Sarasota, Florida — A man has been fleeing from authorities after his mom found him cooking methamphetamine in their garage.

According to reports, last month Sean Flavell was found cooking metheamphetamine his the garage by his mother. Flavell fled the scene before deputies arrived.



Upon arrival, deputies discovered Flavell was using a one pot method to manufacture significant quantities of meth.

Detectives located Flavell on August 1 and was arrested and charged with trafficking and manufacturing methamphetamine.




Cincinnati Police are investigating an explosion at a possible methamphetamine factory in Mt. Auburn.

Authorities responded to reports of an explosion around 7:35 p.m. on Friday night in the 2200 block of Vine Street.  Here, fire crews were able to extinguish a small fire.



Upon arrival, fire department personnel observed chemicals consistent with methamphetamine production. A hazmat team was called to remove and neutralize the chemicals.

Police say that no one has yet been charged in the incident. However, authorities say one person was taken into custody for questioning.





In a document filed on Tuesday, indictments were filed against a total of 28 individuals, with 16 directly related to methamphetamine.

Christopher R. Ball, 33, and Jamie N. Roberts, 37, have been indicted on one count illegal manufacture of methamphetamine (felony of the first degree), one count illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for manufacture of methamphetamine (felony of the second degree), and two counts endangering children (felony of the third degree).

Ball and Roberts were arrested on June 13 at a residence on Curtis Hollow Road in Reedsville following the execution of a search warrant. Deputies found two, one-pot reactionary vessels and the precursors for the production of methamphetamine at the residence.

Timothy R. Ball, 46, Tommy D. Boso, 52, Aimee L. Young, 40, and Glenn F. Young, 48, have been charged with illegal manufacture of methamphetamine (felony of the second degree) and illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for manufacture of methamphetamine (felony of the third degree).

The four were arrested on June 23 at the residence of Boso on Portland Road. Deputies from the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office located methamphetamine labs Portland Road while assisting the Adult Parole Authority on a probation home visit for Glenn Young when a one pot reactionary vessel was seen through the window.

At the residence, deputies located four one-pot reactionary vessels and 19 generators. Also located were precursors for the production of methamphetamine, firearms and drug paraphernalia.

Two weeks later Sheriff’s deputies responded to four methamphetamine labs in a six day span.

Matthew T. Gilmore, 18, and John A. Ward, 48, are charged with one count illegal manufacture of methamphetamine (felony of the first degree), one count illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for manufacture of methamphetamine (felony of the second degree) and two counts each endangering children (felony of the third degree) stemming from a lab located on July 10 in Harrisonville.

The lab was located in a vehicle on the property where Ward lived on Township Road 1004.

Two days later, deputies discovered a four-pot methamphetamine lab at a residence on Story’s Run Road near the Gallia/Meigs county line.

Ashley L. Hamilton, 29, Corbett E. Ratliff, 45, and Norma J. Ratliff, 39, have been charged with illegal manufacture of methamphetamine (felony of the second degree) and illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for manufacture of methamphetamine (felony of the third degree) in connection with the lab.

On July 14, deputies arrested four individuals in connection with chemicals for the manufacture of methamphetamine at a Union Avenue residence in Pomeroy.

Dusti J. Belcher, 29, Kimberly D. Haley, 34, Kelly M. Marcinko, 39, and Jennifer K. Morris, 32, have now been indicted on one count each illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for manufacture of methamphetamine (felony of the third degree) in connection with the case.

The twelfth methamphetamine lab of 2013 investigated by the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office was found the following day in the Antiquity area near Racine.

Mark A. Parsons, 51, has been charged with one count illegal manufacture of methamphetamine (felony of the second degree) and illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for manufacture of methamphetamine (felony of the third degree) in connection wit the eight pot lab and chemicals found in Antiquity.

Hamilton and Haley are scheduled to be arraigned on Friday morning. It is unclear when the remaining individuals will be arraigned.




A Napa man was arrested Tuesday in the 2000 block of Second Street in Napa, where Napa Special Investigations Bureau detectives seized suspected methamphetamine, according to the bureau.

The detectives seized 4 grams of suspected methamphetamine, a digital scale and two methamphetamine pipes, Napa Police Lt. Gary Pitkin said. Two residents were arrested and booked Tuesday afternoon into the Napa County jail without incident.

Arthur Hersom, 57, was booked on suspicion of methamphetamine possession, possession of drug paraphernalia and an outstanding traffic warrant, according to the investigations bureau.

A second resident, Sammie Lee Lavrar Jr., 57, of Napa was arrested and booked into the Napa County jail on an outstanding traffic warrant, according to the bureau.




Delaware State Police are investigating the discovery of a portable methamphetamine lab found in a Felton residence on Friday night, Sgt. Paul G. Shavack said in a release.

Troopers were called to a residence in the 9000 block of Canterbury Road at about 7 p.m. after an occupant found soda bottles in the home with an unknown substance, Shavack said.

He said troopers determined the bottles were active “One Pot” portable meth labs used to manufacture meth.

Troopers then found additional bottles with waste associated with manufacturing meth, as well as components and key ingredients for making the drug, Shavack said.

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office and specialized local volunteer fire company teams helped with the dismantling of the portable labs, cleanup and waste disposal.

Shavack said no evacuations were ordered as it was determined that there was no immediate threat to nearby residents.






PICAYUNE — An anonymous complaint of a possible methamphetamine lab at the Pines Apartments led to two arrests for possession of precursor chemicals.

The complaint was of a possible methamphetamine lab in apartment room #105, said Jeremy Magri, assistant to the chief of police.

Officers made contact with the three occupants, Macile Darby, Robin Ballard and Michael Parks, and consent to search the residence was given, said Magri.

“Darby stated that the only thing she was aware of in the residence was her marijuana pipe,” Magri said.

Darby told officers where the marijuana pipe was located in the residence and she was issued a “post arrest release citation for possession of paraphernalia,” he said.

The search of the residence resulted in discovering a second pipe containing a burnt substance and a plastic storage bag behind a bedroom dresser that contained an unknown brown liquid believed to be methamphetamine oil, said Magri.

In the residence, officers found lithium batteries, “scratched and cut in an apparent attempt to remove the lithium strips,” Magri said.

Officers also found a propane torch, butane torch and a bottle of rust stain remover from under a bed, said Magri. In the same bedroom, a bottle of lighter fluid was found.

SUSPECT— Robin Ballard, 37, was arrested for possession of precursor chemicals, possession of paraphernalia and possession of counterfeit currency

SUSPECT— Michael Parks, 38, was arrested for possession of precursor chemicals and possession of paraphernalia 



Officers found a counterfeit $100 bill in Ballard’s purse.

Ballard, 37, and Parks, 38, were then arrested for possession of precursor chemicals and possession of paraphernalia. Ballard was additionally charged with possession of counterfeit currency said Magri.

Sarasota, Florida — Two brothers have been arrested for making methamphetamine at a homeless camp in a wooded area east of Cattlemen Road.

John Bedford and David Haring were found cooking meth in their tents in the woods east of Cattlemen Road and Webber Street.

According to reports, detectives received information from their counterparts at the Sarasota Police Department that the brother were cooking meth in their tents. Their suspicious were confirmed after Haring bought one of the main ingredients, Pseudoephedrine, on Wednesday and Bedford purchased more on Thursday.

Undercover detectives and deputies from the Tactical Unit went to the campsite just before 9:00 p.m. on August 1 and found all the materials necessary to cook meth and significant quantities of the drug.

Both men admitted cooking meth and were charged with manufacturing and trafficking in methamphetamine.




A traffic stop in Madison County led to the discovery of a meth lab Friday afternoon.

The stop happened on Main Street in Richmond. Officers say they discovered the meth lab in the floorboard of the passenger vehicle.


The road was completely shut down while crews cleaned up. Two people were arrested, but police have not yet released their names.



OGDEN — Charges filed against several people accused of heading one of the largest methamphetamine distribution rings in the area shed light on how the ring allegedly operated.

Timothy Nelson, 30, David Chacon, 31, Jalatt Siripathan, 39, and Shane Osborn, 44, were charged Thursday in 2nd District Court in Ogden with various felonies, and court documents identify them as the leaders of the drug operation.

According to probable cause affidavits, Nelson was the “primary source” of the meth and used Chacon as a go-between to transfer the drugs to Siripathan, who in turn delivered the meth to Osborn. Police say Osborn then broke up the meth into ounces and oversaw a large distribution network throughout northern Utah.

The probable cause affidavit for Osborn’s arrest said police determined Siripathan supplied Osborn with drugs at least 14 times between June 22 and July 21.

Police arrested the four Tuesday as part of a multi-agency bust that netted 14 total arrests and around $400,000 in cash and assets.

Court documents show Nelson was charged with engaging in a criminal enterprise, a first-degree felony. Chacon faces two second-degree felony counts of distribution of a controlled substance.

Siripathan faces a first-degree felony count of engaging in a criminal enterprise and 16 second-degree counts of distribution of a controlled substance. Osborn was charged with a second-degree felony count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, as well as possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, both class B misdemeanors.

According to a Wednesday news release from the Ogden Police Department, the investigation into the drug ring is ongoing and police are still trying to arrest others involved.




West Lafayette police said an increase in complaints and incidents at Parkway Apartments has triggered an increase in patrols over the past six months and played a role in the arrest Thursday of two Lafayette men on suspicion of meth crimes.

Lt. Troy Harris, investigations commander with the West Lafayette Police Department, said officers observed three suspicious subjects meet at the entrance of 2501 Soldiers Home Road on Thursday.

Upon further investigation, he said, officers found an active one-pot method meth lab in a backpack belong to one of the men.

The Indiana State Police Meth Suppression Unit responded and dismantled the lab. The ISP team provided West Side officers with the proper evidence and transported the hazardous waste from the scene.

Scott Tomasko, 20, was arrested for suspicion of possession of an illegal drug lab. Police said Clayton Jean, 20, had meth in his possession and was also arrested.

Clayton Jean

Clayton Jean


Harris said complaints and WeTip anonymous hotline calls have increased significantly in the past six months at three Parkway Apartment complexes just north of Sagamore Parkway West and west of Soldiers Home Road.

Recent numbers from the West Lafayette Records Management System show that officers have responded to more than 800 calls in the past year and a half at 2501 and 2601 Soldiers Home Road and 2410 Happy Hollow Road, Harris said.





Easton police say they uncovered two meth labs in the city Friday morning, part of a series of drug raids that also focused on a recent shooting.
According to police, the city’s vice and special response units, along with the state police special response team, served four search warrants around Easton at 6 a.m.



Even after stricter laws regulating pseudoephedrine, the average amount of seized clandestine meth sites in Jasper County is seven per year.

Starting in 2005, pharmacies were required to record and report the purchase of pseudoephedrine products. All pharmacies were reporting to the National Precursor Log Exchange by Sept. 1, 2010. Since that time, 34 clandestine meth labs have been seized in Jasper County, six so far this year.

Brad Shutts, east commander for the Mid-Iowa Narcotics Enforcement Task Force, said pseudoephedrine tracking laws work, and have had some success in Jasper County, with the help of the task force.

“Jasper County used to be one of the largest meth lab areas in the state,” Shutts said. “The support that you get out of all the 16 agencies is really helpful.”

Polk County averages 24 seizures per year, while Dubuque County averages 27 seizures a year.

Shutts noted clandestine labs aren’t necessarily mass production labs, but are usually “shake and bake” labs that require a small amount of pseudoephedrine and generate only a single dose of meth.

“The thing is these shake and bakes are so hazardous. They’re so flammable,” Shutts said. “You’re using lithium in a chemical reaction inside a plastic bottle. It just takes one screw-up and a garage or house or any structure is gone.”

More commonly seen in the Western region of the U.S. and Mexico is red phosphorus labs, which produce larger quantities of meth. Mexico’s restrictions on red phosphorus are lax.

In the U.S., drug tracking laws nationally and at the state level have curbed drug production, but not use.

“There are always loopholes,” Shutts said. “There’s always ways to get around the laws.”

Shutts said people will either slowly stock up on cold and allergy medicine to produce meth or have several people, who are called Smurfs, purchase the medicine for them. Shutts said that while the laws have helped the problem, the only way to truly eliminate meth production in the U.S. is to pull pseudoephedrine off the shelves completely.

“The world can survive without ephedrine but it’s a money maker for these pharmaceutical companies,” Shutts said.

Rep. David Loebsack said he’s worked closely with law enforcement and has worked as a legislator to remove meth, both production and use, from the streets.

“As a parent, it is heartbreaking to see the impacts meth, synthetic drugs, and other narcotics have had on far too many Iowa youth,” Loebsack said. “That’s why I helped beat back cuts to vital support for our local law enforcement to take drugs off our streets, shut down production, and make arrests. Iowa has taken significant steps to limit access to pseudoephedrine to those who use it to make meth while still ensuring medicine is available to law abiding Iowans.  Production of meth is both a safety and health threat to our communities, and I will continue to work with our local law enforcement to shut down production in Iowa, stop importation from outside our state, and keep our kids safe.”

Shutts said the Mid-Iowa Narcotics Task Force is looking forward by removing children from homes that have been affected by meth. The Iowa Alliance for Drug Endangered Children helps transition families and children who are affected by meth by removing the children from the home.

“We do what we can and we try, and we hopefully, make differences in people’s lives but it’s out of control,” Shutts said. “Ephedrine is the key. There’s other cold medicines.”

Steve Lukan, director of the Office of Drug Control, said the Drug Endangered Children program has benefits and applies not only to instances involving meth.

“We certainly think it’s been an overlooked issue. It’s very important for law enforcement and social services to work together and look inside these homes,” Lukan said.

In 2011, more than 400 children were removed from their homes and placed in safer locations. Lukan said he believes it’s had a big impact across the state.

“I’m big believer that if we keep youth away from drugs, the taxpayers get dividends for life,” Lukan said.



CARSON CITY  — Authorities in Carson City say an improper lane change provided the opportunity they needed to pull over a suspect in an ongoing drug investigation.

They say they found more than 2 pounds of methamphetamine in the car after the Thursday night stop. Three people were arrested.

The Nevada Appeal reports the street value of the drugs is estimated at $67,000.

The Carson City sheriff’s office says Steven Gillim, 57, was pulled over around 8 p.m.

Authorities say they also found 2.8 grams of heroin, a gun silencer, night-vision glasses, drug paraphernalia and about $3,600 cash.

Gillim was arrested on suspicion of multiple charges.

Also arrested were 41-year-old Eric Weber and 45-year-old Melinda Paetz.

The Appeal reports all three were jailed on $250,000 bail.

Calexico, California – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Calexico, Calif. downtown port of entry arrested two Mexican citizens after discovering approximately $450,000 worth of methamphetamine concealed within their vehicle.

The incident occurred July 31, at about 11:30 a.m. when a canine team was screening vehicles that waited in line for inspection. The team’s detector dog alerted to a red 2007 Dodge Caliber and CBP officers escorted the vehicle and its occupants to the secondary lot for further examination.

While conducting an intensive inspection, officers discovered 20 wrapped packages of methamphetamine hidden in the rear seats and quarter panels of the vehicle. The narcotics weighed 30 pounds.

The driver, a 53-year-old female, and her 19-year-old daughter, both residents of Mexicali, Baja California, were turned over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigation (HSI) agents for further processing. Both subjects were later transported to the Imperial County Jail where they currently await arraignment.

CBP placed an immigration hold on the Mexican citizens to initiate removal from the United States at the conclusion of their criminal proceedings.

CBP seized both the vehicle and narcotics.



Raymond — Friday morning, Aug. 2, detectives with the Pacific County and Grays Harbor County Drug Task Forces served a narcotics related search warrant at a residence and property located within the 10000 block of State Route 101. The search warrant was a result of a lengthy investigation into the sales of methamphetamine from the residence.

During the search of the residence and property, detectives located a substantial amount of methamphetamine, digital weigh scales and other narcotics related paraphernalia. Detectives also located a substantial amount of cash believed to be proceeds from methamphetamine dealing. The suspected dealer, Michael L Pedrazzetti, age 43, was arrested at the scene for two counts of delivery of methamphetamine and one count of possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver. An additional subject identified as Patricia L. Clifford, age 31, was also arrested at the scene for an outstanding Department of Corrections warrant.

Detectives were assisted with the service of the warrant by deputies and officers from the Pacific County Sheriff’s Office, the Raymond Police Department, the Shoalwater Bay Tribal Police Department, the Washington State Patrol and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.





BEAUMONT – U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today the indictment of 28 individuals operating a major drug distribution ring responsible for trafficking cocaine, marijuana, and methamphetamine through the Eastern District of Texas as well as to Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, North Carolina, New York, New Jersey and Oklahoma.

On June 20, 2013, a federal grand jury returned a three count superseding indictment, under seal, charging 28 individuals with conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute one or more controlled substances. On July 22, 2013, state and federal investigators began executing arrest warrants and successfully apprehended 23 of the 28 defendants. The names of those 23 were unsealed today, and include:


  • Terry Wilson Garrett, 57, of Morgan City, Louisiana
  • Eric Atoy Roberson, 40, of Dickinson, Texas
  • Alejandro Gonzales, 35, of Alvin, Texas
  • Roberto Sanchez Gonzalez, 40, of Houston, Texas
  • Hector Javier Alejandre, 28, of Houston, Texas
  • Irau Flores, 33, of Alvin, Texas
  • Yered Morales, 29, of Houston, Texas
  • Raul Castillo, 40, of Alvin, Texas
  • Luis Zavala-Garcia, 52, of Roma, Texas
  • Isaac Mireles, 35, of Alvin, Texas
  • Robert Mathis, 44, of Baker, Florida
  • Julio Vela, 33, of Houston, Texas
  • Jason Perez, 37, of Beaumont, Texas
  • Francisco Sandoval, 46, of Alvin, Texas
  • Ifrain Cadena, 31, of Pasadena, Texas
  • Xavier Barocio, 33, of Houston, Texas
  • Artemio Blanco, 27, of Alvin, Texas
  • Mario Costilla, 52, of McAllen, Texas
  • Luis Guerrero, 33, of Palmview, Texas
  • Delfino Bazan, 44, of Rio Grande City, Texas
  • Juan Pablo Flores, 37, of Houston, Texas
  • Agustin Mondragon, 36, of Houston, Texas
  • Fernando Flores, 37, of Houston, Texas

The identities of the remaining at-large defendants will remain under seal until they are apprehended by authorities.

Count One of the June 2013 superseding indictment alleges that from sometime in the late 2000’s and continuing until June 18, 2013, Terry Wilson Garrett, Eric Atoy Roberson, Alejandro Gonzales, Roberto Sanchez Gonzalez, Hector Javier Alejandre, Irau Flores, Yered Morales, Raul Castillo, Isaac Mireles, Julio Vela, Ifrain Cadena, Xavier Barocio, Artemio Blanco, Delfino Bazan, Juan Pablo Flores, and Fernando Flores conspired with others to distribute over five kilograms of cocaine in the Eastern District of Texas and elsewhere.

Count Two alleges that, over the same time period, Alejandro Gonzales, Hector Javier Alejandre, Irau Flores, Yered Morales, Raul Castillo, Luis Zavala-Garcia, Isaac Mireles, Robert Mathis, Julio Vela, Jason Perez, Francisco Sandoval, Ifrain Cadena, Xavier Barocio, Artemio Blanco, Mario Costilla, Luis Guerrero, Juan Pablo Flores, Agustin Mondragon, and Fernando Flores conspired with others to distribute over 1,000 kilograms of marijuana in the Eastern District of Texas and elsewhere.

Count Three alleges that, over the same time period, Alejandro Gonzales, Roberto Sanchez Gonzalez, Hector Javier Alejandre, Raul Castillo, Artemio Blanco, Juan Pablo Flores, and Fernando Flores conspired with others to distribute over 500 grams of methamphetamine in the Eastern District of Texas and elsewhere.

The defendants all face a minimum of 10 years and up to life in federal prison if convicted of one or more of the drug conspiracy charges.

This case is the result of an extensive two and a half year joint investigation by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF). The principal mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt and dismantle the most serious drug trafficking, weapons trafficking and money laundering organizations, and those primarily responsible for the nation’s illegal drug supply. During the course of this operation, agents have successfully arrested 40 individuals and seized large quantities of cocaine, marijuana, methamphetamine, approximately $766,577 in U.S. currency, 30 vehicles, a boat, three residences, and 25 firearms.

This investigation was conducted by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Galveston Resident Office, the Miami and Houston Division Offices, the McAllen District Office, and the Dickinson Police Department, with assistance from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement/Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Marshals Service, Marine Interdiction Agency, Texas Department of Public Safety, Brazoria, Galveston, Harris, and Jefferson County (Texas) Sheriff’s Offices, and the police departments of Alvin, Beaumont, Galveston, Houston, League City, Pasadena, and Pearland, Texas. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Baylor Wortham and Michelle Englade.

A grand jury indictment is not evidence of guilt and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.




One of the suspects arrested in this morning’s Easton drug raids is also facing charges of running a chop shop in a garage he was renting in the city, court papers say.

Gary Everitt, 42, of the 1300 block of Lehigh Street, was arrested today following a search warrant served at his home and a garage and warehouse in the 500 block of Monroe Street in the city, according to court records.

Steve Kaiser, 45 and homeless, is in custody at 1332 Lehigh St. in Easton after police said they found a methamphetamine lab in a first floor apartment. Easton, Wilson Borough and Pennsylvania State police raided four properties Friday morning in the city and borough, found two methamphetamine labs and took five people into custody, city police Lt. Matthew Gerould said.

Police said they found methamphetamine labs at Everitt’s home and inside the Monroe Street building. Police also said a partially disassembled motorcycle was in plain view of investigators inside the garage.

Authorities say the Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle had been reported stolen.

Everitt was arraigned before District Judge Elizabeth Romig-Gainer in Easton on charges of operating a chop shop, illegal disposal of a vehicle, receiving stolen property and possession of an instrument of crime. Everitt’s bail was set at $35,000 in the case.




Over 3 pounds of Methamphetamine Seized during K9 Traffic Stop

On July 31, 2013, just before 7 AM, a Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office K9 deputy stopped a green Honda Accord travelling east on I 40 after observing several moving violations. The vehicle contained 2 adult males identified as 31-year-old Jose Barraza and 34-year-old Alfredo Lopez-Pantoja, both from Livingston, California. The driver, Barraza, provided a Mexican identification card but was otherwise unlicensed. While conversing with the occupants regarding the traffic violations, the deputy noticed numerous signs of deception while both occupants appeared more nervous than the innocent motoring public. Additionally, the occupants were unable to answer basic questions that a group of passengers sharing a destination would commonly know. Both did acknowledge they were heading east for job opportunities.

K9 Stop Yields Over 3 Pounds of Meth


Based on the deputy’s suspicions these occupants were possibly transporting some form of contraband, he asked and received permission from Barraza to conduct a search. While checking inside the Honda’s trunk, the deputy pulled back a liner exposing a wrapped package stowed against the trunk wall. Further inspection revealed 2 more packages and all 3 were found to contain methamphetamine with a total weight of 3.2 pounds.

Barraza later admitted he was transporting the load of methamphetamine to Arkansas with assistance from Pantoja.

Both suspects were booked at the Camp Verde Detention on charges including Transportation of Dangerous Drugs for Sale, Possession of Dangerous Drugs for Sale, and Possession of Dangerous Drugs. Each remains in-custody on a $15,000 bond and both have immigration holds. The Honda was impounded pending forfeiture proceedings.



Huntsville, TN –  A bride to be ended up behind bars with her intended groom, after deputies caught on to her plans to pass drugs to him during their kiss.

According to the Scott County Sheriff’s Department, Brita West came to the detention center in Huntsville to marry prisoner Willard Tinch on Sunday.

While she was being searched, she asked an officer how she would be able to kiss Tinch after the ceremony. While she was talking, the officer noted that West’s dentures kept falling down, and saw that West had a package in her mouth.

The package was searched, and inside, officers found a package of methamphetamine and two suboxone strips.

Brita West

West gave officers permission to search her purse and car, and they found more meth, a couple of syringes, and a dollar bill folded with a crushed pill that has not been identified yet.

West is charged with Possession of drug paraphernalia,
Possession of meth more than .5 grams, Possession of Schedule 3, and Introducing drugs into a county institution.

She’s being held on a $25,000 bond.



Lufkin – Following an investigation by the Criminal Investigation Division of the Texas Department of Public Safety, a 33-year-old Lufkin man was arrested for possession of approximately 2.5 pounds of methamphetamine.

Jose Pantoja is still being held in the Angelina County Jail on a felony charge of possession of meth between 1 and 400 grams. His bail has been set at $50,000.

(Source: Angelina County Jail)(Source: Texas Department of Public Safety)


According to Trooper David Hendry, a DPS spokesman, Lufkin DPS CID agents arranged a bogus meth delivery with Pantoja within the Lufkin city limits. When they searched his vehicle, they allegedly found about a half pound of meth.

After Pantoja gave the CID agents consent to search his home, they went there and found another approximately 2 pounds of meth and a pistol.

Pantoja was arrested and transported to the Angelina County Jail.


A Yigo woman was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly attempting to distribute drugs sent from California.

Irene M. Fernandez was arrested on July 30 for alleged conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

According to court documents, a U.S. Postal Inspector became suspicious of a package addressed to a resident of Chalan Isa in Nissho Terrace in Yigo from a resident in San Diego, Calif.

After an external examination by Guam Customs and Quarantine Agency’s anti-drug dog unit, the agency opened the package and found more than 500 grams of methamphetamine hidden in a metal pot and stein.

Investigators confiscated the drugs, and placed a fake substance resembling methamphetamine and a tracking device into the package.
After several attempts by undercover investigators to lure the intended recipient to claim the package, investigators obtained a search warrant and met Fernandez at her residence.
Court documents state that Fernandez admitted to wiring money to the sender and confirmed that the package contained methamphetamine.
As a result of the search warrant, investigators also found one cut straw and three plastic bags containing methamphetamine stored in a metal locker in the garage.
Fernandez was placed in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service, and a preliminary hearing for the defendant is scheduled for Aug. 14.



The manufacture and use of methamphetamine is not only on the rise in Bryan County, it is soaring, law enforcement officials say.

From December 2012 through July of this year, the Richmond Hill police department arrested 25 individuals involved in 11 separate cases relating to the drug and has about 16 more it is working on, according to Cpl. Susan Willis.


Courtesy of Jack Frost All the items needed to make meth are easily avaiable and legal to own. It is only when they are combined that it becomes illegal.

All the items needed to make meth are easily avaiable and legal to own. It is only when they are combined that it becomes illegal

Interim Pembroke Police Chief Stacy Strickland says he knows it is all around the city.

“We have had a few busts in the city of the mobile labs, (but) we have not found any stationary labs. But all around the perimeter of Pembroke, there have been labs that have actually been found. It is on the rise,” he said.

The Bryan County Sheriff’s Office has busted more than 25 labs cooking methamphetamine in the last 12 months.

“I think we have had 26 labs within the last year,” said Butch Ward of the sheriff’s office. “That is up.”

The shutdown of 15 of those labs and 42 arrests are credited to Larry Harris, a sheriff’s deputy assigned to the narcotics unit.

“They make it in cars, motel rooms, anywhere you can fit a two-liter bottle into,” Harris said.

“They could be going down the road making this. It is very volatile if they don’t release the gasses at a certain time, and it will explode,” Richmond Hill Police Detective Doug Sahlburg said of the process known as “shake and bake.”

Police have found burn marks inside a vehicle at a traffic stop when meth has been manufactured in a vehicle.

“There have been little explosions where things went wrong,” Willis said. “We will take pieces of the kid’s car seats from the back seat and send them off for testing. They always come back positive. The children’s hair comes back positive and not like miniscule amounts; enough that they are high on it themselves. Basically they are killing brain cells.”

Easy to make

Despite the inherent dangers in the manufacturing of meth, and to those nearby, the process is not difficult; it only takes a few hours. Plus all the ingredients, which include Drano and brake fluid, are legal to purchase and own.

Only the purchase of medications containing Ephedrine, an ingredient found in products such as Sudafed and one of the main ingredients in methamphetamine, is monitored.

“They are only allowed to buy a certain amount. Once they go over that, they are reported in a log,” Sahlburg said.

The log contains records of multiple purchases, and unusual purchase patterns of products containing Ephedrine by one individual or members of the same family reported by the pharmacy is one method law enforcement uses to zero in on suspected meth manufacturers.

But just being noted in the log doesn’t necessarily stop multiple purchases.

“You will get people in the log at five different pharmacies on the same exact day,” Willis said.

And since not all pharmacies participate, as the reporting is not yet mandated by the state, the logs only go so far in stopping the manufacture of the drug.

And unlike the drug cartels which seek monetary gain for trafficking drugs, much of the methamphetamine manufactured is being made for personal use, according to Jack Frost of the Richmond Hill police department.

“They are really not selling it; that creates a two-fold problem in that it is leading them to do other crimes like theft and prostitution to fund it,” he said. “There are groups that get together to cook it. Each person is responsible of bringing one of the ingredients.”

Hard to quit

“The drug changes the user’s mental state,” Frost said. “They say a lot of it is the anticipation of what they are going to get after they make it. After a point they have fried their receptors enough that the drug doesn’t do it by itself. It is the anticipation as well.”

And while Frost doesn’t necessarily think meth is the biggest illegal drug problem these days, he does say it is getting worse.

“I think prescription pills are the biggest thing, even Xanax. I think that is becoming a bigger gateway drug than even marijuana is. Marijuana is prevalent everywhere, but a lot of these people who are using meth now, who would have told you five or six years ago they would have never thought of using it, are using it to crutch an opiate addiction that they got through pain medication,” he said.

The immediately destructive nature of meth concerns Willis.

“After the first time they try it, they are addicted to it. They stop eating, stop drinking, they stop doing anything that is healthy for them. They just fixate on the meth. Their appearance is not so much the drug doing that to them; it is more that they have just foregone any sort of hygiene,” she said. “A functional meth addict is very rare.”

“It is such a powerful drug I have taken children away from their mothers without the mom ever shedding a tear,” Frost said. “I am talking about a 5-month-old baby.”

Who is using it?

According to Frost, at one point 80 percent of the female population in the Bryan County jail was there for meth.

“Just after school was out this year, they had a 15-year-old girl they got on a traffic stop that had been shooting up,” Willis said. “She had been doing prescription pills.”

And while the use of the drug appears to know no boundaries demographic-wise, there are some observations that, at least for now, seem to fit use locally.

It is more common in north Bryan County and still predominantly a drug used by whites rather than blacks or Hispanics locally.

“Lower income white males,” Harris said. “You are going to run across everybody, but if you had to come up with a profile, that would be it.”

Arrests alone won’t solve the problem

“The reality of it is we can’t arrest the problem away. And that is not what we are here for,” Frost said.

“People should understand that this is their community, and even if it is a loved one, people have to understand that it is an addiction; that these are not the actions of my loved one anymore; these are the actions of an addict, someone who is being controlled by a substance, someone who doesn’t have anything they are going to put first in their life other than drugs. It is hard for a rational person to understand that, but it is the addiction.”

Symptoms of meth use mimic those of any other drug, Willis said.

“They have mood swings; they are secretive; money is missing; they will be unaccounted for, for periods of time. One thing with meth is they’ll get fidgety. If a person who is not normally fidgety and all of a sudden becomes so, that is a sign,” she said.

“They call it meth bugs, but their nerves are overstimulated. But I would say loss of appetite, rapid weight loss, staying up for extended periods of time, not paying attention to personal hygiene are all signs,” said Frost.

Ward said he thought crack cocaine was bad, but meth trumps that.

“It is a terrible drug, I don’t see it stopping, and it is getting worse,” he said.

“I know it is a bad drug; people have a real hard time with it. It is terrible. It is sickening is what it is. It is an absolutely terrible drug. The real terrible part is the children,” said Harris. “It is growing body by body.”




BIRMINGHAM, AL (WAFF) – Three northeast Alabama residents were indicted Tuesday for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine

Angela Nicole Holland, 39, Chester Lynn Davidson, 60, both of Albertville, and Robert Bradley Fussell, 38, of Boaz, with conspiring to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute at least 50 grams of the controlled substance between November 2012 and February.

Davidson was also charged with two counts of distributing meth. Fussell was charged with one count of possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute, and Holland was charged with one count of distributing methamphetamine on February 15 and with possessing with intent to distribute five grams or more.

The conspiracy charge carries a penalty of 10 years to life in prison and a fine of up to $10 million. The charges of possessing with intent to distribute or distributing methamphetamine carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine.

Possessing with intent to distribute at least five grams of methamphetamine carries a possible prison sentence of five to 40 years and a maximum $5 million fine.



MEDFORD, Oregon — A transient is a suspect in the theft of 23 laptops and a microscope over the weekend from Logos Charter School in Medford.

Police say the 58-year-old man has been selling laptops or trading them for drugs.

The Mail Tribune reports ( the man was arrested Monday on a charge of possession of methamphetamine.

Police have recovered seven of the computers.



STEUBEN COUNTY, Ind.  — Three people were arrested Wednesday, when the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant for narcotics in the 100 block of E. Depot St in Hudson.

Stacy L Hicks, age 44, was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine within 1000 feet of a public park, a Class A Felony, possession of two or more chemicals or reagents with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine within 1000 feet of a public park, a Class C Felony.

Leota Dickerson (Left), Sharon Schimpf (Center) and Stacy Hicks (Right)



Sharon K Schimpf, age 35, was charged with aiding in manufacturing of methamphetamine within 1000 feet of a public park, a Class A Felony.

Leota L Dickerson, age 55, was charged with possession of methamphetamine within 1000 feet of a public park, a Class B felony, maintaining a common nuisance, a Class D Felony, and possession of paraphernalia, a Class A Misdemeanor

Stacy L Hicks is also facing a charge of dealing in methamphetamine, greater than 3 grams as a Class A Felony. Hicks was arrested by the IMAGE Drug Task Force for this charge.