Comments Off on What Happens to Pets Found at Methamphetamine Busts in Indiana?

The Indiana State Police find pets in about half of the meth busts they make. Most of the time, animal control takes those pets to animal shelters. But it’s not necessarily up to the shelters when those pets can be put up for adoption.

Indiana leads the nation when it comes to meth lab busts. There’s a process that i-s-p follows concerning their fate of animals found at the busts.

“If the animals are outside and they’re not in the lab environment, we will release those animals to family members,” Sgt. Joe Watts of ISP said. “If a lab is located in the home or in a garage or an out building and the animals are in there, then we’ll release those pets to the humane society.”

Just last week, the Terre Haute Humane Society received two dogs from a meth bust in Vigo County. They take measures to ensure the animals are healthy.

“We vaccinate upon intake, we make sure that they’re medicated, that they’re fed and they’re watered, make sure that you know they’ve been giving the care that they need. If they are in a severely aggressive state, then we take extra precaution to make sure that the staff is safe,” said Fred Strohm, Operations Manager at the Terre Haute Humane Society.

But the humane society simply acts as a holding site for the pets.

“In the eyes of the law, they are considered property,” Strohm added. “So they may be considered evidence in a case of some sort so then we have to wait to see what the courts actually say before we can make any determination on what happens to the animal.”

Sometimes, the court mandates that the humane society do something they don’t want to do but have to.

“If they say that the animals have to be destroyed, then unfortunately we have to follow their guidance,” said Strohm.

But Fred adds that that’s a rare occurrence. The animals often get a second chance at life.

“Once we’ve been given rights to the animals, we can then get them altered, spayed or neutered, we can get them micro-chipped, we can get some more vaccinations if necessary, get them back to health, get them adopted out and get them into good homes.”

Another startling number is the amount of children found at meth sites. Sgt. Joe Watts says they come across kids approximately 35% of the time.








Comments Off on Hartselle parents, Shawna Smith, 39, and Anthony Smith, 40, and daughter 20-year-old Elizabeth Smith, charged with cooking Methamphetamine in front of juvenile family members

The Morgan County Drug Task Force announced the arrests of three family members in connection to a methamphetamine operation out of a Hartselle home.

Morgan County Sheriff Ana Franklin said task force agents along with Hartselle police were dispatched to a welfare check in the 200 block of East Main Street on Wednesday. The check of two juveniles in the residence was ordered after the task force received tips that adults were cooking and using meth in front of the kids.16890325-large

Agents reported seeing meth making paraphernalia when they made contact contact the adult couple that lived there. They secured a search warrant and reported finding more ingredients and paraphernalia, including liquid meth, acid, salt, cold packs, lithium batteries and pseudoephedrine.

Investigators determined the couple’s 17-year-old child and 10-month-old grandchild were present while meth was being cooked.

Anthony Smith, 40, and Shawna Smith, 39, were arrested and charged with first0degreee unlawful manufacturing of a controlled substance, drug endangerment of a child, unlawful possession of a controlled substance and felony possession of drug paraphernalia.

Hartselle Fire and Rescue decontaminated the adults while the Rock Creek Volunteer Fire Department responded to decontaminate the children using a special trailer. The Morgan County Department of Human Resources placed the juveniles in a safety plan and removed them from the home.

Task force agents said they learned the couple also has a 20-year-old daughter who they say was “just as responsible” for the meth production as her parents. This daughter was not home during the bust, but agents said she later went to their office to be interviewed and was subsequently arrested. The 20-year-old, Elizabeth Smith, was charged with second-degree manufacturing of a controlled substance.

Franklin said the investigation is ongoing. The department encourages anyone who knows of meth activity in Morgan County to call you 256-351-4816.








Comments Off on Large-scale Methamphetamine bust in San Antonio snags Mirta Pellicier Colon, 52, who ran immigrant stash house

A woman who ran an immigrant stash house at a South Side rental home is now facing up to life in federal prison after San Antonio police reported finding more than a kilogram of methamphetamine at her new digs.

Mirta Pellicier Colon, 52, is on federal probation for using the previous home to hold undocumented immigrants before they were smuggled to their destinations further inland. Now she has been charged with possession with intent to distribute meth, which could carry a sentence of between 10 years and life in prison without parole.

SAPD narcotics officers had been investigating her after getting a tip that she was distributing large amounts of narcotics. This week, officers followed her and watched as she went to a home in the 16000 block of Pleasanton Road, which is known for drug distribution and “fencing” stolen items, court records said.

Investigators stopped her vehicle for a traffic violation and found small baggies of cocaine, meth and heroin, according to court records.

They asked if she had any drugs at home, and she told them she had more meth, documents state. After getting her consent to search the home — the address was not disclosed — officers said they found 1.5 kilos of meth.

In 2012, Homeland Security agents and San Antonio police raided a home in the 4300 block of Commercial Road and found more than 20 illegal entrants, as local TV stations aired the raid. Some of the immigrants’ relatives were apparently shaken down for more money to pay smuggling fees. Colon, who rented the home, was arrested and later pleaded guilty for her role in that smuggling operation.

Chief U.S. District Judge Fred Biery sentenced her to the five months she spent in jail awaiting trial and five years of probation. The judge also promised to send her to prison for up to 10 years if she messed up.

Colon is scheduled for a bail hearing on Monday, and she faces an uphill battle to get released because of the immigrant-smuggling conviction. She also faces possible revocation of her probation.








Comments Off on U.S. Customs and Border Protection: 28-year-old Phoenix woman and 27-year-old San Luis woman tried to smuggle $132K in Methamphetamine at the U.S.-Mexico border near Yuma

Officers seized more than $132,000 worth of methamphetamine at the U.S.-Mexico border near Yuma during the past weekend, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.635579690251002297-CBP-meth-seizure-San-Luis

A total of 44 pounds of meth were seized in two separate incidents. Two women were arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, according to federal agents.

A 28-year-old Phoenix woman was arrested after officers found 27 packages of crystal meth in her vehicle’s gas tank, officials said. The drugs weighed nearly 38 pounds with a value of more than $113,000.

The other woman, 27, from San Luis, was arrested after a drug-sniffing canine alerted officers to the presence of drugs in the vehicle, according to officials. Upon further inspection, officers found six pounds of meth in the back of her vehicle, worth nearly $19,000.

In fiscal year 2014, U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized a total of 724 pounds of methamphetamine in the Southwest border sectors, which includes the borders of California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, and 1,122,415 pounds of drugs total at the Arizona border alone.











Comments Off on Methamphetamine Labs Making A Comeback In Jefferson County , Assistant DA Kristyna Mills Says

It’s not a statistic to be proud of, but Jefferson County is near the top of the rankings for the most meth lab cases last year.

Kristyna Mills is the county’s chief assistant district attorney and she says meth is making a comeback, mostly because of how easy it is to make. Watch the video for her live interview on7 News This Morning.

With 25 cases in 2014, Jefferson County ranks second in the state for meth lab cases, Mills said, the most since about a decade ago. The county had a total of 25 cases in 2003 and 2004.

With the recent cases added to the earlier ones, Jefferson County is first in the state since 1999, with a total of 70 cases. St. Lawrence County, by contrast, had 27 cases in the same time frame.

The reason for the resurgence, she said, is because of changes in the way meth is made.

 “It’s a much easier cook, it’s a much more mobile cook,” Mills said. “They can cook out of a backpack, they can cook out of a car — they can cook anywhere.

“They put all the ingredients that they need in a soda bottle and they can cook mobily anywhere.”

Meth labs are dangerous, she said, and the results can be serious if they aren’t done correctly.

“They’re extremely dangerous,” she said. “There is a high risk of explosion, of fire.”

Some recent fires, she said, have been caused by meth labs.

Mills said the public should look out for meth lab waste, such as empty Coleman fuel bottles, acetone, cold packs and cut-open lithium batteries.








Comments Off on Indiana State Police: Indiana will likely top nation in Methamphetamine labs seized

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – There are new numbers on drugs that could put Indiana at the top of the list. Indiana State Police told WISH-TV a new report shows Indiana will likely have the most meth lab seizures in the country again.fgtrhheahe

New numbers from ISP show troopers busted more than 1,400 meth labs in Indiana during 2014. That’s actually a 17-percent decrease from 2013, but other states around the country are seeing 30 to 40 percent drop offs. ISP said that’s because meth addicts are now finding their drug in a different way. Instead of making the drug themselves, they’re finding a stronger meth that has made its way across the border from Mexican cartels.

“I think what we’re going to see over the next couple of years, we’re just going to ride a little bit of a roller coaster… when the availability of Mexican meth in some of these towns and cities is high, our meth labs are going to be low. But when the availability is low, our meth labs are going to go back up,” said Niki Crawford, Indiana State Police meth suppression section commander.

Crawford said while the drug still causes major issues, fewer labs mean fewer threats to the community.

“You’ve got explosive meth labs, you’ve got poisonous gases that are both poisoning the people who are manufacturing, and anybody who is in the residence and the house or the area the time that it’s being manufactured,” said Crawford, “Those issues that follow meth labs create a much more hazardous environment. We’re spending a lot more money to clean up meth labs both from a law enforcement perspective as well as a community perspective…you’re dealing with a different clientele so to speak as well as dealing with a lot more ancillary issues that come from the meth labs.”

It can cost $2,000 for police to process a meth lab. That’s not factoring in the cost of child care, prosecution or the property owner’s cleanup.

Another trend ISP found in 2014’s statistics was the movement of meth from rural areas to bigger cities.

“While Indy still has a significant supply of Mexican meth that comes in, we’re seeing more labs here,” said Crawford.

Crawford said meth has typically been a more rural issue, but not anymore. Many of the labs busted in Marion County have been the result of tips from the public. Crawford encourages anyone with information on a potential meth lab to report it.









Comments Off on U.S. Border Patrol Collar 25-year-old Mexican National, 23 Pounds of Methamphetamine on Interstate 5 at the San Clemente Checkpoint

Methamphetamine worth $236,000 on the street was confiscated Thursday evening at the Interstate 5 San Clemente checkpoint, officials said.20150154c2d65f5ea3f

U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a man who was allegedly transporting the drugs — more than 23 pounds — under the rear seat of his SUV.

The bust was made about 6:45 p.m., when agents stopped a 25-year-old Mexican national driving a 1994 white Jeep Grand Cherokee.

The man was referred to secondary inspection, where a K-9 sniff of the Jeep resulted in a positive alert.

Agents searched the vehicle and observed 10 cellophane wrapped bundles of methamphetamine under the rear seat, officials said.

The drugs weighed 23.60 pounds.

Agents arrested the man and turned him and the narcotics over to the Drug Enforcement Administration. The vehicle was seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.

To prevent the illicit smuggling of humans, drugs, and other contraband, the U.S. Border Patrol maintains a high level of vigilance on corridors of egress away from our Nation’s borders. To report suspicious activity to the U.S. Border Patrol, contact San Diego Sector at 619-498-9900.








Comments Off on Hillsboro City Council’s street and safety committee, property owners consider alternatives to ‘Meth house’ legislation

Hillsboro City Council’s street and safety committee met Friday evening to resume discussions on a proposed “meth house” ordinance that has been met with contention by a number of local property owners, as well as committee chair Justin Harsha.

As written, the proposed legislation is “in favor of the City of Hillsboro for abating the effects of methamphetamine and similar drugs production on property within the City of Hillsboro.” Mayor Drew Hastings said the legislation “puts the onus on the landlord to vet tenants more,” as the proposed ordinance outlines the fees involved in the cleanup process.26011a

(For full text of the proposed legislation, click here.)

Harsha and his fellow council committee members, Tracy Aranyos and Ann Morris, discussed their thoughts on the proposed legislation before opening the discussion to the approximately 20 landlords, Realtors and other interested parties in attendance. Harsha asked the crowd, “Is there anybody here that likes this legislation? Anybody at all?”

“No,” several audience members said, as no one raised their hands.

“My problem is with no regulations or guidelines – the EPA doesn’t have a law, OSHA, the state doesn’t have a law – there’s nothing that gives a guideline as far as what a cleanup is and what you have to do,” Harsha said. “My contention is if we go into this, how are we going to regulate it? There are no laws to go by. I think it’s going to bring up lawsuits against the city. I think in order to do that, we’re going to have to hire an expert, and there’s going to be a lot of costs involved to get this all together.”

Aranyos called the situation “a catch-22.”

“We can’t solve the problem, but we do need to do something,” Aranyos said. “I don’t want us to tack on a special penalty or anything. It just comes down to being reimbursed.

“If we do nothing and make everyone happy, it’s going to eventually turn into where … the city’s going to end up paying for all the cleanup because no one’s doing anything. That’s going to cost taxpayers.”

Morris spoke in favor of the ordinance from the perspective of a landlord.

“We rent properties also, and I feel very responsible for whoever lives in my rental,” Morris said. “I think that’s what this is kind of geared toward, just so the out-of-town people that own properties that are landlords care about who lives in their rentals and check that out.

“If there’s a meth person or meth problem in there, that is their responsibility either to not rent to them or to clean it up, and if the property owners get tired of renting and going through these rules, then maybe they should own properties in other cities. Generally, mostly people we are talking about don’t live in this town, they maybe don’t even live in this state, but they are renting properties in Hillsboro.”

Morris said that she is also conducting research to show “how many renters vs. homeowners are the ones getting arrested for these drug problems.”

“The actual ordinance here in front of us is dealing with the cost of an unauthorized spill, release or discharge,” Harsha said. “I think this, more than anything, is kind of geared toward the initial cleanup – the police at the scene are using their manpower to take the chemicals away.

“My stickler is the safety and service director is talking about safety, and this is talking about money. I think we need to narrow it down to what everyone’s real intent is. Are we looking to get back some money from all their officers using their means to clean this up, or are we actually looking to make something safer for the city? That’s kind of unclear in my head, and it was first stated by Drew Hastings that this was to tackle a drug problem. This isn’t going to tackle any drug problem, as far as I’m concerned.”

Morris and Aranyos disagreed, saying “it would to a point.”

“It’s not going to address a drug issue,” rental owner Frank Schoolcraft said. “It’s a fact.”

“I don’t think it’s a fact because it hasn’t happened,” Morris said.

“You talk about landlords have to vet, have to vet, have to vet, have to vet,” Schoolcraft said. “At the last meeting, it was stated that –”

“And you don’t own property in town, right?” Morris asked.

“Does that matter?” Schoolcraft asked.

“I just was asking,” Morris said.

Aranyos said it didn’t matter and told Schoolcraft to continue.

“It was stated that it’s typically not the tenant, and you said to do background checks. There is no way you can do a background check on a prospective tenant that includes the entire family and anyone they might know,” Schoolcraft said.

“What research have you done that you know it’s not a tenant?” Morris asked.

“That was stated at the last meeting,” Schoolcraft said. (At the regular January meeting, council president Lee Koogler told council members that as a lawyer, he frequently sees cases where drug dealers or manufacturers are “not even tenants.”)

“There’s no research,” Morris said.

Schoolcraft informed council of an alarm system called a MethMinder that he thought would be a better alternative to the ordinance.

“It’s a monitor that detects the chemicals inside the unit,” Schoolcraft said. “If somebody comes home tonight and decides they want to cook meth and that product is in the unit, this system will send a silent alarm notifying the owner and the police that this activity’s going on inside the house.”

Schoolcraft suggested that the city work with landlords on grant proposals to fund MethMinders for rental units.

“If you can enforce people to put it in, like the out-of-town owners,” Morris said.

“Is it fair it to just throw a blanket over them and say just because you don’t live in Hillsboro, you don’t care?” Schoolcraft asked.

“I’m throwing a blanket over myself also. I’m responsible for who lives in my properties I rent out,” Morris said.

Local rental property owner Tricia Collins and Realtor Rusty Fite pointed out that under state law, landlords cannot violate tenants’ privacy.

“You cannot tell them who they can bring in and out,” Collins said. “If you suspect it, you have to go through the court system and get them out. You can’t just pop out and say ‘you’re out of here.'”

“We know you can’t control that it happens,” Aranyos said. “We’re talking about after it happens, the cleanup’s there. We’re trying to make the accountability for the cleanup and not just leave it for the city where if we do nothing, we have to clean everything up. The responsible property owners at the last meeting all agreed they were already doing this. We’re not penalizing anybody.”

Schoolcraft returned to the MethMinder suggestion, saying that if tenants know that such an alarm is present, they will be “less likely” to produce meth in the rental.

“What’s this downside of this that you don’t like?” Morris asked, regarding the proposed ordinance.

“The way you’re going about trying to pass this ordinance, which puts the burden on the landlord,” Schoolcraft said.

“But you don’t rent to drug people anyway,” Morris said.

“Tenants can go bad,” local Realtor Robyn Coomer said. “You can vet a tenant and they go bad, and yet the landlord’s stuck with this ordinance. It’s not the good landlords that’s the problem. It’s the bad landlords you’re after, but if you pass it, it includes the good landlords, too.”

Fite said that his problem with the proposed ordinance as written is that it “has no controllable cost,” so the landlords will not be able to have a say in how the city’s cleanup of properties is performed and how much it costs.

“They’re just going to hand you a bill,” Fite said. “Why should we be responsible? What if I go in and they’re cooking three or four pots and there’s more cleanup?”

Mike Brown, who along with his wife owns Springhill Rentals, read a prepared statement with his views.

“As a landlord of nearly 30 years, I have always been as vigilant as the law allows in the restriction of those who are found or have a known reputation with any form of drug abuse, the making or distribution thereof,” Brown said. “Even with the best of research, we are unable to stop some of the undesirable people from renting because we only have a limited ability to search through their information. Often we find our hands tied, for proof is needed, not just suspicion. That being said, as soon as I can remove them legally, I do.”

Brown said that he does agree that the problem needs to be addressed and that landlords who ignore the issue need to “assume responsibility,” but that he doesn’t agree with “placing the blame” on landlords who are already being responsible.

“You cannot legislate moral conduct or pass laws on those who are criminal-minded,” Brown said. “Why do you want to place this financial burden upon law-abiding citizens? Do not place the blame on those of us who are doing our best with the limited rights we are afforded.

“If we are going to be responsible for this and their further actions, are we responsible for their domestic violence? Their alcoholism? Their drug abuse with heroin and everything else?”

Brown’s statement was met with the only applause of the night.

Along with Schoolcraft, several others presented research from other areas and suggestions on how to make positive changes locally that would not involve the proposed ordinance.

Local Realtor Mark Wilson said that he appreciated the city’s attempt at finding a solution to the drug problem. He suggested penalizing landlords who “habitually rent to people that break the law,” instead of targeting all landlords.

“I think if you have a person who habitually rents to people that breaks the law, that property owner ought to be held responsible,” Wilson said.

Wilson said that he believes that he, and others, need to be held accountable, though “nobody in this room here is really the problem.” He encouraged those in the room to keep an open mind because “we do need to clean it up.”

“I think that trying to deal with this from the cleanup costs is probably the wrong way to go, because I do understand the uncontrollables,” Wilson said. “I do think that something probably ought to be done, because it’s all for the betterment of the community. The less dysfunction you have, the less illegal activity that you have, the better community you have and the better real estate market you will have.”

Harsha said that he liked Wilson’s idea and would look into it.

“Everyone knows that I really didn’t like this [ordinance],” Harsha told Wilson. “I like the direction you’re going, though. It focuses a little bit more to the problem, instead of just everybody. I don’t like legislating everybody.”

Coomer brought an example from Oklahoma where four city councils enacted legislation to require a prescription to purchase Sudafed.

“I think the ultimate goal for the city is to get rid of these thugs living next door,” Coomer said. “We do our cleanup, what we have to do, but we have to continue to do it as along as these thugs are there. Perhaps trying to eliminate the possibilities of them cooking meth – get rid of the ingredients, make it harder for them to obtain – I thought it was kind of a great idea.”

Coomer also suggested organizing a coalition to educate youth about meth use and to “fight these people away.”

Collins said that she agreed with Coomer and suggested a “neighborhood watch” system where landlords could help each other in reviewing prospective tenants, along with law enforcement. Brown said that he was concerned that state laws on privacy would limit their ability to do so. Another local rental property owner in attendance, Luke McKellar, spoke to The Highland County Press after the meeting and said he was in favor of forming some type of coalition as well.

“As a landlord and a business owner, one of my greatest concerns is that someone will cook meth in one of my properties,” McKellar said. “I want to provide a safe environment for my tenants. I don’t need another law to tell me that.

“Penalizing landlords and property owners for a problem created by addicts won’t even start to solve the meth problem in Hillsboro. The solution to the meth problem in Hillsboro isn’t more law; we need to change the people and solve the problems that are causing people to turn to meth.”

McKellar said that he would be willing to work alongside local politicians, fellow landlords, law enforcement and members of the community to brainstorm the idea.

“As a community, we need to group together to fight the meth problem,” McKellar said. “More laws aren’t going to change criminals’ behavior. We need to address the root of the problem, not penalize small business owners struggling to get by.”

Local business owner and property owner Terry Collins presented an idea for the city to implement a better system for background checks.

“I scour the internet looking for a dependable, legitimate site to do background checks,” Collins said. “Perhaps you could create a parameter, offer us a background check within reason. For those of us who are legitimate and doing our due diligence who trying to screen these people, go ahead and have a system that we go through.”

Collins said this method could give the city an opportunity to alert local property owners with “red flags” if they find any suspicious activity in prospective tenants’ backgrounds.

Hillsboro pastor Denny Riddell suggested a better rehabilitation program in the county, as those leaving the jail “have no place to go except the place they got arrested.”

“We’ve got to clean up the people,” Riddell said. “They’ve got to be worked with, cared for and taught how to get a job.

“The problem is not the landlord. The problem is the drug abuser and the person making the meth.”

Harsha said that they would “go back to the drawing board.” Morris said they would take everyone’s ideas into consideration.

“Whatever you do draw up, I’d like to see more specifics in it, and the thing that I didn’t like in this ordinance is all the way down, it said ‘the responsible party, ‘the responsible party,’ ‘the responsible party,’ and at the bottom ‘the responsible party’ is the property owner. I didn’t cook the meth. I didn’t smoke the meth. I just moved them in,” Coomer said.

Harsha encouraged the crowd to attend future committee meetings. The meeting adjourned following a motion by Aranyos to keep the issue in committee and work with city law director Fred Beery on a new draft.









Comments Off on Bundesliga: German football hooligans ‘use crystal Methamphetamine to fuel violence’

Germany’s Bundesliga football league (DFL) is the envy of Europe, but there is increasing evidence that hard-core hooligans are using crystal meth to fuel their violent rampages – and the authorities refuse to discuss it.hooligans-germany

To football purists, the Bundesliga is run far better than similar leagues in England, Spain and Italy. Ticket prices are cheaper, drinking on the terraces is allowed and the top teams successful both in their own right and in producing top-class players for the national side which has just won the World Cup for the fourth time.

“Alcohol remains the main issue, but crystal meth is far from something which only appears as a one-off”- Dr Roland Härtel-Petri

However, the German game also has a well-documented hooliganism problem and according to a report in The Independent hooligans are increasingly turning to crystal meth instead of alcohol, causing mayhem on the terraces.

Last season Dynamo Dresden fans displayed a banner during a game against FC Cologne which read, “Don’t meth with Cologne? We’ll blow you away.” The word “blow” is thought to have been a pun on the word “snorting” in German.

Also last season, Borussia Dortmund fans raised a banner saying “Not enough money for cocaine, Nuremberg? Why else the dirty Czech muck?” The banner, which referred to cheap meth bought in the Czech Republic, was taken down. When asked about the banner Nuremberg refused to comment and Dortmund said crystal meth was a “societal problem.”

Dr Roland Härtel-Petri told German newspaper Welt that patients at his rehab clinic were increasingly using crystal meth before and during major games. “Alcohol remains the main issue, but crystal meth is far from something which only appears as a one-off, he said. “The DFL is beginning to accept that.”

Also known as methamphetamine crystal meth – made famous by cult TV series Breaking Bad – is becoming increasingly popular across the world, and in Germany there has been a rise of 51% according to the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction.

According to Vice, a growing number of those dealing crystal meth are members of far-right groups, often linked with football hooliganism. However even during the Nazi era German soldiers were taking “Stuka Tablets,” “Tank Chocolates,” and “Hermann Göering Pills” as they rampaged across Europe.

“According to Bostonian psychiatrist Dr. Nassir Ghaemi, Hitler’s amphetamine consumption was responsible for aggravating his bipolar episodes. Hermann Göring’s voracity for opiates and speed meanwhile, was legendary during his lifetime,” writes’s Michael Knodt.








Comments Off on Indonesia Customs foils attempt to smuggle 2,496 grams of Methamphetamine from Malaysia

INDONESIA: Indonesian Customs and Excise officers have foiled an attempt to smuggle 2,496 grams of shabu-shabu (crystal methamphetamine) worth Rp 7.4 billion (US$592) at Sri Bintan Putra International Harbor in Tanjung Pinang, Riau Islands province here the other day.Crystal meth

The Customs and Excise Office head Hilma Satria said that the drug was brought in a courier, identified as EH, 20, from Malaysia and to be sold in Riau.

Satria said the drugs were found when the officers checked the courier’s bag, which was x-rayed.

He said the man just arrived at the harbor, getting out of MV Marina Syahputra ship, which departed from Stulang Laut Harbor, Johor Bahru, Malaysia on Saturday.

“The man claimed to be just a courier who would be paid for delivering the drugs to Riau,” he said.








Comments Off on Undercover agents foil alleged $80,000 Methamphetamine drug sale in Pleasant View; Carlos Jesus Inzunza Rodriguez, 31, of West Valley City arrested

PLEASANT VIEW — Undercover Weber-Morgan Narcotics Strike Force agents arrested a man who had met with them at a Pleasant View gas station to make an $80,000 meth sale Thursday, the agency has said in a press release.srgargwa D AW

Police later searched the home of Carlos Jesus Inzunza Rodriguez in West Valley City and reportedly seized several more pounds of meth. In all, more than $600,000 worth of drugs and $4,000 in cash were seized from Rodriguez, police said.

Strike force agents were working on the investigation into Rodriguez in cooperation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Ogden Police Department and West Valley City Police Department

“Agents were able to learn that Rodriguez reportedly obtained large amounts of methamphetamine directly from Mexican Drug Cartels and facilitated the transport of the drugs to Utah, where he distributed it for profit,” strike force Lt. Troy Burnett said in a press release Friday. “Rodriguez based this operation out of this his residence in West Valley City.”

Rodriguez allegedly met with the undercover agents at the Pleasant View gas station to sell seven pounds of meth.

“Rodriguez was very surprised and shocked that he had been dealing with law enforcement all along,” Burnett said.

Rodriguez, 31, is being held in the Weber County Jail on suspicion of felony drug distribution charges. Federal charges are being screened with the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Rodriguez is allegedly in the United States illegally.

A powerfully addictive drug known as “Krokodil” may have been found at Rodriguez’s home, Burnett said. The substance is currently being tested, he said.

“If it is confirmed (as ”Krokodil“), it will be of great concern to our agency with such a dangerous drug being available in our communities in such a large supply,” Burnett said.

Krokodil, viewed as a cheaper alternative to heroin, is known to severely erode skin tissue.








Comments Off on Breanna Arnold, 21, and Zachary Barnes, 30, both of Bluffton, Indiana, formally charged in death of her 3-year-old son: Put Methamphetamine in little boy’s drink

BLUFFTON, Ind. – Prosecutors filed formal neglect charges and other counts Thursday against a northeastern Indiana couple in connection with the presumed death of the woman’s 3-year-old son.Indiana_couple_formally_charged_in_death_2498200000_12747226_ver1_0_640_480

The felony charges against  and Breanna Arnold, 21, both of Bluffton, include neglect of a dependent resulting in death and two counts of neglect of a dependent. They also are charged with abuse of a corpse, obstruction of justice and altering the scene of death.

A boy’s body matching Owen’s description was found in a wooded area Sunday after the couple reported 3-year-old Owen Collins was missing. The body has not been positively identified by coroners, nor has a cause of death been determined. Toxicology results could take up to two weeks.

Arnold, Barnes and a 16-year-old were using methamphetamine Friday night before the boy’s death, court documents say.

Barnes said in an interview with detectives that Owen, one of Arnold’s two children, was found dead sometime Saturday morning as the three were “shooting dope” and that nobody in the home called police because they were scared, according to the documents.

Instead, the documents say the three encased the boy’s body in plastic wrap and put him in a drawer in the bedroom.

Barnes also said they would put “dope” in the children’s drinks so that they could “watch them have fun.”

In charging documents released by prosecutors, both Arnold and Barnes are accused of exposing Owen to methamphetamine, the chemicals used to make methamphetamine and the opportunity for him to obtain and ingest the drugs, which “resulted in the death” of the child.

Court documents say that at one point, the idea of “chopping him up and throwing him into the river” was discussed, but the two decided instead to put him in a cardboard box and take him to the wooded area.

Another woman who was unaware of the death drove Barnes and the youth to the wooded area, where Barnes doused the box with nail polish remover and set on it fire, according to the court documents.

The body was discovered Sunday after the woman initially unaware of the death led investigators to the wooded area where the box with the body was burned.

Arnold and Barnes both were being held on $300,000 bonds at the Wells County Jail in Bluffton. Jail records did not indicate whether either have an attorney.

The teen is being held at a juvenile detention center on one count of abuse of a corpse. The Associated Press does not typically identify juveniles accused of crimes.








Comments Off on Kimberly Geertsema, 46, faces charges for operating Bethlehem Methamphetamine lab near school, childcare center

The 46-year-old woman accused of operating a methamphetamine lab on Main Street in Bethlehem admitted to police that she was making the drug in a building that also housed an infant child.


Kimberly Geertsema was arraigned this afternoon before District Judge Roy Manwaring on charges related to authorities’ discovery of a meth lab at her first-floor apartment home at 921 Main St. Manwaring set Geertsema’s bail at 10 percent of $100,000, records show.

Bethlehem police Lt. William Deseldo said city and state police served a search warrant at 6:55 a.m. Friday morning at the apartment, which is a block away from William Penn Elementary School and across the street from the Lehigh Valley Children’s Centers Fowler Center. Desedlo said the Pennsylvania State Police Clandestine Lab Response Team decontaminated the apartment and said the public was no longer at risk.

Deseldo said a tip weeks ago prompted authorities to launch an investigation into a possible meth operation at the address.

“A meth lab could be anywhere. You would never know,” Doseldo said. “They are very, very dangerous. We acted on this promptly.”

The building in which Geertsema is accused of making meth, which property records say is owned by Robert and Elisa Lee, housed two apartments. Geertsema leased one, court papers say, and a woman with her infant child were housed in another.

Court papers say John Dougherty, 44, was found in the rear of the home. Dougherty was picked up on an outstanding bench warrant, records say, but was also in possession of gloves, a mask and items used to produce meth.

When Geertsema spoke to police, court papers say she admitted to manufacturing the drug with Dougherty, who she described as a man who would sleep at the apartment or in her Ford Explorer because he was homeless. No charges have been filed against Dougherty in the case, records show.

Doseldo indicated a 21-year-old man detained this morning at the home was being investigated as having a possible role in the meth lab operation, but as of Friday afternoon Geertsema was the only one facing charges.

Pennsylvania State Police indicated they found equipment and tools synonymous with making meth and found an undetermined amount of the drug within the home, according to court records.

Geertsema was charged with manufacturing meth with operating a methamphetamine lab, intent to deliver methamphetamine, possession of chemicals used to make meth, drug possession, illegal deposits of chemical waste, risking a catastrophe, reckless endangerment and several counts of conspiracy including the operation of a meth lab near a school or playground.








Comments Off on Carlos Hernandez, 37, and Jessica A. Cobb, 24, of Moses Lake, accused of raping a 14-year-old girl in their home; allegedly gave her Methamphetamine

EPHRATA – A Moses Lake man and woman were recently arrested for allegedly raping a 14-year-old girl in their home.

Carlos Hernandez, 37, and Jessica A. Cobb, 24, were each charged in Grant County Superior Court with a count of third-degree child rape. They are scheduled to appear in court again next week.

The victim told police she went to Hernandez and Cobb’s residence on Jan. 13 to babysit two other children. While she was there, Hernandez allegedly showed the girl explicit videos, according to court documents.

He then reportedly asked her if she wanted to see Cobb get dressed up and dance for him.

According to court records, Hernandez and Cobb allegedly engaged in sexual activity with the victim.

The victim also told police the two gave her powdered cocaine or methamphetamine while at their home. Before the girl left, Hernandez and Cobb reportedly told the girl she couldn’t tell anyone what had happened, or they (Hernandez and Cobb) would get in trouble.

Police served an arrest warrant for Hernandez and Cobb at their residence on Jan. 17, where they also discovered 11 firearms, including rifles, shotguns and pistols. They also discovered bullets and shotgun shells, according to court documents.

At the time, Cobb declined an interview with law enforcement. Hernandez did speak with police, and denied having any sexual contact with the victim.

He also claimed the firearms police discovered did not belong to him.








Comments Off on Methamphetamine And Other Drug Smugglers Using Magnets To Plant Drugs Under Cars From Mexico

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Drug smugglers are turning “trusted travelers” into unwitting mules by placing containers with powerful magnets under their cars in Mexico and then recovering the illegal cargo far from the view of border authorities in the United States.

One motorist spotted the containers while pumping gas after crossing into Southern California on Jan. 12 and thought it might be a bomb.

His call to police prompted an emergency response at the Chevron station, and then a shocker: 13.2 pounds of heroin were pulled from under the vehicle, according to a U.S. law enforcement official. San Diego police said the drugs were packed inside six magnetized cylinders.

The driver had just used a “trusted traveler” lane at the San Ysidro border crossing, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because some details of the case have not been made public.

Authorities have learned of at least three similar incidents in San Diego since then, all involving drivers enrolled in the enormously popular SENTRI program, which stands for Secure Electronic Network for Travelers Rapid Inspection. There were 12.6 million SENTRI vehicle crossings in fiscal 2013, more than double the 5.9 million four years earlier.

The program enables hundreds of thousands of people who pass extensive background checks to whiz past inspectors with less scrutiny. Signing up can reduce rush-hour wait times from more than two hours to less than 15 minutes at San Diego’s San Ysidro port of entry, the nation’s busiest crossing, where SENTRI users represented 40 percent of the 4.5 million vehicle crossings in fiscal 2013, the Government Accountability Office found.

But like other prescreening programs, there’s a potential downside: the traveler can become a target, and such cases can be tricky for investigators when people caught with drugs claim they were planted.

Using magnets under cars isn’t new, but this string of cases is unusual.

The main targets are people who park for hours in Mexico before returning to the U.S., authorities say. Smugglers track their movements on both sides of the border, figuring out their travel patterns and where they park. It takes only seconds to attach and remove the magnetized containers when no one is looking.

“It’s a concern for everyone, not as big a concern for me because I’m careful,” said Aldo Vereo, a SENTRI user and office assistant at the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency who parks in a garage when home in Tijuana and varies his routes. “People should be worried because they go straight home and straight to work.”

“Trusted travelers” were issued windshield decals for years, but they are no longer needed to identify vehicles approaching the inspection booths. New stickers haven’t been issued since 2013, and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency says existing stickers can be removed.

Many haven’t heeded the call, which can make them a target. The Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce in San Diego told newsletter readers last week that decals should go.

“It’s basically demonstrating that you are a SENTRI user,” said Alejandra Mier y Teran, the chamber’s executive director. “Criminals are savvy, and they know they are part of a program where they are not checked as much.”

CBP says frequent crossers also should vary their travel routines and keep a closer eye on their cars.

There have been 29 cases of motorists unwittingly carrying drugs under their cars in the San Diego area since U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement identified the trend in July 2011, including six drivers who made it past inspectors, said spokeswoman Lauren Mack.

Any driver who suspects something’s amiss under their car should immediately report it, to better show their innocence, authorities say.

Officer Matthew Tortorella, a San Diego police spokesman, said “it would be inappropriate” to make public more details about the Jan. 12 seizure, and CBP spokeswoman Jacqueline Wasiluk also declined to comment, calling it a local police investigation.

There have been three seizures since, all involving SENTRI drivers who were not charged:

  • On Jan. 13, inspectors at the Otay Mesa border crossing found 35 pounds of marijuana in seven packages attached by powerful magnets to the bottom of a 2010 Kia Forte.
  • On Tuesday, a driver alerted an inspector at Otay Mesa to a package under a 2010 Nissan Murano, and 8 pounds of methamphetamine were found in three packages underneath.
  • On Wednesday, a dog at San Ysidro alerted inspectors to a 2000 Toyota Corolla with 18 pounds of marijuana underneath. That driver was enrolled in SENTRI but using a regular lane.

Flores, CBP’s San Diego field office director, acknowledged that it’s unusual to have so many cases in fewer than two weeks.

“It’s a cat-and-mouse game,” Flores said. “Each change they make prompts a change from law enforcement, which in turn prompts them to again change their tactics.”








GREELEY – A 42-year-old woman was sentenced Thursday to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to distributing methamphetamine.635575479309600072-Donna-Marceleno-booking-photo

Donna Marceleno also received a sentence enhancement for involving her underage daughter in the narcotics trafficking operation.

Marceleno, who had prior convictions for similar charges, was on parole when she was arrested in the recent case.

She is one of five suspects indicted by a Weld County grand jury in June following a lengthy wiretap investigation.

The cases of the other four are still pending.








Comments Off on Martin County Methamphetamine lab catches fire with sheriff’s deputies inside home; Jody Pauley and the owner of the home Craigery Fuggitt arrested

MARTIN CO., Ky. (WYMT) –  Martin County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a tip about a meth lab inside a home on Rt. 40 in Beauty Wednesday evening.

That is when they say things went very wrong and the lab caught fire.

“We literally had to forcibly grab hold of the people and get them out of there because the fumes was taking over,” says Martin County Sheriff’s Deputy, Chris Todd.

The lab caught fire with the deputies and three people including a teen inside the home.

“It was really bad in there. That meth is real dangerous and it could explode real easy,” says Todd.

Officers arrested Jody Pauley and the owner of the home Craigery Fuggitt and charged the two with manufacturing meth and endangering the welfare of a minor.

Deputies say it was a tip that lead to the arrest of Pauley and Fuggitt, and they keep getting more an more tips daily.

“We’re following through with these tips we want to make sure that our community and our families and children are safe,” says Chief Deputy Paul Witten.

Witten says for the deputies to be successful, they need the help of their community.

“That’s adamant that they are helping us everyday. We receive calls we receive active tips daily,” he says.

Along with the drug charges, Fuggitt and Pauley are charged with wanton endangerment of an officer and animal cruelty because of the fire. They are both in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center.

The Martin County Sheriff’s Department asks you to call them at (606)-298-2828 with any tips.









Comments Off on Lincoln County deputy discovers Tina and Samuel and Payne, both 43, cooking Methamphetamine on his family’s property

LINCOLN COUNTY • A couple accused of cooking methamphetamine picked a bad place to set up operations.

Samuel and Tina Payne, both 43, put their lab behind an outbuilding on property owned by the family of a sheriff’s deputy, police said. The deputy was patrolling the area and caught the Paynes in the middle of making meth, authorities say.54c14968d6477_image

The incident happened about 2 p.m. Saturday along Highway V. Deputy Andy Kaimann saw the couple and a red Pontiac Grand Am sitting near an old outbuilding on his family’s recreational property, according to court documents.

Kaimann questioned the Paynes, who said the only reason they were on the property was because they had to urinate.

During the conversation, Tina Payne, began “dancing around,” saying she had to go to the bathroom and attempted to walk behind the outbuilding, according to police.

Then Kaimann and another deputy smelled a strong chemical odor. Upon investigation, they said they realized the Paynes were manufacturing meth.

Detectives found old pseudoephedrine receipts around the outbuilding, suggesting the couple had been on the property before to make meth, according to court documents.

Both are charged with felony manufacturing of a controlled substance and were being held at the Lincoln County Jail in lieu of $25,000 cash-only bail.

The couple gave authorities different addresses. Tina Payne said she lives in the first block of Gilbert Lane near Elsberry. Samuel Payne listed a residence in the 200 block of Church Street in Winfield.








Comments Off on 36 women and men arrested in north Denver metro area Methamphetamine drug bust

DENVER – A large drug raid across the Denver metro area Thursday morning resulted in 32 arrests, seized drugs and firearms.

The North Metro Drug Task Force executed eight search warrants at 17 different Denver metro area locations. Sources tell 9NEWS some of the locations and the suspects arrested are associated with some gangs in the metro area.635575202299393626-B79tpZsCIAAGEyr

The following six people are being charged with violations of the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act: Heimar Benitez-Lopez, Armando Armendariz, Robert Jose DeHerrera, Ricardo Perez-Gallardo, David Duane Sutton, and Jose Michael Tafoya.

A 63-page arrest affidavit for Benitez-Lopez reads like crime novel, with Benitez-Lopes the main character. Police say Benitez-Lopez was on probation while allegedly dealing drugs. According to his probation officer, Benitez-Lopez often wore high-end clothing and seemed to be living “beyond his means.”

Police say the criminal enterprise used code words for drugs and outfitted SUVs with secret compartments, presumably to hide cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin.

An arrest affidavit shows the investigation began in January 2014, after two women were stopped at a border patrol checkpoint in New Mexico. The document says the two women were shuttling drugs from Mexico that were destined for Colorado.

“This is the right 30 people that you want to take out of a community to make the community safer and get drugs off the street.”

Seven pounds of methamphetamine, three pounds of cocaine and two pounds of heroin were seized. In addition, eight firearms were recovered, including four assault-type rifles and four handguns.

“We have people that are bringing in large amounts of cocaine and methamphetamine from outside of the state and even outside of the country that are coming into Colorado, and then they have a complex distribution network below them, which we have completely dismantled,” Sgt. Jim Gerhardt with the North Metro Drug Task Force said. “This is the right 30 people that you want to take out of a community to make the community safer and get drugs off the street.” Gerhardt said the meth was coming in from northern Mexico. Authorities there have been advised about the Colorado investigation. Sources say at least one of those arrested was in the leadership of the gang.

In a press release, DEA Special Agent in Charge Barbra M. Roach said, “[We’re] very pleased with this morning’s professionally executed operations,” adding “this outstanding effort by our law enforcement partners has cutoff numerous avenues of illicit income fueling foreign-based drug cartels.

Gerhardt says authorities are still looking for additional people. Some people named in the complaint obtained by 9News were already in custody at the time of Thursday morning’s takedown.

Gerhardt says this group was of the utmost concern for authorities, as they are accused of committing lots of violent and extortive acts.

“One of the things we knew coming into this, this was a group that was armed and potentially gonna be very violent,” Gerhardt said. “Thankfully, our plan was executed in a way that nobody confronted law enforcement with those guns and nobody got hurt. Everybody was safely taken into custody.”

The Drug Enforcement Administration assisted in the operation. Undercover officers used flashbags to enter some of the locations.

In addition, nine other locations were being investigated, but no search warrants were issued for those locations. The locations were in Denver, Northglenn, Thornton, Arvada and unincorporated Arapahoe County.








Comments Off on Gregory Dean Martinez, 55, of Rawlins, Faces Felony Methamphetamine Charges; Affidavit Details Violence


A Rawlins man involved with a major interstate local drug ring linked to incidents of violence — including cutting off fingers of nonpaying customers — has been charged with two felony counts of methamphetamine distribution.

Gregory Dean Martinez, 55, heard the charges — conspiracy to deliver meth and delivering meth — during his initial appearance in Natrona County Circuit Court on Tuesday.Gregory-Martinez-1-20-15-630x474

If convicted, he faces up to 20 years imprisonment, Assistant District Attorney Randall Carnahan said.

Carnahan recommended, and Circuit Court Judge Steven Brown agreed, to set Martinez’s bond at $20,000. Martinez’ criminal record includes a federal firearms violation, assault on a peace officer, a history of family violence, and involvement in a multi-state drug conspiracy. He will have a preliminary hearing within several weeks to determine whether his case will be bound over to state district court for trial.

The investigation into the drug conspiracy began nearly two years ago with surveillance, wiretaps, confidential sources, and multiple search warrants of properties and text messages, according to an affidavit filed with Natrona County Circuit court.

The apparent ringleader of the conspiracy was Ernie Montoya Sr., who with about a dozen other defendants have been charged in federal court. Many have been sentenced.

Montoya would drive from Casper to Salt Lake City and obtain quantities of more than 500 grams — 17.9 ounces — and return to Wyoming and distribute them to other co-conspirators including Martinez for selling in Casper, Gillette, Riverton and Rawlins.

The investigation found connections between the conspiracy and a stabbing in Rawlins, two possible meth overdoses in Natrona County, and an assault. Martinez told the court he lives in Rawlins, but gets his mail in Evansville.

Members of the conspiracy also got rough when people could not pay Montoya, according to the affidavit. “Martinez was present on several occasions in Salt Lake City, Utah, when people did not have the correct amount of money and they had their fingers cut off by members of ‘the family.’”











Comments Off on Man Hospitalized After Suspected Meth Lab Catches Fire in Martin County

A man was hospitalized after a fire sparked by a suspected meth lab in Martin County.

Officials say two adults and a juvenile were inside the home in Beauty. Deputies say the home was filled with smoke and chemical fumes when they arrived, and they think it stemmed from a meth lab.

EMS took one man to the hospital for treatment of breathing problems.

Deputies say they are also investigation another meth lab in the area.












Comments Off on Mom, Valerie Trujillo, discovers her Colorado Springs home is former Methamphetamine lab

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – A Colorado Springs woman discovered her home was the site of a former meth lab and blames the conditions of the apartment on her son’s close encounter with death.

Valerie Trujillo’s 7-week-old son Zeke was born with a cold. When he was 13 days old, he stopped breathing.  The incident made headlines after a Colorado Springs Police Officer gave him CPR and helped him stay alive while the ambulance was on its way.

When Zeke returned from the hospital, he continued to be sick. Trujillo and her three other sons also had health complications.

“As a mom, you know something is not right,” said Trujillo.

She was staying at Spruce Lodge on N. Nevada Avenue in Colorado Springs. Police had mentioned to her during Zeke’s rescue that they recognized the address. When she got home from the hospital, she researched on the internet.  Online records showed in 2005, police shut down a meth lab in her same apartment.

“It’s the last thing on your mind. Especially something from 2005 can still be affecting us this bad? It’s crazy,” said Trujillo.

Mike Van Dyke with Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment conducted a study on the lingering effects of a meth lab in a home.

“It could be realistic that contamination from a meth lab could stick around for several years if it was severely contaminated in the first place and it was never cleaned up,” said Van Dyke.

He said people who live in contaminated homes can display respiratory symptoms. He said children who play a lot on the ground and have a lot of hand-to-mouth contact can even display symptoms similar to those on meth.

“People who live in these homes after this has been done are essentially exposed to methamphetamine from carpets and walls in their homes,” said Van Dyke.

Spruce Lodge came under new ownership in November. The new owners told KRDO NewsChannel 13 they were not aware that one of their apartments was a former meth lab. They said the apartment is currently vacant and they do plan to clean it out before a new tenant moves in.

Trujillo had a message for the people who set up the lab in what would eventually become her home.

“A 13-day-old baby could have died because of a few dollars,” said Trujillo.

She and her family have relocated to a new home. She said their health is improving.









Comments Off on Aerial drone carrying almost 7 pounds of Methamphetamine falls at a shopping mall parking lot in Tijuana, two miles from the border

A small aerial drone crashed about two miles from the U.S. border in Mexico carrying several pounds of methamphetamine, Mexican police said Wednesday.37cef563663ae7036b0f6a706700b8d1_r620x349

The discovery at a shopping mall parking lot in Tijuana, within walking distance of the U.S. border crossing, raises the prospect of a new, high-tech front in the struggle between drug gangs and law enforcement.

Tijuana’s metropolitan police department said an anonymous caller reported the crash of the remote control aircraft at about 10 p.m. Tuesday. Officials from the Mexican Attorney General’s Office were seen scouring the area on Wednesday.

A Tijuana police official said the drone probably was being used to ferry drugs between neighborhoods, and not across a heavily populated and guarded section of the U.S.-Mexico border where it was likely to be spotted.

Police identified the drone as a “Spread Wings 900,” a device with six skyward propellers that is available on Amazon for about $1,400. It was loaded with six packages of drugs weighing about three kilos, or nearly seven pounds.

“It’s probable that the drone couldn’t hold the weight of the cargo, and that’s why it fell,” police said in a news release.

That payload pales in comparison with the smuggling capabilities of elaborate tunnels found under the U.S.-Mexico border. Authorities have seized more than 100 tons of narcotics associated with smuggling tunnels in San Diego over the past five years.

Amy Roderick, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in San Diego, said drones provide little economic incentive for smugglers.

“This method will only allow a small amount of drugs to be flown at a time,” she said. “That coupled with the ease of detection, does not make this method very profitable to these drug trafficking organizations whose motivation is money.”

David Shirk, an expert in Mexico security and justice issues at the University of San Diego, said it’s hard to foresee what the rapid evolution of drones will bring, especially if they become a commonplace household item.

“This is a potentially new threat if it became used in a widespread way,” he said. “If it can be useful and productive, organized crime groups will find a way.”

Attempts to smuggle drugs into prisons using drones have led to arrests in countries including Australia, Brazil and Russia in recent years, according to overseas media reports.

Technical advances and decreasing prices for drones are revolutionizing aerial photography, while companies including Amazon and Google explore using the devices for package deliveries. Regulators at the Federal Aviation Administration, meanwhile, are reportedly contemplating restrictions to guard against collisions with manned aircraft.

The drug smuggling incident in Tijuana coincides with a surge in methamphetamine seizures at U.S. ports of entry on the California-Mexico border, as drug trafficking organizations try to smuggle growing quantities of the low-cost Mexican-made product into the United States.

U.S. authorities say Mexican cartels have shifted toward heroin and meth in place of marijuana, a consequence of more marijuana legalization for recreational use and more cultivation in the U.S.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection figures show 14,732 pounds of meth seized by the San Diego field office during the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, accounting for 63 percent of the synthetic drug seized at all land, air and sea ports of entry nationwide.








Comments Off on Breanna J. Arnold, 21, and Zachary S. Barnes, 30, and an unnamed 16-year-old arrested after 3-year-old child’s corpse found burned in a cardboard box; Admitted cooking Methamphetamine

Three people have been arrested for their connection to the death of a 3-year-old boy in northeastern Indiana. Breanna J. Arnold, 21, and Zachary S. Barnes, 30, were arrested and preliminarily charged with neglect of a dependent resulting in death and abuse of a corpse. The boy, Owen Collins, was Arnold’s son.barnes_featured

Police documents state that an unnamed 16-year-old was also arrested for abuse of a corpse. The teenager lived with Arnold and Barnes and served as a babysitter for Owen and his 6-year-old brother. The trio is being held for up to 72 hours without bond while police assess formal charges.

According to police, the suspects were “shooting dope” late on Friday night when Arnold went to check on her children. She found Owen dead in his room. After discussing how to dispose of his body, the suspects wrapped Owen in plastic wrap and placed him in a dresser drawer. They said they considered “chopping him up and throwing him in the river.”

On Sunday morning, more than a day after finding the dead child, Barnes said that he and the teenager placed Owen in a cardboard box. They hitched a ride from a woman and stopped near a wooded patch in Wells County. Barnes said that he brought the box into the woods, soaked it in nail polish remover and lit it on fire.

Barnes then went to visit his brother Joseph and told him that Owen had been missing since Saturday. Joseph notified several local police departments. Police went to the house where Owen had died to investigate. Arnold and her 6-year-old son were brought to the Bluffton Police Department for questioning.

During this time, Marion police found and stopped the car that Barnes and the teenager had been traveling in. The unidentified woman led police to the wooded area where Barnes had disposed of Owen.

Owen’s charred body was found at 8 p.m. on Sunday by the Bluffton Police Department and the Indiana State Police. They also discovered materials used to cook meth in the home. Barnes admitted that they had cooked meth on Friday before they found Owen dead.

Further police questioning revealed that the suspects drugged the children on numerous occasions. Barnes said they would put “dope in their bottles and watch them have fun.”

The cause of death has not been identified and could take up to two weeks to identify.







Comments Off on Chasity Rena McKittrick, 34, of Oklahoma City Suspected Of Being On Methamphetamine Attacks Victim With Knife

OKLAHOMA CITY – An Oklahoma City woman, suspected of being high on meth, was arrested after police said she attacked another woman with a knife.

According to police, at about 5 p.m. on Monday, officers responded to the report of a fight at an apartment complex in the area of S.W. 29th and S. Walker.6488819_G

When officers spoke with the suspect, 34-year-old Chasity Rena McKittrick, police said McKittrick was speaking at a very high tone and was speaking very quickly, non-stop. Police said McKittrick would not hold still and her teeth were rotted out. She spoke in sentences that were almost complete, but missing some verbs and adjectives. She would also jump from one statement to another with no correlation between them.

Police said these are all signs of someone being high on meth.

Officers spoke with the victim who had a superficial stab wound to the neck. She also had scratches and red marks on her elbows, hands, face and neck.

The victim told police that McKittrick approached her from across the parking lot.  A witness said McKittrick then pulled out a knife, pushed the victim to the ground and began attacking her.

Officers said they found a knife in McKittrick’s possession. McKittrick was then arrested for assault with a dangerous weapon.

McKittrick told police that she was “being arrested for defending herself.” She told authorities that she attacked the victim because the victim had pulled her hair.

While being transported to the jail, police said McKittrick tried to expose her breasts and offered the officer sexual favors if he let her go.

McKittrick was booked into the Oklahoma County Jail on one count of assault with a dangerous weapon.