BERTHOLD, N.D. – The arrest of three people here during a traffic stop Wednesday led to the capture of 11 pounds of meth, three handguns and about $20,000 in cash in what is believed to be one of the largest seizures in the state’s history, Berthold police said Thursday.

Police Chief Al Schmidt stopped a vehicle for erratic driving here on Wednesday and arrested according to a statement released by Berthold police.

Schmidt said he found a pound of meth in the vehicle plus about $20,000 cash, then took the trio to Ward County Jail for interviews that police say led to the seizure of 10 pounds of meth, a handgun and $900 in a room at the Days Inn in Minot.

On Thursday, one of the three tipped off Schmidt to a package at the Best Western Inn in Williston, where a Bureau of Criminal Investigation Task Force found two more handguns included in a Valentine’s Day box next to chocolates and teddy bears, police said.








VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) – A drug use epidemic is wide-spread across Indiana and the Wabash Valley. Many of the methamphetamine use involves adults.

But unfortunately, it’s a growing trend among teenagers now as well. Indiana Youth Institute partnered with Indiana State Police Thursday to talk to local youth workers at a meeting Wednesday at Gibault School.

According to a 2014 Indiana Prevention Resource Center study, nearly 2 percent of high school seniors in western Indiana report trying methamphetamine. That doesn’t sound like a large number but study shows most teens try because of their parents. And the average age they start is 13.

Shilo Raulston of the Indiana State Police meth suppression team explained this to Wabash Valley youth workers Thursday.

“The majority of all other drugs across the board are abused by men at almost a 70 to 30 percent ratio. But when it comes to methamphetamine, it’s nearly half and half. The men are 50.7. The women are 49.3 percent.”

These local youth workers have a lot on their hands keeping their eyes glued for signs. And unfortunately, sometimes teens don’t realize the horrible effects.

Meth is a central nervous system stimulant. It gets into your system and releases dopamine.

“If you take a cup full of dopamine, it takes about seven years to fill that cup up. All the dopamine your body will manufacture. But with the first hit of meth, that entire amount of dopamine is dumped into the system at once.”

Compare that to other levels of dopamine released into the body. Morphine releases 200 units. Cocaine releases 340 units. Methamphetamine, 1,050. That high has quite a few physical effects on the body.

“You can have nasal damage and bleeding, especially if they snort meth…The people who have really bad teeth is generally because they smoke the meth…they have dry, itchy skin, acne and sores,” said Raulston. “A lot of this is caused by poor hygiene. Whenever people use meth, you’ll hear them say they don’t want to shower because when you shower, you sweat, you’re sweating out the meth.”

Meth is a highly addictive, physically damaging drug nd teens are using right in our community, not understanding these dangerous and life-altering problems.

For help for youth with substance abuse issues, check out this website.








Doctors who admitted a 17-month-old girl to the hospital in Arizona thought her tremors and other symptoms were due to a scorpion sting. Only later did they realize the real cause of her condition was that she’d consumed methamphetamines, according to a new report of her case.

The young girl in the case recovered and was discharged from the hospital a week later.scorpion-crawling-150213

People who have been stung by scorpions of the species Centruroides sculpturatus, which is common in Arizona, often have some of the same symptoms as the girl, said Dr. Farshad Shirazi of University of Arizona College of Medicine, who was one of the doctors who treated the child and a co-author of the case report.

The case highlights the similarity between the symptoms of a scorpion bite and those of drugs like methamphetamine, the researchers wrote in their case report.

“These [symptoms] include some movement disorders, and movement of upper and lower extremities, and some foaming at the mouth,” Shirazi said.

When the girl arrived at the emergency department of a hospital in Tucson, Arizona, she was agitated, twitching throughout her entire body, sweating profusely and salivating excessively. Her doctors had previously seen such symptoms in patients bitten by the Arizona bark scorpion, which is endemic to this region of the United States.

The girl’s mother said she had indeed seen scorpions many times at their home, so the doctors suspected that the girl had been bitten, and treated her by administering three vials of anti-venom.

This treatment put a stop to the girl’s uncontrollable eye movements and salivation, but she continued to experience the tremors. The patient also had a fever, and her heart rate was too high. Meanwhile, the doctors were not able to find any physical indication of a scorpion sting by examining the girl’s skin.

The patient’s mother eventually revealed that the girl’s grandmother temporarily left the tot alone with an aunt who used methamphetamines. The doctors then tested the child’s urine and found she had indeed ingested the drug. This was confirmed several weeks later by the results of a blood test. However, it was not clear exactly how the ingestion occurred, the report said.

After receiving treatment for methamphetamine intoxication, the girl recovered.

There have been other reports of children in Arizona ingesting methamphetamines and developing symptoms mistaken for those of scorpion envenomation. One likely reason for this phenomenon is that getting bitten by this type of scorpion is not uncommon in the southwestern United States, the researchers said.

At the same time, “there is a predominance of methamphetamines in the same geographic area of the U.S., as the endemic locale of the C. sculpturatus,” the doctors wrote in the report. In 2012, a little less than 11,000 kilograms (24,250 lbs.) of methamphetamine was seized along the southwestern U.S. border with Mexico, which was the highest amount ever recorded, the authors wrote.

“Arrestee data show stable rates of testing positive for methamphetamines in the western and southwestern United States versus the rest of the country, which reveals [their] geographic predominance and areas with higher rates of use,” according to the report.

The researchers are also currently investigating why some of the girl’s symptoms improved following the administration of the anti-venom, even though the real cause of her symptoms was methamphetamine intoxication. One possibility is that the protein present in the anti-venom bonded with the methamphetamine and led to the improvement, but the exact mechanism is not completely clear, they said.

The report was published in the January issue of the journal Case Reports in Emergency Medicine.








A Dupo woman has been charged with endangering two children by making meth in the home where they lived.

According to court records, Nicole E. Moore is accused of aggravated participation in methamphetamine manufacturing and meth-related child endangerment.

The first count is a Class X felony. The second is a Class 2 felony.

Moore participated in the manufacture of more than 400 grams of meth, according to St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly. A boy who had his fourth birthday in January and a girl who is about six months old were living in the home.

Bail was set at $75,000.







THOMASVILLE — An Albany man and a Pelham woman are charged in a meth bust at a Thomasville motel.

After receiving information about drug activity at the U.S. 19 motel, Thomas County Narcotics/Vice Division agents ran a check on a tag on a truck parked at the location and learned Randy Humphries, 43, 311 Gillard Road, Pelham, was staying in the room where the vehicle was parked.

More than one agent had received information that Humphries was involved with methamphetamine, said Kevin Lee, narcotics/vice commander.

As agents watched, a woman loaded objects into the truck, an older-model Chevrolet pickup.

The woman, Amanda Rae-Sue Jenkins, 27, 1680 Christopher Cove Road, Albany, gave consent to search the truck, where officers found hypodermic syringes.

“When asked about the syringes, the woman became nervous,” Lee explained. He said Jenkins admitted having methamphetamine in her purse.

Agents found two bags of ice methamphetamine in Jenkins’ purse, along with three other bags that had contained the drug, Lee said.

Humphries had a syringe in his pocket that had been used to ingest methamphetamine, he added.

Jenkins is charged with methamphetamine possession with intent to distribute.

Humphries is charged with possession a a drug-related object.








VERDIJ, Iran — Iran is breaking bad.

Officials say methamphetamine production and abuse of hard drugs are skyrocketing in the country despite potentially lethal criminal penalties for users if they are caught. The increase is partly because of Iran’s status as the gateway for the region’s top drug exporter, Afghanistan — and partly because Iranian dealers are profiting so handsomely from sales to overstressed students and exhausted double-jobbers.

Ghazal Tolouian, a psychologist who treats dozens of meth addicts at a therapy camp in a mountain village northwest of Tehran, says most of her clients fall into two categories: students “who want to pass university entrance exams successfully,” and “people who have to work a second and third shift to make ends meet and earn more money.”

Anti-narcotics and medical officials say more than 2.2 million of Iran’s 80 million citizens already are addicted to illegal drugs, including 1.3 million on registered treatment programs. They say the numbers keep rising annually, even though use of the death penalty against convicted smugglers has increased, too, and now accounts for more than nine of every 10 executions.

Parviz Afshar, an anti-narcotics official, said for every lab they detect, two more might spring up, often involving small-scale “cooks” operating in residences where meth production is particularly hard to detect. He said police found and destroyed at least 416 meth labs in the 12-month period up to March, up from 350 in the previous 12-month period.

Iran’s health ministry was slow to finance rehabilitation clinics nationwide, but a growing network of private camps has sprung up that partly receive state financing, some of them run by former or recovering addicts.

“When I set up this shelter, authorities didn’t support me. But after several years of hard work, they were convinced that it’s better to provide care and shelter to addicts,” said Majid Mirzaei, manager of a Tehran shelter for drug addicts and a former addict himself. His facility provides free food, syringes, condoms, medical care and a place to sleep to addicts in a crowded neighborhood in south Tehran.

“Drug addiction is a fact. It can’t be eliminated but you can manage it correctly,” Mirzaei said as he changed a bandage on an addict’s wound.

Officials say Iran’s taste for illegal narcotics is certain to expand into greater abuse of heroin, simply because next door is Afghanistan, maker of three-fourths of the world supply.

Abbas Deilamzadeh, whose Rebirth Society organization runs dozens of rehabilitation centers, predicts that more people currently experimenting with meth soon will be using heroin, simply because Iran is the main route for Afghan heroin dealers to export the drug worldwide.

The United Nations drug agency said the total area under opium poppy cultivation in neighboring Afghanistan in 2014 was estimated at 224,000 hectares (864 square miles), a 17 percent increase from 2013, producing about 6,400 metric tons (7,054 tons) of opium. Most is grown in the often-lawless Helmand and Kandahar provinces in the south.

Those at the clinics tell tales of their profoundly misguided notions about taking meth, specifically that it would help them stay awake and wouldn’t become addictive.

“I used to work on board a train and had to stay up every night until morning,” said Javad, a meth addict who didn’t give his last name to protect his identity.

Javad said he used meth for six years in hopes of earning more money by working longer hours. But last year, he collapsed on a train midway through one night’s work and was fired. For the past four months, he’s been getting help at a Tehran clinic.

Javad says he had no idea how badly his life would become as an addict. “At first,” he said, “it was a lot of fun to use.”

Iran has also stepped up a public awareness campaign to prevent and slow down the dangerous trend.

“Increasing public awareness about the dangers of illicit drugs is the best remedy,” said Homayoun Hashemi, the head of Iran’s State Welfare Organization.








MIAMI COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — Three people were arrested after police discover a meth lab that caught fire leaving the home filled with meth smoke while two children were inside.

A criminal investigation by officers from the Indiana State Police Meth Suppression Team, led to the arrests of 37-year-old Aaron Vance and 35-year-old Wendy Walsh, both from Denver, Ind., as well as 30-year-old Arnold Bowen, of Peru, Ind.

ISP officers, with assistance from the Miami County Sheriff’s Office, went to a home on W. Harrison Street in Denver early Thursday morning to serve a search warrant. When officers arrived at Vance and Walsh’s residence, they discovered a smoke-filled dwelling.

Investigators said Bowen was allegedly in the process of manufacturing methamphetamine in the home’s basement. Officers said Bowen made a mistake causing the meth lab to catch fire. The fire was extinguished prior to the arrival of law enforcement. ISP said they do not believe this was an attempt to destroy evidence.

While searching the home, detectives allegedly found methamphetamine, remnants of a methamphetamine lab and drug paraphernalia.

Two girls, ages 16 and 12, were inside the home at the time of the incident. They were checked for exposure to the meth smoke and released into the care of the Miami County Division of the Indiana Department of Child Services. Two officers and one deputy were treated and released for exposure to meth smoke.

Vance, Walsh and Bowen were taken to the Miami County Jail on preliminary charges.

Vance and Walsh face criminal charges for manufacturing methamphetamine, dealing methamphetamine, two counts for neglect of a dependent, possession of an illegal drug lab, maintaining a common nuisance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Bowen faces a criminal charge for manufacturing methamphetamine.








CERRO GORDO – The Piatt County Sheriff’s Office says that an investigation into reports of methamphetamine production in Cerro Gordo has resulted in charges being filed against 12 central Illinois residents.

Authorities say the investigation began in September 2014, and involved the Piatt County Sheriff’s Office and the Cerro Gordo Police Department.  Information gathered during the investigation included the names of five alleged methamphetamine cooks who were working together in Cerro Gordo.  A search warrant was executed by the Illinois State Police – Methamphetamine Response Team, the Piatt County Sheriff’s Office, and the Cerro Gordo Police Department on December 18, 2014.

Police say when the search warrant was executed, two individuals who resided there, Natasha Barnes and Russell Durham, were arrested.  Further investigation resulted in the arrests of Joseph Robertson and Laura West.  Authorities say their investigation revealed that a total of 12 individuals had allegedly participated in several violations of the Methamphetamine Control Act.

Authorities say

  • Natasha Barnes (22),
  • Ashley Murray (27),
  • Laura West (21),
  • Joseph Robertson (35),
  • Shawn Cain (42),
  • Brandon Murray (37),
  • Russell Durham (40),
  • Robert Cripe (31),
  • John Henry III (25),
  • Nicholas Bryson (32),
  • Kirk Ballard (33), and
  • Justin Peyton (21)

have been charged with Methamphetamine Conspiracy as a result of this investigation.  West faces additional charges of methamphetamine possession, and Robertson faces additional charges of methamphetamine possession and participation in methamphetamine production.














By now, most of us have seen the shocking before and after pictures of people addicted to methamphetamines. Exactly what is happening inside each cell to cause such striking changes to a person’s face and body? Meth, scientists from the Italian Institute of Technology and UC Irvine say, causes abnormalities in the fat metabolism of cells and this triggers a rise in a type of molecule which promotes cell death. Understanding this, they say they can prevent the drug’s radical effects.meth-faces

Physical Effects

Users say meth creates a feeling of euphoria along with increased energy and reduced appetite. A psychostimulant, meth is highly addictive despite, or perhaps, because of the fact that it causes profound and long-lasting damage to the brain. Post-mortem studies link the drug to diseases of aging, including coronary atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and pulmonary fibrosis (scar tissue in the lungs). Something is happening at the cellular level to cause these strange physical effects, but what is it?

For the current study, experiments on rats and mice allowed the researchers, in their own words, “to investigate the molecular mechanisms of systemic inflammation and cellular aging related to methamphetamine abuse.” Specifically, they focused on the ways meth induces abnormalities of lipid metabolism in select regions of the brain and peripheral organs and tissues. Through experimentation, the scientists observed how meth accelerated “cellular senescence” — arrested cell growth — and influenced inflammation and other processes of cell regulation.

The chemical cascade caused by meth within each cell involves a specific protein, known as nuclear factor kappa beta. Under healthy conditions, this protein helps regulate other proteins that keep our bodies functioning. However, as each individual cell is overwhelmed by meth-induced signaling, nuclear factor kappa beta begins its own excessive signaling, which triggers a dramatic increase in the production of ceramide. Normally, this lipid molecule regulates energy production and nutrient use within a cell, so when it’s suddenly amplified, every aspect of metabolism speeds up as well.

“We found this signaling process to be key for advanced cellular aging,” Dr. Daniele Piomelli, the Louise Turner Arnold Chair in the Neurosciences at UCI, stated in a press release.

Having identified meth’s effects on cells, Piomelli and his co-researchers decided to figure out a possible way to prevent the drug’s effects on the body. If we can stop nuclear factor kappa beta, they reasoned, by increasing the body’s natural inhibitors of that protein, then we can limit the production of ceramide. This, in turn will prevent the harmful effects of meth — fast-forwarded cell aging and systemic inflammation.

“These results suggest new therapeutic strategies to reduce the adverse consequences of meth abuse and improve the effectiveness of abstinence treatments,” said Piomelli, who is working with colleagues at the Italian Institute of Technology to create new drugs targeting the specific cellular mechanisms identified in this research.

Source: Astarita G, Avanesian A, Grimaldi B, et al. Methamphetamine Accelerates Cellular Senescence through Stimulation of De Novo Ceramide Biosynthesis. PLOS ONE. 2015.








SIOUX FALLS, SD – Whenever we tell you about a big meth bust, it’s easy to think the drug is making a comeback in South Dakota. But the sad reality is meth never went away. Laws limiting access to over-the-counter meds used to make meth have helped put the squeeze on illegal labs here. But dealers are simply finding another source by going global. It’s a meth pipeline that extends from South of the Border to South Dakota.

Toni Harmon of Lower Brule first tried meth, on a whim, a year and a half ago.

“Two girls came and asked me if I wanted to try it and I said sure,” Harmon said.

Harmon’s spur-of -the moment choice, quickly turned into a full-blown addiction.

“I went from smoking it to using the needle and became very addicted to it, got into legal trouble through that,” Harmon said.

Harmon’s legal trouble landed her in the Hughes County Jail. That’s where she spent three months detoxing from meth.

“Waking up with cold sweats, depression, I was really sick, I lost so much weight when I was using I couldn’t eat at first and it was all kinds of things my body was going through, Harmon said.

Harmon went from jail to the Glory House in Sioux Falls, where’s she’s in the midst of a four-month treatment program.

“This is the first time I’ve been in meth treatment, and I really like it. I’m in an intensive meth treatment and I really enjoy it and I enjoy my classes and I’m getting a lot out of it,” Harmon said.

Meth’s iron grip on users is keeping demand high and the waiting list of addicts is long.

“I’ve been doing the meth treatment since 2006 here. Once and a while the numbers fluctuate but generally, I have a waiting list for treatment,” Glory House Meth Counselor Sally Holiday said.

Laws designed to limit access to meth ingredients have made it tough for large labs to thrive in the state. Smaller operations, the so-called “one-pot” labs don’t produce enough meth to meet demand, so dealers reach out to super-labs in Mexico.

“It just comes down to the pseudoephedrine laws that we have, not only in South Dakota, but across the country. They don’t have those types of restrictions in Mexico.  The cartels that are running the shows down there, they know that there’s a lot of money to be made in it and they can produce huge quantities that we’re not seeing anywhere in the states anymore,” Sam Clemens of the Sioux Falls Police Department said.

South Dakota’s meth connection with Mexico involves a sophisticated network of smuggling that spans several states.

“We hear stories about tunnels across the border. There are people that will fly it over, or throw it over the border. Once it crosses the border, those big quantities get divvied up into smaller quantities and head out across the nation and some of that ends up here,” Clemens said.

Nowadays, South Dakota law enforcement has to cast a much wider net to stop dealers and stem the flow of meth from Mexico.

“A lot of that can be information-sharing and so if we get information from one drug bust about drugs that happened in another area, we can pass that onto other agencies and that happens on the other end as well,” Clemens said.

Trying to seal-off the Mexico to South Dakota meth pipeline is a far-reaching, long distance border battle that strikes close to home for addicts like Harmon. She completes her treatment in May and wants to return to Lower Brule, but knows the easy access to meth on the reservation will test the coping skills she’s learning at the Glory House.

“My goal is to go home and live a sober life, off of meth, off of drugs, everything that I was doing before,” Harmon said.

According to the U.S. Justice Department, more than 70-percent of meth in the country is smuggled in from Mexico.

Clemens says marijuana remains the top drug trafficked in Sioux Falls. That’s followed by prescription meds, then meth.








Juan-Manuel-MunozPolice arrested two men after finding about 4.6 pounds of methamphetamine in their car outside a Round Rock restaurant, according to an arrest affidavit.

Juan Manuel Munoz, 26, of Austin, and Servando Nieto-Rodriguez, 29, of Manor, were both charged with possession of a controlled substance.

A police officer had been observing Munoz for two months in connection with narcotic activity, the affidavit said. The officer had Munoz under surveillance on Tuesday when Munoz left his house in Spicewood and drove to Austin, the affidavit said.

Munoz drove to a location known as a “gameroom” business near North Lamar Boulevard and Braker Lane, it said. He parked next to a black Lexus that a “reliable source” had observed in the same parking lot within the past two weeks with several pounds of methamphetamine inside of it, according to the document.

The officer saw Munoz walking from the gameroom to the Lexus with Nieto-Rodriguez both carrying a “grocery-type” plastic bag that a confidential informant had said they used to transport narcotics, it said.Servando-Nieto-Rodriguez

Munoz and Nieto-Rodriguez both got into the Lexus and Munoz drove it to the Twin Peaks Bar and Grill in Round Rock, the affidavit said. Police stopped Munoz and Nieto-Rodriguez after they left the restaurant and before they tried to get back into the vehicle, the document said.

Officers searched the vehicle and found three plastic bags containing a total of 2,104 grams of methamphetamine, it said.

Munoz and Nieto-Rodriguez were being held Wednesday at the Williamson County Jail with bail set at $100,000 for each.

Possession of 200 grams or more of methamphetamine is a first-degree felony punishable by up to 99 years in prison.







LISBON — A Lisbon woman is being charged with manufacturing methamphetamine following an investigation that began with a suspicious garbage bag in Canton.

St. Lawrence County sheriff’s deputies Wednesday charged Jessica E. Dodd, 35, of 21 Sandburg Circle, with felony third-degree unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine.

Mrs. Dodd was charged following an investigation that began with Canton village police receiving a call about 7 p.m. Tuesday, Chief Lori A. McDougal said.

“There was a report of a suspicious bag in a garbage can next to the Redbox outside of Price Chopper,” Ms. McDougal said. “Officers checked the bag, which contained meth-making material, and we tried to determine who deposited the bag.”

St. Lawrence County Drug Task Force members, during their assistance at the Canton scene, made a connection through evidence and interviews that led them to the Sandburg Circle trailer in the Morning Star Village, Sheriff’s Detective Sgt. Brandon L. Storie said.

“Just before noon, investigators came to the scene to do an interview,” Mr. Storie said. That interview led to the execution of a search warrant at 4 p.m. and the discovery and recovery of several components “cooking” meth throughout the house consisting of what Mr. Storie said was “a one-pot, shake-and-bake lab.”

The state police Contaminated Crime Scene Response Team responded to the scene and removed the combustible and hazardous materials from the trailer. Among the lab component items lined up on a folding table outside the trailer was a Sunkist soda bottle with rubber tubing coming out of it. Detectives and troopers moved about the lab items between the trailer and the St. Lawrence County Unified Command Center Wednesday afternoon as the temperature dropped with the sun and the wind picked up.

“The investigation is ongoing with additional charges and arrests pending,” Mr. Storie said. That includes the arrest of Mrs. Dodd’s husband, Darrell P., 31, of the same address, Mr. Storie said. He is also facing a count of felony third-degree unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine.

“This is the seventh (meth bust) this year already,” Mr. Storie said. “Last year we had 18 and this is already seven.”

Mr. Storie said detectives are crediting the increase in the meth labs popping up to the ease of making the drug with the “one-pot method.”

“It’s so simple to make because the materials can be bought locally and separately, so it makes it hard to detect and locate,” Mr. Storie said.

But while detectives are keeping track of who is purchasing Suphedrine through the National Precursor Log Exchange, a system used by pharmacies and law enforcement to track sales of over-the-counter cold and allergy medications containing precursors to meth, Mr. Storie said police are still looking for the public’s assistance.

“So we are asking people to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activities,” Mr. Storie said. “If you see something, say something, right.”








U.S. customs officers seized more than five and a half pounds of liquid methamphetamine from a passenger at Dulles International Airport Saturday.dulles+meth

Officers discovered two plastic bottles and a plastic bag containing brown liquids which tested positive for methamphetamine during a routine luggage inspection, customs authorities said.

Customs officers found the drugs in courier bags belonging to an El Salvadoran woman who is a U.S. permanent resident. Officials determined the woman was a “legitimate courier,” and she was not charged, according to a statement from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Officers said the methamphetamine had a potential street value of $33,000.








Storm Lake Police announced the arrest of seven people in connection with a five-month investigation into the sale and use of methamphetamine and marijuana in Storm Lake.

On Sunday evening police stopped a vehicle driven by Keomanivanh Senesoury, 35, of Storm Lake, near the intersection of W. Milwaukee Ave. and Geneseo Street. Police allege that over a five-month period they arranged for the purchase of methamphetamine on four occasions and marijuana on one occasion from Senesoury.

On Sunday evening, when police stopped Senesoury’s vehicle they allegedly located and seized methamphetamine and cash believed to be proceeds from illegal drug sales.

At 3 a.m. on Monday police executed a search warrant at a residence at 725 Hickory Lane. Police found several people inside, including two people reportedly smoking methamphetamine. Police took six people into custody inside the residence. 53648%20A%20SENESOURY,%20KEOMANIVANH

During the search warrant police seized multiple bags of methamphetamine packaged for resale, marijuana packaged for resale, multiple items of drug paraphernalia, documents believed to be linked to illegal drug sales, packaging materials and cash believed to be acquired from illegal drug sales.

Storm Lake Police charged the following:

Keomanivanh Senesoury, 35, of Storm Lake was charged with four counts of delivery of methamphetamine, a class C felony; two counts of possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, a class C felony; delivery of marijuana, a class D felony; possession with intent to deliver marijuana, a class D felony; and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Keomanivanh Senesoury was booked into the county jail on a $50,000 bond.

Kaisone Navongsa, 30, of Storm Lake, was charged with possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, a class C felony; possession with intent to deliver marijuana, a class D felony; gathering where controlled substances are used, a class D felony; and possession of drug paraphernalia. Navongsa was booked into the county jail on a $50,000 bond.

Khonsavanh Navongsa, 29, of Storm Lake, was charged with gathering where controlled substances are used, a class D felony; possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Navongsa was booked into the county jail on a $5,000 bond.

Thavone Navongsa, 33, of Storm Lake, was charged with gathering where controlled substances are used, a class D felony; and possession of drug paraphernalia. Navongsa was booked into the county jail on a $5,000 bond. The following people were charged with gathering where controlled substances are used, a class D felony.

All three were booked into the county jail on a $5,000 bond each.

  •  Tommy Navongsa, 20, of Storm Lake
  •  Chanthala Satibanchong, 40, of Storm Lake
  • Alex Senesoury, 26, of Storm Lake

WASHINGTON — Experts at a National Defense University (NDU) conference warned that the Iranian-backed narcoterrorist group Hezbollah, based in Lebanon, has expanded across Latin American and into the United States.

The Shiite movement group, which is listed as a terrorist organization by the United States, generates millions of dollars through drug trafficking, money laundering, and other criminal activities in the Americas, the experts said during a conference at NDU entitled, “Beyond Convergence: A World Without Order.”hezbollah-AP-640x480

Iran is considered a state-sponsor of terrorism by the U.S.

Nevertheless, the Obama administration has reportedly conceded to most demands in negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program.

In written testimony recently prepared for lawmakers, the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) expressed concern about the movement of “special interest aliens” in Latin America.

Special interests aliens refers to immigrants from countries such as Iran, which have been officially linked to terrorism by the United States.

Breitbart News reported that U.S. Border Patrol agents apprehended at least 474 aliens from terrorism-linked countries attempting to sneak into the United States illegally last year.

“Outside actors are increasingly seeking to challenge the U.S. as the defense partner of choice in the [Latin American] region,” testified the defense intel agency.

Some speakers at the NDU conference identified Russia, Iran, and China as “outside actors” in Latin America.

The experts’ comments at the conference concerning Hezbollah’s spread in Latin America came on the heels of reports that an explosive device allegedly linked to an Iranian diplomat was found by the Israeli embassy in Uruguay.

Dr. Matt Levitt, director of the Washington Institute’s Stein Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, pointed out that Iran has “created a foreign Shiite legion” that includes thousands of members of Hezbollah and the Quds Force of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard.

He compared the manpower behind Iran’s “Shiite foreign legion” to estimates of foreign militants fighting for the Sunni jihadist group Islamic State (ISIS, ISIL) in Iraq and Syria.

“We are completely fixated and for good reason on the Sunni foreign fighters — some 20,000 foreign fighters from around the world… and about 5,000 from the West,” said Dr. Levitt. “That should get your attention, but there are at least as many Shiite foreign fighters.”

“These guys are not going to simply hang up their coats and go back to being farmers or what not because, at the end of the day, this is something that Iran is going to have in its back pocket — that’s its network to leverage horrible kinds of things at the end of the day,” he continued.

Dr. David Asher, adjunct senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security, explained that Hezbollah exemplifies a convergence between terrorism and criminal activities such as drug trafficking.

“Hezbollah has morphed from being a terrorist organization and resistance movement to becoming a transnational criminal resistance organization fueled by a huge illicit financial and business apparatus,” said Dr. Asher.

“I consider Hezbollah today to be one of the largest exporters of illicit narcotics from South America and certainly one of the largest facilitators of the export of illicit narcotics from South America to West Africa and into Europe,” he added. “And they are probably the world’s largest money laundering organization.”

U.S. officials had indicated that Hezbollah presence in South America was limited to the region’s tri-border area, which includes Paraguay, Argentina, and Brazil.

However, Dr. Levitt said the group has expanded beyond that region to other parts in Latin America.

Dr. Asher added that Hezbollah draws part of its memberships from the Lebanese diaspora in Latin America and the United States, which includes thousands of individuals.

He cited illicit criminal activity linked to the group in U.S. courts.

“In Latin America, transnational threats such as drug- and arms-trafficking and special interest alien transit, coupled with porous borders, have increased insecurity and challenged stability and prosperity,” the U.S. defense intel agency told lawmakers.








Two Santa Rosa men were arrested after police stopped their speeding vehicle in Novato and found more than 5 pounds of methamphetamine in the car, the California Highway Patrol said.

Leny Romero-Moya, 18, and Juvenal Mondragon, 20, were booked into Marin County Jail with bail set at $250,000.

The incident occurred at about 3:30 p.m. Monday on northbound Highway 101, where the CHP saw a speeding Mercedes near the South Novato Boulevard offramp. The Mercedes was traveling at more than 80 mph in a 65 mph zone, said CHP Officer Andrew Barclay.

Police stopped the car just south of the downtown Novato exit. Romero-Moya was identified as the driver and Mondragon the passenger, and neither had an active driver’s license.

Police arranged for the Mercedes to be towed and conducted a search of the car. When police found a large bag of suspected meth in the car, they moved to arrest the two men.

After Romero-Moya was handcuffed, Mondragon ran off and darted through an opening in the fence next to the highway, Barclay said. Mondragon ran toward the nearby medical campus, where he was eventually found hiding in a stairwell inside Novato Community Hospital.

Romero-Moya was booked on suspicion of drug possession for sale, transportation of a controlled substance, driving while unlicensed, failure to provide proof of insurance and speeding.

Mondragon was booked on suspicion of drug possession for sale, transportation of a controlled substance and resisting police.

The suspect remained in custody Tuesday while the Marin County District Attorney’s Office reviewed whether to file charges.








WELLS — A woman who thought someone else was in her car was apparently under the influence of drugs, which led to her arrest on Sunday afternoon.

Samantha L. Green, 30, of Twin Falls, Idaho, flagged down Elko County deputies while they were patrolling in Wells, Undersheriff Clair Morris said.54da971205c20_preview-620

Green claimed someone was either in the back seat or the trunk of her car and asked the deputies to search it. However, they didn’t find anyone, Morris said.

Green left, only to return saying she could still hear someone in the car.

Again, deputies found no one, but they did reportedly discover a drug pipe and a small amount of methamphetamine in the car. As a result, Green was taken into custody.

Green was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and use or possession of drug paraphernalia. Her bail was listed at $5,637.








A search for a Brewton man wanted on felony domestic violence charges ended Friday, but not before leading police to one of the largest clandestine methamphetamine operations seen in the county.

Chief Deputy Mike Lambert with the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office said Monday Eric Dean Vickers, 30, was sought by the U.S. Marshal’s Violent Fugitive Task Force on a domestic violence/strangulation warrant from the Flomaton Police Department.

Vickers fled from deputies not once but twice in the days preceding his arrest at a home on Jack Springs Road in Atmore, Lambert said.

“Both times, Vickers was driving very recklessly and for the safety of the officer involved and the community, the pursuits were called off,” Lambert said. “On Tuesday evening, we got word that was a home on Stanley Road.”

While deputies did not find Vickers at the home, they did find 24 “confirmed one pot cooks,” he said.

“They also found numerous items consistent with a clandestine manufacturing of crystal meth at the home of Melissa Wells,” Lambert said.

Wells, 29, is charged with manufacturing a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. She is currently being held in the Escambia County Detention Center on a $100,000 bond.

Lambert said the Marshal’s task force continued their search for Vickers, who was ultimately located inside the bedroom of a Jack Springs Road residence just after 3:30 p.m. Friday.

Drug task force agents, Atmore Police Department officers, U.S. Marshals and members of the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office K-9 team surrounded the residence.

After searching Vickers’ room, officers found six grams of marijuana, approximate 1 ½ grams of methamphetamine, several pseudoephedrine pills, two cans of spray paint and a bottle of lye. The pills, spray paint and lye can be used to manufacture meth, DTF agent Scott Walden said.

Vickers also possessed three meth pipes at the time of his arrest, Walden said. Vickers admitted to owning all the drug-related items.

“He didn’t put up a fight once we placed him in custody,” Walden said.

Vickers was booked into the county detention center and held on an assortment of charges including attempting to elude and criminal mischief. He is awaiting bond setting.









A report of an illegally parked motorhome in Northwest Boise led to the arrest Monday of two Garden City residents on methamphetamine trafficking charges, according to police.151VTi_AuSt_36

Police investigated the motorhome at 8:44 a.m. Monday morning. When they made contact with the owners, they say they witnessed one of them to try hide something inside the vehicle.

Investigators say they found evidence that there was meth inside the home, but they did not say what that evidence was. When they searched the motorhome, they found an ounce and half of a white crystal substance that tested “presumptive positive” for meth.

Police say they also found two dozen prescription pills, two glass pipes and “other evidence of drug sales.” The two occupants of the motorhome were arrested and booked into the Ada County Jail.

Troy B. Becker, 49, of Garden City, was charged with felony trafficking of a controlled substance-meth, misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and two misdemeanor counts of probation violation.

Ella M. Becker, 42, of Garden City, was charged with felony trafficking of a controlled substance-meth, misdemeanor possession of a schedule II drug without a prescription, and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.q31JA_AuSt_36








Meth is a man made drug that is a central nervous system stimulant, and it’s the most dangerous drug that has ever been made, said Cary Quashen from Action Family Counseling.

“The rise in use here is really on par with with other areas in the United States,” Wachsmuth said. “Some places may have a higher rate of use, while others could be lower.”131120033824-meth-file-generic-horizontal-large-gallery-620x330

The increase in use has a lot to do with more of the drug coming from Mexico, Wachsmuth said. It’s cheaper than other drugs and the effects last longer.

Meth can injected or inhaled, Wachsmuth said, these days, users are mixing meth and heroin, or other drugs to create a different type of high.

“It is a shortcut to the pleasure center of the brain,” Quashen said. “People go on runs where all they do is the drug, they don’t sleep or eat and the brain starts playing tricks on the user, people get really paranoid.”

The average user begins using at age 17, and personality traits in a methamphetamine user include the inability to work or care for a family, they are agitated, aggressive, confused, and they don’t maintain a normal sleep cycle, Wachsmuth said.

“Coming down from methamphetamines can cause extreme depression,” Quashen said, “it is the most emotionally addictive drug out there.”

Meth is not really a step up from another drug, Wachsmuth said, meth is a stimulant, which makes it very different than other drugs.

“The use of meth is more of an alternate step that has to do with the users personality,” Wachsmuth said. “Heroin, painkillers many other drugs are depressants, so the high is different.”

It’s an incredibly tough habit to kick, Wachsmuth said, it is a life long process to get and stay sober.

“Most people become addicted after trying the drug only once, it is incredibly hard to kick,” Quashen said, “but people do it every single day.”








ODESSA – An Odessa women is behind bars after methamphetamine was found in her car.6684312_G

Police pulled Kelby Young over.

According to the report, she was driving in the area of Texas and 45th Street with her lights off.

Young had two previous warrants out, one was for a drug charge.

When police searched her car, a glass pipe was found along with 1.8 grams of methamphetamine and credit cards that didn’t belong to her.

Prescription pain medications were also found.








MIDDLETOWN — Middletown police are fighting a drug war on two fronts.

While heroin remains the No. 1 drug problem in this city of 48,702 right now, the manufacturing of methamphetamine is also on the rise, according to police. So far this year, Middletown police have busted two meth labs in the city and have busted an average of eight meth labs during each of the past two years.

“It’s on the rise, especially the cooking of meth…just because all the ingredients to make meth can be purchased at your common stores…and get on the Internet and learn how to make it,” said Sgt. David Birk of the Middletown Division of Police. “And officers are more aware of what meth is and the manufacturing of it, so that’s a big help in stopping the problem.”

Officers responded to an apartment in the 4400 block of Roosevelt Boulevard around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday in reference to a disturbance and “upon arrival officers could smell a strong odor of ammonia coming from the apartment,” Birk said.

Once inside the apartment, officers found four people inside and several items commonly used to make methamphetamine, including boxes of pseudo-ephedrine and ammonia nitrate. Birk said one of the apartment’s occupants, Felicia Lindvall, 40, tried to destroy some of the items in the apartment.meth2rrr

“We think they most likely destroyed it by pouring it down the sink,” Birk said.

Lindvall was arrested and charged with illegal assembly of chemicals, and officers questioned the three other people in Lindvall’s apartment, but they were later released, Birk said.

“We had no evidence at this point to charge them, but it’s still under investigation,” he said, noting they could be charged in the future and additional charges could be filed against Lindvall.

According to Middletown Municipal Court records, Lindvall has been arrested for drug abuse cocaine, attempted permitting drug abuse and possession of drug abuse instrument in 2005.

Officials say no injuries were reported, and everyone inside the apartment building was safely outside.

Tuesday’s meth bust was the second so far this year in the city, and the third that Middletown officers have investigated. Birk said Middletown police have also assisted Miamisburg police with a meth bust this year.

While the manufacturing of methamphetamine is on the rise, Birk said “the biggest problem is still the heroin epidemic.”

Some people even mix the two lethal drugs, according to police.

“We have seen individuals use heroin and methamphetamine where they get on heroin and get depressed and relax, then they want to stay up and so then they’ll use meth…putting your body through so many changes,” said Birk.meth1ff

John Bishop, 53, lives a block away from Lindvall and said he’s worried about his safety and remembers people cooking meth in his neighborhood about 10 years ago.

“Wished they’d stop, stop it all,” he said.

Janet Rose, of Franklin, lived in Middletown for about four years and said she’s not surprised that the manufacturing of methamphetamine is on the rise.

“Every place has got something going on,” she said. “Could blow the house up, could kill the neighbors or innocent people.”








CLEVELAND, Ohio — A Cleveland man is accused of forcing his girlfriend to strip naked and smoke meth before chaining her to a bedroom floor for two days, police reported.

Venson E. Moore III, 38, is charged with kidnapping following last week’s incident. A Cleveland Municipal Court judge on Monday set bond at $250,000.

According to the police report:

The 40-year-old victim told officers that on Feb. 3 Moore showed up at their multi-family home on Roanoke Avenue and said he was moving out. The woman made no objection and left for a store.

When the woman returned, Moore seemed upset about her response to his moving out and ordered her to strip naked and take a seat. With a butcher knife in his hand, Moore then forced her to smoke meth under threat of death.

Afterward, Moore took the woman to a bedroom and bound her in chains anchored to the floor.

The woman told investigators that Moore left her there until Feb. 5. Moore unchained her, she told police, so she could give him a ride to his drug dealer.

When they returned home from the drug deal, Moore ordered the woman to disrobe before she went inside. Moore then told her to take a seat while he snorted drugs.

The woman eventually saw an opportunity to escape, and after putting on clothes, fled downstairs to the home of Moore’s sister.

The woman reported the crimes the next day.

Police drove to the home and tried to make contact with Moore. After failed attempts, an officer kicked in the front door. Moore sprung from the couch and said he didn’t hear the officers knocking.

Moore told investigators that he and the woman sometimes smoke meth for days.

“I was her sex slave also,” police quoted Moore as saying after he was placed in handcuffs.

McALLEN – Police arrested a 50-year-old man after finding more than 130 pounds of crystal methamphetamine in his truck.

Hiram Rodriguez Medina was pulled over during a routine traffic stop Friday in the 500 block of West Expressway 83, authorities say.54d8fd9c212bf_image

A K-9 alerted officers to the inside of Medina’s Freightliner tractor-trailer where they found the narcotics. He was arrested and the drugs and vehicle were seized, according to a news release.

Medina was charged with manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance and had his bond set at $1 million. If convicted of the first-degree felony, he could face up to 99 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) — An Ostrander man was arrested after Rochester police said a large amount of methamphetamine fell from him during a traffic stop.6670692_G

Lt. Casey Moilanen said Nicholas Volkart, 31, was arrested about 10:30 p.m. Saturday. Volkart made a left turn without using a turn signal, and an officer pulled him over in the 300 block of 1st Ave. SW.

Moilanan said Volkart appeared to be under the influence. According to the report, 24.5 grams of meth fell from Volkart.

Volkart now faces a second-degree controlled substance charge.