A British man has been arrested for allegedly importing half a kilogram of methamphetamine into Australia in the form of 106 internally-concealed pellets.

Australian Federal Police say the 45-year-old man was targeted for a baggage examination after arriving in Perth on a flight from Thailand on Saturday.1456788357434

He has been charged with importing a marketable quantity of a border controlled drug and will face the Perth Magistrates Court.

Rod O’Donnell, Western Australia’s ABF Regional Commander said people who conceal drugs internally were risking their lives, as well as their liberty.

“If you conceal drugs internally you’re playing Russian Roulette with your life,” Commander O’Donnell said.

“ABF officers are alert to the range of ways people try to smuggle drugs into the country, including internally, and are dedicated to detecting those who try to evade detection at the border.”

 

 

 

 

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Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested an Albuquerque man Saturday night on charges he allegedly smoked meth, had sex with and “pimped out” a mentally disabled woman detectives estimated has the mental capacity of a 10-year-old.Albuquerque_man_charged_with_sexual_assault_after_he_allegedly_39pimped39_mentally_disabled_woman-syndImport-063702

49-year-old Michael Dwayne Porter faces two counts of criminal sexual penetration after he allegedly admitted to using drugs and having sex with the woman during an interview with detectives.

The woman first showed up to a BCSO substation Saturday to report Porter, who the woman had been living with for about a month after Porter’s ex-girlfriend went to jail, had “pimped” her out on several occasions.

Most recently, she and Porter had gone to another man’s house, during which time Porter secretly offered the man sex with the woman in exchange for meth. The criminal complaint for Porter’s arrest says the woman told detectives the man’s brother ended up getting “on top of her,” though the detective wrote the woman could not comprehensibly explain what had happen beyond that because of her limited mental and speech capacities.

The woman has Down Syndrome.

She told detectives she and Porter had known each other for about a year and that they had sex and smoked meth on multiple occasions.

Police interviewed Porter Saturday in what detectives described as an interview in which his story constantly changed. They say he was combative, but eventually admitted he had sex with her and smoked with her on multiple occasions.

He became too combative for detectives to continue the interview, according to the criminal complaint. But his admissions were enough to charge him with criminal sexual penetration.

He is being held at the Metropolitan Detention Center on a $50,000 cash or surety bond.

 

 

 

 

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BARBERTON, Ohio — A Barberton man is accused of running a methamphetamine lab next to a child’s room.

Thomas Harris, 43, is charged with first-degree felony meth making, police said. He is expected to make an appearance Monday in Barberton Municipal Court.19840733-large

Barberton police conducted a “knock and talk” with Harris and the occupants of the home in the 100 block of 2nd Street S.W. Officers were granted permission to search the home, police said.

Officers reported finding several items used to make meth in the garage. More meth-making items, and the drug itself, were found in a room next to a child’s bedroom, according to police.

Harris was arrested and booked into the city jail. The Summit County Drug Unit cleaned up the meth lab, police said.

The charge was enhanced to a first-degree felony because of the meth lab’s proximity to the children in the house, police said.

 

 

 

 

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Officials say the lab was operating inside a mobile home on Fayette Road.

44-year-old John Josey and his 35-year-old girlfriend Christina Stanford were arrested late yesterday, charged with operating a meth lab.

Also arrested was 29-year-old Brittany Pomerleau of Jay.IMG_8433

We’re told agents returned to the scene today, where they spent several hours securing the home and seizing the drug and ingredients used to make it.

Those arrested are being held on 10-thousand-dollars bail.

We’re told DHHS was also notified because a teenager also lived at the mobile home.

We’re told that teen was not at home when drug agents arrived.

This is the 13th meth lab response this year,

 

 

 

 

http://wabi.tv/2016/02/27/3-arrested-in-livermore-falls-meth-lab-bust/

 

Police reportedly found over 300 grams of methamphetamine and a slew of other drugs after a short pursuit early Saturday in east Tulsa.

The chase began just after midnight near the area of 6900 East Easton Street when a Tulsa police officer reportedly saw a vehicle fail to signal a right turn, according to an arrest and booking report.

The officer followed the vehicle and attempted to pull it woodardover near 7100 East Haskell Street, but the vehicle continued westbound on East Easton Street. It reportedly weaved through the area of East Archer Street and stopped near the area of 4200 East First Street, according to an arrest and booking report.

Officers arrested Tharon Aaron Woodard, 32, at the scene on suspicion of eluding after a felony conviction, no insurance or security verification, no driver’s license and failure to signal a right turn, according to jail records.

Police searched Woodard’s vehicle and reportedly found a white, crystal-like substance on the driver’s seat that tested positive for methamphetamine, baggies of marijuana, loose prescription pills and LSD stored in aluminum foil, the report states.

After officers reviewed film of the chase, they searched the area of 5200 East Archer Street and reportedly found 336 grams of methamphetamine and located a black handgun a few blocks away, according to the report.

Those findings prompted officers to add possession of a controlled substance after a felony conviction, trafficking methamphetamine with a prior controlled substance felony conviction, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute after a felony conviction and possession of a firearm in commission of a felony after a felony conviction to Woodard’s arrest offenses, according to jail records.

Woodard is being held in Tulsa Jail in lieu of $106,600 bond, jail records indicate.

Woodard finished a five-year sentence Aug. 23 for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle after a felony conviction and unlawful possession of a controlled drug after a felony conviction, according to Department of Corrections records. He was set to serve a suspended sentence for the similar 2012 felony convictions until Aug. 20, 2016.

 

 

 

 

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  • Officers learned a Days Inn clerk was selling drugs
  • Investigators say the clerk was selling crack cocaine, meth and weed
  • She was allegedly found with a small amount “definitely packaged for the intent to sell”, according to police
  • Three buyers and another suspected seller were caught before the clerk

A traffic stop sent four possible drug buyers and a dealer working out of an east Tulsa hotel to jail Monday morning.

Around 1:40 a.m., police pulled over a car on South Memorial Drive for a traffic violation.

Officers say the driver had eaten a bag of marijuana and was found with a syringe that possibly contained heroin.

The driver, Lucas Shoemaker, was arrested with passenger Eugene Deverges on drug-related charges.

After some investigation, officers learned the drugs were purchased at the Days Inn on South 79th.

At another traffic stop on East 71st , a driver identified as Allyson Gregory allegedly had pills with her and a bag of crystal meth hidden on her body.

She admitted to selling meth to customers at a nearby hotel.

Police spoke to the clerk and another person in the lobby, finding marijuana, meth and crack cocaine with them.

Police say that was when they arrested Rarue Caddy and Kasi Albert.

 

 

 

 

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Fresno, Calif – A car accident in Northeast Fresno leads police to a large amount of meth.

Sunday afternoon, two men were involved in a car accident with another driver, near Highway 41 and Shaw Avenue in Fresno.

Police say the men paid the driver with counterfeit money, the driver then alerted police. Fresno Police pulled the suspect’s truck over, down Shaw Avenue near Cedar, and found what is believed to be between four and six ounces of meth in a bag. Police say the drugs needed to be weighed and analyzed, and thus were unsure of the street value.

Methamphetamine drives other crimes such as violent crimes, property crimes, auto theft,” Fresno Police Sgt. Tim Tietjen said. “So every bit that we take off streets, really does make an impact.”

The men were identified as 46-year-old Jeremy Jameson and 37-year-old Samuel Jameson.

Sgt. Tietjen said a search warrant was needed to search the rest of the truck, but pending that search, he expects to find more narcotics.

The pair face charges for drug sales and transportation and possession of counterfeit money.

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.yourcentralvalley.com/news/fresno-accident-leads-to-meth-bust

 

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JACKSON, MS (localmemphis.com) – Mississippi Highway Patrolmen seized about 19 pounds of crystal methamphetamine, 10 pounds of high-grade marijuana, about one pound of cocaine and about 9.3 of heroin this weekend.ms meth

Members of the unit stopped a Volvo tractor-trailer truck Friday at 3:30 p.m. The vehicle was carrying passenger cars, and found illegal drugs in a 2007 BMW.

Officers seized the BMW and just over 200 dollars in cash.

The unit stopped another vehicle Saturday at about 8:30 a.m. and found crystal meth in a false compartment in the car.

Laurie A. Davis, 22, of Del Valle, Texas and Daniel A. Jones, 29, of Austin, Texas were charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver.

Officers also confiscated 725 dollars.

Both stops were made on I-20 East in Rankin County.

 

 

 

 

http://www.localmemphis.com/news/local-news/mississippi-patrolmen-seize-19-lbs-of-meth

 

Ashland Police Battling Methamphetamine Problem

Posted: 29th February 2016 by Doc in Uncategorized

ASHLAND, WIMethamphetamine is a growing problem in Ashland, and with it, comes a rise in property crime.

“Property crimes are through the roof. People break into their own friend’s houses looking for money, looking for whatever they can steal just to get money to get the drug,” says Investigator Scott Moreland.

Users are breaking into cars, homes, and garages in search of their next fix.

“I’d like to recommend everyone lock their doors, lock their doors to their garages, lock your car inside your locked garage. It may sound very paranoid, but you just don’t know what you’re gonna come across walking in your alley at 3 o clock in the morning or who is looking in your windows,” said Jim Gregoire, Interim Police Chief for the Ashland Police Department.

In 2015, there were nearly 300 felony cases filed in Ashland- most related to drugs.

“In the last year we’ve done more search warrants than I can remember in any one year for the Ashland Police Department. It really takes a toll on the department and the resources for the department but it’s extremely important,” said Gregoire.

And Ashland Police say the drug knows no bounds

“It’s almost everybody. High school up to 60 year old people involved in the use and sale of meth,” said Moreland.

And they can’t tackle the problem alone

“I can tell you the police cannot arrest their way out, no one can arrest their way out of a meth problem. It has to be a community unified front through education, through treatment. I mean everyone has to be involved. When they say it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a village to get rid of methamphetamine,” said Gregoire.

If you suspect a drug house in your neighborhood, it’s best to call and give police a detailed description of the suspected activity at the home, and to keep track of relevant information including license plate numbers.

Authorities say the majority of meth found in Ashland is coming from the Duluth/Superior area and the Twin Cities.

 

 

 

 

http://www.fox21online.com/news/local-news/ashland-police-battling-meth-problem/38217266

 

HASTINGS, Neb. — It’s been 18 months since Hastings resident Tonya Hernandez has gotten high off meth, an accomplishment she’s now sharing with the community to help others fight their addictions to one of the state’s most prevalent drugs.

As Hernandez sat at home last week watching news of the state’s largest drug bust unfolding, she thought back to her days, hoping more people would turn away from the drug.12496361_440329462833177_5064521457579226783_o+Cropped

In recent years, methamphetamine has become one of the most popular drugs in the state, which led to the indictment of 60 people alone in the western and central part of Nebraska as well as northeastern Colorado.

“When they do get clean, it’s still a problem for them living in society because people still see them as an addict,” senior tech at the Bridge in Hastings Tina Winchell said.

For thousands fighting addiction like Tonya Hernandez, assimilating back into society isn’t easy since meth has taken so much from them when they were using.

“It’s the devil. It takes peoples’ lives. It ruins peoples’ lives,” Hernandez said.

Hernandez didn’t have an easy life. Not only does she tell NBC Nebraska she was raped, but the death of grandmother at age 13 hit her hard, causing her to turn to meth to get rid of the pain she was feeling.

“I didn’t have to feel the trauma, the loss of my grandmother,” Hernandez said. “And then I was raped, so I went through a lot of things through my life. Drugs seemed like the number one drug to cover up all the things I was feeling.”

Her addiction then grew, largely due to meth’s accessibility. According to White House officials, it’s one of the most abused drugs in the state. Winchell added about 50 percent of the women that come into the Bridge in Hastings have been or are addicted to meth upon arrival into the rehabilitation center.

“There’s a lot more of it going on in the communities than people think,” Winchell said. “Honestly, I could probably walk out this door right now and within 15 minutes score meth. I mean it’s just that prevalent.”

IN 2004, Hernandez went to a women’s prison in York after getting caught with meth, which resulted in her losing custody of her son and daughter.

“I went into labor early because of the drugs, so the hospital had contacted social services, of course. I was at home smoking some dope, and they came along and arrested me and took my son and my daughter. And I was in prison for 18 months,” Hernandez said.

However, it wasn’t until Hernandez was serving a five-year sentence in a federal penitentiary in 2006 that she decided she needed to turn her life around.

“It took me to think, ‘I don’t want to go back to prison. I don’t want to lose my family or kids or my relationship that I have. I want to be there. I want to be a part of their lives. I want to be not on drugs. This has got to stop somewhere,’ and it did. It just clicked, and that was it,” Hernandez said.

As Hernandez stood in front of the judge, she tells NBC Nebraska she asked to go into treatment. Once she started treatment at a facility in Columbus, she knew she was serious about no longer being on drugs.

Three jail sentences and more than 20 years later, Hernandez has custody of her now 17-year-old son and is celebrating 18 months of sobriety.

“I’m the proudest son on this earth. I’m proud she’s come this far. She’s stopped using. She’s clean. She’s doing good for herself,” Tonya’s son Nicholas Wright said. “All those years she hasn’t been around, I want to get all those years back with her.”

Hernandez has a total of five children, four of which are with their biological father. However, Wright was in the custody of Hernandez’s parents, making it easy for her to be able to keep in touch with Wright in some way. Unfortunately, she has not had contact with her other four children.

It has been a difficult journey for Hernandez, but it’s one she doesn’t regret. To her, her meth addiction is what makes her who she is now, but she wants others to know of the drug’s dangers as the D.E.A. said meth affects every Nebraskan community.

“Do you want to end up dead? Do you want to end up in prison for the rest of your life? Do you want to lose your children? Do you lose your relationships with your family, your loved ones? Because I know I wouldn’t,” Hernandez said.

Next month, Wright will celebrate his 18th birthday, but he plans on staying with his mother. He aims to build the relationship he never had with her.

Hernandez said she will continue her path to success, looking to help whoever she can to overcome their addictions to drugs.

However, Hernandez and those at the Bridge said recovery isn’t possible without the help of the support of many.

The Bridge is a women’s rehabilitation center in Hastings, offering a six to 18 month program to help women with substance abuse.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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KINGSPORT, TN (WJHL) – Kingsport Police Department officers arrested three people Friday morning after an active methamphetamine lab was found inside an apartment on Oak Street in Kingsport.meth lab found at Kingsport apartment

According to a KPD news release, officers responded to a report of possible drug activity at Maple Oaks Apartments and made contact with Kelli R. Larkins, 41, who reportedly lied and said no one else was in the apartment.

Officers then saw other people moving inside the apartment and Larkins then consented to a search.

Jessica L. Lundy, 24, stepped into the hallway and then they located Johnny Blaine Moore, 42, who had been hiding in a bedroom closet.

A warrant check revealed that Lundy was wanted out of Hawkins County for violation of probation and Moore was wanted out of Hawkins County for a failure to appear on a prior dangerous drug charge.

A search also revealed an active meth lab inside the apartment and KPD’s Vice and Narcotics Unit was called to the scene to investigate.

The Meth Task Force and the Kingsport Fire Department also responded to the scene to help collect evidence and to decontaminate the officers, the suspects and the crime scene.

Larkins, Lundy and Moore were taken to the Kingsport Justice Center and all three were charged with manufacturing of methamphetamine and possession of unlawful drug paraphernalia.

Larkins was additionally charged with maintaining a dwelling where drugs are used, stored, sold or manufactured.

Lundy and Moore were also held on pre-existing arrest warrants.

All were being held in the Kingsport City Jail pending their arraignments.

 

 

 

 

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A Jamestown man pleaded guilty Thursday to two counts of gross sexual imposition and one count of child endangerment in Southeast District Court in Jamestown.55dcd4563fb01_image

Demietrius Daniel, 21, Jamestown, pleaded guilty to two Class A and one Class C felony charges in exchange for Stutsman County Assistant State’s Attorney Katherine Naumann dropping two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, one a Class A misdemeanor and the other a Class B misdemeanor, one count of unauthorized use of a vehicle and one count of DUI/actual physical control, both Class A misdemeanors.

Daniel will be sentenced at 9 a.m. May 3 in Southeast District Court in Jamestown. Judge John Greenwood set Daniel’s bail at $3,000 cash. Russell Myher, Daniel’s attorney, had asked Greenwood to lower Daniel’s bail to a lesser amount because he cannot come up with $3,000. Naumann said she had concerns about lowering the bail amount because Daniel has not shown up for court dates in past cases and not stayed in contact with court personnel when instructed to do so.

According to court documents, Maj. Jason Falk with the Stutsman County Sheriff’s Office went to visit a house at 3255 89th Ave. SE on Aug. 3 based on a report he received from a family member of Carrie Thu, 19, who was staying at the house along with Daniel, Irene Daniel, 38, and Dustin Meadows. Falk said he visited the house because a family member was concerned for Thu’s safety. A 15-year-old girl, a 16-year-old girl and two infants were in the home when Falk stopped by the house.

The two infants were taken into custody by Stutsman County Social Services because Demietrius Daniel and Meadows had exposed the infants to methamphetamine smoke and marijuana smoke, according to court documents.

Meadows pleaded guilty to endangerment of a child on Dec. 18 in Southeast District Court. He is currently serving an 18-month prison sentence at the North Dakota State Penitentiary in Bismarck.

Demietrius Daniel and Thu were charged with gross sexual imposition on Aug. 25. Daniel and Thu allegedly had sexual contact with the 15-year-old girl in March 2015, according to court documents. Daniel also had sex with the minor girl two years earlier, according court documents.

Thu pleaded guilty in January to child neglect, a Class C felony, and is currently serving time in the Stutsman County Correctional Center.

Thu is scheduled to appear for a jury trial at 9 a.m. March 21 on the gross sexual imposition charge, a Class A felony. She will have a separate trial at 9 a.m. March 23 on the endangerment of a child charge, a Class C felony.

The maximum penalty for a Class A felony is 20 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. The maximum penalty for a Class C felony is five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

 

 

 

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LAKE GENEVA, Wis. – A search warrant was executed at 1134 Williams Street in the City of Lake Geneva for the manufacture of methamphetamine Thursday evening.

House resident Michael R. Koerner, age 29, was arrested from his home and confined in the Walworth County Jail.

He is facing felony charges of possession of methamphetamine precursor materials, waste and paraphernalia.

On Friday, the methamphetamine precursors, waste and paraphernalia were removed from the residence.

According to a release, a hazardous materials cleanup is currently underway at the residence as well.

 

 

 

 

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SALEM, Ind. (February 27, 2016) – An Indiana man wanted on warrants was found unresponsive in a crawl space under a home with meth and other drugs.jsrjrjhsrrhrn

On Friday evening, the Indiana State Police received information that Richard Graham, 42, from Pekin, Indiana, was present at 103 Cherry Street in Salem. Graham had multiple active warrants for his arrest.

When police arrived at the home, they found Graham hiding in a crawl space under the home; he was unresponsive and was removed from under the house. EMS personnel arrived on the scene and took Graham to Saint Vincent Hospital in Salem.

During a search of the crawl space, police found approximately 8.3 grams of methamphetamine, paraphernalia, and synthetic drugs.

After being released from the Saint Vincent Hospital, Graham was charged and sent to the Washington County Jail for possession of methamphetamine; possession of paraphernalia with a prior; maintaining a common nuisance; resisting law enforcement and possession of a synthetic drug. The warrants were also served for failure to appear, two counts; auto theft and theft.

 

 

 

 

 

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SCOTTSBLUFF – Meth distribution in southwest Nebraska continues to be a growing problem. With more and more users being addicted, demand is at an all-time high and money continues to be a motivator for dealers.

“That substance is so terribly addictive that people will just abandon everything for it, families, personal hygiene, relationships, it doesn’t matter,” said Dana Korrell, Supervisor for the Wing Drug Task Force.

According to the Wing Drug Task Force methamphetamine hit the central part of the U.S. in the 1990’s and ever since then, it’s been a fight against methamphetamine for the past 20 years. Korrell says it’s unlikely meth is being cooked in the area and it’s most likely coming out of the country because of the impressive purity rate.

“I started working on dope in 1988, so from 1988 to the mid 1990’s it was all cocaine and the meth, if we did find meth or did purchase some was junk. It was still methamphetamine but it was very low purity. Mid 1990’s, 1995, 1996, 1997 we started seeing quarter pound quantities, started buying quarter pound quantities in central Nebraska and this stuff was 90% pure,” said Korrell.

Methods of getting methamphetamine across the border are also ever changing. The drug is now able to be transported in liquid form making it easy to sneak in bottles. Methamphetamine continues to trickle into various parts of The Panhandle, Korrell says the task force has found about a pound in Chadron, seized over two pounds in Scottsbluff and had purchased 3 ounces in Bridgeport.

 

 

 

 

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JOHNSTON TWP., Ohio – A Trumbull County woman is facing multiple drug charges.

40 year-old Colleen Maky was arrested Friday at a home on the 7 thousand block of Ridge Road in Johnson Township.9983406_G

Maky had an outstanding warrant from Niles Municipal Court. Officials say she is known to cook methamphetamine

Members of the Trumbull-Ashtabula Group Law Enforcement Task Force and the Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office Clandestine Meth Response Team conducted a search at the home where they found methamphetamine, scales and packing materials.

Lab team members removed the hazardous materials.

Maky is being charged with trafficking drugs, manufacturing and possession.

 

 

 

 

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The first of 60 suspected meth dealers appeared in federal court in Omaha Friday following their arrest in a “groundbreaking” series of police raids in western Nebraska and Colorado.gaw4twtgaqt

The list of those arrested, including 4 on state level charges, were made public at a press conference in North Platte Friday morning. The U.S. Attorney of the Nebraska District, Deb Gilg, referred to those taken into custody as “a ‘Who’s Who’ of major meth dealers in western Nebraska,” likely supplied by drug cartels based in Mexico.

As of Friday afternoon, seven people were still at large.

While there are no indications of a local presence of cartel representatives, and there was no large-scale coordination of controlling regional drug trafficking, law enforcement officials involved in the investigation say the arrests succeeded in smashing individual meth dealer groups in a number of communities.

“Let’s think of it as an octopus,” Gilg said. “We cut off some tentacles.”

One investigator referred to the operation as a “monster” involving law enforcement agencies from 22 Nebraska counties, Colorado law enforcement, and federal agencies. The Omaha office of the FBI coordinated the sweep.

The day before the raids more than 100 law enforcement officers gathered in a North Platte National Guard armory for a briefing on the mass raid. Teams of local and federal officers were deployed to locations across the region and arrests began at exactly the same time to reduce the chance those being pursued would warn one another.

Colonel Bradley Rice, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol, said he had “never, never seen a roundup run so smoothly.”

All arrests were made without incident. On the state’s south central border, residents of Blue Hill, in Webster County (population 915), told a reporter from NTV a local auto detailing shop was raided by FBI agents and sheriff’s deputies.

Suspects were brought to local jails for processing before being turned over to U.S. Marshalls for transport to Omaha for preliminary hearings in Federal District Court. So many individuals were arrested at least one bus had to be used to make the trip.

While spread across a nearly 200-mile-wide area, nearly a third of those charged were concentrated in the North Platte area. Several were well known to local law enforcement with many previous drug-related arrests.

North Platte Police Chief Mike Swain told reporters his department began to see a growing problem with drug trafficking in the community several years ago and reached out to other agencies for assistance. Putting these suspects in jail, he said, “certainly impacted the safety of the citizens of North Platte” for the better.

Suspects have addresses in North Platte, Scottsbluff, Grand Island, Hastings, Kearney, Lexington and Gibbon.

While only a small amount of meth was found in the possession on the day of their arrest, Gilg cautioned that should not be seen as an indication of the volume of drugs these suspects are accused of moving through the region, calling it only “a snapshot on a single day.”

Over the past year investigators, using informants and confidential methods, were able to track the meth deliveries through four states as they made their way north from the Mexican production facilities into Colorado and Nebraska.

Col. Bradley Rice, superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol, said these arrests should be “a warning” to those dealing in drugs.

Most of those arrested are charged with Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine, reflecting that evidence would show they are dealers of 50 grams or more when they dealt with undercover officers.

Penalties range from 5 to 40 years in prison and fines that can reach into the millions of dollars.

“You have to understand we are talking about pounds and pounds and pounds of meth that these people were moving,” said the law enforcement officer, speaking anonymously because they did not have authorization to speak publicly.

The logistics of the operation were epic.

Sources involved in aspects of the investigation confirmed to NET News the arrests are an outgrowth of an operation nicknamed “Mexican Seafood” stretching back to 2012 when two individuals arrested for selling marijuana provided information about methamphetamine dealers in western Nebraska and northeast Colorado. A series of previous arrests stretching over the last three years brought on even more leads culminating in the police sweep this week.

While all of those arrested will still face trial and are presumed innocent until found guilty, Gilg estimated more than 90 percent of the drug cases originating from a federal grand jury in the Omaha District have ended in guilty verdicts or plea agreements.

Asked whether there will be a long-term impact on drug sales in the state, Col. Rice told reporters these arrests “should be a warning to anyone who tries to come in and take their place.”

 

 

 

 

http://netnebraska.org/article/news/1013282/monster-drug-bust-nebraska-fills-busses-meth-dealer-suspects

 

The disappearance of small shake and bake one-pot labs has given mass-producing super labs a ready-made market for the newest form of methamphetamine — ICE.56d260b28c7e0_image

“Years and years ago, you had the large cooks, then from 2005 to 2007, we saw a little of the ICE emerging,” said Tim Glover, director of the Lauderdale County Drug Task Force. “We chased that around, and it forced people into the shake and bake one-pot labs.”

Those labs began to disappear after laws restricting the purchase of pseudoephedrine, the key ingredient in meth, “slowed them down, way down,” Glover said.

Today, most of the crystal meth is being produced in big labs in Mexico, said Dennis Sharp, director of the Lawrence County Drug Task Force.

“This stuff is coming from the super labs out of Mexico by the way of California,” Sharp said. “The dealers saw this as a ready-made market and started moving in.”

Melvin Patterson, a public information officer with the Drug Enforcement Agency, said the Mexican cartels who have these “super labs” have targeted smaller areas for their product.

“These labs are in the jungles of Mexico, but the ICE is making its way north, into the U.S. and then it’s going everywhere,” Patterson said. “It started on the West Coast and it is working its way east.“

ICE is fast becoming the drug of choice in this area, according to local agents.

“(The dealers) are killing us with ICE,” said Lt. Bill Doelle, director of the 22nd Judicial District Drug Task Force that covers Wayne, Lawrence, Maury and Giles counties in Tennessee. “Crack cocaine used to be a major problem; it’s almost nonexistent. ICE is taking us by storm.”

Local agents said they have already investigated more ICE cases in the first two months of this year than all of last year.

“This year alone, we have made 12 to 15 ICE cases, and that’s just two of us working it,” said Sgt. Joe Hargett, of the Franklin County Drug Unit. “If we had four to six agents working, it would be much worse.

“There’s not a day goes by that we couldn’t go out and buy ICE if we had enough people to work the cases.”

The same goes for Lauderdale and Colbert counties.

Curtis Burns, director of the Colbert County Drug Task Force, said his department has investigated 22 ICE cases this year. From March to December 2015, they only made 10.

“We have 20 pending drug cases to be presented to the grand jury; 75 percent of those are ICE,” Burns said.

Glover said Lauderdale County drug agents worked 19 ICE cases in 2015, and have already worked more than 20 this year.

Drug agents said the ICE is coming into the region in shipments from the West Coast and Mexico.

“And a lot of it is being delivered by the U.S. Postal Service,” Doelle said. “We have intercepted several packages with 4 to 5 pounds of ICE.”

In January, Colbert County Drug Task Force agents working with Leighton police and the U.S. Postal Inspector’s Office seized a pound of what was described as “high grade” ICE, and 2 pounds of medical-grade marijuana that had been shipped to the Leighton post office.

Agents arrested two Colbert County men who picked up the package.

“That shipment was worth $100,000,” Burns said. “That was just one (package). It’s also being shipped by UPS and FedEx. We got one (package); how many more got through?”

The drug also continues to be brought in by automobiles.

“There is a lot of (drug) interdiction on I-10 from Texas to Florida, and in Georgia on I-85, and around Hoover on I-65 and I-20, but funding cutbacks have hampered those efforts,” Burns said. “And for every one car or truck that is stopped and ICE is found, there’s at least 10 that didn’t get stopped.”

Glover said 90 percent of the cases his agents are working involve ICE.

“And it’s not just small amounts anymore. It’s large quantities,” he said. “We’re seeing people with quarter pounds and pounds, not just an ounce or gram.”

He said users are melting the drug and shooting it up with needles, or smoking it.

“Meth is supposed to be the worst drug to use one time because you can get addicted to it,” Burns said. “We are seeing more and more crack users turn to ICE. It’s at an all-time high.”

Sharp said ICE is quickly becoming the major drug problem in the region.

“We’ve got pills, other drugs and now ICE,” Sharp said. “We’ve been fighting meth and pills for years, and now we’re going to have fight ICE also. It’s a never-ending battle.”

 

 

 

 

http://www.timesdaily.com/news/crime/ice-is-taking-the-area-by-storm/article_12c67683-5d1b-5289-b764-bbdfb720b7b6.html

 

  • More than half of the estimated 268,000 users of ‘ice’ are drug dependent
  • 25-35 year olds have the highest rates of methamphetamine use
  • Regular users had the drug at least once a month in the last year
  • The rate of dependent use had continued to increase since 2009-2010

Australia’s disastrous methamphetamine epidemic seems to be worsening after research revealed the drug’s user statistics tripled in the last five years.

More than half of the estimated 268,000 regular users of ice are dependent on the drug, says the first research quantifying the problem in Australia.

The estimates suggest the numbers have substantially risen during the past five years, while recent increases were most marked among those aged 15-34.

Overall the highest rates of methamphetamine use have consistently been among 25 to 35-year-olds.

‘There is a need for both more health services and better engagement with and retention of clients in treatment services,’ say the authors of the research published online by the Medical Journal of Australia.

Using sources including drug treatment and hospitalization data, they estimated the number of regular and dependent ice users for each year from 2002 to 2014 and the numbers by age group.

Regular users had the drug at least once a month in the last year, while those with ‘impaired control’ of their use and who continued despite health and other adverse consequences were deemed to be dependent.

They estimated that in 2013-14 there were 268,000 regular users, aged between 15 and 54, with 160,000 of them being dependent.

‘This equates to population rates of 2.09 per cent for regular and 1.24 per cent for dependent use,’ said lead researcher Professor Louisa Degenhardt from the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre.

The rate of dependent use had continued to increase since 2009-10, when the rate was estimated to be .74 per cent, and was higher than the previous peak of 1.22 per cent in 2006-07.

 

HOW ICE DESTROYS THE BRAIN

  • Ice is a stimulant, a methamphetamine that speeds up the messages between the brain and the body.
  • It usually looks like small chunky clear crystals, hence the name ice. It can also come as white or brownish powder.
  • It is usually smoked or injected, with effects felt in seconds. The effects are slower when swallowed or snorted and can last about 6 hours.
  • Ice causes dopamine levels in the brain to shoot from 100 to around 1,250 units, about 12 times as much of a release of dopamine as you get from food and sex
  • When the drug wears off, users experience a debilitating depression and urge to get more of the drug.
  • Persistent use can change brain chemistry, destroying the brain’s pleasure centers
  • Long term use can cause severe impairment in memory, judgment and motor coordination
  • Changes in brain chemistry can lead to violent behaviour, anxiety and wakefulness
  • it also causes psychotic behaviour, such as paranoia, hallucinations and delusions. Many users report feeling insects crawling beneath their skin.

 

 

 

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3468084/Australia-s-deadly-ICE-age-New-research-reveals-methamphetamine-use-tripled-just-five-years.html

 

AUSTIN, Ind. —Police say a southern Indiana teacher was arrested after they discovered methamphetamine in her classroom.

Laura Nowling, 47, is facing drug possession charges.   Scott County investigators, working with the Indiana State Police, arrested Nowling at Austin Elementary School Thursday afternoon.56cf8b7583205_image

Investigators said they received various tips in recent weeks and they had searched her home, but those searches turned up nothing. On Thursday, drugs were recovered at her home and also at her second grade classroom.

Scott County Sheriff Dan McClain said methamphetamine was discovered in a mint container in her purse.

“At one point she went to retrieve her purse and then decided to leave it. As the officers began to interview her, she eventually admitted she did have drugs in her purse, under her desk,” McClain said.

Investigators had first gone to her home on Slab Road in Austin around 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

That’s where McClain said officers discovered opana, OxyContin, hydrocodone, and marijuana in plain view. Nowling’s boyfriend, Matt Kemp, 42, and her daughter’s boyfriend, Zackie White, 31, were arrested.

In addition to tips from the public, the sheriff said Kemp’s court-mandated ankle monitor helped investigators with the case.

“Mr. Kemp was on Community Corrections and we had some evidence from his ankle bracelet he was going to a few places he shouldn’t be going to,” McClain said.

Austin Elementary parents said they appreciated the way the school handled Thursday’s incident.

Nowling was arrested only after the school day was over and her students had left her classroom.

Still, Kellie Darlage, mother to a third grader, said the news was shocking.

“She seemed like any other teacher at the school. It’s scary. It just goes to show you it could be anyone in town,” Darlage said.

Bob Anderson, superintendent of Scott County School District #1, released a statement reading in part, “We have been and continue to cooperate fully with the Indiana State Police Investigation.

Our first and foremost importance is to ensure the safety of our students. We hope a message has been sent to the community that we will not tolerate this type of act in our school system.”

Nowling, who worked in the district for more than a decade, has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

All three suspects are facing possession charges and are expected in court Friday morning.

 

 

 

 

http://www.wlky.com/news/austin-elementary-teacher-arrested-after-meth-found-in-classroom/38194870

 

A federal search warrant unsealed earlier this month involves suspected human trafficking and the manufacturing and distribution of methamphetamine in the Texarkana area.

A search warrant affidavit filed Jan. 13 for property in Genoa, Ark., names Jeremy Paul May, 32, Jamie Gene Yates, aka “Phatboy,” 43, and individuals identified only as cooperating defendants, cooperating witnesses and minor victims.

JAMIE YATESJEREMY MAY

“Information received from multiple sources indicated that Yates was recruiting minor females to work as prostitutes in his rented motel rooms located in Texarkana, Ark., and Texarkana, Texas, where he harbored the minors and provided them with food and drugs,” the affidavit states. “The investigation to date showed that May was Yates’ associate and was actively involved with methamphetamine distribution to minors, introduction of methamphetamine into minors, production of methamphetamine, possession of firearms, sale of firearms and having sex with minors.”

The affidavit sought permission to search outbuildings on property in the 4500 block of Genoa Road on property where May’s parents have a home. May allegedly lived in the outbuilding, where he cooked “red meth,” sold drugs, and provided drugs to young girls in exchange for sex, the affidavit states.

May was allegedly part of a group of men who used social media to solicit girls willing to trade sex for drugs. Witnesses told investigators May kept a large number of firearms at his residence as well.

The affidavit lists numerous incidences of drug transactions conducted by the men at May’s home and in the parking lots of area businesses. May was allegedly selling pounds of methamphetamine weekly.

He is currently in the Miller County jail. Deputy Prosecuting Attorney David Cotten said May is facing six counts of delivery of a controlled substance and a single charge of theft by receiving. His bail is set at $100,000, Cotten said. Cotten said he intends to file a petition to revoke a felony probation May is currently serving for drug offenses and that May’s total possible punishment could exceed 80 years.

Yates is serving time in an Arkansas prison. He was arrested last year on a motion to revoke a probation he was serving for manufacturing or delivering methamphetamine. At the time of his arrest, Yates was driving his 17-year-old girlfriend’s car, was in possession of meth and drug paraphernalia and was within 1000 feet of a school. He is currently serving two consecutive six-year terms.

Neither state nor federal officials have yet to charge the men with crimes related to the minor girls referred to in the search warrant affidavit. At least one of the girls told investigators she had been asked to work as a prostitute in Texarkana.

 

 

 

 

http://www.texarkanagazette.com/news/texarkana/story/2016/feb/24/two-men-face-charges-human-drug-trafficking/416757/

 

Opal Cox has been charged with one count of criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute, a felony.

According to court documents, a Great Falls police officer was called Feb. 18 to a residence in the 400 block of 5th Street South to assist Adult Probation and Parole for a call involving narcotics and drug paraphernalia.B9321090163Z_1_20160225211224_000_GT7DIORR5_1-0

While a probation officer was doing a home check on Cox, she located several items typically used to ingest dangerous drugs and a GFPD officer found three hypodermic needles with a clear liquid substance that tested positive for methamphetamine, according to court documents.

Cox was on courtesy supervision with Great Falls Adult Probation and Parole as a conditional release inmate in three Lewis and Clark County cases: felony forgery, felony issuing a bad check and accountability for burglary.

After she was taken into custody, officers learned there was a large supply of methamphetamine in the home that was undiscovered in the initial search, so a second search was conducted and officers discovered meth in several small Tupperware containers wrapped with electrician’s tape, according to court documents.

The total weight found was one and a half ounces, which is more than the usual user amount of a gram or less, according to court documents.

Cox was contacted at the jail and admitted she had purchased two ounces of meth in Butte on Feb. 17 and planned to distribute it in Great Falls to make money, according to court documents.

The state requested bond in the amount of $10,000 concurrent. Bond was set at $5,000 in Cox’s previous case.

 

 

 

 

http://www.greatfallstribune.com/story/news/local/2016/02/25/cox-arrested-meth-distribution-charge/80960114/

 

ETOWAH COUNTY, AL (WBRC) – The Etowah County Drug Enforcement Unit locked up eight people on Tuesday as part of an ongoing investigation of trafficking and importation or methamphetamine in the area.

Agents arrested the following people:

  • Thomas Sprayberry, 35, of Hokes Bluff, AL.
  • Kelli Hutchins, 33, of Guntersville, AL.
  • Elijah Christmas, 19, of Southside, AL.
  • Gary Horne, 37, of Gadsden, AL.
  • Christian Brooks, 25, of Attalla, AL.
  • James Myers, 33, of Glencoe, AL.
  • Dustin Lodge, 28, of Gadsden, AL.
  • Kayla Smith, 26, of Attalla, AL.

All eight suspects face trafficking methamphetamine and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia charges. They remain in custody and have bonds set at $50,000 each.9971333_G

Law enforcement learn about a certain vehicle suspected of transporting drugs to Gadsden on Tuesday. Investigators found the vehicle at Garden Inn Motel on Highway 77.

After learning the driver was in a room upstairs, authorites made contact with him and found secen others in the room.

The driver was identified as Sprayberry.

“We believe Sprayberry had picked up a large amount of methamphetamine from out of state and met these individuals in a motel to divide the drugs up amongst them. All of those arrested were from various parts of Etowah County with one being from an adjoining county” Commander Randall Johnson said in a press release.

Agents searched the room and discovered more than three ounces of methamphetamine and numerous amounts of drug paraphernalia.

A loaded handgun was recovered from Hutchins, according to investigators. Further charges are expected involving the gun.

Gadsden police and the FBI North Alabama Safe Streets Task Force assisted in the investigation.

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.wbrc.com/story/31320388/8-arrested-for-trafficking-methamphetamine-in-etowah-co

 

Montana Meth: Attacking Addiction

Posted: 26th February 2016 by Doc in Uncategorized

Bill Morris moved to Montana to escape a toxic relationship with methamphetamine slowly stealing his life, but what Morris didn’t expect was to find more meth than ever in the Billings community.

“I didn’t realize how big the problem was in Billings for the community being the size that it is,” Morris said. “with just a phone call I could score anything I wanted.”

Morris said he encountered people of all age groups and all walks of life dealing and using methamphetamine in the Billings area. Within days of moving to Big Sky Country, the addict gave in to temptation and continued down a path he first set foot on at only 14 years old.

Morris said his original draw to the drug was not only the feeling of euphoria it provided, but the way it helped the young teenager feel a part of a group.

“It made me feel like I could talk to people, I was a part of that crowd,” Morris said, “I was accepted there where I wasn’t in other places.”

Decades later, Morris found himself in an ugly cycle, unable to stop using methamphetamine despite permanent marks on his record and relationships. Rimrock rehab counselor Malcolm Horn deals with many meth-addicted patients, and explains the draw.

“Meth gives you such a good rush that nothing normal compares,’ Horn said of the high.

Horn said addiction is linked with the chemical in the brain dopamine, that helps us be motivated by rewarding us with a sense of pleasure when we do something to survive, such as eat or have sex.

“So when you think of eating a cookie, your brain goes ‘oh, I ate a cookie that felt good,’ Horn explained, ‘but with methamphetamine it’s like 2,000 times stronger, so that nothing else feels good in comparison.”

“I was in denial of my addiction for a lot of years,” Morris said, “I was in my 40’s before I realized that I actually had a problem that was out of my control. I lost my family, my house, my vehicle. I reached the point where I couldn’t decide if I was going to use or not, if meth was in front of me, I was going to use.”

Horn says the dangerous dependency starts to cause a meth user’s brain to stop creating it’s own dopamine. Suddenly, a meth user is faced with the option to feel uncomfortable, unmotivated, and unhappy, or take the easier route and use again.

Unable to resist temptation, many users resort to crime to support the habit.

Yellowstone Country District Attorney Scott Twito says methamphetamine is the most prevelant drug engaging our criminal justice system.

“If we can eliminate meth in our community, we can eliminate about 75% of the dealing that we have with out law enforcement,” Twito says.

According to the Montana Department of Justice, drug related arrests increased 62 percent across Montana, with 35 percent of that overall increase being seen right here in the Magic City.

Twito said Billings is uniquely situated and serves as a big hub for this area of the country. Unfortunately, more meth is now being transported through Billings, making it harder for law enforcement to control, and easier for addicts to access.

“It’s a horrible, horrible drug that creates horrible horrible problems,” Twito said

There is hope.

Turn again to Bill Morris, battling an addiction to meth for three decades, now living meth-free for more than 500 days.

“All you have to do is be willing to do whatever it takes,When we’re out using we do whatever it takes to get the drugs and you have to have that same willingness to find a new way of life.”

Morris credits found that new way of life through rehab, a 12-step program over four weeks, faith and family.

“Tough love and consequences saved my life,” Morris said.

Twito hopes to help more meth users find their way to rehab, rather than behind bars.

“The hope is to find that person just on the edge, maybe something bad has happened in their life and they’re being pushed towards this horrible drug,” Twito said, “and we want to get to them before they fall off the edge, and get to them quickly.”

In the meantime, continuing to talk about methamphetamine and educate one another on what to look out for is an easy step towards combating the community issue.

If you or someone you know is in danger of drug addiction, there is always help available.

A 24 hour help line for narcotics anonymous can be reached at 1-800-990-6262 or online at namontana.org

While the fear is real for anyone struggling with addiction, so is the reward of reclaiming your life.

“I felt for a while that the big reward of recovery was having all of these numbers in my phone of people that I could call and that care about me,” Morris said, “but i’ve found that the biggest joy i’ve gotten from recovery is that i’m in their phone, and they do the same.”

 

 

 

 

http://www.kulr8.com/story/31317415/montana-meth-attacking-addiction

 

Cities de Crystal: San Diego & Tijuana

Posted: 26th February 2016 by Doc in Uncategorized

You can walk around San Diego, and see the crystal.  The homeless addicts who shuffle out of their lairs, around downtown and East Village, picking the scabs on their face, the kids on the trolley, eyes glazed black with meth…..The cheap, dirty, bleak motels all over Point Loma, Clairemont, Linda Vista, Ocean Beach, up and down the coast….outposts of crystal addicts, dealing out of the rooms, inhaling lungfuls from a pipe, weighing out grams on a small digital scale, like mice and rats fleeing from the light of day….The floors, tiers, holding tanks of South Bay, George Bailey, Vista, gang members, drug dealers, addicts, homeless fill the ranks of a dangerously overcrowded local jail system….The runners, mothers, working class, mules who cycle through the federal system, arrested coming through San Ysidro with dozens and dozens of tightly wrapped pounds of shimmering, pure, crystal meth…..

 

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Crystal seized in Tijuana, January 2016

You see it in Tijuana too…..The tienditas, the addicted who roam around Zona Norte and colonias in Eastern Tijuana, where drug shops are protected by the municipal police, and their operators and owners engage in bloody wars for increasingly valuable turf….burned out, dim stash houses with victims tied to metal chairs, blindfolded and beaten….

 

California Attorney General Kamala Harris drug assessment in early 2014 revealed that 70% of the crystal meth in the United States comes through San Diego’s San Ysidro point of entry.  The result is staggering.  Millions are spent annually as the state and federal systems overflow with drug possession and trafficking cases, federal prosectors indict, plea out, hundreds of people a year….yet it still comes.  47% of male detainees in local custody are under the influence of crystal meth.  Crystal is linked in over 1,000 death since 2010, including murder, car accidents, overdoses.

 

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Crystal seized in 2011: Operation Jack Hammer

The addicts schemes and crimes are wide ranging, credit card fraud, car theft, counterfeiting, property theft and car theft are among the most common.  Like so many locusts and termites they steal, ravage, pillage, destroy, until they are arrested, and taken through the system.  Men hack arms off with machetes in Southeast San Diego neighborhoods, execute young women, whom they had previously befriended, the amount of murder, chaos, depravity linked to meth is astounding.

 

In Tijuana, they murder, torture, kidnap in much greater numbers, due to the lack of infrastructure and government control/complicity.  Tijuana has seen over 65 murders in the first 30 days of 2016, off hand, I would estimate 3/4 are linked to drug trafficking, the majority being crystal, or heroin. And the other crimes as well, theft of vehicles, property, etc, push the cities residents even further from security.  Stash houses and vehicles are seized, dozens and dozens of pounds are confiscated, and yet it continues to pour into San Diego, un-phased.

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Crystal seized at the San Ysidro point of entry

 

The crystal seeps into the city, pouring through open wounds, infecting the city and those who come across it….San Diego is a hub for big crystal loads heading all over, but the price has plummeted locally, pounds dropping to around 3,000 dollars.  In 2010, Armando Villareal, ‘El Gordo’ ran a trafficking and enforcement crew that trafficked dozens of pounds weekly….The price was often as much as 5,500, even 10,000.  The end result is very cheap, very available, very pure crystal. Everywhere.

 

Men and women filter in from the streets and jail, to rehabs, county funded halfway houses, recovery homes, sober livings which occupy real estate all across the city.  They tell their stories in rooms across both crystal cities, addicts sharing their stories, getting another day clean.   US Attorneys extradite suspects from Tijuana, and sentence them to decades in prison.  Women take a hit and work out of a sleazy motel room off Imperial.

 

There is no answer here, there is no solution, it’s an infection, a disease, a virus, mutating and defying everything has it shifts and adjusts to serve it’s needs and wants…

 

 

Sources: AFN Tijuana, San Diego Union Tribune.

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.borderlandbeat.com/2016/02/cities-de-crystal-san-diego-tijuana.html