Comments Off on Bedford County couple,Shana Marie Witt, 24, and Michael Anthony Smith, charged in 2-year-old’s strangulation death; Smith also charged with manufacturing Methamphetamine

A Bedford County mother is charged with murder in the strangulation death of her 2-year-old son, and the boy’s father faces charges of child abuse and drug manufacturing.


Shana Marie Witt, 24, was arrested on one count of first-degree murder after her son, Jordan Smith, died Thursday afternoon, authorities said.


Michael Anthony Smith — Witt’s husband and the boy’s father — was arrested and charged with two counts of felony child abuse and neglect and one count of manufacturing methamphetamine.


“It just rips your heart out,” Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown said. “That’s probably one of the most difficult scenes you’re going to go to.”

The announcement came at a Friday afternoon news conference during which Brown and Bedford County Commonwealth’s Attorney Randy Krantz outlined the case.

Emergency crews responded to the 1000 block of Peaksview Lane in Bedford after receiving a call from a house there at 1:35 p.m. on Thursday. They found Jordan Smith unresponsive and not breathing.

The boy was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Brown said Friday afternoon there was no history of calls to the Peaksview Lane home. When responders arrived, Brown said, the couple did not offer an explanation as to why Jordan’s breathing stopped.

Witt and Michael Smith lived at the Peaksview Lane home with Jordan Smith and another child, age 5. The 5-year-old was not home when the incident occurred, the sheriff’s office said.

Krantz, the prosecutor, said Jordan Smith died from “manual strangulation and suffocation.”

“There is probable cause to believe this was a willful, premeditated and deliberate murder. There is no evidence at this point to suggest that it was anything but that,” he said.

The medical examiner’s office performed an autopsy and ruled out natural causes, Krantz said.

When dispatchers received the report, the sheriff’s office sent a violent-crime response team. Krantz said detectives and forensic specialists were sent to investigate, allowing them to issue charges 24 hours after Jordan’s death.

“There were officers working from early afternoon hours yesterday and are still working right now. This is still a fluid situation,” Krantz said Friday afternoon.

The two counts of child abuse and neglect Michael Smith faces stem from investigators’ belief that he cooked methamphetamine while his children were home, Brown said. A standard toxicology screen was performed on Jordan, though deputies have not yet received the results.

Investigators believe the child died one to four hours before emergency responders were called.

“There was an intentional delay in contacting the proper authorities,” Krantz said.

The commonwealth’s attorney said authorities believe the delay was meant to allow the couple to hide any drugs being manufactured at the home.

Krantz said it is possible he will pursue the homicide case as a capital murder charge.

Witt and Smith are being held without bond.



Comments Off on Remediation of clandestine Methamphetamine labs necessary for health of future residents

In some Louisiana homes, cooking can be deadly.

The ingredients homegrown chemists use in these clandestine labs include a concoction of chemicals like ammonia, hydrochloric acid and lithium from batteries, all to create the drug methamphetamine. The act of cooking meth is illegal. It can also be lethal, turning a residence into a silent killer.

Xtreme CleanersXtreme Cleaners uses a detergent-water solution to wash surfaces in a former clandestine meth lab

Larry Douglas is president and CEO of Xtreme Cleaners, a crime scene and biohazard cleanup company based in Prairieville that removes contamination from former meth labs in Louisiana and New England. Though Louisiana law protects potential homeowners from unknowingly purchasing a property contaminated by meth, Douglas feels some blind spots in current laws put public health at risk.


After a methamphetamine laboratory is seized by authorities and the chemistry set is removed, the carpets, the furniture and even the walls are still contaminated by the toxic and corrosive elements produced by the chemical process. These residual chemicals endanger the health of future residents unless the former laboratory is properly cleaned or “remediated.”

The Environmental Protection Agency’s guidelines for methamphetamine laboratory cleanup say, “Remediation always occurs after gross chemical removal, when the site is secured and is no longer subject to criminal investigation.”

Douglas said his company typically oversees remediation at one former meth lab every two days. He said Xtreme Cleaners worked more than 360 labs last year.

“Police are responsible for the cleanup. People think ‘cleanup’ means remediation,” but remediation requires a more in depth approach to removing contamination, Douglas said.

Although the steps differ from lab to lab, remediation typically involves testing surfaces for contamination; removing stained, damaged or porous materials; using a HEPA filter-equipped vacuum to vacuum the area; washing surfaces with a detergent-water solution; cleaning the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system; encapsulating surfaces with primers, paints or other sealants; and outdoor remediation; all before testing surfaces for contamination once again

Health hazards

“There’s two things,” said Colin Wick, chair of the chemistry program at Louisiana Tech University. “Things that you touch and things that you worry about in the air.” He said when the corrosive and toxic gases come into contact with objects and structures in the home, they become absorbed and remain in those objects.

But just how these chemicals negatively affect future residents differs case by case. “There’s no easy, straightforward answer, because there’s so many different ways to make meth,” Lee Sawyer, director of chemistry, physics and nanosystems engineering at Louisiana Tech, said.

As a result, law enforcement agencies are forced to evaluate and approach each suspected meth lab on an individual basis.

Meth labs in Ouachita Parish

“Fortunately, the number of meth labs in Ouachita Parish has reduced drastically over the past several years,” said Capt. Jay Ellerman of the Metro Narcotics Unit. “In 2013, we responded to less than 10 meth labs.” He credited recent restrictions and regulations of pseudoephedrine sales with the decline in local labs.

“The meth labs that we typically respond to now are what we call ‘shake and bake’ or ‘one pot’ labs. These labs are small and typically yield only a few grams of a poor quality methamphetamine. They are also relatively easy to clean or dispose of,” Ellerman said. “It is simply easier to drive to Texas to purchase a better quality methamphetamine than go through the lengthy process and risks of manufacturing a meth product that is a poorer quality and a smaller yield.”

Ellerman said the Metro Narcotics Unit has officers certified by the Drug Enforcement Administration to handle and dispose of unknown liquids or substances found in clandestine meth labs.

“In the event that a large lab is located, there are various cleanup contractors located throughout the state that will respond to assist and dispose of the substances found,” Ellerman said. “There are none that are located in Ouachita Parish.”

Louisiana law

Currently, to protect citizens from purchasing a home once used as a meth lab, Louisiana law obligates sellers to disclose unremediated crystal meth exposure before the sale.

The disclosure form requires sellers to check “Yes,” “No,” or “Not Known” in reference to “Crystal Meth Exposure.”

Additionally, Louisiana law requires the DEQ to maintain a “listing of residential real property that has been reported as contaminated, and the list shall be made available to the public through a website.”

The listing is available at

As of now, there are no reports of meth labs in Ouachita Parish or its surrounding parishes.

The statute allows property “remediated to its established standards” to be removed from the list. And “once the property has been removed from the list,” then “the property owner is not required to report or otherwise disclose the past contamination.”

Possible deficiencies in Louisiana law

Louisiana law does not mandate remediation of meth labs, however.

As a remediation expert, Douglas said he has reached out to legislators in Louisiana to promote additional regulatory laws. “Our DEQ has a written process, which is basically a copy of the EPA’s guidelines with a few tweaks,” Douglas said.

For safety reasons, Douglas said he hopes to see laws requiring meth lab remediation, but also laws that set standards for how much contamination is acceptable after remediation. Currently, Louisiana has no quantitative meth remediation standard.

Douglas compared this to having a “DWI law without a breath level.”

The EPA’s guidelines say 25 states currently have quantitative standards. These dictate the maximum amount of contamination allowed for remediation to be considered complete. Without a set standard in Louisiana, successful remediation cannot be gauged against a legal requirement.

Douglas also noted that when a meth lab is found in any property consisting of four or more units, “it’s not even reported.” He finds this highly problematic, because motels, apartment buildings and other multiple-unit properties have “the most turnover and the highest chance of exposure to a child.”

In all, meth lab remediation protects public health. Without requiring remediation or judging that remediation to a set standard, Douglas worries the lives and health of innocent residents are endangered.

“We try to get people to test (contamination levels) as frequently as possible,” Douglas said. He said even if meth has only been smoked in a property and not manufactured, the contamination results “come back pretty substantial.”



Comments Off on Methamphetamine epidemic – Marquette County officials take tough action against drug scourge

MARQUETTE – Methamphetamine has become a problem with no easy solution for residents of Marquette County.

“I have stated to juries in methamphetamine trials that this drug should be thought of as the opposite of a gateway drug; perhaps an exit drug, or the last drug on the gamut of drug abuse,” said Prosecuting Attorney Matthew Wiese in an email interview. “Hard core drug addicts often end up using methamphetamine. It is reported as one of the most addictive drugs, and that a person can be ‘hooked’ after using it just one time.”

Wiese said his office prosecuted just three meth cases in 2009 and none involved production. In 2010, four meth cases were prosecuted, one involving manufacture.

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595633_2Some of the ingredients that are used in cooking meth and were allegedly removed from the house are shown



But Wiese said in 2011, with the advent of the “one-pot” method of cooking meth, the number of cases surged to 41, with 25 involving labs.

One-pots are much simpler than traditional meth labs and require only ingredients and a plastic bottle.

Numbers have since gone down slightly as Marquette County law enforcement agencies have aggressively investigated meth crimes, resulting in the arrest and imprisonment of many meth producers, Wiese said.

Wiese said the best way to combat the meth issue is to cut off the supply of the key ingredient needed in the one-pot method – ephedrine or pseudoephedrine.

State Rep. John Kivela, D-Marquette, has introduced a bill that would help do that by creating a stop-sale notification for pseudoephedrine, requiring felons to obtain a prescription for the drug.

The bill was introduced along with two others in the State Senate that would help stop “smurfing,” an organized group purchase of pseudoephedrine where all individuals buy only the daily, or 30-day, per-person limit, then combine the drug to make a larger quantity of methamphetamine.

Kivela said meth is an issue both sides of the aisle can come together on.

“It is definitely better to work across the aisle on this and many issues,” Kivela said in an email. “Meth is not a Republican or Democrat problem, it is a serious epidemic that is affecting communities all over Michigan. I shared these two bills with my colleagues from southwest Michigan because they have a serious problem in their communities as well.”

Kivela said he watched firsthand as the meth problem grew out of control, taxing first responders and public agencies, and local governments without the resources to adequately fight the battle.

“This was the first issue I started working on and I’ve learned a lot in the process,” Kivela said. “Some of my colleagues refer to me as the ‘Meth guy’ because of it. I do feel we are making progress, not as fast as I’d like though. We recently had a committee hearing on these three bills and expect a vote as soon as (this) week.”

Wiese said even better would be a law requiring everyone using ephedrine or pseudoephedrine – not just felons – to obtain an annual prescription, but pharmaceutical companies are strongly opposed to any further regulation of the drug.

“The problem with this position is that it would very likely substantially reduce the gross sales of this effective sinus medicine, which is exactly why the pharmaceutical companies are opposed to requiring a prescription for this drug,” Wiese said.

But it isn’t just an increase in meth production/use cases that Wiese’s office is seeing as the use of meth continues to plague Marquette County.

“Over the last couple of years, the use and production of methamphetamine has resulted in a significant increase in theft crimes,” Wiese said. “Unfortunately, many of the most violent felony crimes we have handled over the last couple of years have been related to the use or manufacture of methamphetamine.”

That includes a 2011 shooting in Marquette that left one man dead and another in prison after the two had a dispute over a methamphetamine transaction.

Though, meth use and production is not just a criminal problem. The issue reaches its tentacles into the daily lives of the families of those involved in this dangerous activity.

“The number of babies being born to meth addicted parents is alarming, if you talk to the courts they will tell you that a large percentage of their docket involving children has a connection to this drug,” Kivela said. “The cost to the state ranges in the millions of dollars, between law enforcement, clean-ups, incarceration, and treatment alone. Let alone the cost to families.”

Wiese said the danger to others in a place where meth is manufactured is extremely high.

“We have had cases where children and responding social service workers had to be medically treated because of toxic exposure at methamphetamine manufacture sites,” Wiese said.

A hazmat crew has to be called in to clean up manufacturing sites, which Wiese said can costs thousands of dollars.

“Even worse, the ‘one pot method’ uses a combination of ingredients that can create a highly volatile situation,” Wiese added.

Mishandling of the mixture in conjunction with the use of an accelerant – often used in the production of meth – can result in a fiery breach of the “one pot” that resembles a flame thrower. Wiese said the sudden fire is often misinterpreted as an explosion.

This occurred in 2011, when a one-pot cook in Gwinn breached, burning one man over more than 60 percent of his body.

“This is without question the worst drug in society, not only is it a powerfully addictive drug, but the manufacturing of it creates deadly consequence,” Kivela said. “We read almost daily of the contamination, fires, and explosions. It creates hazards for the manufacturers and the law enforcement officials.”

And though he cites the destructive nature of meth, Kivela said harsher laws are not the answer.

“I am of the firm belief that we can’t criminalize this drug away, it’s too addictive,” Kivela said. “The goal of these bills are NOT to put people in jail, but to keep (pseudoephedrine) out of the hands of the people that abuse it.”




Comments Off on 5 men and women arrested in 3 separate Methamphetamine drug sweeps in McCracken County

McCRACKEN COUNTY, Ky. – On February 27, 2014, detectives and deputies with the Sheriff’s Department concluded a methamphetamine trafficking investigation by executing a search warrant at a West Paducah home.

The Sheriff’s Department executed the search warrant at the Lauren Lane residence of Brandy Stephens. During the search, several adults and two juveniles were located inside.

Detectives found crystal methamphetamine, marijuana, prescription medication, scales, drug paraphernalia, and additional evidence of methamphetamine trafficking. The sheriff’s department also seized cash believed to be proceeds from illegal drug sales.

Brandy Stephens, Jordan Matlock and Devin Copeland were arrested.  The two juveniles were released to family members after Social Services was contacted.

The investigation continued as detectives obtained and executed two more search warrants at two other homes in McCracken County on February 28.

Detectives found Cary Hopwood inside a Marshall Road home and arrested him after quantities of methamphetamine, marijuana and assorted drug paraphernalia were located in the residence and in vehicles found on the property.

Detectives executed the second search warrant on Clarkline Road.  Detectives noticed Victor “Chipper” Jang exiting a bathroom and could hear a toilet running. Jang was detained. The investigation revealed Jang had just flushed a quantity of methamphetamine down the toilet in an efforts to destroy evidence. A subsequent search of the residence revealed digital scales, smoking pipes, marijuana, doses of hydrocodone, drug paraphernalia and numerous firearms. Jang was arrested on multiple drug charges.


Comments Off on Springfield Police: South West Honkeys Gang selling Methamphetamine in Springfield, beyond

Springfield police say in court documents that methamphetamine distribution in the city is being done by a gang called South West Honkeys.

Other documents indicate officers in Lawrence County have already made an arrest in the gang’s alleged drug distribution that appears to span southwest Missouri.

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According to a search warrant affidavit filed last month, Springfield police received information from an informant that three members of the gang were distributing methamphetamine locally.

The three were identified as Michael Carr, 34, Ryan Major, 28, and Jerold Lake, 31. While all three have criminal records, none have been charged in relation to the Springfield investigation.

Police began conducting surveillance of a house on South Ferguson Street and saw numerous people coming and going and only staying for short periods of time, according to the document. Police say that’s a sign of drug distribution.

In late January, police reportedly saw Carr leaving the residence, and when an officer tried to make a traffic stop, Carr “drove away at a high rate of speed through a busy intersection, disobeying traffic signals and placing other people in danger,” according to the affidavit. Carr was not apprehended at that time.

A few days later, police removed several trash bags from in front of the house and found residue which tested positive for methamphetamine, police say.

Police used that information to request a “no knock” search warrant, saying they believe Carr and others in the gang had access to guns.

When police served the warrant on Feb. 5, none of the three men were at the home. Police say they recovered several items, including methamphetamine and a gun, from another person at the address.

The search warrant return lists methamphetamine, marijuana, a pistol and firearm parts, ammunition, and drug paraphernalia — including baggies, scales and pipes.

The next day, Carr was arrested in Springfield. He’s now being held in the state prison system on a previous sentence for which he had been on parole.

Records show Major was arrested on Feb. 2 for an active warrant and has since been released. Lake is free on bond in a case out of Cooper County, court records show.

Springfield police declined to comment on the search or to discuss the gang in general.

Sgt. Kevin Hunter with the Missouri State Highway Patrol said investigators in southwest Missouri are aware of the gang, and specifically, Joplin police have been following the group.

Attempts to reach Joplin police failed.

Some members of the gang identified in court records have posted photos on social media sites. The men are often bare-chested, posing with weapons and flashing tattoos — some of which include the name of the gang and swastikas.

Officers in Lawrence County arrested a man, John Stafford, 32, last month in connection with a drug distribution investigation, and court documents indicate he’s also a member of the gang.

Prosecutor Don Trotter said officers believe it’s possible Stafford is a founding member of the group.

According to a probable cause statement used to charge Stafford with intent to distribute a controlled substance, police had been monitoring Stafford’s home after an informant told them Stafford was traveling to El Dorado Springs to pick up methamphetamine and was selling it out of his Mount Vernon home.

Police arrested Stafford on Jan. 14 in connection with a theft investigation, the statement says. After obtaining a search warrant, officers reportedly found digital scales, many plastic bags, pipes and methamphetamine in Stafford’s home. They also reported finding several items printed with the name “South West Honkies.”

Stafford is charged with intent to distribute a controlled substance and receiving stolen property. He was in the Lawrence County Jail with a $50,000 bond, but has since been transferred to the state prison system.

Carr has previous convictions for possession of a controlled substance and second-degree robbery.

Major has previous convictions for theft, second-degree burglary and resisting arrest.

Lake has previous convictions for resisting arrest, possession of a controlled substance, leaving the scene of an accident and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

Stafford has previous convictions for second-degree burglary, first-degree assault, first-degree robbery and armed criminal action.




Comments Off on Carmen Swafford caught smuggling Methamphetamine in private parts in Grady County Jail

A woman was caught on video pulling drugs out of her vagina after being arrested for possession Thursday afternoon.

After Carmen Swafford was taken to jail, Chickasha Police Officer Joel Hendrix received a call saying she was caught on camera laying a bag down as she used the toilet.

“I learned Carmen had been turning her back on the camera and reaching up inside her vagina on several occasions,” he said. “Once she was placed back inside the cell, they noticed her on camera remove a baggie and lay it on the ground as she used the restroom.”

Hendrix said he went into her cell to ask about the bag, which Swafford denied having at first and later admitted to dumping methamphetamine down the drain, and added destruction of evidence and bringing contraband into jail.

Hendrix pulled Swafford over earlier in the day for having a faded paper tag. He said she appeared nervous and avoided eye contact with him while she was being questioned.

“At one point after handing me her DL and insurance, she stops talking to me. She then looks up with a big surprising smile and says, ‘hey, how are you?'” Hendrix said. “I asked if she forgot I was standing there and she became real quiet and would not answer why she did that.”

Hendrix said Swafford told him she had been in prison on charges related to methamphetamine.

Swafford said the car was not hers, according to the incident report.

Hendrix said Swafford refused to allow him to search her car, so he called for a K-9 unit to sniff around the vehicle.

Hendrix found a makeup container with a bag of pills and a green substance in Swafford’s purse, and another bag in the back seat.

The report states Hendrix also found a pipe with white residue in a sock on top of the bag.

Swafford was arrested for possession of a dangerous substance and taken to the Grady County Jail.





Comments Off on Omaha Methamphetamine dealer, Greg Logemann, testifies he told defendant that slaying victim would be ‘an easy lick’

He admitted he long took advantage of drug users — having dealt methamphetamine for 16 years.

Meth “could turn a housewife into a ho,” Greg Logemann said, matter-of-factly, from the witness stand Friday.

In the fifth day of the trial of one of the men accused of killing Omaha meth dealer Miguel Avalos Sr., 44, and Avalos’ two teenage sons, Logemann admitted he wanted to get the elder Avalos out of the way so he could rise from being a street-level drug dealer to a midlevel supplier.

Anthony “Pookie” Davis Miguel Avalos

He admitted that he suggested to Anthony “Pookie” Davis — the man on trial — that Avalos would be an “easy lick,” or robbery target.

He admitted he helped set Avalos up and that he didn’t like Avalos.

However, Logemann, who went by the street name “Fat Boy,” denied defense lawyers’ suggestions that he was one of the gunmen who executed Avalos and Avalos’ two sons, Miguel Jr., 18, and Jose, 16.

“That’s not my style,” Logemann said. “I’d rather rob somebody than kill somebody.”

In a Douglas County courtroom lined with Avalos family members, Logemann, the state’s key witness, fingered Davis as one of the robbers.

Public Defender Tom Riley left nothing unchallenged.

He got Logemann to admit that he made a living by manipulating his customers as well as police. The five-time felon — a “criminal all my life” — said he had a dual role: drug dealer and police informant.

Logemann, 36, testified he had known Davis for 15 years and “loved him like a brother.”

He said he and Davis had gotten together on July 8, 2012, and Logemann told him that Avalos would be an easy target. He said he instructed Davis to call him when he had a vehicle that could take them from Council Bluffs to Avalos’ house near Ninth and Bancroft Streets.

A couple of hours later, Davis called and said he had a ride and would pick up Logemann.

Logemann said he hopped in the middle-row seat behind the passenger seat. Two men — Davis and a man he didn’t recognize — and two women were in the van.

Logemann said he directed one of the women where to drive.

He said he pointed out the house to the others in the van. Logemann said they circled the block. He said he didn’t know the name of the van’s other male passenger — Timothy Britt, awaiting trial in the case. But he informed Davis that Avalos left for work between 3:45 a .m. and 4 a.m.

In testimony Thursday, one of the women in the van said that Davis and Britt got out of the vehicle and that both returned within 15 minutes.

Riley questioned whether any piece of evidence corroborates Logemann’s story. Davis’ defense has pointed out that no fingerprints or DNA place Davis at the scene.

Riley grilled Logemann on his credibility. Logemann acknowledged that he made anywhere from $3,000 to $9,000 a week selling meth.

He admitted that he worked as a confidential informant for Omaha police, ratting out drug dealers. And he said that the role often led him to lie, even to police.

In fact, Logemann testified, in the months before the slayings he had been working with Omaha police to try to set up Avalos.

Avalos was onto him. A couple of times, he accused Logemann of being a “narc,”  which Logemann denied.

Logemann said undercover officers staged a controlled buy with Avalos in April or May. In such a setup, officers often record themselves purchasing drugs from a dealer.

Asked why Avalos wasn’t arrested then, Logemann said he understood that officers wanted “to load up” Avalos — catch him selling more drugs so that he would face more time.

Under Riley’s questioning, Logemann acknowledged that he didn’t like Avalos.

“He would never deal with me,” Logemann said. “Miguel was bigger up. . .he had more weight than most (dealers).

“If he was out of the way, I could get more weight.”

Logemann denied that that meant he wanted Avalos dead. A robbery would suffice, he said, because it would cause Avalos to fall behind with his suppliers.

He testified he had no idea anyone was killed until his Omaha police contact called him the next day. He said he spoke with Davis several times in the two weeks between the killings and Davis’ arrest.

Logemann said Davis gave this explanation for what went on at the Avalos home: That “Cuz” — believed to be Davis’ nickname for Britt — “started flipping out” and shooting.

He said Davis asked him how long DNA would remain on a gun. (One of the murder weapons had been left in the house.)

“I asked him, ‘Who’d be stupid enough to drop a gun?’” Logemann said. “He was just worried about DNA on guns.”

Riley grilled Logemann on the plea bargain he’s receiving. In return for his testimony, Logemann is expected to plead to a lesser charge of conspiracy to commit robbery, a crime punishable by up to 50 years in prison.

Riley noted that Logemann’s current account amounted to an admission to first-degree murder under Nebraska’s felony murder law, which holds accomplices accountable if someone dies during the commission of a robbery.

Logemann said he initially didn’t know what felony murder was. But he does now. In fact, prosecutors are trying to convict Davis under the same law.

Riley pointed out the words Logemann had used to describe the realities of his chosen profession. At one point, Logemann had told authorities: “That’s the way the dope world is — always put the blame on someone else.”

“And that’s exactly what you’re doing here?” Riley said.

“Yes,” Logemann said, “but it’s the truth.”




Comments Off on Robert Lemley charged with downtown high-rise fire in Rochester caused when he tried to make Methamphetamine

Rochester, N.Y. — Arson investigators said a man trying to make methamphetamine caused a fire at a downtown high-rise Thursday night.

Robert Lemley, who lives in the building on the corner of St. Paul and Mortimer streets, allegedly started the first just after 10 p.m.


He was charged with reckless endangerment and unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine.

Firefighters put out the flames quickly. No one was injured.


Comments Off on Bad housekeeping: Maury County Sheriff’s Department Authorities say county breaking out with Methamphetamine problem

The Maury County Sheriff’s Department arrested seven people in connection with three unrelated methamphetamine labs over a two-day period last week. Authorities said the addictive stimulant has had a long history in the county, but, recently, there has been an increase in its usage.

Lt. Bill Doelle, head of the drug task force, said most people cooking meth are doing so for personal use, and use the “shake and bake” method — in which the chemicals are combined inside a two-liter bottle, shaken and then the liquid is drained to produce the drug. This method can produce four to six grams of methamphetamine. Doelle said because it’s a mobile way of producing meth, highway cleaning crews find numerous bags of cooked meth on the side of the road every day.


He said the drug is so powerful that he has spoken with incarcerated inmates who exhibit symptoms of meth use, even though they haven’t touched the drug in six months.

“A lot of them wouldn’t know the truth if it slapped them in the face anymore,” Doelle said.

Authorities said crystal meth, a purer form of meth than the kind made from the “shake and bake” method, is beginning to surface in Maury County. The drug is traveling north from Mexico, Doelle said.

Doelle said the street value for both drugs is similar at $100 a gram. And that’s a concern for law enforcement.

“We’re seeing an influx of crystal meth coming from south of the border,” Doelle said. “Somebody is behind it. We know that. And we’re looking for them.”

Three busts in two days

Just before midnight on Feb. 21, Deputy Rob Wagonschutz — a member of the department’s drug task force — said officers received a tip that meth was being produced inside a house on Hickman Street in Columbia. Wagonschutz said he didn’t know which house it was, and so he staked out the street.

He didn’t have to wait long.

Jason Lee Black, 37, of 1892 Culleoka Highway in Culleoka, was inside a house at 435 Hickman St., Wagonschutz said. Black, known to area law enforcement as a meth cooker, peeked his head outside the house, and Wagonschutz said that’s when officers had a good idea which house to investigate.


Wagonschutz said the smell of the vapors emanating from the chemicals used to make meth grew in strength as officers walked up the sidewalk toward the front door of the house. Deputies immediately removed Black and four other people from the house. Capt. Jimmy Tennyson said the department has a strict policy when dealing with meth labs.

“Our main concern in the law enforcement field is that even though these people are participating in the cooking of the drug or participating in taking the drug, our job is to ensure their safety,” he said.

Wagonschutz said officers then obtained a warrant and searched the house. Investigators collected the materials used to produce the drugs as evidence, and cleaned the lab out of the house.

Homeowner taken advantage

Lt. Bill Doelle, head of the drug task force, said the five suspects had been taking advantage of the homeowner, who was not present at the time of the arrests.

“This guy works open-to-close over at (a local restaurant),” Doelle said. “He thought these people were his friends. They were just taking advantage of him and using his house to cook. … He told me the female we arrested would convince him into going out to buy pseudoephedrine (a main component needed to make methamphetamine).”

Efforts to contact the homeowner were unsuccessful.

In connection with the Hickman Street raid, Black — along with Steven Lynn Hay, 32, Darryl Lynn Hay, 52, Jerry Wayne Gray, 27, and Rebecca Ann Sanders, 26 — were charged with the manufacturing of methamphetamine in a drug-free zone, possession of methamphetamine for resale in a drug-free zone and possession of drug paraphernalia.


Within 19 hours, deputies raided their second meth lab of the day. Doelle said a maintenance man for a rental property was called about 6:30 p.m. Feb. 21 to a duplex in the 8600 block of Enterprise Road in Mt. Pleasant. The left side of the duplex, 8609 Enterprise Road, was reportedly vacant.


The maintenance man saw 44-year-old Jerry Louis York leave the vacant residence, Doelle said. The handyman, suspicious, called his boss at McGee Properties who then called the sheriff’s department.

Once again, deputies had to remove the suspects inside the residence before obtaining a search warrant. Doelle said York, of 8205 Dry Creek Road in Mt. Pleasant, came out with deputies. Thirty-five year-old Schollon Leeann Alsbury refused to leave the house, Doelle said.

Alsbury, of 1678 Ricketts Mill Road, stayed inside the house for 45 minutes before the strong, noxious fumes caused her to exit the house, Doelle said. Authorities were required to call an ambulance because Alsbury was struggling to breathe afterward.

Both York and Alsbury were charged with the manufacture of methamphetamine, the initiation to manufacture methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

All seven suspects remain in jail as of Thursday afternoon on bonds ranging from $277,500 to $602,500. Sanders is being held without a bond.

Doelle said a third bust occurred Saturday when Williamson County deputies asked Maury County authorities to pull over a driver suspected of running a meth lab in the trunk of his car. The male driver was staying in a room at the James K. Polk Motel, 1111 Nashville Highway.

Deputies seized the materials inside the car and cleaned out the lab he had built inside his motel room. Doelle said the man would not be charged in Maury County, but probably would in Williamson County for “having a rolling meth lab.”

Tennyson said the department is spending a great amount of resources dealing with the same people time and time again.

“They get prosecuted, sentenced, they serve their time, and then they’re back at it again,” he said. “They’re repeat customers.”



Comments Off on U.S. Border Patrol station agents in Indio seize 25 pounds of liquid Methamphetamine

Authorities seized more than 25 pounds of liquid methamphetamine on Friday at the U.S. Border Patrol station in Indio, officials said.

Agents stopped two vehicles around 12:30 a.m., according to a news release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

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Two of the men taken into custody were riding together in a white 1991 Ford F350. The 21-year-old driver and his 18-year-old passenger were traveling with a gray 1998 Jeep Cherokee, officials said.

The street value of the drugs, which were found in an auxiliary tank on the F350, have been estimated at $162,500.

The suspects, all U.S. citizens, were taken into custody.



Comments Off on Methamphetamine sweep nets 20 people in Tennessee

A federal grand jury in Knoxville has indicted 20 people, including five Sweetwater residents, on charges they conspired to make methamphetamine.

The indictments were announced in a news release from U.S. Attorney Bill Killian, who said the defendants were buying pseudoephedrine at area pharmacies and using it to make methamphetamine in Lenoir City, Loudon and Sweetwater.

The release said those charged with conspiracy to manufacture meth included Sweetwater resdients Linda F. Pesterfield, 40; John G. Roberts, 38; Randy P. Brewster, 19; Mandy L. Moser, 36, and Tracy D. Lowrey, 31.

Also indicted were Lenoir City residents Jeremy T. Palmer, 36; Adam W. Norman, 33; Ebony L. Gallaher, 27; Christy J. Givens, 39,; Robert L. Smith, 27; Sherry R. Barr, 45;   Tenn.;Eugenia D. Taylor, 31; Kenny R. O’Dell, 34; Miranda R. Lankford, 32; Cynthia E. Rowe, 35, and Lester S. Willis, 61.

The remaining defendants are Phillip B. Richardson, 23, and William C. Crew, 32, both of Philadelphia, Tenn.; Amanda R. Spencer, 23, of Knoxville; and Joshua L. Ferguson, 30, of Loudon, Tenn.

Pesterfield, Roberts, Palmer, Norman, Brewster, Moser, and Gallaher also were charged with conspiring to distribute meth, according to the release.

Roberts and Palmer were indicted on firearms violations, including being a felon in possession of a firearm and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense.

If convicted, all defendants could be sentenced to serve from 10 years to life and fined up to $10 million the release. Roberts and Palmer face additional time if convicted on the firearms charges.

The release said the charges came from a joint investigation by the 9th Judicial Drug Task Force, the Loudon, McMinn and Monroe sheriffs offices, the Lenoir City Police Department and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.



Comments Off on Hawaii island mother, April Isabel, 55, and son, Blaine Isabel, 35, charged with Methamphetamine distribution

A Hawi mother and son have been charged by Hawaii County police with methamphetamine distribution after a raid on their home.

On Thursday morning, police served a search warrant at a home on the 55-3300 block of Akoni Pule Highway in Hawi. The property was within 750 feet of a private school.


man and momBlaine, left, and April Isabel have been charged with methamphetamine distribution after being arrested at their Hawaii island home


Police recovered 2.2 grams of a crystalline substance, paraphernalia associated with meth distribution, 1.4 grams of a dried leafy substance and $5,032 in cash.

Arrested at the scene were the residents, Blaine Isabel, 35, and his mother, April Isabel, 55.

Thursday afternoon, both suspects were charged with meth trafficking, promoting a dangerous drug, promoting a detrimental drug, possessing drug paraphernalia and promoting a controlled substance near a school.

April Isabel was released Thursday evening after posting $16,250 bail. Her son was held at the cellblock in lieu of $81,000 bail.

Police encourage members of the public to report suspected narcotics activity to the Police Department’s Ice Hotlines at 329-ZERO-ICE (329-0423) for information pertaining to the Districts of Kau, Kona, South Kohala and North Kohala, and at 934-VICE (934-8423) for information pertaining to the Districts of Puna, South Hilo, North Hilo and Hamakua.



TORRINGTON – An Arizona couple has entered pleas District Court on methamphetamine possession charges, according to Goshen County Attorney Patrick Korell.

Fred Anderson Ewing and Carla Kugler were each charged with one felony count of possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine, with intent to deliver, in connection with a Dec. 23 traffic stop during which 16 1/8 ounces of methamphetamine was discovered by Goshen County Sheriff’s deputies.


Comments Off on Susan Nalani Samson, 46, and James Russell Samson, 44, arrested on drug, child endangerment charges in Kelseyville

KELSEYVILLE — Sheriff’s office narcotics agents arrested a man and a woman Friday morning who were allegedly in possession of more than six ounces of methamphetamine and a firearm. The couple also faces child endangerment charges.

The arrest occurred after the Lake County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) Narcotics Task Force performed a search warrant at about 7 a.m. in the 4000 block of Clark Drive in Kelseyville, LCSO Lt. Steve Brooks stated Friday in a press release.

When detectives entered the residence, they found James Russell Samson, 44, and Susan Nalani Samson, 46, both of Kelseyville in a bedroom they were sharing with their 2-year-old child, according to Brooks.

In the bedroom, detectives reportedly found and seized 10 grams of methamphetamine and a glass meth pipe, Brooks stated. The methamphetamine and pipe were reportedly kept in a coin purse, which was located on the night stand next to where Susan Samson was sleeping.

According to Brooks, detectives allegedly noticed that the Samsons had placed the crib next to the bed and their child could have accessed the methamphetamine.

During a search of one of the spare bedrooms, detectives reportedly found approximately six ounces of methamphetamine, packaging materials and a digital scale inside a tool box, according to Brooks. They also found a loaded revolver inside a safe in the master bedroom.

All of the items were seized as evidence.

Susan Samson was arrested on charges of child endangerment, possession of a controlled substance for sale and possession of drug paraphernalia.

James Samson was arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance for sale.

Both were transported to the Lake County Hill Road Correctional Facility and booked.

A firearm charge is pending until it is determined who the firearm belongs to, Brooks stated.

The LCSO encourages anyone with information that can assist with drug eradication efforts to call the anonymous tip line at 263-3663.


The alleged use of methamphetamine and marijuana by adults in the presence of a child who shares the home with them led to two arrests by the Minot Police Department for child neglect and drug use.

Police were alerted to the matter by a “concerned family member” requesting a welfare check on the child at the home in the 1500 block of First Street Southeast. The caller claimed that the mother was sleeping on the couch while other adults were doing drugs in the child’s presence.

Upon arrival, police claim that they were allowed access to the home and that a pipe associated with methamphetamine usage and crushed meth itself along with some marijuana were all on the kitchen table.

Melissa Kaye Badrak, 42, Minot, and John Michael Schuh, 45, Norwich, were each arrested and charged with the Class C felonies of child abuse or neglect, possession of methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine paraphernalia, and the misdemeanor charges of ingestion of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana.

The child, a girl, was released to the custody of her family. Neither of the two arrested adults were related to her.



Comments Off on Five people facing Methamphetamine drug charges after raids across Wagga Wagga

Two men will front Wagga Wagga Local Court today on drugs charges, after being arrested during raids across the city yesterday.

The 23 and 31 year olds spent last night in custody and were targeted by Strike Force Edney, which was formed in September to investigate the supply of prohibited drugs in the region.


A further three men, also all from Wagga, were charged with drug offences yesterday and will front court in April.

Inspector Stephen Radford says the arrests were a good result, but believes there is more that can be done.

“We’d encourage, following these arrests and search warrants, anyone who does have information, if they could call us on Crimestoppers and let us know any small bit of information,” he said.

As a result of these raids a number of exhibits and other items were seized and five people were arrested in relation to the  supply of methamphetamine. This is just another step in the right direction and just showing that the Wagga Command’s on the front foot against drug supply.

      Inspector Stephan Radford


“They may not think it’s important, but it may be critical to our investigation.”

“Strike Force Edney was run by the Wagga detectives and targeted the supply of methamphetamine in the Wagga area.

“As a result of these raids a number of exhibits and other items were seized and five people were arrested in relation to the supply of methamphetamine.”

Inspector Radford says the arrests have made the community safer. “This is just another step in the right direction and just showing that the Wagga Command’s on the front foot against drug supply,” he said.

“Information from the public is valuable in any investigation and it was no different in this one.

“Any small bit of information they may not think is important might be critical in our investigations.

“We’re pleased with the result and it’s a sign of more things to come.”





Comments Off on Border runners linked to crystal Methamphetamine backpacks arrested in Abbotsford

METRO VANCOUVER – Abbotsford police have detained two suspected border runners connected to a couple of backpacks found loaded with crystal meth on the U.S. side of the border.

The U.S. border patrol contacted the Abbotsford police around 8:45 p.m. Wednesday night to alert them to a couple of suspects that had fled north and were believed to be in the area of Old Yale Road.

Abbotsford police sent officers and a K9 unit, aided by the Air 1 police helicopter and Integrated Road Safety Unit.

Two men, aged 23 and 49, were arrested and will be held for Canadian immigration officials.

Police say the U.S. Border Patrol located backpacks on their side of the border containing approximately 20 kilograms of suspected methamphetamine.




Comments Off on Twenty Knoxville area residents indicted in conspiracy to manufacture Methamphetamine

KNOXVILLE — A federal grand jury returned a 26-count indictment Feb. 19 naming 20 people in what authorities maintain was a multi-county methamphetamine manufacturing conspiracy.

According to a release from U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee William C. Killian, indicted on charges related to a conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine were:

  • Linda F. Pesterfield, 40, of Sweetwater;
  • John G. Roberts, 38, of Sweetwater;
  • Jeremy T. Palmer, 36, of Loudon;
  • Adam W. Norman, 33, of Lenoir City;
  • Randy P. Brewster, 19, of Sweetwater;
  • Mandy L. Moser, 36, of Sweetwater;
  • Ebony L. Gallaher, 27, of Lenoir City;
  • Phillip B. Richardson, 23, of Philadelphia;
  • Christy J. Givens, 39, of Lenoir City;
  • Robert L. Smith, 27, or Lenoir City;
  • Tracy D. Lowry, 31, of Sweetwater;
  • Sherry R. Barr, 45, of Lenoir City;
  • William C. Crew, 32, of Philadelphia;
  • Eugenia D. Taylor, 31, of Lenoir City;
  • Kenny R. O’Dell, 34, of Lenoir City;
  • Miranda R. Lankford, 32, of Lenoir City;
  • Cynthia E. Rowe, 35, of Lenoir City;
  • Amanda R. Spencer, 23, of Knoxville;
  • Lester S. Willis, 61, of Lenoir City;
  • and Joshua L. Ferguson, 30, of Loudon.

 In addition, Pesterfield, Roberts, Palmer, Norman, Brewster, Moser, and Gallaher were indicted for a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

Roberts and Palmer were also indicted for firearms violations, including possessing a firearm after having been convicted of a crime punishable by a term of more than one year in prison, and for possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense.

Eleven of those indicted appeared in court Wednesday and Thursday before U.S. Magistrate Judge H. Bruce Guyton and pleaded not guilty to the charges in the indictment.

According to the release, the investigation has shown that individuals involved were purchasing pseudoephedrine at local pharmacies and using that pseudoephedrine to manufacture methamphetamine at various locations in Lenoir City, Loudon, and Sweetwater.

If convicted, all face a minimum and mandatory term of 10 years in prison and a maximum term of life, a maximum fine of $10 million, and a term of supervised release of at least five years.

In addition, Roberts and Palmer, face a maximum term of 10 years in prison, a maximum fine of $250,000, and a term of supervised release of up to three years, as to the possession of firearms by a prohibited person charges, and a mandatory minimum and mandatory five-year sentence up to life, which by statute must be served consecutively with any other prison term imposed, a maximum fine of $250,000, and a term of supervised up to five years as to the possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime charges.

All also face mandatory court assessments.

The indictment was the result of an investigation by the 9th Judicial Drug Task Force, Loudon County Sheriff’s Office, McMinn County Sheriff’s Office, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, Lenoir City Police Department, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Caryn L. Hebets represents the United States in this case.



Comments Off on Is Methamphetamine still a problem in San Diego county? Yes and no…

San Diego County health, law enforcement and political officials want to remind everyone that while heroin is currently grabbing headlines, it’s methamphetamine that’s still a problem in San Diego county.


There’s good news and bad news to report on that front, as we saw at a news conference at the County Administration Center recently. The Methamphetamine Strike Force released the numbers from the past five years, and they would seem to shows that San Diego County is no longer the meth capitol of America, as has been the case in the past.

That is not to say that meth is no longer a problem, because it definitely is.

County Supervisors Chairwoman Dianne Jacob, who led the effort to create the Strike Force back in 1996, says the numbers are somewhat discouraging.

“The number of meth deaths reported in 2012 was the second highest since the Strike force began tracking deaths in 1995”, says Jacob. “Make no mistake. Meth is death.” 217 people died of meth-related causes in 2012, a 55 per cent increase over the 140 who died in 2008.

Those numbers include people who died directly due to meth overdoses, as well as the less direct causes such as homicide, suicide, and accidents.

Deputy Chief Medical Examiner Dr.Jonathan Lucas says the statistics tend to bely the common perception that meth is a feel-good party drug used by young people to party, stay up to study, and other uses. “In fact, the most common age group for meth-related deaths is 40 to 60,with the prime age being in the 50’s.”

The primary meth users are not, as some have suspected, gangbangers and hardened criminals. 60 percent were white, 24 per cent black, 8 per cent Hispanic, and 8 percent classified as others, such as Asians, pacific islanders and native Americans.

Other interesting numbers are the increase over the years in the percentage of arrestees for crimes that test positive for meth: up from 24 per cent in 2008 to 36 per cent in 2012.

Arrests for possession and trafficking are up fully 56 per cent over 2008.

If there are bright spots in the picture, they are the facts that juvenile arrestees’ positive meth tests have dropped from 10 per cent all the way down to 4 per cent, and that the seizures and cleanups of large labs have dropped from 5 seizures and 12 cleanups in 2008 to 4 seizures and 7 cleanups in 2012.

All of this presents a picture that we might have something of a handle on the meth problem, but that ‘s not necessarily so at all.

The problem is that the Mexican cartels have discovered the incredible cash cow that is meth. Customs and Border Protection agents are busting more and more meth traffickers at the international borders, both Mexican and Canadian. The question there is, how much of the trafficked meth are they actually intercepting?

County Health and Human Services Director Nick Macchione says the meth makers are always finding more and different means of getting it across the borders.

“The latest ploy they’re using is meth in liquid form, which is almost impossible for the dogs to find. It comes across as liquids, and can be easily processed back into street sales form.”

While the attack against the super labs- the ones that produce prodigious amounts of meth- has been very successful locally, there are still the smaller labs that can crank out enough meth to make a profit for the meth cooks.

At the end of the day, meth is still a problem for two simple reasons, as pointed out by more than one meth addict when interviewed. “it’s really cheap, and it’s pretty easy to get.”



Methamphetamine bust in Abbotsford

Posted: 1st March 2014 by Doc in Uncategorized
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Three people were arrested in Abbotsford Wednesday afternoon as part of a drug investigation. Two of the suspects are now facing methamphetamine possession and distribution charges. The third suspect is in jail on a probation violation.

Clark County Sheriff Greg Herrick and Colby-Abbotsford Police Chief Ron Gosse issued a statement Thursday, saying the two agencies executed a search warrant and found illegal drugs worth around $12,000 dollars, paraphernalia, and a weapon at the Sycamore Street home.

Names will be released when formal charges are filed.



Comments Off on Month-long investigation by the South Central Iowa Drug Task Force leads to nine arrests for Methamphetamine; One being held on a nearly quarter-million dollar bond

CENTERVILLE — On Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 the South Central Iowa Drug Task Force concluded a month long investigation which targeted multiple individuals who had conspired with each other to manufacture methamphetamine, according to a press release issued Friday by the Centerville Police Department.

At approximately 4:24 p.m. a traffic stop was conducted in the 700 block of South 17th Street. During the traffic stop officers detected a strong chemical odor emanating from the vehicle. Officers applied for and were granted a search warrant for the vehicle. During a search of the vehicle officers located items conducive to the manufacture of methamphetamine.

After a search of the vehicle a second search warrant applied for and granted for a residence located at 426 East VanBuren Street.

During a search of the residence officers located additional items conducive to the manufacture of methamphetamine.

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As a result of the investigation and subsequent search warrants the following individuals, all from Centerville, were arrested and charged: Jason Allen Hardin, 30, and Jessica Ann Hardin, 26, were each charged with Conspiracy to manufacture more than five grams of methamphetamine, a schedule II controlled substance, within one thousand feet of a public park, a class B felony and three counts of Child Endangerment, each count being an aggravated misdemeanor. Clarence Lynn Butterbaugh, 61; Marvin Lee Clark Jr, 37; Jesse Lee Myers, 31; Shawn Russell Maxson, 30; Jason Ryan Ross Horn, 28; Douglas Eugene Dejong, 25 and Felicia Josett Medina, 23 were all charged with conspiracy to manufacture more than five grams of Methamphetamine, a class B felony.

Horn also had an outstanding warrant for his arrest for violation of parole.

All of the individuals arrested and charged as a result of this investigation are currently being held in the Appanoose County Jail with a bond set at $100,000 cash only.

Horn was given an additional bond for the outstanding warrant in the amount of $130,000 for a total bond of $230,000.

Agencies assisting the South Central Iowa Drug Task Force with this investigation included the Centerville Police Department, Appanoose County Sheriff’s Office, Wayne County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa Department of Human Services.

A criminal charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.

This project was supported by Grant Number 09JAG/ARRA-4193B, awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice.






Comments Off on Methamphetamine Labs Found in Comstock Township Home with Child Inside

COMSTOCK TOWNSHIP, Mich. (March 1, 2014) – Officials say methamphetamine labs and a loaded firearm were found in a Kalamazoo home with a child inside.

The Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office says as part of an ongoing investigation, deputies used a search warrant in the 6200 block of East Michigan Avenue in Comstock Township. Deputies and the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety found several meth labs, methamphetamine, components to make methamphetamine and a loaded firearm inside.

Deputies say Childrens Protective Service also responded because a child was in the residence at the time of the search.

Officials say multiple charges are pending for several suspects. According to officials, one person from the residence was already at the Kalamazoo County Jail on unrelated charges.




Comments Off on Child found in home during Eva Methamphetamine bust; Nicole Roberts, 29, Amber Celeste Roberts, 26, Shane Ray Widner, 41, and Cody Lee Widner, 26, arrested

MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. (WAAY) – Authorities said they found a 2-year-old child Thursday in an Eva home where methamphetamine was being cooked.

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Four people were arrested on meth manufacturing charges Thursday at a home in the 1300 block of Daniels Chapel Road.

Morgan County Sheriff Ana Franklin said the county drug task force went to the home with arrest warrants for Shane Ray Widner, 41, and Amanda Nicole Roberts, 29, after receiving information there was drug activity and a child present in the home. Franklin said deputies had visited the home Wednesday to check out possible drug activity but no one was home.

After entering the home Thursday, Franklin said agents found syringes, smoking devices, pseudoephedrine, chemicals and equipment used to make meth. Amber Celeste Roberts, 26, and Cody Lee Widner, 26, also were in the home with a 2-year-old child, Franklin said.

Everyone in the home, including the child, was decontaminated. The child was turned over to the Department of Human Resources and was then placed in the care of a relative.

Shane Widner was charged with manufacturing meth and felony drug paraphernalia possession. His bond was set at $33,000.

Cody Widner was charged with manufacturing meth and felony drug paraphernalia possession. His bond was set at $30,000.

Amanda Roberts was charged with manufacturing meth. Her bond was set at $25,500.

Amber Roberts was charged with manufacturing meth and drug endangerment of a child. Her bond was set at $30,000.



Comments Off on Cameron Highlands Police Detain Man With 370 Methamphetamine Pills At Cameron Highlands

KUANTAN, Feb 28 (Bernama) — A suspected drug pusher was detained by police after being found with 370 methamphetamine pills in a raid at his rented house at Jalan Air Kolam, Brinchang, Cameron Highlands today.

Cameron Highlands police chief DSP Wan Mohd Zahari Wan Busu said police from the district CID narcotics division nabbed the man aged 28, from Kota Baharu, Kelantan after finding the pills in a sling bag concealed under a mattress.

The man worked at a hotel and was alone in the house during the 8 am raid, he said when contacted.

According to Wan Mohd Zahari, initial investigations revealed that the suspect who also tested positive for drugs, obtained the pills worth RM11,000 from a neigbouring country for distribution in Cameron Highlands.



Comments Off on Lake County Sheriff’s detectives arrest Susan Nalani Samson, 46, and James Russell Samson, 44; seize Methamphetamine and handgun

KELSEYVILLE, Calif. – The service of a search warrant by the Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force has resulted in the arrest of a Kelseyville couple, and the seizure of methamphetamine and a firearm.

James Russell Samson, 44, and 46-year-old Susan Nalani Samson were arrested Friday morning, according to Lt. Steve Brooks of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.


On Feb. 20 narcotics detectives secured a search warrant for the Samson residence, which is located in the 4000 block of Clark Drive in Kelseyville, Brooks said. At 7:20 a.m. Friday detectives served the warrant at the home.

When detectives entered the residence, they located the Samsons in a bedroom they were sharing with their 2-year-old child. Brooks said both were detained without incident.


During a search of the bedroom where the Samsons were detained, detectives located and seized 10 grams of methamphetamine and a glass meth pipe, which were inside a coin purse, according to Brooks.

The coin purse was on the night stand, next to where Susan Samson was sleeping, Brooks said. Detectives noticed that the Samson’s had placed the crib next to the bed and their child could have easily accessed the methamphetamine.

During a search of one of the spare bedrooms, detectives located approximately 6 ounces of methamphetamine, packaging materials and a digital scale inside a tool box. Brooks said they also located a loaded revolver inside a safe in the master bedroom. All of the items were seized as evidence.

During the service of the search warrant both Susan and James Samson were interviewed. Brooks said both admitted to possessing the methamphetamine for the purpose of sales.

Susan Samson was arrested for child endangerment, possession of a controlled substance for sale and possession of drug paraphernalia. James Samson was arrested for the possession of a controlled substance for sale, according to Brooks.

Brooks said both were transported to the Lake County Hill Road Correctional Facility and booked. The firearm charge will be submitted for complaint, due to not being able to prove who it actually belongs to at this time.

The Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force can be reached through its anonymous tip line at 707-263-3663.