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CONNELLSVILLE, Pa. – Three people were taken to hospitals early Sunday morning after a suspected meth lab explosion in Fayette County, officials said.

The explosion happened shortly before 3 a.m. at a duplex on South Carnegie Avenue in Connellsville.

The blast blew out a window to a second floor bedroom where a man a woman were. Broken glass and pieces of a mattress were seen on the street outside of the duplex.

Police said the man and woman suffered suspected chemical burns and were flown to a Pittsburgh hospital. A third person was taken to a hospital as a precaution.

“Catastrophic event. There was glass on the road. There was commotion inside. Our officers went inside, extracted people and began our investigation,” Connellsville police Cpl. Bryan Kendi said.

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Comments Off on Lori Renee Sharp, 53, of Grand Junction, accused of smoking Methamphetamine just days after sentencing for previous Methamphetamine charges

A Grand Junction woman who was sentenced in a drug case on Monday was back in jail by Thursday after she allegedly admitted to smoking methamphetamine at a little league field.

Police conducting a routine patrol of the Grand Mesa Little League Park just before 11 p.m. on Thursday found Lori Renee Sharp, 53, in the concession stand. The officer who talked to her noticed she had a glass pipe in a plastic grocery bag, and asked her if she had been smoking meth. According to the arrest affidavit, she said yes.

Sharp was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance, unlawful use of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and trespassing.

During her bond hearing on Friday, Chief Deputy District Attorney Mark Hand expressed concern that Sharp was suspected of using drugs only days after she pleaded guilty to and was sentenced in a drug case, in which she had already served the 90-day jail sentence.

Sharp’s attorney acknowledged her “well-documented drug use history” but asked the court for a personal-recognizance bond, stating, “What science tells us is that relapse is part of recovery.”

Mesa County Judge Craig Henderson responded that he believes in a “carrot and stick approach” to repeated drug use and said the consequences should be “swift and sure.”

He set a $5,000 cash-only bond for Sharp as she protested, threw her hands in the air and shook her head.

 

 

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Joey Aleman says it’s never too late to turn your life around. That statement defines the past year of the Longview man’s life.

In June, Aleman, 31, will celebrate his one-year anniversary of being clean from methamphetamine — the drug he was addicted to for more than a decade.

“I’d come to a point to where I knew that I was going to die,” he said. “It was getting really bad. I was hanging around people I shouldn’t have; there was death all around me… It was either prison or death that was going to take me.”

Meth is the highest-reported abused substance in the Longview area, according to Amber Shepperd, regional evaluator for the Prevention Resource Center at the East Texas Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse.

“In the past year, ETCADA had a little over 3,000 calls and/or in-person intakes for people seeking help for substance abuse,” Shepperd said. “Thirty-four percent of those seeking help reported methamphetamine use, either used alone or in combination with other substances, which is the highest reported substance of use in Region 4 — a 23-county area.”

Although ETCADA has seen no increase or decrease in the past year in reported meth use, Shepperd said the drug is reported more frequently than alcohol at 17 percent and marijuana at 27 percent.

Reports of meth use by men and women in the region are relatively equal, Shepperd said, while about 2 percent of people reporting using the drug are younger than 18.

But it was at that age that Aleman said he began to use meth as a way to feel included. He said friends and other classmates were using the drug, and he believed it would be a good way to be part of the crowd.

“I guess at that point, I already was the oddball; I wasn’t part of the crowd,” Aleman said. “And everybody was doing it. … In the beginning, I would stop for a few months, sometimes even six months at a time, but it was a lot easier then to put it down and not think about it.”

Aleman said he also was trying to cope with a combination of things at home. His younger brother, who was 8 at the time, had been diagnosed with a rare type of cancer. As the eldest of four raised by a single mother, he said he didn’t have a father figure to look up to and resorted to meth in order to escape.

“I didn’t have anyone coaching me on what was right or wrong,” Aleman said. “I had to learn for myself all these experiences.

“I don’t want to take away from my mother because there’s nothing that makes me disappointed with her as far as raising me up and doing everything she could. My mom has been a blessing. But as far as that strong father figure that every young man needs, I was without that.”

Eventually, Aleman returned to school to get his GED. But he said meth was easy to find in Longview, and his addiction took a stronger hold on his body and mind as years passed.

“When I started supporting my own habit, the more I got for the less amount of money,” he said. “Having more enabled me to do more, so my tolerance just went up from there — and the more that I did, the more difficult it was to let go of it.”

Aleman said although he initially started using the drug to feel included, it isolated him from the rest of the world and pulled him away from his family.

“It was tearing my family apart,” he said. “With that addiction comes a lot of denial, trust issues, stealing; it’s just all about trying to support your habit. It pushed us away from each other. They didn’t want me to be around their friends because of what I did. I’m sure they were embarrassed at points. They wanted the best for me, really.”

Meth increases the amount of chemical dopamine produced in the brain, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, causing a “rush” or sense of euphoria. The high from the drug doesn’t last long, which often leads people to taking repeated doses of the substance to maintain the euphoric feeling, according to the institute.

Aleman said his daily routine involved waking up and getting high — if he had even gone to sleep in the first place.

“It was just a constant thing,” he said. “I consistently thought I needed more.”

He said he found it difficult to develop new relationships with people because of his addiction.

“It was hard because that particular drug isolates you,” Aleman said. “It isolates you from society; it makes you feel not accepted or a part of the norm. You feel secluded.”

Aleman said that feeling of isolation and loneliness was the strongest when coming down from the high of the drug, which is why he continued to take it .

“I avoided coming down just so I could avoid that feeling,” Aleman said. “I know while I was on it, it gave me energy; it gave me some sort of self confidence and made me feel better. It sparked up my low self-esteem. … But when you’re coming down from it, you’re more moody and more prone to being agitated. So I would act on impulse; I wouldn’t have any concern or respect for other’s feelings.”

Aleman ended up in prison in 2011, the root cause of which he said was his addiction.

“It was hell,” he said. “It wasn’t a good experience, and it didn’t help me at all.”

Aleman was clean for two years while he was in prison. But when he got out in 2013, his addiction quickly took hold again, and he found himself in jail again.

But when Aleman got out in May 2015, something had changed. He said he knew he needed a forced intervention and decided to reach out to God for help.

I found God,” Aleman said. “God found me. … I grew up knowing who Jesus was, I just didn’t walk with him like I should have. It wasn’t until I had hit what I hoped was my rock bottom that I realized that that wasn’t the way God intended me to go.”

Aleman went to the D.E.A.R. Recovery Center in White Oak to get treatment for his addiction. He stayed 11 months in its recovery program until April 2016, then returned in August for four more months.

“While I was at the D.E.A.R. unit, I came to the conclusion that help was in God,” he said. “I believe there’s no recovery without the spiritual aspect because it’s good to have people physically — someone tangible you can share in fellowship with — but without the spiritual aspect of it, recovery to me doesn’t exist.”

In December, Aleman started working for the House of Disciples Life Recovery Center, a ministry of Wiseman Ministries, that offers a 12-month discipleship program targeted at the homeless or those struggling with addictions.

Aleman said about seven out of 10 people coming into the House of Disciples ministry report meth use.

Aleman works in the front office, doing intake processing, scheduling and answering phone calls. He also acts as a mentor and counselor for new people coming into the program and shares his testimony with those who struggle with addiction.

“(The ministry) had seen that I have a good heart and I have a gift of wanting to help people,” he said. “Specifically people who are coming from where I’ve come from. I love reaching out to people and giving them hope and inspiration and letting them know that there is happiness and life beyond that addiction. Because that’s the biggest thing that I thought while I was addicted — that I couldn’t be happy without it.”

Aleman said he loves working for the ministry. He said he eventually plans to become certified as a licensed chemical dependency counselor.

Along with the discipleship recovery program, House of Disciples offers weekly support group meetings on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. that are open to the public.

On Fridays at 7 p.m., the ministry offers Friday Night Live, a chance for people in the community to share their testimonies and speak to each other about addiction.

Aleman said he hopes others will hear his story.

“There’s an answer to whatever your problem is,” he said. “Whatever you’re running from or hiding from or trying to get away from — a drug is just an outlet, it’s not an excuse. And the addiction it isn’t worth it… The prison time, jail time, possible death isn’t worth it at all.”

 

 

 

 

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MEXICO CITY — Authorities in Mexico say gunmen have assaulted and robbed a bus full of federal police.

The National Security Commission reports that the bus was carrying 29 unarmed officers dressed in civilian clothes Monday night to Mexico City, where they were to be on leave after 25 straight days on duty in the Pacific resort city of Acapulco.
The commission says the driver pulled over to check a mechanical problem near a toll booth in the state of Morelos. Armed men then boarded the bus, threatened him and the passengers and relieved them of their possessions.
A statement late Thursday says the officers did not resist in order to avoid injuries or loss of life. Authorities are searching for the robbers.
Comments Off on Russell County deputies seize 5 pounds of Methamphetamine valued at $250,000 in Phenix City; Darryl K. Gosha, 61, arrested

A tip has led to the seizure of more than 5 pounds of crystal methamphetamine with a street value of $250,000 in Phenix City, Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor said Friday during a news conference.

Darryl K. Gosha, 61, was charged with one count of trafficking in met after his arrest at 2007 Eighth Place South, Taylor said. He is held without bond in the Russell County Jail for a hearing possibly on Monday.

Taylor said deputies received the tip about 10 a.m. that the drug also referred to as “Ice” would be at a location in the city. Taylor said investigators were able to secure a search warrant to get the drug off the streets. “This is a huge Ice arrest for our location,” the sheriff said.

Taylor noted that his investigators had to work fast after receiving the information. “They did a great job,” Taylor said. “ Receiving the information and being able to turn around to put that information to use in a short period of time.”

Sgt. Mike Loyless said Gosha is known to authorities in Russell County. No other items were seized from the location and there were other people at the house. Gosha lives at a 13th Avenue address in the city but was at the Eighth Place South location for the meth.

When asked where the drug was headed after arriving at the location, Taylor said he’s certain that some would have been on the streets in Columbus, Phenix City, Lee County and the Smiths Station area. “There is no doubt this was headed to our streets,” he said. “ How much of it? Maybe some of a portion of this container would have been headed to our streets.”

The sheriff said the investigation is ongoing. Investigators continue to conduct interviews in the case. “We will be contacting several other potential witnesses in the case. We are not going to put out any other names,” he said.

More arrests are possible in the case. “We are still potentially looking at more arrests,” Taylor said.

 

 

 

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Comments Off on Methamphetamine a bigger problem than alcohol in forcing children into grandparents’ care

Charity group Grandparents Raising Grandchildren says meth is the key reason grandparents are stepping in to raise their grandchildren and in the last three years 1800 more families have reached out for help.

Oranga Tamariki, the Ministry for Vulnerable Children, says meth use is just one of the symptoms of wider family dysfunction, not necessarily the main cause, and alcohol is a bigger problem.

“It’s what then happens, because when parents have a drug addiction be that alcohol, be that meth, be that another substance, they tend to make choices. So they make choices that sometimes aren’t in the best interests of the child,” said Grainne Moss, Oranga Tamariki chief executive.

But Grandparents Raising Children says it carried out a major research study last year and alcohol abuse was sixth on the list as a factor causing children to go into grandparent care.

Drug use is the leading reason and the only drug cited in the study of over 1100 caregivers was meth, said Kate Bundle of the group.

Methamphetamine, in our experience is the major catalyst causing the breakdown of the family, rendering parents unable to parent their children. Alcohol abuse doesn’t come close to having such a devastating effect on the family,” she said.

One grandmother, who 1 NEWS called Aroha, cares for 11 grandchildren as their parents are addicted to P and she says it is an epidemic.

Meth destroys the families because the parents are not in control.  They can’t take barely hardly any care of themselves, let alone their children,” Aroha said.

 

 

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Comments Off on Shana Danyelle Harper, 32, Jennifer Robin Williamson, 34, Amanda Nicole Wilson, 31, Courtney Leona Smith, 23, and Tonya Nichole Connyer, 22, all from Hortense, arrested in Methamphetamine sting

In a sting operation over Tuesday and Wednesday, Ware County deputies and detectives arrested five women who attempted to purchase methamphetamine or other drugs, said Ware County Sheriff Randy Royal.
As lawmen intercepted phone communications regarding purchases of methamphetamine and other drugs, Royal said, they were able to direct the suspects to various locations and arrest them.
In jail are Shana Danyelle Harper, 32, of the 500 block of Pine Cone Street, Jennifer Robin Williamson, 34, of the 100 block of East Wacona Drive, Amanda Nicole Wilson, 31, of Brush Creek Road in Hortense, Courtney Leona Smith, 23, of Coffee County Club Road in Hortense, and Tonya Nichole Connyer, 22, of the 800 block of Waring Street, said Royal.
They were charged with use of a communication device to violate state law and criminal attempt to purchase illegal drugs, said Royal.
Harper, who was driving a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu in the 1400 block of Tebeau Street, presented $40 to purchase meth there from an operative at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, said Royal. Sgt. Robert Weiss conducted the arrest.
Another suspect was caught at 12:47 a.m. Wednesday in the 1900 block of State Street when Detective James Cox arrested Williamson, who was driving a 2000 Chevrolet Silverado as she tried to purchase methamphetamine. Royal said lawmen found her already in possession of lorazapan, a bag of crystal meth and other drugs.
An incident occurred in the 2300 block of Plant Avenue at 1:14 a.m. Wednesday when Connyer drove her Ford F-150 there and attempted to purchase drugs, said Royal. Detective James Cox effected the arrest.
Two arrests were made when Wilson drive a 2001 Impala to a location in the 3900 block of the Brunswick Highway at 9:32 p.m. Tuesday asking to purchase drugs. Royal said lawmen found her in possession of oxycodone and oxycontin. Smith was in the vehicle with her and was also charged.
The suspects were booked into the Ware County jail on the charges, Royal said.

Comments Off on Arrest of former judge-executive’s brother, Henry Matt Smith, 45, of Flat Lick, nets large amount of crystal Methamphetaminein Knox

Police seized a large amount of crystal methamphetamine from a Knox County man who said he’d been buying two pounds at a time from a supplier he met while they were both in custody on federal convictions.

Henry Matt Smith, 45, of Flat Lick was charged Thursday in a federal complaint with conspiracy to distribute meth.

Detective Brian Metzger, a task force officer with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, said the case started in March after an officer with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office stopped a car and found meth in it.

A person in the car told police he had bought the drug from Smith, Metzger said in a sworn statement.

Police then got a warrant to search Smith’s house and found about 1 1/2 pounds of meth and some heroin, Metzger said.

“It’s a very large amount” of meth, said Knox County Sheriff Mike Smith, who took part in interviewing Henry Matt Smith.

For years, meth abusers made their own small batches of meth by combining pills containing pseudoephedrine — available in over-the-counter remedies for colds and allergies — with chemicals in crude homemade labs to set off a reaction that creates the drug.

In recent years, however, meth traffickers have begun smuggling in much larger quantities of purer crystal meth produced in large labs in Mexico.

Henry Matt Smith told police that he had bought two pounds of the drug at a time from a supplier in Corbin.

Smith said he’d bought a total of eight pounds since late last November, Metzger said in his statement.

Smith told police he met the supplier when they were together in a federal halfway house. He pleaded guilty in 2008 to taking part in a scheme with his brother to defraud Knox County.

Smith’s brother was Raymond Smith, who was judge-executive from 2002 through 2006.

Raymond Smith later admitted that while in office, he had prepared false bids for county projects to hide the fact that companies owned by him or his relatives did the work and received the payments.

He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 30 months in prison and ordered to pay $110,000 in restitution.

After getting out of prison, Raymond Smith shot and killed a father and son in Bell County during a dispute in August 2013 and wounded the man’s daughter.

He then went to his father’s grave in Knox County and killed himself.

Henry Matt Smith was sentenced in October 2008 to 10 months in prison for aiding his brother in the fraud scheme involving county contracts.

Less than two weeks later, before reporting to prison, he was arrested again after he allegedly threatened to use a machine gun to kill his girlfriend’s ex-husband, according to court records.

He was charged with being a felon in possession of a gun and having a machine gun not properly registered to him.

Smith pleaded guilty and was sentenced to three years in prison. He was released from prison in March 2014.

 

 

 

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Comments Off on Methamphetamine Use Surges in Western, Southern and Midwestern United States

The opioid epidemic has killed tens of thousands over the last two years and driven major reforms in state and local law enforcement and public health policies for people with addiction.

But another deadly but popular drug, methamphetamine, also has been surging in many parts of the country. And federal officials say that, based on what they learned as opioids swept the U.S., methamphetamine is likely to spread even further.

“The beginning of the opioid epidemic was 2000 and we thought it was just localized,” said Kimberly Johnson, director of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). “Now we know that drug outbreaks aren’t likely to stay localized so we can start addressing them sooner and letting other states know of the potential for it spreading.”

From Arizona, New Mexico and Oklahoma to Montana, Wisconsin and Minnesota and all across the South, inexpensive methamphetamine is flowing in from Mexico, fueling what police and epidemiologists say is an alarming increase in the number of people using the drug, and dying from it.

Nationwide, regular use of the inexpensive and widely available illicit stimulant increased from 3 to 4 percent of the population between 2010 and 2015, according to SAMHSA. At the same time, heroin use shot from 1 to 2 percent of the population.

The number of people using methamphetamine, also known as meth, crystal meth, crystal, crank, ice and speed, has been among the highest of any illicit substance for decades. But despite the stimulant’s harmful long-term effects on the body — including rotting teeth, heart and kidney failure, and skin lesions — its overdose potential is much lower than prescription painkillers and other opioids.

Still, overdose deaths from methamphetamine have spiked recently.

In 2014, roughly 3,700 Americans died from drug overdoses involving methamphetamine, more than double the 2010 number, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2015, the most recent year for which federal data are available, nearly 4,900 meth users died of an overdose, a 30 percent jump in one year.

Early Warnings

In Oklahoma, methamphetamine was involved in 328 overdose deaths last year, a sharp climb from 271 in 2015, and more than the combined deaths from prescription painkillers hydrocodone and oxycodone, according to Mark Woodward, a spokesman for the Oklahoma Narcotics Bureau.

In contrast to the last epidemic, which began in the 1990s, rural meth labs are now a rarity and the fires and explosions that captured headlines back then are practically nonexistent today, Woodward said. “So a lot of people thought if meth labs are down, meth use is down.”

“But so much is coming in from Mexico, and it’s just as good as the domestic cooked product,” he said. “Why risk leaving a paper trail at a pharmacy when you have a buddy coming up from El Paso tonight with a cheap supply?”

The majority of methamphetamine is now smuggled across the Southwest border, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration’s 2016 National Drug Threat Assessment Summary. Its purity is high and its street price is relatively low, much cheaper than heroin. “While the current opioid crisis has deservedly garnered significant attention, the methamphetamine threat has remained prevalent,” the report warns.

Minnesota, a hot spot during the last methamphetamine epidemic, is experiencing a surge in admissions for treatment of methamphetamine addiction, according to the state Human Services Department.

In the upper Midwest and much of the rest of the country, 2005 was the peak year for methamphetamine use. After that, federal and state laws restricting the sale of an essential ingredient in methamphetamine, the over-the-counter cold medicine pseudoephedrine, led to a sharp decrease in U.S. meth labs.

As more meth started coming in from Mexico, the number of people seeking treatment began creeping up again and began to surge in many places in 2015. Last year, nearly 11,600 meth users were admitted for treatment in Minnesota, according to state data — a significant increase over the 6,700 who sought treatment for methamphetamine addiction in 2005.

Methamphetamine is also showing up in places that never experienced an earlier epidemic.

“What we’re seeing is that the use of methamphetamines has recently moved out of trailer parks and rural areas and into inner cities,” said Ken Roy, medical director of a major treatment facility, Addiction Recovery Resources, in New Orleans. “We’re seeing a lot of heroin addicts that also use methamphetamines. It used to be the only way we got meth patients was when they came to the hospital from rural areas,” Roy said.

Different Drugs

Opioid users experience a dreamlike state and typically nod off. But methamphetamine produces an entirely different high. Users experience a sense of elation and hypervigilance, and often become paranoid and aggressive. “They may binge on meth for days without eating or sleeping, and they often start seeing things that aren’t there,” said Carol Falkowski, an addiction expert in Minnesota.

Death from a methamphetamine overdose is also very different from an opioid death. With opioids, which affect the part of the brain that controls breathing, high enough doses can shut down respiratory functions, quickly causing death.

With methamphetamine, death is typically caused by a stroke or heart attack, and is characterized by extreme sweating as the body overheats prior to death. Because methamphetamine represents a lower risk of overdose, many use it for decades, which often results in gradual organ failure and death. Those deaths are typically not counted in the overdose statistics.

Likewise, treatment for addiction to methamphetamine is different than for opioids. No FDA-approved medications exist to stop the cravings for methamphetamine, whereas three effective drugs are available to help people recover from opioid addiction.

As a result, methamphetamine treatment primarily consists of outpatient therapy, often after a brief stay in a residential facility. People who stop using methamphetamine do not suffer the severe withdrawal symptoms such as the vomiting, muscle pain and other flu-like symptoms suffered by opioid users. But they do tend to become immobilized, sleeping a lot and binge eating, as well as suffering from severe depression, anxiety and drug cravings.

Falkowski said that during the last methamphetamine epidemic, there was more emphasis on the way people behaved when using meth for long periods of time, and the threat they posed to public safety.

Health officials in places like Minnesota and Oklahoma say the health care providers who helped legions of people overcome methamphetamine addiction during the last epidemic are prepared for a new onslaught. But Johnson, the SAMHSA director, cautioned that the addiction treatment workforce has not grown in proportion to the growth in overall drug use since then.

Tackling a new meth addiction wave on top of an opioid epidemic could strain the nation’s health care system, she said. “I don’t think what we’ve done to scale up access to treatment for opioid disorders is going to be that helpful for methamphetamine.”

 

 

 

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Comments Off on Smyrna jail staff find d-amphetamine in vagina of Joyce Marie Hawkins of Marietta but miss the Methamphetamine hidden in her bra

Police admit that jailers failed to find all the drugs on a Marietta woman, leaving a cache of methamphetamine for staff at another detention center to discover.

Authorities say Joyce Marie Hawkins was found last week with pills in her private area during a search at the Smyrna jail, but a stash of meth in her bra was not found until she was searched again while being booked into the main Cobb County jail the next day.

A Smyrna police official called it an “oversight.”

Hawkins was booked into the Smyrna jail on drug charges the afternoon of May 11.

While searching her, a warrant says Smyrna jail staff found in her private area a clear jeweler’s bag containing 3½ pills of Dextroamphetamine, which according to the federal government is habit-forming and can “cause serious heart problems or sudden death.”

Deputy Chief of Smyrna police Robert Harvey told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that detention officers then removed the woman’s bra to look for more drugs and searched it by massaging the fabric. But the detention officer didn’t find the meth.

“This was an oversight on our part,” Harvey said. “We train and work diligently to vet each person coming into our facility. Consequently, meth can be quite easy to conceal due to its size and texture.”

When asked if Hawkins could have purchased the drugs inside the facility, Harvey said that wasn’t possible because Hawkins was in a holding cell and didn’t enter the jail’s general population.

Records show that about 12 hours later she was transferred to the main Cobb jail where detention officers found in her bra about 54½ grams of meth wrapped in a plastic bag during a strip search.

That amount — about as much as 18 sugar cubes — qualifies as enough for a drug trafficking charge. She was booked on drug possession charges.

She was first booked into Smyrna jail because police say they found a glass pipe with meth residue in a small purse, according to a warrant.

She was a passenger in a car stopped along Windy Hill Road just west of Atlanta Road, but the warrant does not say why the vehicle was originally stopped.

A week after the arrest, she remains in Cobb County jail without bond.

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Comments Off on 25 women and men arrested in western Wyoming Methamphetamine conspiracy investigation in Green River, Fort Bridger, Evanston, and Rock Springs

Thursday saw 25 arrests resulting from the execution of three search warrants as special agents and detectives in southwestern Wyoming took apart a methamphetamine trafficking ring based in Green River.

The search warrants, executed , led to arrests in those cities as well as Fort Bridger and Evanston.

According to a news release from the Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office, detectives with the Sheriff’s Narcotics and Arrest Group — also known as SNAAG — worked in December 2016 with special agents from the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation’s Southwest Enforcement Team to dig into the illegal transportation, distribution and use of meth throughout southwestern Wyoming.

Thursday morning saw the culmination of investigative work as detectives, special agents and deputies worked with members of the Green River Police Department’s Special Weapons and Tactics team, as well as detectives from the Evanston Police Department, to conduct a region-wide warrant operation.

The operation, focused on the “loosely-organized” drug ring, lasted into the early evening hours.

As of 9:30 p.m., the following people have been arrested:

  • Darcy Gene Akin, 60, of Green River, who is charged with alleged delivery of meth and conspiracy to deliver meth*;
  • Zachary Montague Boyce, 30, of Rock Springs, who is charged with alleged delivery of meth and conspiracy to deliver meth;
  • Martina Caspari, 43, of Salt Lake City, Utah, who is charged with alleged delivery of meth, conspiracy to deliver meth, and possession with intent to deliver meth;
  • Gwen Marie Dunigan, 44, of Manti, Utah, who is charged with alleged delivery of meth;
  • Christina Marie Eichler, 41, of Midvale, Utah, who is charged with alleged conspiracy to deliver meth;
  • Michael Telesforo Flores, 38, of Green River, Wyoming and Midvale, Utah, who is charged with alleged conspiracy to deliver meth, possession with intent to deliver meth, and possession of meth;
  • Neil Patrick Gilbert, 41, of Rock Springs, who is charged with alleged delivery of meth;
  • Jenny Arlene Gilson, 40, of Rock Springs, who is charged with alleged delivery of alprazolam;
  • Kim Bonnie Gotfrey, 48, of Rock Springs, who is charged with alleged delivery of meth;
  • Tiffany Ann Mitchelson, 38, of Rock Springs, who is charged with alleged conspiracy to deliver meth;
  • Treina Lynn Montoya, 35, of Fort Bridger, who is charged with alleged conspiracy to deliver meth;
  • Jarrod Scott Morrison, 40, of Green River, who is charged with alleged conspiracy to deliver meth*;
  • Jonathan Wesley Mortimer, 35, of Green River, who is charged with alleged conspiracy to deliver meth;
  • Kathy Jean Moskovita, 55, of Green River, who is charged with alleged conspiracy to deliver meth;
  • Douglas Evan Myers, Jr., 29, of Green River, who is charged with alleged conspiracy to deliver meth;
  • Curtis Craig Ness, 45, of Green River, who is charged with alleged conspiracy to deliver meth;
  • Michael James Pacheco, 49, of Rock Springs, who is charged with alleged delivery of meth and conspiracy to deliver meth;
  • Erik Duane Pecheny, 32, of Green River, who is charged with alleged conspiracy to deliver meth;
  • Lucas Jacob Rodriguez, 43, of Rock Springs, who is charged with alleged delivery of meth;
  • Joshua Douglas Sommerville, 41, of Rock Springs, who is charged with delivery of meth;
  • Zachariah Newton Strange, 36, of Green River, who is charged with delivery of meth and conspiracy to deliver meth;
  • Shanna Kay Straw, 43, of Rock Springs, who is charged with alleged possession of meth;
  • Stanley Eugene Tromburg, 56, of Rock Springs, who is charged with delivery of meth;
  • Lance Lee Winders, 36, of Green River, who is charged with conspiracy to deliver meth; and,
  • Andrea Wright, 36, of Rock Springs, arrested on a local bench warrant for alleged failure to pay child support.

The investigation remains active.

In their press release, the sheriff’s office emphasizes that everyone arrested is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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Federal customs officers stopped a shipment of nearly 200 pounds of liquid methamphetamine hidden in the fuel tank of pickup truck crossing the border from Mexico into south Texas. The value of the drugs is estimated by law enforcement officials to be worth nearly $4 million.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers working that the Hidalgo International Bridge in the Rio Grande Valley Sector observed a white 2008 Chevy Silverado pickup truck approaching the port of entry from Reynosa, Mexico. The 20-year-old female driver, a U.S. citizen from Houston, Texas, stopped her truck at the initial inspection point. CBP officers referred the driver to a secondary inspection where they later found the dangerous drugs, according to information obtained by Breitbart Texas from CBP officials.

The officers initially conducted a physical search of the pickup truck. Following the physical inspection, officers conducted a non-intrusive search of the truck using an imaging system. That search revealed a hidden tank inside the trucks fuel tank.

The officers removed the tank and discovered 188.89 pounds of liquid methamphetamine. The load of meth is estimated to be worth $3,777,802 according to the CBP statement.

Law enforcement officials took the young Texas woman into custody. Officers seized the drugs and the truck. All were turned over to Homeland Security Investigations who will look into the case for possible prosecution.

It is likely that the woman smuggled the methamphetamine for the Gulf Cartel which routinely controls drug smuggling in this part of the border.

In April, Breitbart Texas reported the government of Mexico sent 400 soldiers into the region to search for the head of the Gulf Cartel, Julian “Comandante Toro” Loiza Salinas aka Juan Manuel Loiza Salinas.

Two weeks later, Breitbart Texas broke the news that soldiers had found and killed “Comandante Toro” in a massive gun battle. The photos leaked from Mexican officials revealed the gruesome outcome of the fierce clash between the soldiers and the now-deceased cartel leader.

Just last week, a new battle for control of the valuable drug and human smuggling corridor broke out. More than 20 people died in the raging gunfights between the rival factions of the Gulf Cartel, Breitbart Texas’ Cartel Chronicles reported.

The arrest of the young woman from Texas reveals that despite the death of the cartel boss and the raging civil war occurring in Tamaulipas, the shipment of drugs continues.

However, increased enforcement of U.S. immigration laws by the new Trump Administration dramatically decreased the number of border crossings by illegal immigrants, women and unaccompanied alien children in the sector. Because of this, agents are spending less time processing and “babysitting” the illegal immigrants and are able to refocus their efforts to stop the smuggling of illicit drugs across the border from Mexico into the U.S.

Information obtained by Breitbart Texas from CBP officials indicates a 177 percent increase in the seizure of heroin and a 129 percent increase in the seizure of cocaine. “The increase in illicit drug activity comes at a time when apprehensions have declined in recent months,” officials stated.

 

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A 20-year-old Houston woman may spend the last two months of her pregnancy in jail after officers caught her trying to cross the border with nearly 190 pounds of liquid methamphetamine.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Peter E. Ormsby ordered Yesenia Mendoza-Gonzalez, 20, of Houston held without bond on Thursday morning.

Officers stopped Mendoza at the Hidalgo bridge on Sunday, when she attempted to return from Reynosa driving a white 2008 Chevrolet Silverado.

When officers searched her truck, they found liquid methamphetamine in the gas tank.

Officers later determined the gas tank held 188.89 pounds of methamphetamine, according to a news release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which valued the drugs at nearly $3.8 million.

“During the interview, MENDOZA-Gonzalez advised that she was from Houston, Texas and that she was seven months pregnant and in need of money for a baby shower,” according to the federal criminal complaint against her.

Mendoza said a man nicknamed “Chucho” offered her $1,000 to transport drugs from Mexico to Houston, according to the criminal complaint. She took a bus from Houston to Hidalgo and walked across the bridge on May 12. Two days later, Mendoza returned driving the Silverado.

Mendoza is charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and importing methamphetamine.

The judge directed the U.S. Marshal’s Service to arrange a doctor’s appointment for Mendoza to make sure her baby is healthy.

 

 

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Comments Off on Christina Sarao, 35, of Vero Beach, found with Methamphetamine in her bra reports buying it at yard sale – really had “to poop”

PORT ST. LUCIE — Can you buy methamphetamine at a yard sale?

That’s where a 35-year-old Vero Beach woman told Indian River County sheriff’s investigators she got hers, according to an affidavit that also touches on pregnancy and pooping.46yhse4ausrtrst

A deputy stopped a woman driving a pickup truck April 28 after noticing she wasn’t wearing a seatbelt.

She pulled into a home on Second Street Southwest in Vero Beach. The deputy asked for her license. She said it was inside the home, which she said belonged to her grandmother.

“She identified herself as Holly Smith, but the deputy recognized her as Christina Sarao because the deputy has “had prior interactions with her.”

Sarao hopped out of the truck and started running, and the deputy caught her.

“I have to poop and I’m pregnant!” Sarao is quoted as yelling.

Investigators determined Sarao had three warrants, along with methamphetamine and a pipe in her bra.

“I asked her where she got the meth from and she stated down the road at a yard sale,” the affidavit states.

Sarao later said the home didn’t belong to her grandmother and that she wasn’t pregnant.

Mention was not made of whether she really had to poop.

Sarao was arrested on charges including driving while license suspended with knowledge, possession of methamphetamine, giving a false name while detained and resisting arrest without violence.

 

 

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PERU, Ind. – Police arrested a woman after they say she asked officers to check her needle for meth.

Miami County Central Dispatch received a call on Tuesday around 10:40 a.m. about a suspicious female at a residence in the 200 block of West Eighth Street in Peru, Indiana.

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Officers say they identified the female as Sammi Y. Breeden, 20, of Peru.  She told them that she had been at another location in Peru earlier in the day where she had been using methamphetamine.

She said she shot up with a needle, but she didn’t think the substance was meth because it was making her feel different from her usual meth high.

Officers called an ambulance for medical assistance, and they found a needle with Breeden. She asked officers to test the contents of the needle, and they confirmed it contained meth.

She was arrested for possession of a syringe and possession of methamphetamine, and her bond was set at $10,000.

 

 

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Two women are facing drug trafficking charges after police say they sold methamphetamine to undercover officers in a Wal-Mart parking lot.

The alleged drug deal happened May 9 in unincorporated Woodstock, Cmdr. Phillip Price of the Cherokee Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad said.MethDealers

Hannah Law of Acworth and Katherine Young of Cedartown had been under investigation for two months, Price said.

The women are accused of selling 2 ounces of suspected meth, Price said.

Young, 27, is charged with trafficking meth and obstruction of an officer. Law, 23, is charged with trafficking meth. They are both being held without bond at the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center.

 

 

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Comments Off on Las Cruces mothers, Eliana Gonzalez and Ophelia Montano, both 30 years old, arrested after children test positive for Methamphetamine, living in unfit conditions

Two Las Cruces mothers were charged with several counts of child abuse after three children tested positive for methamphetamine.

Eliana Gonzalez and Ophelia Montano, both 30 years old, were charged with multiple counts of child abuse.MothersoftheYear_1494969552139_6771973_ver1_0_640_360

Officers with the Las Cruces Police Department were called to investigate a home on McFie Avenue on reports of unfit living conditions, according to court documents.

Officers said when they arrived, they found dog feces and trash scattered throughout the home.

Gonzalez’s six children and Montano’s five children were living in the house, court documents said.

The home did not have running water, electricity or gas, and there was not enough food in the pantry for all of the children to eat.

According to court documents, both women admitted to using drugs. Montano consented to a drug test and tested positive for heroin and meth. Gonzalez told police she has been smoking meth on and off since she was 12 years old.

One of the children living in the home told investigators about an instance when Gonzalez was smoking in one of the rooms in the home. The child entered the smoke-filled room and saw drug paraphernalia. Three men and five women were also in the room, court documents say.

The landlord did not want to be identified but said the living environment inside the house was extremely unsafe for the children.

“They ended up stealing the washer and dryer and tearing up the whole house. It was a dump in there. I ended up taking all kinds of stuff out of there. All kinds of paraphernalia, which detectives came and took pictures of,” he said.

According to court documents, some of the children had to fill up water jugs at MacArthur Elementary School because they needed drinking water and water to flush the toilet.

Las Cruces Public school issued the following statement:

The children of these two women are not students at MacArthur Elementary. However, they are in other schools and are attending classes. For the children’s protection, LCPS will not disclose their schools.

If the children were, in fact, forced to take water from MacArthur, no one ever witnessed that happening. If anyone had seen that, school personnel would intervene immediately.

New Mexico law requires that any school employee — teacher, counselor, principal, nurse, etc. — who suspects any type of abuse must contact law enforcement or CYFD. LCPS has many services to help children in need, primarily through the Homeless Education program called Project Link. Children receive assistance with clothing, food, transportation, and other social services.

Ophelia’s sister, Valerie Montano defended her sister, saying the children were never in danger.

“No. that’s why she left. Because yeah, she did have a problem. Not that she did it around the home, like she would go out and do it,” Valerie said. “We had pails of water and propane burners, so we were cooking when the cops and CPS came actually. They left the dog here. So when the detective came a week later, he took pictures of dog feces on the floor. Well yeah! The dog was in here alone for a week. But he didn’t live that way.”

Valerie said the children were happy.

“Yes. Regardless of where or how they’ve been, yes they love their mom. As long as they are with mom, they are happy,” Valerie said. “She would be here sometimes, but when she was using, she was out of the house. She barely makes enough to take care of her kids. So she can’t pay to get this help. So she was going to go and stay in a home somewhere else and kick it, and then come back for her kids.”

The children are currently under the care of family members.

Last week, an elementary teacher with Las Cruces Public Schools and her boyfriend were arrested after her son tested positive for meth.

 

 

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Comments Off on Lisa Lawrence, of Sebree, 48, accused of using Methamphetamine, driving recklessly in work zone

HENDERSON, Ky. (WTVQ) – State Police say a woman was on meth while driving recklessly through a work zone in Henderson.Lisa-Lawrence-meth

Investigators say 48-year old Lisa Lawrence, of Sebree, was driving under the influence of methamphetamine and in possession of the drug on US 60 West at the intersection of KY 425.

She was lodged in the Henderson County Detention Center.

 

 

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Comments Off on Janelle Wooster of San Diego County comes home to find dog high on Methamphetamine

IMPERIAL BEACH, Calif. (KGTV) – A dog is apparently sickened after ingesting meth and neighbors in Imperial Beach say the incident is a symptom of a growing problem.

On Monday night, Janelle Wooster returned home from work and found Rivers – a one-rtg2wtgwt4tgyear-old Golden Retriever mix – shaking his head uncontrollably and pacing back and forth. A family friend said he had been like that for several hours after playing in their fenced backyard.

Wooster rushed her dog to the vet. The dog developed a fever. After a blood test, Wooster says the vet told her Rivers’ symptoms fit that of other dogs that had ingested meth. Turns out if Rivers had not be brought in, he likely would have died.

“I’m angry that someone would toss something over our fence. My little dog could had died. My 3-year-old nephew could had died,” said Wooster.

Wooster says her home – blocks from Mar Vista High – backs up to an alley and she’s found alcohol bottles tossed into the yard before. Neighbors tell us the homeless are often spotted tossing trash into yards, including alcohol, drugs and drug paraphernalia.

Rivers is expected to survive but it’s not clear if he will fully recover.

A Gofundme campaign has been set up to help with his vet bills, which now stand at $1,200.

 

 

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The Narco-State

Posted: 18th May 2017 by Doc in Uncategorized
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Translated by Otis B Fly-Wheel for Borderland Beat from a Proceso article

Subject Matter: Narco Corruption
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

Reporter: Jose Gil Olmos

It has been three decades, starting from Salinas to be more precise, in Mexico that the gestation occurred as what we know today as the Narco-State. In this form of Government, organized crime and authorities have merged into one with the deadly consequences we now face; journalists executed, thousands of deaths and disappearances, rampant violence, delinquent Governors, covert parties, participant society, impunity, and a President of the complicit in acquiescence or direct participation.moloacan2

i am starting from the fact that, from the Salinas Government, this form of co-government began to take shape due to the case of this brother Raul Salinas, who was accused of using the Conasupo networks for drug distribution, although he was jailed for other crimes.

But before this government had already presented some symptoms of overlap between authorities and drug trafficking, as was evident at the ranch “El Bufalo” in Chihuahua. Nevertheless, in Salinas term the signs of the Narco-State were seen.

In three decades, the breakdown of the political class and corruption have crept to the highest levels, leading 30 Governors from different parties to be accused of having links to organized crime, engaging in corruption, creating cover ups of criminal networks, carrying out illegal business, diverting resources and receiving dirty money for their campaigns from different criminal organizations.

Cases such as that of the PRI’s Tomas Yarrington and Eugenio Hernandez in Tamaulipas, Mario Villanueva Madrid in Quintana Roo, Fausto Vallejo in Michoacan, Angel Aguirre Rivero in Guerrero and Sergio EStrada Cajgal in Morelos, are some clear examples of how the Narco-State is already a reality.

In that Narco State, organized crime is the one that governs and controls the territory. Nothing that happens there escapes its power, including the exercise of freedom of expression. Eight journalists have been killed so far this year, including Javier Valdez. It is no coincidence that in states in Veracruz, Tamaulipas, Guerrero, Sinaloa, Michoacan and Chihuahua are where the most cases of murders, threats and persecution of reporters are recorded.

All authorities are involved with the criminal groups where they collude with organized crime. The armed forces do not escape the corrupting power that buys wills with enormous amounts of money to ensure impunity in the distribution and sale of drugs, as well as in the business of kidnapping , extortion, people and arms trafficking.

But in the Narco-State all participate directly or indirectly. Many times the broad sectors of society are accomplice and are part of the networks or grassroots support community that are generated by necessity, by force or by interest around the different criminal groups as has happened clearly in Michoacan, Guerrero, Tamaullipas, Veracruz and State of Mexico.

On other occasions, the society itself has normalized the presence and the violent action of these groups before the impossibility to protest or make a complaint. How can one turn to an authority that is corrupted or is part of the criminal group that governs the municipality or state?

This situation will be a priority for whomever wants to be President in 2018. The expansion of areas controlled by organized crime grows every day, the addict population in Mexico exceeds six million, according to the latest statistics of 2011; the number of journalists killed or disappeared increases day by day, the number of murders in this sexenio has shot up by 600% and there are more than 350,000 displaced from their homes by violence.

Despite the seriousness of the situation, the issue is not on the agenda of any of the presidential hopefuls. None of them speak about organized crime, less of the Narco-State and its consequences. It is a thorny subject that they evade, but whomever wins the election will have to face it.

Original article in Spanish at Proceso

 

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Comments Off on Methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana use up broadly among U.S. workforce

MADISON, N.J. — Drug use in the American workforce, fueled by illicit drugs, reached the highest positivity rate in 12 years, according to an analysis of more than 10 million workforce drug test results released today by Quest Diagnostics, the world’s leading provider of diagnostic information services.

The annual Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing Inde will be presented at the Drug and Alcohol Testing Industry Association (DATIA) annual conference this week in Orlando, Florida. Overall positivity in urine drug testing among the combined U.S. workforce in 2016 was 4.2 percent, a five percent relative increase over last year’s rate of 4.0 percent, and the highest annual positivity rate since 2004 (4.5%).

“This year’s findings are remarkable because they show increased rates of drug positivity for the most common illicit drugs across virtually all drug test specimen types and in all testing populations,” Barry Sample, PhD, senior director, science and technology, Quest Diagnostics Employer Solutions, said in a press release. “Our analysis suggests that employers committed to creating a safe, drug-free work environment should be alert to the potential for drug use among their workforce.”

For a complete set of charts and graphs, visit http://www.QuestDiagnostics.com/DTI.

For an interactive map that shows urine drug test positivity by 3-digit zip code in the United States, visit http://www.QuestDiagnostics.com/DrugMap.

Methamphetamine Positivity Remains High

Amphetamines (which includes amphetamine and methamphetamine) positivity continued its year-over-year upward trend, increasing more than eight percent in urine testing in both the general U.S. and federally-mandated, safety-sensitive workforces compared to 2015. Throughout the last decade, this rise has been driven primarily by amphetamine use which includes certain prescription drugs such as Adderall.

Although methamphetamine positivity in urine testing declined between 2005 and 2008, the positivity rate plateaued between 2008 and 2012, and has increased steadily since. Between 2012 and 2016, it climbed 64 percent in the general U.S. workforce and 14 percent among federally-mandated, safety-sensitive workers. In oral fluid, methamphetamines positivity increased 75 percent between 2013 (0.24%) and 2016 (0.42%).

Cocaine Continues Upward Trend

The positivity rate in urine testing for cocaine increased for the fourth consecutive year in the general U.S. workforce and for the second consecutive year in the federally-mandated, safety-sensitive workforce. Cocaine positivity increased 12 percent in 2016, reaching a seven-year high of 0.28 percent, compared to 0.25 percent in 2015 in the general U.S. workforce, and seven percent among federally-mandated, safety-sensitive workers to 0.28 percent, compared to 0.26 percent in 2015.

“Once again, the DTI statistics reveal the on-going threat to workplace safety posed by substance abuse. While the national dialogue swirls around marijuana and opiate issues, we find cocaine—a substance with well-established dangers—continuing its troubling upswing not just in the general workforce, but in safety-sensitive jobs with federally-mandated testing,” said Matt Nieman, General Counsel, Institute for a Drug-Free Workplace and Principal, Jackson Lewis P.C. “That positive test results for cocaine persist, let alone are increasing, should serve as a reminder to employers and employees that there is no substitute for vigilance in any effective effort to thwart the potential impacts of workplace substance abuse.”

In both the federally-mandated, safety-sensitive and the general U.S. workforces, the positivity rate for cocaine in post-accident urine drug tests was more than twice that of pre-employment drug tests, and was also higher than the rate in random drug tests.

“While a positive test doesn’t prove drug use caused the accident, it raises the question as to whether it played a role,” said Dr. Sample.

Marijuana Positivity Increases Dramatically over Last Three Years; Increases in Colorado and Washington Double the National Average

Marijuana positivity continued its upward climb in both the federally-mandated, safety-sensitive and general U.S. workforces. In oral fluid testing, which detects recent drug use, marijuana positivity increased nearly 75 percent, from 5.1 percent in 2013 to 8.9 percent in 2016 in the general U.S. workforce. Marijuana positivity also increased in both urine testing (2.4% in 2015 versus 2.5% in 2016) and hair testing (7.0% in 2015 versus 7.3% in 2016) in the same population.

Among the federally-mandated, safety-sensitive workforce, which only utilizes urine testing, marijuana positivity increased nearly ten percent (0.71% in 2015 versus 0.78% in 2016), the largest year-over-year increase in five years.

In Colorado and Washington, the first states in which recreational marijuana use was legalized, the overall urine positivity rate for marijuana outpaced the national average in 2016 for the first time since the statutes took effect. The increase was more pronounced in Colorado, which increased 11 percent (2.61% in 2015 versus 2.90% in 2016), than in Washington, which increased nine percent (2.82% in 2015 versus 3.08% in 2016). The national positivity rate for marijuana in the general U.S. workforce in urine testing increased four percent (2.4% in 2015 compared to 2.5% in 2016).

“We have been tracking the trends in marijuana positivity in states that have passed medical and recreational marijuana use statutes for several years now. 2016 is the first year since Colorado and Washington approved recreational use that the rates of year-over-year change were sharply higher than the national average,” said Dr. Sample.

Heroin Detection Plateaus in General U.S. Workforce, While Prescription Opiate Detection Declines

After four straight years of increases, in 2016, urine testing positivity for heroin, indicated by the presence of the 6-acetylmorphine (6-AM) metabolite, held steady in the general U.S. workforce and declined slightly among federally-mandated, safety-sensitive workers.

Prescription opiate positivity – including hydrocodone, hydromorphone and oxycodones – declined in urine testing among the general U.S. workforce. Oxycodones have exhibited four consecutive years of declines, dropping 28 percent from 0.96 percent in 2012 to 0.69 percent in 2016. Hydrocodone and hydromorphone both showed double-digit declines in both 2015 and 2016 (0.92% in 2015 to 0.81% in 2016) and (0.67% in 2015 to 0.59% in 2016), respectively.

In recent years, state and federal authorities have instituted efforts to more tightly control opiate prescribing in order to address the opioid crisis.

About the Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing Index

The Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing Index (DTI) examines test results according to three categories of workers: federally-mandated, safety-sensitive workers; the general workforce; and the combined U.S. workforce. Federally-mandated, safety-sensitive workers include pilots, bus and truck drivers, and workers in nuclear power plants, for whom routine drug testing is mandated by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Quest Diagnostics has analyzed annual workplace drug testing data since 1988. The strengths of the Drug Testing Index analysis include its large, nationally representative sample size, longitudinal monitoring, a testing population that is generally reflective of the U.S. workforce and the quality of the company’s drug testing services to confirm positive results. Limitations include analysis only of employers that perform drug testing with the company and a lack of exact cross-specimen comparisons due to variations in substances for which employers test. Quest Diagnostics has analyzed annual workplace drug testing data since 1988, and publishes the findings as a public service. http://www.QuestDiagnostics.com/DTI.

 

 

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Comments Off on Mallorie E. Wolcott, 29, of Mason City, arrested after police find Methamphetamine in purse

MASON CITY | A Mason City woman allegedly caught with methamphetamine in her purse has been charged with felony possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

Mallorie E. Wolcott, 29, was riding a bicycle on South Monroe Avenue near West State Street shortly after 4 p.m. Friday when a Mason City police officer activated his siren and lights, according to the criminal complaint.

Wolcott allegedly refused to stop initially. When she did so, the officer found 9 grams of suspected meth in her purse, as well as a glass pipe with burnt residue inside, the complaint states.

Wolcott also was charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and interference with official acts.

She was booked into the Cerro Gordo County Jail on $50,000 cash-only bond.

Wolcott was given a 10-year suspended prison sentence and put on probation for five years in May 2016 on a Cerro Gordo County conviction of methamphetamine delivery.

A probation violation report was filed May 1 of this year and a warrant was issued for Wolcott.

She has a probation revocation hearing set for June 5.

 

 

 

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Comments Off on Autumn Beadle, 32, of Gainesville, arrested after authorities find thousands of dollars worth of Methamphetamine

GAINESVILLE, Texas (KXII) — A woman is arrested after a traffic stop in Gainesville leads to thousands of dollars worth of methamphetamine.

Autumn Beadle, 32, was arrested on Tuesday.

Police said Beadle was spotted leaving a suspected drug house in the 1100 block of North Howeth Street.

After deputies pulled her over, they had a K9 sniff out the vehicle.

Deputies tell us the found about 52 grams of meth, valued at around $5,200.

Beadle was arraigned and is free on bond.

 

 

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Comments Off on Stacey Hobbs of Bonifay arrested for Methamphetamine

ESTO – The Holmes County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of Bonifay resident Stacey Hobbs following a traffic stop on May 12 on Highway 2 in the Esto area.

Investigators stopped a blue Oldsmobile being driven by Hobbs, and a K-9 alerted to the presence of narcotics during a free air sniff.

During a search of the vehicle, investigators discovered glass pipe containing suspected methamphetamine.

Hobbs was placed under arrest and charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

 

 

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Comments Off on Robert McCaw, 32, of Springfield, planned sex trafficking of a 13-year-old and 14-year-old girl – gave them Methamphetamine

A Springfield man with previous felony convictions faces a bevy of new charges including sexual trafficking of children, statutory rape and giving methamphetamine to minors.

Police built their case against Robert McCaw by interviewing runaway teenagers, a man they identify as a meth dealer and data obtained from Facebook through an emergency request. McCaw, 32, was arrested Thursday following a foot chase.

In a probable cause statement, Officer Justin Hollingsworth’s account starts with a report of a 14-year-old girl running away from the Library Station on Kansas Expressway with an iPhone last Monday.

Two days later, Hollingsworth learned that this girl met with a 13-year-old girl and the two had vanished together.

Last Thursday, police were contacted by a social worker who connected Hollingsworth with another child who relayed a recent Facebook conversation where the 14-year-old said she “had been engaging in sexual intercourse for money” and “had to give all of her proceeds from the sexual acts to ‘the boss,'” who was supposed to take her to St. Louis on Friday.

Hollingsworth then went to Facebook with an emergency petition for disclosure of the 14-year-old’s IP address and GPS coordinates. This information allowed investigators to narrow their search to an area near the intersection of West Catalpa Street and South New Avenue.

Detectives set up further conversations with the 14-year-old, who revealed that she was staying at 1223 S. New Ave.

While crying, the 14-year-old told her friend “that there was another female present with (her), that the suspect had forced them to use drugs, the suspect was trying to take (her) phone, and would not let them leave the residence,” according to the probable cause statement.

Cops approached the house on New Avenue and saw two young girls running away. The girls told officers that a man named “Bobby” had also fled by hopping out of a window after seeing police approach the house.

Police chased and eventually arrested McCaw after this. Officers searched the man and found four cell phones in his possession. As Hollingsworth notes, it’s not uncommon for drug traders to use multiple phones to make deals.

Further questioning revealed that McCaw had the girls snort lines of meth, the documents say, and the 13-year-old told police that she walked in on McCaw and the 14-year-old “engaged in sexual activity.”

Nearby, police say they found a man named Ryan Dalton, whom both girls said had sold McCaw meth that McCaw made the 13-year-old ingest. Dalton later told police he sold McCaw a quarter-gram of meth and confirmed that one of the kids snorted a line of meth in his presence.

Dalton told police McCaw had bragged he was “selling p—-” and “was trying to get to Arizona because all the ‘Mexicans’ were down in Arizona and they ‘paid good.'”

According to the probable cause statement, Dalton also believed that McCaw offered him the chance to have sex with one or both of the girls for money. Dalton told police he left without engaging in any sexual activity.

A search of the residence turned drug paraphernalia and “numerous used condoms,” Hollingsworth wrote.

McCaw is being held in Greene County jail on a $500,000 bond.

A News-Leader reporter knocked on the door at 1223 S. New Ave. on Monday afternoon, but no one answered.

When shown a photo of McCaw, several neighbors said they did not recognize him. They said, however, there had been a lot of traffic in and out of the home at 1223 S. New Ave. in recent weeks.

Lisa Cox, spokeswoman for the Springfield Police Department, said police had not been called out to 1223 S. New Ave. for any other incidents in the last six months.

 

 

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Comments Off on April Cunningham, 45, of Saxton, operated Methamphetamine lab with three juveniles present in home

SAXTON – A Bedford County woman is in jail after police say they found an active methamphetamine lab in her home Friday.

Police said a search was conducted of the home at 608 Spring St. about 4 p.m. Friday. During the search, police discovered the meth lab in the residence while three juveniles were there.

April Cunningham, 45, of Saxton, is charged with operating a meth lab, manufacture of meth with a child present, risking catastrophe, along with several other drug charges.

Cunningham was arraigned Friday and placed in the Bedford County Correctional Facility on $150,000 bail.

 

 

 

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