TurnerA man arrested Saturday in the Richmond Wal-Mart parking lot on public intoxication and third-degree criminal trespassing charges attempted to swallow pills hidden in his prosthetic leg while being booked at the Madison County Detention Center, according to Richmond Police.

Voyd A. Turner, 40, was wrestled to the ground after deputies saw him trying to swallow the pills, the report stated. When Turner was searched, police found suspected methamphetamine and Suboxone, it added.

In addition to his original charges, Turner was charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine,) second-degree possession of a controlled substance (Suboxone), first-degree promoting contraband and tampering with physical evidence.

He remained in the detention center Monday evening, according to online jail records.









Fresno police arrested a 41-year-old man on suspicion of stabbing his girlfriend Monday morning, then attacking his mother and son with a knife.

Police said the man, identified as Steven David Clark, was high on methamphetamine. His 44-year-old girlfriend was hospitalized in critical condition but expected to survive.Steven David Clark

Officers were called to Saint Agnes Medical Center just before 10 a.m. after a woman with multiple stab wounds was dropped off at the hospital by her boyfriend.

Minutes later, officers were called to the 1100 block of East Kelso Avenue, just north of Clovis West High School, on a report that an adult son was trying to kill his mother with a knife, Lt. Joe Gomez said. The caller indicated the son had his mother cornered, Gomez said.

Officers arrived and detained the son in the front yard, police said. The mother had the knife and turned it over to police. She was not stabbed in the encounter.

Officers learned the two cases were related. Clark had blood on his clothing and inside his car when arrested, Gomez said.

Police gave this account of what happened:

Clark drove his girlfriend to do some remodeling work on a home near Millbrook and Teague avenues in the Clovis West neighborhood. As she got out of the vehicle, Clark stabbed her in the upper body, Gomez said.

The woman was stabbed in the head, neck, hands and upper torso. Clark then drove her to the hospital.

He returned to his Kelso Avenue home, where he assaulted and threatened to kill his mother while wielding a knife, Gomez said. He also tried to stab and threatened to kill his 18-year-old son, but his mother was able to call police before he could hurt anyone.

Clark’s girlfriend was taken to Community Regional Medical Center. Clark was also at the hospital to detoxify from methamphetamine before he would be booked into Fresno County Jail, Gomez said.

Clark will face charges of assault with a deadly weapon and making terrorists threats, police said.












LONGMONT – A 35-year-old man who was trapped in a space between two walls of a Colorado department store for as long has three days was high on methamphetamine, according to an affidavit released Monday.    635518448363220009-paul-felyk-forweb

Paul Felyk, of Westminster, was arrested Friday on charges of second-degree burglary, criminal trespassing, possession of methamphetamine, criminal tampering and criminal mischief.

In the affidavit, Felyk told police he had fought with a “female friend” and had driven from Westminster to Longmont to “think” about it.

He told police he parked behind a Marshall’s store to use meth and then decided he wanted to get a “better view of the stars” – so he climbed a ladder to the roof.

When he was done stargazing, he wanted to look around the building so he went into a room accessible from the roof. He found himself locked inside the building and climbed down the shaft that went to the first floor. Once in the shaft, he realized he was stuck.

Employees at a Marshalls store in Longmont reported hearing someone yelling Monday but couldn’t tell where it was coming from.

On Tuesday, they found the man yelling for help through a hole in the wall, so they notified authorities. Firefighters used a circular saw to free Felyk.



In his car, police found meth.










CALIPATRIA – A Riverside woman visiting Calipatria State Prison is accused of trying to smuggle heroin and methamphetamine into the prison while visiting an inmate there with her child this weekend.546a5eb6cc71d_image

Monica Garza, 31, was visiting Carlos Deharo, who has been convicted of assault with a firearm, on Sunday when staff noticed that they were acting suspiciously while seated at a table with the child in the visiting area, said Lt. Everardo Silva, prison public information officer/administrative assistant.

Staff then saw Garza hand two bindles to Deharo who placed them into his mouth and swallowed. The pair was separated, and during a search, Garza relinquished six bindles.

The bindles contained a total of 21.6 grams of heroin with an estimated prison value of $16,200 and a smaller bindle within one of them contained .1 grams of methamphetamine with an estimated prison value of $100.

Deharo was medically cleared and placed on contraband watch where staff will monitor him. Once cleared, he will be placed in the prison’s administrative segregation unit which is a jail within the prison.546a5edce4d79_image

Garza was booked into Imperial County jail, and the child was turned over to Child Protective Services. If convicted, Garza faces three to five years in prison.










Salton City, California – Saturday, El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio Station arrested a suspected drug smuggler at the Highway 86 checkpoint after discovering twenty-four packages of methamphetamine hidden in an aftermarket compartment in the rear bumper.

The incident occurred at approximately 10:35 a.m., when Border Patrol agents encountered a 29-year-old male driver in a burgundy 2000 Jeep Cherokee at the checkpoint.

Agents referred the driver to secondary inspection area for further examination. During the investigation, a Border Patrol canine detection team alerted to the vehicle.  The agents searched the vehicle and subsequently discovered twenty-four packages of methamphetamine in the rear bumper.

The methamphetamine had a weight of 14.35 pounds with an estimated street value of more than $129,100.

The driver, a citizen of Mexico with valid B1/B2, the Jeep, and methamphetamine were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.










LAS VEGAS — The man accused of killing another man following a traffic dispute told police three people came at his vehicle armed with guns and that was why he fired his weapon.5847473_G

William Jacobsen, 30, drove to his home immediately after the deadly shooting on Nov. 13 and called police to report the incident on Torrey Pines Drive, just south of Flamingo Road. Marlon Anthony Baylor, 49, was killed.

According to the arrest report, Baylor’s wife, Shirletta, told police Jacobsen was tailgating their vehicle and then pulled in front of them and was driving slowly and occasionally coming to a complete stop. Shirletta Baylor got out of her car and started yelling at Jacobsen. She said, her husband got out of the car to calm her down and that’s when he was shot by Jacobsen.

“I thought I was defending myself,” Jacobsen said. “It’s horrible, knowing that you did that, when never meant to, and what you thought was happening wasn’t.”

The report said, Jacobsen told police that Baylor had pulled up alongside him and he saw vehicles surround his car and three people with guns come toward him. He said he feared for his life and shot from the inside of his vehicle.

Police searched the Baylor’s vehicle and did not find any guns and there was no evidence of additional vehicles or people at the scene, the report said.

“I am so deeply, deeply sorry and I wish that there was so many ways I could change what happened,” Jacobsen said.

During Jacobsen’s arrest, police found crystal methamphetamine and narcotic pills in his pocket, according to the arrest report. Jacobsen is facing murder, drug possession and escape by a prisoner charges. When Jacobsen was being transported to the Clark County Detention Center for booking, he attempted to escape but was caught, police said.










A woman is facing charges after police say she was seen smoking meth in a McDonald’s parking lot.

To make matters worse, a 14-year-old child was in the car at the time, police say.pipe_featured

Brandie Lea Triplett of Lino Lakes, Minnesota, faces one count of meth-related crimes involving children, one count of possessing meth and one count of possessing drug paraphernalia.

The alleged incident occurred on the afternoon of Nov. 8.

According to a criminal complaint, Lino Lakes police were called to the McDonald’s on a report of a woman “smoking drugs” with a child in the car. The caller gave the woman’s license; the number was registered to Triplett.

By the time police got to the McDonald’s, Triplett was gone. The caller, however, was still there, and said that he was parked next to the car with Triplett’s license and clearly saw a woman doing drugs.

As CBS Minnesota reports, police then went to Triplett’s home and told her about the complaint. The 38-year-old woman admitted to being at McDonald’s but denied doing drugs, the complaint states.

Police noted that Triplett appeared to be intoxicated. An active warrant was out for her arrest in Wright County; an officer arrested her. Police conducted a search of her vehicle, during which they found two glass pipes with meth residue and a baggie containing 1.2 grams of meth.

If convicted of the charges, Triplett faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and/or a fine of more than $20,000.









A Texas couple has been taken into custody after their children tested positive for methamphetamine.

Leeanna and Linton Brandon Keyton were arrested and charged after Titus County Sheriff’s Office Narcotic Investigators obtained a search warrant and discovered quantities of the drug at their hotel room on Oct. 25, KLTV reports.keytons1_featured

The only one found in the room was Leeanna Keyton, who was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance. She was released the next day on $15,000 bond.

Child Protective Services removed the children — both under the age of 5 — from the couple’s care in mid-October. They tested positive for meth.

Officials served arrest warrants on both parents for allegedly endangering a child, KTLA reports.

Leeanna Heyton was arrested once again on Nov. 6 at the parking lot of a Pilgrim’s Pride supermarket. The woman resisted, but deputies managed to quickly take her into custody.

She was booked into the Titus County Jail for endangering a child, resisting arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia.

A week later, Titus County deputies tracked down Linton Brandon Keyton, who refused to identify himself. But deputies confirmed the outstanding arrest warrant and were able to place him into custody.

Deputies booked him into the Titus County Jail for endangering a child, possession of a controlled substance, unlawful carrying of a weapon, failure to identify, and possession of a dangerous drug.










Lethal crystal meth is flooding Irish jails turning inmates into “walking zombies”, we can reveal.

A prison source said crystal meth – short for methamphetamine– can be bought for as little as €20 a bag in prison, which would typically give the user four to five hits.

The highly-addictive drug, which is smoked or injected, causes paranoia. It is considered dangerous as it causes addicts to need a hit every two hours.

The source said: “Crystal meth is only a recent phenomenon in prisons.

“Drugs such as heroin, cocaine and hash are the main drugs that are smuggled in.

“However, there has been an emergence of inmates who use drugs taking crystal meth.

“It’s extremely dangerous as it makes the user extremely paranoid. They are basically like zombies. It’s one of the most addictive drugs out there and users become extremely desperate and violent in some circumstances if they can’t get it.

“The fear is it will become increasingly more popular in time as it’s cheaper than other similar drugs like heroin.

“Despite there being good drug detection methods in place inmates still manage to get it in.

“They are constantly coming up with new ways of smuggling drugs and other contraband.”

Crystal meth was at the center of acclaimed American TV series Breaking Bad.

Addicts use the drug more regularly than they would an opiate like heroin.

A source last night said that the drug, which is also rife on the streets of Dublin, is primarily made abroad – mostly in Chinese meth labs – and smuggled in.

A similar drug increasingly more popular in jails is Methylenedioxypyrovalerone, or MDPV for short.

It is a psychoactive stimulant which causes euphoria, increased alertness, awareness, motivation and energy, as well as boosting sexual stimulation.

The drug’s effects last for six to eight hours and high doses have been known to cause panic attacks, sleep withdrawal and psychosis.

Users are at risk of blood-borne diseases, but there is also a lot of concern over the potential for mental health issues.









Police in Guangdong have incinerated a staggering 400 tons of crystal meth ingredients, almost a year after a massive police raid in southern China shut down a major production hub for the drug.  tpbje201401030eb_40103759

It took 15 trucks several days to ferry the cargo comprising crystal meth and its precursors – weighing the equivalent of 10 private jets – from police depots to pits in Lufeng city, Guangdong, the Southern Metropolis Daily said on Monday.

Local police could not be reached on Monday.

On Sunday, the 400 tons were incinerated, the newspaper said.

This is far larger than the 16.2 tons of crystal meth seized by Chinese authorities in 2012 alone, based on information provided by national authorities to the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime. Seizures have more than quadrupled over the preceding decade.

The incineration operation was meant to prevent the recirculation of the precursor material, which could have further spurred the booming production and trade of methamphetamines in southern China._pek02_40101761

China dismantled 228 clandestine laboratories producing methamphetamine in 2012, UNODC data shows.

Over the last years, police throughout China had traced meth precursor deliveries to villages near Lufeng, about 200 kilometers east of Hong Kong. In October last year, Guangdong police released a list of 109 wanted drug traders along with their residential addresses, all in Lufeng.

“In the past, everyone knew that they were producing crystal meth in the village,” a police official in Lufeng told the Southern Metropolis Daily. “It was impossible to get into the village and make arrests; one would be surrounded by villagers.”

The raid that led to the seizure on December 29 last year involved more than 3,000 paramilitary police. State media reported the arrest of 182 people in the operation and the seizure of almost three tons of crystal meth.

Village Communist party secretary Cai Dongjia was among those arrested in the raid for tolerating the drug cartel in the village.

Most of the white bags containing seized precursors burned on Sunday were filled with ephedra, a type of hemp, which contains key precursor chemicals ephedrine and pseudoephedrine.ephera

Used in the treatment of asthma and seasickness, the shrubs that thrive on Lufeng’s sandy soil can be easily turned into the profitable narcotics.

The burnt ephedra could have produced almost two tons of crystal meth, police estimated.









The Nov. 12 trial of a Portland-area man accused of using a website known as Silk Road — or the “eBay of drugs” to run a methamphetamine trafficking and money laundering ring began in U.S. federal court last week. His case was an example one of an unknown number of Portland-based criminals who used the site to sell drugs to customers around the region and around the world.jason_weld_hagen_360_382_90

Jason Hagen, 40, of Clark County Washington and his three co-defendants earned $607,220 selling a total of 17 pounds of methamphetamine on 3,169 occasions. The group allegedly shipped methamphetamine to buyers around the country and world after connecting with them online, according to court documents.

The site they used, Silk Road, operated behind a wall of encryption. Feds said the site allowed vendors to openly advertise their illegal goods and services, which included listings for drugs, guns, stolen credit card and PIN data, contact lists and hacking services for sale and murder-for-hire. The site was shut down in October 2013 and relaunched a month later as Silk Road 2.0, only to be shut down again earlier this month, according to authorities.

Feds claim that by September 2014, the site was generating approximately $8 million per month in revenue with over 150,000 regular users who believed they were visiting the site anonymously.

Peter Edge, the executive associate director of Homeland Security Investigations, said the site, and 27 other darknet sites that were seized in early November as part of Operation Onymous, created a safe-haven for illegal vices and, “allowed illicit black-market activities to evolve and expand,” meaning regular crimes are riding the cyber-wave.

Hagen obtained an Oregon driver’s license under a fictitious name and later used his fake identity to open a Chase bank account that he used to launder the profits from his business. He under the Silk Road website monicker “hammertime,” selling a gram of methamphetamine for around $1,000, according to court documents.

Hagen’s group deposited money into PayPal accounts in increments of $22,000 and accepted Western Union wires from Cambodia in increments of $2,500, and even accepted over $100,000 in prepaid debit cards, according to the indictment.

Hagen and his cohorts, however, are just a number of Portland-area online drug dealers and customers who used a website known as “the eBay of drugs.”

A review of online message boards revealed that a number of people involved in the online drug trade referenced Portland in their screen names used to visit the site. Some vendors who self-identified themselves as Portlanders achieved reputations as top-level dealers; like a Silk Road vendor known as “Roses Garden,” who allegedly shipped medical grade marijuana-infused foods.

Since the site has gone down, a number of drug dealers and customers have been scrambling for answers, or scrambling for their money.

One vendor wrote that they had lost over $45,000 in the seizure.

“We are almost bankrupted so there’s really nothing we can do,” the vendor wrote. “We’ll be starting all over again here mate.”

The SilK Road marketplace was hosted on the “deep web—” a hidden part of the internet where all traffic is encrypted through the Tor network. Tor is an acronym that stands for “the onion router” because its encryption has many layers. The National Security Administration referred to Tor as the most secure way to use the internet, according to slides released by contractor-turned-whistleblower Edward Snowden.

In the wake of the FBI and other agencies seizing the servers that hosted a number of online hidden markets including Silk Road, many Tor users are becoming increasingly concerned that the entire Tor network — which is also used for legal purposes by law enforcement officers, whistleblowers and journalists in danger — may be compromised.

Shortly after Silk Road 2.0 was taken down Nov. 6, another pre-existing drug market rebranded itself as Silk Road 3.0. With no shortage of people to fill the voids left when drug dealers go down, it may not be long before we see another Silk Road defendant in Portland federal court.











A Rome woman accused of having drug-related paraphernalia in her bra during a traffic stop in Silver Creek was arrested Saturday, according to Floyd County Jail records.

According to jail records:

Floyd County police officers arrested Debra Glen Thomas, 57, of 108 Black’s Bluff Road, during a traffic stop on Jack Street at Woodruff Street around 8:50 p.m.

She was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine, possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance, misdemeanor possession of drug-related objects and failure to maintain lane.

Police said Thomas was driving in the middle of the road when patrol officers stopped her.

During the stop, police discovered Thomas had a plastic bag containing suspected methamphetamine.

Thomas had a glass smoking pipe caked with a white crystal residue suspected to also be methamphetamine and a needle in her bra believed to be used to administer the drug.

In Thomas’s purse, officers found two pills believed to be the anti-anxiety medication, Xanax.








The days of mom and pop methamphetamine labs may be drawing to a close in the US. It’s not that meth is any less popular — consumption numbers remain steady — but the dwindling supply generated from the cottage industry is being quickly replaced by transnational Mexican cartels.mexicans1

The number of labs — think Breaking Bad-style motor homes in middle America — has fallen from almost 24,000 in 2004, to 11,573 in 2013, according to Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) data reported by the Associated Press. The 2013 seizures are a slight increase of 363 from 2012. For the first time in more than a decade, the number of cooking operations in America’s meth heartland has shown a consistent decline, at least according to the stats the feds are publicizing. It now seems the drug is coming up from south of the border.

Meth seizures along the border have spiked, according to DEA seizure data obtained via a Freedom of Information Act request made by VICE News. In California, for example, the feds captured more than three and a half metric tons of the drug in 2013, up from 2012’s half a ton, and lesser amounts in years past.

Texas showed a startling increase as well — with the feds seizing one and a half metric tons, versus about 350 kilos in 2012. The trend continues through Arizona, where more than one metric ton was seized in 2013 compared with about 220 kilos in 2012.

New Mexico was the only border state where seizures have remained relatively flat in recent history, according to the DEA documents.

The spike in border seizures is likely the result of multinational crime syndicates dominating the American methamphetamine market, according to Sergeant Jason Grellner of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department, the local law enforcement agency in a meth-plagued part of Missouri. The upshot, Grellner said, is that police are now devoting fewer resources to busting local labs.

‘There used to be predictable places to find meth cookers, but those spots have long been abandoned.’

“The good thing for the communities is this: meth is a horrible drug that decimates the user, and the labs are manpower intensive to destroy,” Grellner told VICE News. “With [mom and pop] labs, it’s like swatting mosquitoes in July. And now we can go back to working drugs in a traditional and effective manner.”

When cops destroy labs, they often have to wear hazmat suits, deal with extremely hazardous chemicals, and face imminent danger from meth addicts. According to Grellner, the labs are often chemically volatile, sometimes causing collateral damage when they burst into flames. Hospital burn wards in some states have been overwhelmed by meth addicts.

There are several reasons for the decline in the cottage meth industry, Grellner explained.

One is that the cartels have been improving their product for years. In late 2010, imported meth was about 55 percent pure, then 60 percent in late 2011, and in 2012 it was close to 100 percent pure. Grellener theorized that’s because the cartel chemists have managed to alter one of meth’s isomers, turning L-methamphetamine, which is commonly used to relieve congestion, into D-methamphetamine, which is the component that gets a person buzzed.

“They can split the isomers, and get rid of the L isomer, and so the meth coming in is just as good as what we’re making here. [The cartels] spent a lot of money in research and development,” Grellner said.

Because the cartels do not have legal access to pseudoephedrine — a common ingredient in cold medication in the US that is virtually illegal in Mexico — the development is a major breakthrough. The resulting price drop has flooded the market with cheap meth.

It’s also becoming difficult for American cooks to find cheap cooking ingredients, though still not impossible due to the pharmaceutical industry’s lobbying efforts to keep pseudoephedrine available over the counter. Since small time chemists have been unable to readily replace that key compound in their recipes, it’s become increasingly difficult to compete with the high purity, low cost product the cartels have released on the black market.

Cartel meth isn’t restricted to middle America. The Southwest border region has long been a major trafficking artery for cartels moving product to major drug markets across the US and in Canada.

A law enforcement officer in Northern California, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he’s not authorized by his agency to talk to the media, said that a recent raid interdicted several pounds of pure meth that was in a vacuum-packed bag and wrapped in coffee grounds to hide the smell.

The discovery of Mexico’s first coca plantation could upend the cocaine business. Read more here.

The law enforcement officer explained that the meth he sees on the streets in the Bay Area is no longer the kind coming from a couple of guys cooking the drug up in a trailer. And it’s been years, maybe as long as a decade, since he’s seized low-purity, brown meth — commonly referred to as Anthrax or Thrax.

“There used to be predictable places to find meth cookers, but those spots have long been abandoned,” he said. “No one’s talking about tipping a joint with ‘Thrax’ anymore.”

Aside from the West Coast drug corridors, the DEA seizure data stats suggest large portions of the meth shipped to America’s heartland moves across the Texas desert. Grellner said Interstate 70, which runs through Kansas City, is serving as a distribution hub for the region, allowing the cartels to move their product to neighboring states such as Indiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee.

“Interdiction task forces continue to make arrests and seizures [of drugs from this trafficking route] in Iowa, and as far away as Atlanta, Georgia. Atlanta is a huge hub for cartel meth,” Grellner said.

Considering the remarkable increase in meth seizures along the border and the corresponding drop in lab busts in the now-shrinking meth heartland, it’s clear the enforcement burden has shifted from local and state law enforcement to the feds. The problem, of course, is the that the porous border with Mexico has historically been difficult, if not impossible, to entirely police. Given the colossal failure of America’s war on drugs, it’s not entirely clear what — if anything — the authorities will be able to do about this new source of cheap, potent meth.










OWATONNA, Minnesota — Prosecutors have charged an East Bethel man with possessing nearly $500,000 worth of methamphetamine.

A state trooper arrested 24-year-old Edgar Cisneros Jr. with 10 pounds of the drug in his vehicle during a traffic stop Wednesday on Interstate 35 in Steele County, the Owatonna People’s Press (http://bit.ly/1x67wuj ) reported. According to court documents, the trooper saw the vehicle didn’t have any visible registration and the driver wasn’t wearing a seatbelt.

The trooper noticed as he approached that the vehicle smelled of air fresheners and that several were hanging inside. Cisneros told the trooper he was coming from California and gave the trooper consent to search the vehicle.

The trooper found 10 packages, each containing a pound of methamphetamine, in the fenders. He also found paperwork in the glove box showing bank account numbers, wire transfer receipts and bank receipts totaling $8,600.

Owatonna police said the methamphetamine has a street value of about $100 a gram, so the 10 pounds of drugs the trooper found are worth about $453,592.

Prosecutors charged him with first-degree possession of a controlled substance, sale of a controlled substance and importing a controlled substance across state lines. He faced a maximum sentence of 65 years and $2.25 million in fines if he’s convicted.

Cisneros was being held in the Steele County Detention Center on $250,000 bail. He was due to appear in court on Nov. 24.

The Associated Press contacted the detention center on Saturday and asked if Cisneros was available for comment. Officials there said they weren’t allowed to take messages for inmates and didn’t know if Cisneros had an attorney.







TIGARD, Ore. – Tigard police arrested two 15-year-old girls accused of stealing a minivan early Thursday morning.

The girls stole the minivan from a convenience store parking lot just before 3 a.m. while the driver delivered newspapers to the store, according to Jim Wolf with Tigard police.

An officer spotted the van and the suspects pulled over after a brief pursuit on Upper Boones Ferry Road, police said. The officer took the girls to the Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Center.

The girls told police they were from the Medford area and they ran away from home. They said they met a man, later identified as 44-year-old Kelly Ferguson, who picked them up while they hitchhiked on Interstate 5.

The girls told police they spent a lot of time with Ferguson while he worked as a lighting repairman in Wilsonville, Tualatin and Tigard. They said Ferguson used methamphetamine and offered it to them.

Ferguson helped them find a car to steal so they could drive home to Medford, the girls told police.

Officers found Ferguson at one of his job sites in Tualatin and arrested him on charges including possession of methamphetamine and distribution of meth to a minor.

Police said the parents of both girls were notified about their arrest.







Following a law enforcement operation led by the Texas Department of Public Safety Criminal Investigations Division (DPS-CID), 37 individuals have been charged with federal offenses stemming from their respective roles in a drug distribution conspiracy that operated in North Texas and elsewhere from January 2013 to October 2014, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.

Defendants who were charged and who are in custody include:

  • George Pass, aka “Tennessee,” 40, of Desoto
  • Rhonda Long, aka “Queen Saltine,” 51, of Mesquite
  • Brandon Crow, 29, of Garland
  • Nia Reed, 27, of Rowlett
  • John Carl Hall, aka “Scooter,” 34, of Dallas
  • Cesar Zarate, 26, of Duncanville
  • Sarah West, 27, of Dallas
  • Bradley Wiltcher, 40, of Dallas
  • Michael Bass, aka “Sleepy,” 45, of Dallas
  • Patrick Penney, aka “Pacman,” 29, of Mesquite
  • Clifton Clowers, 36, of Mesquite
  • Michael McCoy, aka “Bam Bam,” 45, of Garland
  • Christopher Jacobo, aka “Taco Chris,” 39, of Garland
  • Jason Eastham, 34, of Mesquite
  • Cheyenne Miller, aka “CJ,” 36, of Mesquite
  • Christopher Arnold, aka “Phreek,” 40, of Denison
  • Sean Sharer, aka “Cowboy Sean,” 42, of Mesquite
  • Alysha Hayes, 22, of Rowlett
  • Jaclyn Hooker, aka “Queen Bee,” 36, of Mesquite
  • Francisco Coronado, aka “Frank,” 27, of Dallas
  • Kenneth Etter, 25, of Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Joseph Tenpenny, 29, of Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Dusty Bryant, 21, of Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Gregory Oldfield, aka “Casper,” 41, of Garland
  • Casey Rose, 35, of Mesquite
  • Matthew Hays, aka “Cody,” 32, of Richardson
  • Patricia Tucker, aka “Peppermint Patty,” 44, of Mesquite
  • Jeffrey Heathington, 37, of Point
  • Richard Garcia, aka “Charlie Brown,” 38, of Dallas
  • Michael Atkins, aka “Duke,” 38, of Garland
  • William McDowell, aka “Scout,” 33, of Mesquite
  • Christy McCellon, aka “90,” 38, of Quitman

The just-unsealed superseding indictment in the case charges each of the above defendants with one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine.  In addition, each of the defendants, with the exception of Garcia and McCellon, is charged with one substantive count of possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute.  Penney is also charged with one substantive count of possession of heroin with intent to distribute.   Crow and Garcia are also each charged with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Three other individuals, Eliezer Jarillo Gonzalez, 22, Alejando Ornelas, 33 and Javier Eduardo Dominquez, 23, all of Dallas, were also arrested and have been charged in a federal criminal complaint with their roles in the conspiracy.

According to the indictment, the defendants were members of, or associated with, various white supremacist organizations, including the “Aryan Brotherhood of Texas” (ABT), the “Aryan Circle,” the “Irish Mob,” and the “Dirty White Boys.”  Despite their differences, they would often collaborate for purposes of drug distribution or other illegal ventures.  The indictment alleges that since January 2013, the defendants conspired together, and with others, to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine.  According to the indictment, the defendants used stash houses and other locations to store the quantities of methamphetamine.  Each of the co-conspirators was linked to one another either directly or through another co-conspirator.  Certain co-conspirators acted as hubs for narcotics trafficking, supplying methamphetamine to numerous other co-conspirators. Throughout the investigation, over 16 pounds of methamphetamine and five firearms were seized.

A federal indictment is an accusation by a grand jury.  A complaint is a written statement of the essential facts of the offenses charged and must be made under oath before a magistrate judge; the government has 30 days to present the matter to a grand jury for indictment.

A defendant is entitled to the presumption of innocence unless proven guilty.  If convicted, however, the statutory maximum penalty for each count of the drug trafficking conspiracy is life in federal prison and millions of dollars in fines.  The statutory maximum penalty for each substantive count of possession of methamphetamine or heroin with the intent to distribute is twenty years.  The maximum statutory penalty for being a felon in possession of a firearm is ten years.  The indictment also includes a forfeiture allegation which would require the defendants, upon conviction, to forfeit all real or personal property derived from the proceeds of their offense.

The investigation is being led by the DPS-CID Gang Unit with assistance from the Dallas Police Department Criminal Intelligence Unit, the Garland Police Department Neighborhood Police Officer Unit, the Mesquite and Rockwall Police Departments and U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations.

Assistant U.S. Attorney P. J. Meitl is prosecuting.









YUMA, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) – Border Patrol agents seized 100 pounds of methamphetamine at the Wellton Station on Thursday.drugs111414

According to, agents discovered a large cache of drugs during a traffic stop on Interstate 8 east of Yuma. Following a search of the vehicle, agents found a false compartment in the vehicle containing 79 packages of methamphetamine.

The vehicle, driver and drugs were taken to Wellton Station for processing.








VAN ZANDT COUNTY, TX (KLTV) – Several burglary and theft cases have been cleared in Van Zandt County and authorities said they all lead back to one woman.5754632_G

The Van Zandt County Constable’s Office says Lisa Powers, 27,  used her sex appeal to get men to steal for her.

Stacks of paper fill Constable Pat Jordan’s desk. It’s all files on dozens of individuals thought to be connected to one woman.

“These young girls get caught up in the meth world and they pass themselves on, you know, where a guy gets locked up they go to what we call the next sack daddy,” Constable Jordan explained. “You know, who’s toting the sack of methamphetamines at the time.”

One of those young girls, he said, is Lisa Powers, who began showing up on Jordan’s radar in 2012. Since then, he said, she has been arrested several times for methamphetamine from Dallas to Bossier City.

A license photo shows Powers with blond hair and blue eyes.

“Lisa is an attractive girl. These guys they’ll just do anything for her,” Jordan said.5754050_G

In her most recent mug shot, when she was arrested for burglary last month, her hair has darkened and her eyes appear glazed over. But, Jordan said, it’s the men around her that usually do the stealing.

“They use that to their advantage because these guys are going to go out and they’re going to steal from them. They’re going to make sure they keep their girls in supply of drugs,” he explained.

His files include trucks and four wheelers stolen from Van Zandt County that are all cases with ties to Powers. Then a motorcycle stolen out of Waxahachie, he said, “it was a different group of guys and Lisa was involved in that.”

It’s just one story, all too common, he said, amongst the rampant meth community.

We ask if it would be safe to say that Powers is using these men to steal for her.

“That would be a term that, I guess you could say,” Jordan said.

It’s all to feed a drug habit and is something that goes both ways. Now, with her most recent arrest, Constable Jordan has hope of closing all the files on his desk.

“We catch her or we catch someone else and they cooperate with us eventually we start catching more and more, and more, and more, and then that puts a significant dent in crime,” he explained.

But, it’s not a theft problem, he said, it’s a drug problem and it’s East Texas wide.

Jordan said Powers has confessed to several crimes leading to the recovery of stolen goods. She is cooperating with authorities, which they said will help them in tracking down other criminals for a variety of crimes. Powers is currently being held in the Smith County Jail for a hearing on Thursday. Eventually she will be taken back to Van Zandt County to await hearings for other crimes there.








A 21-year-old woman, Kimberly Nichole Pomeroy, is being held in the McKenzie County Jail with multiple charges, including Attempted Murder, after shooting a 27-year-old male in the face in the early hours of Nov. 8. According to Art Walgren, Watford City chief of police, the incident occurred at approximately 1:36 a.m., inside a vehicle at close range, .

Watford City Police officers, McKenzie County Sheriff’s deputies, and the McKenzie County Ambulance, were dispatched to the shooting. Upon arrival, officers learned that the suspect had fled the scene.

Pacer Joe Coleman of Alvarado, Texas, was identified as the victim and suffered substantial injury, including broken teeth. The victim was able to tell law enforcement that he was shot by a female acquaintance and provided her first name.

Coleman was taken by ambulance to the McKenzie County Hospital and then airlifted to Trinity Hospital in Minot, where he underwent emergency surgery, and is listed in unstable condition at this time.

Several hours later, law enforcement located Pomeroy at a residence in McKenzie County. She surrendered to officers, and the weapon believed to have been used in the shooting was recovered at that time.

It was learned during the course of the investigation that Pomeroy had contacted Kevin Andrew Kelly, informing him that she had just shot Coleman, and to come pick her up at the Value Place. Kelly drove to the location of the shooting and took the victim’s cell phone, before fleeing with Pomeroy. Kelly then destroyed the victim’s cell phone in order to avoid being tracked and caught.

In a search of the residence when Pomeroy was apprehended, additional firearms, thousands of dollars in cash, methamphetamine, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia were also discovered.

It was found that Justin Scott Davis and John Dalton Abbott, also lived at this residence, along with Pomeroy and Kelly.

All four individuals were found to be involved with multiple aspects of a drug ring that had been taking place, which ultimately led to the shooting.

Pomeroy was then taken to the McKenzie County Law Enforcement Center where she is currently facing three felony charges including Attempted Murder, Conspiracy to Deliver Methamphetamine, and Conspiracy to Deliver Marijuana.

Kelly is facing four felony charges including Tampering With Physical Evidence, Hindering Law Enforcement, Conspiracy to Deliver Methamphetamine, and Conspiracy to Deliver Marijuana.

Both Davis and Abbott are facing two felony charges each that include Conspiracy to Deliver Methamphetamine and Conspiracy to Deliver Marijuana.







DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ga. – The Douglas County’s Felony Interception Narcotic Detection unit seized over $1M worth of crystal meth.

On November 9, Deputy David Gray of the F.I.N.D. Unit observed and stopped a 2006 Ford Freestar van driven by Jose Garcia-Contreras, 64, from Texas for a traffic violation.

After further investigation deputies located a false, man-made hidden compartment in the car, according to police.

Police tell FOX 5 that inside the hidden compartment were a total of thirty-eight packages of suspected Crystal Methamphetamine.

Garcia-Contreras and his vehicle were brought to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office for further investigation.

At the sheriff’s office the contents of the packages was tested and tested positive for Crystal Methamphetamine.

The total weight of the Crystal Methamphetamine was sixty-five pounds with a street value of over one million dollars.

Jose Garcia-Contreras was charged with trafficking methamphetamine and false compartment in a motor vehicle with no bond.










TUCSON – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrest smugglers attempting to smuggle a combined $939,000 worth of drugs in six separate incidents at the Port of San Luis, Nogales and Douglas over the weekend.

At the Port of Douglas, three male Douglas residents attempted to smuggle a combined $148,000 worth marijuana in two separate attempts on Saturday, Nov. 8.928F40C5B3266FF884E36F4FD25F0C72_787_442

A 25-year-old man was taken into custody after a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted the officers of more than 124 pounds of marijuana inside the cargo area of his Jeep SUV. The marijuana was estimated to be worth more than $62,000.

Later that day, the Port of Douglas officers arrested two 17-year-olds for trying to smuggle nearly 171 pounds of marijuana concealed throughout their GMC SUV. The marijuana was estimated to be worth more than $85,000.

At the Port of San Luis, four Somerton, Ariz. residents were arrested in separate attempts to smuggle contraband into the United States.

On Nov. 8, 24-year-old Christian Cedillo and his brother, 32-year-old Jose Luis Cedillo, were arrested after officers found 16 packages of methamphetamine, weighing nearly 13 pounds, in the transfer case of their Ford truck. The methamphetamine was estimated to be worth more than $38,000.

On Sunday, Nov. 9, 32-year-old Armando Zavala and his wife, 34-year-old Martha Zavala were apprehended after a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted the officer of 15 pounds of cocaine, weighing nearly 42 pounds, concealed inside a non-factory compartment behind the back seats of their Ford Truck. The cocaine was estimated to be worth more than $438,000.

At the Port of Nogales, a Mexican man and a Phoenix area man were arrested in separate attempts to smuggle hard drugs through the port.

On Nov. 8, 36-year-old Jorge Alberto Saracho-Velarde from Caborca, Sonora was arrested after a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted the Dennis DeConcini crossing officers of more than 26 pounds of cocaine in all the tires of his Chevrolet truck.

On Nov. 9, 26-year-old Diego Villalpando Valadez of Tolleson, Ariz. was apprehended after a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted the officers at the Mariposa crossing to six packages of methamphetamine, weighing nearly 14 pounds, in the rear bumper of his Nissan sedan. The methamphetamine was estimated to be worth nearly $41,000.

All the individuals were referred to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations. The drugs and vehicles involved in the incidents were processed for seizure.








CENTRAL POINT — Two men are in jail after police found more than five pounds of methamphetamine in their home, drugs the men are suspected of dealing to Rogue Valley residents, according to police.

Henry Diaz-Escobar, 26, and Geraldo Grenados, 19, both of Central Point, are held in the Jackson County Jail on charges of unlawful distribution and possession of methamphetamine. Diaz-Escobar is also held on a charge of unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine. His bail was set at more than $1 million, while Granados’ is set at $520,000.

“This was a significant target that was taken out,” said Lt. Kevin Walruff of the Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement task force. “We’ve been watching them over the last few months and know them to be selling in the Rogue Valley area.”

On Monday, the task force served a search warrant at a trailer occupied by the two men in the 12000 block of Blackwell Road after a two-month investigation into suspected drug deals. While large quantities of illegal drugs are often in the Rogue Valley temporarily while traveling on Interstate 5 to distribution hubs such as Portland and Seattle, this amount was meant to be sold locally, Walruff said.

“We believe they were put here specifically to deal those drugs here,” Walruff said. “We have had larger, but those are generally interdiction stops that are headed through to go to larger municipalities.”

During a search of the trailer, police found 5-1/2 pounds of methamphetamine, $17,000 in cash believed to be from drug sales, scales and packaging. The seized meth had an approximate street value of $100,000, task force officials said.









PROVO — A man accused of raping a minor girl for a period of about four years appeared Wednesday in Fourth District Court, where his charges were bound over.

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The suspect, Michael Christen, of Orem, is accused of two counts of forcible sodomy, three counts of rape, and one count of aggravated sexual abuse of a child, all first-degree felony charges. He is also accused of one count of possession of a controlled substance, a second-degree felony, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a class A misdemeanor.

The girl appeared in court Wednesday to testify against Christen, 52, who was living in the same home as the girl when the crimes reportedly took place. She said she was 13 at the time of the first offense.

She said Christen took her to a trailer near their Orem home, locked the door, pulled down his pants and showed her his penis. He then told her to take off her pants.

She said they did not engage in sex at the time, though she said a similar event happened a few weeks later and it was “the first time he tried having sex with me.”

She said Christen then had sex with her again on her 14th birthday. She said those three times were not the only times Christen sexually abused her.

Sometime later, the victim told her sister and her sister’s friend about what had been happening between her and Christen. They told her she needed to tell police about what was happening, though she had not yet told her mother.

She reportedly didn’t tell her mother because she was afraid her mother would hurt herself. Her older sisters had also experienced sexual assault, and said that if ever happened again, her mother told her she would want to die.

The girl spoke with police, and Christen was arrested June 9. The girl is now living with her sister and her sister’s friend in Provo.

Detective Kevin Mallory of the Orem Police Department testified in court that officers had also obtained a search warrant for the trailer on the day of the arrest. Officers reportedly found methamphetamine and a glass pipe in a little box in the trailer. Mallory also said Orem Junior High was within about 1,000 feet.

However, Jennifer Foresta, Christen’s attorney, does not believe proper measurements were made to see whether or not the home was indeed a drug-free zone, and said the house may have been just outside the required distance for charges to be enhanced.

Regardless, Judge Fred Howard ruled the evidence and testimony were sufficient to bind Christen over on his charges.

His arraignment is scheduled for Dec. 9, when he will enter his plea.











DENT COUNTY, Mo. – A Salem teen was hospitalized and jailed after injecting herself with a mix of methamphetamine and possibly Krokodil, a flesh-eating and highly-addictive drug.Angelica Tighe, 18, of Salem

According to the Dent County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were called to a residence in the 2000 block of CR4110 on Nov. 10 on a call of a woman experiencing medical difficulties from the drugs.

The woman, identified as Angelica Tighe, 18, of Salem, told police she thought the meth she injected was mixed with Krokodil.

When deputies arrived they found drugs and drug paraphernalia in plain view. During an investigation, deputies say Tighe presented a knife in a threatening manner.

Tighe was arrested and taken to a local hospital, and later to the Dent County Jail. She is being held under a $20,000 cash-only bond for charges including possession of a controlled substance, unlawful use of drug paraphernalia, and felony assault on a law enforcement officer.

An initial arraignment is scheduled for November 20 at 9 a.m.










HARFORD, N.Y. — Two people are charged with making methamphetamine in a travel trailer, the Cortland County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.16323242-mmmain

Deputies were called at 9:40 a.m. Tuesday to Scutt Hill Road where they found an empty, older travel trailer about 30 yards off the road, officials said.

Two people, Corrie C. Ryan, 32, and Chelin Kash, 22, walked out of the surrounding wooded area shortly afterward and were interviewed by police. Officers said they found lab equipment and other ingredients used to make methamphetamine around the trailer, leading to the two people’s arrest.

Officials searched the trailer after obtaining a search warrant and called the Environmental Services Agency in Syracuse to help secure and clean the area surrounding the scene.

Ryan and Kash are each being charged with unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine and unlawful disposal of meth lab material, both felonies. They were arraigned in the Town of Harford Court.

Ryan, of Groton Avenue in Cortland, is remanded without bail. Kash, Grove Street in Homer, is remanded on $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond.

Officials said additional charges are possible in this case because the investigation is ongoing.