MT PLEASANT, Iowa (KWQC) – A former Mt. Pleasant High School employee is one of four people arrested in a methamphetamine investigation in Henry County, Iowa.

According to a news release from the sheriff’s office, 43-year old Lonnie Jones was working at the high school and selling the drug out of the school parking lot to non-students. He was arrested on March 5, 2015 following a search of his home on E. Washington St. in Mt. Pleasant.jones43

Officials say meth and drug pipes were seized from his personal belongings at the high school. He’s charged with conspiracy to deliver methamphetamine and possession of marijuana.

His arrest was part of a larger investigation that included the arrest of three other men. James Corder, 35, of Mt. pleasant was arrested and charged with conspiracy to deliver meth and possession of marijuana. Matthew McDowell, 35, of Rome, Iowa is charged with possession of firearms by an unauthorized person. And 38-year-old Brandon Garrels also of Rome, Iowa was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

http://kwqc.com/2015/04/16/former-mt-pleasant-high-school-employee-accused-of-selling-meth-in-school-parking-lot/

Mount Morris Township police are pursing criminal charges after finding a meth lab at a mobile home park this week. Police are asking for the public’s help in stomping out meth labs across mid-Michigan.

When it comes to spotting meth labs, Police Chief Terrence Green is seeing a lot more of them.04-15-METH%20Lab(1)

“I can tell you there appears to been an increase here in Mount Morris Township since I’ve been the chief,” says Green.

The latest discovery happening Wednesday evening at White Oaks Estates. Chief Green says police stumbled upon the meth lab. Police originally called to the mobile park for a domestic violence incident.

“I’m not sure how long that type of activity had been occurring at that location but we’re very fortunate,” says Green.

The Flint Area Narcotics Group was called to the scene to investigate.

Green says it’s important for neighbors to speak out when they see something suspicious.

“These are hazardous materials that they’re using. They’re also very flammable materials,” says Green. “They can cause house fires specifically in enclosed areas or specifically in a trailer park, in a bedroom. If these chemicals aren’t handled properly, they can ignite a room on fire and an entire trailer park can be on fire, within minutes,” says Green.

Michigan State Police are hoping neighbors keep a watchful eye out to spot suspicious activity.

“A meth lab could essentially be anywhere, a trunk of a car, the back bedroom of a house, a deer hunting blind on someone’s property,” says Trooper Donald Pisha.

Police also want neighbors to report unusual items.

“Things like ammonia, an excess amount of salt, lithium batteries, white camp fuel that is used in order to make things,” says Pisha.

“If you think anyone is in your neighborhood is manufacturing any type of controlled substance, give us a call. If it’s not an emergency, call the office and we’ll investigative aggressively,” says Green.

If you spot suspicious activity, the state police ask that you call their meth tip line. That number is 1-866-638-4847.

http://www.minbcnews.com/news/story.aspx?id=1192324#.VTFkl2tFCUl

Methamphetamine is a powerfully seductive drug. Just ask Ed Osborne.

“I’m almost 50 years old,” he said. “When I’m on meth, I’m 18.”

Osborne says he used the drug for 30 years. In fact, when he came to Colorado 10 years ago, he was trying to get away from meth. It didn’t help.

“You could drop me anywhere in the world, from a helicopter, and guess what? I’m going to find it,” said Osborne. “I came to Colorado, it took me all of a day to find it.”

Today, the stimulant is still cheap, potent, and widely available. And across the state, meth is helping push treatment centers to capacity and keeping law enforcement scrambling.

Law enforcement uncovers increasing meth demand

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In Denver and Aurora, arrests for meth possession are up more than 140 percent since 2010, for a total of nearly 682 combined arrests last year. Over in Colorado Springs, there were 416 possession arrests last year — double the number in 2010.

For a while, cracking down on small domestic meth labs worked to lessen the supply of meth available for abuse. Those labs have all but disappeared, but Mexican cartels made sure the supply shortage was brief.

“Our friends south of the border, spotting this market gap, have now flooded the market with high quality methamphetamine that they can produce down there in mass quantities,” explained Aurora police officer Dale Quigley, a long time drug cop.

That’s not an exaggeration. Border agents report seizing an unprecedented 15,000 pounds of meth last year, but Quigley says that’s only a fraction of what gets through.

Officials were shocked with how pure and potent it was.

“The numbers that I’m seeing are incredibly high,” says Quigley. “From the standpoint of an old cop, it concerns me about what’s this doing, at this level of potency, for this drug group.”

Lisa Raville runs a needle exchange for Denver’s Harm Reduction Action Center. She says she’s seen the increase in meth usage, especially among the homeless during the winter months.

“So what they do is they inject meth so they can stay up and walk around the city all night,” said Raville. “So they literally don’t freeze to death.”

Sometimes users even feel comfortable enough to ask for treatment, Raville said, but she says providers can’t handle everyone.

“So it can be very difficult on our end, because society is telling us and our participants, ‘pop ’em into treatment,’ but there aren’t those options out there.”

Treatment facilities reaching capacity

Arapahoe House, the state’s largest treatment center, saw a staggering 15,000 people last year for all types of drugs. But admissions for meth specifically have doubled at the facility in the last five years.

“It is a lot of people,” said Art Schut, the executive director of Arapahoe House. “We could treat more. We just don’t have the capacity.”

Just because drug use is up doesn’t mean that there’s a corresponding increase in treatment funding, says Schut. That’s a problem, because Schut says treatment does work.

Treatment from the Arapahoe House helped Ed Osborne, who used meth most of his life. He says he’s been clean since January of last year.

Now he feels proud about his job installing high-end kitchens.

“Putting something in, instead of stealing something,” said Osborne. “It feels pretty good, people trust me.”

No end in sight for meth supply

Having lived in the world of addiction, Osborne is concerned what impact a new wave of cheap and potent meth will have on Colorado.

“More crime, more addiction,” he predicts. “If you’ve got more drugs you’re going to get more addicts, you’re going to get more crime. It’s a no brainer.”

High-level drug cops say they’ve pulled 2,000 pounds of meth off Colorado streets since 2009, but they admit as long as there are customers, there will be meth. And Osborne says the drug is so intoxicatingly good these days it sells itself.

https://www.cpr.org/news/story/meth-use-colorado-has-police-and-outreach-groups-scrambling

A joint effort among Border Patrol agents from ground, air and sea resulted in the seizure this week of more than 150 pounds of drugs — methamphetamine and marijuana — delivered on an ultralight plane that entered the country illegally, officials said Thursday.

The operation began about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, when agents with the Boulevard Station — south of Imperial Beach — spotted an ultralight plane fly over from Mexico, near Jacumba, officials said.

The San Diego agents informed the El Centro station of the incident, prompting agents from the Office of Air and Marine Air Interdiction to action, according to Border Patrol Agent Eduardo Jacobo.

The OAM Air Interdiction agents and U.S. Coast Guard Maritime Enforcement agents used both a plane and a helicopter to track the ultra-light in airspace, Jacobo said.

The OAM enforcement crews informed Indio Border Patrol agents that the ULA executed an air drop of possible narcotics and observed the aircraft landing near the area next to a vehicle, Jacobo said.

The OAM enforcement crews guided U.S. Border Patrol agents to the scene near 78th Avenue and Filmore Street, in Thermal, where agents were able to recover the ULA.

Indio agents continued to search the area with support from the OAM air crews and were able to recover the drop cage with narcotic bundles, about 200 yards from the aircraft.

Border Patrol Agents determined that the bundles contained marijuana weighing a total of 145.7 pounds and also contained 4.8 pounds of methamphetamine, Jacobo said.

The marijuana has an estimated street value of $87,420. The methamphetamine has an estimated street value of $48,000.

The marijuana was seized and turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration, Jacobo said.

This is the third ultralight seizure by El Centro Sector Border Patrol this year, he added.

Last fiscal year El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents seized more than 5,700 pounds of marijuana and 445 pounds of methamphetamine, Jacobo said.

http://patch.com/california/imperialbeach/border-patrol-seizes-some-135k-drugs-carried-over-ultralight

A Jackson woman faces a felony charge after she is alleged to have faked her father’s handwriting so she could deposit checks he wrote to her dentist in her own account.

Ariel Marie Ward, 23, is charged with forgery, theft and possessing methamphetamine following her arrest last week.

Ward is said to have had a pipe with meth residue on it when police came to take her to jail.

She remained there Tuesday while she sorted out a substance abuse treatment plan to present to the court.

Her file shows that 9th Circuit Judge James Radda will not set her bail until she offers a plan.

The Teton County Sheriff’s Office began investigating Ward after her father reported that his bank statement showed two checks he’d written to his daughter’s dentist were cashed in her account.

Ward’s father told investigators he obtained copies of the checks, which showed the name of his daughter’s dentist’s office crossed out and her name written in. The change appeared to have his initials, “E.W.,” next to the alteration to make it official, investigators reported.

Ward’s father told deputies that he had not made the change and had not given his daughter permission to do so.

He wrote the checks because his daughter came to him in January asking for help to pay her dental bills, and she did use one check he wrote to do so, according to reports. Ward’s father told police he discovered the altered check and confronted his daughter about it, which resulted in an argument.

During the argument, he said, his daughter admitted that she’d changed the checks and used the money to buy clothes.

The total amount of the altered checks was around $300, according to court files.

Based on her father’s reports, deputies arrested Ward on April 8.

At the time of her arrest, deputies said, Ward admitted to the deputies that she had a pipe in her pocket that she used to smoke meth. They said they confiscated the pipe and then added the drug charge to her list of problems.

Forgery is a felony with a maximum penalty of $10,000 in fines and 10 years in prison.

The other two charges are a high and low misdemeanor.

Possession of methamphetamine is a high misdemeanor, punishable by up to $1,000 in fines and one years’ imprisonment.

Theft, in the amount in this case, is a low misdemeanor, punishable by up to $750 in fines and six months in jail.

http://www.jhnewsandguide.com/news/cops_courts/woman-said-to-have-bilked-dad-for-clothes/article_7ae44fb9-59a5-575f-9a58-dc6e52fd15fd.html

Two people are facing felony drug charges after a meth lab was discovered in a Havelock home.

The Havelock Police Department confirms Dorman Poythress and Laura Dugan were arrested Wednesday after a one pot methamphetamine lab was discovered at 208 Charles Street. Police said the search was part of an ongoing investigation.

After meth and several precursors were located, the SBI was called in, along with the Coastal Narcotic Enforcement Team.

Both Poythress and Dugan are charged with possession of precursors, manufacturing meth, and possession of methamphetamine which are all felonies.

http://www.witn.com/home/headlines/Meth-lab-discovery-results-in-felony-drug-charges-300003171.html

MUNCIE – What an officer called a “strong chemical odor” led police to a southside home early Wednesday, leading to discovery of a methamphetamine lab and three arrests.

A Muncie police officer wrote he was patrolling near 23rd and Hackley streets, with his car’s windows down, about 1:15 a.m. when he smelled the odor, which eventually led him and other officers to 2916 S. Hackley St.B9316992628Z_1_20150415211851_000_GDGAH1EQN_1-0

The owner of the home, Lola L. Taylor, 43, tried to persuade the officers they were smelling drywall, according to an affidavit.

The meth-making materials were found in a room “with an unbearable chemical odor,” the document said. An Indiana State Police meth suppression team was called to the scene.

Removed from the house were a 16-month-old child — examined at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital before being placed in the custody of Child Protective Services — along with a pit bull and a cat.

Arrested, all on preliminary charges of dealing in meth and possession of precursors were:

  • Taylor, also preliminarily charged with maintaining a common nuisance and cruelty to an animal. She was being held in the Delaware County jail under a $22,500 bond.
  • Zonda Wyleene Blevins, 43, also listed at the Hackley Street address, also preliminarily

Blevins was arrested last August after police said an odor led them to an house in the 1400 block of West Memorial Drive — and a meth lab — where she was living. In February, she was placed on electronic home detention for four years after pleading guilty to possession of meth.

  • Raymond Ramie Gonzales, 41, also charged with visiting a common nuisance. His bond was set at $17,500.

http://www.thestarpress.com/story/news/local/2015/04/15/odor-leads-police-meth-lab/25849615/

EdgerleyAiken Department of Public Safety officers arrested three people for multiple drug and firearms offenses Tuesday afternoon.

Jeffrey Tyler Wood, 19, of Aiken; Colby Tyler Reed, 22, of Bath; and Stacey Marie Edgerley, 37, of Wagener, were apprehended during a routine patrol of the 1800 block of Richland Avenue West, according to a press release.

Wood was charged with trafficking methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine within a half-mile of a school, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and two counts of possession of a controlled substance.

Reed was charged with unlawful carrying of a pistol, possession of methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession with intent to distribute marijuana within a half-mile of a school, possession of a controlled substance, possession of prescription drug without a prescription and providing false information.

Edgerley was charged with possession of a controlled substance, trafficking methamphetamine and providing false information.

Police noticed two people sitting in a vehicle parked in front of the motel when one of the suspects quickly exited the car and tried to leave when they spotted the officers.Wood Reed

Officers made contact with both occupants of that vehicle, who were identified as Reed and Edgerley. Methamphetamine, controlled prescription medications and a firearm were found inside the vehicle, according to police.

Officers then obtained and executed a search warrant for a room connected to those suspects, where they found large quantities of methamphetamine, marijuana, additional controlled substances and weapons. Wood was the occupant of that room.

All three suspects are currently being held in the Aiken County detention center.

http://www.aikenstandard.com/article/20150415/AIK0101/150419638

From the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office:

In response to a request by his family, District Attorney Maggie Fleming has reviewed the circumstances of the death of Mr. Daren Borges in June of last year. Two Deputy District Attorneys also reviewed all materials obtained from the Eureka Police Department and the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office. The following summarizes the findings of the District Attorney.

On June 13, 2014 shortly after 2:00 pm, a citizen in Eureka called to report a male who appeared to be under the influence removing his clothes near the intersection of 7th and D. The citizen further reported that the male was throwing himself on the ground. Eureka Police Department dispatched an officer who contacted the person. The individual, identified at that time as Mr. Daren Borges, was arrested pursuant to Penal Code section 647(f) –public intoxication. The officer began transporting Mr. Borges to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility (HCCF) at 2:12 p.m.

Mr. Borges’ family provided information about two citizens who had been at the scene and found Mr. Borges’ cell phone. Both noted the officer was asking questions of Mr. Borges. One stated that the officer showed concern for Mr. Borges.

The Eureka Police Department provided continuous video and or audio of the interaction with Mr. Borges. Dashboard-camera video from the patrol car used to respond to the incident shows the officer driving to the location and then records the officer’s interaction with Mr. Borges. These images support the citizen’s perception that Mr. Borges was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Audio recording in the patrol car covers Mr. Borges’ entry into the car and transport to the HCCF. The patrol-car audio and video from cameras at the HCCF cover the arrival of Mr. Borges at the facility at 2:17 p.m. Mr. Borges remained in the vehicle while the officer left and prepared paperwork. Mr. Borges was directed to exit the vehicle at 2:23 p.m. and walked into the intake area of HCCF. Video surveillance within the HCCF covers Mr. Borges being placed in a cell at approximately 2:39 p.m. and shows him alone in the cell until the point the correctional officers enter to check on him at 4:02 pm. Medical staff at HCCF enter the cell about 2 minutes later. The Fire Department and an ambulance responded at 4:09 p.m. and transported Mr. Borges to St. Joseph Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 4:34 p.m.

An autopsy was performed on June 23, 2014. The forensic pathologist determined the cause of death to be “acute methamphetamine intoxication.” Analysis of blood drawn from Mr. Borges yielded a methamphetamine concentration of 25 mg/L. The lab report states that blood methamphetamine in the range of 0.2 – 5 mg/L is potentially toxic. Thus, the level of methamphetamine in Mr. Borges’ blood was 5 times the upper level known to be potentially toxic.

The pathologist’s report states: “Considering the circumstances surrounding his death, as I understand them at this time, death is attributed to the toxic effects of methamphetamine which the decedent had in his blood in an extremely high level. …The high level suggests he ingested a large quantity of the drug prior to being confronted by the Eureka PD officer on the street.”

In summary, a very complete record of Mr. Borges’ interaction with law enforcement yields no evidence of criminal conduct by any law enforcement or correctional officer. The autopsy identified ingestion of a toxic level of methamphetamine as the cause of death.

District Attorney Maggie Fleming has notified the family of her findings and expressed to them her deepest regret for the loss of their son.

http://lostcoastoutpost.com/2015/apr/15/district-attorney-finds-toxic-meth-levels-not-poli/

SMOKING the drug ice or crystal methamphetamine, rather than snorting or injecting, is becoming increasingly popular and the intense high is creating more addicts with severe health problems, a national science media briefing has heard.

Australian National University research fellow Associate Professor Rebecca McKetin said, “historically, the forms of methamphetamine we had in Australia like speed, couldn’t be smoked”. But ice or crystal meth was different.408139-4616d3d0-e353-11e4-9fcd-1eb8ac734e9b

“Smoking is a much more accessible route of administration than injecting, but it is quite addictive,” she said.

“More addictive than if you snort the drug, which is what would happen with speed. It’s not so much a shift in who is using it, but the route of administration changing to smoking, and now we’re starting to see more problems.”

National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre director Professor Michael Farrell said smoking rapidly delivered the drug to the blood stream and into the brain, creating an intense high “in the initial experience”.

“It is relatively easy once you start using it to get dependent on it, reasonably quickly … and from that you can get into significant difficulties,” he said.

Australian National University senior clinical lecturer Dr David Caldicott, formerly of the RAH, frequently encounters violent, paranoid ice addicts as an emergency consultant in Canberra.

“The picture you see in a 30 to 40 year old consumer is a patient who is presenting with a 60 to 70 year old’s circulation,” he said.

“All of those things you might associate with your grandparents over a long life, because of the nature of the drug and the escalation of the harms to the circulation, you see at a far earlier age.

“So to assume that a 20 or 30 year old couldn’t possibly have a heart attack — all bets are off if they are chronic methamphetamine consumers.”

http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/smoking-methamphetamine-creating-more-addicts-with-severe-health-problems/story-fn5fsgyc-1227305408169

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – A Lubbock County grand jury indicted a couple on Tuesday after authorities say a toddler wound up at the hospital after drinking juice laced with methamphetamine.7462892_G

According to the indictment, Lubbock police arrived at University Medical Center on Feb. 12 after 35-year-old Jessica Ruiz took the toddler to the emergency room.

Authorities arrested Ruiz on the same day, after she told doctors what happened.

She has since bonded out, but is charged with endangering a child.

According to authorities, Ruiz’s boyfriend, 34-year-old Sonny Lopez, deals methamphetamine.7462895_G

Lopez was arrested on Tuesday and taken at the Lubbock County Detention Center. He bonded out at 3:25 a.m. Wednesday.

Lopez is charged with abandoning and endangering a child.

http://www.kcbd.com/story/28804774/lpd-toddler-drank-juice-laced-with-methamphetamine

ELLIJAY, Ga. – It’s a Burger King restaurant, just like hundreds across the United States, but investigators said some people coming through the drive through window got more than a Whopper, fries and a Coke.

“At certain times I guess when she was at work, she would actually sell the meth through the drive through window,” said Captain Frank Copeland with the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office.7463494_G

Capt. Copeland said 20-year-old Courtney Margalo was arrested at the Burger King by members of the Zell Miller Mountain Drug Task Force in early March.

He also said the investigation showed Margola consumed meth in the parking lot during work hours. She was busted at the restaurant when agents spotted prescription pills on her.

“They had a K9 come out do a sniff of her car that resulted in a search of the vehicle which produced a quantity of meth,” said Captain Copeland.

Margalo was transported to the Gilmer County Detention Center on possession and intent to distribute meth charges. Her mother was there bailing the 20-year-old woman out of jail.

“I can’t say anything per her lawyer,” said Cindy Slinkard, Margalo’s mother who didn’t want to discuss specifics of the case.

“She’s a very shy, quiet kid, so it’s been really hard on her,” said Slinkard. She also said she doesn’t have any idea how it started.

The sheriff’s office said Margalo was on probation for a previous arrest for marijuana and meth possession. Investigators told FOX 5 News that her meth arrest at Burger King could have whopper consequences as far as jail time.

Ellijay residents we spoke to were sympathetic about jail time Courtney Margalo faces.

“The case of a 20-year-old, I mean that’s just really sad, that her life could be thrown away over this,” said Amanda Seabolt.

The manager at the Burger King told FOX 5 News the manage on-duty at the time of Margalo’s arrest was fired along with Margalo.

http://www.myfoxatlanta.com/story/28804954/woman-arrested-for-selling-meth-at-burger-king-in-ellijay

B9316975142Z_1_20150414115745_000_GIEAGJMPA_1-0A West Monroe man was arrested early Tuesday after Ouachita Parish sheriff’s deputies located a bag containing methamphetamine, Viagra and syringes under his front seat.

Deputies found Kevin Lewis parked after hours at Cheniere Lake Area No. 1 and was given consent to search his vehicle.

A black Crown Royal bag was located beneath the driver’s seat. It contained plastic bags that held 2 1/2 tablets of Viagra, four syringes and four small clear plastic bags of suspected methamphetamine.

Desiree Day was also with Lewis at the time of the arrest. Deputies found a plastic bag containing five suspected Suboxone tablets inside Day’s purse.

Lewis were booked into the Ouachita Correctional Center for possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a legend drug (Viagra).

Day was booked for possession of a controlled dangerous substance.

http://www.thenewsstar.com/story/news/local/2015/04/14/man-arrested-bag-meth-viagra/25764735/

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) – More than nine kilos of high-grade methamphetamine with a potential retail value of over $1 million, eight pounds of marijuana, and numerous weapons including an AR/15 assault rifled were seized during an investigation into a drug trafficking network operating in Louisiana and California.

The methamphetamine seizure is the largest in the history of the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office, according to United States Attorney Walt Green.

The operation also resulted in a federal grand jury indictment against nine individuals. If convicted, these defendants face significant terms of imprisonment, fines and the forfeiture of proceeds from the illegal activity.

Oscar Machado-Galeana, 32, of Baton Rouge is charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana; conspiracy to launder monetary instruments; distribution of five grams or more of methamphetamine; four counts of distribution of fifty grams or more of methamphetamine; distribution of heroin; distribution of marijuana; possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime; and forfeiture.

Alexander P. Nava, age 45, of Baton Rouge, is charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana; conspiracy to launder monetary instruments; distribution of five grams or more of methamphetamine; four counts of distribution of fifty grams or more of methamphetamine; distribution of heroin; distribution of marijuana; possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime; and forfeiture.

Lori Lee Landry, age 39, of Baton Rouge, is charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana; and forfeiture.

Devin Joel Martin, age 25, of Baton Rouge, is charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana; and forfeiture.

Gregory John Landry, age 39, of Baton Rouge, is charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana; and forfeiture.

Victor Hugo Sandoval-Quinonez, age 36, of Breaux Bridge, is charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana; and forfeiture.

Roy Martin Herrera Romero, age 38, of Baton Rouge, is charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana; distribution of marijuana; and forfeiture.

Mervin Ronald Spencer, age 24, of Baton Rouge, is charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana; and forfeiture.

Marco Antonio Lopez-Sandoval, age 20, of California, is charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana; conspiracy to launder monetary instruments; and forfeiture.

“We will continue to meet the threat posed by drug trafficking organizations by working tirelessly with our excellent federal, state, and local partners to aggressively pursue drug dealers. I greatly appreciate the great work of the agents and prosecutors in this important investigation,” said U.S. Attorney Green.

“We are proud to be part of the combined efforts of all of the participating agencies in the Task Force, and I would like to personally congratulate them on their efforts in this outstanding case,” said East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Sid Gautreaux. “I am extremely proud of my deputies and the contributions that they were able to make on a case of such magnitude. As Sheriff of East Baton Rouge Parish, I pledge to continue to work with our federal, state and local partners to combat illegal narcotics and make our community a safer place to live. This case is a prime example of the results that can be achieved when we have the level of cooperation exhibited by this Task Force. I would like to thank the DEA for facilitating the Task Force and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Louisiana for their unwavering support of not only this office, but for all law enforcement agencies in our region.”

http://www.wafb.com/story/28803157/operation-armageddon-largest-meth-bust-in-history-of-ebrso

Case of Methamphetamine trafficking network operating in California and Louisiana results in 9 indictments

A federal grand jury indictment, according to United States Attorney Walt Green for the Middle District of Louisiana, involving several men operating a drug trafficking network in Louisiana and California, was unsealed this week.

As part of Operation Armageddon, agents executed federal search warrants that resulted in the seizure of more than nine kilograms of high-grade methamphetamine with a potential retail value of more than $1 million, eight pounds of marijuana, and various weapons, including an AR/15 assault rifle.

The methamphetamine seizure, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office, is the largest in the history of the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office, which was one of the participating agencies.

Nine individuals were indicted on drug trafficking, money laundering, and firearms offenses.

Oscar Machado-Galeana, 32, and Alexander P. Nava, 45, both of Baton Rouge, were both indicted on a laundry list of charges including: possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine; heroin and marijuana; conspiracy to launder monetary instruments; distribution of five grams or more of methamphetamine; four counts of distribution of fifty grams or more of methamphetamine; distribution of heroin; distribution of marijuana; possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and forfeiture.

Devin Joel Martin, 25; Lori Lee Landry, 39; Gregory John Landry, 39; Roy Martin Herrera Romero, 38 and Mervin Ronald Spencer, 24; who are all of Baton Rouge were charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana; and forfeiture.

Victor Hugo Sandoval-Quinonez, 36, of Breaux Bridge, was also charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana; and forfeiture.

Marco Antonio Lopez-Sandoval, 20, of California, is charged with conspiracy.

If convicted, these individuals face significant terms of imprisonment, fines, and the forfeiture of proceeds from the illegal activity.

http://www.nola.com/crime/baton-rouge/index.ssf/2015/04/case_of_drug_trafficking_netwo.html

LANCASTER — A mother of seven could spend more than a decade behind bars after officers say she was cooking meth in a room where her children sleep.

Officers were executing a search warrant at Sara Sells’ Reese Avenue home Tuesday morning when they say they stumbled on a “shake and bake” methamphetamine manufacturing operation.

Agents with the Bureau of Criminal Investigation came out to remove the lab that they say was currently reacting in a bedroom full of children’s clothing. Officers arrested Sara and Craig Sells, who were inside the home, and charged them with child endangering, illegal manufacturing of drugs and illegal assembly of chemicals.

They also removed three of Sells’ children, who were also inside the house at the time.

State agents say the case is adding to an ongoing epidemic involving meth busts in Ohio. In 2008, slightly more than 100 meth labs were reported to the state. That number jumped to more than 1,000 in 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.abc6onyourside.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/Police-Investigating-Meth-Lab-in-Lancaster-115015.shtml#.VS67GWtFCUl

 

7458575_GGREAT FALLS – James Antonio Amato has been charged in Great Falls after police say that he was caught with 114 grams of methamphetamine.

A police affidavit states that on Saturday, April 11th, Amato was pulled over for a traffic stop. During a routine safety search, a police officer noticed something “crunchy” stuffed inside Amato’s pants.

An officer then removed approximately a quarter-pound of meth from inside Amato’s underwear. Amato confirmed that it was meth, and a field test identified the substance as meth.

Amato told officers that he went out of town to pick up the meth, and stated that he was bringing it back to Great Falls to “give to other people.”

Court documents state that the the street value of the meth was approximately $15,000, and that Amato is “more than just a street level dealer.”

Amato has been charged with felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute.

Prosecutors have requested that bond for Amato be set at $100,000.

http://www.kpax.com/story/28802131/man-charged-after-great-falls-police-find-14-pound-of-meth-in-underwear

MARION COUNTY, Fla. –  A 43-year-old man has been arrested after he tried to kill another man who allegedly “snitched” on him to get out of prison, according to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.Neil-Elder-jpg

Deputies arrived April 5 at The Villages Regional Hospital on El Camino Real to investigate an attempted homicide.

The victim spoke with authorities while being operated on by doctors to stop the bleeding from his arm where he had been stabbed by Neil Elder, according to the arrest report.

Elder possibly had four active warrants for his arrest, deputies said.

The victim told deputies his friend took him to the home of Elder’s girlfriend to explain to Elder he did not “snitch” on anyone when he was sent to prison.

The victim said when he arrived at the home, he told his friend to stay in the vehicle. When the victim entered the home he noticed Elder cooking meth inside the living room around a child, according to the arrest report.

Deputies said the victim told Elder he should not be cooking meth around a child. Elder then became angry and began yelling at the victim, saying he snitched to get out of prison, there was a hit out on him and he was going to kill him, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Elder began cutting the victim on the hand and then his left arm, causing a large laceration. Deputies said the victim ran out of the home to get away from Elder, who dropped the knife, picked up a baseball bat and began to chase him.

Once Elder caught up with the victim, Elder told him he was going to make him suffer in pain before he killed him, deputies said. Elder then struck the victim with the baseball bat.

The victim was able to get away from Elder by entering the vehicle where the victim’s friend was waiting, who then quickly drove off, taking the victim to the hospital, deputies said.

Doctors at the hospital told deputies the victim’s injuries were life-threatening. The doctors said the victim lost blood and could also be suffering from a fractured shoulder, deputies said.

Elder was later found and arrested Tuesday for attempted murder, deputies said. He was given no bond.

http://www.clickorlando.com/news/alleged-meth-cook-tried-killing-man-who-snitched-marion/32370352

LAGRANGE COUNTY, Ind. — Community service workers found and got rid of 140 one-pot meth labs in LaGrange County over the weekend, the LaGrange County Sheriff’s Department posted on Facebook Tuesday afternoon.

The bottles can be all different sizes, with powder, crystal or liquid inside.

The department says if you find a bottle that looks like it has been burned, or has a substance inside that looks it shouldn’t belong, do not pick it up, kick it or shake it.

Call the police and allow trained authorities to discard them. As you are doing your spring cleaning this year, please be on the lookout for meth related items.10647128_863352937064018_5652133561315060868_n

If you come in contact with a bottle that appears to be burned or have a substance inside of it that does not appear to be soda or whatever would normally be inside of the type of bottle, call and have trained authorities handle it. If it is smoking make sure to stand away from it and call the police, it could explode. DO NOT PICK UP THE BOTTLE. AND DO NOT KICK IT OR SHAKE IT.

There also could be meth trash inside of trash bags. If you come in contact with bags that are double or triple knotted and you can see bottles inside of them, do not open the bags.

Remember if it’s suspicious then do not touch it and call your local police. Dispatch’s number for LaGrange County is (260) 463-7491. Please share with your friends and family so everyone is aware. And please be careful.

http://www.wndu.com/home/headlines/140-one-pot-meth-labs-discovered-in-LaGrange-County–299746861.html

Danielsville police recently arrested three “squatters” — including one who is suspected of hitting a Clarke County school bus and fleeing — on drug charges.

The suspects were arrested at a condemned house on Hillwood Drive last Thursday, where a search turned up methamphetamine and other drugs, according to Danielsville Police Chief Brenan Baird.

Leslie Ann Ankerich, 26, of Wildflower Drive, Braselton, and William S. Cowart, 22, of Buddy Moore Road, Colbert, were each charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, while Courtney Nicole Davis, 18, of Woodstone Drive, Athens, was charged with possession of methamphetamine.

Cowart, who was also charged with possessing Lortab and Adderall, is suspected of driving a car that rear-ended a school bus on Spring Valley Road in Athens-Clarke County on April 8, then leaving the scene, Baird said. There were no injuries in the wreck. Cowart “said he left because he had drugs and he didn’t have a license,” Baird said. The Georgia State Patrol is investigating the crash.

Police and probation officers went to the condemned Danielsville house to make sure people known to be there were moving out, Baird said.

“They were basically squatters, they were not renters,” he said.

Two others at the house were allowed to leave, he said.

http://onlineathens.com/local-news/2015-04-14/three-suspects-charged-having-drugs-condemned-house-danielsville

A Colbert man was sentenced recently in Madison County Superior Court to 20 years in prison for sex crimes.

74 Buddy Moore Road, was sentenced to 20 years confinement for aggravated assault with intent to rape (reduced from rape) and 20 years confinement for child molestation (reduced from statutory rape). He was also sentenced to two years confinement for possession of methamphetamine. Charges of incest, theft by taking and two counts of obstruction of officers were disposed of through nolle prosequi, meaning the charges won’t be prosecuted now but could be later.

http://www.madisonjournaltoday.com/archives/7588-Man-gets-20-years-on-sex-charges.html

JAKARTA – A Japanese man who is on trial in Indonesia for drug trafficking and faces the death penalty if convicted said Tuesday he plans to donate his organs to needy Indonesians if he is executed, as his earlier plan to donate them to a Japanese university may no longer materialize.

Masaru Kawada, 73, from Aichi Prefecture, was arrested at Minangkabau International Airport in the West Sumatra provincial capital of Padang on Nov. 22 after customs officials found 2.35 kg of methamphetamine in his luggage.

On Tuesday, Kawada told the court in Pariaman, about 50 km from Padang, that he did not know he was carrying methamphetamine when he was arrested at the airport.

“I was shocked when I arrived in Padang and was arrested,” he said.

The indictment said a man identified as Edward Mark called Kawada at his home in Japan last November and asked him to travel to Macau and that Mark paid for his air tickets and accommodations in Hong Kong and gave him $500 in travel expenses.

Kawada told Kyodo News in an interview last week that a Chinese woman he met in Macau asked him to carry a bag to a friend in Padang. The drugs were later found in that bag.

During Tuesday’s hearing, Kawada said he had checked the bag and did not find anything suspicious.

He said he only realized he was carrying methamphetamine after customs officials in Padang arrested him and confiscated it. He flew to Padang from Macau via Kuala Lumpur.

Kawada’s trial was adjourned until April 28 to hear the sentence the prosecutors are seeking. He faces the death penalty if found guilty.

In a will written in Indonesian and Japanese, Kawada said: “If I’m found guilty by the judicial panel and am sentenced to five years in jail or even more, I will surely be unable to return to Japan and most probably, I’ll die in Indonesia.”

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/04/15/asia-pacific/crime-legal-asia-pacific/japanese-man-trial-drugs-indonesia-donate-organs-sentenced-death/#.VS53qmtFCUl

MEXICO CITY — Mexican prosecutors have taken into custody a U.S. woman and a Mexican man who were allegedly caught driving a sport utility vehicle with 25 gallons (94 liters) of liquid methamphetamine hidden in the gas tank.

The Attorney General’s Office said Tuesday that the couple was detained on a highway in the northern border state of Sonora following a tip to police. The office said they have been taken to prisons pending drug trafficking charges.

The office says the couple departed Culiacan, Sinaloa, and was driving to Los Angeles.

It did not identify either of the two suspects.

Smugglers have attempted to bring liquid methamphetamine into the United States in tequila bottles and windshield-washer containers.

http://www.fresnobee.com/2015/04/14/4477599_mexico-detains-us-woman-mexican.html?rh=1

mustangs11Five people were arrested after a brawl in the parking lot of a Cantonment bar that injured two people and a deputy.

According to the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, a deputy was on patrol and in the parking lot next to Mustangs North in the 600 block of Highway 95A North about 11:30 Saturday night when he observed a large fight involving approximately 30 people in the bar’s parking lot.

He arrived to find two victims down and bleeding from their injuries. The situation quickly grew out of control as more intoxicated individuals exited the bar into the the parking lot, causing the deputy to call for multiple backups units.

Deputies said they placed 38-year old Billy Monroe Edwards under arrested after he began cussing them and became aggressive, followed by 45-year old Lorraine Cassady Fox who was also aggressive and would not follow orders.

Then an intoxicated 36-year old Amanda Ginette Rutherford ran toward a deputy, throwing a full can of beer and hitting him hard enough in the face to cause the can to “explode”, the report states.mustangs12

Witnesses said the fight started when 30-year old Jenni Marie Michanowicz and an unknown male subject attacked and injured a male and female in the parking lot. She told deputies she was first attacked by the female victim.

A fifth suspect, 49-year old Darren Nelson Kersey, was arrested after deputies said he continued to argue with them about arresting Michanowicz.

At the Escambia County Jail, detention deputies reported that they found powered cocaine, a clear bag containing methamphetamine, a glass pipe for smoking meth and an Adderall tablet in Michanowicz’s purse. Michanowicz was charged with two counts of battery, resisting an officer without violence, possession of methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was released from the Escambia County Jail on a $29,000 bond.

Rutherford was charged with felony battery on a law enforcement officer, felony aggravated battery on an officer, felony resisting an officer with violence, felony inciting or encouraging an affray or riot and disorderly public intoxication. She was released from jail on a $23,000 bond.

Edwards, Kersey and Fox were charged with disorderly pubic intoxication and resisting an officer without violence. Each was released from the Escambia County Jail after posting a $1,000 bond.

The male victim who was knocked unconscious in the parking lot refused medical treatment. The female victim was transported by Escambia County EMS to Sacred Heart Hospital with multiple injuries, including a possibly broken nose.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SANDUSKY, Ohio — A Sandusky teen has been arrested after police found her with a mobile meth lab.sidney%20simcox

19-year-old Sidney Simcox was located by Perkins Township police after a citizen called in a driving complaint on a vehicle. That vehicle had been stolen and Simcox was found inside.

As Simcox was being arrested, officers realized there were components of a mobile methamphetamine lab inside the vehicle, making the arrest a little dangerous.

Officers from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation arrived on the scene a short time later to confirm the ingredients were for meth production. They then successfully dismantled the lab.

Simcox was arrested and is being held in the Erie County Jail on several charges.

http://www.nbc24.com/news/story.aspx?id=1190632#.VS1kDGtFCUl

FAYETTEVILLE — A Fayetteville woman police was arrested on charges Friday after police said they found drugs on her when she arrived at the Washington County Jail.

Police stopped Shana Perry, 23, who was driving a moped near College Avenue and Township Street at 10:49 a.m. Friday because they said she was texting while driving. They said she gave them a false name. She later told officers she’d given a false name because of a probation violation, according to arrest records.

Officers asked Perry if she had any illegal drugs on her and warned her that taking drugs to jail would be a felony charge of furnishing prohibited articles. After arriving at the Washington County Detention Center she said she had a bag of marijuana in her bra. A gram of marijuana was found.

Officers requested a strip search, and deputies discovered a bag in Perry’s rectum. She told police it had between a quarter to half gram of methamphetamine. Deputies also found a second bag they said contained 0.75 grams of methamphetamine.

Perry was arrested in connection with violation of probation or a suspended sentence, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, felony possession of drug paraphernalia, felony furnishing prohibited articles, tampering with physical evidence, texting while driving, obstructing government operations, driving on a suspended or revoked license, resisting arrest and no proof of insurance.

She was being held Sunday in the Washington County Detention Center on $7,500 bond.

http://www.nwaonline.com/news/2015/apr/13/police-texting-driver-arrested-on-drug-/?news-arkansas-nwa