MARION, Kan. – People in Marion County, one hour north of Wichita, say they are stunned by the rape of a 13-year-old girl over the weekend.

It happened in a rural part of the county at 7:30 in the morning.

Sheriff’s officers arrested two suspects, ages 19 and 21.  KSN is not naming the suspects to protect the identity of the victim.

Marion County Sheriff Robert Craft sys they have a strong case against the two suspects.

He says the two suspects in this alleged rape of the girl are in the jail and have been charged here in Marion county court with rape and child endangerment.

Meanwhile, residents say they are stunned and concerned at the young age of the victim. Some parents also say they are concerned that at least one of the suspects may have been using meth at the time of the crime.”

“They’re both very serious,” said Sheriff Craft. “They’re both felony charges and they would both carry substantial prison time if the court sees fit for that.”

Sheriff Craft says in the charging documents two adult males were riding around in a car with the young girl when the rape happened.

And there was drug use, specifically meth, at the time the alleged rape happened.

In fact, the sheriff says one or both of the suspects may have been using the drug methamphetamine at the time.

Now parents in Marion County say everyone is talking about the alleged crime.

One of those parents is Shelly Schale.

“Yes and no. You hope that you wouldn’t see it here, this small of a community.

Shelly Schale says she has her own 13-year-old daughter, and a 16-year-old, and says since it happened, parents are talking about their kids and how to keep them safe.

“This has made me think twice about checking with my girls to make sure they are where they need to be and see who they are hanging out with because this is scary,” said Schale. “Could have been my child.

Shelley says she’s seen problems with meth and other drugs in her neighborhood… And says she wants parents to be on the lookout.

The sheriff says they are dealing with drugs, fighting that fight.

But, he reiterates parents can help with the drug issues in any Kansas county.

“They can get wrapped up in it easily and it can spiral out of control pretty quickly.” Said Craft.

The sheriff says there could be more charges on the way because the incident documents claim there was meth use by at least one of the suspects at the time of the rape.

A La Farge woman who was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia reportedly smuggled a methamphetamine pipe into the Monroe County Jail.

An inmate reported on June 6 that 26-year-old Cassandra M. Carmody produced a pipe and a small plastic bag after hiding it inside herself, according to the sheriff’s department report.

The inmate also reportedly had a note from Carmody to another inmate asking if that inmate wanted to buy meth from her, and she said she saw Carmody break the pipe and flush it down the toilet.

Carmody reportedly told authorities she was not hiding any drugs or objects when booked on June 5. When she was later questioned she admitted to bringing in the pipe, according to the report.

She was referred to the district attorney’s office for delivering items to an inmate. She currently is facing two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting or obstructing an officer and being party to possession of marijuana, all of which consider her a repeat offender.

Fargo police say a man high on methamphetamine murdered two people this week, and one attack appears random.

Officers responded to the first killing on Monday afternoon. They found 45-year-old Clarence Flowers dead with more than 50 stab wounds. Early Tuesday morning, police were called to a second location where 24-year-old Samuel Traut, a Sartell Minn., native, was found beaten to death with a hammer.

Ashley Hunter, 35, faces two felony murder charges. Police say Hunter and Flowers knew each other and had been involved in drug deals.

Traut, however, appears to be a random victim — “A good young man unknowingly opened his door to a monster,” Interim Police Chief Dave Todd said.

“We do believe Ashley Hunter was using methamphetamine which produces symptoms such as paranoia and for some reason he ended up at the back door of Samuel Traut’s residence,” Todd added.

Traut graduated from North Dakota State University in 2013 and took an engineering job in Fargo. He was active at the NDSU Catholic center where he led Bible studies, said the Rev. James Cheney, who called Traut “a man of tremendous courage and virtue.”

Police say Hunter has admitted killing both victims.

A Huntington Beach man who police said ran naked through a neighborhood while high on methamphetamine was cited and released Saturday night.

Police officers responded to a call about a naked man running from yard to yard at about 10:25 p.m. near Hartford Avenue and Delaware Street, said Police Department spokeswoman Jennifer Marlatt.

Officers detained a suspect, later identified as Donald Ray Ingram, in an alley.

Police said Ingram, 58, told officers that he had used methamphetamine for the first time in a while, which caused him to act irrationally.

He was arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance and was later cited and released, Marlatt said.,0,1477340.story

Deanna Bargeman, 27, of Lakewood Drive in Jacksonville was arrested June 23 by Onslow County Sheriff’s Office on two charges of possession and distribution of a methamphetamine precursor; possession of drug paraphernalia; conspiracy; and possession with intent to manufacture, sell or distribute methamphetamine.

Bargeman and two others are accused of making methamphetamine and of possessing sulfuric acid, plastic bottles, syringes, plastic bags, tubing and coffee filters, according to warrants.

Bond was set at $200,000.

CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) – One man arrested Tuesday night after police said he crashed his car into the Water Garden at 1901 North Shoreline Boulevard and fled on foot, trying to hide drugs behind the seawall before police arrived.8150865_G

It was around 11:50 p.m. when officers were called out to the Water Garden. A silver car had left the roadway and crashed into the shrubbery around the location, and the driver had fled on foot. However, witnesses identified him.

Police caught up to driver as he was walking away and said he was trying to hide something behind the seawall. Officers took him into custody and recovered the hidden object, which they determined to be a bag of methamphetamine.

The driver, identified as 43-year old Trent Cerrito, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and his vehicle was impounded.

In a twist on border drug smuggling, an El Paso woman was arrested Tuesday for allegedly smuggling crystal methamphetamine into Juárez, officials said.

Chihuahua state police arrested Jennyffer Rodriguez, 23, after she was allegedly found with a kilo of crystal meth in downtown Juárez, the Chihuahua attorney general’s office said. Police had received information that a woman from El Paso was crossing the border to sell crystal meth.

Rodriguez told police that she was in Juárez to visit a friend, officials said. She initially refused to let officers search her purse and claimed that she was going to return to the United States instead. Police searched the purse and found the meth inside, officials said.

Officials said that Rodriguez allegedly told investigators that the meth came from a friend hospitalized in El Paso. The friend planned to transport the meth to New Mexico but was unable because he was in the hospital. He asked her to sell the drug.

Rodriguez told police that she decided to take the meth to Juárez because she had “contacts” in the city.

Rodriguez was arrested and handed over the Mexico attorney general’s office, or PGR, and will be turned over to U.S. authorities because she is a U.S. citizen.

The Medicine Hat Police Service and the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams have arrested and charged 12 suspected methamphetamine dealers in the city.

The suspects were arrested Tuesday, and two homes were searched in relation to the investigation, which was aimed at street-level methamphetamine trafficking in the city.

“We’re heavily intelligence based, and we receive a lot of intelligence on a daily basis,” said Staff Sgt. Jason Graham with the organized crime unit. “That, in conjunction with several files our patrol members have had in recent months, lead us towards this project that we had.”

Graham noted police have been seeing more instances of methamphetamine in the community.

“We’ve seen a lot of increases in our violent offences and irrational behavior as a result of methamphetamine use,” he said. “What you’re seeing here today is our approach and our response for that, trying to address the issue and be proactive.”

He later added, “It’s a concern to our community because of the social issues. Not only are the social issues broad in that it affects children, it affects treatment and it also has an effect on crimes rates.”

Michael Poitras, 49, was charged with four counts of trafficking in a controlled substance, one count of possession for the purpose of trafficking, and six counts related to breach of recognizance.

Shawna Taranko, 30, was charged with three counts of trafficking in a controlled substance, as well as charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking, possession of methamphetamine, and proceeds of crime.

Chad Ogema, 22, David Marthaller, 37 and Kyle Duchcherer, 21, are each charged with two counts of trafficking in a controlled substance.

David Lehner, 35, was charged with four counts of trafficking in a controlled substance.

Matthew Perini, 25, was charged with four counts of trafficking in a controlled substance, possession of proceeds of crime, possession of a dangerous weapon, possession of a prohibited weapon, possession for the purpose of trafficking, and possession of methamphetamine.

Ezra Cox, 37, faces one count of possession of methamphetamine.

Amber Baxter, 28, faces a charge for possession for the purpose of trafficking, and two counts breach of recognizance.

Lisa Mook, 40, faces a charge of trafficking in a controlled substance, and two counts of breach of recognizance.

Daniel Sparks, 39, faces two charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking and a one count of possession of proceeds of crime;

Wayne Shrubsall, 42, faces charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of cocaine, possession of cannabis marijuana, and three counts for breach of recognizance.

Graham said eight of the accused have made court appearances but could not comment with further details.

A search warrant was executed in a home on Seventh Street SW, with ALERT seizing 27 grams of methamphetamine and securing evidence consistent with drug trafficking. An earlier search warrant, executed on June 12 at a home on Sage Road, yielded 23 grams of methamphetamine and 14 grams of cocaine. The street value of the drugs seized from both searches is an estimated $18,000.

Graham says the meth seized is believed to have been imported from the United States or Mexico.

Last year, ALERT teams seized nearly eight kilograms of meth from across the province.

The state’s Department of Child Safety is looking into who knew what and when in a deadly child abuse case. A 4-year-old girl from Surprise, Ariz., weighed just 15 pounds when she died.web1_azabusedeath_2

It was back in 2011 when DCS was contacted after methamphetamine was discovered in 4-year-old Alexandra Torcerro’s system. Her mom, Rosemary Velazco, admitted to using the drug. It now appears that 2011 case wasn’t the first time.

This past May 23, dispatchers took a call that would lead to an extremely disturbing case of child abuse and neglect. By the time paramedics arrived at the Surprise home, Alexandra was dead. Her parents now sit in jail awaiting trial.

But there are new revelations that DCS might have known about Velazco as far back as 2009. Velazco’s 6-year-old son would likely have been a baby.

“I can only say that there was nothing in the record that indicates a child, this was a situation in which an adult was brought to our attention and we do not have jurisdiction over adults,” said DCS spokesman Doug Nick.

A newly obtained Surprise police report says in August 2009, Velazco was arrested for using meth, that DCS was contacted but that DCS only took information and never investigated.

Surprise police said it was the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office’s case. MCSO pointed to the El Mirage Police Department. But none of those agencies could figure out why DCS was contacted back in 2009.

“There are very strict guidelines under the law as to when we can intervene,” Nick said. “There has to be an allegation of neglect or abuse and the ‘09 case is something I really can’t comment on.”

Both Rosemary Velazco and the baby’s father, Carlos Cruz, entered not guilty pleas. They are due back in court July 28.

MONETT, Mo. — The Monett Police Department has submitted information seeking murder charges against a Monett man after the deaths of two women who were found in their homes on Saturday.

Charges of second degree murder and delivery of a controlled substance will be sought against Alexander Calhoun, 35, according to Tim Schweder, Monett police chief.5589ef914a879_image

According to the police investigation, Calhoun admitted supplying methamphetamine to both women, using it with them and leaving both of them alone after they suffered “a severe reaction” to the drug.

The deaths of both women were reported by 911 calls between 5:53 and 6:04 p.m. on Saturday. The body of Anna K. Smith, 37, was found by her husband in the kitchen of their home at 519 E. Scott St.

Calhoun reported the death of Tosha M. Norris, 25, whose body was found in her bed, covered with blankets, in the bedroom of her home at 104 E. Bond St.

According to Monett police, Calhoun, Norris and Smith all used methamphetamine purchased by Calhoun on Friday and Saturday.

Police said Calhoun used the drug with Norris at her home early Saturday. He said Norris had a severe reaction to the drug and that he left at her home and went to Smith’s house.

Calhoun and Smith used more methamphetamine, police said, between 5 and about 10:30 a.m. Calhoun said Smith also had a severe reaction to the drug and he left her there alone. When he left, she was lying on the kitchen floor. Calhoun returned to the home, police said, finding Smith dead.

In the case of both women, there was no obvious cause of death. Autopsies were performed Monday and the medical examiner found no conclusive evidence to establish the cause of death for either woman, police said. Blood from both victims will be submitted for toxicology tests.

Calhoun was arrested Saturday on a felony domestic violence warrant. He and Norris had been in a long-term relationship and Norris was the victim in the case, police said.

Schweder said he did not know whether two counts of murder will be filed. Charges, he said, will be up to Amy Boxx, Barry County prosecuting attorney. No charges had been filed on Tuesday, according to online court records.


Alexander Calhoun is being held in the Barry County Jail, accused of failing to appear on a second degree domestic charge. No bond has been set.

ROCKINGHAM — A woman already facing felony drug charges recently picked up three additional misdemeanors.

According to a magistrate’s order, 22-year-old Lindsay Blake Polston was arrested Monday after Deputy Danteaus Williams of the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office found drugs and paraphernalia on her.Polston

Polston, of Dockery Road, Rockingham, was allegedly in possession of spoons, needles, wrappers, a grinder and an unspecified amount of marijuana — as well as a stolen license plate.

She was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, simple possession of a Schedule VI controlled substance and possession of stolen goods or property and booked into the Richmond County Jail under a $1,000 secured bond. As of 3:10 Tuesday afternoon, she was still in jail.

Any amount of marijuana more than half an ounce is a felony in North Carolina, less than a half-ounce is a misdemeanor.

Polston was arrested on Jan. 20 for allegedly selling meth to deputies.

Online court records show Polston is currently facing two felony counts each of selling methamphetamine, delivering methamphetamine and possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver methamphetamine.

According to the N.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction, she has no criminal convictions in North Carolina.

WASHINGTON COUNTY – Two of four remaining suspects wanted in the Washington County Drug Task Force meth round-up, which has taken place over the course of the last several days, are now in custody. Christon wantedFaith Patrick and Larry Martin Mercer were apprehended in Washington County without incident. William Lowell Rogers and Bridgette Teresa Ward are still at large. Both are wanted on charges of selling methamphetamine. Anyone with any information on the whereabouts of these individuals is asked to contact the WCSO at 850-638-6111.


WASHINGTON COUNTY – The Washington County Drug Task Force reports it has executed the largest meth specific roundup in the county’s history, with the arrest of eight and warrants issued for four additional suspects.

Arrested and charged with the selling of methamphetamines were: James Louis Spivey (three counts), Ashley Lynn Street, James Dalton Davis, Lillian Street, Leah Kathryn Miller (two counts), and Wendy Irene Riley. Also arrested was Leonard Paul Pouncey, charged with possession of methamphetamines and possession of marijuana, and Johnny Elmer Finch, charged with possession of listed chemicals and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The task force has also connected two individuals currently incarcerated in the Florida Department of Corrections to the drug activity, also charging Dallas Payne and Alex Payne with the selling of methamphetamines.

“What makes this round-up unique is the potency of the drug we’re dealing with,” said Washington County Sheriff Bobby Haddock. “What we seized is a high powered version of the drug, commonly referred to as ‘ice’.”

The task force is currently seeking more suspects in this case as well.

Wanted in connection with the selling of methamphetamines are: Christon Faith Patrick, Larry Martin Mercer, Solon Lee Earnest, William Lowell Rogers, and Bridgette Teresa Ward.

Anyone with any information on the whereabouts of these individuals is asked to contact the WCSO at 850-638-6111.

BEIJING –  China says Southeast Asia’s lawless ‘Golden Triangle’ region remains the overwhelming source of the heroin and methamphetamine used in the country.

A Cabinet report on China’s drug situation released Wednesday underscores the threat posed by the region incorporating parts of Laos, Myanmar and Thailand, despite efforts at cross-border cooperation.

It said that 90 percent of the 9.3 tons of heroin and 11.4 tons of methamphetamine seized in 2014 came from the area that borders China’s southern province of Yunnan.

The report is the government’s first comprehensive look at drug use in China, where synthetic drugs such as methamphetamine and ketamine have overtaken heroin in popularity. It said China has about 3 million registered drug users, but estimates of those who have tried drugs run as high as 14 million.

LINN — Two inmates of the Osage County jail are facing charges of Delivery of a Controlled Substance after one of the women allegedly attempted to smuggle methamphetamine as she was being booked into the jail.martin%20melissa

According to Osage County Sheriff Michael Dixon, 38-year-old inmate Sammi Shockley of Vienna spoke to an incoming inmate, 33-year-old Melissa Martin of Meta, who was to serve jail time for a drug arrest.  The two made arrangements for shockley%20sammiMartin to serve her time while Shockley was still incarcerated.  While being booked into the jail, investigators discovered methamphetamine and illegal prescription narcotics concealed on Martin’s person.

Both women were charged with Delivery of a Controlled Substance at a Jail Except with a Prescription.  Another $25,000 was added to Shockley’s bail amount in addition to her other two warrants.

Martin is being held without bond.

A glass smoking pipe and a container with a white crystalline substance fell out of an overturned green Honda as a wrecker service was turning the car right side up.

The car was directly in front of the Ace Hardware store on 4th St. in Chickasha.

Chickasha Police responded to the scene earlier. The driver, Peyton Quillin, told Officer Preston Hodge that she thought she had fallen asleep and wrecked.

Quillin refused medical treatment and signed a waiver saying she did not need treatment. Hodge reported Quillin was unsteady on her feet, had slurred speech and was acting restless and nervous.

Quillin denied consuming any alcohol or illicit drugs. Hodge reported that Quillin performed poorly during a field sobriety test.

A Chickasha Police Officer took inventory of the car later and found a green leafy substance and a metal smoking pipe.

Quillin was placed under arrest for driving under the influence. She agreed to take the state test at Grady Memorial Hospital.

While at the hospital, Quillin told a Chickasha Police Officer that she had consumed methamphetamine three days ago and admitted she “popped hot” for methamphetamine when she gave the hospital staff a blood and urine sample.

Quillin was transported to the Grady County Jail where she was booked for driving under the influence, possession and other drug related charges, according to the incident report.

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) – An inmate and five others have been accused of being involved in a methamphetamine trafficking ring that was operated out of a state prison.

Cobb County District Attorney Vic Reynolds released a statement Monday saying that 40-year-old Douglas County inmate Alejandra Chaves and the others have been charged with various drug trafficking charges.

Chaves is also charged with two counts of terroristic threats, after officials say she threatened the life of a Cobb County Sheriff’s Office agent.

Reynolds says the other defendants in the case – Nancy V. Bravo, Wilmer L. Caballero, Nereida A. Cruz, Esther Guadarrama and Antonia P. Hurtado – delivered the drugs, while Chaves facilitated the sales in March 2014.

Arraignment dates have not been set.

It was not immediately clear if the defendants have hired attorneys

Deputies responding to a domestic-violence call Sunday night found a little more than they bargained for.

Johnnie Thomas McCormick, 31, of Empire was arrested on charges of first-degree manufacture of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and third-degree domestic violence, after Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputies found an active methamphetamine lab in his home.55882cada7017_image

Deputies received a call at about 10 p.m. that a man had assaulted his girlfriend at a house located in the 10000 block of County Line Road, about a mile and a quarter west of Corner Middle School.

When deputies arrived, they talked with the victim, but in the process they noticed the active meth lab. The deputies then evacuated the home, and narcotics investigators then dismantled the lab.

The victim told deputies that her boyfriend became angry with her, and struck her in the face with his hand, knocking her to the floor.

McCormick is in the Jefferson County Jail on bond totaling $66,000.

Texas Department of Public Safety investigators arrested three men Friday in connection with a drug raid at an East Lubbock home that yielded more than 6 pounds of methamphetamine.

Ramon Escobar-Robles, 24; Jesus Moreno-Perez, 24; and Juan Pinales, 22, were booked Friday into the Lubbock County Detention Center on a count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

Their bonds are set at $1 million each, according to jail records.

DPS investigators executed a search warrant Friday at a home in the 2300 block of Birch Avenue, according to an arrest warrant.14500942

Investigators found in the home evidence of a drug operation including 6.3 pounds of methamphetamine, digital scales, ledgers and wire transfer receipts.

The three men are listed as residents of the home investigators searched, according to jail records.

Escobar-Robles and Moreno-Perez are listed as citizens of Mexico, according to the records.

DPS Cpl. John Gonzales said the investigation is ongoing.

GRUNDY, Va. — Five arrests were made when an anonymous tip led investigators to a methamphetamine lab in the Slate Creek area of Buchanan County.

The 29th Judicial Narcotics Drug Task Force discovered four one-pot meth cookers along with ingredients to manufacture meth, according to a press release from the Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office. The Virginia State Police Clandestine Lab Clean-Up Team was dispatched to the location.

Five individuals were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of two or more precursors with intent to manufacture methamphetamine, and conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.

The people arrested by investigators included: Craig Allen Cole, 24, of Grundy, Va.; Kaylea Danielle Campbell, 24, of Oakwood, Va.; Dezaraye Vaughn Hawkinberry Tote, 23, of Mavisdale, Va.; Robert Anthony Mullins, 32, of Pilgrims Knob, Va.; and Zachary Brett Stacy, 20, of Rowe, Va.

Each person arrested on June 18 was transported to the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail in Haysi, Va. The investigation was continuing and more arrests are pending, according to Sheriff Ray Foster.

While most spent their Father’s Day with family, Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol agents busted one woman with 41 pounds of alleged methamphetamine hidden in the door panels of a Mazda Tribute after K-9s alerted officers to her vehicle.622x350eee

According to a release from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Rio Grande office, the woman — who was only identified as a U.S. citizen — attempted to transport approximately $1.3 million of methamphetamine past a Sarita checkpoint in a 2006 silver Mazda.

The K-9 alert prompted officers to search the vehicle, uncovering 16 bundles of the drug distributed throughout the door panels. The driver, vehicle and narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration, the release said.

This comes two days after Rio Grande CBP agents discovered three people believed to be in the country illegally inside the trunk of a car, also at the Sarita checkpoint.

Like the Father’s Day incident, K-9s alerted officers to the vehicle.

The driver and subjects rescued were taken into custody where they were offered medical attention, but declined, a release said.

TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) –  An Arkansas sex offender faces 40 felony charges after authorities say he repeatedly injected a teenager girl with methamphetamine.

Miller County prosecutors charged 33-year-old Lonnie Lunsford Jr. with 40 counts of introduction of a controlled substance into the body of another. He is being held at the Miller County jail.8130073_G

The Texarkana Gazette reports Texarkana police say Lunsford in 2014 began giving the 16-year-old girl meth intravenously at his Texarkana home. They say the victim told officers that she received injections from Lunsford until sometime in February.

Prosecutors say they want to enhance Lunsford’s punishment range because of his prior convictions.

It’s unclear if Lunsford has an attorney. The county sheriff’s office didn’t immediately return a request for comment.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — Louisville Metro Police have arrested a woman authorities say cooked meth while her three children were present.8128876_G

Jessica Schipler, 28, was arrested Sunday evening at a home in the 10000 block of Lankford Lane, near Mt. Holly Road.

According to official police records, Schipler cooked meth inside a garage where she was living with her three children.

Authorities responded after receiving a call that an active meth lab was suspected to be in the garage.

When officers arrived at the scene, they met with the homeowner, who said Schipler – who is his son’s girlfriend – and their three children were living in the garage.

Officials say the homeowner said he could smell chemicals coming from the garage. Officials also state the homeowner confronted Schipler and she then left the residence with her three children and two other people.

Police say the homeowner consented to a search of the garage and authorities uncovered several items that are used to make meth. During the search, police also say they found a box with Schipler’s name on it that contained a substance suspected to be meth.

Schipler was arrested and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and three counts of controlled substance endangerment to a child.

She is being held at Louisville Metro Corrections.

A Boone county woman faces multiple charges after police say they found an inactive methamphetamine lab and children at her home while serving a warrant Saturday.

Media outlets report that Amber Dawn Holstein, 23, had three children and an inactive methamphetamine lab at her home on Easter Hollow Road in the Ridgeview area, north of Madison, when West Virginia State Troopers served the warrant. The children were taken by Child Protective Services.

Holstein is charged with operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug lab, possession of methamphetamine precursors, possession with intent, conspiracy, and exposure of methamphetamine manufacturing to a child.

She is held at Southwestern Regional Jail on $25,000 bail.

A man accused of stealing a car found himself in even more trouble during a strip search at the Metropolitan Detention Center.

According to the criminal complaint, police arrested 34-year-old Randy Dominguez Friday after he was found behind the wheel of a stolen vehicle. Investigators say Dominguez was part of an operation that would steal vehicles and then sell them in Mexico.

While being stripped searched, jail guards reportedly found methamphetamine in between Dominguez’s toes.

Dominguez’s bond has been set at $2,500 cash or surety.

Four suspects were charged yesterday for allegedly smuggling nearly 55 kilograms of heroin and methamphetamine – worth an estimated $3 million – from Laos to Cambodia, a prosecutor at Phnom Penh Municipal Court said yesterday.Packages of methamphetamine and heroin, worth nearly

Phal Rany, also known as KK, 22, was arrested in Stung Treng province on June 16 and charged with participating in a criminal drug-trafficking organization, according to vice-prosecutor Um Sopheak.

He added that three men were arrested in Phnom Penh the following day and charged yesterday with producing and trafficking drugs.

The men, who were Chinese nationals, were named as Li Yong, 41; Deng Yuan Ping, 53; and Li Zhou, 48.

They will each face a life sentence if they are found guilty under the Cambodian Anti-Drug Law.

“They were the largest criminal drug group hiding in Cambodia,” said Lieutenant General Mok Chito of the National Police, who is in charge of anti-drug affairs.

The arrest is the biggest drug-trafficking crackdown to occur this year, and some of the drugs were likely slated for export, he added.

“They smuggled these drugs from the Golden Triangle in Lao to Phnom Penh in order to redistribute them in Phnom Penh and continue distribution in Taiwan.”

Police seized a total of nearly 55 kilograms, including 345 grams of heroin, as well as other drug paraphernalia. They believe Stung Treng was being used as a transit hub.

“If we had not cracked down and arrested them in time, it would actually have created a serious impact to the health of people and our society,” Chito said.

He added that police are now seeking several other suspects involved in the ring who have so far evaded arrest.

In May, six Mekong countries, including Cambodia, pledged to collaborate in curbing the production and flow of synthetic drugs throughout the region.

According to a report released in March by International Narcotics Control Board, the use of methamphetamines among Cambodians under 29 has been growing over the past few years due to meth labs popping up in the countryside and trafficking from Myanmar, Laos, and Thailand Southeast Asia’s most aggressive opium producing region.