On Saturday, March 30th, at 5:47 pm, Warren County Sheriff’s Deputies made a traffic stop on a van operated by Jamie Matthews with a passenger, Bonita Lackey. During the traffic stop, a methamphetamine lab was located in it. A clandestine lab trained deputy cleaned up the lab and its components. Matthews and Lackey were arrested and lodged at the Warren County Regional Jail. Both were charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Possession Of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.







ELIZABETHTON — A man who is accused of being involved in one of the largest methamphetamine dump sites in recent Carter County history was arrested over the weekend on child endangerment and methamphetamine charges.

Lance Daniel Nidiffer, 33, 121 Riverbottom Road, was arrested on charges of aggravated child endangerment, promotion of methamphetamine manufacture and initiation of the process intended to result in the manufacture of methamphetamine. He is scheduled to answer the charges in Sessions Court on May 6.


The charges stem from the Carter County Sheriff’s Department’s discovery of a dump site at Nidiffer’s residence on Riverbottom Road.

“It was definitely a big one,” Lt. Mike Little said. “There were more than 20 1-pot cooking bottles.” He said the garbage near the house also contained cold medicine packs that were used to provide the active ingredient, pseudoephedrine. Other items found in the garbage were empty cans of Coleman lantern fuel, cold packs containing ammonium nitrate and other items.

Little said the dump site was so large it required the department to call in four meth lab technicians to clean it up. The sheriff’s department normally uses only one or two meth lab technicians to clean up a dump site. Even with the extra manpower, Little said it took more than four hours to clean up the site.

Little said the discovery of the meth lab came about because the family of Heather Renee Stevens, 29, suspected that her boyfriend, Nidiffer, may have been hitting her.

Acting on the family’s concerns, deputies Michael Freeman and Sgt. Kenny Cornett went to 121 Riverbottom Road to investigate. Little said Stevens was at home and they found bruising on her that suggested she may have been the victim of domestic violence. While they were investigating, the deputies noticed a chemical smell in the home and received consent from Stevens to investigate.

As they went through the house, Little said they encountered “a heavy, heavy chemical odor,” and other indicators of meth manufacturing. As the odors got stronger, Little said the deputies backed out and contacted him and the department’s Special Operations Unit.

Little said the unit found numerous components commonly found at methamphetamine manufacturing operations. An outbuilding was found to contain a large amount of household garbage where most of the evidence was found.

Sgt. Harmon Duncan said during the Jan. 21 investigation that Nidiffer and others were cooking methamphetamine in her kitchen on Jan. 20 and had cooked meth in the house on numerous times in the past.

Duncan said Stevens told her during the search that Nidiffer had been living with her for a couple of months and had purchased cold medicine containing psuedoephedrine, a key ingredient in methamphetamine manufacture, for Nidiffer to cook the drug in her house.

Duncan said Stevens has two children under the age of 8. He observed toys, furniture, and children’s clothing in the house. He said both children tested positive for methamphetamine by Jeff Street, Tri-Cities Diagnostics, an agency that performs such tests for the state Child Protective Services.

Evidence was found in the house and outside in the trash and garbage that meth manufacture had been going on for several weeks if not months, Duncan said.

Duncan said he was aware that Nidiffer had arrested on Dec. 28 by the Johnson City Police Department after the 1st Judicial District Drug Task Force had found a methamphetamine lab in a hotel room in Johnson City.

Also on Jan. 21, Nidiffer and two others, Jesse Taylor Timbs and Robyn Willis were arrested by the Newland, N.C., Police Department when a meth lab was found inside a vehicle parked in the Avery County Sheriff’s Department parking lot. Duncan said Nidiffer confessed to Chief Jason Brown of the Newland Police Department that he had been cooking methamphetamine at the Riverbottom Road residence earlier that day.

Duncan and Deputy Nick Andes interviewed Nidiffer at the Avery County Jail on Feb. 1. He said Nidiffer admitted he had cooked meth on Riverbottom Road. Duncan said Nidiffer also admitted he had argued with Stevens on Jan. 19 and had left in her vehicle without her permission on Jan. 20. That was the vehicle found by the Newland Police to contain a meth lab.

Duncan said there is evidence that Stevens made purchases of psuedoephedrine in Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia and Pennsylvania.


A 50-year-old Georgia woman remains in federal custody after she tried to cross more than $1.3 million worth of Methamphetamine at the Veterans International Bridge in Brownsville, authorities said.

The drugs were hidden inside the tires of a Ford Ranger, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers.

The incident happened sometime Friday.

Woman found with meth


Authorities said the woman, who was driving a 2002 Ford Ranger, was sent to a secondary inspection area at the bridge where four statues believed to be molded out of methamphetamine were found. Additional packages of the drugs were found stuffed inside the truck’s tires.

The drugs totaled nearly 89 pounds, authorities said.

 The CBP officers seized the drugs and the woman was turned over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations special agents.

“Brownsville CBP officers’ interception of these dangerous drugs is a direct result of their commitment to the safety of our nation’s borders. I congratulate our officers for this outstanding seizure and for the arrest of this would-be smuggler,” said Michael T. Freeman, CBP port director, Brownsville. 







A multi-agency investigation ended last week with four arrested in Rockmart on drug charges.

The investigation lasted more than a month and included the Cedartown Police Department’s Narcotics Unit, the Polk County Police Department’s Narcotics Enforcement Team (NET), and the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, according to a press release.

The investigation led to a traffic stop on Yorkville Highway and a search warrant at 138 Church St., Rockmart, the press release said.

The arrests occurred March 28, according to Polk County Jail docket reports.

Those arrested include:

April Garner Campbell, 32, of 138 Church St., Rockmart, charged with methamphetamine possession and possession of drug-related scales.

Scott Wesley Wooding, 35, of 138 Church St., Rockmart, charged with methamphetamine possession, methamphetamine possession with intent to distribute, and trafficking methamphetamine.

Stephen Ray Larkin, 29, of 222 Barber Road, Rockmart, charged with methamphetamine possession, methamphetamine possession with intent to distribute, trafficking methamphetamine, and obstruction of officers.

Rigo Martinez Enrriquez, 32, of 33 Ira Drive, Tifton, charged with methamphetamine possession, methamphetamine possession with intent to distribute and trafficking methamphetamine.

Campbell and Wooding have been released on bond. Larkin and Enrriquez remain in the Polk County Jail.

The Polk County Police Department’s K-9 Unit and the Polk County Police Department’s Patrol Division also assisted in the investigation and provided additional assistance at both locations, according to the press release.


SARALAND, Alabama — An Eight Mile man wanted by the U.S. Marshals Service was arrested Thursday after police found him with methamphetamine, according to the Saraland Police Department

On Wednesday, March 27, officers with SPD got a tip on Anthony Richard Kinard, 32, who was wanted by the U.S. Marshals Service on a supervised release violation from a federal conviction, according to court documents and Cpl. Arlan Gaines, public information officer for SPD.

Kinard faces one new charge of unlawful possession of a controlled substance. 


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Anthony Richard Kinard, 32, was arrested by Saraland police on Wednesday, March 27, 2013


In 2005, Kinard pleaded guilty to conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine in federal court, according to records. He was sentenced to 120 months in prison and four years of supervised released following his time in prison.

U.S. District Judge William Steele also recommended that Kinard get treatment for substance abuse and mental health issues.

In 2007, Steele agreed to lower Kinard’s sentence to 100 months, although the conditions of his supervised release were upheld.

Press-Register archives show Kinard was originally arrested at a home in Eight Mile on April 8, 2005, with a man and a woman. Kinard was charged with trafficking meth, first-degree manufacturing a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of anhydrous ammonia and first-degree possession of marijuana.

In federal court, Kinard was initially charged with conspiracy to manufacture meth; selling, distributing or dispensing meth and possession of a listed chemical with the intent to manufacture a controlled substance. 

Records from U.S. District Court show Kinard will be in the custody of U.S. Marshals until he faces an initial court date on April 4 and a supervised release revocation hearing on April 19.







LAGRANGE – 4 people are behind bars after a meth bust in LaGrange County.

County police were called to a home in the 3600 block of S. 600 East in LaGrange on Sunday and found several items used to make methamphetamine and paraphernalia associated with consuming the illegal drug.

Meth bust

(From left to right) Kerri Benson, Candice Benson (top row) face felony charges. Stephanie Gibson, Laef Lewis (bottom row) are charged with misdemeanors



Officers found a number of chemicals used to make meth in the home and garage. They also uncovered a large amount of what they believe is meth.

The Indiana State Police Clandestine Lab Team was called to handle the dangerous chemicals at the scene.

4 people were taken to the LaGrange County Jail.

Kerri Benson was booked for possession of methamphetamine and maintaining a common nuisance, both felonies.

Candice Benson is charged with maintaining a common nuisance, while Stephanie Gibson and Laef Lewis were both taken into custody for visiting a common nuisance.

Additional possible charges are pending after a review by the LaGrange County prosecutor’s office.

Indiana conservation officers also helped with the investigation.






The Drug Task Force breaks up a Salina meth lab. 

According to Drug Task Force Commander Lt Jim Norton, police received several tips about suspected drug activity in a Salina neighborhood. 

Agents from the Task Force used a search warrant at 401 Morrison Avenue late Friday night and found ingredients and hardware in the basement used to cook methamphetamine. 

Police arrested 39-year-old Roy V. Nease, on charges that include the manufacture and possession of methamphetamine. 

Officers also arrested 19-year-old Dallas R. Nease and 18-year-old Dalton J.R. Grady, both on charges for possession of a hallucinogenic drug. 

The investigation is ongoing and that more arrests are possible. 

Lt. Norton tells KSAL News that it is the first bust of an active meth lab in Salina since June of 2012.







A possible methamphetamine lab exploded Friday afternoon inside Gadsden Inn and Suites on Albert Rains Boulevard, according to a release from the Gadsden Police Department.

When police arrived, they found a 56-year-old man with burns to his feet and legs attempting to leave the scene of the fire. The man was detained and police found signs of methamphetamine production inside the room near the fire.

The man was taken to a hospital for treatment. The incident is under investigation.







BREMERTON, Wash. — A “large scale” criminal organization targeting gun owners’ homes for robberies and then reselling the guns to methamphetamine dealers was recently uncovered in Kitsap County, Bremerton police reported Monday.

According to Bremerton police, five suspects were arrested after a single residential burglary uncovered a complex crime ring where the suspects used “inside” information to target gun-owning victims.

Joseph Peck, 29, of Bremerton is being charged in federal court, and four other West Sound men being held in state custody have not been officially charged. Three additional arrests from unrelated crimes were made during the investigation that started in October 2012 when police became aware of the criminal organization.

In October, three of the suspects allegedly burglarized a downtown Bremerton residence belonging to Navy personnel. The suspects allegedly took a pistol, assault rifle and a large amount of personal information. The suspects then reportedly used financial documents and credit cards to pilfer money from the victims, who were on deployment. The suspects then allegedly used inside information to steal weapons from other houses across Kitsap County. A number of guns were recovered in a drug bust in King County, police said, and several stolen rifles, shotguns and pistols were found at the home.

Bremerton police, the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office, Shelton police and federal agencies worked together during the investigation, Bremerton police said.


The owner of a Yucaipa car-audio installation business and five others were arrested on drug and other charges March 28 after authorities said they found methamphetamine in the shop and at a house.

In all, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies seized a half-pound of methamphetamine worth $6,000, a news release said.

Just after 1:20 a.m., deputies checking on Break N Beariors at 34919 Yucaipa Blvd. found owner Christopher Hernandez, 39, and Cory Anweiler inside. Anweiler, 41, was on parole for felony carjacking, a news release said.

The deputies found 4 ounces of marijuana and unspecified items related to drug sales and distribution, the release said. Deputies then got a search warrant for the business and a residence they said was related to Hernandez.

At the house, in the 12000 Block of Bryant Street, deputies found meth as well as code violations that led to citations that closed off most of the property as uninhabitable. Yucaipa residents Michael Gardner, 34, Aaron Moron, 20, Joseph Ronquillo, 37, and Denise Piiwaa, 51, who were at the house, were arrested.

Investigators then returned to the business and seized meth and illegal prescription narcotics, the release said.

Detectives in Yucaipa have made nine felony arrests related to illegal narcotics in the past month, the release said.







 According to Broken Bow Police Chief Steve Scott, the Broken Bow Police Department with the assistance of the Custer County Sheriff’s Department executed a search warrant early Saturday morning. The search was in an apartment at 14th & South E in Broken Bow.  Five people were arrested as the result of this search.  Jay Hundstad, 44 of Cheyenne, Wyoming, Amanda Hoffman, 42 of Cheyenne, Wyoming, Patrick Mortensen 35 of Broken Bow, and Soyon Chessmore 29 of Broken Bow were all arrested and will be charged with Possession of Methamphetamine.  Marty Gottschalk, 29 of Broken Bow was also arrested and will be charged with Possession of Methamphetamine and Distribution of a Controlled Substance. All remain in custody at the Custer County Jail.





A Kirksville man already on probation and wanted for failure to appear on an outstanding assault charge was arrested Saturday in Kirksville for allegedly manufacturing methamphetamine in a trailer-home in the vicinity of two young children. 

Police arrested Carl Von Galvin, 21, at a trailer-home on Dwight Way after being called to assist with a Department of Family Services call regarding a possible methamphetamine lab in the bathroom. 

After police made contact with Galvin at the trailer and began searching the premises, they located what appeared to be two one-pot methamphetamine labs in the bathroom along with several components of methamphetamine manufacturing in a bedroom cabinet drawer within reach of the children and remnants of other one-pot cooks. 

Police also allegedly found amounts of methampetamine, drug paraphernalia and materials commonly used to manufacture the drug. 

According to the probable cause statement, Galvin was at the time under electronic monitoring through Missouri Probation and Parole and was also wanted for failure to appear on an assault charge through Scotland County. 

Galvin was charged with the class A felony of manufacturing a controlled substance in a residence with a child, the class C felonies of possession of a controlled substance and possession of chemicals with intent to manufacture and the class A misdemeanor of possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Galvin was being held in the Adair County Jail on a $100,000 bond for the Adair County charges and a $1,000 bond for the failure to appear and for no-bond for probation violation.






DELTONA, Fla. — A Volusia County Sheriff’s deputy responding to an anonymous tip of drug activity followed a chemical odor that led him to a garage where a man was cooking up a batch of methamphetamine.

The incident happened Saturday night when a deputy following up on a tip drove down Florida Drive with his windows rolled down and detected the unmistakable chemical odor.

The odor got stronger as the deputy approached a home along Florida Drive, which is where he saw a man in a garage vigorously shaking a plastic bottle containing a liquid substance.

James Jackson
James Jackson

The deputy said he was able to arrest the man and two others at the residence.

While investigators searched the home, they found a small amount of methamphetamine and marijuana, along with all of the components of an active meth lab, including plastic bottles, muriatic acid, lye, drain opener, butane fuel, lithium batteries, pseudoephedrine, a razor blade, a smoking pipe and a digital scale.

Kelly Brooks, 45, was charged with manufacture of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia.

Howard Cook, 42, was charged with manufacture of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana under 20 grams, possession of drug paraphernalia.

 James Jackson, 57, was charged with manufacture of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.







Two men and a woman are behind bars and three children have been placed with Child Welfare Services after a traffic stop led police to the discovery of more than an ounce and a half of methamphetamine Saturday afternoon, the Porterville Police Department reported.

At about 5:15 p.m., officers stopped a vehicle driven by Erik Herrera, 32, of Porterville in the 700 block of North Main Street. Herrera and his passenger, Anselmo Solorio, 35, also of Porterville, fled the stop on foot but were apprehended.

Methamphetamine packaged for sales were located in Herrera’s vehicle, the PPD said, as well as a loaded firearm discarded by the suspects as they ran.

Solorio resisted arrest by fighting and was apprehended using a K-9, and Herrera injured his ankle while fleeing. Both men were taken to a local hospital for treatment before being booked.

As part of their investigation, police contacted Alondra Ochoa, 28, of Hanford at Herrera’s resident. Three children, ages 1 to 9, were also discovered there, as was additional methamphetamine in an area accessible to the children, police said.

All three adults were arrested on various charges, including possession, sales and transportation of a controlled substance, resisting arrest, and child endangerment, and booked at the Tulare County Jail. The children were turned over to CWS.

A total of 46 grams of methamphetamine were seized.








STORM LAKE, Iowa | Three Laurens, Iowa, residents are accused of buying ingredients in Storm Lake, Spencer and nearby cities for a meth-making operation. Three children were removed during a search of their homes.

Facing felony charges of manufacturing methamphetamine in the presence of minors, possession of lithium with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine and child endangerment are Daryl Dehart, 24, Christen Dooling, 23, Janette Schmitz, 31. They also were charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Daryl Dehart
Christen Dooling
Janette Schmitz
Rebecca Wilkinson

They were arrested Friday following searches of two homes in Laurens, Storm Lake police said in a statement. The searches were part of an investigation by the Storm Lake, Laurens and Pocahontas police departments and the Pocahontas Sheriff’s Office.

Police found drug pipes, scales, empty packages of pseudoephedrine, ice packs containing ammonium nitrate and camping fuel containers, officials said.

Police said the materials also were purchased in Fort Dodge and Pocahontas

The Iowa Department of Human Services removed two children belonging to Dehart and Dooling and a child belonging to Schmitz from the homes, police said.

Dehart, Dooling and Schmitz are being held at the Pocahontas County Jail on $25,300 bail. Wilkinson is being held on $1,300 bond.

Rebecca Wilkinson, 43, of Laurens, also was charged with misdemeanor possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia in the investigation.


The Texas Department of Public Safety cleaned house in the Lubbock area last week with over 45 arrests as part of a joint task force operation.

In an Easter news release, DPS said the joint task force captured 45 wanted fugitives, many of whom were high-risk offenders and gang members.

The task force also locked up non-compliant sex offenders.

High intensity theft areas and suspected drug stash houses were also located as part of the operation.

Some of the arrests included charges for aggravated assault of a child, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, continuous abuse of children, indecency with a child causing serious bodily injury, sexual assault, possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver and possession of a firearm by a felon.

“This operation underscores the dedication of the many men and women working at DPS as well as our local, state and federal law enforcement partners who strive to protect Texans every day,” said DPS Regional Commander Randy Prince in the news release.

“Thanks to the coordinated efforts by all involved, these criminals are now off our streets, and our communities are safer today.”

Police conducted 15 searches resulting in the seizure of more than 50 grams of methamphetamine, nearly 40 grams of cocaine, more than seven pounds of marijuana and one weapon, the release said.

DPS Highway Patrol also did their part.

Three significant seizures in the Lubbock region were made by troopers, resulting in the seizure of 4,000 grams of methamphetamine, which is valued at more than $300,000.

Thirty-two pounds of marijuana was also confiscated.

The joint task force was composed of DPS personnel from the Criminal Investigations Division, the Regulatory Services Division, the Texas Highway Patrol Division, the Aircraft Section, the Special Response Team section, the Intelligence and Counter Terrorism Division, and the Texas Rangers Division.

Numerous federal, state, county and local agencies also assisted during the operation.

The unified operation involved Bailey, Carson, Eastland, Fisher, Gray, Lubbock, Potter, Nolan, Randall, Taylor and Wichita counties.







Norwalk meth lab busted

Posted: April 1, 2013 in Uncategorized
Fire breaks out as police arrest four in raid on suspected drug den at apartment complex.
Police arrested Paul Prince, 33, of Mansfield, on a felony charge of illegal manufacturing of methamphetamine; Allen Mobberly, 32, of Norwalk, permitting drug abuse and child endangering; and James J. Arthur II, no age or address listed, illegal manufacturing of methamphetamine.  Samantha Reed was charged with trafficking in heroin as the result of an earlier investigation.

Norwalk police detective Sgt. Tim Fulton said complaints and information about a meth lab operating in an apartment complex on Bouscay Avenue were made to the police department, so police obtained a search warrant from Judge John Ridge on Friday.

They quickly surrounded 37C Bouscay Ave.

“I was watching and saw people at the upstairs window. I announced hit it,” Fulton said.

A battering ram was used to knock in the door, and officers raced upstairs.

The adults were upstairs, and a 3-year-old child was sleeping on a couch downstairs.

Prince was seen running from a bedroom to a bathroom, Fulton said.

A small fire ignited in a bedroom where an active meth lab was found.

Prince admitted he knocked over chemical by-products that occur when meth is manufactured.

He said it was unintentional, but Fulton wasn’t convinced.

“It is my belief he did it deliberately,” Fulton said.

Police quickly got everyone out of the apartment. 

“Thank God no one was hurt,” Fulton said.

Police had asked Norwalk firefighters to stand by just down the street as a precaution in dealing with the caustic, unstable and very flammable materials used in a meth lab.

Firefighters moved in and quickly extinguished the fire.

Norwalk fire Capt. Dan Hunt said the chemical by-product had caught the curtains and other bedroom items on fire, but they were able to quickly put it out.

Tenants living in the B and D apartments were evacuated “as a safety precaution while we made sure there was no fire in the ceiling or walls,” Hunt said.

Police found BB guns in a bedroom. They are also obtaining search warrants for cell phones and a car they seized from the apartment.







Beijing, April 1 (IANS) Two men were Monday sentenced to death by a court in Chinese metropolis Shanghai for trafficking more than 30 kg of drugs.

Liang Guoyong and Shi Runqiang were found guilty of trafficking and selling methamphetamine and ketamine, respectively, between April-May 2012, Xinhua reported.

Police found evidence that Liang supplied Shi with over 20 kg of methamphetamine and five kg of ketamine for shipment from Shenzhen to Shanghai on four separate occasions.

Police captured Liang at his apartment in Shenzhen with over six kg of methamphetamine while Shi was arrested in Shanghai, according to a court statement.






A man who crashed his car into Sunday morning and began randomly beating people with a metal club was likely under the influence of methamphetamine, police said.

The incident occurred just after 11 a.m., as a man who has not yet been named crashed his red Oldsmobile Cutlas into two other cars in the parking lot of a Walmart store, then cruised along a walkway near the front doors before plowing through the entrance.

A car driven into a San Jose Walmart. Photo: Screenshot via CBS San Francisco.


The driver kept on the gas for another 30 feet until the car finally came to a stop atop a beer display, at which point the driver exited and began assaulting people nearby with a metal club, according to The Mercury News.

 Police said four people were wounded, including one seriously. One of the injured people is a Walmart cashier, and sources told NBC Bay Area that another is a pregnant woman.

It was not initially clear why the man erupted in such a shocking manner, but police later told KTVU-TV that he appeared to be under the influence of methamphetamine, the street version of a a highly addictive prescription stimulant that can cause extreme euphoria and aggression at high doses.







The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department uncovered a methamphetamine operation and a substantial quantity of meth following the execution of a search warrant last week in Fabius Township.

The Friday incident took place following an investigation by the St. Joseph County Area Narcotics unit at a residence in the 58000 block of County Line Road.

A department media release indicated a substantial quantity of meth was discovered, though a specific amount was not detailed.

Four of six subjects were transported to the St. Joseph County jail; two females, ages 39 and 17, and two males, ages 19 and 21.

A 19-year-old male and a 20-year-old female were released to seek medical attention and charges will be sought through the prosecutor’s office.

Details of their need for medical treatment were not noted.







Authorities have arrested the final suspect in connection with a methamphetamine lab explosion earlier this month inside a Bethlehem home, city police announced today.

Police arrested Daniel James Houser, 39, early this morning. Bethlehem police say that Fountain Hill police notified city officers that Houser was at St. Luke’s University Hospital. He was then taken into custody and is now in Northampton County Prison.

Daniel Houser

Daniel Houser



Four suspects face charges of possession with intent to deliver, conspiracy and possession of chemicals used to make methamphetamine in the March 8 incident at 1965 Greenleaf St.

Daniel Houser’s mother, Jeannette Houser, said this evening her son turned himself in, alerting the receptionist at the hospital that he was a fugitive.

“He was not pulling any punches,” Jeanette Houser said.

He went to the hospital over concerns burns he suffered were becoming infected, she said.

Police have charged homeowner Elaine Noone, 64, and another resident, Davina C. Bowler, 39, in the case. Noone was freed on unsecured bail and Bowler was sent to Northampton County Prison in lieu of $15,000 bail, police said.

Jeffrey Caulfield, 28, surrendered to police after the explosion and was sent to Northampton County Prison in lieu of $100,000 bail.

The explosion and fire injured seven people, including two police officers. The explosion happened a few hours before a planned police raid.







On March 23, 2013 at 11:00 pm, the Lowndes County Narcotics Division, along with the Lowndes County S.R.T. team and Lowndes County Sheriff’s Department deputies, executed a search warrant at 2619 Yorkville Rd East.  Sharon Conn, occupant of the residence, was arrested for Manufacture of Methamphetamine.
During a search of the residence, agents and deputies discovered a methamphetamine lab along with an undetermined amount of cash.  Evidence was gathered and collected.
A hazardous material recovery crew was called to the scene to take custody of all hazardous materials found at the residence.





CANTON — Police say an Akron woman brought an unusual gift when she visited a friend at the Stark County Jail.

Shade L. Stanley, 19, of 752 Blane Ave. was arrested Saturday for allegedly bringing powder crystal methamphetamine into the Stark County Jail.

According to the police report, Stanley admitted that she and inmate Apria Johnson used the drugs, then flushed whatever remained down the toilet.

Stanley faces a first-degree felony charge of corrupting another with drugs, along with the illegal conveyance of weapons, drugs or other prohibited items onto grounds of detention facility or institution, tampering with evidence, and possession of drugs.

Johnson, 25, is serving a 16-day sentence for domestic violence.







KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV/AP) – Missouri’s attorney general and other officials are launching a campaign against a strategy used by methamphetamine makers to evade limits on buying a key ingredient.

The practice is called “smurfing,” and involves people buying cold and allergy medicines containing the pseudoephedrine and selling them to meth makers.

Missouri set another record last year for domestic meth production in the United States.

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster and Jackson County prosecutor Jean Peters Baker held a news conference Wednesday at a Kansas City supermarket to outline the anti-smurfing initiative. The goal is to make sure that pharmacists and law enforcement officials are watching and tracking cold medicine sales.

The campaign calls partly for Missouri pharmacies to display warnings at cash registers letting would-be meth cooks know their actions have serious consequences. The hope is to deter otherwise lawful residents from helping smurfers obtain more pseudoephedrine than is allowed under state law.

“This is more intended for the individual who might get approached by a meth cook and make this purchase and hopefully divert them away from attempting to do that in the first place,’ said Carlos Gutierrez of the Consume Healthcare Products Association.

Violators can get up to 15 years in jail.

The Missouri Retailers Association, Missouri Pharmacy Association and the Consumer Healthcare Products Association are sponsoring the campaign.

Spalitto’s Pharmacy, which is an independently run pharmacy, keeps drugs with the ingredient behind the counter and requires a prescription. The pharmacy is too small to keep an electronic database tracking sales.

Vicki Labruzzo of Spalitto’s said too many meth houses are in the neighborhood and they go to great lengths to get their hands on the drugs.

“We knew we had to keep up on that because they would definitely come in here for them,” she said. “We know how many we’re buying through our wholesaler and it’s such a small amount it’s not even a concern here anymore.”






PREBLE COUNTY — Two men were arrested and jailed pending charges associated with an active methamphetamine lab, according to Preble County Sheriff’s deputies.

Authorities at about 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon were sent to the area of Consolidated Road to tend to a suspicious persons call. The caller and property owner complained that two people fled a wooded area and what was believed to be a methamphetamine lab where the subjects had been seen, Capt. Dean Miller of the Preble County Sheriffs Office said.

Exclusive: Meth lab found, 2 arrested photo
Matthew E. Mendenhall

Exclusive: Meth lab found, 2 arrested photo
Consolidated Road and U.S. Rt. 127, Preble County. March 30, 2013.
Exclusive: Meth lab found, 2 arrested photo
Harold Swafford

Deputies, with the assistance of Eaton and Camden police, found both subjects at separate locations on U.S. 127, north of Consolidated Road.

Two back-packs containing chemicals and equipment used to manufacture methamphetamine were found. It was also determined that the process of producing ammonia was also done.

Agents from the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) were requested to the scene and helped deputies clean up. Gasper Twp. Fire & EMS also responded.

Matthew E. Mendenhall, 34, of Eaton and Harold Swafford, Jr., 35, remain in the Preble County Jail on suspicion of illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, a felony.

Our news crew was the only media outlet on the scene gathering exclusive video, pictures, interviews and first-hand details.

The investigation is ongoing.