A man on bond for cooking meth in his home on Poplar Street is one of two people arrested Tuesday after they entered the residence in violation of a quarantine order and were discovered with an active methamphetamine lab.

Detectives working the Special Investigations Unit received information that Cleveland Police officers had observed some activity that potentially violated the notice of quarantine posted five days earlier.

Danny Lee Davis, 48, of 933 Poplar Street and Jimmy Joseph Newell, 36, of Bluegrass Circle, were charged with the manufacture of methamphetamine and violating the quarantine. Davis was hiding in the attic when he was arrested.



Danny Lee Davis

  • Jennifer Lea Rayburn Standifer

  • Jimmy Joseph Newell

  • Pansy Renee Beard

  • Thomas James Wilson



On Oct. 18, the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office S-I-U executed a search warrant at the Poplar Street location. They arrested Davis and three other individuals found to be operating a one pot meth lab in a back bedroom.

Also present were Jennifer Lea Rayburn Standifer, 34, of Cates Lane; Pansy Renee Beard, 33, of 933 Poplar Street; and Thomas James Wilson, 28, of Decatur Tennessee. They have each been charged with initiation of the process to manufacture methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

In addition Davis was charged with criminal simulation.

Detectives found most of the components that are needed to cook meth. Also in the home were various items of computer-related equipment, such as laptop computers, printers and jump drives. Also found were multiple counterfeit one hundred dollar bills, multiple washed bills of legitimate US currency, and paper used in the counterfeiting of currency.

Detectives are working with the U.S. Secret Service regarding additional charges related to the counterfeiting operation.

Newell and Davis have been arraigned on Tuesday’s charges. They are being held without bond until their next hearing on Nov. 1, in General Sessions Court.








HARRISBURG, Pa. – Six suspected drug dealers are under arrest or are being sought in connection with a million dollar drug ring that operated in the Lehigh Valley, officials announced Wednesday.

Attorney General Linda Kelly said six men were identified as the main distributors in a crystal methamphetamine ring that operated in and around Lehigh and Northampton counties.

The suspects were identified as Anthony “Skinny” Serratore, 35, of Bethlehem; Johnny “Amigo” Constanza, 48, of Allentown; Edward Pope, 34, of Easton; Michael Corby, 43, of Wind Gap, Northampton Co.; Robert Thornton, 28, of Bethlehem; and William Lavenburg, 35, of Wind Gap.Agents developed information about the alleged drug organization through undercover drug purchases, controlled buys and search warrants, said Kelly, who estimated the organization was able to distribute as much as a pound of crystal methamphetamine a week, with an estimated street value of $90,000.

According to the grand jury, Lavenburg, Corby and Pope were Serratore’s main crystal methamphetamine customers. Corby was identified as Serratore’s largest customer and allegedly bought crystal methamphetamine from Serratore on a weekly basis, buying seven to 10 ounces at a time.

Agents said they believe Corby, Pope and Lavenburg were not only using the crystal methamphetamine for personal use, but also redistributing the drugs to other lower-level dealers in the Lehigh Valley area.

Over the course of the investigation, agents said they seized about a half-pound of crystal methamphetamine, $26,000 in cash, and 12 firearms.

The investigation is continuing said Kelly, who anticipates more arrests being made.







CALEXICOU.S. Border Patrol agents at the Highway 86 checkpoint between Westmorland and Salton City seized about 3 pounds of methamphetamine Tuesday afternoon, according to a press release.

Three pounds of methamphetamine

El Centro Sector Border Patrol seized approximately three pounds of methamphetamine wrapped in tape

A Crucero passenger bus was referred to secondary inspection around 4 p.m., and a canine team alerted to the bus interior.

Agents asked passengers to get off the bus for further investigation, and five packages of methamphetamine wrapped in tape were subsequently found in a duffle bag in an overhead compartment.

The drugs had a combined weight of about 3 pounds and estimated street value of more than $104,000.

A 23-year-old female U.S. citizen was arrested as a suspect and turned over to the DEA along with the seized narcotics.







Ronald L. French, 54, Libby J. French, 48, and Zachary H. French, 24, all of Claremont, were indicted on methamphetamine-related charges returned by a federal grand jury in Benton, Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced Wednesday.

Count one charges that from on or about July 2009 until on or about September 2012, in Richland County, and elsewhere, Ronald French, Libby French and Zachary French conspired to manufacture more than 50 grams of methamphetamine.

Ronald L. French, 54, Libby J. French, 48, and Zachary H. French, 24, all of Claremont, were indicted on methamphetamine-related charges returned by a federal grand jury in Benton, Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced Wednesday.
Count one charges that from on or about July 2009 until on or about September 2012, in Richland County, and elsewhere, Ronald French, Libby French and Zachary French conspired to manufacture more than 50 grams of methamphetamine.
Count two charges that from on or about July 2009 until on or about September 2012, in Richland County, Ronald and Libby French did knowingly maintain a place, namely their residence located at 4889 North Stringtown Road in Claremont, for the purpose of manufacturing methamphetamine.
Count three charges that July 6, 2009, to on or about July 8, 2012, in Richland County, Zachary French possessed pseudoephedrine, knowing and having reasonable cause to believe that the pseudoephedrine would be used to manufacture methamphetamine.
With respect to count one, all three face from 5-40 years imprisonment, up to a $4,000,000 fine, and no less than four years supervised release to follow incarceration.
With respect to count two, Ronald and Libby French each face up to 20 years imprisonment, up to a $250,000 fine, and no more than three years supervised release following incarceration.
With respect to count three, Zachary French faces up to 20 years imprisonment, up to a $250,000 fine, and no more than three years supervised release to follow his incarceration.
The investigation in this case was conducted by Richland County Sheriff’s Department.
The cases are being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney George A. Norwoo







MURFREESBORO, TN (WSMV) – It was a scary afternoon for a group of first-graders Tuesday after their teacher found remnants of a mobile meth lab right on the playground. It appears one of the ingredients used to make methamphetamine was put there by school officials to prevent grass from growing in the mulch. The Mitchell Neilson Primary School teacher discovered the remnants when she took her class out for recess around lunchtime. “Meth-making material that was part of a shake-and-bake meth lab was discovered on the school playground,” said Sgt. Kyle Evans, Murfreesboro police spokesman. Not knowing what it was, the teacher took the remnants, a soda bottle and plastic tubing, to an assistant principal’s office. The school resources officer took it to a safe location behind the school where Hazmat crews were called to check it out. “Meth labs are scary enough, but the fact that someone would bring one on a school campus is a dangerous situation,” Evans said.




School officials said no student came in contact with the meth-making material. “The good news out of this is no children were exposed,” said Lisa Trail, Murfreesboro City Schools spokeswoman. School officials told police the rock salt that was found on the playground was put there by the maintenance staff to try and prevent weeds and grass from growing in the mulch. Police said rock salt is one of the components used to make meth. “It is possible the person making the meth knew this and came here to seek out the rock salt to make the drug,” Evans said. Parents arrived at dismissal to find police cars and crime tape around the playground closest to West Clark Boulevard and left to wonder what was going on. “I’m obviously very concerned because safety is our primary concern at the school,” said grandparent Lisa Ford. “Prior to it being found, how do they know no other child was exposed to it?” asked parent Stephany Chivers. The Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force was called in to remove what was left of the shake-and-bake meth lab. The playground and the assistant principal’s desk were washed down with soap and water. School officials believe this was an isolated incident. “To the best of my knowledge, this is the first time we’ve had anything like this happen on one of our campus,” Trail said. “We hope it’s the last time, but this is a learning experience.” School officials say it was too late in the day to send letters home to parents explaining what happened, so they expect to spend the rest of the afternoon and evening calling parents by phone.









A couple suspected of running a Palm Harbor meth lab in April were arrested today after being found running another one, Pinellas County deputies said.

 Shiloh Sladon

Shiloh Sladon
 Panela Therrien

Pamela Therrian

Shiloh Sladon, 36, and Pamela Therrien, 41, both of 2680 Peterborough Court, have been charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and trafficking in methamphetamine, They were taken to the Pinellas County Jail.

On April 9, deputies responded to a domestic violence call at the home shared by Sladen and Therrien after he allegedly threw chemicals her and became physically violent. While at the scene, deputies discovered chemicals and suspected a meth lab was being operated.

Sladon was arrested at that time for domestic violence by strangulation.

A sample of the chemicals were sent to the lab for testing and were recently returned positive for methamphetamine.

Shortly after noon today, deputies returned to the home to arrest Sladon and Therrian. Upon their arrival at the home, deputies asked Sladon if there was another lab in the home. Sladon told deputies there was an active lab in a back room.

The investigation is continuing.








SAN DIEGO — A 48-year-old woman angry with a younger woman for having sex with her boyfriend kidnapped the 22-year-old from a home in City Heights, beat and sexually assaulted her with a golf club and threatened her before leaving her naked on the side of a freeway, a prosecutor said Tuesday.

Catherine R. McCoy is charged with rape by a foreign object, assault with a deadly weapon, kidnapping and making a criminal threat.

Catherine R. McCoy, Christopher Carrera

Catherine R. McCoy, Christopher Carrera


Deputy District Attorney George Modlin told jurors in his opening statement that McCoy found out that the alleged victim — identified only as Amber — had slept with her boyfriend and confronted her on Aug. 18, 2011.

“She (McCoy) said, `I’m going to kill you, bitch,”’ Modlin told the jury.”She (McCoy) said, `Tell me you had sex with him!”’

The defendant beat the victim, and with the help of a friend, Christopher Carrera, forced her into the back seat of a white Ford Excursion, the prosecutor alleged.

The alleged victim testified that she couldn’t get out of the car because of child safety locks. She said McCoy got in the back seat and beat her with what she thought was a Maglite flashlight.

After Amber — an admitted drug user — told McCoy she did have sex with the defendant’s boyfriend, McCoy wrapped a seat belt around her neck and ordered her to take her clothes off, Modlin told the jury.

McCoy made the younger woman spread her legs and forced a golf club into her vagina several times, the prosecutor alleged.

Amber was let out of the car on southbound state Route 125 near Otay Lakes Road.

“They (the defendants) told her, `You tell anybody, we’ll come back and kill you,”’ Modlin said.

Defense attorney Charles Adair told the jury the alleged victim was an admitted drug addict who was estranged from her mother at the time and got money for heroin and crystal methamphetamine through prostitution, which Amber denied.

The attorney said Amber was indeed beaten, but the sexual assault with the golf club never happened, saying there was no physical evidence to support that claim.

Amber testified that she had sex with McCoy’s boyfriend a few times, but he only paid her once.

When confronted by McCoy the day of the beating, Amber said McCoy ordered her to come over to her, but she refused because she thought the defendant would hurt her and was punched.

“She said, `I’m going to do more than hurt you, I’m going to kill you,”’ Amber testified. “She said, `I know you (expletive) him. You ruined my whole life.”’

During the ride in the car, Amber said she believed McCoy had a gun, although she never saw one. She said the defendants told her they were going to take her to the desert and dump her body.

McCoy faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted.

Carrera pleaded guilty and was sentenced to nearly 17 years behind bars.







Man vomits up $7000 of meth

Posted: October 24, 2012 in Uncategorized

A man arrested for carrying drug utensils surprised police by vomiting up a snaplock bag of white powder, thought to be $7000 worth of methamphetamine.

Police officers stopped the 38-year-old man as he drove through Greytown in Wairarapa about 9.30pm on Saturday.

The man regurgitated - then tried to re-swallow - a snaplock bag full of methamphetamine, according to police. Photo / file

The man regurgitated – then tried to re-swallow – a snaplock bag full of methamphetamine, according to police

Masterton Senior Sergeant Brent Murray said the man’s car was known to police, and when officers pulled it over the driver took off. “The driver ran off, and he was located behind buildings a short distance away and arrested.”

Officers then searched the car and found cannabis oil and drug paraphernalia, including a pipe, and took the man back to Masterton police station.

Police say he was in the receiving room when he regurgitated a plastic bag of white powder.

“For whatever reason he brought it up. During the arrest he tried to swallow the bag and then he regurgitated the item,” Mr Murray said. The man had swallowed 7g of powder, which police believe to be methamphetamine, double-bagged inside two snaplock sandwich bags.

The powder, and other drug paraphernalia, has been sent away for testing.

Mr Murray said 1g methamphetamine had a street value of about $800 to $1200.

“It was sufficient that we’ve charged him with possession for supply, it was reasonably large,” he said.

The man has also been charged with possession of cannabis and other charges may follow.

Mr Murray said the known gang member was based in Waikato but was formerly from the Hutt Valley, and may have been going to a Mongrel Mob convention in Porirua.

Alcohol and drug clinic medical officer Richard McGrath said swallowing that amount of methamphetamine was certainly dangerous, but it was unlikely to have killed the man had it leaked.

“It would just be a huge dose, but I’m not sure if he would die. It would have a huge stimulant effect, but if he had a medical problem like heart disease it could tip him over the edge.”

Mr McGrath said the plastic bags could have blocked the small intestine.

The man appeared in court yesterday and was remanded in custody until later this week.







PALM HARBOR — Pinellas sheriff’s deputies on Tuesday arrested a man and woman suspected of running a methamphetamine lab on a quiet street here, bringing to a close an investigation that began when deputies stumbled upon the lab while responding to a domestic violence complaint six months ago.

Shiloh Sladon, 36, and Pamela Therrien, 42, were charged with trafficking and manufacturing of methamphetamine, Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Cecilia Barreda said.

  Pinellas sheriff’s investigators bust a suspected methamphetamine lab in a residential section of Palm Harbor on Tuesday. Neighbors on either side of the house were evacuated.
Pinellas sheriff’s investigators bust a suspected methamphetamine lab in a residential section of Palm Harbor on Tuesday. Neighbors on either side of the house were evacuated.

At the time of their arrest, Sladon admitted there was a meth lab in the back of the house at 2680 Peterborough Court in Palm Harbor, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff’s deputies and Palm Harbor Fire Rescue workers closed off the street Tuesday, and nearby houses were evacuated as hazardous-materials experts prepared to search the home. Barreda said no immediate dangers had been detected, but because of the risks posed by chemicals often found in meth labs, officials were proceeding slowly.

Late Tuesday afternoon, deputies were still at the scene as the process of cleaning up the lab continued.

Deputies were first called to the home in April, Barreda said. Sladon was throwing chemicals at Therrien, his live-in girlfriend, and then became physically violent with her, according to the Sheriff’s Office. He was arrested for domestic battery by strangulation, but the charge was dropped, according to jail records.

While at the house in April, deputies discovered what they suspected was a meth lab. Materials from the house were taken from the house and recently tested positive as methamphetamine, Barreda said.

She said there have also been complaints from neighbors concerned about code violations and suspected drug manufacturing at the residence.

Denise DeMott, who lives down the street, said she had no clue there might be a meth lab nearby. She said the neighborhood was ordinarily quiet before the tumult involving Sladon began in April.

“I’ve been here 20 years, and this is the most action I’ve seen,” she said.

Jennifer Carey, who also lives in the area, said she had moved to Palm Harbor from Clearwater seeking a more secure place to call home. On Tuesday afternoon, she stood watching men in bright, white hazardous-materials suits and masks preparing to enter her neighbor’s house.

“You try to move to a safe neighborhood, but it’s really not safe anywhere anymore,” she said.







A three-month investigation into gang violence, and drug and firearms sales in South King County and South Seattle resulted in the arrest of 33 people and the seizure of 28 firearms, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The so-called “Hot Spot” initiative also resulted in the seizure of 14 pounds of methamphetamine, as well as cocaine and heroin, from the targeted communities of South Seattle, Kent, Renton and Tukwila, U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan said today.

“Drug trafficking, and the violent crime it spawns, is not limited to our urban areas,” Durkan said in a news release. “We must make our neighborhoods places for people to thrive. ‘Hot spot’ initiatives such as this seek to identify and root out the bad actors who are making our communities unsafe.”

The initiative was led by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement and included local law enforcement. agencies, including Kent and Seattle police.

Kent police Chief Ken Thomas said that officers went undercover and worked with informants during the course of the investigation.

Thomas believes the arrests will have a big impact on the area because law enforcement “went after primarily upper level gang members.”

“We need prevention and intervention to deal with the gang problem, but we need these upper-level, worst of of the worst, bad guys off the streets for these programs to really work,” Thomas said.

Last year, federal and local law enforcement agencies conducted a similar inititative in White Center after the North Highline Unincorporated Area Council and the White Center/Delridge Safety Coalition complained about crime in the area. That operation resulted in more than 50 arrests, including 23 people charged federally with firearms, drug-dealing and drug-possession offenses; the seizure of 51 pounds of methamphetamine and 12 pounds of crack and powder cocaine; and the seizure of 68 firearms.







A 40-year-old mother of seven pleaded no contest to trafficking methamphetamine and conspiracy in state District Court in Carrizozo last week and was placed on five years probation, the Ruidoso News reported.

Melinda Villanueva was sentenced to nine years in prison by state District Judge Karen Parsons, who suspended the sentence and placed her on probation, the News said.

“She has been in jail for about eight months,” Assistant District Attorney Katherine Beckett told the judge. “The state is recommending she be given credit for the time served and go immediately to probation.”

Villanueva told Parsons she had learned her lesson about methamphetamine use, according to the News.

An Otero County Drug Task Force officer brought the charges against Villanueva in November 2011, the paper reported.

Villanueva’s children range in age from 7 to 21, the News said.







Pseudoephedrine (PSE) is a chemical that is contained in some cold medicines and is also used to make methamphetamine. For many years, pharmaceutical industry lobbyists have argued that at most 2-5% of PSE-containing medicine sold in the “meth belt” is used by meth cooks. A new study [gated] published in the Journal of the American Medical Association has shown that this claim is false.

The researchers correlated the amount of pseudoephedrine sales in each Kentucky county with the number of meth labs, and found that the link between the two is in fact strong:

A 1-g increase in pseudoephedrine sales per 100 people was associated with a 1.7% increase in laboratories. For a typical county, a 13-g per 100 resident increase in pseudoephedrine sales was associated with approximately 1 additional laboratory.

The disproportionate concentration of PSE sales in counties with serious meth problems was remarkable. Most strikingly, per capita sales of PSE in a county with 25,600 residents were 565 times higher than per capita sales of PSE in a county with 13,800.

Historically, cold medicine industry lobbyists have ignored or distorted scientific evidence on the role of the industry’s products in the meth epidemic. This new study certainly won’t cause them to change their spots; after all, the industry has for years possessed (but not released) the same sales data the researchers used to conduct the study. But the new findings should make it harder for industry lobbyists to throw dust in the eyes of reality-based legislators in meth-ravaged states.








A Los Gatos doctor has been arrested and charged with 18 drug-related felonies, including trading prescriptions for powerful drugs such as Oxycontin in return for cash and methamphetamines.

Dr. Marvin Bonham, the former medical director of the Valley Health Plan, allegedly wrote more than half of his prescriptions for county residents who had criminal drug histories and offered to give minors methamphetamines. The district attorney’s office alleges that Bonham did give teens marijuana.

The case against the 61-year-old doctor is the result of a multi-agency probe that was spearheaded by the Santa Clara County Specialized Enforcement Team. SCCSET agents began investigating Bonham after noticing a number of unusual drug-related police reports involving him, his vehicle, storage facility and home.

While searching Bonham’s hillside home at 14704 Shannon Road, agents uncovered weapons, methamphetamine, marijuana and ecstasy, as well as a marijuana grow room. Substantial quantities of drying marijuana hung in the garage and the home was littered with burnt foil and hollowed out pens that appeared to have been used to smoke drugs, officials said.

Charges against Bonham include possession of methamphetamine for sale, prescribing without legitimate medical purpose, prescribing to addicts, possession of psilocybin mushrooms, possession of ecstasy and possession of marijuana for sale. If convicted, Bonham faces up to 25 years in prison.

Bonham  allegedly wrote a substantial number of prescriptions for major drugs of abuse to 29 different adults in less than two years. More than half of these people had criminal histories, with 10 having records of arrests for drug use and sales.

In the wake of Bonham’s arrest, deputy district attorney James Sibley said, “Doctors are supposed to care for the health of their patients, not to recklessly give them access to powerful, addictive drugs.”

Bonham’s roommate, 32-year-old James Schneider, was also charged with three drug-related felonies.







Two people were arrested early Saturday morning after they were accused of using methamphetamine in a Fremont city park.

An officer spotted a vehicle parked at the boat ramp at Hormel Park and discovered two people using methamphetamine.

Twenty-two-year-old Cole Connett and 21-year-old Brittany Mittura, both of Fremont, were arrested for possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police also arrested 34-year-old Tiffany Irving of Fremont early Sunday morning after prescription pills were found in her vehicle.

Irving was charged with possession of hydrocodone, fictitious license plates and no valid registration.








Police arrested an Elkins woman they say had methamphetamine in a “Disney Princess” purse during a traffic stop.

Amy Michelle Morgan, 36, was arrested Sunday on suspicion of felony possession of a controlled substance. She remained in the Washington County Detention on Monday on $2,500 bond.

morgan meth disney princess arrest



An officer observed Morgan perform a traffic violation while pulling out from the Kum and Go at College Avenue and Township Street in Fayetteville, police said. Rodney Bartram, her 44-year-old passenger, had a history of drug abuse and a contempt warrant out for his arrest.

Police searched the car and found a small plastic baggie of methamphetamine stuffed in a green vinyl “Disney Princess” coin purse that was in the glove compartment, according to a preliminary report from the Washington County Prosecutor’s Office.

Morgan and Bartram were placed under arrest. Bartram faces a charge of failure to pay fines and cost. He remains in the detention center on $1,115 bond.








YAKIMA, Wash. — Methamphetamine crackdowns here in the Yakima Valley haven’t stopped its prevalence. More people are using the drug. A driver suspected of being high is blamed for running over two boys last week. And, the suspects in the West Valley triple murder case are also linked to meth.

Even in small amounts, methamphetamine can be deadly.

“It makes you numb yourself to everything,” said Eddie Rose.

Rose is now clean, but used meth for years. He said that’s how he knew Kevin Harper, who until recently was the prime suspect in the West Valley murders of Bill, Pauline and Bettye Goggin. There’s also Benjamin McKenzie. The driver police say ran over 11-year-old Israel and 10-year-old Christopher Sanchez while they waited for the bus.

“I know if they weren’t in the position, as high as they were, these crimes would not have been committed,” said Rose.

“In general, someone who is under the influence of methamphetamine can be erratic, can be violent and unpredictable,” said officer Tim Bardwell with Yakima Police.

Police said meth is now the number one drug here in Yakima. Once high, users stay up for days. Their sleep deprivation can cause them to act irrationally.

“It is a terrible drug and unfortunately right now it’s very cheap and very accessible,” said Bardwell.

Tougher laws on ingredients such as cough syrup have helped stop the production, but hasn’t stopped the sale. Dealers are getting it from Mexico instead. That’s why Yakima DEA detectives are focusing on them. Agents made more than 300 arrests last year, but need more help from the community to keep the next victim from getting hurt.

Police say a high percentage of people they arrest are regular meth users or under the influence at the time.







PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — One of two adults arrested after a 2-year-old girl was found dead in their Wagner home has been charged with possessing drugs.

South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley and Charles Mix County States Attorney Pam Hein announced Monday that 29-year-old Laurie Cournoyer, has been charged with possessing methamphetamine, ingesting methamphetamine and possessing unauthorized articles in jail.

Prosecutors say the 2-year-old girl’s body was in a closet for nearly two days before Cournoyer and her husband, Taylor, reported her death.

Laurie Cournoyer has also been charged with child abuse and failing to notify law enforcement about a child’s death. Those charges are still pending.

Taylor Cournoyer pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine and keeping a place for use or sale of drugs as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors.








A MAN sexually assaulted his partner because he was angry she was going to a wedding to which he was not invited, the Supreme Court has heard.

The 30-year-old father of three, who cannot be named, pleaded guilty to aggravated sexual assault and assault.

Crown prosecutor Jack Shapiro today told the Supreme Court in Hobart the man was coming down from a five-day methamphetamine binge and had thrown his partner’s make-up on the roof of her house to try to stop her attending the wedding in March this year.

He apologised and asked the woman if she wanted to have sex, but became angry when she declined.

“If you’re not going to have sex with me, I might as well rape you,” he said.

He pushed the woman on to the bed and briefly assaulted her, before she punched him in the face and fled.

Early the following morning the man assaulted the woman when she returned from the wedding.

When interviewed by police, he denied the sexual assault and said the subsequent assault was prompted because the woman was drunk.

The prosecutor said the man had a 15-page criminal record, with multiple assaults and breaches of family violence orders dating back to 2005.

Defence lawyer Amber Mignot said her client had struggled with drug use for more than a decade after being introduced to the amphetamines by a girlfriend’s family.

But she said her client had turned his life around during the six months he had been in custody, attempting to complete his education and earning high marks in maths, English and psychology.

Justice David Porter will sentence the man on October 31.







San Luis Obispo — A San Luis Obispo man believed to be hallucinating from lack of sleep and the effects of methamphetamine and ecstasy, armed himself with a loaded rifle and called police because he thought someone had broken into his house, according to a San Luis Obispo police news release.

No one was in his house aside from his roommate.

Around 8 a.m. this morning the 23-year-old subject armed himself with a hunting rifle and ran to a neighbor’s house for help because he thought there was an intruder in his house meaning to do him harm.

The neighbor called police.

After they arrived and inspected the home, they only found the suspect’s sleeping roommate.

Upon further investigation police believed the man was probably high on drugs and suffering from lack of sleep.

He was booked into County Jail on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance and possessing a loaded firearm in public, both misdemeanors.

He remains in custody as of this time.


OAKLAND, Calif. — Police in Oakland seized four firearms and large quantities of methamphetamine and marijuana for sale during a violence suppression operation Friday and Saturday, police said.

The firearms and illegal narcotics were recovered during search warrant operations based on probable cause or during intelligence-led searches of homes, according to police.

During the operations, officers arrested a probationer in the 2500 block of 38th Avenue on suspicion of illegal possession of a rifle. 

Another probationer was arrested at a home in the 8700 block of A Street for alleged possession of marijuana for sale.

Police said officers recovered three shotguns as well as more marijuana and methamphetamine at a home in the 800 block of 36th Avenue and arrested a suspect for possessing the firearms and narcotics.

The search warrants are part of the Oakland Police Department’s short-term crime reduction plans designed to target specific criminal activity, according to police.







ALTONA, N.Y. (AP) — State Police in Plattsburgh have arrested two men on drug charges after troopers discovered a methamphetamine lab in a rural area about 12 miles south of the Canadian border.

Police say the lab was in a shed in Altona, 155 miles north of Albany. Troopers on patrol discovered it around 2 a.m. Saturday when they noticed a lot of smoke billowing from the shed.

Two men came out of the shed as troopers approached. The men, 46-year-old Danny Spear and 47-year-old Claude Leduc, were charged with felony manufacture of methamphetamine and other drug charges.

Both men were arraigned in the Town of Altona Court and sent to Clinton County Jail on $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond. Police Sunday were unaware if the men had lawyers.







Border Patrol agents seized more than 21 pounds of methamphetamine Tuesday, Oct. 9, during two separate traffic stops on Interstate 15 near Temecula, authorities said.

About 10:30 a.m., agents stopped a 43-year-old woman driving a 1997 Acura Integra, a Border Patrol news release said.

“Agents became suspicious of the driver and her female passenger,” the release said, and requested the help of a Border Patrol drug-sniffing dog.

Border Patrol officials said agents found methamphetamine in this car, which was stopped on Interstate 15 near Temecula
Border Patrol officials said agents found methamphetamine in these fire extinguisher canisters in a car they stopped on Interstate 15 near Temecula
Border Patrol officials said they found methamphetamine in this car, which was stopped on Interstate 15 near Temecula
Border Patrol officials said they found methamphetamine in the tire of a car they stopped on Interstate 15 near Temecula

A search uncovered a fire extinguisher on the floor behind the driver’s seat that had three pounds of methamphetamine inside, Border Patrol officials said. A second extinguisher in the trunk of the car contained an additional three pounds of methamphetamine, the release said.

The driver’s name was not disclosed but jail records show Alma Delia Medina Chavez, 43, was arrested at the Border Patrol checkpoint Tuesday on suspicion of possession of drugs for sale. She was booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside with bail set at $200,000, jail records show.

Border Patrol officials said the woman is a Mexican national. The release said the passenger also was arrested but her name was not available.

About 1:15 p.m., agents stopped a 19-year-old woman driving a 1997 Ford Escort on Interstate 15 and searched the car at the checkpoint south of Temecula. With the help of a Border Patrol drug-sniffing dog, agents found 12 bundles of methamphetamine weighing more than 15 pounds inside the spare tire, the release said.

The driver’s name was not disclosed but Border Patrol officials identified her as a U.S. citizen. She was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration, the release said.

The cars in both incidents were seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.







FAYETTEVILLE – According to the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, a series of events led to the discovery of an alleged methamphetamine lab in an upscale subdivision where houses run from $400,000 to $500,000.

According to Debbie Tanna of the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, the police are investigating what they believe to be a “working meth lab” inside of the trendy Gates Four subdivision in Cumberland County. The golf course community is just outside of Fayetteville.



The home was identified as the residence at 7116 Holmfield Road and according to various public records and real estate websites, the 2,800 square foot home is approximately valued at nearly $450,000 and has four bedrooms, three bathrooms, a fireplace, and a swimming pool out back.

The sheriff’s office said that the owner of the home evidently discovered the meth lab inside and called the police. It is not known at this time if he was renting the home to another party or if the alleged meth lab operators were there via means of illegal entry to the upscale home.

“At around 3:30 p.m. on Friday…deputies received a call from the homeowner at 7116 Holmfield Road,” said the Sheriff’s Office in a statement to the media. “When first responders arrived on scene, there was a chemical odor permeating the area. Inside the home was … a methamphetamine lab setup.”

The Sheriff’s Office initially thought there were explosives in the home, but in subsequent statements to the media, they have quit making that statement.

According to the police, the chemicals are being removed from the home and “dozens” of other homeowners are still evacuated from the area, said police late Friday.

“Crews are working to determine what type of lab is inside the home and how best to breakdown the operation,” said Debbie Tanner of the Sheriff’s Office. “Meanwhile, residents in the area have been evacuated and will not be allowed to return to their homes until the situation no longer poses a public health or safety threat.”







Rachel Nicole Lawson, 30, of 804 New Tarleton Way, Greer, has been charged with child neglect, possession of less than 1 gram of methamphetamine, first offense, and possession of 1 ounce or less of marijuana, first offense.

A deputy responded to a drug overdose Thursday morning and met Lawson holding a child “completely soaked in urine,” according to an incident report.

Lawson almost dropped the child twice before the officer took the child, the report states.

Lawson was described in the report as “glassy-eyed” with bloody cuts on her arms and fresh blood on her shirt and appeared to be under the influence.

Lawson and a man had been in a rental vehicle on Deyoung Road, the report states. Found inside the vehicle was a syringe filled with a “cloudy liquid” that field-tested positive for methamphetamine, the report states. Inside Lawson’s purse was a plastic bag with a powder inside that also tested positive for methamphetamine and two cigarettes containing what appeared to be marijuana, the report states.

She and the child were taken to the hospital. The child was placed into emergency protective custody.








A routine traffic stop Saturday afternoon in Gastonia ended with police seizing what may be a record-breaking amount of narcotics in Gaston County.

The more than 16 pounds of crystal methamphetamine that authorities pulled out of the vehicle raised eyebrows, even among officers who have seen their share of such drug seizures.

Seized meth

Seized meth



“It’s uncommon to find this quantity of crystal meth during a traffic stop,” said Gastonia Police Sgt. Rodney Aldridge. “This was a very large crystal meth bust.”

The discovery occurred after a Gastonia police officer pulled a vehicle over on I-85 for what Aldridge called a “moving violation” about 4 p.m., along mile marker 14 near Bessemer City Road. Police did not indicate the make and model of the vehicle, but said it had an out-of-state license plate.

A Cleveland County Sheriff’s deputy with a K-9 was called in to assist during the stop. During an inspection of the outside of the vehicle, the dog smelled narcotics, so police eventually searched the inside, according to a Gastonia Police Department news release.

The crystal meth was found inside a number of Tupperware-style plastic storage containers.

The two men in the car — Juan Cisneros, of Rockwall County, Texas, and Arturo Tamayo, of Mexico — were each arrested and charged with felony drug trafficking. Both are being held in the Gaston County Jail.

The street value of the crystal meth in the containers is estimated to be more than $1 million, Aldridge said.

Aldridge said he has been in law enforcement 12 years, and this is the largest drug seizure he has ever seen during a traffic stop.

“We’re trying to research where this ranks for Gaston County and the state,” he said.

Detectives are still trying to determine where the drugs were being transported.

“This is an ongoing type of investigation and it will likely be ongoing for some time,” Aldridge said.

But he expressed satisfaction with the knowledge that the narcotics won’t make it to their intended destination.

“This drug affects people, it makes people violent, and people become extremely agitated,” he told The Gazette’s news partner, WSOC-TV. “This drug destroys a lot of families. We took a lot of this drug off the street tonight.”