A Powell day care provider and her husband have been charged with child endangerment for allegedly keeping methamphetamine in the same home where the woman watched other people’s children.

Powell police say they found drug paraphernalia and a small amount of meth during a Friday afternoon search of Mandy and Nick Ringler’s home.

“Currently, I have a day care; I’m sure I’m not allowed to do that anymore,” Mandy Ringler said of her employment during a Monday morning appearance in Park County’s Circuit Court.

The Ringlers each are facing misdemeanor counts of possessing methamphetamine and four felony counts of child endangerment. Each endangerment count — alleging the couple knowingly allowed a child to stay in a dwelling where they know there’s methamphetamine — is tied to children who were in the couple’s home the day before and the day of the police search.

Their Avenue D residence is licensed by the state as a family child care home, but that license was suspended by the Wyoming Department of Family Services after Monday’s court hearing.

Two of the counts relate to toddlers who Mandy Ringler, 33, watched last Thursday at the residence. The other two counts relate to Mandy Ringler’s own children, who were in the home prior to Friday’s search by police.

At Monday’s hearing, Circuit Court Judge Bruce Waters agreed with the recommendation of Deputy Park County Attorney Tim Blatt and ordered the Ringlers each held on $10,000 cash bonds pending an Oct. 9 preliminary hearing.

Nick Ringler, 35, did not object to Blatt’s recommendation.

Mandy Ringler unsuccessfully asked to be released on her own recognizance. She had cited her strong family ties to Powell, a general lack of past criminal charges and an urgent need to address some financial obligations.

The judge said that, while he wasn’t worried about Mandy Ringler fleeing the area, he was concerned about the danger she posed to the community.

“The problem is, if you open up a day care, you’re the one responsible for the protection of the lives of those kids,” Waters said. “And the state Legislature has determined it’s a pretty serious offense — and rightfully so — to have such things as methamphetamine in close proximity to those kids.”

Charging documents in the case indicate the Powell police investigation began on Sept. 22, when an informant came forward to accuse the Ringlers of using and selling methamphetamine. The informant recounted times in August and September when the informant had used meth with the Ringlers in their home and garage, as well as a couple instances of getting meth from them, too, according to an affidavit from Officer Kade Richmond.

“The meth use and distribution activities … concerned (the informant) because the Ringler’s (sic) operate a state-licensed daycare (sic) from their residence,” Richmond wrote.

Police obtained a search warrant and executed it around 3 p.m. Friday.

Officers found several pipes in a trash can in the master bedroom and the bedroom closet, while discovering a spoon, syringe and plastic baggie with crystal-like residue in a bathroom trash can. The garage reportedly held a bong, a glass pipe with white residue, two small digital scales and several measuring cups with residue.

“I believe these cups had been used to measure out and weigh meth,” Richmond wrote.

A motor home parked behind the residence — owned by a different man — yielded another bong, an apparent marijuana pipe, three apparent meth pipes, a plastic baggie with a small amount of what looked like marijuana inside and a bottle and two small baggies with white residue, Richmond wrote.

During the search, Mandy Ringler “substantially denied using or selling methamphetamine, saying that it was only her husband,” wrote Richmond. Police later received court permission to obtain a blood sample from Mandy Ringler for drug-testing purposes.

Nick Ringler, who is unemployed, reportedly told police that the paraphernalia found in the house and garage had been stored there for about six months.

Police say they found meth in the liner of the vest he was wearing.

Nick Ringler admitted to having used the drug earlier that day and said “he had been using meth heavily since he was arrested in California in August,” Richmond wrote.

According to the Ceres, Calif., Courier, Ringler had been arrested Aug. 31 on a misdemeanor charge of possessing a loaded handgun. Ceres police told the Courier that Ringler had been found armed and asleep in his car, parked outside of a home where officers seized 39 grams of methamphetamine and $2,300 in cash.

The informant reportedly told Powell police that Nick Ringler had been on a “run” to get meth at the time of his California arrest.

“Nick told (the informant) a friend had bonded him out of jail and (he) had to sell some methamphetamine to pay that person back,” Richmond wrote in an application for a search warrant.

Nick Ringler was freed after posting a $20,000 bail bond in the California case, according to Stanislaus County Superior Court records. He had been scheduled to be arraigned on the handgun charge on Wednesday afternoon in Modesto, Calif., but instead remained jailed in Cody.

Mandy Ringler has been licensed as a child care provider since 2006, and her license had been renewed for an additional year in May, according to Department of Family Services data. Her family child care home license is intended for providers watching three to 10 children, and the service reportedly was the couple’s primary source of income.

Department policy is to make at least two visits to licensees’ home each year: one scheduled and one unannounced. The last department inspection of the Ringlers’ residence took place in February, and no violations were found, said Tony Lewis, a department spokesman.

Before receiving or renewing a license, an applicant and any other adults living in the home — which in this case would mean both of the Ringlers — must undergo criminal background checks, Lewis said.

He said the department has launched its own investigation that will have to work “behind and around” the one being conducted by law enforcement.








leadThe drug might be a prototypically contemporary vice, but its discovery was rooted in traditional Eastern medicine.

Nagai Nagayoshi, the first man to create meth, began his life in Tokushima Prefecture, a place that today farms sweet potatoes and strawberries, just to the west of Osaka. When he was born in 1845, the military government of the Tokugawa shogunate had presided over Japan’s feudal system for more than two centuries. But the political system that had held in place for so long was changing. By 1868, when Nagai was 23, the shogunate had fallen, the Meiji Emperor had restored imperial rule, a democratic government of sorts was formed, and Japan had stepped back from its isolationism.

Nagai had grown up as a member of the elite, the oldest child of a well-off family, which had served Tokushima Prefecture for years as doctors versed in traditional, herbal medicine. In 1871, when the new Meiji government sent a handful of promising young scholars to study abroad, Nagai was one of them. He was headed to Berlin, where he intended to study medicine.

Nagai would spend twelve years in Germany, and after hearing a lecture by the German chemist August Wilhelm von Hofmann, he changed his academic plan. He would be a chemist too, and he would become close with Hofmann. By the time he returned to Tokyo, in 1883, Nagai was a Catholic, the husband of German woman and a newly minted professor of pharmacology.

He began, in his new role, applying the tools of chemistry that he had learned in Europe to the traditional Japanese and Chinese medicine his family had studied for years. One of those remedies was ma huang, a bushy, evergreen plant that grows in Central Asia and was used to treat simple complaints—colds, headaches, congestion. Nagai discovered, according to Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma, a drug company established in 1885, “some crystalline material recognizable to the naked eye coexisting in the blackish brown essence extracted from wild ma huang.” He started studying its chemical structure and soon isolated the compound ephedrine.

Nagai and his students kept tinkering with the ephedrine, and within the next decade, Nagai had used it to synthesize methamphetamine. In 1919, a student of his, Akira Ogata, figured out how to more simply manufacture the same compound in crystallized form. By the 1930s, its properties as a stimulant were well known. The Japanese chemists had not patented their work, though, and in World War II, armies on all sides of the war used methamphetamine to keep their soldiers alert. In Methland, Nick Reding reports:

Japanese, American, British, and German soldiers were all given methamphetamine pills to stay awake, to stay focused, and to perform under the extreme duress of war. Methedrine…was a part of every American airman’s preflight kit. Three enormous plants in Japan produced an estimate one billion Hiropon pills between 1938 and 1945….[T]he German pharmaceutical companies Temmler and Knoll in only four months, between April and July 1940, manufactured thirty-five million methamphetamine tablets, all of which were shipped to the Nazi army and air corps.

Nagai died in 1929, and therefore never knew that the herbal remedies that his family of traditional doctors had used would kick off an epidemic of drug abuse across the world.








HICKMAN COUNTY, Tenn. – Authorities are on the lookout for a pregnant woman who was recently arrested on methamphetamine charges.4976456_G

The Dickson County district attorney has issued a warrant for 33-year-old Jamie Quillen, who they say could be jeopardizing the life of her unborn child.

Drug agents raided her Bon Aqua trailer home Sunday night and reportedly found meth making components, money, drug paraphernalia and a positive hit for methamphetamines.

Two different investigative sources on the raid said Quillen admitted that she is still using meth despite being eight months pregnant.

Officers arrested Quillen on promotion of methamphetamine and manufacturing and possession of methamphetamines.

Two days later, she posted bond and was released from the Hickman County Jail after her bond was reduced from $127,000 to $2,500 dollars.

When asked why the bond was reduced, District Attorney General of the 21st Judicial District Kim Helper said a Hickman County Deputy on the raid requested the bond reduction.

“In talking with members of the sheriff’s department, there had been a discussion, a request to reduce the bond. Frankly, it was stated that her incarceration would be a strain on county resources if she is pregnant and has the baby. In checking on the case, she never failed a drug screen. It is my understanding she had passed obstetrician tests as well. Based on that fact, it is not unusual to reduce the bond,” explained Helper.

“It is not unusual for us to work with a sheriff’s office across my district and if they face an inmate with high medical costs for them to talk to us and see if we can reach an agreement that protects the community. She is on bond and she has not failed any drug screens. That is the understanding.”


Quillen was also on probation out of Dickson County for comparable charges.

The latest arrest in Hickman County violates that probation.

Newly elected Dickson County District Attorney Ray Crouch told News 2 that getting the pregnant woman behind bars where she can’t use drugs and possibly hurt her child is his top priority.

“I am in fear for the unborn child’s life. My primary motivation is the welfare of the unborn child,” stated Crouch.

Helper says the mother could be charged additionally under the state’s new law that protects children whose mothers use drugs.









A Vancouver woman accused of causing the death of a Skamania County man in August 2013 by selling him methamphetamine pleaded guilty Thursday to reduced charges after a prosecutor discovered problems with the case.


In a negotiated agreement, Andrea Thomas, 43, pleaded guilty in Clark County Superior Court to attempted delivery of methamphetamine and tampering with physical evidence. She is scheduled to be sentenced Monday.

Deputy Prosecutor Dan Gasperino dismissed charges of controlled substance homicide and three counts of tampering with a witness because the witness, Diana Braden, who allegedly saw the methamphetamine transaction between Thomas and the victim, John Cantwell, 40, has credibility and possible mental health issues. Cantwell died Aug. 10, 2013, of a methamphetamine overdose.

Gasperino said three DNA profiles on the plastic bag containing the methamphetamine that killed Cantwell didn’t match Thomas’ DNA profile.

Braden told Washougal police that she had overheard a phone conversation in which Cantwell asked Thomas to get him drugs, according to a court affidavit. Braden said she also saw Thomas sell the drugs to Cantwell shortly before his death, the affidavit says.

“As we went through the discovery process, it came to light that (Braden) has had dozens of police contacts over the last several years, many of which included allegations that were unfounded,” Gasperino said.

In addition, Braden was charged last month with violating a domestic violence no-contact order. Her attorney requested that she undergo a competency evaluation because of concerns about her mental health.

“There was a question about whether she would even be competent to testify,” Gasperino said.

Gasperino said he and Thomas’ attorney, Louis Byrd Jr., will recommend a sentence of 400 days, which is the amount of time she already served in the Clark County Jail while her case was pending.

“We felt the risk of a potential acquittal warranted us making the offer we made and getting some accountability out of the case,” Gasperino said.








When law enforcement and drug rehabilitation officials want to provide a simple example of the effects of methamphetamine use, a common tool is a series of photographs called “Faces of Meth.” These photos show meth addicts in before and after photos. The “before” photos show ordinary, everyday people. The “after” shows sunken cheeks, deathly pale, sore-covered faces. Meth users look prematurely aged.

Those under the influence have increased heart rate, blood pressure and body temperature. They may sweat and breathe heavily. Long term physical damage includes extreme weight loss and malnutrition, severe tooth decay, damaged blood vessels that increase risk of stroke, irregular heartbeat that may cause cardiovascular collapse or death, as well as liver kidney and lung damage.

Users suffer mentally and emotionally as well, with memory loss, extreme mood swings, depression, psychosis, and brain damage similar to Alzheimer’s, stroke or epilepsy.

Meth users aren’t just a threat to themselves. They exhibit bizarre, erratic and violent behavior, along with hallucinations, paranoia, extreme excitability and irritability.

There are three commonly known categories of meth abuse. Low-intensity users swallow or snort the drug, relying on the stimulant factor to perform tasks faster or stay awake longer, or to lose weight. Binge abusers smoke or inject meth with a needle, receiving a more intense dosage. High-intensity users are consumed by the drug, using more often and in larger doses to avoid the painful “crash” when the high wears off.

Because of the physical effects and behaviors caused by meth, addicts under their influence may not be able to hold down regular jobs and therefore resort to committing crime to feed their habit.

Fort Stockton Police Lt. Lisa Tarango wants citizens to be aware of all these details, because methamphetamine is becoming a real problem here. She says for many years, meth wasn’t a problem in Fort Stockton. It tended to stay on the fringes of the county. Then “it just exploded.”

“The past three years we’ve really seen it start to develop, and now we just see it increase by leaps and bounds daily,” said Lt. Tarango. “You can see the physical effects it’s taken on people in our community that we deal with.

She says her department is used to dealing with marijuana, cocaine and even occasionally heroin users. Meth seems to be the number one drug right now.

“You’ll see the weight loss, the teeth that are falling out,” she continued. “You’ll see the sores on the body and face, the arms, chest, where they are scratching so much.”

Lt. Tarango said scratching is caused by hallucinations that there are bugs or worms beneath the skin that itch.

She says meth is so dangerous because it “drastically” takes over the lives of its victims, given the drug’s intensely addictive nature and relative ease of acquisition. Heavy or long-time users aren’t hard to spot.

People under the influence of meth exhibit intense paranoia, think others may be talking about them or watching them, and may act out in aggressive, unpredictable and confrontational ways. They may appear wild-eyed and be sweating heavily, with heavy breathing and rapid pulse.

“We’re extremely concerned about our community and what physical effects we see happening,” she said.

She says when her officers deal with someone under the influence of meth; it’s common that the person has been awake for three or four days, compounding the paranoia and hallucinations.

“Once a week, for the last three weeks, we’ve gotten some form of meth off the streets,” Lt. Tarango said, “and that’s just what we’ve caught in a small amount of time.”

Part of meth’s popularity as a drug is based on it’s “homemade” nature, wherein most of its ingredients can be bought over the counter and the drug can be cooked up, instead of being imported like cocaine or heroin.

But Lt. Tarango says not much meth production seems to be taking place locally; the telltale “rotten egg” smell associated with cooking the drug makes it difficult to hide. The use of highly flammable, volatile chemicals makes creating the drug dangerous as well. Explosions or fires can occur, and the chemicals are toxic if breathed, and can poison food nearby.

Most of what her department sees is meth from Mexico, where it is made cheaper and the end product seems to be more potent, and more dangerous.

She says in Fort Stockton, there is no specific age demographic for meth addicts, and she’s seen victims of all ages.

Those arrested for drug possession or use frequently give casual explanations for their addiction, such as being bored or just wanting to try something others were doing. But recent medical literature suggests that addiction is genetic, and those most likely to try drugs do so because of mental, emotional or physical trauma, and an unwillingness or inability to deal with that trauma.

Getting high is self medicating, a way to forget or ignore their problems, if only for a short while. As use continues, the effects of the drug may lessen, but the addiction and need to use grows, despite the consequences, which frequently includes loss of a job, car, home, friends, family, serious mental and physical problems, and even death.

Lt. Tarango says that people are more educated about the realities of drug addiction, and many understand that it is a disease, not just chosen behavior. Unfortunately, many underestimate how hard it is to quit, and the real need for professional help.

Many addicts feel intense shame and guilt for their addiction, and may have trouble finding help on their own. Sometimes it’s a support system encouraging treatment that gets addicts into rehab; sometimes it takes an intervention, where that same support system refuses to be in the addict’s life unless help is sought.

It’s important for those wishing to get off the drug seek help. Trying to go “cold turkey,” or stopping use on one’s own is dangerous. Meth withdrawal symptoms include depression, the inability to experience pleasure, physical pain and may even become suicidal. Withdrawal symptoms may not even begin until 90 days after last use.

Lt. Tarango says unfortunately Fort Stockton doesn’t have the drug rehabilitation and treatment centers that Odessa and Midland do, so local help for addicts is fairly limited. Those seeking help can request information from the Fort Stockton Police Department, which can provide a referral for an evaluation to see if they qualify for state assistance, since drug treatment can be expensive. Lt. Tarango credits local prosecutors for working with her department to get non-violent offenders treatment.

Yet people must want to be helped, Lt. Tarango says. A parent who thinks their child has a drug problem cannot force them into rehab, because all treatment is voluntary. The best one can do is notify law enforcement if a family member is in possession of drugs, acting erratically or threatening themselves or others, which provides legal and court ordered consequences that encourage treatment.

“If they assault a family member, that gives us probable cause to make an arrest,” she said.

Lt. Tarango says ordinary citizens should be aware of the meth problem, and take care.

“We want them to be aware,” she said, “make sure their own safety is at heart. Secure their home, their vehicles, their property.”

The police encourage citizens to report suspicious behavior of individuals that may appear to be under the influence, or residences that may have high volumes of traffic at all hours.

“The physical effect it takes on the person,” she said. “That leads to the desperate need to get money for it, and those desperate needs lead to desperate actions. Whether its thefts, burglaries, homicides. It’s all about getting money to provide for their addiction.”









A Richland woman faces trial Nov. 17 for allegedly breaking into her parents’ detached garage and stealing a Winchester rifle.

Teresa Kay Sargent, 21, pleaded innocent to first-degree possession of a gun, theft of a gun and second-degree burglary.

She also pleaded innocent to an unrelated charge of possessing methamphetamine.

According to court documents for the burglary, Sargent went into the South Lexington Street garage in Kennewick some time between Sept. 1 and 27.

Sargent admitted to sheriff’s deputies that she took at least one gun and a BB gun, documents said. But her parents, who discovered the burglary Sept. 27, reported that 22 guns were missing.

The guns had been inherited from a family member.

Deputies found two sets of footprints in the garage near where the guns were stored. The smaller set of prints matched a shoe found in a travel trailer on the property that Sargent’s mother identified as belonging to her daughter, court documents said.

Sargent had been staying in the trailer at night without her parents’ permission, her mother reportedly told deputies.

Sargent admitted going into the garage about a week before her mother reported the items missing, documents said.

She allegedly gave the Winchester rifle to another person who immediately sold it. She further claimed the other guns were still in the garage when she removed the rifle and BB gun.

Sargent is not allowed to own or possess guns because of prior felony convictions, including a 2009 residential burglary.

She’s being held in the Benton County jail, with bail set at $25,000.









Tyler Wiggins still remembers seeing the headlights of an oncoming car swerve into his lane as he drove with his family on FM987 outside of Kaufman almost two years ago.

The vehicle suddenly turned back into its own lane before it made “an almost deliberate turn right in front of us,” Wiggins told a Kaufman County jury Wednesday.


He took the stand on the second day of testimony in the trial of John Allen English, 31, who is charged with intoxicated manslaughter, manslaughter and four counts of aggravated assault causing bodily injury. Each of the second-degree felonies carries a penalty of two to 20 years in prison.

The Dec. 9, 2012, crash killed Whittney Crawford, 21, a passenger in the car with English, and injured Wiggins, his wife, Michelle Cheney, and her 13-year-old daughter.

Tests taken shortly after the crash revealed that English had marijuana and high levels of methamphetamine in his system, according to earlier testimony.

Cheney, a Kaufman attorney, told jurors she’s had to have almost two years of physical therapy to recover from injuries that included a cracked pelvis and a shattered leg and arm. Her daughter, who was in the back seat, was hospitalized with a dislocated hip and lacerations.

Wiggins testified that his leg injuries made it impossible for him to continue working in law enforcement. He is now a welder.

State trooper Justin Schumann, who investigated the crash, told the court Wednesday that Crawford appeared to be dead when he arrived at the scene of the crash.

English, who was ejected from his car, was found unconscious on the ground, Schumann testified.

The officer told the court that he had found a marijuana pipe and rolling papers in the vehicle.

Both English and Crawford were found with their pants down around their legs, Schumann told the court. He testified that he believes they were performing a sexual act. That, coupled with drug intoxication, caused the fatal crash, he said.

On cross-examination by defense attorney Taryn Davis, Schumann testified that he found no marijuana or methamphetamine in the car and that he didn’t take a blood specimen from the defendant to test for drugs.









Two Cleveland residents are in custody on drug charges after they were arrested Sept. 29 at the Budget Inn hotel in Cleveland.  542dce2888594_image

Officers with Cleveland Police Department were called to the hotel around 11:07 p.m. Sept. 29 regarding a welfare concern. When police arrived, they made contact with several occupants in Room #109, including Robert Collins, 27, who was found to have several active warrants for his arrest.

While searching Collins while taking him into custody, the officers reportedly discovered him to be in possession of methamphetamine.

A female who was staying with Collins in another room, Jessica Swords, 20, was reportedly in possession of 20 grams of methamphetamine.

Inside Room #112, which Swords and Collins had been sharing, officers reportedly found drug paraphernalia, scales and other items that indicated the two had been selling methamphetamine.

“Officers discovered a stolen Samsung Galaxy Tablet, which was seized to return to the rightful owner. Officers also seized numerous tools, computer equipment, old coins and other miscellaneous items,” said Capt. Scott Felts in a press release. “Cleveland Police Department will be conducting a further investigation into these items to see if they are linked to stolen property reports.”

542dce28af31b_imageCollins and Swords are both charged with Manufacture and Delivery of a Controlled Substance, a first-degree felony.

Municipal Court Judge Bob Steely set their bonds at $25,000 each.









(Riverton, Wyo.) – Two women have been charged with child abuse and neglect after school officials alerted police to a 5-year-old boy who was bruised and who had an open wound on his head that was not healing. Charged were Cheryl Willow, 55, of Riverton and Rosalie Willow, 29, of Ethete. Cheryl Willow was also arrested on two outstanding failure to appear warrants and Rosalie Willow was found to have four outstanding warrants, also for failure to appear. The abuse charges were lodged after officers found numerous methamphetamine paraphernalia, including uncovered hypodermic needles, a spoon with meth residue and a light bulb that had been fashioned into a meth pipe. Cheryl-Willow

The little boy had bruising on his face, under his left eye and on his left cheek, bruising on the middle of his back and the laceration on his head.

According to a Riverton Police Department Report, officers were called to the Ashgrove School on Tuesday where social workers and school administrators had noticed the child’s condition. The report indicated the laceration on the boys head was not clean and had not been cleaned in some time, with crusty blood and dirt inside the wound.

Officers went to the boy’s residence in the 500 block of South 3rd West and discovered a house in disarray with clothes, trash, and dried food on the floor and furnishings, empty cupboards and a refrigerator that only contained old leftovers that had dried out and that were inedible. Police also learned that 17 people lived in the three bedroom home, including 12 children ranging in age from 11 months-old to 15. The children had four different last names. Police were told that Cheryl Willow was looking after the five year-old boy, since his mother was incarcerated. She was listed in the report as the boy’s grandmother.

Also found in the house, in a backpack out in the open was two syringes with the needles exposed sticking out of a pocket. Also found was a bundle of small clear plastic bags used to package drugs, a spoon with suspected methamphetamine in it, a light bulb converted to a smoking pipe with methamphetamine residue inside and a pill cutter. One of the males inside the house was also found to have a MRSA infection. According to WebMD, “MRSA stands for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. It is one of many strains of a bacterium called Staphylococcus aureus — or staph, for short. Staph bacteria are common on skin and in noses.”

Northern Arapaho Department of Family Services was contacted to take the children into protective custody and the two women were arrested and taken to jail.Rosalie-Williow

The children inside the home were an 11 month-old male infant, a 1 year-old male, a 2 year-old female, a 4 year-old female, a 5 year-old female, a 7 year-old female, an 8 year-old female, a 9 year-old female, a 12 year-old male, a 13 year-old female and a 15 year-old male. The children were not found to have any visible injuries.








PEORIA, Illinois — A central Illinois woman and her son are charged with conspiracy to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine, according to federal prosecutors.

U.S. Magistrate Jonathan Hawley ordered Denise Taylor of Mason City held by the U.S. Marshals Service and set a detention hearing for Oct. 9. Her son, 23-year-old Brendin L. Williams, is in the custody of the Illinois Department of Corrections and is scheduled to appear in court with his mother.

U.S. Attorney for the Central District of Illinois Jim Lewis said Wednesday that Taylor was arrested Tuesday. He did not give details of the case against the woman and her son. However, Lewis said the two allegedly distributed more than 500 grams of methamphetamine from 2010 to September 2014.

It wasn’t immediately known if Williams or Taylor have legal representation.









Kirsten Edmondson, 43, was picked up Wednesday in Bullitt County on drug trafficking charges.Kristen-Edmonson-PNG

Police said Edmondson has been under surveillance for months.

When they searched her Taylorsville home, the Spencer County sheriff said six methamphetamine labs, including three that were still cooking, along with raw meth, were discovered.

She has been charged with drug manufacturing, trafficking and possession.












A LaGrange woman was arrested on charges of possession of methamphetamine and marijuana after a traffic stop on Whitesville Road on Tuesday evening.

Veronica L. King, 22, was approached by officers around 9:30 p.m. after they saw her vehicle northbound on Whitesville Road with the vehicle’s emergency flashers activated, according to a police report.

When LaGrange Police officers made contact with King, they wrote in their official report that she appeared nervous and was shaking. She allegedly told police that her vehicle’s flashers were on because of faulty wiring in the car’s electrical system. Based on her demeanor, officers asked King to exit her vehicle and questioned the woman, the report read.

When asked why she was shaking, the woman allegedly told police that her medication, used to treat asthma, sometimes makes her shake. Officers asked the woman if the medication was in the vehicle, and while she was retrieving it, officers noticed what they believed to be a partially smoked marijuana cigarette in the vehicle.

The suspect told officers that she’d had several people in her vehicle a few days prior, and that she’d picked up the alleged marijuana and was holding it there until she found a proper place to dispose of it, the report said.

The woman was handcuffed and asked if she had anything else in the vehicle that the officers should know about, according to the report. The report said the woman told officers she had “two bags of something in her cigarette box.”

Officers searched the cigarette pack and allegedly found multiple bags that contained suspected methamphetamine residue. According to the police report, the woman told police she’d also picked up the bags of suspected methamphetamine residue and was holding it until she found a place to properly dispose of it.

King’s vehicle was searched more thoroughly by officers and they wrote in their official report that they found several pieces of suspected “marijuana ‘shake.’”

Police placed the woman under arrest and transported her to the Troup County Jail. The evidence was placed in the LaGrange Police Department evidence locker.









A 50-year-old Parker County grandmother who had methamphetamine in the home she shared with her grandchildren was convicted of methamphetamine possession and sentenced to 18 years in prison by a Parker County jury in a trial that concluded Tuesday.

A Crime Stoppers tip last February led the Parker County Special Crimes Unit to the home of Carol Cruz in southern Parker County. During a conversation with the officers, Cruz admitted she had meth, syringes and needles in the home and showed officers where they were hidden.

“The defendant told the officers she had been shooting meth for a long time,” said Assistant District Attorney Abigail Placke, who tried the case with Assistant District Attorney Nikki Grote Rhodes. “During the trial, we showed the jury five felony convictions over the course of about 25 years for drug offenses which indicated that she was both using and selling narcotics.”

During her testimony, Cruz, a home healthcare provider, testified she used methamphetamine before driving her car on numerous occasions. During closing arguments, Placke emphasized the number of lives put in danger every time Cruz used drugs before driving.

During her testimony, Cruz also indicated that she had been successfully rehabilitated over the years through numerous drug treatment programs both in and out of prison.

On cross-examination, Placke questioned how she could claim success in light of the repeated drug arrests, including the current one as well as urinalysis tests while on parole that indicated she was using methamphetamine.

 “The jury’s verdict will keep Cruz from hurting herself and also protect the community, including her own grandchildren, from the negative effects of her drug use,”  Rhodes said. “If she wants to, she can seek drug rehabilitation while in prison. Hopefully, she’ll do better when she gets out next time.”

Cruz will be eligible for parole in approximately four years, Rhodes said.







NEW ALBANY, Miss. (WTVA) — New Albany police have charged two people on drug charges after agents saw the driver of a car punch a woman while traveling down the roadway.

Investigators say they were following a vehilce Monday afternoon around 4:30 p.m. when they saw Joey Carroll, 38, of Alpine hit Amanda Roberson, 36, of Alpine twice while driving down the road.

The officers stopped Carroll because he was driving erratically.

During the traffic stop, agents found seven grams of methamphetamine bagged for sale, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Carroll, who was on probation on drug charges in Pontotoc County, faces charges of possession of meth with intent to distribute.

Roberson also faces charges of possession with intent.

Both remain in the Union County jail.









Michael Lyon, the disgraced former head of Lyon Real Estate, was arrested Wednesday on felony drug possession and eavesdropping charges, according to online booking records from the Sacramento County jail.

Lyon, a one-time Sacramento philanthropist and Boy Scout leader, fell from grace in 2010 when he was arrested and charged with secretly filming women and himself engaged in sex acts in his home.

The arrest spawned revelations that Lyon was under investigation for allegedly filming family friends and a nanny through cameras hidden in his Arden area home and his Lake Tahoe family retreat.

Lyon, 58, pleaded guilty in 2011 to felony counts of electronic eavesdropping and served a portion of his one-year sentence in the county jail and on home detention. He later settled a civil suit for $2.5 million and an apology to former nannies, baby sitters and friends who said he had secretly taped them in bathrooms, bedrooms and showers.

Lyon is being held at the Sacramento County jail without bail following his arrest by probation officers.

He faces a felony count of possession for sale of a controlled substance, non-narcotic; a felony count of possession of a dangerous drug; and a felony eavesdropping count.

A source said Lyon was found to be in possession of an ounce of methamphetamine.

The eavesdropping count lists Lyon as being ineligible for bail, and a law enforcement source indicated that it is related to the original charges to which he pleaded guilty, not allegations that he was taking new videos of victims.

“He’s got major problems that will never go away,” said Sacramento attorney Bob Zimmerman, who represented victims in the civil action. “This just confirms that this stuff has been going on for two decades.”

A family member of one victim said Wednesday she was stunned by news of Lyon’s latest arrest, adding that she hopes “the entire truth comes out.”

“People need to understand that he is a predator and a dangerous man,” said the family member, who is not being named to protect the identity of the victim.

Lyon is due to appear in court Friday afternoon, and at his sentencing in 2011 Superior Court Judge Gary Ransom sternly warned him of the consequences of re-offending.

“I can’t stress this enough, partner,” Ransom told him. “If you do it, I’m going to send you to prison.”

Lee Seale, chief probation officer for Sacramento County, said in a statement that probation officers went to Lyon’s home at 8:15 a.m. Wednesday.

“Mr. Lyon had missed a scheduled visit at the probation department and as a result of his non-compliance, was contacted … by a team of probation officers at his residence,” Seale wrote. “Subsequent to the compliance search, Michael Lyon was arrested for violation of Health and Safety Code section 11378 (possession of methamphetamine) and for violation of probation.

“Also arrested was Shannon Campbell for violation of section 11378 and an outstanding warrant. Both were transported and booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail.”

Campbell, 40, has previous arrests on charges of burglary, forgery and theft of utility services, according to online Sacramento Superior Court records.

She is being held on two felony drug counts and a probation violation.

Lyon’s former spokesman, Sacramento crisis communications expert Doug Elmets, said the arrest was “surprising but not shocking.”

“I think that given his previous arrest, one would have thought that being sent to jail was sufficient,” Elmets said. “But clearly he has been living on the edge and now he is going to suffer the consequences, which presumably will be as severe if not more than his previous punishment.

“It’s a sad tale, not only for him but for the agents and brokers who work for Lyon Real Estate and ultimately his family, who have repeatedly had his back.”

Lyon’s attorney, William J. Portanova, said he believes “there’s hope for Mike, and we’re going to get him there.”

“Mike Lyon has suffered through more than his share of tragedies, and while some may have been self-inflicted, he is still a man worth saving, even from himself,” Portanova said.








BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WALA) – Husband and wife, Eric and Amanda Wells, along with John Cox and Holly Ethridge found themselves on the wrong side of the law when Baldwin County Sheriff’s deputies came knocking at their mobile home last night.

“An anonymous complaint stated that he believed some methamphetamines were being produced in this trailer and there was possibly a child present when the production was taking place,” Major Anthony Lowery said.

Turns out a four-year-old girl was present at the time later tested positive for meth at South Baldwin Regional Medical Center. They also found parts of a recently active meth lab.

“Further investigation actually revealed that they had disposed of part of the lab in the toilet while deputies were outside trying to get inside the residence,” Lowery said.

Lowery said they couldn’t conduct the interviews inside the home because the stench was just too overwhelming.

“The vapors coming off the meth lab were so bad the deputies couldn’t actually stay inside the residence either. They had to remove all the parties and especially the child outside for their safety,” Lowery said.

Sad as it was to find the child in the home, Lowery said it’s unfortunately not that uncommon.

“I wish that I could say that it’s unusual, it’s not. It happens quite frequently. Fortunately it just doesn’t happen all the time,” Lowery said.

“We’re seeing this more and more where we’re finding these children in these hidden production sites, especially in the county areas and we really don’t know what type of long term effects this can have on children,” Dr. Jose Murillo, a doctor with Baptist Medical Group, said.

Murillo said there aren’t many studies on children who are exposed to high doses amphetamines. But he said that brain health is a big concern for them.

“At that age, the brain isn’t fully developed and so that can cause changes in brain chemistries, function, even the structure. In the future, that can cause that not to develop correctly,” Murillo said.

The child is now in the care of her grandmother. Those four who were arrested are facing the following charges:

  • Eric Wells – Unlawful Manufacture of a controlled substance 1st, Chemical Endangerment of a child, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia
  • John Cox – Unlawful Manufacture of a controlled substance 1st, Chemical Endangerment of a child, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Amanda Wells – Chemical Endangerment of a child, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Holly Ethridge – Chemical Endangerment of a child, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia








Cops crack down on peddlers, users in south Mumbai as drug use spreads from elite circles to streets.

A rampant increase in the peddling and consumption of the drug methamphetamine in south Mumbai has led to two police teams conducting several raids of late. In two months, from August 1 to September 29, around 40 cases were filed against people for consumption of methamphetamine and five cases for possession. Teams from the Dongri police station and the south region’s special squad conducted the raids.

This is a departure from the earlier scenario when methamphetamine would be made in bulk quantities and smuggled to foreign countries. The accused would be booked for illegal sales to countries where it is banned, under Schedule II of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act.

However, authorities always found it difficult to lodge local cases of possession and consumption because methamphetamine is not banned under Schedule II of the NDPS Act. This is because it is an ingredient in drugs used for medicinal purposes, like for cough and bronchial ailments.

However, additional commissioner of police (South), Krishna Prakash, said, “When we probed, we found that despite the drug not being banned, possession is only allowed for those having the license to manufacture it.” Similarly, consumption is also illegal as it is allowed only as an ingredient in medicine.

Recently, meth has started circulating in the local market, which is what led to police looking for ways to crack down on its sales and consumption. It is peddled at rave parties with street names like MD, Meow Meow and Crystal. Law enforcement agencies initially found it very difficult to lodge cases that didn’t involve bulk quantities being smuggled abroad.

Methamphetamine is a Schedule II drug in the NDPS Act, so it became very difficult to book the accused and prosecute them. Top law-enforcement agencies, like the Narcotics Control Bureau, would register cases against those involved in bulk manufacturing and smuggling to foreign countries,” said a senior police officer.

However, now youngsters from affluent families are addicted to the drug. Many undergo de-addiction and rehabilitation. The market for the drug has also moved from elite circles to areas like Dongri, Madanpura, Pakmodia Street, Temkar Street, Nagpada, Abdul Rehman Street and various other such south Mumbai areas.

Anti-Terrorism Squad chief Himanshu Roy met several leading psychiatrists and planned operations to control the growing menace in the city.

“I received information from local informers about several youngsters consuming the synthetic drug called MD across localities under the Dongri police station, in Pydhonie and nearby areas,” said Prakash. “Our teams from police stations as well as special squads did recces of the places where it was being sold. Packets of 1 gram were sold for Rs 300 to Rs 1,000 depending on the customer. But the challenge was to initiate legal action against them. Possession cases have been made under sections 8 and 22 of the NDPS Act, while Section 9 was used to book those consuming the drug. The menace was growing at alarming levels and there was an urgent need to control it.”

Meanwhile, six people arrested for possession have revealed that the supplier never identified himself, but delivered the drug to selected spots. Investigations are being carried out to trace the manufacturer and laboratory where the drug is being manufactured.









A Fresno police officer was injured Tuesday by a man under the influence of methamphetamine during a wild melee that shut down Clinton Avenue under Highway 41. wOPwv_AuHeEm_8

The incident began with a call to police shortly before 11 a.m. Gang member Jerry Ramirez, 19, was bloody and “running in the street, hitting cars” and a witness believed he was struck by a vehicle — which turned out to not be the case, said Fresno police spokesman Lt. Joe Gomez.

Ramirez was standing in the street with blood on him when the first officer arrived, Gomez said. Believing Ramirez had been struck by a vehicle, the officer approached to help, and Ramirez punched him several times in the face and head and tried to take the officer’s gun from its holster.

The officer sprayed Ramirez with pepper spray, but it had no effect. Ramirez got into the officer’s patrol car — which was running — and pushed on the gas pedal in an attempt to take it. Ramirez also tried to take a shotgun out of the car, but couldn’t figure out how to release it from its rack.

During Ramirez’s attack, a citizen got out of his car and struck Ramirez with a crowbar — but that blow to the head still didn’t stop the onslaught, Gomez said.

Arriving officers removed Ramirez from the patrol car and Ramirez “viciously” attacked them, punching them, too, Gomez said.


A traffic officer used his baton to try and subdue him, but Ramirez brushed it aside and tried to run, Gomez said. Officers then finally forced Ramirez to the ground and handcuffed him.

The injured officer — who has worked for the Fresno Police Department for 28 years — was taken to Saint Agnes Medical Center for a split and swollen lip and bruising to his face and head. He is in stable condition, Gomez said.

Ramirez was taken to Community Regional Medical Center for treatment of cuts to his knees, a cut to his forehead (from the crowbar strike) and swelling to his face.

Gomez said it’s not known which of Ramirez’s injuries were sustained prior to police contact.

When Ramirez is released from the hospital, he will be booked into Fresno County Jail on suspicion of the following charges (two counts each): felony assault on an officer, attempted auto theft, and attempting to take an officer’s gun; along with one count of being under the influence of methamphetamine, and misdemeanor assault on an officer.








A 46-year-old Arleta woman was arrested Monday night after police reportedly discovered methamphetamine in her car with her four children, police said.

Police approached Tina Marie Bayardo in the parking lot of Logix Federal Credit Union in Burbank at 9:30 p.m. because it appeared her car had broken down, since it was parked with an open hood, said Burbank Police Lt. Eddie Ruiz.

Upon approaching her, the officer noticed Bayardo appeared to be under the influence of drugs, as she reportedly couldn’t stand still, was speaking rapidly and scratching her body, and had open sores on her arms, Ruiz said.

During the conversation, she reportedly told the officer she might have a bag of methamphetamine in the car that belonged to her friend.

A search of the vehicle yielded a backpack with containers of methamphetamine, scales, packaging and cash. Also in the car were her four children, who were 2, 4, 10 and 12 years old, respectively, Ruiz said.

Bayardo was arrested on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine for sale and child endangerment. The children were released to the custody of a family member, Ruiz said.







CHARLESTON — A man could receive a prison sentence after he admitted making methamphetamine, causing a fire and damaging a Mattoon home last year.

Lewis D. Ferguson pleaded guilty to a charge of unlawful use of property for methamphetamine manufacturing in connection with drug production that caused the fire on Aug. 9, 2013.

He was living in a first-floor apartment of the two-story home at 2512 Pine Ave. at the time and used the unoccupied second floor apartment for the methamphetamine production, according to records in his case.

Ferguson, 50, who listed a current address of “homeless” in court records, entered the guilty plea with no agreement on the sentence he will receive. The charge can result in a prison term of three to seven years, though prison time won’t be required.

The agreement reached in his case included dismissal of a charge of aggravated methamphetamine manufacturing, alleging the drug production took place in a “multi-unit dwelling.” A conviction for that offense would have required a prison sentence of six to 30 years.

Coles County Circuit Judge Mitchell Shick scheduled Ferguson’s sentencing hearing for Dec. 5. Assistant State’s Attorney Bryant Hitchings is prosecuting the case and attorney Jeannine Garrett represents Ferguson.

Also with the agreement, a charge of driving while license revoked in connection with a traffic stop on July 1 of last year was dismissed. That charge was a felony because Ferguson has prior license revoked convictions, including one in 2001 for which he received prison time.

Ferguson also has a prior felony drug possession conviction from Cumberland County, according to that county’s court records.

Records in Ferguson’s Coles County drug case indicate that he was already under investigation by police for suspected drug activity at the time of the fire.

Items related to methamphetamine manufacturing were found in the house’s second-floor apartment after the fire, the records show.








LANSING — A bill to help prevent the illegal production and distribution of methamphetamine was passed by the Michigan State Senate.

House Bill 5615 was introduced by Representative John Kivela back in June. The bill looks to amend the Criminal Enterprises Chapter of the Michigan Penal Code to include a provision for racketeering involving illegal methamphetamine production. This bill is part of a greater legislative effort to prevent the production and distribution of methamphetamine in Michigan, including a new meth offender registry which will block sales of products containing pseudoephedrine (PSE) for individuals appearing on the registry.

“I am proud that my colleagues in the Legislature could see the importance of this bill, and voted to send it to the governor for his signature,” said Kivela. “Meth is a growing problem in our state, and it is extremely important to act quickly to stop it from wrecking Michigan’s many wonderful communities.”

Earlier in this legislative session, the Legislature also passed House Bills 5089 and 5090, which work to tackle the practice known as “smurfing.” Smurfing involves a group of people purchasing the daily, or 30-day, per-person limit, of PSE, then combining the drug to make a larger quantity of methamphetamine. The two bills were signed by Governor Snyder and are now Public Acts 217 and 218, respectively.

“Illegal drugs have no place in Michigan, and this is one more way we can ensure our families and community members are protected,” said Kivela. “However, this is just one step in a great battle. I look forward to continue the fight with my colleagues to keep drugs off our streets.”







MORGAN COUNTY, Alabama–Two people are in jail after Morgan County deputies say they found a meth lab in a tree and ingredients for meth at a Priceville hotel Monday night.


Sheriff Ana Franklin said in a release that the sheriff’s department and Priceville police were called to the Days Inn Hotel on Marco Drive for a possible methamphetamine lab.

Hotel staff told deputies that several patrons saw someone running through the parking lot with a plastic bottle that was on fire, and then saw them throw the bottle behind the dumpster.

The Drug Task Force responded and found a one pot meth lab in a tree in a wooded area behind the dumpster, said Franklin.

According to the release, agents were then were directed to room 127, where they found Shawn Caudill, 27, and Sarah Moore, 27, with chemicals and materials associated in the making of meth being: acid, drain cleaner, cold packs, Lithium Batteries, Coleman Fuel and Claritin D which contains pseudoephedrine.

“Adjacent rooms above and below room 127 were evacuated due to the chemical hazard and explosive nature of methamphetamine laboratories,” said Franklin.

Caudill and Moore were arrested and charged with first-degree unlawful manufacturing of a controlled substance.

Bond was set at $500,000 each.









FRANKLIN COUNTY, Mo. – Nearly nine pounds of crystal methamphetamine was intercepted late last week in Franklin County.


Det. Sgt. Jason Grellner with the Franklin County Narcotics Enforcement Unit says the drugs were seized by police after they were delivered to a Union business by an over-the-road truck driver from Brownsville, Texas, who was acting as a drug courier.

The driver, identified as Juan Jiminez, was taken into custody and charged with trafficking.

Grellner says the crystal meth was going to be distributed around the area and has a street value of $500,000.









The Baton Rouge Police Department confiscated three dozen bottles of liquid methamphetamine early Monday from the suitcase of a Houston woman who was en route to Atlanta on a commercial bus.vanessahernadez

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Police stopped the Tornado Bus Co. vehicle about 12:15 a.m. Monday on Interstate 12 between Airline Highway and Sherwood Forest Boulevard, Cpl. L’Jean McKneely, a police spokesman, said Tuesday afternoon.

A drug-sniffing dog, Ruckus, searched the bus and alerted police to at least one suitcase in particular. In it, police found numerous soda bottles filled with clear methamphetamine in liquid form below a pile of clothes, McKneely said.

It is nothing new for methamphetamine to be found in liquid form, McKneely said.

However, the department believes Monday’s seizure was one of the largest confiscations of liquid meth in the country, McKneely said.

Police arrested Vanessa Hernandez, 34, following the seizure of the drugs. Hernandez, of 10161 West Park Drive, Houston, Texas, was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on counts of possession of Schedule II narcotics in excess of 400 grams.

The 36 bottles of liquid meth have an estimated value of $700,000, McKneely said.

The department declined to say exactly why the traffic stop was initiated. However, such traffic stops generally are done either following a tip of some kind or because police periodically check commercial passenger vehicles as they are sometimes used to transport drugs, McKneely said.

The bus driver consented to the search, McKneely said.








A Colorado funeral home is hoping to get back the cremated remains of humans found in a Louisiana man’s vehicle last week.


The remains were found by a Pike County Sheriff’s Deputy after Louisiana Police arrested James Robert Lee II, 39, at his home on Prospect Drive for possession of methamphetamine and pipes to smoke it.

The story began to unfold on Tuesday, Sept. 23 when Lee arrived at city hall and told two officers out in the parking lot that his GPS showed that someone was following him.

At that time, a third officer observed Lee and “noticed he had signs of methamphetmine use such as constant movement, constant scratching and very small pupils,” according to a Louisiana Police probable cause statement.

The officer who wrote the statement went by Lee’s home at 3:48 p.m.  after Lee called the police dispatch to say someone was following him and near his house.

The officer met Lee outside the home and “he told me he believed a black Dodge Charger was following him around,” the statement said.

When the officer told Lee he knew he had methamphetamine, the defendant “reached in his right front poclet and handed me a pink pipe generally used to smoke methamphetamine,” the statement said.

That led to a search of Lee’s room, where “various pipes were found throughout,” the statement said. Also found were baggies scattered throughout the room, some of them with methamphetamine residue in them.

One baggy had a small amount of methamphetamine that Lee said he bought in St. Louis, the statement said.

Remains found

While two Louisiana officers were securing the evidence from Lee’s room and putting him in a patrol car, a sheriff’s deputy searched his vehicle, the statement said.

The deputy then walked up to the officer who wrote the statement and said “There are remains of four people in the trunk of the car.”

The cremated remains were in four plastic boxes with bags of powdered remains in them, the statement said. The labels on the boxes said Callahan-Edfast Mortuary, of Grand Junction, Colo.

The boxes had labels with the names of the deceased on them and dates of their cremation ranging from 2005 to 2008, the statement said.

Lee then told the officer that he worked at a funeral home in Colorado “and the ashes were to be scattered in the Rocky Mountains but in the interim he got fired and had them in his car for several years,” the statement said.

The officer called the funeral home and a spokesman confirmed that Lee had worked there as a funeral director.

Callahan-Edfast General Manager Gary Blackburn confirmed Lee’s employment there on Monday, Sept. 29. Blackburn said Lee had worked for a prior owner and he did not know exactly when.

Blackburn said the firm is trying to get the remains back from Pike County “so we can take care of what needs to be done,” by spreading the ashes in the Rockies. He did not think charges would be filed in Colorado against Lee.

Lee is now incarcerated at the Pike County Jail on a bail of $10,000  cash only, awaiting future court dates.