NEW CASTLE — Indiana State Police officials Thursday evening reportedly found an active methamphetamine lab cooking within a New Castle residence.

According to an ISP media release, the meth lab was discovered about 9:30 p.m. at 2010 Grand Ave. A resulting police investigation led to the arrests of the following four New Castle residents on several drug-related preliminary charges:

• Ashley Ragan, 25

• Michael Hardcastle, 26

• William Ragan, 24

• Shannon Horne, 33

According to the release, ISP troopers Rusty Slater and Nate Raney went to the home after receiving a tip there was an active meth lab within the property.

After receiving consent to search the home, according to ISP, “a working meth lab was discovered in a bedroom under a bed.”

The Indiana State Police’s Methamphetamine Suppression Section was called in to clean the lab and left the residence about 5 a.m. Friday, according to the release.

Slater encourages those selling common meth ingredients in their businesses to remain vigilant for possible meth producers or users.

“We know there are other labs out there, and we want folks to know we are checking Sudafed sales logs and following up on anonymous tips,” Slater said in the release. “If you’re cooking meth, we’ll find you.”

Henry County Prosecutor Kit Crane said Friday that he would review police reports on the case and might decide next week what formal charges — if any — are appropriate.

For the time being, Crane said he made a request to Henry County Sheriff Butch Baker that all four subjects be released from the Henry County jail.

Dudley, N.C. — Four people injured in the explosion of a methamphetamine lab inside a Dudley motel last spring face charges, the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office announced Saturday.

Three suspects – Regina Ann Rugkit, 29, Randy Arive Johnson, 27, and Tracey Terell Grady, 42 – have been arrested, while Joshua Franklin Summerlin, 22, of 2030 Beautancus Road in Mount Olive, remains at large.

Authorities said that a meth lab inside a guest room at the Old Goldwater Motel, 3428 U.S. Highway 117 Alternate, exploded around 4:15 a.m. on March 11. The explosion blew out the front of the guest room, but firefighters said the building sustained little or no fire damage.

Rugkit, Johnson, Summerlin and Grady were all treated at the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill. No one else was injured.

Rugkit, of 607 Stronach Ave. in Goldsboro, faces one count of manufacturing methamphetamine and eight counts of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine precursors. She was given a $400,000 secured bond.

Johnson and Grady, both of 807 Stanley Chapel Church Road in Mount Olive, were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine. They were given separate $100,000 secured bonds.

All four suspects have criminal records, according to state Department of Correction records.

Rugkit had been put on probation two days before the explosion after being convicted of possession of a controlled substance. She was also serving probation for two August 2010 convictions on felony drug charges.

Since the explosion, Grady has been convicted of carrying a concealed weapon, communicating threats, shoplifting and driving while impaired, DOC records show. He was behind bars at the time of his arrest Friday.

Grady’s lengthy criminal record dates to 1989, and he has served time for indecent liberties with a child, assault on a female and second-degree kidnapping.

Johnson has convictions for breaking-and-entering, hit-and-run, credit card fraud, possession of drug paraphernalia and traffic violations, according to records. He is also a suspect in a break-in in which a Wayne County homeowner was assaulted in June 2010.

Summerlin was convicted of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine precursors in May 2010 and placed on probation, records state.

AMITY, Ore. — A man from Amity was arrested for the 46th time this week, this time on drugs and theft charges.

Adam Buster Scroggins, 38, was arrested on charges of first-degree theft, unlawful possession of methamphetamine and possession of a destructive device.

The arrest stems from an incident at about 10 p.m. Nov. 3 when the McMinnville’s Tactical Support Team served a search warrant at 20545 S Hwy 99W in Amity. The search warrant was based on the investigation of an organized retail theft operation of expensive boots and hardware from Wilco and other local merchants. The Tactical Support Team was used due to safety concerns because of the extensive criminal history — specifically the 45 previous arrests of Scroggins — and his associates.

McMinnville detectives recovered stolen property estimated to be worth about $5,000. There were also numerous items of drug paraphernalia and a small amount of methamphetamine and marijuana found during the search.

During Scroggins’ recent arrest, he was found to be in personal possession of a small explosive device. He was lodged in YCCF pending arraignment in Circuit Court. Scroggins and others are expected to be charged with other crimes as police continue their investigation.

Bond has been set at $50,000 for a 40-year-old Salem man charged with five methamphetamine related offenses following the execution of a search warrant on his home Tuesday.

Robert Meador of McCoy Road has been charged with unlawful possession of anhydrous ammonia with the intent that it be used to manufacture methamphetamine, possession of a methamphetamine precursor, possession of methamphetamine manufacturing materials, methamphetamine manufacturing waste, and possession of less than five grams of methamphetamine. The meth manufacturing waste charge accused Meador of burning lithium battery casings, a Coleman fuel can, and plastic bottle in a burn barrel at his home.

Marion County Sheriff’s Deputies and a representative of the South Eastern Illinois Drug Task Force initially went to Meador’s home after receiving a tip that the area around the home smelled like anhydrous ammonia. After a tank with anhydrous was found outside the home, a search warrant was sought.

State’s Attorney Matt Wilzbach says materials used in the manufacture of meth along with a small amount of the finished product were recovered in the search. Judge Sherrie Tungate told Meador because of past convictions, if he is found guilty of the new charges probation or court supervision will not be an option and he will have to serve prison time.

The public defender was appointed to represent Meador. A preliminary hearing in the case was set for November 15th.

KENTWOOD – Authorities condemned an apartment at Countryside Townhomes after the city’s first bust of an active methamphetamine lab.

The unit will be off-limits until a hazardous-materials cleanup crew completes decontamination.

Police arrested Clinton Allen, 36, of Grand Rapids, on a charge of operating a meth lab.

At his arraignment in Kentwood District Court, he was jailed on $100,000 bond.

Police Chief Richard Mattice said Allen was arrested after police, acting on a tip,
conducted surveillance Wednesday night and saw him emptying trash into a Dumpster.

Mattice said that a private contractor will clean the apartment. Those living in nearby units were able to return to their homes.

“We did seize some money from the suspect, but not enough to pay for the clean up,” Mattice said.

A continuing investigation into methamphetamine production in Westmoreland County has resulted in 12 arrests centered around drug manufacturing and distribution in the Placid Bay area.

Westmoreland Sheriff C.O. Balderson said deputies went into the community this morning beginning at 3 a.m., making arrests on 69 charges that had been issued by a multijurisdictional grand jury.

Balderson said the arrests are an outgrowth of a continuing investigation targeting drug trafficking in the county and that resulted in the seizure in September of two meth labs in the residential Placid Bay community near Latanes.

Among those arrested are George H. Mills, 39, of Oak Grove; Larry L. Waybright Jr., 26, of Oak Grove; Jason R. Powell, 34, of King George; Brian K. Summerville, 48, of Colonial Beach; and Tonia M. Garvie, 33, who faces charges under state kingpin statutes, also of colonial Beach.

The 12 suspects are scheduled to be arraigned in Circuit Court Friday.

“I want the message to be loud and clear that if you do drug business in Westmoreland, you will be arrested and prosecuted,” said Commonwealth’s Attorney Dean Atkins.

While prescription drug abuse is a growing problem in the state, a do-it-yourself drug is seeing a resurgence according to the latest report from the Governor’s Office of Drug Control Policy. O.D.C.P. spokesman, Dale Woolery, says methamphetamine was never wiped out — but there was progress.

He says the state saw a significant dip in meth use, meth manufacturing, and other issues related to meth for several years starting in 2005. But Woolery says in the last two or three years, there’s been an uptick in meth related issues. Woolery says it wasn’t a case of the meth-fighting effort failing.

Woolery says the meth problem could be even worse if it weren’t for some of the things put into place like the pseudoephedrine tracking system, which they think has had an impact on meth labs. “Having said that, we still are seeing an increase in meth labs — though they are smaller and producing less meth — they are still there and people addicted to meth are still there,” Woolery says.

Beginning in 2004, state law changed so cold medications containing the key meth ingredient pseudoephedrine required a signature to be purchased, and stores are now linked electronically to track their purchases. O.D.C.P. figures show over 21,000 blocked attempts to buy such medications since the system was implemented.

Woolery says meth makers have adjusted their methods for getting pseudoephedrine and making the addictive drug. Woolery says they travel to other states to get the pseudoephedrine, or they find ways to buy smaller amounts of the ingredient here in Iowa. And he says many have switched to a new production method called a “one pot” or “shake and bake lab.”

Woolery says the new baking method requires less of the key ingredients, but may require more work. He says the labs are smaller and make smaller batches, so the meth makers may have to fire them up more often.

Woolery says they do believe there are still fewer meth makers out there overall, but there is still “a significant number” and the labs are still dangerous. Woolery says they expect to see 343 meth labs in 2011, or nearly twice the recent annual low of 178 in 2007, but still almost 80% below the 1,500 recorded in 2004 before the law moving drugs containing pseudoephedrine behind pharmacy counters.

The stats show the number of Iowans entering treatment primarily for meth use increased for the third straight year in 2011, coinciding with similar rebounds in reports of meth labs and meth-related prison admissions.

TYLER (KYTX) — A 43-year-old Flint, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking and firearms violations.

Jerry Gilstrap pleaded guilty on July 5, 2011, to possession with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of pure methamphetamine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and was sentenced today to 180 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Leonard E. Davis.

According to information presented in court, on Feb. 16, 2011, Gilstrap was found in possession of a Ruger LCP .380 semi-automatic pistol while in possession of 50 grams of pure methamphetamine which he intended to distribute in the Eastern District of Texas. Gilstrap was indicted by a federal grand jury on Apr. 6, 2011 and charged with federal drug and gun violations.

This case was investigated by the DEA and the Smith County Sheriff’s Office and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Baldwin.

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – From wedding bells to jail cells, a New Mexico newlywed said his vows and then was taken down by U.S. Marshals as he was headed to consummate his marriage.

Daniel Jojola knew he was wanted, in fact that’s why he drove to another city to get married, but when he came back home to celebrate the U.S. Marshals were waiting.

Jojola and his new bride Yvonne Martinez spent Monday morning planning their future.

“They drive over to Carrizozo and they get married in Carrizozo with his wife his new wife,” said Deputy Marshal James Badway.

This isn’t a wedding story; see Jojola is a well known gang banging troublemaker.

“He had a history of burglary and trafficking methamphetamine,” said Badway. “Chihuahuaitas and also I believe Eastside San Jose of the Roswell area…It’s a violent gang.”

Jojola was wanted for violating his probation. When he and his new bride returned to their hometown of Roswell to spend some quiet post-wedding time together at a friend’s house he was trying to keep a low profile.

“The bride got out of the car and started to look around to make sure no one was watching and then she kind of covered him as they went into the house,” said Badway. “At that point deputies were able to observe tattoos on the neck and on the body.”

Those tattoos, including “Roswell” over one of his eyebrows, gave him away and Marshals moved in.

“As they were knocking on the door they could hear someone going out the back of the house running through the house and out the back,” said Badway.

Marshals were waiting out back and nabbed him along with his party favors. He had meth on him and a nine-millimeter. The feds are charging him now with being a felon in possession of a firearm on top of his state charges.

Both Jojola and his wife told deputies their wedding day had already gone downhill before his arrest.

“They spent most of the day after they got married fighting,” said Badway.

Turns out Jojola’s bride, Yvonne Martinez, is also a gang member. We’ve learned she’s in charge of all the females in the gang. She also has a criminal history and goes before a judge next week on drug charges.

This was a family affair. While looking for Jojola officers also arrested his sister and brother for outstanding warrants not related to his case.

CATAWBA, N.C. — Former NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield, barred from the association since 2009 for a failed drug test, was arrested at his western North Carolina home and charged with possession of methamphetamine, and police said Wednesday he may face more charges.

Mayfield was arrested Tuesday night and charged possessing 1.5 grams of meth, according to records from the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office. Mayfield, 42, posted $3,000 bond and was scheduled to appear in district court on Wednesday. A call to the clerk’s office in Newton was not immediately returned Wednesday afternoon.

Detectives from neighboring Lincoln County said roughly $100,000 worth of items that belonged to businesses in that county were also found at Mayfield’s home, and they plan to charge him with possession of stolen goods.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office says Mayfield had heavy equipment parts, welders and welding accessories, truck parts, an engraving machine and other items that they say were reported stolen from two businesses in late 2010 and early 2011.

The phone rang unanswered at Mayfield’s home in the town of Catawba multiple times Wednesday. It wasn’t immediately clear if he has a lawyer representing him in the drug case.

The former Sprint Cup driver was suspended from NASCAR in May 2009 after failing a random drug test. Mayfield denied he was using an illegal drug, but NASCAR said he tested positive for methamphetamines.

In unsuccessful legal challenges to his suspension, Mayfield said his positive test stemmed from a mix of an over-the-counter allergy medication and the prescription drug Adderall.

“Having just heard and read the news about the Jeremy Mayfield incident, we will have to see how the facts play out,” NASCAR spokesman Kerry Tharp said in an e-mail message. “NASCAR’s goal in its substance abuse program has always been to keep competitors safe and create treatment opportunities for those who need it.”

An 18-year-old and a 26-year-old are being held without bond, awaiting a Monday court date on drug charges.
Police on Thursday searched a Poor Valley home and seized a red phosphorus methamphetamine lab, charging the man and woman with a number of felony drug charges.
According to the federal government, red phosphorus, often obtained from matches, is combined with iodine to produce hydriodic acid. Hydriodic acid is used to convert pseudoephedrine to methamphetamine.
Sheriff Fred Newman said the Saltville home was searched Oct. 27, in the early morning.
Dustin Trent Snead, the 18-year-old, of the home, was charged with possession of precursors with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine, conspiring to manufacture methamphetamine and possession of Schedule I or II controlled substance.
The 26-year-old, Melanie Hope Widener, of Glade Spring, was charged with the same. Both are being held without bond at the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail in Abingdon.
“Ironically,” Newman said, “Widener was out on bond for methamphetamine related charges at the time this arrest.”
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office was joined in the search by the Smyth County Sheriff’s Office, Glade Spring Police Department, Abingdon Police Department, Virginia State Police and the DEA.

ACKERMAN, Miss. (WTVA) _ A week-long investigation into crystal methamphetamine has lead to the arrest of a Choctaw County man.

The Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics reports agents arrested Arturo Lopez Sanchez, 41, Monday after they served a search warrant at his home on Henson Road in Weir.

Authorities say they found nearly 30 grams of methamphetamine and a government-issued bullet-resistant vest during the search.

Sanchez is being held without bond on felony charges of possession of methamphetamine.

A 27-YEAR-OLD Yarraville man who used beer bottles to smuggle 55 kilograms of cocaine and methamphetamine into Australia faces life imprisonment and a fine of up to $750,000.

An investigation began on Tuesday 11 October when a consignment of 672 cases of Mexican beer arrived at the Port of Melbourne from Mexico.

Customs and Border Protection officers targeted and examined the consignment and discovered a number of the bottles contained a clear liquid that was not consistent with other bottles containing beer.

Forensic tests indicated the liquid, a total of 390 litres, contained cocaine and methamphetamine, with further investigations revealing a value of up to $14 million.

The consignment was delivered to an address in Tullamarine where it was unloaded and delivered to various addresses in Melbourne, including 39 cases to the home of the Yarraville man.

Seven search warrants were executed on Wednesday 26 October in various suburbs including Yarraville, where the 27-year-old was arrested by Australian Federal Police (AFP).

He was charged with attempting to possess commercial quantities of unlawfully imported border controlled drugs, namely cocaine and methamphetamine.

AFP Manager Melbourne Commander Scott Lee said the man was a member of an international drug syndicate and that the operation between Victoria Police, Customs and Border Protection and the AFP had resulted in the syndicate being dismantled.

“Australian law enforcement is more united than ever in the fight against organised crime and the disruption we have caused to this network cannot be underestimated,” Cdr Lee said.

Customs and Border Protection National Manager Sea Cargo and International Mail Graham Krisohos said this was a great example of agencies working together to combat organised crime.

“If such a large drug operation had been allowed to infiltrate Australian communities it would pose real and very damaging social and health consequences,” Mr Krisohos said.

“Combating international drug smuggling requires high-level partnerships such as those displayed in this operation.”

Investigations are continuing and a number of further arrests are expected.

Newport News— Police charged two people Tuesday morning with manufacturing methamphetamine.

At about 1:55 a.m., police responded to the 500 block of Colony Road to a report of a burglary in progress. When officers arrived they were told that there were people inside of a residence and that no one was supposed to be in the house, according to Lou Thurston, a spokesman for Newport News police.

During their investigation, officers determined that two suspects were in possession of methamphetamine, according to Thurston. Officers also located material consistent with the production and use of methamphetamine. Thurston said it appears as though this production was on a small scale.

Kristen Jenise Toth, 21, of the 500 block of Old Lakeside Drive in Yorktown, has been charged with two counts each of burglary and possession of methamphetamine with the intent to manufacture or distribute. Toth is related to the home owner, but did not have permission to be on the property, Thurston said.

Dustin Scott Belangia, 27, of the 2500 block of Rodgers Street in Chesapeake, has been charged with two counts of burglary and three counts of possession of methamphetamine with the intent to manufacture or distribute.

Both suspects are currently in Newport News Jail.,0,4507451.story

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office announced it has made one of the largest methamphetamine busts in county history, with drugs worth nearly $5 million on the street.

On Oct. 27, the Special Investigations and SWAT units along with the DEA seized 14 gallons of liquid methamphetamine from a vehicle they had stopped on North Walker Road just north of Texas 105. The vehicle was believed to have methamphetamine concealed within it.

Enrique Alvarez, 40, and Herminia Santana, 37, were arrested and taken into federal custody, and a 7-month-old child was released to child welfare authorities, a sheriff’s office news release said:

DEA hazardous material experts took custody of the liquid and experts believe the seizure could make as much as 200 pounds of methamphetamine having a street value of over $4.8 million.

The hours of investigation, the number of personnel required and the clean-up efforts took approximately 30 investigators and staff over 30 hours working without a break.

And the next day, the Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday, deputies broke up an apparent pot operation.

Deputies from The Woodlands division pulled over a 2005 Ford F-150 northbound on Interstate 45 at FM 2854 about 4 p.m. Oct. 28, to find it carried seven 10-pound bales of marijuana.

The driver escaped into some nearby woods, but the passenger, 27-year-old Xavier Moctezuma of Houston, was taken to Montgomery County Jail.

Micro Meth Labs Run Riot

Posted: November 2, 2011 in Uncategorized

Police across the U.S. are struggling with a proliferation of busts for methamphetamine production, fueled by the rise of small but dangerous “one pot” labs.

The increasingly popular technique has largely replaced the kitchen-size meth lab with a single, two-liter soda bottle. Ingredients for a batch can easily be obtained on a single trip to a pharmacy and mixed almost anywhere. One-pot labs aren’t new, but they are spreading just as budget cuts are reducing police forces.

In Christiansburg, Va., the police department is paying thousands of dollars to clean up toxic labs. Police in Tulsa, Okla., have handled 15% more meth-lab busts so far this year than all of last year, at a time when the department is down some 70 officers. Nationally, incidents related to meth production rose above 11,000 last year, after falling sharply to around 6,000 in 2007, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

One-pot operations produce small quantities of meth at a time, law-enforcement officials say, but are toxic and highly explosive, occasionally resulting in fires and deaths. Their small scale makes them especially hard to find and stop, in part because they don’t require enough pseudoephedrine—an essential meth ingredient found in some cold medications—to run afoul of federal purchasing limits.

“They’re small, they’re mobile, they’re easy to hide,” said Cpl. Mike Griffin of the Tulsa Police Department. “As long as pseudoephedrine is available, they’re going to keep growing.”

Methamphetamine, a stimulant whose side effects include tooth loss, skin lesions and brain damage after extended abuse, induces a lengthy euphoria and is highly addictive. Some women take it as a weight-loss drug. But as they chase after one-pot labs,police fear they are neglecting bigger drug-dealing operations involving global cartels and other drugs, such as cocaine and heroin.

Since Tulsa police found the city’s first one-pot lab in late 2008, lab busts have soared, reaching 315 in 2009. So far this year, police have busted 372 labs, up from 323 in 2010.

DEA data show that the trend is similar elsewhere. In Virginia, for example, the number of labs and related sites discovered by police has been surging. In Indiana, the number last year was up 64% from 2008, at 1,213. The figures include all types of meth labs, but one-pot operations now predominate.

The trend has prompted legislators in some states, including Oklahoma, Michigan and Maine, to propose bills requiring a doctor’s prescription for over-the-counter medicine containing pseudoephedrine. Similar laws have been passed in Oregon and Mississippi, where meth operations dropped sharply afterward.

Drug makers have instead promoted a national tracking network to monitor sales, which they are financing. Seventeen states, including Kentucky, Illinois and Louisiana, have signed up, and Virginia is considering joining.

“We don’t like the fact that law-abiding citizens will be penalized as a result of the actions of a very small minority,” said Carlos Gutierrez, a spokesman for the Consumer Healthcare Products Association.

Federal regulations limiting over-the-counter sales of pseudoephedrine to a few grams a day helped keep larger meth producers in check after the rules took effect in 2006. But producers started scaling down recipes to require just a few packages of cold medicine instead of hundreds.

“As crooks tend to do, they have adapted,” said DEA spokesman Jeffrey Scott.

In Vanderburgh County, Ind., small-batch meth cooks have expanded—one recent case involved more than 100 pots, said Lt. Bret Fitzsimmons. Police have busted three times as many labs so far this year as they did in all of 2009. The caseload has grown so much that police had to set aside three investigators, out of a narcotics task force of 20, to work on meth cases full-time.

In Christiansburg, police started paying to clean up one-pot labs after money distributed by the DEA for that purpose was used up quickly this year. The process, which requires a crew specialized in hazardous materials, has absorbed 40% of the department’s $15,000 budget to pay informants, said Lt. Tim Brown. Meth cooks usually don’t accumulate cash or assets that can be confiscated to offset a probe’s costs.

“There’s not a whole lot of money involved,” Lt. Brown said. “Either people manufacture to supply their own habit or to trade for pseudoephedrine.”

CORBIN — Times-Tribune Staff Report

Five people were arrested Tuesday after deputies found methamphetamine labs at a Knox County home, according to Knox County Sheriff John Pickard.

The arrests came after deputies Brian Hensley and Roy Gambrel responded to 348 Ott Road in reference to a report of a possible meth lab. When the deputies arrived, they saw John Jones standing in the doorway until Jones saw them, at which point he tried to flee.

When Gambrel reached the back of the house, he saw Jones trying to exit the basement door. When Jones saw Gambrel, Jones turned and tried to flee back into the residence.

Hensley and Gambrel went into the home, where they located Frederick Owens, Howard Mullins, Denise Cloud and Sylvia Garland, along with Jones.

When they entered the basement, deputies saw pseudoephedrine pills crushed and scattered across the basement floor. They also saw needles scattered about the floor of the upstairs living room and hallway. One of the needles appeared to contain methamphetamine.

Jones was searched and deputies found a small baggie of methamphetamine inside a small red metal container that was in his hand. At that point, the home was searched and an active meth lab was located in Owens’ bedroom closet, another active meth lab was found hidden beneath the seat cover of a motorcycle frame.

Owens was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine second offense, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, controlled substance not in proper container and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Jones was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine first offense, second-degree fleeing and evading police, possession of a controlled substance first offense – meth, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, controlled substance not in proper container, possession of controlled substance.

Mullins was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine first offense and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Cloud was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and prescription controlled substance not in original container.

Garland was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a controlled substance not in original container.

All five were jailed in the Knox County Detention Center.

The deputies were assisted by Kentucky State Police troopers Jake Wilson and Kelly Farris.

One person has been arrested and another is recuperating after a meth lab explosion off Old Savannah Road early Monday morning.

Richmond County sheriff’s Lt. Robert Partain said firefighters responded about 1 a.m. to a fire at a residence in the 300 block of Bell Drive. Around that time, a man with burns on his body and hands arrived at University Hospital.

Investigators were able to connect the burn victim, 28-year-old Charles Allen Thompson, to the fire after responders contained the blaze and discovered methamphetamine-producing chemicals in his home, Partain said. Charges of manufacturing methamphetamine are pending his release from the Joseph M. Still Burn Center.

Another resident of the home, 19-year-old Kristen Blake Calhoun, was arrested on charges on manufacturing methamphetamine.

The Massac County Sheriff’s Department arrested six people after finding an active meth lab with a child in the home.

The department received a tip about an active meth lab with a small child at 1101 E. 7th St.

Deputies searched the home at 8:38 p.m. Sunday.

Eric Mitchell, 28, Donald Gilbert, 43, Debra Stafford, 34, Autumn Prader, 19, Whitney Lathem, 23, all of Metropolis and Brinna Payne, 23, of Mounds are charged with aggravated participation in methamphetamine manufacturing and methamphetamine related child endangerment. Enhancements will be added for being within 1000 feet of a daycare and 1000 feet of a public housing, according to the Massac County Sheriff.

More than 1,300 grams of methamphetamine were recovered by the Illinois State Police Meth Response Team.

The child was taken into protective custody.

The Metropolis Fire Department were called to block traffic and in case of a fire. The next door neighbor was asked to leave until the lab was cleaned up.

This is the second lab in a row where a child has had to be removed from the home. Earlier this month, a 5 year old was removed from a home.

All the suspects are being held without bond until they go to court on Tuesday.

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Guam – Rep. Raymond D. Palacios was busted for trafficking methamphetamine or ice after police used a confidential source to buy $200 worth of crystal methamphetamine or “ice” from the CNMI lawmaker in two transactions.
Detectives determined that the substance sold by Palacios in the two transactions tested presumptive positive for crystal methamphetamine or “ice.”

Palacios, who was arrested last Friday, was taken to the Superior Court yesterday for his initial appearance or bail hearing.

His bail was initially set at $60,000 cash but Associate Judge Perry B. Inos later reduced it to 10 percent of $30,000 cash after determining that the lawmaker is not a flight risk.

The committee specifically created to probe Palacios’ alleged drug involvement, meanwhile, will stay its course and will now recommend whether the Precinct II lawmaker will be suspended or allowed to continue with his duties as an elected official after he makes bail.

wo people were arrested on suspicion of possessing methamphetamine after leading police in a vehicle pursuit that ended with a collision on East Airway Boulevard, said California Highway Patrol Officer Steve Creel.

The pursuit began at 1:10 a.m. Saturday when a CHP patrol officer checked a plate on a Suzuki motorcycle traveling on Airway Boulevard. The plate came back registered to a Harley Davidson motorcycle and the officer attempted to stop the motorcycle — driven by a man with a woman passenger.

The driver, later identified as Daniel Jennings of Livermore, sped away in excess of 60 miles per hour and headed onto Kitty Hawk Road, Creel said.

Jennings, 38, continued onto Isabel Avenue and appeared to slow down to make a left turn, but veered back to his right. The officer in pursuit was unable to slow down in time and rear-ended the motorcycle, ejecting Jennings and his passenger — later identified as Anne Jennings, 36, of Pleasanton.

The two were transported to Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley and treated for minor injuries. The officer was not injured.

After they were released from the hospital, both suspects were found to be in possession of methamphetamine and arrested, Creel said.

Daniel Jennings is being held in Santa Rita Jail in Dublin in lieu of $95,000 bail. He also faces charges for evading a police officer and is scheduled to be arraigned at 1:30 p.m. today in Department 701 of the Gale-Schenone Hall of Justice in Pleasanton.

There are no county inmate records available for Anne Jennings and it is unclear if she faces any charges.

The son of Hillview’s mayor has been charged with making methamphetamine at the family’s home.

Jason Olen Eadens, 27, was arrested Friday and charged with manufacturing meth and possession of a controlled substance, said Chief Deputy John Cottrell of the Bullitt County sheriff’s office.

Messages left at the home of Eadens’ father, Mayor James Eadens, were not returned Sunday. The voicemail box on James Eadens’ cellphone was full and not accepting messages.

Two detectives from the sheriff’s department’s narcotics division found a few “one-step” labs, which involve making meth in two-liter soda bottles, in the garage at the home on Overdale Drive in Bullitt County, Cottrell said. They also found 2½ to 3 grams of finished product.

“He was apparently cooking in the garage when his father was at work,” Cottrell said. “He (James Eadens) apparently didn’t know about it.”

Jason Eadens is being held at the Bullitt County Detention Center in lieu of a $100,000 bond.

Pair accused of selling Meth

Posted: October 31, 2011 in Uncategorized

MANTECA – A monthlong investigation by the Manteca Police Department’s street crimes division has led to the arrest of a man and woman accused of selling marijuana and methamphetamine a block from the city’s Boys & Girls Club, officials said.

Manteca residents John Rhodes, 38, and Lena Garwood, 36, were arrested after police executed a search warrant on their home in the 300 block of West Alameda Street at about 11 a.m. Friday, said Officer Jason Hensley, a spokesman for the Manteca Police Department.

An ounce of methamphetamine, 2.5 ounces of marijuana and an undisclosed amount of cash and drug paraphernalia were found in the home, Hensley said. The two were arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana and methamphetamine for sale, he said.

Who among us hasn’t barbecued a raccoon in a Tennessee parking lot and then gotten caught up in a meth bust?

On Monday, Memphis, Tenn., police arrested 26-year-old Adam Eubank on suspicion of manufacturing methamphetamine after his brother, Alex Eubank, held a late-night critter cookout outside an apartment complex. That cookout drew the attention of the police.

Local TV channel KSDK interviewed the men’s less-than-terrified neighbors to get to the bottom of the story.

“Pretty shocked,” neighbor Shelton Russell said, with something akin to a smile. “I… I mean, it’s a raccoon, I don’t know. Where’d they find it?”

“They said they were using it [the fire] to dry their clothes,” added neighbor Chris Phillip, who told KSDK the brothers were known as “the squirrel brothers” for once skinning a squirrel in an apartment common area.

Several people were standing around the fire, KSDK reported, and there was a futon nearby; one man had large knives. When the police showed up, they noticed buckets containing some suspicious material, so they investigated Eubanks’ apartment.

Adam Eubank, who was inside the apartment, didn’t let the police in and didn’t answer questions, according to an affidavit provided to The Times. They arrested him after discovering he’d bought pseudoephedrine — a cold medicine that’s a key ingredient in meth — 35 times in a year.

Alex Eubank was questioned but not arrested.

Kokomo doctor arrested for meth

Posted: October 31, 2011 in Uncategorized

KOKOMO, Ind. (WISH) – A Kokomo doctor of internal medicine is behind bars for allegedly possessing methamphetamine while he was a patient at Wishard Hospital in Indianapolis, according to our partners at the Kokomo Tribune .

Howard County sheriff deputies arrested Dr. Silvio J. Sanchez earlier this week on a Marion County warrant for Class D felony possession of meth.

As of Friday, Sanchez, who resides in Indianapolis, remained incarcerated at the Howard County jail awaiting transport to the Marion County jail.

Deputies arrested the doctor Tuesday evening at St. Joseph Hospital on the warrant.

Sanchez practices internal medicine out of the Wagoner Medical Clinic on North Dixon Road.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed in Marion Superior Court, a nurse at Wishard’s emergency room found a baggy containing four smaller baggies of meth, two vials of unknown substances, and a box containing three glass pipes with residue and 10 DVDs in Sanchez’s possession.

The nurse told deputies he found the items while conducting an inventory of the patient’s property, which is part of the hospital’s policy, the affidavit stated.

Suspecting the items were illegal substances, the nurse alerted two Marion County sheriff deputies who were working security at the hospital.

When questioned, Sanchez admitted the baggies contained meth, but said he did not know what was in the vials.

A drug test performed on the substance in the vials came back negative for meth.

No information was available about how Sanchez became a patient at the hospital.

A message seeking comment left at Wagoner Medical Clinic in Kokomo was not returned.

If convicted, Sanchez could receive up to three years in prison.