Comments Off on Arkansas State Police thwart $200,000 Methamphetamine delivery; Susian Barnes, 44, of Center Ridge and Patricia Fulton, 50, of Greenbrier, arrested

Investigators with the Arkansas State Police and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) intercepted nearly 5 pounds of methamphetamine during a traffic stop Saturday morning in Pope County.691E_BARNES__SUSIAN

Susian Barnes, 44, of Center Ridge was driving east on Interstate 40 when she was stopped at 9 a.m. near the 82 mile marker for a lane violation. Patricia Fulton, 50, of Greenbrier was a passenger in the vehicle.

Officers noted the “occupants were extremely nervous” and “had conflicting stories.”

When asked for consent to search the vehicle, Barnes refused, according to a police report. Fulton allegedly “admitted to eating a [marijuana] joint” when pulled over, giving officers probable cause for a search.

With the help of the K-9 unit, officers found three large packages of methamphetamine totaling 4.8 pounds in the truck’s tool box, the report stated. The DEA estimated the street value of the methamphetamine found to be more than $200,000.

Investigators also found and seized a loaded AR-15 assault rifle, as well as scales and other paraphernalia.

The methamphetamine was reportedly headed to Conway from Porterville, Calif., meaning it had been transported more than 1,600 miles and was seized less than 50 miles short of its intended destination.

Barnes and Fulton appeared before District Judge Don Bourne during felony bond hearings Monday at the Pope County Detention Center.1ESC_FULTON__PATRICIA

Bourne found there was probable cause to arrest the women and set an arraignment for Feb. 2, 2015, where they will face charges of trafficking methamphetamine, simultaneous possession of drugs and a firearm and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Fulton, who has a prior felony conviction, was ordered held in lieu of a $50,000 bond, and Barnes was ordered held in lieu of a $40,000

Read more: The Courier – Your Messenger for the River Valley – Police thwart








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Three people have been arrested on suspicion of selling methamphetamine from a Sierra Vista meat market, police say.

The case started after tipsters told police they suspected drugs were being sold at Carniceria La Noria, at 833 East Fry Boulevard in Sierra Vista, Cpl. Scott Borgstadt said in a news release.549892b9621d4_image

After a yearlong investigation that included undercover drug buys, police said they searched the business Friday and found evidence consistent with drug trafficking. They also found 18.5 grams of methamphetamine, which has a street value of $1,850, Borgstadt said.

Arrested were: Rosa Moran, 34, the owner; and brothers Jesus Edgar Gonzalez, 28, and Marcario Gonzalez Martinez, 24.

Each was booked into the Cochise County jail on suspicion of possession of dangerous drugs, possession of dangerous drugs for sale, conspiracy and money laundering. Bond was set at $200,000 apiece, the release said.








Comments Off on Methamphetamine lab chemicals hurt 2 suspects, 2 officers in the Upper Peninsula

Ishpeming — Authorities say two police officers and two drug suspects went to a hospital for treatment after being exposed to chemicals from an active methamphetamine lab in the Upper Peninsula.

The Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team says in a statement that two Ishpeming police officers responded early Sunday to a report of a possible meth lab. They found a woman on the floor of the apartment and a man in another room, but the officers became ill while rescuing them.

All four were treated at a hospital. WBKP/WBUP-TV reports the injuries aren’t considered life-threatening.

Police Chief Dan Willey tells WLUC-TV the suspects left the hospital before they were to be released, however. Police were looking for them.

Investigators removed components used to manufacture meth from the apartment along with hazardous waste.









Comments Off on Two-week operation nets 18 Methamphetamine-related arrests in Lauderdale County

FLORENCE — Lauderdale County Drug Task Force officials said 18 people have been arrested on methamphetamine-related charges during a two-week period.

Drug task force officials said the arrests range from first-degree manufacturing a controlled substance to possession with the intent to distribute.5498a46839c49_image

The investigation was headed up by task force agents Robbie Howard and Gaylon Phillips.

“They did an outstanding job, taking this on and seeing what they could do during the two weeks,” said Tim Glover, director of the Lauderdale Drug Task Force.

Those arrested and the charges they face after a two-week investigation by the Lauderdale County Drug Task Force into methamphetamine manufacturing.

  • Cameron Mitchell Flood, 40, 464 Lauderdale 144, Killen; first-degree unlawful manufacturing a controlled substance and littering
  • Wayne Lee Grubbs, 33, 464 Lauderdale 144, Killen; first-degree unlawful manufacturing a controlled substance and littering.
  • Laura Bernice Alexander, 35, 464 Lauderdale 144, Killen; failure to abide on second-degree unlawful manufacturing a controlled substance.
  • Douglas Wayne Littrell, 47, 2210 Chrisholm Road, Iron City, Tennessee; second-degree unlawful manufacturing a controlled substance.
  • Wanda Jill Craig, 44, 18194 Ferry Road, Athens; unlawful possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • Patricia Baylee Atkinson, 19, 350 Lauderdale 126 Waterloo; unlawful possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • Brittany Lashelle Shook, 28, 3305 Lauderdale 6, Florence; second-degree unlawful manufacturing a controlled substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • Quinn Paul Erwin, 38, 220 Lauderdale 85, Florence; second-degree unlawful manufacturing a controlled substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • Ricky Leon Allen, 37, 318 Graceland Drive, Florence; second-degree unlawful manufacturing a controlled substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • Dillon Kale Crews, 21, 119 Kelly’s Chapel Road, Waynesboro, Tennessee; unlawful possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • Donnie Ray Kelley Jr., 42, 6979 Chisholm Road, Florence; unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, unlawful possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • Jamie Nicole Arreola, 25, 41 Rhodes Drive, Florence; first-degree unlawful manufacturing a controlled substance and unlawful possession of a controlled substance.
  • Jeremy Kirk Stults, 33, 6070 Fantail Branch Road, Cypress Inn, Tennessee; first-degree unlawful manufacturing a controlled substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • Wesley Trent Reaves, 36, 1038 Weatherford Creek Road, Lutts, Tennessee; first-degree unlawful manufacturing a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • Brandy Renee Tingle, 25, 326 Rose Drive, Florence; first-degree unlawful manufacturing a controlled substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • Jeffrey Ryan Hill, 24, 2287 Lauderdale 34, Florence; second-degree unlawful manufacturing a controlled substance, attempting to commit a controlled substance crime and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • Lindsey Carol Burns, 24, 780 Smallwood Mountain Road, Tuscumbia; second-degree unlawful manufacturing a controlled substance.
  • Daniel Bradley Rhodes, 32, 300 Lauderdale 219, Florence; attempt to commit a controlled substance crime.








Comments Off on Methamphetamine seizures high at San Diego border

SAN YSIDRO — San Diego remains an important corridor for illicit drug shipments into the United States, accounting for a large portion of the seizures of methamphetamine, cocaine and heroine seized by the U.S. Border Patrol across the country during the 2014 federal fiscal year from Oct. 1, 2013, through Sept. 30, 2014.gas_entry341642x019_r620x349

The agency’s methamphetamine seizures in the San Diego sector accounted for nearly half, or 47.7 percent, of the volume of the drug seized overall by the Border Patrol, according to figures released Monday by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The agency’s San Diego seizures also accounted for 38.2 percent of the cocaine and 31.3 percent of the heroin, but only 1 percent of the marijuana seizures.

The Border Patrol is responsible for patrolling the 60 miles of land border shared with Mexico and 114 miles of coastal border. While marijuana seizures fell from the previous fiscal year, seizures of the other three drugs rose, according to DHS.

Smugglers also continue to ship drugs through California’s ports of entry, according to DHS figures for U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Field Operations. Seizures at California ports of entry accounted for 63 percent of the methamphetamine seized at ports of entry nationwide, as well as 39 percent of the heroin, 30 percent of the marijuana, and 12 percent of the cocaine.

The DHS figures also show that the Border Patrol’s San Diego sector apprehended 29,911 persons for illegal entry into the country out of 486,651 persons aprehended by the agency nationwide, or about 6.1 percent. This represents a 8.78 percent increase over fiscal 2013, but far lower than the 162,390 apprehensions in 2008, or the record of 628,370 apprehensions in 1986.

At ports of entry, CBP officers detained close to 33,000 immigration violators in fiscal 2014, the figures show.








A 50-year-old Elkhart man is being held in jail without bond after police say they found a methamphetamine lab in his car.

Police stopped a car driven by Robert Nelson in the area of Benham and Thorndale avenues for a traffic violation at 4:35 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, said Sgt. Chris Snyder of the Elkhart Police Department.Nelson-Robert

Officers smelled a strong chemical odor associated with the production of methamphetamine and got Nelson’s permission to search his vehicle.

During their search, the officers found a backpack in the car with smoke coming from it. A plastic bottle one-pot meth lab was inside the backpack, Snyder said.

The bottle was collected as evidence. The exact amount of methamphetamine in the bottle is unknown.

Nelson was booked at the Elkhart County Jail without bond.










New Zealand Customs and Police have intercepted 22.6 kilograms of methamphetamine hidden in the cargo of an international flight that arrived in New Zealand from Taiwan.

Detective Senior Sergeant Colin Parmenter from the Organized and Financial Crime Agency of New Zealand (OFCANZ) said the seizure which was code-named Operation Georgie took place on 5 December.

“This is the second largest border seizure in New Zealand history,” Mr Parmenter said. “We estimate the methamphetamine intercepted during Operation Georgie would have a street value of over $22 million.”

“In 2006 Police and Customs intercepted 95 kilograms of methamphetamine during a joint operation at Auckland Airport. This is our biggest border seizure since then.”

Customs Manager Investigations Maurice O’Brien said the sophisticated concealment method and large quantity of drugs found during Operation Georgie illustrate the risks organized criminal groups are willing to take in the hope of generating large profits.

“These criminals took a big risk and went to a lot of effort to try and smuggle the drugs undetected, but Customs’ officers and systems are alert to such shipments,” Mr O’Brien said.

“I’m pleased that a very large quantity of harmful drugs will not be for sale on our streets these holidays, and the criminal syndicate will have an unhappy Christmas.”

Detective Senior Sergeant Colin Parmenter said Police have arrested two Taiwanese nationals followed the termination of Operation Georgie.

The pair have been charged with importing methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine for supply. They have been remanded in custody and are due to reappear in Manukau District Court in April.

Mr Parmenter said Police and Customs will continue to work hard to reduce the harm that methamphetamine causes in New Zealand.

“We are working together to target the organized criminal groups that bring methamphetamine and the precursors used to manufacture methamphetamine into New Zealand,” Mr Parmenter said.

“Operation Georgie shows we have the capability to disrupt and dismantle these organized criminal groups.”









Comments Off on Crystal Smith, 33, arrested following Covington Methamphetamine lab explosion

COVINGTON, Ky. —Covington Police Chief Spike Jones said a suspect was arrested in connection with a meth lab explosion in Covington.Crystal-Smith-mug-jpg

Crystal Smith, 33, was arrested at a home on 19th Street near Glenn O. Swing Elementary School in Covington early Sunday, police said.

Jones said Covington firefighters had to put out a small fire after the explosion.

One person was taken to an area hospital with injuries, authorities said.

Police said Smith was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia possession. She is scheduled to be arraigned Monday morning on those charges.

Jones said members of the Drug Strike Task Force spent Monday dismantling the meth lab.








The Methamphetamine problem persists

Posted: 22nd December 2014 by Doc in Uncategorized
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A day rarely goes by without news of methamphetamine manufacture and use, and its harmful impact on individuals, families and communities.

Former champion jockey Lisa Cropp could spend up to three years on the sidelines after acknowledging her long-term addiction to the drug.

A wealthy Auckland businessman who chained up a woman and forced her to perform sex acts has been jailed for 15 years on several charges, some resulting from his providing methamphetamine to underage girls in return for sexual services.

These incidents this month sully the good news in a statement from Prime Minister John Key, who was cheered by a progress report on the Methamphetamine Action Plan. The plan, launched in 2009, aimed to crack down on precursors, break supply chains, provide better treatment services for addicts, support families and communities, and strengthen leadership and accountability.

At the launch Key foreshadowed several new laws to give authorities more powers to break drug supply chains by attacking the gangs and criminal organizations that make, supply and distribute P.

But Key’s press statement more ominously says the retail price of methamphetamine has remained stable since 2011, there has been a slight increase in police detainees reporting that purity levels are increasing, and detainees say there has been an increase in availability from 2013 to 2014.

The Global Commission on Drug Policy in 2011 reported that vast expenditures on criminalization and repressive measures directed at producers, traffickers and consumers of illegal drugs had clearly failed to effectively curtail supply or consumption. It recommended “experimentation” with decriminalization and the regulation of drugs to undermine the power of organized crime while safeguarding public health and security.

That sort of advice discomforts politicians. But after a five-year crackdown on P in this country we at least should be questioning how the full force of the Government’s arsenal most effectively can be deployed.








Queensland police are campaigning for national laws to protect residents from the toxic side effects of clandestine drug laboratories.

The state is Australia’s methamphetamine production capital, according to police, with more than 600 undercover drug operations uncovered in homes, rental properties and businesses over the past two years.4995408-16x9-940x529

Detective Acting Inspector Geoff Marsh, from Queensland police state drug command, said the illicit substances were being cooked using makeshift equipment and a toxic cocktail of chemicals.

“They’re made of acids [and] they’re made of bases like a caustic soda, hydrochloric acid, acetone, peroxide – all the chemicals that you’d normally associate with industrial cleaning are utilised in the production of methamphetamine,” he said.

Cleaners have long recognized the potentially deadly effects of these chemicals, and many are becoming certified to clean a property after police have finalized their investigation.

Methamphetamine contamination can linger for years

Jenny Boymal, from cleaning education company Jena Dyco, said without remediation, methamphetamine contamination could linger for years.

“The by-products of this chemical reaction don’t occur in natural life, so there’s no reason to put those chemicals together for any other purpose,” she said.

It’s not OK to say ‘I have been cooking meth in this property – I’m going to paint the walls and she’ll be right’, because it won’t be fine.  Jenny Boymal, professional cleaner

“There’s not a lot known about the toxins in the property, but they get into the walls, they get into the ceilings – they get into everything and then they just keep leaching out of plasterboards.

“It’s not OK to say ‘I have been cooking meth in this property – I’m going to paint the walls and she’ll be right’, because it won’t be fine.”

Ms Boymal said every lab was different.

“We’ve had customers who have gone in to do remediation and have lost track of thought for five seconds and had very minor contamination wearing full-face respirator, full suit, and been very sick afterwards,” she said.

“And that’s walking into the property doing a quick assessment and walking out.

“Living in the property – you can’t even imagine the level of contamination.”

Laws need to force owners to make buildings safe

National Crime and Corruption guidelines and Queensland Health guidelines specify property owners should make their building safe for future tenants, but Detective Acting Inspector Marsh said that was not being enforced.

“They are only guidelines, it’s not legislation,” he said.

If you look at the statistics, we’ve had over 300 meth labs for the last four years in a row. It would be a naive person to suggest that there are no houses out there that are contaminated.  Detective Acting Inspector Geoff Marsh

“An owner of a property has an obligation to ensure that the priority is safe and secure and free of any of these hazards or toxic chemicals, but as to how many are doing it, I don’t have those statistics.”

He said there was no obligation to disclose information about past meth labs when a house goes on the market or is re-tenanted, meaning people could be living in contaminated properties.

“If you look at the statistics, we’ve had over 300 meth labs for the last four years in a row,” he said.

“It would be a naive person to suggest that there are no houses out there that are contaminated.”

Property owners were encouraged to submit a swab to Queensland Health for testing after a property had been cleaned to ensure it was no longer contaminated.

However, although there were more than 260 labs uncovered in Queensland this year, only 50 swab tests were submitted.

No laws relate to meth lab properties: REIQ

Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ) chief executive officer Antonia Mercorella said the rules were not clear cut.

You want to be sure that you are not selling a property that would potentially result in someone falling ill or indeed some cases dying if someone were to move in and the proper remediation hadn’t occurred.  Antonia Mercorella, REIQ

“The law is not 100 per cent clear on this issue – there’s not a law that specifically relates to a property that has had a meth lab in it,” she said.

“Certainly our advice to real estate agents when they’re involved in selling a property that is stigmatized in some way … is that you should err on the side of caution and disclose it.

“Obviously you want to be sure that you are not selling a property that would potentially result in someone falling ill, or indeed in some cases dying, if someone were to move in and the proper remediation hadn’t occurred.”

But the push for regulation was growing from cleaners like Ms Boymal.

“Ideally every lab would be reported to the council, every council would ensure that no-one went into the property until it was remediated, and a hygienist had signed off on the property as being safe,” she said.

Detective Acting Inspector Marsh agreed.

“I think for the safety of anyone it makes common sense that we would have a process by which we can assure that the next tenant or people who move into a property, that that property is completely clean – and not just a visual clean, but clean of contamination and chemicals,” he said.








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NANTICOKE — A woman has been hit with a string of charges after police said they found items to make methamphetamine inside her home.cheryl meth

According to police, Cheryl Lee Kemper, 31 of Apollo Circle in Nanticoke, was taken in to custody on Saturday.

Officers said Kemper’s 13-year-old son was in the apartment and had to be taken to a hospital for treatment.








Comments Off on Thai maid, Miss Duangchit Khonthokhonbari, 33, gets death for Methamphetamine drug trafficking

SHAH ALAM: The High Court here sentenced a maid from Thailand to death after finding her guilty as charged for trafficking in Methamphetamine weighing 2.81kg at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang, last year (March 2013).p4%20short%20T_c1274132_141222_194

Judicial Commissioner Collin Lawrence Sequerah sentenced Miss Duangchit Khonthokhonbari, 33, to death after the defense failed to raise reasonable doubts on the charge.

Duangchit was detained for trafficking in drugs at the arrival hall of the KLIA, at about 9am in March 2013.

The prosecution called nine witnesses during the trial while the defense brought in one witness to testify throughout the trial.

Prosecution was led by Deputy Public Prosecutor Nazir Amin Johari while the accused was represented by Chong Joo Tian.








Comments Off on Brandy A. Burnett, 38, of Watertown, accused of possessing materials to make Methamphetamine

WATERTOWN — City police charged Brandy A. Burnett, 38, of 537 Olive St., Apt. 5, with third-degree unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine and seventh-degree possession of a controlled substance after she allegedly possessed several drug-making ingredients Friday.

Police said they found her with multiple chemical reagents associated with creating the drug on the 400 block of Factory Street. They also said she possessed a pill bottle containing a white powder that later tested as methamphetamine.

Charged at 10:45 a.m. Friday, she was held pending her arraignment in City Court.









Comments Off on John Duran, 36 allegedly started the fire that killed his 81-year-old father Candido Duran during 4-day Methamphetamine binge

john-duran-12172014SALEM, Ore. (AP) – A man accused of leaving his father to die in a Willamette Valley house fire has told investigators he was on a four-day methamphetamine binge, was convinced his father wanted to kill him, and started the fire.

The Marion County sheriff’s office released a probable cause affidavit Thursday in the case of 36-year-old John Anthony Duran, accused of manslaughter in the death early Wednesday of 81-year-old Candido Duran.

The Statesman Journal reports the younger Duran told investigators the fire began on a chair, he couldn’t put it out, and he fled. The sheriff’s office affidavit also says the son had second thoughts as he heard his father’s voice and turned back, but he couldn’t find his father in the smoke.jefferson-fatal-fire-12172014

John Duran made an initial court appearance Thursday and did not enter a plea. Neither of his lawyers was immediately reachable by phone for comment late Friday afternoon.









Comments Off on Dorian R. Estes, 32, of Columbia arrested for Methamphetamine, child endangerment

COLUMBIA– Two Columbia residents were arrested Friday afternoon after the Boone County Sheriff’s Department received a complaint of a subject using methamphetamine in the presence of children.

Deputies found a small quantity of methamphetamine and methamphetamine paraphernalia on the 6000 block of South Katy St. in Columbia after starting an investigation and receiving a search warrant at 3 p.m. Friday.

Dorian R. Estes, 32, of Columbia was arrested on two counts of possession of a controlled substance and three counts of first-degree endangering the welfare of a child. Estes was out of jail on bond for a previous arrest for possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute.

Casey L. Cheek, 29, of Columbia, who was visiting the residence during the time of the search warrant, also was arrested on an outstanding warrant for failure to appear for traffic violations.

Estes was booked in the Boone County Jail on a $13,500 bond for endangering the welfare of a child and $9,000 bond for possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute. Cheek was held on a $324 bond. Both were released after posting bond.






Comments Off on Pamela Klonowski, 41, Donald Hill, 51, Darrell Latora, 45, and Daniel Brown, 46, held after deputies shut down Methamphetamine lab near West Palm Beach

Four people were arrested Thursday after deputies shut down a meth lab situated inside a home near West Palm Beach, authorities said.fl-west-palm-meth-bust-20141219-001

And helping deputies piece their case together against two suspects were their purchases of over-the-counter decongestant in recent weeks.

Darrell Latora, 45, had been freed from jail in August after his arrest on drug manufacturing charges.

And deputies closely watched him and Pamela Klonowski, 41, after both bought Sudafed from pharmacies in West Palm Beach and Palm Springs.

Officials said the decongestant contains pseudoephedrine, a drug commonly used to make methamphetamine. And meth manufacturers typically rely on several people to buy pseudoephedrine, because federal laws ban people from buying more than nine grams of the drug within a 30-day span, deputies said.

Deputies found Klonowski’s Chevrolet sedan parked about a mile away in the driveway of Latora’s home in the 4800 block of Canal Road.

Deputies said they noticed a “chemical odor” wafting from the home, a common sign of a meth house, leading deputies to check the house’s trash several days later.

In the trash, they found a stripped battery part, aluminum foil, a supermarket receipt for Sudafed, among other items commonly used to make meth.

The garbage, combined with the Sudafed purchases, led to an eventual search warrant, executed by the Sheriff’s SWAT team on Thursday.

But before deputies moved in, they noticed two men on bikes riding away from the home to a wooded area with bags.

Deputies followed them and said one of the men, Daniel Brown, 46, who has no fixed address, was trying to cover himself with branches. Found with Brown was Donald Hill, 51, of West Palm Beach, who had a red backpack with a portable stove, a container with a white powder, a mason jar with tubing and other items.

When the SWAT team entered the house, it was mostly empty because the homeowner evicted the residents. The homeowner had given them until 5 p.m. Thursday to vacate the premises.

The four were arrested Thursday. Klonowski, Latora, and Brown face amphetamine manufacture, drug production and drug possession charges. Hill faces synthetic narcotic manufacturing and drug paraphernalia possession charges,

Latora was held in lieu of $110,000 bail, Klonowski was held in lieu of $12,000 bail, Hill was held in lieu of $3,000 bail and Brown was held in lieu of $13,000 bail.








Comments Off on Eight Mexican Cartel Operatives Ran Atlanta Methamphetamine Ring

Eight operatives of a Mexican drug cartel were sentenced to U.S. federal prison for their role in running a Methamphetamine distribution ring in Atlanta, Georgia.

Court records don’t specify which drug cartel the group belonged to, but most of the members were Mexican nationals. The group often spoke with a Mexican drug trafficker identified in court documents as “El Licenciado”, court records obtained by Breitbart Texas show.Screen-Shot-2014-12-20-at-11_05_39-AM

The case began in early 2012 when federal agents with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration began looking into a methamphetamine manufacturing and distribution network that had been set up by 40-year-old Candido “Primo” Ortuno Alvear. The agents set up a wiretapping operation in order to identify the members of the network and their operations. The group would get their supplies from Mexico and manufacture the methamphetamine in Atlanta which they would also distribute locally. During one of the raids federal agents not only seized drugs but also a handgun.

Throughout 2013 and 2014, all eight members of the cell plead guilty to drug conspiracy and other drug charges.

“These defendants thought that their drug trafficking operations would go unnoticed in Clayton County neighborhoods,” said U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates. “They were wrong. Due to the outstanding efforts of DEA agents and their local law enforcement partners, these traffickers are off our streets and headed to federal prison.”

During a sentencing hearing, before U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg 40-year-old Candido “Primo” Ortuno Alvear the group’s de-facto leader received a sentence of 21 years and 10 months in prison. Victor “Pelon” Otruno Penaloza, Ortuno’s son and a lieutenant within the cartel cell was sentenced to nine years and eight months in prison.

Other members of the group also received federal sentences.

  • Vicente “Chivo” Arana Galvan, 44, the brother in law of Ortuno Alvear was sentenced to 10 years and eight months in prison.
  • Tomas “Tomato” Sanchez, 27, Ortuno’s cousin and main distributor received a 12 years and seven months prison sentence.
  • Pablo Maldonado, 30, was sentenced to nine years in prison.
  • Octavio Cruz Alvar, 29, was sentenced to six years and six months in prison
  • Robert Dale Penland, 55, was sentenced to eight years and five months in prison.
  • Alonso “Chicola” Rivera, 31, will spend 10 years in prison.








Comments Off on 911 call leads police to suspected Methamphetamine lab in Nanticoke; Cheryl Lee Kemper, 31, arrested

NANTICOKE — Police say a woman calling 911 to report she’d overdosed on drugs Saturday led officers to a suspected meth lab in her Apollo Circle apartment.

Cheryl Lee Kemper, 31, of Nanticoke, told Luzerne County 911 Saturday afternoon she had taken too much “meth,” had a chemical burn on her arm, could see a blood clot moving in her arm and her 13-year-old son was experiencing shortness of breath, according to a criminal complaint.

Responding officers immediately noticed an odor of chemicals upon entering the residence, police say, and so removed both Kemper and her son from the apartment.

Police say the odor, which could be smelled from a “considerable distance,” was characteristic of the process of manufacturing methamphetamine, causing irritation of the eyes, skin and throat. In Kemper’s bedroom, the complaint says, police located two funnels with white residue, a measuring cup with residue, hypodermic needle caps, filter material and a 2-liter bottle containing white solids and other moist materials.

A state police Clandestine Laboratory Response Team removed these materials from the apartment along with Coleman fuel, pseudoephedrine and other bi-products and precursor materials for methamphetamine, police say.

When questioned, Kemper allegedly told police she allowed her friend to cook meth in her apartment and also purchased some of the necessary materials in exchange for quantities of the finished product.

Kemper and her son were both transported to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center. Luzerne County Children and Youth Services were contacted and responded to the hospital.

According to the complaint, Kemper said at least three other people and her two children were present during the manufacturing process.

The complaint says Kemper was charged with possession of precursor chemicals with intent to manufacture a controlled substance, manufacture of methamphetamine in a structure with a child under 18 present, five counts of conspiracy, one count of possession of a controlled substance, one count of possession of drug paraphernalia, a single count of possession with intent to deliver and one count of endangering the welfare of children.

Court records indicate she was scheduled for arraignment at 8:30 p.m. before District Judge James M. Dixon, and was held at Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $75,000 bail.








Comments Off on Christy Ai Nguyen, Carlos Urbano-Lopez, and Elias Guadalupe Martinez arrested after police, feds find 32 pounds of Methamphetamine in Lawrenceville

LAWRENCEVILLE — Local and federal authorities arrested three people Thursday after allegedly finding 32 pounds of liquid methamphetamine inside a Lawrenceville home.  web1_1220_GDP_christy_nguyen_t670

Online records showed Carlos Urbano-Lopez, Elias Guadalupe Martinez and Christy Ai Nguyen were booked into the Gwinnett County jail around 9:30 p.m. Thursday, each charged with a single count of trafficking in methamphetamine.

The Gwinnett County Police Department was listed as the arresting agency for Urbano-Lopez, who is a Lawrenceville resident. The federal Drug Enforcement Administration was listed as the arresting agency for Martinez and Nguyen, who are both residents of Texas.

Few details were available regarding the case, but arrest warrants accused all three suspects of “knowingly taking possession of approximately 32 pounds of liquid methamphetamine” at an address on Cruse Road in Lawrenceville.


The minimum threshold for meth trafficking charges to be filed is 400 grams, which is less than one pound.

A DEA spokesman said Friday he could not comment on or provide details about the case because the investigation was ongoing. A Gwinnett County police spokesman also said that he had no information regarding the arrests.

All three suspects are being held at the Gwinnett County jail without bond.







Comments Off on Sarasota sheriff’s detectives seize nearly two pounds of Methamphetamine, $5,300 cash; Kayla Masek, 23, Jack Courtney, 24, and Timothy Matthews, 46, arrested

SARASOTA — Detectives intercepted almost two pounds of methamphetamine valued at about $80,000 on the street, seized more than $5,300 in cash and made three arrests, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office.1bGcLC_AuSt_69

Timothy Matthews, 46, on Thursday was charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, trafficking in a controlled substance (Dilaudid), possession of cannabis with intent to distribute, possession of a controlled substance (morphine) possession of a controlled substance (Clonazepam) and violation of probation.


Jack Courtney, 24, was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of heroin, possession of cannabis, possession of drug paraphernalia and violation of probation.

Kayla Masek, 23, was charged with being principal to trafficking in methamphetamine and principal to possession of cannabis with intent to sell.

Detectives were able to make the interception on Thursday after learning a package of methamphetamine was being delivered to an unknown location in Venice, according to a news release. The delivery address was determined to be in the 400 block of Briarwood Road.

When detectives executed a search warrant at the home they located a package containing 457 grams of methamphetamine and 451 grams of cannabis, the report said. Detectives also found smaller quantities of methamphetamine and prescription medication in the house.


After learning there were more drugs at a storage facility in Sarasota, detectives seized an additional 361 grams of methamphetamine.

All three have been arrested multiple times in Sarasota County.

Courtney is on probation under the Department of Corrections for a battery conviction.

Matthews is a violent felony offender and was on probation under the Department of Corrections for a possession of a firearm and/or ammunition conviction.

This investigation is still ongoing and there are additional charges pending.






FAIRBANKS — A North Pole woman faces 11 criminal charges after she allegedly passed out in her car in front of Chena Hot Springs Gas on Monday morning.

Carey Lynn Benson, 39, of North Pole, was charged with driving under the influence, driving with license revoked or suspended, second-degree weapons misconduct, third-degree weapons misconduct, fourth-degree weapons misconduct, fifth-degree weapons misconduct, third-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, sixth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, three counts of violating conditions of release and improper use of evidence of registration after the gas station clerk called troopers to report a woman passed out in a 1996 Monte Carlo.

Troopers found Benson asleep behind the wheel with the keys in the ignition but the engine off, according to charging documents. Troopers knocked on the window for more than two minutes, but Benson would not wake up. Troopers entered the vehicle to ensure Benson was not having a medical emergency. When she woke up, Benson said she didn’t know where she was or how she got there. Troopers found a pistol in a holster Benson wore on her calf. A second pistol was subsequently found in her possession.

Benson repeatedly fell asleep as she was being driven to jail, prompting troopers to pull over and check on her because she was slumped over. At one point, she woke up and didn’t know she was in a police car and did not understand why she was being arrested, according to charging documents.

The store clerk told troopers Benson drove into the parking lot between 5:05 and 5:10 a.m. The clerk said Benson drove in the wrong lane when pulling in and she never got out of the car. The clerk watched Benson through the glass and saw her head nodding before she passed out. The clerk called troopers about an hour after Benson arrived at the gas station.

A search of Benson’s car and belongings was conducted based on the fact that Benson was violating the conditions of release for several previous cases.

A metal box containing heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana was found in Benson’s purse. Benson’s breath-alcohol content was measured at 0.00.

A drug recognition expert determined Benson was under the influence of a narcotic analgesic and a central nervous system stimulant and unable to safely operate a motor vehicle.

The vehicle registration tabs on Benson’s license plates were found to be for a 1997 green Dodge, not the 1996 Chevrolet Monte Carlo she was driving.

Benson’s conditions of release stem from a previous drugs misconduct charge and a DUI.

The drugs in Benson’s purse were weighed and found to total 9.5 grams of heroin, 2 grams of methamphetamine and 7.5 grams of marijuana. A digital scale and more than 100 small plastic baggies were also found.






Comments Off on Dallas seeks to shutter Jaguars dance club; Two teenage girls died from Methamphetamine overdoses

The city hopes to shut down a northwest Dallas dance club after 15 people were indicted last week on selling drugs there and two teenage patrons died from overdoses.

In their request for an injunction, city attorneys say those deaths sparked a five-month investigation at Jaguars all-nude club and Eternal Eden, an 18-and-up after-hours dance club inside the strip club.

“Undercover detectives found that Jaguars was actively marketing to the youngest possible club goers,” the city said in court documents filed Wednesday in Dallas County, “and deliberately promoting a club environment where illegal drugs were sold and used openly and blatantly throughout the night.”

The city wants Jaguars, off Stemmons Freeway and Royal Lane, classified as a “common nuisance” and closed for a year, the maximum time allowed under the state’s health and safety code.

On Monday, the city revoked Jaguars’ sexually oriented business license. The club’s owners and attorney have 10 days to appeal.

Attempts to reach Jaguars’ attorney, Roger Albright, were unsuccessful.

The city alleges that drugs sold at Jaguars and Eternal Eden have been linked to the deaths of two teenagers.

KDFW-TV (Channel 4) reported in September that 19-year-old Brittany Nemeth of White Settlement overdosed on methamphetamine and ecstasy after a night out with friends at Jaguars. The city didn’t identify the other overdose victim.

Last week, a federal drug investigation linked to the club resulted in the indictment of 15 people, including 23-year-old Hunter Lee Foster, the boyfriend of missing Fort Worth woman Christina Morris.

City attorneys say undercover detectives “easily and routinely” bought cocaine, methamphetamine, Xanax, marijuana and ecstasy 51 times since July at Jaguars.

Most of those arrested and indicted are in their late teens and 20s and were either “VIP customers or Jaguar employees,” according to the city’s complaint.

An injunction hearing is expected to take place early in the new year.









Comments Off on 1,176 grams of Methamphetamine found at Surry County home; Megan Barrier, 20, of Cana, Va., Brian Regn, 59, the homeowner, and Jack Jackson Jr., 35, of Mount Airy, arrested

DOBSON, N.C. — The Surry County Sheriff’s Office found a methamphetamine lab in a home in the Copeland community.

When officers entered the home  located at 139 Coachlight Lane, they found three people cooking a batch of methamphetamine.meth-heads1

Brian Regn, 59, the homeowner, Jack Jackson Jr., 35, of Mount Airy, and Megan Barrier, 20, of Cana, Va., were arrested  while officers searched the home.

Officers found 1,176 grams of methamphetamine, chemicals used to produce the drug, plastic containers used for the cooking process, smoking devices and hypodermic needles.

All three face methamphetamine related charges. Regn and Jackson are being held on $750,000 bond and Barrier is being held on a $5,000 bond.

The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation Clandestine Lab Team was called in to assist with collecting evidence from the home.








Comments Off on Melissa Atkins Meredith, 39, of Dobson, charged in Surry County Methamphetamine investigation

SURRY COUNTY, N.C. — A woman is in custody following a methamphetamine bust in Surry County.methlady

Melissa Atkins Meredith, 39, of Dobson, faces several drug charges as well as possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

The Surry County Sheriff’s Office arrested Meredith after an investigation into methamphetamine sales in the Dobson area.

Officers uncovered methamphetamine purchases from Meredith at her residence in the 100 block of King Fisher Way.

Prior to her arrest, narcotics officers searched Meredith’s residence and located a .22 caliber rifle, a small quantity of methamphetamine, various types of pills, digital scales, packaging material, smoking pipes and hypodermic needles.

Meredith was placed under a $150,000 secured bond.