A Henry County man was arrested by a Henry County Sheriff’s deputy in Paris Saturday afternoon for making methamphetamine.

Danny J. Trotter, 38, of 850 Harmon Cemetery Road southeast of Paris was arrested on Mineral Wells Avenue for manufacture of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia by Sheriff’s Deputy Terry Williams.

Trotter’s bond was set at $25,000.

He is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.


EDINBURGH, Ind. (WISH) – An Edinburgh man was arrested Saturday evening in the woods where a meth lab was found.

24-Hour News 8 news partner The Daily Journal reports Joshua Wayne Thomas, 20, is preliminarily charged with dealing methamphetamine, possession of drug precursors, obstructing justice, dumping controlled substance waste and possession of methamphetamine.

Police say an officer found two people, a 17-year-old and Thomas, in the woods near a vacant factory in the 7600 block of East County Line Road and Timbergate Golf Course. He had a jar with liquid inside wrapped up in a T-shirt.

Police confiscated the jar and it tested positive for meth in a police lab.

Thomas admitted to making meth in the woods and items such as chemicals used to make meth were found.

He was arrested and taken to the Johnson County Jail.







Seized during the raid were a shake and bake methamphetamine laboratory, methamphetamine, and methamphetamine waste.

On Monday, the Adams County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team served a search warrant at 428 Oak in Quincy. The warrant was served as part of a methamphetamine investigation being conducted by the West Central Illinois Task Force.

Buffy J. Bence

Joshua C. Myers

Seized during the warrant were a shake and bake methamphetamine laboratory, methamphetamine, and methamphetamine waste.

Arrested at the location were residents Joshua C. Myers, age 29, and Buffy J. Bence, age 35. Both subjects were arrested for Aggravated Unlawful Participation in Methamphetamine Production. M/Sgt. Patrick Frazier of the task force reported that the charges are aggravated due to the fact children, ages 15 and 10 resided at the residence.

The Department of Children and Family Services was advised of the incident and will be initiating an investigation into the welfare of the children. The children were removed from the home.

Myers and Bence were lodged in the Adams County Jail.

Also assisting in the warrant was the Illinois State Police Methamphetamine Response Team and the Adams County Animal Control.

All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.







A joint investigation led by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Kentucky State Police and Williamsburg police has culminated in the indictment of 28 people in connection with an alleged large-scale methamphetamine-involved conspiracy in the Canadatown community of Whitley County.


Williamsburg Police Chief Wayne Bird admits that in most drug round-ups, he doesn’t think the round-up puts much of a dent in the drug problem, but he said this case is an exception.

“We are taking 28 individuals out of that community that were manufacturing methamphetamine,” Bird noted. “I think we put a serious dent in meth manufacturing in the Canadatown community.”

Lisa Canada Ball, 49; James Russell Bennett, 39; Bobby Darrell Canada II, 26; Wendell Ralph Canada, 31; Ryan David Carlson, 36; Anna M. Davis, 24; David Allen Davis, 29; Aaron David Ellison, 35; Jamie Mark Gibson, 41; Robert Joe Gibson, 23; William Joseph Helbig Jr., 36; George Thomas Hubbard, 49; James Forest Manning, 35; Michelle Lynn Manning, 33; Wayne Carl Marcus, 32; Daniel John Moeser, 44; Mark A. Morrow, 46; Harrison B. Sulfridge, 33; Jerry Wayne White, 36; Joanna Cansler, 55; Teanna Marie Cansler, 33; Robert Martin Church, 27; Danny Lee Fyffe, 49; Suzann Judy Phillips, 49; Billy Ray Richardson, 35; Anthony Levi Rose, 32; Jason Wade Taylor, 31; and Beverly Wilson, 28; were all indicted in U.S. District Court on July 25 and the indictment was unsealed Monday.

The 28 allegedly conspired together with others to knowingly and intentionally manufacture 500 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine, according to their indictment.

If convicted, the defendants each face no less than 10 years in federal prison and possibly a sentence of up lifetime imprisonment, in addition to a $10 million fine and not less than five years of supervised release.

If any of the 28 people have prior felony drug convictions, their minimum sentence would be 20 years behind bars.

Over a two-year period, the group is accused of “cooking” or making methamphetamine or conspiring to make methamphetamine at 21 different locations most of which were in the Canadatown area, Bird said.

The indictment targeted not only those manufacturing the meth, but also those supplying the ingredients used to make it.

19 of the defendants are accused of manufacturing methamphetamine.

Nine others are accused of aiding in the conspiracy or “smurfing” as law enforcement officials refer to it.

Bird described “smurfs” as usually drug users, who shop for meth cooks buying pseudoephedrine, batteries, and other items used in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

In exchange for purchasing the items, once the meth cook completes a batch of meth, then the “smurf” gets a portion of the finished product, Bird said.

“A lot of these individuals who have been arrested, a lot of them are multiple felony offenders,” Bird said. “We’re not just talking meth cooks here, we’re talking robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts that community has been plagued with all that.”

While 20 of the defendants were already in custody on various charges, authorities from the Williamsburg Police Department, ATF, Kentucky State Police, U.S. Marshal’s Service and others hit the streets early Monday morning searching for the remaining eight defendants.

Before dawn Monday, police arrested Carlson, Jamie Gibson, and Sulfridge.

Later that morning authorities arrested Phillips, Hubbard, Davis, Helbig and Bennett.

Explosive device

While allegations in the indictment date back nearly two and one-half years, police say the investigation gained momentum after a visit by Kentucky Probation and Parole Officers in March 2013 to the residence of Lisa Ball and Dan Moeser on Nanny Hubbard Road in the Canadatown community.

During the visit, probation and parole officers discovered what they believed to be a meth lab at the residence and called Williamsburg police for assistance.

When Williamsburg police arrived, they also found a suspected explosive device inside the residence in close proximity to the active meth lab, according to a press release.

After the explosive device was found, Williamsburg police asked for assistance from ATF and the Kentucky State Police Hazardous Device Unit.

ATF determined that the device was a binary explosive mixture containing ammonium nitrate and other items and that it had two electric detonators.

The KSP Hazardous Device Unit disabled the explosive device and removed the meth lab from the residence. Police arrested Ball, Moeser and Jerry White at the residence.

Bird said that to his knowledge, he doesn’t know why the explosive device was made.

“The subsequent investigation turned up a large-scale conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine in the Canadatown community,” authorities noted in a press release.

“It is believed that the defendants conspired to manufacture meth daily for over two years producing several thousand grams of methamphetamine. It was common for these defendants to ‘cook’ meth while driving in their cars through this community or even while walking along public roadways with a ‘bottle cook’ in their pocket or hand.”

Bird noted that all 21 locations where the defendants made meth were located in fairly close proximity to one another.

“They all knew each other. They all worked in concert with each other,” Bird said. “It is especially large scale, especially for that community.”

Bird noted that he anticipates more arrests will probably be made in conjunction with the investigation before it is completed.

Bird said that this is the largest methamphetamine manufacturing conspiracy, which his department has been a part of dismantling.

Bird added that quite a bit of methamphetamine from the Canadatown community reaches Williamsburg.

“Most of what happens in the county filters into the city so I would say quite a bit,” Bird said. “A couple of these individuals were actually living in the city now.”

Cooperation key

Bird said that cooperation between the state, federal and local agencies is vital, particularly for investigations of this nature.

“This investigation wouldn’t be possible without cooperation and all the agencies working together. It is extremely vital,” Bird added.

“We want to thank the sheriff’s department for their assistance and cooperation in the investigation and the commonwealth attorney’s office. We particularly want to thank the United States Attorney’s Office for taking such a tough stand on these type of cases. This community really needed it and the U.S. Attorney’s Office really stepped up and took a stand on these guys.”









More than two dozen people took part in making a large amount of methamphetamine in a rural Whitley County community, according to police and a federal indictment unsealed Monday.

The indictment listed charges against 28 people in the case. Some were charged earlier and already were in jail, but police arrested several more Sunday night and Monday, said Williamsburg Police Chief Wayne Bird.

The indictment charges the 28 with conspiring to make more than 500 grams of meth in the Canada Town area.

The people charged in the conspiracy actually produced thousands of grams of the highly addictive drug, Bird said. The indictment uses the 500-gram figure because that is a threshold amount under federal law.

The participants in the alleged conspiracy abused much of the meth they produced but sold it as well, Bird said.

“I think it was a big source of meth that we were seeing here,” Bird said.

People produce meth by mixing certain chemicals in soft-drink bottles with over-the-counter cold and allergy medication that contains pseudoephedrine, setting off a reaction that makes the illegal drug.

Kentucky has had some of the highest numbers of meth-lab incidents in the country during the past several years.

Court records indicate the alleged drug ring at Canada Town included people who made the meth, called cooks, and others whose job was to buy cold medicine for the cooks to use, called smurfers.

Various police agencies were investigating meth cases at Canada Town, but the efforts came together in a common federal case after an incident in March, Bird said.

A state probation officer, Angie Ballou, found drug paraphernalia and drugs during a visit to the home of Daniel Moeser and Lisa Canada Ball; when police arrived to investigate, they found an explosive device in a man’s work boot, according to a sworn statement from Todd E. Tremaine, an agent with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Moeser, Ball and another man at the house told police that day about connections with other people who cooked meth or supplied pills, according to Tremaine’s affidavit.

“We realized, wow, we’ve got a major conspiracy here,” Bird said.

Police think people in the drug ring cooked meth daily for more than two years.

They took the small labs, which can blow up, with them as they drove through the area, and sometimes walked along the road with a bottle in hand or in a pocket, according to a news release from Williamsburg police.

Bird said there are a lot of good people in Canada Town who had complained to police about being inundated by drugs.

“I’m sure they’re tickled to death” by the arrests, Bird said.

Williamsburg police, the Whitley County Sheriff’s Office, state police and ATF investigated the case.


A woman arrested at gunpoint during a drugs bust in New Plymouth gave birth the same day, it can be revealed.

Maxien Chand, 23, was in her eighth month of pregnancy when she was caught after delivering $40,000 worth of methamphetamine to a New Plymouth man.

She wept on the shoulder of her partner and co-accused Halen Ryder, 27, when a jury returned guilty verdicts in the New Plymouth District Court yesterday.

About 25 New Plymouth police were involved in an elaborate stakeout of Tommy White’s Fitzroy home early on August 24.

At 7am armed offender squad members arrested the two Chand sisters Maxien and Jessica with their respective partners, Halen Ryder, 27 and Daniel Pue, 21.

The group had travelled down from Auckland in a Jaguar with the drugs.

Maxien Chand’s Guess handbag had in it $40,000 that the Crown said was payment from White who had earlier admitted to his role.

Charges against the younger sister, Jessica, were later dropped.

The girls’ father, Aucklander Oscar Chand, 42, was the mastermind, the Crown told the jury last week, and Maxien Chand and Ryder acted as his drug mules.

Pue, who owned the Jaguar, was not charged with dealing but faced a count of illegally possessing a loaded revolver found in a pillowcase underneath the front passenger seat in which he was sitting.

Ryder and Maxien Chand were also charged with possession of the firearm.

The jury found the group guilty on all the charges but failed to agree on Pue, returning a majority 11:1 verdict.

In tears, Pue reacted angrily to the guilty verdict.

Maxien put her head on her partner’s shoulder who comforted her as she wept.

About four family members, including Jessica and the girls’ mother, listened in silence to the verdicts from the public gallery. The decisions were returned at 4pm after four hours’ deliberation.

Crown prosecutor Justin Marinovich asked Judge Allan Roberts to remand all the prisoners in custody because of the strong likelihood they would be given prison terms.

Judge Roberts released Maxien Chand on bail after her lawyer Kylie Pascoe said Chand was still breast-feeding her 11-month-old daughter. Ms Pascoe said the baby would also need time to get used to her grandmother before her mother was jailed.

Pue, a farm worker, was also released on bail. Both Oscar Chand and Ryder were remanded in custody.

The judge ordered pre-sentence reports prior to sentencing on November 1.


Guilty Mastermind Oscar Chand, daughter Maxien Chand and her partner Halen Ryder of supplying methamphetamine to Tommy White.







Methamphetamine use can make a person more susceptible to the lung infection cryptococcosis, according to a study published in mBio, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology.

Researchers found that injected (METH) significantly enhanced colonization of the lungs by Cryptococcus neoformans and accelerated progression of the disease and the time to death in mouse models. C. neoformans is usually harmless to healthy individuals, but METH causes chinks in the blood-brain barrier that can permit the fungus to invade the , where it causes a deadly .

“The highest uptake of the drug is in the lungs,” says corresponding author Luis Martinez of Long Island University-Post, in Brookville, New York and of Albert Einstein College of Medicine in The Bronx. “This may render the individual susceptible to infection. We wanted to know how METH would alter C. neoformans infection.”

Thirteen million people in the US have abused METH in their lifetimes, and regular METH users numbered approximately 353,000 in 2010, the most recent year for which data are available. A central stimulant that adversely impacts immunological responses, recent studies show that injected METH accumulates in various sites in the body, but the lungs seem to accumulate the highest concentrations, says Martinez, which could well impact how the lung responds to invading pathogens.

To study the impact this accumulation might have on , Martinez and his colleagues injected with doses of METH over the course of three weeks, then exposed those mice to the C. neoformans fungus. In humans, C. neoformans initially infects the lungs but often crosses the blood-brain barrier to infect the central nervous system and cause meningitis. In their experiments, METH significantly accelerated the speed with which the infected mice died, so that nine days after infection, 100% of METH treated mice were dead, compared to 50% of the control mice. 

Using fluorescent microscopy to examine lung tissue in METH-treated and control mice, the researchers found that METH enhanced the interaction of C. neoformans with epithelial cells in the lining of the lung. Seven days after exposure to the fungus, the lungs of METH-treated mice showed large numbers of fungi surrounded by vast amounts of gooey polysaccharide in a biofilm-like arrangement. METH-treated mice also displayed low numbers of inflammatory cells early during infection and breathed faster than controls, a sign of respiratory distress.

Martinez says this greater ability to cause disease in the lung may be due in part to simple electrical attraction. Their analysis shows that METH imparts a greater negative charge on the surface of the fungal cells, possibly lending them a greater attraction to the surface of the lung and an enhanced ability to form a biofilm that can protect its members from attack by the immune system. The fungus also releases more of its capsular polysaccharide in METH-treated mice, which can help the organism colonize and persist in the lung.

“When the organism senses the drug, it basically modifies the polysaccharide in the capsule. This might be an explanation for the pathogenicity of the organism in the presence of the drug, but it also tells you how the organism senses the environment and that it will modify the way that it causes disease,” Martinez says.

But the fungus doesn’t stop in the lungs. “The drug stimulates colonization and biofilm formation in the lungs of these animals,” says Martinez. “And this will follow to dissemination to the central nervous system by the fungus.”

C. neoformans in the lung moved on to the bloodstream and then into the central nervous system. The brains of METH-treated mice had higher numbers of C. neoformans cells, greater quantities of the fungus’ polysaccharide, and larger lesions than control mice, indicating that METH has a detrimental effect on the blood-brain barrier, permitting the pathogen to cross more easily from the bloodstream to infect the central nervous system.

“METH-induced alterations to the molecules responsible to maintain the integrity of the blood-brain barrier provide an explanation for the susceptibility of METH abuser to brain infection by HIV and other pathogens,” write the authors.

Martinez and his colleagues plan to follow up on the work by investigating how aspects of the immune system might be involved in changes the drug causes to the blood-brain barrier.








RIVERSIDE, Ohio (WDTN) – “Never dreamed in a million years when she left the house tonight that something like this was going to happen. Ever, “ said Lucinda Blithe, a resident of the Riverside neighborhood shaken by the fire that started just before midnight on Saturday night.

Fire crews were alerted by a neighbor to heavy smoke coming from a home in the 300 block of Elverne Avenue.

When crews arrived on the scene, the house was engulfed in flames. People on scene initially reported residents were trapped inside the home. Firefighters attempted a search but were unsuccessful due the intensity of the flames and heat. Fortunately, a short time later it was confirmed by police that everyone made it out safely.






“Crews knocked the fire down rather quickly,” said Riverside Fire Department Battalion Chief Joseph Greil.

The flames caused significant damage. The house is considered a total loss.

The renters of the property were not home at the time. The home and the renter’s children were being looked after by two adults, one of which, was taken into custody for questioning at the scene.

“I didn’t know a meth lab was in the basement,” Lucinda Blithe told 2 NEWS. “The 15-year-old that lives here, The people that were watching the house were into that and his parents didn’t know it.”

The fire is believed to have started in the basement area, but the state fire marshal and police are investigating.

“Everything is gone; a litter of puppies died; their house is burnt up; they have nothing to come home to except for their two kids, and thank God they all got out safe,” Blithe said.

Unfortunately, two of the family’s dogs did not make it out of the house before the fire consumed the home. The Humane Society did recover five other dogs safely.

“This is a quiet neighborhood. It’s always peaceful, everybody is family-oriented here,” Blithe added.

The fire remains under investigation.







Three people are facing multiple charges after a battery investigation turned into a massive meth lab bust.

It all unfolded around 6 a.m. Saturday morning when Rochester police were called to a home in the 900 block of Park St. where three men were reportedly attacking someone with a baseball bat.

When officers searched the house, they found evidence of an extensive meth-making operation, along with seven dogs, ranging from adults to small puppies – several appeared to be malnourished.

Fulton County Animal Control removed the dogs and the Indiana State Police Clandestine Laboratory Team responded to the scene to aid in the drug clean-up.

Police say the amount of drugs discovered inside the home was extreme.

Beverly Hile of Rochester was arrested for manufacturing methamphetamine within 1000 feet of a preschool, possession of an illegal drug lab within 1000 feet of a preschool, possession of methamphetamine within 1000 feet of a preschool, unlawful possession of a hypodermic needle, maintaining a common nuisance and possession of paraphernalia.

Clifford Smith of Rochester was arrested for manufacturing methamphetamine within 1000 feet of a preschool, possession of methamphetamine within 1000 feet of a preschool, possession of an illegal drug lab within 1000 feet of a preschool, and visiting a common nuisance.

Catherine Heiden of Rochester was arrested for manufacturing methamphetamine within 1000 feet of a preschool, possession of an illegal drug lab within 1000 feet of a preschool, possession of methamphetamine within 1000 feet of a preschool, and visiting a common nuisance.

The investigation if still ongoing, with the chance for additional preliminary charges to be come down.







LEXINGTON COUNTY, S.C. — A joint Lexington County law enforcement task force has broken up another illegal meth lab and arrested six people – three men and three women, the county sheriff’s department announced Sunday.

So far this year, the Lexington law officials have broken up some 44 meth kitchens and arrested 66 people, including the latest six. Meth, which can be snorted, sniffed or injected, is an addictive drug whose repeated use can induce serious mental and physical deterioration.

This latest lab was discovered around 10 p.m. Friday night when deputies who went to a home at 1473 Redmond Road smelled a strong chemical odor that they recognized from training as being an indicator for a meth lab, Sheriff Jimmy Metts said in a press release.

On entering the home, deputies found thick haze, trash related to meth production and a video surveillance system, he said.

Facing meth-related charges are: George Edward Brinson, 41, of 1465 Redmond Road, Lexington; Terri Lee Egert, 52, of 172 Buck Corley Road, Lexington; Trudy Rene Escue, 33, of 150 Clermont Lakes Drive, Lexington; Konni Linn Owens, 41, of 223 Mimosa Drive, Gaston; Robert Eric Owens, Jr., 18, of 223 Mimosa Drive, Gaston; and Anthony Carl Rowell, 46, of 940 Glenn Street, West Columbia.

Brinson, Egert, Escue, Konni Owens and Robert Eric Owens, Jr., were being held at the Lexington County Detention Center on bail totaling $30,000 each, Metts said.

Rowell was being held on Sunday at the county Detention Center on bail totaling $60,000.

Brinson lived at the house. Robert Owens is the son of Konni Owens, Metts said.

Metts asked anyone with information about illegal drug activity in Lexington County to call the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department at (803) 785-8230 or CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

Redmond Road is located about in a rural area about four miles south of I-20 and four miles west of the town of Gaston.


Ascension Parish deputies arrested three people Friday after conducting a drug raid in Gonzales.

One suspect remained in the Ascension Parish Jail on Sunday night.

Cabot Black, 27

 Laura Aucoin, 27

Joshua Skidmore, 33



Deputies conducted a drug raid at 12469 La. 44, Gonzales, after learning of drugs being sold at the house and discovered 2 ounces of meth, 2 ounces of black tar heroin and 200 Xanax pills, Lt. Col. Bobby Webre said.

Cabot Black, 27, and Laura Aucoin, 27, both of 12469 La. 44, were each booked with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Both were out of jail Sunday on a $65,342.50 bond.

The third person, Joshua Skidmore, 33, 14100 Montfort Drive, Dallas, was booked with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute heroin, possession with intent to distribute Schedule IV drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was in jail in lieu of a $135,342.50 bond.

The investigation is ongoing and deputies think more arrests will be made.







HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania has signed on to a nationwide registry that tracks buyers of ephedrine medication.

The registry is in an attempt to crack down on methamphetamine and meth labs.

House Bill 602, signed by Gov. Tom Corbett in early July, enrolls Pennsylvania in NPLEx, short for National Precursor Log Exchange. The database aims to aid law enforcement by tracking people who buy medication containing ephedrine, which can be used to make methamphetamine.



Medicine with pseudoephedrine or ephedrine is often used to treat sinus congestion. Because it can also be used to cook meth, Congress passed laws in 2006 banning over-the-counter sales. Consumers in Pennsylvania, like in other states, must show photo identification to buy the medicine, stored behind the counter or stored in locked cabinets. This information is then logged into a national database.

But NPLEx takes it further by tracking, in real time, who is buying which drug, and how much that person is buying. The notifies the retailer selling the medication if the individual bought ephedrine elsewhere, with the idea of preventing purchases surpassing the legal limit of 3.6 grams a day.

Pennsylvania, per the legislation, doesn’t have to pay to implement the exchange. It’s financed by the Consumer Healthcare Products Association, a trade group for pharmaceutical interests.

Pennsylvania is the 29th state in the nation to join the system.

The bill passed during the budget season frenzy in late June. Bill sponsor Rep. Marguerite Quinn, R-Bucks, in a memo to lawmakers said, “NPLEx not only stops illegal sales in real time, it also provides law enforcement with an effective way of using the records already required by state and federal law to identify meth cooks.”

But NPLEx has its share of critics, partly because it doesn’t prevent a willful meth cook from finding his supplies. In St.Louis, a meth-making ringleader found ways around the system by having people buy legal amounts of pseudoephedrine and re-selling the boxes for inflated prices.

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., recently called on the Drug Enforcement Agency to send help to smaller police departments struggling with a rise in meth use.

“Meth is putting a serious strain on families, communities and our police departments in Pennsylvania,” Casey said in a statement. “The DEA has incredible resources that need to be leveraged for our local police so that communities can better combat meth use and the increasing use of mobile meth labs.”

In May, a meth lab caused an explosion in Carbon County. Investigators believed a second lab was nearby.

Statistics from the Pennsylvania Criminal Intelligence Center showed meth lab discoveries increased recently over three years. Police found 28 in 2008, 39 in 2009 and 65 in 2010.







PAW PAW, MI — Jewel Dailey doesn’t sugarcoat it.

The last three years have been difficult. It hasn’t been easy confronting and conquering her demons. But Dailey says if she didn’t do it, she may be in jail, prison — or dead.

Dailey, of Paw Paw, was addicted to methamphetamine for 16 years before she entered the Van Buren County Drug Treatment Court Program.

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Jewel Dailey speaks at a past Community Recovery Bash in Paw Paw



“The program changed my life, it saved my life,” Dailey said.

Dailey spent much of her adult life making, selling and using a drug that was slowly killing her. Meth robbed her of her marriage, her children and her health.

But the drug she once spent so much time producing, she is now fighting to stop. In 2011, Dailey founded MethCapital, a nonprofit organization that raises money for Van Buren County Drug Court.

MethCapital’s main fundraiser the past two years has been the Community Recovery Bash, which has brought in $40,000 for the drug court.

This year the event has changed its name to “Festivalooza.” It will be held Saturday, Aug. 3 at Paw Paw Middle School and will feature a 5K race/walk, live music, food, silent auction, contests, games, kids’ zone, dunk tank and inflatables.

The proceeds will benefit drug court and other organizations dedicated to helping fight the battle against meth.



Dailey’s addiction to meth began during a difficult point in her life. Her mother had recently died and she wasn’t dealing with it well. She was at a party where everyone was doing the drug, so she tried it.

And that’s all it took. One line of meth and she was hooked.

“It made me feel good. I felt like I could cope better, but that was all a lie,” Dailey said. “A short time later I was walking away from a brand new home and a marriage.”

It wasn’t long before she began manufacturing and selling the drug to support her habit.

Walking out on her children, several stints in jail and seeing friends burned in meth lab explosions weren’t enough to get her to seriously pursue sobriety.

“It’s a drug that’s so powerful that it changes the way you think. It alters everything about you,” Dailey said.
Road to recovery

In December 2009, Dailey was riding in a car containing a meth lab that was stopped by police. She was charged with possession of methamphetamine. In court, she was offered the chance to avoid another trip to jail by enrolling in drug court.

“I didn’t really want to be there, but I didn’t want to go to jail,” Dailey said.

The drug court program was a long, difficult road for her.

“It’s a very intense program. Sometimes throughout the program, you almost think, ‘I would rather be in jail,'” she said. “I was coming from a life where if things get hard, I just use.”



Dailey cut ties with her friends who used meth, began going to church and developed meaningful relationships that encouraged her in her recovery. It was during this time that she came up with the idea for MethCapital.

Dailey said one day she was getting ready for church when she saw a vision from God of a stop sign. She said God told her to “stop the meth madness.”

She didn’t have the resources to do anything on her own so she approached Fresh Water Community Church in Paw Paw, which helped her get the organization off the ground.

Since forming MethCapital, Dailey has spoken to students about meth, mentored women in the drug court program and raised thousands of dollars for drug court. She also has reestablished relationships with her children, earned her GED, gotten a job and recently purchased a Habitat for Humanity home.

She graduated from the program last year in what she says was one of the greatest accomplishments of her life.

Southwest Michigan, meth capital


Dailey’s battle with methamphetamine is not a unique one in Southwest Michigan, which is the hotbed in the state for meth production.

According to an MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette investigation earlier this year, Van Buren County is second only to Kalamazoo County in meth lab busts. According to Teresa French, program coordinator for the Van Buren County Drug Treatment Court, 60 percent of the programs’ enrollees are addicted to meth.

Dailey said when she speaks in classrooms about the dangers of meth, she asks the students how many of them know someone who uses the drug.

“It’s amazing how many hands go up,” she said. “Meth is a big thing, and it is very powerful.”

But that doesn’t discourage Dailey.

“They need to see someone who has beat it, to show them a different way of life,” she said.







BANGKOK, 28 July 2013 (NNT) – Three men have been arrested in Chiang Mai Province with 100,000 pills of methamphetamine while they were trying to smuggle the drugs into Bangkok and its vicinity.

Drug suppression police arrested 3 men in front of a school in Mae Ai District of Chiang Mai. These men were caught smuggling 100,000 methamphetamine pills. After a quick interrogation, one of the smugglers named Somchai Somjai, 25, confessed that he was acting as a delivery man who would pick up the drugs in the border area and deliver them to the other 2 men who were waiting in Mae Ai District, where all the 3 men were nabbed.

According to the police, the drugs were to be kept in Chiang Mai before being picked up by a drug network member, who would then smuggle them into Bangkok and its vicinity. In return, the suspects would receive 10,000 baht each for the delivery.

The police have charged them with possession of narcotics.







ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – According to court documents, an inmate was caught with meth in her mouth.

Martha Armendariz, 48, was in court Sunday on drug charges.

Inmate caught with meth in mouth

Corrections officers were giving Armendariz medication when they saw aluminum foil package inside her mouth. She wouldn’t spit it out so guards used pepper spray on her.

A test showed the substance in that package was meth.


The woman accused of operating a methamphetamine lab and causing a house fire July 15 is scheduled in central court Tuesday.

Josie Lee McCormick, 33, of 153 West Main St., Apartment 1, Waynesboro is charged with liquefied ammonia gas: precursors and chemicals; operating a methamphetamine laboratory and illegal dumping of methamphetamine waste, and causing or risking a catastrophe.

According to the criminal complaint, officers were notified at 8:08 p.m. July 15 that there was a fire at 153 W. Main St. and that people were jumping out of the windows. When officers arrived on scene they were told that someone was still in the building, so two officers went in through the front door. Finding no one, they were forced out by smoke.

An arson investigation was called for to determine if the fire was intentionally set. The investigating officer went in and found “several items consistent with the manufacturing of methamphetamine including, but not limited to the following: cut open lithium batteries, plastic tubing, two liter plastic bottles, boxes of ephedrine, brake fluid containers and hydrogen peroxide containers,” according to court documents.

A search warrant was served and numerous items were taken as evidence. In addition to “numerous ingredients to make methamphetamine,” a recipe/instructions to produce methamphetamine was also seized.







A man was caught cooking methamphetamine in an area motel after St. Charles County Drug Task Force members raided his room, police said.

Michael Roy Abshier II, 28, of the 100 block of Morrow Drive in St. Ann, was charged Thursday with manufacturing a controlled substance, possessing marijuana and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

Michael Roy Abshier II, of St. Ann, was charged with making methamphetamine in a hotel in St. Charles.

Michael Roy Abshier II, of St. Ann, was charged with making methamphetamine in a hotel in St. Charles

A Drug Task Force member reported Abshier became the focus of an investigation, and officers saw he entering the Rodeway Inn at 3800 Harry S Truman Blvd. carrying a large backpack.

Police said detectives saw Abshier unpacking the backpack, which contained a one-pot meth lab, chemicals and items used to make meth, and syringes.

The backpack also had 95 pseudoephedrine pills, less than 35 grams of marijuana and a marijuana pipe. Police said Abshier admitted the other items were his, but not the 95 pseudoephedrine pills, according to a police report. A woman in the room said they were not hers.

Police said Abshier had several active warrants for traffic tickets and stealing, and has numerous arrests and convictions for DWI, distributing and manufacturing meth and tampering.

Abshier is being held in St. Charles County jail. Bail was set at $50,000, cash only.







Hong Kong authorities said on Monday they had arrested two women in possession of more than a dozen kilograms of crystal methamphetamine at the city’s airport.

The women, sisters aged 27 and 31, were seized Sunday at Chek Lap Kok airport on their way to Clark in the Philippines.


Authorities have arrested two women in possession of more than a dozen kilograms of crystal methamphetamine at Chek Lap Kok airport

Airport authorities discovered they were carrying 14.5 kilograms of “ice”, according to a customs official, who withheld their nationality.

The drugs, worth HK$10.9 million, were found concealed inside false compartments of three suitcases carrying men’s clothing, Customs Drug Investigation head Hui Wai-ming told reporters.

“The weight of the suitcase was a bit abnormal,” Hui said, adding that the drugs could have been sold for more than two times the Hong Kong price in the Philippines.

Crystal methamphetamine creates a feeling of euphoria and increased confidence but hallucinations and paranoia are potential side-effects. It has become a drug of choice for young addicts in Asia.

Under Hong Kong law, manufacturing and trafficking dangerous drugs carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment and a fine of five million Hong Kong dollars.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Federal drug charges have been filed against three northwest Missouri residents after one of them called law enforcement to report that his roommate had threatened him.

Anthony Grayson, 29, called the Ray County Sheriff’s Office on July 16 and said he feared for his life because a man living at his home, Glenn DiFalco, 50, had a gun and had threatened him, prosecutors said Tuesday.

While officers were talking with Grayson about half a mile from the Excelsior Springs home the three shared, DiFalco and Clarissa Nelson, 44, drove toward them before turning around and taking off. Officers pursued the pickup truck and took the two into custody.

Investigators found a BB gun and drug paraphernalia inside the pickup, but it was so full of debris and clutter that officers couldn’t adequately search it, according to a probable cause statement. The vehicle was towed to a secure lot and was searched the next day.

Officers went to Grayson’s home and saw numerous items of drug paraphernalia in plain sight, prosecutors said. They also found glassware with drug residue, tubing, written instructions for converting pseudoephedrine pills and a suspected explosive that Grayson later admitted was a “booby-trap” device.

During a search of DiFalco’s truck, officers found nearly 80,000 pseudoephedrine hydrochloride pills, three bags believed to contain ground-up pills, smoking pipes, handwritten recipes for various methods of making methamphetamine, a laptop computer and three cell phones, prosecutors said.

Grayson, DiFalco and Nelson all were charged with conspiracy to manufacture 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.

None of them had obtained an attorney as of Tuesday afternoon.








GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge has set an October trial date for one of two men arrested after authorities found a bomb in a car at a state prison in Leakesville.

Scott Jenkins Waits, of McHenry and John Harberson, of Carriere, were arrested after officers at the South Mississippi Correctional Institution found a pipe bomb in a vehicle June 1.

A federal judge recently scheduled Waits trial for Oct. 7. He has pleaded not guilty.

Harberson is scheduled to plead guilty Wednesday.

Authorities say Harberson had driven a woman to the prison to visit an inmate.

Harberson told agents he and Waits had built the pipe bombs from aluminum flashlight bodies, shotgun shells, black powder and candle wax. He said he forgot it was in the car.

The woman was charged in state court.

Corrections officials have said they don’t think the bomb was intended to be used at the prison.

MDOC says a trained dog found the bomb. A search also found a machete, two knives, and tobacco in the car.

After interviewing Harberson, federal agents arrested Waits and searched his home. They allegedly found bomb-making materials including aluminum flashlight bodies, smokeless explosive powder, shotgun shell casings, candles and tape that all appeared to be the same as those used in making the pipe bomb.

U.S. Magistrate John Roper ordered Waits held without bond Tuesday, citing Waits’ positive drug tests for marijuana and methamphetamine, the four guns and bomb-making materials found in his trailer, and lack of a job. Agents allege that Waits is known to make methamphetamine, and Harberson told agents he and Waits had consumed the drug.








A 44-year-old man charged with having a meth lab in his Allentown home gave up his right to a preliminary hearing on Friday and will face Lehigh County Court.

Chad M. Kleppinger faces six drug offenses related to the search at his Walnut Street apartment in March. On Friday, he waived his case before District Judge Wayne Maura.

Two troopers with the state police’s Clandestine Lab Team went to the apartment of Kleppinger and Kimberly A. Quier in the 800 block of Walnut Street on March 26 and asked them if they could search, according to court records.

Both allowed the troopers to search and they found a methamphetamine lab, police said. Police said Kleppinger and Quier were both in possession of lithium metal, ammonium nitrate and pseudoephedrine used to make methamphetamines.

Court records do not say what led them to the apartment.

Kleppinger and Quier, 42, were charged on June 24 with three counts of possession of chemicals with the intent to manufacture a controlled substance and one count each of possession with intent to deliver methamphetamines, possession of methamphetamines and criminal conspiracy.

He was sent to Lehigh County Prison while she was freed on unsecured bail. She has a preliminary hearing scheduled next month.







What started as  a shoplifting incident ended with an Atmore native and another suspect  behind bars on multiple charges after an active meth lab was found in the back of their truck.

Thomas Lord, 48, and Shanna Johnson, 32, were each charged with one count trafficking in methamphetamine, three counts possession of a listed chemical, and one count each of manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of drug  equipment, and shoplifting. Both are from Biloxi, MS, according to Pensacola Police. Lord, according to an arrest report, is an Atmore native and he provided a current address on Oak Street in Atmore when he was booked into the Escambia County Jail.


Sgt. Marvin Miller, who supervises the Pensacola Police Department’s Vice & Narcotics Unit, said the trafficking in methamphetamine charge carries a minimum mandatory prison sentence of 25  years plus a $500,000 fine.

The incident occurred around 11:55 a.m. at Wal-Mart at 2650 Creighton Road. Lt. Chuck Mallett was finishing an extra-duty job at the store and was following the suspects by vehicle after they took some spark plugs and a drill from the store without paying for  them. Officer Patrick Burns responded to the area and the suspects’ truck was stopped north of  Creighton Road.

While searching the truck for the stolen drill and spark plugs, the ingredients and equipment for making methamphetamine were discovered in the truck bed. Approximately 13 ounces of a liquid containing methamphetamine were found in the truck, Miller said.

In addition to the ingredients and equipment, methamphetamine was actively reacting in the truck in two bottles, which had the potential to have exploded if left unattended because of the pressure build-up inside the bottles, Miller said.










RILEY COUNTY, Kan. — On Friday July 26, 2013, Riley County Police Department in conjunction with The Kansas Bureau of Investigations, Junction City Police Department, Geary County Sheriff’s Office, Salina Police Department, Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office, and the Saline County Sheriff’s Office, executed several arrest and search warrants related to ongoing investigations into area crime, to include the distribution of illegal narcotics.

During a series of 13 search warrants many items were seized, to include drug paraphernalia, illegal narcotics, and weapons. A total of 17 subjects were taken into custody and arrested for the following.

Marvin E. Berroth II, 47, Smith Street, Manhattan
·     Arrested on Riley County District Court Warrant for Distribution of Methamphetamine. Bond $10,000.
·     Arrested on charges of: Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Psilocybin Mushrooms, Possession of Felony Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Misdemeanor Drug Paraphernalia, and Criminal Possession of a Firearm.  Bond $25,000

Jacob A. Norman, 26,  Greenfield Circle, Manhattan
·     Arrested on charges of: Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Bond $2,500

Denaal L. Thompson, 29, S. 15th Street, Manhattan
·     Arrested on Riley County District Court Warrant for Distribution of Methamphetamine and Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine.  Bond $10,000.

David W. Bonney, 28, 2500 Farm Bureau Road, Manhattan
·     Arrested on charge of: Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute.  Bond $5,000

Gregory B. Kloppe, 28,2500 Farm Bureau Road, Manhattan
·     Arrested on charge of: Possession of a Controlled Substance.  Bond $2,000.

Tracy L. Koontz, 23, 2500 Farm Bureau Road , Manhattan
·     Arrested on charge of: Possession of Controlled Substance.  Bond $2,000

James L. Ellis, 23, Kings Road, Manhattan
·     Arrested on charge of: Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Bond $2,000.

Currin M. Ayer, 25, 2500 Farm Bureau Road, Manhattan
·     Arrested on charge of: Endangering a Child.  Bond $1,000.

Deborah S. Bedard, 49, Roever Road, Manhattan
·     Arrested on charges of: Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Bond $2,500.

Ashley D. Brandon, 31, North Lake St., Riley, KS
·     Arrested on charges of: Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Bond $3,000.

Jason M. Hicks, 31,  N. Juliette Ave., Manhattan
·     Arrested on charges of: Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Bond $2,500.

Betsy L. Fox, 39, Tabor Valley Road, Manhattan
·     Arrested on charges of: Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Bond $3,000.

Melissa M. Tisdale, 30, Chicago Avenue, Manhattan
·     Arrested on charges of: Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Bond $3,000.

Jesse J. Fox, 24, Redwood Place, Manhattan
·     Arrested on charges of: Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Bond $3,000.

Delores K. Mulanax, 54, Redwood Place, Manhattan
·     Arrested on charges of: Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Bond $1,500.

Regann K. Steinhauer, 21, Topeka
·     Arrested on charges of: Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Bond $3,000.

Eric J. Tucker, 27, S. Clay Street, Junction City
·     Arrested on Riley County District Court Warrant for Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute, Distribution of Methamphetamine, and Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine.  Bond $10,000.

Riley County Police anticipate additional arrests to be made. As a result of these investigations, officers came into contact with eight children who were taken into police protective custody and later placed with juvenile intake.

The Riley County Police Department and its staff would like to thank the surrounding jurisdictions involved as well as the Riley County Attorney’s Office for their assistance in making this endeavor possible.









Calexico, California – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Calexico downtown port of entry arrested a U.S. citizen after discovering approximately $315,000 worth of methamphetamine concealed within the vehicle she was driving.

The incident occurred yesterday, July 24, at about 11:45 a.m. when a canine team was screening vehicles and the detector dog alerted to a grey 2005 Kia Rio as the driver waited in line for inspection. Both driver and vehicle were escorted to vehicle secondary for further examination.

CBP officers conducted an intensive inspection, which included the use of x-ray equipment that led to the discovery of 15 wrapped packages of methamphetamine hidden in the rear quarter panels of the vehicle. The weight of the narcotic was 21 pounds.

The driver, a 21-year-old female resident of Mexicali, Baja California, was turned over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents for further processing. The driver was later transported to the Imperial County Jail where she currently awaits arraignment.

CBP seized both the vehicle and narcotic.










WOOD COUNTY (KYTX) – On Thursday, July 25th,a traffic interdiction team of the  Sheriff’s Office, led by Captain Miles Tucker arrested Felipe Serrato and  Beatrice Rodriguez of Kaufman.

Beatrice Rodriguez

Beatrice Rodriguez

Felipe Serrato
Felipe Serrato

Investigators had been conducting an  investigation into the individuals regarding delivery of methamphetamine into  Wood County. Investigators set up a traffic interdiction on Hwy 80 and made  contact with the individuals,  leading to their arrest.

Serrato and Rodriguez  were charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver – over 4  grams, under 200 grams – which is a first degree felony. Approximately 30 grams  of methamphetamine was found in the vehicle and confiscated.

Investigators also  seized a vehicle and a large amount of cash as a result of the  arrest.








A two-month undercover drug investigation led to the arrest of four men in Villa Park, police said Friday.

Police made the arrests after undercover detectives met about 5:30 p.m. Thursday with Arthur Goodman and Remy Martin to purchase methamphetamines, authorities said.

Remy Martin Remy Martin
Arthur Goodman Arthur Goodman
Christopher Strubin Christopher Strubin


Joseph Strubin Joseph Strubin
During that meeting at a location in Villa Park, brothers Joseph Strubin and Christopher Strubin arrived and were observed buying methamphetamines from Goodman and Martin, police said.

Goodman, 34, of the 8100 block of 44th Street in Lyons, and Martin, 42, of the 300 block of Pocahontas Trail in Lake in the Hills, both have been charged with felony unlawful delivery of a controlled substance.

Joseph Strubin, 30, and Christopher Strubin, 32, who both live on the 0-100 block of Black Walnut Trail in Palos Park, have been charged with felony unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

All four men were being held Friday at the DuPage County jail. Goodman and Martin are being held on $250,000 bond each. The Strubin brothers each are being held on $15,000 bond.

Thursday’s operation was carried out by the DuPage County Sheriff’s Tactical Narcotics Team, Chicago police and the Woodridge Police Department’s TAC unit.