A Healdton man, who had an outdoor surveillance system connected to a big screen TV inside his home so he would be alerted if he came under the scrutiny of narcotics officers, apparently just wasn’t paying attention Wednesday when the thing he was trying to guard against happened.

Steven C. Welch answered a knock on the door of his O Street residence. He was greeted by Carter County Sheriff’s Department narcotics officers and acting Healdton Police Chief Jared Barnes. The officers were at Welch’s house acting on a tip from a concerned citizen.

“The tip gave us information that Welch was selling methamphetamine out of his house,” said Sheriff Milton Anthony, adding a subsequent search of the residence yielded evidence the tip was legitimate.

Methamphetamine was found, packaged (for sale) in plastic baggies. He was also in personal possession of meth. And all of it was crystal meth,” Anthony said.

Welch was taken into custody without incident and booked into the Carter County Detention Center.

The sheriff said two others were at the residence at the time the investigation was conducted. A man was interviewed and later released. A woman was discovered to be wanted on a municipal warrant and was detained pending the posting of bond.

“It does not appear anyone else was part of this distribution operation,” Anthony said.

Thursday morning deputies turned over reports to the district attorney’s office for review. A short time later, a felony charge of possession of a controlled dangerous substance was filed against Welch is district court. He made an initial appearance before Special District Judge Thomas Baldwin Thursday afternoon. The judge set a $45,000 bond on the charge and scheduled a preliminary conference for March 11.

Late Thursday, Welch remained behind bars pending the posting of bond.

Anthony commended the anonymous tipster who provided the information that led to Welch’s arrest.

“Citizens are not just important, they are a vital and essential part of our efforts to take drugs off the streets and out of the hands of those whose lives are destroyed, especially young people. Citizens are our extra eyes and ears — part of our narcotics division team — and we urge anyone who sees suspicious activity in and around their homes, neighborhoods or places of business to call us. We take all calls seriously. We will investigate all tips, and this investigation proves just how important tips are,” Anthony said.







Friendswood police officers served a narcotics search warrant at 2315 Heritage Bend in the Heritage Park subdivision (unincorporated Harris County) at approximately 11:48 a.m. on February 14. The warrant is the result of an ongoing investigation into the distribution of methamphetamine in the Clear Lake area.

Kevin Foster Quesenberry, 46, of Friendswood and Malori Ruth Hickey, 27, of Friendswood, were charged with Delivery of a Controlled Substance in Penalty Group 1. During the search, officers seized 43.7 grams of methamphetamine, 3.82 ounces of marijuana and a 9mm pistol. Quesenberry has prior convictions for burglary, theft and drug offenses. He is on parole until July 2016 for a 1999 conviction for Possession of a Controlled Substance. Hickey is awaiting disposition of drug, theft and forgery charges from her November 2013 arrest in Sulphur, Louisiana.

Earlier in the week, on February 12 at 6:01 p.m., Andrea Nicole Staniszewski, 28, of Heritage Park, was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver in Penalty Group 1. An officer made contact with Staniszewski in the parking lot of the Kroger gas station in the 3100 block of FM 528. As Staniszewski got out of her car, the officer noticed that Staniszewski had a baggie of what appeared to be methamphetamine in the waistline of her jacket. Two baggies were removed from Staniszewski’s person and she was taken into custody. Staniszewski had 29.2 grams of methamphetamine.

The level of methamphetamine abuse is rising in the Houston area. This is of increasing concern to law enforcement because of methamphetamine-related violence. Violence is more commonly associated with the production, distribution, and abuse of methamphetamine than with any other illicit drug. Methamphetamine is a powerful stimulant that affects the central nervous system and can induce anxiety, insomnia, paranoia, hallucinations, mood swings, delusions, and violent behavior, particularly during the “tweaking” stage of abuse.







CAPE CORAL, FL – Police checking out a report of a suspicious vehicle shut down a mobile meth lab in Cape Coral Thursday.

Officers were told the suspicious vehicle, with two men inside, was parked in a field near the intersection of NW 18th Avenue and NW 27th Terrace.

When officers confronted the men, the department says the they saw a meth-pipe lying in plain view on the passenger seat where 34-year-old Keith Mitchell Lakin was sitting.


Lakin allegedly admitted the pipe belonged to him and that he used it to smoke methamphetamine.

Officers searched the vehicle and say they found a “one pot” methamphetamine lab and numerous items used in the production of methamphetamine under Lakin’s seat.

Field tests came back positive for methamphetamine and police seized a total of 31.5 ounces of meth.

Lakin was arrested for manufacturing and trafficking in methamphetamine.

Police say the other person in the vehicle had no involvement with the meth and was not charged.

A HAZMAT team was called in to deal with the chemicals found in the vehicle and dispose of the lab.







OGDEN, Utah — A jury Friday found a Utah man guilty of child abuse homicide in the death of a teenage baby sitter who prosecutors say died after the man gave her a lethal dose of drugs during a night of sex that also included the man’s wife.
The eight jurors reached their verdict about two hours after they were given the case. Eric Millerberg, 38, was also found guilty of unlawful sexual contact with a minor, obstruction of justice and desecration of a dead body in the 2011 death of Alexis Rasmussen, 16.
Sentencing was set for March 18. He faces up to life in prison.
During a three-day trial, prosecutors brought detectives, medical examiners, prisoners and Millerberg’s wife, Dea Millerberg, to the stand to show that he
recklessly injected Rasmussen with lethal doses of heroin and methamphetamine.
Prosecutors told jurors that Eric Millerberg and his wife then dumped Rasmussen’s body in the woods of northern Utah while lying to police as the girl’s mother desperately searched for her for more than a month.
Dea Millerberg, 40, is awaiting her own trial in April on charges of desecration of a body. She testified against her husband.
Family and friends of Rasmussen cried when the verdict was read. It was emotional for family and friends that dearly miss Rasmussen and have been waiting more than two years for this day, said Scott Rudd, the victim’s uncle.
“We are extremely thrilled about it. It helps with a little closure,” Rudd said. “But the fact of the matter is we still don’t have Lexi.” Weber County Attorney Dee Smith said the case hit home not only with Rasmussen’s family and friends, but police officers and prosecutors who worked the case since she went missing.
The teenager was missing for 38 days until her body was found.
The verdict showed the jury had little doubt about Eric Millerberg’s guilt, Smith said.
“It’s not going to change what happened, it’s not going to bring her back,” Smith said. “But it’s important for the family to know the person responsible is being held accountable and will spend a significant time in prison.” Eric Millerberg’s attorney, Randall Marshall, told reporters his client was disappointed. Marshall said he expected guilty verdicts on some charges, “but I was a little disappointed in some of it.” Smith had started his closing argument Friday by showing the
jury a picture of a smiling Rasmussen holding her little sister about one year before her death. Then, he showed a picture of her dead body covered by a muddy piece of foam in the woods of northern Utah.
Smith said the Millerbergs dumped her there, “discarded like a piece of trash,” and then lied to police for more than a month about her whereabouts.
Smith called Eric Millerberg’s actions with Rasmussen deplorable, saying he had supplied her with drugs and had sex on previous occasions as well, later bragging to fellow prisoners that he partied with teenage girls. Smith reminded the jury that laws exist to protect teens who are prone to experimenting and making mistakes when they aren’t with their parents.
Ordinary people don’t inject little girls with heroin and methamphetamine,” Smith said, later adding: “You don’t have sex with 16-year-olds when you’re a month away from turning 36. You don’t look for dates with juniors in high school.” Marshall argued that the case against Eric Millerberg is based on lies by Dea Millerberg meant to protect herself. He reminded jurors that she struggled to remember details during cross-examination about the night of Rasmussen’s death.
“Dea Millerberg told a great story, but it doesn’t add up,” Marshall said.
He said there’s no evidence, other than Dea Millerberg’s account, to prove Eric Millerberg injected Rasmussen with the drugs.
“How do we know Dea didn’t shoot her up?” Marshall said.
He reminded jurors that the state medical examiner stopped short of declaring Rasmussen’s cause of death was a drug overdose. Marshall also suggested to the jury that Dea Millerberg was responsible for the death and recruited her husband to help her dump the body.
Earlier Friday, an assistant medical examiner, Joseph White, testified that Rasmussen had seven times the lethal amount of methamphetamine in her system and high levels of morphine and amphetamines, and that likely caused her death.
“These are obviously significant results,” White said. “Certainly, enough to explain the death.” But White said he couldn’t rule out other possibilities such as strangulation, stabbing or blunt-force trauma because the girl’s body was badly decomposed.
Rasmussen’s body was found in a remote, wooded area in Weber County.
“It’s a foul circumstance, and it seemed clear that somebody else was involved,” White said, while later adding, “I felt it was most intellectually honest to list the cause and manner (of death) as undetermined.” Defense attorneys didn’t bring any witnesses to the stand during trial, and Eric Millerberg also declined to testify.
He sat with his attorneys during the trial wearing glasses, and a suit and tie that largely hid his array of neck and arm tattoos. He occasionally spoke to his attorneys but remained largely stoic.
Family and friends of Rasmussen filled the front row of the gallery, carefully listening to testimony as they whispered to each other. Rasmussen’s mother cried during the prosecution’s closing arguments.







MOUNDSVILLE – The Marshall County Drug Task Force arrested Donavon R. Borders, 30, Friday after a week-long investigation in which officers found materials used to make methamphetamine in garbage bags outside Borders’s former home on Center Street.

According to the criminal complaint, officers used an investigative tool known as a trash pull Thursday at 1703 Center St. after officers received information Borders had been burned while cooking meth.

Materials found in the trash included a plastic container with a white powdery residue, a plastic funnel, used latex gloves, empty cans of charcoal lighter fluid, two empty pseudoephedrine packs and other materials instrumental in the production of meth.

595909_1Items the Marshall County Drug Task Force found Thursday in garbage bags outside of 1703 Center St., Moundsville, are indicative of the production of meth

Officers also found a check stub with the name of Donavon Ross Borders and three pairs of burnt blue jeans. Officers believe Borders was using a one-pot or shake and bake method of production, in which the chemicals are mixed by shaking them in the bottle.

That process is particularly prone to bursting into flames. The chemical reaction produces a crystalline powder that users smoke, snort or inject. They then discard the bottle, which contains a poisonous brown and white substance.

After serving a search warrant for the Center Street address, officers discovered through neighbors that Borders had moved to an apartment on Second Street. While searching the house, officers recovered more evidence including a white salt-like substance and a lye-like substance on the kitchen table, a medicine cup with a white waxy type of substance, a pay stub for Donavon Borders, a compressed air cylinder and a jug of red lye sink cleaner in the bathroom, among other items.

Borders was found at 1811 Second St. and was arrested for violating bond conditions on a domestic battery charge and transported to the Moundsville Police Department.

In an interview with police, Borders said he cooked a couple of grams of meth at a time. Beginning a few months ago, he began cooking once a week. Borders allegedly sent his live-in girlfriend to buy ingredients numerous times, and would make several weeks’ worth of meth at a time. Borders claimed he did not sell the drug, but had been a meth addict since he was 19 years old.

Borders admitted he had been cooking meth in his bathroom recently when the bottle exploded and caught on fire. Officers observed a red mark under his eye, which Borders said was caused by a piece of lye that had burst from the bottle.

According to the report, Borders moved to West Virginia in 2012. He told officers, “Moundsville was full of pill heads and he did not like pills, he liked methamphetamine.”

Borders was charged with operating a clandestine drug laboratory for methamphetamine. Bond was set at $10,000.







MURFREESBORO — Murfreesboro police found a 5-year-old was exposed to methamphetamine manufacture at a local motel, according to reports filed by MPD.

Officers found a meth lab in a backpack around 1:30 a.m. Friday under a stairwell at the Knight’s Inn on South Church Street, which resulted in the arrest of Jeffery St. John, 24, of Mt Juliet, Officer John Watson reported.

Jeffery St. John

After Officer Walter Breithaupt conducted a traffic stop, St. John admitted to stashing of meth lab ingredients outside of a room at the motel. A family of three was staying in the adjacent room, including a 5-year-old girl.

After the meth lab was discovered, the family was evacuated from their room but refused medical treatment, Watson reported.

The lab was found after the car St. John was traveling in was stopped for a light law violation, Breithaupt reported.

The officer discovered hypodermic needles and evidence of powdered methamphetamine in the car, Breithaupt wrote.

“I received tips from the occupants of the vehicle that there was a red and black backpack containing supplies to construct a meth lab in (it),” Breithaupt wrote.

St. John then confessed to making meth in the bathroom of the motel room and to dropping off supplies under the stairwell, Breithaupt wrote.

The officer called in the tip and Watson responded to the scene where he found a backpack matching St. John’s statement. It contained meth-making supplies, he said.

“With the help of management, I was able to gain entry into (the room) and was able to observe evidence that the occupants were using the room to cook meth,” Watson said.

St. John was arrested and charged with felony intent of manufacture methamphetamine, felony possession of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and reckless endangerment.

St. John was booked into the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center on $10,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear April 1 in General Sessions Court.

Residents who have information about this or any other crime are asked to call Rutherford County Crime Stoppers at 615-893-STOP (7867) between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. All callers remain anonymous.


OGDEN, Utah — A Utah medical examiner says a teenage girl who prosecutors allege died from an overdose after a night of drugs and sex with an older couple had enormous amounts of methamphetamine and heroin in her system.

Joseph Smith’s testimony came Friday in Ogden during the third day of the trial of 38-year-old Eric Millerberg. He is charged with felony child abuse homicide.

Smith says lab tests show 16-year-old Alexis Rasmussen died in 2011 with seven times the lethal amount of methamphetamine. Smith says her death was highly suspicious and likely the result of the drugs.

But he stopped short of listing drug overdose as the cause of death because he couldn’t rule out other possibilities such as strangulation. That’s because her body was badly decomposed after being found 38 days after her death.







Homeowners who questioned smells coming from their basement called police, who found a meth lab under way

Edgewater homeowners wondered just what their nephew was doing in the basement of their home.

Turns out they were right to worry. The nephew was reportedly making methamphetamine in the basement, filling the home with dangerous gases and vapors, and bringing potentially explosive chemicals into the house.

18168cf7567567c50041b92a6675100cJoshua Bell of Edgewater has been charged with possession of methamphetamine and illegally manufacturing a controlled, dangerous substance

Anne Arundel Police were called to the house in the 3600 block of Seventh Avenue on Thursday evening by the homeowners. While at the house, officers smelled a chemical odor and saw items that the nephew indicated he used to make methamphetamine for his personal use.

Authorities immediately evacuated the house and notified the Anne Arundel County Fire Department, the Fire Marshal and a Hazmat Unit. Hazmat crew members determined that the air quality in the home was safe at the time.

Detectives from the Police Department’s Special Enforcement Section, who are specifically trained in gathering evidence and dismantling clandestine labs, responded to conduct an investigation and collect evidence, the department said in a release.

The residents of the home were taken to Southern station, where fire department personnel checked them for exposure to hazardous materials.

Investigators have determined that the suspect was using numerous potentially  combustible chemicals, along with equipment and containers such as flasks, beakers, tubing and extensive glassware, to make meth. Notebooks with methamphetamine recipes were also found, along with numerous chemical equations, police said.

Authorities said they found the precursors for a more sophisticated lab capable of producing higher quantities of methamphetamine. The chemical process for making methamphetamine produces hazardous vapors and flammable gases that are capable of producing toxic atmospheres, fires or explosions.

There is no indication that the suspect was attempting to make any type of bomb and there were no booby traps located in the home. The home is being cleaned in an effort to make it safe to live in again.

Joshua Lee Bell, 22, of 3608 Seventh Ave. in Edgewater, was charged with possession of methamphetamine and illegally manufacturing a controlled dangerous substance.







OAKLAND — A 23-year-old Alameda woman will be sentenced to 25 years to life in prison next month for killing a man who got her hooked on methamphetamine while deep in the throes of addiction.

Victoria Martinez’s trial was in the early stages of jury selection this week when she pleaded no contest to first-degree murder of 44-year-old Curtis Williams, who was shot, bludgeoned and strangled on July 4, 2012 in his RV parked in Oakland’s Meadow Brook neighborhood.

Martinez went to the RV that night while Williams was out and told his friend that she planned to kill Williams because he owed her $20 and she was sick of him taking advantage of her, prosecutor Tim Wagstaffe said. When Williams, a mechanic, returned to the RV later that night, Martinez bound him by his hands and feet and killed him nearly the same way she had foretold to his friend.

“I think she was in a very dark place with her methamphetamine addiction and for whatever reason, she directed her animosity toward Curtis,” Wagstaffe said.

Martinez was not motivated by money, said her attorney Tom Worthington. Martinez had been submitting to Williams’ “forceful” demands for sex in exchange for meth and she wanted to talk to him, for him to apologize, according to the attorney. Williams had manhandled her on occasions so she tied him to get through the confrontation, Worthington said.

“She’s horrified by what she did, horrified,” Worthington said. “She doesn’t know how things could get so out of hand that she could do that.”

Worthington planned to introduce evidence at trial that Martinez suffered from intimate partner battering at Williams’ hands. She was introduced to Williams a year-and-a-half before his death by a mutual friend who suggested she get meth from Williams to help her through the stress and long hours caring for her invalid mother, as well as the breakdown of her marriage, Worthington said.

Martinez faced 50 years to life in prison before she accepted a plea deal. She is scheduled to be sentenced March 13.







SALTON CITY– Border Patrol agents stopped two suspected drug smugglers and seized more than 21 pounds of methamphetamine estimated to be worth about $250,000 in two separate events on Thursday.

In the first incident around 10:45 a.m., a Border Patrol canine detection team found an abandoned backpack in a bus overhead storage area during a bus check at the Highway 86 checkpoint. The backpack contained six wrapped packages of methamphetamine weighing more than four pounds with an estimated street value of $54,000.



After questioning passengers, agents determined that the backpack belonged to a 47-year-old man with a valid temporary United States permanent resident card. The man was arrested and turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

In the second incident around 5:40 p.m., a 57-year-old man driving a 2001 tan Cadillac Deville approached the Highway 111 checkpoint, and a canine team alerted to the vehicle.

Agents then found 46 wrapped packages of methamphetamine hidden in the rear seat of the vehicle. The packages had a combined weight of 16.6 pounds with an estimated street value of $199,000.

The man, a U.S. citizen, was also arrested and turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.


BATESVILLE, AR  (KAIT) – Authorities in Independence County are looking for two men who may have been involved in a drug trafficking operation, according to the 16th Drug Task Force. It’s also in connection to a drug bust in Jonesboro Thursday afternoon, police said.

Dale Weaver with the 16th Drug Task Force said police found more than seven pounds of methamphetamine, $45,000 in cash and five vehicles that may have been involved in a drug trafficking investigation. The methamphetamine alone is worth an estimated $300,000. Weaver said officers executed a search warrant at a home about five miles north of Batesville. When officers approached the home, two men ran out the back door.

Those two suspects are still on the loose and may be in the area of Weaver’s Cemetery, just off Highway 167.

Weaver said the arrest of two Batesville men in Jonesboro is connected to a larger drug investigation.

According to a Jonesboro police report, Angel Cervantes, 23, and Gerardo Campos, 38, were arrested for trafficking methamphetamine, valued at approximately $600,000. They were arrested at the intersection of Highland Drive and Nestle Way Thursday afternoon, according to the initial police report.

Sgt. Doug Formon with Jonesboro Police said the case has been handed over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Both men are expected to appear in court March 31, 2014.

Weaver said drugs were found in two vehicles at the Batesville location, and those vehicles are registered to two people already in prison.








PORTLAND — Federal prosecutors in Portland say it looked at first like an unremarkable rollover crash involving a tractor-trailer rig on U.S. Highway 97 in north-central Oregon. That all changed when tow-truck company employees called Sherman County sheriff’s officers to say they’d found bundles of methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine hidden in the pallets of bell peppers.

Sheriff’s officers tallied the haul at 190 pounds of meth, 11 pounds of heroin and 7.5 kilograms of cocaine.

The Oregonian reports the drugs are estimated to be worth more than $1 million. The U.S. Attorney’s Office says it’s believed to be Oregon’s largest drug seizure.

The 53-year-old East Wenatchee man who was driving the truck on Jan. 17 has been charged with four counts of conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute the drugs. Salvador Martinez-Perez pleaded not guilty Thursday in federal court in Portland. He remains in custody with a trial date of April 22.







SAN JOSE — A longtime San Jose firefighter was arrested at the station where he worked Thursday afternoon and is facing drug and sex crime charges involving children, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

jonesfuel pacific ethanolIn a 2007 photo of Mario Cuestas (foreground) he directs the crowd attending an open-air drill at San Jose’s Municipal Stadium, in an exercise to help first responders practice in a mock bio-terrorist attack. Cuestas is being charged with sex crimes against minors and supplying drugs to minors. (Len Vaughn-Lahman/Mercury News)



Mario Enrique Cuestas, who has worked with the department for decades, is being charged with the sale and possession of methamphetamine as well as sex assault and oral copulation charges with minors, according to DOJ spokeswoman Michelle Gregory.

“We believe he was providing drugs to minors, and soliciting them through websites,” Gregory said.

Cuestas, 53, was booked into Santa Clara County Jail after being arrested without incident at his workplace, Gregory said. No bail was set as of late Thursday.

Gregory did not know the number of possible victims or how long the crimes may have been going on, but said “there could be more that come up. It’s an ongoing investigation.”

“We just don’t know yet,” she said. “We need to go through everything to see if there’s more there than we know about.”

She said the matter came to light through a tip.

“I don’t believe it came from a minor,” she said. But when officers in a DOJ task force took up the case, “we were able to find out more about what he was doing.”

Gregory said computers and records were seized both at the fire station where Cuestas works and at his home, which is listed as being in San Lorenzo. According to his Facebook page, Cuestas has been with the San Jose Fire Department since 1994 and also worked for the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Jose since 2012 as a church singer.







GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) — Six people have been arrested on charges of running a child prostitution ring in suburban Denver that gave methamphetamine to three teenage girls and forced them to have sex with ring members and others.

Jefferson County District Attorney Peter Weir (WEER) said Thursday one girl was 13 and two were 16. He says all were runaways who were lured with drugs.

Weir says the ring took drugs or money in exchange for forcing the girls to have sex with others from December 2011 until November 2012.

The alleged ringleader faces charges including trafficking of a child, sexual assault on a child and child prostitution. The others face charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and one also faces a child-prostitution charge.

A seventh person was still being sought.







Search warrants served by Modesto police on Sunday resulted in the seizure of nearly 9 pounds of meth and close to $30,000 in cash.

Members of the Modesto Police Department’s Narcotics Enforcement Team, or MNET, were assisting patrol units with narcotic enforcement in the 500 block of Kansas Avenue when they came into contact with Juan Carlos Vargas Martinez of Modesto, according to a news release Monday.


Authorities say Martinez, 29, was found to be in possession of more than 11/2 pounds of crystal methamphetamine. Additionally, police said there was more than $4,000 in cash in his vehicle.

The investigation led to three locations associated with Martinez, police spokeswoman Heather Graves said in the news release. A search warrant was obtained for two residences belonging to him, along with a storage unit.

The locations, two in Modesto and one in Riverbank, led to the seizure of an additional 8 pounds of crystal methamphetamine; $25,000 in cash; and three guns, including an assault-style rifle.

“It appears Martinez has been hiding this business in plain sight for some time” Sgt. Kelly Rea, supervisor of the Narcotics Unit, said in the news release. “This level of dealing is just that, a business, and neighbors may never notice it.”

Martinez was booked into the Stanislaus County Jail on two counts of possession of methamphetamine for sale and one count of transportation of meth. Monday evening, he was being held on $500,000 bail.

MNET encourages people who have information regarding suspected drug activity in their neighborhoods to call Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.

The cost of Methamphetamine in Montana

Posted: 14th February 2014 by Doc in Uncategorized

HELENAMethamphetamine is more commonly referred to as meth, ice, crystal meth, chalk, or crank. It’s clear translucent color is a reflection of its quality on the streets.

“We’re getting a lot purer meth. The manufacturing when it’s manufactured in a lab, which is happening in Mexico and being brought up. It’s far purer than it is when somebody is making it in their basement.” said Assistant Helena Police Chief Steve Hagen.

The Missouri River Drug Task Force works undercover to make buys in an effort to keep it off the streets.

In 2011 law enforcement seized 818 grams of meth in the Helena area. So far in 2014, they’ve already confiscated more than 828 grams.

“In 2012, the Helena police department seized $128,000 worth of meth for the entire year. So far in 2014, law enforcement has already confiscated more than $150,000 in meth,” said Hagen.

The average street value for meth is $187 a gram. The cost of meth is much more than its street value – it can cost those addicted their jobs, their families, or even their lives.

“Using alcohol will release up to 100 to 200 units of dopamine in your brain. Cocaine, anywhere from 100-300 units of dopamine. Methamphetamine can release up to 1,250 units in general of dopamine in your brain an incredible euphoric effect to somebody’s that’s using methamphetamine. Which is why it can be so powerful even after using it just once,” explained Helena Pre-Release Center officer Amy Tenney

It’s estimated that 50% of adults in Montana prisons are there due to meth-related crimes; the cost to the state is estimated at $60 million dollars a year.

About 20% of adults in treatment are there for meth addiction. This is said to cost the state around $6 million a year.

“One of the reasons that we tend to treat methamphetamine addiction for longer periods of time is because it takes up to sometimes up to 18 months for the brain to start to really heal itself from the damage that it has caused by prolonged methamphetamine use,” said Tenney.

Those working to combat meth and the problems surrounding its use are hoping communities will band together to fight against this toxic substance before it ruins more lives.

“We base almost everything we do including the drug task force on tips and information that folks provide. Without it we can’t combat this,” said Hagen.







A 17-day-old boy with “potentially severe medical issues” vanished along with his “heavy meth user” mom late Thursday, authorities said.

The newborn, who is known only as “Baby Doe,” is “possibly being neglected” by his mom Roshell Turner, 31, according to a release announcing the Amber Alert. They were last seen in Everett, Wash.

140214-amberalert-mom-630a_c3f4ea32d0aacd8768c4e881a67284c2_nbcnews-ux-600-600Roshell Turner, left, is being sought in connection with the disappearance of her newborn baby


Mother Roshell Turner is a heavy Meth user,” the notification read. “Child has potentially severe medical issues due to mother’s drug use and is possibly being neglected.”

In a statement, Everett Police Department said that Child Protective Services officials believed the child was “in grave danger and needs immediate medical attention which has not been provided.”

140214-missingbaby-4a_425bfd3491d710ba9d9c3e1acf89c5a9_nbcnews-ux-600-480“Baby Doe” went missing with his mom in Everett, Wash., on Thursday


Baby Doe” went missing with his mom in Everett, Wash., on Thursday.

Turner is described as a white, 5′ 5″ tall, 190-pound woman with brown eyes and red mid-length hair. She has a rose tattoo on her right chest.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Everett Police at 425-407-3970.

WorldStage Newsonline— The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested a 29 year old man, Osigwe Kelvin Uchenna for ingesting nine wraps of methamphetamine weighing 400 grammes at the airport Murtalla Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos while a suspected drug trafficking syndicate also abandoned five kilogrammes of high grade heroin at the airport.

The drug was hidden inside praying rugs imported from Pakistan. Narcotic officers made the discovery during inward screening of cargoes on Qatar Airline flight.

NDLEA Airport commander, Mr.Hamza Umar said that the examination of the consignment was witnessed by other security agents.

“The consignment was given 100 per cent physical examination in the presence of customs and other security agents. During the search, we found thirty-five (35) sachets of brown powdery substance that tested positive for heroin concealed inside praying rugs. A trader was also arrested for ingesting methamphetamine” Hamza stated.

The suspect, Osigwe Kelvin Uchenna who had lived in Gabon for ten years tested positive for drug ingestion.

While he was under observation, he excreted 9 wraps of methamphetamine weighing 400 grammes. According to Osigwe, “this is my first time of smuggling drugs. I feel sad because my pastor warned me against crime.

He told me that I will be successful in life but I must avoid drug trafficking, fraud and other crimes in order to actualise God’s plan for my life”. The suspect who is a primary school certificate holder is single and hails from Imo State.

Chairman/Chief Executive of the Agency, Ahmadu Giade said that Nigeria is winning the drug war against all odds. “Nigeria is winning the anti-narcotic crusade against all odds.

Drug cartels only abandon their drugs when the operating environment is inclement. This is a sign of effective security checks which is good for the country. The NDLEA will continue to intercept drugs through advance surveillance techniques” Giade stated.

The NDLEA boss who ordered an investigation into the cases assured that all suspects arrested will be charged to court.







The Walton County Sheriff’s Office is continuing its investigation into the poisoning of a 4 month old little boy from Freeport, FL. At this time, the investigation shows the nasal spray was given to the baby inadvertently by the baby’s grandmother.

The bottle used on the baby contained acid of some type and was submitted to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for testing.  Preliminary tests were positive for acid but the Sheriff’s Office is still waiting on results to confirm the exact chemical.

The investigation indicates the storing of acid in nasal spray or eye dropper bottles is consistent with the activity of persons who manufacture methamphetamine. However, at this time the person who placed the acid in the bottle is undetermined.

During the investigation it was determined the grandmother who administered the spray did so without any intent to harm the child.  After reviewing all the evidence gathered in the case and conferring with the State Attorney’s Office, there will not be any charges filed in the case at this time.

The Sheriff’s Office will continue to follow any available leads as they develop that may enhance the case.








DECATUR – An 11-year-old boy suffered second-degree burns to his legs and arm after his clothes caught on fire during an explosion in a methamphetamine lab on the city’s northwest side.

The boy was treated at Decatur Memorial Hospital and then transported by helicopter to St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

Rachel Starr-Hollgarth, 38, and Taylor M. Potter, 33, were arrested at about 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, at their residence on the 2800 block of North Fairview Avenue.

Potter admitted to police he was engaged in manufacturing methamphetamine when chemicals exploded in a two-liter bottle, causing the boy’s injuries, says an affidavit by Decatur patrol officer Andrew Wittmer. Potter said he put out the fire on the boy with a fire extinguisher.

Both suspects were booked into the Macon County Jail on preliminary charges of aggravated participation in meth manufacturing, meth-related child endangerment and use of property to violate the Methamphetamine Control Act.

Two other children, 8 and 4 years old, were in the home at the time of the explosion. They were taken into protective custody by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.

Associate Judge James Coryell set bond for Potter and Starr-Hollgarth on Thursday morning after they spent two nights in jail because of the court holiday Wednesday.

When Assistant State’s Attorney Nrupa Patel recommended a bond of $300,000 for Starr-Hollgarth, she exercised her right to request a lower bond. Starr-Hollgarth told the judge she needed a bond to enable her to leave jail because she was disabled – she came into court from a holding cell with a walker – and was in the middle of a move to a different residence. She also mentioned that her children were taken by DCFS but “that was OK with her.” Coryell set her bond at $500,000.

Coryell also set Potter’s bond at $500,000, after the prosecutor requested that amount for him.

During a police interview Tuesday, Potter said “he had been manufacturing meth at this residence for several months,” the affidavit says. Potter also told police “he allows other people to use the residence to manufacture methamphetamine.”

Starr-Hollgarth told police “when Taylor makes methamphetamine she usually sends the children to their rooms to protect them.”

Both suspects are due in circuit court within a week for their arraignments.








Oklahoma City police arrested two people Wednesday after a search warrant led to the discovery of methamphetamine, marijuana and firearms, authorities said.

Monte Wampler, 39, and Ashley Wampler, 21, were arrested on complaints of trafficking methamphetamine, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, use of surveillance equipment in commitment of a felony, possession of a firearm in commitment of a felony and possession of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school, according to police reports.

Police executed a search warrant on Wednesday afternoon at 1120 NW 13 and found more than three ounces of marijuana, two grams of meth, 12 grams of “a crystal substance,” scales, plastic bags and more than $1,000 in cash.

Police also found surveillance equipment, two handguns, a shotgun and multiple types of ammunition, according to police reports.

Monte Wampler was being held Thursday in the Oklahoma County jail in lieu of $112,000 bail. Oklahoma County jail records did not show that Ashley Wampler had been booked into the jail, a sheriff’s office representative said.







BOONE COUNTYA Columbia man was arrested after authorities found a meth lab in Boone County.

At 8 p.m. Tuesday night, the Boone County Sheriff’s Department found it in the 7700-block of La Porte Avenue.

The bust happened after authorities got several reports of suspicious purchases from area businesses.


While talking with the residents, deputies found a small but active meth lab near railroad tracks behind the apartment.

Deputies said tracks in the snow led back to the apartment.

They also found components of a meth lab inside the apartment.

Deputies arrested Christopher Chaney, 34, for manufacturing a controlled substance.







A fire at a suspected meth lab under construction in a shed in Assumption Parish led to an arrest Monday, authorities said.

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Kevin Pintado, 36, of Pierre Part, is charged with operation or creation of a clandestine lab, the Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Office said.

Pintado was also using the shed, at 3246 La. 70, as a living quarters, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Investigators said the blaze started after a plastic bag containing a fuel-like substance caught fire and Pintado threw it into a mattress.

Pierre Part Fire and Rescue responded to a call about the fire about 4:30 a.m. Monday, authorities said.

The so-called “shake-and-bake” meth lab was being assembled, and the illegal drug was not being manufactured at the time, authorities said.

Pintado is in the parish jail Tuesday awaiting hearing to set bond.

He is on five years’ unsupervised probation for a 2012 conviction for operating a meth lab in Pierre Part, the Sheriff’s Office said. He was arrested on that charge in 2011.







A a 27-year-old Bismarck woman who admitted using methamphetamines while pregnant has been charged with ingestion of a controlled substance.

Sgt. Mark Buschena of the Bismarck Police Department said a summons to appear in court for Belinda Ann Enzi was signed Tuesday.

According to an affidavit from Bismarck Police Department Detective Dustin Miller, the Burleigh County Social Services filed a child abuse neglect report Jan. 11.

The report indicated Enzi’s newborn tested positive for meth. According to the affidavit, Enzi admitted to a social worker she had used meth during her pregnancy and had done so “shortly before giving birth.”

According to the affidavit, Enzi said she had smoked meth at least twice while pregnant, possibly a month before giving birth.

The charge is a Class A misdemeanor. Enzi has a criminal record of possession and delivery of methamphetamines and theft.

Court documents show the child has been placed in foster care.








COLLIER COUNTY, FL – Law enforcement uncovered 18 meth labs in the last 12 months in Lee County.

Now, there are fears the disturbing drug will make it’s way south into Collier County.


Poisonous chemicals, flammable fumes, and deadly reactions- these are very real threats meth labs pose.

“You really don’t know what you’re getting into,” said North Naples Fire Department Deputy Chief Michael Swanson.

Emergency responders and the people who live around the labs are all at risk. It’s not only chemicals those responders have to look out for.

“A lot of times they’ll put trip wires in. They’ll put explosives somewhere, or something that falls and breaks something that releases a poisonous gas,” Dep. Chief Swanson said.

If it’s serious enough, local officials call in the National Guard.

“I can say to the chief that right now this is your worst case scenario. We can recommend road blocks, shelter in place, things like that,” said U.S. Army National Guard Colonel Joe DeFee.

When the lab is a potential ticking time bomb, responders must take their time dismantling the operation.

Inside a hazmat suit, responders lose up to half their dexterity – almost 50 percent of their vision, and 80 percent of their hearing.

On an hour tank, they’ll typically spend about 45 minutes inside the suit, but even that can be extremely taxing on the body.

“You have a heat load on you. Obviously that suit can be 100 plus degrees inside,” Natl. Guard Deputy Commander Mark Sittery said.

Not to mention the danger for any homes and businesses near a meth lab.

“Mass contaminations or starting a fire, which endangers everyone in the building,” said Swanson.