FAIRBANKS — A Fairbanks father and son who allegedly distributed methamphetamine to lower-level dealers are behind bars after they were arrested recently during the delivery of more than a pound and a half of meth, according to charging documents.

Warren Eugene McDaniel, 57, and Gene Brandon McDaniel, 32, both face federal charges of distributing methamphetamine and conspiring to distribute methamphetamine. Their alleged accomplice, Matthew Alan Burris, 28, was charged with attempted possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute for his role in accepting a drug shipment in downtown Fairbanks last Thursday.

The investigation leading to the arrests involved an informant working for the Drug Enforcement Administration, who was accidentally outed to the suspects when a law enforcement officer inadvertently left confidential DEA documents at the younger McDaniel’s apartment.

According to sworn statements by the DEA, which were attached to criminal complaints filed against the men in federal court Tuesday, this is what happened:

A person arrested in February 2013 in Fairbanks with four ounces of meth and $67,000 in drug proceeds admitted having collected money from six or seven local dealers to purchase drugs from a connection in Arizona. The person — identified in the complaints as “CS” for “confidential source” — said the McDaniels had taken over the distribution operation using the same Arizona connection, who would send the drugs to Fairbanks via the United Parcel Service.

The confidential source, who was put on the DEA’s payroll and has not been charged, reconnected with the McDaniels and the Arizona source and agreed to allow the DEA to record phone conversations with the men.

In one deal, the confidential source bought a half-ounce of meth from the McDaniels in May 2014. The recorded phone calls indicated the drugs were part of a larger shipment from Arizona. Investigators seized the half-ounce shipment and deposited $700 in Warren McDaniel’s bank account.

In late September, the confidential source learned about a shipment worth $9,000 on its way to the McDaniels in Fairbanks. The elder McDaniel told the confidential source the shipment was being sent to a Second Avenue address.

On Thursday, investigators in Anchorage at the UPS sorting facility found a package sent from Arizona and addressed in sloppy handwriting to the Second Avenue location in Fairbanks.

“The parcel was heavily taped over every seam, which based on my training and experience is commonly done to mask and seal the contents from being detected by a (drug dog),” the charges state.

But a dog did detect the drugs, and after investigators got a search warrant, they found 774 grams of suspected meth inside the package. That is about 27 1/2 ounces, a little less than 1 3/4 pounds. It was packed in five heat-sealed bags, covered in plain wrapping paper and hidden inside a large blanket.

The investigators replaced the meth with fake drugs and put electronic devices in the package to track it and alert them when it was opened. Then they sent it on its way to Second Avenue in Fairbanks.

That afternoon, the investigators watched as a man later identified as Burris arrived to pick up the package. He then allegedly drove to an address on Picket Place, and the younger McDaniel, who lives in an apartment across the street, showed up to get the package.

A short time later, when the McDaniel son was arrested, the investigators found some of the packaging in his pickup. He had apparently ditched the sham drugs and the blanket covering them near some trees adjacent to the parking lot for his apartment building. Inside the apartment, they found materials to package the meth for local distribution, as well as digital scales and UPS receipts. The investigators also found a scale in Burris’ car.

Warren McDaniel, the father, confronted the investigators while they searched his son’s home.

“During a search of his son’s residence, a copy of a confidential law enforcement operations plan was mistakenly left at the scene,” the charges state.

The elder McDaniel found the document, which detailed the meth-trafficking conspiracy, including the confidential source’s cooperation with law enforcement.

“Warren Eugene McDaniel became understandingly angry and called the CS and told him that he had a document that says that the CS was an informant involved in his son’s arrest,” the charges state.

McDaniel followed up by texting a page of the plan that revealed what law enforcement knew about the alleged conspiracy.

Court records show the McDaniels and Burris were arrested Saturday.

A Seattle-based DEA spokeswoman contacted Tuesday by the News-Miner said she could not discuss the case because it involved a continuing investigation. The DEA spokeswoman did not respond to questions about the operations plan, including how it ended up in McDaniel’s hands and whether steps had been taken to protect the confidential source.

Both McDaniels men and Burris appeared in court in Fairbanks on Tuesday. If a grand jury indicts them, they will enter their initial pleas at that time.

Because the case was ongoing, the federal prosecutor on the case, James Barkeley, said he could not comment on the alleged evidence in the charging documents, including the operations plan mistakenly left at the search scene.

But when asked if 774 grams of meth was, generally speaking, a large amount for Fairbanks, Barkeley said yes.

“Anything over a pound is a significant amount of methamphetamine,” Barkeley said. “That’s a lot for anywhere.”








Nebraska gets a lesson that other states have already learned.

One of Mexico’s most powerful drug cartels is now the main distributor of methamphetamine in Nebraska, federal law enforcement officials say.

The Sinaloa Cartel has built a sophisticated drug-trafficking operation in Omaha over the past five to eight years, according to the FBI . . .

Cartels increased their presence in Nebraska about the same time state officials effectively shut down local meth labs through laws limiting the sale of cold medicines, U.S. Attorney Deborah Gilg said.

Several top Nebraska law enforcement officials say methamphetamine trafficking from Mexico is the most serious drug threat to the state, and the problem is slowly growing.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration seized 230 pounds of meth in Nebraska between Oct. 1, 2013, and Sept. 30 — more than double the amount seized two years ago.

“The volumes (of meth) that we are seeing now are significantly more than what we were seeing three years ago,” Sanders said.

So Nebraska has fewer homemade meth labs, but there’s more meth on the street, and now instead of busting small, localized distributors, local officials are up against an international crime syndicate.

These results may have been unintended, but they certainly weren’t unpredictable. Other states that put heavy restrictions on cold medication have seen similar problems. The pseudoephedrine restrictions went national in 2006 when Congress snuck the provision into reauthorization of the Patriot Act. Within five years, we knew the law had little effect on the meth supply. From an Associated Press report in 2011:

 . . . [an] analysis of federal data reveals that the practice has not only failed to curb the meth trade, which is growing again after a brief decline. It also created a vast and highly lucrative market for profiteers to buy over-the-counter pills and sell them to meth producers at a huge markup.

In just a few years, the lure of such easy money has drawn thousands of new people into the methamphetamine underworld.

“It’s almost like a sub-criminal culture,” said Gary Boggs, an agent at the Drug Enforcement Administration. “You’ll see them with a GPS unit set up in a van with a list of every single pharmacy or retail outlet. They’ll spend the entire week going store to store and buy to the limit.”

Inside their vehicles, the so-called “pill brokers” punch out blister packs into a bucket and even clip coupons, Boggs said.

In some cases, the pill buyers are not interested in meth. They may be homeless people recruited off the street or even college kids seeking weekend beer money, authorities say.

But because of booming demand created in large part by the tracking systems, they can buy a box of pills for $7 to $8 and sell it for $40 or $50.

The tracking systems “invite more people into the criminal activity because the black market price of the product becomes so much more profitable,” said Jason Grellner, a detective in hard-hit Franklin County, Mo., about 40 miles west of St. Louis.

“Where else can you make a 750 percent profit in 45 minutes?” asked Grellner, former president of the Missouri Narcotics Officers Association.

Since tracking laws were enacted beginning in 2006, the number of meth busts nationwide has started climbing again. Some experts say the black market for cold pills contributed to that spike. Other factors are at play, too, such as meth trafficking by Mexican cartels and new methods for making small amounts of meth.

Oregon has one of the strictest laws in the country when it comes to obtaining cold medicine that contains pseudoephedrine. The state requires a doctor’s prescription. Proponents of such laws often cite Oregon as a success story, but closer scrutiny of data there doesn’t back up their claims. Mississippi also requires a prescription to get cold and allergy medications with pseudoephedrine. And again, while the law has shut down the state’s meth labs, here too, Mexican cartels have stepped in to fill the void. From an AP report last March:

An underworld that traffics meth has found its way to South Mississippi, with Mexican drug cartels sending small groups to handle the delivery of meth in its most potent form.

The addictive stimulant is known as Mexican meth, crystal meth or ice because of its appearance.

Hundreds of kilos of ice have been found here in the past couple of years and most of it is linked to Mexican drug cartels and their super labs, said Daniel Comeaux, agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Gulfport office.

“Drug cartels are trying to infiltrate different states and are setting up cell heads as distributors,” Comeaux said. “That’s what we are seeing here.” . . .

The influx in South Mississippi is in line with a DEA assessment that shows a shifting landscape nationwide and the possible effects of a 2010 Mississippi law that outlawed popular decongestants containing pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient used to make meth . . .

Since the law passed, reports of home meth labs, dump sites and related chemical and equipment finds have decreased dramatically. In 2010, 912 were reported to the El Paso Intelligence Center. There were 321 in 2011 and six in 2012.

A home meth lab can make a couple of ounces of meth, but a super lab can churn out 10 pounds of ice every 24 hours, according to a Government Accountability Office report to Congress . . .

Ice is said to be about twice as potent as homemade meth.

Mississippi officials also report an increase in “shake and bake” labs since the law took effect, a method of making smaller, individual-use quantities of the drug that can still be dangerous. Overall, they say meth use hasn’t been much affected.

According to the Hinds County Narcotics Unit it hasn’t seen any meth labs from 2012 until now. But that doesn’t mean people aren’t still using meth.

Meth use is still prominent as it always has been. We’re seeing the higher grade of meth coming from Mexico. They have the super labs, which refines the product to the purest form, and it’s demanding. Which is coming from Mexico and being trucked into the United States,” Oster said.

And of course, as is often the case with the drug war, the government’s decision to focus on supply instead of treatment, and to punish everyone for the deeds of a few, has led to a number of horror stories in which new laws and aggressive police tactics have targeted innocent people. I laid out a few of them in a 2012 piece for the Huffington Post:

Overeager enforcement of the meth laws has also ensnared some innocent people, including several incidents in which parents and grandparents (especially families with multiple children with severe allergies) have been arrested for inadvertently exceeding their legal allotment of cold medication. In fact, when the federal government made its very first arrest under the new meth law, the Drug Enforcement Adminstration celebrated with a press release. William Fousse of Ontario, New York, the release explained, had purchased nearly three times the amount of cold medication he was allotted under the new law. But even federal prosecutors would later admit they had no evidence Fousse was manufacturing meth. He says he was unaware of the new law, and was stocking up on cold medication because it helped him recover from hangovers. He was still convicted and sentenced to a year of probation.

In 2005, 49 convenience store clerks in Georgia were arrested by federal law enforcement officials for selling the ingredients to make meth to undercover officers. Of the 49, 44 were Indian immigrants who didn’t speak English as their primary language, yet they were expected to understand the meth-maker lingo the agents used in their stores. (Defense attorneys would later point out that the agents were in fact using terms used more in TV and movies than by actual meth cooks.) In Mississippi, which like Oregon requires a prescription to purchase pseudoephedrine products, a woman was pulled over, searched and arrested this month for driving to Alabama to buy cold medication. Mississippi law also bars state residents from crossing the state border to purchase the medication.

There have been other questionable arrests and prosecutions in Iowa, Florida, and elsewhere. Putting pharmacists in charge of policing people has also created an antagonistic relationship between the health care providers and their customers.

All of the hassle and suspicion has caused some cold sufferers to just do without the medication.* Sales of cold and allergy medication in West Virginia plummeted after new restrictions took effect in that state. Yet meth lab seizures in the state actually went up after the law took effect. Law enforcement officials speculate that while the law may have put a dent in large meth labs that cooked the drug for a large number of people, the people who bought from those suppliers simply turned to making the drug for themselves, using the shake and bake method.

The fact that meth can be manufactured with an ingredient found in legal, mostly over-the-counter medication has caused an odd split in alliances on this issue. Progressive outlets like Mother Jones and CounterPunch, who are normally critical of drug war excesses, have recently run articles advocating for requiring a doctor’s prescription to obtain medication with pseudoephedrine. Both publications credulously cite drug war proponents that progressive outlets usually treat with far more skepticism. Though both publications cite some of the figures I’ve tried to contextualize and pushed back against in this post, their strongest argument in favor of the requirement seems to be little more than that the pharmaceutical companies that manufacture the drugs are strongly opposed to it. Even that claim is somewhat complicated. Pfizer, for example, lobbied in favor of putting pseudoephedrine meds behind the counter because doing so benefited the company’s rival medication, which used a pseudoephedrine substitute. The substitute ingredient can’t be used to make meth. The only drawback: It’s just as useless at fighting cold and allergy symptoms.

So far, the only proven benefit of restricting consumer access to cold and allergy medication has been a reduction (which admittedly has been dramatic in places) in the number of dangerous homemade meth labs. That isn’t insignificant. Those labs are toxic, and hazardous to police, the community and the surrounding environment. But it has come with a number of costs, including the proliferation of the smaller shake and bake labs, the infiltration of Mexican drug cartels to meet the demand, the more potent meth those cartels bring with them, the significant hassle and barriers to millions of cold and allergy sufferers (which increase considerably under a law requiring a prescription), and the monitoring, targeting, arrest, and in some cases prosecution of innocent people. Finally, even if you believe the government has a responsibility to protect people from themselves, none of this seems to have done much to reduce the availability of meth. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “[m]ethamphetamine use has remained steady, from 530,000 current users in 2007 to 440,000 in 2012.”

Here’s one idea that makes too much sense for anyone to seriously consider: Legalize amphetamines for adults. Divert some of the money currently spent on enforcement toward the treatment of addicts. Save the rest. Watch the black markets dry up, and with them the itinerant crime, toxicity and smuggling. Cold and allergy sufferers get relief. Cops can concentrate on other crimes. Pharmacists can go back to being health-care workers, instead of deputized drug cops.

Everybody wins, save of course for those who can’t bear the prospect of letting adults make their own choices about what they put into their bodies.







MARTINEZ — A Concord woman told a Contra Costa jury Tuesday that an argument over a methamphetamine-filled syringe led to the death of her homeless boyfriend at the hands of another transient in December 2012.

Bambi Bruney, testifying at the murder trial of James Patrick Riley, said she and her longtime partner, Jerald (Jed) Nagle, were with Riley, 40, and his girlfriend Cheryl Martinez near the intersection of Contra Costa Boulevard and Concord Avenue the night of Dec. 5, 2012. Both couples were homeless — Riley and Martinez living in their SUV, Nagle and Bruney living in a new domed tent pitched in a landscaped area adjacent to an onramp to northbound Interstate 680.

Martinez, Bruney said, accused Nagle of stealing her “meth rig.” Nagle denied the accusation and left for his nearby tent to retrieve a jacket. When Martinez explained the situation to Riley, he left to confront Nagle.

“He stated he would make an example of Jed so no one will ever steal from Cheryl again,” Bruney said.

After a half-hour had passed, Bruney became concerned, went to the tent and found Riley on top of her boyfriend, she testified.

“He said, ‘Bambi, it’s really bad,'” she told the jury. “‘I think I killed him. Call 911.'”

Two paramedics testified they found Nagle, 47, dead when they reached the scene around 8 p.m. Xon Burris, a paramedic with Contra Costa Fire, said Riley told him he challenged Nagle to a fight, and ultimately locked his legs around Nagle’s neck in a “judo hold.”

“He said every time (Nagle) would struggle, he would tighten the grip to make it stop,” Burris said. “He made the statement like he was choking the breath out of him.”

Prosecutor Simon O’Connell told the jury during his opening statement that an autopsy showed Nagle suffered a broken jaw, a broken nose, bleeding in his skull, a laceration on his left forearm and damages to his interior neck muscles.

“He was unrecognizable,” Bruney said.

Public defender Mishya Singh, in her opening statement, told the jury Riley was urged to confront Nagle by his girlfriend, that Nagle initiated the fight, and that both men head-butted each other during the scuffle.

She also told the jury that Nagle had a “large amount of meth in his system” when he died, and that he had a history of violence.

“Mr. Riley did not go to the campsite with the intent to kill Mr. Nagle,” Singh said.








A Virginia Beach man confessed Thursday to making meth out of a motel room in the City of Williamsburg, police said.

Jeremiah Dillon McKown, a 29-year-old from Virginia Beach, told Williamsburg Police he and several other people had been manufacturing methamphetamine from his Motel 6 room since he came into town Oct. 5.

Police went to McKown’s room Thursday to serve warrants for charges in Virginia Beach after receiving information he was staying at that Richmond Road motel. They found several items associated with illegal drugs and a meth lab in plain view, according to the criminal complaint filed against McKown in Williamsburg-James City County District Court.

McKown admitted he obtained the items necessary for making meth from people who assisted him and that he intended to sell the drug, the complaint states.

He was transported to Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail and charged with one felony charge of manufacturing a controlled substance and one felony charge of conspiracy to violate the Drug Control Act, which prohibits the unlawful possession, distribution or use of controlled substances and illicit drugs.

He will appear in Williamsburg-James City County District Court for those charges at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 21.

McKown has warrants out for his arrest in Virginia Beach on charges of grand larceny and obtaining money by false pretenses, according to court records.









A gun investigation at a Fife motel led to three arrests and the discovery of a drug-dealing operation, according to court records.

Pierce County prosecutors charged Laura Schmidt, 30, Sarah Heckart, 37, and Joshua Dryden, 22, with three counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

Schmidt and Dryden were ordered jailed in lieu of $75,000 bail; Heckart is being held in lieu of $40,000 bail.

Prosecutors said they might file more criminal charges.

Police received information that someone being supervised by the state Department of Corrections had a gun inside a Fife motel room and went to check on the report Friday, charging papers state.

As officers approached, they saw Heckart go into the room. She allegedly told someone inside the room to lock the door and “actively resisted” Corrections Department officers trying to get inside.

Police arrested her and forced their way into the room after hearing someone inside yell. Schmidt, who was on state community supervision, and Dryden were inside.

A search of the room uncovered five pounds of suspected methamphetamine, 20 diazepam pills, 19 methylphenidate pills, drug paraphernalia and $20,000, records show.







5142992_GLOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — A fire run to a Louisville residence led to the arrest of two people after police say firefighters found something illegal inside the home.

According to arrest reports, officers were called to a residence at N. 21st Street, near W. Main Street, at 8:30 p.m. Friday, to assist the fire department.

Police say firefighters entered the home to search for the source of smoke that had been coming from a second story window. While inside, they allegedly found chemicals in the rafters of the first floor laundry room. Police say firefighters found a two-liter bottle of an unidentified powder and a one-pot meth lab.


Two people — a man and a woman — were taken into custody. They included 29-year-old Jay B. White and 25-year-old Jaimi K. Crabtree. Both are charged with manufacturing meth.








A man and woman were charged with possession of methamphetamine after a deputy responded Sunday to a suspicious persons report at Allen’s Mobile Home Park off U.S. Highway 29 in Hull.

The deputy located the pair inside a Ford Explorer and learned the man was already wanted on a warrant out of Dawson County, according to a Madison County sheriff’s report. A woman apparently trying to hide in the back of the SUV was arrested following a search of her purse, which allegedly contained a hypodermic needle, a spoon with traces of meth and a digital scale.

Also, a baggy of meth was found in the deputy’s patrol car after the man was transported to the jail, deputies said.

Harry T. Adams, 45, of Jefferson, and Melissa A. Sutton Adams, 47, of Athens, were each charged with possessing meth. Adams was also charged with obstruction after the deputy said she gave a false name.








CHRIS UHLMANN: There are calls for more funding into research for an overdose reversal drug for ice, as new data shows that the use of the drug has doubled around Australia since 2008.

And smoking ice has become more commonplace than injecting the drug.

Alison Caldwell compiled this report.

(Excerpt from crystal methamphetamine public service announcement)

AD VOICEOVER: Some ice users dig at their arms, feeling like bugs are crawling under the skin.

ALISON CALDWELL: Seven years ago, the Federal Government released this advertising campaign focusing on the dangers of ice or crystal methamphetamine addiction.

AD VOICEOVER: Don’t let ice destroy you.

(End of excerpt)

ALISON CALDWELL: Since then, the hospitalization from ice has doubled around Australia, according to new data released by the Penington Institute in Melbourne.

Specializing in methamphetamine addiction and treatment, Dr Rebecca McKetin is with the Australian National University’s College of Medicine, Biology and Environment.

REBECCA MCKETIN: What we’ve seen is a doubling in the number of people who are going into treatment for methamphetamine use over the past couple of years, and this is being driven largely by an increase in people who are smoking crystal meth going to treatment.

And we have seen that across most of the jurisdictions. We’ve seen it predominately in Victoria, but we’re starting to see the same trends emerging in New South Wales, in Western Australia, in South Australia and also to some extent in Queensland.

ALISON CALDWELL: Why do you think it is that people are smoking it now as opposed to injecting it?

REBECCA MCKETIN: The reason we’re seeing such a large increase in smoking crystalline methamphetamine is simply because we’ve got a large supply of it coming into Australia and, when people smoke the drug, it’s very rapidly absorbed into their bloodstream; they get a very strong high from it, and that makes it very addictive.

And it’s the actual addiction itself. When people start to focus on using the drug more than they do on other aspects of their life, we see high rates of unemployment. We also see them using it despite problems from the use of the drug itself.

One of the significant problems is paranoia, an increased risk of aggression. So, while people don’t directly die from this in the same that they might die from a heroin overdose, what they do instead is they have all these psychological problems, and this has quite a strong impact on our frontline services, our psychiatric services.

ALISON CALDWELL: Doctor Rebecca McKetin will be a keynote speaker at the Australian Drugs Conference which is being held in Melbourne over the next two days.

She says, unlike heroin, there’s no antidote treatment for ice.

REBECCA MCKETIN: So, with heroin use, we have methadone which we can help- use to help relieve people’s dependence on heroin, but we don’t have an equivalent for methamphetamine use.


REBECCA MCKETIN: Our traditional services are very much around providing psychosocial care, and they’re very generic across a range of drugs, but they’re largely targeting people who use opioids and alcohol. So a lot of people who use methamphetamine don’t see these services as necessarily catering to their needs.

ALISON CALDWELL: Is there work being done to try to find an antidote?

REBECCA MCKETIN: There is ongoing research. I think there needs to be a much bigger investment in that research to make sure that, as this problem takes off, that we do- we are able to come back and say, look, this is a potential treatment and we would like to try it on a larger scale.

At the moment, we’re just not quite there with the research.

ALISON CALDWELL: The Australian Drugs Conference will hear how drug overdose deaths are rising, leading to calls for the overdose reversal drug naloxone to be made available in the community in order to reduce opioid deaths.

The conference will be told that the use of performance enhancing drugs is also increasing around Australia.

CHRIS UHLMANN: Doctor Rebecca McKetin speaking to Alison Caldwell.








(WGGB) — Sick kids, thousands of dollars in cleanup costs, and a house you may be forced to abandon. That’s the horrifying reality for thousands of Americans who unknowingly buy homes or rent apartments contaminated with toxic meth residue.

“I feel like I put them in harm’s way more so than I ever could have just staying where we were,” says homeowner Jennifer Nugent. “I regret moving so bad.”

A few months after moving into their newly remodeled home, Jennifer and her family were constantly sick, but they couldn’t figure out why. Their concern turned to panic when the neighbors shared some disturbing news — The home’s former owner was a meth user.

“If you just think mold’s bad, no meth is worse,” says Rick Held, Certified Meth Inspector. “And I mean mold’s pretty bad, and asbestos, yeah sure, but meth is up there.”

When making or smoking meth, nothing escapes contamination. Toxic chemicals saturate carpets, walls, duct work, ceilings and furniture — forcing cleanup crews to throw away just about everything before thoroughly cleaning all surfaces. Exposure — even small amounts — can cause serious health issues, especially in small children.

Meth labs can be found anywhere — this is not a rural home problem,” says Angie Hicks of Angie’s List. “You can find them in suburban, lovely homes to million dollar penthouses, so you want to be aware of the dangers of a home that’s had a meth lab in it and be sure that you’re doing all of your research before buying.”

The Nugents moved out of their former meth home immediately, but regret not uncovering the problem earlier.

So how can you protect yourself and your family? You can start with a $50 test kit.

“My advice is despite the condition of the home just spend that extra $50 for your piece of mind to know that there is not meth in the house,” says Nugent.

“A simple way to get great information on a house you’re considering buying is actually just to talk to the neighbors in the neighborhood,” says Hicks. “Knock on doors, introduce yourself as looking at the house down the street and find out what you can — you’ll be amazed at the information they may be able to provide you.”

Authorities discovered more than 11,000 meth labs across the country last year, but experts say that’s only a small fraction of the homes where meth is made or used.

Since disclosure regulations and decontamination laws vary by state, Angie says make sure you do your research. Meth decontamination jobs can cost up to $10,000.








CHEYENNE – Melinda K. Sandoval pleaded guilty Friday in Laramie County District Court to endangering the life of her 1-year-old son by having methamphetamine in his presence.

Sandoval, 27, told Laramie County District Judge Thomas Campbell that she was a passenger in a car that was pulled over for driving on the wrong side of West Lincolnway when a Cheyenne Police Department officer found meth and marijuana in a diaper bag while her son was in the car.

Sandoval was also 33 weeks pregnant at the time of her arrest around 11 p.m. June 30, she told the arresting officer.

She pleaded guilty Friday to one count of child endangerment (enhanced with controlled substances) and one count of possession of methamphetamine.

The child endangerment count alleges that Sandoval “did knowingly and willfully permit a child to remain in a room, dwelling or vehicle where that person knows that methamphetamine is possessed, stored or ingested.”

The official charging document filed by the Laramie County District Attorney’s Office also notes that Sandoval was found to be in possession of less than 3 grams of methamphetamine at the time of her arrest.

Sandoval’s attorney, public defender Melody Anchietta, asked Judge Campbell to release Sandoval on her own recognizance to await sentencing.

Assistant district attorney Leigh Anne Manlove spoke against releasing Sandoval from custody.

“We believe that an O.R. (on recognizance) bond – just throwing her out onto the street – will result in much of the same conduct,” Manlove said in court.

Campbell denied Anchietta’s request.

Anchietta added that her client wanted the court to know her second child was born clean.

“We are actively trying to find treatment,” she said.

Sandoval likely will be treated as a first-time felony offender and receive a sentence of probation with an opportunity to have the guilty plea not entered into her record if she successfully follows and completes her probation requirements, according to a plea deal presented Friday to Campbell.

The judge, however, in no way is bound to following the deal.

According to court documents:

A Cheyenne Police officer pulled over a green Honda headed eastbound in a westbound lane of Lincolnway around 10:30 p.m. June 30. Sandoval was riding in the back passenger seat with her son.

One of the department’s drug detection dogs indicated there were narcotics in the vehicle.

The responding officer found a small bag in Sandoval’s diaper bag that contained a small amount of marijuana and a methamphetamine pipe. Sandoval admitted to knowing that the pipe was in the diaper bag.

The officer also found 1 gram of methamphetamine and another methamphetamine pipe on the floor under the seat in front of where Sandoval had been riding.

Sandoval admitted to the officer that she had smoked methamphetamine about three hours before being stopped.

The officer reported that Sandoval had dilated pupils at the time of her arrest. She also was very uneasy and jittery, and was talking so fast that the officer had trouble understanding her,








COVINGTON — After being Tasered twice, a fleeing suspect threw up the drugs he had apparently swallowed, according to a report by the Porterdale Police Department.

Robert Williams was a passenger in a car pulled over around 3 a.m. on Oct. 7 by PPD Officer Trevor Jones, who noticed that he wasn’t wearing a seatbelt as the vehicle was traveling on the Bypass Road.


The officer began following the car and saw that Williams put on his seatbelt while they were traveling down the road, and also noticed that it appeared both the driver and Williams were acting nervously, the incident report states.

When the officer pulled over the car in the Valero gas station on the intersection of Crowell and Brown Bridge roads, he noticed the driver, Brent Wesley Stevenson, sitting very still, but Williams continued to move around in his seat.

“As I was introducing myself (to Stevenson) and explaining why I was stopping him, the passenger interrupted me and stated, ‘I had my seat belt on, man. It was under my arm,’” Jones reported.

Neither Stevenson nor Williams had an ID, so the officer asked both men to step out of the car. He noticed that Stevenson was sweating and shaking and that Williams walked with his feet close together as if he was holding something between his legs, according to the incident report.

The officer told Williams to empty the contents of his pockets onto the trunk of the Honda.

“It appeared that Mr. Williams was about to empty his pockets and then decided to run away from me,” Jones reported.

Jones and a Newton County Sheriff’s Office deputy who had arrived to assist on the traffic stop then chased after Williams, who ran across Crowell Road, onto the Oaks Golf Course and into a heavily wooded area. He continued trying to flee and the deputy then deployed his Taser, which gave Officer Jones the opportunity to try to place handcuffs on the suspect, the report states.

“The Taser leads then lost contact and Mr. Williams gained his composure and started to resist,” Jones reported. “Mr. Williams struck me in the chest with a closed fist and started to actively resist me with violence.”

Jones stated the suspect attempted to pull him to the ground all the while he was holding onto the back of Williams’ shirt collar and striking him in the neck and back of the head with a closed fist, the report states.

At some point during the struggle, Williams again pulled away and tried to run, so Jones deployed his Taser, striking the man in the chest.

“As we were getting Mr. Williams to his feet, he began to throw up. I observed a clear, plastic bag come out of his mouth suspected to contain meth,” Jones stated.

The deputy also found a clear plastic bag containing suspected cocaine and loose methamphetamine rocks inside his front pockets along with a used syringe that Williams apparently dropped while he was running.

The officer and deputy escorted Williams back to the gas station where Stevenson was also placed under arrest when he was found with a used syringe as well.

Officers searched the Honda and saw suspected methamphetamine scattered throughout the car, along with two scales shoved between the center console and passenger seat. Stevenson allegedly told deputies that he and Williams had just shot up some meth at a home on Navajo Trail, the report states.

Williams, 30, of 110 Hidden Pines Drive, was transported to Newton Medical Center before being booked into the Newton County Detention Center and charged with failure to wear a seat belt, trafficking in cocaine, possession of drug-related objects, possession of cocaine and willful obstruction of law enforcement officers.

Stevenson, 31, of 820 Navajo Trail, was also arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine and drug-related objects.








KALAMAZOO, MI – A homeowner’s call Friday evening about a suspicious cardboard box at the end of her driveway led to Kalamazoo police finding remnants of a mobile methamphetamine lab, authorities said.

Kalamazoo Public Safety officers and members of the agency’s bomb squad responded at about 8 p.m. to the 2500 block of Sunnybrook Drive, off Angling Road, in the city’s Hill ‘N’ Brook neighborhood after receiving a report of a suspicious package, Assistant Chief Donald Webster said.

At the scene, Webster said officers found a cardboard box. The bomb squad X-rayed the box and then used a robot to open it. Inside, they found meth-lab components, including lithium batteries, Webster said.

Webster said police believe the box was pitched from a vehicle prior to the homeowner finding it. Police are continuing to investigate but, as of Monday, had no leads on suspects.

Police ask anyone with information to call KDPS at 269-337-8994 or contact Silent Observer at 269-343-2100 or www.kalamazoosilentobserver.com.








MUNCIE – A methamphetamine lab started a fire Saturday at a local motel.mni1013garfieldrecord01

The fire started in room five of the Budget Motel, 821 E. 29th St. Emergency personnel responded around 10:50 p.m. and quickly discovered items associated with manufacturing meth, according to Robert Mead, chief investigator with the Muncie Fire Department.

“The cause of the fire was (due to) a chemical reaction between items used to make methamphetamine,” he said.

No one was injured because of the fire, he said, noting that the alleged meth makers had fled the scene before officials arrived.

Members of the Indiana State Police Meth Suppression Unit were called in to investigate the fire. Senior Trooper Kyle West said items usually used to make meth were located both inside and outside the motel room.

As of Monday, no arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information about the fire are encouraged to call Trooper West at the ISP Penedleton Post: (765) 778-2121.







Meth City – The VIOLENCE

Posted: 14th October 2014 by Doc in Uncategorized

Methamphetamine is fuelling an increased severity in domestic violence and abusive partners are forcing women into offending such as “drug cooking”.

Victims of Crime Commissioner Jennifer Hoffman said methamphetamine abuse was the consistent theme emerging during her work across the justice system.


“I have made numerous regional visits in my first year in this position and the problem of methamphetamine use is particularly apparent in regional WA,” Ms Hoffman said.

“It is a common factor in offending when I sit in on both adult and, worryingly, juvenile parole of supervised release boards.”

Ms Hoffman said methamphetamine use was commonly raised at refuges and there was an emerging trend of women being forced into offending in situations of domestic and family violence.

“It is there again in terms of homicides,” Ms Hoffman.

“It is the severity of the offending on average that distinguishes it from other substance abuse crimes.

“Feedback I have received from those who manage refuges say, for example, that the nature of family and domestic violence is much more severe and sustained where meth is a factor in the equation as compared with, say, alcohol,”

On the other side of the fence, prisons are forced to deal with the health and psychological impacts as addicts driven to offending end up with a stint behind bars.


Department of Corrective Services executive director of operational support Mike Cullen said only 14 out of 14,210 tests returned positive results for methamphetamine in prisons last financial year, but given the presence of drug use in the community health and security measures had been adopted to deal with drug affected offenders in prisons.

Mr Cullen said offenders arriving in prison were given a health screening which assessed potential drug withdrawal. Health professionals assessing prisoners with amphetamine problems looked for signs such as infection, malnutrition, skin infections associated with “picking” caused by hallucinations and agitation.

Amphetamine use could also lead to psychosis that could need specialist treatment, but withdrawal was predominantly about physical exhaustion and psychological distress.

Prison-based treatment programs were provided in a bid to help prevent relapse to drug abuse, with targeted and random testing, searches of visitors and intelligence operations conducted with police to prevent trafficking in prisons.








MONTE VISTA, Colo. (CBS4) – Authorities made a major methamphetamine bust in southern Colorado on Friday when they discovered 11 pounds of the drug hidden in a spare tire.monte-vista-meth

The drugs’ value is estimated at more than $500,000.

Monte Vista police officers found the drugs during a traffic stop in Monte Vista, not far from Alamosa.

Two men from Sonora, Mexico — Francisco Javier Romero-Sotelo, 30, and Jose Enrique Cubillas-Varela, 28 — were arrested. They’re held in Rio Grande County Jail.

The case has been referred to the Drug Enforcement Administration.







A Florida man was arrested Thursday after patrol deputies found an active methamphetamine lab in his pants leg.


Authorities received an anonymous call stating a subject was present that possessed methamphetamine.

During their investigation, officers discovered an active “One-Pot” meth lab in the pants leg of 23-year-old Ian Freudenriech of Defuniak Springs.

Freudenriech transported to the Walton County Jail.

He was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and trafficking in methamphetamine. Freudenriech is and is being held on a $25,000 bond.







ujSRt_Em_4To no one’s surprise, Alisa Marie McFarlin failed to show up in Yolo County court last week.

McFarlin, 33, is a methamphetamine user who has a tattoo on her chest that reads “Johnny’s Girl” and often is homeless, wandering the streets of Sacramento and West Sacramento.

She has been passing through the courthouse doors since December 2012, when she was arrested at the Cache Creek casino for possession of meth. She was arrested in June 2013 in Davis for loitering and possessing drug paraphernalia, and again on the 4th of July, 2013, in West Sac for meth.

A note in her criminal case file reads: “Client screened and given opportunity to engage in treatment despite having several past treatment episodes in which client did not attend regularly and subsequently discharged due to continued use and instability.”

McFarlin is caught up in the non-system created by Proposition 36, an initiative approved 14 years ago. Under Proposition 36, drug users are arrested once, twice, three times and more. They spend little time in county jail and no time in state prison. Worse, they are not compelled to confront their addiction.

The initiative promised voters that drug users would be treated. Ask anyone involved – judges, probation officers and addicts – and you’ll hear that Proposition 36 is a lie.

“The idea of a Proposition 36 drug court is a fallacy,” Yolo Superior Court Judge David Rosenberg said.

In June, after McFarlin failed to show up for what passed as Proposition 36 treatment and tested dirty for meth and marijuana, Rosenberg ordered her arrested and jailed.

Authorities caught up with McFarlin last month, but she didn’t stay in jail long. Yolo County jailers freed her Sept. 28 because of overcrowding, and told her to return to court for a hearing on Tuesday. When her name was called in court, there was silence. Rosenberg issued a new warrant for her arrest. This time, he added the condition that she be held without bail – if she’s found.

Not to lay the sins of parents on their offspring, but Proposition 36 of 2000 and Proposition 47 on the Nov. 4 ballot share certain facial features. Proposition 47 would reduce penalties for drug possession and property crimes to misdemeanors, instead of allowing prosecutors the discretion they have now to charge them as misdemeanors or felonies.

Backers of Proposition 47 say it is far more tightly written than 36. But then as now, there’s a common sugar daddy, New York billionaire George Soros, probably the world’s richest advocate of drug legalization.

Soros’ Open Society Policy Center donated $1.2 million to the “Yes on 47” campaign. He gave $1 million to the Proposition 36 effort in 2000.

In 2000, the argument in the voter handbook in favor of Proposition 36 read: “California prisons are overcrowded. We don’t want violent criminals to be released early to make room for nonviolent drug users. We must keep violent criminals behind bars and try a different approach with nonviolent drug users.”

The argument for Propositon 47: “Stops wasting prison space on petty crimes and focuses law enforcement resources on violent and serious crime by changing low-level nonviolent crimes such as simple drug possession and petty theft from felonies to misdemeanors.”

In 2000 and in 2014, the Legislative Analyst predicted hundreds of millions in savings. Back then, legislators were supposed to put the money back into treatment, but soon found better uses for the money. There’s a similar promise with 47.

The biggest problems with Propositions 36 and 47 is that they’re initiatives. Virtually all initiatives are flawed. But initiatives can be amended in significant ways only by new initiatives.

“I’ll be blunt. It is a failure,” Lee Seale, Sacramento County’s chief probation officer, said of Proposition 36.

Seale, Rosenberg and other experts point to programs that work, like actual drug courts. In drug courts, judges directly supervise defendants and require treatment, while probation officers closely monitor progress. If the addicts slip, judges can immediately send them to jail. Proposition 36 provides no treatment, no drug testing and no threat of jail.

Consultant Jim Gonzalez helped run the “Yes on 36” campaign: “It sure worked when it had funding,” he said. Any failures “are not the fault of the public policy. It is the fault of the Legislature for not making drug policy a priority.”

Gonzalez pointed to studies, rather dated, suggesting Proposition 36 is a success, and to the most famous person to benefit from it, actor Robert Downey Jr. Downey pleaded no contest to charges of possession of cocaine in 2001, and avoided prison, thanks to Proposition 36. He had plenty going for him and could pay for treatment.

Cynthia Jentes is far more typical of the people who pass through the Proposition 36 non-system. She smoked marijuana for the first time when she was 10, dropped out of Sacramento High School in the 9th grade and was using crack by 17.

By her 20s, she was in Nevada, plying the oldest trade at Mustang Ranch. She was arrested for the first time at 28 in Reno for passing bad checks to feed her addiction, made her way back to Sacramento, and kept using and getting busted.

Arrested again in February 2013, she was shuffled into the dysfunctional Proposition 36 system, kept using and was arrested again for meth in Oak Park in May 2013.

“Prop. 36 is something we do just, I hate to say it, but we do it to beat the system,” Jentes told me.

Her life didn’t start changing until an arrest in September 2013. Sacramento County Judge Laurel D. White, seeing repeated Proposition 36 failures, ordered her into a very different system, drug court.

Probation officers met her at the jail and delivered her to intensive treatment that lasted for 10 months. When we spoke the other day, she had been clean for a year. She was living in a duplex off Power Inn Road and going to school. Who knows what will happen to McFarlin?

“I hope they find her before she harms herself,” Rosenberg told me.

Soros, the true believer in drug legalization, donated $990,000 for the marijuana legalization initiative on the ballot in Oregon, and helped fund the initiative that legalized marijuana in Washington state two years ago. And there is the “Yes on 47” campaign.

Being a billionaire, Soros can afford not to care what other people think. But maybe instead of funding new initiatives to change the world in his image, he ought to spend some of his money to clean up the mess he made with Proposition 36.







Richmond Police Department and Indiana State Police responded to a Saturday night fire where they reported finding a meth lab.

RPD Lt. Curt Leverton said the fire call came in at 10:38 p.m. at 118 S. 14th St.


According to the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department jail inmate log, three residents of the home, Dallas H. Rice, 34; Miranda R. Rice, 24; and Dani N. Hawkins-Rusk, 33, all face preliminary charges of manufacturing meth, a Level 4 felony.

Dallas Rice’s other preliminary charges include neglect of a dependent (Level 5); maintaining a common nuisance (Level 6); and possession of a precursor by methamphetamine offender (Level 6), the sheriff’s department said.

Hawkins-Rusk’s other preliminary charges include maintaining a common nuisance (Level 6) and possession of a precursor by methamphetamine offender (Level 6), according to the jail’s website.

Dallas Rice and Hawkins-Rusk were arrested after the fire.

Rice’s wife, Miranda R. Rice, 24, was arrested Saturday night before the fire was reported. She is accused of shoplifting lithium batteries at Menards, which can be used to make meth, Leverton said.

The sheriff’s department listed Miranda Rice’s other preliminary charges as resisting law enforcement (A misdemeanor), battery on a police officer (A misdemeanor), conversion (A misdemeanor), maintaining a common nuisance (Level 6 felony) and possession of a precursor by methamphetamine offender (Level 6). Leverton said she kicked the arresting officer.


Richmond Fire Department Inspector Mike Davis is investigating the blaze.








Turlock police arrested a male suspect on Oct. 6 after they allegedly located methamphetamine tucked away in the bicycle the suspect was riding.


Officers made a bike stop on the 300 block of Starr Avenue at approximately 9:23 p.m. Monday after locating the subject who allegedly did not have a light on his bicycle.

During the stop, the officer could allegedly see a baggie, which is commonly used to hold methamphetamine, sticking out of the handlebars.

Officers retrieved the baggie and allegedly found methamphetamine in the baggie, according to the Turlock Police Department.

The bicyclist, Timothy Lacy, 25, was arrested and booked for possession of methamphetamine.







Marion County sheriff’s deputies arrested a 24-year-old Fort McCoy man Thursday on a warrant for lewd and lascivious battery.

Mathew Scott Williams is accused of having sex with a 13-year-old girl, according to a Sheriff’s Office report. He was taken into custody at 12:22 p.m. and booked into the Marion County jail. Bond was set at $25,000.Mathew Williams

In late August, a woman reported to the agency that her daughter had had sex with Williams, according to a report by MCSO Detective Zachary Hughes. Hughes interviewed the girl, who said she met Williams while swimming in a river with her sister in July. She said they told Williams their ages and he told her that she was pretty and that he loved her.

The teen said that later in the afternoon she helped Williams into their camper and the two had sex, according to the report. The sister told Hughes the girl told her about the crime.

Local court records show Williams has prior convictions for petit theft, dealing in stolen property, and possession of methamphetamine, cannabis less than 20 grams and drug paraphernalia.





A burglar coming down from methamphetamine has been arrested in the United Kingdom after he had sex with a teddy bear mid-robbery and left his DNA behind.teddy_1305_2

Paul Mountain, 38, told police he had an “overwhelming need for sexual relief“, the Lancashire Telegraph reports.

Police took DNA from the teddy bear and matched it to Mountain.

He pleaded guilty to burglary with intent to steal and has been remanded on bail.







5439e919add2b_imageOne of Mexico’s most powerful drug cartels is now the main distributor of methamphetamine in Nebraska, federal law enforcement officials say.

The Sinaloa Cartel has built a sophisticated drug-trafficking operation in Omaha over the past five to eight years, according to the FBI.

Cartels increased their presence in Nebraska about the same time state officials effectively shut down local meth labs through laws limiting the sale of cold medicines, U.S. Attorney Deborah Gilg said.

Several top Nebraska law enforcement officials say methamphetamine trafficking from Mexico is the most serious drug threat to the state, and the problem is slowly growing.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration seized 230 pounds of meth in Nebraska between Oct. 1, 2013, and Sept. 30 — more than double the amount seized two years ago.

Officials find, at most, 10 percent of the methamphetamine transported and distributed by cartels in Nebraska, FBI Supervisory Special Agent Kevin Hytrek estimated.

The Sinaloa Cartel recently began warehousing large quantities of meth in the Omaha metro area, meaning cartels are storing meth in homes or buildings until they are ready to distribute it, either in Omaha or in other U.S. locations such as Chicago, said Michael Sanders, assistant special agent in charge for the DEA in Nebraska.

“The volumes (of meth) that we are seeing now are significantly more than what we were seeing three years ago,” Sanders said.

The Sinaloa Cartel members who oversee operations in Omaha change out every two to three months, Sanders said. Along with changing leadership, he said, the cartel often moves its stashes of meth to different locations to make it more difficult for police to find them.

“The Sinaloa Cartel keeps their drugs and leadership moving,” Sanders said. “It is always a moving target. If cartel members haven’t become a target of law enforcement in that three-month period, law enforcement has to re-identify the hierarchy of leadership.”

Of all the cartels in Mexico, the Sinaloa Cartel is pre-eminent because of its extensive distribution network, which spans every region in America, the U.S. Justice Department said in a 2011 report.

Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, often called the world’s most powerful drug trafficker, led the cartel until his arrest in February.

Cartels fight with each other to gain more territory in Mexico, but they often don’t let the violence spill over the border into the United States, Hytrek said. The Sinaloa Cartel has been responsible for brutal killings and beheadings in Mexico, according to national media reports.

“It’s all about power and greed down there,” Hytrek said. “Up here, all they care about is selling (drugs) and sending the money.”

The cartels often travel into Nebraska on major highways such as Interstate 80 and Interstate 29. Cartels have identified Omaha as a key distribution point because it is close to many other Midwestern states, has major highways and has a large enough population for cartel members to blend in without being detected, Sanders said.

Mexican cartels operating in Nebraska typically work only with other Hispanic family members and friends living here, because those are the people cartels feel they can trust, Hytrek said.

Some cartel members didn’t intend to get involved in drug trafficking, but they end up doing it for the money or because they owe a debt to the cartels, Hytrek said. People deported to Mexico are sometimes recruited by the cartels as soon as they arrive home.

Cartels persuade people to join by promising to help transport them back to America, Hytrek said. Or drug trafficking organizations will threaten to harm family members in Mexico to push someone to join the cartel.

“Once they are involved, the cartels kind of hold them, in a sense, hostage,” Hytrek said.

Mexican cartels have distributed meth in the state for many years, but the problem has amplified in recent years, Gilg said. Nebraska won’t be able to get rid of cartels until Mexico is able to scale back meth production, she said.

“It all starts back in Mexico. I think we are all aware of the huge amount of violence and the huge amount of corruption that has occurred in Mexico with these cartels,” Gilg said. “Until the Mexican government roots out the corruption within their own government in dealing with these cartels and is able to disrupt the culture of fear surrounding these cartels in Mexico, drug trafficking is always going to be a problem.”

Nebraska had a meth lab problem before a 2005 law limited the sale of cold medicines containing pseudoephedrine, a chemical used to make meth. Since then, in-state meth production has declined significantly.

In 2004 the DEA reported 321 meth lab incidents in Nebraska. In 2012 the DEA identified nine. People still make meth in Nebraska, Gilg said, but they don’t have the ability to make enough to distribute mass quantities.

With meth labs declining, cartels found an opening to serve more customers, and Gilg said law enforcement is taking notice. Last year, Gilg said, about 75 percent of federal drug trafficking indictments in the state involved methamphetamine.

Besides meth, the cartels smuggle marijuana, cocaine and heroin into the United States along the Southwest border between California and Texas, by vehicle and by mail.

Nebraska law enforcement officials are doing what they can to scale back trafficking of methamphetamine into the state, but their efforts alone aren’t enough.

“We have been able to disrupt and dismantle multiple organizations, take those people out of society and take away their ability to distribute methamphetamine,” Sanders said. “We have had great successes. In the same term, we are fighting a battle with an organization that has deep resources and complex organizations and are highly motivated to make money.”

Hytrek agreed and said the FBI’s goal is to diminish the power of cartels.

“We might not be able to wipe them out, but we will at least diminish their influence,” he said.

Within the past year the DEA made two major busts in the Omaha area, seizing 60 to 70 pounds each time, Sanders said. The investigation is still ongoing, so Sanders declined to comment further.

For context, a pound of meth contains more than 1,800 single hits.

In the past two months the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Nebraska has indicted Jose Barraza, a man suspected of working for a Mexican drug cartel for at least 12 years, and has obtained search warrants against three other suspected drug traffickers with Mexican ties.

According to court records:

In August, the U.S. Attorney’s Office indicted Barraza of Las Higueras, Mexico, for repeatedly transporting and distributing meth and cocaine into Nebraska since 2000. Barraza had been transporting mass quantities of both drugs from Mexico into the state every two weeks, authorities say. One of his associates estimated that one of Barraza’s vehicles could stash up to 20 pounds of meth and up to 33 pounds of cocaine.

A neighbor told investigators that Barraza frequently talked about working for a Mexico-based narcotic organization transporting drugs from Phoenix to Omaha. He also told more than one person that he received $500 per pound of meth and $1,000 per kilo of cocaine he transported.

The methamphetamine produced in mass quantities in Mexico is of high quality and less expensive than it was 10 years ago, when meth sold for $20,000 per pound, Sanders said. Today a pound of meth costs between $7,000 and $12,000.

Law enforcement took down a large Mexican meth trafficking organization last year in western Nebraska, near Ogallala and Big Springs.

Officials named 37 people connected to a Mexican cartel, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office said 14 people involved have been convicted and sentenced to prison. Law enforcement discovered the operation when an undercover officer purchased marijuana from one of the organization’s dealers.

Through longer investigations, officials learned the organization sent narcotics profits back to Mexico by wire and personal couriers. Officials seized about 2.7 pounds of meth associated with the operation.

In 2012 federal and local law enforcement agencies scored another victory when they arrested 20 people in Omaha, including major drug trafficking players with ties to Mexico cartels, Sanders said. Authorities seized 33 pounds of meth, Sanders said. Eighteen of the 20 indicted were convicted of drug crimes.








A Farmerville woman was arrested after reportedly purchasing a pound of methamphetamine from undercover officers with the Ouachita Parish Metro Narcotics Unit.

Ruby Jane McMillan, 28, of 246 Jaried Road, Farmerville, asked to meet at Sonic in Sterlington to purchase a pound of methamphetamine on a recorded phone call with unit agents.

According to the arrest affidavit, an undercover agent delivered the methamphetamine to McMillan, which she claimed she provided $3,500 toward the purchase of, and arrested her once it was in her possession.

McMillan was booked at Ouachita Correctional Center on charges of possession of 28 grams but less than 200 grams of a Schedule II controlled dangerous substance and attempt and conspiracy. She was released Saturday.








An Edgewater man accused of stalking and threatening his ex-girlfriend claimed the weapons, ammunition and drugs found in his truck were planted by deputies, officials say.

Alan Wright

Alan Wright showed up at a home on Old Samsula Road shortly before 11:30 a.m. Thursday with a gun in hand, looking for his former girlfriend, Rebecca Rugar, according to a Volusia County sheriff’s report.

Wright, 54, demanded Rugar’s friend, Donald Harris, tell him where she was, and when Harris refused, Wright fired a few gunshots into the ground, according to the report. Harris told deputies that after Wright learned Rugar, 27, was there, he threatened to retaliate due to Harris’ lying to him.

When deputies arrived at the residence, they found four .45-caliber shell casings in the yard, according to the report.

A search of Wright’s pickup yielded multiple firearms and rounds of ammunition, a sword in a metal sleeve, a small machete, meth, syringes and marijuana residue on a metal grinder, according to the report.

Wright said he did not possess any firearms and hadn’t fired one in the past 10 years, according to the report. He also said deputies planted the weapons, ammunition and drugs in his truck and that he was the victim of a conspiracy.

Wright is charged with aggravated stalking, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, two counts of possession of a weapon or ammunition by a convicted felon, possession of methamphetamine and possession of paraphernalia, records show.

He is being held at the Volusia County Branch Jail without bail.

Records show at the time of Thursday’s arrest, Wright was out on bail following a fleeing/eluding charge he incurred in June.

In 1986, Wright was convicted of criminally negligent homicide in Curry County, Oregon, according to the report.








LA PLATA COUNTY, COLORADO (KRQE) – Police have issued an Amer Alert for two children they say were abducted by their 30-year-old mother. Kallisha Hughes, who lost her parental rights, took her daughters, 5-year-old Kiarah Hughes and 3-year-old Brooklyn Hughes, from their aunt, Taylor Lucero.kallisha

The car Hughes and the girls were last seen in was described as a 2003 Chevrolet Malibu with Colorado license 035PCQ. The car color is primer grey. It has red transfer paint somewhere on the car.

The children were being kept by their aunt until their father, Brandon Hughes who has legal custody, is released from jail after being arrested Friday for violation of a restraining order.

La Plata Sheriff’s Office Deputies, assisted by Durango Police Department, Southern Ute Police Department and other area agencies searched several locations in the area. Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) notified law enforcement authorities in New Mexico in case they headed in that direction. An Amber Alert was also issued Saturday afternoon.

The National Center For Missing & Endangered Children has assigned a caseworker.

Officials said Hughes was angry when taking the children, may be mentally unstable and may be under the influence of methamphetamine.

Hughes has an extensive criminal history, violent tendencies and a is a frequent methamphetamine abuser.

If you have any information, call the Colorado Bureau of Investigation at 303-239-4211 or visit www.cbi.state.co.us. You can also call the emergency dispatch center in La Plata County at 970-385-2900 and the operator will transfer you to the La Plata Sheriff’s Office Patrol Supervisor on duty.