Getting nearly naked wasn’t enough to keep Catherine Lila Roberts from being arrested Tuesday on drug charges.

Roberts, 39, appeared this week before Ravalli County Justice Jim Bailey on a felony count of possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor counts of marijuana possession and drug paraphernalia.

According to an affidavit, a sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to the home of Roberts and Michael Curtis Sullivan on Indian Prairie Loop in Stevensville to serve two active arrest warrants on the woman.

When the deputy pulled into the driveway, he spoke to Sullivan, who said Roberts was inside the house.

At that point, Robert’s daughter was sitting inside a nearby vehicle.

When the deputy knocked on the door, Roberts refused to answer. Her daughter then walked up to the house and opened the door for the deputy.

Roberts was located in a back bedroom behind a locked door.

Through the door, the deputy told Roberts about the active warrants and the woman opened the door slightly.

The affidavit said Roberts then began to argue with the deputy and attempted to shut the door. When the deputy pushed back on the door, it broke off.

Roberts then allegedly stripped off her clothes and remained nearly naked for the next 20 to 30 minutes while she argued about the warrants.

The deputy eventually convinced Roberts to put on some clothes and she was transported to the Ravalli County Detention Center.

While inside the home, the deputy saw marijuana and methamphetamine pipes in plain view in the bedroom and a baggy of marijuana in the living room.

The affidavit said Sullivan was questioned about the drugs. He allegedly admitted to owning the marijuana, but denied ownership of the methamphetamine.

After obtaining search warrants, the urine of Roberts and Sullivan was tested.

Roberts’ urine was positive for buprenorphine. Methamphetamine and marijuana were detected in Sullivan’s urine.

Sullivan was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor charges involving the marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Sullivan was released on his own recognizance with a requirement to wear a drug monitoring device.

Bailey set Roberts’ bail at $20,000.



On Thursday Heather Hudson was arrested on a warrant issued out of  Crittenden County.

While being booked into the Henderson County Detention Center, the booking officer advised Hudson of their policies and asked if she had any contraband.

Hudson stated that she had a small brown envelope containing Methamphetamine in her purse.

The meth was located in her purse along with another small package of a crystal substance which appeared to be crystal meth.

Heather Hudson was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree 1st Offense – Methamphetamine.

She is lodged at the Henderson County Detention Center.



BROCTON — Jodi L. Denmead, 52, of Ellicott Road in Brocton, was arrested on Friday evening and charged with third-degree unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and second-degree criminal use of drug paraphernalia.

At 5 p.m., Chautauqua County Sheriff’s deputies and the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force arrested Denmead on a warrant that was earlier issued by Justice Craig of Brocton Village Court.

It is alleged by the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force that Denmead was stopped while operating a vehicle on Dec. 15 on East Main Street in the village of Brocton. At that time, Denmead was arrested on a prior arrest warrant from Westfield Town Court on a charge of petit larceny. Denmead was arraigned and released on her own recognizance at that time.

At the time of this latest arrest, the vehicle that Denmead was driving was impounded and the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force obtained a search warrant for the vehicle. As a result of the search of the vehicle, authorities allegedly located a one-pot style methamphetamine laboratory, along with other items of laboratory equipment and precursors for the manufacture of methamphetamine. Authorities also reportedly located a digital scale used for weighing controlled substances and an electronic stun gun.

Subsequent to the arrest, Denmead was taken to Brocton Village Court, where she was arraigned before Justice Craig.

After a bail recommendation by Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson, Denmead was remanded to the Chautauqua County Jail on $30,000 cash bail or $60,000 property bond, pending further action of the court.

The Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force was assisted in this investigation by the Village of Westfield Police Department.

The agents of the Southern Tier Regional Drug task Force continue to ask members of the community to report suspicious or narcotics-related activity within their communities by calling either 800-344-8702 or 363-0313.


A Marshall woman was charged with a class C felony of possession of a controlled substance except 35 grams or less of marijuana Friday, Dec. 30.

Melissa L. Short, 47, of Marshall, allegedly possessed 1.4 grams of methamphetamine the same day the charges were filed. According to the probable cause statement, Short was the passenger in a vehicle when a traffic stop was conducted for an unsecured child in the back seat of the vehicle.

The officer reports observing sudden erratic movements from Short that were consistent with meth use and performed a search, allegedly finding the contraband in a breath mint tin sewn into her coat seam.


The burglary suspect wanted by the Bossier Sheriff’s Office for attempting to break into a Haughton business
Christmas day now faces additional charges involving drugs.

Matthew Barnes, 22, who resides at the 200 block of Timberline Lane in Princeton, faces additional warrant charges of possession of marijuana, possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled dangerous substance in the presence of a minor, and resisting an officer-after he violently jerked away from the deputy and ran from the scene.

The bond on these charges is $20,500. He has a bond of $25,000 for attempting to burglarize Beaty Logging in Haughton, bringing his total bond on all charges to $45,500.

Bossier detectives believe Barnes is still in the area and are asking anyone with information about his whereabouts to contact Bossier Crime Stoppers with your anonymous tip at (318) 424-4100.

Barnes’ live-in girlfriend, Brittany Fissel, 23, was arrested on Christmas day on similar drug charges after Bossier patrol deputies found marijuana and two glass smoking devices with residue that field tested positive for methamphetamine in plain view in the bedroom of the house on the 200 block of Timberline Ln. where she and Barnes were residing with another couple and their three-year-old son.


Detectives with the Bossier Sheriff’s Office need your help locating a man who was caught in the act attempting to burglarize a business on Christmas day.

Matthew Barnes, 22, is wanted for attempting to break into Beaty Logging in the 7000 block of Hwy 80 in Haughton.

Deputies responded shortly after 3:30 p.m. Dec. 25 to a burglary in process at the site.

The owner, who stated he observed a man he later identified as Barnes trying to break into the southeast door of the business.

Barnes ran away and deputies conducted a thorough search of the area using a K-9 search team but they were unable to locate him.

Barnes is described as a white male, standing 5’9” tall, weighing around 160 lbs. with red/brown hair and brown eyes.

A warrant has been issued for Barnes arrest on the charge of Attempted Simple Burglary.  His bond has been set at $25,000.

Investigators believe Barnes is still in the Haughton or Minden area and are asking anyone with information about his whereabouts or this burglary to contact Bossier Crime Stoppers with your anonymous tip at (318) 424-4100.

Meanwhile,  just a few hours prior to this incident, Barnes fled from deputies during a domestic violence investigation involving his live-in girlfriend, Brittany Fissell, 23, and a three-year-old son around 11 a.m. Christmas day.

During that investigation at their home in the 200 block of Lincoln deputies found methamphetamine, marijuana, a smoking pipe and rolling papers all in the presence of the young child.

Fissell, who is also pregnant, was taken into custody and booked into the Bossier Maximum Security Facility where she faces a $16,500 bond.


A Cape Girardeau woman, who was arrested Friday on drug and traffic charges, attempted to conceal methamphetamine by placing it in her vagina, a Scott City police officer said.

Shanda Berry, 34, of 16 N. Henderson Ave. was arrested on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor charges of driving while license was revoked and exceeding the speed limit.

Scott City police officer Scott Shaffer pulled over Berry at 1:09 a.m. after his hand-held radar clocked the motorist traveling at 83 mph, according to a probable-cause statement.

“I noticed Berry seemed very nervous. She could not sit still as she talked to me and was continuously grinding her teeth as she spoke,” Shaffer wrote.

Shaffer said Berry consented to a search of her vehicle. The officer said he found a bag with white residue in it and another “baggie of a white crystal substance” in the vehicle.

Shaffer said the substances field-tested positive for methamphetamine.

According to the probable-cause statement, Berry told the officer she “had been using meth tonight.”

She also stated she was on probation for possession of meth.

After Berry was taken to the Scott City police station for booking, “she attempted to conceal some meth” in her vagina, Shaffer said in his statement.

“During an attempt to produce a urine analysis, she admitted to allowing the methamphetamine to fall into the toilet. The methamphetamine dissolved and was irretrievable,” Shaffer wrote.


NOBLE COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) – Multiple law enforcement agencies took part in a major investigation in Noble County that culminated in a warrant being served at a rural home Thursday where 20 pounds of crystal meth, 100 pounds of marijuana, 50 to 60 firearms and $80,000 in cash were seized.  Noble County Sheriff Doug Harp said the meth seizure is the largest ever in Noble County and one of the largest ever in the state of Indiana, if not the largest.

“When you have imported dope like this and you have the volume of what we found yesterday this is definitely going to make an impact on drugs in Noble County and probably throughout northern Indiana,” Harp said.

The crystal meth and marijuana have an estimated street value of over $1 million. Police also found $80,000 cash, stolen dirt bikes, motorcycles and ATVs. More than 60 guns, many stolen, were also taken from the home. Investigators said they were found in nearly every room of the home and most, if not all, were loaded.

The investigation involved the Noble County Sheriff’s Department, Kendallville Police Department, Ligonier Police Department, Noble County Prosecutor’s Office, Indiana State Police and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Four adults were taken into custody after the warrant was served at 8 a.m. Thursday morning a few miles outside Ligonier at 11405 North, State Road 5.

The four adults have been identified as:

  • Mark Morr, 47
  • Sherry Morr, 47
  • Justin Morr, 19
  • Vanessa Salas, 21

Mark Morr has been the center of several drug investigations over the years and has been convicted before, according to Harp.

All four are being held in the Noble County Jail without bond and charges are pending. The Noble County prosecutor has until Thursday to file formal charges. For now these are the only people facing charges, but Harp said more people could be arrested as the investigation continues.





20 pounds of crystal meth, 100 lbs. of pot seized in Noble Co. drug raid


Two men have been arrested after police discovered nearly two pounds of methamphetamine in a Sioux Falls home Wednesday afternoon.

Sioux Falls Police Officer Sam Clemens says three parole agents were conducting a random check at a house in the 200 block of S. Elmwood Ave. when they discovered baggies containing 1.8 grams and 3.3 grams of marijuana and several marijuana pipes. Agents called police, believing more drugs could be in the home.

When police arrived, Clemens says officers found a jar containing 0.87 lbs. of meth, as well as some bags containing the drug, inside a safe. In total, police seized 1.74 lbs. of meth from the home.

The home’s resident, parolee Joseph Vrana, 35, is charged with distribution of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, maintaining a place where drugs are kept, and possession of marijuana and paraphernalia. Leeson Murphy, 24, of Brookings, was also arrested at the scene. He faces charges for possession of a controlled substance, marijuana and paraphernalia.


Methamphetamine and heroin have helped to fuel much of the violent crime in Missoula in 2016, according to County Attorney Kirsten Pabst.

“Just going through the numbers for 2016, it’s no secret that we’re in the midst of a methamphetamine epidemic that we’ve talked about almost every week,” Pabst said. “We are seeing a similar heroin trend as well as the pill cases and the opiates. Last year we filed felony charges in 93 methamphetamine cases, and that’s huge. Not far behind, we have 24 cases filed dealing with felony heroin and opiate use.”

Pabst was particularly concerned in the rise of violent crime directed toward children that also has its roots in drug use.

“We also have a huge spike in crimes that affect children and the neglect of children.,” she said. “With these drug cases, if we could just isolate the drug use we could look at treatment as an option, but we have this cascading effect on other types of crimes. We’ve also seen an increase in drug-driven property crimes, such as burglaries and thefts as a means for people to fuel their drug addictions.”

Pabst said her office has had to deal with drug-related violent crime almost on a daily basis.

“Every other day in Missoula County, someone in our community is the victim of a violent offense,” she continued. “That’s significant, but the thing that was really startling to me was that 60 percent of the violent crimes processed by our office arise in the context of a domestic violence or family violence situation, and that’s something that we really just can’t ignore.”

On the positive side, Pabst expressed pride in her office’s handling of the sexual assault issue and the national attention it brought to Missoula.

“We are done with the DOJ,” she said. “We’ve finished that agreement and I consider that a huge success. We’re getting accolades now from state and national leaders and our SVU (Special Victims Unit) program as a result of that is considered to be a model program that other communities are studying so they can better respond to sexual assaults in their own communities.”

Pabst said she will have the full official year-end report ready for release after the new year.

KGVO thanks County Attorney Pabst for her willingness to provide a live weekly report to our listeners every Friday, where she answers questions from listeners as part of her campaign pledge to provide transparency in the office of the county attorney.


(Ripley County, Ind.) – Three people are in jail after police found heroin, meth, and marijuana inside a Milan home along with children.

An Indiana State Police trooper went to the residence on the 100 block of Josephine Street in order to conduct a welfare check on a male that was possibly staying there, says ISP Sgt. Stephen Wheeles. While at the home, the trooper gained enough information to file for a search warrant.

Once inside the home with the search warrant, officers would allegedly find the drugs, syringes, paraphernalia, a large amount of currency, and a firearm with an obliterated serial number.

There were six children inside the drug-riddled house. The Indiana Department of Child Services took custody of them, Wheeles said.

Three adults in the home were arrested on a list of drug-related charges. They are Nathan Strickling, Joseph MacVey, and Tonya Stanley.

Stanley, 29, of Milan, is facing charges including six counts of Neglect of a Dependent (level 6 felony) relating to the kids found in her home. She also faces two counts of Possession of a Syringe (level 6 felony) and single counts of Dealing in Methamphetamine (level 2 felony), Possession of Methamphetamine (level 4 felony), Possession of a Narcotic (level 6 felony), Maintaining a Common Nuisance (level 6 felony), Dealing in Marijuana (class A misdemeanor), Possession of Controlled Substance (class A misdemeanor), Possession of Marijuana (class B misdemeanor), and Possession of Paraphernalia (class C misdemeanor).

Strickling, 42, of East Enterprise, is charged with single counts of Dealing in Methamphetamine (level 2 felony), Possession of Methamphetamine (level 4 felony), Serious Violent Felon in Possession of Firearm (level 5 felony), Possession of a Firearm without identifying marks (level 5 felony), Identity Deception (level 6 felony), Maintaining a Common Nuisance (level 6 felony), Dealing in Marijuana (class A misdemeanor), Possession of Marijuana (class B misdemeanor), and Possession of Paraphernalia (class C misdemeanor). He also faces two counts of Possession of a Syringe (level 6 felony).

MacVey, 26, of Sunman, faces single counts of Dealing in Methamphetamine (level 2 felony), Possession of Methamphetamine (level 4 felony), Possession of a Narcotic (level 6 felony), Dealing in Marijuana (class A misdemeanor), Possession of Marijuana (class B misdemeanor), Visiting a Common Nuisance (class B misdemeanor), and Possession of Paraphernalia (class C misdemeanor). Two counts of Possession of a Syringe (level 6 felony) were also filed.



A 25-year-old Helena woman is accused of having methamphetamine and various paraphernalia in her home.

Brittni Nichole O’Leary faces a felony charge of criminal possession of dangerous drugs (methamphetamine) and a misdemeanor count of criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.

During a search warrant conducted Thursday of a home on Coyote Lane, authorities reported finding meth on a both a spoon and in a bag. Court documents say officers also found syringes, a burnt spoon with white residue, an electronic scale and a cut straw for snorting. Several of the syringes found in her bedroom had her initial marked on their ends, the documents note.

Two days prior to the search, two children, 3 and 5, were removed from the home by officials after a family member found what were believed to be drugs in the residence. At the time, O’Leary declined to let sheriff’s deputies search the home. Authorities are awaiting results of hair follicle testing of both children for exposure to meth, court documents state.


A woman was arrested Wednesday and ahild was medically checked for methamphetamine after police allegedly found drugs in an apartment where the child was staying.

Tina Baker, 44, was taken into custody on charges of endangering children with methamphetamine and felony possession of methamphetamine.

Two Casper police officers went to Baker’s apartment shortly before 8:30 a.m. Wednesday to conduct a welfare check after receiving a call that Baker reportedly was taking care of a child and possibly using drugs.

Baker was on probation, according to court documents, but had not reported to her probation officer as scheduled in December.

Officers first knocked on the door at 8:30 a.m., the affidavit says, but had to call the apartment manager and continue knocking before Baker finally answered the door after 10:15 a.m.

Baker and a man were in the apartment along with the child.

Probation officers also came to the apartment and Baker told them she had smoked methamphetamine at a friend’s house the day before, according to the affidavit.

When probation officers asked Baker if there was methamphetamine in the apartment, she allegedly said “I don’t know what he brought in here,” referring to the man who was staying there.

Court documents say Baker eventually told officers she thought there was a methamphetamine pipe in her bedroom.

Officers had a drug dog brought the apartment to conduct a search. Department of Family Services employees also responded, as the child was placed into protective custody.

The dog reportedly hit on two ashtrays in the bedroom as well as a small case that contained a clear tube with white residue inside. Residue from the ashtrays allegedly tested presumptive positive for methamphetamine, and one of the trays reportedly contained a piece of broken glass.

Court documents note that only methamphetamine residue was found in the apartment. No weighable amount of the drug was located.

Baker told Department of Family Services workers that the three-year-old had vomited the night before and had “bad” diarrhea that morning, according to court documents.

The child would be medically checked and undergo a hair folicle test to check for methamphetamine in the child’s system, the affidavit says.

Baker was arrested, and an officer reportedly told her that her recollection of smoking at a friend’s house didn’t align with methamphetamine being found in ashtrays in her bedroom.

“I know, there’s no excuse for using meth,” Baker replied, according to the affidavit. “I’ve just been going through some hard times.”

Baker was taken to the Natrona County Detention Center and allegedly told a nurse there that she “smoked a couple of bowls of meth yesterday.”

Baker was previously convicted on a misdemeanor drug charge in 2010 and a felony drug charge in 2015, according to the affidavit.



A woman who was evidently lying in the snow when paramedics arrived and took her to Wyoming Medical Center was arrested early Thursday after police allegedly found a methamphetamine pipe and marijuana on her person.

Judy Sledge, 55, was booked into the Natrona County Detention Center on charges of possession of methamphetamine and possession of marijuana.

Casper police officers arrived at the Wyoming Medical Center emergency room at roughly 6 a.m. Thursday after a “pipe of some kind” was found in one of the rooms.

Officers spoke with Sledge, who was allegedly showing signs of recent methamphetamine use. Sledge was speaking very quickly, rambling and had major mood swings from happy to bawling and back to happy, according to the affidavit.

Sledge allegedly told officers she used marijuana occasionally, but later admitted to using methamphetamine recently, saying she had “a few” hits off a methamphetamine pipe.

Court documents say that Sledge consented to a search. Officers allegedly found 4.7 grams of marijuana in her purse and a clear glass pipe, which officers reportedly recognized as a methamphetamine pipe, in Sledge’s clothing.

According to the affidavit, Sledge told officers she was at a party Wednesday night where people were smoking a white substance. She allegedly said she took one or two hits from one of the pipes, but didn’t like the drug and stopped.

Sledge allegedly added that a woman named Vicky, who Sledge had never met before, handed Sledge a methamphetamine pipe and asked her to hold onto it. Sledge did not know who Vicky was or what she looked like, according to the affidavit.

Sledge then reportedly told officers that she was kicked out of the house when party-goers tricked her into going to the store. Sledge couldn’t tell officers what she was supposed to get at the store, court documents say.

According to the affidavit, Sledge said people inside the house locked the door and yelled that Sledge “should sleep in the basement with Sledge’s dead husband,” who had been cremated.

Sledge allegedly said she panicked and laid in the snow. She said she was very cold when an ambulance arrived, picked her up and took her to Wyoming Medical Center, according to court documents.

Sledge reportedly told officers she believed the people at the party tried to set her up, adding that she was not a regular methamphetamine user. She allegedly admitted to smoking marijuana occasionally but could not tell officers where she bought her marijuana.

An officer helped Sledge get into dry clothes and, once she was discharged from the hospital, took her to the Natrona County Detention Center without incident.

The glass pipe tested presumptively positive for methamphetamine, according to the affidavit.




GREENSBURG — A Greensburg woman was arrested on Friday night at her place of employment in Greensburg on multiple warrants. Upon arrival at the Decatur County Jail, Amy Hicks, 49, was found to be allegedly holding substances consistent with methamphetamine.

Hicks was searched and found to be holding three plastic baggies in her left sock containing a white crystalline substance, according to police reports.

Following this, officers returned to her place of employment to do a search of Hicks’ personal items and to recover them. Contained in Hicks’ jacket was foil containing a crystalline substance and a green ink pen tube with powder residue, according to reports.

With a history of methamphetamine arrests, Hicks’ was placed under arrest with the charges of trafficking with an inmate, a level 5 felony, and possession of methamphetamine, a level 6 felony.

Hicks appeared in court via video link from the Decatur County Jail on Tuesday and the court entered a preliminary plea of not guilty.

A court date was set for Jan. 23, 2017 at 9 a.m., coinciding with a prior court date for other methamphetamine charges stemming from a September 2016 arrest.

Hicks posted a $755 bond from that arrest.

On Tuesday a $5,000 cash bond was set. Hicks remained at the jail as of press time Tuesday.



WASHINGTON COUNTY, VA (WJHL) – Deputies in southwest Virginia say they arrested a woman on Christmas Day after they received a call about an attempted break-in at a home on Reedy Creek Road in Washington County.

The victim told dispatchers the suspects were still on the scene.

When deputies arrived, the victim followed the suspects’ pickup to another driveway and blocked them – to keep them from leaving.

Deputies arrived to the neighborhood to find the victim, blocking the suspects in a driveway. At that time, a male suspect ran away. According to deputies, the pickup truck was driven by 37-year-old Chrystal Joan Younce.

Officers said they searched the truck and found multiple pry bars, a pill, needles and a firearm.

Younce was arrested and taken to the regional jail. Deputies say while she was being booked into the jail, they found a bag of methamphetamine concealed in her clothing.

Younce is charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of a firearm while in possession of methamphetamine, bringing an illegal substance into the jail, possession of stolen items valued above $200, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

She is being held without bond.

Deputes say more charges could be pending concerning the stolen truck and another burglary case.





Woman arrested on Christmas Day after burglary call in Washington County, VA


CORPUS CHRISTI – Police say a wanted felon and a woman with drugs and several stolen items were busted during a traffic stop.

Officers say the wanted felon, Kevin Browning lied about his name.

Not only did he have a warrant out for his arrest, but officers say he was also carrying a gun.

Police arrested the female passenger, Robyn Lucke for having meth, several driver’s licenses, social security cards, and checks from several people in her purse.

The driver was released, but Browning and Lucke are facing multiple charges.



A 33-year-old Roseville man was arrested Wednesday after he was accused of engaging in sex acts with an underage girl he met through social media.

Roseville police investigated allegations that the suspect, Christopher Dean Martin, struck up a friendship during the summer with an underage girl from a nearby county over the social media platform Snapchat, telling her he was 18 years old. He eventually persuaded her to meet with him in person and they had sexual relations, according to a Police Department news release. The situation came to light recently and was reported to Roseville police.

Detectives on Wednesday served a search warrant at Martin’s house, where they also found evidence of drug sales, police said.

Martin was arrested on suspicion of lewd and lascivious acts with a child younger than 16 and related offenses, as well as possessing marijuana and methamphetamine for sale. He is being held in Placer County jail in lieu of $110,000 bail.

During the investigation, detectives found out that Martin may have tried to contact other young teenage girls in the Sacramento region, using social media platforms Snapchat, Facebook and Instagram. Police urge parents who believe their child has been a victim of a crime involving Martin to contact Detective Kate Quartarolo at

Police also remind parents and children to keep social media accounts private and to accept “follower” requests only from people they know and trust.

A kitchen supervisor at a jail in San Antonio was arrested Tuesday, accused of attempting to smuggle in meth and alcohol to inmates in exchange for money.

Ray Alexander Barr, an employee of the Central Texas Detention Facility in downtown San Antonio, asked several inmates if they wanted contraband smuggled into the prison, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

Barr reached an agreement with at least one inmate to smuggle meth and alcohol into the jail, authorities said. He was arrested immediately after he accepted payment from the inmate, but before he could deliver the drugs and alcohol, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in federal prison and up to a $250,000 fine.


CONYERS — The Georgia State Patrol and Rockdale County Sheriff’s Narcotics and Vice Unit busted a South Carolina man allegedly concealing 11 pounds of methamphetamine valued at $100,000 inside fake cases of soda.

A state trooper on patrol on Interstate 20 East about 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 13 saw a silver 2010 Chevrolet Impala with a paper tag fail to signal when it changed lanes. The trooper conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and radioed for backup.

The driver, identified as George Edward Corley, 60, of Lexington, S.C., told the trooper had had recently purchased the vehicle. He produced his South Carolina driver’s license, but was unable to find his proof of insurance.

When the trooper asked Corley where he was coming from and going to, the man allegedly said he had traveled four hours to Atlanta to visit a friend, and was returning home. The trooper asked Corley to exit his vehicle while he checked his license and insurance on GCIC. The trooper stated in his report he became suspicious of Corley because his stories did not make sense. He asked Corley for permission to search his vehicle, and Corley allegedly granted it, signing a consent to search form.

A search of the vehicle found two 24-count cases of canned soft drinks. While feeling the bottom of the cases, the trooper stated the individual cans did not feel normal. Instead, they felt flat and hard. It was found that the top layer of cans were real soft drink cans, but the bottom layer was fake cans, with a piece of wood under them.

After removing both layers of cans, it was found that there were rectangular wooden boxes underneath. Opening the boxes, troopers and deputies found a plastic bag containing suspected methamphetamine in each box. The bags each weighed about 5.5 pounds, and the street value of the drug was estimated at $100,000. A small bag of suspected cocaine was also found in a plastic bag near the driver’s seat, along with a small amount of suspected marijuana.

Corley was arrested and transported to the Rockdale County Jail. He has been charged with trafficking methamphetamine, possession of cocaine and possession of marijuana.



Federal authorities say they’ve arrested 15 people, including nine in Waco, for participating in a methamphetamine distribution ring operating in Central Texas.

A federal indictment unsealed in Waco says the ring since January has been involved in the drug operation covering Bell, Coryell, McLennan and Limestone counties. Prosecutors describe two of the men arrested Thursday, 39-year-old Corey Damont Jefferson, of Temple, and 34-year-old Talmage Curry Sedberry, of Waco, as leaders of the ring.

The FBI, federal prosecutors and Temple police say others were arrested in Mexia, Dallas and Gatesville.

All 15 are charged with one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and distribution of methamphetamine. They’re scheduled for federal court appearances next week in Waco.

BREMERTON — A narcotics pipeline exposed this month after a nearly three-year investigation shows how money from local drug users heads to Mexico, with meth and possibly heroin heading back to Kitsap County and nearby communities.

According to documents filed in U.S. District Court, the investigation started in February 2014 by the local narcotics task force, WestNET and the Drug Enforcement Agency. Documents claim that the alleged leader of the network, Jose Ernesto Mozqueda Vasquez, 34, of Chehalis, had connections in Kitsap, Mason, Thurston and Pierce counties.

Kitsap County Superior Court records show that in 2012 Mozqueda was living in Bremerton with his wife.

Mozqueda’s arrest was announced Dec. 19, along with the arrest of 18 others, including a Port Orchard woman and a Bremerton woman who documents say were suspected “redistributors” for Mozqueda.

Other arrests were spread through the West Sound and South Sound regions, including arrests of residents of Poulsbo, Gig Harbor, Shelton, Hoodsport, Olympia and Centralia, along with others in Arizona and California.

After the arrests, officials reported seizing about 44 pounds of meth, 50 guns and $50,000 in cash. Previous seizures from the network include about 5 pounds of meth and $28,000.

A media release announcing the busts focused on meth, though court documents say Mozqueda’s network had recently started distributing heroin.

The relative significance of 44 pounds to the regional supply of meth is unclear, but some context is provided in court documents.

Earlier in the operation, investigators believe Mozqueda arranged to sell 20 pounds of meth to a 51-year-old Gig Harbor man about once a month for $70,000, according to documents. For further context, a suspected street-level dealer arrested Dec. 14 had about 77 grams of meth in his Bremerton motel room, a fraction of the amount seized in the Mozqueda bust. Also found in his room was 91 grams of heroin.

It’s also unclear whether the seizure and the disruption of the network would amount to more than a temporary break in supply.

Information on the surveillance comes from a federal court complaint for a man who allegedly transported meth across the Mexican border on behalf of a supplier in Mexico known only as Felix. The courier was allegedly Mozqueda’s contact.

A researcher at the University of Washington said although 44 pounds is a lot of meth, it likely amounts to a fraction of the weight that moves through Washington.

In its absence, another drug network can be expected to take its place, said Caleb Banta-Green, an affiliate associate professor for the UW’s School of Public Health.

He said for a while users might notice a disruption in their supply, with some having difficulty finding the drug or having to pay more.

However, Banta-Green said importers are motivated and, with suddenly decreased supply, it could create a vacuum and opportunity for others to turn a profit by meeting the local demand for narcotics.

“There is probably somebody making up for it right now,” he said.

A Drug Enforcement Administration official told the Kitsap Sun, without commenting on the Mozqueda case, it is important to hold those who bring drugs into the community accountable.

The special agent in charge of the Seattle Field Division, Keith Weiss, said disrupting supply chains, along with prevention and treatment strategies, hamper the market for meth, a drug he said is associated with violence and property crime.

“It’s really our effort to slow down the flow into the system,” he said. “To do that we have to target the right people who are most responsible for leading the distribution into our communities.”

Weiss added, “These are the people most responsible for creating the violence and havoc on the streets.”

Weiss said other networks working with competing cartels in Mexico likely have inroads to the Pacific Northwest. Re-establishing the market in smaller communities tends to take longer than in larger communities, he said.

Meth, a powerful stimulant, used to be associated with clandestine manufacturing labs, sometimes operating out of residences. After federal and state governments began cracking down on the availability of precursor chemicals in the early 2000s, production moved south of the border with ingredients likely being imported from China, Banta-Green said.

Additionally, Banta-Green said the supply routes established to meet the local demand for meth now double as supply routes for heroin, for which demand bloomed more recently following crackdowns on the distribution of prescription painkillers.

In documents for the man suspected of bringing the meth across the border, an agent describes a casual approach to business. This month, Mozqueda and an associate took their wives and children on the car trip to California to make a deal in an Anaheim pet store parking lot. The intent, investigators believe, was to exchange money for 32 pounds of meth and drive back to Washington state.

Aside from using code words for drugs and money, the dealers communicated about business in an everyday fashion, intercepted phone calls and text messages show. They discuss worries about delays, reminders to not forget items, instructions to keep secret from the courier the cost of a shipment and being mindful of the bottom line.

In one text exchange, Mozqueda reminds Felix that each meet up comes with shipping costs.

“The mailman charges by the trip and that’s a loss for us,” Mozqueda texted to Felix, according to the documents.



More than 44 Pounds of Methamphetamine Seized, 19 Women and Men Arrested in Connection with Southsound Drug Distribution Ring in Washington



An investigation begun by the Drug Enforcement Administration and West Sound Narcotics Enforcement Team in February 2014 resulted Thursday in the arrest of 19 people with ties to a methamphetamine distribution ring, U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes announced.

Law enforcement officers served 24 search warrants in Washington and Arizona. More than 20 vehicles were searched. On Thursday, they seized more than 44 pounds of methamphetamine, more than 50 firearms and more than $50,000 in cash. Previous seizures associated with the drug ring include more than 5 pounds of meth and more than $28,000.

Kitsap Peninsula residents charged in the indictment include: Andrea Lynn Natins, 41, and Kimberly Brooke Gray, 36, of Port Orchard; Rebecca Sue Godsalve, 52, of Bremerton; Mark Agnew, 51, and Derek Johnson, 29, of Gig Harbor; and Isaela Pacheco Centeno, 22, of Poulsbo.

Others charged are: Karen Kenmir, 55, William Hagmann, 54, and Jon Daniel Brownfield, 58, of Shelton; Teresa Goos, 55, of Hoodsport; Ernesto Luna Vasquez, 44, of Kelso; Collin Mesinas, 28, of Olympia; Jose Ernesto Masqueda Vasquez, 34, Antonio De La Mora, 41, Juan Salud Garcia, 30, and Violetta Rosalia Guadarrama, 32, of Centralia; Maria Centeno Gallegos, 37, of Chehalis; Jesus Beltran, 34, of Phoenix; and Gerardo Enrique Flores, 26, of Chula Vista, California.

The searches and arrests were led by the Drug Enforcement Administration in Washington, Arizona, and California, and involved local officers from the West Sound Narcotics Enforcement Team, Mason County Sheriff’s Office, Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office and Bremerton Police Department.


A gang leader has told how he is still haunted by the incidental role he played in the death of Coral-Ellen Burrows in Wairarapa 13 years ago.

Her killer, Steven Williams, was high on methamphetamine at the time, partly because he feared death threats from Junior Kapene, now president of Black Power New Zealand.

“He’s thinking I am coming after him,” Kapene said this week. “I still blame myself to this day for that girl’s death.

“That is something I will have to live with for the rest of my life, knowing that her mother thinks that of me.”

Kapene had a moment of clarity about methamphetamine, or P, and its effects after being diagnosed with a health problem. As a result, Black Power did not deal P, he said, and he wanted to rid New Zealand of it.

“The drug was causing people to go to their deaths, and I knew I was to blame for Steven Williams.

“I see my own people going without and see people making so much money … with them getting richer and not giving a f… about the habits, or not caring who has an addiction.

“We need to get the message into schools. Tell people not to go my way.

“Then our tamariki can see. Don’t ruin your future for a bit of crack.

“I will be keen to do that. I hope I can get into schools and talk.

“I can set the example, and when whoever calls time up there puts me up, I hope someone picks up my chess piece and carries on my work.”

Kapene says Black Power has a staunch no-P policy and is becoming more aggressive at keeping the drug away from the community.

“These Skippy Cornflakes gangs that come and sell our people an addiction, you come to my door … I’ll tell you to leave once. I’ll tell you to leave twice. Then I’ll pull the gun out.

“Give you a warning shot. You still won’t leave? It’s in your leg.

“I don’t give a f… about cops when it comes to meth.”



The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday afternoon released the results of a roundup that began last week just before Christmas.

Labeled “Operation Grinch Roundup” the operation lasted from Dec. 21 to Dec. 23 and resulted in 18 arrests and 46 signed warrants for drug-related offenses. A 19th person remained listed as a wanted person as of Dec. 28.

Sheriff Steve Mueller said his narcotics unit has been working on the operation for the past 90 days and that part of the operation involved undercover video buys.

Among those taken into custody were:

  • Patrician Ann Sheehan, 30, of Jackson Street, charged with 2 counts of distribution of methamphetamine.
  • Ronald Freeman Littlejohn, 24, of Goucher Green Bethel Road, charged with two counts of distribution of cocaine.
  • Shondray Martise Smith, 23, of Connecticut Avenue, charged with two counts of distribution of marijuana.
  • Thomas Scott Ward, 50, of Dixie Drive, Blacksburg, charged with two counts of distribution of methamphetamine.
  • Jonathon Matthew Ramsey, 34, of Euphra Drive, charged with distribution of methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.
  • Charlie Douglas Waters, 29, of Coyl Road, charged with distribution of Oxycontin.
  • Anthony Wayne Nall, 47, of 8th Street, charged with two counts of possession of synthetic cannabinoids.
  • William Ernest Couch, 49, of Lanier Drive, Blacksburg, charged with distribution of oxycodone.
  • Christopher Rayshard Littlejohn, 26, of West Frederick Street, charged with distribution of marijuana, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession of ecstasy, possession of hydrocodone and possession of Alprazolam.
  • Edward Blake Hughey, 28, of Temple Street, charged with two counts of distribution of methamphetamine.
  • Dustin Ray Blackwell, 18, of Beech Street, charged with distribution of Percocet.
  • Wali-Kasiim Markkis Anderson, 17, of Friday Street, Blacksburg, charged with distribution of marijuana.
  • Adora Lee Hughey, 30, of Wren Way Road, Blacksburg, charged with two counts of distribution of methamphetamine.
  • Jake LaMark McNeil, 34, of Bolin Road, Blacksburg, charged with possession of synthetic cannabinoids.
  • Brandy Lynn Hutchins, 25, of Chesnee Highway, charged with possession of methamphetamine.
  • Timothy Joe Ramsey Jr., 18, of Batchelor Drive, Blacksburg, charged with possession of methamphetamine.
  • David James Smack III, 20, of Hopewell Ridge Road, Blacksburg, charged with possession of methamphetamine.
  • Pamela Melton Hall, 44, of Temple Street, charged with three counts of distribution of methamphetamine, two counts of distribution of heroin, trafficking more than 10 grams of methamphetamine, possession of a weapon during a violent crime, possession with intent to distribute Alprazolam, possession of Diazepam, possession of Clonazepam, possession of Oxycontin, and possession of oxycodone.
  • A 19th person, DeWayne Eugene Whelchel Jr., 31, of Brickhouse Road, was wanted by the sheriff’s office for distribution of Oxycontin and distribution of marijuana.


SAFFORD — Following her arrest on an outstanding warrant, a 54-year-old woman was found allegedly trying to smuggle meth into the county jail.

A Thatcher Police officer was patrolling along Main Street in the area of College Avenue on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 8 p.m. when he noticed a vehicle driving faster than the posted 35 mph limit. He also saw the vehicle drift between lanes.

During the stop, the officer asked the driver, Shannon Gail Ledbetter, why she wasn’t able to maintain lane integrity, and Ledbetter reportedly said she spilled a soft drink in her lap. She also said she was taking her juvenile passenger to visit the juvenile’s father.

A records check turned up an outstanding warrant for shoplifting in 2014, with a $205.47 bond.

After citing her for speeding, the officer took Ledbetter into custody for the warrant, after allowing Ledbetter to call someone to take custody of the juvenile.

The officer reported that Ledbetter was shivering and her muscles were tense, so he ran field sobriety tests that came out negative. He also conducted a patdown but didn’t find anything. She was then taken to the Graham County Jail.

While Ledbetter was changing her clothes, a jail officer found a small bag that tested positive for meth in her pants. Ledbetter was subsequently charged with possession of an illegal substance and promoting contraband in prison.

The case was forwarded to the Graham County Attorney for review.


A woman arrested on a drug charge during a traffic stop Monday night tried to hide methamphetamine in her vagina, authorities said.

Police said Anna Maldonado of Bryan attempted to destroy a glass pipe used to smoke methamphetamine after she was pulled over for having an expired registration sticker on her truck.

Authorities said a bag of methamphetamine was found in the woman’s purse, and once at the jail, officers conducting a strip search found a clear plastic bag containing methamphetamine tucked in her “vaginal area.”

Maldonado remained at the Brazos County Jail Tuesday afternoon with her bail set at $8,340.

She was arrested in November on charges of manufacturing or delivery of a controlled substance and failure to identify or giving false information to an officer, according to court records.