HAMLIN – A mid-morning arrest outside a Hamlin pharmacy was allegedly followed by some energetic antics at the Lincoln County Courthouse, last week. Chief Deputy J.J. Napier and Deputy Alan Ashworth arrived at Hamlin Rite Aid shortly before noon, Thursday, August 7, 2014. Lincoln County 911 had issued an alert regarding a Chevy truck in the area. The same vehicle was said to have been in West Hamlin a short time earlier, with individuals alleged to have been trying to buy products containing pseudoephedrine, a material commonly used in the illegal manufacturing of methamphetamine.
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According to criminal complaints on file in Lincoln County Magistrate Court, the deputies found the truck in the parking lot of Hamlin Rite Aid. The accused in the matter, named as William Ernest Smith, 33, with an address at Memory Lane in Branchland, is said to have seen the officers and placed something under the driver’s seat. The passenger in the vehicle was named by deputies as Candice Parsons. According to the complaint, Parsons said she had been threatened by the accused to buy Sudafed. She said she was in fear of her life if she didn’t help him. A search of Smith uncovered a used injecting device and a spoon with brown residue in his front pocket. Two more spoons were found in the truck, both with white residue. Other items found included coffee filters, batteries, aluminum foil, hot and cold packs, a box of Zyrtec-D, several other injecting devices, and snorting devices. In a blue pill crusher were found two blue pills and two peach pills, all identified as being Oxycodone, and half a yellow pill, identified by the accused as a Xanax tablet.
The accused was found to be driving on a suspended license. Smith’s speech was said to be slurred, and he had white powder residue in both nostrils. He refused to complete a field sobriety test. According to deputies, while in the back of the police cruiser, he admitted to trying to buy material to make meth and to having snorted several pills before driving into the West Hamlin and Hamlin areas. He also said he planned to cook meth upon returning home. The co-accused in the matter, Parsons, gave a written statement that Smith did plan to cook meth once they had purchased two boxes of Sudafed.
While walking into the courthouse, Smith pulled Chief Napier to the floor and began cursing. The cursing continued inside the sheriff’s office. Later, Deputy Ashworth was watching Smith in the holding cell of the courthouse while he was awaiting his arraignment. Ashworth is said to have witnessed Smith saying sexual slurs to female occupants of the holding cells. When he was asked to stop, Smith is said to have started screaming and cursing, and attempted to kick the walls of the courthouse. According to deputies, the accused also removed and threw a prosthetic leg at Deputy Ashworth. He was taken to the sheriff’s office again for reprocessing for disruption of a governmental process. While there, he is said to have continued to curse loudly and resist the officers’ efforts.

Smith was being held at the Western Regional Jail in Barboursville, early this week, with bond set at $14,200. Charges for the accused included operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug lab, disruption of governmental process, and disorderly conduct. Smith was expected to appear in magistrate court in due course. Deputies indicated that Smith may also be wanted out of Kentucky for separate charges.

 

 

 

 

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TULSA, Okla. — Tulsa fire investigators say a house fire in west Tulsa was started by a meth lab explosion.

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The fire broke out around midnight near South 49th West Avenue and Charles Page Boulevard. An hour after firefighters had the fire out, Tulsa police showed up on the scene. Undercover officers were also on scene.

Two people were arrested, Shelby Saylor and Lee Rayl, both on complaints of endangering to manufacture. According to the police report Tulsa firefighters told TPD they found items commonly used to make meth inside the house.

TPD searched both names of the residents in the National Pseudoephedrine Database and found multiple denials, which according to the arrest report means they were attempting to buy more meth than was the statutory limit.

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CICERO, N.Y. — Three people were charged Wednesday night following a police raid that uncovered a methamphetamine lab and several kinds of drugs, authorities said.

The arrests were the result of a monthlong investigation into the manufacture and sale of methamphetamine in the town of Cicero, the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office said.

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The sheriff’s office, Drug Enforcement Administration, county District Attorney’s Office and state police worked on the investigation. Members of the DEA Central New York High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force executed a search warrant at 5637 Bear Road in Cicero Wednesday night.

Authorities discovered an active methamphetamine lab and numerous precursors in the production of methamphetamine, the sheriff’s office said. Cocaine, Ketamine and about six ounces of methamphetamine were seized.

The sheriff’s office did not provide details of the investigation or say what led them to the home that was searched.

Authorities charged three residents of 5637 Bear Road following the raid:

Gerald Christopher Reome, 42, charged with second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, third-degree unlawfully manufacturing methamphetamine, two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance.

Renee C. Fatta, 32, charged with third-degree unlawfully manufacturing methamphetamine, third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, three counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, two counts of second-degree criminally using drug paraphernalia and a warrant for aggravated unlicensed operation.

Samuel B. Glenny, 20, charged with second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, third-degree unlawfully manufacturing methamphetamine and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

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All three were arraigned in Salina Town Court and remanded to the county jail without bail.

 

 

 

 

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge intercepted two loads of alleged Methamphetamine and cocaine. CBP officers discovered the alleged narcotics, valued at approximately $873,600, hidden under the clothing of a pedestrian and within a Hyundai Dodge Attitude.

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“These two alleged loads of narcotics were intercepted as a direct result of the outstanding work by our Brownsville CBP officers working to protect our nation. I applaud our CBP officers’ attentiveness, commitment and dedication to our critical mission,” said Petra Horne, CBP Port Director, Brownsville.

On Friday, August 8, CBP officers working pedestrian primary at Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge encountered a woman as she arrived and applied for admission into the United States. A CBP officer’s primary examination resulted in the woman, identified as a 21-year-old United States citizen who resides in Brownsville, Texas being referred to CBP secondary for further examination. While in secondary, CBP officers discovered two packages hidden under the traveler’s clothing. CBP officers removed the packages which held a total weight of 2.8 pounds of alleged Methamphetamine.

A second smuggling attempt also occurred on Friday when CBP officers working primary at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge encountered a silver 2013 Hyundai Dodge Attitude being driven by a man. A CBP officer’s primary examination resulted in the vehicle, its driver, identified as a 37-year-old Mexico citizen who resides in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico being referred to CBP secondary for further examination. While in secondary, CBP officers discovered 10 hidden packages within the Dodge. CBP officers removed the packages from the vehicle which held a combined total weight of 24.5 pounds of alleged cocaine.

The estimated street value of the narcotics from these seizures are approximately $89,600 and $784,000 respectively. In both cases CBP officers seized the narcotics and the vehicle from the second case. Both the woman and the man were turned over to Homeland Security Investigations special agents for further investigation.

 

 

 

 

 

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A man free on bond in a Springfield murder case has now been charged with selling meth.

Prosecutors say Jonathan Greer, 31, who is accused of killing his former girlfriend, sold methamphetamine with help from a new girlfriend.

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According to a probable cause statement, detectives set up a drug buy with a confidential informant and an undercover officer in April, at which time the officer purchased meth from Greer and another woman in the 2500 block of North Delaware Avenue.

Prosecutors say Greer, who is supposed to be on house arrest while free on bond, forced the new girlfriend to participate in the drug transaction.

Prosecutors also said Greer isn’t actually living at the address his bondsman provided to the court.

A judge ordered Greer be held on an additional $100,000 bond and prosecutors have filed a motion to have Greer’s bond revoked in the murder case.

In that case, police say Greer shot his then-girlfriend Angela Holbrook in the face after the two had been drinking alcohol and arguing.

Greer turned himself in shortly after the shooting but did not admit to the alleged crime, according to court documents.

Holbrook was found in a home in the 3300 block of East Sunset Street on July 25 last year, according to police.

A witness who was in the home allegedly told officers Greer and Holbrook were in an argument that became physical, with Holbrook slapping Greer. The witness said he heard a gunshot from the bedroom before Greer came out holding a gun and said something similar to, “I shot Angie.”

Greer was charged the next day with second-degree murder and armed criminal action.

In October, he posted a $200,000 bond and was released from jail. Later that month, prosecutors attempted to have Greer’s bond revoked but were denied.

On April 10, Greer appeared in court to ask to attend a wedding ceremony scheduled for later in the week. April 10 is when police set up the drug buy.

Greer was arrested Tuesday and charged Wednesday with distributing a controlled substance. He is currently in the Greene County Jail.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A man and woman were arrested in suburban West Palm Beach on Wednesday morning after authorities alleged they were in possession of materials to manufacture methamphetamine.OharaB

Darrell Benjamin Latora, 45, and Brittney O’Hara, 25, attempted to flee as deputies tried to serve a search warrant, but were each caught a short distance away, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said.

Shortly before 9 a.m. Wednesday, a team of deputies from the sheriff’s SWAT unit and the Clandestine Laboratory Enforcement Team went to the home on Irving Way, just west of Palm Beach International Airport, to serve the warrant.

Before attempting to enter the home, SWAT team members gave several verbal commands for those inside to exit and surrender themselves, the sheriff’s office said.

Latora allegedly went out a back door and fled east on foot. He made it to the next street over before he was apprehended. O’Hara also tried to flee out the back door, but she was caught in the backyard, the sheriff’s office said.

When asked if there if there was anything inside the home that could explode or hurt someone, Latora allegedly confirmed that there was.

Deputies from the laboratory enforcement team conducted a systematic search of the home’s interior and exterior and found a plastic bottle which contained a liquid sludge inside, the sheriff’s office said.

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A sheriff’s agent concluded that the bottle was being used for a “One-Pot” method of manufacturing methamphetamine, or the process of mixing toxic ingredients, typically into a plastic bottle.

Three other bottles and several other items that are consistent with the making of methamphetamine were found in various areas of the home, the sheriff’s office said.

Benjamin and O’Hara spoke to deputies and both allegedly gave full confessions to being involved in cooking methamphetamine.

 

 

 

 

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A Rome woman is being held without bond after she was found with suspected methamphetamine during a traffic stop, according to Floyd County Jail reports.

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According to the report:

Cindy Allison Webber Smith, 54, of 296 Canard Road, was pulled over for a broken windshield by a Floyd County police officer around 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Darlington Mobile Home Village off of Cave Spring Road.

During the traffic stop, the officer found six bags of suspected meth, scales and two glass smoking pipes in her purse.

Smith is charged with felony counts of possession of methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. She is also charged with misdemeanor counts of possession and use of drug-related objects and windshield violation.

 

 

 

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Three people were arrested, including the mother of an infant, when a trailer home was raided in Savanna, Illinois.

Kindrae Chavez, 33, and Jeff Schmidt, 39, reportedly live at the home raided just after 4 p.m. Tuesday, August 12, 2014 in the 8100 block of Farr Street.

Chavez’s infant daughter was reportedly in the home at the time of the raid.kindrae-chavez-photo-from-the-carroll-county-jail-8-13-14

Chavez and Schmidt were both arrested, each charged in connection with meth-making items allegedly found in their home.

Travis Aude, 32, of Lanark, Illinois, was also arrested and charged.

Court records showed Chavez was charged with felony possession of meth manufacturing materials, as well as misdemeanor possession of a hypodermic needle and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was held in the Carroll County Jail in lieu of $150,000 bond.

Schmidt, 39, faced felony charges of aggravated meth manufacturing and possession of meth manufacturing materials. He was also charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a hypodermic needle. He was held in the Carroll County Jail in lieu of $150,000 bond.

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Aude was charged with felony possession of meth manufacturing material and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

 

 

 

 

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Emergency responders often deal with people when they are at their most vulnerable and frightened, and on Thursday, July 31, Vernon County’s HAZMAT (hazardous materials) team was put to the test as two methamphetamine (meth) labs were searched near Hillsboro.

Vernon County’s HAZMAT team has a staff of 30 including Vernon County Emergency Management Director Chad Buros and numerous firefighters in a four-county area.

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On July 31, the HAZMAT team was put on alert that it would likely be needed to help with decontamination as the Vernon County Sheriff’s Department and other law enforcement agencies served two search warrants in the Hillsboro area regarding suspected methamphetamine (meth) labs.

Buros and two other HAZMAT team members traveled to the area near where the search warrants were to be executed and they set up a decontamination station, just in case law enforcement ran into a dangerous situation.

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What was encountered was a difficult scenario for handling decontamination of people exposed to a meth lab.

As the first search warrant was served, authorities found three children, two senior citizens, and a suspect living in an home that had served as a meth lab. All of those who had been in the home required decontamination by the HAZMAT team before they could be transported for further treatment at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Hillsboro.

By the time the first search warrant had been executed, Buros had already mobilized a second decontamination unit to be deployed near the location where the second search warrant would be served. As it turned out, five children and one adult suspect all had to be decontaminated from that residence.

Six HAZMAT team members responded to the scene during the day with three trucks and two trailers of equipment. All of those who needed decontamination were put through the process and taken to St. Joseph’s for further treatment. The hospital also went through its decontamination protocol.

Buros said the process is made to be as private and careful as possible, also members of Vernon County’s Human Services Department were on hand to help with the children.

“That is the difficult part — we’re trying to help them at the worst time of their life, that’s probably the worst day of their lives,” Buros said. “So, we want to relate and support them, and especially do our decon job properly, so they are ready to be safely transported.

“People have some idea of what a HAZMAT team does, we clean up spills of hazardous materials and do a number of other things to have a plan and prepare to take care of such situations,” Buros continued. “In this case there was a human factor. We did everything we could to make it comfortable for them. It was a trying situation.”

HAZMAT team members were witness to the physical symptoms of chemical damage to the children and adult occupants of the homes.

“The health conditions we encountered were dealing with people who had been exposed to [dangerous] fumes in a house over time,” Buros said. “The chemicals in the air and in the house are skin irritants and create respiratory issues. … Just by doing our visual checks, we could see that the skin of the children had been affected by rashes from the chemicals. You have to do your job, but that is the human factor that we as the HAZMAT team have to deal with professionally. Ultimately, the unfortunate part about it is the children are individually affected.”

Vernon County HAZMAT

Vernon County has had a HAZMAT team since 1997 which currently serves four counties — Vernon, Richland, Crawford and Iowa. There is a satellite unit in Iowa County, which is attached to Vernon County’s HAZMAT Team.

All of the counties contribute to a non-lapsing fund that pays for the service. A total of $50,000 is generated annually through a $2,500 contribution by each of the four counties and $40,000 in state grants.

Also, the HAZMAT team bills for its services. It has been able to collect compensation from every event for which it has had a response.

There are four levels of HAZMAT teams in Wisconsin with Vernon County being rated a Type 3 team (Type 1 is the highest rating.) Vernon County’s team can respond to all known spills. Teams with a higher level need to be called in if the spill is either unknown, radiological or biological.

The role of HAZMAT team isn’t just limited to response. As emergency management director, Buros is responsible for having plans in place for a number of businesses and cooperatives that handle dangerous chemicals that would pose a risk to the public if there were a spill or fire. He’s regularly doing inspections and ensuring these facilities are in compliance.

Buros is in regular communication with other emergency management directors throughout the state as they confer on handling spills, inspections and planning.

“We talk a lot to each other because we all run across unique situations and it’s important to share the best practices for taking care of spills and other hazards,” Buros said.

The HAZMAT team has four annual training sessions. Its members take individual training in addition to their firefighter training and they are paid for their time.

However, Buros said there is an underlying thread of public service that comes with being a HAZMAT team member.

“We’re doing our jobs, but we’re also supporting the Department of Criminal Investigation, local law enforcement, first responders, fire departments — a lot of different agencies that serve the public,” Buros said.

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Buros said hazards have existed as long as people have used hazardous chemicals and materials.

What is occurring over time is there are more hazards, which increases the possible risk of an event requiring HAZMAT services.

When it comes to things like meth labs, the HAZMAT team deals with small “shake-and-bake” cook debris, all the way to large red-phosphorus meth cook sites, such as that uncovered in Hillsboro.

Other hazards include any shipment of hazardous materials that could leak or be involved in a crash, sites where hazardous materials are stored that could have a spill, or worst-case scenarios where human lives are in danger due to fires, gases or chemicals that emanate from a crash or spill.

Vernon County’s HAZMAT Team deals, on average, with six calls per year in the four counties it serves. It has several vehicles and trailers in which to haul the gear it uses to either decontaminate or investigate the spills or hazards.

The evening before the Hillsboro meth lab raids, Buros was involved in a multi-county radiological alert that originated in Iowa County. Eventually it ended without incident, but the hazard required the attention of many different HAZMAT teams with different ratings and several law enforcement agencies.

“You have to be prepared for the worst and you never know what you’re going to get,” Buros said. “The response plans are flexible and we know what to do in any situation, but those situations change and our practices and requirements change with them.”

Railway hazards

One of the most talked-about hazards has been the increase in shipments of Bakken oil, which is shipped by rail tankers from Montana and North Dakota to refineries in the southern United States.

The oil is the product of large frack mining operations. While the oil adds to the nation’s fuel supply, it also presents a hazard as it is shipped.

Buros said rail traffic along the Mississippi River containing Bakken oil has increased and that does concern residents in the numerous communities along the rail lines.

There have historically been plans for handling any potential spill or fire from a rail incident. Buros said those plans are being updated all the time with the aid of federal, state and local agencies and also Burlington Northern Rail-road. The railroad has special firefighting equipment it can bring to a scene if necessary.

“Railways have always carried some of the most hazardous cargo that is transported in the country, so the idea that Bakken oil changes that isn’t necessarily true,” Buros said. “But there are more rail cars traveling with Bakken oil, so we need to be prepared to deal with the increasing hazard that presents.”

To be informed, helpful

Vernon County’s Emergency Management Department maintains a Facebook page and a website.

Buros said one of the best ways the public can help the HAZMAT team is to simply be aware of their surroundings and report any concerns or potential hazards to law enforcement.

“About a year ago we had a 4-H club on a road side clean up and they came across a bottle that could have been from a shake-and-bake meth lab,” Buros said. “When the public encounters this, they should call the authorities.”

Law enforcement agencies will page assistance of the HAZMAT team if necessary.

 

 

 

 

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HINTON — While searching a farm building in Hinton, Plymouth County Sheriff’s deputies encountered a man in possession of methamphetamine and a rifle.

After sheriff’s deputies had obtained information from a previous arrest, consent was given to search the Hinton property last Friday, according to Plymouth County Sheriff Mike Van Otterloo.

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During the search, Tyler Gill, 30, of South Sioux City, Neb., was found in a wood shop.

Gill was in possession of a .308 rifle which he pointed at sheriff’s deputies as they entered the shop, according to court documents.

Due to the threat presented by Gill aiming a weapon at officers, deputies were forced to draw their firearms, according to Van Otterloo.

Gill had mistakenly pointed the rifle at deputies and immediately dropped the weapon upon recognition of a uniformed deputy, according to Van Otterloo.

After the incident involving the firearm, Gill was taken into custody and searched.

During the search, methamphetamine and a clear glass pipe were discovered in the suspect’s right front pocket, according to court documents.

Gill was placed under arrest and transported to the Plymouth County jail.

He was charged with possession of methamphetamine, a serious misdemeanor, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor.

A serious misdemeanor is punishable by up to one year in prison and $1,500 in fines.

Gill was released without bond Aug. 9 to await future court dates.

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Aug. 25, at 9:30 a.m. at the Plymouth County Courthouse.

 

 

 

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GOOSE CREEK, SC (WCSC) – The man convicted in a deadly meth lab explosion and fire in Goose Creek that killed his own daughter and two other people was sentenced on Wednesday to 30 years in federal prison.

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Shonni Abernathy pleaded guilty in 2013 to two counts of manufacturing methamphetamine where children reside and conspiring to manufacture methamphetamine.

The charges stem from a meth lab explosion and fire that happened in May of 2012 at the Pine Harbour Apartments in Goose Creek.

The fire killed Abernathy’s daughter, 19-year-old Morgan Abernathy and two other people; 4-year-old Samuel Garbe and 69-year-old Joseph Raeth.

Last September, Jerald McCabe, who was also convicted on the same charges, was sentenced to 25 years in prison. Abernathy and McCabe both faced a maximum of life in prison and a fine of $10 million.

The May 31, 2012 fire destroyed over a dozen units in the apartment located on Harbour Lake Drive. Investigators say a used, one-pot meth lab was found in the apartment where the fire began, as well as other chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine.

Authorities say the Abernathy and McCabe made meth in the apartment on numerous occasions.

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Abernathy’s daughter was one of the victims in the fire, along with her 4-year-old cousin she was looking after, Samuel Garbe. Raeth, a 69-year-old veteran, was living in an adjacent apartment at the time of the explosion and was also killed.

In 2012, SLED agent Max Dorsey testified before a congressional committee regarding how methamphetamine is impacting South Carolina and referred to the Goose Creek fire and its victims.

“These people did nothing wrong. They were victims of circumstance,” Dorsey said.

“I’ve been involved in law enforcement in Berkeley County for many, many years and this has been one of the most tragic events ever to occur in the Goose Creek community,” said Sheriff Wayne Dewitt at the time of the incident. “I think about a 4-year-old child, a 19 year old and then a man who served his country honorably in the military. Just senseless losses. So we hope we can go forward at this point.”

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The Everest Metro Police Department says the primary focus of their investigation earlier this year into a Weston man and his Schofield business was to find evidence of a prostitution ring and methamphetamine distribution, however, what they did find was evidence of illegal gambling and cockfighting.

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Now, prosecutors say that same suspect attempted to arrange a sale of $1,600 worth of meth with an informant while out on bond and was subsequently arrested. Wednesday, Her was charged with delivering amphetamine, maintaining a drug trafficking place, possession of meth, possession of THC, possession of THC and two counts of bail jumping.

Prosecutors say during the execution of search warrant at his home they found a slot machine; which a judge previously stated he could not have.

Wednesday, during Her’ initial appearance a judge set bond at $25,000 cash citing the seriousness of the allegations, prior missed court appearance in his earlier case, along with strong ties to Minnesota. Her was also ordered to have no contact with four other co-defendants.

The Everest Metro Police Department tells NewsChannel 7 they received an anonymous letter more than one year ago requesting investigators look into what was going on at Video and Games, located 908 Grand Avenue in Schofield.

According to court documents officers executed a search warrant at Her’s home. Inside they say they found more than $6,000, numerous firearms, and 25 hens. A veterinarian’s report stated the birds had evidence of feather loss and strike injury. Photos also depicted blood splatters on the enclosures, resulting in criminal charges. Her was scheduled to head to trial August 15. The August 15 court date now shows it is a plea hearing.

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.wsaw.com/home/headlines/Cockfighting-Suspect-Charged-with-Selling-Meth-to-Informant-271129301.html

 

TALLAPOOSA CO., AL (WSFA) – Tallapoosa County Law Enforcement are taking advantage of new state laws to fight meth manufacturers and dealers.But police say there is something everyone needs to be on the lookout for.

Meth lab seizures have dropped since new anti-meth laws were passed in 2012. There were 720 meth lab seizures in 2010 and last year only 154 were reported.

Those same laws also make it harder to purchase the materials needed to make meth.

“We just had a pseudoephedrine log and the drug task force would come in, say once a month, and would get a copy of the log,” said pharmacist Stacey Benton. “At that point when someone would come in, we would write that down on paper, however now it’s on the computer.”

But criminals are coming up with new ways to circumvent the new laws.

“What were seeing on the streets now is people get bystanders to go in and make those purchases for them,” said Jimmy Abbett, Tallapoosa County Sheriff.

It’s a method called smurfing and more frequently, innocent people are being approached in parking lots like this to help someone cook meth without even knowing it.

“It happens on a daily basis, several times a day,” said Benton. “It’s pretty obvious when you have a case where that’s going on, and I would say weekends are probably our worst time that we experience that.”

Police say if you’re approached by someone who wants you to buy them cold medicine, to call them, or notify a store manager.

The drug task force says Alabama’s laws have proven so effective, 80% of the meth in the state is now being smuggled in by drug cartels from Mexico, California, and even Atlanta.

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.wsfa.com/story/26275623/new-al-laws-help-cut-down-meth-manufacturing-in-tallapoosa-co

 

 

A call alerting the Walterboro Public Safety Department to the possibility of a meth lab in production at a Bell’s Highway motel led to the arrest of two people Monday morning.

Members of the department’s Drug Crimes Unit arrived at the Southern Inn at 1630 Bell’s Highway Monday at 11:39 a.m. after receiving a tip about a possible meth lab in one of the motel’s rooms.

A motel employee informed the officers that the room they were interested in had been rented by a Cottageville woman.

A computer check on the woman informed officers that she was wanted on an outstanding warrant in Jasper County.

Armed with that information officers went to the room and made contact with the woman and a man also in the room.

According to the incident report officers were met with “an overwhelming chemical odor” and could see a one-pot methamphetamine cooker and other drug paraphernalia  in plain view.

Officers obtained a search warrant for the room and drug enforcement officers from the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office were asked to assist in the case.

The search of the room resulted in the confiscation of needles, filters, batteries and other chemicals used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine. A “meth boat,” a piece of tin foil used to smoke methamphetamine and a spoon containing a substance that appeared to be crack cocaine was also confiscated.

Members of Colleton County Fire-Rescue’s Hazardous Materials unit responded to the motel to decontaminate the two suspects prior to their being taken to the detention center and South Carolina Law Enforcement Division agents were contacted about removal of the meth lab and assigned the disposal duties to Phillips Recovery.

The incident led to the arrest of Shelley N. Afford, 27, of Cottageville and William M. Bennett III, 46, of Walterboro on changes of manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of Schedule II narcotics and improper disposal of methamphetamine waste.

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.colletontoday.com/crime/meth-lab-shut-down-in-local-motel-crime-the-press/article_a03e3daa-2321-11e4-b936-0019bb2963f4.html

 

SNIFFER dogs, saliva testing and CCTV are being considered for several mental health facilities amid drugs fears.

Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said today that visitors were getting ice into Melbourne Health’s secure psychiatric facility in Broadmeadows.

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Cr Doyle is chair of the Melbourne Health board.

“We are thinking about CCTV that is directly in there to protect our people and, number two, we have even floated the idea of having a sniffer dog, our own sniffer dog … in that secure facility out there because drugs — like prisons — drugs get in through visitations, through all sorts of reasons,” Cr Doyle told 3AW.

“This ice it is a terrifying drug, absolutely terrifying and these are some of the most vulnerable people, these are very seriously ill people. Add ice to that mix and it is just explosive.

“I hate that thought, that in a hospital facility we might need something like a sniffer dog but that’s the effect of this drug on very, very ill people.

It comes as new data reveals the number of people who finished or stopped treatment for amphetamine use in Victoria almost doubled in two years.

Associate Professor Ruth Vine, NorthWestern Mental Health (NWMH) executive director, said the organisation was looking at a range of options to address staff concerns about illicit substances being smuggled into the Broadmeadows facility and other inpatient units.

Assoc Prof Vine said facility redesign, improved storage for patient belongings and CCTV at entrances and exits were among the options.

“There have also been preliminary discussions about other options including the use of sniffer dogs and saliva testing,” Assos Prof Vine said.

Assoc Prof Vine said all options would be fully discussed with staff, patients and carers prior to any decision being taken.

“Patient and staff safety and wellbeing is our highest priority and we are always respectful of patient rights.”

NorthWestern Mental Health is an arm of Melbourne Health.

Meanwhile, an Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report, released this week, shows that in 6778 cases, amphetamine was the primary drug of concern for people who finished or ceased treatment in Victoria in 2012/13.

That was up from 3429 in 2010/11.

Penington Institute chief executive John Ryan said higher methamphetamine purity in Victoria in recent years was contributing to a surge in treatment demand.

Methamphetamine purity rose from around 30 per cent in Victoria in mid-2010 to 80 per cent in early 2012. It was consistently around 75-80 per cent purity level to mid-2013,” Mr Ryan said.

“In the same period, people seeking treatment for amphetamine as the ‘main drug of concern’ rose 97 per cent. This suggests that far higher purity levels are driving far higher treatment needs.

“A 39 per cent jump in treatment for amphetamines in a year just backs up our research, which shows that the whole spectrum of community services are struggling to get on top of the ice issue.”

The data proved that methamphetamine was far wider than merely part of an illicit drug injection subculture.

“Less than 30 per cent of these people were amphetamine injectors, which reinforces the point that this is a wide wider issue than the old fashioned stereotype of illicit drug injectors,” Mr Ryan said.

 

 

 

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NOGALES – What’s behind an alarming spike in meth and heroin seizures on the border? News 4 Tucson spent the day with Customs and Border Protection. Customs and Border Protection gave us a behind the scenes look at what’s being done to try to stop smugglers.

Over the past few years, CBP Officers have continued to see more meth crossing the border. However, just this year, there has been a huge increase in heroin seizures.

CBP Officers at the Port of Nogales are in a constant game of “Hide and Seek.” Their job is to seek out what some people try very hard to hide.

“They have a lot of time, a lot of creativity and a lot of money to spend on developing concealment methods to try to get by us,” said Guadalupe Ramirez, CBP’s Port Director of the Port of Nogales in Arizona.

CBP Officers showed News 4 Tucson a Chevy Trailblazer. CBP says officers found almost 14 kilos of meth hidden inside the seats of that SUV.

“They were in the front and they were in the back,” explained Marcia Armendariz, Supervisory CBP Officer. “As you can tell, it’s practically dismantled because we had to get to the packages.”

Armendariz then showed News 4 Tucson another SUV. The woman in that vehicle got busted after CBP officers say they found almost three kilos of heroin strapped to her thighs.

“Anywhere you can imagine, we have found narcotics,” said Ramirez.

CBP and ICE team up when illegal drugs are found at the border. They’re now on high alert because of a recent spike in certain drugs.

“Especially in calendar year 2014, there’s been a pretty significant increase in heroin and methamphetamine that’s being smuggled,” said Eric Balliet, Special Agent in charge of ICE Homeland Security Investigations in Nogales.

News 4 Tucson requested a list of drug seizures from CBP’s Tucson Field Office for the past several years. The Tucson Field Office covers eight ports of entry in Arizona: Douglas, Lukeville, Naco, Nogales, The Phoenix Airport, San Luis, Sasabe and The Tucson Airport.

In fiscal year 2012, CBP Officers seized 783 kilograms of meth. The next year that number surged to 1,297 kilograms, which is an almost 66-percent increase from the year before. In just the first six months of 2014, CBP Officers have already found 835 kilos of meth.

“The dope that comes across, the type and quantity of dope, is a direct correlation to what the demand is on the stateside,” said Balliet.

The surge of heroin seizures in recent months is even more significant.

In fiscal year 2013, Customs Officers seized 221 kilos. In just the first six months of 2014, they’ve already found 211 kilos of heroin. That means in just the first half of this year, Customs Officers have already seized almost as much heroin as they did for the entire year in 2013.

So what is CBP doing to make sure these drugs don’t get into Arizona?

“We have so many tools to use, starting off primarily with the officer,” explained Ramirez.

When Customs Officers question people, they search for certain signs.

“They can tell when someone is nervous, that nervousness will lead to further questioning,” said Ramirez. “That additional questioning may lead to a more intensive inspection.”

A more intense inspection could include driving through an x-ray, or you could be asked to go to a secure location while officers use various tools to search your vehicle.

While CBP Officers admit they sometimes end up empty-handed, they say they’re the best at trying to find what smugglers try their best to hide.

Marisa Mendelson, News 4 Tucson: “What do you want to say to the people who think they can get past you guys?”

Guadalupe Ramirez, CBP Port Director of the Port of Nogales: “Good luck.”

 

 

 

 

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A Jeanerette woman faces several charges after crashing her car, and allegedly getting caught with meth.

State Police say a female driver was driving westbound on highway 90 early Sunday morning, when she ran off the road and flipped her car.

She was ejected from the vehicle and was treated for moderate injuries at a local hospital.

She is charged with DWI, possession of meth, possession of drug paraphernalia, reckless operation, and no seat belt.

The woman is still in the hospital and will be booked into jail upon release.

 

 

 

 

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) – A woman is behind bars facing drug charges for the second time in three months. Monica Adkins, 36, was arrested Tuesday morning on felony trespassing and drug charges after a fire at a home on Illinois Avenue in west Nashville. 26256446_BG3

The arrest happened after Adkins was released from Vanderbilt Medical Center after receiving treatment for burns to her hand received during the house fire.

Adkins was arrested in May after police found an active meth lab inside a building on her property on Illinois Avenue. The property was still under quarantine as a result of the May investigation.

She was charged with manufacturing meth at that time and the home was quarantined after that bust. Records show Adkins owns the house at 5414 Illinois Avenue, which makes her responsible for paying cleanup costs.

Adkins’ criminal trespassing charge is a result of her entering the quarantined home.

Firefighters responded to the residence at 11:15 p.m. Monday after neighbors spotted flames. Specialized Investigations Division detectives executed a search warrant on the property early Tuesday and found the ingredients and products necessary for manufacturing meth.

“This is such a safe neighborhood, and I have always felt safe here,” said neighbor Megan Levi. “I didn’t know she was cooking meth next door.”

Monday night, Levi’s husband saw smoking coming from Adkins’ property.

“He asked if he could help her in any way. She didn’t want any help,” Levi said. “She didn’t want him to call the fire department, but he did anyways.”

Levi moved to West Nashville in July. She said she has seen Adkins and another man on the property.

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“I’m not sure if they were actually living there,” she said. “I’d see them come and go.”

Adkins worked as a teacher for Metro Nashville Public Schools before resigning in 2012.

Adkins’ bond on May 1 was set at $30,000. Her second arrest resulted in a bond of $80,000.

 

 

 

 

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Monica Adkins, 36, burned in house firs started by Methamphetamine

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A west Nashville house fire is caused by a meth lab.

Smoke was seen coming from the house at 5414 Illinois Avenue at 11:15 p.m. Monday. The Nashville Fire Department responded and quickly called for the fire marshal and Metro police to the scene upon their discovery.

Police confirm that one person was home at the time of the fire started by the meth lab. A woman went to the hospital with non-life threatening burns.

No arrests have been made at this time. Police are still investigating.

No residents nearby are in any danger, police stress.

Police and fire departments remained on scene into Tuesday morning to monitor and properly dispose of the lab and chemicals.

 

 

 

 

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – Police discovered LaTreva Perez, 33, who was arrested alongside four others on drug charges at a Murfreesboro motel last week was hiding meth in her private parts while being booked into jail.

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It happened at the Knights Inn located on South Church Street on Friday.

Police were initially called to the motel for a domestic assault call.

Upon their arrival, officers observed Travis Taylor with a plastic container containing ammunition and ingredients to manufacture meth.

After receiving permission to search the room, police recovered cash, a loaded gun and drug paraphernalia.

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Taylor, along with LaTreva Perez, Misty Brown, Christopher Rogers and Terry Baucom were all taken into police custody.

Baucom told police he and the four others fled from the Tennessee Highway Patrol earlier this month.

All five adults were transported to the Rutherford County jail where it was discovered Perez had concealed .9 ounces of meth in her private parts.

All face drug charges, among others

 

 

 

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Meth found inside of LaTreva Perez, 33, and multiple arrests made at Murfreesboro address near I-24

Meth continues to plague Rutherford and Surrounding Counties. The most recent case led police to a domestic violence call at the Knights Inn on S. Church Street in Murfreesboro. Once at the address, police noticed 34-year old Travis Ray Taylor had a plastic container in his hands. The container evidently contained the ingredients to manufacture meth, according to an official arrest report.

Officers made their way to room 201 at the Motel where four more individuals were found. A search for weapons then took place. The search is called a “Terry Search.” A Terry Search is a justifiable search for weapons, even in the absence of probable cause to arrest, where there is a suspicion that an individual is armed and dangerous. The arrest report stated, “A Terry Search of the room revealed a loaded .40-caliber Ruger P94, cash and drug paraphernalia consistent with the use of meth.” In case you’re curious, the gun that was found was designed for military, police, civilian and recreational use. While the gun is totally legal to own, it is not legal to own while in the commission of a felony.

Possible meth lab equipment found in the motel room tested positive for meth and was later destroyed by authorities. One of the men in the room by the name of Terry Baucom then told police that all five of them had previously fled from a Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper at a high rate of speed. The short lived pursuit happened on August 4th, according to Baucom. He told police that all five of them had previously been living inside the car.

The subjects were arrested and transported to the local jail where it was discovered that 33-year old Latreva Perez had a small amount of meth hidden inside of her. The meth found inside of Perez weighed almost a full ounce.

Arrested were Travis Taylor, 34, LaTreva Perez, 33, Misty Brown, 35, Christopher Rogers, 36, and 27-year old Terry Baucom. They were charged with the Initiation of meth, promotion of meth, possession of a handgun during a felony, maintaining a dwelling, and possession of drug paraphernalia. The suspects, who have not made bond, will appear in court on September 25, 2014.

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MPD Arrest Report’s #14-15609 A through E
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Two meth suspects were busted in rural Lake County late Sunday after deputies heard about a possible drug lab in a community just south of the Ocala National Forest.

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Rhonda Kerr, 50, and Michael Sauls. 51, were later charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Just before 10 p.m., patrol deputies with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office went to the couple’s residence in the 19000 block of Turkey Road in Altoona, a rural community in northern Lake County at the foot of the national forest.

“Deputies received consent to enter the home and as they entered, they smelled a strong chemical odor associated with the production of meth,” a statement from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office said.

Detectives armed with a search warrant found “an active one-pot meth lab and chemicals commonly associated with the production of meth were located,” the report noted.

Authorities also found about 100 grams of meth oil, a substance that is just a step away from becoming methamphetamine.

 

 

 

 

 

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Two people were arrested after their methamphetamine lab was discovered Tuesday at a Clarksville hotel.

lisalejeune02  According to Joe Demarco, manager of the Days Inn on Westfield Court near Exit 4 of Interstate 24, local police were informed that a woman who had numerous outstanding warrants was staying at the hotel.

Deputies with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office were attempting to serve warrants on Lisa Lejeune, 34, when they noticed several items that are used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine. The 19th Judicial District Drug Task Force and Clarksville Fire Rescue responded, finding several items used to make meth as well as an active one-pot.

Timothy Holliday, 27, was also arrested and charged with violation of probation, drug charges, and on out-of-state warrants.

A narcotics officer was called to the scene and quarantined the room. A bottle that was actively making meth was taken outside the room, and pressure was released from the bottle.

Demarco said Lejeune – who gave the name Destiny Morris – came to the hotel Monday around 3 p.m. requesting a room. She told Demarco she was trying to get away from an abusive boyfriend and needed a room. Lejeune said she only had $50, which was not enough for a room, but Demarco agreed to give her one.

He said the car the woman was driving had another woman inside of it. However, Demarco said the woman who checked into the room was not Lejeune.

The Drug Task Force is unsure if the woman and man were actively making meth inside of the hotel, but have run tests and will receive the results in three days, according to Demarco.

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No guests were injured or contaminated by the meth. Two rooms beneath the lab were evacuated.

Demarco said this is an extremely uncommon situation for the hotel.

“This is the first time (Days Inn) has ever encountered anything like this,” Demarco said. “We’re victims also to this. We don’t have stuff like this. … Any one of these hotels in the area could have been victim to this.”

Lejeune, who gave a Haywood Court address, was arrested on charges in outstanding warrants as well as charges related to the meth lab. Her bond was set at $85,000. Holliday’s bond was set at $260,000.

 

 

 

 

 

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Denpasar. Customs officers in Bali have arrested a Lithuanian man for allegedly attempting to smuggle almost four kilograms of methamphetamine into the island, in what an official called the biggest single drug bust of the year.

Petugas Bea Cukai memeriksa bungkusan sabu-sabu di hadapan tersangka warga Lithuania, VL (kanan) saat gelar kasus penyelundupan narkotika dan obat terlarang di Bandara Ngurah Rai, Denpasar, Selasa (12/8).

The suspect, identified only by the initials V.L., 41, was arrested in the early hours of Monday after arriving at Denpasar’s Ngurah Rai International Airport on board a flight from Hong Kong.

As he was passing through customs with his wife, an X-ray scan revealed a foil-wrapped package inside his backpack, according to Budi Harjanto, the regional customs office head for Bali and Nusa Tenggara.

Officers opened the package and discovered some 944 grams of a crystalline substance that later tested positive as meth. Two other packages were found in V.L.’s other bags, containing 1,982 grams and 986 grams of the same drug, Budi said.

“In all, there was 3,912 grams of meth,” he said. “This was our biggest seizure so far in 2014.”

Police have taken V.L. and his wife into custody, and are deepening the investigation to uncover the latter’s role in the smuggling attempt, according to Sr. Comr. Gusti Ketut Budiarta, the Bali Police’s anti-narcotics chief.

Budiarta said police had charged V.L. under the 2009 Anti-Narcotics Law, for which he could face the death penalty if convicted. No charges have yet been pressed against the wife.

Budiarta added that investigators were having some difficulty questioning the suspect because he did not speak English.

“But what’s clear is that this smuggling attempt is the work of an international syndicate,” he said.

 

 

 

 

 

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Nine people were charged Tuesday in connection with the explosion of a clandestine methamphetamine lab that claimed the life of a man in the town of Locke in May.

Shawn Perrault, 47, of Locke, was seriously burned May 12 when a meth lab exploded in a mobile home at 5651 Sears Road in Locke. He died from his injuries nine days later.

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Cayuga County District Attorney Jon Budelmann said in a news release Tuesday that the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office, the Locke Volunteer Fire Department and the Auburn Fire Department investigated the explosion. Following the investigation by detective Robert Franklin, of the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with Assistant District Attorney Carl Rosenkranz, the case was presented to a Cayuga County grand jury, resulting in the following indictments:

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• Dana Perrault, 23, was charged with felony second-degree manufacturing of methamphetamine, fourth-degree conspiracy, and tampering with physical evidence, and a second-degree misdemeanor charge of possession of methamphetamine manufacturing material.

• Tanya Perrault, 43, was charged with second-degree manufacturing of methamphetamine, fourth-degree conspiracy, and second-degree possession of methamphetamine manufacturing material.

• John Lunn Jr., 20, was charged with second-degree manufacturing of methamphetamine, fourth-degree conspiracy and second-degree possession of methamphetamine manufacturing material.

• Amy L. Walters, 41, was charged with four counts of second-degree manufacturing of methamphetamine, fifth-degree conspiracy, and endangering the welfare of a child.

• Sara L. Townsend, 20, was charged with second-degree possession of methamphetamine manufacturing material, fifth-degree conspiracy, and endangering the welfare of a child. Townsend also allegedly possessed methamphetamine when she was arrested in Cortland.

• Dusten Cobb, 26, was charged with two counts of second-degree possession of methamphetamine manufacturing material, a count of fifth-degree conspiracy, and a count of endangering the welfare of a child.

• Floyd Perrault, 51, was charged with two counts of second-degree possession of methamphetamine manufacturing material and a count of fifth-degree conspiracy.

• Amber Perrault, 26, was charged with a count of endangering the welfare of a child.

• Michael Beck aka “Alaska,” 31, was charged with second-degree manufacturing of methamphetamine, fourth-degree conspiracy and four counts of second-degree possession of methamphetamine manufacturing material. He is currently housed in the Tioga County Jail on unrelated charges in Tompkins County.

Budelmann said that the defendants were all arrested Tuesday morning on warrants by the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office, assisted by members of the United States Marshals Service, New York State Police, Moravia Village Police Department and the Cortland City Police Department.

 

 

 

 

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OREM — Orem police arrested a 44-year-old man and a 34-year-old woman at the Orem Comfort Inn after receiving a report from a hotel guest that her clothes had been stolen out of a dryer between midnight and 2:30 a.m. Sunday.

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Police reported the hotel guest told them one pair of shorts and one green shirt had been taken. Officers checked the laundry room and then made contact with John Shell, who walked out of a room two doors away from the laundry room.

Police stated the hotel owner told them Shell and a woman, Christine Williams, had shown up late in the night and were seen walking around during the time of the theft.

Officers reported they spoke with Shell, who said Williams was in the hotel room and had been out walking around.

Police stated they went into the room to speak with Williams, who originally gave officers a different last name. Williams said she had not been out walking around. Police told Williams she was the only person seen entering the laundry room.

Police reported Williams then produced the stolen clothing, as well as another shirt and pants she had stolen from the hotel guest.

Both Shell and Williams told police the hotel room was not rented to them and they did not know who rented it.

Police reported both Shell and Williams had warrants and the two were arrested. While officers collected Shell and Williams’ items, officers located several small bags of methamphetamine and a bag of marijuana, along with a small container with the drugs inside them, according to police.

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Police reported there was about half an ounce of methamphetamine, which field tested positive.

Police also reported Shell had a suboxone film strip that he is not prescribed in his wallet when he arrived at the jail.

Shell was booked into the Utah County Jail on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia in a drug-free zone, possession of marijuana in a drug-free zone, distribution of methamphetamine in a drug-free zone, possession of a schedule III drug without a prescription and a warrant for an assault.

Williams was booked into the Utah County Jail on suspicion of theft, possession of drug paraphernalia in a drug-free zone, possession of marijuana in a drug-free zone, distribution of methamphetamine in a drug-free zone, possession of a schedule III drug without a prescription and a warrant for retail theft.

 

 

 

 

 

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BEIJING, China - An actor has become the latest Chinese celebrity to face drug charges in a wave of detentions that an official said Wednesday is one of China’s sternest crackdowns on illegal drug use in two decades.

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Gao Hu, 40, who had a small part as a soldier in Zhang Yimou’s 2011 movie “The Flowers of War,” was detained by police for possession and use of marijuana and methamphetamine, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

Beijing police also announced the Tuesday detention in a brief statement.

Several celebrities have been detained on drug charges following a declaration in June by President Xi Jinping that illegal drugs should be wiped out and that offenders would be severely punished.

Illegal drug use has ballooned in China in recent decades, after being virtually eradicated following the 1949 communist revolution. Narcotics began to reappear with the loosening of social controls in the late 1980s. In more recent years, rising wealth and greater personal freedoms have been accompanied by a growing popularity of methamphetamines and the party drugs Ecstasy and ketamine. They are often bought on social media forums and consumed in nightclubs, leading to periodic police crackdowns.

The number of officially registered addicts in China was 1.8 million at the end of 2011. That is about one-tenth the number of Americans seeking treatment for drug problems each year.

In June, Beijing police said they detained screenwriter and novelist Chen Wanning, whose pen name is Ning Caishen, for possession of drugs in an apartment in Beijing. He tested positive for methamphetamine, a stimulant, they said.

That same month, film director Zhang Yuan, who made the 2006 film “Little Red Flowers” set in post-revolutionary China, was detained for drug offences at a Beijing railway station after he tried to evade a random drug check, according to a report on the Beijing police’s microblog.

Both received administrative detention, which is a maximum of 15 days.

Pi Yijun, an anti-drug adviser for the Beijing government, said the drug crackdown is one of China’s biggest in two decades.

He said demand for methamphetamines has spiked for people under age 35, and that it has become easy to obtain. Pi said police were relying heavily on informants to identify users, who are then targeted by officers in drug test sweeps.

“This new type of drug is making it more difficult for the police to identify users because when they come into a club, everybody can be suspicious, not just a few people. It would be too costly to test everyone. So they mainly rely on whistleblowers,” Pi said.

Courts sentenced 39,762 people for drug-related offences in the first five months of 2014, up more than a quarter from the previous year, according to the Supreme People’s Court.

Police said they detained Gao, who starred this year in the Hong Kong film “The Man from Macao,” along with three others and seized about seven grams of marijuana and one gram of methamphetamine.

Liu Yuejin, director general of the Public Security Ministry’s Narcotics Control Bureau, said last year that while most users of heroin and opium are peasants and unemployed people, the users of newer drugs such as methamphetamine and ketamine are from a more diverse background, including entrepreneurs, celebrities and sports stars.

“When it comes to new types of drugs, the momentum is growing, like the situation in many countries of the world,” he told a news conference.

“The use and the selling of new types of drugs is on an upward trajectory.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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