INDIANAPOLIS – Investigators say an Indianapolis mother caused the deadly fire that killed her 7-year-old son during an attempt to make meth.

Investigators said Jessica Rogers was responsible for the Dec. 8 fire. Charges against her include murder, arson, neglect of a dependent and cocaine possession.

Rogers’ son, Dreydon Webb, died in the fire, which broke out in the early morning hours at an apartment building near Elder and West Washington Street. The boy didn’t live there but was visiting his mother.

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Several people jumped out of windows to escape, including Rogers. She told police she was trying to grab Dreydon while trying to leave the building, but couldn’t hold onto him while navigating through the intense heat and smoke. A total of 15 people escaped, including Rogers’ boyfriend.

The building did not have any smoke detectors.

About a week after the fire, neighbors saw investigators combing through the charred remnants of the building, checking trash cans and taking pictures for evidence.

According to the probable cause affidavit, investigators found “suspicious burn patterns indicating a liquid accelerant” in the building. Investigators said Rogers attempted to manufacture meth using the “shake and bake” method—an attempt that resulted in the fire that tore through the building and killed her son.

According to court documents, one witness said Rogers told her, “I messed up and it blew up in my face” shortly after the fire. An Indianapolis Fire Department firefighter recalled Rogers asking, “Am I going to jail for this?” while on the scene.

Rogers suffered first- and second-degree burns to her hands and first- and second-degree “splash burns” to her chin and neck. Investigators didn’t observe any burns on her eyelashes, eyebrows, or hair. According to the probable cause, the injuries were “indicative of a rapid high heat thermal event” that occurs “in front of a person possibly holding an object with splashing from some type of liquid or from direct contact.”

When police asked Rogers why she left her son alone inside, she stated “the fire was too hot” and “I couldn’t stand the heat, it felt like acid was burning me.” She then said she tried to get her son to safety, stating that “she had a hold of him twice.” When asked how the boy got away, Rogers said he got loose because he was wearing a hooded sweatshirt. Police informed her that the boy was only wearing blue jeans when investigators found him.

Rogers admitted to taking multiple types of drugs on several occasions, including “Hydrocodone, Vicodin, Lortab, methamphetamine, Xanax, marijuana and alcohol.” The night before the fire, she said she’d had four Xanax, marijuana and a half-pint of alcohol.

The interviewing officer noted that Rogers “showed very little if any remorse or emotion” regarding her son’s death.

Police also interviewed Rogers’ boyfriend, who said Rogers was a frequent drug user. He told investigators he heard Dreydon cry out, “Help me, Mommy” four or five times during the fire and thought Rogers had helped her son. He jumped out of a bedroom window.

Rogers jumped out shortly after that. Her boyfriend noted that she was by herself and asked her, “Where is Drey (Dreybon)? How could you leave him in there?” During a subsequent interview, the boyfriend also said he heard the boy yelling for help inside the apartment.

A search of Rogers’ apartment revealed “five used needle syringes, three new needle syringes, one narcotics pipe, one syringe plunger, one plastic funnel and one rubber IV tourniquet band.” One of the needles later tested positive for cocaine, according to the probable cause affidavit.

A toxicology screening of Rogers showed that she tested positive for several drugs, including amphetamines, methamphetamines, benzodiazepines, marijuana, cocaine and opiates, court documents said. Records also showed that neither medical crews nor hospital staff had administered any narcotics prior to Rogers’ being admitted to the hospital after the fire.

Several neighbors described a chemical or “Tiki-Torch” smell during the fire. Investigators ruled out any known accidental or natural causes, and said the characteristics of the fire—and Rogers’ injuries—seemed to be consistent with a fire caused by the manufacture of methamphetamine, namely the “shake and bake” method.


COLUMBUS — A 32-year-old Columbus woman whose recent sentencing for delivering drugs was postponed for a month because she was about to give birth was back in a jail cell Wednesday for another drug offense.

Defendant Kristal Thomas, who was set for sentencing last Friday (Jan. 5), was booked into the county jail for methamphetamine-prohibited acts Wednesday afternoon, five days after she gave birth to a boy.

Kristal Thomas

The arrest resulted from her newborn son testing positive for meth, according to a police affidavit filed in the case. The boy was removed from his mother’s custody and transported to Children’s Hospital in Omaha.

On Thursday morning, Thomas’ personal recognizance bond was set at $10,000 by Platte County Court Judge Frank Skorupa. The city woman was then released from the county jail later in the day.

Thomas had complained of pregnancy discomfort during her scheduled sentencing in connection with three separate drugs sales spring.

The defendant was having some pregnancy issues in the courtroom at sentencing, Chief Deputy Platte County Attorney Demi Herman said. Thomas was out of jail on bond pending her district court sentencing in the drug case.

Herman said Thomas was supposed to be participating in intensive out-patient drug treatment while she was out of jail pending sentencing.

Thomas pleaded no contest to two counts of delivery of marijuana earlier in exchange for two other delivery charges, one for meth and one for pot, being dismissed by the prosecution.

District Court Judge Robert Steinke continued sentencing in the March 2012 drug delivery cases for Feb. 15.

The pot delivery charges are Class III felonies, each punishable by up to 20 years imprisonment and a $25,000 fine.

Court documents in a March 28 deal describe a drug transaction that began with a confidential police informant meeting with Thomas at her residence.

Thomas was one of two go-betweens in the drug deal. She was later charged with charged with delivery of a controlled substance stemming from that deal.

A 71-year-old Columbus man was also involved as a middleman in the drug transaction. The city man, who was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease after his arrest, was sentenced to 18 months probation last September.

Thomas was also later charged with delivery of meth and marijuana in March 16 and 21 sales.

Court reports in the March 28 case said Thomas indicated to the informant, who was wearing a recording device, that she would need a ride to an apartment in the 2500 block of 12th Street to get the marijuana, according to a probable cause affidavit filed by Nebraska State Patrol Investigator Keith Bignell.

Surveillance officers observed Thomas with the second middleman while entering his 12th Street apartment, then exiting and delivering the suspected marijuana to the informant waiting outside in a vehicle, Bignell said in his statement.

Authorities served search warrants the following day and seized marijuana, pipes, plastic packaging material, a digital scale and cash.



ERWIN — A shoplifting complaint turned into a drug bust Thursday when troopers found the suspected thief in possession a methamphetamine and drug-making materials, police said Friday.

Painted Post-based New York State Police were called to Walmart on Thursday afternoon for the report of a woman who had stolen merchandise. Jennifer D. Washburn, 25, of Elkland, Pa., had allegedly stolen clothes from the store, police said.

During the investigation, troopers found Washburn in possession of a significant amount of meth, police said. They also found alleged meth-making materials in Washburn’s possession.

Washburn was charged with petit larceny and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class B felony. The charge alleges Washburn had the intent to sell.

Washburn was arraigned in Erwin Town Court and jailed on $50,000 cash bail.

The case was turned over to the state police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team for further investigation.



Elba teenager was placed into the Coffee County Jail on Thursday on a charge he allegedly manufactured a controlled substance unlawfully.

David Matthew Bryant

David Matthew Bryant


David Matthew Bryant, 16, of Highway 189 near Elba, was arrested on the first-degree manufacturing charge at his residence, according to jail records. He was listed as a student, but the records did not specify what school he attends.

Chief Coffee County Sheriff’s Deputy Ronnie Whitworth said the charge came after deputies were alerted to the possibility of a methamphetamine lab in operation.

Whitworth said Bryant is the youngest person to be charged with first-degree manufacturing in Coffee County history.



Four people arrested by the Wilkes Sheriff’s Department this week in connection with the manufacture of methamphetamine remained in jail on Friday.

Tiffany Mae West, 26, and Todd Eugene Wyatt, 24, were arrested Thursday night at a home at 215 Barefield Road in North Wilkesboro after sheriff’s department investigators found a “one-pot” meth lab operation at that location, said Major David Carson of the sheriff’s department.

Tiffany Mae West

Tiffany Mae West


Brookelyn Miller

Brookelyn Miller


Todd Eugene Wyatt

Todd Eugene Wyatt


Tony Steven Steelman

Tony Steven Steelman


Carson said officers went to the residence about 7 p.m. after receiving information about a meth lab being at that location. Det. Danny Jennings was listed as the arresting officer. Barefield Road is off John McGrady Road in the Mulberry community.

Brookelyn Michelle Miller, 21, and Tony Steven Steelman, 25, were arrested Wednesday night at 667 Robin Hill Road in North Wilkesboro after investigators found a one-pot meth lab operation there, said Lt. Craig Dancy, head of the sheriff’s department’s narcotics unit. Robin Hill Road is off Speedway Road.

Steelman, Wyatt, Ms. West and Ms. Miller are charged with one count each of conspiracy to manufacture a schedule II controlled substance, manufacturing a schedule II controlled substance and maintaining a dwelling for keeping a controlled substance.



MILTON-FREEWATER — Police arrested four city residents in early morning drug raids Wednesday and Thursday after several months of investigation into drug trafficking.

#According to a press released issued by the Blue Mountain Enforcement Narcotics Team, officers conducted raids in Milton-Freewater and Hermiston, rounding up six suspected drug traffickers and seizing more than a half-pound of methamphetamine, 30 prescription pills, heroin and more than $2,200 in cash.

#According to BENT, the street value of the methamphetamine is more than $15,000.

#Vernon Ray Hamblen Jr., 41, and Sue Veitenheimer, 33, both of 392 Raspberry Loop No. 15, Milton-Freewater, were arrested on investigation of unlawful possession of methamphetamine, unlawful delivery of methamphetamine, unlawful possession of prescription drugs, frequenting a place where drugs are kept/sold.

#Robert Clarence Brownson, 38, and Ashlee Kristy Kveton, 24, both of 203 N.E. Sixth St., Milton-Freewater, were arrested on investigation of unlawful possession of heroin, unlawful delivery of heroin and frequenting a place where drugs are kept/sold.

#Irene Ulloa-Sanchez, 53, and Juan Francisco Montenegro, 55, both of 30954 Joy Lane, Hermiston, were arrested on investigation of unlawful delivery of methamphetamine, unlawful possession of methamphetamine and frequenting a place where drugs are kept/sold.


Drug Task Force agents executed a search warrant on a vehicle on County Road 479 in DeKalb County, Ala., on Tuesday and found $1,300 in cash and uncut methamphetamine worth $6,000 on the street, a news release states.

Salvador Lopez-Guzman, 26, and Brenda Briseida Navarro, 23, both of Boaz, were arrested and charged with trafficking methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and unlawful possession of a controlled substance, according to the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office.

Guzman and Navarro are being held at the DeKalb County Detention Center.

“Thanks to the Drug Task Force Agents for doing a good job on getting more drugs off the streets and the citizens of the community for calling in tips,” Sheriff Jimmy Harris said in the release. “Please keep calling in any illegal activities to the DeKalb County Sheriff Office.”



Easton police took several people into custody after a drug raid this morning at an apartment complex in the 100 block of North 15th Street in Wilson Borough.

 Four adults were taken to the Easton Police Department in Downtown Easton after a narcotics warrant was served about 6 o’clock as part of an investigation into methamphetamine dealing, Lt. Matthew Gerould said at the scene. A fifth person was taken away by a constable on district court warrant.

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Several people were taken into custody after Easton police served a warrant Friday morning in the 100 block of North 15th Street in Wilson Borough. Police said the raid involved methamphetamine. One person was picked up on unrelated charges

Easton police found the makings of a meth lab in the apartment, but it wasn’t actively cooking, Gerould said. As soon as the equipment was discovered, police called Pennsylvania State Police and the Clandestine Laboratory Response Team quickly responded, Gerould said. Easton suspended its search of the property until state police experts dealt with the equipment, he said.

Police requested road barriers to close the block between Liberty and Spring Garden streets. At 8:30, the block remained closed because of the public safety concern, although the other apartments didn’t need to be evacuated because the lab wasn’t operative, Gerould said.

The door to the apartment remained open and a state police truck joined three Easton police vehicles nearby at that hour on the hilly section of street a block north of Northampton Street.

Easton’s vice unit had been tracking residents of the home since they’d lived at an address within Easton, Gerould said of the investigation.

The Easton Special Response Unit participated in the raid. A Wilson Borough police officer was on the scene and Wilson firefighters were on standby.

No one was injured, Gerould said.



FRESNO – America Alejandra Quintana, 26, a Mexican national, was brought to Fresno on Tuesday to face a charge of methamphetamine trafficking, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

On January 3, 2013, a federal grand jury returned a one-count indictment charging her with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. She was arraigned before U.S. Magistrate Judge Barbara A. McAuliffe today and entered a plea of not guilty. Her next court date is February 19, 2013.

According to court documents, on December 10, 2012, Quintana possessed methamphetamine with intent to distribute it.

When Quintana was stopped for a traffic violation in Madera County, a drug detection dog alerted to dog food bags. Inside the bags were 52 plastic bags each containing about one pound of methamphetamine.

Quintana was arrested on state charges, which were dropped after the federal indictment.

This case is the product of an investigation by the Fresno Methamphetamine Task Force, including the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the California Highway Patrol, and the California Department of Justice. Assistant United States Attorney Melanie L. Alsworth is prosecuting the case.

If convicted, Quintana faces a maximum statutory penalty of life in prison and a $10 million fine. Any sentence, however, would be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables. The charges are only allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.



Methamphetamine production continues in small laboratories in Tennessee and elsewhere around the country in spite of new laws regulating and tracking the sale of pharmacy products used to manufacture the illegal drug.

That is one of the findings of a report released Thursday by the Comptroller’s Offices of Research and Education Accountability about attempts to control access to legal products sold at pharmacies which are later used to create methamphetamine. Pseudoephedrine, the most common of the so-called “precursor” products used in manufacturing the drug, is an ingredient in many over-the-counter cold and allergy remedies. The report cautions that the relatively short history of precursor control policies and the limitations of available crime and drug use data make it difficult to draw conclusions about the effectiveness of particular precursor control laws on the production of methamphetamine in small labs.

In 2011, the Tennessee General Assembly passed legislation to implement a real-time, electronic tracking system – the National Precursor Log Exchange (NPLEx) – to limit the quantities of precursor products that can be purchased by individuals. After much debate, NPLEx was chosen over a more restrictive requirement that people obtain prescriptions from doctors for the pharmacy precursors. The 2011 legislation included a directive for the Comptroller’s office to conduct a study and issue a report.

According to the report, called “Methamphetamine Production in Tennessee,” activity in small labs is prevalent in Tennessee and some other southern and mid-western states despite the implementation of pharmacy precursor sales limitations and enhanced electronic tracking systems. Law enforcement officials in Tennessee and nationally attribute the increase in methamphetamine lab incidents to the ability of producers to work around precursor control policies.

Three areas that have implemented prescription-only policies for methamphetamine precursors – Oregon, Mississippi and some parts of Missouri – have seen decreases in methamphetamine lab incidents. However, two studies of the 2006 Oregon policy question the extent to which other factors may have contributed to the decline since other western states also had similar declines.

Mississippi and parts of Missouri, which were both high methamphetamine production areas in 2009 like Tennessee, saw a reduction in methamphetamine lab incidents in 2010. Law enforcement officials attribute the decline to the change to a prescription-only policy. Other nearby states without prescription-only policies did not see declines in 2010.

The report outlines several factors and options for policy makers to consider in evaluating whether to make a precursor control policy change. Issues include:

  • The extent to which pharmacy precursors are used for methamphetamine production

Estimates vary from three to five percent by the Consumer Healthcare Products Association, which represents pharmaceutical companies, to somewhere between 30 percent and 70 percent by the Tennessee Methamphetamine and Pharmaceutical Task Force.

  • The number of legitimate users of pharmacy precursors and the availability of non-precursor alternatives

Approximately 10 percent of adult Tennesseans purchased pharmacy precursors to methamphetamine from January through June 2012.

  • The potential cost and access concerns to consumers of a prescription requirement

Assumptions that drive cost and access estimates of a prescription-only policy include whether consumers will switch to other over-the-counter medicines, whether additional doctor visits will be needed to obtain prescriptions for pseudoephedrine and the need for medical oversight for long-term use of pseudoephedrine.

  • The adequacy of Tennessee’s Controlled Substance Monitoring Database to track and control prescription-only methamphetamine precursor sales
  • Funding alternatives for methamphetamine enforcement when current federal funding is depleted in 2013.

The report emphasizes that precursor control policies focus on preventing or reducing local methamphetamine production, not methamphetamine use. A decrease in the supply of locally-produced methamphetamine may not necessarily result in a reduction in methamphetamine use.

Most of the methamphetamine available in many parts of the United States is supplied by Mexican criminal organizations and is produced in foreign and domestic super labs.



An Eagan man is facing felony drug charges after a confidential informant allegedly purchased an “8-ball” of methamphetamine from him.



Vernon Ole Grimsrud, 53, faces one felony count of third-degree sale of a controlled substance and one fifth-degree felony count of possession of a controlled substance. If convicted on the first charge, Grimsrud could face a maximum of 30 years in prison and $250,000 in fines.

Police say a confidential informant contacted Grimsrud on Sept. 20 and arranged a meeting with the man. The informant, given government buy money to purchase the meth, allegedly met with Grimsrud at 2:50 p.m. on Sept. 20 at a business in Mendota Heights.

There, the informant and Grimsrud allegedly exchanged the cash for drugs, according to a criminal complaint filed by the Dakota County Attorney’s Office.

Dakota County Drug Task Force agents later tested the substance purchased by the informant, and determined it to be 2.84 grams of methamphetamine, according to the complaint.

Grimsrud was convicted of fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance in 2003 and again in 2009.



Six arrested in meth bust

Posted: January 10, 2013 in Uncategorized

Lexington County Sheriff’s Department deputies and officers with the Lexington County Multi-Agency Narcotics Enforcement Team (NET) seized a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory that was being operated at a home on Buggy Road near Batesburg and arrested three men and three women who are charged with manufacturing methamphetamine at the residence.

The report said on Sunday, January 6 deputies and NET officers arrested Heather Lynn Brazell, 22, of 208 Stone Road, Batesburg; Kevin Delano Duncan, 46, of 4189 Highway 23, Batesburg; Retha Rena Koon, 44, of 1489 Highway 23, Batesburg; Lacey Rae Langford, 27, of 121 Corley Trail, Monetta; Jared William McCullough, 34, of 2219 Broad Street, Leesville; and Jason Wayne McCullough, 36, of 132 Buggy Road, Batesburg. NET officers later obtained arrest warrants for Brazell, Duncan, Koon, Langford, Jared McCullough and Jason McCullough on one count each of manufacturing methamphetamine.

Brazell, Langford, Jared McCullough and Jason McCullough each were being held on Wednesday, January 9 at the Lexington County Detention Center on a $15,000 bond.

Duncan was being held on Wednesday at the county Detention Center on a $25,000 bond. Koon was being held on Wednesday at the county Detention Center on bail totaling $17,500.

According to the report, around 11:16 p.m. on Saturday, January 5 deputies received information that a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory was being operated at Jason McCullough’s home at 132 Buggy Road.

Deputies detected a strong chemical odor emanating from inside the Buggy Road home that they recognized from training that they had received as an indication that a methamphetamine laboratory was being operated at the residence, the report stated.

Deputies removed Brazell, Duncan, Koon, Langford, Jared McCullough and Jason McCullough from the home and later arrested the three women and three men.

Officers requested assistance from NET officers in further investigating the clandestine methamphetamine laboratory and obtained a search warrant for the Buggy Road home, deputies say.

After executing the search warrant, officers found a clear, one-liter plastic bottle in a bedroom that actively was being used as a reaction vessel to manufacture methamphetamine, the report stated. Officers safely dismantled the reaction vessel.

Anyone with information about illegal drug activity in Lexington County should call the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department at (803) 785-8230 or CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC. Citizens also can provide information anonymously by accessing the Crime Tip link on the Sheriff’s Department web site (



HOMOSASSA — Two Homosassa men are facing charges after deputies said they busted a methamphetamine lab inside one of the men’s apartments.

Peter Arnow, 68, and Sean Kinney, 50, are facing several charges in connection with their arrests, which happened Wednesday.

According to the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, officers were preparing to execute a search warrant at the apartments on Miss Maggie Drive when they saw Arnow leave one of the units.

Peter Arnow, 68 (left), and Sean Kinney, 50 (right), are facing several charges in connection with their arrests, which happened Wednesday.


Deputies conducted a traffic stop, during which a K-9 unit discovered a small pill bottle containing hydromorphone, the report said. They also said they found a receipt for lye and a straw that contained a residue that tested positive for methamphetamine.

At the same time, deputies arrested Kinney, who was in one of the apartments. Deputies said that after they had read Kinney his Miranda rights, he told them he would show them where everything was.

Kinney later admitted to manufacturing methamphetamine, and that Arnow had been supplying him with Sudafed, the report said. Deputies said Kinney also told them Arnow sometimes helped buy the chemicals used to make meth, and in return he would give him some of the final product.

The report goes on to say that Kinney then told them Arnow would use the meth and sell it, and that the two men had been doing this since November 2012. They say Arnow later confirmed this in an interview.

According to deputies, they seized all of the materials and supplies used to manufacture the methamphetamine, and that the cooking mechanisms tested positive for meth. Those materials will be destroyed at the landfill, deputies said.

Both men were taken to the Citrus County Detention Facility, where they are being held on a total bond of $205,500.



INDEPENDENCE — Officers with multiple police agencies arrested 11 people in Independence early this morning, shutting down a large drug distribution network.

At about 4 a.m. Wednesday, Oregon State Police SWAT and a Polk County Special Response Team served search warrants in three locations in Independence in the culmination of a seven-month investigation.

“The drug trafficking organization being shut down today has been responsible for sales and distribution of significant quantities of methamphetamine and other drugs in our communities in Polk County through organized drug trafficking from other states,” said Polk County Sheriff Bob Wolfe. “The POINT Team has done an outstanding job today for our community and the safety of our children in shutting down this operation.”

The investigation began with the Polk County Interagency Narcotics Team (POINT). As the investigation grew, POINT was assisted by the Oregon Department of Justice, Oregon State Police and other mid-valley drug teams.

“Our first concern is always the safety of the public and the law enforcement officers involved,” said Independence Police Chief Vern Wells. “Due to our low staffing levels and the complexity of these types of investigations, I requested the assistance of outside agencies to quickly and safely secure the target properties.”

Arrested were:

* Juan Jose Virelas-Solorzano, 34, of Independence on charges of racketeering, six counts of delivering methamphetamine and one count of delivering cocaine. Bail: $6.7 million.

* Noralba Virelas-Pineda, 32, of Independence on charges of delivering methamphetamine, delivering heroin, conspiracy to deliver methamphetamine and conspiracy to deliver heroin. Bail: $2 million.

* Noe Nunez-Manzo, 28, of Independence on charges of racketeering and two counts of delivering methamphetamine. Bail $6.7 million.

* Jose Bertin Cruz-Estrada, 22, of Independence on charges of racketeering and conspiracy to deliver methamphetamine. Bail: $500,000.

* Collene Amelia Walker, 37, of Independence on a charge of conspiracy to deliver methamphetamine.

* Raul Megel Rodriquez, 29, of Independence on a charge of conspiracy to deliver methamphetamine. Bail: $50,000.

* Brenda Diaz-Diaz, 21, of Keizer on a charge of conspiracy to deliver methamphetamine. Bail: $40,000.

* Efrain Aispuro-Carrasco, 44, of Independence on charges of racketeering, 11 counts of delivering methamphetamine and two counts of conspiracy to deliver methamphetamine. Bail: $6.7 million.

* Rafael Telliz-Solorzano, 38, of Independence on charges of possession of methamphetamine and delivery of methamphetamine. Bail: $1 million.

* Roberto Ruiz-Sandoval, 42, of Independence on charges of racketeering and two counts of conspiracy to deliver methamphetamine. Bail: $6.7 million.

* Lisandro Rangel-Garcia, 22, of charges of racketeering, five counts of conspiracy to deliver methamphetamine and conspiracy to deliver cocaine. Bail: $6.7 million.

Thirteen agencies and drug teams took part in the early morning search and arrests. The investigation began in July 2012 with a series of controlled buys of illegal drugs from suspects.

Additionally, two suspects were arrested before today’s operation:

On Dec. 8, a car carrying drugs to Polk County was stopped in Douglas County. Inside the vehicle were 6.5 pounds of methamphetamine, one pound of heroin and one pound of unidentified powder.

The driver and passenger, Sergio Gustavo Pineda-Villanueva, 23, and Faliciano Ayala-Cardenas, 31, were taken to Douglas County Jail, both on charges of racketeering, distribution of methamphetamine and distribution of heroin. Pineda-Villanueva is being held on $200,000 bail and an ICE hold and Ayala-Cardenas is being held on $100,000 bail and an ICE hold.

Four minor children of Virelas-Solorzano and Virelas-Pineda were taken into protective custody and will be placed in foster care.

The estimated street value of all drugs seized during this operation is $120,000 in methamphetamine and $19,000 for heroin.



The Southern Nevada Drug Task Force’s participation in the largest methamphetamine seizure in Clark County history has garnered national recognition.

The joint operation involving federal and local law enforcement agencies was honored with the Outstanding Investigative Effort Award for its seizure of 208 pounds of methamphetamine in July.

“It’s a huge dent,” Metropolitan Police Department officer Jose Hernandez said.

The seizure and subsequent arrests helped to dismantle three large drug-trafficking organizations, police officials said.

In a 2½-year period, the drug task force seized about 480 pounds of methamphetamine, 42 pounds of heroin, 21 pounds of cocaine, 37 pounds of marijuana and more than 86,000 outdoor marijuana plants.

The task force is comprised of members from the Metropolitan Police Department, Henderson Police Department, North Las Vegas Police Department, Clark County district attorney’s office and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.


MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – A female sex offender faces various charges after not registering a recent move, according to Morgan County Sheriff Ana Franklin.

Sheriff Franklin said the Morgan County Special Victims Unit arrested Kelly Dianna Allen, 35, on January 9. She is charged with failure to register a move and possession of methamphetamine. Allen is being held in the Morgan County Jail.

Arrest mugshot of Kelly Dianna Allen (Morgan County Sheriff' Office)

Arrest mugshot of Kelly Dianna Allen


Sheriff Franklin said Allen must register a move in accordance with the Sexual Offenders Registration Notification Act. She had failed to register a move on January 3, 2013, according to Investigator Eric Fields.

Allen’s previous address was registered as 22 Culver Road, as of December 19, 2012. Investigators determined she had not been staying there.




USERS of methamphetamine, or ”ice”, are five times likelier to suffer psychotic symptoms while taking the drug, according to a groundbreaking new Australian study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Psychiatry (JAMA Psychiatry).

Rebecca Mcketin is a senior research fellow at the National drug and Alcohol Research Centre at the University of NSW.

Dr Rebecca McKetin


The study’s lead author, Dr Rebecca McKetin, said that ”there have always been questions about causality from those who say methamphetamine users aren’t ‘turned mad’ by the drug but have a pre-existing psychotic condition. What’s unique about this study is that it excludes those users and still finds such a strong link between use and psychotic symptoms in a large cohort over a period of years”.

Dr McKetin, formerly of the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre in Sydney and now at the Australian National University, said she was surprised by the strength of the results but that they will ”come as no surprise to police officers in Kings Cross who report anecdotally about users who will ‘go mad’ one day and not the next”.

The authors studied 278 methamphetamine users from Sydney and Brisbane over a four-year period between 2006 and 2010. A correlation between methamphetamine use and psychosis had already been found by many studies, but it was uncertain how many of those ice-users had an existing psychotic condition, characterised by hallucinations and delusions of being persecuted. What made the present study original and significant was that it followed the users over an extended period, and it excluded anyone with existing psychotic tendencies.


In the four years the drug-users were observed, the results were compelling. The incidence of psychosis went up sharply with the amount of methamphetamine being used. When participants were abstinent, the likelihood of psychotic episodes dropped to 7 per cent; those who were using the drug one to 15 times a month had a 27 per cent likelihood of suffering an episode, and those using more than 16 times a month had a 48 per cent likelihood. Among all users, the odds of suffering a psychotic episode were 5.3 times greater when they were using than when they were abstinent.

These were all people who had not been sufferers before. Of those episodes, 71 per cent involved suspiciousness and paranoia, 51 per cent were hallucinations, and 35 per cent included periods of delusional thinking. There was a strong connection between psychoses and polydrug use (most of the subjects also smoked cannabis and tobacco and drank alcohol frequently), but once these factors were adjusted for, there remained a link between psychosis and methamphetamine use.

Given the strength of the connection between heavy use and psychosis, the authors wrote, ”there is a good argument for providing methamphetamine treatment as a first-line intervention to reduce rates of psychosis among this population”. At present, users suffering a psychotic episode are most likely to come into contact with hospital emergency departments and police. As well as hospitalisation, methamphetamine use has been involved in numerous crimes of violence since the drug was first widely used in Australia 15 years ago.

After a period in which legislation limiting precursor drugs such as pseudoephedrine cut the supply of ice, Dr McKetin said ”there are telltale signs that methamphetamine is making a comeback in Australia”. She said the key to treatment was to put users on a long-term treatment plan akin to that which is given to sufferers from paranoid schizophrenia, ”instead of treating them for the episode and then turning them back onto the street”.


The King County Sheriff’s Office took 1.5 pounds of methamphetamine and $4,000 from a Kent house Saturday morning, and arrested two residents, spokeswoman Sgt. Cindi West said today.

Deputies also found body armor, brass knuckles, spring loaded knives, and materials generally used to package and weigh drugs, she said.

Officials served the warrant about 6:30 a.m. at the home in the 13900 block of Southeast 272nd Street, as part of an investigation that started last summer into the sale of methamphetamine.

A 48-year-old man and a 42-year-old woman who live at the house were arrested and booked into King County Jail, West said.


Brownsville, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge intercepted a load of alleged methamphetamine and cocaine. CBP officers discovered the alleged narcotics, valued at approximately $921,500, hidden within a Ford F-150.

On January 7, 2013 CBP officers working primary at Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge encountered a 2008 Ford F-150 driven by a man. A CBP officer’s primary examination resulted in the vehicle, its driver, identified as a 35-year-old and his passenger identified as a 31-year-old, both United States citizens and residents of Weslaco, Texas being referred to CBP secondary for further examination. While in secondary, CBP officers discovered 28 hidden packages within the Ford’s body. CBP officers removed the packages from the vehicle which held a combined total weight of 21.08 kilograms (20.7 pounds) of alleged methamphetamine and 3.18 kilograms (7 pounds) of alleged cocaine.

The alleged methamphetamine from this seizure has an estimated street value of approximately $697,500 and the alleged cocaine has an estimated street value of approximately $224,000. CBP officers seized the narcotics and the vehicle and turned the men over to Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents for further investigation.

“CBP officers have stopped 25 packages with alleged methamphetamine and three packages with alleged cocaine that will not reach the streets of the Rio Grande Valley,” said Michael T. Freeman, CBP Port Director, Brownsville. “I applaud our officers’ vigilance on the frontline as they continue to keep our homeland safe from would-be smugglers and their dangerous drugs.”



CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) – On the same day North Carolina’s Attorney General Roy Cooper announced new statistics for meth lab busts, a local counselor told WBTV it’s not enough to fix the problem.

Meth lab busts in NC in 2012 are up 34% from 2011. Law enforcement officers have taken down 466 labs across the state. Burke and Caldwell Counties have some of the highest numbers in the state with 24 and 26 labs found last year. And deputies are finding more labs near Charlotte, with three in Mecklenburg county, and more in surrounding counties.

WBTV talked to an addiction counselor at New Beginnings in Gastonia. Eugene Kaplan told us the problem is not going away any time soon.

“It’s such a powerful drug. And it’s so hard to get off of, and it does so much damage,” said Kaplan, referring to the powerfully addictive drug Meth.

Kaplan says the key is treating the addiction that fuels the use of Meth. Private treatment programs can cost tens of thousands of dollars, and some state programs have a waiting list weeks long, which doesn’t typically work for addicts who choose to go into treatment. “If they don’t go now, they don’t go,” said Kaplan.

Kaplan says the state needs more money to fund treatment centers and to provide more staff to help addicts cut through the red tape he says often hinders treatment.

“If somebody gets diagnosed with lung cancer and they don’t get treatment, what are their chances? If somebody gets diagnosed with an addiction and they don’t get treatment what’s their chances of living?” said Kaplan.




Smuggled in from Burma and North Korea, meth is flooding Chinese mean streets

RUILI – At 38 Ruijing Street in the small town of Ruili, in the southwest Yunnan province, there is a constant flow of drug addicts coming and going.

Under the watchful eye of a dozen prostitutes waiting for their clients, an addict enters this rundown house every three minutes. Shidian, 22, comes out with doses of bingdu, a methamphetamine known in the West as “crystal meth” or “ice” for its crystalline texture.

 “I started using two or three years ago. In Ruili, its cheaper,” says the young man.

The Yunnan province in southwestern China, near the border with Burma (Myanmar), was once known for its booming heroin trade. Today, methamphetamines have taken over the market, as synthetic drugs grow more popular in the country.

In 2011, 65% of Chinese addicts were heroin users, down 13% since 2008. According to the National Drug Control Commission, methamphetamine users now make up 23% of addicts, up from 9% in 2008.

These synthetic drugs are mostly used by youths – nearly 70% of users are under 35 – who are trying hard drugs for the first time. Many start with methamphetamines then turn to ecstasy and ketamine – drugs once reserved to the rich customers of Hong Kong clubs and that are now making strides to mainland China.

In Ruili, bingdu crystals (bingdu literally means “ice drug”) cost about five yuan (80 cents) a dose. The average wage in this region is about 830 yuan ($133). Shidian doesn’t have a job. He borrows money from his girlfriend to pay for his daily dose – up to 100 yuan ($16). The further away from the Burmese border, the higher the price of methamphetamine. He would pay three times that amount in Baoshan, his hometown 250 kilometers east of Ruili, and much more in Shanghai or Beijing.

“In bars, young people are introduced to bingdu by their friends. It’s for recreational use at first,” says Zhang Yongan, director of the center for anti-drug policy studies at Shanghai University. “That explains why its popularity rose so fast in rich cities. Meanwhile, heroin remains the drug of choice of marginalized rural Chinese or migrant workers living on the outskirts of urban areas.”

Wang Yaqing has seen this evolution in Xuanwei, a southwestern city of 1.2 million people. She heads an organization that helps drug addicts and finds the lack of prevention policies regrettable. “I’ve never seen a bingdu addict get clean, because most refuse to admit its effects are lethal.”

In her town, information about the dramatic consequences of methamphetamine use is limited to a once-a-year awareness “open day” organized by the police, as well as posters with standardized messages like “Fighting the war of the people against drugs.” The volunteer activist sees the new Internet cafes and gaming arcades as another sign of the growing influence of bingdu. “When an addict smokes he feels a strong euphoria. The next day, he’s exhausted but still unable to sleep so he spends time in front of a computer screen or an arcade game.”

Dealers know they’re unlikely to get caught because the police are mostly trained to fight heroin use. “Before, heroin was as easy to buy as Chinese cabbage but now to find some, you need to have good contacts – while bingdu is available everywhere,” says Wang. Five police cars drove by Ruijing Street that evening, and more over the next three days but none stopped at number 38.

Criminal networks capitalize

Burma isn’t the only source for drugs. Methamphetamines in northeastern China usually comes from North Korea. It’s unclear whether Korean bingdu is produced by organized crime gangs or if the Korean government is directly involved. “Beijing must have an idea but the issue is too embarrassing. For geopolitical reasons, China supports North Korea on the international stage. It also supports Burma. Either directly or by negligence, these two neighbors supply the “ice” affecting its population,” explains a Chinese researcher.

The growing demand is pushing some networks to localize part of their production in China. Authorities say they shut down 244 underground labs in 2008, 378 in 2010, mostly producing methamphetamines. “For criminal organizations, setting up labs in China is logical because the country has become a major market. And the pharmaceutical elements that are needed to make these synthetic drugs are easily found there,” says Gary Lewis, from the UN bureau against drugs and criminality in the East-Asia/Pacific region.

In Kunming, the capital of the Yunnan province, authorities are trying to restrict access to pseudoephedrine, a basic element in the production of “crystal meth.” A tough job as it is the most popular cold remedy.



QUINCY, Illinois — Authorities in western Illinois say a drug bust at a Quincy home turned up more than 500 containers used to make methamphetamine.

Illinois State Police Master Sgt. Patrick Frazier on Monday told The Quincy Herald-Whig ( ) that it’s the biggest bust he’s seen involving such “one-pot” shake-and-bake labs. Officers also found more than 180 cans of starter fluid, cans of drain cleaner and used boxes of pills that contain a key meth-making ingredient.

A special truck had to be called to handle the meth waste. The building has been quarantined.

The two people who lived in the home are now charged with participation in methamphetamine manufacturing. That’s a Class 1 felony punishable by between four and 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000.




Meth labs are on the rise in Tennessee. The Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force says early numbers show 2012 was one of the worst years with around 1,800 meth lab busts.

With two recent arrests in Blount County this past weekend, 10News checked into the numbers there and found in 2010 there were five meth lab busts. In 2011, there were 12 busts. 2012 brought 20 meth lab busts. And so far in 2013 there have been two meth lab busts.


Michael Aaron Bishop, 28, and Jeremy Dale Robinson, 30, were both arrested Friday after Blount County authorities discovered their first meth lab of the year at the Executive Lodge motel in Alcoa. Investigators found a bag with a “one pot” method meth lab, also known as a “shake and bake” method. The Blount County Sheriff’s Office said the meth was not cooked at the motel.

One day later, the Fifth Judicial Drug Task Force (comprised of deputies and officers of the Blount County Sheriff’s Office, Alcoa Police Department, and Maryville Police Department) was called to the Big K-mart on McCammon Avenue in Maryville where investigators found another “one pot” meth lab in a backpack in a grassy area near the store’s parking lot. Deputies say evidence shows meth had been recently cooked.

Maryville resident Wilford Myers is very concerned about the increase. He said, “It’s just a disgrace to our county, you know. And putting people’s lives in jeopardy and these kids and stuff, I’m just totally against it.”

Tom Farmer with the Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force said the “one pot” meth labs account for about 85 percent of the busts across the state. He also said the “one pot” method is by far the most dangerous method of them all because it’s not a matter of “if” an explosion will occur, but rather “when” an explosion will occur.

Authorities are expecting 2013 to be an even bigger year for meth busts, as the state’s number of busts is already in the double digits, averaging seven meth lab busts a day.



DOTHAN, AL – On January 5, 2013 the Dothan Police Department responded to the 3300 block of South Oates Street in reference to a possible vehicle accident. When police arrived they located a red Ford Expedition in the ditch of the north bound lane with no driver. The vehicle was still in gear running with the rear wheels spinning. During the investigation police learned that the vehicle was registered to Russell Teal. Simultaneously, a second officer responding to the area arrived and observed a man walking away from the vicinity and identified him as Russell Teal. Officers noted Teal appeared to be intoxicated and nervous and was unable to speak clearly. As the roadside investigation continued, officers discovered Teal was in possession of a bag of Methamphetamine. Teal was arrested on scene and charged for narcotics with an ongoing investigation regarding the single car crash.

• Russell Teal, white male, 39 years of age, of Third Avenue was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance with a $5,000 bond. All persons arrested are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.



CLARKSVILLE, TENN. — A Clarksville man and woman were arrested around 1 p.m. on Saturday for manufacturing methamphetamine, according to a police warrant.

Police contacted James Lawrence Willard, 30, outside his residence on Tulip Poplar Court, and during a consensual search of the residence, police found numerous baggies containing white powder, five blue pills imprinted with A 215, four shotguns, a .38 revolver, assorted ammunition for the firearms and assorted drug paraphernalia, the warrant said.

After a test was conducted, the white powder tested positive for methamphetamine, the warrant said. Police also determined the pills to be Oxycodone.

Willard, who gave a 14 Tulip Poplar Ct. address, was charged with initiate process to manufacture methamphetamine, possession of a firearm during felony, two counts of unlawful drug paraphernalia, two counts of manufacturing, selling, and delivering opiates, and manufacturing, selling and delivering cocaine. His bond was set at $175,000.

Stephanie Jean Willard, 31, who also gave a 14 Tulip Poplar Court address, was charged with initiate process to manufacture methamphetamine, possession of firearm during felony, manufacturing, selling and delivering opiates, and unlawful drug paraphernalia. Her bond was set at $100,000.