RED BAY — A local man faces drug and kidnapping charges after police found an active methamphetamine lab at his residence and learned that he had been holding his girlfriend against her will at his residence, authorities said.

Jamie Milam, 36, 1110 Meadow Lane, Red Bay, is charged with first-degree kidnapping, trafficking methamphetamine, first-degree manufacturing a controlled substance and felony possession of drug paraphernalia, Red Bay Police Chief Jana Jackson said this morning.

Police, acting on a tip of the possibility of meth being made at the residence, executed a search warrant at Milam’s house around 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Authorities said four one-pot labs were located in the living room of the house, and once inside, police were informed by the 45-year-old Hamilton woman that she was being held there against her will. Jackson said the woman was not injured.

Milam is being held without bail in the Red Bay City Jail and will be transferred later today to the Franklin County Jail.







LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) – East Texas police made a $10,000 drug bust on Tuesday after a speeding driver evaded arrest and attempted to ditch his vehicle at a motel.

According to the Gregg County Sheriff’s Office, 31-year-old Sherman Lamont Edwards, of Dallas, was arrested after police located 120 grams of methamphetamine in his vehicle.

Around 12 p.m., Deputy Tracy Freeman observed a speeding car traveling eastbound on Interstate 20 near Longview. The deputy activated his emergency lights in an attempt to stop the 2003 black Cadillac. Edwards, the vehicle’s driver, attempted to evade the officer by exiting off of I-20 onto Estes Parkway. Edwards then drove around to the back of a motel where the deputy located his vehicle.

After arresting Edwards, Deputy Freeman located a plastic bag containing 120 grams of methamphetamine with a street value of over $10,000.

Edwards was taken to Gregg County Jail and will face one charge of manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance. His bond has not been set at this time.



Horry County police arrested four people after a traffic stop lead to distribution of methamphetamine charges for four people.

Tyrell Myers, 18, Igor Lourenco, 20, Tequenez Wilson, 20, and Laqueta Harrell, 19, all of Myrtle Beach, were all arrested and charged with Manufacture, Distribution of Methamphetamine, according to an incident report from Horry County police.

Officers pulled over a Chevrolet Cavalier around 5:10 a.m. Tuesday on Mr. Joe White Avenue in Myrtle Beach after they noticed the car did not have a tag light, a police report states.

Police said they noticed an open container of beer lying in the rear floor, so the officer told the suspects to get out of the car.

An officer recognized one of the suspects as Laqueta Harrell, who is wanted out of Massachusetts for an armed robbery.

During a search of the car, officers located a clear white baggy containing an off-white substance in the center console, the report added.

One of the suspects said “the beer was his but not the meth.”

Officers search the suspects and found more of the off-white substance in a baggy on one of the suspects.

They were all arrested and taken to J. Reuben Long Detention Center.

During a body cavity search of Harrell, police found 12 individually wrapped clear plastic bags.

The total roadside weight of the drugs was 55 grams, the report added.



COALMONT, Ind. (WTHI) – On Monday, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at 6422 E. Coulson Street in Coalmont, Ind. where they located items used to manufacture methamphetamine.

Officers were also able to locate items that are consistent with manufacturing synthetic marijuana.

The warrant was issued after a two month long investigation into the distribution of illicit narcotics.

The homeowner, 27-year-old Brandon Moore, was arrested on preliminary charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of synthetic marijuana, manufacturing synthetic marijuana, possession of paraphernalia, and maintaining a common nuisance.

Officers also located 29-year-old Jesse Betts, 21-year-old Michael Damron, 32-year-old Sheri Fiscus, 52-year-old Robert Fulford, and 18-year-old Derek Burton at the residence.

All five were arrested and face charges of visiting a common nuisance.

Those five are being held at the Clay County Justice Center on a $3,000 bond while Moore is being held at the Clay County Justice Center on a cash bond only of $25,000.

The Brazil City Police Department and the Jasonville Police Department assisted the Clay County Sheriff’s Office in conducting the search warrant.

This case is ongoing and under review by the Clay County Prosecutor.



A Savannah, Ga., man who heard voices in his home called police who then  arrested him on drug charges.

Savannah-Chatham police initially responded to 35-year-old Robert Boyles’ Beaufort Road home after he called 911 and advised a dispatcher he believed he  was home alone and had heard voices inside the residence, said Gene Harley,  spokesman for the Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team.

Searching the home for signs of a burglary, officers found several items they  believed could used to make methamphetamine and called narcotics agents, Harley  said

The agents quickly confirmed the other officers’ suspicions, finding objects  used to make and use methamphetamine.

Harley said Boyles may have been delusional.

“Methamphetamine can make people hears voices, see things that aren’t really  there or even believe they feel things like bugs crawling under their skin,” Harley said. “Users also often suffer from persecutory delusion — believing  people are out to get them or that they’re under surveillance.”

Boyles was arrested and charged with possessing subtances the intent to  manufacture methamphetamine, trafficking methamphetamine and unlawful use of  911. Boyles remains in the Chatham County jail, Harley said.




Two Cullman men were charged with meth manufacturing after deputies allegedly found a meth lab inside a residence while following up on a domestic violence case on Sunday.

Cullman County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Randy Taylor, 47, and David Tyson, 29, both of Cullman after going to the residence of Taylor on Alabama Highway 278 in Cullman around 1 p.m. on Sunday. Cullman Narcotics Enforcement Team Director Joey Cone said the deputies noticed a strong chemical odor coming from inside the home which led to the arrests.
“As Taylor and Tyson came to the door and Taylor opened the door of his residence, the deputies saw one meth lab pot and smelled a strong meth lab odor,” Cone said. “Deputies removed Taylor and Tyson from the residence and called CNET.”
A meth lab pot is a two litter bottle with a white powdery substance around the top and an unknown substance inside the bottle.

When CNET agents arrived, they removed the one meth lab pot and a gas generator from the home. They also located approximately one gram of methamphetamine, used syringes, scales, ammonium nitrate, empty boxes of pseudoephedrine, salt and lithium stripes.

Both men were arrested for unlawful manufacturing of a controlled substance first degree. They are being held in Cullman County Detention Center, each on a $1 million dollar bond.

Sheriff Mike Rainey said the investigation on this residence has been going on for several months.

“We want to thank the neighbors in the community for being patient and working with us,” Rainey said. “We have been getting information about this particular residence for sometime and handling the investigation. We’re glad to have these guys in jail and appreciative of the deputies and the hard work CNET always does.”



TRINITY COUNTY, TX (KTRE) – An 88-year-old grandmother is believed to have served as a lookout for a methamphetamine distribution operation in Trinity County, Texas.

The grandmother was one of three suspects at a house in The Landing subdivision between Groveton and Trinity that was raided by Trinity County Sheriff’s Office deputies Sunday. Two people were arrested at the scene, and TCSO deputies seized “several grams” of pre-packaged meth.

“She didn’t actually hand us the drugs,” said Trinity County Sheriff Woody Wallace. “We would need for someone to actually hand us a drug or prove that she had knowledge that that’s what was taking place. We feel that she did because she was looking out the window when we raided the house with the search warrant.”

Larry Rawson Sr., 54, was arrested at the scene for manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance. Devon Sarafas, 38, was also arrested at the scene, and she was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana.

Wallace said the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office was initially called out to the residence in The Landing on July 11 for an overdose. When they arrived on the scene, they met with Michael Rawson, who was arrested on outstanding warrants later that day after he was taken to a local hospital and cleared in regard to health concerns.

While the authorities were at the scene, Wallace told Michael Rawson’s father, Larry Rawson, and 88-year-old grandmother that they knew they were dealing drugs out of their house.

“We’ve been watching them for quite some time, and basically, I gave them the option to quit, or we would be back shortly,” Wallace said. “Well, they didn’t heed the warning.”

Wallace said they sent an undercover officer to the home in The Landing on July 13.

“In the residence while we were doing the undercover buys, we would notice that there would be an elderly woman that would be watching out the window as the drug transaction was taking place inside,” Wallace said. “So we decided that we’re going to check her involvement out, and we’re going to let a grand jury decide whether she needed to be charged or not. That is going to a grand jury this next month. Given her age, we didn’t feel that it’s appropriate to just go and put her in jail. We want to be a little more careful with that.”

Wallace said as soon as the TCSO deputies “busted in” the door, the 88-year-old woman started “screaming and hollering.” When she realized that they were the police, she started crying.

“But she was ready to fight when we first showed up,” Wallace said.

The undercover deputy made two $40 meth purchases. It was enough for the TCSO to obtain a search warrant, and they raided the house the next day.

The house in question has been on Trinity County authorities’ radar for quite a while. Wallace said his deputies have been monitoring this residence and other suspected drug houses since he took office as sheriff in January. Wallace said the house in The Landing was first brought to his attention several years ago, when he was still serving as a constable.

As a result TCSO deputies made several trips out to the subdivision to observe the goings on at the house.

“We’d see known drug users go into the house, all hours of the night,” Wallace said. “They would go in, come back out within two or three minutes – it’s a good indication they’re trafficking drugs out of there. So like I said it was well known. They were doing major quantities out of this house.”

Wallace said they think the people involved in the meth operation were getting the drug from the Houston area.

“The district attorney and I have decided that we’re going to take a very strong approach to deterring anybody who wants to sell drugs in Trinity County,” Wallace said. “And we basically said that if there’s a way that we can legally start seizing these people’s property and costing these people the same amount of money that they’re costing the system and costing the tax payers, then that’s what we’re going to do.”

“I gave them the option to quit or we would be back shortly,” Wallace said. “Well they didn’t heed the warning.”

A video shows the dialogue between Wallace and Rowson:

Wallace: “Larry?”

Rowson: “Yes Sir.”

Wallace: “I told you I’d be back.”

Rowson: “Yes Sir.”

Wallace: “I told you if you continued selling drugs I’d be back.”

Rowson: “I hadn’t sold anything.”

Along those lines, Trinity County authorities have filed to seize the home and the property it sits on in The Landing. Wallace said they plan to file for seizure on every vehicle and house that are involved in drug distribution operations.

“We’ll take the stuff away from criminals and maybe sell it to law-abiding citizens,” Wallace said.



Gordon County deputy sheriffs stopped a suspicious automobile near the intersection of Riverbend Road/Moores Ferry Road near Plainville. The deputies noticed a harsh chemical odor within this car and conducted a search of the interior. The search revealed a portable, or `rolling` methamphetamine `lab`. Arrested were Ashley Nichole Sims, 25 of Crestview, Florida and Cody Clifford Fowler, 21, of Adairsville.



Both suspects are charged with with Criminal Attempt to Manufacture, Trafficking, and Possession, of Methamphetamine.

This method is used by people concocting methamphetamine and utilizes the motion of the vehicle to mix the ingredients.

Once the suspects were in custody, officers collect the evidence and dispose of the dangerous chemicals.

`Rolling labs` are extremely volatile and very dangerous to anyone who may be near the automobile, as there is an ever present danger of the ingredients exploding.

A Pennsylvania couple is accused of cooking methamphetamine inside a car while driving through Newark last week.

Police discovered the drug operation Friday during a routine traffic stop on Marrows Road, according to Cpl. John Weglarz Sr., a spokesman for the New Castle County Police.

The incident, which began just before 11 a.m., drew police, fire crews and a Hazmat unit to a parking lot between the KFC restaurant and College Square. The area was cordoned off for more than an hour while emergency crews disposed of the chemicals.


 Ryan Oakes-Janeiro

Ryan Oakes-Janeiro

Ashley Hoppes

Ashley Hoppes



A Hazmat crew could be seen donning protective gear and slowly searching through a green Ford Taurus, which sat in the empty parking lot with its doors and trunk open. Several police cars blocked off the parking lot, and officers kept curious passersby at bay.

An officer initially pulled the car over in the parking lot when the driver, Ryan Oakes-Janeiro, 22, failed to use his turn signal.

Oakes-Janeiro and his girlfriend, Ashley Hoppes, 20, appeared nervous and were “acting suspiciously,” Weglarz said.

Officers searched the car and found a bag containing a plastic bottle. Inside the bottle was an active meth cook operation, Weglarz said.

Investigators also found six bags of heroin – two in Hoppes’ purse and four more hidden in a camera bag.

Oakes-Janeiro and Hoppes, both residents of Barnesville, Pa., were arrested without incident and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of heroin and other related offenses. Both were released on $14,500 unsecured bail.

The meth chemicals were disposed of safely, and no evacuations were made, Weglarz said.



A Wayland attorney will spend 90 days in jail and two years on probation after admitting to maintaining a methamphetamine lab.
Patrick Schuyler Burson, 45, was sentenced Tuesday, July 9, in Allegan County Circuit Court.

“As a lawyer, you had to hold yourself to a higher standard than most people do, and, because of the addiction, you failed to keep that standard foremost in your mind and more importantly in your activities,” Judge James C. Kingsley said.

Burson was arrested in June 2012, after police raided his office in downtown Wayland and his property in Otsego Township. He was originally arraigned on multiple meth charges but pleaded guilty to a single count in May.
Kingsley, a Calhoun County judge, was appointed to handle the case because Burson was a longtime criminal defense attorney in Allegan County before his arrest.

“In my view this is a tragic example of the rapid onset and insidious nature of addiction to methamphetamine,” Kingsley said. “…I’ve been a judge for over 30 years and I’ve seen more cocaine and heroin and Oxycontin and vicodin and so on than you can shake a stick at.

“But the worst is methamphetamine.”

Burson spoke to the court before sentencing.

“I’m in a position where I want to apologize to everyone in the legal system here and everybody in the community,” he said. “I am in a position here where I should have held myself up to a higher standard and I didn’t do that.
“There is a saying in one of the programs I am involved in ‘We are not responsible for our addiction but we are responsible for our recovery.’”

He said he’d been sober since his arrest and would continue to work on that, whatever the sentence he received was, and try to better himself for his children.
Otsego-based lawyer James Mikel McEwen represented Burson and noted that he’d been a friend of Burson’s since the 1990s.



“I do know him; in the community he’s regarded as a generous, kind, giving individual,” McEwen said. “I’ve received an outpouring of support on his behalf.
“I don’t believe they condone his conduct; I know they don’t, but they believe there is more to him and that he’s a genuinely good person.”

Prosecutors asked Wilkinson to follow the sentencing guidelines in the case, which gave the judge discretion on whether to send Burson to jail or to state prison. Wilkinson said he considered the fact that Burson had, so far as the evidence showed, only been making meth for himself and his girlfriend.
In the sentence, Wilkinson gave Burson a year sentence in jail, but it will remain suspended if he completes his 90-day sentence and successfully completes probation.
Now that Burson pleaded and has been sentenced, the state Attorney Discipline Board can proceed with sanctions against him.




WAYNESBORO, PA Waynesboro Police say two people are facing multiple charges in connection to a home explosion and fire Monday night.

Police say Logan Tyler Buchanan, of Lemasters, Pa., and Josie Lee McCormick, of Waynesboro, Pa., are charged with intent to manufacture methamphetamines, operation of a methamphetamine laboratory and risking a catastrophe.

The fire happened at the intersection of East Main Street and Grant Street around 8 p.m. on Monday.

The explosion shut down West Main Street between Potomac Street and Fairview Avenue for hours Monday night while Hazmat crews with the Pennsylvania State Police investigated.

Officials say a search of the residence resulted in the discovery of chemicals and precursors  used in the illicit manufacture of methamphetamines.
Police say the two suspects, Buchanan and McCormick, were the only people in the home at the time of the fire. They were taken to the WaynesboroHospital with minor injuries. They have since been treated.

The house had multiple residents and the family who lived on the second floor has been displaced. One Waynesboro Police Officer was treated for smoke inhalation and released following treatment.

Buchanan and McCormick are both being held at the Franklin County Jail.



Six people were arrested Tuesday as a result of a major meth trafficking investigation.

Arrested were Jeramie Ethan Mahler, 26, of Star; Michelle Christina Ritch, 35, Nearia “Nick” William Pinnell, 42, Wendy Demirdjian Harrison, 52, and Daniel Eric Vaughan, 51, all of Nampa; and Scott Vicente Hernandez, 42, of Oakland, California, on federal charges of conspiring to distribute methamphetamine.

The Treasure Valley Metro Violent Crimes Task Force, assisted by FBI SWAT, executed the federal arrest warrants at four undisclosed Treasure Valley locations.

Last week, according to U.S. Wendy Olson,  a federal grand jury in Boise returned an indictment charging eleven defendants — including the six arrested –with conspiracy to distribute over 500 grams of methamphetamine.

If convicted, they face a minimum term of ten years up to life in prison and a maximum fine of $10 million.

Two defendants also face charges for illegally possessing firearms.  Hernan Gomez-Gutierrez, 30, a Mexican national, and Carlos Eberardo Tovar, 28, of Nampa, charged in the original indictment filed in May, were arrested previously.  Both are set for trial on September 10 in the federal courthouse in Boise.

Two other defendants, Darrell Ray Zirschry, 32, of Nampa, and Bobbi Eileen Woolsey, 35, of Boise, are currently in custody on state charges.

The final defendant, Juan Luis Mojica-Barragan, 24, a Mexican national, has an outstanding warrant for his arrest.

Gomez-Gutierrez and Mojica-Barragan were also indicted for distributing meth  and cocaine. Zirschry is charged with unlawfully possessing a firearm. Mahler is charged with brandishing and discharging a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

The indictments are the result of an investigation by the Treasure Valley Metro Violent Crimes Task Force and the Drug Enforcement Administration.  The Treasure Valley Metro Violent Crimes Task Force is comprised of federal, state and local agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Boise Police Department, Ada County Sheriff’s Office, Caldwell Police Department, Nampa Police Department, Meridian Police Department, Canyon County Sheriff’s Office, and Idaho Department of Probation and Parole.


The brother of ailing country superstar Randy Travis was arrested Tuesday and charged with trafficking in methamphetamine.

David Brownlow Traywick, 50, of Marshville, North Carolina, was due to appear in Union County District Court on Wednesday.

The Union County Sheriff’s Office said Traywick was being held on $500,000 secured bond.

The Union County Sheriff’s Office says David Traywick is being held on $500,000 secured bond


NBC station WCNC reported that investigators alleged that “a working meth lab” had been found inside Traywick’s home.

Traywick’s wife Jessica and two other women were also arrested, according to WCNC.

Travis, 54, was placed on life support after being hospitalized on July 7 with a viral illness that affected his heart. He suffered a stroke three days later.

On Monday, Travis’ doctor said the Grammy-winning singer had “responded well” to surgery and was “interacting with his family and friends.”

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – A Kern County Sheriff’s Department search warrant leads to 100 grams of methamphetamine, money, and assault weapons, officials said.

The search warrant was issued relating to a burglary investigation, officials said. Joe Brian Barraza, 26, and Daniel Gilbert Valdez, 30, were arrested while burglarizing a home in the 300 block of E Street in Taft, officials said.

Deputies searched a Taft residence at 4:30 p.m., Monday. They found 100 grams of methamphetamine, money and seven firearms, officials said.

The firearms included an AK 47 rifle, Uzi machine pistol,  Bushmaster AR-15 rifle equipped with a grenade launcher, officials said. They also found high capacity magazines and thousands of rounds of ammunition, officials said.


This is an AR-15. Officials said they found one with a grenade launcher in a Taft home



Deputies also found $2,300, officials said.

Officials said they linked the weapons to Barraza who is a convicted felon.

Barraza was booked at the Taft Jail on the following charges: burglary, possession of methamphetamine for sale, possession of assault weapons, felon in possession of a firearm, felon in possession of ammunition, possession high capacity magazine, and others.

Valdez was also booked at the Taft Jail on charges including burglary, possession of stolen property, and possession of methamphetamine.




KENDALLVILLE — A Kendallville man is in custody after police allegedly discovered him with an active methamphetamine lab Monday evening during the Noble County Community 4-H Fair at the Noble County Fairgrounds.

Jason W. Bielski, 36, was booked into the Noble County Jail at Albion on preliminary charges of possession of precursors with intent to manufacture methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine. A decision on formal charges was expected to come later today, said Noble County Prosecuting Attorney Steve Clouse.



ZEBULON —  Residents of Weaver’s Pond looked out their front windows this morning and saw an odd sight.

The SBI bomb squad was called to the Zebulon neighborhood after workers dismantling an old barn in an undeveloped, wooded portion of the development discovered what law enforcement officials confirmed was an abandoned methamphetamine lab.

Residents in the Weaver’s Pond subdivision noticed an SBI bomb squad truck on Taramar Lane Tuesday morning as law enforcement officials investigated an old barn later determined to be the site of an abandoned methamphetamine lab



The workers reported their find to Zebulon police at about 9:30 a.m. What they saw was a suspicious, tube-like container with metal end caps and wrapped with rubber bands from end to end inside the barn. Agreeing the package looked suspicious, officers secured the area out the back of the cul-de-sac on Taramar Lane and called in the State Bureau of Investigation.

“It looked like some kind of homemade bomb, resembling homemade dynamite,” Zebulon police Chief Tim Hayworth said.

An SBI bomb squad team used a remote explosive to detonate the end of the container and found the tube was full of size D batteries. A specialist with the SBI later evaluated the inside of the barn and determined it was at one time used to produce meth, according to Hayworth.

Numerous items commonly used to make crystal meth were found in the barn – including several bottles of a drain cleaning product, iodine and rubbing alcohol, five packages of ephedrine and hundreds of boxes of matches. Hayworth said lithium batteries can also be used in the process of making the drug.

Police also found a jar in the barn containing a clear liquid that was foaming at the surface. Hayworth said it appeared to be what is known as meth oil, which is an unfinished state of crystal meth.

The SBI had the site cleared by 12:30 p.m.

Hayworth said it appeared the barn had not been used to produce meth “for a while,” but said there’s really no way of knowing when it was last used.

“It’s not been there 20 years, because everything was pretty intact,” he said.

Police say it is possible fingerprints may be recovered from the site, which is about 100 yards from the closest residence in the neighborhood.

Anyone with information on the meth lab is asked to call the Zebulon Police Department at 919-823-1818.



This week the Macon County Sheriff Department uncovered their 16th  methamphetamine lab this fiscal year, according to Chief Deputy Bryan  Satterfield. Three individuals were arrested in connection with the meth  operation.

The meth lab was uncovered at 300 Gamaliel Road in Red Boiling Springs. Leads  came to the department from neighbors who had become suspicious of illegal  activity at the residence.

“We had… the house under surveillance for about three weeks,” said  investigating officer Det. Donnie Crawford. “After having established enough  information to get a search we executed that warrant on July 11th and found  Samantha Gregory and Joseph Vibbert in the resident.”

Deputies found two one-pot shake and bake style meth labs in the upstairs  bedroom of the home. Found in another bedroom just off the living room were  lithium batteries, Coleman fuel, cold packs, coffee filters and a Smartwater  bottle.

Joseph Lee. Vibbert

                                        Joseph Lee. Vibbert             



Samantha Gregory



                                     Samantha Gregory



David Wayne Thackett Jr.


                               David Wayne Thackett Jr.
Neighborhood complaints lead to meth arrestNeighborhood complaints lead to meth arrest

Vibbert was also witnessed smoking what appeared to be a marijuana cigarettes  by law enforcement officers. A marijuana cigarette and a small marijuana roach  cigarette were found in a Marlboro cigarette pack during the execution of the  search warrant.

Samantha Gregory was taken into custody and charged with two counts of  promotion of methamphetamine, two counts of initiation a process to manufacture  methamphetamine, and one count of simple possession of Sch VI. Her bond was set  at $41,000.

Joseph Vibbert was arrested and charged with two counts of initiation of the  process of manufacturing methamphetamine, two counts of promotion of  methamphetamine, one count of simple possession of SCH.VI. His bond was set at  $41,000.

David Thackett Jr. had been observed several times during the surveillance  and turned himself in the following night. He was charged with two counts of  initiation of the process of manufacturing methamphetamine and two counts of  promotion of methamphetamine. His bond was set at $40,000.

Vibbert and Gregory will be in court on August 28, and Thackett Jr. will be  in court July 17.

Two men face drug charges after one was spotted selling methamphetamine in  Walmart’s parking lot.

According to a LaGrange Police Department press release, the department’s  special investigation section began looking into information they received  Saturday evening about a white male identified as John Hewett, 30, of LaGrange,  selling methamphetamine out of a camouflage book bag at Walmart.

Investigators made contact with Hewett as he was walking out of Walmart and  searched him to find 10 grams of crystal methamphetamine that was packaged for  distribution. He was also found to be in the possession of marijuana and Xanax  pills that were not prescribed to him.

He was placed under arrest for possession of methamphetamine with intent to  distribute, possession of marijuana and possession of schedule IV narcotic.

During the investigation, investigators learned that a male later identified  as John Clark, 47, of LaGrange, was to meet with Hewett to purchase  methamphetamine. Investigators began to communicate with Clark, with Clark  believing he was communicating with Hewett, and were able to meet up with him at  Burger King on New Franklin Road.

Clark was arrested and charged with criminal attempt to possess  methamphetamine.



CLARKSVILLE, TENN — A Methamphetamine lab found at a home on Bob White Drive in May has led to the indictment of approximately seven people.

Tuesday, Amanda Johnson, 23, and Nathan Campbell, 22, were both charged with promotion of Meth manufacturing and initiation process to manufacture Meth in an indictment from the July term of the Montgomery County grand jury.

A Drug Task Force agent begins clean up at a Meth lab found on Bob White Drive. Several one-pot labs were discovered on May 15.

A Drug Task Force agent begins clean up at a Meth lab found on Bob White Drive. Several one-pot labs were discovered on May 15


The 19th Judicial Drug Task Force was dispatched to 194 Bob White Drive on May 15 in response to several one-pot Meth labs being discovered, according to a previous article.

Johnson and Campbell, along with Robert Taylor Nail, 21, Nicole Renee Trujillo,22, and Jacob Dale Ritchie,19, are all accused of storing 11 Meth processing system inside the Bob White home.

Trujillo and James Jacob Terrell, 23, resided in the home and both are charged with manufacturing Meth and initiation process to manufacture Meth.

Terrell is additionally charged with possessing Coleman fuel for a stove and Sudafed to make Meth with on Nov. 24, 2012.

Johnson, who gave a 464 Rivermont Drive address and Campbell, who gave a 1038 Ross Lane address, were both booked into the Montgomery County Jail on $11,000 bonds.

A seventh person is also charged, but has not been formally served their charges and are under court seal.

All are scheduled to be arraigned in circuit court in early August.



Douglas Earl McCasland, 45, of Savannah, was indicted Monday on 10 counts of mail fraud and three counts of making false statements regarding the proper remediation of houses where methamphetamines have been produced, announced U.S. Attorney Edward L. Stanton III in a news release.

The indictment alleges that McCasland was certified by the state of Tennessee as a Methamphetamine Remediation Contractor and operated a business known as Haz-Tech. Under state law, all harmful residues resulting from the manufacture of methamphetamine must be removed from a house before it can be re-inhabited, and a Certified Meth Lab Industrial Hygienist must test the home to determine if it is free of harmful residue.

The release said McCasland was not a CML Industrial Hygienist but created or directed the creation of certificates of fitness for properties upon which his company had performed remediation work, even after being warned against doing so by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

The certificates were mailed to county registrars of deeds and law enforcement offices for the purpose of releasing the properties from quarantine.

The indictment lists at least nine properties in Shelby, Dyer, Hardin, Carroll, Humphreys and Coffee counties in West and Middle Tennessee where McCasland is alleged to have improperly certified the homes as being safe for habitation.

If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 for each count of mail fraud, and up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 for each count of making false statements.

“It is well known that any building where methamphetamines have been manufactured is a dangerously toxic place unless and until it is properly cleaned and tested,” Stanton said in the release. “As the indictment alleges, Mr. McCasland’s fraudulent actions risked the health and safety of the individuals who moved into contaminated homes, all so that he could profit financially.”



Authorities in Bakersfield, California arrested two men and then found methamphetamine, money and assault weapons inside their residence.

Local television station KERO reports that authorities in Kern County obtained a search warrant after Daniel Gilbert Valdez, 30, and Brian Barraza, 26, were arrested for burglarizing a home.

After authorities got their warrant, they found 100 grams of methamphetamine, along with money and several firearms inside the home, which included an AK 47 rifle, Uzi machine pistol, and a Bushmaster AR-15 rifle equipped with a grenade launcher. They also found $2,300 in cash.

The weapons were linked to Barraza, who was already a convicted felon.

Both men were arrested on multiple drug and burglary charges, while Barraza was also arrested with weapons charges. They were both taken to Taft Jail.



BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Six people were arrested in a suspected drug conspiracy that federal prosecutors say sought to distribute methamphetamine across southwestern Idaho.

Another five people were indicted in the case, announced Tuesday by U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson amid a multi-agency crackdown on an alleged meth ring centered in Nampa, Idaho.

Those arrested included Nampa residents Michelle Christina Ritch; Nearia “Nick” William Pinnell; Wendy Demirdjian Harrison; Daniel Eric Vaughan; Jermanie Ethan Mahler of Star; and Scott Vicente Hernandez of Oakland, Calif.

Others in the case were already in jail.

Meanwhile, one person, Juan Luis Mojica-Barragan, a Mexican national, is wanted on an outstanding warrant.

According to the federal grand jury indictment, the group sought to sell over 500 grams of methamphetamine.

Additional firearms charges are being levied against some of the defendants.



An Arkansas City man was arrested Sunday on rape, theft and drug charges after two alleged altercations, according to the Arkansas City Police Department.

Richard Norman Smyer, 32, is charged with domestic battery, theft, rape, possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and two counts of possession of a controlled substance.

He was transported to the Cowley County Jail, where he remained Monday in lieu of a $24,250 bond, according to the online jail roster.

Police were dispatched just prior to noon Sunday to the 400 block of North C Street for a reported disturbance, according to an ACPD press release.

When they arrived, Smyer said he had been in a “minor altercation” with his “former significant other,” with whom he has children, according to the release.

After the altercation, Smyer said she accused him of stealing money, police said. Police then interviewed the woman, who said she had asked to spend the night at Smyer’s residence.

She said they had a “brief verbal altercation” about a debt he owed to her, the release states.

She reported that she fell asleep at the house and, after she woke up, she found that she was missing money and thought that she had been drugged, and possibly assaulted sexually, according to the release.

The female said she demanded to know what happened to the money, sparking another altercation, during which she claims to have been strangled to the point of unconsciousness, only to awake later “gasping and wheezing,” police said.

She then called a friend for a ride, left the residence and met that person “a short distance away,” according to the release.

Smyer was arrested without incident, the release reports, and was found to be in possession of “two different types of controlled prescription medications,” meth and drug paraphernalia, and money that possibly was the money reported missing.

A search warrant conducted at his house produced additional evidence, the release states.



A clear plastic bag containing nearly 42 grams of marijuana was found under the genitals of a Smyrna man, police said.
Just before 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Smyrna police found the bag as well as 16 individually packaged capsules with a clear, crystal-like substance that tested positive for crystal methamphetamine, according to an arrest warrant for Eric Joseph.

Eric Joseph was arrested early Friday on charges that included possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and marijuana possession

“Accused also did have in his possession a large quantity of empty clear capsules, which are known to be used in sale of illegal narcotics,” police said. “Said methamphetamine  with the packaging, weighed approximately 2.8 grams. Based upon affiant’s training and experience, the quantity of methamphetamine  together with the packaging, and empty capsules, is consistent with the distribution of methamphetamine.”

Joseph was arrested early Friday on charges that included possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and marijuana possession. He remains in the Cobb County Adult Detention Center without bond.



CITRUS HEIGHTS (CBS13) – A woman accused of killing a 6-year-old boy while driving under the influence of methamphetamine was sentenced to 15 years behind bars on Monday.

Tresa Bales-Sterba, 52, begged for mercy during her hearing.

“I want to apologize for what I’ve done, for the horrible choice I made,” she said. “I’m not a bad person, I made a horrible choice.”

She’s accused of a deadly DUI.

Prosecutors say last year that Bales-Sterba was under the influence when she ran a red light near Mariposa and Greenback Lane, hitting 6-year-old Henry Perez-Rocha and his 8-year-old brother, Juan, as they were walking to school with their mom in Citrus Heights.

A toxicology report showed at the time of the crash that she was high on methamphetamine and amphetamine.

It’s her first criminal offense.

She also begged the family’s forgiveness.

“I hope someday the family can find a way to forgive me, because I am not a bad person.”

Henry spent months in the hospital after suffering a broken neck, but died from his injuries in January. Juan has since recovered.

“By saying sorry will not bring my little angel back,” said their mother.

Through all of the tears and pleading, Bales-Sterba felt the full weight of the court.

The judge sentenced her to 15 years in prison and required her to pay the family $3,000 in restitution.