A Scottsbluff man is behind bars after police received several complaints about possible drug deals being done at his house.

27-year-old James Halstead was arrested Monday afternoon after police obtained a search warrant for his house at 1301 Avenue I.

He was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession of marijuana (less than one ounce), and possession of drug paraphernalia.)


Police received their first complaint on December 7, 2012; stating that young males kept frequenting the home, stay for a short amount of time, then leave.

On April 5th, police heard rumors that high school aged individuals have been purchasing Molly (a powdered mixture of MDMA and methamphetamine) from the occupants.

Yesterday, police conducted a trash pull at the home, and found mail addressed to Halstead, as well as several torn corner baggies that contained trace amounts of methamphetamine.

Police obtained a search warrant and found numerous items of drug paraphernalia, a baggy and a vial containing methamphetamine, a zip lock baggie containing marijuana, a small digital scale, and baggies containing marijuana and methamphetamine residue.

Halstead admitted that most of the items lying in plain sight in the bedroom were his.







Two Lebanon men face felony charges after a methamphetamine laboratory was uncovered at a local motel.

Troy Andrew Martin, 24, and Jesse Weaver, 37, are each charged with a class B felony of attempt to manufacture a controlled substance. They are being held in the Laclede County Jail in lieu of a $50,000 cash-or-surety bond each. Both men entered pleas of not guilty during their initial arraignments on Monday, according to online court records.

Troy Andrew Martin

Troy Andrew Martin, 24

Jesse Weaver

Jesse Weaver, 37


At about 4:22 p.m. Friday, Lebanon Police officers were dispatched to Red Fox Motel, 1431 West Elm St., after an officer received information that a methamphetamine lab was in one of the rooms. When an officer knocked on the door, Weaver answered the door, and the officer reported that a “very strong” odor of chemicals came from inside the room. The officer reported that he recognized the smell as being consistent with manufacturing methamphetamine, according to a probable cause statement released by the Laclede County Prosecuting Attorney’s office.

Weaver claimed that he didn’t live in the room, saying it belonged to Martin. Weaver tried to walk away and was stopped by an officer.

Martin walked out of the room and slammed the door shut behind him.


HICKORY N.C. – Former NASCAR Driver Jeremy Mayfield has been hit with two additional felony charges for possession of stolen goods and is expected in court in June.

But Mayfield’s Attorney David Freedman said he plans to file motions within the week to have the newest charges dismissed. Mayfield also is charged with felony possession of methamphetamine, three counts of felony possession of stolen goods/property and felony obtaining property by false pretense in Catawba County. Mayfield faces four felony counts of larceny in Caldwell County.


Jeremy Mayfield’s attorney David Freedman (right) talks with Mayfield during the suppression hearing to dismiss the search warrant against Mayfield in Catawba County in April


A grand jury handed up the indictments on the two additional charges against Mayfield on April 22. He turned himself in and was given a $30,000 unsecured bond.

The indictments say Mayfield was in possession of items with a value of more than $1,000 from both Lincar Investments LLC and from B.R. Lee Industrial Properties LLC. Items from the businesses listed in the indictments include a plasma cutter, air filters, hydraulic fittings, stud welder, turbo air cleaners, cutting boards, stoplight, engraver, truck mirrors, bonding kits, lights and grease and oil reels.

The indictments list the offense date as Nov. 1, 2011 for both charges and lists Mayfield’s address as 6397 Hudson Chapel Road, Catawba. A Catawba County land record lists the owner of the property as Carolina Farm Credit ACA in Statesville. The company, which had loaned Mayfield about $3 million, bought the property at a public auction last year.

Mayfield was living at the property when investigators conducted a search of his property on Nov. 1, 2011. Law enforcement found 1.5 grams of methamphetamine in a safe in Mayfield’s home, as well as sound equipment and electronics, Red Bull Racing signs, tools and furniture that were reported stolen, according to indictments. Mayfield is also accused of selling a metal surface plate to a company for $1,200.

In April, Superior Court judges in Catawba and Caldwell counties denied motions by Mayfield’s attorneys to suppress the search warrant where detectives say they found items that had been taken from different businesses.

Mayfield’s attorneys argued the search warrant was based on information police received from an informant, John Franklin, who had a criminal history. Franklin, 35, and Allison Nixon, 22, of Conover, died in a crash on U.S. 321 in Granite Falls in September. The two died when the motorcycle on which they were riding, estimated to be traveling about 120 mph at the time of the accident, collided with a vehicle making a left turn from Glenn Ridge Drive.

According to the Highway Patrol, 7½ grams of methamphetamine, $1,714 in cash and two weight scales were found in a concealed compartment on the motorcycle. A small amount of meth was also found on Nixon, who was the passenger of the motorcycle.

Mayfield’s next court date for the charges in Catawba County is set for June 3. A trial date has been set in September for Mayfield’s Caldwell County charges, Freedman said.

Mayfield was suspended from NASCAR in May 2009 when he tested positive for methamphetamine, something he denies. He maintains the results of the drug test were due to the attention deficit hyperactivity disorder drug Adderall and the allergy drug Claritin-D.







Nine Iron Range residents are facing felony drug-related charges after being arrested during a Boundary Waters Drug Task Force investigation.

All but one of the charges are related to heroin and methamphetamine distribution and use. 

• Timson Ray Carrier Jr., 27, of Eveleth, was charged in District Court in Virginia with two felony counts of second-degree sales of a controlled substance (heroin) in a park zone and three felony counts of third-degree sales of a controlled substance (heroin). He was charged on March 28. His next court appearance is set for May 6.

• Ricky Leroy Knaffla, 56, of Iron, was charged in District Court in Hibbing with one fifth-degree count of felony possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and one gross misdemeanor count of driving after cancellation following a traffic stop in Hibbing. He was charged on April 5. His next court appearance is set for May 23.

• Bradley Keith Smith, 21, of Aurora, was charged in District Court in Virginia with one third-degree felony count of sales of a controlled substance (heroin). He was charged on April 8. His next court appearance is set for May 3.

• Ashley Marie Hansen, 27, and Ryan Jeffrey Shoen, 25, both of Chisholm, were charged in District Court in Hibbing with felony counts of fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and exposing a child to methamphetamine paraphernalia. They were charged on April 11. Hansen’s next court appearance is set for June 6. Shoen had a court appearance last Thursday.

• Zeb David Pickar, 34, of Eveleth, was charged in District Court in Virginia with felony third-degree sales of a controlled substance (methamphetamine). He was charged on April 17. His next court appearance is set for May 24.

• Bart John Ziebarth, 33, of Keewatin, was charged in District Court in Hibbing with two felony counts of second-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and fourth-degree possession of a controlled substance (prescription medications) as the result of a traffic stop. He was charged on April 17 and appeared again in court last Thursday.

• Alicia Nicole Cooper, 19, of Virginia, was charged in District Court in Virginia with felony third-degree sale of a controlled substance (heroin). She was charged on April 22. Her next court appearance is set for May 6.

• Jonathan Robert Morin, 19, of Mountain Iron, was charged in District Court in Virginia with fifth-degree sales of a controlled substance (marijuana) and fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance (marijuana). He was charged on April 23. His next court appearance is set for May 24.






Four people were arrested and detained on numerous charges with drugs, cash and weapons seized after Winnipeg Police conducted a traffic stop at Salter Street and Flora Avenue Sunday at 9:50 a.m.

Police stopped a Pontiac Grand Am after observing a number of traffic offences and, after a search of the vehicle, seized 58 grams of marijuana, 10 grams of cocaine, eight grams of methamphetamine, three 1/4 gram rocks of crack cocaine, three grams of mushrooms (psilocybin), four Tylenol pills, a taser, bear spray, two 12-gauge shotgun shells, five cell phones, $975 in Canadian currency and break-in instruments. The drugs had an estimated total street value of over $3,000.

James Johnston, 34, Terri Sawyer, 27, Anthony Chartrand, 28, and Jimmy Temchuk, 27, have been charged with a total of 65 drug and weapon offences. Temchuk, the driver, has also been charged with several Highway Traffic Act offences.







Williston police have charged a Williston woman with numerous drug and theft charges after she was arrested for stealing from Walmart. Police say Mechelle Haley, 40, stole roughly $50 dollars worth of merchandise from the store on April 6. When police arrested her, they found marijuana and methamphetamine on her.

She`s been charged with Class C Felony Possession of a controlled substance and four misdemeanor charges for theft of property and possession of drug paraphernalia.







A 36-year-old Los Angeles man who police say appeared to be high on methamphetamine was arrested Sunday on suspicion of identity theft and possession of Norco and Vicodin without a prescription.

Officers approached the man, Richard Hathaway, just before 7 p.m. for smoking in front of Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf in downtown Burbank, a violation of the city’s municipal code, said Burbank Police Lt. Eddie Ruiz.

According to police reports, Hathaway appeared nervous and admitted he had consumed methamphetamine earlier in the evening, Ruiz said.

A consent search of Hathaway’s backpack revealed he was in possession of Norco and Vicodin, but did not have a prescription, and also had several sheets of paper with people’s identifying information, Ruiz said.

He was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail ahead of a court appearance scheduled for later this week.







SOMERSET, Pennsylvania — Two men have been jailed after state police say they found a methamphetamine lab in their southwestern Pennsylvania residence.

Troopers from Somerset say Tuesday’s early morning raid grew out of information police obtained in a forgery investigation which authorities did not detail. Somerset County District Attorney Liza Lazzari-Strasiser planned to brief the media later in the day on the investigation.

For now, 22-year-old Jordan O’Donnell and 29-year-old Matthew Bowman remained in the county jail after being charged with conspiring to manufacture the powerful stimulant and other crimes.

Online court records don’t list attorneys for the men who were arrested and arraigned before dawn and face a preliminary hearing May 9.

Police say they found supplies and equipment needed to make the drug in their home on the Mason-Dixon Highway in Summit Township.







Two Pakistani males who unwittingly tried to sell 335.6 grams of methamphetamine for $12,000 in the Brea Mall parking lot to two confidential, government informants have both now been sentenced for their 2010 crime. 

We told you about the fate of 30-year-old, Orange County 7-Eleven clerk Noman Saeed in February when U.S. District Court Judge Andrew J. Guilford sentenced the drug dealer to 63 months in prison.

This week, Guilford punished Mohammad Hashir Masud, Saeed’s partner in crime, with a term of 37 months in a federal prison.

Upon his return to society, Masud must undergo supervised probation for five years.

Guilford, who sealed numerous documents from public view during the length of the case, gave Masud, who was born in 1983, until noon on July 5 to surrender to prison officials.

U.S. Bureau of Prison records show that Saeed is in custody and “in transit” to a federal prison.

Saeed and Masud plotted their drug deal with individuals who secretly worked as informants for special agents at the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency, according to case records.







PRESTONSBURG – Four people charged with making meth in a Prestonsburg low income housing apartment were arraigned in Floyd County Circuit Court Monday following grand jury indictments.

Ronald Wicker, Douglas Blackburn, and Laura Tackett each plead not guilty to the charges of complicity to manufacture methamphetamine, unlawful possession of meth precursor, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

A fourth man who was also indicted following February’s drug bust at Green Acres Apartments, Harry McCoy, had failed to answer a summons for a pre-trial interview, and was taken into custody. Circuit Judge John David Caudill told McCoy that he could not arraign him until that interview took place, and said that he may be able to get to him on Tuesday.

Harry McCoy

Harry McCoy
Douglas Blackburn

Douglas Blackburn
Laura Tackett

Laura Tackett
Ronald Neil Wicker talked to his attorney Monday during his arraignment hearing in Floyd Circuit Court. Wicker is charged along with Laura Tackett, Douglas Blackburn, and Harry McCoy with complicity to manufacture methamphetamine.

Ronald Neil Wicker talked to his attorney Monday during his arraignment hearing in Floyd Circuit Court. Wicker is charged along with Laura Tackett, Douglas Blackburn, and Harry McCoy with complicity to manufacture methamphetamine


McCoy is charged with complicity to manufacture methamphetamine, unlawful possession of a meth precursor, first degree possession of a controlled substance, controlled substance not in original container, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Wicker, Blackburn, and Tackett are each scheduled to appear in court again on August 2, 2013 for a pre-trial conference.

Blackburn and Tackett are each being held on $5000 cash bond. Wicker is being held on a $10,000 cash bond. McCoy is being held without bond until he can be arraigned.

Manurfacturing methamphetamine is a Class B Felony.







SACRAMENTO, CA – Federal agents arrested a Mexican national at Sacramento International Airport Friday on suspicion of smuggling 15 pounds of methamphetamine through customs.

A Department of Homeland Security affidavit says Carlos Alberto Torres-Eurafacio was traveling from Guadalajara to Sacramento with a valid Mexican passport and a 15-day visa.

The complaint says Torres-Eurafacio was going through customs at SMF with two wooden carts. When agents ran the carts through an x-ray machine, they noticed a number of anomalies in the wood.

Agents drilled into one of the wood panels and found the drill bit coated in white powder.

According to the complaint, customs agents dismantled the cart and found methamphetamine stashed inside the carts’ wood panels.

DHS agents took over the investigation the following day and began interrogating Torres-Eurafacio.

The affidavit says Torres-Eurafacio told agents he was from Jalisco, Mexico, where he distributed mangoes and avocados.

He told agents he owed a man in Jalisco named Juan about $5,000. Juan approached him and offered to clear the debt if he delivered two packages to a person in the United States.

The complaint says agents asked if he knew what was inside the carts. Torres-Eurafacio told them he suspected it was probably narcotics, but he didn’t know how much or what kind.

The carts, he said, were given to him wrapped in cellophane at the Guadalajara airport. When he reached the United States, he was supposed to await instructions on bringing the carts to Portland, Oregon.

Torress-Eurafacio was booked into Sacramento County Jail on federal charges of intent to distribute over 500 grams of methamphetamine.





A joint investigation between the Greene County Drug Task Force and the Indiana State Police resulted in the arrest over the weekend of a Linton man suspected of manufacturing methamphetamine.


Michael Jordan Miller


Michael Jordan Miller, 33, was booked into the Greene County Jail during a bust that started late Saturday night and concluded in the early morning hours on Sunday.

The lead investigators, Sgt. Josh Goodman of the Linton Police Department and Trooper Richard Klun of the Indiana State Police, were assisted both during the investigation and on the scene during the bust by other officers from the Linton Police Department, the Jasonville Police Department, the Worthington Police Department and the Indiana State Police Clandestine Lab Team.

Sgt. Goodman reported that officers learned Miller and another individual had purchased precursors then went back to Miller’s residence at 790 E Street NE in Linton.

More investigation and police surveillance resulted in a request for a search warrant for the residence.

According to the police report, when the search warrant was executed, officers found numerous items related to the manufacture of methamphetamine including precursors/reagents, equipment used to manufacture methamphetamine and other ingredients used to manufacture meth. They also allegedly located a powder substance that field-tested positive for methamphetamine.

Miller was also found inside the residence during the search and was taken into custody.

Miller was being held without bond on preliminary charges of: Dealing in methamphetamine (manufacturing) in an amount over three grams — a class A felony; possession of methamphetamine as a class D felony; possession of precursors as a class D felony; and maintaining a common nuisance as a class D felony.







DEL RIO, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Del Rio seized five dozen toy balls filled with liquid methamphetamine Sunday after finding them in the trunk of a car arriving from Mexico.

CBP officers at the Del Rio Port of Entry inspected a 2010 Ford Mustang when it arrived from Mexico just before 6 a.m. Sunday. During the inspection process, CBP officers discovered several boxes of plastic toy balls in the trunk of the car. After a CBP canine alerted to the possible presence of contraband, a field test revealed that the balls contained liquid methamphetamine. Officers seized 60 liquid methamphetamine-filled balls weighing a total of 62.3 pounds, with an estimated value of more than $1.2 million.

Officers detained a passenger, a 41-year-old Snyder man, and turned him over to Homeland Security Investigations for federal prosecution.

“CBP officers are trained to detect all manner of illegal drugs,” said Michael Perez, CBP Port Director, Del Rio. “Their ability to recognize contraband in this unusual form kept yet another load of dangerous drugs from entering the country.”

The Office of Field Operations is the primary organization within U.S. Customs and Border Protection tasked with an anti-terrorism mission at our nation’s ports. CBP officers screen all people, vehicles and goods entering the United States, while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel. Their mission also includes carrying out border-related duties, including narcotics interdiction, enforcing immigration and trade laws, and protecting the nation’s food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases.






PITTSBURG, Kansas — A woman was sentenced to more than 25 years in prison for her role in the methamphetamine-related murder of a Pittsburg man two years ago.

Thirty-two-year-old Amie Lee Ryburn of Pittsburg was sentenced Monday in Crawford County District Court for second-degree murder and manufacture of methamphetamine in the death of 29-year-old Ian Monaghan.

Monaghan’s body was discovered in a farm field west of Pittsburg in July 2010. He had been beaten and shot multiple times.

Investigators stopped Ryburn and Charles F. Mitchell later that night in a truck that contained a meth lab.

The Joplin Globe reports (http://bit.ly/12WQhMz ) investigators seized another meth lab at a trailer park outside Pittsburg connected to the case.

Mitchell has pleaded innocent to first-degree murder. A third man was charged with obstruction.







SALTON CITY — U.S. Border Patrol agents stopped a suspected drug smuggler and seized about 10 pounds of methamphetamine from a woman who was driving with her teenage son at the Highway 86 checkpoint Sunday night.

Around 8 p.m., a 43-year-female driver and her 16-year-old son approached the checkpoint between Westmorland and Salton City, according to a press release.

A canine detection team alerted to the 1998 Toyota Camry as it approached the primary inspection lane, and the vehicle was referred to secondary where agents found 10 packages of methamphetamine hidden in a non-factory compartment under the back seat.

The methamphetamine had a total weight of 10.4 pounds and an estimated street value of more than $332,000. The driver, a Mexican citizen with a visa, was taken into custody without incident and turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration along with the car and drugs.


Calls to police resulted in the arrests of three people after components for making methamphetamine were found in two Barberton houses.

Howard E. Henshaw, 45, of E. State Street, was arrested April 26 after his wife reported discovering what she believed to be meth lab items in her husband’s “man cave.”

Stacey Shipe, 39, and Matthew Shipe, 29, both of Harding Avenue, were arrested April 28 after a tip there was supposed to be a meth lab in the basement of the house.

Henshaw and the Shipes were each charged with illegal manufacture of drugs (methamphetamine).

The Summit County Drug Unit responded to a meth dump site in a ditch in the area of state Route 619 and Eastern Road in New Franklin, April 26. The drug unit was also called out April 28 for a suspected meth lab in the 900 block of W. Turkeyfoot Lake Road in New Franklin and charges are pending on a suspect.

The sheriff’s office was called to the Avon Trailer Park in Green, April 29, where components of a meth lab were found a vehicle from which smoke could be seen coming from the trunk. Jesse L. Atkinson, 34, of Stow, and Brian M. Cross, 39, of Uniontown, were charged with assembly of chemicals used to manufacture a controlled substance.







NOGALES, AZ (CBS5) – Federal authorities seized $969,000 in heroin and methamphetamine in two separate failed attempts over the weekend to smuggle narcotics across the border.

(Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

(Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

Lucio Leonardo Valle-Bustamante, 37, was arrested after a U.S. Customs and Border Protection drug-detection K-9 alerted officers to more than 61 pounds of methamphetamine.

Officers located 48 packages of the drug hidden throughout Valle’s vehicle when he attempted to enter through the Mariposa Port in Nogales. The estimated value of the seizure was nearly $951,000.

Loribeth Torres, 34, was arrested Saturday night after a service K-9 alerted to more than a pound of heroin in her clothing.

Torres was attempting to cross the U.S. border through pedestrian lanes at the Dennis DeConcini Port. The drugs were valued at nearly $17,000. Officers seized the vehicle and drugs.

Valle and Torres were referred to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.







Interlachen, FL: On Thursday, April 25, 2013, deputies with the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office responded to an undisclosed location in the Interlachen area in reference to illegal drug activity.

The investigation revealed that the suspect, Matthew Willis was making and/or manufacturing Methamphetamine. Deputies located the remnants of over 80 batches of Methamphetamine, which had been produced on site.

Matthew Willis


Willis, who is a registered criminal, was taken into custody without incident and charged with (5) counts of Possession of Drugs and (1) count of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Willis was transported to the Putnam County Jail and has been given a bond in the amount of $6,020.00.

The hazardous remnants were collected and disposed of.

Sheriff Jeff Hardy stated “We had received several complaints about illegal drug activity within a specific geographic location. We took the complaints seriously, and ultimately we were able to apprehend the suspect”.







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







Virginia, MN (NNCNOW.com) — Numerous narcotics investigations conducted over the past few months on the Iron Range have resulted in charges against nine people.

The ages of the nine suspects range from 19 to 56-years-old. Charges include everything from possession of meth to exposing a child to methamphetamine.











Here are the individuals charged:

Timson Ray Carrier Jr, of Eveleth, charged with two felony counts of 2nd degree sales of a controlled substance in a park zone (heroin), and three felony counts of 3rd degree sales of a controlled substance (heroin) .

Ricky Leroy Knaffla,of Iron, charged with one felony count of 5th degree possession of meth and a gross misdemeanor charge of driving after cancellation

Bradley Keith Smith, of Aurora, charged with one felony count of 3rd degree sales of a controlled substance (heroin).

Ashley Marie Hansen and Ryan Jeffrey Shoen, both of Chisholm, charged with 5th degree possession of meth, felony count of exposing a child to methamphetamine paraphernalia, misdemeanor count of posession of drug paraphernalia.

Zeb David Pickar, of Eveleth, charged with one felony count of 3rd degree sales of methamphetamine.

Bart John Ziebarth, charged with two felony counts of 2nd degree posession of meth, and 4th degree possession of prescription medications

Alicia Nicole Cooper, of Virginia, charged with one felony count of 3rd degree sale of heroin.

Jonathan Morin, of Mt. Iron, charged with two felony counts of 5th degree sales of a controlled substance (marijuana) and possession of a controlled substance (also marijuana).

The investigation was conducted by the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office and the Boundary Waters Drug Task Force.







A trio of co-defendants are accused of having a methamphetamine lab in a Norwalk apartment.

Three men are charged with brutally attacking their respective victims.

Those are some of the 14 indictments a Huron County grand jury handed down Friday. Eight of the cases were drug-related. Two suspects are charged with burglary. A story about all of the indictments was published in Saturday’s Norwalk Reflector.


The meth case is in connection with a March 29 fire at a Bouscay Avenue apartment. Norwalk police officers arrived about 4:55 p.m. and when officers entered the apartment, they “found an active meth lab,” authorities said.

Police have said Paul D. Prince, 33, of Mansfield, when fleeing the upstairs bedroom, admitted to knocking over some of the meth-related byproducts, which started the fire, which was contained to the bedroom. The contents in the room were a total loss.

Prince and James J. Arthur II, 29, of 4968 Ohio 61, New Haven, are charged with one count each of manufacture of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine and possession of criminal tools.

A third accomplice, Allen E. Mobberly, 32, of 37H Bouscay Ave., is charged with endangering children and permitting drug abuse.

Chief Dave Light has said a boy complained of a “burning sensation” in his lungs after he played in the apartment. Authorities also identified Mobberly as the father of a boy who was there when the fire started and “the person who had control of the apartment where the methamphetamine was being manufactured.”

A woman who happened to be in the apartment during the meth lab raid also was indicted Friday, but not in connection with meth.

Samantha J. Reed, 20, of 15 Fruen St., was charged with trafficking in heroin.

“She just happened to be there,” said Detective Sgt. Seth Fry, who assisted Detective Sgt. Jim Fulton with the heroin investigation. “She admitted to using the meth that was cooked at the location.”







WATAUGA COUNTY, NC (WBTV) – A Boone man was arrested after three meth labs were found in his vehicle during a traffic stop, according to the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office.

On April 18, a vehicle search was conducted at the scene by deputies, but was halted when they located what appeared to be a methamphetamine laboratory.

Narcotics detectives responded to the scene and began processing the evidence. During the course of the search, multiple “Shake and Bake” methamphetamine laboratories were found, along with an active HCL gas generator containing an unknown liquid, which officials say was producing a white cloud of smoke from the bottle.


Because of the violent nature of the liquid, the decision was made to stop the search until the State Bureau of Investigation’s Clandestine Laboratory Response Team could respond the following morning.

The following day, detectives, along with the Clan Lab Response Team, continued to process the multiple methamphetamine labs and neutralize the hazardous chemicals. In total, deputies say 3 methamphetamine labs and the HCL gas generator were located during the search of the vehicle.

Ian Clemment Corneck, 26, was arrested on warrants for 6 counts of attempting to exceed pseudoephedrine limits.

The Clan Lab Response Team also assisted in processing 4 additional methamphetamine lab dump sites that narcotics detectives had seized which were located in the Zionville and Meat Camp areas.

“The volatile and unpredictable nature of these methamphetamine laboratories is extremely hazardous to our officers who encounter these chemicals on a fairly regular basis. Law enforcement officers across the state are working hard with state legislators to enact tougher laws pertaining to the control of pseudoephedrine and to make pseudoephedrine a prescription only medication. Pseudoephedrine is the key component in manufacturing methamphetamine, without it, meth cannot be produced,” Sgt. Jason Zaragoza said of the bust.

In addition to the 6 counts of attempting to exceed pseudoephedrine limits that Corneck was arrested on, he was also charged with manufacture methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine precursors, maintaining a vehicle CS, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was taken to the Watauga County Detention Facility and placed under a $105,000 secured bond. He is scheduled to appear in District Court in Boone on May 30.







CONYERS — A man who was carrying two guns and a knife was arrested on drug charges after a deputy found him asleep in his vehicle at a gas station on Ga. Highway 20 South Thursday night.

A deputy with the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office on patrol in the area found Chris Warren Hamilton, 27, of 11663 Hazelbrand Road, Covington, asleep inside a Dodge Ram pickup truck at the Valero gas station after business hours on April 25. According to the deputy’s report, Hamilton had what appeared to be a 9 mm pistol in his lap.

The deputy awakened the suspect and further investigation revealed that he had a Taurus .380 concealed in a holster on his right ankle and a foldout pocket knife in his right pocket. The deputy reported that Hamilton was “very distant and incoherent” and seemed not to know where he was or how he got there.

Two glass pipes were found on the suspect, as well as a small amount of suspected marijuana, according to the incident report. A search of his vehicle revealed a small plastic bag containing suspected crystal methamphetamine.

Hamilton was taken to the Rockdale County Jail and charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana less than 1 ounce, possession of a firearm or knife during commission of or attempt to commit certain felonies, and possession and use of drug-related objects.







A Lufkin man convicted of arson in a methamphetamine cooking fire that gutted his parent’s mobile home was sentenced Monday to two years in state jail.

Jason Nash, 37, appeared before state District Judge Paul White Monday morning for sentencing a week and a half after having his bond revoked for admitting to his probation officer that he used meth.







A suspicious activity and burglary call to a Kenswick residence in Humble led deputies to uncover one of the largest methamphetamine seizures ever.

Harris County Pct. 4 deputies responded on April 22 to a burglary/suspicious activity call in the Kenswick subdivision on Bolton Bridge, according to Capt. Wally Wieghat. When deputies went next door to the adjacent home to ask residents if they had observed any suspicious activity concerning the burglary, they found the back door wide open.

Weighat explained that when the deputies looked inside the residence, they saw massive amounts of methamphetamine being prepared for distribution.

Seeing the drugs in plain sight was enough evidence for deputies to obtain a search warrant for the residence late that evening.

“It was a lot of methamphetamine,” said Wieghat. “We think it was being cut up in the residence for distribution.”

Deputies seized 31.98 lbs. of refined methamphetamine, 3.8 lbs. of unrefined methamphetamines and 35 milliliters of liquid methamphetamine. The drugs were seized and processed on Monday night and into Tuesday morning, according to Wieghat.

Deputies also discovered and seized approximately 10 guns that were located in the attic and throughout the residence. Some of the weapons discovered included a Thompson machine gun, handguns and rifles.

No arrests have yet been made and the investigation continues. Wieghat noted that community vigilance in watching for suspicious activity can have positive results.

“This is exactly why we nee the community to be involved,” he said. “Community awareness is what led to this residence and this find. If they see suspicious activity and they report it, it can pay off. We took a lot of dangerous narcotics off the streets.”

Wieghat said that the estimated street value of the drugs was $3 million.

“It’s the largest methamphetamine bust I’ve been involved in for the past 23 years,” he said. “It’s a considerable amount.”

The community is asked to call the Harris County Pct. 4 Constable’s Office with any information about the investigation or the residents of the home at 281-446-1196.