Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington says narcotics agents with the Bossier Combined Narcotics Task Force teamed with other area law enforcement agencies Wednesday and arrested 49 persons wanted on mostly felony drug charges following an 11-month investigation.

The Bossier Combined Narcotics Task Force is comprised of agents with the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office and Bossier City Police Department. Joining them Wednesday to lock up drug dealers and users were agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force, U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force and the Federal Bureau of Investigation Task Force, which included agents from Shreveport Police Department, Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office, Louisiana State Police and Haughton Police Department, in addition to agents from the Bossier Sheriff’s Office and Bossier City Police Department.

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In August 2013, the task force rounded up 32 persons during Operation Summer Sweep to get drug dealers off of the streets of Bossier and northwest Louisiana.

“Yesterday’s roundup of drug dealers and users was ‘Round 2’ of our pledge to clean up the streets of Bossier Parish and to show our commitment to ridding our community of illegal drugs,” Whittington said. “This was a joint effort with our partnering law enforcement agencies to show that we have zero tolerance for those who want to infest our neighborhoods and children with drugs.”

Methamphetamine charges accounted for the most arrests at around 60 percent, with 20 percent of the arrests for cocaine, 10 percent for marijuana and 10 percent for prescription pills such as Lortab and Percocet.

Arrested were:
Booked in the Bossier Maximum Security Facility:
Heather R. Arellano, 32, of the 600 block of Joannes St. in Bossier City, charged with two counts of manufacturing of Schedule III with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Amber N. Boykin, 23, of the 2200 block of Bellgrove in Bossier City, charged with two counts of manufacturing of Schedule II with intent to distribute.

Johnny W. Brinkley, 59, of the 10 block of Amanda Lane in Haughton, charged with two counts of manufacturing of Schedule II with intent to distribute.

Dana D. Brousard, 38, of the 100 block of Timberline in Haughton, charged with two counts of manufacturing of Schedule IV with intent to distribute.

Daphenie A. Bunnery, 51, of the 3300 block of East Texas Street in Bossier City, charged with two counts of possession of Schedule I with intent to distribute.

Grady Caldwell, 46, of the 400 block of N. Circle in Bossier City, charged with two counts of manufacturing of Schedule III with intent to distribute.

Bessie L. Crosby, 54, of the 100 block of Yarborough in Bossier City, charged with two counts of possession of Schedule I with intent to distribute.

Loren J. Dancer, 42, of the 4800 block of East Texas Street in Bossier City, charged with two counts of manufacturing of Schedule II with intent to distribute.

Magen C. Dancer, 37, of the 4800 block of East Texas Street in Bossier City, charged with four counts of manufacturing of Schedule III with intent to distribute.

Steven M. Day, 27, of the 500 block of Rugby in Bossier City, charged with manufacturing of Schedule III with intent to distribute.

James P. Denning, 40, of the 1200 block of Boone Street in Bossier City, charged with three counts of possession of Schedule I with intent to distribute, simple possession of Schedule I, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Jamichael A. Dykes, 25, of the 100 block of Yarborough in Bossier City, charged with resisting an officer.

Dale W. Folmar, 37, of the 900 block of Mark Kay in Bossier City, charged with manufacturing of Schedule II with intent to distribute.

Tony W. Fontenot, 26, of the 4100 block of Wayne Avene in Bossier City, charged with possession of Schedule IV, possession of Schedule I and popossession of Schedule I and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Richard T. Goodwin, 20, of the 7800 block of Sherrell Drive in Shreveport, charged with possession of Schedule I with intent to distribute.

Kevin T. Gordon, 47, of the 5300 block of Hollyhock in Bossier City, charged with two counts of manufacturing of Schedule II with intent to distribute.

Lord B. Gordon-Davis, 19, of the 1300 block of Teresa Place in Bossier City, charged with simple possession of Schedule I.

Donald R. Gullette, 53, of the 2800 block of Keithville Kingston Rd. in Shreveport, charged with manufacturing of Schedule II with intent to distribute.

Jaylen P. Harris, 21, of the 2300 block of Julia Street in Bossier City, charged with simple possession of Schedule I.

John E. Harris, 57, of the 2200 block of Riverwood Loop in Bossier City, charged with possession of Schedule I with intent to distribute.

Edward E. Kent, 58, of the 1100 block of Boone Street in Bossier City, charged with two counts of possession of Schedule II with intent to distribute.

Brittany E. Mahoney, 24, of the 100 block of Yarbrough Street in Bossier City, charged with two counts of possession of Schedule I with intent to didistribute.

John L. Marshall, 24, of the 3100 block of Jameson Road in Haughton, charged with two counts of aggravated assault and possession of Schedule II.

Kelsey J. Mastronuzzi, 18, of the 4800 block of East Texas Street in Bossier City, charged with possession of Schedule I and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Christopher A. McKinnon, 24, of the 100 block of Jodie Drive in Haughton, charged with possession of Schedule I, possession of Schedule II, manufacturing of Schedule III with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Steven B. McLendon, 24, of the 900 block of Mary Kay in Bossier City, charged with two counts of manufacturing of Schedule II with intent to distribute.Gustavo Santos, 20, of the 90 block of Chalmette Loop in Princeton, charged with manufacturing of Schedule IV with intent to distribute.

Joseph S. Sebastien, 50, of the 2200 block of Bodcau Spur Road in Haughton, charged with manufacturing of Schedule III and IV with intent to distribute.

Thomas W. Smith, 51, of the 2200 block of Swan Lake Drive in Bossier City, charged with simple criminal property damage and criminal trespassing.

Vicky L. Taylor, 45, of the 100 block of Jody Lane in Haughton, charged with three counts of possession of Schedule I with intent to distribute, simple possession of Schedule I and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Wayne I. Taylor, Jr., 41, of the 50 block of Hillcrest Circle in Haughton, charged with manufacturing of Schedule III with intent to distribute.

Wilson Thomas, 50, of the 4400 block of East Texas Street in Bossier City, charged with two counts manufacturing of Schedule II with intent to distribute and simple possession of Schedule I.

Jason A. Vegosen, 36, of the 40 block of S. Thurman in Haughton, charged with possession of Schedule I with intent to distribute.

Greg J. Westfall, 37, of the 5 block of Jays Lane in Haughton, charged with possession of Schedule II, manufacturing of Schedule II with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Alicia D. Wheat, 36, of the 10 block of Pine Hill Circle in Haughton, charged with manufacturing of Schedule III with intent to distribute, simple possession of Schedule I and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Pamela B. Williams, 55, of the 10 block of Amanda Lane in Bossier City, charged with two counts of manufacturing of Schedule III with intent to distribute.

Booked in the Bossier City Police Jail:
Mary H. Boyd, 42, of the 1400 block of Beverly Street in Bossier City, charged with contempt of court.

Anita K. Ruffins, 50, of the 400 block of North Circle in Bossier City, charged with failure to appear.

Quindarius Q. Simpson, 23, of the 1600 block of Claiborne Avenue in Shreveport, charged with four counts of manufacturing of Schedule I with intent to distribute.

Donald R. Smith, 61, of the 400 block of North Circle in Bossier City, charged with failure to appear.

Booked into Caddo Correctional Center:

Dantwoine L. Brown, 33, of the 6800 block of Greenway Avenue in Shreveport, charged counts of distribution of Schedule II.

Kelly L. Carraway, 29, of the 2500 block of N. Sibley in Benton, charged with three counts of prohibited acts.

Billy S. Flowers, 56, of the 8900 block of Meadowcreek in Shreveport, charged with being a fugitive.

Calippee B. Houston, 41, of the 5600 block of McAlpine in Shreveport, charged with distribution of Schedule IV.

Eric W. Ratcliffe, 20, of the 7700 block of Womack Road in Shreveport, charged with being possession of Schedule I.

The Bossier Combined Narcotics Task Force comprises agents of the Bossier Sheriff’s Office and the Bossier City Police Department. The team was established in October 2012 by Whittington and McWilliams as a combined effort to combat illegal drug activity and associated crimes all throughout Bossier Parish.





DeKALB – Three people on probation for methamphetamine-related crimes in DeKalb face new charges after police said they stumbled upon an active meth lab about 1:30 p.m. Friday.


DeKalb police declined to reveal which of the three suspects they saw making methamphetamine in the upstairs apartment at 418 N. Eleventh St., but all three face the same charges; the most serious is punishable with between six and 30 years in prison.



A man who was stopped trying to board a plane at Missoula International Airport using a dead man’s identity last year was sentenced to more than 10 years in federal prison Friday for attempting to sell large amounts of methamphetamine.

Charles Ferrill Patton, 50, appeared in U.S. District Court in Great Falls on Friday, where Judge Brian Morris handed down a 125-month prison sentence with an additional five years of supervised release.

Patton pleaded guilty to a felony charge of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine in January. A second felony charge of making a false statement was dropped in his plea agreement.

According to a statement released by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Carl Rostad and Keri Leggett, the Russell Country Drug Task Force found Patton in possession of $3,337 and 106 grams of meth in April of last year. Patton was arrested by the agents, but bonded out of jail several days later.

On May 7, Patton violated the conditions of his release by attempting to leave the state. According to the statement, Patton used a dead man’s driver’s license to board a plane at Missoula International Airport. He was thwarted in his attempt to flee by TSA agents, who stopped him but didn’t arrest him.

The following day, law enforcement officials located Patton near his home in Great Falls, again with a large amount of meth.

After searching his car, agents found 391.4 grams – nearly 1 pound – of meth in two separate baggies, a syringe, a scale and a pipe.




A Waco man was arrested Friday morning as part of a DEA investigation into a large methamphetamine drug trafficking ring that spread throughout Central Texas.

David Ash, a former Tribune-Herald employee, was arrested at 9:05 a.m. Friday by DEA special agents, with assistance from the Waco Police Department. He faces a charge of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Ash worked in the Tribune-Herald’s sports department before resigning in early March.

He has yet to appear before a Fort Worth federal magistrate for a bond.

Ash was one of 25 people arrested Thursday and Friday on charges they participated in the Stephenville-based drug ring, which DEA officials allege was responsible for distributing methamphetamine in McLennan, Erath, Parker, Palo Pinto, Comanche, Eastland, Stephens, Hood, Hamilton, Somervell and Taylor counties.

The investigation, a joint partnership between DEA and Stephenville Police Department, began in 2012 and focused on a cell called the Brittany Barron Drug Trafficking Organization, according to a press release from the DEA and U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas.

DEA Supervisory Special Agent Steven Robertson said the methamphetamine typically is brought in to the Dallas area through Mexican-based drug cartels, then broken down into smaller amounts and distributed to other regions of the state.

A total of 87 people have been arrested in connection to the ring, the release said. Arrests began a few months ago and have included individuals in Fort Worth, Arlington, Dallas, Grand Prairie, Stephenville and now Waco.

Robertson said DEA agents are expecting to arrest a second Waco man, but have not yet done so.

Each suspect faces a federal prison sentence of five to 40 years and up to a $5 million fine if convicted, the release said.

“This is a significant organization, and the fact that it went federal and the fact that they’re looking at that time means they’ve been moving a pretty significant amount of methamphetamine,” Robertson said.

Crystal meth is a terrible drug, and it destroys a lot of lives. It’s just a reminder that crystal meth is here, it’s in our communities, it’s bad stuff.”



ELK GROVE (CBS13) — Imagine meth being made in your backyard — millions of dollars worth — and then learning it’s connected to a Mexican cartel. Investigators believe that was happening in an Elk Grove neighborhood.

Police say a high-ranking cartel member used the community as an assembly shop for his multi-million-dollar meth business.

At least two-dozen federal agents swarmed the area, all part of a multi-county bust that nabbed 18 people from here to the Bay Area, including Esdra Avila Carillo, a.k.a. Blanco.

“He was able to refine it, package it, and then distribute it to parts throughout the United States,” said Patrick Vanier of the Santa Clara County DA’s office.

Police say in one month, millions of dollars worth of methamphetamine was smuggled in from Mexico and processed at a home right across the street from one neighbor so spooked after hearing the cartel was allegedly involved, she didn’t want to show her face.

“Wow, shocking because it’s a regular neighborhood,” she said. “I would never expect something like that.”

Police say Blanco ran his drug business like a Fortune 500 company. His home base in Silicon Valley and Elk Grove was one of his satellite offices. The latter was chosen because of its easy access to distribution routes, notably Interstate 5.

“I would imagine that it was selected for a reason because of its accessibility to Interstate 5,” said Vanier.

Neighbors say a drug bust in the community doesn’t necessarily shock them, but police confirming big-time cartel businesses nearby surely does.

“Kind of surprising it’s happening in this area. I mean especially those numbers, sure there’s little things happening here and there, but not to that extent,” said Elk Grove resident Rami Batakji.

Carillo is being held by police on $1 million bail.



A man suspected in a brazen theft of pseudoephedrine from Bristol’s Target store — and spurring several police pursuits over multiple days — has been arrested in Sullivan County, leading authorities to a large meth dump site in the Cherokee National Forest.


Michael Edwards, 27, of 144 Massengill Road, Blountville, was apprehended Tuesday by U.S. Marshals and members of the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office. An SCSO incident report states he was arrested at a convenience store on Highway 11-E in Bluff City, where he attempted to run away before being brought into custody by officers and a K-9.

That incident marked the second time Edwards allegedly fled SCSO deputies in two days, and the fourth time total that he had fled local police in less than a week. According to Washington County Virginia Sheriff’s Office Maj. Jack Davidson, Edwards’ run-ins with the law began on April 16.

That’s when he allegedly stole multiple packages of Sudafed from Target off of Bristol’s Lee Highway, running with the items out of the store. Shortly thereafter, according to Davidson, a Washington County deputy on Interstate 81 spotted the vehicle Edwards had fled in.

Davidson said that Edwards initially stopped for police, then accelerated away when deputies exited their cruiser. That led to a vehicle pursuit off of I-81, onto King Mill Pike and into Bristol city limits, at which point the chase was terminated out of concern for public safety.

A BOLO was issued for Edwards’ car, with Davidson saying another Washington County deputy spotted it on Sunday. An attempted stop allegedly led to another pursuit, this time into Sullivan County. An SCSO incident report states a Sullivan deputy spotted the vehicle turning into a residence on Paperville Road, at which point Edwards bailed from the car and ran.

Edwards could not immediately be located, according to the SCSO report, but drug paraphernalia and items used to make meth were found in his vehicle. Also inside the car was Lindsey Brown, 23, of 176 Marlene Drive, Bristol, Tenn. She was arrested on warrants out of Virginia and booked into the Sullivan County jail in Blountville.

According to a separate SCSO incident report, U.S. Marshals requested assistance in arresting Edwards on Tuesday, noting that he has a “violent past.” There were warrants out of Virginia for felony evading arrest and theft, as well as in Sullivan County for violation of probation.

During a Bluff City traffic stop of a 2012 Chevrolet Silverado which Edwards occupied, according to police, Edwards again jumped from the vehicle and attempted to run. SCSO K-9 Evo was deployed, taking him into custody with the assistance of officers.

A search of the Silverado reportedly located methamphetamine and meth precursors. SCSO Public Information Officer Leslie Earhart says Edwards was subsequently questioned about the drugs, at which point he claimed to have disposed of a one-pot meth apparatus on Big Creek Road.

Police searched that location, east of South Holston Lake in the Cherokee National Forest, locating several meth dumpsites. Earhart says nine one-pot meth bottles and 30 gas generator bottles used in meth production were found, along with other items for making the drug.

Charges have not yet been placed in connection with the finds. As of Wednesday afternoon, Edwards remained held in the Sullivan County Justice Center, awaiting extradition to Virginia.

In Sullivan County he is charged with possession of Schedule II drugs for resale, promotion of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. All of those charges are related to the items reportedly located in his vehicles.

Agencies responding to the dumpsite in Cherokee National Forest, include the Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force, U.S. Forest Service and Hickory Tree Volunteer Fire Department.


COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) — “We’ve been in homes where there have been cooks and they are wealthy and very pristine and then we go in other places that are very tragic,” says Scotty Salter, Owner of Hisco Environmental, LLC.

Part of Salter’s job is to clean-up meth labs.

Methamphetamine has traditionally been a rural, white drug abuse problem,” says Sheriff Jim Matthews, Kershaw County

The “Tribal Waste Journal” published by the EPA in 2008 backs up that claim, but adds labs are multiplying nationwide.

“We’ve seen the growth of meth labs grow,” says Salter

Salter decontaminates meth locations in South Carolina and nationwide after the labs are removed.

“It’s a endless spectrum as far as what we encounter,” says Salter

For Gross Decontamination of Meth materials, separate from clean-up, SLED has contracts with two companies in the state.

According to the EPA, chemicals used in the cooking of meth can cause caner, damage to the brain, kidneys, liver and more.

“If we don’t suit up and wear proper PPA, it can be deadly,” says Salter

Because of that, Salter’s company removes everything from the homes then treats the walls and floors.

“We treat it with a formula that was developed by the United States Defense Department to neutralize weapons of mass destruction,” says Salter

But, not all clean-ups are as thorough and there are no laws governing the clean-up process. According to SLED, only guidelines are issued by the EPA.

Take for instance the case of the Holt Family of Tennessee, showcased in the New York Times in 2009.

“When they were engaged, they found a house, they got married and bought it. They had some children and those children were staying in the hospital,” says Salter

Salter says the home later tested off the charts for meth.

He also says unless properly cleaned, the chemicals won’t go away. Take for instance a story from his colleague in Idaho.

“There had been a cook in that house in 1999 and it was still testing off the charts and that was year before last,” says Salter

Salter says his company is advocating to have a law passed in South Carolina to govern the clean-up of meth labs. In all his work nationwide, Salter says, Tennessee has the most stringent clean-up guidelines.



A Charleston-area man moved his meth lab from his parent’s home to a motel room – and has been busted hiding under a bed 5 days later, officials say.

John Eric Phillips, age 34, broke into his parents North Charleston home around 2:30 am on April 18 and carried a baseball bat during the incident, officials say.


A warrant was issued for his arrest after authorities say “a cloud of smoke”, meth ingredients and equipment were found in Phillips’ room at home in the 2800 block of Otranto Road.


Phillips’ father was forced to grab a shotgun to defend the mom and elderly grandmother in the incident, the CBS-TV affiliate in Charleston reported. Phillips managed to escape the area before police got there, authorities say.

Wednesday night, Phillips was again linked to a meth lab – this time at a Relax Inn in North Charleston.

Police and the fire department responded to the motel on Ashley Phosphate around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday after an anonymous tip that methamphetamine was being cooked in room 106.


When police arrived a female came to the door, officers escorted her from the room. Police say the room was filled with vapor and they evacuated the hotel.

After about 10 minutes a suspect emerged from under the bed in the hotel room and was taken into custody. Police later identified the suspect as John Eric Phillips who was wanted for manufacturing meth.

The DEA collected evidence of the meth cook from the hotel room and decontaminated the room.

Phillips was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine.



TAMAQUA, Pa. – Police in Schuylkill County say they stumbled upon a meth lab.

They also say they know who was running it, they just have to find them.

Police in Tamaqua are still looking for Kelsey Anderson, 21, and Thomas Heiser, 33.

Police say they fled their home after a fire that led to the discovery of a meth lab.

Samuel Garcia says after an alleged meth lab was discovered in his apartment building at 14 West Broad Street in Tamaqua, he wants to find a new place to live.

“I opened up the door and I see smoke all over. I said, ‘What’s going on?’ and they said, ‘We have to evacuate the building!'” said Garcia.

Police say around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday night they were called to Garcia’s neighbor’s apartment.

They say a fire was burning in the bathroom and items consistent with cooking the drug methamphetamine were found nearby.

“I felt like a vibration in my kitchen. Like a rumble,” said Dorothy Forte, who lives in the building next door.

She says she fears for her family.

“It shook me up some. Because I have grandkids. And this is a nice town to raise them. But with this going on I don’t know now.”

Investigators say this discovery comes just one week after Tamaqua police officers underwent special methamphetamine training.

Borough Councilman Justin Startzel says it’s training like this that keeps officers prepared as meth labs continue to pop up in Tamaqua.

“It helps them become more aware of what they need to look for and it helps them become more educated on tackling issues like this,” said Startzel.

Councilman Startzel says if you see any suspicious activity in your community, you can contact the Schuylkill County Drug Task Force at 1-800-414-1406.



HAMMOND – Three children are in state custody after sheriff’s deputies said they were discovered in a methamphetamine lab in Hammond Tuesday.

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office said it was investigating a burglary on Wardline Road when detectives smelled the drug lab. Deputies said they got permission to search the residence, and discovered a lab that had contaminated the entire home.

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Four adults and three children were removed from the residence. The children are eight weeks old, five years old, and nine years old.

The Hammond Fire Department Haz-Mat team was called in for decontamination. All the residents had to remove their contaminated clothing and other items then be scrubbed with biodegradable soap.

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The children were taken to North Oaks Medical Center to be checked for chemical exposure then taken into state custody.

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The adults, Mark White Jr., 32, Tamara White, 29, Justin Kuffner, 30 and Jeffery Kuffner, 34, are charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and child endangerment.





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HAMMOND, La. — The Tangipahoa Sheriff’s Office has arrested 4 adults for running a methamphetamine lab out of a home with young children present.

According to the Tangipahoa Sheriff’s Office, on April 22, detectives arrived at 12026 Wardline Road in Hammond in reference to a burglary investigation.

A spokesman said that as detectives approached the residence, they detected a strong chemical odor coming from an open window under the car port, and immediately recognized the smell as that of an active methamphetamine laboratory.

They made contact with the residents and obtained permission to search the residence, at which time they found an active methamphetamine laboratory inside of the home.


Detectives immediately escorted all the people in the home, 4 adults, a 9-year-old child, a 5-year-old child, and an 8-week-old infant, out of and away from the residence for their safety.

All occupants, including the infant child, had to be decontaminated by Hammond Fire Department HazMat.

The decontamination process involves the removal of all contaminated items and clothing, having the body washed with biodegradable soap and then placing the subjects in a special paper suit for a specified amount of time.


All three children were transported to North Oaks Medical Center for examination as a result of being exposed to the hazardous chemicals produced in the illegal production of methamphetamine.

The children were then placed in the custody of the state.

All 4 adults Mark White Jr., 32; Tamara White, 29; Justin Kuffner, 31; and Jeffery Kuffner, 34, were taken into custody and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, and three counts of child endangerment.





SAN JOSE, California — Prosecutors in Silicon Valley say authorities have arrested 18 people and seized methamphetamine, cocaine and drug labs as part of an investigation into a major drug distribution ring with ties to a Mexican cartel.

The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office announced the arrests and seizures on Thursday. Prosecutors say the investigation was conducted in conjunction with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and began with the arrest of a low-level drug dealer in 2012.

They say it led to a drug lab in Elk Grove that was manufacturing millions of dollars of methamphetamine each month and also turned up marijuana, weapons and laundered cash.

Among those arrested was Esdras Avila Carrillo, of San Jose, who prosecutors say is believed to be a high-ranking member of the Mexican drug cartel connected to the operation. They did not name the cartel.




CARSON COUNTY, TEXAS — During an April 23 traffic stop on I-40, a Department of Public Safety trooper discovered 22 pounds of liquid methamphetamine being transported from coast to coast.

At approximately 6:30 p.m., a trooper pulled over an eastbound 1995 Toyota Corolla for a traffic violation near Conway in Carson County.

The driver of the Corolla was identified as Leonardo Moreno-Aguilar, 26, of Sunnyvale, Calif. During the traffic stop, the trooper discovered liquid methamphetamine in plastic containers.

Moreno-Aguilar was placed under arrest for possession of a controlled substance, a first-degree felony, and booked into Carson County Jail. The illegal drugs were allegedly being transported from Los Angeles to Charleston, S.C.


PUNTA GORDADeputies called to investigate people trespassing on private property wound up arresting two people on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine on Tuesday.

Deputies were called to an area off Burnt Store Road in Punta Gorda because a property owner learned that people were living on private property owned by the caller’s parents.

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When they checked the area, deputies found Richard Thomas Parsons, 39, and Jennifer Motta-Guedes, 32, both of whom listed no home address, in a tent on the property.

When the deputies announced themselves to the pair, Motta-Guedes knocked over a bowl and a paper towel containing numerous yellow pills.

Deputies saw a can of acetone in the same area where both Motta-Guedes and Parsons were located. Recognizing these as items that could be used to produce methamphetamine, the deputies asked the couple to exit the tent.

When the deputies checked inside the tent, they located several items with residue and ashes that tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine. Among the items were several used syringes.

They also located a bucket outside the tent that contained camping fuel, crystal drain opener, lighter fluid, tubes and other apparatus. Beside the bucket was a bottle of muriatic acid.

As a result, deputies arrested both Motta-Guedes and Parsons for Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Motta-Guedes was being held on a $62,500 bond and Parsons was being held on a $60,000.



FRESNO – A federal grand jury returned a two-count indictment today against Edwin Rigoberto Mayorga-Fajardo, 42, of Bakersfield, charging him with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

According to court documents, on April 8, Mayorga-Fajardo attempted to distribute five pounds of methamphetamine to a government informant.

When law enforcement officers attempted to stop the Mayorga-Fajardo’s vehicle he sped off and a chase ensued. While attempting to flee, he was observed throwing packages of methamphetamine from the vehicle. Eventually Mayorga-Fajardo was stopped and arrested and approximately four pounds of methamphetamine was recovered.

This case is the product of an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Kern County Sheriff’s Office, and the Southern Tri-County High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force. Assistant United States Attorney Brian K. Delaney is prosecuting the case.

If convicted, Mayorga-Fajardo faces a maximum statutory penalty of life in prison and a $10 million fine.




SYLVESTER, Ga. (AP) — Officials say the parents of an infant who was found dead at their Mississippi home drove with their 2-year-old daughter to Georgia, where they are being held on felony drug warrants.

Police in Sylvester, about 170 miles south of Atlanta, say 2-year-old Maliah Harris was found unharmed at 12:09 a.m. Thursday in a traffic stop after an Amber Alert was issued. Police Chief Robert Jennings says 34-year-old Donald Boyd Harris and 31-year-old Allison Studdard are wanted on warrants for possession of methamphetamine in Mississippi. Jennings says drugs also were found in the car, with additional charges possible.

Maliah’s 7-month-old sister, Alyssa, was found dead early Wednesday. County Coroner Greg Merchant says an autopsy didn’t reveal a preliminary cause of death. A toxicology report is pending.

Sheriff Mike Arledge tells WCBI-TV ( methamphetamine was found at the scene.



The San Luis Obispo County Jail inmate who was found unresponsive in his cell and later died had succumbed to a methamphetamine-induced heart attack, among other factors, according to a toxicology report released Thursday by the Sheriff-Coroner’s Office.

Generally speaking, the report said, Josey Richard Meche, 28, died from methamphetamine toxicity, as well as contributing factors such as hyperthermia — or core temperature overheating — and a fatty infiltration of the right ventricular wall heart muscle.

Hyperthermia can be caused by drug toxicity or an infection, according to Sheriff’s Office spokesman Tony Cipolla.

The manner of death is being considered accidental.

Meche was booked into jail following an incident on the 700 block of Mountain View Street in San Luis Obispo, where he was found in a residence’s driveway “acting bizarre,” according to San Luis Obispo police Capt. Chris Staley. He later became combative with officers and had to be placed in a “control hold.” Staley said he calmed down after the arrest.

Jail staff also reported that Meche was cooperative during his booking just before midnight March 11 and did not complain of any medical problems before he was found in his cell at 1 a.m. March 12.

He was taken to Sierra Vista Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 1:49 a.m.



BALIK PULAU: An underage Malawi national was charged with trafficking 4.3kg of methamphetamine at the magistrate’s court here today.

The 17-year-old allegedly committed the offence at the international arrival hall of the Penang International Airport at about 10.30am on Oct 5, 2013.

Meanwhile, a 38-year-old Indian national was also charged with trafficking 3.1kg of methamphetamine last year.

Sangeeta Sharma Brahmacharimayun allegedly committed the offence at the domestic arrival hall of the Penang International Airport on Oct 7 at about 1am.

Both were charged under Section 39B (1) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, which is punishable by death under Section 39B(2) of the same act.

Magistrate Muhammad Najib Ismail set June 25 for mention pending reports from the Chemistry Department.

No plea was recorded from both accused, who were not represented, while Deputy Public Prosecutor Inspector Noraini Ahmad appeared for the prosecution.

In another case, a 56-year-old mother who allegedly passed drugs to her son after he was sentenced for drug possession had her remand order extended until April 29.

She was reported to have committed the offence on April 18 by passing 9.4 grams of heroin wrapped in tobacco leaves to her son as he was being escorted by policemen to a lock-up.

Alert policemen on duty noticed something amiss and detained her.



PORTLAND, Ore.Oregon State Medical Examiner Dr. Karen Gunson released 2013 drug-related death statistics Thursday reflecting one fewer death from last year and a near 7 percent drop from 2012, when deaths reached their highest level since 2000.

Preliminary drug-related death statistics showed the lowest number of cocaine-related deaths and highest number of methamphetamine-related deaths since 2000.

Drug-related death statistics indicate 222 deaths in 2013, down less than 1 percent from 223 deaths reported in 2012. These deaths are associated with the use of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, or a combination use of those drugs.

In 2011, Oregon reported the highest number of drug-related deaths. when 240 people needlessly died from the abuse of illicit drugs.

A review of last year’s 222 reported deaths and their frequency of use reflected:

* 123 methamphetamine-related deaths, a 32 percent increase over the previous year’s reported 93 deaths and the highest recorded since the beginning of 2000. More than 55 percent of all drug-related deaths were associated with methamphetamine use. Multnomah County noted a 62 percent increase in this category with 45 recorded deaths, up from 28 deaths last year.

* Heroin-related deaths (111) were a 25 percent decrease from the previous year’s reported 147 deaths, which was the highest number since the beginning of 2000. More than half (65) of heroin-related deaths happened in Multnomah County, and Clackamas County recorded 13 deaths which is an increase from last year’s eight recorded deaths in this category.

* Cocaine-related deaths (12) were the fewest recorded since the beginning of 2000 and a 35 percent decrease from the previous year’s 19 reported deaths. The highest number was reported in 2000 when 69 people died from illicit use in this category. Cocaine-related deaths occurred only in Multnomah (9), Lincoln, Malheur, and Yamhill counties.

* Combination of drug use deaths (26) dropped 20 percent and was the second fewest since the beginning of 2000.

In Central Oregon, four drug-related deaths were recorded — all in Deschutes County, two from heroin and two from methamphetamine.

Dr. Gunson noted the majority of methamphetamine-related deaths are not overdoses but actually related to some other event such as traffic crash, drowning or other traumatic event. Methamphetamine use is also linked to seizures and sudden elevation in blood pressure, which can cause strokes and heart attacks.

Forty-five percent of drug-related deaths in 2013 happened in Multnomah County, a drop of one death compared to last year’s 103 deaths.

Counties with notable increases include:

* Clackamas County: 13 (2012) to 17 (2013) – all 13 were heroin-related
* Columbia County: 1 (2012) to 4 (2013) – three were methamphetamine-related
* Coos County: 4 (2012) to 8 (2013) – six were methamphetamine-related
* Josephine County: 1 (2012) to 4 (2013) – three were methamphetamine-related
* Lane County: 15 (2012) to 20 (2013) – 13 were methamphetamine-related
* Linn County: 1 (2012) to 6 (2013) – five were methamphetamine-related
* Polk & Umatilla County: 0 (2012) to 3 (2013) – five of their six combined deaths were methamphetamine-related

Counties with notable decreases include:

* Clatsop County: 4 (2012) to 1 (2013)
* Jackson County: 19 (2012) to 11 (2013) – seven were heroin-related
* Marion County: 19 (2012) to 6 (2013) – five were methamphetamine-related
* Washington County: 17 (2012) to 12 (2013) – nine were methamphetamine-related

Oxycodone use surpassed methadone in topping the list of major drug prescription deaths. In 2013, the 150 opioid-related deaths in three noted categories dropped from 170 in 2012 and 193 in 2011. Decreases in methadone-related deaths accounted for the yearly decreases. The noted prescription drug categories are:

* Methadone-related deaths dropped from 78 (2012) to 58 (2013)
* Oxycodone-related deaths dropped from 66 (2012) to 60 (2013)
* Hydrocodone-related deaths rose from 26 (2012) to 32 (2013)

Note that prescription drug overdose death statistics are statewide and not included with the information provided on the State Medical Examiner’s website charts.

Information for all counties with at least one drug-related death and a comparison of categories is provided in links with this news release. Similar statistics since 2002 is available on the State Medical Examiner’s website at




Calexico, California – Customs and Border Protection officers at the Calexico downtown port of entry Wednesday arrested a female border crosser after discovering about a half-pound of methamphetamine concealed inside her body cavity.

The incident occurred shortly before 5 p.m. on April 23, when a CBP officer referred the 24-year-old U.S. citizen for additional inspection after she entered the port on foot.

During the inspection, a CBP narcotics detector dog alerted to the woman, leading officers to the discovery of a single wrapped package concealed under her clothing, hidden within a body cavity.

The substance inside of the wrapped package field-tested positive as methamphetamine, and has an estimated street value of more than $3,400.

The woman, a resident of Indio, California, was placed under arrest and turned over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations agents for further processing.

She was later transported to the Imperial County Jail to await arraignment.

CBP seized the narcotics.



Three people were arrested and more than a pound of methamphetamine was seized after a monthlong investigation by the Palestine Police Department.

The department’s SWAT unit and drug enforcement unit executed a search warrant at a home in the 1100 block of North Fort Street, according to a news release.

Courtesy Nixon Courtesy Barnes

Police seized about 1 pound of methamphetamine, approximately a quarter pound of crack cocaine, as well as marijuana and other narcotic-type pills, according to the release. About $1,800 in cash also was seized.

“This large of a seizure, unfortunately, is a direct result of how much dope we have within our community,” Police Chief Herbert said in the release.

Palestine residents Willie Leon Barnes, 44, and Donald Drew Nixon, 36, were arrested for manufacturing and delivery of a controlled substance between 1 and 400 grams. This charge carries a potential of between 15 and 99 years in jail and a fine not to exceed $250,000.

Mattie McDonald, 46, was arrested for felony possession of a controlled substance, according to police. Ms. McDonald was released on a $7,500 bond.

Barnes and Nixon are being held in the Anderson County Jail on bonds totaling just more than $1 million.

Two people were released without charges.

“I’m very proud of our tactical team, getting in and securing the scene,” Herbert said in the release. “Again, I’m proud that we got drugs off the street, and we will continue our efforts to rid drugs from our community.”

The Palestine Police Department was assisted by K9 units from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.


ROANE COUNTY, TN (Knox News) — A man caught making methamphetamine in two one-pot labs while his 6-year-old son slept in the unfinished, rodent-infested house they occupied has been charged with aggravated child abuse and manufacturing meth.

Christopher Michael Raby, 39, is also charged with violating probation and remains in the Roane County Jail. Both he and his son were decontaminated at the Dogtown Road scene in Ten Mile, and the child was taken to Roane Medical Center’s emergency room for a checkup.

Deputy Mark Steinmann said he and another deputy received information of an active meth lab at Raby’s residence, learned that he had a history of buying pseudoephedrine — a key ingredient in meth-making — and went to the home Tuesday.

After getting permission to enter the residence, Steinmann said he detected the “strong chemical odor” of meth and saw Raby’s son asleep on a living room chair.

The East Jakarta Police have launched an investigation into Cipinang Penitentiary following information from an arrested prison guard, identified only as FM, who claimed that the prison was host to a crystal methamphetamine factory.

FM, 28, who was arrested for smuggling drugs into the prison, told police that smuggled crystal meth would be processed in the prison before being distributed, the head of the drug unit at East Jakarta Police, Adj. Sr. Comr. Afrisal said as quoted by on Wednesday.

He said the police also expected to arrest other suspects in the case.

“We still have targets, we will uncover the network,” he said.

Afrisal said the police were still waiting for the green light from the Justice and Human Rights Ministry to question a convict, identified only as HY, who was allegedly the leader of the prison’s drugs syndicate.

FM was arrested after allegedly being caught red handed carrying about 500 grams of crystal meth into the prison.

The deputy head of East Jakarta Police, Adj. Sr. Comr. Abrar Tuntalanai said that for every meth delivery FM received Rp 2 million [US$172]. The money was transferred to FM’s wife’s bank account.



(WBIR) A meth lab, methamphetamine, and needles were found inside a bedroom Thomas and Melanie Hamby shared with their two children, ages 14 and 7, according to the Knoxville Police Department.

Thomas and Melanie Hamby

The couple along with Joshua Lyons are facing meth-making charges after police discovered the illegal items inside their south Knoxville home at Stonewell Apartments on Sevier Avenue Tuesday night.

Joshua Lyons faces

Officials said they believe at one point a meth lab also started a fire in the apartment. Officers found scorched areas in the kitchen and freezer where it looked like someone tried to put out the fire with a broom but eventually threw it into the freezer.

Authorities said they’re continuing to investigate, but three of the four adults found in the apartment are facing the following charges: manufacturing of methamphetamine, promotion of meth manufacture, and drug paraphernalia. Additional charges are pending, said police.

meth lab, methamphetamine, and needles

Crews took the children to East Tennessee’s Children Hospital for evaluation. The Department of Children’s Services have since placed the children in a family member’s care.

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Knoxville police found a meth lab in South Knoxville Tuesday with two children inside.

They investigated a unit at Stonewall Apartments on Sevier Avenue shortly before 8 o’clock. Police say they found evidence of a meth lab. Four adults were inside, and so were a 14-year-old and 7-year-old child.

The Knoxville Fire Department is decontaminating the scene and checking the health of everyone in the apartment.

The Family Crimes Unit and the Department of Children’s Services are investigating.

Knoxville police say charges are pending in the case.



MURFREESBORO — Murfreesboro Police officers discovered disposable meth labs in a vacant rental property Wednesday morning on East Northfield Boulevard, according to a statement sent out by the department.

MPS spokesman Sgt. Kyle Evans said officers discovered four single-pot meth labs, commonly referred to as mobile labs or shake-and-bake labs, during a routine patrol check at 6:40 a.m. Wednesday.

117 E. Northfield Blvd

“Officer Mic Rea and the Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force rendered the labs safe and prepared for disposal,” Evans said.

Meth can be made in a single two-liter bottle when pseudoephedrine, lithium batteries and other ingredients such as drain cleaner and camping fuel are mixed and shaken. Once dried, the mixture yields about 10 grams of methamphetamine.

To report suspected meth activity, visit the Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force’s website at




A woman described as a large-scale ice methamphetamine dealer is facing federal charges.

Hilda Trujillo-Rojas has been ordered to be detained pending the outcome of her case.

Two men who were with her at the time of her arrest were also taken into custody.

Authorities said during the week of March 24, law enforcement identified a cooperating source in the Chattanooga area who was buying large amounts of ice meth. Agents conducted controlled communications between the CS and “Hilda.” At the direction of law enforcement, an arrangement was made between the CS and “Hilda” for the CS to purchase approximately 1.5 pounds (approximately 680 grams) of ice methamphetamine from “Hilda.”On March 28, in anticipation of the methamphetamine delivery, surveillance was established on the pre-arranged meeting location in Chattanooga. Agents observed an individual fitting the physical description of”Hilda” arrive at the location, at which time agents approached and detained her.

A search of her vehicle resulted in the seizure of approximately 1.5 pounds of a crystalline substance, which field-tested positive for methamphetamine.Ms. Rojas-Trujillo declined to make a statement to law enforcement.

While she was being arrested, a vehicle with Georgia tags occupied by two men was observed slowly driving by the meeting location. Once the scene was cleared, the vehicle returned to the meeting location, slowed down, and the occupants appeared to look around the scene. Suspicion aroused, agents stopped the car and received permission to search it. Nunchucks were found inside the vehicle.

Curtis Ross Steele (driver) and Yerhel A. Caballero-Mejia (passenger), were taken into custody. Steele acknowledged that he has known Ms. Trujillo-Rojas most of his life and that she approached him and asked him to follow her while she made a drug delivery to Chattanooga. Both Steele and Caballero-Mejia stated that they were aware that Ms. Trujillo-Rojas was transporting methamphetamine and that she had agreed to pay them each $500 to follow her and provide security as needed, with payment to be made after delivery.

Agents said among their directives were to intervene if law enforcement began following Ms. Trujillo-Rojas by speeding or performing some other traffic infraction to distract law enforcement from her.

Law enforcement checked the call history of Caballero-Mejia’s cell phone and found recent calls between it and Ms. Trujillo-Rojas’ cell phone.Ms. Trujillo-Rojas was charged with knowingly possessing with the intent to distribute more than 500 grams of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine, Schedule II controlled substance.