Comments Off on CBP officers seize 39 pounds of liquid Methamphetamine at the Juarez-Lincoln Bridge

LAREDO, Texas (KGNS) – Thousands of dollars worth of liquid meth were found inside a truck at a Laredo port of entry.

According to bridge officials, the seizure was made July fourth at the Juarez-Lincoln Bridge.

During a second inspection, customs officers found 15 bottles allegedly containing 39 pounds of liquid meth.

A 21-year-old U.S. citizen was arrested in the case.

Officers say the drugs are worth over $700,000.

CBP officers seized the narcotics and the vehicle


Comments Off on 19 pounds of Methamphetamine seized in ‘dismantling’ of drug trafficking ring in Clark County – Uriel Alvarado-Ponce, 18, Hector Sanchez-Alejandro, 39, and Rosalina Aguilar, 44, all of Vancouver, arrested

CLARK COUNTY, WA (KPTV) – Nearly 19 pounds of meth was seized, along with 13 firearms and $9,300 in cash, as part of an investigation into an “upper-level” drug trafficking organization, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.

Search warrants were served on a vehicle and three homes in the Vancouver area July 6. The homes are on the 6900 block of Northeast 91st Avenue, the 2400 block of Northeast 92nd Avenue and the 15700 block of Northeast 89th Street.

The warrants led to the seizure of 18.8 pounds of meth, guns, cash and two vehicles. Deputies said the street value of the meth is $137,000. One of the seized guns was reported stolen.

Three people were arrested. Uriel Alvarado-Ponce, 18, Hector Sanchez-Alejandro, 39, and Rosalina Aguilar, 44, all of Vancouver, are each facing charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

In a statement Thursday, the sheriff’s office described the investigation and subsequent seizures and arrests as a “dismantling” of the drug trafficking organization.

The investigation dates back more than a year and has included prior prosecutions on both the state and federal levels, according to detectives.

In total over the past year, detectives with the Vancouver Police Department and the Clark-Vancouver Regional Drug Task Force have served 10 search warrants and seized 28.8 pounds of meth with a $209,000 street value, 21 firearms (3 stolen), $91,000 and 9 vehicles.


Comments Off on Mexican drug cartel activity in Golden Valley

KINGMAN – The drug bust that netted nearly $50,000 worth of methamphetamine and heroin in Golden Valley Monday has ties to major international drug trafficking.

According to InSight Crime, a foundation that specializes in the study of organized crime, The Sinaloa Cartel has been described as the largest and most powerful drug trafficking organization in the Western Hemisphere. The cartel was founded in Mexico’s Sinaloa state and now operates in 17 Mexican states, and – by some estimates – in as many as 50 countries. 

In recent years, the Sinaloa Cartel has become embroiled in a series of violent turf wars. The cartel’s most notorious leader, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera, once considered by U.S. Department of Treasury as the “most powerful drug trafficker in the world,” was finally apprehended by Mexican Marines and federal police in 2016 after a series of prison escapes leading back to 1993.

Neither the Kingman Police Department nor Mohave County Sheriff’s Office would release details on the cartel’s involvement in Mohave County beyond Monday’s arrest of Omar Antonio Sanchez-Burgos, 34, (The original MCSO Press release listed him as Omar Antonio Burgos-Sanchez, 23) for possession of dangerous drugs for sale, possession of dangerous drugs, possession of narcotic drugs for sale, possession of narcotic drugs, child abuse, misconduct with a weapon, all felonies.

Sanchez-Burgos was also brought up on an immigration deportation charge. If determined an inmate was born outside the United States, standard procedure for the Mohave County jail is to contact Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The Daily Miner has reached out to ICE to verify Sanchez-Burgos’ immigration status, but has not received an answer. Sanchez-Burgos was allegedly the head of the Golden Valley organization reportedly supplying numerous pounds of heroin and methamphetamine to residents of Golden Valley, Kingman and Bullhead City. He reportedly had connections to the Sinaloa Cartel in purchasing the drugs. Several people that had been arrested prior to this operation were identified as alleged street level dealers for Sanchez-Burgos and his organization.

Sanchez-Burgos also faced an immigration deportation charge. ICE is contacted as standard procedure by MCSO when inmates are booked and determined they are born out of the United States.

He’s being held by MCSO on $50,000 bond. The case has been turned over to the Mohave County Attorney’s office. Sanchez-Burgos faces three to 15 years in prison for the possession of dangerous drugs for sale and possession of narcotic drugs for sale, class 2 felonies.

His preliminary hearing is 8:30 a.m. July 14 in the Kingman Cerbat Justice Court

Detectives had been working a two-month investigation into a drug trafficking organization. The raids netted more than one pound of methamphetamine, approximately one-quarter pound of heroin, approximately one pound of marijuana and several firearms. The street value of the methamphetamine is estimated at approximately $40,000 and the heroin approximately $9,600.

Inquiries to the Arizona Department of Public Safety about the amount of drugs that pass through the highway hub were not answered by Thursday’s deadline.

Nine people, including Sanchez-Burgos, were arrested for numerous felony charges including narcotic drugs for sale and possession of narcotic drugs.


Comments Off on Indonesia seizes 1000 kg of Methamphetamine smuggled from China

Indonesian police, in cooperation with Taiwanese police, have seized one ton of crystal methamphetamine attempted to be smuggled into the country from China, the police said Thursday.

Two Taiwanese were arrested while a third was shot to death when Indonesian police seized the illicit drugs at a pier in Serang in Banten province, bordering Jakarta, following a two-month investigation, Jakarta police spokesman Prabowo Argo Yuwono said.

The amount was the largest seizure of the drug ever in Southeast Asia, and the biggest in Indonesia since 840kg of crystal methamphetamine was seized in 2015, Prabowo said, adding that haul also involved drug smuggled from China.

“Four Taiwanese were implicated in this case, but only two have been arrested. One was shot to death for trying to attack police and another one is still at large,” Prabowo said.

The crystal methamphetamine, known locally as “shabu-shabu,” was found packed into 51 boxes put in two minivans.

“In total, it weighs around one ton, but we will need to weigh it again to confirm,” Prabowo said.

If convicted of drug smuggling, the detainees could be sentenced to death.


Comments Off on Conor M. Dayton, 24, torched body of Marcos Gutierrez-Rodriguez, of Milton-Freewater, to hide Methamphetamine overdose

MILTON-FREEWATER — A man arrested in connection with the death of Marcos Gutierrez-Rodriguez, who was found dead and burning under a bridge in May, claimed to police that Gutierrez-Rodriguez had died of a drug overdose and that he burned the body to hide the overdose from Gutierrez-Rodriguez’s family. 

Conor M. Dayton, 24, was initially arrested Friday for investigation of third-degree theft and on a warrant for a third-degree theft from 2015, according to Milton-Freewater Police Chief Doug Boedigheimer.

The Milton-Freewater man is now lodged in the Umatilla County Jail for investigation of abuse of a corpse and tampering with physical evidence in connection with the death, according to Umatilla County Sheriff Terry Rowan.

Dayton told police that he found Gutierrez-Rodriguez dead with a syringe in his arm under the Eastside Road bridge over the Walla Walla River after a night of methamphetamine use, according to a probable cause report the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office prepared Monday.

Dayton claimed that he then stole a gasoline can and doused Gutierrez-Rodriguez’s body and set it on fire in an attempt to destroy the evidence of the overdose.

Police and fire personnel found Gutierrez-Rodriguez’ burning body under the bridge at 1:39 a.m. on May 22. Members of his family told sheriff’s investigators he had been missing since the evening of May 20. When family contacted Dayton, with whom a friend said Gutierrez-Rodriguez had an on-again-off-again romantic relationship, he had acted strangely, hiding in the bathroom, according to the report.

A deputy interviewed Dayton at his home later that night, and Dayton claimed that he had not seen Gutierrez-Rodriguez for at least five days, according to the report.

An autopsy May 24 by Deputy State Medical Examiner Dr. Larry Lewman found that Gutierrez-Rodriguez had high levels of methamphetamine in his system and low levels of carbon monoxide, indicating he was already dead at the time of the fire, according to the report. At the time, the Sheriff’s Office reported to media that no foul play was suspected in the death.

The next day, when a detective tried to contact Dayton at his home to obtain a DNA sample, he learned a friend had taken him to Walla Walla’s bus station and that he had said he intended to go to Portland. Contacting the bus station, the detective learned that Dayton had actually taken a bus that would stop in Spokane and continue on. The trail then went cold and his location remained unknown until his arrest six weeks later on Friday in Milton-Freewater.

Police there arrested him on a third-degree theft warrant and for investigation of third-degree theft after he allegedly stole an item from Sam’s Corner Market, 107 E. Broadway Ave. He was booked in the Umatilla County Jail and sheriff’s detectives were alerted. They collected DNA from Dayton and conduct a polygraph examination, which he failed while denying involvement in the death, according to the report.

After he was then shown Facebook messages between himself and Gutierrez-Rodriguez provided to detectives by the dead man’s family and photos of his hands taken by detectives in his first interview that showed hair had been burned off, Dayton admitted he had met Gutierrez-Rodriguez under the bridge on May 20 to consume methamphetamine and have sex.

The Facebook messages revealed that the two had been arguing over money, and that Dayton had asked Gutierrez-Rodriguez to meet him under the bridge to talk and make up, corroborating that part of Dayton’s story.

When Gutierrez-Rodriguez produced a syringe full of methamphetamine, Dayton told detectives, he returned home.

The next day, by Dayton’s account, he returned to the bridge after hearing Gutierrez-Rodriguez had not come home and found him asleep. At that time, Dayton said, Gutierrez-Rodriguez told him that he had used too much methamphetamine, and was too high to return home. Dayton reportedly told Gutierrez-Rodriguez that he would keep the location a secret, and would pretend to help his family look for him.

That night, Dayton told detectives, he returned to the bridge to find Gutierrez-Rodriguez dead and with a syringe in his arm. He said that he did not want Gutierrez-Rodriguez’s family to know he died of an overdose, so he stole a can of gasoline from a nearby residence and used it to set the body on fire.

Detectives relayed this story to Dr. Lewman on July 10. The assistant medical examiner said that the story “sounded fishy” but “was plausible,” according to the report, but that the body was too badly damaged by the fire to be able to determine the cause of death.


Comments Off on Border Patrol busts woman and man with Methamphetamine and fentanyl taped to bodies at the Highway 86 checkpoint in the El Centro Sector

SALTON CITY, Calif. – El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents arrested a man and a woman at the Highway 86 checkpoint on Friday after finding narcotics and controlled substances taped to their bodies.

A man driving up to the checkpoint on Friday was stopped at about 6 p.m.  when a canine unit alerted agents to the vehicle. Authorities said three passengers were traveling with the man.

During the secondary inspection, agents had the passengers exit the vehicle and discovered a man and woman had wrapped the drugs in plastic packages and taped them around their bodies. The packages tested positive for methamphetamine and fentanyl, according to the Border Patrol’s release.

Fentanyl is a potent, synthetic opioid pain medication. It’s said to be 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine. Agents said this is the first seizure of fentanyl they’ve had at El Centro Sector.

Authorities said the methamphetamine weighed 10.5 pounds and is estimated to be worth $33,600 on the street. The fentanyl weighed 0.36 pounds and is worth $12,240 on the street.

The two passengers were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Agency along with the narcotics for further investigation, according to the Border Patrol’s release.

El Centro Sector has seized more than 1,010 pounds of methamphetamine since fiscal year 2017, which began October 1, 2016.


Comments Off on Methamphetamine residue lurking in Montana homes thanks to decade-old law

BILLINGSIf the walls of Billings homes could talk, they might tell a dirty secret.

“A safe estimate is at least 50 percent of all rentals in Billings are contaminated by meth,” said Big Sky Exterior Designs Owner Rob Morehead.

For nearly two decades, Morehead has run a home remodeling business in Billings with his brother, Mark.

In addition to installing new floors, Morehead is also certified to remediate homes contaminated by methamphetamine, though Morehead said that service is rarely requested.

“In other states, if it tests positive for meth, it has to be cleaned or torn down period. And you can’t live in it,” said Morehead.

The state of West Virginia passed a law that condemns homes used to cook meth until the property can be remediated, but that’s not the case in Montana.

Montana law simply requires homeowners disclose any knowledge of meth contamination to a new tenant before selling or renting the home.

“I can only disclose what I know,” said Angela Klein, the President of Billings Association of Realtors.

Klein represents dozens of properties as a real estate agent, but before she signs on, she checks the Montana Department of Environmental Quality registry.

There are currently 18 Billings addresses listed as places where law enforcement discovered a clandestine meth lab.

But even Deb Grim, the head of the Montana Meth Program, doesn’t think the list is complete.

“It doesn’t cover meth from smoking in a home and that contaminates a property just as much if not more than the manufacturing of meth,” said Grimm.

Yellowstone County Attorney Scott Twito said at a hearing on a proposal for a mill levy that meth was involved in at least 425 criminal cases filed in the county last year. The drug is commonly used in a living space.

According to the Journal of Chemical Health and Safety, meth residue can last decades.

Sellers are not required by law to test the home for meth before selling or enlisting a realtor.

“If it’s not on the registry website, and the seller does not disclose it to us, there’s nothing for me to disclose to a buyer,” said Klein.

Grimm said meth residue left behind by a past resident can have serious implications on future residents.

“It’s extremely hazardous to small infants and toddlers because they’re typically crawling on the floor and putting everything in their mouth and they get a larger dose for their body weight of the meth,” said Grimm, who also noted that the elderly and people with immune deficiencies may also suffer symptoms of exposure.

Most of us know what using meth does to a person, but there’s little if any research on the health effects of chronic exposure to meth residue.

Scholarly articles and medical trials link exposure to meth to neurological and respiratory problems.

Not one doctor at any of the three Billings hospitals knew enough about this to be interviewed by Q2 for this report.

The solution seems easy enough – test the home for meth and call someone like Morehead to clean the place up.

Tests that provide a simple “positive” or “negative” result are available for just $20.

But remediation typically costs upwards of $20,000 and it’s not covered by insurance.

Morehead said the remediation of a mid-size home could take up to two weeks because meth permeates wood surfaces, seeps into wallpaper, and settles in air ducts, where it’s constantly sent out into the air.

“So not only do people have a chance of getting a dose of meth by touching it, but now they are also inhaling it,” said Grimm.

The law is written in such a way that it encourages ignorance; no knowledge means no additional costs for the seller and no worry for the buyer.

But even Klein, whose industry stands to benefit from the existing legislation, believes the law could be improved.

“Do I feel that maybe we need stronger laws? It would seem that if a home has been tested and there’s meth in the ducts, you would think it should be cleaned up,” said Klein.

Sen. Mary Caferro (D-Whitefish) proposed legislation in 2011 that wouldn’t make cleanup mandatory, but would condemn any home that tested positive until it was cleaned. The bill didn’t get traction.

Morehead said he’s concerned about the unknown health impacts of chronic exposure, but he fears stricter regulations could put a hurt on the local economy.

“You’d love to pass laws and protect everyone but that just can’t happen,” said Morehead. “I think we’ve got to look at it economically and from a public safety aspect as well.”


Comments Off on FBI agents lost 5 pounds of Methamphetamine in ‘reverse sting’ in Albuquerque

FBI agents lost 5 pounds of methamphetamine last month during a “reverse sting” in a parking lot on Coors near I-40.

The incident also sent a member of the FBI Safe Streets Task Force to a hospital after he was struck by the suspects’ car in the Home Depot parking lot.

Agents fired their weapons at the suspects but didn’t hit anyone.

Only one of the suspects, Juan Carlos Quezada-Lara, has been charged in federal court – but not with drug charges in connection with the reverse sting. Instead, according to court documents, he is charged with being an illegal immigrant in possession of a firearm and with being a drug addict in possession of a firearm. He previously has been deported three times.


Alex Gamboa, the man who allegedly took possession of the methamphetamine during the reverse sting, hasn’t been charged but was arrested for probation violation.

An FBI spokesman said the case is under investigation and he couldn’t make any additional comments – including whether the FBI has recovered the methamphetamine, which could be worth between $25,000 and $35,000 wholesale.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office didn’t respond to Journal requests for information about the case.

Reverse stings involve agents pretending to be drug dealers who deliver drugs in return for money. The arrests are supposed to take place when the transaction occurs.

But they are considered to be risky, because there is always a danger that the targeted criminals will steal the drugs.

Operation goes awry

The FBI Safe Street Task Force, which includes FBI agents and local law enforcement personnel assigned to the task force, planned to deliver 5 pounds of methamphetamine to Gamboa and Quezada-Lara in the parking lot of a shopping center on Coors NW at 5 p.m. on June 19.

Gamboa took possession of the drug and returned to the vehicle as agents closed in. That’s when Quezada-Lara, who was driving the car, put the car into reverse and rammed a parked car.

He then sped forward and struck a member of the task force, who was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Quezada-Lara then drove out of the parking lot with Gamboa and the drugs as members of the task force fired at the car. According to court records, the car sped away at speeds reaching 100 mph through red lights and stop signs during the evening rush hour.

Agents later found the car abandoned in a residential area near 12th and Los Golondrinas NW on the east side of the Rio Grande.

Quezada-Lara and Gamboa ran.

Later that evening, Quezada-Lara’s girlfriend reported the car stolen.

Agents found her the next day. She told agents Quezada-Lara was using methamphetamine and that she had a key to the house where he lived.

She and his grandfather gave agents permission to search the house, where they found a .38-caliber revolver and a 30-30 rifle above his bed.

Quezada-Lara talked to agents on the telephone and agreed to surrender.

According to court records, he asked whether the officer he hit was OK.

“I’m sorry. I just got scared and didn’t know what to do. I panicked,” he said, according to court documents.

After his arrest and Miranda warning, he gave agents a detailed account of the drug deal and the escape.

He said he bought the firearms on the street for his protection and admitted to smoking methamphetamine every other day for the past three years.

He faces up to 10 years in federal prison on each charge, followed by deportation – for the fourth time – when he completes his sentence.

Meth hidden

Quezada-Lara told agents that Gamboa hid the package of methamphetamine in the neighborhood where they abandoned the car and said he believed Gamboa planned to return and retrieve the drugs.

Investigators checked the area but were unable to find it.

After Quezada-Lara was arrested, they found Gamboa at his home in the 1100 block of Nutrias SW.

They arrested him on a warrant for a probation violation, but he wouldn’t let agents search the house without a warrant.

After obtaining the search warrant, agents went through the home but did not find the drugs.

Gamboa was on probation for being a felon in possession of a firearm out of the state District Court in Tierra Amarilla.

Comments Off on DEA warns of “Circle of Hell” in Mexico

Translated by Otis B Fly-Wheel for Borderland Beat from an El Debate article

Subject Matter: Recent violence in Sinaloa
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

The country recently recorded its highest number of murders in a month for the last 20 years.

They found the bodies of the Martinez children in bloody soil, curled up next to their parents in a leased hut. Officials believe the six member family was massacred by Los Zetas, because they suspected that the father of the family had played a role in an attack by a rival gang in which a member of Los Zetas died.

The event leaves on the table the strategy without warning of the drug cartels, who are experiencing splits and wars for control of territory in much of Mexico. The country recorded its highest number of murders in a month in at least 20 years.

The violence has even surpassed the darkest days of the war on drugs launched by predecessors. “It has acquired the proportions of the circle of hell that could appear in “Dante’s version of Hell”,said Mike Vigil, former director of International Operations for the US Drug Enforcement Agency and author of the book “Deal”.

“His strategy was to only go for the capo, El Chapo, of course that is not the way to do it , you know, because of the “Hydra Effect”, you cut off a head and three more appear. “There are weak institutions, weak rule of law, weak justice, huge corruption, especially in the municipal and state police forces, all contributing to growing violence.

In the first five months of 2017 there were 9916 murders throughout the country, an increase of around 30 percent compared to the 7638 killed in the same period last year. In 2011, the bloodiest year of the war on drugs, the figure for the same period between January and May was 9466.

In some places, the bloodbath has accompanied the rise of the CJNG and rupture of the formerly dominant Sinaloa cartel in factions, faced after the arrest of capo Joaquin El Chapo Guzman, extradited in January to the United States.

At least 19 people were killed late last month in battles over the territory between the son of Guzman, his brother and former allies in the western state of Sinaloa, according to investigators.

The northern state of Chihuahua, at the border with the United States, at least 14 people were killed last week in gunfire between armed men from Sinaloa and the gang known as La Linea.

In the oil city of Caotacoalcos, in the Gulf of Mexico, Veracruz Governor Miguel Angel Yunes said that the assassination of an important hit man in late June, led Los Zetas to kill the entire Martinez Family: Clemente, his wife, Marimana, and his sons Jocelin aged 10, Victor Daniel, 8, Angel 6, and Nahomi 5. All of them died in a house where they washed cars for a dollar each.

“They had nothing, not even furniture, they slept on the floor”, said grandmother Flora Martinez sobbing. ” They had nothing, I do not understand why they did that to my children. They are innocent, they do not know anything”.

For years it was understood that Los Zetas were untouchable in this part of the state. All you have to do is ask Sonia Cruz, who son was killed in Coatzacoalcos in July of 2016, in a case that remains unsolved.

The electoral victory of Yunes, who last year became the first opposition Governor in a traditional fiefdom of the PRI, could have broken old alliances between criminal networks and corrupt officials.

The new Governor has shown a certain willingness to pursue Los Zetas: the local leader of the cartel known as Commander H, allegedly ordered the massacre of the Martinez family, and was arrested a few days later.

Yunes said the man has been operating in Coatzacoalcos since 2006 with absolute freedom and accused members of the business sector in the city as acting as a front, pretending to be the owner of goods that actually belonged to the trafficker.

Raul Ojeda Banda, a local anti-crime activist said that some were forced to participate in the plot and that he knew that in some cases they were coerced and or threatened.
Violence in the area has also been aggravated by the incursions of the CJNG, and other pressures that have threatened key sources of income for the Zetas.
Part of Commander H’s business model involved large scale kidnapping for quick bailouts. Among the targets were local oil workers or Central American migrants, who were tortured by members of the cartel to obtain payments from their relatives in the United States.
However, the Zetas kidnapped so many local people that those who could moved out of the city, and those who stayed began to block their neighborhoods at night to keep the kidnappers out.
Low oil prices depressed the sector, implying that there were fewer energy workers to kidnap and then there were fewer migrants moving through. Donald Trumps electoral victory in the United States deterred some from attempting to reach the US, while some avoided Veracruz for fear of being attacked.
The majority of them were assaulted, and only the lucky ones were not, said priest Joel Ireta Munguia, head of the Coatzacoalcos migrant shelter run by catholic church. He estimated that the number of Central Americans passing through the city has reduced by two thirds. The wave of violence has also reached regions that have long been considered quiet.
It is believed that the CJNG has allied with a Sinaloa cartel faction in a war for the city of Los Cabos and in the nearby port of La Paz in the State of Baja California Sur.
Dismembered bodies, heads cut off and clandestine graves have become almost routine in these previously quiet tourist areas. Dwight Zahringer, born in Michoacan and living in a luxury Los Cabos neighbourhood, said he recently found a victim at the entrance to his sub division.
“It was more like a message that drug traffickers wanted to deliver, like saying we can go inside your Beverly Hills and leave dismembered bodies at your door”, Zahringer said, “I’m from Detroit, we are accustomed to seeing delinquency, but heads left in ice coolers, that’s a little extreme”.
Original article in Spanish at Debate
Comments Off on Kirsten Burrows, 18, and Michael Andrew Crick, 21, from Logan County, force 11-year-old child to smoke Methamphetamine, arrested on child abuse complaint

GUTHRIE — A Logan County couple was arrested July 9 after forcing an 11-year-old boy to smoke methamphetamine

Kirsten Burrows, 18, and her boyfriend Michael Andrew Crick, 21, were arrested and booked into the Logan County jail on complaints of child abuse, possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to police reports.

On July 7, police say the couple offered to take the boy to a skate park in Guthrie, but instead brought him to a Guthrie residence where they had him smoke meth, reports say.

Investigators found a small amount of drugs and drug paraphernalia at the residence of Crick and Burrows upon serving a search warrant.


Comments Off on Active Methamphetamine lab allegedly found in vehicle in Little Falls – Donna Alger, 35, and Troy Oberton, 53, arrested

Two Little Falls residents were arrested on first-degree controlled substance crime, when law enforcement officers allegedly discovered an active meth lab cooking in a bottle in their vehicle.

The portable meth lab was allegedly discovered in a vehicle owned by Troy Oberton, 53, when officers with the Little Falls Police Department and Morrison County Sheriff’s Department responded to a shoplifting complaint at Wal-Mart in Little Falls, July 7.

When officers spoke to Oberton, they allegedly saw drug paraphernalia in plain view of his vehicle. Oberton and his passenger, Donna Alger, 35, of Little Falls were taken outside of the vehicle, to allow a search.

Officers allegedly found hazardous liquid chemicals related to the manufacture of methamphetamine and called the Little Falls Fire Department and the Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force. The task force allegedly discovered the meth cooking in the bottle.

Specially-trained lab officers removed the items and cleaned the alleged meth lab, which was latger disposed of by the Drug Enforcement Agency out of the Minneapolis-St. Paul area.

Oberton and Alger are being held in the Morrison County Jail, pending charges.

The task force was assisted by the Little Falls Police Department, the Morrison County Sheriff Office, the Minnesota State Patrol and the Little Falls Fire Department. The Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force is comprised of officers from the cities of Sauk Rapids, St. Cloud, and Little Falls Police Departments, along with deputies from Stearns, Todd, Morrison, Benton and Sherburne County Sheriff Offices.



Comments Off on Convicted murderer, Daniel Roger Alo, gets 29 years for running Methamphetamine ring from Calhoun State Prison in Georgia

BRUNSWICK, GA. | A murderer who ran a methamphetamine trafficking business from a Georgia prison will serve 29 years in federal prison once he completes his life sentence, a federal judge ordered Tuesday.

Daniel Roger Alo was at the center of meth trafficking conspiracy at Calhoun State Prison that Waycross resident Ronnie Music Jr. financed with part of his $3 million in Georgia Lottery winnings. Alo was at the top of the list of 15 defendants charged in a federal indictment in a ring that conspired to distribute methamphetamine in Georgia and neighboring states.

Alo and his co-conspirators carried out their scheme with cell phones that drones dropped into the Calhoun State Prison yard. They used the phones to direct drug buys and sales and used GreenDot financial cards and other methods to pay off dealers and suppliers, prosecutors have said.

Standing before Chief U.S. District Judge Lisa Godbey Wood, Alo spoke after hearing Assistant U.S. Attorney Greg Gilluly detail a criminal history that included 16 burglaries in communities north of Atlanta and the murder of an Atlanta physician in 1994.

Alo had kidnapped physician Patrick Mullen, held him hostage and shot him in the leg, Gilluly told the court.

“Then he got in a car and ran him over,” Gilluly testified.

He also noted that Alo had said on a questionnaire that his meth ring had “zero” victims.

“What we had were kilograms, pounds of crystallized meth this defendant coordinated for distribution in our community,” Tennessee, Virginia, Atlanta and elsewhere, Gilluly said.

Federal agents seized 15 pounds of methamphetamine, dozens of guns, some of which were stolen and had obscured serial numbers, Gilluly said. Because of its powerful effect, one pound of methamphetamine could be broken down into 1,800 doses.

“He ran a drug trafficking empire from inside prison while serving a life sentence,” and had ties to street gangs and a cartel, Gilluly said.

A methamphetamine user himself, Alo knew “it is a poison that grips people and destroys families and communities” yet he profited from it, Gilluly said.

Alo denied none of it, but said he was a changed man and asked Wood for leniency.

“It’s hard for me to dispute any of that,” Alo told Wood.

Of testimony that he has a tattoo of the devil on a shoulder, Alo called it the “markings of the high cost of low living.”

He also acknowledged he knew better when he said his crime had no victims. “I’m a poor representative of a beautiful family that gave me every chance to succeed,” he said.

He also said state prisons are run by gangs and that he used dirty guards to carry out his crimes.

Alo had a couple of people speak in his behalf, his girlfriend Kelly Vaniman and his younger sister Michelle Alo Boyett. Vaniman said she met Alo in 2015 when he was in prison.

She described him as, “an incredible man, a God-fearing man … trying to put his life right.”

Vaniman said she would love to marry him, have a family with him and was willing to wait until he finished his sentence.

“He’s worth it. He’s being honest about the decisions he’s made,” Vaniman said.

Boyett said her brother had always had a good heart but he made bad decisions.

Wood noted that from all indications, Alo had been brought up by “lovely, stable, caring parents.”

“To what do you account for your brother’s horrendous criminal history?” Wood asked.

Boyett said her brother had always “marched to his own little tune.”

Alo’s court-appointed lawyer, Alan David Tucker, told Wood that Alo knows he’s looking at a long sentence and said that he should not be returned to Calhoun State Prison.

Alo would not be safe at Calhoun and he asked the court to not return him to state custody at all.

But the Georgia Department of Corrections has first claim on Alo and Wood ordered that the 29 years she imposed be served consecutively to his state sentence. She did, however, recommend to the state and federal prison officials that he not be returned to the prison where he lead a drug trafficking organization and he had committed “such an astounding crime.”

As for Music, the financier of the drug trafficking ring, in April Wood sentenced him to 21 years to be served consecutively to any time imposed for a revocation of his state parole. When he bought his winning lottery ticket, Music was on parole for an early conviction of possession of methamphetamine and possession of a firearm by a felon. Georgia Department of Corrections records show his maximum release date from state prison on the revocation is April 25, 2019.

The other conspirators indicted with Alo also have pleaded guilty and been sentenced.


Comments Off on Methamphetamine Trafficking From Mexico to US is Exploding

An investigation by Financiero Bloomberg has revealed that methamphetamine trafficking between Mexico and the United States has gained strength while Mexican efforts in border security and interdiction are in “a historic dip” based on statistical reports from the DEA, Border Patrol, as well as the National Defense Secretariat of the Aztec country.

According to the newspaper’s report, the Mexican government has reduced seizures of methamphetamine in the border states, while in the United States they have increased. Meth-related deaths are also on the rise.

According to figures from the Mexican Department of Defense, seizures in the Aztec country during 2016 compared to 2015, decreased by 35.2%, while the US Border Patrol increased seizures of meth by 139%.

The majority of meth that enters the American market is manufactured in Mexico, and then transported across the border.

The Border Patrol data also gives a more accurate picture of the gains made by Mexican cartels in the methamphetamine business as the value of the seizures made in the last five years exceeds USD $3 billion, a figure that is three times as high as the entire budget of the National Defense Secretariat, and eight times higher than that of the Mexican Federal Police.

According to the DEA and the Department of Homeland Security, New York City, El Paso, Laredo, Rio Grande, and Tucson are the key hubs for illicit substance trafficking and it is in those places where the most powerful cartels have been consolidating their power: Los Zetas, Sinaloa Cartel, Juarez Cartel, Gulf Cartel and New Generation Jalisco Cartel.

While meth was once largely produced domestically, a nationwide crackdown on the chemicals required to produce the lethal drug, greatly expanded the role of Mexican cartels in manufacturing and distribution. Ephedrine, a key ingredient of some cold medications, was once widely available over the counter, but was heavily restricted by the US government, in a bid to make it more difficult to produce meth in small-scale laboratories.

Source: El Financiero Bloomberg


Comments Off on Sex, Methamphetamine, and children: Stephanie Smith, 30, and Robert Mitchell, 43, both of Elizabethtown, busted in the act of meeting children for sex

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Tucked away off Taylorsville Road near the Gene Synder is a quiet parking lot. The location is where Stephanie Smith, 30, and Robert Mitchell, 43, both of Elizabethtown, thought they were meeting a minor to have sex. The couple arranged the meeting online.

“Your children are not safe on the internet, on their electronic devices, on any form of social media,” Deputy Attorney General J. Michael Brown said.

The apparent minor the couple was planning to meet was an undercover investigator for the Attorney General’s office.

“There is no trick,” Brown said. “This is not entrapment. We make it clear in our investigation and it becomes very clear their interest is in sex with minors. Their interest is in illegal activity.”

The couple had a 3-year-old and 6-year-old, who weren’t their children, and drugs with them when they were arrested.  Arrest reports say Mitchell and Smith had meth in their possession when arrested. Mitchell also had marijuana.

This case is another win for the AG’s Cyber Crimes Unit. The division is dedicated to getting sexual predators off the street.

“They are usually the ones who press it,” Brown said. “In fact, always the ones who press it with us because we don’t operate in the sense where we try to get a gotcha. We want to get them, but we don’t do a gotcha.”

In 2016, the office arrested more online child predators than any year in the history of the office. There were more than 80 from that year.

The office said this is another example of why parents need to be aware of what their children are doing online. Predators can be found everywhere.

“They are using any and every available form of social media, list, contact service that you could imagine,” Brown said.

Mitchell and Smith are being held in the Louisville Metro Department of Corrections and are scheduled to be arraigned on Monday.

The two children who were in the car with them are now safe at home.

Mitchell and Smith are each charged with prohibited use of an electronic communication system for the purpose of procuring a minor for a sex offense, possession of controlled substances and possession of drug paraphernalia. They are scheduled to be arraigned on Tuesday.


Comments Off on Grand Island mother, Amy Keck, accused of hiding Methamphetamine in stranger’s bathroom

In Grand Island, police say a woman ran into a stranger’s house with her six-year-old daughter and hid meth in a bathroom closet following a chase.

Police say it happened late Friday night when an officer tried to pull over Amy Keck for driving with a suspended license.

Before police could stop her, Keck jumped out of the vehicle and used a stranger’s home as a hiding place.

Police arrested Keck for possession of controlled substance, driving with a suspended license, and negligent child abuse.


Comments Off on Methamphetamine, filth found in home with two young girls, ages 2 and 3 – Kieya A. Hubbard, 26, and Marc O. Smith, 44, both of Columbia, arrested

Two people are charged with multiple felonies after police allegedly found methamphetamine and two children living in squalid conditions Sunday.

Columbia Police Department Officer Latisha Stroer said officers arrested Kieya A. Hubbard, 26, and Marc O. Smith, 44, both of Columbia, Sunday morning at their home in the 1100 block of Jefferson Street after being called to help another agency. According to a probable cause statement, officers went to the residence on a welfare check call. Another probable cause statement said officers knocked several times before shouting through a window and being asked to come in by Hubbard.

Investigators reported an open refrigerator with broken eggs and rotting food strewn across the kitchen and floor, the statement said. Stroer said investigators found cockroaches, a glass smoking pipe and two unattended girls, ages 2 and 3, who were naked and smeared with feces. Hubbard said she and Smith had been sleeping and did not know the children were awake, the statement said. Officer Stroer said the children are related to Hubbard by family, but would not say under whose custody the children now reside.

Officers found methamphetamine, digital scales, plastic baggies and $3,100 in cash when they searched the residence, court records said, and Smith admitted in an interview to selling methamphetamine.

Hubbard has previous convictions for domestic violence and several misdemeanors in Florida. Smith has previous convictions for felony stealing, drug possession and numerous misdemeanors including assault and second-degree endangering the welfare of a child.

Hubbard and Smith were in Boone County Jail Monday morning on charges of delivery of a controlled substance and first-degree endangering the welfare of a child. Total bond for Hubbard was set at $10,000. Total bond for Smith was been set at $15,000. It was unclear whether either defendant had an attorney.


Comments Off on Online Facebook post shows Methamphetamine being smoked – leads to arrest of Brittany Stafford, 31, of Seymour, and her father, James Stafford, 56

A Seymour woman and her father each face three neglect charges related to a video posted on Facebook showing her apparently smoking methamphetamine, police report.

Brittany Stafford, 31, and James Stafford, 56, were arrested Friday at an apartment on Bent Tree Lane on the city’s far east side, Seymour Assistant Police Chief Craig Hayes said.

Brittany Stafford

He said the arrests of the Staffords stem from an investigation into several reports about the video the police department had received Thursday.

Detectives were able to obtain a copy of the video, which shows Brittany smoking what appears to be methamphetamine from a glass meth pipe, Hayes said.

He said James also appears in the video, and the voice of a small child can be heard talking to James at one point.

After obtaining a Jackson Superior Court II search warrant Friday, police arrested the Staffords, searched the apartment and found small amounts of methamphetamine and marijuana and various types of drug paraphernalia, including pipes, in the apartment, Hayes said.

Hayes said after her arrest, Brittany said she has a drug addition and that an ex-boyfriend had posted the video a few months ago after the two had argued.

She and her three children, who were removed from the apartment by officials with Jackson County Child Protective Services, had been living with her father for three or four months, Hayes said.

Brittany also faces charges of maintaining a common nuisance, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia and was being held without bond Monday pending her initial hearing in Jackson Circuit Court.

Her father, who faces an additional charge of maintaining a common nuisance, also was being held without bond Monday pending his initial court heating.

Comments Off on $10.8 million of liquid Methamphetamine – 125 pounds – seized by Sweetwater K9

SWEETWATER, Texas (KTAB/KRBC)125 pounds of liquid meth has been seized by a Sweetwater police K9. 

A Facebook post from the Sweetwater Police Department says the drugs, worth an approximated $10.8 million on the street, were recovered by K9 Stalin after the Mitchell County Sheriff’s Office asked the Sweetwater Police Department for assistance following a traffic stop Monday afternoon.

The Facebook post goes on to say, “great police work and great team work to get these dangerous drugs off our streets!”





Comments Off on While Appalachia Struggles With Opioid Addiction, Minnesota Battles Methamphetamine

To say opioid addiction has spiked is an understatement. Over the course of the past few years, heroin addiction has grown from a limited problem primarily constrained to urban areas, to a nationwide scourge so large that drug overdose is now the leading cause of death for Americans under 50. The sheer scale of America’s current heroin and opioid epidemic is well documented, but just because opioid addiction is a public health and law enforcement problem across the country does not mean that the problem looks the same in all states. Minnesota shares in some national trends, but has certain problems that are all its own.

While the numbers illustrate the magnitude of the problem, they can also mask the ways in which drug use and abuse is subject to local trends. For the Twin Cities, understanding contemporary drug policy means acknowledging that opioids are the beginning, though not necessarily the end, of law enforcement’s focus. Although the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area has seen a notable uptick in overdose deaths, the state has yet to see the grim totals making headlines in Appalachia. In 2014, 319 people died from opioid overdoses. Although the number seems low, it marks an increase of more than 500 percent since 1999.

For years, heroin barely registered on law enforcement’s radar in Minnesota. In 2008, the state reported fewer than 10 heroin overdose deaths. By 2015, it had more than 100. The scope of the problem has law enforcement on edge.

Although heroin use is up nationwide and the supply of the drug in the Twin Cities area has increased, the growth in heroin use has been dwarfed by the resurgence of interest in methamphetamine. Admissions to treatment facilities for methamphetamine addictions began to rise in 2010 and quickly overtook the previous records, established ten years earlier.

“What we are seeing in the data is alarming. Methamphetamine use is now second only to alcohol for treatment admissions in Minnesota,” said Department of Human Services Commissioner Emily Piper.

Although methamphetamine has lost the cultural cache it had in the early 2000s, when the health and safety hazards of living in or near a cook house were a concern for many residents, it has not lost its popularity. In May 2016, police raided a home in Brooklyn Center, a northwestern suburb of Minneapolis, and seized approximately 140 pounds of methamphetamine. It was the largest methamphetamine seizure in state history and the result of a year-long investigation by a multi-county drug task force.

“DEA takes the trafficking of methamphetamine in Minnesota very seriously,” said Assistant Special Agent in Charge Kent Bailey in a statement after the raid.

The 488 pounds of methamphetamine seized by law enforcement in 2016 was nearly five times the amount confiscated in 2009. If 2009 marked a low point in the methamphetamine trade, 2016 shows that methamphetamine is again becoming a drug of concern. Not only did 2016 seizures set a new state record, they doubled the amount seized in 2015.

In fact, in Minnesota, methamphetamine addiction is second only to alcohol abuse in treatment admissions. Whereas in 2005, the previous peak, 6,703 people were admitted to treatment facilities around the state for methamphetamine addiction, by 2016, the number of admissions stood at 11,555, an increase of 72 percent.

The 2016 numbers showed the continuation of an upward spiral that began to accelerate in 2015. According to a state report on drug abuse trends in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area, although heroin use accounted for the bulk of drug seizures, arrests, overdoses, and admissions to treatment facilities, methamphetamine was growing in popularity.

Methamphetamine-related treatment admissions accounted for 13.1 percent of total admissions, exceeding the number of admissions at the height of the statewide epidemic in 2005,” law enforcement found.

Methamphetamine was reported in 35 percent of all drug items seized by law enforcement in the 7-county metro area in 2015, and seizures statewide remained at heightened levels,” the report continued.

Minnesota’s Violent Crime Enforcement Teams seized about 490 pounds of meth in 2015. This total does not include seizures made by other law enforcement agencies in the state, which have different reporting requirements. In the first three months of 2017, the same agency seized 188 pounds of drugs, a trend that, if it continues, would put seizures at more than 750 pounds by the end of the year.

The trend is particularly concerning since it lacks the public awareness of opioid or heroin abuse, which have dominated discussions of crime nationwide. During the height of the previous methamphetamine epidemic, the drug was generally cooked up in local labs, creating a product of dubious purity and leaving behind chemically contaminated houses. State lawmakers fought back by instituting restrictions on bulk purchases of pseudoephedrine and other chemicals used to make methamphetamine. That approach likely won’t work a second time. Today the drug is manufactured elsewhere and is brought into the state from labs as far away as California and Mexico. The result is a product of unparalleled purity—sometimes testing at more than 90 percent pure. Police report that, where they had busted 10-15 methamphetamine labs annually in the early 2000s, they saw only three in 2014 and numbers remain low.

Unfortunately, so are methamphetamine prices. The low cost of the drug is another element attributing to its resurgence in popularity. State officials are looking into several possibilities to explain this, including a lack of public awareness of the dangers of methamphetamine use and difficulty accessing heroin.

“People were aware of the dangers of the use of methamphetamine,” Brian Marquart, statewide gang and drug coordinator for the Department of Public Safety told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “For a variety of reasons, we’ve had other drugs, whether it be synthetics, whether it be heroin, whether it be opiates, come to the forefront, that I think some of that [anti-methamphetamine] messaging has not been heard as loud as it should, methamphetamine is bad.”

Taking advantage of federal programs which allow for cooperation between law enforcement agencies in different states, Minneapolis area law enforcement has been able to work with agencies in Wisconsin to shut down a pipeline bringing meth from Chicago into the Twin Cities. However, they realize that the fight is not yet over, since new suppliers will crop up to replace those arrested and taken off of the streets.


Comments Off on 20-year-old gang member, Joe Angel Lopez, warns witness: “Snitches, they end up in ditches”

FORT WORTH – A gang member warned a witness in a 2016 homicide case “you know what happens to snitches, they end up in ditches,” and several other witnesses have been threatened as recently as a few weeks ago, according to court documents.

The witnesses are in the case against 20-year-old gang member Joe Angel Lopez, who is scheduled to go on trial Tuesday in Criminal District Court No. 4 on a murder charge.

Jury selection began Monday, and testimony is scheduled to begin Tuesday.

The threats against witnesses began a few days after the fatal shooting April 24, 2016, the documents say.

The documents say Lopez made the snitches comment April 28, 2016, and then a few days later the witness was repeatedly asked, “You don’t know anything, right?”

The threats came again last month, according to court documents.

An arsonist burned a different witness’s car June 15, and an attempt was made to set fire to a home of yet another witness June 20, the documents stated.

Lopez is accused of fatally shooting 23-year-old Bianca Jimenez of Fort Worth after a dispute in a neighborhood on Selene Street in Fort Worth. He was arrested a few days after the shooting and remains free on $45,000 bail.

While in custody, Lopez told an inmate in the Tarrant County Jail his intention was “to scare her and not kill her,” according to court documents obtained last week by the Star-Telegram.

The Fort Worth man has not been charged with retaliation in the cases involving the witnesses, but he faces a charge of delivery/manufacturing of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), according to Tarrant County criminal court records.

Neither Lopez nor David Owens of Fort Worth, Lopez’s attorney, could be reached for comment. Prosecutors declined to comment. The Star-Telegram is not identifying the witnesses for their safety.

“I’m scared that I will not get justice for my daughter,” said Cesar Macias, of Euless, Jimenez’s father. “The fact he has had over a year of freedom makes me extremely disappointed in the justice system.”

Court records state Lopez has a drug problem. He possessed, sold and ingested methamphetamine on a daily basis before Jimenez was killed on April 24, 2016, according to the court documents.

And the 20-year-old continued to be involved with the drug after his release from jail in May 2016, the documents state.

Lopez kept methamphetamine and proceeds from its sale in a safe at his Fort Worth home, according to court records.

Before the fatal shooting, Lopez also kept a handgun in the safe or hanging from a string in a room, the documents state.

An arrest warrant affidavit provided these details on the shooting:

A friend of Bianca Jimenez’s told Detective J.T. Rhoden that she and Jimenez, who had been drinking at a bar, drove to the home of Jimenez’s ex-boyfriend, Joseph David Rodriguez, in the 1400 block of Selene Street on the morning of April 24, 2016.

After Jimenez keyed his car, she blew the horn until Rodriguez came out, and then drove away. Rodriguez jumped into his girlfriend’s vehicle and chased Jimenez and her friend through the neighborhood.

The friend said that as they drove around, someone fired a shot at them. Rodriguez later told his girlfriend that he only pointed a gun at Jimenez.

Jimenez and her friend went back to Rodriguez’s home, passing Lopez in a car on the street. Lopez leaned out of a window and began arguing with Jimenez, the friend told the detective.

Lopez got out, walked up to Jimenez’s vehicle and told Jimenez not to come back to that street or he would shoot her. Lopez got back into his vehicle, according to the affidavit

The friend told the detective that Jimenez said something like “whatever,” and a shot was fired from Lopez’s vehicle.

Police found Jimenez lying in the street with a gunshot wound to the abdomen. She died a few hours later at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth.
Comments Off on Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Deputies find trove of stolen goods in stolen car after chase with Desirae Sanchez

BERNALILLO COUNTY, N.M. (KRQE) – Deputies found a trove of stolen belongings, including passports and temporary New Mexico driver’s licenses, inside a stolen car after a brief chase with a woman.

It happened around 3 p.m. Saturday in the South Valley. The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office says a deputy was running license plates on La Font Rd when he came across a parked stolen Mercedes.

The deputy posted up down the road and waited to see someone get inside. According to a criminal complaint, he watched Desirae Sanchez get in the driver’s seat and take off. When the deputy tried to pull over, a brief chase ensued until Sanchez got out and tried to run through a drainage ditch.

Deputies quickly caught up to her on the next street over.

BCSO says a stolen revolver was found in her purse.

Inside the car, deputies found a bag of meth, and five temporary NM ID’s all with Sanchez’s picture but someone else’s information. There were also four temporary license plate tags, along with five credit cars, passports, vehicle titles and stolen mail.

Sanchez was charged with a slew of crimes, including driving the stolen car and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Court records show she has a lengthy history of theft arrests.

Sanchez remains behind bars, as Metro Court is now closed on Sundays. She will see a judge Monday morning where bond will be determined.




Comments Off on Anna Patterson, 29, and Donnie Ashby, 36, of Louisville, accused of robbing victims, cutting off finger with bolt cutters

A Louisville man and woman were arrested Friday and accused of selling drugs, assault and even using bolt cutters to snip off a victim’s finger during a robbery, according to Louisville Metro Police.

Donnie Ashby, 36, and Anna Patterson, 29, were arrested in connection with a robbery that happened in the 3000 block of Winter Way late Thursday evening.

During the robbery, Asby is accused of tying up one of the victims, pointing a gun at them and pistol-whipping them, according to an arrest citation. Court documents state that Ashby used a set of bolt cutters to cut off one of the victim’s fingers.

Ashby and Patterson are accused of stealing money as well as several cell phones from the victims.

One of the victims managed to free themselves and contact police. Once they noticed the victim had escaped, Ashby and Patterson then fled the scene, according to an arrest citation.

Texts between Ashby and Patterson revealed that the two were selling large amounts of drugs. LMPD officers then issued a search warrant for a hotel room at the InTown Suites in the 7100 block of Preston Highway where they found an ounce of meth, heroin, suboxone pills, paraphernalia and digital scales, according to an arrest citation.

Ashby faces charges of robbery, unlawful imprisonment, unlawful possession of a handgun and assault. Patterson is charged with robbery, unlawful imprisonment, traffic of a controlled substance as well as other related charges.

Both are scheduled for a preliminary hearing on July 18.


Comments Off on Shecola Matthews, 27, of Natchitoches, jailed on multiple Methamphetamine and drug charges

NATCHITOCHES, LA (KSLA) – A woman is behind bars on narcotics charges after an investigation by the Natchitoches Mult-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force and the Natchitoches Police Department. 

According to a task force official, 27-year-old Shecola Matthews was taken into custody July 3 at a home in the 1400 block of Dixie Street while police investigated a disturbance.

Agents say Matthews had 2.5 grams of suspected crystal methamphetamine, 19 suspected ecstasy tablets in her possession and syringes in her possession.

Authorities went to another home in the 500 block of Virginia Avenue where Matthews was staying. Agents searched the home for other illegal drugs.

During the search, agents say they found suspected drug paraphernalia used in the packaging, distribution, and use of illegal drugs. Agents say they also found medications that are illegal to own without a prescription. 

Matthews was charged with possession of CDS I (Ecstasy) with intent to distribute, possession of CDS II (Methamphetamine) with intent to distribute, 5 counts of possession of a legend drug, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The task force encourages all citizens to report crimes in their neighborhood anonymously by calling 318-357-2248.



Comments Off on 72 pounds of liquid Methamphetamine seized at the Ysleta international border crossing

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – Border Patrol officers arrested a woman for attempting to smuggle 72 pounds of liquid meth across the Ysleta international crossing, CBP said in a news release Friday.

Officials say a 41-year-old American citizen, whose name was not released, was arrested Thursday after a drug-sniffing dog alerted officers of meth hidden in detergent bottles in the suspect’s van.

According to CBP, the woman was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement HSI agents to face charges for the smuggling attempt.

In addition this this seizure, officials say officers made five other drug busts and three fugitive arrests on Thursday.

“Smugglers will try to use everyday items in an attempt to conceal their contraband from the watchful yes of CBP officers, El Paso Port Director Beverly Good wrote in the release. “The layers of enforcement CBP employs will identify many of these techniques.”


Comments Off on Lucero Guadalupe Sanchez Lopez, “La ChapoDiputada” Denied Bail a Second Time

At her second hearing, Lucero Guadalupe Sanchez Lopez was denied bail again.

Her attempt to escape, her strong ties to “El Chapo” Guzman and other high ranking members of the Sinaloa Cartel’s hierarchy, as well as her record of corruption and an open criminal case in Mexico convinced the US Magistrate to keep the former  Panista deputy behind bars in San Diego
Accused of conspiring with Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzman to smuggle cocaine and handle hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Sinaloa Cartel, former National Action Party (PAN) deputy, Lucero Guadalupe Sánchez López, will remain in prison, without bail, while her case proceeds.
At her second hearing of the case, held the morning of Thursday, June 29, in the Federal Court of San Diego, Judge Barbara L. Major determined that there are no conditions to guarantee that the Sinaloan will return to court to face the charges against her if she is released.
One of the main reasons was her attempt to escape. According to the California Southern District Attorney’s Office, Lucero Guadalupe Sánchez López ran after being arrested by agents of the Customs and Border Protection Office (CBP) at the Cross Border Express Bridge, located inside the Tijuana Airport which has a direct exit for departure to San Diego, California.
On Wednesday, June 22, Sánchez López arrived in Tijuana, from Culiacán, Sinaloa and requested her entry to the United States. She told the officers of that country that she would go shopping in the Los Angeles area.
That day, her lawyers in Sinaloa said that she had fled due to threats and harassment from the government and organized crime, so her goal was to seek humanitarian asylum for herself and her children in the United Staes.
However, her visa had been canceled since 2015, when it became known that the then PAN deputy had visited “El Chapo” Guzman, while he was being held at the El Altiplano prison. Hence, her nickname: “Chapodiputada”.
In addition, in the United States she faces charges for conspiracy to traffic more than five kilograms of cocaine. Consequently, US agents detained her at the border crossing, while taking her fingerprints and processing her to formalize her arrest.
Sitting on a bench, without handcuffs, Lucero Guadalupe got up and ran back towards Mexico. The officers shouted at her to stop and when she did not, they chased her down and subdued her to arrest her again.
This was explained by the representative of the Prosecutor’s Office, Joshua Moller, who added that the former deputy is within the “close circle of Mr. Guzman,” referring to “El Chapo”, and maintains direct contact with him, his two sons Alfredo and Joaquin, as well as other senior members of the Sinaloa Cartel  hierarchy.
Likewise, he explained that Sánchez López has been charged “with corruption, along with other members of her Congress”, in Sinaloa Mexico.
”ChapoDiputada” Could Receive Life in Prison
In the indictment that keeps the former deputy, Sanchez Lopez in prison, it is pointed out that an informant from the Department of Homeland Security identified her, through a photograph, as the woman who appeared as the girlfriend of “El Chapo” while the capo was being held in El Altiplano Prison in Mexico before his notorious escape though a hole and tunnel below the shower in his maximum security cell.
He also assured the judge that she escaped with the drug trafficker through a tunnel built under one of his residences in Culiacan, Sinaloa, on February 17, 2014.
On that day, federal forces carried out an operation to apprehend the capo, but he managed to escape through the city’s rain system and take refuge until, on February 22 of that year, he was detained in Mazatlan, Sinaloa.
The informant, who was part of the Sinaloa Cartel, also recognized the former deputy with the nicknames “PIEDRA”, “MAICO” and “TERE”, nicknames that Sinaloans used within their communications system of the criminal organization and through text messages.
Investigations indicate that since January 2012, a year before she became a local deputy for a district in Cosalá, Sinaloa, cloaked by the National Action Party, the woman was part of the Sinaloa Cartel and continued to be during her public office .
Similarly, the prosecutor explained that the accused has no ties in the United States, but does so in Mexico, where she maintains a case open for the crime of forgery of documents, i.e. false identification, which she used as she entered Altiplano Prison  to visit “El Chapo” Guzman.

Sánchez López’s temporary lawyer, Joshua Jones, tried to convince the judge to grant her parole with the argument that his client is married to a veterinarian and lives in Sinaloa with her children, but was unsuccessful.
A Grand Jury will determine, before July 20, when the next hearing will be held and if the elements provided by the Public Prosecutor’s Office are sufficient to continue the criminal process. If found guilty by the charges that are imposed on her, Sánchez López could receive a minimum sentence of ten years  imprisonment and / or up to a Life sentence.
Secret Finances
However, the former lawmaker refuses to make her financial statement public. This document will determine whether she can pay for  a private attorney or be represented by a public defender.
Since the previous hearing, on June 22, the judge dismissed the statement signed by the accused as imprecise and ordered her to sign a new one, but in Spanish, to ensure that she understood what she said and signed.
If she provides false information in this financial report, Sánchez López will be facing additional charges. However, when Joshua Jones requested that the document be kept confidential, the prosecution objected.
Prosecutor Moller alleged that Sánchez López has “hundreds of thousands of dollars”, a product of the profits of the Sinaloa Cartel, as indicated in the  indictment against her. Outside the court, the prosecutor told media that the accused still has access to these amounts of money.
It will be at the hearing on July 20 when the judge decides whether the  financial statement will be made public or not. It will also determine whether the former deputy will continue to be represented by a public defender or must hire a lawyer.
The accused, dressed in a yellow uniform, wore her hair in disorder. She kept her hands on her lap and  her gaze down, rarely facing forward and without turning to the judge, the prosecutor or her lawyer.
Before retiring, Sanchez Lopez wiped her tears as she walked out of the courtroom and back to prison.