NOBLE COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) A sergeant with the Noble County Sheriff’s Department came across a chemical odor, which led to a one pot meth lab inside a home while jogging Sunday night.

Noble County police said on April 1 at around 5:30 p.m., Sgt. Chris Moriarity was off duty and jogging on CR 900 N, near Rome City, when he smelled a strong chemical odor commonly associated with the manufacturing of meth.

Moriarity determined the odor was coming from a home at 3313 E 900 N and called for assistance from a Noble County deputy.

The two went to the home and found Mark Hein, 36, of Rome City just inside the door. He invited the officers inside, where they proceeded to go upstairs.

While upstairs, officers found Justin Handshoe, 24, of Albion who was holding a one pot meth lab. He opened up the window and tossed the meth lab outside.

Officials said Handshoe created a brief struggle when officers tried to detain him, but they were able to handcuff him.

Police said they found multiple items used to make meth lying throughout the room.

Minutes later, the one pot meth lab that was thrown outside exploded and a small fire started in the yard. The Indiana State Police Meth Suppression Section came and processed the scene and properly disposed of the hazardous materials.

Both Hein and Handshow were arrested and face charges of making meth.




DELTA TOWNSHIP, MI — Police here discovered a large methamphetamine lab while arresting a fugitive Saturday morning.
Eaton County sheriff’s deputies and Michigan State Police troopers found the drug operation at a home at 5218 S. Waverly Road.
On Friday, sheriff’s deputies attempted to arrest a man with outstanding warrants at the home. The suspect fled the scene and evaded police.
Sheriff’s deputies on Saturday called State Police for assistance in apprehending the fugitive at the home. During the arrest, police found the meth lab at the home.
Authorities seized about 400 pounds of anhydrous ammonia, a chemical ingredient used to manufacture meth. Several firearms, stolen vehicles and construction equipment were also found at the home.
One trooper was exposed to chemicals, according to State Police Lt. Kyle Bowman. The trooper was taken to Sparrow Hospital for precautionary purposes and released.
The fugitive is lodged at the Eaton County Jail. Charges against other occupants of the home are pending.
Saturday’s was one of the largest drug busts in recent memory, Bowman said.

LAKE COUNTY, Fla. — A Lake County woman was arrested on drug and child abuse charges, authorities said on Monday.

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Nicole Smyth

Deputies said 24-year-old Nicole Smyth was pulled over when her car came to a complete stop at a green light in Leesburg.

Investigators said Smyth’s two children were in the car, and they found a small bag containing crystal methamphetamine, along with a hypodermic needle and syringes.


Two men are behind bars, after a large drug bust inTulareCounty.

Jason Joel Aguirre and Cleofas Gonzalez were found Saturday, at a home in theNew Londonarea, on the 30000 Block of Road 58.

Investigators served a search warrant at the home, and found a large amount of drugs including: 2 ½ pounds of methamphetamine, 12 pounds of processed marijuana, and 902 marijuana plants.

According to the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department, the street value of the meth alone would be more than $90,000.

Weapons were also found in the home; detectives located one rifle and one hand gun.

The bust was the result of a multi-agency drug investigation. The County Inter-agency Narcotics Task Force includes investigators from: Farmersville PD, Lindsay PD, Exeter PD, and the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department.


Surry County, NC — Surry County Sheriff’s Deputies conducted an operation early Sunday morning that was no April Fools joke.

Before dawn they says 25 officers from the Surry County Sheriff’s Office, the Mt. Airy Police Dept., the Dobson Police Depart., the Pilot Mountain Police Dept. and the Elkin Police Dept. gathered at the Sheriff’s Office to be briefed on the plans for Operation April Fools.

The officers, armed with preassembled packets containing the suspects name, picture, and arrest warrants, went around the county to round up 31 suspected drug dealers. The charges included Sell and Delivery of Marijuana, Cocaine, Methamphetamine and Heroin, as well as various types of Prescription Medications. Other charges were related to Possession of precursor chemicals for the production of Methamphetamine and the growing and cultivation of Marijuana.

According to the news release, Operation April Fools was the result of months of investigation and undercover purchases by The Surry County Sheriff’s Office and the Mt. Airy Police Dept. working in cooperation to target drug traffickers in Surry County and the surrounding areas. As of 11:30am Sunday more than twenty of the suspects had been located and arrested.

So far they have arrested 20 of the wanted suspects.






More than 900 marijuana plants and other drugs were seized Friday during a raid by law enforcement of a home in New London.

Members of the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department, along with Farmersville, Lindsay and Exeter police officers, served a search warrant on the home in the 30000 block of Road 58.

Inside, they reported finding 2.5 pounds of methamphetamine, about 12 pounds of processed marijuana and 902 marijuana plants, along with a rifle, and a handgun.

The methamphetamine alone had an estimated street value of about $90,000, but a sheriff’s report didn’t provide estimated values of the other illegal drugs found.

Jason Joel Aguirre and Cleofas Gonzalez — whose ages weren’t disclosed in the report — were arrested at the home on suspicion of charges that included possessing a controlled substance for sale, transporting a controlled substance for sale and conspiracy to commit a crime.

Both were booked into the Tulare County Main Jail on $500,000 bail.


Man Ran Meth Lab Out of Home

Posted: April 2, 2012 in Uncategorized

Lexington County, SC (WLTX) – Lexington County deputies have arrested a man they say ran a methamphetamine lab out of a mobile home.

Officers have charged 34-year-old John Robert Bittle of Batesburg-Leesville with second-offense manufacturing methamphetamine and third-offense possessing methamphetamine.

According to deputies, a tip led them to Bittle’s home, where they say they found chemicals and equipment used to operate a meth lab. Officers also say they found about one gram of meth on Bittle.

Investigators say the meth lab was operated at a mobile home adjacent to his home.



WILLOW SPRINGS, Mo.– A woman inspired by her own addiction and loss of a loved one is taking a stand against meth in her community.  Donna Barbrow started the Mothers Against Methamphetamines chapter in Willow Springs, and is stepping up the fight against meth that she began years ago.

It’s a drug that took over Donna Barbrow’s life for years.  She started using meth when she was 23.
“If you try it once or even twice, you’re hooked,” Barbrow said.
She says many women start meth because they want to lose weight or have low self esteem.
Meth also took her sister’s life.

“Vicki was very weak in her addiction,” Barbrow said.

Vicki Barbrow went to jail, but escaped from officers during a transport in 2004, only to drown in the swollen Spring River near Verona.

“Vicki wasn’t ready to accept the Lord at that time and, without that, you can’t be set free,” Barbrow said.
Barbrow says He is who set her free.
“I found the Lord!”
In the eight years since her sister’s death, Donna Barbrow has ministered to women addicted to meth in the Howell County Jail.
“With Donna and her mom coming in every week, it was like a lifeline.  They threw me a lifeline, and I seen that somebody out there actually cared,” says Opal Howard, who was one of those Howell County inmates.
“I can’t even tell you how much of a blessing it is,” says Barbrow.
The women say recovery from the powerful drug isn’t easy.  “You know you want to.  Nobody wants to be like that,” says Howard.  She finally overcame meth and it’s effects on her body and life.  “Through her ministering and reading the word, I’ve got to give it all to Jesus, because he’s the one who really changed me,” Howard says.
“It takes away your life.  It takes away your self respect.  It takes away your family, your home.  It took all that from me, and getting off of it, it’s all been given back to me.  I got my family back, a home, my husband; I got hope,” Howard says.
Barbrow is now about to take her ministry in Mothers Against Methamphetamines even further, in opening a recovery center.  “For the most part, I think people want to do something, but they don’t know what to do,” says Barbrow.
She plans to help as many women as possible take back their lives.  “It’s in hopes to really be able to mentor women and empower women and show them a different way,” says Barbrow.
“You get some hope and you take it from there,” says Howard.

Barbrow plans to open her recovery center in April, on the anniversary of her sister’s death.

Opening Doors to Recovery, the Howell County Chapter of Mothers Against Methamphetamine is holding a silent march Saturday, March 31st at noon, beginning at the 4-way stop on main street in Willow Springs.

For help or to learn more about the organization, call (417)469-0018 or (417)855-9113.

Visit the national website for Mothers Against Methamphetamine here.


HAGERSTOWN, Ind. — The Indiana State Police early today arrested four people during a raid on what they said was a house used to manufacture methamphetamine.

Police said they received a tip about drug activity at 472 Jones Road, Lot 4, near Hagerstown and conducted the raid about 3 a.m., arresting Lee Cravens Jr., 41, Dennis Riddle, 36, Tommy Johnson, 41, and Tashla Clark, 23.

Cravens is initially charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, a Class B felony, and possession of equipment to manufacture methamphetamine, a Class D felony.

Johnson is charged with maintaining a common nuisance, a Class D felony, possession of marijuana, a Class A misdemeanor, and possession of paraphernalia, a Class B misdemeanor.

Riddle is charged with maintaining a common nuisance, a Class D felony, possession of marijuana, a Class A misdemeanor, and possession of paraphernalia, a Class B misdemeanor.

Clark is charged with maintaining a common nuisance, a Class D felony, and possession of paraphernalia, a Class B misdemeanor.

All four were lodged in the Wayne County Jail.


Four men are in federal custody after a five-month undercover investigation.  The suspects charged with possession and distribution of methamphetamine and possession of weapons appeared in court Friday.

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Four men are in federal custody after a five-month undercover investigation.  The suspects charged with possession and distribution of methamphetamine and possession of weapons appeared in court Friday.

During the investigation, officials purchased or seized a total of six guns and four-and-half pounds of meth worth more than $110,000.

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Menchaca and Montejano were also indicted on three counts of being felons in possession of firearms.  Thirty-five-year-old Jamie Cedillo was charged in a separate one-count indictment of being a felon in possession of firearms.

The investigation was a joint effort between ATF and the Omaha Police Department’s Narcotics Unit.  The case is being prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office.


A sweep of arrests continued across Western Washington on Thursday as federal and local police worked to dismantle two major drug trafficking organizations.
More than 40 people have been arrested this week, said Emily Langlie, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Seattle.

The Drug Enforcement Agency made a sweep of arrests as part of a multi-county raid this week. The same case in January turned up seizures including 15.4 pounds of crystal methamphetamine hidden in an Acura MDX.
The sweeps Wednesday and Thursday were part of two distinct investigations into two different organizations, she said. Federal investigators were coordinating with each other because the two drug organizations were believed to occasionally work with each other.
Warrants served Wednesday included Lynnwood, Edmonds, Mountlake Terrace and Marysville.
Both drug organizations were distributing significant amounts of methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine, Langlie said.


A new form of pseudoephedrine that can’t be used to make methamphetamine could reach the market by summer, offering a cold-remedy alternative that could prove fruitful in the fight against the dangerous and addictive drug.

The formulation known as Tarex was developed by Highland Pharmaceuticals, a small company in suburban St. Louis that has received regulatory approval and hopes to have it on the market by summer in the form of tablets under the brand name Releva. Highland president and CEO Jim Bausch said his company’s form of pseudoephedrine is just as effective as those currently on the market, but can’t be extracted and used to make meth.

“We can stop clandestine production of meth,” Bausch told members of the Missouri House Crime Prevention and Public Safety Committee on Wednesday. It was during a hearing on a proposal that calls for a prescription for pseudoephedrine products, but with a twist: The measure would exempt Releva or other pseudoephedrine that can’t be used to make meth.

Some narcotics officers believe the Tarex technology holds promise in finally turning the tide against meth labs that have ravaged much of the Midwest, South and West for two decades.

The Drug Enforcement Administration has done preliminary testing of Tarex using extraction and production techniques typically used by meth lab operators. Early results are “promising,” said DEA spokesman Rusty Payne, noting that testing continues and full analysis isn’t completed.

Franklin County detective Jason Grellner, whose county has been ravaged by the meth scourge, called it a “game-changer.” Grellner said his own department has tested Tarex “and you can’t make meth with it.”

Pseudoephedrine is found in popular cold and allergy medications. Meth makers combine the pills with dangerous and highly flammable chemicals to produce the drug, most often by shaking up the ingredients in a 2-liter soda bottle — a process known as “one-pot” or “shake-and-bake” meth.

A key to meth-making is crystallization. Emilie Dolan of Highland Pharmaceuticals said Tarex interrupts the process because rather than crystallizing when heated with the chemicals, it results in a gooey substance.

“Especially with the shake-and-bake method, you can’t get meth out of it,” Dolan said. “It kind of gunks up.”

Other states have taken notice. West Virginia State Sen. Dan Foster, a physician, said initial testing of Tarex is encouraging. Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force director Tommy Farmer said he was cautiously optimistic and encouraged “more participation by major manufacturers for this type of proactive research.”

Some members of the Missouri House committee wondered if the prescription law proposal would simply provide a huge marketing advantage for Highland, which could sell its product over the counter while other pseudoephedrine products would require a prescription.

“You don’t think that’s unfair to other companies?” asked Rep. Brandon Ellington, a St. Louis Democrat.

Bausch said he would be willing to work with big pharmaceutical companies to help them develop a meth-resistant pseudoephedrine, too. “Their approach has been to fight us,” he said.

Carlos Guitterez of the Consumer Products Healthcare Association, which represents the large pharmaceutical companies, said the CHPA was taking a wait-and-see approach on Highland’s technology. “I honestly, frankly, hope it works,” he said.

Guitterez also spoke against prescription laws, saying they penalize the cold and allergy sufferers by forcing them to go to a doctor and pay higher prices. He said laws should focus on the criminals, not the law-abiding majority.

But the Missouri bill sponsor, Rep. Dave Schatz, and other supporters note the significance of the meth problem: Missouri led the nation with 2,096 meth lab seizures in 2011 and has been the top meth-producing state every year since 2003 except for 2010, when it fell to No. 2 behind Tennessee.

Highland Pharmaceuticals began 12 years ago as a small firm seeking to improve technologies for drug delivery. But in Missouri, surrounded by counties that have among the highest meth lab seizure rates in the nation, the company turned its attention to pseudoephedrine.

“With the huge epidemic in our own backyard that we hear about every night … we had to do something,” Bausch said.

In addition to the Missouri law, Highland Pharmaceuticals has asked the DEA to exempt Tarex technology from the Combat Meth Act of 2006, which requires all pseudoephedrine products to be sold from behind the counter. The exemption would allow Tarex products to be sold in front of the counter.


MARTINEZ — A Benicia man was convicted of first-degree murder and torture on Thursday in the death of a Martinez teen whose body was dumped on the side of McEwen Road in December 2009.

The jury deliberated for more than two days before finding 32-year-old Robert Gardner guilty of all counts in connection with 18-year-old Eric Bean’s death, including burglary and grand theft.

Two more men — father-and-son Timothy Delosreyes Jr. and Timothy “Timmy” Delosreyes III — are awaiting separate trials for their alleged roles in the killing and torture, which prosecutor Jason Peck said occurred because the group was afraid Bean was going to implicate them in the theft of his father’s guns.

A fourth defendant, Gardner’s wife Melody Rives, took a plea deal that hinges on whether her testimony was truthful at the trial.

Bean choked on his own blood when Timmy, his childhood classmate, put a dagger in his mouth and stepped on it, Peck said.

It was a final act in a torture that went on for hours as Bean was hogtied and the defendants were high on methamphetamine.

Gardner’s attorney admitted that her client observed the torture and helped dispose of the body but argued that Gardner was not an active participant in the killing and had no legal duty to intervene.

Jury forewoman Teresa Dye said the prosecution proved its case many ways.

“We actually tried to prove him not guilty, and we couldn’t do it,” Dye said. “It was traumatizing for all 12 of us, but in the end we know we served justice and did right by Eric Bean.

“I personally want the (Bean) family to know we grieved their loss in that (jury deliberation) room,” Dye said.

“I also feel the pain of Robert’s parents.”

Gardner faces up to 25 years to life in prison when he is sentenced April 26.


HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Five people have been arrested in a major drug trafficking ring between Hawaii and California.  It’s an inside job as investigators say some of the suspects work for Delta Airlines and the Transportation Security Administration.

The drugs were flown from California to Hawaii and the money was flown back.  It required a sophisticated plan with people on the inside who had security clearance at various airports.

Here is how it would go according to the criminal complaint filed by the U.S. Homeland Security Investigations Honolulu Office.  A member of the drug team would board a flight and check a suitcase.  Then either a Delta Airlines or Transportation Security Administration worker would find the bag after it had been screened and put the drugs inside.  The passenger would then pick it up at baggage like normal.  Once in Hawaii the drugs would be taken to a hotel and wait to be picked up and distributed.

Then huge payments of hundreds of thousands of dollars would be flown back to the supplier in California the same way.

The TSA says it is still looking into the allegations but says no TSA workers from Hawaii were involved.

Court records do show Sifatutupu Fuamatu, a Delta Airlines ramp agent in Hawaii was actively involved.  Her husband Falefia Fuamatu was also charged.

According to court documents the other defendants include Walter Dominguez who is said to be the main supplier in California and got the drugs from Mexico; Lloyd Talia who “facilitates the transportation of the drugs in Hawaii and collects and consolidates drug proceeds back to California”; and Larry Chung as the primary meth distributor in Hawaii.

Calls to their defense attorneys were not returned.

“Delta takes these situations very seriously and we will cooperate fully with authorities,” said Morgan Durrant, Delta Air Lines Corporate Communications, in a written statement.

The State Department of Transportation says thousands of people have security badges to secured areas. In order to get those badges they are fingerprinted and their record and criminal history is checked. The state will review the case to determine if there are any security changes that could be made. No state employees were involved.

Investigators say hundreds of pounds of meth were smuggled from January 2011 to January 2012.  The Fuamatu’s were paid anywhere from $6,000 to $10,000 per trip transport.  The passenger onboard only got airfare and $500.  Not much considering they all face federal drug dealing charges.



Drug agents seized 5 pounds of methamphetamine and more than 2 pounds of heroin from a man traveling north on a bus Wednesday.

Investigators and a drug-sniffing dog from the Medford Police Department got a tip that about the drugs on a commercial bus and contacted Jesus Adrien Rodriguez-Solis, 35, of Delano, Calif., Medford police said in a news release today.

Rodriguez-Solis was traveling with a small suitcase, which subsequent investigation found carried the meth and heroin. Police said the drugs were destined for an unknown location north of Jackson County.

On the local market, the drugs could fetch about $150,000 at dealer prices or up to $340,000 at street-level prices paid by users, officials said.

Rodriguez-Solis was lodged in the Jackson County Jail on distribution, manufacture and possession of heroin and methamphetamine. He remained in jail this morning on  $1.15 million bail.

Agents from Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement and Homeland Security Investigations collaborated on the investigation.


MOORE, Oklahoma –  An infant suffered multiple injuries allegedly at the hands of the child’s mother. Moore Police officers arrested Heath Stone after the Department of Human Services reported the injured child to investigators.

Police arrested the 8-month-old's mother, Heather Stone, at her apartment in Moore.

Police arrested the 8-month-old’s mother, Heather Stone, at her apartment in Moore.

“She was coming off of a binge on Meth,” said Jeremy Lewis with the Moore Police Department. “The child wouldn’t stop crying and she basically caused the injuries by striking him trying to get him to stop crying.”

Police arrested the 8-month-old’s mother, Heather Stone, at her apartment in Moore. The arrest warrant shows Stone “confessed to slamming the infant” into his car seat when he refused to stop crying. The infant suffered multiple injuries including a “skull fracture” and a “displaced right femur fracture.”

“The femur is the strongest bone in your leg and to also have a skull fracture, that’s a pretty strong bone too so it’s a very sad situation to see injuries like that to a totally helpless baby,” said Lewis.

The arrest warrant showed Stone was “under the influence of methamphetamine” and police say that most likely played a big part.

“Abuse in general, connected with coming off meth, I mean the person is not in their right mind,” explained Lewis. “They do things they normally wouldn’t do.”

Heather Stone was arrested and charged with child abuse from injury. A judge set her bond at $25,000 dollars. The child was placed in protective custody.

A longtime meth dealer in the Albuquerque area, whose life of crime was called “legendary” by prosecutors, has been sentenced in Santa Fe to 10 years in prison.

Chief U.S. District Judge Bruce Black on Wednesday sentenced Kevin Garner, 44, to a 115-month sentence for his drug-trafficking conviction.

Garner became something of a poster boy for repeat property criminals. He was picked up three times in 2010, bringing to more than 125 his total number of arrests.

Although initially charged in state court, federal prosecutors picked up the case under an anti-violence program that targets the worst offenders. The Drug Enforcement Administration, Albuquerque police and the District Attorney’s Office cooperated on the prosecution.

U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales called the sentence “significant,” particularly in light of a relatively small amount of drugs involved.

“Kevin Garner has been a menace to our community and a major headache for the law enforcement community for more than 25 years,” he said.

Garner has been in federal custody since his arrest on Dec. 29, 2010, on a charge of distributing methamphetamine. He pleaded guilty in October, admitting that he sold a quarter ounce (5.7 grams) of meth at his West Side home to a confidential informant for the Albuquerque Police Department.

Garner’s criminal history began in 1986 and includes convictions for drug trafficking, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and aggravated burglary. Even so, Garner’s longest prison sentence served was 4 1/2 years of a 20-year sentence on a 1998 conviction for shooting from or at a motor vehicle, being a felon in possession of a firearm and four counts of aggravated assault on a peace officer using a deadly weapon.


ANNA, IL (KFVS) –     It’s a continuing problem in Union County where police say people from Missouri are pouring into their communities to buy Psudoephedrine to make meth.

Bobbi Gilbert (Source: Union County Sheriff's Office)

Bobbi Gilbert

Brandon Nance (Source: Union County Sheriff's Office)
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Just yesterday, three more Missouri residents were put behind bars after they allegedly tried to purchase the pills from the Anna Wal-Mart, and take them back to Missouri. Brandon Nance and Allenia Evans of Advance and Bobbi Gilbert of Sikeston now face meth charges.

State’s Attorney Tyler Edmonds says tougher laws in the Show-Me State are pushing people to Illinois for those Psudoephedrine pills that are necessary to make meth.

“I don’t think there’s any question about that,” said Edmonds. “People are driving from as far away as Poplar Bluff over here to buy Psudoephedrine.  Often times when questioned they’ll say they have a cold, but it’s highly suspect when someone’s driving two hours to purchase pills for a cold. Very unrealistic.”

Edmonds says those new laws have apparently bumped up the price of Psudoephedrine pills on the black market in Missouri.

He says in the last six to eight months, local police have arrested more than 20 Missouri residents for buying Psudoephedrine pills from Illinois stores to sell them for high dollar on Missouri streets.



HARTVILLE – Two Summit County were arrested Tuesday evening after the State Highway Patrol troopers found chemicals used for the manufacturing of methamphetamine in their car during a traffic stop.

Police said the driver, Lonnie Morris, 29, of Akron, and a passenger, Charles Copen III, 29, of Barberton, were charged with possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs and possession of a methamphetamine lab within the vicinity of a school.

Both suspects are in the Stark County Jail and could face up to 15 years in jail each if convicted.

Police pulled over Morris’ vehicle after he went through a red light. Police said Copen got out of the car and ran away, but was soon captured.

Police said Morris had a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

“Upon further investigation, both occupants admitted that chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine were located in the vehicle,” a news release said. “A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed components to manufacture methamphetamine in the vehicle’s trunk.”

The Hartville Fire Department and Stark Metro Drug Task Force disassembled the fully equipped mobile lab.



CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Four Kanawha County pharmacies lead West Virginia in the sale of cold remedies used illegally to make methamphetamine.

That’s according to a tracking system that will become mandatory through legislation signed Thursday by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin.

The four Rite-Aid locations sell six to seven times as much pseudoephedrine products as similarly sized pharmacies elsewhere in the state. The Associated Press identified the locations in South Charleston, Cross Lanes, Sissonville and Charleston’s West Side by comparing tracking data provided by the State Police with Board of Pharmacy records.

The stores aren’t doing anything wrong. But the State Police believe some of these cold remedies are ending up at meth labs.

Rite Aid is among several national chains that already have added their West Virginia locations to the multi-state tracking system.


A wheelchair bound Californian man has been registered as a sex offender and will serve 10 years in jail after choking and sexually assaulting a chihuahua.

Sacramento prosecutors said Robert Edwards De Shields was convicted last month after carrying out the crimes in his South Sacramento home.

He was high on methamphetamine at the time.

A vet found serious injuries to the animal’s internal organs, as well as traces of asphyxiation.

The dog survive after intensive medical attention.

De Shield’s status as a sex offender means that he will now wear an electronic surveillance device and must keep away from schools.



With more than a kilogram of methamphetamine stuffed into frozen chicken carcasses, an Anchorage man flew from California to Alaska, where he was arrested Wednesday, according to a charging document.

Sarn Teurn, 32, now faces a felony drug charge in federal court for possessing 1,230 grams of methamphetamine. The powerful stimulant was in plastic bags and shoved inside the body cavities of five thawing chickens, the charging document says.

Among those who helped bust Teurn were California detective Chris Rogers, his police dog, Maya, Alaska State Trooper Ricky Pawlak, Airport Police Officer Andres Gomez, and Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent Rikk Rambo.

Pawlak, who wrote the charging affidavit, found out March 20 that Teurn bought a one-way ticket to fly from Sacramento, Calif., to Anchorage. It’s unclear from the charging document why he was tracking Teurn’s movements.

Rogers and Maya apparently trailed Teurn to an airport in Sacramento on Tuesday. According to the charges, Teurn checked two pieces of luggage for his Alaska Airlines flight: a black bag and a blue plastic tote with a “FROZEN” sticker on it.

Maya sniffed the bag and tote away from Teurn’s view, the charges say. She ignored the bag and alerted Rogers to the odor of drugs in the tote. Teurn, his bag and the tote went on the plane. In Alaska, Trooper Pawlak went to work getting a warrant to search Teurn and his items.

Rambo, Gomez and Pawlak met Teurn at his arriving gate about 1:15 a.m. Wednesday in Anchorage. They told him about the search warrant and took him to a police office in the airport, the charges say.

Pawlak opened the tote and found five partially frozen chicken carcasses, he wrote. Each had a bag of methamphetamine inside, for a total 1,230.3 grams. The weight indicated Teurn intended to sell the drug, Pawlak wrote.

“Moreover, based upon my own experience, the placement of any amount of methamphetamine in the five chickens was not accidental and would not have escaped the attention of anyone who had packed them into the tote,” Pawlak wrote.

Teurn said he packed the tote but that he didn’t know anything about the methamphetamine, the charges say.

“He did, however, say that a person who he declined to identify, had offered to pay him $2,500 to transport the tote to Alaska,” Pawlak wrote.

ST. MARYS, Ga. – Deputies with the Camden County Sheriff’s Office and the Kingsland Police Department shut down a significant methamphetamine lab less than 1,000 feet from St. Marys Elementary School on Wednesday afternoon.

After the home at 211 West Dillingham Street was raided about 2 p.m., agents from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Clandestine Lab Waste Removal System entered the lab and determined it was an active meth lab.

Numerous items used in the manufacture of meth were found in the home, along with a yet-to-be-determined amount of the finished crystal methamphetamine.

Deputies immediately arrested Mark Adams, 39, of Philadelphia, Miss., and Benjamin Rivers, 22, of St. Marys. About 90 minutes later, Kansas Cochran, 19, was arrested when she returned to the scene with her child. All three were charged with one count of manufacturing methamphetamine.

The child, who also lived in the home, was turned over to the Division of Family and Children Services.

The GBI found one actively cooking bottle of methamphetamine that had to be separated from all other items found due to the explosive nature of the mixture. In the wooded area near the apartment, investigators found discarded plastic bottles containing the hazardous waste of the cooking process.

The lab is believed to be the largest ever shut down in Camden County.

Camden County Sheriff Tommy Gregory said he is very pleased that a working meth lab just blocks from St. Marys Elementary School was shut down.

“Having a working lab of this size near our children is frightening,” Gregory said. “Meth is a tremendous threat to our community, not only because of the drugs being produced, but because of the highly toxic chemical residues left behind that can lead to an explosion at any moment.”

ST. CHARLES • An investigation into a child abuse  case at a home in St. Charles led police to a large methamphetamine lab set up  in the home’s basement near the children’s play area, with chemicals found in  boxes with the children’s toys and books, police said.
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Six children under the age of seven were living in the home in the 1700 block  of Sunset Drive, according to court documents.

Lucinda Marie Hyde, 33, and her boyfriend, Sean Anthony Crews, 25, were each  charged with attempt to manufacture drugs and endangering the welfare of a  child. Crews’ half-brother, Allen Joseph Emery, 40, and Eric Joseph Bill, 28,  who also live in the house, face the same charges.

Crews faces an additional charge of child abuse for an incident in December,  when he allegedly threw his 6-year-old son over a car seat in the house’s family  room and the boy landed on his shoulder, fracturing his clavicle. Crews  initially denied throwing the boy, but when police spoke to the girlfriend about  the child abuse claim, she told them about the meth lab. The St. Charles County  Regional Drug Task Force served a search warrant at the home on Monday, and  Crews confessed to cooking meth and abusing the boy.

The children – a 7-year-old boy, a 7-year-old girl, a 6-year-old boy, two  5-year-old girls, and an 8-month-old girl were all at the house while the meth  was being cooked in the basement. The children were taken into custody by state  family services.

Two “one pot” labs were found in the basement and Emery was about to prepare  another large cook when police arrived, court documents say. A “very large” dumpsite was found in the carport, police wrote.

According to court documents, Emery told police that in exchange for buying  pills and keeping the children “out of Sean’s hair” while Crews cooked meth,  Cooks would play his cell phone bill, buy him groceries and gas, and give him  finished meth to snort. Bill also admitted he would also serve as a lookout for  Crews and would watch the kids so they wouldn’t go downstairs while Crews made  meth. In exchange, he got free rent and finished meth, police said.

Crews told police that he needed extra money and so he thought “being a meth  cook was his best course of action.”

The house has been condemned, and all four suspects were being held in the  St. Charles County Jail, each on a $75,000 cash-only bail.

A West Monroe man was arrested late Wednesday on multiple drug charges following a search of his home and a strip search.

Police arrested Donnie Clay Sikes, 801 Montgomery Ave.,  after a report of illegal activity at his home.

According to the arrest affidavit, Sikes appeared nervous and was shifting from side to side when officers questioned him.

Officers asked Sikes if there was anything illegal in the room, he retrieved a glass tube smoking pipe from his bedside table.

Police say Sikes then consented to a search of the room.

Officer s allegedly found a spice grinder containing marijuana residue in the night stand, a plastic baggie under the mattress with several small baggies containing methamphetamine residue.

Sikes was charged with possession of schedule II narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia and transported to  West Monroe Correctional Center. At the jail, Sikes told officers he had a baggie with methamphetamines down his pants.  He was stripped searched and handed officers the baggie.

He was later transported to Ouachita Correctional Center.

Sikes has past drug arrests in 2002, assault in 2006 and driving while intoxicated in 2007, 2008, and 2009.