CHARLOTTE – Three years ago a meth lab in a second floor apartment across the street from City Hall exploded, extensively damaging the building. Today, the property is an eyesore for city officials and anyone driving or walking near the entrance to the city’s downtown.

But later this year city officials may get the chance to demolish the structure and build a small pocket park in its place.636005418775553602-IMG-5999

It could cost the city as much as $50,000 to demolish the structure and develop the park, but this month the City Council signed off on an agreement to take ownership of the building and demolish it.

Their commitment to the project is contingent on private donors raising $35,000 by the end of July to purchase the building, which occupies 108 and 110 E. Lawrence Ave. Nearly all of the funds have been pledged. Donations are being solicited privately.

If they succeed and after an initial environmental study of the land there is completed, local developer Anthony Faulkner said he’ll buy the building and deed the land over to the city.

Officials say the project would get rid of an eyesore and replace it with an inviting open space likely to draw people into the city.

“What it does is open up the entryway into downtown,” said Gregg Guetschow, Charlotte’s city manager.

Removing an eyesore

Right now the windows of the building on East Lawrence Avenue, vacant except for one tenant living in a second-floor apartment, are dark, and a “For Sale” sign is taped to the inside glass.

Tim Lewis, Charlotte’s mayor, said you can ask anyone in the city about the structure. They’ll all tell you the same thing.

“People refer to that building as the ‘meth building,'” he said. “Having that building there is hindering the progress the city is making in revitalizing the downtown.”

In March of 2013 Derek Ayers, 31, was cooking methamphetamine in an apartment on the second floor when the volatile concoction exploded. The west wall of the structure was severely damaged. Ayers was later sentenced in Eaton County Circuit Court to three to 20 years in prison. He was also ordered to pay $18,000 in restitution to the city and the building’s owner at the time, Bruce Fox.

Faulkner, an Olivet resident and the owner of Precedent Properties, owns an office building next door at 112 E. Lawrence Ave. and last spring he wanted to buy 108 and 110 E. Lawrence Ave. to develop seven or eight parking spaces.

But his vision shifted in the fall when he realized there was community support for turning it into something more beneficial. With support from other business owners and city officials he entered into an agreement to buy the property for $35,000. Then he started collecting donations and pledges toward the purchase price.

“I want to make sure we can rally people around the concept of making a change,” Faulkner said. “It’s for the good of the community.”

Grant money will help pay for the cost of initial environmental studies of the property. Eight years ago a dry cleaning business operated there and chemicals may have contaminated the soil, said Guetschow,

Tangible proof of progress

Jason Vanderstelt is co-owner of Dutch Brothers Development Group, which has offices just a few doors down from the blighted building, and Vanderstelt is helping to raise money to buy it.

He said the pocket park effort is the perfect example of a collective community desire to revitalize the city. Once it’s finished he said it will be an example of progress.

“What better way is there to spark the rebirth of the downtown?” Vanderstelt said. “This is going to be a tangible project that people can look to for excitement. I believe the community wants a project like this to be proud of. This is something they can see that they pass every single day.”

And Guetschow said it could happen by the end of the year.

If the purchase price funds can be raised and the city takes ownership of the building this summer, Guetschow said the demolition and park development will probably take place in tandem with the reconstruction of a large city parking lot located directly behind it. The city has already budgeted about $500,000 for that work.

Vanderstelt said it’s the perfect way to remove a blighted property.

“We want to erase that and put something there that’s beautiful.”

 

 

 

 

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The U.S. Postal Inspection Service noticed as early as October 2013 that a lot of mail was disappearing from collection boxes, home mailboxes and group mail rooms in the Wichita area.

Now, two and a half years later, charges have been brought against 13 people alleged to have conspired in an identity-theft ring that resembled a small, coordinated business. This is one of the largest identity theft cases that the U.S. attorney in Kansas has ever prosecuted, according to spokesman Jim Cross.

The group is suspected of dividing the work into several tasks, according to a news release issued by the office of Acting U.S. Attorney Tom Beall. Some allegedly specialized in stealing mail. Jeremy Peterson is cited as having more than 100 pieces of mail belonging to other people.

Other members are suspected of altering checks, creating fake checks and applying for credit cards. ID experts allegedly created fake Kansas driver’s licenses. Others in the group are accused of buying goods with stolen identities. And some have been accused of wielding firearms to buy and sell methamphetamine.

The fraud was profitable, bringing in an estimated $3.5 million of stolen money and goods, including a $43,500 Jaguar and a $62,000 Dodge Challenger Hellcat, according to the release.

The 13 suspects face 50 federal charges. The most serious penalties include 11 counts of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, which can lead to up to 30 years in jail and $1 million in fines for each charge.

In addition to the identify theft charges, the group faces nine firearms charges and several charges of possessing and distributing methamphetamine. If they were to be convicted on all charges and receive the maximum penalty, the group would collectively face more than 500 years in jail.

The group was tracked by a joint task force that included the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Department, the Wichita Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

“This case highlights the importance of the strong working relationships among federal, state and local law enforcement,” Inspector in Charge Craig Goldberg of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service said in a news release. “The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is committed to working with our partners to ensure the continued trust people place in the mail and protecting the public from financial victimization by enforcing the laws that defend the nation’s mail system from illegal use.”

DETAILS

According to the indictment, here’s how the group allegedly worked:

Check cashing: The suspects allegedly added names to checks, removed the original names and created new counterfeit checks based on stolen checks.

Profiles: Based on stolen mail, the members are suspected of creating profiles of real people that included names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers and credit information.

People targeted: The indictment gives only the initials of people whose identities were stolen.

Cars purchased: Jacob Michael Martin is accused of using fake identity information to obtain a loan from Wells Fargo Bank and then purchasing a 2012 Jaguar from CarMax for $43,599.47. Martin is also accused of obtaining a loan from Skyward Credit Union of America and purchasing a 2014 Chevrolet Camaro SS from Eddy’s Chevrolet valued at $43,231.85. Chad Michael Abildgaard is accused of applying for a loan for a BMW.

Banks targeted: Golden Belt Bank, Bank of America, Skyward Credit Union, Meritrust Credit Union, Farmers, Campus Credit Union, Merchants State Bank, Capitol Federal Savings and Loan, Citi Bank and Wells Fargo were named in the indictment as banks that the alleged ring tried to withdraw money from.

Guns cited: Hi Point Firearms model CF-380, Browning Arms Company model Buck Mark .22 caliber semi-automatic pistol, Ceska Zbrojovka 40B semi-automatic pistol, Bond Arms Snake Slayer Derringer, Winchester 1500 XTR shotgun, Sig Sauer Model P556 pistol, Smith & Wesson M&P 9mm pistol.

The suspects

  • Samuel Below, 29, Phoenix
  • Chad Michael Abildgaard, 25, Goddard
  • Krysalias Lynn Bernhardt, 20, Clearwater
  • Jacob Michael Martin, 31, Wichita
  • Melanie Marie Morey, 41, Wichita
  • Jillian N. Parker, 34, Wichita
  • Jeremy Peterson, 42, Wichita
  • David Allen Babedew, 24, Wichita
  • Dustin Michael Reida, 28, Wichita
  • Thomas Rye, 36, Phoenix
  • Daniel Christian Thomas, 31, Wichita
  • Justin Alan Vanley, Rose Hill
  • Jacey Jane Vidricksen, 27, Goddard

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by DD Republished from The Daily Beast

They go from one hell to another, from the nightmare of sexual abuse, to living with hate, ending up part of organized crime as eager, angry children ready to do anything

ACAPULCO, Mexico — Elena met Rafita a few years ago on the malecón, the sexabused_childrenbreakwater along the port of Acapulco. His shyness and his eyes like the eyes of an injured puppy stole her heart, she remembers.  Tourists were throwing coins off their boats and yachts and they were amazed to see him prance along the dock, then nail a dive that seemed almost impossible in order to retrieve their money.

At night, his body went through a different kind of test, used by rickety gringos or Canadians who paid a pimp to do with it what they wanted.

At the time, Rafita was eight.

He was like many others Elena has seen. He had come from the neighboring state of Morelos to this one, Guerrero, which, by 2015, had the highest homicide rate in Mexico, with 54.5 murders per 100,000 inhabitants. (By contrast deadly Chicago—“Chi-raq”—has a murder rate of 15.09.) And he had wound up in Acapulco.

Here, the violence has grown steadily worse. Last April 24, the main avenue of the port, the Costera Miguel Alemán, became a battlefield contested for more than two hours by Mexican federal forces and the organized crime cells that control the non-tourist zones of the municipality.

“I told Rafita he could get away from all this, go to our house,” says Elena, a woman who speaks with reticence and suspicion—who asked that her real name not be published because she fears for her life and for those she protects—but who claims to have helped more than 150 child victims of sexual exploitation at the hostel she runs.

“Rafa lived with his biological mother and stepfather,” Elena told us. “It was the stepfather who sexually exploited him and offered him to friends.  He was with us two years … and then he returned to his family. His case is the one that has most affected me. I never thought I’d see a child in such vulnerable conditions.”

Since 2000, Elena has been working to rescue as many children as she could. “We decided to help these little ones—help them have a home, an identity, and respect,” she told me. “They wouldn’t be street kids anymore, they’d have a roof over their heads.”

But something happened in 2007. After the declaration of war on drugs launched by former President Felipe Calderón at the start of his administration, the social climate in Acapulco changed totally. Violence began to increase dramatically, according to figures from INEGI, the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (PDF).

Before, there was no war between drug traffickers in the poorer neighborhoods of this warm-water port that was sometimes a world-class tourist destination. Elena and other volunteers could take food to the kids and move about without problems. But now, suddenly, there were shootouts, executions, and decapitations to contend with. In the deadly July of 2015, in less than 30 hours, 14 people were killed.sexabused_children_2

Thanks to Los Rojos, Los Ardillos and the Cártel Independiente de Acapulco fighting for territory, the municipality got a reputation as “Mexico’s Iraq.” It became the most violent city in the country and the fourth most violent city in the world, according to a study by Mexico’s Citizen Council for Public Justice and Criminal Justice.

This profoundly affected the work of Elena and her team at the hostel, who had to dial back their efforts to rescue child victims of sexual exploitation because of the murderous violence in the more remote neighborhoods of the coast.  There were children who ought to have been rescued, she knows, but who were abandoned to their fate.

“What we were doing for the little ones was about finding them, caring for them, giving them shelter and schooling—protecting them and making them good people—that was the purpose,” said Elena, again asking that her name not be used, such is the long reach of the narcos and the terror they impose. In Acapulco today, opening your mouth can have mortal consequences.

 

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Members of the Gulf Cartel in Matamoros interrogates an alleged group of kidnappers and extortionist who will kill their victims to leave no evidence. They were at the end killed with a shot in the head. narco-tortura

On a video uploaded to several social network sites specialized on warning people of danger in Tamaulipas, armed men can be seen in military uniforms questioning six alleged kidnappers who are tied and blindfolded.

The video begins with the image of a large narco banner ensuring that the  “Old School CDG” is not involved in any of all the robberies, kidnappings and extortion’s that have arisen lately in this plaza.

“We will not tolerate or allow such atrocities in our group,” the statement said.

The six alleged kidnappers, who were recorded kneeling with a blindfold and their hands tied behind their backs, responded to the interrogation of suspected members of the CDG. hWRGSGSZGSWA

They confess to have engaged in kidnapping and extortion and they identified the ringleader as “Pancho”.

During the interrogation they described a kidnapping victim who was held captive for a million pesos in ransom, but they only received 40 thousand pesos.

One of the alleged kidnappers described that they killed their victim by placing a plastic bag over her head to suffocate her and then she was buried.

Each of the alleged kidnappers talk about their role in the group and why they were engaged in extortion. At the end of the video you can see the six bodies with bloodstains and apparently lifeless.

At the end of the video a text signed by “Gulf Cartel from H. Matamoros, Tamaulipas” can be seen.

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“The Gulf Cartel Task Force in Matamoros, Tams has taken down a group of kidnappers and extortionists who had been operating in the area. Proving that our priority is first and foremost the welfare and safety of the people of Matamoros. We will not allow such actions, “concludes the text.

The “Old School CDG,” which is also similar at Los Zetas group, are now saying that the organized crime groups are returning to their original business: drug trafficking, and to stop kidnapping, robbing and extorting money from the population.

However, most of the fractions of both groups continue to commit such crimes and they refuse to stop other businesses such as the lucrative fuel theft. I

n recent months, Ciudad Victoria and Matamoros averaged a total of 14 kidnappings per month according to figures from complaints filed with the State Office of Justice.

This article was translated from Proceso

 

 

 

 

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MARION, NC (WSPA) — A North Carolina couple was arrested after a toddler in their home tested positive for methamphetamine, officials say.

Kirk William Biddix and Ellen Marie Pritchard, both 27 and both of Marion, were greiagj[wqercharged with negligent child abuse inflicting serious injury and misdemeanor contributing to the delinquency of a minor, according to the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies said they received a report from the McDowell County Department of Social Services about possible drug use in the Shea Drive home of Biddix and Pritchard, who live with two children, ages 2 and 3.

The 3-year-old child tested positive for methamphetamine, deputies said. The 2-year-old tested negative for methamphetamine, according to officials.

 

 

 

 

 

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A Whitley County woman gave birth without medical assistance at a wooded campsite where police later found items used in making methamphetamine, according to a news release.

Police charged the mother of the infant girl, 25-year-old Meagan Helton, and the father, David Osborne, 42, with manufacturing meth and possession of meth precursors, said Sgt. Jeff Anderson of the Whitley County Sheriff’s Office.

The incident happened Thursday.

Anderson said police received information about meth being made at a camp off Barton Hollow Road, which is near Woodbine and Rockholds.

There was no one at the makeshift tent when Anderson arrived, but police learned an ambulance crew had taken a woman to the hospital from the site after she had given birth, according to a news release.

Anderson said either Helton or Osborne had called for an ambulance.

Anderson found the couple at Baptist Health Corbin hospital. Police arrested Osborne and took him to the Whitley County Detention Center.

Helton was charged but not taken to jail because she was admitted to the hospital.

The baby was taken to the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital. She was low-weight and in critical condition Saturday, but was stable, Harrell said.

“My heart goes out for that baby,” he said.

Anderson said Helton and Osborne would not talk to police, so he didn’t know why they had been in the woods.

Social workers are involved in the case and will figure out where to place the baby after she is released from the hospital, police said.

 

 

 

 

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SABINE COUNTY, TX (KTRE) – Deputies with the Sabine County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 19-year-old woman on a felony child endangerment charge after her 11-month-old son tested positive for methamphetamine.

Alissa Craig, of Hemphill, was arrested in May on the endangering a child charge. East 10704714_GTexas News obtained copies of the arrest and probable cause affidavits Friday.

A Sabine County Sheriff’s Office deputy was assigned the Child Protective Services case after Craig’s son tested positive for meth.

Craig also tested positive for meth, the affidavit stated.

The affidavit stated that Craig put her son in “imminent danger of death, bodily injury, or physical or mental impairment” by manufacturing, possessing, or ingesting meth in the child’s presence.

 

 

 

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Billie J. Hansen told investigators she was selling only small amounts of methamphetamine to support her meth habit.

Using a search warrant of Hansen’s town of Estella residence on May 6, law enforcement agents said they found meth, marijuana, suspected Psilocybin mushrooms and 5751ef862feca_imageprescription medications along with drug paraphernalia.

The result is Hansen, 37, faces nine charges in Chippewa County Court.

Hansen is charged with: possession with intent to deliver meth; possession of narcotic drugs; maintain a drug trafficking place; possession of meth; felony bail jumping; two counts of possession of a controlled substance; possession of marijuana; and possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to a criminal complaint:

Law enforcement officials said while searching Hansen’s residence they found a container with six Clonazepam pills along with packs with meth that weighed 8.35 grams and 0.59 grams. Also found was a plastic container with .15 grams of marijuana and a bag with 3 grams of the mushrooms. Several scales were also found.

A $5,000 signature bond has been set for Hansen. She is to return before Judge Steven Cray at 11 a.m. July 19.

 

 

 

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  • Wade Bartz, 42, gained notoriety for sleeping with his prison psychologist
  • He also infamously escaped prison twice just to see his girlfriend
  • Bartz was arrested in February for indecent assault and supplying ice
  • The Queensland Supreme Court has rejected his application for bail

The ‘prison Casanova’ who had sex with his jail psychologist and famously escaped gioeguqe-utucustody to see his girlfriend has been denied bail on sexual assault and drugs charges.

Wade Bartz, 42, was arrested on February 17 and charged with indecent assault and supplying methamphetamine.

He was refused bail despite telling Queensland Supreme Court his life was in danger in jail because he helped the police investigate a prison murder in 2014, The Courier Mail reported.

Bartz gained notoriety for having sex with prison psychologist Vanessa Bailey inside north Queensland’s Lotus Glen jail in 1998.

Bailey was jailed for the act in 2002, when it also emerged in court that she had sex with another prisoner and supplied inmates with alcohol and drugs.

In his bail application, Bartz said he was not safe inside Wolston prison where he is being held because he had previously cooperated with police murder investigations.

It is understood that Bartz gave evidence during a hearing in 2014 in relation to the murder of Clayton McFadzean inside prison in 1998.

Bartz is also a notable former member of the infamous ‘angry gang’ which started in the Brisbane Correctional Centre, formerly the Sir David Longland Prison.

 

 

 

 

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NATCHITOCHES PARISH, LA (KSLA) – A traffic stop near the Oak Grove community in Natchitoches Parish led to the arrest of one man on felony drug charges.

It happened around 10:46 p.m. Wednesday on La. Hwy 504. Deputies stopped a 2003 Mitsubishi passenger car driven by 38-year-old Tasley Glen Lindsey of Marthaville, for a traffic violation. Deputies say a passenger was also in the car.10708061_G

Deputies say that during the traffic stop, it was learned that Lindsey’s drivers license was suspended. During a drivers license/warrants computer check, it was also discovered that Lindsey was wanted by the Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office for Criminal Neglect of Family.

After placing Lindsey under arrest on the outstanding warrant, deputies say Lindsey told them he had four bags of “fake dope” on his person that was Epson Salt.

Deputies discovered 2 pieces of rolled up paper and 2 small cellophane bags. The bags contained approximately 2.3 grams of suspected methamphetamine, deputies say. During a search of the vehicle, deputies also seized a digital weighing scale and drug paraphernalia.

A field test of the seized narcotics confirmed the presence of suspected methamphetamine. The seized narcotics will be submitted to the crime lab for narcotics analysis and positive identification.

Deputies say Lindsey allegedly confessed he was going to sell the illegal narcotics to make money.

Lindsey was charged with possession of CDS schedule II methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia and criminal neglect of family (Sabine warrant).

Lindsey was booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center. The unidentified passenger in the car was released with no criminal charges.

 

 

 

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MIAMI (AP) — Fifteen people are in federal prison after the takedown of what authorities say was the largest methamphetamine operation in Okeechobee County history.

Ringleader Steven Lee “Wildman” Oakes last week received the stiffest sentence at 25 years behind bars. The other 14 defendants will serve prison terms of between four years and nearly 16 years. All 15 pleaded guilty following their 2015 indictment.

The Miami U.S. attorney’s office says the group distributed a large amount of methamphetamine in Okeechobee and Highlands counties and surrounding areas. The charges were based on a series of undercover buys by agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Authorities say the arrests are part of a coordinated effort to stamp out a methamphetamine epidemic.

 

 

 

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A Covington woman was arrested for possession of methamphetamine following a traffic stop Wednesday, according to the Covington Police Department.

According to reports, Donna Smith and Eric Shy were pulled over at a Waffle House when an officer noticed Smith’s vehicle had a hanging tail light. Reports said the officers smelled what they believed to be fresh marijuana in the vehicle, which Shy admitted to having in his possession. Both Smith and Shy were asked to exit the vehicle, and Shy was then arrested and cited for possession of marijuana, reports said.

After officers asked permission to search the vehicle, officers found a 45 caliber handgun under the passenger seat and a cigarette pack that contained a rolled up five dollar bill and one dollar bill. Reports said inside the rolled up bills were small, crystal-like rocks.

Officers determined the cigarette pack belonged to Smith and searched her for more substances, discovering a small plastic bag containing the clear, crystal like substance.

Reports said Smith was then arrested and transported to Newton County Jail. Smith’s offenses included a traffic offense for defective equipment and controlled substance/possession of methamphetamine.

 

 

 

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A traffic stop in West Monroe left two women facing drug charges following a search of the vehicle.yiktukfy

The stop was initiated when a vehicle driven by Norma Jean Barker, 33, 205 Sandal St., West Monroe left a Thomas Road business. Officers reported being unable to detect a tag on the vehicle due to window tint concealing a temporary license.

Officers said Barker appeared nervous and avoided eye contact. Upon request, Barker granted officers permission to search the vehicle.

According to the arrest affidavit, a small box containing four yellow oval-shaped pills identified as suspected hydrocodone was located in the passenger floorboard. A suspected marijuana cigarette was also located in Barker’s purse.

Both Barker and a passenger in the vehicle, Dorian Jordan, were taken into custody.uktdjdtjkedtr

Jordan told officers the pills found in the vehicle belonged to her according to arrest records. She also reported having methamphetamine in her underwear. A female officer searched Jordan and located two bags of suspected meth, identified as weighing 7.2 grams.

Barker was booked into Ouachita Correctional Center on charges of possession of a controlled dangerous substance first offense. Jordan was booked on two counts possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and possession of hydrocodone with intent to distribute.

 

 

 

 

http://www.thenewsstar.com/story/news/crime/2016/06/03/woman-faces-meth-possession-intent-charges/85342672/

 

A Henderson woman allegedly shot a gun in her apartment while high on meth.

63-year-old Angela Shelton is accused of shooting a gun through her Henderson bhpisjetjwapartment wall and nearly striking a child next door.

A bullet did hit a fish tank worth $7,700.

Police say Shelton was upset because she was being evicted.

Shelton claimed to have thought the gun wasn’t loaded – as it took three attempts before it fired.

Shelton faces several charges and is now being held in the Henderson County Detention Center.

 

 

 

 

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Los Banos school board member Dominic J. Falasco has been charged with two misdemeanors after being arrested for drug possession in April, Mariposa County District Attorney Tom Cooke said Friday.

Cooke said he filed two misdemeanor charges against Falasco on Friday: possession of methamphetamine and possession of paraphernalia, including a pipe.we[0eruqr0

“At this point, I can’t comment on the facts of the case,” Cooke said, adding that a court date has to be set.

Falasco, 49, was arrested April 3 after officers made a 1 a.m. traffic stop and found an undisclosed amount of suspected methamphetamine in his vehicle, according to Merced police.

Merced District Attorney Larry Morse II asked Cooke’s office to review the case, citing a potential conflict of interest. Falasco has worked as a defense attorney on cases in Merced County.

Falasco is a longtime criminal defense attorney.

He could not be reached for comment Friday. An automated message on his telephone said “The person you are trying to reach is not accepting calls at this time.”

Los Banos school board President Anthony Parreira declined to comment.

“That is a personal matter and is not a school board matter,” Parreira said. “There is nothing that the school board can comment on.”

After his arrest, Falasco told the Merced Sun-Star in an exclusive interview that he didn’t do anything wrong, and that he was helping out a friend and possible client at the time of the arrest.

Falasco said he took the narcotics from 27-year-old Dos Palos resident Raylynn L. Wineland and planned to destroy them.

He said Wineland contacted him to help her out of a potentially dangerous situation.

In the interview, Falasco couldn’t provide more details on that situation. But he said he drove to Dos Palos to pick Wineland up, and asked her to to drive his vehicle to Merced to take her to a safe place because he was tired.

A Merced police officer stopped Falasco’s truck on a suspected lighting violation.

Falasco said in the interview he told officers he would “take responsibility” for the drugs because the vehicle was his but claimed he never said the drugs were his.

Falasco said he hoped the officer’s body camera footage would help clear his name. He also said he planned to fight any criminal charges.

 

 

 

http://www.mercedsunstar.com/news/local/crime/article81728677.html

 

HELENA — Two more people have been charged as a result of an investigation into a drug smuggling ring at Montana State Prison.

Rachel Leanna Ross, 25, of Collierville, Tenn., and Lauren J. Hoskins, 26, of Somerville, Tenn., were arraigned in federal court Thursday on a six-count superseding indictment charging them with various drug distribution crimes.

Ross and Hoskins were the fourth and fifth defendants to be arraigned under the indictment. Three other defendants were arraigned on Tuesday, and an additional defendant was arraigned last month under a separate indictment. Both Ross and Hoskins were arraigned on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance and possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance.

From April to August last year, Ross and Hoskins, along with Ian Scott Barclay, 28, Cordero Robert Metzker and Erin Marie Bernhardt, 48, conspired to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine and buprenophine at the state prison in Deer Lodge, according to court documents.

Barclay, a prisoner, had arranged with Bernhardt, a prison employee, to smuggle the drugs in, documents state. Metzker, Ross and Hoskins, under direction from Barclay, helped arrange for the meth to be delivered to Bernhardt’s home in Deer Lodge.

Bernhardt, who worked in the prison laundry, then smuggled the drugs into the prison and gave them to Barclay, documents state. Barclay then distributed the drugs to prisoners.

Bernhardt was paid $3,000 by other members of the smuggling ring, according to documents. Metzker, Ross and Hoskins collected the money from the distribution of meth and used it to bribe Bernhardt.

An additional 50 grams of meth was distributed through the jail between Aug. 9-14, 2015, court documents say.

Barclay pleaded not guilty on May 31 to conspiracy to two counts of possession with intent to distribute, distribution of methamphetamine and accepting and giving bribes. Metzker is charged with the same and pleaded not guilty. He is out on release while awaiting trial. He was incarcerated at the prison from December 2011 to August 2012 and is on probation for drug possession and distribution in Missoula and Gallatin counties.

Bernhardt was charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, possession with intent to distribute, distribution of meth and accepting and giving bribes.

If convicted, each could face more than 100 years in prison and fines of over $15 million.

Court documents show Hoskins and Ross were arrested in Tennessee and are both out on $5,000 bond. They appeared in court here via video.

Court documents say Ross lives outside Memphis, Tenn., with her mother and suffers from Type 1 diabetes, anorexia and drug addiction. She was moving into a long-term residential treatment facility on May 31.

The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Postal Inspector, the Montana Department of Corrections Investigations Division, Montana State Prison Warden Leroy Kirkegard and his staff, and the Montana Division of Criminal Investigations.

Last month Martin Reap, a guard at the prison, denied charges he smuggled meth and marijuana into the prison from February 2015 until April this year.

A public information officer with the U.S. Department of Justice said Friday evening she wasn’t able to provide more information about the case.

 

 

 

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CHEROKEE, Okla. — A Moore resident was caught and charged with trafficking illegal drugs in Alfalfa County Monday, according to officials.

Brandon Scott Shelly, 36, had a warrant issued for his arrest in April regarding an incident at James Crabtree Correctional Center that occurred March 26, 2016.hkt9iw9uwrtrw

Shelly was charged with a felony count of aggravated trafficking in illegal drugs for allegedly giving a bundle, wrapped in black electrical tape and containing methamphetamine, to an inmate on Monday.

The crime is punishable by imprisonment for life and a find of no more than $200,000.

Shelly was seen with three ounces of methamphetamine while inside James Crabtree Correctional Center, according to the affidavit.

A correctional officer and correctional security manager were monitoring cameras in the visitation room when officers observed Shelly reach into his pants and remove a package, according to the affidavit. Shelly placed the package in a bag of chips.

Officers then observed inmate Lawuan Shivers, 39, take the chips bag, remove the bundle and “place it inside his rectum,” according to the affidavit.

The visit was immediately ended, and Shivers was stripped searched, although officers could not find the package. Shivers was placed in a holding cell.

Shelly was not held at the correctional center because no illegal items were found on his person.

About 10 hours later, Shivers notified an officer he was ready to use the restroom.

“Offender Shivers removed a bundle wrapped in electrical tape from his anus and gave it to the officer,” according to the affidavit. “The bundle weighed approximately 3.9 ounces” and contained methamphetamine, according to the affidavit.

Shivers was charged with a felony count of aggravated trafficking in illegal drugs on March 31 regarding the incident. Charges were filed days after the incident and an arrest warrant was issued for Shelly.

Shivers was convicted in 2004 in Comanche County on two felony counts of first-degree robbery, both with life sentences, and a felony count of first-degree robbery by fear, with a 15-year sentence, according to DOC.

Shelly was convicted in 2009 in Custer County on a felony count of distribution of a controlled dangerous substance-oxycodone and sentenced to six years.

 

 

 

 

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Platteville man was arrested twice in one week on drug-related charges in Fennimore.

After his third arrest a week later, the man faces 41 felony and misdemeanor charges.

Paul J. Key Jr., 40, was first arrested April 28. He was subsequently charged with yhrjilngapossession of methamphetamine, six counts of felony bail jumping, six counts of misdemeanor bail jumping, possession of marijuana, and resisting or obstructing an officer.

Key faces a maximum of 45 years and three months in prison and $141,000 in fines if convicted of those charges.

Key made his initial appearance before Grant County Circuit Court Judge Craig R. Day on April 29. Day set a $1,000 cash bond, which was posted on May 2, according to Wisconsin Circuit Court Access online records.

One night later, Key was arrested again.

A Fennimore police officer conducted a traffic stop on May 3 and recognized the vehicle’s rear passenger as Key. The officer then searched the seat Key had been sitting in, according to a criminal complaint filed in Grant County Circuit Court.

The officer located a Red Bull energy drink Key had allegedly been drinking, which had been crushed and was placed on the floorboard of the vehicle. When the officer uncrushed the can and cut it open, they allegedly found one “bud” they believed to be marijuana, and a glass vial that had a white crystal-like substance in the bottom.

A field test revealed the two grams of leafy substance in the can tested positive for the presence of tetrahydrocannabinol. The crystal-like substance found in the glass vial tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine, according to the criminal complaint.

Key was later charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, six counts of felony bail jumping and four counts of misdemeanor bail jumping. He waived his preliminary hearing and pleaded not guilty to the charges Thursday.

When Key made his initial appearance related to his second arrest on May 4, Day set a $2,500 cash bond.

Then, on May 10, a third set of charges was filed for an incident April 12 — four counts of felony bail jumping, two counts of misdemeanor bail jumping, and one count each of resisting or obstructing an officer and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Key waived his preliminary hearing and pleaded not guilty to the third set of charges Thursday, according to court records. Day set bond at $25,000. Key was in the Grant County jail as of Tuesday morning.

Key also faces 2015 charges of felony battery, felony bail jumping, misdemeanor battery and three counts of misdemeanor bail jumping, with a trial scheduled June 14 and a status conference on June 1.

 

 

 

 

http://www.swnews4u.com/m/section/123/article/31604/

 

PHOENIX — A bust in the Phoenix area resulted in the seizure of guns, 18 pounds of methamphetamine and thousands of rounds of ammunition, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said.wrksdbiweu

In a release, the FBI said it seized three guns, 11,000 rounds of 7.62 mm ammunition and 4,000 rounds of 9 mm ammunition.

The FBI also said it arrested seven people.

The agency did not disclose the location of the bust or the names of the suspects.

The bust was part of the Safe Streets initiative, a multi-agency effort aimed at curbing street gang and drug-related violence.

The FBI said the Phoenix Police Department and Arizona Department of Public Safety assisted in the bust.

Other agencies — United States Border Patrol, Arizona Department of Corrections and Chandler Police Department — also assist the FBI in making busts.

 

 

 

http://ktar.com/story/1099368/fbi-phoenix-bust-yields-guns-18-pounds-of-meth-thousands-of-bullets/

 

The Clermont County Sheriff’s Department announced Friday that a three-month investigation into meth selling and production yielded 23 arrests and indictments against nine more people.

The 12 women and 11 men, ages ranging from 19 to 48, face a variety of charges including assembly of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, manufacturing of drugs, aggravatedghsferjoaierh possession of drugs, endangering children and tampering with evidence.

The Clermont County Narcotics Unit conducted the sweep of the county with the sheriff’s investigative unit, road patrol and K-9 units. Two additional individuals were arrested on open warrants.

Cpt. Chris Stratton explained that the 33 people arrested or indicted Friday are not all associated with each other. Many were operating independently or with a few other people, Stratton said.

Law enforcement from Union Township, Miami Township, and Goshen Township supported the round-up in their own jurisdictions, the sheriff’s office said in the press release.

“I am extremely proud of the exceptional teamwork displayed by a number of different units within the Sheriff’s Office, which resulted in the timely arrest of the individuals manufacturing and selling drugs to the citizens of Clermont County,” Chief Deputy Steve Leahy said.

  • Those arrested Monday include:
  • Aleah Strunk, 19, charged with assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs
  • Charles Mathews, 28, charged with assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, manufacturing of drugs
  • Joanna Vanwinkle, 27, charged with assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, manufacturing drugs
  • Brandon Coffey, 29, charged with assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, manufacturing drugs, aggravated possession of drugs
  • Nathan Kenser, 28, charged with manufacturing drugs, endangering children
  • Rachel Kenser, 28, charged with two counts of endangering children
  • Jamie Lee Contrell, 39, charged with assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs
  • Chasity Cottrell, 20, charged with assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs
  • Whitney Andrew, 27, charged with assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs
  • Elizabeth Dean, 32, charged with assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs
  • Ivan Jones, 47, charged with assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, manufacturing drugs
  • Jessica Hall, 29, charged with assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs
  • Timothy Feige, 40, charged with assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, manufacturing drugs, aggravated possession of drugs
  • Amy Franklin, 37, charged with possession of heroin, tampering with evidence
  • Danielle Jones, 27, charged with manufacturing drugs, aggravated possession of drugs
  • Wade Hensgen, 41, charged with manufacturing drugs, two counts of aggravated possession of drugs, possession of heroin
  • Jason Sprague, 31, charged with assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture drugs
  • Jessica Fischer, 25, charged with assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture drugs
  • Justin Chadwell, 27, charged with assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture drugs, manufacturing drugs, aggravated possession of drugs
  • Ruben Catron, 48, charged with assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture drugs, manufacturing drugs
  • Debra Green 42, charged with assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture drugs
  • Thomas Spurlock, 32, charged with assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture drugs, manufacturing drugs
  • Steven Snouffer, 38, charged with assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture drugs, possession of drugs

Law enforcement from Union Twp., Miami Twp. and Goshen Twp. police departments supported the Sheriff’s Office during this operation as attempts to apprehend individuals were made in each of their jurisdictions.

Last July, a similar sweep targeting methamphetamine production resulted in 20 arrests.

The sheriff’s office is still searching for ten people: Andrew Van Nortwick, 25, Robert Ashby, 26, Candice Baker, 24, Todd Lee Burkhart, 33, Louanna White, 29, Natasha Michelle White, 26, Emily Faye Gail Smith, 22, Jeff Franklin, 48, Rachel Taylor, 37, and Terry Goodwin, 52.

Officials are asking anyone with information about the whereabouts of the wanted individuals to contact the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office at 513-732-7510. Tips about the manufacturing of methamphetamine or other drug offenses can be given anonymously to the Clermont County Narcotics Unit at 513-625-2806.

 

 

 

http://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/crime/2016/06/03/meth-sweep-results-23-arrests-clermont-co/85360832/

 

CARLSBAD — Thirty-one people have been charged in a drug trafficking case that connects Eddy County with an alleged Cuban operated drug ring out of Albuquerque.

Cmrd. James McCormick with the Pecos Valley Drug Task Force said that the charges are the result of a four month undercover operation which focused on the connection between methamphetamine, cocaine, crack cocaine and heroin being sold in Eddy County and their origination point in Albuquerque.

Of the 31 charged, 20 are from Eddy County.

Fifteen persons have already been arrested in connection with the case on various charges. They include: Cuban nationals Ivan Mustelier-Sanchez, 44; Esker Gordon-Leblanch, 43; Esneudis Bell-Salazar, 44; Rogelio Ibanez-Diaz, 52; Ramces Delgado-Averhof, 41; and Eddy County residents Lori Kirkpatrick, 34; Brian Laxon, 36; James Patterosn, 32; David Spillman, 64; Mark Torrez, 51; Eliseo Catano, 46; Adrian Cumpian, 31; Reynaldo Green, 39; Tina Derrington, 47; and Gary Campbell, 34.

Green is facing a federal charge of trafficking a controlled substance, methamphetamine. Federal charges have also been filed against Eddy County residents Jeremiah Barnes, 36, and Jacob Martinez, 32 for felon in possession of a firearm. Cuban nationals Armando Pozo, 64, and Francisco Urrutia, 49, face federal charges for trafficking in controlled substances, methamphetamine.

“Once all of the defendants have been arrested, prosecuted and sentenced the impact on trafficking and associated crimes will be noticeable in the communities of Carlsbad, Artesia and Loving, N.M,” said McCormick in a news release.

McCormick said in the news release that a wanted list for defendants who have not been arrested will be distributed on June 6 along with an appeal to the public to help in their arrest. Anyone with information about these individuals can contact the Pecos Valley Drug Task Force at 575-887-5194.

 

 

 

http://www.currentargus.com/story/news/crime/2016/06/03/31-charged-drug-trafficking-case/85355882/

 

A British man was sentenced to 15 years in a US prison on Friday for his role in an international conspiracy to import 220 pounds of North Korean methamphetamine into the United States.

Scott Stammers, 47, who grew up in Hong Kong, was one of five defendants arrested in Phuket, Thailand, in September 2013 on suspicion of preparing to ship the drugs by boat.

Prosecutors said their plan would have flooded the US with methamphetamine.

They were part of a gang that spanned Hong Kong, Taiwan and the Philippines and yiryky678o7ot5r7boasted of holding a monopoly on methamphetamine produced in the reclusive state of North Korea.

But unknown to them, their buyers were actually agents working hand in hand with the US Drug Enforcement Administration sting, which began with the arrest in Liberia of Paul Le Roux, the head of a drug and weapons running enterprise who became a government informant.

Stammers pleaded guilty to conspiracy in August 2015 and was sentenced in New York on Friday by US Federal Judge Andrew Carter to 181 months in prison, after which he will be deported.

Dressed in khaki trousers and an olive top, Stammers – whose LinkedIn profile describes him as operations director of a security firm in Bangkok – declined an opportunity to address the New York court.

“No. I’m fine, thank you very much sir,” he told the judge.

American prosecutors had sought a sentence of up to 30 years, but the judge cited mitigating factors that included the fact that Stammers has two children and was held in harsh conditions in Thailand before being extradited to America.

Stammers’ role was to provide security, transportation and storage for the methamphetamine once it arrived in Thailand, according to court documents.

He was to arrange for the shipment to be taken to a warehouse, weighed, re-packaged and delivered to a marina in Thailand where it would be transferred to a ship bound for the US.

Another defendant, Adrian Valkovic, was Sergeant-at-Arms of the Outlaw Motorcycle Club. His role was to be “ground commander”, according to court documents, supervising an armed crew of gang members who were to provide security for the operation.

Preet Bharara, Manhattan US Attorney, said: “Thanks to the work of the DEA and the cooperation of law enforcement partners around the world, including in Thailand, Liberia and Romania, Stammers’s scheme ended, not with the North Korean methamphetamine flooding American streets as he had intended, but rather with a guilty plea in a Manhattan federal court.”

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/06/03/briton-jailed-for-role-in-plot-to-flood-us-with-north-korean-met/

 

FOUR men have been arrested for allegedly importing more than 130 kg of methamphetamine into Sydney, with an estimated street value of more than $80 million.ilyulyililt

Australian Federal Police and Border Force intercepted and searched two sea cargo containers in March this year which allegedly contained 11 diesel generators with large amounts of methamphetamine hidden inside each one.

Officers then conducted a controlled delivery of the illegal drugs, which were allegedly delivered to a warehouse in Rossmore for distribution.

ruke575jdtjThe methamphetamine was allegedly discovered in 11 diesel generators.

After further investigations, AFP officers yesterday arrested a 60-year-old dual Nigerian and American national, a 45-year-old dual Nigerian and Mexican national and a 48-year-old dual Australian and Nigerian national.

All three were charged with one count of importing a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug and one count of attempting to possess.

A fourth man, a 45-year-old dual Australian and Nigerian national, was also arrested in Melbourne and is expected to be charged later today.

AFP commander Chris Sheehan said further arrests in Australia and overseas were expected.yyy5rtyhwetyy

“This is a case of Mexican organized crime co-operating with West African organized crime in a global syndicate, supplying large quantities, commercial scale quantities of methamphetamine into the Australian community,” he said.

“From an AFP perspective, the teamwork between these two global organised crime syndicates is unusual.

“This is not the first large scale importation we believe these syndicates have been involved in into Australia and our suspicion based on our investigation to date is that they are supplying, at least in part, outlaw motorcycle gangs here in Australia.”

The three men arrested in Sydney were expected to appear in Parramatta bail Court today.

 

 

 

 

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Meth in the News – June 3, 2016

Posted: 3rd June 2016 by Doc in Uncategorized

Meth in the News

Professor Nicholas E Goeders

There are so many reasons not to use methamphetamine. The drug is highly addictive – some people will literally do anything to get and use meth. It’s illegal to possess. It’s toxic and dangerous to make. And most of the meth in the United States today comes from Mexico.

Here is one more reason.

On Thursday, May 26, 2016, Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas told a Senate Homeland Security Committee panel that “transnational gangs” – indicating the Mexican drug cartels – may also be “unwittingly” smuggling terrorists into the United States.

The Chair of the committee, Wisconsin Republican Ron Johnson, agreed that the potential for terrorists to enter the southern border poses the greatest danger of any point-of-entry to the country.

Mr. Mayorkas assured members of the committee that Homeland Security is “very focused on that (possibility).”

But wouldn’t we be safer if the Mexican drug cartels were put out of business due to a lack of interest.

I hear you, but I can dream, can’t I?

On May 26 at around 9:30 p.m., people on Anderson Road in Walterboro, SC, received an unexpected treat. On second thought, maybe not.

Colleton County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a burglary alarm at the Meter of America where they encountered a naked man pushing the buttons on the building’s alarm pad.

The deputies placed the man, identified as Christopher Blake Jones, 32, of Summerville, in custody in the rear of a police cruiser and searched the surrounding area. They found a silver Chrysler PT Cruiser parked in the back parking lot.

Mr. Jones cautioned the deputies to stay away because he had anthrax in the car. He also informed them at this time that he was, in fact, God. He said that he was on a mission and had to get inside the building to complete his mission.

When the PT Cruiser was searched, a one-pot meth lab was discovered, along with Mr. Jones’ clothes and car keys. A syringe loaded with meth was also found.

Mr. Jones was transported to the Emergency Department of Colleton Medical Center for a physician’s examination and later transferred to the Colleton County Detention Center.

It turns out that he was not God after all.

This next story is more of a cautionary tale than anything else.

Don’t try to “cook” your own meth using the one-pot method so popular these days. But if you must, please, oh please don’t use a glass jar!

Case in point. On May 25, police in Russellville, KY, were called to a convenience store on East 4th Street because there was a man there who appeared to require medical assistance.

When they arrived on the scene, police found Steven Mead, 36, who had several deep lacerations throughout his upper torso. He explained that he received his injuries when he fell through a glass door.

Central Kentucky Drug Task Force Director Jacky Hunt thought otherwise.

“Upon arrival he had a blood trail leading from a house,” Director Hunt told reporters. “(Police) followed the blood trail back to the house.”

When they reached the house, Mr. Mead’s girlfriend, Clarrisa Porterfield, gave police permission to search the house. When they found a substance that they suspected was meth residue in a sink, she quickly revoked her consent.

Once a search warrant was issued, police discovered what actually happened.

“He had a one-step (meth) cook going in the kitchen and it blew up,” Director Hunt said.

Apparently Ms. Porterfield tried to clean everything up and destroy any evidence while Mr. Mead walked to the store. However, police still found items commonly used to manufacture meth in the home, including pseudoephedrine blister packs, stripped out lithium batteries and lye.

“We’ve worked countless cases where guys have burnt themselves up,” Director Hunt explained to reporters. “Some of these old guys have burn scars on them. It’s extremely dangerous and extremely volatile. They are putting (ingredients) in a vessel and waiting for them to react and they can explode.”

Mr. Mead was not only burned, he was also severely cut. He was taken to Logan Memorial Hospital and later transferred to TriStar Skyline Medical Center in Nashville where he was listed in fair condition, according to hospital spokeswoman Anna-Lee Cockril.

Once again, NEVER use a glass jar to “cook” your meth! Believe me, I’ve seen much worse cases than this one!

You know, sometimes older people can become confused. We’ve all had an older relative who forgot where they were or what they were doing at one time or another.

But you’re not going to believe this next story.

On April 9, Louis Fueque Kent, 73, from Electra, TX, pulled into the commercial lane of First Bank on Midwestern Parkway in nearby Wichita Falls.

Mr. Kent proceeded to send some checks, a loan payment with some cash and a piece of paper through the deposit tube.

Much to her surprise, when the teller opened up the piece of paper, a blue plastic baggie containing a white “crystal-like” substance fell out. The baggie was held for Wichita County Sheriff’s deputies to arrive on scene. They field tested the substance, which of course turned out to be meth.

At last report, Mr. Kent was being held in the Wichita County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.

Moral of the story. Don’t send grandpa to the bank when he is high!

Finally, you’ll never guess what happened in the Hooters parking lot in Ontario, Calif., back on May 23.

Agents with the California Department of Justice (CA DOJ), Inland Crackdown Allied Task Force (INCA) and the Los Angeles Interagency Metropolitan Police Apprehension Crime Task Force (LA IMPACT) arrested five men after they tried to sell 53 pounds of meth to undercover officers right there in the Hooters parking lot on North Milliken Avenue!

53 pounds of meth – that’s worth approximately $2.6 million, you realize.

The five suspects were booked into the San Bernardino West County Detention Center pending the filing of charges for the transportation and sales of meth, possession of meth for sales and conspiracy.

The investigators in the case believe that the men were all affiliated with the Sinaloa Mexican Drug Cartel based out of Mexico, with drug distribution cells in Southern California.

So they cost the Sinaloa Cartel around $2.6 million. I have a feeling that jail is the least of their worries now!

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

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

An Indiana man, along with two other people, has been arrested in association with the violent abuse of a 2-year-old boy. Tristate Homepage reports that 24-year-old Keith Crotti, 33-year-old April Goodman, and 29-year-old Joshua Kuhlenschmidt all face various charges in connection with the crimes committed against the child. The details surrounding this case are absolutely shocking, and authorities in Evansville aren’t shying away from sharing their thoughts about the three suspects.

On around May 26, the unnamed 2-year-old boy was reportedly beaten by 24-year-old Keith Crotti, who was entrusted to supervise the toddler while his mother was out of the home. April er8-wtu-234q8q2Goodman was at work at the time of the May 26 incident and did not return to the home until the following day.

Police say that Keith Crotti was under the influence of methamphetamine when he brutally beat the 2-year-old, which resulted in various injuries. Authorities say the Indiana man blacked at least one of the little boy’s eyes. A medical exam also determined that the toddler suffered from various injuries to his face, head, and scalp. His neck and torso were also reportedly bruised in the alleged assault. Unfortunately, authorities were not made aware of the assault until several days later. This means that the boy’s injuries were in stages of healing at the time of the medical exam.

Police say that a neighbor of the child and his family notified them when they saw the injuries on the boy’s face and body. Police also say that none of the members of the child’s family made any attempts to call police on Crotti or seek medical attention for his injuries. Evansville Police Captain Andy Chandler didn’t hold back his opinion about the Indiana man when he addressed this tragic case of child abuse with the public.

“The guy was brutal. He’s sadistic, and he’s evil.”

Unfortunately, child abuse incidents where drugs are involved aren’t entirely uncommon. According to the Child Welfare League of America, 40 to 80 percent of families in the child welfare system are addicted to drugs. Furthermore, some data produced by sheriff’s departments in the U.S. seem to indicate an increasing correlation between methamphetamine use and child abuse or neglect incidents.

Earlier this year, four people were arrested in Mississippi in association with an infant’s exposure to crystal meth. Included in the arrest were the parents of the 8-month-old baby, who ingested enough of the illicit drug to trigger a seizure.

Also this year, a group of four men in Vernal, Utah were accused of gang-raping a nine-year-old girl. The child allegedly fell victim to the horrifying sexual assault while her mother was using crystal meth in a garage on the property. However, the mother in this shocking case of child abuse notified authorities of the rape as soon as she learned about it, and admitted that she had left the girl alone with the man while she used drugs.

In this latest case, Indiana man Keith Crotti has been charged with both child abuse and neglect. The mother of the unnamed 2-year-old victim has also been charged after she failed to report the clear signs of abuse. She also reportedly failed to seek medical attention for the lad.

Also charged in association with the May 26 incident is the biological father of the 2-year-old victim. Police have charged 29-year-old Joshua Kuhlenschmidt with child abuse and neglect. However, it should be noted that the man was not present at the time of the violent incident. Like the boy’s mother, Kuhlenschmidt failed to notify authorities of the abuse and failed to get his son medical attention.

 

 

 

http://www.inquisitr.com/3156576/police-indiana-man-sadistically-abused-toddler-while-high-on-meth/