Two traffic stops on I-24 in Coffee County on Monday yielded four pounds of ICE meth.

Authorities made three arrests from the two vehicles.

Leonel Garcia, Antonio Pena Morales and Arnulfo Sastre Cordova are facing meth charges in Federal Court in Chattanooga.

Agents said Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper George W. Stephens stopped a black Dodge Journey on I-24 westbound.

The vehicle was occupied by the driver Garcia. After Trooper Stephens approached the passenger side of the vehicle and explained why he had stopped the vehicle, the driver presented a Tennessee ID. Trooper Stephens went back to his patrol car and called BLOC (Blue Lighting Operation Center) to run the driver through its data base. BLOC advised Trooper Stephens that Garcia was revoked out of Oklahoma. Garcia was placed under arrest.

While conducting a search of the vehicle, officers located a cardboard box behind the driver’s seat. The box contained approximately four pounds of Methamphetamine ICE that was packed in four plastic containers.

Approximately one mile east of the traffic stop by Trooper Stephens was Trooper Brent McCawley. Trooper McCawley stopped a white Nissan Armada on I-24 westbound for speeding and following too close. The vehicle was occupied by the driver. Morales, and passenger Cordova.

It was found that Morales did not have a license to drive.

Cordova said that he had made three trips to Georgia including this trip. He said Morales would pay him a couple hundred dollars to make the trip. He said he was paid $200 the first trip and $300 the second trip.

Cordova said he, Morales and Garcia met an Hispanic male at the farmers market in Atlanta,  and the male gave Morales a cardboard box on Monday.

He said Morales instructed him to place the cardboard box in the back floorboard of the Dodge Journey, which he did. Garcia was the driver of the vehicle containing the methamphetamine.

Garcia said he had made two trips to pick up methamphetamine including this trip. He said he was going to make $1,000 to drive the methamphetamine back to Smyrna, Tn.

People’s Armed Police in Lincang city, Yunnan province China’s have found 1.6 kg of crystal methamphetamine concealed in a shipment of pumpkins, the China News Service reports.pumpkin-smash

The police at a highway cargo checkpoint stopped the truck packed with pumpkins at about midnight on Sunday. Police became suspicious when they found the truck was bound for Hubei, hundreds of kilometers away.

As the low-worth cargo would not justify the road transport cost for such a long journey, police ordered a thorough inspection they yielded six hollowed pumpkins containing the drugs. Another bag was found in a gap between the pumpkins.

Two suspects were arrested on the spot.

SAN JOSE — Officers uncovered a suspected methamphetamine lab inside a South San Jose apartment after a neighbor smelled something suspicious in the building Friday morning, according to San Jose police.

A resident of an apartment complex in the 4900 block of Cherry Avenue called police about 10:10 a.m. to report a strong odor from a nearby unit, police said.

Police tried to contact anyone inside the apartment, but it appeared to be unoccupied.

“Officers made entry into the apartment after there was no response at the front door,” police said in a news release. “Officers secured the apartment and, while doing so, they discovered material and chemicals consistent with a possible methamphetamine laboratory.”

The San Jose Fire Department’s hazardous materials team was summoned to tend to the chemicals.

A tenant for the apartment was not immediately identified or located, police said. The case remains under investigation.

28-year-old Shawnta Love Kirby of 37th Street SW in Hickory was arrested Friday (April 3) by Hickory Police Officers. She’s charged with felony possession of schedule I controlled substance, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of drug paraphernalia. 48e3e562fc488555ca60e6ad7b3cfbe9_S

Following the arrest, Kirby was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $21,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (April 6).

MINOT (AP) — Authorities have issued a warrant for a Minot woman accused of using meth and giving the drug to four other women while in jail.

Chelsea Nelson, 22, failed to appear in court Thursday for a preliminary hearing.

Nelson is charged with possession of a controlled substance by an inmate, a Class A felony that carries a 20-year maximum prison sentence.

Corrections officials in the town of New England ordered an investigation last fall into possible drug use by inmates at the Dakota Women’s Correctional Rehabilitation Center. Nelson and the other women tested positive for meth during the investigation.

Nelson had been released without posting bond on the condition that if she did not appear she would owe the state $10,000.

MIDDLETOWN — Police and fire crews are on the scene of a suspected meth lab at the Dixie Motel, in the 2700 block of Cincinnati Dayton Road.Motel-Meth-Lab-040315

Authorities were dispatched to the address about 2:15 p.m.

We have a crew on scene. We will update this report as we get information.

SAN ONOFRE – Nearly 42 pounds of methamphetamine was found in separate vehicle stops this week at or near the , authorities said.

Both busts were made on Wednesday, according to Payam Tanaomi of the Border Patrol’s public affairs office.sanonofre1

At around 10:30 a.m., agents patrolling north of the checkpoint stopped a 2008 Dodge Caliber driven by a 20-year-old man, who was later found to be carrying six packages of around two pounds each in the engine compartment, Tanaomi said.

Later that day, a drug-sniffing dog alerted agents staffing the checkpoint to a 2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser driven by a 39-year-old man, Tanaomi said.

The car was was flagged for a more intense inspection, which turned up nearly 30 pounds of meth in packages hidden in the passenger seat and rocker panels, Tanaomi said.

Tanaomi said both drivers were arrested and were turned over, along with the drugs, to Drug Enforcement Administration personnel. The methamphetamine seized in the two busts was valued at more than $418,000.–298598201.html

This stuffed Easter Bunny may be one of the strangest drug mules police in Oklahoma have ever nabbed.

Tahlequah City police on Friday intercepted the rabbit stuffed with a pound of meth, street value around $30,000.bunnyinternal151551

“We’ve intercepted narcotics in the mail before,” Police Chief Nate King told Fox23 in Tulsa. “The Easter Bunny I thought was a strange touch.”

Police hopped on the case when they learned the rabbit was in a package addressed to Carolyn Ross in Tahlequah.

A police dog in Tulsa County sniffed out the methamphetamine before the package was to be delivered to her home.

The station said an officer posed as a delivery man and went to Ross’ home to give her the package.

Ross allegedly confessed to knowing about the meth and is being held on $75,000 bond.

More people are trying to cheat their drug test in Hawaii and meth use is also on the rise.

According to results from workforce drug testing performed by Diagnostic Laboratory Services, synthetic urine use doubled from first quarter 2014 to first quarter 2015, but remained steady at 0.9 percent from last quarter 2014.

Synthetic urine is marketed as a way to mask drug use in tests.

“We are a little surprised to see the rising level of synthetic urine use because it dropped significantly after we found a way to detect it in 2010. I can only guess that there are new brands on the market, and people are believing the hype,” said Carl Linden, scientific director of toxicology at Diagnostic Laboratory Services, Inc.

Amphetamine use, more commonly known as meth, is up to 0.9 percent from 0.6 percent from last year, but did not show an increase from fourth quarter 2014 to first quarter 2015.

“It’s a disappointment. You see one drug go up, another go down, you know, it doesn’t ever seem to go away,” Linden said. “That’s one issue. Substance abuse doesn’t seem to go away.”

Marijuana use, the result that most frequently shows up in workforce drug testing, remains the same this quarter as last quarter 2014 at 2.5 percent. Opiate use was down from 0.4 percent to 0.2 percent, and cocaine has stayed in the 0.2 to 0.3 percent range for five straight quarters.

DLS’ quarterly sample size typically includes between 7,000 to 10,000 drug tests.

In 2012, Hawaii banned several categories of ‘legal’ synthetic drugs, such as bath salts, but they cannot be tested for in workplace drug testing according to federal and state law. However, if a physician orders it, tests for synthetic drugs can be performed.

Diagnostic Laboratory Services, Inc. is a medical testing laboratory that offers a comprehensive range of routine and esoteric testing services and the most sophisticated forensic toxicology and substance abuse testing services in the State of Hawaii. The company employs more than 500 people and has locations throughout Hawaii, Saipan and Guam.

SAN JOSE — Wearing loose sweatpants and sneakers, mothers Samantha Roberts and Beatrice Rodrigues kicked and pranced to a 30-minute kick-boxing video at Parisi House on the Hill, struggling to keep up with the perfectly toned bodies of the fitness instructors on the television screen in front of them.

It wasn’t just fitness or a slimmer figure that motivated their sweaty workout. This is their last chance to keep their children after repeated failures to quit drugs.i-PtjsPLj-L

When House on the Hill opened 15 years ago to help young mothers overcome drug and alcohol addictions, counselors employed traditional psychological therapies. But an uptick in methamphetamine abuse by young women has forced a change in the center’s approach. Many young women turn to methamphetamine in part because it suppresses appetite and helps them keep a slim figure. The workouts offer an alternative.

“I had a big, emotional reason for coming here,” said Rodrigues, 32, who lives at House on the Hill with the youngest of her five kids. “My kids were almost taken away from me.”

When Santa Clara County health officials recently looked into the drugs of choice of young mothers accepted for outpatient treatment for addiction, 57 percent named methamphetamine. Not even alcohol, marijuana or heroin came close in popularity. The survey from 2011 to 2014 looked at women 20 to 30 years old during pregnancy or around birth.

Terrie Miller, the Parisi center’s clinical supervisor, said she noticed the troubling change in their clientele about four years ago, with young mothers showing up oddly underweight.

“The girls we were getting were skinny,” Miller said. “Some of them wore size one or zero.”

But there are serious health dangers for those abusing the drug.

House on the Hill executive director Debbie Miranda said appetite loss and poor diets are common signs of “meth” abuse, as well as deterioration of the gums and teeth known as “meth mouth.”

“If they were eating anything at all, it was fast food and garbage,” Miranda said. “A lot of the girls already have bad teeth when they come here.”

Methamphetamine is a chemical drug that can be smoked, swallowed or injected. It often induces a sense of euphoria, increased energy and concentration.

Cheryl Berman of the Santa Clara County Department of Drug and Alcohol Services said methamphetamine emerged five or six years ago in the county.

“It’s a problem in certain pockets around the country,” Berman, “and we are one of those pockets.”

Rodrigues was only 15 when she first took meth to deal with a sister’s death, and used the drug on and off right through her last pregnancy only two and a half months ago. Because she had failed to see a doctor leading up to the delivery, the hospital asked for a blood test. The baby boy tested positive for meth.

“I guess I let them test the baby because I knew, deep down, that I couldn’t keep going on like that.”

Young mothers admitted to House on the Hill, which is almost always full and claims a recovery rate of 65 percent, stay from four to six months. Their daily routines include personal therapy sessions with counselors and group sessions on how to control anger, stay off drugs and raise children in a healthy way. The women can leave the center only for medical, court or other approved appointments. Cell phones and junk foods are not allowed.

To meet the meth challenge, the center moved the aerobic workouts to a multi-purpose room in a new residential building funded by San Jose businessman Joe Parisi.

The young mothers don’t seem to mind pushing couches out of the way or exercising on a carpet meant more for toddler play than kick-boxing. Most of them are exercising regularly for the first time since grade school.

Samantha Roberts didn’t have much of a choice.

She is on her second visit to House on the Hill after relapsing once and nearly losing custody of her two children.

“I was 125 to 130 pounds on meth,” said Roberts, who now weighs 160 and got hooked on meth when she was only 12. “I thought I looked good. It makes you more outgoing. It gives you energy, makes you more likeable. It’s the drug that does the most, especially for young girls.”

Supervisor Miller said the toughest challenge is getting meth-addicted mothers to realize that the thin bodies, energy and euphoria they enjoyed on meth were not normal. In fact, Miller said, the drug tricked them into thinking they were prettier, stronger and better mothers than they really were.

“In reality, they were creating a big mess,” Miller said, by failing to complete every chore or responsibility, from cleaning house to showing up for post-natal care.

House on the Hill counselors hope the young mothers will leave the center with a better understanding of the science behind the center’s approach: In basic terms, the synthetic drug works its magic by triggering hormones and nervous system mechanisms that control emotions. But prolonged use eventually diminishes or destroys the body’s natural ability to do the same. What’s left is a depressed woman inside a skinny body.

The problem is that boyfriends remember and prefer the thinner girlfriends they knew on meth.

“Weight and relationships are relapse triggers,” Miller said. “If they leave here bigger, there’s a possibility that the boyfriends won’t want them anymore.”

A Moline couple fears hazardous waste from a former meth house hasn’t been properly disposed.

In January 2015, 39-year-old Amber Porter was arrested on eight charges including the manufacturing of meth, possession of meth and child endangerment. Neighbors say the meth lab was inside the garage at 909 29th street in Moline. They added that Porter had her two children living with her at the time. According to court records, Porter has been arrested previously on meth-related charges.

Since January, Porter has posted bond and the house has been condemned by the city, but neighbors are concerned the way items in the “unsafe house” have been disposed of.

The house has been “an ongoing issue,” Gilbert Hubor said, who lives across the alley from the condemned home.

Gilbert and his wife Carol placed security cameras on their garage last year because of “people leaving and coming back to their neighbor’s house in the middle of the night.”

They said their suspicions were raised months ago.

Since Porter was arrested, the Hubers said she has been disposing of “hazardous waste” by setting items along the curb for the city to pick up.

Carol said she has been in constant communication with the city expressing her safety concerns.CBndyb9W4AAJ9VL

“This is dangerous to our health,” Huber exclaimed. “We should not have to tolerate this even for a hour.”

In an email obtained by News 8, Moline Neighborhood Improvement Officer Brad Hauman wrote to Huber stating, “she (Porter) is going to start setting out items along the alley for city collection.”

“Once the items are out, city crews will collect the items,” the email stated.

“They need to put a dumpster out here,” said Carol. “They need to mark it as hazardous waste so anybody coming by doesn’t take anything out of it because this meth stuff is dangerous.”

After News 8 spoke to neighbors, the city brought a dumpster to the alley for waste disposal. Those like the Hubers say they’re hopeful that the items will now be properly discarded.

A Rome man allegedly blocked the doorway of his Canard Road home, forcing a 19-year-old woman he was holding there to flee into nearby woods until she found safety. 551f79f9b7ef2_image

Those are some of the allegations that led Floyd County investigators to charge Paul Brent Howell with felony counts of false imprisonment, and unlawful eavesdropping or surveillance, according to warrants.

Howell, 46, was arrested Thursday following the execution of a search warrant of his 312 Canard Road home.

He is being held in the Floyd County Jail without bond.

He also faces charges of battery, theft by receiving, theft by deception, possession of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, and possession of a Schedule II controlled substance.

Detectives began an investigation into Howell after the victim came forward with details of the incident, according to Floyd County Sgt. Ojilvia Lom.

The investigation is still ongoing.

According to the warrants, Howell would not let the victim leave his house on Feb. 23.

After trying to push her way through at one point, she finally escaped and hid in a wooded area until she was safely picked up by a relative.

The young woman, who is a Floyd County resident, was attacked by Howell that same day at his residence, police said.

Warrants state Howell shoved the victim onto the floor and pulled her by her hair before repeatedly hitting her head against the floor.

An approximately two-inches in diameter patch of hair was pulled from the victim’s scalp as a result, and she received injuries to her head and arm.

Howell also allegedly used a camera to record the victim without her permission while she was at his residence between Feb. 14 and March 4.

Howell was found with methamphetamine and a controlled substance during Thursday’s search of his home, and a separate investigation uncovered that Howell had possession of and pawned a stolen trailer last November.

Paul Brent Howell, 46, of Rome, charged with false imprisonment of 19-year-old, possession of Methamphetamine

A Rome man was arrested Thursday after a multi-division investigation led to the search of his home and the discovery of drugs, according to Floyd County police.

According to a press release:

Paul Brent Howell, 46, of 312 Canard Road, is charged with false imprisonment; unlawful eavesdropping or surveillance; and battery in connection with a 19-year-old woman.

Howell is also charged with possession of methamphetamine; possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute; possession of a Schedule II controlled substance; theft by receiving; and theft by deception.

Floyd County investigators along with members of the Rome-Floyd Metro Task Force and Floyd County Police patrol division executed a search warrant at Howell’s residence Thursday.

Howell was found with methamphetamine and a controlled substance, and a separate investigation uncovered that Howell had possession of and sold a stolen trailer.

The release stated that the investigation is ongoing.

Lom said late Thursday there is no connection between the investigation and the discovery of human remains off of Everwood Court in the same area last Friday.

She also said there is nothing connecting Howell to the disappearance of Ashley Nycole Jones in February. Jones was last seen on Canard Road walking toward Kingston Highway.–year-old/article_9ea017b6-d9a1-11e4-af3b-2bc1dbeac56c.html

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – A Lanesville, Indiana, woman was arrested Wednesday on multiple charges after a search warrant uncovered methamphetamine and meth lab materials at her house, according to Indiana State Police.

7351137_GTroopers from the Indiana State Police Meth Suppression Section and Harrison County Probation Department visited 33-year-old Amanda Berkley’s home and got a search warrant. While searching her home, the officers found meth, drug paraphernalia and precursors to manufacturing meth.

Berkley’s children were taken and placed in the custody of a family member.

Berkley has been charged with possession of precursors with intent to manufacture, possession of meth, maintaining a common nuisance, neglect and possession of drug paraphernalia.

GREEN COVE SPRINGS | Three years after detective David White was killed and a second detective was wounded in a Clay County meth house raid, a woman who was at the house pleaded guilty Thursday to second-degree murder and other charges and was sentenced to 50 years in prison.Met_chasityprescottp

Chasity Elaine Prescott, 38, will be the second person to be sent to prison in the February 2012 shooting of White, 35, and detective Matthew Hanlin, who was with White at the front door of the Middleburg house when they were shot from inside.

Ryan Christopher Wilder, 33, was sentenced to consecutive life terms for the killings of White and Ted Tilley, another man who was at the meth house on Alligator Boulevard in Middleburg. Tilley was inside and pulled the trigger when the Clay narcotics team began to make entry, shooting the two detectives. Tilley was killed by other officers.

Though Tilley was the only shooter, Florida law allows charges to be filed against others who were committing a crime at the time of a homicide. Prescott was also charged with murder in Tilley’s death.

Before Prescott’s sentence was imposed by Circuit Judge Don H. Lester, White’s widow spoke to the judge.

“I should not now have a 3-year-old who can tell me other daddies come to school but his lives with Jesus,” Jennifer White said of the couple’s son.

Their two children won’t remember his voice, the fact that he had no temper, she told the court.

“They won’t remember their dad’s kind loving ways,” she said in a sometimes trembling voice. “But we were so blessed to know we were loved by him.”

Sitting at the defense table, Prescott periodically wiped tears away throughout the hearing.

White said while Prescott didn’t pull the trigger, “she was just as involved.”

Prescott declined to make a statement, her lawyer John Leombruno said.

Leombruno said Prescott will serve at least 85 percent of the sentence after subtracting almost three years already spent in jail.

“She will be in her 70s most likely when she gets out.”

The plea agreement dropped a charge of first-degree murder in White’s death, which would have meant a mandatory life sentence. Prescott was sentenced on eight counts, including attempted murder of other officers, the murder of Tilley, methamphetamine and other charges. All will run concurrent with the 50-year sentence imposed in White’s death.

“We’re relieved that one more portion of this case is resolved for the family as well as the Sheriff’s Office,” Sheriff Rick Beseler said afterward.

Apart from death-penalty and life sentences, Prescott’s sentence was as stiff as Beseler could recall. “I personally can’t remember the last 50-year sentence someone got,” the sheriff said.

He said it sent a strong message of consequences faced by someone who attacks a police officer.

“This is about as severe as you can get,” he said.

Wilder, Prescott, Jennifer S. Alder, 41, and Prescott’s son Jerry F. Daniels, 19, were in the house where methamphetamine was being manufactured when the Clay County narcotics squad conducted the raid.

Alder and Daniels, who was a juvenile at the time of the shooting, are scheduled for trail later this year.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KNOE 8 News/AP) –  A Little Rock attorney is accused of dropping a bag of meth onto a bank lobby floor for the second time in six years.

James Clouette is charged with possession of a controlled substance. He surrendered to authorities Wednesday.

Police say the 68-year-old dropped a small bag of meth on Onebanc’s floor in June. Bank employees notified authorities after finding the bag on the floor where Clouette had been standing before he left.

He also faced drug charge in 2009 after a bank customer found a plastic bag with meth on the floor in August 2008. Clouette was sentenced to two years of probation.

Calls to Clouette’s office phone resulted in a message that said the mailbox was full and wasn’t accepting new messages.

Meth at the Pharr InternationalU.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations at the Pharr International Bridge arrested a 43-year-old man from Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico in connection with a failed drug smuggling attempt of $2,330,000 worth of alleged methamphetamine.

“This interception of dangerous drugs truly exemplifies the teamwork of our officers working at our cargo facility,” said Port Director Efrain Solis Jr., Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry. “Being able to detect anomalies within your work environment is how our officers are able to dig further and follow their inquisitive instinct, which usually produces positive results.”

On March 31, CBP officers working at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge cargo facility encountered a red 1989 Kenworth tractor/trailer driven by a male Mexican citizen who presented a commercial manifest for fresh cactus and squash. After referring the conveyance for a vehicle non-intrusive inspection, the shipment was sent to the secondary inspection dock for further examination. During the course of the inspection, officers discovered 138 packages of alleged methamphetamine weighing approximately 166.45 pounds concealed within the produce shipment. CBP OFO seized the narcotics, tractor/trailer and the shipment.

CBP OFO arrested the driver and subsequently released him to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations special agents for further investigation.

A check into excess purchases of Sudafed and numerous anonymous complaints led the Greenwood Drug Enforcement Unit to 104 Foxcroft Drive in Greenwood on Thursday afternoon.David Howard Baumgardner, 51, of Greenwood, charged

The result was the arrest of David Howard Baumgardner, 51, on charges of trafficking methamphetamine, possession of ephedrine in an altered state and improper disposal of methamphetamine waste.

According to DEU superintendent Lt. Brandon Strickland, as DEU officials went to the home to question the suspect, they discovered “something outside to cause us to obtain a search warrant.”

After getting the warrant, a search inside the house found four one-pots that totaled 736 grams of meth and its byproduct.

Strickland said the suspect is a mult-itime offender.

“He isn’t a new customer,” Strickland said.

According to Strickland and a Sept. 15, 2011, story in the Index-Journal, the suspect suffered burns and other injuries when a suspected meth lab exploded in an outbuilding at his home. He was flown to Augusta Burn Center to be treated.

Also, according to a Dec. 9, 2011, Index-Journal story, the suspect was charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamines in Laurens County after a traffic stop.–Greenwood-man-charged

Monday night started out bad for one Ozark County resident, and things just got worse from there. A motorcycle accident led to a man fleeing from officers and a drug bust of pure crystal meth, sheriff Darrin Reed said.

Ozark County deputies Tiffany Neill and Cecilia Clayton responded to the scene of a motorcycle accident on J Highway at 11:35 p.m. March 30 and found the driver uninjured but acting strange.551d467608935_image

“His speech was slurred, and he was just acting weird,” Reed said.

The officers asked the man if he had anything to drink that night, and he reportedly told them he had a few drinks a couple hours before. The officers continued to question the man, and during the middle of the conversation the man drove off, Reed said. Neill and Clayton were able to stop the subject and restrain him a short time later. The officers searched him and reportedly found bullets in his pocket and the package of methamphetamine. He was arrested and transported to the Ozark County Jail.

“I’m really proud of these two deputies,” Reed said Tuesday. “They were able to pull another drug dealer off the streets and make our county a little safer.”

Reed says he expects charges to be filed sometime this week.

A man convicted of driving a forklift under the influence of methamphetamine and causing a crash that killed two and injured two east of Santa Maria in 2013 was sentenced Thursday to 10 years and eight months in state prison.

551def4c5270e_preview-620Daniel Garcia Castillo was found guilty in February of two counts of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, as well as one count of DUI causing great bodily injury and one count of reckless driving causing serious bodily injury to more than one person for the crash that killed 16-year-old Adolfo Pozos Carrasco and his 49-year-old aunt, Casilda Diaz Pozos.

Castillo must serve 85 percent of his sentence.

Though Senior Deputy District Attorney Stephen Foley asked Superior Court Judge John McGregor for the maximum sentence of 14 years and eight months, he said after the verdict that he believes Castillo received a fair sentence.

“The defendant is a killer of two innocent people,” Foley said.

Foley said that the maximum sentence would show that the justice system works for everyone, saying that the victims are “powerless” in the community because they are Spanish-speaking and not well-connected.

Deputy Public Defender Sydney Bennett asked McGregor for a sentence of probation, stating that Castillo had not intended to cause the collision. McGregor said that lack of intent does not justify probation in such a case.

Adolfo Pozos Carrasco’s mother and sister, Celizeth Pozos Carrasco and Mahaythe Pozos Carrasco, suffered major injuries in the collision.

Celizeth Pozos Carrasco still suffers from her injuries.

The victims’ family members attended the hearing, but did not address the court, although they did submit victim impact statements.

“I feel horrible. I know I can’t do anything as a father to bring them back,” read a statement by Adolfo Pozos Carrasco’s father, Adolfo Pozos Sr.

The crash occurred when Castillo, driving a forklift back from his family’s shop in Santa Maria to the family farm nine miles away, turned the 12,000-pound Caterpillar forklift across a double yellow line on Philbric Road into the 1999 Honda Civic that Adolfo Pozos Carrasco was driving the afternoon of Aug. 29, 2013.

Though he denied using methamphetamine on the day of the collision during the trial, Castillo later admitted to doing so to the Santa Barbara County Probation Department.

Castillo has shown remorse for the incident, but Foley said that he did not do so during the trial.

“The defendant never took responsibility when it mattered,” he said.

Foley said that Castillo continued to lie about the collision and his methamphetamine use when he testified in the trial.

“He took the witness stand and said the accident was really caused because Adolfo Pozos was in the wrong lane,” Foley said.

Castillo was sentenced to six years for one count of vehicular manslaughter, two years for the other and eight months each for the lesser charges, with one eight-month sentence stayed. One year each was also added for the special circumstances of causing injury to more than one person and causing great bodily injury.

Castillo will also be required to pay at least $12,618.66 in restitution, Foley said. This amount could rise if the victims or family members make additional claims. He must pay it to the California Victim Compensation Fund and Government Claims Board to reimburse it for paying the family.

Castillo did not address the court, and letters written on his behalf were not read.

BEAUMONT, Texas – U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today the indictment of 24 individuals who operated a major drug distribution ring and were responsible for trafficking methamphetamine to customers across the United States, including in the  Eastern District of Texas.

Over the span of the conspiracy, this drug trafficking ring is alleged to have obtained over 150 kilograms of methamphetamine from numerous Mexican sources of supply for redistribution in Houston, Port Arthur, Texas, Southwest Louisiana, and other areas of the United States.  During the investigation, officers recovered numerous stolen automobiles and other valuable property, which investigators allege was acquired by members of the drug trafficking ring in exchange for methamphetamine.

On Mar. 5, 2015, a federal grand jury returned a four-count sealed indictment charging 24 individuals with conspiring to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possessing firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and using facilities of interstate commerce to facilitate the interstate distribution of illegal narcotics.  On Mar. 31, 2015, state and federal investigators began executing arrest warrants and at this time have successfully apprehended 21 defendants including:

1.John Nealy Holt, 44, Houston, Texas

2.Leslie Dianne Baron, 32, Houston, Texas

3.Christopher Dean Inman, 41, Houston, Texas

4.Eric Lazaro Castaneda, 38, Houston, Texas

5.Carlos Eduvijis Rosales, 38, Houston, Texas

6.Travis Alejandro Lyon, 34, Houston, Texas

7.Gilbert Gomez, 37, Baytown, Texas

8.Joshua Lee Lanman, 38, Jersey Village, Texas

9.Albert Cardenas, Jr., 23, Houston, Texas

10.Burton Paul Dupuy, 44, Shreveport, Louisiana

11.Amado Tobar, 44, Dallas, Texas

12.Joseph Louis Henning, 58, Houston, Texas

13.Luis Fernando Garcia, 23, Port Arthur, Texas

14.Gerardo Chavez, 38, Nederland, Texas

15.Michael Broughton, 39, Port Arthur, Texas

16.Shawn Key, 37, New Caney, Texas

17.Taber Price, 39, Humble, Texas

18.Britanny Danielle Beckham, 31, Hearne, Texas

19.Ricardo Cortes Lozano, 44, Baytown, Texas

20.Pablo Hernandez, 39, Houston, Texas

21.Thurman Clevenger, 51, Houston, Texas

The identities of the remaining at-large defendants shall remain under seal until they are apprehended by authorities.

Count One of the March 2015 indictment alleges that from 2011 to March 2015, John Nealy Holt, Leslie Dianne Baron, Christopher Dean Inman, Eric Lazaro Castaneda, Carlos Eduvijis Rosales, Travis Alejandro Lyon, Gilbert Gomez, Joshua Lee Lanman, Albert Cardenas, Jr., Amado Tobar, Joseph Louis Henning, Luis Fernando Garcia, Gerardo Chavez, Michael Broughton, Shawn Dewayne Key, Taber Shawn Price, Britanny Danielle Beckham, Ricardo Cortes Lozano, Pablo Hernandez, and Thurman Lee Clevenger, all conspired to distribute methamphetamine in the Eastern District of Texas and elsewhere.

Counts Two and Three allege that on Sep. 10, 2014, John Nealy Holt, Leslie Dianne Baron, and Joshua Lee Lanman possessed numerous firearms during and in furtherance of the methamphetamine trafficking conspiracy.

Count Four alleges that on Aug. 21, 2014, John Nealy Holt and Burton Paul Dupuy used the mail and other facilities of interstate commerce to facilitate the distribution of methamphetamine.

The defendants all face a maximum sentence ranging from 20 years to life in federal prison if convicted of the methamphetamine conspiracy charge.

This case is the result of an extensive two and a half year joint investigation by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF).  The principal mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt and dismantle the most serious drug trafficking, weapons trafficking and money laundering organizations, and those primarily responsible for the nation’s illegal drug supply.  During the course of this operation, agents have successfully arrested over 38 individuals and have seized multi-kilogram quantities of methamphetamine, kilogram quantities of drug laced hallucinogen “gummy” candies, 22 firearms, over 400 lbs. of ammunition, and recovered 17 stolen automobiles, 5 stolen motorcycles, 2 stolen trailers, and hundreds of antiques.

This investigation was conducted by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Beaumont Resident Office, the Port Arthur Police Department, and the Houston Police Department, with assistance from the Fort Worth, Texas and Shreveport, Louisiana DEA Resident Offices, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement/Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, U.S. Marshals Service, Texas Department of Public Safety, the Harris, Montgomery, Waller, and Jefferson County (Texas) Sheriff’s Offices, Montgomery County Pct. 4 and Pct. 1 Constable’s Office, and the police departments of Baytown, Humble, Oak Ridge North, Port Neches, and Groves, Texas.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Baylor Wortham.

A grand jury indictment is not evidence of guilt and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

State troopers have seized what is believed to be the largest amount of methamphetamine in state law enforcement history, Arkansas State Police announced on Thursday.Screen_Shot_2015-04-02_at_3_46_26_PM_t635

A state trooper on Monday noticed a tractor-trailer parked on the eastbound shoulder near Kerr Road and Interstate 40 and approached to check the driver’s well-being.

The driver gave the trooper permission to inspect the cargo trailer, where they discovered 276 pounds of methamphetamine in both liquid and crystal form, with an estimated street value of $10 million, Arkansas State Police spokesman Bill Sadler said in a news release.

The driver, 53-year-old Javier Leon-Garcia of Moreno, Calif., was charged with trafficking a controlled substance and is being held in Lonoke County jail without bail, Sadler said.

Wichita police take four kids under the age of 12 into protective custody after they say the children tested positive for methamphetamine. Officers say a sex offender was inside when they got to the home on the 2700 block of S. Bennett.

Ashleigh Swarts, the children’s mother, says she doesn’t use drugs now, but has dealt with addiction in her past. Which is why she lets friends who have also had that struggle stay at her home, that’s how she thinks her kids were exposed to meth.Ashleigh Swarts

“My kids are not bad kids, they are good babies and they love me a lot,” the mother added.

Police and D.C.F came to the southwest Wichita neighborhood Tuesday night to take four kids out of a home.

Lt. James Espinoza says the children were 12, 7, 5 and 2-years old.

“They are my life, they are my everything so for them to be gone, you don’t know what to do,” the mother said.

She says she had no idea they were exposed to drugs, but admits she lets friends stay at her home who have struggled with addiction.

Two other adults were inside when police came to the home.

“You have someone that is out of prison here, you have someone who is out on parole here,” the mother said. “But when you look at the world, who are the people that need the most help to get back into society.”

Those people aren’t in her home anymore, but now she doesn’t know when or if she will get her kids back.home

“I understand the issue at hand and they want them to be safe and protected, but at the same token it is causing more problems emotionally because they are taken away from me,” the mother said. “I am not a bad mom, I just have my issues.”

One of the two other adults in the home at the time was a registered sex offender.

The mother says she doesn’t let that woman around her kids, she comes over to help her clean her home. But she says that woman just happened to be at the house when police came to take her kids.

Police made no arrest in the case, but the investigation remains active and charges could be filed.

Wichita police have taken four children into protective custody after they tested positive for methamphetamine, an official said Wednesday.

Also, a sex offender/parolee was at the home where the children were found, police Lt. James Espinoza said.

The children’s mother said Wednesday night that she never exposed her children to drugs nor allowed anyone to use drugs around them. She said she had stopped using drugs. She has invited friends into her home, she said. “I have a big heart, and I try to help too many people.”

It is the third time – but the first since she and her children have lived in Sedgwick County – that her children have been removed from her, the woman said. The first time was in 2008, then again in 2011, she said. She has lived at the home on South Bennett for about two years. Social workers visit her home once or twice a week, she said.

A court hearing is scheduled for Friday morning to determine the next step in her children’s custody, she said.

It is the second time her children have been tested for drugs, the woman said. The first time, she said, “they were clean.” The latest test, using hair follicles, was last week, she said.

The Eagle is not using her name to protect the identity of her children and because authorities are investigating whether the children are victims.

The removal is emotionally hard on her children, she said.

Earlier Wednesday, Espinoza, the police spokesman, gave this account: At around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wichita police and state workers – reacting to the fact that four children tested positive for meth – took the children into protective custody. The authorities went to the 2700 block of South Bennett, where the children were living.

The boys and girls, ages 2 to 12, were taken to a hospital for examination and remain in protective custody. They had no life-threatening conditions, he said.

Their parents, in their early 30s, are suspects in an ongoing investigation, Espinoza said.

Police also found a 24-year-old woman at the home, near Pawnee and Meridian, who is a sex offender and parolee, he said. Police will be checking with state officials to determine whether she violated conditions of her parole by being around the children, he said. The children’s mother said the parolee didn’t live at the home.

Also in the home was a 34-year-old man who told police he had recently been released from jail.

BILLINGS – A Billings woman was accused of punching a man in the face and breaking his eye socket Saturday.

Angela Renee Thompson, 39, appeared by video in Yellowstone County Justice Court from the Yellowstone County Detention Center on Tuesday.551c25b891a21_preview-699

An argument with a man claiming to be her boyfriend about money spent purchasing methamphetamine went south, court documents say.

Thompson punched the man, causing an orbital fracture and likely a broken nose, at her Zimmerman Trail residence. She told police that there had been a disturbance and that she did punch the man in the mouth. She said the man stole money from her, documents say.

Justice of the Peace David A. Carter set bond at $500 and ordered Thompson to appear in district court April 7. Thompson is charged with felony aggravated assault.

Police have arrested two women who investigators say were cooking methamphetamine inside a home in northwest Charlotte.elsiearmitage

Mellissa Armstrong, 45, and Elsie Armitage, 54 were both arrested Wednesday. Armstrong was charged with with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of precursors for methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Armitage was charged with possession of methamphetamine and also served with several outstanding warrants for possession of drug paraphernalia and trafficking out of Rutherford County, according to police.melissaarmstrong

Investigators began looking into the alleged operation in 2015, after receiving complaints about a house on Old Dowd road “that was believed to be involved in the sale of narcotics,” according to a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police news release.

On Wednesday, officers conducted a “knock and talk” on the home. A knock and talk is a police tactic where officers knock on a suspect’s door to talk to residents and try to obtain probable cause to obtain a search warrant.

Police said they seized meth from the home on Wednesday.

MUNCIE — A Muncie woman already facing a felony charge tied to a 2014 killing was arrested this week on a methamphetamine-related charge.B9316824534Z_1_20150401161406_000_GKQACU12T_1-0

Kasondra D. Elsworth, 30, was arrested late Tuesday after a traffic stop at Eighth Street and Perkins Avenue. City police said they found meth in the Muncie woman’s possession.

Preliminarily charged with a Level 6 felony — carrying a maximum 30-month-old prison sentence — Elsworth was being held in the Delaware County jail on Tuesday under a $10,000 bond.

Elsworth was charged last May with assisting a criminal. She was accused of trying to help Joshua Michael Haskins avoid arrest after he fatally shot Gary Barbour Jr., 29, outside a southside apartment.

Her trial on that charge is set for May 18 in Delaware Circuit Court 2.

Haskins, 26, in March was sentenced to 45 years in prison after pleading guilty to murder.