A drug report by the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime reveals the United States has a major meth problem. Part of it could be the product of an alleged unholy alliance between the U.S. government and the Sinaloa Cartel.

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) – Worldwide seizures of methamphetamine grew by 73 percent. From 51 tons in 2010 to 88 tons in 2011. All of the seizures were reported by the U.S. and Mexico according to the report.
A record $207 million seized in 2007, the world's largest drug cash seizure in history. The seizure was part of an anti-meth operation. It's also a very tiny fraction of the multi-billion dollar industry --enough to make the innocent think governments are doing something to fight, rather than aid the problem.
A record $207 million seized in 2007, the world’s largest drug cash seizure in history. The seizure was part of an anti-meth operation. It’s also a very tiny fraction of the multi-billion dollar industry –enough to make the innocent think governments are doing something to fight, rather than aid the problem.


The report also states:
The highest methamphetamine seizures were reported by Mexico, where seizures more than doubled, from 13 tons to 31 tons [i.e. the most in the world], and surpassed for the first time those of the United States which seized 23 tons in 2011, up from 15 tons in 2010.
Most methamphetamine laboratories continue to be reported by the United States, where their numbers quadrupled from 2,754 in 2010 to 11,116 in 2011.
This shouldn’t be a surprise. In 2007, Mexican authorities made the largest-ever drug cash seizure in history. At the home of a cartel supplier of meth-precursor chemicals, they seized $207 million in cash.
Meth is cheap and easy to produce, and Americans love it. It provides a long-lasting high giving users more bang for their buck than most other drugs. It also erodes teeth and gums, speeds aging, promotes excessive weight loss. and within as little as one use, causes addiction and alters cognitive ability.
Meth addicts have lead a spike in crime in the United States, many burglarizing homes to obtain the cash to buy more of the cheap, addictive drug.
The drug is addictive, dangerous, and deadly, and it remains cheap as the Mexican cartels pump industrial quantities into the United States, made to about 90 percent purity in massive chemical laboratories along the Pacific coast.
It’s a $5 billion per year industry.
Much of these deadly imports are delivered by the Sinaloa cartel, which allegedly has ties with the U.S. government.
The city of Chicago is especially wracked by the Sinaloa cartel, where its kingpin, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman has allegedly employed over 100,000 gang members to push meth across the city. Guzman is one of the world’s wealthiest men.
According to court documents, at least one high-ranking Sinaloa officer held by the U.S. says Guzman is a key informant to the government. Another source within the Mexican government corroborated this claim, telling the U.S. security firm, Stratfor, that Guzman is working with the U.S. authorities to ship drugs into the states.
The relationship, is ostensibly intended to help limit destabilizing drug cartel violence in Mexico. In reality, the cartel is providing information to the U.S. which is being used by U.S. and Mexican authorities to squelch rival cartels.
Operation Fast and Furious was part of this operation, and was intended to help arm the cartel.

The problem we face is that the United States government is allegedly complicit in some of the most violent and serious criminal behavior that goes on in both Mexico and the United States. In another time, under leadership loyal to the country itself, individuals associated with such activity would be tried for treason.

Unfortunately, the there are no more patriots left in the United States government where each officer is loyal to himself and to perpetuating his tenure.

A Tulsa man was arrested Wednesday after allegedly attempting to buy more than half a pound of methamphetamine from an undercover informant.

Keenan Anthony Lamirand, 32, was arrested at 6:15 p.m. in a parking lot near 21st Street and Garnett Road. He is being held on $120,000 bond on complaints of aggravated trafficking of methamphetamine, possession of a firearm after former conviction of a felony and possession of a firearm in commission of a felony.

Lamirand’s arrest report states that he entered the informant’s vehicle and agreed to leave and get some money to purchase 8.6 ounces of methamphetamine.

Lamirand was arrested when he exited the vehicle, according to the report. In the report, filed by Agent John Morrison of the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, it states authorities found a loaded 9mm handgun in the driver’s side door pocket of Lamirand’s vehicle.

Court records show Lamirand pleaded guilty in 2010 to possession of marijuana after former conviction of drug offense in Osage County.







LANCASTER, OhioMethamphetamine use is rapidly increasing in Fairfield County and showing no signs of slowing down.

Sgt. Rod Hamler of the Fairfield County Major Crimes Unit said chasing tips on meth labs and shutting them down is taking an increasing amount of his time.

Last year, Fairfield County deputies busted 60 meth labs, but this year deputies have already shut down 45.

Hamler said it is because the ingredients are readily available for a drug that is easily cooked in a pop bottle.

“Someone can go to the store and find all the components needed to make and manufacture meth,” Hamler said. “It can be made in a vehicle or in their home.”

Fairfield County Sheriff Dave Phelan said the spike in meth use not only destroys the lives of addicts, but has consequences for the whole community.

He said the number of inmates has tripled in 11 years, and instead of one jail, he now houses inmates in three locations. That costs more money.

Phelan also said more women are being housed in the jails now.

“We used to have eight to ten females 11 years ago,” Phelan said. “Today, we have 60 to 70.”

Thefts have also increased in Fairfield County as well.

“Probably 85 percent of our theft-related offenses, when they are breaking in cars and they are breaking in homes, are to support drug habits,” Phelan said.

Phelan stresses that Fairfield County is still a pretty safe place to live and the whole country is fighting drug issues.

Phelan said to end the problem, people need to do a better job teaching kids that meth can scab your face, rot your teeth and turn you into an addict.

Phelan also said there needs to be more rehabilitation facilities for addicts.







MIDLAND- The investigation originally started in 2012 targeting members of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas and the Mexican Mafia. Investigators discovered that members of the gangs were traveling to Dallas to purchase methamphetamine from fellow members and then transport it back to the Permian Basin to distribute it.
“We had investigative leads, we pursued those leads, we arrested individuals, developed other leads, developed other evidence and continued to pursue those leads for over a year,” Dante Sorianello, Resident agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Agency in Midland, said. “We were dealing with multi-pound distributors of methamphetamine, which is a significant inning in itself.”
Over the 15 month period, the DEA seized approximately $72,121 in assets, 12 firearms, 4.6 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine, 167 grams of clandestine methamphetamine, 104 grams of cocaine and more than 244 grams of marijuana.
“We feel that we brought some closure to it and the sources supply based out of town has been arrested,” Sorianello said.
Throughout the 15 month investigation, 43 individuals were arrested for their involvement. The DEA says that they feel like this was a huge methamphetamine distributor for the Permian Basin and that they are happy to finally put it to an end.

An Orange County man who was found to have materials considered “dangerous and highly explosive” — including chemicals, powders and homemade mortars, in addition to methamphetamine — was arrested Wednesday after materials exploded in his Westminster garage in April and set fire to his house, law enforcement officials said.

Michael Livingston Parr, 49, has been charged with multiple felony counts related to the possession of a controlled substance, materials with the intent of making an explosive and a zip gun, as well as a misdemeanor count of possessing illegal fireworks, according to a joint statement from the Orange County district attorney’s office and Westminster police.

Officials allege that at the time of his arrest,  Parr had about 33 grams of methamphetamine divided into plastic bags.

Prosecutors said that, if convicted, Parr faces a maximum sentence of six years and four months in state prison. He is expected to be arraigned Thursday, and prosecutors said they will ask for him to be held on $500,000 bail.

Prosecutors said that on the afternoon of April 2,  Parr allegedly sparked an explosion in the garage of his home and authorities responded after receiving calls of a loud blast and fire.

Authorities found chemicals, powders, rolls of fuse and a tumbler used to refine powders to make them more explosive. He also had illegal fireworks and a zip gun, or improvised firearm, authorities said.

Investigators also found packing materials and a small digital scale, along with the methamphetamine.

Prosecutors said that Parr suffered severe burns to his face and head as a result of the blast, and had been hospitalized until his arrest.









North America clearly has a very big meth problem on its hands, according to the 2013 World Drug Report by the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC).From 20120 to 2011 seizures of methamphetamine by authorities grew by 73% — from 51 tons to 88 tons — and 54 tons (61%) of that were reported by Mexico and the U.S.

meth$205 million found in the home of a suspected cartel supplier of meth-precursor chemicals. The pile, which weighed more than 4,500 pounds, is considered the largest drug cash seizure in history.

From the report:

The highest methamphetamine seizures were reported by Mexico, where seizures more than doubled, from 13 tons to 31 tons [i.e. the most in the world], and surpassed for the first time those of the United States which seized 23 tons in 2011, up from 15 tons in 2010. …

Most methamphetamine laboratories continue to be reported by the United States, where their numbers quadrupled from 2,754 in 2010 to 11,116 in 2011.

Basically, Mexico-U.S. combined are a meth powerhouse.

In 2007 Mexican authorities made the largest drug cash seizure in history when they discovered $205 million in the home of a suspected cartel supplier of meth-precursor chemicals.

And since 2007 Mexican cartels have been pumping exceptionally cheap and high quality meth into the U.S. for a profit of $5 billion a year.


From 2007 to 2011,  the purity of available meth in the U.S. skyrocketed while the price tumbled from $290 per pure gram to less than $90 — a combination that hooks people on the fast, intense, and long-lasting high.

In October the DEA estimated that cartel meth — which is 90% pure — makes up for as much as 80% of the meth sold in the U.S.

In December 2011 officials seized 252 tons of precursor chemicals for manufacturing meth at one of the Pacific ports used by cartels to supply their superlabs (where they make industrial volumes of meth).


The Sinaloa Cartel, led by Mexican kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, accounts for 80% of the U.S. meth trade.In Chicago, where Guzmán is Public Enemy No.1, Sinaloa is employing more than 100,000 gang members to sling meth (along with cocaine, marijuana and heroin) on the streets while cartel members blend in with the metro area’s two million Hispanic residents.

It should be noted that there are allegations that Guzmán, who was on the Forbes’ list of billionaires from 2009 to 2012, works with the U.S. government.

In court documents, a high-ranking member of Sinaloa currently in U.S. custody asserted that Guzmán is a U.S. informant, Sinaloa was “given carte blanche to continue to smuggle tons of illicit drugs into Chicago,” and Operation Fast and Furious was part of an agreement to finance and arm the cartel in exchange for information used to take down its rivals.

The claims were corroborated by a Mexican foreign service officer who doubled as a confidential source for the U.S. security firm Stratfor when he alleged that the U.S. government works with Mexican cartels to traffic drugs into the U.S., adding that in 2010 the U.S. sided with Sinaloa in an attempt to limit the violence in Mexico.


The rest of the worldMeth seizures have increased in the rest of the world as well as seizures rose from 21 tons to 32 tons in Asia and 1200 lbs to 2 tons in Europe.


The authors notes that in 2011 East and South-East Asia also continued to make up a significant share of the global meth market, with the highest seizures reported from China (14 tons), Indonesia (1 ton), Malaysia (1 ton) and Thailand (10 tons).









Two more arrests have been made in relation to the warrants executed last week on methamphetamine distributors.

Robert Bruce Boyer, 31, and Teddy Eugene Crook, 64, both of Craig, were arrested June 20 and June 24, respectively. Their arrests follow a first round made when warrants were executed last Tuesday.  Conny Mullis and Maria Saenz were arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

Crook was arrested at 796 Barclay St., the same address as Saenz and Mullis. Boyer’s home address is 974 Aiken St., the other residence where a search warrant was executed last week.

A “substantial” amount of drugs and drug-related distribution equipment was found at the Aiken Street residence, leading to the issuance of arrest warrants for Robert and Shelly Boyer. The police department is still searching for Shelly Boyer, said Craig Police Chief Walt Vanatta. Rober Boyer is in custody.

“It was in the neighborhood of $10,000 in drugs that were seized out of that house,” Vanatta said.

The arrests are the next steps in what the All Crimes Enforcement Team drug task force expects to be an ongoing series of arrests that it believes will significantly impact the methamphetamine business in Craig.

Warrants have also been issued for the arrest of five others as a result of the search warrants from last week.

Spencer Vavak, Justin Gates, Jeff Myers, Michael Colvin and Adela Clark Sanchez all have arrest warrants for unlawful distribution of controlled substances.







A new anti-drug advertisement shows the devastating physical transformation addicts experience after years of meth use.  The photos, that show a shocking Dorian Gray-like deterioration, were compiled from mug shots of drug users that were arrested repeatedly over the years. The continued drug use caused horrific damage to the drug users’ skin with sores and scarring – that can be caused by uncontrollable scratching during a hallucination when the addict imagines bugs are crawling under their skin.










AMITE – A man attempting to make methamphetamine accidentally burned his entire house down in the process, authorities said after arresting him Tuesday.

The Amite Fire Department sought assistance from deputies during  a fire investigation once they reported a suspicious odor from the explosion’s aftermath, Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards said.

Man connected to meth lab explosion arrested, says sheriff's office


Jacob Cruse confessed to his involvement in the June 11 explosion, narcotics agents said.  The 35-year-old man said he used the one-pot method when the catastrophic failure occurred, authorities said.

“This shows how highly volatile manufacturing methamphetamines can be,” Sheriff Edwards said.

Deputies said Cruse was arrested and charged with simple arson and operation, creation, possession of a clandestine lab.







PONCHATOULA — Tangipahoa Parish sheriff’s detectives arrested a man Tuesday accused of making methamphetamine in his home on Hollie Lane in Ponchatoula.

Cameron Perry, 43, was booked with possession and manufacturing of methamphetamine, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release issued Wednesday.

Sheriff’s Office detectives were notified via anonymous tip Tuesday about illegal narcotics being made at the Hollie Lane home.

Detectives who searched the home in the presence of Perry found a “one-pot method” vessel for meth manufacturing in the home’s kitchen.

At the time of Perry’s arrest Tuesday, he was out of jail on bond related to previous counts of manufacturing meth, possession of meth and child endangerment.







Chinese authorities have once again commemorated the UN International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking by stepping up their drug enforcement efforts.

Ahead of the UN anti-drug day on Wednesday, Xinhua News Agency reports that six men were executed in China on Tuesday for separate drug-trafficking charges. Another four individuals were given death sentences, the report said.

Two of the men who were put to death on Tuesday were tried in Fujian Province. The first man was convicted of hiring people to help him smuggle nearly 5 kilograms of methamphetamine back in 2010. After being arrested he was found in possession of five firearms.

The second individual tried in Fujian Province was convicted of buying and selling 1.78 kg of heroin in Guangzhou, the capital city of Guangdong Province. His case also dates back to 2010.

The third individual who was put to death on Tuesday was convicted in 2011 of transporting 3 kg of methamphetamine from Hubei Province to Wuhan in southeastern Zhejiang province.

In all three cases the People’s Supreme Court approved the death sentences, the paper said.

In addition, three men were executed in Hainan Province on Tuesday, for trafficking methamphetamine, ketamine and heroin.

The newspaper also said that the Intermediate People’s Court of Wenzhou City handed out death sentences for two men who separately trafficked heroin and methamphetamine, without giving further details on the amount of drugs or the dates of their trials. Then, in Yunnan Province, six individuals were convicted of trafficking methamphetamine, four of whom were sentenced to death.

This followed reports over the weekend that 251 individuals had been arrested by police in Heilongjiang Province in northeastern China, for participating in a two-year drug trafficking campaign that stretched from Sichuan, Yunnan and Guangdong to Heilongjiang Province. Xinhua quoted the police chief as saying that 16.5 kg of methamphetamine and more than 5,500 methamphetamine tablets had been seized in the bust. Already this year, China has sentenced nearly 31,000 individuals for drug-related offenses this year, about a quarter of whom received jail terms of five years or more.

China has a history of stepping up drug enforcement ahead of the UN International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, which falls on June 26 each year. According to the Death Penalty Information Center, a Washington-based non-profit that is seen as leaning towards opposing capital punishment, in the week leading up to June 26, 2010, China executed no less than 59 individuals for drug-related offenses. On the actual day itself, 20 people were put to death.

According to China’s criminal law code, death sentences can be handed out for anyone caught “smuggling, trafficking in, transporting or manufacturing opium of not less than 1,000 grams, or heroin or methyl benzedrine of not less than 50 grams or other narcotic drugs of large quantities.” There is also a fifteen year mandatory sentence (up to a life sentence) and the confiscation of all one’s property for anyone caught smuggling narcotics in these quantities.

China’s harsh justice towards drug traffickers reflects both its geographical location and burgeoning drug problem. With regards to geography, China is sits atop both of Asia’s drug-producing region. Towards southern China is the “Golden Triangle,” consisting of Myanmar, Laos and Thailand, which once produced half of the world’s opiates and now is famous for its vibrant methamphetamine trade.

Whatever the Golden Triangle has lost in its own opiate production has been more than compensated for by the Golden Crescent, centered around Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iran to the west of China. By some estimates, Afghanistan alone accounts for 90 percent of the world’s non-pharmaceutical grade poppy production.

The presence of foreign drug smuggling in China immediately conjures up images of the British opium campaign against China in the 19th century. Perhaps because of these bitter memories, the Chinese government has not shied away from administering harsh penalties—including the death penalty—to foreign nationals caught trafficking narcotics in the country.

Still, China has also sought to deal with the issue by working its neighbors, most of whom also have an interest in addressing the narcotics issues they face. In April of this year, for instance, China launched a month-long anti-drug campaign with Laos, Myanmar and Thailand along the Mekong River. According to China’s Ministry of Public Security, this resulted in 1,100 arrests in 804 drug-related cases.

None of this is enough to tackle the amount of drug abuse that has pervaded China in recent years. Although the Chinese government was able to virtually eliminate narcotics usage during the Maoist era, as the country has opened its borders and income has risen, the drug problem has returned in China—with a vengeance. According to the government in Beijing, the number of registered drug addicts in China rose from 150,000 in 1991 to 1,545,000 in 2010. A mind-boggling 70 percent of these were addicted to heroin, contributing to a steep rise in HIV levels.

On Wednesday, Chinese authorities announced that the number of registered drug addicts in the country has now topped 2 million.







A man and a woman involved in a high-speed chase May 29 and charged with intending to distribute nearly a pound of methamphetamine appeared in District Court Wednesday.

Shannon Leroy Ramsland, 34, pleaded not guilty to criminal endangerment, possession of drugs with intent to distribute and possession of items subject to forfeiture, namely a pickup truck and $1,661 in cash.

Nouanmany Marie Soumpholphackdy, 28, also appeared in court, charged with possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute.

The pair were arrested after a chase on Route 12 that ended on Rimini Road, where they had been renting a home under false identities, according to court document filed by prosecutors.

Ramsland was sought by the Missouri River Drug Task Force, which heard from Oregon authorities that the two were dealing meth between Oregon and Montana. An affidavit described Ramsland as an established meth dealer.

Sheriff Leo Dutton estimated the drugs to be worth $65,000.

Ramsland also faces Oregon warrants and federal charges.

District Judge Mike Menahan ordered trial for Ramsland Oct. 7, and an arraignment for Soumpholphackdy July 3.

Both remain in Lewis and Clark County jail with bail for each at $100,000.







Two Pulaski woman were arrested Friday night in connection with a methamphetamine lab found in an apartment in downtown Pulaski.

Pulaski Police Department Officer Megan Jennings said Teresa White Dillon, 50, of Pulaski, and Victoria Willogene Harris, 39, of Radford, each are charged with manufacture of methamphetamine. Both are being held at New River Valley Regional Jail. Jennings said additional charges are pending.

The women were arrested around 10:45 p.m. Friday after the police department received an anonymous tip that a methamphetamine lab was located at Northside Apartments at 302 N. Washington Ave. The apartment is one of nine located on the upper floor of the building on the northeast corner of Third Street and Washington Avenue.

Jennings said officers responded to the apartment and spoke with one of its occupants. A search warrant was obtained for the apartment when officers were able to detect odors consistent with those emitted by an active methamphetamine lab coming from inside the residence.

Due to the potential volatility of such labs and their associated chemicals, the entire building was evacuated as a precaution.

The scene was processed and evidence collected with assistance of Claytor Lake Drug Task Force, comprised of officers from Pulaski, Dublin and Radford police departments, Pulaski and Wythe sheriff’s offices and Virginia State Police.

Four Pulaski police officers were exposed to the toxic chemicals during the incident, said Jennings. Two of them later received medical treatment as a result.







HOUSTON (KTRK) — A smartphone app tip led to the arrest of two people Tuesday in a drug investigation in northwest Harris County, according to investigators.

Maurice O. Jackson, 34, was charged with possession with intent to deliver cocaine, possession of methamphetamine and possession of marijuana.

Maurice O. Jackson, 34, was charged with possession with intent to deliver cocaine, possession of methamphetamine and possession of marijuana



Maurice O. Jackson, 34, was charged with possession with intent to deliver cocaine, possession of methamphetamine and possession of marijuana.  He was arrested  at a home in the 7900 block of Glenn Cliff, as was a driver seen leaving the home.

Harris County Sheriff’s Office investigators say they got an anonymous tip from someone using the iWatchHarrisCounty smartphone app.  They were then able to obtain a warrant to search the home.  They say when they went to enter it, Jackson tried to drive away.  He was stopped and arrested.


Investigators say inside Jackson’s home was a pound of processed marijuana, 13 marijuana plants and ‘grow lab’ equipment.







MADISON LAKE — A Madison Lake man arrested because investigators suspect he was selling methamphetamine is facing additional charges for allegedly threatening to kill the “snitch” and having a child watching a television in a nearby car while dealing and using the drug.

Charles Elden Stanke’s residence east of Madison Lake was searched last week after drug investigators used an informant to buy about seven grams of methamphetamine for $625, according to a criminal complaint filed Monday in Blue Earth County District Court. Stanke, 27, and 25-year-old Jennifer Lynn Bartelt of Waseca were arrested during the search.

Within a few days before the search, investigators with the Minnesota River Valley Drug Task Force arranged the drug deal with the informant. The informant reported buying the meth while meeting Stanke and Bartlet in a barn at the residence. A young girl, who investigators suspect is about 6 years old, also was in the area, the informant reported.

After setting up the deal with the informant, investigators learned Stanke had planned another drug sale at his residence. So a search warrant was obtained and task force investigators arrived at about 12:30 a.m. Friday to do a search.

A bag with about 11 more grams of meth, a digital scale and several small baggies often used to package the drug were found in a workbench, the complaint said. Investigators also confiscated a glass pipe, which was still warm and sitting on a stool between Stanke and Bartlet.

During his arrest, Stanke allegedly said “Who’s the snitch? Who did me” and threatened to “kill them,” according to the complaint. The agents also found an extension cord leading to a car parked about 20 feet away from where the arrests took place and where the drugs were found. It was connected to a television in the car.

Bartelt’s daughter was found in the back seat of the car watching a movie on the television. A suspected meth pipe also was found, within a foot of the child, inside an arm rest in the car.

Another pipe, suspected drug ledgers, containers with meth and marijuana residue, a “burner” cellphone and a camera also were confiscated during the search.

Both Stanke and Bartelt have been charged with first-degree drug sales, second-degree drug possession, child endangerment and storing methamphetamine paraphernalia in the presence of a child. Stanke, who has at least three previous drug-related convictions, is facing and additional felony charge of making terroristic threats.

When they appeared in court Monday, Stanke’s bail was set $100,000 and Bartelt’s bail was set at $50,000.







SEFFNER — A 21-year-old man was arrested Tuesday night, accused of making methamphetamine in a motel room occupied with children, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said.

Deputies received a Crime Stoppers tip about the drug being manufactured in Room 232 of the Masters Inn at 6010 Highway 579. When deputies arrived, they discovered three adults, including Devin Devoe, and eight children.

Deputies also found an active methamphetamine lab beneath the bathroom sink. Several rooms were evacuated as Hillsborough County Fire Rescue and Haz-Mat investigators responded.

Devoe was arrested and faces eight counts of child abuse and several drug-related charges, including trafficking in illegal drugs and manufacturing of a controlled substance.

He was booked into the Hillsborough County jail, where he remained Wednesday without bail.







Two Moss Bluff residents have been charged with creation or operation of a clandestine lab, methamphetamine possession, methamphetamine possession with intent to distribute and cruelty to a juvenile, authorities said.

Robyn A. Williford and Troy E. Williford. (Special to the American Press)

Robyn A. Williford and Troy E. Williford



Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Office spokeswoman Kim Myers said Troy E. Williford and Robyn A. Williford, both 49, were arrested Monday at their home at 805 Topsy Road, Lot No. 79.

“Detectives with the Combined Anti-Drug Task Force conducted an investigation at the Williford’s mobile home after multiple reports of drug activity,”

Myers said Wednesday in a news release.“Detectives located several chemicals consistent with the creation or operation of a clandestine lab and suspected methamphetamine, as well as drug paraphernalia.

“Detectives also discovered a 13-year-old girl inside the mobile home, who was removed and placed with family members.”

Judge Robert Wyatt set Troy Williford’s bond at $70,500 and Judge Wilford Carter set Robyn Williford’s at $7,500.







On June 19, 2013, the Walton County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Children and Families was conducting a joint investigation involving methamphetamine being manufactured at a home on Chestnut Street in DeFuniak Springs, Florida; the residence of Aaron M Miller, 31 and Leia Lee, 28.

While at the home, Investigators observed items in plain view that are associated with the “Shake and Bake” method of producing methamphetamine.


A search warrant was obtained for the residence and a more thorough search was conducted. The search revealed all the necessary ingredients for the “Shake and Bake” method of producing methamphetamine.

There was also a trafficking amount of methamphetamine located that exceeded 200 grams, syringes for injection, and plastic bags used for sale.

Miller was not at the residence at the time of the search. On June 24 investigators located Miller back at the home. He was placed under arrest and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, a second degree felony; trafficking in methamphetamine, a first degree felony and possession of drug paraphernalia, a first degree misdemeanor.







KALAMAZOO, MI — Amy Reed’s journey with methamphetamine is a microcosm of the region’s struggle with the drug: It’s not a problem easily conquered.

Reed was profiled in 2005 by the Kalamazoo Gazette in its series “The Menace of Meth,” the newspaper’s first comprehensive look at the drug that was just beginning to wreak havoc on the region.

At the time of that profile, Reed was confident she had conquered an addiction to methamphetamine that had affected her whole family. Her future seemed bright.

“Getting busted was God’s way of  saving our family,” she said at the time. “We’re all clean now.”

Back in 2005, state and local authorities were optimistic, too, that they had caught a problem at its onset, and taken steps to stop its progression. New state and federal laws were enacted to curb access to meth’s ingredients and to better protect the community from the collateral damage of meth-related activities.

Kalamazoo County has kept an ongoing list of meth-contaminated housing, for instance, to protect future renters and buyers. The county has a drug court now, too, that includes programs for  methamphetamine addicts. Other Southwest Michigan counties have set up treatment programs, and representative from state and local agencies say they know better now how to intervene and help families struggling with methamphetamine-related issues.


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Amy Reed today, a student at Kalamazoo Valley Community College

Her  journey illustrates just how tough the meth battles ahead may be for individuals and communities in which they live.

Here’s what she said:

“After doing the (2005) article, I maintained sobriety for six years. Now looking back, that’s all that I was doing. I was a dry addict,” she said.

“I thought I had it all figured out, but in reality I was only fooling myself. I stopped attending NA meetings after a couple years of sobriety and thought I was cured. Boy, was I wrong.

“I relapsed in May of 2009 and it didn’t take me long and I picked up right where I had left off all those years ago. This time, it didn’t take me long before my world started crumbling around me. Everything I had worked for during my sobriety was gone.

“Within a year’s time I had obtained a meth charge and was faced with the loss of my two daughters. This was something I had never experienced before. The worst part was that my oldest daughter Taylor had to go through all this once again by watching her mother’s addiction take over our life. It was even worse because she was old enough to know something was very wrong with me.

“My parental rights were taken away on Aug. 13.  2010 and that was the day my life changed for the worse, and also for the better. Aug. 13, 2010 is my new sobriety birthday.

“I began going to recovery meetings and I also was faced with the new meth charge. I was so worried that this was it, my kids were gone and I was going to prison. I sought guidance from  Dave Nightingale, pastor of Emmaus Road Bible Church and an old friend. He helped me so much through my darkest days. I regained a relationship with my Lord and Savior and began a daily routine of sobriety and recovery meetings.

“Pastor Dave met with me several times a week and we talked over coffee, he was so great and held me accountable. I was blessed by Detective Taylor (Bonovitz, Michigan State Police) and he helped me get into the Allegan County Meth Diversion Program by making a recommendation to the prosecuting office.

“I entered the program in March 2011 and that program totally changed my life. I got custody of my girls back. I got my own place and I now attend KVCC.

“I am in the transfer program and working toward my social work degree. I am currently in my 5th semester and I have a 3.2 GPA.

“This time around things are so different. I am sober today because I want to be. I want so much out of life and I have so many dreams. I have accomplished so much more than I ever thought I could. I also recently graduated from the Meth Diversion program in March of this year. I am finally the woman I always wanted to be but never thought I could be.

“The only concern I have for the future (although I know its all in God’s hands) is that I won’t be able to put my degree to good use when I graduate. I know because of my past convictions that it will be hard but NOT impossible.

“Life is challenging and so is recovery but I know the more I put into life the more I get back. Life is all about balance and I will never forget that I am an addict but recovery is possible if you really want it and I have never wanted anything more in my life than just that.”

This recent post from Reed’s Facebook page speaks to the daily struggle, year after year, that she– and our communities– face:

“In recovery there are times we will have to take immediate evasive measures because the enemy will attack out of nowhere, when everything seems to be going great. We need to be alert, watchful and on our guard. Make no mistake about it, the attacks will come. So be ready!!!!!

“So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be alert and self-controlled.” 1 Thessalonians 5:6


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Amy Reed, with her 10-year-old daughter Taylor Hildebrand at their Allegan County home, in April 2005. A recovering meth addict in Allegan County’s diversion program at the time, she is shown holding a booking mugshot.

How The “Cocaine Of The Poor” Is Spreading Across Crisis-Ridden Greece – the latest sign of the side effects of the economic crisis plaguing Greece

ATHENS – Leonidas, Ismail and Christos are sitting in the back courtyard of Kethea Exelixis, a therapy center for drug addicts, and they’re talking about sisa, the “cocaine of the poor” — a new drug in crisis-shaken Greece. The three of them are experts when it comes to comparing sisa with other drugs. They’ve tried pretty much everything.

“It eats you up from the inside,” Ismail says. “It makes you angry, really angry,” says Leonidas. And for Christos? “When you take sisa you don’t even know what ‘angry’ means anymore — it unchains the animal in you.”


Describing himself as “the kind of guy who takes what he needs — begging is beneath my dignity” — Christos spent 10 years in prison for bank robbery and has been out for five years. How many banks did he rob? “Like I would tell you. But I was convicted for three.”

Leonidas is 40, but looks at least 15 years older. He’s been taking drugs since he was 13. Christos has been using heroin since he was in jail. He claims to shoot up only occasionally, but the tracks on his arms tell another story. “Heroin is 10 times stronger than you are,” he says. “I was seriously using for six years, and it was like I checked out of my own life. Only the drug existed for me, nothing else, not even sex. But sisa — that’s the real nightmare.”

Easy to make, cheap to buy

It’s a nightmare that can be concocted in any kitchen. The key ingredient is methamphetamine, also known as crystal meth, a global drug scourge. Use leads quickly to psychological dependence, and listing all its nefarious effects would take up more space than this story. Among them is “meth mouth” — toothlessness due to loss of saliva production that makes users grind their own teeth into oblivion.

In crisis-ridden Athens, crystal meth is sometimes replaced by battery acid, or if that’s not available, chlorine, shampoo, motor oil, kerosene or water softener Calgon. But strychnine and sulfuric acid have also been found in sisa samples. Sulfuric acid is so corrosive it can dissolve wood, paper and fabric.

The drug’s appeal is its low price: Because it’s so easy to make (and dealers have mobile labs that make it more difficult for the police to pin them down), a dose only costs between two and five euros — pretty good in a country where even doctors now only earn about 900 euro ($1,180) a month.

What Ismail, Christos and Leonidas relate about the effects of sisa sounds like a medical dictionary and horror movie combined: spasms, spitting blood, sudden violent attacks of diarrhea, bouts of psychotic violence. “You just start punching when that stuff is in your blood,” Christos says. The men agree that the drug scene has become a lot more violent than it was two years ago. So knowing all this, why do people take sisa? Christos shrugs. “It’s the crisis drug. The country’s going to the dogs, just like sisa users. Kinda goes together.”

Now Charalambos Poulopoulos speaks up. In his mid-50s, he’s headed the Kethea organization for many years. Hearing Christos’s remark, he says it’s become difficult to get addicts to agree to withdrawal programs. The old joke about Greece being the first African country with white natives seems increasingly true. In fact, last year the Greek chapter of Doctors of the World withdrew its teams from Congo and Ethiopia because by its own standards Greece qualified for their aid.

In the last two years, the HIV infection rate alone has skyrocketed 1,500%. “In 2008, there were 15 new cases. In 2011 it was 200, last year over 500, and all we can do is go out there and collect used needles,” Poulopoulos says.

Deadly needles

Keramikou Street. Tuesday evening. It’s drizzling. The neon lights of a brothel go on and off. Homeless junkies sit in derelict doorways. A man with filthy fingernails is giving a young woman a shot under her tongue. A pregnant girl with a leg wound stumbles down the street holding four hypodermic syringes. Asked how often they take sisa, they don’t answer. Do they know what’s in the stuff? Just then a bus drives up and stops. Suddenly the whole place jumps to life, everybody heading for the bus, needles and syringes in hand.

The Kethea bus stops here every evening. Day after day, six street workers drive around to hotspots in the city handing out clean needles. It’s the same story every night: Anybody who brings a needle and gives their name gets a new set: syringe, needle, disinfectant wipe and a little aluminum cap for cooking the dose. This exchange system is the only way to try and get used needles off the street — critical at a time of rising HIV infection.

Then why is HIV still on the rise? Kethea psychologist Eleni Marini blames brothels, at least in part. “Prostitution, like homelessness, is going up sharply. Women who have nothing else can still sell their bodies. Some charge as little as 5 euro, 10 euro without a condom,” she says.

And then there’s sisa. Though the new drug doesn’t do a lot for sexual potency, it does make users horny. “On sisa, you want three things: sex, sex and sex,” Christos had said when we were sitting in the Kethea courtyard the day before.

Marini looks tired. She’s been with Kethea for 12 years, but their former team of 500 in 2008 has been reduced to a skeletal crew of 100 social workers, doctors and psychologists earning half what they used to. She’s listening to a user explain why he needs three new needles even though he’s only returning two. But she can give him only as many as he brings back. She knows the man will resort to used needles to make up the difference. Despite Kethea’s efforts, there are still plenty around.

She goes on handing out new sets to some 70 or 80 junkies, the usual number for a quiet evening, she says. Suddenly a police car drives by and every addict in sight disappears. Not surprising in view of what Ismail related the previous day.

Ismail, an Iranian who walked to Athens via Turkey 13 years ago, works as a tailor. “When I first got here, this place seemed like Hawaii to me. Now all I’m earning is 1.80 euro an hour. Every night, I get panic attacks.” To cope, he wanders through the city where the police have instructions to make sure everybody’s off the streets. Only they don’t jail drug users because it costs too much. Instead, they round them up in buses, drive them somewhere outside the city — sometimes as far away as 80 kilometers (50 miles) — and dump them. This has given rise to an absurd form of commuting as the drug users head back on foot to the city center. Ismail got caught once, and after spending six hours down at the station with police shouting “Iranian pig” at him, he was driven out to the suburb of Koropi.

Couldn’t their families take them in? “They did for a long time,” says psychologist Marini. “But now things have gotten to the point where families can’t even pay their own medical bills. We’re talking survival here. It’s why the number of homeless people has risen so sharply. These people used to have homes, but they’ve been kicked out.”

The bus drives off after about an hour. It’s still raining. The next morning the government releases figures saying that unemployment in Greece has risen to 27.4%, an all-time high.


Although delirium and a methamphetamine overdose played roles in Bryan R. Smith’s death in May 2012, his being tied to a tree in South Manheim Township also contributed to it, a forensic pathologist testified Tuesday in Schuylkill County Court.

“It was exacerbated because he was tied to the tree,” Dr. Neil A. Hoffman said of Smith’s condition during his 20 hours of bondage in a wooded area behind the home of Keith A. Reber, whom prosecutors have charged with homicide in the case.

Hoffman, who works at Reading Hospital and Medical Center, West Reading, testified on the second day of Reber’s trial before Judge Charles M. Miller and a jury of eight women and four men. Prosecutors will resume their case at 9 a.m. today.

Prosecutors have charged Reber, 49, of Schuylkill Haven, with criminal homicide, aggravated assault, kidnapping, conspiracy, prohibited possession of firearm, possessing firearm with altered number, unlawful restraint, recklessly endangering another person, tampering with evidence and two counts of simple assault. If convicted of either of the most serious charges, first- or second-degree murder, Reber faces a mandatory prison sentence of life without parole.

State police at Schuylkill Haven allege that because he suspected Smith of stealing from his girlfriend, Lisa Keller, Reber led the 26-year-old Orwigsburg man to the woods behind 294 Meadow Drive, about 3 a.m. May 28, 2012, brandished a gun, used military-style flex-ties to bind him to the tree and left him there for 20 hours.

Reber, who is being held without bail pending completion of the trial, turned away from the screen where Assistant District Attorney Michael A. O’Pake was showing, and Hoffman was describing, pictures of Smith’s injuries.

Hoffman said those photographs showed various abrasions, some deep, on nearly every part of Smith’s body, from his neck to his toes, plus a considerable amount of dirt.

“Are those injuries pre-death?” O’Pake, who is trying the case along with Assistant District Attorney Rebecca A. Elo, asked Hoffman.

“Yes,” Hoffman said.

Abrasions on Smith’s ankles and wrists have patterns that run almost all the way around the joints, according to Hoffman.

“The pattern injuries … are caused by manacles,” such as the flex-ties Reber used, Hoffman said. “They were caused by the handcuff slipping into various positions.”

Robert J. Kirwan II, Reading, Reber’s lawyer, challenged Hoffman on his statement that excited delirium, in addition to the methamphetamine and being tied to the tree, caused Smith’s death, saying that diagnosis is not recognized by some medical groups, including the World Health Organization.

“It is recognized by most forensic pathologists,” Hoffman said. “It’s one of those things, when you see it, you know it. Anybody looking at him would be able to tell he’s delirious.”

He also disagreed with Kirwan when the lawyer said Reber used no violence in tying Smith to the tree.

“Placing him in the manacles” is a violent act, Hoffman said.

He did agree with Kirwan that Smith suffered no contusions or lacerations, and abrasions usually heal.

Former Chief Deputy Coroner James Nettles testified that Smith died about 10 p.m. May 28, an hour before Reber returned from fishing to find his body.

Rigor mortis had completely set in, although Smith had only superficial wounds, Nettles testified.

“The top level of skin was completely rubbed off” some of those injuries, he said.

State police Cpl. Steven Schmit continued his testimony from Monday by identifying DVDs containing Reber’s statements when questioned.

“I’m so mad at myself. I didn’t expect this to happen. I never expected to see this,” Reber, who bowed his head in the courtroom while listening, said on one of the DVDs.

However, Reber said he threw the flex-ties, the gag he stuffed in Smith’s mouth and Smith’s wallet into a burn pile at his house, although he showed police where they were before he destroyed them.

Schmit said the flex-ties can’t be removed but have to be cut off.

“They’re real thick. They’re real heavy,” he said.

Also testifying Tuesday were Schuylkill County Coroner Dr. David J. Moylan and Deputy Coroner Gail Newton, who told how they packaged and sent samples of materials to NMS Laboratories to be tested.







Preliminary hearings have been set for a Jackson man, his wife and her daughter in a drug case stemming from a June 7 shooting on Kingsway Drive.

Thomas Hamilton, 46; his wife, Shauna Hamilton, 32; and Shauna Hamilton’s daughter Lacey Solis, 17, all face felony charges of possession of a controlled substance, unlawful use of amphetamine or methamphetamine paraphernalia and possession of anhydrous ammonia in a nonapproved container and misdemeanor charges of unlawful use of drug paraphernalia after police found evidence of a methamphetamine lab at a property Thomas Hamilton owns at 1467 Kingsway Drive, court records show.

Appearing on Monday before Judge Gary Kamp via a video link from the Jail, all three suspects waived arraignment and were found eligible for a public defender.

According to Cape Girardeau County Circuit Court records, officers investigating a shooting at 1467 Kingsway Drive noticed a chemical odor coming from a garage, and a subsequent search of the property turned up possible illegal drugs and precursors to make methamphetamine.

Police initially went to the house after receiving calls about a shooting there.

Andrew McLendon, 29, suffered a gunshot wound to the chest during an altercation in which he is accused of striking William Matlock with an aluminum baseball bat, police reported.

McLendon was charged with second-degree assault and first-degree property damage in connection with the altercation. He was in the Cape Girardeau County Jail on Tuesday on $50,000 bond.

Matlock was not charged with any crime after the Cape Girardeau County prosecuting attorney’s office determined he shot McLendon in self-defense, said Darin Hickey, public information officer for the Cape Girardeau Police Department.

“We don’t make that determination. We are the investigative tool,” Hickey said. “We gather the evidence and let the evidence tell the story, and then we present the story to the prosecutor.”

According to a probable-cause affidavit filed in the McLendon case, police received a call from a neighbor who reported hearing shots at the “drug house” at 1467 Kingsway Drive.

On the way to the house, an officer encountered a silver Hyundai speeding past him with its emergency flashers on, the affidavit stated. The car drove past the officer and stopped, and when the officer turned his patrol car around, the driver of the Hyundai flagged the officer down, saying he had a man with a gunshot wound in the car.

Two minutes after the first call came in, officers received a second 911 call from William Harry Matlock, who reported three men had come to his residence and damaged his car by beating on it. Matlock said he fired a warning shot, and McLendon — who reportedly was angry about something Matlock had posted on McLendon’s wife’s Facebook account — came into the house and hit Matlock with an aluminum bat, according to the affidavit.

At that point, Matlock fired a shot at McLendon, hitting him in the chest, the affidavit stated.

Police responded to another call at the same property early the morning of June 15.

Sgt. Rick Schmidt of the Cape Girardeau Police Department said the house had been damaged by bullet holes.

McLendon, also known as Andrew R. McClendon, has had previous trouble with the law, online court records show, having pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance, third-degree assault, driving while intoxicated and second-degree robbery since 2002.

Court records also show a history of legal troubles for Thomas and Shauna Hamilton. Thomas Hamilton received a suspended sentence in February for possession and distribution of a controlled substance. He pleaded guilty to second-degree property damage in May 2012.

According to online court records, Shauna Hamilton, formerly known as Shauna Solis, has pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated and operating a vehicle on the highway without a valid license, stealing, forgery, attempted purchase or possession of liquor by a minor and a probation violation since 2000.

Court records show no prior offenses for Lacey Solis.

Solis and the Hamiltons are scheduled for preliminary hearings at 2 p.m. July 17.

A counsel status hearing in McLendon’s case is set for 11 a.m. July 1.







A Dyersburg couple was arrested and their vehicle was seized after a Dyer County Sheriff’s deputy discovered an active meth lab during a traffic stop.

Richie McDonald, 33, 106 Jim Deadman Road, Dyersburg, Tenn., is charged with initiation of methamphetamine manufacture, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving on revoked/suspended license, financial responsibility, and traffic control device.

Erin Kemmerling, 35, 106 Jim Deadman Road, Dyersburg, Tenn., is charged with initiation of methamphetamine manufacture, possession of Schedule II controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.


Kemmerling                                    McDonald

On June 17, Dyer County Sheriff’s Dep. Kenneth Goff made a traffic stop of  a 2001 Hyundai Accent in the area of Hurricane Hill Road and Pin Oak Drive after observing a traffic violation. Inside the vehicle were McDonald and Kemmerling. McDonald was reportedly the driver and was only able to produce an expired driver’s license from 2002. He was also not able to provide vehicle registration or proof of insurance. Goff reported that Kemmerling was acting nervous and appeared to be under the influence.

DCSO Sgt. Heath Walker was on the scene and gained permission from Kemmerling, who owned the vehicle, to search it. Walker and Dep. Matthew Funderburk searched the vehicle and found an active meth lab in the trunk. Items associated with the manufacturing of meth were found in the back floorboard, including a used uncapped hypodermic syringe. A plastic Ziplock bag was found in the glove compartment with white residue.

Goff asked Kemmerling if she had anything on her person, to which she replied she had a plastic bag between her legs. A female corrections officer was called to the scene and retrieved the bag from Kemmerling, whose contents later tested positive for methamphetamine.

Kemmerling stated to officers that McDonald had given her the bag when they saw the blue lights, but McDonald reportedly denied any knowledge of the bag.

The two were transported to the Dyer County Jail, while Funderburk neutralized the meth lab at the scene. The Tennessee Meth Task Force arrived and took possession of the hazardous materials and the car was seized by the sheriff’s department.

Kemmerling was released from jail on June 18 on a $10,000 bond. McDonald remains in jail in lieu of a $20,000 bond.

The couple is scheduled to appear in Dyer County General Sessions Court on Monday, July 1.







Northwestern Wisconsin counties are reporting more methamphetamine-related crimes, even though the number of meth labs in the state has plummeted.

Last year there were 440 meth cases submitted to the state crime lab. That’s almost twice as many as from the year before, and most of the submissions were from northwestern counties.


Dave Spakowicz, a field director for the state Division of Criminal Investigation who specializes in methamphetamines, says Wisconsin meth used to be made in locally until a federal law was passed that more closely monitors the sale of a main ingredient. Spakowicz says that means it’s coming from outside the state.

Spakowicz: “Unfortunately, what we’re seeing is what we believe are Mexican criminal groups that are starting to infuse more methamphetamine into the United States, and for the northwestern part of the state the source area…is the Twin Cities.”

Polk County had the most meth cases processed by the state lab with 57 last year, compared with 14 in 2011. Barron County was a close second with 41 submissions. But Barron County Sheriff’s Detective Jason Hagen says not all cases go to the crime lab. He says there were 68 arrests from his department that didn’t show up in the report. Hagen says more meth means more property crime like burglaries and thefts of things like copper wire from farm irrigation systems.

Hagen: “We see them going into old barns and ripping out the wiring, we see stainless steel from bulk tanks being stolen. If there’s a way to get it, they take it.”

Higgen says it’s already been a busy year for meth-related crime and with shrinking law enforcement budgets it’s getting tougher to keep up.







MILLARD — A week-long investigation by the Pearl River County Narcotics Division led to the arrest of nine suspects on a total of 48 felony charges. “Three separate properties were searched after narcotics investigators began receiving various complaints of the suspects conspiring together to obtain precursor chemicals to manufacture methamphetamine,” said Chief Investigator Donnie Saucier. On June 3, officers executed a search warrant at the residence of Derwood D. Duncan, 47, and Jeremy K. Sones, 37, at 786 John Amacker Rd., Poplarville, Saucier said. During the search, evidence was recovered showing that on that day Duncan and Sones, along with Hailey L. Pounds, 32, and Lisa G. Jones, 44, both of 6661 Mississippi Highway 43 North, Poplarville, had all conspired to manufacture methamphetamine and had manufactured methamphetamine, Saucier said.


“They were further found to have been in possession of precursor chemicals,” Saucier said. “They had also generated hazardous materials during the manufacturing of methamphetamine.”



Durwood Duncan                                     Jeremy Sones                           Hailey Pounds                       Lisa Jones


Raymond Hartfield                                Rodney Smith                         Trevor Sones



Emily Burge                                              Eden Ponthieux



Duncan and Sones were arrested and charged with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, manufacture of methamphetamine, possession of precursor chemicals and generation of hazardous waste, the chief investigator said. Pounds and Jones were not arrested that day and their arrest warrants were issued the following day for the same charges as those levied against Duncan and Sones, Saucier said. “Jones’ charges will be presented to the next grand jury,” he said. On June 4, officers executed arrest warrants on Pounds and Jones at 6661 Miss. Hwy. 43N, he said. “During the execution of the arrest warrants on Pounds and Jones, investigators recovered methamphetamine, precursors and hazardous materials,” Saucier said. Pounds and Jones were charged with the warrants from the previous day and additionally charged with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, manufacture of methamphetamine, possession of precursor chemicals and generation of hazardous waste, Saucier said. At the time of the warrant execution of Pounds and Jones, Raymond A. Hartfield, 43, of 15300 Fisher Rd., Franklinton, La., was present at the residence and also was charged with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, manufacture of methamphetamine, possession of precursor chemicals and generation of hazardous waste. On June 7, in an attempt to make contact with Rodney Smith, 37, and Pounds, investigators and officers from the Mississippi Department of Corrections went to 1346 John Amacker Rd., Poplarville, to follow-up on information in reference to the ongoing investigation,

Saucier said. “Upon arrival, officers located an active meth lab near the back door of the residence,” he said. “The meth lab was secured and the search warrant for the property was applied for and received.”

Present at the residence were Trevor Sones, 21; Emily A. Burge, 29, and Eden D. Ponthieux, 22, all of Poplarville. During the search, evidence was recovered showing that Smith and Pounds, Sones, Burge and Ponthieux had conspired to manufacture methamphetamine and “in fact, had manufactured methamphetamine,” Saucier said. They were also in possession of precursor chemicals and had generated hazardous materials, he said. Sones, Burge and Ponthieux were arrested at the scene, said Saucier.

“Contact was made with Smith and Pounds in reference to them turning themselves in,” Saucier said.

Investigators then learned that Smith and Pounds had hidden their vehicle in the woods on Homer Ladner Road in Carriere and caught a ride to flee the area, Saucier said. They were trying to avoid contact with law enforcement, he said. Smith and Pounds were later located and arrested at 89 Ruston Rd., Carriere, Saucier said. Sones, Burge, Ponthieux, Smith and Pounds were all charged with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, manufacture of methamphetamine, possession of precursor chemicals and generation of hazardous waste, Saucier said. Pounds posted bail on June 6, when she was arrested again on June 7, she was not given a bond and is still in custody at the Pearl River Correctional Facility, Saucier said.