Two men arrested at the River Hills Mall Monday have connections to a methamphetamine distribution ring that was allegedly shipping thousands of dollars worth of the drug in liquid form before selling it by the ounce in solid form in Iowa and Minnesota.

Several ounces of meth were purchased by Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigators who traveled to Mason City, Iowa, in February to set up the buys after receiving information from the South Central Drug Investigation Unit, a drug task force based in Owatonna.

Task force agents asked for BCA assistance after setting up a buy from Ricardo Camberos-Valle, 26 on Feb. 9. The sting to buy 3 ounces of meth was not successful, but Camberos-Valle was stopped by a state trooper anyway because investigators suspected he had 5 ounces of the drug in his vehicle.

Camberos-Valle and another man, 25-year-old Juan Jose Lopez, were the two men arrested at the Mankato mall Monday. They met the BCA investigators in the parking lot after a deal was set up to buy 5 ounces of meth. Lopez allegedly delivered the meth to an agent waiting in a vehicle while Camberos-Valle walked into the mall’s food court. Lopez was arrested in the parking lot and Camberos-Valle in the mall after he appeared to be sending texts from his cellphone, the complaints said.

Both men had been followed to the mall from a house at 123 Seventh Ave. in St. James, a residence that had been linked to previous drug buys by the BCA investigators. That house was searched Monday shortly after the arrests because agents were concerned that Camberos-Valle had told people there to get rid of evidence after watching Lopez’s arrest from the food court.

St. James Police Chief Mark Carvatt said he couldn’t comment on what was found in the house because his officers were only assisting the BCA. No charges had been filed in Watonwan County District Court as a result of the search as of Wednesday afternoon.

A third man, allegedly the leader of the drug-trafficking organization, also has been charged and there is a warrant for his arrest. That man, 24-year-old Francisco Orozco-Padilla, is the person the BCA agent met in Mason City. The agent was posing as a customer interested in purchasing large amounts of methamphetamine and cocaine.

During that Feb. 19 meeting, Orozco-Padilla allegedly told the agent he could provide meth in pound quantities. He said the drug was shipped in liquid form before his organization turned it back into solid form for sale, the complaint said.

He also allegedly told the agent about $35,000 in cash was seized after one of his associates was stopped by law enforcement near Mason City. The agent checked with authorities and learned an Iowa state trooper had confiscated $38,000 during a traffic stop on Feb. 1. Paperwork also was found in the car that showed $98,000 in cash was confiscated from the same driver when he was stopped by a California Highway Patrol officer in January.

The agent’s first meth purchase from Orozco-Padilla took place March 18, the complaints said. Two ounces of the drug were delivered to the agent by Lopez during a meeting in the parking lot of the Mankato Godfather’s Pizza restaurant on Tullamore Avenue.

Orozco-Padilla told the agent the delivery would be made by someone in St. James. Officers there were able to find vehicles registered to Orozco-Padilla, Camberos-Valle and Lopez parked at the house at 123 Seventh Ave. after the Mankato deal.

Another 2 ounces of meth were purchased April 10 in the parking lot of the St. James Shopko during another deal set up by the agent. About a half gram of cocaine also was part of the deal.

Other criminal complaints filed in Blue Earth County show Mankato drug task force agents paid about $100 per gram for cocaine during stings involving smaller amounts. The BCA complaints do not say how much agents were paying for the meth they were buying by the ounce. There are 28 grams in an ounce.



Allen West, the former guitarist for death metal bands Six Feet Under and Obituary is currently behind bars at the Sumter County Jail in Bushnell, FL, after police discovered the makings of a methamphetamine lab at his Lake Panasoffkee home.

According to the Tri-County Sun Times, West had called 911 to report two male intruders had “forcibly entered his house by kicking in the front door.” The guitarist allegedly ran out of his back door and into nearby woods for safety.

While there’s no indication that the responding Sumter County deputies located any such intruders, what they did discover was a “strong acidic odor from the bedroom.” They found plastic bottles, tubing and other materials consistent with those used to produce methamphetamine.

After further questioning regarding some of the items found hidden inside a cooler, West admitted that “they were cooking it,” with no clarification as to who “they” might be.

Maintaining that the materials weren’t his own, the guitarist eventually confessed to producing and smoking meth in the home as recently as the past two weeks. Ammonium nitrate, sodium hydroxide and lithium strips were among the recovered items.


Allen West's Mug Shot (Courtesy Sumter County Sheriff)

Allen West’s Mug Shot (Courtesy Sumter County Sheriff)


Current Six Feet Under vocalist Chris Barnes tweeted his support for the beleaguered guitarist with a link to the news report.

The Tri-County Sun Times confirmed West was arrested for production and possession of a controlled substance, specifically methamphetamine, and is being held on a $40,000 bond.

Six Feet Under is scheduled for a slew of concert dates as part of the Hell in July tour with such bands as Cannabis Corpse, Decrepit Birth and Dealy Plaza.




Salton City, Calif. — On Tuesday, El Centro sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio station apprehended a suspected narcotics smuggler at the Highway 86 checkpoint and seized 2.8 pounds of methamphetamine.

The incident occurred at approximately 3 p.m., when a 53-year-old male taxi driver and his 16-year-old female passenger approached the Border Patrol checkpoint in located between Westmorland and Salton City. At primary inspection, agents found discrepancies with the immigration documents she presented and promptly referred the 2007 Mercury Grand Marquis to secondary inspection. A search of the vehicle and driver were negative for narcotics. Upon further questioning, the female admitted to presenting fraudulent documents and was placed under arrest. Apprehending agents noticed a large bulge near her lower back which subsequently revealed seven packages of methamphetamine plastic wrapped to her body.

The methamphetamine had an estimated street value of more than $66,000. The female and the methamphetamine were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

The El Centro sector’s Community Awareness Campaign is a simple and effective program to raise public awareness on the indicators of crime and other threats. We encourage public and private sector employees to remain vigilant and play a key role in keeping our country safe. Please report any suspicious activity to the Border Community Threat Hotline at (800) 901-2003


DAWSON, Ga. — Officers of the Dawson Police Department raided an active methamphetamine lab last night, arrested the husband and wife team operating it, and “rescued” a three-year-old boy, police officials say.


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Ryann Reid Hancock


Nicholas Bradley Hancock, 29, and his wife Ryann Reid Hancock, 35, were charged with child endangerment and manufacturing methamphetamine and transported to the Terrell County Jail, said Tommy Poupard, assistant chief of the DPD.

According to officials, the combustible nature of chemicals required to manufacture methamphetamine creates a dangerous environment not only for the suspects but for law enforcement personnel.

“Combining the meth lab with the execution of a search warrant compounds the dangers for the officers and for those they are investigating,” said DPD Chief, Charles C. Whitehead in a special press release.

The DPD executed the search warrant at a residence on the 300 block of 7th Avenue at about 9 p.m., Poupard said, with assistance from the Terrell County Sheriff’s Office, the Dawson Fire Department and the Terrell County EMS. Once all persons in the residence were secured, the Sylvester office of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation helped evaluate the lab and its cleanup, Poupard said.

The child, who’s name is currently withheld, has been processed through the Georgia Dept. of Family and Children’s Services and released to the care of his grandparents, police officials said.



Two people were arrested and another issued a summons when Boone County authorities served two search warrants Wednesday morning.

The sheriff’s department suspected residents of both locations of manufacturing methamphetamine.

The first search warrant was for 2308 Grandview Circle. Nathan Hofius, 33, of Columbia, was arrested for manufacturing a controlled substance.




Authorities found chemicals and equipment used to manufacture methamphetamine, as well as methamphetamine paraphernalia and methamphetamine.

The second was for 3501 New Haven Road #99, where authorities found 46-year-old Patricia Reeves of Sturgeon and 63-year-old Charles Nole of Columbia. Reeves was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and a Columbia municipal warrant for failing to appear in court, while Nole was issued a summons for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Items found by authorities included methamphetamine and methamphetamine paraphernalia.



IRON RIVER – A child was not injured after being exposed to an unknown liquid while playing on playground equipment at Bachman Park in Iron River on Wednesday morning.

Iron River Police Department responded to Bachman Park in Iron River at approximately 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday. Police said a child had been exposed to an unknown liquid while playing on playground equipment.

Troopers from the Iron Mountain Post responded to assist.

A burst vessel (pop bottle) was found nearby containing an unknown liquid.

Further investigation revealed four additional containers at a nearby park, identified as Nanalmo Park.

Methamphetamine specialists from the UPSET narcotics team responded and collected all items that were determined to be methamphetamine precursor materials.

The eight-year-old child was not injured.

Iron River Police were assisted by troopers from the Iron Mountain Post and detectives from the UPSET Methamphetamine Task Force.



West Central Illinois Task Force arrested a Quincy couple Monday morning on the charge of methamphetamine precursor. Amanda J. Rathburn, age 33 and Matthew N. Mayes, age 37 both of 615 Harrison Drive were arrested on outstanding Adams County warrants. Rathburn was arrested at her Harrison Drive residence and Mayes was arrested at 2403 N. 24th Street in Quincy. Both Rathburn and Mayes were transported to the Adams County Jail were they were lodged. Task Force officials report the charges stem from a methamphetamine investigation that was initiated in March of this year. The Quincy Police Department and the Adams County Sheriffs Office both assisted in the arrests.

All subjects are presumed innocent until proven in a court of law.



Wilkes Sheriff’s Department narcotics officers seized 20 pounds of ephedrine, a key ingredient in making methamphetamine (meth), as part of an undercover drug arrest Thursday.

Wilkes Sheriff Chris Shew said he didn’t know of a larger amount of this meth precurser being seized anywhere.

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Twenty pounds of ephedrine were seized by Wilkes Sheriff’s Department narcotics officers Thursday as a result of an undercover investigation. A man was arrested when it was seized


Lt. Craig Dancy, who heads the sheriff’s department’s narcotics unit, said it was enough ephedrine to make 30 to 40 pounds of meth with a street value of over $2 million.

“This is the first time we know of this amount of it coming in and in this form,” said Dancy. The ephedrine, a hard white substance, was stored in several ziplock plastic bags when seized.

He said an undercover drug officer was supposed to pay $1,800 per pound for the ephedrine, giving that product alone a street value of $36,000. Ephedrine, used legally as a decongestant and bronchodilator, is combined with other products to illegally produce meth.

He said an undercover officer had arranged to buy 10 pounds of ephedrine from Walter Floyd Pennell, 50, of 3390 East Brocktown Road in Moravian Falls.

Dancy said 10 pounds of ephedrine were seized from Pennell when he was arrested about 6 p.m. Thursday at the Lowe’s Home Improvement store parking lot in Wilkesboro. He said the undercover officer had agreed to buy that amount from Pennell at that time and location.

Dancy said narcotics officers found the other 10 pounds in a house at 3301 East Brocktown Road, adding that Pennell said the house belonged to him and gave officers permission to search.

He said Pennell told investigators that the ephedrine came directly from a source in New York. No other details on how it got to Wilkes were available, but Dancy said investigators believe that large an amount of ephedrine must have originally come from a legitimate source.

North Carolina laws passed in recent years place significant limits on amounts of products containing ephedrine that can be purchased legally within certain time periods. Records are kept of these purchases to comply with law.

“This (the ephedrine seized Thursday) bypasses all of those controls,” said Dancy.

He said that when an undercover officer bought half a pound of ephedrine from Pennell on April 11, Pennell said it was pure ephedrine.

He said an undercover officer bought two grams of crystal meth for $300 from Pennell in the Moravian Mart parking lot in Moravian Falls on April 12, adding that Pennell said it was high quality crystal meth that came from Hickory.

Dancy said Pennell was charged with two counts each of selling methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute a methamphetamine precurser and three counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine.

He said Pennell has a prior arrest and conviction in connection with a meth lab. Pennell remained in the Wilkes County Jail at press time with a $60,000 secured bond.

The investigation is continuing and more arrests are expected, said Dancy.



Wilkes Sheriff’s Department officers arrested three people after finding what was identified as a methamphetamine lab in a doublewide mobile home at 784 Hacketts Road in Millers Creek about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Lt. Craig Dancy, head of the sheriff’s department’s narcotics unit, said Dets. Danny Jennings and John Watson went to the residence with search warrants, based on information they received.

Dancy said they found ingredients for making meth and evidence that it recently was made in the residence. Arrested at the scene was Natasha Nicole Walker, 18.

He said Andrew Albert Gonzalez, 29, and Matthew Lynn Robbins, 19, fled from the scene on foot but officers caught them later that day in a search of the area.

All three live in the mobile home searched and were charged with manufacturing meth and maintaining a dwelling for keeping a controlled substance.



NEW CASTLE, Del. – May 8, 2013 (WPVI) — A New Castle man is behind bars after police say they found a methamphetamine lab in his bedroom.

Vernon English, 25, of the 200 block of James Place in the Manor Park East development, is charged with drug and weapons offenses and criminal mischief.

Police went English’s home on Tuesday to question him about an unrelated incident. When English arrived in his pickup truck, officers noticed a strong smell of marijuana.
They searched English and then his home and found 30 grams of marijuana. They also found evidence of a one-pot meth lab in his bedroom. The home was evacuated, and a hazmat team arrived to remove the chemicals and materials used to make methamphetamine.

 Officers also seized six guns that were in the home. English was taken into custody.

Then, police say, while English was awaiting arraignment Tuesday night, he broke a shower head in his cell, flooding the building with several inches of water. Criminal mischief was added to the list of charges against him.

He is behind bars after failing to post $167,000 cash bail.



Two Kansas Bureau of Investigation agents and a Topeka police officer acted lawfully on Dec. 17 when they shot David Tiscareno following a standoff tied to the killings 12 hours earlier of two Topeka police officers, District Attorney Chad Taylor said Wednesday at a news conference.

Taylor said Tiscareno, 22, acted alone in the shootings of officer Jeff Atherly and Cpl. David Gogian in the parking lot of Dillons grocery store, 1400 S.W. Huntoon, just after 6 p.m. Dec. 16.

Taylor said the shootings of Gogian and Atherly occurred within five seconds of one another and before a third police officer in the parking lot fired a series of bullets at Tiscareno. Tiscareno wasn’t struck by the police gunfire. Gogian, 50, and Atherly, 29, didn’t fire any shots during the shootings.

From start to finish, all events in the grocery store parking lot lasted less than a minute, the district attorney said.

Taylor read a lengthy statement posted by Tiscareno on his Facebook account at 3:31 a.m. on Dec. 14.

As posted, the statement said:

“Sumdin no one can understand . . . im a dead man walkin . . . ill kill u . . . ill kill myself. lost everything that made me happy. now im heartless and emotionless. y couldn’t no one help me??????? now im a soulless body doing da work of da devil. i needed sum1 to listen. but it was da only 1. and no one believed me. i miss my babies and girl. sorry I stay away from u. im lost with the wicked. nobodys safe. go ahead and try to get me, cop-pers. got bullets for everybody and me. death is all around me. have no fear, ya heard me? cause ill sniff u out. i sleep when i die. . .”

The district attorney said the investigation hadn’t determined Tiscareno’s motive for shooting Gogian and Atherly.

Taylor said tests showed that Tiscareno had a “substantial amount” of methamphetamines “on board” when he was fatally shot. Methamphetamine is a stimulant drug.

After law enforcement officers found the car Tiscareno drove from the grocery store parked in the 400 block of S.W. Buchanan, officers searched a house at 417 S.W. Buchanan, but Tiscareno wasn’t there.

Later on Dec. 16, deputies searched the Tedman apartment complex, 1255 S.W. Topeka Blvd., but Tiscareno wasn’t there.

Deputies and police surrounded a house at 306 S.W. Western early Dec. 17 and were joined by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation’s high-risk warrant team. After a standoff with officers, Tiscareno left the residence and fired a shot, officers returned fire, and Tiscareno was shot and killed.



MODESTO — A judge on Tuesday sentenced a 31-year-old Oakdale mother to nine years in prison for using methamphetamine while she was breast-feeding, which resulted in the death of her infant daughter.

In March, Nicole Leann Smith pleaded no contest to a felony, admitting that she was responsible in the death of Dahlia Smith.

The defendant was convicted of willful cruelty to a child with an enhancement for causing the death of her 44-day-old daughter.

Hans Hjertonsson, Smith’s defense attorney, asked the judge to give his client a mitigated suspended sentence of six years in prison and release her on probation.

Hjertonsson argued that this case is a difficult and tragic one, but his client was simply “ignorant” to the harmful effects the drug would have on her child while breast-feeding.

“The one who is feeling the most responsible is Ms. Smith,” Hjertonsson told the judge before sentencing.

The defendant since has admitted to probation officials that she used meth while breast-feeding.

Smith initially told investigators that someone must have laced her coffee at a public place and she unknowingly drank it. But Smith told investigators she stopped breast-feeding immediately after drinking the laced coffee, which indicates that she knew it could be harmful to her daughter, Deputy District Attorney Annette Rees argued.

“She lied to the officers, because she was continuing to use methamphetamine every day,” Rees said in court.

The defense attorney argued that his client did not willfully take advantage of her child and that she has an insignificant prior criminal record and completed a court-appointed drug treatment program before her daughter’s death.

Smith pleaded no contest within two months of her arrest, even though the prosecution did not offer a plea deal. Her lawyer said these are mitigating circumstances that should result in a lesser sentence.

According to records, the child’s death was caused by aspiration of gastric contents in her body. Toxicology results indicated Dahlia suffered from meth intoxication over a long period.

The prosecutor told the judge that Smith avoided medical checkups for herself and her daughter because she continued to use meth, even after receiving drug treatment. She said Smith was using up to $20 worth of meth each day. “This child had no ability to defend herself,” Rees argued.

Stanislaus County Superior Court Judge Nancy Ashley said Smith had the nine months of her pregnancy to think about how her drug abuse could harm her child, so she refused to give Smith the mitigated sentence. Smith faced a maximum sentence of 12 years in prison.

Ashley has told Smith that she will have to serve three years on parole after she is released from prison. She could be sentenced to an additional year in prison if she violates her parole.


Nicole Leann Smith, convicted on March 22, 2013 on two felony charges in the death of her 44-day-old daughter, Dahlia Smith.

Two Oelwein men face felony drug charges after Oelwein Police say they discovered a methamphetamine lab in the trunk of a car the two were traveling in.

According to Police, Sunday, May 5, about 2 a.m., during a routine traffic stop in the 100 block of Third Street Southeast, officers discovered a methamphetamine lab in the trunk of the vehicle they had stopped.

They then arrested Matthew Tully Schoeneck, 23, and his passenger, Rodney Leonard Tafolla, 45. They were both charged with conspiracy to manufacture more than five grams of methamphetamine, a class “B” felony.



Two more people have been charged with cooking meth while an investigating officer has again required hospital treatment after being exposed to the substance.

Melissa B. Gollihue, 40, of Grayson, Ky., faces a charge of manufacturing methamphetamine and first degree possession of a controlled substance (Methamphetamine). William D. Lawson, 34, of Sandy Hook, Ky. is also charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and first degree possession of a controlled substance (Methamphetamine).

On Monday, May 6 The Kentucky State Police in Ashland said they received a tip of a suspected methamphetamine lab at a residence located on Karen Circle in Grayson. Trooper Joey Vorbeck and trooper David Hobbs responded to the residence and made contact with Gollihue and Lawson.







Upon a search of the residence and surrounding outbuildings troopers said they located a methamphetamine lab, finished product (methamphetamine) and several precursors used in methamphetamine production. During the search Vorbeck was exposed to fumes from the lab and had to be transported to King’s Daughters Medical Center for evaluation. He was treated and later released.

Both Gollihue and Lawson were lodged in the Carter County Detention Center.

Kentucky State Police Drug Enforcement Special Investigation also responded and assisted with the scene. The investigation is ongoing by Hobbs.–officer-treated-and-released


FREDERICKTOWN, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri man’s freedom from jail didn’t last beyond the squad car ride home, after he reportedly dropped a container of methamphetamine getting out of the patrol car.

The Park Hills Daily Journal ( ) reports that 25-year-old William O’Brien of Fredericktown is back in jail on $30,000 cash-only bond. He is charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute.

A Madison County deputy saw O’Brien walking home after being released from jail Monday morning, and offered him a ride. O’Brien got into the cruiser and asked the deputy to drop him off at a store.

Police say that when O’Brien got out a container fell from his coat. The deputy asked to see the contents.

A probable cause statement said it contained five baggies of meth.


Customs interceptions of packages of batteries and chopsticks filled with a methamphetamine precursor have led to an Auckland man being jailed.

An Auckland man, who hid up to $1.2 million worth of a methamphetamine precursor in batteries and chopsticks, has been jailed for two years and one month.

Hang Qi Yan, 20, was sentenced in Manukau District Court on Wednesday after earlier pleading guilty to two charges over the importation of more than 3.4kg of ContacNT.

ContacNT is commonly used to manufacture methamphetamine or P. Customs, who caught Yan in a sting, say the amount he imported would have yielded between $418,000 and $1.26 million worth of P.

Customs manager investigations Mark Day says the multiple importations and quantities suggest connections with organised criminal networks.

“Products containing pseudoephedrine and ephedrine are virtually impossible to source locally, so criminals try to import these drugs from overseas, mainly China where ContacNT is easily available,” Mr Day said.

“Customs has a strong relationship with Chinese authorities and we are working with them to curb pharmaceuticals containing precursors being sent to New Zealand.”

Customs intercepted a package sent from China in November 2011 containing over one hundred packets of flat circular batteries with a gram of granules concealed inside each battery. This added up to 1kg of ContacNT.

In November 2012, Customs officers questioned Yan over another package from China containing two boxes of metal chopsticks.

ContacNT granules were hidden inside each chopstick, totalling close to 2.4kg.


A woman arrested by Chino Valley Police when they found illegal drugs in her vehicle Monday tried to hide more than 7 grams of methamphetamine in her mouth during booking at the Yavapai County Jail.

Chino Valley Police Lt. Vince Schaan said that when officers contacted Chino resident Jamie Bryant, 41, in the 600 block of Butterfield Road while investigating a delayed theft report, they asked if the department’s K-9, Gage, could sniff the outside of the vehicle. Gage alerted on the vehicle, which police then searched.

Officers found eight separate packages of methamphetamine with a combined weight of 4.3 grams, along with a small amount of marijuana and several prescription drugs in Bryant’s purse.

Schaan said during subsequent interviews, Bryant admitted the methamphetamine was hers and she selling drugs to make money. After she was taken to the Yavapai County Jail in Prescott, police discovered during booking that Bryant was hiding the vial of methamphetamine weighing 7.34 grams in her mouth.

The total weight of methamphetamine possessed by Bryant was 11.64 grams with a street value of $1,100, Schaan said.

Bryant faces several felony counts, including possession of a dangerous drug for sale, taking contraband into a correctional facility, possession of dangerous drugs, possession of prescription only drugs, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.



An Arkansas State Police (ASP) trooper did his due diligence when he stopped a man and woman in a truck for a lane violation on Friday near State Highway 124 and Morgan Road.

The trooper found more than six ounces of alleged methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and a firearm.

District Judge Don Bourne set bond at $200,000 each for Relinda Harris, 32, and Anthony Davis, 23, at bond hearings on Monday at the Pope County Detention Center. They are required to appear in Pope County Circuit Court on June 10.

An ASP report stated the trooper stopped the truck after the driver committed a lane violation, and when he approached the vehicle, both people appeared nervous and exhibited extremely odd behavior.

The couple also appeared to be under the influence drugs and the driver admitted to having drugs in the vehicle.

During a search of the truck, the trooper found several baggies of alleged meth with a street value of more than $18,000, scales, a pipe used for allegedly smoking drugs, cash and a pistol hidden between the front seat and console.

After being read their Miranda rights, the couple told the ASP trooper they had sold meth earlier that evening and were on their way to sell more. Harris admitted she sold methamphetamine 10 to 20 times per week for the last four months and one to two ounces per week in 2012.

In addition, court documents stated the 5th Judicial District Drug Task Force (DTF) had Harris under prior investigation during a six to eight month operation in the latter months of 2011.

A confidential informant (CI) working for the DTF met with Harris in 2011 on two separate occasions to purchase methamphetamine.

The CI exchanged approximately $500 in cash for a total of more than 5 grams of alleged methamphetamine during the investigation.

Based on information obtained from the DTF operation, District Attorney David Gibbons petitioned for a warrant for Harris’ arrest in January of 2012.

Circuit Judge William Pearson found probable cause was established and issued a warrant for her arrest.


WARREN COUNTY, VA- The Warren County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in finding a man who is wanted on larceny charges.

Deputies say Shawn Anthony Tackett is wanted for one count of grand larceny and two separate warrants for child support.


Deputies say Tackett stole a 9mm pistol and should be considered armed and dangerous. They say Tackett has made threats to family members and said he would take out any law enforcement officer who would try to bring him back to jail.

Deputies say Tackett is allegedly under the influence of Methamphetamine and is charged with manufacturing and distributing the drug in the past.

Tackett may be driving a black 2001 Dodge Ram 1500, extended cab with Md. ,W.Va., or Va. tags. Police say Tackett may be switching tags. They say the truck has bullet holes in the tailgate and driver side from a previous unrelated incident.

If anyone has information regarding Tackett’s whereabouts they’re asked to contact Deputy Brandon Darr with the Warren County Sheriff’s Office at (540)-635-4128.



Law enforcement officers in Greenbrier County make a third set of arrests for making methamphetamine in four weeks. The latest arrests came just one day after the last one.

Stephen Cool, Pamela Grimmett, James Johnson and John Lafferty were arrested at the Middletown Apartment complex in Rainelle on Monday, May 6. They were taken into custody at around 9 p.m.



Officials said the four were making meth with a shaker type of lab. The components were reportedly found in a suitcase.

Cool is being held in the Southern Regional Jail. Grimmet, Johnson and Lafferty were released on bond.



The daughter of Tauranga businessman Gary Read has pleaded guilty to her part in a drug ring that imported chemicals used to manufacture P from Thailand.

 Kahsharn Read, 25, appeared in Rotorua High Court yesterday where she admitted to nine charges including importing methamphetamine precursor chemicals and possessing methamphetamine and cannabis for supply.

On Monday her father Gary John Read pleaded guilty to 74 charges including 71 counts of importing pseudoephedrine, possession of pseudoephedrine and methamphetamine for supply, participating in an organised criminal group and unlawful possession of a firearm.

Read, who was the director of NZ Party Pills Ltd and Internet Sales Ltd, was arrested as part of an operation by the Organised and Financial Crime Agency (OFCANZ) in 2011.

Detectives of the OFCANZ say more than 70 packages of pseudoephedrine were smuggled into NZ between June 2009 and September 2011.

Read’s daughter Kahsharn was also arrested in 2011 along with co-accused Jade Brady, who is on trial facing the same charges.

She was remanded on bail and will reappear in court on June 6 for a call-over where a sentencing date is expected to be set.



Authorities are “very concerned” about a rebound in poppy cultivation over the last six years in Myanmar, the world’s second-largest opium producer, while amphetamine-type stimulants (ATS) are also surging, said deputy police chief Zaw Win.

Due to “threats posed by ATS” and to achieve a reduction in poppy cultivation, Myanmar’s narcotic control board has “extended its drug elimination to 2019″, he said at the opening of six nation talks in Yangon. The previous target was 2014.

He added that Myanmar’s authorities were “doing our best” to help stem the flow of drugs in the region.

Officials from China, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam have gathered in Myanmar for days of talks on a worsening drugs crisis, which the United Nations has warned poses a threat to public security.

A minister-level meeting in the capital Naypyidaw on Thursday is expected to produce a regional declaration on the issue.

Zaw Win told delegates that it was “crystal clear that (the) methamphetamine problem is growing rapidly”, adding that “more and more international drug syndicates are becoming involved”.

“Illicit drug production and trafficking are closely linked to instability, human security and insurgency at the border areas, which creates serious challenges to the ability of law enforcement agencies,” he said.

The drugs trade is closely linked to Myanmar’s long-running insurgencies in remote areas bordering Thailand, Laos and China — known as the golden triangle — with ethnic minority rebels widely thought to use drug profits to fund operations.

As part of its reform drive, Myanmar’s quasi-civilian government has reached tentative peace deals with most major armed ethnic groups.

But Gary Lewis, regional representative of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, in December said the ease of production of methamphetamine in small laboratories, along with distrust between the rebels and authorities meant that some groups could decide to “hedge their bets”.

Around 5.9 million methamphetamine pills were seized in Myanmar in 2011, almost double the figure for the previous year, the UN said in a December report, although seizures are likely to represent only a fraction of the amount produced.

Myanmar was once the world’s largest producer of illicit opium until it was replaced by Afghanistan in 1991. But after years of decline, poppy cultivation again began to rise in 2007.



TEMECULA – On Sunday, May 6, officers with the Temecula Police Department responded to a residence on Ko River Court after obtaining a lead indicating a wanted felon was at the location.

Officers located 31-year-old Ryan Thorman, a resident of both Carlsbad and Temecula, and arrested him on an outstanding San Diego County narcotics warrant. Pursuant to the terms of Thorman’s probation, officers conducted a search of the home.

Courtesy photo - Ryan Thorman
Ryan Thorman

Officers located a significant quantity of heroin, along with methamphetamine, unlawfully possessed prescription narcotics, and packaging and paraphernalia indicative of illicit narcotics sales.

Thorman was booked at the Southwest Detention Center for his warrant and new charges related to possession of heroin and controlled narcotics for sales, possession of methamphetamine, possession of narcotics paraphernalia, and under the influence of heroin.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact Officer Searles of the Temecula Police Department at (951) 696-3000.



PIEDMONT, Oklahoma – A metro teacher in some big trouble. Police say she was trading prescription pills for methamphetamine. She’s a teacher at Piedmont High School.

Oklahoma City Police arrested 37-year-old Misti Bynum. It happened in a traffic stop after undercover officers saw her leaving a well-known drug house in the southeast part of the city.

Police say her phone was lighting up with text messages from people looking to buy prescription drugs.

Oklahoma City Police arrested 37-year-old Misti Bynum.  It happened in a traffic stop after undercover officers saw her leaving a well-known drug house in the southeast part of the city.
Oklahoma City Police arrested 37-year-old Misti Bynum. It happened in a traffic stop after undercover officers saw her leaving a well-known drug house in the southeast part of the city

A woman, who didn’t want to be identified, lives in Misti Bynum’s quiet Edmond neighborhood.

“I just really couldn’t believe it,” said the woman. “I tried to get to know them a little bit, but they were just really quiet, and they kept to themselves.”

Last week, Bynum was about a half-hour away from home in the 6300 block of Ashby Terrace. Undercover officers were watching a known drug house here, and they followed Bynum’s car as she left. She was speeding down I-40 with a brake light out, and police pulled her over.

Officers requested a drug dog sweep her car, and they found meth in her purse. Her cell phone, police say, had several messages indicating she was exchanging the prescription drug Lortab for methamphetamine.

We went to Bynum’s home Tuesday, but no one answered the door. Like any parent, Bynum’s neighbor is concerned.

“It’s kind of scary, you never know,” said a neighbor. “My son goes to Edmond North. You know, it’s a pretty good high school, but we lived in Piedmont at one time, so yeah, it opened my eyes.”

News 9 spoke with Piedmont Superintendent James White Tuesday afternoon. He said he just became aware of the issue yesterday.

White would not confirm whether Bynum is still employed there because it’s a personnel issue.

“We’re doing everything within the law to ensure the safety and well-being of our students,” White said.

Bynum is facing charges for possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.



More details about a major drug smuggling case have surfaced in a report from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration that was sealed by the federal court until last week.

Macrina and Erik Tedtaotao are accused of conspiring to import crystal methamphetamine, importing crystal methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute crystal methamphetamine.

The couple, along with a third suspect, Bertha Moore, conspired to import more than 50 grams of crystal meth from the Republic of the Philippines to Guam, court documents state.

Erik Tedtaotao admitted to using Moore to transport methamphetamine from the Philippines to Guam and had done it on previous occasions, including January 2012, March 2012 and June 2012, documents state.

Macrina Tedtaotao admitted to traveling with Moore on three occasions. Macrina Tedtaotao normally purchased 50 grams of methamphetamine concealed inside two to three condoms and paid $6,500 for the 50 grams. With the proceeds from the sale of the drugs, Macrina Tedtaotao said she paid bills, went out to eat and used some of that money to pay for a 2007 Lexus IS350.

Macrina Tedtaotao said she paid Moore by giving her 10 grams of methamphetamine from the shipment. Moore would sell the methamphetamine on Guam for Macrina Tedtaotao. Macrina Tedtaotao said she would receive approximately $24,000 for the sale of approximately 40 grams of methamphetamine.