SALTON CITY, Calif.A woman was arrested Monday after Border Patrol agents with the Indio Station discovered 24.6 lbs. of methamphetamine hidden in the dashboard of her minivan.

Agents said the 47-year-old woman was stopped at about 5:50 a.m. when she pulled up to the Highway 86 checkpoint in a 1995 Plymouth Voyager.


Agents inspected the van after a canine detection team alerted to the vehicle. During their search, agents found 17 small packages of meth hidden inside the dashboard.

The methamphetamine weighed 24.6 pounds and is worth an estimated $159,900, according to the Border Patrol’s release.

The suspect is a United States citizen. She was taken into custody and the drugs and the minivan were turned over to the D.E.A. for further investigation.



A loud bang that startled an eastern Sioux Falls neighborhood Friday evening was the sound of what police say is a growing problem in the city: small-batch, mobile methamphetamine manufacturing.

JayJay Stanton Coronado, 29, was driving a white Buick LeSabre on East Sixth Street while he and Kristy Jeanee Wilker, 38, made methamphetamine in a 20-ounce pop bottle in the front seat using a formula known as the “one-pot” method.


The small-batch, pop-bottle-sized operations have become more common since a state law restricted access to Sudafed, a key ingredient in meth. Sioux Falls Police spokesman Sam Clemens said police have found more than 50 such labs in the city since 2012.

The method involves smaller, easier to obtain quantities of chemicals, but Clemens said the mixture is just as volatile.

A car fire was reported near Sixth Street and LaSalle Avenue at 6:44 p.m. Friday. Police say the couple’s one-pot meth lab ruptured, burning both Coronado and Wilker and setting their car on fire.

Coronado continued to drive down Sixth Street and struck a light pole. Before backing up from the pole, they tossed out their burned clothes and what remained of the lab. They continued driving through the neighborhood as residents called police to report the burning car, which stopped in the parking lot of Oak View Library, 3700 E. Third St.

“The car had two flat tires. I don’t know if that’s why they finally stopped or if it was because of the injuries they received,” Clemens said.

Emergency responders found both Coronado and Wilker with burns to various parts of their body. A small amount of meth was found inside the car. They also found another one-pot meth lab inside the truck.

Coronado was airlifted to a burn unit at a Minneapolis hospital. Wilker was treated and released from a local hospital. She appeared in court Monday afternoon. Both are from Sioux Falls.

Both suspects are charged with possession of a controlled substance, manufacturing a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. They face up to 15 years in prison.

Lori Ehlers, a deputy state’s attorney for Minnehaha County, asked Judge John Schlimgen to hold Wilker on a $10,000 cash-only bond, citing the danger she put herself and the surrounding community in.

“This act was extremely dangerous and dangerous to the community. (Wilker) is lucky that she was not hurt worse or even killed and lucky no one else was hurt or killed considering this happened in a public area and that it happened inside a vehicle,” Ehler said.

Schlimgen set bond for Wilker at $5,000 cash or surety.





Mobile Meth Lab Explodes In SF

A mobile meth lab explosion in Sioux Falls is drawing more attention to the hazards of manufacturing drugs. Two people were burned when their one-pot meth lab burst Friday evening, starting a car on fire.

JayJay Coronado, 29, suffered chemical burns so bad he was airlifted to a burn unit in Minnesota. Kristy Wilker, 38 years old, was treated in Sioux Falls. Both face charges including possession and manufacturing of a controlled substance.

Officer Sam Clemens with the Sioux Falls Police Department says people are taking big risks when they mix chemicals for drugs, and that’s exacerbated in a car when they combine caustic chemicals in vessels like pop bottles to manufacture meth.

“It’s so mobile, and you don’t know really where somebody could be making it. They could be making it pretty much anywhere,” Clemens says. “In the past, we saw those big labs, typically in more isolated areas, but they would hit other places. But with this one-pot, it could be anywhere. That’s the scary part of it.”

Clemens says the volatile chemicals can explode and start fires, as they did the over the weekend. He says that’s the main danger mobile meth labs pose to the public, because people usually have to be close to the fumes or chemicals to harm their health.

Clemens says anyone who sees what looks like suspicious chemicals in a bottle should call police. He says otherwise people can suffer burns if they try to clean it up themselves.






LAREDOU.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Laredo Port of Entry seized $5.5 million in narcotics over the 4th of July weekend.

“Our frontline officers remained focused on their inspections amid heavy traffic and that dedication combined with experience and technology resulted in several significant seizures of hard narcotics,” said Joseph Misenhelter, CBP Port Director. “Seizures like these reinforce the border security aspect of our mission and underscore that the drug threat remains constant.”

The largest seizure occurred on Friday when CBP officers working at the Lincoln-Juarez Bridge stopped a 2005 Chevy Express van driven by a 55-year-old male Mexican citizen residing in Atlanta, Ga. for further examination.

During the examination, CBP officers discovered a combined weight of 126 pounds of methamphetamine within parts of the vehicle. The estimated street value for the narcotics is nearly $4 million.

Also on Friday, at the same bridge, CBP officers found eight pounds of methamphetamine hidden within the luggage of a 20-year-old man from Anaheim, California. The meth had an estimated street value of $265,000.

The third seizure occurred on Saturday as CBP officers discovered 19 bundles containing 39 pounds of cocaine hidden within a 2010 Honda Civic driven by a 56-year-old woman from Guadalupe, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.

In all three seizures, CBP officers turned the subjects over to Homeland Security Investigations special agents for further investigation.

CBP Field Operations at Laredo Port of Entry is part of the South Texas Campaign, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organization.







CHATHAM COUNTY, GA The Chatham County Sheriff’s Office says they uncovered a meth lab during a routine in eviction last week in Chatham County.


The sheriff’s office says they were completing the eviction at an apartment complex on White Bluff Road on Wednesday, July 2nd when something, “caught the deputies eye.” The sheriff’s office then contacted CNT, who located all of the elements of an active meth lab inside the apartment.

27-year-old Raymond McKinney and 23-year-old Sabrina Rudolph have been arrested and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, trafficking methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.






WICHITA, Kan.are searching for a man accused of kidnapping a woman, and forcing her to smoke meth.

The 20-year-old woman told police she was taken against her will and forced into a car in the Walmart parking lot near 29th and Rock Rd. Saturday. The woman said the man had a knife, and told her to drive to a hotel on south Broadway.

Police said the victim reports the man forcing her to smoke methamphetamine several times through an 11-hour period. The woman was released early Sunday morning, and called police.

The woman did not identify the hotel, and police did not say if she was hurt.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic man in his 30s, about 5’6″ tall, weighing 180 lbs., with black hair and a buzz cut. The woman said the man was covered in tattoos. Anyone with information is asked to call police.




After prodding by U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, CVS pharmacy stores in West Virginia have stopped selling a popular cold medication that criminals use to make illegal methamphetamine.

CVS, with 50 stores across the state, no longer sells cold medicines that solely contain pseudoephedrine, a key meth-making ingredient.

Meth cooks demand those cold and allergy pills — mostly sold under the Sudafed brand name — because they yield potent meth without byproducts.

“CVS’s commitment to terminating local sales of single-ingredient pseudoephedrine products will undoubtedly help curb the growth of meth labs and meth abuse,” said Manchin, D-W.Va., who pressed CVS executives to make the inventory change over the past several months. CVS’s single-ingredient pseudoephedrine sales ban also extends to another 40 stores within 15 miles of West Virginia’s border — stores in Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia, said Mike DeAngelis, a CVS spokesman.

“We took this step as part of our long-standing commitment to assuring that [pseudoephedrine] products are purchased at our stores for only legitimate medical purposes,” DeAngelis said.

Also, Walgreens notified Manchin’s office last week that the drugstore chain plans to stop carrying single-ingredient pseudoephedrine products in West Virginia. A Walgreens spokesman confirmed the change, and said the company was “still working out details.”

Walgreens has 17 stores in the state.

Last year, West Virginia law enforcement agencies seized 530 meth labs, a record number. Police have busted 207 labs statewide so far this year.In 2013, CVS drugstores sold more than 51,000 boxes of cold medications with pseudoephedrine in West Virginia, according to data from a drug-tracking system called NPLEx. Only two pharmacy chains sold more: Rite Aid, with 105 stores statewide, reported about 124,000 purchases, while West Virginia’s 37 Walmarts sold 104,000 boxes.

CVS stopped selling cold products — including Sudafed 12 Hour, Sudafed 24 Hour and store-brand equivalents — with pseudoephedrine as their only active ingredient June 20, DeAngelis said. CVS continues to sell Zephrex-D, a tamper-resistant cold medication that contains pseudoephedrine as its only ingredient. Meth cooks cannot make the illegal drug with Zephrex-D. CVS stores also now carry a display that promotes the tamper-resistant medicine.

“By replacing the single-ingredient products that are preferred in the making of meth with a tamper-resistant version in these [90] stores, our customers continue to have access to a single-ingredient pseudoephedrine product for legitimate purposes,” DeAngelis said.

CVS also still stocks cold medications, such as Claritin-D, Allegra-D and Zyrtec-D, which combine pseudoephedrine and other ingredients, including antihistamines and pain relievers. Those medicines can be used to make meth.“What CVS is doing is a good first step,” said Dr. Dan Foster, who heads a Kanawha County Commission substance abuse task force.

“The next step is to stop selling these combination products, which can just as easily be made into meth. They want to continue selling these combo products because that’s where they make their profits.”

In February, CVS set new pseudoephedrine purchase limits that are more restrictive than those under West Virginia law. CVS customers can buy no more than 3.6 grams of the cold medication each month, and no more than 24 grams, or about 10 boxes, per year. State law allows people to buy 7.2 grams a month and 48 grams each year.CVS also uses the NPLEx tracking system to block purchases from people who might try to circumvent its more-restrictive limits by shopping at multiple CVS stores.

Last fall, Rite Aid stores in West Virginia stopped stocking single-ingredient pseudoephedrine products amid a U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency investigation. The DEA’s Tactical Diversion Unit requested scores of records that document Rite Aid’s sales of pseudoephedrine.

Since then, Rite Aid’s sales of the meth-making cold medicine have dropped by 30 percent in West Virginia. Also last year, Fruth Pharmacy, with 16 stores in West Virginia, was the state’s first drugstore chain to stop selling medications that contain pseudoephedrine as their only active ingredient.Pharmacies keep medications containing pseudoephedrine behind the counter. Customers must show a photo ID and sign a form to purchase the products. In June, West Virginia pharmacies sold 21,000 boxes of pseudoephedrine — the lowest statewide sales total since drugstores started reporting to the NPLEx system in January 2013. Eight West Virginia Walmarts were among the state’s top-10 sellers of pseudoephedrine last month. Walgreens had two stores on the list. The Summersville Walmart led all stores. Law enforcement authorities say pseudoephedrine sales are closely linked to illegal meth production.

In December, the Sunday Gazette-Mail reported that West Virginia counties with the highest per-capita sales of pseudopehdrine also had the most meth lab busts. The newspaper’s finding was part of a series called “The Meth Menace.”

“Substance abuse has ravaged West Virginia, and the local production and abuse of methamphetamine has only added to the epidemic,” Manchin said. “It is past time that we take strong action to stop this cycle of abuse.”Earlier this year, the West Virginia Senate passed a bill that would have required people to get a doctor’s prescription before they could buy pseudoephedrine.

The House of Delegates gutted the bill, and the legislation died the last night of the session after the House missed a deadline to file a proposed compromise agreement.

Only two states, Mississippi and Oregon, have prescription laws. The number of meth labs has declined significantly in those states.

“Certainly, I have to applaud CVS for doing something, but there is more left to be done,” said Delegate Don Perdue, D-Wayne, who supported the prescription legislation. “They’re slowing down the bleeding, but they haven’t stopped it. I’m hopeful over time that the retail outlets will all come to recognize that the best way to end the meth lab problem is to make sure only those people who have a prescription for the drug get it.”




  TIPTONVILLE, TN (KFVS) – Lake County officers say a woman tried to eat marijuana after methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia was found in a car following a traffic stop in Tennessee. And, two others hid in a truck near a home that had with drugs and a loaded handgun.

It happened after a traffic stop on July 3 on Old Highway 78 South of Tiptonville.


The driver of the vehicle, Miracle Pounds, 35, of Ridgely, Tennessee was taken into custody and charged with possession of schedule II methamphetamine, possession of schedule VI marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.


Pounds was also charged with tampering with evidence.

Officers say that she had tried to eat marijuana as the officers conducted their search.

The passenger of the vehicle, Brad Shipley, 33, of Ridgely, was taken into custody for possession of marijuana. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Tiptonville Police Department during the traffic stop.

Lake County Sheriff’s Office deputies then did a follow up investigation by conducting a search of a home located on Owl Hoot Road in Southern Lake County.


Deputies found Bradley Crouch, 32, of Gadsen and Derek Newman, 31, of Alamo trying to hide in a truck parked in the driveway of the residence.

While searching the vehicle, deputies found marijuana, methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and a loaded 9 mm handgun.

Inside the home, officers found around 1.1 grams of methamphetamine and 18 grams of marijuana.

Bradley Crouch and Derek Newman were charged with possession of schedule II methamphetamine, possession of schedule VI marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Newman was also charged with unlawful possession of a weapon by a convicted felon. The Ridgley Police Department assisted with the search.

All four will appear before Judge Danny Goodman, Jr. for arraignment on July 7.






Nobody knows better than Aaron Martin how methamphetamine can ruin a life — because it messed up his.

Seduced by the drug at 16, the 20-year-old from Roseburg is now a year away from finishing a 46-month sentence with the Oregon Youth Authority at the Rogue Valley Youth Correctional Facility in Grants Pass.

He’s written a powerful poem about his experience with meth — so gripping it recently won the top prize among more than 400 entries in Words Unlocked, a national poetry contest for youths in detention — and his words leave no doubt about the depths that follow the highs for a habitual user.

…. Into your lungs, through your veins,

straight to the brain. Exhale … Pure white,

beautiful, buzzing,

cloud carrying your worries away ….

Free of the drug since his incarceration, Martin still remembers exactly how he felt the first time he used — was forced to use, he says — methamphetamine at a summertime party four years ago.

Bored with school, he had dropped out halfway through his sophomore year but eventually enrolled at the Warner School at Umpqua Training & Employment where he completed his GED.

“I had it in a week or two — I aced all the tests,” Martin said. “I got a perfect score in math, and my average score was 650, so I got it with honors.”

To celebrate, he went to a party where he “drank quite a bit,” which had become a regular routine.

But at this particular party, “there were seven or eight people at a motel, and I didn’t know exactly what was going on, but there were two guys who kept going in and out of the bathroom,” Martin recalls.

Eventually, probably suspicious that he realized what they were doing, they took him aside.

“They pulled a gun and got out a crack pipe, and they said I knew what was going on so I had to do it too, so I wouldn’t snitch on them, so I did.”

Even now, knowing the havoc that ensued, Martin describes his first high with awe.

I can’t describe it — it was out-of-the-world great,” he said. “I felt a huge well of emotion inside, and all my stress was gone. It was paradise, like nothing could go wrong.”

He didn’t try it again for six months, until December 2010.

“My friends didn’t use, and I just kept on drinking and partying with them, and I didn’t tell anyone what had happened,” he said. “But in December, all of a sudden I wanted to do it again.”

He had $20, and he “knew generally how to find it,” and after that second encounter, “I was pretty much hooked,” Martin said. “It was an escape.”

He’d started taking classes, “but at 16 I was really irresponsible, and I really didn’t want to go to school. I started using (meth) every couple of days.”

He hid what he was doing by asking his parents for a couple of dollars here and there, “and sometimes people would say, ‘Want to get high with us?’ for no cost.”

He’d stay “up” for a couple of days, then crash.

On the down side, “I was really depressed, really irritable, physically and emotionally exhausted,” Martin recalls.

He hid it all by hanging out in his room, watching television or exchanging text messages with friends.

Ironically, it wasn’t the meth itself but the “texting” that landed him in trouble with the law, after his girlfriend figured out he was using and threatened to tell, which led to a huge fight.

“To get back at her, I had a nude picture of her, and I sent it out and forwarded it and told everyone else to forward it,” he said.

Instead, a Douglas County sheriff’s deputy showed up and Martin was charged with “sexting.”

Because his girlfriend was under 18, prosecutors charged Martin with a Measure 11 sex offense and released him to his parents, who did not know about his slide into drug use. Arraignment was set for June 2011.

At that point, “I thought, ‘I’m going to be a felon — what am I getting into?’ And it was eventually too much at 17 for me to live with.”

He moved out of his parents’ house, “and I started ‘couch surfing’ wherever there were drugs.”

But it was too hard to come up with the money to pay for them, “so I started selling,” Martin admits. “I got involved with this big Hell’s Angels Irish pride guy, and he said he would give me an 8-ball of meth — an eighth of an ounce — worth $200 to $400, and I just had to give him $50 back. It was an awesome way to stay high.”

By then he was estranged from his family, which he describes as “straight and narrow and upper class,” but at the same time he recognized that “people who did drugs were not the kind of people I wanted to be around.”

I fell for the lies and tricks this inanimate substance

played on me. Like a puppet I was yanked by these strings.

Plucked straight out of space and time, and tossed in this prison.

To think, to regret, to reminisce, in the promises never fulfilled.

Confused, immature and addicted, he was arraigned in June as scheduled but still not jailed, pending sentencing two months later.

By late July, “I wanted to come clean with my parents, and I went to their house,” Martin said. “But I got in an argument with my dad, and I ended up hitting him. That’s when they knew something was really wrong with me and they sent me to juvie (juvenile detention).”

His parents wanted him kept there for treatment, “but they didn’t realize that could mean 46 months in lockup, because I was already facing charges,” he said.

Because he was still a juvenile, a legal back-and-forth went on whether to prosecute Martin as an adult or a juvenile offender. In March 2012, with his parents’ help, he was released on bail, while plea bargaining continued toward eventual disposition of his criminal case.

“I got a job at Subway, and I was living like the good citizen that I wanted to be,” he said.

He reconnected with a “childhood sweetheart,” and things seemed to be improving. They set a wedding date.

But after an article appeared in a Roseburg newspaper about his legal problems, Martin was fired from his job, and he slid back into drug use.

“I was having a hard time paying my bills, so I tried ‘flipping’ cars, fixing them up and selling them,” he said.

“One day, a neighbor came over and asked me to hang out. He asked me if I smoked weed, and I said no. He said he had some meth. I said that wasn’t the way I wanted to go — with my past, I could get five years and a $250,000 fine for that — and I wasn’t in the mood for that.”

But the temptation was too great, and he ended up doing it, “telling myself it would be a one-time thing,” Martin said.

“It felt great, but I was disappointed in myself.”

Trying to stay away from meth, he turned to Adderall, a psychostimulant prescribed to children for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder but that also has become popular among students trying to focus for papers or exams.

“Eventually it all got out of hand,” he admits, and his fiancée issued an ultimatum: “no getting clean, no getting married.”

Martin went to a drug treatment center in downtown Roseburg and asked to be admitted.

“It cost $200 for a drug screening, which I didn’t have, so I obviously couldn’t afford the inpatient treatment,” he said. “I didn’t want to ask my family for help — I was too embarrassed to let them know I had let them down again.”

He went back to using, two or three times a week, “but I tried to keep it down,” Martin said.

In January 2013, the plea bargain deal came through. Martin agreed to a “five-year downward departure,” meaning that he would stay on the outside, “but if I screwed up, I would have to go in for the amount of time that remained.”

Knowing he would be labeled a felon was so terrible, he said, he began drinking “pretty constantly” until one day, at a friend’s house, he did some meth again. His parole officer, suspecting that he was using, called him in for a drug test, handcuffed him and took him to the county jail.

Even after all that, there was still a possibility, a judge told him, of doing six months of rigorous drug treatment and then 90 days more in a community setting before being released again.

“I told the judge I had problems, that I had done irreparable damage to my life, and I wanted treatment,” said Martin, by then 19 years old. “I said I had finally realized I didn’t have the skills to say no to meth. I was terrified to go to prison, but I was excited to get help.”

He told his fiancée of his intentions, “and I never heard from her again.”

Martin was sent to the intake center at the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville for processing into the adult system, but while there, he was told that since his original crime had been committed when he was a minor, he could be remanded to the Oregon Youth Authority.

“That shattered the chance of doing only six months, but I knew it was the better thing for me to do,” he said. “They sent me to Hillcrest (Youth Correctional Facility), and I learned about the drug treatment opportunities there and all the cognitive behavioral stuff that would help me get my moral compass back to north, even if it meant being in (custody) so much longer.”

…. (Meth) robs you of your

hopes, dreams, and future;

And short-sells it to the next generation as a faux promise.

Through his time at Hillcrest and now at Rogue Valley, Martin says he has regained some of the lost “hopes, dreams and future” he wrote about in his award-winning poem, simply called “Meth.”

Before his troubles with drugs began, he had written songs, occasionally traveling from Winston in Douglas County up the freeway as far as Corvallis to perform.

“I also tried writing poetry, but at first I would get stuck on rhythm and rhyming.”

Drawing on his experience with songwriting, Martin realized he could mesh that skill with poetry “as a way to pour out my emotions, so I developed a style that was more like a journal,” he said. “That’s how it came to be.”

So when teacher Kim DeForest announced the Words Unlocked poetry contest, with Chelsea Clinton as one of the judges, he already had the beginnings of a poem he’d started one day “when I caught myself sitting there thinking about all those great feelings of being high and realizing that’s why I am where I am.”

He brought that idea to the writing class, “and the next day I added a little and changed a little,” until it was done.

Not only were his teachers impressed with Martin’s poem, so were the judges of the contest.

After he won, Oregon Youth Authority officials transported him — in shackles — from Grants Pass to Eugene to do an interview for National Public Radio at KLCC, an NPR affiliate in downtown Eugene.

During his time in custody, Martin finished a regular high school diploma and has earned some college credits. Once released, he wants to “get a bachelor’s degree in science — maybe automotive technology,” although he also feels a pull toward management, “so I’m not quite decided.”

After he is released a year or so from now, he still will be subject to three years of post-incarceration supervision.

He knows, having lived in the throes of drug addiction, that temptation will always exist. But he has built a mantra into his own poem.

Pulling a few words from each stanza into the left margin and reading them top to bottom, they say:

(Meth) seems to be



it robs you of your







Sioux Falls, S.D. (KELO-AM) – Police officers were dispatched to a car fire Friday evening in the area of E. 6th Street and N. Sycamore Avenue. The vehicle and its occupants were eventually located at 3700 E. 3rd Street. The driver, JayJay Stanton Coronado, age 29, of Sioux Falls and the passenger, Kristy Jeanne Wilker, age 38, of Sioux Falls, both had burns to various parts of their bodies. The investigation revealed that Coronado was making meth in the vehicle, using the one-pot method, while driving on 6th Street.

In the area of 6th Street and LaSalle Avenue, the one-pot ruptured causing a loud bang and a fire. The vehicle then continued down 6th Street, struck a light pole, and traveled through the neighborhood until they stopped on E. 3rd Street, where the vehicle was located. Both Coronado and Wilker were transported to Avera McKennan for medical treatment and Coronado was later transferred to a burn unit in Minnesota. Both Coronado and Wilker were charged with multiple charges to include manufacturing a controlled substance.




LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – A meth lab causes an explosion inside a Lafayette home Saturday evening.

It happened around 6:15 Saturday night in the 24 hundred block of Roosevelt Drive. The Indiana State Police Meth Suppression Team worked for hours to remove hazardous chemicals from the home. Indiana State Police Trooper Wesley Ennis believes trapped vapors during the cooking process caused the explosion.


“So when the one pot ignites or the meth lab which ever method it is they’re using. When it ignites it ignites those vapors so they’re in a close area so when those vapors ignite they need somewhere to go and so they made a place to go by blowing that wall off the front of the house” said Ennis.

The tenant  was inside the home at the time of the explosion.

She received burns to her body and face and was taken to an area hospital.


No other information about the tenant is known at this time.



Stevie Arta Workman Jr., 23, no known address. Medford police Friday arrested Workman on charges of possession of methamphetamine and a parole violation for second degree rape. He was lodged in the Jackson County Jail without bail.

Jana Mae Rempillo, 39, no known address. Talent police arrested Rempillo Friday on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, delivery of methamphetamine, harassment, resisting arrest, interfering with police and assaulting an officer. She was lodged in jail on $536,000 bail.

Kimberly Leeann Herring, 25, no known address. Central Point police arrested Herring Friday on charges of possession of methamphetamine. She was lodged in jail without bail.



Six Taiwanese men are facing life sentences after fronting a Sydney court charged with importing 50 kilograms of methamphetamine with a street value of $42 million.

The men also face fines of more than $1 million if convicted of importing the illegal drug, Australian Federal Police said in a statement.

Customs officers were alerted last month when a consignment labelled as “boiler” from China was selected for examination. Inside, authorities found methamphetamine.

Officers allege the men tried to access a container at a property in Merrylands in Sydney’s west.

Detective Superintendent Ben McQuillan says the men were arrested after taking the packages to a hotel in Bass Hill.

“The shipment was delivered there on Wednesday of the past week, we say it was accessed, using a number of power tools to cut into the consignment yesterday,” he said.

The men have been charged with importation of a commercial quantity of an illegal drug and attempted possession.

The men, aged between 27 and 46, fronted a Sydney court on Sunday.

Federal police crime operations manager Jennifer Hurst said the arrests should send a “strong signal to those wishing to import and distribute illicit drugs that it is not worth it”.

Four Taiwanese nationals and one Australian were charged in February after police seized $180 million worth of methamphetamine stashed in a consignment of kayaks from China.







KINGMAN — Two people were arrested early Thursday after a traffic stop turned out to be much more than that.

According to reports from the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, Dontrell Anthony Powell, 24, of Apple Valley, and Candice Onetha Butler, 23, of Santan Valley, Ariz., were arrested on a variety of drug charges after being stopped for their vehicle entering Interstate 40 without its headlights on.


Butler, identified as the driver, and Powell, the passenger, were stopped at Milepost 54 around 12:15 a.m. Deputies making the stop reportedly smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Both Butler and Powell denied having any marijuana but, during a consent search of the vehicle, deputies found about 1 gram of marijuana in Butler’s purse along with a glass pipe with marijuana residue. Butler was taken into custody without incident.

Additional search of the vehicle revealed about 5 pounds of what turned out to be methamphetamine in the trunk, packaged in several clear plastic bags. Powell reportedly admitted that the meth was his, and told investigators that Butler knew nothing about the drugs.

Powell was booked into the Mohave County Jail for suspicion of possession of dangerous drugs, possession of dangerous drugs for sale and transportation of dangerous drugs. Butler was released after being cited for suspicion of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The sheriff’s office was assisted by the Mohave Area General Narcotics Enforcement Team. Powell and Butler were believed to be traveling from California to Oklahoma.





State police say Ronald Stephen Peddigree Sr., 52, Westfield, and a 14-year-old boy manufactured methamphetamine at his home on Short Hill Road, Little Marsh, in June.

Peddigree is scheduled for a preliminary hearing July 15 on four counts of manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture/deliver a controlled substance; and one count each of operating a methamphetamine lab, possession of precursors, manufacture of methamphetamine with a child present, risking catastrophe, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a firearm with altered manufacturer’s number and endangering the welfare of children.

A Pa. State Police Vice/Narcotics officer at Mansfield interviewed the boy, who reportedly tested positive for methamphetamine after ingesting it with Peddigree. Peddigree allegedly purchased pseudoephedrine June 16 and made several batches of methamphetamine with other ingredients purchased in Wellsboro. He and the boy allegedly mixed lithium from batteries, crushed pills, Coleman camp fuel and a chemical ice pack in a sports drink bottle.

“[The boy] explained that he saw the lithium react and cause the contents to ‘boil,'” the officer wrote.

After they ingested the drug, Peddigree reportedly patrolled around outside the house with loaded firearms looking for trespassers, firing several times into the ground.

A Special Emergency Response Team (SERT) and Clandestine Lab Response Team raided Peddigree’s home on Short Hill Road, Little Marsh, on June 20, and arrested him. Peddigree reportedly admitted he had made 2.5 grams of methamphetamine with two children present and ingested meth with the boy several times. Police reportedly found two .25 caliber pistols with the serial numbers removed, a grinder with lithium inside and ammonium nitrate.






WEATHERFORD — Authorities Wednesday arrested sixteen people accused of drug trafficking .

The organized crime arrest warrants executed Wednesday bring the total number of people arrested in connection to an alleged Weatherford methamphetamine distribution ring to 31.

All 31 remained in the Parker County Jail as of Thursday morning on a charge of engaging in organized criminal activity, according to jail records. Many suspects had additional charges or warrants, as well.

Weatherford-Parker County Special Crimes Unit investigators say those arrested conspired together to bring large quantities of methamphetamine to Parker County residents.



Investigators were reportedly told that Johnny Lee Forsyth Jr. and Ellen May Causey were obtaining large of amounts of methamphetamine from a person in Fort Worth and, along with numerous other suspects, distributing it in the Parker County area, according to court documents.

“The proceeds from the delivery and manufacture operation enabled all of the parties to profit and also provided a means to perpetuate the manufacture or delivery operation by allowing [those involved] to reinvest a portion of these proceeds toward the purchase of additional equipment and/or supplies for the continued manufacture or delivery of methamphetamine,” investigators wrote in court documents.

Investigators searched homes and vehicles during the several month investigation, finding methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and scales, according to court records.

Some suspects reportedly admitted to distributing methamphetamine, according to investigators.

The Parker County Sheriff’s Office said the investigation is ongoing.


Those who have been arrested on the felony charge of engaging in organized criminal activity include:

• Bryan Lee Towles, 58, of Weatherford, arrested April 7.

• Johnny Lee Forsyth Jr., 25, of Weatherford, arrested April 19.

• Steve Dustin Morris, 37, of Granbury, arrested April 22.

• Brandon Larson Guice, 29, of Springtown, arrested April 24.

• Adam Michael Berreth, 31, of Weatherford, arrested May 7.

• Ellen May Causey, 27, of Weatherford, arrested May 13.

• Brett James Zeeb, 27, of Weatherford, arrested May 14.

John Fredrick Walsh, 32, of Grandview, arrested May 16.

• Candice Lee Cooke, 23, of Weatherford, arrested June 11.

• Terry Curtis Greer, 30, of Weatherford, arrested June 11.

• Benjamin Lee Beshara, 27, of Weatherford, arrested June 18.

• Luis Alberto Castro-Ramirez, 32, of Weatherford, arrested June 25.

• Summer Lynn Hardin, 28, of Weatherford, arrested June 27.

• Randy James Terry, 33, of Weatherford, arrested June 30.

• Blakely Ann Farmer, 32, of Weatherford, arrested June 30.

• Vincent Cabello Acuna, 34, of Fort Worth, arrested Wednesday.

• Danielle Nicole Clark, 26, of Weatherford, arrested Wednesday.

• Vincent Ray Ellis, 21, of Mineral Wells, arrested Wednesday.

• Lucas Glen Lewis, 26, of Weatherford, arrested Wednesday.

• Martha Minton, 58, of Fort Worth, arrested Wednesday.

• Jake Allen Morgan, 23, of Weatherford, arrested Wednesday.

• Courtney Faith Morrissey, 21, of Weatherford, arrested Wednesday.

• Michelle Virginia Padilla, 24, of Weatherford, arrested Wednesday.

• Davis Wayne Slimp, 30, of Athens, arrested Wednesday.

• Danny Joe Stricklin Jr., 32, of Weatherford, arrested Wednesday.

• Dusty Lee Tillery, 27, of Weatherford, arrested Wednesday.

• Justin Lee Towles, 35, of Weatherford, arrested Wednesday.

• Jimmy Kyle Travis, 57, of Weatherford, arrested Wednesday.

• Tommy Wayne Turner, 25, of Weatherford, arrested Wednesday.

• Vincent Edward Vianello, 42, of Weatherford, arrested Wednesday.

• Wesley Ray York, 32, of Weatherford, arrested Wednesday.




Methamphetamine continues to plague southwestern Indiana.

And while the amount of meth labs dismantled by the Indiana State Police hasn’t seemed to decrease, some law enforcement officials are also attributing out-of-state sources as to the drug’s presence in the area.

Boonville Police Chief Daryl Saltzman said that state legislation aimed at making it harder for individuals to manufacture methamphetamine — for example limiting pseudoephdrine/ephedrine purchases, etc. — is forcing dealers to go elsewhere to find supplies.

Meth labs are a problem and they need to be eliminated wherever they exist,” said Joseph Hogsett, United States Attorney. “The whole one-pot, shake-and-bake methodology has made creating it an urban issue, as well as a rural issue.

“But (law enforcement) will confirm local meth dealers cannot produce methamphetamine in (the) types of quantities (seen recently in Warrick County).”

Basically, Hogsett said that local meth dealers are creating a high demand for methamphetamine, which is then being filled by out-of-state manufacturers.

“(Local dealers) can’t make it fast enough, they can’t make it in quantities significant enough, they can’t make it at levels of purity that are desired,” said Hogsett. “That’s why pounds of methamphetamine are coming into this community from outside the area. There are places where they make methamphetamine in significant quantities.”

Scott Sieben, special agent with the Drug Enforcement Agency, said mass distribution of methamphetamine that originated outside of Indiana is an increasing trend.

“Within one month, two Boonville residents have been indicted for allegedly bringing in multi-pound quantities of methamphetamine from out of state,” he said. “It’s not just a meth lab phenomenon anymore. It’s interstate trafficking that’s reaching beyond Warrick County and southern Indiana.”

It is just state legislation that has made it tougher on individuals who manufacture meth.

“The public is much more aware, too, as far as what to look for, such as the smell,” said Warrick County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Mike Wilder.




BURLINGTON, Iowa — A day care worker in southeast Iowa has been accused of making methamphetamine.

The Burlington Hawk Eye reports ( ) 39-year-old Jennifer Tucker was arrested Tuesday. She faces two counts of manufacturing methamphetamine and other drug substances. Court records do not list an attorney.

Tucker appeared in court Wednesday, and bond has been set at $220,000. She remained Thursday at the Des Moines County Jail.

Tucker is accused of manufacturing methamphetamine and other substances in August and October of last year. Authorities say they had to process evidence before they could make an arrest.

Tucker is expected in court on July 11.



Keypads, batteries, touch screens, circuit boards, SIM cards, camera lenses, plastic clips. Lance the cellphone repair guy is scratching through an overstuffed backpack for a missing part. A disembowelled Nokia lies on the coffee table beside him, next to an ashtray, an empty cigarette box and a day-old copy of Die Son. It has just stopped raining. The room is dark. Lance is sweating.


“Speak to that guy,” the owner of the apartment says, pointing at his guest. “He’s one of the tik-koppe. He’s one of the aliens. He smokes every day. He’s fucked up. Look at him.”

I do. Lance, who is 32 years old, has a seeping wound above one eye and straight, greasy hair. He starts fiddling with a screwdriver and acts like he doesn’t hear. Using tik in a community that widely refers to its addicts as “aliens” has hardened him to throwaway insults – and besides, he needs money for his next fix.

“Write what you like about me,” he mutters, prizing open another phone. “I don’t care. People must know what’s going on.”

Two days later Lance, who has been using tik for 14 years, takes me with him to score drugs.

We enter Hangberg’s informal settlement, and find five boys huddled at the doorway of a wooden bungalow. Lance hands one of them R30 and he receives a small packet of white crystals, which he slides into a pocket. Lance winks at me.

“Now we go smoke.”

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Crystal methamphetamine – known locally as tik for the popping sound the crystals make when smoked – has had a massive impact in the Western Cape since the early 2000s, when it became widely available on the streets. Researchers have linked its arrival to the activities of Chinese-organised criminal groups, who began bartering its ingredients with local gangs in exchange for poached abalone, a delicacy in the Far East. Within a few years the drug had eclipsed mandrax and marijuana as the low-cost drug of choice on the Cape Flats and beyond.

According to research by the South African Community Epidemiology Network on Drug Use, which monitors addiction trends among patients receiving treatment at specialist centres, the drug has become the most frequently reported substance of abuse in the Western Cape, with nearly 28% of users at 32 clinics listing it as their primary addictive substance in 2013. This represents a precipitous increase from less than 3% of patients just 10 years before, indicating the remarkably sudden onset of a new drug epidemic. (See graphic on Page 26)

A cheap and highly addictive stimulant, tik abuse has become particularly rife among the province’s coloured population, contributing to what the South African Medical Research Council (MRC) considers one of the highest methamphetamine addiction rates in the world. Its main short-term effects are increased energy, confidence and libido, accompanied by elevated blood pressure, body temperature and heart rate. Addiction can set in disturbingly quickly, resulting in cravings and increases in physiological tolerance. Other effects are weight loss and psychosis.

In Hout Bay’s impoverished Hangberg fishing community, tik has destroyed families, trapped children in addiction cycles and fuelled waves of criminal activities by cash-strapped users chasing their next fix. Yet it has also become the fulcrum of a powerful illicit economy that employs hundreds of people, operating in parallel to a hostile formal job market and exacerbating drug use trends by offering dealers a meaningful form of income.

Joseph (whose name I have changed), a former merchant, told me that he sold drugs in Hangberg for seven years, but quit when his conscience got the better of him.

“It’s an easy industry to get into,” he explained, sitting on a broken armchair in his home.

“And it’s a good way to make money. When I started dealing I didn’t see at it as damaging my community, like I do now. It was just a job opportunity, and the kids had to eat.”

At first Joseph sold marijuana, mandrax, crack cocaine and heroin, only stocking tik after his customers started requesting it.

Instead of mandrax
“The market changed quickly,” he said. “Tik became the popular thing. I don’t know why it happened – it was like a trend, you know? All the kids began using it instead of mandrax, which is what my generation smoked growing up.”

By 2006 he was buying the drug wholesale from suppliers on the Cape Flats, adding a mark-up of nearly R100 a gram, which sounds like good money until you consider the range of costs merchants incur.

“A dealer never eats alone. From that R100 I must pay my driver. I must pay the guy at the safe house for storing my stuff. And then there are the boys who sit outside all day, actually selling the drugs.”

In all, Joseph said he directly employed four people through his illicit business, as well as six more downstream. He estimated that the 15 merchants currently operating in Hangberg collectively employ at least 150 people – a big number for a small, tight-knit community that has increasingly turned to illegal crayfish and abalone poaching for income in the absence of viable jobs in the commercial fishing industry.

“Kids these days are very materialistic,” said Juan Julies, headmaster of Hout Bay High School.

“They know that their chances of getting a well-paid job after school are small because they live amid such widespread unemployment. They want the shoes, the bling, the lifestyle. And the merchants make it easy for them to join the trade.”

A short distance from the school, Hout Bay Community Awareness Rehabilitation Education Services (Cares) offers some addicts hope.

Housed in the local clinic, a utilitarian facebrick and plaster building where people queue patiently to see doctors, dentists and social workers, Cares represents a partnership between nonprofit organisation Faces and Voices of Recovery (Favor) and the Western Cape departments of health and social development. Since opening its doors in 2011, the centre has treated more than 500 patients, the majority of whom have been addicted to tik.

Patients enter an intensive four-week programme on an outpatient basis, focusing mainly on lifestyle changes, education about dependencies and triggers, and training to avoid relapses.

“It’s about giving users practical tools to get their lives back,” explained Jurgens Smit, chief executive of Favor South Africa.

“And it works. Our experience is that recovery is real.”

Laminated motivational posters
Sitting in a bright blue room with laminated motivational posters stuck to the walls – “Expect a miracle”, “Recovery is beautiful”, “Staying clean is a choice” – Josephine (whose name I have changed), a matronly mother of four wearing hoop earrings and a loose patterned shirt, told me about her own journey of recovery.

“I was among the first tik users in Hout Bay,” she said, “and I quickly became one of the worst. People wouldn’t let their kids anywhere near me. I spent my days with gangsters and merchants, getting high.”

After being arrested for shoplifting and losing custody of her two eldest children, she began trying to quit, but fell back to her old habits each time.

Nearly 15 years after starting to use drugs – mandrax and marijuana, in addition to tik – she joined Cares in 2012 after a friend convinced her that she needed help.

“I came here knowing that I’d had enough,” she said.

“I didn’t want to use drugs any more. But I didn’t think that anyone would be able to help me.”

Now, after two years clean, she works full time for Cares as a trained facilitator, assisting incoming patients with treatment. By the end of this year she hopes to have qualified as a fully fledged therapist.

But for each inspiring narrative of recovery, how many tik users remain yoked to the cycle of addiction?

I asked Professor Bronwyn Myers, chief specialist scientist at the MRC’s alcohol, tobacco and other drug research unit, how adequate treatment facilities were for coping with the province’s tik epidemic.

“There are a number of options in marginalised communities,” she explained over the telephone, “but not nearly enough. A few nongovernmental organisations run treatment programmes, the City of Cape Town has a network of outpatient centres, and there are three inpatient clinics run by the ­provincial government, although it’s difficult to get into these as they have extremely long waiting lists.”

But it was pointless investing in extra treatment capacity without addressing the root causes of substance abuse, she said.

“Treatment is important, but so is dealing with structural factors like poverty and unemployment. Many patients leave rehab only to find that their lives are the same outside, and it’s very easy for them to start using again. I don’t think it’s a question of throwing more money at treatment. We need to focus on the full picture.”

“In here,” Lance says, ducking through a dark doorway. There are broken concrete slabs on the floor and an ancient photograph of a pin-up girl on one wall. Lance sits on a crate and unzips his jacket pocket.

He bites a hole in the corner of the packet, sprinkles the powder into the bulb-shaped end of his plastic pipe, and places the stem between his lips. The crystals make a soft crackling noise as they melt. He breathes out and his face vanishes in white mist. “I feel lekker now,” he tells me, drumming on his thighs.

“I feel like I can do anything. I’m going to fix some cellphones.

“You know, I never knew how to fix anything before – I learnt from smoking tik. Your brain tells you that you can do something and then you just do it, like that.”

He snaps his fingers. His pupils are black discs. “But now I need to go find more money.”

“What will you do afterwards?” I ask. He laughs.

“Buy more tik.”







SALTON CITY, Calif.Border Patrol agents arrested a woman who was caught with 15.5 lbs of methamphetamine in an ice cooler Thursday morning.

The 49-year-old suspect was stopped around 9:30 a.m. as she approached the Highway 86 checkpoint in her Buick Regal.


A canine detection team alerted agents to her car which led to a secondary inspection. While searching the Buick, agents found six vacuum-sealed packages of meth hidden within the liner of an ice cooler, according to a release.

Agents said the methamphetamine weighed 15.5 lbs and is worth an estimated $297,600.

The suspected narcotics smuggler is a United States citizen. She was taken into custody and her car and the drugs were turned over to the D.E.A. for further investigation.





BUCKHANNONA strong odor has landed three Upshur County residents in jail.  Wednesday night, Upshur County sheriff’s deputies received a report of that strong smell coming from a home in Adrian.

When deputies arrived, they found an active meth lab.  The lab was located in a back room of the home, according to Upshur County Sheriff Dave Coffman.


Corey Bender, 22; Kathy Dunham, 26 and Nicole Brannon, 37,  were all charged with operating an active meth lab, which is a felony charge.  All three are being held in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail with bail set at $50,000 each.







CALDWELL PARISH (KTVE/KARD) – Authorities say six accused drug dealers are now off the streets of Columbia.
“I feel good about this one last night, this was some of our bigger dealers in the Anding Heights area and Brownville area that we’ve been working on,” said Caldwell Parish Sheriff, Steve May.
All of the suspects are charged with distribution of meth, among other drug charges.
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“That’s all they’re concerned about is the money. Not the people out there, it’s just big money,” said May of those working in distributing methamphetamine, a powerfully addictive drug.
Sheriff May says the investigation began after receiving several calls about drug activity in the Anding Heights area.
“We’ve been working on this for four or five months, and this is knocking some of our bigger drug dealers out of the picture,” he said.
Three of the six suspects were arrested on Wednesday: 36-year-old Dedric Cloman of Columbia, 31-year-old Meshaal Griffin of Columbia and 29-year-old Marcus Green of Columbia.
Cloman faces one count of Distribution of a Controlled Dangerous Substance (Methamphetamine).
Griffin faces two counts of that same charge.
Green faces two different Distribution of a Controlled Dangerous Substance charges, one for marijuana and the other for methamphetamine.
Three other suspects were arrested on Thursday: 39-year-old Kenneth Modique of Caldwell Parish, 30-year-old Lakora Williams of Columbia and 33-year-old Antonio Harris of Caldwell Parish.
Modique faces one count of Distribution of a Controlled Dangerous Substance (Methamphetamine).
Williams faces three counts of that same charge while Harris will face four counts.
We’re told all six now reside in the Caldwell Parish Sheriff’s Office Jail.
Sheriff May said a few of the suspects have been in and out of jail.
“But hopefully now that we’ve had the arrests like this, they’ll put them away this time,” said May, adding that it takes time to build a solid case in investigations like this one.
Sheriff May says meth is a growing problem in the area.
“It’s a never ending battle,” he said. “It’s getting worse. Back 10, 15, 20 years ago it was marijuana, and that’s what we had to fight then was the marijuana. But that’s not the big drug now, it’s the meth. We can teach our kids in school [with] DARE. And the parents can teach them at home, ‘stay away from drugs, say no to drugs,’ and just hope and pray that they’ll learn the dangers of it and stay away from it when they get older.”
And this investigation, doesn’t stop here.
“it’s not going to stop. We’re going to keep on,” said Sheriff May. “You get them out of the way, there’s somebody else that’s going to take their place.”
Authorities say if you know of any drug activity to report, please call the Caldwell Parish Sheriff’s Office at 318-649-2345.

Without the help of an automatic tag reader, Harris County Sheriff’s deputies might have missed a suspected Mexican cartel mule carrying more than a pound of methamphetamine to Panama City, Fla.

That arrest led agents to six more drug ring members and almost 18 additional pounds of meth, Sheriff Mike Jolley said during a Thursday press conference.

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The bust began June 21, when a deputy’s automatic tag reader alerted him to a stolen license plate on a vehicle heading south on I-185 near Exit 19. The deputy pursued the vehicle and apprehended 29-year-old Angela C. Nash, who was found in possession of one pound of crystal meth, a pistol and $5,200 in cash. The meth was valued at $50,000.


Investigators later learned that this was Nash’s eighth trafficking trip to Panama City Beach since the beginning of June. Normally, each trip scored Nash $1,500. However, since she was training an additional worker, this trip would have earned her $3,500.

“A lot of our teenagers, a lot of our kids go to Panama City Beach every summer,” Jolley said. “The potential of some of our kids here in this county to come in contact with this dope stirred my heart. We can’t just get this drug and let it go. We’ve got to follow it back to the source, even if the source isn’t in Harris County.”

Once deputies apprehended Nash, they instructed her to call her lookout — 31-year-old Andrea McInally of Southport, Fla. — who was riding ahead in search of law enforcement. Nash told McInally she was having car issues and needed McInally to pick her and the drugs up. When McInally returned to the gas station where deputies laid in wait, she was arrested and charged with criminal conspiracy to commit a felony.


Nash was charged with trafficking meth, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Both women were taken to Harris County Jail, where they were interviewed by Harris County deputies, the Columbus Drug Enforcement Agency and the Metro Narcotics Task Force. They were released days later on a $100,000 bond.

Those interviews led deputies to three additional drug ring members in Greenville, Ga., on June 26. Posing as meth customers, Drug Enforcement Agency agents and Harris County deputies purchased 4.4 pounds of crystal meth at Christopher, Tiffany and Harlan Jackson’s Kodiak Lane home for a partial payment of $5,000. The street value of that package was valued at $200,000.

Days later, agents swarmed the 100 block residence around 5 a.m. to apprehend the distributors. Investigators found two pounds of meth, valued at $100,000 and $8,020 in cash. The property, which operated as a private used car lot as well as a residence, was also seized, along with 17 vehicles.

Before investigators were able to enter the home, one of the residents managed to flush a pound of meth. Pieces of the hastily disposed drug were found scattered on the floor and toilet seat, Jolley said.


Deputies from the Meriwether and Troup County sheriff’s offices assisted Harris County and DEA investigators during the raid.

Christopher, 38, and Tiffany, 36, are married, Jolley said. Harlan, 39, is Christopher’s brother. All three suspects were taken to the Meriwether County Jail.

Again, deputies devised a plan to entrap additional members of the drug ring. Investigators told the Jacksons to call 33-year-old Elmer V. Ochoa, of Lawrenceville, and 29-year-old Jose M. Lopez, of Crescent City, Fla., who were asked to come to the Kodiak Lane home with 11 pounds of meth. That shipment was valued at $500,000.

Ochoa and Lopez were charged with meth trafficking. They were taken to the Meriwether County Jail.

“We believe the operation is part of the Mexican mafia,” Jolley said. “The two individuals who came out of Atlanta come from Mexico, even though one had an address from Lawrenceville and another in Florida.”

In total, 18.7 pounds of crystal meth were seized, with a street value of $850,000. Four of the seven members arrested were charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

Additionally, 19 vehicles and $13,240 in cash were seized, along with two pistols.

Jolley said DEA agents are interviewing the Jacksons to see whether additional distributors were involved in the scheme.

“There may have been other mules that picked up and dropped off in other locations,” Jolley said. “But I think we took a major trafficker out of the loop. I think (Meriwether County Sheriff Chuck Smith) is very pleased with the outcome of this.”

The profits from the seized cars, property and cash will be distributed among the involved agencies once the assets have been sold, Jolley said. Those profits can then be used by law enforcement for new vehicles, mobile license plate readers and other equipment that will assist agents in taking down additional traffickers.

“We took motorcycles, four-wheelers, big screen TVs. We came back yesterday for the washer and dryers,” Jolley said. “They’re in it for the money, and we’re taking the money. The only way to hurt them is through the economic death penalty, because they’re not going to jail forever.”

Jolley said he hoped the bust would send a message to others interested in entering the drug dealing business that their actions would not go unnoticed.

“It might be great for a month or two, or a year or two,” Jolley said. “But whatever you make, you’re going to lose plus go to jail. So get your job so you don’t have your door kicked in at 5 a.m.”





Gregory Price assumed his preschool-aged daughter was asleep when he stepped quietly into her room late one night four years ago.

“She told me he came to see her while he thought she was sleeping and he told her he loved her and told her everything was going to be OK,” Elsie Kelly recalled her granddaughter telling her.


It would prove to be one of the last times the young girl would hear her father’s voice.

Price, a 33-year-old former Ottawa resident, disappeared in mid-December 2010. In spring 2012, his body was found stuffed in a refrigerator along a tree line in a field near the intersection of 103rd Street and Kill Creek Road, near De Soto.

Details about Price’s death surfaced June 23 in U.S. District Court, Kansas City, Kansas, during the sentencing of Tracy Rockers, 24, Greeley, on drug trafficking charges. Rockers admitted she was present Dec. 17, 2010, at a Eudora residence when drug traffickers killed Price for failing to pay a drug debt of $400 and disposed of his body by hiding it in a refrigerator.

But a news release about the sentencing from U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom’s office didn’t tell the whole story, Kelly said of the court proceedings for more than a dozen people who were convicted of federal drug trafficking charges in the sale and distribution of methamphetamine.

“It was a two-year [investigation] of drugs,” Kelly said. “That’s what this was all about — that’s all [the prosecutors] cared about. It was not about Gregory’s death. It was all about them trying to bust all these meth heads.”

Kelly is upset no one was charged with her son’s death and the real reason he was killed by drug traffickers has gone untold, she said.

On Dec. 17, 2010, several drug traffickers confronted Price at a residence in Eudora about $400 they said he owed them, according to court documents. When Price refused to pay, the traffickers decided to take him to a rural farm where they intended to kill him, according to court testimony. They grabbed Price and attempted to pull him out the front door, but he resisted. Then they threw him into a door, causing him to collapse and begin “making gurgling noises,” according to court testimony.

Rockers watched Price while the traffickers installed a camper shell on the back of a pickup they would use to transport his body, the federal prosecutor said in a news release. At some point, while lying on the floor, Price died, and traffickers put Price’s body inside a refrigerator and took it to the rural location near De Soto, the release said.

Johnson County Sheriff’s Office deputies, responding to a tip, discovered Price’s body April 19, 2012, along a tree line near 103rd Street and Kill Creek Road. A fingerprint match helped to identify the remains, which were badly deteriorated, according to media reports.

Kelly, who sat through several of the court proceedings including Rockers’ sentencing hearing June 23, questioned Monday why prosecutors didn’t tell media about the real reason drug traffickers took her son from his motel room in Independence, Missouri, in the dead of winter without even allowing him to put on his shoes and killed him at the house in Eudora.


Several witnesses testified about a phone call to one of the drug traffickers saying Price had raped a girl in a motel room, Kelly said, which is what truly had angered the drug traffickers who killed her son.

The supposed rape victim was a friend of some of the traffickers, she said.

“So one of the guys went to the motel where he was staying and took him to a house in Eudora,” Kelly said. “The testimony said Gregory didn’t want to get out of this guy’s truck, so the guy convinced [Rockers] to go out and talk him into coming inside the house. Inside, [several drug traffickers] had guns and Tasers and stuff and they kept on asking him why he had done this to the girl. And Gregory kept saying, ‘I didn’t do it. I didn’t do anything wrong.’”

Kelly freely admitted that her son was involved in the drug trafficking ring — “They wanted him to sell their drugs” — and that he owed them $400.

“[Witnesses] testified that, yes, the [drug traffickers] were mad about the fact he had ripped them off for $400 worth of drugs, but that wasn’t the main issue,” Kelly said. “The main issue was the fact that he was supposed to have done this to this girl and that’s what they were so mad about it. That’s what Tracy Rockers testified. They had called Steven Hohn [a Gardner man and the reported leader of the drug ring who received a 30-year sentence in federal prison]. He came there and they started putting a camper shell on a truck. They were going to take him out and kill him that night.”

But the plan went awry, witnesses testified.

“When they went over to the couch and grabbed a hold of Gregory on both sides to drag him out of the house, they knocked his head into the door and he fell to the floor,” Kelly said. “He was gurgling and [Rockers, a nurse] said he was in trouble. She went over and took his vital signs and said something was wrong. But none of them did anything to help him. They just let him die there on the floor.

“I’ve been a registered nurse for 17 years,” Kelly, formerly of Ottawa, said. “I couldn’t sit there and watch somebody die, even if they owed me money.”

Kelly, wiping away tears, said it was painful to listen to the rest of the testimony.

“They took a refrigerator and set it down [horizontally] on the floor and hollowed it out and put his body in the refrigerator,” Kelly said. “Gregory had long legs, and they said his legs wouldn’t fit in the freezer [portion of the refrigerator] so they made them fit. That was the part that really got to me.”

Five of the convicted traffickers were at the home when her son died, Kelly said. After stuffing Price’s body in the refrigerator, they closed the door and sat on it to pose for a photograph. The photograph was displayed in the courtroom during the trial proceedings.

“The picture taken inside the house in Eudora showed all of them sitting on [the refrigerator] with guns in their hands and smirks on their faces,” Kelly said. “The picture of them sitting there told the whole story for me. They didn’t have any regard for life whatsoever. They knew Gregory had [three] kids, but that didn’t matter to them.”


Kelly is angry that the federal prosecutors didn’t charge any of the traffickers present that day with her son’s killing.

An email response from the U.S. Attorney’s office said that wasn’t accurate.

“The homicide was one of the factors the federal judge took into account at sentencing,” the email said.

No other charges would be filed in the case, the email said.

But that answer didn’t satisfy Kelly, who said she had lost all faith in the judicial system. Kelly believes the traffickers present at the time of her son’s death should have been brought up on homicide charges in addition to the drug charges — rather than prosecutors seeking additional prison time tacked onto the drug charges for her son’s death, she said.

A request for the U.S. Attorney’s office to identify which drug traffickers were in line for the sentence enhancement went unanswered. The three convicted drug traffickers receiving the longest federal prison sentences were: Hohn, 34, Gardner, 30 years; Michael C. Redifer, 37, no address, 30 years, and Michael C. Quick, 33, Eudora, 20 years. Rockers received a sentence of 162 months (13.5 years) for her involvement in the drug ring.

“I thought some of the charges were going to be for him, but I feel like none of them were,” Kelly said. “They said if we got 12 jurors in there and heard about all of his involvement with the drugs, that none of them would have convicted [the drug traffickers] of his murder. Well, I’m never going to have that chance. I understand charges can’t be filed again since all of this has been done. So basically Gregory died for nothing.”

Kelly also is disillusioned by the investigation, though she said she is grateful to the detectives who found her son’s body. Kelly received a phone call 18 months before her son’s body was found from one of the meth users who told her about her son’s death, she said. But when Kelly took that information to investigators, they seemed to brush her off, she said.

“She knew way too many details,” Kelly said of the caller. “It turns out she did know something.”

Kelly last saw her son Dec. 15, 2010, two days before he was killed, at the motel in Independence. She said her son moved away because of threats the drug traffickers had made against him and his family when he told them he wanted out.

“Gregory told my husband that when he went to [one of the drug traffickers] and said he wanted out, the [drug trafficker] told him he would kill him and put him in a refrigerator and no one would ever find his body,” Kelly said. “Gregory left [in early December 2010] because he was trying to keep us safe. His daughter [who still lived in the area at the time] was his life.”

Kelly also moved away from the Ottawa area to an undisclosed location. “I didn’t want those thugs hanging around.”


Price called his mother two days before he was killed, she said.

“I went on the 15th of December because he called and told me he hadn’t ate for three days,” Kelly said. “I took him down to McDonald’s and got him some food and took him back to the motel. He gave me a hug and told me he loved me and that everything was going to be OK. That was the last time I saw him. I wish I would have talked him in to coming back home with me. That thought crosses my mind every day.”

Sgt. Steve Lemons, with the Ottawa Police Department, put Kelly in connection with a detective in Independence, Missouri, Kelly said when she reported her son was missing.

“Officer Lemons was the only one that helped me — I’m grateful to him,” Kelly said. “The [Independence] detective said he would help me but his words [about my son] were, ‘He’s a drug addict. They take off for months at a time to keep out of trouble.’ And that was the end of that.”

But Kelly knew better, she said.

“When he didn’t call me or his little girl’s momma for a week and he didn’t come back for Christmas, I knew [he was dead],” Kelly said. “I think he was using the $400 [he owed the traffickers] to buy his little girl Christmas presents.”

Kelly wanted to bury her son and purchase a tombstone so his daughter would have a place to visit him in the future, but her $3,600 request to the victim’s advocate office in Topeka was turned down.

“They denied me because he was involved in a drug conspiracy,” Kelly said.

During the trial, testimony revealed that the woman who supposedly had been raped by Price said the incident never happened. Kelly said in her heart she knew the allegation was not true. And she didn’t want people to think her son was killed over drug money.

“Yeah he made mistakes, everybody does,” Kelly said. “He may have did some things that weren’t right, but he didn’t deserve to die. Not for $400 and for something he didn’t do. He was a good man, he was a good son and a good father — he just didn’t make good choices.”

Last Christmas, Price’s young daughter came to visit Kelly and saw the urn with her dad’s ashes next to his photograph.

“She said, ‘Grandma, how is Daddy in that box? He’s got long legs,’” Kelly said. “Then she sat down over there on the couch and was real quiet. And then she said, ‘Grandma, I miss my Daddy, and that’s why I’m just looking at him right now.’”






WILLINGBORO — A township woman was arrested Tuesday on charges that she manufactured and sold methamphetamine from her home on Gabriel Lane, police said Thursday.

Marion Roberts, 54, was charged after officers from the township force, the New Jersey State Police and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration recovered an undisclosed amount of methamphetamine and heroin during the raid, police said.


Officers also recovered evidence of a previous methamphetamine manufacturing operation.

Roberts was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drugs with the intent to distribute, possession of drugs with the intent to distribute near a school, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

She was placed in the Burlington County Minimum Security Facility, in Pemberton Township, on $25,000 bail.

A second suspect, Jason Page, 38, also of Willingboro, was arrested at the house. Page was charged with possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia and sent to the Burlington County Jail in Mount Holly in lieu of $5,000 bail.

The raid was the result of a two-month investigation into suspected narcotics sales from the residence, police said.




MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. (WAAY) – A man arrested less than a week ago on meth manufacturing charges now faces an additional charge of possessing child pornography.


Clifton Leroy Goodwin, 53, of Falkville, was charged Tuesday and had a $200,000 bond added to his $507,500 bond for manufacturing and trafficking meth.

Goodwin and Charles Ray Key, 39, were arrested over the weekend at a Hartselle home, where Morgan County drug agents said they found a meth lab.

Morgan County Sheriff Ana Franklin said child pornography was found in Goodwin’s home on Wilhite Road when authorities searched there.