Two women pulled over for a suspected traffic violation today on a Visalia-area freeway were arrested after a search of the car reportedly turned up more than $681,000 worth of methamphetamine.

The California Highway Patrol conducted the traffic stop in the area of highways 99 and 198.

The time and exact location weren’t disclosed in a press release issued by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department, which was called in to assist after the CHP officer reported that the driver and passenger were acting suspiciously.

A sheriff’s dog indicated that it smelled drugs in the car. After obtaining a search warrant, sheriff’s narcotics investigators searched the car and reportedly found 15 pounds of methamphetamine inside bags of dog and cat food.

Alma Arroyo, 36, identified by the CHP as a suspected unlicensed driver, and passenger Maria Calderon, 39, were arrested on suspicion of charges not specified in the sheriff’s report.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department at 713-2950.

 

 

 

http://www.visaliatimesdelta.com/article/20130604/NEWS/306040042/More-than-600-000-worth-methamphetamine-seized-during-Visalia-area-traffic-stop

 

 

Londoners in their thirties are increasingly being treated for the long-term side-effects of party drugs and “legal highs”.

About 50 people a month are seen by the Club Drug Clinic, with many suffering from years of recreational use of the “big four” — ketamine, mephedrone, GHB/GBL and methamphetamine, also known as crystal meth.

Experts say this challenges the stereo- type of pill-popping youths and paints a disturbing portrait of “people with jobs and responsibilities” unaware of the perils of regular weekend drug-taking.

Psychiatrist Dr Owen Bowden-Jones said: “When I opened the clinic I thought this is going to be for young people in their late teens, early twenties, probably having their first difficult experience with a substance. But the average age has been late twenties, early thirties.

“These are people who have used club drugs recreationally, often without a problem, for years. Slowly their problems have escalated to the point they have run into significant difficulty. The harms we are now seeing, you wouldn’t normally associate with club drugs.

“One of the most severe side-effects is ‘ketamine bladder’, where the drug causes ulceration, leading to extreme pain and the need to urinate every 10 to 15 minutes. Three patients had surgery to repair severe damage done. One problem is that ketamine is an anaesthetic. As people reduce their intake, the pain gets worse.”

Some clubbers who took mephedrone have developed psychotic symptoms akin to schizophrenia. Others became addicted to GBL, an industrial solvent. Users have been known to set alarm clocks to top-up doses at night. Side-effects include shaking and delirium.

Problems are exacerbated by use of the drugs alongside “legal highs” — normally untested research chemicals available on the internet. Some 70 types have been seen so far at the clinic.

About 800 people have been referred to the clinic since it opened two-and-a-half years ago, with 500 undergoing treatment. It operates from Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and Mortimer Market in Soho. Patients range in age from 16 to 62, and 60 per cent are older members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

 

 

 

 

http://www.standard.co.uk/news/health/clubbers-in-their-30s-seek-help-for-damage-caused-by-drug-abuse-8645548.html

 

Tustin, Calif., man arrested after allegedly bringing drugs to Idaho from Mexico.

 

BOISE — Ada County sheriff’s deputies seized 12 pounds of methamphetamine Monday after arranging a buy from a Southern California man, authorities said.

Joel Gonzalez Laureano, 26, of Tustin, Calif., was arrested and taken to the Ada County Jail after he allegedly tried to sell meth to undercover detectives at a home near South Cole and Overland roads, according to a written release.

Gonzalez Laureano

 

 

Gonzalez was arraigned Tuesday in Ada County 4th District Court on one count of trafficking in methamphetamine. Magistrate Judge Daniel Steckel set bail at $1 million. Gonzalez remained in custody Wednesday afternoon.

An undercover officer agreed to pay Gonzalez $150,000 for the drugs, which police said were brought to the Treasure Valley from Mexico over the weekend.

“His connection to Idaho is unclear,” sheriff’s spokesman Patrick Orr said.

Six bags containing 12 pounds of meth were found inside a backpack contained inside Gonzalez’s car, police said.

The arrest came following a three-month investigation, Orr said. He would not say whether police expect any further arrests.

“It’s an ongoing investigation,” Orr said.

Officers with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Task Force, the Canyon County Sheriff’s Office and the Caldwell Police Department also assisted.

A preliminary hearing has been set for June 18.

BEN HILL, GAAuthorities in Ben Hill County launched a drug investigation at the beginning of 2013, targeting methamphetamine traffickers inside the county.

Starting in January, officials targeted Corrinne Gillis as a central part of a methamphetamine trafficking ring, and gained information that she had traveled to Mexico to obtain Crystal-Methamphetamine from various contacts in Mexico.

After contacting immigration and customs enforcement in Brownsville Texas, authorities were able to take Gillis into custody after finding over $600,000 dollars of the illegal drug in her vehicle.

Border agents arrested Gillis and have charged her with federal drug trafficking in Texas. Agents have also identified nine others in association with Gillis in the Ben Hill County area.

 

 

 

http://www.mysouthwestga.com/news/story.aspx?id=906289

 

 

An undercover operation led to the charge of a Conyers woman for selling methamphetamine in a parking lot near busy restaurants and retail stores on Ga. Highway 138 in broad daylight.

Katie Lee Treadwell, 32, of Conyers, was charged with the sale of methamphetamines.

Undercover operation busts Conyers woman for dealing meth
Katie Treadwell

 

 

According to Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office reports, the Rockdale County Narcotics and Vice Unit used an undercover agent to conduct a “controlled buy” from Treadwell.

Around 2 p.m. on May 3, the agent met Treadwell in the parking lot near Taco Bell and entered the back of a 2003 Honda Accord EX, which was registered to Treadwell.

“The undercover supplied Katie Treadwell with $120 of Rockdale County recorded funds in exchange for a clear bag which contained a crystal-like substance, (which was) supposed to be methamphetamine,” wrote the reporting officer.

When the sale was finished, the undercover officer came back to a meeting place with other officers and confirmed that a previous mug shot of Treadwell was the same person that had sold the methamphetamine.

The drugs were sent to the crime lab for further testing.

Several weeks later, on May 21, Treadwell and a passenger, Jennifer Norton, 31, of Conyers, were stopped on Lake Rockaway Road as they entered the Lakeview Estates area.

According to the RCSO report, a deputy had observed a blue Honda Accord with the passenger side door opening and an item being thrown out the door.

When the deputy pulled over the Honda Accord, he observed that Treadwell, the driver, “was extremely nervous and her hands were shaking.”

The deputy reportedly asked if there was anything in the vehicle that would get Treadwell in trouble. “She stated the vehicle was hers but there was a lot of personal property in the vehicle that belonged to the passenger Jennifer Norton… She then stated I could search the vehicle,” wrote the reporting deputy.

A search of the vehicle revealed a zippered bag with needles and baggies with a residue of methamphetamine in items belonging to Norton.

During the search, Treadwell was asked to step out and had to be told multiple times to have a seat on the patrol car bumper. She was put into handcuffs and placed in the back of the patrol car.

The passenger, Norton, had a Gwinnett County warrant for probation violation and was put into custody in the back of the patrol car.

“Several minutes later, I heard a Hispanic female yelling at us saying, ‘She run.’ I looked back and saw Norton was the only person still in the rear” of the vehicle.”

Another deputy pursued Treadwell on foot and found her in the woods about 20 minutes later.

Treadwell was charged in that incident with littering, posession of methamphetamines, escape misdemeanor, obstruction misdemeanor, posession and use of drug related objects.

Treadwell is being held without bond due to the sale of methamphetamine charge.

 

 

 

 

http://www.rockdalenews.com/section/125/article/15662/

 

Pictures have emerged of Jesse James’  18-year-old daughter Chandler inhaling crystal meth.

In the shots, a female believed to be Chandler is seen at a  friend’s party inhaling what is said to be the drug off some aluminum foil.

The pictures come as Jesse revealed Chandler checked into rehab back in April for drug  addiction.

Pictured: Jesse James' 18-year-old daughter Chandler is seen inhaling what is believed to be crystal meth at a friend's party earlier this yearPictured: Jesse James’ 18-year-old daughter Chandler is  seen inhaling what is believed to be crystal meth at a friend’s party earlier  this year

 

 

The teenager sought helped at an undisclosed  facility after reportedly abusing several substances, including methamphetamine.

Jesse confirmed to RadarOnline.com through a  written email that his daughter sought help to battle her drug addiction.

‘My daughter spent the month of April in a  treatment facility getting help for addiction,’ he said in the  statement.

Troubled: Jesse revealed that Chandler checked into rehab back in April for drug addiction Troubled: Jesse revealed that Chandler checked into  rehab back in April for drug addiction

Seeking help: The teenager sought helped at an undisclosed facility after reportedly abusing several substances, including methamphetamine Seeking help: The teenager sought helped at an  undisclosed facility after reportedly abusing several substances, including  methamphetamine

 

 

‘She is out now and in recovery, actively  participating in a 12-step AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) program,’ he added.

According to   Radaronline.com, sources told them that  Chandler also used to inhale keyboard cleaner to obtain a high as she was  pictured at the party.

‘It is an open secret here in Austin that  Chandler and her friends party hard and get wired,’ a source told the  website.

‘It was getting pretty out of hand. If she  didn’t get help, who knows what could have happened.’

Extended family: Jesse and Chandler are pictured here in August 2010 with his other daughter Sunny from his second marriage to porn star Janine Lindemulder Extended family: Jesse and Chandler are pictured here in  August 2010 with his other daughter Sunny from his second marriage to porn star  Janine Lindemulder

 

 

Chandler is Jesse’s eldest daughter with his  first wife Karla James. They also have a son Jesse Jr., 14.

The troubled reality star, who notoriously  cheated on his third wife Sandra Bullock, also has a daughter Sunny with his  second wife porn star Janine Lindemulder.

Jesse just remarried for the fourth time to  billionaire heiress Alexis DeJoria in a very extravagant and expensive affair in  Malibu last month.

However, it’s hardly surprising that the  serial cheat’s wedding to the drag car racer was a pricey affair.

Close: Chandler was said to be close to Jesse's third wife Sandra Bullock who also took his other daughter Sunny under her wing whilst they were married Close: Chandler was said to be close to Jesse’s third  wife Sandra Bullock who also took his other daughter Sunny under her wing whilst  they were married

 

 

After all her father is John Paul Dejoria,  co-founder of the Paul Mitchell hair care products line and Patron Spirits  Company.

The nuptials were watched by numerous friends  and family members, including John Paul and his wife Eloise Broady.

Jesse just remarried for the fourth time to billionaire heiress Alexis DeJoria in a very extravagant and expensive affair in Malibu last month.Fourth time lucky? Jesse just remarried for the fourth  time  to billionaire heiress Alexis DeJoria in a very extravagant and  expensive  affair in Malibu

 

 

The couple tied the knot after only dating  for around seven months.

It was rumoured that Jesse had the audacity  to invite his ex-wife Sandra to the nuptials, despite the fact that the marriage  ended due to his philandering ways.

‘It seems Jesse has colossal gall to match  his colossal ego,’ a source told Star Magazine via RadarOnline at the time of  the wedding. ‘After all the hurt and humiliation he’s caused her, Sandra is the  last person on Earth who would attend that affair.

‘Even after their divorce, Jesse continued to get his digs in on Sandra, saying publicly that he felt “empty inside” during their marriage and sneering that he changed as a person after marrying “some Hollywood actress.” Sandra will never forget that.’

However, the source went on to claim that  Jesse has at times tried to ‘reach out to her behind the scenes’, and that  perhaps the invite was intended as a ‘peace offering’.

Their relationship imploded in 2010 after  five years of marriage just days after Sandra’s Oscar win for The Blind Side  when she discovered he had been having an affair with a tattoo model.

But his choice in his new wife and the rush  to make it to the altar has raised some suspicions as to Jesse’s  motives.

In particular, the insider claims that Jesse  has ‘always had a man crush’ on Alexis’ billionaire father.

Alexis certainly looks his type: long dark  hair, loves cars and tattoos. She also stands to inherit a great deal, as her  father’s fortune is said to be worth $4 billion.

The pair are said to have bonded over their  mutual attraction to racing fast cars and were pictured together on September 23  during the Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex in Ennis, TX.

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2336250/Jesse-James-18-year-old-daughter-Chandler-inhales-crystal-meth-father-confirms-went-rehab-addiction.html

 

A methamphetamine lab site containing three separate meth  labs was discovered on the side of a county road this afternoon.

According to a release from  the Blount County Sheriff’s Office, a citizen complaint led the Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division to  a meth lab site in the ditch on Whites Mill Road near Pineview Road at approximately 1:45  p.m.

Investigators with the 5th Judicial Drug Task Force responded to the scene, where they  found three separate “one pot” meth labs as well other items associated with the manufacture of  methamphetamine. The Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force responded to the scene to dispose of the  materials. The Drug Task Force is investigating.

 

 

 

http://www.thedailytimes.com/Breaking_News/story/Three-meth-labs-found-on-Whites-Mill-Road-id-037139

 

 

PHOENIX, AZ (CNN/KTVK) — Authorities make one of the biggest drug busts in their department’s history.

Arizona law enforcement seized 51 pounds of methamphetamine from a stash house in Phoenix, Arizona. On the street, these drugs are valued at nearly $1 million.

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office believes the drugs were headed to a variety of American cities.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio believes meth labs in Mexico are working to fill a void created by a crackdown on labs in Arizona. He says, “Mexico took up the slack. They’re one of the largest producing countries for methamphetamine. And nationally Arizona is one of the largest markets for methamphetamine but there’s many other areas in the country that this drug may be destined for. What’s interesting is since I served as head of the federal drug enforcement in Mexico City one thing I did learn that Mexican drug traffickers no how to adapt, how to make money.”

He says the challenge becomes finding the houses large amounts of drugs like this are stashed in.

 

 

 

http://www.thv11.com/news/article/267992/288/Ariz-authorities-find-million-dollar-meth-stash

 

 

A Norfolk woman was arrested in possession of methamphetamine after police received a complaint about her driving.

Jeannine M. Velazquez, 41, was arrested after police were dispatched to 807 S. 13th St. at 6:15 p.m. in reference to a possible drunk driver, said Capt. Michael Bauer of the Norfolk Police Division.

The caller provided the suspect vehicle information. Officer arrived in the area and located the vehicle and the driver, Velazquez.

During a search of the vehicle, officers located a glass methamphetamine smoking pipe with residue in it. While searching Velazquez, the officers located a small plastic bag with a white crystal substance inside it and a small plastic bag with a brown rock like substance inside it. Both tested positive for methamphetamine, Bauer said.

Velazquez will face a potential charge of possession of methamphetamine. She was booked into the Norfolk jail and later transferred to the Madison County jail.

 

 

 

 

http://www.norfolkdailynews.com/news/local/driving-complaint-leads-to-drug-arrest/article_3f3ed4e4-cdee-11e2-ab7f-001a4bcf6878.html

 

Spring Hill, Florida — A search for a wanted person at a home in Spring Hill Tuesday led police to the discovery of an active meth lab and the arrest of two people.

Hernando County Vice and Narcotics detectives, along with Hernando County Fire Rescue personnel and HAZMAT, spent most of the day yesterday dismantling the meth Lab in the 1200 block of Trellis Avenue.

What they found was an active “one pot” meth lab, along with two other used “one pot” vessels, numerous chemicals and other items used in manufacturing methamphetamine.

All hazardous materials were removed from the home and taken away for proper destruction. A total of 35.1 grams of liquid meth was also removed.

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While the person police were looking for was not found, two people were arrested that were in the home at the time.

Darwin Duranko, 45, was charged with Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Manufacturing Methamphetamine within 1000 feet of County Park, Possession of Structure for Manufacturing of Methamphetamine, Unlawful Possession of Listed Chemical and two counts Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Dawn Palombo, 44, was charged with Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Manufacturing Methamphetamine within 1000 feet of County Park, Unlawful Possession of Listed Chemicals and two counts Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

 

 

 

 

http://www.wtsp.com/news/local/article/319891/8/Fugitive-search-leads-to-meth-lab-discovery

 

Nineteen people suffered drug-related deaths in Marion County in 2012 — nearly double the number from 2011, according to statistics released from Oregon’s state medical examiner.

That makes the county one of three in Oregon where drug-related deaths rose last year, while the state as a whole saw a 7 percent drop.

Heroin deaths in Oregon climbed 2.5 percent to 147, the highest number on record. In Marion County, heroin deaths doubled from five to 10 in 2012.

The rise in heroin overdoses is due in part to Oregon’s crackdown on prescription drug abuse, police said.

In 2009, the state legislature passed a law that created a database for doctors and pharmacies to track prescriptions for drugs such as Oxycontin, Vicodin and Methadone. Doctors started uploading information to the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program in July 2011.

By 2012, prescription drug overdose in Oregon dropped by 12 percent.

The problem is that some prescription holders have switched to heroin.

“A lot of people get on (opioids) legitimately from an injury or those types of things,” Salem police Lt. Mark Keagle said. “If people become addicted to Oxycontin, and they cannot get it, then it pushes them to find some medicine or some substance that will keep them from going through withdrawals.”

Prescription Oxycontin commands a street price of up to $60 per pill in Salem, Keagle said. That makes heroin a cheaper alternative.

Unlike prescription pills that stay potent for years, heroin, which is harvested from poppy plants twice a year, loses its potency over a period of months, Salem police Lt. Steve Birr said.

“We can tell when there is a new harvest because we will suddenly have people dropping dead from overdoses,” Birr said. “What got them high one day will kill them the next.”

Also out of sync with state statistics is the number of deaths associated with methamphetamine use in Marion county. Half of the deaths in Marion County were connected to methamphetamine, but the statewide percentage was at 40 percent.

In Multnomah County, where about half of the state’s drug-related deaths occur, methamphetamine accounted for 27 percent.

Dr. Karen Gunson, the state’s medical examiner, thought the proximity of the county’s major cities to Interstate 5 could be one reason why methamphetamine use was higher.

I-5 is a major highway for drug traffickers smuggling methamphetamine from Mexico, which is where most of the meth sold in the U.S. is manufactured, Gunson said. The proximity of cities such as Salem, Keizer and Woodburn to the interstate make them easy points of distribution.

http://www.statesmanjournal.com/article/20130605/NEWS/306050063/Marion-Co-drug-deaths-up-2012?nclick_check=1

AUSTELL, GA (CBS ATLANTA) – Four men were indicted on federal drug and money laundering charges for their roles in the delivery of liquid methamphetamine to a residence in Austell.

United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said Gabriel Jimenez Antunez, Pablo Saucedo Aparicio, Martin Ascencio and Javier Munoz Ruiz hid liquid meth inside the gas tank of a vehicle.

In May 2013, DEA and IRS agents learned that Antunez, a local distributor for a Mexican drug trafficking cartel according to Yates, was coordinating the delivery of a shipment of liquid methamphetamine to the metro-Atlanta area and laundering the proceeds.

In the early morning hours of May 12, agents tracked the delivery of liquid meth, made by Munoz using a Ford F-350 vehicle, to a residence in Austell.

Agents determined that the liquid methamphetamine was stored inside the truck’s gas tank, and saw Antunez and Saucedo arrive at the home with thermoses, which were to be used to transfer and store the liquid methamphetamine before it was further distributed.

Ascencio was in the process of removing the gas tank containing approximately 75 liters of diesel fuel and liquid methamphetamine when agents arrested the men and seized the drugs.

Agents also recovered another 10 pounds of crystal methamphetamine and other evidence.

“A seizure of this size reminds us that Atlanta continues to serve as a focal point for the distribution of methamphetamine,” said Yates.  “Law enforcement agents in our community are doing a remarkable job tracking down and seizing drugs before they can be distributed into our communities.”

The indictment charges Antunez, 39, of Mexico; Aparicio, 38, of Mexico; Ascencio, 49, of Mableton; and Ruiz, 54, of Fort Worth, TX, with conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute more than 500 grams of methamphetamine, a charge that carries a sentence ranging potentially from 10 years to life.

 

 

 

 

http://www.cbsatlanta.com/story/22509684/four-men-indicted-in-austell-methamphetamine-seizure

 

Chinese authorities are concerned more methamphetamines are entering the country over the border with Myanmar.

In March, Chinese state media reported the execution of Burmese drug lord Naw Kham as proof rampant crime in the border region was being taken seriously.

The border itself is more than 2000 kilometres long, most of it mountainous and remote, making border security a difficult job.

The city of Ruili, which lies on the the border, is notorious as a haven for sex and drugs.

“Whenever I ask friends to visit me here, they say they only dare to go to the provincial capital Kunming,” one local said.

“They think drugs are sold in broad daylight.

“I tell them it’s not that serious, it seems more serious inland.”

“There are bad people -that’s why it’s complicated. There are fights, robberies, murders.

I’m an old farmer I tell it like it is.

“There are bad people -that’s why it’s complicated,” another said.

“There are fights, robberies, murders.

“I’m an old farmer I tell it like it is.”

Ruili is having difficulty shaking off its image as the wild west of China, in part because of its proximity with the Golden Triangle, the drug producing region that covers Myanmar, Thailand and Laos.

Drugs from that area are now being transported through the new highways and roads being built between Burma and China to facilitate the transportation of cement and steel needed for the construction of oil and gas pipelines.

Aung Myint*, who fled the failed student uprising in Myanmar 25 years ago, says Riuli is complicated.

“There are more criminal activities here than other places,” he said.

“Some are done by Chinese, some by Burmese, some by people of other nationalities.”

Heroin is still the primary drug of concern in China, but methamphetamines, which includes drugs such as speed and ice, are a close second on the list.

The United Nations says China alone accounts for half of the region’s seizures.

Methamphetamine users in China are usually below the age of 35.

Mr Yin* lives in a tent by a construction site on the edge of Ruili.

The 40-year-old has been a drug addict for two decades.

“I take drugs occasionally, not everyday,” he said

“I collect rubbish and don’t have a lot of money to support my habit.

“Sometimes I take drugs I find on the street, because I use drugs and know what they look like – sometimes I buy drugs, but it’s troublesome for me if I have to go to Myanmar to get some.”

Sometimes I take drugs I find on the street, because I use drugs and know what they look like – sometimes I buy drugs, but it’s troublesome for me if I have to go to Myanmar to get some.

      Mr Yin*

People on the frontline of fighting drug use in Ruili say young Chinese have a misconception they can’t become addicted to methamphetamines.

Social worker Zhang Wenjun has been sent to drug rehabilitation centres and labour camps in China six times over a 15 year period.

He was last there in 2007 and says treatment methods have had little change.

“In the past, recovering drug users would have to do hard labour inside the labour camps,” he said.

“That’s changed a little, but otherwise it’s basically the same – they still do repetitive, meaningless activities.”

Inadequate treatment methods mean many struggle to get over addiction, remaining on the fringes of society, unable to fin employment.

Zhang Wenjun also says he gets hassled by local authorities when his Guiding Star charity meets recovering drug users to counsel them.

“Over the past two years it’s become increasingly difficult to get funding from overseas,” he said.

“The large foundations are withdrawing from China and that has affected the development of our program.

“People have quit because they have families to support – they can’t possibly do this work for free.”

Aung Myint says the economic realities of ther region mean the border will continue to turn towns like Ruili into frontiers of China’s war on drugs.

“Myanmar is very poor, especially in the border areas, where the drugs are produced,” he said.

“The problem will persist and drugs will continue to flow into China.”

*Names have been changed at the request of those interviewed.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-06-05/an-chinese-border-town-a-frontier-in-drug-fight/4734246

TARBORO — A joint drug task operation between the Tarboro Police Department and the Edgecombe County Sherriff’s department made a bold statement with the May 18 arrest of  a Georgia man on charges of smuggling two kilograms of methamphetamine with a street value of $1 million. The bust was one of the largest street valued-drug seizures of any kind in the history of Edgecombe County.

N.C. State Bureau of Investigations is assisting with this ongoing investigation.

According to Edgecombe County Sheriff James Knight, the task force had received information that Martin Aguilera Torres, 48, was coming to Tarboro from Georgia with the illegal substance. With the description of the vehicle and the suspect on-hand, the authorities stopped Torres on Western Boulevard near the Waffle House in a truck carrying tortilla chips. Knight said investigators uncovered two  kilograms of methamphetamine underneath the chips.

“With methamphetamine gaining popularity in surrounding counties, this appeared to be the first large shipment of the drug coming to Edgecombe County, and is a significant hit to the organizations attempting to use this area for a distribution area,” Knight said. “We will not tolerate it.”

Torres was charged with four counts of trafficking methamphetamine, maintaining a vehicle to transport methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was placed in the Edgecombe County Detention Center under a $1 million bond where he remains.

“All drugs are a danger to the communities, but methamphetamine is dangerous in many ways,” said Tarboro Police Chief Damon Williams. “With the potential for meth lab fires, the amount of children that are known to being exposed to these labs, and the uptick in general crimes that occur when methamphetamine gets entrenched in the communities, its best to do everything possible to keep it from ever becoming a major problem.”

Methamphetamine may be gaining popularity in Edgecombe County. In December, the Sheriff’s Department uncovered the county’s first meth lab in December after a traffic stop revealed that occupants of the vehicle had been smoking meth. A search of their home near Mildred revealed a lab inside a storage building.

“I’m determined to keep methamphetamine out of Edgecombe County,” Knight said. “I know the dangers of this particular drug in our communities. Not only in terms of the highly addictive nature of this drug, it also ends up costing the agencies thousands of dollars more trying to control the problem. If we can keep this drug from gaining a foothold in the area, then we will be better off for it.”

Knight is not only concentrating on keeping methamphetamine off the streets but all drugs. A collaborate effort between Tarboro Police Department and the Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Department have recently roundup about 40 alleged street level drug dealers during operation “Spring Fling.” According to Williams more arrest are forthcoming in the campaign.

Knight and Williams encourage citizens to report illegal drug activity. Reports can be made anonymously to the Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office at 641-7911 or the Tarboro Police Department at 641-4247.    

 

 

 

 

http://dailysoutherner.com/x697472706/Authorities-net-1-million-meth-bust

 

JASONVILLE — A 33-year-old Jasonville woman was arrested Friday as part of an ongoing narcotics investigation after she was observed making several stops at stores in Linton and Jasonville to purchase methamphetamine precursors.

Shandy Jo Wilson was arrested by members of the Greene County Drug Task Force on a preliminary charge of possession of paraphernalia with intent to manufacture — a Class D felony.

Officers confirmed Wilson had purchased three precursors used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine, according to a news release from Linton Det. Josh Goodman, a member of the task force.

Goodman said Wilson and two other individuals were observed by task force members making the purchases in the Linton and Jasonville area. A traffic stop was conducted on a 1994 Chevrolet truck and Wilson was found in possession of the items and was arrested.

The other two unnamed individuals were released.

Wilson was booked into the Greene County Jail and posted a $400 bond. She was eventually released.

She’s scheduled to make an initial court appearance Thursday.

 

 

 

http://www.thebraziltimes.com/story/1975149.html

 

 

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (WISH) – Two Bloomington residents were arrested on meth charges Monday.

Bloomington officials searched a home in the 2600 block of South Kendall Drive Monday afternoon. At the home, officers found an active meth lab and a number of items used to make methamphetamine.

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On scene, officials arrested 28-year-old Amber Grubb and 34-year-old Jeremy Quinn. Both suspects have been previously arrested on meth charges.

This time, Grubb faces charges of  manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of precursors. Quinn faces charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of precursors and visiting a common nuisance.

 

 

 

http://www.wishtv.com/dpp/news/crime/police-uncover-bloomington-meth-lab

 

 

 

Sixteen suspected members and associates of a Long Beach street gang affiliated with the Mexican Mafia have been charged in federal court indictments with trafficking methamphetamine, the FBI announced Tuesday.

An FBI investigation into the alleged activities of the Longos street gang culminated early Tuesday with nine arrests, the FBI said.

Complaints filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles reveal authorities and confidential informants made undercover methamphetamine deals with the suspects during a three-year investigation.

The majority of those arrested were charged with conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. One man was indicted by a grand jury for allegedly being a felon in possession of a firearm, the FBI said in a statement.

Among the 16 defendants, two have already been deported, one is considered a fugitive, and four were already in state or federal custody. Two of the arrests occurred in Florida and Texas.

The suspects were identified as Gerardo Galvan, aka “Big Head,” 31, of San Pedro, who is suspected of trafficking 113 grams of meth; Martha Torres, aka “Lil’ Martha,” 25, of Wilmington; John David Martin, aka “Smokey,” 30, of Cudahy; Manuel Cuanriquez, aka “Wacky,” 31, of Downey; Jose G. Hernandez, aka “Serio,” 31, considered to be a fugitive; John Gonzalez, aka “Cisco,” 33, of Long Beach; Raudel Sandoval, aka “Lil Gumby,” 32, of Long Beach; Danny Jose Salazar, aka “Lonely,” 28, of Long Beach; Geraldo Santos, aka “Sugar Bear,” 30, of Bellflower; Joseph Ferguson, aka “Jawbreaker,” 41, of Florida; Francisco Sianez, aka “Profit,” of Texas; Daniel Martinez, aka “Soldier Boy,” 25, previously in state custody; Jose Antonio Baldovinos, aka “Lil Bozo,” 35, deported; Baltazar Santacruz, 35, previously in federal custody; Julio Mario Peraza, aka “Coco,” 27, deported; and Jose Manuel Gomez, aka “Gato,” 37, previously in state custody.

Another suspect, Mario J. Engfui, 33, was arrested by the Sheriff’s Department in connection with a murder, the FBI said. Details of the crime were not available.

FBI officials said the investigation focused on the “shot-callers” for the street gang, considered to be the largest and among the most violent in the Long Beach area.

Each faces up to 10 years to life in prison if convicted.

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Two women pulled over for a suspected traffic violation today on a Visalia-area freeway were arrested after a search of the car reportedly turned up more than $681,000 worth of methamphetamine.

The California Highway Patrol conducted the traffic stop in the area of highways 99 and 198.

The time and exact location weren’t disclosed in a press release issued by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department, which was called in to assist after the CHP officer reported that the driver and passenger were acting suspiciously.

A sheriff’s dog indicated that it smelled drugs in the car. After obtaining a search warrant, sheriff’s narcotics investigators searched the car and reportedly found 15 pounds of methamphetamine inside bags of dog and cat food.

Alma Arroyo, 36, identified by the CHP as a suspected unlicensed driver, and passenger Maria Calderon, 39, were arrested on suspicion of charges not specified in the sheriff’s report.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department at 713-2950.

 

 

 

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San Mateo County narcotics officers descended on a home in a quiet residential neighborhood in San Carlos on Tuesday, arresting four adults and placing four teenagers in protective custody.

The home, on the 100 block of Manor Drive, had been the focus of a two-month investigation by the San Mateo County Narcotics Task Force as well as the San Carlos bureau of the sheriff’s office, according to task force Cmdr. John Munsey.

Officers served a search warrant at the residence just after 7 a.m. and seized methamphetamine, illegal prescription medication, packaging, scales and drug paraphernalia, Munsey said.

“It wasn’t a large seizure, but there was enough to show that the methamphetamine was possessed for sale,” Munsey said.

Two women and two men were arrested: John Lindt, 41; Danielle McMahon, 44; Michael Joyce, 44; and Angela Garcia, 40. Munsey said he didn’t know the relationships between the four suspects or who was living in the home. According to a sheriff’s office statement, Joyce’s city of residence is San Mateo while the others are from San Carlos.

All were arrested without incident, Munsey said.

Officers also removed four teenagers from the home: one 14-year-old boy, two 16-year-old girls and one 17-year-old girl. They were turned over to San Mateo County Children and Family Services. The relationships between the children and the adults also have not yet been determined, Munsey said.

Neighbor complaints and information from the deputies who patrol the area initiated the investigation, Munsey said.

“A lot of time these smaller cases and seizures can end up impacting the quality of life in a neighborhood,” he said.

Lindt was arrested on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine for sale, committing a felony while out on bail and child endangerment.

McMahon was arrested on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine for sale, possession of a prescription medication without a prescription and child endangerment.

Michael Joyce was arrested on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and committing a felony while out on bail.

Garcia was arrested on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine, possession of stolen property, and for bringing a controlled substance into jail.

A city building inspector found the residence to be uninhabitable and restricted occupancy until it can be brought up to code, according to the statement.

 

 

 

http://www.mercurynews.com/peninsula/ci_23390312/san-mateo-county-narcotics-officers-descended-home-quiet

 

 

A 22-year old man from Wellington County is facing racing and drug charges after the OPP say they clocked him going 150 km/hr in an 80 km/hr zone.

Police also say they discovered methamphetamine when they stopped him.

The driver was travelling in a 2013 Kia on Wellington County Road 109 west of Arthur around 1:30 a.m, when he was recorded going nearly double the speed limit, police said.

The man’s driver’s licence has been suspended and his vehicle has been seized for 7 days.

He will appear in Guelph court twice this summer, first in July for the drug charge and then again in mid-August for the racing charge.

 

 

 

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/kitchener-waterloo/story/2013/06/04/arthur-man-racing-150km.html

 

 

Six people were arrested in Jackson County early Monday morning on drug and theft charges.

Sgt. Noel Houze, with the Indiana State Police, says that at 5 a.m. Indiana State Police troopers along with Seymour Police Department officers went to 10704 N. State Road 11 to investigate a possible stolen motorcycle. Trooper Jared Black had noticed a black motorcycle parked behind the residence when he was serving a warrant one week prior which matched the description of a motorcycle that had been reported stolen to the Seymour Police Department. The motorcycle was still parked behind the residence when officers arrived.

During the course of the investigation, six people were taken into custody and Seymour Police seized the motorcycle. As the investigation continued, a search warrant was obtained for the home and the outbuildings. The warrant was executed and several articles were recovered. These included a stolen handgun, stolen motorcycle parts, stolen tools, methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and precursors for manufacturing methamphetamine.

During the course of the investigation, officers received an anonymous tip from an informant who indicated a stolen ATV and several other stolen items were at a home at 127 E. Harrison Street in Seymour. Living at the house were Douglas Hatfield and Bambi Day. After obtaining a search warrant, police say several items were seized including an ATV, several drug related items and other stolen property.

Arrested and Charges:

F. Reginal Harris, 27 of Brownstown: Dealing Methamphetamine (A-Felony), Possession of Methamphetamine (C-Felony), Receiving Stolen Property (D-Felony), Maintaining a Common Nuisance (D-Felony)

Douglas W. Hatfield, 34 of Seymour: Dealing Methamphetamine (A-Felony), Possession of Methamphetamine (C-Felony), Receiving Stolen Property (D-Felony), Maintaining a Common Nuisance (D-Felony)

Catlin E. Harris, 22 of Columbus: Possession of Methamphetamine (C-Felony), Receiving Stolen Property (D-Felony), Visiting a Common Nuisance (B-Misdemeanor)

Stephanie T. Garza, 23 of Seymour: Possession of Methamphetamine (C-Felony), Receiving Stolen Property (D-Felony), Visiting a Common Nuisance (B-Misdemeanor)

Sara D. Meek, 28 of Seymour: Possession of Methamphetamine (C-Felony), Receiving Stolen Property (D-Felony), Maintaining a Common Nuisance (D-Felony)

Bambi M. Day, 33 of Seymour: Possession of Methamphetamine (C-Felony), Receiving Stolen Property (D-Felony), Visiting a Common Nuisance (B-Misdemeanor)

Police say the investigations are ongoing and that other arrests may be forthcoming.

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Stephen Reider of Shickshinny, was arraigned on charges linked to drug manufacture

SHICKSHINNY — Police monitoring purchases of cold medicine at area pharmacies arrested a man they allege had ingredients to make methamphetamine.

Stephen Rodney Reider, 32, of Baer Street, Shickshinny, was arraigned Tuesday on four counts of reckless endangerment, and one count each of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $15,000 bail.

Police allege Reider had tubing, hoses connected to bottle caps, three funnels, coffee filters, drain opener, liquid fire, a glass bowl with white residue, Coleman fuel, lye and other items consistent with methamphetamine production in his bedroom closet.

 

According to the criminal complaint:

Shickshinny officer in charge Brian W. Morris has been tracking store purchases of psuedoephedrine by people residing at Reider’s residence for the last several months.

A pharmacy in Nanticoke on Tuesday blocked the sale of the cold medicine to a female due to federal regulations, which require buyers to swipe their driver’s license or identification card prior to purchase.

Later on Tuesday, Reider went to the same pharmacy and purchased 2.4 grams of psuedoephedrine.

Police arrived at Reider’s house, where they were told by unnamed residents that they were cooking methamphetamine near a creek just outside Shickshinny, the complaint says.

Reider allegedly told police he cooked methamphetamine in the woods and would burn harmful containers before returning to his house.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled on June 19 before District Judge John Hasay in Shickshinny.

 

 

 

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RANCHO CORDOVA, CA – A Rancho Cordova mother is facing child endangerment and drug allegations after police say they found her young children unsupervised in her dirty apartment littered with empty liquor bottles.

Rancho Cordova police were called to Shanna Dawson’s apartment on the 10500 block of Mills Tower Drive at 7 p.m. last Friday.

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Shanna Dawson, Steven English

Police spokesperson Sgt. Jason Ramos said officers found Dawson’s 1-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son alone in the apartment while their mother and her boyfriend, Steven English, 27, were in a bedroom with the door closed. The police report said officers found the adults with methamphetamine and glass smoking pipes.

The children were taken from the apartment and Dawson and English were taken to Sacramento County Jail.

Dawson, 25, was booked on felony child endangerment, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. She remains in custody.

English was booked on a charge of possession of methamphetamine. He was released from jail Monday. He is not the father of Dawson’s children.

 

 

 

 

 

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A search of a home on Manor Drive in San Carlos resulted in the seizure of methamphetamine, illegal prescription medication, and assorted narcotics paraphernalia.

A two-month investigation that resulted in the issuance of a search warrant of a San Carlos home, ended with four adults being taken into custody and four children being turned over to San Mateo County Child and Family Services.
On Tuesday, the San Mateo County Narcotics Task Force along with the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office San Carlos Police Bureau concluded the two-month joint investigation into illegal narcotics activity in the 100 Block of Manor Drive in San Carlos.
A search of the residence resulted in the seizure of methamphetamine, illegal prescription medication, packaging, scales and narcotics paraphernalia.
Taken into custody on various charges were John Lindt, 41, of San Carlos; Danielle McMahon, 44, of San Carlos; Michael Joyce, 44, of San Mateo; and Angela Garcia of San Carlos. Four minors located in the residence were turned over to San Mateo County Child and Family Services.
A San Carlos building inspector found the condition of the residence to be inhabitable and restricted occupancy until such time as it can be brought up to code.

Members of the Wisconsin Department of Justice’s Clandestine Laboratory Enforcement and Response Task Force, including members from the Merrill Police Department, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and Special Agents from the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation, are investigating approximately 46 meth labs at a meth cooking and dump site in a rural wooded area in the Town of Corning. The site is off Tower Road about a mile north of Cty. M.
According to detective Tim Fisher of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, each lab constitutes a site where methamphetamine was produced.“It can be something as small as a container used to transport chemicals,” he said. “With a meth lab, it can take place in something as small as the trunk of a car.”


The discovery and clean-up took place the week of May 7. The investigation is ongoing with several items of evidence being processed and forwarded to the state crime labs for analysis. Among the items discovered were various acids and toxic chemicals used in the methamphetamine manufacturing process, Fischer said.
Because of the hazardous materials used in making methamphetamine, the lab sites can be dangerous to humans and the environment, Fischer noted. “If people find something in the woods, they should stay clear, mark the area and notify local law enforcement,” he said. “If something looks like it’s not supposed to be there, it probably isn’t supposed to be.”Members of the task force discovered similar meth labs a short distance away from the most recent find in November of 2012. According to the Sheriff’s Office, the two sites appear to be connected.
A 36-year-old Merrill man, Christopher Meindel, was arrested and charged in connection to the November 2012 meth lab. In that case, materials used in manufacturing methamphetamine were found in two duffel bags and an LP tank in a wooded area off Tower Road. According to court records, the property owner had also caught Meindel dumping garbage, found to contain methamphetamine waste, on the property in 2011.
Meindel was released on a signature bond and has since fled the area. Meindel was living at a probation / parole housing unit on East Main Street in Merrill while awaiting further court appearances. On Tuesday, May 14, Meindel reported to his probation agent for a regular meeting. When he was requested to take a urine test to check for the presence of drugs, Meindel refused and fled the office.
The Lincoln County Circuit Court has issued felony arrest warrants for Meindel.
He is described as 5’10”, 170 pounds with blonde hair and blue eyes. He has multiple tattoos on both arms.
If you have any information on the whereabouts of Christoper D. Meindel, you are asked to call the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 715-536-6272. Callers may also call Crime Stoppers at 715-536-3726. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.

 

 

 

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