Blount County – Across East Tennessee, officers have been trying to come up with ways to stay on top of the growing meth problems in their community. In Blount County, the sheriff’s office said it might have an answer with a creative twist on a tip-line system.

Similar to Crime Stoppers, the caller must give tips that lead to an arrest. The Blount County Sheriff’s Office said the program is about tracking down meth cooks.

“We’ve always tried to be, or thought that we were a little ahead of curve,” said Captain Ron Talbott. “Over a period of time, it’s kind of caught back up to us. So instead of being proactive, we’re having to react that now that are numbers are obviously going up.”


In 2013, officers have already seized 21 meth labs in Blount County. Talbott said the first quarter of 2013 was 200% higher than the first quarter of 2012.

Talbott said he came up with the idea of a cash incentive program while mowing the lawn one day.

“Money drives everybody,” said Talbott.

Talbott said the cash reward system will help officers track down who’s cooking meth.

“Typically a ‘smurfer’, if you will, or a person that’s shopping for pseudophed for meth cooks, they will make the purchase of pseudophed and then they’ll take it to a meth cook and either exchange it for drug, or they’ll exchange it for anywhere from 40 to 50 dollars, they’ll sell it,” explained Talbott.

Talbott said the cash reward available might make smurfer’s think twice.

“We will pay them $100, which is double what they are going to typically make,” said Talbott.

The cash reward is available to anyone who meets three requirements. In order to earn $100, the caller must provide information that leads to an arrest of a meth cook, the seizure of a meth lab, and be in Blount County.

“I think it’s very unique. I don’t know of any place else that is doing this particular thing,” said Talbott.

The Director of the Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force, Tommy Farmer, said he has not heard of a cash reward system for meth.

“I think this is an out of the box, creative idea for them to do this. Ah, to promote those relationships and to get people to call them,” said Farmer.

Farmer said Tennessee is still on track to be number one in meth lab busts. Statewide, officers have seized 840 meth labs in 2013. That’s an average of seven per day, and 25% to 30% higher than this time last year.

“I think that they’re doing may ultimately result in more arrests now, and more lab seizures now, but I think that’s potentially an investment in the future,” said Farmer.

“Hopefully it’ll drive some meth cooks away,” said Talbott. “Maybe meth cooks will go somewhere else if they know they’re going to be told on in Blount County.”

If anyone has information on potential meth cooks in Blount County, they are asked to call the Drug Task Force Hotline, at 865-977-7266.

Talbott said if this system does not work, the Blount County Sheriff’s Office will continue to look for new ways to combat the growing meth problem in the area.

“We’re just trying to do our jobs, trying to think of new ways to stay ahead of the game.”



SHAH ALAM: A Morrocan man was sentenced to death by the High Court yesterday  for trafficking in more than six kilograms of methamphetamine.

Judicial commissioner Choong Siew Khim sentenced Mohammed Seddiki, 27, a  car salesman after finding the prosecution had proven their case beyond  reasonable doubt.
Mohammed was travelling with two German men – Najib Sayed, 27, and Yossuf  Ezami, 26, – when the offence was committed.
Najib, a dispatch rider and Yossuf Ezami, a marketing officer, were also  charged with Mohammed.
All three were charged with trafficking in 6.6 kg of methamphetamine at  the Kuala Lumpur International Airport arrival hall at 8.45am on Jan 1, last  year.
The court, however, freed Najib and Yossuf after finding their defence had  raised a reasonable doubt.
The two had claimed they had no knowledge of the contents in the bags they  were holding as the bags were given to them by Mohammed.
The three were travelling from Germany and had transit in Instanbul and  Gaziantep, Turkey before arriving Malaysia.
DPP Rozanna Abd Hadi from the Customs Department prosecuted while  Mohammed, Najib and Yossuf were represented by counsel T. Suresh, Karpal Singh  and Datuk N. Sivananthan, respectively.
A total of 10 witnesses testified in the trial.



Eleven people have been arrested and three more are wanted for their roles in two local methamphetamine manufacturing rings.

The Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team in recent months has worked to dismantle two groups working across local counties to manufacture and distribute the synthetic narcotic.

David Barnard

David Barnard

On May 22, 14 individuals alleged to be involved in the two meth organizations were indicted by a Chatham County grand jury on charges including conspiracy to violate Georgia’s Controlled Substance Act and trafficking methamphetamine.

Ten individuals were indicted based on their alleged involvement with a group centered around the Basham family from Pembroke, said Gene Harley, CNT spokesman.

Those individuals were: Thomas Randall Basham, 36; Melodie Jaclyn Basham, 26; Sharon Mulkey Basham, 62; Roger Basham, 33; David Allan Barnard, 46; Hope Elaine Mitchell, 37; Dustin Clemons, 34; Marcus Lee Lindsey, 31; and Tami Jo Hill, 52. Clemons, Lindsey, and Hill remain at large. The others have been taken into custody.

The other four indicted, Harley said, are alleged to have been involved in manufacturing methamphetamine in north Bryan County where a discarded meth lab was found on Cuyler Road. An investigation linked 36-year-old Christopher Thomas Davis, 22-year-old Heather Nicole Dunn, 28-year-old Kimberly Marie Carney, and 33-year-old Lisa Renee Williams to that lab, Harley said.

Davis, Dunn, Carney and Williams have all been arrested in the case.

CNT is asking the public’s help in locating Clemons, Lindsey and Hill.

Clemons is described as a white male, 6-foot-1 and about 215 pounds with brown eyes and short black hair.

Lindsey is described as a white male, 5-foot-10 and about 170 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair.

Hill is described as a white female, 5-foot-10 and about 170 pounds with green eyes and blonde hair.

Anyone with information about their whereabouts is asked to contact CrimeStoppers at 912-234-2020 or CNT at 912-652-3900.




As if the Third Reich didn’t do enough damage, Der Spiegel says, the offshoot of Hitler’s military pep pills are still around, ruining lives
Many Americans know about the scourge of crystal meth from the TV series Breaking Bad, says Fabienne Hurst at Germany’s Der Spiegel. “But few know that the drug can be traced back to Nazi Germany, where it first became popular as a way to keep pilots and soldiers alert in battle during World War II.” The drug was called Pervitin, a methamphetamine compound launched in 1938 by drug maker Temmler Werke. Almost immediately, “high-ranking army physiologist Otto Ranke saw in it a true miracle drug that could keep tired pilots alert and an entire army euphoric. It was the ideal war drug.” For many soldiers, the highly addictive compound became a nightmare.
A German customs officer holds confiscated amounts of the drug crystal meth.

    A German customs officer holds confiscated amounts of the drug crystal meth

Pervitin was supplied to the German military for decades — West Germany stopped giving to solders in the 1970s, and East Germany followed suit in 1988. “But its meteoric rise as an illegally produced drug had only just begun,” Fabienne says. An excerpt:

The drug’s new career came thanks to an American cookbook. In the United States, where meth use is widespread today, illegal methamphetamine was initially more an exception than the rule. Then, starting in the late 1970s, motorcycle gangs such as the Hells Angels discovered crystal meth as a source of income and began setting up large-scale drug labs….

Methamphetamine was no longer a powder compressed into tablets, but instead sold in crystal form, and few people knew how to produce these crystals. That changed when a mad-scientist type named Steve Preisler, alias “Uncle Fester,” a chemist in Wisconsin in the mid-1980s, published a drug “cookbook” entitled “Secrets of Methamphetamine Manufacture.”



As a Levin man fell into the methamphetamine trap, he left people close to him and complete strangers out of pocket.

Vaevae Miak Hau, 45, has been sentenced to three years and two months’ jail for offending in 2011 and 2012 that coincided with a “decline into methamphetamine use”, according to a pre-sentence report.

Judge Gerard Lynch told the Palmerston North District Court yesterday that from April 2011 Hau was having a relationship with a woman, whose motorbike he pawned for $3000 a month later.

His partner had bought the bike on credit and her repayments fell into arrears.

“The bike was repossessed, leaving the pawnbroking store, which should have exercised more caution, out of pocket,” Judge Lynch said.

In June 2012, Hau began a new relationship with a different woman.

Hau told her he was taking her car in for repainting, but instead he sold it. He then convinced the same woman to buy a camper van, which he sold to a couple for $8000.

Unfortunately for them, it was then repossessed.

In October 2012, Hau bought a motorbike on Trade Me and used a $5.50 “money order” form he altered to read $5500 to pay for it.

He stole other items from his 2011 partner and wrote to both women while he was in prison on remand, promising to change his ways and repay them financially.

When the prison stopped him sending letters, he smuggled one out via a visitor from a church organisation.

In total, Hau admitted four charges of obtaining by deception, four of theft, five of breaching a protection order, two of dishonestly using a document, two of unlawfully taking a motor vehicle, two of possessing drug utensils, one charge of possessing cannabis and one of criminal harassment.

Judge Lynch imposed a minimum prison term of one year and four months.

He said it would be pointless to order reparation.


Charges pending against man found with labs, stolen firearm


JEFFERSONVILLE — Four active methamphetamine labs were found Saturday in a Jeffersonville home near Thomas Jefferson Elementary following a concerted effort by Clarksville, Jeffersonville and state police.

Lawmen responded to the home of Nickolas Christy Wedding, 23, at 3105 Clearstream Way, to execute a search warrant after it was determined Wedding he was possibly in possession of a stolen firearm and possibly cooking methamphetamine on the property.

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Nickolas Wedding



When officers arrived, Wedding was found in a vehicle leaving the home.

Wedding cooperated with authorities and agreed to speak with a Clarksville police detective, at which time he said methamphetamine could be found in the vehicle and a methamphetamine lab could be found in the shed on the property.

Underneath the driver’s seat of the vehicle in which Wedding was found when the officers arrived, police located a package containing five grams of methamphetamine and a package containing one gram of crystal methamphetamine.

Wedding also told police the keys to his shed could be found in the vehicle.

While searching the shed, police found a black duffle bag that contained “several bottles of what appeared to be a one-pot methamphetamine lab,” according to the affidavit.

Officers noticed strong odor emitted from the duffle bag, at which time they stepped away from the area and called Indiana State Police Methamphetamine Extraction Team to process the possibly volatile materials.

ISP arrived and found four active one-pot methamphetamine labs on the property, according to the affidavit.

Police also found surveillance equipment at the home.

“I found at the residence several cameras that were located in the windows of the bedrooms and a monitoring system,” according to the affidavit.

A digital scale and two small plastic bags containing white powdery substances, which field tested positive for methamphetamine, were also found in the home, police reported.

Wedding was also asked about the stolen handgun, and he told police it was located in a storage unit located along Hamburg Pike in Jeffersonville.

Wedding and several officers went to the storage facility and the firearm was located and taken into police custody.

Wedding has been preliminarily charged with dealing in methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a school, manufacturing methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a school, possession of precursors, maintaining a common nuisance, possession of methamphetamine — more than three grams, and obliterating ID marks on a handgun.

His upcoming court appearance has not been scheduled according to online court records as of press time.



Most common method uses ingredients and equipment that can fit into a duffle bag

MEYERSDALE, Pa. — In response to the discovery of a series of meth labs in southern Somerset County, a Community Methamphetamine Awareness event was held Wednesday in Meyersdale.
Sponsored by the Somerset County Drug Free Communities, the event featured a panel of law enforcement and drug/alcohol treatment experts sharing information on the dangers of “one-pot” meth labs in the region.
Meth, a man-made drug, comes in many forms and can be smoked, snorted, orally ingested or injected. The drug is highly addictive, but the danger is not limited to dependency, the very act of producing the drug can cause dangerous fumes and fires.
Pennsylvania State Police Cpl. Dennis Ulery serves as the coordinator for the PSP Clandestine Lab Team, the agency tasked with identifying meth labs and safely disposing of materials.
“All of the ingredients to produce meth are available at your local convenience and drug stores and a batch of meth can be cooked in less than two hours,” he explained to more than 100 citizens gathered for the event.
While there are many “recipes” and methods for cooking meth, the most common method uses ingredients and equipment that can easily fit into a duffle bag. These ingredients can include cold medications, containing pseudoephedrine, ammonia, anti-freeze, battery acid and drain cleaner.
The most common containers used to mix the highly flammable and toxic ingredients are soda or energy drink bottles. Ulery said materials can be easily transported between locations and “labs” can be set up anywhere, indoors or out. The materials discarded after the meth is “cooked” are also flammable.
“Methamphetamine is extremely addictive,” Ulery said. “The chemicals are easily accessible and it is easy to process. The process is highly dangerous. The likelihood of a fire or explosion sometime in the person’s career of cooking meth is very high. They will burn themselves or burn something down.”
Ulery said the number of meth labs discovered is steadily increasing. In 2012, more than 11,210 labs were found across the country, and in Pennsylvania, 179 labs were found last year.


The panel of experts at a Community Methamphetamine Awareness event, held in Meyersdale, Pa., included Brooke McKenzie, director at Twin Lakes Center For Drug & Alcohol Rehabilitation, and Cpl. Dennis Ulery of the Pennsylvania State Police. Presenters shared information on what ingredients and materials are often used to produce meth, including cold medications, aluminum foil, drain cleaner, acetone, lighter fluid, lithium batteries, camp fuel, coffee cleaners and iodine

Meth, unlike many drugs, can have an effect on an individual for up to 24 hours and remains in the body for more than 12 hours. Considered a stimulant, meth affects the central nervous system and can be fatal after just one use.
Ulery said meth users often exhibit easily identifiable symptoms such as dilated pupils, excessive sweating, ticks, are often very talkative and paranoid, and may have what experts call “crank bugs.” Crank bugs are caused by users scratching or picking at their skin because they feel like something is crawling beneath the surface of their skin.
Long-term effects can include kidney and liver damage, heart infections, brain damage or strokes.
The presentation included a slide show of photographs of individuals who have used meth. The transformation was dramatic and in some cases the individuals were nearly unrecognizable after just a few months of use.
Ronna Yablonski, director of Somerset County Drug Free Communities, said the public can play a a key role in helping to identify meth users and the location of meth labs in their communities.
“We can all take steps to keep our communities safe. If you see someone buying these items or you see discarded bottles or see something unusual, call the police immediately,” she said.
“We cannot ignore the problems that drug use causes to our communities, families, children, schools and businesses. Methamphetamine is a very dangerous drug that is having an increasing presence in our county. The more educated the public becomes, the more the problems can be addressed and curtailed,” Yablonski added.

QUINCY, ILL. — A toddler has been displaced after another drug bust in Quincy.

Police arrested Tonia Hess, 40, and Elizabeth White, 23, Tuesday night after a drug bust at their Quincy home.

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The duo is charged with meth possession.

Officials with the Department of Children and Family Services removed the toddler and placed him with a family member.

According to Adams County court records, White is currently on probation in Adams County for a 2011 possession of methamphetamine case.


The Min Buri Court on Thursday sentenced four policemen to death for stealing seized drugs in 2012.

The sentence was commuted to life because they cooperated and gave useful information during their trial.

The four police officers – Pol Lt Choengchob Ratchakhom, Pol Sr Sgt Maj Somsak Thiprassami, Pol Sgt Maj Patara Vorachanant and Pol Cpl Noppadol Phan-aree – were members of the Bangkok Metropolitan Police Division 3’s drug suppression task force. They were arrested, along with Chawalit Kamnerdkhonkaen, a civilian, by narcotics suppression police on March 19, 2012.

The court was told the four policemen had that day detained a number of drug dealers in possession of 300,000 methamphetamine pills and 4kg of crystal methamphetamine. They let them go without taking action against them.

Instead, they took the drugs and hid them in a car. The car was parked in the parking lot of the Metropolitan Police Division 3 headquarters. Mr Chawalit, the civilian, was suspected of being involved.

The court dropped charges against Mr Chawalit because there were reasons to believe he knew nothing about the theft.

However, the court ordered he remain in detention, pending a possible appeal by the prosecution.



MUSCATINE, Iowa — In 2012, the Muscatine County Drug Task Force seized just under nine pounds of methamphetamine.

The Muscatine County Sheriff’s Office recently released its 2012 report of crime statistics and highlights of activities performed by the law enforcement agency.

But, as Chief Deputy C.J. Ryan pointed out, a majority of that was because of an investigation by the Muscatine County Drug Task Force. The investigation, which was conducted by Detective Mike Channon and took over two months to complete, resulted in seven defendants being charged in state and federal court, seven searches executed and the seizure of two firearms, $12,000 in cash, over eight pounds of methamphetamine, seven and a half ounces of marijuana, 13 marijuana plants and a small amount of cocaine.

The report states that “this is the most significant case the [Muscatine County Joint] Task Force worked in 2012.”

“That was the reason for the spike,” Ryan said.

Compared to 2011, the Task Force executed 123 more search warrants in 2012, 32 to 155. Seizures in drugs saw both drastic decreases and slight increases. Only 160.5 grams of cocaine were seized in 2012 compared to 4,589 grams in 2011. Marijuana seizures in 2012 saw a slight increase from 2011, up to 18,168 grams from 14,795.

“This is an informant-driven business,” Ryan said. “So these numbers do fluctuate. Sometimes you can say it’s following a trend and that may or may not be true, but the numbers could also be attributed to the work of the members of the Task Force.”

Ryan said the task force is comprised of two sheriff’s deputies, two members of the Muscatine Police Department and a member of the Iowa Division of Narcotics. Ryan said the Task Force works a lot of cases and “some might be insignificant but they were able to impact more people” in 2012.

Other highlights from the report:

  • Criminal investigations were up slightly to 125 from 100 in 2011, with many crimes investigated on par with 2011’s numbers. Ryan said the office doesn’t expect the number to “wildly fluctuate one year to the next.” Ryan explained that since the economy has stabilized a bit, economy driven crimes likes burglary or gas-drive-offs have not risen to extreme numbers. “We’ve only got two detectives and they’re always busy,” Ryan said.
  • The report dedicated two pages to scams the Sheriff’s Office were tipped off about in 2012. Ways to prevent becoming a victim of a scam include don’t provide personal information when unnecessary, always secure your smart phone and lock down social media profiles. Ryan said websites like Facebook or Twitter are “fishing sites” for scammers because of personal information readily available.
  • In 2012, the Sheriff’s Office received a total of $45,250 from the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau grant. The money went toward overtime for traffic enforcement, five in-car video systems, education materials and a portable breath test. Ryan said this grant program is very important to the Sheriff’s Office. “The increased traffic enforcement around the holidays might not be possible without the help of the grant.”
  • Although no officers received distinguished awards, five were recognized for their years of service, among other honors: Corporal Brian Utter for four years and good conduct; Sgt. Mike Bailey for 12 years and good conduct; Deputy Craig Burmeister for 24 years and good conduct; Lt. Mark Kopf for 16 years and good conduct; Capt. Dave Lerch for 24 and good conduct.
  • This was the second year in a row the report was dedicated to a former sheriff. On Oct. 16, 2012, Lowell Snyder, sheriff from 1996-2000 and a member of the Sheriff’s Office for nearly 30 years, died. In 2011, the report was dedicated to former Sheriff Greg Orr. The former sheriff passed away in 2011. Orr was sheriff from 2001-08.


The complete report can be found at



The Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team made several arrests Wednesday in two separate methamphetamine rings that were operating in Chatham, Bryan, Effingham and Bulloch counties.

An Effingham County man was among 11 people arrested. Christopher Thomas Davis, 29, of Guyton was charged with conspiracy and possession of a substance to manufacture methamphetamine.

Multi-county meth ring bustedChristopher Thomas Davis

“With this drug, you have a person or a group of people  who get hooked on it and then recruit other people who get hooked on it, because it takes multiple people to get the items needed to manufacture the drug,” said CNT Agent Gene Harley.

Davis was one of four people arrested in connection to a methamphetamine lab that had been discarded on Cuyler Road in Bryan County. CNT investigators determined that items used to make the meth lab had been bought in Chatham County and traced them to Davis, Heather Dunn, 22, of Pooler, Kimberly Carney, 28, of Savannah and Lisa Williams, 33, of Savannah.

All suspects in both drug rings were indicted last week in Chatham County Superior Court. Davis was already in custody in the Bryan County Detention Center on a prior methamphetamine-related arrest.

The other case, according to Harley, involved a “family business” of making and distributing meth. Four members of the same family were arrested, including a 62-year-old.

“Even the mother was purchasing items to make methamphetamine,” Harley said.

Arrested were Thomas Basham, 36; his wife, Melodie Basham, 26; his brother, Roger Basham, 33; and his mother, Sharon Basham, 62, all of Pembroke. All four were charged with conspiracy and trafficking methamphetamine, and all but Melodie Basham were charged with meth possession.

CNT investigators determined that the Basham family’s drug operation made or tried to make more than 230 pseudoephedrine purchases over 17 months, Harley said. The purchases were made in 12 counties in Georgia and two counties in South Carolina.

“Based on the known amount of purchased pseudoephedrine weight alone, it’s estimated the organization had produced over 14 ounces of methamphetamine and produced an estimated 200 methamphetamine labs,” Harley said. “The produced methamphetamine would have an estimated street value of up to $40,000.”

That much meth could be as many 390 hits of the drug.

Also arrested were David Allen Barnard, 46, Pembroke, Betty Deckard, 42, of Brooklet and Hope Elaine Mitchell, 37, of Claxton. They were each charged with conspiracy and methamphetamine trafficking, and Mitchell also received three counts of possession of substances to manufacture meth.

The Counter Narcotics Team is looking for three other people as part of the investigation: Dustin Clemons, 34, Marcus Lee Lindsey, 31, and Tami Jo Hill, 52.



Authorities in Rock Hill, South Carolina have arrested a man and woman for charges relating to the trafficking and manufacturing of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute.

The Herald newspaper reports that Jessica Christian, and Clifford Dean Canfield, both 33, were arrested after authorities received a call about a possible meth lab and meth use at the home.

When police arrived on scene, they found chemicals, fuel and soda bottles used to manufacture the drug.

Authorities also removed a child, belonging to Christian, age 7, from the premises.

The adults are both charged with trafficking methamphetamine, manufacturing methamphetamine, exposing a minor child to methamphetamine, manufacturing methamphetamine within proximity to a park and possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute within proximity to a park.

The two are both awaiting their bond hearings.


ROCK HILL    A boy was taken into emergency custody Wednesday afternoon after drug agents decommissioned York County’s ninth methamphetamine lab this year and confiscated chemicals, fuel and soda bottles authorities say his mother and a man used to make the addictive street drug in a Rock Hill neighborhood less than a mile from a city park.

At about 4:30 p.m., the county’s office of the Department of Social Services and Rock Hill Police called the county’s multijurisdictional drug enforcement unit for assistance after receiving complaints about a possible meth lab and meth use at a home on Farlow Street, off Mount Gallant Road near Oakwood Acres Park, said Marvin Brown, drug unit commander.

DSS called authorities, reporting that the house’s power was off and there was a possible meth lab inside, according to a Rock Hill police report.

Drug agents searched the house and found 18 bottles of liquid, Brown said, along with several drain cleaners, coffee filters, a charcoal lighter, pseudoephedrine —a key ingredient in meth— and several soda bottles filled with white residue associated with manufacturing meth.

The unit’s hazardous materials crew removed the chemicals, he said, while DSS took the boy, 7, into emergency protective custody.

His mother, Jessica Christian, and Clifford Dean Canfield, both 33, were arrested and charged with trafficking methamphetamine, manufacturing methamphetamine, exposing a minor child to methamphetamine, manufacturing methamphetamine within proximity to a park and possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute within proximity to a park.

They are both held at the York County Detention Center awaiting bond hearings.

Authorities have said they are seeing an increase in meth labs this year. So far in 2013, drug agents have shut down nine active and inactive methamphetamine labs in the county, Brown said. In all of 2012 and 2011, agents shut down 10.

During a conference in March sponsored by the county’s All On Board coalition, Lt. Max Dorsey with the State Law Enforcement Division presented data showing that 144 children had been removed from meth labs statewide from July 2011 to February 2013.

Once children are removed, they have to be “decontaminated” and medically screened, he said.

A High Falls man was arrested on May 21 on charges of trafficking methamphetamine, according to a Thursday news release from the Jones County Sheriff’s Office.

Roy Roger Rivers, 52, was picked up by investigators who seized about 6 ounces of methamphetamine valued at $7,000, the news release stated.

Rivers was booked into Jones County jail with no bond. He also faces charges in Monroe County.

A man who was at a Norfolk drug store in the bathroom for an extended time was subsequently arrested for possession of methamphetamine and other charges.

Norfolk Police Chief Bill Mizner said police were called Tuesday at 12:28 p.m. to check on a man who was reported to have been in the public bathroom for at least 20 minutes at Meds and More, 500 S. 13th St.

Police made contact with a man identified as Robert A. Jones, 26, Norfolk. As he exited the bathroom, officers noticed a burning odor coming from the bathroom, Mizner said

When asked what he had been doing, Jones advised he had lit a match. Jones consented to allow officers to look in a draw-string shoe bag lying on the bathroom sink, Mizner said.

Several small baggies containing a white powdery substance were located in the bag. Following further investigation, a glass pipe containing a white powdery substance was located in Jones’ cargo pants pocket, Mizner said.

The white powdery substance field-tested positive for methamphetamine. Jones was placed under

arrest for possession of methamphetamine, resisting arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was booked into the Norfolk jail and later transferred to the Madison County Jail.


EVANSVILLE—United States Attorney Joseph H Hogsett announced today the early morning arrest of six Evansville residents who are alleged to have engaged in a scheme to obtain and distribute large quantities of methamphetamine. This case comes on the heels of two additional federal methamphetamine busts in the Evansville area in recent weeks, and Hogsett said these prosecutions are part of a concerted effort by the United States Attorney’s Office to crackdown on drug trafficking in the area. “The scourge of methamphetamine has weighed heavily on Evansville and communities across Southwestern Indiana,” Hogsett said. “That is why we are working with our local partners to send a message that we won’t tolerate anyone who seeks to make their living by bringing drugs and death into our neighborhoods.” According to a federal indictment unsealed this afternoon, six individuals have been charged with participating in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

Beginning in November 2011, it is alleged that Joshua Chaffin, age 29, was the leader and supervisor of a scheme that obtained and distributed large quantities of the drug in the Evansville area. Chaffin was allegedly aided by William Hollis, age 31, and Travis Sutton, age 30, who would assist in the distribution of methamphetamine to other members of the drug trafficking organization. Those mid-level distributers included Gary Winstead, Jr, age 32, and Michael Hartweck, age 28. Throughout the conspiracy, it is alleged that the methamphetamine was “fronted” to drug dealers, where they would be provided methamphetamine, and would then pay back the drug traffickers after the drugs had been sold.

The indictment includes charges against Jennifer Chumley, age 25, who is alleged to have collected these debts owed to the organization as part of the scheme. The defendants allegedly used cell phones to coordinate the methamphetamine trafficking operation. During the course of the conspiracy, the defendants used code language in their phone calls and text messages in an attempt to keep their criminal activity hidden and would frequently dispose of their phones and purchase new ones. The conspiracy also used a number of properties across the city to store drugs and money related to the scheme, including properties at 1613 Beckman Avenue and 1841 Belmar Lane.

This investigation was the result of outstanding law enforcement work by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Drug Enforcement Administration agents in Evansville. Local partners included task force officers from the Evansville-Vanderburgh County Drug Task Force, the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Department, and the Evansville Police Department. Hogsett also cited the work of Assistant United States Attorney Lauren Wheatley, a former Vanderburgh County deputy prosecutor who is prosecuting this case for the government, as well as a number of other high-profile drug trafficking cases in the Evansville area. According to Wheatley, all six of the defendants face 10 years to life imprisonment if they are found guilty.

They also face significant fines and the possibility of years of federal supervision after their prison terms are served. An indictment is only a charge and are 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.

Reported by: FBI

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. –  Six suspects were arrested after a search warrant led to the findings of ten pounds of meth, according to officials.

On May 29, at about 1 p.m., Kern County Sheriff’s deputies from the Sheriff’s Office Major Violator Unit, Gang Suppression Section, California Multi-Jurisdictional Methamphetamine Enforcement Team, Kern Narcotics Enforcement Team, and High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Team served a search warrant at 5605 Annette Street i n southwest Bakersfield.



The search warrant was served as the result of an investigation that lasted several months into the sales of methamphetamine in the Bakersfield area.

When deputies made entry into the home they said they found two suspects, 50-year-old Israel Torres and 35-year-old Manuel Arrellano. Officials said both men were taken into custody without incident.

According to officials four additional suspects, 37-year-old Pedro Lopez, 49-year-old Otoniel Larios, 26-year-old Luis Sandoval, and 33-year-old Erik Barboza fled the home on foot into the back yard area. Officials said Sandoval was taken into custody after resisting arrest in the alley to the rear of a neighbor’s home. Lopez, Larios, and Sandoval were arrested in a neighboring backyard without incident.

After detaining the suspects, deputies searched the home and found about 10 pounds of suspected meth and about $5000 in cash.

Torres was arrested for possession of methamphetamine for sale, possession of methamphetamine, and conspiracy; Arellano was arrested for possession of methamphetamine for sale, possession of methamphetamine, conspiracy, and maintaining a residence for the purpose of selling a controlled substance; Lopez was arrested for possession of methamphetamine for sale, possession of methamphetamine, conspiracy, transportation of a controlled substance, and resisting arrest; Larios was arrested for possession of methamphetamine for sale, possession of methamphetamine, conspiracy, transportation of a controlled substance, and resisting arrest; Sandoval was arrested for possession of methamphetamine for sale, possession of methamphetamine, conspiracy, transportation of a controlled substance, and resisting arrest; and Barboza was arrested for possession of methamphetamine for sale, possession of methamphetamine, conspiracy, transportation of a controlled substance, and resisting arrest.

All of the suspects were booked into the Kern County Jail Central Receiving Facility.



GAUTIER, Mississippi — A Biloxi man was arrested Wednesday in Gautier after agents with the South Mississippi Metro Enforcement Team found several methamphetamine labs in his vehicle, authorities said today.

Stephen Nichols, 35, was arrested and charged with manufacturing a controlled substance (meth), possession of precursor chemicals, generation of hazardous waste and prescription forgery.

Stephen Nichols

Stephen Nichols


On Wednesday, the Gautier Police Department and agents with the SMMET responded to the Walgreen’s Pharmacy at 2601 U.S. 90 in reference to a forged prescription. 

While investigating the complaint, agents located several 1-pot methamphetamine labs and chemicals used for the manufacture of methamphetamine inside Nichols’ vehicle. 

Anyone with information on drug activity in Pascagoula, Gautier or Moss Point is encouraged to contact the South Mississippi Metro Enforcement Team at 228-938-6667.




Austin police busted a drug trafficking ring at the beginning of this month, resulting in four arrests and the seizure of more than 20 pounds of methamphetamine.

According to police, the investigation began when officers received “credible information” that 34-year-old Luis Pocasangre-Cardoza was going to set up a big deal between and buyer and seller for methamphetamine.

After conducting surveillance, police issued a search warrant for the shared Elgin home of 37-year-old Mario Navarro Almazan and 38-year-old Reyna Alejo said. Inside of the home, police found about 20.3 pounds of methamphetamine, more than eight ounces of cocaine and nearly $30,000 in cash, according to police. Both Almazan and Alejo were arrested.

Police also arrested a search warrant was also issued for 31-year-old Raul Vallejo-Martinez’s home in Austin. Vallejo-Martinez was arrested and officers seized several pistols from the residence, according to police.

Pocasangre-Cardoza was also arrested in connection with the suspected drug distribution. All four suspects—Pocasangre-Cardoza, Alejo, Almazan and Vallejo-Martinez—have been charged with federal drug distribution crimes.



Following an anonymous tip, four people were arrested on methamphetamine and related drug charges after deputies raided a home in Landrum, a spokesman said.

Lt. Michael Hildebrand, a spokesman for the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office, said drug investigators discovered a meth lab Tuesday at 322 Grove Road.

From left to right, Jim T. Allison, 51, Karen D. Jenkins, 42, Thomas G. Campbell, 58, and Carl Collins, Jr., 65, were all charged with disposal of methamphetamine, and disposal of meth waste, according to warrants.

From left to right, Jim T. Allison, 51, Karen D. Jenkins, 42, Thomas G. Campbell, 58, and Carl Collins, Jr., 65, were all charged with disposal of methamphetamine, and disposal of meth waste, according to warrants

He said four people were found in the home, were taken into custody and jailed; all lived in either Landrum or Piedmont, he said.

Jim T. Allison, 51, who had two addresses,; Thomas G. Campbell, 58, of Grove Road; Karen Jenkins, 42, of 230 Jamison Mill Road and Carl Collins, Jr., 65, 210 Highway 20, Piedmont, were all charged with disposal of methamphetamine, and disposal of meth waste, according to warrants.

There were no children in the home when investigators made the arrests and no one was injured, Hildebrand said.

All were being held in the Greenville County Detention Center, he said.



A man arrested in March 2012 on a charge of manufacturing methamphetamine was  arrested again Wednesday on the same charge, the Camden County Sheriff’s Office  said.

Officers who went to 222 Sweet Gum Street to talk with Mark Dewayne Adams,  40, about his pending court appearance saw a methamphetamine cooking process in  plain site, Deputy William Terrell said.

A firefighter stands by with a hose as an investigator in protective clothing carries the components of a meth lab from a mobile home in Kingsland Wednesday. A man at the house was charged with manufacturing and possessing methamphetamine, his second arrest on a charge of manufacturing meth since March 2012.  Photo provided by the Camden County Sheriff's Office.

 A firefighter stands by with a hose as an investigator in  protective clothing carries the components of a meth lab from a mobile home in  Kingsland Wednesday. A man at the house was charged with manufacturing and  possessing methamphetamine, his second arrest on a charge of manufacturing meth  since March 2012

Mark Dewayne Adams was already facing a charge for cooking meth.

Mark Dewayne Adams was already facing a charge for cooking  meth

Two investigators in protective clothing and masks with some of the caustic substances they removed from a methamphetamine operation in Camden County. Photo provided by the Camden County Sheriff's Office.

Two investigators in protective clothing and masks with  some of the caustic substances they removed from a methamphetamine operation in  Camden County



Adams was arrested and charged with making and possession meth, Terrell  said.

The Sheriff’s Office, Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Kingsland Fire  Department and Camden County Fire Department joined in dismantling the operation  and taking away the hazardous chemicals used in the process, Terrell said.

On March 28, 2012, Adams, who was from Philadelphia, Miss., was among three  arrested on single counts of manufacturing methamphetamine after a county drug  task force shut down a meth lab at 211 West Dillingham Street in St. Marys. Also  charged were Benjamin James Rivers, 22, of St. Marys and Kansas Nicole Cochran,  39.

Terrell said he believes it was that case that officers intended to discuss  with Adams.



Six people face multiple drug related charges following a May 30 incident.

According to a press release from the Ashford Police Department, a traffic stop in the 9600 Block of US Highway 84 in Ashford caused the officers to develop a reasonable suspicion that there was narcotics along with the six occupants.

Upon further investigation, a clandestine lab used for the unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine was discovered. Also recovered, were several grams of finished methamphetamine along with several bottles containing methamphetamine oil.

Each person was arrested and charged with one count each of unlawful manufacturing of a controlled substance and one count each of trafficking in “illegal drugs”. Both charges are considered class ‘A’ felonies.

The six people arrested were; Katrina Rena Enfinger, 43, of Pansey, AL, Tonya Michele Kirkland, 32, of Ashford, AL, Ronald Kirkland, 34, of  Dothan, AL, Kevin Crawford,37, of Bonifay, FL, William Herndon, 32, of Pansey, AL and Rusty Mertes, 22, of Bonifay, FL.

All six subjects were taken to the Houston County jail where they will be held pending a $175,000 bond each.

The Ashford Police Department was assisted in this case by the Dothan City Police Department and the Houston County Sheriff’s Office.