Authorities were searching his home as part of an investigation into funds missing from the Legion headquarters.

A former American Legion official has been charged with methamphetamine possession after the illegal drug was found during a search of his home.

David Austin Kellerman, 43, is facing a felony drug count and a misdemeanor drug paraphernalia count.


State and federal authorities searched his house in Mustang Tuesday morning and arrested Kellerman after finding baggies of crystal methamphetamine and a glass pipe. He was charged in Canadian County District Court.

Kellerman has been under investigation for months because hundreds of thousands of dollars are missing from the American Legion operations in Oklahoma.

Investigators Tuesday were looking for evidence of embezzlement, knowingly concealing stolen property, fraud, money laundering, illegal gambling and drug offenses, according to court records on the search.

“Kellerman admitted the baggies with crystal methamphetamine and glass pipe were his,” a U.S. Homeland Security Department special agent, Eric Coburn, reported in the arrest affidavit.

Kellerman was the state adjutant from September 2003 to December 2011, court records show. The paid position has been described as similar to a chief executive officer of a company.

He remained active in the Legion in 2012 and 2013, serving as an assistant to his successors.

No one has been charged yet over the missing funds.

National officials of the American Legion voted to take over the Oklahoma operations in March because of the missing money. The national officials ousted or fired all the state Legion officials.

National officials have estimated the financial losses in Oklahoma could be as much as $500,000 to $1 million.

Legal problems

Kellerman already faces a felony charge over missing rifles.

He was charged in January with taking ceremonial World War I and World War II rifles from Legion posts and selling them.

Kellerman is on probation for a 2012 marijuana offense. His attorney in 2012 said he is a veteran being treated for post-traumatic stress disorder.

His current attorney, Scott Adams, declined Wednesday to comment about the newest charge.




PHARR, Texas – A routine stop at the Hidalgo international bridge on Saturday results in the arrest of a man from the city of Pharr.

An unidentified 20 year old male behind the wheel of a red ford f-150 was questioned by CBP officers and then directed to secondary inspection upon inspection.

Authorities uncovered 21.60 pounds of methamphetamine worth almost 700 thousand dollars. The man was arrested and handed over to the department of homeland security for further investigation.




A meth seizure conducted by field operation officers at the Hidalgo bridge. According authorities, one man tried to smuggle more than half a million dollars in methamphetamine across the border.
The narcotics were concealed within a brown 2002 ford Windstar driven by a man from Lake Worth, Florida.
CBP seized 14 packages of meth which weighed approximately 16.58 pounds. The alleged smuggler was arrested and turned over to homeland security investigations, along with the meth valued at 531 thousand dollars.





The Iranian government seized its first set of production facilities right around the time that AMC aired its very first episode of Breaking Bad, a show about a struggling chemistry teacher who uses his scientific know-how to create the purest methamphetamine ever made and slowly rises to the head of a meth distribution syndicate. In Iran, discretionary use of heroine was at its peek before sheesheh (Farsi for “glass”) made its way into the scene in 2008. Use quickly spread like wildfire, from housewives wanting to shed a few pounds (meth suppresses appetite), to students with an upcoming final (short term effects increase concentration), to underground party-goers seeking a good high.

The suppliers found it less risky to produce and distribute. With sheesheh, unlike plant based drugs (like cocaine and heroine), there are no crops to grow, and no Afghani smugglers to deal with. Crystal meth is synthetic. A meth lab can be anywhere. All one needs is a room and a few supplies. Thus production facilities are cheaply made, easily controlled and, more importantly, easily abandoned.

By 2010, Iranian meth manufacturing operations expanded to Japan, Malaysia and Thailand. By 2012, Iran was the world’s fourth highest importer of pseudoephedrine (the main ingredient in the production of crystal meth). Now, over a half a million Tehranis between the ages of 15 and 45 have reported using sheesheh at least once.

When it comes to the Iranian drug scene, the problem is not just how widespread it is, but also the limitations of available protections. “The younger generation is more involved in underground parties and usage of drugs,” say “Termeh” and “Giti,” who asked their real names be withheld from this piece. This Iranian daughter and mother who live in the United States but spend a great deal of time in Iran spoke anecdotally about the Iran drug scene. Termeh explained that when things go wrong at parties, for example, “if a young girl is raped while high at a party,” even if she is severely injured from her assault, there is little recourse. “She’d have to admit to being at the party, and being high.” The penalties for such infractions are so severe that she, or her family, are likely to keep everything discrete.

Termeh expressed concern not just with the usage of crystal meth, but heroine, opium (“everyone smokes opium”), steroids, and even the illegal alcohol. “If they don’t buy (alcohol) they make their own alcohol which is not safe because if you don’t use the right chemistry you can end up with a failed liver or go blind. There are so many medical risks.” Termeh’s mother, Giti, chimed in with grave concerns about the youth in Iran. “It’s fine for the first six months (of meth and steroid use), but then they behave like animals.”

Termeh and Gita, however, were clear that this problem is not hidden. “The doctors are warning every about it, and its in the magazines!” said Gita.

Indeed, despite the minimal protections for victims of drug use and the Islamic Republic’s typical manner of glossing over their domestic problems, Iran spends approximately one billion dollars per year on anti-drug operations. Since 1979, Iran’s war against drugs has cost more than mere dollars – almost 4,000 Iranian law enforcement personnel have been killed in the country’s battle against the drug trade. And of course, punishments of prosecuted manufacturers and distributors are severe. According to the Iranian interior minister, Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli, nearly 80% of prosecuted traffickers are given the death penalty.

Given the rise of drug use, however, these measures are clearly not very effective. In fact, the same severe and repressive regime killing drug dealers with impunity is the very same one from which drug users want to escape, even if through a temporary high.





A Crime Watch in Lansing– where our cameras caught two people trying to dump evidence of a meth lab, according to police.

The Tri-County Metro Narcotics Squad tells us the man and woman are suspected of making meth while staying at the Magnusson Hotel on the city’s south side.

Officers recovered meth ingredients and three-to-four grams of the finished product. The man and woman were arrested on existing warrants and will face charges for meth possession and production.


A two car crash leads to the arrest of a western Kentucky woman on several charges including meth.

Kentucky State Police arrest 24-year-old Julia Eberle after a car crash just south of Greenville.

Julia Eberle (Muhlenberg County Jail)


Troopers say Eberle tried to pass a car on KY 189 but wound up hitting the other car and spinning out. No one was hurt.

However, Eberle ran away from the scene and was found behind a nearby church. Turns out she had a warrant for her arrest.

Eberle is facing DUI, possession of meth, another controlled substance among a long list of charges.







PRYOR, OK — It was 3:30 a.m., Sunday when Pryor Police Officers were dispatched to an active methamphetamine lab at Twin Villa Apartments.

“We were originally called out there because of a disturbance, a vehicle leaving the apartments with tires squealing and all that, and report of smoke and a strong chemical odor in an apartment,” said Pryor Detective Chuck Ward. “The reporting party said the smoke and chemical odor were so strong they were making him sick.

The vehicle that fled the apartment, driven by Jason Beaver, was pulled over by Mayes County Sheriff’s Deputies and Beaver was arrested for driving under suspension. Beaver was booked into the Mayes County Jail.

Officers Doug Barham and Tommy Parker approached apartment B-240.

“The officers secured the apartment and removed two men from the building for their own safety,” said Ward.

Travis Puthoff and Jeffery Widener were both inside the residence when officers arrived.

“”While searching the apartment, Travis Puthoff asked to speak with me outside the apartment privately. Upon walking outside the apartment, Puthoff stated that he wanted to cooperate with us and stated that he, Beaver, and Widener, were in fact manufacturing methamphetamine prior to our arrival,” according to the probable cause affidavit.

Puthoff allegedly told officers the lab was broken down and dispersed throughout the apartment when not in use.

“Puthoff pulled out a black Dewalt tool case which contained a pill grinder and remnants of ground pseudoephedrine, one white unlabeled bottle that contained empty cold packs, crystal drain cleaner, one jug of muriatic acid, one small clear plastic bottle with Coleman fuel,” according to the affidavit. Underneath Widener’s bed Puthoff retrieved a glass Pyrex dish and a plate containing marijuana and rolling papers.

Puthoff then led officers to the bathroom and told them if they lifted the boards underneath the bathroom sink they would locate additional components, including one bottle of drain cleaner. In another bedroom of the apartment officers found white coffee filters containing meth and a two liter “Dr. Thunder” bottle being used as a main vessel.

The bottle was still smoking and active according to police.

Officers dismantled the lab for transport away from the property.

“It puts a lot of other people at risk when they do this in an apartment building,” said Ward. “These labs are very volatile and could explode or spark a fire at any time. They could have started a fire in the middle of an apartment building in the middle of the night.”

In order to clean up the lab, officers and other emergency workers have to don protective clothing, including a self-contained breathing apparatus, with the fire department on stand by.

Ward said in dismantling a lab, the bottle considered the reaction vessel is doused with motor oil, which diffuses it, lowering the flash point. Hoses to the second bottle, the gasser bottle, are tied off, which stops gas production. Both are then packaged in industrial plastic buckets for safe transport away from the scene.

Beaver, Widener and Puthoff have each been charged with manufacturing a controlled dangerous substance within 2,000 feet of a school. They appeared in Mayes County District Court before Judge Rebecca Gore Monday. Gore said the charges can carry from seven years to life in prison. Bond was set at $150,000 each.



PICKENS, S.C. (AP) – The spread of methamphetamine and the resulting increase in arrests means that a South Carolina county jail is packed with twice the number of inmates than its Corrections Department-rated capacity.

The Greenville News reports ( ) that dramatic overcrowding at the Pickens County jail is leading to increased violence and limiting the ability of sheriff’s deputies to do their job.

The facility is rated by the state Corrections Department to house 93 inmates. Jail administrator Capt. Keith Galloway says the population has averaged more than 200 for over a year.

Sheriff Rick Clark says the large majority of the jail’s inmates are awaiting trial for anything from drug charges to violent crimes. He says the crowding limits the ability to plan operations that could result in many arrests.





Two drug arrests in Steele County in just a matter of days should give us all pause.

In the first, a Nebraska couple was stopped on Interstate 35 between Geneva and Ellendale last Friday and found to be possessing about 20 pounds of methamphetamine, according to the criminal complaint against them.

In the second case, an Owatonna man was charged Monday after he sold methamphetamine to an undercover agent with the South Central Drug Investigation Unit, according to his criminal complaint.

Though we don’t presume to judge their innocence or guilt — that’s for the criminal justice system to decide — we do know that the arrests, if substantiated in a court of law, should make us all concerned, for they suggest that the scourge of methamphetamine has definitely returned to Minnesota with a vengeance.

It doesn’t take much to realize the danger of meth. Just pop on the Internet and look at the physical devastation that meth inflicts on users in a year or so — sometimes just in a matter of months — and you will see how dangerous of a drug it is. Or just read a list of its ingredients — ingredients such as battery acid, antifreeze or drain cleaner.

Clearly, this is a dangerous drug.

In the early to mid-2000s, Minnesota did well in cracking down on meth labs through both its increased enforcement and legislation that made it more difficult to obtain some of the essential ingredients for manufacturing — or “cooking” — the drug. And for a while, it worked.

That’s when the dealers found another way of securing and selling the product — importing it from outside. And no doubt about it, it’s coming back.

Take, for example, the second case mentioned above. The amount that the man was said to have sold to the undercover agent — 7.8 grams — is not much in the drug world. Even so, with an average dose or “hit” of the drug being about ¼ gram, that means that that sale would be more than 31 hits of the drug.

Quite a bit.

Now do the math in the first case. With a street value of more than $900,000, those 20 pounds of meth would be about 9,072 grams of the drug, or about 36,287 hits. Coincidentally, that’s almost exactly the number of people who live in Steele County — 36,322 — according to the 2012 Census estimate.

These numbers should frighten any Minnesota who knows the effects of methamphetamine and should compel us all to press for even tougher laws and enforcement.

OTTUMWA – 2008 OHS Homecoming King, and current Tasty Burrito owner, Jose Guadalupe Inocencio is behind bars after police executed multiple search warrants. Preliminary findings estimate that sixty-one pounds of marijuana, five pounds of methamphetamine and a large amount of synthetic cannabinoids were seized by law enforcement Monday night and well-into Tuesday morning. According to Ottumwa Police Chief Tom McAndrew, Inocencio was arrested in connection with the confiscated drugs.

Jose Guadalupe Inocencio

“We did search warrants at five different locations, beginning yesterday afternoon and concluding at approximately 8 a.m. today,” said McAndrew.

Inocencio was arrested and charged with Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine, Possession with Intent to Distribute and Tax Stamp violations.

This is not the first time Inocencio has been arrested on drug charges. He was also arrested on May 8, 2009 and charged with Conspiracy to Deliver Marijuana and Failure to File the Required Drug Tax Stamp, both Class D felonies. He served prison time for those charges.

When asked if the Tasty Burrito restaurant was a drug front, McAndrew declined to comment.

“I wouldn’t comment on that, but we did execute a search warrant at the Tasty Burrito,” said McAndrew.

Tasty Burrito is still open for business, as of 3:20 p.m. Tuesday.
Two others were arrested in conjunction with the executed search warrants. To read about their charges, click here.

“This is a big case. If you start looking at the prices that methamphetamine is selling at right now, $100 gram, that will tell you about how much money we’re talking about,” said McAndrew.

There are 453 grams in a pound. Therefore, if five pounds of methamphetamine was sold for $100 a gram, the total value of the meth would be $226,500. Marijuana prices, however, are more subject to change.

“That varies a lot, on cost…. It could be sold anywhere from $1,000 to $5,000 a pound,” said McAndrew.

McAndrew is proud of all who worked tirelessly on this case and is glad they made the streets cleaner.

“It’s good to have this amount of drugs removed from the street. It makes it less available to users in our community,” said McAndrew.

The Ottumwa Police Department was assisted by the Wapello County Sheriff’s Department, The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Division of Narcotics Enforcement (DNE), the Oskaloosa Police Department and the Drug Task Force.




A 30-year-old Summerside woman has been sentenced to three years in a federal correctional centre on drug charges.

Joanne Leslie Doucette was sentenced today in provincial court to serve three years for possession of cocaine for the purposes of trafficking.

She was sentenced to a further three years for possession of methamphetamine for the purposes of trafficking.

A second charge of possession of methamphetamine for the purposes of trafficking also brought a sentence of three years.

All three sentences will be served concurrently.

Two of the three charges relate to drugs Doucette brought into the provincial correctional centre.




PANAMA CITY — A Southport woman charged with DUI manslaughter pleaded not guilty Tuesday to concealing methamphetamine in a body cavity while in custody at the Bay County Jail.


Jail guards received information Jessica Finch, 26, possessed methamphetamine while in their custody May 5. During their search, Bay County Jail guards allegedly found two baggies containing crystal methamphetamine hidden in a hollowed out deodorant bottle and sealed in a latex glove in one of Finch’s body cavities, according to court records.

Finch waived her right to a speedy trial and pleaded not guilty to the possession charge Tuesday during her arraignment.

The incident will be added to the two separate cases involving methamphetamine to which Finch has pleaded not guilty — including a wreck involving a death that investigators claim was caused by methamphetamine use.

Investigators with the Florida Highway Patrol were able to identify the bloodied faces of Finch and her 27-yearold passenger, Justin Collins, through the agency’s driver database. Finch and Collins were involved in a single-car crash with a tree on County 2301 at about 4 p.m. in June 2013. Finch was critically injured and Collins died of his injuries after arriving at the hospital.

Finch was arrested in January after deputies searched her Southport home and allegedly found enough methamphetamine to charge her with a distribution charge. A few weeks later, on Feb. 13, FHP got a warrant for Finch’s arrest after blood test results showed she had methamphetamine and amphetamine in her system at the time of the crash, according to the arrest report.

Finch’s bonds for outstanding charges, totaling $64,000, were revoked following her latest charge.

Prosecutor Bob Sombathy will be trying the case if Finch opts to go to trial in August.

A registered sex offender pleaded guilty to a charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor after smoking methamphetamine with an underage runaway.

Craig A. Dorn, 42, appeared in Gage County Court Tuesday for the class 1 misdemeanor charge stemming from the April incident, which involved a 16-year-old girl.


Court documents state that Dorn picked up the juvenile, who is from the Crete area, in Lincoln and drove her to Stagecoach Lake near Hallam where they both smoked methamphetamine.

Before going to the Beatrice residence, Dorn received a call from Beatrice Police officers regarding a different case concerning a shoplifting charge.

Documents state he dropped the minor off at Burger King while he went to meet officers and picked her up after.

While at the Police Department, Dorn asked officers if he could get leniency for bringing in a runaway child and was told that decision would be up to the county attorney.

Court documents state Dorn indicated it was his intent to take the minor to his house that night to use as leverage when speaking with the Gage County Attorney’s Office.

A Gage County Sheriff’s deputy and Beatrice Police officer went to the residence and could see the juvenile identified as a runaway through a window.

A press release stated that during post arrest interviews, both Dorn and the juvenile admitted to smoking methamphetamine together. Dorn also admitted to driving with the juvenile as a passenger after smoking methamphetamine and knowing the juvenile was a runaway.

Court documents state Dorn was sentenced to 60 months probation in September 2010 for possession of child pornography.

Dorn was arrested in August 2013 when officers found several pill bottles in his home during a routine search following a shoplifting conviction in Lancaster County.

He was again arrested in December for possession of methamphetamine after the vehicle he was a passenger in was pulled over for having expired license plates.

Dorn also entered a guilty plea in a separate theft case. He’s scheduled to be sentenced in both cases June 30.




A man was injured and an infant is missing after a methamphetamine lab exploded in a Richland County home Tuesday morning, according to law enforcement.

Richland County Sheriff’s deputies are looking for two suspects and think the two might have the 3-month-old baby with them. The suspects are driving a silver four-door Pontiac, according to deputies.

The meth lab exploded around 8 a.m. in a home in Alpine Regency Mobile Home Park on Alpine Road. Sgt. Curtis Wilson said deputies called to the scene determined the explosion was caused by meth and that three men drove away from the home with the infant after the explosion.

One of those men, the child’s father, was injured in the explosion. The other men dropped him off at a local hospital, where he was arrested. His name has not yet been released.

Wilson said investigators do not know whether the child also was injured in the explosion.




NEWTON, N.C. — Police in Newton were following up on leads in a rape investigation when they found methamphetamine precursors and heroin, officials say.

Around 4 a.m. Monday, Newton Police responded to a reported rape in the 2300 block of North Anderson Avenue. The victim told officers she’d been raped by a person known to her at the reported location, then went to an apartment nearby to call police.

Officers went to the address of the accused suspect while the victim was taken to the hospital by EMS for examination.

When officers arrived at the alleged location of the rape, they encountered the accused suspect, 69-year-old Troy Daniel Hamilton, and the renter of the residence, 38-year-old Christopher Lee Killian.

While speaking with Hamilton and Killian, Newton Police say they found a large amount of what they believed to be methamphetamine. They received permission to search the home and requested the assistance of the department’s narcotics team.

Narcotics officers searched the house and surrounding outbuildings and found several meth precursors and four “units” of heroin.

All of the drugs and precursors were seized.

The investigation into both incidents is ongoing, police say.

At this time, no arrests have been made.




A Tribesman gang member, a Highway 61 associate and a Mongrel Mob associate have been arrested following a year long drug investigation into the methamphetamine trade in the Wellington region.

Detective Senior Sergeant Chris Moore from the Organised Financial Crime Agency of New Zealand (OFCANZ) says in total seven people were arrested this morning during the termination of Operation Fantail.

“This morning Police executed 16 search warrants in Wellington City, Auckland City, Porirua and Masterton,” Mr Moore said. “This was the culmination of a year long operation involving staff from OFCANZ, Wellington District and specialist tactical groups.”

Mr Moore said a patched Tribesman member, a Mongrel Mob associate and a Highway 61 associate were among those arrested.

“The termination of Operation Fantail shows that rival gang members are actively co-operating in the sale and supply of methamphetamine within the Wellington District and lower North Island.”

“During Operation Fantail we have recovered 150 grams of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of up to $150,000.”

In addition cash and assets with a value of up to $50,000 have been seized and will be restrained. This includes a Chevrolet corvette car, a Harley Davidson motorcycle, and a Toyota Altezza.

“Operation Fantail sends another powerful message to the criminal community that Police will use every legal avenue at our disposal to target organised crime in New Zealand,” Mr Moore said.

The seven suspects arrested this morning are due to appear in the Wellington, Masterton and Auckland District Courts this week.




SARASOTA — A homeless couple has been charged with making methamphetamine at their campsite on the grounds of a Sarasota County public library, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office.

Responding to information that a man was making the drug near the Jacaranda Library, 4143 Woodmere Park Blvd., in Venice, an undercover sheriff’s detective walked the property Monday and saw a woman sitting on a mattress, according to a news release.


“As he continued surveillance a man rode up on his bicycle, removed several items from his backpack, and began mixing liquids,” the release states. “Due to the inherent hazard of manufacturing meth and the risk to citizens at this location, deputies took the suspects into custody.”



Detectives arrested Raymond King, 28, and Tiffany Stoltz, 23 on felony counts of possession of listed chemicals with intent to manufacture and attempt to manufacture methamphetamine. The sheriff’s office said both suspects have a history of drug-related arrests.

After the arrests, detectives found several items commonly used to make methamphetamine, including Coleman fuel, lithium batteries and tubing. The county fire department’s hazardous materials unit analyzed unknown liquids also found on the scene, according to a probable cause affidavit.

The sheriff’s office said King had been living at the library for about a month, and that his girlfriend, Stoltz, admitted to buying pseudoephedrine, a common precursor when manufacturing meth.


“Detectives learned King sent associated to buy pseudoephedrine at local pharmacies and provided them with meth in exchange for their services,” the release states.

King and Stoltz were each being held at the Sarasota County jail on bonds totaling $15,000.

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A maintenance worker at the Luther Luckett Correctional Complex in LaGrange was arrested Sunday on charges of smuggling methamphetamine into the medium security prison.

Robert Massie, 45, of Louisville, was charged with two counts of conspiracy to traffic in controlled substances, bribery and official misconduct after an internal affairs investigation at the state prison.


Massie has worked at the prison as a maintenance and operations technician since 2011, according to a press release from the Kentucky Department of Corrections. The prison houses about 1,000 inmates and has a staff of about 250.




A Brevard County Sheriff’s agent was taken to a hospital after he was burned while dismantling a meth lab on James Avenue on Merritt Island this morning.

While responding to 1450 James Ave. the deputy suffered a minor chemical burn to his left arm, according to BCSO Spokeswoman Deputy Maria Fernez.

Agents responded at about 4:15 a.m. and they will be clearing the scene soon. Fernez said no arrests have been made yet and the investigation is ongoing.





(Stillwater, Okla.) — A Cushing woman who was arrested three times for methamphetamine possession within a seven-month period pleaded guilty to all three drug charges Friday.
Dawn Lennette Ryan, 45, who has been jailed since May 10, was ordered to return to court on Sept. 5 for sentencing on all three methamphetamine possession charges.
In her latest case, Ryan was arrested shortly after 6 p.m. on May 10 by Cushing Police Officer Matt Piatt, who saw her riding in a car and knew she had a bench warrant for her arrest on an earlier drug case for failure to appear in court.
After she was arrested, “Ryan began crying and stated ‘I can’t do this.’ Ryan stated ‘it’s in that bag.’ Ryan stated she had methamphetamine in her pillow case with her clothing,” Piatt wrote in an affidavit.
“During the book-in process, Communications/Jailer Roy Ivey found a pink zipper bag wrapped in silver duct tape.
“Inside of the bag was a Cimarron Casino card holder with an elastic bungee cord, three empty syringes, one syringe with 20 ml. of a clear liquid, one clear baggie with traces of a powdery residue inside, one clear zip lock baggie with a crystal substance, one black baggie with gold skulls, and one cotton ear swab,” the affidavit said.
The liquid in the syringe tested positive as methamphetamine, the affidavit said.
Two months earlier, Ryan had been freed on a personal recognizance bond after being arrested at 3:27 a.m. on Feb. 28 by Payne County Sheriff’s Deputy Nick Myers at a convenience store on E. Main Street, court records show.
The deputy had arrived at the store at about 1:10 a.m. and saw a car belonging to Ryan, who spoke briefly to him before going into the store, the affidavit said. After leaving the parking lot, the deputy was notified that Ryan was wanted on an outstanding felony Creek County arrest warrant, the affidavit said.
When the deputy returned, Ryan was still inside the store, the affidavit said. When Deputy Chris McKosato arrived, Myers explained he was attempting to contact a relative of Ryan to pick up her car and a dog inside it, the affidavit said.
“Deputy McKosato pointed out that he observed a hypodermic needle in the front driver’s side floorboard of the vehicle in plain view.
“The syringe was used and I could see a crystal-like substance around the plunger and the top portion of the syringe,” Myers wrote in his affidavit.
“During the search, Deputy McKosato discovered multiple different type of pills located throughout the vehicle,” none of which were scheduled narcotics, the affidavit said.
The substance inside the syringe tested as methamphetamine, the affidavit said.
About four months earlier, Ryan had been arrested at 3:38 a.m. on Oct. 22, 2013, by Deputy Myers in a hotel room in the 2200 block of E. Main Street, court records show.
The deputy had received information that Ryan was in the room with syringes and a pill bottle containing “ice,” a common name for crystal methamphetamine, the affidavit said.
With Cushing Police Officer Adam Harp, the deputy went to Ryan’s room where she was told they had received information she possibly had narcotics, the affidavit said.
“Officer Harp asked Ms. Ryan if the pill bottle containing the ‘ice’ was inside her jeans and she said yes and pointed to a couch on the east wall,” the affidavit said.
“Officer Harp retrieved the bottle that contained small baggies of a white crystal substance. I asked Ms. Ryan if she had any syringes located inside the room and she advised me they were in the trash can in the bathroom,” Myers wrote in his affidavit.
“I located 12 syringes that appeared to be used,” the deputy wrote in his affidavit.
“Ms. Ryan advised she and a man had both used the methamphetamine’s. Ms. Ryan further told us that they had spent $200 and bought about two grams of ‘ice.’
“I asked Ms. Ryan if she wanted us to gather all of her property from the motel room to take with us and she advised yes. While gathering the property, Office Harp located four unused syringes,” the deputy wrote in his affidavit.
“Once at the jail while inventorying Ms. Ryan’s property, I located a blue zipper bag containing a set of digital scales, four empty small ziplock bags, a short blue straw with a white residue, and a small glass cup with a piece of cotton inside,” the deputy wrote in his affidavit.
The substance in the loaded syringe tested positive as methamphetamine, the affidavit said.
At the time of her latest arrest, she had been freed on a personal recognizance bond on that charge, court records show.




OREM — An Orem man was arrested Sunday after police say he sexually abused a teenage girl about 350 times over the span of four years.

Michael Lee Christen, 52, was booked into the Utah County Jail Sunday for investigation of sexual abuse of a child, unlawful sexual conduct with a 16- or 17-year-old, forcible sodomy, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession or use of a controlled substance.

Michael Lee Christen, 52

A woman reported that her 17-year-old sister told her that she had been abused by Christen for the past four years, a police affidavit filed in 4th District Court states.

Christen had been dating the girl’s mother for years, the teen told police. She said the abuse began in 2010 when she was 13, and started with inappropriate touching over her clothing.

For the first three years, the girl said the conduct was limited to oral sex, but escalated to sexual intercourse in early 2013. She reported that the abuse occurred once or twice a week, but occasionally a week would pass without any abuse, the affidavit states.

“Based on the time frame and frequency provided by (the teenager), incidents of sexual abuse would be near 400 total,” according to the police affidavit. “(She) estimated the total number of incidents was likely closer to 350.”

The girl told police about other incidents of alleged neglect and drug abuse on the part of both her mother and Christen. She said the two used methamphetamine and investigators located drugs and a glass pipe at the home.

Christen admitted to using methamphetamine but denied the sexual abuse allegations, the police affidavit states. The girl’s mother told police she had suspicions about the abuse, had confronted Christen, but he denied the allegations.

No charges had been filed against Christen Monday.




Orem man arrested on suspicion of child sexual abuse

OREM — An Orem man has been arrested on suspicion of sexually abusing a teenage girl more than 300 times over the past several years.

Orem Department of Public Safety police arrested 52-year-old Michael Christen on Sunday after receiving a report he had been sexually abusing a 17-year-old for the past four years. Based on the timeframe and frequency of events provided by the teen, the incidents of the sexual abuse totaled about 350 times, according to police reports.

During an interview with the teen, other issues regarding neglect and drug abuse were also disclosed. The teen identified a specific location where methamphetamine could be found.

Police reported a search warrant was executed, and a usable quantity of methamphetamine and a glass pipe were found in a lock box.

Christen was arrested and booked into the Utah County Jail on suspicion of sexual abuse of a child, unlawful sexual conduct with a 17-year-old, forcible sodomy, possession of drug paraphernalia in a drug-free zone and possession or use of a controlled substance.

According to police reports, Christen admitted to using meth on a regular basis and admitted the meth found in the home was his, but he denied any allegations of sex abuse.

Court records indicate Christen is being held on $25,000 bail.




(WBNG Binghamton) The Cortland County Sheriff’s Department arrested Ramon Velazquez, 45, of Cortland, and Candida Velazquez, 38, of Groton, just before 7:00 p.m. Saturday.


A CCSD police officer stopped a vehicle on Morgan Drive in the Town of Cortlandville that the Cortland City Police Department was attempting to locate on a separate investigation in the City. During the interview of the occupants the CCSD officer observed contraband within the vehicle.

The officer used his K-9 partner and the K-9 alerted on the vehicle. The officer was then able to further his investigation which resulted in locating several other items used for manufacturing of methamphetamine. Ramon and Candida Velazquez were taken into custody.

A Cortland County Sheriff’s Department Investigator was called to the scene.

Candida was taken to the Cortland City Police Department and arrested on their investigation and then she was turned over to the Cortland County Sheriff’s Department where she was processed along with her husband Ramon for Unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine in the third degree, which is a class D Felony.

A small amount of methamphetamine was also located in the vehicle.

The two were arraigned in the Town of Cortlandville Court and remanded on $2500 cash, $5000 bond.

They were both remanded to the Cortland County Sheriff and were due back in Court on Monday.

The investigation is continuing and additional charges are possible.




An Augusta woman was arrested Friday on charges of simple battery and possession of methamphetamine after deputies spotted the drug in her purse as she looked for her ID.

About 2 p.m., Richmond County deputies were called to the 4100 block of Daisy Lane to investigate an altercation between two women. One of the women said she was leaving her house to pick up her children when her sister, Tammy M. Ivey, 46, chased her into the front yard, pulled her to the ground and started punching her, according to a report from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office. The victim said she escaped to a church across the street.

When deputies asked for the suspect’s ID, Ivey opened her purse and they noticed baggies and glass pipes, the report said.

Deputies searched the purse and found eight small baggies, two pipes and two cut straws with a white bowl. A field test confirmed the presence of methamphetamine.



EFFINGHAM COUNTY, GAA Guyton man has been charged with Arson after allegedly setting a house on fire early Monday morning.

Sheriff’s deputies and fire crews were called to 134 Second Street in Pineora at approximately four a.m.


They say Ronald Heath, 58, was high on methamphetamine when he lit a paper towel on fire in the kitchen.

The blaze spread throughout the home and caused extensive damage, authorities said.

“Heath told deputies he started the fire because he was high on methamphetamine and was upset because his drug dealer would not come back and party with him,” Sheriff’s spokesman David Ehsanipoor said.

Heath was arrested and booked into the Effingham County Jail.




SALEM –Four adults were arrested in Salem on Friday night after a search of a home turned up drugs and an explosive device.

According to a police report, 39-year-old Andrew Whiteman, 31-year-old Jessaca Barker, 45-year-old Michael Hart and 32-year-old Jennifer Hart were detained as a result of the search.


During the search of the home and vehicles, officers located methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia on a bed in a room with correspondence to Whiteman and Barker, according to the report. Police stated that the methamphetamine and paraphernalia were in an area easily accessible to an 8-year-old child who was also in the home. Police also searched Jennifer Hart’s purse and located marijuana. Police also found a keg during the search, which Michael Hart allegedly stated was his.


While searching the vehicle, police found a device which appeared to be an explosive device. Whiteman allegedly said the item was his, but that it wasn’t an explosive device. A bomb tech was called and analyzed the item and advised that the item appeared to be an explosive device.

Whiteman was arrested and booked into the Utah County Jail on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of methamphetamine in a drug free zone, child endangerment, possession of an explosive device and an AP&P hold.

Barker was arrested and booked into the Utah County Jail on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia in a drug free zone, possession or use of a controlled substance, child endangerment and illegal possession of a keg.

Michael Hart was arrested and booked into the Utah County Jail on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia in a drug free zone, possession of methamphetamine in a drug free zone and child endangerment.

Jennifer Hart was arrested and booked into the Utah County Jail on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia in a drug free zone, possession of marijuana in a drug free zone and child endangerment.