LAKE STATION | Five individuals suspected of operating a methamphetamine lab were charged through Lake County criminal court.

Those charged Thursday were Harvey L. Morse, 54, Kimberly S. Neeley, 48; and Heather S. Bulthuis, 27, all of Lake Station;  Chad M. Skinner, 34, of Hobart and Jesse R. Vandiver Jr., 52, of Portage.

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Morse, Neeley and Bulthuis were all charged with dealing in methamphetamine, a class A felony; dealing in methamphetamine, a B felony; possession of methamphetamine, a C felony; maintaining a common nuisance, a D felony, and possession of a precursor, a D felony.

Skinner and Vandiver were both charged with visiting a common nuisance, a class A misdemeanor.

The drug raid at a house in the 3300 block of Arizona Street was conducted at 1:45 a.m. Wednesday after a search warrant was issued for the residence, Lake Station Police Chief Kevin Garber said.

This was the first meth lab raid in the history of the city, Garber said.

The raid was conducted by the Lake Station SWAT unit with the assistance of the Northwest Regional SWAT team.

During an investigation, Lake Station police conducted several undercover purchases of methamphetamine from the home.

Lake Station narcotic officers worked with investigators from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department.

Police obtained evidence the subjects were cooking the product inside the house.

During the investigation, police discovered the subjects were responsible for supplying methamphetamine to several other communities in the state, including some in Newton and Jasper counties.

During a search of the Lake Station house, police confirmed it was being used as a meth lab and recovered evidence indicating several batches of meth had been cooked in the house.

Among the items confiscated were methamphetamine and several electronic devices.

Several members of the Indiana State Clandestine Drug Lab team assisted Lake Station police with processing the house.




A woman is sentenced after authorities say an 11-year-old boy turned his mother into authorities after finding a bag full of drugs.

Patricia Adams, 47, was arrested back in February.


Police say Adams’ 11- year-old son found a baggie of methamphetamine in her bedroom and took it to the Foard County Sheriff’s Office, telling them she was on her way to Quanah to possibly buy more drugs.

Later, when authorities stopped Adams, who had her 12-year-old daughter inside the vehicle with her, they say they found an open daiquiri container, along with about five grams of methamphetamine.

Adams was sentenced to ten years in prison for possession of a controlled substance in Foard county earlier this week.



Drug Task Force agents arrested eight people on a variety of drug charges Wednesday – six of whom were charged after agents discovered eight active meth cooks at a Harmony Community home.

“They say you can never go back, but it was like old times as several familiar faces huddled around two different drug scenes in Covington County,” Drug Task Force commander Mark Odom said.

Odom said when DTF agents, along with the help of three former DTF agents – Andalusia Police Chief Paul Hudson, Assistant Chief Paul Dean and Investigator Roger Cender – made the arrests.

Odom said that once inside the home, a search revealed an assortment of meth making related items and “among other things, eight separate “one-pot” methamphetamine cooks, various chemicals used in the manufacture of methamphetamine, finished product methamphetamine and smoking devices.”

Arrested there were Clay Anthony Stacks, 22; Janerious Michael Carter, 20; Jasmine Gatlin,18; Andrew Dwight Coon, 23; Joseph Taylor Spenard, 20; and Joshua Seth Spenard, 22. All six were charged with trafficking in a controlled substance, manufacturing a controlled substance I and felony possession of drug paraphernalia. Each was booked into the Covington County Jail and held on a $550,000 bond.

“Meanwhile, Covington County Probation and Parole Officers were conducting a routine home visit on Tia Nicole Denmon in Opp when they found a vial containing methamphetamine,” Odom said.

There, the 31-year-old Denmon and 44-year-old Willie A. Henderson were arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. The two were taken to the county jail and held on a $13,000 bond each.

“I hate methamphetamine, and I am especially sickened when we find young people who are already enthralled by addiction,” Odom said. “Since the Drug Task Force was formed in 2000, we have fought the war on drugs, and we will continue to fight until they are eradicated.”




Federal agents said they found more than $1 million worth of methamphetamine stashed in a closet inside a Lake Nona-area home.

Agents with Homeland Security Investigations made the discovery Thursday night, after they had been conducting surveillance at the home in Kristen Park Drive.

According to a criminal complaint filed Friday in Orlando federal court, agents watched as Jose Luis Martinez-Romero and Jose Gabriel Calvillo met at the house.

Calvillo drove away in a pickup truck, and when deputies later stopped him on Interstate 4 in Polk County, they found roughly four kilograms of methamphetamine hidden underneath the liner of the truck bed, the complaint said.

Those drugs are valued at about $120,000.

Agents then searched the Orlando home — where Martinez-Romero resides — and found more than 35 kilograms of methamphetamine in a closet under a staircase, the complaint said.

The drugs are valued at more than $1 million.

Martinez-Romero and Calvillo were each arrested.





Police have arrested three Lahu tribesmen and seized 902,000 methamphetamine pills, with street worth of more than 500 million baht, in Muang district of Chiang Rai province.

Officers received a tip that a large amount of illegal drugs would be smuggled from Myanmar into Thailand through Chiang Rai. Pol Col Pongsak Limchalermchat, deputy commander of Border Patrol Police Region 3, said he subsequently ordered police to keep a close watch on roads from the neighboring country from Friday night.

On Saturday morning, he said, police spotted two pickup trucks, running from the border area along the Nong Mor-Rongkhun road in tambon Mae Kon of Muang district. They signaled the drivers to stop for a search.

But the two drivers refused to stop their vehicles and police had to fire gunshots into the air to force them to stop.

Police found 902,000 ya ba pills on the pickup trucks’ back seats.

Arrested were Suchart Chodaku, 28, Arbue Seduku, 38 and Piratchai Wuisueku, 38.

The suspects told police that they had been paid to deliver the illegal drugs from Myanmar to Mae Kon sub-district.

After that, they said, other members of the drug trafficking gang would be further transporting the illegal drugs down to Bangkok and nearby Nonthaburi province.



Three people have been arrested and investigators are searching for a fourth in a methamphetamine case that was the result of a tip about drug activity at a mobile home park in Greenville County, authorities said.

On Wednesday sheriff’s deputies received information about a possible meth lab at 3009 Anderson Road Lot #2, said Deputy Drew Pinciaro, Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

Raymond Earl Adair, Michael Dwayne Adair, Sabrina Propst Campbell and Stacy Elizabeth

From left to right, Raymond Earl Adair, Michael Dwayne Adair, Sabrina Propst Campbell and Stacy Elizabeth Friday are charged in a methamphetamine case, authorities said

After getting a search warrant, investigators seized a meth lab from two mobile home lots, both related to Lot #2, he said.

A woman who lived at the home also was taken into protective custody, Pinciaro said.

Michael Dwayne Adair, 38, of 3009 Anderson Road is charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, disposal of methamphetamine waste, abuse of a vulnerable adult and false purchase of ephedrine or pseudoephedrine, according to warrants.

Raymond Earl Adair, 35, of 3009 Anderson Road lot #2, Greenville is charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, disposal of methamphetamine waste and abuse of a vulnerable adult, according to warrants.

of 23 Reeves Ave., Greenville is charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, disposal of methamphetamine waste and abuse of a vulnerable adult, according to warrants.

Deputies are searching for Stacy Elizabeth Friday, 33, of 3009 Anderson Road lot #2, according to Pinciaro and warrants.

Friday is facing charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, disposal of methamphetamine waste and abuse of a vulnerable adult, according to warrants.

Investigators ask anyone with information on Friday’s whereabouts to contact Crime Stoppers at 23-CRIME.

UHRICHSVILLE – Two women are being held in the Tuscarawas County Jail on felony charges after chemicals used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine were found in the trunk of their vehicle Tuesday.

According to Patrolman Mark Meftah, Lindsey Childress, 25, of 1102 Vine St., Coshocton, and Ambure Kelley, 30, of 828 Eastport Ave., Uhrichsville, each have been charged with one count of manufacturing methamphetamine, a felony in the second degree and a misdemeanor count of abusing harmful intoxicants.

Meftah said that while on patrol on Jaycee Drive at about 11:25 p.m., he observed the driver of a car failed to use a turn signal. Meftah said he stopped the vehicle on U.S. Route 36 between Trenton Avenue and Water Street.

Meftah said that upon approaching the vehicle, he observed the two women inside who were acting nervous.

The patrolman said he requested a dog from the sheriff’s department, and the dog gave a positive alert on the vehicle. The patrolman said that while searching the vehicle, police found spice inside and while checking the trunk, found bottles of chemicals used in the production of meth.

Meftah said that while the lab itself was not complete, the chemicals inside the bottles were active, and some of the bottles were pulsing.

The Holmes County Sheriff’s Department, which works in conjunction with the state Bureau of Criminal Investigation to dispose of meth labs, was called to the scene.

Meftah said that one lane of County Road 36 was shut down for about two hours while the specialists removed the chemicals from the car’s trunk, neutralized them, and took them away for disposal.

Uhrichsville firefighters and auxiliary police, as well as Smith Ambulance paramedics, assisted on the call.

On Wednesday, police executed a search warrant on a storage building in the city in connection with the incident.





A woman accused of making methamphetamine in her estranged husband’s Marrero home last month has been arrested again after authorities say they found her with the makings of another meth lab, this time in a Metairie motel room.

This marks the third meth-related arrest this year for Kelly Williams, 32, of Marrero, according to Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office arrest reports. Detectives took Williams and Stephen Hamilton, 43, of Metairie, into custody Tuesday (Dec. 10) at a motel in the 5900 block of Veterans Memorial Boulevard.


Kelly Williams, left, and Stephen Hamilton were arrested and booked with creation of a clandestine lab after Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office investigators found the makings of a meth lab in a Metairie motel on Tuesday, Dec. 10


During an investigation into meth production, detectives discovered that Hamilton used another person’s driver’s license at a Metairie pharmacy to buy pseudoephedrine, a cold medication that can be used to make meth, the arrest report said. In an effort to hinder meth cooks, state law requires those who buy the medication to present a photo ID, and restricts the amount of pseudoephedrine that can be bought.

Detectives viewed security camera footage of Hamilton using the procured driver’s license and forging the name of the real license owner, according to an arrest report. Investigators tracked him to a room at the Metairie motel where they also found Williams.

They searched the room and found the cold medicine and other precursor chemicals, including sulfuric acid, used to make meth, the arrest report said. Detectives noted the chemicals were in the “preliminary stages of production.”

Williams, of 5201 Savannah Lane, Marrero, and Hamilton, of 226 Sena Drive, Metairie, were booked Wednesday with creation of a clandestine lab. Hamilton was also booked with forgery, the report said.

Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested the pair on Nov. 15 when Williams’ estranged husband returned home after three days away to find her in his house along with Hamilton and a meth lab, according to an arrest report. Williams’ husband told investigators he became suspicious that something was up because of her uncommonly affectionate behavior, the report said.

Williams was also arrested Feb. 6 in connection with a meth lab found inside another Marrero home. The Jefferson Parish district attorney’s office charged her with creation of a clandestine lab, possession of methamphetamine and possession or distribution of drugs without a prescription. A motion hearing in the case is scheduled for Jan. 6, court records said.

Hamilton was being held Thursday evening at the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center in Gretna on a $205,000 bond. No bond information was available for Williams.




FORT WAYNE – Allen County Warrants Division officers were attempting to serve a warrant in a neighborhood north of downtown when they found a meth lab and ingredients for more, police said.


Korin Forrest, of Angola, was arrested Monday in the 500 block of High Street on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of two chemical reagents (precursors) and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to a statement issued Thursday by the Allen County Sheriff’s Department.

The sheriff’s department said Forrest was being held on $55,000 bond.

The Allen County Drug Task Force and the Fort Wayne Methamphetamine Suppression Unit were called to assist in the investigation.



Authorities arrested 25 students allegedly involved in selling cocaine, methamphetamine and other drugs at two Riverside County high schools, officials said Thursday.

The students attended Perris High School and Paloma Valley High School in Menifee, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said. Two of the students are adults.

Investigators seized marijuana, cocaine, crack cocaine, methamphetamine, hashish and prescription pills, the department said in a statement.

The arrests came after undercover operations at the two schools, authorities said. The students were apprehended on both campuses Thursday.


Serina Ramirez, 18, and Erick De La Cruz, 19, were arrested with 23 other students in a drug investigation at two Riverside County high schools on Thursday


The minors were processed at juvenile hall, and the two adults were booked at a county jail. They were identified as Serina Ramirez, 18, and Erick De La Cruz, 19.





The million-dollar North Carolina home once owned by former NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield before he was kicked off the land is scheduled to be burned to the ground as part of a fire training exercise.

The Catawba County Fire Marshal’s Office says the 12,000-square-foot unfinished house will be burned down on Saturday.

Catawba Fire Chief Donald Robinson says the new owners no longer want the home that’s worth $300,000.

In 2011, authorities say they found thousands of dollars in stolen goods in the home. Carolina Farm Credit received an order in 2012 transferring the land and buildings to the company. Court records show the bank bought the land for $1.7 million.

Mayfield was suspended from driving in 2009 after testing positive for methamphetamine. He is facing a variety of charges.

FORT WAYNE – Allen County Warrants Division officers were attempting to serve a warrant in a neighborhood north of downtown when they found two meth labs, finished meth and ingredients for more, police said.


Travis S. Summers, 28, was arrested Wednesday in the 500 block of High Street on a number of charges – violation of probation, manufacturing methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a school, possession of methamphetamine, possession of two chemical reagents (precursors) and maintaining a common nuisance – according to a statement issued Thursday by the Allen County Sheriff’s Department.

Maps of the area show that Bloomingdale Elementary School is within a few blocks.

Officers reported finding 10.2 grams of meth.

The sheriff’s department said Summers was being held without bond.

The Allen County Drug Task Force and the Fort Wayne Methamphetamine Suppression Unit were called to assist in the investigation.



NEAR CAMP VERDE — A deputy who stopped a car from driving too slowly on the freeway Sunday morning discovered a load of methamphetamine and marijuana inside and arrested the driver and passenger, a sheriff’s spokesman said.

The deputy stopped the Cadillac sedan at about 9:15 a.m. for an equipment violation and for impeding traffic by driving at least 20 mph below the speed limit on I-17 near the General Crook Trail exit, YCSO spokesman Dwight D’Evelyn said.


Once the car stopped, the driver, Oscar Baez-Esparza, 34, and passenger Alejandro Baez-Esparza, 22, both from Texas, “exited and walked back to the deputy in an apparent attempt to disassociate themselves from their car,” D’Evelyn said.

Oscar told the deputy that he and his cousin, Alejandro, were heading to Texas, but “seemed confused about the origin of his travel location and reason for being in the Phoenix area,” D’Evelyn said.

The deputy spotted a plastic bag on the floor of the car, which he believed contained meth, D’Evelyn said.

Oscar denied carrying anything illegal in his car, and gave the deputy permission to search it, he added.

The deputy checked the contents of the plastic bag and found it contained seven pounds of meth in wrapped bundles, and D’Evelyn said, in the trunk, he found 65 pounds of marijuana wrapped into nearly 20 packages.

The pair faces multiple charges, including transportation of meth and marijuana for sale. They’re being held without bond at the Camp Verde jail.




BOUND BROOK — A man was arrested and charged with dealing crystal meth and GHB out of his home by N.J. State Police – and troopers potentially saved a man who was in midst of a possible drug overdose inside at the time, authorities said.

The accused dealer apparently gave up his job as a grade-school vice-principal the day before he was arrested.


John Norton, 33, of Bound Brook


John Norton, 33, is accused of delivering the meth and liquid GHB in a plastic bottle into a waiting car outside his Mountain Avenue home at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, the New Jersey State Police said.

State-police detectives watching the alleged transaction rushed in to arrest Norton afterward – and transported him to the Somerville troopers barracks for processing, authorities said.

Norton is a former elementary-school vice principal, and is still listed on the Franklin Township Public School’s website as the vice-principal of the Elizabeth Avenue School because he only resigned on Sunday, the district confirmed.

While he was being arrested, Norton also allegedly told troopers that his friend was upstairs in the house, according to the complaint.

“He’s been passed out for hours upstairs,” Norton allegedly told them. “I don’t know, he has been out for hours and won’t wake up.”

When troopers went upstairs in the house, they found an unresponsive man in a bedroom, partially clothed, propped up on pillows, the complaint states. The man was breathing erratically – and then he began to vomit, state police said. Detectives turned him on his side and cleared his airway when it became obstructed, according to the complaint. Paramedics arrived and rushed the man to Somerset Medical Center, State Police said.

Medical personnel said if troopers hadn’t provided the initial first-aid to the apparently-overdosed man, he may have died, troopers said. The man was in critical condition when admitted to the hospital, the complaint stated.

Detectives seized more than four ounces of crystal meth and 36 ounces of GHB, both valued at $15,000, from the house and from the attempted sale, police said. Drug paraphernalia and $4,000 in cash were also seized, they added.

Norton was charged with counts of drug possession and drug possession with intent to distribute. Bail was set at $100,000 full cash, and Norton was taken to Somerset County Jail. The county prosecutor’s office will handle the case, state police added.

Richard Sparaco, a Cherry Hill attorney, confirmed this morning that he would represent Norton, but declined further comment on the accusations.

Norton resigned Sunday night – the day before he was arrested, said Ed Seto, the superintendent of the Franklin schools. Seto said Norton had worked for the Franklin school district since August 2012.

Court records show that Norton was charged with drug offenses in Middlesex County in Nov. 2012, but they were remanded to municipal court earlier this year. He was given a one-year conditional discharge by a Piscataway judge – with the understanding he would not be arrested for one year, Sparaco said. Norton was also arrested Nov. 29 on charges of methamphetamine possession in Hunterdon County, the records show. Sparaco said he was representing Norton on that charge and a related DUI charge.

Norton’s lawyer and Seto, his former boss, both said there was no criminal history prior to his hiring – but in the last year, Norton has been subject to a series of arrests.



TEXARKANA, Texas — A judge in Texarkana has unsealed a federal indictment naming eight people accused of operating as part of a methamphetamine ring that distributed the drug in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Tennessee.

The U.S. Attorney’s office and Bowie County District Attorney’s office announced Thursday that the two-year investigation dubbed “Operation M-Pact” had resulted in about 50 arrests, as well as the seizure of drugs, cash and weapons.

The federal indictment unsealed Wednesday indicates the conspiracy dates to at least 2007. The investigation involved the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration, as well as numerous state and local agencies.–Meth-Ring


CHEYENNE, Wyoming — The Laramie County Sheriff’s Department says officers have seized a total of nearly 40 pounds of methamphetamine and cocaine following the arrest of a local man last month.

Federal prosecutors have charged 53-year-old Phillip Martin of Cheyenne with possession of 500 grams or more of methamphetamine following his Nov. 26 arrest. A federal magistrate has ordered him detained.

A press release from the sheriff’s office on Thursday states officers first found nearly 9 pounds of meth and cocaine in Martin’s vehicle. It states a later search of his residence turned up 29 pounds of meth and another pound of cocaine, along with 25 guns and $18,500 in cash.

Cheyenne lawyer Terry Harris represents Martin and has declined comment on the prosecution.  An attempt to reach Harris on Thursday was unsuccessful.



Eighteen people thought by law enforcement officials to be connected with a Mexican drug cartel have been indicted by a grand jury on suspicion of involvement in a methamphetamine conspiracy that involved using a rural Douglas County home as a manufacturing hub.

Those indicted

Eliser Lopez-Arenas, Raul Vidal Ramirez-Flores, Humberto Rascon-Frias, Jose Eduardo Lopez-Ruiz, Juan Martin Gonzalez-Bartolo, Fidel Carlos Zavala, Ezequiel Olivas-Yanez, Benito Olivas-Yanez, Monica Ortiz-Soto, Miguel Angel Corona-Monjo, Eugenio Garcia-Estrada, Crystal Ann Cook, Stephen Eugene Rowlette, Jose Alejandro Ruiz, Alejandro Santos-Valderama, Miguel Angel Lopez-Garcia, Elsie Romero and Manuel Lopez-Deharo.

Ezequiel Olivas-Yanez is one of 18 people indicted in connection with a methamphetamine conspiracy that law enforcement officials have linked to Mexican drug cartels. Olivas-Yanez is charged with using his residence at 2174 N. 700 Road to distribute and possess methamphetamine.   Ezequiel Olivas-Yanez is one of 18 people indicted in connection with a methamphetamine conspiracy that law enforcement officials have linked to Mexican drug cartels. Olivas-Yanez is charged with using his residence at 2174 N. 700 Road to distribute and possess methamphetamine

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Kansas has unsealed an indictment dated Dec. 4. Each of the 18 is charged with multiple counts of conspiring to distribute methamphetamine from July 2011 to Dec. 3 of this year. Some also face other charges.

The indictments follow the early August seizure by the Douglas County Drug Enforcement Unit of nearly 25 pounds of methamphetamine from a house at 2174 N. 700 Road in rural Eudora. The indictment alleges that beginning on about May 1, Ezequiel Olivas-Yanez, Monica Ortiz-Soto and Benito Olivas-Yanez began using the residence to distribute methamphetamine.

Police also seized a 9 mm handgun and several thousand dollars in cash in the August raid. During a news conference unveiling the raid, police estimated that the street value of the drugs was nearly $1 million, making it the largest meth bust ever in the Douglas County area.

At the time, Sgt. Trent McKinley, a Lawrence Police Department spokesman, said investigators had “a clear and direct connection to the Mexican drug cartel. People might think this isn’t happening, but they’re wrong.”

Erik Smith, a Drug Enforcement Administration agent in Kansas City, said such a rural operation would not likely have been detected by the average citizen and such operations would allow those involved to work “out of sight, out of mind.”

But the residents did not go completely unnoticed to neighbors, nor was the August raid the first appearance by law enforcement on the property. Ezequiel Olivas-Yanez was one of two men arrested and charged with felonies related to a cockfighting operation at the residence. Olivas-Yanez pleaded guiltyy and was eventually sentenced to probation in 2011 following a four-year investigation that led to the seizure of 118 gamecocks, 48 hens and three chicks, according to the office of Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson.

Next-door neighbor Peggy Brizendine has lived in the house next to the residence since 1994, she said. She said the most recent residents, whom she has not seen since August, moved into the home in the early 2000s. One day, Brizendine said, she noticed “at least 75” 55-gallon blue plastic barrels on her neighbors’ property with chickens tethered to the barrels and just out of reach of one another. She had just sat down for breakfast one morning when she saw a law enforcement officer emerge from under one of her bushes and walk toward her neighbors’ home, she said.

On Thursday afternoon, more than a dozen chickens and two dogs still roamed the property and Brizendine said she thought a caretaker still visited to feed the animals. She is also in contact with the sheriff’s office to report tallies of how many chickens encroach on her property.

“I’d like to see someone come in and bulldoze the place down to make a clean pasture,” she said.

Meanwhile, among the indicted, two men face gun charges.

Miguel Angel Lopez-Garcia, who also goes by the alias “Bombas” and is not a United States citizen, is charged with one count of “possessing firearms in and affecting interstate and foreign commerce.” He is accused of possessing a Springfield Armory 9mm semi-automatic pistol, a Ruger SR9 9mm semi-automatic pistol, a Glock .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol, a Taurus PT840 .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol and a Smith & Wesson .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol. Fidel Carlos Zavala also faces charges. He was charged with one count of possessing a Colt Mark IV .380 caliber handgun in furtherance of conspiring to possess and distribute more than 50 grams of meth.

As part of the indictment, the defendants, if convicted, will also be required to forfeit more than $7 million in U.S. currency.

Barry Grissom, U.S. attorney for the District of Kansas, has requested that trial of the case be held in Kansas City, Kan. No court dates have yet been set in the case.



A Muncie woman was arrested early Tuesday after police said they found methamphetamine in her southside home.

Ashley Marie Bennett, 29, 903 E. 29th St., Cottage 3, was preliminarily charged with possession of meth, maintaining a common nuisance and possession of paraphernalia. She was being held in the Delaware County jail under a $12,500 bond.

Ashley Marie Bennett

According to a probable cause affidavit, Bennett “admitted she knew there was methamphetamine inside the apartment and advised where it was located.”

Authorities also reported finding digital scales and hypodermic needles in Bennett’s purse.

A warrant was issued for the Muncie woman’s arrest on Monday when she failed to show up for an initial hearing on a conversion charge filed Oct. 25 in Muncie City Court.




In court Wednesday, the prosecutor read excerpts from the alleged confession of Gabriel Roche, a Republic teen accused of the callous killing of a classmate.

“You don’t show your demons if you’re not going to let them out,” Roche allegedly told deputies in December 2011. He was interviewed hours after authorities discovered the body of 17-year-old Weston North.

According to Prosecutor Dan Patterson, Roche told deputies he first stabbed North in the chest.

“He begged and begged,” Roche said of his alleged victim. “Just like a coward.”   Gabriel Roche

North’s mother, who was in the Greene County courtroom for opening statements in Roche’s murder trial, covered her face as she hurried out of the courtroom.
Until Wednesday afternoon, prosecutors had been seeking the death penalty against Roche citing the heinousness of his alleged crime.
Prosecutors dropped the pursuit of capital punishment once Roche agreed to a bench trial — meaning evidence is weighed and a verdict is rendered by a judge, not a jury.
The case is also being tried on “stipulated facts” that both the prosecution and defense agreed upon. Attorneys on both sides rested their cases Wednesday after making opening and closing arguments.
Judge Calvin Holden will review all of the evidence outside of open court.
But before Holden starts his look at the videotaped interviews, official reports and photographs in the case, Patterson pointed out some chilling statements Roche, 18 at the time of the killing, allegedly uttered to investigators.
Why did you do it? Roche was asked.

“I wanted to show myself, my brother and whoever could hear for a thousand miles what happens when you mess up,” Roche allegedly said.

Patterson explained that Roche believed North was a police informant. Roche had recently sold North methamphetamine, Patterson said.
When he walked North into a secluded area off Farm Road 178, Roche allegedly told deputies he was wearing his “murder suit” — Dickies blue jeans, baseball batting gloves and boots that repel stains.
Roche first stabbed North in the chest, Patterson said. Injured, North ran and was chased by Roche, Patterson said.
Roche’s brother Michael was in the woods that day. He cried and told his brother to stop, Patterson said.

“He’s going to die anyway,” Roche allegedly replied.

Roche chased North into a nearby ditch, Patterson said.

“Gabe, please don’t do this. I’m your friend,” North allegedly said just before Roche slit the teen’s throat, according to Patterson.

In closing, Roche’s attorneys did not dispute the facts of the case. They only asked the judge to consider second-degree murder, which might allow the 20-year-old to one day be released from prison.
Roche’s attorneys also repeated some of their earlier arguments in case.
They say Roche’s alleged confession was filled with bizarre statements. His references to “creatures,” “forest people” and “trees that can change form” prove any alleged confession should not have a bearing in the case, the attorneys said.
They also said Roche was addicted to methamphetamine at the time of the slaying.
Holden is expected to deliver his decision in mid-January.



VALE, NC (WBTV) – Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics investigators have seized their 22nd methamphetamine lab of 2013.

Investigators located the meth lab inside a mobile home in 1600 block of Knoll Drive in Vale around 2:15 p.m. Wednesday, according to a news release from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.

No one was injured and the meth lab is described as a “One Pot Method” lab.

The One-Pot or Shake and Bake Method has been described as possibly the most dangerous way of making meth because the chemical reaction inside the container used in the process causes an extremely high amount of pressure to build up after the container is shaken.

The state lab will be called in to clean up the residue from the meth lab.



Investigators arrested 20-year-old Carl Lloyd Almany, III, and charged him with one felony count of possess/distribute meth precursor. He is being held in jail without bond.

Anyone with information about any drug or criminal activity is asked to call the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Drug Tip Line at 704-736-8606.

All tips received are investigated by the Narcotics investigators.



GARVIN COUNTY, Oklahoma – Officers from the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics (OBN) and Garvin County Sheriff’s Office arrested nearly a dozen suspects following an 18-month long investigation into a methamphetamine ring.

Around 6 a.m. Wednesday, OBN agents and Garvin County deputies began the crackdown on a meth distribution organization in Lindsay, Oklahoma. OBN spokesperson Mark Woodward says the Mexican-sourced group distributed as much as two pounds of crystal meth each week.


OBN agents and Garvin County sheriff’s deputies were armed with five search warrants and 23 arrest warrants Wednesday morning


“This group of defendants would import significant quantities of crystal methamphetamines, or ICE, into the Lindsay area to supply local dealers and users,” said Woodward. “Many of these defendants have lengthy and violent criminal histories.”



By noon, agents had taken 11 of the 23 suspects they were looking for into custody. All defendants were taken to the Garvin County Jail and booked on multiple complaints, including conspiracy to distribute meth.

Agents expect to make additional arrests.





Children were found Tuesday living in the homes of two separate meth busts in Quincy.

The West Central Illinois Task Force conducted two meth raids Tuesday morning.  The first raid occurred at 1512 S. Eighth Street in Quincy.  The second bust took place at 5418 Town and Country Drive, just south of Quincy.
Arrested on Eighth Street were residents Rolland D. Luckett, 29, and Tatiana M. Robertson, 36.  Luckett and Robertson were both arrested for aggravated unlawful participation in methamphetamine production, meth related child endangerment, unlawful possession of meth manufacturing material, and unlawful possession of meth.


Luckett and Robertson were both transported to the Adams County Jail were they remain lodged.  The charges are aggravated due to a child found living in the residence where meth was being manufactured.  The child was in school at the time of the raid.
The second search warrant at 5418 Town and Country Drive resulted in the arrest of residents Corey D. Platt, 34, Brianna J. Platt, 26, and Kenneth M. Silman, 30.


Corey Platt, Brianna Platt, and Silman were all arrested for unlawful possession of meth. Corey Platt and Brianna Platt also were also arrested for unlawful possession of meth precursor.  Corey Platt, Brianna Platt, and Silman were all transported to the Adams County Jail were they remain lodged.

Two small children that were present in the home were turned over to family members.



Authorities this week arrested five people on drug charges and busted six methamphetamine labs in a raid through Colleton County.

According to a news release, the raid was conducted on Monday and Tuesday by officials with the Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team, Criminal Investigations Division, Walterboro Public Safety, and the State Law Enforcement Division. Authorities located meth labs on State Street in Walterboro and on Cannon Road in Round O, the release said. A dump site was also found on Walterboro’s Keegan Drive.

Jason Edward Davidson

Jason Edward Davidson, 37, of Cannon Road in Round O, is charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and improper disposal of methamphetamine waste

Rodney Zeigler

Rodney Zeigler, 48, of State Street in Walterboro is charged with manufacturing methamphetamine

Thomas Greer McMillan

Thomas Greer McMillan, 41, of Hale Drive in Walterboro, is charged with third offense possession of methamphetamine and conspiracy to violate drug laws

Nadia Baha Sami Tass

Nadia Baha Sami Tass, 35, of Poplar Street in Walterboro, is charged with conspiracy to violate drug laws

Ronald R. Juliano

Ronald R. Juliano, 47, of Cannon Road in Round O, is charged with conspiracy to violate drug laws

According to the release, the following people were charged in the raid:

Thomas Greer McMillan, 41, of Hale Drive in Walterboro, is charged with third offense possession of methamphetamine and conspiracy to violate drug laws.

Jason Edward Davidson, 37, of Cannon Road in Round O, is charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and improper disposal of methamphetamine waste.

Ronald R. Juliano, 47, of Cannon Road in Round O, is charged with conspiracy to violate drug laws.

Nadia Baha Sami Tass, 35, of Poplar Street in Walterboro, is charged with conspiracy to violate drug laws.

Rodney Zeigler, 48, of State Street in Walterboro is charged with manufacturing methamphetamine.

A Niland woman is accused of trying to smuggle methamphetamine hidden inside a body cavity at the Calexico downtown Port of Entry on Tuesday.

Around 5:45 a.m., U.S. citizen Victoria Kristine Correa, 37, approached the port’s pedestrian lane, and Customs and Border Protection detector dog alerted to her, according to the court complaint.


Correa admitted she had methamphetamine hidden inside her and removed two small packages containing .35 pounds of methamphetamine. It has an estimated street value of about $6,800.


Packages of methamphetamine were hidden in a woman’s body cavity at the Calexico downtown Port of Entry on Tuesday



Correa was read her rights and said she had smuggled methamphetamine into the U.S. on about 15 prior occasions and been paid $100 each time, according to the complaint.

She was arrested and booked into Imperial County jail. CBP seized the narcotics.



CALEXICO– U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized 9.46 pounds of methamphetamine, and a man was arrested at the Calexico downtown Port of Entry on Tuesday.

Around 7:30 p.m., Manuel Plascencia-Camarillo, 53, of Delhi approached the port driving a 2002 Ford F-250 pickup, according to the court complaint. Plascencia-Camarillo is a Mexican citizen and legal permanent resident of the U.S.


A CBP canine team alerted to the vehicle’s engine as the driver was waiting in line for inspection, and upon further examination, officers found two wrapped packages of methamphetamine hidden inside the car batteries.

The methamphetamine has an estimated street value of about $182,000.

He was arrested and booked into Imperial County jail while CBP seized the vehicle and narcotics.