Two Greene County women were arrested Monday after methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia were found in their hotel room.

Warrants filed at the Greene County Sheriff’s Department charge Amber Marie Dawn Powers, 23, of Round Knob Road, and Ashley Brook Wilhoit, 30, of Whitesands Road, with possession of schedule II drugs with intent to resell and possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to the warrants, Wilhoit was being transported to the Greene County Sheriff’s Department to speak with detectives on an unrelated issue when staff members of Econo Lodge, on the East Andrew Johnson Highway, contacted law enforcement about finding drug-related items hidden between mattresses in the hotel room.

The warrants say that Powers was in the room when Sgt. Chuck Humphreys arrived around 12:30 p.m. Monday.

Humphreys allegedly found less than one-half gram of methamphetamine, more than 50 “baggies” used to package drugs and cash believed to be proceeds from the sale of drugs.

A glass pipe, cut straw with a residue believed to be methamphetamine and syringe were also found, the warrants say.

Both Powers and Wilhoit were jailed at the Greene County Detention Center pending appearances in Greene County General Sessions Court this morning. Bond for each totaled $31,000.

 

 

 

 

http://www.greenevillesun.com/news/local_news/women-charged-with-possession-of-meth/article_9023b760-e3c3-5255-ab3c-1d86586a7013.html

 

A Vernon Parish woman is behind bars for possession with the intent to distribute CDS (controlled dangerous substance) II-methamphetamine and improper lane usage.9419915_G

Troopers from Troop E say they conducted a traffic stop on LA Hwy 117 in Vernon Parish for a traffic violation (improper lane usage). During the course of the traffic stop, Troopers say they found discovered about nine ounces of crystal methamphetamine in Amanda Hickman’s purse.  This amount of crystal methamphetamine has an approximate street value of over $25,000.00.

Hickman was booked into the Vernon Parish Detention Center.

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.katc.com/story/30700583/leesville-woman-arrested-on-drug-charge

 

An Alabama man charged with killing three people and sexually assaulting a witness said it was all “a big mistake” that began after he hit a deer.

William Miller, of Millry, sparked an 18-hour manhunt after allegedly killing three friends and hiding in the woods in Mississippi.article-roadkill-2-1210

The 27-year-old hit the deer with his van while driving to the home of Lloyd and Sonya Taylor near Buckatunna early Tuesday, according to Wayne County sheriff’s investigators.

After taking methamphetamine and oxycodone at their home, Miller set off with friends Lloyd Taylor and Jamie Gardner to find the roadkill when things turned ugly.

Milller said he got angry after an argument because one of the men was “more or less picking on me.”

“He kept on and it got physical,” he claims.

Deputies believe Miller burned this SUV with the bodies of two dead men inside after shooting and killing them and a woman.

Deputies believe Miller then shot and killed the pair around sunrise Tuesday, before returning to the home with their bodies in the car and killing Sonya Taylor.article-roadkill-5-1210

Miller then allegedly sexually assaulted another woman at the home, after she saw Sonya Taylor die, and forced her to lead him to a dirt pit where he set the car on fire with the men’s bodies inside. Their remains have not yet been identified, according to The Clarion-Ledger.

Sonya and Lloyd Taylor of Waynesboro, Miss., were allegedly murdered by Miller.

Miller then fled from cops, but gave himself up Wednesday after an 18-hour manhunt.2F47BCFD00000578-0-image-m-12_1449844120235

Miller was charged with three counts of murder; first-degree rape and oral sex, and malicious mischief for the alleged destruction of the truck registered to the Taylors.

Wayne County Justice Court Judge Charles Chapman set bail at $4.6 million.

 

 

 

 

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/man-charged-killing-roadkill-hunt-argument-article-1.2462469

Alabama man, 27, ‘shot dead three friends in meth-fueled killing spree and then raped woman who witnessed killings’
  • William Miller, 27, of Millry, Alabama, is accused of shooting dead three of his friends in Buckatunna, Mississippi, early Tuesday
  • He set fire to two of the bodies in a car and sexually assaulted a woman who witnessed the third murder
  • Miller told police it was a ‘big mistake’ after taking meth and oxycodone
  • He said he got into an argument with two men while looking for roadkill
  • Miller shot both dead, then killed the wife of one of his victims
  • He fled to the woods but gave himself up after an 18-hour manhunt
  • His bond was set at $4.6 million

An Alabama man has been arrested and charged with a triple homicide and sexual assault after a major police manhunt in Mississippi.2F42994E00000578-0-image-a-4_1449844079079

William Miller, 27, allegedly killed three of his friends and then raped a woman who saw him do it.

Miller, who was convicted of first-degree rape in Alabama in 2013, told police that it all started when he hit a deer while traveling to see his friends in Buckatunna, Mississippi, around midnight on Monday night.

After arriving at the home of Lloyd and Sonya Taylor – about 16 miles from his home in Millry – Miller said he took methamphetamine and oxycodone.

Under the influence of the drugs, Miller, Lloyd Taylor and another friend at the house, Jamie Gardner, decided to set off to find the roadkill.

Miller said one of the men started ‘more or less picking on me’, The Clarion-Ledger reported.

‘He kept on and it got physical,’ Miller told police.

Investigators believe Miller then shot and killed both men near Alabama-Mississippi state line around sunrise on Tuesday.

He allegedly loaded the bodies in the car and returned to the home to kill Sonya Taylor.

Miller told a courtroom Thursday that he entered the home and shot Taylor in the head, WDAM reported.

Miller then sexually assaulted another woman at the home who saw Sonya Taylor die, police said.

He allegedly then forced the woman to drive him to a location with a dirt pit, where he set fire to the car with the men’s bodies inside.

The remains of male victims however have not been formally identified.

Miller then fled from police in the survivor’s car, eventually running into the woods.

Following an 18-hour manhunt, he finally surrendered to police on Wednesday.

He was without a shirt, and his shoes and hat were found along a bloody trail that searchers followed.

Miller has been charged with three counts of murder; first-degree rape and oral sex, and malicious mischief for the alleged destruction of the truck registered to the Taylors.

Wayne County Justice Court Judge Charles Chapman set bail at $4.6 million.

The judge reportedly asked Miller why he did it, to which Miller responded that he made a ‘big mistake’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3356115/Alabama-man-murdered-three-friends-meth-fueled-killing-spree-sexually-assaulted-witness-hunt-roadkill-deer.html

 

PLYMOUTH — Nine people were arrested in Plymouth following a week-long methamphetamine investigation that culminated when troopers and the SWAT team from the Indiana State Police raided three rooms at two different motels.

Officers with the Bremen Post of the Indiana State Police served three search warrants simultaneously for the Red Rock Inn, 2550 N. Michigan St., and the Economy Inn, 2535 N. Michigan St., where several individuals were found to be selling methamphetamine and marijuana from their rooms, according to a release form the Indiana State Police.ISP-raid

“The state police have recently refocused its efforts to combat the meth and heroin epidemic that has taken over parts of our community,” Bremen Post Commander Lt. Chad Larsh said in a release. “We are dedicating more troopers in this fight and are working closely with our communities in an effort to stop the spread of this scourge.”

Five subjects were arrested during the Friday morning raids where:

  • Alex D. Bradke, 28, of Plymouth, arrested at the Economy Inn and charged with dealing and possession of methamphetamine.
  • Rhonda S. Harlan, 37, of Plymouth, arrested at the Red Rock Inn and charged with possession of methamphetamine, dealing methamphetamine and maintaining a common nuisance.
  • Wayne E. Harlan, 44, of Plymouth, arrested at the Red Rock Inn and charged with possession of methamphetamine, dealing methamphetamine and maintaining a common nuisance.
  • Jordan C. W. Kilgore, 29, of Plymouth, arrested at the Red Rock Inn for dealing marijuana.
  • Stephen Wood, 25, of North Judson, arrested on an outstanding body attachment warrant through St. Joseph County.

Four other individuals were arrested earlier in the week as a result of the investigation:

  • Travis L. Norman, 26, of Bunker Hill, for dealing methamphetamine.
  • Marcel A. Pulluaim, 22, of Rochester, for possession of marijuana.
  • Brandon R. Davidson, 29, of LaPorte, was arrested by the Plymouth Police Department and faces charges including false informing, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. He had an active drug warrant through Starke County.
  • Dorsie J. Cooper, 21, of LaPorte, was arrested by the Plymouth Police Department and faces charges of false informing, possession of a handgun without a permit, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. She also had an active drug warrant through Starke County.The Indiana State Police was assisted in its investigation by the Indiana State Police Criminal Interdiction Team, the Indiana State Police Indiana Meth Suppression Section, the Indiana State Police Drug Enforcement Section, the Indiana State Police SWAT Team, Marshall County Prosecutor’s Office and the Plymouth Police Department.

Two other individuals were detained during the investigation but were released as their cases are reviewed further by the Marshall County Prosecutor’s Office, according to the Indiana State Police.

 

 

http://www.elkharttruth.com/news/crime-fire-courts/2015/12/06/Indiana-State-Police-raid-two-motels-in-Plymouth-arrest-9-subjects-on-drug-charges.html

 

A third of vacant state houses in Marlborough are lying empty because of methamphetamine contamination.

Figures released by Housing New Zealand show five of Marlborough’s 15 unoccupied state homes are vacant because of meth contamination.

Housing New Zealand tenancy services area manager Dale Bradley said decontaminating a meth house could cost more than $20,000 per property.1449775043157

The cost depended on the level and extent of contamination, Bradley said.

Testing alone could cost several hundred dollars.

Housing New Zealand had a zero tolerance approach to illegal activity in state houses, including the use and manufacture of methamphetamine, he said.

Staff would move swiftly to evict tenants where it occurred.

Where it was suspected that a property might be contaminated with methamphetamine, the property would be tested and remedied as necessary, Bradley said.

Bradley said Housing New Zealand took the health and safety of tenants seriously.

“As a social landlord and an employer, the wellbeing of staff, tenants and their neighbors is Housing New Zealand’s highest property and we have robust health and safety controls in place for situations when methamphetamine contamination is suspected at one of our properties.”

Last year, Housing New Zealand spent nearly $1.3 million repairing contaminated properties in New Zealand.

Two Marlborough state homes were decontaminated last year.

Miles Stratford is the director of MethSolutions, a company with 200 staff from Invercargill to Kaitaia who could test properties to determine if methamphetamine was present.

Stratford said about 90 per cent of clients were people looking to buy a property.

The remaining 10 per cent of customers were people who were concerned about a property they owned, or tenants who were getting sick in a property they suspected was contaminated with meth.

Health problems ranged from symptoms of third hand meth use, including trouble sleeping, restlessness and depression, to allergic reactions, skin rashes, lung conditions and headaches.

“The illnesses come and they don’t go away. They gradually get worse.”

People who lived in a house contaminated with methamphetamine for many years faced an elevated risk of cancer, strokes and other problems of the circulatory and nervous systems.

“If you’re in there for a long time it can have a profound effect on your health and wellbeing.”

Stratford said it was hard to pinpoint any tell-tale signs that a property was being used to manufacture meth.

Property managers should be careful to check their tenants.

It was also important to carry out regular inspections of properties that were tenanted.

“We deal every week with people who found themselves with significant financial losses because they haven’t gone out and consciously managed the risk.”

He said it was wise for people thinking about buying a property to test it for methamphetamine contamination.

“If you don’t test before you buy then you end up owning the problem.”

 

 

 

 

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/74951495/marlborough-state-homes-lie-vacant-as-bill-for-cleaning-up-methcontaminated-state-homes-could-top-20000-per-property

 

FAYETTE COUNTY, Texas – Deputies in Fayette County arrested two people Dec. 4 and seized approximately 40 kilograms of liquid methamphetamine that was hidden inside a truck’s gas tank.

According to Sheriff Keith Korenek, the Fayette County Narcotics Canine Unit stopped a Dodge 2500 4×4 pickup along Interstate 10 around 1 p.m. Dec. 4 for a traffic violation. While Sgt. Randy Thumann was speaking with the driver, he observed “several criminal indicators” and obtained consent to search the truck.635851026895014864-IMG-2561

Lobos conducted a sweep of the outside of the truck and alerted Thumann to the presence of illegal narcotics. There were also several indicators the vehicle was being used to transport narcotics in the fuel tank.

With the assistance of a Department of Public Safety trooper and another Fayette County deputy, Thumann removed the truck’s bed and saw the fuel tank had been altered with an aftermarket compartment built within the tank.

The DPS MIG Unit was called in to assist due to the hazardous materials used in the manufacture of meth, and approximately 40 kilograms (88 pounds) of liquid meth was removed from the compartment. The drugs had an estimated street value of $4 million.

Rodolfo Hernandez, 29, and his mother Francisca Hernandez, 61, both of Mexico, were arrested and taken to the Fayette County Jail.

 

 

 

 

http://www.kvue.com/story/news/crime/2015/12/07/fayette-county-seizes-4-million-liquid-meth-gas-tank/76943238/

 

A veteran air traffic controller responsible for two highly-publicized mishaps — one involving a plane carrying first lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, the other a plane with a Wisconsin congressman on board — has been arrested in New York after police said they found him with a gun in his car and methamphetamine in his pants pocket.berrm

Breen Peck, 52, was transferred from the Warrenton, Va., air traffic control facility several years ago after the two troubling incidents came to light. After retraining, he was assigned to administrative duties at the facility that directs planes in and out of New York City airports. He was not, however, permitted to return to directing air traffic. The Federal Aviation Administration said Thursday that it was investigating the circumstances related to Peck’s arrest.

Peck was arrested Wednesday night and arraigned Thursday in Hempstead, N.Y., on charges of criminal possession of a gun and possession of a controlled substance. He also was cited for a number of traffic violations.

Nassau county police said they pulled over Peck’s 2010 Toyota after he failed to signal a left turn. They said he told them that he had a loaded handgun behind the driver’s seat and another in the rear cargo area and did not have a permit. After they arrested him, police said they discovered a substance believed to be crystal methamphetamine in his front pants pocket.

While working in the Warrenton facility, Peck was responsible for two widely publicized incidents involving planes carrying high-profile passengers.

In 2010, he was directing the pilot of a United Airlines Airbus that came within 15 seconds of colliding with a smaller jet while approaching Reagan National Airport. The United pilot could be heard saying “That was close” on the radio. He reported pulling up hard after a cockpit collision warning went off, narrowly missing a 22-seat commuter jet. Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner Jr. (R-Wis.) was onboard the plane.

The following April, Peck was directing a White House plane that was carrying Michelle Obama and Jill Biden as it attempted to land at Andrews Air Force Base. He allowed the plane to get too close to the potentially dangerous wake of a 200-ton military cargo jet. The White House plane aborted the landing attempt.

In addition to the Obama and Sensenbrenner incidents, Peck was held responsible for at least two other errors in the six years he worked at in Warrenton. He became a certified controller in 1991.

 

 

 

 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/dr-gridlock/wp/2015/12/10/air-traffic-controller-who-misdirected-michelle-obamas-plane-is-charged-in-meth-case/

 

Austin police recently discovered a large load of liquid methamphetamine concealed inside a pickup truck just south of the state capital.

The discovery was made Dec. 7 during a routine traffic stop.

A gray 2001 Dodge Ram pickup with Iowa plates was pulled over and after a brief investigation written consent to search the vehicle was obtained.920x920rwrww

A canine officer conducted a sniff test, indicating that narcotics were onboard.

Officials later found 50 kilos of liquid meth inside the gas tank. This setup was somewhat the same as the one seen in a recent meth bust in nearby Fayette County.

The driver Richard Martinez, 44, was soon arrested.

Police said the estimated street value of the liquid meth was nearly $4 million.

Drug officials and criminal courts are not going easy on meth smugglers, liquid or otherwise. It would appear that it’s become a hot commodity just like marijuana.

According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, liquid meth is now the number one drug entering the United States at the southwestern border. It’s also not easy to detect considering the lengths that some smugglers and cartels will go.

In early November a Guatemalan man was sentenced to federal prison for more than 24 years for trying to smuggle more than 350 kilograms of liquid meth inside a tractor trailer across the Texas-Mexico border.

That conviction was handed down the same day that DEA officials released a report saying that the amount of meth being seized by authorities is increasing in recent years, climbing 90 percent in the Rio Grande Valley and 245 percent in El Paso.

 

 

 

 

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/texas/article/More-liquid-meth-discovered-near-Austin-6689870.php

 

GUEST OPINION: Methamphetamine and our society

Posted: 11th December 2015 by Doc in Uncategorized

By TED OLIVER MineralWellsIndex.com

First, we need to understand what methamphetamine is. It is a highly psychological and addictive stimulant that increases the heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, rate of breathing and dilation of the pupils. Meth use causes permanent damage to the user with first use.Second, how much of a problem is meth in relationship to other abused substances? A recent survey, entitled “Meth and the Law in the United States,” came to these conclusions, that 500 law enforcement agencies said are problems, by percentage factors:

  • 7 percent said heroin.
  • 17 percent said marijuana.
  • 19 percent said cocaine.
  • 58 percent said meth.
  • 70 percent said theft and robberies have increased due to meth.

Next, we need to realize, due to meth use, what are the costs of the biological damage to the user?

  • Abnormally high blood pressure and rapid and irregular heart rate and rhythm.
  • Accumulation of excess fluid in lungs, brain tissue and skull.
  • Continuous an d excessive dilation of pupils.
  • Cardiac Arrhythmia and risk of stroke.
  • Internal bleeding and damage to other organs caused by disruption of blood flow.
  • Breakdown of muscle tissue leading to kidney failure.

Think of the medical and crime costs thrust onto society, not to mention the psychological and loss of earnings due to the affects on work ethic.

Because of these startling facts and client need, A.R.M. ( Addiction Recovery Ministries) is presently formulating a class to address the special process of recovery from meth abuse. Because it is a faith-based program, we do not approach the client need from a medical or psychological perspective, but using a confrontational principle to change the way they approach their recovery into the mainstream of society.

If you or someone you care about is suffering from meth abuse, like scores of those A.R.M. has aided in their recovery, there is help available. Call 940-325-7499, Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. A copy of this class can be obtained by calling the above number, or by coming to the office located in the Mineral Wells Center of Life building at 200 S.W. 5th Street. The general public is invited to this class on the second Monday night of December at the above location.

 

 

 

 

http://www.mineralwellsindex.com/opinion/guest-opinion-meth-and-our-society/article_e915f5d8-9a92-11e5-b43c-0b8104654e3f.html

 

The U.S.-Canada border is the likely path for terrorists to invade the country, according to top national security experts and Congress’ most comprehensive review of America’s 19,000 miles of coasts and land borders.

“The nexus between known or suspected terrorists in eastern Canada and the northern parts of the U.S. represent [sic] a significant national security threat,” said a new report from the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, a conclusion reached as Canada decided to settle 25,000 Syrian refugees by March.

“The border is not secure,” Sen. Ron Johnson, the Wisconsin Republican who is chairman of the committee, told Secrets. He included the southern border, where he said that drug cartels are teaming with “potentially Islamic terror organizations.”

He raised concerns about the rushed refugee plans of new Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. “It is a concern with the new prime minister, Trudeau, opening up his border to refugees. They can come into America, so I would say that increases our risk,” Johnson said.

Unlike the U.S.-Mexico border, the U.S.-Canadian border is mostly just a ditch.

His panel’s new 100-page report, show in pdf form at the end of this story, is based on dozens of hearings, interviews and trips, cites terror arrests in Canada and U.S. border states of Islamic State threats and quotes several experts raising concerns about how easy it is for illegal immigrants and terrorists to cross in from Canada.

“Security observers have argued that Canada represents a substantial vulnerability, because it provides immigrant visas to individuals who pose a significant threat,” said the report, “The State of America’s Border Security.”

“Witnesses testified before the committee that if someone gets into Canada, they will most likely be able to enter the U.S.”

And for thousands of miles of border, for most there is only a shallow ditch and forestlands to stop them. “There is currently no fencing on the northern border. Instead, the demarcation line between the two countries is often marked by a ditch, approximately six inches deep,” says the report.120615-Canada-sign

It offers several details of terrorist attempts and also charts how the U.S. and Canada are working to fight it. Consider this entry about terrorism from page 42:

The nexus between known or suspected terrorists in eastern Canada and the northern parts of the U.S. represent a significant national security threat. Communities in Minnesota and New York, which are adjacent to Ontario and Quebec, have recently experienced apprehensions of individuals on terrorist charges. For example, on November 26, 2014, two men in Minneapolis, Minnesota were charged with recruiting and conspiring to provide support to ISIL. Similarly, on September 17, 2014, a man in Rochester, New York was arrested on similar charges after the FBI provided evidence showing that he attempted to recruit fighters and funds for ISIL.

Just a small hop across a ditch to reach the U.S. from Canada.

And it’s not just a northern border problem. Johnson said the highly trafficked U.S. border with Mexico is also a pathway for Islamic terrorists, especially as they team up with drug cartels that have carte blanche on their side of the line.

Those cartels “are also combining with transnational criminal organizations, potentially Islamic terror organizations,” he said.

Johnson in his report steers clear of the heated presidential campaign rhetoric on how to handle the border and notes that “it’s not a war zone.”

Solutions for the southern border include development of a guest worker system, a new campaign against drugs, and more efforts to secure the border. He also talked favorably of a recent Bush-era campaign to send those caught at the border home immediately, an effort that led to a drop in illegal border crossings.

Up north, he wants a “threat analysis” to see what more can be done to stop terrorists from slipping in. “Start now,” he said.

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/mexican-canadian-borders-are-terrorist-pathways/article/2577735

 

As law enforcement agencies desperately try to track down terrorists and prevent future attacks, current U.S. laws are making it easy for dangerous criminals to create anonymous companies and hide funds right here in America.

From white collar fraudsters to arms dealers, bad actors often use fake businesses to mask the true nature of their activities and anonymously transfer money around the world.

Known as shell companies, these entities — which are perfectly legal — often have no real operations.

And they aren’t just in international safe havens like Panama and the Cayman Islands. Thousands are based on U.S. soil, thanks to the veil of secrecy that U.S. law gives to corporations — most notoriously in Delaware, Wyoming and Nevada. In these states, taxes are low and little information is required to form a business.

Here’s how it works:

The first stop is often to a so-called “registered agent.” These firms incorporate tens of thousands of companies a year for fees as low as a few hundred dollars.

In some cases, a corporation can be set up within minutes using little more than an email address — no proof of identification required.

These agents not only set up the businesses in the first place, but also provide them with physical addresses to claim as their own and serve as contacts for government filings. They will often even appoint directors.

While these services can prove useful to many legitimate companies — from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies — they can also be a perfect tool for criminals trying to remain in the shadows.

Because it’s so difficult to link shell companies to their owners, it’s unclear whether — or how often — terrorists like ISIS are using these businesses to aid in their operations. Federal law enforcement agencies, from the FBI and the Justice Department to the Treasury Department’s financial crimes unit, say that shell companies can be ideal vehicles for terrorist financing.

That’s because owners of shell companies can remain anonymous while still being able to open bank accounts, transfer money and enjoy the legitimacy of being incorporated in the United States.

“The beauty of shell companies is being able to hide,” said Dennis Lormel, a former FBI special agent and expert on terrorist financing. “This lack of transparency is an impediment for law enforcement and the intelligence community.”

American shell companies have been used to launder money and facilitate the illegal activities of such notorious criminals as a Russian arms dealer charged with selling weapons to terrorists (dubbed the “Merchant of Death”), and a Serbian crime boss tied to the murder of his country’s Prime Minister.

And even when the criminals behind the shell companies get caught, the registered agents who help set them up are often left untouched — and many continue to rake in money by registering fronts for potentially dangerous criminals.

Security experts and law enforcement officials say these shell companies pose a threat to national security and make it nearly impossible to find the people who are actually financing terrorism and other criminal activities. But despite repeated bills from lawmakers to eliminate this secrecy, Congress has yet to take action, leaving the United States far behind other countries when it comes to identifying criminal enterprises.

“Time and again, we find that our international partners are better situated to assist us in thwarting terrorism and financial crime,” Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance said at a Congressional hearing in June. “We can’t assist them in taking down U.S.-incorporated terroristic enterprises, because information about the owners of entities formed in our states is beyond our reach.”

Cocaine trafficking masked as a gold mining business

Some criminals use shell companies in conjunction with actual business operations to further confuse authorities and create a false sense of legitimacy.

The family behind Peruvian drug trafficking ring Sanchez-Paredes, for example, allegedly used a complicated combination of shell companies — a few of which were located in Florida — and gold mines in Peru “to layer and disguise the family’s illegal cocaine proceeds for decades,” the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency said in a statement at the time.

But after authorities alleged that the mines were producing more cocaine than gold — with drug shipments being transported into the mines by mules — the government seized $31 million from the operation in 2012.

Serbian mafia’s Delaware hideaways

Two of Serbia’s most notorious organized criminals have another thing in common: They both used shell companies based in Delaware to carry out their illicit activities, according to documents obtained by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project.

Luka Bojovic — previously one of Serbia’s most wanted criminals — was reportedly involved with the assassination of Serbia’s prime minister, while Darko Saric was charged by the Serbian government with trafficking more than 5,000 kilograms of cocaine.

Several of the shell companies allegedly used by these mobsters can be traced to the same registered agent: a Delaware firm named Harvard Business Services, which says on its website that it will help form more than 10,000 companies this year alone.

Harvard Business Services, which is not related to Harvard University, told CNNMoney that these men’s names were never on any paperwork filed with its firm, and that it resigned as their registered agent when it was alerted of possible criminal activity by the Department of Justice.

“We are as concerned as anyone about the fraudulent use of Delaware companies by a few of the people who obtain them,” said HBS President Richard Bell. “These few who misuse them threaten our existence and we come down hard on them whenever we are alerted to such cases.”

He believes fraudsters use Delaware because of its reputation as a home for many Fortune 500 companies, not because it’s an easy place to create anonymous businesses. “These fraudsters want to appear legitimate so they pick the premier state in the premier country to camouflage themselves,” he said.

The solution, he says, goes beyond Delaware: The Internal Revenue Service should be the agency in charge of making sure all companies provide ownership information — not individual states.

Meanwhile, the Delaware Department of State said that “the overwhelming majority of companies that incorporate in U.S. states are legitimate” and that it fully cooperates with any law enforcement investigations.

Deadly Mexican drug cartel hides behind Oklahoma horse ranch

In one of the more creative schemes, the ruthless Los Zetas drug cartel used a horse ranch and a number of shell companies to conceal millions of dollars in drug money.

Here’s how the money laundering operation worked:

Jose Trevino Morales, the brother of two Los Zetas leaders — one of whom reportedly dismembered his victims while they were still alive — owned a horse ranch in Oklahoma where he claimed to be running a prosperous business of buying and selling race horses.

But in reality, most of the deals he made had nothing to do with horses — some of which were fittingly named “Number One Cartel” and “Morning Cartel.” In order to cover up and transfer illegal drug proceeds and make the money appear to be “clean,” he and his associates would funnel it through shell companies and front men under the guise of horse sales — making sure the cartel leaders’ names were nowhere to be found.

In the end, investigators discovered that more than $22 million in drug money had been sent back to Mexico. Trevino was convicted of money laundering in 2013 and sentenced to 20 years in prison.

‘Merchant of Death’ sells weapons to terrorists

Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, dubbed the ‘Merchant of Death’ for supporting violent conflicts (like civil wars) around the world, was convicted in 2011 on U.S. terrorist charges for conspiring to sell millions’ of dollars in weapons to a Colombian terrorist group which planned to use them to kill American troops.

Bout has become a poster child for law enforcement officials and others who have long lobbied Congress to require companies to disclose their true ownership.

“Bout was able to do business largely thanks to a sprawling network of shell companies,” said Vance, the Manhattan district attorney, noting that one of these anonymous U.S. companies was even used to provide weapons to the Taliban. “Bout maintained absolute control over these accounts, but no links to Bout could be found.”

 

 

 

 

 

http://money.cnn.com/2015/12/09/news/shell-companies-crime/

 

PELHAM — Twenty-four-year-old Jacquelyn Mahoney, originally from the Plymouth County town of Hanover, is wanted by Pelham police on drug-trafficking charges after she allegedly fled the scene of a rollover crash last month.-10e3b3a5c3687f9d

Police said they found drugs inside the vehicle and have since filed methamphetamine trafficking charges against the Boston-area woman, who was last seen fleeing with an unidentified man into woods off Route 202 in the Hampshire County town.

Police said Mahoney may be traveling with Patrick Gleason, a 32-year-old New Hampshire man. It’s unknown if he was the man who fled the crash scene with Mahoney, but both are wanted on multiple warrants, according to authorities.

On the afternoon of Nov. 20, officers were dispatched to Route 202 near the Shutesbury line for a report of rollover crash involving a U-Haul pickup truck.-004aeebde439b15e

The vehicle’s occupants, a woman and man, fled into the woods on foot, police said. Pelham police conducted an extensive search of the area, with assistance from K-9 units, Shutesbury police and a Massachusetts State Police helicopter, but they were unable to find the suspects.-7016d064efee4965

Investigators searched the pickup truck and found methamphetamine, other narcotics and drug paraphernalia, police said. As a result, an arrest warrant was issued for Mahoney for the following charges:

  • leaving the scene of property damage accident;
  • methamphetamine trafficking;
  • possession of a class B substance;
  • receiving stolen property over $250;
  • receiving stolen property under $250;
  • and receiving stolen credit cards.

Mahoney has eight other warrants out for her arrest. She is known to use stolen ID cards to rent vehicles and hotel rooms and to falsely identify herself to authorities, police said.mahoney-casejpg-5dae93d75a55e518

Mahoney may still be in Western Massachusetts, according to Pelham police, who are asking anyone with information to call 413-253-0484.

Gleason, of Derry, New Hampshire, has two active warrants out for his arrest, police said.

 

 

 

 

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LORIDA — A Lorida woman was arrested after deputies found methamphetamine, drug equipment and a weapon at her residence, according to an arrest released Friday.Cathy Murphy

Cathy Ann Murphy, 57, 1849 U.S. 98, Lorida, was arrested Thursday by the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office and charged with committing a felony with a weapon, possession of methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a church, possession of heroin, trafficking methamphetamine and possession of drug equipment.

The arrest came after members of the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Unit served a warrant on her residence and found almost 19 grams of methamphetamine, heroin, a semi-automatic handgun, baggies and a digital scale, authorities said.

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.highlandstoday.com/hi/local-news/woman-arrested-on-meth-charges-20151204/

 

Murphy, NC (WTVC) — An attorney and his wife in Murphy, North Carolina have both been charged with illegal possession of methamphetamine.

Sheriff Derrick Palmer says officers arrested 39-year-old Eric Winston Stiles and 34-year-old Jillian Ashley Sloan Stiles on Thursday.20c56327-fed5-4897-a618-49d0e84883a0-large16x9_AttorneyWifearrested

Palmer says investigators with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office found the Stiles couple in their vehicle apparently in a unconscious state.

Palmer says during a search, a significant quantity of methamphetamine and articles used for the ingestion of methamphetamine were found in the vehicle the Stiles couple had been occupying.

Both Eric and Jillian Stiles were arrested and brought before the North Carolina Magistrate who set a $10,000.00 secure bond each for Possession of Methamphetamine with the Intent to Sell/Deliver, Possession of Paraphernalia and Maintaining a Vehicle.

Eric and Jillian Stiles are currently being held in the Cherokee County Detention Center pending a December 16th, 2015 District Court date.

Sheriff Palmer said, “We continue to work and go after those who are illegally making, selling, using or possessing controlled substances in Cherokee County. We are not always sure where the road leads us but rest assured we will continue to travel down that road to rid our county of this menace.”

 

 

 

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HOMER, Mich. (WOOD) — Two children and an infant were taken to the hospital after authorities discovered a meth lab in Calhoun County.

It happened around 6:00 p.m. on Friday. Calhoun County Sheriff deputies say they were called to the home and discovered components that could be used to make meth. While investigating, authorities were lead to a nearby residence where evidence of another meth lab was found.

The two children and the infant were taken to the hospital to be treated for exposure to meth. Authorities say a 42-year-old man was arrested, and authorities are looking to arrest another man they say was involved in producing the meth.

The case is under investigation.

 

 

 

 

http://woodtv.com/2015/12/05/two-children-infant-hospitalized-after-authorities-discover-meth-lab/

 

A 31-year-old Rifle man sentenced to community corrections earlier this year was booted from the program after he doused himself in gasoline and threatened to light himself on fire Nov. 17, according to his case file.

He was originally arrested on charges of felony aggravated motor vehicle theft, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

In March, the Rifle man called law enforcement for help from the 100 block of Airport Road, saying people who had tried to kill him in Grand Junction were following him.

The truck he was driving was reported stolen out of Craig the night before.

He had also been listed by Grand Junction police just five days prior as “missing/endangered,” after he’d “left a mental health facility for being suicidal and previously had a knife on him,” according to an affidavit.

Police found a glass pipe, a plastic baggie with suspected methamphetamine and six “colored rocks” that tested positive as an amphetamine and weighed 18.4 grams, according to an affidavit.

Follow the gasoline incident, he’ll go back to court for resentencing, and he’s being held without bond.

 

 

 

 

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During an execution of a search and arrest warrant on Dec. 2, 2015 off of Farm Road 2940, the Brownwood Sheriff’s Office uncovered major assault weapons, a meth lab and two children surrounded by such living conditions, said Vance Hill, chief deputy of the Brownwood County Sheriff’s Office.lynn_isbell

Hill, who was recently promoted from Captain of Operations to Chief Deputy with the BCSO, said the search and arrest warrant was prompted by a call received in late November by an individual who had went out to the property to repossess a vehicle. The individual told officials that a man by the name of Lynn Allen Isbell, 34, had pulled out a small firearm, or handgun, on him.

This was exactly what the officials, who had been watching Isbell for approximately one year, needed to get the search and arrest warrant.

Hill said during the search, officials recovered a total of 13 firearms, hundreds of rounds of ammunition, and a meth lab outside of the residence and on the property. One of the firearms was an AR-15 Assault Rifle.

“[Isbell] also had full body armor, which is illegal to have,” Hill said.

In addition to the firearms, ammunition, body armor and meth lab, criminal investigators found two children on the property.

“These two children were living in this environment,” Hill noted. “CPS took the kids into custody. We want to thank CPS for their quick response.”

Vance added that among the firearms, the handgun that the individual who contacted BCSO described was also identified.

Three individuals total were arrested during the investigation. Isbell is facing 21 charges based on what BCSO recovered. His total bond amount is set at $419,000 total. Amanda Lynn Isbell, 31, was charged with possession of a controlled substance, marijuana, and endangering the two children. Her bond amount is set at $17,000 total.

 

 

 

 

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STATESVILLE, N.C. — The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office has arrested seven people in connection to a large metthamphetamine bust.635848568899234426-carlos-flores-cano

The investigation kicked off several months ago after narcotics officers were tipped off that Eric Germaine Summers, of North Oakland Avenue in Statesville, was selling crystal meth.

Throughout their investigation, undercover officers were able to purchase meth and a handgun from the suspect, authorities say, and were also able to identify Summers’ suppliers.

In late-October, search warrants were conducted at two homes in Statesville, where five men were taken into custody. A sixth man was arrested several days after the raids.

In all, narcotics officers seized six pounds of crystal meth with a street value of more than $1,000,000, along with 15 grams of cocaine and a handgun. Additionally, multiple cellphones and three vehicles were seized.

Arrested in the operation were Summers, Jose Duenas-Intriago, Carlos Antonio Flores-Cano, Juan Ernesto Ortiz Rodriguez, Rigoberto Portillo-Ramirez, Jario Leonel Vasques-Espinosa and Jesus Cristino Perales.

Two suspects are held in the Iredell County Detention Center under $25,000 bonds each, while the other two are in federal custody, being held without bond.

One federal and one state suspect have immigration detainers, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

 

 

 

 

http://www.wcnc.com/story/news/crime/2015/12/04/1m-in-meth-seized-7-arrested-in-statesville-drug-bust/76809908/

 

44-year-old Tracy Jecker of Munfordville was arrested Wednesday on Old Main Street in the city limits of Munfordville.

Tracy Jecker was operating a 1998 Dodge Durango on Old Main Street in Munfordville when KSP Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Senior Officer Nick Pruitt observed the vehicle to have an expired temporary registration plate. During the investigation Pruitt found several items inside the vehicle used in Manufacturing Methamphetamine. Jecker was arrested and charged with No Registration Plates, No Registration Receipt, Failure to Produce Insurance Card, Failure of Owner to Maintain Insurance 1st, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Manufacturing Methamphetamine 2nd.

Jecker was lodged in the Hart County Jail. Senior Officer Nick Pruitt is investigating.

 

 

 

 

 

http://wcluradio.com/munfordville-woman-arrested-for-manufacturing-meth/

 

Muncie – A woman will spend no more than four years in prison under a plea agreement in which she admits giving her chronically ill mother a fatal injection of a painkiller.

Thirty-one-year-old Amanda Kay Pratt has pleaded guilty to reckless homicide under the agreement that Delaware Circuit Judge Marianne Vorhees has taken under advisement.

Vorhees has tentatively set sentencing for Jan. 4.

A charging document filed in April alleged Pratt “did recklessly kill another human being,” 54-year-old Penny S. Kerry, on Feb. 7, The Star Press reported.

Under questioning in court Wednesday from public defender Mike Quirk, Pratt said her mother suffered from chronic illnesses and would “lie in bed and cry and moan” after she was no longer able to receive prescriptions for pain medications from her doctor.

Quirk said Kerry began obtaining controlled substances, apparently illegally, and injecting herself with those drugs.

“She asked you to (inject the substances) that day?” he asked Pratt.

“Yes,” responded Pratt, who appeared to be fighting back tears.

Delaware County Coroner Scott Hahn determined Kerry’s death was an accident that was caused by acute methamphetamine poisoning.

Pratt was arrested three days after her mother’s death when police raided a house and found methamphetamine, materials used to make it and a prescription drug.Pratt also told Vorhees in court that she was a heroin abuser.

The plea agreement also calls for Pratt to plead guilty to an unrelated count of forgery. The forgery charge alleges Pratt forged and cashed a check for $180.82 at a local supermarket in June. Police said the check had been stolen from a home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Three men and one woman are in custody after police found what appeared to be a working meth lab in the trunk of a parked car Thursday night in Centerville.

Centerville Police Department Chief Ed Buchholz said police initially were called to the house in the 100 block of South Morton Avenue to assist Child Protection Services.635847789580355519-scene-2

As they were at the front door, two people ran out the back door. Officers gave chase and apprehended them.

Police also discovered a man sleeping in the back seat of a car parked in the house’s driveway.

The suspects were found to have with them articles commonly associated with the manufacturing of methamphetamine, Buchholz said.

After receiving consent to search the property, Buchholz said police found, “what appears to be an active meth lab in the trunk of the car.”

For the safety of the community, Morton Avenue was closed between U.S. 40 and Walnut Street at about 7:30 p.m.

The Centerville Fire Department, Spirit Ambulance and Wayne County Sheriff’s Department also responded. The Indiana State Police Meth Suppression Unit was called to handle the lab.

The chemicals used in methamphetamine production are highly toxic and explosive. The toxins spread easily during making of methamphetamine, and the fumes can cause injuries, including damage to internal organs.

The four suspects were taken to Reid Health to be examined for exposure to methamphetamine chemicals before being taken to the Wayne County Jail.

Bobby L. Binion, 43, of the 11300 block of West County Road 1000 South in Losantville, Ind., is preliminarily charged with manufacturing methamphetamine (unspecified felony), dealing methamphetamine (a Level 5 felony), conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine (a Level 5 felony), possession of precursors (a Level 5 felony), possession of precursor by methamphetamine offender (a Level 6 felony), possession of paraphernalia (a Class D felony), possession of a controlled substance (a Level 6 felony) and maintaining a common nuisance (a Level 6 felony).

He also has a hold placed on him by another jurisdiction.

According to the Indiana Department of Correction, Binion was released on July 28 after serving an eight-year prison sentence for dealing methamphetamine. He was convicted in Delaware County.

Stacy Jo Garrett, 32, of the 1600 block of South Haberhill Drive in Yorktown, Ind., is preliminarily charged with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine (a Level 5 felony), possession of chemical reagents or precursors with the intent to manufacture a controlled substance (a Level 5 felony), maintaining a common nuisance (a Level 6 felony) and possession of paraphernalia (a Level 6 felony).

Lonnie E. Gannom, 45, of Muncie is preliminarily charged with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine (a Level 5 felony) and maintaining a common nuisance (a Level 6 felony).

James H. Abney, 44, of the first block of South 13th Street in Richmond is preliminarily charged with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine (a Level 5 felony).

Buchholz said he doesn’t know what brought Child Protection Services to the South Morton Avenue residence but said there were no children found when officers searched the home.

South Morton Avenue opened at about 9:30 p.m., although police remained at the scene, continuing their investigation.

 

 

 

 

http://www.pal-item.com/story/news/2015/12/03/possible-meth-lab-found-trunk-parked-car/76760540/

 

LENOX, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say several people are being questioned after undercover investigators keeping an eye on drug suspects saw two small explosions at a central New York home.

The Post-Standard of Syracuse reports that the Madison County Sheriff’s Office says the investigators had been conducting surveillance at a home in the rural town of Lenox after receiving tips about methamphetamine being made there.

Officials say the home was under surveillance Tuesday night when two small explosions erupted from a backyard fire pit. Police say they then moved in and uncovered a meth lab.

Sheriff Allen Riley said the lab had been “a substantial operation” but no arrests have been announced yet. More information is expected to be released Thursday.

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.recordonline.com/article/20151203/NEWS/151209809

 

ABILENE, TEXAS – It’s one of the largest drug crimes that the Abilene Police Department deals with.

The use of methamphetamine continues to increase.

Brandy Mauldin has been clean from Methamphetamine going on 10 years.

“It was either stop or die,” says Mauldin, “I was on the verge of losing my family and I was on the verge of losing my life.”

During her time using the drug, she signed over guardianship of her kids to her mother.

“I had to give my mother guardianship and put her in charge because I wasn’t capable,” says Mauldin.

Sadly, many kids in Abilene do get taken away from their parents and the drug, Meth, has a lot to do with it.

“Well, I think our area has seen a dramatic increase in the drug Meth, in the amount of, not just removals by Child Protective Services, but children in those removal cases testing positive for the drug,” says Sgt. Lynn Beard.

Yes you heard that right, children testing positive for the drug.

Sgt. Lynn Beard with APD says, when meth is present in the household, kids become less of a priority for parents.

“You don’t have to ingest it to have it in your system, you can get it on your skin, you can breathe the fumes,” says Beard. Meth is nothing new to Abilene, but why the increase?

“We get a lot of drugs coming from the south and the west,” says Beard.

It’s also become a problem to book the drugs in for evidence because there is so much.

“Thousands on thousands of drug cases and this is just one room,” says Beard.

While the police department didn’t have the exact numbers as to how much Meth has increased, they say property crimes and violent crimes are attributed to the drug.

“When drug uses go up, drug users tend to steal to fund the habit,” says Beard.

Which brings us back to Brandy, she says being drug free has helped her gain her life back, with her children by her side.

Sgt. Lynn Beard says the narcotics division has made some large drug seizures in the recent weeks.

 

 

 

 

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WASHINGTON TERRACE — A woman allegedly responsible for her 8-year-old granddaughter taking a meth pipe to school was booked into jail Monday, Nov. 30.linda-wiese

Linda Wiese, 59, was charged with three third-degree felony counts of endangerment of a child or vulnerable adult and one count of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

On Oct. 21, a meth pipe inside a Ziplock bag with a book reader was discovered in the 8-year-old’s backpack by her third-grade teacher at Roosevelt Elementary School, police said. The Weber County Sheriff’s Office was notified and served a search warrant on the family’s home accompanied by the Division of Child and Family Services.

Drugs and drug paraphernalia were found near children’s toys and books, Sheriff’s Lt. Lane Findlay said.

“The deputy told me, there was a kid’s pillow there and he lifted it up, and there’s an item of paraphernalia right under the pillow,” Findlay said.both

The parents, Bryce Floyd Tyler, 46, and Joanne Wiese Tyler, 39, were booked into Weber County Jail, each on three third-degree felony counts of child endangerment, possession of a controlled substance, a class A misdemeanor; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a class B misdemeanor.

Wiese admitted to using drugs near the children and said she “may have accidentally dropped the meth pipe in the child’s book bag,” according to a statement by the sheriff’s office. She was not initially arrested and charged due to health issues.

Child and Family Services took the three children — the 8-year-old girl, a 2-year-old boy and a 20-month-old boy — into protective custody.

Both parents appeared in preliminary court hearings where a district judge ruled there was probable cause to bind them to trial. Both defendants entered not guilty pleas.

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.standard.net/Police-Fire/2015/12/02/Grandmother-charged-after-8-year-old-takes-meth-pipe-to-school

 

A couple was arrested Tuesday for allegedly selling methamphetamine out of a Buckhannon hotel. West Virginia State.Buckhannon

Police received a tip that Christina Thompson, 34, and Christopher Thompson, 36, had been selling methamphetamine out of the Hampton Inn for several days.

After watching the Thompsons exit the hotel Tuesday night, police initiated a traffic stop on their vehicle.

 

 

 

 

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