POPE COUNTY —  Methamphetamine use continues to be a problem throughout southern Illinois. In Pope County, law enforcement officials say they have seen an increase in the number of meth-related crimes.

“We’ve spent thousands of dollars in staff, overtime, and jail bills while fighting that battle,” said Sheriff Jerry Suits. “It’s a battle for us.”
Since he became sheriff four years ago, Suits’ department has made 66 meth arrests.
“There are techniques that law enforcement has that I have learned, but I can tell you it’s not stopped here in Pope County,” explained Suits. “It may be getting worse.”
In recent years, state programs have been put in place to curb the trend. Pharmacies have been tracking all sales of the meth ingredient, pseudoephedrine, and sending the information to police databases.
However, Suits says it hasn’t been enough to put meth makers out of business. “Probably not a week goes by that we don’t hear something about some kind of meth.”
With only two detectives at his disposal, Suits says keeping up with the case load has been difficult, but it’s secondary crimes that he also has to worry about.
“We’ve had a lot of people call us and say that someone has broken into their house and all they stole was medication,” said Suits.
The sheriff estimates the county was more than $100,000 over budget last year. That’s money spent on jail bills and overtime, all in an effort to cut down on the county’s meth problem.

CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) – A 33-year old man was arrested Monday morning for possession of a controlled substance after police received reports of a suspicious person at a trailer park in the 5900 block of Ayers Street. 4399610_G

Officers arrived at the trailer park at around 8:40 a.m. and found 33-year old Eric Garza crouching behind a vehicle that was parked in front of a trailer. After a quick check of the area Garza was hiding, the officers found a baggie containing methamphetamine.

Garza was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance and was issued a criminal trespass warning.







KANSAS CITY, Missouri — A federal indictment accuses five western Missouri residents of taking part in a $2.6 million conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

The U.S. Attorney’s office says the indictment was unsealed Tuesday after several defendants were arrested and made initial court appearances.

The indictment alleges that all five conspired to distribute more than 50 kilograms of meth from January 2010 until last week. Investigators said the scheme brought in $2.6 million.

Thirty-seven-year-old Sabrena Lynn Morgan and 38-year-old Elgin Eugene Dothage are also accused of using their home in Kearney as the distribution center. The other defendants are from Lathrop, Grandview and Kansas City.

The defendants did not have lawyers Tuesday.








A woman accused of having suspected marijuana and meth in a hotel room remained in jail Tuesday without bond, Floyd County Jail reports state.


Ashlee Nicole Sullivan, 25, of 104 Wilson Ave., is charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of less than an ounce of marijuana and possession with the intent to sell, deliver, distribute, display or provide a minor any drug-related object, records state.

According to jail reports:

Authorities found Sullivan about 9:35 p.m. Monday at the Woodberry Inn, 1318 Martha Berry Blvd. She had suspected meth, two partially burned marijuana cigarettes, some unburned marijuana, a metal pipe and two sets of digital weighing scales.









A Warsaw man was arrested on drug charges after police in Kosciusko County responded to an explosion call.


Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department deputies responded this morning at approximately 1:06 a.m. to the location of 5571 South, Lake Shore Drive West, Warsaw, after receiving a 9-1-1 call of a potential loud explosion. Officers arrived at the Sellers Lake area and located the homeowner, identified as William Daniel Kent, Jr., 53. Deputies immediately summoned the Kosciusko County Drug Task Force (DTF), along with the Indiana State Police Methamphetamine Lab Team, after noticing numerous items related to the manufacturing of methamphetamine. DTF officers obtained a search warrant for the property and located more items associated with the manufacturing of methamphetamine, two one-pot method meth labs as well as an area that appeared to have been recently scorched from the reported explosion.

Kent was taken into custody without incident and preliminarily charged with a level 3, felony possession of precursors with the intent to manufacture a controlled substance/methamphetamine. He is currently being held on a prosecutorial hold in the Kosciusko County Jail.

Assisting the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department were members from the Winona Lake Police Department, Indiana State Police Methamphetamine Lab Team and the Kosciusko County Prosecutor’s Office.

The Kosciusko County Prosecutor’s Office advises that the defendant’s charge is merely an accusation and that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.















GILBERT, Ariz. — Police have arrested a man who allegedly broke into two Gilbert homes early Monday morning.

It happened near Cooper and Guadalupe roads.


Police found the suspect inside a home in the area. He was in an upstairs laundry room. They believe he got into the house through a small dog door.

Homeowner Casey Roskwitalski said he noticed his cigarettes and wallet were missing when he went downstairs. Seeing several patrol cars outside, he called the police.

“Police officers asked if they could check the house,” Roskwitalski told 3TV’s Javier Soto. “They walked in and he was literally in the laundry room, next to my bedroom — like 2 feet away.”



The suspect reportedly was trying to hide in a fabric hamper.

Investigators believe the suspect also tried to burglarize another house a few blocks away. He fled when that homeowner pulled out a shotgun. Police believe the suspect also tried to break into several cars.

“He definitely looked like a drug addict,” Roskwitalski’s roommate said. “Definitely a meth-head. Skinny. Very skinny. And just, you know, raggedy.”

Investigators have not released any information about the suspect.

No injuries were reported.







PEKIN – A Pekin home, containing a meth lab, is discovered by multiple law enforcement agencies Monday morning.


The Pekin Police Department, along with the Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office and C.I.E.R.T Swat Team executed a search after receiving a tip on the meth labs location.

37 year old Danni Sea and 30 year old Kari Sea were arrested for allegedly supplying meth precursors and for the use of property for the manufacturing of meth.

Pekin police say that they found the home on a tip, but will not say exactly where it came from.

“This was actually some information we received through the course of this whole big investigation,” said Pekin Police Department Detective Mike Eeten. “I can’t really tell you specifics of how we came across that information, but it is kind of a culmination of a lot of different things that lead us to this house.”

The two are being held at the Tazewell County Jail.

The State Police Meth Response Team was on site to dismantle the lab.








Six months after a meth making operation was found inside a Cadillac home, a thorough cleaning is underway.


This is a story we first told you about back in January when Darrin Wright and Shannon Little were arrested for making meth at the home on Harris Street. They were renting at the time. Both were charged with several crimes including possession of meth then sentenced to two to 15 years in prison.

Mary Stark owns the rental property and is paying nearly $18,000 to clean the home.

During the cleanup, most soft goods are trashed and some hard goods are salvaged. Then the inside is cleaned with a chemical and sealed for extra protection.

The cleanup is expected to last three to four days.

Once the cleaning is complete, the home will have to be tested to make sure chemical levels are safe.








A Kansas City, North, man was hospitalized Sunday night after he was burned in a reported methamphetamine lab explosion.

The 52-year-old man walked into North Kansas City Hospital and reported that a meth lab “blew up on him,” according to police reports.

Police learned that the incident occurred at a house in the 4200 block of North Drury Avenue, and there they found a 2-liter liquid-filled bottle in the back yard. Inside a nearby shed, they found chemicals typically used in the production of methamphetamine, according to the reports.

The extent of the man’s injuries were not available Monday.



A Morristown mom and her friend are charged with working up a batch of meth while her 14-year-old son drove them around the Talbott area in a pick-up, Sheriff Bud McCoig reported.

Deputies stopped the Chevrolet S10 in Talbott shortly after midnight last Wednesday after observing it driving on the wrong side of the road. The vehicle was later quarantined and all three occupants decontaminated after Deputy Joseph Owens spotted meth-making components in the cab.

“The youth, who doesn’t have a driver’s license, was taken into Department of Children’s Services custody and taken to the youth holding facility in Knoxville,” the sheriff said. “Both adults are being held at the jail with bail set at $100,000.”

Charged with initiating the manufacture of methamphetamine, reckless endangerment, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor are Steven Russell Thomas, 52, of 977 Pinebrook Road, and Karen LeAnn Gregg, 36, of 1315 Brogan Road. Charges are also pending against Gregg’s 14-year-old son, McCoig said.

Owens stopped the vehicle for erratic driving at 12:16 a.m. near the intersection of North White Pine and Pleasant Ridge Roads. He asked for the youth’s driver’s license, but was told he didn’t have one.

Thomas, who was sitting in the passenger’s seat, allegedly told him he was teaching the youth to drive, and Gregg, who was sitting in the middle, told the deputy she was the youth’s mother, he reported.

The passengers, who “seemed nervous,” readily agreed to a search of the vehicle after denying that it contained anything illegal, Owens said. The deputy added that he noticed a bottle of red liquid and a coffee grinder with white residue on the passenger’s side of the truck. When asked to empty his pockets, Thomas was carrying $442 cash, knives, and rubber tubing. As Owens continued to check the truck, a two-liter bottle that was warm and appeared to contain sparks rolled out from under the passenger’s seat.

Owens said he moved all three people away from the vehicle and called for assistance from Sgt. David Taliaferro and Detective Sgts. Ronny Coleman and Curtis Owens. The deputy said Thomas told him his actions were “real dumb and he was sorry” as he was being handcuffed, Owens reported.

Sheriff McCoig said the two allegedly admitted to working on a similar mobile meth lab the night before.

Detectives found more plastic tubing, lighter fluid, salt, a lithium battery, drain cleaner, coffee filters, and various other accoutrements of a meth lab in the truck, the reports alleges.








Meth is terrifying. Everybody knows that. Even professional drug enthusiasts cross themselves and spit on the ground at the mention of its name, for it is unclean. So we donned our anti-meth contamination suits, got ourselves blessed by five priests of opposing faiths, and only then dared to speak to two former meth addicts, Oscar Kindling and Jessica Fish, from the relative safety of our offices across the country. Shocker — we discovered that meth sucks! But much like heroin, it might not suck in the exact shape and form that has been described to you by pop culture.


#5. Most Meth Addicts Don’t Look Like Meth Addicts


Somewhere along the line, we decided that the true weakness of a drug fiend is their boundless vanity, and the best way to convince them to stop is to remind them that drugs will make them less attractive. That’s why we have an entire campaign called “Faces of Meth.” And those faces look exactly like you expect: malnourished, scrawny, just wasting away …

Also with terrible dye jobs, for some reason.

But meth addicts turning into a pubescent Skeletor is not a universal constant. Like every drug, meth affects each user differently.

“I actually gained weight,” said Oscar. “It’s a lot more invisible than people think … I work in mental health, and users will say, ‘You don’t know, you’ve never used drugs.’ People just don’t expect it from me.” Meth addicts aren’t all homeless copper-hungry zombies. Most hold down jobs and (aside from the drug use) aren’t criminals of any sort. Statistics suggest that if you work in an organization with 100 people, two or three are meth users. It may even be your boss — it’d explain how they muster up so much pep on those team-building exercises.

“Alright, guys, team-building scavenger hunt! First item: a box of Sudafed from every drug store in town!”

The fact that the average meth addict looks nothing like the stereotype is why the drug is able to get its hooks in so deep. It’s not hard to find online forums full of working mothers using the drug to give themselves the energy to hold multiple jobs and still be full-time parents. Kids tend to eliminate the opportunity for sleep, and meth tends to eliminate some of the need to sleep. Kids and meth: It’s a match made in heaven.

There was probably a better way to say that.

#4. Anti-Meth Stigma Can Make the Problem Worse


Anti-meth ads are intense, even by overwrought drug PSA standards. Here’s one saying that using meth once is worse than being crippled in a car crash. despite the fact that one can more or less “recover” from an addiction. Another implies that meth will put you in an abusive relationship, even though plenty of sober people end up in those, too. The media is so effective, in fact, that even other drug addicts stigmatize meth use.

“I respect my body too much for that crap, thankyouverymuch.”

When Jessica (not her real name) first saw her boyfriend using meth, her reaction was to storm out of the house in a fury, even though she was currently using heroin. After Oscar shot meth into his penis, he needed medical attention, but he lied and said he’d injected cocaine, because he “didn’t dare admit to using meth.” He had no trouble admitting that he stuck a needle full of drugs into his wang, which is generally a thing a person should have a problem with. He was only uncomfortable admitting precisely which drug was coursing through his dong.

Not that there’s much dignity to be saved with the guy palpating your swollen, track-marked wiener.

There’s certainly an argument to be made for the intense anti-meth propaganda: Meth is a very bad thing, and by exaggerating the problem, we may keep people from ever starting it. Yet studies have found that these ads don’t help, and may actually make the problem worse. To people who don’t use meth, they seem cartoonish and ridiculous, and to people who are already users, the ads make them feel ostracized and gross, which often keeps them from seeking help for their problem. It’s almost like the people making anti-drug ads have no experience with drugs whatsoever, but surely that cannot be ….

#3. Regulating Pseudoephedrine Didn’t Even Keep Meth Out of the Supermarket


We made it harder to buy pseudoephedrine, so clearly this whole meth thing is over. Allergy pills are behind a little plexiglass door now, everybody — we won! Meth is over.



“The laws banning pseudoephedrine — about all that’s done is shift the production to Mexico. So it’s giving another inroad to Mexican drug violence,” says Oscar. “2007 is when I noticed the change. I stopped buying from locals and started dealing with gang members.”

Never mind the many other illegal ways people procure contraband, regulating pseudoephedrine didn’t even keep the criminals out of the supermarket. Meth cooks now just hire a bunch of addicts to head over to the CVS for some Sudafed. Each one of these “smurfs” (“I don’t know why they call them that,” says Oscar) will probably get paid in meth. So in the move to reduce drug use, we have now created entirely new jobs that get paid solely in drugs.


#2. Meth Addiction Comes With Bonus Downsides


“Meth has given antipsychotic meds street value,” Oscar told us, “because people will take those to force themselves to come down and go to sleep.” After, say, three days of using meth to keep your energy up while binge-watching every episode of The Wire, you’ll do pretty much anything to get some sleep — even if it means taking pills that can give you diabetes.

“Damn it. The whole reason I went with meth was to avoid needles.”

But it’s all worth it for that sweet, superhuman methy energy, right? If it was good enough to keep our boys fighting in World War II, it’s good enough for cleaning the house every weekend. Except, like all drugs, if you do meth enough, you stop getting the positive effects.

“Even though you think of tweakers as people who wanna get up and move and have energy, you kinda just sit,” said Oscar. “My addiction slowly evolved to me sitting in my bedroom all weekend watching porn. I didn’t even want to go to the trouble of doing anything else. Eventually I did happen to hook up with somebody, and I was so out of shape that a few minutes in I was drenched in sweat and had to stop. I made up something about a heart condition, I was so embarrassed.”

And here we are again, arguing that the real problem with drug abuse is that it makes boning more difficult.

#1. Meth Friends Are Not Imaginary


The most common bit of advice given to addicts is that the people you use with aren’t your real friends, they’re just your co-users. You don’t actually form bonds with those folks, so you need to cut ties with them immediately, to make room for the real friends who will drink Hi-C and go Rollerblading with you, or whatever it is normal people do with their downtime.

Motocross? Let’s go with that.

“No, they were my friends,” says Oscar. “They were shitty friends, but I still had that emotional connection with that other person. I don’t think people appreciate the extent to which [an addict] kinda misses those people. They were people. They had redeeming qualities.”

It’s a fine practice to try to keep addicts out of scenarios that might encourage relapse, but telling them that their “meth friends” aren’t real relationships and that they’ll have to cut all ties only makes them scared that quitting the drug will leave them all alone. That puts a pretty big “losing all your friends” mark in the “con” column on the chart we presume you use to decide whether to get clean.

Destroying your body, getting jailed, and/or dying young versus not having anyone to
go to the movies with seems like an easy choice until you’re forced to make it.

Besides, it’s not always true: If you’re lucky, there will be people waiting for you when you finally get clean.

“My other friends were pretty stoked [when I stopped using and] started spending time with them,” Oscar says. “I was the person that they used to like again.”

Keep those Rollerblades spinning, Oscar.

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FARGO – A former Fargo attorney disbarred in June for using her clients’ money to support a methamphetamine habit has been charged after a weekend drug task force raid on her home.unnamed_34

Rebecca Lee Lawler was charged Monday in Cass County District Court with one count of possession of methamphetamine and one of drug paraphernalia, both Class C felonies.

According to court documents, Cass County drug task force agents, acting on an informant’s tip executed a search warrant about 10:30 a.m. Friday at the south Fargo home of Rebecca Lee Lawler.

Officers seized several glass pipes, baggies and cut straws with meth residue, a butane burner and a digital scale, the search warrant states.

Lawler was disbarred in June after the North Dakota Supreme Court found she had spent the previous three years using methamphetamine and crack cocaine while neglecting her work and her clients.

In addition to an estimated $19,984 owed her clients, she misappropriated more than $8,000 from her father’s estate, the state Supreme Court found.

Her next court appearance is set for Sept. 10.


Fargo lawyer disbarred for problems stemming from meth, crack use arrested

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) – A Fargo attorney who was disbarred in June has been arrested.

Authorities with the Cass County Drug Task Force performed a knock and announce search warrant for narcotics Friday at the residence of Rebecca Lawler, located in the 2200 Block of 9th Avenue South in Fargo. A search of the residence yielded methamphetamine, glass pipes with burnt residue and zip seal baggies with a white powder residue. A digital scale and several unused baggies were also turned up in the search. One of the zip seal baggies contained a small amount of methamphetamine and tested positive for meth using a NIK test.

Lawler was disbarred in early June. She was accused of neglecting her legal practice for periods between November 2010 and January 2013. Lawler left unfinished work during that time, and owed 22 clients nearly $20,000. She was also accused of misappropriating $8,500 in funds from her father’s estate, to which she was the legal representative.

According to Lawler’s disbarment order, she was using drugs daily during her heaviest use periods, and was using clients’ funds to buy drugs. The order also stated that Lawler participated in outpatient treatment at Southeast Human Resources Center and had not used drugs since January 25th of 2013.

Lawler faces two charges, Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (for use with a narcotic other than marijuana). Both are Class C Felonies.


NEARLY 85 per cent of motorists who tested positive during a three-day random roadside drug blitz in the Hunter had traces of methamphetamine in their system, according to police statistics.

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The Newcastle Herald reported on Saturday that the operation had netted drug detection figures more commonly seen at music festivals, with the first day producing a 40per cent strike rate of positive tests.

By Friday afternoon, as the operation was wrapping up, one-in-five drivers who were tested had returned a positive roadside swab and secondary test.  Those who tested positive were banned from driving for 24 hours and had their sample sent away for further analysis in Sydney.

The final results of the operation reveal that 48 out of the 57 motorists who returned positive results had traces of methamphetamine (speed, ice or crystal meth) in their oral fluid.

In Cessnock, 10 motorists tested positive for methamphetamine, eight for cannabis and methamphetamine and three for just cannabis.

While in Maitland, the percentage was even higher, 14 out of 15 drivers who tested positive had either meth or meth and cannabis in their system, police said.  In Singleton, where the highest number of drug tests were undertaken, there were eight positive results for meth, eight for meth and cannabis and five for cannabis.

None of the motorists tested returned a positive sample for ecstasy, according to the figures.

Commander of the Random Drug Testing Unit, Inspector Steve Blair, told the Herald  that many of those who tested positive seemed surprised.

But, as he pointed out, police were not alleging the motorists ‘‘were under the influence or affected by drugs’’.

‘‘The offence is having an illicit drug present in oral fluid,’’ he said.

‘‘The amount of time a drug stays in someone’s system varies. I don’t like to speculate, but it can be up to 10 days.

‘‘It may be a surprise to some people but the message is that we’re saying don’t do drugs and especially, if you do drugs, don’t drive a motor vehicle.’’

Inspector Blair  said his unit wanted the public to view the possibility of being drug tested the same as they would being breath tested for alcohol.  He said police would review the statistics before deciding where their next operation would focus.



■ 96 random breath tests.

■ 66 random drug tests – 21 positive results.

■ Three for THC, 10 for methylamphetamine and eight for THC and meth.

■ 25 traffic infringements.


■ 92 random breath tests.

■ 81 random drug tests – 15 positive results.

■ One for THC, nine for meth and five for THC and meth.

■ 15 traffic infringements.


■ 171 random breath tests – prescribed concentration of alcohol.

■150 random drug tests – 21 positive results.

■ Five for THC, eight for meth, eight for THC and meth.












Crystal Lynn Slaughter

Age: 36

Wanted: In Kalamazoo County for illegal entry and a probation violation stemming from an original charge of operating/maintaining a methamphetamine lab.

Description: 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighs 134 pounds, has brown hair and blue eyes. She has a tattoo of a flower on her left wrist.

Possible locations: 4300 block of Duke Street in Kalamazoo or the 4200 block of Monroe in Portage.


Police ask anyone with information about Crystal Lynn Slaughter to call the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office at 383-8822, ext. 6, the Portage Department of Public Safety at 269-329-4567, the Kalamazoo Probation/Parole Office at 269-383-8972, or contact Silent Observer at 269-343-2100 or www.kalamazoosilentobserver.com.










Gavin Bolen, the Michigan man whose body emergency crews pulled from Boulder Creek in late June, had alcohol and methamphetamine in his system when he accidentally drowned, according to the Boulder County Coroner’s Office. 20140804_062808_obit_photo_200

Bolen, 21, was pulled out of the creek where it runs behind an officer park near 49th Street and Pearl Parkway at about 2 p.m. on June 24.

Witnesses had called authorities about 15 minutes prior to report that they had spotted someone in the water near 47th and Walnut streets floating downstream.

According to a media release issued by the coroner’s office Monday, the cause of Bolen’s death was drowning and the manner was an accident. Bolen was also drunk and had methamphetamine in his system when he died, the coroner’s report said.

An online obituary posted shortly after Bolen died said the Fenton, Michigan, resident was visiting Colorado at the time of his death. He graduated from Linden High School in Michigan and is survived by a daughter, his parents and three siblings, and other relatives.



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Four people were arrested in Vernon County for allegedly manufacturing methamphetamine at two residences, using the “red phosphorus” method that produces extremely volatile fumes.

The county’s hazardous materials team and numerous law enforcement and health personnel were brought in to assist at the two scenes, including hospital staff to examine minor-aged children exposed to the methamphetamine hazards at both houses.

Sheriff John Spears issued a news release about the investigation on Friday.

Diane Franke, 41; Amber Brown, 39; and Todd Brown, 46, all of rural Hillsboro, were tentatively charged with manufacturing methamphetamine. A 19-year-old woman taken into custody was released without being charged.

“Specially outfitted members of the clandestine laboratory enforcement and response team from the Wisconsin Department of Justice were called to respond to both scenes and assist in the processing of evidence and residual chemicals,” Spears said in the news release.

The investigation was the result of a joint effort by the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office, the Hillsboro Police Department, the DOJ’s Division of Criminal Investigation and the West Central Metropolitan Enforcement Group of the U.S. Department of Justice.








DELAWARE COUNTY, Okla. – A Craig County couple were arrested after police found them in possession of methamphetamine.


Tayler Marnie Marvina Warren, 43, and Robert Rogers, 39, were arrested Saturday around 7 p.m. on Interstate 59.

Police reported the two in a domestic dispute on the side of the road.

Sheriff Harlan Moore discovered the drug paraphernalia while talking with the couple about their dispute.

Sheriff Moore discovered nearly one pound of methamphetamine, a loaded firearm and about $775 in cash.

The pair was arrested on charges of trafficking methamphetamine and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

Rogers was also charged with possession of a firearm after former conviction of a felony.

Both Warren and Rogers were arraigned Monday morning and total bonds were set for each.








Two men have been arrested and 3 pounds of methamphetamine seized following a phone tip to Crime Stoppers of Wichita/Sedgwick County.

According to a news release issued by Crime Stoppers of Wichita/Sedgwick County, an anonymous caller called the hotline on April 23 reporting suspicious activity at a mobile home in the 3200 block of S. Clifton. The caller reported there were people entering and leaving the trailer at all hours.

Wichita police and detectives began an investigation that eventually led to the arrest of two men on drug trafficking charges.

During the arrest of the men, law enforcement officers seized 3 pounds of methamphetamine with a street value of $36,000, according to the news release.





Tulsa police arrested a man late Sunday on allegations that he caused a wreck and was later found hauling nearly 60 grams of methamphetamine in his vehicle.

Cesar Alonzo Carrillo

Cesar Alonzo Carrillo, 39, was booked into the Tulsa Jail on complaints of methamphetamine trafficking, leaving the scene of an accident, driving under the influence and driving on the wrong side of the road, jail records indicate.

The hit-and-run injury wreck occurred about 9 p.m. in the 10400 block of East Admiral Place, police said.

Witnesses interviewed by police at the scene said a man had been driving on the wrong side of the street when he crashed his 1999 GMC Yukon into another vehicle and continued driving, an arrest report says.

The man was also seen throwing two objects out the SUV’s window that were later found and determined to be 57 grams of methamphetamine, the report says.

Police apprehended Carrillo in the 11400 block of East Admiral Place.

He was being held in lieu of $111,100 bail.







Crystal methamphetamine, a powerful stimulant, is giving sleepless nights to anti-drug authorities in the city. The contraband, which was once sold on par with cocaine, is seeing a sharp rise in demand from young junkies, thanks to its easy availability and falling prices.

According to psychiatrists and enforcement officials, crystal meth drug abuse has increased by 80% in past three months.

Shrinks say about ten meth addicts approach them for treatment daily. Enforcement agencies have not been able to crack down on its trade as meth is classified as a Schedule 2 drug under the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act and its ingredients are legal and easily available.

Describing the worrying trend, clinical psychiatrist Harish Shetty said, “I am treating more crystal meth abuse cases than hash and weed addicts. It is rampantly available in the streets, mostly used by the youth. The drug produces the same effect as cocaine and the prices have come down in the last few months. What was available for Rs3,000 a gram is now available for as Rs800.”

Yusuf Matcheswalla, senior psychiatrist from JJ Hospital, said the substance can be easily prepared in a laboratory. “Among the youth, it is regarded as some wonder drug that enables them to cope and function. The use is excessive and the effect is damaging,” he said.

Emphasising curb on preparation and sale of meth, Dr Bharat Shah from Lilavati Hospital said he gets new cases every day. “It is a cheap drug whose effect is the same as cocaine or even worse. It will wreak havoc on the lives of youngsters,” said the psychiatrist. Meth is usually smoked in glass pipes or snorted.

The enforcement agencies say they can’t do much due to policy constraints. Himanshu Roy, chief of Anti Terrorism Squad, who has been keeping a tab on meth abuse, said, “We have sent a proposal to the Centre to include the drug in Schedule 1 of the NDPS Act. Once that is done, we can do major crackdowns.”

The officer said manufacturers, sellers and consumers of the drug operate with impunity as the law is not stringent. Since its ingredients are legal and available everywhere, there is no restriction in its preparation. Roy said, “All this is making it very popular. We have a gameplan which we will put in action once the law is amended.”

Life’s math gone awry

The odourless drug has a long-lasting euphoric effect on the user and has psychological impact that can make a person excited, aggressive and violent. The drug can also enable rapid weight loss and wreak havoc on one’s life over time. “Parents come to us after seeing the behaviour of the youth changing. The users become increasingly aggressive and lose the sense of responsibility. The sense of euphoria lasts more than 12 hours,” says Harish Shetty.






WAYNESBORO – The Waynesboro Police Department has arrested a city man on a single count of drug distribution after officers caught him with an ounce of methamphetamine.


Officers charged Jose Estrada-Almanza, 23 years old, who was the target of an ongoing drug investigation, with one count of Possession of Methamphetamine with the Intent to Distribute.

Just after midnight on August 1, officers observed Estrada-Almanza walking in the 800 block of King Avenue. In his possession, he had an individual serving size box of Frosted Flakes from which he was eating. When the officers approached Estrada-Almanza, he tried to toss the cereal box in the air discreetly.

The officers recovered it and found the methamphetamine wrapped in plastic in the bottom of the box. Estrada-Almanza claimed it wasn’t his.

Estrada-Almanza is being held at Middle River Regional Jail without bond.







With the continual flux of alliances and rivalries, figuring out the power structures of the Mexican cartels can get just a bit confusing. We’re taking a look at the Mexico cartels, faction by faction, to see just what is happening right underneath our nation’s nose.


And now? Well, it’s Knights Templar Cartel’s turn under the microscope.

Drug Cartel: Knights Templar Cartel — Guard of Michoacán, or Los Caballeros Templarios Guardia Michoacana. Knights Templar is Mexican cartel composed of former members of the now-defunct La Familia Michoacana drug cartel.

Location: Based in the Mexican state of Michoacán, with territory all over the state of Michoacán, Guerrero and Morelos.


Current Leaders: Servando Gomez Martinez, or “La Tuta,” who started the group, and Martínez’s partners in La Familia Cartel: Nazario Moreno González, José de Jesús Méndez Vargas, Enrique Plancarte Solís and Dionicio Loya Plancarte,


History: Knights Templar is an offshoot of the La Familia Michoacana drug cartel based in the Mexican state of Michoacán. What’s a bit unique about the Knights Templar is that the group is quite mysterious, in addition to being incredibly violent.

After the death of Nazario Moreno González, who was the leader of the La Familia Michoacana cartel, the other La Familia cartel leaders — Enrique Plancarte Solís and Servando Gómez Martínez — formed an offshoot of La Familia, which became Knights Templar.

The cartel is based on a cult-like regime, with leaders deciding that a religious discipline was a useful tool to keep members in line. And much like their original cartel group, the Knights claim to be helping the Michoacán community, despite their drug trafficking crimes — which include grisly murders and public displays of terror.

They even went so far as to announce their presence in a ceremonial way, in which the group hung more than 40 narcomanteles, or drug-cartel banners, across the state with a message promising security.

“Our commitment is to safeguard order, avoid robberies, kidnapping, extortion, and to shield the state from rival organizations,” the banners stated.

A week later, their first victim was hanged from an overpass, along with a note claiming that he was a kidnapper.

A number of times seized by officials lead investigators to believe that the group is much like a cult, with bizarre rituals, hooded tunics, metal helmets, and a Templar rule book.

Claiming that they draw inspiration from medieval Christian warriors, the Knights Templar consider their cartel’s murders to be honor killings, and are restricted to what they consider gentleman-like behavior.

In a strange twist, the Knights Templar cartel rounds up drug users and enrolls them in the organization’s rehabilitation centers, in which the process of treatment is closely monitored by the cartel leaders. The program also has a strong religious component.

According to the rules of the group, the Templars can not take drugs. However, they run one of the biggest methamphetamines traffic routes to the United States.

Following that secret society mentality, any disclosure of the inside activities of the Knights Templar will result in the death of the person and their whole family.

Power Structure: The Knights Templar have an initiation ritual that includes dressing up like knights from the Middle Ages and performing blood pacts. Religion, rules, and strict monitoring are used to keep members in line, as are gruesome acts of violence on rivals or those deemed worth of punishment.

The cartel indoctrinates its operatives to “fight and die” for “the cartel.” The cartel’s armed wing is called La Resistencia, and they have taken full control of the now-extinct La Familia Michoacana operations. The Templars do not shy away from violence; rather, they justify their killings based on honor.

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 A Grand Junction parole escapee named a person of interest in his mother’s death and disappearance was arrested last week after he lied to police about his identity and an officer discovered he was carrying drugs, court records show.

Daniel Stetzel, 31, a five-time convicted felon, was found by an officer after police were called about a suspicious man near the Blue Heron Boat Ramp in Grand Junction on July 28.


Stetzel told an officer his name was John Mauterer, which police quickly discovered was a lie, the papers say. The officer also found methamphetamine and a glass pipe in a bag Stetzel was carrying, police said.

Stetzel’s mother, 54-year-old Kathleen Stetzel, was found July 24 in the desert on federal land north of Grand Junction after having been reported missing in the days before, according to the Mesa County coroner.

Investigators from the county sheriff’s office immediately said they were searching for Daniel Stetzel for questioning in his mother’s death.

The coroner’s office has not said how Kathleen Stetzel died.


When arrested, Daniel Stetzel was found to be wanted on two felony warrants and was subsequently charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of drugs and criminal impersonation. He is being held at the Mesa County Jail in lieu of a total of $30,000 bail. Grand Junction police said sheriff’s detectives interviewed Stetzel before he was booked into the jail.










AN UNLIKELY team of amateur drug cooks, who tried and failed to set up a meth lab, have all walked from court with jail terms hanging over their heads.

Broke property investor Hugo Charles Fabre, self-proclaimed alcoholic grandma Sharon Elizabeth Lalor, repeat-offender Christopher Thomas Phillips and government office worker Rebecca Ruth Young, all pleaded guilty to producing dangerous drugs.

But the Hervey Bay District Court heard the four had found themselves on the wrong side of the law for different reasons.

Fabre and Phillips were remanded in custody and Lalor and Young released on conditional bail after police uncovered a live lab at a home in Boat Harbour Dr last year.

At the centre of the operation was Phillips, a convicted criminal and drug addict who despite being busted twice before for meth production in the past, decided to give it one more go.

Unfortunately for Young, a 30-year-old woman who was “a highly respected member of the community” with a stable government job, Phillips proved irresistible and the pair embarked on a relationship which would eventually see her providing money for the ingredients needed for the cook.

For Lalor, the lure of being paid “$100 per packet of pseudo” (pseudoephedrine) proved too tempting for someone who needed the cash to fuel a daily drinking habit.

Her criminal history was as troubling as the story of a woman who had survived the wrath of a barbaric partner, a bad car accident and had allowed her substance abuse to alienate her from family and lead her daughter to ban her from meeting her newborn grandson.

Then there was Fabre, who like Phillips, was a glutton for punishment and after losing nine investment properties and his marriage, decided a career in crime was his only option.

Justice Richard Jones noted while they only managed to produce a very small amount of methamphetamine, he described it as an “insidious drug” and public deterrent loomed large.

He took into account time served and allowed Fabre to be released under a supervision order.

Phillips, who had also been behind bars since the arrest, was jailed for two years but given immediate parole.

Lalor was jailed for three months but also allowed parole in the hope continued supervision would help her address her drinking problem

While her criminal history was in stark contrast to her co-accused and the recording of a conviction would likely result in her losing her job, Judge Jones said Young’s situation “was very much of your own making”. She was given a three-month suspended jail sentence.