Comments Off on Henry Thomas “Detroit” Lowe, 37, of Muncie, missing after guilty pleas in Methamphetamine drug cases

MUNCIE, Ind. — Authorities said a Muncie man pleaded guilty to three drug-related charges — and then seemingly disappeared.

Henry Thomas “Detroit” Lowe, 37, on Thursday was scheduled to be sentenced in Delaware Circuit Court 3. He didn’t show up, perhaps not a surprise since Judge Linda Ralu Wolf had already issued a warrant for his arrest on Jan. 3.

In November, he had pleaded guilty to the three counts — dealing in meth; aiding, inducing or causing dealing in meth; and possession of cocaine — after striking a deal with prosecutors.

Terms of the agreement were not available, but it apparently would have resulted in the dismissal of other drug-related charges pending against the Muncie man in Circuit Court 3.

Lowe entered the guilty pleas on Nov. 16, when Wolf took the plea agreement under advisement. He was then released to electronic home detention, ostensibly to await Thursday’s scheduled sentencing hearing.

On Jan. 3, however, Delaware County Community Corrections officials reported Lowe was missing, and Wolf issued the warrant.

On Wednesday, the Muncie man was charged with escape over allegations that he violated the terms of his home detention.

Court records appear to suggest Lowe was in Fort Wayne — more specifically, in Allen Superior Court 4 — on Wednesday.

He apparently admitted that day he had violated the terms of a suspended sentence he had received in October 2015, after pleading guilty to driving without ever receiving a license.

Lowe was arrested in February 2016, after police say he sold meth, for $25 to an agent for the Delaware County Sheriff’s Drug Task Force.

He was arrested again in May, after Muncie police reported finding him — and materials used in the production of meth — in a southside mobile home.

Lowe also faces at least five charges in pending Muncie City Court cases — intimidation and two counts each of failure of a sex offender to possess identification and driving while suspended.

According to the Indiana Sex and Violent Offender Registry, Lowe was convicted of lewd and lascivious behavior with a victim under the age of 16 in Florida in 2001.


Comments Off on Underbelly actor Vince Colosimo, 50, charged with drug possession after ‘police find Methamphetamine on him’
  • Actor Vince Colosimo, 50, will face court charged with drug possession
  • He has starred alongside Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio in several films
  • Underbelly star was arrested last September in Melbourne’s northern suburbs
  • The father of two is set to front Melbourne Magistrates Court in February

Actor Vince Colosimo, the star of the smash TV series Underbelly, has been charged with drug possession after he was allegedly caught with methamphetamine.

The 50-year-old was reportedly arrested last September in Melbourne’s northern suburbs after police allegedly found a small quantity of the drug on him,according to The Age.

The father-of-two is set to front Melbourne Magistrates Court in February represented by elite defense firm, Tony Hargreaves and Partners.

The actor went from strength to strength after being nominated for a silver Logie for his role of Melbourne underworld figure Alphonse Gangitano in Underbelly in 2008.

He earned a household name in Australia, heading the cast in iconic films Chopper and Lantana.

Colosimo went on to ride the wave of success to go global, featuring alongside movie luminary Leonardo DiCaprio in Body of Lies and Great Gatsby

But in recent years his career showed signs of slowing down and he took some time away from the public eye.

In 2014 it was revealed he was working on building sites to supplement his acting salary.

A law firm soon after launched bankruptcy proceeding against him over a $36,000 debt, but the charges were dropped.

The actor has also been embroiled in legal battles with his ex-partner Jane Hall over the sale of their $890,000 home in Northcote.

He is rumored to be featuring on the cast for Channel 10s I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!


Comments Off on Former Methamphetamine addict-turned-social services worker, Misty Striker, shares her story

Oroville >> Sometimes, when Misty Striker comes across a big box of family files at her job in social services, she gets emotional because that box used to be her.

At 6 months old, Striker went into the foster care system. She doesn’t know exactly how many homes she bounced around from, but guessed between 20-30. On top of that, she struggled with abuse and addiction for 24 years. Her main drug addiction was methamphetamine.

Seemingly all odds in the universe were against her, but somehow, she beat them.

She says once she found the “tiny seed of desire” to get clean, there was hope. And now, she wants to share her story, in the hope that it could change the life of even one person.


The Strikers’ home is cozy and full — with 2-year-old triplets laughing, drooling and playing with their dad, every once in awhile reaching to get into Mom’s lap. Their toys are neatly placed in a bin in the corner of the living room, next to a table which she refurbished. Centered above that is a collage of family photos with an “S.”

When she gets off work about 5 p.m., this is what she comes home to. Sometimes the kids are at day care and sometimes her husband, Thomas Striker, who is an electrician, takes care of them during the day. The two met through a 12-step program about four years ago.

“I was drawn to her story and felt deep down inside she was a good person going through a rough patch,” Thomas said. “She has made a lot of progress in self worth and being a better friend to people and companion to me.”

A year of friendship developed into a relationship. At first, Misty wasn’t easy to be with — walls were up, her husband said. It’s become easier for her to show affection and she wants to be a giver.

“She wants people to know that it’s possible to overcome these odds and become a productive member of society again,” he said. “She sees the bigger picture and she’s very optimistic about being able to help people.”

It was a heartbreaking road to here.


Misty Jolean Dundom was born on Oct. 25, 1980 in Paradise.

She was born with meth in her system. Both of her parents were drug addicts and at less than a year old, Striker was moved into another home by child services. Her mom was 17 years old when she had her.

Out of the many “parents” she’s had over the years, she’s still in contact with few — her now sober biological mother, a foster parent she lived with in Nebraska, and her adoptive parents, who she has dinner with every Thursday at their home in Oroville.

“My adopted parents are my anchors, whom I love like parents,” she said. “They saved my life. They loved me when I was unlovable. More than anything, I want them to be proud of me.”

At age 12, Striker and her two younger brothers were adopted, and until age 19, she would have no contact with her biological parents.

Finding her father, who she said sexually abused her, did not bring her peace, she said. They’ve never had a relationship.

“He scared the living daylights out of me,” Striker said.

When she found her mother in Portland, her mother was still lost in her addiction, she said. But she also met her sister and two half-sisters, who she now talks to daily. She also maintains a relationship with her mother today.


At 12 years old, Striker was sneaking her adoptive father’s Black Velvet whisky from above the refrigerator and cigarettes when she knew she wouldn’t get caught. In middle school, Striker said she smoked a lot — cigarettes and pot, drank and downed pills. She used meth for the first time at 19 years old.

“It masked every sadness I had,” she said.

And getting drugs was easy, she said, especially as a woman. Sometimes she would have sex in exchange for free drugs.

Striker said she hid her addiction from her first husband during an 11-year marriage, getting a fix from abusing alcohol and pills. They would go to Apple Hill to get pumpkins and Christmas trees and take many trips to Tahoe. She had her first daughter at 23 and second daughter at 24.

“I was told I’d be lucky if I ever had children due to the sexual abuse,” she said. “I remember looking at my daughter and crying so hard. She was the most beautiful little baby and he had given me this wonderful gift of motherhood. Same when the second daughter was born.”

She and her husband separated in 2010. In 2011, she met her now best friend, Eric Langsam at a strip club where Striker began stripping for the first time in her life.

“We were both going through a divorce so we leaned on each other a lot,” she said.


Langsam and Striker became fast friends, with their similar backgrounds.

“We were really close,” Langsam said. “We’d talk about adoptive parents and stuff like that.”

He didn’t know Striker did meth until a month or two into their friendship.

“She hid it so well – that was the thing. She was functioning,” he said. “Little did I know how bad things were going to get. Around me, she was just unstoppable.”

After a few months using meth, she was like a different person, he said.

“Her attitude and everything started to change. She was this sweet kind person and her appearance started changing. She was getting so skinny and her eyes were always baggy. Her body was exhausted but her mind just wouldn’t let her stop.”

When she was high, she would punch herself and pull her eyebrows out. The hair never fully grew back and she has to draw them in everyday, she said.

Soon after, Langsam gave her a sort of ultimatum to quit meth and escorting, or he wouldn’t speak to her.

“I don’t think I’ve heard anybody cry as hard as I’ve heard Misty cry on more than one occasion. I asked why she felt the need to do it, and I knew the reason she needed to do it was to support her drug habit.”

A few weeks after their falling out, she called. She had overdosed and Langsam rushed over.

“It was a blank slate. Her face was just emotionless,” he said. “She was completely gone on the inside.”


In May 2012, Striker returned to Oroville, and in July she headed to L.A., where she would continue to struggle with addiction, living on the streets, until seeking sobriety on Jan. 20, 2013.

She can’t pinpoint where exactly it came from. One day, she just knew she wanted to live.

A year after going into sober living, Misty and Thomas started dating. Fast forward another year, they were making a home together, having babies and getting married, at Misty’s adoptive parents’ home in Oroville. They bargained for one baby and got three, born prematurely at 5 lbs each, but healthy now. Striker just passed her one year mark in her job as an office specialist in the county’s social services department, her first “big girl” job, she said. This month she is four years sober.

“It’s a lot of work, to make something of yourself,” Striker said.

Today, she says, she is the best person she has ever been.


Striker has always desired to be on the other end, helping people, she said. She hopes with her background, she can go on to become a counselor for addicts or sexual abuse victims, and reach people early.

“I think it’s important for people to identify with people who have been there,” she said. “I always knew my calling in life was to help people.”

Langsam says when he reconnected with Striker after treatment, it was like witnessing reincarnation.

“I feel like there isn’t anything this girl couldn’t do,” he said. “It literally felt like she was born again and she has never looked back.”

Striker, now 36 years old, has discovered many talents in her sober years like baking, decorating and writing. She is working on a memoir called “My Best Color is White” which she has shared with an interested producer, she said. If she could go back and change anything, she says she wouldn’t.

“I feel like I went on a journey,” she said. “I would do everything over again. Now I have empathy and compassion.”

If she could tell her younger self anything, it would be that things were going to end up OK, that she was made for something more.

“Life is so much bigger than I am,” she said.


Comments Off on Sasha Nicole Lorraina Kirkpatrick, 21, of Sevier­ville, to face Methamphetamine charge in Floyd County

A Tennessee woman was jailed Thursday on felony drug charges after recovering from injuries sustained in a wreck in Floyd County in October.

According to Floyd County Jail reports:

Sasha Nicole Lorraina Kirkpatrick, 21, of Sevier­ville, Tennessee, was picked up at the Knox County Sheriff’s Office in Tennessee and returned to Rome on Thursday on a felony charge of possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of drug-related objects.

Kirkpatrick was seriously injured in a wreck on Calhoun Avenue at Mango Road on Oct. 16 and hospitalized for an extended period of time. She was stabilized at Floyd Medical Center immediately following the wreck and then transferred to the CHI Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga to be closer to her home and family.

Two men were in the vehicle with Kirkpatrick, but weren’t injured in the wreck. Nicolas Scates, 32, of Knoxville, Tennessee, and Jonathan Ray Lester, 30, of Adairsville, were charged with felony possession of meth after the wreck. Both were released from jail on bonds Oct. 17.

On Thursday, Kirkpatrick was picked up on a warrant alleging she had a quantity of meth in her clothing and various drug paraphernalia — a needle, scales and a container with meth residue.

Kirkpatrick was in jail without bond Thursday night.


Comments Off on May D. Hicks, 45, of Licking, arrested for possession of Methamphetamine

A Licking police officer was dispatched Sunday to a parking area on West Friend Street regarding a report of an impaired female in the area.

Cpl. Pat Burton said that upon the officer’s arrival, the female was identified as May D. Hicks, 45, of Licking. During an investigation, Hicks advised the officer she was in possession of illegal drug paraphernalia.

After obtaining verbal consent to search, the officer located and seized a used hypodermic syringe and two small plastic bags containing a crystalline substance that tested positive for methamphetamine.

Hicks was arrested and taken to the Texas County Jail, where she was released to the jail staff and placed on a 24-hour hold.

She is charged with unlawful possession of drug –paraphernalia — amphetamine or methamphetamine — and held on $75,000 bond.


Detroit — Federal agents busted a Los Angeles sex toy merchant for allegedly conspiring to sell crystal methamphetamine in Michigan.

Eric Dowdy was indicted Thursday and charged with drug and money-laundering conspiracy after being identified as a source shipping crystal meth to Metro Detroit.

Dowdy, 39, is a screenwriter and founder of Erotix Enterprises, which operates an online sex toy shop called Erotix Playground that encourages shoppers to “Indulge Your Fantasies!”

The shop offers 20,000 items for sale, including adult DVDs, sex toys, lingerie, sex furniture and other novelty items.

“I really just bought the site so I could get huge discounts on lube and (sex toys), which has paid for itself already!” Dowdy wrote in a social media post.

His LinkedIn page says Dowdy is a creative writer trying to break into the TV/film industry.

Dowdy was indicted alongside six others in a relatively rare case involving crystal meth and is being held temporarily without bond. He is due in federal court Jan. 17.

“Although meth exists in Southeast Michigan, it’s not nearly as big of a problem here as it is in other parts of the country,” said U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent Rich Isaacson.

The case emerged Aug. 30 when a confidential source told investigators that a parcel containing crystal meth was being shipped from California to Detroit.

The source said Dowdy was supplying the drug, according to federal court records.

Members of a DEA task force intercepted the package in Livonia, obtained a search warrant and found two smaller packages inside the parcel.

Inside, investigators found 1.6 pounds of crystal meth, according to the DEA. The street value of that amount in the tens of thousands of dollars.

The package was resealed and picked up by a man identified as Andrew Allison. Allison, whose age and hometown is not listed in court records, was indicted alongside Dowdy on Thursday.

Allison told investigators he had ordered the drug from Dowdy about 10 times and provided text messages allegedly exchanged between the men, according to court records.

Agents also obtained a photo Dowdy allegedly sent showing 16 vacuum-sealed bags filled with a white chunky substance, according to court records.

On Sept. 7, investigators had Allison place an order via FaceTime for a pound of crystal meth, the DEA alleged. Two days later, investigators intercepted the package in Allen Park and found four vacuum-sealed bags.

A small sample tested positive for meth, according to the DEA.

Investigators also obtained surveillance video from a FedEx office in Los Angeles allegedly showing Dowdy mail the parcel, according to court records.



Comments Off on 2 women, Amy Simms, 43, and Alisa Henderson, 59, from Yucca Valley, visiting 34-year-old inmate Brian Godden at the Morongo Basin Jail in Joshua Tree, arrested with Methamphetamine

JOSHUA TREE, Calif. – Two women visiting an inmate at the Morongo Basin Jail in Joshua Tree were arrested Thursday night after a deputy noticed one of them trying to sneak something through the security glass, which turned out to be methamphetamine, authorities said in a news release.

Amy Simms, 43, and 59-year-old Alisa Henderson, both from Yucca Valley, were visiting 34-year-old inmate Brian Godden.

A deputy allegedly saw the security breach when Simms slid a coffee stirrer containing meth to Godden. Deputies found several of the small narcotics-filled straws in Godden’s possession after he was removed from the visting room.

Simms and Henderson were detained for investigation. Authorities said several straws containing methamphetamine were also found in Simms possession.

They were both arrested on charges of conspiracy to commit a felony and for bringing narcotics into a jail facility. They’re being held on $25,000 bail each.

Godden was booked on new charges with a new bail set at $25,000 as well.


Comments Off on Scott Christopher Dobbelaere, 35, of Rochester, arrested after police find Methamphetamine stored in 5-year-old girl’s bedroom

A Rochester man is in custody today, accused of having nearly a half-pound of methamphetamine in his home — some of it kept in a 5-year-old child’s Halloween treat bucket in her bedroom.

Scott Christopher Dobbelaere, 35, was arrested about 2 p.m. Thursday after leaving the residence in the 5400 block of 51st Street Northwest.

Authorities had received information about the possibility of ongoing drug activity at the house, said Lt. Mike Sadauskis of the Rochester Police Department, and police surveillance confirmed it.

Officers watched as Dobbelaere left the home in his vehicle, then performed a traffic stop in the area of Kenosha Drive and Valleyhigh Drive Northwest. When told he was under arrest, Dobbelaere allegedly turned and ran; officers quickly caught him and made the arrest.

A search warrant recovered 7 1/4 ounces of meth throughout the house, the report says, as well as $3,000 in cash. Also at the house was the child; authorities found meth in her bedroom, Sadauskis said, not just in the Halloween bucket but as residue in plastic bags found on her bed.

Dobbelaere could be charged with first-degree controlled substance sales, first-degree controlled substance possession, storing meth paraphernalia in the presence of a child, and exposing a child to meth, all felonies, as well as gross misdemeanor counts of child endangerment and fleeing a peace office on foot.

A review of Dobbelaere’s criminal history indicates at least three felony drug convictions and prison sentences of 68 and 74 months.


Comments Off on Former Teton and Rosebud County deputy, Brett Clouse, 36 of Fishtail, sentenced to 63 months in federal prison for trafficking 178 lbs of Methamphetamine into Montana

BILLINGS – A Fishtail man who admitted he transported 178 pounds of methamphetamine into Montana in a major drug smuggling operation was recently sentenced to more than five years in federal prison.

Brett Clouse, 36 of Fishtail, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Billings to 63 months in federal prison on Wednesday for his role as a courier in a large-scale drug operation.

Clouse was first indicted in October of 2015 on six felony charges including conspiracy to possess and distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, conspiracy to commit money laundering, and possession of a firearm in the commission of a drug trafficking crime.

Clouse entered a plea agreement in June where he pleaded guilty to one county of conspiring to possess and distribute methamphetamine and one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

Prosecutors said that even though Clouse was just a “drug mule,” he should have known better because of his experience working as a deputy sheriff in Teton County and Rosebud County from 2006 to 2008.

The drug trafficking scheme began in January of 2013 and continued for more than two years.

In court documents, Clouse is described as a key member of a drug distribution group led by a person named Merrill Clark Gardner.

Clouse and Gardner were friends who hunted together and casually used methamphetamine, according to court documents.

Investigators determined Clouse would make trips to Arizona in a truck provided by Gardner to exchange money for the drugs.

In June of 2015, law enforcement executed a search warrant at Gardner’s home.

While the house was being searched, Gardner and Clouse arrived at the home in Gardner’s vehicle.

Clouse was armed with a semi-automatic pistol that was strapped to his ankle, according to court documents.

Clouse told detectives that he and Gardner had just been at a residence in Nye, where Gardner retrieved methamphetamine not long before law enforcement arrived at his Fishtail address.

Investigators searched the Nye residence and located three packages of methamphetamine, totaling six pounds.

Clouse later admitted his involvement in the drug ring and explained that he had paid Gardner’s supplier a total of $200,000 for 20 to 26 pounds of methamphetamine.

Clouse admitted that in total he had received about 178 pounds of methamphetamine and delivered it to Gardner.

All of the methamphetamine seized was tested at high purity level.

Gardner was sentenced in July to 15 years in federal prison.


Comments Off on Patrick McBean, 50, of Lake Geneva, facing several charges after Methamphetamine explosion at The Cove hotel

LAKE GENEVA — The charges are piling on for 50-year-old Patrick McBean of Lake Geneva. He’s already behind bars for charges related to meth manufacturing at The Cove hotel on Monday, January 9th — but now FOX6 has learned he’s also charged for maintaining a drug trafficking place.

Both had shown up on log books two months prior for purchasing an excessive amount of pseudoephedrine — drug used to make meth.On January 9th, Kuen was allegedly cooking meth in the bathroom when the explosion occurred.

She suffered first-degree burns and ran out in a panic. A security guard at the neighboring hotel helped get her to a hospital.Authorities say they uncovered a meth lab and meth waste at McBean’s house. He was not home at the time. Instead on January 6th, he checked into room 314 of The Cove hotel. A woman was also with him, identified as 35-year old Melissa Kuen.

“She was burned really bad from head to toe. Her clothes were burned off. She was crying. She was in need of a rescue,” said Dan Novotny, Mill Creek Hotel chief security officer.

McBean was found with burned off facial hair and burns on his hands. He lied multiple times about what led to the blast, police soon found evidence consistent with meth production. One officer reported the thick smoke was burning his lungs. Several law enforcement officers were sent to an area hospital for smoke inhalation.

“It’s dangerous for everybody involved. Obviously for the people cooking the meth, it’s very volatile — even if they do know what they are doing. We’ve learned something like this can happen very quickly,” said Lake Geneva Police Leiutenant Edward Gritzner.

At last check, police ares till waiting for Kuen to recover from her injuries to get a statement from her on what happened. The room where the blast occurred will need a new rug and drywall.


Melissa Kuen, 35, of Williams Bay, Severely Burned after Methamphetamine Catches Fire at The Cove Hotel in Lake Geneva

Three deputies arrived at a home in Palatka Thursday morning to serve an arrest warrant and were invited inside to find meth and meth labs strewn throughout the home and three people inside, authorities say.

Christopher Darren White, 27, Chad Irwin Parrotte, 36, and Amanda Joyce Hale, 28, were all taken into custody and charged with a litany of crimes around 10:15 a.m., says a spokesperson for the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office.

White met the three deputies at the door of the home on High Street and allowed them to search the home for the subject of the search warrant. When they went inside, deputies met Parrotte and Hale and also saw a baggie of methamphetamine and numerous other items used in making meth just out in the open.

There were old or used ‘one-pot’ meth labs, multiple packets of pseudophedrine tablets, lithium strips from batteries and numerous hypodermic needles, deputies say.

White even had a one-pot in his pants.

Vice Unit detectives responded to the scene to help process everything.

White was taken into custody and charged with one count of producing drugs, two counts of trafficking amphetamines and one count of possession of drug equipment. He’s being held at the county jail on a $55,500 bond.

Hale was taken into custody and charged with one count of producing drugs, one count of possession of drugs, one count of trafficking amphetamines, one count of possession of drug equipment and a failure to appear. She is being held without bond.

Parrottee is charged with one count of producing drugs. He’s being held on a $5,000 bond.


Comments Off on After over two years a multi-state Methamphetamine drug trafficking organization comes to a close in Missoula

MISSOULA -A drug task force of local and federal partners announced on Friday the completion of an almost two-year investigation into a multi-state drug trafficking organization.

Seven of the eight people convicted in federal court are from the Missoula and Hungry Horse areas and were conspiring to distribute roughly eleven pounds of methamphetamine.

“This investigation focused on the distribution of methamphetamine and the possession and exchange of firearms in the Missoula and northwest Montana area,” said Michael Cotter, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Montana.

The two-year investigation was spearheaded by the FBI’s Montana Regional Violent Crime Task Force.

This group includes Missoula Police Department, Missoula County Sheriff’s Department and FBI officials, along with the Montana Division of Criminal Investigation, the Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s Office, the United States Probation Office and the Montana Department of Corrections Probation and Parole Office.

They were assisted by the Flathead County Sheriff’s Department and the FBI SWAT Team.
The investigation began in 2015 with extensive interviews about methamphetamine distribution and firearm possession in the Missoula area that led to search warrants.
Investigators served three search warrants that resulted in the defendants’ arrests and seizure of the weapons and drugs ; one in East Missoula, one in Bonner area and one in Hungry Horse.

Investigators confiscated methamphetamine, weapons, $11,000 in cash.
The 68 firearms that were forfeit to the federal government included assault rifles, unregistered silencers, laser sights, grenade launchers, two homemade grenades and thousands of rounds of live ammunition.

“The task force has been instrumental in addressing some of the most violent offenders in our area,” said Mike Brady, Missoula Police Department Chief of Police.

FBI Special Agent Monte Shaide said that increased amounts of methamphetamine continue to comeinto Montana.

“We see amounts ranging from one ounce to pounds of methamphetamine,” Shaide said.
Imported methamphetamine is cheaper than the product that is produced locally, which drives demand for the drug to come from the west coast and Mexico, he said.

Corridors that suppliers are using to transport methamphetamine from these areas cut through Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, and Washington.

According to Cotter, the methamphetamine product that is being produced in southwestern United States and Mexico is headed by college-educated chemists working super labs.
Officials said that the large amounts of weaponry possessed by most of the conspirators were unique to this case.

“We are seeing a lot of these offenders being violent offenders. One, trying to bolster their street [credibility], their perception to other individuals out there, that they have weapons in their possession, so that deters other methamphetamine user to try and rip them from their product when they have it stored at their house,” Cotter said.

He said weapons are also frequently stolen and traded directly for methamphetamine. In neighborhoods where there is increased drug activity, people living there are adversely affected.

Shaide said when serving the warrant in Hungry Horse, people expressed their gratitude to have the trafficking hot spot neutralized.

“When we got there, in one of the windows, it was thank you FBI, for cleaning up our neighborhoods,” he said.

According to T.J. McDermott, Sheriff of Missoula County, drug trafficking brings other types of crime with it, including burglary and human trafficking.

“As a result of the huge amount of methamphetamine, heroin, and other drugs being trafficked and in sold in our community, we have seen an increase in violent crimes, as demonstrated by this case today, those trafficking drugs, are often violent offenders,” he said.


Prosecutors described the connections between the eight defendants in a statement Friday.
36-year-old Richard Wayne Stroh of Missoula is charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, and will serve 60 months in prison, with four years of supervised release.

He was a Missoula area supplier of methamphetamine. Stroh attained his product from 35-year-old Logan Rivers Weniger of Missoula, 39-year-old Neal Allen Maddox of Hungry Horse and Maddox’s common-law wife, 39-year-old Misty Leanne Beck, also from Hungry Horse.

Weniger was a supplier and distributor of methamphetamine in the Missoula area. He was charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and received the toughest sentence, 17.5 years in federal prison and five years of supervised release. He was in possession of large numbers of firearms and ammunition, including a grenade launcher. He also forfeited $3,100 cash.

Beck supplied methamphetamine to Stroh, and others, from her home in Hungry Horse. She and Maddox forfeited a large number of weapons and$2,800 cash. Both were charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and Maddox received additional charges for possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. Beck was sentenced to 72 months in prison and five years of supervision. Maddox was sentenced to 15 years in prison, and five years of supervised release.

48-year-old Katrina Lynn Everhart of Missoula was charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine that she received from Weniger and other sources. She will serve 60 months in prison, with four years supervised.

34-year-old Luke Aldon Hayes, from Missoula, was charged with being a felon in possession of firearms and unregistered silencers. He supplied firearms with others in exchange for methamphetamine for personal use. He was sentenced to 78 months in prison and three years of supervised release.

23-year-old Shacotta St. Onge of Missoula was considered a mid-level distributor of methamphetamine in the Missoula area. He was charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and will serve 51 months in prison, with seven years supervised.

37-year-old Ryan David Hippenstiel of Hayden Lake, Idaho, dealt primarily with St. Onge, but also knew Stroh and Hayes. He supplied methamphetamine obtained in Idaho to St. Onge. Hippenstiel is charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. He was in possession of a stolen handgun and $5,150 in cash that was forfeit to law enforcement. He was sentenced to 96 months in prison, with 10 years off supervised released.

All of the defendants pleaded guilty in federal court, and were prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Tim Racicot.

The possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime is an enhancement to the conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine charge and comes with a stiffer sentence.


According to Missoula Police Detective Guy Baker, most of the weapons will be destroyed by the FBI, except for some that will be retained for training purposes.
Baker said the amount of methamphetamine on the streets has been up for about the past five years, and to understand why people want to put themselves at risk to sell it, one must understand that the sales are highly profitable.
In rural places like Montana where the product is less readily available, dealers can increase the price to triple or quadruple the amount of places like Las Vegas, Baker added.
He also noted that the amount of heroin in Missoula is higher than what is seen in other parts of the state.


Members of the task force encourage people who see suspicious activity in their community to contact local law enforcement.

According to Ricky Shelbourne, Supervisory Senior Resident FBI Agent, drug task force members on the streets communicate with investigators in other arms of the task force that relationship ensures that citizen reports are utilized.

“That would not happen without the participation of the Missoula Police Department and the Missoula County Sheriff’s Department,” he said.

Cotter said the task force has been effective. In the fourth quarter of 2015, close to 32 federal indictments were achieved.

In Missoula and across Montana, methamphetamine continues to plague criminal justice and public health systems.

If you would like to file a report about drug trafficking in your area, you can fill out a form on the City of Missoula website, or contact law enforcement.


Comments Off on U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers seize 61 pounds of crystal Methamphetamine at Presidio Port of Entry – Record $2 million in Methamphetamine

PRESIDIO, TX (KWES) – U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers seized a total of 61 pounds of crystal methamphetamine on Wednesday and Thursday.

The street value of the drugs is nearly $2 million.

According to U.S. Border Protection, the first interception occurred at 9 a.m. Wednesday when a 24-year-old male Mexican citizen made entry through the Presidio port driving a 1999 Nissan Tsuru.

The vehicle inspection resulted in the discovery of 34 packages weighing 40 pounds and containing a white crystalline substance that later tested positive for properties of methamphetamine.

The largest methamphetamine seizure at the Presidio Port prior to this was in 2004 and stood at 38 pounds.

The second encounter took place at 8 a.m. Thursday.

We’re told CBP officers directed a 2008 Volkswagen Jetta driven by a 26-year-old Mexican male driver to the secondary area for an intensive inspection.

A total of 19 packages with 21 pounds of crystal meth were removed from the vehicle’s dash board area.

Both drivers were arrested and turned over to HIS ICE agents. They are facing federal smuggling charges.



El Paso, Texas – Agents with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office working at the Presidio Port of Entry made a record-breaking seizure over the week. As part of that seizure, nearly $2 million worth of methamphetamine was seized from two separate drivers crossing into the U.S.

The first seizure happened Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. when a 24-year-old Mexican citizen entered the port in a 1999 Nissan Tsuru. A secondary inspection of the car revealed high density areas in the car’s front bumper which led to the discovery of 34 packages of crystal meth weighing approximately 40 pounds.

The seizure is the largest meth seizure ever at the port. The second largest seizure was made back in 2004, and weighed 38 pounds.

A second meth seizure was made on Thursday when a CBP officer directed the driver of a 2008 Volkswagen Jetta driven by a 26-year-old Mexican citizen to a secondary inspection. That inspection revealed an anomaly in the dashboard of the car.

CBP officers ultimately discovered 19 packages of crystal meth weighing 21 pounds inside the dash.

“The narcotic interception Wednesday morning set a new crystal methamphetamine seizure record for the port,” stated acting Port Director Steven Green. “Due to the vigilance and dedication of our officers these dangerous drugs never made it to American streets.”

Both drivers were arrested and turned over to HSI ICE agents to face federal smuggling charges.


Comments Off on 12-year-old girl reportedly found drunk, on Methamphetamine, behind the wheel in Great Falls – Bengamin Ray Yellowowl, 25, was in the passenger seat

A 12-year-old girl was intoxicated and high on methamphetamine when officers discovered her in the driver’s seat of a car Wednesday, court documents said.

An officer said Bengamin Ray Yellowowl, 25, was in the passenger seat.

Yellowowl, of Browning, has been charged with felony criminal endangerment of a child, sexual abuse of children and a misdemeanor for unlawful transactions with children.

According to the charging documents, an officer from the Great Falls Police Department observed a vehicle without a rear license plate within Great Falls’ city limits.

The officer said he conducted a traffic stop, approached the vehicle and found the girl in the driver’s seat. The girl’s body was jerking involuntarily.

According to the charging documents, the defendant was observed in the passenger seat. The officer reported it to be suspicious for the pair to be in the car together given the late hour of the evening.

The girl denied being intoxicated, but Yellowowl said he had consumed several shots of Crown Royal.

The officer believed the girl to be under the influence of methamphetamine, according to documents. An ambulance arrived on the scene and began treating the girl.

The girl allegedly admitted to snorting methamphetamine, taking two Gabapentin pills and having a shot of Crown Royal.

Yellowowl later told the officer that the girl consumed the alcohol in Great Falls while he and the girl were at a hotel together, the charging documents say.

Yellowowl said he did not know how the girl received the methamphetamine, but did know she was high. The officer stated that Yellowowl agreed the girl should have been taken to the hospital given her level of intoxication. Yellowowl allegedly did not seek medical attention for the girl.

Yellowowl has one previous federal conviction for firing a weapon on a national wildlife refuge.

The state requested a bond in the amount of $200,000.


Comments Off on Donald Story, 51, of Dallas, pleads guilty to giving Methamphetamine and having sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl

BURKE — A Dallas man pleaded guilty to distributing methamphetamine to and having sexual contact with a minor.

Donald Story, 51, pleaded guilty to the two charges Thursday at the Gregory County Courthouse in Burke, according to the South Dakota Attorney General’s Office.

The charges stem from incidents that occurred between Feb. 1 and May 6 at Story’s residence in Dallas, in which he gave methamphetamine and performed sexual acts with a 14-year-old girl.

On May 6, the girl told a South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation agent that Story smoked methamphetamine with her and made sexual advances, court documents state, though she denied that they had sex.

Distributing meth to a minor is a Class 2 felony, punishable by up to 25 years in prison and a $50,000 fine. Sexual contact with a child under 16 is a Class 3 felony, punishable by up to 15 years in prison and a $30,000 fine. No sentencing date was mentioned.

Story initially pleaded not guilty to the charges in September, which included two more counts of distribution of methamphetamine to a minor, an additional count of sexual contact with a child, three counts of fourth-degree rape, aggravated incest, solicitation of a minor and possession of methamphetamine and marijuana.

The incident also led to charges against Richard Sund, 52, of Colome, who pleaded guilty in October to solicitation of a minor, a Class 4 felony.

Comments Off on Meadville men’s overnight homeless shelter manager, Jerry A. Whitman, 50, charged in Methamphetamine probe

Meadville police on Thursday charged the building manager of a men’s overnight homeless shelter with manufacturing methamphetamine inside the shelter.

Police arrested Jerry A. Whitman, 50, at about 2:30 p.m. Thursday after the director of the St. James Haven, 169 Walnut St., contacted police and told them he feared Whitman was manufacturing methamphetamine there.

Investigators located evidence of the manufacture of methamphetamine inside the building.

Whitman was placed in the Crawford County Correctional Facility, where he was arraigned Thursday night on charges of operating a methamphetamine laboratory, operating a methamphetamine laboratory and illegal dumping, manufacture of methamphetamine, liquefied ammonia gas and precursors, and possession of a controlled substance.



UPDATE (8:50 p.m.) Police arrested 50-year-old Jerry Alan Whitman for operating a methamphetamine laboratory inside the homeless shelter on 169 Walnut St. He was transported to the Crawford County Correctional Facility to be arraigned on several charges.

Thursday afternoon, Meadville Police investigated a suspected meth lab inside a Meadville homeless shelter on 169 Walnut St.

Managers of the Saint James Haven for men, called police to investigate what they thought to be a meth lab they found within the facility around two p.m., Thursday afternoon.

Neighbors, told Erie News Now, the homeless shelter has brought the neighborhood nothing but problems since it was established nearly two years ago.

“They’ve had people in there that have made rude comments to our daughters. We’ve seen people expose themselves out of the window. We’ve contacted the church numerous times and nothing ever gets done,” said Kelly Raszman, a neighbor of the shelter.

“So through our investigation, we have discovered things that made us suspicious that it might have been meth, meth-making operation and then we’re continuing the investigation from there,” said Michael Tautin, Assistant Chief of Meadville Police.

The Saint James Haven Shelter is the only homeless shelter for men in the Meadville area.

The shelter is an outreach ministry run by the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Northwestern Pennsylvania.


MARSHFIELD — An investigation of possible drug trafficking by the Marshfield Police Department led to the apprehension of a Marshfield woman and three other individuals Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016.

According to police reports, the investigation began Nov. 15, 2016, regarding the possible delivery of controlled substances by Amanda Ronek, 22, Marshfield.


On Nov. 16 with the use of a confidential informant, Marshfield police arranged the potential purchase of methamphetamine from Ronek at her residence, located on the 600 block of East Fourth Street. Following the transaction, the purported methamphetamine was turned over to police, and it tested positive for containing methamphetamine.

On Nov. 30 and Dec. 23, two additional methamphetamine sale transactions were arranged. During both incidents, the items received tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine.

Ronek appeared in Wood County court Dec. 21, 2015, on charges of a fourth operating while under the influence offence in five years. Ronek had signed a signature bond Dec. 2, 2015, prior to the charges under the condition she would commit no further crimes.

On Sept. 23, 2016, Ronek appeared in Wood County court with charges of felony bail jumping. Three days later she signed a signature bond stipulating that she commit no further crimes.

On Dec. 27, 2016, Ronek once again appeared in Wood County court under charges of felony bail jumping. The following day, Dec. 28, Ronek signed another signature bond with the condition she commit no further crimes.

The criminal complaint states the signature bonds were in full force when the Marshfield Police Department executed a search warrant at the Ronek residence. There they found marijuana and methamphetamine in Ronek’s possession along with prescription drugs that had not been prescribed to her.

Ronek was charged with delivery of methamphetamine (three counts), possession of methamphetamine, maintaining a drug trafficking place, felony bail jumping (three counts), possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of marijuana. She is scheduled for a preliminary hearing and arraignment at Wood County Circuit Court at 11 a.m. on Jan. 19.

In connection with the search warrant, three other individuals — Ricky J. Rosplock, 32; Jacob D. Pruitt, 24; and Curtis W.C. Gadke, 31 — were arrested on drug-related charges.

Comments Off on Methamphetamine use ends in tragedy: Video shows Orange County woman jumping through bus window before death

In video obtained from the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, it’s an unnerving sight as a woman leaps through a public bus window to the ground below.

To the gasp of other riders, she crawls out of the window feet first, hangs there until the bus reaches a speed of 26 miles per hour, and then drops to her feet — falling on her head.

According to investigators, she ran into the street, started jumping on cars and eventually died after being subdued by police.

The cause of death, according to their documents, was the “result of complications from acute methamphetamine intoxication.”

We showed the video to Dr. Charles Sophy. The psychiatrist has seen a lot of things in his career, but this was different. He wasn’t surprised since the woman was diagnosed with methamphetamine intoxication.

He says what happens in that state is that it “takes your brain and turns your chemicals upside down.

“It shifts them in ways they shouldn’t be and you start to hallucinate,” Sohpy said.

Sophy says whether because of abuse of pills, smoking or injecting, the problem is growing just like the use of heroin.

“It’s a very big problem and people don’t understand how big it is. It’s easier to get. It’s more prevalent. You can get your hands on it. And it feels good. The problem is a little feels good today and then a little bit more tomorrow and then a lot more and before you know it, you’re eating it and you’re sleeping it, so it’s consuming your whole life,” he added.

Or in the case of the Orange County woman on the bus, Sophy says it was a “very tragic” death.


Comments Off on Federal raids in San Antonio target 30 women and men accused in Methamphetamine ring

Law officers raided several locations Thursday in and around San Antonio as part of an operation targeting a ring accused of distributing large quantities of methamphetamine and cocaine.

More than 30 people are being targeted as part of at least two federal indictments returned last week, records show. Some were taken into custody as others were sought on an array of warrants issued this week, records show.

Many of the suspects are with the Tango Orejon/Tango Blast gang, sources said.

“It’s a citywide operation by multiple agencies, led by the DEA and our task force,” said Dante Sorianello, assistant special agent in charge of the DEA in San Antonio.

The investigation has been ongoing for about nine months and resulted in seizures of several items during the early Thursday morning searches, including at least 6 kilos of meth and several guns, officials said.

Those arrested are due in federal court later today for initial hearings on charges that include meth-distribution conspiracy.


Comments Off on Drugged driving, property crimes a concern as Methamphetamine use increases sharply in Wisconsin

BROWN COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) — The FBI and Wisconsin Department of Justice are making a harsh prediction — that communities across the state will only start seeing more methamphetamine and the crimes associated with its abuse.

It comes from a joint study on the drug, just released, analyzing its use across the state.

In it, officials reference stories Action 2 News first told you about back in 2015, helping shed light on the problem.

Drug investigators show us the new concerns facing Northeast Wisconsin.

The stats clearly show a meth problem in Brown County.

“In two years, we went from 200 grams seized to over 2,000,” says Brown County Drug Task Force Lt. Kevin Kinnard. “And that’s only what we seize, not what’s still available. It’s up 20 times.”

After what Kinnard has seen since the problem first came to light, he doesn’t see it improving.

“It’s just a dramatic increase. I’ve never seen a drug increase that quickly,” he says.

The task force busted a huge meth trafficking operation nearly a year ago, arresting more than 80 dealers and temporarily slowing sales, but their customers remained.

Kinnard says new dealers have since stepped in to meet demand, keeping meth as a top concern statewide.

That increased attention has users and dealers going to great lengths to conceal it.

“They use private carriers, such as UPS, FedEx. They use the US Postal Service,” he says.

Or they hide it in children’s socks and baby blankets, as Brown County has seen.

The FBI-DOJ joint meth study points to a domino effect of problems, from money-hungry addicts committing identity theft and burglaries to endangering children.

“If a robbery occurs in the house, that’s drug-related for money or drugs, they’re not going to typically report that to police, so those kids are basically left without the protection of the police,” says Kinnard.

The report shows, statewide, the majority of meth deals, 75 percent, occur in homes, but 27 percent are in public places. Sixteen percent happen at work.

But at one point or another, many of us are facing repercussions of drug use in an unsuspecting place — on our roads.

A map from the study shows meth-related OWI cases across Wisconsin. The same state law covers both drunk and drugged driving offenses.

The report shows what it classifies as a “doubled, considerable or dramatic increase” in several counties in Brown, Manitowoc, Outagamie, Winnebago and Calumet Counties.

“It’s going to impair you… being wide awake, but still you’re impaired. It’s still affecting judgment, because it’s going to affect the speed your brain is moving at,” says Kinnard. “So instead of being depressed and moving slower, maybe they’re moving too fast or feel like they’re not moving fast enough.”

If there’s any silver lining to the meth trends, it’s that there are still few meth labs in Northeast Wisconsin, reducing that danger for unsuspecting neighbors.

Kinnard says most meth being used and sold in this area is in the form of crystal meth or “ice” and comes from Mexico. It’s usually trafficked through California, to the Twin Cities in Minnesota, and then ends up here.

Investigators don’t know how many people are seeking treatment, but encourage it to anyone they have contact with or arrest.

For more information on local treatment options, click here.


Comments Off on April Clay, 36, and Brandon Warren, 34, arrested after Methamphetamine lab found in home – 4-year-old and 12-year-old girls had to be decontaminated

NASHVILLE, Tenn.–A Manchester man and woman landed behind bars on Tuesday for making meth while a 4-year-old and 12-year-old girl were in the house.

According to the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department (CCSD), police responded to a 1112 Woodland Court home and “detected the odor of a meth lab,” observing a one pot bottle on fire by the garage. Officers say they could smell a strong odor of lithium and efforts to get someone to come to the door were unsuccessful.

Due to the situation, police made entry through an unlocked door and found 36-year-old April Clay inside. Clay allowed officers to find the home and police say hiding inside a bathroom closet was 34-year-old Brandon Warren. Police say Warren had components to a meth lab. A continued search found more components in a garbage that included a broke down cold pack and stripped lithium batteries. Several bags of meth along with needles and scales were also found.

Warren allegedly admitted to police he had been cooking meth just before police arrived.

Police say inside the residence were the two young girls, who had to be decontaminated by the Manchester Fire & Rescue Hazmat Team due to the situation. Once decontaminated, the girls were placed into the Department of Children’s Services (DCS) custody and taken to the hospital for evaluation.

Both Clay and Warren are facing charges of aggravated child abuse, manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance, and unlawful drug paraphernalia uses.


Comments Off on Wilton Manors doctor, Dominic Riganotti, accused of illegally distributing Methamphetamine to patients – Medical assistant, Jacquelin Fernandez, also arrested

WILTON MANORS, Fla. – A Wilton Manors doctor and his medical assistant were arrested Wednesday by the DEA after a six-month investigation into him illegally distributing methamphetamine to his patients, prosecutors said.

Dr. Dominic Riganotti and Jacquelin Fernandez both face federal charges.

Prosecutors said Riganotti “offered to illegally distribute methamphetamine to his patients and dispensed prescriptions to his patients, without medical necessity, to use in combination with methamphetamine to further enhance the patient’s altered state of mind,” a news release said.

Fernandez is accused of illegally distributing prescription medication and sometimes using her underage daughter during the drug transactions.

A woman who identified herself as Fernandez’s eldest daughter said federal agents stormed their home.

“I told her to quit that place a long time ago, because I didn’t have a good feeling about the doctor’s office,” she said.

The woman said the patients were “crazy” and “aggravated” and were always giving them problems.

She said her mom told her two weeks ago about patients wanting more drugs.

As for her younger sister, also accused of taking part in the crime, authorities only would say that there’s more to this case.

A federal search warrant was conducted last June at a pharmacy utilized by Riganotti. Prosecutors said authorities seized computerized records, documents, firearms and about $1.4 million in cash.

Riganotti will be charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and Fernandez will be charged with distribution of controlled pharmaceutical drugs. Prosecutors said they both face additional federal charges.




Comments Off on Alyssa Nacole Mata, 19, the daughter of 43-year-old Martha Denise Mata, who was arrested last week, now also charged for Methamphetamine

The second of two women arrested in May on drug charges now also faces charges of endangering two children.

Alyssa Nacole Mata, 19, is charged with two counts of abandoning or endangering a child. Her mother, 43-year-old Martha Denise Mata, was arrested and charged last week. They had their total bail set at $20,000 each and neither was in Wichita County Jail Wednesday afternoon.

The pair were previously arrested on May 18 when officers with the Organized Crime Unit executed a narcotic search warrant in the 1800 block of Rose Street. During the search, they located and seized about 72 grams of methamphetamine.

According to the arrest warrant affidavits, four children between the ages of 1 and 4 were found in the house when the search warrant was executed, so a detective responded for a drug endangered children investigation.

The detective determined the methamphetamine was kept in a drawer and in a closet that was accessible by the children. A urine sample was collected from each child and sent for toxicology analysis. Two of the children, ages 1 and 2, tested positive for methamphetamine, the affidavits state.


Comments Off on Andrew Ilardi, 25, of Sarasota, arrested after explosion revealed home Methamphetamine lab

SARASOTA, Fla. — A 25-year-old man was arrested Tuesday after an explosion in his home led deputies to the discovery of a meth lab, the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office said.

Deputies responded to 3464 Fairview Drive around 2:45 p.m. regarding reports about an explosion.

When they arrived, fire department personnel informed deputies that Andrew Ilardi caused the explosion by using various chemicals to produce meth, deputies said.

Detectives later executed a search warrant on the home where they recovered different chemicals and over-the-counter medications consistent with production of the drug.

Ilardi was arrested and charged with production of methamphetamine. He is currently in custody at the Sarasota County jail on $7,500 bond.


Comments Off on Rubi Espinoza, 26, of Mount Vernon, allegedly had 11 pounds of Methamphetamine, 1 pound of cocaine on Greyhound bus

A Missouri woman is facing federal charges after she allegedly was caught with 11 pounds of methamphetamine at a Kansas City bus station.