McALESTER — A McAlester man was recently sentenced to prison for manufacturing methamphetamine in an apartment across the street from the police station.

Mitchell Ray Stripe, 33, was charged in February in Pittsburg County District Court with one felony count of endeavoring to manufacture a controlled dangerous substance (methamphetamine).

Stripe pleaded guilty to the charge on April 29 and was sentenced to 20 years, with the last 10 years suspended. He was also fined $52,100 (with $49,000 suspended).

Stripe was charged in the case alongside Jessica Ann Smith, 28; Thomas Logan McElroy, 23, and Vivian Corean Redd, 23, all of McAlester.

According to court records, McAlester police received a report in February of a chemical smell in an apartment at the McAlester Plaza Apartments, which are right across the street from the McAlester police station. The person “reported they could smell someone cooking meth,” a police affidavit states.

When police arrived on the scene and searched the apartment, they found two people — Smith and McElroy — and numerous items associated with the manufacturing of methamphetamine, the affidavit states.

According to the affidavit, police then handcuffed Smith and McElroy. Not too long later, according to the affidavit, “a white male and a black female walked around the corner from the elevator. The white male was carrying some plastic grocery bags. … Thomas (McElroy) looked at the white male and black female and yelled to them ‘guy this is not a good time you might want to come back later.’ The white male and black female (later identified as Stripe and Redd) turned around and went around the corner.”

Police then stopped the pair and looked in the grocery bags and found numerous items associated with the manufacturing of methamphetamine, the affidavit states.

Stripe, Smith, McElroy and Redd were all charged with one felony count of endeavoring to manufacture a controlled dangerous substance (methamphetamine).

On Feb. 28, the charge against Redd was dismissed. “The evidence was that she had no knowledge of the manufacturing endeavorment,” said District 18 Assistant District Attorney Chuck Sullivan.

Smith and McElroy are both due back in court May 22. If convicted, they are each facing up to life in prison. Smith remains in custody at the Pittsburg County jail in lieu of a $75,000 bond. McElroy is being held in lieu of a $50,000 bond. Both were unavailable for comment at presstime.

Stripe is also in custody at the Pittsburg County jail. He is waiting to be transferred to the custody of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections. In seeking comment, Stripe’s attorney, Joe Layden, did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment.



DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — A tip about possible drug activity at a home near Daytona Beach led Volusia County Sheriff’s deputies to an active methamphetamine lab late Wednesday night, authorities said.

Allyson Soine, 28, and Dominick Lasasso, 40, were arrested as members of the Clandestine Methamphetamine Laboratory Response Team cleared the dangerous chemicals from the garage, officials said.


Dominick Lasasso and Allyson Soine
Dominick Lasasso & Allyson Soine

The tipster told authorities that there were people in the garage of a home on Carmen Avenue cooking methamphetamine.

Deputies said they arrived at the home and asked whether they could search it. The homeowner denied that there was drug activity in the house and allowed the deputies inside, officials said.

However, when deputies entered the garage, they found items and chemicals commonly associated with meth labs, officials said.

Deputies said they called the response team, which cleaned up 99 grams of meth oil, along with various bottles, chemicals and drug paraphernalia. Authorities said the oil is an unrefined version of the finished product and sells for about $100 a gram.

Soine and Lasasso were charged with trafficking methamphetamine and manufacture of methamphetamine, deputies said. Authorities said they told deputies they were just visiting the home.



Tangerang, Banten (ANTARA News) – Jakarta Metropolitan police raided a house in Villa Melati Mas in Serpong, Tangerang, Banten, that has been used as an illegal laboratory for producing narcotic drug crystal methamphetamine.

The house in Blok G1 Number 16 has been used as a laboratory to produce crystal methamphetamine locally known as “shabu”, the command`s spokesman, Senior Commissioner Rikwanto, said here on Thursday.

He said the raid was done in the morning following a long monitoring.

He said the police have arrested PG (42) an Indonesian national believed to be the owner of the house and compounder and confiscated some equipment and chemical substances used to make the drug.

“Some of the meth confiscated by the police are in the form of finished products and raw materials,” he added.

Rikwanto said the lab in the house could be categorized as a big and complete lab.

He said the police would further investigate the case to see possible other persons involved in it.

“The suspect is now still being intensively questioned to find possible other suspects,” he added.(*)



EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — A man who took pictures of at least 13 women in restroom stalls has been sentenced to a decade in prison.

Richard Douglas Casavan, 45, pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges of invasion of privacy, burglary and possession of methamphetamine in a 31-count indictment.

Authorities said he would slip his cellphone under stall dividers to take photos and videos. The crimes led several buildings in downtown Eugene to post warning notices in their restrooms, The Register-Guard newspaper ( ).

Casavan, who was captured in a women’s restroom in January, faced similar charges in 2005.

“Now here we are eight years later, and he’s still engaging in the same conduct, and he’s still using methamphetamine,” prosecutor Christopher Parosa told Lane County Judge Maurice Merten. “The sentence in this case has to be harsh.”

After Casavan was caught, police seized his cellphone and found many pictures, including many of victims who were never identified. Parosa said it’s almost certain that Casavan took far more photos than police discovered.

Gary Deal, Casavan’s attorney, said his client now realizes how bad his conduct has been and is “remorseful and deeply ashamed of what he’s done.”

Before the judge handed down the sentence, Casavan acknowledged his conduct had been “creepy.” He said it was partly connected to his drug problem.



Simi Valley police Tuesday seized about 70 pounds of methamphetamine and $20,000 in Riverside County, officials said Wednesday.

The methamphetamine had an estimated street value of about $2.8 million, police said.


 No arrests were made, said police. The seizure was part of an ongoing investigation involving multiple jurisdictions, they said.

Police declined to release more information about the case, including how authorities were led to the methamphetamine site.

Clandestine methamphetamine labs are becoming an increasing problem in Somerset County because addicts are willing to chance making the drugs — a process that creates dangers for first-responders and the general public.

“It’s a combination of the economy and cost,” said Pennsylvania State Police Cpl. Bill Link, of the Somerset County station. “Why make a trip or two a week to Pittsburgh or another city to buy drugs when you can purchase the ingredients to make meth in local stores. You are lowering your risk of getting caught by police or getting shot by a drug dealer.”

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State police are cracking down on meth labs


It is difficult to prevent people from making methamphetamine because the ingredients are common household items. People can easily get instructions on the Internet on how to make the drug. The government tried to make it more difficult for addicts to buy ephedrine by limiting purchases of over-the-counter allergy medicines, but it only impacted people with allergies.

“Unfortunately, like many other problems we face in society, when it is regulated everyone pays the price,” Link said. “The general public can only buy a limited amount of allergy medication at a time. The addict will have other people buy it for him so he gets as much as he needs.”

Methamphetamines are highly addictive.

“We can’t understand it — why people will use meth for the first time, knowing the rate of addiction,” said Sgt. Greg Keefer, commander of the Somerset station. “Young kids think they are tough, they can beat it. No, they can’t. And if you’re using drugs, we will get you.”

Six meth labs have been found in Somerset County in the past few years, in various locations throughout the county. The last two were in Meyersdale Borough and Summit Township. Twin Lakes Center for Drug & Alcohol Rehabilitation prevention coordinator Ronna Yablonski said a town meeting is being planned for residents in the borough and township, but a date and location have not been set. More information will be released when it is available.

“We are very concerned for the public’s safety,” Link said. “People who are making it are at risk because they are combining hazardous materials that cause a chemical reaction. There is a risk of fire and a risk of death if the process goes wrong.”

Anhydrous ammonia, one of the ingredients, is ammonia with the water removed, he said. The ammonia tries to bind with water. When someone inhales anhydrous ammonia it sucks out water from the person’s lungs. If the person cooking the meth uses plastic bottles, those bottles expand. If they use glass bottles, the pressure that builds up can cause an explosion.

“That glass bottle is basically a mini-bomb,” Link said. “It wouldn’t have the power of the bombs used in Boston, but it can explode. Now we are seeing people using the one pot method — that’s also called shake-and-bake. It isn’t actually a pot. It can be a container like a cooler or a storage bin. It can be transported in cars, kept in houses or motel rooms, or in the woods.”

The by-products of meth are also hazardous, which endangers passers-by and first responders. The state police have special clandestine lab teams to remove the materials. Fire department hazardous materials teams are also called in.

If someone is cooking meth, people walking by the room may smell different odors, Link said. It could be a chlorine smell, an ammonia smell or drain cleaner smells.

“Don’t investigate,” he said. “Step back and call the authorities.”

Almost all criminal activity — burglary, theft, forged checks — goes back to drug use, Keefer said.

“We take it very seriously,” he said. “Meyersdale and other local police, the Somerset County Drug Task Force and the district attorney were all concerned about meth labs. We have our district attorney’s unwavering support in cracking down on these labs.”

In addition to property crimes, state police are finding that almost every crime ring includes females who are trading sex for drugs or cash, Link said.

Meth is as addictive as heroin or cocaine, said Justin Morris, assistant director of Twin Lakes Center for Drug & Alcohol Rehabilitation. Only about 1 percent of people who have sought treatment at the Somerset center are meth addicts.

“Alcohol, heroin and cocaine are bigger problems here,” he said. “Like any addiction, the addict has to be willing to undergo treatment.”

Residential treatment is 28 days. Intensive outpatient and outpatient treatment are about six months each, but could be shorter or longer times. The length of time that the person has been addicted and the amount of drugs that are used determines what treatment is needed.

“Addiction is addiction — it doesn’t matter what the drug is,” Morris said.



Jenna Michelle Martin, also known as Jenna Michelle Smith, 25, of Upland, is accused of being a drug courier, and Rafael Urena, 27, of Rancho Cucamonga, is accused being one of the group’s leaders, according to the Justice Department.

Residents of Upland and Rancho Cucamonga were among those arrested Wednesday on suspicion of cocaine and methamphetamine distribution in the U.S. and Italy, according to the federal Department of Justice.

Jenna Michelle Martin, also known as Jenna Michelle Smith, 25, of Upland, is accused of being a drug courier, and Rafael Urena, 27, of Rancho Cucamonga, is accused being one of the group’s leaders, according to Thom Mrozek of the Justice Department.

Others with San Bernardino County ties and accused in the same alleged drug scheme are Francisco Javier Vargas-Oseguera, 51, previously of Seattle and recently of Fontana, Beth Rene Ford, also known as Beth Rene Florance, 26, formerly of Ontario, now living in the Denver area, and Carmen Garcia, 35, of San Bernardino, Mrozek said.

Federal investigators described the operation as “a drug-trafficking organization led by two brothers who oversaw the distribution of cocaine to Italy and across the United States – as well as methamphetamine being trafficked across the U.S.”

The Department of Justice on Wednesday announced the indictments of nine people and the arrests of Martin, Rafael Urena and Garcia.

Feds dubbed their investigation “Operation Family Guy” because they were targeting the Urena family’s alleged organization, Mrozek said.

Investigators used “undercover operatives and wiretaps that led to the interception of telephone calls, text messages, and communications sent through BlackBerry Messenger,” Mrozek said.

The investigation led to a seven-count indictment, returned by a federal grand jury last week and resulted in the seizure of about 40 kilograms of cocaine being smuggled into Italy from the Dominican Republic and Mexico, Mrozek said.

The cocaine “was being smuggled by female drug couriers allegedly recruited by two Urena brothers, who were assisted by their uncle Francisco Javier Vargas-Oseguera and others,” Mrozek said. “The investigation also uncovered a conspiracy to distribute significant quantities of methamphetamine and cocaine throughout the United States through the use of vehicles with hidden compartments.”

The indictment also alleges members of the narcotics-trafficking operation laundered drug proceeds from the Dominican Republic through Western Union wire transfers sent to Fontana and Rancho Cucamonga, Mrozek said.

The people named in the indictment unsealed Wednesday morning are:

  • Milton Urena, 29, of the Dominican Republic, who was being sought by authorities.
  • Rafael Urena, 27, of Rancho Cucamonga, Milton Urena’s brother, who was arrested Wednesday morning.
  • Daniel Alejandro Agredano Vazquez, 22, of the Dominican Republic, who allegedly oversaw distribution of cocaine from the Dominican Republic to Italy, conspired to launder drug proceeds, and who was being sought by authorities.
  • Francisco Javier Vargas-Oseguera, 51, an uncle of the Urena brothers, previously of Seattle and recently of Fontana, currently in federal custody in Seattle after being charged in federal court there in relation to his alleged possession of eight pounds of methamphetamine in a case unrelated to Operation Family Guy.
  • Leonel Urena-Partida, 49, of Guadalajara, Mexico, another uncle of the Urena brothers, who allegedly conspired to transport cocaine to Italy, and who was being sought by authorities.
  • Carmen Garcia, 35, of San Bernardino, who allegedly supplied methamphetamine and assisted with the recruitment of drug couriers, arrested Wednesday morning.
  • Eliseo Carrillo Duarte, 45, of Montebello, currently in federal custody in Indianapolis after being arrested there in March on unrelated drug-trafficking charges stemming from seizure of about 10 pounds of methamphetamine.
  • Jenna Michelle Martin, also known as Jenna Michelle Smith, 25, of Upland, an alleged drug courier, arrested Wednesday morning.
  • Beth Rene Ford, also known as Beth Rene Florance, 26, formerly of Ontario, now living in the Denver area, a second alleged drug courier, who was expected to self-surrender to authorities in the near future.

Attorneys for the accused could not be reached to comment for this report.

The defendants arrested May 1 were expected to be arraigned Wednesday afternoon in United States District Court in downtown Los Angeles, Mrozek said.

“Operation Family Guy” was conducted by the Los Angeles High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force and coordinated by the Drug Enforcement Administration with agents of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations and the IRS. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and Whittier police assisted.



FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A 49-year-old Moorhead, Minn., man has been sentenced in North Dakota to life in prison on a federal charge of conspiracy to possess methamphetamine with intent to distribute.

 U.S. Attorney Timothy Purdon says Tovar was found guilty by a 12-person jury in January of conspiracy and aiding and abetting. U.S. District Judge Ralph R. Erickson sentenced him on Wednesday.

 Purdon says Moorhead police officers were investigating a drug trafficking organization in the Fargo-Moorhead area. A motel room in Moorhead led to the arrest of one man, who said he was obtaining the drugs from Tovar.



MCCRACKEN COUNTY, Ky. – A McCracken County man and his girlfriend are in jail following a domestic dispute.

The McCracken County Sheriff’s Department says 53-year-old George Sledd got into a physical altercation with his live-in girlfriend, 43-year-old Pamela Elliott. The incident occurred at a home on North Friendship Road.



Sledd told deputies he had smoked methamphetamine earlier that day. Deputies than found makeshift pipes containing methamphetamine. Sledd admitted to using the pipes.

Sledd was arrested and charged with Domestic Violence, Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Elliott was also arrested on a warrant out of Hopkins County, Kentucky.



BOONE — Authorities in Watauga County are trying to determine who was responsible for the apparent discarded methamphetamine lab discovered earlier this week.

A trash bag containing items used to produce meth was discovered Monday off Longhope Road. That is in the Todd community, about 6 miles north of Boone.

The sheriff’s office received a call from a resident about the bag. Deputies called in a state meth lab unit to help clean and investigate the site.


The use of methamphetamine by a small group of drug users in Collie is cause for concern, according to the officer-in-charge of Collie Police Station.

Snr Sgt Michael Dean said while there were not huge doses of methamphetamine, or users, in town the drug was still a major problem to police.

“The psychiatric damage of what it does to people is frightening,” he said.

Snr Sgt Dean said symptoms of aggression and insomnia would make it obvious to family and friends that the person was using meth.

He urged parents to “step up” and report their children’s use.

“Once someone’s dead, it’s too late,” Snr Sgt Dean said. “Parents, friends and relatives should be taking advice from local doctors on this issue as well, because it’s that serious.”

St John of God South West Community Drug Service Team (SWCDST) manager Nicolle Warren said the team provided a free weekly service to the Collie community and saw the impact on individuals and their families.

“These consequences include negative health issues, increase in family and domestic violence and legal issues as well as impacts on mental wellness,” Ms Warren said.

She said meth was a potentially addictive stimulant that dramatically affected the central nervous system.

“The drug is made easily in clandestine laboratories with relatively inexpensive over-the-counter ingredients.

“These factors combine to make meth a drug with high potential for widespread abuse,” she said.



One of the two hikers who went missing in Trabuco Canyon and inspired a $160,000 search effort has been charged with possession of methamphetamine, officials said.

Deputies are reporting that they found 497 milligrams of methamphetamine in 19-year-old Nicolas Cendoya’s car while they were searching for the pair, said Farrah Emami, a spokeswoman with the Orange County district attorney’s office.

Nicolas Cendoya

Deputies are reporting that they found 497 milligrams of methamphetamine in 19-year-old Nicolas Cendoya’s car while they were searching for him and another hiker, a spokeswoman for the Orange County district attorney’s office said



Cendoya was sent a letter to appear in court on May 22 to answer the felony charge, which was filed Tuesday.

Emami declined to comment on whether prosecutors thought the drugs were connected to the hikers’ disappearance.

Cendoya and Kyndall Jack ventured into the Holy Jim Canyon area of the Cleveland National Forest on Easter Sunday but became lost by the evening. The two called authorities about 8 p.m. from a dying cellphone to report that they were lost.

Cendoya was found late Wednesday — shoeless and disoriented — in the thick brush, less than a mile from his parked BMW. Jack was found the next day on a steep hillside, obscured by shoulder-tall chaparral.

Officials estimated that the cost of the search, which drew scores of volunteers as well as professional trackers, totaled roughly $160,000.

When he was released from the hospital, Cendoya described the ordeal in the wilderness as a harrowing misadventure and both hikers said they quickly became delusional out in the wilderness, at times hallucinating.

Jack said that she believed she was being attacked by wild animals and mistook tree branches as straws she could drink from.

“I was just out, unconscious,” Cendoya said, speaking briefly to reporters after being discharged. “I can’t even tell you when I woke up…. was in lucid dreams, lucid hallucinations, every single day.”

Neither could recall exactly how, or when, they became separated.

Both were treated for dehydration.



Numerous tips on the whereabouts of a Jamestown man wanted in connection to the manufacturing and sale of methamphetamine led to his apprehension Tuesday.

Donald W. Dean, 38, was taken into custody around 10 a.m. by Jamestown and Lakewood-Busti police officers. Dean was located on Lakecrest Avenue in Lakewood.

According to Capt. Robert Samuleson of the Jamestown Police Department, several calls to the department’s anonymous tip line led police to Dean’s location.



The city resident was charged with third-degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine, a Class D felony, and second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, an A2 felony.

According to Samuelson, the charges stem from a narcotics raid Friday on Barrows Street conducted by city police, the Department of Homeland Security and State Police. An investigation revealed methamphetamine was being produced and sold from the residence.

Charged in Friday’s raid were: Joseph Snyder, 28, and Dustin Verrett, 23.

Dean was transported to Jamestown City Jail and was awaiting arraignment.


A Sebastian County woman is being held without bond after police say she had been selling methamphetamine out of her Barling home.

Trudy Nichols, 40, was arrested Tuesday (April 30) after she was found with 6.5 grams of meth packaged for sale and drug paraphernalia during a traffic stop, according to Investigator Jerry Foley with the Barling Police Department.





“She had it bagged in different bags with different weights anywhere from about a quarter gram to up to about three and a half grams,” said Foley.

Nichols faces felony charges of maintaining premises for drug activity, possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of controlled substance, endangering welfare of a minor, possession of a counterfeit substance.

Nichols was stopped for speeding on a residential street a couple blocks away from her home Tuesday afternoon, Foley said. The officer found the drugs in her car and secured a search warrant for her home on Chateau Street in Barling.

“We found numerous items of drug paraphernalia, surveillance equipment, marijuana, pills that she had packaged for sale, scanners,” said Foley.

Investigators found at least five surveillance cameras monitoring the property, according to Foley, including one hidden inside a bird house.

William Jason Owens, who rents a room in the home, was cited and released for misdemeanor possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Nichols was arrested and convicted of manufacturing meth in 2004.

“We have been receiving intel on her for quite some time,” said Foley. “She’s been pulled over before and (police have) just not had any luck. Yesterday was her day.”

Police say Nichols’ teenage daughter also lived in the home but has been released to the custody of her father.



The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office narcotics unit arrested two people at a camping area off County Road 67 in the Langston community, according to a news release.

Narcotics agents seized about 20 grams of methamphetamine, a small amount of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, alcoholic beverages, $1,158 in cash and two vehicles, the sheriff’s office said. Some of the methamphetamine had been packaged for resale.

Agents arrested William Liles Gay, 55, and Linda Spears Larson, 58, both of Scottsboro, Ala., in connection with the investigation.

Gay has been charged with possession of controlled substances with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana in the second degree, possession of drug paraphernalia and illegal possession of alcoholic beverages. Gay is being held in the Jackson County Jail on $11,500 bond.

Larson has been charged with possession of controlled substances with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia and illegal possession of alcoholic beverages. Larson is being held at the Jackson County Jail on $6,000 bond.



Six Pulaski County residents were arrested on Wednesday afternoon after police discovered a meth lab in their home.

Detectives say they found two active methamphetamine labs as well as HCL generators, Coleman fuel, and other items used in the manufacturing process at 81 Highway 3091 in Somerset.

Police say they went to the residence after receiving a tip and that they smelled a strong chemical odor often associated with active methamphetamine labs.


Police say there were four minor children in the home. The children were taken to the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital for examination and then released to relatives, according to police.

One of the active labs erupted in flames while crews examined the labs and began the clean-up process, police say. No one was injured in the incident.

Arrested at the scene and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine 1st offense, and controlled substance endangerment to a child 3rd degree were: Joseph Frasure, 42; Shawn Wright, 23; Dustin Webb, 23; Ashley Webb, 20; and Joe Lewis Frasure, 18.

Sheri R Frasure, 35, was arrested and charged with trafficking in a controlled substance 1st degree.

All six suspects listed the address of 81 Highway 3091 Somerset, KY. All six have been lodged in the Pulaski County Detention Center.



McALESTER — A McAlester man was recently accused of making methamphetamine in a home on East Comanche Avenue.

James W. Irving III, 49, was charged April 25 in Pittsburg County District Court with one felony count of endeavoring to manufacture methamphetamine.

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James W. Irving III

According to court records, Irving was working on a residence on East Comanche Avenue for the property’s owner. With permission from the property owner, police searched the home on April 24 and allegedly found numerous items associated with the manufacturing of methamphetamine, including “a one pot meth lab inside a green plastic five gallon bucket,” a police affidavit states.

When police questioned Irving regarding the alleged meth lab, he claimed to know nothing about it, the affidavit states, though Irving did allegedly say the green bucket was his.

Police arrested Irving and transported him to the Pittsburg County jail, where he remains in custody in lieu of a $100,000 bond. He was unavailable for comment and, according to court records, had not retained an attorney by presstime Tuesday.

If convicted, Irving is facing up to life imprisonment. He is due back in court May 10 at 9 a.m.



 On Monday April 29, 2013, Watauga County Special Operations Unit personnel responded to Longhope Road in reference to a Clandestine Methamphetamine Laboratory Dumpsite that had been found in an abandoned wooded area.


Photo courtesy of Watauga County Sheriff's Office


Upon arrival Officers were able to locate a black trash bag on the side of an old logging road which contained items that are consistent with the manufacture of methamphetamine.

The NC Clandestine Laboratory Response Team assisted with processing and disposing of the hazardous items that were located. Evidence was taken from the methamphetamine laboratory dump site and the investigation is on going.



An Okato man who dumped a bucket of methamphetamine precursor chemicals over the fence when the police knocked on his door has been sent to prison.

Robert Hills, 44, pleaded guilty to charges of possessing precursor substances and material used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine.

Yesterday in the New Plymouth District Court, Judge Josephine Bouchier sentenced Hills to two years and six months in prison.

Robert Hills

JAILED: Okato man Robert Hills, 44, after pleading guilty to charges of possessing precursor substances and material used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine.

Hills became one of Taranaki’s most wanted criminals when a warrant for his arrest was issued last November after police searched his Oxford Rd, Okato, home and found chemicals and materials used in the production of methamphetamine.

On December 18 police knocked on the door of an Opunake Rd property. Hills ran outside, threw a bucket of liquid chemicals over the fence and ran back inside.

Police kicked open the door to arrest Hills. Inside they detected a strong chemical smell, also coming from Hills, and the house was cordoned off to be dealt with by the Police Clandestine Laboratory team and ESR scientists.

Hills, an associate who had also been in the house and all police staff who had been inside had to be decontaminated.

The police summary said Hills had told them the bucket had contained petrol.



A man was arrested on charges of unlawful possession of methamphetamine and marijuana, as well as cited for driving with a suspended license Tuesday after he was stopped for driving without tail lights.

Samuel Vincent Goldfaden, 35, was driving northbound on Highway 42, when he was pulled over by the Coquille Police Department. The officer noticed the smell of marijuana and conducted a search of the vehicle. The officer found drug paraphernalia for methamphetamine, a small amount of marijuana and prescription drugs. Goldfaden didn’t have a prescription for the prescription medication.

Goldfaden was booked in Coos County Jail with unlawful possession of methamphetamine and issued citations for possession of marijuana and driving with a suspended license and uninsured vehicle.



Police responding to a complaint from employees about drug activity in a room at an Anderson motel arrested four people Tuesday night.

Officers arrived at the Baymont Inn near the Shasta Outlets around 10:15 p.m. and contacted four people inside a room. During a search, they found stolen property and more than a quarter-ounce of methamphetamine, officer Casey Day said in a news release.

Natalie Ray West, 21, of Redding, was arrested on suspicion of possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute and for maintaining a place where drugs are used.

Gabriel Joseph Detrant, 39, of Anderson, and Yolanda Suzanne Lucero, 29, of Anderson, were arrested on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance. Jamie Elaine Evans, 36, of Santa Ana, was held on outstanding felony arrest warrants.

West has a recent criminal history.

In January, she was arrested in a south Redding neighborhood after police said she and another person were in possession of stolen mail. West was held on a probation violation.

West and another person also were arrested in November in Porterville on suspicion of stealing a car from Redding earlier that same month.



Kirksville — A Kirksville husband and wife were arrested Tuesday afternoon after allegedly being found in possession of methamphetamine and meth-making components in the presence of two juveniles during a Division of Family Services followup.

Police arrested Joseph Christman, 40, and Lindsey Christman, 30, for possession of methamphetaine, manufacturing methamphetamine and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

According to the police report, KPD and DFS checked on the residence Tuesday shortly before 5 p.m. and received permission to search the premises.

During the search, authorities reportedly located meth-making materials and evidence of drug possession. According to the report, the Christmans admitted to both ingesting and manufacturing methamphetamine while two juveniles were in the residence.

Both Christmans were being held in the Adair County Jail as of Wednesday morning.



An undercover investigation by state police has led to the arrest of two Sulphur women.

Sgt. James Anderson said 35-year-old Shyla Rene Freeman and 30-year-old Daniel Rae Drounette were arrested Tuesday at a home at 2403 Gaylynn St. in Sulphur.

Freeman, 1819 Carl Lyons Road, was charged for false representation of a controlled dangerous substance. Her bond was set at $7,500.

“Freeman previously sold a substance to undercover agents claiming that it was methamphetamine,” Anderson said. “The substance was tested and determined not to be methamphetamine.”

Anderson said troopers had previously purchased methamphetamine from Drounette and had an active arrest warrant for her.

“At the time of her arrest Drounette was in possession of hydrocodone and Flexeril,” Anderson said.

Drounette, 5583 Owen Road, was charged with methamphetamine distribution as well as two counts of drug possession. Drounette’s bond was set at $22,000.



STEUBEN COUNTY, Ind. ( – Items associated with the manufacture of methamphetamine were found when Deputies from the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office were attempting to serve an arrest warrant on Tuesday.

Adam Gosner, 35, and Jessica Goodman, 27, of Angola were arrested for multiple counts of possession and distribution of methamphetamine and controlled substances.


According to officials, a search warrant was obtained for the residence at 993 E 300 N, Lot 35 in Angola. Deputies located methamphetamine, marijuana, and several items commonly associated with the manufacturing of such drugs.

Gosner and Goodman are pending a court appearance before the Steuben County Magistrate.


MIDDLETOWN — For the second time in a week, and seventh this year, the Middletown Division of Police busted a methamphetamine lab in the city.

There were six methamphetamine busts in the city all of last year, police said.

Around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, acting on a tip from a resident, Middletown police responded to a detached garage of a home at 3105 Ogden Drive. When they knocked on the door of the garage, a man answered and a cloud of smoke was visible, said Lt. John Magill of the police department.

Middletown man charged with making meth photo
Eric Back

Middletown man charged with making meth photo
Middletown emergency personnel removed an active methamphetamine lab Tuesday night inside a garage at 3105 Ogden Drive. It was the second methamphetamine lab bust in the city the last seven days. Police charged Eric Back, 38, with various drug offenses.

The two men in the garage, Eric Back and Dustin Haines, were detained by police and the garage was searched. Police found a small, active methamphetamine lab that was being cooked in a one-liter clear bottle, Magill said. He said Back was cooperative with police and because it was a small lab, no neighbors had to be evacuated.

Back’s mother, Wanda Back, answered the door at her home Wednesday afternoon and through tears said her son was “really a good boy who got caught up in drugs.” Then she quickly closed and locked the door.

Several neighbors said they were “shocked” when they saw all the police and fire personnel for about two hours Tuesday night. They rarely saw the family unless Arlie Back was out cutting the grass, they said.

Tonya McCullough, who has lived across the street from the Backs for seven years, said watching the emergency personnel equipped with masks was “a little scary” because of the potential dangers associated with the production of methamphetamine, she said.

“You always think it’s going to happen in another part of town,” she said. “You don’t expect it on your street, across from your home. There are a lot of kids on this street.”

Back, 38, who lives with his parents, was charged with illegal manufacturing of drugs, illegal assembly of drugs, drug abuse (methamphetamine) and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to police records.

Police also charged Haines, 34, of South Sutpin Street, with possession of a drug abuse instrument. He appeared in Middletown Municipal Court Tuesday morning where he was found guilty and sentenced to 30 days in jail. He was given credit for one day served.

Back and Haines remain in Middletown City Jail. Back will appear in court for a preliminary hearing at 9 a.m. Friday.

Detective Larry Fultz said because some people don’t have the disposable income to purchase illegal drugs, they’re making methamphetamine. He said the practice is “more accepted” because people are learning how to do so from the Internet.

He said not long ago, methamphetamine, because of its strong odor, was only manufactured in rural areas, but recently the practice is appearing in more populated areas.