Comments Off on Methamphetamine traces in state house for sale

Housing New Zealand has tested 19 of its houses in Wanganui for the presence of methamphetamine after traces of the drug were found in three properties.

The houses, in various parts of the city, were among those the corporation was offering for sale under its FirstHome programme, aimed at making it easier for people to get into their first home.

The Chronicle has learned that a Wanganui woman and her partner were looking at buying a house in Wembley Place but were suspicious because some of the carpet had been removed and the interior newly-painted.


In an email to a number of MPs, including Labour housing spokesman Phil Twyford, the woman said she spent $250 on tests to see if the property had been used as a meth lab. Those tests were positive and showed slight to moderate levels of methamphetamine.

She was not prepared to spend another $4000 to have more extensive testing done and, although she had entered into a sale agreement with the corporation, said she was working with her lawyer to have that revoked.

“We then requested pre-emptive testing which confirmed the presence of methamphetamine in two locations in the house,” Mr Bosch said.

He said there were two phases of testing for methamphetamine. The first is a pre-emptive test that determines whether it is present or not; the second is a comprehensive test (including air and surface testing) that determines the level of contamination and results in recommendations for repairing the property.

Mr Bosch said readings of less than 0.5 micrograms per 100sq cm were deemed safe.

“Readings of 0.5 micrograms per 100sq cm or greater indicate steps must be taken to make the property safe for habitation, if that’s possible.”

Remedial measures can range from specialised cleaning through to re-fitting a property or even demolition.

On April 8 the corporation requested comprehensive testing of the property and preliminary results indicated the presence of meth at a negligible level of less than 0.02 micrograms per 100sq cm. The air test results are pending.

Mr Bosch said on the same day the prospective purchaser was offered the opportunity to exit the sale and purchase contract they had signed.

“As this is the third instance of methamphetamine being identified in a Wanganui house we have on the market, we have been trialling a pilot programme in Wanganui that will test homes for methamphetamine to determine whether they are fit for sale on the open market,” he said.

“The 19 Wanganui properties already listed with real estate agents will have been tested by April 17. No sale and purchase agreements will be entered into until the properties have received a clear (negative) test reading.

“To date we’ve tested seven vacant properties in Wanganui with three positive readings for the presence of methamphetamine. We’re still awaiting results for one property.”

Mr Bosch said Housing NZ placed great importance on the safety of its properties and tenants and would not knowingly place a methamphetamine-affected property on the market.



Comments Off on Suspected Methamphetamine labs found in Oneida County; Carrie Steinmetz, 46, Scott Dumpprope, 40, Gerry Frederick, 38; and Thomas Franz, 55, arrested

WAUSAU (WAOW) – The Oneida County Sheriff’s Department says two suspected labs for making methamphetamine were discovered in the search of a rural Rhinelander home.

Four people were arrested following an undercover operation, Lt. Dan Hess said Wednesday.

Hess said those arrested on suspicion of various drug charges included the home’s owner, Scott Dumpprope, 40, and three people who were there “making the stuff” – Gerry Frederick, 38; Thomas Franz, 55; and Carrie Steinmetz, 46.

No charges had been filed Wednesday.

Hess said a “small amount of methamphetamine” was seized at the home. during Tuesday’s search.

No other details were immediately released.



Comments Off on Stefani Buzzell, 35, Mark Bohannon, 39, and Jerry Shelley, 32: 3 people arrested at Methamphetamine lab in Vero Beach

Three people are facing charges after being accused of running a meth lab in Indian River County.

Jerry Shelly, Stefani Buzzell and Mark Bohannon were taken into custody at a methamphetamine lab Tuesday as the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office continues its efforts against the spread of the illegal drug.

VERO BEACH, Fla. — Three people were taken into custody at a methamphetamine lab Tuesday as the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office continues its efforts against the spread of the illegal drug.


“It’s a steady problem for the county,” Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Eric Flowers said. “It’s not growing or shrinking, but we’re focused on it because it’s the most dangerous problem we have right now.”

The dismantled lab in the 400 block of Seventh Place, Vero Beach, was the second one investigators tackled this year in Indian River County. Sheriff’s personnel, working with municipal and federal authorities through the Multi-Agency Crime Enforcement unit, took down three in 2013.

Investigators went to the home — owned by a woman who was convicted less than a year ago of manufacturing methamphetamine — about 7 p.m. Tuesday with a search warrant based on evidence of drug activity there. They knocked, but no one answered, the affidavits state.

After several knocks, the team forced its way in through the front door and found two men in the kitchen, along with supplies for cooking meth, investigators said.

Those supplies, which include household cleaning chemicals, acids and medications, can make for a highly combustible combination. When a lab is found, a specialized team from the Drug Enforcement Administration enters to carefully collect the evidence, officials said.

The public can help in the ongoing battle by keeping an eye out in their neighborhoods or the checkout counter, Flowers said.

“We encourage people to call us if they notice unusual activity or traffic near their homes,” he said. “Businesses can help us if they observe someone purchasing odd amounts of chemicals.”

Jerry Shelley, 32, Mark Bohannon, 39, and Stefani Buzzell, 35, were taken into custody as part of Tuesday’s bust and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine. Buzzell was charged in May with the same crime. She plead no contest and spent six months at the Indian River County Jail.

Authorities also discovered a meth lab in the 1400 block of 39th Avenue in mid-February and made one arrest.

Meth-making doesn’t always happen in the confines of a home.

In November, deputies discovered a backpack containing a portable cooking device for meth outside Indian River County Charter High School.

Comments Off on Investigation leads to Methamphetamine drug arrests of Katherine Cody and Alexander Wilson at the Albany Bulb

ALBANY — Two campers on the Albany Bulb were arrested on April 10 for possession of illegal drugs. Police served a narcotics search warrant on the camp occupied by Katherine Cody and Alexander Wilson at 7 a.m., according to a news release from Albany police.

According to the release, Cody was found to be in possession of “in excess of 12 grams of methamphetamine concealed in her clothing.”

She was also found with “a quantity of ‘tar’ heroin” among her possessions. The search of the campsite also found a digital scale, packaging materials and paraphernalia for “both smoking and injecting illegal drugs.”

Cody was arrested for possession of methamphetamine for sale, possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia. Wilson was arrested for possession of methamphetamine. Both were taken to Alameda County Jail.

The arrests came after an undercover investigation. The release stated, “Investigation of controlled substance sales and use at the Albany Bulb has become a priority for the Albany Police Department due in part to the number of methamphetamine-related arrests, incidents or other associated activity tied to persons camped on or frequenting the Bulb.”

Field work by patrol officers led to an investigation by detectives of narcotic sales on the Bulb that the department said led to Cody.

“Her arrest comes after multiple ‘controlled’ purchases of methamphetamine from her, which allowed officers to present evidence to a Superior Court judge who in turn authorized a search warrant,” according to the release. “Cody’s arrest is a significant blow to the methamphetamine dealing and use that is regularly taking place on the Bulb.”

Several dogs were found at the campsite and were placed in custody of Berkeley Animal Control. Cody owns three of the dogs, according to the release, and two of those have bite reports at the waterfront on file. The release gave no indication who owned the other dogs picked up.

Albany police have been stepping up enforcement of drug laws on the Bulb as part of the city’s efforts to clear the Bulb of campers so it can be turned over to the East Bay Regional Park District as part of Sylvia McLaughlin Eastshore State Park. The district won’t take the land until the homeless population that lives there is removed.

The Albany City Council voted last year to begin enforcing the city’s anti-camping ordinance at the Bulb, while also allocating funds to try to secure housing for those living there. A handful of the estimated 60 campers living on the Bulb have been placed in housing. A temporary shelter has been set up at the waterfront, but only one to three people use it on a given night.




Comments Off on More Wagner residents indicted on Methamphetamine charges; total indicted now up to a dozen

WAGNER, South Dakota — Authorities are continuing efforts to crack down on the methamphetamine trade on the Yankton Sioux Reservation in southeastern South Dakota.

U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson says a federal grand jury has indicted a group of seven people on drug charges including conspiracy to distribute meth. A group of five people was indicted last December.

The effort to crack down on meth use on the reservation picked up steam in 2012 when a 2-year-old girl died in a home where authorities said meth was prevalent.

Then-Wagner Police Chief Jim Chaney also resigned that year for covering up his girlfriend’s meth use.



Comments Off on Carrie A Steinmetz, 46, Gerry R. Frederick, 38, Thomas E. Franz, 55, and Scott J. Dumpprope, 40, arrested in Methamphetamine bust in Oneida County

On Tuesday, April 15, the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office, along with members of the Rhinelander Police Department, Northcentral Drug Enforcement Group (NORDEG) and the Wisconsin Department of Justice continued an investigation involving the use, manufacture and delivery of controlled substances, specifically methamphetamine.

Events surrounding this investigation led to the execution of a State Search Warrant and to the arrest of four individuals. Gerry R. Frederick, 38, Thomas E. Franz, 55, Scott J. Dumpprope, 40, and Carrie A Steinmetz, 46, for multiple charges including by not limited to Conspiracy to Manufacture Methamphetamine, Maintaining a Drug Dwelling, Delivery of Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of THC and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Several other arrests are anticipated as a result of this investigation.

These arrests are part of an ongoing controlled substance investigation by the Northcentral Drug Enforcement Group (NORDEG) Task Force. Participating agencies in this investigation included the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office, the Rhinelander Police Department, the Wisconsin Department of Justice and the Oneida County District Attorney’s Office.




Comments Off on New data show Mexican Methamphetamine is a growing threat in Texas. It’s a horrible drug in every way


New data reinforces the assertion that the powerful stimulant, methamphetamine, continues to be a growing threat in Texas.

And the threat comes from drug gangs who manufacture meth in Mexico and smuggle it across the Texas border.

A growing number of clients at state-funded drug treatment programs identify themselves primarily as meth-heads, according to data gathered by the Texas State Department of Health Services and released to The Dallas Morning News.

Here’s the trend: In 2011, 2,375 abusers seeking treatment said meth was their primary drug of choice. In 2012, the number rose to 2,766 and then dramatically increased to 3,739 in 2013. These numbers represent a 57.4 increase during three years, but they do not include data on illegal drug abusers who sought treatment through their insurance companies or with their own cash.

The state health department data also show that the percentage of rehab clients who identified meth as their primary drug rose from 6 percent in 2011 to 10 percent in 2013.

Reliable, up-to-date statistics on illegal drugs are hard to gather, and it’s a dicey proposition to connect those data to what might be happening on the streets of Texas. But the three-year period from 2011-2013 roughly coincides with a time period when Mexican drug cartels began shifting their business away from cocaine and toward methamphetamine.

The DEA estimates that 90 percent of the meth sold in Texas is made in Mexico. So, it follows that the vast majority of the addicts in those state health department statistics were strung out on Mexican meth.

The reasons for this proliferation are simple. The Mexicans can manufacture and sell meth without bringing in Central and South American partners to supply the coca paste or the finished powder cocaine. Unlike coca and marijuana crops, which are subject to plant diseases and bad weather conditions, meth is purely a chemical mix.

And, perhaps most importantly, meth gives the user a longer-lasting buzz than cocaine and it costs about the same — $100 a gram.

National statistics compiled by DEA suggest the meth problem is trending up throughout the United States. In calendar-year 2010, the DEA seized 2,187 kilograms of meth; 2,481 kilos in 2011 and 3,898 in 2012. This represents a 78 percent increase during that three-year period.

These DEA numbers represent only a fraction of the meth confiscated by other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies with drug enforcement responsibility. Each agency keeps its own numbers. So, the total amount of meth confiscated during those years is much larger than the DEA numbers indicate.

The Mexican meth epidemic — if one may call it that — is scary in many ways. The drug cartels [often based in the Mexican states of Guerrero and Michoacan] send their dealers into Texas disguised as typical families: husband, wife, couple of kids. They embed themselves in Spanish-speaking enclaves such as the neighborhoods west of Love Field in Dallas.

The gang’s smugglers bring the meth across the border in liquid form, hidden in gas tanks and other containers. When it arrives in Texas, they deliver it to the “typical family, which uses its home as a makeshift laboratory to convert the liquid into solid “shards,” which look like yellowish ice.

These families are now popping up throughout rural Texas but no one knows the numbers. Common sense tells us the Mexican drug gangs, like any good business leaders, are hot on expanding their market by linking up with Anglo and African-American criminal gangs.

Meth is a terrible drug. It addicts the regular user quickly and harmful health effects can erupt with a vengeance. Admittedly, not too many people care whether a meth head’s teeth fall out or his liver and kidneys get damaged. It’s his own fault.

But people do care when the addict breaks into their home to steal stuff or sticks a gun in their face to rob them of a few dollars. Law enforcement agencies identify meth as a drug most likely to lead abusers to commit both property crimes and violent crimes.

A few months ago, I interviewed a 41-year-old woman struggling to recover from years of meth addiction.

Meth gave me everything I never had: beauty, intelligence, increased focus and energy at work and the social skills to fit in and be popular,” she said. “It was powerful.”




Comments Off on Physical therapist, Craig Wood, 44, of 51 Erdmann Lane, Wilton, accused of bringing Methamphetamine into court

STAMFORD — A physical therapist, who filed a civil suit to retain partial ownership of a Fairfield County business, was caught trying to bring crystal methamphetamine into state Superior Court in Stamford prior to a hearing Monday, authorities said.

Craig Wood, 44, of 51 Erdmann Lane, Wilton, was charged by State Police with possession of narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released after posting $2,500 bond.

According to a report from the state judicial marshals, Wood came though the metal detector at the entrance to the courthouse at 9:05 a.m. and set off an alarm indicating he had something metallic near his lower leg.

The marshal asked Wood to pull up his pant leg and noticed a bulge in Wood’s sock. Wood told the marshal, “it’s just a pen top.” Wood then pulled a gray pen top out of his sock and handed it to the marshal. The marshal found a clear red baggie inside the pen top, the report said.

When asked what the object was, Wood told the marshal that he was there for a “corporate matter” relating to a civil suit.

Wood was then taken to the court lockup to await a state trooper called to investigate the matter. The trooper tested the contents of the small plastic bag, which came back positive for crystal methamphetamine. Wood was then taken to the Troop G barracks in Bridgeport where he was processed for arrest.

Wood’s Stamford-based defense attorney, Mark Sherman, declined to comment on the specifics of the case, but said the allegations have not been confirmed by the state laboratory.

“We will respond to the allegations at the appropriate time and look forward to a quick resolution and dismissal of these charges,” he said.

According to the civil suit filed by Wood, he is a minority shareholder in a holding company that owns Moore Physical Therapy Services LLC, which has five physical therapy centers employing 25 people in Darien, Wilton, Stamford and the Southport section of Fairfield.

Wood, a state certified physical therapist and president and chief operating officer of the holding company that owns the business, claims in his suit that other shareholders — also physical therapists at the centers — have come together to force him out without cause. The suit claims they are also trying to force out Robert Moore, the chief executive officer.

The suit says the other shareholders wanted a buyout but set an unreasonable price on the shares, and there were insufficient assets to fund the buyout



Comments Off on Angelica Marie Williams, 24, Aleia Maria Herndon, 30, and Thomas Edward McArdle, 33, arrested after Methamphetamine lab house fire injures 6-year-old child in Orangeburg County

ORANGEBURG COUNTY, SC (WCSC) – Investigators in Orangeburg County have arrested three people after a meth lab house fire in Eutawville injured a 6-year-old child.

The Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office arrested 33-year-old Thomas Edward McArdle, 30-year-old Aleia Maria Herndon and 24-year-old Angelica Marie Williams. Authorities say 24-year-old Steven Nathaniel Cornell is also being charged in the incident and is being held at the Berkeley County Detention Center on an unrelated charge.


The arrests stems from an incident on April 7 when deputies responded to a home on 107 Cypress Shore in reference to a fire at a camper which was reportedly caused by a hot plate.

According to investigators, a hot plate was not found at the residence, but components for cooking methamphetamine were located at the home. Authorities report that four children were in the home during the fire, and a 6-year-old child was injured.

Herndon and McArdle were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, with all four charged with unlawful neglect of a child or helpless person.



Comments Off on Geannine M. Gieger, 35, and Billy J. Lawman, 39, caught making Methamphetamine at the Sunshine Inn of Daytona Beach

A man and woman are facing multiple charges after police found them making meth in a motel, officials said.

Daytona Beach police received a tip that a pair staying at the Sunshine Inn of Daytona Beach at 1234 S. Ridgewood Ave. were making meth inside their motel room, police spokesman Jimmie Flynt said.

geannine gieger Billy J. Lawman

Officials arrived shortly before 4:30 p.m. Monday and seized about 200 grams of meth oil and finished product as well as chemicals to make the drug, less than 20 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, Flynt said.

Geannine M. Gieger, 35, and Billy J. Lawman, 39, are charged with manufacturing meth with a child present, possession of listed chemicals and a felony drug offense.

Gieger also is charged with trafficking in 28 to 200 grams of amphetamine and a misdemeanor drug offense, records show. Gieger is being held at the Volusia County Branch Jail without bail for violating conditions of previous charges.

Lawman also is charged with leasing/renting a structure to manufacture or traffic a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, records show. Lawman is being held at the jail with bail set at $63,000.



Comments Off on Investigators find Methamphetamine lab at North Charleston hotel room; Rebecca Beach, Brooke Boerman and Justin Michael Greene arrested

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) – Investigators say officers discovered a meth lab at a hotel room in North Charleston on Tuesday.

The North Charleston Police Department responded to the InTown Suites on Rivers Avenue in reference to a disturbance.


Police say when officers arrived they detected a “foul odor” coming from a room that eventually was determined to be evidence of a meth lab. The room was secured and cleared by the NCFD.

According to investigators, several ingredients used to make methamphetamine were found in the room.

Authorities arrested Justin Michael Greene, Brooke Boerman and Rebecca Beach and charged them with attempting to manufacture meth.




Comments Off on Methamphetamine addict, Jeremiah Burkhart, says Lincoln hotel standoff was cry for help

LINCOLN, Neb. —A man who held police at bay inside a Lincoln hotel room for five hours last week said the standoff was a plea for help.

A man who barricaded himself inside a Lincoln hotel for several hours Thursday is now in custody.

“I was doing crazy stuff just to do meth,” said Jeremiah Burkhart.

In his fifth-floor hotel room, Burkhart and his friend, Kevin Gaylod, did a lot of drugs. During the five-hour standoff, the two did eight grams of meth.

Burkhart didn’t want deputies to find it, so they used it.

“So we sat there and shot every last bit of that up,” Burkhart said.

Burkhart served six years in prison for assault. This time deputies wanted him for forgery and identity theft.

“The only way I could take care of the warrants was to call the cops, so I them tipped that I was in a hotel,” he said.

Burkhart said the tip was actually a meth addict’s cry for help.

“I’ve been trying to get help ever since I got out of prison. All the state wants to do is throw your ass in jail,” he said.

“The idea that he was tipping people off in this situation is not uncommon. The visuals can drop hints, they can discuss it openly and they can be a little more indirect about it, but they will ask for help in certain ways,” said Kevin Kaminski, director of behavioral health operations at Catholic Charities of Omaha.

Catholic Charities said former addicts often turn to drugs after prison to deal with the stressful transition to life outside the walls.

“Finding employment or being able to bond other people isn’t there, so it’s more than one issue at hand, especially for those individuals who are coming out of prison,” Kaminski said.

Burkhart said his addiction landed him on that fifth-floor balcony.

“I just told them I was extremely high and if they came in there, I didn’t know what I would do to myself. I would probably jump out of the window because that’s what I just kept looking out and thinking I just wanted peace of mind,” Burkhart said.

While authorities used a flash grenade and SWAT team to assist in ending the standoff, it was some friends who ultimately convinced Burkhart to surrender. No weapons were found on him, and Burkhart said he didn’t threaten anyone but himself.

Burkhart faces charges of resisting arrest and obstructing police.



Comments Off on Methamphetamine house busted in Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS — Neighbors say they’re concerned, after investigators found more than they’d expected when they executed a search warrant in Southwest Minneapolis.

Investigators say members of the North Star Fugitive Task Force were serving a search warrant on a man wanted for possession of drugs and theft when they discovered ingredients used for methamphetamine. No one has been formally charged but several people were arrested.


“They found what appeared to be a meth lab and there was also a distinct odor of strong irritants in the air that irritated the officers eyes,” said Todd Loining, a commander with the Minneapolis Police Department. “There is no danger to anybody in this community. We have worked very diligently to get the necessary teams in there to get those teams removed.”

Neighbors say the suspected illegal activity based on the volume of traffic at the home located on on the 5000 block of Abbott Ave. during the past year.

“At night, we just knew that something was not right with all the activity going on in the alley with all of the trucks coming and going,” said one neighbor who asked us not to reveal her name. “I am very happy that it is finally all over with.”

Tuesday afternoon, police returned to the home to make sure it was secure. A sign warning people about potentially hazardous substances on the property greeted people as they drove by. Dozens of people drove by the home during the short time KARE 11 was in the neighborhood.

Larry Rieger, who lives in neighboring community, was among the group of people examining the home. Nestled between junk in the yard there were old plastic soda bottles, cleaning supplies and a plastic tube. Those are just some items used in the production of meth.

“It was unbelievable! This is southwest Minneapolis, Edina border town,” Rieger said. “Crime doesn’t come here. I don’t even lock my doors. When I got to bed the doors are locked but in the day they are open. They’ve been that way for 22 years.”

Authorities say that contrary to belief, illegal drugs enter all communities, but they say meth has declined.

“Today we are seeing a lot of heroin and crack cocaine,” Cmd. Loining said. “Meth is still very prevalent in the city, however, it seems like a lot of this stuff is being manufactured outside of the city.”

Meanwhile, a housing inspector will walk through the residence to determine whether or not it’s safe for living.



Comments Off on Natchitoches man, 34-year-old Gene Calvin Richard, accused of transporting Methamphetamine into Rapides Parish

Rapides Parish Sheriff’s detectives, who had been watching a Natchitoches man for several weeks whom they suspected of transporting meth into the parish, arrested the man Wednesday at a business near Interstate 49, according to a release.

Gene Calvin Richard

Detectives had established leads weeks ago that the suspect, 34-year-old Gene Calvin Richard of 170 Sisson Road in Natchitoches, “regularly transported several ounces of methamphetamine into Rapides Parish,” according to the office’s release.

Richard was under surveillance on Wednesday as he drove into the parish on I-49. Detectives approached him at a business near I-49 and Airbase Road, where Richard allowed detectives to search his vehicle. Detectives found a quarter-pound of meth inside, according to the release.

Richard was arrested and was booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center. He was charged with possession of meth with intent to distribute and later was released on a $10,000 bond.

Methamphetamine is routinely sold for $100-$120 per gram to end users, but can be purchased by the ounce for between $1,200-$1,600, making a street resale value of this seizure over $13,000.00,” reads the release.

According to the release, detectives have identified some of Richard’s potential buyers, and the investigation is continuing.




Comments Off on 58-Year-Old woman accused of hiding Methamphetamine ‘ice’ in her luggage on flight from China to Sydney

A Sydney woman will face court today accused of trying to smuggle about five kilograms of methamphetamine or ‘ice’ into Australia, hidden inside her luggage.

The 58-year-old woman arrived on a flight from China last weekend.


Customs officers selected her for a routine baggage examination only to discover her luggage was unusually heavy – despite being empty.

An x-ray uncovered a white crystalline substance concealed in the bag’s lining.

Further forensic testing will be carried out to determine the exact weight and purity of the substance.

The woman has been charged with importing a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug.

She will appear in a Sydney court today.

If found guilty, she faces a maximum penalty of life imprisonment or a fine of up to $1 million.



Comments Off on Speeding stop smokes out rolling Methamphetamine lab on Interstate 75; John Fairchild Wilson of Monticello, Ky., arrested

A volatile rolling drug setup was located Monday morning in a traffic stop on Interstate 75.

Bartow-Cartersville Drug Task Force agents were called at 10 a.m. to mile marker 301 on I-75 south after a Georgia State Patrol trooper located components of a rolling methamphetamine lab, DTF Commander Capt. Mark Mayton said.

John Fairchild Wilson of Monticello, Ky., was traveling south in a Chevy pickup when the trooper clocked Wilson going 93 in a 70 mph zone. The trooper discovered Wilson’s license were suspended and placed him under arrest. While searching Wilson, meth was found on his person, Mayton said.

A search of the vehicle located a meth lab in the rear of the pickup.

“They found some items they were suspicious of that were consistent with the manufacture of methamphetamine,” Mayton said. “As a result of that, we responded to the incident location and found stored items that were having exothermic reactions.”

The lab, while mobile, was not actively “cooking” meth.

Bartow County Fire Department was called to the scene and erected a canopy to protect the mobile meth lab from the elements.

Mayton said the items present responded violently when exposed to water.

“The rain was not helping us at all,” he said.

Wilson was arrested and charged with speeding, driving with suspended license, driving under the influence — drugs, no insurance, manufacturing meth and trafficking meth.




Comments Off on Lafayette Police arrest Randy Long, Robert McKendrie, Sobhi Hindi, Justin Logsdon, and Harvey Mossholder II in Methamphetamine lab bust

Lafayette Police officers arrested five people at about 1:42 a.m. in a home where they found a “One Pot” methamphetamine lab, according to an LPD press release.

Lafayette Police officers arrested

Officers arrived at a home in the 3800 block of Daisy Drive to respond to neighbors’ reports of suspicious activity. When resident Randy Long opened the door, officers smelled a strong order commonly associated with the manufacturing of methamphetamine.

Randy Long, Robert McKendrie, Sobhi Hindi and Justin Logsdon were arrested for conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine. Harvey Mossholder II was arrested for visiting a common nuisance.



Comments Off on Rock Hill man, Randal Miller, 27, stashed Methamphetamine in flashlight

— An anonymous tipster led police to a Rock Hill man who they say stashed methamphetamine in a flashlight Monday night, but then claimed that he was set up by a friend who gave him the tool because he planned to go camping, according to authorities.

Officers were sent to the CVS on Cherry Road after an anonymous caller told them there were drugs inside a red Chevrolet, according to a Rock Hill police report. The caller told police the drugs would be found inside a flashlight. Police found the suspect’s car and stopped it on Cherry Road, making contact with the driver, a 49-year-old woman. Officers asked the passenger, Randal Miller, 27, to step out of the car while they searched it.

The driver told police there was nothing illegal in the car, the report states. Police found a black mag-lite flashlight on the passenger’s side floorboard. An officer shook it and heard something sliding on the inside. He twisted off the cap and found a plastic baggie filled with methamphetamine. Miller told police the flashlight belonged to him. He was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine. He told police that he was set up. He said he went to a friend’s house on the Catawba Indian Reservation. While there, his friend gave him the flashlight because he planned to go camping.

He told officers he went to the CVS parking lot because he was waiting for a friend from Winthrop University. He maintained that he did not know meth was in the flashlight. Still, police took Miller to jail, where he was also charged with possession of methamphetamine within proximity to a school since he was within a half-mile of Winthrop.

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Comments Off on Orangeburg County Sheriff: Several charged after 6-year-old child burned by Methamphetamine lab fire in Eutawville

Several people have been charged after a 6-year-old was burned in a camper fire that officials believe started with a methamphetamine lab.

“Officers were called to 107 Cypress Shore, Eutawville, on April 7 at 6:47 p.m. in reference to a fire in a camper caused by a hotplate,” Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said in a release. “A hot plate was not located in the camper by the fire department, but components were located in the cooking of methamphetamine.


“Four children were in the home during the time of the fire. A 6-year-old was injured.”

Aleia Maria Herndon, 30, of 143 Dawsey Drive, Bonneau, has been charged with four counts of unlawful neglect of a child and one count of making methamphetamine. Thomas Edward McArdle, 33, of the same address is facing three counts of unlawful neglect of a child and one count of making methamphetamine.

Angelica Marie Williams, 24, of 107 Cypress Shore Road, Eutawville, has been charged with four counts of unlawful neglect of a child and is being held on $9,000 bond. Steven Nathaniel Cornell, 24, of the same address, is facing three counts of unlawful neglect of a child. He’s being held at the Berkeley County Detention Center.

Deputies were called to the camper fire on April 7. They found a 33-year-old man at a neighbor’s house running cold water over burns to his legs and arms. He said a hot plate in the camper caught fire, according to a Sheriff’s Office incident report.

A 30-year-old woman and the 6-year-old were burned as well. The woman sustained burns on her arms while the child suffered burns to her face and lip. The child was sent to the Medical University of South Carolina.

County fire investigators were called when deputies could not find a hot plate. Instead, they reported finding the components for making methamphetamine.

Photographs of the men arrested in the case were not available.




Comments Off on 30,000 pills of Methamphetamine seized in Mukdahan Province

MUKDAHAN, 16 April 2014 (NNT) – Police have confiscated around 30,000 pills of methamphetamine in the northeastern province of Mukdahan.

A 20-year-old man identified as Pongsathorn Wachirapairoj has been arrested in Nikhom Kham Soi District of Mukdahan Province while smuggling 30,000 meth pills. The man confessed that he was going to deliver the drugs to his client in his hometown, Nakhon Ratchasima Province. The man was traveling in a tour bus when he was arrested.

He said he would receive 45,000 baht upon the delivery of the drug. The culprit has been taken into custody and will be charged with possession of drug.

The police have been enforcing strict law against drugs especially during Songkran Festival when drug peddlers often look for distribution opportunities.



Comments Off on Warrior woman, Gina Mendiola, 28, arrested at Methamphetamine-lab bust in Sayre community

SAYRE — A Warrior woman has been arrested by Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputies as they discovered a methamphetamine operation early Sunday morning.

Deputies went to serve outstanding misdemeanor warrants for two men at a house in the 4300 block of Levine Avenue in Sayre. According to Chief Deputy Randy Christian, they found one of the wanted men, Eugene Marvin Ray, sitting in a chair in an outbuilding on the property. As he was arrested, deputies found meth on his person.


Ray was asked where they could find the other suspect, Richard Sloan. Ray told deputies that Sloan had left an hour beforehand. But when deputies looked behind a curtain in the outbuilding, they found an active meth lab. Deputies evacuated the outbuilding, and when they went to evacuate the adjacent house, they were told that a man inside had a handgun.

Deputies called out for those inside the house to come outside. Gina Mendiola of Warrior emerged, and said that three men were hiding in a back bedroom. But by the time the deputies got to the room, the men had gotten out through a window. One of the men, Cody Cuda, was caught as he tried to scale a fence; the other men escaped.

More meth, as well as prescription drugs and marijuana, were found in the bedroom. Narcotics investigators are processing the lab.

Mendiola, 28, was charged with two counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance, second-degree unlawful possession of marijuana and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. She is lodged in the Jefferson County Jail in lieu of bonds totaling $39,000.

Vuda was charged with two counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance, second-degree unlawful possession of marijuana and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, attempting to elude and resisting arrest. He is lodged in the Jefferson County Jail on bonds totaling $45,000.

Warrants are being sought against Ray for unlawful possession of a controlled substance and unlawful manufacture of a controlled substance.

The other two men remain at large.









Comments Off on Bizarre Methamphetamine Lab Bust Inside U-Haul Truck in Akron

AKRON– A meth lab is discovered in the back of a missing U-Haul truck.

Police were called to Vernon Odom Blvd. in Akron Monday afternoon after a stolen U-Haul was found.


The truck was stolen out of Tennessee, according to police, and the driver was already gone.

Authorities were called to neutralize the chemicals. They found four individual cooks and hydrogen chloride gas generators in the back.

Police said last year there were 200 meth lab busts in Akron.

Bizarre Meth Lab Bust Inside U-Haul Truck

Comments Off on Methamphetamine-carrying man, Douglas Anthony Moore, 57, who hurled metal onto Interstate 5 spends month in jail

It’s unclear why a 57-year-old man hurled a metal object onto Interstate 5 and into the path of a Portland police car, which narrowly avoided getting struck.

Nonetheless, the dangerous maneuver netted Douglas Anthony Moore almost a month in jail.


Moore, who has been behind bars since the March 17 incident, could be released later Monday. He was sentenced earlier in the day to one year of probation, drug treatment and a six-month driver’s license suspension.

He pleaded guilty in Multnomah County Circuit Court to methamphetamine possession. And as part of his plea deal, Judge Angel Lopez dismissed one count of throwing an object from an overpass.

Officers Thomas Marshall and Jasmine Sutton were traveling south on I-5 when Moore tossed the yellow metal object onto the freeway and into their path. Marshall, who was driving, slammed on his brakes to avoid hitting it. He then pulled over, and spotted Moore standing on the overpass.

They arrested Moore, who said “I’m sorry, I didn’t think I was going to hit anything,” according to a probable cause affidavit filed by the prosecution.

That’s when the officers also discovered meth on Moore.

Throwing things onto the freeway, of course, can cause serious injuries or even death. It’s a felony under Oregon law.

In November 2012, two University of Oregon students were injured after a 19-year-old man allegedly threw a large rock onto their car, which was traveling north on I-5. The rock hit the driver in the face and caused the car to roll over.

It’s unclear from court records what happened to the man accused in the incident.

In another incident from this past weekend, Oregon State Police are asking the public’s help in identifying the person who threw a cinder block from an I-5 overpass in Creswell. The cinder block struck the face of a passenger in a passing car Sunday.




Comments Off on Fulton neighborhood Methamphetamine house discovered; neighbors long suspected drug connection; Starlet Mae Johnson, 27, arrested

A raid on a Fulton neighborhood house on Friday led to the discovery of a functioning meth lab tucked into the basement, according to the Minneapolis Police Department.

The find, long suspected by neighbors on Abbott Avenue who reported seeing late-night visitors to the house with the junk-filled back yard, was confirmed by hazardous materials specialists from the Police Department and Fire Department.

“It’s not what we’re used to around here,” said a woman who lives on the same block. She asked not to be named for fear of the home’s owner.

The southwest Minneapolis neighborhood is known mostly for its epidemic of teardowns, and several brand-new homes can be seen up and down the block from the meth house’s front lawn.


The neighborhood’s median income of roughly $100,000 is twice that of the city as a whole.

Authorities were led to the house at 5137 Abbott Av. S. while searching for Jeremy Daniel Gonser, a 37-year-old Coon Rapids man wanted on warrants for drug possession and theft.

He was spotted outside the house at 11 a.m. Friday, and when he went back inside, officers followed.

The house smelled like chemicals, and officers’ eyes began to itch and burn, the police said. Five people, including Gonser, were taken out of the house and handcuffed on the front lawn.

A woman found inside the house, Starlet Mae Johnson, 27, of 4412 4th Av. S., was arrested on warrants for receiving stolen property, violating a domestic order for protection and a felony warrant out of Anoka County.

She’s been arrested five times in Minneapolis in the past year, police said.

Nobody found inside the house listed it as their address, police said.

The house does not pose a public safety threat, according to police.

Gonser has at least one prior drug conviction from 2011. He was charged with fifth-degree drug possession last year.

Methamphetamine ranks as one of the most commonly seized illegal drugs in the seven-county metro area, according to research by drug abuse expert Carol Falkowski.

Some 22 percent of drug seizures included meth in 2012, and that climbed to 32 percent for the first half of 2013.

Marijuana and cocaine were listed in about 18 percent of seizures in 2012 in the metro area, Falkowski reported.

Comments Off on Chance O. Daring, 44, told Beaverton police he smoked Methamphetamine with 17-year-old runaway girl at the Peppertree Inn

A 44-year-old man was arrested during the weekend at a Beaverton motel where he told police he smoked meth with a runaway teen and sexually abused her, court documents say.

Beaverton police officers received a tip about 9:15 a.m. on Saturday that the 17-year-old girl was at the Peppertree Inn, 10720 S.W. Allen Boulevard, with Chance O. Daring, according to a probable cause affidavit. The girl and Daring were found by officers in a room at the motel.


Officers discovered methamphetamine during a search of the room and Daring was arrested, the affidavit said.

Daring told police the drugs were his and that he had smoked meth with the girl several times since checking into the motel on Wednesday, the affidavit said. He also claimed engaging in a sex act with the teen, according to the affidavit.

Daring was booked into the Washington County Jail on charges of unlawful possession of methamphetamine, contributing to the sexual delinquency of a minor, sexual abuse and penalties for distributing a controlled substance to a minor.