A Daytona Beach man Volusia deputies said was smoking drugs over several days with a partner was accused of trying to kill the man in an attack with a pick ax, sheriff’s investigators said.

Daniel Brown, 47, was charged with attempted felony murder, manufacture or delivery of methamphetamine and trafficking methamphetamine. He was being held at the Volusia County Branch Jail on Wednesday on $105,000 bail, records show.tuktkeeruyty

According to investigative reports, Brown met the victim, Dylan Everett, 26, over the weekend and they were together at a home on Gary Boulevard in Daytona Beach where they had been smoking methamphetamine for several days, reports show.

On Tuesday, an argument between the two men broke out after 4:30 p.m. Everett told investigators that Brown took his cellphone and during the physical argument, Brown grabbed a pick ax and swung it at his head. Everett deflected the blow by raising his right arm and suffered a 2-inch puncture. Everett was also wounded in the leg, investigators said. Everett was taken to Halifax Health Medical Center for treatment.

Brown accused Everett of taking things from the home and breaking a door but his story had several inconsistencies, reports state.

While investigating the incident, deputies checked out a shed on the property where Brown was located and discovered a meth lab in a duffle bag. The sheriff’s narcotics team found three plastic bottles converted into one-pot labs, lighter fluid, ammonium nitrate, lithium batteries, Sudafed packs and pyrex dishes, reports detail.

 

 

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Vandalia, MO – Two Vandalia women were arrested after officers from the East Central Drug Task Force served a search warrant earlier this month.

According to the report, officers served the warrant during the late evening hours October 12 in the 100 block of Woodlawn in Vandalia. During the search, officers found methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. At the time, officers arrested 43 year-old Lori Ann Stuart for possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

As a result of the ongoing investigation, officers arrested 55 year-old Karen Leigh Ramirez October 25 for distribution of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, unlawful use of a weapon, and keeping or maintaining a public nuisance.

Anyone with information about illegal activity in your area is urged to contact your local law enforcement agency.

 

 

 

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The recent search of a Mansfield residence resulted in 2 arrests and the seizure of drugs and a gun.

DeSoto SWAT and Tri-Parish Drug Task Force members found a loaded handgun and suspected marijuana and methamphetamine Oct. 21 in the residence in the 300 block of Square Drive, DeSoto Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle said.12279301_g

Agents also reportedly discovered items used to weigh and package illegal narcotics, such as digital scales and small plastic baggies.

An infant was in the home at the time of the search, the sheriff said.

Now 42-year-old Jubola V. Woods, of Mansfield, faces 1 count each of distribution of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm in the presence of a Controlled Dangerous Substance (CDS) and possession of a CDS in the presence of a person under age 17. His bonds total $60,000.

And 19-year-old Jayla S. Miles, of Mansfield, is charged with 1 count each of possession of marijuana, possession of a CDS in the presence of a person age 17 and possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

 

 

http://www.ksla.com/story/33489613/man-teen-face-drug-charges-after-search-of-mansfield-residence

 

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah woman pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor child abuse charge after authorities said her 9-year-old daughter was sexually assaulted by three men while her mother was smoking methamphetamine in a garage.

The woman was sentenced to four months in jail in a plea deal with prosecutors that reduced the charge from a felony to a misdemeanor, according to court documents.

She was also ordered to undergo drug treatment and serve probation. She’ll get credit for 87 days already served under the plea entered last week.

Defense attorney Lance Dean didn’t immediately return a call Thursday from The Associate Press seeking comment.

The AP is withholding the name of the woman to protect the identity of her child.

The woman was accused of leaving the girl asleep on a couch in Uintah County while she went to use drugs with people she knew from jail over Easter weekend, prosecutors said.

The men who were staying at the home took the child into another room and assaulted her, prosecutors said. When her mother returned, the girl said she wanted to leave. Two days later, the girl told her mother about the assault, and the woman reported it to police.

The girl has been placed in the care of child welfare workers.

Four men were initially charged in the case, but charges against one were dropped after the mother couldn’t be found to testify at an evidence hearing.

Larson RonDeau, 37, Jerry Flatlip, 30, and Randall Flatlip, 26, have all been ordered to stand trial on charges of rape and sodomy of a child. They have pleaded not guilty. Their attorneys were not immediate available for comment.

 

 

 

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9-year-old girl raped, sexually attacked on Easter Sunday by James Rondeau, 36, of Vernal, Josiah RonDeau, 20, Jerry Flatlip, 29, and Randall Flatlip, 26 , while mother smoked Methamphetamine in garage; All 4 charged with rape, sodomy

 

 

Larson RonDeau, 36, Jerry Flatlip, 29, and Randall Flatlip, 26, ordered to stand trial in alleged gang rape of 9-year-old Utah girl, while mother smoked Methamphetamine in garage

ELKINS, W.Va. (WDTV) – Twenty-four individuals have been charged with federal drug and gun charges as a result of an investigation spanning two states and three North Central West Virginia counties, according to United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II.

Indictments were unsealed Wednesday alleging that a group of individuals from Virginia and West Virginia conspired with one another to operate a methamphetamine distribution ring in the region. The investigation led to the seizure of hundreds of firearms and significant quantities of methamphetamine.

Many of the defendants were taken into custody Wednesday during a coordinated, multi-agency arrest operation led by the Mountain Region Drug and Violent Crime Task Force. Those individuals facing methamphetamine charges include:

  • Shawn Michael Moser, 27, of Elkins, West Virginia
  • Jerry Wilson Hartley, 35, of Elkins, West Virginia
  • Kayleigh Marre Hartley, 29, of Elkins, West Virginia
  • Robert Lewis Jones, 54, of Waynesboro, Virginia
  • Richard Wayne Scott, 40, of Waynesboro, Virginia
  • Joseph Muster, 28, of Elkins, West Virginia
  • Samantha Canfield, 28, of Montrose, West Virginia
  • Christina Crites, 46, of Elkins, West Virginia
  • Calvin Norris Herron, Jr., 43, of Belington, West Virginia
  • Gerald Allen Freeman, 41, of Moatsville, West Virginia
  • Jeffrey Everson, 28, of Philippi, West Virginia
  • Allen White, 37, of Buckhannon, West Virginia
  • Jason Randall Howard, 37, of Elkins, West Virginia
  • Brian Scott Mayle, 37, of Coalton, West Virginia
  • Geniece Pancake, 36, of Belington, West Virginia
  • Tyler Robinson, 20, of Belington, West Virginia
  • Ronald G. Swiger, 36, of Coalton, West Virginia
  • Trey M. Plaugher, 21, of Elkins, West Virginia
  • David A. Maxwell, 31, of Elkins, West Virginia
  • Derek Scott Norris, 36, of Philippi, West Virginia.

In addition, Dale Lee Sharp, 45, of Elkins, West Virginia was arrested on an illegal possession of firearm charge.

Three additional individuals facing firearms charges have not yet been taken into custody and their indictments remained sealed.

“This case is a great example of Federal, State, and local law enforcement agencies coming together to address a significant methamphetamine threat that was tearing apart a small community in West Virginia, said Karl Colder, DEA Special Agent in Charge. “The quantity of drugs distributed and amount of guns seized is staggering. This case should serve as a warning to those individuals who plague our communities by distributing these drugs and committing acts of violence. The Washington Division would like to thank our federal partner at the ATF for their outstanding support on this case. Additionally, the DEA would like to thank the Barbour County Sheriff, Randolph County Sheriff, Tucker County Sheriff, Elkins Police Department and West Virginia State Police for their continued support.”

“The defendants represent a significant number of Federal firearms violations including armed drug trafficking and prohibited persons possessing firearms,” said Stuart L. Lowrey, ATF Special Agent in Charge. “The Mountain Region Drug Task Force is commended for working to make the community a safer place. ATF will continue to work with this Task Force and other partners to reduce violent crime in the region.”

Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen D. Warner is handling the cases on behalf of the government. The Mountain Region Drug and Violent Crime Drug Task Force led the investigation. The Task Force is made up of the United States Forest Service, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the West Virginia State Police, the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office, and the Tucker County Sheriff’s Office. The United States Marshals Service, the Barbour County Sheriff’s Office, and the Elkins Police Department assisted in the arrest operation today. In addition, the National Guard Armory allowed the use of their space to coordinate these efforts.

“The United States Forest Service is proud to be a part of the Mountain Region Drug and Violent Crime Task Force,” said Kurt Morine, U.S. Forest Service Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Eastern Region. “We are committed to helping keep our forest and our community a safe place to live and visit. The investigation exemplifies how successful our agencies can be when we work together for a common goal.”

United States Attorney Ihlenfeld commended the work of all the agencies involved in the investigation.

An indictment is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

 

 

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark.– 15 people have been arrested by local, state, and federal law enforcement as part of an investigation into methamphetamine trafficking in Missouri, Arkansas, and Oklahoma.

Kenneth Elser, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced the round-up took place after a year-long investigation into methamphetamine trafficking in Boone, Baxter, Searcy, Newton, Benton and Washington Counties in Arkansas, along with McDonald County in Missouri and parts of Oklahoma. Eleven defendants were arrested on federal charges and four were arrested on state charges.

Law enforcement also executed seven federal and 4 state search warrants in Arkansas and one federal search warrant in Missouri.

On October 5, a federal grand jury returned three separate indictments charging 19 individuals in the Harrison, AR and Missouri area with a large-scale drug trafficking conspiracy.  The indictments included a total of 37 counts, all of which involved the distribution of methamphetamine.

The names of those charged in the case was not released individually by the office of the US Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, however, three other defendants in the case, Juan Delacruz Albarran, Juan Ramirez Vargas and Joseph Macormick Elder, had already been arrested on federal charges and are in custody.

“Today’s arrests reflect our commitment to removing criminal organizations trafficking methamphetamine into our communities throughout Arkansas,” stated Diane Upchurch, Special Agent in Charge with the FBI in Little Rock.  “We must be diligent and wipe out these networks in Arkansas. We appreciate the efforts of our federal, state and local law enforcement partners, and the state and federal prosecutors who faithfully work to reduce overall crime and improve the quality of life for Arkansans.”

David Ethridge, Prosecuting Attorney for the 14th Judicial District of Arkansas commented, “I would like to thank the many law enforcement officers that worked so hard and so long on this investigation. By combining resources and working together, we were able to accomplish what none of us could have otherwise accomplished on our own.”

The federal defendants who were arrested today will appear in the United States District in Fort Smith before United States Magistrate Judge Mark Ford early next week.

This was a joint investigation between the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the 14th Judicial Drug Task Force, the 14th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Arkansas State Police, the Boone County Sheriff, the Newton County Sheriff, the Searcy County Sheriff, the Carroll County Sheriff, the Baxter County Sheriff, the Washington County Sheriff, the McDonald County, MO Sheriff, the Harrison Police Department, the Springdale Police Department, the Arkansas National Guard, the United States Marshal’s Office, the Mayes County, Oklahoma District Attorney’s Office, and the Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA).

Assistant United States Attorney Brandon Carter is prosecuting the case for the Western District of Arkansas.

 

 

 

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A 27-year-old woman was arrested today in New Orleans for allegedly having almost $200,000 worth of meth, according to police.12068751_g

This morning, Louisiana State Police Detectives assigned to the Bureau of Investigations Narcotics Division / High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas Task Force (HIDTA), along with Amtrak, St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office, New Orleans Police Department and Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested Carmen Ochoa of Los Angeles for possession of 5.3 pounds of crystal methamphetamine.

Law Enforcement Detectives were assigned to the Amtrak Union Passenger Terminal in New 12068764_gOrleans for narcotics interdiction.  Ochoa was observed and identified by law enforcement.  A consent to search was obtained and detectives discovered that Ochoa was body carrying the methamphetamine.  She was arrested and booked into the parish jail on one charge of possession with intent to distribute a schedule II controlled dangerous substance.

 

 

http://www.katc.com/story/33325919/la-woman-arrested-for-more-than-5-lbs-of-meth

 

A Wallins woman is facing multiple drug charges including possession of methamphetamine after police allegedly found a small child sitting in a vehicle on a syringe.

Ashley Smallwood, 31, was arrested by Harlan County Sheriff’s Deputy Denny Jones on web1_ashleysmallwoodMonday.

According to a press release, the Harlan County Sheriff’s Office responded to a Tremont residence along with officers from the Office of Probation and Parole. Upon arrival at the residence, a small child was observed in a vehicle alone. It was discovered that the child was sitting on a syringe in the vehicle. An additional syringe and marijuana was also discovered in the vehicle with the child. A search of the residence found methamphetamine, oxycodone, marijuana and additional syringes.

Smallwood was charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), second-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and endangering the welfare of a minor.

She was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center without bond.

The case remains under investigation by the Harlan County Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff’s office was assisted by the Office of Probation and Parole in the investigation.

In other police activity, Dustin Smith, 29, was arrested by Harlan City Police Officer Justin Luttrell on Monday. Smith was charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance, public intoxication by controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, violation of a Kentucky emergency protective order and third-degree criminal mischief.

He was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $2,500 bond secured by 10 percent.

 

 

Woman faces drug charges

 

BELLE ROSE, LA (WVUE) – Three people were arrested in Assumption Parish in connection with an ongoing narcotics investigation.12264737_ge

For the past few months, Assumption Parish authorities have been investigating narcotics-related activity in the Belle Rose area.

On Friday afternoon, agents stopped Tysie Marie Dabney, 37, on Highway 1 Belle Rose.

During the stop, police seized methamphetamine, amphetamine pills, Lyrica pills and drug paraphernalia.

Dabney then allowed police to search her nearby home. During the search, police seized  methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia that indicated a drug distribution operation.

At the time of her arrest, Dabney was in the company of a 15-year-old juvenile.

Also searched at Dabney’s residence were: Neil Joseph Dupre, 38, of Donaldsonville and Joel Thomas Gaspard, 38, of Pierre Part.

During that search, police seized Clonazepam from Dupre and methamphetamine from Gaspard.

Tysie Dabney was arrested and charged with the following:

  • Possession with Intent to Distribute Amphetamine
  • Possession with Intent to Distribute Lyrica
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance in the Presence of a Juvenile
  • Improper Lane Usage

Dabney bonded out and is scheduled for a hearing August 19.

Neil Dupre was arrested and charged with:

  • Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine
  • Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana
  • Possession of Clonazepam
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Joel Gaspard was arrested and booked on a count of:

  • Possession of Methamphetamine

For additional information concerning this News Release, contact Sheriff Leland Falcon or Commander Lonny Cavalier at 985-369-7281.

 

 

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Officers made several drug-related arrests in Lilesville on Oct. 13 when they went looking for one person and found several others with meth and drug paraphernalia, according to the Anson County Sheriff’s Office.

All of the arrests were made at two residences on Sweet Gum Road in Lilesville after deputies went to the first address to try to make an arrest.

“While at the residence, officers noticed a suspicious pump sprayer inside a dog house; the owner of the home, Mr. William Carpenter, gave officers consent to test the pump sprayer for the presence of ammonia; the test was positive,” a press release from the sheriff’s office said.

A woman left Carpenter’s house and went to a different one with a bottle that had an unknown substance, according to the release. Officers searched both residences and found meth, meth-making supplies and chemicals at the first house and meth and drug paraphernalia at the second house.tgheagbeagag

William Thomas Carpenter Jr., 45, allegedly had a single-wide trailer where he made meth, and had meth-related supplies, including “multiple coolers… muriatic acid, lithium battery casings, ammonium nitrate items and chemicals used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine.”

Carpenter had meth he planned to “manufacture and sell, by packing in individual bags and using digital scales to weigh the methamphetamine,” according to the warrant. He also allegedly had burned tin foil and straws containing residue.

He was charged with one felony count each of: manufacturing methamphetamine; possession and/or distributing meth precursors; possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver meth; and maintaining a dwelling place for a controlled substance. He was also charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Carpenter was booked in the Anson County Jail under a combined $500,000 secured bond.

Kimberly Taylor Boone, 20, and John Marvin Holman, 38, allegedly had the same collection of items used to make and store meth. They were at the same address as Carpenter.

They also had “burnt tin foil with residue,” “multiple coolers used in manufacturing ammonia and other chemicals” used to make meth, and “muriatic acid, lithium battery casings, ammonium nitrate items and chemicals used” to make meth, according to the arrest warrants.

Both were charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, as well as manufacturing methamphetamine, possession and/or distribution of a meth precursor, and possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver meth, all felonies.

Boone was placed in the Anson County Jail under a $300,000 secured bond.

No bond was listed for Holman “pending any further information from the investigation” and “for the safety of the community.”.

Susan Sikes Love, 45, of Wadesboro was arrested for similar charges as she allegedly had the same drug paraphernalia at the same address as Carpenter, Boone and Holman.

Love was charged with manufacture of methamphetamine, possession/distribution of meth precursors, and possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver meth, all felonies, as well as misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

She was booked in in the Anson County Jail with no bond amount listed “pending any further information from the investigation” and “for the safety of the community.”

Tammy Denise Carpenter, 44, of Lilesville was also accused of having drugs and paraphernalia. Her address was listed as a different house number than William Carpenter, Holman and Boone’s but on the same street.

Tammy Carpenter had burned tin foil and an unspecified amount of methamphetamine, according to the arrest warrant.

She was charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and felony possession of methamphetamine and placed in the Anson County Jail under a $200,500 secured bond.

Dennis Ray Hyatt, 47, had two addresses listed on his warrant; one was the same as Tammy Carpenter and one was in Matthews. He was arrested at the same address and on the same charges as Tammy Carpenter, as he allegedly also had meth and burned tin foil with residue.

Hyatt was charged with felony possession of meth and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. He was booked in the Anson County Jail under a combined $400,000 bond.

“Sheriff Reid said that the manufacturing and use of methamphetamine and other illegal drugs continues to be on the rise in Anson County and that he and his staff will continue to aggressively combat this growing problem,” the release said. “Sheriff Reid also encourages all citizens who have information on any illegal drug activity to report it to the sheriff’s office.”

 

 

6 charged in Lilesville meth bust

 

VENTURA — As attractive a beachtown tourist destination as it may be, the city of Ventura is apparently on its way to becoming a hotbed of production and marketing of methamphetamine, one of society’s most addictive and dangerous controlled substances.

Evidence of this comes in the recent report released to the media by Ventura County Sheriff’s methsuspects2ew3qrqDepartment spokesman Sgt. Jason Hendren in which he details the arrests of five individuals suspected of active involvement in the sale methamphetamine. Pursuant to “information received” by law enforcement, VCSD detectives “completed several purchases of methamphetamine” from 43-year-old Ventura resident Mark Jessop-Ellis, which led to a warrant search of his residence on October 11th.

During that search, detectives discovered a cache of methamphetamine, psilocybin mushrooms, marijuana, and substantial evidence of an active sales operation that included “ingestion devices and related discarded packaging items located around the residence.” Also found on the premises were John Jessop-Ellis, 57, Paul Wallet, 47, Michael Smith, 52, and Tasha Becchio, 43, all residents of the City of Ventura, and all of whom were determined to be under the influence of controlled substances at the time of their contact with the VCSD detectives.

All suspects were transported to Ventura County Jail, where Mark Jessop-Ellis was booked on charges of being in possession of controlled substances for sale, while his four compatriots were booked on a charge of being under the influence of a controlled substance.

 

 

Five Busted on Meth Charges

 

California’s rate of sexually transmitted diseases is at a 20-year high, and Fresno County has some of the highest rates in the state.

The California Department of Public Health said the state ranks first for syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia and congenital syphilis. And the rates are up for the second year in a row.

The report found an 11.6 percent increase in STDs from 2014, with a total of 249,224 reportable cases in California for 2015.condoms

State health officials cite less condom use, people having sex with more partners and barriers to care and testing as reasons for the rising STD rates. Improved reporting of the diseases by public health agencies could also be a contributing factor, the state said.

Fresno County health officials said social media could be fueling the increase in STDs statewide by providing an easy means for people to have multiple sexual partners. But in Fresno County, drug use is driving an epidemic of syphilis cases.

The county had the second-highest rate of syphilis in the state in 2015.

“As a general rule, syphilis had primarily been an illness of men having sex with men, but now in our community it’s with people who use methamphetamine and it’s taken off just like wildfire,” said Dr. Ken Bird, the county’s health officer.

Methamphetamine users tend to have several sexual partners and they tend not to use condoms, Bird said.

Earlier this year, Fresno County asked the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for help in reducing syphilis. With the federal agency’s help – and county money – the health department has developed a new syphilis investigation program.

The county budget for STD prevention and control has increased from $195,065 in fiscal year 2014 to $761,628 this year, said Joe Prado, community health division manager.

The money has allowed the county to pay for Bicillin, an expensive medicine for treating syphilis. The cost of the medicine was preventing some doctors in the community from treating patients, he said. Between February and June, the county spent $62,439 for the drug, he said.

The county also opened a clinic for patients and their partners who have been identified by county health investigators. “I think this expedited process of treatment is really helping us now,” Prado said.

It also has increased screening of jail inmates and has collaborated with jail staff to track patients when they are released from jail, Prado said.

And to get patients into treatment, the county has billboards in several locations and has placed advertisements inside city buses, he said. The health department has commandeered restaurant inspectors to drop off posters at laundromats and bars in “hot zones” – communities that have the highest number of cases.

Syphilis is not the only STD plaguing Fresno County. It ranked second for its rate of chlamydia and third for gonorrhea, but syphilis attacks the heart, the brain and the nervous system, and pregnant women can pass it to their babies. It’s the county’s primary focus right now, Bird said.

California’s STD rates are highest among people 15 to 24 years old and especially females. Gay and bisexual men are also at high risk.

California’s in the process of giving $5 million in grants to county health departments for STD prevention, testing and treatment.

http://www.fresnobee.com/news/local/article110375297.html

Border Force officers at Heathrow Airport have seized 17 liters of a dangerous Class A drug at Heathrow Airport.border-controls-at-heathrow-airport

A large stash of the methamphetamine, known as liquid meth, was found in a hard sided suitcase and seized by officers.

The estimated street value of the drug, which was seized at the airport on Friday October 21, is yet to be established.

An investigation will now be carried out by the National Crime Agency.

Officers stopped a man who had arrived on a flight from Karachi, Pakistan, last Friday (October 21).

Faisal Mahmood, 40, of St Agatha’s Road, Birmingham, has been charged with importing a Class A drug.

Mahmood appeared at Uxbridge Magistrates Court on Monday (October 24) and was remanded in custody until his next appearance at Isleworth Crown Court on November 24.

Anyone with information about suspected smuggling activity should call the Customs hotline on 0800 59 5000.

 

 

http://www.getwestlondon.co.uk/news/west-london-news/liquid-meth-haul-found-suitcase-12079504

 

ORLANDO, Fla. – A mother was arrested for child neglect after a hotel employee discovered she wasn’t feeding her child, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office arrest report.

The Intown Suites employee called police on Thursday after Amanda Owen, 29, came to the office asking why she had not been fed yet and looking for food for her child, according to the Orange County arrest report.hsrheratheaegad

Owen thought she was in a rehabilitation center and the hotel employee was her counselor, the employee told deputies.

Owen told the employee she hadn’t slept in three days, was coming down off methamphetamine and didn’t know how she got to the hotel. The arrest report shows Owen had a Nebraska driver’s license.

When the deputy arrived at the extended stay hotel, he asked Owen how she planned to feed her child. She appeared disoriented and didn’t have a plan for how to feed the child, according to the deputy.

The Orange County deputy contacted Department of Children and Families. After interviewing Owen, an investigator determined it was in the best interest of the child to take the child into DCF custody.

Owen was charged with child neglect. Her bond was set at $1,000.

 

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A mother was arrested Thursday after deputies said she was using methamphetamine and hadn’t slept in three days, not feeding her child in the process.

Amanda Owen, 29, was at an Orlando-area hotel on Thursday and came to the office asking why she and her child had not been fed yet, WKMG reports. The Intown Suites hotel employee told Orange County Sheriff’s deputies that Owen thought she was at a rehabilitation center and that the employee was her counselor.

Owen told the employee that she had been using methamphetamine and didn’t know how she got to the hotel. She added that she hadn’t slept in three days.

Deputies said they asked how Owen planned to feed her child, but she “appeared disoriented” and did not have a plan.

The child was taken into the custody of the Department of Children and Families, and Owen, who had a Nebraska driver’s license, was arrested and charged with child neglect.

 

 

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HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A second woman has filed a lawsuit accusing a former Helena police officer of sexually assaulting her while she worked as a confidential informant.

Former officer Lloyd Matthew Thompson began grooming the girl when she was an “emotionally fragile” high school student in 2008 and he was the school’s resource officer, said the lawsuit filed by the woman this month. It was made public last week by the law firm involved in the case.

The lawsuit claims Thompson in March 2012 falsely informed the woman she was facing at least 10 years in prison for two felony charges and that she could help herself by becoming an informant for the Missouri River Drug Task Force where Thompson worked at the time, the lawsuit states.

Thompson sexually assaulted the woman twice between April 2012 and June 2012 while she was high on methamphetamine, the complaint alleged. Thompson routinely reminded the woman of her felony charges and drew attention to his firearm which made her fear him, the lawsuit said.

Thompson resigned in 2012 after the city learned of the allegations, city attorney Thomas Jodoin has said. He was not charged with any crimes. City officials say they do not know where he lives now and efforts to reach him for comment have been unsuccessful.

The woman, identified in court records only by the initials T.F., also is seeking damages from the city and Lewis and Clark County for negligently hiring, training, supervising and retaining Thompson.

Another lawsuit filed in June claims Thompson repeatedly sexually assaulted another female informant and threatened to have her children taken away if she did not cooperate with his sexual advances.

Neither complaint has been served on the former Helena officer, the city or the county, but they will be soon, said attorney Timothy McKeon with the McKeon Doud law firm.

After Thompson learned he was under investigation, he contacted both informants and asked them not to cooperate with investigators, the lawsuits said.

Such complaints are not rare. An Associated Press investigation found that about 550 officers lost their licenses from 2009 through 2014 for sexual assault — a number that is certainly an undercount because some states do not take such action and some don’t track the information.

A 2011 report by the International Association of Chiefs of Police found that officers’ power and authority, independence, odd work hours and engagement with those perceived as less credible along with the misplaced loyalty of co-workers help shield predators.

The city is investigating the allegations and cannot comment, Jodoin said Monday, adding that the alleged conduct “is clearly outside the course and scope of any employment as a police officer.”

County Attorney Leo Gallagher did not immediately return a phone call from The Associated Press seeking comment.

 

 

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A 66-year-old South Dakota man was rousted from his bed, taken on a joyride in his classic car, and left naked and stranded. One suspect’s mom says they were settling a score.49246638_cached

If the longest distance between two points is a kidnapper and his money, then four South Dakota kidnappers, apparently hot on revenge and scheming for their next meth fix, might as well have been running a marathon.

At sunrise on Sept. 22, the accused thieves allegedly forced a 66-year-old man at knifepoint from his apartment in Mitchell, South Dakota, and into his classic car before going joyriding for 19 miles until they found a field in cow country.

The crew then allegedly stripped the elderly man of his wallet, gold rings, and ultimately all of his clothes and stranded him like a barenaked scarecrow surrounded by endless acreage for over an hour before someone spotted him walking on a road and the cops were called.

On Sunday, the last of the suspected kidnappers, Vanessa Hakl, was picked up five hours away in Harvey, North Dakota.

According to the 36-year-old’s mother, the robbery may have been more about settling a score against the sexagenarian than simply fleecing him to feed their meth habit.

“From what I understand, he would go to her job and sexually harass her,” Sheila Hakl told The Daily Beast through tears.

After she learned of her daughter’s arrest Sunday, Hakl, a food server, said she hugged porcelain.

“I got the call yesterday and it made me puke,” she said. “Vanessa isn’t the typical criminal.

“My heart’s broke, my soul is broke, and I can’t believe my daughter did this.”

It was 6 a.m. on Sept. 22 when, according to police reports, authorities say Vanessa Hakl; Danica Loseke, 34; Alex Rock, 28; and Marco Sherman, 21, targeted their alleged victim’s apartment on East Third Avenue in Mitchell, South Dakota, and plucked him from his slumber, then drove off in his blue 1972 Buick Skylark.

The man, whom The Daily Beast is not naming, denied he wronged or even knew Hakl.

“That’s not true,” he said. “The first time I met her was that [morning]. I had not been bothering her.”

The man confirmed that his car, as well as multiple gold rings and his wallet, were all swiped by the four accused. He also said he still feels shame after being forced to disrobe to his birthday suit.

“Everything, no clothes at all,” he admitted.

He couldn’t explain why the alleged thieves targeted him out of the town’s 15,000 or so residents. “If I knew, I’d tell you,” he said. “I don’t use drugs. I don’t know why they did it. I have no idea.”

But his denial is partially contradicted by Mitchell Police Department Det. Lt. Don Everson, who said Hakl “had met [the man] prior to that day.”

Everson, the lead investigator on the case, refused to expand when pressed, saying, “A trial is pending on all four of them.”

The alleged victim’s daughter, who didn’t give her name, reached out to The Daily Beast and said her father knew one of the four but that it wasn’t Hakl. “The only person he knew was one of them [who] went to school with my son,” she said.

A relative of alleged kidnapper Danica Loseke, who requested anonymity, told The Daily Beast it was no secret Loseke “was on drugs.”

Loseke apparently had been married and was raising a son before she got hooked on meth. It took over her life, the relative said, and Loseke found herself alone after getting divorced and losing custody of her child.

“I do know [her daughter] is safe and Danica has no more contact with her,” the relative said.

Authorities contend that Sherman, the youngest of the four alleged kidnappers, wielded the “sharp blade” against the man to get him out of his home and into his Skylark, where he was blindfolded by Rock before heading north. The four ditched the car, and cops managed to recover the man’s wallet.

Rock was picked up at his home, while cops found Sherman allegedly with drug paraphernalia on him while he was ducking a dragnet at a local Hardee’s restaurant parking lot in Mitchell, according to The Daily Republic.

Hakl, who had been on the lam since the alleged kidnapping and robbery, is expected to be moved to join her cohorts already in a lockup back in Davis County, where she will go before a judge and be arraigned.

All face first-degree kidnapping and robbery charges that could send them away to state prison for life.

Loseke, Rock, and Sherman have pleaded not guilty.

Sherman’s arrest has shaken his mother, who is struggling to make sense of her son’s and the authorities’ version of events. “He says he denies it, and he told me from jail, ‘It’s just they’re making up all stories,’” Sherri Sherman said, adding that her son was playing coy for fear their conversation was being tape-recorded. “He just told me, ‘Ma, I just didn’t do it.’”

She was hoping for a chance to speak to him without any threat of surveillance.

“If I could talk to Marco without him thinking that somebody’s listening in…” she said, before stopping herself. “I’m not saying that he would tell me the truth, but they’re saying Marco had a knife or razor in his hand, and that’s not Marco.”

The 72-year-old mother said she was familiar with Rock but was astounded to learn he was running around with those who had many years on him.

“I know nothing about any of the girls,” she said. “I’m shocked he was hanging out with people that much older than he is.”

And she believes her son, who was telling her he was only “drinking and smoking pot” before his arrest, is more about pleasure than pain.

“I see Marco using again and having fun and always laughing, and then having a good time,” she said. “But he wasn’t a violent person.”

Sherman is no shot-caller, either, she said.

“He’s always been a follower,” his mother said. “He stands behind people.”

The son she adopted when he was 3 struggled with a variety of behavior issues, she said, and despite his chivalrous ways started slipping from the straight and narrow, graduating from booze to marijuana and then methamphetamine, and relapsing after numerous rehab stints.

“Marco went with the kids who were the truancy and drug people,” she said. “Then he fell in with the wrong crowd… he’s been a good boy until he fell into this meth world.

“Even respectful when he was doing them,” she said of her son and his drug use.

The mother is still hoping for that chat in confidence with her son. Deep down, she said she is sure her son was manipulated to use his good for a bad cause.

“That sounds like Marco, going over there and sticking up for the girl,” she said, referring to Hakl’s purported payback after she claimed she was sexually harassed by the man they would later allegedly strip and ditch in the middle of nowhere. “Marco’s kind of a person that even if you’re his friend or girlfriend, if you were mistreated he would stand up for you.”

 

 

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/10/25/cops-meth-addicts-kidnapped-robbed-and-stripped-elderly-man.html

 

ROCKINGHAM — Three people are facing drug and child abuse charges following a methamphetamine bust in a hotel room late last week.

Rockingham Police Chief Billy Kelly said two investigators, responding to an anonymous tip on Friday, smelled a “strong chemical” odor coming from a room at the Regal Inn.web1_jessica-alexandra-roberts

The investigators discovered an active one-pot, or shake-and-bake, meth lab in the room, along with three adults and two children. Kelly said both children were under 3 years old.

The Rockingham Fire Department responded to decontaminate the occupants, and the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation was called to collect the volatile chemicals and byproducts.

Kelly said investigators found several ingredients used to make meth, including pseudoephedrine and lithium.

Officers arrested 20-year-old Andrew Jennings Roscoe, 19-year-old Jessica Alexandra Roberts and 50-year-old Dorothy Ann Joyner in the case. They are each charged with one count of manufacturing methamphetamine, conspiracy to sell methamphetamine and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance; six counts of possession or distribution of a meth precursor; and two counts of misdemeanor child abuse.web1_dorthy-ann-joyner

All three were booked into the Richmond County Jail under a $200,000 secured bond. They are scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 3.

Kelly said the Richmond County Department of Social Services was called to take custody of the children.

Online records show that none of the three defendants have any other pending charges or past criminal convictions in North Carolina.

All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.

 

 

 

Children found at Rockingham motel room meth lab, 3 charged

 

A Colorado Springs drug dealer federal officials called an “insidious parasite of crime” was sentenced to 20 years in a federal prison after making several trips every month to Arizona to pick up large amounts of pure methamphetamine he hid in a fish cooler that he then sold in Colorado Springs and across southern Colorado.

U.S. District Judge Christine Arguello also sentenced Roger Wade Anderson to five years of supervised release following his prison sentence, according to Acting U.S. Attorney Bob Troyer and ATF supervisor Ken Croke.

Anderson was also convicted of gun possession by a felon.

“Methamphetamine is a lethal poison,” Troyer said. “Armed dealers bringing that poison into Colorado communities will go to federal prison for a long, long time.”

Federal agents learned from several sources in 2015 that Anderson would drive his red Ford F-250 to a pre-paid hotel room in Glendale, Ariz., a suburb of Phoenix, and pick up a cooler packed with methamphetamine where the insulation had been removed.

ATF agents followed him from Colorado Springs to Glendale and pulled him over on Interstate 25, federal court records indicate. His pockets were stuffed with baggies of methamphetamine. They also found baggies of the drug in a cooler that also contained fish and shrimp in ice and drug paraphernalia.

Officers later searched Anderson’s Colorado Springs home, where they found a 12-gauge shotgun in the living room and  a .357-caliber revolver in a large black safe. The revolver had been stolen.

“Anderson was a major player in the cycle of violence and drugs in southern Colorado, making multiple trips a month to pump more meth into southern Colorado. The number of lives he has ruined, both addicts and their loved ones, is incalculable,” Croke said in the statement. “By peddling death, violent criminals like Anderson destabilize the strength of an entire community.”

Croke gave credit to the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office and the Colorado Springs Police Department for their involvement in solving the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kurt Bohn prosecuted the case.

 

 

 

Colorado Springs dealer stowed 100 percent pure methamphetamine in fish cooler

 

Meth addiction is now the most significant drug threat in the entire state of North Dakota.

Authorities have linked its rise to the North Dakota oil boom, which happens to be an unwanted side effect of people from outside the state arriving in large numbers. While much of the oil boom has subsided, meth addiction surges in North Dakota.

The federal government initiated a crackdown at both the state and federal level. All this with little avail as the drug continued to make its way into the state through oil patch communities. With drugs come drug-related arrests and charges. The meth challenge is not confined to any one area. It appears to be statewide.

Meth was a problem in North Dakota long before oil came to town. North Dakota has wide open spaces, rugged badlands, and too little law enforcement coverage. The state’s Attorney General’s Office takes the meth problem quite seriously, in spite of numbers that keep rising.

Signs of Meth Addiction

There are tell-tale signs that a person may have a meth addiction, and they include the following: an increase in physical activity, dilated pupils, appetite loss, an inability to sleep, and sweating. Meth, more than any other drug, has an ability to rot the body from within. A sign of meth addiction is also rotting teeth. Users may also have scabs and open sores on various parts of their body.

Getting Rehab Help

Meth addiction is curable, even though it happens to be one of the most difficult addictions to cure. Checking into rehab is the first step, then detox can begin. During intake the rehab facility will conduct a thorough assessment of the patient’s medical background, and follow up with questions concerning family member drug abuse.

Patients will also be assisted to help them determine how their treatment will be paid for. Once a patient is cleared for entry, a thorough medical exam is conducted. Patients are also screened for co-occurring mental disorders such as mood disorders, eating disorders, eating disorders, depression, and anxieties. Effective treatment plans can then be designed to fit each patient’s needs.

Meth detox can be painful, and may include withdrawal symptoms of paranoia, psychosis, extreme fatigue, anxiety, hallucinations, severe depression, and continued cravings for the drug. Once detox is accomplished, patients can adjust much better to counseling and behavioral therapies. Counseling can take the form of one-on-one, family, or group counseling. In any event, cognitive behavioral therapy, (CBT) provides patients with the tools to closely examine their own thinking patterns, and draw parallels with their present circumstances in life. A person’s mind has to heal if their body is to remain healed. Relapse is a reminder that people have tried to quit, and failed. If you or a loved one is suffering from a debilitating addiction, help is often only a phone call away.

Some people fear detox symptoms more than quitting meth. It may not be pleasant, but the only other alternative is to keep sinking lower in life. The worse that can happen is that a person disappears off the face of the earth.

 

Meth Addiction Surges in North Dakota

 

Mexico City, Mexico:  Mexican prosecutors said on Monday that they had found a tunnel in the border city of Tijuana that led toward or into the United States.border-city-of-tijuana-ap_650x400_81477365600
The attorney general’s office did not say whether the tunnel actually reached US soil. But it did say the 563-yard (meter) long passage was equipped with ventilation and lighting.
The tunnel also had rails, apparently used to push loads of drugs through.
The tunnel was about three feet wide and four feet tall, and was built about 23 feet (7 meters) under ground level.
Prosecutors found over 2 metric tons of marijuana in packages at the house where the tunnel began on the Mexican side.

Also Monday, federal police said they found 4.2 pounds (1.9 kilograms) of methamphetamine hidden in a wheel of cheese at a package-delivery facility in Mexico City.
Federal police said on Monday that an X-ray inspection of the cheese revealed a hidden package. When the block was cut open, police found the drugs wrapped in a sheet of lead and carbon paper.
The carbon paper was apparently intended to reduce any odor. The lead may have been used to impede X-rays.
In another search, federal police in the state of Jalisco used sniffer dogs to ferret out 34 pounds (15.4 kilograms) of heroin hidden in another package at an express-delivery service. Depending on how much it was cut, the heroin could have supplied between 150,000 and 1.5 million one-gram doses.

 

 

 

 

http://www.ndtv.com/world-news/mexican-police-find-border-tunnel-meth-hidden-in-cheese-1478604

 

SAN ANTONIO — A woman was found with multiple drugs stashed between her thighs after police noticed she was walking “stiff” as investigators searched a vehicle she was riding in, according to an affidavit.920x920pu

Janice Salas, 28, was arrested early Tuesday on a charge of possession of a controlled substance between 4-200 grams. She was still being processed by the Bexar County Magistrate’s Office on Tuesday night.

When San Antonio Police Department officers pulled over a car in September 2015, they said there was a strong smell of burnt marijuana.

Salas, who was sitting in the passenger side, was separated from the driver as police searched the car.

One officer described Salas’ walk as “stiff” and said it looked like she was trying to keep her thighs together like she was “concealing contraband,” the warrant states.

An officer confronted Salas about her possibly trying to sneak the drugs into a correctional facility. That’s when she pulled an estimated 14 grams of heroin and 31 grams of methamphetamine from her groin area and handed it to one of the officers, the affidavit said.

Police secured Salas on a separate municipal court warrant and one charges for possession until the heroin could be tested at a later date.

The Bexar County Medical Examiner’s office later weighed the alleged heroin at 8.124 grams, less than the arresting officer’s on-scene estimate, the warrant states.

 

 

 

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/crime/article/Affidavit-Woman-stashed-more-than-8-grams-of-6819609.php#photo-9379017

 

OPINION: The campaign against methamphetamine dealers in Ngaruawahia has predictably escalated into something more sinister and dangerous than running a few undesirables out of town. It was always going to do that.

What began as an ill-advised campaign of vigilante law enforcement, supported by many in the little town, has now advanced to shots being fired at a vehicle and threats of violent retribution.

The possibilities of serious injury and fatalities now have to be considered by hard-working police on top of their work try to catch drug dealers. Chasing people out of their homes and town, without the usual requirements of a trial, conviction or legal authority, was an act of stupid bravado that only those with a similar disregard for the role of the police could support.

It may also be that the police are not as concerned about inter-gang disputes, lethal or not, than they would be if other members of the community were at risk.

Tribal Huk, the gang, for want of a better description, which claims to have taken illegal action against suspected drug dealers, has previously won well deserved admiration across the country for their work in feeding school children on a massive scale. Such apparent contradictions are not new.

We have a number of international fast food chains operating in New Zealand and it is well known by dietitians that their produce adds significantly to the obesity and ill health of many of their patrons. It is somewhat ironic that some of these companies make huge donations to hospitals and other charities which are faced with the end result of their trade in unhealthy foods. In 1930s USA the arch criminal gang leader Al Capone operated a soup kitchen for the hungry and homeless to the acclaim of many. None of these charitable works however atones for or excuses criminal, anti-social or damaging conduct. Even the legendary Robin Hood of English folklore was little more than a petty criminal, and probably a murderer, who bought the loyalty of poverty-stricken peasants with food and other essentials to avoid capture.

Underlying all this upheaval and anti-social conduct are the criminal gangs, which authorities seem powerless to eliminate or control. Of these by far the worst are those which manufacture and sell methamphetamine.

There were clear warnings some years ago that, if the methamphetamine trade in New Zealand was not vigorously stamped out, there would come a time when it would assume epidemic proportions.

Given the number of serious crimes of late in which methamphetamines are implicated and the amount which has been intercepted at our borders, it is fair to assume that day has arrived. We have a growing list of multiple murders and suicides, ruined lives and shattered families all related in some way to the availability of hard drugs and methamphetamines in particular.

We are without doubt facing an epidemic as serious and dangerous to vulnerable people as the influenza epidemics which swept through the country in the early part of last century and we need the same united and determined response.

We are therefore faced with a number of options. They include more of the same police work, detection and prosecution which probably means we will have to endure more of the same level criminal activity and harm to the community as the police are not making a lot of headway as things are. For every dealer they put behind bars and every poisonous kilo they stop at the borders, many more go undetected.

Given that our young people seem to be the target of this evil trade, more of the same is obviously unacceptable. The recent activities in Ngaruawahia therefore should be seen as more of a cry for help than anything else from that little community and there are no doubt other towns with the same problem.

Our criminal justice system is designed to either rehabilitate criminals back into the community or lock them up for the safety of others.

If anything, other than people, was putting our youngsters in such danger, the reaction would be swift and permanent but have these dealers divorced themselves from civilised society and forfeit any merciful consideration by their trade?

By deliberately targeting vulnerable young people, methamphetamine dealers are not entitled and too dangerous to be allowed to live in any civilised community. That leaves us with two further options, life in prison without parole or the reintroduction of capital punishment. The situation we face is really that serious.

 

 

http://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/85678227/tom-oconnor-dangerous-situation-brewing-in-ngaruawahia

 

Grindr has taken steps to inhibit the marketing of illegal drugs by users of its app, which is said to be the most widely used mobile phone hookup app for gay men in the world.Last month WEHOville called out the West Hollywood-based company for facilitating the sale of drugs such as methamphetamine. That drug, also known as meth, Tina and T, among other terms, is considered the most addictive of all drugs. Meth addiction rates are particularly high among gay men, who make up 40% of West Hollywood’s population, and studies have shown a strong connection between use of meth and infection with HIV.

A two-month study by WEHOville of Grindr and other gay hookup apps such as Scruff, www.growlrapp.com/, MisterX and Surge, a new West Hollywood-based app, found that only Grindr allowed its users to openly include emojis and text in their profiles that indicated they were drug users or sellers. On each night it investigated, WEHOville found an average of three meth dealers among 101 local Grindr profiles during early morning hours. WEHOville negotiated sales with several of them, who quoted prices, offered payment options and offered to deliver.
Grindr also has been called out by gay publications and websites around the world for facilitating illegal drug sales. OutinPerth, an Australian gay website, last year did its own search of drug dealers on Grindr. “It didn’t take us long to find a stack of Grindr uses offering marijuana, methamphetamines and a variety of pills,” it reported. “Profiles with images of smoke, clouds and pills were easy to spot. … In their bio lines one user promoted that a delivery service was available if you placed an order, while another boasted their product was superior to other suppliers.”

In a recent effort to post a profile on Grinder, WEHOville attempted to use the “cloud” emoji, which is a well-known symbol for meth, which is ingested by smoking the drug as well as injection with a needle. An automatic message popped up from Grindr saying the addition to the profile was “censored” and not permitted. Grindr also blocked an effort to include the words such as “meth” and “parTy” (party with T, or Tina) in the profile and blocked “T4$” (Tina for sale). However Grindr’s new screening tool still doesn’t block other profile words such as the word Tina or the acronym PNP, which means “party and play” (use drugs and have sex). Its major gay hookup app competitors do block such terms.

Given Grindr’s claim of four million users in nearly 200 countries, its decision to make illegal drug sales on its app more difficult is likely to have a worldwide impact among gay men. While some have noticed that illegal drugs also can be purchased on Craigslist and elsewhere, critics of Grindr have noted the special confluence between searches for sexual encounters and drug deals that Grindr has offered and its ease of use as a mobile app.

Grindr has refused to respond to requests from WEHOville for comment on its facilitation of meth sales and more recently on its decision to inhibit such sales by screening for meth emoji and text. In a text message on Grindr last night, WEHOville congratulated Joel Simkhai, its founder, for adding that screening. Simkhai did not respond.

Over the past few weeks Mayor Lauren Meister has attempted to arrange a meeting between her and City Manager Paul Arevalo with Simkhai but to date has not been able to. Three members of the city’s Public Safety Commission — Tory Berger, Ben Coleman and Estevan Montemayor — expressed concern about meth sales through Grindr at a recent meeting, with Montemayor saying he had put the issue on the agenda with Councilmember Lindsey Horvath’s blessing.

Otherwise, the City Council, which speaks up at Council meetings and press conferences on other issues involving the worldwide LGBT community, has remained silent on this one. Councilmember John Duran, who said he is a friend of Simkhai, told WEHOville that he would talk with him but would not reveal what was said. Councilmember John D’Amico said he was waiting for the results of Meister’s still unscheduled meeting with Simkhai.

 

 

Grindr Finally Takes Steps to Inhibit Illegal Drug Sales

PHUKET: Phuket Provincial Police today announced the arrests of four men and two women for narcotics offences, in the latest illegal drug crackdown in the province.

Yuttana Sulsabai, 48, was caught at his house in Tah Chat Chai in possession of 35 1_2016102412042949_qfhzsftcoiapqcayfxcsijozprdkwvrnaymtegvs_jpegamphetamine (ya bah) pills last Tuesday. Police charged him with possession and intent to sell the illicit drugs.

Three men were arrested in the Chalong area on Thursday, including a 24-year-old man previously indicted for possession of category 1 drugs in January 2014. This time he was caught with less than half a gram (0.48g) of crystal methamphetamine (ya ice).

Later that day, 25-year-old Charin Innoom was caught with 1.08 grams of ya ice and 110 ya bah pills stashed at his residence. He was charged with possession of a category 1 drug with intent to sell.

About 11pm, police arrested Tirawat Thongkerd, 21, at his home in possession of 507.45 grams of ya ice and 7,000 ya bah pills. He was also charged for possession of category 1 narcotics with intent to sell.

On Friday, Phuket City Police arrested an 18-year-old female who had two ya bah pills on her. She was charged with possession of category 1 drugs.

Another suspect, Prakaikaew Tantai, 30, who was already wanted for previous category 1 drug offences, was arrested at 10pm that evening.

 

 

 

http://www.phuketgazette.net/phuket-news/Phuket-police-charge-six-category-drug-offenses/65762

 

PEP raid stash house

In the latest in a series operations by the PEP (State Preventative Police) 122 kilos of crystal and an arsenal of weapons were found in a stash house, in Colonia La Cienega, La Mesa.  This comes just days after the PEP recovered 16.5 kilos of cocaine in an arrest, a crystal laborotio, and another 16 kilos of crystal in the last 24 hours.
In addition elements of the Army, and the PEP were involved in finding a narco tunnel, near the Tijuana airport on Thursday.  The PEP has been at the forefront of most of the latest hits to criminal groups in Tijuana, mostly involving CJNG.  Their tactics, outside activities, and motivations have been questioned.
This latest seizure comes after a citizen complaint, (which is how many of these alleged seizures begin), the complaint detailed a man moving packages out of a vehicle, and into a store.  Elements of SEDENA and the PEP arrested one person at the scene, and seized 42 plastic bags containing 122 kilos of crystal, as well as boxes containing more crystal and marijuana.
Reflective of the undercurrent of killing and war in Tijuana, also found was 13 rifles, including at least one rocket launcher, nine magazines, 163 cartridges.  It isn’t unknown if these weapons were for shipment further south to areas like La Paz, Sinaloa, Jalisco, to aid in fights there.  It is likely they were to support groups in Tijuana, and likely were brought across from the United States.
It is also probable all these recent seizures are tied to one group or cell leader operating in Tijuana, given their domino like trajectory, and the involvement of the PEP.  Fall leaves and wind sweep through San Diego and Tijuana, a slight chill of death and looming killing hangs in the air, with the weather, a cold winter of executions and death….
Sources: AFN Tijuana