WAYLAND, Mich. (AP) — A West Michigan attorney is facing drug-related charges after police say they found a methamphetamine lab at a law office.

State police say 35-year-old Patrick Burson of Wayland turned himself in Wednesday at the Allegan County sheriff’s department and was arraigned in 57th District Court. Charges include four counts of operating/maintaining a methamphetamine lab and two counts of possession of methamphetamine.

A message seeking comment from Burson was sent Thursday by The Associated Press. He’s due in court Dec. 6.

Police say that meth labs and production components were found during searches June 13 at the law office in Wayland, about 20 miles south of Grand Rapids, as well as a home in Allegan County’s Otsego Township. Two other people from the Otsego area also are charged in the case.





One of three suspects in a large federal drug case, which allegedly smuggled methamphetamine to Guam hidden in a box of teddy bears, has confessed to her crimes in a plea agreement.

Monica Leasiolagi has offered to plead guilty to conspiracy to distribute more than 500 grams of methamphetamine, or “ice,” according to District Court of Guam documents.

Her co-defendants, Martha Burgos and John Michael Pangelinan, haven’t signed any plea agreements and are still facing trial.

In the plea agreement, Leasiolagi admits that she was one of the conspirators who hatched a plan to smuggle ice to Guam hidden in mail parcels. The conspiracy began in August, and lasted less than two months before a mail parcel was intercepted by federal authorities, the plea agreement states.

Authorities found the drugs hidden in a parcel with three stuffed bears, and the plea agreement notes that Burgos had previously alerted Leasiolagi she was having some “teddy bears” sent to Guam.

After the package was intercepted, federal authorities replaced the ice with fake drugs and tracked the parcel to Leasiolagi, which led to the arrest of the alleged conspirators, according to the plea agreement.







A food service manager is expected to plead guilty Dec. 15 to dealing methamphetamine out of Vancouver’s El Rancho Viejo Family Restaurant.

Ramon Lopez-Guitron, 45, appeared today in Clark County Superior Judge Daniel Stahnke’s courtroom for a scheduled guilty plea, but the plea was delayed to allow the defense time to complete paperwork.

El Rancho Viejo restaurant manager Ramon Lopez Guitron, seen here at his first court appearance last year, will plead guilty to drug charges.

El Rancho Viejo restaurant manager Ramon Lopez Guitron, seen here at his first court appearance last year, will plead guilty to drug charges

The prosecution and defense have reached an agreement for a guilty plea, said Deputy Prosecutor Randy St. Clair.

In exchange, Lopez-Guitron would be convicted of just one felony and a gross misdemeanor instead of five felony charges he now faces. Those charges are four counts of delivery of a controlled substance and one count of conspiracy to commit delivery of a controlled substance.

His guilty plea and sentencing are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Dec. 15. St. Clair said Lopez-Guitron would likely not have to serve time in prison and would receive credit for time served in jail. The amount of time he’s already served was not available today. He is now on supervised release, St. Clair said.

Lopez-Guitron is accused of dealing methamphetamine out of the family-owned and operated restaurant between October 2009 and January 2010. He was arrested after he allegedly sold methamphetamine to uncover informants on several occasions at the restaurant, 6321 E. Fourth Plain Blvd.

Prosecutors alleged in charging papers that the investigation revealed he “occupied a high position in the drug distribution hierarchy.”

El Rancho Viejo also has locations in Camas, Ridgefield and Battle Ground, all operated by members of Lopez-Guitron’s family.







Drug use in motels is nothing new to Humboldt County.

“Normal day: 5 to 10 complaints,” said Lieutenant Wayne Hanson. “Honestly, do we get to all of them, no.”

Hanson is part of the Humboldt County Drug Task Force and says they react on complaints—but since this happens often, it all depends on the severity.

“The ones that would be immediate response would be a methamphetamine lab in a hotel,” Hanson said. “Or if somebody’s found a methamphetamine lab in someone’s house, we’re going to react that day.”

But acting on one search warrant lasts at least four hours, taking up half of a workday.

“You go in, you have to interview everybody, photograph everything. You have to collect evidence, when it’s methamphetamine you have to photograph it, document it, tag it and leave inventory sheets,” Hanson said.

He says drug use in motel rooms is common because transients will occasionally live there.

“It’s always the same group of hotels,” Hanson said. “Usually the ones that are cheaper that have this issue.”

Hanson says a good indication of drug use in a motel is heavy traffic in the rooms.

“You wouldn’t see 10-15 people coming in and out of the hotel room throughout the day,” he said.

Along with these activities.

“Lots of noise in the room, they have a tendency to stay up late at night.”

But what are the motels doing to prevent this?

Several motel managers in the area wouldn’t go on camera, but said they require I.D. They also said that the owner was out of town.

The manager at the Pine Motel says off camera that he doesn’t tolerate drug-use, and has no problem kicking people out if they are using.







The 36-year-old Ypsilanti Township man arrested in October after police say they caught him cooking methamphetamine in the front seat of a Mustang convertible was arraigned on drug charges in the matter Tuesday.


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Jeremy David Bryant was charged with maintaining a methamphetamine lab, delivery or manufacture and possession of methamphetamine for the Oct. 1 incident.

Bryant faces identical charges from an incident in May when police discovered a number of drug-making-related items at a mobile home police said Bryant occupied in the 9000 block of Geraldine Street in Ypsilanti Township.

He was scheduled to appear in court on those charges when he was arrested the day before on Oct. 1. Police said Bryant had turned the front seat of his Mustang into a meth lab. The car was parked in front of a family member’s home in the 7900 block of Briarbrook Drive in Ypsilanti Township.

At that time, police told AnnArbor.com charges would not be filed for that incident until lab results were complete. A preliminary examination was scheduled for Dec. 4 in that matter.

Bryant remains in the Washtenaw County Jail on $25,000 cash or surety bond.







ST. LUCIE COUNTY — A 38-year-old man was arrested Monday after St. Lucie County Sheriff’s investigators found methamphetamine in the beginning stages of production in his shed on Edwards Road, according to an affidavit and a report released Tuesday.

Roger Dale Greeley was arrested on a felony manufacture methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a school or church charge after sheriff’s and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration officials executed a search warrant Monday at a shed at Greeley’s listed address in the 4800 block of Edwards Road. The address is about 100 feet from a Christian school.


Sheriff’s officials this year have shut down at least eight meth labs — not including the Greeley lab. Police in Port St. Lucie have raided at least three others.


Greeley detailed to investigators the meth-making process he was using, saying he produces the drug for himself to feed his addiction. He said he initially got involved with meth when he was about 23 or 24 “when the rave scene was big,” a report states.

In general, methamphetamine manufacturing is considered highly dangerous. The chemicals involved are volatile, and meth labs have been known to explode.

A key meth-making ingredient is pseudoephedrine, an over-the-counter medication that’s used to treat nasal congestion.

Investigators found receipts for pseudoephedrine purchases in the Greeley probe, along with empty pseudoephedrine packaging.

The Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act of 2005 mandates that retailers of non-prescription items containing pseudoephedrine, ephedrine or phenylpropanolamine to keep them behind the counter or locked in a cabinet, according to the DEA. Consumers must sign a logbook and show identification when making a purchase.

Investigators got the search warrant for Greeley’s shed after contacting him to discuss his “excessive” pseudoephedrine purchases.

Meth can be snorted, swallowed, smoked or injected. Those who abuse meth can show a variety of behaviors, including anxiety, insomnia, violent tendencies and hallucinations, according to the DEA.

Greeley was held Tuesday in the St. Lucie County Jail on $75,000 bail, a jail official said.


SANTA CRUZ — A man convicted of making methamphetamine in a rented Bonny Doon barn was handcuffed in court Tuesday during his arraignment on new drug charges.

On Oct. 12, jurors found David “Dirk” Robert Rauen guilty of felony use of chemical synthesis to produce methamphetamine, a felony that carries a penalty of three to five years.

Rauen, 47, was released on his own recognizance pending sentencing, and ordered to obey all laws.

But California Highway Patrol officers arrested Rauen after spotting him in Moss Landing on Nov. 8. County prosecutors have charged him with felony evading, forgery and possessing drugs and drug paraphernalia, plus a sentencing enhancement that he committed those crimes while released on his own recognizance.

“This does not bode well for the sentencing, ” Judge Paul Burdick noted, directing that Rauen be remanded. Burdick set his bail at $100,000 and ordered “no clerk’s O.R. and no sheriff’s O.R.”

Rauen, dressed in blue jeans and work boots, hung his head and put his hands behind his back as a bailiff placed handcuffs on him.

He pleaded not guilty to the new charges.

CHP officer Sarah Jackson said Rauen was arrested just before midnight on Nov. 8 after officers spotted him driving a silver 1999 GMC Yukon pulling a trailer. Officers had been on the lookout for a similar vehicle and a suspect matching Rauen’s description after rims were reported stolen on Manfre Road. A Santa Cruz County sheriff’s deputy initially tried to stop Rauen. CHP picked up the pursuit when he failed to yield at Larkin Valley. They chased him at speeds of 80 mph on Highway 1 until he exited west onto Jensen Road in Monterey County, Jackson said.

 Rauen continued onto Bluff Road, through a barbed wire fence and into a strawberry field, then through a wooden fence, back onto Trafton Road and Bluff Road. He eventually drove through another dirt field where he got out of the Yukon and fell down. CHP officers took him into custody without injury, Jackson said.

He was in possession of a counterfeit $100 bill, burglary tools, methamphetamine and a meth pipe. His vehicle registration was expired and he had no insurance. Two days later, CHP recovered a black Jeep stolen from a home on Manfre Road. Jackson said evidence points to Rauen as the suspect in the stolen Jeep case as well.

In the original case, Rauen was arrested in 2010, after the owner of a Grainger Lane property near Bonny Doon Airport went to speak to a man who had been renting a barn there and saw a plastic tent inside the barn containing what appeared to be a meth lab.

None of the drug was recovered, though investigators found a mixture that looked like the initial phase of a cook.

At trial, Rauen and his attorney, Ted Meneice, argued the items didn’t belong to him and that he was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. Meneice also claimed errors were made in the investigation, including investigators failing to test a pair of gloves found at the scene.

Prosecutor Abel Hung said the items inside the tent included blister packs of pseudoephedrine, black electrical tape,  a printout of a recipe for creating meth and other chemicals commonly used to make the drug. He said Rauen’s fingerprints were found there.

Rauen was arrested by members of the Santa Cruz County Anti-Crime Team, who said at the time that the man renting the barn had been away for a few days and that Rauen had gone to the barn to ask permission to park his recreational vehicle there. Then-Cmdr. Rich Westphal alleged that when Rauen found no one home, he decided to cook meth in the barn.

Westphal said Rauen lived in a camper that he parked in various spots in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Burdick set a preliminary hearing date of Dec. 10 in the new case.








KILGORE, TX (KLTV) – The Kilgore Police Department maintains aggressive enforcement when it comes to drugs in the community they serve and the crime that always seems to follow. Lately the Department demonstrated their commitment in keeping the community of Kilgore free from crime and drugs with several arrest and drug seizures.

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The Kilgore Police Department’s DEA Task Force Officer recently investigated a case involving Walley Jackson of Dallas, Texas who was identified as a major supplier of large quantities of Methamphetamine (ICE) to the East Texas area including Kilgore. Jackson pled guilty to Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute and was sentenced to 57 months federal time. Other members of this drug distribution ring were identified as Jennifer Northcutt, 42 years of age, of Mineola, TX Stacie Serenko, 35 years of age, of Tyler, TX and Billie Earl Johnson, 49 years of age, of Van, TX. They were each federally indicted in September 2012 for one count of Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine, four counts of Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine and Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance to a Drug Trafficking Crime.

Also in November, a traffic stop yielded two arrests for marijuana possession; police located the residence in Kilgore the drugs were being sold from. A search of the residence (located on Fritz-Swanson Road) by police revealed close to a pound of marijuana which had been packaged for distribution. Other drug paraphernalia were taken to include scales, rolling papers, and plastic bags. A shotgun was also seized. A resident at the location identified as Eric King, 22 years.






Authorities say a two-year-long drug trafficking investigation in central Iowa has culminated with nine arrests. Investigators had been tracking the sale of methamphetamine in the Marshalltown area.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s office, authorities were able to search “several residences in Marshalltown and an apartment in Ankeny” as part of the investigation. Federal agents and local authorities collaborated, but the nine individuals arrested face federal charges.

Eight are accused of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. The other was charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Each faces at least 10 years or a maximum of life in prison if convicted.

Those arrested and charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine are: Jose Sanchez Adame, Jose Luis Sanchez Adame, Raymundo Sotel Calderon, Fidel Sanchez, Antonio Cabrera Mendiola, Kyla Nicole Forbes, Shannon Lee Fogle and Fernando Camacho.

James Michael Buffington was also arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.






(Mesquite, NV) – While conducting routine traffic enforcement Monday evening on I-15 near mile marker 118 Mesquite Police Officers observed a 2001 Toyota, Tundra weaving in and out of the southbound travel lanes.

Officers conducted a traffic stop and spoke with the driver, David Martinez who’s California license was suspended, and two passengers, Erick Lizarraga and Martin Arguelles neither of which had a valid driver’s license. Mesquite Police Officers were also informed the vehicles insurance was expired.

During a consensual search of the vehicle, officers noticed that there was an after-market hidden compartment built into the vehicle which contained several plastic wrapped packages containing $17,825 in US currency as well as a small amount of methamphetamine.

All three subjects were taken into custody by special agents from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Las Vegas.






Holland — The five men and three women indicted this month in federal court on meth conspiracy charges are no strangers to the justice system. But their arrests are no guarantee that the types of petty crimes so often associated with drug production and sales will be reduced, according to area police.

The arrests do indicate the expanding influence of methamphetamine, said William Crawley, professor of criminal justice and associate dean of Grand Valley State University’s College of Community and Public Service.

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West Michigan officials work to clean up the remnants of a meth lab


Crawley also is a member of U.S. Attorney’s Office Project Safe Neighborhoods, a task force focused on anti-gun violence and gang activity. Criminals in Chicago, especially those involved in gangs and drugs, have infiltrated into West Michigan, he said.

The federal sweep on Nov. 14 resulted in six people arrested at various locations in Ottawa County that day and a seventh Ottawa County man who fled taken into custody in Western Pennsylvania and extradited to Michigan. All seven — Sengathith Sybounma, Thavone Khamsouksay, Amanda Jane Dordon, Saengchaenh Sengmany, Amber Mae Dordon, Phetmany Choummanivong Khamnmany Phouangphet — have been charged with methamphetamine conspiracy and related offenses.

All also have records, some of them extensive, according to court documents:

Phouangphet, 37, has charges stemming from incidents in Holland and Park townships dating back to 1999 (when he was ticketed by the DNR for fishing without a license), to more recent infractions: Delivery of controlled substances and delivery and manufacture of meth in 2003, and multiple driving without a license and impaired driving charges. Phouangphet was arrested at the home where his brother Davanh Phouangphet, 31, was accused earlier this year of dousing the landlady with an accelerant and lighting her on fire. Davanh Phouangphet is currently charged with open murder.

Records for Sengmany, 38, include guilty pleas for drunken driving in Holland Township; driving on a suspended license, felonious assault and being a flight fugitive, as well a disturbing and the peace and illegal entry charges in separate incidents in the city of Holland.

Choummanivong, 40, has faced charges from driving without a license to failure to pay child support, fraud, making a false statement to a police officer, domestic violence, assault and battery as well as being an illegal immigrant. He and Phouangphet both currently face federal indictments for illegal entry to this country.

Sybounma, 34, is a convicted sex offender who has pleaded guilty to failure to comply with reporting duties. He was released from prison in March, 2011, after serving a two-year sentence for assaulting a child between the ages of 13 and 15; earlier, he served a two-year prison sentence for an Allegan County break-in.

Khamsouksay, 26, has been to district court twice this year — for driving on a suspended license, to which he pleaded guilty in August, and for operating while intoxicated, for which he also pleaded guilty.

The Dordons, who are sisters, each have been charged with driving on suspended licenses; Amanda, 29, also was charged earlier this year with possession of marijuana, while Amber, 26, was charged in the past as a minor in possession of alcohol.

Off the record, officials said the arrests are welcome — and might have taken some gang members off the street. But none of those indicted were charged with gang activity. Federal officials and local police would not comment on the current cases.

Still, Crawley said, gangs likely are whenever drugs go from being a small operation to one with “a division of labor — marketing, transportation, protection — where in the past, meth might have been done by one or two people who cook and sell it, and those certainly still exist, now we’re seeing across the Midwest that it’s starting to look more like the (U.S) southwest, with large-scale labs.”

What’s important, Crawley said, is that people understand meth’s pervasiveness and ease of manufacture — individuals use two-liter plastic bottles to make the drug — but “it has a really rank smell.”

Residents who detect a strong smell of ammonia “and a lot of traffic” to and from a home are wise to alert police, he said, adding “You’ll smell it two, five houses down if you’re out for a walk.”

Signs of meth use can include frailness, lack of appetite, hollowed-out eyes and possible missing teeth, Crawley said, because meth’s toxic ingredients destroy teeth and cause skin sores. As ugly as meth’s effects are, addiction happens quickly, said Michigan State Police Lt. Mike Harvitt, who leads the West Michigan Enforcement Team.

“Meth is not prejudiced, it will trick anybody who uses it,” Harvitt said. “The first time a user uses, they gain this euphoric high unlike any they’ve ever had. The only problem is, you can never get that high again. You want to get to that point each time you use it the high diminishes. You use more and more and go from being the prom queen to the high school reunion parolee.”

Already this year, WEMET has busted 73 meth labs — well ahead of 2011’s total of 67, Harvitt said, adding that despite the significant arrests in Ottawa County this month, 95 percent of the labs have been found in Allegan County.

“We are getting better at catching them.”







A Humboldt County Drug Task Force probation search at the Royal Inn in Eureka found three suspects who were allegedly selling vicodin pills and marijuana, and had methamphetamine and a revolver in their room.

Agents searched the room and turned up 50 vicodin pills, which they learned were being sold for $2 apiece, according to a press release. In addition, they found three pounds of marijuana, an ounce of methamphetamine, a methamphetamine smoking pipe and a .22 caliber revolver.

Robert Tyson, 31, was arrested on suspicion of being armed in commission of a felony, being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, possession of vicodin for sale, possession of marijuana for sale, and violation of probation. His bail was set at $50,000.

Steven Ridley, 27, was arrested on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine, violation of probation, outstanding felony warrant, and possession of a methamphetamine smoking pipe. He is being held without bail due to his outstanding arrest warrant.

Casey Hunter, 31, was arrested on suspicion of possession of a methamphetamine smoking pipe, and was booked and released.

The task force said the case is under investigation.






Two people were arrested Tuesday after police discovered a meth lab in a West Lafayette motel.

Brandon Bulthuis, 31, of Lake Station and Penny Osmundson, 38, of Lafayette were taken into custody early Tuesday morning after the West Lafayette Police Department discovered them making methamphetamine in a room at Prestige Inn on Sagamore Parkway West.

The motel parking lot is on the police patrol route, Lt. Troy Harris said. One of the officers recognized Osmundson’s car from events past.

Both officers noted the distinct chemical odor associated with meth as they approached the room, Harris said.

Some finished product was in plain view, though Osmundson did not consent to a search, Harris said.

Bulthuis and Osmundson were arrested on suspicion of manufacturing and possessing methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a family housing complex, maintaining a common nuisance, possession of a controlled substance, possession of precursors and possession of marijuana under 30 grams. The two were taken to Tippecanoe County Jail.

The Indiana State Police Clandestine Lab Team helped clean up the lab.







A methamphetamine ring that stretched from the Lehigh Valley to north central Pennsylvania to Philadelphia and its suburbs will be detailed this morning during a news conference in Philadelphia, according to the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office.

A series of arrests in “Operation Blowout” will be announced in an investigation that identified 27 individuals involved in the $3.5 million trafficking operation, according to the advisory.

Bucks County District Attorney David Heckler, state Attorney General Linda Kelly and Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan will outline the ring that reached as far as Tioga and Lycoming counties in Pennsylvania.

Drugs, cash and weapons were seized, the advisory states.






EVERETT — A gang member with an extensive criminal history was arrested Saturday in south Everett reportedly holding $601 and nearly an ounce of methamphetamine.

The man, 21, was taken into custody after allegedly driving into three cars, including a police car, while trying to get away from the cops.

Everett police had been watching the man’s home along W. Casino Road early Saturday morning, according to a probable cause affidavit. The man had five active warrants. He also has been convicted of driving without a license at least 11 times, in addition to having three felony convictions as a juvenile.

The man is known for skipping court dates and making himself scarce from law enforcement, according to court papers.

About 4:30 a.m. Saturday, the man reportedly got into the driver’s seat of a green Mercury Marquis and began to leave the apartment complex, court papers show. When police on scene tried to pull him over, the car stopped and began reversing. It then drove in reverse around the complex parking lot, striking two empty parked cars before hitting the patrol car.

The officer in the car wasn’t injured, department spokesman officer Aaron Snell said Monday.

After the patrol car was hit, the man jumped out of the car and tried to run away. Officers took him into custody.

A police search found $601 in the man’s right jacket pocket and “a very large chunk” of meth in his left jacket pocket.

The man was taken to a local hospital before being booked into Snohomish County Jail about 8:30 a.m. for investigation of hit-and-run, possessing drugs and driving without a license, in addition to his warrants.








CAHOKIA • A couple face charges after police say they were caught operating a rolling meth lab Friday.

According to court documents, Paul and Nicole Deaton were charged with one count each of aggravated participation in methamphetamine manufacturing and unlawful possession of meth manufacturing materials.

According to police, Paul Deaton, 35, lives in the 700 block of West Park Road in Union, and Nicole Deaton, 30, lives in the 500 block of South Metter Avenue in Columbia, Ill.

The two were taken into custody after a Cahokia officer discovered the pair with ammonium nitrate, muriatic acid and lithium batteries in a vehicle. The items are used in making methamphetamine.

Both are being held in the St. Clair County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bail.






HILLSBORO — A baby was found inside a machine shed where police busted a methamphetamine operation last week, according to a news release from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

Two meth labs and meth-manufacturing materials were found hidden on the property, which is along Illinois 16 in rural Hillsboro, on Nov. 19, the release said.

Police said the child was inside the shed when officers arrived. The baby is in the custody of the Department of Child and Family Services.

Two men were arrested and more arrests are anticipated, police said. Larry P. Korunka, 52, of Hillsboro was charged with delivery of methamphetamine and two counts of aggravated participation in methamphetamine manufacturing, a class X felony. Jason R. Darte, 35, of Mount Olive was charged with participation in methamphetamine manufacturing.

The arrests stemmed from a three-month investigation by the South Central Illinois Drug Task Force, the release said.

Anyone with information about methamphetamine manufacturing can submit tips anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-352-0136 or the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office at 532-9511.

HILLSBORO — A baby was found inside a machine shed where police busted a methamphetamine operation last week, according to a news release from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

Two meth labs and meth-manufacturing materials were found hidden on the property, which is along Illinois 16 in rural Hillsboro, on Nov. 19, the release said.

Police said the child was inside the shed when officers arrived. The baby is in the custody of the Department of Child and Family Services.

Two men were arrested and more arrests are anticipated, police said. Larry P. Korunka, 52, of Hillsboro was charged with delivery of methamphetamine and two counts of aggravated participation in methamphetamine manufacturing, a class X felony. Jason R. Darte, 35, of Mount Olive was charged with participation in methamphetamine manufacturing.

The arrests stemmed from a three-month investigation by the South Central Illinois Drug Task Force, the release said.

Anyone with information about methamphetamine manufacturing can submit tips anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-352-0136 or the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office at 532-9511.

A man who barricaded himself inside a bathroom has been charged with felony manufacturing methamphetamine. Meanwhile, deputies overcome by fumes from the raid have been taken to an area hospital.

Greenup County Sheriff Keith M. Cooper said on Sunday, at around 12:02 a.m., deputies Rick Craft and Cody Fuller responded to 2943 Culp Creek Road, in rural Greenup County, Ky., in reference to the attempted service of a warrant on Hubert A. Dehart, age 42, of that address. Officers said when they entered the residence to attempt to serve the warrant, Dehart barricaded himself in the bathroom of the house where they said an active clandestine meth lab was cooking. Deputies said Dehart attempted to dispose of the cooking product as deputies gained entry into the bathroom where he was barricaded.

Dehart was taken into custody by both deputies, and shortly thereafter the deputies became overwhelmed by the fumes released by the hazardous material and were transported to the Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital (OLBH) emergency room, where Fuller was admitted into the intensive care unit, and Craft was treated and released

Cooper said the Sheriff’s Department was assisted at the scene by an officer from the Raceland, Russell, Worthington, Kentucky Fish and Wildlife; Little Sandy Volunteer Fire Department and the Greenup County Emergency Medical Services. The Russell Volunteer Fire Department set up a decontamination station at the entrance of the OLBH emergency room, where all affected persons involved were decontaminated.

Hubert A. Dehart of 2943 Culp Creek Road, Greenup, and Pamela S. Dehart, 42, of 3131 Winchester Ave., Apartment 703, Ashland, Ky., were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, first degree wanton endangerment of a police officer, and unlawful possession of meth precursor. Hubert Dehart also faces two counts of failure to appear for a misdemeanor citation. Cooper said the investigation into the incident is ongoing







A backhoe driver was arrested on multiple charges at 2:10 a.m. Sunday when he was spotted driving on North Fourth Street.

William Patrick Minor, 49, of 1300 State, was arrested on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine, resisting obstructing a peace officer, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving under the influence, no valid driver’s license, failure to signal and failure to have a slow moving vehicle emblem. He was lodged in the Adams County Jail.

Police spotted the northbound 2000 Case backhoe and made a traffic stop at Ninth and College. It was discovered that Minor did not have a valid driver’s license, and he resisted when officers attempted to arrest him.

Once in custody, police said Minor was found to be in possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. A search was made of the backhoe, and police said officers found items used to manufacture meth.







More arrests possible, says sheriff’s office

The Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office arrested three people Saturday afternoon at the Flat River Inn in Greenville during a methamphetamine investigation.

Sheriff’s deputies, with the assistance of the Greenville Department of Public Safety, were conducting the investigation and made contact with three suspects at the Flat River Inn, said a press release. Officers conducted a consent search in a hotel room, and discovered that a male subject had several outstanding warrants for his arrest and two female suspects were in the possession of prescription narcotics, drug paraphernalia and methamphetamine.

The male was arrested on the warrants, and both females were arrested for felony possession of methamphetamine.

The investigation continues and more arrests are possible, the release said.







Calais – A Canadian man is facing federal drug smuggling charges after he tried to enter the United States at Calais, Maine, with 2,002 tablets of methamphetamine hidden in his vehicle.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection says 49-year-old Charles Joseph Maillet was apprehended on Thanksgiving Day.

CBP says Maillet presented a trusted traveler card, which had been revoked, when he arrived at the Calais International Avenue port of entry on Thursday

A preliminary search of his vehicle found two meth tablets under the front seat. A complete search of the car found 2.36 pounds of pills in four packages.

The case was referred to the Maine office of the United States attorney for prosecution.







Methamphetamine use is at epidemic proportions here Nevada, and police say it is the drug behind most crime. Addicts will do anything for their next fix. But now, with a heavy crackdown on those labs, police say they are seeing other narcotics climb the charts.

The drugs are being driven right into the valley on the same roads we travel every day. Metro says a lot these illegal drugs are coming into the area from other countries at an alarming rate.

It’s extremely addictive, dangerous to make and has plagued the valley for about a decade.


Sgt. Jeff Hammack with Metro Narcotics worked the streets and watched as meth took over. “When it really became really like a brush fire for Metro was back in ’97 when I first transferred into Narcotics,” he said. Lab after lab started popping up across the area.

“In 1999, they spiked to almost 362 meth labs for Clark County which was phenomenal,” he said.

Years of cracking down on the availability of the chemicals used to make meth led to a major decrease in the prevalence of labs here. “We’ve only had four meth labs this year,” said Sgt. Hammack.

But Sgt. Hammack and his unit traded one problem for another. “We started to see a trend of drug cartels or organized drug trafficking organizations coming in and filling that void. They were manufacturing mostly in Southern California and Mexico and transporting it here.”

And it’s a drug problem that continues to evolve. “Cocaine and heroin — they don’t just stay with that meth,” he said.

And these drug traffickers are driving it right into town, smuggling it in any way they can in vehicles on our roadways. “Floor boards, seats, I mean tail lights, voids in fenders,” said Sgt. Hammack.

It’s a multi-billion dollar industry with plenty of criminals lining up to take a piece. “When we do take one down, there’s always another one there to take their place. Sometimes it’s obviously a losing battle,” he said.

But one Sgt. Hammack knows his unit can’t lose — and can’t give up on. Metro says they are constantly changing and improving their tactics in catching these drug cartels that have targeted the valley. Unfortunately, as Metro changes its strategies, so do these drug smugglers.


Three people arrested at Crest Motel

CLARKSVILLE — Clarksville police arrested three people Saturday at Crest Motel, located on U.S. 31, after a working methamphetamine lab was found in the bathtub of their motel room.

All three suspects were preliminarily charged with methamphetamine possession and production.

Police reported receiving a call on its anonymous tip line that methamphetamine was possibly being produced in room 232 of the motel. Officers responded to the room about 10 a.m. and reported seeing smoke coming from the room and an odor consistent with methamphetamine production.

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Officers knocked on the door and made contact with Alan R. Luther, 41, of 950 E. Chestnut St. in Jeffersonville. Luther opened the door, and officers reported seeing drug paraphernalia located in the motel room.

Police reported that officers were given consent to enter the room.

Samantha A. Adams, 25, of Clarksville, was found in the main room, and David J. McIntosh, 44, of 10721 Ind. 3 in Marysville, was located in the bathroom.

Officers reported McIntosh was attempting to flush down the toilet smoking pipes and other drug-related articles on their arrival.

A one-pot methamphetamine lab that still had material cooking was found in the bath tub, police reported.

Clarksville Police Maj. Darrell Rayborn said a one-pot lab is typically used to produce only enough methamphetamine for personal consumption. He said that items seized from the room included aluminum foil with methamphetamine residue, a digital scale — also with methamphetamine residue — and a sealed box of Sudafed, an over-the-counter medication often used in methamphetamine production.

Rayborn said the Indiana State Police were called to safely process the one-pot lab.

All three suspects were booked into the Michael L. Becher Adult Correctional Complex and preliminarily charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, a class A felony; possession of methamphetamine, a class D felony; possession of marijuana, a class A misdemeanor; and maintaining a common nuisance, a class D felony.

Each of the suspects have previous methamphetamine-related charges.

Luther was charged in June with possession of methamphetamine, a class D felony, and possession of marijuana in a Clark County court.

Luther spent little more than 12 hours in the Clark County jail before a $500 bond was posted for his release. A plea of not guilty was entered by the court in July, and a jury trial in reference to the two charges is slated for Jan. 29, according to court documents.

Adams was charged in May with dealing in methamphetamine, a class A felony; possession of methamphetamine — less than 3 grams within 1,000 feet of a family housing complex, a class B felony; and unlawful possession of a syringe, a class D felony. She was booked into the Clark County jail May 17 and was later released July 10 on medical furlough.

McIntosh was charged in 2005 with possession of methamphetamine, possession of controlled substances, both D felonies; domestic battery, a class A misdemeanor; and habitual substance offender.

He failed to appear for a pretrial conference date, and a bench warrant was issued for his arrest.

Following his warranted arrest, McIntosh appeared in court and withdrew his previous plea of not guilty and entered guilty pleas to the offenses of possession of methamphetamine and domestic battery.

McIntosh was sentenced to a three-year fixed term of imprisonment with two years suspended upon terms of probation. On the offense of domestic battery, he was sentenced to an additional one-year fixed term in the Indiana Department of Correction.

According to court documents, the three suspects have not been scheduled to appear in court for their initial hearings of their most recent charges as of press time.







NEWTON TOWNSHIP (NEWSCHANNEL 3) — Calhoun County deputies are investigating whether a minivan that exploded as a deputy walked on scene was possibly from a mobile meth lab. This happened at about 10 p.m. Saturday night, on the 7000 block of B Drive South in Newton Township.

Dash camera video shows Calhoun County Deputy Tim Howell blown back from the minivan exploding.

Deputy Howell drove to the site of a possible car accident. When he walked up to see if anyone was inside or injured, the explosion took place. He was not hurt. Ten Newton Township firefighters helped put out the blaze. The fire chief says the 34 and 35 year old man and woman from Marshall got out safe. The husband had minor injuries.

“Had burns on his hands,” said Chief Mike Wilson with the Newton Fire Department.

He says their story wasn’t adding up.

“One of the occupants of the vehicle said they dropped a cigarette in the vehicle it was on fire and caught fire a different time they called it an accident but there was no damage,” said Chief Wilson.

Neighbors tell Newschannel 3 the fire was coming from inside the minivan. Captain Matt Saxton with the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office says information gathered by the sheriff’s office led them to believed this was possibly a mobile meth lab.

“From our training, we’re hearing more and more meth labs are mobile,” said Chief Wilson.

Neighbors hope this trend doesn’t spike near them.

“This is certainly endangering a lot of lives if this happened on a crowded road it could have been very bad,” said Mike Chaffee, neighbor.

Captain Saxton says the couple inside the car have not been arrested. He would not release any other information and says the incident remains under investigation.







Police say Amy Kathryn Benson had a large quantity of methamphetamine in her car when they found her in a Burnsville park after hours.


A Burnsville woman is facing serious drug charges after police say they found a large quantity of methamphetamine in her car, and she admitted that she planned to sell it.

Amy Kathryn Benson, 24, is charged with two counts of first-degree drug sales, each of which carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine. Each charge has a mandatory minimum penalty of a $30,000 fine.


Burnsville police were on routine patrol just before 12:30 a.m. Nov. 10 when they spotted a silver Lincoln Town Car in Burnhaven Park after hours, according to the criminal complaint.

The car matched the description of a car stolen the previous day from International Falls, and the suspect in that theft was Benson, the complaint says.

Officers approached the car and found Benson in the driver’s seat, with the vehicle running and a strong odor of marijuana coming from the car, according to the complaint.

Police also found a large garbage bag on the car’s back seat, with 110 grams – almost 4 ounces – of methamphetamine inside. In Benson’s purse, they found a glass bubble pipe containing residue, along with $1,298 in cash, the complaint says.

Benson admitted to police that she uses methamphetamine and planned to sell the drugs in the garbage bag, according to the complaint.

Benson remains in the Dakota County Jail on a $40,000 bond. An omnibus hearing in her case is scheduled Dec. 4 in Dakota County District Court in Hastings.