The Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office has put three Texarkana, Arkansas men behind bars on various drug charges. It all stems from an investigation into drug activity in Mira, LA.

A press release from the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office details how the men were found.evand

On Thursday, agents went to 16724 Old Atlanta Mira Road where they contacted Eric Floyd, Reginald Dodd, and Tarence Evans, all of Texarkana, Arkansas. Agents found Floyd attempting to hide a large amount of methamphetamine in a container filled floydwith liquid. Agents also discovered Dodd and Evans in possession of small amounts of marijuana. Approximately 58 grams of methamphetamine and five grams of marijuana were seized.


All three men were arrested and transported to the Caddo Correctional Center. Floyd, 31, was charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. Dodd, 40, was charged with possession of marijuana, second offense, and Evans, 42, was charged with possession of marijuana.

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According to prosecutors, the following individuals were arrested during Tuesday’s warrant sweep tied to a multi-county methamphetamine investigation:

Randy Ahaus, Virginia Baird, Sean Berry, Rodney Burke, Anthony Carey, Emily Carey, Donald Clark Jr., Britt King, Caleb Ludwick, Nicholas Riley, Andy Schnebelt, Brian Sechrest, Erica Sechrest, Billy Shaw, Chailley Shaw, Eugene Taylor, Ralph Taylor III, Sylvia Taylor, Scott Wilson,  and Brandon Withers.meth-arrests-1-10042016

A total of 27 warrants were issued. Some suspects could not be located Tuesday, but their arrest warrants will remain active.

“Of course, these individuals are innocent until proven guilty,” said Dearborn-Ohio County Prosecutor Aaron Negangard.

Negangard added that four children were living inside the Switzerland County home where a meth lab was located Tuesday. The Indiana Department of Child Services was asked to investigate.


(Versailles, Ind.) – More than a dozen people were arrested as several area law enforcement agencies broke up an expansive methamphetamine ring Tuesday.

A total of 27 warrants were issued out of Ripley County court on Tuesday morning. Most of the warrants were for Transfer of Meth Precursor to a Person with the Intent to Manufacture Methamphetamine (level 6 felony), but two were wanted for Dealing in Methamphetamine, a far more serious level 2 felony in Indiana.

Officers spent the late morning and afternoon arresting people in Dearborn, Ripley, Switzerland and Decatur counties. Agencies involved include the Ripley County Sheriff’s Office, Dearborn County Sheriff’s Department, Dearborn County Special Crimes Unit, Indiana State Police, Switzerland County Sheriff’s Office, Decatur County Sheriff’s Department, Versailles Police Department, and others.meth-arrests-4-10042016

One suspect is a Ripley County Highway Department employee who was on a job site at the time the individual was handcuffed. A meth lab was discovered as a warrant was being served in Switzerland County.

Ripley County Prosecutor Ric Hertel said Tuesday’s roundup was the largest in the county in at least 20 years.

“There is a lot of talk about the war on drugs and how we lost and we failed,” said Hertel. “I don’t see any white flags in this room being waved around at this point in time. We don’t believe that the war on drugs is over.”

The investigation started in March when eight people were arrested, Hertel said. The investigation included the review of pseudoephedrine purchasing logs kept by pharmacists and police putting in a lot of surveillance time.

Negangard described the operation as one which utilized a method called “smurfing”. That’s where a meth cooks provide the drug or money to addicts – the “smurfs” – if they purchase and provide to the cook cold medicine containing pseudoephedrine. Pseudoephedrine is a crucial ingredient in the meth making process.

“Essentially, they are co-conspirators int he manufacture of methamphetamine,” said Negangard. “Without these individuals, there can’t be the meth. So they’re a significant part of that process and need to be prosecuted.”

While heroin gets a lot of attention in the news headlines these days, Hertel says Indiana’s meth problem never went away. As recently as 2014, the state ranked number one in the nation for meth lab seizures.

Hertel added that there are two main sources of meth in Ripley County and the surrounding area. Some of the meth is made by local cooks, those targeted in Tuesday’s roundup. Much of the rest, crystal meth, is trafficked in by cartels.

Each of the suspects arrested Tuesday, regardless of where they were located, were taken to the Ripley County Jail to face charges there. When asked if there was room in the county jail, Sheriff Jeff Cumberworth quipped, “We’ll squeeze them in.”



UPDATE: Police Round Up Meth “Smurfs” Across Southeast Indiana


ATLANTA – Federal and DeKalb County authorities busted a fully functional drug lab across from an elementary school, uncovering $13 million worth of heroin, cocaine and meth, and nearly $150,000 in cash.juan%20perez-garcia_pedro%20suarez-rangel%20final_1475613146006_2128422_ver1_0_640_360

The DEA Atlanta Office, the DeKalb Police Department and the DeKalb District Attorney’s Office announced the “significant” discovery at a press conference Tuesday. The conference began at 10:30 a.m. at the Richard B. Russell Federal Building.

“I’m especially disturbed that this meth lab was operating directly across the street from a school,” DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James said. “There’s no telling how the hundreds of students there could have been impacted by the proximity of such dangerous drugs to a school. We do this to make sure that the type of terrible drugs found at this house don’t destroy families and people’s lives. Our partnership with the DEA and with DeKalb County Police only scratches the surface of our fight to remove these drugs from our community.”

During the raid on September 26, authorities arrested 23-year-old Pedro Suarez-Rangel and 28-year-old Juan Perez-Garcia, who they say were purchasing materials for the purpose of cooking methamphetamine at a residence in Stone Mountain.
Garcia and Rangel, who are described as Mexican Nationals, are charged with trafficking methamphetamine, trafficking cocaine, trafficking heroin and manufacturing, distributing or possessing a controlled substance within a school zone.
Authorities seized 13.5 pounds of crystal methamphetamine (ICE), 300 pounds of liquid methamphetamine, 20 pounds of finished crystal methamphetamine (ICE) and a quantity of heroin and cocaine from the home.
Based on the amount of items seized, authorities determined that the laboratory was capable of producing 500 plus pounds of methamphetamine, and that it had been in operation for some time. eadyeay3wetgretq
Authorities say the men were operating the meth lab inside the home, which is located directly across the street from Pine Ridge Elementary with a high school and middle school nearby.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A federal grand jury recently indicted eight people from Springfield, two people from Willard, and five people from out of the state for their roles in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in Greene County. The 37-count indictment replaces a previous indictment against several people in this group, and adds more charges and more defendants.

This case shows how, in recent years, a network of people delivers most of the meth consumed in Springfield from Mexico and the southwestern United States.

The indicted people are Patrick Brigaudin, 54; Timothy Hall, 55; Jennifer Minor, 41; Amber Vantuyl, 35; Gary Driggers, 64; William Eft, 66; Leah Binney, 55; and William Watts, 58, all of Springfield; Gayla Phillips, 41; and Richard Sherwood, 58, both of Willard; Adrian Ortiz-Corrales, 41, and Eduardo Diaz, 52, both of Las Vegas, Nev., and Carlos Luna, 42, Federico Herrera-Preciado, 51, and Maria Zetina-Ortega, 28, all who have no known address.

According to affidavits used as the basis of the charges, law enforcement officers in Texas intercepted a shipment of approximately 15 pounds of meth, of which nine pounds was allegedly being delivered to Brigaudin, in March 2015. Brigaudin was arrested with Hall, Diaz and Ortiz-Corrales last Feb. 29 when law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at his home at 1720 E. McDaniel St. in Springfield. The raid and arrests followed a two-and-a-half year investigation.

According to the affidavits, Diaz and Ortiz-Corrales were in the garage and were in the process of accessing a hidden compartment underneath the bed of a 1994 Dodge pickup. Officers arrested Brigaudin as he tried to flee out the back door of his home. Officers found about 12 pounds of meth and 6.5 pounds of heroin inside the truck’s hidden compartment. While officers were at Brigaudin’s home, Hall arrived on a motorcycle, and was arrested.

The federal indictment alleges that all of the defendants participated in conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in Greene County from October 2013 to Feb. 29, 2016. The federal indictment also alleges that Brigaudin, Ortiz-Corrales, Phillips, Luna, Herrera-Preciado and Zetina-Ortega participated in a money-laundering conspiracy during that time by conspiring to conduct financial transactions that involved the proceeds of illegal drug trafficking.

Ortiz-Corrales and Diaz are also charged together in one count of possessing one kilogram or more of heroin with the intent to distribute. Investigators believe Ortiz-Corrales came to Springfield at least three times this year for “drug-related business” with Brigaudin. They say Ortiz-Corrales and Brigaudin went to banks in Springfield and money in quantities just below amounts that would trigger mandatory reporting requirements from the banks.

Investigators believe Diaz crossed the U.S. – Mexico border at border control checkpoints at least nine times between mid-2015 and March of this year.

In addition to the drug-trafficking and money-laundering conspiracies, Brigaudin is charged with four counts of distributing methamphetamine and one count of attempting to possess methamphetamine with the intent to distribute. Brigaudin, Ortiz-Corrales and Diaz are charged together in one count of possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute.

Brigaudin and Phillips are charged together in one count of money laundering. Ortiz-Corrales and Luna are charged together in two counts of money laundering. Ortiz-Corrales and Herrera-Preciado are charged together in two counts of money laundering. Ortiz-Corrales, Herrera-Preciado and Zetina-Ortega are charged together in two counts of money laundering.

Vantuyl, Hall, Binney, Eft and Sherwood are each also charged with one count of possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute.

Minor is also charged with two counts of distributing methamphetamine. Phillips is charged with one count of distributing methamphetamine.

Driggers is also charged with four counts of using a telephone to facilitate the drug-trafficking conspiracy. Binney is charged with two counts of using a telephone to facilitate the drug-trafficking conspiracy. Minor, Eft, Hall, Phillips, Watts and Sherwood are each charged with one count of using a telephone to facilitate the drug-trafficking conspiracy.

Watts is also charged with maintaining a premises that he made available for unlawfully storing, distributing, and using methamphetamine.

The indictment also contains forfeiture allegations that would require Brigaudin to forfeit to the government any property derived from the proceeds of the alleged drug-trafficking conspiracy, including $5,603, a 2006 Lincoln Mark LT and a 1998 Harley Davidson motorcycle, all of which were seized by law enforcement officers. A forfeiture allegation would require Phillips to forfeit $18,000, which was seized by law enforcement officers. A forfeiture allegation would require Ortiz-Corrales to forfeit $880 that was seized by law enforcement officers.

Documents previously filed in court said Brigaudin liked to spend time at Downstream Casino in Quapaw, Okla. Between January 2009 and April 2015, officers found out, he put more than $10 million into its slot machines and gained $8.4 million in winnings.

The Drug Enforcement Administration, IRS-Criminal Investigation, Immigration and Custom Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Springfield Police Department, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Ozark Police Department, the Greene County Sheriff’s Department, the COMET (Combined Ozarks Multijurisdictional Enforcement Team) Task Force and the South Central Drug Task Force all worked together on this case.



About $17 million of methamphetamine – 17 kilograms – has been seized following a seven-month police and Customs sting.1475621832436

Three people have been arrested and charged with importing methamphetamine, supplying methamphetamine and money laundering.

About $150,000 worth of jewelry and $200,000 cash were also recovered.

The sting, dubbed Operation Cossack, was an investigation into the alleged importing of methamphetamine by a member of the Thailand Chapter of the Bandidos Motor Cycle Gang.

Detective Senior Sergeant Albie Alexander of the Counties Manukau Organized Crime Unit said the methamphetamine was destined for the New Zealand market.1475621832436a

“Methamphetamine is a significant driver of crime in New Zealand,” he said.

“It ruins lives, destroys families and does enormous damage to our communities.”

Venkant Raman, a member of the Counties Manukau police South Asian Advisory Board, said Customs and the police had carried out a “meticulous” investigation.

“The impact of drugs on our communities can be devastating, and we as a community need to all stand up and say that we will not accept it,” he said.

Three men aged 54, 31 and 28 will appear in court this month in relation to the operation.

Police said further charges could be laid as the investigation continued.


Police describe the Bandidos as a worldwide organized crime syndicate.

The gang’s first chapter was started in Texas in the 1960s and there are now chapters throughout the United States, Europe, Australia and Southeast Asia.

It was established in New Zealand in 2012 and now has chapters in south Auckland and Christchurch, as well as prospect chapters in Dunedin and Invercargill.

The gang’s motto is “We are the people your parents warned you about.”

In Australia, the gang has clashed violently with fierce rivals The Rebels Motorcycle Club.

Gang expert Dr Jarrod Gilbert has previously said that it was unclear whether those conflicts would emerge in New Zealand.

“I do feel that in a growing scene gang violence becomes somewhat inevitable,” he said.

“In a crowded room, somebody is always going to get elbowed.”


Oklahoma was reaching an unprecedented height in the use of methamphetamine when Edmond author Rashi Shukla began her study on the impact of the illicit drug.

State legislators passed House Bill 2176 in 2004 to deal with the use of pseudoephedrine and meth labs in the state.

“That’s when we put pseudoephedrine behind the counter,” said Shukla, a professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Central Oklahoma.

Shukla will do a book signing of “Methamphetamine: A Love Story” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Full Circle Bookstore, 1900 N.W. Expressway in Oklahoma City.

“What motivated me to write the book was after coming back to Oklahoma after doing my Ph.D. in 2004, I needed to find something to research,” Shukla said.

She received her Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University and has served as lead investigator of a multi-method study of the methamphetamine problem for more than a decade. Her research, which focuses on offender decision-making and the evolution of drug problems, has been presented in numerous forums, both nationally and internationally.

“Methamphetamine: A Love Story” presents an insider’s view of the world of methamphetamine based on the life stories of 33 adults linked to the drug in Oklahoma

She designed a method of study and UCO supported her four-year effort that reveals different aspects of the meth problem. She interviewed former methamphetamine cooks. Some of them were directly involved in supplying the drug or using it.

These personal stories reveal how and why people with limited economic means and inadequate resources become entrapped in the drug epidemic, while challenging long-standing societal views about addiction, drugs, drug policy and public health, she said.

“We worked with the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics to plot where the labs were being seized,” Shukla said. “We did a survey of all the law enforcement across the state to find out what was happening with methamphetamine after House Bill 2176 was passed.”

The highly profitable drug would sell for $100 a gram, and the manufacturers could spend $200 and make thousands of dollars, Shukla added.

HB 2176 was considered a victory because meth use began to decline in Oklahoma, she said. However, when she conducted a survey  in 2007-08, law enforcement agencies told her that while labs were declining, they began seeing cheaper and purer methamphetamine being trafficked on the streets from out-of-state sources.

“The cartels were bringing it in,” Shukla said.

Federal reports note the increase of trafficking mostly came from across the Mexican border. Drug cartels have always been involved in trafficking drugs from other places, notably cocaine and heroin, she said.

“Meth just became something that became trafficked into Oklahoma more,” she said.

After making public the revelations that have occurred subsequently since her study was done, law enforcement continues to struggle for a solution to the problem.

“We’ve actually seen an increase in meth arrests and possession in the last couple of years,” said Jenny Wagnon, Edmond Police spokeswoman. “We’re seeing more of it coming from drug cartels in Mexico — yes.”

What needs to be done next is a good question, Shukla said.

“It’s something that I, myself, have struggled with for 10 years since I’ve studied it,” she said. “I’ve worked with the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and different law enforcement agencies. Really, it’s going to take a multi-faceted approach as we target prevention and treatment and trying to help people who are already immersed in it.

“We want a simple solution to a complex problem and there isn’t one.”

Available in hardback and paperback, “Methamphetamine: A Love Story” was published in July. The book will be available for sale at Full Circle Books and is also available online at the University of California Press website (see link in signature below) and on

A short audio podcast on the “story behind the story” of the book is available under Shukla Productions on YouTube or via the following link: Additional details about Shukla’s research and the project are available at


A Seymour woman was arrested early Sunday morning on four Level 3 felony charges of dealing in methamphetamine near a school.57f2622340558_hires_-240x300

The charges against Melinda R. Bell, 34, were enhanced to Level 3 felonies because she sold methamphetamine to an undercover officer on at least four occasions from her residence near St. Ambrose Catholic School in Seymour, said Detective Cpl. Brian Moore with the Seymour Police Department.

Moore said Bell, who lives in the 300 block of South Chestnut Street, was getting the methamphetamine she was selling from the Louisville, Kentucky, area.

“She wasn’t going to Louisville,” he said. “Someone was getting it and delivering it to her.”

The investigation into Bell’s activities began just a little more than a year ago when police received information she was selling methamphetamine, Moore said.

He said Bell wasn’t selling large quantities of methamphetamine, but the charges were enhanced because she was selling methamphetamine near a school and when classes were in session.

Moore said the investigation is ongoing with other arrests possible.

Bell was booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown at 1:20 a.m. Sunday and was being held without bond pending her initial hearing.

A Level 3 felony is punishable by three to 16 years in prison upon conviction.


A string of obscenities and lack of a seatbelt triggered a far-from-merry chase for Winona police and a jail cell for an Onalaska man.photo184118width150

According to the criminal complaint filed Monday in Winona County District Court, the incident began at 5:17 p.m. Sunday when a vehicle driven by Jason Robert Wilchinski, 36, made a left turn in front of a Winona police officer stopped for the stop sign at Fourth Street and Mankato Avenue.

As Wilchinski pulled onto Fourth Street, he yelled a pair of unprovoked f-bombs at the officer, whose attention was drawn to Wilchinski’s lack of a seatbelt, court documents state.

The officer made a U-turn and Wilchinski accelerated sharply hitting speeds between 75 and 90 mph as he raced past Hamilton Street, then fishtailed left onto Franklin, where the officer terminated his pursuit, radioing in a description of Wilchinski.

The officer turned onto Franklin Street and was promptly flagged down by a passing bicyclist who pointed to Wabasha Street, where he soon spotted the vehicle he had been pursuing abandoned between Laird and Chestnut streets in the middle of the street, engine running, window down, doors unlocked.

Neighbors told the officer they heard the vehicle come to a screeching stop, then saw a man hopping fences through back yards. At the same time, dispatch was receiving numerous citizen reports of a man running through backyards near the 400 block of East Sanborn Street, with one caller reporting a man only in his underwear.

Officers approached, spotted Wilchinski’s head peering around a corner, then found him hiding under a porch, clad only in underwear and socks, the complaint said.

Officers pulled him out from under the porch, and once out, he immediately attempted to run and resisted efforts to handcuff him. Once subdued, a search turned up a baggie containing 0.07 gram of methamphetamine concealed in his sock. As he was wrestled toward a squad car he repeatedly yelled “Help!” and “I have a dead guy who follows me!”

He was taken to Winona Health for evaluation, and was then no more cooperative as he was booked into the jail. When his handcuffs were removed he grabbed cash off the booking room counter, ripped it up and ate a portion, and then pulled off his underwear, the complaint states.

Wilchinski made his initial court appearance Monday, charged with fleeing police in a motor vehicle, fifth degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), obstructing the legal process with force, fleeing police on foot, and disorderly conduct. He remains in custody in the Winona County Jail in lieu of $50,000 unconditional bond or $10,000 bond with conditions.


GOLETA -On October 1, 2016, The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office announced the arrest of two men following a five-month undercover investigation in to the trafficking of methamphetamine. The investigation was conducted by investigators and special agents from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Special Investigations Bureau, Santa Barbara Regional Crime Abatement Team and the California Department of Justice.


During the investigation, undercover law enforcement officers negotiated to buy and have delivered 20 pounds of methamphetamine to a location within the City of Goleta. The two men who delivered the methamphetamine to the officers were identified as Guillermo Rea, 27, and Victor Ruvalcaba-Romero, 36, both of Goleta. The officers seized more than 20 pounds of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of over $729,600.

Rea and Ruvalcaba-Romero were booked into Santa Barbara County Jail on drug possession and sales charges.10011601

“Drug dealers make their money by feeding the addictions of drug users who wreak havoc in our communities,” said California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) President Alan Barcelona. “I commend the investigators and agents who worked this case and I am thankful this investigation was conducted, and concluded with no injuries to any involved.  Undercover drug investigations are very dangerous operations.”


A Campti man being taken into custody on outstanding warrants tried to hide a syringe filled with meth in the back of a patrol car, according to a release.

On Saturday, Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s deputies went to the 200 block of Cloud Crossing Road near Campti to arrest Richard Wayne Smith, 50, on warrants 636110997203227646-ani-richard-wayne-smithcharging him with illegal possession of stolen things and simple criminal damage to property.

They found him in the front yard of a residence, where there also was a child, reads the release. Once the deputies told Smith why they were there, Smith yelled that he wasn’t going back to jail and ran away.

The deputies chased Smith through the house and onto a back porch, where he was caught. But Smith again began yelling that he wasn’t going to jail and “began swinging his arms, resisting arrest,” it reads.

“While attempting to place Smith in the rear of a patrol unit, a relative began walking towards deputies, screaming,” it continues. “A back-up unit arrived on scene, informing the relative to refrain from their actions.”

After Smith had been placed into the rear seat of the car, they saw him moving around and decided to search the area. The search produced the syringe with suspected meth, reads the release.

Smith was booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center, charged with the warrants, possession of meth, second or subsequent offense possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting an officer, illegal possession of a controlled dangerous substance in the presence of a minor and criminal obstruction of justice.

He remains in jail, awaiting bond.



SARASOTA COUNTY (WWSB) – A Nokomis man was arrested Friday after deputies discovered a large amount of methamphetamine on his person.

According to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO), detectives received 57f2992334e05_imageinformation that 36-year-old Johnathon Whitford would be traveling to Bradenton to pick up a large quantity of methamphetamine. Detectives were advised that Whitford would be driving in a 2003 gray, Chevrolet pickup.

Around 3:20 p.m., Whitford’s vehicle was observed by deputies, exiting I-75 southbound and continuing westbound on Laurel Road. During an investigative stop in the parking lot of 2348 Laurel Road in Venice, deputies performed a search of both Whitford’s person and his vehicle.

Reports say, deputies discovered a plastic baggy concealed in Whitford’s crotch area. The bag was tested and confirmed by the SCSO to contain 23.1 grams of methamphetamine.


KUNA — The Kuna assistant football coach who was fired Friday after he was arrested for drug charges has posted bond.

Robby Lee Washington, 48, bonded out of the Canyon County jail after his personal possessions tested positive for meth, weed and cocaine.57ede0798c8b6_image

According to a probable cause affidavit obtained from the Canyon County Sheriff’s Office, Washington was pulled over by Nampa Police officers at 2 p.m. Thursday in downtown Nampa.

According to the affidavit, Nampa police received a call around 12:40 p.m. from a woman who said she was Washington’s ex-girlfriend and was pregnant with his child. She told police that Washington was dealing drugs out of his office and his home. She also informed police that Washington often carried drugs with him in his 2007 white Ford Edge. She told the police that Washington was dealing marijuana, cocaine, pills and methamphetamine.

A Nampa police officer saw Washington’s car pull into a loan office on 12th Avenue and Seventh Street South in Nampa around 1:45 p.m. Thursday, according to the affidavit. The reporting officer watched Washington enter the loan office with a black briefcase and walk out 15 minutes later with the same briefcase. When Washington pulled out of the parking lot onto Seventh Street South, he did not stop fully or use his blinker, the affidavit stated. The Nampa officer proceeded with a traffic stop.

Once the police officer made contact with Washington, another Nampa Police officer arrived to the scene with a police drug dog, the affidavit stated. The drug dog alerted the officers to the driver’s side window of Washington’s car. Once officers searched the car, the officers found a glass pipe with white crystal residue, a pen cap with white crystal residue and a baggie with white powdery substance.

Officers also located in a green cooler a digital scale with green leafy substance, rolling papers and a red container with green leafy substance. The second officer used a narcotics identification kit on scene for methamphetamine and tested some of the white crystal substance in the glass pipe. He said the result of that test was presumptive positive for methamphetamine, according to the affidavit.

Washington was arrested and transported to the Canyon County jail. The reporting officer later and weighed and tested the green leafy substance that had a total package weight of 17.6 grams and that tested presumptive positive for marijuana using a narcotics identification kit. He also tested the white powder in the baggie with a narcotics identification kit for cocaine. It tested presumptive positive for cocaine. The small amount of white crystal substance on the blue pen cap also tested presumptive positive for methamphetamine.




Washington made his first court appearance Friday. According to court documents, Judge Bradly Ford set Washington’s bond for $10,000, which Washington posted that day.

Washington is charged with two felony counts of possession of a controlled substance, one felony count of a persistent violator, one misdemeanor of possession of a controlled substance and one misdemeanor of drug paraphernalia with the intent to use.

He now faces up to a maximum sentence of life in prison. The maximum penalty for Washington’s felony drug charges is seven years in prison, but prosecutors told Ford on Sept. 30 that Washington’s past criminal history shows he is a “persistent violator” which can increase the maximum penalty to life in prison.

The Kuna school district has released a statement that said Washington would never have been hired had proper procedures been followed. The district is also making counselors available to students.



FLORENCE, SC (WBTW) – The Florence County Sheriff’s Office says they discovered a meth lab at a Florence hotel.wryh46yh4w4e5tq

According to Mike Nunn with the Florence County Sheriff’s Office, the meth lab was discovered at the Suburban Extended Stay on West Lucas Street.

Nunn also says one person was transported to an area hospital for treatment.

Officials say the investigation is ongoing.





Florence deputies discover meth lab in hotel


BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY, Ind. – Police in Bartholomew County say a man was under the influence of methamphetamine when he struck a teen with his Mercedes and left the scene.tgrbhthswhwt

The crash happened around 9:30 p.m. Saturday on South Jonesville Road near Spears Street. A caller said a Mercedes struck a pedestrian and continued southbound.

4 Fast Facts

  • Police arrest man after hit-and-run crash in Bartholomew County
  • Witness said Mercedes was “all over the road” before hitting teen
  • Driver arrested on charges of driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene
  • Police said the man had methamphetamine in his possession

Sgt. Kris Weisner with the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department saw the car and pulled it over. Weisner identified the driver as Keith M. Isaacs, 47, Seymour, who told the deputy that he didn’t realize he’d hit anyone with his car.

The deputy observed that Isaacs’ pupils were constricted, his eyes were droopy and his speech was slurred.

The witness who originally reported the crash said they were following Isaacs’ Mercedes and said the car was “all over the road” before hitting the pedestrian.

A 16-year-old was hit; the teen complained of pain in his hip and went to Columbus Regional Hospital, where he was treated and released.

Police found four baggies in Isaacs’ wallet that contained a crystalline substance; the substance tested positive for methamphetamine, police said.

Isaacs was arrested on preliminary charges of operating while intoxicated with a prior, leaving the scene of a personal injury accident and possession of methamphetamine.




Police: Man under influence of meth when car hit teen, left the scene


Carolyn Disbrow lives in Leslie, a town she describes as quiet, but she says it felt like a cop show on Sunday afternoon as a mobile meth lab was busted outside of her house by Michigan State Police.wefwfwfww

“I’ve never seen anything like it,” she says.

But D/Lt. Brian Bahlau of the Tri-County Metro Narcotics Squad says busts like these aren’t all that uncommon right now.

“I think it’s just as bad as ever,” Bahlau claims.

What MSP is noticing is that meth labs are moving.

“I think over the last year it’s become more prevalent in different locations,” Bahlau explains, “whereas some years back it was more prevalent in outlying county areas, maybe rural areas, not so much the city, but what we are seeing now is a lot of that coming into this city.”

This comes off a massive meth lab bust in south Lansing about a week ago that detectives described as the biggest they’ve seen in the area.

Bahlau points out: “just the fact that they’re cooking that much just shows how prevalent meth is.”

The lab had around 80 one-pots of meth, which Bahlau says is concerning for MSP:

“It is troubling, because the amount of pseudoephedrine necessary to do that many one pots would be significant. So it’s troubling in the sense that they’re able to get that much and cook that much.”

But Bahlau says investigations and busts like these two will hopefully put an end to meth in the area.



Many of Mexico‘s most violent cities are home to competing criminal groups and drug-fueled conflicts, a clear sign of how organized crime is contributing to the country’s worsening security situation.

The seven most violent cities in Mexico with a population of more than 100,000 are all in the states of either Colima or Guerrero, according to official figures collated by Animal Politico. Both of these states currently serve as battlegrounds between rival cartels.

Cities in states like Michoacán (Apatzingán, Zamora, Lázaro Cárdenas), Veracruz (Tierra Blanca, Papantla, Poza Rica de Hidalgo), Tamaulipas (Ciudad Victoria), Baja California (Playas de Rosarito, Tijuana, Tecate) and Sinaloa (Culiacán, Navolato, Mazatlán), which also have a high presence of criminal groups and illicit activity, are included as well in Animal Politico’s list of the country’s 50 most violent cities.

Some of the the worst-offending cities, however, share a state with Mexico’s least violent cities — Metepec and San Felipe de Progreso in the state of Mexico, for example, and San Andres Tuxtla in Veracruz.2016-09-30-mex_violent_cities

Despite claims by Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto to the contrary, homicides in Mexico have been on the rise since early 2016 and are now back to highs not seen since 2012.

More homicides were officially reported in July this year than during any other month of Peña Nieto’s term. There were 2,073 homicides that month, according to the National Public Security System (Sistema Nacional de Seguridad Pública – SNSP). July’s homicides bring the 2016 total to 12,376, a 16 percent increase over the same period a year earlier.

InSight Crime Analysis

Animal Politico’s ranking is further evidence that the Mexican government is losing in its battle against organized crime, with the country’s security institutions incapable of reining in violence perpetrated by and between criminal groups.

Tecoman and Manzanillo in Colima, two of the three most violent cities in Mexico, are both battlegrounds likely due to the port of Manzanillo, an important arrival point for the precursors needed for the production of methamphetamine. Violence in the state of Colima as a whole has soared this year, and according to security analyst Alejandro Hope, is currently the front line of a war for control between the Sinaloa and Jalisco cartels. The tiny state is sandwiched between two other violent entities — Jalisco and Michoacán, where only recently a state police helicopter was shot down by a criminal group, possibly the Knights Templar.

Mexican authorities have made significant advances in battling the Knights Templar in Michoacán, as well as neutralizing a vigilante uprising turned nasty by transforming them into a Rural Defense Force. But that force has since been disbanded, and recent events point to an uptick in violence and a possible comeback for the Knights Templar.

As for Acapulco, Guerrero — one of the most violent cities in the world, not just Mexico — rivalries between dozens of gangs has for years seen murders happen on the beaches and boardwalks of one of Mexico’s tourism jewels. Criminal groups in Acapulco have fragmented, in part due to the weakening of the Beltran Leyva Organization. Authorities think that there could be as many as 50 different criminal groups operating across the state, which is the epicenter of poppy production in Mexico.

This list also shows how violence in Mexico isn’t generalized, but rather focused in specific regions and even sub-regions, which explains why in the same state — such as Veracruz and the state of Mexico — some cities can be plagued by violence while others are considered to be among the safest in the country.


Posted by Chuck B Almada  published from Inquisitr By Elizabeth Gail (Inquisitr)

Sunday 2 October, 2016

Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman has done a great job of growing the influence of his cartel over the years, with its operations extending to overseas markets such as Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, right, is escorted by soldiers and marines to a waiting helicopter, at a federal hangar in Mexico City, Friday, Jan. 8, 2016. The world's most wanted drug lord was recaptured by Mexican marines Friday, six months after he fled through a tunnel from a maximum security prison in an escape that deeply embarrassed the government and strained ties with the United States.(AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)Europe and the Philippines. But since he’s currently in prison, he has left a power vacuum that is problematic to fill. This has made rival cartels bolder in attempts to take over territories controlled by the Sinaloa Cartel, his organization.

And just recently, one of the fastest growing drug trafficking outfits in Mexico, the Jalisco New  Generation Cartel (CJNG), kidnapped one of El Chapo Guzman’s son, Jesus Alfredo Guzman. The move was believed to have been undertaken as a warning to the Sinaloa Cartel’s leadership, and a way to demonstrate that the CJNG had the means to intimidate the top brass.

Although Alfredo was released about a week after the kidnapping, it has been speculated that he was used as a bargaining chip to gain more narco-trafficking routes to the United States. The following is an excerpt on this from Fox News.

“Seven gunmen swept into La Leche restaurant in Puerto Vallarta’s hotel district early Monday, taking the 16 people gathered there by surprise. Without firing a shot, they marched six men out.
“In a flash, 29-year-old Jesus Alfredo Guzman Salazar became a valuable potential bargaining chip — or a high-profile casualty — in the cartel turf battles that are wreaking havoc in large swaths of Mexico. Analysts say Jalisco New Generation could try to use him as leverage to win territory or other gains from what has been the country’s dominant gang.”

And now, just a month after the incident, the two most dominant cartels in Mexico, The Jalisco New Generation Cartel and the Sinaloa cartel are reported to be entangled in a war to dominate the American heroin market.

They have also been involved in violent conflicts in narco-trafficking corridors in Mexico such as Colima, Michoacan, Baja California Sur, and Baja California. According to Russell K. Baer, spokesperson for the Drug Enforcement Administration, the two have recently conflicted over smuggling routes and areas of influence within the United States.

One of the main indicators of the move to increase heroin supplies in the US is the recent drug bust that led to the discovery of a drug trafficking ring that moved the drug from Mexico to the East Coast via Arizona. The following is an excerpt of the report by Insight Crime on this.

“On September 23, law enforcement agencies in New York and Massachusetts announced a major bust of a nationwide heroin trafficking ring that allegedly moved drugs from Mexico to Arizona and on to East Coast markets. The same day, the Treasury Department blacklisted several individuals linked to the Sinaloa Cartel, including Eliseo Imperial Castro, the nephew of Ismael ‘El Mayo’ Zambada Garcia.”

The number of heroin seizures has also gone up, indicating a shift in the market towards heroin. The drug has for a long time has been supplied to the East Coast by the Colombians. But according to the report, the Colombians are slowly losing their influence in the heroin trade game as they no longer control the streets. However, they are still the main suppliers of cocaine to the Mexicans who in turn have extensive drug distribution networks in America.

In other news, El Chapo Guzman’s sons are believed to have been behind a recent attack on a military convoy. The incident happened in Culiacan, Sinaloa, El Chapo Guzman’s territory, and was apparently to rescue one of the Sinaloa cartel’s operatives who was being escorted by the authorities. The convoy was apparently attacked using high powered guns and grenades leading to the death of five soldiers; while 10 ten others were wounded.

The suspect, Julio Oscar Ortiz Vega was said to have been rescued. He is believed to be a high-ranking member of the Sinaloa cartel. According to the Defense Department, the man had been picked up by the soldiers after a shootout in Badiraguato. He was apprehended while his accomplices fled.

The Narco Map has Changed

Posted: 3rd October 2016 by Doc in Uncategorized

Translated by Chuck B Alamada for Borderland Beat from a Diario de Yucatan article Thursday 29 September, 2016

CJNG is becoming the most Powerful

On May 1, 2015, CJNG changed the paradigm of the 40 year old battle between the Mexican state and organized crime; it used a rocket launcher to take down a cartel_map_cng_201_octMexican Army helicopter. Prior to that, Carteles had demonstrated that their combat power was strong enough to resist, but not to overcome, that of the Federal Government, this according to an investigation conducted by “Animal Politico.”

The Mexican Armed Forces recognized that they had never before witnessed an attack of that magnitude, in which eight military members died. But taking down the helicopter in Guadalajara, Jalisco was not the only thing that this criminal group accomplished that day. CJNG also placed 39 roadblocks in 20 municipalities in three different states with the goal of stopping the federal forces. Additionally, it authored four gun battles against police and military, and most importantly, it prevented the capture of its founding leader, Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, better known as El Mencho. It was just in 2011 that this group had been included as one of the nine drug cartels that operate in the country.

This wasn’t the first time that this criminal group reacted with high levels of violence and great strategy against the federal government. A month prior, this group executed an ambush against police; on April 7, 2015, members of the Police in Jalisco were returning from conducting community work in the coastal area when a vehicle blocked their path in the town of Soyatan. An armed group of men opened fire and killed 15 officers while injuring five others. The State’s Security Commissioner, Alejandro Solorio Arechiga said that the ambushed was in response to the arrest of Heriberto Acevedo Cardenas AKA El Gringo who was considered as one of the regional leaders of CJNG.

Local authorities have recognized that every time that there’s an arrest or killing of a high ranking CJNG member, the cartel will respond with violence. Additionally, never before has any criminal organization gained so much power that quickly in Mexico. It took the big and traditional cartels that dominated the business between 1980 and 1990 three presidencies (18 years) to gain their power. According to the PGR (State Attorney’s Office), since its inception in 2011, CJNG maintains the majority of its operations in the Mexican Pacific regions which include Colima, Jalisco, and Nayarit. The DEA and the department of the Treasury have identified their presence from the Gulf to the Pacific and from border to border, south and north of the country.

Information provided by Mexican and American authorities report CJNG activities in 14 states, almost half of the Mexican territory. CJNG presence increased during the Peña Nieto presidency. This criminal organization was recognized as a drug cartel with the ability to traffic at the national and international level as early as 2011, this according to the PGR.  Five years later it is considered the criminal group with most presence in the country with operations in 14 different states even surpassing those of the Sinaloa Cartel (historically, Sinaloa Cartel had dominated the business).

Its first operations took place in Jalisco, Nayarit, and Colima where it emerged as a criminal organization. CJNG then extended its presence to Michoacan, Guanajuato, Veracruz, Guerrero, Morelos, San Luis Potosi, Mexico State, and even the Federal District (as of 2014). The latest information from Mexican and American authorities regarding CJNG operations is that of June 2016, they also have a presence in Aguacalientes, Baja California and have even reached the coasts of Oaxaca and Chiapas and of the southeast.  Currently, it is the only criminal organization with a presence in Gulf States, Pacific Ocean, and both south and northern borders.

Expansion Factor

The Department of the Treasury and DEA agree that one of the main factors behind the rapid expansion is due to them sharing operations with Los Cuinis who are experts in the trafficking of cocaine and meth, but most importantly in money laundering. The former member of the now defunct Milenio Cartel and now leader of Los Cuinis, Abigael Gonzalez Valencia who was arrested in Mexico in February of 2015 is also the brother-in-law of El Mencho. The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) included them both in their April 2015 list of Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act.

Origin and Transformation

mencho_cuiniIgnacio “Nacho” Coronel leader of the Sinaloa Cartel in Jalisco died on July 29, 2010 as a result of an operation on behalf of the Mexican Military. In addition to controlling the Pacific Zone, during the last years of his life, Nacho Coronel created an armed group with the mission of preventing the entry of Los Zetas, the criminal organization with more presence in Mexico during the Felipe Calderon administration. Nacho Coronel’s armed group became known as Los Mata Zetas (The Zeta Killers). In the beginning, Mexican authorities identified this group only as a cell of the Sinaloa Cartel, but a year after Nacho’s death, its independence was recognized as the 9th criminal organization that operated in the country along the following cartels: Tijuana, Sinaloa, Golfo, Beltran Leyva, Zetas, La Familia, and Caballeros Templarios.

For journalist and writer Javier Valdez Cardenas, the conception of this cartel was the death of Coronel. “This void was filled by CJNG with its leaders, with its own routes, new partners, but still using the same structure it already had as Sinaloa Cartel, only that in this case, Sinaloa Cartel was stripped of its territory in Jalisco.” The journalist assures that as an independent force, CJNG has made a treaty with the Sinaloa Cartel to avoid that Jalisco becomes a battleground and added that even El Mencho travelled to Sinaloa to fortify this agreement.

On September 24, 2011, Los Mata Zetas scored one of the worst massacres duringmatazetas-vs-caballerostemplarios the Felipe Calderon administration when 49 bodies were dumped on the streets of Boca del Rio, Veracruz. This is how El Mencho and Abigael Gonzalez Valencia created CJNG, born from the strong arm of Nacho Coronel and from the remains of the Milenio Cartel (also from Los Valencia). It operated as a Sinaloa Cartel ally since the 1980s until the Vicente Fox presidency when its founder, Armando Valencia Cornelio AKA El Maradona was arrested in 2003 and the federal government declared this organization as defunct.

According to DEA, CJNG’s expansion started in 2011 after taking over Michoacán and Veracruz which previously belonged to Los Caballeros Templarios and Los Zetas, respectively.  Security expert, Alejandro Hope argues that at least on two occasions, the actions and/or omissions on behalf of Auto Defensas had favored the consolidation of this cartel. The first was between 2011 and 2013 when in Veracruz Los Mata Zetas confronted Los Zetas: “There was an official tolerance to strike against Los Zetas that had become an extremely violent group.”

“The fall of Los Caballeros Templarios as a result of the Federal Government is the second important incident. That cartel was its territorial rival in the zones of Michoacan and Jalisco and also in the meth market. The weakening in 2014 of Los Caballeros Templarios has empowered CJNG. Also, CJNG can seize on the opportunity of Chapo’s arrest to continue its expansion.” DEA has alerted that while Cartels, including Sinaloa, were busy fighting the government on the so called War on Drugs, the CJNG expanded throughout the country. >This past March, the U.S. Consulate General in Tijuana reported in its Northeast Crime and Security report that in its quest to dominate the main drug trafficking routes, CJNG is facing old cartels on the border. Tijuana has been historically dominated by the Arellano Felix Cartel, but also has the presence of other organizations. Tijuana has also been fought by Sinaloa Cartel and or Juarez due to it being an important route.

The Most Powerful?

According to OFAC director, John E. Smith, “CJNG has relied on violence and corruption to become one of the most powerful drug trafficking organizations in Mexico.” Seven months later, the administrator said that the U.S. is making every effort to destroy the money laundry operations of this powerful criminal organization. UNAM professor and national security expert, Javier Olea has said that this cartel has become stronger after acquiring members from Los Caballeros Templarios and of La Familia Michoacana.  In less than five years, CJNG entered the U.S. black list of most important drug organizations. With the Sinaloa Carte’s Leader, El Chapo in prison since January 2016, CJNG leader, El Mencho is now a priority objective.

Borderland Beat Reporter Chuck Bernabe Almada Posted at 1:56 PM


WHITLEY COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) – A Whitley County woman was arrested Saturday after a short foot chase.

Tabitha Harmon, 25, of Corbin, has been charged with trafficking in harmon8methamphetamine, giving a false name, fleeing or evading police and resisting arrest.

A sheriff’s deputy was called to a home on Maple Creek Road after a trespassing call. When the deputy arrived, he found Harmon inside, who first gave a fake name, then ran from the deputy.

The deputy chased Harmon through a briar thicket and arrested her.

Harmon had three outstanding warrants, including one in a case for trafficking in methamphetamine.


HUTCHINSON – Two Kansas women arrested on September 18, for drug distribution were in Reno County court Friday for the formal reading of charges.

Roberta Arell, 47, and Sunny Chew, 31, both of Wichita, are charged with possessionscreen-shot-2016-09-30-at-3_01_42-pm of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia with intent to distribute, personal use drug paraphernalia, two counts of aggravated endangerment of a child while allegedly selling drugs and illegal transportation of alcohol.

Arell was also charged with criminal possession of a firearm because of a previous conviction for possession of marijuana. She allegedly had a handgun when she was arrested.

The two were allegedly in possession of between 3.5 and 100 grams of methamphetamine and had two children in the car, a 2-year-old and a 6-year-old.

Both women are free on bond and their cases will now move to a waiver-status docket.

Arell has previous drug convictions in 2011 and 2013 in Reno County.



2 Kansas women in court on drug, weapons charges


A Lebanon woman faces felony drug charges after the seizure of nearly 3 pounds of methamphetamine last week on Interstate 5 near Medford.

The Mail Tribune reports 25-year-old Alexandra Nicole Lopez was arrested after a Wednesday evening traffic stop by Oregon State Police.

According to OSP, Lopez was among three people inside a rented black Jeep that was pulled over for speeding. During the stop, the trooper smelled marijuana and air freshener, noticed track marks on Lopez’s arms, and saw several white pills and a blackened piece of tinfoil beneath her on the floor.

The combination of factors led police to search the vehicle, which yielded close to 2.9 pounds of crystal meth. In a compartment near the SUV’s spare tire, a trooper found about 12½ ounces of meth in a Mason jar containing four packages wrapped in condoms.

Elsewhere in the vehicle, the trooper found 2.1 pounds of meth wrapped in a white trash bag.

Lopez made her initial appearance Friday in Jackson County Circuit Court and pleaded not guilty to felony charges of Distributing and Possessing Methamphetamine, along with a misdemeanor charge of Unlawful Possession of Xanax. Her next court appearance is set for October 6th.,4


PROVIDENCE, Ky. (WTVQ) – Kentucky State Police say they arrested a Hopkins County woman on Wednesday after a traffic stop.

Troopers say they stopped a speeding Ford on KY 670 in Providence just before 7:00 p.m.  According to police, when they approached the vehicle, they could smell marijuana.  Investigators say they discovered the driver, 40-year-old Tina Townsend, was under the influence.  Officers say a search of her car revealed suspected methamphetamine along with drug paraphernalia.

Townsend was charged with speeding, possession, DUI, and other violations.

She was taken to the Webster County Detention Center.

WOODBINE, Ky. (WTVQ) – A man with a needle sticking out from underneath his hat was arrested on methamphetamine charges, according to the Whitley County Sheriff.xsammy-harrell_jpg_pagespeed_ic_6lj3d4ckna

Investigators say a sheriff’s deputy was patrolling on Back Street in the Woodbine community when he saw a man come out of the woods with a shovel and rake.

When the deputy made contact with 43-year old Sammy D. Harrell, of Woodbine, he says he could tell Harrell was under the influence.

The deputy says when he was talking to Harrell, he noticed a needle sticking out from underneath Harrell’s hat. When he asked Harrell what was in the needle, he says Harrell told him that it was methamphetamine.

Investigators say Harrell already had a warrant out against him for Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 2nd offense for Methamphetamine.

The deputy says Harrell was arrested for Public Intoxication, Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree (Methamphetamine), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and the outstanding warrant.



Sheriff: Man with needle sticking out of hat arrested on meth charges


Two alleged members of a large drug trafficking ring active on the Central Region were arrested with 1 million methamphetamine pills in their possession at a petrol station in Ayutthaya province on Monday, police said.

Pol Lt Gen Chaiwat Ketworachai, an acting assistant police chief, said Kanchit Moondin, 47, and Nathawut Thanapattanakul, 39, were nabbed by police after they arrived at a PTT petrol station in tambon Ban Pom of Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya district in two vehicles, a black Hyundai van and a Honda Jazz car.

A search of the black Hyundai revealed 500 packages containing 1 million methamphetamine pills hidden in compartments. Police also seized two mobile phones and a .38 handgun with 23 rounds of ammunition.

Mr Kanchit said he was hired for 500,000 baht to drive the Hyundai van with the drugs from Chiang Rai province.  Mr Nathawut, his assistant, travelled ahead of him in the Honda Jazz on the lookout for police checkpoints.

Pol Lt Gen Chaiwat said the two were on police record as members of a drug trafficking ring in the Central Region.


Police in the western canton of Neuchâtel are reporting a worrying rise in use of the illicit drug crystal meth.

Media reports quoting cantonal police said use of the drug had shot up last year.

“We are reaching a critical point,” Oliver Guéniat, head of the criminal police told Le Matin Dimanche.

“In 1998 there were around 20 methamphetamine addicts in Neuchâtel. Today the figure is over 1,200 and the number is rising by around 100 a year.”94aceb3a39eba68fdc18b1c12c28dabd36fb3b890868c25ccb866fc25e04c1e8

Crystal methamphetamine, also known as crystal meth, ice or speed, is a highly addictive white crystalline stimulant that can be smoked, snorted, injected or taken orally and that is associated with serious health conditions.

The reports said a study conducted by the University of Lausanne last year that tested wastewater from a number of Swiss cities found Neuchâtel had the highest level of consumption of crystal meth.

Researchers measured 33.4 milligrams per day per 1,000 people in the western Swiss city.

In Zurich, which came in second place, the measurement was 21.8 mg.

Neuchâtel is not known as a drugs hot spot of Switzerland. Experts believe crystal meth may have been spread through the availability of drugs from Thailand at Thai massage salons opened in the region in the 1990s.

The crystal meth market in Switzerland is reported to be still very small compared to consumption of cannabis, cocaine and heroin.

Switzerland- wide there has only been a small rise in the availability and consumption of the cheap drug, the reports said, quoting an expert report.