KUANTAN: Police have crippled a methamphetamine (pil kuda) trafficking syndicate with the arrest of eight men and two women including a secondary school student in Pekan in three separate raids, here yesterday.

Pahang deputy police chief Datuk Jamaluddin Abd Majid said in a special narcotics Ops Cantas, police seized 7,971 methamphetamine pills valued at RM278,985.

“In the first raid in Kampung Selamat near here at about 1.30am yesterday, we apprehended a 25-year-old man and confiscated 1,400 methamphetamine pills.

“Subsequently, the same team raided the suspect’s house in Indera Mahkota 2 and caught three men and a woman, who is a private college student, and seized 600 methamphetamine pills,” he told reporters here today.

He said following the arrests, police raided a car in the compound of a house in Taman Padang Permai Sungai Lembing at about 2.30am.

He said police detained three men and a 17-year-old secondary schoolgirl in a Suzuki Swift and found 3,971 methamphetamine pills in the house.

“Police believe the drug trafficking syndicate has been active in the past three months and the suspects did not have any criminal records. All suspects, aged between 17 and 26 years, were remanded from today for investigations under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.”

Meanwhile, he said police had launched the special narcotics Ops Cantas since Wednesday until July 27 to eradicate drug trafficking in Pahang.








The Pearl Police Department confiscated 16 pounds of “ice” after a traffic stop Monday night at on I-20 near Highway 49.

A release by PPD spokesman Jake Windham said a traffic stop on a stolen blue Dodge Ram driven by John Woods III turned up the substance in a non-factory compartment when officers conducted a search of the vehicle.


“Ice” is the purest form of crystal methamphetamine.

“This is another classic example of state and local agencies working together to fight the distribution of illegal drugs,” Lt. John Johnson said.

The estimated street value of the controlled substance is approximately a quarter of a million dollars, police said.








Two suspects were taken into custody after law enforcement agents searched a Marion home.

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Detective Curtis Stuteville of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office charged James Lionel Ferguson, 39, of Old Highway 10 East in Marion, with felony possession of methamphetamine, felony possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine, felony maintaining a dwelling to keep a controlled substance, felony possession of a firearm by a felon, misdemeanor possession of up to a half-ounce of marijuana and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Stuteville also charged Tammy Lynn Wilson Bryan, 47, of Knubs Knob Drive in Marion, with felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Friday morning, July 11, officers with the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office, Marion Police Department, N.C. State Bureau of Investigation and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration searched Ferguson’s residence as part of a month-long investigation.

Stuteville said they seized one-half gram of methamphetamine, 2 grams of marijuana and a rifle.

Ferguson was taken into custody in lieu of a $25,300 bond. Bryan’s bond was $2,500.








 MACHIAS, Maine — A Danforth couple who were arrested on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine after a fire at their mobile home earlier this year have been indicted by a Washington County grand jury.




Allen Richardson, 39, and Tabbatha Osnoe, 31, were each indicted on a single count of unlawful trafficking of a scheduled drug. The indictments were returned on Friday.


Their mobile home was heavily damaged by fire March 21. Their infant son, 5-month-old Mach-Danyel Richardson, was pronounced dead at a Danforth medical facility earlier the same morning.


Richardson and Osnoe were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine the next day. An investigation of the fire turned up items typically used in “one-pot” methamphetamine-making operations, according to the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.


Richardson allegedly admitted to agents that he made methamphetamine for the past six to seven months, according to a source with knowledge of a search warrant affidavit, and Osnoe allegedly admitted to purchasing pseudoephedrine — a nonprescription cold remedy — and giving it to Richardson so he could make methamphetamine.


Authorities have not yet determined the cause of the infant’s death.


A newborn girl found dead in a North Portland apartment in April died of methamphetamine intoxication and neonatal pneumonia, an autopsy showed.

The methamphatamine likely passed through the mother’s placenta to the girl,  state medical examiner Dr. Karen Gunson said Monday.


Sarah Mangus, 29, and Jamie Mangus, 34, were arrested last Friday in the April 12 death of Krystal Mangus. They also face first-degree manslaughter allegations in the case.

They were indicted by a Multnomah County grand jury earlier this month. The indictment accuses them of causing the baby’s death “by neglect and maltreatment.”

Police say they were called to a residence in the 8000 block of North Newman Avenue on a report that the baby wasn’t breathing. Officers found the child was dead and called homicide detectives.

Investigators determined that the girl had been born in the apartment but hadn’t received medical attention, police said.

Jamie Mangus filed for divorce in October and in his petition said the couple had three children and his wife was expecting a fourth child around March of this year.

At that time, he wrote that two of the children were in foster care and a third was with the mother at a treatment center for drug addiction and alcoholism. He said the child on the way was not his.

The Magnuses are being held without bail on the murder by abuse charge.









A Mount Pleasant man was arrested early Sunday morning for assault after allegedly attacking both his girlfriend and several friends who attempted to intervene with a piece of lumber – and also with forcing a child to swallow methamphetamines.


Titus County deputies responded to an assault call at approximately 4 a.m. Sunday in the 1400 block of CR 1340.

Deputies arrived on the scene and determined that Trevor Ward, 26, of Mount Pleasant, was at his girlfriend’s residence and had assaulted her. Friends of the victim had attempted to intervene, at which time Ward began assaulting them with a piece of lumber, according to Sheriff Tim Ingram.

As a result of the assault, one person was transported to the Titus Regional Medical Center for injuries. Deputies placed Ward under arrest for the assault on his girlfriend and also arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for the assault on the friend.

After Ward was taken to the Titus County Jail, deputies determined that before they arrived, Ward went into his girlfriend’s residence and forced his way into her children’s bedroom, Ingram said.

There were two children there, ages 8 and 9, and he made one of them ingest methamphetamines, Ingram said. The child was taken to Titus Regional Medical Center, tested positive for methamphetamines, and was treated.

Titus County Investigators and Deputies obtained a search warrant for Ward’s vehicle and found scales with methamphetamine residue and other paraphernalia items consistent with methamphetamine use, Ingram said.

Ward was also charged with injury to a child endangerment and possession of a controlled substance.

Injury to a child and aggravated assault with deadly weapon charges are both second-degree felonies.








Police say Peter Russell was producing meth under the nose of his wife and children while maintaining his day job – but the similarities to Breaking Bad’s notorious kingpin Walter White pretty much end there.

Russell, an accountant by profession, was charged Saturday with third-degree unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine, a felony, after police seized lab equipment and chemicals from the house he shares with his wife and two grown children, police said.

New Castle and state police, armed with a search warrant, raided his 24 Red Oak Lane home, located in a quiet, upper-middle-class neighborhood, at 7 a.m. Saturday. They seized the equipment and chemicals but didn’t find methamphetamine, police said.

According to New Castle Detective Sgt. James Wilson, Russell had a small-scale operation located outside the main living area. There is no indication that his family knew about it, or that he was selling to the public, Wilson said.

Russell, who appears pasty-faced and wide-eyed in his police mugshot, was arraigned in New Castle court and released on $5,000 bail. He is due back in court July 17.








TEENS as young as 13 are seeking help for addiction to the methamphetamine ice, as the Salvation Army increases its efforts to reach Northern communities affected by the devastating drug.

Salvation Army outreach counsellor Maurice Dawe said the organisation’s Bridge program had been expanded to George Town, Fingal and Beaconsfield after the areas had been identified as hotspots for the drug.

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Mr Dawe said education sessions led in each town revealed that use of the debilitating drug was widespread.

He said ice was cheap, readily available and its use was rapidly increasing.

“There is the perception that this is used mainly by people of a low SES (socio-economic status) . . . but it is far more broadly spread,” Mr Dawe said.

Crystal methamphetamine hydrochloride has a high risk of dependence and its use carries a range of consequences, including brain and mental health conditions, heart and lung problems, paranoia, increased risk of stroke and chronic memory loss.

The drug releases monoamines and can eventually destroy the brain’s receptors, leading to a point where the user cannot feel pleasure without further ice use.

Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs chief executive Jann Smith said people who injected ice were also at a high risk of contracting a blood borne disease, such as HIV or hepatitis.

She said anecdotal evidence showed that Tasmania was experiencing the same as what much of regional Australia was already going through, with police and member groups of the council confirming ice use was on the increase.

Ms Smith said it created particular challenges in small communities.

“In any small community, the impact will be broadly felt,” Ms Smith said.

Mr Dawe agreed: “It is damaging to family structures and impacts on our health services, courts and police.”

Ms Smith and Mr Dawe emphasised that support was available.

“Support and treatment can make a difference . . . there are services out there that are ready and willing to help,” Ms Smith said.








CADILLAC — A Cadillac woman was arraigned on felony charges in 28th Circuit Court in Wexford County regarding the alleged operation of a methamphetamine laboratory.

Samantha Michelle Byrne, 26, stood mute to charges of operating or maintaining a meth lab. A not guilty plea was entered on her behalf.

Byrne also was charged with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and with conspiracy to possess methamphetamine.

Byrne has a habitual offender, fourth notice, which means if she is convicted, she could face a maximum of life in prison on any of the above three charges. Court records show she has previous convictions for attempting to assault, resist or obstruct a police officer in 2004 and for attempted forgery and attempted larceny in 2007.

Byrne also was charged with maintaining a drug house.


A 28-year-old woman from Pikeville was arrested over the weekend on Meth Charges.


Deputies tell 9 On Your Side that officers with the Wayne County Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Team and the Goldsboro/Wayne County Drug Task Force were continuing an investigation into the illegal manufacture and distribution of methamphetamine in the Wayne County area. During the course of the investigation it was determined Jeannie Marie Johnston was purchasing pseudoephedrine to be used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine.

Johnston was arrested and placed into the Wayne County Jail under a $5,000 bond.

Deputies say the 28-year-old has been charged with one count of : Possession/Distribute Meth Precursor.









A North Platte man and a woman were arrested Friday and charged with possession of 80 grams of methamphetamine.

The value of that much meth would be around $12,000, according to estimates. The pair are also charged with intent to distribute, and the woman, Sheena Strand, is also charged with a marijuana infraction.


At around 8 p.m. on July 11, a police officer saw a black Dodge Durango in the area of Adams and Sixth St. that officers previously learned was possibly displaying fictitious Colorado in-transit tags, police spokesman Rodney Brown said.

The officer contacted a man and woman as they got out of the vehicle near a house in the 1200 block of West Sixth.

They were identified as Ross Rivera, 30 and Strand, 27. They told the officer they found a dealer plate and put it on the Durango. The officer detected the odor of burning marijuana from the SUV, Brown said.

According to the police report, Rivera and Strand admitted to smoking in the vehicle earlier in the day. A subsequent search of the inside and personal items revealed drug paraphernalia commonly used to smoke marijuana and methamphetamine.

Brown said the officer also discovered a large self-sealing clear bag containing approximately 80 grams of a substance that field tested positive for meth.

Both Strand and Rivera were taken to the Lincoln County Detention Center and jailed for felony possession of a controlled substance (meth over 28 grams) and felony distribution of methamphetamine.

Strand was also cited for possession of marijuana, less than an ounce.

The estimated street value of 80 grams of meth in this report has been corrected.

According to a PBS Frontline report, a gram of pure meth was as high as $330 in Chicago but only $60 in Seattle. According to Tweaker.org, a gram is worth from $80-$160. If a gram is worth, say, $150, the value of 80 grams would be $12,000.








FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The director of a former youth chemical dependency center in Jamestown recently settled a civil lawsuit over accusations of misconduct among staff members, one of whom allegedly had sex with residents and showed them how to cook up methamphetamine, according to court documents.


The complaint was filed six years ago against Fargo-based Drake Counseling Center Inc. and Charles Drake on behalf of 11 minors who were residents at the inpatient center, which closed suddenly amid an investigation by Jamestown police. Documents in the case remained sealed until earlier this month.


“The Drake Center absolutely failed in its duty to the children involved in this case and breached all levels of trust,” the complaint reads. “Drake not only failed to help these children and their families, but actually caused additional substantial harm.”


Drake in his response to the original complaint denied the allegations and said any “alleged loss, damage or injury” was caused by the negligence or fault of the 11 minors who filed the suit.


Drake and his lawyer in the case, Joel Flom, did not respond to requests for comment. Lawyers for the defendants declined to comment.


No criminal charges have been filed.


The complaint said the North Dakota Department of Human Services initially suspended Drake’s license in March 2008, at which time Drake engaged in “legal maneuvers” to cover up the failed operations, according to the defendants. That resulted in “non-disclosure to the public, insurance companies, referring agents or residents themselves,” the suit states.


Heather Steffl, spokeswoman for the state Department of Human Services, said she could not release licensure review reports because substance abuse treatment programs are protected by confidentiality laws. JoAnne Hoesel, director of the department’s Division of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, said Drake Counseling is properly licensed in Fargo and Grand Forks.


Drake is also licensed to operate a youth center in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, similar to the Jamestown facility.


The complaints against the Jamestown treatment center primarily involved weekend and night staff. One of them had a criminal record that included a felony conviction for possession of methamphetamine, and he allegedly gave a “step-by-step” tutorial on how to manufacture meth. That staff member also is accused of having sex with at least two residents.


The 92-page lawsuit alleges that other incidents included staff members threatening and physically abusing residents; staffers providing beer, prescription drugs and cigarettes; employees openly using drugs; a staff member showing pornographic photographs and video; and personnel allowing residents to engage in sexual activity.


Activities during the evenings and weekends were out of control,” the suit says.


A 44-year-old woman was arrested Monday after police found more than $3,000 worth of suspected methamphetamine and tens of thousands of dollars in cash at her home, the Merced Police Department reported.


Emerita Marin-Perez was booked at Merced County Jail on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine for sale, Sgt. Brian Rodriguez said in a news release.

Police said she allowed officers to search her home after a 27-year-old woman was seen outside in what appeared to be a “hand-to-hand” drug transaction, police said in the statement.

The 27-year-old was released after she was questioned by police. Officers said the woman did not have any illegal substances when she was interviewed.

Officers seized 68 individually wrapped packets of suspected methamphetamine, ranging in weight from 0.21 grams to 0.33 grams. Police found 17.43 grams more in a baby food container in the kitchen, police said.

Rodriguez said police are not aware of any children living at the residence.

Police estimated the street value of the suspected drugs at $3,160. Officers also found about $23,199 in cash, along with two digital scales, which officers believe were used to weigh narcotics.

The investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information about the case is asked to contact the Police Department at (209) 385-4710 or the tip line at (209) 385-4725.








HICKORY – Police arrested a man at Crowne Plaza Hickory on Friday morning they say possessed methamphetamine.

Tou Yang, 32, of 3566 Pitts Farm Drive, Morganton, was charged with one count of felony possession of a controlled substance and one count of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, according to his arrest report. He was given a $5,000 secured bond.


Hickory Police Department officers went to a room at the hotel after the Burke County Sheriff’s Office said they had child support papers on the suspect, Hickory Police Department spokeswoman Chrystal Dieter said.

The suspect answered the door and officers located four-tenths grams of methamphetamine during the search, his report said. Officers also located a methamphetamine pipe, Dieter said. The suspect was arrested without incident, his report said.








 Ithaca, N.Y. — Two men from Tompkins County were arrested Saturday on charges of manufacturing methamphetamines, according to the Ithaca Police Department.

William Apgar, 24, of Brooktondale, and Christopher Merkley, 25, of Ithaca, were arrested around 5:09 a.m. on the 100 block of Floral Avenue.


Police on mountain bikes saw the men “acting suspiciously” and stopped to talk to them, Officer Jamie Williamson said.

The officers then discovered that Apgar had an active warrant out of Ithaca City Court and searched his backpack.

That search turned up “multiple precursors” used to make meth, Officer Williamson said. Police then searched Merkley and found that he also had meth materials, according to Williamson.

Both Apgar and Merkley have been charged with two counts of unlawful manufacture of methamphetamines in the third degree, a felony, and fifth-degree criminal conspiracy, a misdemeanor.

Apgar also faces charges — from prior arrest warrants — of petit larceny and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.








BELMONT COUNTY, Ohio – Officials in Belmont County are busy handling what’s being called a “massive” meth lab bust just outside of Bellaire along County Road 214 overnight.

Authorities have been at the scene most of the night and early morning. Officials say the lab was so large they were forced to call in outside help.

It’s alleged to be a 71 pot meth lab. It’s still unclear if anyone is in custody in relation to this bust.









TRIADELPHIA, W.Va. – A police call to check on the welfare of a child turned out to be the discovery of a meth lab Friday night in Triadelphia.

41-year-old Cheryl Danehart was arrested as a result of that welfare check.

People who live on Gashell Run Road in Triadelphia said the area is quiet for the most part and drug activity is unheard of but that wasn’t the case Friday night.

“I was pretty shocked, because things like that don’t happen around here,” an anonymous person said.

What happened initially started when friends of Danehart were concerned about the safety of her 3-year-old son and Danehart’s mental stability. They called the police to the home to check on the child but officers said when they walked into the home they made a startling discovery, a meth lab.

“The lab was a normal operation in a child’s bedroom in the trailer, it’s basically everything underneath the sink mixed in and you get what comes out of it,” Lt. Nelson Croft with the Ohio County Sheriff’s Department said.

Danehart, who is now behind bars, faces felony charges including child neglect with the risk of injury.

Police said the child is now safe and in the custody of the Department of Health and Human Resources of West Virginia.

Danehart is expected to appear in court for a preliminary hearing soon.







A Tulsa woman reportedly on her way to make a drug transaction was arrested by a member of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol Sunday night.

The OHP trooper noticed a black Chevrolet truck that had a Dodge Durango license plate so he conducted a traffic stop shortly before 8 p.m. at I-244 and Sheridan.


The suspect, Christy Orsburn, 44, had a suspended drivers license and could not locate her vehicle’s insurance. The suspect had a very dry mouth, referred to as “cotton mouth,” was routinely laughing nervously after making statement and had a impaired perception of time, the arrest report states.

Orsburn allegedly admitted that she had a gun under her seat when prompted if she had anything dangerous in her car. The trooper found the gun to be a stolen firearm out of Tulsa.

Due to a reported strong odor of marijuana inside the vehicle, the trooper then conducted a search of the vehicle. He found a bag of marijuana, methamphetamine, a digital scale and some pills, the arrest report states.

The suspect then reportedly told the trooper she was making some drug sales for her boyfriend.

Orsburn was arrested on complaints of trafficking methamphetamine after a former felony conviction and possession of a firearm by a former convicted felon among other complaints and is being held in the Tulsa County Jail on over $186,000 bond.







(07-13) 19:16 PDT SANTA ROSA — Santa Rosa police arrested a man Sunday for assault after he allegedly bit an officer and tried to grab one of the officers’ guns during a struggle at a K-Mart store.

Officers were called to the K-Mart at 3771 Cleveland Ave. in Santa Rosa at about 10:40 a.m. after security officers at the store saw the man cutting open boxes of merchandise, taking security tags off items and stuffing goods down his pants.

When the two police officers searched the man, later identified as 39-year-old Santa Rosa resident Michael Leigh Joseph, they found a knife and a bag of methamphetamine, Santa Rosa police said.

While being handcuffed, police said Joseph tried to run away and was tackled. He then allegedly bit one officer several times on the hand and arm. During the struggle, he tried to grab an officer’s handgun before the pair managed to subdue and handcuff him, police said.

Both officers were cut on their faces during the struggle, but the bites did not break the skin.

Joseph, who police said was a convicted felon in possession of a loaded semi-automatic handgun, will be booked into jail on charges of assault, methamphetamine possession, burglary and other offenses after he is released from the hospital for injuries he received during the arrest.

The Santa Rosa Police Department is encouraging anyone who witnessed the assault on the officers to call the Violent Crimes Team at (707)543-3590.








A 40-year-old Port Macquarie woman was arrested on Friday for allegedly importing and supplying methamphetamine.

Police said she was arrested near Hastings River Drive at 5.15pm, following months of investigation.

Detective Inspector Steve Clarke said Strike Force Doyen was formed to investigate the crimes in June.

“Police utilized a number of physical and electronic surveillance techniques as part of their investigation,” Detective Inspector Clarke said.

The woman was charged with one count of importing a prohibited drug, six counts of supply and one count of ongoing supply.

“Police will allege she supplied quantities of 0.1 to 3.5 grams of methamphetamine,” Detective Inspector Clarke said.

Bail was refused and a court date had not been set by Monday morning.







A 31-year-old Ardmore man and his 22-year-old female companion, who allegedly were using a local motel room as a methamphetamine distribution center, were arrested late Thursday in a joint raid conducted by Ardmore Police Department and Carter County Sheriff’s Department narcotics officers.

Detective Brandon Cathey, APD Narcotics Division, said Kendrick Jackson and LaJordan Smith were taken into custody without incident when a search warrant was executed on a room at a local hotel, located in the 2500 block of Veterans Boulevard.

“Both agencies had received information about this pair’s involvement in the sale of methamphetamine from the room. While serving the search warrant, we located 15 grams of methamphetamine among other items which were indicative that the methamphetamine was intended for sale,” Cathey said.

In addition, the couple was apparently attempting to avoid arrest by monitoring law enforcement activity. Cathey said a working police scanner was found in the room.

“The possession of a working scanner in the commission of a crime is a felony itself,” he said.

Jackson and Smith were both booked into the Carter County Detention Center. Charges were filed Friday against the twosome by the district attorney’s office. Both are charged with unlawful possession of a controlled dangerous substance (methamphetamine) and unlawful possession of a scanner.

In addition, Jackson faces a felony charge of possession of marijuana and an outstanding warrant connected to his failure to appear in court on charges of possession of methamphetamine and illegal possession of a firearm stemming from his arrest by APD in April.

Smith also faces prior charges. She was arrested by APD in March and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing next month on charges of unauthorized use of a credit card and possession of methamphetamine.

The couple made initial appearances in district court Friday afternoon on the charges they garnered from Thursday night’s arrest. Bonds of $80,000 were set in both cases. The duo remains detained at the county jail pending the posting of bonds and/or the outcome of their cases.

Cathey credited the apprehension of Jackson and Smith to the joint effort of the APD and CCSD.

“It is a pleasure to have the working relationship with the Carter County Sheriff’s Department that we have,” he said. “They were an integral part of this investigation being successful.”

The detective added the tips both agencies received concerning the couple’s operation were vital to the investigation that ended with their arrests.

“Both agencies cannot stress enough how vital information from the community is. Some of our investigations do take longer than others, but every little piece of information that either agency gets is essential,” Cathey said, adding both agencies have the same goal: “Drugs will not be tolerated in the city of Ardmore or in Carter County.”






A four-count federal indictment has been unsealed in Galveston following the arrest of five area residents, announced United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson.

Abel Hinojosa, 34, Nelson Agapito Ventura, 37, Daniel Reyna, 33, Israel Sanchez, 20, were taken into custody today and made their initial appearances in federal court in Galveston before U.S. Magistrate Judge John R. Froeschner. A fifth defendant — Rodolfo Hernandez Perez, 26 — was previously in custody. A detention hearing is set for Tuesday, July 15, 2014.

The indictment was returned May 15, 2014, and unsealed upon the arrests of the La Marque residents today. All five are charged with one count of conspiracy to possess with the Intent to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine as well as more than 500 grams of a mixture containing methamphetamine in the Galveston Division of the Southern District of Texas.

Perez and Hinojosa are further charged with one and three counts, respectfully, of possession with intent to distribute varying amounts of methamphetamine. The indictment also includes a notice of forfeiture.

Each face a minimum of 10 years and up to life in federal prison for the conspiracy. The possession with intent charges against Hinojosa and Perez also carry varying terms of either a minimum of five and up to 40 or another minimum of 10 and up to life for the underlying drug offenses.

The case is being investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Homeland Security Investigations and Galveston Police Department. Assistant United States Attorneys Ted Imperato and Sharad Khandelwal are prosecuting.







In April, Tennessee passed a law allowing women who use narcotic drugs during pregnancy to be thrown in jail for up to 15 years, regardless of whether the child suffered any ill-effects. This week, new mother Mallory Loyola became the  first woman in Tennessee to be arrested under the new law.


Loyola, 26, gave birth to a baby girl on Sunday at the UT Medical Center in Monroe County, Tennessee. Police were called when the baby tested positive for meth. Loyola—who admitted to smoking meth a few days before giving birth—was arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault (punishable by up to one year in prison). While the law allows some pregnant women to opt for a treatment program over time behind bars, no such option is available for drug-addicted moms once they give birth.

“Anytime someone is addicted and they can’t get off for their own child, their own flesh and blood, it’s sad,”  Monroe County Sheriff Bill Bivens told local news station WATE, adding that he hoped Loyola’s fate would deter other pregnant drug users.

Cases like Loyola’s are sad, of course. And I understand the impulse people have to do! something! about it! But addiction isn’t rational, and addicts don’t generally respond to the same incentives a non-addict would. If the welfare of someone’s “own flesh and blood” isn’t enough to stop them from using, why would the possibility of police intervention work? I suspect Loyola’s fate will deter other pregnant drug users, but not from doing drugs; it will deter them from seeking addiction treatment, prenatal care, and hospital births.

Notably, the new Tennessee statue was passed with painkiller addicts in mind—state officials spoke to the need to address the “epidemic” of babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), a form of withdraw that can result from a mom using prescription opioids (such as codeine and Vicodin), heroin, or methodone during pregnancy. The language of the  Tennessee bill specifically criminalizes narcotic use during pregnancy only:

As enacted, provides that a woman may be prosecuted for assault for the illegal use of a narcotic drug while pregnant, if her child is born addicted to or harmed by the narcotic drug; law expires July 1, 2016.

As meth is by no means a narcotic, it will be interesting to see how law enforcement tries to justify Loyola’s arrest under this statute. The Drug Enforcement Agency’s extensive drug classification list explicitly states that both amphetamine and methamphetamine are not narcotic drugs. And Tennessee’s own state code  defines narcotic specifically as any compounds, salts, and derivatives of opium and coca leaves.







Around 11:00 p.m. Friday, the Ohio County Sheriff’s Department conducted a welfare check at a residence.

During that time, they were given permission to enter the premises on Gashell Run Rd. in Triadelphia. While inside, they discovered a on pot meth lab.

As a result, 41 year old Cheryl Danehart was arrested on one felony count of operating a clandestine meth lab out of her trailer as well as one felony count of child endangerment, due to the fact that a 3 year old child was present.

A St. Paul man trying to ditch his drugs apparently didn’t keep track of the West St. Paul officers who had pulled him and three other adults over. He tossed a bag of meth, hitting the officer behind him, according to court document filed in Dakota County District Court July 11.


Thomas Charles Gilson Jr., 33, is now facing a felony charge for fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance, according to the criminal complaint.

While West St. Paul officers were on routine patrol near the intersection of Butler Avenue West and Charlton Street in West St. Paul on July 8, they responded to a report of a dispute over money in a vehicle.

The officers found and stopped a sedan with four adults inside, the complaint said. The adults were separated, so the officers could speak to them.

Standing in front of a squad car, Gilson pulled something out of his pocket and threw it backwards, the complaint said.

The plastic baggie filled with white crystals, believed to be methamphetamine, hit an officer; Gilson was arrested.

The crystals were tested, identified and weighed as .26 grams of meth.

If convicted, Gilson could face up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

In October 2010, Gilson was accused of burglarizing a neighbor’s apartment and raping her while she was asleep. A Ramsey County jury acquitted him of those charges in 2011. Gilson initially tried to hide from police, according to that criminal complaint, but was found in a dumpster near where the incident was reported.

In January, Gilson was convicted of a gross misdemeanor for third-degree driving while intoxicated, according to court records.