TAURANGA, New Zealand (AP) — AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd pleaded guilty in a New Zealand court Tuesday to a charge of threatening to kill a man who used to work for him. He also pleaded guilty to possessing methamphetamine and marijuana.17ec9ef4de284511740f6a7067000f5e_r620x349

Rudd faces up to seven years in prison on the threatening to kill charge, although his lawyer Craig Tuck said the prosecution case boils down to an angry phone call, and he is seeking a remedy that would involve no legal consequences for Rudd.

Rudd acknowledged in a court summary of facts that he’d offered large amounts of cash, vehicles and a house to an associate after asking him to have the victim “taken out” and that he’d also directly said to the victim he was going to kill him.

The 60-year-old drummer was released on bail pending a June sentencing hearing.

Rudd arrived at the Tauranga court house in a sports car wearing sunglasses and a red tie, and didn’t say anything during his brief appearance other than to enter his guilty pleas.

It’s unclear whether Rudd has a future with the Australian rock band he’s been part of on-and-off for almost four decades. The band intends to use Welsh drummer Chris Slade for its upcoming “Rock or Bust” album tour but hasn’t said if that’s a long-term arrangement.

By agreeing with prosecutors to enter the guilty pleas, Rudd avoided the need for a trial which was due to begin Tuesday. Prosecutors agreed to drop a second charge of threatening to kill. Earlier, citing a lack of evidence, prosecutors had dropped a murder-for-hire charge.

According to the court summary, the dispute began in August on the night that Rudd released his solo album, “Head Job.”

Rudd threw a party at his marina restaurant, Phil’s Place, to celebrate the launch. He was the toast of the town that night, and even the mayor of Tauranga attended. But as the night progressed, Rudd became concerned that security wasn’t tight enough.

“The defendant was angry that the album launch did not go well,” the court summary said. “As a result he sacked a number of people from his employment and professional team. This included, among other people, the victim who he was particularly angry with.”

About four weeks later, Rudd called an associate, who was on vacation in Australia. Rudd told the man he wanted the victim “taken out,” according to the court summary. When asked to clarify, Rudd said he wanted the victim “taken care of.”

In another call, according to the court summary, Rudd offered the associate “$200,000, a motorbike, one of his cars or a house,” which the associate took to mean as payment “for carrying out his earlier request.”

Two hundred thousand New Zealand dollars is equivalent to about $153,000 U.S. dollars.

The morning after calling his associate, Rudd called the victim directly, saying “I’m going to come over and kill you,” according to the court summary. He tried to call the victim again a couple of times after that but the man didn’t pick up.

“As a result of threats made by the defendant, the victim was genuinely very fearful of his safety,” the summary of facts stated.

Rudd’s defense appeared to be making the argument that only Rudd’s call to the victim remained relevant because prosecutors had dropped the murder-for-hire charge.

“What we can see now was that this matter was just essentially an angry phone call,” Tuck said after the hearing. “They turned up at his home, nine police officers, a dog, media …”

The summary also outlines the Nov. 6 search of Rudd’s home when police found the drugs. When police arrived, Rudd was wearing jeans but no shirt, according to the summary.

“While being spoken to by the police, the defendant reached out to move a container containing cannabis crumbs from the coffee table and place it on the floor out of sight,” the summary says.

Police found methamphetamine in Rudd’s jeans pocket and in his bedroom and marijuana in several places, according to the court summary. In all, police found 0.48 grams (0.02 ounces) of methamphetamine and 91 grams (3.2 ounces) of marijuana, according to the summary.

Tuck said he would be seeking a discharge without conviction in the case.

New Zealand law gives a judge the discretion not to enter a conviction even in cases where a defendant has pleaded guilty. A judge can do this if he or she thinks the consequences of a conviction outweigh the seriousness of the crime, a move which can allow a defendant to keep a clean record.

The judge in the case, Robert Wolff, said he would not enter a conviction against Rudd before hearing Tuck’s arguments.

Tuck took over the case after Rudd dropped his previous attorney, Paul Mabey.

Tuck said the case had done enormous damage to Rudd’s reputation and he was looking into legal remedies for that.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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KINGMAN — A Superior Court judge ruled Friday to continue to hold a Bullhead City man without bond for allegedly raping a 21-year-old woman.

Geoffrey Eugene Burbank, 42, is charged with felony sexual assault and failure to comply with sex offender registration requirements in one case and possession of dangerous drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia in another case. He is being held in custody on a $20,000 bond for the drug charges.

Deputy Mohave County Attorney Jacob Cote called Bullhead City Police Detective Charles English to the stand to testify that on March 13 the victim said she drank about a half-dozen beers and several shots of whiskey before passing out.

The victim told police she woke up to find a naked Burbank on top of her on the floor in her room with his hands to her throat, which caused bruising to her neck. She said she was not romantically involved with the defendant.

English also said the home’s owner, who had earlier helped the intoxicated victim to her bed, later heard a noise and went to check on her. She found Burbank on top of the victim having sex with her. The suspect gathered his belongings and left the house on a bike.

Cote argued to hold Burbank without bond, saying that there was no consent because the victim had passed out from being heavily intoxicated.

Burbank’s attorney, Eric Beiningen, asked the detective if the witness was in the room at the time of the alleged rape. He also said the bruise on the victim’s neck could be described as a hickey. The defense attorney claimed that his client had consensual sex with the victim and that the victim initiated the contact by kissing him.

Superior Court Judge Steven Conn ruled to continue to hold the defendant without bond since the evidence could be used to suggest that the defendant committed a crime.

Burbank’s next hearing is set for today.

Bullhead City police officers responded to a Bullhead City hospital March 13 about a report of a possible rape. Burbank reportedly lived at the residence for about a month before the incident. Officers located and arrested him March 16. Burbank was allegedly in possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia at the time of his arrest, leading to the charges for the separate second case.

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A 47-year-old man is on trial accused of strangling a drug dealer and then dumping her in a pond in a cemetery in Baldivis, south of Perth, four years ago.

Alan McIntosh has pleaded not guilty to murdering Diana Matthews, 46, whose body was found at the Rockingham Memorial Park in April 2011.

It is alleged he and a woman formed a plan to rob Ms Matthews of drugs and cash she was carrying, and he used a piece of wire to strangle her as she was driven to a park.2707346-3x2-340x227

Prosecutor Alan Troy said it was the state’s case Ms Matthews was rendered unconscious but she was still alive when her body was placed in the pond.

Mr Troy said a post-mortem examination also found a “very high” concentration of methamphetamine in Ms Matthews’ body and it was “possible” it played a role in her death, although he said that was a matter that had to be determined by the jury.

The court heard Ms Matthews was a methamphetamine dealer and Mr Troy urged the jury members to put aside any prejudices it may have about the use of illicit substances.

“You may have strong views on the use or sale of illicit drugs … and the harm it causes … but this is not a case about the lawfulness of drug use,” he said.

“The fact Ms Matthews was a fairly prolific drug dealer does not in any way justify or excuse her death.”

Charged after conversation secretly recorded

The court was told McIntosh and the woman were flagged as suspects early in the police investigation, but were not charged until 2013.

Mr Troy said that was a result of a conversation secretly recorded by the woman, in which it was alleged they discussed Ms Matthews’ death.2707358-3x2-340x227

The recording will be played to the jury but Mr Troy said it included McIntosh saying “I did nothing” but later saying “it was only meant to scare her”.

He was also alleged to have said “you did society a favor. The only good drug dealer is a dead drug dealer”.

Mr Troy said there was no forensic evidence linking McIntosh to Ms Matthews death and her clothing had been burnt at the mortuary because an order was not made to keep it.

The jury was told one of the key witnesses will be the woman who was with McIntosh.

“Her credibility is very much at issue in this trial,” Mr Troy said.

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OXFORD — An Oxford woman faces a multitude of charges after allegedly selling methamphetamine to a police informant.Theresa M. Vance

According to Johnson County Sheriff’s Office criminal complaints, Theresa M. Vance, 57, met with a “confidential source” on Oct. 24 in Coralville and sold the source an eighth-ounce of meth for $310. Police said Vance also sold meth to an informant Jan. 13 and March 10. In each instance, Vance communicated with the informant via cellphone about the drug deal, police said.

Authorities served a warrant at Vance’s residence March 18 and found 14 grams of meth, 2.6 ounces of marijuana, packaging material, a digital scale and other drug paraphernalia. Vance allegedly admitted that she sold meth.

Vance has been arrested and faces three counts of controlled substance violation, Iowa drug tax stamp violation and keeping a drug house.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A 29-year-old Salina woman remained behind bars Monday in Dickinson County after she was busted last week in connection with selling methamphetamine in the town of Solomon.

According to Dickinson County sheriff’s officials, drug enforcement agents on April 14 observed Melanie Jo Smith selling methamphetamine in the 300 block of E. 4th Street in Solomon, a town of 1,100 people located 11 miles west of Abilene.

A search was conducted and Dickinson County sheriff drug enforcement found U.S. currency, digital scales, baggies, marijuana and more than 5 grams of methamphetamine that was packaged for sale and distribution.

Smith was booked into the Dickinson County Jail in connection with multiple offenses, including conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, possession of meth with intent to sell, possession of marijuana, unlawful use of a telecommunications device and failure to obtain a Kansas drug stamp.

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Methamphetamine is a drug that has been around for decades. Meth is also stronger and longer lasting than cocaine. Meth is very addictive.

This drug is used by people of all ages and races, in all parts of the country. A growing number of meth users are young.

There are many slang names for methamphetamine. The most common are meth, crystal meth, Tina, ice, and glass. Methamphetamine is smoked, injected, snorted, swallowed, or put into the anus or vagina.

Results from use of Meth are: more alert, greater movement, decreased hunger, faster breathing, rapid heart rate, uneven heart-beat, higher blood pressure and body temperature.

Long time methamphetamine use does many harmful things to the body. Some are: great weight loss, severe dental problems (“meth mouth”), and skin sores caused by scratching. It makes changes in the brain and can cause loss of memory, movement and learning. The ingredients are also very flammable, and have dangerous fumes. Meth is cheap to make but costly to clean up. The cost to clean up one Meth lab can be more than $4,000.

Take a timeout to talk to your kids about Meth.

If you know someone using or making meth, call the Meth Hotline at 1-800-742-9333. Learn more at: http://www.methproject.org/ or http://www.drugfree.org/drug-guide/methamphetamine.

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Members of the Tennessee Highway Patrol’s (THP) West Bureau Interdiction Plus team discovered approximately one and a half pounds of crystal methamphetamine on a routine traffic stop last week in Coffee County. The car was evidently headed towards Murfreesboro.

Trooper Jeremy Miller initiated a traffic stop on a 2008 Honda Accord for speeding in a construction zone near mile marker 124 on Interstate 24 westbound this past week.

Trooper Miller noticed marijuana residue on the floor mat on the passenger side of the vehicle. The investigating trooper asked the driver to exit the vehicle, when she began to roll up the windows and lock the doors. She also attempted to call someone on her cell phone. However, after additional dialogue with the trooper, the driver exited the vehicle without incident.

Trooper Miller then requested THP Sgt. Wayne Dunkleman and his drug detector canine to respond to the scene to assist. During the deployment of the K-9, the driver of the vehicle became nervous and agitated. The K-9 eventually gave a positive alert to drugs on the vehicle.

The troopers uncovered a box of diapers in the back seat and found that the box flaps had been glued down and taped. A search of the diapers revealed approximately one and a half pounds of crystal methamphetamine (ICE) within two sleeves of pampers.

Ashton Jones, 27, of Atlanta, Ga., was arrested and charged with possession of schedule II drugs with intent to sell and deliver, simple possession of schedule VI drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia and speeding. She was taken to the Coffee County Jail.

Meth in Warren County, Arrest Made:

Late last week Winchester Police executed a search warrant in a joint operation with the FBI and other special agents at a residence located at 815 North High Street in Winchester. The residence has become known as a dispensary of Mexican ICE (methamphetamine). The search produced multiple ounces of crystal methamphetamine (ICE), powder cocaine, marijuana, and a firearm.

Suspect, Michael L. Thompkins, of Norcross, Georgia was arrested on the scene in possession of a semi-automatic handgun. Thompkins was a convicted armed robber, a violent felon, whom was recently released from a Georgia State Penitentiary.

The drugs in the residence were believed to come from MS-13 Gangs associated with Mexican Cartels. Thompkins was arrested on multiple narcotics charges and convicted felon with a firearm and being held on a $100,000.00 bond in Franklin County Jail.

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PHUKET: A major Phuket drug dealer was arrested with more than 7 million baht of drugs in Phuket Town on Friday night after police were tipped off by one of her sellers.1_20154201222493_HFenZqHHpkWcGSqXXyozlYECtPiCcnoePKgiCyUb_jpeg

Thammarat ‘Ken’ Matte provided police with the nickname and clues to the location of his supplier after he was arrested with 400mg of ya ice (crystal methamphetamine) earlier that day.

Police soon arrested Amporn ‘Mem’ Krasorn, 27, from Phuket in possession of 20g of ya ice. However, they suspected that she had more.

After about five hours of questioning, Ms Amporn confessed that she had more drugs hidden in a house on Narison Road, said Phuket Provincial Police Commander Patchara Boonyasit.

When police searched the house they found 36,000 ya bah (methamphetamine) pills and 850g of ya ice.

“Ms Amporn confessed that she was in charge of distribution, and named her supplier, but said she only knew him by the name ‘Mr Art’, Maj Gen Patchara added.

Ms Amporn was arrested in 2007 for possession of drugs, and in 2011 courts ordered an investigation of her assets, as she was in possession of 3mn baht.1_20154201222493_NqKHFUzTXfNpjAqCtkJALbtxIUxNtcCWGXrWPTgj_jpeg

“That case is still open,” Gen Patchara noted.

Ms Amporn has been charged with possession of drugs with intent to sell.

“It was a big arrest this time. We will use information from this case to lead us to bigger drug dealers in the area in order to help make Phuket drug-free,” Gen Patchara said.

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EVERY day there is a story somewhere in our country of how ice is ruining lives, destroying families and hurting 972156-5b9d56ca-e5c4-11e4-b722-cf4cf8a3a293communities.

In recent years the creep of ice use has stretched across the nation with people from all walks of life succumbing to its depravity.

The prevalence, addictiveness and the reach of this drug means some of you reading this are likely to know someone who is abusing it.

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Federal Justice Minister Michael Keenan

Many of you have already witnessed the psychosis and long-term psychological issues ice causes.

You’ve seen or heard about the violence, at home, on the streets, in our hospital emergency rooms, on the roads, even random attacks on innocent bystanders.

All of this is happening because Australia has one of the most lucrative markets for ice in the world.

Ice users pay top dollar to cook their brains and criminals from all over the globe are sending their ice to our country to profit while our neighbourhoods suffer from the misery and havoc it wreaks.

Our population’s growing addiction to this mind-eating, personality-distorting, life-ending drug is paying big dividends to crooks and they are using it to invest in further criminal activities.

Such an example is straight from Australian Crime Commission intelligence that reports outlaw motorcycle gangs have moved into regional and remote areas trafficking large quantities of ice by having young people hooked and then forcing them to distribute the drug more widely for even greater profit.

This is no secret in WA.

When we came to Government we introduced the National Anti-Gang Squad and established a strike team in WA.

Federal police and state police work side-by-side in this team to undermine the business models of crooks trying to exploit cross-border vulnerabilities and traffic ice to every corner of the country.

We’ve seen huge border detections, national seizures and arrests which demonstrate our collective efforts to combat supply, but we simply can’t arrest our way out of this problem.

The Australian Crime Commission says the scourge is only going to get worse unless we take action.

That’s why the Prime Minister has announced a National Ice Taskforce led by former Victorian police commissioner Ken Lay APM, to examine all existing efforts to address ice and identify new ways to make them work better.

The fight against ice has to come from everyone – governments, law enforcement agencies, health, education, industry, non-government organizations, community leaders, parents, colleagues, teachers, peers – and, of course, the addicts themselves.

We’re going to find out what works and what needs more work and we’re going to cripple the criminal networks that feed this national harm.

— Michael Keenan is the Federal Minister for Justice and Member for Stirling in WA

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CRESTVIEW — Several months of investigation ended Friday with the arrests of two people and the seizure of more than 1,500 grams of methamphetamine oil, according to police.drugsegege

The Crestview Police Department’s Special Enforcement Team executed a narcotics search warrant at a home on Panama Drive and discovered a large amount of narcotics, according to a news release from the Police Department.

Two people, 31-year-old Gregory Allan Foss Jr. and 35-year-old Erica Marie Hughes, were arrested on a variety of drug charges and booked into the Okaloosa County Jail about midnight.

They are charged with trafficking in amphetamine, unlawful possession of listed chemicals and possession of marijuana.

Foss also is charged with four counts of possession of a controlled substance for alprazolam, methadone, Ecstasy and buprenorphine, the news release said.

Investigators found 1,689 grams of methamphetamine oil in four cooking vessels on the property. They also found 177 pills from different manufacturers containing pseudoephedrine, a listed chemical, the release said.

Other items found included 9.27 grams of marijuana, 10.5 pills of alprazolam, 26 methadone pills, six Ecstasy pills, one suboxone patch containing buprenorphine and $2,433 in cash, the release said.

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An Odessa man was arrested Wednesday for allegedly peddling methamphetamine from the Metro Inn on West Wall Street, according to court documents.

Joseph Edward Wieczorek III, 34, was charged with manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance more than one gram but less than four grams, a second-degree felony. He was held Friday on a $150,000 bond. He also has an active charge for violation of probation, according to his arrest affidavit.

A Midland Police Department officer saw Wieczorek — who was wanted in Lubbock County on the violation of probation charge — at the Metro Inn. A team from Midland Police Department, U.S. Marshals Service, Midland County Sheriff’s Office and Texas Department of Public Safety went to the motel and Wieczorek agreed to a search of his room, according to the affidavit.

Officers found 2.1 grams of methamphetamine, syringes, plastic bags and measuring scales, according to his arrest affidavit.

If convicted, Wieczorek could face up to 20 years in state prison and a $100 fine.

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Federal agents seized 14 pounds of meth last week in vehicle that was headed for Springfield, according to court documents.

Robert M. Cardenas, 27, was arrested Wednesday in central New Mexico after authorities found about 14 pounds of meth hidden in a compartment in the back of the Jeep that he was driving, according to a criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in Western Missouri.B9317033458Z_1_20150418192443_000_G7HAHQVBF_1-0

Cardenas was booked into Greene County Jail on Thursday.

According to the complaint, a sheriff’s deputy in New Mexico stopped Cardenas’ Jeep on Wednesday for a traffic violation and noticed that Cardenas’ eyes were bloodshot and watery. The passenger in the Jeep, meanwhile, was coming in and out of consciousness.

The deputy suspected that both men may be on drugs, so he obtained consent to search the vehicle. During the search, the deputy found the meth hidden in the back of the Jeep, according to the complaint.

Cardenas later told investigators a man in Phoenix was paying him $1,700 to transport the Jeep and the passenger — who he had never met — to Springfield.

Federal agents say they believe there is probable cause to charge Cardenas with conspiracy to distribute more than 500 grams of meth, a Class A felony.

If Cardenas is charged and convicted, he could be facing life in prison and up to $10,000,000 in fines, the complaint says.

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While Missouri’s methamphetamine use remains high, the Drug Strike Force hasn’t seen as many labs in recent years.

In 2014, Buchanan County law enforcement agencies reported to the Missouri State Highway Patrol they discovered and cleaned up a single clandestine meth site. These meth sites are different than meth labs, in that clandestine sites can be simpler, smaller and harder to identify.

That number peaked in 2002 when the agencies found 51 clandestine meth sites. Lt. Shawn Collie with the Buchanan County Drug Strike Force said these days meth labs are more rare than they were in the 1990s, but much more clandestine.

“To the point where they can be mobile,” Mr. Collie said, adding that the process for producing meth has become so compact that producers will use hotel rooms or even run labs out of their cars.

It wasn’t always this way, Mr. Collie said. Many of the labs they found would have beakers and elaborate systems for producing the drug. Now, all it takes is a couple of plastic containers and some chemicals.

Additionally, one of the easiest ways to identify a meth lab was by the smell of anhydrous ammonia, a gas that meth producers don’t use much of anymore.

“The meth labs are ever changing,” Mr. Collie said. “The people are coming up with news ways, new ideas, and so they come up with ways to avoid detection. So they’ve taken meth labs, what used to be days or weeks to start and finish the process, to now, a meth cook could be done within an hour or two if you have all the supplies.”

During the 1990s, car stops and truck stops would reveal labs in cars and the strike force would be called in to clean it up, which can itself be a problem. While the strike force cleans up the lab, much of the effort goes into purging the house or car of all the harmful chemicals.

“It takes a lot of effort to clean the lab, but it also has the other side of it, the money that’s spent in the process,” Mr. Collie said.

While the highway patrol’s numbers could indicate a decrease in meth labs, Mr. Collie said it just reflects the number of labs they’ve seized. He said a lot of the meth now used in the area comes from Mexico, where it can be produced in higher quantities.

“Typically what we were seeing in the past was your larger meth labs were a lower purity level because they didn’t have the time and the resources because they didn’t have time to wash all the junk away from the cook,” Mr. Collie said.

Distinguishing between stateside meth and Mexican meth can be difficult because though Mexican meth’s purity may be higher, it can be cut with various other chemicals. But for Mr. Collie identifying those sources is important.

“A lot of times with a lot of drug cases it’s not as simple as they’re pulled over (and) they’re arrested,” Mr. Collie said. “We try to identify the sources of where the methamphetamine is coming from.”

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Columbia, SC (WLTX) – Richland County deputies have arrested two people after finding the pair making meth in a storage unit Saturday morning.

Deputies received an anonymous call at approximately 11:15 a.m. about a strange odor coming from a storage unit at Public Storage on the 3400 block of Broad River Road.635649581013464052-METH-LAB

According to investigators, Tyler Atkinson, 31, and Aretha Steen, 27, were found inside one of the units making meth.

The Richland County Sheriff’s Department hazardous materials team decontaminated the scene.

Atkinson has been charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and simple possession – 2nd offense. Steen has also been charged with manufacturing methamphetamine.

They are both being held at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.

The incident remains under investigation.

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A man remained jailed Saturday, after he was found with methamphetamine, thousands of dollars in cash and firearms, San Diego sheriff’s deputies said.

The sheriff’s Alpine Investigation Unit seized $64,000 in cash, several gold and silver collectible coins, six firearms, 440 pills and approximately 3 pounds of methamphetamine from a home on Moccasin Avenue in Clairemont at around 5 p.m. Friday. Scales, packaging and other items consistent with the sale of narcotics were also seized, a Sheriffs Department report said.

Methamphetamine was first found in the home and then additionally in a vehicle parked behind his home after a sheriff’s dog detected it. The estimated street value of the methamphetamine was more than $100,000.

The suspect, Brad Gayhart, was arrested for suspicion for possession of a controlled substance for sale and possession of a controlled substance while armed, in addition to other criminal offenses. It wasn’t immediately clear if the residence searched was his home.

The investigation is ongoing, the report said. Gayhart’s bail was set at $150,000.

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Mesa County, Colo.  A pantless woman from Arkansas who was found with eight grams of methamphetamine in her car was arrested Tuesday night in Mesa County.

Officials said a Mesa County Sheriff’s deputy checking a vehicle in the parking lot of a closed Clifton business at 3210 Interstate 70 Business Loop, about 10 p.m., found the woman, who they said was also less than honest about her true identity.wendy_butcher_mug_shot

Eventually, she was identified as Wendy Butcher, 34.

Butcher claimed her car had ran out of gas, adding that she was trying to make her way back to Arkansas.

Officials said the deputy who found Butcher also located multiple identifying documents with different names, social security numbers and more. Drug paraphernalia was found in the car, along with the meth. Butcher reportedly told the deputy that she had spent some time in Utah and thought she had a warrant out of Utah.

Butcher was booked into the Mesa County Detention Facility on charges related to the meth possession, drug paraphernalia, criminal impersonation, criminal possession of two or more financial devices, criminal possession of identification documents and driving under restraint/denied license.

She will appear in court on April 21.

 Eight Grams Of Meth Found In Woman’s Possession

Mesa County, Colo. — A deputy checking a vehicle parked in a lot associated with a closed business, at 10 p.m., on April 14, found more than he was expecting. Initially, the woman in the vehicle identified herself multiple times with the wrong spelling of her supposed last name. She was parking at 3210 I-70 Business Loop and claimed her car had ran out of gas. She was not wearing pants and appeared to be trying to be less than honest about her true identity.

Ultimately, the deputy located multiple identifying documents with different names, social security numbers and more. Drug paraphernalia was found in the car, along with approximately 8 grams of methamphetamine. She was identified as Wendy Butcher, 34, of Arkansas, and eventually told the deputy she has spent some time in Utah and thought she had a warrant out of Utah. She claimed to be trying to make her way back to Arkansas.

Wendy was booked into the Mesa County Detention Facility on charges related to the meth possession, drug paraphernalia, criminal impersonation, criminal possession of two or more financial devices, criminal possession of identification documents and driving under restraint/denied license. She remains in custody at this time on a $5,000 cash or surety bond, with her next court date scheduled for April 21, at 8:30 a.m.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. | The Tennessee Highway Patrol says it arrested a Georgia woman on charges of possession of crystal methamphetamine during a traffic stop in Coffee County.

Highway patrol officials say Trooper Jeremy Miller stopped a Honda Accord for speeding on Interstate 24 westbound on Wednesday. Officials say the driver, identified as 27-year-old Ashton Jones of Atlanta, said she was driving from Atlanta to Louisville, Kentucky.

The trooper called a K-9 unit for help. A drug detection dog named “Dolce” gave a positive alert to drugs in the car.

Officials said troopers found about 1 ½ pounds of crystal meth in a box of diapers in the back seat.

Jones was charged with drug possession with intent to sell, possession of drug paraphernalia and speeding. She was taken to the Coffee County Jail.

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COCOA, Fla. — Chemicals used to make methamphetamine and a poorly placed cigarette sparked a fire that severely damaged a home in Cocoa, investigators said.

Bradley Warren, 23, appeared before a judge Friday on charges related to the manufacture of meth and arson.

Flames ripped through the roof of the home on Virginia Avenue early Thursday, and building officials deemed the home unsafe.c7

According to deputies, Warren, who is from Tennessee, admitted he had all the ingredients to make meth in a back room of this house.

They said those ingredients included lighter fluid in a glass container.

Investigators said Warren told them he accidentally dropped a cigarette.

Two other people were in the home, but everyone managed to get out safely.

A judge told the State Attorney’s Office he wasn’t certain a charge of arson was warranted in the case, but he did find probable cause for the manufacturing charge.

Asked why Warren would light a cigarette around meth materials, Assistant State Attorney Gary Beatty replied: “I guess that’s why you could say they call it dope.”

http://www.wftv.com/news/news/local/deputies-mans-cigarette-meth-making-chemicals-star/nkxPb/

HEBER SPRINGS (KATV) – Cleburne County prosecutors have formally filed charges against Cameron Dye, 19. Dye is accused of violently murdering his mother on April 10 after an alleged fight between mother and son. 7497563_G

According to court documents filed on Friday, Cameron Dye has been charged with first degree murder in the death of his mother Marcia Dye, 54. The homicide happened inside their Quitman Street home. Dye also faces simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms charges and possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) – both felony charges as well.

An arrest affidavit states the officers found Marcia Dye’s body in the first floor hallway of the residence on the Sunday following the murder. Detectives photographed evidence of a struggle in the kitchen, dining room and hallway.

On Sunday, detectives interviewed a woman who said her daughter, Katherine Ginger was with Dye. Police began a search for the duo. A search warrant executed on Ginger’s bedroom shortly after midnight on Monday, found property belonging Marcia Dye inside the room.

Dye and Ginger were eventually taken into custody later that morning. Police discovered both methamphetamine and a handgun in Dye’s possession. According to the affidavit, while detectives interviewed Dye, he confessed to acting alone and admitted to investigators that there had been a fight. Dye said he hit his mother with a chair leg and a BB gun, before cutting her throat with a knife.

Dye’s brother Thomas Rice came into town from Ohio to make funeral arrangements for his mother. Rice said Dye had been adopted before he was one year-old. Rice said he had always been a part of the family. Rice did not want to appear on camera, but gave a written statement to KATV that he hoped would shed some light on his brother:

“Cameron has always been a good kid. Yes he has made some bad decisions in life, as every child has. When he came to Heber Springs, the area was in a period of change in regard to race relations. Cameron defied expectations of many people here and ended up changing many minds. Teenagers and adults alike began to come to know and love him.

While everyone in this community is shocked by these recent events, I know that this would not have occurred had he been sober and free from methamphetamine. If you want someone or something to blame, blame meth. Police should focus more resources on fighting meth and less on substances like marijuana.”

According to the affidavit, Katherine Ginger stated that she witnessed Cameron Dye hit Marcia Dye several times. Katherine walked by Marcia Dye several times having to step over her. She has not been charged in connection to the murder.

http://www.katv.com/story/28835836/heber-springs-teen-facing-first-degree-murder-charges-in-death-of-his-mother

Three men were arrested in Wadesboro on Wednesday after police say they left items used for making methamphetamine out in plain sight.

Officers from the Wadesboro Police Department went to a house located at 1501 Old Lilesville Road on Wednesday at about 11:22 p.m. to serve a warrant when they saw “items used in manufacturing methamphetamine in plain view,” according to Chief Thedis Spencer.Charles Daniel Winfree

Police arrested Charles Daniel Winfree, 41, David Scott McLendon, 36, and Franklin Everett Lett, Jr., 33.

Winfree was charged with possession of methamphetamine precursor, manufacturing meth, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or distribute Schedule II controlled substances, and maintaining a dwelling place for controlled substances, according to Spencer. He is in the Anson County Jail under a $100,000 bond.Scott McLendonEverett Lett

McLendon and Lett were both charged with possession of methamphetamine precursor, manufacturing meth, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or distribute Schedule II controlled substances, and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to Spencer. Both are being held in the Anson County Jail under $200,000 secured bonds.

All three men are scheduled to appear in court on April 28.

Spencer said that after his officers saw the items used to make meth at the house, investigators from the WPD, a certified hazardous material investigator for meth labs from the Anson County Sheriff’s Office, and investigators from the State Bureau of Investigation were all called to the scene.

http://www.ansonrecord.com/news/home_top/152965001/Meth-lab-busted-after-suspects-leave-ingredients-in-plain-sight

A Washougal woman will likely face drug charges after she allegedly sold methamphetamine from her hospital room.

According to a press release, on Thursday, April 16 at approximately 4 p.m. Camas Police Department detectives executed a search warrant for drugs in a hospital room at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver.

Law enforcement had received information that patient Karin Renae Cole, 47, was dealing methamphetamine directly out of her hospital room.

During the search, police recovered approximately 6.5 grams of methamphetamine, a digital scale, drug packaging materials, and other drug-related paraphernalia.

Cole was not arrested at the time of the search warrant, due to medical concerns. She is no longer a patient at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center.

The case is being referred to the Clark County prosecuting attorney’s office requesting she be charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver – a class B felony.

The hospital staff was cooperative and unaware that the illegal activity was taking place, police said.

Camas police were already familiar with Cole from a different incident in January 2015. At that time, she was arrested on suspicion of dealing methamphetamine out of her home in Washougal, and is currently awaiting trial on those charges of possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver.

http://www.camaspostrecord.com/news/2015/apr/17/washougal-woman-suspected-dealing-drugs-hospital-r/

JACKSON, MI – A man and a woman were arrested early Friday, April 17, on Lansing Avenue in Jackson after Michigan State Police troopers allegedly found them in possession of methamphetamine.

The woman had a baggie of the drug “concealed on her person” and possessed components used to make meth, according to a statement from the state police. The man threw “narcotics paraphernalia” containing suspected liquid meth into a trash can while troops were searching the house, state police reported.

Troopers had received a tip at 1:10 a.m. about the woman selling meth out of the house on Lansing Avenue. The person provided credible information and troopers obtained a warrant to search the home, according to the statement.

The woman tried to evade troopers and police stationed outside the house arrested her, state police reported.

Both the man and woman were taken to the Jackson County Jail on meth-related charges.

http://www.mlive.com/news/jackson/index.ssf/2015/04/man_woman_arrested_on_lansing.html

DIXON – Lee County hasn’t had a meth problem since the early 2000s, but if word of mouth is any indication, that could be changing.

Both Lee County Sheriff John Simonton and Dixon Police Chief Danny Langloss said that what they’re hearing is that things might be picking back up again.

“Mostly what we’ve seen and what we’ve read about in the intelligence is they’re mostly doing the cooking in the cars,” Simonton said. “In the county, we haven’t actually made any arrests at this point. We’re just starting to hear things are starting to brew in the rural areas.”

“We have heard some rumblings,” Langloss said. “It’s called the shake-and-bake method where they make it in a soda bottle. … They’re making it in smaller amounts, so if they do it in a soda bottle, it’ll get them a gram.”

The shake-and-bake method involves combining household chemicals in a bottle and, literally, shaking it.

Kevin Buss, a clinician at Sinnissippi Centers who works with people suffering from drug addictions, says he, too, has started hearing about meth making a resurgence. For the past 3 or 4 months, he said, his clients have been talking about the drug making a comeback in the county.

Buss said it was a major issue for his clients in the mid-to-late ’90s, and that it started to fade in the early 2000s, which is when he started to hear about heroin becoming popular. Heroin use has resulted in the deaths of at least three Lee County residents this year.

“I have not seen anyone with meth as the identified drug of choice yet,” he said. “But it wouldn’t surprise me if that was the case soon.”

http://www.saukvalley.com/2015/04/16/a-resurgence-for-meth-in-lee-county/aufeeck/

Yoder Blalock was sentenced Friday in Anchorage Superior Court to 45 years in prison for killing a local man with a bayonet, according to a prosecutor.

State prosecutors said Blalock, 38, intended to kill Nathan “Nate” Tanape, whom he pepper-sprayed before striking multiple times with a short sword shortly after he injected methamphetamine on a night in October 2011.

The defense had argued Blalock attacked Tanape in self-defense.

The case’s conclusion has been a long time coming. Charges of second-degree murder and tampering with evidence were tossed about year after Blalock’s arrest after his motion to dismiss. The state quickly re-filed the murder charge, but years of back-and-forth over written petitions delayed the case.

Jurors convicted Blalock in August. Judge Jack Smith also imposed 10 years of felony probation Friday.

Assistant attorney general Robert Henderson said in an email that Blalock was on probation for a third-degree assault charge at the time of the murder. The nearly two years of remaining jail time from that case were imposed too, he said.

“Yoder Blalock has been in trouble with the law since he was 15 years old. Violence has been his staple,” the state wrote in its sentencing memorandum.

Smith refused the defense’s argument, which could have shortened Blalock’s sentence, of “imperfect self-defense,” according to the prosecutor.

The judge noted, “Mr. Blalock’s decision to go back to his vehicle and arm himself with a weapon was entirely unreasonable,” Henderson said.

https://www.adn.com/article/20150417/anchorage-man-gets-45-years-murder-conviction-latest-history-violence

A Vallejo woman is among three people who were indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury on drug-related charges.

Donnie Phillips, 56, of Concord, Gordon Miller, 57, of Clayton, and Phyliss Mosher, 51, of Vallejo, are charged with 11 counts of charges, including conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and related methamphetamine trafficking charges, according to a Friday release from the office of United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner.

Between June 2014 and February 2015, Mosher allegedly sold large amounts of methamphetamine to an undercover agent, while Phillips and Miller allegedly supplied the methamphetamine to Mosher, according to court documents. The transactions took place in Solano, Contra Costa, Yolo, Shasta and San Joaquin counties.

The investigation was done by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Vallejo Police Department, and the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office as part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force.

If convicted, each defendant faces a maximum statutory penalty of life in prison and a $10 million fine.

http://www.timesheraldonline.com/general-news/20150417/vallejo-woman-among-three-charged-in-methamphetamine-case