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BERWICK — Four people were arrested Saturday after narcotics agents raided a Second Street home and found methamphetamine pills, guns and drug paraphernalia.

Eric Driskill, 39, and Mary Driskill, 59, were booked on counts of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine after agents raided the home upon allegations the pair were selling methamphetamine from the home at 3107 Second St., said Traci Landry, spokeswoman for the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office. They were also booked on possession of Oxycodone, a Schedule II drug.

Gary Driskill, 62, and Kathryn Vines, 42 — who also lived at the home — were booked on methamphetamine possession.

All four were also booked on counts of possessing guns in the presence of controlled dangerous substances, along with counts for possessing Subutex, a Schedule III drug, Landry said. They were booked on additional counts of possessing drug paraphernalia, including digital scales and pipes, and on possessing the drugs in a drug-free zone, as the house is a block away from two churches.

Eric, Mary and Gary Driskill were released Monday after each posting a $35,000 bond, according to booking records. Vines was also released Monday after posting a $1,500 bond.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Comments Off on Ice Age: Methamphetamine Drugs in North Korea

In Kim Il Sung times, the DPRK was well-known for producing narcotics for export: It brought a significant amount of profit into the budget of the “people’s Korea.” One of the centers of drug production was the Hungnam pharmaceutical factory. The town of Hungnam was one of the centers of Korean science and technology, even from the colonial era. There is even an urban legend that the Japanese tried to manufacture an atomic bomb there but, of course, these rumors are completely groundless.DPRK was well-known

As one of the former residents of North Korea told me, sometime in the early 2000s the factory became undersupplied, while the workers were still require to fulfill the plan – and if they failed to do so, their salary was to be cut. Therefore the workers had to look for alternate sources of income. And within a few years, around 2004-2005 or so, Pyongyang decided to stop exporting the narcotics.

It was then that some of the workers decided to sell the drug production technology and thus it was leaked to the public. The highest levels of corruption, the domination of farmers’ markets at the low levels of the economy, the loosening of the grip of the regime – all these realities of the 21st century’s DPRK caused methamphetamine to start spreading like a plague. Furthermore, many North Koreans were quite ignorant about the dangers of narcotics’ consumption: drugs were rarely mentioned in North Korean media, and, of course, only when they were talking about “rotten capitalist countries.” Moreover, they don’t usually call meth by its official name. The most popular slang term is “ice,” since that’s what the white crystals of methamphetamine resemble. Many North Koreans, especially at first, did not understand that “ice” and “drugs” were the same thing and therefore a myth was born: “ice,” they say, is merely a stimulant. Those who understood that the consumption of “ice” damages one’s health created a new myth: take it once a year, they say, and it will be OK.

The Chinese origins of the drug materials were responsible for another nickname for methamphetamine – pingdu

The narcotics market was growing – and the demand for raw materials for the production of drugs was growing with it. Dealers started to use contraband channels to illegally import ephedrine from China, which was converted to methamphetamine inside North Korea. The conversion process caused the side effect – a strong smell – so dealers tried to put their facilities underground, literally, to hide from unwanted eyes and noses. The Chinese origins of the drug materials were responsible for another nickname for methamphetamine – pingdu. This comes from the Chinese term bingdu, meaning “ice poison” or “ice narcotic.” (This also means that the Chinese people understand what they are dealing with much better than the North Koreans do.)

BRANCHING OUT

As time went on, drug dealers started to think about new markets, and they started to send the methamphetamines back to China, specifically to the provinces of Jilin and Liaoning bordering North Korea. Ironically, here North Korea acted like a more developed economy: They imported raw materials and exported the finished product. Often North Korean dealers were assisted by Chinese Koreans, whose knowledge of both Chinese and Korean proved very useful. According to the Department of All-China People’s War against Narcotics (yes, that’s how it’s officially called), from 2005 to 2007 the amount of confiscated methamphetamines at the North Korean border increased four times over. High-ranking Chinese officials, like Liu Yuejin, the deputy director of the National Narcotic Department, described the situation with drugs in northeastern China as a “heavy calamity” and said that the drugs continue to spread there. Furthermore, Chinese authorities report that a number of addicts of the city of Yanji, the capital of the Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture from 1995 to 2010 increased from only 44 to 2,090, a 47.5-fold increase.

While Chinese authorities did realize that something should be done about the problem, they were still unwilling to spoil their relationship with Pyongyang. So when another North Korean drug dealer was caught at the border, state media usually reported that he was “from another country,” although no one had any illusions as to what country they were talking about. Police actions, were, of course, proceeding as they should. A rehabilitation center for drug addicts opened in Yanbian. In 2012, Yanbian authorities organized an event called “Mothers against drugs” which was – rather diplomatically – scheduled to take place on June 26, the UN’s International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. At the same day, local press reported the execution of a Chinese Korean drug dealer. However, since none these measures were very efficient, China enforced stricter border controls, and even started to build a fence across the border.

DRUGS AS A WEDDING GIFT

While China has a relatively good chance of crushing North Korean dealers operation on its territory, the situation in North Korea itself is breaking bad, in full accordance with the name of the famous TV series. The drugs continue to spread and there are virtually no factors that can stop this process. The state seemingly cannot do much: Drug dealers are rich and North Korean policemen are very corrupt, so for an average sergeant it would be much easier to take a bribe rather than to attempt to crush the drug market in his town. Sometimes people who are supposed to fight the drug mafia join it instead.

The average person is still quite illiterate about the drugs

Some South Korean newspapers did report that some North Korean secret policemen provide the drug dealers with Chinese raw materials – for a hefty fee, of course. The average person is still quite illiterate about the drugs; few understand that consumption of pingdu causes teeth to fall out, followed by psychiatric disorders and death from thrombophlebitis. A striking example: In one of recent academic articles about the North the author reported that methamphetamine is sometimes given to a marrying couple as a wedding gift.

Mostly our hopes should lie with China. Should Beijing be successful in its fight against the drug menace, it would mean that North Korean dealers would be left without Chinese ephedrine, causing the production of the “ice” to shrink. However, this victory would be a costly one. First, a closed border would mean that would be much harder for the average North Korean to reach China. Second, it would reduce the amount of the unofficial trade, which is the main source of income for many North Koreans and without which they would be left in total destitution. If the drugs continue to spread, however, it may change the image of North Koreans in the eyes of the Chinese. They will start to think of them not as “poor people, who live just like we used under Mao” but “vagabonds and drug addicts,” or as “heartless drug dealers.” Surely they won’t be willing to help North Koreans then.

The saddest part is how little attention is paid to this problem by the media. My guess it is partially because the main cause of the drug plague is not the North Korean regime, but ordinary North Korean dealers, who are acting independent from the Kim dynasty. But the problem continues to grow and some dealers, according to the recent reports, are already probing South Korean market for potential export. We shall see if the South Korean police can be more successful than their Chinese and North Korean colleagues.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Comments Off on Johnna Clark, of Fulton, Kentucky, charged with Methamphetamine possession, driving without lights in Weakly County

A Kentucky woman was arrested for possession of methamphetamine when Weakly County police stopped her for driving without tail lights last Monday.635615087588229703-Bk-49159-Front

Johnna Clark, of Fulton, Kentucky, was stopped on Littrel Road in Weakly County when sheriff’s deputies on a narcotics call in Mt. Pelia noticed Clark’s Ford Fusion driving without tail lights. Clark gave officers permission to search her car during the traffic stop.

Officers found four ounces of methamphetamine, less than an ounce of marijuana and prescription pills in the vehicle.

Clark also had $469 with her at the time of her arrest. The money and Ford Fusion were confiscated by police.

She was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, possession of prescription pills and violation of light law.

Clark was released on $25,000 bond.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Comments Off on $1.2 million in Methamphetamine (27 pounds) seized in Searcy; Rufino Beltran-Felix, 35, arrested

A Searcy man is being held in federal custody after allegedly being found with more than $1.2 million worth of methamphetamine54fe2ae1196a9_image

Rufino Beltran-Felix, 35, faces a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. Beltran-Felix was stopped by Searcy police Friday on Davis Drive and an Arkansas State Police (ASP) K-9 unit was called to assist.

Officers reported that 5 pounds of ICE methamphetamine was located inside the vehicle. Officers from the Central Arkansas Drug Task Force, ASP,54fe2c49d902c_image

Searcy Police Department and federal authorities then served a federal search warrant at 509 N. Cross St. in Searcy.

Authorities also simultaneously executed a federal search warrant at 414 Morris St. in Kensett, where an additional 22 pounds of ICE methamphetamine was seized.

Authorities said the total approximate street value of the methamphetamine seized is $1,224,720.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Comments Off on Tiffani Mitchell, and Jason Anderson, both of Fredonia, Ariz., arrested after Hurricane police find Methamphetamine and heroin hidden in their lemonade can

HURRICANE — A man and woman were taken into police custody Thursday after officers discovered multiple drugs in a lemonade can inside their vehicle during a traffic stop.MITCHELLPIC-240x300

Police conducted a traffic stop on a car for failing to come to a complete stop at a stop sign on 100 South Main St., Hurricane City Police Sgt. Yates Wright wrote in a probable cause statement supporting the arrests.

Wright made contact with the driver of the vehicle, identified as Jason Anderson, and a passenger, identified as Tiffani Mitchell, both of Fredonia, Ariz., and ran their identification through dispatch.

During the traffic stop, the Kane County Task Force informed Wright they had information about the occupants of the vehicle and their involvement in transporting controlled substances, the statement said.

Wright questioned the man and woman about the possession of drugs in the vehicle.

Information was gained through interviews at the scene that there was a tin compartment under the driver’s seat that contained drugs, the statement said.

Upon searching the vehicle, Wright located a marijuana cigarette in the front door panel of the vehicle, he said in the statement, along with a small amount of marijuana.ANDERSONPIC-240x300

“At this point, (Anderson) said the marijuana cigarette was his,” Wright said in the statement, “and that there was more in the center console.”

Behind the driver seat on the floor, Wright also located a can of Arnold Palmer lemonade, he said in the statement. When he shook the can, Wright discovered the content inside was not liquid.

“I unscrewed the top of the can and discovered two small baggies of a white powder/crystal like substance suspected to be methamphetamine,” he said in the statement. “The substance was later NIK tested and tested positive for methamphetamine.”

Wright also discovered two other baggies containing a brown-black substance inside the can along with a meth pipe and empty pen tubes believed to be used to smoke heroin, according to the statement. The substance inside the bags later tested positive for heroin.

On the passenger side of the vehicle, where Mitchell was sitting, Wright also located a notebook on the floor with a piece of folded piece of tinfoil inside, the statement said. Tinfoil is often used as a way to smoke heroin and can be considered paraphernalia.

Anderson told Wright they were going to the Washington County area to get drugs, the statement said, and he was “hoping to score marijuana.”

“(Anderson) denied possession of the other drugs in the car,” Wright said in the statement, “but later told me his fingerprints would be on the meth pipe that was in the can.”

Anderson and Mitchell were arrested and booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility.

Anderson was charged with two third-degree felonies for possession of methamphetamine and heroin; two class B misdemeanors for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia; and one class C misdemeanor for failure to stop at a stop sign.

Mitchell was charged with two third-degree felonies for possession of methamphetamine and heroin; and one class B misdemeanor for possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to booking information, both Anderson and Mitchell were released from custody after posting bail via a bond payment.

Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Comments Off on Operation “Shattered Glass” nets arrests of Robert Sutton, 43, Todd Whorton, 62, Michael Dixon, Sr., 61, and John Willis in Pamlico County for manufacturing and distributing Methamphetamine

Four people were arrested in Pamlico County Saturday for their involvement in manufacturing and distributing methamphetamine.

Investigators performed a search at 15961 NC Highway 55 in Stonewall where they found packaging materials, digital scales, heroin, and meth.

Robert Sutton, 43, of Merritt was charged with possession of precursor materials with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine, possession with intent to sell or deliver heroin, possession with intent to sell or deliver methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, and possession of controlled substances in a local confinement facility.

Additionally, Sutton’s home on Florence Road in Merritt was also searched. The SBI assisted in taking apart what investigators call a methamphetamine lab.

Sutton was currently out of jail on bond for a previous possession of methamphetamine charge. He’s currently in the Pamlico County Detention Center with bond set at $55,000 secured.

Todd Whorton, 62, of Merritt was charged with possession of precursor materials with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine. He’s in the PCDC under a $15,000 secured bond.

A search of a home on Shine Drive in Arapahoe Saturday also turned up drug paraphernalia and a firearm. Investigators say it’s the residence of Michael Dixon, Sr.

The 61-year-old was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Dixon is in the PCDC with bond set at $25,000 secured.

Finally, the fourth person arrested during the operation is John Willis of Oriental. Investigators served warrants for 11 counts of possession of pseudoephedrine with a prior felony conviction of manufacturing or possession of methamphetamine. Willis is in the PCDC under a $60,000 secured bond.

Investigators say more charges are expected in this ongoing investigation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Comments Off on Ten women and men arrested on Methamphetamine charges at four sites in Fort Wayne and Noble County

 

Officers in Fort Wayne and Noble County have arrested 10 people in four recent raids on sites allegedly involved in the manufacture or sale of methamphetamine.

Shortly before noon Saturday, Noble County Sheriff’s deputies and an Indiana State Police Trooper assisted the Division of Family and Children with the removal of children at a residence in the 4000 East block of Indiana 8. While removing the children, officers obtained probable cause to apply for a search warrant for the residence. When that warrant was executed, officers reported, they found an alleged methamphetamine lab, numerous items of paraphernalia and items alleged to be marijuana and methamphetamine.

Four children were removed from the residence. Two people were arrested at the site: Jennifer Oliver, 28, and Nathaniel Oliver, 30. Deputies did not say what charges they face.

On Friday, officers with the Fort Wayne Police Department and Indiana State Police meth suppression teams served a warrant on a room at the Hometown Inn in New Haven. Police said that in a search of that room, they found methamphetamine as well as paraphernalia, meth generators, meth precursors and marijuana. Two people living in the room were arrested there: Allan Vierling, 48, and Mary Blaine, 33, were arrested. Both were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, a Level 5 felony; and possession of meth precursors, possession of methamphetamine, and maintaining a common nuisance, all Level 6 felonies.

Shortly before 8 p.m. Thursday, officers and detectives of the Fort Wayne Police Department searched a residence in the 800 block of Poplar Street, where they report that they found an active meth lab. They arrested Manuel Martinez, 32, and Jonelle Miller, 28, there. Both face charges of manufacturing meth, possession of two or more meth precursors, possession of methamphetamine, maintaining a common nuisance, neglect of a dependent, possession of marijuana, and possession of paraphernalia. A third person, Gary Maple, 45, was arrested on charges of manufacturing meth, possession of two or more precursors, possession of meth and maintaining a common nuisance.

Shortly before 3 p.m. Thursday, Fort Wayne Police officers were called to what they say was a meth lab in a room at Quality Inn, 1734 W. Washington Center Road. Timothy Eckelbarger, 47, and Michelle Coppess, 26, both were arrested and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of two or more precursors and possession of paraphernalia. Melinda Zerbe, 44, was arrested on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of two or more precursors, possession of paraphernalia, possession of methamphetamine and maintaining a common nuisance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Comments Off on Death sentence of Swedish national, Ferry Linnbark, 46, upheld in Thailand for possession of Methamphetamine

PUTRAJAYA: The Court of Appeal here upheld the conviction and death sentence of a Swedish national for trafficking in 4.3kg of methamphetamine today.swedish-death

The panel, comprising Justices Wira Mohtaruddin Baki, Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat and Zakaria Sam, unanimously dismissed Ferry Linnbark’s appeal.

When handing down the decision, Justice Mohtaruddin said after considering the evidence the court found that there was sufficient grounds to show possession of the drug.

He ruled that Linnbark’s conviction was safe and upheld the High Court’s decision in finding him (Linnbark) guilty on the drug trafficking charge and sentenced him to death.

Linnbark, 46, who owns a pub in Pattaya, Thailand, was found guilty and sentenced to death by the High Court in Shah Alam on April 23, 2012 for committing the offence at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang at 10am on December 6, 2011.

Linnbark has one final step to appeal against the appellate’s decision, which is to the Federal Court.

According to the facts of the case, Linnbark was heading towards the exit of the arrival hall when he was stopped for inspection of a bag he was carrying, which was found to contain a transparent plastic containing white substances, which when analysed by the chemist, was found to be methamphetamine.

Linnsbark was represented by counsel Gobind Singh Deo, while deputy public prosecutor Mohd Fairuz Johari prosecuted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Comments Off on Methamphetamine labs not common in Yuba-Sutter – But Methamphetamine is still the most abused street drug in Yuba County

Methamphetamine is still the most abused street drug in Yuba County, but methamphetamine labs essentially have been eradicated.

Last month, a TV station published a report stating Marysville leads the state in meth labs. It quickly made the social media rounds.

“That’s not true,” said Martin Horan, commander of NET-5, a bi-county anti-drug and gang taskforce. “There is definitely a problem with the use of meth and the sale of meth. But as far as methamphetamine laboratories, since 2012, we’ve handled two meth labs in Yuba-Sutter.”

Laws limiting the sale of pseudoephedrine in 2005 were effective in combating and drastically reducing the number of labs throughout the state. Meth in Yuba-Sutter is primarily sourced now through trafficking from mega-labs in Mexico, or a few in the Central Valley, Horan said.

Media reports that Marysville leads the state in meth were based on a Drug Enforcement Administration database of chemicals and dump sites identified as related to methamphetamine labs since 2004. The DEA warns it does not verify the accuracy of the database.

The television news story was inaccurate for a few reasons.

Eighteen out of 25 addresses listed in the DEA database as Marysville are not in the city of Marysville. And the locations listed in Yuba County were identified as clandestine methamphetamine labs or dump sites for lab materials between 2004 and 2007 and have since been cleaned up or cleared.

Those addresses listed could have been small production sites in a trunk or a garage, or a location where a few items were found, officials said. Some were labs in residential homes. Those, for the most part, have been cleaned up.

Officials with the Yuba County Environmental Health Department identified 14 sites that required some major clean-up after the discovery of a meth lab to assure occupancy was safe. Clean-up of identified lab sites, with oversight by county health officials, was required only after 2006.

Often, cabinets and flooring had to be removed, or the structure was demolished. Some of the sites were houses, trailers, mobile homes, sheds and garages.

There are two or three buildings still listed as contaminated, county officials said. There is an indication on the title of those properties, so any prospective buyer or lender knows about the status.

“We’ve come a long way since legislation in 2006,” said Tej Maan, director of Environmental Health. “Families (were) moving into homes who didn’t know the history. Now, they don’t have to worry about it.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Comments Off on Man who allegedly set himself on fire, tried to strangle police K9 while on Methamphetamine and alcohol taken into custody in West Valley City

WEST VALLEY CITY – A man who allegedly broke out windows, set himself on fire, assaulted another man and later attempted to strangle a police dog was taken into custody by police in West Valley City Friday, and police said he was reportedly under the influence of alcohol and methamphetamine.assault-in-wvc

Sgt. Mike Fossmo, West Valley City Police Department, said officers responded to a home in the area of 6800 West Copper Hill Drive around 3 p.m. Friday after receiving a call from someone in the home.

“We received a phone call… an individual out there was acting irrationally and unstably, they believed that he was possibly high on methamphetamine and alcohol—a combination of the two,” he said.

A man in his 30s had reportedly broken out some windows and had used a cane to assault another person in the home. Fossmo said the man had also injured himself.

“[The suspect] had actually also set himself on fire and received some injuries as a result of his actions there, and had also attempted to light his vehicle on fire as well,” he said.

Fossmo said the man had put acetone into his vehicle’s gas tank while trying to light it on fire, but the vehicle did not catch fire. When police responded, the man fled briefly in a vehicle and then on foot. West Jordan PD assisted and provided a K9 unit, which was dispatched when the suspect was located.

“This individual was bitten by the dog, and he subsequently assaulted the dog, was strangling the dog,” Fossmo said. “He was Tased and also OC spray [pepper spray] was also utilized to gain compliance with this party.”

The suspect was taken to the University of Utah Hospital for treatment of his injuries, and charges are being screened against him. Fossmo said those charges could include aggravated assault and charges for drugs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Comments Off on Apparent murder, Methamphetamine lab in McEwen

MCEWEN, TN (WSMV) – Several law enforcement agencies were called to a McEwen home early Sunday after officers found a man dead in a suspected meth lab.Apparent murder, meth lab in McEwen

Humphreys County Sheriff Chris Davis tells Channel 4 News that a resident called 911 just before midnight to report the apparent murder.

The man who died in the home may have suffered a gunshot wound, according to Davis.

Officers alerted the Meth Task Force and Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to the potential danger of a meth lab.

As of 6:30 a.m. Sunday, officers had not entered the home.

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Comments Off on El Rodeo nightclub owner, Edgar De Dios Fragoso, 38, of Hacienda Heights, indicted on charges of laundering money for Mexico drug trade

The owner of a Pico Rivera nightclub has been indicted on charges that he laundered hundreds of thousands of dollars for a Mexican drug-trafficking operation, federal officials said..

Edgar De Dios Fragoso, 38, of Hacienda Heights — owner of El Rodeo nightclub — was named in an eight-count indictment charging him with conspiracy to launder money and money laundering for an unnamed Mexican drug trafficker.la-me-ln-pico-rivera-nightclub-owner-charged-2-001

Fragoso, who also operates a second El Rodeo bar in Moreno Valley, was arrested Feb. 23 on suspicion of money laundering after agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration raided his nightclub and home. He was later freed on a $100,000 bond.

Calls to his attorney were not immediately returned.

The Pico Rivera nightclub, which had been tarnished by violence for years, served as a drop-off point for DEA undercover operatives who would give up as much as $150,000 in cash at a time, according to a sworn affidavit filed Feb. 20.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Comments Off on Methamphetamine-addled driver, Roberta Soto, 46, faces increased punishment in man’s death in Fresno

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) —  The drug-addled driver who killed a beloved Community Regional Medical Center radiology technician is accepting blame for her crimes, but still hoping for mercy.Roberta Soto, 46

Roberta Soto, 46, has pleaded guilty to manslaughter, auto theft and other charges. Soto is basically throwing herself at the mercy of the court. She admitted to all the crimes, including killing Matt Harkenrider by driving under the influence of meth. But she still has a chance of not getting the maximum punishment.

For Roberta Soto, a days-long drug binge and crime spree ended in Northeast Fresno inside a wrecked SUV — a bag of meth still in her hand and a stolen purse in the back seat floorboard. Soto was still alive, but after she ran a red light and hit a car, Matt Harkenrider was not. Seven months later, Soto faced a judge and said she’s ready to pay the price.

“Ms. Soto is extremely remorseful,’ said her defense attorney Alan DeOcampo. “She’s accepted responsibility for this terrible ordeal and so we’re hoping there’ll be a just and fair closure for all parties in this case.”

Soto set the tragic events in motion when she stole that purse from a Selma hair salon. Action News found a nearby business owner who had surveillance video showing Soto carrying the purse and tracking down the SUV, then driving away with it. Two days later, it was the stolen SUV she drove into Harkenrider’s car. Her defense attorney is hoping a judge will consider her quick admission, her remorse, and her personal problems when he hands down a punishment.

“There clearly is a substance abuse issue in this case and we’re hoping that issue will also hopefully cause the court to maybe show some mercy on Ms. Soto,” DeOcampo said.

Harkenrider’s family has gotten a lot of love and support from his friends at the hospital and up at Yosemite High School, but Soto’s punishment will be their first chance to let her know the true impact of her crime.

A fill-in judge agreed to give Soto a nine-year prison sentence, but the regular judge decided that wasn’t enough and said Friday he’ll give her as long as 13 years, which is close to the maximum she can get for her crimes. We’ll let you know the final outcome next week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Comments Off on Mother, Jennifer Howard, admits to selling Methamphetamine for the first time in Tulsa

Tulsa, Okla. — Multiple warrants, no insurance, and a suspended driver’s license is bad enough.Howard

On Thursday, it was the least of Jennifer Howard’s problems during a traffic stop near East Pine and North Yale.

Tulsa police say Howard, her child, and an unidentified passenger were inside the vehicle.

While officers conducted inventory of the car, they discovered a makeup box.  Inside the box, police found 6.54 grams of methamphetamine.

After being read her Miranda right, Howard admitted “she sometimes smokes methamphetamine, but not often.”

Plus, police say she intended to sell meth for the first time because “she needs the money.”

Howard was taken to the Tulsa County Jail.  She faces multiple counts including possession of a controlled drug with intent in the presence of a minor child.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Comments Off on Bryan County Sheriff’s Office investigates kidnapping; Man forced to snort Methamphetamine; 40-year-old Jamin Brent Sims arrested

A man says he was kidnapped and forced to snort methamphetamine after he traveled from the Choctaw Casino with two women to Cartwright and then to Colbert, according to the Bryan County Sheriff’s Office.Jamin Brent Sims

Deputies served multiple search warrants Thursday evening after receiving information about a kidnapping involving a firearm and methamphetamine. During a search of a Colbert residence, 40-year-old Jamin Brent Sims was arrested.

The victim, who is from out of state and whose name has not been released, said he met two women at the casino Wednesday afternoon and that he was invited to a woman’s home in Cartwright, according to Sheriff’s Investigator Nathan Calloway.

He then rode with the women who then took him to a friend’s house which was Sims’ residence in Colbert, according to statements made to investigators. They then went into an outbuilding where Sims started talking about a criminal investigation and then became concerned that the victim had heard too much, according to the sheriff’s office, and Sims asked the victim several times if he was a police officer.

The victim repeatedly said he was not, and Sims then put out a “line” of methamphetamine and told him that if he was not a cop, he would snort the methamphetamine, according to the sheriff’s office.

After the victim said he did not use methamphetamine, Sims chambered a round into a pistol, placed it on the table, and told him to ingest the methamphetamine, according to statements the victim gave investigators. He then said that due to fear, he proceeded to ingest the methamphetamine.

The victim told authorities Sims got him and one of the women to travel to a gas station in Denison, Texas, and that Sims had the gun during the trip. They then ended up back at the woman’s residence in Cartwright were the victim said he was given a pill and told to swallow it so he would relax. He said the woman checked his mouth to see if he swallowed it, however, he said he hid it between his cheeks and gums. He then pretended to pass out on the couch.

According to the sheriff’s office, the victim heard Sims and the woman arguing over what they were going to do with them. He then got up, ran out the back door and into the woods until he reached a home where he asked the resident to dial 911. A deputy then found him and brought him to the sheriff’s office.

“Based on the information provided by the victim, the sheriff’s office was able to obtain a search warrant for Jamin’s house in Colbert and one for the house in Cartwright along with the pickup truck he was transported in,” Investigator Calloway said, in a typed statement. “The sheriff’s office located meth, scales, marijuana and two firearms with one being loaded and matching the victim’s description. One unsnorted line of meth was also found in the area where this event reportedly occurred.”

During the execution of the search warrant of Sims’ house, he was discovered lying on his back in a bedroom with his pants pulled down with his genitals exposed holding onto a female pit bull, according to Calloway.

“We are unclear as to what was taking place just seconds earlier,” Calloway said. “Jamin was placed under arrest and transported to the Bryan County Jail where he was booked in for kidnapping, and possession of meth, and possession of a firearm in commission of a felony. Sheriff’s investigators are still reviewing surveillance video from multiple businesses. Based on extremely recent information obtained by sheriff’s investigators, this investigation could very well take a different turn.”

Sims was charged Friday with possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. The investigation is ongoing.

The sheriff’s office thanked Colbert Police for assisting with the search warrant in Colbert.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Officers arrested a man on Monday after he attempted to smuggle drugs, via a child’s scooter, into the States.03022015%20TFO%20SLU%20Scooter%20instructions

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Port of San Luis arrested 20-year-old Jose Emanuel Figueroa of Yuma, Arizona, after finding nearly $56,000 worth of meth.

A total of 18.5 pounds of meth was discovered within 12 wooden pieces of a child’s unassembled scooter package that was found in his luggage.03022015%20TFO%20SLU%20Meth%20Scooter%203

Figueroa was attempting to enter the U.S. through the pedestrian crossing when officers searched his luggage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Comments Off on Methamphetamine – From paradise to purgatory

Meth has devastated many lives in all levels of society. Carly Thomas talks to users about their crazy journey down into and then out of the rabbit hole.

It’s someone’s lover, their partner, another’s best friend, longest friend, truest friend. It’s an obsession, an everything, a late-night longing that eventually leads down to a deep, deep and very dark, dark hole.1425756266486

It’s methamphetamine and it’s a big, bad beast of a drug.

And don’t think it’s not in your world, your life, your circle of friends, because it is – somewhere, hidden in the dusty corners, tucked away on the top shelf, it’s there. Don’t think you’re immune, too good, too respectable, too smart or too sheltered. Meth is clever, it’s persistent and it’s filtering into society, manipulating not just the vulnerable but those who are curious, those who just need to stay awake for a few more hours in the day to get things done, those who never thought they’d get hooked.

*A sanctuary where lives begin anew

Mark* was working as a van salesman, driving around the country, working long, late hours. He smoked a bit of marijuana and had heard about crank, as it was called back in the day.

Mark was 19, he was curious and he says he waited for the opportunity to give it a go.

“I was at a guy’s place who was much more into the drug scene and I remember being in his house and it was like a train station. All these people that I didn’t even know existed, that type of person.

“I didn’t know what was going on really and then he appeared and I was actually there to buy marijuana and he said ‘forget about that, try this’ and he had his mirror on his bed and he put a big line on it. It was much more than I ever needed.”

A moment, a decision made when he was 19, nearly 30 years ago, a day in the life of Mark became the first day in the life of an addict. It became his mate straight away; he would work, earn money and when he got paid, his first thought would be, “I have to get some”.

“When you’re on it you have an answer to every question, you can talk to strangers, lose your inhibitions. Even in bad scenarios you can be there and they’re not so bad, you accept them for what they are.”

Mark always worked, in close to 30 years of having a meth habit he held down jobs throughout. A functioning user, someone that people didn’t necessarily suspect, someone who worked hard to support his habit, a vicious cycle: work, get paid, score and use, repeated over and over.

“My consumption increased hugely. You want more and if you’ve been up all night you need it to function the next day. I’d know that if I didn’t have it I’d still go to work but I knew that I was in for a hard day. Physically, mentally.

“I reached a time where I had on credit the amount that I was earning and it got to the point where I can remember my grocery shopping was four potatoes and I was OK with that.

“It pretty much consumes your life. I think I knew that it was happening and that I was focused on it and it wasn’t a good thing in the normality of the world, but you sort of create your own world. I wasn’t functioning as a so-called normal person, but I rebelled against that, I didn’t want to be like a normal person.”

Meth was Mark’s friend, what more did he need?

He was from a large family, never a lead in his family situation – he had been sent to boarding school – so it wasn’t hard to withdraw.

It’s a sentiment shared by Sarah. She is one of seven siblings and she found her teenage years tough.

“I was the mum for the youngest four. I was pretty sheltered, I wasn’t allowed to go into town, I couldn’t go to any parties and when I went through puberty, I just remember feeling so angry at them.”

Sarah started out taking a lot of Panadol, then moved on to alcohol and at age 14, marijuana and ecstasy. At 19 Sarah got pregnant and miscarried at 16 weeks. She was heartbroken.

“I’d always wanted a baby of my own. I started abusing temazepam, diazepam and I got extremely hooked on them, like I would probably take 60 a day. I think my parents gave up on me.”

Then came methamphetamine and Sarah’s dependency on the drug moved in fast. Three months into using and she had acquired a $1200 a day habit. It was an old friend from high school got her on to it and Sarah says in hindsight that the friend wanted her to get hooked so she would need it, buy it, become dependent.

“You think they are your friends, but they aren’t. . . . she needed my business to keep their smoking alive, because without my money they couldn’t smoke. At the end of it she got me hooked and then when I was fully in the hook of it and I had nowhere to stay, they were nowhere to be seen.

“This is a disgusting drug, it destroys. People are living in poverty, smoking around their children, when they’re pregnant. They don’t care.”

Two years of Sarah’s life became dedicated to the drug: getting it, smoking it. She describes it as her boyfriend; it loved her, cared for her and her biggest fear was it not being there.

“When you’re on it you feel more empowered, your self-esteem is like through the roof and you’re better at everything that you do. You can go to work and work 10 hours and have no break. You can function but in the addiction cycle, you’re not addicted at the start but then the more I went on I would have the drug every single day and it’s so expensive.

“You start to love it. I lost so much weight, I was 75 kg and I got down to 58 kg within a year and I loved it. I looked good and at school you know it’s hard when you don’t fit in, but with meth you have a sense of belonging because you’re in a group and you’re with druggies. You’re all the same, all addicts seem to be the same. They have the same feelings, we’ve been through the craving for it the fighting for it. You have to fight for that drug every day.”

And when she couldn’t get it, Sarah said the comedown was horrific.

“You plan it, you have high anxiety because you don’t want to come down so you just smoke more and more and more. You’re crying you’re depressed. I cut myself, I was just so upset, it’s unbelievable and, when you’re in that world, people stuff you over.

“When you’re there you’re in a totally different state of mind, you become really aggressive, paranoid, because sometimes you’ve been up for seven days. Sometimes I wouldn’t even sit down for days.”

Sarah’s daily routine pivoted around meth.

“I would sit in bed all night, get up and go do something then sit down, then go and have a shower. You’re feeling like s… now. I’d come in, put a scoop in the pipe, smoke it then go and do my face, put my make up on, then I’d have another puff and then I’d be like, ‘what to do now?’ So I’d get changed, then I’d look at my face and think yuck, wash it off, then do it again, then get changed like 10 times.

“I’d walk around in my high heels, it would go on for so long, you’re just so out of it. You’d have another puff then go for a drive and visit your friend and then you’re so bored and you’ve got the dries and you’re uncomfortable because you’ve got anxiety so you have some more and then some more. Your whole day is based on it. When you think about it, it’s pretty bloody boring.”

Sarah would roll with it, which means she would sell meth and be supplied for free in return. She held down a job to begin with but then things started to spiral downwards; she didn’t pay her rent for two weeks then was arrested when a party got out out of control.

“A girl got really aggressive with me. When you are high, it turns you into a different person, you’re so high you don’t care. You haven’t eaten in days, your brain is just fatigued, you’re aggressive. I went into my room and I got a knife, and I was like don’t ‘f… with me’.

“You hang out with people who are mongrels, thugs. They called the cops and I got arrested.”

The drug gets bigger, it gains momentum; the hole grows, the edge gets closer and your hold on it gets more precarious. The best friend starts to turn, the boyfriend isn’t there for you when you’re coming down, the side effects start to move to the front. Methamphetamine takes hold of a life.

Tim knows all too well how it all spirals, how you can keep your foot on the brakes for only so long.

He kept on top of it for years, hidden from friends and family. He started using marijuana at high school and selling it to support his habit. He says he did it to be cool, to fit in. He started taking methamphetamine for the same reason, peer pressure, going along with the crowd.

Tim is clever, eloquent, a person who set his work goals high. Too high. As he moved up a notch in his job, his drug use went up to help him keep up.

“At first I would just use in the weekend and stop on Sunday because I knew I’d have work on Monday. I’d get paid on Thursday and would buy a large amount of meth, enough to sell and smoke from Thursday through to Saturday.

“Then I started doing larger contracts and not being able to put the job away and I’d buy even larger amounts to last me through the week. It gave me the motivation to work eight-hour days and four hours at night doing perk jobs. Doing that week-in, week-out you’re just so damned tired and then coming home trying to be there for the kids, I just had no energy.

“It was a way of trying to gain extra energy and obviously not sleeping much because it made me feel like I needed it the next day in order to get out of bed.”

It was taking over, his control was slipping.

“I started suffering from depression, had a bit of a mental breakdown at my last job and that was where my using got to the point where I couldn’t say no. I had to get it in order to get up in the morning or survive.

“I was selling it more and more, lowering my morals more and more. In the last two years it took control of my life and ruined it.”

Tim was using his finely honed skills of manipulation to get people hooked.

“I got good at selling drugs because I learnt how to get people to want to buy them and use and I’ve ruined quite a few people’s lives like that.

“I’d go in and I’d force them to buy it off me by manipulating them into certain things.”

Tim contemplated killing himself, driving his car off the road; he’s on anti-depressants and says they help. He says the biggest part of depression and addiction is not knowing.

“It’s the scariest thing in the world, it drives you to lose your mind really; if you don’t know what’s going on, you go crazy. You think ‘why the hell am I feeling this way?’ and these guys explain why your brain is doing what it’s doing and it gives you a bit more control back and a bit of understanding.”

Tim is referring to the Mash Trust and the Monarch program addressing mental health and addiction issues. He’s on week five, he’s clean for the first time in a long time and he’s not watching his back because his care workers have got it for him.

It’s the same programme that Mark went through and Sarah as well.

Mark had kept up his level of control for so long but the last 10 years became more of a struggle.

“I came to a point where trying to keep up daily was not effective.”

He got caught growing and selling marijuana a few times, the second time was last September.

“Through due process I got caught. I expected to be put back in jail again and the policeman who arrested me told me I should get some rehabilitation and, if need be, he would pick me up and take me there every day. I took it as a ‘yeah right’ at first but it just kept coming up in my head so I went and saw him.

“He came to Mash and got the forms for me, read questions and wrote the words down. He pointed me in the right direction; what he’d told me was ringing in my head, I thought it was time to do something.”

Sarah had hit rock bottom. She was living with her nana, coming down off the drug, vomiting daily because she wasn’t used to food.

She went through the drug and alcohol centre at Palmerston North Hospital and they told her to keep smoking meth until she could go to detox.

She decided to go it alone, with just the backup of her family.

“I just decided ‘no that’s it’ and I did it on my own. It was horrible, it lasted about seven weeks. You crave it, you dream about it, you can taste it in your mouth, you get really depressed, you can’t really do anything properly.

“You don’t wean yourself off methamphetamine, you just have to stop, completely, you just have to get through that.”

Sarah then went on the Monarch program and completed her second round earlier this year. Her dad moved down from Auckland and is living with her and she has just got a job.

“People can get out of that scene, they just have to want to. You can’t make someone give up something, they have to do it themselves. Mash was like a deep awakening of yourself, you get to learn about everything.

“When we’re in that room we are all the same. I have now swapped my addiction to chocolate, it’s borderline mad but it’s better than meth. I don’t want to look back and look at my young years and think all I did was worry about what people thought of me.”

Tim went through the social detoxification service offered at the Salvation Army before he got to Mash Trust.

He’d had a drug binge which he threw $2000 at; he knew he was heading towards the end and “wanted to end it with a bang”. He was arrested after an argument with his wife and the bed at the men’s hostel was certainly the beginning of the end of his addiction.

“The week of detox at the Sally Army was like lockdown, like a prison, which was good. I slept for two days; the week beforehand I’d had four to six hours sleep in a week. I decided to be dedicated to this as much as I could be with my distorted sense of mind, because I was all over the place, didn’t know what was up or down, left or right. But Aunty Anne ( alcohol and other drugs case worker Anne Te Kawa at the Salvation Army), an amazing lady, dragged me out of bed on the third day – kicking and screaming pretty much, still feeling really low.

“I had hit the big wall of depression, I had terrible suicidal thoughts. These guys came along and I could see that there was more than one way out.

“Anne dragged me out and got me back in the world of the living.”

It’s a world the three of them haven’t lived in for a while; for Mark, the longest user, three decades of his life were spent circling a drug that would go up in smoke as soon as he got it. In this world but only just, the outside was always close by.

They are all back, talking about it, working their way through it; sad, yes, scarred, deeply, but they are back in the world of the living and free from the beast at their backs. And it’s a beast that has its keen and clever eye on us all.

 

* The meth users we talked to are real people but in the interests of helping their rehabilitation we agreed to not use their real names.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/67079039/methamphetamine–from-paradise-to-purgatory

 

Comments Off on New Methamphetamine charges filed against Keith A. Graves, 39, also accused in sex trafficking case

WILLISTON — A man facing federal sex trafficking charges faces three new counts, according to court documents.

Keith A. Graves, also known by the alias Chris Woods, faces federal charges for distribution of methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance and an additional sex trafficking count.53dc050c2a19f_image

Graves, 39, is being held at the Heart of American Correctional and Treatment Center in Rugby, awaiting trial. He has pleaded not guilty to five charges of sex trafficking by force and coercion and one count of obstruction.

U.S. District Court Judge Daniel L. Hovland signed an order Feb. 25, moving Graves’ trial back to June 1 in Bismarck. It was originally set to begin March 10 as a three-day trial.

Prosecutors allege that Graves told many of his potential victims that his name was Chris Woods. He is accused of beating some of his victims, forcing at least one to perform sex acts on him, and restraining a woman so another could inject her with drugs.

Graves allegedly ran a prostitution ring out of Williston-area hotels and recruited women from the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation. One woman told authorities she earned Graves about $2,700 for five jobs.

Graves was one of the primary subjects in the documentary”The Overnighters,” which won the special jury award at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. It followed former Lutheran pastor Jay Reinke, who opened the church and its parking lot to oil workers with nowhere to stay.

Graves is featured as a truck driver from California, who lived in the Reinke home after the Williston Herald published a list of registered sex offenders, which included Graves. In 1999, he was convicted for lewd acts with a child younger than 14. He also had a conviction in juvenile court in Los Angeles in 1990 for sexual battery, according to the North Dakota sex offender website.

Reinke attempted to distance himself from Graves after his arrest, telling The Associated Press in September that he had not spoken to Graves recently, and that he was not living in the Reinke home.

In October, Williston Police testified in Northwest District Court that a July 31 search warrant executed at the pastor’s home revealed a BB gun that resembled a real gun, which police say was used on a “Jane Doe” by Graves.

Police believe he was renting a room from Reinke at the time.

Graves was federally charged Dec. 22, 2014 after unsealed court records revealed more victims and a longer timeframe than previously known.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Comments Off on Elected Ray County coroner, Toby L. Polley, 46, accused of smoking Methamphetamine inside hearse

RIVERSIDE, MO (KCTV) – The elected coroner in Ray County is accused of smoking meth inside a hearse while parked outside a Kansas City area casino, according to court records.6928170_G

Toby L. Polley, 46, was cited for possession of a controlled substance. He is slated to appear in Riverside municipal court on April 15.

Surveillance video on Feb. 24 captured Polley inside the white hearse smoking from a glass pipe as it was parked outside Argosy Casino. A Riverside police officer questioned Polley, who owns several funeral homes in Excelsior Springs, Lawson and Richmond.

Police said Polley admitted to taking the glass pipe and the white substance, which he said was meth, from an employee.

“It was there and he wanted to see what the deal was with it,” according to police.

Polley was elected in 2012. Some Ray County residents were stunned by the allegations, and some residents believe he should resign.

“It’s crazy, it’s shocking. I can’t believe that we voted for him and that’s what he did,” Samantha Williams said.

Natalie Macy, who runs a bail bonds office in Ray County, concurs.

Methamphetamines, they’re terrible. It ruins people’s lives. And as he will see, it will ruin his,” Macy said.

Online records show that Polley has faced a string of financial problems.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Comments Off on TSA Security Screeners, Claudio Rene Sunux, 30, and Amanda Lopez, 27, Accused Of Helping Smuggle Methamphetamine Through San Francisco International Airport

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Two security screeners at San Francisco International Airport were arrested and arraigned today on charges of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and accepting a bribe from a third suspect, who is also in federal custody.

The alleged smuggling operation was coordinated, at least in part, through Facebook messages, which are quoted extensively in the criminal complaint filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.TSA Adds Screeners For Busy Summer Travel Season

San Francisco resident Claudio Rene Sunux, 30, and South San Francisco resident Amanda Lopez, 27, were working as security screeners as contractors for the Transportation Security Administration, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The morning of September 17, FBI agents provided Anibal Giovanni Ramirez, a 28-year-old San Francisco resident, with two pieces of luggage containing packages filled with 20 pounds of methylsulfonylmethane, a common filler or cutting agent. One of the bags also contained 68.5 grams of pure meth, according to the criminal complaint.

Lopez allegedly overlooked the packages as they were smuggled through a security checkpoint at San Francisco International Airport in exchange for money. Sunux allegedly coordinated the operation, according to the U.S. Attorney.

Ramirez has also been arrested and arraigned.

All three defendants have been charged with conspiracy to distribute meth, which carries a mandatory minimum sentence of ten years to life in prison and fines up to $10 million.

Sunux and Lopez have been charged with agreeing to receive a bribe, and Ramirez has been charged with offering to bribe a public official. Those offenses carry a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.

All three defendants are currently in federal custody. Sunux and Lopez are scheduled to appear before U.S. Magistrate Judge Maria-Elena James on Monday in San Francisco. Ramirez will be in court on Wednesday.

Other agencies involved in this investigation include the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the TSA’s Office of Inspection and the Oakland Police Department and the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Comments Off on Michelle Stricker-Chenoweth arrested for making Methamphetamine in Wilmington

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) —  One woman is now arrested after law enforcement responded to a possible meth lab Thursday evening.Stricker_Chenoweth

The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office say they received tips which led deputies to Michelle Stricker-Chenoweth in the process of making methamphetamine.

Deputies called the State Bureau of Investigation to 5550 Carolina Beach Road Lot 133 where they processed the crime scene and removed hazardous chemicals from the property.

Stricker-Chenoweth was arrested for manufacturing meth. She was given a $3,000 secure bond which she posted and was released Thursday night.

Friday, Stricker-Chenoweth had a first appearance for the manufacturing meth charges, but when she arrived to the New Hanover County Court House, deputies say she was arrested on warrants for possession of precursor, possession of pseudoephedrine, and possession of methamphetamine.

Stricker-Chenoweth’s next court appearance for Monday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Comments Off on Havasu police arrested 32-year-old Benjamin Hoaglin for alleged sexual assault near English Village; He and -year-old Sara Burbridge of North Carolina also arrested on Methamphetamine charges

A homeless man who allegedly sexually assaulted a female tourist near the English Village and then used her credit card was arrested Friday by Lake Havasu City Police.54fa04fed5488_image

The man is being held in the Mohave County Jail on a $130,000 bond.

Police said Friday that officers arrested 32-year-old Benjamin Hoaglin in the investigation after detectives with the Crime Investigations Bureau were able to obtain surveillance footage of the suspect using the victim’s credit card.

The victim told police she left her hotel early Sunday morning to take photos in the Bridgewater Channel area when she was approached by Hoaglin and had no recollection of the events that followed. The woman said she woke up in the sand near the edge of the water.

She remembered speaking with Hoaglin and said he was wearing a bag over his shoulder and that he smelled bad due to poor hygiene. She also reported that her purse was missing when she awoke. Further investigation revealed there was evidence of a possible sexual assault.

The victim told police Tuesday that the credit card she was missing from her purse was used at a local convenience store and the information that was received led detectives to a transient camp in the desert area where they said Hoaglin and 28-year-old Sara Burbridge of North Carolina were found manufacturing dangerous drugs including methamphetamine.

Detectives were able to observe contents from the victim’s purse inside the tent and Hoaglin matched the description of the person observed on video surveillance using the stolen credit card. During the investigation, detectives observed items associated with the manufacturing of dangerous drugs such as, muriatic acid, acetone, lighter fluid, foil, glassware, numerous plastic bottles with unknown liquid inside and a heating element.

Detectives served a search warrant and located additional items used to manufacture dangerous drugs such as drain cleaner and packages of empty Sudafed pills. The search also turned up a methamphetamine pipe, a small amount of marijuana, and various contents from the victim’s purse.

Police said further questioning and investigation revealed there was probable cause to arrest Hoaglin for sexual assault.

The pair was charged with possession of chemicals and equipment used to manufacture methamphetamine, manufacturing methamphetamine and drug possession.

Hoaglin’s additional charges included sexual assault, identity theft and theft of a credit card.

Police said Hoaglin is a resident of New York and that he and Burbridge are both homeless and have been in Lake Havasu City for about one week.

Both were transferred to the custody of the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office and were booked into the Mohave County Jail. Burbridge is being held on a $60,000 bond.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Comments Off on Anonymous tip leads to Harpersfield Township Motel 6 Methamphetamine bust; Jennifer L. Thomason, 34, and Michael D. Dixon, 29, both of Geneva, arrested

HARPERSFIELD TOWNSHIP — Two people were arrested Thursday in connection with a methamphetamine lab set up in a Harpersfield Township motel.

Acting on an anonymous tip that a Geneva man was operating a methamphetamine lab out of the Motel 6 along South Broadway Avenue, County sheriff’s deputy detectives Sean Ward and Taylor Cleveland investigated several rooms at the motel at about 9 a.m. Thursday.

One of the three rooms the man had rented was vacated and detectives found no evidence of drug activity.

In the second room, detectives discovered Jennifer L. Thomason, 34, of 3723 Woodside Drive, Geneva, and Michael D. Dixon, 29, of 488 Eastwood St. Apt. 43, Geneva, and two “one-pot” methamphetamine labs in plain view.

They also found a bottle of sulfuric acid, a bottle of Drano Crystals, a can of salt, three empty lighter fluid containers, a lithium battery and plastic tubing — all materials that can be used to manufacture methamphetamine. In addition, they discovered a trash bag from one of the other cleared rooms, which contained miscellaneous trash consistent with a methamphetamine lab, according to a sheriff’s report.

More methamphetamine lab equipment was discovered in the bed of Dixon’s truck, according to the report.

The man renting the rooms — who has previous drug charges — had not been charged in connection with this Motel 6 bust as of Friday.

As a fire precaution, deputies began evacuating the adjacent motel rooms as they prepared to clean up the potentially hazardous lab materials. Harpersfield Township Fire Department assisted on standby.

Detectives discovered associates of the man who rented the motel rooms — some of whom have previous drug charges — in one of the adjacent rooms. One of the occupants, Ryan J. Blake, 27, of 4534 Lake Road E. Lot 76, Geneva, was arrested on an active warrant by Geneva-on-the-Lake police.

The Motel 6 cleaning staff later discovered a digital scale and disposable baggies authorities believed were being used to package drugs in the third room, according to the sheriff’s report.

Detectives gave motel staff tips on identifying individuals who are renting motel rooms for drug activity and measures to “prevent this from happening in the future.”

Thomason and Dixon were arrested and transported to the county jail. Both face second-degree felony charges of possessing a controlled substance and third-degree felony charges of illegal assembly or possession of chemicals used to manufacture drugs.

Both are scheduled for arraignment before Western County Court Judge David Schroeder at 10:15 a.m. Tuesday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Comments Off on Woman beaten and raped – escapes days-long ordeal; Craig Alexander Lazon, 37, arrested on these and Methamphetamine charges

ALBANY —An Albany man has been arrested on charges that he kidnapped, raped and tried to kill a local woman after keeping her against her will for about a week.54f7bfe9dd54b_image

Craig Alexander Lazon, 37, was charged in Linn County Circuit Court with attempted aggravated murder, first-degree kidnapping, first-degree rape, first-degree sodomy, first-degree unlawful sexual penetration, two counts of second-degree assault, strangulation and fourth-degree assault.

“The victim here had been tied up since Feb. 24, beat up daily, strangled several times” and repeatedly sexually assaulted, Linn County District Attorney Doug Marteeny said Wednesday afternoon during a court hearing.

The charging document states that the attempted murder charge came during the course of, or as a result of, Lazon intentionally maiming or torturing the victim, whom Lazon knows.

The Gazette-Times generally does not identify the victims of sex crimes.

Court paperwork also states that the victim was strangled with a phone cord. Lazon also strangled her with his hands. The bones in her face were broken, and Lazon was convicted previously of assaulting her.

Albany Police officers arrested Lazon, who was booked into the Linn County Jail, early Wednesday morning.

The situation came to light about 5:30 p.m. Monday, when police were alerted to an assault report from Lazon’s address in the 900 block of 21st Avenue Southwest.

The victim reportedly ran to a neighbor’s house, saying, “He’s going to kill me!” Lazon fled from the scene in an SUV, according to a probable-cause affidavit.

In a police interview at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis, the victim said that during the beatings, every time she made a noise or cried out in pain, Lazon would hit her harder.

“She said that (her daughter) was still living in the residence when this was going on, but Craig would tell (her daughter) that (the victim) was sick,” according to the affidavit, which further noted that according to the victim, Lazon hit her in the back of a head with a screwdriver handle and repeatedly told her he would kill her during the week. At one point he reportedly said that nobody came looking for her because nobody cared about her.

On Monday, Lazon dressed her in a pair of pajama pants, a hooded sweatshirt and a jacket, put some sunglasses on her face and pulled the hood shut. He walked her out of the house and told the victim that he was taking her to the hospital. He then tied her to the passenger door of the car, and said he was planning to take her to the Calapooia River, drown her and dispose of her body, according to the probable cause affidavit, which further stated:

“She said that they started driving, but he had forgotten his phone. Craig drove back to the residence and went inside. She said that is when she was able to get away from the vehicle.”

During Wednesday’s court hearing, Lazon appeared via teleconference from the Linn County Jail. Judge David Delsman set his bail at $500,000, and appointed Tim Felling as his attorney.

The next hearing in the case was set for 8:30 a.m. March 23.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Neighbor saves beating victim; ‘He probably would have killed her’

ALBANY — The owner of a local security firm helped to save a kidnapping and rape victim after she escaped from her assailant Monday night, and he essentially stared down the suspect while calling 911 for help.

Frederick J. Edwards shuddered to think what might have happened if he wasn’t there.

“He probably would have killed her,” he said.54f8fd070925d_image

Prosecutors Wednesday afternoon charged Craig Lazon, 37, of Albany with attempted murder and other charges, saying that he tied up the victim for about a week, repeatedly beat her, raped and sexually assaulted her.

The victim was his wife, and Linn County District Attorney Doug Marteeny said he had assaulted her on a previous occasion.

Edwards, who owns Knight Vision Security, was getting ready to go to a community meeting, sidearm strapped to his hip, when the frantic victim ran to his apartment and began banging on the door.

“At first, I was sort of startled,” said Edwards, who lives at Westside Villa, near West Albany High School. He said the woman probably went to his apartment for help because neighbors often see him in a security uniform and he has a work SUV parked outside.

“You could tell, she was in distress. … She just said, ‘I need help. Help me. He’s going to kill me,’” Edwards added.

The woman was barefoot, in pajamas, and bleeding from her face, which looked like it had been bashed in.

She said she had been tied up, and that Lazon had been binging on methamphetamine.

“You could tell she was strangled, you could tell she was beaten up for days,” Edwards said. “Her whole skin was disfigured. It was purple around her neck.”

He knew he had to protect her.

Edwards talked with the woman outside his apartment and called 911. Within three minutes, the suspect pulled up nearby in the victim’s Mercury Mountaineer.

“I don’t know if this guy’s coming with a weapon or anything,” Edwards said. “He looked at me. I didn’t know what he was going to do, so I held on to my sidearm without taking it out of the holster, and I told her, ‘Don’t worry.’”

Lazon peeled out and sped away, Edwards said.

Edwards said he was scared, but glad he could assist.

“I’m happy that she ran to me. The guy was on all kinds of stuff. Anything could have happened,” he added. “I thank Jehovah that he put me at the right place at the right time. … A few minutes later, I don’t know where she would have ran.”

Albany Police Detective Lt. Travis Giboney said he was thankful as well that Edwards was there to help.

Court paperwork indicates that Lazon dressed his wife Monday in pajama bottoms and a hoodie, which he pulled up, put sunglasses on her and walked her out of the house. He told her she was going to the hospital. The victim told investigators that Lazon then tied her to the passenger door of the car and said he was planning to take her to the Calapooia River, drown her and dispose of the body.

Lazon started driving but he had forgotten his phone, so he went back to his residence and his wife took the opportunity to escape, according to court paperwork.

Other details emerged about the case Thursday.

Giboney said that Lazon was arrested just after midnight at a Springfield motel with the assistance of the Springfield Police Department.

He declined to elaborate on how investigators learned Lazon was at the motel.

Search warrants have been served on Lazon’s person, the Mercury Mountaineer registered to the victim, which Lazon drove from his apartment, and Lazon’s motel room, Giboney said.

Lazon has previous convictions in Linn County for fourth-degree assault in 2012 and methamphetamine possession in 2013.

He also was convicted in Lane County of fourth-degree assault, methamphetamine possession and tampering with a witness regarding a June 2013 incident. A charge of fourth-degree assault (domestic violence) was dismissed. A victim in that Eugene Police Department case is his wife, according to Oregon’s online court database.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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An Elkhart man who police say led them on a chase two weeks ago also faces sexual misconduct charges.

The investigation began when a parent told an Elkhart County Sheriff’s detective that their daughter was raped several years ago but was too scared to report it, according to court documents. The documents don’t state when the report was made.McClane-Franklin

In an interview at the Elkhart County Child and Family Advocacy Center, the victim, who has some developmental issues, said she was sexually assaulted in 2011 and 2012 by Franklin D. McClane III, whom she knew through another adult, the documents state. She was in her mid-teens at the time.

The victim said that in 2011, McClane was living at her home and one evening while her mother was at work McClane raped her.

In 2012, she said, McClane raped her again and forced her to perform oral sex on him while one of her friends was in another room of the apartment.

McClane appeared drunk on both occasions and threatened to kill the girl if she told anyone, the court documents state.

McClane, 42, was arrested on a warrant for sexual misconduct with a minor and criminal deviate conduct Friday, Feb. 20, after leading police on a chase through Elkhart with an active methamphetamine lab in his car, Elkhart police said. He also faces charges of manufacturing methamphetamine and resisting law enforcement by fleeing in a vehicle in connection with that incident.

He was booked at the Elkhart County Jail, where he was still listed as an inmate as of Thursday, March 5. His bond is set at $150,000 for the sexual misconduct case and $75,000 for the methamphetamine case.

A public defender was appointed to represent McClane in both cases. He is scheduled to appear in court for a bond reduction hearing March 12.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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