Greenville, VA – Five people have been arrested by Virginia State Police in the Greenville area in connection with the production of methamphetamine.

Around six Saturday evening, police served several search warrants at a motel near exit 213 on I-81 as well as a location near the BB&T Bank in Greenville.

They took evidence that included materials used to make meth. This is an ongoing investigation, but police say there is no threat to the community in this area at this point.



JUNCTION CITY — Authorities arrested six people and took three children into protective custody after serving a search warrant Friday at a “known drug house” in Junction City, Police Chief Mark Chase said.

Police seized methamphetamine, marijuana, stolen property, cash and drug paraphernalia from the home in the 1100 block of Juniper Street, Chase said.

Two children lived at the home with five adults. State child welfare officials took both youngsters — along with another child who happened to be staying overnight at the house — into protective custody, Chase said. The children were ages 4, 6 and 11.

Chase said police have been called to the home more than 50 times in the past few years, and that it was the target of a drive-by shooting earlier this month.

Breanna Renee Spaulding, 22, is the mother of three of the children found at the home, Chase said. She was lodged in the Lane County Jail on charges of first-degree child neglect and frequenting a known drug house.

Also booked into the county jail was Troy James Malpass, 48. He is charged with two counts of delivering methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a school and two counts of methamphetamine possession.

Three other residents of the home are being held in Junction City’s municipal jail on misdemeanor charges of frequenting a known drug house.

Chase identified them as John Steven Johnson, 52; Tammy Engebretsen, 42; and Robert Lee Keeney, 29.

A visitor to the home, 26-year-old Andrew Kent Gullickson, also faces a charge of frequenting a known drug house.

The home where the search warrant was served is near Laurel Elementary School, Chase said.

A Sarasota man has been accused of operating a meth lab after police said they found “highly volatile” materials used to make methamphetamine outside of a residence near the intersection of Proctor and Swift roads.

 Joshua Martin Bradley

Joshua Martin Bradley
Joshua M. Bradley, 37, of Sarasota, was arrested by Sarasota County Sheriff’s deputies after someone complained of possible explosives in front of his home on the 2700 Block of Grand Cayman Street.
When deputies arrived at the residence at about 6 p.m. on Friday, they found the materials used to make methamphetamines.
The Sarasota County Fire Department secured the area to ensure there were no explosions.
Detectives were able to connect Bradley to the materials and to a meth-making operation.
Bradley was charged with trafficking methamphetamine (between 28 and 200 grams), production of methamphetamine and possession of paraphernalia.
He was arrested on Thursday for an unrelated warrant stemming from larceny charges. He is being held at the Sarasota County Jail in lieu of a $28,120 bond.

A Moraine man has been indicted for allegedly operating a mobile meth lab found at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

James Plemons, 45, was indicted Friday for illegal manufacture of drugs, aggravated possession of drugs and illegal assembly/possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr. announced.


WPAFB police, with assistance from Riverside police and fire departments, allegedly found a methamphetamine operation on June 2, 2013, in a trailer attached to Plemons’ pickup truck.

“This defendant had a traveling meth lab in the trailer attached to his truck,” Heck said in a statement. “He put other motorists and the law enforcement officers called to respond at risk.”

According to prosecutor’s office, the trailer was used to cook meth, and it contained chemicals needed to produce the drug as well as the finished product.

Plemons is scheduled to be arraigned at 8:30 a.m. April 10 in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court.




PRESTONSBURG — Prestonsburg firefighters and police officers got an early start, Friday, responding to the scene of a burning outbuilding at Town Branch that ended with three arrests.

The fire began sometime around 8 a.m., in a storage building adjacent to Allie Anderson’s home at 1663 Trimble Branch Road. Prestonsburg Fire Chief Bobby Carpenter said that, when firefighters arrived on the scene, the family was still asleep inside their home, unaware of the blaze building outside.

The family was evacuated from their home, and the quick action of firefighters saved the mobile home from damage. The outbuilding and a wooden fence, however, were destroyed, and the flames brought down nearby power lines.

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At the scene, Carpenter said he had not yet determined a cause of the fire. He said the family told him they had recently been cleaning out the building, but did not know of anything that could have started the fire. Meanwhile, a witness reported hearing an explosion shortly before seeing flames coming from the building.

“This one looks a little suspicious,” Carpenter said.

Those suspicions turned out to be well-founded, after police discovered several items believed to be used in the manufacture of methamphetamine inside and outside the home.

Prestonsburg Police Det. Adam Dixon said three people were arrested after the discovery, facing charges such as manufacturing meth and wanton endangerment. He did not identify the suspects, citing the pending investigation.

Dixon and Carpenter both now say the fire was likely caused by an active meth lab, although a final determination will be made at a later time.

No one was injured as a result of the fire. Two juveniles were inside the home at the time of the fire.




There have been marked changes in methamphetamine use over the past decade as more potent forms of the drug have become increasingly available, particularly crystalline methamphetamine. A major concern of stronger potency methamphetamine is the increased potential for harm, such as psychotic symptoms and violent behaviour. Little is currently known about what effects methamphetamine use has on violent behavior.


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CALEXICO- Customs and Border Protection officers stopped two suspected drug smugglers with about $44,000 worth of marijuana in one vehicle and $164,000 worth of methamphetamine in another at the Calexico ports of entry Wednesday.

In the first incident around 8 a.m., Mexican citizen Elizabeth Garcia de Mendoza, 43, approached the Calexico downtown Port of Entry driving a 2001 Ford Windstar and said she was going to the Las Palmas swap meet, according to the court complaint.



A detector dog alerted to the vehicle’s dashboard and CBP officers then found 40 packages containing 98 pounds of marijuana hidden in the vehicle. The marijuana has an estimated street value of about $44,000.


Garcia de Mendoza said she had replied to a newspaper ad to take care of an elderly woman and when she met the employer, he proposed that she transport bulk cash from Los Angeles to Mexicali for a fee of $250 to $350 a trip, according to the complaint.

She was supposed to drop off the vehicle and the man’s aunt someplace while the cash was put into the vehicle and then return to Mexicali with the aunt.

“Garcia de Mendoza stated she knew this was illegal, but did not know anything about the drugs that were concealed in the vehicle,” according to the complaint. “She stated she had only anticipated couriering money.”

In the second incident, U.S. citizen Luis Ricardo Esparza, 25, approached the Calexico East Port of Entry driving a 2007 Volkswagen Jetta. A CBP canine detector dog alerted to the vehicle, and Esparza was referred to secondary inspection.

Officers then found 15 packages in the vehicle’s rocker panels and bumper upon further inspection. The packages contained 25.60 pounds of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $164,000.

Esparza denied knowing there was methamphetamine in his vehicle but “did admit that the purpose of the trip was to obtain and transport drug proceeds into Mexico,” according to the court complaint.

“Esparza admitted to previously receiving and transporting $29,000 in drug proceeds into Mexico that originated from Indianapolis,” the complaint reads.

Both drivers were arrested and turned over to the Homeland Security Investigations for further processing. CBP seized the vehicles and narcotics.