Comments Off on Jamie Ann Chilton, 54, of Ogema, allegedly caught smoking Methamphetamine by tribal police officer

Jamie Ann Chilton, 54, of 32171 Mary Yellowhead Road, Ogema, has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony fifth-degree controlled substance crime.

According to court records, on Dec. 2 a tribal police officer went to a Becker County residence to arrest a person on a felony warrant.

The officer saw the wanted person in plain view there, and allegedly saw Chilton smoking out of a glass device commonly used to smoke methamphetamine.

Officers allegedly found a total of 4.84 grams of meth on a coffee table in front of her, packaged in several baggies and a plastic container.

She appeared Dec. 2 before District Judge Daniel Benson, who released her on her own recognizance without bail.


Comments Off on Danielle Marie Olson, 36, of Mahnomen, accused of stuffing bag with 23 grams of Methamphetamine down sink drain at Essentia St. Mary’s hospital

Danielle Marie Olson, 36, of 409 Third St. N., Mahnomen, has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony third-degree controlled substance crime.

According to court records, she was a passenger in a car stopped in Frazee Nov. 28 by an officer who knew the driver did not have a valid license.

Olson was taken to jail on an active warrant and was allegedly uncooperative during the booking process.

She was taken to Essentia St. Mary’s for a body search, and there she allegedly tried to shove a bag down a sink drain. It was retrieved by police and found to contain 23 grams of methamphetamine.

She appeared in court Nov. 30 before District Judge Kris Davick-Halfen, who set cash bail at $4,000 or bond at $40,000, with conditions, or $75,000 with no conditions of release.


Comments Off on Young father, Anthony James, 27, films himself smoking ice to highlight local Methamphetamine crisis in Australia

Anthony James, 27, said ice has “taken over regional Australia” and that he has been hooked since he was just 18 years old.

While at first it was used purely as a “party drug”, the Melbourne local told the Daily Mail that he now uses it “just to get through the day”.

“I don’t sleep and I am up for four days at a time and I know I shouldn’t be doing it but I keep going back for more,” he said.

“I quit my job because the drugs have got to me a bit and I just don’t know what is going on at the moment, all I know is I am completely f***ked and I blame ice.”

Despite not being able to pay his bills, he said the steadily dropping price of ice means he still finds ways to “fill his pipe”.

“In the last two years the price has been cut in half and the more you buy the cheaper it is… but once you are a full user you could still spend $400 a day on it,” the long-time ice addict revealed.

He added that dealers would provide the first few hits for free, knowing they were creating a new customer for themselves.

With more and more cooks making the banned substance, Mr James said it was more common to find a pipe in someone’s house than a bong, adding that it pained him to see the rising popularity of the drug that has destroyed his beloved home town.

Describing the shocking footage of him inhaling the drug as “really embarrassing and sad”, Mr James said he hoped it would convince anyone to stay away from it altogether.

He said attempts to quit were often foiled by friends popping around and before he knew it, he would be filling up his pipe to “get back on it”.

“Or you will answer the phone to the wrong person or people you know are dealers will pop up on you Facebook feed so you just hit them up,” the Melton resident added.



Comments Off on Two Malaysian drug couriers, aged 44 and 46, caught with 90 kg of Methamphetamine and drugs in Thailand

BANGKOK, Dec 18 — Two Malaysian drug couriers thought they could safely transport their “goods” from Bangkok to Hatyai undetected if they conducted their business in the wee hours recently.

The two men, aged 44 and 46, had assumed that conducting their illegal trade in the early morning of that day (December 11) was safest as they believed the Thai police were tired after their nightlong duty, thus would not check on their car.

“They believed travelling in the early morning meant they would have an easier passage to their destination, Hatyai, as the authorities manning the checkpoints (along the route) would be exhausted after working long hours.

“But they felt nervous after their car was stopped at a checkpoint in

Chumphon about 8am on December 11 after hours of driving from Bangkok and the officers noticed it,” Narcotics Suppression Division acting chief, Maj Gen Dusadee Choosankij, told Bernama.

Upon further checking the car, the officers discovered 140 bars of heroin weighing 52.4 kg and 41 kg of ‘crystal’ methamphetamine, hidden in the car’s rear audio speaker compartment, he said.

The two Malaysians were nabbed in Chumphon, southern Thailand, several hours from their intended destination, Hatyai, said Dusadee, adding that the men were currently in custody, facing police investigation.

They will be charged and if found guilty, can face life imprisonment in a Thai jail.

According to Dusadee, the two Malaysians were contracted to transport the drugs worth millions to a waiting unidentified person or persons in Hatyai, who would then take the package across the border to Penang.

He also disclosed that while under detention, the two men continued to receive phone calls from the syndicate members eager to seek information on the drugs.

“We have checked the telephone number and the calls were made from Penang,” he said.

Upon knowing that the two men had been arrested and their effort to smuggle the drugs across the border had failed, the syndicate members sent chilling photos to the men, he said.

“They sent photos of the duo’s tortured and beaten friends in Malaysia to show to them that it (the beatings) was the consequence of their failure to execute the mission successfully,” he said.

Dusadee said the heroin was well packaged and it showed that the drug would most probably be sent to a third country after reaching Penang. — Bernama






Comments Off on Over 1 ton of narcotics worth $57 million destroyed in China – The narcotics consisted of 665 kilograms of Methamphetamine, 102 kilograms of heroin, 129 kilograms of ketamine and 146 kilograms of other drugs

Chinese officials have destroyed 1.04 tons of narcotics worth over  $57.5 million in the country’s east Zhejiang province, state media reported Friday.

The narcotics, seized in various operations over the past four years, consisted of 102 kilograms of heroin, 665 kilograms of methamphetamine, 129 kilograms of ketamine and 146 kilograms of other drugs.

Given that traditional outdoor burning can emit a large amount of pollutants, police in Zhejiang decided to incinerate the narcotics in furnaces at a temperature of over 850 degrees Celsius, Miao Minhong, head of the local anti-drug team said.

From January to November this year, Zhejiang police arrested about 7,200 suspects in more than 4,800 narcotics related cases, Xinhua news agency reported.

Miao said Zhejiang ranks sixth in China in the number of drug abusers, with 70 per cent below 35 years old, amid a growing number of young abusers purchasing drugs on the Internet.


Comments Off on Inmate Jamalin Lively admits she had Methamphetamine stuffed inside her vagina in Tahlequah

Jailers recovered methamphetamine, a pipe and other items Wednesday after a woman admitted to police she had the items “stuffed up inside” her.

Tahlequah Officer Austin Yates arrived near Muskogee and Downing streets and found Jamalin Lively asleep behind the wheel of a Volkswagen Jetta parked in the road. When she awoke, Lively appeared disoriented and had a white substance in the corners of her mouth, according to Yates’ report.

Yates performed a sobriety test on Lively, then arrested her for driving under the influence of narcotics.

“After placing Lively in the patrol car, she advised me she had meth, baggies, and a pipe stuffed up inside her,” Yates reported.

Jailers later recovered those items and submitted them for evidence. Lively could be charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.



Comments Off on Jason Arlis Johnson, 37, of North Augusta, gave Methamphetamine to a 15-year-old Evans, Georgia, girl and molested her

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office in Georgia released the arrest warrants for the North Augusta man charged with molesting a 15-year-old Evans, Georgia, girl.

Jason Arlis Johnson, 37, was extradited to the Columbia County Detention Center on Tuesday from Sevierville, Tennessee, where he was arrested by the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday.

He is now charged with aggravated child molestation, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, child molestation and enticing a child for indecent purposes, according to an arrest warrants.

According to the arrest warrant, a person charged with child molestation is anyone who “does any immoral act to, in the presence of, or with any child under the age of 16 years with the intent to arouse or satisfy sexual desires.”

Maj. Steve Morris, with the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, said Johnson was found with the missing teen, Calah Noel Waskow, at a Russell Stover candy store in Sevierville.

Morris said a citizen in the area spotted Johnson’s vehicle after an Amber Alert for Waskow was issued. The citizen called 911 and followed Johnson until he stopped at the candy store, Morris said.

The Sevier County Sheriff’s Office said Johnson was immediately arrested, and the teen was rushed to a nearby hospital to be evaluated. The juvenile was determined to be in “good health,” and she was returned back to her family on Monday, Morris said.

The arrest warrant states, Johnson had inappropriate contact with the victim numerous times between June and Dec. 2.

Johnson reportedly took the victim from her residence overnight numerous times and police believe he provided her with methamphetamines, according to the arrest warrant.

Johnson is currently being held in Columbia County with no bond, according to the Columbia County jail’s website.

Morris said Johnson’s next court date will most likely be scheduled in early January.



Comments Off on Tara Lee Gilbert, 27, from Albany County, accused of keeping Methamphetamine around young children

An Albany County woman who allegedly kept methamphetamine in a home with young children denied a felony child endangerment charge Wednesday in District Court.

Tara Lee Gilbert, 27, pleaded not guilty to the charge, which carries a maximum punishment of five years in prison and a $5,000 fine upon conviction

A trial was set for June 5-6 and Gilbert is out on a $10,000 bond.

According to court documents, an Albany County Sheriff’s Office deputy learned of possible child neglect taking place at an Albany County home.

The young child in question reportedly came to school with soiled pants two separate times and frequently arrived dirty to a degree school staff had to sponge bathe him before he could attend class, documents state. On one occasion, the child arrived smelling strongly of marijuana, requiring staff to change his clothes and air the classroom before students returned to class, according to the documents.

During an Oct. 20 execution of a search warrant, Gilbert, co-defendant Christopher Engle and a child were located inside the home, and the child suspected of being neglected also lived in the home, documents state.

The deputy found a baggie of suspected methamphetamine crystals, as well as “numerous marijuana pipes and paraphernalia” within the reach of children, documents state.

Additionally, the sink contained dirty dishes and there was a cat urine smell in the bedrooms and hallway, animal feces in a bedroom and clutter throughout the home, according to the documents.

In a police interview, Gilbert and Engle reportedly admitted they used and stored methamphetamine in the house and stated they didn’t know about the methamphetamine discovered in the baggie but acknowledged the substance was probably methamphetamine, documents state.

Engle pleaded not guilty to a felony child endangerment charge Monday.



Comments Off on Latasha M. Inman, 35, and Ryan L. Inman, 38, both of Watseka, arrested on Methamphetamine charges

Two Watseka residents were arrested on drug charges after police executed a search warrant at their home.

Police were acting on a tip, according to a news release from the Watseka Enforcement Team. Arrested were Ryan L. Inman, 38, and Latasha M. Inman, 35, both of Watseka.

It happened at 12:14 p.m. today in the 300 block of West Victory. Police executed the search warrant on the belief there was an active meth lab there.

According to the report, “Police located items inside the residence that are commonly used to manufacture methamphetamine, prescription medication, and drug paraphernalia. Police also seized approximately 2 grams of methamphetamine.”

Both Inmans face several charges including: possession of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine precursor, possession of a controlled substance, possession of meth making material, participation in methamphetamine manufacturing and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Both were taken to the Iroquois County Jail. Police say that the investigation is continuing and more arrests are expected.

Lt. Det. Josh King said, “These arrests were made possible due to citizens of the community caring.”


Comments Off on Bollinger County sheriff’s deputies arrest alleged Methamphetamine dealer, Ronnee Dianna Danner, 40, of Marble Hill, her son, Nathaniel Burton, 19, and her son’s girlfriend, Nichole Martin, 28

Bollinger County sheriff’s deputies arrested a Marble Hill, Missouri, woman Wednesday suspected of selling pounds of methamphetamine since July, deputies said.

The Bollinger County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office charged Ronnee Dianna Danner, 40, with first-degree trafficking and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

Deputies set up a drug buy for seven grams of methamphetamine using a confidential informant who had worked for Danner, according to a probable-cause statement filed in the case by deputy Darren Bullard.

The informant viewed the drugs and left the residence in Marble Hill, initiating the arrest and search by deputies, Bullard wrote.

Deputies recovered 41.8 grams of methamphetamine from Danner and less than a gram from her son Nathaniel Burton, 19, of Marble Hill, according to the statement.

Burton and his girlfriend, Nichole Martin, 28, of Marble Hill were charged with possession of a controlled substance. Burton also was charged for misdemeanor possession of marijuana and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

The confidential informant told deputies Danner had been selling two to three ounces of methamphetamine every few days for at least six months, Bullard wrote.


Comments Off on More than 44 Pounds of Methamphetamine Seized, 19 Women and Men Arrested in Connection with Southsound Drug Distribution Ring in Washington

An investigation begun by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the West Sound Narcotics Enforcement Team in February 2014 resulted today in the arrest of 19 people with ties to a methamphetamine distribution ring, announced U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes.  Law enforcement served 24 search warrants on locations in Washington and Arizona in connection with the case.  More than 20 vehicles were searched in connection with the investigation.  Today alone law enforcement seized more than 44 pounds of methamphetamine, more than 50 firearms, and more than $50,000 in cash.

Today alone law enforcement seized more than 44 pounds of methamphetamine, more than 50 firearms, and more than $50,000 in cash. Previous seizures associated with this drug ring include more than 5 pounds of meth and more than $28,000.

Those arrested today in the Western District of Washington will make their initial appearances today and tomorrow in U.S. District Court in Tacoma at 2:30 p.m.  Those charged in the indictment include:

  • JOSE ERNESTO MOZEQUEDA VASQUEZ, 34. of Chehalis, Washington
  • JESUS BELTRAN, 34, of Phoenix, Arizona
  • ANTONIO DE LA MORA, 41, of Centralia, Washington
  • JUAN SALUD GARCIA ALMANZA, 30 of Centralia, Washington
  • VIOLETTA ROSALIA GUADARRAMA, 32 of Centralia, Washington
  • ERNESTO LUNA VASQUEZ, 44 of Kelso, Washington
  • MARIA CENTENO GALLEGOS, 37 of Chehalis, Washington
  • COLLIN MESINAS, 28 of Olympia, Washington
  • AUNDREA LYNN NATINS, 41 of Port Orchard, Washington
  • WILLIAM HAGMANN, 54 of Shelton, Washington
  • JON DANIEL BROWNFIELD, 58 of Shelton, Washington
  • KIMBERLY BROOKE GRAY, 36 of Port Orchard, Washington
  • REBECCA SUE GODSALVE, 52 of Bremerton, Washington
  • MARK AGNEW, 51 of Gig Harbor, Washington
  • ISAELA PACHECO CENTENO, 22 of Poulsbo, Washington
  • TERESA GOOS, 55 of Hoodsport, Washington
  • DEREK JOHNSON, 29 of Gig Harbor, Washington
  • KAREN KENMIR, 55 of Shelton, Washington

A nineteenth defendant, GERARDO ENRIQUE FLORES, 26, of Chula Vista, California, was arrested in California and will make his initial appearance on a criminal complaint in the Southern District of California.

This was an Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation, providing supplemental federal funding to the federal and state agencies involved.

Today’s searches and arrests were led by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in Washington, Arizona, and California, and involved officers from the West Sound Narcotics Enforcement Team (WESTNET), Tahoma Narcotics Enforcement Team (TNET), Lewis County Sheriff’s Office Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team (JNET), Vancouver Police Department, Grays Harbor County Drug Task Force, Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office, Thurston Narcotics Team (TNT), Lakewood Police Department, Washington State Patrol, Shelton Police Department, Mason County Sheriff’s Office, Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office, Olympic Peninsula Narcotics Enforcement Team (OPNET), Pierce County Sheriff’s Office,  Bremerton Police Department, King County Sheriff’s Office, Valley Narcotics Enforcement Team (VNET), and the Lakewood Police Department.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Marci L. Ellsworth and C. Andrew Colasurdo.


Comments Off on Discovery of Methamphetamine lab leads to Palm Springs Racquet Club demolition

The Plaza Racquet Club in Palm Springs is being demolished, ending any chances of reviving the tennis club.

In a move to ward off vandals and criminal activity, the Palm Springs Unified School District – which owns the property – has moved forward with demolishing the club’s administration building, after recently discovering a make-shift meth lab and a weapon on the site, said James Williamson, a board member with the PSUSD.

While the construction of the North Hermosa Drive extension alongside the property was ongoing, the shuttered tennis club remained secure, say officials.

“When they (constructions crews) stopped, is when problems started, and escalated within the last five days,” said Williamson.

“And in order to gain access, they (vandals) were busting holes through the walls, and the structures were no longer safe,” said Williamson. “And this all happened within a period of four or five days.”

Demolition crews could be seen on the site Thursday, wielding sledgehammers.

The Plaza Racquet Club, a private business operated by Kurt Haggstrom and his wife Ana, closed in June, as the school district planned to sell the 8.5-acre parcel. That sale fell through in November, placing the property back on the market.

The Haggstroms petitioned the school district to allow them to continue operating the tennis club until a new sale was finalized – even on a month-to-month basis. The school district did not take them up on that idea.

That idea sounds easy, said Williamson, but in reality turned out to be more complicated. The school board is governed by the California Ed Code, which has clear procedures related to leasing school property. For one, the district would have been required to open the lease opportunity to anyone who may want to submit a proposal, Williamson explained.

In another option, the school district could have legally leased the property to Palm Springs without going through the request for proposals process, and then the city could have leased the property to the Haggstroms.

However, said Williamson, the lease amount would need to be based on the recent $8 million appraisal of the entire site – much higher than the $2.6 million property value the previous lease was based on.

“So we would have been obligated to lease it to the city for $120,000 a year,” said Williamson. “And so they would have then decided what they wanted to do.”

Since the sale fell through, the school district has received offers on the land — which includes the Riverside County Office of Education’s Palm Springs Community School next door to the tennis club – but has not yet finalized a sale decision.

It’s not clear how many bids – or their price range — were placed on the property.

“Land negotiations are still confidential at this time,” Julie Arthur, executive director of facilities planning at PSUSD, said in an email.

Williamson would only say, “there was a lot of interest.”

The Plaza Racquet Club has been at the center of community conversations for months as preservationists, tennis players and tourism officials lament the closing of the facility, which was built by the city in 1975.

“Our telephone still rings all day long,” remarked Kurt Haggstrom. “Mostly hotel guests and snow-birds that are staying in Palm Springs that now have nowhere to play except a pick-up game at Ruth Hardy Park.”

He was surprised and saddened to learn of the recent demise of the facility.

“Wow. That is very sad,” said Haggstrom. He had not yet learned of the reports of criminal activity occurring on the site. “Incredible that such a valuable amenity to our city will see the wrecking ball.”



Comments Off on Methamphetamine’s cheap, dangerous high spreads across upstate New York

ALBANY — Homemade meth labs are sprouting like mushrooms across the state — in rural farmhouses, ramshackle trailers, even a drainage pipe outside a Buffalo-area Wal-Mart — with a surging popularity of the drug.

Police across upstate New York say they’re encountering a growing number of clandestine methamphetamine operations, an ominous sign of the drug’s appeal.

Mobile “one-pot” labs are turning up in vehicles and backpacks. In some cases, the drug known as “crank” and “speed” is cooked up inside sports drink bottles.

“Over the past couple of years the problem has been climbing — and there is no indication it is going to stop,” said State Police Sgt. Rob Grace, based at State Police headquarters in Albany.

Law enforcement agencies are addressing the fast-spreading footprint of meth, in part, by talking to firefighters, social workers and others about how to recognize the paraphernalia of the home-grown chemistry sets.

One of their biggest concerns is rescuing children and others vulnerable to the potential dangers of homemade labs that can spark fires and explosions.

The fact the drug is relatively cheap and can be manufactured from over-the-counter ingredients is contributing to its popularity, investigators said.

A 10-year-old law limits the amount of a key ingredient found in cold remedies, pseudoephedrine, that an individual can purchase each month. But addicts and traffickers look for ways to circumvent those limits by finding surrogates to buy for them.

Grace, a supervisor with the State Police’s Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team, said the squad responded to 353 meth production sites in the first nine months of the year.

That exceeded its full year total for 2015 and was nearly three times the number recorded for all of 2013.

Even crude forms of the substance, made with Gatorade bottles in a method known as “shake and bake,” are highly addictive, he said.

“They say once you are addicted to it, there is no getting off of it,” he said. “All people care about is where they are going to get their next high from.”

For Justin Derocher, 27, of Ithaca, the cops didn’t detect his drug possession but rather stopped him for driving a car while his license was suspended. At the time, he said he was paying for his habit, which cost $60 to $100 a day, by shoplifting.

Derocher said he started using meth at age 22, after getting involved with cocaine, heroin and other drugs.

“At first it was fun, but then it started to take hold of my life,” he said, noting that he’s now clean. “I couldn’t function without it. I’d be up for days. When I had to go to work and couldn’t stay awake, I had to do more.”

He shed about 40 pounds, he said, and “looked like a walking zombie.”

“I didn’t want to interact with people. I would hallucinate and hide behind the couch, thinking the cops were going to come for me,” he said.

Derocher said his resolve to stay clean is fortified by a social media group, Clean Is The New Dirty, which inspires him with regular postings.

Capt. Scott Lombardo, of the Niagara County Drug Task Force, said meth takes a noticeable toll on the appearance of its users.

Their skin can be so blemished that it appears they have serious acne, he said, and they frequently suffer dental problems.

“It rots you from the inside out,” he said.

In Niagara County, he said, police see the same circle of users again and again.

“It’s almost like a closed group,” he said. “We arrest them, the courts do what they do, and then they are out on the streets doing it again.”

State police report taking down dozens of meth operations so far this year — including 15 in Clinton County, 13 in Chenango County, seven in Niagara County, four in Essex County, three in Franklin County, and one each in Otsego, Delaware and Schoharie counties.

Two rural counties – Oswego and Jefferson – led the state meth lab busts as of the end of September, with 40 and 33, respectively.

Delaware County Undersheriff Craig DuMond said meth labs often show up in places where jobs and organized activities are scarce.

And the drug picks up the users of other substances looking for a cheaper fix.

That describes a common condition in upstate New York, he said.

“Meth has become what the most desperate people rely upon to feed their addictions,” he said.



Comments Off on Methamphetamine gangs of China play star role in Philippines drug crisis

ARAYAT, Philippines – It was around 10 a.m. on September 22 when the raid on the pig farm began. Accompanied by fire and sanitation officials, a police team entered the compound at the foot of the extinct volcano Mount Arayat, north of Manila, on the pretext they were conducting a safety inspection.

They didn’t find any pigs. What they did uncover, in a hangar larger than a football field, was a raised platform supporting a diesel generator, an industrial chiller and distillation equipment – all for the production of the highly addictive drug methamphetamine. The industrial-sized laboratory, the police report said, was capable of producing at least 200 kilograms a day of meth. Around that time, a kilogram of meth had a street value of $120,000, the police said.

Philippine law enforcement authorities had been alerted to the farm by locals who reported spotting vehicles with “Chinese-looking men” entering at night and leaving before dawn. During the raid, police arrested Hong Wenzheng, a 39-year-old Chinese national from Fujian province who is now in prison awaiting trial. Four other men believed to be Chinese nationals escaped and are the target of a manhunt.

The piggery bust points to an uncomfortable truth for Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte as he wages his “war on drugs”: The problem he’s fighting is largely made in China, the country he is embracing as a potential ally at the expense of longstanding ties with the United States.

The arrest of Hong, who has pleaded not guilty, added to the ranks of Chinese nationals seized in the Philippines on narcotics charges. Of 77 foreign nationals arrested for meth-related drug offenses between January 2015 and mid-August 2016, nearly two-thirds were Chinese and almost a quarter were Taiwanese or Hong Kong residents, according to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

Known in the trade as “cooks” and “chemists,” meth production experts are flown into the Philippines from Greater China by drug syndicates to work at labs like the one at Mount Arayat. China isn’t only a source of meth expertise – it is also the biggest source of the meth and of the precursor chemicals used to produce the synthetic drug that are being smuggled into the Philippines, according to local drug enforcement officials.

“It’s safe to say that the majority of the meth we have comes from China,” said PDEA spokesman Derrick Carreon.

China’s dominant role in the Philippine meth trade has not dissuaded President Duterte from cozying up to Beijing, even as he declares drugs to be his country’s greatest scourge. Duterte is waging a brutal anti-narcotics campaign that has killed more than 2,000 people and led to the arrest of more than 38,000. Police are investigating some 3,000 more deaths.

During a trip to Beijing in October, the Philippine president announced his “separation” from the United States and declared that he had realigned with China, casting doubt on the almost seven-decade alliance between Washington and Manila. The pivot to Beijing has bewildered some drug-control officials at home, who say China’s leaders have provided little help over the years in stemming the flow of drugs into the Philippines.

“It seems there’s very little action on the part of the government of China,” said Richard Fadullon, senior deputy state prosecutor and chairman of the drugs task force at the Philippines’ Department of Justice. “You’d think that somehow it would be a cause for concern, but there doesn’t seem to be that kind of reaction.”

Duterte’s office did not respond to questions from Reuters.

As he warms to China, Duterte is also spurning the country that is the primary source of aid and expertise to Manila in its battle against drugs – the United States.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) provides training and intelligence to drug authorities across the Philippines and supports an interagency task group at the international airport in the capital aimed at countering trafficking. Carreon said the DEA had recently helped uncover six separate incidents of cocaine smuggling at the airport.

“All my friends are in the U.S. DEA,” said one senior Philippine drug control official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. “Most information comes from the U.S. DEA.”

That may change. Saying it was “deeply concerned” by reports of extrajudicial killings in Duterte’s crackdown, the United States recently said it was shifting $5 million in funding for Philippines law enforcement away from police drug-control programs.

Since taking office on June 30, Duterte has aimed some criticism at China. He suggested after the raid on the Arayat meth lab in late September that if Beijing considered his country a friend, China should act to stem the flow of drugs. In August, his government summoned the Chinese ambassador to explain the supply of narcotics from China to the Philippines.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay told Reuters at the time that China’s ambassador to Manila, Zhao Jianhua, had rejected the charge. “I told him these reports are based on intelligence information, they have been validated so far as we are concerned,” Yasay said.

Still, Duterte has pointed to what he says is a willingness in Beijing to help Manila in its battle against drugs. And, since visiting Beijing in October, he has not pressed the issue of drugs and precursors flowing from China. During that trip, Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to beef up exchanges of intelligence, know-how and technology in fighting drug crimes, and to set up a mechanism for joint investigation of drug cases. In a joint communiqué, the Philippines thanked China for an offer to donate drug detection equipment and help with training.

China is “a core force” in fight against drugs

Beijing’s response to Reuters for this article:

“Drugs are the common enemy of mankind. Cracking down on drugs crimes is the common responsibility of all countries in the world. The Chinese government has consistently and resolutely cracked down on drugs crime and is a core force in the international community’s fight against drugs. China understands and supports the Philippines’ policy under the leadership of President Duterte to fight against drugs, and is willing to proactively cooperate against drugs with the Philippines. (In October), while President Duterte was in China, both sides signed a protocol on cooperation between the anti-narcotics division of the Ministry of Public Security and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency. The responsible departments of both countries have already had effective cooperation on joint use of technical equipment, joint drug enforcement, drug rehabilitation and other areas. China is willing to keep providing whatever support and help it can to the Philippines.”

Chinese Foreign Ministry


“China understands and supports the Philippines’ policy under the leadership of President Duterte to fight against drugs, and is willing to proactively cooperate against drugs with the Philippines,” the Chinese Foreign Ministry said in response to questions from Reuters.

Some Philippine drug officials scoff at China’s offers of assistance. “I almost fell off my chair when I heard that China would be helping the Philippines with its drug problem,” said a Department of Justice official who has been dealing with drug crimes for many years and has experienced little cooperation from Beijing.

In an interview, Philippine National Police spokesman Dionardo Carlos said: “We are not aware of any high-profile drug cooperation between China and the Philippines since the president’s visit to Beijing.”

Jeremy Douglas, the regional representative of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) for Southeast Asia and the Pacific, says there is “some cooperation and information exchange” taking place between the two countries on regional drug and precursor trafficking. “But we understand it is on a case by case basis and is not systematic or routine,” he said. “The only way to make a dent in the trade is to target those that run the business.”

Duterte regularly says he will hunt down drug lords. In October, the police announced they were launching a new phase in the drug crackdown that would focus on “high value” targets. But to date, the president’s campaign has almost exclusively targeted users and small-time pushers in the country’s poorest neighborhoods, not the drug barons supplying them with meth, or “shabu” as it is called in the Philippines.

In another twist, China offered the Philippines assistance with drug rehabilitation during Duterte’s visit. Even as meth and precursors continue to pour into the country from China, a Chinese businessman has pledged to fund two 10,000-bed rehabilitation centers in the Philippines, which has few drug treatment facilities. One of the projects opened in late November.

Drug seizures and police raids on meth labs have ticked up under Duterte. Nine laboratories have been dismantled this year, according to PDEA spokesman Carreon, which is more than in the previous three years combined. Six of these labs have been raided since Duterte took office.

Police say many of those running the meth trade are Triads, ruthless criminal syndicates that have long trafficked drugs.

Data provided by PDEA also showed that 1,520 kg of meth had been seized this year as of November 10 – 2.5 times the figure for the whole of 2015. This still represents a small fraction of the amount being consumed, says the UN’s Douglas.

Near the site of the Mount Arayat police raid, Apolonia Pineda, 68, a local resident, recalls that Chinese men would regularly buy food from a ramshackle general store on the dirt track leading to the pig farm. “The Chinese told us they were setting up a tire factory,” she recalled.

The subterfuge had been well thought out. Head-high grass largely concealed the hangar that housed the meth lab, making it impossible for passersby to peek in.

While there were no longer any pigs at the farm, police had found several thousand hogs when they raided a piggery on the other side of Mount Arayat a few weeks earlier. There, they uncovered a smaller meth lab in the basement of a building. According to the police report, 20 kg of the precursor ephedrine and a small amount of methamphetamine were seized. So were seven Chinese nationals, now awaiting trial.

Drug syndicates are locating meth labs in pig farms for a reason, said Graciano Mijares, a senior police official in the region where Mount Arayat is located. The stench from the piggeries masks the powerful odor given off by meth-cooking, he said.

For centuries, Chinese traders made their way to the shores of the Philippines, landing in junks laden with ceramics, tea and silk that they exchanged for gold, wax, pearls and tortoiseshells. Today, China’s exports to the archipelago of just over 100 million people include large quantities of meth and the precursors used to make the drug.

Drug control officials struggle to gauge exactly how much meth is flowing into the Philippines from China. The production volumes of plant-based drugs, like heroin and cocaine, can be calculated from crop surveys of opium poppy and coca in a particular country. It is far more difficult to quantify the production of meth, a synthetic drug made from precursor chemicals like ephedrine and pseudoephedrine that are used legally in the pharmaceutical and other industries.

Officials from PDEA, the Philippine National Police and the Department of Justice paint a picture of an entrenched and sophisticated system of trafficking in meth and precursors from China to the Philippines.

The trade is controlled by small, tight-knit groups of Chinese who oversee the entire process, the officials say: from the procurement of precursors in China to the production of the drug in the Philippines to its distribution by local gangs. Philippines police say many of those running the meth trade are Triads, the ruthless criminal syndicates that have long been involved in drug trafficking.

Precursors are abundant in China. Weak regulation of China’s vast chemical and pharmaceutical industries, as well as official corruption, have made the country “an ideal source for precursor chemicals intended for illicit drug production,” according to a U.S. State Department report published this year.

Meth smuggled in from China is typically passed from large ships to smaller vessels, mainly off the coast of the northern Philippines island of Luzon, officials say. Packages are sometimes dropped into the sea off the Philippines’ long and poorly patrolled coastlines, and picked up by fishermen. The meth then passes into the hands of local drug traffickers.

Meth production inside the Philippines requires a different operation. Precursors are often hidden in the legitimate cargoes of container ships that cross the South China Sea to the Philippines. Once on land, the chemicals are transported to labs, like the one at Mount Arayat, where a team with Chinese men has been assembled. They include a “chemist” to oversee production of the drug and a “cook” to actually make it. They come in on separate flights posing as tourists or businessmen, according to a senior drug-control official.

The gangs are locating meth labs on pig farms for a reason – the stench masks the acrid smell from meth-cooking.

This was largely the template for the meth operation exposed in the case of the “Shabu 11,” as the local media dubbed them. In 2012, 11 men – including five Chinese nationals – were convicted for creating what the judge called a “mega-lab” in the city of Cebu. The lab, uncovered in 2004, aimed at producing “mind-boggling” amounts of meth in a warehouse disguised as a legitimate business, the judge ruled. All 11 pleaded not guilty.

A British national by the name of Hung Chin Chang told the court he had met Calvin de Jesus Tan, a Chinese citizen and financier of the operation, on the island of Macau, according to court records. Chang testified that Tan introduced him to another Chinese man who would rent the premises for the meth lab, pull together a production team and purchase the materials to make the drugs.

The passports of five lab workers – a Chinese national, two Taiwanese and two Chinese Malaysians – were taken away by the team after they reached the Philippines. The group rented three warehouses, one to produce the meth, one for drying it and a third for packaging and storing the product.

In the days before the raid, a police officer testified, the warehouse’s lights had been on through the night, the machines inside were working flat out, and there was a foul odor in the air. The 11 men are all serving life sentences in a Philippine jail.

Manila’s casino resorts provide traffickers an easy way to launder drug cash. Meth produced at the labs is sometimes driven to casinos in the capital, where many of the high rollers are Chinese, a local drug-control official explained. There, sellers meet the buyers. One side has cash in the trunk of their car, while the other has drugs in the trunk of theirs, and they simply swap keys. The seller then exchanges the cash for chips in the casino, laundering the money.

Lax local regulation makes the casinos largely risk-free for the traffickers. With ambitions to turn Manila into one of Asia’s gambling hubs, the government has exempted casinos from anti-money laundering laws that would oblige them to report suspicious transactions.

“Sometimes we have to tread carefully because it has implications in the tourism industry,” said PDEA spokesman Carreon, when asked why the government doesn’t prevent casinos from being used to launder drug money.

China has at times moved against the production of meth at large labs in its southern provinces. Thousands of suspects were detained in 2014, for instance, during an anti-drug campaign called “Thunder Operations” in Guangdong province.

Despite these efforts, China remains the biggest source of precursors for meth production across Asia. Globally, the bulk of the seizures of raw ephedrine in 2014 was reported by China, with 31.6 tons, according to the International Narcotics Control Board in Vienna. This was followed by the Philippines with 510 kg, which the UNODC believes came mainly from China.

The amount seized in the Philippines is “a proverbial drop in the ocean,” said the UNODC’s Douglas.

As they step up their efforts against meth production, local drug enforcement officials say they expect traffickers to move some operations to “floating labs,” where meth is cooked on boats moored off the coast. In July, four Hong Kong residents were arrested on a fishing boat anchored in Subic Bay, once the site of a U.S. naval base. The men have denied charges of producing and selling meth, and are in jail awaiting trial.

This whack-a-mole pursuit of the Chinese meth gangs won’t work, said Fadullon, the senior Philippine justice official.

“They’ll just keep on cropping up in different areas which are least expected by the authorities.” If the Duterte government wants to get meth off the streets, he said, “eventually they will have to go to the source and come up with high-level discussions on how to put a stop to this – talking with the Chinese government.”


Comments Off on Sandra Lynn Wade, 42, of Rome, sold Methamphetamine from home with children present

A Rome woman remained in jail Thursday without bond after being accused of selling methamphetamine.

According to Floyd County Jail reports:

Sandra Lynn Wade, 42, of 1105 Martha Berry Boulevard, was arrested Wednesday on warrants stating she sold methamphetamine at her residence in July and August.

Wade also is accused of selling the meth in front of a juvenile.

Wade is charged with two felony counts of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, two felony counts of selling methamphetamine and two felony counts of possession of methamphetamine.

She also is charged with misdemeanor possession of drug-related objects and cruelty to children in the third degree.

Comments Off on Mesquite Police Department busts local Methamphetamine operation – Roberta Franco, 45, Destiny Quinn, 29, and Erick Maus-Montiel, 23, arrested

Mesquite Police Department announced the conclusion of a “lengthy drug dealing investigation which had been ongoing for many months,” according to a recent press release.

On Dec. 13, MPD detectives executed a search warrant on the home of Roberta Franco, 45, of Mesquite, who had been allegedly selling methamphetamine from the residence.

Franco was arrested and charged with two felony counts of trafficking methamphetamine, one felony count of selling methamphetamine, one felony count of offering and agreeing to sell methamphetamine, one felony count of possession of methamphetamine, and three misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.

The arrest occurred after two “accomplices” arrived at the residence to deliver methamphetamine, according to the release.

The two “accomplices” were Erick Maus-Montiel, 23, of Washington, Utah, and Destiny Quinn, 29, of St. George, Utah. According to MPD public information officer Quinn Averett, Maus-Montiel and Destiny Quinn were not part of the ongoing investigation.

“They came down from St. George and arrived at the house just prior to us serving the search warrant on the house,” Averett told the Desert Valley Times. “(Franco) was the focus of the investigation, not those two, but they were part of the criminal episode that day.”

Maus-Montiel was arrested and charged with one felony count of possession of methamphetamine, one felony count of possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to the press release, Maus-Montiel had a “short barreled shotgun” on him at the time of the arrest.

Quinn was arrested and charged with one felony count of possession of heroin and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Averett said that, unlike other meth operations in the area which typically stem from larger operations in St. George or Las Vegas, this particular drug operation originated in Mesquite.

“With this one it was a homegrown operation that involved a local citizen who was involved in a lot of drug dealings for us here,” he said.

All three suspects were transported to Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas.

Franco and Maus-Montiel were both expected to appear in court Thursday morning, according to records.



Comments Off on April Nicole Sizemore, 29, Melody Jacqueline Lemar, 36, and Jessica Kathryn Flannery, 25, arrested in I-75 Methamphetamine bust in Ringgold

Three out-of-towners landed in the Catoosa County jail on drug charges after Ringgold police officers found methamphetamine and cash in their possession while they were traveling to Kentucky from Atlanta along I-75.

According to the Ringgold Police Department:

April Nicole Sizemore, 29, of Kentucky, Melody Jacqueline Lemar, 36, of Kentucky, and Jessica Kathryn Flannery, 25, of Gray, Ga., were arrested on Thursday, Dec. 8, on a charge of trafficking methamphetamine.

Sizemore gained additional charges of giving false information to officers, driving while license suspended, and affixed window tint.

The trio was pulled over on I-75 in Ringgold at 11:13 p.m. on Dec. 8 after the Chevrolet Malibu they were traveling in had illegal window tinting on it, reports show.

Officer Brison Strickland says Sizemore, who was driving, initially gave him a fake ID and gave inconsistent stories of how she knew the other two ladies in the vehicle.

The trio stated they’d been in Atlanta visiting a friend, and that they were traveling back to Kentucky.

After a few minutes of questioning, Strickland says Jessica Flannery admitted that the women had drugs in the vehicle.

“Ms. Flannery began crying and handed me a grocery bag,” Strickland said. “I asked her what was in the bag, and she said, ‘meth’.”

Inside the grocery bag, officers found two large Ziploc bags containing a crystalline substance.

Strickland says that neither of the women wanted to claim ownership of the drugs, and that a large sum of cash was found in the vehicle.

“A white wallet located under the passenger seat contained $1,118, and then a small bag contained coins totaling the amount to $1,169.12,” Strickland said.–meth-bust-in-ringgold/article_4177e680-c2f3-11e6-89f0-9b6a3f610c3d.html



Ringgold, Ga., police arrested three women last week, saying they were trafficking methamphetamine.

The arrests happened around 11:15 p.m. on Dec. 8. Officer Brison Strickland said he saw a Chevrolet Malibu drive by him on Interstate 75 and he believed the car’s windows were tinted too dark.

He pulled the car over and found three women inside: Jessica Kathryn Flannery, 25; Melody Jacqueline Lemar, 36; and April Nicole Sizemore, 29. Strickland said they began doing things that made him suspicious.

First, he said, they lit cigarettes. He figured they were trying to hide the smell of something else. Next, he said, they seemed nervous. They wouldn’t make eye contact.

Sizemore, the driver, told Strickland they were driving from Atlanta to Kentucky. She said she had been visiting her friend, E.J. She did not know E.J.’s last name, according to Strickland’s report.

“I asked April if there was anything illegal inside of her vehicle,” he wrote, “and she then stated the vehicle was not hers, and if there was anything illegal inside of the vehicle, it did not belong to her. While speaking with April I could tell that she was very nervous and still would not make eye contact.”

When Strickland asked Lemar if there was anything illegal inside the car, she responded, “It shouldn’t be.”

Strickland then questioned Flannery.

“Be honest with me,” he said he told her.

Flannery cried, according to the report. She handed Strickland a grocery bag. Inside that bag, he found two Ziploc bags containing what looked like methamphetamine.

“I then advised Jessica that I appreciated her being honest with me,” Strickland wrote. “I asked Jessica who’s [sic] methamphetamine was it and she stated that she did not know.”

Ringgold police charged all three women with trafficking in methamphetamine. The department also charged Sizemore with giving a false name, driving on a suspended license and driving with a light-reducing material affixed to the car’s windows.

The police report did not specify how much meth was found.

Lemar and Flannery remained in the Catoosa County Jail on Wednesday afternoon without bond. Sizemore is not at the jail. A booking officer said she did not know when Sizemore left.

Sizemore did not return a call seeking comment Wednesday.


Comments Off on Terri Thomas, 48, of Poultney, allegedly caught with crystal Methamphetamine in Washington County

Police say a Vermont woman was caught with crystal meth in Washington County.

They stopped 48-year-old Terri Thomas of Poultney on State Route 22A in Hampton for a traffic infraction Sunday.

Police say Thomas’ driving privileges were suspended in New York and that as they went to arrest her, they found 1.4 grams of crystal meth in her car.

Thomas was sent to the Washington County Jail in lieu of bail. She’s due in court January 5.

Comments Off on Six Women And Men Charged In Connection With Methamphetamine Sales, Four Arrested, Crystal Nichole Randleman, 31, And Brandon Hester, 33, Still At Large

On Wednesday (December 14) the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit charged six people with drug related offenses. The charges come as a result of several undercover investigations into methamphetamine sales. As of this afternoon (Thursday, December 15) four of the suspects had been arrested and two were still wanted.

Detectives used undercover and surveillance techniques to build cases on the individuals over several months. Detectives say many of the individuals charged are repeat offenders who have been arrested previously this year.  

In some of the cases, detectives say the individuals conspired with one another in selling methamphetamine over a long period of time.  Several of the subjects charged used other individuals to sell the drugs but detectives were able to link the drug sales back to them resulting in conspiracy charges.

The four suspects who have been arrested are as follows: 20-year-old Jessica Brittany Lane of Rosehill Drive, 27-year-old David Wayne Smith Jr. of Sentry Lane, 23-year-old Devon Eugene Reedy of Sun Valley Trail, and 34-year-old Jason Lee Self, there is no street address given for Self. All four suspects are from Lincolnton. Lane was charged with one felony count of Conspiring to Sell Methamphetamine. Smith was charged with one felony count each of Sell and Deliver Schedule II Controlled Substance and Possession With Intent to Sell and Deliver a Schedule II Controlled Substance. Reedy was charged with one felony count of Conspiring to Sell Methamphetamine. Self, who was recently convicted of Trafficking Schedule II Controlled Substance and  currently serving an active prison sentence, was charged with three felony counts each of Sell and Deliver Schedule II Controlled Substance, Possession With Intent to Sell and Deliver Schedule II Controlled Substance, and Conspire to Sell and Deliver Methamphetamine.

Two other suspects have been charged but have yet to be located. These wanted subjects and their charges are: 33-year-old Cecil Brandon Hester of Amity Lane in Iron Station, and 31-year-old Crystal Nichole Randleman of East Maiden Road in Maiden. Hester is facing two felony counts each of Sell and Deliver Schedule II Controlled Substance and Possession With Intent to Sell and Deliver Schedule II Controlled Substance. Randleman is charged with two felony counts of Conspiring to Sell Methamphetamine.

Lane’s bond was set at $10,000 secured. Smith received a $30,000 secured bond. Reedy’s bond was set at $10,000 secured. All three were scheduled to appear in District Court today. Self will be transported to Lincoln County and served with the charges at a later date. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Hester and/or Randleman are are urged to call the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202, the Drug Tip Line at 704-736-8606 or Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.


Comments Off on Leslie Erin Curtis, 45, and Allen Dwight Gailliot, 62, of Fayetteville, sent to federal prison for Methamphetamine

FAYETTEVILLE — Two methamphetamine dealers were sentenced to more than 22 years in federal prison Wednesday.

Allen Dwight Gailliot, 62, and Leslie Erin Curtis, 45, both of Fayetteville, were sentenced on one count each of conspiracy to distribute meth.

Gailliot was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Tim Brooks to 12 years and six months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release and ordered to pay a $3,400 fine.

Curtis was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release and ordered to pay a $5,900 fine.

Leslie Curtis sold an ounce of methamphetamine to a confidential informant on March 10 in Fayetteville. On March 11, detectives from the 4th Judicial Drug Task Force searched Curtis’ and Gailliot’s residences. Detectives found in each house about a half pound of meth packaged for sale, digital scales, baggies, drug ledgers and packages addressed to Gailliot mailed from California.

Curtis told detectives she and Gailliot would place orders for and receive pounds of meth through the mail from California and would then distribute it throughout Washington County. On March 15, about 4 pounds of meth were found in a storage unit in parcels addressed to Gailliott.

Gailliot and Curtis were indicted by a federal grand jury in May and pleaded guilty in September.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Denis Dean prosecuted the case for the United States.




Leslie Erin Curtis, 45, and Allen Dwight Gailiot, 61, Arrested In Fayetteville Apartment Raid Yielding 500 Grams Of Methamphetamine, $65,000


Comments Off on Jaclyn Jirout, 24, and Matthew Inman, 27, arrested after Jacksonville police find 6 pots of Methamphetamine in burned-out Recreational Vehicle

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A couple has been arrested after police found six containers of methamphetamine in the remains of a recreational vehicle that burned up Wednesday morning in an RV park along Philips Highway, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

Jaclyn Jirout, 24, was arrested Wednesday on a charge of arson in the hours after firefighters had put out the blaze at the Fleetwood Mobile Home and RV Park.

According to the JSO arrest report, Jirout admitted to setting a T-shirt on fire and throwing it on the bed of her boyfriend’s RV.

The owner of the RV, Matthew Inman, 27, was arrested the next day on a charge of possession of a controlled substance.

The blaze forced residents to be evacuated once because of the proximity of other RVs, then again later in the day after police said they found six pots containing meth in the remains of the gutted trailer.

A hazmat team processed and cleared what was left of the RV.

According to the arrest report, Jirout and Inman had an altercation Tuesday night and he left her alone in the trailer. Police said Jirout left threatening voicemails and sent similar texts to Inman’s grandmother and his ex-girlfriend Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

Police said they found Jirout with her belongings packed in a suitcase and a plastic bag. She initially told officers that she was sleeping in the RV when she woke up to the smell of smoke and got out. During the investigation, police said, she lifted her shirt to show her breast to one witness, and later in the day, after she was arrested, she removed her shirt when placed in the back of a patrol car.

Jirout also made comments to police about Inman cooking “meth” and using it, the arrest report said.

While detectives interviewed the owner of the RV, Inman said Jirout was probably high on drugs and he also admitted to using meth, according to JSO. Inman was then arrested Thursday.

The manager of the RV park said the couple was scheduled to be evicted by the end of the month.


Authorities warn of dangers drug poses for neighbors, first responders

Over the last year, News4Jax has reported on dozens of methamphetamine-related investigations.

Randy Wyse, president of the Jacksonville Association of Firefighters, said the drug has become a big problem.

“Obviously, you are seeing an uptick in meth,” Wyse said. “It creates all sorts of issues. And hazmat needs to be right upfront when you’re dealing with these types of situations.”

Gil Smith, News4Jax crime and safety analyst, said the dangerous drug not only puts the users at risk, but those around them, including neighbors and first responders.

“It is such a flammable and explosive chemical that they are using,” Smith said.

Authorities said bizarre behavior is just one of the side effects of meth.

“Overdoses, people in cardiac arrest due to these issues, or really psychological issues. A lot of times you get on this meth and you just kind of go crazy,” Wyse said.

The problem is widespread across Northeast Florida counties. In St. Johns County, seven meth labs have been discovered and there have been 71 meth-related arrests this year.

Authorities said they’re doing what they can to stop what some are calling an epidemic before it spreads any more.

“It’s obviously become a drain on resources. We are responding to these things every day all across the city,” Wyse said.


Comments Off on 14 women and men indicted on Methamphetamine and drug charges in Madison County

Three women among 14 people indicted Dec. 8 on drug charges have previous felony convictions that prompted a grand jury to also indict them as persistent felony offenders.

They can draw longer prison terms if convicted on the persistent offender charges.

Elizabeth J. Grimes, 48, of Boggs Lane, Richmond , was indicted on charges of first-degree controlled substance trafficking (heroin), a Class C felony, and drug paraphernalia possession, a Class A misdemeanor, as well as a a first-degree persistent felony offender.

Class C felonies may be punished by five to 10 years in prison while a Class A misdemeanor can draw up to a year in jail.

According to the Madison County Detention Center’s online records, Grimes has been booked into the jail 29 times since December 1994.

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Nancy S. Bentley, 39, was indicted on charges of first-degree controlled substance possession (heroin) and evidence tampering.

Both charges are Class D felonies that can be punished by one to five years in prison.

Because of two prior felony convictions, Bentley also was indicted as a first-degree persistent felony offender, which would elevate her other charges to Class B felonies. That means she could face 10 to 20 years in prison if convicted as a persistent offender.

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Judy M. Klein, 48, of Treeline Drive, Berea, was indicted on charges of first-degree controlled substance possession (methamphetamine), evidence tampering, a Class D felony; drug paraphernalia possession, second-degree promoting contraband, a Class A misdemeanor, and second-degree persistent felony offender, a Class C felony.

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Brandy M. Snowden, 40, of Mt. Vernon, and Daniel J. Hunsucker, 30, of Brodhead, were indicted together on charges of first-degree controlled substance trafficking (more than two grams of methamphetamine).

Hunsucker also was indicted on charges of first-degree controlled substance possession (methamphetamine) and evidence tampering.

Snowden was additionally indicted on charges of first-degree controlled substance possession (heroin) and drug paraphernalia possession.

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Tyler E. McKeehan, 22, of Winchester, was indicted on charges first-degree controlled substance trafficking (more than 2 grams of methamphetamine), first-degree controlled substance possession (heroin) and carrying a concealed deadly weapon, a Class A misdemeanor.

Others indicted mainly on drug charges were:

  • Paul Christopher Pearson, 39, of Jackson County; two counts of first-degree controlled substance possession (methamphetamine), two counts of drug paraphernalia possession and two counts of public intoxication, a Class B misdemeanor.
  • Amanda L. Cornelison, 36, of Smith Village, Richmond; two counts of first-degree controlled substance possession (methamphetamine).
  • William A. Clark, 53, of Irvine; first-degree controlled substance possession (methamphetamine), drug paraphernalia possession and illegal possession of a legend drug, a Class B misdemeanor that can draw up to 90 days in jail.
  • Carl Danny Swanger, 44, of Francis Drive, Richmond; first-degree controlled substance possession (heroin), drug paraphernalia possession and disregarding a stop sign, a traffic violation.
  • Nathaniel Q. Taylor (no age or address available); first-degree controlled substance possession (cocaine) and first-degree promoting contraband.
  • Michael VanWinkle (no age or address available); first-degree controlled substance possession (heroin) and drug paraphernalia possession.
  • Lavada Jessica Jones, 32, of Owsley Fork Road, Big Hill; first-degree controlled substance possession (heroin).



Comments Off on Loving man, James Allan White, 32, of Sarnia, turned violent because of Methamphetamine

Methamphetamine abuse turned a loving boyfriend to violence — including an attack on a woman while she held their baby.

James Allan White, 32, of Sarnia pleaded guilty Wednesday in Sarnia court to assaulting his girlfriend three times, to threatening her once, and to refusing to let her leave the house.

The offences occurred during a four-month period when stress led to the hard-working White using the stimulant methamphetamine, said defence lawyer James Guggisberg.

Guggisberg presented letters from White’s girlfriend and her mother attesting to White’s usual conduct as a loving father and partner.

Facts presented to the court showed White under methamphetamine’s influence.

White punched his girlfriend of two years in the face during an argument about giving cough syrup to a child. White told the woman she deserved to be punched for knocking the cough syrup out of his hand.

During another argument White grabbed the woman by the neck, pulled her off her feet, and held her against a wall while she was holding their crying baby.

On another date, a day-long argument ended with White hitting the woman and telling her she deserved it. Just prior to hitting her, White had told her he was going to hit her.

The woman attempted to leave the home after being hit but was told not to open the door or she would be hit again. Then he hit her head against a wall two or three times.

After that incident the police were called for the first time.

The family is hoping for reunification, based on White maintaining his sobriety and taking counseling.

The letters indicate the woman wants White back but his actions were serious and despicable, said assistant Crown attorney Nicole Stoner.

“I apologize for my actions,” said White, who had no prior record for domestic violence.

The absolute horror endured by the woman is a remarkably different picture than the one painted by the letters from the two women, said Justice Mark Hornblower.

A joint submission by Crown and defence lawyers for a 90-day sentence would appear to be at the extreme low end of the sentencing range, but he accepted the women’s assertion that White’s actions were completely out-of-character and fueled by methamphetamine, said Hornblower.

Hornblower accepted the joint submission, that included 18 months probation when White must take substance abuse, anger management and domestic violence counseling while staying away from drugs and the victim unless she provides written, revokable consent to his probation officer.

The 90-day sentence had been served in pre-sentence custody.

A 10-year weapons ban was imposed and White must give police a DNA sample.

Hopefully the women’s trust in White has not been misplaced, said Hornblower.


Comments Off on 15 women and men accused of being involved in Central Texas Methamphetamine ring

WACO, TX (KXXV) – Several people from Central Texas are accused of being involved in a meth ring since January of this year.

A news release from the Department of Justice said local, state and federal authorities said they arrested 15 people Thursday, including the alleged ring leaders Corey Jefferson, 39, of Temple, and Talmage Sedberry, 34, of Waco.

A federal indictment unsealed Thursday in Waco charges all 15 defendants with one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and distribution of methamphetamine.

Investigators said the defendants were involved in a scheme to distribute methamphetamine throughout Bell, Coryell, McLennan, and Limestone counties.

In addition to the ring leaders, investigators arrested Elgin Rayton Campbell, 30, Cesar Alfred Cazares-Rodriguez, 30, Leroy Wildman, 33, Juandell Laron McCorkle, 34, Martin Paul De-La-Rosa, 29, Billy Edward Sedberry, 35, Aaron Sedberry, 34,  Marisela Garza, 31, Larry Darnell Branch, 43, James Edward Patterson, 30, Timothy Lama Jackson, 31,  Karmon Patterson, 32, and Aphtan Daniella Ochoa, 27.

They are all from Waco except for McCorkle and Wildman, who are from Temple, and Campbell and Rodriguez, who are from Mexia and Dallas respectively.

Investigators said they are all still in federal custody pending detention hearings next week in Waco before United States Magistrate Judge Jeffrey C. Manske. They face prison time of five to 40 years if convicted on the meth charges.

Several agencies were involved in the investigation including the Temple, Killeen, and Mexia Police Departments, the FBI, the DEA, and the Texas Department of Public Safety.


Comments Off on Noe Lopez, 36, a U.S. Border Patrol Agent in San Diego Charged with Bribery for Running Methamphetamine and Drugs

A U.S. Border Patrol agent in San Diego was charged Thursday with bribery for allegedly accepting $10,000 to deliver backpacks of what he believed to be smuggled methamphetamine and cocaine that were dropped along the border fence with Mexico.

Noe Lopez, 36, allegedly collected $3,000 from a confidential government source last week for picking up 6 pounds of fake methamphetamine while on duty and accepted $7,000 two days later for retrieving 7 kilograms of phony cocaine.

Lopez made an initial court appearance Thursday and was due to return Tuesday to determine if he is eligible for bail. The court docket does not list an attorney for him.

The Border Patrol said Lopez has been put on unpaid leave pending the outcome of the case. He is also charged with drug-related crimes.

“Border Patrol agents are held to the highest standards, and we remain committed to performing our duties for the American people in the most professional way,” said Richard Barlow, chief of the Border Patrol’s San Diego sector.

Lopez joined the agency 10 years ago, shortly before a massive hiring spree led to a big spike in the number of agents charged with corruption.

According to a probable cause statement, Lopez met the confidential government source in October and described how he could pick up backpacks of smuggled drugs while on patrol. He was assigned to one of the most fortified stretches of border along the U.S. divide with Mexico.

Lopez allegedly agreed to accept $500 for each pound of smuggled methamphetamine and $1,000 for each kilogram of cocaine.