Children were found “playing in and around” an outbuilding and home that was used to cook methamphetamine on Thursday, according to law enforcement officials. 5515c2e462ece_image

Three Dayton individuals were arrested in connection with the meth lab, according to Rhea County Sheriff’s Department Investigator Charlie Jenkins.

James Weeks, 32; Randy Skiles, 45; and Kerry Higdon, 43, are each facing several drug-related charges as well as one count of child endangerment, according to arrest reports

At around 1 p.m. on Thursday, Jenkins said he saw a motor scooter on Black Oak Ridge Road that he had “previously given a warning to not be on the roadway and driving with no registration.

Jenkins said he stopped Weeks, the driver of the scooter, and noticed an “odor of marijuana.”

“I asked if he would empty his pockets and he did, where he had a marijuana smoking pipe and stated he had been smoking marijuana,” Jenkins said.

Law enforcement officials received consent to search the property on Black Oak Ridge Road and said they found marijuana, methamphetamine and various drug paraphernalia. They also found two small children playing “in and around” the property, according to an arrest report.

During the search, Jenkins said both Skiles and Higdon came out of an outbuilding located near the home and detected a “strong odor that is consistent with a methamphetamine lab.”5515c2c6d4650_image

Upon searching the outbuilding, Jenkins said investigators found several items used to cook meth, including an active shake bottle, muriatic acid, coffee filters and lithium batteries.

“Mr. Skiles stated that he started cooking meth last night,” Jenkins said.

All three individuals were arrested and booked into the Rhea County Jail on Thursday.

Weeks was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, simple possession of both methamphetamine and marijuana, promoting the manufacture of methamphetamine and child endangerment. Weeks’ bond was set at $80,000, and he was still incarcerated as of press time Friday.5515c2a8e3219_image

Skiles was charged with promoting the manufacture of methamphetamine, manufacturing methamphetamine, initiating the manufacture of methamphetamine, possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and child endangerment. Skiles’ bond was set at $80,000, and he was still incarcerated as of press time Friday.

Higdon was charged with promoting the manufacture of methamphetamine, manufacturing methamphetamine, initiating the manufacture of methamphetamine, possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and child endangerment. Higdon’s bond was also set at $80,000, and she has since bonded out of the Rhea County Jail.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Madison County man has been charged in connection with a rape which reportedly occurred March 7.

Mathew W. Page, 27, is charged with first-degree rape or attempted rape and first-degree sodomy or attempted sodomy. Both charges are unclassified felonies. Page has also been charged with distribution, delivery, manufacture, or production of a controlled substance, which is a class B felony and three counts of the class C felony possession of a controlled substance except 35 grams or less of marijuana.Mathew W. Page

Page is currently out on bond. His next court date is set for May 28.

Madison County deputies arrived March 8 at a house listed in the rape complaint. According to the report, Page opened the door for the officers. He then ran into the rear of the home and returned a short time later to begin speaking to the officers.

Deputies reportedly noticed a strong odor of marijuana. Page continued to talk to the officers as they moved into the kitchen. Once there, a deputy noticed items used in the manufacture of methamphetamine. Page was reportedly asked about the items and admitted to smoking marijuana just before officers arrived.

The reports indicate officers made a request for permission to search the home. Their request was reportedly denied and Page immediately became agitated, screaming and grunting loudly. He was taken into the custody.

After obtaining a search warrant, deputies completed a search of the home. During the search several items were seized by the deputies, including weapons (seven rifles and three handguns), medications (Hydrocodone tablets and Lidocaine patches), meth, meth precursor chemicals, drug paraphernalia and marijuana.

Also seized were plastic bags containing a white powdery, crystallized substance which field tested positive for meth, along with baggies and containers with a green leafy substance which field tested positive for marijuana.

According to the reports, equipment used to manufacture controlled substances – such as glass beakers, glass dishes, tubing, mason jars, and lithium batteries – contained drug residue. Items commonly associated with the distribution of controlled substances when found with related items – such as plastic baggies, scales, sales ledger, and cash – were confiscated.

Officers also confiscated a large variety of paraphernalia including smoking pipes, straws, razor blades, hemostats, mirrors, tweezers and butane torches.

http://dailyjournalonline.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/arrested-on-rape-drug-charges/article_08742ee4-592d-5874-a218-fa3ad58aad00.html

Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) agents had sex parties with prostitutes in Colombia that were paid for by drug cartels, according to a new inspector general report released by the Justice Department.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, vowed to immediately look into the new findings and possibly hold hearings.

He said in a statement:

The allegations set forth in today’s DOJ OIG report are truly stunning. Let there be no mistake, this is a national security threat.  While the vast majority of employees do quality work, the bad apples highlighted in the report taint their service. We need to hold them accountable and, given the clear evidence in the OIG report, they should be fired immediately. The gross misconduct of DEA agents follows a disturbing pattern of risky and improper behavior afflicting Homeland Security and the Department of Justice. We need to weed out those who risk our national security, embarrass the county, and skirt the law. We need to find the root of the culture and management problems inside these agencies that allow such behavior to be left unchecked. This needs to end. We must take active measures to restore these agencies to prominence. The IG has prepared a remarkable report and the Oversight Committee will pursue this vigorously.

Peter Doocy reported on the bombshell news on “The Real Story” today, highlighting that the Inspector General’s report stated that the sex parties occurred in “government-leased quarters” where agents’ laptops, mobile devices and other equipment were present.

The report said the agents were potentially exposed to “blackmail, extortion and coercion.” Colombian police officers were actually tasked with guarding the equipment while the parties took place, the report stated.

The misconduct was found to have occurred from 2005 to 2008.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) said the “wild and reckless” behavior by some federal law enforcement officers must stop.

“Once again, some federal law enforcement agents are acting like they belong in a college frat house rather than at a taxpayer-funded law enforcement agency tasked with interdicting illegal drugs. It’s extremely troubling that federal drug agents lacked the common sense to know that engaging with prostitutes hired by drug cartels was a bad idea.”

http://insider.foxnews.com/2015/03/26/ig-report-dea-had-sex-parties-hookers-paid-drug-cartels

Two women face misdemeanor charges after authorities say they exposed their four children to methamphetamine at a Fall Creek residence.Millen-Rebecca-032715-1

Jennifer A. Komp, 35, of Cameron, and Rebecca J. Millen, 26, 110 S. Liberty St., Fall Creek, are charged in Eau Claire County Court with three counts and one count — respectively — of child neglect.

Komp and Millen are free on $2,500 signature bonds and return to court May 7. As a condition of bond, neither woman can have contact with their children without the approval of the Eau Claire County Department of Human Services.

According to the criminal complaint:

On Feb. 25 authorities searched Millen’s residence in connection with a retail theft case. While inside the residence, authorities found marijuana and various types of drug paraphernalia commonly associated with methamphetamine use.

Social service officials were then contacted concerning Millen’s 10-year-old son and Komp’s four children, who range in age from 4 to 11. Komp and her children had been living in the Fall Creek residence at that time.Komp-Jennifer-032715

Komp admitted to using methamphetamine but denied that the methamphetamine authorities found in the kitchen and a bedroom of the home belonged to her.

Millen told police a lot of “drug stuff” was kept in her bedroom and that was the only location in the house where an individual would have the privacy to use drugs.

Millen’s son told police numerous people have come to the house and stayed for short periods of time. He also once witnessed his mother smoking something from a plastic pipe.

Komp’s 7-year-old son told police children were not allowed to play with or touch some items in the house. If a toy fell in a part of the house where he was not allowed to touch items, an adult had to retrieve it.

The boy said his mother, Millen and adults who visited went into a bedroom and locked the door. The boy said he was scared of these visitors.

Hair follicle tests showed Millen’s son and three of Komp’s children were exposed to methamphetamine at levels authorities felt exposed them to danger.

http://www.leadertelegram.com/News/front-page/2015/03/27/Police-Moms-exposed-their-kids-to-meth.html

Police officers all across America are dealing with a disturbing increase in the amount of crystal methamphetamine being manufactured. The dangerous drug poses a serious threat to both users and law enforcement. The police officers and other enforcement officials in the Battle Creek, Michigan area are finding themselves in a similar situation, with many dump sites appearing where trash left over from the manufacturing operations has been thrown away.crystal-meth-is-a-dangerous-drug-that-police-are-working-to-remove-from-the-streets

Law enforcement officials in Calhoun County, Michigan have been seeing a massive increase in the number of crystal methamphetamine dump sites in recent weeks. It seems that as the snow melts, more and more of these sites are being uncovered and found by police and civilians alike.

In one dump site, located in the woods along M-37 near Bedford Township, officials found 8 bottles used to manufacture the deadly drug. They also located 18 more bottles and approximately 26 pounds of waste in another dump site, near Burlington. According to the Battle Creek Enquirer, there is more of this material to be found in rural and urban areas alike.

Officer Scott Marshall, of the Battle Creek Police force, says that, “Under the leaves, and with the snow melting, there are things sitting out there since winter and we are now just finding the stuff.” He also pointed out that there is a constant supply of fresh waste material being dumped along rural roads where people may find it.

According to Marshall crystal methamphetamine has hit every neighborhood in the area. He says, “It is in urban neighborhoods and all the way to rural neighborhoods. There is no place this drug hasn’t touched.”

Crystal methamphetamine usage has taken off over the last two decades. The signs of a heavy user are very apparent, with rapid aging and tooth decay being the most noticeable symptoms. The demand for the drug has fueled a rash of “meth labs” popping up around the country, and towns in every state are dealing with the aftermath.

Locating and destroying the methamphetamine manufacturing stations has proven to be a daunting and dangerous task. Several police officers in different states have died over the last decade when meth labs exploded while they were attempting a raid or trying to dismantle them.

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http://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/4836/20150326/increase-in-dump-sites-point-to-crystal-meth-explosion-in-us.htm

ATLANTA (CBS46) – Atlanta police said they conducted the largest methamphetamine raid in the city’s history Wednesday night.

Authorities executed two search warrants at the same time for locations in the 2300 block of Nelms Drive SW, according to a spokesperson with Atlanta police.7258993_G

The spokesperson said a fully operational meth lab was found at one location, while a “substantial amount of methamphetamine in various stages of production” was discovered at the other location.“Through focused investigations and hours of hard work by law enforcement, we were able to disrupt a major meth operation that will prevent dangerous drugs from reaching our communities,” said Deputy Chief of Criminal Investigations Darryl Tolleson.

According to police, 41 lbs. of crystal methamphetamine and 50 gallons of liquid meth were found with a total street value of $10.8 million.

Police say that converting 50 gallons of liquid meth would produce about 250 lbs. of crystal meth.

More than $35,000 in cash, a gun and three vehicles were also recovered in the bust.

Armando Ayala was arrested and charged with trafficking methamphetamine, possession of less than one ounce of marijuana and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. He was taken to the Fulton County Jail.

http://www.cbs46.com/story/28617718/police-find-meth-lab-after-drug-bust-in-atlanta

PROVO — A woman reportedly high on methamphetamine was arrested early Thursday morning after she broke into a man’s house before getting punched in the face.

Officers were dispatched to a burglary in progress near 100 South and 800 West in Provo. The caller met police at the door and said the suspected burglar, Deborah Dant, had just left the residence.551422790d07a_preview-620

According to police reports, the caller woke up in the middle of the night and saw a light flash on and off in his kitchen. He got up and found that a door he usually keeps open was closed. He looked inside and didn’t see anything suspicious. While he was looking around his apartment, the door he just opened was closed again.

He opened the door, looked behind the door and reportedly saw Dant hiding. The caller was startled by Dant, 39, and reportedly punched her in the face twice. Dant then ran out of the apartment and hid.

The caller said he didn’t know Dant.

Officers reportedly found Dant curled up in a ball, trying to conceal herself, near a fence bordering the residence.

Police reports state Dant was arrested immediately and appeared “extremely intoxicated and high.” As officers were taking her into custody, they reportedly found a small bag and syringe, which both tested positive for meth. She also had a loaded syringe in her bra when she was booked into the Utah County Jail.

Dant was arrested on suspicion of the following charges: one second-degree felony charge for possession of meth, one third-degree felony charge for burglary, and one class A misdemeanor for possession of paraphernalia.

Dant has an extensive criminal history and has been arrested for drug-related and burglary incidents several times in the past few years.

http://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/police-woman-high-on-meth-arrested-for-breaking-into-house/article_971ef314-4d3e-59fc-9723-d40b9c959323.html

DANVILLE, W.Va. — Boone County sheriff’s deputies arrested a Danville man Thursday and charged him in connection with a Sept. 2014 traffic accident that killed two adults and two children.Frank Gene Thompson

Chief Deputy Chad Barker said Frank Gene Thompson, 40, was high on meth when he wrecked the pick-up truck on U.S. Route 119 at the intersection of Bradley Road. Thompson survived the crash but his four passengers did not.

“It’s really unspeakable,” Chief Deputy Barker told MetroNews Thursday. “You can’t imagine what that accident was like. You can’t put yourself in those family members’ shoes.”

The victims were Betty Holstein, 31, Rebecca Bias, 46, Alyssa Bowman, 5, and Nathaniel Thompson, 1. Frank Gene Thompson is charged with four counts of DUI causing death.

“My heart really goes out to the family of the 5-year-old little girl and 1-year-old little boy. It’s just a terrible, terrible situation,” Barker said.Crosses_Boone-474x350

Nathaniel Thompson was Frank Gene Thompson’s biological son and Alyssa Bowman his stepdaughter.

Chief Deputy Barker said it took six months to complete the interviews and get the toxicology test results back on Thompson, showing he was under the influence of meth. Barker said deputies were suspicious right from the start.

“We began this process that morning, one o’clock in the morning, we were going down that road, it’s just taken six months to get to the point where we are. We’ve been gathering facts along the way,” Barker said.

Thompson is being held in the Southwestern Regional Jail on $500,000 bail.

http://wvmetronews.com/2015/03/26/father-allegedly-high-on-meth-before-deadly-wreck-that-killed-4/

Officers checking on a tip about drug activity at the Gretna home of a parolee found an active, bubbling methamphetamine lab, authorities said. The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office provided the tip about Bertrum Daigle, 38, to officers with the state Department of Probation and Parole, according to Jefferson District Administrator John Reeves.17364531-mmmain

Daigle is on parole until May 23, 2016 for a drug-related conviction out of St. Tammany Parish, said Pam Laborde, spokeswoman for the state Department of Corrections. He was staying with relatives at 1902 Hancock St., Gretna, according to Gretna Police Deputy Chief Anthony Christiana.

After receiving the tip about drug activity at the house, Daigle’s parole officer, Ardiel Washington, and Officer Douglas Black went to the residence with members of the West Bank Major Crimes Task Force for a compliance check on Wednesday about 11:30 a.m., Reeves and Christiana said.

“Mr. Daigle led them through the house, and during the trip, they saw what appeared to be drug paraphernalia, including the components of a meth lab,” Reeves said.

Officers found plastic, 2-liter soda bottles containing a bubbling liquid. Daigle was using what authorities refer to as the one-pot method or a “shake and bake” lab. The smaller labs are easier to conceal, Christiana said. Officers also recovered an undisclosed amount of methamphetamine, an arrest report said.

Authorities called in the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office narcotics division and its meth team, officers trained to dismantle and collect evidence from the toxic, unstable labs, Christiana said. Officers noted that there were at least three others in the residence, including a 1-year-old boy. It’s not clear if the other residents knew about the drugs.

Daigle was booked with creation of a clandestine lab, drug possession, use of an illegal drug in the presence of a minor, violation of drug laws, parole violation and being a fugitive from another jurisdiction.

Daigle was still being held Thursday at the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center in Gretna. Bond on the drug-related charges was set at $141,000. But he was being held without bond on the fugitive and parole violation charges.

http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2015/03/officers_found_bubbling_meth_l.html

A long standing Hakea prison officer has been charged after a criminal syndicate was thwarted by authorities from importing one kilogram of methamphetamine into WA.1427443111841

Police allege a 72-year-old Thornlie man, a prison officer of 37 years, met with another person at the Crown Casino in Burswood before allegedly exchanging $100,000 as a down payment for the drugs.

Police conducted searches of the homes of the people connected to the syndicate and allegedly found evidence of criminal activity.

The drug sting was undertaken by the Western Australian National Anti-Gangs Squad, the Department of Corrective Services and the Corruption and Crime Commission.

A 72-year-old Thornlie man has been charged with one count of conspiracy to sell methamphetamine and dealing with the proceeds of crime.

A 48-year-old Thornlie woman has been charged with one count of conspiracy to sell methamphetamine.

Both have been remanded in custody after appearing in the Perth Magistrates Court on March 27.

Corrective Services Director of Investigations Steven Norris, said his department works closely with the WA Police and the CCC to tackle serious and organised crime and corruption.

“Late last year, WA Police and the Department of Corrective Services formally commenced a dedicated joint agency prison team commenced a dedicated joint agency prison team,” he said.

“This team includes specialist Departmental intelligence analysts and investigators who work together with police, to create a safer and more secure community.”

Corruption and Crime Commission Director of Operations Kim Paplia said the CCC may “speak softly” but carries a big stick in relation to jurisdictional powers.

“This is what we bring to the table when we enter into cooperative investigation, targeting serious organised crime and corruption in the public sector,” he said.

“The outcome of this investigation has identified serious matters that are now before the courts.”

http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/hakea-prison-officer-charged-in-meth-sting-20150327-1m9lbg.html

PRESTON, Iowa — Police say three people have been charged after an active methamphetamine lab was found and destroyed in a Preston apartment.

The Preston police chief says Clyde Squires, Kelly Lucy and a 17-year-old were arrested following a search of the apartment last week.

Squires faces several charges that include manufacturing methamphetamine. Lucy is charged with manufacturing of methamphetamine and gathering where drugs are used.

The 17-year-old is charged with manufacturing methamphetamine. Court records show the teenager has lived with Squires for the last two years.

http://www.greenfieldreporter.com/view/story/e2b98142432d4376bc98de5d838ee04b/IA–Meth-Lab-Charges

WEST ASHLEY, S.C. (WCIV) — A Charleston couple is charged with making meth and child endangerment after an explosion at an extended stay motel Wednesday night.7252676_G

Authorities confirm it was a “one pot” meth lab that exploded at the InTown Suites on Savannah Highway in West Ashley. Usually a “one pot meth lab” is meth making chemicals inside of a soda bottle.

Joshua Earl Lantz, 37, and Jamie Lynn Lantz, 33, are both charged with two counts of unlawful conduct towards a child, two counts of child endangerment, and manufacturing or distributing ice, crack or crank in the first degree. Joshua Lantz has an added charge of neglect of a child.

Josh Lantz was given a $500,000 bond Thursday afternoon, $100,000 for each charge. Jamie Lantz was also scheduled to appear, but was not present in bond court.

Residents said the explosion came from one of the upper floors of the building. Police confirmed it happened in the bathroom of room 337.

Justin Pierce, who was staying in the motel, said a manager knocked on his door and told him a meth lab had exploded. Pierce said he saw smoke billowing out of a room down the hallway, so he grabbed several personal items and left.7254631_G

According to the incident report, the guest in the adjacent room said he was watching TV when he felt the building shake and heard a loud noise as if something had hit the wall between the two rooms. He said he walked outside and saw a large amount of dark grey smoke filling the balcony in front of room 337. He said he heard someone say “Don’t call the cops” but he immediately dialed 911.

Police officials said one officer was taken to a nearby hospital after inhaling the chemicals in the motel room, but the officer is expected to be OK.

According to officials at the scene, there were two adults and two children in the room where the explosion originated.

The two children had taken shelter at their mother’s request in another guest’s room before they were taken away in an ambulance shortly before midnight. That guest lives in the hotel and knew the family living in room 337. Officials say the children were not hurt.

The guest said Jamie Lantz soon followed her children into the room. She was wearing only a shirt and underwear and reportedly said “the chemicals got me” and that her legs felt like they were on fire.

The Lantz’s were taken to the hospital. One officer was taken to Medical University Hospital for fume inhalation.

The American Red Cross was called in to assist the residents and emergency crews working at the scene. Guests of the hotel were moved to Saint Andrews Middle School early Thursday morning. They were allowed to return to the hotel around 7:30 a.m.

http://www.abcnews4.com/story/28617898/explosion-at-west-ashley-motel-leads-to-evacuations-investigation

FAYETTEVILLE — A Fayetteville man accused of prostituting a teenage girl was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison and five years supervised release Thursday in U.S. District Court in Fort Smith.

Doncouri Wells, 38, pleaded guilty Nov. 21 to sexual trafficking of a child. Wells faced up to life in prison.58036016_WC-WELLS-3-27_t300

Fayetteville police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation were alerted June 8 by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to an advertisement for prostitution posted on a website under the “escort” section that depicted a suspected minor from Fayetteville.

Law enforcement found the girl and confirmed she was 16 years old. During an interview the girl said she had been engaging in sexual acts for money in Northwest Arkansas. She identified her “pimp” by the street name of “D.” She told police “D” took digital photographs of her and posted them online under his account for the purpose of prostitution. The girl told police in early June she had sex with several different adult men in exchange for money in a room rented by “D” at a Fayetteville motel.

The girl told police she told “D” she was 16 before he posted her photos. She identified “D” as Doncouri Wells from a photo lineup. During the subsequent investigation, FBI agents were able to identify the user of the advertisements as Wells. On July 17, Wells admitted to promoting the prostitution of the teen.

At the time of the crime, Wells was on parole after a conviction for possession of methamphetamine. Wells has at least two prior felony convictions for violent or drug-related offenses and is considered a career offender.

Wells’ wife, Sherwanda Body Wells, was also arrested and charged in connection with the case. Sherwanda Wells pleaded guilty Jan. 27 to aiding and abetting another in the use of interstate communications in aid of racketeering. She is awaiting sentencing with no date set.

http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2015/mar/27/man-trafficking-teen-for-sex-heading-to/?f=news-arkansas

MIAMI TOWNSHIP, Ohio —A mother is accused of making methamphetamine while her three young children were in the home.DIANA-SUNDERHAUS-mugshot-jpg

Police said it was happening in the 4000 block of East Miami River Road in Miami Township.

Authorities said they received a tip Tuesday evening about drugs in the home and police found chemicals to make meth in the house.

Diana Sunderhaus, 33, was arrested and charged with manufacturing drugs and child endangerment.

The children, ages 4, 9 and 12, were removed from the home by Children’s Services.

http://www.wlwt.com/news/woman-accused-of-making-meth-while-three-young-children-at-home/32003684

A New Castle couple was arrested Tuesday night after members of an Indiana State Police methamphetamine suppression unit served a warrant at their home.B9316738490Z_1_20150325150928_000_G21AATG71_1-0

Joshua L. Pierce, 38, and Sally A. Pierce, 37, both of 751 Kentland Ave., were preliminarily charged with manufacturing meth, possession of meth, possession of precursors, maintaining a common nuisance, possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia and two counts of neglect of a dependent.

Child Protective Services officials were called to the house and took custody of two children under the age of 14.

The Pierces were being held in the Henry County jail on Wednesday. The Henry County sheriff’s and prosecutor’s offices and the New Castle Police Department assisted in the investigation.

Joshua Pierce was convicted of possession of a controlled substance in 2009.

Anyone with information about illegal drug use is encouraged to call the ISP Drug Tip Line at 1-800-453-453-4756. Tips can be made anonymously.

http://www.thestarpress.com/story/news/crime/2015/03/25/couple-held-meth-neglect-probe/70442108/

TEENAGE babysitters in the Top End are being paid with the horror drug ice, the NT News can reveal.

The spread of methamphetamine – commonly called ice – has now reached epidemic levels in Darwin and Palmerston.

Well-placed sources have told the NT News some girls are selling themselves for ice and some are babysitting and being paid in ice.

The Territory’s only specialised service dealing with drug abuse in young people says outreach workers have witnessed a startling rise in the use of ice by 15 and 16-year-olds. Catholic Care NT director Jayne Lloyd said the spike began in October last year and has not stopped.

“Addiction to ice is placing young women in vulnerable situations and leaving them open to exploitation, further the easy accessibility of ice means that it is used as a form of currency,” Ms Lloyd said.

She said more and more young people were being drawn to the drug because of its easy access and for the experience.

“It’s the drug of curiosity,” Ms Lloyd said. “It’s the drug they’re wanting to have a go at and experiment with.”

The program, Alcohol and Other Drugs in Youth service, commonly known as DAISY, is full. It works with schools and police, as well as families.339223-ab4866fc-d2a4-11e4-b7d3-d02420dc68ad

Catholic Care NT’s Alcohol and Drug urban team leader Yianna Paterakis said youth ice users were sporadic about six months ago. But this year it has become an epidemic.

“We would hear about it,” Ms Paterakis said.

“Everyone knew it was coming and we were just waiting for it to hit service providers.”

The problem is widespread throughout Darwin and Palmerston and youth using it are becoming more exposed to and involved with crime.

“These things don’t discriminate,” Ms Paterakis said.

“It has been used as a tool – kids are easily manipulated and used in many ways and ice is one of many tools that is being used.”

But the federal funding for the program will be axed on June 30. “It seems really ironic that the Government is talking about it but taking resources out of the hard end services,” Ms Lloyd said.

http://www.news.com.au/national/northern-territory/darwin-youths-are-being-paid-for-babysitting-services-and-sex-with-ice/story-fnn3gfdo-1227279060335

HOMETOWN, Pa. –  Smog coming from a car parked in Hometown led police to discover the 1997 Honda CRV was being used as a mobile meth lab.

At  6 p.m. Tuesday, Rush Township police patrolling in the Schuylkill County community noticed the vehicle parked in a vacant lot off Claremont Avenue.meth-lab-guy-jpg

All four windows were partially rolled down. A haze could be seen inside the vehicle with smog coming out of the windows.

When the Hometown Fire Department was called to determine the cause of the smog, officials learned the car was being used as a mobile meth lab.

The Pennsylvania State Police Clandestine Lab Response Team recovered several bottles and numerous other items from the Honda.

When police spoke to the owner of the vehicle via phone, he admitted parking it in the vacant lot.

After further investigation, 27-year-old Justin D. Pakosky of Tamaqua was taken into custody and charged with manufacture of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia and two counts of liquefied ammonia gas, precursors and chemicals.

Pakosky is awaiting arraignment.

http://www.wfmz.com/news/Regional-Poconos-Coal/smog-leads-police-to-mobile-meth-lab-in-hometown/32010038

TACOMA, Wash. — Three men will face a judge Thursday in connection a massive drug bust reminiscent of the TV show “Breaking Bad.”13226038

Samuel Tafolla Hernandez, 39, and Thomas Servantes Diaz, 34, are accused of running a smuggling ring that brought the drugs up from the southwestern U.S.

A third man, Jose Mauricio Lozano-Miranda, 38, was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

Tacoma police arrested the men after an investigation led to the discovery of 44 pounds of methamphetamine in a Puyallup storage unit.

“This is one of the biggest drug busts we’ve seen in Pierce County in the last decade,” said Prosecutor Mark Lindquist.

Tacoma police said they received a tip that Tafolla Hernandez had arranged for loads of meth to be smuggled from the southwestern U.S. to Pierce and King Counties. Detectives said they watched Tafolla Hernandez while he routinely visited his storage unit in Puyallup and then met other individuals in parking lots throughout the county.

On Tuesday, police followed Tafolla Hernandez and Servantes Diaz to the storage unit, and the officers served a search warrant. In the unit, they found 44 pounds of meth. At the Fife home the men shared, police found bundles of cash totaling $225,000 concealed in a bookcase behind a wall of diapers.

Tafolla Hernandez and Servantes Diaz were charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. Servantes Diaz was also charged with unlawful possession of a firearm while not being a citizen of the U.S.

http://www.kirotv.com/news/news/44-pounds-meth-found-mens-storage-unit-during-drug/nkfpd/

Berks County detectives say they’ve taken down a drug-smuggling ring that brought $2.2 million in methamphetamine and other drugs from Mexico to be sold in Reading and Allentown.mc-police-berks-county-allentown-meth-bust-201-007

Six people, four from Reading and another from Mexico, were charged in the drug operation Tuesday, and a gun and large amounts of cash and drugs were recovered, detectives said.

Berks County detectives say they have taken down a drug smuggling ring that brought $2.2 million in meth and other drugs from Mexico to be sold in Reading and Allentown. Six people, four from Reading and another from Reading, were charged in the drug operation Tuesday, and a gun and large amounts of cash and drugs were recovered, detectives said.mc-police-berks-county-allentown-meth-bust-201-006

The investigation began in July after detectives in Reading and Allentown received tips of a drug-smuggling organization that was bringing large amounts of meth, cocaine and heroin to be sold in Berks and Lehigh counties. Detectives were told the drugs would be smuggled in from Mexico by tractor-trailer and driven to Reading, where they would be split up and sold in Reading and Allentown.

Berks County detectives were tipped off that the drug ring would be getting a shipment Tuesday and learned of the drop-off location at a lot at 11th and Richmond streets in Reading.

Police set up surveillance and watched a tractor-trailer with California license plates pull into the lot shortly after 3 p.m., followed by two cars. Two men were in each of the vehicles.

Police watched as the men took two large duffel bags from the back of the tractor-trailer and placed them in each of the cars, detectives said.

As the cars tried to leave, police stopped them.

Police said two men were in the rear of the trailer trying to close a secret compartment. One of them had a gun and $20,000, detectives said.

Police obtained search warrants to search the vehicles. In the tractor-trailer, detectives found seven sealed plastic bags and containers, each holding 1 pound of meth. In each car, police found a duffel bag containing 16 sealed plastic bags each containing a pound of meth and three sealed plastic bags each holding a kilo of heroin.

The meth and heroin have a street value of $2.2 million, detectives said.

Detectives said an immigration query revealed that the tractor-trailer traveled into and out of Mexico seven times between May 22 and March 4. Also, detectives said, the same truck was stopped years earlier in Missouri hauling $120,000 in cash in a secret compartment.

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Those charged were:

Gabriel Colin-Lopez, 56, with no known address, and Carlos Javier, 29, of Reading, in the tractor-trailer. Joan Abreu-Feliz, 32, of Reading, and Francisco Escobar-Ramos, 32, of Mexico, were in one of the cars and Carlos Morales-Javier, 22, and Carlos Cirilo-Garcia, 30, both of Reading, were in the other car.

All face charges of possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, delivery of methamphetamine and conspiracy.

All were sent to Berks County Jail under $1 million bail each.

http://www.mcall.com/news/breaking/mc-n-berks-county-allentown-meth-bust-20150325-story.html

Barney, the Tacoma police narcotics dog that became sick after ingesting methamphetamine during a drug investigation, has died.635628975977591361-barney-k9

The Olympian reports ( http://bit.ly/1FXrMm7 ) that the 11-year-old black Labrador mix died Wednesday night.

His handler, Officer Henry Betts, rushed him to a veterinary hospital on Tuesday after the dog touched his nose to meth at a Puyallup storage unit. He was with officers who were serving a search warrant.

Narcotics dogs are trained to alert their handlers to drugs by placing their nose on them. In this case, Barney accidentally inhaled residue from the meth.

He suffered seizures and his body temperature reached 109 degrees.

Vets said Barney was more responsive Wednesday morning but he passed away that evening.

Pierce County prosecutors say they haven’t decided whether they’ll amend charges against the three defendants to include Barney’s death.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/narcotics-dog-ingested-meth-search-dies-29932148

TACOMA, Wash. – Barney, an 11-year-old K-9 officer with the Tacoma Police Department, was rushed to the vet Tuesday night after ingesting powdered methamphetamine while serving a search warrant.

Dr. Kobi Johnson said Barney had a body temperature of 109 and was experiencing hyperthermia and seizures when he reached the hospital.635628975977591361-barney-k9

By Wednesday morning, the Lab mix was gradually becoming more alert and responsive. Doctors will continue to monitor him for any secondary effects from the hyperthermia.

Dr. Johnson said thankfully, the Tacoma officers got Barney to the hospital quickly.

Methamphetamines are extremely toxic to dogs. At this point, we are cautiously optimistic about Barney’s chances for a full recovery,” said Dr. Johnson.

Loretta Cool, a spokesperson for the Tacoma Police Department, said Barney and his handler, Officer Henry Betts, were investigating a narcotics complaint and serving a search warrant around 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Narcotics dogs typically signal the presence of drugs by placing their noses on the substance. In this instance, the drugs were unwrapped and Barney came directly in contact with the powdered methamphetamine, Cool said.

Betts and Barney have worked together since 2010.

“He’s a phenomenal dog,” said Betts. “Really just incredible.”

http://www.king5.com/story/news/local/pets-and-animals/2015/03/25/tacoma-police-k-9-being-treated-after-ingesting-meth-during-raid/70446572/

(WDEF)  22 individuals from over nine counties, spanning southeast Tennessee, northern Georgia, and northern Alabama, were arrested for their roles in a large methamphetamine distribution conspiracy centered in Marion County, Tenn.

An investigation led by special agents and task force officers of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) along with detectives of the Marion County Tennessee Sheriff’s Office, resulted in two separate grand jury indictments, which include charges of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, distribution of methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, and possession of a firearm by prohibited people.

Details of the charges are outlined in two criminal indictments on file with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Those charged in the first indictment include:

  • David Henderson, 45, of Wildwood, Ga.;
  • Ronald Green Jr., 49, of Jasper, Tenn.;
  • James Ray Pritchett, 36, of South Pittsburg, Tenn.;
  • Dennis Reed, 44, of South Pittsburg, Tenn.;
  • Steve Hankins, 58, of Jasper, Tenn.;
  • Christopher Brian Janeway, 41, of South Pittsburg, Tenn.;
  • Kevin, Denney, 40, of South Pittsburg, Tenn.;
  • James Allen Sexton, 50, of Chattanooga, Tenn.;
  • Kelly Nance, 34, of Jasper, Tenn.;
  • Jason Boston, 35, of South Pittsburg, Tenn.;
  • Charles Meeks, 41, of Tracy City, Tenn.;
  • Michael Patterson, 40, of Philadelphia, Tenn.; and
  • Robert Graham, 46, of Trenton, Ga

Initial appearances for individuals listed above who were arrested on Mar. 25, 2015, are scheduled for 3:00 p.m., Thursday, Mar. 26, 2015, in U.S. District Court in Chattanooga, before the Honorable Susan K. Lee, U.S. Magistrate Judge.

Those charged in the second indictment include:

  • Monica Sha Newman, 38, of Jasper, Tenn.;
  • Mark Anthony Johnson, 33, of Tracy City, Tenn.;
  • Terry Jones, 53, of Crandall, Ga.;
  • Ronald Terry Wilmore, 46, of McMinnville, Tenn.;
  • Tiffany Hadder, 32, of Gruetli Laauger, Tenn.;
  • Nathan Carlton, 40, of Stevenson, Ala.;
  • Rodney Craig Akins, 49, of Dunlap, Tenn.;
  • Jamie Harris, 43, of Whiteside, Tenn.; and
  • Jeremy Toro, 40, of Tracy City, Tenn.

In addition to ATF and the Marion County Tennessee Sheriff’s Office, state and local law enforcement agencies who assisted with the arrests include: the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation; Tennessee Highway Patrol; Dade County Georgia Sheriff’s Office; Grundy County Tennessee Sheriff’s Office; Jackson County Alabama Sheriff’s Office; Loudon County Tennessee Sheriff’s Office; Murray County Georgia Sheriff’s Office; Sequatchie County Tennessee Sheriff’s Office; Warren County Tennessee Sheriff’s Office; Monteagle Tennessee Police Department; and Chattanooga Tennessee Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Terra Bay will represent the United States.

Members of the public are reminded that these are only charges and that every person is presumed innocent until his or her guilt has been proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

http://www.wdef.com/news/story/22-People-Arrested-for-Meth-Ring-in-Marion-County/jumilFCK4UyTxwBcLYDEvQ.cspx

Joe Sayerwinnie can still recall vividly the first time he tried methamphetamine.

Just 14 at the time and already a regular consumer of alcohol, cocaine and a variety of pills, Sayerwinnie says he was turning to whatever drug he could get his hands on.not_on_our_land

Riding around Oklahoma City with two friends in search of the next chance to party, Sayerwinnine, a member of the Comanche Nation, was handed a pipe of meth to smoke.

“My buddy was like, ‘smoke some of this and you’ll be alright. You’ll be able to keep going and keep partying.’ I remember when I smoked it, man, I liked it a lot. The high was just, it was great,” Sayerwinnie said, comparing the high he felt to the energy buzz people get from drinking a five-hour energy drink. “I started smoking it and I started using it more often.”

Over time, Sayerwinnie started stealing to fund his habit, including stealing from his mom. “I was so bad. I didn’t care about nothing and nobody but myself and where I was going to get my next high,” he said.

Across the country, methamphetamine use has been ravaging tribal communities and their members. A 2006 report from the National Congress of American Indians found that Native Americans have the highest rates of meth abuse, with 1.7 percent of American Indians or Alaska Native respondents reporting they had used meth in the past year. Among Native Hawaiians surveyed, 2.2 percent said they had used the drug in the past year. This compares with 0.7 percent for Caucasians, 0.5 percent of Hispanics, 0.2 percent for Asians and 0.1 percent for African-Americans.

Methamphetamine use in rural communities can be especially devastating. The NCAI report says use on reservations and in rural Native communities can be as high as 30 percent.

The Concho, Oklahoma-based Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes is the latest Native community to try to combat the drug’s detrimental effects among its tribal members.

The tribe created a public awareness campaign called Not On Our Land to draw attention to the abuse and offer resources for people needing him.

“The crippling drug has affected so many of our people that we must no longer stand idly by and allow this travesty to go,” Cheyenne and Arapahoe Gov. Eddie Hamilton said in a statement on a newly created website about the campaign, NotOnOurLand.com. “Meth abuse is becoming more prevalent each day as it destroys the lives of our families and loved ones.”

The campaign aims to educate the public about meth, which is also known as speed, tweak, crystal, crank and ice; its effect on communities and offer information for those addicted.

The drug not only ravages the person taking it – causing paranoia, hallucinations, delusions of parasites under the skins, heart attacks, stroke and even death – but it also affects everyone around it. The Bureau of Indian Affairs has found that 74 percent of tribal police rank meth as the greatest drug threat to their communities. The drug is often a precursor to violence, with 40 percent of crime in Native land attributed to its use. Sixty-four percent of tribal police say domestic violence and assault has increased as a result.

“Crime increases as users seek quick cash to feed their addiction,” said Mark Woodward, spokesman for the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics. “Families suffer as meth takes over a person’s life, which can lead to violence and stress in the home.”

Small children living in the home of a meth addict are especially vulnerable, Woodward said, because there is often little food, water or supervision because the parent is focused on meth rather than caring for the child. Approximately 72 percent of meth homes in Oklahoma have children under the age of 12 living inside homes with deplorable conditions, Woodward said.

He said the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribe’s campaign is critical for both users and their families.

“Many meth addicts or family members don’t know where to turn for help and hope,” he added. “This campaign will provide awareness to programs for assistance, as well as education to help our youth understand the dangers and help them make decisions to stay away from meth or other forms of substance abuse.”

For Sayerwinnie, 31, several stints in prison for various offenses wasn’t even enough to scare him straight and convince him to get help. What did? His then-13-year-old daughter. One day, Sayerwinnie said, she had had enough of the drug abuse and its lifestyle. She started screaming and yelling at him, pleading for him to stop using drugs.

“Just the reaction of my daughter talking to me and yelling at me and telling me that, because she had never said anything to me before,” he said. “It took her to do what she did for me to really want to change. I could see the pain and the hurt. I could see it all in her.”

That was the moment Sayerwinnie decided to turn his life around. He headed to Lawton, the headquarters of the Comanche Nation, to seek help. The tribe sent him to a rehab facility, which he calls the “best thing that ever happened to me.”

“I met people just like me. Some of them were really good people who had made bad decisions,” he said.

Remaining sober is a challenge, but Sayerwinnie said he takes it one day at a time and uses the knowledge and skills he learned during rehab to cope. He’s also focused on helping other American Indians who may feel like they have no one who understands what they are going through.

“Our Native American children, our Native children, are our future,” he said. “If I walk into a room and we give it our all and tell our speech and put it out there, hopefully with the campaign and what I’m trying to do for them … I hope and pray that if I can get a handful, or even just one, to listen or not do it, then I feel like I’ve accomplished something.”

http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2015/03/25/not-our-land-oklahoma-tribe-latest-combat-meth-indian-country-159744

A recent article on the website Salon.com drew a comparison between Mexican drug cartels and terror group Islamic State (Isis), which operates in Syria and Iraq, as they both behead people by the hundreds and gain control of large areas by instigating fear among populations.

According to the site, drug cartels such as Los Zetas and Sinaloa are the products of the US war on drugs “just as US wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya fertilized the field for IS.”

IS, which aims to overthrow the current governments in Iraq and Syria and establish an Islamic caliphate, has killed thousands of people since its insurgence started in summer 2014. The terrorists, who have also claimed responsibility for recent attacks in Tunisia, Yemen and Libya, are renowned for persecuting non-Muslims and non-Sunni and enslaving thousands of women from the Yazidi community.

Mexico’s drug cartels systematically rape, kidnap, torture and execute people and fight against each other over the hegemony of Mexican territories and the control of drug trafficking. The problem of drug cartels in Mexico has once again caught the attention of the international community after thousands of Mexicans took to the streets to protest against violence and corruption following the abduction and alleged massacre of 43 students.

The  students, from the Ayotzinapa Teacher Training College, disappeared from Iguala city, Guerrero State, after staging a protest against what they perceived was an unfair hiring process for teachers, which favored urban applicants over rural ones. It is alleged they were abducted and handed over to the Guerrero Unidos drug cartel upon instruction from the then Iguala mayor, José Luis Abarca Velázquez, who feared the students’ protest could disrupt an event being held by his wife, Maria de los Angeles Pineda Villa.

IS and Mexico’s cartels have similarities but a different ideology

Andrew Chesnut, professor of religious studies at Virginia Commonwealth University, and author of a book on the cult of Santa Muerte, believes there are many parallels between IS and Mexican drug cartels, but not in terms of “larger objectives”.

Speaking to IBTimes UK, he said: “IS is a radical religious organization that seeks to establish a theocratic state or caliphate. In contrast, though the cartels employ religious elements in their operations, they are uber-capitalists motivated by hyper-profits. If they seek territory and government influence it’s not to further any particular ideology beyond capitalism. Some cartels employ patron saints, such as Santa Muerte and Jesus Malverde for purposes of supernatural protection and harm against rival syndicates and law enforcement.”

According to Chesnut, the the four-decade-long US War on Drugs should be ended as it failed to achieve its aim.

“As the Salon piece shows, the billions of dollars invested, one hundred thousand lives lost since 2006 and arrest of high-profile kingpins has not made a significant difference. Marijuana, heroin and methamphetamines continue to flow north to the US at a steady pace while guns and cash continue their uninterrupted march south to Mexico,” he said.

Referring to the recent protest in Mexico, Chesnut said the rallies will probably not result in current President Pena Nieto stepping down, but could have an impact on the next leader “who has the courage and resolve to put Mexico on a path to greater democracy and economic development, including an end to the bloody drug wars.”

War against cartels much simpler than war against IS

When asked to draw a comparison between the US war on drugs and the international community’s fight against IS, Chesnut said that fight against the Islamist insurgents is more complex.

“The US and Mexican government’s strategy for fighting drug cartels is much simpler than the campaign against IS. The strategy in Mexico has been to favor the most powerful cartel, Sinaloa, in its battle for dominance against its rivals.

“The war against IS is more complex with the US and its allies betting on Iranian-backed Shia militias in Iraq and supporting moderate Sunni elements, such as the Kurds and the Jordanian government. The great majority of Middle Easterners are Sunni, as is IS, so the US and its allies can’t be perceived as going too far in their surreptitious support for regional Shia power Iran and its Syrian, Iraqi and Lebanese proxies. Saudi Arabia, of course, is the regional Sunni power broker and a linchpin in the war against IS, even more so since the group seeks to overthrow the ruling monarchy.”

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/are-drug-cartels-isis-mexico-us-war-drugs-results-fear-death-1493528

LUCEDALE, Mississippi — A Lucedale man and woman were arrested Thursday for possession of methamphetamine, one with intent to distribute.17342811-large

Arrested were Timothy Adam Havard, 39, of Wes Havard Road in Lucedale, and Sierra Montana McLeod, 20, from the 5000 block of Miss. 26 West in Benndale.

George County Sheriff Dean Howell said a tip to the sheriff’s office was received saying the two suspects were located at a residence in the 5000 block of Miss. 26 West, near the Benndale community.

Havard was arrested on felony possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, with intent to distribute.

McLeod was arrested and charged with felony possession of methamphetamine.

The arrests were a joint effort of the George County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division and the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, Howell said.17342817-small

To make an anonymous tip, contact Mississippi Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-877-787-5898 or the George County Sheriff’s Office at 601-947-4811.

 

 

http://blog.gulflive.com/mississippi-press-news/2015/03/lucedales_timothy_havard_sierr.html

A man who says he and a woman used methamphetamine over two days has denied being aggressive towards her, telling a jury she died during an episode of erotic asphyxiation.

Darren Collins, 36, is on trial in the SA Supreme Court accused of murder after the crown did not accept his guilty plea to the manslaughter of Jacqueline Franklin, 34, in October 2013.

The jury has been told the pair met days before her death and used methamphetamine in Adelaide before her body was found buried in a shallow grave in the backyard of a house at Stansbury, on SA’s Yorke Peninsula.

A belt was around her neck and she had jaw fractures, chipping to her teeth and a laceration to her cheek.

Collins told the jury they had both taken methamphetamine over a two to two-and-a-half day period and were having sexual contact inside in his car while parked outside The Pines Football Club.

He said Ms Franklin grabbed a belt and placed it around her neck and told him to jump into the back seat and hold onto it, while she carried out a sex act.

He said he kept pressure on the belt, but after a few minutes realized she wasn’t very well and panicked when he saw she was dead.

Under cross-examination from prosecutor Tim Preston, Collins denied that while at The Pines he felt aggression or had hallucinations, delusions or paranoia which could have been induced by the drugs.

A former girlfriend of Collins told the jury on Wednesday that when both were using methamphetamine she had grabbed his hands and put them around her neck during sex.

This happened more than 10 times, a ligature was never used and she had never lost consciousness.

Collins denied Mr. Preston’s suggestion that his experience with his ex-girlfriend led to his concocting a story about what happened to Ms Franklin.

He also denied telling the jury he jumped on the dirt covering Ms Franklin’s grave so as to explain why she had fractures to her jaw.

The trial is continuing.

https://au.news.yahoo.com/sa/a/26796632/man-claims-woman-died-during-sex-act/