HAMILTON – Two Ravalli County residents were arrested for allegedly possessing methamphetamine with the intention to distribute.

Jodi Ann McKinney, 44, of Victor appeared before Ravalli County Justice of the Peace Robin Clute on felony counts of criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute, criminal possession of dangerous drugs and criminal child endangerment.

Shawn Adam Birch, 21, of Hamilton appeared on the same felony drug counts and misdemeanor charges for possessing marijuana, drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest.

Their arrest was tied to an alleged drug runner who was picked up in Missoula with 3 pounds of methamphetamine, two handguns and $17,000 in her car, according to an affidavit filed in the case.

McKinney allegedly told a sheriff’s detective Sept. 4 that the woman arrested for running drugs had stopped at her home near the Woodside intersection the day before.

The affidavit said a sheriff’s detective had been told by a confidential source a week earlier that McKinney was becoming a large supplier of methamphetamine.

McKinney allegedly told the detective that Birch had been staying at her residence and possessed drugs. She said any drugs or paraphernalia found in her home belonged to other people.

In a search of the residence, officers found a methamphetamine pipe, two bottles of controlled narcotics labeled to other people, a bag containing unknown capsules, digital scales and a baggy of methamphetamine weighing 13.4 grams in McKinney’s bedroom.

The bedroom had a padlock on the door.

The street value for the methamphetamine found in McKinney’s bedroom was between $1,876 and $2,414, court records said.

McKinney told officers that her 8-year-old daughter lives in the house with her.

Clute set bail at $10,000 for McKinney.

Birch was arrested Sept. 4 at the Woodside Town Pump after a deputy learned he had an outstanding arrest for failure to appear.

An affidavit said Birch locked himself in a bathroom stall after the deputy made contact with him. Birch then offered a false name and address.

After some time, officers managed to convince Birch to come out of the stall and he was arrested on the outstanding warrant. While being arrested, a deputy picked up a cigarette box that fell out of Birch’s pocket.

Inside the box, the deputy allegedly discovered a baggie containing methamphetamine.

While being arrested, Birch pulled away as officers attempted to handcuff him. He was eventually placed face down on the trunk of a patrol vehicle until he complied.

Officers allegedly later found that Birch was carrying methamphetamine, hashish and marijuana.

Clute set bail at $50,000 for Birch.








Two men were arrested on drug charges while eating pizza they retrieved from a dumpster in LaFayette, police said.

The arrested occurred about 2 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 5, outside Little Caesar’s restaurant at 904 N. Main St. in LaFayette.

According to LaFayette police Capt. Stacey Meeks, officer Ryan Wilson saw a 2002 Jaguar X-type passenger vehicle parked next to Little Caesar’s dumpster.

Wilson assumed the people were possibly dumpster-diving and decided to investigate, Meeks said.

The driver was 60-year-old Leonard Parker Cook and the passenger was 34-year-old Jeremy Keith Scott, both of LaFayette.

Asked what the two men were doing, Cook and Scott said they were eating pizzas they found in the dumpster.

The police were familiar with Scott from the past and both men gave consent to search them and the vehicle.

Police found a small black bag in the driver’s side compartment area that contained four small bags of methamphetamine, methamphetamine residue, several syringes, a spoon with methamphetamine residue, and cotton balls.

The items tested positive for methamphetamine. Neither man claimed responsibility, so both were charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug-related objects.







A 75-year-old Santa Rosa woman was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of bringing methamphetamine into the Sonoma County Jail, according to the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office.

Vivian Muscat reportedly stashed the drugs in a locker while she was at the jail to pick up an inmate who was getting released, said Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Sgt. Cecile Focha.

While in the lobby, Muscat was spotted putting an item inside the locker, Focha said. When asked, she voluntarily gave up the key. About six grams of meth were found in a glass container.

Muscat was booked on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance. She posted bail and was released pending a court appearance, Focha said.


As drugstore chains in West Virginia take steps to limit sales of cold medications that fuel methamphetamine labs, meth cooks have found ways to circumvent the restrictions, according to speakers at a Tuesday symposium on the clandestine labs.

Meth makers thwart new store limits on medicines containing pseudoephedrine, a key meth-making ingredient, by hiring friends and relatives to buy the products, panel members said.

“They get around the system,” said Tonya Cobb, a former meth addict. “They hire so many people — their cousins, their friends. They come back with five, six, seven boxes.”

Also, meth cooks are now buying cold medications that combine pseudoephedrine with other ingredients, after pharmacies stopped selling products, such as Sudafed 12 Hour, that solely contain the decongestant, the panelists said.

“Claritin-D is becoming the product of choice,” said Brad Henry, a Charleston doctor. “As we tighten the chains and have many drugstores going to the single-ingredient product, [meth makers] are going to find the next easiest product.”

Over the past year, Rite Aid, CVS, Fruth Pharmacy and Walgreens stores in West Virginia stopped carrying cold medications that have pseudoephedrine as their only active ingredient. Meth makers typically prefer the single-ingredient medicines because they yield potent meth without byproducts.

However, the West Virginia Board of Pharmacy has reported that 70 percent of people recently arrested for meth crimes bought products, such as Claritin-D, Advil-D and Zyrtec-D, which combine pseudoephedrine with antihistamines and pain relievers.

Cobb said the multi-ingredient products can easily be made into meth.

“We took anything we could get: the combo or the single,” she recalled. “It’s just a different breakdown process.”

Cobb and Henry joined a drug detective and an aide to Sen. Joe Manchin for a “Stop Meth Labs Policy Session” Tuesday at the Culture Center in Charleston. The panel was part of a conference sponsored by an anti-poverty group called Our Children, Our Future.

Lt. Chad Napier, a Charleston police investigator, said meth lab seizures take time away from officers who are battling West Virginia’s problem with prescription drugs and heroin. West Virginia has the highest drug overdose death rate in the nation.

Napier supports a proposal that would require people to get a prescription before they can buy pseudoephedrine. In February, the state Senate passed a bill that would make pseudoephedrine prescription-only, but the House of Delegates gutted the bill, which died the last night of the session.

“If legislators would get our backs and help law enforcement with meth labs, then we can throw all of our resources to what’s devastating the state: the prescription pill problem, which has led to the heroin problem,” Napier said.

Last year, West Virginia law enforcement agencies seized 533 meth labs, a record number. This year, officers are on pace to bust about 400 meth labs, a 25 percent decrease.

Pseudoephedrine sales declined by a similar percentage, after drugstores in West Virginia restricted purchases.

Earlier this year, state lawmakers passed a bill that stopped property owners from tapping the West Virginia Crime Victims Compensation Fund for meth lab cleaning costs. A flood of meth claims was gutting the fund.

Jennifer Rhyne, who runs a meth lab cleanup company, said some landlords are now reluctant to report meth contamination because the state no longer reimburses them for cleanup costs. 

“It’s like, ‘I didn’t see it, I didn’t see it,’” Rhyne said of landlords who don’t disclose meth labs and won’t pay out of their own pockets to clean them. “The homes are now all going back to the bank.”

A group called the West Virginia Intervention on Meth Labs Committee is renewing its push to require a prescription for pseudoephedrine. Only two states — Oregon and Mississippi — have prescription laws. The number of meth labs has dropped significantly in those states.

The group notes that drugstores now sell tamper-resistant pseudoephedrine products, such as Nexafed and Zephrex-D, which can’t easily be cooked into meth. Those products would be exempt from the prescription requirement.

“Sudafed is a cold medication. It doesn’t cure anything,” Henry said. “It doesn’t make you get any better any faster. Nobody’s going to die without Sudafed.”









Six people are in custody after a multi-residence methamphetamine investigation today in Arcata, according to authorities.


Arcata Police Department Detective Sgt. Todd Dokweiler said the department served two search warrants, one on the 1500 block of Hilfiker Drive and the other on the 2500 block of Cropley Way.

“The warrants are based on drug sales, and these are two places that we’ve had a lot of ongoing complaints from,” Dokweiler said. “The focus of these warrants is on methamphetamine and heroin.”

Officers found methamphetamine and paraphernalia consistent with methamphetamine and heroin use, a release states.

Hallucinogenic drugs and growing opium poppies were located and seized from the Cropley home and a stolen firearm was recovered at the Hilfiker home, according to police.

While APD is leading the investigation, Dokweiler said they’re receiving assistance from the Humboldt State University Police Department and are using a K-9 from the District Attorney’s Office.

City of Arcata Building Inspectors responded to the Hilfiker home for numerous Arcata Municipal Code violations, according to a release.

The APD released the following arrests:

John Goodrich, 55, of Arcata: 11377 Health & Safety-Possession of a Controlled Substance

Shane Goodrich, 28, of Arcata: 1364.1 Health & Safety-Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, 1203.2 Penal Code-Violation of Probation

Casey Goodrich, 26, of Arcata: 11364.1 Health & Safety-Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Nichole Thorpe, 20, of Arcata: 11364.1 Health & Safety-Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, 1203.2 Penal Code-Violation of Probation

Robbie Simpson, 36, of Arcata: 11364.1 Health & Safety-Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, 11377 Health & Safety-Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1203.2 Penal Code-Violation of Probation, 30305 Penal Code-Felon in Possession of Ammunition

Travis Maring, 38, of Arcata: Penal Code-Possession of Stolen Property








PRESIDIO – U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers made a large seizure last Friday.

Officials tell NewsWest 9, the seizure was made around 1 p.m. Friday when a female driver applied for entry at a primary inspection station.

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An officer noted several issues during the primary exam and the vehicle and driver were referred to secondary for a detailed examination.

We’re told the vehicle was scanned with an X-ray system and officers spotted anomalies in the passenger side firewall of the vehicle.

After closer examination, officers found a trap door leading to a non-factory compartment containing seven methamphetamine-filled bundles.

The driver, 43-year-old Maria Lourdes Salinas de Garcia, who is a citizen of Mexico, was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement HIS agents in connection with the failed smuggling attempt.







Police have arrested a woman following an undercover sting for selling meth — the same woman who had meth placed underneath her car in a criminal conspiracy in 2012 after she claimed a Murray County magistrate judge had propositioned her.

Dalton Police spokesman Bruce Frazier said Angela Garmley, 40, of 4129 Brown Bridge Road S.E., was arrested Tuesday at the Wal-Mart on Shugart Road on a warrant arising from an undercover drug investigation in July when Garmley sold meth to an informant at the Wal-Mart on East Walnut Avenue.

The investigation was a joint effort between Dalton Police and the Murray County Sheriff’s Office, Frazier said.

In July 2012, Garmley accused former Murray County magistrate judge Bryant Cochran of asking sexual favors from her in return for making a favorable ruling on a case. In August 2012, she was arrested on meth charges but told deputies she was set up. A metal tin filled with meth was found underneath her car during a traffic stop by a deputy of the Murray County Sheriff’s Office. A federal investigation revealed the deputy, a sheriff’s office captain who is Cochran’s cousin and a tenant of Cochran conspired to set Garmley up in that instance.

Garmley’s attorney, McCracken Poston, said Tuesday it was a surprise to hear she has been arrested again on meth charges. He added that during the last two years he has received several reports that law enforcement personnel are targeting Garmley.

“Since that period, we have understood from a number of sources that various agencies in the Conasauga Judicial Circuit have been offering to suspects leniency if they would ‘set up’ (Garmley) with a drug sale,” he said. “It appears from this arrest that someone trying to better their own circumstances has attempted to do this.”

Poston said although he has yet to see the evidence, this appears to be an attempt to help Cochran, who is under federal indictment, and “make everyone feel that it would be fine to not hold him accountable.”

“Either way it turns out, it is a sad day for justice in the Conasauga Judicial Circuit,” Poston said.

Former sheriff’s office captain Michael Henderson pleaded guilty in March 2013 in federal court to obstruction in the 2012 arrest of Garmley. Henderson is Cochran’s cousin and was fired in 2012 for lying to investigators.


Former deputy Joshua Lamar Greeson, who stopped Garmley’s car in the 2012 incident, pleaded guilty in April 2013 to false statements. He was fired in 2012 for lying to investigators.

C.J. Joyce, a tenant of Cochran’s, pleaded guilty in June 2013 and admitted to planting meth on Garmley’s car.

Cochran, who resigned in the summer of 2012, was indicted in May of this year in connection with the conspiracy, including for “sexually assaulting a county employee, for framing a woman who alleged that she had been sexually propositioned by Cochran, and for tampering with a witness,” according to a press release from the U.S. attorney’s office. He has pleaded not guilty.

Poston said he hopes members of local law enforcement are not letting the “Brotherhood of the Badge” influence their activities.

“I look forward to seeing the evidence in this matter, and will remind everyone that Ms. Garmley maintains her innocence until the outcome of this matter,” he said.









Let’s do the math on meth trafficking.

The drug can be purchased for $200 to $300 per ounce from Mexican cartels. In Billings, an ounce can be sold for $2,000 to $2,400. In the Bakken, meth goes for as much as $300 per gram. (That’s about $8,500 for one ounce sold by the gram — a potential profit of $8,200 per ounce.)540e3f8a3a711_preview-620

Those estimates come from the head of the City-County Special Investigations Unit, which investigates drug trafficking in Yellowstone County. Sgt. Brian Korell told Gazette reporter Eddie Gregg that dealers often mix other substances with the meth so they have more product to sell and more profit.

“It’s all about making a buck,” Korell said in the “Meth and Destruction” report in Sunday’s Gazette.

So how does our community stop an enterprise that can result is such enormous profits for peddling meth?

Continued, active cooperation between law enforcement agencies.

Improved access to effective addiction treatment.

Heightened public awareness.

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Meth has menaced Montana for decades, as have other highly addictive substances. But now, according to drug enforcement authorities, meth coming into the Billings region is more plentiful than ever.

Meth is a particularly dangerous drug. Users frequently exhibit aggression and paranoia. Guns and violence are often part of the scene.

“More often than not … it is involved in violent crimes,” said Scott Twito, Yellowstone County attorney. “I truly think it’s the No. 1 threat to public safety in our community.”

According to U.S. Attorney Michael Cotter, Project Safe Bakken has generated 105 drug-related indictments since January 2013 and he expects 100 more drug-related indictments in the next 12 months.

The cost of meth and other illegal drugs burdens our community in many ways. In addition to the law enforcement and court resources that must be devoted to prosecution, drugs precipitate all sorts of property crime. Addicts commit theft, burglary and forgery to get money for their drugs.

Devastated children

Drug addiction devastates families, especially children. Parents who use meth expose their children to the violence and sexual activity that typically is present with meth dealing. As Dr. Brenda Roche, a Billings neuropsychologist told Gregg, many female addicts obtain meth with sex.

For many years, parental addiction to meth has been a major factor in Yellowstone County children being placed in foster care because of abuse or neglect. Sadly, the children of meth-addicted parents tend to stay in foster care longer because meth addiction is so tough to overcome. Some parents choose meth over their kids.

For those who stay in treatment, the road to recovery is long. For the first six months after they stop using, meth addicts actually feel worse and cravings for the drug may be intense. It can take a year or more of living meth-free for an addict’s brain to regain normal function.

But recovery is possible. This is why local treatment courts have been established. These programs recognize that old fashioned 30-day drug rehab doesn’t work for meth addicts. It takes a year or more for people to graduate from drug court. The courts reverse meth destruction one person at a time.

To reduce meth trafficking, Billings, Yellowstone County and Montana will have to put adequate resources into law enforcement and treatment. We must diminish both demand and supply. Our community already is paying dearly for meth in crime, broken families, prisons and probation.







How is Methamphetamine abused?

Posted: September 9, 2014 in Uncategorized

Methamphetamine — a potent and highly addictive stimulant — abuse remains an extremely serious problem in the United States. But the consequences of methamphetamine abuse are terrible for the individual: psychological, medical, and social side effects can ruin a meth addict’s life. But the good news is that drug abuse can be prevented. Plus, addiction to the drug can be treated.how-is-meth-abused

So, how can meth be abused and what are the side effects of its abuse? We provide the answers in the text below. Then, we invite your questions about signs of meth problems in the comments section at the end. We try to respond to all legitimate questions with a personal and prompt reply.

Can meth be abused?

Yes, meth can be abused.

In fact, any time that you use methamphetamine for euphoric effect, you are abusing it. What are the features of this particular type of drug abuse? Because the pleasurable effects of methamphetamine disappear even before the drug concentration in the blood falls significantly, users try to maintain the high by taking more of the drug. In some cases, abusers indulge in a form of binging known as a “run,” foregoing food and sleep while continuing to take the drug for up to several days.

How meth is abused

Methamphetamine use for medical purposes is restricted to methamphetamine salt combinations used to treat ADHD and sleep disorders.  When abused, meth is taken orally, smoked, snorted, or dissolved in water or alcohol and injected. Smoking or injecting the drug delivers it very quickly to the brain, where it produces an immediate, intense euphoria. This immediate, intense “rush” amplifies the drug’s addiction potential and adverse health consequences. The rush, or “flash,” may last only a few minutes and is described as extremely pleasurable. However, because the pleasure also fades quickly, users often take repeated doses, in a “binge and crash” pattern.

Snorting or oral ingestion of meth produces euphoria – an intense sense of well-being, or a high -  but not an intense rush. Snorting produces effects within 3 to 5 minutes, and oral ingestion produces effects within 15 to 20 minutes.

Meth abuse side effects

Even in small doses, meth can increase wakefulness and physical activity and decrease appetite. Methamphetamine can also cause a variety of cardiovascular problems, including rapid heart rate, irregular heartbeat, and increased blood pressure. Hyperthermia (elevated body temperature) and convulsions may occur with methamphetamine overdose and, if not treated immediately, can result in death.

Signs of meth abuse

In addition to becoming addicted to methamphetamine, chronic abusers may exhibit signs that can include:

  • significant anxiety
  • confusion
  • insomnia
  • mood disturbances
  • violent behavior

They also may display a number of psychotic features, including paranoia, visual or auditory hallucinations, and delusions (for example, the sensation of insects creeping under the skin). Psychotic signs of meth abuse can sometimes last for months or years after a person has quit abusing methamphetamine, and stress has been shown to precipitate spontaneous recurrence of methamphetamine psychosis in formerly psychotic methamphetamine abusers.

Questions about abusing meth

Do you still have questions about how people abuse meth or its negative consequences? We invite you to post your questions here. And if we don’t know the answer to your question(s), we’ll refer you to someone who does.


Reference sources: NIDA: DrugFacts – Methamphetamine

NIDA: Methamphetamine Abuse and Addiction







MADISONVILLE, Ky. (9/8/14) — Madisonville Police were dispatched to a Brown Lane residence in regard to a domestic disturbance Saturday, Sept. 6.stabbing-over-meth

According to a Madisonville Police report, Angela Jo Bruce, 31, Madisonville, stabbed her live-in boyfriend with a knife during a domestic dispute.

Bruce gave a verbal confession to police that she chased her boyfriend outside the residence across the lawn into a fence line and stabbed him in the leg, the report said.

The victim admitted to officers that he took some methamphetamine from her. Bruce also told officers that the victim took her money and pills, the report said.

The victim was transported to Baptist Health to be treated and was released.

Bruce was charged with assault in the second-degree domestic violence.









Pasadena man was recently arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle more than 13 pounds of methamphetamines from Mexico into Texas. According to a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol press release, agents seized 13 packages of methamphetamines with an estimated street value of $443,000 at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge Saturday (Aug. 30).


Rodney Xavier Figueroa, 20, was reportedly driving a 1982 Chevrolet pickup when his vehicle was selected for random inspection by an automated system. Evidence was discovered than led to a secondary search. According to federal court records, Figueroa told agents he was traveling back to Pasadena from Reynosa, Mexico where he visited his girlfriend.

Officers performed an x-ray inspection of the truck which showed an anomaly toward the front driver’s side area. On further inspection, officers reportedly found 13 bundled packages with a combined weight of 6.2 kilograms.

Figueroa was detained for questioning and eventually admitted to conspiring to smuggle contraband into the U.S. When agents told the suspect about the drug seizure, court documents state the suspect claimed he was told he would be smuggling money. Figueroa also told agents he had been offered $10,000 in return for driving the packages across the border.

Figueroa was arrested and later released to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

Harris County Criminal Court records show Figueroa was arrested May 15 by Pasadena Police for misdemeanor marijuana possession. He was later convicted and sentenced to three days in the Harris County Jail.








LITTLE FALLS – A 44-year-old Little Falls man was arrested Saturday after Morrison County Sheriff’s deputies seized 30.2 grams of methamphetamines and $720 in cash.

The sheriff’s office was attempting to serve an arrest warrant on a woman, Mandy Marie Okerman, at Lealand Neal Siegel’s home about 9:45 p.m. on Fourth Street Northwest in Little Falls. Deputies made contact with Siegel and found the the methamphetamine and cash.

Siegel was arrested for controlled substance charges and a search warrant was obtained and executed at his residence. Additional paraphernalia and suspected methamphetamine were located in the residence. Charges are pending against Siegel in Morrison County District Court.

Investigators from the Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force and officers from the Little Falls Police Department assisted in the execution of the search warrant.









BREMERTON, Wash. — A 43-year-old man high on meth repeatedly dangled his 6-month-old baby out a broken second-floor window after barricading himself in his apartment early Saturday in Bremerton, according to the Bremerton Police Department.


Officers were called to an apartment at 145 Bloomington Ave. around 4:45 a.m. in response to some sort of problem. According to police, they arrived to find Adam Patten holding his baby out a broken window.

Patten was reportedly sweating profusely and shouting, “You’re going to have to kill me” and “You aren’t taking my baby.”

According to police, the baby’s mother was inside the apartment screaming for Patten to put the baby down. But, she was unable to let officers inside the apartment because Patten had put metal bars across the door.

While one officer negotiated from the ground, two officers kicked a hole in the door and were able to crawl inside. According to police, officers pried the baby away from Patten as he sat in the middle of the apartment.

Once the baby was taken away from him, Patten reportedly fought with officers and had to be subdued with a Taser.

Patten was taken to Harrison Hospital, were he admitted to being “high and strung out” on meth, according to police. He was booked into Kitsap County Jail for investigation of assault, resisting arrest and possession of meth and drug paraphernalia.


“Sometimes officers have to make split second decisions,” Police Chief Steve Strachan said in a press release. “Officers Frank Shaw, Chris Faidley and Matt Thuring very likely saved a life with their quick actions.”












Police: Officers saved baby being held out broken window by father high on meth

BREMERTON — A 43-year-old man allegedly high on drugs will likely face charges of felony assault after holding his six-month-old baby hostage and nearly dropping the child out of a broken two-story window, police said.

According to Bremerton police, officers contacted the suspect around 4:42 a.m. Saturday after receiving a report of unknown problem at apartments in the 140 block of Bloomington Avenue.

When they arrived, police allegedly found the suspect “sweating profusely and shouting, holding a six-month-old baby aloft outside a broken second floor window,” officers said.

The baby appeared in significant danger as shards of glass pointed upward and downward from the window. Glass was also on the ground underneath the child. The baby’s mother inside the apartment told police the child’s father — the suspect — would not remove the baby from the window.

Police contacted the suspect and tried to negotiate with him to give the baby to the mother.  But the man refused to take the baby down, and allegedly shouted “You’re going to have to kill me,” and “You aren’t taking my baby,” Bremerton police said.

For a moment the suspect moved inside the apartment with the child. Feeling the baby was endangered, officers kicked in the door and contacted the suspect, police said. But the man still refused to give up the child and held it tightly to his chest.

Luckily, officers managed to pry the child from the suspect and bring him to safety. The suspect was Tased after the child was removed from his hands, police said, as he allegedly tried to fight officers.

Police said the baby was unharmed.

The suspect was arrested and transported to Kitsap County Jail.

He will likely face charges of felony assault, resisting arrest, possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia following Saturday’s incident, police said.

Officers said the man was “high and strung out,” and a meth pipe was found in his pocket at the time of arrest.

It was not immediately known where the baby would be transferred, or if it was left in the care of the mother.








LINCOLN COUNTY, Neb. (KMTV) – More than $1.25 million-worth of meth was found in a traffic stop Saturday in western Nebraska, the Nebraska State Patrol says.


Troopers say they stopped an SUV heading east on Interstate 80 in Lincoln County, around 10:30 a.m. Saturday, because it was missing its front license plate.

That’s when officials say they searched the vehicle and found 27.5 pounds of meth and 1.5 pounds of heroin hidden in a compartment under the SUV’s windshield.

Troopers arrested the driver, 24-year-old Jose Juan Solorzano-Farias, of Las Vegas, and the passenger, 32-year-old Jose Arturo Solorio-Salinas, of Burnsville, Minnesota.

They are both charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

Troopers say they had already taken meth off the road in a drug bust Friday in Lancaster County.

Investigators say they pulled over 27-year-old Ronnie Menter, of Marshalltown, Iowa, for speeding around 10:30 p.m. Friday.

A drug dog confirmed the presence of drugs, leading to the discovery of 3.8 pounds meth hidden in a spare tire in the trunk of the car, according to the Nebraska State Patrol.

Troopers say they were able to connect two other people in another car, which was stopped nearby for following too closely, with the drugs.

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Menter, along with 22-year-old Blake Thomas and 25-year-old Jose Derreza, we all charged with possession of methamphetamine with the intent to deliver.







NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. —A woman who was reported missing was found in the same location as a methamphetamine operation, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.

The woman’s mother called police to report her daughter missing around 12 a.m. Tuesday. She told officers her daughter was supposed to meet up with her, but instead called her and gave her some sort of code word that indicated she was in danger.

Deputies later found the woman at a home on Wesley Street. They also found chemicals used to make meth in the home

A man at the home was arrested and charged with trafficking.

A hazmat crew worked to clear the chemicals.

Deputies did not release the names of the man or the woman. They also did not reveal whether or not the woman was arrested.









COVINGTON — A couple fleeing from sheriff’s deputies threw bags of methamphetamine out their car window before crashing and running away from the scene, leaving a young child inside the car, according to the Newton County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies received an anonymous tip Thursday afternoon that Covington resident Hal Hubbard and Danielle Ezell of Oxford, who both had active warrants for probation violation, were seen traveling along Ga. Highway 138 toward Walton County, said NCSO Sgt. Cortney Morrison.

“Deputies intercepted the Lincoln Town Car as it was traveling near 138 and Mt. Zion Road and attempted to initiate a traffic stop,” Morrison said.

The driver, who turned out to be 25-year-old Hubbard, refused to stop, so a chase ensued, with speeds topping 80 mph.

“During the chase, numerous bags of suspected methamphetamine were being thrown out of the vehicle,” Morrison said.

The chase ended on McCullers Road off Ga. Highway 20 in Loganville when Hubbard lost control of the car and crashed.

“The deputy pinned the car in with his patrol vehicle so they couldn’t leave, but both Hubbard and Ezell left the vehicle and a foot pursuit ensued,” Morrison said.

At that time, deputies then noticed that a 6-year-old girl was in the car. Morrison said the child was properly restrained, but because of her size, deputies did not know she was in the vehicle during the chase.

Hubbard and Ezell were later found and arrested without incident. Deputies recovered suspected methamphetamine, marijuana and scales from Ezell when she was arrested.

Hubbard, of 850 Navajo Trail in Covington, was charged with fleeing and attempting to elude, suspension of driving privilege, reckless conduct, cruelty to children, and probation violation on the original charge of possession of methamphetamine.

Ezell, 25, whose address is 75 Northwood Creek Way in Oxford, has currently been charged with probation violation on the original charges of possession of marijuana and impersonating another; however, more charges are forthcoming, Morrison said.



Looking at recent news headlines, you’d be forgiven for thinking Australia was being overrun with methamphetamine, with reports of skyrocketing use. The focus is largely on crystal meth, also known as ice, which tends to be purer and more harmful than other forms of methamphetamine such as speed powder and “base”.

The political response has also been substantial. A Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry recently delivered a 900-page report on the problem. And the Labor party vowed to crack down on ice with stronger penalties if it wins the state election in November.

But while ice use in Australia is an important problem that needs to be addressed, we shouldn’t panic. The triennial National Drug Strategy Household Survey shows that any methamphetamine use has been stable at around 2% of the Australian population from 2007 to 2013.

This survey also shows that methamphetamine users are increasingly favouring ice as their main form of the drug: 50% in 2013 compared to 22% in 2010. So we’re seeing methamphetamine users shifting to ice rather than an uptake of ice use by non-users.

Among Australians who inject drugs, ice use remained stable over 2012-13, at around 55%. And among Australian ecstasy users, ice use fell from 29% to 23%.

But despite ice use staying stable or declining, there is evidence of greater harms, including increased methamphetamine-related ambulance call-outs and presentations for treatment.

These apparently contradictory trends are probably best explained by the increased purity of methamphetamine available in Australia, combined with stable prices. Essentially, people already using the drug now purchase much more actual methamphetamine for any given purchase size.

Scare campaigns won’t solve the problem

Typical responses to combat drug-related harms include population-wide social marketing campaigns, such as the Victorian government’s new What are you doing on ice? campaign.

The TV ads, posters and website show occasional users quickly becoming hooked; however, as noted in the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry, this is not the experience for most people who use the drug.

And with only 2% of the population actively using any form of methamphetamine, the problem doesn’t warrant population-wide approaches.

Not only are such campaigns costly and resource-intensive, experience from the United States suggests they’re unlikely to work. In fact, US campaigns such as the Montana Meth Project and Faces of Meth may even be counterproductive by decreasing the perceived dangers of drug use and increasing acceptability of methamphetamine.

The depictions of methamphetamine users in these campaigns rarely accord with the experience of most people. Instead, such images better reflect other health and social problems US users face, such as homelessness, poor access to health care, serious mental health issues and use of other drugs, such as crack cocaine.

Scare campaigns risk stigmatizing users and driving them further away from treatment.

Indeed, this stark stigmatization of methamphetamine users may actually prevent people who use the drug from seeking professional support when needed. Rather than population-wide scare campaigns, we need a considered response that targets those who are at risk of harm.

Targeted responses

A number of barriers prevent methamphetamine users from engaging with counseling, detoxification and rehabilitation services – and staying with them. Users may be unaware of the treatment options available, they may lack the motivation to engage with services or feel that they don’t need them.

On the treatment front, there is no approved pharmaceutical substitute therapy for treating dependence or withdrawal, like with methadone and Suboxone for heroin, and treatments tend to be one-size-fits-all.

So, what approaches are needed?

A number of strategies would be beneficial, starting with targeted education programs and more accessible treatment. Harm-reduction education programs should be established within current service systems and their delivery should ideally involve peer educators, with a focus on potency and toxicity.

Key populations that are more likely to use the drug, such as men who have sex with men, should be the focus of specific, tailored treatment initiatives and education. The Victorian AIDS Council is already leading the way with one-on-one and group-based counseling, and dissemination of information and harm-reduction techniques.

Methamphetamine is commonly smoked through a pipe and isn’t normally thought of as a disease risk. But blood-borne viruses such as HIV and hepatitis C can be transmitted via cracked lips. To reduce this risk, sterile smoking paraphernalia should be distributed through existing services, such as needle and syringe programs, and possibly even vending machines in high-use areas.

Finally, research has shown that some health-care workers, such as GPs, lack knowledge about methamphetamine use and how to adequately address the needs of methamphetamine users. Education of frontline workers is essential and is already occurring in some parts of Victoria.

Rather than perpetuating stigma and stereotypes, we need to focus on evidence-based initiatives that engage and treat methamphetamine users and address the harms of problematic drug use.








A recent Victorian Parliamentary inquiry into the Supply and use of Methamphetamines, particularly ice, in Victoria indicates that postcode injustice is behind the patchy response to the drug in regional and rural Victoria. 

In 2013 Goulburn Valley CLC made a submission to the Victorian Parliament’s Law Reform, Drugs and Crime Prevention Committee. In it we shared our experience and stressed that substance abuse often goes hand in hand with offences involving dishonesty and violence, including family violence. We also noted that there was growing use of ice in our community and that existing strategies have been ineffective or inadequate and have contributed to the increased use of the drug within the Goulburn Valley. 

The Inquiry’s report released this month cites our Managing Lawyer, Kaz Gurney, who told the committee that methamphetamine use may be particularly associated with living in a rural area: 

“The Goulburn Valley area has a relatively high number of citizens who are continuously unemployed or obtain only seasonal work and therefore rely on welfare payments. Contributing factors include generational poverty, the loss of local manufacturing and food processing industries, the increased use of cheap itinerant labour for seasonal work, and the ongoing effects of the recent prolonged drought. 

Shepparton in particular has been identified as containing an above average population of citizens who are suffering high levels of socio-economic disadvantage. Goulburn Valley Community Legal Centre’s clients are primarily drawn from those same members of the community. Their situation is compounded by a range of associated issues such as unstable and unaffordable housing, poor education, low employment prospects, financial distress, relationship breakdown, and their consequent separation from the mainstream. Poor mental health is the almost inevitable consequence of living in such circumstances and the abuse of alcohol, other legal drugs and illicit substances [including methamphetamine] the perceived panacea for it.” 

Local Magistrate Ms Stella Stuthbridge noted an increase in the family violence lists in her courts where the violence is related to methamphetamine use: 

“I have observed a worrying increase in the level of family violence. A recent read of the ‘Police applied for’ intervention orders in Shepparton Court disclosed that ice featured in nearly every matter. A father’s uncontrolled rage at his young family when unable to access the drug, a young girl, post withdrawal, engaging in 6 weeks of extreme violence towards her mother, and young men terrorizing their partners and mothers to obtain cash. The litany of abuse and the level of uncontrolled violence are indescribable.” 

Herb Goonen from Rumbalara Aboriginal Co-operative noted that for young Aboriginal people ice was easier to get than alcohol: 

“It is actually not easy for a 16-year-old or a 15-year-old to get alcohol — not impossible, but it is not easy. Drug dealers do not ask for ID. They will sell straight to the kids if the kids have the money. We are seeing 15-year-old kids and 16-year-old kids who are easily using ice.” 

Kaz Gurney also noted that sentencing and treatment options are especially limited in rural areas. She told the committee that: 

“Not only are the grounds under the SSDTA [Severe Substance Dependence Treatment Act 2010] limited and the procedure for invoking it difficult and time consuming, there are also few facilities or resources available for working with mandated clients… De Paul House at St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne is at this stage the only secure facility to cater for the treatment of involuntarily committed drug dependent patients.” 

It was heartening that among the Inquiry’s 54 recommendations were several that mirrored those contained in our 2013 submission, notably in relation to Therapeutic Justice, problem-solving courts and Justice Reinvestment. 

The Inquiry recommended that the government investigate how Justice Reinvestment could best be utilised in drug-related diversion and treatment programs. Under Justice Reinvestment, taxpayer funds that would otherwise be directed to prisons are redirected to early intervention and diversion programs in the local communities from where the offenders originate and to which they will undoubtedly return. Such an approach would require changes to bail, sentencing, parole and release policies that would see more low-level offenders (in particular) released into the community on programs. The resulting financial savings would be reinvested in improving their neighbourhoods, especially housing opportunities, and the provision of better health, job training, education and sporting facilities. 

The Inquiry noted that in the USA and the UK, Justice Reinvestment now attracts support from both progressive and conservative sides of the political spectrum due to a perception that “imprisonment is an inefficient and wasteful use of scarce public resources. The Committee believes there is merit in the concepts of justice reinvestment and therapeutic justice.” 

Recommendations 32 and 33 addressed the need to expand specialist drug and therapeutic courts. In 2013 we proposed a model of therapeutic jurisprudence for the Goulburn Valley, similar to the Court Integrated Services Program (CISP) – currently operating in the Melbourne, Sunshine and Latrobe Valley Magistrates’ Courts – but driven by an external agency. While the Inquiry did not make a specific recommendation for our region, we believe that a recent funding submission we put to the Legal Services Board would allow us to establish a Therapeutic Justice partnership with Primary Care Connect that would make this approach a reality in our region. 

The Drug Court currently operates only in Dandenong. Recommendation 33 called for an expansion of the operation of the Drug Courts in Melbourne, Geelong, Sunshine and Gippsland. We would argue that any such expansion should also include Shepparton. 

While we welcome the Inquiry’s report, and endorse the Editorial in The Age on 8 September that praised the report for avoiding a populist law-and-order response, we note that the ball is now in the government’s court. 

However, an election looms. While the current government has promised to expedite their response to the report, their ability to deliver on that promise hinges on their re-election. Whichever party wins in November, we hope that they heed the Inquiry’s call to action and look for smarter ways to deliver justice in Victoria.









Sunday morning just after 6 a.m., a caller reported to Merrill police that suspicious vehicle had been sitting running, partially in the roadway for over an hour. An officer located the female driver and male passenger seemingly passed out at the location. A hypodermic needle was observed sitting on the back seat.
The two were awakened and exhibited clues of recent drug use. The driver was placed through field sobriety tests and was arrested for operating while intoxicated. When asked about the syringe, she admitted she used the needle to inject drugs. A search of her person revealed additional drug paraphernalia as well as a gem bag with methamphetamine in it. A search of the vehicle revealed numerous hypodermic needles (both used and new) and several additional items of drug paraphernalia. Schedule II narcotic prescription medication was also located.
The driver was arrested for operating while intoxicated, possession of methamphetamine, possession of schedule II narcotics, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Sunday afternoon at 4:17 p.m., a caller reported to Merrill police that she observed a female in a vehicle parked at a local store injecting herself with something. The caller stated when she returned to her vehicle from shopping, the female was partially hanging out of the vehicle’s window and was “out of it.”
Officers noted the female driver and male passenger exhibited clues of recent drug use. A hypodermic needle with an unknown substance in it was observed lying inside the vehicle. The driver was placed through field sobriety tests and failed. She was arrested for operating while intoxicated (3rd offense) and cited for operating while suspended (4th+ offense).
The male passenger turned over a knife he possessed when he was asked if he had anything on his person. The knife handle was found to unscrew with a compartment inside which contained methamphetamine.
The driver admitted she had injected herself with heroin and methamphetamine which the passenger had provided her. She was arrested for operating while intoxicated, possession of methamphetamine and bail jumping. An additional charge of possession of heroin is pending analysis.
The male passenger was found to have provided a false name to officers and had provided the name and birthdate of a family member. As such, he was charged with felony misrepresenting identity to avoid penalty. He was additionally charged with delivery of methamphetamine, possession of THC (marijuana) and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Once his true identity was learned, it was found he had a warrant for his arrest through Kronenwetter PD and multiple open bonds. He was additionally charged with 12 counts of bail jumping.
It was later reported by Wausau PD the vehicle the two were found in was reported stolen out of Wausau. Additional charges for the two of operating a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent are pending through Wausau PD. The passenger also faces a charge of delivery of heroin pending analysis of the substance in the hypodermic needle.







FRUITVALE, Texas (AP) – Texas authorities have arrested a Van Zandt County man who they say held two women at gunpoint for hours while high on methamphetamines.

The Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Office charged 37-year-old Robert Walker on Saturday with two counts each of kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon. He is also charged with possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.

The women tell deputies Walker targeted them with the laser sight of a scoped .243 caliber rifle when they tried to leave his home. Deputies say one woman escaped through a bedroom window.

They say Walker surrendered after authorities deployed a mine-resistant vehicle to his house.

Walker is being held at the Van Zandt County jail. Online records didn’t indicate bond or an attorney.







It’s taken about a year for Brittney Boswell, 24, to kick an intravenous methamphetamine addiction that has plagued her since May 27, 2012. 540bdd1d952e5_preview-620

She hasn’t had meth for about 11 months. The triggers and cravings are still there, she said, but the pangs are weaker now.

Boswell is currently in treatment at the Rimrock Foundation’s program, Michelle’s House, which helps mothers with children younger than 12 beat their addictions.

She was sent to the rehabilitation facility by courts in Missoula County, where she has lived for more than a decade.

“I couldn’t quit using when I was pregnant,” Boswell said. “It was either going to jail or coming here.”

She was turned into authorities by her mother, who was concerned about the welfare of Boswell’s unborn twins.

Her mother now has custody of all four of her children, Boswell said. The 10-month-old boy and girl are healthy and developing normally.

While the drug has sapped nearly three years of her life, getting hooked on meth didn’t take long, she said. “All it took for me was that first time.”

Her path to addiction didn’t begin in 2012.

In high school she had tried marijuana and cocaine, but that didn’t really do much for her, she said.

Her first encounter with addiction began when she was prescribed Lortabs after a miscarriage. The painkiller is a mixture of hydrocodone and Tylenol.

“Before I knew it, my prescription was out, and I couldn’t get it refilled,” she said.

She began buying pills from dealers in Missoula, but she didn’t see anything wrong with it.

“I didn’t think I had a problem,” she said. “I had a nice apartment, my bills were paid.”

The first time she tried meth was after the death of her nephew, she said. “I was willing to do anything to make that go away.”

Her husband, whom she started dating at age 16 and married at 21, was a five-year-sober IV drug user, and he relapsed with her.

“Within the first month, I lost my apartment, I lost my job, I lost my two kids,” she said. “Even though I lost everything, I still thought I had everything in control.”

The two jumped from couch to couch or stayed at the home of her mother-in-law.

She tried to battle the addiction and managed to get away from meth for a month, but she simply replaced the drug with alcohol and would eventually relapse.

Nothing could break the addiction cycle, not even when Child and Family Services took custody of her children.

“After my daughters were taken from me, I remember shooting up and crying so hard, I couldn’t shoot up” she said. “I wanted the help, but I couldn’t take it.”

It took the threat of jail to break her out of the addiction.

Now after spending time at Rimrock, she has been able to develop stronger relationships with her children and her parents, she said. She has managed to get a job as a cashier at Wal-Mart.

The independence has boosted her confidence.

“It feels so good,” she said. “I feel like I’m a contributing member of my family.”

After she is discharged, she hopes to find a sponsor and transfer to a Wal-Mart store in Missoula.

She thinks about how living in the place where she used to purchase and use drugs could cause her to relapse, but she believes Rimrock has prepared her to fight those triggers.

“If I wanted drugs, I could get drugs,” she said. But, “I also know where to find a meeting.”

Her family’s support, her responsibility to her children and a strong Narcotics Anonymous fellowship will help keep her away from drugs, she said.

She hopes her story is an inspiration to others, especially her children.

“I hope that just knowing how hard I’ve worked for this, that will inspire them,” she said. “With my kids, I hope it stops with me.”








Eustis police officers have charged a quarreling couple with running a meth lab out of their motel room after being called to the Cara Mar Motor Lodge to break up a domestic argument.

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According to a Eustis Police Department press release, Mary C. Witsman, 23, and George A. Mayer, 42, were arrested and accused of trafficking in methamphetamine more than 20 grams, manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, less than 20 grams, and possession of paraphernalia.

Police went to the motel at 1414 S. Bay St., Eustis, Sunday and found what the release said was an active meth lab in the room where Witsman and Mayer were. The release said Mayer has been accused of narcotics violations in the past and has 10 active warrants for his arrest in Lake County.






Argument leads to discovery of meth lab

Police responding to a domestic argument at a Eustis motel on Sunday spotted evidence that methamphetamine was being manufactured there, leading to the eventual arrest of the feuding pair.

George Mayer, 42, and Mary Witsman, 23, who were staying at the Cara Mar Motor Lodge on Bay Street, each were charged with trafficking in methamphetamine more than 28 grams, manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of marijuana less than 20 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia. Both defendants have a criminal history with narcotics, said Senior Office Robert Simken, public information officer for the Eustis Police Department.

In addition, Mayer had 10 active Lake County warrants, Simken said.

Witsman remained jail Monday in lieu of $61,000 bond. Although Mayer has the same bond on the drug charges, he has no bond on a series probation violations.

Simken said the meth lab was discovered when police returned to the motel with a search warrant.

“The adjacent rooms were evacuated to ensure the safety of the motor lodge occupants and no injuries occurred,” he said. “(The) Lake County Sheriff’s Office Hazardous Chemical Unit assisted in the decontamination of the defendants before transport and the collection of the chemicals.”






Methamphetamine: The facts

Posted: September 8, 2014 in Uncategorized

Two people were arrested in Paris last week for possession of Methamphetamine. If you follow the arrests reports, you know that is not uncommon here in Paris. It’s not uncommon anywhere.


But it is especially common in rural America.  Unfortunately, it is easy and cheap to produce.  Ingredients found in local stores such as solvents from paint, lithium from batteries, drain cleaner, lantern fuel, antifreeze and over-the-counter cold medicines like Sudafed are used for cooking meth.

But what exactly is Methamphetamine? Methamphetamine is a very potent central nervous system stimulant. The drug works directly on the brain and spinal cord by interfering with normal neurotransmission, often leading to brain damage and even death.

Known also as ice, speed, chalk, crystal, glass, crank, yaba, fire tina,tweak, uppers, trash yellow bam, stove top and go fast.

What does it look like? It can be a white or yellowish crystalline powder, crystals or even a pill.

Methamphetamine may be inhaled, smoked, injected or swallowed.

Now there is also liquid meth. Last fall a group of 8th grade girls at Texas City middle school were caught with a new form of meth. Authorities say that small paper squares had been soaked in liquid meth and then wrapped in foil. The girls had placed the stamp on the tongue and allowed it to dissolve.

When someone starts using methamphetamine, they have increased energy, feelings of euphoria, decreased appetite, and decreased need for sleep. They also experience increased heart rate, blood pressure, sweating, restlessness, and anxiety.

How can you tell if someone is using Methamphetamine? They will lose large amounts of weight due to decrease in appetite, they may appear unusually active, can seem nervous and anxious, may be sweating more than normal, their pupils may be dilated and often the user will not sleep for long periods.

Heavy users tend to experience hallucinations and delusions. Some users develop sores on their face or body when they have been picking at their skin, thinking that there are bugs crawling under their skin that they can’t see.  Also since the drug dries up the flow of saliva, a meth addicts teeth may get rotten and brown. This is referred to as “meth mouth.”

The most dangerous stage of methamphetamine abuse is known as “tweaking.” This is characterized by an abuser who has not slept in 3-15 days and is very irritable and paranoid. They often will behave or react violently.

Meth is extremely addictive, possibly more than any other substance. It has a very long recovery period after users stop taking it. And some former addicts never completely recover due to permanent brain damage. Other long term effects can be fatal kidney and lung disorders, permanent psychological problems, liver damage, stroke and death.

However, the risk to kids is not just teens who experiment with the drug, but the increasing number of children found neglected and abused living in homes that are also “meth labs.” These children often test positive for meth, due to inhaling the constant fumes or second hand smoke from the adults using meth.

How to spot a meth lab? It is often described as smelling like ammonia or “cat urine”, ether, lighter fluid, auto parts cleaner or rotten eggs. There is often excessive trash and unusual behavior, like people coming and going at all hours of day or night. If you suspect a meth lab report it to local law enforcement.

If you really want to scare your teens away from ever trying meth, show them all the “before and after” photos on the internet. The faces of meth are truly scary.

From one mom to another,

Jenny Wilson









A Pulaski County woman was arrested Friday after Police say she left her daughter alone in a motel room where methamphetamines were being manufactured.


Kimberly Canada, 35, was arrested for public intoxication, unlawful transaction with a minor, and endangering the welfare of a minor.

Police responded to a call at the Knight’s Inn Motel, room 136 for a manufacturing meth complaint. Upon arrival officers talked to Canada’s daughter who said she was looking for her mother.

The girl told police that she smokes marijuana and her mom allows it. She said that she smoked it as a child.
She’s been taken to a hospital to be checked out and will remain in her grandfather’s care. Officers say when Canada came back to the motel she was under the influence. She showed signs of being on drugs and admitted to shooting up crystal meth.







  • Farrow pleaded to guilty to importing a marketable quantity of crystal methamphetamine
  • The former swimwear model has requested a contested facts hearing to reduce her sentence
  • She claims some of her employees, who had control to her bank and phone accounts, ran a drug ring under her name behind her back
  • The court heard evidence from her alleged Australian dealer

Former model Simone Farrow has pleaded guilty to importing crystal methamphetamine into Australia but has denied having being the ringleader of the international drug ring.

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Instead, the 39-year-old has claimed in court she was unknowingly set up by some employees who had obtained complete control of her bank, phone and email accounts and ran the drug ring behind her back.

Despite the former Penthouse Pet pleading guilty at Sydney’s Downing Centre District Court, she has requested a contested facts hearing in an attempt to obtain a lesser sentence, according to the Sunday Telegraph.


Ms Farrow’s lawyer told the court that if buyers believed she was behind the syndicate, it was because her employees would have imitated her way of speaking in order to pass off as her.


The Australian Federal Police arrested Ms Farrow in 2012 at the Gold Coast before extraditing her to Sydney. Prosecutors maintain that she controlled the drug ring while pursuing a career in the United States as Simone Starr.


Prosecutors claim they have video footage of Ms Farrow smoking drugs and claimed in court she personally intimidated buyers who owed her thousands of dollars by threatening to send bikies to manhandle them.

The court also heard from a number of Farrows buyers who claimed they dealt directly with her, paying her $7000 per ounce.

A man said to be her drug dealer and whom he claims she referred to as ‘dad’ told the court: ‘no one would [know to] call me “dad” [besides her] and no one would know the things we know,’ the Sunday Telegraph reported.


He claimed the former swimsuit model was always asking him for more money and exploited their business relationship.

Mr Muratti, another witness from Melbourne who allegedly bought ice from Ms Farrow, and also claimed to have spoken directly to her.

He told the court that the drugs were shipped to him concealed as bath salts, although he conceded much of that period was a ‘blur’.










Hollywood swimsuit model in handcuffs after DEA busts Penthouse Pet as ‘head of global drugs ring’

The fugitive international swimsuit model accused of being the head of a global drugs ring has faced cameras for the first time since her arrest.

Former men’s magazine pin-up Simone Farrow, 37, was found hiding out in a cheap motel on Queensland’s Gold Coast after a month on the run from the DEA.

Head bowed, blonde waves spiraling down from a white hoodie, Farrow turned away from the cameras as she made her way through the domestic terminal of Sydney Airport led by two federal officers on Wednesday.

Farrow is accused of trafficking the drug meth in bags of bath salts from a posh apartment in Hollywood and police claim she has at least 19 aliases.

She is expected to appear in court this week after being extradited to Sydney.


She has been on the run for a month, fleeing $160,000 bail, which she claims was because ‘someone was trying to murder me’.

Court documents reveal an extraordinary alleged life of crime behind the glamour of the modeling world which had set up blonde Farrow, voted one of FHM magazine’s ‘sexiest women in the world’, for a jet-setting life of luxury.

But it will be claimed that as the years went by Farrow became involved in drugs, stand over men and other criminal enterprises in the U.S. and Australia.

She worked her illicit operation from an apartment near Sunset Boulevard. It was there she was kept under watch by U.S. authorities.

Police claim Farrow organized for high-grade crystal methamphetamine, which was often piled up on desks in the apartment, to be mailed to New South Wales and Victoria hidden in parcels containing ‘bath products’, ‘pants’ or ‘small fountain kits’.

Buyers sent cash to Farrow through the post or made deposits at National Australia Bank branches into her bank account, the court heard.

After her arrest Farrow was bailed when a Moss Vale woman she met in jail put up $320,000 surety. That was dropped to $150,000, put up by barrister Anthony Renshaw and doctor Joseph Grech.

As a condition of her bail Farrow was to reside at Renshaw’s Double Bay apartment before that was altered to allow her to live in Grech’s Paddington property.

But that money was put at risk when Farrow failed to appear at two scheduled court appearances last month and went on the run.

One member of the drug syndicate, Sydney’s Sunday Telegraph revealed today, committed suicide in a Hollywood motel the day after being contacted by investigators.