Comments Off on Henderson Police: Armed, Drunk, Methamphetamine Carrying Man. 36-year-old Robert Ball, Arrested Walking in Middle of 1st Street

Police in Henderson stopped a man who appeared to be drunk, walking down the middle of the street, and end up arresting him on other charges. Henderson County Detention Center

It happened just before 4:00 am on Sunday.

Officers say when they stopped 36-year-old Robert Ball, he was walking down the middle of 1st Street drunk.

On him officers say they found a gun along with a half gram of methamphetamine.

He was taken to the Henderson County Detention Center.








Comments Off on Through their eyes: ‘Born into Methamphetamine’

WABASH VALLEY, Ind. (WTHI) – A mother choosing to feed her meth addiction over the health of her unborn child: It seems hard to imagine but in reality, it happens all of the time in our community.

For some people, those who see firsthand what meth does to an infant, this unimaginable reality is their daily work.

News 10’s Brittany Earl sat down with one woman who is constantly surrounded by ‘meth babies.’ It’s part of her job and she says something has to change.

The Power of Meth

“Your initial reaction is anger. I feel anger that people take a defenseless child and continue to do drugs.”

Picture a drug so addicting you choose to ignore the fact that you’re pregnant. That’s the power of meth and it happens everyday in the Wabash Valley.

One hit – that’s all it takes and you’re hooked. That’s what meth did to this woman, Amber.

“What was I thinking, what was I thinking. Um at that point there was a lot of shame, there was a lot of guilt. And once again there was a lot of anger. I was very angry.”

Amber smoked meth throughout her pregnancy, even on the day she delivered.

She knew it was just a matter of time before her secret was out.

“You’re scared, are people going to judge me are people going to think I’m a horrible person or horrible parent.”

Comforting a ‘Meth Baby’

Inside the walls at Union Hospital in Terre Haute there is no judgment because first and foremost, they have a job to do.

“Your initial reaction is anger I feel anger that people take a defenseless child and continue to do drugs,” described Jennifer Harrah, R.N. – Pediatrics Nursing Care Manager. “But the professional side is that we treat everybody with respect and compassion and we care for them and we put those differences aside and we take care of that baby which is the priority.”

Harrah works in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unite and she knows firsthand what it is like to have to comfort a ‘meth baby.’

“They can’t tell you where they hurt, they can’t tell you how they feel,” Harrah continued. “They can’t direct you to what’s wrong.”

At Union Hospital, one to two babies a month are born with methamphetamine in their systems. But nurses at Union say that number is hard to capture.

They suspect it’s much higher.

Testing a baby for meth is easy, but recognizing the signs is much harder.

“You don’t always see the symptoms at first and you don’t always know that the mom has had drugs in her system. Sometimes you find that out a couple days down the road and then you’re already behind.”

And it’s not easy caring for a baby going through withdrawal. It’s a constant battle, a battle that Harrah says needs to change.

“This is a defenseless child, and this child did not ask to be exposed to any kind of drug whether it’s an illegal drug or prescribed drug. I think we need to put the responsibility back on the mother.”

A Time for Change

It’s time for change. It’s time to fight for those born into meth.

When Amber’s baby tested positive for meth, Child Protective Services was called. That’s the protocol for hospitals here in Indiana. In 2014 states like Tennessee filed new laws charging mothers with assault if their baby tested positive for drugs.








Comments Off on Methamphetamine lab explodes at America’s Best Value Inn and Suites in Walker

WALKER, Mich. (WZZM) — Police are looking for at least one person in connection with a meth lab explosion and fire at a Kent County motel.635603433008756250-motel-fire-pektas

Fire crews were called to the America’s Best Value Inn and Suites at 3 Mile Road and Alpine Avenue NW around 12:15 a.m. Tuesday. Dispatchers say a small fire was reported in one of the motel rooms but was put out with an extinguisher before firefighters arrived.

When police checked the room, they noticed components of a one pot methamphetamine lab had exploded and caught the bathroom on fire. The Kent Area Narcotic Enforcement Team and the Michigan State Police Meth Response Team were called to investigate and clean up the scene.

Walker police are investigating who was in the room at the time of the explosion.

Police say no one was injured.








Comments Off on Naked suspect, Carol Ann Turner, 42, friend, Christopher Lee Davis, 29, charged with Methamphetamine possession at Baymont Inn in Cumberland County

Cumberland County sheriff’s deputies, armed with a bench warrant, found more than the suspect they were seeking when they knocked on a motel room door and entered. They found the suspect they sought naked, standing beside a bed with a substantial quantity of meth. Two persons were charged.

Carol Ann Turner, 42, 1734 Pomona Rd., was taken into custody on the bench warrant from Whitfield County, GA, and now faces new charges of manufacture, delivery or sell of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Christopher Lee Davis, 29, 419 Stone Loop, is charged with manufacture, delivery or sell of methamphetamine.

The incident took place Feb. 4 at the Baymont Inn off Huddle Rd. and N. Main St. around 4 a.m., according to Sgt. Rick Lanzilotta’s report. Lanzilotta and Cpl. Sean Mullikin had received information that Turner was staying at the motel and knocked on the door.

No one answered and after waiting for “a reasonable amount of time,” the officers entered the room and found Turner standing naked beside a bed that Davis was in. She was instructed immediately to put on some clothes, but officers noticed her trying to hide something by the bed. Concerned a weapon might be involved, the officers approached and saw on the floor in plain view several plastic bags inside a larger bag.

Methamphetamine was packaged in several small bags in form of resale,” Lanzilotta wrote in his report. Also seized were four smoking pipes with meth residue, with one of the pipes melted into the carpet of the hotel room.

Also recovered were several documents that appeared to be ledgers on who owed money for drugs, six food stamp cards from several different people and notations on the balance on the cards, PIN numbers to access debit/credit cards and a small amount of cash.

The meth seized weighed 4.3 grams, according to the report.

Turner was placed under $250,000 bond on the warrant from Georgia and $11,000 bond on the local charges. Davis was placed under $10,000 bond.

Turner appeared in General Sessions Court the next day and her cases were continued to March 5. Davis is to appear in General Sessions Court on March 2.








Comments Off on Drop in methamphetamine labs in Tulsa leads to Mexican cartel drug distribution

TULSA, Okla. — Law enforcement in Tulsa says that Mexican cartels have filled the void that a crackdown on the shake-and-bake style of cooking methamphetamine left behind.53dab715f3bba_image

The Tulsa World reports that while the number of personal meth-making labs has decreased about 84 percent since 2011, methamphetamine made by Mexican cartels has spread across the city. The shake-and-bake style of cooking meth, which is a small operation that involves plastic bottles and chemicals under a sink, was so prevalent that cartels had no real profit margins in the city, according to authorities.

Cooking meth became more difficult after lawmakers decreased the amount of pseudoephedrine that an individual could purchase from 80 grams to 60 grams. Pseudoephedrine is a main component of meth.

Authorities say that since then Mexican cartels have begun to distribute stronger meth in the city.








Comments Off on Chad Jeffery Johnson, 38, fled from Goshen police officers with Methamphetamine lab in his coat

A homeless man was arrested Saturday morning after Goshen police say he ran from them with an active meth lab in his coat.Johnson-Chad

Chad Jeffery Johnson, 38, ran from police at about 8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, in the 400 block of East Washington Street after he agreed to talk to them about an incident he witnessed, said Goshen Police Department spokeswoman Tina Kingsbury.

Johnson tried to go into a house on East Washington where he’d been allowed to stay and officers caught him, Kingsbury said.

They found a one-pot meth lab in his coat and 2 grams of finished methamphetamine on him.

Johnson was arrested and booked at the Elkhart County Jail without bond on preliminary charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine and resisting law enforcement.








Comments Off on Methamphetamine, drugs, children found in Sweetwater motel room in Monroe County; Anita Christina McLemore, Tellico Plains, arrested

A area woman was arrested in after a search turned up drugs and children in a motel room last Tuesday.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputy Dennis Graham said it was around 7:30 p.m. when he went to the hotel on New Highway 68 to serve a search warrant on Anita Christina McLemore, J. D. Farm Road, Tellico Plains.

Graham said he found McLemore and two children in the room and told her why he was there. Two officers assigned to watch McLemore briefly struggled with her as she fought to get away.

When officers searched the room, they allegedly found 13 baggies containing a crystal substance believed to be methamphetamine, digital scales, numerous baggies and two pills thought to be Hydrocodone.

On McLemore herself officers found two more baggies with a crystal substance also believed to be methamphetamine.

McLemore was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine for resale, possession of Hydrocodone, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest.

The Department of Child Services was contacted about the children in the room.








Comments Off on Sheena Mendoza, 31, Arrested after Two-Year-Old Boy Ingests Methamphetamine in North Platte; Police Search for Husband, Jesse Mendoza

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOPTV) — A North Platte woman has been arrested after police say a two-year-old boy ingested meth.

Sheena Mendoza, 31, faces charges of felony exposure of methamphetamine to a child.Sheena+Mendoza

Police are searching for her husband, Jesse Mendoza.

On Saturday, officers were called to the hospital on the report of a child who had possibly ingested illicit drugs. Tests confirmed it was methamphetamine.

Police searched the Mendoza’s home and say it was unlivable–without most utilities.

They also found drugs and drug paraphernalia.

The two-year-old boy and four other children have been placed with family.








Comments Off on Indonesia National Narcotics Agency seizes 16 kg Methamphetamine in baby strollers

Jakarta (ANTARA News) – The Indonesia National Narcotics Agency (BNN) said it has seized 16 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine, locally known as shabu-shabu, hidden on baby strollers in Muara Baru, North Jakarta.20131009Sidang-MKHMK-081013-foc-2

 “A team of BNN officers found the drug 16.043.2 grams after a thorough check of the strollers in a pickup truck to be transported somewhere,” deputy head of the BNN public relation Slamet Pribadi said here on Monday.

In an operation early last week, BNN officers spotted the suspicious car in Muara Baru at around 20:30 p.m. WIB. The car entered into a warehouse and after a few hours reappeared loaded with strollers.

The team intercepted the car immediately to check the cargo containing 17 baby strollers.

 “The officers found methamphetamine in 15 of the 17 strollers,” Slamet said.

BNN arrested a woman courier from Ngedukelu sub-district, Bajawa district, East Nusa Tenggara, identified only as F.

F, who lived in Pakusari, Jember district, East Java, told her investigators that she was asked by someone to come to Jakarta to pick up a package of baby strollers from China.

She said she was paid Rp20 million for the job.

 “Rp10 million for the operational cost, and the other Rp10 million for her pay as a courier,” Slamet said.

F admitted that she had been working as drug courier for six months, saying she had done similar job once in Medan, North Sumatra and twice in Yogyakarta.

BNN also arrested the pickup driver identified only as B and Fs companion identified as YN.

If found guilty F is facing a death sentence or life imprisonment.








A Sioux Falls woman who police say broke into another woman’s home and threatened to kill her has been indicted.

A grand jury indicted Jaimee Marie Bluebird on Thursday on one count each of aggravated assault, first-degree burglary, possession of a controlled substance, possession of unauthorized articles in jail and possession of drug paraphernalia.

On Feb. 1, the victim, 33, called police at 5:28 a.m. to her home on Blauvelt Avenue near Sixth Street.

She said she came home to find Bluebird standing inside with a knife in each hand. She knew Bluebird but had not invited her over. Bluebird then backed the victim against a wall and threatened to kill her, police spokesman Sam Clemens said.

Eventually, the victim was able to trick Bluebird into letting her call 911.

“The victim said, ‘The people after you are after me, too, so let’s call the police,’ ” Clemens said.

Clemens said he did not know who was supposedly after Bluebird.

Police arrived soon after and arrested Bluebird. Police said they found a small bag of methamphetamine on Bluebird. Clemens said they have no idea why Bluebird wanted to kill the victim.








Comments Off on Krude Rude Blood Gang torture chamber discovered, Portland court documents allege

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) – A 44-year-old man is to be arraigned Monday on allegations he intentionally tried to kill a man by maiming and torture, court records show.david-bartol

The indictment against David Ray Bartol alleges that on December 21, 2012, he tried to cause the death of Nicholas Remington. Authorities also allege that during the incident, Bartol used and threatened the use of a firearm.

Court documents allege Bartol is a member of the street and prison gang called “Krude Rude Blood.”

Remington, according to the court documents, was taken to an auto body shop in the 8400 block of SE Powell Boulevard by Bartol, where he was “secretly confined” for the “purpose of terrorizing.”

Court records show the auto body shop is “a location where ‘Brood’ gang members work, hang out and conduct drug transactions.”

Court documents show that Remington was stripped, tortured with a grinder, beaten with a baseball bat and injected with methamphetamine and heroin inside the shop. Afterward, Remington was dumped in the street less than a mile from the auto body shop, court documents state.

When Remington was found, he was not breathing, court documents state. He was rushed to OHSU, where doctors placed him on a ventilator and treated him for a heroin overdose and serious head injury, court documents state.

Bartol, who is in the temporary custody of the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, has a pending aggravated murder case in Marion County because he is accused of killing another inmate inside the jail.

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office said in 2013 that Bartol used a homemade weapon and stabbed Gavin Lee Siscel. The 33-year-old man died six days later at Oregon Health & Science University. Court records show Bartol entered a not guilty plea Dec. 4, 2014. If convicted of aggravated murder, a jury could sentence Bartol to death.


(Left to right) Joseph Gerald Schwab, Michael Philip Donald O’Malley, Michael Newcomb and David Ray Bartol shown in jail booking photos. (Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office).


When he was being questioned by detectives with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Bartol told investigators that around Christmas 2012, he had killed Remington, court documents state. Bartol told a detective that Remington had “snitched” on him, so Bartol “put cigarettes out in his ear,” “duct taped him up,” and “poured gas on him,” court documents state.

Bartol told investigators he had planned to shoot Remington, but Remington overdosed on the drugs “so he rolled him up in a blanket and dumped his body behind a business,” court documents state.

Bartol is also facing a separate indictment that accuses him and three other men of multiple felonies as part of an ongoing white supremacy gang and shooting investigation. Police said the incident occurred Feb. 12, 2013 at the same auto body shop as the Dec. 21, 2012 incident.

In that case, Bartol is accused of forcing the victim, identified by police as Ronald Murphy, into a spray booth inside the auto body shop. Inside, he was “tortured, robbed, beaten and shot twice before being dumped on Southeast Powell Boulevard.” Prosecutors, in court documents, claim Murphy almost died as a result of the injuries and has “serious permanent injuries.”

During the questioning with MCSO, Bartol told investigators he was trying to get information out of Murphy and when he was unable, Bartol said he “blew his side out with a .380,” court documents state. Bartol said he attempted to shoot Murphy a second time because he thought he missed, court documents state.

On Friday, Steven H. Gorham, Bartol’s defense attorney, filed a motion to have his client dress in civilian clothing for the trail and any public court appearances. In court documents, Gorham said it will “severely affect” Bartol’s right to a fair trial if he is seen in jail clothing.

Bartol is scheduled to be in court again April 3, 2015.








Comments Off on Methamphetamine in Nebraska: Is there Hope for Addicts?

Meth — it’s out there and it’s addicting. What would your life be like if you were consumed by the drug? Looking through the eyes of an addict concludes NTV’s special report on Meth in Nebraska.

Licensed counselor Juanita Rodriguez said statistics show only four percent of all meth addicts recover. However, she never gives up, saying miracles can happen, no matter how far gone they seem.

 “I reached my bottom; there was nowhere else to go but up,” said 12-year recovering meth addict Crystal Lessert.

Thirteen-year-old Lessert went to a party with some older kids. It was there the opportunity arose to try meth.

“I wasn’t thinking about the ramifications of my actions, you know. I was barely an adolescent at that point and I was trying to fit in with the cooler and older kids,” explained Lessert.

At her worst, she weighed 96 pounds with open sores called meth mites covering her face, arms and chest.

“Everything you stand for, stood for before, doesn’t matter,” Lessert added. “You become a person that will do and say whatever you can to get what you need.”

Things really went south at the age of 17, when she dropped out of school.

“I ran out of stuff to sell, you run out of stuff to steal, so the next option is to start dealing so that you can support your own habit. Then the next step from there is cooking,” said Lessert.

She can remember the exact moment she realized she had a problem. At 18 years old she went on her own accord to in-patient treatment for the first time, after spending seven months in a Geneva jail.

“Life was so destitute that I had lost everything: my home, my family, my son, my life pretty much.”

“One — we’ve got to do a good assessment on what it is that they need, and then two — you got to have a swift plan,” explained Rodriguez. “You got to know who your resources are and know how to get them what they need when they need it.”

She adds addicts have to work day in and day out to fight the urge to use.

“By the time they leave my office there is a game plan in place,” Rodriguez said. “I don’t let them walk out with nothing to do — they usually have someone to go see, places to go and then they report back immediately. The more that I can get them to come in frequently, the better off they are.”

The first year Lessert was sober she put $4,000 into fixing her teeth. As meth abusers have to fix their outside appearance, there’s a lot to be worked on inside as well.

“Most people think if you just remove the drug you’re okay,” said Rodriguez. “That’s only 10 percent of the problem. The other 90 percent of the problem is dealing with life on life’s term and having a good support system to help you maneuver that.”

“You know, to be quite honest with you, for an addict, the sky could be blue and that could be an excuse. It’s really just a mindset of where you’re at,” Lessert said.

For her, it’s about being honest. “I’m at that point in my recovery where I know I’m on the edge or know that I’m not right, I can pick up the phone to make those phone calls that I need to work through those problems.”

She now instills hope in others battling addiction.

“The ones that are recovering, they are inspiration, they are hope. You know that it can happen, so that’s what I try to be.”

Crystal Lessert has no pictures of herself from when she was on meth because when she left to get help, she only had a laundry basket of possessions. She adds it’s hard to look back and think about the person she was and the things she did, but is currently working towards a license in addiction counseling.









Comments Off on Arlee Head Start School Shut Down After Traces of Methamphetamine Found There

ARLEE — A Head Start school in Arlee has been shut down after officials found traces of a drug and drug paraphernalia.

Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes spokesman Rob McDonald says an unused pipe was found in the Early Child Service center’s laundry room on Jan. 14.

McDonald says traces of methamphetamine were subsequently found in the building and tests confirmed the drug on Wednesday.

About 35 children attend the school.

Officials say the building will be closed while it is thoroughly cleaned. It could take up to a month.

Police are investigating.








Comments Off on Christin Nirmal, 26, of Narere in Nasinu, Fiji, arrested with 1.51 kilograms of Methamphetamine at the Kuala Lumpur Airport

The woman facing drug trafficking charges in Malaysia has been identified by the Fiji Sun.

Christin Nirmal, 26, of Narere in Nasinu is a mother of three– her eldest daughter is in Year Five while her youngest son is merely 10 months old.

Her middle child lives with her estranged husband.

Christin’s mother Nirmala Mariamm requested the Fiji Sun not to publish Ms Nirmal’s photo because of the impact on the children.

Ms Mariamm is currently looking after two of the children.

She was at a loss yesterday to explain how her young daughter ended up in Malaysia.

“She was chatting with a South African man on Tagged (social networking site) for some months. He told her that he wanted to meet her and he purchased an open ticket from Fiji to Hong Kong and from there to Malaysia for Christin.”

Ms Nirmal is understood to have stayed with the South African man in Hong Kong for three weeks.

“What we know is that he gave her sample school bags to take to Malaysia where another South African man was to pick it up from her. We have been told that Christin checked the bag and it was empty but when it was confiscated by the Malaysian customs, in another hidden compartment, they found some drugs,” Ms Mariamm said.

“She is uneducated, having studied up till class four only. We are all very worried about her and don’t know what will happen,” an emotional Ms Mariamm said.

She said that given her own dire financial situation, she admitted she would not be able to financially support the children for long.

Ms Mariamm praised the Fijian Government for keeping the family updated with news about Christin. She said she was also thankful to Government for providing her daughter with consular assistance in Malaysia.

“I hope you understand why we are requesting that Christin’s photo not be published. No one in our extended family knows that she has been arrested. Her daughter is in class five and seeing her mother’s photo in the papers may have an impact on her.”

Ms Nirmal will be appearing in court on March 17, and will be represented by Malaysian legal aid.

About 1.51 kilograms of methamphetamine was found at the Kuala Lumpur Airport while she was travelling from Hong Kong.

She is being held under Section 39 (B) of Malaysian Dangerous Drugs Act of 1952.

Carrying more than 50 grams of methamphetamines, also known as ice, can warrant the death penalty in Malaysia, which with its neighbors, has strict anti-drug trafficking laws.








Comments Off on Addicts say Methamphetamine is readily available across Australia

An Australian Institute of Criminology report drew on questionnaires completed by 550 adults held at watch-houses throughout Australia during the third quarter of 2013.

While cannabis continued to be the most common drug used, the study found 47 per cent of the sampled police detainees reported using methamphetamine in the previous 12 months.

Of those who had used in the past 30 days, more than half said they had never experienced a lack of the drug.

“This indicates that methamphetamine has remained readily available across Australia, despite an increased number of seizures by law enforcement,” the report said.

Three hundred and seventy-five detainees also volunteered a urine sample, with 33 per cent testing positive for methamphetamine — showing a 10 per cent jump in positive urine tests in less than a year.

The study found that, on average, Brisbane watch-house detainees reported the highest “ease of access” at 8.6 on the scale — with 1 signifying “extremely hard to get”, and 10 meaning “readily available”.

This was followed by Kings Cross offenders at 7.9, East Perth at 7.8 and Adelaide at 7.1.

The study found more than 30 per cent of the sampled Australian detainees noted the price of methamphetamine had risen in the past three months.

Just 14 per cent said the drug had become harder to get.

“…the majority reported that during that period they ­either reduced intake or abstained from using methamphetamine, without increasing their use of alcohol or other drugs,” the report said.

“In this way, reducing methamphetamine supply appears to be effective in terms of harm minimization.”

Police made 21,056 seizures of amphetamine-type stimulants in 2012-2013, the Australian Crime Commission said.

The report said methamphetamine was a drug “of particular interest” in Australia.

While acknowledging the detainee population was likely to diverge from general drug users, the report said it allowed a “rare insight into users’ self-reported altering of alcohol and illicit drug use during periods of reduced methamphetamine supply”.








Comments Off on Methamphetamine drug explosion follows oil boom on North Dakota Indian reservation


Tribal Police Chief Chad Johnson first noticed a change on the wind-swept prairies of the reservation around six years ago.

Small-time methamphetamine dealers known to the police officers for the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara tribes — known as the MHA Nation — were ceding territory to dealers from California, Colorado, Utah and even Latin America. Many were heavily armed and dealing in pounds of

Local and federal officials estimate 90% of the drugs on the reservation now come from other states or countries. And it’s not just meth. In 2012, Justice Department officials spotted heroin on the reservation for the first time.

“Instead of finding an 8-ball of meth, now you’re finding pounds,” said Tim Purdon, U.S. attorney for North Dakota. “When we serve search warrants now, we don’t just find drugs; we find firearms. Everyone is heavily armed. There are more and more guns.”

Driven by the new wealth of the Bakken oil fields, drug dealing has spread across the reservation, tearing apart families and destroying the fabric of this once-isolated community.

Local tribal law enforcement officials have been overwhelmed. The reservation has about 20 officers and a handful of criminal investigators to police about 1,500 square miles — roughly three times the size of Los

For drug dealers, the reservation is a unique haven — the meeting point of money, a vast and isolated terrain and a rat’s nest of federal and local law that makes it difficult to arrest and prosecute outsiders.

“We’re easy pickings,” said MHA Nation Chief Judge Diane Johnson.

Johnson said that before the oil bonanza, about 30% of the cases that came to her court were drug-related. She said that number is now closer to 90%, and she struggles to keep up.

Drug-related arrests of tribal members on the reservation have grown from 47 in 2008 to over 800 last year, according to tribal public safety statistics.

MHA Nation Children and Family Services Department officials said they never had to take custody of children born addicted to opiates until 2010, when child services officials saw their first drug-addicted baby born on the reservation. There have been at least 15 such cases

“It’s a tidal wave,” Judge Johnson said. “This is beyond the capability of our tribes.”

The new criminal scene came into the open in 2012, when Michael J. Smith, a Colorado man armed with rifles and a pistol, barricaded himself in a house on the Three Affiliate Tribes reservation. After a two-day standoff, tribal police used a front-loader to demolish the home and get him out.

Smith was indicted with dozens of others in “Operation Winter’s End,” a major FBI effort to quell drug dealing on the reservation. Local and federal officials believe the sellers had ties to Mexican gangs.

The problem continued to grow and became so urgent that the three tribes flew Guatemalan gang experts to the area in October 2013 to teach local law enforcement officials how to detect members of the notorious Central American gang Mara Salvatrucha.

Known as MS-13, the Los Angeles-bred gang began proliferating outside the U.S. after many of its members were deported to Central America.

One of the experts, Francisco Foppa, said he noticed MS-13 tattoos on people in a Wal-Mart in Minot and the 4 Bears Casino and Lodge at the MHA Nation’s capital in New Town. “It was alarming to see people with those tattoos on the reservation,” he

Authorities have not arrested any MS-13 kingpins, but the gang’s presence is palpable and many speak about it in whispers.

“MS-13 is strong enough and scary enough that I question whether I should speak out at all,” said a former tribal leader who requested anonymity out of fear of reprisal. “They’re vicious. Just like any ripe feeding ground, they have competition, but obviously they are the big bad wolf. They are the ones that are the most terrifying.”

With the wealth generated by the Bakken oil fields, crime has increased so much in the region that voters just across the state line in Roosevelt County, Mont., recently passed a bond to increase jail space. The FBI plans to open an office in the region.

The reservation has about 4,000 tribal members, and more than double that number in nonmembers who live and work in the area.

During the day, big rigs and other oil vehicles barrel down state Highway 23, a two-lane road that was never meant to handle so much traffic. The road slices through the heart of New Town, a collection of old and frayed one-story buildings that makes up the biggest town on the reservation.

The Missouri River, which cuts the reservation in half, can be seen to the west. To the east, oil rigs pockmark the landscape to the horizon.

When night sets, flames from the oil burning off lick the night sky.

Mary Eleanor Fox, a 66-year-old silver-haired matriarch of a large family, said she never thought she’d see the day most of her grandchildren would be addicted to the sort of drugs she’d once only heard about “in the big cities.”

“Now everyone is on meth and heroin,” Fox said. “It just makes me sick to my stomach.”

Her daughter, Jackie Powell, a robust 47-year-old with a quick smile, was forced to quit her job and become a full-time mom to her two grandsons — ages 1 and 2 — who were born addicted to methamphetamine.

Their father, Powell’s son Mason Fox, struggles with his meth addiction. Their mothers grapple with the same. Amelia Reed, mother to the youngest, first tried meth nearly five years ago and says she’s addicted to “the devil’s drug.”

“Now my first son was born with it,” Reed said. “I was pregnant and selfish and wouldn’t stop doing it.”

Reed receives oil royalty money from land she inherited on the reservation, and says the monthly checks made it easy for her to drop at least $400 a month for her habit.

Many tribal members receive royalty money — from a few hundred dollars to tens of thousands of dollars a month. Reed says she once cashed out $147,000 and blew most of it on meth.

“This used to be home,” she said. “Because of the drugs and the oil boom, it’s not the same as when I was growing up.… Everyone is scared here.”

For Police Chief Johnson, it’s a tragically familiar story of drugs.

“I don’t think there is a family on this reservation that hasn’t been affected in one way or another,” he said.

Purdon, the U.S. attorney, says that authorities are making headway in dismantling some of the drug rings, and that Operation Winter’s End has led to the indictment of more than 60 people for dealing meth or heroin.

But the arrests only scratch the surface of a web of drug dealing and use that has become woven into some families on the reservation.

Two of Mary Fox’s grandchildren — Akaka Katrina Aulaumea, 25, and Kealoha Asaga Aulaumea, 22 — were picked up in Operation Winter’s End, accused of possessing and conspiring to distribute meth.

Another granddaughter, Amanda Yazzie, became addicted to heroin about three years ago.

Unable to afford full-fledged treatment, Yazzie tried to wean herself from drugs last spring while staying at her mother’s house. She cried, scratched her hands, stroked her auburn hair. Her legs shook uncontrollably.

Yazzie, a pretty 21-year-old, doesn’t get oil royalties. But friends who do fed her habit.

“I get high for free,” she said. “So I keep going and going.”








Comments Off on Homeless man in Goshen, 38-year-old Chad Johnson, arrested for making Methamphetamine

A homeless man in Goshen was arrested after police found him manufacturing methamphetamine.

Goshen Police confronted 38-year-old Chad Johnson in the 400 Block of East Washington Street in Goshen.chad+johnson3

During the encounter, Johnson ran away from the police and tried to enter a local residence.

Johnson was found to be in possession of methamphetamine and arrested for resisting law enforcement.

He currently is incarcerated at the Elkhart County Jail.








Comments Off on Doan Van Thieu, 28, and Bui Thi Kim Oanh, 30, arrested in Hanoi for hiding major amount of Methamphetamine inside festive food

Police in Hanoi on Saturday arrested two people for carrying hundreds of methamphetamine pills on a taxi.

Doan Van Thieu, 28, and Bui Thi Kim Oanh, 30, told police, who stopped their taxi for a random check around 2:45 am, that they were returning home after visiting some local pagodas as part of their Lunar New Year celebration.drug1_qmdp

When the officers demanded to check their red plastic bag, Oanh said that it was just a “festive bag” carrying lucky food and objects from the pagodas, including a traditional rice dessert and a pocket of salt.

Police however found drugs hidden inside the cake and the salt pocket. Some were also concealed inside a camera.

The pills had an estimated street value of around VND300 million (US $15,000), police said.drug_TOIP

The two traffickers told police that they had been hired to transport the drugs by an unidentified person. They claimed that they had not been told where they would deliver the drugs to.

Police are investigating into the case.

Vietnam has some of the world’s toughest drug laws. Those convicted of smuggling more than 600 grams of heroin or more than 2.5 kilograms of methamphetamine face the death penalty.

The production or sale of 100 grams of heroin or 300 grams of other illegal narcotics is also punishable by death.








Comments Off on Truck driver, Tara Leah Cunningham, tested positive for Methamphetamine justifiably dismissed, Fair Work Commission finds

A dump truck driver’s unfair dismissal claim was rejected by the Fair Work Commission (FWC) after she was sacked for testing positive for methamphetamine use, with test results showing she was four times over the standard cut-off.

Tara Leah Cunningham denied taking the drug and claimed that the positive test was a consequence of her drink being spiked during a night out.

Cunningham had returned to her job at Downer EDI after a rostered break which lasted several days.

Prior to starting her shift, Cunningham was required by her employer to undertake a random drug test – this was in accordance with the organisation’s alcohol and drug management procedures. Cunningham’s sample contained traces of methamphetamine at four times the cut-off figure.

The week after the test, Cunningham was given an opportunity to explain whether there was a reasonable explanation for the presence of the drug in her system. She asserted that she had been the victim of drink spiking, but could not identify the culprit.

The union officer argued Downer therefore did not have a valid reason for her dismissal and criticised the company’s decision to backdate Cunningham’s dismissal.

Cunningham was represented during the hearing by a legal officer from the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMU), who told the FWC that Cunningham had felt well when she returned to work, and not under the influence of any substance.

The officer argued that because of this, Downer had no valid reason for Cunningham’s dismissal.

Countering this, Downer submitted evidence gained from a medical practitioner, showing that the levels of the drug found in Cunningham’s body could not have been the result of a single dose administered approximately 80 hours earlier.

Downer also pointed out that it had a zero-tolerance drug policy, which had “critical safety implications for the welfare of all those who work at the mine”.

Commissioner Ian Cambridge found that due to the excessive levels of methamphetamine found in Cunningham’s test, her dismissal was justifiable, validating as her breach of Downer’s drug and alcohol policy as serious misconduct.

“This test result would of itself, provide valid reason for the employer to terminate the employment of the applicant,” said Cambridge. “This test result was appropriately treated as a prima facie serious risk to the safety of fellow workers.”








Comments Off on Laura Christina Meyer, 32, of Spartanburg, SC, arrested in Asheville with 62 grams of Methamphetamine

ASHEVILLE –  A Spartanburg woman is facing felony charges after trafficking meth into Buncombe County.

According to warrants at the Buncombe County magistrate’s office, 32-year-old Laura Christina Meyer was arrested Feb. 20 by the Buncombe County Anticrime Task Force with 62 grams of the drug, which has a street value of approximately $100 per gram.

Meyer was charged with three felony counts of trafficking, one felony count of possession with intent to distribute, and one charge of misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia, including a digital scale and plastic baggies.

She was also charged with maintaining a vehicle, a 2004 Audi A4, for keeping and selling a controlled substance, a felony under the North Carolina Controlled Substances Act.

Meyers is being held under a $225,000 secured bond.








The woman’s boyfriend told police the pair went to purchase meth and got a bad batch; because he is paranoid about police they went to hide at the creek.

(WHAS11)–The Bullitt County Sheriff’s Office is trying to figure out how a woman reported missing ended up dead in a creek.23766947_Still

The woman has been identified as Jennifer Pike.

Pike’s body was found around 6:30 p.m. Thursday in a creek on Martin Hill off Highway 44 West in Shepherdsville. That creek is very close to where she lives.

Her boyfriend reported her missing on Tuesday.

Pike’s boyfriend told police the pair went to purchase meth and got a bad batch; because he is paranoid about police they went to hide at the creek.

He said when it got cold, he took off running thinking Pike was behind him.

Police said the death appears to be accidental, but they are awaiting toxicology reports.









Comments Off on Corrupt mainland Chinese pharmaceutical industry drug firms ‘fuelling crystal Methamphetamine scourge’, says UN official

Corruption within China’s pharmaceutical industry is a key factor in Guangdong province becoming the production centre for the burgeoning global trade in crystal meth, a top United Nations drugs official said.pau934947_02_40105489

Speaking in the wake of a massive seizure of the powerful stimulant near Lufeng district earlier this month – one of the biggest ever in Asia – senior UN drug official Jeremy Douglas said the quick and easy access to precursor chemicals required to make crystal meth clearly pointed to “corruption in the pharmaceutical and or chemical industries” in the mainland.

Douglas was briefed by Chinese officials in the immediate aftermath of the bust in which 2.4 tons of methamphetamine – known as Ice in Hong Kong – was seized.

His assertion comes amid President Xi Jinping’s ongoing drives against graft and drugs, and follows UN pledges to strengthen co-operation with Beijing and others in the region in the fight against drug gangs and the corrupt networks that underpin them.

“To operate a lab like this, you need a lot of chemicals, which are legitimate, regulated chemicals from the pharmaceutical industry,” Douglas said.

“This group has been able to get their hands on the precursor chemicals necessary to produce the drugs. They’ve been doing it for a long time, which means they’re getting these chemicals on a regular basis.

“There is some kind of corruption in the chemical/pharmaceutical industry taking place allowing this to happen.”

Meth can be manufactured using a variety of chemicals – most notably ephedrine and pseudoephedrine, which are also used in cold and flu medicine.

The latest seizure follows the January arrest of Hongkonger Wong Chi-ping – suspected of being a major drugs kingpin in the region – in Indonesia during a raid that netted 860 kg of Guangdong-manufactured meth.

Last November, 400 tons of chemicals seized before they could be turned into meth were destroyed by police in Lufeng.

Lufeng is a traditional heartland of Hong Kong’s largest triad, the Sun Yee On.

Of the latest haul, Douglas said: “It was most likely bound for a whole variety of destinations within and outside China.”

Hong Kong officials said a record number of drugs busts at the airport last year was due to “enhanced enforcement and intelligence” – not increased trafficking activity.

Shenzhen authorities captured 4.2 tons of narcotics in November and arrested 5,000 people, a number of whom were involved in drug trafficking to Australia via Hong Kong. And in June, the meth trafficking issue was believed to have been on the agenda when Secretary for Security Lai Tung-kwok met ministers in Australia and New Zealand.


This article appeared in the South China Morning Post print edition as Corrupt drug firms ‘fuelling meth scourge’








Comments Off on Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety Police seize Methamphetamine lab from motel room, arrest two

KALAMAZOO, MI — Police arrested two men and seized a meth lab from a motel room following a drug bust Saturday morning in Kalamazoo.-568746c84441afa3

At approximately 8:30 a.m. Saturday, police officers with the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety observed a suspected meth dealer driving in the 3700 block of Vanrick Drive, near Wing Stadium, a news release issued by the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety said.

Police pulled the driver over and found components used to manufacture meth in his vehicle, according to the release. Afterwards, police were waiting to secure a search warrant for the motel room the man was staying in when “another vehicle pulled into the same area officers had been watching,” the release said.

Officers made contact with the driver of the second vehicle  and found meth, as well as packaging material and a digital scale on his person. Items “used for the sale of controlled substances,” the release said.meth-componentsjpg-c1b8eb894b0c8f5a

Inside the motel room, police found more meth and meth components as well as marijuana.

The suspects, two males in their late twenties, were arrested and lodged at the Kalamazoo County Jail.

One is charged with operating and maintaining a meth lab, while the other is charged with possession of meth with the intent to deliver, according to the release.

Police are asking anyone with information regarding the crimes to contact the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety at 337-8994.








OTTUMWA – The Post Office intercepted a package they believed to contain drugs.

“The Postal Inspection Service intercepted a package from California to an address on Albany Street, in Ottumwa. They suspected that the package contained controlled substances in it, so they obtained a Federal Search Warrant and made a determination that the package had controlled substances inside,” said Ottumwa Police Lieutenant Jason Bell.

After the search warrant was executed, the Post Office contacted the Ottumwa Police Department.

“The package was delivered to 201 Albany and then we followed up the delivery with the execution of a search warrant at that residence,” said Lt. Bell. “Subsequent to the investigation, we were able to arrest two men.”

Shane Capps and Ryan Yancey were arrested on Friday, with no incident. The men have been charged with the following:Ryan Yancey and Shane Capps

  • Shane William Capps, age 34, of 201 Albany, Ottumwa, was arrested and charged with Possession with the Intent to Deliver more than 5 Grams of Methamphetamine (Class “B” Felony).
  • Ryan Whitley Yancey, age 28, of 1624 Albia Road, Ottumwa, was arrested and charged with Possession with the Intent to Deliver more than 5 Grams of Methamphetamine (Class “B” Felony).

Both men are being held in the Wapello County Jail with a scheduled bond of $100,000.

The investigation was aided through help from the Ottumwa Police Department, Wapello County Sheriff’s Office, Iowa Department of Public Safety Division of Narcotics Enforcement, United States Postal Inspection Service, and the Southeast Iowa Inter-Agency Drug Task Force.









Comments Off on National Police’s Narcotics Directorate bust international drug ring in Jakarta, seize 8.1 kg of crystal ethamphetamine

The National Police’s Narcotics Directorate recently nabbed 11 members of an international drug ring operating in Jakarta, confiscating a total of 8.1 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine.20150129_meth_AFp_0

Narcotics Directorate head Chief Brig. Gen. Anjan Pramuka Putra said Friday the syndicate was controlled from China and operated its business in Jakarta before distributing drugs to other big cities throughout the country.

“They distributed the drugs to Jakarta because they saw a higher demand here where people were willing to pay a lot more compared to the Chinese market,” Anjan told reporters at the directorate’s office in Cawang, East Jakarta.

According to him, 1 kilogram of methamphetamine was sold for Rp 300 million (S$31,743) per kilogram in China, while in Indonesia, drug dealers can make Rp 1 billion to Rp 1.5 billion for the same amount.

National Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Rikwanto said the series of raids started on Jan. 8 when the police caught Heriyanto, Stevy Harto and Enos Simbolon at a hotel in Medan, South Sumatra, with 2.2 kilograms of methamphetamine from China.

 “After that, we developed the case and arrested other members of the drug syndicate in Jakarta,” Rikwanto told reporters.

On Jan. 12, the police arrested a Nigerian citizen identified as Chukwudubem Shedrack Nwabueze at an apartment in Kelapa Gading, North Jakarta, which led to the arrest of Sandia Purwani and Nilo Purwani four days later in Bekasi, West Java. During the raid in Bekasi, the police confiscated 2.1 kilograms of methamphetamine hidden inside 14 printer ink cartridges from China.

Still in January, the police also arrested Edward Mawardi, Bernard Sandehang, Fadlan, Al Rohaeti and Chinese citizen Ong Liong Cuan from the syndicate and confiscated three firearms and two mini diesel machines.

“The syndicate used a new method by hiding their drugs inside ink cartridges and mini diesel machines before they delivered them here,” Rikwanto said.

Anjan said the eleven suspects from the Chinese syndicate would face multiple charges, including Article 114 clause 2 of Law No. 35/2009 on narcotics, which carries the death penalty as a maximum sentence.

“I hope the court will sentence all of them to death, or at least they should get life sentences,” Anjan said.

He added that with the arrest, the National Police had stopped another drug syndicate from distributing drugs from Jakarta to other cities, such as Surabaya in East Java, and Bali. He also claimed that the drug bust saved around 8,100 people in the country from drug addiction.

Rikwanto said the lavish nightlife in Jakarta had made the capital a lucrative destination for drug-trafficking syndicates.

The Indonesian judicial system is currently under the international spotlight ahead of the execution of Andrew Chan, 31, and Myuran Sukumaran, 33, two Australians known as ringleaders of the so-called Bali Nine drug-smuggling ring. Both are scheduled to face a firing squad for trying to smuggle about 8 kilograms of heroin from Bali to Australia in 2005.

International drug ring cases in Greater Jakarta:

Aug. 14, 2013: Soekarno-Hatta International Airport’s customs and excise officers confiscate 9.9 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine, worth Rp 13.5 billion. The suspects comprise five Indonesians, three Malaysians, a Vietnamese and a Nigerian.

Nov. 22, 2014: The National Narcotics Agency (BNN) arrests three Chinese nationals in Pluit in Penjaringan, North Jakarta, for possessing and storing a total of 157 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine from China