Comments Off on Fairfield Township Police stop 29-year-old woman with no pants or panties on Butler County street

A half-naked woman stopped by police on a Fairfield Twp. street told officers she had been asleep for two days after using heroin and meth.

Photos show the woman, who is not wearing pants or underwear, talking to a Fairfield Twp. police officer through an open cruiser window. The photos were posted to social media by passersby shortly after the incident.

“She thought she was dreaming until I stopped her,” Officer Mark Sons wrote in a police report about the incident that happened Thursday afternoon.

Sons was patrolling near Grand Boulevard at about 1:30 p.m. when he saw the 29-year-old woman “walking down Tuley Road without her pants.”

The woman said she had been asleep for two days after using heroin and meth, according to the police report. The woman added she had been with a man and did not know what was happening or why she did not have on pants.

Sons could tell she was having some sort of medical or mental issue and called for the life squad, according to Sgt. Jim Souhrada.

“She also told him she was bipolar and had not taken her medications for sometime,” Souhrada said.

A concerned resident came out with a pair of shorts for the woman as another officer arrived with a blanket.

Paramedics evaluated the woman, who refused further treatment or transportation to the hospital.

A syringe was located near the area where she was seen walking, but officers could not say if the woman had been in possession of it.

The woman was transported by Sons to the home of her uncle, who said he would look after her.


Comments Off on Shoplifter with Methamphetamine in her bra, Castle Kameron Gately, 23, of Dallas, lured boys, ages 5 and 6, to Wal-Mart with candy

A Dallas woman was arrested after police say she lured two children away from their homes with candy and the promise of more treats Tuesday.

Castle Kameron Gately, 23, was initially arrested on a shoplifting charge after she was seen stealing with the children at a Wal-Mart at 6185 Retail Road in northeast Dallas, police records show.

Loss-prevention workers questioned the boys, ages 5 and 6, and it quickly became clear they didn’t belong to Gately and didn’t even know her, according to a police report.

The boys said they had followed her to the Wal-Mart because she promised to buy them “whatever they wanted,” according to her arrest warrant affidavit.

The two friends said they had been playing outside their apartment complex when Gately approached them and said she’d buy them food and water if they came with her.

A witness told police he saw Gately “luring the children with a chocolate bar” so he followed her to the Wal-Mart, about a mile away from the children’s homes.

When police searched Gately, who they said is homeless, they found a clear bag containing crystal methamphetamine tucked into her bra.

The two children were safely returned to their mothers, who had both called 911 to report them missing.

Gately faces two charges of unlawful restraint of a minor, one count of substance possession and one count of property theft under $30,000.

She is being held in the Dallas County Jail on $150,000 bail.



Comments Off on Christy Bonath, 46, of Luzerne, arrested for operating Methamphetamine lab

LUZERNE — A borough woman was arrested Friday night for allegedly running a meth lab out of her home.

Christy Bonath, 46, was charged with operating a methamphetamine lab, possession of and manufacturing of meth, as well as other drug-related charges, recklessly endangering another person and corruption of minors.

According to the criminal complaint, officers served a search warrant to Bonath’s residence at 410 Walnut St. and found “several items indicative to the manufacturing of methamphetamine.”

Bonath and a man were taken into custody and transported to the Luzerne Borough police station for questioning. Police also found a male juvenile at the residence and contacted a family member, who took custody of the juvenile.

After questioning Bonath and the male, police determined the male was not involved in the incident.

Bonath was taken to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility and was arraigned overnight.

Police secured the residence and contacted the Pennsylvania State Police Clandestine Laboratory Response Team, members of which arrived at approximately 8:10 p.m. The response team conducted a comprehensive search of the residence and located several items which were photographed and taken to the crime lab for testing, police said.

The residence was then tagged as having hazardous materials on the property. Such properties are typically condemned as unfit for human habitation.


Comments Off on Children of parents addicted to Methamphetamine suffer severe neglect

ICE-addled parents are leaving children at home to fend for themselves, and they are arriving at school hungry and dirty.

Details released by Child Safety Minister Shannon Fentiman show neglect is the most commonly substantiated harm to children by parents addicted to methamphetamine. About 60 per cent of their children suffer severe neglect.

Almost one-third have experienced “emotional harm”, nearly 10 per cent are physically abused and 1.5 per cent are sexually abused.

Ms Fentiman said a typical case requiring department intervention included parents sending their children to school in dirty clothes, unbathed and without food, or reports that parents left young children unsupervised for extended periods of time.

“We are seeing increased levels of harmful neglect where Queensland parents are using crystal meth or ice regularly,” she said.

The information comes from a departmental study of 400 cases in which a child was in need of protection in the 12 months to September last year and is part of a research series the department is undertaking into the escalating problem of drug use by parents.

The news follows shocking figures that show a failure rate of about 60 per cent among parents suspected of using drugs under new mandatory testing brought in last November in the wake of Mason Lee’s death.

Any parent using ice automatically has their children taken from them and placed in care.

Almost half the children in the state’s foster care system have been taken from a parent who has used methamphetamine, surpassing alcohol abuse.

The Queensland Government will convene its first ice summit at Rockhampton on April 27, to discuss the Government’s draft ice strategy before it is finalized later this year.


Comments Off on Brooke Nicole Stocki, 25, of Roseburg, arrested on Methamphetamine charges after grabbing 5-year-old girl

A Roseburg woman is in jail after she allegedly walked up to a 5-year-old girl and grabbed her Thursday afternoon, according to police.

Police say Brooke Nicole Stocki, 25, was under the influence of methamphetamine when she walked up to the girl, who she thought was someone else, at approximately 12:30 p.m.

The girl’s father told Stocki that she didn’t know his daughter and then told his daughter to walk back toward him.

When the child began walking back to her father, Stocki grabbed the child and held her close to her body.

Stocki then let go of the child and took off running. Police later located the woman in the 500 block of Southeast Rice Avenue and arrested her. While at the jail, staff found Stocki to be in possession of a methamphetmine pipe.

She was arrested on suspicion of methamphetamine possession and harassment.


Comments Off on Amy Leigh Davis, 31, Shelby Jewel Scott, 29, Thomas Christian Kaptis, 42, and Bryant Tucker, 33, arrested in Marietta drug bust after Davis agrees to sell Methamphetamine and heroin to undercover agent

MARIETTA, Ohio – 4 People were arrested Thursday in Marietta and face drug charges, after a woman agreed to sell meth and heroin to an undercover police officer.

On April 13, undercover agents of the Ohio Organized Crimes Investigations Commission, Washington Morgan Noble Major Crimes Task Force contacted 31-year-old Amy Leigh Davis, of Belpre, and asked if she had methamphetamine for sale. She agreed to sell them ½ ounce of meth and 1 gram of heroin for $600 at a location on Acme Street in Marietta. Davis then changed the location to Sheldon Avenue, where agents found Davis and arrested her for drug trafficking.

Davis told agents multiple quantities of illegal drugs, including the drugs she had agreed to sell to them, were inside a home at 221 Sheldon Avenue.

Agents got a warrant to search the home, where they questioned and arrested 3 people – 42-year-old Thomas Christian Kaptis, of Vincent, 33-year-old Bryant Tucker and 29-year-old Shelby Jewel Scott, both residents of that home.

Kaptis was found with a small glass container with a gray rock like substance, which tested positive for heroin, along with some marijuana and a loaded .45-caliber handgun.

Tucker told agents there were no drugs inside the home, but admitted there were multiple needles and syringes in the home, which had been used by himself and other people to use drugs.

Scott was questioned and warned agents there was a needle beside her bed that was “loaded” with heroin, and also said there were many needles and syringes scattered around the home, used by herself and other people to inject drugs.

Inside the home, agents also found a ball of tape with numerous pieces of folded paper containing suspected heroin, a “loaded” syringe on the floor beside the bed, and a piece of paper containing a white powder on the bathroom sink.

A purse containing the identification of Davis was located and found to contain .66 grams of suspected methamphetamine, which field tested positive for meth.

Amy Leigh Davis was charged with trafficking in methamphetamine (3rd degree felony), trafficking in heroin (5th degree felony), and possession of methamphetamine (5th degree felony).

Christian Kaptis was charged with possession of heroin (5th degree felony), and weapons under disabilities (a 3rd degree felony).

Bryant Tucker was charged with permitting drug abuse (5th degree felony).

Shelby Jewel Scott was charged with possession of heroin (5th degree felony) and permitting drug abuse (5th degree felony).

All of the suspects were processed at the Washington County Jail and appeared in Marietta Municipal Court on April 14th for their arraignments.

Kaptis, Scott and Tucker are now being held on a $5000.00 surety bond, while Davis is being held on a $15,000.00 surety bond.

The Washington Morgan Noble Major Crimes Task Force is part of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s Organized Crime Investigation Commission and is comprised of representatives of Post 84 of the Ohio State Highway Patrol; Washington, Morgan and Noble County Sheriff’s Offices; the Marietta, Belpre and McConnelsville Police Departments; and the Washington, Morgan and Noble County Prosecutor’s Office.


Comments Off on Jamie Lyn Basinger, 23, of Morganton, the mother of the 3-year-old boy found dead on a porch in March, admitted to using Methamphetamine

Jamie Lyn Basinger, mother of the 3-year-old found dead on a porch in March, admitted to using drugs the night before, according to search warrants.

Landyn Michael Melton was found dead on the porch of a home on Hopewell Road in Morganton on Wednesday, March 15. A motorist called 911 at around 7:45 a.m. that day and said there may be a child lying on the front porch of the home, according to a previous News Herald story.

In an interview with Burke County Sheriff’s Office detectives on March 15, Basinger admitted to using marijuana the night before and methamphetamine two days before her son, Landyn, died, search warrants said.

Basinger, 23, of 5491 Manley Clark Road in Morganton, volunteered to take blood and urine tests, and results showed she tested positive for “a multitude of illegal substances,” the search warrant said.

The warrants also say that Landyn was found with “reddish-brown substance on his face consistent with blood and had some facial swelling in the lip area of the face.”

Detectives also searched the house and took three cellphones and also took fingerprints of the front door and outside front door.

In the warrant, Basinger told police that “this story doesn’t make sense … he wouldn’t go out in the dark alone.”

Basinger also told police that she is a “very light sleeper.”

Basinger was charged with involuntary manslaughter and felony child abuse on Monday after a Burke County grand jury issued a true bill of indictment, according to a previous News Herald story.

As to the involuntary manslaughter charge, the indictment said Basinger “unlawfully, willfully and feloniously did kill and slay L.M. Melton.”

As to the felony child abuse charge, the indictment said, in part, that Basinger showed a “reckless disregard for human life by committing a grossly negligent omission, failing to supervise, in the care of L.M. Melton.” It goes on to say the defendant’s omission resulted in serious physical and bodily injury, death, to the child.”

An autopsy on the boy revealed no signs of trauma, according to police.

On April 3, a bill of indictment was returned by the Grand Jury of Burke County, but BCSO sealed it due to the ongoing investigation in the death of the 3-year-old. Police waited a week to serve the warrant on Basinger.

As she was taken into the Burke County Magistrate’s Office to be charged Monday, Basinger appeared distraught.

“It was a terrible tragedy,” she said. “I love my kids to death and I would never do anything to hurt them.”



Comments Off on Kaelyn M. Baldwin, 30, Noah R. Peyton, 34, and Jeffery L. Raisor, 28, Arrested At Loogootee Dairy Queen After Alleged Methamphetamine Drug Deal

Martin County, IN – On the afternoon of Tuesday April 11th, 2017 the Martin County Sheriff’s Office executed arrests in a Loogootee restaurant parking lot.

Acting on information that a transaction to purchase methamphetamine was going to take place, the Sheriff, Merit and Reserve Deputies, and K-9 Virka surrounded the vehicle and extracted suspects. One suspect refused compliance.

A struggle ensued, and the suspect was able to break away from officers and a Taser was necessary to subdue the suspect. He was found to have a knife, methamphetamine, and wanted on a Harrison County, methamphetamine related, warrant. The suspect continued to remain combative.

Officers and K-9 Roxy of the Loogootee Police Department responded to assist and transport the suspect to the Martin County Jail.  Upon searching the vehicle at the scene, many precursors to manufacturing methamphetamine was found in the vehicle, along with marijuana and paraphernalia.

The other two suspects were arrested and booked into the Martin County Jail without incident. The following are the individuals arrested and their charges:

Kaelyn M. Baldwin, 30, of Beech Grove, IN

  1. Conspiracy to Commit Dealing in Methamphetamine, a Level 2 Felony
  2. Attempted Dealing in Methamphetamine, a Level 4 Felony
  3. Possession of Methamphetamine a Level 6 Felony
  4. Possession of Precursors a Level 6 Felony
  5. Maintaining a Common Nuisance a Level 6 Felony
  6. Possession of Marijuana a Class B Misdemeanor
  7. Possession of Paraphernalia a Class C Misdemeanor


Noah R. Peyton, 34, of Pekin, IN

  1. 1. Conspiracy to Commit Dealing in Methamphetamine, a Level 2 Felony
  2. Attempted Dealing in Methamphetamine, a Level 4 Felony
  3. Possession of Methamphetamine a Level 6 Felony
  4. Possession of Precursors a Level 6 Felony
  5. Maintaining a Common Nuisance a Level 6 Felony
  6. Possession of Marijuana a Class B Misdemeanor
  7. Possession of Paraphernalia a Class C Misdemeanor
  8. Resisting Law Enforcement a Class A Misdemeanor


Jeffery L. Raisor, 28, of Corydon, IN

  1. Conspiracy to Commit Dealing in Methamphetamine, a Level 2 Felony
  2. Attempted Dealing in Methamphetamine, a Level 4 Felony
  3. Possession of Methamphetamine a Level 6 Felony
  4. Possession of Precursors a Level 6 Felony
  5. Maintaining a Common Nuisance a Level 6 Felony
  6. Possession of Marijuana a Class B Misdemeanor
  7. Possession of Paraphernalia a Class C Misdemeanor
Comments Off on Desirae Rein, 38, of Scottsbluff, accused of selling Methamphetamine

A Scottsbluff woman is accused of selling methamphetamine to an informant on two occasions.

Desirae Rein, 38, faces two counts of delivery/distribution of a controlled substance within 1,000 square feet of a school, a Class ID felony.

According to an arrest affidavit, investigators with the WING drug task force conducted a controlled purchase of methamphetamine from Rein and George Valles, 30, identified as her boyfriend at a home in the 2600 block of Avenue B.

After the buy, investigators determined that Rein had provided 1.4 grams of methamphetamine after the informant had given the boyfriend $100.

Investigators conducted a second controlled purchase from Rein at her home on Jan. 11. The informant was told that Rein and her boyfriend would contact the informant when they had the methamphetamine. Later, Rein allegedly delivered the methamphetamine to the informant. The total quantity of methamphetamine was determined to be 1.3 grams.

Rein is being held on a $150,000 fine.

A warrant has been issued for Valles, who is also charged with delivery/distribution of a controlled substance within 1,000 square feet of a school, a Class ID felony.


Other cases arraigned on Friday include:

— Kathryn Hunt, 60, of Scottsbluff, was charged with possession of a controlled substance after she allegedly dropped a coin purse at a local convenience store. The purse had methamphetamine in it. Police located the woman and searched her purse. Three bags, containing a total of 17.5 grams of methamphetamine, were allegedly located. A fourth baggie was located during a search of Hunt.

She is being held in the Scotts Bluff County Detention Center on a $55,000 bond.



Comments Off on Haylee N. Haigler, 36, of Shreveport, sentenced to prison for Methamphetamine distribution

SHREVEPORT, La. – A Shreveport woman was sentenced to 60 months in prison for her role in a methamphetamine distribution conspiracy.

Acting U.S. Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook announced Friday that Haylee N. Haigler, 36, was sentenced on one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

U.S. District Judge S. Maurice Hicks Jr. also sentenced Haigler to four years of supervised release.

According to the Jan. 11, 2017 guilty plea, law enforcement agents arrested Haigler’s boyfriend, Lee Edward Watkins, 36, of Shreveport, on July 20, 2016 after observing him selling methamphetamine in the parking lot of Haigler’s apartment complex.

Upon his arrest, Watkins admitted to selling the drugs and said there were more drugs and firearms in Haigler’s apartment.

Agents found additional methamphetamine and three pistols there.

Haigler later admitted that she assisted in the drug dealing and sometimes traveled with Watkins to Texas to obtain more drugs.

Judge Hicks sentenced Watkins on Jan. 30, 2017 to 120 months in prison and five years of supervised release for the conspiracy count and for one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.


Comments Off on Methamphetamine and THC contributing factors in deadly Dalton auto crash involving Marquis Steffon Perry, 20
An investigation by the Dalton Police Department has determined that three different drugs were a contributing factor to a deadly crash.

The DPD says medical tests after the crash showed methamphetamine, amphetamine and THC in Marquis Steffon Perry’s system.

The 20-year-old was killed on March 25th when his Ford Mustang crossed the center line of North Bypass and hit a pickup truck head on.

Three people in the pickup truck were hospitalized with serious injures but are still recovering.

Data recovered from the vehicle’s onboard computer shows Perry never applied the brakes before impact, and he was not wearing a seat belt. The onboard data was reviewed with a search warrant.


Comments Off on Investigators find 41 ‘one-pot’ Methamphetamine labs in Geauga County apartment – Richard A. Veres, 49, of Middlefield Village, arrested

MIDDLEFIELD VILLAGE, Ohio– Investigators in Geauga County found 41 “one-pot” methamphetamine labs at an apartment in Middlefield Village on Wednesday.

The Geauga County Sheriff’s Office with the help of the Middlefield Police Department and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation searched a home on Grove Street. It was part of a two-month investigation into meth in the area.

Inside the apartment, there were 41 meth labs, hazardous chemicals and drug paraphernalia, the sheriff’s office said.

He appeared in Chardon Municipal Court, where his bond was set at $50,000.Authorities arrested 49-year-old Richard A. Veres, of Middlefield Village, for manufacturing meth, which is a first-degree felony.

The Middlefield Fire Department also responded to the scene because of “the volatility and danger of the methamphetamine manufacturing process.” Crews helped neutralize the hazardous waste.


Comments Off on Bossier Parish area Methamphetamine and burglary crime spree lands six women and men, including three brothers, in jail

BOSSIER PARISH, LA (KSLA) – Six people, including three brothers, are accused of burglarizing homes and vehicles and stealing cars and people’s identities.

The crimes occurred in Bossier Parish and surrounding areas all the way to Texarkana, the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office reports.

An investigation Bossier sheriff’s detectives began in March led them to think Shreveport brothers Corey and Chad Clark and Chris Stanley were committing the crimes independent of one another.

Chad Clark, 32, is being held in Bossier Maximum-Security Facility, where he was booked at 9:24 p.m. April 11 on seven counts of simple burglary, three counts of theft from a motor vehicle, two counts of identity theft and one count each of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, access device fraud, possession of a Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance and a parole violation. His bonds total $133,500.

Corey Clark, 33, is being held in Texarkana, Texas, on two counts of identity theft and one count each of simple burglary of an inhabited building and theft of vehicle.

Christopher Stanley, 37, also is being held in Bossier Maximum-Security Facility, where he was booked at 9:49 p.m. April 11 on one count each of possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Jessica Christian, 33, is being held in Texarkana, Texas, on one count each of motor vehicle theft and identity theft.

Dustie Sherwood, 20, remains in Bossier Maximum-Security Facility after being booked at 8:09 p.m. April 11 on four counts of theft from a motor vehicle and one count each of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, possession of methamphetamine and simple criminal property damage. Her bonds total $35,500.

All five list their address as the 500 block of Meadowbrook Lane in Shreveport.

Also arrested was Jerry McClain, 28, of the 400 block of Elgin Street in Mooringsport. He was booked into Bossier Maximum-Security Facility at 9:10 p.m. April 11 on three counts of theft from a motor vehicle and one count each of simple burglary, possession of methamphetamine and possession of marijuana. His bonds total $25,500.

“Our team did a remarkable job in investigating these crimes and putting these cases together, which involved other parishes and another state,” Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington said. “These arrests prove that we will go wherever we need to go to find you and bring you to justice.”


Comments Off on Pennington County 2016 crime report shows large increase in Methamphetamine arrests

RAPID CITY, S.D. – The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office released their annual crime statistics report on Wednesday.

The report highlights developments within the department over the past year, and breaks down county crime numbers for 2016. While some statistics remained relatively stagnant, the report does highlight a 35 percent increase in methamphetamine-related arrests. The number rose from 551 in 2015 to 742 in 2016. Pennington County Sheriff Kevin Thom says methamphetamine continues to be an epidemic statewide.

“We see a number of interdiction stops on the highways. State patrol has been very effective. Those are people that sometimes are passing through, sometimes are bringing drugs to our area and then just more local use.”

In addition to the rise in methamphetamine arrests, the number of violent crimes is trending upward. That includes a rise of 2 percent in domestic violence and 11 percent in robbery and theft. Thom says meth could be the root of these increases.

“Methamphetamine clearly leads to other crimes. We see it in terms of violence, we have seen ours and the police department, both officer involved shootings had a nexus to methamphetamine recently, and the other violence seen in the community. Then it relates to property crime to people are stealing to support their drug habits.”

In addition to rise of meth-related arrests, Pennington County saw an increase of 16 percent in DUI arrests, from 284 in 2015 to 331 in 2016. Thom says the county is cracking down on DUIs thanks to grants to help pay for deputy overtime.

The report also highlighted community involvement, Pennington County Search and Rescue, and accomplishments within each division of the department.

The full report can be found here. 451f19b1-76dd-4c8c-884d-44cad78b8fad


Comments Off on Students at Frazer Schools come together to fight Methamphetamine on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation

FRAZER – Students at Frazer Schools say that not enough is being done to fight the meth epidemic in their community, so they’ll have to take it into their own hands.

They began the effort Thursday with an anti-meth walk throughout the community of about 500 on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation, with nearly 100 students, staff and community members taking part.

“There’s a lot of drug abuse here, but to change that it all starts here,” said Frazer senior and student council member Hailee Fourstar, who spoke to the walkers before the event. “Education is the key to opening a lot of doors for us.”

“There are a lot of big issues on our reservation, but drug abuse is the main one,” said fellow senior and student leader Xander Little Thunder.

Other students said a lot of people on the reservation speak about the drug problem but don’t do anything about it.

Community members have recently organized and are holding weekly meetings to combat the meth problem in the area and address the rise in crime and home break-ins and thefts.

Fort Peck Tribal Council Member Marva Chapman told the students to not be afraid of turning in people who are using and selling drugs. Chapman said she’s turned in her own drug-dealing relatives to police and continued to report on them until they were arrested or stopped.

“I’m sorry you guys are going through this, but there are answers. Don’t be afraid,” she said.

The students walked from the school and throughout the town carrying signs. Parents, staff and community and tribal members from other reservation towns followed behind in support of the students.

Before heading out the students gathered in the gym for a round dance.

Tribal organizations and departments have also sponsored student-organized marches in Poplar and Wolf Point. The next one is planned for Brockton schools.


Comments Off on 15-year-old girl testifies about running away to Methamphetamine and sex – Raymond L. Ross, 55, and Gene R. Engberg, 70, held for trial

A 15-year-old girl testified Wednesday that after running away during a trip to the Salina library, she stayed awake on methamphetamine for three nights and had sex with multiple men in exchange for drugs before she was found by police.

After hearing testimony from the girl and others, Saline County District Judge Rene Young determined there was probable cause to bind over Raymond L. Ross, 55, and Gene R. Engberg, 70, for trial.

Ross was bound over on two counts of aggravated human trafficking, two counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child, two counts of criminal sodomy and two counts of commercial sexual exploitation of a child.

Engberg faces one count of each of the same offenses. The two men are scheduled for a formal reading of charges at 1:30 p.m. April 27 in Saline County District Court.

The girl, who has since been placed in a foster home in Wichita, said she had been at a group home for adolescent girls who have been the victim of sex trafficking for two weeks on Dec. 28, when a foster mother with Clover House took her to Salina Public Library.



Searching for drugs

They were looking at movies when the girl looked out the window and saw an ex-boyfriend with his new girlfriend, she testified. She said she became anxious and walked outside to get some air, then she ran across a young man she’d met at the juvenile detention center.

The man told her she could get meth at a nearby mobile home park, so she walked to the park at 917 N. 13th. She said she met a man there who gave her meth. She stayed for two days with him in the mobile home, where he was living, and he had sex with her three times, she said.

The girl said she was told to leave by another person who owned or rented the mobile home after she turned on the heat. She walked out of the mobile home park toward 13th Street wearing a pink jacket and a tank top. She hadn’t gone far when she heard a man and woman screaming and cussing at each other in front of a nearby house, she said.

She said the man, whom she identified as Ross, told her she was cute and asked if she needed a ride. She told him she needed a place to stay, and he told her to get into his van. She said she got in the van because she was cold.

“Why did you go over to him?” asked attorney C. Richard Comfort, who represented Ross.


More meth and sex

“He was the first person I think I could get something out of,” she said. Comfort asked her what she wanted, and she said, “Drugs or somewhere to stay.”

The girl said she told Ross she needed to make some money and asked him if he could help her do that through prostitution. She said she told him she was 18.

Ross gave the girl a pair of earrings that were in the van and drove her to a different mobile home in the park, where they smoked meth with an older, tall, skinny man with a glass eye, she said. She said she had sex with Ross in a back bedroom, then another older man and a young girl arrived and smoked meth with them.

She said Ross took her to his mother’s house early the next morning, where he introduced her as his “lady friend.” They went upstairs to a room where there were porn movies on the floor. She said she performed oral sex on Ross on a blanket in the corner. Later, she helped Ross move a bed upstairs at his house, and he grabbed her breasts but she refused to have sex with him. She told him she wanted to make money. He said he knew someone she could have sex with, and he took her to a metal building that looked like a shed.

The girl said there was a trapdoor in the ceiling of the garage that led to a room with a couch, where she met an older man with long hair and glasses whom she now knows to be Engberg. She said she smoked meth with the two men. Ross left, and she and Engberg had sex on the couch.

When they were finished, the girl said, Engberg texted Ross, who returned to pick her up. She said Engberg gave Ross $10 and some more meth.


Discovered by police

Comfort asked if Ross had directed her to have a relationship with Engberg or discussed the amount of money she would receive, and she said he had not, but “he brought me there for a reason.”

“In your mind, but he never said it,” Comfort said. “He never said, ‘You’re going to turn a trick,’ did he?” She said no.

She said Ross took her to his ex-wife’s mother’s house, where she stayed for three days.

“I was really tired, and I went to sleep on the couch,” she said.

She said she was awakened Jan. 1 by a police officer who was asking who she was, why she was there and what had happened to some children who were crying in the house.

When Comfort indicated that the girl had given inconsistent stories during three police interviews, she said, “They were the same, but I added more truth to it.”

Attorney Doug Thompson, who represented Engberg, asked the girl how long she’d been using meth. She said she started at age 12 and found the drug could make her feel “hyper, happy and energized” for about two hours. Without it, she said she felt irritated, anxious and depressed.

She said meth can affect her memory and make her hallucinate, especially when she has gone long periods without sleeping.

Lane Mangels, a detective with the Salina Police Department, testified that when he interviewed the girl, who had been reported as a runaway, she said she’d been “doing dope and got pimped out.”

Mangels said she took him to Ross’ house in the 100 block of State Street and to a white metal shop in the 700 block of North Broadway Boulevard, where she said she’d had sex with Engberg. He said she picked Engberg out of a photo lineup.



Comments Off on 17-year-old Salem girl, missing for two years, found with sex offender, Ernie Lipps, 48, in Scappoose

A 17-year-old Salem girl who has been missing for two years was found with a sex offender during a traffic stop last weekend.

Police responded to a suspicious vehicle call just before 7 p.m. last Saturday off the Scappoose Vernonia Highway. There, they found a male driver and a teenager inside the car.

The driver was identified as 48-year-old Ernie Lipps, a convicted felon and registered sex offender. Police found a weapon, a dagger, meth and heroin inside the car. The teen girl initially refused to give her real name to officers, but they quickly learned she was reported missing two years ago out of Salem.

Lipps was taken into custody on charges of unlawful possession of meth and heroin, felon in possession of a restricted weapon and endangering the welfare of a minor.

The teenager has been released to her family.



Comments Off on Waverly Little Learners Daycare director, Kelly Hampton, arrested on Methamphetamine charges

WAVERLY (KWWL) – The director of a Waverly daycare has been arrested on a number of drug charges.

Waverly Police say they went to 401 24th Street NW last week to investigate the smell of marijuana coming from an apartment.

Police searched an apartment and arrested Kelly Hampton for possession of meth, marijuana, prescription drugs and drug paraphernalia.

She was later released on a $1,000 bond.

Police say Hampton’s booking information lists her as the director of Little Learners Daycare in Waverly.

The owner of Little Learners says he is shocked by the news, saying Hampton has been a great manager for 17 years. When asked if Hampton was fired, he said “she will no longer have any contact with the children there.”

He says employees are given background checks before being hired but said he “wasn’t sure” about drug tests.

We went to Hampton’s apartment but she did not want to speak with KWWL.

Officers say the investigation is not over. They say they’re looking for another person who might be involved.


Comments Off on Ritha Gay Arredondo, 46, of Livingston, exposed her 2 grandchildren to Methamphetamine

POLK COUNTY, TX (KTRE) – Deputies with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office have arrested a 46-year-old woman on felony child endangerment charges after the two young grandchildren that live with her tested positive for meth.

Ritha Gay Arredondo, of Livingston, was booked into the Polk County Jail on two state-jail felony endangering a child charges. She was no longer being held in the jail as of 10 a.m. Wednesday morning.

According to the arrest affidavits that East Texas news obtained Tuesday, Arredondo endangered her two grandchildren on or about Jan. 27. Both children, a boy and a girl, are under the age of 5.

Child Protective Services opened an investigation into the case earlier this year. A CPS investigator went to the house in the 100 block of Branch Street where Arredondo lived with her grandchildren and found that Arredondo “provided an environment where the children could be exposed to methamphetamine.”

“Affiant shall show adults overdose and die on methamphetamine daily, adults get hurt while under the influence of methamphetamine, and methamphetamine causes long lasting effects to adults’ ability to complete daily activities and some abilities are forever changed,” the affidavit stated. “Affiant shall show that the effects in adults using methamphetamine have caused serious, long lasting health problems, and this is a child younger than the age of five years.”

Hair follicle tests done on both children resulted in them testing positive for meth, the affidavits stated.


Comments Off on Beating Methamphetamine Addiction: Captain Jason Gearman of the Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Department Speaks Out

Calling it a “meth epidemic,” law enforcement officials say it’s time to connect users of the drug with treatment.

Captain Jason Gearman of the Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Department agrees.

“That’s the final solution – get them off the streets, off meth and into some treatment and get them some help. By letting them go out there on their own is obviously not working right now. Something needs to change.”

Aside from treatment, Captain Gearman says keeping meth users behind bars for a longer period of time could be one answer.

“As a community we need to explore more options such as dumping more money into treatment. However, I also think that you have to weigh the options of keeping people away from the drug longer. Sometimes, we may need to keep them locked up for a longer period of time.”

Captain Gearman says a number of crimes, including robberies, burglaries, shootings, stabbings, and aggravated assaults, have a connection to meth.


Comments Off on Sinaloa: Two bodies thrown from plane in El Dorado

In the stillness of the moments right before daybreak, in Sinaloa, before the golden dawn, as the overwhelming sun casts across the ranchos of El Dorado, they heard the soft whirring of a small plane overhead. 

Such planes, such sounds are not uncommon in the area, they aren’t discussed in open conversation, the small single engine planes, that land, fly, and transport cargoes of cocaine, heroin, marijuana, meth, or men known across the the world, like Chapo Guzman, Mayo Zambada.
Private planes, private pilots, to destinations like Los Cabos, across the shimmering Sea Of Cortez from the roads of El Dorado.  Places like La Paz, where gunmen arrive on ferries, from Sinaloa, and fight for the plaza, under the orders of these men, including Damaso Lopez.
Lopez, who came into the spotlight when Chapo Guzman was detained in Mazatlan, has allegedly formed his own group, Cartel De La Baja Sur, and declared his innocence in the escalating feud with Los Chapitos.  These are rumors, passed quietly, whispered softly….as the propellers on the small plane flying low over El Dorado….
The bodies fall silently, each about 175 pounds, picking up speed, as they rush through the beauty of morning clouds, and sweeping sunrise.  They hit the concrete with enough force to shatter every bone in their bodies.  Did they die upon impact, or before they were thrown? Did they scream helplessly into the nothingness of the clouds?  Did they pray for redemption, for safety, before they were pushed out?  
The sun rises, over El Dorado, where sugarcane is produced, 54 kilometers from Culiacan, the birthplace of Damaso Lopez, his rancho, his home, his people….. The bodies lay on the concrete, bloodied, bruised, broken in all ways a man can be broken….underneath an unforgiving sun.
Sources: Rio Doce, El Sol De Sinaloa
Comments Off on Crystal Methamphetamine and marijuana found in vagina of Gina Eileen Taylor after arrest in Bonneau

The smell of burnt meth led to the arrest of a man and woman by Bonneau police officers. What officials say was found inside the woman led to additional charges.

Bonneau Police Department Chief of Police Franco Fuda said a 2000 BMW was stopped on North Highway 52 early Monday morning and a man and woman in the vehicle were taken into custody after a search turned up a revolver and meth pipe. Fuda said the woman in the car also had 1.6 grams of meth in her bra.

In addition to the smell of burnt meth, officers said there was an open container visible in the vehicle that led to the search.

When Allen Craig Davis and Gina Eileen Taylor were being booked, a bigger discovery was made, Chief Fuda said.

During a search, the chief said a bag containing 44.4 grams of crystal meth and 1.5 grams of marijuana was pulled from Taylor’s “body cavity.”

Taylor and Davis each face several weapons and drugs charges.


Comments Off on Salina Green, 36, had Methamphetamine, cosmetics, bobby-pins and more hidden in her vagina at Santa Fe County jail booking

A woman came to the Santa Fe County jail to turn herself in on a warrant for a traffic violation and was found to be carrying illegal drugs, medications, tobacco and cosmetic and personal items that she’d hidden inside her body as she was being booked in about 9:30 p.m. Thursday.

Salina Green, 36, was arrested and charged with a felony count of bringing contraband into the jail, felony possession of crystal methamphetamine and a misdemeanor count of possession of Suboxone, used to treat opioid addiction.

A sheriff’s office report says that when Green was checked with a body scanner as part of the booking, an “abnormal anomaly” showed up.

In a condom in her vaginal cavity were found two baggies containing tobacco, rolling papers, eyeliner, tweezers, a lighter, three bobby-pins, perfume, a small mirror, Midol pills, Benadryl pills,  anti-depressants, an aspirin, decongestant pills, a broken razor, face make-up and a unopened package of Suboxone. Another small baggie had what turned out to be crystal meth, based on a field test.

Court records show a warrant had been issued against Green in January, for failure to appear for a trial on the traffic charge of following too closely. She was given the traffic ticket in August, didn’t pay the ticket or come to court was arrested in December and released, then failed to appear on another trial date, on Jan. 9.

She’s faced about a dozen other charges, mostly traffic or minor alcohol violations, since 2002.


Comments Off on Methamphetamine-addicted python among hundreds of animals in Australian prison rehab

A jungle python addicted to methamphetamine is one of hundreds of animals being rehabilitated at an Australian prison by staff and inmates.

The reptile, which the New South Wales Justice department did not name “due to legal reasons”, was discovered during a police raid of a methamphetamine lab and required six weeks of detoxification while housed at the corrective services NSW wildlife care centre in Windsor, west of Sydney.

Ian Mitchell, a senior overseer at the John Morony correctional complex, said the python had absorbed the drug through its skin and as a result of its addiction it was more aggressive, confused and erratic and than normal.

“It just takes time for the drug to leave the snake’s system but through our assistance, we managed to calm it down after several months and bring it back to its routine feeding patterns,” Mr Mitchell said.

The rehab program takes care of other animals that have been seized during police raids, including bearded dragons and blue tongue lizards, as well as venomous snakes that might have been found in backyards or by the side of the road, Mr Mitchell said.

Minimum-security inmates from the Outer Metropolitan Multi-Purpose Correctional Centre are selected to participate in the programme, the NSW corrective services (CSNSW) explained.

The inmates feed and clean the non-venomous reptiles and “occasionally take them out of their enclosures to receive natural light”. Venomous specimens are handled by CSNSW staff who have undergone specialist training.

Ivan Calder, governor of the centre, said the programme provides inmates with a “calming environment that can assist with reducing reoffending.”

Over the past year, around 40 snakes, 15 lizards, five turtles and a number of other animals have been cared for at the centre. At any one time there are around 250 animals, mainly birds, housed at the centre, the CSNSW said.

Comments Off on Marcos Raul Aviles Contreras, 53, from Mexico, allegedly caught transporting 54 pounds of Methamphetamine into Riverside County

MURRIETA – A Mexican national allegedly caught smuggling 60 pounds of methamphetamine and heroin as he headed into Riverside County via Interstate 215 was being held today in lieu of $500,000 bail.

Marcos Raul Aviles Contreras, 53, was arrested on suspicion of possession of drugs for sale, transportation of heroin for sale and transportation of meth for sale.

He was apprehended by the U.S. Border Patrol on northbound I-215, near Murrieta Hot Springs Road, about 1:30 p.m. Friday.

According to Customs & Border Protection Agent Mark Endicott, Contreras was stopped in his Dodge Journey after agents became suspicious that he might be involved in illegal activity.

The suspect was questioned, culminating in a search of his SUV by a drug-sniffing canine, which alerted to the presence of narcotics, Endicott said.

Agents uncovered a hidden compartment carved into the vehicle’s firewall, where “57 bundles of meth and two bundles of heroin” – weighing 54 pounds and 6 pounds, respectively, were seized, he alleged.

The total street value of the haul was estimated to be $196,830, Endicott said.

The vehicle was impounded, and Contreras was booked into the Southwest Detention Center in Murrieta.

His arrest came a day after Border Patrol agents snared another Mexican national in the same area for allegedly transporting 35 pounds of meth in an SUV.