A man faces federal criminal charges in connection with methamphetamine reportedly found in a car and a package containing about 18 pounds of methamphetamine sent in the mail, according to court documents filed Friday.

When Vincent Raymond Rios picked up a package in the mail on Wednesday, federal authorities met him, detained him and transported him to an office for an interview, as authorities had already searched the package Rios was picking up, according to court papers.

Earlier that day, a postal inspector seized a suspicious parcel sent from Washington state and addressed to a woman on Guam. A drug detection dog alerted authorities to the possible presence of illegal narcotics.

After authorities obtained a search warrant, they opened the package and found about 18 pounds of a crystal-like substance that tested positive to be methamphetamine, documents state.

The package was resealed for a controlled delivery operation.

Rios on Wednesday morning went to a commercial mail facility and asked to pick up the package, but the employee informed him that it had not arrived. He left his number to have the employee call him if the package should arrive.

At about 2 p.m. the same day, investigators placed the package back in the mail for pick-up and called the phone number Rios left, documents state.

At about 5 p.m., Rios arrived and reportedly retrieved the package in question, which is when he was detained.

Authorities searched Rios’ car and reportedly found another 199 gross grams of suspected meth and a large amount of cash hidden in the engine compartment, documents state.

After he was detained Wednesday, Rios asked to speak with a lawyer before answering any questions.

Rios on Friday appeared in District Court of Guam with attorney David Lujan, who he retained as his lawyer, court records show.

Rios is detained by the U.S. Marshals Service and will remain in custody until his detention hearing Nov. 23.

Rios was charged with two counts of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, or “ice,” and one count of attempted possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.






Methamphetamine has been called a wrecking ball in San Diego County by the U.S. Attorney’s office.

Now, a new report by SANDAG reveals drug use, specifically marijuana and meth, is up among men who have been arrested.

“These individuals are more prone to risky behaviors, such as driving under the influence, sharing needles, committing property crimes to support their habits, and going to work under the influence of drugs, which can put others at risk,” Director of SANDAG’s Criminal Justice Research, Cynthia Burke, Ph.D said in a statement.

According to the SANDAG report, methamphetamine and marijuana use is at a 16-year high among those arrested. Fifty-two percent of men tested positive for marijuana and 48 percent tested positive for methamphetamine.

Buke says the numbers affect everyone.

In April, deputies discovered a 9-year old girl living in a shed in the backyard of a Lakeside home. Deputies also found a shotgun, rifle and eight grams of methamphetamine in the shed.

The girl’s father and several others were arrested.

“My heart goes out to her,” said neighbor David Van Kirk.

Two children were taken into protective custody from another home in Lakeside, located on Moreno Avenue after deputies seized methamphetamine and stolen cars during a raid in August.

Neighbors in the area said that they are concerned for their safety.

“I’m always just concerned that somebody dealing with those things would approach me or my family and what that might how that might impact them,” Van Kirk said.







Methamphetamine use in Spain is very low, but a concentration of users in Barcelona and recent busts have caused concern that the drug could spread to other communities in the country.

According to regional police in Catalonia, the province where Barcelona is located, Filipinos in Spain account for 98% of the country’s crystal-meth users.duterte-names-and-shames-top-filipino-cops-for-helping-drug-gangs-2016-7

Most of the people using the drug consistently do so for work reasons, mainly to get through long shifts in kitchens or aboard ships, according to Spanish newspaper El País.

Police began noticing crystal-meth use among the Filipino community in the city — less than 10,000 people — in 2011, and Filipino crews of vessels anchoring in Barcelona are known to head to the El Raval district near the water in the center of the city to acquire the drug.

According to El País, the district is “awash” with the drug.

“It’s very common,” Robert, a Filipino cook working in the city, told the newspaper. “In any kitchen where Filipinos work, you’ll find shabu,” he said, calling the drug by the name used in the Philippines. “If you take too much, you turn into a zombie. It starts with the men, but then the women get into it too.”

Doctors in Barcelona noticed the effects of the drug on patients they say, particularly expectant mothers. At least 10 mothers who came into give birth tested positive for it and lost custody of their newborn children.

Both the women giving birth and their babies tested positive, and the women’s partners also showed physical signs of crystal-meth use. “When we told them we were taking their babies away, they didn’t seem concerned,” Dr. Ángeles López-Vilches, a pediatrician in the city, told El País. “Some of them didn’t even ask to see them.”

Nationwide, crystal-meth is not prevalent among Spaniards. Spain, along with the UK, are the only two countries in Europe to register “a statistically significant decrease in prevalence since 2000,” according to the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction’s 2016 report.

In spite of those usage rates, seizures have gone up considerably. In 2013, Spanish police intercepted over a half-million amphetamine tablets, a 121.9% increase over the previous year and nearly 60 times the 8.700 tablets seized in 2005. Authorities said at the time that use of synthetic drugs — including amphetamines and ketamine — was increasing in the country.b5id-zxcuaeekbq

The drug is largely brought into the country from Central Europe or from Africa.

Spain is a transit point from drugs shipped from the latter point to other destinations in the EU and around the world.

West Africa is believed to be a locus for production of methamphetamine that finds it way to Europe and to points abroad, and Nigerian gangs are thought to be heavily involved in the trade.

In March 2014, Spanish police arrested 42 people in an operation to break up a ring responsible for smuggling and selling meth in the country. Authorities seized a total of more than 17 pounds of meth in the operation, and least 12 people apprehended were Filipino, while several others hailed from African countries.

At the end of 2014, Spanish police busted a smuggling ring mostly made up of Nigerians that was using human couriers to transport methamphetamine from Spain to Japan, usually hidden in chocolates.

The group operated in southeastern Spain and “recruited” Europeans and Americans in difficult economic situations to ferry between 6.5 and 11 pounds of the drug, which had been produced in Nigeria.

In the middle of this year, Spanish police broke up a drug smuggling and production operation in screen%20shot%202016-11-17%20at%2010_51_47%20amMadrid, arresting nine people, eight of whom were reportedly Colombian. Police reportedly seized large quantities of cocaine, methamphetamine, and ketamine, and the people involved were believed to be producing a new kind of methamphetamine called “Tucibi.”

A month after that, Spanish police seized another 75 pounds of crystal meth in Malaga, in southern Spain, arresting three Dutch citizens in the process.

That isn’t to say Spain hasn’t seen domestic production of meth. In 2012, Police dismantled a drug lab producing methamphetamine in southeast Spain. That production was reportedly led by a 21-year-old chemical sciences student.

Police uncovered a drug lab in northwestern Spain in late 2014, seizing 150 grams of amphetamines in addition to 2 grams of marijuana and 50 grams of hash.screen%20shot%202016-11-17%20at%2011_52_23%20am

The lab had been set up by a 65-year-old professor who had been fired from the pharmacy faculty at the University of Salamanca and jailed for three years for a similar offense in 1995.

The town were the lab was discovered was relatively remote and sparsely population, which, combined with the professor’s expertise, facilitated the lab’s operation. “He was making drugs from scratch, using chemical processes and material that are relatively easy to acquire,” a Spanish civil guard spokesman said at the time.

In September this year, police in the Balearic Islands off of Spain’s east coast busted a drug lab run by a 29-year-old Bulgarian biochemistry graduate and lab tech at a local university. The lab supplied “speed” to local discos and was considered the largest such drug lab found in the islands.







A mother and daughter are in jail today after police say they were planning to sell more than 44 grams of meth.



Around 4:00 yesterday afternoon police arrested 41-year-old Deadrea Bruce and 24-year-old Ashleigh Schlegle for manufacturing and delivery of a controlled substance.
Police also arrested 33-year old Budde Strickland after a records check during a traffic stop revealed he had an outstanding warrant. He is also charged with manufacturing and delivery of a controlled substance.
Officers say Strickland was driving the vehicle and told them there was meth inside the car. That’s when officers say Bruce and Schlegle said they were aware that the drugs were in the car and were planning on selling them.
Police say a search of the car also revealed a scale, numerous plastic bags, and cash.

A 62-year-old Utah man — already serving prison time on a kidnapping case — has been sentenced to additional prison time for possessing methamphetamine and taking photos and video of a naked, unconscious woman who was staying with him earlier this year.iewipjggjqetr

During a two-day trial in October, a 3rd District Court jury acquitted Vratislav Roger Bilek of sexually abusing his female house guest. But jurors found him guilty of second-degree felony drug possession, two class A misdemeanor counts of voyeurism and one count of class B misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

On Tuesday, Judge L. Douglas Hogan sentenced Bilek to prison for one to 15 years, to run consecutively with the two voyeurism convictions. The drug paraphernalia count was closed with credit for time served.

The judge also ordered the new convictions to run consecutively to a 1-to-15-year prison term Bilek was already serving for violating his probation in a case where he held a woman captive in 2014.

In current case, Adult Probation & Parole officers in February made an unannounced visit to Bilek’s Taylorsville motel room and found a 21-year-old woman sitting on his bed. The officers also found methamphetamine on a silver tray and syringes, according to charging documents.

The woman said Bilek had bailed her out of jail on Jan. 30 at a cost of $360, but claimed there had been no sexual activity between them.iewipjggjqetr1

But when the officers looked at Bilek’s phone, they found 180 pictures and eight videos of the woman in which she is unconscious, charges state.

A series of photos show the woman naked in the bathroom. And in another series of photos, a naked Bilek is seen in sexual poses with the naked, unconscious woman, charges state.

As a result of the AP&P visit, Bilek was charged with second-degree felony counts of forcible sexual abuse and drug possession, as well as misdemeanor counts of voyeurism and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Bilek had been on probation since December 2015, when he resolved two 2014 cases with a plea deal.

He was charged with beating, raping and trying to drown a woman who was renting a room from him, as well as kidnapping and attacking another woman at his home. He resolved both cases by pleading no contest to a single count of second-degree felony kidnapping.

Prosecutors have said that their inability to locate the two alleged victims ahead of January trial date was a factor in the lenient resolution of the cases.

Judge Bruce Lubeck in December suspended a potential one-to-15-year prison term, and instead placed Bilek — who had been in jail since September 2014 — on probation for five years. Probation conditions included that Bilek have no “female overnight stays” without approval by probation officers.

During a March hearing, Lubeck found Bilek had “willfully and knowingly violated his probation” by allowing the 21-year-old woman to stay with him at the motel room.

The 2014 cases both involved women whom Bilek had invited to stay at his Sandy home.

On Aug. 9, 2014, one of the women — naked, bleeding from her nose, and covered with small cuts and bruises — turned up at a home near 600 East and 10800 South in Sandy claiming she had been held hostage at the home next door for two days, according to charging documents.

The woman told police that Bilek had provided her methamphetamine, but then began to attack her — choking her on three occasions, and punching and kicking her in the face and body, according to charges. The woman said that as a “shock factor,” Bilek showed her a black handgun.

Bilek kept the woman in his basement for seven to nine hours, but then allowed her to go upstairs by herself for a drink of water, according to charges. Despite being naked, she unlocked the front door and fled, according to charges.

In the case of the second alleged victim, a woman showed up on the porch of a home near Bilek’s at about 2 a.m. on Sept. 1, 2014, calling for help.

The woman, who had numerous visible injuries on her body, told police she had been kidnapped and physically and sexually attacked by a man who had offered to rent her a room.

Bilek punched her in the face and began to choke her, according to charges, then allegedly forced her face into a filled bathtub.

Bilek later showed her a gun and raped her with multiple objects, including the handle of a sledgehammer, according to charges.

The woman ultimately escaped through a back door.



Melissa Faye Motte, 32, of 1206 Gum Ave., Greenwood was arrested Tuesday and charged with possession of methamphetamine, littering and resisting arrest.18938271_w400

A Greenwood police officer saw a woman Tuesday morning throw a piece of paper down in the roadway on Taggart Avenue, according to a report. While officers spoke with the woman, she kept putting her hands in her pockets after being asked not to, the report said.

The woman eventually told officers she had a glass pipe and a bag of a powdery substance in her pocket, which she identified as meth, the report said. Officers found the pipe and a bag of about 0.29 grams of a substance that tested positive for meth, the report said.






GREENSBURG – Two women are facing drug-related charges after they were stopped by a deputy sheriff and searched by a police K-9 in a general store parking lot last week.

Jessica L. Merida, 41, 100 block Harlan St., Osgood, and Deborah L. Brewer, 52, 700 block Bramblewood Court, Versailles, were arrested Friday afternoon after Decatur County Deputy Sheriff Rob Goodfellow followed their vehicle on W. Main St. and stopped them after a minor traffic violation, according to court documents.

Decatur County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Rango subsequently alerted officers to the presence of drugs by walking around the exterior of the car, which was parked by Brewer outside Family Dollar.

The dog’s positive indication that the vehicle contained drugs allowed police to continue the investigation.

Merida allegedly admitted to investigators that she had an ounce of methamphetamine in her pocket. Additionally, a purse belonging to Merida allegedly contained prescription pills and drug paraphernalia such as glass pipes and digital scales, according to a police report summarizing the case.

She admitted not to having a prescription for the painkilling medication reportedly contained in her purse.

A 3-year-old boy accompanying Merida and Brewer was taken from the scene by an agent of Decatur County Family and Children. Merida and Brewer were both booked into the Decatur County Jail on multiple preliminary charges.

Merida told police after her arrest that Brewer was driving them to Illinois to meet Merida’s boyfriend with the goal of obtaining additional methamphetamine. She said she planned to sell a portion of the drugs acquired in a cash transaction from her boyfriend. Brewer was to receive a portion of the methamphetamine as payment for driving them, Merida said.

Brewer allegedly denied using methamphetamine when she spoke with Goodfellow after her arrest.

During the course of the investigation, police took custody of four cell phones which were turned over to a Ripley County deputy sheriff as potential evidence in an ongoing investigation there.

Merida is facing charges of dealing in methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine, according to court records. Both charges are felonies. A warrant was issued for Merida’s arrest on a charge of dealing in methamphetamine in Ripley County Aug. 1.

The charge of dealing in methamphetamine is a Level 2 felony in Indiana and carries a sentence of up to 30 years in prison under state law in the event of a conviction.

Brewer has been charged with visiting a common nuisance, a misdemeanor.

Neither suspect had made her initial court appearance by press time Wednesday. It was unclear if either had an attorney.






A woman whose baby was underweight and diagnosed as “failing to thrive” feared taking him for tegijghwgwpgfollow-up care because she didn’t want him to be taken away like three other of her children had been in the past for neglect, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed in the case.

Sarah A. Storck, 23, has been charged in Circuit Court with two felony counts of drug endangered child after she admitted smoking methamphetamine in the apartment where her 9-week-old twins were. She was arrested Nov. 9 and remains in Campbell County jail on a $10,000 cash or surety bond.






Manatee – A 15-year-old boy who deputies say smelled like pot was arrested early Wednesday after he revealed he had marijuana and meth in his socks.

According to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, Ranquel Keith Brewer was detained at Horizons Academy by a deputy around 9:08 a.m. when an odor of marijuana could be smelled emanating from him.

When his grandmother arrived to consent to an interview, Brewer took money and marijuana from his right sock and a bag of suspected meth from his left sock.

Brewer was taken to the Juvenile Booking Facility and charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell on school grounds, according to the sheriff’s office.


PLATTE COUNTY, Mo. — A Northland father could spend up to a year in jail for leaving drugs in his toddler’s reach, allowing the boy to ingest methamphetamine.erigjigjeqgrq

Platte County Prosecutor Eric Zahnd said he doesn’t believe this father intentionally gave his child drugs but says this is still a serious situation.

Prosecutors say 32-year-old Christopher Keedy put his son in danger by being negligent. Investigators say back in early August, Keedy and the mother of his children took their son to Children’s Mercy Hospital.

The daycare had called the mom and told her the boy “was vomiting and acting strange.” Results came back revealing the boy tested positive for methamphetamine and Benadryl.  The hospital also found Benadryl in his twin sister’s system.

The mom told police the daycare told her the toddler kept standing up and sitting down, going in circles, and making a clicking sound with his tongue.

Keedy told police he’d been clean since June and that’s when he thinks he must have dropped “meth or pills” underneath a table, which he says his son picked up when he was crawling around.

“We do not allege that this man gave his child meth intentionally. The evidence points to the fact that some methamphetamine dropped on the floor somehow, and as 1-year-old children are prone to do, [they’ll] stick anything that they find into their mouth,” Prosector Zahnd said.

Keedy said he’s been working with his twins’ mother and that he’s also working hard at recovery. He’s due in court in Platte County in December.

Prosecutors say the misdemeanor charge of endangering the welfare of a child carries a range of punishment including fines and up to one year in the Platte County Jail.





Prosecutors say Northland dad’s negligence led to 1-year-old boy ingesting meth


Troopers with the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) discovered more than two pounds of methamphetamine during an early morning traffic stop on Interstate 10 in Orange County on Nov. 16, reports DPS Sgt. Stephanie Davis. hgdhaghdrhsdfhgsdfgh

According to Davis, troopers observed a 2010 Dodge Charger traveling on the westbound access road of Interstate 10 near Highway 12 in Vidor at approximately 2 a.m. Troopers stopped the passenger vehicle because one of the brake lights was not working, she stated in a news release. The driver of the vehicle refused to provide identification and was placed under arrest for failure to identify.

While searching the vehicle following the arrest, troopers discovered 2.2 pounds of methamphetamine in the trunk of the Charger. Troopers contacted special agents with the department’s Criminal Investigation Division to assist with the seizure of the narcotics, and special agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) provided additional assistance.

During the investigation, the driver was identified as Leonard Robinson, 30, of Beaumont. Robinson reportedly had several outstanding misdemeanor warrants and a felony warrant out of Jasper County for assault on a public servant.

Robinson has been charged with felony possession of a controlled substance which is a first-degree felony. He was booked into the Orange County Jail. The investigation is ongoing, and additional charges could be filed.

Robinson’s arrest and the subsequent criminal investigation was a collaborative effort between the Texas Highway Patrol, the Criminal Investigation Division of the DPS and the DEA.






SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that nine southwest Missouri residents have been indicted by a federal grand jury in relation to a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in Jasper County.

Those arrested included:

  • Donald B. Loomis, 34
  • Katherine A. Stein, 26
  • Torrey L. Nigro, 25
  • Brice J. Bresee, 36
  • Kelly C. Walker, 25, all of Joplin
  • Alisha D. Courtney, 46
  • Terrance E. Romero, 41, both of Webb City
  • Adrian K. Gire, 30, of Lamar
  • Lisa M. Allison, 38, of Neosho,

Each was charged in a 16-count indictment returned under seal on Nov. 2. That indictment has been unsealed and made public following the arrests and initial court appearances of the defendants.

The federal indictment alleges that Loomis, Stein, Walker, Courtney and Romero participated in a conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine in Jasper County from March 1, 2015, to Sept. 24.

The indictment also alleges that Stein, Nigro, Bresee and Gire participated in a conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine in Jasper County from May 10 to May 12.

In addition to the conspiracies, the indictment charges Stein, Nigro, Bresee and Gire together in one count of distributing 50 grams or more of methamphetamine and in one count of using cell phones to facilitate the drug-trafficking conspiracy.

Romero is also charged with one count of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Romero allegedly was in possession of an F.I.E. Corp. Titan .25-caliber handgun on June 1, 2016.

Courtney is also charged with four counts of distributing methamphetamine.

Walker is also charged with one count of distributing methamphetamine and one count of possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute.

Stein and Allison (who is not charged in either of the drug-trafficking conspiracies) are charged together in one count of distributing methamphetamine and in one count of using a cell phone to facilitate a drug-trafficking conspiracy.

Dickinson cautioned that the charges contained in this indictment are simply accusations, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charges must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Abram McGull, II. It was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the FBI, the Ozarks Drug Enforcement Team, the Joplin, Police Department, the Webb City, Police Department, the Newton County, Sheriff’s Department, the Jasper County, Sheriff’s Department, the Jasper County, Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and the Newton County, Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.






If President-elect Donald Trump wants to fulfill his campaign promise of stemming the flow of drugs coming across the United States’ border with Mexico, he may want to start by looking at China.

Manufacturers and organized crime groups in the world’s most populous country are responsible 1479325414414for the majority of fentanyl — the synthetic opioid that is 50 times more potent than heroin — that ends up in the U.S. and the majority of precursor chemicals used by Mexican drug cartels to make methamphetamine, according to numerous published U.S. government reports.

“The Mexican cartels are buying large quantities of fentanyl from China,” Barbara Carreno, a spokesperson with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), told FoxNews.com. “It’s much easier to produce than waiting around to grow poppies for heroin and it’s incredibly profitable.

The DEA estimates that a kilogram of fentanyl, which sells for between $2,500 and $5,000 in China, can be sold to wholesale drug dealers in the U.S. for as much as $1.5 million and that the demand for the drug due to the prescription opioid crisis in places like New England and the Midwest have kept the prices high.

Trump, along with numerous other presidential hopefuls, promised while on the stump in states hard-hit by drug addiction to quickly tackle the widespread use of drugs like fentanyl and heroin. While heroin addiction has been a concern for decades, in recent years the number of users of heroin and fentanyl — and its more potent derivatives like carfentanil — has skyrocketed as the government clamps down on the abuse of prescription opioids like OxyContin and Percocet.

“We’re going to build that wall and we’re going to stop that heroin from pouring in and we’re going to stop the poison of the youth,” Trump said during a September campaign stop in New Hampshire.

The problem with cracking down on fentanyl and its derivatives is that while these substances may be banned in the U.S., they may not be illegal in their country of origin. China, for example, only last year added 116 synthetic drugs to its controlled substances list, but failed to include carfentanil – a drug that is 10,000 times more potent than morphine and has been researched as a chemical weapon by the U.S., U.K., Russia, Israel, China, the Czech Republic and India.

“It can kill you if just a few grains gets absorbed through the skin,” Carreno said.

While Mexican cartels obtain these substances in large quantities through the murky backwaters of the Chinese black market, anybody with a credit card and Internet access can call one of the numerous companies in China’s freewheeling pharmaceutical industry that manufactures fentanyl and its more potent cousins.

Earlier this year, The Associated Press found at least 12 Chinese businesses that said they would export carfentanil to the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Belgium and Australia for as little as $2,750 a kilogram.

Besides synthetic opioids, Chinese companies are also producing massive amounts of the precursor chemicals used to make methamphetamine.

As the methamphetamine industry evolved over the last decade or so from small, homegrown operations in the U.S. to the super-labs run by Mexican cartels, cooks and producers of the drug have begun to rely more and more on China for their ingredients. Mexico now supplies 90 percent of the methamphetamine found in the U.S., and 80 percent of precursor chemicals used in Mexican meth come from China, according to a study by the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission.

“China is the major source for precursor chemicals going to Mexico,” David Shirk, a global fellow at the Washington, D.C.-based Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, told FoxNews.com. “The problem is finding who the connection is between organized crime groups in China and organized crime groups in Mexico.”

Shirk added that law enforcement and drug war experts generally have a good picture of the major players in Mexican organized crime, but the Chinese underworld is less well mapped and it is more difficult to pin down the major players in the drug trade there.

Despite U.S. efforts to crackdown on both the fentanyl and methamphetamine trades, U.S. government officials acknowledge that much of the onus lies with the Chinese. Chinese state officials take allegations of drug-related corruption seriously, launching investigations when deemed appropriate, but a U.S. State Department report found that drug-related corruption among local and lower-level government officials continues to be a concern.

When he takes office in January, Trump has a few things working in his favor in respect to combatting the drug trade.

One is the continued fracturing of some of Mexico’s largest and most powerful drug cartels. The Sinaloa Cartel, for example, was seen for years as an impenetrable drug organization until cracks began to appear in its armor following the re-arrest earlier this year of its leader, Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, and the power struggle that ensued.

“When the violence goes up, business always goes down,” Shirk said.

Another factor that will help Trump’s war on drugs is U.S. anti-drug officials claim that their work in collusion with their Chinese counterparts is already helping greatly. Six months after China added a slew of synthetic drugs to its controlled substances list, monthly seizures in the U.S. of acetylfentanyl — a weak variant of fentanyl — were down 60 percent, the DEA reported.

 “We’re continuing to work with the Chinese to see if they might control more of these substances,” Carreno said. “When they put controls on these substances it makes a huge difference.”






Eight people have been arrested over a multi-million dollar drug smuggling operation off Australia’s east coast.

Around $54 million worth of ice was found on a boat as it arrived at Palm Beach, in Sydney’s north last Friday.http___prod_static9_net_au___media_2016_11_17_19_06_afpfixed

It followed a large-scale joint operation between Australian and Chinese authorities that began earlier this month.

Three men from China who were on board a small tender – launched from a larger vessel being monitored by the Australian Border Force – were arrested by Australian Federal Police, as well as the two men from New Zealand and Taiwan who met the boat onshore.

Three barrels containing around 90 liters of liquid methamphetamine were discovered on board.

All five men have been charged with the importation and possession of a commercial quantity of border-controlled drugs and faced court last Friday.

Three other men were then arrested on Sunday after a fishing boat was intercepted off the coast of Hervey Bay, Queensland.

They were all charged with aiding and abetting the importation of a commercial quantity of a border-controlled drug.

All eight men have been refused bail.

Justice Minister Michael Keenan said the seizure was a very serious blow against organised criminals who peddle in the misery of drug trafficking.

“This interception comes as a result of the strong ties and intelligence gained from our law enforcement partners in China,” he said in a statement on Thursday.

“Together we are determined to disrupt the insidious ice trade that continues to pose a significant risk to the communities of Australia and China.”

Since the partnership with Chinese authorities began a year ago, approximately six tonnes of drugs and precursors have been seized.


The panel of judges at the Semarang District Court in Central Java has sentenced one of two Pakistani nationals found guilty of smuggling 97 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine to death.05shockeds_img_assist_custom-780x520

In two separate trials, judges sentenced Faiq Akhtar to life imprisonment on Tuesday, while Muhammad Riaz was sentenced to death on Monday.

The two men were charged under the 2009 Narcotics Law for smuggling the drugs through Tanjung Emas Port in Semarang.

Another foreign national accused of involvement in the smuggling is US national Philip Russel, aka Kamran Muzaffar Malik, who will hear his verdict at the same court on Wednesday.

The prosecutors had demanded the death penalty for all three foreign nationals earlier this month.

Five Indonesians who were also involved in the drug smuggling have already been sentenced by the court. They are Tommy Agung Pratomo and Citra Kurniawan who both received life sentences and Restiyadi Sayoko who was sentenced to 20 years in prison. The other two convicts are Didi Triono and Peni Suprapti, Riaz’s wife, who were sentenced to 15 years’ and 18 years’ imprisonment, respectively, in addition to a fine of Rp 1 billion (US$ 75,000).

As reported previously, the drugs were imported from Guangzhou, China to Indonesia through Tanjung Emas Port in Semarang at the end of 2015 concealed inside a consignment of generators. The drugs were hidden inside 54 of the generators and stored in a warehouse disguised as a furniture factory in Pekalongan village, in Jepara, Central Java, where they were discovered in a National Narcotics Agency (BNN) raid on Jan. 27.

Riaz was found guilty of masterminding the smuggling operation as the court learned that he had arranged the importation of the generators. Riaz roped in Phillip Russel to arrange the financing of the operation.

Russel then allegedly hired Faiq, a junior-high school graduate, who worked as an office boy in Russel’s company in Jakarta, to pay local people large sums to help the ring with the smuggling.

Presiding judge in Faiq’s trial Sartono said the sentence was lighter than that sought by the prosecutors, which was the death penalty.

“The aggravating factor is the imported goods could destroy the nation’s youth. The mitigating factor is that he was not the mastermind of the network, he was merely an agent,” Sartono said in the trial on Tuesday.

Upon hearing this Faiq collapsed in front of the judges. His attorney Reffendi explained that his client had passed out because he did not really understand the sentence.

“He speaks only a little Indonesian. He does not understand what a life sentence is. We will explain it to him and ask him if he wants to file an appeal,” he said.

Another Pakistani drug smuggler, convicted in a different case, Zulfiqar Ali, avoided a round of executions in Nusakambangan prison island in Cilacap, Central Java, on July 29.

International and domestic observers have slammed Indonesia’s use of the death penalty, which has been condemned as a violation of human rights.

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s administration has executed 18 death row convicts in three rounds of executions last year and this year. The executions of the convicts, which included foreign nationals, caused tension between Indonesia and the respective home countries of the convicts.

Despite repeated calls from human rights activists, the government has insisted that drug convicts should be executed, saying that drug misuse claims the lives of thousands of Indonesians every year.






A Cross Plains mother and her father are facing multiple charges including aggravated child abuse, possession of illegal weapons and the manufacture of methamphetamine after local police were called about a possible child abandonment case earlier this month.636148895283622580-picmonkey-collage

Janae Marie Stewart, 22, of Cross Plains, left her four-year-old with a woman that had been taking care of the child, but she never returned, which caused the woman to call the authorities and report Stewart on Nov. 3, according to Cross Plains Police Chief James Yates.

Cross Plains Police contacted The Tennessee Department of Children’s Services and launched a joint investigation into the case, according to a press release issued by the department.

“We followed up on a tip … and when we went looking for (Stewart), we found the remains of an old meth lab near her trailer home,” the chief said. “I mean, you couldn’t miss it.”

When police knocked on the door of one of the residences on the property, they were told by Stewart’s father, James Eric Beaty, 52, of Cross Plains, that she was not home, the release said.

Beaty was asked about the meth lab and several nearby ingredients used to make the drug, the release said.

“The dad denied it. He knew nothing,” Yates said.

At that point, the Robertson County Emergency Management Agency, Robertson County Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Unit and the Tennessee Methamphetamine and Pharmaceutical Task Force was called to assist with the seizure and clean-up of the lab, the release said.

Beaty denied any meth being on the property and volunteered a search, it adds.

Seconds into the search, investigators found four additional meth labs, commonly known as generators or “shake and bake” labs, on the property, the release said. Three of the four were inactive, but one appeared to be letting out toxic gases, the release said.

Beaty was taken into custody.

He faces manufacture of meth, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of firearms during a dangerous felony charges and was being held at the Robertson County Jail on $155,000 bond Wednesday.

Beaty was also cited earlier on Nov. 3 in Williamson County for possession of meth and drug paraphernalia, the release said.

Once he was taken to the jail, Cross Plains Police remained on the scene while a search warrant was obtained for Stewart’s home. Inside, they found ingredients to manufacture meth and drug paraphernalia.

Police were able to make contact with Stewart on Nov. 9.

She is facing aggravated child abuse and neglect, manufacture of meth and possession of drug paraphernalia charges and was being held at the Robertson County jail on $76,000 bond Wednesday.

Stewart’s four-year-old is currently in state custody, the release said.

She has no other children, the chief said.

More arrests are possible in the case as the investigation continues, Yates said. He noted that his department has seen an extremely high rate of methamphetamine-related arrests and overdoses in the area within the last two years.






A 19-year-old Beatrice woman will serve prison time after prosecutors said she failed to take advantage of numerous opportunities to deal with her addiction issues.

Payton Bishop was sentenced to five years prison in two cases Wednesday by Judge Paul Korslund in Gage County District Court.sp-48-91522

In one case, she was sentenced to three years of prison followed by 18 months of post release supervision for attempted second degree assault.

Bishop was sentenced for four charges in the second case, possession of methamphetamine and three counts of theft. She was sentenced to two years for the meth charge that will be served consecutively to the previous case, totaling five years.

She was sentenced to 30 days for each of the theft charges, which will be served concurrently to the other charges.

Gage County deputy attorney Calynn Schuck said Bishop’s issues can all be traced to addiction.

“There’s no question that Ms. Bishop battles some serious addiction issues with methamphetamine, and it’s quite sad that it’s happened to her at such a young age,” Schuck said. “Underlying Ms. Bishop’s criminal content, there always seems to be substance usage.”

Bishop was allowed into a treatment program in May, but was involuntarily discharged due to lack of cooperation and an aggressive behavior.

Bishop also attended a treatment program in Florida, which her attorney, Lee Timan, said was completed, despite a lack of documentation.

“When she’s in treatment and staying clean… I think she is someone who can follow rules and can respect other’s property and space,” Timan said. “It’s when she’s using methamphetamine that she I guess becomes a different person and does a complete 180 as far as her behaviors.”

Bishop was initially to be sentenced last month, but the cases were continued on the conditions that she receive drug testing and continue to take steps toward overcoming her addiction.

Schuck said Bishop missed three appointments and never took the required drug testing.

“At this point, Ms. Bishop has been given more opportunities and services while these cases have been pending than most defendants receive through probation,” Schuck said. “I think her behavior has shown this court her lack of willingness to take accountability for her actions.”

Bishop was arrested last December for assault after stabbing a woman in the back.

The victim advised she had gotten into a verbal argument with Bishop when Bishop accused her of stealing a cell phone.

The victim tried to leave the house when Bishop followed her with a knife. Court documents state the victim had an obvious stab wound to her back and was transported to Beatrice Community Hospital for treatment.

A knife was recovered from the floor of Bishop’s residence.

The drug case against Bishop stemmed from shoplifting incidents at Dollar General and Dollar Tree. During the investigation, officers found Bishop to be in possession of methamphetamine.

A third felony case against Bishop was previously dismissed as part of a plea agreement.

In that case, Bishop was arrested last October for taking a dog from Humane Society volunteers.

Two Beatrice Humane Society volunteers were walking a white husky-shepherd mix dog when they were approached by Bishop, asking to pet the dog.

Bishop allegedly wanted to take the dog. After volunteers wouldn’t comply, documents state Bishop said she would pull a gun on them, indicating the presence of a firearm.

The volunteers released the dog to Bishop soon after. She left the scene and the volunteers walked back to the Humane Society and informed Beatrice police.





A 62-year-old Great Falls woman was allegedly in possession of methamphetamine and a meth pipe when stopped by the Helena Police Department on Saturday.582a6c62c7853_image

Jewel Kipp was stopped for expired registration when the officer reportedly noticed the meth pipe sitting in the vehicle’s console, according to court documents.

Kipp stepped out of the vehicle, at which time a voluntary search produced a white pouch from her pocket. Kipp reportedly admitted the meth pipe was hers and told the arresting officer the pouch contained methamphetamine, court documents say.

Her driver’s license was also allegedly suspended.

Kipp’s bond was set at $25,000.






MORRIS – A mobile meth lab exploded Tuesday morning inside a Morris laundromat, and two suspects have been charged.

The incident occurred about 7:50 a.m. at the Wash ‘N Dry at 531 Bedford Road. There were no injuries reported.s48u1p80ta2cdwz58d5i50fr1po3c3r

Morris Police Chief John Severson said surveillance video shows people coming into the business with items that could be used to “cook” methamphetamine. The laundromat is open round-the-clock, but does not always have staff on the premises.

“It appears they came into the business to have a controlled environment, but when they started cooking, things went bad and it exploded,” Severson said. “They dumped it outside and fled.”

At 11:30 a.m., officers located two people matching the description of the subjects in the video walking near Bedford Road and Black Street in Morris.

Jonathan Walters, 39, of Minooka, and Nicole Gonzalez, 41, of Morris, were questioned and then arrested on charges of possession of methamphetamine materials.

They were booked into the Grundy County jail.

Severson said Tuesday night additional charges were pending.

Firefighters did not find any fire at the scene of the explosion, but they did find what appeared to be a damaged lunchbox just outside the business. Before surveillance video was located, police were unsure of the contents of the lunchbox.

Police canvassed the area for evidence and potential witnesses, Severson said. The Kane County Bomb Squad was called while police cordoned off the area and diverted traffic.

After the device was determined not to be an explosive, agents of the Joliet Metropolitan Area Narcotics Squad were called out to clean up the debris.

“There’s no evidence [operators of] the business were involved. [The suspects] just picked their location,” Severson noted.

The laundromat and an adjacent fast food restaurant were allowed to reopen after police cleared the scene about 11:30 a.m., Severson said.






Federal agents arrested 10 people Tuesday after a two-year investigation into a multistate drug ring, the U.S. Department of Justice announced.

The defendants, several of whom are from the South Sound, were to be arraigned Tuesday and Wednesday (Nov. 16) in U.S. District Court in Tacoma.

According to a federal indictment, the following people face federal charges of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances:

Bernabe Nava Ambriz, 37, of Maple Valley; Vincent Phillip Corsaletti, 51, of Springfield, Oregon; Serafin Mendoza Cabrera, 37, of Federal Way; Saul Mendoza Cabrera, 35, of Kent; Adan Gutierrez Raso, 22, of Kent; Jessica Carver, 46, of Puyallup; and Thomas Radford, 34, of Graham.

Nava Ambriz also faces two counts of distribution of methamphetamine and one count of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.

Gutierrez Raso is charged with an additional count of distribution of meth, and Corsaletti faces an additional count of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.

Three others were arrested on criminal complaints, according to the Justice Department: Clinton Bjornson, 34, of Bellevue; Quinn Hinkle, 45, of Tacoma; and Joel Chavez, 21, of Maple Valley.

Businesses and residences were searched in Tacoma, Puyallup, Graham, Federal Way, Auburn, Kent, Enumclaw, Maple Valley, Ravensdale, Bellevue and Springfield, Oregon.

Authorities searched 13 vehicles because drug money reportedly was moved in hidden compartments within them, the department said.

During the investigation, law enforcement agencies seized more than 30 pounds of methamphetamine, cocaine, firearms and $350,000 in cash.

Drug Enforcement Administration offices in Tacoma and Eugene led the investigation with help from the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, Portland police, Springfield police and the West Sound Narcotics Enforcement Task Force.



CALEXICO, Calif. – El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents discovered a discarded backpack containing meth after attempting to apprehend a man who made an illegal entry near downtown Calexico.drugs_1479259120811_4744679_ver1_0_640_360

In the early hours of the morning on Monday, a Border Patrol Agent saw a man make an illegal entry into the United States by climbing over the international boundary fence.

The agent also observed that the man was wearing a backpack. Agents attempted to apprehend the man, but was unable to contact him. As the agents searched for the man near an apartment complex, they found the backpack the man was carrying.

In it, border patrol agents discovered eight cellophane-wrapped packages of methamphetamine. The methamphetamine weighed 8.124 pounds, with an estimated street value of $32,496.

No arrest was made and the narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.

From the beginning of the fiscal year 2017, which started on Oct. 1, 2016….El Centro Sector has seized more than 72 pounds of methamphetamine.





Mexican ex-governors wanted by the DEA

Posted: 16th November 2016 by Doc in Uncategorized

Original article available at ZETA
Translated by El Wachito

The new government of Tamaulipas, headed by Francisco Garcia Cabeza de Vaca, found that 12 ministerial cops were commissioned as the bodyguards of ex governors, Tomas Jesus Yarrington Ruvalcaba and Eugenio Javier Hernandez Flores, who are currently wanted by American authorities, including the DEA, for organize crime, drug trafficking, fraud, money laundering, amongst other crimes.

Current Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto hanging out with Tomas Jesus Ruvalcaba

Ex governor Edigio Torre Cantu was the one that authorized the bodyguard service that was provided to the ex governors of the Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI), both wanted, and both generated a monthly expenditures of 400 thousand pesos, and a total of 30 million pesos during their 6 years of governance, for travel expenditures and salary.

Tomás Yarrington, de pesca.

Tomás Yarrington, de pesca.

Yarrington fishing

The Procurador General de Justica De Tamaulipas, Irving Barrios Mojica, informed that the ex-governors Yarrington and Hernandez, had 8 and 4 bodyguards commissioned, “for their protection”, every cop armed with a handgun and a high power rifle.

“One of the weakness that exists in the Procuraduria is the lack of Ministerial Cops available and the lack of Ministerial Officers trained to conduct investigations, it is a really reduced group of individuals, and we need the man-power to make sure that the investigations happen”, stated the Procurador from Tamaulipas to Televisa news network.

“The Procuraduria General de la Republica (PGR) is informed of the situation and has already taken action”, affirmed the actual Procurador of Tamaulipas, who stated that the bodyguard service has been canceled.

The accusations against Yarrington and Hernandez

Tomas Yarrington was the Governor of Tamaulipas from 1999 to 2004 and is wanted by the DEA since December of 2013, he is accused by an American Federal Court for organize crime, and he is accused to receiving money for the protection that he provided to the Cartel del Golfo during his time of Governance.

In December of 2012, the American Federal Government confiscated a luxury apartment that belonged to Yarrington, located in the south area of Isla del Padre, Texas, under the supposition that it was acquired  through a money laundering operation of money proceeding from the traffic of drugs.

Apartment complex where Yarrington purchased a luxury apartment located in Padre Boulevard 334 de South Padre Island, valued at 600,000$, later on it was auctioned

In May of 2013, a Federal judge from Brownsville Texas, started the file B-12-435-S1 and formally accused the ex-governor of receiving funds from drug trafficking organizations since 1998, when he was a candidate of the Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI) for the State Governor and he received the money through “State Police”, of the Former Governor Manuel Cavazos Lerma, also a member of the PRI and nowadays a Republic Senator.

Eugenio Hernandez

He was a governor of Tamaulipas from 2005 to 2010 and he is also accused by the DEA since June of 2015. Also, a Federal Judge ordered his arrest for receiving money from Los Zetas during his administration.

Hernandez hanging out with his buddy Peña Nieto

Hernandez is accused in the United States of money laundering, illegal financial transactions, in banks from Texas, for up to 30 million dollars. The Department of State is also looking for his brother in law, Oscar Gonzeles Guerra, for operating a money laundering system in the United States.


Hernandez and his wife with the Mexican First lady and EPN

The Judicial file C-14-178-S, submitted on May 27 of 2015, sustains that the ex-governor and the husband of his wife, with “knowledge of the illegal activities”, started money laundering and conducting illegal financial transactions since January of 2008.

“The money was received by Hernandez Flores as a payment of allowing Cartel del Golfo to operate with liberty in Tamaulipas to conduct their illegal activities of drug trafficking, kidnapping, sale of drugs, and human trafficking into the United States”, stated the Federal Fiscal of the United States.

The accusations include a notice of a legal seizure of 2 millions of dollars of 4 properties, 3 of them located in McAllen and another one in Austin, in the state of Texas.

The last time that he was seen was last June 5, when he was seen by the media visiting a Polling booth in Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas to vote for the PRI candidate, Baltazar Hinojosa Ochoa.

“Baltazar is not only going to be the governor, he will be an excellent governor because I know him, and I know the type of man that he is and know of his work, in that sense we trust that the citizens will vote and they will support him so we can have a successful 6 years of governance by my friend Baltazar”, expressed Hernandez Flores back then.

Back then, in November of 2015, the ex governor assisted the fifth  Government report of Governonor Egidio Torre Cantu, and even though he was accused in the United States of money laundering, he received a public gratitude announcement for his presence.

“I really appreciate that the former Ex-governors are present”, said Torre Cantu from his podium, in reference to Cavazos Lerma and Hernandez Flores.

Smiling, and sitting down between the governor of Puebla Rafael Moreno Valle and the ex governor Manuel Cavazos Lerma, Hrenandez Flores stood up from his seat and, with a hand signal, he aknowledge the greeting of the Tamaulipas governor Torre Cantu.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – The Wyoming Highway Patrol seized millions of dollars in meth and marijuana over the weekend.12474084_ga

In the Cheyenne area on Saturday, troopers arrested two residents from San Jose, Calif. who were found with 16 pounds of methamphetamine hidden in the vehicle’s speaker box.

Miguel Pineda-Torres, 27, and Vanessa Solorio-Yanez, 21, were caught speeding and subsequently pulled over. A patrol K-9 identified the substance in the vehicle.

The seized methamphetamine has an estimated street value of $1.8 million, according to a press release.

In a separate incident, two men from Kansas were arrested after a traffic stop led to the discovery of approximately 70 pounds of marijuana, 100 electronic cigarette cartridges loaded with THC oil and $2,400 in cash in the Range Rover they were driving.

Haywood Madison, 35, and Keith Carter, 34, have been charged with felony possession of marijuana and felony possession of marijuana with intent to deliver. The seized marijuana and THC oil has an estimated street value of $290,000.

The Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation assisted with the arrests.






A Council Bluffs woman is facing charges after police said she smoked meth before taking her children to Chuck E. Cheese’s.

Christine Hall, 39, was referred to the Council Bluffs Police Department on Aug. 17 by the Department of Human Services.582aa800008d9_image

Hall tested positive for methamphetamine and amphetamine during a urine test on July 20, DHS said.

Hall is the primary caregiver of her three children, ages 1, 3 and 16.

The 3-year-old tested positive for meth using a hair test on July 27, according to court records.

Hall told DHS she used meth while taking care of her children.

She said she and the children’s father stopped to smoke meth in a gas station bathroom before going to Chuck E. Cheese’s, a restaurant noted for its play area for children.

A preliminary hearing was held Monday for Hall, who is out on $10,000 bond.

Her arraignment is set for Dec. 12, and a jury trial date has been set for Jan. 18.





MADISONVILLE, Ky. (11/14/16) — A Central City woman was charged with trafficking in methamphetamine after the vehicle she was traveling in was stopped last night in Madisonville because police believed the driver, a McLean County man, was driving under the influence.winn_sosh3

According to Madisonville Police, an officer observed a 1998 Dodge Dakota headed south at 9:56 p.m. on North Kentucky Avenue. The vehicle’s license plate number was obscured by tape and when the officer stopped the vehicle, he reported the driver, Jarred W. Sosh of Rumsey, appeared to be driving under the influence.

While the officer was searching the vehicle, he discovered an eyeglass case under the passenger’s seat. A plastic baggie of suspected methamphetamine was located inside the case, according to police.

Police said the passenger, Heather L. Winn of Central City, advised that the substance was “a bag of cut” belonging to her and that she had a syringe in her bra. She was charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance/meth and drug paraphernalia – buy/possess.

Sosh was charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs/etc. – with aggravated circumstances.

Winn, 25, and Sosh, 22, are being lodged in the Hopkins County Detention Center.