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Middlesboro Police Officer Jeremiah Johnson conducted a traffic stop Sunday, February 26 on 20 year old Linda Owens of Middlesboro. According to the citation, the stop occurred at Exeter Avenue and 29th street when Johnson observed Owens operating a silver/gold Nissan Altima over the speed limit.

The citation further states that once stopped, Officer Johnson requested assistance from Officers Edward Dray and Michael Smith. The officers confronted Owens observing she showed signs of intoxication and she failed standard field sobriety tests. The officers found her to be manifestly under the influence and she freely admitted to recent use of Methamphetamine, Suboxone, Marijuana, and Xanax. A search of Owen’s purse lead to the discovery of Methamphetamine and found in her vehicle were (2) two glass pipes with residue believed to be Methamphetamine.

A check for warrants revealed Owens had an active bench warrant for failure to appear on several possession of controlled substance charges including obstructing governmental operations, disorderly conduct, and public intoxication. At one point during the incident Owens revealed information to the officers leading to other drug activity of a boyfriend at a local hotel.

Owens was also charged by Officer Dray with possession of controlled substance 1st degree, 1st offense – Methamphetamine, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs 1st offense, no operator’s license, and speeding 5 mph over the speed limit. Linda Owens was transported to Middlesboro ARH for a blood test and then to the Bell County Detention Center.

A passenger in the vehicle, 28 year old Amanda Hall of Middlesboro, also had an active bench warrant for failure to appear on charges of shop lifting and criminal trespass.

Separate citations state that while Officers Dray and Smith cleared the scene, Officer Johnson along with Officers Kenny Vanover, Barry Cowan, and shortly thereafter Michael Smith, went to room 210 at Days Inn on Cumberland Avenue.

The officers conducted a talk and knock at the room and could hear movement in the room for several minutes before the door was answered. In the room the officers found 38 year old Michael Miracle of Middlesboro, 20 year old Amanda Martin of Middlesboro, and 29 year old Joshua Kyle Ramsey of Pineville. According to the citation, the officers found drug paraphernalia in the toilet, a clear rock-like substance believed to be Methamphetamine in a shoe, in a torn bag, and on a side table. Among the drug paraphernalia were several syringes, aluminum foil, and a mini digital scale.

Due to no one in the room taking ownership of the items discovered, all three were charged with possession of controlled substance 1st degree, 1st offense – methamphetamine, buy/possess drug paraphernalia, and tampering with physical evidence.

Joshua Kyle Ramsey is a teacher at Knox Central High School and Superintendent Kelly Sprinkles via Knox County Schools District Communications Director Frank Shelton released a statement in regard to the arrest.

“At this time the employee (Joshua Kyle Ramsey) is suspended pending further investigation by law enforcement and the school district. The school district cannot provide comment on pending investigations of its employees.
The Knox County Board recognizes the substance/drug abuse problem in our nation and our communities. The Board and its employees share a commitment to create and maintain a drug-free workplace. It is the policy of the Board that district employees shall not manufacture, distribute, dispense, be under the influence of, purchase, possess, use, or attempt to purchase or obtain, sell or transfer illegal substances. The policy is part of the Board’s Drug Free/Alcohol Free Schools act.”


Are women increasingly at risk of addiction?

Posted: 27th February 2017 by Doc in Uncategorized
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Last year, American novelist Joyce Maynard faced a harsh realization: Her habit of reaching for a glass of wine whenever she felt stressed had crossed the line into an addiction.

“It kind of crept up on me,” said Maynard, 63, whose novel about a single mother with a wine dependence, “Under the Influence,” came out in paperback in November. “The way I was drinking is the way a lot of women drink and don’t see it as any kind of problem. And for a lot of them, it may not be a problem. It wasn’t the quantity; it was the space wine occupied in my life. I could tell it was occupying an unhealthy one. I was using it increasingly as a comfort and a reliever of stress. I would say, ‘I’m not going to drink,’ and then I would.”

Maynard is part of an increasing cohort of women who have been drinking (or abusing) alcohol more than women did only a few decades ago, and in patterns increasingly similar to men’s. Health officials are watching the situation with concern, and some addiction specialists are making comparisons to other dependencies to which women may be more vulnerable, such as food addictions.

Recent research makes the pattern with women and alcohol clear. Analyzing 68 alcohol-use studies from around the world dating to the mid-1900s, Australian researchers found a remarkably steady “gender convergence.” Their review and analysis, published in October, showed that men born in the early 20th century were more than twice as likely as women to drink and three times as likely to have an alcohol problem — but for those born closer to the end of the century, those ratios were 1.1 and 1.2 to 1, respectively. In other words, the difference between male and female drinking had all but disappeared.

The study reinforced earlier, smaller studies, including one in September 2015 that used data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health to demonstrate how the U.S. gender gap in drinking had narrowed from 2002 to 2012.

The authors of these studies don’t explain why this is happening. But clinicians and other professionals have opinions.

“It’s presumably [caused by] all the factors associated with women having a different culture than they did 100 years ago,” George Koob, the director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, said in an interview. “Instead of being at home, they’re in society, and drinking is part of business and social gatherings. Another issue that’s relevant, there has been a decline in underage drinking in men that is not happening with women.”

He added that “women report depression and anxiety twice as much as men, and . . . depression and anxiety are often comorbid with addictions.” Furthermore, among women who drink, “alcohol use tends to escalate more quickly than with men” — what doctors call a “telescoping effect.”

The main problem with women drinking like men is that they don’t have the same physiology as men. Women are more susceptible to alcohol’s effects, largely because they have lower body mass, and in particular less water to disperse the alcohol through their bodies. “Therefore, a woman’s brain and other organs are exposed to more alcohol and to more of the toxic byproducts that result when the body breaks down and eliminates alcohol,” notes the NIAAA, part of the National Institutes of Health.

In the short term, alcohol is quicker to affect women’s ability to function. Long term, women who drink are more likely than men who drink to develop breast cancer, alcoholic hepatitis and certain heart problems.

Food addiction, in contrast, can lead to weight gain and its well-documented health effects, including higher risks of diabetes and heart disease. Food addiction is still an emerging field of research, but the relatively few studies so far that sort data by gender show that women appear to be more vulnerable here, too. Of the 652 adults who participated in a 2013 Canadian study, more than twice as many women as men met the Yale Food Addiction Scale criteria for food addiction. And a 2016 U.S. study designed to test an update of the Yale Scale found that “gender was significantly associated with ­addictive-like eating symptoms with women, on average, reporting a higher number of symptoms” than men.

Ashley Gearhardt, the lead developer of the Yale Food Addiction Scale, noted that women might be more vulnerable to addictive eating patterns because of “so many pressures” in their lives — “pressures in the workplace, pressures regarding child care.”

And there are other social pressures. “Women, more than men, are held to unattainable beauty ideals against the backdrop of a toxic food environment,” she said. “This can increase the likelihood that women will bounce back and forth between the extremes of intense dietary restriction and binge eating.”

No matter where stresses come from, experts agree that they can push a merely unhealthy food or drinking habit into an addiction. But how does one tell when a fondness for a snack or nightly cocktail starts becoming an ­issue?

“It stops being about how much you like it,” Gearhardt said. “People say, ‘I don’t even like it anymore. I want it or crave it.’ You start to feel you can’t control it. Some people say that they’re ‘addicted to chocolate.’ You can like chocolate or look forward to it or have it as a special treat. That’s not an indication of a concern, normally — but it is when you experience such intense cravings that you feel you can’t manage, when it impacts your life.”

Recently, scientists have been fine-tuning the diagnostic tools for what constitutes a substance-use problem, making it easier for people to recognize when their ritual becomes risk.

Notably, when the American Psychiatric Association updated the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders in 2013, it changed the way it categorized drug and alcohol issues: Instead of dividing them into two categories — abuse and dependence — the new DSM-5 established a spectrum of “substance use disorders,” based on 11 questions about symptoms. The questions emphasize psychological issues, such as a new question about cravings: “In the past year, have you wanted a drink so badly you couldn’t think of anything else?” (The list can be found online, including at the NIAAA’s website,

According to the manual, the presence of at least two of the 11 symptoms indicates a substance or alcohol disorder, and six or more symptoms mean it’s severe.

Echoing that update, ­Gearhardt and her colleagues revised their Yale Food Addiction Scale in February 2016. The ­original 2009 scale, considered the yardstick for measuring food dependence, included 25 questions about a person’s relationship to food, but the Yale Scale 2.0 has 35 ­more-specific questions, which pay attention to psychological ­symptoms, and food’s effects on ­personal life. (The questionnaire is downloadable at ­ .)

As in the DSM-5, cravings were added to the Yale Scale — “I had such strong urges to eat certain foods that I couldn’t think of anything else.” Gearhardt, who directs the Food and Addiction Science and Treatment Lab at the University of Michigan, said these cravings go well beyond most people’s everyday hunger — like having to get up and leave a business meeting to satisfy a desire for a specific treat.

“Other things we’ve seen clinically, someone may go from grocery store to grocery store to buy food to binge,” Gearhardt said. “They don’t go to just one place to buy it, because of the shame and embarrassment. Or they may have a social engagement but they lose control and cancel so they can stay home and binge. People lose control and really feel not well as a result.”

A few bouts of excessive drinking or eating may not indicate a severe problem: A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention fact sheet notes that “approximately 12 percent of adult women report binge drinking three times a month” but goes on to say that “most (90 percent) people who binge drink are not alcoholics or alcohol dependent.”

But both Koob and Gearhardt stressed that when a substance negatively affects someone’s life, or they answer positively to criteria on the DSM or Yale Scale, they should seek further help.

“One of the really good things about the DSM-5,” Koob said, “is that it emphasizes that you don’t have to be what we used to call an ‘alcoholic’ to have a problem. Now you can try to seek out a counselor, seek out a family physician, seek out a religious person in your community so that problems with alcohol can be stopped before they progress. It may make it a little clearer that a problem with alcohol is a spectrum of intensity, and is not always the guy you see out on the street. And the guy on the street is often the exception. Alcohol use disorders pervade our society.”

Gearhardt said, regarding food addiction, “We’ve treated people clinically who tried to manage for 20 years on their own, trying any diet they could get their hands on, but they didn’t see a therapist or psychologist, and they ran out of options.”

In Maynard’s case, her longtime enjoyment of wine kicked into high gear after her late husband, Jim, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in November 2014. During the worst of his illness, she says, she drank every night, sometimes half a bottle. After several failed attempts to quit in 2015, she decided she had to quit cold turkey in January 2016. A month later, she wrote a widely read online essayabout her case.

Since then, she said, women have reached out to her about their addictions.

“So many women experience this,” she said. “We live with an enormous amount of stress. Reaching for a bottle of wine is one of the easiest, quickest ways to take the edge off.”

Today, Maynard is back to drinking, but in moderation; she says she always intended to drink again when she believed she could manage it. However, she has new rules: She will not drink every night, and never alone. She rarely has more than one drink. She attends Al-Anon meetings, organized for families of problem drinkers, as her late father was an alcoholic.

“I love to cook. I love wine with good food,” Maynard said. “There are times I wish that I could have more and know I cannot.”

She added: “I would say I had an addiction” — then, correcting herself — “I have an addiction that I’m always aware of. There may be people who will hear this or read this and say: ‘She’s kidding herself. She’s an alcoholic. She needs to not drink.’

“If I get to the point where I can’t maintain it, it will tell me the problem is too severe.”


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They were eight children, all 12 or younger, each of them students at Longfellow Elementary School.

They lived on Eau Claire’s north side, in one of the city’s poorest neighborhoods, a hardscrabble mix of homes and a few small businesses bordering Birch Street.

Between mid-December to early January, each of those kids was removed from their homes after authorities determined they were in danger because parents or guardians were using methamphetamine.

In mid-December, authorities removed two brothers, first- and second-graders at Longfellow, from their father’s custody after he passed out at the wheel of his car after ingesting meth while waiting to pick up his boys after school. A week later, shortly before Christmas break, a girl kindergartner at the school was taken from her home after police discovered meth use there.

At that same time, three sisters — in kindergarten, first and fifth grades — were removed from their home after their parents were discovered using meth. Then, days after students returned to school from Christmas vacation, two brothers were relocated from their home when their mother was found abusing meth and her children tested positive for the drug.

A counselor at Longfellow for the past seven years, Craig Hinden is used to dealing with difficult situations faced by the students he helps. The school has the poorest socioeconomic status in the Eau Claire district, and family difficulties aren’t uncommon. But even Hinden was alarmed by the recent rash of meth-related child removal cases at the school.

“It felt like a crisis,” Hinden said. “I’ve learned not to be shocked by much, but I was feeling overwhelmed. You get (meth cases) from time to time, but all of a sudden we got hit with a wave of it.”

While the recent spike of meth cases in the Longfellow attendance area is unusual, the school is far from alone in Eau Claire and across western Wisconsin, where an increasing number of students are being removed from their homes because their parents or guardians are arrested for meth-related activities.

School administrators and staff, social services agencies and law enforcement officials in this part of the state report sharply rising meth use and arrests in recent years, resulting in the removal of more children from their homes when parents or guardians are incarcerated.

In 2010, Eau Claire police arrested 13 people for infractions related to meth. In 2012, that number was 17, but the following year it topped 70 and climbed to 117 in 2014. Through the first 10 months of last year, there were 156 meth-related arrests by the department.

The adverse impact of meth on children is among police Chief Jerry Staniszewski’s biggest concerns related to the drug’s resurgence.

“Perhaps the biggest worry in those situations is the safety of kids,” he said during a recent interview.

Eau Claire schools Superintendent Mary Ann Hardebeck echoed that sentiment. As of Tuesday, 46 students in the district were in out-of-home placements at that time, she said, noting that number varies as children move in and out of those alternate situations.

“We are seeing more families in crisis,” Hardebeck said.

‘Huge problem’  

The growing number of children in need of new homes because of meth use is straining an overburdened alternate care system in the Eau Claire area, officials said. That system already faced shortages of appropriate homes for children removed from their living situations because of meth use and a wide range of other issues deemed to endanger kids’ safety.

According to Eau Claire County Human Services Department statistics, the number of cases involving child protective services has doubled between 2010 and 2015. The percentage of those cases involving alcohol or other drugs also has grown, officials said.

“Our alternate care system was already stretched,” said Terri Bohl, social work manager for the department’s child protective services division. “Now you add this big number of cases where kids are removed from their homes because of meth exposure, and we just can’t keep up.”

The prevalence of meth in the county is borne out in statistics. In 2010, 67 percent of child protective services cases here involved alcohol and other drugs, a figure that grew to 82 percent last year. That increase was driven almost exclusively by meth, figures show, as 94 percent of those cases in 2016 involved the drug.

Eau Claire County isn’t alone in experiencing far more meth-related cases in recent years. In Chippewa County, meth-related out-of-home placements for children have grown from 10 in 2014 to 83 last year.

Tina Buhrow and her husband live in Chippewa Falls, where they are foster parents and provide crisis care in their home for children from eight counties in need of immediate relocation. She called the increase in meth-related cases in recent years “alarming” and said it is overwhelming an already maxed-out child protective services network.

Our system simply isn’t designed to handle the numbers we are seeing,” Buhrow said.

Foster shortage

Eau Claire school board member Joe Luginbill said he has become all too familiar with the shortage of alternate placements for children. Last year he founded the Luginbill Children’s Foundation to address the lack of foster care services. The shortage of those services means in too many instances children are moved from this community to unfamiliar settings, sometimes in other states, he said.

“Tearing those kids from the community they know can be traumatic for them,” Luginbill said.

Hardebeck said the district would like to keep relocated children in their same schools, or within the district, when possible. “We know it is so disruptive for those kids to be relocated, to be bouncing from place to place,” she said.

After working with law enforcement and others to verify meth use in a home, county human services workers attempt to find placement of children with relatives, first within the same school attendance area, and then elsewhere in Eau Claire or a nearby community, Bohl said. That often isn’t possible, she said, and foster homes are sought. But the large number of children needing relocation because of arrests for meth has overwhelmed available foster care homes, she said.

“More and more we aren’t able to keep children here in Eau Claire,” Bohl said, noting sometimes they bounce among several homes and schools within one school year, depending on their placement situations. Arranging visits between children located elsewhere and parents incarcerated or receiving treatment here also is challenging, she said.

Fighting back

Meth is nothing new to western Wisconsin. In the early 2000s, the drug ravaged this part of the state as people combined an unlikely list of compounds to make the highly addictive drug. In 2006 the state Legislature enacted regulations designed to limit the amount of pseudoephedrine, one of meth’s ingredients, that residents can purchase. Meth arrests in the area plummeted in ensuing years.

Then, several years ago, police noticed a resurgence of meth in this region as the drug made its way here from other places. To combat meth, agencies in Eau Claire County formed the Drug Endangered Children Initiative in 2014. It consists of the county Human Services Department, the courts system, the district attorney’s office, law enforcement and others.

Police spokeswoman Bridget Coit, a Drug Endangered Children Initiative member, said the agencies working together “are better able to come up with specific ways to address (meth).” Among useful tools devised to fight the epidemic was obtaining search warrants to conduct hair follicle tests that show the presence of meth, she said.

“That has been a big help for us,” Coit said. “Before, without catching someone in the act of using meth, we didn’t have a definitive way to show that meth use was happening. Now, with the tests, we can show that, yes, these kids have been exposed directly to meth, and they need to be relocated.”

Ongoing problem

Of the eight Longfellow students removed from homes in December and January because of meth use where they lived, only the group of three sisters remains in the Eau Claire school district. They wound up living with a grandparent who resides near Lakeshore Elementary School, which they previously attended. “It has been a nice transition for them,” Hinden said.

Others are farther away, the last time Hinden, the Longfellow counselor, knew of their situations. Two brothers were placed in Eau Claire foster care briefly before their mother relocated them to the Twin Cities. The kindergartner and her younger sibling, not yet in school, also wound up in the Twin Cities, where a relative took them in. And two brothers removed from their home because their mother used meth went to Black River Falls with their father.

Since the December-​January outbreak, Hinden hasn’t dealt with any other cases of students having to be relocated because of meth use in their homes. But it’s only a matter of time before it happens again, he said.

“Given the magnitude of the meth problem in this community, I fear this is going to be something we face for a while,” he said.



The boy’s track team at Corbin High School saw more than a beautiful day Friday morning when a woman stripped off her clothes and ran with them, police said.

“She pulled off all her clothes, went across the chain link fence, and then got into the track area with the boys and was running around the track with the boys,” said Capt. Coy Wilson, public affairs officer for Corbin police.

“They said she was running around after them. She never touched any of them,” Wilson said. “When I got there, she’d already quit that, went across the fence and into the parking lot.”

Wilson asked for the woman’s identity. “No reaction from her,” he said. “She said something, I don’t even remember. She pretty much didn’t know who she was.”

The woman began to resist when Officer Steve Meadors attempted to put her into a police cruiser to get her out of sight, Wilson said. Meadors used a stun gun “to keep from having to hurt her or have her hurt one of us,” Wilson said.

The woman was taken to the Corbin police department. No identification could be found in her clothes, so police posted a photograph of her face on Facebook. Within a few minutes, someone identified her as Julie Leger, 26, of London, Coy said.

She was eventually taken to Baptist Health Corbin for observation and treatment.

Wilson said it wasn’t that long ago that a man wearing only boxer shorts, a T-shirt and socks was taken into custody at Whitaker Bank on Corbin’s Main Street.

Police suspect that a combination of methamphetamine and synthetic bath salts may be causing the erratic behavior among individuals, Wilson said. At least that’s what the man in boxers told police he’d taken after he was sober.

Meanwhile, Leger was charged with disorderly conduct, public intoxication, resisting arrest and indecent exposure.
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LINCOLN, CA (WCMH) — After getting arrested, most people would play it safe when retrieving items that were taken during the arrest. However, that’s not the case for one couple from Lincoln, California.

According to the Lincoln Police Department, the couple showed up in a car with no license plates and the suspect’s boyfriend allegedly had needles and methamphetamine in his pockets.


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A Rome woman remained in jail Friday without bond after being accused of having methamphetamine.

According to Floyd County Jail reports:

Gail Patricia Bennett, 34, of 411B Woodward St., was arrested Friday at 12:34 p.m. after police found methamphetamine in a plastic bag and two glass pipes in her possession. She told police she had nothing else on her, but a search at the jail found synthetic marijuana.

Bennett is charged with felony possession of methamphetamine, possession of synthetic marijuana and crossing the guard line with contraband. She also is charged with misdemeanor possession of drug-related objects.


Comments Off on Brittni Ann Zenner, 18, Tamara Dawn Mendoza, 26, Ciera Nicole Mendoza, 21, Tiffany Kaye Reyna, 34, of Hawick, and Joshua Diaz, 35, charged in connection with Methamphetamine found following Willmar high-speed chase

WILLMAR — After a Blomkest 17-year-old allegedly led law enforcement on a high-speed chase Tuesday in Willmar, he bolted into a home.

Law enforcement followed. Inside, they say, they saw methamphetamine and paraphernalia in plain view.

Six people, including a 17-year-old, were inside the home in three different rooms. An infant child was also in one room.

Officers from the CEE-VI Drug and Gang Task Force obtained a search warrant and returned to the home the same day, recovering in total a quarter-pound of meth throughout the home.

All six people were initially arrested after the Tuesday search warrant. Five people have now been charged in Kandiyohi County District Court in connection with the drugs found.

Tiffany Kaye Reyna, 34, of Hawick, and Joshua Diaz, 35, of Willmar, face the most severe charges of the group: felony first-degree drug possession, felony drug paraphernalia possession in the presence of a child, and petty misdemeanor drug paraphernalia possession.

According to the criminal complaint filed with the charges, officers initially found Reyna and Diaz in a bedroom of the home.

When they returned to that bedroom for the search warrant, officers allegedly recovered 100 grams of meth in two bags, pipes and snort tubes, a surveillance camera pointed out the window, unidentified white pills, a marijuana pipe and a black flip phone.

Officers also reportedly found $980 cash in Diaz’s pocket, and a 13.2-gram bag of meth, according to the criminal complaint.

Tamara Dawn Mendoza, 26, is facing felony charges for fifth-degree drug possession and storing meth paraphernalia in the presence of a child, as well as a petty misdemeanor for paraphernalia possession.

She had initially been located in a different bedroom with Ciera Nicole Mendoza, 21, as well as a 17-year-old, and an infant child.

According to the criminal complaint, officers recovered a pill bottle containing meth, a broken glass pipe, a meth pipe and a bong, a digital scale and marijuana grinder in that bedroom.

Ciera Mendoza was also charged. She is facing a felony for storing meth in the presence of a child, a gross misdemeanor for fifth-degree drug possession, and a petty misdemeanor for drug paraphernalia possession.

In a third bedroom, officers at the scene reportedly found Brittni Ann Zenner, 18. She is facing identical charges to Ciera Mendoza.

During the search warrant, officers reportedly recovered a digital scale and tubing in the third bedroom, which allegedly tested positive for meth, along with marijuana paraphernalia.

A plastic bag of 26.1 grams of meth, a black bong cap, and a corner-cut bag containing white residue were also reportedly found in the upstairs living room and bathroom of the home, according to the criminal complaint.

All charged in the case made their first appearances Thursday in Kandiyohi County District Court.

Reyna’s next court hearing is set for Feb. 28.

The next hearings for Diaz, Ciera Mendoza, Tamara Mendoza, and Zenner are scheduled for March 6.

The teen accused of initiating the chase, Ryan Patrick Stinnett, was charged Wednesday with fleeing a peace officer, a felony, and reckless driving, a misdemeanor.

Stinnett was charged as a juvenile. Felony matters against 16- and 17-year-old juveniles are public record.

His next court hearing is set for March 20.


Comments Off on Jessica Lorine Stump, 33, of Muncie, brought Methamphetamine, syringes, to IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital

MUNCIE, Ind. – IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital police allege a Muncie woman brought methamphetamine and three syringes with her when she was being admitted to the hospital.

Jessica Lorine Stump, 33, of the 5100 block of North Broadway, was arrested Feb. 15 on preliminarily charges of possession of meth and unlawful possession of a syringe.

Formal charges have not been filed as a result of that incident.

In November, Stump was charged with possession of precursors – usually items used in meth production – in Madison Circuit Court 4. Her trial in that case is set for May 2.


Comments Off on Elisha Resler, 36, of North Platte, arrested at the Fairfield Inn for Methamphetamine and drugs

A North Platte woman was arrested Thursday after police searched a local hotel room.

On Thursday afternoon, North Platte police received information that an individual with active warrants was staying at the Fairfield Inn.

Investigator John Deal said officers found the man in a vehicle in the parking lot, and he was taken into custody without incident.

Hotel management told police that the man had rented two rooms and they were preparing to clean them since he wasn’t coming back. Officers accompanied management to the rooms.

The first room was empty, but drug paraphernalia was located inside, Deal said.

A woman was in the second room. She gave a false name, Deal said, but an officer recognized her as Elisha Resler, 36. It was determined that she had outstanding warrants for her arrest.

She was holding a balled-up tissue that she refused to drop when officers tried to arrest her, Deal said. The tissue was seized and officers found multiple plastic baggies inside it with white residue that field-tested positive for methamphetamine.

Officers also located two medications, clonazepam and lorazepam, in the room. Deal said Resler didn’t have a prescription for either.

She was arrested on suspicion of false reporting, possession of methamphetamine and possession of a controlled substance.


Comments Off on Woman who was with Hesston mass shooter, Cedric Ford, 38, describes his Methamphetamine and alcohol-addled last days and hours

A Wichita woman had one of the last, most intimate views of what life was like for Cedric Ford, the mass shooter that upended the lives of so many.

She describes a man who told her he was depressed, who drank alcohol and snorted meth to the point that he sometimes had to stay in bed for days.

But he was also kind to her and considerate, someone who offered to buy her food and drinks and who she would laugh with. She said she messaged him on Facebook the day of the shooting, and they had plans to see each other that night.

The woman wants to remain anonymous because one of her children was bullied by other children who found out that her mom knew the shooter, she said.

But the woman showed the Eagle text messages she exchanged with Ford that verified details of her account. And the former Harvey County sheriff, T. Walton, confirmed that she had reached out to him the day after the shooting as she said. Two family members also confirmed that they had met Ford.


A couple of months before Cedric Ford shot 17 people, killing three, last year, he met the woman on Plenty of Fish, an online dating website. Many guys would say crude things to her, but she said he was sweet, if a bit flirty.

He was short and bald, not her type, but she liked that he had a job, a house, a car and seemed to take care of his kids. So he would come over to her house and they would listen to R&B music and lie in bed and watch movies together.

But after a couple of visits, he brought over alcohol and meth and asked her if she wanted any. She liked to drink with him but didn’t do drugs. He snorted the meth, which she thought was strange, because she had seen two people use meth before, and both of them smoked it.

The reason he used meth but not marijuana, he told her, was that the meth would wash out of his system quickly, if Excel Industries, where he worked, drug tested him.

One time he used so much of the drug he had to call in sick for two days, she said. He asked if he could stay with her until he felt better.

He would sweat a lot, roll around in bed and then sit with his head in a trash can, but never throw up. She would sit by his side and hold him. “He would just be like, ‘Hold me, hold me.’ because he was really sick, and I took care of him,” she said.

When she finally fell asleep, he would stay awake all night watching TV and pornography, she said.

But sometimes, when he wasn’t so strung out, they would talk. He told her he was depressed, that he didn’t have many friends in Kansas and wanted to move back to Florida, where his family lives, but that he had gotten in trouble with the law there. His tattoos were from prison, he said.

He would sometimes call her from work and make lewd comments but would tell her it was fine because he was in the paint room and no one could hear him.

Ford would offer to bring her juice, which he knew she liked, when he came over and to take her out to dinner. But they never left the house, and she never saw him eat anything. When he was recovering from a meth high, she said, she offered him Sprite and crackers, and he told her no.

She had gained more than 100 pounds in the past few years, she said, but he still called her beautiful and sexy.

“He bragged about his kids. He told me how he took them to the zoo on the weekend and how their faces lit up,” she said. “He was always doing something, taking them out to eat, taking them to a park. He would send me a picture with him and his kids and he would be driving with his kids in the backseat.”

He carried a handgun with him everywhere, she said, even to bed. One time she tried to pull the gun from underneath his pillow and put it on the nightstand and he told her, no, that it had to stay in bed with them. It was loaded but had a safety lock on, he told her, and she made him point the gun away from her.

“He just talked about how a gun is not a weapon to kill people,” she said. “He talked about how it’s to be used to distract people to make them leave you alone. He also said he was paranoid. That’s why he carried it.”

“I said, ‘No, you are safe at this house.’ He insisted on keeping it close to him. And I just wrote it off to the paranoia of the drugs,” she said.


One night she overheard him arguing with a woman about his children and said he had to leave. She said Ford put the conversation on speaker phone.

The woman said she heard another woman on the phone tell Ford that he wouldn’t be able to see his kids anymore.

After he left, Ford didn’t return her calls or texts that night. But he called to apologize the next day and told her the argument with his girlfriend got out of hand. But he didn’t tell her that he had been physical with his girlfriend.

The woman wasn’t looking to be exclusive with Ford, because she has older kids of her own and didn’t want to be involved with his young children. She was seeing other people, too, and she said Ford didn’t like that.

The woman told Ford she didn’t want to see him anymore until he broke off his relationship with his girlfriend completely. They didn’t speak for several weeks.

Then about two weeks before the shooting he reached out to her and said he had his own place in Newton, and no longer lived with his girlfriend in Wichita. They started seeing each other again.

Ford loved his cars, she said, and on the morning of the shooting, he talked to her about an upcoming car show he was planning to attend, and complained that his car needed to be fixed. He told her he was happy to hear from her and wanted to see her that night.

Later that evening her daughter came over and told her that she thought Ford was dead. She showed her mom an article on Facebook, and they turned on the news. Both of her children had met Ford briefly, when he was at the house, and so did one of her sisters.

“I’ve wondered what would happen if I did go to his house that night?” she said. “What if he would’ve snapped on me? … what if he would’ve snapped on me and my kids and killed us? A lot of people have told me, ‘You are so lucky.’ I never feel lucky though. Those poor families, those poor victims.”

She has a hard time imagining what happened to Ford that day.

“One guy said he had a look in his eyes. I went over pictures and pictures and trying to see if I could see the look in his eyes that made him look crazy, and I had never seen it,” she said. “I wondered what was going through his head at the time. What was he thinking when he shot the first two people?”

She wonders if maybe Ford was looking to be killed.

“He was depressed, maybe he was, maybe he felt he was at his lowest, and it wouldn’t get better,” she said. “But I think the drugs are what intensified it and really made him lose it. Maybe he did what he did because he knew the police would shoot him? Maybe it was a suicide.”

For weeks afterward, she had a nightmare where she was with Ford in a truck and he would get out at a stoplight and start shooting. “In the dream he was really irate, just screaming and yelling,” she said. “I always woke up when he got back in the truck with me. I would always wake up.”

Hesston Kansas Shooter, Cedric Ford, 38, Had High Dose of Methamphetamine, Alcohol, in His System

Comments Off on Melissa Renee Wallace, 35, of Tatum, found with 34 grams of Methamphetamine

A Tatum woman has been arrested after the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office and Tatum police said they found 34 grams of methamphetamine, guns, money and drug paraphernalia in her hotel room.

Melissa Renee Wallace, 35, was held Friday in the Rusk County Jail on $100,000 bond, charged with manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance measuring between 4 grams and 200 grams.

Rusk County officials and Tatum police arrested Wallace on Feb. 17 after receiving a tip, the sheriff’s office said.

Police estimated the drugs have a street value of $3,500.


Comments Off on Kristin Renee Ward, of Bartlesville, Arrested for Methamphetamine

A Bartlesville Woman is in the Washington County Jail for resisting an officer and being in possession of a controlled dangerous substance.

Kristin Renee Ward had a warrant out for her arrest when she was spotted entering Wal-Mart. An officer approached her an began asking her what her name was, but ward refused to give it to him and began walking away. The officer followed Ward and explained that she did have to provide identification to him, and after she refused, began to put her under arrest. Ward pushed the officer and tried to pull away while cursing at the officer. Once the officer had Ward in handcuffs, he searched her and found a bag containing pills and a plastic vial containing methamphetamine.

Ward’s next court date is March 3, at 9 in the morning.


Comments Off on Former Methamphetamine addict, Lauralise Hodges, 45, serves as program director at The Harbor Home

CONWAY — Lauralise Hodges said she understands the struggles women in The Harbor Home are going through, even though she no longer has a desire to use meth.

Hodges, 45, is program director for the residential facility for women with substance-abuse problems. Classrooms have been converted to bedrooms for 10 women in The Harbor church at 18 Ranchette Road. A mobile home houses at least another five women in Phase 2, when they get jobs.

Hodges helped Dana Davin-Ward, executive director of The Harbor Home, start the faith-based program.

A native of Quitman, Hodges said her father, who died in 2006, was a preacher.

“I was a pretty good kid,” she said. However, Hodges said, she always had low self-esteem. “I just hated myself,” she said.

Hodges has been married and divorced three times.

“I seemed to be attracted to those bad guys,” she said.

When she was struggling to lose weight, a man suggested that she try methamphetamine. When she started dating someone who had been in prison on methamphetamine-related charges, she said, that’s when she tried it.

“I was just going to try it and lose weight,” she said.

She ended up losing her home and her children.

Hodges was arrested in 2002 on 27 felony charges and received a court order to attend Potter’s Clay Ministries, a faith-based recovery residential program in Hot Springs. Her parents were granted custody of Hodges’ children.

Hodges was successful in the program. She quit using drugs and sang in a traveling gospel group with her brother.

“I got my life on track,” she said.

Then she started dating a man she met at a Narcotics Anonymous meeting, “and we went backward,” she said.

They began using drugs, Hodges said, and he went to prison.

Hodges said the lowest point in her life was when her then 14-year-old daughter became addicted to prescription medication and, in 2012, was arrested.

“It was horrible,” Hodges said. “When they brought her to court in her shackles and chains, I turned myself in to the judge.”

Together, the mother and daughter went to Potter’s Clay Ministries and excelled.

“It was very hard to go back and face them, but the difference was what I’d done to my children,” Hodges said.

Just a couple of days after they arrived, Hodges was asked to sing during the program’s church service.

“I had [needle] track marks on my arm,” she said. Hodges said she looked out in the audience and saw her daughter. “She was back on the pew, weeping. I fell to my knees onstage and just wept. I told God, ‘Let me die if I can’t break this addiction.’”

Not only was Hodges successful in treatment; she became the assistant director at Potter’s Clay Ministries, a position she held off and on for a total of 14 years.

Hodges said although she intended to stay there indefinitely, she prayed about it and resigned her position. She walked outside and received a phone call to share her story at a church, and she knew she’d made the right decision.

“It was a little country church in Quitman,” she said. The speaker was pastor Larry Ward of Servant’s Chapel General Baptist Church in Conway, and his friend Dana Davin was there to listen to him.

“She came up to me afterward and said, ‘Do you believe in divine appointments? Because I think we were meant to meet,’” Hodges said.

Hodges started ministering and teaching in prisons with Davin, who later married Ward. One day Hodges shared with Davin-Ward her dream to work with women struggling with addiction. That was also a desire that Davin-Ward had.

“She began to share with me her dream to have a home for women,” Davin-Ward said. “At the same time, this property was coming available. It all came together like pieces of the puzzle. It’s a joyful, wonderful story.”

The church in Conway of which Ward was the pastor had a dwindling, older membership of about 13 people. Members voted to repurpose the building and form Servant’s Ministries, a nonprofit organization that owns the building and 5 acres.

Two of the church’s classrooms were furnished with multiple bunk beds to sleep up to 10 women, and the fellowship hall became a living area. One bathroom was renovated with a shower, and another room became a laundry room. The Harbor Home for women with substance abuse opened in August 2015.

Hodges was there in the beginning to help Davin-Ward get the project going. Hodges oversees the programs and teaches two classes: Breaking Free, by Beth Moore, and one that uses the Teen Challenge curriculum.

“I take [the residents] to court; I do the drug-testing,” she said.

Although Hodges said it’s an adjustment for women of different ages and backgrounds to live together while they’re getting their lives together, it works.

”The ones that have had the most success stay connected. They go to church with us and go to events with us,” Hodges said. “We always have a little bit of a rough patch at first, … but before you know it, they’re close; they’re real close.”

About 15 women have graduated from the program to date, and another three are preparing to graduate.

“My dream would be to be able to expand to allow women to come here with their children. I’d love to see this whole property filled with houses,” she said.

Hodges’ older daughter, who was arrested, now teaches liturgical dance at the church. Hodges said her younger daughter hasn’t had any substance-abuse problems, and Hodges hasn’t relapsed.

“I look back and think, ‘Who was that?’” she said, putting her hands on her face and laughing with embarrassment. “I have no desire [to use drugs] at all anymore.”


Comments Off on R30-million crystal Methamphetamine seized at OR Tambo Airport in South Africa

The pungent smell of imported dried fish in a storage shed at OR Tambo International Airport bothered airport staff so much it led to the discovery of 100 kg of crystal meth worth about R30-million hidden in the cargo unloading area.

SARS spokesman Sandile Memela said staff members were overwhelmed by the unpleasant odor and suspected the smell was being used to mask contraband. They called customs officials to track down the smelly consignment. The SA Revenue Service officials located the stinking load of loose dried fish and found several three-liter vegetable oil cans hidden among it.

Inside the cans was the crystal meth with an estimated street value of R30-million.

Customs officials used a portable lab kit to determine whether the substance inside the cans was crystal meth.

The substance‚ referred to as in “tik” in the Western Cape‚ is one of the most commonly abused drugs in Cape Town.

The cargo had come from Cameroon via Istanbul‚ Turkey.

Tik is usually smoked using a light bulb. It gives users a rush of energy‚ but addicts can become aggressive and psychotic. Memela said police were investigating.



Comments Off on Jason Young, 29, of Hodgenville, accused of smoking Methamphetamine with two teenage girls

A Hodgenville man is facing charges after an investigation revealed he’d allegedly smoked crystal meth with two teenage girls on more than one occasion.

A criminal complaint filed Wednesday in Nelson District Court indicates that, while conducting an investigation, officers were told by one of the teenage girls that she had been texting a man named Jason Young, who is 29 years old.

The teenager said she and a friend, who was also 15 at the time, had met with Young in person in August at the Nazareth campus in Nelson County.

The teen said during that meeting, they smoked “ice” with Young, and that she met with him approximately six times, using the drug in the majority of those encounters.

The first teen said her most recent encounter with Young was Feb. 4. The second teen, according to the complaint, confirmed to investigators that she had smoked meth with the man when they first met.

Young was arrested Feb. 19 and charged with two counts of first-degree unlawful transaction with a minor under 18 years of age (illegal controlled substance), and two counts of first-degree unlawful transaction with a minor under 16 years of age (illegal controlled substance).

Note: Nelson County Jail records listing Young’s Feb. 19 arrest incorrectly indicated he had been charged with unlawful transaction with a minor, illegal sex act. But investigators said at this time the charges Young faces are only drug related, though more charges could be possible as the investigation continues.


Comments Off on Alleged Southern Brotherhood gang member, Welford Levi “Pork Chop” McCarty, got life for murder in Greene County, but he’s accused in another slaying

Alleged gang member Welford Levi “Pork Chop” McCarty lost his freedom last week when he received a life sentence plus three years for the March 2013 shooting death and dismemberment of a man he thought was a snitch in Greene County.

But McCarty could face an even stiffer prison sentence if he goes to trial in May along with Robert Virgil Stephens in the alleged gang- and drug-related slaying of a man in George County.

McCarty and Stephens are accused in the killing of Joshua Gautier in George County three months after McCarty killed Donovan Cowart in Greene County.

Both Stephens, 28, and McCarty, 37, were heavily involved in drugs, primarily the meth trade, according to witnesses at McCarty’s trial last week in Cowart’s slaying.

McCarty was handcuffed and whisked out of a Greene County courtroom after a jury convicted him of murdering Cowart, an alleged meth cook who was missing for more than two years before authorities got a tip that would lead to his remains.

Gang affiliation

McCarty and Stephens are said to be members of the Southern Brotherhood, an Alabama-based white-supremacist gang, and the Simon City Royals, a street gang that started in Chicago in the 1950s and spread to other cities, including along the Mississippi Coast.

Stephens testified against McCarty in the capital murder trial in Cowart’s death. He said McCarty shot and killed Cowart, who fell into a makeshift grave on McCarty’s property. At McCarty’s demand, Stephens said, he later dug up Cowart’s remains, chopped them up, weighted them down in a tarp and stuffed them under a culvert overlooking a beaver pond in Greene County.

Stephens is expected to plead guilty to capital murder in that killing later this year. In exchange for his testimony against McCarty in that case, the government has recommended Stephens serve from 20 to 30 years in prison.

Another murder

A grand jury had indicted McCarty in the March 2013 slaying of Gautier, but the charge was dismissed in July 2014 after a witness changed her testimony.

District Attorney Tony Lawrence said at the time he believed the witness had recanted her testimony because of possible threats. Another grand jury later indicted McCarty and Stephens on the new murder charge in Gautier’s killing.

Some workers discovered Gautier’s remains March 24, 2013, on a remote dirt road known to locals in rural George County as the pipelines.

An autopsy revealed Gautier had been shot to death within 24 hours of his body’s discovery.

Will the trial proceed?

The district attorney said he plans to talk with Gautier’s family before the prosecutors decide whether to go to trial in Gautier’s killing.

“Since McCarty was sentenced to life without parole for the capital murder of Donovan Cowart in Greene County,” Lawrence said, “we need to undertake a thorough evaluation of the case and (have a) discussion with the (Gautier) family before proceeding further with the prosecution of the George County case.”

So for now, the case remains set for trial, but prosecutors told the families of both victims up front they planned to take Cowart’s case to trial first.

A major consideration for Lawrence before proceeding to trial in Gautier’s killing is the lengthy prison sentence Stephens is likely facing along with McCarty’s life sentence without the chance of parole.

A decision will likely be made in the coming months.
Comments Off on Sara M. Rogers, 30, of Monroe, booked on Methamphetamine possession, having drugs near children

Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Monroe woman on several drug charges last week after stopping the suspect’s automobile for an expired license plate.

The driver, who was identified as Sara M. Rogers, 30, of 308 80th St., Monroe, shoved an object into her pants, according to the Feb. 15 arrest report.

When asked about what she placed inside her pants, Rogers said, “About an ounce.”

That object was found to be a bag of methamphetamine.

After further investigation, deputies found more drugs in the woman’s room: marijuana, alprazolam tablets, tramadol tablets, a syringe of meth.

Roger’s three children, who were all under nine, also were at the home.

Rogers said all the drugs belonged to her.

She was booked at Ouachita Correctional Center on suspicion of possession of CDS 1 (first offense), possession of meth with intent to distribute, two counts of possession of CDS Schedule IV drugs, and possession of drugs in the presence of persons under 17.


Comments Off on Belfast man allegedly raped pregnant partner and shaved her hair off after crystal Methamphetamine binge

Prosecutors claimed he also split open her eye and tried to glue the wound shut while on a three-day crystal meth drugs binge.

Details emerged as the 30-year-old accused, who cannot be named for legal reasons, mounted an application for bail.

He denies four counts of rape and two charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm to his long-term partner.

The alleged attack was carried out at an address in west Belfast last November, but only reported to police in January.

According to the prosecution he started accusing her of sleeping with other men after using a tracking device to monitor her emails and where she had been.

He allegedly warned that if she didn’t confess he would shave her like before, the court heard.

A Crown lawyer said the woman, who was three months pregnant at the time, began to make admissions in a bid to save her hair.

It was claimed the man informed her she would have to get an abortion before cutting off her pony tail with nail scissors.

He then allegedly produced electric clippers, held her down on the sofa and shaved off her hair as she tried to fight him off.

Prosecution counsel said: “He told her if she tried to run a bullet would be put in her head and she would be put in a ditch.

“He also said he was going to get the girlfriends of the men (with whom) the injured party had admitted cheating to come down and assault her, and he would gladly watch.”

The woman claimed her partner had been taking Crystal Meth before launching his assault.

During the alleged assault he punched her at least twice to the face before attempting to seal a deep cut to the eyebrow with Superglue.

The prosecutor went on: “He said he wouldn’t touch her again as she now had a year and a half to think about what she had done to him, as that’s how long it would take for her hair to grow back.”

Madam Justice McBride was told the man then dragged her into the bedroom, ordering her to strip and saying he “owned” her.

It was claimed that he then repeatedly raped her.

After her partner fell asleep the woman fled into the street in her pyjamas and got a taxi to the Royal Victoria Hospital where her wounds were stitched, the prosecution submitted.

The barrister added: “She said that due to the state she was in they didn’t even charge for the taxi.”

Following his arrest the accused told police the couple had been partying at a friend’s flat over a six day period, the court heard.

He denied taking drugs and insisted they had consensual sex during that period.

He claimed the woman made the rape allegations up because she is mentally ill.

Defence counsel Jonathan Browne challenged the strength of evidence against his client.

He argued there were serious discrepancies in the complainant’s account, telling the judge that the couple reconciled and spent six weeks together after the date of the alleged rape.

Mr Browne also contended that the accused only discovered during police interviews that he may not be the unborn child’s father.

Adjourning the bail application, Madam Justice McBride suggested that revelation may heighten concerns about possible re-offending.

She also asked for more information from police on claims the couple were living together after the alleged attack.



Comments Off on Melissa Shonsky, 38, and Robert Petrofske, 38, of Pulaski, charged after raid of alleged Methamphetamine lab

Two Pulaski Township residents were arrested Friday after police raided a suspected methamphetamine production in a mobile home park.

Pulaski Township police have filed multiple drug-related and endangering-the-welfare-of children charges against Robert Petrofske, 38, and Melissa Shonsky, 38, both of 160 Redwood Circle, in connection with the alleged operation, which police say took place inside the bedroom of the couple’s mobile home in Heritage Hills Mobile Home Park. They were arraigned last night and placed in the Lawrence County jail on $50,000 bond each.

According to District Attorney Joshua Lamancusa, the Pulaski police were assisted in the investigation by the county’s special investigative unit, an arm of the district attorney’s office that conducts narcotics investigations.

The team confiscated multiple items that included paraphernalia and packaging from components that typically are used for crystal meth manufacturing, Lamancusa said.

Chad Adams, lieutenant officer in charge of the Pulaski Township Police Department and a member of the special investigative unit, said the officers seized only a small amount of the finished product but found numerous pieces of packaging and individual labs inside the mobile home.

He pointed out that two juveniles, ages 14 and 16, were in the residence when police went there Friday. They were turned over to the custody of Lawrence County Children and Youth Services.

Adams initiated the investigation after having received multiple reports and tips from people who suspected the operation was going on, Lamancusa said.

He said that the officers, specially trained in meth lab investigations, were dressed in special protective gear when they served a sealed search warrant at the mobile home around 11:45 a.m. Friday, seizing evidence that they say indicates the pair had been cooking methamphetamine there for at least four or five months. The team seized all of the paraphernalia and the product, Lamacusa said.

Among the items confiscated were 28 spent labs, multiple bottles of lighter fluid, 15 lithium batteries that had been ripped apart, 11 empty boxes of pseudoephedrine hydrochloride, 03 grams of suspected methamphetamine, four glass pipes, a coffee grinder containing pseudoephedrine residue, a bag containing lye and the couple’s 2006 White Acura vehicle, according to a criminal complaint filed by the police.

Adams said he learned through the investigation that the couple had started using methamphetamine about a year ago, and that when they moved to Lawrence County from the Lancaster area, the product was scarce. He alleged that they used a recipe from the internet to make the product themselves. When they learned that people in the area were suspicious, they were depositing the trash from the operations at various other locations and not putting it into their garbage stream, he said in a phone interview Friday.

He said that no weapons were found on the premises.

Petrofske and Shonsky are charged with two counts each of endangering the welfare of children and manufacture of methamphetamine with a child present; one count each of possession of red phosphorous and other items with intent to manufacture a controlled substance; deposits, stores and disposing of chemical waste; manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver; risking catastrophe; recklessly endangering another person; conspiracy to operate a methamphetamine lab; and conspiracy/deposits, stores, disposal of chemical waste.

Lamancusa credited Adams for having conducted “a flawless investigation in the past couple of months that was spurred by numerous citizen complaints.”


Comments Off on Eleven alleged conspirators indicted in $4 million Tulsa Methamphetamine, heroin, trafficking ring

Eleven people have been indicted on allegations they sold more than $4 million worth of heroin and methamphetamine from three Tulsa properties, including two car lots.

Those charged in the indictment are Raymundo Cano-Flores, Victor Bautista, Jonathan Jaimes-Gutierrez, Rosty Israel Cano-Flores, Evelyn Cano, Sergio Yovani Lagarde, Uriel Torres, Pablo Padilla, Juan Sanchez, German Maldonado and Darius Williams.

The indictment was filed Feb. 14 in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma, but it was sealed until Wednesday.

The 11 each face a count of drug conspiracy. Twelve counts allege that certain members of the alleged conspiracy possessed and distributed heroin and methamphetamine and maintained two drug-involved premises.

All but Cano are named in counts 13 through 77, which allege that they used a telephone to facilitate a drug-trafficking operation, according to the indictment.

The 11 began the trafficking operation as early as January 2016 and sold more than 1 kilogram of heroin and more than 500 grams of methamphetamine, federal prosecutors allege.

The defendants are alleged to have received $4,857,600 from the drug-trafficking operation.

Bautista is alleged to have sold both heroin and methamphetamine at Elite Auto Group, 11106 E. 56th St., while he, Raymundo Cano-Flores, Jaimes-Guitierrez, Rosty Cano-Flores and Cano are alleged to have done the same at R&R Auto Group, 1634 E. Pine St., according to the indictment.

The other property is located in a residential area in the 9100 block of South 90th East Avenue.

Of the 11, Raymundo Cano-Flores, Jaimes-Gutierrez, Cano, Lagarde and Padilla have not been taken into custody. Sanchez was arrested and released, according to court documents.


Comments Off on William Millron Sr., 45, leads authorities on high speed chase that ended in crash in Findlay – mobile Methamphetamine lab found in vehicle

FINDLAY, OH (WTOL) – A mobile meth lab led authorities on a high-speed chase Thursday that ended in a crash in downtown Findlay.

According to the US Marshals Service, William Millron Sr., 45, had several outstanding warrants.

According to the Findlay Courier, the chase started in Wood County and traveled through Fostoria.

The US Marshals said when the pursuit entered into the east side of Findlay, police began blocking traffic and closing off intersections.

The pursuit ended in downtown Findlay when the vehicle collided with a vehicle at the intersection of S. Main St. and W. Sandusky St.

The vehicle Millron’s Chevy struck also hit another vehicle as a result of the crash.

Millron sustained minor injuries from the crash.

He was first taken into custody before being transported to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment.

Police discovered a female passenger in Millron’s car. She was not injured.

Millron had active warrants in Maumee, Wood County and Florida.

During a search of Millron’s car, authorities found chemicals and items consistent with a mobile methamphetamine lab.

Millron was booked at the Hancock County Justice Center following his release from the hospital.


Comments Off on 13-pound Methamphetamine bust on I-84 near Mosier – Edgar Vidal Nuno Naranjo, 28, from Rosarito, and Oscar Arnulfo Fuller Leyva, 24, from Tijuana, arrested

A Monday traffic stop on Interstate 84 near Mosier yielded 13 pounds of methamphetamine, authorities say.

Two men from Mexico were arrested after police found four large packages of methamphetamine in a cardboard box inside the car. The seized drugs carried a street value of about half a million dollars.

The driver, 28-year-old Edgar Vidal Nuno Naranjo from Rosarito, and passenger Oscar Arnulfo Fuller Leyva, 24, from Tijuana, were lodged in jail on meth-related charges.

The drug bust began with a routine traffic stop.

An Oregon State Patrol trooper pulled over a 1999 Ford that was heading eastbound on I-84, near milepost 71 at about 1:45 p.m. Monday for a traffic violation.

During the encounter, the trooper suspected the occupants were involved in criminal activity.

After getting the men’s written consent to search the vehicle, police discovered four large packages of suspected methamphetamine inside the vehicle in a cardboard box. The total weight of the confiscated narcotics was approximately 13.2 pounds.

OSP Sgt. Kaipo Raiser said Wednesday the wholesale estimate for the seized drugs is around $60,000 with a street value of just over $500,000.

Nuno Naranjo and Fuller Leyva were both taken into custody without incident and lodged on Feb. 20 at Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Facility (NORCOR) in The Dalles.

The men were arraigned in Wasco County Circuit Court Tuesday, appearing before Judge John Olson. Both face charges of possession and delivery of methamphetamine.

As of Wednesday, Nuno Naranjo and Fuller Leyva were being held in jail on $5,000 bail, respectively, according to NORCOR’s online inmate database.

“While the ultimate destination of these narcotics is uncertain, this seizure keeps a large quantity of narcotics from reaching our communities,” an OSP official said in a news release.

OSP’s drug enforcement division is continuing the investigation.


Comments Off on Methamphetamine lab found in Charles City backpack

CHARLES CITY — Police in Charles City are searching for the owner of a backpack containing items used to make methamphetamine.

A resident spotted the abandoned backpack and called police about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Police Chief Hugh Anderson said it was off the Charley Western trail in a wooded area behind Charles Street.

It contained items officers believe were used to make meth.

“Basically a discarded meth lab,” Anderson said.

No arrests have been made.


Comments Off on Moniteau County Sheriff Tony Wheatley says Methamphetamine use in rural counties in Missouri ‘as high as it’s ever been’

ABC 17 News is digging in to the drug problem in rural Mid-Missouri after 10 people are arrested in connection to drugs in Moniteau County.

“Meth use has always been high, especially in rural counties…it’s spiked again and now it’s as high as it’s ever been,” Sheriff Tony Wheatley told ABC 17 News.

In fact, law enforcement isn’t afraid to admit, they have trouble staying on top of the issue.

“The problem is-it’s spread so wide here in the county that we’re having a hard time keeping up with it,” Wheatley revealed.

According to the FBI, 15 to 20 percent of all arrests in the U.S. are drug related. Law enforcement officials say it’s arrests like those that are draining their resources.

“It’s not just the drug use or going and kicking the doors and doing search warrants on drug use-it’s the other crimes that come with that. All the burglaries and stolen property and assaults that occur in a county can be directly related back to drug use and it’s the same people doing it,” Wheatley said.

Detective Joe Pangburn with the Boonville Police Department echoed the same concerns.

“We could all work 24/7 and still not beat it,” he said, adding, “A lot of the drug people are frequent fliers-repeat offenders with the same thing over and over again.”

While there’s no easy answer, Sheriff Wheatley said better communication with lawmakers is a good start.

“If you get a bunch of sheriff’s together from rural counties that this is affecting and put them in a room with them, we can throw around some ideas and I think we could probably come up with a solution, but usually that doesn’t happen. And that’s the sad thing.”

In the meantime, he said his team is going to fight the illegal drug trade until they get a handle on it. He added that he’s thankful for all the help he’s received from the community.


Comments Off on Heightened Methamphetamine epidemic in rural Nebraska

In a 2012 national survey on drug use and health about 1.2 million people reported using methamphetamine in the past year.

“It doesn’t get any better it gets worse all the time.”

We’re talking about the meth problem in North Platte. Over the past 15 years methamphetamine has taken a hold on our community.

“Once people get hooked on this stuff, it’s a bad thing, they’ll steal from anybody that they care about and it just damages relationships, tears families apart. It’s just an awful drug,” said North Platte Police Investigator, John Deal.

Investigator Deal, said they’ve seen an increase in crimes related to meth such as domestic violence, robberies, and vandalism.

He said over the years they’ve cracked down,”Some of the things we’ll look for is your high traffic areas, your known users, information we are getting from informants from the community, we’ll compile all of that together and that’s what it takes to get a warrant sometimes.”

Investigator Deal said they’ve had luck catching those involved,”We show up early and they don’t have any fight in them, to begin with. Versus if you get them at 10 O’ Clock at night, they could be drunk they could be high, they could be completely different.”

Once the North Platte Police Department picks up a meth user, they’re booked into the Lincoln County Detention Center.

“I’d say 50 to 60 percent of the people in the jail are arrested because methamphetamine,” said Corporal Willie Purvis, who has been with the Lincoln County Detention Center for 12 years.

“You’re starting to see parents who came in when I first started, their kids are coming in now or we’re starting to get a lot of people off of the interstate, stopping at a rest stop, stopping at a gas station and they’re getting arrested from State Patrol,” Corporal Purvis said.

“That’s the corridor that people are using whether it’s from Colorado, or Wyoming or some of your other western states, they are eventually going to end up on I-80,” said Investigator Deal.

I-80 is a huge exchange for methamphetamine, but Troop D is making headway on the growing problem. 2015 was a big year, they arrested 256 people for possession, an increase of 20 percent from 2014.

Then in 2016 the State Patrol saw 234 possession arrests which is down 8.5 percent. What is even more impressive are the intent to deliver numbers. In 2015 the state patrol made 182 arrests, a 35 percent increase from 2014, and last year only 92 arrests a 49 percent decrease.

Even the local police department saw a decrease in possession to distribution cases. In 2016 the NPPD estimates they made 78 arrests for possession over 115 arrests in 2015, which is a 32 percent decrease. There was an estimated 62 percent decrease in distribution cases from 2016 to 2015, as our officers made about 29 distribution arrests compared to 11 the following year.

Now Investigator Deal said the decrease in distribution could be because officers aren’t seeing many meth labs around town.

“We do still have people making their own but they are in more small quantities. I think that a lot of the reasons for that is the change in the legislature and the laws really trying to prevent the sudafed going out in mass numbers.”

Now a new method to make the drug is hitting the streets, as reports show people are making meth in the back of cars.

“Meth has become such an easy drug to make, it went from huge meth labs to now they are shake and baking it, where they are actually making it in 20oz bottles,” said Corporal Purvis.

With the drug so easily accessible it’s no wonder our town of about 25,000 is seeing the problem grow.

“They try it, than the cycle begins where you’re on drugs. And you want to get off then your back on drugs and you want to get off. And the only time you’re clean and sober is when you come to jail.”

Law enforcement at the police station and detention center both said they’ve received letters from users thanking police for arresting them and detention officers for being so hard on them because they were finally able to get clean.