El Paso, Texas — U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers working at the El Paso port of entry seized 3.1 pounds of crystal methamphetamine on Tuesday. A 20-year-old man was arrested and is currently detained without bond at the El Paso County jail.

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CBP officers found four methamphetamine filled packages strapped to the waist of the man and another two on his legs.

“This seizure was the direct result of CBP officer expertise,” said Hector Mancha, CBP El Paso port director. “An officer noted the peculiar behavior of a border crosser and took appropriate action.”

The seizure was made just after 4 p.m. when a man entered the pedestrian inspection area at the Paso Del Norte international crossing. A CBP officer at the primary inspection station initiated an exam and felt bundles around the waist of the subject. The man was detained and CBP officers continued their exam in a secure area. CBP officers found four methamphetamine filled packages strapped to the waist of the man and another two on his legs. The drugs weighed 3.1 pounds.

CBP officers arrested the pedestrian, 20-year-old William Horacio Pavia of Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico. He turned over to and arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement HSI agents in connection with the failed smuggling attempt.

While anti-terrorism is the primary mission of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the inspection process at the ports of entry associated with this mission results in impressive numbers of enforcement actions in all categories.

 

 

 

 

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Two people were arrested Wednesday after police served a search warrant at a Sioux Falls home.

While serving a warrant to Dale Shogre at 1905 S. Bahnson Avenue #2, officers observed methamphetamine and methamphetamine paraphernalia.

The Sioux Falls Area Drug Task Force was contacted. They found several active One-Pot meth labs, along with approximately 20 used ones, chemicals, gas generators, methamphetamine, paraphernalia, and marijuana.

The Sioux Falls Fire Rescue Haz-Mat team and Rural Metro Ambulance assisted the task force in their respective roles. Three children, a four-year-old and two five-year-olds were taken into protective custody.

Those arrested were:

Dale Shogren for warrant service, manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, maintaining a residence where drugs are used/stored, drug-free zone violation, causing a child to be present where methamphetamine is used/stored, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Jennifer Leffring for possession of methamphetamine, possession of paraphernalia, inhabiting a place where drugs are used/stored, and causing a child to be present where drugs are used/stored.

 

 

 

 

http://www.ksfy.com/story/21937550/two-arrested-in-sioux-falls-meth-bust

 

JAMESTOWN – Two men were arrested Friday in a raid on methamphetamine manufacturing facility, while a third suspect remains at large, Jamestown police said.

City officers, joined by investigators from state police and the Department of Homeland Security, targeted 181 Barrows St. about 5 p.m. Friday, after obtaining a search warrant.

They seized materials used in the production of the drug, and arrested Joseph A. Snyder, 28, and Dustin R. Verrett, 23, both of the Barrows Street address, authorities said. Each was charged with second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substnace and third-degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine.

An arrest warrant also has been issued for Donald W. Dean, 38, of Jamestown, who is believed to have been involved in the drug operation and also is wanted on other charges, police said. Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call the Jamestown Police Department’s confidential tip line at 483-8477 or the police desk at 483-7537.

 

 

 

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AIRPORT authorities arrested on Saturday another Nigerian who was found in possession of three kilos of high-grade methamphetamine hydrochloride, valued at around P30 million, in his carry-on luggage.

It was not a lucky day for a West African national who arrived at the NAIA on board Thai Airways flight TG624 from Bangkok after he was intercepted by an alert custom examiner carrying over 3 kilos of high-grade shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride) with estimated value of over P30 million concealed in a false bottom of his carry-on luggage.

Busted mule. Nigerian passenger Sunday Michael Owobodore wacthes as aitport authorities uncover the three kilos of metamphetamine hydrocholoride that was hidden in a false bottom of his carry-on bag. He was enroute to Bangkok, Thailand.  JULIE FABROA

Busted mule. Nigerian passenger Sunday Michael Owobodore wacthes as aitport authorities uncover the three kilos of metamphetamine hydrocholoride that was hidden in a false bottom of his carry-on bag. He was enroute to Bangkok, Thailand

Customs examiner Irene Alla said Sunday Michael Owoborode, a 40-year-old Nigerian, was acting suspiciously at the customs declaration line at the pre-departure area of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport where he was to board a Thai Airways flight to Bangkok.

Subjecting the Owoborode to full inspection, Alla found the contraband in the false bottom of his carry-on bag. Customs police tested the powder via a cobalt thiocyanate test and it was found to be  shabu. Owoborode is detained at the jail of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency.

Owoborode was arrested only a few days after drug enforcers in other countries noted a declined in the number of Nigerians who are being used as “mules” by international drug syndicates.

In Malaysia, Narcotics Commissioner Noor Rashid Ibrahim said there has been a drop in the number of Nigerians and Iranians who are being employed as mules as shown by the number of arrests since the start of the year.

“In 2011 and 2012, we saw lots of drug smuggling by the Iranians and Nigerians but suddenly there is a drastic drop,” Ibrahim was quoted as saying by the Malaysian newspaper The Star. “Cases of Indian nationals involved in smuggling drugs into Malaysia have risen sharply. We suspect that Nigerian syndicates have begun working together with the Indians.”

Ibrahim said Indian nationals now top the list of suspected drug smugglers, overtaking Iranian and Nigerian syndicates, but Malaysian authorities suspect Nigerians may be working with Indians in their smuggling operations.

He said Indian syndicates usually smuggle ketamine while Iranians specialize in methamphetamine and Pakistanis in heroin. Nigerians, he said, deal with a variety of drugs.

http://manilastandardtoday.com/2013/04/21/another-nigerian-mule-arrested/

The Indonesian Supreme Court on Saturday sentenced a Malaysian national to death for the possession of more than 350,000 ecstasy pills and 48.5 kilograms of methamphetamine.

“The court decided to give him the death penalty,” Ridwan Mansyur, a spokesman for the Supreme Court, told Indonesian news portal Detik.com on Saturday.

Kweh Teik Choon was arrested by Soekarno-Hatta Airport police in January 2012 at his apartment in Taman Anggrek, West Jakarta, after a tip off by Fitri Ezadi, another Malaysian drug trafficking suspect.

The police seized 358,000 pills of ecstasy and 48.5 kilograms of methamphetamine stashed inside seven pieces of luggage in his apartment.

Fitri received 20 years in prison, which was heavier than the prosecutors’ initial request for seven years.

Prosecutors at the Tangerang high court in Banten demanded the death sentence for Kwei during his trial in August 2012, though he was given 20 years imprisonment. The sentence was later annulled, with the court declaring that Kwei only had to serve 12 years.

Following the conviction, though, prosecutors filed an appeal to the Supreme Court, and Kwei was subsequently sentenced to death.

Ridwan previously said in February that the Supreme Court would ensure that Kwei would get the sentence he deserved.

 

 

 

 

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/news/supreme-court-sentences-malaysian-drug-trafficker-to-death/587015

 

The Chipley Police Department received information Wednesday of possible drug activity being conducted in a home that a methamphetamine lab had been dismantled in just eight days prior.

 

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Members of the Washington County Drug Task Force, which consist of the Chipley Police Department and Washington County Sheriff’s Office, responded to the suspected residence located at 844 8th Street, Chipley.

 

Upon arriving task force members observed methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia sitting on a table just inside the front door.  Investigators gained consent to search the residence.  Investigators found that, Leonard Paul Pouncey, 33, of Chipley was in possession of several grams of methamphetamine, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia.  Also located at the residence were several “Shake and Bake” bottles used in the production of methamphetamine.

 

Although Pouncey was not present at the time the first Methamphetamine lab was discovered, investigators were able to link him to it during the investigation into the second lab.  Pouncey was transported to the Washington County Jail where he was booked on charges following the completion of a week long investigation and a search of the residence.

 

This was a job well done by all Officers involved.

 

 

 

 

http://fosterfollynews.com/2013/04/19/methamphetamine-lab-discovered-at-a-residence-in-chipley-for-the-second-time-in-just-over-a-week/

 

Already behind bars, a Section, Ala., woman was charged Thursday with three drug-related crimes.

A day after police arrested Romana Jean Willbanks, 50, members of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and Section Police Department searched her home and found two methamphetamine labs, some marijuana, drug paraphernalia and chemicals sometimes used to make methamphetamine, a news release states.

Officers charged Willbanks with manufacturing controlled substances, marijuana possession and drug paraphernalia possession.

The day before, according to the release, Jackson County Sheriff’s Officers stopped Willbanks, who was on the way home from Wal-Mart, and found pseudoephedrine pills and syringes. They arrested her on charges of drug paraphernalia possession and a violation of the Alabama Meth Act.

Officers booked Willbanks in the Jackson County Jail, originally on an $8,000 bond. After the police search of her home Thursday, Willbanks’ bond increased to $20,000.

Christy Cole Vinson, who officers say was with Willbanks on Wednesday, was also charged with a violation of the Alabama Meth Act. Vinson, 35, of Section, later left jail after paying a $5,000 bond.

 

 

 

 

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NEWBERRY COUNTY, SC — A house in the Sumter National Forest was raided Friday after “a series of citizen complaints,” about drug activities at the location, the Newberry County Sheriff’s Department said. The house at 252 Adam Tesenair Road, off highway 121, was home to an extended family including two toddlers, and the setting for an operational methamphetamine laboratory, authorities said.

During the raid, authorities discovered two children in the house, a 2-year-old and an 11-month-old. Because they had been exposed to meth fumes, which can be toxic, the children were given a medical examination and then placed in the custody of the South Carolina Department of Social Services. Authorities said the living conditions in the home were”deplorable.”

A certified cleaning crew was mobilized to ‘safely dismantle’ the meth making equipment. Six people were arrested, including 6 members of one family. Charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and exposing a child to meth were: Amber Tesenair,23; Heather Anderson, 23; Jeffrey Tesenair, 51; Kelly Tesenair, 42; Meghan Tesenair, 19; and Nicholas Tesenair,26. A bond hearing for the six is expected to be held Saturday.

 

 

http://www.thestate.com/2013/04/19/2732871/family-meth-operation-busted-2.html

 

Like a scene out of TV’s ‘Breaking Bad,’ methamphetamine makers are using vehicles to churn out the highly addictive drug. Law enforcement across the United States say a jump in the so-called ‘shake and bake’ method for cooking meth is contributing to an increase in lab incidents — and endangering communities.
 
 
An example of a car in Tennessee that was found to have ingredients used in meth production. Tennessee authorities have seized more than 207 meth labs in the first 30 days of 2013, a 35% increase from the same time last year. 
An example of a car in Tennessee that was found to have ingredients used in meth production. Tennessee authorities have seized more than 207 meth labs in the first 30 days of 2013, a 35% increase from the same time last year
 
 
Walter White wannabes are taking meth manufacturing on the road — and they’re using a method that’s exploding at an alarming rate.

The highly addictive drug is being easily cooked thanks to a so-called “one-pot” technique, which allows users to whip up the stimulant in a single serving.

And because it doesn’t require an elaborate arrangement, covert cooks are setting up shop in cars and going undetected.

“At home, one of their buddies might rat them out,” said Joe Mazzuca, CEO of operations for Idaho-based Meth Lab Cleanup LLC. “But in a car, they’re driving around. No one knows where they’re at.”

The remains of a vehicle destroyed in a shake-and-bake meth lab accident in Clarksville, Tenn., in August 2011. A police dashboard camera caught the vehicle on fire (inset). 
The remains of a vehicle destroyed in a shake-and-bake meth lab accident in Clarksville, Tenn., in August 2011. A police dashboard camera caught the vehicle on fire (inset).
 

While federal agencies don’t specifically track the number of mobile meth labs, total meth lab incidents nearly doubled from 6,951 in 2007 to 13,530 in 2011, according to the latest U.S. Government Accountability Office report.

The drug has been especially devastating in the Midwest and South, although other states are grappling with a sharp rise. New York’s meth lab incidents, for instance, climbed from 13 in 2007 to 46 in 2011.

Law enforcement experts trace the spread to the one-pot method, also referred to as “shake and bake,” which involves mixing together meth’s toxic ingredients in a 2-liter bottle. About 2 to 6 grams of meth is produced in a couple of hours.

This RV was found stolen in Olive Branch, Miss., in December 2012. Residue inside of it tested positive for methamphetamine. 
This RV was found stolen in Olive Branch, Miss., in December 2012. Residue inside of it tested positive for methamphetamine
 

“It requires very few ingredients,” said Tommy Farmer, the Meth Task Force director in Tennessee, home to the nation’s most meth lab seizures in 2011. “The majority of our lab seizures are small labs — and they get very mobile.”

The types of vehicles that are used vary from pickup trucks to tractor-trailers. RVs, such as the one used by high school chemistry teacher Walter White in the TV drama, “Breaking Bad,” are also popular choices, Mazzuca said.

“We’ve been in business 10 years, and this last year has been the majority that we’ve seen of these cases,” he added. “We get alerts all the time, so it’s shocking how many cars police bust involved in shake and bake.”

The inside of a stolen RV in Olive Branch, Miss., that tested positive for methamphetamine. 
The inside of a stolen RV in Olive Branch, Miss., that tested positive for methamphetamine
 

It can be difficult to detect a car doubling as a meth lab, said Sgt. Niki Crawford, who heads the Indiana State Police’s meth suppression unit.

“You might get a smell of ammonia or another strong chemical smell, but that doesn’t necessarily hang around,” Crawford said. “You’d have to catch someone as they’re (manufacturing) it.”

The recipe requires pseudoephedrine, a nasal decongestant found in certain cold medicines, along with various household items, including water, first-aid cold packs and lithium batteries.

Drug paraphernalia, including spoons and needles, found in a stolen RV in in Olive Branch, Miss.
Drug paraphernalia, including spoons and needles, found in a stolen RV in in Olive Branch, Miss.
 

Given the criminal element attached to meth making, the cars involved are sometimes stolen, Crawford said, and cops later come across them during police work.

Authorities also find the cars when the ingredients are handled improperly — causing an explosion that can seriously injure the cook.

Cars seized in a meth bust can be impounded as evidence or, in the case of a stolen vehicle, released back to the owner.

To protect consumers, eight states have laws requiring car dealers to inform buyers whether a vehicle has possible meth residue. They are: Colorado, Minnesota, New Mexico, Oregon, Tennessee, Utah, Washington and West Virginia.

A map showing the number of meth lab incidents in 2012, according to the El Paso Intelligence Center. Numbers may vary from other sources.
A map showing the number of meth lab incidents in 2012, according to the El Paso Intelligence Center. Numbers may vary from other sources
 

A similar mobile meth-lab bill is being considered in Indiana, where incidents jumped 76% from 2007 to 2011. If passed, sellers who fail to notify consumers could be required to pay for the car’s decontamination and up to $10,000 in damages.

Mazzuca said rehabbing a meth-tainted car could run $3,000 to $7,000, including the cost of replacing the interior upholstery.

But more action is needed to slay the meth monster nationwide, law enforcement agencies say.

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A display of items used in the ‘shake-and-bake’ method of manufacturing methamphetamine. The new technique uses far less of the drug pseudoephedrine than traditional methods
 

Although an estimated 80% of meth sold in the United States comes from “superlabs” in Mexico, the small-time operators can be hobbled if the government turns pseudoephedrine into a prescription-only drug, said Rob Bovett, the district attorney in Lincoln County, Ore.

Oregon did so in 2005 and has seen meth lab incidents dwindle from a high of 614 in 2002 to only 11 in 2011.

Mississippi in 2010 became the second state to do so, and meth lab incidents there fell from 937 that year to 321 in 2011, federal data shows.

Most states have some type of law regulating pseudoephedrine, although not as strict as Oregon and Mississippi.

Authorities wear Hazmat suits to investigate a mobile meth lab parked outside of a Walmart Supercenter in Springfield, Tenn., last year.
Authorities wear Hazmat suits to investigate a mobile meth lab parked outside of a Walmart Supercenter in Springfield, Tenn., last year
 

“Congress has spent the last 30 years putting Band-Aids on a gaping wound, and kowtowing to the pharmaceutical industry and their surrogates, who use power, influence and money at the direct expense of public health and safety,” Bovett charged. “The industry should be ashamed, but they have no shame.”

Over-the-counter cold remedies remain a lucrative market, with Americans spending an estimated $4.2 billion a year on such products.

The Consumer Healthcare Products Association, an industry trade group, said that while it supports some legislation, such as blocking the sale of Sudafed to convicted meth heads, it doesn’t believe the medicine should be harder to get.

The toxic ingredients of methamphetamine require investigators to wear protective suits. Authorities had arrested a driver in connection with a mobile meth lab in Springfield, Tenn., last year.
The toxic ingredients of methamphetamine require investigators to wear protective suits. Authorities had arrested a driver in connection with a mobile meth lab in Springfield, Tenn., last year
 

“We are looking for effective solutions that punish criminals, not law-abiding citizens,” said association spokeswoman Elizabeth Funderburk.

Farmer, the Tennessee task force official, said as meth continues ravaging American communities, lawmakers shouldn’t delay making pseudoephedrine a controlled substance.

“I’ve never seen another drug come down the pike as devastating as this,” Farmer said. “We’re already off to a gangbuster year.”

 
 
 
 

 

Law enforcement agencies arrested nearly five dozen people over the last two days on methamphetamine and pseudoephedrine related charges. 

 

Many of the arrests targeted persons involved with drug groups dubbed “The Village Group”, centered around “The Village” area of Forrest Street and Lakeview Avenue in Cantonment; and “The Ayers Group” for a group centered around Ayers Street in Molino.

Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan said Friday afternoon that 56 of 76 people targeted by Operation Blister Pack 2 had been arrested. In addition, the sheriff said 19 meth labs had been destroyed this year, along with 47 last year. Morgan said the investigation is still ongoing in the operation, with the possibility of more arrests.

“We intend to vigorously prosecute these cases,” State Attorney Bill Eddins said at an afternoon press conference. “Many of them have resulted in charges that will require a mandatory minimum seven years in prison. And some have also committed sufficient acts that we have charged them with crimes that will result in a mandatory minimum 15 years in prison.”

“Methamphetamine…is a very bad drug that effects not only these defendants, but their families as well,” Eddins said.

“It is surprising to us that anyone uses this drug because, again, the physical effects are so debilitating,” Morgan said, after discussing “meth mouth”, premature aging and other dramatic dangers of meth.

The arrests, targeting meth operations based in Cantonment and Molino, are expected to have a significant impact on methamphetamine in North Escambia and the rest of Escambia County.

“This is a pretty major group; this should make a large impact on that area,” Investigator Ken Tolbirt said.  Many of those arrested, Tolbirt said, are “smurfs” that go out and purchase quantities of pseudoephedrine and other ingredients need to manufacture  methamphetamine.

“They trade it to that person. If they give them a box, then they give them a percentage of what was cooked from the pseudoephedrine,” he said.

“They are just worker bees,” Morgan said. “Pharmacies track the amount of that compound that is sold.”

A dozen suspects were also arrested on federal charges as part of Operation Blister Pack 2. For details about the federal cases, click here.

The following arrests were reported on state charges by Friday afternoon:

  • Heather Nichole Harris, 32, Forrest Street, Cantonment
  • Dawn Cheree Brooks, 33, Forehand Lane, Cantonment
  • Katherine Leigh Glass, 32, Forehand Lane, Cantonment
  • Anthony Trevor Buttitta, 32, Frand Ard Road, Cantonment
  • Todd Michael Packard, 33, Old Chemstrand Road, Cantonment
  • William Bradley Edmonson, 25, Booth Avenue, Cantonment
  • Lindsey Marie Murphy, 32, Muscogee Road, Cantonment
  • Henry Allen Miller, 38, Muscogee Road, Cantonment
  • Jonathon Michael Argerenon, Jr, 34, Forrest Street, Cantonment
  • Brandy Suzanne Tucker, 39, Lakeview Avenue, Cantonment
  • Nicholas Lawrence Ray, 22, Tate School Road, Cantonment
  • Jonathan Paul Kite, 39, Belmont Avenue, Cantonment
  • Nikki Lynn Kight, 45, Lakeview Avenue, Cantonment
  • Danielle Suzanne Lowery, 18, Lakeview Avenue, Cantonment
  • Jennifer Dianne Kelly, 33, Ayer Street, Molino
  • Clinton Keith Edmonson, 22, Molino Road, Molino
  • Shawna Reche Carnley, 23, Chestnut Road, Molino
  • Kelly Ann Eddins, 26, Jefferson Avenue, Century
  • Jeffery Gene Brown, 32, South Pine Barren Road, McDavid
  • Lane Robert Edmonson, 17, address unavailable
  • Tanya Suzette Carver, 46, Cranbrook Avenue, Pensacola
  • Mark Avery Ard, 33, London Avenue, Pensacola
  • Margaret Lorene Ard, 51, London Avenue, Pensacola
  • James Ellis Roley, 27, London Avenue, Pensacola
  • Katrina Maria Griffin, 25, Amberway Drive, Pensacola
  • John Dale Highfield, 24, Aquamarine Avenue, Pensacola
  • Clinton Michael Gant, 26, Aquamarine Avenue, Pensacola
  • Heather Noel Reed, 31, Lillian Highway, Pensacola
  • Lori Esther Cabuyao, 34, Stafford Lane, Pensacola
  • Sonya Lee Weekley, 46, North “R” Street, Pensacola
  • Monica Louise Rutherford, 32, Tower Ridge Road, Pensacola
  • Thomas Richard Nowling, 26 Mobile Highway, Pensacola
  • George Steven Andrews II, 43, Chisolm Road, Pensacola
  • Sebron Anthony Aikens Jr, 28, North “K” Street, Pensacola
  • Clinton Dwayne Nowlin, 25, Chemstrand Road, Pensacola
  • Sylvia Marie Rutherford, 35, Tower Ridge Road, Pensacola
  • Sheila Diane Quinlan, 48, Suwanne Road, Pensacola
  • Wilbur Arvid Petersen, 57, Bowman Avenue, Pensacola
  • Lisa Michelle Petersen, 48, North “S” Street, Pensacola
  • Samantha Rose Petersen, 26, Bowman Avenue, Pensacola
  • Robert Harold Fulater 32, Bowman Avenue, Pensacola
  • Cindy Kay Morgan, 31, Bush Street, Pensacola
  • Donald Michael Morgan, 35, Bush Street, Pensacola
  • Susan Ann VanDyke, 45, Tower Ridge, Pensacola
  • Joseph Matthew Davis, 35, Action Street, Pensacola
  • Tony Curtis Simmons Sr, 48, Twinbrook Avenue, Pensacola

Pictured top:  A suspect is taken into custody on a meth related warrant by the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office and an undercover ATF agent. Pictured top inset: State Attorney Bill Eddins (left) and Sheriff David Morgan discuss the operation. Pictured bottom inset: Investigator Ken Tolbirt explains the Molino and Cantonment drug groups. Pictured below: Of those arrested Thursday and Friday on state charges stemming from Operation Blister Pack II, 19 individuals provided North Escambia addresses when booked into the Escambia County Jail.

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.northescambia.com/2013/04/dozens-arrested-on-drug-charges-many-from-cantonment-molino

 

A mobile methamphetamine lab was discovered after the device began leaking toxic vapors inside a vehicle, according to the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office.

Three men were arrested and one was transported to the hospital after the “one-pot” meth lab was found, said Sheriff Alan Norman.
Norman said three men were in the vehicle traveling on the 1700 block of Airport Road when the lab – known as “one-pot” because of its typical production in a plastic soda bottle with pseudoephedrine and several other ingredients – began releasing vapors.
“Some of the vapors escaped and was inhaled by one of the individuals,” Norman said.
He said the men pulled off to the side of the road and began dismantling the product in the nearby woods.
The sheriff’s office narcotics and patrol division responded to a call about a suspicious vehicle.
Three men were charged with possession of meth and possession of a meth precursor.
They were Clinton Andrew Barnes, 21, of 4715 Fargo Trail in Vale, who is being held under a $50,000 secured bond; Joshua Pinkney Mears, 22, of 2509 N.C. 150 in Crouse, held under an $85,000 bond; and Michael Andrew Stager, 32, of 3179 Laboratory Road in Lincolnton, who has a $75,000 bond.
Norman said the man who was taken to the hospital was treated and then released back into law enforcement custody.
All three are being held in the Cleveland County Detention Center.
“We participated, and the SBI was called to dismantle the product and…take the toxic elements away from the location,” Norman said.
 
 
 
 
 
 

CHILLICOTHE — A Ross County grand jury indicted two men Friday on felony charges related to an alleged methamphetamine lab found during a burglary investigation in February.

Jonathan M. Bray, 29, of 2411 Spargursville Road, Bainbridge, and Nicholas Babbs, 31, of 44445 Upper Twin Road, South Salem, were indicted on one count each of illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs and burglary.

The charges stem from a Feb. 21 call to the Ross County Sheriff’s Office of suspicious activity at a vacant home on the 200 block of Kinzer Road. Deputies responded to the home and allegedly found Bray and Babbs inside. A check with the owner revealed no one should have been at the home and the last person to live there had moved out two months before.

Before confronting Babbs and Bray, deputies allegedly had spotted Babbs place what was later determined to be a one-pot meth lab behind a microwave. During a search of the home with the aid of the Pike County Sheriff’s Office, officials allege they also found a one-pot lab under a sink, the ingredients used to make meth and a homemade acid gas generator that is used in the manufacture of meth.

The men were arrested at the scene. Babbs remains in jail on a $25,000 bond with a 10 percent provision while Bray is free on the $25,000 bond. The charges are third-degree felonies, which carry a prison sentence of one to five years if convicted.

 

 

 

http://www.chillicothegazette.com/article/20130419/NEWS01/304190026/Pair-indicted-meth-charges

 

 

West Monroe police arrested a woman Thursday accused of drug possession.

Melissa Young, 39, of 1290 Griggs Road, Calhoun, was booked into Ouachita Correctional Center on charges of possession of marijuana (second offense), possession of methamphetamine, possession of Hydrocodone and possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to an arrest affidavit, police were called to the 2500 block of North Seventh Street in reference to a woman passed out in a vehicle.

When police arrived, they found the vehicle and identified the woman as Young. She said she was sleeping in the vehicle because she had not slept for a few days.

During a search, police found a pipe with suspected methamphetamine residue inside. They also found another pipe with suspected marijuana inside it.

The search also revealed four tablets of suspected Hydrocodone.

Bond was $8,000.

 

 

 

 

http://www.thenewsstar.com/article/20130420/NEWS01/304200321/Woman-faces-drug-charges-after-nap?nclick_check=1

 

“Smurfing” is buying cold and allergy medicines containing pseudoephedrine in order to sell it to meth cooks. Attorney General Chris Koster joined forces with public officials to kick off this effort in the St. Louis region.

KMOX’s Kevin Killeen wanted to know what St. Louis Chief of Police Sam Dotson was doing in Ladue. Another reporter asked Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster if a press conference targeting in Ladue targeting the meth problem meant methamphetamine had found its way to this part of the county.

No, Koster said.

“Our meth problem is all over the state,” he said at a conference at Ladue Pharmacy Thursday to launch an anti-smurfing campaign throughout St. Louis. “Ladue Pharmacy was just gracious enough to be the host of our announcement.”

“Smurfing” is the practice of purchasing cold and allergy medicines containing pseudo-ephedrine for the purpose of selling to methamphetamine cooks. A parade of public officials spoke before the cameras, creating a level of awareness to fight this problem.

Koster was flanked by Chief Dotson; Ron Fitzwater of the Missouri Pharmacy Association, Carlos Guitierrez of the Consumer Healthcare Products Association and Ladue Pharmacy owner Rick Williams.

The attorney general has teamed with these officials to create a public awareness campaign to combat smurfing.

“Missouri law enforcement officials will tell you that smurfing is one of the biggest challenges they face in the battle against meth production and abuse,” said Koster.

Koster thinks public education is an essential step in the fight against meth cooks and dealers.

This is the law in Missouri: “If you purchase the ingredients in the state of Missouri with the intent to produce meth, you are guilty of a Class D felony. Your involvement rises to an additional level where you can be charged as an accomplice, then you will be guilty of a Class B felony.”

Some think the ingredients should be sold on a prescription-only basis. Koster said that people involved in law enforcement have differing views on how that should be handled. Koster feels the dialogue should continue as everyone takes steps forward on this very important issue.

“Missouri is the No. 1 state in the nation in methamphetamine production and effects every corner of the state of Missouri. “Everyone from local pharmacies to big box stores is involved in the sale of these products,” he said.

Chief Dotson knows first hand how terrible these products can be abused.

“Those of us involved with law enforcement in St. Louis have seen the effects of meth first hand. We are familiar with the terrible consequences associated with smurfing,” concluded the police chief.

 

 

 

http://olivette.patch.com/articles/anti-smurfing-campaign-kicks-off-awareness-program-in-ladue

 

A former local law enforcement officer pleaded guilty Thursday to a charge of possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine.

Jackie Lynn Thompson, formerly an officer with the Odessa Police Department and former reserve officer with the Ector County Sheriff’s Office, could face between 10 years and life in federal prison, according to statutory minimum and maximum laws. Statutory regulations on sentences set out the highest and lowest sentence a judge is allowed to give out under federal law.

Magistrate Judge David Counts told Thompson during the sentencing hearing that a pre-sentencing report will be created, giving District Judge Robert Junell a sentencing guideline within the statutory minimum and maximum.

Jackie Thompson

Jackie Lynn Thompson

 

Thompson is accused of receiving 500 grams of methamphetamine on a regular basis and having two other men charged in the indictment deliver the methamphetamine for him.

According to the plea agreement, detectives began investigating a methamphetamine distribution group in Midland and discovered a man who was a source of supply to various individuals.

Through the investigation, using an undercover officer to make purchases and a wiretap, agents confirmed that Thompson was receiving methamphetamine from the supplier.

The man admitted to supplying Thompson on numerous occasions more than 500 grams of methamphetamine on each delivery.

 

 

 

 

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SAN LUIS, Ariz. (AP) – Federal authorities say a San Luis woman is in custody for allegedly trying to smuggle cocaine and methamphetamine into southern Arizona.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials said Thursday that 40-year-old Norma Bernice Vidal was arrested after a narcotics detection dog smelled drugs in a side quarter panel of her sedan.

Officers say they found 10 packages of cocaine and three packages of meth.

They say the nearly 25 pounds of cocaine has an estimated value of $231,000 while the more than three pounds of methamphetamine is valued at $51,000.

The drugs and vehicle were seized and Vidal was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations for prosecution.

Authorities didn’t know Thursday if Vidal has an attorney yet for her case.

 

 

 

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LOXLEY, Alabama — Two suspects were arrested Friday after members of the Baldwin County Drug Task Force found evidence of a methamphetamine lab inside a Loxley residence.

Steven East, 29, and Lynda Rigsby, 52, were arrested Friday on charges of unlawful manufacture of a controlled substance, first degree; unlawful possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Items seized in Loxley meth bust 

Items seized in Loxley meth bust

Loxley meth bust 

Loxley meth bust

Steven East 

Steven East

Lynda Rigsby 

Lynda Rigsby

 

Rigsby, who has no criminal history, is being held on a $31,000 bond, while East, who is facing on an additional charge of a probation violation in connection with a previous manufacturing conviction, is being held without bond.

Information was released Friday by Lt. Clint Cadenhead, investigations command with the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force; and a press release was issued by Capt. Steve Arthur, BCSO investigator.

According to the release the Baldwin County Drug Task Force executed a search warrant Friday on Wilson Drive Loxley and found “items consistent with a red phosphorus methamphetamine lab” located inside the residence and in the attic of the home.

Drug paraphernalia and finished methamphetamine were also located at the home.  Investigators were able to safely dismantle the lab components. 

 

 

 

 

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POMEROY — Meigs County Sheriff Keith Wood reports that an active methamphetamine lab was deactivated in a vehicle in the area of the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office on Second Street in Pomeroy on Thursday evening.

Wood said a container with a tube coming out of the top was located by two residents in the Long Bottom area near their driveway. The suspicious container was brought to the sheriff’s office by the residents in a personal vehicle to be identified.

Upon arrival at the office, the lab began to activate in the vehicle according to Wood. At no time was the active lab inside the Sheriff’s Office.

The two residents were decontaminated at the scene and transported to Pleasant Valley Hospital.

The Middleport Police Department assisted in neutralizing the lab, while the Pomeroy Fire Department also responded and assisted with closing the street during the incident.

Wood asked that any one noticing suspicious material, to leave it alone and call the Sheriff’s Office at (740) 992-3371.

 
 
 
 
Danny Lee Spears Sr. was charged with one count each of possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute, possession of a controlled dangerous substance-not marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The Washington County State’s Attorney’s Office has filed paperwork with Washington County Circuit Court to try a Clear Spring man charged with receiving methamphetamine through the mail.

Washington County Assistant State’s Attorney Elizabeth A. Camuti-Carranza said Wednesday that the paperwork filed Tuesday formally transferred the case of Danny Lee Spears Sr., 49, of 13645 Dry Run Road in Clear Spring, from Washington County District Court to the Circuit Court.

Spears was arrested on Feb. 22, the Washington County Narcotics Task Force said in court documents.

Spears was charged with one count each of possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute, possession of a controlled dangerous substance-not marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Conviction on all counts would carry a maximum punishment of nine years in prison and $40,500 in fines.

Camuti-Carranza said a trial date had not been set.

The statement of probable cause filed in District Court alleges that Spears was arrested after he accepted a package containing 16.1 grams of crystal methamphetamine at the U.S. Post Office in Clear Spring.

Narcotics agents said they learned Feb. 21 that Spears was to receive the package. That same day, a postal inspector tracked the package to the Clear Spring Post Office and confiscated it.

Authorities determined the package had been sent on Feb. 19 via Express Mail from an out-of-state address, according to the statement of probable cause. The mailing cost for the 5-ounce package was $19.95.

The postal inspector took the package to the Montgomery County Police Department, where a K-9 gave a positive alert for a controlled dangerous substance.

The postal inspector then obtained a federal search and seizure warrant to inspect the package, according to the statement of probable cause. Police said the package was returned to the Clear Spring Post Office and opened. Officers allege they found a newspaper folded over a knotted bag “containing a crystalline substance.”

“The substance was then field tested and did give a positive test for the presence of methamphetamine,” the statement of probable cause said.

Police said Spears went to the Clear Spring Post Office three times on Feb. 21 to check the delivery status of the package. He was told by a postal employee that the package was in Baltimore and would arrive the next day.

On Feb. 22, the postal inspector posed as a clerk at the Clear Spring Post Office and called Spears, telling him the package had arrived. Shortly before 9:30 a.m., Spears pulled up in a pickup truck and claimed the package, which had been re-sealed.

“Spears (asked) for a form to get a refund since the Express Mail package did not come in the guaranteed time, he then (exited) the Post Office,” the statement of probable cause says.

Spears was arrested when he left the post office and the pickup was searched, court documents say.

Authorities allege the search turned up a “white screw top container containing a white crystalline substance, a red rag containing a glass smoking device with burnt residue, a red cloth bag containing three plastic bags, a glass tube … and a black gas burner.”

That same night, the Washington County Special Response Team executed a search and seizure warrant at Spears’ home.

Police said they seized hypodermic syringes and other items.

Methamphetamine is a highly addictive drug that stimulates the central nervous system, according to a drug sheet from the Department of Justice. It can be smoked, injected, or snorted, the website says.

 
 

Altmar, NY– A 50-year-old Oswego County woman was charged Wednesday after authorities discovered materials for making methamphetamine in her home.

Patricia A. Grass, of 50 Whispering Oaks Lane, Altmar, was charged with third-degree unlawfully manufacturing methamphetamine.

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Patricia A. Grass

 

The charge was the result of an investigation into an unrelated incident in the town of Orwell, the Oswego County Sheriff’s Office said.

Deputies were at Grass’s Altmar home on an unrelated warrant for another person when they noticed a heavy odor of methamphetamine and saw items used to make the drug, the sheriff’s office said. Authorities arrested Grass and called in a hazardous materials team.

Grass was arraigned in Scriba Town Court and remanded to the Oswego County jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond. She had not made bail as of Friday afternoon.

 

 

 

 

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Twelve local residents — including six from North Escambia — were indicted this week on methamphetamine and pseudoephedrine related conspiracy offenses. These individuals were arrested on federal warrants and most made their initial appearances in United States District Court Friday.

 

Charged were:  Gregory A. Militello, age 42 of Cantonment; Stephanie Ann Gunderson, age 26 of Cantonment; Shawn Michael King, age 34 of Cantonment; Joseph David Peterson age 33  of Cantonment; Hunter Grant Myrick, age 23 from Cantonment;  and Kirby Brian Smith, age 50 of Molino;  Joshua Paul Militello, age 30 of Pensacola ; Nicole Danielle Jones, age 32 of Pensacola; James E. Atiabi, age 35 of Penacola;  John Wyatt Casey, age 33 of Pensacola;  Jared Luke Hester, age 29 of Pensacola ; and Shannon Lee Hurd, age 29 of Pensacola.

Federal prosecutors say suspects were all were involved in a conspiracy to possess and distribute large amounts of pseudoephedrine in order to manufacture methamphetamine from January 1, 2011, until their arrests. Pseudoephedrine is a chemical used to manufacture methamphetamine. In addition to the twelve individuals arrested on federal warrants, dozens more were arrested on state warrants involving similar alleged activity.

Trial for the federal defendants is set for June, 2013. If convicted at trial, each of the twelve defendants faces up to 20 years imprisonment, three years of supervised release, and up to a $250,000 fine on the conspiracy charged in the indictments. Peterson faces a separate mandatory penalty of 10 years to life imprisonment based upon a charge against him involving the manufacture of methamphetamine.

The indictments result from an investigation by agents of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, and the State Attorney’s Office.

 

 

 

 

http://www.northescambia.com/2013/04/12-local-residents-arrested-on-federal-meth-related-charges

 

HARTFORD, MI – Methamphetamine and components were found at a house in Hartford on Thursday and a 37-year-old man is behind bars, according to a news release from the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Officce.

The Hartford man was arrested on a parole violation but the Van Buren County Prosecutor’s Office will seek charges of operating a meth lab against the unnamed suspect, the news release said.

Parole agents and Harford city police offices called Van Buren County sheriff’s deputies to help arrest the suspect, who would not answer the door at a home on North Haver Street, the news release said. At approximately 6 p.m. police entered the residence after obtaining a warrant and took the man into custody without incident, it said.

The man is being held at the Van Buren County Jail. Police ask that anyone with information contact the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office at 269-657-3101, Crime Stoppers 1-800-342-7867 or at Silent Observer 269-343-2100.

 

 

 

 

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CROSSVILLE — A Cumberland County man is charged in connection with a crude clandestine methamphetamine lab that was found not far from a daycare facility by a security officer with the Crossville Housing Authority.

Arrested Monday was Tracy Norman Wright, 44, 1267 Muddy Branch Rd. He is charged with initiation of the process to  manufacture methamphetamine, and with promotion of the manufacture of meth, according to Ptl. John Karlsven’s report.

Crossville Police are attempting to identify a second man who may be involved in the incident.

Karlsven and Ptl. Jonathan O’Neal responded to a call in a wooded area behind CHA units at the end of Obed St. around 4:30 p.m. Monday after CHA Security Officer Paul Turner reported finding two men holding items that were discarded when the men fled.

The officers determined the meth lab found was “active” and Det. Danny Harris and Maj. Mark Rosser also responded to the scene.

The officers came into contact with Wright, who told them he was in the woods looking for a walking stick when he stumbled onto the lab, at about the same time the security officer arrived on the scene.

Wright just appeared in Criminal Court in March to answer an indictment charging attempt to initiate the process to manufacture meth. Public Defender’s Office appointed to represent the defendant and case was continued to the April 26 discussion docket and May 10 deadline docket.

Evidence was collected at the scene and toxic materials were disposed of. A search of the area yielded several discarded items associated with the clandestine manufacture of meth, leading officers to believe that other labs had been in operation in the wooded area in the past.

Police are investigating the distance of the lab and components from a nearby daycare facility to determine if additional charges should be filed.

 

 

 

 

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HARRISBURG, Pa., (CBS) – A crystal methamphetamine ring, which stretched from Mexico to the Lehigh Valley, has been broken up by state narcotics agents, the PA Attorney General announced on Wednesday.

Officials say the ring allegedly distributed $7 million worth of crystal meth over the past five years.  After a 15-month investigation, 23 people are facing charges.

Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane identified the leaders of the organization as Gary Kuehner of Bethlehem and Michael Lehrman of Danielsville.

Officials say the grand jury found that Carmen Wahlfeld 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.

According to the grand jury, shipments were made to Pawel Gajewski of New Tripoli who then supplied the crystal meth to Kuehner.  Kuehner and Scott Morgan of Allentown, allegedly distributed crystal methamphetamine to customers throughout Lehigh and Northampton counties.

Officials say agents estimate that the organization is responsible for distributing at least four pounds of crystal methamphetamine a month with an estimated street value totaling $7 million over the past five years.

Through court-authorized wiretaps, agents were able to determine that the organization also sold marijuana throughout the Lehigh Valley.  Kuehner, allegedly a major supplier of this marijuana, obtained the drugs from James “Jimbo” Schwar, of Red Hill.

Over the course of the investigation agents recovered 103 handguns and rifles, $49,000, six cars, four motorcycles, a four wheeler, as well as various amounts of drug paraphernalia.

Kane says the investigation is ongoing.

The list of those facing charges is as follows:

Gary Kuehner, 32, of Bethlehem, is charged with 10 counts of unlawful delivery or manufacture of a controlled substance, five counts of possession with the intent to manufacture or deliver, two counts of corrupt organizations, one count of criminal use of a communication facility, and one count of dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities.

Michael Lehreman, 45, of Danielsville, is charged with 13 counts of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, two counts of corrupt organizations, two counts of criminal conspiracy to possess with the intent to deliver, one count of possession with the intent to deliver, one count of criminal use of a communication facility, and one count of dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities.

Maria Wahlfeld, 49, of San Diego, Calif., is charged with three counts of possession with the intent to manufacture or deliver, two counts of corrupt organizations, one count of criminal use of a communication facility, and one count of dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities.

Pawel Gajewski, 36, of New Tripoli, is charged with three counts of possession with the intent to manufacture or deliver, two counts of corrupt organizations, one count of criminal use of a communication facility, and one count of dealing in proceeds of unlawful activites.

Robert Nigro, 51, of Allentown, is charged with five counts of possession with intent to manufacture or deliver, two counts of corrupt organizations, one count of criminal use of a communication facility, one count of dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities, and one count of unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

Scott Morgan, 32, of Allentown, is charged with seven counts of possession with the intent to manufacture or deliver, five counts of unlawful delivery or manufacture of a controlled substance, two counts of corrupt organizations, one count of criminal use of a communication facility, and one count of dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities.

Lyle Dietz, 58, of Allentown, is charged with three counts of corrupt organizations, three counts of possession with the intent to manufacture or deliver, one count of criminal use of a communication facility, and one count of dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities.

Kimberly Kerstetter, 39, of Orefield, is charged with three counts of possession with the intent to manufacture or deliver, two counts of corrupt organizations, one count of endangering the welfare of children, and one count of dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities.

John Kerstetter, 38, of Orefield, is charged with three counts of possession with the intent to manufacture or deliver, two counts of corrupt organizations, two counts of dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities, two counts of endangering welfare of children, and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.

James “Jimbo” Schwar, 35, of Red Hill, is charged with three counts of possession with the intent to manufacture or deliver, two counts of corrupt organizations, one count of criminal use of a communication facility, one count of dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities, and one count of unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

Matthew Baker, 31, of Allentown, is charged with two counts of corrupt organizations, two counts of unlawful delivery or manufacture of a controlled substance, one count of possession with the intent to manufacture or deliver, and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.

Mark Balas, 38, of Whitehall, is charged with two counts of corrupt organizations, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, one count of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, one count of criminal use of a communication facility, and one count of criminal conspiracy to possess with the intent to deliver.

Shane Wechsler, 38, of Walnutport, is charged with one count of criminal use of a communication facility and one count of possession of a controlled substance.

Michael Stroh, 51, of Slatington, is charged with one count of criminal use of a communication facility and one count of possession of a controlled substance.

Michael Gaspar, 37, of Bath, is charged with one count of endangering the welfare of children, one count of criminal use of a communication facility, and one count of possession of a controlled substance.

Diana Southard, 44, of Bethlehem, is charged with two counts of corrupt organizations, one count of criminal conspiracy to possess a controlled substance, one count of criminal use of a communication facility, one count of possession with the intent to deliver, one count of possession of a controlled substance, one count of criminal conspiracy to possess with the intent to deliver, and one count of dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities.

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

Steven Keeler, 37, of Walnutport, is charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.

Todd Bohlen, 52, of Center Valley, is charged with two counts of corrupt organizations, one count of possession with the intent to deliver, one count of possession of a controlled substance, and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.

Brian Ehret, 43, of Zionsville, is charged with two counts of corrupt organizations, two counts of possession with the intent to deliver, one count of criminal conspiracy to possess with the intent to deliver, one count of criminal use of a communication facility, one count of dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities, and one count of possession of a controlled substance.

Justin Taglioli, 34, of Emmaus, is charged with two counts of corrupt organizations, one count of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, one count of criminal use of a communication facility, one count of dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities, one count of criminal conspiracy to possess with the intent to deliver, and one count of possession of a controlled substance.

Zackery Quaye, 34, of Allentown, is charged with four counts of possession with the intent to manufacture or deliver, two counts of corrupt organizations, one count of criminal use of a communication facility, one count of dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities, and one count of unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

Dean Desantis, 51, of Belle Mead, N.J., is charged with two counts of corrupt organizations, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, one count of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, one count of criminal use of a communication facility, one count of criminal conspiracy to possess with the intent to deliver, and one count of dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities.

 

 

 

 

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This following news release is furnished by Department of Justice, United States Attorney William C. Killian Eastern District of Tennessee

A total of 14 individuals from Eastern Tennessee, Northern Georgia and Western North Carolina have been arrested for various violations of federal drug and firearms laws. All are alleged to be part of a large methamphetamine trafficking organization operating in Tennessee and Georgia. A list of charges and potential penalties for these individuals is attached to this release.

On Apr. 16, 2013, seven of these individuals had initial appearances before U.S. Magistrate Judge Susan K. Lee on charges in a second superseding indictment. Anthony Long, 41, of Chatsworth, Ga.; Sarah McElhannon, 44, of Copperhill, Tenn.; Paula Price, 41, Jeremy Gamble, 42, Randy Greene, 48, Paul Gribble, 48, all of Turtletown, Tenn.; and Tracy Mason, 48, of McCaysville, Ga., all appeared for the first time. Three others including: Jose Manuel Juarez-Gonzalez, 37, of Ellenwood, Ga.; Hector De La Torre, 50, of Atlanta, Ga.; and Robin Welch, 42, of Copperhill, Tenn., who had previously been arraigned on a superseding indictment, also appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Lee to be arraigned on charges in the second superseding indictment.

Four individuals are also in custody including: Corey Welch, 39, of Copperhill, Tenn.; Dennis Glover, 60, of Ranger, Ga.; Melinda Adams, 24, of McCaysville, Ga., and Mitchell Hughes, 38, of Farner, Tenn. They will be arraigned in the near future.

Trial has been set for June 25, 2013, in U.S. District Court in Chattanooga.

Other arrests are pending and their names, charges and potential penalties will be released upon their initial appearance before a U.S. Magistrate Judge.

The investigation leading to the indictment and subsequent arrests was conducted by agents of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and 10th Judicial District Drug Task Force. Assistant U.S. Attorney Terra Bay will represent the United States at trial.

Members of the public are reminded that these are only charges and that every person is presumed innocent until their guilt has been proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

Click here to download the Charges and Penalties Sheet

 

 

 

 

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