OWATONNAMethamphetamine abuse often brings devastating consequences for the user. The black market that transports, distributes and profits off of methamphetamine can have ugly consequences of its own.

Meth is the most common “hard” drug seen by police in Steele County (the most common narcotic overall is marijuana) can sell for $100 per gram or more. In 2014, for example, Steele County saw 104 narcotics arrests, including 63 for marijuana and 33 for “other,” which includes meth, far outstripping opioids and synthetic drugs, according to crime data supplied by Owatonna Police Chief Keith Hiller.

That demand brings a constant stream of meth suppliers despite potential prison sentences of 30 years or more for traffickers and sellers. Commander Jason Petterson of the South Central Drug Investigations Unit said that in the second quarter of 2016 alone, his task force seized 14 pounds of methamphetamine across its four-county service area.

That drug trade is now in the spotlight after the June murder of Richard Jurgensen, 22, of Medford, who prosecutors believe was killed because of the mistaken belief that he provided information to police leading to a large narcotics arrest. Cyrus Trevino, 24, of Owatonna and Gerald Blevins, 36, of Bemidji, have been charged in his death.

“I think unfortunately, it’s been there for decades,” Hiller said. “It’s just most recently, when you see a tragedy like a homicide that puts a nasty face on the drug abuse within our communities … we struggle sometimes communicating the devastation that drugs play on our families within our communities, and we also struggle with the community’s perception that there really isn’t a whole lot of harm that goes along with drug use.”

Where it comes from

According to prosecutors, Trevino blamed Jurgensen for the arrest of his uncle Jeremy Trevino of Dallas, who was charged last week along with Cecilia Boyd of Owatonna after he allegedly brought 2.2 pounds of methamphetamine to Owatonna on a trip north from Texas. But that’s far from the only route law enforcement officials have seen meth travel.

“I think it depends on the day of the week and the month of the year,” Hiller said. “I think it can come from the metro area, I think it can come from the Chicago area, I think it can come across the Mexican border.” (The west coast as well, Petterson noted.) “I think people are resourceful in procuring the drugs.”

Although police regularly bust both regular users and traffickers, Steele County Attorney Dan McIntosh said the potential rewards continue enticing people into the market.

“The problem right now is still a demand problem. There is such an appetite for methamphetamine, and not just in Steele County but in Minnesota, that it’s a very lucrative business and people are willing to take a lot of risks to bring it into the state because there’s a lot of money to be made,” he said. “Whoever brings it in, we take off some larger dealers and it seems the vacuum is filled pretty quickly by other distributors who want to be part of the business.”

The one place police don’t see a lot of meth coming from, they say, is locally. It’s rare for police these days to find a “Breaking Bad”-style home meth lab.

“I do know that the home-grown type of manufacturing locally has really dried up, and that’s mostly due to a simple step of making pseudoephedrine harder to get,” McIntosh said. “Most of it is being imported from elsewhere.”

And while many drugs are the product of large criminal organizations, those groups usually seem to work through local suppliers, McIntosh said.

“The people who are stopped in the interstate and have a quantity of meth on them are usually pretty low-level actors and are doing the bidding for someone else,” he said. “We don’t get a lot of the big players in random traffic stops.”

Even so, the high rewards and clandestine nature of the drug trade can spill into violence.

“If for example someone gets their drugs through some sort of international cartel, they’re associated,” McIntosh said. “I guess the question is how far they’ll go to protect the business and right a perceived wrong in the business.”

Collateral damage

McIntosh said crimes over drug profits or distribution aren’t unheard of in Steele County, although the Jurgensen homicide is much more extreme than other recent cases.

“There’s been some assaults, some robberies, things like that. Nothing to the extent of the Jurgensen case, but I think a lot of those crimes go unreported, too,” he said. “If both sides are involved in the trade, so to speak, it might not be something they want law enforcement involved in.”

Hiller said conflict between organized groups over the drug trade appears rare.

“I think it would be fair to say we don’t have a drug and/or gang war that has been in existence in our community in a prevalent manner in recent decades,” he said. “I think there are organized groups in the drug trade, but the outward violence that draws attention to their criminal behavior, we haven’t seen for as long as I can remember.”

Many drug investigations rely heavily on confidential informants, either to supply information about drug transactions or to conduct controlled buys from suspected dealers. A tip from an informant led to Jeremy Trevino’s arrest, although police have said elsewhere that Jurgensen was not an informant, and prosecutors have already filed notice that they will not identify the informant or informants in the case prior to trial.

“We have to have an identified risk of harm to that individual, or other investigations will be compromised,” McIntosh said. “The high majority of those cases, we disclose witnesses right away. This case, obviously, is different.”

McIntosh said officials are careful to be upfront with potential informants about what they are asked to do.

“If it’s more of a risk than they’re willing to take, they don’t do it,” he said. “Some have their own charges, to be sure. Some have been in the business and are just sick of it, some happen on some information … We expect honesty from them, we give them honesty.”

Hiller said police make every effort to ensure the safety of informants.

“We always revisit and revise policy to maintain a level of safety for all parties involved for criminal investigations,” Hiller said. “If anyone thinks we would say anything to compromise an informant, to get any amount of drugs off the street, they are sadly mistaken. We value all life.”

How to stop the trade

Police admit meth is prevalent in the community despite their best efforts.

“No matter how much we take, there’s probably twice as much coming in,” Petterson said.

McIntosh said there’s more hope to address the issue from the demand side, by keeping people off meth and helping those that are addicted get sober. He said recent research shows that many people using meth have underlying mental illnesses or past childhood trauma that can be addressed in other, healthier ways.

“Strange as it sounds, they are self-medicating with methamphetamine,” he said.

Efforts to provide earlier, better treatment for these issues can keep vulnerable people from turning to drugs, he said, and provide better options for those already addicted. He pointed in particular to a dual-treatment program at South Central Human Relations Center specializing in addressing co-occurring mental health and chemical dependency issues.

The Steele Waseca Drug Court is another program that aims to tackle the underlying issues leading to addiction.

“One of the things I’ve learned from [Drug Court] is the importance of understanding what addiction is, in that addiction can’t be treated when there’s other issues that need to be treated first,” Petterson said. “You can’t just treat the addiction and ignore the mental health side of things.”

McIntosh said he hopes further efforts along those lines can reduce the demand for methamphetamine, and by extension, the drug trade and the crime it brings with it.

“That’s where the current state of the art is going,” he said. “That’s where we’re at here, not perfect by any means, but we’re trying to be smarter about both chemical and mental health in the criminal justice system.”







Meth in the News – July 22, 2016

Posted: 23rd July 2016 by Doc in Uncategorized

Meth in the News

Professor Nicholas E Goeders

I sat down on Sunday, July 17, 2016 to start this week’s Meth in the News column, but I just could not come up with the words. My heart went out to the families of the three brave law enforcement officers who were senselessly murdered in Baton Rouge.

And I also remembered the five brave men who were murdered in Dallas on July 7.

My prayers go out to the families and friends of all who were murdered and injured in these horrific attacks on the very people who serve and protect each and every one of us.

But because we were still in shock due to the shootings in Dallas, many of us may not have been aware of another shooting of multiple civil servants and a law enforcement official that transpired at the Berrien County courthouse in Michigan just four days later on July 11.

On that Monday, Larry Darnell Gordon, 44, of Coloma Township, Mich., was being transported within the courthouse for a court proceeding. While being transferred between his holding cell and the courtroom, Gordon attempted to escape.

Even though he was handcuffed with his arms in front, Mr. Gordon was able to disarm Berrien County Deputy James Atterberry Jr. Gordon took Deputy Atterberry’s service revolver and began shooting, wounding the deputy.

Gordon then shot and killed two court bailiffs, Joseph Zangaro, 61, and Ronald Kienzle, 63. He also shot and wounded a civilian, Kenya Ellis, who was a security guard at Benton Harbor High School.

Gordon was still holding a hostage when he was finally shot and killed by other officers who responded to the scene.

How terribly tragic and senseless!

What were Gordon’s charges? If you guessed that meth was probably involved – right you are!

It all started back on April 20 when Coloma Township police went to a home that Gordon shared with his ex-wife, Jessica Gordon, 39, on Tannery Drive to arrest him on a domestic-violence misdemeanor warrant.

When they arrived at the home, the police thought that they heard a woman crying in a shed located on the property, and as they approached the shed they noticed that a light was on inside.

Gordon was in the shed, and when he saw the police approaching, he ran and climbed over a privacy fence. Police found him under a neighbor’s backyard deck and arrested him there.

They also found a frightened 17-year-old girl inside the shed.

Apparently the teenage girl and Gordon had been in some sort of sick, meth-fueled relationship since October of 2015. Court documents revealed that Gordon gave the girl meth in exchange for sex.

According to a statement by Berrien County Prosecutor Michael Sepic, “He gave her methamphetamine in exchange for sex, forced some penetrations, and assaulted her with weapons, and assault by strangulation. He also video recorded the sexual activity.”

Police reports documented that, “(The victim) stated Gordon would lock her in the shed when he would go away, keeping her from leaving and (to) hide her from Gordon’s wife.”

On at least one occasion, Gordon stuck a staple gun to the girl’s head and then threatened her with a folding knife while he sexually penetrated her against her will.

The girl told authorities that Gordon was convinced that she had hidden his drugs in her vagina, and on four to five occasions sexually assaulted her while accusing her of taking his drugs.

When they searched the shed, police officers found eight grams of crystal meth, about 30 grams of marijuana resin, a digital scale, two marijuana pipes, a glass pipe with burnt residue, a metal straw with white residue, a plastic straw with residue, a cell phone, a digital camera, binoculars, a folding knife, a collapsible baton and cash.

Police also found four videos on his cell phone showing Gordon and the girl involved in sex acts while inside the shed.

Gordon was facing a host of charges, which almost certainly prompted his ill-fated escape attempt. These charges included five counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, three counts of production of child sexually abusive material, two counts of assault by strangulation and single counts of kidnapping, possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, and third-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Prosecutor Sepic told reporters that Gordon was facing up to life in prison.

Prosecutors were also investigating a similar incident involving a 16-year-old girl in 2006 in Berrien County, but they had not yet filed charges.

Nevertheless, no one needed to die in the Berrien County courthouse that day. How tragic!

This next case was hard for me to believe. In fact, I made sure to verify the facts in this case through multiple sources before I decided to report it.

This case comes to us from Star Prairie, Wis., a village of 561 souls located along the Apple River in St. Croix County.

Sarah Bradehoft, 27, had recently moved to Star Prairie from Florida, ostensibly to start a new life. She had been living in a residence there with three other adult women and four of her six children since Easter.

Local undercover officers were conducting a prostitution sting based on advertisements placed on the website, Backpage.com. Apparently prostitutes use this website to solicit men seeking their services.

Ms. Bradehoft was using the alias ‘Sabrina Clark’ and unknowingly exchanged several messages with an undercover officer. She directed him to meet her at her residence located in rural Star Prairie.

Imagine their astonishment when the undercover officers raided the residence on May 12 and discovered that Ms. Bradehoft had been conducting her “business” out of a chicken coop on the property.

Yes, you read that correctly – a chicken coop!! Have you ever smelled a chicken coop?

Perhaps the other “ladies” at the residence did not want her to conduct her “business” inside the house. But in a chicken coop? I am at a loss for words.

Ms. Bradehoft admitted to performing sexual acts on at least five “clients” inside the chicken coop in exchange money, which she called a ‘donation.’ How appropriate!

Ms. Bradehoft claimed that she needed the money to return to Florida. I guess she was not happy in Wisconsin. I would be unhappy too if I had to conduct my “business” in a smelly chicken coop.

The other ladies told the officers that they were concerned for the welfare of Ms. Bradehoft’s four children. A hair follicle test of her two-year-old revealed the presence of, you guessed it, methamphetamine and amphetamine. Cocaine was also found.

Ms. Bradehoft was charged with three counts of misdemeanor prostitution, one count of felony neglecting a child, and one felony count of second-degree reckless endangerment. She was released after posting a $500 cash bond.

Her children were removed from the residence. Thank God!

Remember, no one is immune from the effects of meth. No one! Don’t try it – not even once!

If you are an IV meth user, especially a woman, I want to hear from you. I want to learn more about what meth does to you and your body to better determine what needs to be done to help you. I also want to know your story – how you started using meth and whether or not you also appreciate the differences between smoking meth and slamming it. Please contact me in complete confidence at nickgoeders@gmail.com. You will remain completely anonymous. I will never print anything about you that will betray your trust in me, and I will never judge you.

GRAVES COUNTY, KY (KFVS) – A man is behind bars in Graves County after allegedly endangering his 6-year-old daughter on July 21.

According to the Graves County Sheriff’s Department, Adam Jones, 37, called for help because people were reportedly trying to kill him. He also told the dispatchers he had smoked methamphetamine earlier.

When deputies got to a home on Gills lane, they found Jones sitting in the front yard using his daughter as a shield.

Deputies report Jones was yelling at his daughter that the deputies were going to kill her.

The child was eventually able to get away after deputies ordered Jones to release his daughter.

Jones told investigators that there was a person in a corn field trying to kill him and then changed to someone in the house who had a rifle and was trying to kill him.

Further investigation showed Jones had injured the child while holding her as he walked up and down KY 94. The sheriff’s department reports he held the 6-year-old so tight it caused pain.

The Department for Families and Children took custody of the child.

She was checked and not badly harmed.

When Jones was arrested, he was in possession of weed.

He was taken to a local hospital to be medically cleared due to his level of intoxication.

Jones told investigators that he had injected and smoked methamphetamine in front of his daughter earlier in the morning.

While at the hospital, Jones tried to escape numerous times. He also threatened to kill a deputy.

Jones is facing the following charges:

  • Wanton Endangerment 1st degree
  • Unlawful Imprisonment 1st degree
  • Assault 4th degree (child abuse)
  • Resisting Arrest
  • Public Intoxication-Controlled Substance(excludes alcohol)
  • Falsely Reporting an Incident
  • Possession of Marijuana
  • Drug Paraphernalia-Buy/Possess
  • Disorderly Conduct 2nd degree
  • Terroristic Threatening 3rd degree





HELENAThe mother of two children who were severely burned by cleaning chemicals in January pleaded guilty to a felony charge in Helena on Wednesday.

Erin Morris was arrested after her two 18-month-old children suffered burns to their chests and legs.

Charging documents state at least one of the children had methamphetamine in their system.11042963_G

In court on Wednesday, Morris pleaded guilty to criminal endangerment. In exchange, two other felony charges in the case were dropped.

Morris told Judge Mike Menahan that she knowingly exposed her children to meth. Her defense attorney said the chemical burns were an unfortunate accident not connected to the meth charge.

Menahan ordered Morris to serve a three-year deferred sentence.

Her husband, Robert Morris, is scheduled to go to trial in September on three felonies, including endangering the welfare of children.





LOCKPORT – Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon had a decision to make Thursday in the case of a pregnant woman who violated the terms of her felony probation for making methamphetamine.

“Which is better, to deliver the baby in state prison or Niagara County Jail?” Sheldon mused. She decided on the County Jail, and sent Jessica L. Pittler there for a year. She could have sent Pittler to state prison for as long as 18 months.

Pittler, 26, of North Tonawanda, said she is due to have her baby in January. In April 2013, she was living in the Town of Lockport when the county Drug Task Force raided her residence and arrested her and her boyfriend for making meth in their basement. Pittler failed a drug test for marijuana in June, after she became pregnant, the judge noted.






MCDOWELL COUNTY, N.C. — A Marion couple has been charged after their two young sons test positive for drugs.

Twenty-nine-year-old Jesse Jayne Riddle and 32-year-old Barry Lee Sanders each face two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile.ebwegwergawegae

Detectives in McDowell County say the couple’s two sons, ages 4 and 6, tested positive for the methamphetamine.

The sheriff’s office investigated after getting a call the McDowell County Department of Social Services.


Detective Lynn Greene of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office charged 29-year-old Jesse Jayne Riddle, of 3123 Ashworth Road in Marion, and 32-year-old Barry Lee Sanders Jr., 32, of 99 Alabama Ave. in Marion, each with two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile.

Greene said the couple’s two sons –ages 4 and 6 – tested positive for methamphetamine.

The Sheriff’s Office received the case on a referral from the McDowell County Department of Social Services.






A Council Bluffs couple faces child endangerment charges after reportedly taking and selling methamphetamine in front of 9-year-old.

Frank Johnson, 46, and Lisa White Eagle, 34, were arrested on June 24 and charged with one count of neglect or abandonment of a dependent person, a Class C felony, and one count of child endangerment-meth exposure, a Class D felony.57919548a6f16_image

Johnson and White Eagle were released from custody on June 24.

The couple has not entered a plea, and an initial trial date has been set for Sept. 20, 2016.

According to the arrest affidavit, in May of 2016, the Iowa Department of Human Services did an investigation of Johnson and White Eagle on suspicion that they were using and selling meth in their home on the 100 block of South Fourth Street.

On May 4, Johnson and White Eagle agreed to take drug tests and told officials they would not test positive for meth nor did they deal drugs. One day later, according to the affidavit, they did not show up for a scheduled drug test.

On May 12, Johnson and White Eagle were drug tested. One week later, the tests came back positive.

According to court documents, Johnson said his positive test was a result of a friend putting meth in his drink at a bar. A hair test was done on the child, and the child also tested positive for meth.

If convicted of a Class C felony, Johnson and White Eagle could face up to 10 years in prison.





Central Oregon drug agents conducted a high-risk, guns-drawn traffic stop in a parking lot near Mt. Hood this week, arresting a man and woman from southwest Washington and seizing more than 2 pounds of methamphetamine agents said was being brought to Central Oregon.

Central Oregon Drug Enforcement Team detectives stopped a Mitsubishin Eclipse and made the arrest around 5 p.m. Monday of Thomas Abernathy, 42, and Katie Dietrich, 35, both of Battle Ground, ABERNATHY--THOMAS--DIETRICH--KATIE-jpgWashington, as Dietrich drove through the parking lot of a rest area at Government Camp, said Bend police Lt. Ken Mannix.

The arrests resulted from a long-term investigation by CODE Team detectives into Abernathy’s alleged trafficking of commercial quantities of meth from his hometown into Central Oregon for distribution, Mannix said.

The investigators developed information that Abernathy was traveling to Central Oregon on Monday with a large quantity of the drug. Mannix said they used “various surveillance techniques” to find, identify and monitor the pair’s activities, then stopped and arrested them without incident.

A search of the car led to the discovery of about 2.1 pounds of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $30,000, Mannix said, as well as scales, packaging material and other evidence of commercial delivery and manufacturing of the drug.

Abernethy remained jailed Thursday, held without bail on an out-of-county warrant and facing new charges of meth delivery, possession and manufacturing that carry $50,000 bail, Dietrich also was still jailed on $25,000 bail, facing drug charges.





A federal jury needed less than an hour of deliberations to convict a Nevada woman for her role in a multi-state drug ring that supplied the Jersey City area with hundreds of pounds of methamphetamine over a 10-year period.

Margaret Tiangco, 40, of Las Vegas, was convicted July 12 of one count of distributing methamphetamine and one count of conspiring to distribute methamphetamine after a one-week trial before U.S. District Judge Kevin McNulty in Newark federal court.

Both charges carry minimum penalties of 10 years in prison, and maximum penalties of life in prison and a $10 million fine. Tiangco, the final member of the drug operation to be convicted, will be sentenced Nov. 9.

According to documents filed in this case and evidence presented at trial, Tiangco served as a broker, distributor, retailer and organizer for bulk suppliers of methamphetamine. In 2003, she moved to Orange County, California, where she made contact with the suppliers and brokered a deal to ship large qualities of crystal meth to New Jersey, according to authorities.

Between 2004 and 2014, Tiangco played a key role in a drug network that shipped between 150 and 250 pounds to the Jersey City area each year, and often travelled between southern California, Las Vegas and Jersey City, authorities said.

Tiangco and at least 14 others — all of whom have since pleaded guilty — were arrested in 2014 on methamphetamine distribution and conspiracy charges. The arrests were the product of a DEA investigation into the extensive drug network that authorities say operated in at least seven states.

Agents performed numerous controlled purchases of methamphetamine from members of the conspiracy using confidential informants. Between February 2014 and May 2014, agents obtained court orders to wiretap phones used by John Freehauf, 39, of Jersey City, a former immigration officer with U.S. Customs and Border Protection who was one of Tiangco’s conspirators.

Freehauf has since pleaded guilty to drug charges. Four others from Jersey City were also arrested as part of the investigation.




Two people were arrested today after police said they found numerous methamphetamine-related items at a property in Farmersburg.

Meth suppression troopers from Indiana State Police responded to the 400 block of West Sawmill Road shortly after 12:30 p.m. to investigate reports of possible meth activity, according to a news release.579162efbbc09_image

Farmersburg’s town marshal had received numerous anonymous tips about the property in recent days, police said.

Troopers saw several items commonly used to produce or sell meth and detained the home’s residents, according to the news release. After obtaining a search warrant, troopers reportedly found numerous previously used “one pot” meth labs and two active “one pot” labs in the home.

Trace amounts of finished product and various paraphernalia were also found, police said.

Police arrested Rhonda Huffington, 47, and Robbie Baber, 41, both of Farmersburg, in connection to the case.

Both face charges of manufacturing of meth; possession of meth; dumping of controlled waste; possession of precursors; and possession of paraphernalia. Huffington is also charged with maintaining a common nuisance and Baber with visiting a common nuisance.

The suspects are being held in the Sullivan County Jail.





WATERTOWN — A city man faces jail time and probation supervision after admitting Thursday in Jefferson County Court that he made methamphetamine.ehaegheaaehateh

John H. Jobson IV, 40, whose last known address was 554 Pearl St., pleaded guilty to third-degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine. He had been charged April 23 with making the drug in the Tops Friendly Markets parking lot at 1330 Washington St.

He is expected to be sentenced Sept. 20 to six months’ time served at the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building and five years’ probation.

Mr. Jobson is also expected to be sentenced the same day on a fourth-degree criminal mischief count, to which he pleaded guilty Feb. 17. In that instance, he admitted that on July 15, 2015 he caused damage to a 2000 Dodge Dakota belonging to Danielle Rawlins while the vehicle was at 144 Eastern Blvd. He was expected to be sentenced in that case to three years’ probation and be ordered to pay $1,083 in restitution.

In other activity Thursday, Ashley A. Arruda, 29, Watertown, was arraigned on counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. The charges were contained in a grand jury indictment unsealed in court.

It is alleged that she possessed and sold cocaine in late June in Watertown. She pleaded not guilty to the charges and was sent to the PSB in lieu of $7,500 bail.





A Kitchener man has received a jail sentence of more than eight years for his role in a massive ecstasy and methamphetamine lab discovered in east Mississauga.

It’s believed to be one of the largest drug labs ever discovered in Peel.

Ontario’s top court Tuesday (July 19) slightly reduced the sentence handed down to Velle Chanmany, 34, who was convicted of one count each of possession of methamphetamine for the purpose of trafficking and possession of Canadian currency that was the proceeds of crime.

Chanmany was one of 36 people arrested in spring 2008 in connection with a joint-forces investigation

Toronto Police, backed by Peel Regional Police, raided an industrial location in Mississauga on Sismet Road, busting what may be one of the biggest meth labs to date. Police anticipate spending days at the scene, stabilizing the chemicals and investigating further. Staff photo by Rob Beintema

Toronto Police, backed by Peel Regional Police, raided an industrial location in Mississauga on Sismet Road, busting what may be one of the biggest meth labs to date. Police anticipate spending days at the scene, stabilizing the chemicals and investigating further.

dubbed Project Blackhawk, which was sparked after a traffic stop in Toronto led police to the drug lab they eventually dismantled on Sismet Rd., near Dixie Rd. and Matheson Blvd., on April 29, 2008.

Toronto Police and Peel Regional Police seized 4,000 kilograms of methamphetamine and more than 400,000 tablets of ecstasy from the Sismet Rd. lab, with a potential street value of more than $160 million.

About seven kilograms of crystal meth was found in Chanmany’s SUV.

The judge imposed concurrent sentences of eight and one-half years for possession for the purpose of trafficking and 18 months for possession of the proceeds of crime.

The Ontario Court of Appeal rejected much of Chanmany’s arguments, including that the trial judge, Superior Court Justice Justice Michael Dambrot, erred by assessing the case “from the starting point of the presumed truthfulness of the police witnesses who testified.”

The appeal judges said the judge’s reasons for convicting Chanmany “belie any suggestion that he began his analysis of the evidence from any presumption of truthfulness of the police witnesses who testified or of police officers generally.”

The appeal court did reduce Chanmany’s sentence by 65 days, finding

the trial judge didn’t give any credit for the 43 days Chanmany spent in custody in June and July 2008, before he was released on bail.

“In our view, the appellant’s sentence should be reduced by 65 days to give effect to this oversight on the part of the trial judge,” the appeal court ruling stated.

Saying Chanmany was a major participant in the “high-level, wholesale delivery of a very dangerous drug,” Dambrot said he had to send a strong message to deter Chanmany and others from high-level drug trafficking.

“The offence of possession of methamphetamine for the purpose of trafficking is of increasing prevalence in this province, and has come to be recognized as a most serious offence. Methamphetamine is consistently referred to as a hard drug. It causes enormous harm to individual users, and significant harm to the health and safety of the community,” the judge said in his ruling. “It has been said that in many respects, the destructive consequences of crystal methamphetamine mirror those of two other hard drugs, heroin and cocaine…in addition, the methamphetamine offence committed by Chanmany is a particularly serious one. Seven kilos of methamphetamine is a very large quantity indeed.”



An influx of crystal meth in Saskatoon is helping fuel the city’s crime problem, according to police chief Clive Weighill.

“It’s driving a lot of our property crime, our break and enters our thefts,” he said.

Saskatoon again has the worst crime rate in the country and Weighill said the deadly and highly addictive drug is partially to blame.

Last year, Saskatoon police laid 108 charges for crystal meth possession — double the 54 laid in 2014 and the 22 laid in 2013. oguoguigiogoui

Crystal meth trafficking charges were also up last year — 24 charges in 2015, compared to 18 in 2014 and 16 in 2015.

Case managers like Rachel Perehudoff with the Saskatoon Health Region see the trend almost daily.

“It’s the most debilitating, dysfunctional drug I’ve ever seen,” Perehudoff said.

She specializes in helping people with HIV and has seen a spike in meth users in the last 18 months, she said. Some are even resorting to injecting the drug, which can mean HIV and other diseases are spread through users more easily.

Christy Becker-Irving, the nurse at Saskatoon’s Brief Detox Unit, said more patients who come to the facility are crystal meth users.

“There definitely has been an increase and we are finding it problematic,” she said.

Users are often paranoid and sometimes psychotic when they are admitted to the facility, making treatment that much harder.

Because the drug is so addictive, cheap and readily available, many users turn to crime to feed their habits, according to city police Sgt. Michael Horvath.

“It seems to be a common theme in a lot of our investigations. Not all of them, but a percentage for sure,” Horvath said.

Addicts often commit break and enters and trade the stolen goods for a fix, he said. Everything from bicycles to electronics can be used as currency to buy crystal meth from dealers.

Horvath said the cycle of addiction — especially with a powerful drug like crystal meth — often leaves people feeling they have no choice but to commit crimes.

“Once they get into it, it’s hard to get out.”

Rand Teed, an addictions consultant, said he too has seen an increase in the number of people enrolling in rehab because of crystal meth. Unlike cocaine or crack, meth is easily produced in Canada and as a result is much cheaper and easier to buy. The high from the drug also seems to last longer, with users often staying up for days on end.

“I think a lot of it is economics,” Teed said.

People shouldn’t make the mistake of thinking that just because they don’t use meth they don’t have a substance abuse problem, he said, adding people who regularly abuse other drugs — even things like marijuana and alcohol — are also at risk.

“What we are looking at is a very rampant epidemic substance problem.”

Weighill said proper and increased addictions programs are the only way to get at the root of Saskatoon’s crime issue.

“I will certainly be lobbying — as I have in the past — for addictions centres, for programming for mediation services, ways we can bring people together and help them without getting them into the criminal justice system.”



Crystal meth boom driving crime spike: police


Gulfport – Two people accused of delivering 21.2 kilos of meth — that’s 46.7 pounds — in Gulfport also are believed to be in the United States without permission, court documents show.

Federal drug agents arrested Miguel Villalobos Chavez, 35, and Maria Marlina Martinez Marcias, 33, Saturday in the back parking lot of a Best Western hotel on U.S. 49.

A criminal complaint filed by a Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force member tells how the alleged drug deal unfolded.MUG%20Maria%20Martinez%20Marcias

A confidential informant had advised the Task Force agent, a Mississippi Highway Patrol state trooper, of several months of negotiations with a drug broker in Mexico. The broker reportedly asked the informant to have his or her “people” meet a courier, help off-load the meth and give the courier a partial payment.

The broker gave the informant the courier’s telephone number.

About noon Saturday, a DEA agent and a second confidential informant met to discuss how to handle the delivery. They notified the original informant, asking the person to call the courier.

The courier said he was in a blue Jeep Cherokee at Morelias Mexican Bar and Grill on U.S. 49, the complaint said.

The second informant met the man and a woman at the restaurant and they all reportedly agreed to exchange the meth for money at a less visible location. They drove in separate vehicles to the Best Western across the highway and parked behind the hotel.

Marcias “quickly expressed her concerns of the location,” fearing the possibility of security cameras and the number of vehicles traveling in the area, the complaint said. The informant assured her no one would notice.

Marcias released the hood latch on the courier vehicle, the complaint said, and stood as “lookout” while Chavez and the informant began to unload several packages of meth from the doors of the courier’s vehicle. When the informant saw the meth, the informant gave the Task Force agent a “take down” signal. Agents suddenly appeared and took the couple into custody without incident.

An interpreter has been called in to translate during the couple’s hearings in U.S. District Court.

Federal marshals took Chavez and Marcias to their initial court appearance Monday.

Magistrate Judge Michael T. Parker denied bond for each of them after a preliminary hearing Wednesday.

They have no permission to be in the U.S., no ties to the U.S. and have “significant ties” to another country, Parker wrote.

They also are held for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The case will be sent to a grand jury in the Southern District of Mississippi.




At the depths of his addiction, Brandon George knew he could save money by ditching heroin and getting high on methamphetamine instead.

The Indianapolis man could spend $150 to $200 a day on heroin, or he could slash the costs by using meth, spending about $50 each day.

“It’s stupid cheap,” said George, 35.

While heroin and opioid abuse continues to be a scourge across the state — grabbing the focus of law 636039255149773672-Meth-surge-jrw02enforcement, especially in rural areas — police in Indianapolis are seeing a “significant increase” in meth use, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Capt. Robert Holt said.

The trend has held for about five years, said Holt, of the covert investigations branch. Meanwhile, Indiana State Police investigators say they are seeing a downward trend in the number of home-grown labs.

A factor at play? An influx of meth from Mexican cartels into the Indianapolis area.

While the volume of marijuana from Mexico has declined in recent years, cartels are now flooding the area with heroin and meth, Holt said.

“They are pretty savvy in picking up what types of drugs to import in the U.S.,” Holt said. “Heroin and meth probably have most addictive properties, and they are taking advantage of that to ensure repeat customers.”

Meth use is not at the epidemic rates of heroin, Holt said. Heroin and opioid use, in particular, have ravaged rural Southern Indiana communities, where HIV infections rapidly spread last year.

But meth is still drawing attention from Indiana lawmakers, who passed laws that seek to make production here more difficult. A law that allows pharmacies to limit the sale of pseudoephedrine, a common meth ingredient, to some customers went into effect July 1.

Holt also noted that imported meth has been selling at lower prices than law enforcement would expect to see — to the point where it’s less cost-effective to manufacture it here.

Indeed, State Police investigators will seize fewer meth labs this year than last year if the trends continue, said 1st Sgt. Don McKay with the State Police meth suppression unit.

In 2015, the police unit seized more than 1,500 meth labs across the state, according to State Police data. Seven months into 2016, the unit has seized about 800 labs, McKay said, explaining that seizures tend to decrease in the second half of the year and have trended downward in recent months.

The meth lab seizures in 2014 and 2015, around 1,500 each, decreased from 2012 and 2013, when police seized 1,700 to 1,800 labs, the data show.

McKay attributed the decrease in part to the availability of smuggled meth from Mexico.

“When imported meth is available, it will certainly make a difference,” McKay said.

Scott Watson, founder of Heartland Intervention in Indianapolis and a clinical addictions counselor, said meth has always been available in pockets of Indianapolis, but he primarily saw the use in rural areas outside the city.

“Generally, we think of meth as consumed in the doughnut counties rather than Marion County, while heroin and weed are equal-opportunity offenders,” Watson said.

Watson said addicts will sometimes use heroin and meth in tandem to balance out the highs and lows. Holt, the IMPD officer, said meth is not as deadly as heroin but still insidious.

“It still can kill you, just a little more slowly,” Holt said.636039255182222088-Meth-surge-jrw03

For George, meth was easy to find in the city if you knew where to look. He sometimes balanced out his heroin use with meth, recalling the intense high that sometimes came with paranoia and hallucinations.

“The meth literally made me crazy. I’m not trying to be dramatic here,” George said.

His addiction held him in such a tight grip, George said, that using was a physical compulsion, like yawning or sneezing. His family didn’t want him around. He would enter treatment, only to leave a few days later in search of drugs. There were six facilities. And eight stays.

“I knew I needed help a long time before I got sober,” he said.

Finally, he said, one stint at a treatment facility worked.

He has been clean for seven years.







Two women have been arrested for attempting to smuggle multiple packages of methamphetamine or ‘P’ with a potential street value of up to $7 million.

Between February and July, Customs officers seized 11 packages sent from five countries to different names and addresses in Hamilton, Huntly and Invercargill.

Each package contained a very different type of common household good, but all hid meth adding to just over seven kilograms that Customs connected to the same criminal syndicate.

Customs with the assistance of local Police carried out simultaneous search warrants in Hamilton and Invercargill this morning, resulting in the arrest of both women. They appeared in court this afternoon, facing multiple charges for importing a class A controlled drug.

Customs Investigations Manager Maurice O’Brien says this operation shows organised crime at the grassroots level with local offenders attempting to smuggle drugs into the regions – possibly thinking they will be under the radar and have less chance of being caught.

“Criminals use a variety of ways to disguise the concealment of this insidious drug that causes so much harm to our communities. But Customs has good systems and tools in place to identify and intercept it, and the resources to link multiple shipments to those involved.

“Customs is proud of the work of our officers do in keeping these drugs from our community and playing our role in its protection. Local Police have been of great assistance throughout the investigation, which contributed to the outcome,” Mr O’Brien says.

Detective Senior Sergeant Mark Greene of Hamilton Police says this operation is another example of the continued work by Police, Customs and other agencies to crack down on and disrupt the methamphetamine supply chain.

“Methamphetamine is a significant driver of crime and it does enormous damage to families and communities. Police and our partner agencies are determined to do whatever it takes to prevent the harm and victimisation it causes.”

Organised crime can include anyone. If you have suspicions about someone smuggling or selling drugs, call Customs on 0800 4 CUSTOMS, Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111, or contact your nearest Police Station.






By: Noé Zavaleta | Translated by Valor for Borderland Beat

Xalapa, Veracruz— The bodies of six people were found this morning in the ranch Los Limones, located in the village of Tenenexpan, in the municipality of Manlio Fabio Altamirano, near the rural area of the port of Veracruz.13840593_10153548034650356_1315574690_o-c-702x468

The report from the naval police and of the Attorney General’s Office of the State of Veracruz sent to Xalapa indicates that “anonymous calls” gave notice that the bodies of six people with signs of torture and several gunshot wounds were found on a dirt road, naked, and with their hands tied.

Members of the naval police, civil force, and the forensic medical service cordoned off the concrete bridge Limones-Tenenexpan in order to carry out rigorous measures and to lift the bodies.

Near the site, various cartridges and abundant traces of blood were found, so it’s presumed that the victims were executed at the same site.

The remains are already at the forensic medical service (SEMEFO) waiting to be identified.

Yesterday, two youths who were reported as kidnapped 10 days ago in southern Veracruz, appeared executed in a safe house in the port of Coatzacoalcos.

Roberto Cristián Luis Guillén and José Luis Sánchez Guillén, both 27, were found face down, with ribbon tied at their hands and feet, with traces of multiple blows to the body. As they didn’t find any gunshot wounds, ministerial authorities presume that they died of asphyxiation.

Source: Proceso

Borderland Beat Reporter Valor





HILLSBORO, Ore. (KOIN) — An accused murderer is now linked to having sex with a minor, according to court documents.

Roger Emir Gastelum-Medina was previously charged with murder, being a felon in fnfhnzfnfznzpossession of a firearm and 2 counts of unlawful use of a weapon. The grand jury added one count of delivering methamphetamine and 5 counts each of third-degree rape and second-degree sexual abuse. The abuse is said to have occurred between March and June 2016.

Earlier this month, a grand jury heard evidence into allegations that Gastelum-Medina “unlawfully and knowingly” engaged “in sexual intercourse” with a minor.

Gastelum-Medina was arraigned Wednesday in Washington County Circuit Court.

The murder charge stemmed from a shooting that happened near a park in Aloha.

He is being held without bail in Washington County Jail.


Hillsboro murder suspect charged with raping minor


HILLSBORO, Ore. (KOIN) – A grand jury indicted a 21-year-old Beaverton man on 3 charges that officials say connects him to a killing near a Washington County park.

Roger Emir Gastemum-Medina is scheduled to be arraigned at 3 p.m. Wednesday on one count of murder, unlawful use of a firearm and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Gastemum-Medina is accused of killing 21-year-old Yusef Sharif. The shooting happened earlier this month near the intersection of SW Blanton Street and 167th.

Sharif was reportedly walking on Southwest Blanton when Gastemum-Medina pulled up in a vehicle. Gastemum-Medina stopped his vehicle, exited, confronted Sharif and fatally shot him, officials say.

According to court records, prosecutors were granted a court order to subpoena and compel two people to appear before the grand jury. The individuals are being held in the Washington County Jail on an unrelated matter.

The motive has not been released, but detectives do not believe the incident was racially motivated or a hate crime.


Alleged Aloha killer indicted by grand jury


MARIETTA, Okla (KXII) – The FBI says it wasn’t just Love County Sheriff Joe Russell’s patrol vehicle tangled up in his son’s meth dealing. A federal court transcript shows a number of crimes committed in the sheriff’s own home.RUSSELLMJ

The FBI says Sheriff Joe Russell and his son Willie lived in a home where methamphetamine was frequently used. A federal agent told a judge that Willie was allowing a fugitive to live in the house as long as she had sex with him.

“He would remind her that you’ve got warrants and as long as you are here dating me, you are not going to get arrested,” am agent testified, referring to Joe’s son, Willie Russell, who was convicted of selling meth in federal court last year and is awaiting sentencing.

The agent said the woman would frequently use meth inside the sheriff’s house.

“She referred to it as “booty bumping.” It would be mixed up, placed in a syringe, and then shot into her rectum [by the sheriff’s son].”

When she broke up with Willie and moved into another man’s house, the agent said Sheriff Russell himself went to arrest her for the outstanding warrants he allegedly let slide while she lived in his own home for years.

“The man she was with “basically had some words with the sheriff to the effect of why is it okay for her to live at your house with Willie and get high and have warrants and not be arrested, but then when she comes here she gets arrested,” the agent testified.

That’s when the agent says Russell arrested that man “for harboring a fugitive.”

The agent also said through the investigation they had one person tell them Sheriff Russell arrested a group of women drinking in bikinis by the Red River but instead of taking them to jail, he brought them back to his house “to have them dance, strip. Either Willie would strip them, sometimes Joe would… they (the girls) would then go ahead and partake of the meth that Willie would offer them and stay and party.”

The agent said the investigation had been very difficult because witnesses were reluctant to talk citing the mysterious disappearances of three people in the county.

“That has been an overlying theme of all of the interviews we have done,” the agent said. “Everybody is very hesitant to talk. They don’t want Joe Russell knowing that they are talking. So, yes, I would say they are all scared.”




MARIETTA, Okla. (KXII) — Love County Sheriff Joe Russell was arrested Tuesday afternoon after the Oklahoma Multicounty Grand Jury filed an accusation for removal from office against him.

Joe Russell was released on his own recognizance and has now returned to work.

The grand jury wants Russell removed from office for a number of charges related to corruption. They say he was maintaining a methamphetamine house with his son, Willie, who was convicted in federal court last year for dealing meth.

The affidavit stated that not only did Willie sell methamphetamine out of the house, but Willie also used the sheriff’s office patrol pickup — even snorting a line of meth off the console.

“Everybody should know what a screw up Joe Russell has been to this town,” Marietta resident Sheena Remy said.

It also accuses Russell of allowing a fugitive, Sara Bamburg, to live in the same house with active arrest warrants.

In the affidavit, it stated that Willie would remind her what a safe haven she was in.

And when Bamburg moved out and in with another man, Russell arrested not only her, but the man she moved in with for harboring a fugitive. People in Marietta say the arrest finally show’s Russell’s true colors.

“If you’re sheriff, you’re supposed to uphold the law. You’re not supposed to sit there and hide the fact that your son is doing drugs. That you are running a methamphetamine home.” Remy said.

D2B1CB4DBF414F898027EC58641DC8EFRussell is also accused of allowing James Conn Nipp to meet with family members unsupervised in a deputy’s office, where evidence is stored. Nipp is the primary suspect in the 3 year old disappearance of Molly Miller and Colt Haynes. Nipp is also a relative of Russell’s.

Nipp has never been charged in the disappearances. Molly’s grandfather Alex Miller says all he can do is hope Russell’s arrest leads to a break in the case.

“Is it possible that it could lead to her whereabouts? I would say it’s possible.” Miller said. “It’s too early for people to be patting each other on the backs just because he’s been arrested.”

Other residents say Russell is innocent until proven guilty.

“I’m not even sure if he did it, but if he did, he finally got justice. So, we’ll see.” Marietta resident Chris Cavitt said.

The Attorney General’s Office is expected to release a statement soon.

No court dates have been set yet.





LOVE COUNTY, Oklahoma – Earlier this week, federal prosecutors confirmed Love County Sheriff Joe Russell is under investigation by the FBI.

The news came to light as his son appeared in federal court for a criminal hearing, accused of distributing methamphetamine.edthegdagd

A private investigator thinks that alone should be enough for Russell to remove himself from the leadership position, but also believes Russell has hindered investigative efforts in the disappearance of Molly Miller.

Family members of Miller agree.

“Let us get the closure we need,” Miller’s cousin Paula Fielder said. “The sheriff has been our barrier in finding Molly since day one.”

In July 2013, 17-year-old Miller and her friend Colt Haynes were never heard from again after police said James Conn Nipp drove them on a car chase in Love County.CfugegTUEAUzkWF

And Fielder said she thinks Russell mishandled the missing person’s case.

“His cousin, Conn Nipp, was the last known person to be seen with Molly and I believe that he is covering up for him. I believe Joe Russell knows exactly what happened to Molly and Colt and where they may be,” she said.

Fielder hired private investigator Philip Klein to give the case the attention it needed. Klein said his group, out of Nederland, Texas, has investigated more than 700 missing person’s cases with a 90 percent success rate.

“We work hand-in-hand with law enforcement all over the United States and around the world … to find these missing persons. This is the first case that we have ever had where we have actually had a law enforcement agency, being the Love County Sheriff, that has attempted to thwart our investigation, that has attempted to hide evidence from us and who has attempted to intimidate witnesses,” Klein said.

James Conn Nipp was criminally charged in the case, but never named a suspect in Miller’s disappearance.

“It’s exhausting. Day in and day out wondering and wishing and hoping and just wanting this nightmare to come to an end,” Fielder said.

And now, more than two years later, Miller’s family believes, they’re finally close to the end.

“The sheriff’s arrest, his removal from that office will definitely bring more answers,” Fielder added.



 Molly Miller

  • Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
  • Missing Since: July 8, 2013 from Wilson, Oklahoma
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: April 30, 1996
  • Age: 17 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5’5, 95 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Biracial (Caucasian/Native American) female. Brown hair, blue eyes. Molly’s hair was dyed black at the time of her disappearance. Her lower lip is pierced on the right side and she has a tattoo of a star on her hip.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A white t-shirt, jeans and black Nike sneakers with a pink emblem.

Details of Disappearance

Molly and a friend, Colt Haynes, disappeared from Wilson, Oklahoma on July 8, 2013. On the evening of July 7, they were riding in a 2012 Honda Accord driven by 21-year-old James Conn Nipp. A photo of Nipp is posted below this case summary; he is frequently known by his rtheryeaeryqemiddle name. They were driving recklessly and throwing rocks at marked police cars. At 10:30 p.m., when a police car attempted to pull them over, the vehicle sped off and a chase resulted. The Honda, which reached speeds of up to 120 miles per hour, went over the county line into Love County and that county officers joined the pursuit, but eventually the police lost them in the vicinity of Long Hollow Road, which is a dead-end road.

Molly dialed 911 at 12:47 a.m. The call lasted only five seconds and Molly didn’t say anything. The dispatcher called her back immediately, but no one picked up. Colt’s friends stated he called them during the early morning hours and asked for help, saying he was lying in a creek bed and he had a broken ankle and was coughing up blood. He thought he was between Long Hollow and Pike Roads. His friends drove up and down the roads, honking their horns while talking to Colt on the phone, but he said he couldn’t hear their honks and yells. Molly also made several calls to family and friends during the early morning hours, saying she was in a field and asking someone to come and get her. Molly and Colt have never been heard from again. On July 22, the Honda Accord was found wrecked in a field near where the police pursuit had ended. It had over $18,000 worth of damage.

In January 2014, arrest warrants were issued for Nipp and his girlfriend, Sabrina Graham, who owned the Honda. A photo of Graham is posted below this case summary. She had told police Nipp had stolen it, but later admitted she had given permission to borrow it. She was charged with filing a false insurance claim. After Nipp turned himself in, he told authorities he had “no idea” where Molly and Colt were. He was convicted of endangering others while eluding a police officer and sentenced to ten years in prison followed by ten years of 34t8opty240probation, but investigators have never been able to prove he had a hand in Molly and Colt’s disappearances. He has a criminal record for marijuana possession and claims he began smoking marijuana as a child and was a heavy user by mid-adolescence.

Molly was a high school junior at the time of her disappearance. Her family stated she’s very good at sports, particularly softball. Although she had run away from home before and her family initially thought she had done so again, foul play is now suspected in Molly and Colt’s disappearances. A private investigator hired by Molly’s family believes the pair were shot and killed after a fight. Both cases remain unsolved.

Investigating Agency

If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation



Wilson Police Department




Two people from Love County, Oklahoma have been missing since July 2013, after reportedly being passengers in a car that was being chased by police. Today, their loved ones are desperately looking for answers, and rumors of a small town cover up are running rampant.

17-year-old Molly Miller, and 21-year-old Colt Haynes were driving down the street in a 2012 MILLERHAYNESHonda Accord on July 8, 2013. At 10:30 PM, the driver of the vehicle did a donut right in front of a Wilson police officer, which resulted in a police chase. The chase proceeded to County Line Road, where Love County then joined the pursuit. The Love County officers say they were “dusted out” and eventually lost sight of the car.

Police have since located the driver, but Molly and Colt have remained missing. Below is an excerpt from a Facebook page

Molly Miller has been missing since July 8th 2013. She was last known to be in a 2012 Honda Accord with Colt Haynes and Con Nipp. We have confirmation to support this. We know they were in Wilson, Oklahoma on the night of July 7th at approx 10:30 P.M at which point Con Nipp instigated a chase with Wilson PD, when he did a doughnut right in front of an officer. The chase proceeded to County Line Road where Love County picked up pursuit. The pursuit continued on to Long Hollow Road where officers where advised to block off Long Hollow Road, which is a dead end road. Love County says they were dusted out and lost sight of the car. Had they continued to the end they would have caught them since there is a gate that they would have had to stop and open to continue on. The car was found 2 weeks later, in a field near where the pursuit ended. At 12:57 a.m Molly called 911, it was a 5 second phone call. Dispatch called her right back with no response. No one was ever dispatched to the area to check out the 911 call. The 911 call came in to Marietta dispatch. We know her phone pinged off a towers between Pike and Long Hollow Rd. The actions of Love County and their relationship to the driver of the car have left a lot of unanswered questions. Love County Sheriff is related to the driver of the car. We feel their lack of corporation has hampered our efforts in finding OUR Molly.

Colt’s family has also created a Facebook Group, called Justice for Colt.

According to Colt’s family, he called friends for help the morning after the car chase, saying that he had a broken ankle, and that he thought he was in a creek bed between Long Hollow and Pike Road. His friends drove up and down those roads, honking and yelling while Colt was still on the phone, but Colt said he couldn’t hear any honking or yelling. Members of his family have walked the entire creek between Long Hollow and Pike Road and found nothing.

On July 22, as mentioned above, police found the wrecked vehicle in a field off Long Hollow Road. It was abandoned and apparently had no evidence inside of it. The driver of the vehicle has since retained an attorney and is not giving much information to the police.

So where are Molly and Colt? What happened to them after the car chase?

Some people are speculating that due to the Sheriff’s relation to the driver, the case is not being investigated thoroughly.

Both Molly and Colt’s families are looking for answers to what happened to them. They both seem frustrated with the investigation and both have brought up the possibility of corruption, due to the driver of the vehicle being related to the Love County Sheriff. Could this be a small town cover-up? Below is some info I found in interviews with the families that make me think it might be time to bring in a private investigator.

    • The car was found two weeks after police chase, on the same road where the chase had taken place. How was the car not found sooner?
    • A fire pit was discovered by Molly’s family near where the car was found. The pit was about ten feet deep, and had apparently been burning for approximately two weeks. Five hours after Molly’s family called police and told them about it, an officer came out. He took some samples from the pit and then covered it back up.
    • According to Molly’s family, investigators told them that no fingerprints were found in the car because they had evaporated after two weeks. They were allegedly told that “fingerprints are moisture and moisture evaporates.”
    • One of Colt’s sisters said in a radio interview that a Lone Grove police officer told her that Molly’s purse and ID were found in the car. Molly’s family says they were never told this.

“The fact is that fire was started on or about September the 8th. It was discovered on September 10th. This fire was in a field where the car Con was driving and Molly and Colt were passengers in had gone thru and not far from where the car was recovered. Joe Russell and Harvey went out there and looked at it but did not investigate it. It burned quite a large area. I was notified about the fire and lack of investigation in the 10th. The fire had bothered me since then. Misty Miller Howell and decided to check it out on Sunday and came across that hole that was still burning after 2 weeks. It wasn’t just smoldering it was hot to touch even the sides of the hole. We notified law enforcement and I was told David seals would be out there on Monday with a forensic team. He didn’t go and would not return my calls. Tuesday I got up and tried to call him. He again didn’t answer so I drove from Shawnee to Ardmore went to his office. He was there so I left his a nice message as to where I’d be. He showed up about 4 1/2 hours later. He told me to leave, when I asked why he said this is my crime scene now. Glad I can do ur job for you Mr. Seals.”




Anderson police officers Wednesday morning arrested a 29-year-old Bella Vista woman who arranged to sell them methamphetamine, according to the department.

Police just before 5 a.m. met with Brittni Sue Brundage after she began messaging officers to1011_rclo_mw_brundage+cropped_1444506766328_25060115_ver1_0_640_480 arrange the sale. Brundage didn’t know she was messaging police but still arranged the sale, officers said.

Brundage arrived to the Wednesday morning meeting to find several officers waiting for her. She tried to destroy the meth by stomping it into the carpet of her vehicle but police stopped her and recovered about 10 grams of the drug, officers said.

Police arrested Brundage on suspicion of drug possession for sale. She was on supervised release from the Shasta County Jail but officers booked her there following the morning arrest.

The Anderson Police Department will also request prosecutors file additional felony charges against Brundage, officers said.





BEDFORD, Ind. – Three people were arrested Tuesday after the Lawrence County Drug Task Force found more than 40 meth labs inside a Bedford home.


The task force served a search warrant at the home after receiving information about possible drug activity.thethaehah

Along with the multiple meth labs, officials also found items used to manufacture the drug.

The Indiana State Police Clandestine Lab Team was called to assist in the cleanup of the operation. Some team members reportedly said it was one of the largest amounts of labs that they had ever seen.

The residents of the home, Kyle Wasil, Alicia Stewart-Merriman and Vanessa Bailey, were charged with manufacturing of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of paraphernalia and maintaining a common nuisance.




3 arrested after over 40 meth labs found in Bedford home


MARCELLUS TOWNSHIP, MI — Five meth labs and assorted components and wastes were dicovered Wednesday, July 20 in a home in the 10000 Block of Wolfe Street.

Cass County Drug Enforcement Team members served a search warrant at that address on suspicion that the manufacture of methamphetamine was going on there,  according to a news release from the Cass County Sheriff’s oOffice.

They discovered five “one pot” methamphetamine labs, and various components for the continued manufacture and sale of methamphetamine, authorities said.

A 44-year-old woman and a 30-year-old man were arrested on charges of manufacture of methamphetamine, manufacture of hazardous waste, maintaining a drug house, operating a lab involving methamphetamine within 500 feet of a dwelling and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

The man was also arrested on unrelated warrants out of another jurisdiction.

Police have not released their names pending their arraignment.






Five people have been indicted in a methamphetamine ring in the Ozarks.

The U.S. Attorney is charging Brooke Beckley, Nathiel Lee and Jourdan McGinnis, all of Nixa, Anthony Donovan of Springfield, and Yovanny Aroldo Mendivil-Balderrama, a citizen of Mexico.

They’re charged in the case that resulted in the death of another man from Mexico, Oscar Adan Martinez-Gaxiola.

The U.S. Attorney says they operated a methamphetamine ring in Greene, Dallas, Webster and Christian Counties from April 28, 2015, to April 26, 2016.

In addition to the conspiracy, Beckley, Donovan, Lee and Mendivil-Balderrama are charged together with using firearms in relation to a drug-trafficking crime, resulting in the murder of Martinez-Gaxiola on April 25, 2016 in Webster County.

A Stoeger .40-caliber pistol, a Glock .40-caliber handgun and a Taurus 9mm handgun allegedly were used during the drug-trafficking conspiracy.

Beckley and McGinnis are also charged together in one count of possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute. Beckley is also charged with possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime.

Beckley allegedly was in possession of a Sears Roebuck & Company 20-gauge bolt-action shotgun with a sawed-off barrel and stock and a Phoenix Arms .22-caliber pistol on April 8, 2016, in furtherance of the drug-trafficking conspiracy.

Dickinson cautioned that the charges contained in this indictment are simply accusations, and not evidence of guilt.

Evidence supporting the charges must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy A. Garrison.

It was investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Christian County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department, the Greene County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department, the Lawrence County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department, the Webster County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department, the Seymour, Mo., Police Department, the Rogersville, Mo., Police Department, the Springfield, Mo., Police Department and the Combined Ozarks Multijurisdictional Enforcement Team (COMET).





Erik Bringswhite is a former Rapid City gang member who now works to stop meth use in .  Bringswhite uses Lakota culture and spirituality to reach out to those who are struggling with addiction.

Bringswhite is a meth prevention coordinator with the Oglala Sioux Tribe.   He stopped by the McCabeBringswhiteVargasStandingSoldierRapid City studio for an interview with a group of individuals working to curb the use of the addictive drug in the state.

Bringswhite was joined in studio by Sergeant Dale McCabe, Rapid City Police Department, Norman Standing Soldier, Oglala Lakota Housing, and Vaughn Vargas, Community Advisory Coordinator with the Rapid City Police Department.

Rapid City police officials and others dealing with meth use in the state are critical of recent reforms in South Dakota aimed at reducing the number of people in prison.   They say the reforms have lead to a spike in meth in the state and increased crime is a result.





The testing for methamphetamine in Manawatu homes has doubled for at least one agency in the past two years.

NZ House Surveys has seen requests for inspections spike amid growing awareness and concern for illnesses related the manufacture of the drug.1469083563659

Founder Jeff Twigge said more than 100 houses had been tested in Manawatu so far this year, already surpassing the total number of homes checked in 2015.

He said the number of people wanting tests spiked after the Fair Go television program reported bank notes testing positive for methamphetamine, a class A drug.

“It’s remarkable actually how much the numbers have increased. We average about six properties testing positive a month.”

Twigge said most houses tested by the agency were rental properties.

Of homes tested this year, 18.8 per cent were returning positive results. This is slightly up on 2015, when 17.8 per cent were found to be contaminated.

REINZ Manawatu spokesman Andy Stewart said more people wanting tests completed out of concerns for their family’s health and the value of their homes.

“People are basically concerned about the value of their homes falling after realizing it’s contaminated. Even after going through the decontamination process, there’s a stigma there that can affect the value.

“They’re also concerned about the health effects of living in a home that’s contaminated with P. If you’ve got a family then you’re going to be thinking about your children.”

Palmerston North City Safety coordinator Alane Nilsen said she had seen an increase in people wanting their houses tested and asking questions about the class A drug.

“I do get a lot of inquiries from people who have just bought a home or are renting a new home and are wanting to make sure it’s not P contaminated.”

She said renters in particular had shown concern about moving into a home with high levels of contamination.

She said more people were aware of P contamination following media coverage and conversations taking place.

Massey University senior lecturer and toxicologist Nick Kim from the School of Public Health said the use of methamphetamine was “certainly a problem” in New Zealand.

He said while smoking P in a property and handling money could leave traces of the drug, these instances were at the “low end” of the scale and there were minimal health risks associated with it, in comparison to “high end” P labs.

“People are worried about it, if you’ve been told that your house is contaminated then your world will fall apart. It’s a little bit like saying your house is full of asbestos, you don’t know too much about it but it sounds scary.

“My view is that in reality I think the industry has gone a bit overboard.”

A Housing New Zealand spokesperson said the number of state housing drug tests nationally had increased.

In Palmerston North, nine state houses tested positive in 2015.

In Manawatu, Taranaki and Wairarapa regions the number of state houses testing positive spiked from three in 2013/2014, to 45 in 2014/2015 and 63 in 2015/2016.

The spokesperson said there was increased awareness by staff of what to look for, such as signs of cooking P and use. There was also increased collaboration across agencies and raised awareness of the issue in New Zealand.