A drug investigation in Young County has resulted in the arrest of 26 people.

Texas DPS arrested the group on Tuesday, April 29th, all reportedly involved in the distribution of methamphetamine, following a 20-month investigation in Young County.

The investigation, led by the DPS Criminal Investigations Division, began in August 2012. A Young County grand jury indicted 30 defendants for engaging in organized criminal activity on March 8th.

Authorities continue to search for the four remaining indicted defendants.

Three properties were searched on Tuesday in Young County, which yielded approximately 28 grams of methamphetamine and two firearms.

The list of arrested defendants is included below, and come from a DPS press release.

  • Robert Aguilar, 34, Graham.
  • James Robert Alexander, 44, Olney.
  • Kimberly Ann Bailey, 44, Graham.
  • Jaycie Jo Burkett, 26, Graham.
  • Kelly Wooderson Burkett, 49, Graham.
  • Ralph Marcelino Castro, 28, White Settlement.
  • Russell Eugene Cottle, 30, Graham.
  • Gary Paul Cox, 42, Graham.
  • Donald Ray Cox, Jr., 47, Graham.
  • Bobby Earl Gilbert, 46, Iowa Park.
  • Launa Lynn Henderson, 35, Graham.
  • Bobby Ray Huffman, 24, Graham.
  • William Frank Huffman, 48, Graham.
  • Emily Louise Kee, 39, Newcastle.
  • Crystal Marie Moore, 33, Graham.
  • John Raymond Moore, 46, Graham.
  • Daphne Mueller-Segars, 47, Olney.
  • William Allen Myers, 37, Graham.
  • Jeffery Scott Palmer, 32, Olney.
  • Brandie Lynn Renfrow, 28, Graham.
  • Randall Todd Routon, 46, Newcastle.
  • Byron Lamar Saunders, 43, Bedford.
  • Chris Alan Saunders, 41, Plano.
  • Christopher Allen Sefcik, 30, Jacksboro.
  • Misty Dawn Teakell, 34, Big Spring.
  • Sheetiea Gale Tozer, 45, Newcastle.










The Effingham County Sheriff’s Office has recovered four methamphetamine labs and arrested eight people on meth charges over that past 10 days, the ECSO announced Wednesday.

The ECSO Drug Suppression Unit recovered the labs as well as methamphetamine, pseudoephedrine and other items used to manufacture meth.

This 10-day operation stemmed from a long-term investigation in which investigators targeted people who have been illegally purchasing pseudoephedrine and providing it to the meth cooks, according to ECSO spokesman Detective David Ehsanipoor.

“Unfortunately, methamphetamine, along with other drugs, is in every community, but we will not stick out heads in the sand and pretend it does not exist,” he said.

Arrested on meth-related charges were:

Chad Barrs, 40, of Springfield

Leslie Ellis, 53, of Springfield

Christopher Mosely, 37, of Guyton

Wesley Lanier, 34, of Springfield

Jessica Lanier, 37, of Springfield

Melissa Edwards, 42, of Springfield

Dan Edwards, 45, of Springfield

Tracy Lively, 43, of Springfield

For more, see Friday’s Herald.







Taylorville police uncovered a suspected methamphetamine lab while responding to a disturbance call Tuesday at 513 E. Oak St.

While officers were at the home, they smelled a strong chemical odor. Officers investigated further and discovered an active clandestine meth lab, according to the Taylorville Police Department.

Joshua W. Moore, 36, and Brandie Ben Jeddou, 23

Joshua W. Moore, 36, and Brandie Ben Jeddou, 23, were arrested without incident and charged with aggravated unlawful participation in methamphetamine production and possession of methamphetamine manufacturing materials.

The Illinois State Police Meth Response Team assisted with the cleanup.

Anyone with information about meth production in Taylorville is encouraged to contact the Taylorville Police Department at 217-824-2211 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-568-TIPS.







No arrests have been made in the discovery of an alleged methamphetamine lab at a village residence earlier this week.

Mohawk Police Chief Joseph Malone said his agency received a tip from the Otsego County Sheriff’s Department about a possible “one pot” meth lab at 8 Lock St. Mohawk and state police were dispatched to the scene Monday and said they discovered a lab at the residence.

Malone said state police assisted in the investigation since “they have a special team that deals with meth labs.”

“We always work with the state (for these type of investigations) because they have specialized training and equipment,” he said. “We don’t deal with it enough.”

Malone said there are hazards involved for officers responding to a possible meth lab because of the “toxic and dangerous” materials that might be present at the scene.

“Just inhaling some of the chemicals can be hazardous,” he said.

Malone, who also is chief for the Herkimer Police Department, said meth labs are something the departments see “from time to time.”

“They’re making a comeback in this area,” he said. “The ingredients are so easy to get.”

As of Thursday, no arrests have been made, but Malone said charges are forthcoming.

“We need to wait for the state police to give their final report,” he said.

Malone also said the hazardous materials were removed from the home from an agency hired by the state







A man is in jail today after engaging police in a high speed chase.

Daryl Jandreau, 37, of Wagner, faces charges for eluding, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and ingestion of a controlled substance. He also had an outstanding warrant for his arrest.

A Charles Mix Sheriff’s deputy tried to stop Jandreau in Wagner, but the car didn’t stop and took off at high speeds. Police say maximum speeds were around 85 miles per hour. Jandreau and passengers tried to run on foot from police, but they were taken into custody.

Jandreau is in the Charles Mix County Jail on a $20,000 cash bond.








Methamphetamine charges have been filed for a Bartlesville couple who allegedly was caught starting a meth lab.

40-year old Tony William Teehee and 31-year old Lauren Rae Hale are charged with endeavoring/conspiracy to deliver/manufacture meth and possession of paraphernalia.

William Teehee

Bartlesville police served a search warrant at a home in the 3800 block of Limestone Road. According to a court affidavit, officers went inside and smelled an odor of chemicals.

The authorities found inside the home numerous items used to make meth.

Both suspects were inside the home when officers arrived.

Both Teehee and Hale’s next court date is May 16th. Teehee’s bond remains at $50,000 while Hale’s bond remains at $25,000.








SHAFTER, Calif. – The Kern County Sheriff’s Office Calif. Multi-jurisdictional Methamphetamine Enforcement Team executed a search warrant on Wednesday in the 1100 block of Central Valley Highway in Shafter.

The warrant was the result of an investigation into the sales of methamphetamine, and officers located just over four pounds of it and over $10,000.

Officers said they arrested 41-year-old Santos Gutierrez for various narcotics related charges and he was booked into the Kern County Jail Central Receiving Facility.







CHARLOTTE COUNTY, FL-Detectives located what appeared to be a small methamphetamine cooking operation along Taylor Road in Punta Gorda last Friday which resulted in the surrounding area being shut down for a short time.

Shortly after noon on Friday April 25, detectives checked buildings located at 2730 Taylor Road in Punta Gorda after learning that unauthorized people may have been at the location. The property owner had previously given the Sheriff’s Office authorization to take any necessary legal action on their behalf if anyone were found trespassing on the property.

Detectives found that someone had apparently broken into the buildings at the location and had been living there. They found various narcotic paraphernalia and pill bottles, along with a jug that had vapor coming out of it in one of the bathrooms. The items located were indicative of those typically used to make methamphetamine.

Because of the hazardous nature of their findings, detectives called for the Fire Department HazMat team, as well as Sheriff’s Office members who have been trained in how to deal with the safe dismantling of methamphetamine operations. A portion of Taylor Road was closed temporarily while the materials were safely removed.

Nobody was present at the location when the detectives arrived. No arrests were made, but, after speaking with the property manager, a report was filed for the burglary of the buildings on the property.







DIAMONDHEAD, MS (WLOX) – An agent with the Hancock County Narcotics Task Force was bitten by a pit bull during a meth bust at a home in Diamondhead Tuesday. The agent stopped the attack when he shot and killed the dog.

It happened around 10:30am when agents executed a search warrant at 9823 Ana Hulu Street. It was the culmination of a two-month investigation into possible manufacturing and distribution of methamphetamine at the home.


Agents were making their way through the house, searching for suspects, when a large pit bull terrier charged from the rear bedroom toward the officers. The lead entry team agent first tried to stop the dog using pepper spray, but the animal jumped and latched onto the left hand of the agent and began dragging him to the floor. That’s when the agent shot one round into the dog.

No one was in the home at the time of the search, but agents found plenty of evidence. According to agents, they recovered two active meth labs, substantial quantities of precursor chemicals and methamphetamine oil, manufacturing equipment, packaging and distribution items, and very large quantities of hazardous waste generated by the illicit methamphetamine manufacturing operation. Also recovered were items of usage paraphernalia and small quantities of other illegal narcotics. All hazardous materials were safely processed and removed from the scene.

Jacob Dodd, 33, of Diamondhead, was later arrested and charged with Manufacturing Controlled Substance, Generation of Hazardous Waste, and Possession of Controlled Substance. The investigation is ongoing and further arrests are likely.

The dog that died at the scene is being tested for any diseases that may pose a health risk to the agent who was attacked. The agent was treated and released from Hancock Medical Center for significant injuries to his hand and arm.







CALEXICO – U.S. Customs and Border Protection found $13,000 worth of methamphetamine hidden in a wheel of cheese at the Calexico downtown Port of Entry on Saturday.


U.S. citizen and Valley resident Jose Alejandro Nava, 62, approached the port’s pedestrian lane around 11:40 a.m., according to the court complaint, and was carrying two large cheese wheels which he declared to officials.

He told an officer that “the cheese was only for personal consumption to make quesadillas,” according to the complaint. An agriculture specialist detected anomalies in the wheels of cheese and then found four wrapped packages of methamphetamine containing about two pounds of methamphetamine hidden inside.

Nava said he picked up the cheese wheels from a man at Hotel del Norte in Mexicali and was paid 440 pesos to smuggle the cheese, according to the complaint. He was to be paid $50 more once the cheese was delivered to the Don Juan Motel in Calexico.

Nava was arrested, turned over to Homeland Security Investigations for further processing and booked into Imperial County jail. CBP seized the narcotics.







ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico corrections officer participated in a scheme to smuggle heroin and methamphetamine into the Otero County Prison Facility with the help of inmates, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.

According to Acting U.S. Attorney Damon Martinez, Luis Delgadillo, 37, is one of six people charged in a criminal complaint with conspiracy to violate the federal narcotics laws.

Delgadillo, of El Paso, Texas, was arrested by the FBI last week.

The other defendants are two women who live in New Mexico and three men who are prison inmates.

According to the complaint, the FBI began its investigation in January after receiving information from the New Mexico Corrections Department that Delgadillo possibly was smuggling heroin and methamphetamine into the prison.

The investigation, which included a review of recorded inmate telephone calls and surveillance video, identified the six suspects as members of the drug ring, authorities said.

A federal magistrate in Las Cruces on Wednesday ordered Delgadillo detained pending trial.

It’s unclear if he has a lawyer.

New Mexico Corrections Secretary Gregg Marcantel said the arrest is evidence that his department is serious about maintaining the integrity of the state’s prison system. “This shows that we have the ability to police ourselves,” he said.







Methamphetamine hydrochloride, better known as crystal meth or ice, first became a factor in Australia’s illicit drug scene in the mid-2000ss. The United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) currently classes crystal meth as an “imminent threat” due to increased seizures worldwide, particularly in east and southeast Asia.

Australian Federal Police

On releasing the report, acting ACC head Paul Jevtovic described crystal meth as a “national concern“, likening it to the crack cocaine scourge in the United States in the 1980s. Rates of use and detection are rising significantly.

Crystal meth is just one of a number of amphetamine-type stimulants (ATS) that are competing for market share against more traditional illicit drugs such as cocaine and heroin. At least one studyy has shown that the use of crystal meth in Australia has increased by 10% since 2011. And while the use of some other ATS has declined, the use of crystal meth remains at a high level and continues to increase.



Ice use of injecting users. Australian Crime Commission


Current threat assessment

The ACC report provides sombre reading. In the year 2012-13, the number and weight of ATS (excluding MDMA/ecstasy) detections at the Australian border increased and are the highest on record.ƒ

The UNODC estimates that some 90% of ATS are manufactured locally. However, for crystal meth, the situation is different; a higher proportion is imported.

Significant border detections of crystal meth in 2012-13 included 58 kilograms of crystal meth in February 2013, declared as metabisulphite, via sea cargo from China to Sydney andƒƒ 306 kilograms of crystal meth in July 2012, concealed in 3200 terracotta pots, via sea cargo from Thailand to Sydney. This trend matches the previous year, when crystal meth accounted for some of the biggest seizures at the Australian border.



Border detections of ATS in 2012-13. Australian Crime Commission


Law enforcement responses

Drug trafficking is characterised by a high level of free enterprise and in some respects it does not suffer from the constraints of legitimate markets. “Success” in the drug business focuses on elements such as access to working capital, availability of raw materials, manufacturing facilities, reliable shipping, wholesale distributors and a marketing arm and retail.

Recently, law enforcement efforts have moved from focusing on the ends – that is, drug users – to the means: raw materials and manufacturing facilities. The efforts are aimed at undermining the business models of drug traffickers. Evidence of this can be seen in the number of detections of precursor chemicals at the Australian border increasing by 11% in 2012-13.

The number of clandestine labs detected in Australia over the last decade has doubled. In 2012-13, 330 clandestine labs were discovered in Queensland: 43% of the Australian total.

The number of national ATS arrests also continued to increase to 22,189 in 2012-13, according to the report. This was the highest on record and represents an increase of almost 32% from the previous year.



National amphetamine arrests. Australian Crime Commission


Health implications

The evidence in relation to the effect of heavy crystal meth use is cause for concern. Heavy use can lead to addictive behaviour, which includes tolerance, dependence and withdrawal symptoms. Short-term effects can include irritability, sleeplessness, increased heart rate, depression and a number of other impacts.

Dependence on crystal meth can be both physiological and psychological. Long-term heavy use is linked to paranoia and psychosis. The anecdotal evidence is that use can lead to episodes of violence. Victoria Police has linked crystal meth use to a number of murders in recent years.

Health services in Victoria have warned that overdose deaths were increasing and second only to heroin. The risks of blood-borne diseases were also likely to increase.


Government responses

The responses of Australian governments have been many and varied. The Victorian parliament is conducting the final public hearing for the inquiry into the supply and use of methamphetamines, especially ice, in the state.

Many states have introduced legislative amendments. For example, Queensland has amended its Drugs Misuse Act and created a new offence for trafficking in precursor chemicals used in the production of dangerous drugs.

The solution to dealing with the ice problem will not be simple, nor short-term. It will need to be a sustained, long-term strategy, utilising education, harm-reduction strategies, healthcare responses and aggressive law enforcement strategies. As prime minster Tony Abbott recently noted:







Magistrate Paul Heaney made the comments during the bail application for Justin Glen Rinaldi, a 37-year-old with alleged Mongols links who is facing serious drugs and weapons charges has been refused bail.

Mr Rinaldi appeared in the Perth Magistrates Court via video link from Hakea prison is morning.


His counsel Lisa Boston made an application for bail, however Magistrate Paul Heaney the charges were too serious for bail to be considered.

Mr Rinaldi is accused of being the sole occupant of a Belmont home raided by police on February 21 this year.

Police allege in the home they found a secret room under the lounge room and in it was a cache of more than $300,000, kilograms of drugs including methamphetamines, and firearms.


It will also be alleged mobile phones were also found and on them were videos of Mr Rinaldi smoking methamphetamines and handling firearms.

In delivering his decision to refuse bail, Magistrate Heaney said he had heard Tom Percy QC on the radio commenting about the recent ACC report on the “pandemic” of illicit drugs in Australia.

“He said it’s worse (in WA) because penalties in WA are so severe that’s forced the price of drugs up,” Mr Heaney said.

“I don’t disagree with that, but I think it’s important the courts provide a disincentive.”

Mr Rinaldi was refused bail and Mr Heaney suggested if he wanted to pursue bail it would have to be made in the Supreme Court.









CADIZ — Already a dangerously accessible drug, Harrison County Sheriff Joe Myers warned that methamphetamines are easier to make than ever before, and because it can now be manufactured quickly and almost anywhere, it is necessary to raise awareness and recognition of the toxic, explosive and portable chemical labs.

“All the stuff you see on TV shows like “Breaking Bad”, with beakers, bottles and burners, that’s old school,” said Holmes County Deputy Sheriff Joe Mullet. “You could easily make 1 to 4 grams of methamphetamines in a backpack lab. They’re making it in campers, hotel rooms, trailers, car trunks just anywhere you can think of.”

Mullet conducted a slide show briefing on recognition of meth lab equipment after a county worker found several of these portable “shake and bake” labs along side of a road. Another back pack was found at a well site containing a portable lab.

According to Myers there were 113 methamphetamine labs discovered in the county in 2013. That’s in comparison to this year when 160 have been found in the first four months. “It has been an eye opening experience for me.”

“For every meth lab the task force is busting, you may have four to 10 that people don’t know about,” Mullet said methamphetamines are popular among some users because the drug can be made privately using easy-to-find medicines, chemicals and instruments, allowing users to avoid meeting with dealers and keeping them another step away from possible detection by law enforcement.

“This is a most dangerous drug,” Mullet said. “Everything they need to cook this drug is available and none of it is illegal to own. If they’ve got access to a drugstore and a hardware store, they’re in business.”

The problem stems from the process during which the drug is “cooked.” The process requires a volatile chemical process to produce the heat required to cook the meth which can result in fiery explosions and also produces toxic gas like Phosphine.

“Phosphine gas is an unintended, by-product produced during the manufacture of methamphetamine and can be deadly,” Mullet warned. “Due to a possible explosion or exposure to potentially lethal chemicals we recommend not touching anything if you find one of these labs and call 911 immediately. Don’t take a chance on moving it.”

The deputy also warned that these illegal labs are often protected by the criminals with firearms or booby traps.

Once the drug has been produced, the process leaves behind tale tell trash like empty plastic bottles, tubing, cut open lithium batteries, empty containers of drain opener, muriatic acid, sodium hydroxide, instant cold ice packs, coleman fuel cans and anhydrous ammonia.

Pseudoephedrine is the main ingredient and purchases of the cold medicine are monitored to deter criminals. “While possession of these materials is not illegal, we have the charge of assembling chemicals,” said Mullet. “If we can prove intent to manufacture a drug we can charge them with a fourth degree felony.”

“It is a $200 to $300 a day habit,” Mullet explained. “They can cook a batch for $50 and have enough to feed their habit and plenty left over to sell.”

“The telltale signs of what you’re looking for in a meth lab you can see without setting foot in the homes,” he said often the strange chemical odor is what causes a complaint to be phoned in. “If the public gets informed, that goes a long way toward controlling the problem.”

“I would rather drive two hours to check out a false lead than have someone hurt when finding one of these portable labs.”










Lanoma Browning, 42, of 320 Vine Street, Athens, was arrested early Tuesday morning on drug charges, according to Police Chief Floyd Johnson.


“Browning was found to have methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia in her possession during a traffic stop on Hine Street near Acorn Hill Circle,” said Johsnon.

According to reports, Browning had within her possession a Notorious B.I.G. Digital scales; one “ice” methamphetamine; one smoke pipe with residue; one Baggie containing several small Baggies for resale, and two green “snort” straws with residue.

Browning was charged with one count of unlawful possession of a controlled substance and one count of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. She was booked at Athens Police Department then placed in the Limestone County Jail awaiting bond.















JEFFERSON – The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office has arrested two individuals on drug related charges while on county property.


Jackson County Sheriff Janis Mangum says Danny Wayne Oliver, 36, of Loganville, and Tina Michelle Humphries, 37, of Hoschton, were taken into custody Monday and charged with possessing methamphetamine while conducting business on the property of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.

Oliver and Humphries have also been charged with Possession of Methamphetamine and Crossing a Guard Line with Drugs.

Both are currently incarcerated at the Jackson County Jail.








According to a press release issued by Young County Sheriff Bryan Walls, law enforcement officers from several agencies executed 30 arrest warrants in Young County Tuesday morning, April 29.

The arrests represented the culmination of an over three year investigation into the distribution and sale of methamphetamine in Young County. According to the press release, those named in the arrest warrants are also accused of engaging in criminal activity involving the possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine in Young County.


“The hundreds, if not thousands of hours of man power these law enforcement agencies invested into this case have resulted in over 400 pounds of methamphetamine, recovery of stolen property, and the arrest and or indictment of over 65 defendants,” the press release stated.

Walls said that he was happy with the results.

“It’s a good day, and all of the agencies worked well together,” he said. “We’ve been waiting for this day for over three years, and we took a lot of dope of the streets today and hopefully cleaned up the community.”

Agencies working the investigation included the Texas Department of Public Safety, DEA, ATF, the Young County Sheriff’s Office and the 90th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

Dee Peavy, District Attorney for the 90th Judicial District, also expressed satisfaction over the results of Tuesday’s round-up.

“I am so grateful for all of the hard work that all of the law enforcement agencies put into this effort,” Peavy said. “This warrant roundup should send a strong message to the criminal element in Young County that we are serious about stopping the flow of illegal drugs in this community. We will not tolerate the illegal drug trade, nor any other illegal activity.”

Assisting agencies in the mass warrant execution were the Graham Police Department, Jack County Sheriff’s Office, the Olney Police Department and the Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association. All warrants were issued under sealed indictments by the Young County Grand Jury for the first degree felony offence of engaging in organized criminal activity, a crime that carries a sentence of 15 years to life imprisonment, according to the press release.

Those arrested this morning were (all names below are from a list provided by the Young County Sheriff’s Office):
Chris Alan Saunders, of Bedford, TX
Byron Lamar Saunders, of Plano, TX
Ralph Mercelino Castro, of White Settlement, TX
Randall Todd Routon, of Newcastle, TX
Roberto Aguilar, of Graham, TX
Kimberly Ann Bailey, of Olney, TX
Misty Dawn Teakell, of Big Spring, TX
Gary Paul Cox, of Graham, TX
Donald Ray Cox, of Graham, TX
Bobby Ray Huffman, of Graham, TX
John Raymond Moore, of Graham, TX
Russell Eugen Cottle, of Graham, TX
Brandi Lynn Renfrow, of Graham, TX
Jaycie Jo Burkett, of Graham, TX
Bobby Earl Gilbert, of Iowa Park, TX
Launa Lynn Henderson, of Graham, TX
Christopher Allen Selcik, of Jacksboro, TX
Daphne Muellar Segars, of Olney, TX
Jeffery Scott Palmer, of Olney, TX
Kelly Wooderson Burkett, of Graham, TX
William Allen Myers, of Graham, TX
Sheetia Gale Tozer, of Newcastle, TX
Emily Louise Kee, of Newcastle, TX








A DRUG user who pointed a loaded policeman’s pistol at his face and bit the officer’s arm has been jailed for at least 20 months.

Phillip Anthony Giancaspro was on a methamphetamine and methadone bender and had barely slept or eaten for 12 days when he was pulled over in a stolen car at Murray Bridge in January 2013.

District Court judge Jack Costello said Giancaspro, who was driving disqualified, ran from the police officer before becoming involved in a physical struggle.


“During the struggle you managed to remove the officer’s service pistol from his belt. You stood over him and pointed the (loaded) pistol at him,” Judge Costello said.

“The officer concerned states that he expected to see the flash of light of the pistol firing and thought he was about to be shot.”

The court heard the police officers endured months of sleeping problems and anxiety at waiting months to ensure he had not contracted any diseases from being bit twice on the arm during the struggle.

Giancaspro, 29, escaped the scene but was arrested when he handed himself into police hours later.

“At the time leading up to these offences you had consumed a combination of drugs which put you at risk of being agitated, aggressive and psychotic,” Judge Costello said.

“You may well have been in a psychotic state, experiencing hallucinations, delusions and paranoia.”

Judge Costello said Giancaspro had been using methamphetamine and methadone for about a month before the offending.

“As a result you had not slept much for some 10 to 12 days prior to these offences and were not eating. You had fallen out with your then partner and were stressed out about an upcoming court appearance,” he said.

Giancaspro wrote a letter apologising to the police officer and Judge Costello found he was “extremely contrite” over his actions.

“I also accept that this episode of offending is out of character and is probably explicable in terms of your drug use and abuse at that time,” he said.

“Police officers are there to serve and protect the community and it is essential that they are allowed to carry out their lawful duties without being subjected to the threat of death or serious harm.”

Judge Costello said he took into account Giancaspro’s guilty plea, contrition and relatively minor previous criminal record when setting a head sentence of four years.

He imposed a non-parole period of 20 months, meaning Giancaspro will be eligible for parole in September, with allowances for time already served.







The Jakarta Police have seized 14 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine worth Rp 28 billion (US$ 2.4 million) from two foreigners in Penjaringan, North Jakarta.

The foreigners were identified as YT, a Chinese, and TPJ, a Taiwanese. They succeeded in smuggling the crystal meth from outside the country by dividing the drugs into 14 plastic bags and hiding them inside iron tubes.

“These drug smugglers have fooled the airport authorities so they were able to emerge with the crystal meth,” Jakarta Police chief Insp. Gen. Dwi Priyatno said on Tuesday.

He said the arrest was the result of a long investigation and undercover buying. The two were arrested in an apartment.

“We could have saved the lives of at least 42,000 people based on the assumption that a man usually consumes 0.2 grams of meth,” he said.

The two were detained at the Jakarta Police detention center for further questioning.

A gram of crystal meth, locally known as shabu-shabu, is usually sold at Rp 1.5-Rp 2.5 million per gram on the street, depending on its quality. (dic)








(Albany, NY – April 28, 2014) The New York State Senate passed legislation, co-sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida), that would increase the penalties for manufacturing methamphetamine. The growing use and manufacture of this illegal and highly addictive drug is particularly pervasive in rural counties in Upstate New York.

Methamphetamine production is a threat to public health and safety, and its continued use and manufacture is alarming,” Senator Valesky said. “It makes sense to increase penalties for those caught making the drug, to deter production and to send a clear message that we are serious when we say this scourge is unacceptable in New York state.”

The legislation (S.3639) amends the penal law to increase the penalty:
· From a Class B felony to a Class A-1 felony for the unlawful
manufacture of methamphetamine in the first degree;
· From a Class C felony to a Class B felony for the unlawful
manufacture of methamphetamine in the second degree;
· From a Class D felony to a Class C felony for the unlawful
manufacture of methamphetamine in the third degree;
· From a Class E felony to a Class D felony for possession of
methamphetamine manufacturing material in the first degree; and
· From a Class A misdemeanor to a Class E felony for possession of
methamphetamine manufacturing material in the second degree.

In addition to co-sponsoring this legislation, Senator Valesky sponsors a bill (S.4652) that makes it more difficult to purchase large quantities of methamphetamine precursor ingredients that can be found in medicines containing ephedrine, pseudoephedrine and phenylpropanolamine available over the counter in retail establishments.







Not all meth look the same. The look, texture. Colour depend on the purity of the substance. The powder that’s most commonly seen on movies that are being snorted or burnt is the most impure and also the most affordable (Black et al. 2007). The said rate of purity of such kind is 10 percent. The crystal ones being sold, the solid substance, is the purest and most expensive kind and it’s also the most lethal effect in inducing violent acts among users (Topp et al. 2002). Some estimates that Crystal Methamphetamine or Crystal Meth is up to eight times more pure than the powdered ones (McKetin, McLaren &. Kelly 2005).

Clinical studies, experiments and even empirical studies have established the danger that methamphetamine posts to both users and non –users alike (Boles &. Miotto 2003. Friedman, Kramer &. Kreisher 1999. Merikangas et al. 1998. Tyner &. Fremouw 2008). The media regularly reports of crimes on local and national level that are related, directly or indirectly, to drugs. Reuters (2006) even reported that the continuous rise of violent-related crimes is directly related to the continuous rise in methamphetamine use.

Methamphetamine ingest viruses, toxins. Other stimulants that affects the body and mind that cause violence, psychosis, depression. Weakening of the physical body that leads to other problems (Darke et al. 2008. McKetin et al. 2006. Sommers, Baskin &. Baskin-Sommers 2006).

As per the Reuters report, violent crime includes murder, rape and robbery. In 2006, it increased by 3.7 percent in the first-half based on the report submitted by Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). It stated that robberies are the most common of the violent crimes with 9.7 percent. This was more than a 5 percent increase from the 2005 rating with 2.5 percent which is the most significant increase in fifteen years.

The U.S. Justice Department said the number of cases they handle that are related to the use or selling or both of methamphetamine also increased. The demographics of those involved in the case have also become more varied. There has been an increase in gang violence that are related to methamphetamine. However, the study doesn’t indicate any information on specific causes, background. Full analysis of the cases that’d’ve presented a more comprehensive understanding of the relation between methamphatamine use and how it affects or influences the commision of violent crimes (Reuters 2006).

All these studies, however rough it may seem, point to the extensive influence of methamphetamine to violence especially when the other studies from other countries compare the rise of methamphetamine use to the increase of violent countries (Logan, Walker &. Leukefeld 2001).

Australia’s Australian Bureau of Statistics or ABS (2006). Example, determined that men and women both fell victims of methamphetamine users. Of the total violence directed towards women, 6 percent were methamphetamine related. Of this 6 percent, 4.7 percent is physical violence and 1.6 involves sexual offence. On the other hand, of the violence committed towards men, 11 percent were methamphetamine related. This is dominated by physical violence with 10.4 percent and the rest is sexually related.

A National Perspective of the Impact of Methamphetamine

There is actually a world-wide increase in the use of methamphetamine and it’s been linked to many psychopathological effects that increase of aggressiveness and violent behaviour (Black et al. 2007. Tyner &. Fremouw 2008. Stretesky 2008. Wardlaw 1993). what’s surprising is the lack of any centralized data, study or analysis that’d comprehensively study and understand exactly how methamphetamine has affected the society in general. So far, there has been many psychological and physiological studies but no database exist that’d directly analyse how methamphetamine is factoring in the commision of violent crimes.

Methamphetmine is analysed and studied in isolation. The National Drug Intelligence Centre or NDIC (2011). Example, computed that possible expenses that the government incurred because methamphetamine amounts to more than $61 billion with the justice department incurring majority of the cost. They spent $56 Billion trying cases splitting the cost to human resources and operational cost. The rest of the $61 billion are divided among payments to victims, mortality costs, special drug programs and treatments. Other related medical bills.

However, it evident that they didn’t account for indirect expenses such as productivity loss of the victims, destruction to properties, health consequences to users and other people that may be affected by the production of meth. Others. Data of that nature are needed to fully compute the impact of the methamphetamine (Marshall et al. 2008). More importantly, there is no direct analysis of how many of the total violent crime committed in the United States are directly or indirectly related to methamphetamine or drugs in general. There are some records that could show how many of the suspects or victims were or are drug users but there is no conclusive study on whether the drug use played a part in the crime.

Police departments are wellequipped to gather the data and it could easily be a data that could closely cover a hundred percent of the population. However, there are only two states that studied the link, California and Washington (Dobkin and Nicosia, 2008. High Intensity Drug Trafficing Area, 2006). Other areas that are supposed to be used as entries to the United States by Methamphetamine makers from other countries don’t have the data (See figure 1).

An independent study by the National Drug Threat Surveyed (NDTS) in 2010 determined that methamphetamine is the drug that’s affected the most number of violent crimes in the US followed by Heroine. Most methamphetamine affected crimes cause considerable damage to property. However, the study was a survey. All surveys have a margin of error (NDIC 2011).

Another study by the Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring Program (ADAM II) tracks the drug testing results of ten cities in the US and they’ve established what’s supposed to be a direct and definitive relation of methamphetamine and violent crimes in nine of ten cities. Their records indicate that 60 percent of the arrests in the ten cities were all drug related. Either the victim or the suspect was positive for methamphetamine.

Their study further revealed that there are also other States that experience a decline in the use of methamphetamine such as Washington (NDIC 2011). The National Centre for Education Statistics also conducted their own independent study that revealed high involvement of gangs connected to methamphetamine to 4,323 homicides in 2009 (FBI 2009) and an increase in public schools student involvement on drug related crimes. It increased by 21 percent between 2001 to 2007 (NCESISCS 2011).







 KILGORE, TX (KLTV) – A traffic stop by Kilgore police on Friday night resulted in an arrest.


Corporal Andre Phillips seized 10.1 grams of methamphetamine, digital scales, packing materials, and syringes during the arrest.


Kilgore police say that the driver, Jeremy Dakota Murrieta, was arrested for driving with an invalid license. His previous convictions include misdemeanor and felony manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance.

Murrieta, 30, of Henderson, is being held in the Gregg County Jail with a bond of $50,500.







SEREMBAN: Bus drivers especially those driving express buses are turning to methamphetamine from cannabis (ganja) as it is longer lasting and easily concealed.

State Road Transport Department (RTD) director Saiful Azzri Hamzah said drivers took the drug to drive longer and do more trips.

“Bus drivers can drive for a lengthy period after taking methamphetamine. This is where the appeal is as they can do more trips.

“Subsequently, express bus drivers drive fast to pursue more trips. It must be curbed to avoid accidents,” he said after a joint ‘Ops Bas Express’ operation by RTD and the National Anti-Drug Agency at Terminal 1, here, last night.

He said 114 buses and 299 bus drivers were inspected during the operation from April 21 until last night. He said of 299 drivers inspected at Terminal 1, three, aged 30 to 45, would have their driving licences cancelled as they were found to be using methamphetamine.







Police say two people smoked methamphetamine while three children, ages 1, 3 and 4, slept nearby in their Webster home on March 16.

According to a criminal complaint filed last month in Rice County District Court:

Police were dispatched to 4015 Delano Ave. in Webster on March 16, 2014, because Andrew Allen Heidemann, 29, was reportedly out of control and breaking a vehicle window. The reporting party was concerned that Heidemann and Ashley Kay Juelfs, 25, had smoked meth the day before with three children in the home, according to the complaint.

An officer arrived to find that the reporting party had blocked Juelfs’ car in the driveway with the three children in it to prevent her from leaving with them. The officer also noted that Heidemann’s vehicle was in the driveway with a broken windshield. The reporting party, who was concerned that Heidemann had stolen some of her prescription medication, said she had arrived about 50 minutes prior to find Heidemann asleep and Juelfs with the children. Heidemann told her that Juelfs had smoked meth the night before in the home, which Juelfs admitted, according to the complaint.

Heidemann told police the reporting party was there because someone had stolen her prescription medication. He found it in the couch cushions and gave it back to her. He admitted smoking meth two nights earlier, and said he saw Juelfs smoke meth the next night in the house. He also admitted that the children were there when they smoked the meth. He said Juelfs, who lives at the residence with him, smoked the meth downstairs and the children were upstairs and that she bought the meth, according to the complaint.

Heidemann showed police an uncovered wooden box where the tinfoil and a plastic tube they had used to smoke the meth was located on top of a piano in the living room. The plastic tube field-tested positive for meth. He also showed the officer a plastic baggie containing meth residue in the kitchen garbage can, which had a removable lid and a garbage can in the laundry room with several tinfoil remnants with burn marks on them that they had used to smoke meth, according to the complaint.

Juelfs told police the she bought an $80 bag of meth in Faribault on Friday night and smoked some Friday night with Heidemann while the kids were upstairs sleeping and the rest last night with friends. She said she used the plastic tube and tin foil to smoke the meth and stored it in the wooden box on the counter or piano. An officer noted that Juelfs was anxious and her eyes and facial expressions were “twitchy,” according to the complaint.

Police noted that the 4-year-old could likely have climbed on the piano bench and accessed the meth and that both the 3- and 4-year-old would have been able to access the baggies containing meth residue in the kitchen trash can. The children were placed into emergency foster care, according to the complaint.

Heidemann is charged with storing meth paraphernalia in the presence of a child, a felony, and child endangerment, a gross misdemeanor. If convicted of the most serious charge, he faces a maximum sentence of no more than five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.

Juelfs is also charged with storing meth paraphernalia in the presence of a child, a felony, and child endangerment, a gross misdemeanor.







Broken Arrow police arrested an Arkansas resident at around 3:30 a.m. Saturday after allegedly finding 585 grams of methamphetamine in his vehicle.

The vehicle was originally stopped by police because it failed to signal a right turn when leaving the Luxury Inn at 1401 N. Elm Place in Broken Arrow.

Michael McBirney

The officer was reportedly about to give the suspect, Michael McBirney, 49, a verbal warning for a turn signal violation when another officer’s canine partner indicated the presence of drugs within the vehicle.

The two officers searched the vehicle and reportedly found 585 grams of methamphetamine separated between six packages. Police also found 38 grams of marijuana and a glass methamphetamine smoking pipe, the report states.

During the arrest, the officer allegedly found a 3.6 grams of meth in McBirney’s boot and a marijuana smoking pipe in his pocket.

McBirney was booked on a complaint of aggravated trafficking of methamphetamine. He is being held on $26,500 bond.