Comments Off on Lisa Marie Garcia, of Great Falls, charged with stabbing boyfriend while high on Methamphetamine, endangering her children

Despite her boyfriend’s attempts to cover for her, a Great Falls woman has been charged with stabbing him while high on methamphetamine and endangering her children.

Lisa Marie Garcia, of Great Falls, has been charged with assault with a weapon, a felony, two misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a child and one misdemeanor charge of partner or family member assault. If convicted, she faces a potential 22 years imprisonment and a maximum $52,000 in fines. Her bail was set at $10,000.

Great Falls police on Jan. 20 responded to a call regarding a man whose arm had been slashed. When police arrived, the man said he had dropped a knife while washing dishes. Garcia, the man’s girlfriend, allegedly told the officer that she was doing laundry when the man began calling for help. According to the police report, Garcia immediately admitted to being under the influence of methamphetamine with her two young children present.

The officer told Garcia that he didn’t think the man had been cut by a dropping a knife while doing dishes. She allegedly responded, “OK, I did it,” according to court documents and was arrested at the scene.

While leaving the apartment, which is on the fourth floor, the officer noticed a young child standing at a window. The window was reportedly open and did not have a screen, leading to a second child endangerment charge for Garcia.


Comments Off on Luz S. Leon, 37, of College Place, charged in Methamphetamine, heroin case

A local woman suspected of possessing and distributing a substantial amount of heroin this month is set for trial beginning March 15 on five felony charges.

Luz S. Leon, 37, pleaded not guilty Monday afternoon in Walla Walla County Superior Court to two counts of delivering heroin, in addition to possessing heroin and methamphetamine with the intent to deliver the controlled substances, and possessing an unlawful firearm.

Leon initially was arrested and booked into the County Jail earlier this month after she allegedly tried to ship packaged heroin through the Postal Annex, 1644 Plaza Way.

Because she has ties to the community and no criminal history, she later was released with conditions pending further court proceedings.

But she was taken into custody again Sunday after officials discovered she had successfully mailed concealed heroin addressed to an out-of-state prison inmate, according to a police report filed in court.

“She has access to a much larger volume of heroin than we normally see,” Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Gabriel Acosta said in court Monday.

Bail for Leon is set at $20,000.

She allegedly tried to ship about 4 ounces of suspected “China White” heroin through the Postal Annex to a California address on Jan. 9. The intended recipient isn’t identified in court records.

Police obtained a search warrant for the package the next day after a K-9 alerted on it during a sniff. The suspected heroin was found inside a stuffed animal, according to a police report.

Later that day, about 4 ounces of heroin was discovered at Leon’s residence at 104 S.E 12th St., Apt. B, in College Place, officials said.

Police also reportedly located about 3 ounces of suspected methamphetamine, small electronic scales, $832 cash and a short-barreled shotgun.

Since her arrest that day, police learned that a second package containing suspected heroin, which she also allegedly took to the Postal Annex on Jan. 9, actually was shipped. That package was addressed to an inmate at the Ironwood State Prison in Blythe, Calif., officials said.

Employees at the prison intercepted the package — ostensibly shipped from a Christian store — and found the suspected heroin in a freeze-pop package that had been placed inside the altered binding of a book, according to a police report.

Detectives noticed evidence of that type of activity when they served the search warrant at Leon’s residence, the report says.
Comments Off on Valencia Rachael Roberts, 41, of Floyd County, sold Methamphetamine from Royal Inn hotel room

A Floyd County woman who police say sold meth at the Royal Inn over the summer was being held in jail without bond Tuesday.

According to Floyd County Jail reports:

Valencia Rachael Roberts, 41, of 3189 Morton Bend Road, was arrested Monday and charged with three felony counts each of sale of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and possession of methamphetamine.

Between June 8 and July 8, Roberts sold methamphetamine to “a reliable cooperating witness” at the motel at 1201 Martha Berry Blvd.



Comments Off on Motorist’s uncontrollable laughter helps lead North Charleston police to Methamphetamine – Timothy Robert Davis, 58, of Summerville, arrested

A 58-year-old motorist’s uncontrollable laughter on Monday helped tip off North Charleston police to what they said was a stash of methamphetamine in his truck.

The driver, Timothy Robert Davis of Kimberwicke Drive in Summerville, was arrested on a felony charge of trafficking meth.

He was being held Tuesday at the Charleston County jail.

A North Charleston Police Department incident report said a patrolman stopped Davis’ GMC Canyon for going 54 mph in a 45-mph speed zone on U.S. Highway 78 near Shipley Street. The officer said he acted “extremely nervous,” spoke rapidly and started “laughing uncontrollably” during the 7:30 p.m. traffic stop.

He denied having anything illegal in the pickup truck, noting only the pocketknife on him, the report stated.

Davis laughed when the officers asked to search the vehicle and said, “I’d rather you not,” they said. Signals from a police dog that sniffed him and the truck gave the officers reason to do the search anyway, they said.

They reported finding a small amount of suspected meth on Davis and two plastic bags elsewhere in the pickup that totaled 58.3 grams, or about 2 ounces.



Comments Off on 65 pounds of liquid Methamphetamine seized during traffic stop in Austin – Maria Bermudez Gutierrez, 45, of Mexico, arrested

Austin police say they’ve seized millions of dollars’ worth of liquid methamphetamine during a traffic stop.

It happened Monday, Jan. 23 at approximately 12:45 p.m. in the 10700 block of S I-35 northbound .

Investigators say a 2004 Ford Escape with Mexico license plates was pulled over for failing to maintain a single marked lane.

Police say the officer detected deception from the driver. The officer asked for consent to search vehicle, which was granted, and an “anomaly” were detected with the gas tank. A K9 trained to detect narcotics was brought to the scene and it alerted to the tank. Officers then used a fiber optic scope to explore the interior of the tank and noticed something suspicious inside.

The vehicle was taken to a city mechanic facility and the tank was removed for examination. A partition was discovered, with one side filled with approximately 65 pounds of liquid meth, according to investigators.

APD estimates its street value at $2.6 million.

The driver has been identified as Maria Bermudez Gutierrez, 45, of Mexico. Police think she was on the way to the Dallas metro area. She is now in federal custody.


Comments Off on Cullman County drug bust nets over 100 grams of liquid Methamphetamine – Randall Lee Paris, 42, arrested

A West Point man is facing multiple drug related charges after a Cullman County drug bust resulted in the seizure of more than 100 grams of liquid methamphetamine.

On January 19, agents with the Cullman Narcotics Enforcement Team (CNET) executed a search warrant at the suspect’s residence on County Road 1142. During the search agents discovered over 100 grams of liquid methamphetamine, as well as drug paraphernalia at the residence.

Randall Lee Paris, 42, is facing charges of trafficking in methamphetamine, unlawful possession of marijuana, and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

“Seizing this much meth keeps it off the street and away from our community,” said Sheriff Matt Gentry. “I would like to also thank the CNET agents and deputies for continued hard work” added Gentry.

Randall is currently being held in the Cullman County Detention Center on a million dollar bond.


Comments Off on 31-year-old Fort Worth woman accused of smuggling Methamphetamine in horse shampoo bottles at the Pharr-Reynosa International bridge

PHARR — Officers seized more than $1.2 million worth of liquid methamphetamine hidden in horse shampoo bottles at the port of entry Friday, according to a news release.

On Jan. 20, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers at the Pharr-Reynosa International bridge referred a 31-year-old woman from Fort Worth to secondary inspection where canine officers discovered 61.86 pounds of alleged liquid meth with a street value of $1,237,222, according to a Tuesday news release.

CBP officers seized the alleged drugs and arrested the woman who was turned over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations.


Comments Off on New Chemsex Study Examines the Prevalence of Drug-Fueled Sex Using Methamphetamine

(EDGE) Popular gay hookup site has found chemsex, also known as Party and Play (PNP) or drug-fueled sex, is prevalent with 30 percent of survey respondents admitting that they have engaged in the activity.

The study, which surveyed 22,248 members, also showed that despite widespread usage of illicit drugs during sex, only about 39 percent of respondents said they would consider engaging in chemsex while 61 percent said they would not.

Dr.Bourne, who recently interviewed with the prominent Gay News Network (GNN) after the release of his statements emphasizing the sensationalization of chemsex reports, expressed that “Chemsex is something we have to remain vigilant about, but we also have to be wary of drawing simple conclusions without considering the right evidence. Only a small minority of gay men use drugs on a regular basis, and only a minority of those do so in a sexual context.”

“We wanted to provide our members very important information about chemsex within the gay and bisexual community,” said Attila Szatmari, Digital Business Director for Pink Triangle Press,’s parent company. “We now have statistics from real people showing infrequent participation in chemsex, not this hyper-usage that seems to be reported in mainstream media.”

The Victorian AIDS Council (VAC) has recently called for greater awareness of the needs of LGBTI people within mainstream alcohol and other drug (AOD) services, in addition to increased funding for LGBTI-specific AOD services.

“The reality is mainstream AOD services will continue to provide most of the treatment for LGBTI people, and those services do need greater awareness of LGBTI issues. But a lot of people don’t feel comfortable accessing a mainstream service — we also need better funded LGBTI-specific services,” Bourne commented. took on this survey with the intention to provide a safe place for its members to share. One survey section asked members about protection and recollection of their experience. When asked how much they remember from their chemsex encounters, 85.5 percent of respondents said they remembered everything to mostly everything and 10 percent said they recalled half of their experience. Only 4 percent said they remembered almost nothing. The remaining 0.5 percent recalled nothing of the experience. The survey also showed that during chemsex 51 percent of men did not use protection during anal sex and 93 percent did not use protection during oral sex.

The drug of choice for study participants was crystal meth (36 percent), followed by marijuana (19 percent), cocaine (13 percent), and MDMA, better known as ecstasy (11 percent).
For complete results of the study, visit


Comments Off on Methamphetamine use in Adelaide climbs as South Australia calls for action on drug ‘scourge’

Methamphetamine use in Adelaide rose 25 per cent in the past year and tripled over five years, an analysis of the city’s sewage has shown.

Data analysed by the University of South Australia showed across metropolitan Adelaide there were more than 450 doses of methamphetamine each week per 1,000 people in December 2016, up from little over 150 doses a week in 2012.

Methamphetamine consumption increased slightly on weekends, the data showed.

Scientists calculated each dose as 30 milligrams.

The testing cannot determine in which regions of metropolitan Adelaide the drug consumption was occurring or the characteristics of the users.

Other stimulants detected during wastewater testing included 13 doses of cocaine each week per 1,000 people and more than two doses of ecstasy and heroin each week per 1,000 people during December.

Cocaine use peaked on Sundays.

Other data doesn’t suggest more users, doctor says


Drug and Alcohol Services South Australia acting clinical director Chris Holmwood said the wastewater analysis showed there was a steady increase in the level of methamphetamine being used but he did not believed that meant more people were using the drug.

“You have to look at waste water analysis together with other sources of data,” Dr Holmwood told ABC Adelaide.

“If you look at survey data that looks at self-reported use of methamphetamine, it looks like no more people are using methamphetamine than were three or four years ago but the total amount of methamphetamine that’s being used is greater.

“So those people who are using methamphetamine are using more of it and subsequently running into more problems associated with it.”

South Australian Network of Drug and Alcohol Services (SANDAS) executive officer Michael White said more support and a broader range of rehab services were desperately needed.

The head of the peak body for non-government organisations working in the alcohol and other drug sector said there had been a significant increase in the purity of methamphetamine.

“It’s the equivalent of moving from drinking a bottle of beer to a bottle of scotch a day,” Mr White said.

“So yes, those people who are using at much higher purity are going to become much more affected, much more quickly.”

Investment needed in treatment

Harm Reduction Australia president Gino Vumbaca said the majority of drug funding went into law enforcement and that needed to change.

“That is not to say you don’t invest in law enforcement, it’s a critical part of any drug policy approach, but you also have to realise that there are tens of thousands of people using the drug frequently, harm is being caused and created and you need to invest in treatment, harm reduction programs and prevention programs,” Mr Vumbaca said.

He argued drug busts were not having an impact on the availability and drug use at street level.

“What the evidence is telling us is that picking off people who are using drugs at a street level, you’re not doing a great deal of good, you’re actually increasing a level of harm by increasing a criminal record, or jail or prison sentences for some people.”

South Australian Substance Abuse Minister Leesa Vlahos has called for new Federal Government Health Minister Greg Hunt to tackle “the scourge of methamphetamine abuse”.

The SA Government runs one drug rehabilitation facility in the state.

Ms Vlahos said the State Government was working on new strategies to attack the problem.

In a statement, a spokesperson for Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt said the $298-million National Ice Action Strategy would deliver direct and tailored services into local communities.

He also said services to tackle the ice epidemic began last year and were available in Adelaide and regional areas of South Australia.


Comments Off on Ashley Meleisa Williams, 26, of Adairsville, passed out in car, had Methamphetamine and Xanax

An Adairsville woman who reportedly fell asleep in her car in a restaurant parking lot in Rome was in jail facing felony drug charges Monday night.

According to Floyd County jail reports:

Ashley Meleisa Williams, 26, of 112 E. Summit Drive in Adairsville, was arrested shortly after 10 a.m. Monday and charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of Xanax, both felonies.

She also is facing misdemeanor charges of DUI drugs, failure to keep drugs in their original container and possession of drug-related objects.

Police were called to a fast food restaurant on U.S. 27 North regarding a woman passed out in a car.

The arriving officer saw the vehicle on the highway and stopped it near Food Lion.

Williams failed a field sobriety test and, after her arrest, police found meth, Xanax and a pill grinder on her person and a syringe in the car.

No bail had been set Monday night.


Comments Off on Brittany Newman, the mother, and Nichols ODonnell, the father of infant charged with child abuse after Methamphetamine discovered in child’s system in Cleveland

The parents of an infant child have been charged with aggravated child abuse or neglect after methamphetamine was discovered in their child’s system, according to a Cleveland Police Department news release.

Medical examinations also revealed the child had multiple skull fractures, broken bones and a brain bleed that required brain surgery.

Cleveland residents Nichols ODonnell, the father and Brittany Newman, the mother, tested positive for methamphetamine.

They are being held at the Bradley County Justice Center on $75,000 bond, the news release said.

The Department of Children’s Services and Cleveland police began a joint investigation after they were called to the Crown Inn Motel on South Lee Highway to check on the welfare of a two-month old child on January 4.

ODonnell and Newman tested positive for meth during the initial investigation and DCS workers noticed “a large bruise” on the child’s head.

The baby was taken to a hospital for a medical evaluation.

The Bradley County Grandy Jury issued indictments against ODonnell and Newman last Wednesday.

Anyone with information regarding this child or these parents is urged to contact Cleveland Police Department detective Daniel Gibbs at 423-559-3393.


Comments Off on Kristin Dilley and Ralph Logan accused of selling Methamphetamine with children in Portland home

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A man and a woman have been charged after police said they dealt meth out of a Portland home where children lived.

Police went to Ralph Logan and home on North 24th Street Sunday night where detectives seized a large amount of meth, marijuana, pipes and other paraphernalia within close proximity of the children, according to a police report.

Logan, who was on home incarceration at the house, was charged with endangering the welfare of a minor, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and trafficking a controlled substance.

Dilley was booked into Louisville Metro Department of Corrections and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, endangering the welfare of a minor, possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, operating on a suspended or revoked operators license, serving a bench warrant for court and trafficking in a controlled substance.



Comments Off on Methamphetamine lab found in garage in Lower Towanmensing Township – Kelly A. Yuykunas, 40, faces charges

A 40-year-old Carbon County woman faces charges after a methamphetamine lab was found in the garage of the home where she lived, Pennsylvania State Police report.

The Leighton barracks on Jan. 12 got a tip that there was drug activity at 60 Oriole Drive in Lower Towanmensing Township, police said.

Armed with a search warrant issued by Judge William Kissner, troopers on Jan. 13 went to the home and discovered the suspected meth lab, police said.

The state police Clandestine Laboratory Response Team was called to clean up the lab and collect evidence, police said.

Kelly A. Yuykunas was taken into custody and charged with crimes under the controlled substances act, police said. She is being held in Carbon County jail, records show.

She already had drug and DUI charges pending, records show.



Comments Off on A 36-year-old woman and a 37-year-old woman were arrested on Methamphetamine charges in Cass County

MASON TOWNSHIP, MI – A 36-year-old woman and a 37-year-old woman were arrested on methamphetamine charges in Cass County on Monday, Jan. 23.

Cass County Drug Enforcement Team detectives executed a search warrant in the 19000 block of Stateline Road in Mason Township on suspicion meth was being manufactured and used there, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release.

Detectives located drug paraphernalia upon searching the residence.

The 36-year-old woman was arrested on charges of possession of methamphetamine and maintaining a drug house. The 37-year-old woman was arrested on charges of conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine and maintaining a drug house. Their names were not released. The are expected to be arraigned Tuesday, according to the sheriff’s office.



Comments Off on Tsz Kei Lee, 21, and Yau Li, 20, who had four pounds of Methamphetamine taped to their thighs at the A.B. Won Pat International Airport, sentenced

HAGATNA, Guam — Two women caught at the Guam airport in 2015 with more than $1 million worth of methamphetamine taped to their thighs were sentenced Monday to at least two years in prison.

Between them, Tsz Kei Lee, 21, and Yau Li, 20, tried to smuggle in more than four pounds of methamphetamine, court documents state. The street value of the drugs was about $1.2 million, according to a federal agent.

The Chinese women flew from Hong Kong to Guam on the same United Airlines flight and arrived at A.B. Won Pat International Airport on Dec. 29, 2015, where a drug-detecting dog signaled to Guam Customs and Quarantine Agency officers that Lee had drugs, according to a court complaint. Another officer patted down Li and found meth taped to her thighs, the complaint states.

Both women were promised 70,000 Hong Kong dollars, or a little more than $9,000, if they successfully delivered the drug packages, documents state.

Defense attorneys Jeffrey Moots and Leilani Lujan said their clients needed the money and both felt an implied threat to them or their family if they did not go through with the delivery. The person who recruited them, a friend of Lee, was persistent and knew where both women lived and their families, Lujan and Moots said. The recruiter reportedly made the trip before and told Lee it went smoothly, Lujan said.

“She was absolutely the sacrificial lamb,” Lujan said of her client, Lee. “What we have here is a drug mule.”

Attorney Moots also said his client, Li, was merely a drug mule.

Their flight, transportation and even their clothing were bought and arranged for them, Lujan said.

They were told to meet at a hotel, where the drugs were taped to them. They were given new dresses and airline tickets and told to wait for a phone call on Guam for further instructions, Moots said.

Moots said Li agreed to deliver the drugs because she just lost her job and it was an opportunity to come to Guam and make money. It didn’t sound risky until the drugs were strapped to her, he said.

Court documents state they both pleaded guilty to one count of importing methamphetamine. A second charge of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine was dismissed.

Lee received a shorter sentence, of 24 months, to Li’s 37 months after the judge granted Lee a variance. The reason for the variance was sealed and not disclosed in open court. Both received a year of credit for time served.

Each woman had a little more than 1,000 grams of “ice,” between 95% to 98% pure, and had a total street value of more than $1.2 million, according to Avery Cepeda, special agent for U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

‘Money was tempting’

Both women, who have been detained at Department of Corrections since December 2015, appeared in court dressed identically in navy blue T-shirts too large for their frames, paired with orange prison-issued pants and shackles on their ankles. They both wore glasses with black frames.

Reading in English from a handwritten letter, Lee said the money offered to her was tempting and she thought she was helping her friend.

She said she accepted full responsibility and apologized for her actions. Her parents flew in from Hong Kong for the sentencing, and her father, Puishing Lee, asked the judge for a lenient sentence.

Li, who mostly spoke in Mandarin, said through an interpreter that she was sorry for what she did. She grew up poor and her family could not afford to travel to Guam for her sentencing. “I feel ashamed,” she said.

Both of them told Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood that this would be the last time they’d commit a crime.

Defense lawyers and Assistant U.S. Attorney Marivic David argued over whether or not the defendants were considered minimal participants in the drug scheme.

David argued that Lee and Li were more culpable than the person who recruited them, the person who taped the drugs to their body and the person who bought them clothing, because all of those people chose not to smuggle the drugs internationally.

Both women expected money for their part in the scheme, but David said there’s no evidence that the recruiter, the person who taped the drugs and the person who bought dresses were paid.

Moots, however, said it’s likely that other people were paid. “Drug operations are not non-profit organizations,” he said.

After nearly two hours of discussion, the chief judge agreed the two women were minimal participants, which shortened their sentencing range.

Both may be deported and prohibited from returning to American soil.


Comments Off on Operation takes down ring trafficking pure crystal Methamphetamine in Southeast Georgia – 11 women and men arrested

FOLKSTON, Ga. – A crystal meth ring trafficking millions of dollars worth of a rare, pure form of the drug through Southeast Georgia has been dismantled by a multi-agency sting, dubbed “Operation Energizer.”

The 13-month sting earned its name because authorities said the drug ring just kept going and going as the investigation progressed.

Eleven people have been indicted for distributing or selling crystal meth, and four have already pleaded guilty, investigators said.

The four who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute meth were:

  • Norman Lloyd, Charlton County
  • Kathy Meyer, Charlton County
  • Tina Rayos, Nassau County
  • Lena Davis, Bacon County

The seven others indicted on the same charge are:

  • Layton Thomas, Charlton County
  • Melinda Reeves, Duval County
  • Michelle Ryder, Nassau County
  • Marcelle Jenkins, Bacon County
  • Leterell Jenkins, Bacon County
  • George Jenkins, Bacon County
  • Shanique Morgan, Bacon County

The operation, which began in 2015, found that the main players in the drug ring were located in northern Georgia and Bacon County. A tip led detectives to Charlton County, which the traffickers used as a distribution point to get the drugs to other areas, authorities said.

“Our county was sort of the hub, you might say, of this operation. I think it was done here because of our proximity to the Florida state line, going into Jacksonville,” Charlton County Sheriff Dobie Conner said. “I want to thank everybody for the extra hard work that they put into this. Here in a rural county, it’s hard to get on top of these things.”

Investigators said the meth was first going to a gang of four drug dealers in Bacon County, which is north of Charlton. Detectives said the group then took the meth to Charlton county, where it made it’s way across the state line to Florida.

“Actually, they could go across the line and charge a higher price than what they’re paying in Bacon County for it, so it was a money thing and a location thing,” said Maj. Randy Crews of the Baker County Sheriff’s Office.

Investigators said they found three people in Charlton County that they claim were selling meth to drug users in Jacksonville, Baker County and Nassau County. The drugs were a rare, 100 percent potency type of crystal meth, which authorities said was tied to Mexico.

“Purity level of that magnitude indicates this is not a domestic shake and bake of a one-type method,” said Chad Cook, with the DEA. “This is a Mexican-imported methamphetamine.”

Authorities said more arrests are coming.

“It should put some dent in the local Jacksonville (meth) market, at least for a while,” News4Jax crime and safety analyst Gil Smith said. “It’s like when they make a major marijuana (bust). Yeah, it slows things down for awhile, but eventually there is another supply coming from someplace else.”

The Baker County, Charlton County and Bacon County sheriff’s offices, and the Drug Enforcement Administration in Jacksonville worked together on the sting.



Comments Off on High rates of dental and gum disease occur among Methamphetamine users

Courtesy of the American Dental Association

A new study funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) documents the high rates and unique patterns of dental decay and gum disease in people who use the illicit drug methamphetamine. The large study of 571 methamphetamine users found that 96 percent had experienced dental cavities and 58 percent had untreated tooth decay. Only 23 percent retained all of their natural teeth, compared to a tooth retention rate of 48 percent among the U.S. general population. The study was conducted by investigators at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

The study found that adults reporting moderate or heavy methamphetamine use were twice as likely to have untreated dental cavities than were light users (less than 10 days of use over the past month). Older subjects (ages 30+), women, and current cigarette smokers were disproportionately affected by dental and periodontal disease. In addition, a significant percentage of participants (40 percent) indicated they were often self-conscious or embarrassed due to the condition of their teeth or dentures.

The UCLA researchers emphasized that the high rates and distinctive patterns of cavities could be an important signal to alert dentists to possible methamphetamine use in their patients and the need for a comprehensive treatment that identifies and addresses both their methamphetamine use and oral health problems.

For a copy of the abstract published in the Journal of the American Dental Association go to

To learn more about methamphetamine, go to

For more information, contact the NIDA press office at or 301-443-6245.



Comments Off on Donald Mills, 26, Donald Smith, 33, and Robert Goodson, 35, arrested after 12 pounds of Methamphetamine and other drugs, found in Dayton home

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Three men are behind bars Monday after a search warrant is issued.

The Montgomery County RANGE Task Force served the two search warrants — one in the 1400 block of Tampa Avenue and another in the 50 block of Glenwood Avenue in Dayton.

There, they found approximately 12 pounds of methamphetamine, a “large quantity” of heroin and marijuana. “Several thousand” dollars in cash were also seized from the two houses.

Twenty-six-year-old Donald Mills, 33-year-old Donald Smith and 35-year-old Robert Goodson were all arrested on charges related to trafficking and are currently being held at the Montgomery County Jail.

No other details about the investigation were immediately available Monday.


Comments Off on Kerry Elaine Giles, 46, of Hudson, Charged With Methamphetamine Possession, Probation Violation

46-year-old Kerry Elaine Giles of Dynasty Drive in Hudson was arrested Sunday (January 22) by Conover Police Officers. She’s charged with possession of methamphetamine and felony probation violation out of county.

Giles was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $44,750 total bond.

A District Court appearance on the drug charge was scheduled for today (Monday, January 23) in Newton. A Superior Court date on the probation violation charge is set for March 6 in Caldwell County.


Comments Off on Unsafe to enter these Methamphetamine houses in Muncie/Delaware County

MUNCIE, Ind. — More than 60 Muncie/Delaware County houses, along with several garages and outbuildings, remain unsafe to occupy or even enter because of residue from methamphetamine labs that were dismantled by state police. The addresses, ZIP codes and year they were posted as unsafe:


2201 N. Buckles Ave., Muncie, IN 47303, Garage.

5900 W. CR 350 N Lot 14, Muncie, IN 47304, Living Room, East Bedroom.

305 W. 22nd St., Muncie, IN, 47302,  Kitchen, Living Room, Front Bedroom, Basement.
1801 S. Elm St., Muncie, IN 47302.

2102 S. Biltmore Ave., Muncie, IN 47302, Basement; Back Bedroom; Outside Trash.
401 E. 8th St., Muncie, IN 47302.
128 N. Plum St., Eaton, IN 47338,  Outside Trash; Burn Pit.
2001 E. 13th St., Muncie, IN 47302.

1910 S. Kathy Dr., Muncie, IN, 47302.

916 W. Jackson St. Apt 5, Muncie, IN, 47305.
3615 S. Walnut St., Muncie, IN 47302.
6 E. Ashwood Dr., Muncie IN 47303, Center Bedroom.

9 Eastwood Dr., Muncie, IN 47303,  Bathroom, Living Room.
2509 S. Hoyt Ave., Muncie, IN 47302,  Outbuilding: Living Room, Kitchen.
1520 E. 2nd St., Muncie, IN 47302,
3700 W. Riggin Road, Muncie, IN 47304, Garage, Basement, Kitchen.
3609 W. 27th St., Muncie, IN 47302,  Garage and family room.
2318 S. Hackley St. Muncie, IN 47302  Basement.
1901 E. Yale Ave., Muncie, IN 47303,  Bathroom, Kitchen, Back Storage Room.
611 E. Pine St., Muncie, IN 47303, Kitchen, Master Bedroom.
1933 W. 16th St., Muncie, IN 47302,  Outside trash, South room of residence, Garage, Van.
1404 E. 24th St., Muncie, IN 47302, Bedroom.
1412 W. Memorial Dr., Muncie, IN 47302,  Bedroom.
2201 E. Cornell Ave., Muncie, IN 47303, North Bedroom, South Bedroom, Bathroom, Outside.
1613 E. 1st St., Muncie, IN 47302, Middle Bedroom.
1504 N. Granville Ave., Muncie, IN  47303, No Structure (porch cabinet).
710 W. Kilgore Ave., Muncie, IN 47305,  Bedroom, Outside Trash.
17909 N. Wheeling Ave., Gaston, IN,  Outbuilding, Barn.
5734 S. Burlington Dr., Muncie, IN 47302,  Kitchen, Utility Room, Outside, Burn Pit.
1202 S. Shipley St., Muncie, IN 47302,  Utility Room, Basement, Kitchen, Outside Trash.

2410 S. Pershing Dr., Muncie, IN 47302, Bedroom, Kitchen.
908 W. 10th St., Muncie, IN 47302,   Bedroom, Kitchen, Trash.
3513 W. 26th St., Muncie, IN 47302,   Master Bathroom, Detached Garage.
102 S. Ohio Ave., Muncie, IN 47305, Upstairs bedroom.
2029 E. Purdue St., Muncie, IN 47303, Living Room, Northeast Bedroom,
2010 S Walling St., Muncie, IN 47302, Outbuilding – shed.
2916 S. Hackley St., Muncie, IN 47305,  Utility Room.
509 S. Gharkey St., Muncie, IN 47305, Basement.
1309 E. Kirk St., Muncie, IN 47302,   Bathroom; Utility Room; Trash Can.
1933 W. 16th St., Muncie, IN 47302,   Garage; Trash.
1013 W. Kilgore Ave., Muncie, IN 47305,  Kitchen.
507 S. Proud St., Muncie, IN 47305,   Living Room, Bathroom.
1618 E. 2nd St., Muncie, IN 47302,  Kitchen, Backyard.
1106 W. 18th St., Muncie, IN 47302,   Living Room, Utility Room, Backyard.
1100 W. 2nd St., Muncie, IN 47302,  Attic; Main Living Area.
2404½ N. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Muncie, IN 47303,  Outside (underneath grill); Bathroom.
1603 S. Jefferson St., Muncie, IN 47302,  Kitchen.
9500 N. Wheeling Ave. #4, Muncie, IN 47304,  Kitchen, Master Bedroom; Utility Room; Open Air (Yard).
110 N. Cherry St., Muncie, IN 47305,  Basement.
4118 S. Pinewood Dr., Muncie, IN 47302,  Bathroom; Closet.
1424 W. 9th St., Muncie, IN 47302,   Southeast Bedroom; Back Porch Trash.
416 W. Jackson St. Apt. #8, Muncie, IN 47305,  Bedroom.
916 W. 17th St., Muncie, IN 47302, Bathroom; Garage.
1700 E. Kirk St., Muncie, IN 47303, Kitchen.
2412 W. 9th St., Muncie, IN 47302, Trash.
3515 W. 8th St., Muncie, IN 47302,  Utility Room; Shed; Trash.

1210 S. Luick St., Muncie, IN 47302,  House; Garage.

1404 W. 16th St., Muncie, IN 47302,  Closet; Freezer; Kitchen; Utility Room.
1409 S. Burlington Ave., Muncie, IN 47302,  Garage.
708 W. Jackson St. #2, Muncie, IN 47305,  Kitchen.
2107 S. Jefferson St., Muncie, IN 47302,  Living Room; Bathroom.
3909 N. Lanewood Dr., Muncie, IN 47304,  Garage.
1912 S. Manhattan Ave., Muncie, IN 47302,  Detached Garage; Kitchen; Bedroom; Living Room.
1901 E. 18th St., Muncie, IN 47302,   Kitchen; Bedroom; Closet; Living Room.
540 S. Gharkey St. #3, Muncie, IN 47305,  Bedroom.
1319 E. Jackson St., Muncie, IN 47305,  Backyard; Basement; Pickup Truck.
707 N. Greenbriar St., Muncie, IN 47304,  Upstairs Master Bathroom.
1011 W. 14th St., Muncie, IN 47302,  Northeast Bedroom; Outside
1 Eastwood Dr., Muncie, IN 47302,   Bathroom; Bedroom.
1011 W. 14th St., Muncie, IN 47302,  Southwest Corner of Garage; Southwest Bedroom; Under Kitchen Cabinets.
2304 W. 10th St., Muncie IN,  Outbuilding (Shed).
1809 W 7th St. Apt. C.m Muncie, IN 47302m   Living Room.
3408 S. Juniper Lane, Muncie IN 47302m  Downstairs Hallway.
4309 N. Morrison Road, Muncie, IN 47304,  Detached Garage – shelf, southeast corner.
2707 S. Mulberry St., Muncie, IN 47302,  Southeast Bedroom.
3548 S. Juniper Lane, Muncie, IN 47302,  East Bedroom; Kitchen Trash / Under Kitchen Sink; Outside Utility Building;.
700 W. Fuson Road #10, Muncie, IN 47302,  Cabin 10, North Cabin.

Source: Indiana State Police, Delaware County Health Department
Dozens of toxic meth houses sit empty in Muncie

MUNCIE — The battle against methamphetamine in recent years has left more than 60 houses classified as unsafe to occupy because of contamination.

The good news is that more than 100 other houses have been cleaned up by owners, a coalition has been formed to address the problem and meth abuse might have peaked.

Meth in Muncie is contributing to neighborhood decline and housing abandonment; straining police, judicial, child protection and emergency services budgets; and adding to social divisions between north Muncie and south Muncie, including zip code 47302 where the most meth labs have popped up, according to an assessment by the Indiana Prevention Resource Center (IPRC) at Indiana University.

The community’s response to the problem has included fear, confusion, frustration, public relations concerns, public health concerns, feeling overwhelmed and relying on others to fix it, IPRC found, based on community interviews and focus groups.

Delaware County has led the state in the number of discovered meth labs, with 148 in 2014 and 234 in 2015.

The reasons given by the community for the top ranking include outstanding surveillance, honest and vigorous policing, community reporting, cartels that sell street drugs being pushed out of Muncie for a while and perhaps less transparency and drug enforcement in other counties.

The largest contaminant left behind from a meth lab is the drug itself, made from toxic household and farm chemicals, according to the Indiana State Department of Health.

Like smoke damage, tiny droplets containing the drug are deposited inside the home, leaving a meth residue coating surfaces, absorbing into porous materials and contaminating the forced-air heating-cooling system. Smoking meth also will create residue in a home that is above the levels considered safe by most states.

Matt Duncan of Louisville, Ky.-based Bio-Meth Management, a state-certified cleanup contractor who bids on jobs in Muncie, gave The Star Press a report of a typical cleanup:

Based on testing results, kitchen fixtures, bath 1, HVAC and bath 2 were over the limits for meth. BMM emptied the property of contents including personal items, carpet, padding, stove and and flexible duct work, all of which were landfilled. Dust and debris were vacuumed up using a HEPA filter (high-efficiency particulate air). Surfaces including walls and floors were washed and rinsed multiple times with a hand sprayer, hot water power washer or scrub brush using commercial detergents and extraction chemicals, then vacuumed with a wet-dry Shop-Vac. The entire property was then fogged with a meth-neutralizing agent and retested.

For 2016, state police reported 26 residential meth labs to the Delaware County Health Department (as of Dec. 30), according to environmental health specialist Brodie Cook.

“That number is significantly down from previous years — 45 in 2015, 47 in 2014 and 38 in 2013,” he told The Star Press. “There were also 97 dump sites reported to me in 2016. A dump site is when a meth lab, meth waste, precursors or a combination of these are found anywhere except inside of a dwelling. Normally, dump sites consist of these materials being discarded along roadside ditches or neighborhood alleys. Dump sites are also down from the previous year. In 2015, there were 161 dump sites reported.”

Statewide, meth labs dismantled by state police peaked at 1,721 in 2013 and arrests peaked at 1,507.

According to IPRC, meth abuse is higher among whites and females.

A map of meth lab houses in Muncie maintained by Cook since 2006 indicates they can occur anywhere, but much more so on the south side, with clusters in the Old West End and southwest neighborhoods.

“The Old West End has had 21 total reported meth labs at 20 locations,” neighborhood association Brad King told The Star Press. “Ten of those have yet to be cleaned up while 11 of those have been.”

One of the meth labs was on a property down the alley behind King’s house.

“Having polluted residential properties contributes to the blight of our neighborhood,” King said. “If the general attitude toward this contamination shifted toward microbrownfields, or ‘methfields,’ perhaps more incentives would become available for redevelopment. Also of note, 18 of the 20 properties where meth labs have been reported are or were at the time of the report, by my best guess, rentals.”

Police have instructed members of the neighborhood association on how to identify meth labs.

When she was walking through the Old West End looking for a housing project, Annette Phillips noticed some houses tagged by the health department because of meth contamination. “I got curious about it and started looking into it,” she said.

A director at the nonprofit PathStone Corp., which serves low-income families and economically depressed communities, Phillips obtained a $20,000 grant from NeighborWorks America to help fund a meth action plan for Muncie, including the IPRC assessment.

“We needed to understand the problem better ourselves before we started mobilizing and doing anything,” Phillips said. “Now that we have the information back from the assessment, we are looking at and discussing that and working toward an action plan.”

Phillips chairs a meth health and housing coalition that includes representatives from the city, Ball State University, First Merchants Bank, the health department, the Delaware County Prevention Council, state and city police, United Way, Ball Brothers Foundation, the Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County and others.

The coalition’s preliminary strategies include raising funds to rehab meth houses and increasing education and awareness of the problem.


Comments Off on Taking On The Methamphetamine Problem in South Dakota

Gov. Dennis Daugaard

I recently heard a story about a young man who was exposed to meth as a child. The young man, named Chris, grew up around meth and the violence that the drug brings. Like any normal kid, he wanted attention from the adults in his life. But while most kids are trying to gain approval by getting good grades, making the basketball team or winning a role in the school play, at 12 years old Chris began to use and deal meth to receive that attention. Using and dealing led Chris to get into fights and to start stealing. At age 17, Chris overdosed.

Meth is a problem in South Dakota. Like other states, we are seeing an increase in methamphetamine trafficking and more meth-related arrests and convictions. To address the epidemic, we need to stop meth from coming into our state, prevent meth use and help those who are addicted.

I am joining with the attorney general to propose a joint drug interdiction task force, comprised of four new Highway Patrol officers, joined by designated agents of the Division of Criminal Investigation.

The attorney general and the Department of Social Services are also both focused on educating young people about meth, and a legislative interim committee considered this issue as well. Starting this year, the managers of state anti-meth programs will meet regularly to coordinate these efforts and maximize their impact.

For those who are on probation or parole, I am proposing measures to reinforce good behavior and to punish bad behavior. We will establish a mandatory sanction of required jail time for anyone on probation or parole who fails a drug test. This will guarantee swift and certain sanctions for offenders who choose to use drugs. Conversely, to help those who are already addicted to meth, I am proposing we incentivize effective completion of treatment. We will allow supervision to be terminated early for parolees and probationers who stay clean, complete treatment and don’t violate the terms of their supervision for at least a year. Offenders who complete all court-ordered treatment within one year will be given one opportunity to reduce a drug possession or ingestion charge from a felony to a Class 1 misdemeanor. This option would only be available once for each offender.

I am also recommending grants to expand HOPE 24/7 Probation to all counties. HOPE 24/7 is similar to the successful 24/7 program for alcohol offenders. HOPE 24/7 has been implemented in ten counties, and provides intensive probation and treatment for serious drug offenders, who are required to take random drug tests to ensure that they stay clean.

Meth is an extremely addictive drug that ruins homes and destroys lives. Meth changes brain functions and affects the central nervous system. Those who use the drug may experience paranoia, delusions, severe tooth decay and skin sores. Trying meth just once can lead to death.

Thankfully, the young man I described is still with us, and he has been sober for a year now. When Chris moved to South Dakota, he was arrested for having drugs in his vehicle and placed in the juvenile justice system. That is where his journey to recovery began.

These reforms have the potential to help those who, like Chris, enter the criminal justice system because of a drug addiction. There will be more opportunities for offenders to receive help and fight the vicious family cycle of drug abuse. The proposals will save our taxpayers money, make our communities safer and, ultimately, bring more South Dakotans to begin the journey to recovery.


Comments Off on Seizing control in the war on Methamphetamine and drugs in west Alabama

The West Alabama Narcotics Task Force seized more than 100 pounds of controlled substances in 2016, taking drugs worth nearly $2.5 million off the streets of Tuscaloosa County.

Capt. Wayne Robertson, the task force’s commander, said agents made 1,558 arrests resulting in 2,781 criminal charges last year. He said they seized 153 weapons, 10 vehicles and around $640,000 in cash from suspects believed to be tied to the drug trade, which is more than they took in 2015 but less than the $870,000 seized in 2014.

The youngest suspect agents arrested last year was 14, Robertson said. The oldest was 70.

Robertson said the lion’s share of the seizures were connected to marijuana — agents confiscated a little more than 89 pounds of marijuana worth more than $1 million in 2016 — but he added that deliberately targeting higher-level dealers last year also led to high-yield cocaine arrests. The West Alabama Narcotics Task Force seized cocaine worth $791,829 last year, Robertson said, which is more than 10 times what they took in 2015.

“The task force, as a whole, has been trying to target larger drug traffickers and this year we worked some larger investigations,” Robertson. “We try to get the top and cut it off — that’s what we’d rather do than arrest the lower people at the street level. We’d rather see if we can cut the source off some way.”

Meth gets rare

The narcotics commander said home-cooked “dirty” methamphetamine continues to get rarer in Tuscaloosa County, but only because users are switching to Mexican-made crystal meth. The West Alabama Narcotics Task Force found 38 meth labs in the area last year, compared to 67 in 2015 and 84 in 2014,

I want to be clear, methamphetamine is still one of our largest problems,” Robertson said. Methamphetamine is being used more than ever, we just don’t have the meth labs here.”

Robertson said the shift to Mexican “ice” is happening for several reasons. First, he said, the base ingredients needed to make meth at home are harder to get than ever. Second, buying eliminates a lot of risk, both physically and legally. Cooking comes with the danger of blowing yourself up and getting hit with a Class A felony if you’re caught. Possession, Robertson said, is only a Class C felony.

“It just really makes no sense for them to have a meth lab anymore, for what they’re going to get for it.” Robertson said. “They can just go out on the streets and buy it.”

Deadly heroin

Robertson said meth use is widespread and contributes to property crimes, robberies and more, making it the most problematic drug for the West Alabama Narcotics Task Force, but heroin remains the most dangerous substance they deal with.

“It could be just one dose of heroin that kills you,” Robertson said. “Every time you shoot up, you’re taking a risk.”

Capt. Gary Hood, the commander of the Tuscaloosa County Metro Homicide Unit, said there were at least 15 fatal overdoses in the county last year, three of which have been attributed to heroin use. That number may increase pending the results of 22 death investigations awaiting toxicology reports from forensic experts in Montgomery.

In an effort to reduce those numbers in the future, the West Alabama Narcotics Task Force spent nearly $6,000 of seized drug money on a drug that counteracts the often-fatal symptoms of opioid overdose. Robertson said at the urging of Tuscaloosa Police Chief Steve Anderson, the task force bought 200 doses of Naloxone, sold under the brand name Narcan, which can reverse the respiratory depression that occurs when people overdose on heroin or other opiates. They donated the Narcan to paramedics in Tuscaloosa, Northport and other areas of Tuscaloosa County, and Robertson said they narcotics unit will donate again when the supply runs out.

“We’re trying to do some good things. We want to save lives,” Robertson said. “We really wanted to show people we’re trying to help, we don’t want these people dead.”

A community problem

Overdoses weren’t the only killers last year, though. Robertson added that even drugs that are generally classified as “safe” come with their own set of risks.

“Eleven of the 13 homicides in the city of Tuscaloosa actually had something to do with marijuana,” Robertson said. “People say ‘Marijuana’s not a deadly drug,’ but 11 out of those 13 homicides somehow had something to do with marijuana.”

Robertson said drug use in the county is not just a West Alabama Narcotics Task Force problem, it’s a community problem. He called on parents, teachers, church leaders and more to educate.

“There’s only so many of us and there’s 200,000 plus in this county,” Robertson said. “I’m reaching out and asking the public to make us aware of some of these things going on in their communities. I encourage them to call us, let us know what’s going on. We depend on them to help us in everything, help us with this problem.”


Comments Off on Deborah Lea Lindor, 42, of Ferndale, threatened to shoot Washington Gov. Jay Inslee – also in possession of Methamphetamine

A Ferndale woman threatened to shoot Washington Gov. Jay Inslee in a phone call to his staff, where she was upset about homelessness issues and an unnamed court case, according to a statement of probable cause read in court.

Deborah Lea Lindor, 42, refused to leave her jail cell to appear in court Friday, a day after she was arrested to face charges of threatening to harm the governor. Nonetheless a deputy prosecutor, Erik Sigmar, read the charges against her to an almost empty courtroom in Whatcom County Superior Court.

A woman, later identified as Lindor, had called Inslee’s office Monday, sounding irritated, irrational and angry, according to the statement. The woman wanted to talk with the governor, but the staffer told her that wasn’t possible. She replied that she was going to shoot the governor the next time she saw him.

The staffer asked if she was threatening the governor.

“What do you think?” she replied, according to the statement.

The Washington State Patrol provides security to Inslee and state troopers traced the call to Lindor through a number she had left with office staff. A trooper called her back, and using a “ruse,” managed to get her to confirm her name and date of birth, according to the statement.

Three days later when she was tracked down and arrested, state troopers found she was carrying seven hypodermic needles, a glass pipe, and a small bag containing a substance that tested positive for methamphetamine, Sigmar said.

On Friday she refused to leave her jail cell.

“We’ve had issues with her for the last day,” a jail guard told Superior Court Commissioner David Thorn in court. “She flat-out refused twice. We did give her the opportunity, but we’re not too excited about having her here today.”

Last year Lindor served a three-month jail sentence for throwing a rock at a window in the public lobby of the jail in July. A guard chased her outside, and she hit him in the head with a 2-foot-long metal rod. As deputies booked her into the jail, they found a baggie of meth in her cargo pants, according to charging papers.

In the new case Thorn found probable cause to hold Lindor in jail on charges of threatening the governor and possessing methamphetamine.

Sigmar noted Lindor had been acting strange and irrational in jail, so he asked Thorn to order a mental health evaluation before she is allowed to post bond. Thorn declined to set release conditions until she shows up in court.

The prosecutor also requested a no-contact order between the defendant and Inslee.
Comments Off on Kenneth Ross Gray, 25, the suspect involved in fatal 106 mpg Salt Lake City crash faces murder charge due to Methamphetamine use

(KUTV) Kenneth Ross Gray faces a murder charge following a fatal crash on State Street that occurred in early January.

Gray, 25, was driving a stolen vehicle with two other passengers inside when he struck another vehicle near State Street and the Interstate 80 on-ramp, according to a probable cause statement.

Investigators concluded Gray was driving around 106 mph.

Michael Green, 36, was driving the other car and suffered fatal injuries from the crash.

Green, a Farmington man, left behind two children.

Police report, following the incident Gray fled the scene on foot and was later located at 220 E. Morris Ave.

Upon investigation of the vehicle police found substances consistent with methamphetamine use, including a pipe and vile of a white crystal substance that tested positive as meth. The passengers in the car admitted that Gray had been using meth that day, according to the probable cause statement.

Gray faces one count of murder, a first degree felony and multiple other charges including aggravated assault and leaving the scene of an accident involving death, according to court documents.


Comments Off on Rochelle Gwen Beck, 50, of Detroit Lakes, allegedly caught with 56 grams of Methamphetamine

Rochelle Gwen Beck, 50, of 509 Davis Ave., Detroit Lakes, has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony first-degree controlled substance crime, and a gross misdemeanor controlled substance crime.

According to court records, on Jan. 6 an officer with the West Central Minnesota Drug and Violent Crime Task Force executed a search warrant in Becker County of three bags belonging to Beck.

Prior to the search she allegedly admitted she had meth on her person and in her bags.

The officer allegedly found 2 grams of meth on her person and 54.5 grams of meth and 31 grams of marijuana in her bags.

She appeared Jan. 9 before District Judge Mike Fritz, who set cash bail at $5,000 or bond at $50,000, with conditions, or bond at $75,000 without conditions of release.