A 42-year-old Springfield man has been arrested on methamphetamine charges following a fire at the Howard Johnson Inn and Suites, 1701 J. David Jones Parkway, early Monday.

Jason T. Adams, who gave his address as the hotel, was arrested after a small fire broke out in Jason T. Adamsone of the rooms about 12:15 a.m. It appeared that the fire was caused by the manufacture of methamphetamine, Springfield police said.

Investigators eventually located at another address in the city two other people who allegedly were in the hotel room at the time the fire started. One of them, a man, was suffering from non-life-threatening burns and was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Adams was booked into the Sangamon County Jail on charges of participating in methamphetamine manufacturing and procurement of a methamphetamine precursor.

The incident remains under investigation.








Police officers found a machete, pistol and drugs stuffed in the clothes of a man casually walking along a Waihi street.

The 39-year-old man allegedly had a 60 cm machete stuffed down his pants from the waist to his knee.

But that wasn’t all police found this week when they searched the local man.

He also had a .22 caliber pistol, ammunition, methamphetamine and drug utensils concealed on his body, they said.

“Who knows what could have happened?” Eastern Waikato Police Sergeant Aaron Fraser said.

“He was walking through town. The machete took up most of his leg. It was a reasonable size, hidden down his pants.”

Fraser said police officers spotted the man walking along Seddon and Moresby streets in the township.

Having received information about the man’s history and behavior, they decided to stop him. Ad

“They decided to invoke their search powers and found the items concealed among his clothing and pockets.

“It’s an unpredictable drug, methamphetamine. Taking it and walking around town with weapons is a dangerous combination.”

The man was not acting suspiciously, Fraser said, but going on information from the community, police were alert to the man and made the call to stop him.

“It was excellent work by our staff and the community. They are really feeding us information about their community either directly or through Crimestoppers.”

“Our officers put two and two together and got a good result – a firearm and drugs off the street.”

Police charged the man with multiple offences, including possession of methamphetamine, possession of an offensive weapon and of utensils for methamphetamine, unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, and breach of a protection order.

He was remanded in custody to appear in Waihi District Court in January.

People who have information they think may be unusual or suspicious are asked to contact their local police station, or phone Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.







Merced street-gang investigators have seized more than 40 grams of methamphetamine and firearms, and arrested two people in Winton, the Police Department reported.

Agents with the Gang-Violence Suppression Unit arrested Todd A. Freeman, 40, and Jeffrey L. Crawford Jr., 32, on Friday night at a home in the 7100 block of Ridge Street in Winton, the department said in a news release.guns

Officers confiscated 41 grams of methamphetamine, two 12-gauge shotguns, one pound of marijuana, a scale and an undisclosed amount of cash, police said.

Police said multiple people, including a “small child,” were inside the home Friday when agents served a search warrant.

Officers said the investigation began after agents “developed information” that Freeman had drugs and weapons inside his home.

Freeman was booked into the John Latorraca Correctional Facility on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine for sales, being a felon in possession of a firearm, being a felon in possession of ammunition and child endangerment. He remained in custody Tuesday.freemancrawford

Details of his prior criminal convictions were not available Tuesday.

Crawford was arrested on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine for sales, being a felon in possession of a firearm, being a felon in possession of ammunition, destruction of evidence and child endangerment. He was also in custody Tuesday at the John Latorraca Correctional Facility.

According to Merced County jail records, Crawford’s criminal history includes multiple drug and domestic-violence-related convictions dating back to at least 2013 and numerous parole violations.










TULSA, Oklahoma – A Tulsa man is in custody following the death of his girlfriend’s baby. Tulsa Police say Kevin Lee Crawford was arrested in connection to the 6-month-old boy’s death.

The baby went into cardiac arrest and was pronounced dead at a Tulsa hospital Saturday. 9672525_GCrawford, 52, was booked into the Tulsa County Jail Monday morning on complaints of felony child neglect, possession of methamphetamine and possession of paraphernalia.

“The child’s mother, Anna Hyden, left earlier in the day and left her infant son in the custody of her boyfriend Kevin Crawford,” TPD said in a report.

Police say the couple lives in a shed behind a residence on the 300 block of South Zunis Avenue. Living conditions were described as “deplorable” with “trash, chemicals and filth” next to be baby’s crib.

“The shed was also uninsulated which left the baby very little protection from the elements,” the arrest report states.

When Crawford was arrested, he had methamphetamine and several needles, according to police. Records show he has a felony record that includes several previous convictions including manufacturing methamphetamine.






JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – An improper turn led to a Cave City woman’s arrest on multiple drug charges early Sunday morning.

Shortly after 4 a.m. Jonesboro Police Officer Bryan D. Bailey reported seeing a 2011 Acura TSX turn southbound from Browns Lane Access onto Caraway.9676414_G

According to his report, the driver crossed the double-yellow line “multiple times.”

When he stopped the vehicle the driver, later identified as 34-year-old Jill Overturf, said she was “in the process of moving from Batesville back to Harrisburg.”

She then reportedly told Bailey she had fallen asleep at a friend’s house earlier then drove to the other side of town to eat. She again told the officer she was heading back to Harrisburg.

After getting her permission, Bailey ran his K-9 partner, Shine, around the vehicle.

According to the report, the dog made a “positive alert” on the front passenger side tire and door frame.

While searching the vehicle, Bailey reported finding a makeup case containing a glass pipe used to smoke methamphetamine, with residue inside.

He also reportedly found two amphetamine pills and two small baggies of suspected methamphetamine Ice.

Bailey arrested Overturf and took her to the Craighead County Detention Center where she was left in lieu of a probable cause hearing on the felony charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of meth or cocaine less than 2 grams and possession of a Schedule I or II controlled substances (not meth or cocaine) less than 2 grams.







A woman wanted for parole violation was arrested for meth and giving a false name to police when stopped in Lafayette.

According to Lafayette Police Department reports:

On Wednesday, Jan. 13, around 11:45 p.m., Katie Marisia O’Shea, 24 of Rossville, was charged with meth possession, giving a false name to police, and probation violation when she was located parked in a vehicle with another man at Cove Road Baptist Church on North Chattanooga Street.

A resident had contacted police to report a vehicle with its headlights shinning into the front door of the residence. When police arrived, the vehicle had since moved.

The officer went to speak to the complainant, who said the vehicle had since moved to the back of the church.

The officer went to the rear of the church and discovered a black BMW. There was a male in the driver’s seat and a female in the passenger seat.

The officer asked the male for his identification and what they were doing at that location, to which the driver said they were “going to get to know each other a little better.”

The officer asked the female if she had identification on her to which she said she did not.

The female began to act nervous and her speech was lethargic. She told the officer her identification was at home, but there was a pocketbook between her feet.

The officer walked around to her side of the vehicle and asked for her name and date of birth to which she replied, “Ellen Walker, July 8, 1991.”

The officer asked if the pocketbook belonged to her and she said “no.”

The officer removed the pocketbook from the vehicle and asked her who it belonged to, to which she said the driver’s sister.

The officer opened the pocketbook and found a zippered container with the writing, “Katie Fukin O’Shea” on it.

Additional officers arrived on the scene, while the original officer searched the driver and the female who identified herself as “Ellen Walker.”

One of the officers recognized the woman as Katie O’Shea, who admitted that was her name, and she was arrested for giving a false name.

While running her name, she came back as “wanted” through the Walker County Sheriff’s Department for a probation violation.

While searching the vehicle, the officer located an uncapped syringe in the passenger seat. The driver told the officer that O’Shea was about to “shoot up” when the officer pulled behind them.

The driver was allowed to leave the scene. O’Shea was transported to the Walker County jail, where a baggie containing crystal methamphetamine was located in her left sock.







A Tulsa man and a Jenks woman were arrested this week after they were caught with a bag of methamphetamine and two hypodermic needles in a car.Ricky Romo

Ricky Romo, 56, and Cassandra Cline, 27, were in a running car with the lights off in a cul-de-sac in the 1600 block of W. Timber Drive when police approached to investigate, according to an incident report.

Cline told officers she’d been kicked out of her apartment and asked Romo to take her to Walmart, according to a report.

Romo denied there was anything illegal in the car and gave police permission to search it. They found the bag of meth stuffed in the cassette player and the needles in a purse on the front passenger floor board, a report states.

Romo was arrested for possession of a controlled drug and taken to the Tulsa County Jail and Cline was arrested for possession of a controlled drug and possession of drug paraphernalia and taken to the Tulsa County Jail.







CEDAR RAPIDS — A house fire in Cedar Rapids was caused by a meth lab, authorities said.

According to the Linn County Attorney’s Office, Cedar Rapids police were called to a house fire at 1446 Golfview Dr. NE on Jan. 14. When officers responded, they discovered the AR-160119630remnants of a meth lab in the garage of the home.

Police returned with a search warrant and discovered drug paraphernalia and meth precursors, including ethyl ether, pseudoephedrine and ammonia nitrate.

As a result of their investigation, 33-year-old Shane E. Keller of Marion has been arrested and charged with first-degree arson, second-degree burglary, manufacturing meth and three counts of possession of a precursor with the intent to manufacture. Keller does not live at the home where the fire occurred.







A rise in methamphetamine cases has spurred a partnership led by the Midland County Prosecutor’s Office to not only to prosecute those making the drug, but to ensure community safety in terms of health and clean-up.

The Midland County Methamphetamine Protocol Team is all about learning what regulations and protocols different community agencies — such as the Department of Human Services, law enforcement, the Midland County Health Department and more — have when it comes to the drug, and how to form a central protocol plan for response, Midland County Prosecutor J. Dee Brooks said.

The team’s first meeting was in August, during which those in attendance went through the process of who is responsible for what, and shared each group’s protocol. In December, the meeting focused on where the protocols converge.569aea9967b02_image

“I’m thrilled with the response we had,” Brooks said. “We have a lot of interest and cooperation.”

The first meeting was attended by representatives from the Midland County Sheriff’s Office, Midland Police Department, Michigan State Police, Coleman Police Department, the Bay Area Narcotics Enforcement Team, MidMichigan Medical Center Emergency Room staff, Midland County Administrator/Controller Bridgette Gransden, Midland County Health Department staff, Midland City Attorney James Branson and Planning Director Brad Kaye, County Treasurer Catherine Lunsford, and state Department of Human Services staff.


The number of methamphetamine cases began exploding in early 2015, with numerous busts at homes throughout the city and county. Each involved one pot meth labs, a method of producing the drug in a plastic bottle.

When labs are found, law enforcement respond and firefighters are dispatched due to the explosive nature of the labs.

Next, police contact the Bay Area Narcotics Enforcement Team to take equipment and substances away for disposal, because the chemicals involved are toxic, Brooks said.

BAYANET is not responsible for the home or its contents, such as furniture and belongings. And that’s where the Midland County Health Department comes in.

“Once they have determined there is a meth lab in the home, they let us know,” Health Department Director Mike Krecek said. “Then we condemn the property.”

The property owner is sent a letter stating the property has been condemned, and staff take out a poster that states the property is condemned. The home cannot be occupied until there is a preliminary assessment to determine levels of the drug in the home; the health department brings in outside expertise to conduct the testing, Krecek said.

If the drug is found inside, the home must be cleaned before anyone can live there.

In 2015, the health department condemned about a dozen properties.

“That’s quite an uptick for us,” Krecek said, adding there’s usually one or two a year. “It really spiked in 2015.”

Brooks said it’s not uncommon for property owners to say they don’t want the home anymore because it’s less expensive to forfeit the property than it is to spend $10,000 to $20,000 to make it habitable again, especially in the case of landlords who were unaware their renters were making methamphetamine.

Last year, two properties where methamphetamine was produced were foreclosed on — a home on North Lake Sanford Road where a meth lab caused a house fire, and a home on Cherne Drive where numerous people were busted for making the drug, Midland County Treasurer Catherine Lunsford said. In the case of the fire, Charles William Luckett, 53, was convicted of operating a meth lab and is serving a prison sentence of two to 15 years.

She said the treasurer’s office makes use of Daily News articles on meth labs by adding notes to the property information kept by the office. The office also provides the sheriff and health department a list of properties that have been foreclosed for unpaid property taxes, so the agencies can check to see if those addresses were involved in meth production.

If a foreclosed property has been determined to be contaminated by methamphetamine, the office reviews the property value, condition, location and extent of the contamination to determine whether to demolish or remediate. Testing also includes the septic systems, which could become contaminated by dumping chemicals down drains, Lunsford said.

Assessments of the North Lake Sanford Road and Cherne Drive properties led to both being torn down at a cost of $10,000 each. “Then we auctioned them as vacant lots,” she said.


In addition to the homes, meth also touches all the inhabitants, including children.

“We’ve had a bunch” of cases with children involved, Brooks said. Some made meth while the kids were away, and in one case, while the children were in a car parked at the home. “That’s what the addiction can do — you’re not thinking right,” he said.

One case involving children in court now is that of Tyler Matthew Barringer, 36, Hope, who faces charges of operating a meth lab, manufacturing meth, possession of the drug and purchasing pseudoephedrine after the Bay Area Narcotics Enforcement Team was asked to investigate a meth cook at a Coolidge Street home in May. Also charged was Barringer’s ex-wife, who since has made a plea in the case and has custody of the couple’s two children. The children have cases in the Midland County Probate Court.

Tyler Barringer is wanted on a bench warrant after he failed to appear for a preliminary hearing in his case before Midland County District Court Judge Michael D. Carpenter on Tuesday. His probation agent testified that Barringer has not complied with drug testing and left the state without permission.

The endangering of innocent lives by making and using the drug around vulnerable children calls into play additional community partners.

“That’s a big part of the protocol team,” Brooks said, adding everyone knows their own part, but not so much about what the other organizations’ roles are.

For example, the Department of Human Services has specific testing and information requirements for children who were in homes where the drug was produced, he said, adding that information isn’t necessarily known by emergency room staff. The emergency room has special decontamination rooms and meth toxicity testing. Between the two, there are questions about what testing needs to be done and how it is paid for, Brooks said.


In addition to the human services agencies working together, law enforcement agencies also are collaborating.

Brooks said he realized the county had a big problem with meth when he took office, and he took action.

“I said specifically we need to target this,” after meeting with BAYANET, police, the sheriff’s office and state police. “It does seem to be slowing down.”

He cautioned that while a good bite has been taken out of the meth problem, the necessary ingredients for the drug remain available, so it could come back online.

A state tracking system that limits pseudoephedrine purchases has helped greatly.

“So that’s where the shortage comes in. Now we have people recruiting other people to buy pseudoephedrine for them,” Brooks said.

After drug busts, officials check the tracking system records to see where the suspects have gone to purchase medications and what quantities are purchased.

“That tracking of the pseudoephedrine has made a big difference,” Brooks said.

The state also added laws making purchasing pseudoephedrine to make meth a felony offense.

“It gave us another tool to use,” Brooks said.

In addition to traffic stops, some local meth cases have come to light due to suspects in other crimes such as retail fraud giving information about meth labs thinking they’ll get out of trouble. That doesn’t work for them, Brooks said, though officials do use the tip to make meth busts.


Officials have found there are different motivations for involvement with meth.

“We’re trying to distinguish between the addicts who are committing crimes to support themselves versus the criminals who abuse drugs and have no respect for people’s property rights,” Brooks said. “These are the people we want to send to prison.”

He said that while looking at the major drugs in Midland County, such as heroin, cocaine, meth, ecstasy and bath salts, he was surprised to find out there are dealers who are not using their product. They are getting others addicted, then fuel the addiction to make a living off it.

Recently, the prosecutor’s office garnered two convictions for defendants with long criminal histories — Arthur Elmer Pugh, 42, who is serving between two and 20 years for meth possession and operating a lab; and William Joseph Sherwood, 33, who was sentenced to serve between 20 and 40 years for crimes including operating a meth lab.

“Then we have addicts, users and people who possess the drugs,” Brooks said, adding it’s not usually large amounts. “For these people, our concern is more treatment.”

The philosophy is a new one, with Brooks adding he saw all meth as major drug trafficking when he took office just over a year ago. Seeing involvement with the drug at different levels is a new process, he said.


Brooks has found the experts in the field have experienced the same evolution by talking with Victor Fitz, Cass County prosecutor and immediate past president of the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan.

Fitz told him Cass County’s drug court works the same way as Midland County’s — low-level makers supporting their own drug habit, as well as small-time users and manufacturers, participate in drug court or other alternative sentencing. That way the goal becomes rehabilitation, with treatment, and lengthy and intense probation, Brooks said. That can include daily meetings and drug testing, and is an 18-month to two-year long process.

Of course, defendants mess up occasionally, and while officials don’t want to punish the disease, the law-breaking does result in sanctions. “We all know prison doesn’t reform people,” Brooks said. “If we can deal with them on a local level, it’s better for them and saves money.”

For the defendants who go to prison, the concern is less with their own addiction, and more with how their behavior impacts the community.

“That’s one of the hardest things a prosecutor has to do,” Brooks said of making the distinction between a dangerous criminal and an addict.







A respected financial director hanged himself after climbing out of a bathroom window while high on drugs believing people were trying to kill him, an inquest has heard.

Rob Thomas, 49, worked in London for consultancy firm Lean Coaching during the week and returned home to Caerleon, near Newport, on weekends.RNP_MAI_180116Rob001JPG

But a hearing into his death was told he kept his regular drug use secret from his long-term partner – and had been injecting crystal meth and “really started to crack up” in the months leading up to his death.

Police were called to an address in Lambeth on October 2, 2013, after reports of a “suspicious looking man” wandering through private gardens.

They found Mr Thomas disheveled and partially undressed at his home in Tradescant Road.

Cocktail of drugs

Detective Sergeant Peter Campbell, of Lewisham CID, said: “His behavior was extremely neurotic, saying he was being chased.”

Southwark Coroners’ Court was told Mr Thomas had taken a cocktail of drugs including cannabis that morning and, suffering from hallucinations, jumped out of his window believing a mob was coming to kill him.

After being sectioned, staff on the Ladywell ward at Lewisham Hospital noticed Mr Thomas was agitated.

“The doctor would be having a conversation with him and at times it was clear he was experiencing things in his brain that weren’t happening outside”, said coroner Andrew Harris.

Crystal meth

Mr Thomas admitted using crystal meth for the last three years, saying he took it between five and seven times a month to enhance his sexual performance.

Dr Ewa Okon-Rocha said Mr Thomas’ civil partner of 20 years was not aware of his drug use.

“Mr Thomas was very anxious about whether his partner was aware of his history of using illicit substances”, she said.

She added his partner “was under the impression that Mr Thomas has never experimented with illicit substances and he was really against them, and obviously he was not aware of the other issues”.

Found by hospital staff

Mr Thomas stayed in hospital overnight and was assessed as calmer and not harboring suicidal thoughts.

On October 3, nurses said he had been chatting and joking that day and had gone for a shower in the afternoon before emerging at about 5.30 pm.

But staff became concerned when he didn’t respond to a call to receive his medication about half an hour later.

Staff found him hanged in his room and made numerous attempts to resuscitate him.

He was transferred by ambulance to Kings College Hospital where he died six days later.

‘Started to crack up’

A post mortem examination concluded Mr Roberts died from hypoxic brain injury caused by hanging.

The inquest was told Mr Thomas had been on anti-depressants since April 2013, and had been under the care of a psychiatrist since 2006 when he was diagnosed as HIV positive, and had been put on a course of drug treatment to minimize the effects of the virus.

Friend Tommy Madden, who had visited him just days before the death, said: “He seemed pretty sharp when I first met him, he was always willing to give advice.

“In the months leading up to his death he really started to crack up.”

The hearing, which is due to last all week, continues.







Three Arizona residents were arrested for trafficking methamphetamine on Interstate 40 Thursday after an Arkansas State Police (ASP) trooper seized two pounds of the drug from the suspects’ vehicle as it was bound for Atlanta.

According to a report, the trooper conducted a traffic stop for speeding around the 87-Jaqulynn Ballardeastbound mile marker and reportedly smelled a strong odor of marijuana. During the vehicle search, the trooper first found a glass jar containing 5.4 grams of marijuana and a grinder.

Further into the search, the officer also found two packages of methamphetamine in the dash behind the glove box. Two pounds of methamphetamine could be worth up to $38,000 in Arkansas, according to www.narcoticnews.com.

District Court Judge Don Bourne conducted a bond hearing for Joseph Keane, 23; Fernando Fuentes, 24; and Jaqulynn Ballard, 23; and found sufficient evidence to hold them on the charges of trafficking. He set their bond at $50,000 each.

The suspects will appear in Pope County Circuit Court on Feb. 29 to face their charges.









Bangladesh has seized 2.8 million methamphetamine tablets worth an estimated $10.5 million in the country’s biggest ever seizure of the drug, as it struggles to stem its surging popularity, officers said Monday.

Police confiscated the drugs in night-long raids on Sunday at a railway station in Dhaka and at an anchorage in the port city of Chittagong, elite Rapid Action Battalion spokesman Major Rumman Mahmud said.article-doc-765ye-1PKDBtosyQb614ed440cc33b3834-8_634x399

“This is the biggest seizure of yaba tablets in Bangladesh. We’ve arrested three traffickers including a ring leader in connection with the seizure,” Mahmud told AFP of their investigation, adding that the drugs were made in neighboring Myanmar.

Bangladesh is struggling to shut down drug trafficking from Myanmar, in part because of a river running along their long border which is difficult to patrol

Yaba, a Thai word for “crazy medicine“, is made of methamphetamine and caffeine and has become a popular drug among young people in the nation of 160 million.

Police in the southern town of Teknaf, which borders Myanmar, and the Bangladesh Navy have in recent months seized hundreds of thousands of the stimulant from traffickers attempting the journey by land and sea.

“The Myanmar-Teknaf border was the main trafficking route when the drug cartel introduced yaba in Bangladesh. But now they are mostly using sea routes after many of their consignments were seized on land,” Teknaf police chief Ataur Rahman Khan said.

“It seems Bangladesh has become a big target of the international drug cartels,” Khan told AFP.

The seizure comes just months after Chittagong customs officials seized a shipment of cocaine mixed in sunflower oil weighing more than 60 kilogrammes (132 pounds) and worth $14 million.

A Department of Narcotics Control (DNC) official said Bangladesh was struggling to shut down trafficking from Myanmar, in part because of a river running along their long border which is difficult to patrol.

“Yaba pills can be produced in small bathroom-sized labs. We shared our intelligence with Myanmar about the location of some labs. But they didn’t take necessary steps,” he also told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity.








Two women from Denver, Colorado, are facing drug trafficking charges after accidentally leaving a pillow stuffed with more than $50,000 worth of methamphetamine in a Williston hotel room.

The stash was apparently part of a pound of methamphetamine that Tanya Morgan, 43, and Marina Rodriguez, 41, allegedly brought from Denver to deliver to “a person rodriguez_morgan_0known to law enforcement,” according to an affidavit filed in district court on Friday.

An employee at Winterton Suites hotel called police Wednesday after finding the pillow and discovering what was inside. Officers tracked Morgan and Rodriguez down at a nearby restaurant, where Morgan was allegedly found with cocaine and Rodriguez with methamphetamine and a small book with names and contact information, court records say.

Both women are facing Class AA felony charges, which carry a possible life sentence.

They were in tears during a court hearing in Williston on Friday afternoon, when district judge Kirsten Sjue set Morgan’s bond at $250,000 and Rodriguez’s at $100,000.








WILLISTON — Two women from Denver are facing drug trafficking charges after accidentally leaving a pillow stuffed with more than $50,000 worth of methamphetamine in a Williston hotel room.

The stash was apparently part of a pound of methamphetamine that Tanya Morgan, 43, and Marina Rodriguez, 41, allegedly brought from Denver to deliver to “a person known to law enforcement,” according to an affidavit filed in district court on Friday.

An employee at Winterton Suites hotel called police Wednesday after finding the pillow and discovering what was inside.

Officers tracked Morgan and Rodriguez down at a nearby restaurant, where Morgan was allegedly found with cocaine and Rodriguez with methamphetamine and a small book with names and contact information, court records say.

Morgan was arrested for possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, and Rodriguez was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Deputies at the Williams County Correctional Center allegedly found seven grams, or about $1,500 worth of methamphetamine in Morgan’s groin area during the booking process, and removed a smaller amount of the drug from Rodriguez’s groin as well.

Rodriguez told police that Morgan, who was going to pay her for driving with her from Denver, dropped off about a quarter of the pound of methamphetamine at “the receiver’s residence” when they first arrived in town, court records say.

Both women are facing Class AA felony charges, which carry a possible life sentence.

They were in tears during a court hearing in Williston on Friday afternoon, when district judge Kirsten Sjue set Morgan’s bond at $250,000 and Rodriguez’s at $100,000.

Prosecutor Nathan Madden said he requested relatively high bonds because the amount of drugs traced back to the women is “a significant quantity for the Williams County area.”

Morgan told Sjue that she’d planned on working in Williston, and was hoping for a fresh start here. “I was trying to start a new life,” she said.







NORTHPORT, Maine — A bail check of a local woman who was out on bail on unrelated drug charges ended with police discovering a suspected methamphetamine lab in her Prescott Hill Road home, Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said in a Saturday news release.

Melinda “Mindy” Jo Way, 38, was arrested for violating her bail conditions and later

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was charged with unlawful possession of scheduled drugs, he said. She was booked at the Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset on Friday.

“MDEA’s meth lab team responded to the home Friday night and seized a substantial amount of evidence related to the manufacturing of meth,” McCausland said. “Way and a second person are expected to be charged on the meth violations, likely next week.”

McCausland did not give details about the second person involved.

Way and Brian Sanderson, 38, of Belfast were arrested for burglary in August for an alleged burglary at a residence along Hanson Road. Sanderson was charged with burglary, and Way was charged with burglary, theft and violation of bail, according to state police.

In addition, “Way and two others were arrested last April by troopers for forging checks from two Belfast businesses to purchase drugs,” McCausland said. “Way was the bookkeeper for the businesses.”

In the April case, Way was charged with forgery and theft, and Ryan Weaver, 33, of Monroe was charged with forgery, theft and violating conditions of release and Daniel Beeton, 25, of Stockton Springs was charged with forgery, theft and violating conditions of release.

The discovery of the Northport meth lab is the state’s second for 2016.








Two people face a total of 10 felonies after Fort Smith police say they found several illicit drugs and more than $3,000 cash in their possession.

Jessica Malone, 33, and Jason Cook, 38, both of Fort Smith, each were arrested on suspicion of felony possession of methamphetamine with purpose to deliver, web1_jessica-malone201611518468936possession of a Schedule I/II controlled substance with purpose to deliver, possession of a Schedule IV/V controlled substance with purpose to deliver, possession of marijuana with purpose to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia during a traffic stop near the intersection of South 16th Street and Dodson Avenue about 2:30 p.m. Thursday, according a Police Department report.

After police witnessed the two leaving a residence known as a “hot house,” or place with a large amount of drug activity, police ran the license plate information in the database and found that the vehicle did not have any insurance. They also noticed that the vehicle had a brake light out, according to the report.

Police followed the two for several blocks before Cook got out of the vehicle and tried to quickly walk away before police made him get back inside, according to the Police Department. Police conducted a search of the vehicle and the couple and found 2.9 grams of methamphetamine, according to the report. Oxycodone, Carisoprodol (a muscle relaxant), marijuana and drug paraphernalia were also found in Malone’s purse, the report states.

On the floor of the vehicle, near where Malone was sitting, an envelope containing more than $3,400 cash was located, according to the report.

Police said it appeared as though the two were selling the drugs based on the amount they had in their possession and the way they were packed. Also found were several baggies that are commonly used for drug sales.

When police asked Malone about the large amount of cash, she said she got it during an insurance settlement a few months ago, according to the Police Department. Cook told police he didn’t know that there were drugs in his vehicle.

Cook’s vehicle was seized for evidence.

The two were released Thursday on $15,000 bonds.







On January 15, 2016 Lamar County Sheriff narcotic detectives and Paris PD narcotic detectives executed a search warrant at a residence in the 900 block of 3rd SE in Paris.

Detectives found that methamphetamine was being manufactured at the residence.

During the on-going investigation, Detectives using the NPLEX data base gained Lisa-Ann-Glasgowinformation showing numerous purchases of medication containing pseudoephredrine that is consistent with precursors used in the illegal manufacture of methamphetamine.

Detectives during the search warrant located numerous items used in the manufacture of methamphetamine, including a large amount of methamphetamine over 4 grams.

Two individuals were arrested at the scene, a Terry Ray Glasgow w/m and a Lisa Ann Glasgow w/f living at the residence.

Both were charged with Manufacturing and Delivery of Methamphetamine over 4 grams less than 200 grams a felony, and Possession/ Transport Chemicals with intent to manufacture PG 1 a felony.

Both were transported to the Lamar County Jail were Justice of the Peace Cindy Ruthart set total bonds for each in the amount of $ 125,000.00 dollars.

At the time of arrest Terry Glasgow was currently out on bond for similar charges resulting from a Lamar County Sheriff’s narcotic investigation. During that investigation, Glasgow was arrested and charged with sixteen counts of Manufacturing and Delivery of Methamphetamine over 1 gram less than 4 grams as a result of sixteen separate “meth labs” located during the search warrant at the residence.

This is good police work and good continued working relationships between agencies that are working hard to get these drugs off our streets and out of our communities, and put these individuals in jail where they belong.







A Bullitt Central High School Teacher has been arrested and is now facing charges involving meth.

Authorities say Kristan Smith, 33, who teaches math at Bullitt Central High School, 9496597_Gwas charged with possession of meth early Saturday morning by Hillview Police.

As of Saturday afternoon, Smith was still employed by the school system.

The district has not yet made a statement about Smith’s future employment at the school.








The use of methamphetamine, a powerful and addictive stimulant, appears to be on the rise in both Walworth and Rock counties, officials said.

Before 2015, the Walworth County District Attorney’s Office saw only a handful of methamphetamine cases, but in 2015, the number of meth arrests rose, District Attorney Dan Necci said.

“Methamphetamine activity spiked dramatically in 2015,” Necci said while looking at a stack of meth files going back nearly a decade spread across his office floor.

A stack of 17 files sat in the 2015 pile while fewer than a handful covered the years back to 2008.

“Just anecdotally sitting in this chair doing all the drug cases, I think I had one meth case before this year … and now it’s coming,” Necci said.

Rock County deputies have been seeing signs of an increase, as well, said Capt. Todd Christiansen of the sheriff’s office.

“It’s here, unfortunately, in Rock County,” Christiansen said.

Most of the Rock County charges have been for possession of the drug, Christiansen said.

The only recent meth-manufacturing case in Rock County was in Janesville, one block from the county courthouse. Christiansen said before that, the only lab he can remember was a small-scale operation in the town of Beloit in April 2013.

State officials in 2013 called the town of Beloit operation an isolated incident. Before that, Rock County had not had a reported meth lab since 2006, officials said at the time.

Christiansen said he suspects most of the meth is coming in from rural manufacturers in Green and Lafayette counties and perhaps some imported from Mexico. “

It’s increasing. We’ve probably, in last two years, been seeing just a little bit more. We haven’t been seeing anything like the lab in the city (of Janesville), but it’s been moving in,” Christiansen said.

The lab discovered Jan. 3 in an apartment at 418 St. Lawrence Ave. in Janesville, like many rural labs, involved mixing store-bought chemicals in bottles, the so-called one-pot or shake-and-bake method.

About 10 years ago, Walworth County would find a meth lab once every three years, Walworth County Drug Unit Sgt. Jeff Patek said.

Patek said about 80 percent of the people facing meth charges in the county tie back to the same group of people or the same person who hopped house to house, staying with people and teaching them how to cook meth. This ultimately led to other people becoming addicted, he said.

The 2015 meth cases in Walworth County stem from a handful of meth lab busts across the county. Most involved more than one person making meth for personal consumption.

The majority of the methamphetamine manufacturing is for personal consumption, using the shake-and-bake method of cooking, Necci said.

Cooking meth involves combining poisonous, explosive and flammable chemicals.

The shake-and-bake method is especially dangerous. It combines various chemicals in a bottle. The bottle is then shaken until the meth separates from the liquid and is filtered out. It is highly flammable.

The question of why people choose to use, produce and distribute meth puzzles law enforcement and attorneys.

Alan Hunsader is a special agent with the state Department of Justice Clandestine Lab Enforcement team, a group of trained law enforcement officers who specialize in going into residences where hazardous meth labs and manufacturing ingredients are found.

Hunsader has been a member of the team since 2000. He’s been across the state and seen all sizes of meth production labs. He is based out of the Fox Valley area but has traveled to Walworth and Green counties for meth lab raids.

He said the “hottest area probably seems to be down by Walworth.”

It’s difficult to say why, in 2015, there was a surge in meth related arrests and charges in Walworth County, but Hunsader said drug trafficking is not confined by borders, and drugs can stay hidden for a long time before becoming a noticeable problem.

“It has evolved to a statewide problem, and it seems like 2015 has been a very big year for labs down in your area,” Hunsader said.

In the Fox Valley area, 2014 was a big year for single-pot meth labs.

“I think the problem is everywhere, it’s just where it is revealing itself. …Very often when you find one, you find many.”

The Gazette requested numbers of methamphetamine cases in Rock and Walworth counties from each clerk of courts office.

Necci raised concern about the numbers the offices provided because of how statutes are represented in online court records.

Figures from the Rock and Walworth county district attorney’s offices could not be obtained by press time.

Hunsader said he doesn’t know why people choose the highly addictive, corrosive drug.

The schedule II narcotic rots teeth, causes weight and memory loss, ages users and causes psychological problems.

Hunsader said he’s heard that when heroin use goes up in a community, methamphetamine can be “right around the corner.”

He said he has seen people mix heroin and meth and inject it together.

Rock County’s Christiansen said heroin remains at the top of the list for the harder drugs used in Rock County.

 “For a while, crack cocaine had kind of disappeared, but it’s back; it’s on its way up, and unfortunately, we’re seeing more and hearing more about meth,” Christiansen said.

Christiansen also had no theory about why meth use is increasing. He suggested anyone who sees how the drug can destroy a body would be frightened to try it.

Janesville police officer Jeff Winiarski, who worked on Janesville’s recent meth lab case, said heroin use is strong here because of low heroin prices.

Janesville is on the Interstate system, which is used as heroin-trafficking routes linking Chicago, Milwaukee and Minneapolis, Winiarski noted.

“It’s cheaper to get heroin than anything else, for people that are into that,” Winiarski said.

Winiarski has heard from counterparts in more rural counties where the price of heroin is three to four times what it is in Janesville.

And it’s rural counties where methamphetamine often dominates the illicit drug trade.

Travis Schwantes, office manager and assistant public defender of the Walworth County Public Defender’s Office, was a public defender in Minnesota between 2001 and 2009.

From 2001-05, methamphetamine “was the only drug we really saw” in Minnesota, he said.

Schwantes’ clients from the rural suburbs of the Twin Cities said they used meth to work long, hours, party, enhance sex and lose weight.

Schwantes recalled meth users whose appearances were drastically altered and would “end up looking like skeletons” because of the highly addictive drug.

“You see versions of that with other drugs but nothing so severe as with meth,” Schwantes said.

Users span all socioeconomic statuses and ages, Patek said.

In 2006, nationwide legislation went into effect limiting the amount of cold medicine with pseudoephedrine people could by. Pseudoephedrine is a common methamphetamine ingredient.

The limitations seemed to help in western Wisconsin, where in the late 1990s and early 2000s some counties were “run over with meth labs” of massive scale, Hunsader said.

Then, about five to six years ago, the state began to see an uptick in one-pot cooks, Hunsader said.

Schwantes recalled clients who got around the restrictions on pseudoephedrine by having teams of people buying it from a circuit of stores.

In Wisconsin, a gram of methamphetamine that has come in from Mexico through the drug cartels and made its way from the Twin Cities and eastward, costs between $125 and $150, Hunsader said.

In Walworth County, a gram of methamphetamine can cost between $120 and $150, Patek said.

The uptick in meth incidents may also be due to more training by the Walworth County Drug Unit, Patek said.

Last year, the unit began training more local police, first responders, probation and parole agents, health and human services workers and other professionals on what meth looks like and how to spot it, Patek said.

The ease of making methamphetamine is another draw, several people said.

People can look up recipes, directions and tips online. All the ingredients can be purchased at local big box stores.

Walworth County authorities have seen some higher quality meth they suspect was made outside the county or in a different state or country. The source of the higher-grade methamphetamine is not known, Necci said.

Mexican and Asian cartels are moving methamphetamine across the Mexican border to Chicago and the Twin Cities using established drug routes. The cartels’ deliveries of methamphetamine have been on the rise since 2006, when the stricter pseudoephedrine regulations went into effect.

Authorities aren’t sure how to address the growing popularity of methamphetamine.

Necci plans to reach out to prosecutors in northern Wisconsin, where methamphetamine has grown in popularity, to get a glimpse of what law enforcement is seeing, what they are doing and what users may be saying about their motivations.

“I believe that we as a law enforcement community, as a criminal justice community, we need to reach out to other communities who have been dealing with this and find some of this stuff out,” Necci said. “I think it will help everyone do their job better.”







Mexico has stepped up its war on drugs and sent 20 tons of illegal narcotics up in smoke.

Authorities in the border city of Tijuana, Baja California, incinerated the heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, opium and marijuana on Friday.569a037f1f000023002160bc

The Mexican attorney general published the footage that shows flames and a thick column of black smoke rising from the stacks of drug packages.

Nineteen tons of marijuana, 919 pounds of meth and 24 pounds of cocaine were among the drugs destroyed.

The controlled fire took place at the National Defense’s 28 Infantry Battalion base, according to a statement on the Mexican attorney general’s website.

More than 19 tons of marijuana was destroyed, as well as 919 pounds of meth, 24 pounds of cocaine, 15 pounds of heroin, 8 pounds of opium and 400 illegal prescription pills.

It comes after drug smugglers were caught this month trying to bring 2,493 pounds of marijuana wrapped to look like carrots across the U.S.-Mexico border at Pharr, Texas, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency said Wednesday.

In November, agents at the port also seized $1.7 million in marijuana and cocaine hidden in bags of fresh carrots and cucumbers.








Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop D arrested two people for drug possession yesterday after a traffic stop on I-10 in Sulphur.9659622_G

About 3:00 p.m. Thursday, a State Trooper assigned to Louisiana State Police Troop D observed a vehicle commit a traffic violation on Interstate Highway 10. After stopping the vehicle, the Trooper spoke to the occupants and requested and obtained consent to search the vehicle.  A search of the vehicle revealed approximately one pound of methamphetamine, a small amount of synthetic marijuana, $2,740 in currency, and a .40 caliber handgun.9659640_G

The driver, 37-year-old Jose D Ornelas, Jr. of Houston, Texas, was booked with possession with intent to distribute Schedule II drugs (methamphetamine), possession of Schedule I drugs (marijuana), possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, illegal carrying of weapons, and improper lane usage.

The passenger, 24-year-old Ashlyn D. Litty of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was booked with possession with intent to distribute Schedule II drugs (methamphetamine), possession of Schedule I drugs (marijuana), and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Both people were booked into the Calcasieu Parish Correctional Center. Bond for Ornelas was set at $51,100.  Bond for Litty was set at $22,000.







Agents with the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division arrested two suspects during a traffic stop in New Iberia on drug-related charges after they found what they believe to be methamphetamine hidden in the clothing of an 18-month-old baby Thursday.

While conducting a narcotics investigation in New Iberia, agents executed a traffic stop on a vehicle for no turn signal. During the stop, agents learned the driver of the vehicle, Abbeville native Keylan Vallot, had outstanding warrants for possession of 9658371_Gmethamphetamine and resisting arrest issued from the Lafayette Police Department on Sept. 28, 2014.

Vallot was also charged Thursday with failure to identify and driving while under suspension.

The passenger in the vehicle, Danielle Picard, attempted to conceal a small amount of suspected methamphetamine in her 18-month-old child’s clothes, who was also a passenger in the vehicle. When an officer picked up the baby, they said they felt a hard substance in the baby’s pocket, which turned out to be meth.

The baby was given to the Iberia Parish Office of Child Protective Services, Maj. Ryan Turner with the sheriff’s office said Friday.

Picard was then charged with possession of crystal methamphetamine and possession of a controlled dangerous substance in the presence of a juvenile. Both suspects were booked into the Iberia Parish Jail.







JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – Police say a man arrested on drug charges admitted to making meth to sell so his ex-wife would have cash when she went to rehab.

Jonesboro police arrested Lemuel Brent Lewis, 40, early Friday morning on suspicion of possession of meth or cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia.9660467_G

During a probation search of a “well-known drug house on Vine Street,” Officer Bryan Bailey reported finding a set of digital scales, a box of nylon gloves, match strips, and a used syringe.

Bailey also stated he found a syringe containing 0.5 ml of suspected liquid methamphetamine.

According to the initial incident report, Lewis “voluntarily stated that the items were all his and that nobody knew he had them.”

After being read his Miranda rights, Lewis reportedly told the officer his “ex-wife was supposed to leave for rehab so he knew she needed money and was going to cook a batch of meth.”

Bailey took Lewis to the Craighead County Detention Center to await a probable cause hearing.







A Grand Junction woman who was out of jail on bond for a felony methamphetamine possession arrest last year was arrested again Thursday for allegedly selling the drug to her 15-year-old stepbrother.

The assistant principal at Mount Garfield Middle School, where the 15-year-old is a student, found meth and drug paraphernalia inside a school locker, and the boy MURPHY_Justine_600x400admitted to a Mesa County sheriff’s deputy he had injected and smoked the drug at his stepsister’s house Wednesday night.

Justine Murphy, 35, was advised Friday she could be charged with felony counts of unlawful distribution of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, unlawful use of a controlled substance, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and violation of bail-bond conditions and a misdemeanor count of child abuse. Mesa County Judge Gretchen Larson ordered Murphy held on a $3,000 cash bond after District Attorney Dan Rubinstein called the allegations in the case “pretty serious.”

Meanwhile, the teenager, KC Hatley, was arrested Friday afternoon on a felony charge of unlawful possession of a controlled substance and a misdemeanor charge of unlawful use of a controlled substance. He is being held in the Grand Mesa Youth Detention Facility, the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office said.

Colorado law says the names of juveniles accused of committing crimes that would be felonies if committed by an adult are public record and can be disclosed.

A math teacher at the middle school said Hatley told her he had not slept all night because he had been at a concert with his stepsister. He later admitted to a school counselor that he had used meth Wednesday night and hadn’t eaten anything all day Thursday, according to an arrest affidavit.

The school’s assistant principal and the counselor searched Hatley for contraband and found him in possession of a butane lighter. They also searched a locker containing Hatley’s backpack and found meth and a syringe.

Hatley told a sheriff’s deputy he injected and smoked meth Wednesday night in his stepsister’s bathroom, and that Murphy sold him the drug, the affidavit said.

Hatley posted early Thursday morning on his Facebook account that he “had an awesome time at the concert tonight with my step sister.”

A sheriff’s deputy noted in the affidavit that Murphy was out on bond for a methamphetamine arrest last spring at the time of her new arrest.







ATHENS, AL (WAFF) – Narcotics investigators say it’s the most one-pot meth labs they’ve seen during a single bust in Limestone County in years, and a toddler was in the home.


Authorities say they discovered 51 labs, along with other drugs and several rifles, one of which was confirmed stolen.

Limestone County Deputy and Public Information Officer Stephen Young said a two-year-old girl was caught in the middle of the dangerous mess, and that someone looking out for her tipped off the Department of Human Resources about the situation.

DHR workers and sheriff’s deputies went to the mobile home on Carey Street in Athens Thursday night.9658598_G

Investigators say the trailer was full of used one-pot meth labs, They say one of the rifles of the six rifles found was stolen, and they are checking to

see if any of the others are, too.

Authorities say, they also found more than eight grams of methamphetamine, the dangerous chemicals used to make the drug, pills, and drug paraphernalia.

A family member is taking care of the girl. Her parents, 29-year-old Stanley Scott and 23-year-old Dustie George, are charged with chemical endangerment to a child, manufacturing a controlled substance, possession with intent to distribute, and receiving stolen property.

Young said the health dangers from the chemicals aren’t the only problems for kids subjected to meth making. He said it sometimes takes intervention to break a generational cycle.

“Their children are around it and growing up, and then 10 -15 years later, they’re the ones in it. A lot of times you’re left trying to pick the best of a lot of bad alternatives,” Young said.

Stanley Scott and Dustie George bonds have not been set yet.







UNION CO., KY (WFIE) – In Union County, a child found a working meth lab in the woods. Now, three law enforcement agencies are working leads, hoping to catch whoever is responsible.

Uniontown Police say a 9-year-old boy was riding his bike when he stumbled upon items that he described, just didn’t belong in the woods. Police say he went straight to his mom who called the police.9662489_G

“We contacted KSP and Sheriff’s Office and both agencies sent meth lab technicians to the scene and we were able to determine that one of those labs were active, it was cooking at the time,” said Jeffery Hart, Uniontown Assistant Police Chief.

We’re told lab techs neutralized and properly disposed of the hazardous materials. That’s how they found evidence they hope will lead them to the suspects.

“We gathered a number of samples and collected a number of physical evidence here at the scene,” said Hart.

Hart says that the two liter bottle actively cooking meth could have quickly turned into a dangerous situation had the boy not known what to do.

“These one-pot meth labs are extremely unstable. Roughly 30-40 percent of the time they will self-ignite and cause fires and chemical burns so they are very dangerous and we are so happy he didn’t touch it.”

Officer Hart says all three agencies are following leads but no arrests have been made at this time.