Two men and a woman were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine Tuesday after Wake County sheriff’s investigators stopped a pickup truck at Interstates 440 and 495.

Brian Lee Cooley, 40, of 206 Ackerman Road, near Garner; Raymond Edward Hull IV, 24, who told authorities he is from Wake Forest but has no permanent lara_rose_catesaddress; and Lara Rose Cates, 24, of 140 Longchamp Lane in Cary were arrested about 2 p.m., according to records.

All were charged with possession of methamphetamine precursor materials – pseudoephedrine medicine and lithium batteries – and with manufacturing meth.

Deputies did not charge that they had meth in the truck.

Arrest warrants that charged the trio with manufacturing the drug did not specify where investigators believed that had occurred. Warrants said all the offenses of which they were accused happened Tuesday.

Investigators also charged Cooley, Hull and Cates with possession of seven individual doses of heroin and misdemeanor possession of the prescription drug suboxone. That drug is used to treat opiate addiction.

All three were also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, and the warrants listed hypodermic needles, scales and packaging material.

Cooley was charged with using the 2006 Ford F-150 pickup to keep and sell heroin and methamphetamine.

Authorities said three people were arrested after 16 grams of meth and other drug paraphernalia was found in a Cullman home.21586476-mmmain

Agents found 16 grams of meth , 40 suboxone strips, eight syringes and other drug paraphernalia while executing a search warrant on a Cullman home on Nov. 22.

Jonathan Craig Wilson, 39, of Vinemont, Randy Eugene James, 41, of Cullman, and Justina Briann Guthery, 24 of Hanceville, were arrested Tuesday after the Cullman Narcotics Enforcement Team executed a search warrant on Wilson’s resident.

During the search, agents discovered that Wilson had been hiding 16 grams of meth and 40 suboxone strips inside a black pouch. Agents also found eight syringes and other drug paraphernalia.cullman-meth-bust

Wilson was charged with possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, resisting arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia. Wilson also had a warrant for possession of drug paraphernalia.

James and Guthery was charged with possession with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia.

All three were booked into Cullman County Detention Center with no bond.


MUNCIE, Ind. – A fire at a southside public housing complex led to a Muncie woman’s arrest on meth-related charges.

Julie Lee Medlen, 45, of the 3500 block of South Juniper Lane, was taken into custody after firefighters and police were called to a reported blaze in her apartment at the Earthstone Terrace housing complex.636155057742694868-jule-medlen

The fire, apparently quickly contained, was reported shortly after 2 p.m.

Authorities found what was believed to be part of a meth lab in the kitchen sink. Elsewhere in the apartment they found a plastic bag containing a “white powdery substance” determined to be meth, materials used to produce meth, and “old one-pot meth labs.”

Investigators believe a guest in the apartment was “cooking” meth when the fire broke out, prompting that person to flee.

When an officer encountered an “overwhelming chemical odor” after opening an outside storage closet, an Indiana State Police meth suppression team was called to the scene to remove potentially hazardous materials.

According to an arrest affidavit, Medlen admitted she had let others “make meth inside her apartment on several occasions,” and at times provided ingredients, including an allergy medication and, as recently as Monday, drain cleaner.

The Muncie woman – arrested on preliminary charges of dealing in meth, possession of meth and maintaining a common nuisance – was being held in the Delaware County jail on Wednesday under a $15,000 bond.

Medlen was convicted of neglect of a dependent in Grant County in 2008.


HENDERSON, Ky. (11/23/16) — A report of a careless driver last night on Kentucky 425 resulted in the arrest of a Henderson woman for possession of meth.

According to the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office, a traffic stop at 7:30 p.m. powell_arreston Christina M. Powell, 39, resulted in her being charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs – first offense. A search of the vehicle revealed a crystal substance suspected to be methamphetamine, a glass pipe often associated with meth use and 15 dosage unites of a felony controlled substance. It was also discovered that Powell had a active Indiana warrant for manufacturing meth.

Kentucky State Police assisted at the scene.

Powell was charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs/ – first offense, possession of a controlled substance/meth, drug paraphernalia – buy/possess, possession of a controlled substance, careless driving and failure to produce an insurance card.


ST. GEORGE — A St. George woman was arrested Friday on a variety of drug-related charges after authorities found 17 grams of methamphetamine in her vehicle during a traffic stop on Interstate 15.

At approximately 5:20 p.m. Friday, Mohave County Sheriff’s deputies observed a vehicle traveling 75 mph in a posted 55 mph zone. Authorities subsequently conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle along Interstate 15 at milepost 16 near Beaver Dam, Arizona.

Deputies spoke with the driver, who initially falsely provided authorities with her sister’s name, but was later identified by her driver’s license as 32-year-old Tiffany Terry Lacorti, Mohave County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Trish Carter said in a statement.

During a consent search of Lacorti’s vehicle, deputies located numerous small plastic bags, a scale, three plastic bags containing approximately 17 grams of methamphetamine and two plastic bags containing narcotic pills, Carter said.

Lacorti was arrested and transported to the Mesquite Detention Center in Mesquite, Nevada.

She was booked on five felony charges for possession of dangerous drugs for sale, possession of dangerous drugs, possession of narcotic drugs for sale, possession of narcotic drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia, along with two misdemeanors for providing a false report to a law enforcement officer and driving with a suspended license.

Her vehicle was towed from the scene.

Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.



Traffic stop reveals 17 grams of meth in St. George woman’s vehicle


Is Addiction a Disease? Yes, and Much More

Posted: 24th November 2016 by Doc in Uncategorized

Many people see addiction . . . as a character flaw or a bad choice. They don’t recognize that addiction is in fact a chronic disease of the brain.” That statement by Vivek Murthy, surgeon general of the United States, reflects the current medical and scientific consensus about addiction. Murthy and others believe the language of moral choices only increases shame and decreases funding for more scientifically rigorous treatments. To make progress in saving lives, they argue, we need to change the way we think about addiction.

In fact, we need to recognize at least four dimensions in addiction: moral, social, biological, and spiritual. Addicts are moral agents, in community, with biology working against their spiritual goals. Biological science gives us insight into the particular ways an addict’s body makes a normal life that much harder to live. Public health can describe how a community and its institutions make recovery more accessible to people trapped in addiction. A moral framework helps us understand how addiction harms ourselves and the people we love, while also providing the basic routines of living free. Most importantly, spirituality helps us to understand God’s love for everyone (no matter how lost they are) and gives us the power to live healthy, whole lives.

Biology and the Brain

Our brains were created with neurotransmitters to help us enjoy the physical pleasures of life, adapt to stressful situations, and direct us to do what is necessary to maintain our bodies’ physical and mental health. Addictive substances (and, to a lesser degree, other addictions like pornography or gambling) pervert all of these basic brain functions, breaking the biological systems we depend on to think and choose as we ought.

It is important to differentiate between dependence and addiction. Dependence refers to the basic physiological need that some drugs create in our bodies when used over time, leading to measurable physical symptoms when the drugs are withdrawn. Dependence is almost negligible for certain drugs, but it can make complete withdrawal fatal for others. Such physical dependence on heroin and prescription painkillers creates severe withdrawal symptoms when a user tries to stop. (Some people with severe chronic pain—from cancer, for example—can be physiologically dependent on opioids but not addicted.) Some medications available for treating addiction work primarily by preventing these withdrawal symptoms.

The biochemical effects of addiction, as Timothy King’s story illustrates, tend to be more complex. The most obvious effect of many addictive substances is pleasure, but even that isn’t so simple: Drugs can overstimulate and alter the pathways that normally connect pleasure with healthy activities. Over time, the brain’s reward system becomes tied more exclusively to the drug of choice, decreasing an addict’s ability to experience natural pleasures while heightening the effect of the drug.

At the same time, the pleasure centers of the brain adapt so that using a drug is itself rarely euphoric anymore. Instead, the altered neurochemical reward pathways that once led to pleasure are instead fruitlessly stimulated over and over until other areas of the brain—such as systems linked to critical thinking and decision-making—are hijacked into supporting this never-ending cycle. Many drug addicts will describe the routine of using a needle as nearly as important as actually getting high, just as porn addicts will spend hours looking at pornography without masturbating. Both are fruitlessly reenacting the reward pathways that normally teach our brains to seek out good things, corrupting them so we merely anticipate and want instead of actually enjoy.

At the same time, drugs especially subject to abuse also tend to tamp down stress factors in the brain. When the drugs are no longer present, these neurochemicals are often released in greater volumes, heightening anxiety and creating another set of incentives to keep using. This makes the initial withdrawal that much harder, and makes addicts more likely to relapse in stressful situations.

Just like drinking nothing but soda will rot one’s teeth until one cannot even bite an apple, so using drugs will alter the physical and neurochemical structures of our brains until many of our personal resources for doing the right thing are impaired. Many of these biochemical alterations have been found to persist for months after an addict stops using. Addiction is not simply about “getting high.”

One of the most important (and controversial) treatments for opioid addiction is medication-assisted treatment—using methadone or buprenorphine (Suboxone) to prevent physical withdrawal symptoms while addicts learn how to manage their lives without abusing drugs. At first, it may seem counterintuitive to use one powerful drug to treat addiction to another. Many people stigmatize the use of methadone or Suboxone as “just another kind of addiction.” However, in cases of addiction (versus dependence), these medications can be very useful.

Medication-assisted treatment, when used in conjunction with a rigorous treatment program, has been shown by many studies to help people stop abusing drugs and live healthy, functional lives. That does not mean it makes recovery easy. When I was practicing medicine in Baltimore, my patients often described craving heroin even when they were on a strong dose of Suboxone. I had to explain again and again that the drug would not necessarily prevent cravings. They had to do the work of recovery to retrain their brains and bodies to manage without abusing drugs. Still, these drugs are a powerful adjunct in some people’s recovery. They are not the right choice for everyone, but to extend my earlier dental metaphor, they are like a set of false teeth that makes good nutrition more accessible.

Public Health and Community

Johann Hari, author of Chasing the Scream, has said that “the opposite of addiction isn’t sobriety—it’s connection.” This is true, as long as we’re talking about a healthy community, not codependent connections with family and friends (some of whom may also be addicted). Connection and community are very important in overcoming addiction, but not always in the way that we might think.

An addict’s internal personal judgment and decision-making are corrupted, making other people necessary to reality-test the patterns of thought that would otherwise reinforce addiction. The church has an important opportunity here, not just in helping connect addicts in need with loving friendships but also in re-centering us in our basic human purpose of worship. Whether one walks in on Sunday morning five years sober or still a little intoxicated from Saturday night, our brains and bodies were created to worship God. It is by living in the typical patterns of life and worship that our bodies can be healed.

Recovering addicts always require this basic level of community support, but many also need a more intensive regimen. Many small groups and churches have implemented an explicitly Christian 12-step program like Celebrate Recovery (though there is no robust evidence that 12-step programs, as popular as they are, are superior to other treatment programs like cognitive-behavioral therapy).

What is important is ensuring that some sort of treatment is widely available. Waiting lists for treatment programs are often months long, meaning that someone who decides they want to get better has to wait to get the help they need—often still using and occasionally dying of an overdose before they get into treatment. We cannot expect our national addiction problem to get better until treatment is better funded and more accessible, including making sure medication-assisted treatment is available to anyone who wants it.

Morality and Spirituality

Addiction and recovery also have moral and spiritual components, and it is useful to distinguish them. As Eve Tushnet says, “Selfishness and idolatry are moral categories, in which . . . the proper hierarchy of our loves is disrupted. That’s different from addiction as a misdirected expression of a spiritual longing, an attempt to feed a spiritual hunger.” All people—addicts in particular—are called to start with the gospel that satisfies our hunger, trusting in God’s love for us and repenting of our sin. Many people recover without trusting in Christ, yes, but those who are grasped by the gospel have a significant head start in sorting out the “hierarchy of our loves” as they untangle the particular ways in which sin has created strongholds in their lives.

One of those strongholds, undoubtedly, is the perverted biochemistry of addiction. Our reward pathways and pleasure centers didn’t simply evolve to help us eat and reproduce; they were created to glorify God and enjoy him forever. Addiction cripples our brain’s ability to mediate the moral and spiritual ends we were intended for, which means that in recovery, we don’t just obey and worship but work to regain the capacity to obey and worship.

Understanding addiction as a disease does not mean that prayer and moral discipline are any less potent or important in recovery. But it does underscore the ways that medication and therapy can be helpful, and helps us to appreciate just how difficult and costly recovery can be. The process of an addict recognizing their need for help, finding a treatment program, and walking through the recovery process (including relapses, which are very common) will usually take more time, energy, and money than one person with a broken brain can bear. Not everyone will need all of these different elements, but our current crisis demands that kind of holistic response.

Timothy King’s story in the December 2016 issue of CT reflects this complex interaction of body, mind, and soul. His doctors had to show him that the opioids were doing him more harm than good and acknowledge the role they had played in his addiction. They had to use their professional skills to develop a medical plan for dealing with his pain and his addiction that complemented the support from friends and family. But he also chose to get better, committed to the plan, and was willing to do the work necessary to confront the way that painkillers had changed his mind and body for the worse.

To help addicts heal, we have to bring all the forces available to us to bear—sometimes even to the extent of using medications like methadone and Suboxone. Loving people who have become trapped in biochemical bondage is not easy or cheap, but love never is. And when we use every possible resource God has given us to combat addiction, we also demonstrate the goodness and power of God, who seeks to transform us in every way—even the neurons in our brains.


Sheriff’s deputies completing a routine pat-down Monday morning on a woman being booked into the Pueblo County jail found six baggies of methamphetamine and a roll of money, authorities say,renee-pataska

Renee Pataska, 21, was being booked into the facility after being arrested at the Dennis Maes Judicial Center on a warrant for failure to comply. She was at the courthouse to attend a hearing.

The methamphetamine totaled nearly 30 grams and had a street value of approximately $2,800, according to the county sheriff’s office.

Pataska told deputies she was selling the drugs as a way to support her children, officials say.

In addition to the warrant, Pataska was booked into the jail on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance and distribution of a controlled substance.




Deputies find bags of meth on woman being booked into Pueblo jail, sheriff says


A woman was arrested in Bryan on Monday after police say they found a large amount of methamphetamine on her.

According to Bryan police, an officer pulled over a pickup Monday after noticing the vehicle’s registration had expired. The officer noted in his report that the driver, a man, was shaking nervously. The officer had the driver and his female passenger step out. Both consented to a search, and while nothing was found on the driver, police say Anna Marie Maldonado, 50, had a plastic bag containing methamphetamine in the pocket of her jeans. She was arrested.

While in the officer’s patrol car, authorities say she began shifting around, which made the officer suspicious. A booking deputy at the jail performed a strip search and found more bags of methamphetamine in her pants and inside her bra, police say. A police report notes that during fingerprinting, officers found she had given a fictitious name.

Maldonado is charged with delivery of 15.6 grams of methamphetamine, a first-degree felony punishable by up to 99 years in prison and $10,000 in fines, and giving false information, a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and $4,000 in fines.


LUBBOCK COUNTY, TX (KCBD) – On October 24, 2016 a corporal with the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office K9 Division attempted to pull over 26-year-old Brittany Tyson on 50th Street for a traffic violation.12528721_g

The corporal said initially, she refused to pull over and got onto the loop before eventually coming to a stop on the loop and Slide Road.

The corporal arrested Tyson and took her to the Lubbock County Detention Center.

According to court documents, Tyson was concealing .9 grams of methamphetamine in her bra and 47.9 grams of methamphetamine in her vagina.

The corporal told a sergeant at the Lubbock County Detention Center that Tyson had two cell phones, and based on the amount of meth and the lengths she took to conceal it, he believed she was actively trafficking meth.

Both of her cell phones were turned over to the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office.

Tyson is charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.


BARROW, AK Residents of Barrow took to the streets today to protest against drugs in their community after the arrest of several suspected drug sellers.


Protesters in Barrow as drug suspect is brought to court.

As one of the suspects was being taken to court for arraignment, protesters holding signs and chanting “no more drugs, no more meth” lined the streets.

In a press release Tuesday afternoon, the North Slope Borough Police Department said that throughout the weekend of November 18th, police executed multiple search warrants as part of an ongoing investigation into illegal sales of narcotics. The warrants lead to the seizure of more than 2 ounces of methamphetamine, .6 grams of heroin, more than $22,000 of U.S. currency, digital scales, pipes, packing materials and weapons, according to the release.

North Slope Borough Police say multiple suspects were arrested for charges ranging from misconduct involving a controlled substance to misconduct involving a weapon.

The police department said it encourages community members to report the illegal use or sale of drugs or alcohol in borough villages by calling the NSB Police hotline at 907-852-0314 or 1-800-478-3784.


LAREDO, Texas – Customs agents at Lincoln- Juarez Bridge arrested a 20-year-old woman attempting to smuggle $350,000 worth of drugs into the United States on Thursday.

With the help of a K-9 officer, officers seized 25 pounds of crystal crystal-meth-11-17-2016methamphetamine hidden in 10 packages found inside the woman’s 2004 Ford Mustang, officials said.

“CBP officers display exemplary vigilance in keeping dangerous drugs off our streets,” said Deputy Port Director Alberto Flores, Laredo Port of Entry.  “I commend our officers for their hard work, dedication and commitment to our mission.”

The woman was arrested and the case has been turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) special agents for further investigation.





Authorities: Woman caught attempting to smuggle $350K worth of meth into U.S.


SAN DIEGO (AP) – A man charged with using teens as young as 15 to smuggle vast amounts of methamphetamine into the U.S. has pleaded guilty to conspiracy.

Twenty-two-year-old Roberto Torres Jr. entered the plea Tuesday in federal court in San Diego. He’s facing 10 years to life in prison and a $10 million fine.

Prosecutors say Torres acknowledged that he and others recruited dozens of youngsters from Imperial Valley high schools and elsewhere to run drugs from Mexico across the border.

Torres used Facebook to coordinate the scheme.

Four other people already pleaded guilty to taking part in the operation.



California Man Admits Using Teens For Cross-Border Meth Ring


Over 99 percent of all marijuana and methamphetamine seized at U.S. borders has come from Mexico, a colossal cache of 8.2 million pounds since 2012 and a demonstration of the efforts by drug cartels to feed America’s habit, one that is leading to increasing deaths, according to a new report.


U.S. Customs and Border Protection seizure figures show that in 2015, 99.8 percent of methamphetamine and 99.9 percent of marijuana seized in the U.S. came from the southern border. Another 61 percent of cocaine seizures were on the West Coast, mostly California, suggesting that Colombian drug cartels are looking for a new route in, according to a new report.

According to a new project from, Border Patrol officers seized a staggering 1.5 million pounds of drugs last year. The report was provided to Secrets.730x420-e1cd7aa004762418cfce9cd62bb84ae6

The findings are likely to influence how President-elect Trump and his likely attorney general, Sen. Jeff Sessions, address border issues. Both have addressed the drug scourge in America and blamed cartels south of the border for the problem.

The new interactive report shows where the drugs have been seized by the Border Patrol. It does not indicate where drugs delivers that eluded capture ended up.

However, it reveals that the Border Patrol has seen tremendous successes in sniffing out drugs.

 “Since 2012, the number of traffickers apprehended at U.S. borders has steadily increased from 364,768 to nearly 500,000 in 2014,” said the report. Drug amounts seized at the border from 2012 to 2015 include:
  •  8.2 million lbs. of marijuana.
  • 32,600 lbs. of cocaine.
  • 34,000 ounces of heroin.
  • 17,600 lbs. of methamphetamine.

Still, despite the record-high seizures, drug deaths have also surged in the U.S.

According to the report:

Increased drug trafficking in the U.S. has led to an epidemic level of overdoses, surpassing car accidents and firearms as the leading cause of injury and death among Americans. Drug abuse is ending too many lives, too soon.

According to data from the DEA, the number of drug overdoses has climbed more than 50% in the last decade. Death and injury can be traced back to drug-related violence, overdoses from illicit drug use, accidental deaths as a result of drug abuse and injury or death related to smuggling.

While the production of some drugs takes place within our borders, foreign drug trade into the U.S. is largely responsible for the number of dead or injured. Drug abuse has cost the lives of hundreds of thousands of Americans, and the government allots billions of dollars each year to counter the growing epidemic.




Three people were arrested Saturday after police said they used counterfeit bills used in movies at various businesses in Abilene and possessed methamphetamine.iouoguo

Brandi Mullany, 29, Sean McNamara, 33, and Brian Guilliams, 26, all face one count of engaging in organized criminal activity and meth possession. They remain in the Taylor County Jail, with bail set at $15,000 apiece.

The three are believed to have used the fake currency in at least 25 transactions, police say.

Police say they were arrested at a south Abilene hotel where they had been staying. They found $1,200 in movie money and several items reportedly purchased with the fake currency.

Police say the bills were mostly higher denominations and had “For Motion Picture Use Only” written on them.

Anyone who comes into contact with the bills is asked to call the Abilene Police Department at 325-673-8331.


ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – A 27-year-old woman was charged with producing methamphetamine and possession of the drug after St. Johns County deputies responding to a welfare check at a home6u46uw4yywqetgffg on Pacetti Road just south of State Road 16 discovered a meth lab.

This bust happened around 1 a.m. at a home set off the road behind some trees. After the Sheriff’s Office clandestine law enforcement team confirmed the presence of meth in the house, Nicole Branson was decontaminated by firefighters and booked into the St. Johns County jail.

Branson faces second- and third-degree felonies. Bond was set at $35,000.



ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH, Fla. – A toddler and an infant were found Monday inside a St. Augustine Beach motel room being used as a meth lab, according to authorities.

Brian K Gibson, 39, and Jessica L. Gibson, 28, who are homeless, have been charged with production and possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, maintaining a drug dwelling and child neglect, deputies said.6u46uw4yywqetgff

The Gibsons have two other children who were not at the motel Monday. All four children are now in the custody of the Department of Children and Families.

Brian Gibson’s bond was set at $51,000 and Jessica Gibson’s bond was set at $31,000 at a first appearance hearing Tuesday morning in St. Johns County. Their arraignment date has not been set.

The St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office said a witness saw the toddler Monday walking alone in the parking lot of the Americas Best Value Inn on A1A South about 10:40 a.m. and took the child to the office.

The clerk called St. Augustine Beach police, and the officers who responded found meth lab materials inside the room and called the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office Clandestine lab team, deputies said.

After suiting up, the meth lab team confirmed evidence of precursor meth materials inside the room that later tested positive for methamphetamine.

A man staying in the room below where the meth lab was found said he was upset to learn about the illegal activity because he was staying at the motel with his wife and two children and he’s concerned something could have happened to his family.

“I actually know that meth labs can have issues with regards to their flammability as well as the chemicals being hazardous to your health, so that really upset me so, of course,” Alan Light said. “I went to the lobby and asked to be moved out of that room because it was directly above us.”

According to police, the rest of the rooms at the motel are safe to stay in. The level of contamination in the room with the meth lab will determine when officials can reopen that room.


TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) – A Twin Falls woman is being held on a $250,000 bond for allegedly selling methamphetamine.

Kimberly Dawn Taylor, 31, of Twin Falls, was arraigned in Twin Falls County Magistrate Court Monday on three felony counts of delivery of a controlled substance and one felony count of conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance.6u46uw4yywqetgf

In May, and two times in June, police and a confidential informant allegedly conducted controlled buys of methamphetamine from Taylor in Twin Falls and in Filer, according to a probable cause affidavit.

The controlled buys totally about 4.2 gross grams weight. The third controlled buy was allegedly conducted in the presence of a 12-year-old girl, according to court documents.

Final lab results were returned in July and confirmed methamphetamine was purchased.

On Monday, Taylor was also appointed a public defender. Her preliminary hearing is set for Dec. 2 at 8:15 a.m. before Judge Thomas Kershaw at the Twin Falls County Courthouse.


A Wellford woman has been charged with child neglect after investigators said her two children tested positive for methamphetamine.6u46uw4yywqetg

Angela Galmiche, 33, of 180 Dodd St., was charged Sunday after two children tested positive for meth on Oct. 26, Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office arrest warrants state.

Galmiche and her children, a 10-year-old and a 4-year-old, took drug tests because Galmiche was charged with possession of meth in July, according to an incident report.

The results came back on Nov. 8 and showed the children tested positive, the report states.

The Department of Social Services put the children in the care of their maternal grandmother.

Galmiche remained in the Spartanburg County jail on $5,000 bond Monday afternoon.


Cathleen Namanda Harvis, 20, was arrested Thursday after a traffic stop allegedly yielded the discovery of a large amount of narcotics and prescription medication. She had been wanted for questioning since May, when 19-year-old Kimberlee Moon reported she had been beaten and left on a Dothan, Alabama, dirt road. Harvis was being held at the Bay County Jail on a combined bond of $71,000, court records stated.6u46uw4yywqet

PANAMA CITY — A Bay County woman has been arrested months after she was accused of forcing a local woman at gunpoint to Alabama, where she was attacked over owed money, according to arrest reports.

Cathleen Namanda Harvis, 20, was arrested Thursday after a traffic stop allegedly yielded the discovery of a large amount of narcotics and prescription medication. She had been wanted for questioning since May, when 19-year-old Kimberlee Moon reported she had been beaten and left on a Dothan, Alabama, dirt road. Harvis was being held at the Bay County Jail on a combined bond of $71,000, court records stated.

She could not be reached for comment Monday.

Harvis faces charges of false imprisonment and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in connection with the previous incident and possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of paraphernalia and trafficking in oxycodone, which were filed as a result of a traffic stop last Thursday. At the time of her arrest, Harvis had an outstanding warrant from the May incident.

According to Bay County Sheriff’s Office reports, Harvis and Moon were at the Coconut Grove Motel, 9725 Front Beach Road, before they left to pick up Harvis’ gun from her home. They left there and went to another residence to pick up drug money owed to Harvis, BCSO reported.

“Harvis then told Moon that she was driving her to Dothan due to Moon owing money to one of Harvis’ friends,” officers wrote. “Moon told her no, and Moon states that Harvis pulled the gun on her and told her that she was going.”

Moon told officers she feared for her life and could not leave because the child locks were engaged. Moon also said that several times during the trip Harvis struck her with the gun, BCSO reported.

Once in Dothan, Harvis allegedly let Moon out of the vehicle, and the woman, who was not identified, and a third woman, to whom the alleged victim owed money, beat her up before Moon was abandoned on a dirt road.

Harvis flew under radar until last Thursday, officers reported, when she was a passenger in a car subjected to a traffic stop. Officers reported finding a plastic bag between her feet, in which they discovered 7 grams of methamphetamine and 88 oxycodone pills. Harvis was arrested and taken to the Bay County Jail.


HANFORD — Two people arrested on narcotics charges Monday morning allegedly tried to discard needles and drugs while deputies drove them to jail, the Kings County Sheriff’s Office said.

Around 11:43 p.m. Sunday, deputies were called to the Holiday Lodge, located in the 8700 block of East Lacey Boulevard for a report of a man and a woman arguing. The sheriff’s office said the 583347046feda_imagecouple, who had allegedly been drinking, drove off in a white Jeep Cherokee before deputies arrived.

Deputies later found the Jeep parked in front of a vacant house in the 400 block of Miller Street. The sheriff’s office said Lance Skillman, 48, and Anna Sanderson, 30, were inside the vehicle and appeared to be under the influence of methamphetamine.

According to the sheriff’s office, a search of the Jeep revealed a loaded syringe under the driver’s seat and some methamphetamine in the driver-side door. Skillman and Sanderson were arrested and transported to the Kings County Jail.

The sheriff’s office said Skillman dumped more methamphetamine in the backseat of a deputy’s patrol vehicle. Sanderson reportedly discarded several used syringes in a second deputy’s vehicle. Deputies reportedly found more methamphetamine in Skillman’s shoe when he was searched at the jail.

Skillman was booked into the Kings County Jail on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, unlawful possession of a hypodermic needle, being under the influence of a controlled substance and bringing a controlled substance into the jail. His bail was set at $41,000.

Sanderson was booked into the jail on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia, unlawful possession of hypodermic needles and being under the influence of a controlled substance. Her bail was set at $20,000.


POCAHONTAS, Ark. (AP) — A northeast Arkansas woman has been sentenced to 30 years in prison in the death of her ex-husband.

Prosecutors said Monday that 55-year-old Kathy Jane Hart of Maynard admitted killing 48-year-old John David Hart. Police said the woman’s daughter told investigators the couple argued before the killing because John David Hart “used the last of the meth.”

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported ( ) that Kathy Hart pleaded guilty Friday to second-degree murder.

Prosecutors say John David Hart’s body was found near Stokes last year. The woman told prosecutors she shot him in self-defense after he beat her and tried to rape her, but the woman’s 15-year-old daughter said no physical altercation took place.

The prosecutor said Kathy Hart subsequently pleaded guilty and spared her family an emotional trial.


WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A probable cause affidavit says a Wichita man was tortured before he was killed over the loss of $185 in a methamphetamine deal.12482832_g

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The document obtained Monday from the court by the Associated Press details the sexual torture of both 33-year-old Scottie W. Goodpaster Jr. and a woman who survived. affidavit_11-21-2016

Four people have been charged with kidnapping, murder and other charges, and a fifth person was charged with kidnapping and robbing the female victim.

The woman told police she was made to watch Goodpaster’s ordeal on Nov. 5. The body of the missing man was found about a week later in rural Harvey County.

A staple gun was used to put staples into his eyes and mouth, and a knife was used to cut his ear and genitals.


Affidavit: Wichita man was tortured before he was killed over meth deal

Anger over money apparently missing after a methamphetamine deal led to the torture and killing of a 33-year-old Wichita man earlier this month in Valley Center, according to a police affidavit released Monday by Sedgwick County District Court.goodpaster


WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) – Court documents released Monday say a 33-year-old man whose body was found in a field in Harvey County earlier this month was tortured, and a woman was forced to watch while being tortured herself.

The case started when Valley Center police and Sedgwick County deputies investigated what officers determined was a crime scene at a Valley Center house November 6.

The body of Scottie Goodpaster Jr. was found November 12 in a Harvey County field. Five scottiegoodpastor1defendants were charged in Goodpaster’s kidnapping and murder. The suspects are identified as Brian Bussart, Heidi Hillard, Jeff Hillard, Willie Morris and Alexandra Scott.

The affidavit filed by a Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office detective reveals Jeff Hillard was reported to 911 by his mother, after she saw him tackle Goodpaster in a driveway. The detective says Goodpaster was beaten by several suspects, then loaded into a pickup truck and driven to the home of Jeff Hillard’s brother-in-law.

The brother-in-law reportedly refused to offer Jeff Hillard any assistance. He was arrested that evening when he returned to the crime scene.

Father confirms missing son’s body found

The five-page affidavit includes grotesque details not only of how Goodpaster was treated, but how a woman was forced to watch the torture.  affidavit_11-21-2016

It states Goodpaster had been tied to a chair, and Jeff and Heidi Hillard took hurts hitting him with an axe, a large hammer, a wood board and a knife. The two also allegedly choked Goodpaster with a cord, and Heidi nearly cut off his ear. The document also states that Heidi used a knife to cut Goodpaster’s genitals, smashed them with a paint sprayer, and one of the suspects applied battery cables to Goodpaster’s groin area.valleycentermugs

Sedgwick County jail records show Heidi and Jeff Hillard were held Monday evening on 13 counts each, including murder, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated robbery and rape. Bussart and Morris were held on 10 counts each, while Scott is accused of four offenses. Scott is the only suspect not accused of murdering Goodpaster.


Torture haunts Mexico

Posted: 21st November 2016 by Doc in Uncategorized

Posted by DD republished from The Washington Post

TANQUIAN DE ESCOBEDO, Mexico When Juan Carlos Soni Bulos heard his front door being smashed in one November morning, he frantically scrolled through his phone to call for help.
Outside the human rights activist’s bedroom window, a Mexican marine in a black mask and helmet trained a rifle on him. “Drop the phone or I’ll shoot,” he said.
The marines blindfolded him, bound him and took him with four relatives and friends to a dimly lit, windowless warehouse. Then hours of torture began, Soni says — beatings, electric shocks, asphyxiation, sexual abuse. He heard his teenage nephew scream as they applied electric shocks to the boy’s ribs.
Soni’s tormenter said, “This is going to make you not want to defend rights anymore.”
In the face of strong international condemnation, Mexico says it is taking steps to stop the use of torture by its security forces. After the United States withheld $5 million on account of Mexico’s human rights record, the U.S. State Department in September recommended to Congress that full funding be restored. The nearly $2.5 billion Merida Initiative pays to equip and train Mexican security forces and support justice system reforms.
However, there is still widespread impunity around the use of torture by security forces. From December 2006 through October 2014, the Attorney General’s Office registered 4,055 complaints of torture, nearly one-third of them against the military. Yet over almost the same period, only 13 police and soldiers were sentenced for torture. Nobody has been charged in Soni’s case.
Also, one in five reports on torture cases filed by Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission between 1994 to 2014 were against marines, according to the nonprofit Mexican Commission for the Defense and Promotion of Human Rights. But none of those sentenced over roughly the past decade were marines. The marines and the defense department did not respond to requests for an interview.
Soni had far more resources than most victims of torture. He had a politically active family and connections in the human rights world. In the late 1990s, he worked as an international human rights observer for the United Nations in Guatemala. When he returned to Mexico, he continued to work in the indigenous communities of the Huasteca region.
November 9, 2013, was not the first time marines visited his home in central Mexico’s San Luis Potosi state, a lush landscape of sugarcane fields, rolling hills and waterfalls. Almost five months earlier, on June 22, 2013, Soni was driving home from teaching in the early afternoon when his sister called to tell him to stay away; marines and federal police were at the house.
That day they grabbed Luis Enrique Biu Gonzalez, Soni’s gardener, who also lived at his home. They beat him and asphyxiated him with a plastic bag, Biu says. A marine pointed a pistol at his head, asked if he was gay and threatened sexual violence, all the time demanding to know where Soni was.
The marines took Soni’s computers, which held records of human rights cases he documented. They returned in the middle of the night. With the house empty, they grabbed whatever they had not carried off in the first raid.
Soni does not know exactly why the marines targeted him. It could have been the human rights complaints he helped people file against them and other security forces in the area. Or somebody with influence might have perceived him as a political threat.
Soon after the June raid, Soni sought advice from his contacts at the U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. They told him to get help from the Mexican government’s protection program.
Soni was enrolled in the program as of June 26, 2013, government records show. He had assurances from the Attorney General’s Office there would be no more trouble. The government programmed an emergency “panic” number into his cell phone.
“It gave me some peace of mind,” he recalls thinking.
On the morning he was taken, Soni was trying to find the panic number. It was too late.
Even in its own assessment, the U.S. State Department notes that “there continue to be serious, ongoing challenges in Mexico, including reports of law enforcement and military involvement in forced disappearances and extrajudicial killings, the reported use of torture, impunity and violence and threats against journalists and human rights defenders.” In its recommendation to restore funding, the State Department cites several measures taken by the government, but Soni’s case suggests they do not go far enough:
— The U.S. mentions the Mexican government’s program for protecting human rights defenders and journalists, known colloquially as “the mechanism.” But Soni was enrolled in that program five months before the marines took him anyway.
— The U.S. cites the autonomous National Human Rights Commission, which investigates and reports on human rights abuses. That body only issued its report on Soni’s case in late September, nearly three years later. It concluded there was mistreatment, but not torture, without making any reference to the hours the victims spent in the warehouse. The victims’ lawyers are now litigating those omissions.
— The U.S. points to a new law against torture that passed the Mexican Senate in April and still needs to pass the lower chamber. But even though torture was already illegal in Mexico last year, the human rights commission still received 628 complaints of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, and 49 of torture by government officials.
— The U.S. pays special attention to a more transparent justice system Mexico has implemented in all 32 states and at the federal level. But a study released by two prominent Mexican think tanks in October found that even when injuries caused by abuse were documented, judges in one state did not order investigations or throw out evidence.
The U.S. Embassy offered comment in a statement.
“Mexico has launched an ambitious effort to modernize and reform its law enforcement and justice system,” the statement said, noting that the recommendation was based on specific criteria established by Congress. “We are committed to supporting Mexico’s own efforts to increase respect for human rights.”
Mexico’s Interior Department deputy secretary for human rights, Roberto Campa, said eradicating the use of torture is a top human rights priority for the government, and he expects to see a significant increase in sentences against those responsible. He also noted that under Mexico’s new justice system, evidence obtained through torture is thrown out.
“For many years there were police forces that considered torture as an investigative method,” he said.
At times through tears, Soni and the others recounted what happened to them in the garden of his home, now surrounded by a tall fence and numerous surveillance cameras paid for by the government.
As the marines led Soni away, he asked to pause before a wooden figure of Jesus outside his front door. Steered toward its base, Soni knelt, kissed its feet and prayed: “Lord, only you know where they are taking me. Help me return well.”
Then a marine shouted, “Enough already, bastard!” and dragged him to his feet by a handful of his long hair.
Later, as marines drove him to the warehouse, Soni told them he was in the protection program. “I have government protection,” Soni said to his captors. “You’re making a mistake.”
“Yes, you’re very influential, you son of a bitch,” came the response.
In the warehouse, they were forced to kneel on the concrete floor, he recalls. When their blindfolds were removed, they saw people dressed in black. One took their photographs with a tablet computer and blindfolded them again.
The marines rubbed a gel on their hands and told the men to touch some baggies and metal objects — apparently setting them up to have their fingerprints on weapons and drugs. When the men resisted, they were punched and kicked.
Biu, who was also taken, recalls the Marines giving them electric shocks, especially when they got to Soni.
“Now we’re going to give it to fatty to see if he can take it,” one marine said in reference to Soni.
“No more! No more!” Biu heard him scream. “Tell the truth,” the marine shouted back. They held the probes near Biu’s ear so he could hear the humming current.
Soni says the marines beat him, gave him electrical shocks and did things he does not want published.
“Everything, everything,” he says.
There has been no justice for Soni — and many others.
In April, a video circulated that showed soldiers and federal police torturing a young woman. In it, a female military police officer yanks on the woman’s hair and pokes a rifle barrel against her head. A female federal police officer also pulls a clear plastic bag over the woman’s head and holds it until she nearly passes out.
It led to an unprecedented public apology from Mexico’s defense secretary, but the victim remains in prison on weapons charges.
Soni and the others were also held on weapons and drug charges. They spent more than a year in prison in the western state of Nayarit without trial until a judge in March 2015 threw out the case.
From the day of their arrest through the day the judge finally ordered the charges be dropped and signed their release, the men never once saw the judge. Soni hopes that this will change under Mexico’s new justice system, where both sides will have to present arguments and evidence in open court. His case is now being handled by a special unit created a year ago to investigate torture.
All the men bear scars from the experience, and some prefer not to speak about the details of their torture. Soni’s older nephew, Evanibaldo Larraga Galvan, still has a lump on his neck where a marine grabbed and choked him that morning.
Luis Edgardo Charnichart Ortega, a teacher and childhood friend of Soni’s who was sleeping over that night, asks, “Is there even sufficient punishment to pay for all the damage done?”
Charnichart has struggled to work since his release.
 “My mind, the psychologists say, they still have it” he recounts. “After they take you, nothing of you can remain. That is their objective, make you disappear, plant death inside you and leave it to consume you until the end of your days.”

A Hull man was sentenced to life in prison for the rape and brutal treatment of a 25-year-old woman in February.

Joseph Jay Jones, 47, of Gray Drive in Hull, was found guilty last week after a week-long jury trial of rape, false imprisonment, aggravated assault with a knife and aggravated assault with intent to rape.m_jail_inmate_jones_joseph_jay_front_11162016_090146_85_am

Judge Jeffery Malcom imposed a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. Jones had a previous sex offender conviction of aggravated assault with intent to commit rape. He had recently been sentenced to probation for failure to register as a sex offender.

District attorney Parks White said the victim, who had severe substance abuse issues, was treated brutally.

“When law enforcement responded, she was imprisoned in a trailer that was chained and shut with a lock on the chain,” said White of the victim. “The jury found that she was raped at knife point. When law enforcement responded, she was found naked and obviously extremely distraught. She was covered head to toe in urine from a bucket that he had dumped on her head.”

White said the case is another example of the horror of methamphetamine in the Northern Judicial Circuit. The victim testified in the case.


“She has been through a tremendous amount of suffering,” said White.

“Methamphetamine is a plague on all five counties of the circuit….Meth is the kind of drug that once you take it, it robs you of your free will. It’s such an enslaving substance. It’s used to control young women.”

White said Jones was giving the victim meth prior to her being locked in the trailer.
“He has been sentenced,” said White. “He will never again be able to prey upon victims. He showed no remorse at all.”

White praised assistant district attorney Geoffrey Fogus, investigator Steve Kimbrell, the Madison County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation in the case.

“Thanks to them, he was held accountable in a way that ensures Mr. Jones will never again prey upon any victim,” said White.

In another recent jury trial, Gregory Nathaniel “Nate” Bragg, 42, of Human Road in Bowman, was found guilty Oct. 6 of aggravated child molestation, incest, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of firearm during commission of a crime. Bragg’s crimes were against a child under the age of 10.

He will be sentenced for his crimes Dec. 16. White said Bragg faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 25 years behind bars and a maximum of multiple consecutive life sentences. White added that the case was well investigated by the sheriff’s office, GBI and the Harmony House.

White child’s mother reported what happened to her mother. The child was then taken to the sheriff’s office. She was then taken to the Harmony House, where a forensic interview was conducted. Law enforcement then obtained a search warrant of Bragg’s residence, where they discovered physical evidence connecting him to the crime.

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla.— A man who was arrested on charges that he fled from Pasco County deputies during a traffic stop, intentionally ran a deputy off the road, and was holding 9.5 grams of meth became the star of the sheriff’s office Facebook and Twitter pages.

The Tampa Bay Times reports that a photo of Marquis Porter showed two deputies gripping chunks of his dreadlocks as he sat in the grass with his hand behind his back.

The Sheriff’s Office says it’s trying to make such posts the norm — all part of a budding social media strategy that has amplified their online presence, especially in the last month.

But critics wonder: At what cost? Charged but not convicted, should Porter be the object of ridicule?

“This criminal is not different than any criminal we post about every single day,” said Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Melanie Snow, who helps run the social media accounts. “He was a threat to the community before. It’s important the community know he is in custody and no longer a threat to them.”

Their reach online is one of the biggest in Tampa Bay, with nearly 77,000 followers on Facebook and another 19,000 on Twitter. Pasco Sheriff’s impressions have climbed since the office has ftghtdhjrsjtjsrhtfsdgsexpanded the amount and kinds of posts it puts online in its efforts to better connect with the community, Snow said.

“SAD CRIMINAL OF THE DAY,” the posts about Porter began on Facebook and Twitter. Both pointed out his tears.

The post on Facebook prompted jeers, jokes and jabs from commenters who said they wouldn’t feel sorry for someone facing charges that he put deputies’ lives in danger. By Saturday afternoon it had been shared more than 700 times and had more than 250 comments.

When law enforcement toys with humor online, it can be “kind of a hit or miss,” said Ben Gorban, who participated in a national project on social media while working for the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

Gorban, now a policy analyst for the Police Foundation, said while some agencies keep posts to the facts, others try to get more creative. He said there is no right or wrong way, but some grasp humor better than others.

“Without the policies in place and the right understanding of the organization and what the organization’s standing in the community is,” he said, “things can come across the wrong way.”

From a legal standpoint, Clearwater-based criminal defense attorney Steve Romine said the post about Porter could actually affect the case. No matter how damning the evidence may seem, Romine said, Porter is innocent until proven guilty. If the charges were dropped, Porter could build a civil case of libel, Romine said.

The Sheriff’s Office said it aims to engage with the community and humanize the office through its social media, a tool that often helps the agency solve crimes and find suspects.