A convicted rapist from Claiborne Parish is accused of raping a 17-year-old female inmate inside the Union Parish Detention Center while he is awaiting sentencing on Tuesday.

Union Parish sheriff’s deputies said Demarcus Shavez Peyton, 28, of Homer, has been charged with third-degree rape after being allowed inside an isolation cell with the teenager after she was booked into the detention center April 19 high on methamphetamine. The Union Parish Police Jury operates the detention center.

According to the arrest affidavit, Peyton said, after being read his Miranda rights, that UPDC staff opened the isolation cell door for him to enter and again when he got ready to leave. He said he had sex twice with the victim while inside the cell.

Deputies were told by the victim that she could not remember much about the incident because she was heavily under the influence of meth at that time. The detention center’s registered nurse confirmed to deputies that the victim was still “heavily intoxicated” at the time of the rape.

The victim told detectives that at one time during the encounter, she remembered a woman guard walking up to the cell and opening the door, but did nothing. The victim said she was afraid to say anything for fear of her life.

Detectives also reported that the suspect had written a letter to the victim after the rape stating that she could possibly be carrying his child. Detention center personnel turned the letter over to the detectives.

District Attorney John Belton said his office take sexual assault cases very seriously and will work closely with law enforcement during its continuing investigation.

“I have every confidence that law enforcement will thoroughly investigate this case and proceed as the investigation results require,” Belton said. “Our goal will be to bring fitting consequences to bear on any person who commits a crime of this nature.”

Sheriff’s detectives said they are continuing the investigation and more arrests are possible.

Detectives said sheriff’s officials in Claiborne Parish told them Peyton is known as a serial rapist and that he had been convicted of aggravated rape. The Union Parish Detention Center was holding Peyton until his Tuesday sentencing date in the Second Judicial District Court at Homer. He faces a maximum sentence of life without benefit of probation, parole or suspension of sentence.

His bond in Union Parish has been set at $250,000. Peyton was booked on the additional rape count Wednesday.







GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — Police arrested a Great Falls woman on suspicion of felony endangerment in the death of her 10-month-old daughter, who prosecutors say had been exposed to methamphetamine and whose body was found in a “freezing cold” room in January.

Misty Marie Cutburth was arrested Thursday, the Great Falls Tribune reported.

Court documents say the state Division of Child and Family Services received two reports in October 2015 from people concerned about drug use by the mother.10439383_G

Court records say the girl had been seen by a doctor on Jan. 7 for croup and had been prescribed steroids. She died five days later. The girl was not identified in court records.

An investigation has not been able to determine the girl’s cause of death, which complicated the charging process, County Attorney John Parker said.

“We have laws in the state of Montana to establish criminal liability for extreme child neglect, even when there is not medical evidence establishing an exact cause of death,” he said.

The investigation began when someone called 911 on Jan. 12 to report that a child was not breathing.

Responding officers found the baby unresponsive in a cold room where the window was wide open. A medical responder couldn’t register the girl’s skin temperature on a thermometer, court records said.

The girl and her 2-year-old sibling were covered in “white nail polish,” court records said. An autopsy determined the girl had eaten earring backs and sunflower seeds. Her hair samples indicated she had been exposed to chronic methamphetamine use in the final weeks of her life.

Cutburth’s boyfriend and his brother also were at the apartment. The brother told police that everyone in the home was an addict and that no one pays attention to the children, court records said.

The two men likely won’t face criminal charges, Parker said, because a Montana Supreme Court ruling determined that to charge criminal endangerment regarding a child, prosecutors have to establish a duty of care.

“They don’t have a legal duty of care,” Parker said.

Cutburth was scheduled to make an initial appearance Friday in District Court in Cascade County. Prosecutors said she would be appointed a public defender.

The Division of Child and Family Services did not immediately return an email request for comment on the child’s death.







GREAT FALLS – Misty Marie Cutburth of Great Falls is facing a criminal charge in connection with the January death of her 10-month old daughter.

Cutburth was charged on Thursday with one count of felony criminal endangerment.

On January 12th, police responded to a call of an unresponsive child at the apartment Cutburth shared with her two children and her boyfriend on the 600 block of 4th Avenue South.

The 911 caller, a neighbor, stated, “We’ve got a child that’s not breathing.”

The occupants of the apartment had conflicting stories about how the infant was found.

According to court documents, police say the room where the baby slept was “freezing cold,” and the window was found open. The outside temperature that night was approximately 32 degrees.

Medical personnel say the child’s body temperature did not register on the thermometer, which starts registering at 86 degrees.

She was pronounced dead at Benefis Health System hospital shortly after; the child’s surface temperature was reportedly 78 degrees.

An autopsy could not pinpoint a cause of death, but prosecutors say tests determined that she had been exposed to “chronic methamphetamine use” during the final weeks of her life.

Charging documents say Cutburth has a 2013 conviction for drug paraphernalia in Idaho, and the Montana Department of Family Services had been called to the home twice in October 2015 over concerns about the mother’s drug use.




HARTSELLE — A Morgan County woman is accused of taking her 8-year-old child into a hotel room where police seized methamphetamine, syringes, meth pipes and straws, authorities said.

Crystal Hubbard Riddle, 33, 29 Fieldcrest Private Drive, is charged with drug endangerment of a child, and misdemeanors possession of drug paraphernalia and loitering in a drug house, according to the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office.57237a3c1a540_image

Drug Task Force agents said they responded to Express Inn, 1601 Old U.S. 31 S.W. after a Hartselle police officer found trespassers in a room they hadn’t rented along with drugs early this morning.

Also arrested was Colton Henderson, 23, 1498 Parker Road S.E., Hartselle. Henderson is charged with possession of a controlled substance-meth and misdemeanor loitering in a drug house, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Ana Franklin said agents found Henderson in possession of meth, while the paraphernalia was lying around the room.

Two other suspects were charged with drug-related misdemeanors.

The Department of Human Resources was called and placed the child in foster care, the sheriff said.

Riddle is being held in Morgan County Jail with bail set at $50,600. Henderson’s bail is $3,100.








HARTSELLE, AL (WAFF) – Four people are facing drug charges after Hartselle police say they discovered syringes, meth pipes and straws in a hotel room.

On Friday, Hartselle Police were called to the Express Inn in Hartselle after receiving a complaint there were trespassers in one of the rooms.

Officers made contact with Colton Henderson, 23, Jordan Cole, 21, Daniel Brown, 31, and Crystal Hubbard Riddle, 33, and discovered methamphetamine on Henderson and drug paraphernalia throughout the room. Police say an 8-year-old child was also present.10439885_G

Morgan County Drug Task Force agents executed the search warrant and discovered several syringes as well as meth pipes and straws.

The Department of Human Resources was called and placed the child in foster care.

Henderson is charged with unlawful Possession of a controlled substance-methamphetamine, 10440128_Gpossession of drug paraphernalia, and loitering in a drug house. Henderson’s bond is $3,100.

Cole and Brown were charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and loitering in a drug house.  Their bond is set at $600 each.

Riddle was charged with drug endangerment of a child, possession of drug paraphernalia, and loitering in a drug house. Her bond is set at $50,600.00.

Henderson, Cole, Brown and Riddle were all transported to the Morgan County Jail.




Two Garfield County men were arrested last week in connection with a motel party involving methamphetamine, cocaine and at least three underage girls.

On the evening of April 20, a 26-year-old man contacted Glenwood Springs police concerned that his 17-year-old cousin had been missing all day. She had posted a photo of herself holding a whisky bottle in a motel room that the man believed to be in the Silver Spruce Motel.

While police were on their way to the motel, the man called in again saying he’d contacted her over the phone and that she was “tripping on meth,” according to an affidavit.

In the background he heard a man say, “Don’t give him the room number” and urging her to meet her cousin at a car dealership.

A motel employee told officers what room they suspected, saying numerous people had been coming and going and the room had several noise complaints.

Meanwhile, the 26-year-old man called police again saying he’d picked up his cousin.

Officers arrived and tried to talk to the girl, but she seemed too much under the influence to talk, wrote one officer. She appeared paranoid, unable to sit still and kept pulling at her hair. She was taken to Valley View Hospital, where she tested positive for cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana.

She later said she had snorted meth, which she told police she got from Jose Salvador Medrano, a 33-year-old from Carbondale. She also told police she’d gotten methamphetamine from Abran Gutierrez, a 19-year-old Rifle man.

At the hotel, offices found the room empty with Modelo bottles strewn about. Medrano, who rented the room, had also rented out another, said the hotel staff.

In the second room police found Medrano and a female he said was his girlfriend. She claimed to be 23, but police later found she was 17. Both of them displayed signs of intoxication, wrote police.

The 17-year-old was issued a summons for minor in possession and was released to her mother.

The man told police that he didn’t know she was only 17, that she was not his girlfriend and that he was just spending the night with her.

He was arrested.

Later, after trying to get back into the motel room, the 19-year-old Gutierrez was pulled over driving away from the Silver Spruce.

In the car with him were a 16-year-old girl listed as a missing juvenile from Carbondale and two other males who were released. The girl had also been at the motel and was transported to her residence and released to her mother.

In the vehicle, police found about 9.8 grams of methamphetamine, a half-gram of cocaine and a glass pipe.

Medrano was arrested on charges of distribution of a controlled substance, a level 3 drug felony; contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a class 4 felony; violation of bail, a class 6 felony; and misdemeanor violation of a restraining order.

Gutierrez’s charges included distribution of a controlled substance, a level 3 drug felony; contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a class 4 felony; possession of methamphetamine, a level 4 drug felony; possession of cocaine, a level 4 drug felony; and misdemeanor driving under revocation.







MIAMI COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) – Three Marion County women were arrested on methamphetamine charges in Miami County early Friday morning.

According to Indiana State Police, a traffic stop around 12:05 a.m., led to the arrests of Marissa Clark, 22, Michael Davis, 45, and Birdena Davis, 24.

Police said their vehicle was pulled over on State Road 18, near Xenia Road, for allegedly driving across the center line. Police said the trooper who spoke to one of the women, provided indicators that criminal activity may be happening.

A Miami County Sheriff’s Deputy and a narcotics detecting police dog found approximately 120 grams of methamphetamine and $1,000. The methamphetamine has an approximate street value of $12,000.

Clark, Davis and Davis were incarcerated in the Miami County Jail.







ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind. – Two Michiana residents are facing federal drug charges after an Indiana State Police trooper found 6 kilograms of methamphetamine in their vehicle. The drugs had allegedly been buried at a home in Michigan.10442308_G

Lorenzo Eaton and Holly Nivens have been charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and to possess methamphetamine with intent to distribute.

On April 16, 2016, an ISP trooper stopped a maroon vehicle for following too closely to another vehicle.

When the trooper spoke with the driver and passenger, he noticed both acted nervous.

The trooper requested a K-9 unit to respond to the scene of the traffic stop.

The K-9 alerted to the odor of a controlled substance.

During a search of the vehicle, troopers found six bricks of what was later identified as methamphetamine in the trunk of the vehicle.

Indiana State Police say the methamphetamine totaled six kilos.

When investigators spoke with Nivens she told police she met a woman in the St. Joseph County Jail who told her where to find six kilos of methamphetamine.

The fellow inmate was identified as Hilda Lopez, according to court documents.10442295_G

Lopez told Nivens the drugs were buried at a house in Vandalia, Michigan and the only other person who knew about the stash was her son, Brandon.

Nivens told police after she was released from jail, she, Eaton and Brandon went to the home in Vandalia and dug up the drugs, according to court documents.

Nivens said the plan was to sell the drugs and give the money to Brandon.

After they dug up the drugs, Eaton took them and buried them at a home in South Bend, then dug them up and buried them at his home in Mishawaka.

Nivens told police she found a buyer and she was going to get $1,000 and Eaton was going to get $2,000 for the sale.

When their vehicle was stopped by the ISP, Nivens and Eaton were headed to meet with the buyer.







PAMELIA — Michael J. Desormeau, 27, who was residing in the Royal Inn, room 209, was charged with third-degree manufacturing methamphetamine on April 26.

State Police were investigating Mr. Desormeau as part of a petit larceny complaint from a Walmart store on Feb. 5.

Mr. Desormeau was charged with petit larceny that day.

During the course of the investigation State Police found information possibly linking Mr. Desormeau to the illegal manufacture of methamphetamine.

The Community Narcotics Enforcement Team was contacted and found evidence leading to a search of his room at the Royal Inn.

The State Police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team, CNET and uniform troopers recovered items commonly used to illegally manufacture methamphetamine including an HCL gas generator, lithium batteries, lye, Sudafed packaging and blister packs, ice packs and straws.

State Police later determined the area was safe.

Mr. Desormeau was arraigned and committed to the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building in lieu of $20,000 cash bail or $40,000 bond.







Two men were arrested on manufacturing or delivery of a controlled substance charges after authorities executed a search warrant late Thursday night and recovered 443 grams of methamphetamine from a Waco motel, McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara said.


Michael Dean Yepma, 58, and Robert Allen Guinn, 49, were arrested after officers with the McLennan County Sheriff’s Office Organized Crime Unit, its Fugitive Apprehension Special Tasks Unit and K9 team served a search warrant at the New Road Inn, at 4000 Interstate 35 Frontage Road, at about 11 p.m. Sheriff’s office authorities reported that investigators seized about 443 grams of methamphetamine, with a street value of about $40,000.

The warrant was the result of a joint investigation by the Texas Department of Public Safety, Waco Drug Enforcement unit and the Sheriff’s Office, McNamara said.

Both Yepma and Guinn were arrested on the felony drug charge. McNamara said Yepma is on parole for narcotics-related offenses and has served time in federal prison for narcotics-related offenses.

“I had arrested Yepma myself back in the early ’90s,” McNamara said. “I believe it was 1993 when my brother and I arrested him and he went to federal prison. He did a federal prison stint for narcotics violations and he just recently got out of state prison in December for an assault.”

McNamara said Guinn is also on parole for burglary related offenses.

Yepma remained in custody Friday morning in lieu a $50,000 surety bond, and Guinn remained in custody in lieu a $25,000 surety bond.

“I am very much proud of all the officers, and we are appreciative for the assistance of DPS and the Waco Drug Enforcement,” McNamara said. “It is a good team effort.”







U.S. Customs and Border Protection says it arrested two women and seized more than a quarter of a million dollars worth of methamphetamine and marijuana during two bridge inspections.

Officers say the first seizure took place Sunday at Gateway International Bridge when a canine unit 5723c0b882902_imageindicated there might be narcotics in the 2002 black Saturn LS100 being driven by a 19-year-old Matamoros woman.

During a secondary inspection officers say they found nine packages of methamphetamine hidden in the sedan. The street value of the 13.23 pounds of alleged meth is estimated at $264,552.

The second seizure took place on Tuesday, also at the Gateway International Bridge, when a 37-year-old Brownsville woman tried to cross the border driving a 2002 green Ford Ranger.

During a secondary inspection, that involved a canine unit and an imaging inspection, officers say they discovered 24 packages of marijuana in the pickup. The drugs weighed 55.64 pounds and have a street value of $11,129.

Both women were turned over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations.








Meth in the News – April 29, 2016

Posted: 29th April 2016 by Doc in Uncategorized

Meth in the News

Professor Nicholas E Goeders

For this Meth in the News column each week, I typically pick two or three news items from the past week or so and devote the entire column to those reports.

I wondered recently, however, if some readers think that I have to search and search for newsworthy items to write about each week. That is hardly the case. I have to literally pick which news reports I will focus on for a particular column.

There are enough reports on meth and the havoc it produces to fill this column even if I wrote it on a daily basis – with enough stories for several more columns if I had the time.

So this week I thought that I would highlight several news items that came out during the past week without delving into them in any great detail. And even so, I could not begin to list them all.

Some of these will make you angry. Some may make you cry. Some will horrify you. But they are all true. I encourage you to look them up on my website – or elsewhere on the Internet – if you want to read more.

On April 19, police from Tulsa, Okla. found 25-year-old Glenda Cole passed out in her car near 101st and Riverside Parkway after concerned citizens called 911. She told the police that her children were with her mother. Ms. Cole was so intoxicated on meth that she had no idea that one of her children was in the car with her.

On April 19, a concerned mother called Moore Township, Pa. police to check on her 27-year-old daughter because she was concerned that the man that her daughter was living with was fueling her drug addiction. When police searched the property owned by 44-year-old Andrew V. Hunger, they found Mr. Hunger and 27-year-old Heather L. Staub (the woman’s daughter) living in a shed behind Mr. Hunger’s home were the pair were also “cooking” meth.

On April 21, employees at the Clear Choice Auto Body Repair in Mankato, Minn. received a special bonus for their work at the shop. Shop owner Jesse Michael Seifert, 40, gave each of his employees a half gram of meth instead of money as a bonus, according to a spokesperson with the Minnesota River Valley Drug Task Force.

On April 18, an undercover detective with the Lincoln County Narcotics Unit in Hickory, N.C. received a call from 43-year-old Angela Lingerfelt Juarez, aka ‘Shorty’, of Lincolnton, offering to sell him meth. She obviously thought that she was speaking to someone else. After several subsequent phone conversations, detectives set up a meeting to purchase meth and arrested Ms. Juarez along with 44-year-old Robert Castillo from Vale.

On April 21, agents with the Morgan County Drug Task Force, along with officers from the Hartselle Police Department, searched the residence of Shelly Diana Smith, 32, of Hartselle, Ala. following several weeks of investigation into Ms. Smith’s activities. During the search, investigators found eight one-pot meth labs, lithium batteries, coffee filters, pseudoephedrine, lye and syringes. Apparently, Ms. Smith was allowing people to come into her home to “cook” their meth, and even provided them with some of the necessary ingredients, for money.

On April 18, James Clifford Paul, 22, was sentenced to 10 years in prison in provincial court in Stony Plain, Alberta. Mr. Paul pleaded guilty in November to sexually assaulting a little seven-year-old girl and leaving her naked in the snow on the First Nations Indian Reserves in Alberta.

Mr. Paul admitted to investigators that he lured the girl away from her family, sexually assaulted her, and left her naked in the snow. When she followed him and begged him not to leave her, he beat her with his fists until she was unconscious, and threw her into a bush.

Mr. Paul claimed that he was drunk and high on methamphetamine at the time and told police he wouldn’t have done it if he had been sober.

Only 10 years!

On April 22, a federal investigator testified that Janelle Red Dog, 42, beat a 1-year-old girl to death on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation, located in Montana about 20 miles from the U.S.–Canada border. Ms. Dog confessed to punching little Kenzley Olson several times and killing her. She then put the little girl’s lifeless body into a duffel bag and threw it in a dumpster. Ms. Dog initially reported the baby missing before confessing to the crime a day later.

Fort Peck Tribal Chairman Floyd Azure told the court that Kenzley’s death reflected a rising methamphetamine drug epidemic that his Montana reservation has failed to address.

On April 23, a 22-year-old man kicked out a massive window pane next to the front door of a Market street restaurant located in downtown Ballard, Wash. The man, thought to be high on meth, picked up a shard of glass, walked into the dining room and began menacing customers. He injured a man and a woman with the piece of glass before being disarmed. Passersby wrestled the man to the ground and held him until police arrived.

On April 25, deputies from the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call from a woman who said that a man stole her car from a house in Paw Paw Township, Mich. When deputies found the car, they discovered a naked, 41-year-old man behind the wheel and high on meth. A news release from the Sheriff’s Office stated, “The man had left an earlier domestic situation so quickly that he did not put on any clothing before getting into and driving off in the vehicle.”

Sheriff’s Deputies said that they recognized the man because they had dealt with him just the day before when the man overdosed on meth and was treated at a local hospital. They also learned that the man was involved in a crash the next day in a different vehicle and fled the scene.

On April 24, Vera Marie Del Rosario, 53, from Guam, was arrested for actually selling meth out of her Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) workspace. Ms. Del Rosario works for the DPHSS’ Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, or WIC program.

However, this is not Ms. Del Rosario’s first run in with the law. She was initially caught with meth back in 2013 and was subsequently put on probation pending trial for more recent infractions. Ms. Del Rosario has violated the terms of her pretrial supervision repeatedly, skipping out on weekly drug tests with her probation officer and failing her drug test at least 12 times, according to court documents. Yet she was still employed with DPHSS at the time of her most recent arrest.

On April 22, Shane Anthony Whitener, a 23-year-old homeless man from Butte, Mont. was charged with custodial interference, endangering the welfare of a child, and misdemeanor criminal possession of drug paraphernalia in Butte-Silver Bow County court. Mr. Whitener was accused of exposing a 14-year-old runaway girl to methamphetamine and harboring her from her parents. This is a story I have heard far too many times regarding meth and teenage girls.

I could go on, but I am running out of room for this week’s column.

Remember, no one is immune from the effects of meth. Don’t try it – not even once!

If you are an IV meth user, especially a woman, I want to hear from you. I want to learn more about what meth does to you and your body to better determine what needs to be done to help you. I also want to know your story – how you started using meth and whether or not you also appreciate the differences between smoking meth and slamming it. Please contact me in complete confidence at nickgoeders@gmail.com. You will remain completely anonymous. I will never print anything about you that will betray your trust in me, and I will never judge you.

Double Springs, Ala. — According to State Troopers, Sidney Ray Stockman Jr, 46, was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance, trafficking methamphetamine, and possession of drug paraphernalia on Monday.c8064012-c868-41cb-94bf-215e197ec2e9-large16x9_StockmanMethconfiscated

Stockman, of Double Springs, was arrested as a result of a traffic stop. State Troopers discovered over 50 grams of crystal methamphetamine, in addition to methadone tablets, inside of Stockman’s vehicle.

State Troopers also uncovered more than $1,600 in cash.

Stockman has been booked at the Winston County Jail, where he is being held without bond.







NEW BERN, Craven County – The Craven County Sheriff’s Office said deputies and the Coastal Narcotics Enforcement Team have busted the third meth lab in the county this month.

In a press release from the Craven County Sheriff’s Office, three people have been arrested in this 4-28-16-Three-arrested-for-meth-jpglatest meth bust for operating a lab on Victory Circle. Arrested and charged were Jeffery Ray Magee, 54, Jacqualine Jo Kahl, 53, and Donna Sue Lee, 57, all of 118 Victory Circle in New Bern. Their charges are as follows:

Jeffery Ray Magee: felony exceeding pseudo limits, felony manufacture methamphetamine, felony possess/distribute methamphetamine precursor chemical, felony possession methamphetamine, felony maintaining vehicle/dwelling/place for control substance, assault on a government official and resisting arrest. His release is not authorized.

Jacqualine Jo Kahl: felony exceeding pseudo limits, felony manufacture methamphetamine, felony possess/distribute methamphetamine precursor chemical, felony possession methamphetamine and felony maintaining vehicle/dwelling/place for control substance. Her bond is $50,000.

Donna Sue Lee: felony manufacture methamphetamine, felony possess/distribute methamphetamine precursor chemical, felony possession with intent to sell/deliver marijuana and felony possession schedule II controlled substance. Her bond is $65,000.

The Craven County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division and the New Bern Police Department Narcotics Division also assisted with the investigation. The SBI responded to perform the safe disposal of the meth lab operation.






WALKER COUNTY, Ga. — The Walker County Sheriff’s Department says a routine traffic stop for speeding on Georgia Highway 2 near McFarland Road Wednesday afternoon by a Walker County Sheriff’s Office deputy led to the discovery of two pounds of methamphetamine ICE and $14,000 in cash.68b754e2-28ad-4dfe-bd3b-65478e508ffd-large16x9_WalkerMethBustcouple

Sheriff Steve Wilson says Deputy Zach Simpson stopped 54-year-old Ronnie Lynn Moore of Ringgold for speeding.

Upon closer inspection, Wilson says Deputy Simpson established probable cause to search Moore’s vehicle where the sizable amount of methamphetamine was found.

Deputy Simpson also arrested Moore’s passenger, his wife, 54-year-old Trina Denise Moore.

Sheriff Wilson says the street value in grams for the methamphetamine is estimated at $100,000.

Both suspects have been charged with Trafficking Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Marijuana.

Bond will be set in Walker County Superior Court at a date yet to be determined.








IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) – Idaho Falls Police arrested two people for drugs and warrants after they were caught prowling in an Idaho Falls neighborhood early Thursday morning.

27-year-old Ashlee M. Talich of Middleton was arrested for three Bonneville County warrants, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. 19-year-old Fabian Talich-and-Almeida-jpgAlmeida of Idaho Falls was arrested for two Bonneville County warrants, possession of methamphetamine, possession of hydrocodone, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest.

According to reports, officers responded to the 100 block of West 19th Street around 2:30 a.m. for a report of a prowler. Officers located two people, later identified as Talich and Almedia, in the area who matched the description of the suspected prowlers. Both ran from police.

Talich was found hiding in the bushes in an alley between 19th Street and Bremer. She was placed under arrest for the warrants. She was found in possession of the methamphetamine at the time of arrest.

Almeida was located hiding in a backyard of the 100 block of West 18th Street. He was arrested on two warrants. He was also found in possession of methamphetamine, hydrocodone, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.







St. Johns County sheriff’s deputies say they have seen a rise in meth labs as they shut down pill mills. One of the biggest meth labs they’ve seen in recent years was located at a manufactured home along Ravenswood Drive, just south of Crookshank Elementary School.Desktop

Four people were arrested in March in connection with the lab, deputies say. Christopher Hicks, 28, Adam Barber, 34, and Christopher Demarco 22, were charged with possession of methamphetamine. Another suspect, Angela Price, 47, was charged with manufacturing and possession of methamphetamine.

“This drug is very simple to make, anyone can make it. Everything is purchased over the counter at hardware stores,” said Chuck Mulligan, spokesman for the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office.

Meth is also cheap to buy compared to some other illegal drugs.

“You get high for a very long period of time for a minimal amount of money,” said Mulligan.

Christopher Strickland, director of Office of the Sheriff in St. Johns County, says some suspects arrested for manufacturing or possessing methamphetamine have criminal records, but others do not.

He said he wouldn’t be surprised to learn that the hit TV show, Breaking Bad, might pique some viewer’s curiosity about meth, but he suspects that most illegal drug manufacturers are so mixed up in drugs that they probably don’t watch a lot of television.

Breaking Bad is about Walter White, a struggling high school science teacher who decides to get into the meth business.

Strickland says many drug traffickers are reluctant to import meth into the U.S. because it’s so easy to make.

Strickland says that the show Breaking Bad may cause a pique of curiosity, but other than that he does not think drug dealers watch a lot of television because they are too involved with drugs.

Strickland estimates that more than 1,000, if not several thousand, meth labs have been shut down in Florida in recent years.

“The number of meth labs has increased because we shut the pill mills down,” said Strickland.

A pill mill is “operation in which a doctor, clinic or pharmacy prescribes and/or dispenses narcotics without a legitimate medical purpose,” according to Google.

Authorities used to find most meth labs in rural areas, but the labs are increasingly found in urban areas, Mulligan says.

Strickland says meth makers are also more mobile and are able to fit their lab equipment in a backpack.

“The smaller they become the more transportable they become,” says Strickland.

Mulligan says when clearing out a meth lab the first thing to do is open all windows and doors for ventilation.

Members of the sheriff’s clandestine lab team must wear protective gear along with oxygen tanks.

The North Carolina Department of Justice says that meth labs usually include: “glassware like jars or containers, plastic bottles, rubber tubing, masks and filters, funnels, gloves, storage tubs, coffee filters or other items used such as a strainer, containers of liquids, gas cylinders/tanks, and white powdery residue.”

According to the Minnesota Department of Health, meth “recipes” can be easily found on the Internet or by talking with other people who are involved in the making of methamphetamine or “meth.”

Minnesota health officials say that meth labs can exist inside or out, in homes or cars, or in wooded areas. Signs of a possible meth lab, they say, includes visitors at the site at all hours of the day; people who are secretive or show paranoid behavior; strong chemical odors; and extreme security measures such as cameras, fences or covering windows.







Crystal meth use is on the rise in Regina, and police say the drug is linked to several other types of crime on city streets.rgshzhdhd

Addictions counsellor Rand Teed says crystal meth has become increasingly available in Regina over the past three years.

“Substance abuse is reaching epidemic proportions,” Teed said. “I’ve run into a lot more people who have come to me as an addictions counsellor… for a meth problem.”

Crystal meth is a methamphetamine-based drug, also commonly called “speed” or “crank.” The stimulant can be smoked, swallowed or injected.

And it’s easier than ever to find the drug in Regina.

“Availability and price – if it’s around, people are more likely to try it,” Teed said. “I’ve talked to high school kids who have tried it.”

According to the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region, 76 clients identified meth as a problem in 2013. Over the past year, that number has increased to 255 clients.

Regina police are seeing the effects.

“Crystal meth is an addictive drug, it fuels desperation in people,” said Staff Sgt. Brad Walter with the Regina police Street Crimes Unit. “They have to find ways to fuel their addictions.”

Police say street crimes such as property offences, break and enters and vehicle thefts are often tied to crystal meth use.

In 2014, Regina police seized around 300 grams of meth, and made 81 seizures. Last year, there were more than twice as many grams of the drug seized, and the number of seizures almost doubled.

“Meth has been around, but really this is the most prevalent that I’ve seen it,” Walter said. “We did see pockets over the year, but it seems to be a lot more prevalent now.”







The fallout from meth use is being felt in Motueka where social leaders point to the drug as one of the community’s big challenges.

Lisa Lawrence, Motueka Family Service Centre Kaiwhakahaere (Manager) said she found meth use in the Motueka area was not necessarily a lower socio-economic issue.1461710047403

“It’s an across the board issue and to a point where we have younger members of a family, over the age of 16, who are scared of what they are observing in their older family members in terms of usage.

“It’s a different ballpark to cannabis. It’s a lot scarier.”

Lawrence was aware some teenagers were living in homes were meth was being used.

“They are still turning up at school – yet they have had no sleep and a range of people have flowed in and out of the house out of their control. This is to their absolute credit.

“They are not letting anyone know what is going on because of the stigma and because it is part of the expectation within that household that it stays unspoken.”

Dee Cresswell, manager of SVS Living Safe in Motueka and Nelson, said alcohol and drugs were a huge factor in the incidents of family violence they dealt with.

“Drugs, mental health, poverty and deprivation are all underlying factors in family violence – with the most impact on the children and partners.”

Womens and Childrens Refuge Services manager Katie O’Donnell said heavy users of drugs like meth tended to be more volatile and unpredictable, which increased the risks for women and children living in the same home.

Women who were using the drug alongside their partner found it harder to break away from the relationship, she said.

Motueka Womens Support Link service manager Lisa Whittaker said there had been a noticeable increase in the number of their clients being affected by their partner’s use of meth.

The drug often heightened an already dangerous situation, when the women were planning to leave the relationship. “The violence can move from zero to extreme,” she said.

Nelson Bays Police sergeant David Prentice recently said meth was as widely available as cannabis across the region and being used by people from all walks of life.

“It is really one of those drugs which does not discriminate.”







COLUMBUS, Ind. — When three brothers in Bartholomew County went to school this week, they brought more than your normal school supplies.

Police say they had drug paraphernalia they allegedly got from their mother.teresa-maxey_1461818039946_37135952_ver1_0_640_480

Administrators at Columbus’ Southside Elementary School calls CPS saying three brothers ages 12, 11 and 9 brought drug paraphernalia to school – along with a plate reportedly covered in meth residue.

The boys claimed they got the items from their mother’s bathroom.

Neighbors say Teresa Maxey has lived with her boys at a home on the 3100 block of North Stanley Lane for the better part of two years.

She was booked into the Bartholomew County Jail on charges of neglect of a dependent.







Lori Mellons-Trent and Elissa Estep are behind bars after a meth lab was found Monday in Kingsport.

On Monday, around 3:30pm, Kingsport police was dispatched to Union Street in Kingsport to check on the general welfare of a female resident. Upon their arrival, officers located Mellons-Trent and Estep.

An active meth lab was discovered inside the home. It was determined that Mellons-Trent and Estep were involved in the process of manufacturing methamphetamine.











The person police were initially checking on had no involvement.

Mellons-Trent and Estep were charged with initiation of the process to manufacture methamphetamine. Mellons-Trent was additionally charged with maintaining a dwelling where drugs are used, stored, sold, or manufactured.

Both women were arraigned Tuesday where their bonds were set at $25,000 (Mellons-Trent) and $20,000 (Estep).







Customs agents seized about 152 pounds of liquid meth that was found in the gas tank of a vehicle trying to cross through the DeConcini port of entry in Nogales.

On April 23, a drug dog alerted to the Ford SUV and the vehicle was sent to a secondary 572125358d809_imageinspection, according to a Customs and Border Protection news release.

Agents found the liquid meth in the SUV’s gas tank. The drugs were worth about $457,000.

The 29-year-old driver and her 19-year-old passenger were arrested.

This was just one of several drug seizures at the Nogales Port of Entry from April 22 to April 25. More than 500 pounds of illegal drugs were seized and eight people were arrested in total, the CBP said.







CORTLAND, N.Y. — A traffic stop led to troopers discovering an extensive methamphetamine lab at a residence in Cortland County, the New York State Police said.

On Tuesday troopers, with help from the Cortland County Drug Task Force, arrested Michael J. Gohl and Patrick W. Mott during a traffic stop on River Street in the city of Cortland. State police did not say what led to the stop.

Authorities seized about 4 grams of methamphetamine and a marijuana cigarette during the traffic stop, state police said.20226518-small

Then troopers got permission to search Mott’s Cortland home where they found three digital scales, spoons and methamphetamine residue, state police said.

Later troopers executed a search warrant at Gohl’s home in the town of Marathon. State police said they found an extensive methamphetamine operation and secured the scene until the next day when the Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team and the Marathon Fire Department could respond.

State police said troopers eventually seized 113 ounces of methamphetamine oil, 10 spent one-pot labs, 1 active one-pot lab, 2 ounces of marijuana, digital scales, and packaging material.

Also seized were items used to make methamphetamine, state police said, including camp lantern fuel, cold packs, lithium batteries, coffee filters, crystal drain opener, and liquid drain opener.

Gohl, 34, of 1633 Gee Brook Road, Marathon, was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, second-degree criminally using drug paraphernalia and unlawful possession of marijuana. Mott, 20, of 8 South Ave., Cortland, was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. State police did not provide a mug shot of Mott.

Troopers are continuing to investigate.







Nogales-area customs officers seized nearly $1.8 million in drugs over the past week, including 25 pounds of heroin, 29 pounds of cocaine and more than 300 pounds of methamphetamine — with 152 pounds of liquid meth seized in a single case, authorities said.

On Friday, officers at the Mariposa crossing arrested a 51-year-old Tucson woman after a drug dog led them to more than 20 pounds of heroin and 15 pounds of meth in the rear quarter panels of her Suzuki SUV, said Rob Daniels, a CBP spokesman, in a news release.

The heroin was worth more than $341,000, and the meth was estimated to be worth more than $45,000, Daniels said.

Later that day, officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing arrested a 38-year old woman from Hermosillo, Son., after a drug dog led officers to five pounds of heroin worth nearly $91,000, and more than 98 pounds of meth worth nearly $295,000 hidden in her Chevrolet SUV.

On Saturday, CBP officers at the DeConcini crossing arrested a 29-year old Mexican woman and her 19-year old female passenger when a drug dog led officers to discover 152 pounds of liquid meth worth nearly $457,000 in the fuel tank of their Ford SUV.

That same day, officers at the crossing also arrested a 32-yeaar old Mexican woman after they found 140 pounds of marijuana worth around $70,000 in the rear cargo area of her Nissan van, authorities said.

Officers at the crossing also found 27 pounds of meth, worth more than $82,000 inside a BMW sedan. The driver, a 25-year-old woman from Phoenix was arrested.

On Sunday, officers at the DeConcini crossing arrested a 26-year old man from Nogales, Ariz., after a dog led officers to nearly 24 pounds of crystallized methamphetamine worth nearly $71,000 hidden in the quarter panels of his Cadillac sedan, officials said.

Monday morning, a drug dog alerted to drugs in a Lexus sedan, where officers found 29 pounds of cocaine worth nearly $329,000. They arrested the driver, a 66-year old Mexican national who was living illegally in Tucson, Daniels said.







A Breckenridge, Minnesota, woman who was being arrested on a domestic assault charge was also being charged on two felony drug counts earlier this month.

Tricia Gill, 43, made her first appearance in Wilkin County District Court Monday, April 4 to face second- and third-degree felony drug charges as well as one count of obstruction/interference with a peace officer related to an incident from the previous night.

Breckenridge Police Officers went to arrest Gill and Justin Hams on fifth degree assault charges at approximately 8:30 p.m. Sunday, April 3 after several domestic situations that had been occurring between the two over the past several days, according to a criminal complaint. Hams was arrested at a residence on 12th Street North, but Gill was at another location.

Gill was located outside of Park Manor, on the 200 block of Park Avenue, about 90 minutes later. While being arrested, Gill allegedly tossed a cigarette pack into the building’s lobby, and “pushed her jacket toward her mother,” the complaint states. The officer took the jacket and Gill began resisting. After Gill was restrained, the officer secured the jacket and cigarette pack.

Upon a search, the officer found a plastic bag containing other plastic bags which each held a substance that later tested positive for methamphetamine in Gill’s jacket, five empty plastic bags inside one cigarette pack and a broken glass meth pipe with white residue and plastic bag with a crystal substance in another cigarette pack. A total of 15 small plastic bags containing meth clipped together in sets of five indicated the drugs were packaged for sale, according to information in the complaint.

Gill was arrested for controlled substance crimes, obstructing the legal process and domestic assault.

The maximum penalty for second degree sale or possession of schedule one or two drugs in a school/park/public housing zone is 25 years in prison, a $500,000 fine, or both. The maximum penalty for third degree sale or possession of methamphetamine in a school/park/housing zone, on the first conviction, is 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both. The maximum penalty for obstructing the legal process-interfering with a peace officer, is one year in jail, and/or a $3,000 fine.

An informational hearing for Gill was scheduled for Tuesday, April 26. She is represented by Tracy Mitchell.







BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – The meth epidemic continues to wreak havoc across West Michigan.

The meth crackdown involved a variety of agencies and police departments.ry7gfyib fywgfL

We rode along with Battle Creek police, as they hit the streets to target well-established meth operations.

It’s a Wednesday afternoon, but this is no ordinary work day for Battle Creek Police Sergeant Jeff Case.

His team patrolling the streets is working to take down well-established meth operations.

“The police department has really put an emphasis on seeking meth-related cases and getting rid of meth labs and charging those making meth,” Case said.

On any given day, the quiet streets of Battle Creek are often the backdrop of a battle against drugs.

“Meth has been a problem for a long time and we’ve been really trying to focus on it as of late,” Case said.

Today, we rode along for a meth surveillance mission.

The first bust happened in a home known to neighbors as a meth house.

Once the team confirmed meth was in the home, police moved in with masks and protective gear.

Sgt. Case says while this doesn’t fix the problem, it’s a start.

“This is just one of many, but again we’ve been really trying to focus our attention on the meth issue and heroin issue, and we are hoping we can put a dent in it. It seems like we’re seeing results,” he said.

At last check, 1 misdemeanor and 5 felony arrests were made involving possession of a meth lab, and meth components.







Methamphetamine-related crimes cost San Diego county taxpayers thousands of dollars but drug treatment outreach efforts could help save money, according to a SANDAG case study.

A Criminal Justice Flash report was released Wednesday by the SANDAG Criminal Justice Research Division. It highlighted the impact of meth-related crime and the results of follow-up efforts to keeps offenders out of jail.

The case study focused on “Michael,” a meth user who cost taxpayers more $201,877 spanning over 30 years. SANDAG says Michael’s name was changed in the report to protect his identity.

According to the study, Michael was able to get treatment through a drug outreach effort known as Operation Tip the Scale.

The operation pairs law enforcement officers with drug treatment counsellors. They offer eligible, non-violent drug offenders the option to go into a treatment program instead of jail.

Operation Tip the Scale was first conducted in spring 2009. Since then, there have been 16 operations throughout the San Diego County.