Comments Off on Amanda Marx, 38, of Norfolk, arrested on Methamphetamine drug charges

NORFOLK — A Norfolk woman known to have a suspended license was arrested on drug charges after a police officer spotted her vehicle being driven early Wednesday morning.

Capt. Mike Bauer with the Norfolk Police Division said the officer observed Amanda Marx’s car near Second Street and Grove Avenue at 1:46 a.m. The vehicle parked in the 1500 block of S. Fourth Street, and Marx, 38, exited the driver’s door. The officer then stopped and had contact with her.

Marx’s suspended license was confirmed, and she was arrested. In a subsequent search, officers recovered from her purse a glass methamphetamine pipe containing burnt residue as well as two plastic bags containing a small amount of methamphetamine.

Additionally, a single hydrocodone pill was found in Marx’s purse, Bauer said.

Marx was arrested on charges of driving under suspension, possession of methamphetamine and possession of hydrocodone. She was housed in the Norfolk City Jail and later transferred to the Madison County Jail.


Comments Off on Rising Injection Use of Methamphetamine in Seattle May Spread HIV Among Heterosexuals

The last decade has seen rising rates of methamphetamine injection among injection drug users (IDUs) in King County, Washington, which includes Seattle. While currently women and heterosexual men IDUs in the county have a low HIV rate, their sharing of injection equipment with men who have sex with men (MSM) could provide an opportunity for the virus to spread more rapidly among them.

Researchers analyzed data from two serial cross-sectional surveys of IDUs in King County. These included 2005 to 2015 data on 2,103 IDUs from four National HIV Behavioral Surveillance (NHBS) surveys as well as 2004 to 2015 data from five behavioral surveys that the Public Health–Seattle and King County Needle Exchange conducted with 1,964 local needle exchange clients. They restricted their findings to IDUs who reported any sex within the past year and broke down their results into the categories MSM, men who have sex with women (MSW) and women.

Sara Glick, PhD, MPH, of the University of Washington, presented findings at the 2017 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) in Seattle.

The researchers found that, according to both surveys analyzed, King County IDUs reported injecting meth at rising rates over the past decade. The NHBS  and King County surveys showed that among women, a respective 26 percent and 25 percent reported injecting meth in 2005, figures that rose to 65 percent and 61 percent in 2015. The corresponding respective figures for MSM were 55 percent and 76 percent in 2005 and 88 percent and 83 percent in 2015; for MSW they were 42 percent and 16 percent in 2005 and 69 percent and 57 percent in 2015.

Most of the increase in injection use of meth was attributed to the rising popularity of mixing heroin with meth for injection, known as a “goofball.”

According to the NHBS surveys, the majority of King County IDU respondents reported sharing drug injection equipment during the past year, including 54 percent of MSM, 73 percent of MSW and 78 percent of women. Seven percent of MSW and 15 percent of women reported sharing injection equipment with someone who was likely an MSM during the previous year. Meanwhile, 54 percent of MSM meth injectors who reported sharing injection equipment did so with an MSW or woman (mostly the latter).

The findings about injection equipment sharing between MSM and non-MSM are particularly concerning because about 35 to 40 percent of meth-using MSM in King County have HIV. Currently, non-MSM who inject meth have a low HIV prevalence. HIV could thus begin to jump from the MSM population to MSW and women who inject meth and spread more widely among them.

Glick attributes the low HIV rate among IDUs in King County to robust prevention efforts, including the use of syringe services programs.


Comments Off on Methamphetamine is back, with a vengeance in Athens County

In 2014, heroin and prescription painkiller abuse was growing as a drug problem in Athens County. After some significant arrests impacted the supply of those drugs, and users grew wary of possible overdose, law-enforcement officials say methamphetamine is now on the rise instead.

Athens-Hocking-Fairfield Major Crimes Unit Commander Dennis Lowe said Tuesday that this is true across all three counties served by the specialized task force, of which the Athens County Major Crimes Unit is a part.

“We’re seeing more and more methamphetamine become available, and it is being used not only by people who prefer stimulants but by people who have opioid issues, or heroin issues, using (meth) for a number of different reasons,” he said.

Some use meth to try to come up off of a heroin high, he said, while others with addiction issues are switching to meth as a way to try to get off opiates.

While most of the meth in Athens County is still produced locally by home “cooks” in the traditional powder form, Lowe said Athens is starting to see what’s been happening more in the other two counties – meth brought to the area in bulk through Mexican drug cartel supply lines that stretch to the American Southwest.

“In Hocking and Fairfield counties, it’s all almost exclusively cartel methamphetamine, or ‘Ice,’” he said, adding that the nickname comes from the cartel meth’s resemblance to shards of glass or crystals. This meth is either produced in Mexico or the border states, and makes its way to Columbus, where it’s then brought to southeast Ohio in smaller quantities.

Lowe said the tri-county MCU is working with Columbus-area law enforcement and the federal Drug Enforcement Agency while also keeping up efforts to tackle local suppliers.

“What we largely see is a user-based population who travel to the source cities like Columbus,” Lowe said. “They get a supply of methamphetamine or heroin – typically five to 20 grams, maybe an ounce – and then they bring that back to their respective communities and sell it as a way to support their own habit.”

It’s a transient business, he said, with dealers moving often between different houses, apartments, trailers or hotel rooms, and the MCU detectives tracking them.

Lowe said the transition to meth by some heroin users could be due to a number of factors, including people being afraid of overdose as more and more heroin is becoming laced with powerful drugs such as Fentanyl to increase efficiency and boost profits.

“The risk of them dying is much greater. I think that’s one of the factors,” he said. “And some of it is market-driven.”

About a year ago, he said, the cartels started inundating the market with meth and making heroin dealers take a kilo of meth along with the kilo of heroin they were taking.

Lowe predicted that in coming years meth will continue to increase as it has over the past year, and that heroin will continue to be laced frequently with Fentanyl and Carphentynal, both extremely powerful, and dangerous synthetic opioids.

Lowe said that while enforcement remains extremely important, he’s encouraged by law-enforcement agencies’ efforts to go outside their traditional roles to help create outreach programs and help users into treatment and recovery while emphasizing education and prevention.

“I’m never going to arrest enough people to make a difference, and I’m at the point where I’m not sure we can treat enough people,” Lowe said. “If we’re going to make a difference in this, we almost have to look at this as a generational thing and put more effort in prevention and education, starting with very young kids and following them all the way through college.”

The earlier the onset of drug use in children, he said, the more it impacts their brains and the more likely they are to experience addiction issues later.

Athens County Sheriff Rodney Smith confirmed Tuesday that his office has seen rising meth use and more of the drug being trafficked into the area.

“Everything’s evolving. It goes in trends,” he said. “We’re looking for the dealers, and what we’re seeing is that the same dealers who were selling heroin are now selling meth and cocaine.”

Smith said it’s hard to predict where the cycles in drug use will lead or to explain why these cycles occur.

“I can only speculate, but we’ve taken down some pretty substantial (heroin and prescription painkiller) suppliers with our Criminal Interdiction Unit and Major Crimes team, and I think we put pressure on the dealers,” he said.

Long-term, Smith said, his office will continue to target dealers while promoting prevention and addiction treatment.

“I can tell you this, we’ll never be done. We will keep our ears back. We will continue to go after the dealers aggressively, all the time,” he said.

 He said that the community as a whole also needs robust addiction treatment, adding that addiction programs that target opioids have proved effective but “some people are addicted to being high.”

“It’s a community problem. If we can help anybody with addiction, it helps our quality of life; it helps our communities out,” he said, reaffirming his office’s commitment to what’s called community policing.

Smith said deputies will approach addicts and let them know that they can get help before their behavior leads them into the criminal justice system.

“(We want) the citizens to know it’s not us against them. We’re all in this together. We’re trying to make our community safer for everyone,” he said. “The more we can get our community members to believe in that concept and reach out for help when they need it, the more we can help them.”

Athens County Prosecutor Keller Blackburn’s office also played a role in some of the bigger busts that have squashed supply lines for heroin and prescription opioids, and also has instituted a Vivitrol program that treats opioid addiction. Meth presents its own challenges, though.

“It’s easier to make. It’s cheaper. And part of the demand for opiates has gone down, and supply has gone down,” he said. “When you have a reduction in demand and a reduction in suppliers, people turn to other drugs to try to meet the need.”

One significant difference between meth and heroin, Blackburn confirmed, is that if a person is caught making meth, he or she gets charged with manufacturing, which carries a higher-degree of felony charge and mandatory prison time compared to simple possession.

Also, he said, Vivitrol treats opiate addiction by blocking the receptors in the brain that derive pleasure from the drug. There is no similar treatment for meth and cocaine or other stimulants.

However, Blackburn said his office is getting ready to launch a cognitive behavioral therapy program for meth and cocaine addicts to develop a treatment plan for those people as well.

Like Lowe and Smith, Blackburn emphasized the importance of addressing addiction and treatment, education and prevention, as well as larger community issues that lead to drug abuse, and stem from it.

“A lack of hope, a lack of treating mental diseases is what leads to the overwhelming drug addiction, and the overwhelming drug addiction leads to 90 percent of our crime,” he said. “And 90 percent of our crime is where 50 percent of our money goes from tax dollars, to pay prosecutors and law enforcement and for incarceration.”

Blackburn stressed the importance of stakeholders coming together and working together to address these issues as a community.





Comments Off on Rheanna Yurch, 21, of St. Francis, Admits To Smoking Methamphetamine While Six Months Pregnant

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A 21-year-old woman faces drug charges after admitting to authorities that she smoked methamphetamine while six months pregnant.

Rheanna Yurch, of St. Francis, is charged with one count of fifth-degree controlled substance possession, court documents filed last week in Anoka County show.

According to a criminal complaint, police officers in Coon Rapids found Yurch living in a homeless camp off Xeon Street. She told officers and she and another man had been living there for three months. She also acknowledged that she was six months pregnant.

The other man, identified as 31-year-old Seth Josef Plys, told the officers active warrants were out for his arrest. He was subsequently arrested.

In the shelter, officers found methamphetamine and items commonly used in the sale of narcotics, such as a scale and small plastic baggies.

Both Yurch and Plys admitted to officers that they smoked meth, the complaint states.

If convicted of the drug charge, Yurch faces a maximum penalty of 5 years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine. She remains in custody.

According to the complaint, Plys was previously convicted of drug possession in Anoka County in 2013 and 2016.



Comments Off on Brittany Marie Campbell, 19, of Gadsden, arrested for testing positive for Methamphetamine while pregnant

Etowah County authorities have arrested a 19-year-old for drug use while pregnant.

Sheriff Todd Entrekin said Brittany Marie Campbell, 19, of Gadsden, has been charged with one count of chemical endangerment of a child. She was arrested Monday.

Entrekin said Campbell tested positive for methamphetamine while pregnant. She is being held in the Etowah County Detention Center on $10,000 cash bond.

Campbell must successfully complete a drug treatment program and will be monitored by Etowah County Community Corrections.



Comments Off on Tulsa nanny, Raela Baxter, 27, accused of smoking Methamphetamine while she was supposed to be watching a 3-year-old and picking up 5 other children

TULSA, Okla. – Quick Facts:

  • Police arrested Raela Baxter for possession of meth, child neglect and possession of paraphernalia
  • A Tulsa mother says Baxter worked as a live-in nanny
  • She was supposed to be watching a 3-year-old and picking up 5 other children
  • The mother found her passed out in bed with a pipe next to her
  • The 3-year-old was found asleep in the house; EMSA hospitalized him for treatment

A Tulsa nanny went to jail Tuesday after the mother of her charges found her passed out, possibly on meth. 

Police say around 4:30 p.m., police were called about a possible child abduction. A mother said she found her live-in nanny passed out with her 3-year-old nowhere to be found.

The mother received a call from her older children’s school, saying nobody picked them up. When she got home, the garage doors were open. With the 3-year-old missing, she called police.

Shortly after, she found the nanny asleep in her bed, allegedly with  a glass pipe next to her.

Police found the 3-year-old after searching the house. EMSA took him to the hospital for treatment. Officers say they don’t know how long the child was not supervised.

Police arrested the nanny, 27-year-old Raela Baxter after interviewing her with Child Crisis detectives. She faces complaints of possession of a controlled drug, child neglect, and possession of paraphernalia.


Comments Off on Shawnee County District Attorney Mike Kagay: Methamphetamine destroyed local nurse’s career, personal relationships

When a local nurse was sentenced in Shawnee County District Court, she told the judge that when she became addicted to methamphetamine, she lost everything — her job, her home and all of her relationships.

Shawnee County District Attorney Mike Kagay told the nurse’s story Tuesday when he spoke to members of the Sunrise Optimist Club of North Topeka. As of Tuesday, Kagay, 33, has been district attorney for six weeks. He was elected to a four-year term in November.

“We have a profound methamphetamine issue (in Shawnee County,)” Kagay said. “It’s very addictive, it’s very destructive.”

The nurse had gone to a party, where she tried meth and immediately became addicted, Kagay said. Within six months, she had lost her job as a registered nurse and in 12 months, she had lost her home. She ruined every relationship in her life, Kagay said the woman told the sentencing judge.

“This was someone with a high level of education, a high level of intelligence,” Kagay said.

The nurse was convicted of possession of methamphetamine, a felony, but because she was a first-time offender, she was placed on probation.

The nurse told the judge she was undergoing drug treatment, taking steps to get back on the right track and seeking to return to her nursing career, Kagay said.

Kagay said he is working with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, local federal law enforcement agencies, the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office and the Topeka Police Department to develop an initiative to crack down on meth traffickers. The district attorney’s office also works with the drug court, a program within the district court.

Meth traffickers travel to Topeka from as far away as Clay Center to buy meth, then sell it, Kagay said. They know the source is here, he said.

“Well, that has to stop,” Kagay said. “That will remain a top priority for my administration, cracking down on those who traffic in meth and prosecuting anyone who would bring that into our community. I have no patience with it. Methamphetamine is a poison that’s infecting our community.”

Meth also spawns other crimes, including home and business burglaries and thefts of property to be fenced to support a drug habit, Kagay said.

Kagay also fielded questions about street gangs, marijuana legalization and sex trafficking within Shawnee County.

Kagay voiced opposition to legalizing marijuana in Kansas. He said he had “rarely, rarely” found a meth addict who didn’t also have a marijuana use habit to take the edge off the meth.

“I’ll prosecute (marijuana statutes) as long as it is illegal,” Kagay said.

He also discussed the county’s sex trafficking problem, noting the confluence of cheap motels to house traffickers and their victims along with highways carrying incoming traffic from the Kansas City area and Wichita.

Sex trafficking is the manipulation of children, young women and sometimes young men into the sex trade, where they are trapped by drug addiction, alcohol and violence to earn money for traffickers. Traffickers sell the victims to customers.

“It’s easy for someone to bring their victims here, then traffic them for a week or two, then move on,” Kagay said. The prosecution of sex traffickers is a complex case to build, he said.

“We’re doing the best we can,” he said.

At least two sex trafficking cases are ongoing in Shawnee County District Court.

Kagay also addressed gang culture, which he said demands that a member own a gun. Some gang members vent their frustrations by making threats online, and some follow up by shooting someone, he said.

“A lot of the gang violence is (individual) insecurity, a lot of it goes back to the meth,” Kagay said.

Street gangs use meth and fight over it, and it is a money-maker for them, he said in an earlier interview with The Topeka Capital-Journal.


Comments Off on Christopher Michael Stout, 43, of Prineville, arrested in online luring of 15-year-old juvenile, sexual assault at the Bend Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, possession of Methamphetamine

BEND, Ore. – A 43-year-old Prineville man was arrested by Bend police at his home Tuesday on 75 luring and sex abuse counts, accused of going online and arranging a sexual encounter with a 15-year-old juvenile at a Bend hotel last month, police said.

Bend police officers and detectives learned on Feb. 14 that Christopher Michael Stout, 43, arranged the meeting with the teen in January at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel on Franklin Avenue in downtown Bend, said Lt. Jason Maniscalco.

An investigation determined that Stout met the unidentified teen on the social networking site Tumblr, Maniscalco said. After the encounter, Stout made several other attempts to contact the juvenile through social networking sites.

Bend detectives and officers located and arrested Stout Tuesday at his home on Southwest Second Street in Prineville, Maniscalco said. A search warrant was served at his home after the arrest and “numerous” pieces of evidence were seized, which authorities did not identify.

Stout was taken to Bend and lodged at the Deschutes County Jail on two counts of third-degree sodomy, 46 counts of luring, four counts of using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct, 20 counts of second-degree encouraging child sex abuse, two counts of third-degree sex abuse and one count of methamphetamine possession.

He was held on $800,000 bail pending an initial court appearance Wednesday afternoon.

Maniscalco noted, “The Bend Police Department actively participates in programs with our community partners to monitor, educat6e and proactively investigate crimes against children.”


Comments Off on Angelique Kristen Phillips, 23, and Patricia Ann Gorski, 59, of Rome, charged with possession of Methamphetamine

Two Rome women were in jail Tuesday pending bond on drug charges, after their arrest in West Rome.

According to Floyd County Jail reports:

Angelique Kristen Phillips, 23, of 275 E. Big Indian Trail, and Patricia Ann Gorski, 59, of 513 W. 12th St., were arrested by Rome police Monday around 8:30 p.m. at Old Alabama Road and Pappalardo Street.

The officer found them with several syringes containing suspected meth and a container of suspected marijuana.

Phillips and Gorski are each charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of marijuana. Phillips is also charged with misdemeanor possession of drug-related objects. Her bond was set at $7,900 and Gorski’s at $5,700.


Comments Off on 32 Methamphetamine Labs Found At Millersville Home

MILLERSVILLE, Tenn. – More than 30 shake and bake meth labs were found in a home in Millersville.

Millersville Police officers found the labs while trying to serve a felony arrest warrant at a home on Ellis Lane on Tuesday.

While there, officers found items used to manufacture meth and 32 shake and bake style meth labs.

Officers were at the home for six hours, and their investigation remained ongoing. Charges for the 34-year-old they were looking for also remained pending.



Comments Off on Methamphetamine lab found in room 150 of the Travelers Inn in Four Oaks – Billie Jean Snyder, 42, of Four Oaks, Kayla Danielle Robertson, 20, of Garner, Gary Thad Dudley II, 29, of Garner, and Johnny Brian Guin, 38, of Four Oaks, arrested

Four people were arrested in Four Oaks Saturday after an active meth lab was found in the bathtub of a local hotel room.

The discovery of the lab came at approximately 2:30 p.m. when Four Oaks Police Officers saw a person for whom they had warrants. The man was seen outside room 150 of the Travelers Inn.

When officers confirmed Thad Dudley was staying in the room, they knocked on the door and Mr. Dudley answered. He was immediately placed under arrest.

Officers also detected a strong chemical smell coming from the room as well as three other people who were wanted on felony warrants for methamphetamine. They were also detained.

They then found an active meth lab in the bathtub of the room and contacted the North Carolina SBI.

“It was bad enough that we let the SBI come down and clean it up,” Four Oaks Police Chief Stephen Anderson said.

The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office assisted the SBI in cleaning up the site.

Charged in the case are Gary Thad Dudley II, 29, of Garner, Johnny Brian Guin, 38, of Four Oaks, Billie Jean Snyder, 42, of Four Oaks and Kayla Danielle Robertson, 20, of Garner. All are charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, maintaining a dwelling and three counts of possessing and distributing meth precursors.

All four remain in the Johnston County Jail with no bond set.

It is not the first time the Four Oaks Police Department has been to the motel.

“I had almost exactly the same thing about a year ago. It was the same thing where the meth lab was sitting in the bath tub,” Chief Anderson said.

Last year’s meth lab bust came on Feb. 28 in room 157 of the motel. In that case officers were following up on several complaints of drug activity and found a child in the room.

There was also an assault-style rifle and an aggressive dog that had to be removed by animal control officers.

There was another incident in 2014 when six people were arrested when authorities found two meth labs at the motel. Two children had to be decontaminated in that case.

A second, unrelated meth lab was found at the same time when officers had to evacuate nearby rooms.

The chief said it is not uncommon to have those kind of problems in interstate motels.

“We have responded out there several times. It is like a lot of other motels, you never know who is coming and going every day,” he said.

In August of 2015 officers responded to a report of a pit bull attack at the Travelers Inn. The dog eventually was shot in the head. There were no charges filed in that incident.

In addition to the recent meth charges in Four Oaks, the same suspects are wanted on similar warrants in Harnett County. They are scheduled to appear in court this week on felony conspiracy and manfacturing methamphetamine charges here.

Comments Off on Elizabeth Lee Lawson, 38, of Rossville, busted for $130,000 worth of Methamphetamine – 2.9 pounds

Authorities have arrested a Rossville woman for possession of meth with a street value of about $130,000.

Elizabeth Lee Lawson, 38, of 1 Fine St., has been charged with trafficking methamphetamine and possession of marijuana.

On Tuesday, Feb. 14, a search warrant was issued for Lawson’s residence, which lies off Mission Ridge Road, Lookout Mountain Task Force Commander Pat Doyle said. Drug agents found 2.9 pounds (1,315 grams) of “ice’ meth, which sells on the street for about $100 per gram, he said.



Comments Off on Jaleesa S. Moder, 28, of Neenah, faces list of charges, including possession of Methamphetamine

Norfolk police were called to investigate a shoplifting on Monday and ended up discovering that the vehicle the woman left in also was allegedly stolen.

Capt. Mike Bauer said Norfolk police were called on Monday at 6:43 p.m. for a shoplifting that just occurred at Wal-Mart, 2400 W. Pasewalk Ave.

Bauer provided the following details:

Employees told police that that the suspect had stolen health and beauty supplies, a first aid kit, CD or DVD, and some craft items. Employees provided a description, including a description of the vehicle, and last known direction of travel after leaving the store.

Responding officers located the suspect car and had contact with the driver in the 1300 block of Ta-Ha- Zouka Road. Shortly after having contact with the woman, she made comments about the theft and the officer recovered the stolen merchandise.

The woman then verbally provided her name. Through the investigation at the scene, officers determined that she actually provided her sister’s name and that her true identity was Jaleesa S. Moder, 28, of Neenah, Wis.

A check of her true identity showed that she had two active Wisconsin arrest warrants. In a subsequent search of the vehicle, officers recovered a concealed knife, marijuana smoking pipe, a syringe, a cut plastic pipe and a grinder.

Several of the items tested positive for methamphetamine. The vehicle that Moder was driving was determined to be stolen, as well as the license plate that was on the vehicle.

Jaleesa Moder was held on the Wisconsin warrants (possession of methamphetamine and escape,) and further charged with theft by shoplifting, criminal impersonation, possession of stolen property, possession of a controlled substance–methamphetamine, and carrying a concealed weapon.

She was also cited for possession of the stolen license plate and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was held in the Norfolk City Jail and later transferred to the Madison County Jail.



Comments Off on Exposure, Methamphetamine cited as factors in accidental death of Stacey Miller, 43, of Burbank

Autopsy and toxicology results were released Friday for a woman found dead near Burbank in December.

Stacey Miller, 43 of Burbank, died of hypothermia due to environmental exposure and methamphetamine intoxication, according to a report from the Walla Walla County Coroner’s Office.

Her death was accidental, the report said.

Miller was found by hunters Dec. 16 in an area of sloughs about a half-mile from her home.
Comments Off on Cady L. Cole, 23, of Salina, arrested after car chase, accused of selling Methamphetamine
A Salina woman was arrested on charges of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute after leading police on a pursuit through north Salina early Sunday, a police department spokesman said.

Cady L. Cole, 23, also is accused of giving police a false name, said Capt. Paul Forrester of the Salina Police Department.

Forrester said an officer noticed a tag light out on a white 1989 Jeep Cherokee and attempted to stop the vehicle about 12:15 a.m. in the 900 block of North Broadway Boulevard.

The driver didn’t stop and instead hit a top speed of 50 mph as the Jeep wound through north Salina for about a minute before stopping in the 200 block of West Antrim Avenue. The driver and passengers fled on foot, Forrester said.

Cole, the alleged driver, was caught nearby. Forrester said 11 grams of meth, with a street value of about $1,100, was found in the car, along with 6 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Brion C. Jefferson, 34, of Salina, who was arrested on drug charges the following day, was a passenger in the car, Forrester said.


Comments Off on Joseph Augustini, 25, smeared with black makeup, holding Methamphetamine pipe, told Denton police ‘I am the law’ before arrest

Denton police arrested a man Monday afternoon because he was running into traffic and may have been a danger to himself and others, they said.

Officers were called around 1:30 p.m. about a man with black makeup on his face who was “jumping in and out of traffic” near the Denton Square. 

They eventually located the man — identified as 25-year-old Joseph Augustini — in the 1000 block of West Hickory Street, near the University of North Texas.

Augustini had black makeup on his face, arms and chest, police said, and was walking into traffic. When officers spoke to him, he replied, “I am the law” and “I am allowed to break the law.”

He also told the officers to put down their guns because it wouldn’t be a “fair fight,” police said.

A glass pipe Augustini was holding later tested positive for methamphetamine, police said.

Officers arrested Augustini on charges of public intoxication — non-alcohol and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was booked into the city jail, with bail set at $1,000.

Augustini has been arrested several times previously, including in Denton in 2012 on a criminal-trespassing charge and in Harris County in 2011 on a charge of evading arrest.


Comments Off on Over 13 pounds of Methamphetamine found during I-84 traffic stop in Wasco County – 28-year-old Edgar Vidal Nuno Naranjo from Rosarito, Mexico and 24-year-old Oscar Arnulfo Fuller Leyva from Tijuana, Mexico, arrested

Wasco County, Ore. – Two suspects were caught with more than 13 pounds of methamphetamine during a traffic stop in Wasco County.

According to Oregon State Police, at around 1:45 Monday afternoon, a trooper pulled over a 1999 Ford Expedition for a traffic violation on Interstate 84 near milepost 71, east of The Dalles.

During the stop, the OSP trooper suspected the occupants were involved in criminal activity.

Troopers said the occupants, identified as 28-year-old Edgar Vidal Nuno Naranjo from Rosarito, Mexico and 24-year-old Oscar Arnulfo Fuller Leyva from Tijuana, Mexico, provided written consent to search the vehicle.

OSP said the trooper found four large packages of suspected methamphetamine were found inside a cardboard box within the vehicle. Troopers estimate the weight of the packages to total around 13.2 pounds.

Nuno Naranjo and Fuller Leyva were arrested without incident and lodged at Northern Oregon Corrections in The Dalles.

Troopers said, “While the ultimate destination of these narcotics is uncertain, this seizure keeps a large quantity of narcotics from reaching our communities.”

OSP is continuing to investigate.


Comments Off on Former Montana State Republican House Majority Leader Michael David Lange, 56, of Billings, arraigned on Methamphetamine charges

Former Montana Republican House Majority Leader Michael David Lange, of Billings, has pleaded not guilty to charges he possessed and distributed meth.

On Tuesday, Lange denied the drug charges in U.S. District Court.

Lange, 56, pleaded not guilty to one charge of meth distribution and a charge of meth possession. Montana U.S. attorneys charged him with distributing over 500 grams of meth between April and October 2016.

Each count carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years.

Lange has retained Billings attorney Ashley Harada.

While serving in the state Legislature in 2007, Lange was captured on video swearing at then-Gov. Brian Schweitzer. Lange called the Democratic governor a dictator and said he could “go straight to hell,” among other things.

Republicans later removed Lange, a union pipefitter and former Rocky Mountain College football player, from his leadership position. At about the same time, Lange and his wife had to refinance their house to pay more than $77,000 to a bank that foreclosed on their Billings smoothie business, called Jus’ Chillin’.

In 2008, Lange was one of five Republicans who ran for the chance to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Max Baucus. He came in second to Butte attorney Bob Kelleher in the primary.


Comments Off on Stolen garden gnomes, plastic pink flamingos fueling New Zealand Methamphetamine trade

These gnomes have quite the methology.

New Zealand authorities uncovered a stash of over 300 garden ornaments that they believe is connected to the sale of methamphetamine.

While accompanying a utility worker to disconnect power from a house with $10,000 in unpaid bills, Hawke’s Bay police realized that some of the outdoor items such as garden gnomes, fake pink flamingos and other statues had been recently declared missing, reports.

“It was obvious straight away they were stolen. We were aware of the issue. It seems to be the fashion at the moment,” said Sgt. Cam Donnison. “They are taking these items to hock off for methamphetamine — it’s all meth driven.”

Apparently even large potted plant can catch fetch $215 for someone needing to fuel a meth habit.

“This is certainly organized and targeted burglaries to steal items which are worth quite a bit of money,” said Donnison. “The perpetrators are stealing them to get rid of them easily, and quickly satisfy their methamphetamine addictions.”

While it’s not clear yet whether the homeowner had been receiving the diminutive decorations as payment or if they were amassing them for a sale, Donnison noted that the suspect must have been at least partially aware of the illicit nature of the gnomes since some had been painted.

For now, detectives will be working to restore the tiny trinkets to their rightful owners.


Comments Off on Kala Barger and Samuel Barger arrested for chemical endangerment of child after fire exposes Methamphetamine lab in Tuscaloosa County

A man and woman from Tuscaloosa County have been charged with chemical endangerment of child after meth was found in a mobile home that nearly burned down on Sunday in Coaling.ChemicalCollage

Authorities said arrived at the scene of the fire on Clements Road at 7 p.m. and found half of the residence consumed in flames. Tuscaloosa police said officers found evidence of a meth lab in the portion of the trailer that was not burned while clearing the scene. They also found a small amount of meth, police said. West Alabama Narcotics Task Force collected the evidence at the scene.

Police said two children, ages 5 and 6, were at the scene at the time of the fire. The Department of Human Resources responded and took custody of the children pending further investigation, police said.

Kala Barger and Samuel Barger were arrested on chemical endangerment of a child and unlawful manufacturing of a controlled substance charges. They were taken to Tuscaloosa County Jail, where they are being held on a $515,000 bond each.


Comments Off on 21-year-old Arnold woman arrested for alleged possession of Methamphetamine

A 21-year-old Arnold woman recently was arrested for alleged possession of methamphetamine. In addition, a 36-year-old St. Louis man who was with her was arrested on an outstanding warrant, Arnold Police report.

At 1:23 p.m. Feb. 7, Arnold Police got a call about a suspicious vehicle parked outside the Lowe’s store, 920 Arnold Commons, and found the woman and man in the vehicle there. The woman allegedly was found with meth and drug paraphernalia, Detective Lt. James Jones said.

She was booked and released pending application for warrants. Depending on results from the drug analysis, Arnold Police will seek felony drug charges against her through the Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Jones said.

The man who was in the vehicle with her was wanted in Shrewsbury for a parole or probation violation. He was booked and held for Shrewsbury Police, Jones said.


What Methamphetamine can do to your sexuality

Posted: 21st February 2017 by Doc in Uncategorized
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Blackwood River Clinic is a private clinic for people with anxiety, depression, trauma and drug and alcohol problems.

The facility runs a three month public rehabilitation course for people with drug and alcohol problems specifically for methamphetamine users through the state government’s meth strategy.e45tywerreage

The clinic is run by psychiatrist Dr. Stephen Proud who is an expert in addiction, he said that sexual perversity was a hidden element in the methamphetamine problem.

Dr. Proud said methamphetamine was often fused with violence so users could get violent and very aggressive with sex.

“People might not have a sexual problem before but once they were into methamphetamine you might have a sexual problem,” he said.

“Even people who had a normal sexuality before can develop an addictive sexuality that is warped after meth.

“Methamphetamine commonly causes a lot of aggression and paranoia it could even be psychotic, ugly stuff.”

Dr. Proud said many of his clients would not tell you how methamphetamine use led them to engaging in perverse acts unless you asked their partners.

“The partners will say apart from the violence and everything else it was often the perverse sexuality that caused them to leave,” he said.

Dr. Proud said it usually gripped men more than women because in some ways men had a different sexuality to women.

He said when people got heavily into methamphetamine use it could warp their sexuality so a person would become more involved in pornography and outrageous sexual activity.

“It could cross over to what you might call a normal spectrum into forensic areas so you get what we call paraphilias where someone might fantasise about underage people or things such as exposing them self,” he said.

“The most common thing is that people do not get into a paraphilia but their sexual morals drop so a person might have multiple partners or get obsessed with pornography.”

Dr. Proud said often with men who used the drug would not have a normal sexuality or be able to get aroused unless they were on methamphetamine.

The story What meth can do to your sexuality first appeared on Busselton-Dunsborough Mail.

Comments Off on Meth Summit: Stakeholders Share Ideas For Curbing Montana’s Methamphetamine Problems

Montana lawmakers from both sides of the aisle, along with state agency workers and members of the public convened in Helena Saturday with one big problem to discuss.

“Without question, everyone in here, in this room, every citizen in this state, every resident of my community is affected by methamphetamine.”

That’s Yellowstone County Attorney Scott Twito testifying at the Montana Meth Summit.

Participants said the drug has a stranglehold on state law enforcement, public health, tribal communities, and the court system.

Montana battled meth more than a decade ago with some success, using public awareness campaigns and cracking down on local labs. Since 2010, meth has surged back. Police agencies say it’s now primarily supplied by Mexican cartels. To make matters worse, they say the meth is now stronger and cheaper.

For four hours Saturday, people dealing with Montana’s meth crisis shared experiences and proposed solutions.

Montana Highway Patrol Chief Tom Butler pushed for help on the frontline:

“We could do a significant amount of work on the interstate system with getting this stuff before it gets into the communities. I would much rather be that were stopping 20 lbs of meth on the interstate then dealing with all of the aftereffects and when that gets into Missoula, Billings or Helena.”

At present, Governor Steve Bullock’s budget proposes cutting $7.7 million from the state Highway Patrol over the next two years due to declines in state revenue.

Several panelists said meth offenders are already paralyzing the state criminal justice system, flooding jails and choking the courts.

Bryan Lockerby, with the Division of Criminal Investigation, looked to another approach.

“There are many people involved in this who simply need treatment and want to get off meth, we recognize, from an enforcement standpoint, that issue and we support it,” Lockerby said.

At the heart of Saturday’s discussions was the need to rethink criminalization of drug offenders and focus on helping them manage their addictions.


The second panel on family and community impacts made clear that resources for treatment are lacking.

Dr. Aaron Wernham is with the Montana Healthcare Foundation:

“If you really want to look at what the system needs, we certainly need more providers and more access to providers, we also need care provided in integrated settings, meaning that where you get your primary care, you can also get care for your mental illness and addiction,” Wernham said.

Last week a legislative committee rejected a proposal to spend $400,000 to train more doctors in Montana and to establish a residency program for psychiatrists here.

There are tremendous healthcare costs. Hospitals and emergency rooms in the state have been billing more than $140 million annually in recent years for meth and substance-abuse related patients. Of that total, $28 million was charged to Medicaid.

The Department of Public Health and Human Services also pointed to meth as a major disrupter in the home. Laura Smith is with the Department’s Child and Protective Services division.

“The percentage of cases in child and family services that involve drugs is 65 percent,” Smith says, “and then of those, 65 percent involve methamphetamine.”

The panel painted a grim picture of meth’s assault on families, particularly the drug’s power over addicted parents, who neglect their children for days on end while riding a high.

While meth cases are relatively few among Montana’s youth, Beth McLaughlin who works with the Youth Court, says that’s no reason to fall asleep at the wheel. She emphasized one thing:

“Treatment, treatment, treatment and access to mental health services for kids and adults is crucial to not having this seep down into the kid population,” McLaughlin said.

A third panel on tribal impacts included Bryce Kirk, who runs a peer-mentor program with his wife on the Fort Belknap and Fort Peck reservations. Kirk dealt with meth addiction in his past and said his experiences are valuable in deterring new users. But his frustration comes from poor communication and collaboration between reservations and the state.

“Meth has no boundaries,” Kirk says. “A reservation has boundaries, meth don’t. We have to come together, we have to be unified, we have to be able to put our pride aside to say, hey man we need to get this going; we need to figure this out.”

Kirk said Medicaid certification of his peer-mentoring program would boost funding.

Missoula Democratic Senator Diane Sands, one of the event’s organizers, said lawmakers are working on it:

“Literally last night, the last committee voted, so Senate Bill 62, it does create a certification for peer-support. We’ve done that part, it’s on the way.”

The final panel of the day dealt with Montana’s judiciary and corrections systems and the caseload bearing down on its workers. Panelists said meth users bog down the system, committing multiple crimes in order to feed their addictions.

Testimony from the Department of Corrections and from the District Court reinforced the need to shift cultural views of criminality.

Montana’s Attorney General Tim Fox said he plans to continue working on issues raised at the summit:

“The Department of Justice is studying these issues, we’re working with the Montana Health Care Foundation and we’ll be doing some town halls and a summit later this year to generate the kind of information that we can then provide to the policymakers, our legislators, the governor’s office, and even the federal level as well, to begin to make better decisions putting resources where they can be most effective.”


Comments Off on Exploding Methamphetamine lab sparked storage unit fire in Summit Township

SUMMIT TWP., MI – A meth lab gone haywire is believed to be what sparked a fire that destroyed 12 storage units last week, investigators say.

Fire crews and a Michigan State Police arson K9 sifting through the debris discovered a small meth lab that likely started the Feb. 15 blaze at Katchall Self Storage, 5710 S. Meridian Road, said Summit Township Fire Lt. Jim Warner.-8fe5c3690868cb07

Twelve storage units were destroyed in an early-morning blaze in Summit Township Wednesday.

The portable meth lab, hidden in a duffle bag inside one of the storage units, likely ignited the remaining contents of the storage unit and sparked the fire that quickly spread to adjacent units, Warner said.

Upon finding the meth lab, fire crews at the scene notified the Jackson Narcotics Enforcement Team (JNET) to begin clean up procedures and collect evidence for its investigation, Warner said.

Calls made to JNET were not immediately returned.

The 12 storage units, or half of one storage unit block, suffered significant smoke and fire damage in the blaze which started sometime before 5:50 a.m.

There were no injuries reported at the scene.

The Jackson Fire Department, Napoleon Township Fire Department, Liberty Township Fire Department and Columbia Township Fire Department assisted at the scene.


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JOHOR BARU: A truck driver was allegedly forced to swallow several bullet-like objects during a torture session by seven men. One of them was his boss.

Kluang OCPD Asst Comm Mohamad Laham said the victim, who stayed with the boss – a chicken supplier – was also tied up, beaten up and tortured with a taser for allegedly stealing some goods on Feb 16.

ACP Mohamad said police were alerted to the situation by a health officer in Hospital Ampang in Selangor, who found the bullet-like objects in the 22-year-old man’s intestine through an X-ray scan.

“Police then arrested the seven men, including the employer, aged from 22 to 42 years, in a series of raids in Johor Baru and Kluang on Saturday,” he said, adding that the men were remanded.

ACP Mohamad said two of the suspects had previous criminal records, had been arrested under the Dangerous Drugs (Special Preventive Measures) Act 1985 and were on the wanted list.

He said checks also showed that all the suspects had tested positive for methamphetamine.

ACP Mohamad said the case was being investigated under Section 324 of the Penal Code for intentionally causing hurt using a dangerous weapon, which carries a jail term of three years and a fine or whipping, or both upon conviction.

He added that the case was also being investigated under Section 342 of the Penal Code for wrongful confinement.