A Pensacola man and woman were arrested Wednesday on charges that they were producing methamphetamine in a Ferry Pass hotel, an Escambia County Sheriff’s Office arrest report said.

Chipley McDavid Atkinson, 36, and Christine Ann Fletcher, 27, are both facing several drug-related charges after they were linked to a meth production lab in a room at Holiday Inn on North Davis Highway, the report said.

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Sheriff’s deputies entered the duo’s hotel room with a search warrant in an attempt to locate Atkinson, the report said.

Inside, they found methamphetamine, a one-pot laboratory and several chemicals and materials associated with meth production, the report said.

A “one pot” lab refers to container such as a plastic bottle in which methamphetamine is produced by shaking the ingredients together.

Atkinson was taken into custody at the scene, the report said. Fletcher’s name and photograph were found on several documents in the hotel room, and she was taken into custody later that evening in another location.

Both have been charged with methamphetamine possession, methamphetamine possession with intent to sell, possession of drug equipment and possession of a listed chemical with the intent to manufacture a controlled substance.

Atkinson is being held on $36,000 bond, and Fletcher is being held without bond for failing to appear at a previous court proceeding.







Police say they found a bag of methamphetamine at a man’s feet, arrested him, then found more bags of drugs in his underwear.

“I seized the items recovered from (James E. Smith’s) boxers as evidence,” says a statement filed by police as part of charging documents.

According to that probable cause statement, police stopped a car with expired tags in May. The driver, Smith, 35, was believed to have warrants, the statement says.

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An officer placed Smith in handcuffs and explained that he was not under arrest, but was being detained while the office could confirm a warrant. While waiting, an officer noticed a small plastic bag, with what appeared to be methamphetamine, at Smith’s feet.

The officer said Smith must have dropped the bag, to which Smith angrily replied that it must have blown across the parking lot and stopped at his feet, according to the statement.

The warrant was confirmed and police arrested Smith. While police waited for a tow truck for Smith’s vehicle, Smith said he thought he had a bag of methamphetamine in his underwear, the statement says.

The officer, wearing a pair of disposable gloves, checked the waistband area, the location Smith had indicated. But the officer did not find the plastic bag. Later at the jail, Smith again told an officer he had a baggy in his underwear, according to the statement.

The officer, again using gloves and “being careful to keep his boxer shorts up for his privacy” found a large plastic bag containing several smaller bags, the statement says.

Police say the bags contained Hydrocodone pills and methamphetamine.

Police say Smith’s cellphone included several messages that indicated he was selling the drugs.

Prosecutors, who filed a felony distribution charge against Smith on Tuesday, say the man has previous convictions for forgery, stealing and use of drug paraphernalia, as well as an arrest in Kansas for manufacturing a controlled substance.

A criminal summons for Smith was issued Thursday.








Details of the law enforcement sweep through Taft Tuesday morning are starting to emerge.

The United States Department of Justice announced late Thursday that a Taft man arrested during the sweep was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury on drug trafficking charges.

David Edward Hampton Jr., 34, was charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, attempted distribution of methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and heroin, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner said.

According to court documents, Hampton is accused of conspiring with others to distribute pound quantities of methamphetamine which he secured in California for distribution in South Dakota.

Hampton would regularly send methamphetamine to South Dakota through the mail.

Hampton was arrested on Tuesday at his residence in Taft when federal agents and police executed a search warrant at the property.

This case was the product of an investigation by the Violent Crime Task Force which includes the Bakersfield Police Department, the Kern County Sheriff’s Department, the Kern County Probation Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Brian K. Delaney is prosecuting the case.

Taft Police aslo assisted as teams of officers served warrants at several sites in the area and made multiple arrests, FBI Spokeswoman Gina Swankie said

If convicted, Hampton faces a maximum penalty of no less than 10 years up to life in prison and a $5 million fine.





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 MERRILL (MyFoxWausau) – Merrill police say a 28-year-old man concealed some methamphetamine in a unique place – his cell phone.


Capt. Corey Bennett said Friday that 4 grams of the drug were found in the battery compartment of Timothy Lemke’s cell phone following a traffic stop. The battery had been removed from the phone, raising suspicions, Bennett said.

It is probably not the first time it has happened, for sure,” Bennett said.

Lemke, 28, of Merrill was stopped about 1 a.m. last Saturday on suspicion of crossing the center line and driving a vehicle with a defective brake light, Bennett said.

He has been charged with one felony count of possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver and was released on a $2,000 signature bond, according to online Lincoln County court records.









HILLSDALE — While responding to a domestic situation at a home in Litchfield last week, Michigan State Police troopers discovered a evidence of a meth lab — resulting in one woman being charged in the case while another suspect is being investigated.




Carie Levine Young, 35, was arraigned on March 20, four days after she was arrested at her home in Litchfield. She has been charged with one count of operating/maintaining a lab involving methamphetamine, conspiracy to operate/maintain a lab involving meth, and one count of possession of methamphetamine.




The other suspect in the case has not been charged, but Hillsdale County Assistant Prosecutor Rod Hassinger said that individual is being investigated as a co-conspirator in the bust.




According to Hassinger and the report filed by officers from the MSP, a call was placed on March 16 for a domestic dispute at Young’s home Upon arrival, officers noticed the smell of meth in the air and saw evidence of the drug in the home.




After asking for permission to look in the home, Young allowed the officers inside where they discovered charred tin foil and coffee filters with residue of meth on them as well as quantities of the drug.




Officers also found a one-pot cook and other components used in making the drug. Young was arrested and taken to the Hillsdale County Jail where she is still incarcerated.




Bond has been set at $100,000 with 10 percent allowed. An exam has been set for April 2 at 9:30 a.m.




Young faces up to 20 years in prison for the operating a lab and conspiracy charges.








ZEELAND, Mich. (WZZM) — The pipeline of crystal methamphetamine entering West Michigan from California has been plugged following the arrests of a Zeeland couple who had the highly potent drug mailed here inside Teddy bears.

Several pounds of crystal meth – known by the street name “Ice,” was mailed from Stockton, California to the Zeeland Post Office between 2009 and May, 2013, according to federal court documents. One pound of “ice” is the equivalent of about 6,000 hits.

Three Ottawa County residents who received and distributed the narcotic were given lengthy prison terms and two sisters who mailed it from California will be sentenced next month in U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids. They were extradited to Michigan last fall.

Crystal meth was mailed from Stockton to the Zeeland Post Office twice a week for at least two years, according to federal court documents. The parcels were delivered to a double-wide trailer in the Logan Estates mobile home park on Swallow Street in Zeeland.

“Teddy bears? You’d be amazed, people will try everything,” said U.S. Postal Inspector Cecil Frink. Additional arrests are expected, though Frink said he did not know whether they will be in Stockton or West Michigan.

The operation employed numerous “runners,” or people who delivered the crystal meth after it arrived in Zeeland, court documents show.

The investigation began in December, 2012 when an illegal immigrant from Vietnam was arrested for trafficking crystal meth in Holland. The government says he made at least $250,000 in drug sales. He was in sentenced in September to 13 years in prison.

He led police to Eve Olivarez and Rem To, common-law spouses who lived at the Logan Estates mobile home park.

Olivarez told investigators she’d been selling crystal meth for several years, court records show. She was known as “The Legend” because she had been selling ice for so many years without being caught.

Rem To, who moved here from Stockton, maintained ties to the notorious Bloods street gang in Los Angeles, the government said. He was sentenced this week to more than 14 years in prison for drug trafficking. Olivarez last month was sentenced to more than 17 years.

Rem To’s sisters, Sotharee To and RaneeTo, were brought here from Stockton on methamphetamine delivery and conspiracy charges. They were convicted and will be sentenced next month. The sisters were paid more than $18,000 through Money Grams sent from Michigan to California, court records show.







JEFFERSON — A 34-year-old Ashtabula woman is facing charges after she was arrested, Wednesday, for shoplifting items used to manufacture methamphetamine.

Deputy Scott Daniels was monitoring pseudoephedrine sales, using a computerized system, in the parking lot at Drug Mart in Ashtabula Township Wednesday when the woman purchased a nasal decongestant containing pseudoephedrine, according to the sheriff’s report.

Daniels recalled seeing the woman’s name in the system and looked further into her past pseudoephedrine purchases. The report showed that between Dec. 2010 to present, the woman had purchased the drug 53 times and had been blocked from purchasing it on four different occasions because she would have been over her 9 gram limit per month, according to the report.

Daniels attempted to conduct an investigative traffic stop, but was unsure which vehicle the woman had entered and was unable to do so, according to the report.

A short time later, Daniels was dispatched to K-Mart, 3315 North Ridge Road E. in Ashtabula Township for a female shoplifter in custody. When Daniels arrived, the female was identified as the same woman he was looking for, according to the report.

She was observed concealing four packs of AAA lithium batteries, also commonly used in the manufacture of methamphetamine, and walking past several open registers while failing to pay for them, according to the report.

Daniels advised the woman she was in possession of two components utilized in the manufacture of meth and would be charged accordingly at a later date, according to the report.

Several other items used in the manufacture of meth were recovered from the woman’s vehicle as well, according to the report.

She was issued a court summons to appear in Ashtabula Municipal Court on a petty theft charge for shoplifting and Daniels forwarded a copy of his report to the Ashtabula County Prosecutor’s Office requesting a direct indictment for the meth charges, according to the report.

The woman was released at the scene.