Officers arrested a 23-year-old Mission woman last week, when she attempted to cross the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge with 19 pounds of methamphetamine.

Officers arrested Stephanie Marie Mendez, 23, of Mission on Friday, according to the federal criminal complaint against her.6c9dd1fb-7b7a-45f6-b885-a8892f97a1da-large16x9_MethWEB

Mendez attempted to cross the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge driving a brown 2001 Oldsmobile Silhouette minivan. Officers with the Office of Field Operations — a division of U.S. Customs and Border Protection — sent her to secondary inspection.

During a search, officers discovered seven sealed PVC pipes in the gas tank, according to the criminal complaint. The PVC pipe contained a white crystal substance that tested positive for methamphetamine.

Officers contacted Homeland Security Investigations agents, who interviewed Mendez about the methamphetamine.

“Mendez stated she was to be paid approximately $6,000 to $10,000 to drive the drug laden vehicle to Dallas, Texas, where she was to turn the vehicle over to unknown subjects,” according to the criminal complaint.

Agents charged Mendez with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and importation with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

Federal Magistrate Judge Dorina Ramos ordered Mendez held until a detention hearing on Thursday.


The Brown County Drug Task Force tells Action 2 News, as of Monday, a total of 44 people have now been arrested in connection to last month’s large methamphetamine trafficking operation. They originally arrested 38 people.gwGAWGwa

Now we’re learning there’s a sign of encouragement: Drug counselors are starting to see more people seeking treatment for meth addiction, especially teens.

When investigators seized meth in the March raid, they say they targeted the dealers and distributors responsible for trafficking meth in Northeast Wisconsin.

They worried any users still out there would try to rob pharmacies for supplies or try to make their own.

Investigators say so far, they haven’t seen that.

“There’s still people that we’re hoping will seek treatment while this occurs,” said Lt. Kevin Kinnard, director for the Brown County Drug Task Force, during a news conference after the initial arrests.

They’ve also been waiting to see if meth users would instead opt for treatment.

“There’s definitely more questions about the need for treatment,” says Tom Ritchie, clinical manager at Libertas Treatment Center in Green Bay.

Now it appears more people are seeking treatment. Whether it’s directly a result of the bust is hard to know.

“In the past it may have been how many years in-between hearing about meth use. Now it’s common for a counselor to hear that one of their clients has recently been using meth,” says Ritchie.

He says he’s seeing meth addiction reach teens, even as young as junior high school.

“When I do ask the question, they say it’s out there and accessible unfortunately,” adds Ritchie.

He wants parents to know the specific warning signs. They include:

  • Talking quickly
  • Dilated pupils
  • An inability to sleep
  • A racing heart
  • Hyper-focusing on certain activities

Ritche says there’s also often missing money, and sometimes the addict will run away or disappear for a few days.

“You talk about the meth binge and then the crash afterwards, so maybe when that person does return home, you’ll see the crash when they are home, and that may cycle and the binge may start over again,” says Ritchie.

While he believes treatment is effective, Ritchie says the first step is identifying a person needs help.

Investigators say they also continue to receive tips in regards to this case. If you have information, you can contact authorities by remaining anonymous through Crime Stoppers at 920-432-STOP.

For more information about treatment options at Libertas, click here.

For more information on methamphetamine from the Drug Enforcement Agency, click here.




A guard, two inmates and relatives took part in a scheme to smuggle drugs and other contraband into a federal detention facility in Leavenworth, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said Monday as he announced federal charges in the case.Grissom%20presser

The guard, Antonio Aiono, 28, of Platte City, and the inmates were accused of smuggling methamphetamine, synthetic marijuana, alcohol and cigarettes into the Corrections Corp. of America Detention Center, where people facing federal crimes are held pending trial.

Aiono is charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and providing methamphetamine, synthetic marijuana and tobacco products to inmates.

Inmates Stephen Rowlette, 35, and Karl Carter, 41, were charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and possessing methamphetamine, synthetic marijuana and tobacco products.

Prosecutors also charged three people outside the facility. Rowlette’s wife, Alica Tackette, 29, of Independence; his mother, Catherine Rowlette, 59, of Sedalia, Mo.; and David Bishop, 68, of Sedalia, are accused of providing the drugs to the inmates.

Authorities launched an investigation last year after learning that contraband was entering the facility regularly, Grissom said. Corrections Corp. of America, a private company, contracts with the U.S. Bureau of Corrections to house the defendants.

Inmates allegedly took deliveries during an Alcoholics Anonymous 12-step program, in the facility’s law library and during church services.

In phone calls from the facility, inmates told family members and friends how to get money to the drug suppliers, according to the charges. In some cases they argued over the phone about how to purchase money transfers. They also talked about getting “blistered,” or high on drugs, and walking around “like zombies” behind bars.

The inmates allegedly devised a scheme to receive money by having it hidden under letter-size white envelopes taped to the front of larger manila envelopes with the names of law firms on them.

“In this situation, it was a substantial amount of money that these drugs were costing people,” Grissom said.

An inmate said a pack of cigarettes cost $150 inside the facility. Synthetic marijuana was measured and sold by inmates in lids for chapped-lip balm for $50 each.

Grissom said that authorities are continuing their investigation and that other people may be charged.

“This wasn’t a few guys working together. This was a system, a scheme that involved a number of individuals that goes beyond those who have been named so far,” he said.





PARKE COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) – A woman was arrested Sunday on an outstanding warrant for drug charges as she was trying to visit an inmate at the Parke County,fhkff

Parke County Sheriff’s Office reports Cindy Sue Hamblen had an outstanding Vigo County warrant for possession of paraphernalia.

After she was taken into custody, officials conducted a search of her vehicle with the K9 Gemma. While searching the vehicle they found methamphetamine paraphernalia and unidentified pills.

Hamblen is being kept at the Parke County Jail for felony possession of methamphetamine and paraphernalia. Officials report she will be transferred to Vigo County at some point for the charges she faces there.



23-year-old Morgan Rio-Shay Blevins of Costner Road in Hickory was arrested this morning (Monday, April 11) by Hickory Police Officers. She was charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver 40894331102d3fb2c91fb7a770e0288b_XLmethamphetamine and misdemeanor carrying a concealed gun.

Blevins was arrested following a traffic stop at Highway 70 S.W. and Highway 321 South. Blevins, who was driving, did not have a valid driver’s license. A search turned up 8.4 grams of meth in the vehicle and a .22 caliber pistol on Blevins’ person.

She was taken into custody without incident at about 12:20 a.m. A passenger in the vehicle was not charged. Blevins was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under a $30,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for Tuesday (April 12).



SNOW HILL, N.C. (WNCT) – Deputies in Greene County have busted a La Grange woman for dealing meth.

It happened Friday when deputies pulled 22-year-old Kelsey Alexis Brooks initiated a traffic stop on her. Brooks eafFFADFCAwas charged with the sale of Methamphetamine, Deliverery of Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Schedule III Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of Marijuana Paraphernalia.

She was placed under a $20,000 secured bond. Brooks is due in Greene County District Court on May 13th.




A 32-year-old Statesville woman has been arrested and faces six felony charges for trafficking methamphetamine in Iredell County.

Rhiannon Nicole Forrest was arrested April 7 during a traffic stop. Her location at the time of her arrest and details of the traffic stop were not disclosed.rhiannon_forrest

An investigation into methamphetamine sales in Iredell began months ago, according to a report from Sheriff Darren Campbell.

The narcotics unit received at least one tip about methamphetamine being sold in the central portion of the county, including areas near Interstate 40 and U.S. 21 in Statesville.

Undercover officers were able to make meth buys in that area and get proof of Forrest making drug sales, according to Campbell’s report.

Forrest has been charged with six felony counts of trafficking methamphetamine and possession of a firearm by a felon. Bond was set at $250,000.

Forrest’s past convictions include larceny, possession of schedule II narcotic (cocaine), possession with intent to sell and deliver a schedule II narcotic (cocaine), possession of schedule VI drug (marijuana), and four counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. Forrest had her probation revoked in 2015.




FAYETTE COUNTY — A 22-year-old Farina woman was arrested by Fayette County Sheriff’s deputies over the weekend on meth-related charges.13006713_1087787364618664_5422256067891428186_n

Victoria Rhodes was arrested for alleged possession of methamphetamine, unlawful disposal of meth manufacturing waste, possession of meth manufacturing material, delivery of methamphetamine, and manufacture of meth.

Rhodes was arrested with the assistance of the Farina Police Department and was taken to the Fayette County Jail where she remains pending the formal filing of charges in court and the setting of bail.


VICTORVILLE-( At around 9:05 p.m. on Thursday, April 7, 2016, authorities from the Los Angeles County Narcotics division responded to the 15000 block of Brown Lane near Squirrel Lane to investigate a possible meth lab.

Upon arrival at the home, the special enforcement Narcotics division confirmed that there was a working meth lab within the approximate 1800 square foot home.meth-lab-in-victorville-1-660x330

The San Bernardino County Fire Department Hazardous Materials Response Team (HAZMAT) responded to the scene to safely assist in the investigation and to remove the items from the property.

Authorities worked throughout the night and into the morning to investigate and remove any hazardous materials.

At this time it is unclear what led to the discovery, but it appears as though it was part of an ongoing investigation.

Victorville residents Felix Aispuro, 24, Juan Manuel Varales-Zavala, 30 and Jorge Varales, 32 were arrested as a result of the finding.

All were booked into the High Desert Detention Center for manufacturing a controlled substance, possession of narcotics for sale, possession of controlled substance while armed and possession of methamphetamine for sale.

Aispuro, Varales and Varales-Zavala are being held in lieu of $2,500,000 bail, arrest records show. All are scheduled to appear at the Victorville Superior Court the afternoon of Monday, April 11th.



A 45-year-old man was burned on his hands, arms and face Sunday in Sherman in what investigators believe was a methamphetamine laboratory explosion.

Todd Budick was treated by rescue workers at the scene of the fire on Sunday on Gallison Road in the Aroostook County town, where a meth lab inside a shed caught fire, according to Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Department of Public Safety.

“Sunday’s fire was discovered by an off-duty firefighter who drove by the property on Gallison Road and saw that Budick’s clothes were on fire,” McCausland said in a news release.

Budick left the property after being treated.

Fire investigators from the State Fire Marshal’s Office returned to the property Monday with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency’s lab team, which is cleaning up the meth lab remnants inside the shed.

Sunday’s blaze was the second fire on Budick’s property. Two weeks ago, his house burned to the ground, McCausland said.

“Fire investigators suspected that methamphetamine may have played a role in the fire, but the cause could not be determined because of the damage,” McCausland said. “The making of methamphetamine is highly flammable and explosive.”

Law enforcement agencies have been called in to 23 meth-related incidents so far this year.



Two southern Alberta communities can expect an increase in violence waged by two rival gangs — prone to use machetes and hatchets — that are clashing for control over turf in the drug trade, a police investigator warns.

The Bloods and the Crips, who are not affiliated with the Los Angeles street gangs, began their long-standing feud on the Blood Tribe, a sprawling First Nation southwest of Lethbridge.

Over the past year and a half, members of these gangs have become increasingly involved in the illicit drug trade on the reserve and in nearby Lethbridge, said Const. Drew Kanyo of the Blood Tribe Police Service.

The biggest concern for police is these gangs are known for brutal beatings, stabbings and other violence that Kanyo fears will only get worse.

“We’re going to see a lot more violence in the future,” he said. “We know how the gangs function out here and how violent they are, and how they move their weapons.

“We’re just constantly sharing information back and forth with Lethbridge (police), and hopefully we can nip it. But I don’t foresee it happening any time soon.”

Staff Sgt. Rod Klassen, of Lethbridge police, said two rival gangs, which he wouldn’t identify by name, have been violent with each other, but he doesn’t believe there is any risk to the public.

“There are always groups in our city or any city or any town that have the propensity for violence,” he said. “We’re on an ongoing basis fighting that.”

Kanyo said he’s heard from sources in the drug trade that dealers in Lethbridge have increasingly been selling methamphetamine, and have dubbed that city “Methbridge.”

A news story in the Lethbridge Herald about a police seizure of 400 grams of meth, along with a slew of other drugs, also referred to the city as “Methbridge.”

Klassen said meth is on the rise in Lethbridge, but cocaine and fentanyl, a deadly painkiller linked to hundreds of deaths in Alberta, remain bigger problems for police. He said the rival gangs may be involved in the local drug trade, but he said police have not linked meth’s rise to members of these groups.

“There’s gangs here; there’s gangs in Calgary, but is it out of control? No,” he said.

The Bloods began as a family gang, naming themselves after the Blood reserve 10 to 15 years ago, Kanyo said. There are 50- and 60-year-old men on the reserve calling themselves Bloods.

They formed enemies with opposing families who named themselves Crips, a nod to the L.A. gang rivalry, but with no affiliation to those groups.

“Our biggest problem with them out here is the violence they bring with them everywhere they go,” Kanyo said. “We’re looking at machetes, baseball bats, hatchets, anything they can get their hands on.

“We’ve had plenty of open skulls out here,” he said. “Some really bad assaults where this guy is lucky he lived because of a gang fight, a hatchet to the head or a machete to the head.”

A year and a half ago, the Bloods started to get more organized and became increasingly involved in drugs. They have a president, lieutenants and muscle.

The Crips, meanwhile, are recruiting new members just as fast as the Bloods, Kanyo said.

“They just glorify the gang life so much,” he said. “The whole gang lifestyle is pushing drugs, listening to your rap music and all that.”

Kanyo works in a small, specialized unit assigned to drug and organized crime investigations. The unit’s principal focus has been fentanyl, given that the highly addictive and powerful drug has been linked to more than 20 deaths and dozens of other overdoses on the reserve.

But he said meth is fast becoming a drug of choice as fentanyl users attempt to escape the agony of withdrawals by taking meth, a stimulant that produces euphoria.

The Bloods and Crips remain active on the reserve, where they recruit new members, Kanyo said, but they appear to be shifting their drug activities outside the band’s borders.

“We’re seeing more of the new guys that are just going into Lethbridge and staying there,” he said. “The drugs are plentiful. They can hide easier. There’s more people for their product. And there’s a lot more street corners to work.”



Suburban women will decide the upcoming presidential election. When President Obama ran for reelection in 2012, a key to his victory was the advantage he held among women in suburban counties. Even though Obama gained only 42 percent of the vote from white women as a whole, his support from mostly white suburban women helped him win critical states like Colorado, Ohio and Virginia.

How will suburban women vote in 2016? I’ve talked to thousands of women across the country over the past year, most of them from the suburban demographic that Obama carried. I believe that their votes are genuinely up for grabs. They’re not overwhelmingly committed to any candidate or party. But they’re committed to specific issues, and they’re waiting to see what candidate speaks to the issues that they care about most.

What I heard from talking to those suburban women reinforced my belief that all issues are women’s issues. But women are particularly concerned about issues that have a disproportionate impact on women and families — and they want Congress to address them.

One of the most basic issues for these women is that they want their families and loved ones to be safe. They favor a strong military and demand that their leaders come up with a convincing plan to fight terrorism. They also want a growing, innovative economy that produces well-paying jobs with benefits.

But increasingly, I’ve found that suburban women are worried about the epidemic of substance abuse. They’re well aware that we’re facing a crisis in this country. Each year, 41,000 Americans die from suicide and 44,000 from drug overdoses. That’s equal to all U.S. combat deaths in Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq combined. Recent studies have found that increasing numbers of white women between the ages of 25 and 55 have been prematurely dying over the past decade — a shocking contradiction to the continuing increase in life expectancy for virtually every other group. Drug and alcohol overdoses for working-class white women have quadrupled, while suicides have increased by as much as 50 percent.

There was a time when suburban women may have thought that they were insulated from the ravages of drug abuse. But now they know that it’s everywhere and that it doesn’t spare any racial, ethnic or socioeconomic group. It affects Republicans as well as Democrats. The things I’ve heard from even the most affluent and seemingly secure audiences of suburban women would break your heart.

That’s why I’m glad to see that Congress has been working hard on bipartisan legislation to combat this epidemic. Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said last month that addiction is a problem that has touched so many families in this country, including his own, and that the House will make addressing this epidemic a priority.

Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) recently confirmed that “The House’s goal is simple. We want to build on efforts to prevent addiction and treat those suffering, crafting legislation that will gather bipartisan support and get signed into law. The [p]resident’s own proposals to combat opioid addiction demonstrate that there is ample opportunity to reach a bipartisan consensus.” McCarthy then described the legislative initiatives currently under consideration by the House that would help stem the addiction crisis.

Among these are the bills that Reps. Larry Bucshon (R-Ind.) and Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) have introduced to improve treatment for opioid addicts, as well as prevention and education efforts to decrease the rates of addiction. Since the road to addiction for many began with legally prescribed painkillers, Rep. Susan Brooks (R-Ind.) has put forward a bill that would provide better guidance to the medical community about best practices for pain management prescription that would minimize the risk of substance abuse. Brooks has also proposed legislation to support law enforcement efforts to get heroin off the streets, allow more first responders access to lifesaving naloxone and raise public awareness regarding prescription opioid abuse and heroin addiction.

Most of the suburban women I’ve spoken with have heard gut-wrenching stories about the agonies of withdrawal for babies born to drug-addicted mothers. Rep. Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) has introduced a bill that would increase the number of residential pediatric recovery centers, which provide care for these newborns as well as counseling and assistance for their mothers. And Reps. John Katko (R-N.Y.) and Charlie Dent (R-Pa.) are advancing legislation to throttle the illicit drug trade that enables substance abuse.

The Senate also recently passed, by a resounding 94 to 1 vote, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) sponsored by Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio). CARA covers much of the same ground as the House bills. I’m hopeful that the two legislative bodies can work out their differences in order to address the drug epidemic.

Suburban women will be watching in this election season to see whether the political system is still capable of responding to critical national needs. Politicians who want the votes of this group would be well-advised to pay attention to their concerns — and to put all their efforts into passing bills that can relieve the scourge of addiction.



MUNCIE — A woman arrested on drug charges at a northside Muncie hotel told authorities she had breastfed her newborn infant “while under the influence of several drugs, including heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana.”635957433082649441-baby-meth

Christina Marie Muncey, 25, Anderson, was arrested Thursday at the Fairfield Inn, 4011 W. Bethel Ave.

Her 11-day-old baby was taken by ambulance to IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital for an exam, and then apparently placed in the care of Child Protective Services.

Also arrested at the northside motel was Stephanie Marie Hollingsworth, 24, Kokomo.

According to a police report, officers went to the hotel Thursday morning after receiving an anonymous tip about two women “doing drugs” with a small child in their room.

When a hotel manager let police in the room, Hollingsworth, Muncey and her baby were not there. Officers reported seeing “in plain view” two plastic bags that were found to contain crystal meth.

City officers later stopped a car driven by Hollingsworth — and occupied by Muncey, who was holding the newborn baby in her arms — when they returned to the hotel.

They allegedly found a prescription medication and marijuana in Hollingsworth’s purse.

During a later interview, Muncey allegedly told police she had ingested heroin, marijuana, meth and opiates in recent days, and acknowledged she also took opiates during her pregnancy.

She said “several subjects” used meth in their motel room on Wednesday, and that she told Hollingsworth “to do it in the bathroom area, away from (her) baby.”

Both women were preliminarily charged with possession of meth, neglect of a dependent and visiting a common nuisance.

Muncey remained in the Delaware County jail on Friday.

Hollingsworth – also preliminarily charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana – was released after posting a $20,000 bond.

Muncey is set to stand trial May 6 in a Howard County court on charges of domestic battery and driving while suspended.

She has been convicted, also in Howard County, of possession of a controlled substance, false informing and conversion. Two possession-of-meth charges filed against her there were later dismissed.



The Sevier County Sheriff’s Office has accused two women of offering more than massages in homes.

Both have been arrested and charged with promoting prostitution after an undercover operation this week, according to Sevier County Sheriff Ron Seals.

Talia Smith, 37, was arrested Tuesday after an undercover male agent went to her home in Pigeon Forge for a massage. She allegedly solicited the agent for sexual acts in exchange for Talia Smith (SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE)money during the massage, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release Friday.

Officers searched the home and found methamphetamine and other narcotics with evidence she was producing fake identification cards, according to Seals.

In addition to promoting prostitution, she was charged with impersonating a licensed professional, criminal simulation and three counts of possession of scheduled narcotics.

She was arraigned, and bond was set at $15,000.K0013301843--843160

The undercover agent made an arrangement for a massage at a home on Thursday in Kodak.

He alleged that Lisa L. Funk, 40, solicited sex acts for money during the massage.

She also was charged with promoting prostitution and impersonating a licensed professional.

She was arraigned, and her bond was set at $1,500.



A raid at the home of a Cullman County sex offender led to the arrests of four people, and the seizure of drugs and cash found inside that home.

The Cullman County Narcotics Enforcement Team, along with Cullman County sheriff’s investigators, patrol deputies and drug-sniffing dogs, went to the home on County Road 536 near Hanceville, said Sheriff Matt Gentry. The home, he said, belonged to 41-year-old Stacy Lee Tubbs, a registered sex offender.-b4ff3656ebd34b3b-c3184b18a4db16f0

When lawmen arrived at the home, the sheriff said, they found Tubbs, Savannah Michelle Carroll, 28, and Angela Roberts Griffey, 40, all smoking methamphetamine from a glass pipe. They were charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

After that scene was contained, Gentry said, investigators carried out a search at a nearby home on County Road 538. There they found ICE, a more pure form of meth, as well as marijuana, drug paraphernalia and $1,250 in cash. Gentry said there was about 10 grams of ICE and 5 grams of marijuana.

Richard Melvin Scott, 52, of Hanceville, was arrested in connection with that seizure. He is charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of marijuana, unlawful possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

All of the suspects are being held without bond in the Cullman County Detention Center.

“Anytime we can get a sex offender who is also a drug offender off the streets of our community that’s a good day”, Gentry said.



Trying to fake a urine drug test a month after being sentenced for drug charges proved problematic for a Duncan woman when probation officers said the syringe used to fake the test showed the presence of methamphetamine.57070fe011ce8_image

Billy Jo Ann Yates, 40, was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine second and subsequent and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Court records show Yates was sentenced to seven years probation March 1.

According to police reports, at about 5:20 p.m. while conducting a urinalysis test at the Duncan Probation and Parole Office, officers with the Department of Corrections observed an orange item sticking out of Yates rectum and asked her to throw it in the commode.

Yates was detained and according to the report, another officer went into the restroom and located a syringe laying on the floor as well as a clear bottle with an orange top and a yellow substance inside.

Officers noted on the report the area was cleared of any foreign items before the test began.

The syringe showed the presumptive presence of methamphetamine, according to the report.

Yates was booked on a $25,000 bond.



A Rome woman remained in jail without bond Friday after being accused of having methamphetamine and scratching another woman.5708828fe22e0_image

According to Floyd County Jail reports:

Alicia Jeanette Smith, 43, of 46 Kerce Road, was arrested Friday at her home after police found methamphetamine and a glass pipe in her home. Smith also scratched another woman on the neck during an argument.

Smith is charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of drug-related objects and battery under the Family Violence Act.



HAMILTON CITY, Calif. – A Hamilton City woman was arrested, while a man was cited and released for drug violations on Friday.

According to the Glenn Interagency Narcotics Task Force (GLINTF), in March, they received information about drug sales activity at 365 Capay Avenue in the Hamilton City area.Korinna-Markoe-png

On Friday, GLINTF, Glenn County Sheriff’s Office deputies and the Glenn County Probation Department served a search warrant at the home. During the search, agents said they found approximately 19 grams of methamphetamine, 10.5 pounds of marijuana and a shotgun.

Agents also located items that indicated the sales of methamphetamine.

Officials said the street value of the drugs seized is $7,230.

The occupant of the home was identified as Korinna Starr Markoe, 40. According to officials, Markoe has been previously convicted of a felony and can not be in possession of guns.

Shane King, 46, was found to be residing in an outbuilding at the home. King was found to be in possession of a small amount of marijuana and a methamphetamine smoking device, agents said.

King was cited and released for the violations.

Markoe was booked into the Glenn County Jail for being in possession of a controlled substance, being a felon in possession of a firearm and being a felon in possession of ammunition.

Her bail was set at $27,000.



Two women are behind bars for what investigators believe is the pair’s role in transporting methamphetamine into Moreno Valley from nearby cities, say Riverside County sheriff’s officials.

Eighteen-year-old Lisa Cynthia Zubiate and 21-year-old Dallas Anne Jackson were arrested at 6:20 p.m. Thursday, April 7, along Heacock Street south of Lake Summit Drive in the Sunnymead Ranch portion of Moreno Valley and booked for investigation of possessing and transporting methamphetamine for sale, conspiracy to commit a felony, and weapons possession, jail records show. Both women are being held on $200,000 bail.o5cekv-drugsguns

The arrests came during a car stop that yielded about a half-pound of methamphetamine, investigators said in a written statement. Then, deputies raided two apartments.

At a Redlands apartment, the narcs reported seizing two AR-15 rifles, two 30-round ammunition magazines, and .223-caliber rifle ammunition.

In a Colton apartment, the raiders found what they described as seven pounds of meth, 21 grams of black tar heroin, two grams of cocaine, and another gun.



WESTFIELD, Wis. – A man and a woman in Marquette County are accused of being involved in a two-person meth-making operation, according to a court document.

The Marquette County Sheriff’s Office, the Central Wisconsin Drug Task Force, and the Dana-Gassen-and-David-Schaefer-jpgWisconsin Department of Criminal Investigation said they uncovered a meth lab in the town of Westfield on Feb. 19.

In criminal complaints filed Tuesday, officials said authorities searched a home on County Road M where 47-year-old David Schaefer and 37-year-old Dana Gassen live.

Detectives said they found a gram of methamphetamine and materials in the home consistent with making meth, including open packages of a decongestant containing pseudoephedrine and waste produced in the manufacturing of meth.

Schaefer told a detective he cooked meth at his home and had last cooked two days before police searched the home, according to the complaint.

Gassen told police she bought pseudoephedrine for Schaefer because of limits on how much one person can purchase, police said. Gassen said she wasn’t around when he cooked meth, but she had used meth with him for several years, according to authorities.

Schaefer was arrested on suspicion of manufacturing meth, possession of materials for manufacturing meth, possession of waste from manufacturing meth, possession of meth and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Gassen was arrested on suspicion of possession of meth, possession of drug paraphernalia and party to the crime of manufacturing meth.

Schaefer and Gassen were arrested and taken to the Marquette County Jail, the sheriff’s office said.



Deputies said a woman was driving and her passenger became paranoid. Investigators said the man was on meth and jumped from the car on Jones Road near Fallbrook Road in northwest Harris County.fjhnrfjhdsrhs

After he hit the ground, deputies say the man was hit by three different cars.

He died here at the scene.

One of the drivers stayed. The other two took off.

Jones was closed down for some time due to the fatal accident. While it was closed, another driver hit a deputy’s car.

“Just south of the scene, we had two patrol cars that were blocking Jones Road. A white male driving a white Honda Civic struck one of the patrol cars in the side of the car,” said Sergeant S. Wolverton with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.

The deputy was not inside of his patrol car at the time and was not hurt.

Deputies believe the driver of the civic was intoxicated. He was checked out here for DWI.



MORRO BAY, Calif. (AP) — A man who had to be rescued when he climbed a California cliff to propose to his girlfriend via cellphone video later was acting erratically and was found to be high on methamphetamine, authorities said Friday.

Morro Bay Fire Chief Steve Knuckles said that 27-year-old Michael Banks was arrested on suspicion of possessing methamphetamine.thrsrhrhs

Knuckles said Banks climbed to the top of the cliff early Thursday to propose. Banks got stuck on the way down. No one has spoken to the girlfriend. Knuckles said Friday that he didn’t know if the proposal was real only that Banks told “several people” during the rescue that he had asked for her hand in marriage. Police were not immediately available for comment.

Banks “took a different trail down, much steeper” and became stranded, said Capt. Todd Gailey. “He couldn’t go any direction, on a sheer ledge, with his feet dangling 80 feet off the ground.”

Rescuers called in a helicopter, and a crew member descended by cable to hoist Banks from the narrow ledge.

Banks was calm for most of the ordeal, but “a little unnerved” at that part, Gailey said. He was not hurt.

About 4 p.m. Thursday Banks was arrested when witnesses reported he was acting erratically.

Morro Rock is a 600-foot landmark just offshore from the community of Morro Bay. Climbing is banned, but some go anyway, and there have been several fatal falls over the years. Banks will be charged for the chopper ride.

Banks said nothing during the rescue about any second thoughts on his choice of setting for the proposal, Gailey said.

However, the fire captain said others should consider a place “where you’re not in danger of falling off a cliff.”

Banks has been booked into jail and isn’t available for comment.



An Edgewood woman has been arrested in Marion County on a series of drug charges.

The arrest followed a traffic stop on Mt. Moriah Road east of Centralia. The driver of the car, 37-year-old Felicia Case of Illinois Street in Edgewood, was arrested on a series of charges, People_w250yincluding possession of 5-15 grams of methamphetamine, bringing contraband into a penal institution, delivery or possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a narcotic instrument, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession of under 2.5 grams of cannabis, methamphetamine delivery and possession of meth with intent to deliver.

Police report finding a blue lunch cooler in the car that allegedly contained narcotic drugs, bath salts and other drug paraphernalia. Once at Marion County Jail, Case allegedly admitted to having methamphetamine hidden on her body. Sheriff’s officials say 40 grams of meth was located.



WASHINGTON— “It is like the hydra. You chop off one head, and two pop up.”

That’s how one Lakota Indian described the methamphetamine epidemic that is crippling Native American communities across the United States.D913E393-B971-43F0-9C14-E043D8506F5C_w640_r1_s

Meth was developed early in the 20th century and used to treat hyperactivity, obesity and other disorders. The U.S. declared meth a controlled substance in the 1970s. It wasn’t long before criminal groups began manufacturing the drug illegally, initially in California, but by the 1990s, meth began to spread eastward into rural communities in the West and Midwest.

The drug found its way onto Indian reservations, where today, more Native Americans, proportionately, are addicted to meth than the rest of the U.S. population.

“You’ve got remote areas and less policing. Even the Mexican cartels, as they distribute their meth in the U.S., often they will go to Indian reservations, particularly in Oklahoma, Kansas and on up into the Dakotas, to have the methamphetamine manufactured,” said James E. Copple, founding partner of Strategic Applications International, a group which has contracted with federal government to help Native American tribes fight meth.”

“Meth is cheap, easy to use and results in a longer ‘high,’” Copple said. “About 12 hours, compared to heroin, which last only an hour to two.”

It’s a highly addictive drug, he said, and over the long-term, leads to paranoia and severe depression.

“When they’re high on meth, beyond the paranoia, they have this sense where they feel like their skin is being bitten or eaten by bugs, and so they start slicing away at themselves, picking and scratching away at their skin,” he said. This “pick effect” leads to the open sores and infections associated with meth addicts.

Meth use has led to a rise in violent crimes: Robbery, assault, identity theft, child abuse and homicide.

Toni Red Bear, a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, was addicted to meth for more than three years.

“Being addicted is like having the devil on your shoulder,” she said. “You can be in the middle of the deepest, darkest despair in your life where you don’t want to live if you don’t have the drug. Then you go get your fix and you feel healed.”

Today, Red Bear counsels other addicts as a case manager for the tribal health department. But she still suffers from the longer-term effects of meth use.DA6BC8B4-2995-4E11-B16F-EF98CEFBCE48_w640_s

“Before I used meth, I could remember anything and everything. I was good at math. Now I can’t even remember five items on a 10-item grocery list,” she said.

She says that even when addicts are brought into the health-care system, there aren’t enough resources to treat them. Meth treatment costs substantially more than most other addiction treatments and lasts substantially longer, often over a year.

Youth, elders fighting back

“The biggest impact of meth is on the children,” said Ebony Tiger, 17, a member of South Dakota’s Yankton Sioux tribe, among whom meth has replaced alcohol as the drug of choice. “They don’t get the things they need because their parents or whoever they live with use the little money they have to get the drug.”

She should know. Her mother has been a meth addict since Ebony was an infant. “I never felt the love a child should feel by his or her parent,” she said.

“I was left here and there with people I did not know and people who were also alcoholics and drug addicts. I never really had a place to call home until one of my aunts took me in,” she said.

Today, with the help of one aunt, she chairs Native American Youth Standing Strong, a community group working to discourage Native youth from experimenting with drugs.

Julie Richards, an Oglala Lakota mother and grandmother living on the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota, remembers when she first learned about the dangers of meth.

 “One day back in November, 2005, my friend Connie’s daughter Chantel was home alone when someone knocked at the door.”

The visitor was an older woman who convinced Chantel, 15, to smoke meth for the first time. The girl took only one “hit.” A short time later, she complained of a headache and collapsed dead from a brain aneurysm.

“I’ve been on a personal vendetta against meth ever since,” Richards says, adding that her own daughters have struggled with addiction. “I started finding out who the meth dealers were and then I would put their names out there, publicly shaming them on Facebook.”

Richards organized the Mothers Against Meth Alliance (MAMA), a group of mothers who go out nightly to confront the dealers.

“Sometimes it’s just three of us, four if we’re lucky. Sometimes it’s just me and my kids,” she said.

Her work has put her at risk.

“I’ve had my car windows bashed out, twice,” she said. “And I’ve had a gun pointed at my face. When I call the police, either they don’t respond or they take an hour to show up. And nobody is ever arrested.”

She believes that tribal police, like everyone else, are scared: “Of the dealers, of the dealers’ families.”

But that may be simplifying the problem.

Limits of law enforcement

The Oglala Sioux Tribe’s Department of Public Safety consists of fewer than 100 sworn officers serving about 40,000 residents over more than 800,000 hectares.185F7676-3F97-4BD5-A32C-8E767703417E_w640_s

“A cop can be 100 miles [160 kilometers] away from the crime scene, but he’s not just dealing with meth, but child abuse, domestic disputes, robbery, assault, drunk and disorderly or driving under the influence of alcohol,” said one Lakota man who asked not to be named.

He suggested that police may deliberately turn a blind eye to meth buyers and sellers.

“Everyone on the reservation is related,” he said, a reference to tiospaye, a Lakota concept of extended family that can include dozens, even hundreds.

“So if you’re a cop, that might be your little nephew out there using meth. Or your mom or your brother. And if you arrest your mother for dealing and send her to prison for 10 years, what are your brothers, uncles, nephews and her customers going to do to you, your wife and children?”

Coppel admits there is a degree of corruption in many – “not most” – tribal leadership councils, law enforcement agencies, and courts. And for this reason, some tribe members may be reluctant to call upon the very agencies that exist to protect them.

VOA made repeated calls to the Oglala Lakota Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety and Attorney General’s Office requesting comment, but our calls were not returned.

Looking into the past for answers

Some tribes have turned to traditional practices.

The Lummi Tribe of Washington State, the Lac du Flambeau Band in Wisconsin, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota and others have resorted to banishment and dis-enrollment of members convicted of dealing, making or trafficking meth.

Historically, banishment placed tribe members at the mercy of the wilderness. Today, it means being separated from loved ones and possibly losing out on health, housing, and education benefits. But punishment may not be the answer.

“We’re never going to arrest our way out of this problem. It requires a community solution – treatment and all the necessary psychosocial support, a context in which the recovering addict can find a job, have family and spiritual support,” said Copple.

“Throwing federal dollars at reservations isn’t effective either, not unless the various federal agencies coordinate with one another and with local public health, law enforcement and other agencies, he said. “If we could break down those silos to come up with coordinated approaches where the tribal communities themselves own the issue and own the solutions, then I believe there is hope.”

But some tribal members aren’t so sure.

“The drug war is over,” said one Lakota native, gloomily. “The drugs have won.”



Mexico has been sent into shock after revelations that a faction of Mexican drug cartel Los Zetas has beheaded five people in one week in a bid to terrorize a rival sect of the gang.

Incredulously the beheadings were all discovered near a local elementary school, in the local Tamatan neighborhood of Ciudad Victoria, underscoring the gangs disregard for the effect such mayhem has on the community.Los-Zetas-Mexican-drug-cartel-leaves-5-decapitated-heads9

The beheadings, which took place in the capital city of the Mexican state of Tamaulipas, are a part of an ongoing feud between the two Los Zetas sectors.

The factions are fighting over control of Ciudad Victoria as the government tries to downplay the violence happening in the city.

A report via Breitbart News the ongoing rival behavior of the rival gangs carrying out the executions, despite government efforts to downplay the attacks.

Local media reports that the Grupo Bravo faction of Los Zetas left two coolers with three heads, two female and one male, outside an elementary school with a banner written in Spanish on Tuesday.

The warning threatens the rival faction Cartel Del Noreste or CDN and ‘to stop murdering innocent bystanders’.

It also specifically called out a man called ‘Chucho’, who is one of Cartel Del Noreste leaders in Ciudad Victoria.Los-Zetas-Mexican-drug-cartel-leaves-5-decapitated-heads2

One day before the three heads were left outside the elementary school the heads of two Cartel Del Noreste lookouts were found on Ciudad Victoria-Matamoros highway near the Olivo rural community.

A message similar to the one outside the elementary school was also left with those heads on Monday.

Breitbart reports that lookouts line the main roads to tip off the cartel gunmen about rivals or military movements.

The fighting between the two factions has led to violence, the likes of which have never before been seen in Ciudad Victoria.

Breitbart Texas has been working with citizen journalists in order to report on cartel action south of the boarder.

Those reporting face extreme retaliation at the hands of Los Zetas if their identities are revealed.