A Marrero man who pleaded guilty in December to cooking methamphetamines at a Harvey home was rearrested after authorities found a new lab inside a Harvey motel. Jefferson S. Faggard, 57, was booked Tuesday (April 1) with creation of a clandestine lab and drug possession, according to a Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office arrest report.


Deputies were called out to a motel in the 3700 block of West Bank Expressway in Harvey on Saturday (March 29) after caller reported finding drug paraphernalia in room No. 136. Investigators discovered precursor chemicals and other components used to cook meth, the arrest report said.

Faggard and an unidentified co-defendant had been staying in the room. But Faggard left before deputies arrived, according to the report.

He was arrested Tuesday (April 1) at the Jefferson District Office of the state’s Probation and Parole Department, located at 2150 West Bank Expressway, Harvey. Officers also discovered three dosage units of the prescription pain drug oxycodone, an arrest report said.

Faggard was sentenced to five years probation after he pleaded guilty two counts of creation of a clandestine lab in December, according to Jefferson Parish court records. Faggard confessed to cooking meth at a townhouse located at 2321 Justin Lane in Harvey in the presence of a 9-year-old boy. He also pleaded guilty in December to obscenity for exposing himself in public, court records said.

Faggard is not to be confused with his son, Jefferson Faggard, 36, of Terrytown, who was also arrested in connection with the Justin Lane meth lab. The charges against him in that case have not yet gone to trial.

But the younger Faggard was rearrested in February after authorities say he ran from a deputy, leading to the discovery of a methamphetamine stash in his apartment.

Both men were still being held Thursday at the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center in Gretna. Bond for the elder Faggard was set at $510,000 for the meth-related charges. He was being held without bond for probation violation.







A man was arrested on Wednesday, April 2 after police officers found evidence that he may have been making meth.

Harley Harris, 31, is facing multiple drug charges. Officers said that they received a tip that lead them to the Spruce Cove Apartments. That is where Harris’ sister lives. Investigator said they found a meth lab during the search.


Harris is charges with Operating or Attempting to Operate a Clandestine Drug Lab, Exposure of Meth Manufacturing to a Child and Possession of a Substance to Manufacture Meth.

The case is still under investigation. Harris is being held in the Southern Regional Jail on a $30,000.







A registered sex offender was arrested Wednesday after allegedly smoking methamphetamine with a 16-year-old runaway.

Deputies with the Gage County Sheriff’s Department arrested Craig A. Dorn, 42, on charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and child abuse after spotting the juvenile in his residence at 3479 E. Hoyt Rd.

Gage County Court documents state that that Dorn picked up the juvenile, who is from the Crete area, in Lincoln and drove her to Stagecoach Lake near Hallam where they both smoked methamphetamine.


Dorn allegedly told the female they had to wait until dark to go to Beatrice. Before going to the residence, Dorn received a call from Beatrice Police officers regarding a different case concerning a shoplifting charge.

Documents state he dropped the minor off at Burger King while he went to meet officers and picked her up after. They then went to the residence.

While at the Police Department, Dorn allegedly asked officers if he could get leniency for bringing in a runaway child and was told that decision would be up to the county attorney.

Court documents state Dorn indicated it was his intent to take the minor to his house that night to use as leverage when speaking with the Gage County Attorney’s Office.

A Sheriff’s deputy and Police officer went to the residence and could see the juvenile identified as a runaway through a window.

While authorities were taking both individuals into custody, the female asked them to grab her jacket. When they did, the deputy found a glass methamphetamine pipe with residue, according to Court documents.

A press release stated that during post arrest interviews, both Dorn and the juvenile admitted to smoking methamphetamine together. Dorn also admitted to driving with the juvenile as a passenger after smoking methamphetamine and knowing the juvenile was a runaway.

The juvenile was detained, transported to a juvenile detention facility, and charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Dorn was arrested, transported to the Gage County Detention Facility, and charged with child abuse, a class IIIA felony, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a class I misdemeanor.

Court documents state Dorn was sentenced to 60 months probation in September 2010 for possession of child pornography.

Dorn was arrested in August, 2013 when officers found several pill bottles in his home during a routine search following a shoplifting conviction in Lancaster County.

He was again arrested in December for possession of methamphetamine after the vehicle he was a passenger in was pulled over for having expired license plates.







VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) – In 2013 Indiana law enforcement busted nearly 1800 meth labs – that’s not only top in the nation, it’s also 100 more than last year.

Meth is still Vigo County’s number one drug problem according to Jim Palmer, an undercover detective with the Vigo County Drug Task Force.

“We see methamphetamine labs all the time here in Vigo County and have for years since I’ve been a narcotics detective,” said Palmer.

News 10 reached out to several county jails in our viewing area.

Every one we surveyed indicated most of their inmates were in jail on something drug-related. This includes those who are arrested for crimes other than drug dealing or possession.

“General users are doing scrap metals, selling them illegally, doing burglaries, thefts, and thefts from vehicles,” Palmer explained.

Regardless of method, the essential ingredient in making methamphetamine is pseudoephedrine. That’s the active drug in the most effective over-the-counter cold medicines.

In this past legislative session some lawmakers, including Terre Haute’s Alan Morrison and Clyde Kersey, have voiced their support by making pseudoephedrine a scheduled controlled substance; meaning it would only be available by prescription-only.

Palmer welcomes this change.

“I know it poses a problem for the general person that has a cold,” said Palmer, “but I think in the long run, if we want to combat this problem it would be very helpful.”

Whether that change happens remains to be seen. Until then, Detective Palmer said it’s possible he and his fellow officers will set a new record when 2014 ends.

Tennessee finished in second on this list, followed by Missouri. It costs taxpayers nearly $2,000 to clean up a typical meth lab busted by police.







A Lafayette man is accused of dealing methamphetamine and battering his landlord after the landlord reportedly discovered the tenant making meth inside his rental property, according to documents filed in Tippecanoe Superior Court 1.

Daniel Ryan O’Harra, 32, faces four drug-related counts and one count of battery in relation to a March 29 incident at 1023 Hartford St.

Landlord Andy Tetzloff told police he went to do some work in the cellar and found the door unlocked and a light on.

Tetzloff said he walked in and saw several items on the floor; then O’Harra stepped from behind a water heater, holding a 2-liter bottle with liquid in it. Tetzloff told investigators he went to dial 911, and O’Harra knocked him down, injuring his knee, hand and shoulder.

O’Harra turned up later in the day when an acquaintance asked Lafayette police to remove O’Harra from the acquaintance’s apartment.

The Indiana State Police Meth Suppression Team was called in, and found the 2-liter bottle, several chemicals and other materials used to manufacture the drug.

O’Harra has previous drug convictions, including a 2005 guilty plea to possessing methamphetamine and a 2010 guilty plea to possessing marijuana and criminal confinement, according to court records.







TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) – The Pima County Medical Examiner reports accidental overdose of methamphetamine and heroin is now deadlier than car crashes in Pima County.

The Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner investigated 843 accidental deaths last year, and about 34 percent of which were due to drug or medication overdose; motor vehicle accidents accounted for 23 percent of the total, according to office personnel.

The new report shows prescription drugs were the top killer in 2013, followed by methamphetamine. Overdose deaths rose from 314 in 2012 to 327 last year.

The medical examiner’s office investigates any death in Pima County, in addition to many in eight other Arizona counties that are considered sudden, violent, unexpected or an unknown cause. The office conducted nearly 1,500 autopsies last year.







More than twice as many people in the Tucson region died of methamphetamine overdoses last year than in 2011 and 2012 combined, according to an annual report from the Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner.

Deaths due to heroin overdoses likely are following the same trend, but those deaths can be harder to track, said Dr. Gregory Hess, chief medical examiner for Pima County.

His office investigates any death that is sudden, violent, unexpected or where the cause of death is unknown. Last year, the office conducted nearly 1,500 autopsies, the report states.

Almost three-quarters of the 2,333 death cases reviewed by the local medical examiner in 2013 were from Pima County. The office also handles all cases for Cochise and Santa Cruz counties. Eight other counties use the office’s services on a case-by-case basis, Hess said.

In cases handled by his office last year, 327 deaths — a slight year-over-year increase — were determined to be overdoses of drugs or alcohol. In about half of those deaths, the overdose was caused by a single drug. The majority of the deaths — 87 percent — were classified as accidents.

In 2012, the medical examiner reviewed the cases of 314 overdose victims. In 2011 and 2010, the number of overdose deaths was 277 and 273, respectively.

The most significant difference over the last couple of years was in the types of drugs contributing to overdoses.

For several years previous, oxycodone, a painkiller that can be highly addictive, was identified as causing the most overdose deaths in the Tucson area.

However, last year, meth “was the most commonly abused illicit drug contributing to death … followed by heroin; both significantly increased in comparison to 2012,” the medical examiner’s report stated.

Meth contributed to 78 deaths in 2013.

Morphine was listed as the second-highest killer, playing a part in 64 deaths, followed by oxycodone found in 55 victims, but it is likely that heroin actually caused more than the 53 deaths ascribed to it.

“Heroin is probably on par with meth, but we can’t prove that,” Hess said. “The number of heroin deaths is likely underreported.”

That’s because heroin is rapidly metabolized to morphine by the body, so some of these “deaths may be classified as either morphine intoxication or opiate intoxication,” he said in the report.

Demographically, 58 percent of those who died of a fatal overdose were men, and about half the people who died of an overdose were between the ages of 40 and 59. Fifty-six of the 327 reported overdose deaths were people 20-29 years of age; seven were teenagers.

Nearly 1,700 deaths reviewed by the Medical Examiner’s Office occurred in Pima County last year, according to the annual report.

The highest number of deaths — 657 — were attributed to natural causes. The leading cause of natural death was cardiovascular disease.

Of the 123 homicide victims examined, 88 of them were killed in Pima County. That was down from 136 cases in 2012 — 79 in Pima County.

The largest number of victims, 34, were between the ages of 20 and 29, and the majority of the victims — 80 percent — were men. Of the homicide cases, 62 percent were from firearms, with stabbings and blunt-force trauma tied for second most.

From all counties, the medical examiner reviewed 843 cases of accidental death. Overdoses, blunt-force trauma and motor-vehicle accidents were the top three causes of accidental deaths last year.

Of the 199 deaths ascribed to vehicular accidents, 120 were in cars or trucks, 35 were on motorcycles and 44 were pedestrians or bicyclists.

Of the 270 suicides reported by counties that asked the Pima County medical examiner for assistance, 213 of the victims were male. Almost 200 of the people who killed themselves ranged in age from 20 to 59.

The skeletal remains of undocumented border crossers made up a majority of “undetermined” deaths in the medical examiner’s report. Of the 168 sets of remains recovered in 2013, forensic anthropologists determined most were men from Mexico. The number of recoveries was down from a high of 223 in 2010, according to the report.







If Steven Asir Thomas gets convicted on the federal charges he now faces, the club owner and purported money launderer won’t get any points for subtlety.

Federal prosecutors in Seattle contend Thomas tried to launder hundreds of thousands of dollars in methamphetamine money through his aptly named nightspot – Ice Nightclub.

According to charges filed earlier this month, neither Thomas’ Queen Anne club nor his money laundering ring ever really got off the ground. Informants turned on him before the club opened its doors and federal investigators claim to have watched drugs, money and guns flow through the business from the beginning.

Arrested Friday, Thomas, an Olympia resident, has been charged in U.S. District Court with conspiring to deal meth and money laundering.

Writing the court, a Homeland Security Investigations special agent said the investigation into Thomas’ fledgling business in October following a tip from a police informant.

At the time, Thomas planned to open Ice Nightclub at 332 5th Avenue North, the former home of several notoriously rowdy clubs. Thomas is alleged to have met several undercover agents while looking for drug traffickers who needed to legitimize their income.

The scheme Thomas proposed, as outlined by the HSI agent, was straightforward.

The club would report drug money as the proceeds of ticket sales; the actual ticket revenue would be paid directly to performers. According to charging papers, Thomas planned to take a 10 percent cut of the cleaned drug money and the legitimate income made through liquor sales.

“When you do shows … you can run up a few hundred thousand dollars in revenue on one show,” Thomas told an undercover agent, according to charging papers. “We can say we made $400,000 off of one event.”

Such an arrangement would solve a classic problem facing high-volume drug dealers – it’s surprisingly hard to spend drug money. Most major purchases – cars, homes – are reported to the government in some fashion, and large cash deposits raise red flags with banks and regulators.

Dealers with no reportable income have difficulty explaining how they paid cash for a house or a boat when the Internal Revenue Service comes calling. Foreign drug cartels must either clean the money so it can be deposited in a bank or physically remove it from the country.

Ice Nightclub was to provide a steady stream of cleaned money to methamphetamine dealers, the HSI agent said in court papers. The dealers would be paid by check to a “square-bear” – a licensed, taxpaying business – posing as a promoter.

Speaking with an undercover agent, Thomas explained there was almost no limit to how much money they could launder through the club, the agent continued.

“You can write off you shit, and it can all be totally legit,” Thomas told the undercover agent in October, according to charging papers. “You’ll get your tax forms and tax statements that says this is how much was paid out for the shows that were done and you guys are on your own at that point.”

Thomas is also alleged to have brokered a guns-for-meth deal on behalf of drug traffickers associated with a Mexican cartel.

According to charging papers, Thomas said he wanted to know if any of the guns had been used in killings and provided the agent with a list of weapons his cartel contacts were interested in.

As the scheme wore on, Thomas moved three test loads of methamphetamine around the West Coast, the agent continued. To do so, he is alleged to have relied on an informant and undercover agents.

Agents seized several pounds of methamphetamine during the investigation. The Mexico-made drugs were being moved north on Interstate 5 aboard long-distance buses.

Those seizures complicated Thomas’ plans to open Ice Nightclub, as he needed the money from the drug sales to refurnish the space, formerly home of Diamond Nightclub International and Element, the HSI agent said.

According to charging papers, Thomas laundered $20,000 for an agent posing as a meth dealer in December. He is alleged to have done so again in January for another undercover agent.

Currently jailed, Thomas is expected to appear for a preliminary hearing Tuesday before Magistrate Judge James Donohue at the U.S. District Court in Seattle. He has not yet entered a plea.







KINGMAN – A California truck driver faces serious drug charges after Arizona Department of Transportation officers discovered roughly 21 pounds of methamphetamine in his trailer with a potential street value of more than $900,000.


Javier P. Gaytan, 28, of Los Angeles had just entered Arizona from California at about 6:15 p.m. Friday when ADOT officers at the eastbound weigh station discovered he was wanted by Bullhead City Justice Court after he failed to appear for a false log book, a misdemeanor.

A load inspection resulted in the discovery of the methamphetamine in the trailer.

Detectives with the Mohave Area General Narcotics Enforcement Team assisted in the investigation, according to Kingman Police Departmentt spokeswoman Jennifer Sochocki, who said the origin and destination of the drug shipment is unknown at this point.

The investigation is ongoing. Gaytan was booked into the Mohave County jail on charges of transportation of dangerous drugs, possession of dangerous drugs for sale, possession of dangerous drugs and the misdemeanor warrant.








Coldwater, Mich. –  An heir to a multi-million dollar Midwest agricultural operation, Greg Parr of Orland, Ind. will serve 20 months to five years in the Michigan Department of Corrections for attempted possession of meth.

Parr was arrested in Gilead township last May.


Branch County Circuit Judge Bill O’Grady said the 43-year-old Parr had been before a criminal court 29 times and had once served a three-year Indiana prison sentence in community corrections.

“This is a significant amount of various types of crime. You have been given an incredible opportunity from your family. I hope you get your life back on track,” the judge told Parr.

Parr, his brother and his sister each inherited an equal portion of their father Gaylor’s large estate when he died in 2002. The elder Parr had amassed over 15,000 acres of farmland in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio, as well as a trucking company and feed mill operation on SR 327 north of Orland.

Parr at first was granted a public defender, claiming he had no cash because he had just paid off more than $100,000 in back child support.

His latest trouble came when he took a ride with a female friend into Michigan to pick up a dog. Stopped for a traffic offense by sheriff’s deputies, 1 gram of meth was found in the car. A glass pipe was also seized.

“We planned on smoking it,” Parr told the judge.

Branch County Prosecutor Ralph Kimble originally did not think the small amount warranted anything more than county jail time.

Parr admitted he began using meth in 2005. At sentencing Kimble told the judge Parr “has a terrible problem (with meth). He is either playing games or is dumb.”

While out on a $100,000 bond Parr failed to appear in court in July. Then he failed a drug test. Freed again, he was found hiding a container of clean urine on his person when strip-searched before another drug test.

Parr also was convicted of cocaine possession in Williams County, Ohio near the turnpike in 2006. Police found the drug in Parr’s possession while they were investigating a meth lab at a motel.

Last April Parr was investigated in DeKalb County, Ind. for stopping women and impersonating a police officer. The vehicle involved was located at his family home.

Parr had been a race car driver in the Midwest, but stopped driving in the last few years.







The last defendants convicted in an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) operation targeting the Simon Chavez Drug Trafficking Organization (DTO), have been sentenced. That DTO was responsible for distributing large quantities of methamphetamine in Lubbock, Texas, and surrounding areas. The operation resulted in significant seizures of methamphetamine, three vehicles and more than $313,000 in cash. The announcement was made today by U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.


On March 21, 2014, U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings sentenced Simon Orlando Chavez, Jr. to the statutory maximum of 240 months in federal prison. Chavez pleaded guilty to distribution and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Judge Cummings also sentenced Jimmy Cordova, who pleaded guilty to the same offense, to 188 months in federal prison.

“Targeting drug organizations that have infiltrated north Texas and jeopardized the safety and security of our communities continues to be a priority in this district,” said U.S. Attorney Saldaña. “I commend the dedicated investigative efforts of the DEA and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), who were assisted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation, the Lubbock Police Department, the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office and the Texas Department of Public Safety.”

“The convictions of Simon Orlando Chavez, Jr. and his co-conspirators are indicative of DEA’s continued commitment to fully identify, investigate and bring to justice drug trafficking organizations determined to make a living on the backs of addiction,” said Daniel R. Salter, Special Agent in Charge of DEA, Dallas Field Division. “A prison sentence of 240 months, which Chavez received, should serve as a warning to other drug trafficking organizations that DEA and our state, local and federal partners are united in our efforts to keeping our communities safe.”

Six additional defendants also pleaded guilty to distribution and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and were sentenced as follows:

Jose Luis Lara-Sosa, 87 months

Jose Montemayor, 87 months

Sammy Chavez, 121 months

Antonio Rosa, 51 months

Ruben Deleon, 71 months

Anthony Deleon, 57 months

Other defendants pleaded guilty to various other offenses and were sentenced:

Jessica Trevino, 120 months, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine

Brian Melcher, 175 months, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine

Francisco Avalos-Alejandre, 100 months, possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine

Ira Newton-Davis, 48 months, unlawful use of a communication facility

Tiffany Lashell Copley, 12 months and a $5,000 fine for operating an illegal gambling business

“To maximize our effectiveness, organized criminal actions require a unified law enforcement response,” said David M. Marwell, Special Agent in Charge of HSI Dallas. “Our collaborative work with the OCDETF task force resulted in this successful investigation, and these significant prison sentences. The methamphetamine addiction that this criminal operation was promoting has destroyed countless lives.”

Assistant U.S. Attorney Justin Cunningham, of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Lubbock, prosecuted the cases.









It’s the devil’s drug, I really believe that,” Misty Raup said.

It was a six-year battle that Raup wasn’t sure she would overcome. She compared her experience with meth as a way to commit slow suicide. She was one of the few to overcome the strong and powerful addiction that took over her life.


Her hope pulled her through the dark and tumultuous transition from being chemically dependent on the drug. It’s a hope she’s willing to share, with the thought that maybe her story can touch and inspire others to break free from the dangerous and deadly lifestyle.

Raup said she grew up in a loving home and came from a wonderful family. She said that her path wasn’t a predictable one. She was a 4.0 student, involved in sports and extra curricular activities, and attended church growing up.

She recalled having a few beers on the weekend with some friends for the first time at the age of 15, and smoking some pot. She said that it was the gateway that led to a darker path. She explained that the casual beer or joint wasn’t out of the ordinary for teenagers in the area. It was curiosity that led her to try it out. She had no idea that substances would end up having a powerful hold on her life after she graduated from Glasgow High School and moved to Billings to start college.

She had bright hopes for the future. She remembered the first time she did meth, she was 19. Raup said that other college kids were also doing the drug. She was told that the drug would give her more energy, she would be able to complete more tasks, get more done. It was a way to get through the classes, to hold down a job and find a way to carry on with responsibility.

“I felt that way at first, I even lost weight and thought I was hot stuff, which was a big motivation to continue,” Raup said. “I felt superhuman.”

Unfortunately the effects created more problems. She explained that the drug has a way of throwing morals out the window. It was the winter of 1997 and the beginning of a long journey. She said she was in a relationship with the wrong kind of guy. She quit paying her rent, she tried to justify her spending habits by befriending dealers and getting some for free.

“After a while you despise yourself, you know you’re in the wrong, but you don’t want to feel the guilt, the sadness and the depression,” Raup said. “It’s kind of like a bad cycle of hell.”

Her dad eventually came and rescued her from her situation in Billings, and brought her back to Glasgow. Here is where the battle really began. After losing most of her belongings in Billings she tried to start again. She was able to stay sober off meth for five months and went to rahab. Raup explained that she would go through stints of being clean – a few months here, a few months there – but the drug still continued to keep a powerful hold on her.

She tried to convince herself during her sober times from meth that marijuana and alcohol weren’t going to hurt her. She continued the cycle and then would eventually get back onto meth.

She said that the impact of drugs had her running from her family and her friends. She felt so ashamed that she would hide from them when they showed up. She went through several homes and constantly fought to hold a job and face responsibilities. Today, Raup agonizes over the time she lost with her children and vividly remembered missing a ceremony with her oldest daughter in grade school.

The drug had worked so rapidly that in only four years’ time her thoughts of college, thoughts of normal relationships had been lost. She found herself in another abusive relationship and said that she never did anything to get help. She felt guilt and said that the focus was always on the next high.

In October 2003, Raup found herself in front of a judge of the local district court. She was charged with criminal distribution of dangerous drugs. She had been arrested in January 2002 on the offense in Glasgow. The court stated that the she had failed previous efforts in rehabilitation, but she had family and friends supportive of her recovery. She was sentenced with a deferred sentence of four years on the conditions she would pay a fine, follow probation rules and undergo a chemical dependency evaluation. She also spent 20 days in jail.

While she found herself reaching for recovery the full ramifications that the the drug had on her weren’t fully realized. It wasn’t until June 2004, she finally realized what her life had become. She was charged with criminal possession of dangerous drugs. Valley County Sheriff Glen Meiers showed up at the scene and they removed her children from the home. She had fallen back into use. Her deferred sentence went back to court.

Raup explained that she called her dad to bail her out of jail. When she asked to come live with her parents she was told she couldn’t. She wasn’t allowed to live with her son, who was staying there. Otherwise, they would send him to foster care in Miles City. She explained that this was the moment she finally understood the hold chemicals had on her.

It was around this time Raup had a spiritual awakening. She asked for a Bible in jail and said she cried out for the Lord. It was then that she realized that she could accept forgiveness from the childhood God she once knew, she decided to commit her life to a path far different than the one she had been living. She left jail a different person.

She left for treatment and spent months away from her children. She said that losing custody of her children was huge and it was what finally had convinced her she was in trouble, she said all the other troubles and nothing else had weighed in as much.

This is where she said friends and family from Glasgow helped her stay strong. Even after she appeared in the local papers, after people were aware of her issues, they showed support. She was visited in the jail, sent cards and letters and in general she felt loved by the community when she had fallen to her rock bottom. She said for her, the system finally worked.

“There was a lot of forgiveness in Glasgow,” Raup said.

This time she went through treatment with a passion to win the battle. She said it was the little transitions that were difficult. Cleaning her room, getting up early in the morning, paying her bills and becoming a responsible adult again. In the beginning, she was so focused on the damage she had done the change wasn’t easy.

She said she had a great support team. She was living in a halfway house and taking parenting classes to get her children back. She explained that she was the only participant that showed up for the 12 classes, out of a class of 20. Raup also became very close with a group of women for fellowship during this time.

An even more terrifying responsibility was finding a job. Looking for work with serious felony charges was discouraging. She walked into the Salvation Army in Butte for a job and was very honest with her background and told the supervisor that she understood if they didn’t want to hire her, but she’d still be interested in volunteering. After the interview on a Friday, they called her to let her know she was hired on Monday.

Raup met her husband during the transition. He was also hired on at the Salvation Army. They married in November 2005 and ended up working with him for several years.

She said that the job helped her give back to the community. She got involved with the community outreach, involved as a youth pastor and was able to focus on others. They served in homeless shelters, recreation centers, after school programs and with the rehabilitation centers. Probation officers began to refer people to her for help, they wanted her to succeed.

“I learned if you work hard, and you really want something and believe in a higher power than yourself, you can do it,” Raup said. “Giving back, it was important to get out of yourself for recovery.”

Her work with the Salvation Army started as the social services director and office manager. Her experiences on the worship team, the women’s ministry and as a youth pastor ended up leading her to more training. She went to the College for Officers Training through the Salvation Army and was selected to be commissioned lieutenant, with her husband, in June 2011.

Raup said that her life had made a full swing. She said that had she not been served papers, had she not lost custody of her children, she may have never found a way out of her addiction. Her work with the Salvation Army took the family all over the country. Their moves from Tacoma, Wash ., to the Los Angeles area, however, became a stress and they stepped down. Her husband now works in Colorado for Halliburton, and she took a position this past January working for a CPA (Certified Personal Accountant). They now live in a suburb of Denver.

She said that she changed herself completely to break free from the drug. While in the midst of addiction, Raup would get angry and deny confrontations from friends and family who told her she needed help. She said that the friends she knew from the lifestyle have died, are incarcerated or out of touch, possibly still using. Her only hope was to change everything.

“You have to change who you are on the inside and out,” Raup said.

Raup left the area in hopes of staying away from friends who were using. She changed how she dressed, how she acted and the way she thought. She said that the change was good, and now she’s likes who she is.

“I still struggle, I still make mistakes, but I have different outlets,” Raup said. “There is a purpose for everything, and some of those experiences have brought good things.”

Raup’s oldest daughter recently graduated early from high school and is now looking forward to college. Her younger son and daughter, she reports are doing well in school. Raup herself has gone back to school through Liberty University online to finish up her bachelor’s degree in 2015 in business and accounting. Her dream job is to be a finance director for another nonprofit organization.

She said that she has learned what relationships are. She has herself back, and she has worked hard to regain the relationships that were a struggle in the past. Her parents struggled through her struggles. Raup said their support was priceless. Her dark times are now like a nightmare. Everyday isn’t easy in recovery, but she speaks of a strong sense of who she is and of her life being been turned over to God.

“I’m really, really grateful today for all the blessings I have,” Raup said.








BROOKSVILLE – Hernando County Sheriff’s vice and narcotics detective seized 88 “one pot” meth labs and 113 hydrochloric acid generators from two trailers at Hawk’s Nest RV Park on Tuesday morning.

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The bust was the largest when it comes to the “one pot vessels” used to make methamphetamine, according to the sheriff’s office.

Working off of a tip, detectives knocked on the door of Carey Norton’s travel trailer at the 11185 Commercial Way park, and saw several of the one pot meth labs inside the home, according to the sheriff’s office.

Both Norton, 41, and his 62-year-old mother were taken out of the 30-foot trailer for their safety, deputies said.

Florida Department of Children and Families put the woman in an assisted living facility because she has multiple medical conditions and relies on her son as a caregiver, deputies said.

Neighbors at the park advised detectives they believed a resident who lived three lots down, Johnny Carrington, was also cooking meth, according to the sheriff’s office.

Carrington answered the door “highly intoxicated,” according to the sheriff’s office, and detectives also saw several of the one pot vessels.

Carrington was removed from his home, and residents in the immediate area were asked to leave for their own safety.

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After search warrants were signed, detectives and a HAZMAT team recovered 73 of the vessels from Norton’s trailer, as well as 106 hydrochloric acid generators, chemicals and drug paraphernalia, deputies said.

He was arrested on charges of producing methamphetamine, possessing a structure to manufacture drugs, possessing chemicals to manufacture a controlled substance and possession of drug equipment. He is being held in lieu of $25,500 bail.

Carrington’s trailer had 15 one pot labs, seven hydrochloric acid generators, chemicals and drug paraphernalia. He was arrested on charges of producing methamphetamine, possessing a structure to manufacture drugs, possessing listed chemicals to manufacture a controlled substance and possession of drug equipment. He was being held in lieu of $20,500 bail.

Investigators believe the men knew each other and were making the methamphetamine for personal use.

“We cannot have this type of activity going on in our community,” Sheriff Al Nienhuis said in a press release. “The dangers of abusing any controlled substance are well documented. The manufacture and use of methamphetamine, however, is in its own league. The manufacturing process is very dangerous, creates hazardous waste and produces a product that wreaks havoc on the user’s body. It is for this reason that we are going to encourage, if these individuals are convicted, sentences that are decades in prison.”

Nienhuis also said he has directed Public Information Officer Denise Moloney to draft a campaign to help county residents identify similar operations.

“As I have stated before, we all need to work together to make drug abuse socially unacceptable by discouraging our friends and loved ones from recreational use of any controlled drugs. Looking the other way is simply not acceptable,” Nienhuis said.







FLIPPIN — Two women were arrested Wednesday on various drug-related charges, according to Police Chief Dusty Smith.

Jennifer Padgett, 30, of Flippin, was arrested Wednesday and charged with delivery of methamphetamine, a Class C felony; possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class B felony; and tampering with physical evidence, Smith said.

The arrest followed a joint investigation by Flippin Police Department and Marion County Sheriff’s Office. Smith said during the investigation, officers made a purchase of methamphetamine from Padgett. Padgett was arrested Wednesday for that offense during a traffic stop.


Smith said during the arrest, officers found drug paraphernalia related to the sale of methamphetamine. Officers later learned that Padgett ate part of the evidence when the officer started his emergency lights to make the traffic stop.

Padgett remains in Marion County Detention Center with bond pending.

Pamela Pendergrass, 21, of Gassville, also was arrested Wednesday and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class B felony, and possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance, a Class A misdemeanor, Smith said.

Pendergrass was arrested during a traffic stop by Flippin Police and Marion County Deputies where officers found drug paraphernalia related to the sale of methamphetamine. Smith said officers also found an amount of a Schedule VI controlled substance and a marijuana smoking device.

Pendergrass remains in the Marion County Detention Center, with bond pending.






(CNN) — A Tijuana, Mexico, police officer will appear in a U.S. federal court next week after being arrested on a charge of possession with intent to distribute almost 20 pounds of heroin and methamphetamine.

Noe Raygoza-Garcia, 33, was indicted Thursday and was scheduled to appear in court Wednesday, but because of “documentary snafu” was never transported from a prison in San Bernandino, California, said Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Carlo DiCesare. Raygoza-Garcia’s arraignment was rescheduled to April 9.


According to an affidavit from U.S. Border Patrol agent Kevin Legg, authorities were conducting anti-smuggling operations on March 17 in Fallbrook, California. They were monitoring Interstate 15, a popular smuggling route, about 70 miles north of the Mexican border when Raygoza-Garcia passed in a red Dodge Neon.

“As the vehicle approached, the agents immediately noticed that the vehicle reduced its speed drastically,” forcing cars behind it to go around, the affidavit said.

The Border Patrol agents pulled alongside the car and noticed a single key in the ignition, which can be a sign that a car contains contraband, the affidavit said.

The agents dropped about 10 car lengths behind the Neon, according to the affidavit, and noticed the driver cross over the dividing line.

“The agents believed that (Raygoza-Garcia) was fixated on the position of the marked service vehicle behind (him) instead of focusing on the road ahead of him,” the affidavit said.

The agents pulled closer to the Neon and noticed the driver was driving 45 to 50 mph, “well below the posted speed limit,” and Raygoza-Garcia “appeared to be gripping the steering wheel very tightly” when he passed a Riverside County police vehicle.

Using their laptop to check the vehicle, authorities learned it had crossed into the United States that morning. At the border, records showed, the driver was Eduardo Guadalupe Sanchez-Hernandez, who did not look like Raygoza-Garcia, the affidavit said.

They pulled over the vehicle, and when Raygoza-Garcia exited the vehicle, he “nearly fell to the ground and was shaking excessively,” according to the affidavit. He told the agents he had a valid visa and was nervous about being pulled over, the affidavit said.

Raygoza-Garcia further told agents that he was going to San Bernandino to visit his dying uncle, but when asked the location, he said he didn’t know, according to the affidavit. He also told agents that he had driven the car over the border himself and that the vehicle belonged to his friend, whom he knew only as “Eduardo,” the affidavit said.

When agents told Raygoza-Garcia that records showed he had crossed the border as a pedestrian, he “started pacing and they noticed a change in the tone of his voice,” the affidavit said.

He then recanted his story and said he borrowed his friend’s car after crossing the border. He said he didn’t know why he hadn’t crossed with his friend, the affidavit said.

Asked if there was anything illegal in the car, Raygoza-Garcia said he didn’t know and gave the agents permission to search it using a dog, the affidavit said. The dog indicated there were drugs in the car.

In the glove compartment, agents found a socket with a star-shaped pattern matching bolts in the rear seat area. They removed the backrest, where they found “bundles of narcotics,” six square packages and five “misshapen, non-compressed packages,” according to the affidavit.

The square ones tested positive for heroin and the misshapen ones tested positive for methamphetamine, the agents said in an affidavit.

The indictment says Raygoza-Garcia was charged with possessing 6 kilograms (13.2 pounds) of heroin and 2.8 kilograms (6.2 pounds) of methamphetamine.

Raygoza-Garcia’s court-appointed federal public defender did not immediately return calls from CNN. Raygoza-Garcia is being held without bond and faces a 10-year mandatory minimum sentence and a maximum penalty of life in prison if found guilty of possession with intent to distribute.


An Escambia County man was arrested after his landlord discovered a meth lab in his rental home while investigating a water leak.

Joshua James Selph, 29, was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of ammunition by a convicted felon, possession of a listed chemical and producing methamphetamine.


Narcotics investigators said they located evidence of meth manufacturing on the premises of the rental home in the 600 block of North 77th Avenue. The meth lab was neutralized by the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office Rapid Response Team.

Selph remained in the Escambia County Jail Wednesday with bond set at $45,500.








Ohio is near the top of a new list of that shows the numbers of seized meth labs, chemicals and dump sites. The Missouri State Highway Patrol broke down numbers from the National Clandestine Laboratory Seizure System.


Ohio rose three spots to fourth in the nation with just over 1,000 labs, chemicals and other items seized related to meth. Summit County led the state with 66 labs. Indiana ranked first, followed by Tennessee and Missouri.







CLARKSVILLEFour methamphetamine labs made from plastic soft drink bottles were found in a pickup truck during a traffic stop Tuesday, Clarksville police reported.

The vehicle was occupied by three people: Christopher Welch, 35, New Albany; Angel Hall, 29, New Albany; and Kasey McDonald, 21, Corydon, who have each been preliminarily charged with multiple felonies.


The arresting Clarksville Police Department officer said he pulled over the vehicle for failure to use a turn signal while turning onto Eastern Boulevard from the parking lot of America’s Best Inn and Suites about 1 a.m.

He said as he approached the vehicle, he could smell an emitting odor of ammonia.

Welch was the behind the wheel and the two women sat in the truck’s cabin, according to the officer. He said he noticed the women attempting to hide items under their feet and in the seat during the traffic stop.

The officer reported finding four one-pot methamphetamine labs, made out of 20-ounce bottles, in the truck. Two of the bottles contained active labs, and two had been previously used, but contained methamphetamine residue, according to police. A smoking pipe and two hypodermic needs were also discovered in the vehicle, police reported.

In the bed of the truck, police reported finding a cooler containing precursor items used to make methamphetamine.

Indiana State Police were contacted and responded to the scene to safely process and dispose of the materials.

Welch, Hall and McDonald were each preliminarily charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine, both class A felonies, and possession of precursors used for methamphetamine, possession of needle or syringe and maintaining a common nuisance, all class D felonies.

Each has been assigned Clark County Circuit Court No. 2 for their upcoming court dates.







— A 37-year-old Pelion woman has been charged with operating a meth lab at the home she shared with a young boy.

Jamie Williams Greenlee, 37, of 1570 Pelion Road has been charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, unlawfully altering pseudoephedrine and manufacturing methamphetamine in the presence of a child.

She was being held on Tuesday at the Lexington County Detention Center on bail totaling $30,000.

Officers with the Lexington County Multi-Agency Narcotics Enforcement Team seized a methamphetamine laboratory on Friday that was operated at the home. When officers searched the home, they found the components of a methamphetamine laboratory inside the residence, according to a press release from the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department.

NET officers placed the 8-year-old boy in emergency protective custody. The S.C. Department of Social Services took custody of the boy and took to a local hospital for assessment.

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Doctors treating a woman injured in a wreck following a three-county police chase Monday reportedly found $2,000 worth of methamphetamine stashed inside her body.

Kimberly Dawn Whitworth, 28, of Shelby, remains in critical condition at Spartanburg Medical Center in South Carolina.

But it was while Whitworth was in surgery that doctors found 19 grams of methamphetamine hidden inside a body cavity, according to the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office. Nineteen grams is a little less than three-fourths of an ounce.

The police chase began after Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office narcotics investigators made an undercover meth purchase from 28-year-old Jason Lowery of Shelby. During the buy, investigators learned Lowery had a quantity of methamphetamine in his vehicle, according to a Sheriff’s Office release.

When deputies tried to stop Lowery to arrest him he took off with Whitworth in the passenger seat. Lowery led investigators on a police chase from Shelby, through Rutherford County and into Polk County, according to the press release.

Polk County deputies put out spiked strips flatten Lowery’s tires and stop the vehicle. Lowery tried to miss the strips and lost control of the car, Cleveland County Sheriff’s Capt. Joel Shores previously told The Star. Lowery hit a pickup truck that was coming down an exit ramp. Passengers of the truck had no serious injures, Cleveland County Sheriff Alan Norman said.

Lowery and Whitworth were injured and airlifted to Spartanburg Medical Center.







Imperial Valley, California – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Imperial Valley ports of entry over the weekend intercepted approximately $230,000 worth of methamphetamine and cocaine in two separate seizures.

The first incident occurred shortly before 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, when CBP officers at the Calexico downtown port of entry encountered a U.S. citizen applying for admission at the pedestrian area carrying a wooden cot inside a suitcase. Officers escorted the 21-year-old male to a secure area to conduct a further examination.

CBP officers utilized the port’s imaging system and detected anomalies within the cot. An intensive search led officers to the discovery of 11 wrapped packages containing more than three pounds of cocaine and 11 pounds of methamphetamine concealed inside the wooden frame of the cot.

The cocaine has an estimated street value of almost $41,000 and the methamphetamine is worth approximately $74,000.

The man, a resident of Chicago, was arrested and turned over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations agents.

Later that day, the second incident occurred at about 6:30 p.m., when CBP officers at the Andrade port of entry encountered a 2000 Volkswagen Jetta, driven by a 28-year-old male Mexican citizen. The driver and the vehicle were referred for an in-depth examination.

During the inspection, a CBP canine team screened the Volkswagen and received a positive alert from the detector dog. An intensive examination revealed 14 wrapped packages of methamphetamine concealed in both rear doors of the vehicle.

The narcotics weighed approximately 18 pounds with an estimated street value of $115,000.

The man, a resident of Los Algodones, Baja California, was arrested and turned over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations agents.

CBP placed an immigration hold on the driver, to initiate removal from the U.S. at the conclusion of his criminal proceedings.

In both events, CBP seized the vehicles and the narcotics.







LANSING — Michigan ranks sixth in the nation for the number of reported methamphetamine labs, equipment seizures and dump sites, according to statistics compiled by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Indiana now leads the nation with 1,797 incidents, followed by Tennessee, while Missouri has slipped to third based on reports included in the National Clandestine Laboratory Seizure System, a database maintained by the U.S. Department of Justice.


In 2013, there were 11,573 incidents reported nationally, with the highest concentration of incidents in the Midwest and South. Tennessee had 1,616 incidents, while Missouri reported 1,496. Ohio had the fourth-most incidents, with 1,010, while Illinois was fifth with 673.

Michigan had 607 incidents reported in 2013, the report stated. Statistics show that over the last three years, the number of reported incidents has increased in Michigan while the overall number of incidents declined nationally.

For 2012, Michigan had 591 incidents reported to the federal database, and a Michigan State Police report from last year identified 325 lab seizures in 2012. The federal statistics also include dumping sites for meth-making materials and seizures of chemicals or equipment to make the drug.

Unlike the elaborate process seen in the television show “Breaking Bad”, most meth labs found by police today use the “one-pot” or “shake-and-bake” method where a single container is used to produce the drug, Michigan State Police said.

State lawmakers are considering legislation to tighten access to some of the drug’s components by creating a “methamphetamine offender registry” that would require people convicted of meth-related crimes to obtain prescriptions for pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient in the drug.

The Michigan Senate approved a package of bills creating the registry last month, and the House Criminal Justice Committee is taking a look at the measures.






You might not think that the woods or a graveyard is a good place to hang out, but for people making meth, it’s perfect. Because it’s so secluded, they can make the drug and leave without being seen.

Now, that’s causing danger for the public.

Meth Labs Found in Area

“If you would pick it up, it could explode,” said Corporal Rodney Rolenson of the Upshur County Sheriff’s Office. “It still has the potential to reactivate, and cause burns, gases, and everything coming from it,”

So what should you look out for? Bottles that look like they’ve gotten bigger than they’re supposed to be. They’re swollen because of the gases inside. However, that’s not all you should look out for.

“You might see one that has the lid tightened down on it with the crusty, white substance in the bottom. You need to stay away from that. You might also see different types of liquid Draino, containers that they use,” said Cpl. Rolenson.

You could also find some of these things when you’re out in the woods: starter fluid, ammonia, or Gatorade bottles.

The bottles could have a hose coming out of the top or be tightly sealed.

“We have cleanup techs that actually come and clean it up because there’s the potential for explosion, and the potential of burn hazard and the potential of toxic gases,” said Cpl. Rolenson.

If you do think you’ve come across any containers that were used to make meth, don’t touch them under any circumstances. Call your local law enforcement agency.







 MINER, Mo – Authorities were called out to an apartment fire which led to the arrest of two in connection with a meth lab.

Friday, March 28th authorities were called to 200 State Highway H, for an apartment fire.


One of the residents, Billy Rex Arnold, 45 was transported to a hospital in St. Louis for treatment of severe burns.

Detectives found the fire was the result of a meth lab explosion, and collected evidence at the scene.

Authorities arrested Tonya Michelle Young, 39 and was charged with Arson 1st degree injury/ death result in fire, explosion in attempt to manufacture methamphetamine, distribute/manufacture/produce controlled substance, possession of chemicals with the intent to produce controlled substance.

Young’s bond was set at $50,000 cash only and is currently lodged in the Scott County Jail.

After being released from the hospital, Arnold was charged with the same as Young with a $50,000 cash only bond and held in the Scott County Jail as well.







As the snow melts across West Michigan, a dangerous drug is being exposed.

Local police say heavy snow and freezing temperatures kept meth dump sites buried in snowbanks.

But now, there are concerns over what this year’s spring thaw will reveal.

It snowed so much and so frequently this winter, with temperatures rarely climbing above freezing, that meth lab dumps which typically would have been found have stayed trapped in snowbanks–until now.

Finding dump sites is common year-round, but finding the deadly waste slowed down this winter.

Detective First Lieutenant Andy Fias, commander of the West Michigan Enforcement Team says it could be worse than other years.

“We do find every year a gas generator that still has a little bit of gas emanating from it,” he said.

Allegan County Sergeant Mike Brown says for his department, the calls have already started coming in.

“We would prefer to find them, but that’s not always the case; people do quite frequently find them also,” he said.

As a result, officers are keeping their eyes peeled.

“It’s just knowing kind of where some of your suspects live, and then finding an area that’s kind of off the beaten path,” Sgt. Brown said.

Lt. Fias adds that if you do see something and there’s any doubt, to call 9-1-1.

“You may pick up a 10 cent refundable and find out that it at one point housed a one-pot meth lab,” he said.

When meth teams respond to meth dump sites, they have to wear full HAZMAT protective gear, including respirators at times, so authorities say it really isn’t something to trifle with.

If, for some reason, you are concerned about calling 9-1-1, you can also call Silent Observer.