NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) – Yet another arrest has been made as a result of an ongoing Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office investigation into a possible organized crime ring that involved burglaries and drugs.

Officers with the Nacogdoches Police Department arrested Samuel Davis Hale, 26, early Thursday morning and charged him with engaging in organized criminal activity, which is a third-degree felony. Hale, of Nacogdoches, is still being held in the county jail. No bail has been set at this time.

According to the arrest affidavit, on Feb. 17, NCSO deputies took a report from a man who told them someone had stolen his Arctic Cat 4-wheeler from his deer lease off of County Road 166 in Garrison. Later, NCSO deputies allegedly located the 4-wheeler at Hale’s home in the 200 block of Muller Street in Nacogdoches.

Samuel Hale (Source: Nacogdoches County Jail)

Samuel Hale

 

Further investigation revealed that Hale bought the ATV from Thomas Stroud, one of the primary suspects in the NCSO’s investigation of the possible organized crime ring, after Rickey Spurr, another main suspect in the case, asked Stroud for help in selling the four-wheeler.

‘The asking price for the 4-wheeler was $600, which is considerably less than its value,” the arrest affidavit stated.

The affidavit went on to say another suspect in the ongoing investigation, Quentin Bell, brokered the sale of the four-wheeler and received the payment.

The three arrests Monday were the latest in a string of connected arrests by the NCSO. In all, the Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a total of 16 suspects as part of an ongoing investigation into a possible organized crime ring. In the process, they have also seized a large amount of methamphetamine and have recovered about $10,000 in stolen property.

According to a previous story, the investigation started on April 2, when NCSO investigators started looking into a string of burglaries that occurred in Nacogdoches County. Their primary focus was the more recent burglaries that occurred in the Melrose area.

Bridges said the Nacogdoches County District Attorney’s Office has been working closely with the NCSO in working toward a possible organized criminal activity case.

 

 

 

 

http://www.ktre.com/story/22016702/nacogdoches-co-sheriffs-office-arrests-16th-suspect-in-alleged-burglary-meth-ring

 

SAN ANGELO, Texas — A ranking member of the Mexican Mafia was sentenced Wednesday to 30 years in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine.

This sentence was announced by U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.

Eric Cortez Flores, 32, was the Mexican Mafia’s methamphetamine supplier from Lubbock to San Angelo, Texas.

According to documents filed in the case, in February 2011, special agents with U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) received information that a known narcotics trafficker would be traveling to San Angelo from Del Rio, Texas. This investigation revealed that this individual went to Eric Cortez Flores’ residence on Montague in San Angelo. In addition, on several occasions, law enforcement officers encountered individuals with methamphetamine who were connected with Flores. They learned that Flores’ mother’s residence on Oaklawn in San Angelo reportedly served as a stash house for Flores’ methamphetamine.

On Feb. 22, 2012, law enforcement executed a search warrant at Flores’s residence. That search yielded: a plastic bag containing suspected methamphetamine residue, which was located next to the toilet; methamphetamine residue next to the toilet; about $96,000 in cash; a semi-automatic pistol; about 25 wrappings similar to those typically used to package large amounts of methamphetamine; and a suspected drug ledger.

In his guilty plea in November 2012, Flores admitted that he had flushed an ounce or less of methamphetamine down the toilet before law enforcement arrived. He also stated that he had about $70,000 in his house that was drug sales proceeds from the previous 18 months and that he’d distributed about one pound of methamphetamine every two weeks during that time period. He stated that his methamphetamine was from Mexico, but he refused to provide his supplier’s name. Flores also stated that the wrappings found in his backyard and bedroom contained one pound of methamphetamine each. And he admitted that he knew the firearm was in his house.

This investigation was conducted by the following law enforcement agencies: HSI, the FBI, the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Tom Green County Sheriff’s Office, and the San Angelo Police Department.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey R. Haag, Northern District of Texas, prosecuted this case.

 

 

 

 

http://www.ice.gov/news/releases/1304/130417sanangelo2.htm

 

CALEXICO – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested an El Centro resident Sunday after discovering about $120,000 worth of methamphetamine in his car, according to a press release.

Around 12:10 p.m., a detector dog alerted to a blue 1993 Toyota Paseo as the driver waited in line for inspection at the Calexico downtown Port of Entry. The driver and car was escorted for further examination.

CBP officers then found five wrapped packages of methamphetamine weighing a combined total of eight pounds in a false compartment of the car’s battery.

The driver, a 24-year-old man living in El Centro, was turned over to custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and transported to Imperial County Jail. CBP seized the car and drugs. The man’s name was not released.

 

 

 

 

http://articles.ivpressonline.com/2013-04-09/calexico-downtown-port_38412163

 

NICE — When Lake County Sheriff’s Department narcotics detectives stopped a vehicle in Nice on Tuesday afternoon and asked to see driver Christopher Bynum’s license, he showed them a lot more than that, according to Lt. Steve Brooks.

When Bynum, 54 of Nice, opened his wallet to retrieve his license, detectives say they noticed a hypodermic needle and syringe in plain view.

During the search that followed, Lake County Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force detectives allegedly found a plastic bag containing methamphetamine.

Bynum was arrested and taken to the Lake County Hill Road Correctional Facility, where he was booked on drug paraphernalia and methamphetamine possession charges.

Bynum was stopped in the area of Sutter Street and Lakeview Drive at 4:15 p.m., according to Brooks.

Brooks encourages anyone with information that can assist the task force to call the anonymous tip line at 263-3663.

 

 

 

 

http://www.record-bee.com/ci_23057525/sheriffs-detectives-arrest-nice-man-drug-charges

 

Congressman Jerry McNerney is requesting funds be prioritized for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and for the “Meth Hot Spots” account within the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Office at the Department of Justice.

McNerney’s plea calls for funding of at least $20 million for State and Local Assistance within DEA’s budget–the same as last year. Meanwhile, he requestedan increase to $40 million in funding for the “Meth Hot Spots” program, providing sufficient funding to release grants for methamphetamine-related activities within the COPS Office.

 

Due to budget shortfalls, narcotics division of the Stockton Police Department was forced to shut down. McNerney states that the Central valley struggles with controlling the production and the distribution of methamphetamine.

In 2011, there were 13,379 recorded incidents nationwide, nearly double the amount from 2008 (7,405). In California, total domestic meth production continues to exceed the combined production of the next three largest meth-producing states. California continues to lead the Nation in the number of seizures of meth from “super labs” capable of producing hundreds of pounds of meth within a week.

MCNERNEY REQUESTS FUNDING TO REDUCE METHAMPHETAMINE ABUSE AND COMBAT ILLICIT DRUGS

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-Stockton) wrote to the Subcommittee on Commerce, Science and Justice of the U.S. House Appropriations Committee today requesting funds be prioritized for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and for the “Meth Hot Spots” account within the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Office at the Department of Justice.

Congressman McNerney called for funding of at least $20 million for State and Local Assistance within DEA’s budget, the same amount allocated for Fiscal Year 2013, with the goal of fully supporting DEA’s mission of coordinating with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to reduce the supply, transfer, and disposal of illicit drugs. Congressman McNerney requested an increase to $40 million in funding for the “Meth Hot Spots” program, providing sufficient funding to release grants for methamphetamine-related activities within the COPS Office.

“Making our community safer has never been more important. Making sure that our law enforcement agencies like the DEA have the resources they need is critical to combating the use of the most dangerous illegal drugs and drug-related crime,” said Congressman McNerney.

Due to budget shortfalls, the narcotics division of the Stockton Police Department was forced to shut down. Stockton and California’s Central Valley struggle with controlling the production and the distribution of methamphetamine, which has ravaged thousands of lives. DEA’s assistance is critical in mitigating this problem.

“Meth abuse is one of the most serious threats to our communities and families, and providing resources to help reduce meth addiction is imperative to eliminate the socioeconomic burden it places on our state and local governments,” said Congressman McNerney.

By all leading indicators, the methamphetamine problem is growing nationwide, with impacts of historic proportions on our national and state economies, law enforcement capabilities, families, and societies. In 2011, there were 13,379 recorded incidents nationwide, nearly double the amount from 2008 (7,405). In California, total domestic meth production continues to exceed the combined production of the next three largest meth-producing states. California continues to lead the Nation in the number of seizures of meth from “super labs” capable of producing hundreds of pounds of meth within a week.

 

From an economic perspective, the effects of meth use are equally disturbing. The RAND Corporation’s first national estimate suggested that the economic cost of meth use in the United States reached a staggering $23.4 billion in 2005. Long-term use of this highly-addictive drug can lead to serious physical health problems, as well as depression, hallucinations, violent and aggressive behavior, malnutrition, disturbed personality development, and methamphetamine psychosis, a mental disorder similar to paranoid psychosis and schizophrenia. Meth production and usage impacts our societies, including explosions and fires triggered by the manufacturing of meth, environmental contamination, increased criminal activity, domestic violence, emergency room and other medical costs, the spread of infectious disease, including HIV, AIDS and hepatitis, and lost worker productivity.

Earlier this year, Congressman McNerney introduced the bipartisan Methamphetamine Education, Treatment, and Hope (METH) Act to modernize programs to better combat methamphetamine abuse. The METH Act focuses on raising awareness of methamphetamine addiction and providing resources for the most at-risk communities and individuals.

The METH Act supports youth involvement in programs that deter drug usage, improves identification and prevention of methamphetamine addiction, and broadens support for specific programs targeted to serve pregnant and parenting women. The METH Act helps medical professionals raise awareness about how to recognize signs of substance abuse and apply practices for screening and treating individuals at-risk for developing an addiction.

“By all leading indicators, the methamphetamine problem is getting worse, both nationally and in California. In fact, California’s total domestic meth production exceeds the combine production of the next three largest meth-producing states. In addition, California continues to lead the nation in the number of seizures of meth from ‘super labs,’ capable of producing hundreds of pounds of meth within a week. This substantial and growing threat costs our local, state, and federal governments billions of dollars each year. We must restore vital anti-meth funding in order to address this significant problem.” – Kent Shaw, Chief, California Department of Justice Bureau of Investigations

More information on the METH Act can be found here.

 

http://eastcountytoday.net/mcnerney-requests-funding-to-fight-methamphetamine-abuse/

 

 

Congressman McNerney Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Combat Meth Abuse PDF Print E-mail
February 15, 2013

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-Stockton) introduced the bipartisan Methamphetamine Education, Treatment, and Hope (METH) Act to modernize programs to better combat methamphetamine abuse. The METH Act focuses on raising awareness of methamphetamine addiction and providing resources for the most at-risk communities and individuals.

“Meth abuse is one of the most serious issues in northern California and across the country. It affects families and our community, and needs immediate action. By bringing resources to areas that need them the most, we can raise awareness and help people recover from methamphetamine addiction,” said Rep. McNerney.

The METH Act, supports youth involvement in programs that deter drug usage, improves identification and prevention of methamphetamine addiction, and broadens support for specific programs targeted to serve pregnant and parenting women. The METH Act helps medical professionals raise awareness about how to recognize signs of substance abuse and apply practices for screening and treating individuals at-risk for developing an addiction.

“It is imperative that we address crime in our region and increase public safety. This bill will help keep our families healthy, safe and drug-free. When we see crime rates drop, especially usage of drugs like methamphetamine, our entire community benefits,” added McNerney.

Specifically, the bill instructs the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to:

  • Collaborate with professionals to raise awareness about how to recognize signs of substance abuse and apply best practices for screening and treating individuals with or at-risk for developing an addiction, including addiction to methamphetamine or other drugs
  • Award grants in rural areas that are determined to have a shortage of mental health professional or substance abuse treatment options, and to areas determined to have high rates of addiction to methamphetamine or other drugs
  • Expand, intensify, and coordinate efforts to provide methamphetamine or other drug addiction treatment to pregnant and parenting women
  • Maintain a clearinghouse that provides information and educational materials to employers and employees about drug-testing policies and programs
  • Support youth involvement in developing and implementing prevention strategies for youth with regard to meth and other drugs

The bill is cosponsored by Reps. Bobby Rush, Charlie Rangel, G.K. Butterfield, Alcee Hastings, David Valadao, and Ben Ray Luján.

 

http://mcnerney.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=849&Itemid=48

 

 

A Pocono Pines man has been charged as a part of a drug ring that brought methamphetamine from Mexico to the Lehigh Valley, according to the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General.

The ring allegedly distributed $7 million worth of crystal meth over the past five years. Twenty-three suspected drug dealers and traffickers are charged as a result of the 15-month investigation.

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Robert M. Wells, 44

 

Robert M. Wells, 44, of Pocono Pines was charged with one county of use of a communication facility and one count of possession of a controlled substance.

A grand jury found that Carmen Wahlfeld of Sand Diego, Calif., secured large amounts of crystal methamphetamine from a source in Mexico and delivered the drugs to a location in Las Vegas, Nevada, where it was packaged and shipped through FedEx to the Lehigh Valley for distribution.

 

 

 

 

http://www.poconorecord.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20130417/NEWS/130419767/-1/NEWS

 

Calexico, California – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Calexico downtown port of entry yesterday discovered 46 pounds of methamphetamine concealed in the gas tank of a vehicle.

On Tuesday afternoon, April 16, at about 1:30 p.m., a CBP officer conducting inspections of vehicles and travelers referred a maroon 2006 Ford Explorer for further examination.

CBP officers conducted an intensive examination that included a canine screening that resulted in the discovery of 26 wrapped packages of methamphetamine concealed inside the tank. The street value of the narcotic is estimated at approximately $690,000.

The driver, a 30-year-old male Mexican citizen and resident of Ensenada, Baja California, was arrested and transported to the Imperial County jail to await arraignment in federal court for the alleged smuggling attempt.

CBP seized the vehicle and narcotics.

 

 

 

 

http://www.imperialvalleynews.com/index.php/news/imperial-valley/3796-cbp-officers-at-calexico-downtown-port-find-46-pounds-of-methamphetamine-in-gas-tank.html

Marin County drug investigators arrested a suspected methamphetamine dealer in San Rafael and seized guns and drugs from his hotel room in Richmond.

Robert Stephen Bovero, 53, was booked into Marin County Jail on suspicion of drug possession for sale, being a felon in possession of a firearm and other counts. He was released on bail.

Bovero was arrested after an investigation by the Marin County Major Crimes Task Force, which developed information that he was allegedly selling meth in the county, said sheriff’s Sgt. Pierre Ahuncain.

The task force learned that Bovero was staying at a Richmond hotel, placed him under surveillance and obtained search warrants for him, his room and his car. On Tuesday night, investigators contacted him after following him from Richmond to the Home Depot parking lot in San Rafael.

Investigators found a digital scale in the car and then seized more than an ounce of methamphetamine from the hotel room.

Also in the room were a loaded revolver, another handgun and numerous syringes, including two filled with suspected heroin, Ahuncain said.

Bovero checked out of the hotel Wednesday and could not be reached for comment.

Bovero, whose previous residences include Corte Madera, has a lengthy criminal history in Marin, according to court records.

 

 

 

 

http://www.marinij.com/sanrafael/ci_23052918/marin-drug-unit-arrests-suspected-meth-dealer-san

 

YORK – A 21-year-old York woman has pleaded no contest to two counts of child abuse after police found her high on methamphetamine and her young children exposed to the drug.

Syerrah Jordan appeared in York County District Court this week, before Judge Patrick Mullen.

According to York County Attorney Candace Dick, the York Police Department received a 911 call in the middle of the night, last July.

“They couldn’t determine Ms. Jordan’s purpose for the call,” Dick said, “but they could hear a baby in the background. They went to the location of where the call was made and spoke with her. She told them she had used meth earlier and she was out of sorts. She couldn’t understand what was going on around her.”

Dick said Jordan’s 1-month-old baby and two-year-old child were inside the house with her, as well as her 22-year-old boyfriend who the prosecution says also admitted to police that he had been using meth.

“Lab results showed that both children tested positive for methamphetamine,” Dick said.

The child abuse charges are Class 1 misdemeanors that carry a possible maximum sentence of one year in jail.

Judge Mullen set sentencing for May 20.

 

 

 

 

http://www.yorknewstimes.com/news/mother-pleads-no-contest-to-abuse/article_250e451a-a7d7-11e2-afef-0019bb2963f4.html

 

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — A man living with his family at a former Girl Scout camp that is now a nature preserve faces charges alleging that he operated a methamphetamine lab at the central Indiana site.

James Kevin Dalton, 54, was arrested last week at the Red-tail Conservancy’s Munsee Woods property southeast of Muncie. Dalton remained jailed without bond at the Delaware County on Thursday, two days after he was charged with dealing in meth, possession of meth and possession of meth precursors.

Red-tail Conservancy director Barry Bankss told The Star Press (http://tspne.ws/11giRqQ ) that the Muncie-based land trust had allowed Dalton to live with his family at Munsee Woods, a former Girl Scout camp that has several buildings. Banks said Dalton was serving as the site’s caretaker/tenant.

“We’re just shocked,” Banks said Wednesday. “I thought I could trust him. … We’re taking measures to ensure this won’t happen in the future.”

He said Dalton’s family has been evicted from the old Girl Scout camp building where they had been living and where both meth and meth precursors were allegedly found during a State Policee raid.

Banks said that last summer, volunteers at Munsee Woods found a backpack in a creek that was determined to contain meth-related materials. Delaware County sheriff’s deputies were called to the scene. He said he did not know whether that incident was connected to Dalton or last week’s events.

In the wake of the raid, Munsee Woods has been secured and it is being monitored by a member of the conservancy’s board of directors.

Banks said he’s hopeful Dalton’s arrest wouldn’t hurt the nonprofit group’s mission. The 14-year-old Red-tail Conservancy owns nearly 2,000 acres in natural areas and farm land in east-central Indiana which are permanently protected from development.

“Our success is based on the trust of the community and the support of our mission,” he said.

 

 

 

 

http://www.sfgate.com/news/crime/article/Ind-man-allegedly-had-meth-lab-at-nature-preserve-4444457.php

 

A Casper couple facing felony child endangerment and drug possession charges have both waived their right to a preliminary hearing.

28-year-old Dionn Jobe and 28-year-old Shane Doyal are being held on three counts of child endangerment involving methamphetamine, one count of possession of methamphetamine and one count of possession of marijuana. Jobe faces an additional conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance charge.

 

According to court documents, Department of Criminal Investigation officials, after arresting Jobe in front of her home on April 4, discovered a syringe believed to be used for intravenous drug use near children inside the couple’s residence at the Westshore Mobile Home Park.

After a search warrant was obtained, authorities say investigators found an additional three grams of methamphetamine and three ounces of marijuana inside the residence. Officials with the Casper Police Department say DCI investigators, while executing the search warrant, also found a device similar to a pipe bomb inside the home.

Jobe and Doyal are being held on $10,000 bond awaiting trial.

 

 

 

http://k2radio.com/casper-couple-held-on-drug-possession-child-endangerment-charges-waives-preliminary-hearing/

 

 

JACKSON, MI – Jackson Narcotic Enforcement Team members were called to a possible methamphetamine lab, where the suspects walked up to a residence and asked if they could hide their bags inside, JNET officials say.

 

 One pot meth lab on W. Monroe Street

Members of the Jackson Narcotics Enforcement Team (JNET) go through components of a one-pot meth lab on the 100 block of W. Monroe Street on Thursday, April 18. According to JNET, the residents at the address were not involved in the incident.
 
One pot meth lab on W. Monroe Street

One pot meth lab on W. Monroe Street

One pot meth lab on W. Monroe Street

One pot meth lab on W. Monroe Street

One pot meth lab on W. Monroe Street

 

 

 

 

 

 

JNET was called to the 100 block of W. Monroe Street about 2:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18, for a possible methamphetamine lab.

Michigan State Police Detective Lt. Dave Cook, Commander of JNET, said items used to produce methamphetamine were recovered from multiple backpacks. The items included glassware, pseudo-ephedrine pills, used cold packs, needles, broken lithium batteries and lithium strips. There were also tools used to break the batteries and what looked to be “minute-finished meth.”

Prior to JNET being called in to confirm the meth lab, the Jackson Police Department was dispatched to the area for a suspicious situation. Ambulance personnel were called to the 100 block of W. Monroe Street for a man having a seizure. When emergency personnel arrived, they noticed two individuals exit a vehicle and walk toward a residence carrying bags, Jackson Police Department Sgt. Robert Jenks said.

The two suspects walked to a house in the 100 block of W. Monroe Street, and asked the residents if they could hide their bags inside the house, Cook said. When the residents said no, the suspects threw the bags inside the house.

Jenks said the residents inside the house are not connected to the meth labs.

When police arrived, they looked inside the bags and identified possible meth components. JNET was then called in to properly identify and destroy the drug and drug components.

One woman, 18, was arrested on meth-related charges, Jenks said.

JNET and the Jackson Police Department are continuing to investigate the incident.

 

 

 

 

http://www.mlive.com/news/jackson/index.ssf/2013/04/meth_lab_found_in_backpacks_su.html

 

Tuesday, the Glasgow Police Department responded to complaint of methamphetamine located 109 Adams Place. Upon arrival, Sgt. Jessie Barton made contact with Amy M. Eubank, age 22 of Glasgow. Eubank admitted to possessing a small amount of Methamphetamine and lead the officers to her bedroom where a small baggie of a white powdery substance was located. Eubank signed the consent to search forms and told the officers the substance was, indeed, methamphetamine. She was charged with Possesion of a Controlled Substance 1st degree.

 

 

 

 

http://www.wcluradio.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=18035:28-year-old-glasgow-female-arrested-for-possession-of-methamphetamine&catid=34:news&Itemid=53

 

BRADFORD COUNTY, Fla. – A traffic stop for littering on a roadway lead to a mobile methamphetamine lab arrest.

A deputy with the Bradford County Sheriff’s Office noticed a car with a cracked windshield allegedly throwing trash onto a roadway, according to a release from the Bradford County Sheriff’s Office.

James B. Kelley, 28
 

The driver was stopped and consented to a search of his vehicle, the release detailed.

A search of the vehicle revealed the suspect, James B. Kelley, allegedly had the chemicals needed for producing methamphetamine and well as a container actively producing the potentially explosive substance, according to the BCSO.

A hazardous materials team responded to the vehicle and Kelley was taken into custody.

Kelley is charged with production of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

 

 

 

http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/article/309525/3/Deputy-finds-active-mobile-meth-lab-during-traffic-stop

 

A Gaffney woman was sentenced to 20 years in prison followed by 5 years of probation today after she admitted in court Thursday to causing the wreck that claimed the life of her 8-year-old daughter and injured two others.

Samantha Gail Rhinehart
 

Samantha Gail Rhinehart, 28, pleaded guilty to reckless homicide, two counts of first-degree assault and battery and child endangerment, according to a written statement from the 7th Circuit Solicitor’s Office. Judge Mark Hayes sentenced Rhinehart to 20 years in prison, followed by a consecutive 10-year prison sentence that was suspended to 5 years of probation.

Anna Marie Rhinehart, 8, died as a result of multiple head trauma sustained during the single-car wreck Jan. 11, on Corinth Road about 7 miles south of Gaffney. The deceased was one of seven passengers riding in the 2001 Ford truck driven by her mother, authorities said.

Samantha Rhinehart was driving about 62 miles an hour in a 45 mph zone when she ran off the right shoulder of the road, overcorrected and went off the left side of the road. The truck traveled down an embankment and struck a tree. Anna Marie Rhinehart was thrown from the wreckage. Two other passengers sustained injuries.

Samantha Rhinehart, who was driving with a suspended driver’s license, admitted to driving under the influence of methamphetamine. She was initially charged with felony driving under the influence with a death and two counts of felony driving under the influence with great bodily injury. The charges were altered after State Law Enforcement Division lab tests revealed the presence of methamphetamine in her urine and not her blood. The finding meant she recently ingested the drug but the timing questioned the impairment of her driving.

“This case is a senseless tragedy,” Solicitor Barry Barnette said. “Samantha Rhinehart had no business driving and placing so many people in harm’s way.”

Samantha Rhinehart’s prior criminal record included multiple convictions for driving under suspension for forgery, according to the solicitor’s office.

 

 

 

http://www.goupstate.com/article/20130418/articles/130419637?p=1&tc=pg

 

At least 14 people have so far been arrested in an alleged methamphetamine trafficking ring in East Tennessee, North Georgia and Western North Carolina, the head federal prosecutor here said.

A release from U.S. Attorney Bill Killian’s office said seven of the 14 made court appearances Tuesday as a result of an investigation by U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Tennessee’s 10th Judicial District Drug Task Force.

A trial date was set by U.S. Magistrate Judge Susan K. Lee for June 25.

More arrests are pending in the open investigation, according to the release.

Those arrested are listed below:

— Anthony Long, 41, of Chatsworth, Ga.

— Sarah McElhannon, 44, Corey Welch, 39, Robin Welch, 42, all of Copperhill, Tenn.

— Paula Price, 41, Jeremy Gamble, 42, Randy Greene, 48, Paul Gribble, 48, all of Turtletown, Tenn.

— Tracy Mason, 48, of McCaysville, Ga.

— Jose Manuel Juarez-Gonzalez, 37, of Ellenwood, Ga.

Hector De La Torre, 50, of Atlanta, Ga.

— Dennis Glover, 60, of Ranger, Ga.

— Melinda Adams, 24, of McCaysville, Ga.

— Mitchell Hughes, 38, of Farner, Tenn.

 

 

 

 

http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2013/apr/18/fourteen-arrested-three-state-area-methamphetamine/

 

On Wednesday, investigators with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office arrived at 209 Mosley Lane, DeFuniak Springs, Florida, the residence of 55 year old Zanda Brock and her boyfriend 49 year old Steven Downing, in reference to complaints of methamphetamines being manufactured at this residence.

While speaking with Brock, investigators observed items associated with the “Shake and Bake” method of manufacturing methamphetamines.

A search warrant was obtained for the residence and investigators located three active “Shake and Bake” cook vessels containing a trafficking weight, over 200 grams, of methamphetamine. Investigators also located chemicals used in the methamphetamine manufacturing process, smoking devices, and digital scales.

Both Brock and Downing were at the residence when the search warrant was executed.

Subsequently, the two were placed under arrest and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, trafficking in methamphetamine, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Brock and Downing were transported and booked into the Walton County Department of Corrections.

 

 

 

 

http://www.wjhg.com/news/headlines/Shake-and-Bake-Meth-Labs-Located-in-DeFuniak-Springs-203611381.html

 

Authorities in Lagos have discovered the fifth illegal methamphetamine production centre in just one year, deepening fears Nigeria is a narcotics hub and part of a worldwide network.
The anti-drugs agency says the West African country is producing meth on a large scale.
The highly addictive drug is known by several names, including meth, ice and crystal. It is usually injected, but it can also be smoked or inhaled.
Mild doses can increase alertness and concentration, but high doses can cause psychological problems including paranoia and hallucinations.
Nigeria used to be a transit point through which illegal drugs from Mexico passed on their way to Europe.
Mitchell Ofojeyu, a spokesman for the Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agency, said: “They have an international network because they’re bringing in Bolivians into West Africa to produce Methamphetamine; [it] shows the synergy the drug cells in West Africa have with their counterparts in other regions of the world.”

In an exclusive report, Al Jazeera’s Mohammed Adow visits the lab where the methods of concealment for the drug dealers are as diverse as the narcotics they traffic.
Reporting from Lagos, Adow said: “While manufacturing drugs is a new phenomenon in Nigeria using it as a trafficking hub is not.”

 

 

 

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBuYMhDtQxo

 

HARRISBURG — A Red Hill man was charged in connection with a crystal methamphetamine ring that stretched from Mexico into the Lehigh Valley.

James “Jimbo” Schwar, 35, was charged with possession with the intent to manufacture or deliver, corrupt organization and other related charges, according to a press release issued Wednesday by Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane.

Schwar was a supplier of large amounts of marijuana in Lehigh Valley, the release said. 

Over the past five years, $7 million worth of crystal meth was distributed from Mexico to Lehigh Valley by 23 drug dealers, the release said.

State narcotic agents spent 15 months investigating the group, the release said.

The leaders of the group were identified as Gary Kuehner, 32, of Bethlehem and Michael Lehrman, 45, of Danielsville.

According to the release, large amounts of crystal meth were taken from a source in Mexico and delivered to a location in Las Vegas, Nev. by Carmen Wahlfeld, 49, of San Diego, Calif.

 

 

 

 

http://www.pottsmerc.com/article/20130418/NEWS01/130419166/red-hill-man-charged-as-part-of-nationwide-meth-ring

 

Three men were arrested on drug charges following an April 10 traffic stop on Highway 162.

The driver, Javier Alvarez, 34, of Hopland, was pulled over at about 1 p.m. for speeding. Alvarez had two outstanding warrants, one for domestic violence and the second of use of a controlled substance. He was arrested on the warrants, prompting a search of the vehicle.

Two other men were passengers in the vehicle.

Deputies found 1.8 grams of meth in individual baggies along with two drug pipes.

The passengers, Jeff W. Carver, 30, of Willits, and Meliton Pacheco Rangel, 34, of Stockton, were arrested on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine for sale.

Alvarez was arrested on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine for sale and on the two misdemeanor warrants.

Alvarez remains in jail. Carver was released on his own recognizance, and Rangel posted bail and was released .

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.willitsnews.com/ci_23044555/speeding-leads-meth-arrest

 

A Spartanburg woman was jailed Wednesday after her 1-year-old tested positive for drugs, according to investigators.

Constance Bishop Goode, 35, of 111 Fitzgerald Road, was charged with neglect of a child, an arrest warrant states.

Constance Bishop Goode

 

According to an incident report, the Department of Social Services referred its case to the sheriff’s office after receiving a complaint about Goode using methamphetamine around her son. DSS ordered that mother and son be tested for drugs, and both tested positive for methamphetamine, according to the report.

Goode admitted to investigators that she had smoked methamphetamine on numerous occasions with her son in the room with her, the report states.

Goode remained at the Spartanburg County Detention Facility Wednesday on a $10,000 bond.

 

 

 

http://www.goupstate.com/article/20130417/ARTICLES/304171031?tc=ar

 

 

WELLINTON NORTH TWP, ON – On Tuesday, April 16, 2013, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau – Drug Enforcement Unit, with the assistance of Wellington County OPP, and Wellington County Canine, executed two Controlled Drugs and Substances Act search warrants. The first search warrant was executed at a residence in Arthur, Wellington North. The second search warrant was executed at a residence in Mount Forest, Wellington North.

As a result of the execution of the search warrant, police seized methamphetamine, cocaine, psilocybin, cannabis resin, and cannabis marihuana. The combined estimated value of the seized controlled substances from both search warrants was $10,387. Police also seized offence related property that consisted of trafficking equipment, along with $7,995 cash.

Jeff Smith aged 26 of Wellington North, and a young person were arrested and charged with 4 counts of Possession for the Purposes of Trafficking Methamphetamine, Cocaine, Psilocybin, and Cannabis Marihuana each. Smith was also charged with 4 counts of Possession of Methamphetamine, Cocaine, Cannabis Marihuana, and Cannabis Resin contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. Smith was held in custody pending a bail hearing in Guelph.

Kelsey Smith aged 21 of Wellington North, was arrested, charged, and released on a Promise to Appear and Officer in Charge Undertaking with 4 counts of Possession of Methamphetamine, Cocaine, Cannabis Marihuana, and Cannabis Resin contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. He is scheduled to appear in Guelph Court on June 14, 2013 to answer to the charges.

Dan Giovannone aged 21 of Wellington North, was arrested and charged with 1 count of Possession of Cannabis Marihuana contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. He was held in custody on warrants from Guelph.

Two other young persons were arrested, charged, and released on Promise to Appears and Officer in Charge Undertakings for 1 count each of Possession of Cannabis Marihuana contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

Anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to contact Wellington County OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

 

 

 

 

http://www.guelphnow.ca/npps/story.cfm?nppage=1841

 

Methamphetamine, firearms and thousands of dollars has been seized from a man associated with Hells Angels.

The man was stopped by police in Albany yesterday, where methamphetamine was found following a search of his car.

Drugs, weapons seized from Hells Angels associate

 

A later search of his home found more of the drug, several firearms, five tasers and hundreds of rounds of ammunition.

Detective Senior Sergeant Lloyd Schmid says officers are making inquiries to see if the firearms have been used in other serious crimes.

The man will appear in the North Shore District Court today on numerous charges.

 

 

 

 

http://www.farmingshow.com/news/nbcri/692000494-drugs–weapons-seized-from-hells-angels-associate

 

Two individuals have been arrested during a search in Plainville. Gordon County deputies along with the US Marshal`s Service located Terrence Culberson, 33, and Brittany Nicole Ford, 23, following a warrant being issued in Floyd County. During the search of the home authorities discovered several ounces of methamphetamine valued at $4,000, thousands of dollars in cash, and firearms. A warrant had been taken out for Culberson in Floyd County for fleeing or eluding a police officer, obstruction of law enforcement, driving on an expired tag, failure to maintain lane, and too fast for conditions.

Both were charged with Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Crime.

Culberson was taken to the Floyd County Jail, and Ford was taken to the Gordon County Jail.

 

 

 

 

http://www.coosavalleynews.com/np102220.htm

 

A woman has been accused of holding a white powder residue believed to be methamphetamine. Nicole Odekrik, 40, was charged Monday with third or subsequent offence possession of a controlled substance. North Liberty police stopped a vehicle because of what they called erratic driving. Odekrik was a passenger of the vehicle, the police complaint said. Officials found that Odekrik had an arrest warrant and proceeded to arrest her. According to the police complaint, a bag containing syringes was seen in plain view and Odekrik admitted they were for methamphetamine. The bag also contained a canister of white powder residue that officials believed to be methamphetamine. Officials also located a pill identified as Vyvanse, but Odekrik had no proof of a prescription, the complaint said. Third or subsequent offence possession of a controlled substance is a Class-D felony.

 

 

 

 

http://www.dailyiowan.com/2013/04/18/Metro/32911.html