DECATUR, MI — Police are seeking drug charges against a 70-year-old man from Paw Paw after finding meth making components inside his truck Tuesday.-5cbe461553fb9820

At 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, narcotics detectives with the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office were following up on a prior meth investigation in the 200 block of Edgar Bergen Boulevard, in the village of Decatur, when they made contact with a 70-year-old man in the driveway, a news release issued by the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office said.

The detectives approached the man who then consented to a search of his person and vehicle, according to the release.

Police found “three individually packaged corner baggies of methamphetamine and paraphernalia used for smoking methamphetamine” on his person as well as a one pot meth lab, HCL generator and other meth making components in his truck, the release said.

The man was not arrested at the scene, though the case has been forwarded to the Van Buren County prosecutor’s office.


Drug charges including operating/maintaining a meth lab, as well as possession of meth with the intent to deliver, are expected to be brought against the man at a later date, according to the release.








WASHINGTON, March 4 (UPI) — A report released Wednesday by the International Narcotics Control Board revealed that Mexican drug cartels have extended their reach to Japan, where methamphetamine seizures have doubled compared to the previous year.Mexican-drug-cartels-reach-Japan-meth-seizures-double

The Control Board, a United Nations organization, released its annual report Wednesday and concluded that Mexican drug cartel influence has also created a “significant” increase in crime associated with the drug.

Although most of the methamphetamine abused in east and southeast Asia is produced within the region, sources for methamphetamine have originated from Africa to Iran.

“In a worrying development, trafficking of amphetamine-type stimulants through East Africa (e.g. Ethiopia and Kenya) for onward shipment by plane to east and southeast Asia has continued,” the Control Board states. “The latest reports from the authorities in Japan suggest an increasing influence of Mexican cartels on its domestic methamphetamine traffic.”

The Attorney General’s Office of Mexico suspects gangs in Hong Kong are making deals with Mexican drug cartels by helping give the cartels the precursor chemicals to making meth.

It is not the first time Mexican drug cartels have impacted the region. In 2013, about 185 pounds of methamphetamine were found on suspected members of the Sinaloa Mexican drug cartel.

“In facing the world drug problem, all countries find their destinies intertwined,” International Narcotics Control Board President Lochan Naidoo said in the report. “In tackling the world drug problem, all countries face shared challenges and have a common purpose in promoting the health and welfare of their peoples and, together, of humankind.”

Border seizures between the United States and Mexico have increased. More than 10 tons of meth were seized in 2014, compared to just 2 tons in 2008.

The board also released recommendations to create “a comprehensive, integrated and balanced approach to the world drug problem.”

Recommendations include cooperation between all government levels and relevant actors, as well as placing emphasis on decreasing supply and demand by “taking into consideration the socioeconomic, sociocultural, security and stability aspects that have an impact on the drug problem.”











CANBERRA: Australian police have arrested six men in Sydney with smuggled 1,060 pounds of cocaine and methamphetamine.

Australian police and customs officers found 230 kilograms (507 pounds) of liquid methamphetamine worth 156 million Australian dollars ($122 million) hidden in 20,000 bottles of lemonade at a Sydney warehouse in December, a joint statement by four Australian law enforcement agencies said. The bottles had entered Sydney in shipping containers.police1

Colombian police found 253 kilograms (558 pounds) of cocaine hidden in boxes of flowers bound for Europe and Australia in January and February involving the same syndicate, the statement said. The operation began in May last year following a tip off from Colombian police that a suspected drug dealer had arrived in Australia. The Spanish-Colombian dual citizen quickly led police to Australian members of the syndicate.

In January, law enforcement authorities in the Colombian capital of Bogota seized 243 kilograms (536 pounds) of cocaine related to the same syndicate destined for Europe, the statement said. The cocaine was concealed in cardboard boxes of fresh flowers that were to be air freighted. Last week, Colombian police examined 2 tons of fresh flowers bound for Sydney and found 10 kilograms (22 pounds) of cocaine worth AU$3.6 million, the statement said. Five Australian men as well as the Spanish-Colombian national appeared in a Sydney court Wednesday on drug trafficking charges. They were denied bail and will appear in court next in May. They face life imprisonment if convicted.








A northern Tasmanian man gave methamphetamine to five children before sexually abusing them, the Supreme Court in Hobart has been told.

The 38-year-old man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, previously pleaded guilty to five charges of maintaining a relationship with a young person, and one charge each of possessing and producing child exploitation material.

The court today heard the facts of the case and submissions in mitigation by the man’s lawyer.

Prosecutor Linda Mason told the court the man abused five children, including two of his daughters and his son, over a six-year period.

The children were aged between three and 14 years old and lived with the man, his fiancée and another woman who was the mother of two of the girls.

The two women also took part in the abuse and were sentenced in the Supreme Court last year.

All three adults were frequent users of methamphetamine and the sexual abuse occurred mainly when they were using drugs.

On several occasions the man administered methamphetamine to some of the children orally to keep them awake during the sexual activity.

The man threatened to kill or hurt the children if they told anyone about the abuse or refused to take part in sexual activity with him.

Several of the children told police they were “petrified” of the man and feared he would kill them.

The abuse was discovered when an associate of the man found a memory card with images and videos of the abuse and turned it in to police.

Ms Mason said the man was the “driving force behind the sexual conduct”, which constituted the worst offending of that type.

She said the abuse was a gross breach of parental trust and had a profound and continuing impact on the children.

The man’s lawyer, Evan Hughes, said the man had indicated he would plead guilty at an early stage, sparing the children further trauma.

He said the abuse was intertwined with the man’s drug use and he had little memory of it.

The man sat with his head down for most of the hearing, and occasionally held his head in his hands.

He also pleaded guilty to drugs and firearms charges and will be sentenced at a later date.








The leader of Mexico’s notorious Zetas drug cartel was captured Wednesday during a pre-dawn raid in the city of Monterrey, officials announced.Alejandro-Trevino-Morales

Alejandro Trevino-Morales, also known as “Omar” and “42,” was taken into custody by federal forces, an official – who was not authorized to be quoted by name due to government policy – told The Associated Press.

Trevino-Morales is reported to have run the cartel since the 2013 arrest of his brother, Miguel. The Zetas’ other biggest leader, Heriberto Lazcano, or “El Lazca,” was killed by Mexican marines in 2012.

Trevino-Morales, 41, is allegedly responsible for several abductions and murders committed in Nuevo Laredo between 2005 and 2006, the U.S. State Department says. He also was allegedly the supply source for multi-kilogram loads of cocaine smuggled from Mexico to the United States.

The Mexican government had offered a $2 million reward for Trevino-Morales’ capture on weapons and organized crime charges, while the U.S. State Department offered a reward of up to $5 million.

The Zetas cartel evolved from a small group of Mexican Special Forces deserters that were hired to protect Osiel Cardenas-Guillen, the former leader of the Gulf Cartel.

The organization grew into a ruthless security force that took responsibility for the smuggling of the Gulf Cartel’s cocaine and other drugs from Mexico into the United States, in addition to running their own smuggling operations.

Last week, police captured another suspected drug lord, Servando “La Tuta” Gomez, who was the leader of the Knights Templar cartel.









TUMBISCATIO, Mexico — He traveled by four-wheeler and on horseback. He lived in caves and on secluded mountain ranches, surrounded by his bodyguards and logistics men who kept his meth-dealing cartel dominant for years in the western state of Michoacan.

When authorities finally caught up last week with Servando Gomez Martinez, aka. “La Tuta,” the top surviving leader of the Knights Templar cartel and the country’s most-wanted fugitive, they got him with chocolate cake.

That was the dessert that his girlfriend, Maria Antonieta Luna Avalos, delivered to his hideout in the colonial town of Morelia on Feb. 6, which happened to be his 49th birthday. When authorities observed that errand, coupled with some shoddy spycraft by his handpicked messenger, a federal police team was able to capture him in the pre-dawn hours of Friday without a shot fired.

“Michoacan now is in a better position,” Federal Police Commissioner Enrique Galindo Ceballos said. “The important parts of the [cartel] structure are neutralized.”

For more than a year, the Mexican government has fought the cartel while also struggling to keep in check the citizens’ militia that rose against the Knights Templar. More than 1,500 people have been arrested, authorities said, and nearly all the top leaders have now been killed or captured. On Monday, Galindo led reporters on a tour of Gómez’s rural hideouts and described how his cartel operated and the ways he evaded capture for so long.

“He felt comfortable here, he felt safe,” Galindo said at Gomez’s farm, set amid forested hills about 25 miles outside Apatzingan. “Practically all this territory he dominated with his men.”

His men controlled about 50 methamphetamine labs and also made millions from illegal mining, extortion and kidnapping. Some of this they redistributed to the locals, a move that helped protect them. “A year ago this was practically inaccessible,” Galindo said.

Another hideout was an underground cavern near his home town of Arteaga. The entrance was a small hole next to a riverbed at the base of a cliff face. Inside, amid stalactites and bat guano, authorities discovered wine, 18-year-old whiskey, food and clothes. Authorities said Gomez also used the cavern as a secret prison to hold his enemies, including people who failed to comply with his cartel’s extortion demands.

Gómez is an unusual drug lord. Born in the farmlands of Michoacan, he taught elementary school and worked at a teachers college before committing himself to organized crime. He started with the La Familia cartel and rose when his group split off to form the Knights Templar, a cultish gang that erected shrines and printed its own code of conduct. Unlike the slain Nazario Moreno, its mystical and secretive supreme leader, Gomez loved fame and attention, granting interviews to the news media even as he was the target of an intense manhunt. He saw himself as a Robin Hood figure who defended the rural campesinos against a corrupt government.

But over the past few years, as the cartel grew more vicious in its extortion, kidnappings and killings, locals formed a militia to fight it. That movement helped authorities find many of the leaders through local connections and intelligence, including Gomez.

To find Gomez, authorities discovered the farm outside Apatzingan last year and then learned of a messenger who passed notes between him and his men. Gomez didn’t use a cellphone, but the messenger was more careless, and his phone calls were tracked, Galindo said.

“The messenger didn’t have much experience,” he said. Using the phone was the “most serious error he committed.”

Last month, after the birthday cake delivery, authorities suspected that Gómez was hiding in Morelia, the state capital, but it took a few weeks to confirm his presence at the house and plan the takedown. He was arrested while leaving the house about 3:30 a.m. Friday.

With that arrest, Mexican authorities described the Knights Templar as largely dismantled, but others predict violence will continue in Michoacan. The drug trade marches on, and the militia has split into rival warring factions, with most of the founding leaders now in prison.








DUBUQUE, Iowa — An eastern Iowa woman is charged with child endangerment following accusations she exposed two 7-year-old children to methamphetamine inside her residence.

A criminal complaint says 51-year-old Paula A. Barton of Dubuque admitted to authorities she previously has used the drug but denied any recent drug activity at her residence.

The Telegraph Herald ( ) reports the complaint says hair samples for Barton and the two children all tested positive for meth exposure.

It wasn’t immediately known if Barton has an attorney.








PALO PINTO – On Tuesday,  a Palo Pinto County jury determined Cecil Ray Huddleston, 50, of Mineral Wells, was not responsible for the death of his wife Shannon Sheri Herrin, who was believed to have died from a toxic dose of methamphetamine.54f71bf88a327_image

Huddleston, however, was found guilty of delivery of less than 1 gram of methamphetamine to Herrin. Sentencing was to begin Wednesday morning.

Herrin, 38, was found dead Aug. 8, 2013, inside a deep freezer in the garage of her Mineral Wells home by her son, Jordan Glover, 22.

During testimony in the trial presided over by 29th Judicial Court Judge Michael Moore, Glover said he was visiting his mom’s home because he “wanted to check on Mom because she wasn’t at work.”

He and his mother had the same employer at the time, he told the eight-woman, four-man jury, and she had not shown up for work. He also said his mother had seemed upset that he had moved out of the house to live with his girlfriend and he was concerned about her mood.

He told the jury that when he arrived at the house on Aug. 8, the only person he found inside the home was Hunter Whitley, the teenage son of Holly Sloan, both of whom were staying with Herrin and Huddleston temporarily.

Unable to find his mother inside the home, he said he decided he would raid the freezer for meat to take back to his place. On opening the deep freeze in the garage, he discovered his mother dead inside.

Her body was face up and covered by a yellow rain coat, he told the jury.

“I just freaked out,” he said. He called his grandmother and then called authorities.

Initial investigation of Herrin’s death by the Mineral Wells Police Department determined there were no signs of major trauma, but there appeared to be bruising on the left elbow and a discolored mark consistent with a puncture wound from a needle, Detective Neal Davis said during testimony. Drug paraphernalia commonly used for marijuana was later found inside the home.

Fresh needle marks on the inside crooks of both arms were discovered during an autopsy of Herrin’s body by medical examiner Tracy Dyer of the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office, Dyer said during testimony, and toxicology reports later confirmed Herrin had methamphetamine in her system when she died.

According to Dyer’s findings, Herrin’s death was caused by the toxic effects of methamphetamine with hypothermia as a contributing factor. Additionally, toxicology reports also indicated other substances found in the body included marijuana, hydrocodone and a prescription anti-anxiety medication.

Dyer said though the blood showed multiple substances, “methamphetamine was the cause of death,” although the death was determined to be accidental.

After the autopsy report revealed methamphetamine had been the cause of death, Palo Pinto District Attorney Mike Burns said the unusual circumstances behind Herrin’s death led to further investigation as to the source of the methamphetamine.

From the investigation it appeared Huddleston had been the person who delivered the methamphetamine to Herrin, Burns said, and led to Huddleston’s indictment last January on charges of manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance causing death or serious bodily injury.

The investigation, led by Texas Ranger Tony Bradford, also appeared to show Herrin had climbed into the freezer on her own, Bradford said during Tuesday’s testimony.

Defense attorney Chad Cannon said the statute used to arrive at the charges is usually aimed at drug dealers who sell primarily to juveniles who die or are seriously injured from the drug use.

Cannon said the intent of the statute wasn’t meant to prosecute end users like Huddleston and Herrin.

Both he and Burns said cases such as the one brought against Huddleston are rare.

Burns said in his preparation for the case he only found four other instances of similar cases, and the current case is the only one he knew of in Texas that involved a death.

As evidence surfaced in Tuesday’s trial, it was clear both Huddleston and Herrin had been involved with methamphetamine use and had chronic issues with the drug. In a videotaped interview conducted Aug. 16, 2013, by Lt. Matt Mull of the Texas Department of Public Safety Criminal Investigation Division, Huddleston, cooperating with the investigation, said he and Herrin had been clean for some time but had relapsed into using the drug.

In an excerpt from the video, Huddleston told Mull they had used about “half a gram of dope,” shooting up with methamphetamine twice on Aug. 7, once in the morning and later that night. Around 1:20 a.m. on Aug. 8, Huddleston then said he went to a dealer to purchase more methamphetamine to use later.

“I did go back and get more,” he said in the video.

He said he planned to use the drug later in the day, but Herrin wanted to take it then, so he filled a syringe with 20 units and gave the syringe to Herrin, who injected the drug herself.

Burns argued that Huddleston’s purchasing the drug and then giving it to Herrin constituted delivery of methamphetamine and that this injection was enough to cause her death.

Cannon countered that it was possible Herrin had used more methamphetamine with Sloan, who reportedly was a heavy user, but no evidence was available that such an event had occurred. He also said the other drugs in Herrin’s system could have contributed to her death.

Cannon also argued that Herrin might have been attempting suicide by overdosing on drugs and then climbing into the freezer.

He said Herrin had a long history mental health issues, including bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, and had made several suicide attempts in the past.

The jury will convene Wednesday for the sentencing phase of the trial.

Huddleston faces a state jail felony offense for the delivery of the methamphetamine.









Baxter County Sheriff’s Office discovered a Mountain Home woman passed out behind the wheel of an SUV Tuesday and then arrested her on felony drug charges after observing “a syringe and a small baggie holding a crystal substance suspected to be methamphetamine.”635610037382982843-may

According to a press release issued by BCSO, Kyla Lani May, 23, of Mountain Home, was arrested Tuesday morning on charges of possessing methamphetamine with purpose of delivery and possession of drug paraphernalia, both considered felonies.

Officers responded to a complaint call at 9:54 a.m. Tuesday about a person being slumped over the steering wheel of a parked vehicle at the intersection of Hwy 5 North and Canvassback Drive.

Sgt. Brian Davis was dispatched to investigate the scene. When he arrived, he found a white Ford Escape with a female, later identified as May, passed out behind the wheel.

Davis also observed a green container in her lap that contained a syringe and a small baggie holding a crystal substance suspected to be methamphetamine. Upon her being revived, May was very disoriented, and EMS was summoned to check on her physical condition, according to the release.

BCSO determined that the woman had “approximately 2.8 grams of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, including a syringe, a bent spoon, and small plastic baggies commonly used to package drugs.”

May was transported to the Baxter County Detention Center and is being held in lieu of a $100,000 bond.









Meth arrests — The Warren County Sheriff’s Office arrested four people Saturday on methamphetamine charges.

A drug tip led deputies to 1709 Catherine Drive, where they found two meth labs and two HCL generators commonly used in making meth, according to arrest citations.

Arrested were William Fulton, 62, 1709 Catherine Drive, charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, unlawful possession of a meth precursor and first-degree possession of a controlled substance; Lana Haney, 44, 1709 Catherine Drive, charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and first-degree possession of a controlled substance; Lisa Lay, 41, 822 Payne St., charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and unlawful possession of a meth precursor; and Terri Lester, 41, of Portland, Tenn., charged with manufacturing methamphetamine (second or greater offense) and unlawful possession of a meth precursor.

All were in Warren County Regional Jail. Bonds were set at $25,000 for Lester, $10,000 for Lay, $25,000 for Fulton and $10,000 for Haney.









Investigators seized 20 pounds of suspected crystal methamphetamine Feb. 24 in Allensville, according to a release from Kentucky State Police Drug Enforcement/Special Investigations West.

In a search at 1565 Russellville Road, officers found the crystal meth, 1.5 pounds of marijuana, $14,000 cash, a handgun, a 2002 Chevrolet truck and drug paraphernalia, according to the release.

The crystal meth has a street value of nearly $1 million.

Scott Harris, 45, of Olmstead, was arrested and charged with trafficking in a controlled substance, trafficking in marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Elkton residents Jonathan B. Scott, 31, Cecilia Dortch Gant, 47, and Kayce Powell, 26, were arrested and charged with trafficking in a controlled substance.

All four were in Todd County Jail, according to the release.








Federal agents seized methamphetamine from a woman, and heroin from a man in two separate incidents at the Nogales border, authorities said.

According to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection news release:

On Feb. 25, officers arrested a woman at the Dennis DeConcini crossing after a drug-sniffing dog alerted to the presence of drugs in her Pontiac sedan.

Officers said they found nearly 35 pounds of methamphetamine in the vehicle. The meth’s value was estimated at more than $104,000. Daniela Ruiz, 33, of Tucson, was taken into custody. The vehicle and drugs were seized.

On Feb. 24, officers at the Morley pedestrian crossing stopped a man after a drug-sniffing dog alerted that the man possibly had drugs.richard christen

During a search, officers said they found more than three pounds of heroin taped to the man’s back. The heroin was valued at more than $44,000.

Richard Christian Holm, 36, of Nogales, Arizona, was taken into custody. The heroin was seized.








Trace Roger SmithA Canyon Lake man was sentenced Monday to 42 years in prison for his role in the 2013 abduction and torture of a woman at a drug house there, an incident that sparked charges against five people.

The victim, herself a methamphetamine user, has said three female acquaintances cut her with knives, tased her, burned her with cigarettes and beat her as two male suspects at the home sat by. She was shackled and put in a shed, from which she escaped.

Prosecutor Chari Kelly said she asked jurors to give Trace R. Smith, 29, life in prison for his convictions at trial Friday on charges of attempted capital murder, kidnapping, robbery and evidence tampering.

After deliberating about two hours, jurors sentenced Smith to 42 years each on the attempted murder and kidnapping charges, 10 years on the robbery charge and five years for evidence-tampering, to be served concurrently, Kelly said.

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Smith’s ex-girlfriend, Kayla Lardieri, 18, was the first in the case to be tried and was convicted last month on the same charges, receiving a 30-year sentence.








MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A Minneapolis woman is accused of taking meth and then wandering with her 5-year-old daughter in 19-degree weather.lewis

Leah Marie Lewis, 29, was charged with gross misdemeanor child neglect after her daughter was found wearing mittens on her feet for shoes on Feb. 21. The girl told police she had only slept for “seven minutes” the night before.

Police found Lewis inside a Hampton, Minnesota, fire station, where she had come to warm up.

Lewis had walked around outside with the girl, looking for a hotel, for “an unknown time,” according to the criminal complaint. Police said she was confused about the number and gender of children she had.

“She was very animated, was walking in circles and insisted the child with her was her son,” the criminal complaint reads.

If convicted, Lewis faces up to a year in jail and a $3,000 fine.








RAVENSWOOD, W.Va — Police say a child was found living in filth and being kept behind a gate while methamphetamine was being made inside an apartment in Ravenswood.POR66wql

On Sunday night, Ravenswood police were looking for a fugitive at the old Washington Motel on Washington Street, which now serves as an apartment complex.

They did not find the fugitive but they said they did find an active meth lab inside apartment No. 15. The complex’s maintenance man, Bruce Casto and his wife, Leigh Casto, live there and were both arrested and charged with manufacturing meth, and exposure of a child to meth.

Lawrence Wilfong was arrested at another location but charged with manufacturing meth after police said a Pseudopedrine prescription belonging to him was found inside the apartment. His bond is set at $250,000.

Police said the living conditions were “deplorable.” They said the floor was covered with trash and feces, and there was no running water.

“When I have officers who  have been a policeman 15 years, 18 years, they’re telling me it’s one of the worst apartments they’ve ever seen, you can bet it’s pretty bad,” said Ravenswood Police Chief Lance Morrison.

A kindergarten aged girl also lived in the home. Police said just a few feet from where the meth was being made, the girl was being kept in a stairwell behind a baby gate.

“I think that that was their idea of keeping her away from the meth, but everyone involved with this knows that that doesn’t work,” Morrison said.

The child is now in Child Protective Services custody. The Castos’ bonds are set at $300,000 each.

The Jackson County Bureau of Investigations served the search warrant. It is made up of officers from the sheriff’s office, Ripley and Ravenswood police departments.

It is unclear at this point if others living in the complex will be forced out because of possible contamination.

The owner of the building, Barbara LaCava, did not wish to go on camera but said she was upset and shocked. She said her main concern is keeping the other tenants safe.








Parental drug use is a major factor in child neglect and abuse cases resulting in foster care placements in the Helena area.

Lewis and Clark County District judges have appointed Court Appointed Special Advocates for kids in 13 child abuse and neglect cases since January, nearly half of which involve parental abuse of methamphetamine, said Pamela Young, assistant director of CASA of Lewis and Clark and Broadwater counties.

“I don’t think our community realizes the depth of neglect and child abuse cases,” Young said. “It’s severe and it’s only getting worse.”

Including the cases carried over from last year, there are currently 165 child abuse and neglect cases involving substance abuse, physical abuse and sexual abuse in Lewis and Clark County, Young said. The number of cases increased 30 percent from 2013 to 2014.

Fifty-six percent of the 152 cases in the county carried over from last year stemmed from parental abuse of meth, 28 percent marijuana, 28 percent alcohol and 11 percent prescription drugs, Young said. More than one substance was found in some cases.

“The caseload is unmanageable,” Young said. CASA, a nonprofit organization, has three Helena-based employees, including its assistant director, and 50 trained volunteers who advocate for youth in child neglect and abuse cases that may result in the termination of parental rights. Child Protection Services, attorneys and judges are also overworked with child abuse and neglect cases, Young added.

Statewide caseload figures have also increased, showing similar drug and alcohol abuse issues.

At the end of 2014, there were 2,003 kids in the state placements — foster and kinship care — half of which involved substance abuse, said Young, who cited statistics from the state Department of Child and Family Services.

Figures from CASA of Montana, which partners with 15 nonprofit programs statewide, showed a breakdown of statewide drug-involved foster and kinship placements: 53 percent of cases involved meth, 28 percent alcohol, 25 percent marijuana and 18 percent prescription drugs, Young said.

Case workers have found more youth who have been exposed to meth in the homes, and babies are sometimes born testing positive for drugs.

“The worst thing for me to see besides severe abuse is a baby born addicted,” Young said. Some parents facing termination of rights were raised in drug-fueled environments themselves and were moved to foster or kinship care. “It’s really tough when the problem becomes a cycle.”


Local and statewide caseworkers have continued to advocate for kids without voices, providing judges with necessary information to determine the termination of parental rights or the unification of family.

“We work hard to get the children home,” Young said.

CASA of Lewis and Clark and Broadwater counties is hosting its annual fundraiser March 20 at the Red Lion Colonial Inn in Helena. For more information, visit








INDIAN LAND — A traffic stop in Indian Land led to a North Carolina woman’s arrest on alcohol and drug charges, including trafficking methamphetamine, according to a release issued Monday from the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.570-fqTSA_AuSt_6

Narcotics officers were investigating drug activity last week when they noticed the woman driving with a flat tire on Barberville Road in Indian Land. Officers stopped her vehicle and smelled marijuana, the release states.

Officers searched the vehicle and discovered a small amount of meth, marijuana, prescription medication, an open bottle of liquor, scales and smoking pipes, the release states. The woman did not have a valid driver’s license.

At the Lancaster County Detention Center, a correctional officer discovered the woman was hiding a large amount of crystal meth.

Natalie Walters, 34, of Monroe, N.C., was charged with trafficking methamphetamine, simple possession of marijuana, possession of a schedule III narcotic, violation of ABC law, a driver’s license violation, and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to the release. Her bond was denied.









QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) –  The fight against methemphetimine in Adams County has taken a different turn. Officers with the West Central Illinois Drug Task Force say the number of meth labs seized in the last year have dropped by half.6880201_G

However, officers say, one big reason for that is the popularity of a new way of making meth, called Ice.

Major shake and bake meth busts like the one back in January of 2013, are becoming fewer and fewer in Adams County. Master Sergeant Patrick Frazier with the West Central Illinois Task Force says they only saw 35 labs last year, after seizing 72 in 2013. But Frazier says the news isn’t all good. While lab seizures have gone down, he says ice methamphetamine has become increasingly popular, here in the Tri-States, and even internationally.

Drug cartels have flooded the United States with ice methamphetamine,” Frazier said. “It’s a way to make money.”

Frazier says ice is growing in popularity because it’s widely available and it can be purchased in a large quantity, unlike the shake and bake method, which can only yield a few grams at the time. But he says it does make it harder to track who’s involved.

“When they do the shake and bake, they have to have the ingredients, and those are purchased locally,” Frazier said. “So when they’re buying those pills, I know that. The individuals buying ice may not be known to us.”

For counselor Rosemary Trinkle at Preferred Family Healthcare, the battle against meth she sees is with her clients, trying to overcome an addiction.

Meth affects every part of your life,” Trinkle said. “It affects your looks, your family, your legal problems.”

She says meth, both the shake and bake variety and ice, can also do strange things to a user’s mind.

“A lot of users when they’re high on meth or coming down from that high, they’ll have some paranoia,” Trinkle said.

A high and a habit that Trinkle says is so dangerous, yet so difficult to break.

Frazier says they continue to investigate and make arrests on people suspected of using or dealing ice. He says they deal with a lot of the same people with ice as they did with the shake and bake operations.








meth%20lab%202UPPER MICHIGANMeth is a growing problem in Upper Michigan, but the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team aims to stop that.

According to Det. Lt. Tim Scholander, UPSET runs on a budget of about $180,000 per year, which is provided by the communities they serve as well as local community and corporate grants they apply for. They usually receive between $40,000 and $60,000 from communities and $60,000 to $80,000 in grants. This past year, Cliffs donated $200,000 to UPSET.

UPSET also receives funds from auctioning off property seized during investigations, but that source of funds has decreased throughout the years. They now only receive about $20,000 to $30,000 from auctions.

Each new officer UPSET equips costs them around $13,000 in equipment. They are each outfitted with a hazmat suit with air filters for meth lab clean-up, as well as raid entry gear for entering suspected drug houses.

Scholander says that every officer completes 40 hours of undercover/narcotics investigation training, 40 hours of surveillance training, and 32 hours of raid entry safety training. Scholander also hosts annual local training in firearms and defense tactics and keeps them up to date on changes in drug laws. Each officer is meth response certified. They are fully trained to package meth and clean up, dismantle and transport meth lab materials.


UPSET responded to 53 meth labs in 2014. This statistic includes anything from a large amount of components found in a residence to a pop bottle on the side of the road used in the cooking process.

When cleaning a lab site, officers take the hazardous components and properly package them. The materials are then loaded into a container trailer and transported to a larger container for storage. Each large container can fit components from about 10 to 20 labs before it reaches its capacity. After the container is filled, a private company takes the container to be disposed properly.

On average, it takes six detectives between four to eight hours to clean up the site of a meth lab. The day after, two detectives will put in around eight hours to document their work and decontaminate their equipment. On average, UPSET spends between $25,000 and $40,000 annually on cleaning up meth lab sites.









Four Blenheim drug dealers have been sent to prison after an undercover police operation that was sparked by frustrated residents.

The offenders appeared in the Blenheim District Court for sentencing yesterday, on charges which involved the supply of methamphetamine, cannabis and ecstasy.

One of the most senior players in the drug ring admitted selling cannabis for 10 years.

Another man was sentenced to eight months’ home detention after he was caught selling cannabis to undercover police officers 11 times.

All the charges stemmed from a police operation targeting drug activity in the Riversdale area last year, known as Operation Queen.

Investigations into drug activity at Elizabeth St started in 2011, following a street clean-up project in the area.

Residents at the clean-up told officers the neighborhood could be improved by removing the street’s drug dealers.

Seven Marlborough properties were raided by police in September last year, including two in Elizabeth St, during which 11 people were arrested.

Some of those arrested have already been sentenced. A third house on Elizabeth St was raided on December 2 last year, after further monitoring by police.

The court heard yesterday that Mackenzie Anne Sheridan, 25, Lisa Aroha Taurima, 36, and Sloan Daniel Louis MacDonald, 36, sold a combined 15.2 grams of methamphetamine.

The drug was sold more than 50 times, and the trio offered to supply it a further 208 times.

Thomas William MacDonald Snr, 67, admitted selling cannabis for 10 years.

Between July and November last year, Glenn Edgar Douglas, 55, sold cannabis to undercover police officers 11 times, selling them one or two tinnies each time. Interceptions of his phone discovered he arranged another 43 cannabis sales by phone, and offered to sell the drug a further 13 times.

When police searched his house, they found about 10 grams of cannabis and a cannabis pipe.

Douglas was yesterday sentenced to home detention for eight months.

Judge Bruce Davidson yesterday described the drug dealing as premeditated, on-going, and for most of the offenders, commercial.

A further five people – Maria Chrisandra Douglas, Thomas William MacDonald Jnr, Rex Brandon Caldwell, James Arthur Holder, and Rachel Lorraine Russ – were further remanded on their drug-related charges.

Operation Queen came following a national drug operation in 2013.








(FRENCH LICK) – Two Orange County men were arrested on drug charges after police discovered meth labs at a French Lick home.

Frank Willyard and Brandon Necaise, both 37, were arrested on charges of dealing, manufacturing and possession of meth and possession of precursors. Both men are being held in the Orange County jail without bond.french%20lick%20bust-thumb-250xauto-3470

According to a new release from the French Lick Police Departments, officers from French Lick, the Paoli Police Department, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department and Indiana State Police, served a warrant at a home in French Lick around noon on Thursday.

Inside the home they found a number of one-pot meth labs in the basement and also found meth and drug paraphernalia.

Outside the home officers found a trail going into the woods and followed it where they found a dump site containing multiple discarded one-pot meth labs and hazardous materials associated with making meth.

The Indiana State Police Meth Suppression Team was called to the scene to collect and secure the meth labs and discard of the toxic meth trash.

Child Protective Services personnel were also called to the scene because children were living in the home.

The news release reports the investigation is continuing and more arrests are expected.

Police urge county residents to report any suspicious activity that could be related to meth manufacturing. Warmer weather will bring with it the possibility that with an increase in walking, jogging or bike riding in rural areas, someone could come across a meth lab or trash left behind by those who have manufactured meth. Police remind local residents that the trash from outdoor meth labs contains chemicals that are toxic, flammable, corrosive and acidic and that when mixed together, the chemicals are highly explosive. In addition, the fumes are toxic and can cause internal damage to organs.

Suspicious activity or materials should be reported to a local law enforcement agency.








INDORE: Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB-Indore) foiled a bid by drug cartel to supply ‘Speed’ – an artificial stimulant – worth around Rs 7 crore to Malaysia and South East Asia with the arrest of two Tamil Nadu-based men from New Delhi-Trivandrum bound Kerala Express train from Itarsi railway station on Wednesday. Accused were in possession of about 25 kg of banned Ephedrine powder.

Arrested accused have been identified as Mohd Farooq, 37 and his cousin Mohd Fakruddin Ali, 25, both natives of Tamil Nadu. They had obtained Ephedrine powder from two women in New Delhi after paying Rs one lakh per kg. They had stashed the drug powder in their luggage in packets of washing powder, food supplements and other consumer products were on way to Chennai.

Acting on a tip-off, NCB team from MP & Chhattisgarh zonal unit, raided the train at Itarsi railway station and nabbed the two drug couriers along with the powder, superintendent at NCB-Indore unit Vishwa Vijay Singh told TOI on Friday.

Based on inputs by arrested men, two women from whom they obtained narcotic consignment were detained by NCB team in New Delhi’s upmarket New Defense Colony area.

NCB sources said, the two accused men have admitted that Ephedrine powder was to be taken to Chennai, where it would have fetched them Rs 1.5 lakh per kg by international drug cartel. At Chennai the powder was to be processed into 4 kg Methamphetamine (a central nervous system-CNS stimulant) at a clandestine laboratory.

Once processed into Methamphetamine it could have been smuggled into Malaysia and South East Asia, where it is popular as ‘Speed’, artificial stimulant used at rave parties, cafes, pubs, hotels, discos and resorts.

About 4 kg of Methamphetamine is worth Rs 7 crore.

According to NCB sources, primary investigations revealed possibility of the seized Ephedrine powder having been sourced from some pharmaceutical unit in Himachal Pradesh. It was delivered to the two New Delhi-based women at the Himachal-Haryana border recently.

Ephedrine is used by pharmaceutical industries for manufacturing nasal drops, cough and cold and weight loss medicines.








MISSOULA, Mont. – An Arlee Head Start School was shut down after officials found four spots of low levels of meth residue inside the building.

It started after a staff member found an unused glass pipe in the laundry room back in January and nobody knew how it got there. We’re told that 34 children attend the school.

A parent tells us that most of the children are staying home or are in daycare while a cleaning crew goes to work on the building.

We wanted to know what it takes to cleanup meth residue and how crews will make it safe for students to return to the school.

A specialist here in Missoula has done similar work.

Lee Yelin is the President and Owner of Water Rights Incorporated. He’s been doing meth decontamination work since 2005 and says business is booming.

“In the last six months, I have done more jobs than I have done the entire nine years prior,” said Yelin.

It’s a tough job, one that’s labor intensive requiring weeks even up to a month of work for one building.

“We have to apply a degreaser or an oxidizer to the wall, scrub it, rinse ,repeat several times,” said Yelin.

Here’s the cleanup process in a nutshell: Yelin has to submit a sampling plan to the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) which contains how many samples he will take. That can be anywhere from 10 to 20 samples depending on the size of the property. The samples are then tested in a lab and results take a week. After getting the results and if the property needs work, Yelin submits a cleanup plan to the DEQ. Then the process takes place after it’s approved. After all cleaning is completed, a third party will come in to resample and make sure contaminants are gone.

“Remove all the doors, all the kitchen cabinets, all the bathroom cabinets wood trim, wood molding around the windows, any of those items. All appliances must be removed,” said Yelin.

The list goes on. Yelin points out, the work can also be dangerous and requires protective equipment.

“As cleaners, we can come in contact with the meth and can be contaminated ourselves through skin absorption,” said Yelin.

Yelin says it’s important because sometimes used needles could be in the area, a big risk for a blood born disease. The gear requires shoe coverings, gloves, a face respirator and eye protection.

“That’s one of our big hazards is protecting ourselves,” said Yelin.

It’s a job that is far beyond easy, as meth use is back on the rise.

To be clear, Yelin is not the one working on the school in Arlee.

Tribal officials continue to be tight-lipped about the details of their investigation at the school.

However, the deputy director of Head Start in Washington D.C. says they have been in contact with the Arlee Head Start Program and says that the tribe took immediate safety precautions.

For now, it’s unknown when the building will be open again.

Police are investigating who the pipe may have belonged to and all 10 staff members have volunteered to submit drug tests.








Police arrested a wanted parolee Friday night in northwest Fresno after he threatened and assaulted a female officer while high on meth.hIKba_AuSt_8

The incident began when a Northwest District patrol officer responded to calls at a shopping center near Herndon and Milburn avenues concerning a purse theft, Fresno police Sgt. Chris Serrano said. The officer approached a man in the area suspected of stealing the purse, who became increasingly confrontational. The officer called for emergency backup when she suspected the man was high on methamphetamines.

The suspect reached for an object tucked under his waistband and continued to threaten the officer, who use a stun gun on the man twice after he punched and grabbed her.

With the help of other officers, Albert Olivarria, 44, was arrested and booked into Fresno County Jail on multiple felony charges. The officer was treated for minor injuries at Community Regional Medical Center.









FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) —  Fresno police say a female officer is recovering after being attacked by a wanted parolee who was high on meth.

The officer first approached Albert Olivarria on Friday near Herndon and Milburn avenues in Northwest Fresno for a purse theft case. Investigators say the 6-foot-tall, 200-pound suspect told her, “This is not going down without you getting hurt.” Olivarria is accused of kicking and punching the officer until she managed to use her Taser on him and get him into handcuffs.

The 44-year-old was booked into the Fresno County Jail on multiple felony charges, including assault on a peace officer.









A Gabriola Island man saw multiple charges laid against him following a record methamphetamine seizure late in 2014.

According to RCMP, Gabriola resident Terence Meyer, 30, was arrested on the evening of Dec. 4, following report of an assault at the Gabriola Co-op gas station.

After search by police, Meyer was allegedly found to be in possession of methamphetamine. The investigation determined it to be 11 grams, a record for the largest single seizure of methamphetamine on Gabriola Island.

Meyer was held in custody and charged with multiple offenses related to the alleged assault, according to RCMP. He appeared in Nanaimo court and was released on bail with numerous conditions.

After his release, charges for possession for the purpose of trafficking were laid and an arrest warrant was issued.

On Feb. 13, police once again located Meyer at the Co-op gas station and arrested him. He was allegedly in violation of his bail conditions. He also was allegedly in possession of more methamphetamine. New charges of breaching conditions of his release and charges relating to drug possession are now being considered, according to RCMP.

Meyer again was held in custody, appeared in court and has since been released on bail.

If anyone has information about drug trafficking on Gabriola Island, please call Gabriola RCMP at 250-247-8333 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.