Plaquemines Parish deputies dismantled a methamphetamine laboratory that a Buras man operated in his home, the Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday. Loran Anthony Williams Jr., 28, of 148 East Pipeline Drive was booked with creation or operation of a clandestine lab for the unlawful manufacture of a controlled dangerous substance.

Williams, known as Tony, also was booked with possession with intent to distribute the pain reliever oxycodone and the anti-inflammation drug naproxen and possession of meloxicam, another anti-inflammation drug. He further was booked with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release.

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 The Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office says the pictured items were used by Loran “Tony” Williams in his alleged methamphetamine lab in his home in Buras. Patrol deputies tipped off the Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division about an alleged meth lab, leading to a two-week investigation. Williams was held Tuesday in the parish jail in lieu of a $110,000 bond.

Patrol deputies in early June received information about the meth lab and alerted the narcotics division, which eventually obtained arrest and search warrants Agents arrested Williams on Thursday during a traffic stop on Louisiana 23 in Empire.

While searching his vehicle, the agents found products used to make methamphetamine and 25 doses of oxycodone, for which he had no prescription, according to the news release.

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Loran “Tony” Williams of Buras was booked Thursday

While searching his home, the agents found “a multitude” of items use to make meth, a small amount of marijuana, two smoking pipes, 22 doses of naproxen and six doses of meloxicam. Williams allegedly did not have a prescription for the latter drugs.

Williams remained Tuesday in the parish jail in lieu of a $110,000 bond, according to the news release.



CLIO, MI — Genesee County Sheriff Robert Pickell said the bust of a “one-pot” methamphetamine lab in Clio yielded a “significant” amount of the suspected drug.

A 26-year-old Clio woman and her father, a 49-year-old Clio man, were taken into custody Saturday, June 15 after sheriff’s deputies discovered the drug lab in a home on the 700 block of New Street.

Neither suspect has been charged in connection to the discovery.

Pickell said the arrest came after authorities were dispatched to the 12000 block of Tuscola Road in Vienna Township Saturday for a trouble complaint.

Deputies obtained information about the 26-year-old Clio woman while responding to the complaint, according to Pickell. A traffic stop was conducted on the 26-year-old woman’s vehicle near Dort Highway and Frances Road.

Pickell said that deputies discovered the woman was allegedly in possession of methamphetamine paraphernalia and was driving with a suspended license. She was taken into custody and booked at the Genesee County Jail.

Deputies discovered suspected methamphetamine in the woman’s undergarments while at the jail, according to the sheriff.

“We got written consent to search her residence,” Pickell said.

Deputies responded to the New Street home and also received written permission to conduct the search from the woman’s father.

During the search deputies discovered a suspected one-pot meth cooker in the home’s laundry room, Pickell said. Authorities also found a number of materials associated with methamphetamine production and methamphetamine in its finished form.

The Michigan State Police hazardous material unit was called in to remove the materials.

Pickell said that the amount of methamphetamine seized was a substantial amount of the drug for the one-pot method being used.

The suspects were released from custody pending analysis of the suspected methamphetamine by the state crime lab.



BRIMFIELD TOWNSHIP — On Monday, Portage County Task Force Agents arrested and jailed Richard L. Thomas, 57, of Brimfield Township, for illegal manufacturing of methamphetamine.

According to Portage County Sheriff David Doak, Task Force members received numerous complaints over the past few weeks indicating that Thomas was manufacturing methamphetamine at his Edson Road home where he lives with his 87-year-old mother.

Task force members, after searching the home, recovered chemicals and components used to manufacture methamphetamine, in addition to an active small lab that was operational.

Thomas has a prior conviction in Portage County Court of Common Pleas for manufacturing methamphetamine.

Agents, after meeting with the Portage County Prosecutor’s Office, will present additional evidence to the Portage County Grand Jury seeking additional charges.

The Portage County Drug Task Force is comprised of members from the Portage County Sheriff’s Office, Portage County Prosecutor’s Office, Cities of Aurora, Kent, Ravenna and Streetsboro Police Department and the Villages of Garrettsville and Windham Police Department, U.S Drug Enforcement Administration and U.S. Department of Homeland Security.



BOISE — Police stopped Tabitha Lee Anne Christensen, 29, Monday after an officer observed her driving down the center of the street, straddling the double yellow line.

Christensen, of Caldwell, was arrested for driving on a suspended license and a misdemeanor warrant for failure to appear.

When officers searched the woman after her arrest, they found a bag of methamphetamine and several syringes and needles, according to a police press release.

Tabitha Lee Anne Christensen


Alexandra M. Lafollette

Alexandra M. Lafollette



Christensen was booked into the Ada County Jail. She faces a felony charge of drug possession and misdemeanor charges for possession of paraphernalia, driving without privileges and failure to appear.

Later Monday night, police pulled over a different woman who was driving on Rose Hill Street without a front license plate.

The officer discovered that Alexandra M. Lafollette, 22, had an outstanding warrant for meth possession.

A K9 drug dog also alerted to Lafollette’s vehicle, where police found a pipe they believed had been used to smoke marijuana, police said.

The Boise woman was arrested and booked into the Ada County Jail. She faces a felony charge of methamphetamine possession and a misdemeanor charge for possession of drug paraphernalia.


( – A $509,840 grant by the National Institutes of Health will pay for a study that will send text messages in “gay lingo” to methamphetamine addicts to try to persuade them to use fewer drugs and more condoms. The study began in February.

Lead researcher Dr. Cathy Reback of the Baltimore-based Friends Research Institute, Inc., told how she and her team of health educators will spend the next four years and over half a million dollars encouraging gay meth addicts to cut down on unprotected sex by periodically sending them “gay-specific” text messages.

“We did a pilot about four, five years ago with 52 out-of-treatment MSM (males who have sex with males),” Dr. Reback explained. “And we sent them text messages that were gay specific – used gay lingo – and made references to the connection between high-risk sex and methamphetamine use among MSM.”

The current study, she added, will test the effectiveness of using text messages to alter gay meth addicts’ behavior.

“So what I wanted to do with this text messaging intervention was to optimize the opportunity to get these guys [to have safer sex] by sending text messages as opposed to ‘Come into my brick and mortar site that’s ten miles from your house, and come for a group [session].’  I mean – you know – okay maybe!”  Dr. Reback explained.

“We have the technology to go beyond these brick-and-mortar interventions where you sit down with a counselor and you sit down in a group. … You know, send them text messages as they’re walking into a bathhouse, or while they’re getting dressed in their home, or on the computer to hook up with somebody.”

According to the official description, the specific aims of the study are: “1) to determine differential immediate and sustained effects of transmitting theory-based text messages by PHE (TXT-PHE) versus by automation (TXT-Auto), compared to an assessment-only (AO) control condition among out-of-treatment,  methamphetamine-using MSM for reductions of methamphetamine use and HIV sexual risk behaviors; and, 2) to determine the cost-effectiveness of TXT-PHE vs. TXT-Auto compared to AO for reducing methamphetamine use and HIV sexual risk behaviors.”

When asked Dr. Reback for examples of the text messages, she denied our request on the grounds that such information could not be released until formally approved by the Friends Research Institutes’s institutional review board, which oversees research projects to make sure they follow ethical guidelines..

Requests to see the text messages sent in the pilot study conducted several years earlier were likewise denied – under the pretext that they are identical to the ones used in the current study.  “I wish I could help, but they are the exact same text messages, as the RCT (randomized control trial) is an extension of the pilot,” Dr. Reback told

The study, entitled “Theory-based Text Messaging to Reduce Methamphetamine Use and HIV Risks among MSM,” will involve sending five “gay lingo” text messages a day to test subjects “at the exact time they are most likely to make high-risk sexual decisions.”

How will researchers know at exactly what times to tell the study’s subjects to forgo meth and unprotected sex?

“Well, we had focus groups before where we designed the intervention and part of the focus group was asking the individuals ‘When should we send these text messages?’… And they designed the times – they told us what times,” Dr. Reback said.

That means long nights and weekends at the office for her and her team, “times that people would be most likely going to the bars or going to bathhouses or going to sex clubs.”

Asked if she felt that such research should still be a priority in tough economic times, Dr. Reback told “Well, I don’t think saving lives is, you know, dispensable… I think that’s extremely important and I think it’s a huge public health benefit as well as a cost savings to the general public.”

The study, conducted by scientists at the Baltimore-based Friends Research Institute, Inc. – research body that studies drug-use, HIV/AIDS, and criminality – divides the 285 study participants into three groups:

In the first group, individuals will receive text messages five times daily by live researchers “that focus on meth use, high-risk sex and for those who are HIV positive,” says Dr. Reback. “Participants can communicate with us back and forth – messages are pushed and pulled, and there are text messaging conversations.”

Subjects will also receive a weekly self-evaluation report “where they will be able to give us feedback on meth use and high-risk sexual behaviors in the previous thirty days.”

In the second group, subjects are sent five automated text messages daily – but cannot communicate back and forth with researchers.  They will also be texted the weekly self-evaluation report.

Subjects in the third group will receive only the weekly evaluation.  Researchers will then compare all three groups’ evaluation reports to determine which consistently had the lowest rate of unprotected sex and drug use.

Asked if her cell phone plan includes unlimited text messaging, Dr. Reback said that it does.





GEORGE – Two George men are in jail on suspicion of drug trafficking and running a rooster fighting operation.

The Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Team, with the Columbia River Drug Task Force (Wenatchee), Grant County deputies and an agent from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), recently raided a home on 16258 Road 1 Northwest near George.

Servando Alonso Flores, 38, and Viancy Ambriz Villa, 27, were arrested and booked into jail on suspicion of methamphetamine possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, running a rooster fighting operation, conspiracy to manufacture cocaine and manufacturing marijuana. Included in the charges is a school zone violation enhancement for drug activity near a school, according to a prepared statement from the sheriff’s office.

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The arrests are a result of a six-month investigation, focused on the two suspects, into the trafficking of drugs between Wenatchee and the Quincy and George area.

Flores and Villa are currently held on a immigration detainer, remaining in the county jail until ICE works out the details to assume custody, according to the sheriff’s office.

During the search, detectives found about one ounce of pure meth, a large marijuana growing operation and evidence of cocaine residue. A firearm and vehicle were also seized, according to reports.

“INET’s partnership with the Columbia River Drug Task Force helped stop this drug trafficking and manufacturing business which was affecting the health and safety of people throughout central Washington,” Sheriff Tom Jones commented.

“Their actions demonstrate a commitment to halting dangerous criminals who provide drugs to users in our communities.”



CALEXICO, Calif. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Calexico downtown port of entry discovered 23 pounds of heroin and methamphetamine concealed inside the muffler of a vehicle.

CBP Calexico seizes 23 lbs. of heroin/methamphetamine
Drugs seized by CBP officers at the downtown Calexico Port of Entry

On Wednesday afternoon, June 12, at about 12:30 p.m., a CBP officer conducting inspections of vehicles and travelers referred a grey 2002 Toyota RAV4 for further examination.

CBP officers conducted an intensive examination that included a canine team screening. Officers subsequently discovered six wrapped packages of heroin and one large plastic bag of methamphetamine concealed inside the vehicle’s muffler. The combined street value of the narcotics is estimated at approximately $276,000.

The driver, a 24-year-old female U.S. citizen and resident of Calexico, was arrested and turned over to the custody of HSI agents for further investigation. The driver was later transported to the Imperial County Jail for the alleged smuggling attempt.

CBP seized the vehicle and narcotics.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation’s borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

State and local police have arrested a man and a woman on meth-related charges after serving a search warrant at a Newport-area motel.

An investigation by the Lincoln Interagency Narcotics Team revealed that two people were staying at the Inn at Yaquina Bay in Newport and selling meth from the motel, according to a news release from Oregon State Police.

On Thursday, officers served a search warrant in several motel rooms and in a car police said was associated with the suspects. Officers found meth, digital scales, packaging materials and other objects related to drug use and sales, according to the release.

Jason Parker Owens, 36, was arrested on suspicion of unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine, unlawful delivery of methamphetamine and unlawful possession of methamphetamine.

April Marie Shalberg, 37, was arrested on suspicion of unlawful delivery of methamphetamine, and unlawful possession of methamphetamine. Shalberg also had warrants out of Clackamas County for charges of third-degree rape, four counts of second-degree sex abuse, and unlawful possession of methamphetamine.

The Lincoln Interagency Narcotics Team includes members of the Oregon State Police, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Newport Police Department, Lincoln City Police Department, and Lincoln County District Attorney’s Office.

Anyone with information about this case or any other drug-related information can contact the narcotics team at (541)265-8101.



One suspect was treated for chemical burns after a container failed while making meth, police said.

The Defiance Police Department and members of the Multi Area Narcotics Task Force were called to a house fire Friday in the 1000 block of Colgate Avenue in Defiance.

Those arrested on a charge of manufacturing methamphetamine include: Zachary D. Hancock, 23, of Keppler Road in Defiance; Alissa A. Andrews, 28, and Kurtis D. Puckett, 26, both of the Colgate address; and Justin M. Mann, 19, of Tempe Road in Fremont, Ohio.

They were being held at the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio and were scheduled to appear in Defiance Municipal Court on Monday.

The police did not say which suspect was injured. The living room was damaged by the fire.



CADILLAC — An investigation into the theft of campground fees resulted in multiple law enforcement agencies seizing suspected methamphetamine and making multiple arrests tied to a campsite in the Manistee National Forest.

Police were led to the campsite when a Wexford County Sheriff’s deputy made a traffic stop of a vehicle in connection with an investigation into the theft of campground fees from tubes in Federal Forest campgrounds.

In making the traffic stop on a county road in South Branch Township, one individual in the vehicle was discovered to have an outstanding warrant. Drug paraphernalia was observed, and a subsequent search uncovered more paraphernalia and suspected drugs and components commonly used to manufacture methamphetamine.

Methamphetamine components, suspected methamphetamine product and drug paraphernalia were discovered at the campsite after members of the Traverse Narcotics Team obtained a search warrant for their camping site in the Huron-Manistee National Forest, according to Detective Lt. Dan King. Personnel from the U.S. Forest Service, Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Michigan State Police Cadillac Post also assisted.

One suspect was arrested as the result of an outstanding warrant for operating and maintaining a methamphetamine laboratory, while a second individual was arrested for violating bond conditions related to a previous meth lab investigation. A third subject was turned over to law enforcement personnel from the Forest Service in connection with the alleged thefts from the campground fee tubes.

Additional charges are expected for other individuals pending further investigation.

Two people were arrested last Thursday by the Lincoln Interagency Narcotics Team (LINT), with the assistance of Newport Police Department and Oregon State Police, during the execution of a narcotics-related search warrant at a Newport-area motel.

LINT began the investigation after learning the suspects were staying at the Inn at Yaquina Bay in Newport and selling methamphetamine from the motel. On June 13, LINT served a search warrant on multiple rooms at the business and a vehicle associated with the suspects. Officers located methamphetamine, packaging materials, digital scales and other evidence of drug use and sales.

The following two suspects were arrested at the scene:

Jason Parker Owens, age 36

  • Unlawful Manufacturing of a Controlled Substance – Methamphetamine
  • Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance – Methamphetamine
  • Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance – Methamphetamine

April Marie Shalberg, age 37

  • Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance – Methamphetamine
  • Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance – Methamphetamine
  • Warrants out of Clackamas County charging Rape in the Third Degree, Sex Abuse in the Second Degree (4 counts) and Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance – Methamphetamine

The owners of the business are working with LINT into possible thefts from the business that may lead to additional charges and or arrests.

LINT is made up of members of the Oregon State Police, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Newport Police Department, Lincoln City Police Department, and Lincoln County District Attorney’s Office.



A white supremacist wanted by Lincoln County authorities in connection with dozens of methamphetamine labs found in the town of Corning is considered armed and dangerous and could be in the Wausau area.

Christopher Meindel, 36, of Merrill, has made comments that he will not be “taken without a fight,” according to a news release issued Monday by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department. Meindel is armed with a handgun and has friends in and around the Wausau area, Michael Caylor, a dispatcher with the Sheriff’s Department, said Monday.




“(Meindel) is considered very dangerous, and we are asking that anyone who knows where he is call immediately,” Caylor said. “We are getting consistent information that he’s in the Wausau area.”

Meindel is known to have ties with white-supremacy groups and sovereign-citizen groups, according to the release. Members of sovereign-citizen groups typically believe that federal, state and local governments operate illegally. The FBI labels sovereign-citizen extremists as “a domestic terrorist movement,” according to information on the FBI website.

Investigators from the Wisconsin Department of Justice’s Clandestine Laboratory Enforcement and Response Task Force, including members from the Merrill Police Department, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department and Special Agents from the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation, discovered 46 meth labs May 7, according to a news release issued Wednesday from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department.

Meth, a synthetic stimulant that affects the central nervous system, is a crystalline powder that is snorted, smoked, injected or swallowed. Although most of the methamphetamine used in the country comes from foreign or domestic superlabs, the drug also is commonly made in small laboratories with relatively inexpensive over-the-counter ingredients, according to information on the National Institute on Drug Abuse website. Labs are typically found in abandoned barns or warehouses, according to the NDA.

The Sheriff’s Department did not disclose the exact location of the 46 labs or how they were discovered.

Members of the task force discovered similar meth labs a short distance away from the town of Corning in November. The two sites appear to be connected, according to the release.

Meindel was arrested and charged in connection to the November meth lab discovery, police said. Meindel was released on a signature bond and has since fled the area. The Lincoln County Circuit Court has issued felony arrest warrants for Meindel. He also is wanted by the Wisconsin Department of Corrections, according to the release.

Meindel is described as 5 feet 10 inches tall, 170 pounds with blond hair and blue eyes. He has multiple tattoos on both arms.

Meindel has several previous felony convictions dating back to 1994, when he was convicted in Lincoln County on burglary charges, according to online court records. He also has been previously convicted on felony drug and bail jumping charges, court records show.

Anyone with information on Meindel’s whereabouts should call Lincoln County Sheriff’s Sgt. Chad Collinsworth at 715-536-6272.




MCDONOUGH COUNTY, ILL.A Bardolph man was arrested after his home at 103 S. Broadway was found to be on fire Sunday night.

According to McDonough County Sheriff Rick Van Brooker, sheriff’s deputies and the Bushnell Fire Department were called to the fire at 6 p.m. and witnesses told them that an altercation had taken place and the resident, Michael W. Mason, 31, was seen crashing his car into another parked car. The witnesses then told police that Michael Mason ran into the house and later came out of the burning home and that he was acting delusional and left abruptly in a car.

Police began a search for Michael Mason in and around Bardolph and he was arrested at approximately 12:30 a.m. after a short foot pursuit in the town, according to a press release.

Police say he is charged with arson, procurement of meth precursors, endangering the life/health of a child, criminal damage over $300.00 and resisting arrest. Michael Mason is lodged in the McDonough County Jail awaiting a court appearance.

During the fire investigation, Holly J. Mason, 30, also a resident of 103 S. Broadway, was arrested after detectives found that both Holly and Michael had methamphetamine and methamphetamine chemicals in the presence of a three-year-old child.

The child was treated by medical responders and placed in protective custody.

Holly Mason posted bond and was released from the McDonough County Jail.







OROVILLE — The recent arrest of an Oroville transient on suspicion of shoplifting led to more allegations after investigators found signs of a methamphetamine lab in his backpack and at his campsite, according to police.

The shoplifting incident occurred Thursday at the Food Maxx grocery store on Oro Dam Boulevard in Oroville.

Oroville Police Department stated in a press release Sunday that Brian K. Jordan, 38, had reportedly gone into the store, filled a grocery basket with $200 worth of merchandise and then exited the store without paying for the goods.

Before police arrived, Jordan had reportedly attempted to conceal a backpack. It was later found to contain a glass meth pipe and other supplies used for manufacturing the drug, according to the press release.

Jordan was initially arrested Thursday and booked into Butte County Jail on suspicion of commercial burglary and/or shoplifting.

On Friday, officers of the Butte Interagency Narcotics Task Force examined the backpack further, finding the presence of red phosphorous and other over-the-counter items used to process methamphetamine.

BINTF agents took custody of the backpack for testing and analysis.

As task force officers headed to the jail to interview Jordan Friday, Oroville police investigators went to the man’s campsite, which was located in the vicinity of the intersection of Myers Street and Lincoln Boulevard.

At the site, officers found liquids and chemicals that confirmed the presence of a meth lab, the press release said.

The task force was called to the campsite and collected evidence there.

Jordan was later booked on suspicion of manufacturing methamphetamine.

Authorities alleged Jordan was in possession of a so-called backpack lab, which can be concealed and is easy to take from one location to another.

The police department also noted the chemicals used to process meth are highly flammable and cause environmental problems. The transient’s campsite was near homes, businesses and a vacant lot with untrimmed vegetation.

The site was also a half block from the Oroville Rescue Mission, which Jordan frequented for food and clothing, police said.



PALMER — Alaska State Troopers arrested two people Sunday, charging them with cooking methamphetamines and probation violations.

According to an AST press statement, the home in Palmer — the release doesn’t get more specific — was searched after patrol troopers noticed signs of a lab. Those troopers called in the Statewide Drug Enforcement Unit, which in turn obtained a warrant to search the home.

“Through the investigation, two suspects were located and arrested,” troopers report.

Those two people were Carleigh Kaye Fox, 24, of Palmer and Derek Lyle Smith, 38, of Palmer.

“Both subjects were on conditions of release from prior crimes,” troopers report, explaining why in addition to the drug crimes both were charged with violating release conditions.

Fox and Smith were jailed at the Mat-Su Pre-Trial Facility without bail conditions set.

As of Monday afternoon, jail records showed both were still incarcerated at Mat-Su Pretrial Facility.

Court records show that Fox has an open theft case and an open drug case, both filed earlier this year.

Smith, meanwhile, has an open misdemeanor theft and trespassing in a vehicle case, also from earlier this year.



Federal authorities on Monday charged a Dallas man in a drug trafficking conspiracy case with ties to Amarillo and Mexico.

Fabian Orlando Ortega was charged with conspiring with others unknown to the grand jury and traveling with the intent to distribute cocaine.

Authorities allege that on Oct. 17, 2008, Ortega agreed with a person whose name he didn’t know to accept and store more than 10 pounds of cocaine he knew was being smuggled from Mexico to Dallas. The next day, an unknown courier hauled the package across the border to Hidalgo. Later that day, another courier known as Licenciado picked up a white SUV with the drugs and drove toward Dallas.

Ortega then telephoned the courier, met him at Interstate 40 and Inwood Road and picked up the SUV.

He was arrested April 14 in the El Paso area and remains in the Randall County jail awaiting sentencing.

Ortega also was indicted on methamphetamine and drug trafficking charges in May with several other men.

Rodolfo Alcorta Jr.

Rodolfo Alcorta Jr.

In May, Juan Gabriel Mejia and Ortega were indicted by a Lubbock federal grand jury on two counts of conspiracy to commit a drug offense, a money-laundering-related charge; possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine — aiding and abetting; possession with intent to distribute cocaine; and methamphetamine — aiding and abetting.

One of the indictments alleges the men conspired with Victor Deangelo Brooks, Thomas Tallant, Kitprasong Chanthavong, Rodolfo Alcorta Jr., Reymundo Uriel Haro, Vongsavat Sayasane, Roberto Juan Martinez and others unknown to the grand jury to distribute more than 5 pounds of cocaine between January 2008 and January 2009.

Mejia also was indicted on a money-laundering charge alleging he received about $125,000 in cash from an unknown Mexican national, money authorities said was linked to drug trafficking. Mejia and Ortega also were indicted on drug-trafficking charges of possessing more than 14 pounds of methamphetamine and more than 8 pounds of cocaine.

Last year, Alcorta was sentenced to serve more than 16 years in federal prison after state troopers discovered methamphetamine in a 2008 traffic stop.

Charges against Haro were dismissed after he cooperated in the investigation. Sayasane was sentenced in 2010 to serve more than 20 years in federal prison on conspiracy and meth distribution charges.

Chanthavong was sentenced to more than seven years in prison after he pleaded guilty to methamphetamine trafficking.

Brooks, Tallant and Roberto Juan Martinez pleaded guilty to drug-related charges and were sentenced to prison terms.

Brooks, who made a partial payment to a DEA informant for more than 4 pounds of methamphetamine, was sentenced to nine years in prison.  Tallant was sentenced to serve more than 16 years, and Martinez was sentenced to serve seven years.

Mejia has not yet been sentenced.



ELIZABETHTON — An apparent hit-and-run accident on Friday afternoon led to the arrests of a man and woman on child abuse charges and several drug charges.

Benjamin Dale Pearson, 36, 303 Third Ave., Hampton, and Christy Marie Grimmett Pearson, 33, 2316 Gap Creek Road, were each charged with aggravated child neglect, resisting arrest, promotion of methamphetamine manufacture, initiation of the process intended to result in the manufacture of methamphetamine, possession of schedule II and IV drugs, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.


Benjamin Dale Pearson and Christy Marie



Mr. Pearson was also charged with a second count of possession of schedule II drug.

Mrs. Pearson was also charged with reckless driving, evading arrest, leaving the scene of an accident, no proof of insurance, child restraint violation and violation of probation.



ALEXANDER COUNTY, N.C. — The Alexander County Sheriff’s Office arrested six people following a drug raid on a residence in Taylorsville last Wednesday.

Meth, pot, needles seized in drug raid; 6 arrested

A quantity of marijuana, methamphetamine, drug pipes, scales and needles were seized from the home in the 500 block of Jay Burke Road, officials say.

Sherry Herman, 36. Charged with: sell and deliver methamphetamine, felony possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, maintain a dwelling for a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond: $50,000.

Raven Nicole Brown, 27. Charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia


Phillip Allen Griffin, 34. Charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond: $30,000


Daniel Lee Nance, 33. Charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond: $30,000.


Brandon Lee Brown, 21. Charged with: possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond: $30,000.


Timothy Odell Crane, 29. Charged with: felony possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond: $30,000.




NAPA – Thursday, June 13 police arrested two suspects who were allegedly holding methamphetamine for sale in a north Vallejo residence. The residence, located on the 1700 block of Severus Dr., was home to five children ranging in ages 2-13.  The children were turned over to Solano Child Protective Services.

Drug houses are extremely dangerous


The Napa Special Investigation Bureau received word from a reliable source that methamphetamine from the residence was ending up in Napa County.  In front of the residence, police discovered Cory Taisague, 25, holding a bag of alleged crystal methamphetamine.

Additionally, officers confiscated a small amount of marijuana and 1/2 of an ounce of suspected crystal methamphetamine for sale in varying packages and amounts. A .22-caliber rifle and over $400 in cash were also absconded by the officers.

A rifle and the alleged crystal meth were discovered in a room that Taisague shared with a few of the children.  Two male subjects were present inside the residence smoking marijuana when NBIS agents arrived on scene.

crystal methamphetamine


Taisague and one of the male subjects, 40-year-old Willy Atoigue of Vallejo, were arrested booked into the Napa County Jail on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance for sale.  Additionally, Taisague faces charges of child endangerment.



Tyler, TX (KETK) — Two Mexican nationals living in Tyler, Texas, have been sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

Jose Ruben Vaca-Saucedo, 26, pleaded guilty on Mar. 4, 2013, to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and was sentenced to 80 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Leonard E. Davis. The court also ordered the defendant to submit to forfeiture of $10,000.

Vaca-Saucedo’s brother, Juan Carlos Vaca, 28, pleaded guilty on Mar. 4, 2013, to distribution of methamphetamine and was sentenced to 57 months in federal prison today by Judge Davis. Vaca was ordered to submit to forfeiture of $2,600.

According to information presented in court, from May 2010 to January 2011, the brothers conspired to possess more than 182 grams of methamphetamine which they intended to deliver to others in the Tyler, Texas area. A federal grand jury returned an indictment on Feb. 1, 2012, charging the brothers with drug trafficking violations.

This case is the result of an ongoing Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) joint investigation. The principal mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt and dismantle the most serious drug trafficking, weapons trafficking and money laundering organizations, and those primarily responsible for the nation’s illegal drug supply.



Police reported finding ammunition in the home of a felon whom officers suspected of possessing methamphetamine for sale about 5:50 p.m. Saturday.

Officers with the Violence Suppression Unit stopped a vehicle driven by Freddy Fonseca, 41, in the 300 block of West Market Street. He had a suspended license and was in possession of methamphetamine, police said. Officers obtained a search warrant for his residence, where they said they found ammunition. Fonseca was arrested on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine for sale, driving on a suspended license, committing a felony while on bail for another suspected offense, possession of drug paraphernalia and being a felon in possession of ammunition.



A Rome man and woman remained in jail Sunday night after they were charged with  possession of methamphetamine and Schedule II drugs that morning, according to  Floyd County Jail reports.

According to the reports:

Allison  Charlene Roberts, 33, and Chuck Ladale Roberts, 46, both of 117 Boyd Road, were  pulled over during a traffic stop at the intersection of Old Cave Spring Road  and Webb Street after Allison Roberts allegedly ran a stop sign.



Allison Charlene Roberts


Chuck Ladale Roberts

After a  search, police recovered several peach-colored pills in the glove box in a  bottle without a label, a scale, a small bag of marijuana and a glass pipe  containing suspected meth.

Both Allison and Chuck Roberts were charged  with felony counts possession of methamphetamine and possession of a Schedule  III controlled substance and misdemeanors possession of less than an ounce of  marijuana, possession of drug related objects and drugs not in their original  containers.

Allison Roberts was additionally charged with misdemeanors  driving without a license, DUI, running a stop sign and a felony probation  violation.

Both were being held late Sunday without bond.


WOULD you want to know if the house you were living in used to be a “meth lab”?

Former drug labs are being sold and rented to families across New South Wales, with no legal requirement for real estate agents to disclose the property was once used to produce illegal drugs.


Hot house: There is no legislation protecting residents from moving into a home once used for drug manufacturing
Unlike laws which require agents to disclose any “material facts” relating to a suspicious death at a property, there is no legislation protecting residents from moving into a home once used for drug manufacturing.
It’s feared buyers and renters may be at risk of suffering chemical contamination from harmful residues left behind.
Last year the Australian Crime Commission reported 809 methamphetamine lab drug busts across the country, up from around 600 in 2011.
Once the drug machinery is removed, the property is made available for lease or sale, despite chemical contamination levels in meth labs being thought to be more harmful than asbestos exposure.
Methamphetamine specialist Dr Nicholas Powell said children, the elderly and asthma sufferers were most at risk.
“The most common complaint from second-hand methamphetamine exposure is respiratory irritation, appetite suppression, irritable eyes and sleep problems,” he said.
Former meth lab cleaning is a growing industry.
Nalin Alwis of Master Floor Care has decontaminated 17 former meth labs in Sydney in suburbs such as Ultimo, Greenfield Park, Kenthurst and Chatswood.
“I’ve been in properties where I found very high levels of contamination and there are baby pyjamas and dummies lying around,” he said.
While many landlords and property agents will try to clean up former meth labs by using regular household cleaning products, Mr Alwis said that was not enough.
His teams wear double gloves, special boots and respirators _ getting a property healthy again can take up to three months.
“It’s a very dangerous and serious problem,” he said.
A lack of regulation around “clean-ups” and no clear legal obligation to declare a property as a former meth lab to potential tenants or buyers, means families often have no idea that they are in harm’s way.
Grant Arbuthnot, principal solicitor of the Tenants’ Union of NSW, said a landlord was legally required to provide and maintain premises in a “reasonable” condition.
However they only had to declare a home’s criminal history if a violent crime had taken place.
“However, if a landlord knew a premises was a former meth lab and a health risk and did nothing about it, then they would be in breach of the tenancy regulations and subject to a penalty,” he said.
The burden of proof almost always falls on the tenant, who may have to spend hundreds of dollars having tests conducted.
“If you have invisible contaminants the tenant will have to get expert evidence and even if you get as far as the Rental Tribunal, they rarely pay back costs,” he said.
“The tenant’s only other option is to abandon the contaminated property and pay a breaking of lease fee,” he said.



The testimony of Maria Teresa Ceja Robles, the Planada woman accused of murder and kidnapping, entered its eighth day Tuesday — one of the longest stretches for any witness.

Ceja Robles and co-defendant Jose Augustine Velarde are accused of killing Ana Lila Diaz DeCeja on Dec. 2, 2010, in a plot to steal her infant son.

During testimony, Ceja Robles said Velarde, her boyfriend in 2010, got her hooked on methamphetamine and that she was unaware he would kill DeCeja. She also testified to enduring physical and sexual abuse by Velarde.

Her attorney, Jeffrey Tenenbaum, called his final witness to the stand Tuesday — Ricardo Carrillo, a licensed psychologist from Oakland who specializes in trauma.

Carrillo evaluated Ceja Robles in February, running several diagnostic tests including a memory test to detect lies, and said he believes she suffers from borderline personality disorder.

He also reviewed Ceja Robles’ medical records and interviewed her about her family history.

Carrillo said Ceja Robles’ rocky childhood, which included molestation, witnessing domestic violence and caring for siblings at a young age, played a role in her emotional state. He said Ceja Robles’ past has led to her “significantly impaired” judgment.

Meth plays a big role

The condition was only made worse when she began using methamphetamine, Carrillo added.

“She was able to tolerate levels of violence that I’ve seen in few cases,” Carrillo said. “She already has problems, and now the meth use comes into play, and she no longer has control of herself.”

“She’s easily swayed, can’t think for herself and she’ll do whatever it takes to survive,” Carrillo added. “I don’t think I’ve ever evaluated a person with as much trauma.”

Carrillo told jurors that Ceja Robles told him, “I feel like I’m garbage.” He said the tests confirm low self-esteem and feelings of unworthiness.

However, Merced County District Attorney Larry Morse II questioned whether Ceja Robles was truthful in recounting her family history to Carrillo. He pointed out several discrepancies between her testimony and what she told the psychologist.

For example, she told Carrillo that her second husband was an abusive drug user, but testified that he was a “good man” and their fights were mutual.

She told the jury that Velarde hit her on the back with a belt, but told the psychologist it was on her legs.

Ceja Robles allegedly told Carrillo she is hearing voices and seeing shadows, but didn’t testify to those things. She also didn’t tell him about claims that Velarde subjected her to bestiality.

Morse asked the psychologist whether he spoke to Ceja Robles’ mother or siblings — who live in Merced County — to confirm if she’s telling the truth about her childhood.

Carrillo said he had not spoken to her family about Ceja Robles’ claims. “That’s not my job as a psychologist,” he said.

Morse responded, “Wouldn’t you say your evaluation procedure is flawed if you did not take advantage of speaking to her family?” he asked.

“You’d rather rely on unproven diagnostic tools than talking to family members that tell you what Maria is saying is not true?” Morse said.

Velarde’s attorney, Deputy Public Defender Sean Howard, is expected to question Carrillo today before calling his first witness to the stand.

Closing arguments in the case could be heard by the end of the week.

Velarde and Ceja Robles face charges of murder, kidnapping, child abuse and making a false report to police. If convicted, they face life in prison.

Woodward, Okla. — A single search warrant recently led to the arrest of 6 people on serious drug charges including intent to distribute and endeavoring to manufacture methamphetamine.

William Gail Ferrell,  65; Justin Tremaine Mayes, 24; and Joni May Temple, 24, are each facing a felony charge of endeavoring to manufacture meth, as well as charges for possession of meth and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Ferrell is facing an additional charge for maintaining a place for keeping/selling a controlled dangerous substance.

In addition, Lindsey Juanell Lyons, 22; Shyla Danae Janow, 31; and Jessica Lynn Garcia, 29, are facing charges of possession of meth with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Affidavits filed with their charges state that Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics agents and Woodward Police officers served a warrant at Ferrell’s residence around 6:15 a.m. on June 11.

A search of the residence allegedly discovered “three inactive one pot type meth labs … along with hydrochloric acid, numerous items of drug paraphernalia, scales, plastic baggies with the corners cut off, and items such as spoons, funnels, filters and scoops with residue used in the manufacturing process, and cutting agents,” according to the affidavit.

In addition to the home itself, officers also searched an RV that “was parked on the curtilage” of Ferrell’s home, the affidavit states.  During this secondary search additional alleged “methamphetamine lab equipment” was found, including plastic tubing, a funnel with residue, and “precursor substances” such as Coleman fuel, drain cleaner, and medicine containing pseudoephedrine, the affidavit states. Allegedly a recipe for meth was also located along with alleged drug paraphernalia items.

Ferrell was not home at the time of the search, but Mayes and Temple were inside the RV and were arrested because of the items allegedly found in the RV, the affidavit states.

Investigators later found Ferrell staying at a local motel, where he was arrested, the affidavit states.  During his arrest, officers allegedly observed some items of drug paraphernalia “in plain view” and sought a secondary search warrant for the motel room, the affidavit states.

In the search of the motel room, “three bags of a crystalline substance were found along with multiple items of drug paraphernalia,” including scales, the affidavit states.

Garcia, Janow and Lyons “were also present in the (motel) room” where the alleged drug items were found, so they were arrested as well.

According to court records, Ferrell, Mayes, Temple, Garcia, Janow and Lyons have already made their initial appearances in court earlier this week and have had their preliminary hearings set for Dec. 17 at 9:30 a.m.  All 6 are each being held on a $100,000 bond.