A Silver Creek man who was incarcerated in the Floyd County Jail in May found himself behind bars Friday.

Charles Ladell Akins, 35, of 1732 Pleasant Valley Road, was transferred from Ware State Prison in Waycross for allegedly forcing a fellow inmate to swallow methamphetamine and then threatened and sodomized the man, according to Floyd County Jail records.


According to jail records:

Akins was booked back into in Floyd County Jail on Friday.

He is charged with felony false imprisonment, terroristic threats and acts, possession of drugs behind the guardline, aggravated assault, sexual battery and aggravated sodomy.

Warrant information states that sometime between 9 p.m. on May 30 and 5 a.m. on May 31, Akins was an inmate at the jail.

He allegedly grabbed another male inmate by the hair and forcibly held his head. Akins then made him ingest methamphetamine.

Akins then sexually assaulted and sodomized the man and threatened to “beat him to sleep,” if he told anyone.

Jail officers said Akins admitted to having methamphetamine while in jail, the warrants state.

Akins was being held late Friday without bond with an additional hold for the Georgia Department of Corrections.








WINSTON COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) – A sheriff’s deputy is behind bars and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine.

Winston County deputy Grady Concord is charged with second-degree manufacturing methamphetamine.

He was arrested during an on-going investigation between the FBI and the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency.

Concord is in the Lauderdale County Jail on $500,000 bond. Winston County Sheriff Rick Harris says such conduct is unacceptable by law enforcement officers and must be dealt with accordingly.







SAN JOSE — Federal agents searching a home near San Jose High School uncovered a sophisticated, clandestine drug lab that is capable of refining large quantities of crystal methamphetamine and has the hallmarks of cartel-based drug trafficking, authorities said.

Two adults were detained and two children were expected to be placed in protective custody following the Friday morning raid where agents from the Homeland Security Investigations division of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement served a search warrant at a home on North 20th Street near Julian Street east of downtown.

Authorities are analyzing drug evidence to determine the exact scope of the operation, but early signs point to the yield being substantial, according to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office.

“Based on initial estimates and a visual inspection, so far, conservatively represented, hundreds of thousands of dollars in meth was coming and going from the building,” said Deputy District Attorney Patrick Vanier, a narcotics prosecutor.

Agents served a state search warrant at the home about 7:15 a.m. and, while clearing the building of people, discovered the drug lab, authorities said.

“Because of the potential danger, we called the DEA and state Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement” for their expertise and to “exercise deliberate caution for public safety because of the materials there,” said Virginia Kice, spokeswoman for ICE, which is part of the Department of Homeland Security.

A hazardous materials team from the San Jose Fire Department was also summoned to help rule out any explosives danger before allowing investigators to resume their search.

The investigation was sparked by information culled by Homeland Security Investigations that drug activity was happening at the home, said Vanier, whose office would prosecute any charges resulting from the probe.

Agents recovered crystal methamphetamine and liquid methamphetamine in amounts that suggest the operation might have been supplied by Mexican drug cartels. Vanier said evidence found Friday is consistent with a distribution chain that begins with raw materials being smuggled from Mexico and ends with its refinement at a “transfer point” — like the North 20th Street home — before being sold on the streets.

“This resembles a cartel-style operation,” Vanier said.

Details about the two adults taken into custody, such as their connection to the lab, were not immediately known. Kice cited “ongoing case sensitivities” and said the case records are sealed.

Vanier said that, given the amount of money at stake with the lab, it is unlikely that someone with only fleeting involvement would be entrusted to be at the home.

“There was substantial evidence of narcotics trafficking,” he said. “This is a very sophisticated process.”

The county Department of Family and Children’s Services was summoned to tend to the children who were detained.

While ICE is most commonly associated with immigration issues, its Homeland Security Investigations division works cases involving “smuggling of narcotics, weapons and other types of contraband, financial crimes, cybercrime and export enforcement issues,” according to an agency abstract.

Meth production and dealing were targeted by Homeland Security Investigations in another recent San Jose case: In May, a couple who lived behind Oak Hill Cemetery was indicted on meth trafficking charges after 90 pounds of the drug were found hidden beneath the stairwell of their Plateau Drive home. Maria Anay Castaneda-Aleman was arrested, but her husband, Emmanuel Navarro Gallegos, aka Armando Roberto Espino, eluded capture and remains at large.










WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Never try to clean up a meth lab on your own. It can be detrimental to your health, according to IDEM.

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management said it can cause health risks to clean up a meth lab or use paint to cover meth residue. Meth residue is usually undetectable to the human eye, which makes it impossible to determine the level of exposure without a test.


Law requires the area where a meth lab was present to beprofessionally tested by a qualified inspector. The inspector can determine the amount of meth contamination that is present.

IDEM said entering a property without first assessing the levels of contamination can seriously jeopardize your health. Officials added that entering may also interfere with the validity of the testing and could complicate cleanup.

After results are received, the cleanup plan can be determined based on the level of contamination. That level, officials said, determines the complexity and cost of the cleanup. In addition, cleanup must occur under the supervision of a certified meth lab cleanup inspector.

IDEM said a final test is required to verify that levels are safe and the structure, vehicle or watercraft, can be reoccupied.

To find out more detailed information on inspection and cleanup of illegal drug labs, visit IDEM’s website.








Amherst County now may bill the creators of methamphetamine for the cost of cleaning up their drug labs.

That was just one of several changes supervisors made to county code at last week’s Board of Supervisors meeting.

Under the ordinance change, people convicted of manufacturing methamphetamine may be required to reimburse the county’s Department of Public Safety for costs associated with cleaning or removing the labs and replacing personal protective gear.

Other changes to county code include:

» Trash and weeds: Supervisors approved an ordinance that provides guidance on how the county addresses nuisances such as trash and overgrown weeds.

County residents will have 10 days from the issuance of a notice to remove and properly dispose of refuse, defined as debris such as trash and abandoned property. In contrast, county residents only will have three days from the date of issuance of a notice to remove and dispose of garbage, defined as “readily putrescible” organic materials, which may be reduced to 24 hours if a serious threat to public health exists.

Property owners will have 10 days from issuance of a notice to cut back weeds or vegetation more than 12 inches in height.

If such actions are not taken in the designated timeframe, the sheriff may deem the property neglected and have an agent address the problem at the property owner’s expense. Beginning July 1, a designated agent can clear weeds and trash on both vacant as well as occupied properties, following a change in state law.

Civil penalties may include $50 for the first violation to no more than $3,000 in a 12-month period for subsequent violations.

» Facilities that produce beverages of low alcoholic content for distribution or sale now may operate as a permitted use in the general commercial and industrial district and as a special exception in the agricultural residential and village center district.

» Medical clinics: The county has added clarifying language defining certain types of medical clinics in shopping centers and the general commercial district. The action follows the withdrawal of a zoning application by a company that wanted to locate a substance abuse treatment facility in Madison Heights.

» Applications for several types of permits including special exception, variance, rezoning and land disturbing permits, now will be considered incomplete if the associated property is delinquent in real estate, personal property or business taxes.








TWIN FALLS • A man high on meth caused nearly $5,000 in damages to a motel room, Twin Falls police say.

Bryan Merrill Eames, 50, of Twin Falls, was arraigned Thursday in Twin Falls County Magistrate Court on a felony charge of malicious injury to property. His bond was set at $100,000.


A police report gave this account:

About 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, police arrived at the Monterey Motor Inn, 433 Addison Ave. W., to find Eames, naked, sweating and speaking rapidly. Officers said Eames was most likely suffering from “excited delirium,” caused by illegal drug use. Eames admitted to “shooting meth” police said.

Broken glass was scattered on the sidewalk and parking lot in front of Eames’ motel room. Both front windows were shattered.

The entire room was in disarray and much of the furniture was badly damaged.

“I would see furniture upside down, the mattress off the box springs, the T.V. removed form the wall mount, broken glass, broken lamps, broken recliners, broken recliners, a broken dining table, broken nightstands and a damaged microwave,” Officer David Weigt wrote in the report. “In the rear portion of the motel room I saw the tub overflowing with water, the upper toilet tank shattered and leaking water, the bathroom window mostly shattered, the carpet pulled from the tack strip and away from the wall and the carpet and flooring submerged in water.”

Other motel guests had called 911 when they heard glass breaking.

Repairs and replacements in the room would cost $4,775, the motel owner told police.

Eames was examined by a doctor at St. Luke’s Magic Valley Medical Center, then taken to jail.

A preliminary hearing was set for June 13.









Police evacuated the Hartsville Motel on North 5th Street after they say a makeshift meth lab was found Thursday afternoon in the bathroom inside one of the rooms.

Three people have been taken into custody. Their names and specific charges aren’t being released.


Officers say they went to the motel after getting a tip of the meth lab.

A cleanup crew was called to Hartsville to dismantle the makeshift lab, according to police.









Jasper — The Hamilton County Drug Task Force (HCDTF) arrested two women recently on charges of trafficking in methamphetamine, according to the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO).

Reports state that on Saturday, May 24, an investigator with the Department of Children and Families, along with an HCSO deputy were following up on a report of child abuse going on at 4877 NW 25 Lane in Jennings. The investigator said she was told that Patricia Blanton, 47, Jasper, was living at the residence in Jennings and making meth in a nearby shed, and that the odor was entering the main house where Blanton’s six-year-old daughter was living.

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When the deputy and investigator arrived at the scene, Blanton and Donna Jean Thomas, 52, Live Oak, were standing near two sheds in front of the home and then walked away toward two cars parked nearby. Blanton denied there was any meth being made and consented to a search of the shed. Upon opening the door to the shed, the deputy observed a meth lab in plain view and a strong odor. He contacted dispatch and asked that HCDTF respond to the location, reports show.

When HCDTF arrived they confirmed the active meth lab, removed it, and placed it in a safe area. A search warrant was obtained and served on the residence. Active ingredients for a meth lab, equipment to manufacture it, along with multiple items of drug paraphernalia were discovered in the search, reports state.

Blanton and Thomas were arrested and transported to the Hamilton County Jail, charged with drug and narcotic equipment possession, and trafficking in amphetamines. The following day, Blanton was also charged with an out-of-county warrant from Madison for child neglect, according to HCSO.







Authorities believe a small explosion in Greenbrier county was caused by a Meth lab. Greenbrier county Sheriff deputies were called to the scene Monday night outside a Mobile home park in Fairlea after reports of a small fire. The fire was quickly contained and no damages to any of the surrounding homes. Witnesses say the fire was not large, but smoke could be seen from the road.
Deputies found meth making materials and determined that the shed outside the Mobile homes had been used for a meth lab. Sheriff deputies are still searching for the suspect fled the scene.
The investigation is ongoing.

GREAT FALLS – The use of meth in and around Great Falls is increasing, and that has law enforcement officials concerned.

Meth is on the rise again,” Cascade County Sheriff Bob Edwards said. “It’s concerning to me, because it’s deadly.”

Meth has been rampant across Cascade County for years. In the early 2000s, law enforcement – including Sheriff Edwards – were cleaning up hundreds of labs per year.

Hundreds and hundreds, and that’s just in Cascade County,” Edwards explained. “The state was just inundated. I’ve cleaned them up in campsites, I’ve even cleaned them up in cemeteries.”

Labs have faded since then; in fact, Sheriff Edwards says he’s had none reported across the county this year. However, meth use is rising.

“Now, we have the one-pot meth, where they’re highly portable and get a quick turnaround time, where they’re making them but they’re smaller amounts,” Russell Country Drug Task Force Sergeant Eric Baumann explained.

Sheriff Edwards says, like any business, meth use is dependent on the economy as well as supply and demand. “There’s a demand [here], so the supply is coming,” he said.

The meth is coming through trade, with a large amount originating in Mexico and making its way north.

“I think we’re starting to see more come from Washington,” Sgt. Baumann said. “Mostly near the Spokane, Tri-Cities area. It just gets shipped here because it’s more affordable.

More affordable, but the drug is not cheap. One gram can cost near $120, lasting a user just a day or two. Sgt. Baumann and Sheriff Edwards say drug use is linked to many crimes.

“The people out burglarizing homes and breaking into cars or forging documents often are doing so to fund or support their drug habit,” Sgt. Baumann said.

Sheriff Edwards says meth is one of the most addictive drugs

“Ninety-percent of the people who try it stay on it, it’s very powerful,” the Sheriff said. “And the thing that concerns me now is the people we put away 14 years ago are starting to get out of prison. So are we going to see more labs?”

More labs is something the two hope they do not see more of as cleanup of meth labs can cost anywhere from $10,000 to $20,000.

“They’re expensive and there’s no funding to clean those up,” Sheriff Edwards said. “So that would fall on the county dime.”

The occasional labs we find are the biggest safety concerns because it’s more than just the individual that’s putting themselves in danger,” Sgt. Baumann said. “They put the community, the environment in danger.”








NO wonder ice has become the world’s worst drug problem — it’s six times better than sex.

That’s what New Zealand ice expert and former drug detective Mike Sabin told yesterday’s Melbourne summit on methamphetamine.

Ice can also damage your brain and turn you into a psychopath, he said.

But what gets people hooked in the first place is a feeling far greater than sex.

Mr Sabin said methamphetamine releases 1250 units of dopamine — the brain’s natural reward chemical — into the system.

That’s six times more than sex, which drops 200 units, and three times more than cocaine, which releases 400 units.

The average pat on the back at work releases a mere 100 units.

“The world has never known another drug that can reinforce such a major response,” Mr Sabin said.

But it erodes the brain’s ability to naturally rel-ease dopamine, which is why heavy users say they can no longer feel happy without the drug.

“They take the drug to try to feel normal,” Mr Sabin said.

Usually, he said, these users go on a three- to 15-day binge to maintain their high.

Often they go into a state called “tweaking”, where they stay awake for days at a time, prompting the most irrational and dangerous behaviour.

Mr Sabin gave evidence to the Victorian parliamentary inquiry into ice last night.

He said Victoria had a chance to lead the country’s approach to ice by creating a cultural shift such as those related to smoking, drink-driving and skin cancer.

Mr Sabin called on authorities to strike a balance between reducing both supply and demand, coupled with treatment, instead of focusing on reducing the harm.








SUMTER – The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office and the S.C. Highway Patrol reported last week that Ashley Meghan Pack, 29, of 20 Sheffield Court in Manning, was arrested May 29 on Ramsey Road in Sumter and charged, along with two Sumter men, with criminal conspiracy and manufacture of methamphetamine.


Pack was arrested along with Anthony Dustin Dill, 28, of 1280 Bell Road in Sumter, and Ricky Lee Watford, 42, of 2270 Swallow Drive in Sumter, after a traffic stop. Dill was also charged with DUS; SCSO deputies and troopers found a spoon with methamphetamine residue in Dill’s pocket and the vehicle’s glove compartment. SCHP also found syringes, starter fluid, Drano, lithium batteries and nasal decongestants, all items used in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

Pack was granted a $5,000 surety bond after her arrest and remains at the Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center, according to the jail’s website. Her next court appearance is set for July 11.








Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell announced Thursday that an Orangeburg couple were arrested for cooking methamphetamine with children in the home.

“Officers were investigating complaints of a meth lab along Menefee Court in Cordova on Wednesday, June 4, when they observed numerous bottles outside the back door of a residence that had material in the bottle from a meth cook,” Ravenell said. “Investigators were allowed to search the home of Jonathan Eric Vaughan and Kristen Vaughan, and inside they found items associated with a meth lab.”

Each of the Vaughans was charged with six counts of unlawful conduct toward a child.

Jonathan Vaughan was further charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and disposal of meth waste.

Kristen Vaughan was also charged with distribution of methamphetamine.

Orangeburg Magistrate Peggy Doremus set bond Thursday at $40,000 cash or surety for Kristen Vaughan and $60,000 cash or surety for Jonathan Vaughan.

Ravenell said Jonathan Vaughan admitted to investigators that he cooked meth in the home. Kristen Vaughan told investigators that she would purchase the off-the-shelf materials needed for Jonathan Vaughan to make the illegal narcotic, the sheriff said.

Authorities said several children were located in close proximity of the illegal — and potentially dangerous — material.

“Our investigation determined as many as six children ranging in age from 6 to 14 have been in the home while meth was being cooked,” Ravenell said. “Jonathan and Kristen’s children were present while the meth was cooking. The four other children in the home were relatives of the Vaughans.”

The sheriff said that in the past three weeks, authorities have found eight methamphetamine labs.

“By far, this was the most dangerous because of the children that were present in the home and nearby while this illegal activity was taking place,” he said.








MIDLAND, Texas (AP) — More than two dozen suspects have been nabbed in a crackdown on a West Texas-based methamphetamine ring linked to California and Nevada.

Prosecutors in Midland say 29 people arrested Thursday or already in custody face federal or state charges. Authorities are seeking nine more suspects.

Investigators say the meth was funneled through San Diego, Las Vegas and Dallas to West Texas.

Federal indictments unsealed Thursday in Midland include charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Some defendants were indicted earlier on charges of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance.

Some suspects face state parole violation counts or other warrants in the Odessa-based ring operating since September. The defendants are from Midland, Odessa, Amarillo, San Diego and Las Vegas.









 Western Wisconsin (News Release) – Members of the West Central Drug Task Force (WCDTF) conducted a year-long investigation into the distribution of methamphetamine in our region. The investigation identified a group of individuals who were involved in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in the Chippewa Valley. As a result of this investigation three people were indicted by a federal grand jury in the United States Western District Court of Wisconsin in Madison and 17 additional people have been charged locally for their role in the distribution of methamphetamine in our region.

This WCDTF investigation identified Pa Houa Xiong as a primary provider of methamphetamine in the Chippewa Valley. The investigation determined Xiong was responsible for transporting large amounts of methamphetamine from the St. Paul/Minneapolis area into Eau Claire. The methamphetamine was then distributed in Eau Claire and surrounding communities. Xiong was arrested for possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver and was indicted by a federal grand jury on May 14, 2014, in the United States Western District Court of Wisconsin in Madison.

The investigation also determined Lang Thao and Kyrie L. Tetzlaff were involved in the distribution of large amounts methamphetamine in cooperation with Pa Houa Xiong and several other individuals. Subsequently, Thao and Tetzlaff were indicted by a federal grand jury on January 8, 2014, in the United States Western District Court of Wisconsin in Madison.

17 additional people have been arrested and charged with methamphetamine related offenses to date. These seventeen people worked in concert with Xiong, Thao, and Tetzlaff to distribute methamphetamine. These 17 people have been charged in Eau Claire County, Dunn County, Chippewa County, St. Croix County, and Polk County. Additional arrests are expected. Click here to read the charges filed against these individuals.

The investigation into this drug distribution conspiracy involved controlled purchases of methamphetamine, multiple search warrants, witness interviews, and other investigative methods. The WCDTF continues to work closely with area District Attorney’s Offices and the United States Attorney’s Office in the prosecution of these crimes.

The West Central Drug Task Force is comprised of investigators from 17 area law enforcement agencies who proactively work together to combat drug abuse and drug-related crime in the region. Each WCDTF member agency made significant contributions to this successful investigation.

The member agencies of the WCDTF are: Altoona Police Department, WI DOJ – DCI, Menomonie Police Department, Bloomer Police Department, Dunn County Sheriff’s Office, Pepin County Sheriff’s Office, Buffalo County Sheriff’s Office, Durand Police Department, UW-Eau Claire Police Department, Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office, Eau Claire County Sheriff’s Office, UW-Stout Police Department, Chippewa Falls Police Department, Eau Claire Police Department, WI State Patrol – NWR EC, Clark County Sheriff’s Office, and the Fall Creek Police Department.

Eau Claire Police Chief Jerry Staniszewski says, “Methamphetamine is a highly addictive drug that ruins lives and families. We have an obligation to seek out those who jeopardize the safety and quality of life we expect in Eau Claire. This is proof that we will relentlessly pursue drug traffickers in our community and hold them accountable.”Eau Claire County Sheriff Ron Cramer says, “This case highlights the need for the long-term conspiracy type case to take as many dealers off the streets that are dealing methamphetamines our area. The addiction is still there with many of the people they supplied. Many of these subjects have been identified as being involved in a variety of different crimes like thefts, burglaries, and other types of criminal activity to feed their addiction.”

**Correction: The attached release lists the name “Shaun D. Dwyer” – the proper spelling is “Shawn D. Dwyer.”

A meth operation recently discovered in Oconto County appears to be a family affair.

A woman, her mother, her boyfriend and his brother face multiple charges related to the discovery of a methamphetamine lab inside an Oconto Falls trailer home last week.

Wendy Pogrant, 51, Ashley Van Norman, 22, Nicholas Block, 28, and Joseph Anderson, 24, made initial appearances Wednesday morning in Oconto County Circuirt Court.

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Read the criminal complaint against Ashley Van Norman

A search of the home on May 28 by local, state and federal authorities yielded a small amount of methamphetamine and numerous items and equipment used in its manufacture.

Pogrant told authorities that she lives at the trailer with her daughter Van Norman and Van Norman’s three-year-old son, and Van Norman’s boyfriend Block. Block’s brother Anderson stays there from time to time. Van Norman said Anderson had been living there for about three weeks.

In the complaint, Van Norman said she has helped Block and Anderson make methamphetamine using plastic bottles inside her bedroom.

She said they started cooking meth in mid-April, starting on Machickanee Forest trails then transporting bottles back to her house to finish. They have used the trails twice, private land near U.S. 41/141 five or six times and her trailer about six times.

Van Norman said she purchased Sudafed used to make the methamphetamine at pharmacies in Green Bay 10 to 15 times. She also said her mother has smoked meth several times but never participated in its production.

Pogrant said she didn’t report the meth production because she was afraid of her daughter and afraid she would take her grandson away. Pogrant also said she purchased Sudafed in Green Bay for Block.

Pogrant was charged with conspiracy to commit possession with intent to manufacture methamphetamine, possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, maintaining a drug trafficking place, possession of methamphetamine, possession of materials for manufacturing methamphetamine, and possession of waste from methamphetamine manufacturing. The maximum sentence if convicted on all counts is 56-1/2 years.

Van Norman was charged with possession with intent to manufacture phencylclidine, possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, maintaining a drug trafficking place, possession of methamphetamine, possession of materials for manufacturing methamphetamine, and possession of waste from methamphetamine manufacturing, and possession of drug pharaphernalia. The maximum sentence would be 58 years.

Block was charged with possession with intent to manufacture methamphetamine, possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, maintaining a drug trafficking place, possession of methamphetamine, possession of materials for manufacturing methamphetamine, and possession of waste from methamphetamine manufacturing, and possession of drug paraphernalia. The maximum sentence would be 58 years.

Anderson was charged with possession with intent to manufacture methamphetamine, possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of materials for manufacturing methamphetamine, and possession of waste from methamphetamine manufacturing, and possession of drug paraphernalia. The maximum sentence would be 49 years.

The complaint alleges the crimes were committed from March 1 to May 28.








(KUTV) Crews in Cache County rescued two women Wednesday who claimed they had been up Logan Canyon for days.

But officers said their story didn’t add up, and both women now face drug charges.

“This morning about 10:00 we received a call from a hiker who had been up hiking above Spring Hollow Campground. They had come across two females,” said Cache County Sheriff’s Lt. Doyle Peck.

Those two women told the hiker they’d been up Logan Canyon for three days and couldn’t get off the mountain, causing several dozen rescuers responded.

“We were able to find them fairly quickly. We knew where they were at,” said Peck.

But once they found them, officers said, the women’s story didn’t add up.

“Comments about being chased by bears, having fallen 50-60 feet yet no physical injuries,” said Peck. “They were suffering from dehydration, but a lot of their statements were almost delusional in nature.”

One of the women, Amy Cheney, 19, was arrested on an unrelated warrant. She was led down the mountain by a deputy.

“We do believe she was under the influence of some type of narcotic,” said Peck.

The other woman, Andrea Price, 46, was weak from dehydration and needed extra help. Rescuers ended up “wheeling her down, using a rope and pulley system over steep areas,” Peck said.

Both women were taken to the hospital to be checked, according to Lt. Peck. They now face charges of possessing meth.

Price is a transient and has been in jail before, said Peck. He said she might stay the night at the hospital to be observed before being booked into jail.








A Quincy woman will stand trial in two methamphetamine cases after probable cause was found during preliminary hearings Wednesday in Adams County Circuit Court.

Christal L. Happel, 41, pleaded not guilty in each case and had the cases set on the August jury docket.


Happel is facing a Class X aggravated unlawful participation in meth production charge as the result of a May 8 arrest on Quincy’s northwest side, which carries a sentence of up to 30 years in prison if she is found guilty. She also is charged with unlawful possession of meth precursors without a prescription in a Jan. 4 incident, which carries a mandatory prison sentence in the Illinois Department of Corrections if she is convicted because she has a previous meth conviction on her record.

Happel was arrested May 8 after members of the West Central Illinois Task Force executed a search warrant on a residence in the 1200 block of N. Sixth. Cody Cook, a member of the Illinois State Police Meth Response Team, testified that officers found one-pot shake-and-bake meth labs and other meth-making materials in Happel’s bedroom.

Cook said meth trash and a glass pipe were found in a children’s bedroom inside the residence. The children, ages 13 and 7, were taken into protective custody after Happel’s arrest.

More meth trash and one-pot shake-and-bake meth labs also were found in the basement, Cook said.

Cook said Happel admitted to police that chemicals found in the house were being used to manufacture meth. She told police her boyfriend was the one who was making the drug.

Happel faces six other charges in that case, including unlawful use of property and meth-related child endangerment.

Cook said Happel had made seven purchases of pseudoephedrine, a key meth-making ingredient, since she was released from prison after a 2012 meth conviction. She was sentenced to three years in prison May 5, 2012, after pleading guilty to an unlawful meth possession charge. According to Illinois law, those who have been convicted of meth-related crimes can not buy pseudoephedrine pills without a prescription.

Happel was on parole from the 2012 conviction at the time of her May arrest. She is currently being held in the Adams County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bond.








DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. (WAAY) – A Grove Oak man has been charged with drug possession after authorities said they found drugs in his home while serving an arrest warrant.


The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday they arrested Nicholas Dewayne Moody, 33, for third-degree domestic violence, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Authorities said they were serving a warrant for the domestic violence charge at Moody’s home and found methamphetamine in his house when they searched it.

Moody is in the DeKalb County Jail awaiting bond.








A Jefferson man remained in the Jackson County Jail without bond Wednesday on charges that he abused his girlfriend with a knife and a burning cigarette, authorities said.

Deputies met with the woman on May 25 at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville, where she was being treated for her injuries, Jackson County sheriff’s Capt. Rich Lott said.


The 23-year-old woman told deputies she had been abused by her live-in boyfriend for the past three months.

“Her friend talked her into going to the hospital and getting the police involved,” Lott said. “That’s a pretty good friend.”

Following the execution of a search warrant at a house in Talmo, deputies arrested Gary Michael Elliott, 21, on charges of simple assault, battery and false imprisonment under the Family Violence Act, along with possession of marijuana and possession of methamphetamine. He was also served with two probation violation warrants.

“She went through some torment,” Lott said.

“She had cigarette burns on her feet (and) a couple of shallow stab wounds where he would torture her with a knife,” he said. “She had bruises on her arms, on her legs, marks on her neck, her back, just about all parts of her body.”

During a search of the Talmo residence, investigators found methamphetamine, marijuana and instruments used to ingest the drugs, deputies said.

After the investigation began, Elliott went to a home in Jefferson, where he was arrested Monday, according to the sheriff’s office.

Anyone who is in an abusive relationship can seek advice and services by calling Project Safe’s 24-hour hotline at (706) 543-3331, or by visiting http://www.project-safe.org.








Women are full of secrets.

Christie Harris, who was caught in jail this March with a loaded gun in her vagina and meth in her butt has been sentenced to 25 years in prison, according to The Smoking Gun.

The Ada, Okla. woman pleaded no contest last week to charges including methamphetamine possession with intent to distribute, gun possession by a convicted felon and bringing contraband into jail.


Harris was arrested in March, after a drug dog led cops to her car and a search of the vehicle uncovered meth, drug paraphernalia and a semi-automatic pistol.

While in jail, Harris told the female officer she did not want to lower her underwear for a contraband search because “she was on her period,” according to a police report. She ended up complying, though, and the officer noticed “a wooden and metal item sticking out from her vagina area.”

That item turned out to be a loaded 5-shot revolver.

“It would seem to be a very dangerous place to carry a loaded firearm,” Pontotoc County District Attorney Chris Ross told KFOR. “If it goes off, it’s only going one place.”

The officer also “retrieved from Christie’s buttock, two clear baggies containing a large amount of a crystal substance.”

That crystal substance turned out to be meth.

News anchors at WGN-TV were yukking it up when Harris was first arrested. “The old caboose pistol — everybody has one,” anchor Larry Potash noted, while co-anchor Robin Baumgarten tries — unsuccessfully — to contain her laughter.







SHREVEPORT, La.A Shreveport man is behind bars after a variety of drugs were seized at his house.

The DEA Task Force along with the Caddo-Shreveport Narcotics Unit arrested 38 year-old Sloan Jackson on Saturday. Agents seized a variety of drugs including about 467.6 grams of methamphetamine, 3 baggies of methamphetamine, a small amount of marijuana, a variety of vials containing suspect steroids, syringes, methamphetamine pipes, drug scales, Lortabs, multiple vials of other unknown substances and six baggies of an unknown powder substance.

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Agents also found items that are believed to have been stolen including 150 one ounce silver bars, two chainsaws, a welding machine, a Keurig coffee maker, two Fridigaire air conditioner units, four generators, one computer, an electric smoker, a leaf blower, a Samsung entertainment system, a credit card maker and printer and about $2,400 in cash.

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During their investigation at another location, authorities found an additional 1,702 one-ounce silver bars valued around $35,000.

Jackson is being charged with possession of schedule II methamphetamine with the intent to distribute, possession of over 400 grams of methamphetamine and two counts of possession of schedule III CDS. He was booked into the Caddo Correctional Center. Authorities say additional charges are pending.







Silver bars, cash seized in drug bust

A weekend narcotics arrest in Shreveport resulted in the seizure of approximately $150,000 to $200,000 worth of drugs, money and merchandise Caddo Sheriff Steve Prator said Wednesday at a news conference displaying a collection of items that included among them 1,852 1-ounce silver bars.

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The DEA task force along with Caddo-Shreveport Narcotics Unit arrested 38-year-old Sloan Jackson on Saturday at his rented house at 3129 Woodlawn Avenue in Broadmoor.

Also on display Wednesday were the 467.6 grams of methamphetamine Jackson tried to hide inside a wax candle, marijuana, vials containing suspected steroids, syringes, methamphetamine pipes, drug scales, Lortabs and other items seized as part of the bust. Authorities said the silver bars are estimated to be worth $35,000 to $40,000. The methamphetamine has a resale value of around $100,000.

The merchandise, which is believed to have been stolen, could be worth around $10,000.

Prator said he was surprised by the “creativeness” on the part of Jackson for using silver bars to launder drug money. It’s not something law enforcement normally sees, he said.

Sheriff Steve Prator at a news

The silver bars may have been purchased off the Internet or in a larger city, Prator said.

Jackson also had a credit card maker and printer in his home. He apparently used a “fake” hairbrush, among other objects, to hide drugs, according to Rick Anderson, an undercover agent who was part of the operation.

Also, Jackson was holding a police scanner when he was arrested, Anderson said, describing Jackson’s house as “nice” with “everything in order” inside. No one else lived there. There were multiple hidden trap compartments in the ground outside and inside Jackson’s home, Anderson said.

Other items seized include two chainsaws, a welding machine, a Keurig coffee maker, two Frigidaire air conditioner units, four generators, a computer, an electric smoker, a leaf blower, approximately $2,400 in cash and a Samsung entertainment system.

Jackson has a criminal record and is on federal probation from meth-related activity in Houston, Anderson said. He was booked into the Caddo Correctional Center for possession of schedule II with the intention to distribute, among other charges.

The operation to apprehend Jackson was about a month in the making, Prator said. He expects there will be additional arrests related to the case.

“We didn’t just catch this fellow with all this on the way to Sunday School,” said Prator. “We knew a lot about what he was doing and a lot about who he was doing business with.”

If you did buy dope from Sloan Jackson,” Prator said. “I suggest you go ahead and call down here and turn yourself in. Because if we have to come get you it’s going to be worse.”







1,852 Silver Bars Seized From Alleged Meth Dealer

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — Louisiana authorities who arrested a drug suspect say they seized 1,852 silver bars along with some drugs.

Lt. Carl Townley of the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s office says deputies have been investigating 38-year-old Sloan Jackson of Shreveport for about a month. He says they got a search warrant on a tip that he had returned to town with about a pound of methamphetamine.

Authorities say they found the meth hidden in a large candle in Jackson’s car.

“It was a big ugly candle,” Townley said. “One of my guys stuck a knife in it and said, ‘Whoop! Something’s there.'” He said the meth, wrapped in plastic bags and duct tape, probably took up about three-quarters of the candle.

Townley says the silver was hidden around Jackson’s home. Sheriff Steve Prator and Shreveport Police Chief Willie Shaw said Wednesday the silver is worth about $35,000.

Townley says investigators believe the one-ounce ingots probably were bought to launder drug money.

Jackson was booked on several drug counts. It was not clear whether he has an attorney.








WINSTON COUNTY, Alabama — A Winston County sheriff’s investigator faces a charge of manufacturing methamphetamine, Sheriff Rick Harris said Wednesday.

Sgt. Grady Keith Concord, 41, of Nauvoo, is charged with second-degree manufacturing methamphetamine and has been transferred to the Lauderdale County Jail, where he’s being held on a $500,000 bond, Harris said.


The FBI, the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board and the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency are assisting in the investigation, and more charges are expected from state and federal agencies Thursday. Harris said Concord was fired from the sheriff’s office Wednesday.

“We were informed of his criminal behavior, we investigated, and we made an arrest. This is something we do daily,” Harris said. “There is nothing easy about policing your own employees. You just want to see them in a better view, but sometimes they fail you and themselves.”

Harris said Concord was acting alone. Harris said he was disappointed in the deputy and that actions like this won’t be tolerated among law enforcement officers.









METHAMPHETAMINE is the largest drug threat to Fiji and the Pacific, UN Office on Drugs and Crime regional representative for South East Asia and the Pacific Jeremy Douglas believes.

Mr Douglas, in an exclusive interview with The Fiji Times, said methamphetamine, a synthetic drug also known as meth or ice, could be made anywhere.

“You can move production wherever you want. You can’t make cocaine or heroin just anywhere because they are plant-based drugs but synthetic drugs, if you have the chemicals and if you have the smart chemists, you can make the drugs anywhere,” Mr Douglas said.

“And this region is next to the region in the world with the biggest meth problem which would be South East Asia, mainly China, Indonesia, Philippines. These countries have large production of meth.”

He said Fiji was vulnerable to drug trafficking because of its unique location between South America and South East Asia — the biggest suppliers of cocaine, methamphetamine and chemicals used in meth production.

“Drug traffickers look for opportunities and this is a nice place for them to move drugs through.”

“And also, this area is vulnerable to money laundering because its got banks, it has international connections to the regions I’ve mentioned so you can easily put money in and out as well.”

He said new products shown in other parts of the world were more pure forms of meth which was more addictive.

“This is crystal ice, but there are higher purity forms of crystal ice which has been seen in the market and trafficked from South East Asia to Fiji recently, and trying to use Fiji to get to Australia or just getting it to Fiji as a market.

“So I think they (Fijian authorities) really need to keep their eyes open for that.

“They need to keep their eyes open for chemicals coming here to make the drugs and possibly of organised crime groups from all those other regions, like East Asia setting up shop here to make the drugs here themselves.”

Assistant commissioner of police Rusiate Tudravu confirmed they were working with international and regional authorities to strengthen Fiji’s border security.

“We cannot rule out transnational crime issues and also drugs being transported through Fiji because we have registered reports in regards to that in the past,” Mr Tudravu said.

“We can confirm that there is no meth lab here in Fiji but we cannot rule that out for the future.

“We are closely monitoring our borders because of Fiji’s vulnerability in terms of location.”



* In 2004, a laboratory producing about 500kg of methamphetamine in one week was discovered in Suva;

* On July 14, 2010, methamphetamine worth about $5m was seized in a raid in Suva; and

* On February 2, 2014, a 60-year-old US citizen was apprehended at Nadi International Airport for allegedly being in possession of 7.5kg of methamphetamine.








No wonder ice has become the world’s worst drug problem – it’s six times better than sex.

It can also damage your brain and turn you into a psychopath, but what gets people hooked in the first place is a feeling far greater than the horizontal shuffle.

That’s what a summit on methamphetamine, held in Melbourne’s south-east on Thursday, was told by Kiwi ice expert and former drug detective Mike Sabin.

Mr Sabin told the Mount Waverley forum that methamphetamine releases 1250 units of dopamine – the brain’s natural reward chemical – into the system.

That’s six times more than sex, which drops 200 units, and three times more than cocaine, which releases 400 units. The average pat on the back at work releases a mere 100 units.

”The world has never known another drug that can reinforce such a major response,” Mr Sabin said.

But it also erodes the brain’s ability to naturally release dopamine, which is why heavy users say they can no longer feel happy without the drug.

”They take the drug to try to feel normal,” Mr Sabin said.

Usually, he said, these users go on a three- to 15-day binge to maintain their high. They often go into a state called ”tweaking”, where they stay awake for days at a time.

”This is when you see the most irrational and dangerous behaviour,” he said.


Mr Sabin told of a triple murder he responded to as a police officer in New Zealand, where a man had severed the heads of his two children and fatally stabbed a neighbour. ”He was completely delusional, completely psychotic.”

Mr Sabin, who gave evidence to the Victorian parliamentary inquiry into ice on Thursday night, said Victoria had a chance to lead the country’s approach to methamphetamine by creating a cultural shift such as those related to smoking, drink-driving and skin cancer.

He called on authorities to strike a balance between reducing both supply and demand, coupled with treatment, instead of focusing on reducing the harm.

”Prevention first, intervention next, and if we don’t intervene early enough, they get too far down the track … [coming] to treatment when their lives have collapsed,” he said.

Inquiry chairman and Western Victoria MP Simon Ramsay, who also addressed the forum, said the findings would be tabled in Parliament in September.