MORRISVILLE, N.C. – Wake County deputies arrested a man Monday after they found more than seven pounds of meth in the trunk of his car.

Carlos Eduardo Segura Olivares, 26, is charged with trafficking methamphetamine by possession and transportation; maintaining a controlled substances in a vehicle; resisting, obstructing and delaying an officer; and driving without a license.

A Wake County Sheriff’s deputy stopped Olivares on I-40 at Aviation Parkway around 2 p.m. Monday. While notifying him of the reasons he was stopped, the deputy learned that Olivares was driving without a driver’s license, at which point the suspect fled the scene on foot.

Carlos Eduardo Segura Olivares, 26, is charged with trafficking methamphetamine by possession and transportation; maintaining a controlled substances in a vehicle; resisting, obstructing and delaying an officer; and driving without a license.
Carlos Eduardo Segura Olivares, 26, is charged with trafficking methamphetamine by possession and transportation; maintaining a controlled substances in a vehicle; resisting, obstructing and delaying an officer; and driving without a license

After a brief foot pursuit, deputies apprehended Olivares, who notified the arresting deputy that he had bricks of cocaine in the vehicle.

A K9 confirmed the odor of narcotics in Olivares’ vehicle, and a search of the vehicle yielded 7.5 pounds of methamphetamine hidden behind the carpet lining of the trunk.

The drugs were valued at $504,000.

Olivares was placed in the Wake County Jail under a $150,000 bond.



LANCASTER, Ohio – The Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after a large meth lab was discovered at a Lancaster home.

Investigators say that there were at least 135 meth-making pots on the premises of a home on the 300 block of North Maple Street.

According to Sgt. Jared Collins, calls from concerned neighbors led police to the house.

Investigators said that the suspect in the case was already on probation for a previous drug conviction.


LENOIR – Police arrested a Hickory woman in Granite Falls after finding her in possession of methamphetamine. She is also wanted by police in Catawba and Mecklenburg counties on meth and larceny charges.

Shannon Leigh Powell, 31, of 22 22nd Ave. NW was arrested in the parking lot of a Bojangles’ restaurant in Granite Falls in a sting operation, a news release from the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office said.

Shannon Leigh Powell


Powell was charged with one count of felony possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine as a result of the sting.

The meth confiscated was packaged in two baggies and was valued at $180. Powell met with another person to distribute and sell the drugs, the release said.

“We would not consider her to be a big time dealer but she is a repeat drug offender. Distributing any amount of meth is not being tolerated,” said Caldwell County Sheriff Alan C. Jones in the release.

Powell was also charged on outstanding indictments with another count of felony possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine and one felony count of selling methamphetamine. Those charges stem from a Long View Police Department investigation in which Powell sold methamphetamine to an undercover officer, the release said.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department wanted Powell for larceny of a motor vehicle.

Powell was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under an $80,000 secured bond. She is scheduled to appear in District Court in Lenoir today, in Newton on Friday, and in Charlotte on Oct. 2.

The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office asks anyone with information about illegal drug activity in Caldwell County to call the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office ICE Unit at 828-757-1178 , the Lenoir Police Department’s Narcotics Division at 828-757-2145 or Caldwell County Crime Stoppers at 828-758-8300.



HANCOCK COUNTY — Authorities said they have arrested eight people and seized an ounce of crystal meth and nearly 100 weapons in a joint investigation with local and federal agents.

Five of the eight face federal charges, said Jeremy Skinner, commander of the Hancock County sheriff’s narcotics division. The others face state drug and stolen-property charges, he said.

HANCOCK COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICESome of the weapons confiscated in an investigation that has led to eight arrests. Five of those arrested face federal charges. Three have state charges. Authorities said they seized nearly 100 weapons and an ounce of crystal meth


Crystal meth also is known as ice because of its appearance. It is a pure, potent form of meth.

Most of the arrests were made Wednesday as narcotics officers and federal agents searched three properties, Skinner said.

Those facing federal charges are accused of conspiring to distribute meth. They are Kiln residents Jessey W. Bellais, 29; William C. Bellais, 26; Miranda Comfort, 21; and Justin Brown, 27; and Poplarville resident Steven Gentry, 29. Gentry turned himself in Friday at the Stone County jail, Skinner said.

The other three were arrested on a state charge of possession with intent to distribute meth.

They are Kiln residents Brennon Dedeaux, 18; Heather Johnston, 33; and Christopher Butler, 34.

Agencies involved in the investigation include Homeland Security Investigations, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics.


McLennan County sheriff’s officers and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents, responding to a tip from neighborhood residents, found a methamphetamine lab in a trailer late Tuesday night north of Bruceville-Eddy, said Sheriff Parnell McNamara.

“About 10 p.m., we got a call about a suspicious odor in the area of the 200 block of Dalrex Road,” McNamara said. “Deputies went there and detected what seemed to be the odor of meth being cooked. They secured the area and called our organized crime unit, who came out and got a search warrant.”

McNamara said they found a suspected lab in a small trailer behind two others.

Deputies called the DEA, who called their hazardous materials team from Dallas. They arrived a couple of hours later and seized the chemicals in the trailer.

“Any time you have a meth lab, you have chemicals that are so toxic they have to be moved very carefully in a certain manner,” McNamara said.

Officers detained and released two people they found in the area and are now looking for an unspecified number of suspects, he said. They seized a Cadillac Deville and a shotgun. McNamara did not comment on any other evidence found.

“This was a heavily wooded area, pretty much out in the country,” he said.

“All the officers were on the scene from about 10 p.m. to 8 or 8:30 a.m.,” he said. “The DEA has all the chemicals. I can’t emphasize enough how much they helped.

“This lab had been in use for some time, and neighbors had been looking for a chance to call police for quite a while.”


Hikers enjoying the outdoors over the weekend discovered what authorities believe is an illegal drug-making lab in a park behind the Ray Township offices, according to Michigan State Police.

Two people were walking in the Ray Township Community Park on Wolcott about 5:40 p.m. Saturday when they found components of what they thought was a meth lab, or a clandestine drug lab where methamphetamine is cooked.

But troopers determined the materials were part of an active lab to make DMT, or dimethyltryptamine, a strong, fast-acting hallucinogen that has the same effect as LSD on users, according to a news release.

“That’s not a real surprise to me,” township Supervisor Charles Bohm said Monday. “We knew something was going on back there.”

State police Lt. Michael Shaw said the active lab was found in a cooler in the woods. Investigators believe the DMT makers had dropped it off and were waiting for the drug to finish “cooking” before coming back to retrieve the product.

Michigan State Police sent a meth clean-up response team to remove the materials and cleared the scene several hours later. Police do not have any suspects but are continuing the investigation.

Brohm said township officials suspect the lab was created by area teenagers.

“We’ve had people bring us pictures of the debris that was left behind and we’re quite certain it’s some teens,” he said. “They had to have known they were in one of our parks because we have signs all over the place. I can’t imagine they’d be naive to that.”

Brohm said officials have notified the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office and Huron-Clinton Metropark Authority officials since the park isn’t far from the Wolcott Mill Metropark, but budget cuts have reduced the ability by both departments to provide more patrols.

Ray Township officials are now considering additional lighting in the area.

“Maybe that’s the deterrent,” Brohm said.



CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Southridge Walmart’s sales of a cold and allergy medication that’s also used to manufacture illegal methamphetamine have nearly tripled since January, according to data released by a Kanawha County task force this week.

The Walmart at Southridge Centre sold 564 boxes of pseudoephedrine — known under brand names such as Allegra-D, Claritin-D and Sudafed — last January. Sales increased steadily throughout the year to a high of 1,653 boxes last month.

Over the same eight months, total pseudoephedrine sales at all Kanawha County pharmacies dropped 18 percent, according to data from a new statewide tracking system called NPLEx.

“It’s like those folks shifted their business,” said Dr. Dan Foster, chairman of the Kanawha County Commission’s “Meth Task Force” that’s investigating the illegal use of pseudoephedrine to make meth in clandestine labs.

Kanawha County law enforcement agencies have seized more than 100 meth labs this year, a record number. Meanwhile, Kanawha pharmacies have sold more boxes of pseudoephedrine to customers on a per-capita basis than any county in West Virginia. Pseudoephedrine is a key meth-making ingredient.

The Southridge Walmart sold 10 times more pseudoephedrine than its stores in Nitro and Quincy, according to the data.

The nearby Target store, located along Corridor G in South Charleston, sold 123 boxes of pseudoephedrine last month.

Bridget Lambert, executive director of the West Virginia Retailers Association, said the Walmart at Southridge has the highest overall merchandise sales volume in the county, so it stands to reason that the store would be the No. 1 seller of pseudoephedrine.

“Just the volume of their customer base supports that,” Lambert said. “It’s the volume of people who go there and the store’s location as to why they are where they are.”

Lambert added that the start of allergy season in August likely led to the spike in pseudoephedrine sales at the Southridge Walmart.

“This is allergy season in West Virginia,” she said.

A Walmart spokeswoman would not comment Wednesday.

Other Kanawha County stores with high sales included Rite Aids in Kanawha City (739 boxes in August), South Charleston (648 boxes) and on Charleston’s West Side (592 boxes). Those sales numbers mostly held steady or declined slightly throughout the year.

The NPLEx data also shows that the tracking system — part of Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s 2012 substance abuse bill — has blocked an increasing number of pseudoephedrine sales at Kanawha County stores.

In January, the electronic system blocked 217 boxes of the cold and allergy medication. Last month, NPLEx blocked 667 purchases, according to the data.

“The thing that stands out blaringly to me is that the stores that do have the highest volume of traffic through their doors and are therefore asked to sell their customer base pseudoephedrine — because that’s where they go to get their cold and allergy remedy — also have the highest number of blocked sales,” Lambert said. “Those number do correlate with each other.”

In recent months, some Kanawha County law enforcement officials have criticized the statewide tracking system. Lambert said the latest numbers show NPLEx is working.

“It’s showing a lot of blocks,” Lambert said. “NPLEx is doing its job.”

Kanawha County’s total pseudoephedrine sales declined from 9,341 boxes in January to 7,653 boxes in August.

Lambert predicted those sales would decline more rapidly this fall.

Tomblin’s bill sets monthly and yearly purchase limits for the drug. Many people who take pseudoephedrine for chronic allergies will meet their yearly limit this month, she said. Those customers can continue to buy the allergy medication if they get a doctor’s prescription.

State lawmakers have twice introduced legislation — in 2011 and 2012 — to require a prescription for pseudoephedrine, but legislators rejected both bills after drug industry and retail store representatives lobbied against the proposals.

Last week, state Sen. Greg Tucker, D-Nicholas, said he would introduce a similar bill to make pseudoephedrine prescription-only. Oregon and Mississippi are the only two states that require a doctor’s prescription to buy the cold and allergy medication.

In West Virginia, pharmacies now keep pseudoephedrine products behind the counter, and customers must show a photo ID to purchase the drug.

The task force plans to meet today at 9 a.m. at the Kanawha County Commission chambers.



HOUMA, Louisiana — Terrebonne sheriff’s deputies arrested a Chauvin couple after they found a clandestine methamphetamine lab in their home.

The Courier reports ( ) neighbors called the police Sunday when they heard 40-year-old Keithie Cunningham Rodriguez screaming for help. When deputies arrived, she told them she and her boyfriend, 36-year-old Brian Guillotte, were fighting.

Deputies said they noticed items consistent with the manufacturing of methamphetamine and called Terrebonne Parish Narcotics Task Force agents to search for precursor chemicals used to make methamphetamine.

Guillotte was booked with domestic abuse battery, possession of a schedule one controlled substance and creation or operation of a clandestine lab for the unlawful manufacturing of a controlled substance.

Rodriguez faces charges of creation or operation of a clandestine lab.

It was unclear whether Guillotte and Rodriguez have attorneys.



The U.S. Attorney’s Office has released the names of several Ramonans arrested in the year-long undercover drug investigation that led to 65 arrests.

The multi-agency operation focused on Ramona and Poway with law enforcement officials seizing drugs with a total street value of $2.1 million, 76 firearms, a live grenade found at a Ramona residence, and $230,000 in cash. Drugs seized included 93 pounds of methamphetamine, 56 pounds of cocaine, 14 pounds of heroin, five pounds of prescription pills and 30 grams of marijuana. The majority of firearms were from Ramona, said Lt. James Bovet of the sheriff’s Ramona station.

According to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, about 80 percent of those arrested Sept. 10 are from Ramona, but the majority of names had not been released by press time as more arrests were expected this week. Check the Sentinel’s website, for updates.

Bovet said those in custody will be facing felony charges.

The following Ramona residents are facing federal charges, as reported by the U.S. Attorney’s office:

•Juan Aguirre, suspected of distribution of methamphetamine and conspiracy, unlawful possession of firearm, and discharge of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense.

•Paulino Aguirre, suspected of distribution of methamphetamine and conspiracy.

•Oscar Rodriguez-Torres, suspected of distribution of methamphetamine and conspiracy, and unlawful possession of firearm.

•Miguel Rodriguez-Torres, suspected of methamphetamine and conspiracy

•Jose Ernesto Dinero, suspected of distribution of methamphetamine.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s office, some residences had not been determined yet. Also facing federal charges are:

•Christopher Maldonado from Poway, Jose Tyoran, John Caudle, Michelle Vasquez, and Israel Ornelas, suspected of distribution of methamphetamine and conspiracy.

•Johnny Castillo, suspected of distribution of methamphetamine and conspiracy, and unlawful possession of firearm.

•Todd Young, suspected of distribution of methamphetamine and conspiracy, and unlawful possession of firearm

Operation Mountain Shadow was launched in October 2012 in response to numerous citizen complaints and a spike in crime in Ramona and Poway that was tied to heroin and methamphetamine trafficking, said officials.

Participating in the operation were the sheriff’s department, district attorney’s office, Drug Enforcement Administration Violent Trafficking Team; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; U.S. Marshals Service; Regional Auto Theft Task Force; U.S. Attorney’s Office; U.S. Border Patrol; Narcotics Task Force; and FBI Violent Gang Task Force.



BROOKSVILLE – A woman arrested on charges of possessing methamphetamine received an additional charge on Tuesday of introducing contraband into the jail.

According to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office, Christina Iglesias was driving in the area of Eldridge Road and Spring Hill Drive with several passengers when she was pulled over by Deputy Dane Jenkins.




Jenkins found marijuana and methamphetamine in the car, and Iglesias, 20, was taken to the Hernando County Jail.

While being booked, Iglesias told deputies she had hidden methamphetamine in her underwear, and received an additional charge of introducing contraband into a detention facility. She remains in jail on $2,000 bond.


The city police on Wednesday named the deputy subdistrict head, Beni Hari Wibowo of Bidara Cina in Jatinegara, East Jakarta, a suspect in a drug case after he tested positive for crystal methamphetamine, locally known as shabu-shabu.

“We have officially named Beni Hari Wibowo a suspect. He was tested for drugs and the result was positive for methamphetamine,” city police narcotics division deputy chief, Adj. Sr. Comr. Anwar Effendi, told reporters at the city police headquarters on Wednesday.

He said that the police arrested the suspect when he was consuming crystal methamphetamine with two security guards of the Taman Ismail Marzuki (TIM) cultural center in Central Jakarta at approximately 10:30 p.m. on Sep. 17 at the cultural center’s security guard office.

“We have already named the two security guards, identified only as HS and AA, as suspects,” he said.

He said that the police confiscated 0.3 grams of crystal methamphetamine and a bong (a water pipe used to smoke the drug) at the time of his arrest.




Congressman Larry Bucshon will hold a hearing of the House Subcommittee on Research and Technology to investigate Methamphetamine addiction, prevention, and treatment.

Indiana’s 8th District representative will learn more about a major problem in our area on Wednesday.

Congressman Larry Bucshon will hold a hearing of the House Subcommittee on Research and Technology to investigate Methamphetamine addiction, prevention, and treatment.

He released a statement saying four witnesses, including the leader of the Indiana State Police Meth Suppression Team, will give testimony on the subject.

Buchson says he hopes it will help lead to a solution for the growing meth problem and find out how science and data can play a role.

If you see signs of meth making in your neighborhood, tips to Evansville Methbusters can be made to the Meth Suppression Unit.

To watch the hearing, click here.



Although methamphetamine lab seizures and arrests declined nationwide in 2012, it’s far too early to consider the problem solved.

Last week, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration provided statistics to The Associated Press that showed 12,694 meth lab incidents were reported around the country last year, down 5.5 percent from the 13,390 reported in 2011. It marked the second straight year that the numbers had declined, as the nation recorded 15,196 meth lab incidents in 2010. However, analysts warn that two consecutive years of declining numbers do not necessarily constitute a trend. It’s too early to declare that the meth problem is going away.

Illinois has more reason that most states to maintain its vigilance against this scourge. Our state had the fifth-highest number of meth lab incidents among all states last year with 799.

While it’s true that the number of “traditional” meth labs being uncovered has been in decline around the country, it’s also true that more meth manufacturers are turning to low-tech methods of “cooking” the drug, such as the so-called “one-pot” or “shake and bake” technique that allows them to make meth in a soda bottle. As dangerous as the traditional meth labs are to occupants of the houses where they are located, particularly children, and neighbors, the portable meth labs have the potential to spread contamination and injury almost anywhere a vehicle or person can go.

It’s also worth noting that the DEA says some states already are reporting increases in meth lab seizures and arrests so far in 2013.

Illinois has tried to crack down on the meth problem by passing laws that make it more difficult for someone to buy pseudoephedrine, one of the main ingredients in its manufacture, but authorities say the meth makers continue to find ways around such laws, often by using fake IDs.

Still, we have little choice but to continue enforcement efforts, as well as programs to treat meth addicts. We need to get meth labs off the streets and out of the small towns, but we won’t be able to incarcerate our way out of this problem. Education, intervention and treatment programs must be improved. The lower numbers of seizures are good news, but it’s far too early to let our guard down.



More than 70 percent of methamphetamine illegally trafficked into the U.S. passes through U.S.-Mexico border crossings in the San Diego area. And as Jill reports, that’s despite laws in both countries designed to crack down on the drug.

Customs and Border Protection agents here at the San Ysidro Port of Entry face a tough balancing act.

Federal K-9 unit inspects vehicles at the U.S. border with Mexico. By Jill Replogle.
Federal K-9 unit inspects vehicles at the U.S. border with Mexico



(agent:“Where you going?” “National City.”)

Facilitating international trade and travel on the one hand. On the other, trying to stop drugs and other illegal cargo from getting into the U.S.

In recent years, they’ve seen a dramatic increase in one particular drug. Methamphetamine seizures at San Diego’s ports of entry have risen by more than 300 percent since 2008.

San Diego has a long and troubled history with meth. During WWII, meth spread among many American service members stationed in the Pacific theater. When they came back to the U.S., primarily through San Diego, they brought their addictions with them. And they helped spawn a domestic meth industry.

Joe Garcia is Deputy Special Agent In Charge for ICE Homeland Security Investigations in San Diego.

(Garcia) “Gangs, biker gangs usually controlled the meth production and distribution, and Mexico used to provide the precursors.”

Precursors being the chemical ingredients that go into meth.

In the 1990s, San Diego became known as the meth capital of the country.

Rampant abuse led to several high profile crimes. There was the man who hijacked a tank and drove it down the highway. And the couple who scalded their four-year-old niece to death in a bathtub.

The damage caused by the highly addictive drug spawned a crackdown on domestic meth production. Garcia says with continued demand, and restricted supply, organized crime saw a big opportunity.

(Garcia) “Especially the Sinaloa cartel, has looked at this and said, “why are we the middle man? Why aren’t we producing this ourselves?”

Now, Garcia says, more than 80 percent of the meth seized in the U.S. is made in Mexico. And that’s despite Mexico’s own attempts to curb its production.

Much of that meth comes through San Diego in part because it’s home to the busiest land crossing between the U.S. and Mexico. More legal traffic tends to come with more illegal traffic.

But history and geography also play a role. David Shirk is an expert on Mexican drug trafficking at the University of San Diego.

(Shirk) “One of the major criminal organizations working with meth has historically been based in the Pacific Coast area of Mexico, the Colima region, the so-called Colima cartel.”

In the late 90s, that cartel first established a major meth trafficking route north fifteen hundred miles up the coast to the California border. Now, the powerful Sinaloa cartel controls the majority of the meth trade.

(Shirk) “So it makes a lot of sense that this would be moving through San Diego through the newly established, or newly consolidated networks of the Sinaloa cartel.”

Most meth comes across the border in passenger cars, in ever more elaborate hiding places.

On a recent morning at San Ysidro, Customs and Border Protection Agents called in a mechanic to detach and then slice open the gas tank of a white Jeep Cherokee. Inside, they pulled out 23 packages of marijuana, some of them soaked in gasoline. In all, the stash weighed 52 pounds.

Heightened border security has made smuggling riskier, but the profits are extraordinary, says Linda Frakes. She’s an Assistant U.S. Attorney in San Diego.

(Frakes) “We’ve had expert testimony in our cases where the range is, at a conservative level, between $14 and $19 thousand dollars a pound when it comes into San Diego. And that price pretty much doubles from what a pound is in Mexico to what a pound is in the United States just by crossing the port of entry.”

It’s very difficult to know just how much Mexican meth is making it through San Diego ports of entry, but public health workers say meth use in San Diego county is again on the rise.

Still, border authorities think part of the reason drug seizures have increased is because they’re doing a better job of detecting drugs.

The long lines at San Ysidro give drug sniffing dogs time to weave in and out of the cars and alert officers to hidden stashes. Powerful x-ray machines can spot packages hidden in secret panels and gas tanks.

Still, Agent Garcia is realistic about authorities’ chances of finally beating the traffickers.

(Garcia) “They’re not going to go away, they’re going to do something else. But we’re trying to get them to go away from meth because meth just ravages any user.”


Two men with possible connections to the Mexican Zetas drug cartel are facing charges for allegedly selling more than $2 million worth of methamphetamine to undercover officers, the Fairfax County police said.

Marcos Caballero-Moreno, 54, of no fixed address, and Juan Alfredo Sanchez Velasquez, 39, of no fixed address, were arrested after shipping large quantities of the drug by mail and delivering it in person to the officers over several months, police said. The also allegedly gave the officers samples of pure cocaine.

In addition, the men allegedly conspired to sell the officers methamphetamine worth $8.5 million on a monthly basis and $1.4 million in cocaine on a regular basis, police said.

The sting began in May when undercover officers started communicating with the men via e-mail, police said. At their last meeting with the officers Aug. 26, the suspects were arrested by local and federal officers in Los Angeles.

The men are facing charges of distributing methamphetamine and cocaine, money laundering and transporting drugs into Virginia. The men are being held in Los Angeles, pending extradition to Fairfax County.




(WICHITA, Kan.)— A Wichita toddler tests positive for methamphetamine and cocaine. The mother of the boy says she has no idea how the drugs got into his system.

She told Eyewitness News that she called 911 and medics rushed her son to the hospital after he had a seizure Tuesday afternoon. Originally police reported the child was a 3-month-old girl. The mother says he’s a 1-year-old boy.

Doctors tested his blood and found drugs. Police are now investigating how he was exposed to the drugs. The boy is still in the hospital.

Police returned three other children, ages 2, 10 and 14 to the home Tuesday night. The mother says the police searched the house and found nothing dangerous.

No arrests have been made and the case remains under investigation. The mother tells Eyewitness News she’s cooperating with police in every way she can and is willing to undergo any tests or searches necessary to get her baby back.

Neighbors say the house is a rental and drugs have been an issue around the neighborhood. The family was in the process of trying to get out of the house.



A Louisiana man is behind bars after he allegedly fled police and was suspected of cooking methamphetamine.

On Sept. 14 two Pike County Deputies were conducting routine patrol on Pike County Road 245 in rural Clarksville.

A Sheriff’s report notes the deputies spotted a white Ford F-150 parked along the side of the road. According to the report, the driver of the vehicle, later identified as Kevin McCormick, saw the patrol car and sped away.

McCormick mug WEB


The deputies attempted to initiate a traffic stop, but the vehicle fled for a short time. The vehicle finally stopped near the intersection of Pike 245 and Pike 247.

Deputies made contact with McCormick and observed several items consistent with the manufacturing of methamphetamine within the vehicle.


GRANITE FALLS, N.C. — A Hickory woman was arrested Tuesday as a result of a drug operation conducted by the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office Ice unit and the Granite Falls Police Department.

Shannon Leigh Powell, 31, of Hickory, was arrested in the Bojangles’ parking lot as part of a sting operation. Authorities say Powell possessed two separate baggies of meth, and met with an individual with the intent of selling the drug.

Hickory woman behind bars after undercover meth buy

Shannon Powell


Powell was also served with an outstanding indictment for felony possession with intent to sell or deliver methamphetamine and felony sell methamphetamine stemming from an investigation by the Longview Police Department, in which authorities say she sold to an undercover.

Additionally, Powell was also wanted by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department for the larceny of a vehicle.

Powell was booked in to the Caldwell County Detention Center under bonds totaling $80,000 for all four charges.

Her first court appearance is slated for Thursday.



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WARREN, Ohio– Bond is set for pair of Howland siblings, charged with drug trafficking.

A not guilty plea was entered on their behalf by the Warren Municipal Court Thursday for the felony charges.

Bond was set at $10,000 for Rachel Chew, and $7,500 for Michael Chew.



The siblings were charged with drug trafficking after they were found with methamphetamine.

charged with drug trafficking, drug possession and possession of materials for manufacturing drugs.

Michael Chew, 22, is charged with drug trafficking.

According to Trumbull-Ashtabula Group Law Enforcement Task Force Lt. Jeff Orr, the arrest was made at 3836 Highlawn Avenue, around 2 p.m. on Tuesday, September 17th.

At the residence, police found methamphetamine, scales, and the remnants of chemicals involved in making the drug.

There were two children living in the home at the time of the arrest.

They have been placed in the custody of family members.



Police uncovered drugs, guns and a large amount of cash during an Aug. 8 bust in Blaine.

Jeremy Bisceglia

Jeremy Bisceglia


Jeremy Bisceglia, 48, of 116th Avenue in Blaine, and Jordon Marie Cihak, 22, of Circle Pines, are each facing a felony charge for a first-degree controlled substance crime.

The pair were arrested after police executed a search warrant at 113 116th Ave. NE in Blaine. Discovered were approximately 3.4 pounds of methamphetamine, two military-style rifles, four handguns, six grams of marijuana and $134,534 in cash, according to Anoka County Sheriff James Stuart.

The bust was a collaborative effort involving the Anoka Hennepin Narcotics and Violent Crimes Task Force, Ramsey County Violent Crime Enforcement Team, Anoka County Sheriff’s Office SWAT, Blaine Police Department and a K-9 unit from the Minnesota State Patrol.

According to the criminal complaint, the narcotics and violent crimes task force executed a nighttime, no-knock search warrant.

The SWAT team led the entrance at 1:45 a.m. because of Bisceglia’s history as a violent criminal, according to the complaint. After ramming open the door, police discovered Cihak inside.

According to the complaint, inside the mobile home police discovered a large flat-screen TV in the south bedroom, displaying a split screen of four different camera views inside and outside of the mobile home.

In a bedroom, officers found surveillance equipment, Bisceglia’s clothing and mail and 29 grams of methamphetamine. According to the complaint, inside the walk-in closet, officers found two large safes containing six firearms and $133,240 in cash.

Jordon Cihak

Jordon Cihak


Inside the laundry room, a detective discovered plastic bags inside a tube sock hidden in the water softener, containing an additional 53.8 ounces of methampehtaime, according to the criminal complaint.

A Blaine Police officer waited outside for Bisceglia, who was known to ride a motorcycle, to return home. Police reported a motorcycle approached the resident and turned around. The officer chased the suspect, eventually catching and arresting Bisceglia, who had $1,294 in cash on him.

Bisceglia and Cihak remain in Anoka County Jail. Bail for Bisceglia is set at $750,000 and $100,000 for Cihak.



SAN DIEGO – Federal agents nabbed three would-be drug smugglers attempting to sneak millions of dollars worth of methamphetamine over last weekend, authorities reported Tuesday.

Meth behind passenger backrest, Sept. 15Liquid meth hidden in juice cans, Sept. 15Liquid meth in gas tank, Sept. 15Meth draining from gas tank, Sept. 15

The first suspected trafficker, a 32-year-old El Monte woman, drove a black 2008 Chevrolet Malibu into Otay Mesa Port of Entry from Tijuana about 4:15 p.m. Sunday, according to Customs and Border Protection public affairs.

After noticing suspicious-looking items in the car, inspectors searched it with a service dog, finding 22 pounds of liquid methamphetamine inside nine juice cans in the trunk and another 51 pounds of the drug in 34 packages hidden in a non-factory compartment behind the rear passenger seat.

The narcotic haul had a total estimated street value of roughly $1.03 million.

About 90 minutes later, officers staffing San Ysidro Port of Entry were looking over a white 1995 Ford F-150 when they noticed that the driver appeared nervous.

They referred the 32-year-old woman and her 36-year-old female passenger, both U.S. citizens who live in San Bernardino County, to a secondary search area. There, the personnel discovered 107 pounds of liquid methamphetamine worth about $2.14 million concealed in the gas tank of the pickup truck.

All three suspects were turned over to Homeland Security Investigation agents. The women’s names were not released. CBP officers seized the vehicles and narcotics.

GEELONG police say ice addicts and dealers are increasingly trying to cook methamphetamine in kitchens and car boots – a spike they’ve dubbed ‘the Breaking Bad syndrome’.

Detective Senior Sergeant Dave McTaggart told The Geelong Advertiser that his officers are cracking down on an increasing number of addicts and dealers who have created backyard drug labs. The Geelong Police Divisional Response Unit has executed 15 raids in the past year and drug offences in the area rose 36.3 per cent from 2011 to 21012. Police are also uncovering more small-scale operations devised by addicts to “feed the habit”.

Breaking Bad

Breaking Bad’s Walter White played by actor Bryan Cranston and Jesse (Aaron Paul) cook up drugs in a backyard lab on the hit TV show. Police in Geelong say they have seen a spike in ice users copying the plot of this show and cooking up drugs at home


“Most ice is still imported, but we are also seeing people with the Breaking Bad syndrome, where every idiot thinks they’re a chemist and can cook up their own drugs with no regard for how incredibly dangerous it is,” Sen-Sgt McTaggart. Some may be copying the plot of hit TV show Breaking Bad where struggling high school chemistry teacher Walt turns to a life of crime and begins cooking up methamphetamine to make money to secure his family’s future.

“For the past three years, ice has been far and away the biggest problem we’ve faced and it drives almost all crime in our community, so there will always be people thinking they can do it themselves or make a buck.

“There are some sophisticated operations, but you see others doing it from their kitchens or even the boot of their cars, driving around with the equipment all set up in the back.”



(New Braunfels, TX) — A Pittsburg, Texas, man was arrested here in New Braunfels early yesterday morning on a laundry list of charges including Possession of a Controlled Substance, Child Endangerment, and Tampering with Evidence.

The arrest came after officers stopped a vehicle in the parking lot of the Motel 6 in the 12-hundred block of I-35 North.

The vehicle had 5 people inside including an adult female driver, 3 teenagers (ages 14, 16, and 17), and an adult male riding in the backseat. T

he man was holding a Styrofoam cup with a lid and appeared nervous while talking with officers so they had him step out of the vehicle.

The man couldn’t produce any identification and at one point he whispered something to one of the teenagers and tried to hand her the Styrofoam cup.

He also tried to put the cup on the ground next to the car, but officers instead asked him to open up the cup.

That’s when they discovered a glass pipe hidden inside the red slush and he was placed under arrest.

A K-9 unit was called to the scene and the dog alerted on the car where, inside of a flashlight, they found a substance that field tested positive for methamphetamines.

50-year old James Allen Davis from Pittsburg, Texas, was then taken to the Comal County Jail and charged with Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Child Endangerment, and Tampering with Evidence.


At last check his bond had not yet been set and he remained in custody.



Crystal meth was seized for the first time in Charlottetown as two men were arrested Friday night following an investigation by the city police street crime unit.

Police pulled a vehicle over and seized a quantity of drugs, which included crystal meth, cocaine, speed pills, marijuana and hashish.

Police said the total street value was $15,000.

RAW: Crystal meth hits Charlottetown

Crystal meth hits Charlottetown



A 40-year-old man from Ontario and a 23-year-old man from New Brunswick face five charges each of possession for the purpose of trafficking.

“The aggravating thing about this seizure is, on top of an already volatile opiate prescription drug problem, these two had crystal meth on their person — approximately 9.7 grams — as well as speed pills, hashish and cocaine,” said deputy police chief Gary McGuigan.

“So that’s alarming to police to see the introduction of crystal meth into the community. This quantity here would lead us to believe that they were trying to introduce crystal meth into the community.”

Crystal meth is highly addictive, said McGuigan.

The two men remain in custody and will appear in court Tuesday.