A man was arrested Wednesday evening at the Napa County Sheriff’s Office on Airport Boulevard after he walked into a Sheriff’s Citizens’ Academy class to say he was being followed by his wife’s relatives.

Gerardo Huerta, 30, of Clearlake, allegedly was under the influence of methamphetamine, Napa County Sheriff’s Capt. Doug Pike said. While talking to a sheriff’s deputies, Huerta, who also goes by Chavez, handed over a small amount of suspected methamphetamine that was with him, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The Citizens’ Academy is an annual offering that teaches two dozen residents about the structure and operations of the department.

Huerta was booked at 8:45 p.m. into the Napa County jail on suspicion of methamphetamine possession and being under the influence of a controlled substance, Pike said.







Police removed three children from dangerous conditions at an Oklahoma City home Tuesday after finding methamphetamine, oxycodone, used needles and piles of trash throughout the house.

Shellie Stewart, 48, and Allan Stone, 38, were arrested on complaints of drug possession and child endangerment.

Police executed a search warrant 8409 SW 46 in search of narcotics. Inside the home, police found 2 grams of methamphetamine, five oxycodone pills and a glass meth pipe.

There were three children in the house, which was so dirty that “maneuvering throughout was limited due to the amount of trash, clutter and mess,” according to a police report.

One of the rooms in the home had numerous used syringes on the floor, bed and dresser in plain reach of the children. Police also found numerous sex toys in reach of the children.

One child’s room smelled strongly of urine, and the bed was unfit for sleeping because of the clutter, according to a police report.

Police determined there was a strong possibility of exposure to methamphetamine, bodily fluids and diseases from the conditions.

The Department of Human Services placed the children in the custody of their grandmother.


FLORENCE, S.C. – Three people are in custody following Wednesday night’s discovery of a methamphetamine lab in Florence County.

Cherry Worley, 36, of Florence; Benjamin Turbeville, 36, of 449 E. Glendale Drive, Florence; and Vicky Moore, 58, of 723 Santiago Road, Florence are each charged with possession of Methamphetamine and manufacture of Methamphetamine – first offense.


Acting on citizen complaints, specially-trained narcotics investigators with the Florence County Sheriff’s Office discovered an operational methamphetamine laboratory at 2618 Willow Drive, just off Parker Drive in West Florence, Florence County Sheriff’s Capt. Mike Nunn said.

According to investigators, the operation had produced a small quantity of methamphetamine, which was discovered along with the necessary chemicals to produce the illegal substance.

In addition to its highly addictive and destructive effects on the human body, the manufacture of methamphetamine involves a process which produces deadly gasses that are highly susceptible to fire and explosion.

The process also creates an environmental hazard, which must be properly remediated.  The sheriff’s office was assisted in the management of the scene by Florence County Emergency Management, the West Florence Fire Department and Florence County EMS, Nunn said.

Worley, Turbeville and Moore were taken into custody at the scene and later booked at the Florence County Detention Center in Effingham. All three suspects are expected to appear at a bond hearing before a Florence County magistrate this afternoon.







LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A 46-year-old Lincoln woman with nine children and three stepchildren has been given 10 years in prison for possessing methamphetamine.


Online court records say Diane Holbrook was sentenced Wednesday by Lancaster County District Judge Paul Merritt Jr. She was sentenced as a habitual criminal, so she won’t qualify for any good-time credit. Records say Holbrook also is known as Diane Grandel.

She’d pleaded no contest to allegations that she had meth in her bedroom and in her clothing when officers searched her apartment on July 31.







MONTGOMERY CO., Va. – An Elliston man is accused of operating a methamphetamine lab while a child was in the home.

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant Wednesday at a home on Calloway Street.


Deputies took methamphetamine, several items used to make meth, and firearms.

Edward Allen is facing with several methamphetamine-related charges. He’s also been charged with making meth in the presence of a child, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession of a firearm while making meth.

Allen is being held without bond at the Montgomery County Jail.

This is the fourth methamphetamine lab investigated by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office within the past month where deputies found children in the home, according to the sheriff’s office.

Here is the news release:

On March 19, 2014, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant on a residence located at 4737 Calloway Street Lot 4 in the Elliston area of Montgomery County. Pursuant to the search warrant, Deputies seized several items associated with the manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, and the distribution of methamphetamine. A variety of firearms were also seized as a result of the search. The incident resulted in the arrest of Edward Eugene Allen. Allen has been charged with obstruction of justice, possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute, manufacturing methamphetamine over 227grams, possession of precursors, manufacturing methamphetamine with a child present, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession of a firearm while manufacturing methamphetamine. Allen is being held without bond in the Montgomery County jail. This incident represents the fourth methamphetamine laboratory site worked by the Sheriff’s Office within the past month where Deputies have found children present.







Lethbridge Regional Police charged a 50-year-old Vulcan man on March 20 with possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking after nearly 22 grams of methamphetamine was recovered from a vehicle.

On March 18, 2014, at approximately 8:50 a.m. police observed a male sleeping in the driver’s seat of a vehicle parked along the 900 block of 7 Street North. Police approached the vehicle to check on the driver and observed drug paraphernalia on the centre console.


During a subsequent search of the vehicle police seized a small quantity of crack cocaine, drug paraphernalia and a total of 21.8 grams of methamphetamine. The estimated street value of the meth is approximately $3,075.

The male was subsequently arrested and following further investigation charged.

Darcy Ross Reed, 50, of Vulcan, is charged with possession of a controlled substance (cocaine) and possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking (methamphetamine). Reed was released from custody and was scheduled to make his first court appearance today.







The Statewide Narcotics Task Force arrested two men for allegedly running a methamphetamine operation in greater New Haven area, including Branford and Hamden, police said.

A three-month long Statewide Narcotics Task Force investigation into a crystal methamphetamine-dealing operation in the greater New Haven area — including Hamden and Branford — has led to the arrest of two men, as well as the seizure of several bags of illegal drugs, cash and drug-making items.

According to Connecticut State Police Lt. J. Paul Vance, on the evening of March 19, detectives from the task force’s South Central Field Office executed a search warrant for 9 North Bank Street in New Haven.
Search Warrant Executed
The two targets of the investigation — Ernest Canteen, 42, and Michael Lotto, 51 — both live at the North Bank Street home, which is owned by Lotto.
The search of the residence, which police allege was used as a drug factory, was conducted by detectives and lead to the seizure of the following:

  • Crystal meth (74.6g)
  • Heroin (250 bags)
  • Marijuana (2.2g)
  • Liquid Gamma-Hydroxybutyric acid (27.5 oz)
  • 7 Hydrocodone pills (200mg)
  • 9 Hydrocodone pills (650mg)
  • 7 Clonazepam pills (2mg)
  • 11 Vicodin pills
  • Drug factory paraphernalia
  • $2,828 in cash

Multiple Charges
Vance said both Canteen and Lotto were taken into police custody, and charged with the following:

  • Possession of Narcotics With Intent To Sell
  • Possession Of Narcotics
  • Possession of Narcotics Within 1500 ft school zone
  • Possession of Controlled Substance
  • Possession of Controlled Substance With Intent To Sell
  • Possession of GHB
  • Possession of GHB With Intent To Sell
  • Drug Factory Charges

Both Canteen and Lotto are being held in lieu of a cash bond and will appear in Superior Court in New Haven on March 20.

Milford Drug Arrest

Earlier this year, Canteen was arrested by Milford Police on Jan. 30 after he allegedly was found in possession of crystal meth, marijuana and GHP with the intent to sell.







A joint operation involving the Organised and Financial Crime Agency of New Zealand (OFCANZ), Customs and Police, has intercepted 3.3 kilograms of methamphetamine hidden in skincare and shampoo bottles posted from Hong Kong to New Zealand.

On 5 March, Customs officers at the International Mail Centre in Auckland intercepted nine bottles of skincare product that contained traces of methamphetamine.

The methamphetamine had been cleverly concealed but this was not beyond Customs’ detection by it various operational techniques.

Detective Snr Sgt Colin Parmenter said an individual or group of individuals went to a lot of effort to try and smuggle the methamphetamine into New Zealand without being detected.

OFCANZ and Customs officers immediately launched a surveillance operation code-named Operation Grit to track the intended path of the shipment.

A second consignment containing 1.9 kilograms of methamphetamine, also hidden in shampoo bottles, was intercepted by Customs at the International Mail Centre.

In total, the 3.3 kilograms of methamphetamine seized during Operation Grit has a street value of up to $3.3 million.

Customs Manager Investigations Maurice O’Brien says the seizure was a very good example of Customs traditional work at the border and that this operation raised the level of co-operation between Customs and OFCANZ. There are noticeable efficiencies to be gained in continuing to combine our resources and expertise to mitigate the risk that importation of illicit controlled drugs poses to our community by international criminals.

Earlier today, a 39 year old New Zealand citizen appeared in Manukau District Court charged with a number of drug related offences including Possession of a Class A Controlled Drug for Supply.

A 24 year old Chinese national was also charged this morning with a range of offences including Importing a Class A Controlled Drug.

A third defendant, who is a 22 year old Chinese national, has also been charged with Possession of a Class A Controlled Drug for Supply.







PRYOR, OK — Crystal and Jimmie Dee Dunn, Locust Grove, were arrested for possession of methamphetamine Monday.

Chouteau Police Officer Chad Nave said the arrest started wtih a traffic stop at Highway 69 and 590 Road, across the highway from Love’s convenience store.


“The stop was initially for defective fog lamps,” said Nave. “After speaking with Jimmie a little, who appeared very nervous, he gave me consent to search his car.”

Chouteau Police Officer Thomas Fisher, who was the backup officer, said the couple was arrested with .5 grams of crystal methamphetamine.

“We are out there doing what we can to get dope and criminals off the street,” said Fisher. “We are committed to doing everything in our power to make the citizens of Chouteau as safe as possible.”

The Dunns appeared in Mayes County District Court Tuesday afternoon.

Crystal Dunn, 34, was arraigned first by Judge Rebecca Gore. She was informed possession of methamphetamine, as filed, can carry from two to 10 years in the Department of Corrections. Additionally, she is charged with possession of paraphernalia in the form of a pipe.

“I have one question, Judge,” Dunn said. “It wasn’t mine, it was my husband’s.”

Her husband, Jimmie Dee Dunn, 27, was arraigned next. In addition to the felony count of possession of methamphetamine, he is charged with a misdemeanor count of possession of paraphernalia. According to the probable cause filed in the case, he had a clear straw with residue, a pipe and a metal container in his possession.

The couple’s bond was set at $10,000 each.






COLDWATER (WTVB) – Lodging locations changed last night in Branch County for a man and a woman, thanks to the State Police. Acting on a tip, troopers arrested the couple from a room at the Coldwater Inn Motel along U-S 12 on the west side of Coldwater after a warrant was served. They were booked at the County Jail for possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver. Prosecution is also being sought for another male at the scene for possession of marijuana.







Paul Trumbo thought he found a sweet deal – but it turned sour when he discovered – by accident – that the house he was buying used to be a meth lab.

Trumbo bid $24,000 for a double-wide trailer on a pinon-studded acre and a half just south of Edgewood. It’s not a palace. It’s a foreclosed property, a federal HUD deal – and nobody mentioned “meth lab” until some unknown neighbor decided it was time for a little truth-telling.


“I thought everything was good until one day I pulled up and saw on the real estate sign on the road, someone had written – did you disclose the meth lab here – New Mexico State Police meth bust,” Trumbo said.

It turned out to be true. Trumbo dusted surfaces with a do-it-yourself meth test kit and sent off the samples for analysis. They came back from the lab – unmistakable positive results for meth in the laundry, kitchen living room, hall, bathroom and bedrooms. Everything in the trailer contaminated.

Out in back of the trailer there are two old barrels – 55 gallon drums. Neighbors told Trumbo they fear the barrels were used to cook meth.

“Something hazardous like this, if they had any inkling that there was a meth lab here I feel like they should have come in and tested it first before they put in on the market and cleaned it up if they had any idea.”

Trumbo said he hopes the deal will still go through, as long as the federal government or its real estate agents decontaminate the place. Federal and state laws do require disclosure in meth lab cases like this. Trumbo thinks this one fell through the cracks somehow.

People who move into meth houses frequently complain of headaches, breathing problems, and skin irritations. The long term risk is cancer. Some of the chemicals used in cooking meth can cause instant death if they are inhaled or swallowed.







Alert repairmen at a boarded up rental home discover a working meth lab.   

 Workers with a local rental company say they were checking on their properties in the 1300 block of North 5th Street Wednesday morning when they found some alarming items.
“I found a bunch of used syringes with blood in it and stuff like that,” one of the repairmen, who wouldn’t go on camera, says.  “We called Wichita P.D.  Narcotics came out here.  The fire department confiscated the lab and the equipment.”
WFPD Sgt. John Spragins says, “There was actual methamphetamine that was located at the residence along with all the different items used to manufacture methamphetamine.  Everything from starter fluid to acids, salt.”
The home is vacant and boarded up, and neighbors say they haven’t noticed any unusual activity there.
Francis Lopez, a concerned neighbor, says, “The only time we see anybody going around the building is at day.  The man that’s usually repairing the house.”
She says now she’ll keep an eye on the house and others like it in her neighborhood.
“I wouldn’t want anybody doing drugs or anything because we have a lot of kids that play around here,” Lopez says.
“Ten years ago, we were seeing these every day,” Spragins says.  “We were going from one lab to the other.  We just couldn’t keep up, there were so many.”
Spragins says meth houses aren’t as common now.
He says the meth makers will manufacture drugs in a building, like a vacant home, for as long as they can until they are discovered, and then they’ll move locations.
Spragins says all the evidence collected in the investigation is being processed.
He says there are bar codes and tracking numbers on some of the items police found, so they’ll be able to subpoena companies to track those numbers and hopefully figure out who was responsible for making drugs at that location.

Tribune-Star, Terre Haute, Ind.: It’s been more than a decade since local police officials declared methamphetamine “public enemy No. 1.” Despite an enormous volume of energy and public resources devoted to combating meth, the scourge persists.

Meth use and addiction is a powerful fuel that drives the meth trade and, in some cases, meth manufacturing in makeshift labs. It has helped create and perpetuate a subculture in which the risks of capture, incarceration and health dangers are secondary considerations, if that, for those involved.

That local subculture was undoubtedly shaken when law-enforcement officials intercepted a shipment of meth and other popular drugs into the area from Atlanta. Acting on a tip, the Indiana State Police stopped two vehicles driven by local residents.

It quickly became more than a routine traffic stop. Police say that the subsequent arrests of Marcus Pizzola and Stacy Holden led to charges also being filed against three more individuals, all for felony counts of dealing meth. A large amount of crystal meth — 3.5 pounds — was recovered during the stop, and police also say they now believe the incident has led to the dismantling of one of the largest meth distribution networks ever investigated in the Wabash Valley.

To understand the scope of this bust, police allege that over the past six months, Pizzola and his accomplices transported up to 50 pounds of meth into the area for distribution and sale. They estimate the street value of such an amount of meth is more than $1.1 million.







California has emerged as the major gateway for methamphetamine into the  country, with Mexican organized crime groups smuggling an estimated 70% of the  U.S. supply through state border crossings, according to a report released  Thursday by state Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris.


The 98-page report on trends in transnational organized crime also cites  maritime smuggling, money laundering and criminal alliances between Mexican drug  cartels and Southern California gangs as growing public safety threats.

The report’s release comes at a time of severe law enforcement budget cuts at  the state Dept. of Justice. In 2012, the Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement was  shuttered, dropping the number of state-led drug task forces from 55 in 2011 to  17 in 2013. More than 60 agents were laid off, according to state officials.

The report calls for more funding and for the passage of tougher laws,  modeled on federal laws, that target organized crime groups. Harris is scheduled  to travel to Mexico next week to meet with high-ranking law enforcement  officials in an effort to improve cross-border cooperation.

Federal agencies like the Drug Enforcement Administration spearhead most  anti-drug enforcement operations at the border, but state and local agencies  have provided key support in recent years.

One of the report’s major findings involves the surge of methamphetamine  smuggling across the California-Mexico border. The amount seized at the San  Diego ports of entry tripled from 2009 to 2012, to more than 6,000 kilos.

Harris is scheduled to release the report — titled “Gangs beyond Borders:  California and the fight against transnational organized crime” — at a news  conference in Los Angeles.








EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Police in Evansville say crews disabled three homemade bombs found inside the home of a man who had threatened to kill an officer.

Evansville police say 48-year-old Franz Costello has been jailed without bond on charges including possession of a destructive device and possession of methamphetamine.

Bomb squad members reported finding two bombs on Wednesday in a bag next to Costello’s bed and another under a pillow. Police say the bombs were made from fireworks and gunpowder and packed with deck screws and lead shot, making them potentially deadly.

Police say a resident reported Costello had the bombs and was threatening to kill a police meth unit officer. Police say he was convicted last year on meth-related charges.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether Costello had an attorney.







Drugs and Organised Crime Detectives have arrested a 30-year-old woman after a search warrant uncovered methamphetamines and cash in a Cullen Bay apartment yesterday.

Detective Senior Sergeant Chris Board said police will allege the woman was supplying methamphetamine.

“Approximately 60 grams of methamphetamine, $22,900 cash and drug paraphernalia including electronic scales and clip seal bags were seized.”


An NT Police photo of methamphetamine seized in the Cullen Bay raid

“The woman has been charged with possess a commercial quantity of methamphetamine, supply commercial quantity of methamphetamine and receive property derived by the commission of an offence.

“She was remanded in custody to appear this morning in the Darwin Magistrates Court.”


Cash seized during a raid on a Cullen Bay apartment


Detective Senior Sergeant Board said the Drug and Organised Crime Squad will continue to aggressively target the sale and supply of methamphetamine in the Northern Territory.

“This drug has the potential to seriously affect the health of those using it, with many becoming violent, erratic and paranoid.

“We have a zero tolerance to anyone dealing or using this schedule one dangerous drug and warn those involved in the trade of methamphetamines that you will be caught and you will be charged.”








David Ray Roberts, 31, was arrested Tuesday on a complaint of impersonating an officer after he pulled over a driver near Interstate 44 and SW 15. Oklahoma City police discovered numerous police type items in his vehicle, along with methamphetamine and possible stolen credit cards and IDs.

Oklahoma City police seized dozens of items from a man accused of impersonating an officer, including methamphetamine and possibly stolen credit cards, driver’s licenses, Social Security cards and checks.

David Ray Roberts, 31, was arrested Tuesday on complaints of impersonating a police officer and possession of methamphetamine.

According to police reports, Oklahoma City officers responded to a call about 6 p.m. about a man driving a pickup, flashing his lights and attempting to pull a car over on Interstate 44 near SW 15.

The man who called 911 told police Roberts followed him from Interstate 240 and Pennsylvania Avenue onto I-44, flashing his headlights and high beams, and showing a badge. The caller said the man never identified himself as a police officer.

Police said when they approached Roberts, he was dressed in a law enforcement-style uniform, wearing a utility belt with handcuffs, a flashlight and a radio.

He told officers he was a security guard but could not remember the name of the company he worked for.

Police said they ran his information and discovered he had a felony warrant in an embezzlement case in Oklahoma County, and they took him into custody.

When asked why he had tried to stop the vehicle, Roberts told police he saw the vehicle run another car off the road and wanted to stop them. Records show Roberts called 911 shortly before pulling the car over to report the car running someone off the road, but police did not find any evidence to support his claim.

When police searched Roberts’ car, they discovered a little more than a gram of methamphetamine in four separate bags, according to police reports.

Officers also confiscated strobe lights, a radar detector, badges, a laptop computer, a BB gun in a holster, a GPS system and a laser sight for a firearm. Many of the items looked as if they had been purchased recently, according to the reports.

In addition to the police-style items, officers recovered a number of possibly stolen items, including a Walmart vendor’s badge, Walmart price gun, driver’s licenses, Social Security cards, and several credit cards and checks, all belonging to other people.

Officers also found pieces of paper containing several peoples’ identification information, including credit card numbers.

When asked about the credit cards, Roberts told officers the cards belong to his “business investors.” He then told officers the people cannot be contacted because they are dead.

Oklahoma City police Capt. Dexter Nelson said investigators already have determined some of the items to be stolen and are looking into the credit cards and personal information to determine whether they also are stolen or possibly faked.

According to court documents, Roberts was arrested by Midwest City police in October and charged with embezzlement and possession of a stolen credit card. A felony warrant was issued for his arrest the same month.








Westport police arrested Benny Palmieri, 26, of Fairfield on drug charges early Tuesday following a motor vehicle stop for failure to use his turn signal, police said.

According to Capt. Vincent Penna, officers observed cash and a small black pouch on the vehicle’s console, which Palmieri later hid when asked to step out of the car.

Palmieri was found to be in possession of a small glass pipe, and a search of the vehicle found crystal methamphetamine, ecstasy, a small digital scale and packaging materials, Penna said.

Palmieri admitted that the substance was crystal methamphetamine, and said he had sold the the drug earlier, police said.

Benny Palmieri

According to Penna, Palmieri was charged with possession of narcotics, possession of hallucinogens, the sale of narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was released after posting $2,500 bond, and he is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Friday, March 28.







 A Monroe woman is in custody after Metro Narcotics Unit agents executed a search warrant Tuesday afternoon.

Brittany Elizabeth Knutzen, 22, of 316 Rochelle Ave., is accused of simple possession of marijuana and possession of a controlled and dangerous substance — Class II.

Brittany Elizabeth Knutzen

According to an arrest affidavit, MNU agents obtained a search warrant for 316 Rochelle Avenue and executed it at 4:50 p.m. Tuesday.

A search of the residence turned up a small package of suspected marijuana, two burned suspected marijuana cigarettes and two syringes loaded with suspected methamphetamine. The amount of suspected marijuana in the package was not disclosed.

After being read her rights, Knutzen said she used methamphetamine, the affidavit said.







Police served a narcotics-related search warrant on a Sweet Home residence at about 7 a.m. Wednesday and arrested three people on drug charges.

Methamphetamine, marijuana, scales, drug paraphernalia and firearms were seized from the residence, which is located in the 900 block of Elm Street.

The Sweet Home Police Department, Linn County Sheriff’s Office and Lebanon Police Department participated in the search.

Scott Lee Clark, 49, was arrested on charges of distribution and possession of methamphetamine and frequenting a place where controlled substances are used and/or sold. He also had a parole violation warrant.

David John Majtan, 64, was arrested on charges of possession of methamphetamine and frequenting a place where controlled substances are used and/or sold.

Sherri Lynn Smith, 41, was arrested on a charge of frequenting a place where controlled substances are used and/or sold.

Majtan and Smith were cited and released in the field.

The investigation stemmed from concerns reported to police about an elderly male occupant of the residence and frequent short-stay traffic there.

Police are continue to investigate and additional charges are pending, according to a Sweet Home Police Department news release.







SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. — Spokane County deputies said a man tried to get out of trouble by saying his meth pipe was a gardening tool.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, Christopher Dahlman, 22, was acting suspicious near the Fred Meyer on Sprague and Sullivan.  A deputy reported seeing Dahlman hand something to a man on a bicycle.  When the deputy tried to talk to him, the deputy said Dahlman ran into the store, left, and was later found hiding under some shopping carts.


Dahlman told the deputy he ran because he thought the deputy had a warrant, investigators said.

Meanwhile, another deputy searched Dahlman’s car and found a glass pipe commonly used to smoke methamphetamine on the driver’s seat, according to the Sheriff’s Office.  Investigators said Dahlman told them the pipe belonged to his girlfriend and that she used it for gardening.

The Sheriff’s office said residue taken from the pipe was believed to be methamphetamine, according to preliminary test results taken from the field.

Dahlman was booked into jail for Possession of a Controlled Substance and Obstructing.







(BOISE, Idaho) — A Boise woman was arrested late Tuesday night after she was found with methamphetamine in her possession during a traffic stop.

According to the Boise Police Department, an officer spotted a vehicle without a front license plate at about 11:20 p.m. on Tuesday.

A Boise police officer pulled the driver over, at which point the driver and passenger began to walk away.

The officer ordered both back into the car, and a K9 unit alerted to the vehicle.

Melanie Baugh, 37, was found in possession of methamphetamine and a pipe.

Baugh was booked at Ada County Jail on charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The driver was given a citation for no proof of insurance.







PALATKA, Fla. – Three are in custody for allegedly making methamphetamine at local hotel.

The Palatka Police Department responded to the Budget Inn located in the 100 block of Moseley Avenue Wednesday after an employee noticed a room that was supposed to be unoccupied appeared to be occupied, according to a release from the Palatka Police Department.

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Officers found the room unoccupied, but discovered what appeared to be an active meth lab. The room was immediately secured.

Further investigation led officers to believe the room had been accessed by the occupants of the adjoining room, the release detailed. The occupants were identified as Elbert Gilbert, 38, Gerald Anderson, 35 and 29-year-old Lacy Carrerras.

Officers allegedly found evidence in the adjoining room that tied the three to the meth lab next door.

All three suspects were arrested and charged with manufacture of methamphetamine, possession of listed chemicals utilized for the illegal manufacture of methamphetamine and burglary of an unoccupied structure. Carrerras was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. Gilbert  faces additional charges on an outstanding warrant for manufacture of methamphetamine.

The meth lab was dismantled.







PAW PAW, MI — Scottie Lee Costner, the man accused of raping a woman inside her Lawrence home and forcing her to use methamphetamine, will stand trial.

Van Buren County District Court Judge Robert Hentchel bound Costner, 33, over to circuit court for trial on one count each of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and possession of methamphetamine.

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During Wednesday’s preliminary hearing, the victim was one of only two witnesses called to the stand along with arresting officer Ron Douglas of the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office.

The woman testified she dated Costner from October of 2013 until the day he was arrested March 5 and although she said she still cares for him, she claimed she had to escape from their relationship that had become “toxic” through abuse and drug use.

“The relationship was great for the first month until the drugs started, then he began beating me…pretty much totally isolated me,” The victim stated.

The victim said she and Costner engaged in consensual sex nearly every day after they first began seeing each other and that he stayed with her and her two children, who she has since lost custody of, on most nights in her apartment and then later in a home she leased in Lawrence. She said she often engaged in the use of methamphetamine with Costner, who she said also produced meth in her home, despite her objections.

She stated the two would often have intense arguments, but would then quickly reconcile and get back together. She took out a personal protection order against Costner on Feb. 14, but she admitted to voluntarily violating the order that same day and on most subsequent days until Costner was arrested March 5.

“I felt it would be protecting me; it would keep him away from me,” she testified. “(The order wasn’t honored) not by him or myself.”

Costner was arrested on Feb. 27 for impersonating a firefighter, but after posting bond, the victim said the two returned to her home that night. She said things were mostly normal between them until the night of March 4 and early hours of March 5.

She said she used methamphetamine with Costner in her bedroom around 8 p.m. on March 4 at his request. She said she then began going about her nightly routine and put her children to bed between 9:00 and 10:00 p.m. However, around midnight, she said Costner began acting paranoid and eventually became violent.

The victim testified Costner kept her and her kids awake until 4:30 a.m. Sunday by screaming at her and threatening to “drag me from my hair to my bedroom.”

“He kept jumping up in my face saying he was hearing voices in his head,” she said. “He said I was out to get him. He kept telling me, ‘(name redacted) if you don’t come to bed I’m going to beat your head in.'”

She said at 4:30 a.m. she finally agreed to go with him to the bedroom “to consent to sex to stop the craziness and get things back to normal.”

But, during the sex, as she stated has happened approximately 10 times during the entire relationship, she became sore and asked Costner to stop, a request he denied.

“It wasn’t like he was holding me down raping me out of anger; he’s a freak, that’s the bottom line,” she said.

After the incident, the victim said she stayed awake until she took her children to school that morning. After dropping the kids off, she then drove herself to her mother’s home and contacted police to report the sexual abuse.

Despite all of this, the victim said she is concerned for Costner, whom she said she still loves.

“I still love him, just because this has happened doesn’t mean my love went away,”

Costner’s defense attorney attempted to discredit the victim by asking questions related to their history. Upon being asked, the victim estimated she had used meth with Costner about 30 times during the time they dated, with about 10 of those instances taking place in her residence.

She also admitted that she smoked meth with Costner prior to her first day at a new job on March 4. She stated Costner took her to and from work that day and also picked her children up from school. Costner was arrested at the home at 8:15 a.m. and was found to be in possession of meth residue, camp fuel and other components used to manufacture methamphetamine.

The victim also led officers to dumpsters in the Hartford and Lawrence area where she had disposed of other meth lab materials.

When asked by the defense why she didn’t resist or scream during the alleged sexual assault and instead waited until later that morning to contact authorities, the victim said she didn’t want to further disturb her children who had just fallen asleep after the argument.

Costner has a lengthy criminal history dating back to 1997.


When he was 17 years old, he was convicted twice for retail fraud in  Berrien County. Between 1998 and 2000, received convictions for resisting and obstructing an officer, attempting to unlawfully drive away a motor vehicle and malicious destruction of property in Berrien County.

In 2004, he was convicted of committing a terroristic act and possession  of a controlled substance without a prescription in Arkansas. In 2007,  he was sentenced to federal prison in an Arkansas meth trafficking case  that occurred while he was on pretrial release from a charge of  possession of a firearm by a felon.

Costner is currently lodged in the Van Buren County Jail on $150,000 bond. His pretrial is set to take place at 1 p.m., March 31 in Van Buren County Circuit Court.

Winter Haven, Florida – A press conference has been scheduled this morning by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office where Sheriff Grady Judd will brief the media about a multi-agency investigation of a major methamphetamine drug trafficking organization – 16 suspects have been arrested and 12 are being sought.

Hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and vehicles have been seized. 40+ pounds of methamphetamine were seized Tuesday, March 18, 2014. Over 100 weapons have been recovered and seized.