JOPLIN, Mo. — Joplin police seized 43 grams of methamphetamine and arrested four suspects in a traffic stop early today in the parking lot of the Legacy Inn, 2830 E. 36th St.

Police said an officer on patrol recognized the driver of a vehicle as being someone with a revoked driver’s license and stopped to speak with him. Another man standing next to the vehicle ran into a motel room as the officer approached.

A consent search of the vehicle located several bags containing methamphetamine and a meth pipe. The total weight of the crystalline substance in the bags was determined to be worth about $3,700 at street-level prices. Police also seized almost $1,000 worth of cash allegedly found on the person of the driver, Jeremy McLean, 31, of rural Joplin.

McLean and two female occupants of his vehicle, Stephanie Crase, 22, and Misty Leeper, 24, both of Joplin, were taken into custody, along with the suspect who fled into a room, Travis Doty, 30, of rural Joplin, who is believed to have been an occupant of the vehicle prior to fleeing.

Charges of possession of meth with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia are being sought against all four suspects, police said. Leeper reportedly provided police with another woman’s identity. That was discovered later in the day and a charge or forgery was filed.

Crase also had an active warrant served on her for failure to appear in court on a felony count of possession of marijuana.



TUCSON – Border Patrol agents at the State Route 90 checkpoint confiscated drugs nestled inside a can of WD40, a release detailed.

A Customs and Border Patrol canine alerted agents to the drugs earlier this week when a car attempted to pass the checkpoint.

Agents discovered cocaine, meth and ecstasy in a false bottom of the WD40. The driver, a US citizen, was also charged with possessing marijuana.

The vehicle and the drugs were seized and the suspect was charged in accordance with Border Patrol procedures. Customs and Border Patrol officials say smugglers often use such techniques to hide contraband but rarely escape the nose of a trained dog.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – A Lake County Sheriff’s deputy on Thursday arrested a Sonoma man after a traffic stop that led to the discovery of a pound of methamphetamine, which officials said resulted in the largest single seizure of the drug in the county this year.

Luis Fernando Valdivia-Castellanos, 22, was taken into custody following the stop, according to Lt. Steve Brooks.

At 3:50 p.m. Thursday a patrol deputy working the Middletown area noticed a Mazda RX8 exhibiting several vehicle code violations and conducted an enforcement stop in the area of Highway 29 near Hidden Valley Road, Brooks said.

The deputy contacted the driver and solo occupant of the vehicle, who he identified as Valdivia-Castellanos. Brooks said the deputy noticed a butterfly style knife sitting on the front seat in plain view.

A sheriff’s narcotics detection K9 unit arrived on scene. Brooks said the deputy deployed his K9 partner to conduct an exterior sniff of the vehicle.

As the K9 approached the driver’s door of the vehicle, she produced a positive alert, indicating there was the odor of a controlled substance present. She also alerted on the trunk and passenger’s door, according to Brooks.


Luis Fernando Valdivia-Castellanos, 22, of Sonoma, Calif., was arrested on Thursday, October 24, 2013, after being found with a pound of methamphetamine in his car during a vehicle stop near Middletown


The deputy opened the door of the vehicle and let the K9 have access to the interior. Brooks said the dog immediately jumped in the back seat and alerted to the floor directly behind the driver’s seat.

Deputies conducted a search of the vehicle and located a laptop case sitting on the floor behind the driver’s seat. Inside the case was a plastic Tupperware container, which Brooks said contained one pound of crystal methamphetamine, which was seized as evidence.

Valdivia-Castellanos also had a total of $1,041 in US currency, which was seized pending asset forfeiture proceedings, Brooks said.

A pound of methamphetamine, more than $1,000 in cash and a knife were seized during a traffic stop by a Lake County Sheriff’s deputy on Thursday, October 24, 2013, near Middletown, Calif. The vehicle’s driver, Luis Fernando Valdivia-Castellanos, 22, of Sonoma, Calif., was arrested



Valdivia-Castellanos was arrested for possession of a controlled substance for sale and the transportation of a controlled substance. He was transported to the Lake County Hill Road Correctional Facility and booked, Brooks said.

Bail was set at $35,000. Jail records indicated Valdivia-Castellanos later posted the required percentage of bail land was released.

According to the Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force, this was the single largest methamphetamine seizure this year.

The Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force can be reached through its anonymous tip line at 707-263-3663.



The East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office has arrested 43-year-old Frank Ward of 9771 Jefferson Hwy., Baton Rouge after finding narcotics in an apartment he was staying in.

According to a report, on October 22nd deputies went to an apartment at 9771 to conduct a ‘knock and talk’ investigation around 10:15 AM.

A female at the residence opened the door and let the deputies in. The female told deputies that a man (Ward) was located in the back bedroom of the apartment and that they could speak with him.

Ward opened the bedroom door and deputies immediately noticed two spoons and a clear plastic bag on a table in the room. Deputies stated in the report that the spoons and bag contained a crystal-like substance, which was later discovered to be methamphetamine.

Frank Ward Baton Rouge Mugshot


Ward and the female were taken into custody upon the discovery of the drug paraphernalia and methamphetamine.

The leaseholder of the apartment arrived and told deputies that he has allowed Ward and the female to stay at the premises for several weeks. He also gave deputies consent to search the entire apartment.

The search turned up a bag containing approximately 2.5g of methamphetamine, a bag containing approximately .4g of heroin, a digital scale, spoons and ziploc bags containing methamphetamine residue.

Ward told deputies that he was solely responsible for the items found.

He was placed under arrest and charged with Possession of Schedule I Drugs (Heroin), Possession of Schedule II Drugs (Meth) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Ward was transported to EBR Parish Prison and is currently being held in lieu of a $10,500 bond.



OTTAWA — Police raided and dismantled a suspected meth lab in Williamsburg this week, arresting one man and recovering $15,000 and samples of various substances in the process.

On Wednesday, police served a search warrant at a “bungalow-style dwelling” on Forest Road in South Dundas Township, about 70 kilometres south of Ottawa.

Once inside, police discovered a sophisticated drug lab suspected of producing methamphetamine.

OPP, Cornwall police dismantle suspected meth lab in South Dundas Township

Police dismantled a sophisticated synthetic drug lab in Williamsburg suspected of producing methamphetamine




Members of the OPP’s Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau, various OPP detachments and Cornwall Community Police conducted the raid.

The chemicals recovered from the lab will be sent to Health Canada for analysis, police said in a release on Friday.

A woman who lives on Forest Rd. said a man moved into the raided house within the last year.

The woman, who asked not to be named, said she didn’t notice unusual activity at the house but the man who lived there behaved strangely at times. Neighbours had heard that he had mental health issues, she said,

“To find out that it was actually a crystal meth lab was a bit shocking,” she said.

The neighbour said nothing like this has happened before on the street, which has about 10 houses on it. She said she doesn’t feel unsafe after hearing the news.

“The neighbours all know each other and we all look out for each other,” she said.

Police arrested 29-year-old Philippe Raymond of Greely at the scene. He was charged with various drug offences and transported to court in Cornwall for a bail hearing.

Police were asking anyone with additional information to contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122.




FARGO, N.D. (AP) – A drug dealer accused of orchestrating a brutal attack on another man in western North Dakota has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.1448978463283ff

Jeffrey Butler, also known as Pops, pleaded guilty in April to kidnapping and conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Authorities say he ordered others to kill Robert Osterhout, who survived the attack.

Osterhout was beaten with brass knuckles, cut with a razor blade, kicked, strangled and shocked with a stun gun. He was then tied up, placed in the trunk of a car and transported to Montana, where he was left for dead.

Four other people are charged in the kidnapping on the oil patch. Nicholas Woodford was sentenced to 15 years and James Odneal received 12 years. Tyler White and Zachary Mills have pleaded guilty.




Methamphetamine labs can pop up anywhere

Posted: 26th October 2013 by Doc in Uncategorized

State police Cpl. Dennis Ulery said methamphetamine  labs have the potential to pop up anywhere because recipes for cooking “crank”  or “ice” — some of the street names for the drug — can be easily found on the  Internet.

Ulery educated emergency personnel on the fire and  explosive hazards of meth labs and the toll the synthetic drug takes on its  victims during a presentation this week, sponsored by the Morrell Volunteer Fire  Department.

Ulery, who worked as an undercover drug enforcement  officer for 17 years in Greensburg, told a crowd of about 50 people that meth  labs aren’t a huge problem in Fayette and Westmoreland counties at this time.

“But it’s just a matter of time before we see it in  our area,” he said. “We’re seeing it in Erie and Crawford counties. ”

The ingredients, which can be purchased for less than  $30, are also available at local pharmacies and grocery stores, he added.

“It’s easy for someone who wants to cook meth to walk  into a store and buy batteries, cold medicine, iodine, table salt, ammonia,  starter fluid, drain cleaner and other products they can use to make meth.”

Ulery said meth labs are extremely easy to assemble  and can be located in cars, trailers, homes, garages, barns, hotels or other  buildings.

He outlined various methods that are used to produce  meth, including the one-pot method that allows meth to be manufactured in  plastic bottles.

After discussing methods drug addicts use to produce  meth, Ulery outlined the dangers of fires and explosions.

“When the meth is cooking, it’s under a lot of  pressure,” Ulery said. “If the person who is cooking the meth opens the bottle  too quickly, it can cause a fire or an explosion.”

If police discover meth labs in Fayette County, Ulery  said fire departments will be contacted for assistance.

“We need to have fire departments present at meth lab  scenes because we never know what’s going to happen,” he said.

Someone can cook 2.1 to 3.3 grams of meth for as  little as $24.25. One gram of the drug sells for about $100 on the street.

“But it’s usually not sold on the street,” he said.  “Several drug addicts will get together to make the drug. Some of them will  visit the pharmacies to purchase the cold medication. There is usually one guy  who has the recipe and knows how to make it. He will cook the meth, and the  users will share it.”

Ulery said drug addicts who snort or shoot up meth can  die because of increased heart rates and body temperatures.

“When I first became an undercover cop 16 or 17 years  ago, heroin was the most addictive drug,” he said. “But now meth is actually  worse than heroin. Meth has a significant impact on the central nervous system.”

Ulery said meth use can cause euphoria, paranoia,  insomnia and loss of appetite, as well as aggressive and violent behavior.

After using meth three times, 90 percent of users  will become addicted, according to Ulery.

“Meth gives its users a sense of euphoria that is most  related to sex,” he said. “When someone has sex, 5 percent of dopamine is  released into the brain. With meth use, there is a 100 percent release of  dopamine. Drug addicts will continue to chase that high despite the  consequences.”

Ulery said long-term consequences of meth use include  fatal kidney and lung diseases, brain and liver damage, premature aging,  significant weight loss, mood swings and violent behavior.

“The effects that this drug has on someone’s body is  devastating, but addicts seek it out because it’s so addictive.”




HAMMOND– The fight against meth is an on-going one for authorities on the Northshore.

But detectives in Tangipahoa say the presence of a different version of the drug is picking up across the parish. That is called “Mexican ICE” methamphetamine. Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s detectives bought two pounds of it from a Baton Rouge man in a Hammond motel earlier this week.

Deputies say this type of meth is also called “glass” because of the way it looks. It contains more than just the usual store-bought ingredients that create the commonly-seen powder form of meth, which is usually made in small labs locally.

“This glass is taken from one other step, you add one other chemical to it, and it mainly comes from Mexico. That’s where it’s mass produced,” said an undercover agent with the sheriff’s office.

Detectives say one reason that they’re seeing this version of meth here on the streets of Tangipahoa Parish is because of the profit it turns out. For instance, selling it Tangi makes almost four times as much as a sale in Texas and California. That price hike reflects the high demand because “glass” is so rare away from the border. Also contributing to the rise in “glass'” presence is the clamp down on sinus pills needed for the mixture and the sentence if caught and convicted of making meth.

The agent said, “Manufacturing meth is a ten-year mandatory, no probation, no parole without benefit. ‘Glass’ methamphetamine is a possession charge or a possession with intent charge or a distribution charge; big difference. Ten years without benefit or five years with probation”

But detectives are confident they are making a dent in the meth business regardless of the type on sale any given day.

The man arrested in Tangipahoa Parish earlier this week is facing federal prosecution for possession with the intent to distribute over 500 grams of methamphetamines.



A Lewis Count SWAT team raided a Winlock home Thursday afternoon and arrested a former Longview couple on allegations of selling methamphetamine with two children present.

Michelle R. Holt, 34, and Patrick D. Edie, 49, were booked on allegations of possession of methamphetamine, delivery of methamphetamine and child endangerment after the raid at their home in the 700 block of Winlock-Vader Road. The couple is originally from Longview but recently moved to Winlock, said Lewis County Sgt. Rob Snaza.

The Lewis County SWAT team, assisted by Lewis County deputies and Pacific County detectives, seized nearly two ounces of meth, a large amount of cash and other drug paraphernalia, according to the sheriff’s office. Agents also found marijuana package for sales, and the couple may face charges related to that discovery, according to the sheriff’s office.

Snaza said the sheriff’s office had been investigating the drug activity for about a month before acting on Thursday.

The drugs were within reach of the young boy and girl, both under six years old, who are the children of Hole and Edie. Hole and Edie are not married but have been a couple for five years, Snaza said.

“During the sales of the meth, the children were present,” Snaza said. “At the residence you could tell that there was large amounts of marijuana at waist level within reach of a small child.”

Having the two children around the drugs and sales led to the child endangerment charge.

“Selling methamphetamine for your habits is one thing, but when you involve children that is where it is unacceptable. That is why we take it seriously,” Snaza said.



BENTONVILLE (AP) – Eleven people are charged and more than 20 pounds of methamphetamine were seized by authorities in northwest Arkansas in the break-up of what officials say is a major drug ring.

U.S. Attorney Connor Eldridge announced the arrests on Friday and said the defendants facing numerous methamphetamine-related charges.

Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent In Charge William Bryant says the investigation dismantled a major drug trafficking operation in Benton and Washington counties.

Agents seized six pounds of meth this week in the culmination of an investigation that started last year. The first arrest came in December, when Arturo Vaca-Raya of Springdale was caught with 15 pounds of methamphetamine. Vaca-Raya was sentenced last month to 40 years in prison.

Seven defendants are charged in federal court and four face state charges.



A Cal Fire chief was arrested during a bust for drug trafficking, Roseville police said.

Ronald Raymond Wright, 48, was taken into custody on Sept. 30 at a Roseville hotel on the 200 block of Harding Road, Roseville police spokesperson Dee Dee Gunther said.


Officers were working on a drug operation the night of Wright’s arrest. Wright, whose listed residence is out of Idaho, was arrested on charges of transporting meth, Gunther said.

Wright is a Cal Fire battalion chief based out if Auburn. Cal Fire spokesperson Daniel Berlant said Wright is using personal accumulated leave credits.

Berlant said Cal Fire takes these allegations “extremely seriously.”



Authorities arrested Petrolia resident Cory Wayne Reeves, 54, after he allegedly threw an ounce of methamphetamine out of a speeding car on Wednesday, according to a Ferndale Police Department release.

Officers attempted a routine traffic stop at the corner of Ocean and Wildcat avenues shortly before 1 p.m., when Reeves fled toward Petrolia, reaching speeds of 50 miles per hour, on narrow Wildcat Avenue, according to the release.

Reeves unsuccessfully attempted to pass a car in front of him, then allegedly threw a plastic bag out of his driver’s side window before pulling over, according to the release. Officers reported finding the bag, which contained an ounce of methamphetamine and more than $2,000 in cash.

Reeves was booked into county jail on suspicion of possessing methamphetamine for sale, transporting methamphetamine, possessing drug paraphernalia, driving without a license and attempting to evade a police officer.



LISBON – An East Palestine mother of five children was sentenced in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court Thursday to nine months in prison for her part in a methamphetamines making operation in New Waterford.

Jill R. Fulton, 38, West Martin Street, pleaded guilty in August to complicity to the illegal assembly of drugs.

According to her defense attorney, Doug King, her charges involved her need for taking meth herself. In order to get meth, she took money given to her by co-defendants and purchased pseudoephedrine pills with it.

“She was a user,” King said, “She was addicted and in order to use she had to buy pseudoephedrine. She was driven by her need to use drugs. She has never been in trouble before.”



STOCKBRIDGE — Agents with the Flint Circuit Drug Task Force and the Drug Enforcement Administration uncovered a stockpile of methamphetamine officials say was headed for the streets.

A team of drug agents on Wednesday executed a search warrant that yielded 12 pounds of suspected crystal meth, along with a meth lab that was in operation at the time of the raid.

Twelve pounds of suspected crystal meth, along with a lab allegedly being used to manufacture the drug, were obtained in a police search at a house in Stockbridge Wednesday. (Special Photo)

Twelve pounds of suspected crystal meth, along with a lab allegedly being used to manufacture the drug, were obtained in a police search at a house in Stockbridge


Three Hispanic men were arrested at the scene and charged with trafficking in methamphetamine and manufacturing a Schedule I or Schedule II controlled substance with the intent to distribute.

The DEA Clandestine Lab Team responded to the scene and supervised the clean-up of the alleged meth lab.

The investigation is ongoing.

Suspects Michael Ramirez, Sergio Alan Escamia-Moreno and Rafael Gonzalez Chavez were jailed on identical charges and will be held in Henry County Jail at least until a bond hearing in Superior Court, due to the nature of the charges.

Preliminary hearings for the three men were scheduled for Nov. 4 in Henry County Magistrate Court.




SOUTH JACKSON — Two people were arrested on Tuesday after narcotics investigators discovered a “shake and bake” methamphetamine lab in their home.

When officers entered the residence they found Lance Jason Taylor, age 30, and Tiffany Lucinda McBride, age 26 inside along with an inactive “shake and bake” meth lab.


Further search of the premises revealed additional precursors, reagents and equipment used to manufacture methamphetamine along with a small amount of finished methamphetamine, 6-Morphine pills, a digital scale and drug packaging materials.

Taylor and McBride are charged with Initiation of Methamphetamine Manufacture, Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance with Intent to Sell or Distribute and Felony Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Additionally, McBride has two outstanding arrest warrants in other jurisdictions.

Both, Taylor and McBride are currently being held at the Madison County Criminal Justice Complex where they await arraignment in Madison County General Sessions Court.

Anyone with additional information about this case or any other drug activity can call the Jackson Madison County Metro Narcotics Unit at 731-424-6485 or CrimeStoppers at 731-424-8477.



Investigators with the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at 13000 block of Highway 129 in Nashville early Thursday morning.

During the search, an active methamphetamine lab was discovered inside the residence of Keith Murray.



Howard Griffin Jr., Brandi Freeman, Allison Gaskins, and Keith Murray were inside the residence at the time the lab was found.


All four were arrested and are pending charges for Trafficking Methamphetamine.

Keith Murray was currently out on bond from when he was arrested on September 19th and charged with Trafficking Methamphetamine.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigations was contacted and responded to the scene to assist in the dismantlement of the lab.

Anyone with information about drug activity is encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Office at (229)686-7071.



DECATUR TOWNSHIP, MI — A Decatur woman was arrested Thursday morning on a drug charge and probation violation after authorities searched a house in the 42000 block of Evergreen Park Drive.

sheriff car.jpgAt approximately 9 a.m. the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit investigated possible narcotics activity taking place there, according to a news release from the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office. They found a small amount of methamphetamine residue and meth-smoking paraphernalia. 

The 33-year-old woman, on probation for a prior possession of methamphetamine charge, was arrested for a probation violation and possession of methamphetamine and lodged at the Van Buren County Jail.



A 39 year-old Abilene man is being held in the Taylor County Jail under bonds totaling $50,000, on two charges of 1st degree felony Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Deliver, and 1st degree felony Manufacture & Delivery of a Controlled Substance.

Christopher Lee Burkes was arrested on Tuesday after TCSO Narcotics Division Agents spotted him as he left a home in the 3000 block of South 11 in Abilene.

Officers knew that Burkes had two warrants for his arrest. At the time of this latest arrest, agents found two packages of methamphetamine on Burkes with a total weight of approximately 1.5 grams, along with two syringes containing a blood and methamphetamine mixture weighing approximately 6.5 grams.

Burkes then admitted to having a “meth lab” in the house he’d just driven away from on South 11. There the agents found an additional approximate amount of 20 ounces (566 grams) of methamphetamine in liquid form.

Because the home was within 1,000 feet of Oscar Rose and C.W. Gill city parks, Burkes’ Manufacture/Delivery charge carries a higher punishment upon conviction, as the offense occurred “in a drug free zone.”




A routine traffic stop led members of the Montgomery County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office to the discovery of 627 grams of methamphetamine with a street value of between $60,000 and $80,000.

Around 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 22, Pct. 4 patrol deputies initiated a traffic stop on a white PT Cruiser that was traveling northbound on U.S. Highway 59 near Northpark Drive after reportedly witnessing the driver exceeding the speed limit and driving aggressively, endangering other motorists.

As the PT Cruiser began pulling over, the deputies allegedly saw the driver making furtive movements, which continued after he stopped.

The deputies approached the driver and obtained his Mexican ID, in lieu of a driver’s license. After receiving consent to search the vehicle, the deputies reportedly discovered a shoe box in the passenger floor board area, containing a plastic bag filled with methamphetamine. The suspect, Ignacio Plancarte-Penaloza, 28, of Houston, was then placed under arrest.

He is charged with first-degree felony Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance.

Precinct 4 Constable Kenneth “Rowdy” Hayden said he was proud of the arrest and seizure.

“Whether that meth was headed for East County or somewhere else, it was going to be on the streets of someone’s neighborhood, raising the crime rate and destroying lives and families,” Constable Hayden said. “This case is a prime example of why interdiction is so important.”

The suspect is currently in the Montgomery County Jail with bond set at $500,000.


A 69-year-old woman has been indicted after sheriff’s deputies say she tried to use a Bible to smuggle drugs into the Jefferson County jail.

Carolyn Hebert Frioux, 69, of Fannett, went to visit her daughter in jail back in July. When deputies inspected the Bible she was carrying, they say they found meth.

The Jefferson County Grand Jury this week handed up a one-count indictment charging Frioux with possession of a prohibited substance in a correctional facility.

Frioux was booked then released after posting $8,000 bond.



Police recovered about $20,000 worth of stolen tools and computers along with 6.8 grams of meth just before noon Thursday at a duplex near Nevada Avenue and Brookside Street.

Police had served a search warrant for the residence at 311 Brookside St. as part of a fencing investigation.

Police said they will be contacting burglary and car break-in victims to see whether they can match them with recovered items.

According to police, the amount of meth recovered is indicative of distribution. One gram sells on the street for about $110. Police said arrests will be made when the investigation is complete.



TWIN FALLS – A woman named Pebbles Picabo Lindsay, 19, was arrested on suspicion of controlled substance possession after police said she told them she had a meth scale in her bra.

In general, I read more than a dozen police reports every week. I’ve read about drugs themselves stored in a some interesting places, and read about scales used for drugs hidden under pillows and in glove compartments, but I don’t think I’ve seen a scale hidden in clothing.

Lindsey Pebbles.jpg


Here’s what Twin Falls police officer Asmir Kararic’s report says happened:

On Monday, Oct. 21, at about 2:15 p.m., Kararic was dispatched to the 2000 block of Elizabeth Boulevard to find a man who had warrants out for his arrest from Lincoln and Jerome counties.

The man, Steven Steele Sorensen, 20, was seen standing outside an apartment building, but ran as soon as he saw the police vehicle approach.

Meanwhile, Pebbles was standing outside and told Kararic that the man who ran was named Shawn Gomez.

In my two years as a crime reporter I’ve learned it’s a really bad idea to lie to the police. (See Dylan Contreras, AKA Menace.)

After a short foot pursuit, Sorensen was caught, correctly identified and arrested for his warrants.

“I decided to place Pebbles under arrest for obstructing and delaying me,” Kararic wrote in the report.

Kararic brought Pebbles to the county jail where she told a jail deputy she had a meth scale hidden in her bra.

This is one place Pebbles probably went right. It’s a bad idea to try to throw or hide evidence as well and will probably lead to another charge.

According to the report, the jail deputy took Pebbles to a cell for a “thorough search.”

The deputy emerged and gave Kararic the black and silver digital scale, which had drug residue on it, the report says.

I’ve also learned it’s bad to carry around things with drug residue on them. No matter how little the amount, you’ll generally end up with a drug possession charge.

Kararic took the scale to the police station and tested it for meth, with a presumptive positive result.



LANSING – State Representative John Kivela (D-Marquette) has introduced House Bill 5088 as part of a bipartisan package of legislation aimed at battling methamphetamine production in Michigan. The bill would create a stop-sale notification through the existing National Precursor Log Exchange (NPLEx) for any individual with a felony drug conviction trying to purchase a product containing pseudoephedrine (PSE). Those with prior felony drug convictions would be required to obtain a valid prescription from a physician to override the stop-sale notification, but the legislation would not change the process for individuals without felonies on record.

“This is common-sense legislation when it comes to stopping the production of illegal drugs,” said Kivela. “Creating the stop-sale notification would take the ease of purchasing methamphetamine’s key ingredient out of the hands of convicted felons.”

Along with HB 5088, HBs 5089 and 5090 were introduced by Reps. Bob Genetski (R-Saugatuck) and Aric Nesbitt (R-Lawton), respectively. These bills work together to tackle what is called “smurfing” – an organized group purchase of PSE where all individuals buy only the daily, or 30-day, per-person limit, then combine the drug to make a larger quantity of methamphetamine.

“I greatly appreciate Rep. Kivela’s leadership on this issue,” said Genetski. “I am excited to work across the aisle and across Michigan’s two peninsulas to crack down on the surge of meth.”

Kivela, Nesbitt and Genetski worked together in a bipartisan fashion to create and co-sponsor these bills that will battle meth production around the state. After being introduced to the full House, the legislative package was sent to the House Criminal Justice Committee for consideration.

“It’s always an honor to work one-on-one with my colleagues when battling an issue as serious as the production of illegal drugs,” Kivela said. “If passed, this package of legislation will do a lot of good for our state.”



An Acton man was arrested Thursday morning on charges of possession of Crystal Methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute after investigators executed a search warrant at the man’s Willow Street residence.

According to the Acton Police Department, the APD Drug Unit, along with other local police departments, had been investigating David Dittmer for the sale and manufacturing of crystal meth since September.

David Dittmer, of Acton, has been charged with possession of Crystal meth and possession with intent to distribute. Photo courtesy of Acton PD

David Dittmer, of Acton, has been charged with possession of Crystal meth and possession with intent to distribute

That investigation culminated with the execution of a search warrant, seizure of a quantity of Crystal meth and arrest of Dittmer on Thursday, Oct. 24. Acton Police were assisted in the search by the DEA’s Clandestine lab team, DEA Enforcement Group, Massachusetts State Police and other local police departments, including Boxborough and Stow.

Dittmer, 38, of 172 Willow St., Acton, was arrested and charged with one count of possession of a Class B substance with intent to distribute (subsequent offense) and possession of a Class B substance.

The Oct. 24 incident was Acton PD’s first arrest for the possession of Crystal meth with intent to distribute, police said.



BANGKOK (AP) Thai authorities had arrested three suspects and confiscated 5.3 million tablets of methamphetamine in one of the largest such seizures in the country in recent years, police said Friday.

The narcotics suppression police arrested a suspected drug dealer Thursday night with 3 million methamphetamine pills in Petchabun province in Thailand’s upper central. It was a follow-up to a bust last Friday that saw two other members of the same drug network arrested and 2.3 million tablets nabbed, police Gen. Somyot Pumpanmuang said.

Authorities said the drugs were originally from Myanmar and were smuggled in Thailand’s northeast through Laos. They were destined for clients in Bangkok and neighboring provinces.

“This network of drug dealers has thorough connections, a lot of men in the field and has strong financial support, so they bring in millions of tablets each time,” Somyot said.

Thailand is a leading market and transit point for methamphetamine, much of which is produced in neighboring Myanmar.