WELLS COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) The mother of a 3-year-old boy whose body was found burned in a woods in rural Wells County agreed to a plea deal with prosecutors on Wednesday that will see her convicted of a drug charge and free of a high-level neglect count and five other felonies related to his death.owen-for-web00000000

Breanna Arnold, the 22-year-old mother of Owen Collins, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Wells Circuit Court to a single charge of Level 2 felony dealing in methamphetamine. As part of the deal with the Wells County Prosecutor’s Office, additional charges of neglect of a dependent resulting in death, neglect of a dependent, altering the scene of a death, abuse of a corpse and obstruction of justice will be dropped.

The Bluffton News Banner has reported the deal include a sentence cap of 20 years.walk-one

Wells County Deputy Prosecutor Chris Harvey refused to comment on the deal until Arnold is sentenced Jan. 17. He said she remains “presumed innocent.”

Young Owen’s body was found Jan. 18, 2015, in a charred cardboard box in a wooded area. Police had been searching for him after he was reported missing.

Police said that Arnold, her boyfriend, 31-year-old Zachary S. Barnes, and a then-16-year-old Zachary Barker, were all “shooting dope” in their Normandy Drive home on two days before and into the morning. They reportedly told police that at one point, Arnold went into a back bedroom to check on Owen and his 6-year-old-brother, and found Owen dead.

Barnes told police that he suggested they get rid of the boy’s body.mugshjrsjj

At that point, Barnes and the teen told police they wrapped the child in plastic wrap and stuffed him into a dresser drawer. On Sunday morning, Barnes and Barker put Owen in a cardboard box and rode with a woman to Marion. The woman, who spoke to police later, said Barnes put a cardboard box into the back seat of her car. She said she did not know what was in the box.

The woman told police before they made it to Marion, the three stopped at a wooded area and Barnes and Barker set the box with Collins in it down, poured nail polish on it and set it on fire. The scene was some 12 miles from Owen’s home.

In Marion then, Barnes told his brother that Owen had gone missing. Joseph Barnes called the Wells County Sheriff’s Department and asked if any children had been reported missing, which set off a search for the boy.

Days later, Arnold and Barnes were charged. In June 2015, Barnes pleaded guilty to murdering Owen. He was sentenced 50 years.

Barker pleaded guilty in August 2015 to abuse of a corpse and dealing methamphetamine in a separate deal with prosecutors that dropped four additional charges against him. He’s set to be sentenced Feb. 22.








BLUFFTON, Ind. (August 30, 2015) — A 17-year-old has pleaded guilty to abuse of a corpse in the death of a 3-year-old boy.gbhdethsahsa

Zachary Barker of Bluffton also pleaded guilty Wednesday to dealing methamphetamine as part of a plea deal in which prosecutors agreed to drop other charges.

Authorities said Barker was using drugs with 21-year-old Breanna Arnold, the mother of 3-year-old Owen Collins, and 31-year-old Zachary Barnes the night the boy died from blunt force trauma to his head.

Barker pleaded guilty to murder and was sentenced earlier this month to 50 years in prison.

Arnold is awaiting trial on charges of neglect of a dependent resulting in death, manufacturing methamphetamine, obstruction of justice, abuse of a corpse and altering the scene of a death.

The boy’s burned body was found in January outside Bluffton.



Bluffton teen pleads guilty to burning body of 3-year-old boy



BLUFFTON, Ind. (WANE) – Court documents outline gruesome details in the death and treatment of a 3-year-old whose presumed disappearance prompted an hours-long community-wide search on Sunday. Three people are being held by police in the death of Owen Collins. The child was apparently dead, in the home, for almost an entire day before his body was put in a cardboard box, dumped in the woods and set on fire.

The mother of Owen Collins, 21-year-old Breanna J. Arnold and Zachary S. Barnes, 30, were each arrested and preliminarily charged on two felonies: neglect of a dependent resulting in the boy’s death and abuse of a corpse.

An unidentified teenager was arrested along with the couple on Sunday on a felony charge of abuse of a corpse. The 16-year-old had apparently been living with Arnold and Barnes for several months and acted as the babysitter for Owen and his 6-year-old brother.

Formal charges against the suspects have not yet been filed. The state has granted a hold of up to 72-hours, during which time they will remain in jail without bond.

According to information gathered by police after interviewing the three suspects, they were all “shooting dope” in the Normandy Drive home Friday night into Saturday. When Arnold went to check on Owen and his 6-year-old brother on Saturday, Owen was dead.

The teenager told police Arnold came running out of the back bedroom with Owen’s body saying “my baby.” Barnes admitted he suggested they get rid of him. Owen was dead, in the home, for almost an entire day. Barnes and the teenager told police that the child was wrapped in plastic wrap and placed into a dresser drawer in a bedroom.

At some point, according to what the teenager told police, there was a discussion about “chopping him up and throwing him in the river.”

Barnes said that on Sunday morning, he and the teenager put Owen in a cardboard box and got a ride from a woman to Marion. While on their way, they stopped at a wooded area in Wells County. Once they dropped the box with Owen’s body into the woods, Barnes said he doused it with nail polish remover and set on it fire.

While in Marion, Zachary Barnes went to his brother’s home. Zachary Barnes told Joseph Barnes that Owen had gone missing on Saturday night. Joseph Barnes called multiple sheriff’s departments in the area and asked if any children had been reported missing. None had, but the Wells County Sheriff’s Department said they would look into Owen’s disappearance.

When police went to the Normandy Drive home in Mobile Manor around 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Owen was nowhere to be found. Arnold and her 6-year-old son were taken to the Bluffton Police Department, where she signed consent forms allowing police to search the home.

Meanwhile, Marion Police were asked to help track down Barnes. Marion police did find and stop a car that had Barnes, the unidentified teenager and the woman who had given them a ride that morning.

After explaining what she knew, the woman went with officers to help them find the area where Owen’s body had been taken.0y80y

The teenager and Barnes stayed in the police department to be interviewed by police.

Drugs were apparently seized at a Bluffton Home after a toddler that lived there was found dead.

Drugs were seized at a Bluffton Home after a toddler that lived there was found dead.

The badly-burned body of Owen Collins was recovered by officers with the Bluffton Police Department and Indiana State Police at about 8 p.m. on Sunday.

In addition to the admissions police were able to get out of Barnes and the teen, Barnes also mentioned to police how they would put “dope in [the children’s] bottles and watch them have fun.”

Police did find meth-making materials in the home, as indicated by the sign police left on the home’s front door. Barnes told police that the last time they cooked meth was Friday, the day before they found Owen dead.

The cause of death has not yet been confirmed by the Wells County Coroner. Toxicology results could take up to two weeks to come in.










Breanna J. Arnold, 21, and Zachary S. Barnes, 30, and an unnamed 16-year-old arrested after 3-year-old child’s corpse found burned in a cardboard box; Admitted cooking Methamphetamine


Breanna Arnold, 21, and Zachary Barnes, 30, both of Bluffton, Indiana, formally charged in death of her 3-year-old son: Put Methamphetamine in little boy’s drink

A search warrant led to a major drug bust in Montgomery County on Monday.

The Montgomery County Precinct 5 Constable’s Office seized more than 95 grams 1024x1024hjmdtgjof methamphetamine from a home on the 23000 block of Brushy Pine in the Hockley area. A gun and more than $1,400 in cash were also confiscated.

In all, 12 people were found at the site. Eight of them were arrested, including four family members: Shane Burrell, 33, his mother Charlene Burrell, 52, brother Charles Burrell, 25,  and sister Angelina Burrell, 23. They were all booked in the Montgomery County Jail after the raid.

Shane Burrell and his girlfriend, Stephanie Sandstedt, 25, were arrested for possessing more than 82 grams of meth, including 26 pills made from the drug.




Charlene Burrell was arrested for drug possession and for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Deshawn Diggs, 29, Jacklyn Kelly, 26, and Julie Stafford, 22, were also detained after the search. 1024x1024tjejet

This is the second time this address has yielded a drug bust, the Montgomery County Police Reporter explains. In 2015, Montgomery County Precinct 5 Constable’s Office seized more than 100 grams of meth from Shane Burrell.






(BLOOMINGTON) – Bloomington police arrested two women on drug charges after a traffic stop near Kinser Pike and the Ind. 45/46 Bypass Monday night.

One of the women is also facing charges of trafficking after police say she concealed drugs in a body cavity and they fell on the floor during a search by a jail officer when she was being processed at the Monroe County Jail.

According to Bloomington Police Department Capt. Steve Kellams, an officer pulled over the erratic driver as they were turning onto the Ind. 45/46 Bypass from North Walnut Street at about 11:45 p.m. Monday.

The driver, Amber Templeman-Sparks, told police she was driving without a license and was wanted on a warrant. She told police she didn’t know the name of her passenger, who police say was pretending to be asleep.

Police found syringes and more than nine grams of meth when they searched the car.

Police arrested 37-year-old Templeman-Sparks and 37-year-old Terri Daniels and they were taken to jail on charges of possession of meth, possession of a syringe and outstanding warrants.

During the intake procedure, Daniels told jail officers she had no drugs in her possession. But during a body search plastic containers fell on the floor from her body cavity. One container contained a plastic bag with marijuana and the other container held two prescription pills and a white-powdery substance that has been sent to the State Police lab for testing.

Daniels told police she forgot about the concealed drugs.

She is now facing additional charges of trafficking with an inmate, possession of a legend drug and possession of marijuana.

She was booked into the jail on the additional preliminary charges of trafficking with an inmate, possession of a legend drug and possession of marijuana.





A raging body builder high on crystal meth forced cops to shut-down the Manhattan-bound side of the Holland Tunnel when he rampaged through traffic, sources said Wednesday.tunnel1n-2-web

Port Authority cops spotted Keith Semiday, 42, of Chelsea, running between stopped cars about 6 a.m. Tuesday near the toll plaza in Jersey City, sources said.

The 6-foot-1, 175 pound Semiday tried to pull open the doors of several cars, scaring motorists, source said.

At one point, he started running toward the tunnel itself, but then turned around and tried to open the rear door of a blue sedan, sources said.

Port Authority Officer Rhett Peppi ran over and wrestled him to the ground.

Traffic was shut-down for about 14 minutes while the mini-drama unfolded.

Yelling and screaming, Semiday tried to pull away from the officers and flailed his arms before he was finally handcuffed, sources said.tunnel1n-1-web

Semiday later told cops he had been smoking crystal meth all night, sources said.

Semiday was charged for being on illegal drugs and resisting arrest. Jersey City paramedics examined and medically cleared him.

A judge in Jersey City ordered bail set at $5,000 and he was taken to the Hudson County Jail.

Pedestrian traffic is prohibited in the toll plaza.

Semiday has a lengthy rap sheet, running to more than 30 pages, sources said. He has been arrested 14 times in Connecticut alone.

He has an open criminal case in Manhattan for an arrest on Oct. 24 for assault, harassment and drug possession, records show.








r4t3q4t634t3qtPolice are investigating a meth lab discovered in downtown Lansing.

A sign is posted on the door of a building on Washington Square warning people not to enter.

Police say the scene has been cleaned up and the area is now safe.

They received a tip around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon about the meth lab in one of the building’s apartments.

Officers were on scene all afternoon and evening.

No arrests have been made.


With rates of methamphetamine abuse climbing, progress on drug treatment programs is failing to keep up, said civil society representatives and experts who participated in a panel discussion on drug abuse on Tuesday in Phnom Penh.

Meas Vyrith, secretary-general of the National Authority on Combatting Drugs, said the government would start implementing new anti-drug efforts on January 1 that don’t rely solely on law enforcement and would include improved community-based treatment programs.

cam-photo-front-ishikawaPolice officers from the Interior Ministry’s anti-drug department place packages of methamphetamine on a table ahead of a press conference at the National Police headquarters in Phnom Penh.

“We know that there’s a rise in drug use,” he said. “We will apply law enforcement measures and rescue measures,” he added, without providing details. “We will regard drugs users as victims.”

But at a time when meth use is growing—a report by the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) last year noted increasing meth abuse in Cambodia and the region in 2013—drug treatment programs are not keeping pace, experts said.

The Health Ministry devised Cambodia’s first national strategies to reduce the harm of drug use in March, but “the implementation is not visible” and progress is slow, Sou Sochenda, a manager at Khana, an NGO that supports drug treatment and HIV prevention programs, said in an email on Wednesday.

While the government has invested more in drug treatment services, “it is still insufficient and a major impediment” to combating drug abuse, Olivier Lermet, a regional adviser for the U.N. drug office, said in an email.

“Donor countries should also support this much more vigorously,” Mr. Lermet said. “This issue is a public health, public security and rights issue.”

Pilot community-based treatment programs—including drug counseling, rehabilitation and medical treatment—were rolled out by the government and UNODC in Banteay Meanchey province in 2010, and expanded to Battambang and Stung Treng provinces a year later. In 2013, the programs provided services to 1,200 drug users across the three provinces, according to the agency’s update from that year.

In the capital today, community-based treatment is offered at 21 health centers, said Ms. Sochenda of Khana.

“Yet this service needs to be scaled up and strengthened in terms of quality and resources,” including staffing and funding, she said.

Experts agreed that while the majority of meth users are concentrated in urban economic centers among poor populations, especially youth, the drug had expanded to rural areas and was also reaching into the middle and upper classes in cities.

Discrimination against drug users also remains an obstacle to generating support for treatment programs, the panelists said.

“There needs to be some pretty systemic shifts in the way people work with drug users,” said David Harding, an independent consultant. Without stopping the criminalization and dehumanization of users, he added, “progress will not be made.”





As Meth Abuse Rates Increase, Treatment Options Lag Behind

The results of a drug test prove that the “millionaire model” was on methamphetamine when she caused a mega car crash on Ratchada Road on Nov. 1, police said yesterday.net_idolsgrs

A month after crashing her BMW into eight other cars and causing two injuries, 28-year-old promotional model Kritrada Tubtimphol has finally been charged with driving under the influence of narcotics, reckless driving, driving without a license, and causing injury and property damage to others while driving.

Kritrada, who is also a famous online personality, only confessed to one charge, driving without a license, and denied the rest, Manager reported.

In the afternoon of Nov. 1, the pretty slammed her white BMW into a Honda Civic outside Esplanade shopping mall. Like dominoes, the crashing went on and on. By the end, a total of nine cars were involved in the incident, and two people were left injured.

Witnesses at the scene said that Kritrada got out of her BMW minutes after the crash and yelled that she wanted to die. She also challenged bystanders to hurt her because she “wanted them to.”

Police tried to question Kritrada at the police station, but she didn’t cooperate. Instead, she prayed and meditated. The model was sent to a nearby hospital after she passed out.

Her family transferred her to Ratchaburi Hospital in her hometown of Ratchaburi province, where she received treatment in the psychiatric ward for weeks.crash_17trwt

At Huai Khwang police station yesterday, the model finally negotiated compensation with her victims.

She was released on bail after the hearing her charges.






The 28-year-old internet idol who caused nine cars to crash on Ratchada Road earlier this month has been active on social media again yesterday while the hospital revealed she tested negative for alcohol.559000012350405rw

It looks like model Kritrada Tubtimphol, aka “Namzom Zomy,” has earned phone privileges during her treatment in a psychological ward as she addressed her haters on Facebook and complained that the public don’t forgive her last night.

“Do I need to die to end this and please all of you? If I wasn’t the ‘Namzom Zomy’, would the story be big?” she wrote on Facebook today, despite the fact she put two innocent motorists in the hospital.

“Pencils come with erasers to give people a chance to correct themselves. Just think about it,” she wrote.

On the evening of Nov. 1, the 28-year-old pretty slammed her white BMW into a Honda Civic outside Esplanade shopping mall. The Honda Civic then went on to hit a taxi, and the crashing went on. A total of nine cars were involved in the incident, and two people were injured.559000012350405rwr

Witnesses at the scene said that Kritrada then came out of her BMW minutes after the crash and yelled that she wanted to die. She also challenged bystanders to hurt her because she “wanted them to.”

Police tried to question Kritrada at the station, but she didn’t cooperate. Instead, she only prayed and meditated. The model was sent to a nearby hospital after she passed out.

Her family transferred her to Ratchaburi Hospital in their hometown of Ratchaburi province.

Dr. Songpol Chawantanpipat, director of Ratchaburi Hospital, said that the model tested negative for alcohol but admitted that she wasn’t tested crash_174r4213immediately after the accident.

Songpol said Kritsada has made a recovery, and she can talk normally now. However, she hasn’t been discharged, Daily News reported.

It is unclear if the police have questioned her or if the model has been charged for the car crashes she caused yet.






ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI) -A former worker at a St. Cloud foster home for adults has been accused of giving a vulnerable adult methamphetamine, having sex with him, and taking pills and money from him.c400b5493fc4f42c5c5fdc260d5eb9c4_f15037

Authorities say the vulnerable adult suffers from a traumatic brain injury and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Court records show Jennifer Marie Derifield (also known as Jennifer Marie Voss), 42, of Waite Park admitted to getting prescription pills from the client while she worked at the Lake George Foster Home at 321 9th Avenue South.

She denied giving the resident methamphetamine and having sex with him.

Investigators said Derifield would exchange sex and methamphetamine with the victim for prescription pills like Morphine, Klonopin, and Zanaflex.

Police say that Derifield had borrowed at least $1,900 from the vulnerable adult and hadn’t paid any of the money back.

Derifield stated her husband may have borrowed money from the victim.

Derifield was fired from the foster home after the allegations came to light in May and police immediately began investigating. She worked at the foster home for about a month this spring.

In July the foster home was cited for neglect.

Derifield’s She has been charged with two counts of exploitation of a vulnerable adult and two counts of 5th degree drug possession.

Her first court appearance is set for January 23rd.





Spanish Fork police arrested a woman Monday night suspected of intent to distribute a large amount of methamphetamine.

According to a police report, officers pulled over a vehicle driven by Katie Peterson, 39, for having an inoperable brake light. Peterson was reportedly unable to provide registration or insurance information for the vehicle. Her 4-year-old son was in the rear passenger seat of the vehicle.583dd166494d8_image

Peterson has reportedly been under investigation for the past several months by detectives with the Spanish Fork Police Department and Utah County Major Crimes regarding the distribution of methamphetamine throughout Utah County. While one officer was preparing a citation for her vehicle violations Monday, a K9 officer responded to the scene to perform an exterior sniff on the vehicle.

The behavior of the K9 officer indicated enough probable cause to search the vehicle, and officers reportedly discovered locked black bag underneath the front passenger seat. After Peterson provided the combination to the lock, officers reportedly found a crystalline substance that tested positive as methamphetamine and weighed approximately 28.5 grams. Officers also reportedly found zipped baggies, a glass pipe and a scale.

The street value of the reported drugs is estimated at $2,850, and the amount led officers to believe Peterson is actively distributing methamphetamine.

Peterson reportedly admitted to selling about once ounce of methamphetamine per week. Upon her arrest, a urine screen showed positive for amphetamines, methamphetamine and THC.

Officers booked Peterson into the Utah County Jail on suspicion of one first-degree felony of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance in a drug-free zone, one third-degree felony for endangerment of a child, and three misdemeanors.






MOBILE, AL (WKRG) — Authorities have arrested two people on drug charges after a series of raids conducted in Mobile.oup9iyuopuopio

The Mobile County Street Enforcement Narcotics Team (MCSENT) raided homes on Monday and Tuesday as part of ongoing investigations into local drug trafficking and distribution.

MCSENT arrested 38-year-old Sylvester Robinon, known by his street name “Manpower,” and 32-year-old Desirae Moffett after finding a crystal meth operation in the home at 821 Ingleside Drive. According to MCSENT, officers seized over a pound of crystal methamphetamine, $10,000 cash, two pistols, and two vehicles.

SWAT teams were part of the operation, News 5 is told.

Robinon was charged with two counts of trafficking methamphetamine, felon in possession of a firearm, possession of marijuana first degree, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Moffett was charged with trafficking methamphetamine, possession of marijuana first degree, and possession of drug paraphernalia.





MCSENT Uncovers Crystal Meth Operation in Mobile, Arrest Two in Raids


Bags filled with meth and ingredients to make meth were found Monday in a Publix parking lot in St. Johns County.

Nearly 130 grams of meth oil was found and a man was arrested for producing and trafficking meth.

Now, Action News Jax has learned why the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office thinks meth is on the rise.

A representative with the Sheriff’s Office tells Action News Jax there were 40 meth incidents in 2014, 45 in 2015 and so far in 2016, there have been 58.

On Monday, meth and materials to make meth were found in the parking lot of a St. Augustine Publix.

Joseph Stratton, 30, was arrested on felony charges of producing meth and trafficking meth.

It was around 2:30 p.m. Monday when the SJSO was called to Publix at 955 State Road 16 for a man wanted on warrants. When they talked to the man, he told deputies about several other people he was with, who he said had a meth lab in duffel bags out in the parking lot.

Deputies investigated and found bags near a van. Inside the bags, jars filled with liquid and other materials used to make meth were found.

The total weight of methamphetamine oil found was 127.7 grams.

Even though meth was not actively being cooked in the van or bags, SJSO said there was a danger to those nearby.

“Certainly the precursors, each one of them on their own should they be ignited, could be potentially dangerous,” SJSO Cmdr. Chuck Mulligan said.

“Very scary, it’s very scary. Definitely whenever you have kids and you never know what you’re gonna walk out to in the middle of the night or in the middle of the day and find,” one shopper said.

The Sheriff’s Office tells me they believe meth is on the rise because it is now cheaper to buy than crack cocaine.







SAN DIEGO — New numbers show the San Diego city attorney’s office is handling more methamphetamine related cases.

According to information provided to Team 10 the City Attorney’s Office received approximately 6,319 “Methamphetamine related” cases in 2015-2016.
The city attorney’s office says those are charges that include things like possession of drug paraphernalia, driving under the influence of drugs and under the influence of a controlled substance.
The numbers show the office handled 3,123 cases in 2015 and 3,196 in 2016.
The office says they also issued 3,431 Violations of Health and Safety code 11377(a), which generally involves Methamphetamine possession during this same time period.
The numbers come as San Diego County continues to deal a growing meth problem.
According to SANDAG, in 2015, 49% of adult arrestees –arrested for any charge –tested positive for methamphetamine, an all-time high since SANDAG began tracking this data more than two decades ago.
Deaths linked to meth are also at a record high in San Diego County. From 2008 to 2014, the number of people in the region who died due to meth increased by 90% – from 140 in 2008 to 262 in 2014. Officials say that number jumped to 311 in 2015.
Residents throughout the county are urged to report meth-related crimes or seek information about treatment options by calling 1-877-NO-2-METH (1-877-662-6384). You can also reach out by going online.

A PAIR of Taiwanese nationals will remain in custody overnight after an estimated $20.6 million worth of crystal meth was allegedly imported into Brisbane hidden within home appliances.

Chun-Hao Kuo, 31, and Chia-Cheng Ku, 27, faced Brisbane Magistrates Court today over the alleged 20.6 kg haul that arrived via air cargo from Hong Kong.4819422a-afe1-4268-836d-0ef46a44c454

It is alleged the duo were arrested after Border Force officers detected crystal meth inside the consignment and alerted federal police, who monitored its delivery to a property in Sunnybank.

Police claim the seizure is worth an estimated $20.6 million.

An Australian Federal Police spokeswoman said the drugs were concealed in microwaves, foot spas and a water filter.

89edbb9c-4ba0-45d7-bda0-6f35db965ef5Ku, 27, was charged with importing a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug, while Kuo, 31, was charged with attempting to possess a commercial quantity of the drug.

No details of the allegations were read out in court and their cases were adjourned until tomorrow to allow time to organize a translator.

Australian Border Force Queensland regional commander Terry Price said the seizure showed authorities were “aware of their methods and continue to thwart their efforts to profit from causing harm and despair to Australian families.






Etowah County authorities say a pregnant Attalla woman has tested positive for multiple narcotics after she was arrested for drug possession.

Sheriff Todd Entrekin said Miranda Lynn Merry, 32, of Attalla, has been charged with chemical merry%20mirandaendangerment.

Merry was initially booked in on a warrant for drug possession and told workers at the Etowah County Detention Center that she was pregnant.

Entrekin said Merry tested positive for opiates, amphetamine and methamphetamine. Investigators said Merry admitted to using heroin, opiates, Dilaudid and methamphetamine. She told authorities that she has only used methamphetamine since she found out she was pregnant.

Merry is being detained in the Etowah County Detention Center with a $10,000 cash bond for the chemical endangerment warrant.  As a condition of the bond she will be supervised by Etowah County Community Corrections and must successfully complete a treatment program.






A Parker County grand jury last week indicted a Millsap woman on methamphetamine charge, more than a year after records show her son tested positive for the illegal drug.

Shelby Leigh Pattillo, 40, faces a charge of possession of a controlled substance, less than a gram. 5834eca641e2a_image

According to the probable cause affidavit, Pattillo was arrested the night of Oct. 3 when a Parker County sheriff’s deputy stopped the vehicle she was driving for failure to signal a lane change.

Pattillo appeared nervous, according to Deputy Gerry Olson, who wrote that he obtained consent to search her vehicle and, inside her purse, found methamphetamine, glass pipes, spoons, lighters and alprozolam without a prescription bottle.

After spending several days in jail, Pattillo was released on bond.

Glenn Pattillo, Shelby Pattillo’s ex-husband, last year provided documentation to the Democrat showing their son, three years old at the time, repeatedly tested positive for methamphetamine and hydrocodone while living with his mother in early 2015.

Pattillo said he began drug testing his son and renewed his attempts to obtain custody of the boy after a relative of Shelby Pattillo’s expressed his concern for the preschooler’s well-being.

Shelby Pattillo tested positive for methamphetamine and hydrocodone while the boy’s father and his now-stepmother cooperated with CPS and passed drug tests, according to court records.

Reached by phone last year, Shelby Pattillo declined to discuss the issue.

Both Glenn Pattillo and CPS sought to have the boy removed from his mother’s custody.

However, 415th District Judge Graham Quisenberry declined to do so.

Documents provided by Glenn Pattillo showed hair follicle tests for Warren were performed in February, March, April and May of 2015 and that levels of methamphetamine and hydrocodone increased after CPS began investigating and the court was notified. The levels later dropped, according to the records.

After her arrest in October, Shelby Pattillo agreed to a change in the legal arrangement, according to Glenn Pattillo, who said the boy now lives with him and visits his mother on designated days.

Pattillo said the boy was doing well.

Others indicted last week include:

  • Angelica Marie Guerra, possession of a controlled substance, less than a gram.
  • Bryan Lee Lomas, driving while intoxicated, third or more offense.
  • Joseph Alfred Pina III, possession of a controlled substance, less than a gram.
  • Hubert Kent Burdick, possession of a controlled substance, less than a gram.
  • Allen Roscoe-Tanner Pearson, credit or debit card abuse of the elderly and fraudulent use or possession of identifying information, less than five, elderly.
  • Jordan Ann Matlock, possession of a controlled substance, less than a gram.
  • Eduardo Ismael Rodriguez, manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance, more than a gram, less than 4 grams, and two counts of manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance, less than a gram.
  • William Austin Black, driving while intoxicated, third or more offense.
  • Marie Elizabeth Odom, possession of a controlled substance, less than a gram.
  • Charles Wayne Martin, assault of a family member with a previous conviction.
  • Emily Nicholasa Shaw, possession of a controlled substance, less than a gram.
  • Scotty Joe Obannon, driving while intoxicated, third or more offense.
  • Jenny Mae Prescott, forgery of a government/national instrument/money/security.
  • Douglas Duane Jenks, driving while intoxicated, third or more offense.
  • Jordan Michael Hunt, aggravated robbery.
  • Chadwick Andrew Street, evading arrest or detention with a vehicle.







LANCASTER COUNTY, SC (WBTV) – A member of Lancaster County School Board has been arrested and charged with trafficking methamphetamine, according to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

According to Sheriff Barry Faile, James M. Brooks was arrested early Saturday morning. Brooks was elected to the Lancaster County School Board in 2014 to represent District One.12560900_g

A deputy was fueling his patrol car at the QT on Charlotte Highway at Collins Road around 3:00 a.m. Saturday when someone suggested he check on Brooks and woman, who were inside the store.

That woman was 37-year-old Carol Jean Broom, of Fort Mill.

According to the sheriff’s office, deputies followed Brooks and Broom as they left the store and stopped the car on Doby’s Bridge Road after observing Broom began swerving in the roadway.

The deputy saw an open beer bottle in the car and asked Brooks and Broom to get out of the vehicle. A second deputy then reportedly found a metal tray with white powder residue under the passenger seat.

That deputy also found a plastic bag containing a white crystalline substance in a pocket of Brooks’ jacket. During a search, deputies found another bag containing a similar substance in his jacket.

According to the sheriff’s office, deputies found a capped plastic cylinder inside the trunk which contained12560897_g several plastic bags of the crystalline substance. That substance tested positive for methamphetamine.

In total, deputies say they found 24 grams of the methamphetamine, 3.6 grams of a substance suspected to be marijuana and a loaded 12 gauge shotgun.

Two hypodermic needles, a spoon, and a glass pipe were found in Broom’s purse. A butane torch lighter was also found in the car.

Brooks and Broom were each charged with trafficking methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Brooks was also charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime and simple possession of marijuana.

Broom was charged with possession of an open container of beer.

“I want to thank the citizen who called our attention to Mr. Brooks and Ms. Broom at the QT. Our deputies were able to make a traffic stop on the car, and their careful observations during the stop gave them what they needed to search the pair and the car,” Sheriff Barry Faile said. “A substantial quantity of methamphetamine was taken off the street as the result of this investigation.”

Lancaster County Superintendent Dr. Gene Moore released a statement Monday evening, saying he’d just learned of the incident.

“We’ll be continuing to gather information about the situation as well as assess any possible actions that may be required,” Moore said.

Anyone with information about this or any other case should call the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office at 803-283-3388 or Crimestoppers at 888-CRIME-SC (888-274-6372) or email www.sccrimestoppers.com.







The Longview Police Street Crimes Unit arrested six people in two separate drug busts on Tuesday.

For the third time this year, agents served a search warrant at 3163 Hemlock St., according to a Street Crimes press release. During the search, police found drug paraphernalia, scales, drug packaging material, heroin, methamphetamine and prescription drugs. Those arrested were:

  • Duane Alan Todd, 48, on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine, possession of heroin, and unlawful use of a building for drug purposes.
  • Rebecca J. Nance, 40, on suspicion of possession of heroin, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of a controlled substance without a prescription.
  • Travis Patrick Gilliam, 42, on a misdemeanor warrant.
In a separate bust, the Street Crimes Unit served a search warrant at 702 Burcham St. in Kelso with assistance from Kelso police. Detectives recovered drug paraphernalia, scales, drug packaging material, methamphetamine and firearms, according to a separate press release. The three people arrested were:
  • Steven Tracy Strong, 60, on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine, a felony warrant, and a misdemeanor warrant.
  • Kathy Marie Vorse, 60, on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine.
  • Kevin Vay Stinger, 61, on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine and seven felony counts of possession of a firearm.






Provincial police say the number of people using and selling crystal meth in the northwestern Ontario has spiked in the past year.

In 2015, officers seized one gram of the drug. So far this year, more than 380 grams have been seized.hi-crystal-meth

Kenora and Rainy River districts are seeing a surge in the usage, according to Detective Staff Sergeant Chad Culbert, with the OPP’s Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau.

“It has been a growing drug across the province and the nation for several years,” Cuthbert said, “unfortunately, finally it’s come this way, and people have tried it, and one use and you can be addicted to it.”

No methamphetamine labs have been found in the region, but police say they are ready to bring in a specialized team if they are discovered,

The drug itself is a chemical composition, making it very dangerous to manufacture, Cuthbert said.







In October, sheriff deputies and a hazardous materials team were called to a property in California. They were responding to the presence of what officials believed to be a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory.

Unfortunately, cases like this occur all too frequently across the country. Numerous homes, apartments and businesses have been used for the illegal production of meth over the years. When one is discovered, it often makes the evening news, but there are many others that are never found. This means that unsuspecting buyers or people leasing a property could unwittingly expose their families or employees to a wide range of toxic substances and residues that are left in the wake of these types of secret laboratories.

A property used to produce meth often has residues left on surfaces throughout a home or building from the mixture of hazardous chemicals used during meth production. Chemicals may include flammable and volatile solvents such as methanol, ether, benzene, methylene chloride and trichloroethane. Muriatic acid, sodium hydroxide and ammonia may also be present. Any of these compounds can contaminate surfaces or materials such as carpeting, wallboard, ceiling tiles, furniture and fabrics that absorb spilled or vaporized chemicals.

“Chemical remnants can emit hazardous gases into the air or be a threat when touched,” said Michael Chapman, Laboratory Manager at LA Testing’s Huntington Beach facility. “Meth labs have been found in everything from cars, boats, hotel rooms, businesses, apartments, rental homes and even large estates. When one is discovered, it has to be thoroughly remediated to remove these hazards. With many still undiscovered by authorities, there can be people today being exposed to these chemicals in their homes and where they work.”

To identify hazardous residues, LA Testing offers comprehensive analytical services, sampling supplies and even an easy-to-use test kit that can be accessed at www.EMSLTestKits.com.






Posted by DD republished from The Guardian

DD:  Most of the events and incidents included in this story have been reported in detail previously on Borderland Beat, but this story encapsulates the activity in one story.

 Amid a 10-year crackdown on cartels, the drug trade continues and factions have splintered – leaving Sinaloa and CJNG facing off in Colima state
Mexican soldiers walk next to the site of the incineration of more than 20 tons of cocaine in Manzanillo.  
Standing guard at the scene of the crime, the two police officers surveyed the shattered glass and bullet-pocked bodywork of the Mercedes Benz hatchback and offered their analysis.
“It’s an eye for an eye,” said one, repeating a phrase often heard in this coastal city, about 200 miles south-west of Guadalajara. “It’s two groups getting even with each other.”
As the officers spoke, a group of children kicked a football just beyond the yellow crime scene tape, and customers wandered unperturbed in and out of a row of shops.
Only an hour before gunmen on a motorcycle had opened fire on the car which crashed into the side of a health clinic; miraculously the two occupants survived.
Manzanillo and the surrounding state of Colima were once best known for their black sand beaches, lime groves and a smoldering volcano that erupts every century or so.
Over the past year, however, the region has claimed a new title: murder capital of Mexico. According to federal figures, Colima registered 434 homicides in the first nine months of 2016 – a huge number in a population of just 700,000.
Local officials blame the killings on outsiders or describe it as score-settling between petty criminals.
But analysts of the drug war say the violence is part of a nationwide realignment of organized crime – and a bitter struggle to control the port of Manzanillo, one of the biggest on Mexico’s Pacific coast.
Ten years of a militarised campaign against the cartels has not ended the trade in drugs, or helped enforce rule of law in Mexico. It has, however, weakened or splintered several crime factions, leaving a handful of powerful survivors fighting for the spoils.
Colima is currently the setting for a confrontation between two of the most formidable: the Sinaloa Federation – led by imprisoned capo Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán – and the Jalisco New Generation cartel, known by its Spanish initials as the CJNG.
“Most of the [Mexican] cartels have been weakened,” said Mike Vigil, a former Drug Enforcement Administration agent who worked undercover in Mexico. “The only two powerful cartels left are Sinaloa and the CJNG.”
The CJNG – based in the neighbouring state of Jalisco – has already established a reputation as one of the country’s fastest-growing and most aggressive groups, willing to confront both rivals in the underworld and federal forces.
It emerged in 2010 following a fight for the spoils of a prominent Sinaloa cartel boss, Nacho Coronel, who was killed by the army, and for the past five years or so it has used Manzanillo to import chemical precursors from Asia for the production of methamphetamines.
Last year, while Guzmán was still on the run after escaping from a high-security jail, Sinaloa made a move on Colima.
The cartel publicly announced its arrival in October 2015, with a narcocorrido song and a Facebook message entitled “Sinaloa is now in Colima”. The message heralded the launch of “Operation Cleanup”, striking a familiar tone in Mexico, where criminal groups try to cloak their activities in the language of social activism.
But within months, Guzmán was recaptured; and with El Chapo currently awaiting extradition to the US, a violent rearrangement of the underworld appears under way – and Colima is one of its principle battlegrounds.
The conflict between the cartels burst into the open this summer in a confusing episode when six men – including Guzmán’s son Jesús Alfredo Guzmán – were kidnapped from a restaurant in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco.
Authorities blamed the abduction on the CJNG, suggesting that the upstart cartel was trying to take advantage of Guzmán’s imprisonment.
But Guzmán was later reportedly released, and observers say that the reports that Sinaloa has been weakened by El Chapo’s arrest may well prove premature. 
“The CJNG is gaining ground, but doesn’t have anywhere near the power of the Sinaloa cartel,” said Miguel Ángel Vega, a reporter with the Sinaloa-based news organization Ríodoce.
Vega said the cartel was well entrenched – both in the rugged Sierras where it produces heroin, marijuana and methamphetamines, and in the corridors of power, where it maintains connections at all levels of government.
“The Sinaloa cartel is not just El Chapo,” he said.
The CJNG has also demonstrated a capacity to corrupt officials: a recording surfaced in September in which a cowed police chief can be heard taking orders from the group’s boss, Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, AKA “El Mencho”.
Under El Mencho – himself a former police officer – the CJNG has made violence its calling card. The group launched itself on the national stage in 2011 by dumping 35 bodies under a bridge in the Atlantic coast state of Veracruz; at the time, the group called itself the Zeta-killers, and professed to be targeting the powerful Zetas cartel.
But the CJNG also showed itself willing to take on the Mexican state.
As federal forces closed in on El Mencho in May 2015, the CJNG launched a coordinated show of strength across Jalisco and neighbouring regions, blocking dozens of roads with hijacked vehicles and setting banks and petrol stations on fire.
In 2015, CJNG gunmen ambushed a police convoy, killing 15 officers in the single bloodiest attack on Mexican security forces in recent history, and shot down an army helicopter.

A marine stands guard near packs of cocaine at a naval base in Manzanillo. ‘It’s a war over the local market,’ said a reporter.

 The cartel has also been implicated in a string of vigilante attacks on petty criminals in Jalisco – including six people who were recently found with their hands chopped off – and a string of attacks on state officials, including the murders of the tourism secretary and a federal lawmaker.

Colima state officials did not respond to interview requests, though they have previously attempted to downplay talk of a cartel war.
State prosecutor Felipe de Jesús Muñoz Vázquez told local media in August that 90% of homicides were related to organized crime – with 85 of those slayings explained by low-level drug dealing.
And despite the spiraling murder rate, local people in the state capital also seem at pains to insist that the situation is in hand.
“There’s no panic on the streets here,” said Miguel Ángel Vargas, news director of radio station Ángel Guardian, adding that people in Colima city worried about personal finances and local issues such as corruption and spending cuts.
Authorities in Manzanillo also insist their city is safe, even though an analysis by the news organization Animal Politico ranked it as the third-most violent municipality in the country – trailing only Acapulco and Tecomán, another Colima municipality – with 103.87 homicides per 100,000 residents.
“Up until now, we have not found innocent people mixed up in these events,” said Manzanillo police chief Miguel Ángel García, a retired vice-admiral, repeating a refrain heard often in Mexico.
Local journalists say that much of the violence stems from the lack of a strong boss to control the “plaza” – the local turf or trafficking routes. Others suggested that the conflict was triggered by defections from CJNG to Sinaloa.
“It’s a war over the local market,” said one longtime reporter, asking for anonymity for security reasons. “Cartel de Jalisco sells ice [methamphetamine], while Sinaloa sells cocaine.”
But few local residents expect either side to win a victory by force – they believe that the solution will come from a political deal.
Some believe the violence will continue until one of the cartels gains control with help from the government, noting the Sinaloa cartel’s arrival in a state with a strong CJNG presence at the same time as a change in the governor’s office.
“There’s no ‘pacto’” in Colima, one of the journalists said, referring to an arrangement between authorities and one of the cartels. “It won’t calm down here until there is.”

Three people have been charged with felonies in connection with a methamphetamine lab found at a West School Road property in October.

Rebecca Jean Huguelet, 35, Mount Pleasant; Paul Howard Mentel, 33, Cadillac; and Jamison Leigh Stone, 27, Coleman, each face charges of operating or maintaining a meth lab, possession of meth 1024x102445r231qand delivery or manufacture of meth. Mentel also faces habitual fourth offender notice, while each of Stone’s charges are second offense counts and he faces habitual third offender status as well.

The charges were filed after an investigation conducted by the Bay Area Narcotics Enforcement Team, which included surveillance on the home at 5727 W. School Road on Oct. 13.

An affidavit filed in each case states while conducting surveillance, detectives watched one of the suspects walk from the house to a pole barn on the property several times. When they contacted that man at the door of the pole barn, two active one pot methamphetamine cooks were seen on a table near the door. A one pot cook refers to a method of producing meth inside a plastic bottle.

A search warrant for the home and pole barn was obtained, and seized were the one pot cooks, components and methamphetamine, the affidavit states.

All three suspects were arrested at the scene. They were arraigned by Midland County District Court Magistrate Gerald L. Ladwig, who set bond at $35,000 cash for Huguelet, $75,000 cash or surety for Mentel and $50,000 cash or surety for Stone.

Their cases have since been bound over to the circuit court. Each defendant was granted a court-appointed attorney.

Stone also faces charges in a second case involving meth, in connection with an incident that occurred in Coleman on April 10.

He was arraigned on counts of second-offense meth possession, second-offense possession of hydrocodone and habitual fourth offender notice back in May. That case also has been bound over to the circuit court.

Operating or maintaining a meth lab is punishable by up to 20 years in prison; delivery or manufacture of meth is punishable by up to 20 years in prison; and possession of meth is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.







“IT smells yucky”.

They were the words a nine-year-old boy used during a police interview to describe his father’s methamphetamine production lab set up in their Ipswich region home.

The house was littered with glassware and chemicals in every room except the child’s when police searched it in August last year.

The boy told police his father “wore a special mask” when he was using the equipment.

“The child thinks it’s entirely normal to make methamphetamine in the bathroom or the lounge room,” Judge Alexander Horneman-Wren said during sentencing of the father in Ipswich District Court on Friday.

“What an awful childhood memory to have, one can only ponder how he will understand it – not just a yucky smell but his home when he was a nine-year-old boy was a methamphetamine lab.”

Crown prosecutor Clare Kelly said police gained intelligence on the man’s activity after he purchased items from various places.

She said they found instructions in exercise books and notepads in the home which related to chemical reactions.

Ms Kelly said the Crown could not claim the operation was commercial because there was a “very small minute amount” of drugs found.

The court heard police carried out a second search warrant less than a month later and found more chemicals and glassware along with striker plates from matchboxes, an element of which is used in the production of methamphetamine.

Ms Kelly said police also found photos, notes and instructions on the man’s iPhone relating to the production process along with syringes, needles, cannabis and methamphetamine.

The man was taken into custody in March following a third search warrant which uncovered more glassware, chemicals and instructions in the form of video, text and images on a laptop.

Ms Kelly said an aggregating feature was the presence of the child.

“The presence of the little boy exposed the child to the risks of labs which are quite chemically unstable and can result in explosions and fire,” she said.

Defence lawyer Stephen Kissick said his client had “sat in jail for eight months being drug free”.

“He wasn’t able to separate himself from drug use until he went into custody,” Mr Kissick said.

The 28-year-old man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the child, pleaded guilty to one count each of producing dangerous drugs and possessing dangerous drugs, two counts of possessing instructions for producing dangerous drugs and five counts of possessing drug related items, including a restricted substance.

The man was sentenced to a head sentence of two years imprisonment with immediate parole.







  • Woman was drunk and on ice when she stabbed boy in a Coogee park
  • The woman, 21, said she hadn’t slept for weeks before the attack
  • Chased boy through the park and missed the his spine by two centimeters
  • The court heard she had ‘no recollection’ of the attack

A young woman has described herself as ‘the walking dead’ on the day she held a boy against a tree and brutally stabbed a boy in the back after chasing him through a park with a knife.

Kyissa Bell, 21, told the Downing Centre District Court on Monday that she hadn’t slept in weeks when she attacked the boy she did not know in a park in Coogee, in Sydney’s eastern suburbs.

Bell was drunk and had injected herself with Methamphetamine in the public bathrooms before chasing the boy and attacking him on October 9th, 2015, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.

The woman had been she using up to $3,000 worth of meth, known as ice in Australia, every day in the lead up to the a attack.

The court heard she had ‘no recollection’ of the stabbing afterwards.

Bell, who was out on bail for another violent crime at the time of the attack, sobbed as she told Judge Chris Hoy she wanted another chance.

‘I’ll do anything … you’ll never see me again,’ she told the court.

Bell has been in custody for a year now and pleaded guilty to the charge of reckless wounding in company.









As part of the statewide methamphetamine awareness campaign, “Meth Changes Everything,” a community meeting will be held in Yankton at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, at the Yankton High School Main Theatre.

Prevention providers will speak about meth and the effects it has on communities, and give individuals an opportunity to provide feedback on ideas and solutions on how to combat the issue. The panel will have representatives from the Yankton Police Department, Lewis and Clark Behavioral Health, and the Division of Criminal Investigation.

Meth use in South Dakota is on the rise and it is important for community members to attend. The goal of the campaign is to educate high school students and communities throughout South Dakota on the dangers of meth use and for individuals to take the pledge against meth use.

Information on community meetings can also be found on the “Meth Changes Everything” Facebook page at Facebook.com/MethChangesEverything.






  • A father claims to have found methamphetamine in a tub of ice cream
  • The man from Perth, Western Australia, said he bought the tub from a large chain store
  • A former drug addict, the man said the shard was very similar to meth
  • However he has admitted he couldn’t be exactly sure about what it was

A father has been left shocked after finding what he believes was methamphetamine in a bowl of ice-cream he had just placed in front of his young son.3acc017a00000578-0-a_father_claims_to_have_found_a_substance_pictured_he_believes_i-m-86_1480259439328

The man, who chose to remain anonymous, bought the tub of vanilla ice cream from a large chain store in Perth, Western Australia, on November 11.

Having just sat down with his five-year-old son after dinner, the young boy reported finding ‘glass’ in his dessert, WA Today reports.

The man, who admitted to being a recovered drug addict, said he couldn’t be sure what the clear shard was but ‘knows what meth tastes like’.

‘The substance about five minutes into my son eating it, when he told me there was “glass” in his ice-cream,’ the father said.

‘My first reaction was shock and then I examined the shard, and realized it didn’t quite have the structure of most glass, so I firmly pressed it between my fingers and a little piece broke off.’

Methamphetamine, the crystal version of which is known as ‘ice’, has seen a major rise in popularity over recent years among drug users.

The man – who hasn’t used drugs for three years – said after licking the shard he was amazed to discover a chemical flavor.

While he couldn’t confirm whether or not it was in fact a drug, he said many aspects were similar.

‘It has a very similar taste and structure as methamphetamine so I am led to think that’s what it is,’ he said.

The man said he monitored his son after the incident, just in case he had eaten anymore of the potentially lethal recreational drug without realizing.

Despite the seriousness of the incident, the father said he didn’t blame the store and said he hoped the manufacturer of the product ‘get on top’ of the issue.