A deputy arriving to a welfare check call in the 25000 block of Porter Road on May 14 saw a man looking out of the window of the back door of the residence. The man quickly locked the door with a dead bolt.

A woman at the home said the man had been awake for three days from taking methamphetamine, and was walking around with a long kitchen knife. Fearing for her life, the woman called police.

When the man walked out of the house, the deputy tried to detain him. The man began resisting and attempted to flee, but the deputy apprehended him.

The deputy arrested the 30-year-old man for resisting and evading arrest.






(Mesquite, NV) – The Southern Area  Interdiction Narcotics Team (SAINT Task Force) on May 11, 2012 arrested 2  subjects for distributing a large amount of methamphetamine.  Albert Garcia and  Tiffany Acosta were arrested after being in possession of over a half pound of  methamphetamine.
SAINT Detectives were conducting surveillance on a  local hotel room when they observed a silver Chrysler 300 rental vehicle arrive  and park in the vicinity of the hotel room.

Tiffany Acosta, 31, of Stockton, California (MPD photo)

Tiffany Acosta, 31, of Stockton, California

The passenger (Garcia) left the  vehicle and walked up to the room when Detectives made contact with him and  located items of drug paraphernalia in his possession.    Detectives then made  contact with ACOSTA who was seated in the parked rental vehicle which was leased  in Sacramento, California by GARCIA just a few days prior.

Albert Garcia, 29, of Galt, California (MPD photo)

Albert Garcia, 29, of Galt, California

After  obtaining a search warrant for the vehicle through the Mesquite Justice Court,  Detectives deployed a K-9 narcotic detection dog “Bruiser” which then alerted to  the trunk area where Detectives then located approximately 232 grams of high  grade methamphetamine, concealed within the trunk area.  The street value of the  methamphetamine seized is valued at $23,200.00.
Albert Garcia, 29, of  Galt, California was charged with Level III Trafficking in a controlled  substance (methamphetamine), Transporting a controlled substance  (methamphetamine), Conspiracy to violate the uniform controlled substance act  (methamphetamine), and Two (2) counts possession of drug  paraphernalia.

232 grams of high grade methamphetamine (MPD photo)

232 grams of high grade methamphetamine

Tiffany Acosta, 31, of Stockton, California was charged  with Level III Trafficking in a controlled substance (methamphetamine),  Transporting a controlled substance (methamphetamine), Conspiracy to violate the  uniform controlled substance act (methamphetamine), and Driving while suspended.
Garcia and Acosta were processed at the Mesquite Detention Center and  then later transported to the Clark County Detention Center in Las  Vegas.
The Southern Area Interdiction Narcotics Team is a combined Task  Force consisting of the Nevada Department of Public Safety – Investigation  Division and the Mesquite Police Department.







Families that make meth together go to jail together.

Investigators charged a father and son Wednesday with operating the methamphetamine lab raided a day earlier at 80 Church St. in South Wilkes-Barre.

Arrest papers describe Jeffrey Deyo Sr., 41, as the meth “cook,” a man on court-ordered house arrest who spent most days manufacturing meth in the home’s basement.

His son, Jeffrey Deyo Jr., 18, assisted in the cooking process, but his main job was to buy the meth-making supplies, arrest papers say.

The Deyos were arraigned Wednesday morning in Wilkes-Barre Central Court on a host of charges, which include making and possessing methamphetamine, risking a catastrophe and conspiracy. They were jailed in the Luzerne County Correctional Facility with bail set at $150,000 cash.

Arrest papers filed by the state Attorney General’s Office say both men admitted their roles in the operation after authorities stormed the home Tuesday following a months-long investigation.

Investigators said they found items commonly used to cook meth and a cooking plate that was still “reacting” from chemicals. Police said the duo was known to cook multiple times a day and had cooked meth within an hour of the raid.

The elder Deyo told police he has been manufacturing meth for about a year, including for about a month at 80 Church St., to support his addiction. Because he is being monitored electronically on house arrest, he used his son and others to buy meth-making ingredients including pseudoephedrine, a drug commonly found in cold medicine, he told police. He’d provide meth to those who supplied ingredients, police said.

Court documents say the elder Deyo was sentenced in February to 12-months house arrest with electronic monitoring following his third drunken driving conviction.

Both men said they would discard the volatile remnants of the cooking process in the trash for weekly pickup, leading to an additional charge of illegally dumping methamphetamine waste.

Preliminary hearings from the men are slated for May 31 at 10 a.m. in Wilkes-Barre Central Court.






Two people have been charged in connection with a motel room meth lab that was discovered by Horry County Police late Wednesday night.

 Police charged Adam Douglas Merryman, 29, of Elizabeth Town, TN with Possession of Methamphetamine, Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Simple Possession of Marijuana. Police also charged Michael Ira Thomas, 41, of Surfside Beach, with Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Simple Possession of Marijuana

Around 11:20 p.m., Horry County police officers responded to the Astro Motel in Surfside Beach in reference to a suspicious odor.

When officers arrived, they located ingredients used in the process of producing methamphetamine. Officers secured the area and detained two individuals from the room.

Detectives worked with a private company into the late morning hours to properly clean the room and collect evidence.

Warrants have now been obtained on both individuals that were inside the room at the time of the incident.






On Wednesday, the Walton County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at a residence in DeFuniak Springs, Florida.

Investigators secured the search warrant following a month long investigation into the allegations of methamphetamine being manufactured at the residence.

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Upon execution of the search warrant, a methamphetamine manufacturing laboratory was discovered in an outbuilding on the property. There was a trafficking amount of methamphetamine recovered along with all the necessary items to cook the illegal drug.

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Both subjects were transported to the Walton County Department of Corrections for booking and first appearance.



ST. LOUIS • Twenty-one residents of Jefferson and  Franklin counties have been indicted on a federal indictment accusing them of  running a methamphetamine manufacturing and dealing network, the U.S. Attorney’s  office said Thursday.

The men and women were indicted May 16 but the indictment was sealed until a  series of arrests began Wednesday by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the  Franklin County Narcotics Enforcement Unit and Kirkwood and Pacific City police.  Each faces at least one charge of pseudoephedrine possession and a meth  conspiracy-related charge.

Prosecutors said that nine Pacific residents were arrested: Amy N. Bueker,  25, Tammy L. Busch, 41, Miranda J. Everhart, 21, Dale M. Harris, 44, Douglas E.  Hughes, 29, Ethan M. Lepinski, 47, Eric E. Lyerla, 37, William L. McKinney, 21,  and Elaine M. Scroggs, 23.

Four Villa Ridge residents were arrested: Andrea R. Dowling, 28, Shelly M.  Peterman, 42, Michael S. Pich, 32, and Jason S. Sparks, 32.

Two were arrested from Arnold: Angela J. Holley, 33, and Aaron A. Lyerla,  33.

Two were arrested from Labadie: Ann L. Matchell, 47, and Sarah A. Matchell,  23.

The rest were: Larry R. Collier, 40, of St. Clair; Jerry A. Hendrickson, 27,  of Franklin County; Michelle A. Sizemore, 37, of Fenton; and Jerry M. Walling,  48, of Catawissa;

Jim Shroba, acting head of the DEA’s St. Louis office, said “The arrest of  these individuals signals our Agency’s continuing commitment to eliminate the  manufacture and distribution of methamphetamine, a problem which plagues many of  our rural counties and poses a serious health risk to both the individual user  as well as our environment,” in a prepared statement.

In a statement, Sgt. Jason Grellner of the Franklin County Narcotics Unit  said, “The charges alleged in this case highlights the continuing problem of  clandestine laboratories in Missouri.”







A Las Vegas man was sentenced this week to nine years in prison for his role in distributing methamphetamine, marijuana and cocaine.

Juan Carlos Macias-Chavez, 46, a member of a drug trafficking organization known as the “Border Brothers,” also was sentenced to five years of supervised release after he gets out of prison, Nevada U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden said Wednesday.

Macias-Chavez pleaded guilty in March 2011 before U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro to several charges, including conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, and possession with intent to distribute marijuana. He is a citizen of Mexico, and was unlawfully living in Las Vegas at the time of his July 2009 arrest.

Federal agents seized about 1.3 pounds of methamphetamine, about 3 ounces of cocaine and more than 6 pounds of marijuana during the investigation, which made use of court-approved wiretaps .

In December, co-defendant Jose Rosales also received nine years.






A female believed to be involved with the manufacture of methamphetamine in  Jefferson County has turned herself into authorities.

Beth A. Bush, 43, turned herself into the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office  at around 9 a.m. Monday morning, according to a press release.

Bush was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, distribution of a  controlled substance, manufacture of methamphetamine, and exposing a child to  dangerous drugs.

At about 7 a.m. Friday, deputies served a search warrant for drugs at the  James Jay Rasmussen residence, 70515 Hwy 15., about 5 miles south of  Fairbury.

Officers found items consistent with the manufacture of methamphetamine.

These items were collected as evidence and disposed of by certified meth lab  technicians. Rasmussen, 50, was arrested on suspicion of possession of  methamphetamine and the manufacturing of methamphetamine.

Bond was set for Rasmussen at 10 percent of $100,000. Bush is being held with  out bond to be brought before the court.

Assisting the Sheriff’s Office were the Fairbury Rural Fire District,  Ambulance District No. 33, Jefferson County Emergency Management, Public Health  Solutions and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.





Officers with the Lexington County Multi-Agency Narcotics Enforcement Team arrested three men and two women and seized a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory that was being operated at a home on Longview Street near Lexington.

According to Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts, NET officers arrested 33-year-old Brian Keith Benson, 50-year-old Ernest Charles Lake, 54-year-old Cynthia Harsey Nantz, 37-year-old Tony Rosco and 36-year-old Amber Nicole Stacy on a charge of manufacturing methamphetamine on May 22.

Deputies say NET officers developed information that a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory was being operated at a home at 623 Longview Street, where Lake, Nantz and Stacy live.

Deputies went to the home around 8:53 p.m. in order to investigate whether a methamphetamine laboratory was being operated on the property, the report stated.

Upon arrival, officers detected a strong chemical odor they recognized as an indicator that a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory was being operated on the property, according to sheriff’s deputies.

The report says officers observed a black bag on the front porch of the Longview Street home that contained three reaction vessels.

Deputies say chemicals that are used to manufacture methamphetamine were stored in the three reaction vessels. According to deputies, officers seized a small amount of methamphetamine.

Officers located Benson, Lake, Nantz, Rosco and Stacy standing near a camper in the home’s backyard, the report stated.

Officers say they arrested Benson, Lake, Nantz, Rosco and Stacy after determining that the three men and two women all were involved in operating the clandestine methamphetamine laboratory.






HARRAH — Two people were arrested and three  children were placed in state custody after a methamphetamine lab was found in a  home during a check welfare call for the children, police said.

Lorinda  Austin and Robert  Smith were arrested on numerous complaints, including manufacturing  methamphetamine and possession of a controlled dangerous substance in the  presence of a minor, Harrah police spokesman Phil  Stewart said.

About 4 p.m., officers were called to a house in the 18000 block of NE 27 on  a check welfare call regarding the children. Police found the back door unlocked  and a working meth lab inside the home. As officers were awaiting a search  warrant, Austin, Smith and the three children — ranging in age from 4 to 12 — arrived at the home, Stewart said.

The children were taken into state protective custody. There was no  electricity or running water to the house, and it was infested by vermin, he  said.

You can’t find a floor in this house,” Stewart said.



An eastern Iowa woman faces meth and child endangerment charges, accused of letting other people make methamphetamine at her Cedar Rapids apartment.

The Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/JajJCb) that 24-year-old Melanie Padilla, who now lives in DeWitt, has been charged with aiding and abetting in the manufacture of methamphetamine, possession of precursors and child endangerment.

Police say they found remnants of a meth lab at Padilla’s former apartment in Cedar Rapids, where she had lived with her infant son.

Court records say Padilla acknowledged supplying pseudoephedrine, lithium and other items for use in making meth.

A public phone listing for Padilla could not be found. Online court records don’t yet list the case.



MARYVILLE — Two people were arrested when Blount County authorities raided a residential methamphetamine lab Tuesday afternoon.

Blount County Sheriff’s Office deputies and investigators with the 5th Judicial Drug Task Force responded to the residence on Old Chilhowee Road, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.

It was not immediately clear how authorities were first alerted to the scene.

Authorities allegedly discovered four separate “one pot” methamphetamine labs outside, where the suspects apparently were attempting to burn any remaining evidence.

Marijuana plants also allegedly were found growing outside.

The Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force responded to the scene to dispose of the hazardous materials.

Charges are pending against the suspects, a man and a woman, who were not identified by authorities. Both now are being held at the Blount County Detention Facility. One of the suspects also has an active warrant on file in Knox County, according to the news release.







A federal grand jury has indicted 17 people for distributing drugs on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, according to U.S. Attorney Brendan V. Johnson.

The charges for the distribution of methamphetamine, marijuana and cocaine follow a multi-agency investigation.

Ten of those indicted are under arrest.

Those named in the indictment include:

– Richard Marshall, 44, of Batesland – charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, one count of conspiracy to distribute marijuana, one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine, and one count of distributing marijuana.

– Lorenzo Camacho Taragno, 42, of Gordon, Nebraska – charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, one count of conspiracy to distribute marijuana, and one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

– Reyes Chavez-Rojo, 23, of Rapid City – charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, one count of conspiracy to distribute marijuana, and one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

– Billi American Horse, 23, of Gordon, Nebraska – charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, one count of conspiracy to distribute marijuana, and one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

– Jimmy Bravo, 26, of Oglala – charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute marijuana.

– Elwanda Fire Thunder, 47, of Kyle – charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute marijuana and one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

– Kimberly Janis, 49, of Pine Ridge – charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, one count of conspiracy to distribute marijuana, and one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

– Zeno Little, 55, of Porcupine – charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute marijuana.

– Norton Little Spotted Horse, 52, of Chadron, Nebraska – charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute marijuana.

– Moses Montileaux, Jr., 30, of Rapid City – charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute marijuana.

– Moses Montileaux, Sr., 60, of Potato Creek – charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute marijuana and one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

– Whisper Montileaux, 29, of Gordon, Nebraska – charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, one count of conspiracy to distribute marijuana, and one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

– Stephanie Standing Bear, 37, of Kyle – charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, one count of conspiracy to distribute marijuana, and one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

– Edward Vocu, 55, of Kyle – charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

– Theresa Vocu, 43, of Kyle – charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

– Cassie Winters, 27, of Porcupine – charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute marijuana.

– Wesley Yellow Horse, Sr., 56, of Oglala – charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute marijuana.






A California man found with more than 56 pounds of methamphetamine in his  vehicle says he was promised $500 a pound for driving the drugs to Salt Lake  City, according to court records unsealed Tuesday.

Instead, Osiel Ruvalocaba-Azpeitia could face up to life in prison and $10  million in fines if he’s convicted on a federal distribution charge.

“It is the biggest meth bust in Utah,” U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration  agent Ronald Anson said Tuesday.

Ruvalocaba-Azpeitia, 24, of Anaheim, Calif., will plead not guilty to an  indictment expected shortly from a grand jury, his federal defender, Rob Hunt,  said after the suspect showed up in federal court in Salt Lake City on  Tuesday.

U.S. Magistrate Sam Alba ordered Ruvalocaba-Azpeitia held on a federal  complaint that sheds some light on a $5 million drug shipment investigators  believe originated at a so-called Mexican super-lab.

According to a DEA affidavit unsealed in court Tuesday, Ruvalocaba-Azpeitia  is a U.S. citizen and a student in need of cash to finish his college education  and pay for his mother’s surgery. He was driving another man’s Toyota FJ Cruiser  with California license plates, and was working for a Mexican drug lord who  arranged the sale to another man in Utah.

He was stopped Sunday by a West Valley City police officer who used a dog to  sniff out the drugs packed in PVC pipes and hidden inside the SUV’s rear quarter  panels, court records say.

It was no random traffic stop. DEA agents investigating the Sinaloa cartel  were notified beforehand that the shipment was on its way, Frank Smith,  assistant special agent-in-charge for the DEA’s Rocky Mountain region, said at a  news conference Monday.

On Tuesday, Smith declined comment, saying he and case agents were prohibited  from discussing a case once it lands in federal court.

Court records refer to the defendant’s partners by pseudonyms, but  prosecutors said they are affiliated with Sinaloa, one of Mexico’s dominant drug  cartels.

The U.S. is seeking to target higher-ups who arranged for the shipment,  Assistant U.S. Attorney Rob Lund said.

“Mexican authorities have to cooperate on that process,” Lund said outside  federal court Tuesday. “The goal of our investigation is to move up the  ladder.”

Undercover drug agents arranged to purchase the 56.5 pounds of meth for  $650,000, the Deseret News of Salt Lake City reported from Monday’s DEA news  conference.

Smith said the meth was more than 97 percent pure and was believed to have  been made at a Mexican super-lab and smuggled across the U.S. border.

Authorities say the meth had a street value of about $5 million







The alleged drug runner in what federal officials are calling the largest methamphetamine bust ever in Utah said he was a struggling college student who needed money for school and surgery for his mother, according to new court documents.

On Sunday night, investigators found 56.5 pounds of methamphetamine in a car in Salt Lake County. The meth, which had a wholesale value of up to $1 million and a street value of up to $5 million, was being shipped for sale in Salt Lake City, officials said.

The driver of the car, 24-year-old Osiel Ruvalcaba-Azpeitia, told investigators he was given $500 a pound to transport the drugs, according to a federal complaint filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court.

Ruvalcaba-Azpeitia, of California, said he was taking the drugs from the Orange County area to Salt Lake, court documents state.

Ruvalcaba-Azpeitia, who faces a maximum penalty of up to life in prison and a $10 million fine appeared in court briefly Tuesday and was assigned a federal public defender. That attorney, Rob Hunt, said the man will plead not guilty to the charges. A detention hearing was set for Thursday morning.

Ruvalcaba-Azpeitia reportedly told investigators he was transporting the drugs for a man named Juan in Mexico and was supposed to sell the drugs to a man identified in court documents as Pariente.

Sue Thomas, spokeswoman for the Drug Enforcement Agency, has said the bust was part of a yearlong investigation of the Sinaloa cartel.

Over the year, agents have seized 127 pounds of meth and 7 pounds of heroin being trafficked by the Sinaloa cartel, Thomas said. The meth found Sunday appears to have been smuggled into the United States while packed into PVC pipe and inside the rear quarter panels of the car.







SALTON CITY — A 23-year-old American whose vehicle was found to contain 13 cellophane wrapped packages of methamphetamine faces charges of attempted drug smuggling following his arrest at the Highway 86 checkpoint.

The driver, whose name the U.S. Border Patrol did not release, was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration following his arrest Saturday. Agents using a drug-sniffing dog were alerted to the engine compartment of the 1996 Chevrolet pick-up truck the suspect drove, a press statement read.

The methamphetamine contained in the packages carries an estimated worth of about $300,000.






On May 18, 2012, the Walton County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit executed a search warrant at 392 Long Road in the Mossy Head area of Walton County. The investigators initially responded to an anonymous report of an active methamphetamine laboratory at this location. During the investigation deputies observed enough items in plain view to secure a search warrant for the residence.

Upon executing the search warrant, a methamphetamine laboratory was discovered including all the chemicals and paraphernalia necessary to manufacture the drug. Methamphetamine finished product and methamphetamine oil were both recovered from the residence.

Melissa Ann Clifton, 39, was arrested at the scene and charged with Manufacture of Methamphetamine (1st degree felony), Trafficking Methamphetamine (1st degree felony), and Possession of Narcotics Equipment (1st degree misdemeanor). Clifton was transported to the Walton County Department of Corrections for booking and first appearance.






An Adairsville man was in jail without bail Sunday after his arrest on charges  of drug possession, according to a Floyd County Jail report.
According to  the report:
Forrest Junior Holt, 41, of 19 Holcomb Spur Road in  Adairsville was charged after he was found with a small bag of suspected  methamphetamine in his pocket. He also had a metal container on his belt loop  containing suspected synthetic marijuana and had a rolled synthetic marijuana  cigarette.
He was arrested Saturday night and charged with felony  possession of methamphetamine, possession of synthetic marijuana and parole  violation






A 35-year-old Springfield man was sentenced Monday to 20 years in prison for participating in a methamphetamine manufacturing operation.

Steven C. Powell of the 500 block of Ridgely Avenue was convicted of several meth-related crimes by a Sangamon County jury in January. He will have to serve at least 75 percent of his sentence under Illinois law.

Sangamon County sheriff ‘s deputies found a suspected meth lab in a storage locker rented by Powell when they served a search warrant on March 17, 2010.

George V. Tabor, Powell’s partner in the meth business, was arrested in October 2009 and pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of methamphetamine precursors on July 19, 2010. He was sentenced to nine years in prison.

Assistant state’s attorney Richard Kim, who recommended a 30-year sentence for Powell, said that, Powell “should have got a wakeup call” when Tabor was arrested.

Instead, Kim said, Powell continued to make methamphetamine until his own arrest. Kim said a member of the Illinois State Police Methamphetamine Response Team said at trial that the meth-making lab in the 2600 block of North 15th Street was the largest he had seen in the four-plus years he had been on the team.

Springfield defense attorney Jon Gray Noll asked for the minimum sentence of 15 years for his client.

He said Powell accepted responsibility in a letter to the court and that more than 8,000 grams of fluid found in the storage locker contained at the most 80 grams of meth. By itself, that would not have made Powell eligible for an extended Class X sentence, Noll said.

“We feel the state is overly aggressive in its recommendation,” Noll said. “A 15-year sentence does not deprecate the seriousness of the offense.”

Circuit Judge Pete Cavanagh agreed that 30 years was “disproportionate to the severity of the crime.”

“But you were clearly involved in a criminal enterprise of some magnitude over a period of time,” he said. “Law enforcement was aware you were involved in a criminal enterprise, and it was only a matter of time. It is more aggravating in that you didn’t seem to get the message.”

Powell was convicted of possession of methamphetamine manufacturing materials with the intent to manufacture meth; possession of methamphetamine; and participation in the manufacture of meth. Cavanagh sentenced him to 20 years on each of the participation and possession convictions. The sentences are to be served concurrently.

Sangamon County deputies received a tip in 2009 that Powell and Tabor were cooking meth in a storage locker, according to court records.

Police arranged for an informant to sell pseudoephedrine to Tabor and Powell , who was present when the sale was made, a deputy said in court records. Police on Oct. 19, 2009, allegedly found methamphetamine, syringes and enough pseudoephedrine to make nearly a half-ounce of meth in Tabor’s vehicle.

Tabor was arrested, but Powell was released when nothing illegal was found on him, according to court documents.

In early March 2010, the deputy who got the first tip received information that Powell was still making meth, according to court documents.

Powell received credit for 554 days spent in the Menard County Jail awaiting the outcome of his case.

Powell was held in Menard County because he is the son of former Sangamon County Jail administrator and current Sangamon County deputy Cole Powell.






An outstanding warrant led to a drug bust and a statutory rape charge  Thursday evening.

Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Bobby Grimes, commander of the Metro  Bureau of Narcotics, said the warrant team went to the home of John Allen  Murphy, 58, of 282 Dogwood Road, around 5:10 p.m. to serve a warrant to a person  at the home.


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John Allen Murphy



When agents entered the home, they discovered a small amount of “ice,” a  rocklike form of methamphetamine, along with a small amount of marijuana.

Murphy was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance.  Grimes said Murphy had prior drug offenses and had charges pending.

While at the home agents also arrested Levi Britton Pitts, 18, of 60 Mike  Parra Road, and charged him with the statutory rape of a 15-year-old female,  Grimes said.







A paranoid schizophrenic man who fatally stabbed his drug-dealing accomplice  had been on a three-day drug binge when the attack occurred, a court has  heard.

Today, Christopher John Elliott appeared via videolink in the WA Supreme  Court, pleading not guilty to the murder of his former friend, Alan Heath, on  November 3, 2010, at a Langford home.

The court heard Mr Elliott, 43, admitted he inflicted a 15 centimetre  puncture wound to the abdomen which killed Mr Heath, 47, but denied intent to  kill.

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It is alleged that on November 3, 2010, Mr Elliott went to Mr Heath’s home on  Nicholson Road about 4.30pm, where he stabbed the victim once on the right side  of the abdomen and spraying him with petrol before fleeing.

The injury perforated Mr Heath’s liver and portal vein, causing him to bleed  to death.

The court heard that prior to the attack, Mr Elliott and Mr Heath had been  good friends, living together on Mr Heath’s property and dealing drugs  together.

However, Mr Elliott, who suffers from long-term paranoid schizophrenia, had  allegedly become upset Mr Heath was charging him for morphine tablets, whilst  not making another customer pay.

In the days leading up to the attack, Mr Elliott had been kicked out of Mr  Heath’s home, and had reportedly told a number of people he intended to “stab  the dog”.

According to witness Chantal Renee Martin, an associate and customer of both  men, Mr Elliott had been “erratic, always angry and really upset” at the way  he’d been treated by Mr Heath.

She said Mr Elliott “took a lot of drugs on a regular basis”, including  methamphetamine, morphine and marijuana, and in the three days before Mr Heath  was killed his drug use had increased, causing him to become “very  paranoid”.

She said he always carried a knife in his track pants and slept with a bottle  of petrol beside his bed.

According to Ms Martin, on the morning on the stabbing Mr Elliott had become  upset after being mocked by her son and brother for being a “loser”. She said he  stormed from the house saying: “I’m going to show you how much I know about  life”.

Ms Martin’s mother later received a text message from Mr Elliott stating: “I  stabbed the dog”.

The trial before Justice Ralph Simmonds continues.








ISLAMABAD — Iran, Pakistan and other South Asian countries are a fast-rising force in the global methamphetamine market, with drug cartels thriving off the weak governance and law enforcement that have long fueled the region’s heroin trade.

This environment has allowed criminals to tap into the countries’ relatively advanced pharmaceutical industries to get their hands on meth’s two main ingredients: ephedrine and pseudoephedrine. The drug is more valuable than heroin, and some say, more addictive.

Highlighting this scourge are U.N. figures showing that the number of meth labs uncovered in Iran rose from two to 166 in three years, while the supply of precursor chemicals in Pakistan has more than tripled over roughly the same period.

A Supreme Court case in Pakistan involving the prime minister’s son has drawn more attention to the problem. The case revolves around two Pakistani pharmaceutical companies that allegedly used political connections to obtain huge amounts of ephedrine and are suspected of diverting it to people in the drug trade who could have used it to make meth worth billions of dollars. The companies have denied any wrongdoing.

Ephedrine and pseudoephedrine are used to make common cold medicine, but either can also be used to manufacture meth easily at home or, in places like Mexico where the trade is most advanced, in huge labs indistinguishable from those of large pharmaceutical companies.

The greater South Asia region has a long history of drug manufacturing, but most of it has involved opium and heroin made from the vast quantities of poppy grown in Afghanistan and smuggled out through Pakistan and Iran.

As governments elsewhere clamp down on the availability of the precursor chemicals, this region is attracting more dealers, said Matt Nice of the Vienna-based International Narcotics Control Board, which enforces U.N. conventions regulating the manufacture and distribution of ephedrine and pseudoephedrine.

They look for a country with weak security and regulation “where you can obtain the chemicals because no one is paying attention, or it has never been a problem before,” he said.

Iranian police dismantled 166 meth labs in 2010, up from just two in 2008, according to the U.N. Labs have also been dismantled in Sri Lanka and India, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of precursor chemicals.

Worldwide, nearly 10,200 meth labs were seized in 2009, the most recent aggregate data available, according to the U.N. Most were small labs dismantled in the U.S. But the number of labs outside the U.S. has increased significantly in recent years.

Much of the meth produced in Iran is smuggled to East and Southeast Asia, which have some of the highest street prices and are facing an epidemic of addiction.

“Over the past five years, Iran went from a non-issue in the global synthetic drug trade to top 10 in the world in terms of seizures,” said Jeremy Douglas, head of the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime in Pakistan. “They are also arresting Iranian meth couriers and traffickers throughout East Asia.”

In this Friday, May 11, 2012 photo, Pakistani customs officials looks at confiscated heroin wrapped in packages, prior to a news conference in Karachi, Pakistan. Iran, Pakistan and other countries in South Asia are fast becoming key players in the global methamphetamine market, with drug cartels taking advantage of the weak governance and law enforcement that have long fueled the region’s heroin trade.


There are up to 21 million amphetamine users in East and Southeast Asia, out of a total high-end estimate of 56 million worldwide, according to the U.N. Nearly half of all people seeking drug

treatment in East and Southeast Asia in 2009 were methamphetamine users.

There are signs Pakistan could be vulnerable to the synthetic drug trade and headed in the same direction as Iran.

Pakistani authorities arrested a Malaysian man last year at the airport in Karachi with a suitcase containing hidden compartments of meth that he admitted was made in the city, said Douglas. Thai officials have also arrested several Pakistanis carrying meth at the airport in Bangkok who flew there from Pakistan, he said.

“There are indications meth is being produced in Pakistan,” said Douglas. “It makes sense because the supply of the precursors is high, readily available and cheap.”

The chemicals are also being smuggled out of Pakistan to neighboring Iran and other countries.

Iran reported significant seizures of ephedrine originating from Pakistan and Syria — 294 kilograms (648 pounds) in 2010 and 375 kilograms (827 pounds) in 2011, the U.N said. Pakistan also seized 265 kilograms (584 pounds) of ephedrine in provinces bordering Iran in 2010.

Last year, Pakistan also intercepted 245 kilograms (540 pounds) of ephedrine at Karachi port, bound for Australia hidden in spice packages, said the U.N.

About 1.5 kilograms (3 pounds) of ephedrine or pseudoephedrine are needed to make 1 kilogram (2 pound) of meth. A single gram (0.04 ounces) of meth can fetch more than $1,000 in Japan, according to the U.N.

Nice, the U.N. drug control official, said ephedrine and pseudoephedrine are often smuggled in pill form, and the smugglers mislabel the merchandise as something innocuous, like vitamins, to elude law enforcement in countries with little experience of meth.

“Once they do start seeing this stuff, you have to ask yourself how long has this been going on and how much bigger is it?” said Nice.

Smuggling may be peanuts compared with the amount of ephedrine and pseudoephedrine that is being acquired in bulk from pharmaceutical companies in the region and diverted to drug cartels through front companies — the kind of deception that is suspected in the case before the Pakistani Supreme Court.

Most countries, including South Asian ones, are signatories to U.N. agreements that require them to report their ephedrine and pseudoephedrine needs to the International Narcotics Control Board each year.

The spike in amounts submitted by Pakistan and Iran in recent years has raised suspicions among U.N. officials that significant quantities may be diverted to drug traffickers.

Pakistan’s need for ephedrine rose from 15,000 kilograms (about 33,000 pounds) in 2007 to 22,000 kilograms (nearly 50,000 pounds) in 2010, and pseudoephedrine from 10,000 kilograms (22,000 pounds) to 48,000 kilograms (nearly 106,000 pounds), according to the U.N. Iran’s estimate for pseudoephedrine increased from 40,000 kilograms (more than 88,000 pounds) to 55,000 kilograms (more than 121,000 pounds) in 2010. Its estimate for ephedrine is negligible.

“When you start to see those numbers go up quickly, or wonder why they need so much more than anyone else in the region on a per capita basis, that is when we start to get a little concerned,” said Nice.

The two pharmaceutical companies now before the Supreme Court were allotted 9,000 kilograms (nearly 20,000 pounds) of ephedrine in 2010 even though the country had already exceeded its annual estimate to the U.N., according to court documents. Neither company had previously been allocated ephedrine.

Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani’s son, Ali Musa Gilani, is accused of using his influence to help the firms obtain the ephedrine. He denies the allegation.

The companies initially said they planned to convert the ephedrine into tablets and export them to companies in Iraq and Afghanistan. But the amounts vastly exceeded those countries’ needs, and the Pakistani firms said they eventually sold the tablets domestically.

Berlex Lab International, which received 6,500 kilograms (14,330 pounds) of ephedrine, said its tablets were sold to Can Pharmaceutical in the southern city of Multan. But investigators discovered the address for the company was a residential house in Multan, and nobody answered the door. The owner of the company didn’t answer his phone.

The other firm, Danas Pharmaceutical, which received 2,500 kilograms (about 5,500 pounds) of ephedrine, said it sold its tablets to 14 customers in northwest Pakistan. But investigators indicated the “thin population” and poor infrastructure in the area couldn’t absorb that number of tablets.

“The case shows that the regulatory framework needs strengthening,” said Douglas, the U.N. official in Pakistan.






A man who allegedly tried to smuggle more than 400 grams of methamphetamine to Guam in a secret compartment in his luggage was indicted this morning in federal court.

Hwang Gyoo Choi was arrested at the Guam airport on Saturday after customs officers found two packages of methamphetamine, or ice, in a compartment glued into the lining of his luggage, according to District Court of Guam documents.

Customs officers became suspicious of Choi because he appeared “hesitant” to approach the inspection counter, court documents state.

Choi said he was traveling to Guam for sightseeing for about four days. He flew into Guam from the Philippines at about 4:40 a.m., but used a Korean passport, the court documents state.

Officers allegedly found a total of 434 grams of ice in the luggage. Choi has been officially charged with importation of methamphetamine hydrochloride.

According to Pacific Daily News files, authorities have consistently stated that ice can be worth about $400 to $1,000 per gram on Guam. That places the value of the drugs that were allegedly found in the luggage somewhere between $173,000 and $434,000.

Tbe indictment in this case was filed in court this morning..


Two Des Moines police officers allegedly were punched and assaulted by a woman high on methamphetamine during a morning arrest at an apartment complex on Thursday.

Officers Julianne Dowie and Harley Sickels arrived at 100 E. McKinley Ave. just before noon, according to a police report. The complex manager said Lacretia White, 31, had complained that she had been up for several days. The manager and two staff members found marijuana inside a toy truck and an empty bag in her apartment.

White admitted that the bag contained “ice,” a form of methamphetamine that is smoked, the manager said. White also gave the manager a glass narcotics pipe.

White opened the door when officers got to her apartment and admitted she had been high on meth for the past four days, according to the report.

Dowie tried to place handcuffs on White, but she yelled and allegedly began punching the officer. Sickels stepped in and took punches before driving White into a wall and onto a bed to hold her down.

The report said White continued to fight the officers and scratched Sickels in the face and kicked him. She also allegedly bit Dowie.

Once White was handcuffed, she was taken to Broadlawns Medical Center in Des Moines for treatment. Both officers were treated at Broadlawns.

White was charged with drug possession, assault on a police officer, interference causing injury and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was being held in the Polk County Jail on Friday on a bond of $7,300.






Flora, Ill. — Clay County State’s Attorney Marilyn Brant has released details regarding the sentencing of September R. Duvall, age 36, who entered a plea of guilty to the charge of Possession of Methamphetamine Precursors, a Class 2 felony charge.

She was sentenced to serve five years in the Illinois Department of Corrections, followed by a two-year period of mandatory supervised release.

A $1,000.00 mandatory drug assessment was entered against Duvall, and she was ordered to pay a $25.00 drug traffic fine and Court costs.

Brant indicated that Duvall entered a plea of guilty to the charge of Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine Precursor.  The charge alleged that on March 8, 2012 at 8:11 p.m. at or near the intersection of Given Street and North State Street in Flora, she possessed less than 15 grams of pseudoephedrine, a methamphetamine precursor in standard dosage form, with the intent that it be used to manufacture methamphetamine.

This investigation was conducted by the Flora Police Department and the Southeastern Illinois Drug Task Force.