LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – A Lufkin police officer arrested a woman on drug possession charges after he checked out a report that a woman was sleeping in a car outside of a local hotel Monday.

Before the woman was searched at the Angelina County Jail, she admitted to having more drugs hidden in her bra.10967647_G

Tiffany Stovall, 27, of Lufkin, is still being held in the Angelina County Jail on a second-degree felony possession of a controlled substance between 4 and 200 grams charge, a third-degree felony prohibited substance in a correctional facility, a Class A misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance less than 28 grams charge, and a Class A misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia – marijuana charge. Collectively, her bail amount has been set at $2,000 for two of the four charges.

According to the police report, a Lufkin PD officer responded to a call at approximately 12:22 p.m. Monday in reference to a report that a woman was sleeping in her car outside of the Courtyard Marriott hotel. When the officer made contact with Stovall, she claimed that she had been smoking marijuana that morning.

During the search of her vehicle, methamphetamine was also discovered. After the officer handcuffed Stovall, he found a glass pipe that had fallen from her shirt sleeve, the report stated.

According to the report, Stovall was transported to the county jail, where she was told that she would be strip searched. At that point, she admitted to having more drugs hidden inside of her bra, the report stated. The search turned up a large baggie containing many smaller ones within it. The smaller bags contained 40 grams of meth, more marijuana and two prescription drug pills.

Stovall was sentenced to five months and 50 days in federal prison last October after her supervised release was revoked on a federal conviction.

In November 2011, Stovall pleaded guilty to a charge in which she allegedly bought pseudeophedrine on Oct. 22, 2010 at a Lufkin CVS Pharmacy, with the intention of it being used to make meth. This is a practice known inside law enforcement circles as “smurfing.” She received a 57-month sentence in June 2012, which was followed by a two-year sentence of supervised release.


CONCORD, N.H.A Concord woman accused of selling methamphetamine is slated to a face a judge on Wednesday.Concord-meth-dealer-mug-jpg

Myranda Clifton, 31, was arrested Tuesday after a search of her home yielded methamphetamine and Suboxone, state police officials said.

Clifton is charged with drug possession and the sale of methamphetamine.

She is being held at the Merrimack County House of Corrections on $5,000 cash bail.


SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A man from Springfield, who got out of prison in May, has been charged with several felonies after a shot was fired at officers on North Glenstone Monday morning.

Greene County prosecutors say Brandon Cover is 25.brandon%20cover_1468356676957_42272930_ver1_0_640_480

Court papers say he admitted to officers he took the gun from a vehicle at an apartment complex and was going to trade it for meth.

He told officers he wasn’t trying to harm them as he ran, but admitted he was on meth and had not slept in a couple of days.

Greene County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Patterson announces that Brandon L. Cover, 25, of Springfield, Missouri, has been charged today with assault on law enforcement in the second degree, armed criminal action, unlawful use of a weapon by shooting at a person, resisting arrest, and felon in possession of a firearm after firing a handgun at two Springfield Police Officers while fleeing from them yesterday morning. Mr. Patterson is thankful that the officers were not injured during these events.

The defendant is being held without bond based upon the dangerousness of this offense and his past history. The defendant is a persistent felony offender and was recently placed on parole. In December of 2011, the defendant received a ten year sentence for attempted first degree robbery. In May of this year, he was paroled.



GILES COUNTY, Tenn. – Drug agents say they have arrested a woman accused of having several pounds of meth, marijuana and hundreds of pills. They say they also recovered more than $14,000 in cash.hj,gj,,djutyugh

Investigators from the Giles County and Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and 22nd Drug Task Force searched a home in Ardmore for narcotics, but say they found much more.

While searching the home of Wanda Gayle Clark on Pleasant Hill Road, investigators say they recovered a few pounds of methamphetamine “ice,” over $14,000 cash, a loaded firearm, packaged marijuana, and hundreds of various dghegheaeyprescription drugs to which Clark was not prescribed.

Clark was arrested and booked in to the Giles County jail on the charges of Possession of Methamphetamine for Resale and Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Dangerous Felony. Investigators say she may face additional charges.

Her bond is set at $255,000 and she is due in court on Thursday, July 14, 2016.


COLOMA, MI — The suspect who police say shot and killed two bailiffs and wounded a sheriff’s deputy and a civilian in the Berrien County courthouse faced numerous criminal charges, including sexual assaults on a teenager.

Larry Gordon, 44, of Coloma, faced at least 20 criminal charges, Coloma Township Police Chief Jason Roe said Tuesday afternoon.larry-gordon-4bec8c49c0c23a7e

Gordon faced six counts of criminal sexual conduct, three counts of child sexually abusive material; two counts each of assault with a dangerous weapon, assault by strangulation and resisting or obstructing police; a single counts of delivery or manufacture of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, kidnapping, unlawful imprisonment, and aggravated domestic violence. Roe said the charges stem from alleged offenses involving a 17-year-old girl who came forward to police.

Roe said Gordon faced two other charges, aggravated domestic assault and assault with a dangerous weapon, which stemmed from an incident involving his ex-wife, Jessica Gordon. The chief said there was a pending motion in that case at the time of the shooting Monday.-112aefa0b1213e52

Police say Gordon apparently was attempting to escape custody Monday, July 11 when he disarmed Deputy James Atterberry Jr. while being transferred from a holding cell to a courtroom.

Gordon shot and killed bailiffs Joseph Zangaro, 61, and Ronald Kienzle, 63 and wounded Atterberry and a civilian, Kenya Ellis, a security guard at Benton Harbor High School.

Gordon was then shot and killed by other officers who responded to the scene.

Not many people in Coloma, the small Southwest Michigan town where Gordon lived, said Tuesday that they were familiar with him.

At the Easy Street Inn in downtown Coloma, Harry Jannings of Paw Paw and Joe Fellows of St. Joseph said they were both shocked to hear about the courthouse shooting.

“It can happen anywhere,” said Jannings, of Paw Paw. “It’s always shocking when it happens in your front yard.”

Jannings and his wife, Kim, both wondered why Gordon was handcuffed in front of his body instead of behind, and wondered if he would have been able to get a hold of a gun with his hands behind his back.

Joe Fellows and his wife, Kim, live in St. Joseph. Kim Fellows said she has never felt unsafe in her town and still doesn’t, but she felt the shooting magnified the violence against police that is happening all over the country.

I had no idea what he was in trouble for,” said Arthur Moore, owner of John’s Glass and Windows in downtown Coloma. “To hear that it was him was shocking.”

Moore said he knew Gordon because their children went to school together. Gordon volunteered in his daughter’s classroom at Watervliet South Elementary, according to several people who knew him.

“Larry was very involved with Cheyenne, his daughter,” Moore said. Gordon and his wife, Jessica, had divorced in February after nearly 10 years of marriage, according to the Herald Palladium.

“We weren’t even aware they were having trouble,” Moore said. “They were still showing up to functions (together) and they seemed to support each other.”

Jessica Gordon declined to speak to a Kalamazoo Gazette reporter when reached at her home Tuesday. She told the Herald Palladium earlier that she believed her ex-husband was terrified he wouldn’t see his family again. “I don’t believe he set out to hurt anybody,” Jessica Gordon told the Herald Palladium. “I think he just wanted to come home.”

Two doors down from the house Gordon shared with his ex-wife, Carl Neuendorf and his wife, Wathada Thomas said they never had any trouble with him as a neighbor. They weren’t chummy, Neuendorf said, but they knew each others’ names and Gordon would borrow tables for the occasional garage sale.

Neighbors would get aggravated on occasion when his pit bull would get out and roam the neighborhood, and neighbors suspected he was somehow involved with drugs.

“You got a little bit of a funny feeling, you know?” Neuendorf said about Gordon, but said he and his wife believed he was messing with drugs, and didn’t expect to hear the serious charges of criminal sexual conduct and kidnapping he was facing before Monday’s deadly shooting.

“We didn’t have any idea it was on this kind of scale,” Thomas said.

“Nobody was so suspicious of terrible things, except we always thought the drug thing,” Thomas said. “A lot of neighborhoods will have a neighbor that well, he’s just kind of a little bit different, or he’s just kind of watched. People were just kind of interested.”

Thomas and Neuendorf described Gordon as friendly and sociable. He was not a “neighborhood terror,” Thomas said.

Thomas said it was most surprising that Gordon would shoot somebody.

“It’s a shame,” Neuendorf said.


HILLSBORO, Ore. (KOIN) – A man was sentenced to just over 3 years in prison on Tuesday for blowing methamphetamine-laced smoke into the mouth of a minor.

Jonathon David Smoot was indicted in March 2016 for one count of delivery of meth to a minor, applying a controlled substance to the body of a minor and being a felon in possession of a firearm.ilfylfylilflil

He was convicted in a jury trial earlier this month and he was formally sentenced Tuesday.

In court documents submitted before sentencing, prosecutors said the victim was 16 when the incident happened in November 2015. She told investigators Smoot provided her with meth and was playing with a gun when she was hanging out with a friend.

The victim and her friend were in a garage when Smoot came out and started interacting with the two minors, according to court documents. While in the garage, Smoot pulled out a “crack pipe,” according to the teen.

The girl was taken to a hospital where she tested positive for meth and cannabis in a toxicology screen.

Investigators learned that Smoot was smoking the meth and that he blew the smoke into the teen’s mouth at an extremely close range, causing her to ingest the drug.



Man gets prison for blowing meth smoke into teen


AUGUSTA, Maine —The next time you spot a bottle lying alongside the road, be careful before you pick it up.

The Maine Department of Public Safety says so far this year agents with the Maine Meth-jpggrddrDrug Enforcement Agency have responded to 44 calls where bottles used to make methamphetamine have been dumped along a road or other outdoor location.

The state is on pace to set a record for meth making, according to Public Safety Commissioner John Morris. During the first half of 2016, agents handled 86 meth incidents, Morris said. That compares to 56 calls for all of 2015, he said.

Morris said that soda bottles containing methamphetamine residue are still dangerous to anyone handling them. Before picking any bottle up, residents should check to see if there is a white residue inside or anything else that looks unusual. If the bottle is larger than its normal size, police should be called, he said.METH-BOTTLE1-jpg

Most of the suspected meth labs and dump sites investigated in 2016 have been located in Penobscot and Aroostook counties, Morris said.

Methamphetamine is made by mixing common household ingredients, including pseudoephedrine, which is found in nasal decongestants.

The average cost of processing a meth lab is $3,000 compared to $500 for a dump site, he said.

Although Maine had a single meth lab in 2009, the number of suspected labs has steadily increased since then.



MANCHESTER, N.H.A local bar owner was arrested after what officials called the largest seizure of methamphetamine ever in New Hampshire — and one of the largest seizures in New England.

The Drug Enforcement Administration began an undercover investigation about a month ago, which led them to El Patron Sports Bar and Grill on Wilson Street in Manchester.weFffrSAfDDS

Prosecutors said the owner, Rigoberto Ramirez Aldava, is a Mexican citizen and that he acquired meth from Mexico and then sold it to undercover agents in New Hampshire on multiple occasions.

“We arraigned today Rigoberto Ramirez Alvada in federal court on a criminal complaint, charging him with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute, also distribution of controlled substances,” said New Hampshire District Attorney Emily Gray Rice

According to the DEA, Ramirez Aldava first sold meth to undercover officers on June 21 and June 29.

On Monday, officials said he arranged to sell a lot more — 10 pounds of meth for $85,000.

Ramirez Aldava was arrested while he was on his way to make the transaction.

“Usually we see it in one part: Meth labs that we respond to usually as a result of a fire and explosion or part of an investigation that we’re doing. But this was different. This was a large amount of crystal meth that was brought in from the border, from Mexico that had been brought into this area for distribution,” said Jon Delena, DEA assistant special agent in charge.

Agents said they confiscated more meth at the sports bar, and seized $6,000 of marked cash at Ramirez Aldava’s apartment on the west side of Manchester.

A total of 7 1/2 kilos (16 ½ pounds) of meth were seized in the bust — worth over $1 million.

“I think it’s a good indicator of just how big the problem is here in New Hampshire,” said “And again, it’s difficult for us to sort of measure it up against the problem we’re seeing with heroin and fetanyl because of all the deaths associated in our area with heroin and fentanyl, but it is a significant problem.”

Agents said Ramirez Aldava only had minor crimes on his record before this arrest. He is currently being detained, pending his trial.


Eight people have been charged in a 25-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury relating to allegations of large-scale methamphetamine distribution in Middle Tennessee.636039287116285453-BOBLETT

Those charged with conspiring to distribute and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine between February 2015 and July 2016 according to the U.S. Attorney Middle District of Tennessee are:

  • Brian Randall, 50, Castalian Springs
  • Sabrina Boblett, 48, Castalian Springs
  • Frank Bishop, 41, Nashville
  • Jason Johnston, 47, Lebanon
  • Gary Lester, 41, Lebanon
  • Matthew Peeden, 28, Lebanon
  • George Marsh, 51, Lebanon
  • Robert Pelletier, 33, Lebanon.

Bishop, Marsh and Pelletier are also charged with knowingly possessing a firearm to further a drug trafficking crime, according to U.S. Attorney’s office.

The case was investigated by the FBI; the United States Postal Inspection Service; and the Lebanon Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ahmed A. Safeeullah.



SHELBY COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — Shelby County narcotics investigators say a recent methamphetamine bust highlights a disturbing increase in the volume of meth coming from Mexico.

Lt. Clay Hammac, Commander of the Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force, sees a concerning increase in the prevalence of methamphetamine coming from Mexico into local communities.9uopuoptgptg

According to Hammac, efforts to clamp down on the base ingredients needed to make meth have been successful in reducing local meth production.

The bad news is that cartels are filling the void. Hammac says a recent bust resulted in the seizure of very distinctive methamphetamine. According to Hammac, it originated in Mexico and was trafficked into local communities.

He says looser controls allow Mexican drug operations to manufacture the drug in a pristine environment.

“So what we are seeing is an increase in methamphetamine which happens to be more pure, a much cleaner product, a more sterile laboratory environment where it’s being manufactured, coming here to the U.S. However, please don’t misunderstand because it’s being made in a sterile environment does not mean it’s a safe product at all. It is still just as deadly as it ever has been,” said Lt. Clay Hammac, Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force. “That’s what makes this scary. The fact that the volume is increasing and it’s becoming a lot more prevalent than it once was. We thought that we had an edge on this, but because we’ve seen it increase and move across the border it seems that the popularity is growing once again.”



Shelby County drug bust highlights increase of meth from Mexico


FAYETTE COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — An El Paso man is in custody after authorities in Fayette County say he was transporting 16 kilograms of methamphetamine along Interstate 10 Monday.

The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office says just before 5 p.m., Sgt. Randy Thumann io;gulglioluand his K9 partner “Lobos” pulled over a 1999 Ford F-250 for a regular traffic stop. During the stop, the officer determined there were “several inconsistencies” in the driver’s itinerary from El Paso to Atlanta.

The driver, Fernando Nolasco, 50, gave consent to search the vehicle. During the search, Lobos alerted the officer to the possibility of narcotics. Authorities discovered two aftermarket compartments built into the truck. The compartments were also lead-lined which police say is used to avoid x-ray detection at border check points.

A total of approximately 16 kilograms of methamphetamine, with an approximate street value of $1.6 million were seized.




$1.6M worth of meth found in lead-lined compartments


Women increasingly appear to be taking part in the illicit drug trade in Laos, as drug lords find they make good smugglers because they blend into their surroundings, RFA’s Laos Service has learned.

Exact numbers are difficult to come by, but a local police official tells RFA that Lao authorities have noticed a sharp increase in the number of women arrested for drug offenses.c31fc1c4-c3cb-490b-8890-d41c597e5d0e

In central Laos’ Bolikhamsay province alone, police have arrested about 100 women on drug charges, a Lao law enforcement official told RFA on condition of anonymity.

“Women become drug traffickers because they seem to go about their business unobserved,” the official said. “There are women involved in many more drug cases this year, with around 100 women arrested in drug cases. Most of them were retailers.”

The surge in women drug traffickers had gone largely unnoticed until recently as they go about their business in Laos without raising suspicion. Most of those arrested are between 30 years old and 50 years old, and come from ethnic minority communities in Laos, and many are pregnant, the official said.

The women are often forced to become drug mules by their circumstances, the official told RFA.

“It is difficult to help women stay out of the illegal drug business because they come from poor families, so they get used as drug smugglers and traffickers,” the official said.

In addition, more women from Laos are arrested in Thailand than from other ASEAN countries. According to the Thai government, the number of Lao female prisoners now stands at 1,352 while female Burmese and Cambodian prisoners stand at 581 and 552, respectively.

Phone calls to Lieutenant Colonel Bouakhaua Rattanavongsa, a vice chief at the Bolikhamsay province police headquarters, were not returned.

Amphetamine use up

Though Laos is infamous as one side of the “Golden Triangle” well-known for its opium production, the women arrested were picked up mostly for amphetamine trafficking.

According to the U.N’s 2016 World Drug Report, Laos and Myanmar account for the vast majority of opium poppy cultivation in Southeast Asia. But opium is now getting a competitor as the U.N. found a fourfold increase in seizures in the region of amphetamine-type stimulants and methamphetamine, which goes by the nickname “ice” in Asia.

“Between 2009 and 2014, methamphetamine seizures reported in East and Southeast Asia almost quadrupled,” the U.N. wrote in its report.

The increase comes as Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith is pushing his country’s citizens to join in the fight against illicit drugs.

In June, Thongloun put a torch to a cache of drugs seized by authorities, setting ablaze more than 4.3 million tablets of amphetamine-type tablets, 2,000 pounds of dry cannabis, 4.2 pounds of methamphetamines, and 310 pounds of chemicals used for mixing and producing drugs.

He has called the drug trade “an obstacle to national social and economic development, and an important source of crime and corruption, not to mention a tremendous loss for drug victims and their families.”


THE number of people arrested for using or dealing in methamphetamines has spiked by more than 400 per cent in Tasmania in just one year following a police blitz.

The findings from the Illicit Drug Reporting System report found that the numberf98f19e2ee771b5e8ea163e2841b2afd of people arrested for either using or selling the drug increased from 72 in 2013-14 to 383 in 2014-15.

The report found that the majority — 266 — of those arrested were drug users, while 117 were dealers.

Methamphetamine is now the most commonly used injected drug in the state, recently passing heroin and methadone in popularity among drug users surveyed.

The survey of 100 injecting drug users is carried out annually by the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre with data from law enforcement agencies.

Cannabis was the most commonly used drug overall, with 73 per cent of those spoken to admitting to having used the drug in the past six months — closely followed by methamphetamine.

The spike in the number of arrests appears to be at odds with a steady decline in the use of the drug among injecting drug users at 72 per cent — down from 95 per cent in 2005.

Tasmania Police Acting Assistant Commissioner Mark Mewis said the rise in the number of arrests reflected a change in police priorities.

“One of the business priorities for Tasmania Police in 2014-15 in reducing crime was the targeting of serious drug offenders,” he said.

“That focus is reflected in the number of charges for serious drug offences and the increase in the amount of drugs seized over the period.

“The impact of illegal drugs on our community, including ‘ice’, is a national and international issue, and Tasmania is not immune.

“Whilst overall drug use in Tasmania does not appear to be increasing … cannabis, followed by amphetamines are the most frequently used illicit drugs, which follows national trends.

He said Tasmania Police worked with other Australian jurisdictions to develop strategies to deal with drugs that were emerging at the national and international level.

“This is not just an issue for police, it is an opportunity to take responsibility for the issue as a community to address the impact of drugs — parents can talk to their children, mates can talk to each other, and community leaders work together,” Insp Mewis said.

Greens health spokeswoman Rosalie Woodruff said the report showed ice use was rife, despite denials from some quarters.

“Most alarming of all is the increase in methamphetamine related arrests,” she said.

“It would be dangerous for the Government to ignore the problem and claim it was hyperbole any longer.

“These are alarming statistics that highlight the need to address shortcomings across all sectors, including prevention, treatment, law enforcement and justice.

“This follows last month’s report showing amphetamine use doubling amongst drug treatment service clients.”

Despite the large number of arrests, users found that methamphetamines were easy to come by in Tasmania.

The report found that the powder form of the drug was easy to acquire and the crystal form of the drug had been “very easy to procure”.

Cannabis, morphine and oxycodone were also readily available, the report said.

The most recent survey of drug-taking habits indicated that about 3 per cent of Tasmanians had used methamphetamines in the preceding 12-month period, with about 7 per cent having tried the drug.

The report also found a steep decline in the number of drug users reporting they had abused oxycodone — down to 27 per cent from 61 per cent in two years.

Originally published as Spike in methamphetamine arrests


Local and federal authorities conducted a major meth bust in Jay, with a Century connection, Friday morning.

Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics and SWAT units, along with the DEA and the Monroe County (AL) Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at 3501 Highway 4 in Jay, a small rental home on the corner of Highway 4 and Luman Shell Road.jaybustmugs1

Authorities located over 14 ounces of crystal methamphetamine valued over $50,000 along with several assault style weapons, hand guns and caches of ammunition. In addition, several stolen items were located from neighboring counties, according to the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office.

Edgardo Xavier Rivera, age 33 of Jay, was taken into custody in the parking lot of a business on North Century Boulevard in Century as he arrived to pay his rent. Authorities also arrested was 35-year old Mariana Solano of Jay at the Jay residence.

Rivera and Solano were both charged with possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, methamphetamine trafficking, and possession of drug paraphernalia. They were both booked into the Santa Rosa County Jail with bond set $141,000 each.jaybust114

A neighbor, who asked to remain anonymous out of fear of retribution, said she and other neighbors were concerned about activity at the home.

“There are always people coming and going from the house at all times of the day and night,” she said. “And we all felt like something was up by the way they kept the windows and carport blacked out all the time. It just seemed like they really had something to hide.”


methamphetamineA Granite Falls man identified to law enforcement as “the main source of methamphetamine” in western Minnesota and eastern South Dakota has been arrested and charged with first-degree felonies for drug sale and possession in Chippewa County District Court. According to the criminal complaint, 24-year-old Alejandro Mendez was stopped for a routine traffic stop and methamphetamine, a large amount of U.S. currency and a digital scale were found in the vehicle where Mendez was a passenger. The following day the magnitude of the case was discovered after authorities reviewed phone calls Menendez made from the Kandiyohi County Jail where he had been temporarily detained. Law enforcement executed a search warrant at a Granite Falls residence where Menedez lived and discovered six bags of meth totaling 1.75 pounds. In jail interviews Menendez revealed to investigators that he moved to western Minnesota from Texas recently because of a friend, 25-year-old Jose Trevino. Jose Trevino was arrested in a recent large drug bust. Menendez remains in the Chippewa County Jail.

A Rapides Parish duo is facing drug charges after officers were dispatched to their hotel room regarding a property damage complaint.

The complainant told officers he saw a handgun in the rear pocket of a suspect, Richard Owens, 34, 4725 Pardue Road, Ball. Officers reported making contact with the suspect, who said he did 636038335179483336-Sara-Raynot have a firearm but the complainant probably saw his girlfriend, Sara Ray, 44, 5640 Pinekraft Drive, Pineville, carry one to her vehicle, according to the arrest affidavit.

Ray told officers Owens keeps a gun in his back pocket, arrest records state, but he had put it in her vehicle when he knew the cops were coming.

Officers searched the vehicle and reported finding a 9 mm handgun under the driver’s seat, a spoon containing a large amount of suspected methamphetamine and a knife matching a sheath on Owens’ backpack inside a laundry basket holding men’s clothing.

A glass pipe and two spoons, all with suspected methamphetamine residue were found in the backseat, and a compact case containing suspected meth and a morphine pill was found in the center console.

According to arrest records, Ray said Owens brought meth and pills to the hotel room. She said she smoked once and Owens’ used meth the entire the time.

Officers reported finding a pill bottle holding a plastic bag with suspected methamphetamine residue inside Ray’s purse.

Ray told officers she was in the bathroom of the room when Owens damaged the carpet.


HAMLET — Three people have been arrested on multiple drug charges within the past two week, including possession of methamphetamine.

Richmond County sheriff’s deputies assisted N.C. Adult Community Corrections June 30 in the arrests of 22-year-old Megan Victoria CAgle and 35-year-old Richard Joseph Bailey, both of web1_Meth_hamlettrioWiregrass Road, Hamlet, after investigating complaints of drug activity at their residence, according to a statement from the sheriff’s office.

According to warrants, the pair had an unspecified amount of meth, nine alprazolam pills and a host of drug paraphernalia, including: assorted syringes, a digital scale, foil, spoons, a clear glass pipe, a blue glass pipe, a black box with mirror residue and steel wool.

They were both charged with one felony count each of possession of a Schedule II controlled substance; possession with intent to manufacture sell or deliver a Schedule IV controlled substance; and maintaining a vehicle dwelling or place for a controlled substance.

They were also each charged with one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Both were booked into the Richmond County Jail under a $5,000 secured bond. Bailey was released on bail the same day, Cagle the following day. They are scheduled to appear in court July 28.

Two days after their arrest, Hamlet police charged 56-year-old Nellie Puckett Wheless, of Peggy Mill Road, Hamet, with felony meth possession.

Police say she also had 34 15-milligram hydrocodone pills and three 1-milligram alprazolam pills and that she would not comply with Patrolman J. Hooks when he told her to place her hands behind her back while answering a call to investigate a potential DWI, according to arrest warrants.

She is charged with one felony count each of possession of methamphetamine and possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a Schedule II controlled substance, as well as one misdemeanor count each of simple possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance and resisting a public officer.

Wheless was booked under a $10,000 secured bond and released on bail the same day. Her court appearance is scheduled for Aug. 18.

Online court records show Wheless has a July 26 court date for a traffic violation of having an expired registration card or tag.

Cagle has a July 18 court date scheduled on two felony counts of possession or distribution of a meth precursor and one count of felony probation violation. Bailey has no other scheduled court appearances, online records show.

Bailey’s sole previous conviction was in 2004 on a misdemeanor property damage charge, according to records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction.

Cagle is currently serving probation on a 36-month suspended sentence from where she was convicted on one felony count each of possession or distribution of a meth precursor and possession of a Schedule II controlled substance last October, records show.

In 2014, Cagle was convicted of a level 4 DWI, maintaining any place for a controlled substance and use or possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to state records, Wheless was convicted in 2011 of attempted felony larceny in Brunswick County, and in 2007 of aiding and abetting speeding from police and reckless driving, both misdemeanors, in Richmond County.

She received probation in both cases.

All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.

Meth has been a problem in Richmond County for several years.

So far this year, the SBI reports that Richmond County has had nine total meth labs — ranking the fourth-highest, following Johnston at No. 1 with 20, Wake County coming in second with 13 and Anson and Onslow counties tied for third with 11 each.

Last year, Richmond County had the third-highest number of meth busts in all 100 counties.

At least 20 people were convicted on federal meth charges stemming from Richmond County arrests last year.


DEAR meth,

You are an insidious, noxious waste of time and energy. You are not wanted, nor were you ever invited. You are not welcome here. You creep into homes and wreak havoc on families. You weave a tangled thread of violence and transgression through the fabric of our society. You are the knot in the noose.55-1432127-scn170112meth_fct560x420x604_ct620x465

You are methamphetamine, ice, crystal, whatever you want to call yourself, and you will never be welcome here.

An open letter to an addict I dealt with recently:

You won’t remember us, but today we watched as your strong, proud father reluctantly broke down, conceding defeat after a 25 year battle he waged for you; with you.

He took you in when you were drug-addled, paranoid, and so unnaturally euphoric you couldn’t sleep at all for days and days on end. Then, as you slept it off, he constantly checked on you, sometimes continuously for several days, to make sure you were still breathing.

He helplessly watched as medical staff de-fibrillated your lifeless body, resuscitated you and brought you back. More than once.

He listened to you scream behind closed doors as your body crashed, and you writhed as the cravings hit and withdrawals took hold.

He let you bathe repeatedly to wash away the stench of chemicals that seeped from your pores, and you scrubbed, clawing, to rid yourself of the bugs you believed were under your skin.

And when he finally lay down to rest his weary mind and body, you stole from him, and crept out to feed your demon again.

It’s a cycle, a “dance” that you’ve both performed over and over for 25 years. His, a dance of unconditional love for you; yours, a dance of habit.

25 years…

But last night was different. You clasped your hands around his throat and squeezed, and although you stopped before physical damage was done, he decided in that moment, he will not dance for you any more.

Last night the demon won, and you chose drugs over your Dad.

If you think you can try meth once, just to see what it’s like, you’re very naive. You haven’t thought it through; you couldn’t have. Addicts often lose family, friends, careers, homes… hope.

Illicit drugs affect all corners of our community; don’t think it’s someone else’s problem. Many offences, particularly property offences, are drug-related crimes. Chances are you know someone who may have been the victim of a break and enter (burglary), steal from vehicles, fraud, theft, or maybe an assault.

If you or a loved one need help to break the cycle, the help is there. Reach for it and grab it with both hands. Visit the website here or call 1800 177 833.

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Canandaigua, N.Y. (WHAM) – A man and woman from Canandaigua were charged in connection with a two-month investigation into methamphetamines.

On April 19, 2016, police in Canandaigua arrested Shawn Furman, 33, and charged him with unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine, criminal possession of precursors of 82ae80f5-eb19-457b-bc74-19e8d2ac6517-large16x9_canandaiguamethmethamphetamine, possession of a hypodermic instrument, third-degree aggravated operation of a motor vehicle, and driving while using a mobile phone.

After analysis of materials seized during Furman’s arrest in April, Melinda Woodard, 36, was also arrested.

Woodward and Furman were both charged with felony second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance for having more than two ounces of methamphetamine.

Both were arraigned and remanded to the Ontario County Jail without bail.


A pet Chihuahua tested positive for methamphetamine after his owner took him to a clinic because he was acting erratically, Fontana police said.

Jack Sparrow, a tan-coated Chihuahua, had been exhibiting “erratic behavior,” so his owner, Isaiah Nathaniel Sais, took him to the Inland Valley Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Center in Upland on July 5, according to the Fontana Police

Sais told veterinarians that he thought his dog had ingested methamphetamine.

They took a urine sample from Jack, and it tested positive for the illegal drug. Doctors had watched as the small dog suffered convulsions and seizures. They believed his “life was in jeopardy,” police said.

After veterinarians told Sais about Jack’s condition, he left with the pet.

Animal control officers were notified and went to Sais’ home in the 10400 block of Hemlock Avenue in Fontana.

“At the residence, animal service officers observed Jack still suffering from the effects of the drug and other signs of general neglect,” the police department said.

Officers took the dog and readmitted him into the clinic for additional care.

On Friday afternoon, Sais was arrested in Rancho Cucamonga on a felony warrant in connection with animal cruelty, police said.

As for Jack, he is still twitchy and agitated, officials said.

Once he fully recovers, the Chihuahua will be taken to a temporary foster home.

“Currently, Jack is hypersensitive to noise and sudden movement, but he is expected to recover in time,” the police department said.



STATESBORO, Ga. – 14 south Georgia residents are facing federal charges for conspiring to traffic methamphetamine, heroin, oxycodone and other drugs.

It’s all part of a joint federal state investigation by the DEA, GBI, and several local law enforcement departments.  The majority of the defendants were in Federal Court last week for an initial appearance.  The Grand Jury indictment was recently unsealed. If convicted, the charges carry a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $1 million dollar fine.

The defendants are:

  • Jeramie Thomas Leslie, 31, of Guyton,
  • John Christopher Paulson, 40, of Rincon,
  • William Preston Gibbs, 22, of Glennville,
  • Jeremiah Jones Richardson, 29, of Statesboro,
  • Jason Todd Smith, 43, of Fleming,
  • Jeremy Nicholas Taylor, 27, of Ellabell,
  • Samori Jodan Smokes, 35, of Eden,
  • Scott Lamont Pointer, 35, of Ellabell,
  • Timothy Wayne Davis, 49, of Ellabell.
  • Christopher Gage Floyd, 21, of Pembroke,
  • Kenneth Jordan Lane, 24, of Pembroke,
  • Jeffery James Taylor, 28, of Ellabell,
  • Casandra Rae Hendrix, 24, of Ellabell, and
  • Kayla Estell Rericha, 21, of Rincon.



14 indicted in south Georgia for drug trafficking

Two Taranaki siblings addicted to methamphetamine have been jailed for dealing the drug, crimes they managed to keep hidden from their parents before they were arrested last year.

On Monday at the District Court in New Plymouth, Ben Allan Howe and Sarah Louise Howe were sentenced on four charges each of offering to supply the class A drug.

While jail was the only option for Ben Howe, due to the amount of drugs he sold, Judge Chris Sygrove declined to give Sarah Howe home detention.1468213493217

He said while he accepted the Howes’ parents did not know anything about the offending, serving a home detention sentence from the same address where the drug dealing took place was “totally inappropriate”.Sygrove said the Howes were arrested as part of Operation Chiefs, a Taranaki police sting which targeted methamphetamine dealing linked to the Auckland based Headhunters motorcycle gang.

Activity on their cellphones was analyzed by officers which found evidence of offers by the pair to sell the drug and a search of their property last December by police also located drug paraphernalia in their home, he said.

Crown prosecutor Stephanie Simpkin sought a prison term of between three years and three years and nine months for Ben Howe, 28, who admitted to dealing about one gram of methamphetamine a fortnight over the course of last year.

At an estimated street value of $1,000 per gram, this amounts to drug deals totaling about $26,000.

Simpkin said Sarah Howe’s offending was not as serious as her brother’s as she was only connected to the sale of  4.3 grams of methamphetamine and sought a prison sentence of two years and three months for the 21-year-old.

Lawyer Julian Hannam acted for the siblings and outlined to the New Plymouth District Court the lengths they both went to in order to get help for their drug problems.

Hannam said each had sought placement at  drug rehabilitation facilities and had been given several court adjournments to see if they could be accepted but nothing had eventuated.

“We are woefully unprepared to assist those who have serious problems like this,” he said.

Hannam pointed the finger at the inadequate resourcing of publicly funded drug and alcohol programmes and said while Sarah Howe had been accepted into a privately run clinic, she could not afford the full cost of the $50,000 treatment.

He said it was accepted jail time was the only option for Ben Howe but home detention for Sarah Howe was still viable and that she would benefit from the support of her parents.  She also planned to start a hairdressing course, he said.

But Sygrove said while methamphetamine was commonly known as “P”, in his courtroom the letter also stood for something else – prison.

“That’s what we start with when we look at sentencing people who indulge in this activity,” he said.

He said in 2015 Ben Howe was convicted of possessing utensils used to smoke methamphetamine and Sarah Howe had convictions in 2011 for possession of the class A drug and cannabis.

However, both deserved credit for their early guilty pleas to the charges, Sygrove said.

Ben Howe was the first to hear his fate and as he walked out of court to begin a two years and six months term of imprisonment, he hugged his sister in a long embrace as they both cried.

Shortly afterwards, Sarah Howe was jailed for 23 months.


BAY CITY — Three people face felony drug charges after a raid last month on a 63-year-old man’s Bay City home.

Members of the St. Croix Valley Drug Task Force executed a search warrant June 17 on the home at N2001 690th St., where resident Kim C. Wessman and two others — Jaimie N. Tri and Melissa M. Schlichting — were arrested.

Kim C. Wessman

Kim C. Wessman

Wessman was charged June 20 with methamphetamine possession with intent to deliver and maintaining a drug trafficking place. Both are felonies. He is also charged with two misdemeanor-level drug crimes.

Tri, 35, and Schlichting, 36, were each charged with one count of meth possession — a felony — and one count possession of drug paraphernalia. A fourth man living at the home, 46-year-old Thomas Piotrowski, was charged with one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Authorities launched the raid at 4:50 a.m. June 17, where Wessman was allegedly found coming out of a bedroom. In an interview with police, Wessman allegedly admitted to possessing about an ounce of meth in his bedroom. He told an investigator he is dealing with addiction and “is going broke” from the struggle.

Tri and Schlichting were found together in a different bedroom in the house. She told investigators she had been living there since May, when she relapsed following a family member’s death. She said suspected drugs found in the room belonged to Tri — not her, the complaint states

A Pierce County sheriff’s investigator noted in the complaint that “Melissa was not being truthful.”

Tri was also interviewed by the investigator. He also denied possession of suspected drugs found in the room, prompting the investigator to reach the same conclusion.

“Jaimie is not being truthful with me and was blaming everyone else for the drugs,” the investigator wrote in the complaint.

According to the complaint, a search of the house turned up a syringe, a spoon with residue in it, pills, a marijuana pipe and other assorted pieces of paraphernalia.

Small bags of suspected meth and pot were found in a bedroom, along with a digital scale.

Wessman, Schlichting and Tri were all released on signature bond after a June 20 hearing.

Wessman and Schlichting are due back in court on Aug. 1; Tri had a preliminary hearing on July 5.



A Rome man and woman facing drug charges were released from jail on bonds Monday.

According to Floyd County Jail reports:

Thomas Dewayne Hash, 52, and Carrie Leigh Hash, 34, both of 4660 Old Dalton Road, were 578463e6376ef_imagearrested late Sunday at the intersection of Old Bells Ferry Road and Davis Loop Road after police stopped Thomas Hash for failing to maintain his lane while driving.

Police found four plastic bags of suspected methamphetamine, a digital scale and a loaded Glock .45 by his seat. They also found a plastic bag of methamphetamine on Carrie Hash, who was a passenger in the car.

Thomas Hash is charged with felony possession of methamphetamine, possession of a firearm during commission of a crime and possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. He also charged with misdemeanor failure to maintain lane.

Carrie Leigh Hash was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and released on a $5.700 bond.


SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – There is one illegal drug that’s ruining more lives and communities in the Ozarks than any other. It’s meth.

It’s no secret that meth is an epidemic here in the Ozarks. Some even use our area code ‘417’ as slang for the drug. Numerous efforts by community groups and law enforcement are battling meth, and have succeeded in one aspect, according to the Commander of Narcotics and Special Investigations for Springfield Police, “It’s changed a little bit. If we had this interview a couple years ago, we would’ve talked about meth labs, and people cooking meth locally. That has really dropped off dramatically.”

And when the Commander says ‘dropped off’” he means it. In a span of three years, the number of meth labs busted by Springfield Police has been cut by 80-percent (dropping from 77 in 2012 to 16 in 2015). It’s not because they’re not finding the labs. This is a national trend. So, that means there’s less meth in Springfield, right? Wrong. The amount of meth found and seized in Springfield is up astronomically, from three to 73 pounds in the same span.

The Commander explains what is going on. “It’s just been replaced with people bringing in meth, usually from Mexico, or somewhere South. And, the unfortunate thing is, it’s easier to get. It’s a better quality product, and it’s cheaper. Our meth use is still high. The amounts that we seize are actually higher than they have been in the past.”

And, the Commander says meth doesn’t just destroy the user’s health and family. He says, meth can bring down an entire community, “Unfortunately, drugs run through every crime we have. From domestic violence to property crimes, such as burglary or stealing, a lot of times, all that is done, either because people are under the influence of drugs, or because they’re trying to find items to pawn or sell to buy drugs.”

So, how can we, as a community, slow down this epidemic? Police say, it could start inside people’s homes, by you talking to your loved ones about the dangers of meth, or getting help for your loved ones who are addicted, before it’s too late.

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