SURRY COUNTY, N.C. —A pregnant woman and her boyfriend face multiple meth-related charges following a weeks-long investigation in Surry County.


Ericka Faith Hawks, 22, and Timothy Dwayne Wall, 35, were arrested Thursday following a search of their home on North Main Street near Prison Camp Road in Dobson. They also face a charge of child abuse due to Hawks’ pregnancy, Surry County deputies said.

Deputies allege Hawks and Wall both sold methamphetamine to undercover investigators. A search of their home uncovered a small amount of meth, scales, smoking devices and other paraphernalia, deputies said.

Both face charges of selling and delivering meth, possession with intent to sell and deliver meth, conspiracy to sell and deliver meth and possession of drug paraphernalia. Both were held under $100,000 bonds in the Surry County Detention Center pending Friday court appearances.




BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – Alabama lawmen haven’t won the war against methamphetamine but legislation passed two years ago has drastically cut down on clandestine meth labs statewide, authorities said today.


“When I came into office a little over three years ago, meth was an epidemic in the state of Alabama,” Attorney General Luther Strange said in a press conference held outside the Jefferson County Jail. “Hundreds and hundreds of labs were raided across our state every day.”

“We now have the toughest laws against methamphetamine in the U.S.,” Strange said. “Alabama is literally a role model for addressing this scourge.”

Lawmen are still battling meth made in Mexico and smuggled across the borders.

“It goes to the importance of securing our borders,” Strange said. “It’s not just about illegal immigration, it’s also about illegal drugs. As long as we have a porous border, it makes it easier for people to bring in these drugs and it’s now up to about 80 percent of the problem.”

Among those attending today’s press conference were: Strange, Jefferson County Sheriff Mike Hale, former Rep. Blaine Galliher, who sponsored the 2012 legislation, Etowah County Drug Task Force Commander Rob Savage and Marshall County District Attorney Steve Marshall, who is the former president of the District Attorneys Association.

What authorities describe as the nation’s toughest ant-meth legislation passed in Alabama in 2012. Much of it focused on restrictions in the sale of certain cold and allergy medicines that contain pseudoephedrine, used in the manufacturing of meth.

Included in that law is: the establishment of a drug offender database; enhancement of the drug paraphernalia laws to allow prosecution of intent even if pseudoephedrine is absent; reductions in the monthly allowable amount of pseudoephedrine that any one person can purchase; establishment of a felony charge for anyone convicted of being involved in smurfing, which when a person or group of people person or group of people that go from one store to another in order to gain enough pseudoephedrine to make meth; restitution of expenses incurred in prosecution of meth lab.

The law also made smurfing — going to multiple stores to acquire meth ingredients — a felony crime in Alabama.

Lawmen and lawmakers also credit the implementation of the NPLEx system in Alabama for reducing fewer precursor ingredients used to make meth ending up in the hands of manufacturers. NPLEx is the electronic point of purchase monitoring system that restricts the sale of certain cold and allergy medicines containing pseudoephedrine. All Alabama pharmacies are required to use the system and make a digital record of purchases and attempted purchases of pseudoephedrine.

Proof of the success, they say, is in the numbers.

  • The Alabama Drug Abuse Task Force says meth lab seizures statewide decreased from 720 in 2010 to 154 in 2013.
  • In Jefferson County in 2013, NPLEx blocked the sale of 9,845 boxes of pseudoephedrine. That kept more than 24,321 grams of the pseudoephedrine from being used to cook meth.
  • Also in Jefferson County, meth lab seizures dropped 50 percent.
  • The Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center reports that the sale of 106,657 boxes of pseudoephedrine was blocked statewide in 2013. The blocked sales resulted in more than 257,816 grams of the precursor chemical being kept of the streets.
  • In Chambers County, there were 44 meth lab busts in 2010. There was only one in 2013.
  • In Marshall County, the sale of more than 46,000 boxes of the precursor chemical was stopped.

“We have seen in each of our jurisdictions throughout the state a dramatic reduction in the number of meth labs which means we’ve done a better job of protecting our children, we’ve done a better job of devoting our resources not to meth lab cleanup but to the ICE that’s coming across the border and allowing us to more effectively reduce this problem in our community,” said District Attorney Marshall.

Sheriff Hale said he’s thrilled with the reduction numbers. “Those are lives saved, and those are less crimes committed,” he said. “Once they get on meth, they’re totally dedicated and they can’t get off it.”

“It really does lead to a life of crime,” the sheriff said. “I have a jail full of those involved in meth and the crimes that are a direct result.”

Galliher described meth as a devastating drug. “I have worked in drug recovery for years and I have seen firsthand not only the impact it has on the user, but also the family, the husbands, mothers, brothers and sisters,” he said. “Meth is a drug that doesn’t discriminate.”

Galliher sponsored the 2012 anti-meth legislation. “When I look back over my life in the legislature, this is certainly to me a legacy bill,” he said. “It may not be one that will go down in the hall of fam as far as legislation that would make you famous, but it’s one that means a lot to me personally and it’s one that I think will help people for years to come.”

Savage, Etowah County’s drug task force commander, has worked in narcotics for more than two decades. A situation seven years ago drove home the danger of meth. “We entered a meth lab residence where a 2-week-old child was laying on the sofa having just undergone open heart surgery. Ten feet away was an active meth lab on the dining room table,” he said.

That sight hit investigators hard. “On that day, we all recommitted,” he said.

“For the first time we have laws in place now that give us the upper hand. We’ve not won this war, perhaps this war is not winnable, but this is a better state today because law enforcement has the tools necessary to address these problems.”





Agents found about six pounds of methamphetamine and $1,700 in cash in a downtown Billings motel on Tuesday, and two California men are accused of bringing the highly addictive drug here for redistribution.


Paul Theodore Alarcon, 47, of Azusa, Calif., and George Garcia Villa, 47, of Tulare, Calif., each waived a preliminary hearing on criminal complaints during a hearing Thursday afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Carolyn Ostby.

The complaints charge the men with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and with conspiracy.

Last year, officers with federal drug task forces were investigating a drug organization out of Tulare and seized more than a pound of meth from a Billings woman, who implicated others and was later convicted on federal drug charges, court records said.

In recent weeks, agents received information that the organization was still trafficking meth in the Billings area. On Tuesday, an informant told an agent that Alarcon and Villa had just brought a large quantity of meth to Billings from California, court records said.

The investigation led to the Western Inn Motel, 3311 Second Ave. N., where agents contacted staff, set up surveillance and watched the comings and goings of people from a room Alarcon had rented.

After getting a search warrant for the room, agents found Alarcon and Villa inside. Villa waived his rights and confessed to trafficking meth with Alarcon, court records said.

During the room search, agents found a large plastic bag of meth in a nightstand drawer, several smaller bags of meth and a shoe box containing four large packages wrapped in duct tape, court records said.

An officer cut open one of the packages and found meth that was double-wrapped in vacuum-sealed bags and covered with axle grease, which is commonly used to hide the odor from drug-detecting dogs.

They also found $1,700, a digital scale and other items.

The case will be presented to a grand jury for indictment. If convicted, the men face a mandatory minimum of 10 years to life in prison and up to a $10 million fine. Ostby ordered the men to remain in custody pending requests for detention hearings.

Sgt. Brian Korell, supervisor of the City/County Special Investigations Unit, told The Gazette recently that meth can be bought wholesale from Mexican cartels for $200 to $300 an ounce. By the time that same ounce arrives in Billings, it goes for $2,000 to $2,400.

By applying that math, the drugs seized on Tuesday could be sold for between $192,000 and $230,400.




Two Belle Chasse men affiliated with the Bandidos outlaw motorcycle gang were arrested last week on kidnapping, second-degree battery, false imprisonment, methamphetamine manufacturing and weapons charges, Plaquemines Parish Sheriff Lonnie Greco announced Thursday.


Gregory Blanchard, 37, and Michael Hahn, 30, both of the 100 block of East Walker Road, ran the LA Riders – Plaquemines Parish Chapter, an affiliated support motorcycle club of the Bandidos, officials said. Bandidos members use their clubs as conduits for criminal enterprises, such as drug and weapon trafficking, according to national and local authorities.


Blanchard’s wife, Amanda Blanchard, 33, also was booked on a charge of operating a clandestine methamphetamine lab. Gregory Blanchard is the president of the LA Riders – Plaquemines Parish Chapter and Hahn is the chapter’s sergeant-at-arms, according to the Sheriff’s Office.


The Bandidos in part “are involved in production, transportation and distribution of methamphetamine,” along with transporting and distributing cocaine and marijuana, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Federal authorities say the group in part works by “members of supporting clubs, known as ‘puppet’ or ‘duck’ club members” who “have sworn allegiance to another club but who support and do the ‘dirty work’ of the mother club.”


Sheriff’s spokesman Eric Becnel said on Thursday that the department has been coordinating with federal and state agencies this week to share information on the Bandidos gang and that the sheriff waited to release information on their arrests until Thursday to prevent jeopardizing that ongoing investigation.

Blanchard and Hahn in part are accused of kidnapping and beating Blanchard’s 18-year-old nephew on Sept. 17.

Earlier that day, Blanchard’s nephew, whose name was being withheld by authorities fearing reprisals by other affiliated Bandidos gang members, was helping a man, David Bruce, 38, a few blocks down Walker Road – a remote area of Belle Chasse – with some automotive work.


Bruce confronted the teenager about being high on the synthetic marijuana Mojo and when Bruce called Blanchard about it, Blanchard said he’d come over and resolve the matter, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The nephew then called the Sheriff’s Office in fear for his safety. As the 18-year-old waited for deputies, Blanchard and Michael Hahn arrived, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Blanchard punched his nephew three times in the face, causing him to fall to the ground, and Hahn kicked him in the stomach, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

They then forced him into a barn, where he was tied to a chair and eventually strangled by Bruce until he lost consciousness, according to what the nephew later told authorities. Bruce, who is wearing a firefighter polo shirt in his booking photo, is a volunteer firefighter with the David Crockett Fire Department in Gretna, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

When a deputy arrived, Bruce told the officer that he was at the wrong place and sent him to another site, according to the Sheriff’s Office. However, the deputy persisted and eventually found the victim in the barn.

The three men said Blanchard’s nephew had a drug-induced seizure from smoking the synthetic marijuana. The nephew first went along with that story, later telling sheriff’s officials that he feared retaliation if he told the truth, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

But the next day, Thursday, Sept. 18, the victim discussed the beating with authorities, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

When detectives went to interview Blanchard on Friday, Sept. 19, they found possible evidence of a methamphetamine laboratory. After investigators with the Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division obtained a search warrant for Blanchard’s residence, they collected items commonly used to manufacture methamphetamine, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Investigators also seized two pistols and two assault rifles, one of which was sawed-off.

Both Blanchard and Hahn were booked on charges of simple kidnapping, false imprisonment, second-degree battery, operating a clandestine methamphetamine lab and possession of firearms with a controlled dangerous substance. Hahn also was booked on a charge of possession of a sawed-off rifle.

Bruce was booked on a second-degree battery charge.

Investigators also learned that Blanchard’s residence was commonly occupied by Lyndsey Fannin, 33, Brandon Franklin, 19, and Amanda Blanchard, 33. Each of them was booked on a charge of operating a clandestine methamphetamine lab.




The Feilding man who shot an unsuspecting motorist with a shotgun was fearful for his family and high on methamphetamine at the time – and will go to prison for his actions.


Hayden Tui Te Oka, 28, was sentenced in the Palmerston North District Court yesterday to three years and two months in prison for firing a gun with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, and unrelated dishonesty offences.

He shot Marton man Lester Stantiall, who was driving his Subaru WRX past Te Oka’s father’s house at the time, in the hand.

He was driving slowly down Makino Rd about 9pm on August 9, looking at letterbox numbers so he could find a friend’s house.

Little did he know Te Oka was sitting in a shed, armed with a shotgun he had borrowed.

He fired at Stantiall’s car as it slowly drove past, spraying it with pellets.

Stantiall first thought something was wrong with his car, before realising he had been shot and getting to Palmerston North Hospital.

Defence lawyer Fergus Steedman said Te Oka’s life had well and truly gone off the rails since he was convicted last year of assaulting a rugby coach during an under-11 game of rugby.

He had been taking drugs for a number of years, but his drug of choice for the past 18 months had been methamphetamine.

While impaired by the drug at the time he used the shotgun, Te Oka would have used it regardless, because of family matters, Steedman said.

Someone had seriously assaulted a family member the day before the shooting – that incident was not reported to police – and the rest of the family were worried about their safety.

Te Oka felt he had to do whatever he could to keep his family safe, Steedman said. He had been told which cars the people alleged to be seeking his family would be driving.

One of them was a Subaru.

“Someone totally innocent was driving the wrong Subaru at the wrong time.”

Crown prosecutor Michele Wilkinson-Smith said the crime was serious.

Stantiall had suffered a “shocking” experience, she said.

The wound needed surgery, he was at risk of losing his finger, and he lost his job because he could no longer do it.

Judge Stephanie Edwards said the methamphetamine would have severely impacted Te Oka’s judgment, making the situation more dangerous.

His reasons for offending were not mitigating.

“Vigilante actions, whatever form they take, are unacceptable.”

The judge ordered Te Oka to pay $3611 in reparation to Stantiall.

Stantiall previously told the Manawatu Standard he had accepted an apology from Te Oka, and that his hand had been healing well.




AUBURN | The last year has not been easy for Kelly Leeson.


Over the past 12 months, the 27-year-old Genoa woman has been arrested six times in Cayuga County and charged with a slew of offenses ranging from driving while impaired by drugs to criminal mischief.

And on Thursday morning in Cayuga County Court, she pleaded guilty to four of the approximately 16 charges.

In exchange for a promised sentence of two to six years in prison and one year of post-release supervision, Leeson admitted using a stolen credit card to purchase tobacco on one occasion and making meth on another.

Leeson, of 10055 Route 90, told the court she used a stolen credit card to buy about $500 worth of cigarettes this winter. She also admitted helping a co-defendant make meth in Auburn this summer during an unrelated incident.

“I purchased Sudafed to manufacture meth — coffee filters, Coleman fuel, drain filters and bottles,” she said, her shackles clinking as she jiggled her legs.

For the Jan. 31 incident, Leeson pleaded guilty to first-degree identity theft and second-degree forgery. For the July 12 incident, she pleaded guilty to third-degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine and second-degree criminal possession of methamphetamine manufacturing material.

When she is sentenced on Nov. 20, Leeson is expected to receive an order to participate in the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision’s Comprehensive Alcohol and Substance Abuse Treatment program.




CHATSWORTH, GA (WRCB) – A Chatsworth woman was busted in Gordon County for her alleged role in a major meth trafficking operation.


Deputies say they’ve been investigating a conspiracy to traffic meth in eastern Gordon County for a month now.

An undercover agent bought several large quantities of meth from Jana Bishop of Chatsworth and Mackenzie Dare of Marietta. During the investigation, deputies seized 8 thousand dollars worth of meth.

Bishop was arrested Tuesday at a secluded location on Hightower Loop where she planned to meet with an undercover officer. Dare was arrested Wednesday at a separate location on Red Bud Road. They were charged with trafficking methamphetamine and sale of methamphetamine.

A warrant has been issued for a third suspect.





GCSO busts ‘major meth distribution conspiracy’ in Eastern Gordon County

Following a month long investigation, Gordon County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested two women and issued warrants for a third person in a “major methamphetamine conspiracy, trafficking operation in eastern Gordon County,” Sheriff Mitch Ralston said in a press release.

Beginning in early September, deputies developed information regarding a conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine into eastern Gordon County by a Chatsworth woman and a Marietta woman. Following many hours of surveillance and intelligence gathering, an undercover deputy met with both defendants on a number of separate occasions in locations in and about the eastern part of the county, where the deputy purchased several large quantities of methamphetamine.

Deputies Tuesday afternoon arrested Jana Diane Bishop, 25, of Chatsworth, as she arrived at a secluded location on Hightower Loop to meet with the undercover officer. The following day, deputies arrested Mackenzie G. Dare, 19, of Marietta, when she arrived for a meeting with the undercover officer near Red Bud Road and U.S. Highway 411.

Arrest warrants have been issued for a third defendant who is being actively sought.

Deputies assigned to the case describe Bishop and Dare as the “principle defendants” and have reason to believe that the two women were involved in the distribution of methamphetamine on a wide scale in Gordon County for some time.

During the course of the investigation, deputies seized more than $8,000 worth of processed methamphetamine packaged for resale.

Bishop and Dare have both been charged with conspiracy to traffic in methamphetamine, trafficking methamphetamine and sell of methamphetamine. Both defendants are being held in the county jail pending bond proceedings.




GREAT FALLS — Anne Margaret Cassidy of Vaughn has been charged after allegedly stealing college money from her step-daughter to buy meth.


Court documents state that the step-daughter had received a $3,600 scholarship to attend college and had placed the money in her wallet.

When she noticed the money was missing, she asked Cassidy, who the victim said has a history of drug use.

Cassidy admitted taking the money and using it to buy meth.

A Cascade County Sheriff’s Deputy investigating the theft at the home on Wednesday night noted that Cassidy appeared to be under the influence of meth, and she admitted to the officer that she was an addict and that she had taken the money to buy meth.

When the officer asked if she had meth on her, she reached into her back pocket and pulled out a bindle containing a white substance which tested positive as meth.

Cassidy is facing charges two felony charges: theft, and criminal possession of dangerous drugs.




DENVER — Hailed as “one of the largest single incidents of methamphetamine seizure” by Colorado law enforcement, the Colorado Attorney General’s Office said Monday, Sept. 22, that 17 people were indicted as part of “Operation Cargo” on suspicion of trafficking meth.


In working with the West Metro Drug Task Force, the Adams County D.A.’s Office, and Thornton and Denver police, Attorney General John Suthers announced that a statewide grand jury had indicted 17 people alleged to be involved with the meth trafficking, with 64 counts of violations of the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act, possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, conspiracy, money laundering and tax evasion.

“After conducting five wiretaps over five weeks, fifty-five pounds of meth was taken off the streets,” said Suthers. “The brazenness of this ring was astounding. For example, customers could literally walk up to a food truck and order a side of meth with their taco.”

The 17 individuals named in the indictment were allegedly part of the Gonzalez Drug Trafficking Organization, which law enforcement officials say has been importing meth and cocaine from Mexico into California and transporting it to Colorado.

“This investigation has put a significant dent in the meth trade in Adams County,” said Adams County District Attorney Dave Young. “A massive amount of meth has been seized, keeping these lethal drugs out of our community.”

Oscar Ruvalcaba is accused of being the “load car” driver who transported the drugs into Colorado and delivered them to Juan Carlos Gonzalez. In August, DEA and the West Metro Drug Task Force seized 55 pounds of meth, some of which Ruvalcaba hid in the floor of a red Mini Cooper. That incident netted one of the largest amounts of meth ever confiscated in a single bust in Colorado.

According to the indictment, upon receipt of the drugs, Gonzalez would distribute them primarily through his aunts, Monica Gonzalez and Luz Gonzalez as well as to others in the ring to sell. Maria Arellano is accused of selling the meth out of her taco trailer located at 8th and Federal Avenue in Denver.

DEA Special Agent in Charge Barbra M. Roach stated that, “Guns, money and record amounts of crystal methamphetamine were seized during this multi-agency investigation. Today’s arrests represent the final dismantlement of the apex of this organized transnational criminal activity operating in Colorado.”

The allegations outline how Jennifer Seipp and Juan Carlos Gonzalez conspired to evade paying taxes and engaged in a pattern of racketeering to hide the money.



On Tuesday, Sept. 16, Patricia A. McLain, 54, of Benton, was taken into custody on tentative charges of possession and distribution of methamphetamine, said a press release from the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department.


According to the press release, at around 11:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Lafayette County Sheriff’s deputies, members of the Richland-Iowa-Grant Drug Task Force and the Iowa County K-9, Rosko, executed a search warrant at a residence in the village of Benton, where McLain was taken into custody. During the search, a significant amount of methamphetamine was recovered, said the press release.

According to Lafayette County Sheriff, Scott Pedley, the amount of meth seized was 256.5 grams, which with a street value of approximately $80-$100 per gram, makes for an estimated worth of between $20,500 to $25,000 total street value.

Based on a tip, Lafayette County detectives requested assistance from the Richland -Iowa-Grant Drug Task Force to investigate a location in Iowa County, which then revealed the involvement of McLain, explained the press release.

McLain is facing four counts of possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, along with misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. She faces a maximum of 40 years in prison and $100,000 in fines on each felony charge if convicted.

A preliminary hearing on the matter is scheduled in Lafayette County Circuit Court on Thursday, Oct. 2 at 10:30 a.m.




BLOOMFIELD, Mo. — A Dexter, Missouri, restaurant owner is scheduled to appear in court today after being charged with possessing methamphetamine.

After an investigation by the SEMO Drug Task Force and the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Office, Robert Lay, 45, owner of The Grill off Business Highway 60 on the western edge of Dexter, was arrested at the restaurant on Friday. He posted bond Monday.

Deputy Keith Haynes, who also works on the Task Force, served Lay with an arrest warrant at the business, according to a probable-cause affidavit. Lay complied with emptying his pockets, and among the items in his possession was a “short red snort straw.”

At that point, Lay was advised of his rights, and he gave Haynes permission to search the restaurant’s office area.

In a desk drawer, Haynes found a plastic baggie containing a solid rock of what appeared to be crystal methamphetamine.

Lay subsequently was charged with meth possession and was transported to the Stoddard County Jail, where his bond was set at $20,000 cash only.

That bond was later amended to 10 percent cash or surety.

Lay is scheduled to appear before Judge Joe Z. Satterfield at 9 a.m. today.




  •  Baby is being kept alive by a life support machine after being fed potent drug
  • Silvia Strnadova, 26, and husband Miroslav, 30, arrested by Slovak police
  • Crystal meth has deeply unpleasant side effects and is dangerously addictive
  • Father had reputation for being dangerous and ‘best crystal meth cooker’


A four-month-old baby is fighting for his life after his drug addict parents fed him crystal meth to stop him from crying.  1411575269344_wps_65_Pic_shows_Woman_Silvia_St

Silvia Strnadova, 26, and husband Miroslav, 30, took the unconscious child to hospital but he was left brain dead and is only being kept alive by a life support machine.

The parents from the town of Prievidza in the north-western Slovak region of Horna Nitrawere were arrested after police discovered that they had given the infant a strong dose of the potent drug.

A hospital spokesman said: ‘They came into the waiting room with the unconscious baby in a pram and demanded to see a doctor.

‘When we carried out checks it became apparent the child was in a critical state and had been given a strong dosage of drugs.’

Head doctor Anna Moracikova added: ‘The child’s brain is severely damaged and he is clinically dead. His chances of survival are minimal and he is being kept alive by a life support machine.’

The drug crystal meth - made notorious by the popular US drama Breaking Bad – is a powerful stimulant known for its fast and long-lasting effects.

It delivers a euphoric high, but has deeply unpleasant side effects and is dangerously addictive. It can keep users awake for days, followed by a severe come-down.

Referred to as ‘ice’ or ‘glass’, crystal meth - a form of methamphetamine - can be consumed orally, sniffed, smoked or injected.



In its most popular crystalline form it resembles glass shavings or a crystal rock but is also available in pills and powder.

Across the US, where there are thought to be a million users, before and after pictures of users are often used to emphasize its ravaging effects, such as tooth decay.

Across Europe, seizures of methamphetamine have increased from 30kg in 2000 to 1,582kg in 2011.

Neighbors reacted with shock at the news but say the pair were well-known for their drug abuse.

Jana Trznikova, 36, said: ‘Really weird people kept going to their apartment. I always worried about letting my children play outside because you never knew what would happen.


‘She’s well-known for not settling down and already has two other children with different men.

‘He was known locally as the Crocodile on the drug scene, with a reputation for being the best crystal meth cooker, and because of his bad temper and the fact that he was dangerous.’

Social workers have also come under fire over their failure to take the child away from the pair.

Ms Trznikova said: ‘They should never have been allowed to keep that poor baby.’

A police spokesman said: ‘The man admitted giving the baby the meths in order to stop him crying. He has been arrested for neglect and for causing harm to a minor.

That may change if the child dies. He is in custody, while the woman has for the time being been released. We are still investigating her for failing to stop her partner giving the child the drug.’




Area law enforcement officials say methamphetamine use remains prevalent in the area, but it’s not solely a local problem.

“We’re seeing quite a bit of meth,” Garfield County Sheriff Jerry Niles said. “Methamphetamine is the driving force behind a lot of our crime.”


Niles said people attempting to support a habit turn to criminal means.

“A lot of our theft, our property crimes, is people fighting addiction,” he said.

The sheriff said the majority of the methamphetamine his deputies find is coming from across the border in Mexico.

“We are finding large quantities of methamphetamine being transported or smuggled into the state,” Niles said. “Predominately, it’s being imported because of our porous southern border.”

Enid Police Department Narcotics Unit Sgt. Eric Reddick said he and other detectives are seeing larger quantities of the drug.

In May, law enforcement agencies dismantled a suspected multi-county methamphetamine and heroin trafficking ring operating mostly in the Enid area.

The operation was believed to be responsible for importing a pound of methamphetamine into the area every week.

“It’s still here,” Reddick said of the drug. “That’s pretty much all we are seeing, is that and high-grade marijuana.”

He said a recent search warrant found one man was in possession of 4 ounces of methamphetamine. Less than 10 years ago, finding such a large quantity would not have been the case.

“It was common for users to have a gram of meth,” Reddick said. “If someone had an ounce you had found a major dealer. The ounce has become the new gram in today’s drug world.”

Oklahoma’s law restricting the sale of pseudoephedrine has limited the manufacturing of methamphetamine but also is for increasing its importation.

“The meth we are purchasing and seizing with search warrants and arrests, it’s all ice, or the crystal meth, that comes from Mexico,” Reddick said. “When we got the pseudo law passed, the Mexican cartels essentially flooded the market with it, and we were off to the races.”

Reddick said methamphetamine was not a problem unique to the Enid area.

“It’s everywhere”, he said. “It’s not just Enid.”



A Sorrento husband and wife were arrested Monday on suspicion of operating a large-scale methamphetamine dealing operation out of their home.


Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives, with help from the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office, made arrangements to buy a “large quantity of methamphetamine” from 36-year-old Donald Sanford at his residence on the 8200 block of Pond Street in Sorrento.

They then conducted a search of the home, where they found meth, four handguns, two bulletproof vests, marijuana, methamphetamine pipes, scales, and $92,961 in cash, officials said. Sanford and his wife Chelsea’s 4-year-old child was present at the home, and was released to relatives.

Donald Sanford was arrested on suspicion of distribution of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, possession of methamphetamine, four counts illegal carrying of weapons, illegal use of controlled substances in the presence of a person under 17, possession of drug paraphernalia, two counts illegal possession of body armor, and four counts possession of firearms by convicted felon.

Chelsea Sanford, 22, was arrested on suspicion of being a principal to distribution of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, possession of methamphetamine, four counts illegal carrying of weapons, illegal use of controlled substances in presence of person under 17, possession of drug paraphernalia, and two counts illegal possession of body armor. Chelsea Sanford has no prior criminal history.


The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office noted that Donald Sanford has a lengthy criminal history, and has been arrested 13 times since 1996 on charges ranging from robbery, to burglary, to stalking.





  LITTLE ROCK, AR (News release) – After an 18 month investigation into what law enforcement is calling “Operation Ice Storm” in Clinton, 49 suspects have been arrested on charges involving possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, distribution of methamphetamine, and weapons possession.49 Arrests Made 3

Christopher R. Thyer, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas; along with David Downing, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA); 20th Judicial Prosecuting Attorney Cody Hiland; and Van Buren County Sheriff Scott Bradley announced an investigation into a large-scale drug trafficking organization based in Clinton resulted in the early-morning arrests of multiple defendants on charges involving possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, distribution of methamphetamine, and
weapons possession. Ten of the defendants were already in state custody on separate charges.

“Today, a major drug trafficking organization in Van Buren County was dismantled,” stated Thyer. “This organization put the citizens and children of Clinton and the surrounding community at risk every day. Through the efforts of law enforcement at all levels, we have brought federal charges against these drug-dealing criminals to get them off and keep them off the streets for years to come.”

Methamphetamine destroys the lives of its abusers and has far-reaching negative effects in the communities where it takes hold,” said DEA Assistant Special Agent in Charge David Downing. “By targeting local distribution networks in Arkansas, DEA and our federal, state and local law enforcement partners are working to reduce overall crime and improve the quality of life for area residents. The numerous arrests and seizures in this investigation are the result of our close cooperation and part of our on-going efforts to ensure that drug traffickers are held responsible for the harm they cause.”

Prosecutor Cody Hiland added, “today’s arrests are the culmination of an 18 month criminal investigation that began with a local tire shop in Clinton. I think today’s operation certainly highlights the value of our local drug task forces and the virtue of working with other state and federal law enforcement agencies in helping make our communities more safe. The operation today is historic in scope and size and its impact on the illegal drug trade in Van Buren County will
continue to be felt in the years to come.”


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The DEA and 20th Judicial Drug Task Force investigation began in January 2011. Multiple undercover operations and numerous other law enforcement actions, including multiple seizures of methamphetamine were used during the investigation. All told, the Task Force purchased and seized more than 6 pounds of methamphetamine from the Jeffery Weaver drug trafficking organization (DTO) through controlled purchases and search warrants. The DEA and Bureau of
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) also seized a total of 52 firearms. In addition, the defendants charged in the indictment are responsible for distributing or possessing over 300 pounds of methamphetamine.

The indictment, unsealed this afternoon, was handed down by a Federal Grand Jury on September 11, 2014. The indictment charges 34 defendants in 45 separate counts. The counts include conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 500 grams of methamphetamine, aiding and abetting the distribution of methamphetamine, felon in possession of firearms, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense, and the use of telephone to facilitate a drug trafficking crime.

If convicted of conspiracy to distribute more than 500 grams of methamphetamine each defendant will face a sentence of not less than 10 years to life imprisonment. The investigation and prosecution of this case is a coordinated effort through the David G. Wilhelm OCDETF Strike Force and the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) and was conducted by the DEA and the 20th Judicial Drug Task Force with assistance from several law enforcement agencies including the ATF, Arkansas State Police, Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office, Arkansas National Guard, Conway Police Department, and the United States Marshal Service. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Kristin Bryant and Stephanie Mazzanti.

An indictment contains only allegations. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.




BUNCOMBE COUNTY, N.C. — A Buncombe County woman is busted for making meth inside her home.826-Police-Light_17877

Kelly Portch was charged after deputies suspected a fire at her mobile home was sparked by meth production. Deputies say they found the lab inside her home on High Oaks Drive.

Portch was arrested on Sept. 12 and is charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Possession of an Immediate Precursor Chemical with Intent to Manufacture a Controlled Substance, Maintaining a Dwelling for Controlled Substances, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

She could face more charges pending lab results.



QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) – Meth-making materials scattered across a lawn after another drug bust is an all-too-common site in the Tri-States.4813207_G

“The problem is Quincy, Illinois has one of the highest – if not the highest – methamphetamine use in the state, and certainly we are seeing a number of women who have used meth during pregnancy,” Dr.Ira Chasnoff said.

Chasnoff led a discussion at the Adams County Health Department Tuesday, focusing on meth’s impact on mothers and their unborn children.

“By school age, if a child has been exposed prenatally, or even environmentally, to methamphetamine, what you see in children who are dis-regulated,” Chasnoff said. “They are not able to regulate well, they get pulled off task, they are very distractible, they have difficulty focusing.”

Cindy Vahle is with the Adams County Children’s Mental Health Partnership. She says the county has doctors at its clinics that perform early childhood screenings for at-risk families.

The health department also provides home nurses to assist with child development after exposure.

“A very high risk of the baby, either in utero or very early on into the birth, having a stroke or heart attack, much higher risk than in the normal population,” Vahle said.

Vahle says meth’s impact on children goes well beyond health; It can ruin their home lives for years to come.

“It is resulting in more children in foster care, which puts a strain on the foster care system” Vahey said.

Doctors say even if pregnant moms don’t use meth, their unborn children can still be affected if meth is in the house.




Police investigating a trespassing call this week discovered a meth lab inside a vacant home off of Madison Street.

The owner of the vacant property on Claridge Drive downtown believed people had been in the home and told officers he had seen signs of methamphetamine manufacturing, according to a news release Tuesday from Jamie Dexter, spokesman for the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

Clarksville Police responded Monday at 1:30 p.m. and contacted the 19th Judicial District Drug Task Force, Clarksville Fire Rescue and Montgomery County EMS.

CFR and EMS set up an area for fire suppression, decontamination and medical treatment in the event that the hazardous materials used to manufacture meth started a fire or resulted in an explosion.

An agent with the 19th JDDTF entered the home and found a one-pot meth process among other items used to make meth.

No suspects were present, and the incident is under investigation.

Anyone with information on the lab should call the 19th JDDTF at 931-648-5753.



Although fewer numbers of methamphetamine labs are being discovered across the state, the number of meth-related overdose deaths continues to rise.

Last year, 167 people died of meth-related overdoses, while 421 labs were shut down by the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs. That compares with 140 deaths and 830 lab busts in 2012.

The number of meth-related overdose deaths has been climbing for years. The number of lab discoveries grew to match them until 2012.

The number of meth deaths has quadrupled since 2008, when 40 people were killed by the highly-addictive and super-potent stimulant.

Now, according to OBN spokesman Mark Woodward, home-cooked meth isn’t as popular as Mexican “ice.” While the number of lab busts is shrinking, meth overdoses continue to rise due to the popularity of the Mexican variety.

“The meth users themselves, who used to be cooks, are saying, ‘Why risk getting caught at a pharmacy, leaving a paper trail or blowing up a house when I’ve got a connection with a guy who’s bringing 10 pounds into Oklahoma City or Tulsa out of Dallas … Mexican “ice” that will be here in two days?’” Woodward said. “The Mexican cartels are filling the void left over by these people who still need meth but can’t cook it anymore.”

A national database that tracks purchases of pseudoephedrine, one of the main ingredients used to manufacture meth, has helped to deter former cooks from making the drug themselves, Woodward said.

Recent legislation has also limited the amount of pseudoephedrine one person is allowed to buy. In addition, purchases are tracked across the nation, so a user can’t buy the drug in one state and then another without consequence.

But meth availability and use continue to be epidemic, Woodward said. In previous years, he said, Mexican “ice” was considered to be an inferior product. But more recently, users have told OBN agents it’s better than their home-cooked meth.

As labs decrease, narcotics officers have more time to work on long-term cases to stop the cartels that are bringing in the “ice.”

In the past year, OBN has made six major busts involving Mexican-sourced meth, Woodward said.

Last year, the OBN, working with local law-enforcement agencies, arrested 20-50 suspects in five major Mexican “ice” investigations in Oklahoma City, Lawton, Tulsa, Okmulgee and Lindsay, Woodward said. Earlier this year, authorities also made a series of arrests in Enid. A prime source of the meth in that case had a source in Oklahoma City, who had a source in Dallas, who was getting the drugs from an El Paso source, he said.

“There’s so much ice coming in to Oklahoma City and Tulsa,” Woodward said. “We’re just eaten up with it.”

More time for officers to work major cases, fewer explosions and house fires, and fewer children exposed to toxins are among the benefits, Woodward said. But that doesn’t mean local labs aren’t still out there. And the availability of Mexican “ice” continues to increase the overdose death toll.

“There are a lot of benefits to labs being down,” Woodward said. “Unfortunately, one of them that we’re not seeing is the drop in user deaths.”





Officers arrest a Wichita Falls woman after ingredients to make meth are found in the vehicle she was driving.

Kelly Elaine Cribb
Kelly Elaine Cribb, 24, is charged with possession or transport of certain chemicals with intent to manufacture and deliver, manufacture or delivery of controlled substance over 4 grams Under 200 grams, and unlawful possession of a firearm.

Wichita Falls police say Cribb was pulled over Monday just after noon after almost causing an accident near Kell West and 14th Street. Police say they saw a multi-colored pipe sitting on the center console.

During a search of the vehicle, police say they found 2 packs of lithium batteries, multiple blister packs of pseudoephedrine, a can of Drain-o, a bottle of drain opener, runner tubing, three cold packs, three cans of starting fluid and a pack of hand warmers. Police also found a digital scale, clear baggies, a clear baggy with a white substance that tested positive for meth, and a semi- automatic handgun.

Police say Cribb was taken to the hospital for medical clearance where they found more meth in her pocket. She is in the Wichita County Jail on bonds totaling more than $60,000 dollars.



 “Tabitha” said she was smoking meth “pretty much all day” when her three young children were taken away.  1411530744001-0923-meth05

Nationally, it’s a problem that can’t be ignored.

In a recent survey of 500 police departments, 58 percent said methamphetamine is their most serious drug issue, compared with only 19 percent for cocaine and 17 percent for marijuana.

In places like Parker and Palo Pinto counties, meth is at the heart of hundreds of broken families.

Tabitha and her son are making good memories now; but there are so many bad ones.

April 25, 2013 stands out.

“My caseworker sits down beside me and says, ‘OK, I’m taking your kids.’ I just flipped out on her,” Tabitha said; we’re not using her last name.

The 29-year-old woman tested positive for meth and had her three young children were gone.

How often was she smoking the extremely addictive stimulant drug? “Pretty much all day,” she confessed.

Child advocates in Parker and Palo Pinto counties say meth use by parents is driving an astonishing increase in child removals… along with heartbreaking scenes of neglect.

“Probably the saddest story that comes to mind is the mother who was prostituting her four-year-old child in exchange for drugs,” said Trisha Duke, who volunteers for CASA, a non-profit that provides advocates for children in foster care in Parker and Palo Pinto counties.

Five years ago, Child Protective Services removed 16 children in Parker County. Last year, that figure skyrocketed to 110.

Palo Pinto County showed a smaller increase, but still nearly doubled from 34 removals to 65.

“I would say 70 percent of the cases at least have to do with meth,” Duke said.

“I started doing meth when I was 11,” said Johnny Forsyth Jr., who tells his story as a parent and a child. “Turned out, I started doing meth with my mother and father.”

His mother and father are both now serving time in prison; they have long criminal histories for drugs.


Johnny Jr. was four months out of prison when he was busted with about 30 others earlier this year in an undercover meth investigation.

He went to prison, joined a gang and covered his face with tattoos.

Forsyth has four kids. He says the day of his release, his gang gave him free meth.

“Right after that, I went and put a needle in my arm; didn’t even go see my kids like I promised,” he said.

Forsyth’s childhood sounds a lot like the extreme neglect that caseworkers now see.

“That’s the way I grew up,” he said. “No power. Poop in a bucket. You don’t even have toilets.”

CASA’s caseload has grown from 190 children in 2012 to 463. They expect 500 by the end of the year.

The agency currently has 132 volunteers she said they need at least 100 more.

“We are an overwhelmed system,” she said.

There aren’t nearly enough foster families, either; fewer than 50 in Parker and Palo Pinto counties. As a result, most kids removed from their families are sent someplace else.

“These counties are drowning,” Duke lamented.

The Parker County Attorney has asked for another lawyer just to handle the increase in CPS cases.

Tabitha has never been arrested for drugs; she got her children back after faithfully attending counseling and passing multiple drug tests.

Johnny Forsyth faces years in prison.

“I don’t want my children here,” he said. “I got a letter from my daughter about three months ago. My oldest daughter is eight. She said she forgives me for everything I’ve done.”

Forsyth said he talked to News 8 because he wants others to learn from his mistakes.

“I want to break the chain,” he said. “You need to break the chain.”

He wishes he could hear what Tabitha heard the day she got her kids back; what she longs to hear every day.

“I love you.”


Three people were arrested last week on charges of supplying ingredients to a Pensacola methamphetamine lab, according to an Escambia County Sheriff’s Office arrest report.

Andrea Michelle Rohrer, 29, Erica Laine Rohrer, 29, and Dustin Edward White, 22, allegedly were among a half-dozen people acting as “smurfs” for a group that was producing meth at a West Pensacola residence. According to the report, a “smurf” is a person who buys and transports ingredients for a drug producer, or “cook,” in exchange for a portion of the finished product.

The report said the cook in this case was Jeffrey Hudson McElwain, who was arrested in February when deputies searched his Matador Camino residence and found five “one pot” meth labs, various chemical ingredients, a digital scale that tested positive for methamphetamine residue and numerous other types of drug paraphernalia.

A “one pot” is a term used to describe a method of producing methamphetamine by shaking the ingredients together in a plastic bottle.

McElwain and three other individuals who were in the home with him, Lanee Michelle DeGraaf, Joseph Lee Lewis and Mary Elizabeth White, were taken into custody and charged with an array of drug offenses. While in custody, McElwain reportedly told investigators there were six or seven people who purchased pseudoephedrine for him so he could cook meth.

The Rohrers and Dustin Smith were identified as part of that group. Records are kept on all purchases of pseudoephedrine in the state, and the records reportedly confirmed all three of the individuals purchased the medication with or on the same day as other defendants in the case. According to witness statements in the arrest report, McElwain and Erica Rohrer also would pick up homeless people from around the city and pay them to buy pseudoephedrine.

Following an investigation, the Rohrers and White were taken into custody and charged with possession of a listed chemical and conspiracy to produce methamphetamine.





Kern County isn’t winning its fight against methamphetamine.

A new report, crafted six years after a Kern County study outlined the massive impact the drug has on families and communities here, shows things have gotten worse.

And Kern County supervisors want to find more money to fight the highly addictive chemical concoction.

Dixie King of the Kern Stop Meth Now taskforce delivered the 2014 report to supervisors Tuesday.

In May 2008, she said, the Kern County District Attorney’s office reported that 37.7 percent of felonies here included meth-related charges.

This May the number jumped to 50.2 percent.

In 2008, Kern County Probation looked at a random sample of juvenile probation cases and found 17 percent were related to meth in some way.

In 2014, that random sample showed 54.2 percent of referrals in May were meth-related.

King told supervisors it will take government, business, law enforcement, churches and social service agencies working together on a complex and nasty problem to turn things around.

Children need to be kept away from alcohol, the biggest gateway drug to meth, King said.

Businesses need help combating the drug in the workplace and helping workers escape the drug.

Long-term treatment programs need to be in place to save addicts.

And law enforcement needs to combat the import of the drug into Kern County, which King said is now a major hub for meth smuggling operations that help supply the drug to the entire nation.

Supervisor Mike Maggard called for pouring “significant resources” into the fight to keep meth out of Kern County.

But King warned him that enforcement isn’t the only way the addiction has to be fought.

“You can go on your phone and find six recipes (for meth) in less than five minutes,” King said. “People will find ways to get it and use it.”

The key to fighting meth, she said, is to fight it on all fronts.

King said that from what her sources are telling her, the increase in meth problems for Kern County is linked in part to the implementation of Assembly Bill 109, state legislation that transferred the incarceration and supervision of non-serious, non-violent and non-sexual from the state to counties.

Those offenders are being released to the streets because there isn’t enough jail space to hold them.

They don’t have a support system or jobs or a good education, King said, but many of them do have an addiction.

But AB 109 has also sparked the creation of treatment programs, King said, and Kern County is building more and more programs designed to get meth addicts off a drug that alters their perception of the world.

Parents also need to teach their children how to refuse meth.

“If we do not apply resources to this, our children and our children’s children are in grave danger,” Maggard said.

Supervisors voted to have the County Administrative Office explore funding sources that could power an increased effort to combat meth and a plan for how to step up Kern’s efforts against the drug.






At about 12:22 a.m. on Sunday, Oregon City police responded to a report that a neighbor’s window was broken out along the 700 block of Hilltop Avenue to find that Robert Benjamin Fear, 31, had fired a .45-caliber handgun several times through his front door.


An occupied residence across the street was struck by gunfire but no one was hurt. One round hit the side of the house, and one round hit the rear window of a vehicle parked in the driveway.

Suspected to have been under the influence of methamphetamine before the shooting, Fear was arrested for unlawful use of a weapon, reckless endangering and possession of a controlled substance




Over 2,000 grandparents in Wyoming are raising their grandchildren because of parents addicted to methamphetamine.


The sad thing about meth is that it basically hollows people out. They’ll walk away from their jobs and even their families in some cases and addiction recovery experts say there are certain things neighbors can do to help prevent a drug addiction from breaking up families and ruining lives.

Jean Davies, Executive Director at the Wyoming Meth Project says, “people need to be aware of what’s going on with their neighbors and we’ve come to the point where we really don’t.”

Experts say there are certain things to look for when dealing with a neighbor abusing methamphetamine… Like suspicious activity and strange, strong odors.

“When they’re burning meth it can smell like cat urine.”

Sgt. Joe Nickerson of Casper PD says, “if your neighbors have different vehicles at their house at all times at night and they only stop for a few minutes and then leave again, that could be an indicator there’s drug activity going on.”

Davies says a “tweaker” is a term used to describe a meth addict showing signs of nervousness and paranoia… Something more children can describe than adults.

“Most of the kids in the school systems that I talked to across the state can describe a tweaker to me and most adults can’t.”

Which just goes to show you how many children are exposed to people with symptoms of meth addiction… especially those now in foster homes.

“The majority of kids that are in foster care are there because of drugs and a large percentage are there because of methamphetamine.”

Bottom line, if a neighbor or family member can prevent someone from becoming addicted to the deadly drug, they should tell police immediately before it worsens.

Sgt. Nickerson says, “if you know your neighbors and your neighbors know that you know who they are and you’re keeping an eye on their place, even as a friendly offer, hey if you’re ever out of town let me know I’ll keep and eye on your place. If they know that you’re watching and are aware, they’re going to be less likely to commit things right under your nose.”

Experts say a lot of times meth residue falls into the carpets in homes… And causes illness or even death to toddlers.

Adverse health effects of meth use include memory loss, aggression, psychotic behavior, heart damage, malnutrition, and severe dental problems.