On Monday, Sen. John Thune conferred with officials on the Yankton Sioux Reservation about the problems posed by methamphetamine. What he received wasn’t an update; instead, it was a desperate plea for help.

Meth is a scourge across the country, and especially in rural areas. But on Native American reservations, it’s a plague that is destroying lives and families.

What makes this so much more tragic is that it isn’t new. The Justice Department reported in 2006, “… (methamphetamine) has disproportionately devastated Native American Tribal communities. … Mexican drug cartels have been purposefully targeting rural Native American Reservations, both for the sale of meth and as distribution hubs. … Native Americans now experience the highest meth usage rates of any ethnic group in the nation.”

Ten years later, nothing has improved.

That’s one reason among so many that regional tribes have been holding summits to address this epidemic. One of their goals is to convene a U.S. Senate hearing to address the ravaging problems of meth in Indian Country. It was the message Thune heard Monday.

It’s a plea that simply must be heard in Washington.

Meth is indeed a scourge in this land. (That 2006 Justice Department report referred to it as “an American problem.”) But its impact on the tribes has been a nightmare. The FBI estimates that up to 50 percent of all violent crimes on reservations are tied in some way to this drug.

The reservations are in dire need of attention. They generally lack the resources in both law enforcement and social services to address the problem. And in places where poverty is rampant and hope is a dream, meth’s cheap, intoxicating, sinister temptations are nearly impossible to combat given current resources. Tribes are resorting to threats of banishment for members in order to tackle the issue, although this arguably just shifts the problem elsewhere.

The tribes taking extraordinary steps are united by their wounds and their suffering. They need help.

And Washington needs to be part of the answer.

It’s too easy in non-reservation areas to dismiss this issue as a Native American matter, as if all else is a far-off hell and all else is somehow immune. That clearly is not the case with meth, which touches virtually every community in some way.

The tribes are getting the worst of it, but they are far from alone.

We must stand with them in calling for more action. Their problem makes it our problem, too. Therefore, it is everyone’s fight.







According to Judicial Watch, for some time Mexican drug cartels have been helping Islamic terrorists now living in Mexico to cross the U.S. border in order to explore possible areas of attack in the United States. The wachdog group reports:

Among the jihadists that travel back and forth through the porous southern border is a Kuwaiti named Shaykh Mahmood Omar Khabir, an ISIS operative who lives in the Mexican state of Chihuahua not far from El Paso, Texas. Khabir trained hundreds of Al Qaeda fighters in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Yemen and has lived in Mexico for more than a year, according to information provided by JW’s [Judicial Watch’s] government source.

In a recent article, Khabir bragged to the Italian newspaper il Giornale, “The border that separates Mexico from the United States is so full of free zones that I could come in with a group of men in a few hours and kill thousands of people in Texas or Arizona.”

Considering the full weight of the statements by Khabir and the recent findings by Judicial Watch, there has never been a more important time to secure the southern border of the United States.

According to il Giornale, the Mexican secretary of foreign affairs stated:

 The Obama administration and the American media are guilty of neglecting the phenomenon. We cannot understand whether it is a strategy, but this new wave of fundamentalism could have some surprises for the United States.

In spite of Mexico’s large Catholic component, Khabir maintains that extremism has made large strides in the Mexican culture. Claiming thousands of converts over the last six to eight years, Khabir asserts that Muslim imams have had great recruiting success and have been welcomed in the Mexican society more so even than with the European culture.

According to the Judicial Watch report, “Now Khabir trains thousands of men — mostly Syrians and Yemenis — to fight in an ISIS base situated in the Mexico-U.S. border region near Ciudad Juárez.”

If indeed the reports are accurate and Khabir is living near the U.S.-Mexico border, the prospect of a porous border combined with nearly nonexistent immigration standards should raise red flags not only in U.S.-Mexico border states, but across the country.

Even Politifact, a left-leaning political fact-checking group owned by the Tampa Bay Times, admitted the concern when in an April 2016 article, author Joshua Gillin noted,

There have been several reported incidents along the U.S.-Mexico border of several agencies encountering people on terrorism watch lists or with ties (or suspected ties) to terrorist groups. There also have been a number of people from countries associated with terror groups stopped by authorities, although that’s not an indication they’re terrorist infiltrators.

But is it reasonable to suspect that some of these “people from countries associated with terror groups” could be “terrorist infiltrators,” particularly considering that agencies have encountered “people on terrorism watch lists”? Though Gillin may appear to be downplaying the threat, the truth stands: Our porous border has reached critical mass.

The New American recently reported in this article on the nearly nonexistent southern U.S. border, quoting Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council: “As someone who has been involved in border protection for over 18 years, I can tell you the border is not secure and the situation is getting worse.”

In other statements also reported by The New American, Judd testified to the U.S. House Judiciary Committee that border patrol agents were told by “a top Homeland Security official” that the Obama administration had “no intention of deporting” a large number of illegal immigrants sneaking into the country, and has instead issued orders for them to be released so they “don’t clog up the courts.” Judd added that even criminal cases involving illegal immigrants have found detainees being allowed to leave, having neither been deported nor given a Notice to Appear (NTA), which would have at least put them into the deportation process. (Emphasis added.)

Reporting in another article for The New American in March 2016, Alex Newman contended, “Smugglers and other criminals are pouring across the often undefended border … jeopardizing the livelihoods and even [the] lives [of Americans] — not to mention national security.”

Newman reported on a meeting between the elected officials of the small town of Animas, New Mexico, and hundreds of distraught ranchers:

 Inspiring the meeting, according to attendees quoted in media reports, was the kidnapping of a local American ranch hand. The victim reportedly happened upon a caravan of drug runners from the other side of the border while working on a cattle ranch in New Mexico’s “Bootheel” region along the border with Mexico. Tricia Elbrock, co-owner of the company that employs the kidnapping victim, was quoted in the Albuquerque Journal recounting what happened in December of last year.

Also reporting for The New American, Warren Mass cited other statements by National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd,

We have apprehended illegal aliens just north of the border who are still soaking wet from crossing the river. If they claim, as increasingly they are doing, that they have been here since January 1, 2014, we will process and then release them.

They are still wet from the river and miles from any civilization and on their word alone we release them unless we physically saw them cross the river. This policy de facto creates an open border with Mexico for any illegal alien who wants to claim that they were here before 2014.

Obtaining information via the Freedom of Information Act, Judicial Watch in January made public State Department documents showing that for “at least” 10 years Arab extremists have entered our country with assistance from Mexican drug cartels. But why hasn’t the U.S. government, which has known about this security threat for at least a decade, responded by securing the border? Are “sleeper” terrorist cells already in place in the United States as a result of this folly? And what will be the consequences of continuing to leave the border unsecure?

Alex Newman observed,

Despite claims from politicians in Washington, D.C., it is clear that the border is nowhere close to what a reasonable person would describe as “secure.” That is by design, of course. But the people suffering on the front lines of that are only the first to be victimized. If Congress does not get serious about demanding the enforcement of federal laws on border security, all of America will face the consequences, too. It is time to restore law and order on the border.







DUNCAN, SC (WSPA) – Deputies say a Duncan woman was making methamphetamine at home in the presence of children, last Wednesday.utkdtkjtyjudtj

35-year-old Courtney Leigh Bramlette was arrested and charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine, two counts of Manufacturing Methamphetamine in the Presence of a Minor Child, and Disposal of Methamphetamine Waste.

According to warrants, she also tried to burn the waste leftover from making the methamphetamine.







MANISTEE, MI — A 30-year-old New Baltimore man was arrested and two children placed with family members after illicit methamphetamine labs were discovered in backpacks in the 200 Block of Arthur Street.

A woman was arrested on an outstanding warrant as well.

Troopers from the Michigan State Police Cadillac Post responded to a suspicious situation there on Friday night, April 29 and found a 32-year-old Wellston woman there who had a warrant for her arrest, according to a news release from police.

An officer from the Little River Tribal Police located the man who was reportedly involved in the earlier situation, and called in detectives from the drug team SSCENT, the State, Sheriffs, Chiefs Enforcement Narcotics Team, a multi-jurisdictional task force.

Detectives executed a search warrant on two backpacks that were located in the area and found several items used in the production of methamphetamine inside of the backpacks. Members of the Michigan State Police Methamphetamine Enforcement Team responded to the scene to dismantle the laboratory and remove the hazardous materials from the scene.

As a result of the evidence located at the scene, the New Baltimore man was lodged at the Manistee County Jail and will face charges of Manufacturing Methamphetamine, a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison, authorities said.

The woman was also lodged at the jail.







(WBNG Binghamton) Ithaca police discovered a meth lab inside of a shed just past midnight on Sunday.

According to the Ithaca Police Department just past midnight on May 1, officers were alerted of a possible meth lab inside a shed near a vacant commercial business lot in the 700 block of West Buffalo Street.

Police said officers arrived on the scene and conducted a search. According to police, officers discovered numerous components that are used to manufacture methamphetamine. According to Ithaca Police, the officers notified the New York State C-Cert Team and the team responded to the scene early Sunday morning.

The C-CERT Team collected several items that are commonly used to manufacture meth including liquid meth oil. Police said they also discovered a large amount of stolen property in the shed that officers believe was stolen from the Ithaca area.

According to the Ithaca Police Department no charges have been filed at this time.







PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – An inmate at the South Dakota women’s prison has been sentenced on methamphetamine-related charges and seven others in the case have entered pleas.

Authorities allege that one of the inmates smuggled in the drugs and distributed it to seven other prisoners.

Attorney General Marty Jackley says 34-year-old Loretta Flute was recently sentenced to an additional year behind bars. She had pleaded guilty in March.

Thirty-six-year-old Cassandra Bernard, 36-year-old Michaela Mousseau, 21-year-old Shauntel Shangreaux and 26-year-old Mary Sierra all pleaded guilty. They’ll be sentenced later.

Twenty-nine-year-old Sylvia Bordeaux, 39-year-old Dawn Mesteth and 24-year-old Britney Aguilar pleaded not guilty. Aguilar is alleged to be the ringleader and faces the most serious charges.







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Nine female inmates indicted on Methamphetamine use while incarcerated at the South Dakota Women’s Prison in Pierre

Six Women’s Prison inmates, Cassandra Bernard, 36, Sylvia Bordeaux, 30, Dawn Mesteth, 39, Michaela Mousseau, 36, Shauntel Shangreaux, 22, Mary Sierra, 27, appear in Methamphetamine smuggling case in Pierre courtroom


A man arrested Wednesday by troopers with the Missouri State Highway Patrol died Thursday at University Hospital after ingesting methamphetamine, patrol Sgt. Scott White said in a news release.

Troopers on Wednesday afternoon stopped a vehicle on Route BB near Eugene in Cole County after they spotted known fugitive William S. Westfall, 21, of Eugene driving the vehicle. Westfall and three others in the vehicle were found to be in possession of suspected methamphetamine, White said.572543bd8cc63_image

All four suspects were taken into custody and were en route to the Cole County Jail when a trooper said Westfall started to experience physical and mental distress.

Troopers took him directly to Capital Region Medical Center in Jefferson City for medical attention.

A preliminary investigation revealed Westfall might have ingested an unknown amount of methamphetamine before he had contact with the troopers, White said.

The other three other suspects were taken to the Cole County Jail.

Westfall was charged Wednesday with distribution of a controlled substance, tampering with evidence and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Westfall eventually was taken to University Hospital in Columbia, where he died shortly after 9 p.m. Thursday, White said.

The patrol was informed Friday of Westfall’s death.

The Cole County prosecuting attorney also filed charges against the other occupants of Westfall’s vehicle.

Katherine E. Rice, 24, of Jefferson City, Michael J. Taylor, 20, of Russellville and Brandon P. Cavaness, 25, of Jefferson City were all charged with possession of a controlled substance.

Rice and Taylor were being held on bonds of $30,000, and Cavaness was being held on a $10,000 bond.







A 34-year-old Salem woman faces multiple charges after her pickup ran off the Green Street Road and hit a parked pickup truck, a building, and a motorcycle inside the building.

Christine Bender of South College Street was being held in the Marion County Jail for driving under the christina-bender_w250influence of drugs, driving on a suspended or revoked license, and leaving the scene of a property damage accident.

Marion County Sheriff’s Deputies say Bender ran off the 800 block of Green Street Road, struck a ditch and a sign, and then hit a parked pickup truck owned by Karen Richardson of Colestock Lane in Centralia. Bender’s vehicle then crashed into a building owned by James Hensley at 879 Green Street Road.  Once inside, Bender struck a motorcycle before she came to a stop.

Deputies report Bender was able to drive out of the building and leave the scene of the accident.   A witness was able to get a license plate number which checked back to a vehicle owned by Jason Hodge of Nations Road in rural Salem.

Deputies went to Hodge’s home and found the damaged pickup outside. Hodge indicated Bender, who was still at his home, was driving.   She was taken into custody.  The wreck occurred during the noon hour on Thursday.

Bender was out on bond on multiple methamphetamine related charges filed against her in January. During a Friday morning court appearance, Bender’s $15,000 bond on those cases was raised to $25,000.  The chases include two counts of possession of under five grams of meth, aggravated meth manufacturing, possession of a meth precursor, and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.







NEWTON, Iowa — Just over a year ago, a Newton mom was in serious trouble.

She was facing drug and child endangerment charges after her young son tested positive for meth.

“I did not have my life together, I was making bad decisions,” Vanessa Trotter said.

Those decisions just a year ago by the 23-year-old came with life-altering consequences.

“I was going to send Ms. Trotter to prison because that`s what we normally do in those cases,” said Scott Nicholson, 1st Assistant County Attorney.

In March of 2015, Newton residents alerted police of suspicious activity next door and Trotter, along with 27-year-old Cody Sanders, faced charges of child endangerment after Trotter`s 1-year-old son tested positive for methamphetamine.

“That tells me that child was either exposed greatly to methamphetamine in some way or the child actually ingested it, and we always hold parents responsible for that,” Nicholson said.

While waiting for her court appearance, Trotter received custody of her son in June and as the case continued to get delayed she entered rehab.

“I started with outpatient through integrated services in Newton, then I got into a three-month program at the Heart of Iowa in Cedar Rapids and I moved into a transitional program in Iowa City.’

That`s when 1st Assistant District Attorney Scott Nicholson noticed a change in Vanessa.

“Because she did so well, had a lack of criminal history and had the child back and was doing very well in the program she was in, I decided I was not going to seek a prison sentence,” Nicholson said.

Instead, she plead guilty to neglect of a dependent person and received a deferred judgment.

“Instead of rendering sentence the judge defers placing judgment on that person and puts them on probation,” said T.J. Hier, Trotter’s attorney. “If they are successful on probation there is never a conviction.”

While her attorney defended her and ultimately kept her from behind bars, Hier says the victory rests solely on the shoulders of one person: Vanessa.

“The work came from Vanessa,” Hier said. “She voluntarily checked herself into the Heart of Iowa in Cedar Rapids.”

Out of darkness, Vanessa is finding light.

“I get to go into the nursing program I wanted, so hopefully in three years I’ll be a nurse in Newton,” Trotter said.

Trotter is currently serving two years of probation and participating in the prelude transitional housing program where she must remain drug and alcohol-free.







LOS ALTOS (BCN) — Two people were arrested in Los Altos Thursday in connection with drugs and other crimes following a multi-agency operation investigating drug activity near the Mountain View and Los Altos border.

Lawrence Ovadia, 44, was arrested on suspicion of possession of an assault rifle, being a felon in possession of a firearm, manufacturing a controlled substance, possessing methamphetamine for sale, being a felon in possession of ammunition and cultivation of marijuana.2016055725ee8a16beb

Brandi Stroud, 24, was arrested on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine for sale.

Around 3:30 p.m. Thursday, detectives from the Mountain View and Los Altos police departments and other law enforcement agencies served a search warrant at a home in the 700 block of Terrace Court in Los Altos.

As detectives arrived on the scene, Ovadia ran from the backyard of the residence and into a creek, police said. Officers quickly detained him.

Officers began a search of the residence and located Stroud in the garage.

Detectives searched the residence and located two pounds of marijuana, about 100 empty cans of butane, a butane honey oil extraction lab, a safe holding about four ounces of methamphetamine, needles and a methamphetamine pipe, police said.

Both suspects were arrested without incident.





In a joint operation, Mizoram Excise and Narcotics department officials and the BSF personnel today seized 15,000 Methamphetamine tablets in Lunglei town, a department spokesperson said.

Three persons – Lalmuanpuia (38), Lalchhuanpuia (28) and Vanlalrengpuia (28) – were arrested in this connection and booked under relevant sections of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985.

The spokesperson said that the contraband, reportedly smuggled from Myanmar, was worth around Rs 52.50 lakh in the local market.







A convicted rapist from Claiborne Parish is accused of raping a 17-year-old female inmate inside the Union Parish Detention Center while he is awaiting sentencing on Tuesday.

Union Parish sheriff’s deputies said Demarcus Shavez Peyton, 28, of Homer, has been charged with third-degree rape after being allowed inside an isolation cell with the teenager after she was booked into the detention center April 19 high on methamphetamine. The Union Parish Police Jury operates the detention center.

According to the arrest affidavit, Peyton said, after being read his Miranda rights, that UPDC staff opened the isolation cell door for him to enter and again when he got ready to leave. He said he had sex twice with the victim while inside the cell.

Deputies were told by the victim that she could not remember much about the incident because she was heavily under the influence of meth at that time. The detention center’s registered nurse confirmed to deputies that the victim was still “heavily intoxicated” at the time of the rape.

The victim told detectives that at one time during the encounter, she remembered a woman guard walking up to the cell and opening the door, but did nothing. The victim said she was afraid to say anything for fear of her life.

Detectives also reported that the suspect had written a letter to the victim after the rape stating that she could possibly be carrying his child. Detention center personnel turned the letter over to the detectives.

District Attorney John Belton said his office take sexual assault cases very seriously and will work closely with law enforcement during its continuing investigation.

“I have every confidence that law enforcement will thoroughly investigate this case and proceed as the investigation results require,” Belton said. “Our goal will be to bring fitting consequences to bear on any person who commits a crime of this nature.”

Sheriff’s detectives said they are continuing the investigation and more arrests are possible.

Detectives said sheriff’s officials in Claiborne Parish told them Peyton is known as a serial rapist and that he had been convicted of aggravated rape. The Union Parish Detention Center was holding Peyton until his Tuesday sentencing date in the Second Judicial District Court at Homer. He faces a maximum sentence of life without benefit of probation, parole or suspension of sentence.

His bond in Union Parish has been set at $250,000. Peyton was booked on the additional rape count Wednesday.







GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — Police arrested a Great Falls woman on suspicion of felony endangerment in the death of her 10-month-old daughter, who prosecutors say had been exposed to methamphetamine and whose body was found in a “freezing cold” room in January.

Misty Marie Cutburth was arrested Thursday, the Great Falls Tribune reported.

Court documents say the state Division of Child and Family Services received two reports in October 2015 from people concerned about drug use by the mother.10439383_G

Court records say the girl had been seen by a doctor on Jan. 7 for croup and had been prescribed steroids. She died five days later. The girl was not identified in court records.

An investigation has not been able to determine the girl’s cause of death, which complicated the charging process, County Attorney John Parker said.

“We have laws in the state of Montana to establish criminal liability for extreme child neglect, even when there is not medical evidence establishing an exact cause of death,” he said.

The investigation began when someone called 911 on Jan. 12 to report that a child was not breathing.

Responding officers found the baby unresponsive in a cold room where the window was wide open. A medical responder couldn’t register the girl’s skin temperature on a thermometer, court records said.

The girl and her 2-year-old sibling were covered in “white nail polish,” court records said. An autopsy determined the girl had eaten earring backs and sunflower seeds. Her hair samples indicated she had been exposed to chronic methamphetamine use in the final weeks of her life.

Cutburth’s boyfriend and his brother also were at the apartment. The brother told police that everyone in the home was an addict and that no one pays attention to the children, court records said.

The two men likely won’t face criminal charges, Parker said, because a Montana Supreme Court ruling determined that to charge criminal endangerment regarding a child, prosecutors have to establish a duty of care.

“They don’t have a legal duty of care,” Parker said.

Cutburth was scheduled to make an initial appearance Friday in District Court in Cascade County. Prosecutors said she would be appointed a public defender.

The Division of Child and Family Services did not immediately return an email request for comment on the child’s death.







GREAT FALLS – Misty Marie Cutburth of Great Falls is facing a criminal charge in connection with the January death of her 10-month old daughter.

Cutburth was charged on Thursday with one count of felony criminal endangerment.

On January 12th, police responded to a call of an unresponsive child at the apartment Cutburth shared with her two children and her boyfriend on the 600 block of 4th Avenue South.

The 911 caller, a neighbor, stated, “We’ve got a child that’s not breathing.”

The occupants of the apartment had conflicting stories about how the infant was found.

According to court documents, police say the room where the baby slept was “freezing cold,” and the window was found open. The outside temperature that night was approximately 32 degrees.

Medical personnel say the child’s body temperature did not register on the thermometer, which starts registering at 86 degrees.

She was pronounced dead at Benefis Health System hospital shortly after; the child’s surface temperature was reportedly 78 degrees.

An autopsy could not pinpoint a cause of death, but prosecutors say tests determined that she had been exposed to “chronic methamphetamine use” during the final weeks of her life.

Charging documents say Cutburth has a 2013 conviction for drug paraphernalia in Idaho, and the Montana Department of Family Services had been called to the home twice in October 2015 over concerns about the mother’s drug use.




HARTSELLE — A Morgan County woman is accused of taking her 8-year-old child into a hotel room where police seized methamphetamine, syringes, meth pipes and straws, authorities said.

Crystal Hubbard Riddle, 33, 29 Fieldcrest Private Drive, is charged with drug endangerment of a child, and misdemeanors possession of drug paraphernalia and loitering in a drug house, according to the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office.57237a3c1a540_image

Drug Task Force agents said they responded to Express Inn, 1601 Old U.S. 31 S.W. after a Hartselle police officer found trespassers in a room they hadn’t rented along with drugs early this morning.

Also arrested was Colton Henderson, 23, 1498 Parker Road S.E., Hartselle. Henderson is charged with possession of a controlled substance-meth and misdemeanor loitering in a drug house, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Ana Franklin said agents found Henderson in possession of meth, while the paraphernalia was lying around the room.

Two other suspects were charged with drug-related misdemeanors.

The Department of Human Resources was called and placed the child in foster care, the sheriff said.

Riddle is being held in Morgan County Jail with bail set at $50,600. Henderson’s bail is $3,100.








HARTSELLE, AL (WAFF) – Four people are facing drug charges after Hartselle police say they discovered syringes, meth pipes and straws in a hotel room.

On Friday, Hartselle Police were called to the Express Inn in Hartselle after receiving a complaint there were trespassers in one of the rooms.

Officers made contact with Colton Henderson, 23, Jordan Cole, 21, Daniel Brown, 31, and Crystal Hubbard Riddle, 33, and discovered methamphetamine on Henderson and drug paraphernalia throughout the room. Police say an 8-year-old child was also present.10439885_G

Morgan County Drug Task Force agents executed the search warrant and discovered several syringes as well as meth pipes and straws.

The Department of Human Resources was called and placed the child in foster care.

Henderson is charged with unlawful Possession of a controlled substance-methamphetamine, 10440128_Gpossession of drug paraphernalia, and loitering in a drug house. Henderson’s bond is $3,100.

Cole and Brown were charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and loitering in a drug house.  Their bond is set at $600 each.

Riddle was charged with drug endangerment of a child, possession of drug paraphernalia, and loitering in a drug house. Her bond is set at $50,600.00.

Henderson, Cole, Brown and Riddle were all transported to the Morgan County Jail.




Two Garfield County men were arrested last week in connection with a motel party involving methamphetamine, cocaine and at least three underage girls.

On the evening of April 20, a 26-year-old man contacted Glenwood Springs police concerned that his 17-year-old cousin had been missing all day. She had posted a photo of herself holding a whisky bottle in a motel room that the man believed to be in the Silver Spruce Motel.

While police were on their way to the motel, the man called in again saying he’d contacted her over the phone and that she was “tripping on meth,” according to an affidavit.

In the background he heard a man say, “Don’t give him the room number” and urging her to meet her cousin at a car dealership.

A motel employee told officers what room they suspected, saying numerous people had been coming and going and the room had several noise complaints.

Meanwhile, the 26-year-old man called police again saying he’d picked up his cousin.

Officers arrived and tried to talk to the girl, but she seemed too much under the influence to talk, wrote one officer. She appeared paranoid, unable to sit still and kept pulling at her hair. She was taken to Valley View Hospital, where she tested positive for cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana.

She later said she had snorted meth, which she told police she got from Jose Salvador Medrano, a 33-year-old from Carbondale. She also told police she’d gotten methamphetamine from Abran Gutierrez, a 19-year-old Rifle man.

At the hotel, offices found the room empty with Modelo bottles strewn about. Medrano, who rented the room, had also rented out another, said the hotel staff.

In the second room police found Medrano and a female he said was his girlfriend. She claimed to be 23, but police later found she was 17. Both of them displayed signs of intoxication, wrote police.

The 17-year-old was issued a summons for minor in possession and was released to her mother.

The man told police that he didn’t know she was only 17, that she was not his girlfriend and that he was just spending the night with her.

He was arrested.

Later, after trying to get back into the motel room, the 19-year-old Gutierrez was pulled over driving away from the Silver Spruce.

In the car with him were a 16-year-old girl listed as a missing juvenile from Carbondale and two other males who were released. The girl had also been at the motel and was transported to her residence and released to her mother.

In the vehicle, police found about 9.8 grams of methamphetamine, a half-gram of cocaine and a glass pipe.

Medrano was arrested on charges of distribution of a controlled substance, a level 3 drug felony; contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a class 4 felony; violation of bail, a class 6 felony; and misdemeanor violation of a restraining order.

Gutierrez’s charges included distribution of a controlled substance, a level 3 drug felony; contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a class 4 felony; possession of methamphetamine, a level 4 drug felony; possession of cocaine, a level 4 drug felony; and misdemeanor driving under revocation.







MIAMI COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) – Three Marion County women were arrested on methamphetamine charges in Miami County early Friday morning.

According to Indiana State Police, a traffic stop around 12:05 a.m., led to the arrests of Marissa Clark, 22, Michael Davis, 45, and Birdena Davis, 24.

Police said their vehicle was pulled over on State Road 18, near Xenia Road, for allegedly driving across the center line. Police said the trooper who spoke to one of the women, provided indicators that criminal activity may be happening.

A Miami County Sheriff’s Deputy and a narcotics detecting police dog found approximately 120 grams of methamphetamine and $1,000. The methamphetamine has an approximate street value of $12,000.

Clark, Davis and Davis were incarcerated in the Miami County Jail.







ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind. – Two Michiana residents are facing federal drug charges after an Indiana State Police trooper found 6 kilograms of methamphetamine in their vehicle. The drugs had allegedly been buried at a home in Michigan.10442308_G

Lorenzo Eaton and Holly Nivens have been charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and to possess methamphetamine with intent to distribute.

On April 16, 2016, an ISP trooper stopped a maroon vehicle for following too closely to another vehicle.

When the trooper spoke with the driver and passenger, he noticed both acted nervous.

The trooper requested a K-9 unit to respond to the scene of the traffic stop.

The K-9 alerted to the odor of a controlled substance.

During a search of the vehicle, troopers found six bricks of what was later identified as methamphetamine in the trunk of the vehicle.

Indiana State Police say the methamphetamine totaled six kilos.

When investigators spoke with Nivens she told police she met a woman in the St. Joseph County Jail who told her where to find six kilos of methamphetamine.

The fellow inmate was identified as Hilda Lopez, according to court documents.10442295_G

Lopez told Nivens the drugs were buried at a house in Vandalia, Michigan and the only other person who knew about the stash was her son, Brandon.

Nivens told police after she was released from jail, she, Eaton and Brandon went to the home in Vandalia and dug up the drugs, according to court documents.

Nivens said the plan was to sell the drugs and give the money to Brandon.

After they dug up the drugs, Eaton took them and buried them at a home in South Bend, then dug them up and buried them at his home in Mishawaka.

Nivens told police she found a buyer and she was going to get $1,000 and Eaton was going to get $2,000 for the sale.

When their vehicle was stopped by the ISP, Nivens and Eaton were headed to meet with the buyer.







PAMELIA — Michael J. Desormeau, 27, who was residing in the Royal Inn, room 209, was charged with third-degree manufacturing methamphetamine on April 26.

State Police were investigating Mr. Desormeau as part of a petit larceny complaint from a Walmart store on Feb. 5.

Mr. Desormeau was charged with petit larceny that day.

During the course of the investigation State Police found information possibly linking Mr. Desormeau to the illegal manufacture of methamphetamine.

The Community Narcotics Enforcement Team was contacted and found evidence leading to a search of his room at the Royal Inn.

The State Police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team, CNET and uniform troopers recovered items commonly used to illegally manufacture methamphetamine including an HCL gas generator, lithium batteries, lye, Sudafed packaging and blister packs, ice packs and straws.

State Police later determined the area was safe.

Mr. Desormeau was arraigned and committed to the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building in lieu of $20,000 cash bail or $40,000 bond.







Two men were arrested on manufacturing or delivery of a controlled substance charges after authorities executed a search warrant late Thursday night and recovered 443 grams of methamphetamine from a Waco motel, McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara said.


Michael Dean Yepma, 58, and Robert Allen Guinn, 49, were arrested after officers with the McLennan County Sheriff’s Office Organized Crime Unit, its Fugitive Apprehension Special Tasks Unit and K9 team served a search warrant at the New Road Inn, at 4000 Interstate 35 Frontage Road, at about 11 p.m. Sheriff’s office authorities reported that investigators seized about 443 grams of methamphetamine, with a street value of about $40,000.

The warrant was the result of a joint investigation by the Texas Department of Public Safety, Waco Drug Enforcement unit and the Sheriff’s Office, McNamara said.

Both Yepma and Guinn were arrested on the felony drug charge. McNamara said Yepma is on parole for narcotics-related offenses and has served time in federal prison for narcotics-related offenses.

“I had arrested Yepma myself back in the early ’90s,” McNamara said. “I believe it was 1993 when my brother and I arrested him and he went to federal prison. He did a federal prison stint for narcotics violations and he just recently got out of state prison in December for an assault.”

McNamara said Guinn is also on parole for burglary related offenses.

Yepma remained in custody Friday morning in lieu a $50,000 surety bond, and Guinn remained in custody in lieu a $25,000 surety bond.

“I am very much proud of all the officers, and we are appreciative for the assistance of DPS and the Waco Drug Enforcement,” McNamara said. “It is a good team effort.”







U.S. Customs and Border Protection says it arrested two women and seized more than a quarter of a million dollars worth of methamphetamine and marijuana during two bridge inspections.

Officers say the first seizure took place Sunday at Gateway International Bridge when a canine unit 5723c0b882902_imageindicated there might be narcotics in the 2002 black Saturn LS100 being driven by a 19-year-old Matamoros woman.

During a secondary inspection officers say they found nine packages of methamphetamine hidden in the sedan. The street value of the 13.23 pounds of alleged meth is estimated at $264,552.

The second seizure took place on Tuesday, also at the Gateway International Bridge, when a 37-year-old Brownsville woman tried to cross the border driving a 2002 green Ford Ranger.

During a secondary inspection, that involved a canine unit and an imaging inspection, officers say they discovered 24 packages of marijuana in the pickup. The drugs weighed 55.64 pounds and have a street value of $11,129.

Both women were turned over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations.








Meth in the News – April 29, 2016

Posted: 29th April 2016 by Doc in Uncategorized

Meth in the News

Professor Nicholas E Goeders

For this Meth in the News column each week, I typically pick two or three news items from the past week or so and devote the entire column to those reports.

I wondered recently, however, if some readers think that I have to search and search for newsworthy items to write about each week. That is hardly the case. I have to literally pick which news reports I will focus on for a particular column.

There are enough reports on meth and the havoc it produces to fill this column even if I wrote it on a daily basis – with enough stories for several more columns if I had the time.

So this week I thought that I would highlight several news items that came out during the past week without delving into them in any great detail. And even so, I could not begin to list them all.

Some of these will make you angry. Some may make you cry. Some will horrify you. But they are all true. I encourage you to look them up on my website – or elsewhere on the Internet – if you want to read more.

On April 19, police from Tulsa, Okla. found 25-year-old Glenda Cole passed out in her car near 101st and Riverside Parkway after concerned citizens called 911. She told the police that her children were with her mother. Ms. Cole was so intoxicated on meth that she had no idea that one of her children was in the car with her.

On April 19, a concerned mother called Moore Township, Pa. police to check on her 27-year-old daughter because she was concerned that the man that her daughter was living with was fueling her drug addiction. When police searched the property owned by 44-year-old Andrew V. Hunger, they found Mr. Hunger and 27-year-old Heather L. Staub (the woman’s daughter) living in a shed behind Mr. Hunger’s home were the pair were also “cooking” meth.

On April 21, employees at the Clear Choice Auto Body Repair in Mankato, Minn. received a special bonus for their work at the shop. Shop owner Jesse Michael Seifert, 40, gave each of his employees a half gram of meth instead of money as a bonus, according to a spokesperson with the Minnesota River Valley Drug Task Force.

On April 18, an undercover detective with the Lincoln County Narcotics Unit in Hickory, N.C. received a call from 43-year-old Angela Lingerfelt Juarez, aka ‘Shorty’, of Lincolnton, offering to sell him meth. She obviously thought that she was speaking to someone else. After several subsequent phone conversations, detectives set up a meeting to purchase meth and arrested Ms. Juarez along with 44-year-old Robert Castillo from Vale.

On April 21, agents with the Morgan County Drug Task Force, along with officers from the Hartselle Police Department, searched the residence of Shelly Diana Smith, 32, of Hartselle, Ala. following several weeks of investigation into Ms. Smith’s activities. During the search, investigators found eight one-pot meth labs, lithium batteries, coffee filters, pseudoephedrine, lye and syringes. Apparently, Ms. Smith was allowing people to come into her home to “cook” their meth, and even provided them with some of the necessary ingredients, for money.

On April 18, James Clifford Paul, 22, was sentenced to 10 years in prison in provincial court in Stony Plain, Alberta. Mr. Paul pleaded guilty in November to sexually assaulting a little seven-year-old girl and leaving her naked in the snow on the First Nations Indian Reserves in Alberta.

Mr. Paul admitted to investigators that he lured the girl away from her family, sexually assaulted her, and left her naked in the snow. When she followed him and begged him not to leave her, he beat her with his fists until she was unconscious, and threw her into a bush.

Mr. Paul claimed that he was drunk and high on methamphetamine at the time and told police he wouldn’t have done it if he had been sober.

Only 10 years!

On April 22, a federal investigator testified that Janelle Red Dog, 42, beat a 1-year-old girl to death on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation, located in Montana about 20 miles from the U.S.–Canada border. Ms. Dog confessed to punching little Kenzley Olson several times and killing her. She then put the little girl’s lifeless body into a duffel bag and threw it in a dumpster. Ms. Dog initially reported the baby missing before confessing to the crime a day later.

Fort Peck Tribal Chairman Floyd Azure told the court that Kenzley’s death reflected a rising methamphetamine drug epidemic that his Montana reservation has failed to address.

On April 23, a 22-year-old man kicked out a massive window pane next to the front door of a Market street restaurant located in downtown Ballard, Wash. The man, thought to be high on meth, picked up a shard of glass, walked into the dining room and began menacing customers. He injured a man and a woman with the piece of glass before being disarmed. Passersby wrestled the man to the ground and held him until police arrived.

On April 25, deputies from the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call from a woman who said that a man stole her car from a house in Paw Paw Township, Mich. When deputies found the car, they discovered a naked, 41-year-old man behind the wheel and high on meth. A news release from the Sheriff’s Office stated, “The man had left an earlier domestic situation so quickly that he did not put on any clothing before getting into and driving off in the vehicle.”

Sheriff’s Deputies said that they recognized the man because they had dealt with him just the day before when the man overdosed on meth and was treated at a local hospital. They also learned that the man was involved in a crash the next day in a different vehicle and fled the scene.

On April 24, Vera Marie Del Rosario, 53, from Guam, was arrested for actually selling meth out of her Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) workspace. Ms. Del Rosario works for the DPHSS’ Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, or WIC program.

However, this is not Ms. Del Rosario’s first run in with the law. She was initially caught with meth back in 2013 and was subsequently put on probation pending trial for more recent infractions. Ms. Del Rosario has violated the terms of her pretrial supervision repeatedly, skipping out on weekly drug tests with her probation officer and failing her drug test at least 12 times, according to court documents. Yet she was still employed with DPHSS at the time of her most recent arrest.

On April 22, Shane Anthony Whitener, a 23-year-old homeless man from Butte, Mont. was charged with custodial interference, endangering the welfare of a child, and misdemeanor criminal possession of drug paraphernalia in Butte-Silver Bow County court. Mr. Whitener was accused of exposing a 14-year-old runaway girl to methamphetamine and harboring her from her parents. This is a story I have heard far too many times regarding meth and teenage girls.

I could go on, but I am running out of room for this week’s column.

Remember, no one is immune from the effects of meth. Don’t try it – not even once!

If you are an IV meth user, especially a woman, I want to hear from you. I want to learn more about what meth does to you and your body to better determine what needs to be done to help you. I also want to know your story – how you started using meth and whether or not you also appreciate the differences between smoking meth and slamming it. Please contact me in complete confidence at nickgoeders@gmail.com. You will remain completely anonymous. I will never print anything about you that will betray your trust in me, and I will never judge you.

Double Springs, Ala. — According to State Troopers, Sidney Ray Stockman Jr, 46, was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance, trafficking methamphetamine, and possession of drug paraphernalia on Monday.c8064012-c868-41cb-94bf-215e197ec2e9-large16x9_StockmanMethconfiscated

Stockman, of Double Springs, was arrested as a result of a traffic stop. State Troopers discovered over 50 grams of crystal methamphetamine, in addition to methadone tablets, inside of Stockman’s vehicle.

State Troopers also uncovered more than $1,600 in cash.

Stockman has been booked at the Winston County Jail, where he is being held without bond.







NEW BERN, Craven County – The Craven County Sheriff’s Office said deputies and the Coastal Narcotics Enforcement Team have busted the third meth lab in the county this month.

In a press release from the Craven County Sheriff’s Office, three people have been arrested in this 4-28-16-Three-arrested-for-meth-jpglatest meth bust for operating a lab on Victory Circle. Arrested and charged were Jeffery Ray Magee, 54, Jacqualine Jo Kahl, 53, and Donna Sue Lee, 57, all of 118 Victory Circle in New Bern. Their charges are as follows:

Jeffery Ray Magee: felony exceeding pseudo limits, felony manufacture methamphetamine, felony possess/distribute methamphetamine precursor chemical, felony possession methamphetamine, felony maintaining vehicle/dwelling/place for control substance, assault on a government official and resisting arrest. His release is not authorized.

Jacqualine Jo Kahl: felony exceeding pseudo limits, felony manufacture methamphetamine, felony possess/distribute methamphetamine precursor chemical, felony possession methamphetamine and felony maintaining vehicle/dwelling/place for control substance. Her bond is $50,000.

Donna Sue Lee: felony manufacture methamphetamine, felony possess/distribute methamphetamine precursor chemical, felony possession with intent to sell/deliver marijuana and felony possession schedule II controlled substance. Her bond is $65,000.

The Craven County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division and the New Bern Police Department Narcotics Division also assisted with the investigation. The SBI responded to perform the safe disposal of the meth lab operation.






WALKER COUNTY, Ga. — The Walker County Sheriff’s Department says a routine traffic stop for speeding on Georgia Highway 2 near McFarland Road Wednesday afternoon by a Walker County Sheriff’s Office deputy led to the discovery of two pounds of methamphetamine ICE and $14,000 in cash.68b754e2-28ad-4dfe-bd3b-65478e508ffd-large16x9_WalkerMethBustcouple

Sheriff Steve Wilson says Deputy Zach Simpson stopped 54-year-old Ronnie Lynn Moore of Ringgold for speeding.

Upon closer inspection, Wilson says Deputy Simpson established probable cause to search Moore’s vehicle where the sizable amount of methamphetamine was found.

Deputy Simpson also arrested Moore’s passenger, his wife, 54-year-old Trina Denise Moore.

Sheriff Wilson says the street value in grams for the methamphetamine is estimated at $100,000.

Both suspects have been charged with Trafficking Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Marijuana.

Bond will be set in Walker County Superior Court at a date yet to be determined.








IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) – Idaho Falls Police arrested two people for drugs and warrants after they were caught prowling in an Idaho Falls neighborhood early Thursday morning.

27-year-old Ashlee M. Talich of Middleton was arrested for three Bonneville County warrants, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. 19-year-old Fabian Talich-and-Almeida-jpgAlmeida of Idaho Falls was arrested for two Bonneville County warrants, possession of methamphetamine, possession of hydrocodone, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest.

According to reports, officers responded to the 100 block of West 19th Street around 2:30 a.m. for a report of a prowler. Officers located two people, later identified as Talich and Almedia, in the area who matched the description of the suspected prowlers. Both ran from police.

Talich was found hiding in the bushes in an alley between 19th Street and Bremer. She was placed under arrest for the warrants. She was found in possession of the methamphetamine at the time of arrest.

Almeida was located hiding in a backyard of the 100 block of West 18th Street. He was arrested on two warrants. He was also found in possession of methamphetamine, hydrocodone, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.