ANDERSON — The public is invited to attend the free event “Meth in Indiana: Learn how meth impacts families in your community,” 1-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, at the Anderson Public Library.

The session is sponsored by the Affordable Housing Association of Indiana.

The prevalence of meth labs is growing in Indiana, and this session will provide a graphic presentation of the physical repercussions of meth usage. Learn how to spot a meth lab in your apartment community/property, and guidelines for cleanup. Attendees will also learn basic facts, signs and symptoms and risks and effects of those who use methamphetamine.

The class will be instructed by Tom Egler of the Indiana State Police Methamphetamine Suppression Unit.

Register online at for this free session.



Comments Off on Rebecca Mosmanking, 26, of Hilo, Charged With Trafficking Methamphetamine

A Hilo woman is facing meth trafficking and other charges following a search warrant on her residence.

At 12:05 p.m. Monday, March 17, police served a narcotics search warrant at a house on the 300 block of Hilinai Street in Hilo, where they recovered 26.1 grams of crystal methamphetamine along with paraphernalia associated with the consumption and distribution of meth, said a release from the Hawaii Police Department.




Rebecca Mosmanking, 26, was arrested at the scene and taken to the Hilo police cellblock while detectives from the Area I Vice Section continued the investigation.

At 7:16 p.m. Monday, detectives charged Mosmanking with first-degree meth trafficking, two counts of promoting a dangerous drug and two counts of possessing drug paraphernalia. Her bail was set at $305,000.

She remained at the cellblock pending her initial court appearance scheduled for today, March 19.



Comments Off on Medical Examiner’s Report Says Steven Keith Died Of Methamphetamine Overdose While In Border Patrol Custody in San Diego

An American citizen who died while in U.S. Border Patrol custody succumbed to methamphetamine toxicity according to a recently released medical examiner’s report. Steven Keith, who died on Dec. 25, had been left alone in his cell and paramedics believed he was “faking” a seizure. The report called Keith’s death an accident.

According to NBC San Diego, Keith was arrested on Dec. 24, at a border checkpoint on Interstate 8. Agents had found drug paraphernalia and trace amounts of methamphetamine in his car. He was taken into custody and held at the Campo Border Patrol station. Six hours after his arrest he was dead.

The community action group, Alliance San Diego, called attention to the death, saying it was only one in a long string of unexplained deaths that have occurred under the Border Patrol’s watch.

“Since 2010, we have had more than 20 individuals who have died while in Border Patrol custody. We don’t have any answers as to what happened in any of those cases. Those are all pending investigation or investigations that have never even started,” said Andrea Guerrero, executive director of Alliance San Diego.

The San Diego County medical examiner’s office took up an investigation of Keith’s death.

The report from that investigation relied heavily on testimony from agents who were present the night of the incident.

Deputy Hector Fuentes told investigators that Keith “was witnessed over the cell monitor to have seizure-like activity.” At one point he fell on the floor and lay there, motionless, for 10 minutes. An agent checked on him and noted he was “very stiff.” He was left alone for another 90 minutes before agents checked on him again. At that time a paramedic checked him and determined that the activities were a faked seizure.

The San Diego Union-Tribune story covering the report said the paramedic monitored Keith for another five minutes by video and grew concerned that he wasn’t moving. When agents checked him again he was unresponsive. Keith was declared dead at 12:38 a.m. on Dec. 25.

The report from the investigation stated that the high level of methamphetamine in Keith’s system was “suggestive that [he] may have swallowed a drug bindle or package of some type at the time he was taken into custody.” Investigators speculated that the package ruptured, leading to his death.



Comments Off on U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized over $3.5 million worth of Methamphetamine found in broccoli shipment at the Pharr International Bridge

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has seized over $3.5 million worth of methamphetamine (meth) found in a shipment of fresh broccoli.

CBP at the Pharr International Bridge seized the meth valued at around $3,598,000.


The meth was seized on Friday, March 14 after CBP officers found it during an inspection.

A total of 46 packages were found inside the 1996 refrigerated trailer.

CBP officers removed the 46 packages, which weighed about 112 pounds, from the shipment of produce.

The 18-wheeler and broccoli were seized along with the load of drugs.

“This substantial interception of methamphetamine in the commercial environment was accomplished due to outstanding teamwork and great utilization of all available tools are resources,” the Port Director Efrain Solis Jr. said in a press release.

Comments Off on Jessica Lynn Kirsche, 28; Daneion Scott, 26; and Cody McCoy, 19, charged with making Methamphetamine in Forest in Bedford County

Investigators executed a search warrant Friday at a home on Casaloma Drive. Daneion Scott, 26; Jessica Lynn Kirsche, 28; and Cody McCoy, 19, were all charged with manufacturing and possession of methamphetamine. Scott and Kirsche lived together at the Casaloma Drive home, investigators say.

The three suspects were taken to the Bedford Adult Detention Center and are being held without bond. More charges and arrests are pending, according to the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office.



Comments Off on Ozark DWI checkpoint brought 1 DWI arrest, 10 alleging possession of Methamphetamine

A police checkpoint Monday night  aimed at cracking down on drunken drivers in Christian County instead brought 10 arrests alleging methamphetamine possession.

Ozark Police Chief Lyle Hodges says his department, along with Nixa police and the Christian County Sheriff’s Office, conducted a sobriety checkpoint last night that led to just one DWI arrest.

“I thought that was unusual,” Hodges said.

There will 12 arrests total, including one alleging marijuana possession. Three of the 12 arrested also had outstanding warrants, Hodges said. The checkpoint was at NN Highway and Skyline Avenue in Ozark.

Law enforcement agencies in southwest Missouri will likely be teaming up more often for similar checkpoints after the recent formation of the Central Ozarks Region DWI Task Force, which brings together 21 agencies in the area to share officers and equipment for DWI enforcement.

According to Pam Holt, with Missouri Safe and Sober, 198 people were killed in impaired driving crashes in Missouri last year, and another 583 were seriously injured.



Comments Off on Mohave deputies: Donald Gene Sanders, 78, stopped with more than ounce of Methamphetamine

FORT MOHAVE, AZ (CBS5) – An open bottle of rum was the least of worries for a 78-year-old Fort Mohave man driving with a suspended license plate and found with more than an ounce of methamphetamine in his sock.

Donald Gene Sanders was pulled over by Mohave County sheriff’s deputies about 8:10 p.m. Monday and when Sanders was asked to get out of his car, an open bottle of rum was found inside, according to a Mohave County Sheriff’s Office report.


Deputies then found 29 grams of a white crystal substance in the back of his right sock when he was taken into custody, according to the report. The substance later tested positive for methamphetamine.

He was taken to a Mohave County substation and was being booked when he started complaining of not feeling well and needing medical attention, according to the report.

He was taken to Valley View Medical Center, where medical staff found another plastic bag with methamphetamine, according to the report.

Sanders was medically cleared, and he was booked into jail for possession of dangerous drugs for sale, possession of dangerous drugs, possession of dangerous drugs in a drug-free school zone, transporting dangerous drugs and promoting contraband into a correction facility, all felonies.



Comments Off on Knox County Sheriff’s Office : Police detonate bomb following Methamphetamine bust; Amber Nunley, 25, of Decker, Wesley Pride Sr, 33, of Lawrenceville and Christopher Smith, 27, of Lawrenceville, in custody

KNOX COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) – Three people were arrested early Tuesday morning following the execution of a search warrant by Knox County deputies which led to the discovery of methamphetamine materials, and two ‘destructive explosive devices’.

According to documents from the Knox County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a home in Decker around 7:30 p.m. Monday night, after receiving information from the Vincennes police department regarding stolen property.

When deputies arrived on scene, documents say, they asked to search the home of Amber Nunley, 25, of Decker. Decker declined the search, which led to deputies filing for a search warrant.

“When deputies arrived on the scene, the female refused to cooperate with them, to which they did recover the stolen items, and in doing so, they observed items commonly used to manufacture methamphetamine,” said Knox County Sheriff Mike Morris.

The police presence, according to deputies, forced two men into an attempt to get away from the situation. “One individual fled the scene, he was shortly apprehended a few blocks from the residence … upon executing the search warrant, there was a gentlemen found hiding under some mattresses in the bedroom,” he added.

Those men were later identified as Wesley Pride Sr, 33, of Lawrenceville, Illinois and Christopher Smith, 27, of Lawrenceville, Illinois.

Deputies detained all three suspects, and continued their search of the home. The search revealed ‘several active meth labs, finished methamphetamine product, several items of drug paraphernalia, and two incendiary devices,” said the press release.

The devices quickly changed the dynamic of the investigation, noted Sheriff Morris: “It’s a dramatic change in your mind set that you know, here is an explosive device that could basically detonate and eliminate the house and anybody else within the house, or around it, in one explosion,” said Morris.

Deputies called in assistance from The Indiana State Police Explosive Ordinance Device team, which detonated one of the devices safely at the scene.

“Upon the detonation we were advised that it was a fairly strong home made device that would cause severe damage to limbs and of course body parts,” added the Sheriff.

The Indiana State Police Clandestine Lab Team was also activated to clean up the active meth labs and scrub the area for chemicals associated with the manufacture of meth.

The teams finished up at the scene around 7:00 a.m. Tuesday, leaving them at the site for around twelve hours.

“We may pursue federal charges against these people,” Morris said.

Christopher Smith faces charges for having destructive devices and manufacturing methamphetamine.

Amber Nunley faces charges for having destructive devices, manufacturing methamphetamine, and maintaining a common nuisance.

Wesley Pride Sr. faces for having destructive devices, manufacturing methamphetamine, and public intoxication.

At the time of this story, court dates had not yet been filed.



Comments Off on Toddler treated for Methamphetamine under protective custody in Kern County; mother, thirty-one-year-old Misty Dawn Ewers, arrested

OILDALE, Calif. – Kern County’s Sheriff’s deputies have arrested the mother of a child who ingested methamphetamine Friday.

Thirty-one-year-old Misty Dawn Ewers faces charges for cruelty to a child and being under the influence of a controlled substance.

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According to investigators a friend of Ewers noticed the child was acting strange and decided to take the 2-year-old to Mercy Southwest Hospital.

While being treated at the hospital officials found traces of meth in the toddler’s blood work.

Ewers was arrested at the hospital and both her kids were taken under protective custody.

This is the third time Ewers’ kids have been placed under custody.



Comments Off on Lisa Newell, 43, accused of trying to bring Methamphetamine and drugs on airplane at the Helena Regional Airport

Lisa Newell was arrested Monday after she allegedly attempted to bring methamphetamine and marijuana onto a plane leaving from the Helena Regional Airport.

According to an affidavit supporting her arrest, the 43-year-old Helena woman was stopped by Transportation Security Administration staff after they located what they believed to be an illegal substance in her bag.

A Helena police officer was dispatched to the airport and, upon interviewing Newell, she, “told him … they had confiscated her marijuana and methamphetamine,” the affidavit said.

The officer located a plastic bowl containing a glass jar with a green leafy substance inside and a red and gold pouch later revealed to contain three bags of a white crystal substance and a black smoking pipe containing burn residue, the affidavit said.

The substances tested positive for marijuana and methamphetamine respectively and Newell was booked into the Lewis and Clark County Detention Center.

She is charged with one count of felony possession of dangerous drugs, one count of misdemeanor possession of dangerous drugs, one count of possession of drug paraphernalia and for two arrest warrants out of Bozeman and Gallatin County.



Comments Off on Citizen tip leads to bust of active Methamphetamine lab in Chilhowie; Heather Marie Stillwell, 25, Frank Evans Stillwell, 59, and Donald Brandon Stillwell, 26, arrested

Three people were arrested last Friday night on multiple charges related to the manufacture of methamphetamine.

Sgt. Michael Conroy of the Virginia State Police reported Tuesday that the arrests took place in Chilhowie by Sr. Trooper J. Ferland with the assistance of the Chilhowie Police Department.

Trooper Ferland received a citizen tip about a suspicious purchase of meth precursors, Conroy said. He followed up on the tip and obtained a search warrant at 11 p.m. March 14 for 343 Cold Springs Road, the residence of Donald and Heather Stillwell.

Ferland and the CPD recovered two active meth labs with an active cook in progress and discovered evidence of previous cooks, said Conroy. The state police DES handled processing of the scene and evidence.

Donald Brandon Stillwell, 26, and Heather Marie Stillwell, 25, both of 343 Cold Springs Road, Chilhowie, were arrested and charged with three counts of manufacturing methamphetamine, one count of conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, and one count of possession of two or more precursors to manufacturing methamphetamine.

Donald Brandon Stillwell was also charged with one count of possession of a firearm with a Schedule I or II drug. Officers recovered five handguns and 11 rifles from the residence.

Also arrested at the residence was Frank Evans Stillwell, 59, of Glade Spring, who was charged with two counts of manufacturing methamphetamine, one count of conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and one count of possession of two or more precursors to manufacturing methamphetamine.

All were taken to the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail in Abingdon.

“This goes to show how citizens’ tips can lead to multiple arrests,” said Conroy. “We encourage citizen tips. We do follow up on them. Sometimes it may take time but we do follow through.”

Citizens can provide anonymous tips to the Virginia State Police drug hotline at 1-800-553-3673. Be as specific as possible with the information to help expedite the investigation.

Comments Off on Methamphetamine lab explosion ignites home on North Barron Street in Eaton; Michelle Grubbs, 33. arrested

A meth lab explosion caused a fire that left the back end of 212 North Barron Street charred and exposed on Friday, March 14.

The initial call of a “fully engulfed structure” came in at 5:48 a.m. over the scanner, sending crews from Eaton, West Alexandria, and Gasper Township to the apartment building. Crews were able to extinguish the flames by 6:10 a.m.

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The fire erupted due to a meth lab explosion, believed to be started by Michelle Grubbs, 33. Grubbs, currently in Preble County Jail, was detained by police at her fathers residents, after police were able to trace a partially-burnt purse to Grubbs, as well as other leads. Grubbs is currently being charged with aggravated arson as well as drug-related crimes.

“Within a couple of hours, we figured out exactly where they bought it, and had the logs from both Meijer and Kroger in Moraine/West Carrolton area there. It showed all these people; the times they bought it, they had where [the suspects] used their State ID to buy it, so we figured that out pretty quick,” said Eaton Police Chief Chad DePew.

“Within the house itself, or apartment rather, most of it was burnt, we found nine propane cylinders. Some tubing, like aquarium tubing, which is what we typically find in a meth lab. And we found like pieces of her purse that was kind of burned up in the fire,” said DePew.

The day of the fire, a total of five suspects purchased pseudoephedrine in Montgomery County, as well as other meth-making related materials. Once the purchase was complete, the suspects are believed to have given the materials to Grubbs to complete the “cooking” of meth. With the help of pseudoephedrine logs, police are able to trace purchases to individuals who buy over 10 grams within a 30-day period.

DePew believes that many people who buy meth-making materials in another county do so to attempt to cover their tracks. Pseudoephedrine enforcement by police became imperative in 2009.

“It’s been amazing to watch the numbers go down, as far as the number of people we charge with pseudoephedrine … as soon as the State made it illegal to buy pseudoephedrine, or restricted how much you can buy, we started enforcing that. As soon as we started charging people like crazy for the over-purchase of pseudoephedrine, it always seems after 2009 that number gets lower and lower because people are going out of county and out of state to buy it,” said DePew.

“Which we can still determine where they buy it, for charging purposes, typically we’re looking for a charge at least in Preble County or Eaton to tie it back to us.”

DePew explains Grubbs and the other suspects were able to buy large amounts of pseudoephedrine, by utilizing the fact they were larger in number. Each individual is able to purchase a maximum of two boxes of pseudoephedrine, allowing five total suspects to obtain ten boxes.

“Typically people around here we see making meth are generally making it for themselves or for maybe a buddy or two, they’re making it to sell it to buy heroin,” said DePew.

The danger in the manufacturing of meth comes from the substances being used in the process. While individually the chemicals are fine, however, mixed together can create a dangerous cocktail of chemicals.

“They’re dealing with all these household chemicals, that used for their intended purpose, the drain cleaner for example, you pour that down the drain and you’re going to be fine, but you mix that with these other chemicals, and expose it to heat and fire, you’ve got a very dangerous hazard there. You know, things that could explode, could melt, most likely there’s some type of chemical reaction that occurred that ignited, or the propane ignited the chemicals, there’s a lot of things that can go wrong, and quite frankly, the person we arrested, Michelle, is very lucky she didn’t get hurt,” said DePew.

The initial explosion may not always be strictly composed of heat or fire, but the chemicals themselves. These are equally dangerous to exposed skin surfaces, and can be extremely dangerous if not deadly.

Chief DePew has become increasingly aware of smaller-sized meth “cooks” in the area, which are small enough to fit in a normal-sized duffel bag.

Grubbs is no stranger to the meth world. Previously a spokeswoman for substance abuse, was formerly seen as a success story. Clean and sober for roughly four years, Grubbs subsequently fell back in the vicious cycle of drug abuse.

“As we deal with these people, we’ve learned the meth problem we’ve been dealing with for 10 to 12 years now… we’re learning that enforcement is great, but we can only do so much … the more active role we can play on the treatment side, the better success we have of getting drugs out of our community,” said DePew.

Common ingredients of methamphetamine are lithium battery chemicals, drain cleaner, ether, brake fluid, acetone, and others.

The building, a rental property, housed an individual which was in acquaintance with Grubbs, allowing her to enter the rented unit.

The rental property “will be evaluated by an insurance adjuster to determine cost of repair v.s. cost of demolition. A large part of the building did not have structural damage,” said Eaton Fire Chief Jack Royer.

“It is in the hands of the owner and the insurance company. The insurance agency to the south sustained a small amount of water damage and lost siding. The accounting office to the north sustained flame damage to the roof and over-hang; also a small window and some fire damage to a side door.”

Grubbs has not given a statement to police.



Spanish police have arrested 42 people for selling and trafficking a highly addictive and dangerous form of methamphetamine known on the street as shabu.

The potent drug is relatively common in southeast Asia and in parts of the United States, but had not been seen in Spain until very recently.


But national police began to investigate after they noticed increased flows of the drug from the Philippines into Spain, Spanish daily El País reported on Tuesday.

They uncovered two different organizations which were responsible for sales of the drug and that were attempting to extend the shabu market to Spain.

Members of the organizations were then arrested in raids over three months in Madrid, Barcelona, and Murcia.

Among the people arrested were citizens of Spain, the Philippines, Mali, Senegal, and Togo.

Although it is unclear where the nickname shabu comes from, methamphetamine hydrochloride is a very dangerous drug with serious and even deadly side effects.

Overdoses of the drug can result in cerebral hemorrhage or heart failure. Users can stay awake for days and can feel psychological side effects for months or even years.



CENTENNIAL – 9Wants to Know has learned the five-time felon who led police on a chaotic pursuit through the Denver metro area was caught with nearly 90 grams of methamphetamine weeks before the chase.

Ryan Stone, 28, is expected to be officially charged in court Wednesday for stealing a car that was left running with a four-year-old boy inside and then nearly killing a state trooper during the pursuit.

Court documents reviewed by 9Wants to Know show Stone had three encounters with police in the weeks before the pursuit for drug paraphernalia and for possessing large quantities of methamphetamine.

The documents indicate drug investigators were conducting surveillance on Stone’s Centennial home beginning in January after becoming suspicious the property was a source of drug dealing.

On January 9, Stone was issued a summons for drug paraphernalia, while his girlfriend was caught with 30 grams of meth in her bra, according to court records.

About a month later on Feb. 6, Stone was pulled over after leaving his home and found with 86.8 grams of methamphetamine. Stone was able to post a $25,000 cash/surety bond the following day on drug charges, according to records.

Five days later after getting out of jail, Stone was arrested again for possessing a few grams of meth and hydrocodone pills, according to court documents. In that case, Stone posted a $2,000 bond but failed to show up to a March 4th court appearance.

Warrants were issued for his arrest in the drug cases as the district attorney’s office attempted to convince the court to revoke Stone’s bond.

Stone led police on a nearly two hour long pursuit through the Denver metro area last Wednesday in which a Colorado trooper was nearly killed.



Comments Off on Hillary A. Lohr, 24, of Rome, charged with bringing Methamphetamine into the Oneida County Correctional Facility

(WKTV) – A Rome woman has been charged after she allegedly brought methamphetamine into the Oneida County Correctional Facility, the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office said.


Hillary A. Lohr, 24, of Scadden Road in Rome, is charged with promoting prison contraband in the first degree.

According to officials, the charges stem from a vehicle and traffic stop by New York State Police in Sylvan Beach. While Lohr was being processed, a correction officer located a container of methamphetamine on her, the sheriff’s office said.



Comments Off on Daniel Sweatt, 33, and Brandon Earls, 28, arrested for second time in a week in Weakley County for Methamphetamine

WEAKLEY COUNTY, TN (KFVS) – For the second time in a week two Weakley County men were arrested by deputies from the Weakley County Sheriff’s Department.

Daniel Sweatt, 33, and Brandon Earls, 28, were both charged with possession of SCH2 methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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According to the sheriff’s department, on Tuesday, March 18 investigators received information that Sweatt was driving a gray-colored Chevrolet Malibu in Martin, Tenn. Deputies were aware that Sweatt’s driver’s license was suspended. They say they saw him driving on Elm Street and pulled him over on University Street. He was arrested for driving on a suspended license.

Deputies say a Martin police drug dog was brought to the scene and alerted to the presence of drugs in the car. A subsequent search of the car revealed the presence of drug pipes and a bag containing an estimated 3 grams of methamphetamine.

Earls was a passenger in the car, and was also arrested.

Both men were out of jail on bond from arrests on Sunday morning, March 16 after a traffic stop where deputies recovered meth and paraphernalia.



Comments Off on Katelynn Elizabeth Marie Lykes, 20, of Montevallo, charged with chemical endangerment of a child for exposing her baby to Methamphetamine

MONTEVALLO, AL (WBRC) – Authorities  have charged a Montevallo woman with chemical endangerment of a child.

Katelynn Elizabeth Marie Lykes, 20, was arrested Saturday. According to court documents, the incident happened in January.


Drug tests show that she had methamphetamine and amphetamine in her system at the time. The warrant for her arrest says she “knowingly, recklessly, or intentionally” exposed her baby to these substances.

Lykes was released from jail Sunday on a $15,000 bond. She has a preliminary hearing scheduled for 8:30 a.m. April 9.



Comments Off on Tammy Jo Money, 44, from Edinburgh, faces Methamphetamine and drug charges

An Edinburgh woman was arrested on multiple drug charges after a more than six-month investigation.

Tammy Jo Money, 44, 901 S. Roosevelt St., was arrested on three charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession of a legend drug, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia, false informing and disorderly conduct. She also was arrested on a warrant for three counts of dealing methamphetamine.

Police had been looking for her since charges were filed last year, Edinburgh Deputy Police Chief David Lutz said. Undercover officers bought methamphetamine from Money three times in July after police received complaints of drug dealing in the town.



Comments Off on Fourteen men and woman arrested in southwest Colorado in Methamphetamine distribution ring

DURANGO, Colo. — Fourteen people have been arrested in southwest Colorado after about 10 pounds of methamphetamine were seized following an investigation of a distribution organization, the Southwest Drug Task Force and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration announced Tuesday.

The drugs were valued at about $450,000. There also was a seizure of about $8,000 in cash and the recovery of stolen guns and other property.


Officials say the organization was moving large amounts of meth to Durango and southwest Colorado. The arrests were made in the past 45 days.

The investigation centered on Joseph Fitapelli, 58, of Bayfield. Investigators contacted two Las Vegas residents on March 11 and they were taken into custody.

A search warrant was executed on their vehicle and about 4 pounds of suspected methamphetamine was found. Fitapelli was arrested after another traffic stop and was found to be in possession of $8,000 to $10,000 in cash. Officials say the meth was going to Fitapelli.

Several search warrants were then executed with several agencies providing assistance. Several ounces of meth, suspected stolen guns and stolen property were recovered during the searches.

The case remains under investigation and more arrests are likely. Officials say the organization has confirmed ties to Las Vegas, California and into high-level Mexican drug cartel subjects.

Arrested were Joseph Fitapelli, 55, of Bayfield; Derrik Martinez, 28, of Durango; Jose  Garcia-Ochoa, 19, of Las Vegas; Pamela Chandler, 50, of Durango; Peyton St. Germain, 21, of Durango; Loyd Groomer, 58, of Farmington, N.M.; Milton Korthank, 38, of Durango; Daniel  Gastelo-Ochoa, 24, of Las Vegas; Aaron McMinn, 41, of Bayfield; Danielle Burton, 38, of Bayfield; Ronnie Gunkel, 41, of Bayfield; Cristian Lopez, 22, of Las Vegas; Miguel Miranda-Sanchez, 23, of Las Vegas; and Travis Schield, 49, of Durango.



Comments Off on Children exposed to Methamphetamine before birth have increased cognitive problems

In the only long-term, National Institutes of Health-funded study of prenatal methamphetamine exposure and child outcome, researchers found youngsters exposed to the potent illegal drug before birth had increased cognitive problems at age 7.5 years, highlighting the need for early intervention to improve academic outcomes and reduce the potential for negative behaviors, according to the study published online by The Journal of Pediatrics.

The researchers studied 151 children exposed to methamphetamine before birth and 147 who were not exposed to the drug. They found the children with prenatal methamphetamine exposure were 2.8 times more likely to have cognitive problem scores than children who were not exposed to the drug in a test often used for measuring cognitive skills. the Connors’ Parents Rating Scale.

“These problems include learning slower than their classmates, having difficulty organizing their work and completing tasks and struggling to stay focused on their work,” said Lynne M. Smith, MD, a lead researcher at the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute (LA BioMed) and corresponding author of the study. “All of these difficulties can lead to educational deficits for these children and potentially negative behavior as they find they cannot keep up with their classmates.”

Methamphetamine use among women of reproductive age is a continuing concern, with 5% of pregnant women aged 15-44 reporting current illicit drug use. Methamphetamine usage during pregnancy can cause a restriction of nutrients and oxygen to the developing fetus, as well as potential long-term problems because the drug can cross the placenta and enter the fetus’s bloodstream.

Previous research in Sweden found evidence of lower IQ scores, decreased school performance and aggressive behavior among children with prenatal methamphetamine exposure. The study tracked the children through age 15, but it didn’t compare them to children who had no prenatal methamphetamine exposure.

Researchers at LA BioMed and in Iowa, Oklahoma and Hawaii – all places where methamphetamine usage is prevalent – have been tracking children who were not exposed to the drug and children with prenatal methamphetamine exposure since 2002, as part of the Infant Development, Environment and Lifestyle (IDEAL) Study. This study, which is the only prospective, longitudinal National Institutes of Health study of prenatal methamphetamine exposure and child outcome, was conducted under the auspices of Principal Investigator Barry M. Lester, PhD, at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, and published online Friday.

“By identifying deficits early in the child’s life, we can intervene sooner and help them overcome these deficits to help them have greater success in school and in life,” said Dr. Smith. “Through the IDEAL Study, we are able to track these children and better understand the long-term effects of prenatal methamphetamine exposure.”



Comments Off on Andrea Leigh Blanton, 46, of Ball Ground, Indicted in 2013 Murder of Father, possession of Methamphetamine

A woman arrested last year for allegedly killing her father has been indicted in the offense.

A Cherokee County grand jury on March 11 indicted Andrea Leigh Blanton on one count each of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, concealing death of another and two counts of possession of methamphetamine.
Blanton, 46, was arrested in May 2013 after deputies with the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to 515 Northridge Road in unincorporated Ball Ground to perform a welfare check on her father, James Minor Reece, 77.

Authorities located Reece, who appeared to have been dead for several days, and learned Blanton lived at the home with her father and served as his primary caregiver.

Investigators discovered Blanton was staying in the home with her father’s body, despite the advanced stages of decomposition, and was initially arrested for failing to report his death.

However, an autopsy performed by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Crime Lab revealed Reece died of strangulation. Blanton was initially released on bond, but was taken back into custody, charged with murder and held without bond.



Comments Off on New type of Methamphetamine caused the 6 deaths at Future Music Festival Asia 2014, says Zahid Hamidi

KAJANG: The six people who died of drug overdose at the Future Music Festival Asia 2014 (FMFA) were found to have consumed a new type of methamphetamine.

Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said police investigations revealed the drug was not available in Malaysia, and was believed to have been smuggled from neighbouring countries.

“From initial investigations, the drugs consumed by the concert-goers had the worst effect. We are focusing our investigations at how these drugs were brought in,” he said at a programme hosted by the National Anti-Drugs Agency on Tuesday night.

The six who died from drug overdose were Kamal Zekry Kamal Basha, 22, Victor Wong E Hern, 26, Sabreena Kamaruddin, 21, M. Suresh, 28, Syazana Sohaimie, 23, and Nor Faizza Mohd Wazir, 27.

Ahmad Zahid said that police would work closely with local authorities and concert organisers to ensure their programmes were free of drugs and alcohol.

“Monitoring concerts is not under the jurisdiction of the police, but we will work closely with organisers to avoid such an incident from recurring,” he added.

He said one of the conditions stipulated for organising concerts were to ensure no illegal substances were available throughout the event.

“Organisers must be more diligent. They must ensure concertgoers do not bring drugs or alcohol to the show,” he said.

Over in KAJANG: Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said the Government was prepared to review the permit for the live music event, Life-in-Color, scheduled for April 19, following the six deaths at the FMFA.

Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said this was to avoid any untoward incidents of drugs and narcotics abuse.

“Due to the death of a few individuals during the FMFA, it is proper for the Government to review the approved permits,” he told reporters at the basketball friendly tournament with the Women’s Basketball National team organised by the Ministry, at Sg Chua, here, Tuesday.

Khairy said that he would bring up the matter with the Cabinet for discussion before making any decision.

“I was informed that the Life-in-Color music event has the same genre with FMFA, and can be considered as high-risk,” he said.



Comments Off on Methamphetamine found hidden in fake lighter after James Allen Cravens, 34, of Monterey, found slumped over the steering wheel of his vehicle in the Monterey Burger King drive thru

MONTEREY — A man slumped over the steering wheel of his vehicle in a fast food restaurant drive thru Saturday was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance for resale.


James Allen Cravens, 34, of Monterey, was in the Monterey Burger King drive thru line when Sgt. Larry Bates with the Monterey Police Department approached his vehicle and found him to be slumped over the steering wheel, a warrant states.

When Bates patted down Cravens, what appeared to be a cigarette lighter was found; however, the lighter was in fact being used as a hiding place for drugs, according to the warrant.

The fake lighter opened up, revealing “four individual bags of a crystal like substance that field tested positive as ice,” the warrant states.

“Ice” is a high grade version of methamphetamine, police say.

The warrant alleges that the drugs had been packaged for resale.

Cravens was booked into the Putnam County jail where his bond was set at $15,000.

He has an April 21 court date.

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REEDER TOWNSHIP — A meth lab dump site was found in Reeder Township on Sunday.

According to the Traverse Narcotics Team, the site was discovered by a person on a walk who noticed the items on the side of the road.

Investigators reported finding chemical components and an apparatus used in the cooking of meth.

The components used to cook meth as well as the chemicals and their bi-products are considered environmentally contaminated and unsafe.

The Traverse Narcotics Team reports meth labs are becoming a large problem and officials are asking the public be on the lookout for dump sites.

Anyone with information pertaining to drug activity should call the tip line at 231-338-0868.



Comments Off on Oswego police tie Methamphetamine lab bust to fight against drug’s increase ‘all over the city’

Oswego, N.Y. — A methamphetamines arrest in Oswego Tuesday is part of a significant increase in meth busts and meth use in the city, Capt. Charles Tonkin said.

The number of meth labs busted by Oswego police rose from three in 2012 to seven — an “all-time high” — in 2013, Tonkin said. Tonkin doesn’t think there were any meth busts in 2011 or the year before that.


“We’re seeing a lot more people turn to meth,” said Tonkin, the head of the police department’s drug unit. “We weren’t seeing any meth three or four years ago, and all of a sudden it popped up and now we’re dealing with it regularly.”

Tuesday’s arrest was the first meth lab bust of 2014, Tonkin said. Around 7 p.m., Oswego police investigators stopped a red Chevrolet Monte Carlo on East 9th Street near East Bridge Street.  Four people in the car were detained. The officers then found “numerous ingredients” and tools for making meth, Tonkin said. Police confirmed through interviews that the tools were intended for meth making.

Only one person has been arrested so far. Ronald E. Recore, 37, of 107 Highland St. in Fulton, faces one charge of third-degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine, a felony.

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Recore, who will be arraigned in Oswego City Court, has also been accused of stealing a Rite Aid instant cold compress from a Rite Aid in Mid-Town Plaza that same day. The cold compresses have ammonium nitrate, which can be used for making meth, police said.

More people are likely to be arrested and charged in connection with the traffic stop and arrest, Tonkin said.

“They did some things that tipped us off that they’d be making meth shortly, which led to the traffic stop,” Tonkin said. “We know who the players are on this. We have a pretty good handle on who’s making meth, so we were actively watching these people.”

It’s hard to keep up with the drug’s proliferation in Oswego, Tonkin said.

“There’s no one area we could concentrate on that has meth labs: They’re all over the city,” Tonkin said.

Police hope to prevent the drug’s spread by arresting those who know how to make it, Tonkin said.

“These cooks teach other people how to cook and it just multiplies,” Tonkin said. “The quicker we can get our meth cooks off the street, the better chance we have at curbing this.”