HICKORY – Two men and two women were arrested after police found methamphetamine and paraphenalia Friday night at the Red Roof Inn.


Alisha Dawn Hedrick, 20, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, according to www.nccourts.org. She was held under a $700 secured bond.

Alisha Hedrick

Alisha Hedrick

Delta Dawn Bensley, 40, of Newton, was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. She is held under $11,000 bond.

Delta Dawn Bensley

Delta Dawn Bensley

Darschae Jamahl Nichols, 19, of Newton, was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. He is held under $5,000 secured bond.

Darschae Nichols

Darschae Nichols


Devin Andrew Yancey, 20, of Conover, was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. He is held under $9,000 secured bond.

Devin Yancey

Devin Yancey

In room 251, among items police seized were one bag of a crystal-like substance, seven used hypodermic needles, 71 unused needles and a glass pipe wrapped in a towel.


MARSHFIELD — Police officers responding to a report of the odor of burnt marijuana in the 500 block of North Maple Avenue at 3:14 a.m. Sunday resulted in the arrest of two Marshfield adults for possession of marijuana, possession of methamphetamine paraphernalia and child neglect.

Officers made contact with the residents and were invited inside, according to a Marshfield Police Department report.

They observed marijuana in “plain view and within close proximity to an infant,” according to the report. They received consent to search the house and located methamphetamine paraphernalia.

The Wood County Department of Human Services was contacted and arrangements were made for the infant to stay with other family members, the report said.

The two tenants were booked and transported to the Wood County Jail. Charges will be filed with the district attorney’s office.







DECATUR –– A police chase Friday night topped 100 miles-per-hour, went on for close to 70 miles and ended with a minor crash near Texas Motor Speedway in far north Fort Worth.

Dash cam video from a Decatur police cruiser shows the suspect scattering caution barrels as he rammed them on State Highway 114

“He’s going down the middle, taking the cones out,” said Decatur chief Rex Hoskins. “Running off the side of the road, passing on the right side, going in the wrong lane.”

Chief Hoskins says the pursuit started on Highway 287 in Decatur about 9:25 p.m. on Friday. He says a swerving car nearly hit a Decatur sergeant running radar on the side of the road.

“He said this guy was going to kill somebody if we didn’t get him stopped, the way he was driving,” Hoskins said.

The chase went north about 15 miles to Alvord, where the driver made a U-turn and headed south then west on 114.

Sgt. Brian Nodine reported plastic bags of powder flying out the driver’s window, the contents pelting the police cruiser window.

At Texas Motor Speedway, the officer caught the car as it turned south on Interstate 35. They collided and went into a ditch. Chbira Chavira, 29, of Dallas was arrested for drugs, evading arrest, DWI, reckless driving, no driver’s license and no insurance.

Chief Hoskins says he did have methamphetamine.

“We’re talking about 22 grams of meth in a baggie,” Hoskins said.
When police vacuumed out the suspect’s car, the chief said they sucked up nearly four more grams of what is believed to be meth.

Hoskins says the pursuit was within policy guidelines because the driver was considered such a threat to other motorists before the chase ever started.

Chavira is being held on $78,800 bond in the Wise County Jail.







Police say four people, all living in the same home in Mount Holly, were working together to make meth.

Buddy Allen Martin, 28, Kristie Lee Sutton, 28, David Arley Morris, 29, and Ricky Dean Martin, 30, all of 300 Hicks Circle, , were all charged.

Kristie Sutton

Kristie Sutton


Police searched the home Monday afternoon and discovered several components used to make meth inside.

According to arrest records, when mixed together, the ingredients would produce meth.

Buddy Martin was jailed on a $35,000 secured bond. Ricky Martin, David Morris and Kristie Sutton were each given $15,000 secured bonds.







ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. — The St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office arrested three people Sunday after investigating a shoplifting report.

At about 6 p.m. Sunday, a woman was reported shoplifting at a Bealls in Cobblestone Village.

Nicole Smith

David Scott Retalic

Jerome Reginald Bowe



According to a SJCSO press release, 32-year-old Nicole Rae Smith was seen selecting merchandise in the store and entering a dressing room. Smith was seen leaving the dressing room without merchandise and with a heavier looking purse.

Smith was detained after exiting the store and the SJCSO was called. Smith is charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and retail theft.

The release says witnesses saw Smith attempting to get into a vehicle occupied by a woman and two men.

During the investigation, deputies allegedly found evidence of a methamphetamine lab, drug paraphernalia and counterfeit money in the vehicle.

David Scott Retalic, 35, was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Retalic also is charged with an outstanding warrant from Putnam County for failure to appear on a retail theft charge.

The other man in the vehicle was identified by SJCSO as Jerome Reginald Bowen, 54. Bowen is charged with possession of a controlled substance without a prescription.

The unidentified woman in the vehicle was questioned and released by SJCSO deputies.

All three suspects are held at the St. Johns County Jail on bonds ranging from $500-$10,500.

The U.S. Secret Service is continuing the investigation into the alleged counterfeit money that was seized during the investigation, the release details.








The death of a 21-year-old Gorge concertgoer originally blamed on the club drug “molly” has been linked instead to meth.

Patrick D. Witkowski died in June of organ failure due to dehydration caused by the heat and methamphetamine intoxication, according to an autopsy ordered by Chelan County Coroner Wayne Harris.

Initially, hospital and police sources had attributed Witkowski’s death to the drug molly, which is considered to be a form of Ecstasy but can include a mixture of different drugs, according to law enforcement experts.

Witkowski had been attending Paradiso, a two-day electronic dance music festival with more than 25,000 attendees at the Gorge Amphitheatre. Officials suspected Witkowski had taken MDMA, or molly, but Harris’ reports tested negative.

“It was a tough one,” Harris said. Because he believed Witkowski’s death was due to an overdose of molly, he ordered tests to determine whether that was the case and the autopsy took twice as long as initially expected.

Emergency room doctors at Quincy Valley Medical Center treated 72 patients who had been attending the weekend music festival in late June. At least 40 people had medical problems related to drugs and alcohol, a hospital spokeswoman said at the time.

Dr. Cassandra Nichols, director of Counseling and Testing Services at Washington State University, said MDMA is a particularly concerning substance because people think they’re getting a purified form of Ecstasy.

“You don’t know what you’re getting,” she said. “You’re getting a whole wide variety of stuff mixed in there, including meth.”

She said university counselors are aware of the drug and the increased use of it. They’re also aware of myths regarding MDMA.

“(People think) that somehow because it’s in pill form and it looks like a prescription pill that it’s something that’s regulated, which it’s not,” she said. “Or that somehow it being a more pure form of Ecstasy means something; it doesn’t.”







Two people are in custody after a fire in North Charleston led to the discovery of an active methamphetamine lab Sunday night, according to Charleston County Sheriff’s Office.

Jessica Tobias (left), 24, and James Osborne, 24, are charged in connection with a meth lab discovered Sunday in North Charleston

North Charleston firefighters called deputies after responding about 9:30 p.m. to a residential home fire at 1903 Jessen Ave., Maj. James Brady said. Investigators determined that an active meth lab was being operated in the home and caused the fire, he said.

Metro narcotics detectives secured a search warrant for the residence and, upon investigation, arrested James G. Osborne, 24, and Jessica R. Tobias, 24, both of the Jessen Road address, on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime, Brady said.

Osborne and Tobias are being held at the Sheriff Al Cannon Detention Center. Bond hearings are scheduled for today at 3 p.m.







Blythe, California – U.S. Border Patrol agents from Blythe Station arrested three smugglers and seized $780,000 worth of methamphetamine in separate incidents during the weekend.

Friday, a Mexican national with U.S. Legal Permanent Resident status, attempted to drive through a Border Patrol checkpoint on Highway 95. A canine unit alerted to the man’s truck, leading to the discovery of nearly 42 pounds of meth hidden in the vehicle.

Saturday, agents apprehended two U.S. citizens on Interstate 10, near Intake Blvd., after finding 24 pounds of meth hidden in the trunk of their car.

All three subjects and the narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.






SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Community Partnership of the Ozarks just launched a new campaign called HELP, which stands for Helping Everyone Learn Prevention.

The creators hope educating parents is a good start to addressing the meth problem in the Ozarks.

Steve Miller hopes to tackle one of the oldest issues facing our community in a new way.

He helped start a new web video campaign about the dangers of meth.

“In our area meth continues to be a big concern,” Miller said, “It’s one of the highest addiction rates of all the drugs out there,”

You can find the video on YouTube at the Community Partnership channel.

He hopes it empowers and educates parents.

“Its a way for parents to say this is what these materials look like if you should come across one of these it’s not something you play with, its not something you investigate yourself,” he said.

He said parents should take the opportunity to talk to their kids about meth during what he calls “teachable moments.”

“In the past week we have had news headlines where there was an active meth lab found in the Springfield area and there were children present. So the teachable moment is when the parent recognizes what’s making news headlines and turns that into an opportunity to talk about the dangers of drugs,” he said.

“What are some of the signs and symptoms and concerns that kids have and what parents can do to do help dialogue with their kids about those,” Ed Derr said.

Derr is on the “Fighting Back” board developing the campaign.

He’s also a parent and is concerned about the dangers to the kids in our community.

“We hear a lot about meth in our community. The access is there now and much more readily available then it was before,” he said.

Miller said the average age of first time meth use in the Ozarks is 19 years old.

He hopes that by educating parents through the HELP video, they can talk with their kids before its too late.







BUCKHANNON – Meth issues appear in the news just about almost everyday. The issues about fighting the drug from law enforcement, and those who suffer from its side effects is an ongoing battle.

For many years, methamphetamine has been imported as a finished drug. However, production of meth has changed significantly during recent years.

“Meth is cheap to make, you make a lot of it with a little bit of money. Also with meth if your selling it it’s very profitable,” said Cpl Rodney Rolenson, of Upshur County Sheriff’s Department.

Law enforcement’s battle against clandestine methamphetamine producers is a cat and mouse game between efforts to cut off chemical supplies and efforts to get them from unregulated sources.

Not only are meth labs used to manufacture illegal, often deadly drugs, the nature of the manufacturing process causes toxic chemicals that can result in explosions, fires, and damage to people and the environment.

“For every patch of meth they cook you have about five to six pounds of waste, toxic waste be throw out the windows. It’s going in your streams, it’s going in your water wells, going into your rivers,” Rolenson said.

Only a few people ever recover from long term use. No matter how much they take, they can’t reach that rush that they first experienced with the drug.

“So it’s an issue, if you get addicted to it. It’s probably one of the hardest drugs to get off of using meth without going to a rehab facility.”

Law enforcement officials said in the end the only way to combat meth in our communities is to be vigilant. If you see something out of the ordinary alert police as soon as possible.

“The more people who are aware what to look for, and what’s going on the better. There like a extra set of eyes for us. They can see it taken place, and we rely on a lot of the public information,” Rolenson said.


A Federal Way woman is seeking answers after her apartment tested positive for methamphetamine residue.

Upon signing a lease at the Enchanted Woods Apartment Homes last August, Jade Winslow-Fuentez noticed a strong odor akin to cigarette smoke. Management arranged to clean the apartment, she said, but the odor eventually returned.

Jade Winslow-Fuentez holds two pieces of paper: one that confirms a positive test for meth residue in her former apartment, and one from the apartment

Jade Winslow-Fuentez holds two pieces of paper: one that confirms a positive test for meth residue in her former apartment, and one from the apartment’s management company that denies any meth residue was found in the dwelling unit at Enchanted Woods

“They put me in a unit that smelled like an Indian casino,” she said.

Shortly after, she and her two children — ages 2 and 16 — began coughing and feeling dizzy. Acting on a hunch, she ordered a home testing kit from methlabcleanup.com, swabbed certain spots in the apartment, then mailed the samples for testing.

The results came back positive for methamphetamine.

Winslow-Fuentez said neighbors had shared stories of the former tenants, and said they may have used meth in the apartment — unit F104.

In response, Guardian Management sent Winslow-Fuentez a letter, saying that the apartment received a “professional inspection” and tested negative for meth. The letter said there were no records of drug use or complaints involving the previous tenants.

Winslow-Fuentez sought a second opinion from Bio Clean Inc., a Lake Stevens business certified by the state Department of Health.

Again, the apartment tested positive for meth.

Theresa Borst, owner and president of Bio Clean, said meth residue is harmful regardless of whether the drug was smoked or manufactured in the apartment.

“The place is contaminated,” Borst said, adding that the management’s initial claim of negative results is questionable. “There’s just no way. … I think that they didn’t have the place sampled, and they’re just thinking they can make it go away.”

Borst has offered to give a free educational presentation to Enchanted Woods residents, but said management has not responded. She added that even if the apartment is cleaned up, meth residue may linger in or behind the walls.

Darren McDonald, senior portfolio manager for Guardian Management, issued a statement in response to the allegations of meth contamination at Enchanted Woods, which is located just outside Federal Way city limits at 2020 S. 360th St.

(Pictured: Enchanted Woods Apartments, located at 2020 S. 360th St., Federal Way. The complex has a Federal Way address, but is located in unincorporated King County.)


McDonald said Guardian commissioned a second test of the apartment. This time, the test produced positive results for meth.

“Guardian is contracting with a licensed drug lab decontamination contractor who will clean the unit,” according to the statement. “Unfortunately, our initial test proved to be inaccurate. Now that we have verified that illegal drugs were used in the unit, we are proceeding diligently to have it cleaned up.”

As of Friday, the apartment remains vacant.

Winslow-Fuentez and her youngest child have since moved in with a friend in Federal Way. Most of her belongings are still in storage, and the ordeal has drained her finances, she said.

Ultimately, she wants to ensure no one else experiences the same problem that put her family at risk.

“This has really turned my life upside down,” she said, noting that she had changed her child’s diapers on the meth-tainted carpet at the Enchanted Woods apartment. “They just can’t get away with hurting children and brushing this under the rug.”





Drug agents and park police say meth-makers have been dumping their portable-yet-explosive “labs” in wooded areas meaning danger for anyone picking up trash as number of meth labs rise.

The county’s park system seems like an odd spot for a drug-making operation but it is not when it comes to methamphetamine.

Its makers often use remote areas to concoct the drug or dump its hazardous waste.

Hunters found bottles of the highly explosive methamphetamine last year on the ground at Deer Creek and Walborn reservoirs in Lexington Township. The reservoirs, three miles apart and both part of the Stark County park system, boast hundreds of acres of parkland.

Hunters, hikers and park maintenance workers found three of these “portable meth labs” around this time last year, all in wooded areas, said Chief Park Ranger Dan George.

As this year’s hunting season gets underway, he and Stark Metro Narcotics Unit agents want to warn anyone picking up trash or litter to beware: Discarded plastic bottles may not be “just trash.”

For example, if a green Mountain Dew 2-liter bottle looks to contain a milky or cloudy substance — something that’s obviously not Mountain Dew — call police or park rangers because it could be meth and it could explode, primarily “because you don’t know what state it’s in,” said Lt. John Oliver, who heads the metro unit for the Stark County Sheriff’s Department.

Metro agents treat calls for such discoveries as “Priority One” due to their volatile nature, he said.

Illegal and highly addictive methamphetamine can be made in a bottle. People don’t have to ingest, snort or shoot the illegal drug for it to be dangerous.

Five people were arrested after a meth lab fire on Cathedral Avenue in Canal Fulton in June. Canal Fulton police and fire were assisted at the scene by Stark County Hazardous Materials unit and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation after six “one pot” bottles of meth were found in the basement, according to the police department’s Facebook page.


The number of meth cases Metro investigates each year are on the rise.

With two months to go in the year, law enforcement officers already have received nearly double the number of complaints or reports of labs compared to just two years ago.

When metro agent Jarrod Blanc became a member of the Narcotics Unit six years ago, “It would be one or two cases a year,” he said.

“This year so far, we’ve investigated 15 complaints, only five of which were unfounded,” he said. Six people have been arrested on charges stemming from the 10 remaining complaints, either on charges of illegal assembly or possession of chemicals used to make methamphetamine or operating the actual meth lab.

Blanc and his fellow officers have been called to clean up meth labs at an additional 10 locations — all investigated by other law enforcement agencies.








A deputy responded to the 32000 block of Decker Prairier Road Oct. 23 regarding a trespasser in progress. A 42-year-old woman had been asked to leave a church when she began yelling and playing loud music in the parking lot. The deputy met with the woman who showed signs of intoxication.

The deputy found a plastic baggie containing methamphetamine in the woman’s car door, and arrested her for possession of a controlled substance.







Law Enforcement says since 2010 Upper Michigan meth lab cleanups have quadrupled costing the local drug team an additional $25,000 in expenses in 2012

MARQUETTE — It’s one of the most dangerous, and addictive, drugs on the market consuming, and changing, its users like you’d never believe. 


Law Enforcement says since 2010 Upper Michigan meth lab cleanups

“It goes into your brain and creates more dopamine,” Rober Ruska explained, a Drug and Alcohol Counselor at Marquette General Hospital. “Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that is part of your pleasure center in your brain.”

Methamphetamine triggers heightened energy and euphoria for six to 12 hours while boosting one’s confidence, focus, and sexuality. But this harsh drug takes an enormous toll on the body both mentally, and physically.

“It changes your brain,” urged Ruska. “How it functions, decision making process, motor functions, your teeth degrade really fast.”

What’s even scarier is it’s cheap and easy to make. Its ingredients, pseudoephedrine, fuel, fertilizers and batteries, are all found in retail stores granting easy access to addicts.


“The amount of reported incidents of meth manufacturing is on the uprise,” said Detective Sgt. Chris Croley with Michigan State Police.

Law enforcement says a new mobile method of manufacturing is responsible. It’s called a one-pot-cook, or shake and bake, and for $50 meth users can make enough for three highs. Once in the bottle the chemicals react, building pressure. Any weakness in the plastic or oxygen getting inside, can end ugly. And, according to police, that’s what happened to more than half of their controlled tests. As dangerous as it is they aren’t rare. Police say more meth users are manufacturing by combining these unstable components in plastic bottles. Once cooked, the danger isn’t over; what’s left remains toxic, and explosive, forcing the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team, or UPSET, to wear layers of protective clothing to clean what’s being left behind.

“They’re dumping them in and around parks, in the ditch on the roadsides, in dumpsters,” explained Croley.

And the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team, or U.P.S.E.T., say thousands of dollars of their resources are being drained to clean up the mess.

Recently the team spent $2,000 to clean a site in Marquette County. According to U.P.S.E.T., it was one of their cheaper jobs. The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) covers only some of the officer’s wages but travel, equipment, and even overtime all fall on U.P.S.E.T., which operates on donations.

“Our U.P.S.E.T. budget yearly costs about $188,000 dollars a year,” said Detective Lt. Timothy Scholander of U.P.S.E.T.

The drug team says the rising number of meth cleanups is straining their budget. From 2010 to 2012 the number quadrupled from 11 to 44, costing U.P.S.E.T. an extra $25,000 in 2012.


“They range from $3,000 to $10,000 anytime we go to a lab,” Scholander explained.

The components are highly hazardous, capable of releasing gases that could burn person’s lungs or even ignite into flames forcing officers to wear layers of protective clothing.

“We have to wear the chemical suits, the breathing apparatus, and the protective gear just to keep ourselves safe when we’re going to clean this stuff up to dispose of it properly,” said Scholander.

U.P.S.E.T. gear for one officer is roughly $800 and equipment lifespan can vary from one use to a year. Equipment includes multiple layers of gloves, four different protective suits for various levels of dangers, and respirators.

“These are used if there’s high risk of fire,” Scholander said.

Although rising numbers are concerning UPSET offices believe awareness is one of the best weapons in the war on drugs.

“We’ve reached out across the whole Upper Peninsula and gone into schools and done drug awareness programs, educated police officers, and firefighters,” Scholander explained. “I think the more meth labs we see is also a part of the publics being educated on what to watch out for.”

Be weary of battery pieces, aluminum foil, burned bottles and even thing tubing. Law enforcement urge anyone encountering a meth lab dump site to call 911 and keep their distance.

If you would like to donate to U.P.S.E.T. you can contact Detective Lieutenant Timothy Scholander at 906-346-9289 or by mail at:

P.O. Box 364
Gwinn, M.I. 49841







Home in Odebolt yields dealing gear

An Odebolt woman was busted for meth after she went goofy in the Storm Lake Walmart Tuesday afternoon.

Police were called to the store at 2:19 p.m. because of a woman acting in a suspicious manner.

When police arrived they were told that a woman was flailing her arms and crawling around on her hands and knees in the store.

Police were directed to a vehicle in the parking lot where the female had made her way to.

Police identified the female as Lynsey Huls, 20, of Odebolt.


Police say Huls was under the influence of methamphetamine and took her into custody.

Located in Huls’ vehicle was approximately 28 grams (1 ounce) of methamphetamine, valued at $4,200, packaging materials, a scale and other paraphernalia used in the sale of methamphetamine.

Huls was transported to the Storm Lake Police Station for questioning and was then charged by the Storm Lake Police Department with possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, failure to affix a drug stamp, public intoxication and possession of drug paraphernalia.

She was booked on a $25,000 bond.

Storm Lake Police gathered a search warrant for a residence located at 600 West Sixth St. in Odebolt and at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday night the Storm Lake Police and Sac County Deputies executed the search warrant at the Odebolt residence.

Police located and seized additional drug paraphernalia connected to the use of methamphetamine along with a small amount of methamphetamine.

Police further detected that the residence was wired with outdoor surveillance cameras.

Additional charges are pending in the investigation.







wo men and a woman were arrested after they were caught shoplifting, according to Coweta authorities.

Coweta County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the Kohl’s department store in Newnan Pavilion on Bullsboro Drive around 9:20 p.m. Wednesday to a call about a suspicious person, said Lt. Col. Jimmy Yarbrough with the sheriff’s office. At the store, Deputy Josh Evans found and began talking to a man later identified as Ricky Lamar Howard, 28. During their conversation, a necklace slipped out from inside Howard’s pants, Yarbrough said.

Howard was taken into custody, Yarbrough said, and he gave authorities the names of his two cohorts, Karl Michael Lopez, 30, and Ashley Marie Balok, 26. Deputies went out to the parking lot, where they found the three suspects’ vehicle with its door open. Searching the vehicle, Sgt. Jeff Bugg saw a glass pipe lying in the front and found approximately one gram of methamphetamine inside.

Deputy Matt Williams and Bugg then went inside the nearby Ross store where they found Lopez and Balok, Yarbrough said. Because he had a warrant out for a violation of probation, Lopez attempted to fight the deputies, but Williams took him to the ground, Yarbrough said. Both were taken into custody.


Deputies discovered the three were under the influence of methamphetamine and were shoplifting items from multiple stores around the Newnan Pavilion all day, including Academy Sports, Petsmart, Kohl’s and Ross, Yarbrough said. One would go in and shoplift the items, and another would return them for cash — cash suspected to go toward buying more methamphetamine, he said.

All three were charged with theft by shoplifting, and Lopez was charged with obstruction of officers. Because the vehicle turned out to be Lopez’s, he was additionally charged for the possession of methamphetamine.

A traffic stop Friday night in Calistoga led to the arrest of a Glenhaven woman on suspicion of drug possession, according to police.

At 9:40 p.m., a Calistoga police officer saw a 1998 Dodge Durango parked outside a gas station in the 900 block of Petrified Forest Road, according to Sgt. Tim Martin. The officer saw possible signs of narcotics intoxication and asked permission of the driver, 48-year-old Helen Re, to search the SUV, Martin said.

The search revealed two suspected methamphetamine smoking pipes and a pill bottle containing suspected marijuana and hydrocodone, as well as a zip-top bag containing suspected methamphetamine, according to Martin.

Re was detained on suspicion of possessing marijuana, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, as well as possessing medication without a valid prescription. She was booked into the Napa County jail.

A dog found in the Dodge was taken to the Calistoga Pet Clinic after Re’s arrest, Martin said.







Kershaw County, SC (WLTX) — A man out on bond for narcotics violations was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a relative.

According to Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews, 41 year-old Edward Walter Conant was placed under arrest and charged with Criminal Sexual Conduct with a minor victim under 16.

Edward Walter Conant

The sheriff reports that an investigator was notified by a Columbia physician who had treated the victim saying she disclosed to him she was forcibly sexually assaulted by Conant.

The victim then provided investigators with a statement during an interview with a forensic examiner, detailing the assaults that allegedly occurred on the weekend of September 21st of this year.

An arrest warrant was obtained for Conant, and an alert Kershaw County Deputy visually identified Conant at the Kershaw County Courthouse, placing him under arrest.

He had been previously arrested for a number of narcotics violations, and was out on bond for charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, and possession of methamphetamine and marijuana.

After Conant was transported to the Kershaw County Detention Center, investigators executed a search warrant at his residence, recovering the remnants of a methamphetamine manufacturing operation, and a large quantity of pornographic materials focused on underage girls.

Everyone is reminded that if you are aware of illegal drug activity, or an incident of sexual assault such as this, you are asked to contact:


E-mail a tip in by visiting www.midlandscrimestoppers.com

Or by texting “TIPSC” plus your message to CRIMES (274637). Either way you choose, your identity will remain anonymous, and you could be eligible for a cash reward.






LEXINGTON COUNTY — Three Midlands residents were arrested Thursday, charged with operating a rolling meth lab in Lexington County.

According to the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department, the three were operating a methamphetamine lab in a Chevrolet Equinox SUV in a shopping center parking lot on Emanuel Church Road near West Columbia.


The two women and one man charged were: Shane Everette Culley, 24, of Lexington, on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine and possession methamphetamine with intent to distribute; Allisha Grace Harr, 18, of Lexington, on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine; and Lauren Elizabeth Ragsdale, 21, of Columbia, on charges of manufacturing and possessing methamphetamine.

Deputies received information shortly before 8 p.m. Halloween night that the three were planning to sell meth from the SUV. Deputies found a mobile lab in the rear driver’s side compartment, according to a LCSD press release.

Culley was also found with two used needles, two cylinders that contained three bags of meth, one box with two bags of meth and one small bag of marijuana.

Sheriff James Metts asked anyone with information about illegal drug activity in Lexington County to call the Lexington County Sheriff’s


Armed with search warrant, Rowan County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigation Unit (SIU) and the Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Unit (ACE) charged two people with drug violations after finding methamphetamine.

Holly Higdon

Holly Higdon


On Thursday, they executed a state search warrant at 1324 Montgomery Ave. Approximately 12 grams of crystal methamphetamine “ice” was located in the search of the residence, along with other drug related paraphernalia. The retail value of the methamphetamine was around $1,200.

Jamie Myers

Jamie Myers


Arrested were Holly Ryan Higdon, 20, and Jamie Lynn Myers, 36, both residents of 1324 Montgomery Ave. Higdon was charged with possession of methamphetamine and maintaining a dwelling and placed under a $5,000 secured bond. Myers was charged with possession with intent to sell or deliver methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia and placed under a $10,000 secured bond. The arrest is a continuation of efforts by the sheriff’s office to disrupt the manufacturing and distribution of methamphetamine and crystal methamphetamine “ice” in Rowan County.







Law enforcement didn’t have to go far to arrest a North Dakota couple. The two were arrested Wednesday on charges including methamphetamine possession, after being found sleeping in the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation’s parking lot in Casper.

According to police reports, Robert James Gee and Megan Leanne Mey were discovered, asleep, in a 2007 Honda Civic, that was parked outside the Wyoming DCI’s Casper Office.

Robert Gee, Megan Mey



Following an investigation by the Casper P.D., the two suspects were arrested after methamphetamine and related paraphernalia were found in the vehicle. Officers and DCI agents also discovered that the VIN numbers on the vehicle had been altered.

Police say that Mey explained the car had been borrowed from a friend and then traveled to Montana with Gee. Mey then claims that Gee and a man in Montana began removing the VIN numbers from the vehicle. Then, leaving Montana, the couple pulled into the Werner Ct. parking lot to sleep for the night. Mey said that while Gee may have been high on Methamphetamine at the time, she did not claim ownership of any of the evidence in the car.

Investigators say Gee denied knowing that the VIN had been tampered with

Both Gee and Mey face charges of Possession of Methamphetamine. Gee also faces charges of Altering Vehicle Registration and, after police say he tried to run from the scene, a charge of interference.

May is currently being held on a $1,200 bond, Gee on a $2,000 bond.







A Ventura-based drug dealer who was a major supplier in the City of Santa Barbara was arrested Wednesday after a two-week investigation. Santa Barbara narcotics officers made contact with Hernan Gutierrez, 32, during a traffic stop on West Haley Street at around 8:50 a.m. and found him in possession of two ounces of cocaine and one ounce of methamphetamine.

Hernan Lizardo Gutierrez

Hernan Lizardo Gutierrez


During a search of Gutierrez’s home in Ventura, detectives found three pounds of cocaine, 1.3 pounds of methamphetamine, and $90,000 in cash.


They also recovered a 9mm handgun and a kilo press, a device that compresses drugs into rectangular bricks approximately one kilogram in weight. Gutierrez was booked in County Jail with bail set at $100,000.






NANJING, Nov. 4 — Police in east China’s Jiangsu Province announced on Monday the seizure of 19 suspects for drug dealing offence.

Officers in Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu, seized about 2.2 kg of methamphetamine and 3 vehicles.

A woman surnamed Xu, living in the Pukou district of the city, caught the attention of the police early this year. A user and dealer of drugs brought from Guangdong Province, it was through Xu that officers were able to target the whole drug network.






CALEXICO — U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized about $96,000 worth of methamphetamine hidden inside a vehicle dashboard at the Calexico downtown Port of Entry on Thursday.

Around noon, Jovana Quintana-Uribe, 25, of Mexicali approached the Calexico downtown Port of Entry driving a 2002 Ford Focus, and a detector dog alerted to her vehicle.

Upon further inspection, CBP officers found a specialty-built compartment in the dashboard area and seven packages of methamphetamine inside. The narcotics weighed a total of nearly eight pounds.

After being advised of her rights, Quintana told authorities she believed she was transporting money into the U.S. and was to be paid $1,000, according to the court complaint.

She said a man she met at a dance club offered her the money for the service, and she was instructed to leave her vehicle in a Mexicali shopping plaza for three hours one day before being told her vehicle was ready.

According to the court complaint, she was then supposed to leave the vehicle at the Imperial Valley Mall where someone would be waiting for her.

Quintana was turned over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations agents and booked into Imperial County jail on suspicion of importation of a controlled substance. CBP seized the vehicle and narcotics.






LAREDO, TEXAS –U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Laredo Port of Entry seized yet another large quantity of alleged crystal methamphetamines when they intercepted 114 pounds of the alleged narcotic in one single enforcement action. The large quantity of methamphetamines is valued at over $3.6 million.

“CBP officers have been busy finding loads of methamphetamines and from the amount of this case, this interception outweighs the last large load and makes this load the largest yet for this month, said Jose R. Uribe, CBP Acting Port Director, Laredo. “This large seizure brings the total amount of methamphetamine seized at the port this month to more than 300 pounds. What better way to show the unified efforts that CBP officers contribute in drawing awareness to the month of October when all law enforcement agencies join in solidarity to show what each respective agency does in the war against drugs.”

The seizure occurred on Sunday, October 27, 2013 when CBP officers working at the Lincoln-Juarez Bridge encountered a 33-year-old Mexican citizen from Duluth, Georgia driving a 2009 Dodge Avenger SXT. The driver, the vehicle, and its occupants were referred to secondary inspection for an intensive exam. The secondary exam by CBP officers resulted in the discovery of two containers with 114 pounds of alleged crystal methamphetamines found within the Dodge Avenger. The estimated street value for the crystal methamphetamines is listed at $3,648,000.00.

CBP officers arrested the male driver, seized the alleged crystal methamphetamines and the Dodge Avenger. CBP officers turned the driver over to Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents for further investigation.