WOODBURN, OR (KPTV) – Police are searching for a wanted sex abuse suspect accused of giving methamphetamine to a minor.

The Woodburn Police Department is asking for the public’s help locating 30-year-old Victor David Lopez Bautista.9358948_G

Bautista has warrants for his arrest on charges including first-degree sex abuse, encouraging child sex abuse, luring a minor and distribution of meth to a minor.

Lopez is described as 5’10” and 200 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. He has a tattoo of a feather on his neck.

Anyone who has seen Bautista or has information about his location is asked to call Detective Shawn Hershberger at 503-982-2345.






WOODBURN, Ore. (KOIN) — A 30-year-old with warrants for his arrest on sex crimes is being sought by Woodburn police, who want the public’s help to find him.

Victor David Lopez Bautista is wanted for 1st-degree sodomy, 2nd-degree sex abuse, 1st-degree encouraging child sex abuse, luring a minor and distributing meth to a minor.

Bautista has a tattoo of a feather on his neck. The 5-foot-10 man has black hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information on his location is urged to contact any local police department.






BENNINGTON — In a case that started when a 68-year-old resident of the Vermont Veterans Home tested positive for crystal methamphetamine, two local women were each charged with one felony count on Monday after police said they had sold prescription drugs to the resident.

Karen L. Maxham, 43, and Jessica Walsh, 36, both pleaded innocent Monday in Bennington criminal court to one felony count each of selling a depressant drug. Both were released without bail but ordered not to have contact with the veteran’s home resident.

In an affidavit, Officer James Gulley Jr., of the Bennington Police Department, said he was dispatched Oct. 2 to the Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington.

At the home, Gulley met with Melissa Jackson, the home’s administrator, and Allan Faxon, the chief operating officer. They told Gulley a resident, Robert C. Decicco, 68, had tested positive for the crystal methamphetamine.

Gulley said he, Jackson and Faxon spoke with Decicco, who denied he had ever used the outlawed stimulant. However, he said, he bought 10 to 15 “benzos,” or clonazepam, a drug used to treat anxiety.

Decicco told Gulley that Maxham and Walsh come to the veteran’s home at the beginning of the month because that’s when he receives money from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Clonazepam is a regulated drug that is illegal to have without a prescription. Gulley said he explained to Decicco “that his sobriety and the prevention of illegal narcotic possession and distribution within a state hospital is crucial.”

The Bennington home is the only state-run nursing home for veterans in Vermont.

The home’s records showed that Decicco had three regular visitors, but Decicco insisted that the third woman had never sold him drugs.

Gulley said he spoke with Walsh and Maxham, also on Oct. 2, at their Bennington home. He said Walsh told him that she has a prescription for clonazepam but denied selling the pills to Decicco.

Gulley said neither Walsh nor Maxham gave a statement to police. He said after the women were cited, they were issued court orders not to go to the veteran’s home, at Jackson’s request.

Gulley said Maxham has a criminal history in Vermont, but Walsh doesn’t.

Bennington County Deputy State’s Attorney Robert Plunkett, who is prosecuting the cases, said it was not unusual for an investigation to begin with a test that appears to indicate the presence of crystal methamphetamine, because other drugs can give the same result. Plunkett said the case is not currently being investigated as one involving crystal methamphetamine.

Faxon said he couldn’t discuss the specifics of an individual resident at the home.

However, he said, in general, medical staff members examine all the patients to determine what substances they may be using or drugs they may be taking, whether or not those drugs are prescribed to the resident. If staff members find they can’t support the patient because of those drugs or substances, they may reach a decision that they can’t care for the resident at the home.








FOUNTAIN CITY, Wis. (WKBT) – A La Crosse woman was arrested in Fountain City after large amounts of drugs were recovered from her vehicle during a routine traffic stop.

Julie Dahlby was stopped on November 14th for speeding when police proceeded to call in the K9 unit as she showed signs of impairment but no alcohol was detected.

Police recovered 42 grams of meth as well as marijuana, cocaine, hallucinogenic mushrooms, LSD, prescriptions pills, and $1400 in cash.565a08ef6f45a_image

Dahlby was charged with possession with intent to sell cocaine, meth, and mushrooms as well as possession of paraphernalia.

This is the largest traffic-stop related seizure of meth in Buffalo County history.

Police says it is clear that a significant drug trafficker in Western Wisconsin was caught and arrested.







Amanda Vykopal, 32, of Dickinson, was arrested around noon Friday at ND Pharmacy inside the Family Fare supermarket on the 400 block of 18th Street West for possession of methamphetamine, a Class C felony, and the misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana paraphernalia.






A 27-year-old Buhl woman was arrested and arraigned last week on charges of drug possession and concealing evidence from police.

As far as crime in Twin Falls County, those charges are pretty standard.

But while searching the woman’s home, police found a children’s bottle shaped like the snowman Olaf from the Disney film “Frozen” inside a toybox – again, pretty standard for any parent in 2015. But this Olaf bottle was converted into a meth pipe, police said.563d446784022_image

Bonnie Josephine Larsen was arraigned Oct. 28 on charges of possession of a controlled substance and concealing evidence.

Sheriff’s deputies served a warrant at her Buhl home and during a search found five pipes — two glass, one metal, one wooden and one Olaf — all containing burnt drug residue, court documents said.

Larsen was at home with a one-year-old child at the time of her arrest, police said. She told deputies when they first came inside that she needed to get her baby from a back room, but later told the deputies she used that excuse to buy time so she could hide three pipes inside the toy box, court records said.






A woman returned to a Twin Falls motel after checking out to claim the meth pipe she’d left behind, police said.

Summer Haddad, 32, was arraigned Nov. 27 in Twin Falls County Magistrate Court on one count of felony possession of a controlled substance.565cdb834ee3c_image

Haddad left her meth pipe in a room at Motel 6, returned to retrieve it later that day and was arrested by police in the motel parking lot, court documents said. Police also reported finding used syringes and drugs in her SUV.

Staff at the motel called Twin Falls police about 2:00 p.m. Nov. 25 to report that an employee who was cleaning a room found a meth pipe, court documents said. The hotel staff told officers Haddad rented the room the night before and used her Idaho driver’s license to identify herself when making the reservation.

The officer took the glass pipe from the room and noted it had fingerprints on it and methamphetamine residue inside, court records showed.

A short time later, staff at the motel called the officer to tell him Haddad and another person were in the motel parking lot sitting inside a Ford Bronco, court documents said. The officer returned to the motel and found Haddad sitting in the driver’s seat.

Haddad admitted to police to using methamphetamine and then told the officer “she could not believe that she had forgotten her pipe in her room,” court records said. She also told the officer there were used syringes and possibly a plastic bag with drugs inside her vehicle.

Police searched her vehicle and found a small bag with used syringes, which Haddad admitted to using to inject methamphetamine, court records said.

Haddad was released from jail on $2,500 bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Friday.







After years of decline, drugs are coming back in a big way in Minnesota prisons.

From 2010 to 2014, the number of beds dedicated to inmates serving time for drug-related offenses increased almost 40 percent, according to data from the Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines Commission, which studies incarceration trends. As of July 2015, about 20 percent of inmates were incarcerated for drug crimes — making such offenses among the most represented in Minnesota prisons, second only to crimes of person, such as burglary and robbery. MethCrystals640

The influx of inmates convicted of drug crimes could bring drug reform to the forefront of the Legislature next year — a subject some policymakers and advocates say is long overdue. Attempts to change Minnesota’s relatively harsh drug laws have fallen flat in the past, but lawmakers will face added pressure now as they take up the difficult — and likely expensive — task of solving the state’s prison overpopulation crisis.

A new meth boom

Earlier this year, Sen. Ron Latz, DFL-St. Louis Park, convened a task force designed to come up with solutions to Minnesota’s prison overcrowding. Currently, the corrections system is about 500 inmates over capacity, and lawmakers are weighing several potential remedies, including reopening a private prison in Appleton and spending $141 million to expand the DOC’s Rush City facility and accommodate the overflow.

At a recent meeting of that task force, Nate Reitz, director of the sentencing commission, pointed out one of the causes of the problem: The number of people imprisoned for drug offenses — particularly for meth offenses — has gone up significantly in recent years. As of 2014, meth-related crimes accounted for more beds in state prisons than all other drugs combined.

“Whether this is a long-term trend, I have no idea,” he warned policymakers. “But it’s something that could be viewed as a red flag.”

The rise in meth crimes mirrors the epidemic of the early 2000s. Between 2002 and 2005, the state ranked third in the nation for meth users ages of 18-25.

Prison beds required for amphetamine-related offenders and all drug offenders

From 2010 to 2014, the number of beds dedicated to inmates serving time in the state for drug-related offenses increased almost 40 percent — a trend driven largely by an increase in offenders in prison for amphetamine-related offenses. The Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines Commission calculated the number of Minnesota prison beds each year dedicated drug-related offenses based on drug type and initial sentence. It doesn’t take into consideration some factors, such as early release and credit for time served.

That boom translated into more prisoners. From 1998 to 2005, the state’s drug-crime prison population tripled. In 2005, Minnesota corrections facilities dedicated about 1,600 beds to amphetamine offenders alone, according to the sentencing commission data. chart

The bubble finally burst in the mid-2000s, due in large part to new laws that regulated the purchase of previously over-the-counter meth ingredients, such as pseudoephedrine. And in 2006, the Legislature created a registry that helped law enforcement track meth criminals and warn residents about offenders in their communities. By 2010, the number of prison beds for meth offenders had declined to about 900.

Today, Minnesota is experiencing a major meth resurgence. From 2007 to 2014, the number of people seeking treatment for the drug in Minneapolis and St. Paul almost doubled, according to a recent study from Drug Abuse Dialogues, a group that analyzes drug-use data in Minnesota.

Once again, the state’s prisons are seeing the consequences. In 2014, meth offenders accounted for 1,735 beds in Minnesota prisons — about 65 percent of all drug offenders incarcerated. That’s a 90 percent increase from five years ago — and the highest number of incarcerated amphetamine offenders in at least 10 years, according to the sentencing commission data.

Carol Falkowski, author of the Drug Dialogues study, attributes the new boom to the product coming in from other countries. While small-time meth labs are much more scarce than in the early 2000s, there’s been a significant increase in drugs coming in over the Mexican border, she says.

“It’s never really gone away, but the supply is making it easier than ever to use and the appeal is still there,” she says.

‘We don’t treat as many as we should’

Research has indicated that getting offenders into treatment programs can reduce their likelihood of committing crimes after release. According to one Department of Corrections study, published in 2010, inmates who completed treatment programs were 4 to 9 percentage points less likely to end up back in prison in comparison to those untreated. “Treatment works,” said Nanette Larson, health services director for DOC.

But Minnesota only has the resources to treat a fraction of offenders suffering from addiction. In fiscal year 2014, about 3,900 newly committed offenders qualified for the DOC’s drug treatment program, an intensive inpatient regiment that isolates patients and addresses substance abuse in tandem with criminal behavior. Of those, only 1,200, or about one-third, actually made it into the rehab program, according to DOC statistics.

“It’s sad to say we don’t treat as many as we should,” DOC Commissioner Thomas Roy said at a recent prison task force meeting.

Those imprisoned for drug offenses aren’t the only criminals in state prisons suffering from addiction, of course. As part of the intake process, the DOC evaluates every new inmate for substance dependency. Terry Carlson, deputy commissioner for DOC, said about 90 percent of new inmates meet the addiction criteria. With only 916 chemical dependency beds and a prison population exceeding 10,000, the department uses a triage system to identify those with the greatest need for treatment.

Still, said Larson: “We are the state’s largest provider of chemical dependency treatment.”

The inpatient program isn’t the only option for patients suffering from addiction issues. The prison system also offers Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous programs, and getting patients into community drug treatment programs is often a condition of an offender’s release.

Carlson said a current DOC proposal to expand its Rush City facility to accommodate more inmates would also allow for the capacity to add about 60 beds to the inpatient program.

“It’s really an issue of space for us,” said Carlson. “We don’t have the programming space that we need. You can’t just do it in a gym.”








A 30-year-old Ocala woman was arrested early Monday, charged with possession of a narcotic, which she called “go fast,” and driving with a suspended license.

Michelle Lynn Hartman was seen by Ocala Police Department officers David Rodriguez and Joshua Fried driving a gray Nissan Sentra over a middle lane in the 1600 block of Northeast 14th Street around 3:30 a.m. The tag decal on the vehicle was expired, according to an OPD report.

While police were conducting the traffic stop, a police dog alerted during an open air drug sniff. Hartman agreed to a body search, during which police found a syringe containing a brown substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine, the report states.

Hartman told officers the substance was “go fast” and contained “meth and unknown substances,” the report notes.

Hartman was arrested and taken to the Marion County Jail. She is charged with possession of methamphetamine and driving while license is suspended or revoked.

Hartman’s license was suspended in September after police saw a vehicle she was driving cross over several lanes. During that traffic stop, Hartman was found to be in possession of a syringe that contained a liquid that tested positive for methamphetamine, according to an OPD report.







LAREDO, TEXAS (KGNS) – confiscate close to a million dollars in methamphetamine.

The seizure happened at the Gateway to the Americas Bridge.

During a secondary inspection a CBP canine found the drugs hidden within the gas tank.

CBP officers turned the case over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security investigations special agents for further investigation.







In the last five years, U.S. Customs Border Protection has seen a 300 percent increase in methamphetamine seizures at border ports of entry.It’s one of many statistics that points to what officials are calling a serious meth problem across the county. More and more of the drug – now cheaper and better quality than ever – filters into the country through multiple Southern California border ports of entry, according to San Diego County’s 2015 Meth Strike Force Report Card.

“Unfortunately, more and more, San Diego County is in the cross hairs of the Mexican drug cartels. These cartels are smuggling huge amounts of meth in, and its good quality, and it’s cheap,” said County Supervisor Diane Jacobs.County officials laid out the bleak statistics in the reporter card at a multi-agency press conference Monday, with detailed information about the number of meth-related deaths in San Diego County, emergency room visits and drug seizures.

In 2014, 262 people died as a result of using methamphetamine, a “troubling trend” for the region, Jacobs said. The youngest victim was 17, and the oldest was 70. Though the number had decreased from the previous year, it was still two-thirds higher than five years ago, she said.

“Let’s make no mistake about it, meth means death,” Jacobs said. “Meth breaks lives and we need to continue to do all that we can to stem the tide of this terrible, terrible drug in our community.”

The drug has become one of the most troubling issues for the county, said U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy.

Methamphetamine is a quadruple threat,” Duffy said. “It’s pure, it’s inexpensive, it’s highly addictive and its widely available.”

25 years ago, the drug was primarily made in rural laboratories by untrained workers before being distributed. At the time, the drug was approximately 50 percent pure. “The methamphetamine that were talking about today is not the methamphetamine of 25 years ago,” Duffy said.

Modern day methamphetamine is produced in high quantities in Mexican “superlabs” that are similar to mainstream pharmaceutical labs in many ways, Duffy said. The labs are staffed with university-trained scientists, she said, and produce a drug that is close to pure. Ninety percent of the methamphetamine coming into the U.S., Duffy said, is coming from these Mexican labs.

“The result is the U.S. markets are being flooded with high quality, low priced methamphetamine like we’ve never seen before,” Duffy said.

In the past five years, U.S. Customs Border Protection saw a 300 percent increase in meth seizures at California port of entries. Forty five percent more meth is seized across California ports of entry than at New Mexico, Arizona and Texas port of entries combined.

In recent years, cartels have been using drones and teen boys to smuggle in the drug. Officials have seen an increased amount of liquid versions of the drug, which is easier to hide, come into the country, said Duffy. Once the drug enters the U.S. it is processed into a crystallized version of the drug.

Once the drug is around the county, many law enforcement officials encounter it, San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore said.

“Unfortunately, meth use in San Diego and crime are closely linked,” Gore said.

Of all adults booked into San Diego County Jail, 45 percent tested positive for the drug, a 66 percent increase from five years ago. There has been a 28 percent increase in meth related arrests across the county. Since Prop 47 passed into law, officials said they hope people are encouraged to go into treatment program.

Going forward, Duffy said a primary goal would be to work with Mexican government officials to crack down on the “superlabs” to disrupt the supply and stop meth from coming out. Additionally, officials at the conference said they have been working with the public to help them better understand the issue.



Anyone looking for help with substance abuse can call the County Access and Crisis Line at 1 (888) 724-7240, available 24/7 for anyone seeking help. Anyone seeking help specifically with meth abuse can call a county hot line at 1 (877) NO TO-METH. Additional resources can be found by clicking here. 





Recent evidence emerging from North Korea leaves little doubt: in the last decade, starting from 2005-06, the use of narcotics has spread rapidly in North Korea.

Admittedly, the drug problem in North Korea is not anything new. From the early 1970s, the North Korean government initiated a clandestine opiate production program. The drugs produced were exported in order to earn foreign currency. It was North Korean diplomats and other officials who were tasked with transporting and peddling the drugs overseas. Predictably, the scheme led to recurrent diplomatic scandals in places as different as Norway and Egypt. The resultant publicity was not good for the country’s image, to put it mildly.d139216a-ceb0-4c95-9c1c-c58374f5063e

Around 2005, the North Korean government finally decided to stop, or at least significantly curtail, the state-sponsored drug smuggling program. This was probably a wise if long overdue move, since the economic gain probably did not compensate for the damage the program did to the country’s name.

Roughly around the same time, however, a completely new kind of drug problem came to be associated with North Korea. The new wave of the drug production was not run by the intelligence operatives and sponsored by the state. Instead, this was a small scale, privately run, lab-based production of methamphetamine. The North Korean government did not endorse these activities, even though it was a widespread official corruption that allowed methamphetamine to proliferate.

Actually, the North Korean government had produced the methamphetamine before, using it as a stimulant. This is not unprecedented, since during the Second World War not only the Japanese and Germans, but also Americans and British armed forces used methamphetamine and amphetamine-type stimulants widely.

Initially, meth was produced for private export to China, but before too long, drug deals found customers inside North Korea. A meth epidemic began and continues to this day.

The major problem is that the majority of North Koreans are not fully aware of the dangers associated with the use of crystal meth. Many believe that this kind of drug is only mildly addictive and hence drugs are frequently taken for recreation purposes or stimulants by those engaged in demanding work. Alarmingly, drugs are frequently given as presents, even as birthday presents, to friends, and in some cases are used for in-kind payment (a la cigarettes).

The North Korean authorities are aware that the meth epidemic is dangerous, but their response remains limited due to political constraints. The North Korean government cannot bring itself to openly admit that it has a serious drug problem because for decades, such problems have been presented in their propaganda as something that might happen only in the immoral and depraved capitalist societies. Thus, a public health campaign has to remain hushed and rather limited in its scale.

It is also remarkable that the authorities take quite a lenient attitude in punishing drug dealers and makers. First, most of them use bribes to maintain cozy relations with local police and security services, thus remaining relatively secure. Second, if apprehended, they are usually given relatively mild sentences. In North Korea, possession of a Chinese mobile that can be used for making overseas calls is usually punished with the same level of severity as running a meth lab.

Even when education campaigns are conducted, the focus seems to be wrong. Instead of emphasizing the damage that drugs are likely to inflict on individual health and well-being, educational materials instead tend to use patriotic slogans, emphasizing that drug use is bad for the glory of the country. The North Korean population might be fairly nationalistic by international standards, but such high-minded rhetoric is not particularly effective when it comes to combating drug abuse.

Of course, fear of exposure and the desire to keep the scale of the problem secret means that the North Korean government cannot ask for international help and remains largely unaware about the experiences of anti-drug campaigns overseas, as well as about modern ways of treating the drug problem.

In recent years, the situation has seemingly improved somewhat. This partial improvement was an unintended consequence of efforts to seal North Korea’s border with China. Since China remains a large market for drug producers and also a major supplier of necessary components, the stronger border control damaged the drug smuggling network to an extent and slowed down the spread of the drugs. Nonetheless, things remain grim, and the North Korean meth epidemic continues poorly noticed and largely unchecked.







BESUT, Nov 29 — The police have uncovered an ‘all-in-the-family’ drug ring in Hulu Besut, with the arrest of a man and his two teenage children and seizure of an assortment of drugs.bags-of-methamphetamine-0811_620_348_100

The drugs, comprising several packets of methamphetamine and cannabis were seized about 4.30pm yesterday, during a raid at a house in Kampung Darau.

The drugs were found in a sling bag and waist pouch worn by one of the suspects.

Besut police deputy chief DSP Kamsani Hasan said the suspects aged between 15 and 45, were detained under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 which carries the mandatory death penalty upon conviction.

“The man attempted to escape from the raiding party but was nabbed while his children were picked up while they were asleep,” he told a press conference here today.

“The man and one of his children tested positive for drugs during a urine test,” he said.

He said the police seized RM10,100, believed to be proceeds from the sale of drugs, motorcycle and a Proton Wira Aeroback to facilitate investigations.








DALLAS (AP) – A man is facing sex crime charges after police caught him in a stolen pickup truck with a 16-year-old girl he had sex with and forced into prostitution.

The Dallas Morning News reports (http://bit.ly/1OpmAfY ) that 24-year-old Joe Vasquero Torres has been charged with sexual assault of a child, sex trafficking of a child, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, evading arrest and possession of less than a gram of methamphetamine.

Court documents say officers saw Torres and the girl get into a pickup truck outside a northeastern Dallas pawn shop Tuesday.

Torres admitted to having sex with the girl, who says Torres once dropped her off at a house to have sex for money.

Torres remained in the Dallas County jail Friday with a bail of more than $52,000. Jail records don’t list an attorney.







Alliance police have dedicated almost a month looking for the driver who fled the scene after striking an 11-year-old boy in front of an East State Street McDonald’s. On Friday, they arrested the boy’s aunt and her live-in boyfriend on felony drug and child-endangering charges after a methamphetamine lab was discovered in the couple’s basement.

Police charged Loyal C. Williams, 36, of 740 Garrison Ave., with illegal manufacture of drugs, a first-degree felony; and illegal possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, a second-degree felony; and child endangering, a third-degree felony, shortly after 7:45 p.m. after discovering the components involved with the manufacture of methamphetamine in the home.

Shortly before, detectives had completed an investigation into reports of possible methamphetamine manufacturing going on in the home and discovered chemicals, including iodine, muriatic acid, sulfuric acid, pseudoephedrine, hydrogen peroxide and red phosphorus, in the basement of the home that housed four children between the ages of 6 months and 11 years.

Those chemicals were allegedly used to manufacture methamphetamine behind a false wall, where the active lab was located.

The Alliance Fire Department was called to assist with ventilation, and the Stark Metro Narcotics Unit to assist with disposal of all the hazardous materials.

Williams’ live-in girlfriend and the hit-and-run victim’s aunt, Cynthia A. Morris, 33, also was charged with child endangering. She sits in Stark County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bond, while Williams’ bond is set at $100,000. Both are scheduled to be arraigned today in Alliance Municipal Court via video technology.

The four children were released to relatives, and Child Protective Services was notified.

Since Morris’ nephew J.J. was the victim of a hit-and-run earlier this month, the case has gained significant media coverage, as police sought clues on the driver’s identity. Morris created a GoFundMe page, which has raised $1,885 toward Jonathon’s medical expenses, explaining in the page’s text that “we have four children and … already struggle.”

Some TV reporters stood in the same family room, interviewing Morris and the 11-year-old boy, apparently above the secret room where Williams allegedly cooked methamphetamine. The public outcry has some donors inquiring about refund of their donations.

The Review contacted GoFundMe over the weekend for additional information.

The Garrison Street property is owned by Christian Barth, according to Stark County online records.

This is the latest arrest for Williams, who also goes by the nickname Jay and was sentenced almost five years ago on identical charges to three years in prison. He currently is on post-release control, according to the Mahoning County online case docket in conjunction with that case.

No arrest has been made yet in regard to the hit-and-run, which remains under investigation. Anyone who has information regarding the accident is asked to call 330-821-9140.








  • Sarah Furay gained national attention after she grinned for her mugshot following her arrest by College Station officers earlier this month
  • The 19-year-old Texas college student was arrested after police found cocaine, marijuana, ecstasy and methamphetamine in her apartment
  • She has now been revealed as the daughter of Bill Furay, a supervising agent for the DEA’s office in Beaumont, Texas
  • Furay faces felony charges for the manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance and drug possession
  • Her dad boasts a long list of conquests over the most hardened drug dealers in Texas – and takes a zero approach to drug dealers

A 19-year-old Texas college student who was arrested after police found cocaine, marijuana, ecstasy and methamphetamine in her apartment has been revealed as the daughter of a top Texas Drug enforcement agent.2EE7245300000578-3338309-image-a-9_1448811048300

Sarah Furay gained national attention after she grinned for her mugshot following her arrest by College Station officers earlier this month who discovered packaging materials, two digital scales and a handwritten drug price list in her bedroom.

But Furay, who faces felony charges for the manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance and drug possession is also facing the wrath of her father Bill Furay, a supervising agent for the DEA’s office in Beaumont, Texas.

Bill Furay has a reputation as a hardened no-nonsense law enforcer who sees drug dealers as the scourge of society.

So, it will surely come as a surprise to him that his daughter now faces felony charges for the manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance and drug possession.2EE72E9200000578-3338309-image-a-11_1448811493156

Police executed a search warrant on Furay’s home after they believed she was possibly dealing drugs, according to The Eagle.

They found 31.5 grams of packaged cocaine, methamphetamine, 126 grams of marijuana, 29 tablets of Ecstasy and 60 doses of 25c NBOME, a substance that has similar effects to psychedelic drug LSD.

Authorities said Furay admitted she had marijuana and cocaine in her bedroom.

And when officers searched her cell phone they discovered she was also selling illicit substances, according to KHOU.

Furay faces at least three felony charges that could result in a maximum sentence of 215 years in prison and a $30,000 fine, but some argue she may face a less harsh penalty because of her parent’s privileged status

Meanwhile Furay’s dad boasts a long list of conquests over the most hardened drug dealers in Texas.

His record includes successful operations that targeted drug traffickers including ‘Operation Blood Loss’ in 2009 and ‘Operation Agent Orange’ in June 2010.

Operation Agent Orange propelled Bill Furay into the spotlight for its effectiveness.2EE72E8E00000578-3338383-Furay_faces_at_least_three_felony_charges_that_could_result_in_a-a-12_1448813349759

He headed up a narcotics task force from different jurisdictions who staged a massive operation spanning several counties to arrest 60 people allegedly involved in a drug-trafficking ring tied to Mexico’s Sinaloa narcotics cartel, Raw Story reports.

Speaking after the operation Bill Furay said it ‘had decimated the Pineda organization that was operating in our region and responsible for the distribution of numerous pounds of methamphetamine and cocaine nationwide.’

 Having a mom and dad with well-established positions within departments of law enforcement and education certainly doesn’t hurt when it comes to getting your drug-dealing ass out of jail.

 Death and Taxes online magazine

He added: ‘Basically, we’re targeting criminal organizations, gangs, trying to hit them where they live and breathe.’

But he was apparently unaware that his own daughter was dealing drugs.

After her arrest Furay was booked into the Brazos County Jail and was released after spending one day behind bars, posting a $39,000 bond.

His daughter now faces at least three felony charges that could, given the severity of the Texas justice system, result in a maximum sentence of 215 years in prison and a $30,000 fine.

Furay’s mom, who is divorced from her dad and re-married, also holds a prominent position in their community. Shawn Creswell is the principal of the Coulson Tough Elementary School in Woodlands, Death and Taxes reports.

Her privileged status could mean that Furay will not face the harsh penalties doled out to others in her position, who, her dad has spent a lifetime hunting down, Death and Taxes reports.

After the release of her mugshot the 19-year-old was branded ‘an adorable drug kingpin’ and was described as having the ‘happiest mugshot in America’ by The Palm Beach Post.

Furthermore Death and Taxes suggests that ‘having a mom and dad with well-established positions within departments of law enforcement and education certainly doesn’t hurt when it comes to getting your drug-dealing ass out of jail.’

‘Having a mother with strong ties to the community and as a school administrator gives Furay’s attorney the opportunity to argue [the] client as a low flight-risk,’ the publication adds.




A Branson woman facing first-degree murder charges has also been charged with drug possession in an unrelated case.

According to court documents, Brandy B. Shaddox, 37, was arrested Sept. 10 on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine and paraphernalia.564a44e2309aa_image

Shaddox was stopped Sept. 10 by a Missouri Highway Patrolman when the trooper saw a brown 1995 Buick LeSabre with an expired Arkansas registration fail to signal when changing lanes near the Missouri 248 overpass across U.S. 65.

The trooper initiated a traffic stop when Shaddox pulled up to the gas pumps at Rapid Roberts on Branson Landing Boulevard, according to a probable cause statement from the patrol.

Court records show that trooper told Shaddox why he had stopped her and asked her to sit in the front passenger seat of his patrol car. The trooper asked Shaddox if she had any cocaine, marijuana, methamphetamine, paraphernalia or pills that weren’t prescribed to her and she stated that she did not.

According to the report, the trooper asked if he could search Shaddox’ vehicle and her purse that was on top of the trunk of her vehicle, and she said he could.

According to court documents, while searching Shaddox’ purse the trooper found a plastic dugout, disguised as dental floss, containing marijuana residue. The dugout also contained a metallic pipe that had burnt marijuana residue.

Continuing to search Shaddox’ purse, the trooper found a metal spoon with white residue in the bowl of the spoon. When asked what it was Shaddox told the trooper it was morphine. The trooper found an empty square jewelry box in Shaddox’ purse. Underneath the liner he found a bag of what appeared to be methamphetamine.

Court records show when the trooper found the methamphetamine, Shaddox said, “I forgot that was in there. I’ve been looking for that.”

The report states Shaddox was taken to the Taney County Jail where she was processed and released pending the filing of formal charges with the Taney County prosecutor’s office. Those charges were filed Nov. 19, three days after she was charged with abandonment of a corpse.

Shaddox was arrested Nov. 14 in connection with the death of Larry Adams, 72, of Hollister, who was found dead in a car at 330 Hamilton Drive, Walnut Shade. Shaddox is accused of six felonies connected to the death of Adams, including first degree murder, first-degree assault, armed criminal action, kidnapping, felonious restraint, forgery and abandonment of a corpse.

A Highlandville man, Mark T. Bailey, 52, has also been arrested in that case and faces first-degree murder, first-degree assault, armed criminal action, kidnapping and felonious restraint charges.







A La Crosse woman faces multiple felony drug charges in Buffalo County after a traffic stop yielded what authorities described as potentially the largest seizure of methamphetamine following a traffic stop in the county.

Julie M. Dahlby, 32, has an arraignment hearing Dec. 17 in Buffalo County Circuit Court; she was arrested Nov. 14 in Fountain City after she was stopped by a police officer for speeding, according to court records.565a08ef6f45a_image

Fountain City Police Chief Jason Mork said a subsequent search of Dahlby’s vehicle by a sheriff’s K-9 dog turned up 42 grams of methamphetamine, along with assorted quantities of LSD, prescription drugs, cocaine, hallucinogenic mushrooms and marijuana, according to court records. Officers also discovered $1,400 in cash in the vehicle.

It was the biggest traffic stop-related seizure of meth in county history, according to Mork.

The Buffalo County Attorney’s Office filed four felony charges against Dahlby, accusing her of possession with intent to deliver meth, cocaine, LSD and psilocybin mushrooms.

Dahlby has been convicted of a number of minor charges in multiple western Wisconsin counties, including marijuana possession, bail jumping, and obstructing law enforcement officers.







ST. JOSEPH, Mo. – On Friday, November 27th, investigators from the Buchanan County Drug Strike Force seized nearly half a million dollars in methamphetamine from a woman while executing a warrant.

Lisa McLaughlin, 58,  was wanted out of Benton County on stealing and drug related charges. While searching the vehicle, investigators found approximately 380 grams of methamphetamine on McLaughlin.Lisa McLaughlin, 58,

Investigators obtained a warrant for a house located at 2107 S.12th Street where they found an additional 4,450 grams of methamphetamine, or nearly 10 pounds total. The drugs have an approximate street value of $445,000.

Strike Force Investigators are still attempting to identify other potential suspects involved in the case. According to the Buchanan County Sheriff’s department, McLaughlin is facing charges of possession with the intent to distribute.








Several years ago, the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) defined addiction as follows: “…addiction is not about drugs, it’s about brains. It is not the substances a person uses that make them an addict; it is not even the quantity or frequency of use. Addiction is about what happens in a person’s brain when they are exposed to rewarding substances or rewarding behaviors, and it is more about reward circuitry in the brain and related brain structures than it is about the external chemicals or behavior that ‘turns on’ that reward circuitry.”

Forty million Americans age 12 and older have a substance abuse disorder (addiction) involving nicotine, alcohol, or other drugs. That is more than the number of people with diabetes, heart disease, or cancer. Meanwhile, upward of an additional 80 million Americans are risky substance users: those who are not addicted, but use tobacco, alcohol and other drugs in ways that may threaten public health and safety.

On its website, the ASAM characterizes a substance abuse disorder (addiction) as follows:

  • Inability to consistently abstain;
  • Impairment in behavioral control;
  • Craving; or increased “hunger” for drugs or rewarding experiences;
  • Diminished recognition of significant problems with one’s behaviors and interpersonal relationships; and
  • A dysfunctional emotional response.

In 2012 CASAColumbia, a national nonprofit research and policy organization focused on improving the understanding, prevention and treatment of substance use and addiction, published an in-depth report that looked at how people with an addiction are diagnosed and treated in our country. According to the report, “despite the prevalence of addiction, the enormity of its consequences, the availability of effective solutions and the evidence that addiction is a disease, both screening and early intervention for risky substance use are rare, and only about 1 in 10 people with addiction involving alcohol or drugs other than nicotine receive any form of treatment.” —Addiction Medicine: Closing the Gap between Science and Practice

This situation may be changing because of the attention being paid to the current opioid (prescription painkillers and heroin) epidemic.

Using information from the “Gap” report, CASAColumbia dedicated a section of its website to answer questions about addiction as a disease and to dispel myths about its causes and the behavior of people with a substance abuse problem. The following information is from the organization’s website.

Addiction is a complex disease of the brain and body that involves compulsive use of one or more substances despite serious health and social consequences. Addiction disrupts regions of the brain that are responsible for reward, motivation, learning, judgment and memory. It damages various body systems as well as families, relationships, schools, workplaces and neighborhoods.


Addiction is defined as a disease by most medical associations, including the American Medical Association and the American Society of Addiction Medicine. Like diabetes, cancer and heart disease, addiction is caused by a combination of behavioral, environmental and biological factors. Genetic risk factors account for about half of the likelihood that an individual will develop addiction.

Addiction involves changes in the functioning of the brain and body. These changes may be brought on by risky substance use or may pre-exist. If left untreated over time, addiction becomes more severe, disabling and life-threatening.

People feel pleasure when basic needs such as hunger, thirst and sex are satisfied. In most cases, these feelings of pleasure are caused by the release of certain chemicals in the brain. Most addictive substances cause the brain to release high levels of these same chemicals that are associated with pleasure or reward.

Over time, continued release of these chemicals causes changes in the brain systems involved in reward, motivation and memory. When these changes occur, a person may need the substance to feel normal. The individual may also experience intense desires or cravings for the addictive substance and will continue to use it despite the harmful or dangerous consequences. The person will also prefer the drug to other healthy pleasures and may lose interest in normal life activities. In the most chronic form of the disease, addiction can cause a person to stop caring about their own or another’s well-being or survival.

These changes in the brain can remain for a long time, even after the person stops using substances. It is believed that these changes may leave those with addiction vulnerable to physical and environmental cues that they associate with substance use, also known as triggers, which can increase their risk of relapse.

A chronic disease is a long-lasting condition that can be controlled but not cured.

About 25 to 50 percent of people with a substance use problem appear to have a severe, chronic disorder. For them, addiction is a progressive, relapsing disease that requires intensive treatments and continuing aftercare, monitoring and family or peer support to manage their recovery. (This is similar to other chronic healthcare conditions, such as diabetes.)

The good news is that even the most severe, chronic form of the disorder can be manageable and reversible, usually with long-term treatment and continued monitoring and support for recovery.

The initial and early decisions to use substances reflect a person’s free or conscious choice. However, once the brain has been changed by addiction, that choice or willpower becomes impaired. Perhaps the most defining symptom of addiction is a loss of control over substance use.

People with addiction should not be blamed for suffering from the disease. All people make choices about whether to use substances. However, people do not choose how their brain and body respond to drugs and alcohol, which is why people with addiction cannot control their use while others can. People with addiction can still stop using—it’s just much harder than it is for someone who has not become addicted.

People with addiction are responsible for seeking treatment and maintaining recovery. Often they need the help and support of family, friends and peers to stay in treatment and increase their chances of survival and recovery.

Some people think addiction cannot be a disease because it is caused by the individual’s choice to use drugs or alcohol. While the first use (or early stage use) may be by choice, once the brain has been changed by addiction, most experts believe that the person loses control of their behavior.

Choice does not determine whether something is a disease. Heart disease, diabetes, and some forms of cancer involve personal choices like diet, exercise, sun exposure, et cetera. A disease is what happens in the body as a result of those choices.

Others argue that addiction is not a disease because some people with addiction get better without treatment. People with a mild substance use disorder may recover with little or no treatment. People with the most serious form of addiction usually need intensive treatment followed by lifelong management of the disease.



American Society of Addiction Medicine: Definition of Addiction


CASAColumbia: Why Ending Addiction Changes Everything (www.casacolumbia.org)



The author, Dr. Bihari is a pediatrician, chairman of the Falmouth Prevention Partnership, and a member of the Falmouth Public School Health Advisory Committee.




PAW PAW, MI – A Paw Paw couple are facing drug and child abuse charges after their newborn baby tested positive for methamphetamine, authorities said Wednesday.

Van Buren County sheriff’s deputies and narcotics detectives began investigating the 35-year-old man and 25-year-old woman Tuesday after they were contacted by Children’s Protective Services workers at 6:25 p.m. who alleged the couple’s two-day-old baby had tested positive for meth, according to a news release issued by the sheriff’s office.-87d425f80d696117

CPS workers asked deputies to go with them to the couple’s residence in the 51000 block of 35 ½ Street in Paw Paw Township to check on the infant’s welfare.

When deputies and CPS workers arrived at the address, they determined that the baby was not there and was being cared for by another adult at a different residence. After checking on the baby at that separate residence, authorities went back to the house on 35 ½ Street where they spoke to the baby’s mother and father and tried to obtain consent for a search of the residence.

Deputies said the couple would not let investigators into the residence so the a narcotics unit from the sheriff’s office obtained a search warrant.-a6e3cc21d5bacc90

Later, during a search of the house, investigators found six one-pot meth labs, two jars containing suspected meth oil from a one-pot meth lab, marijuana, additional meth-making components and paraphernalia used for smoking meth, according to the news release.

“The items/components/materials used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine were found in various locations and in multiple rooms throughout the residence, including inside of the clothes dryer,” investigators said in the news release.

Deputies said the investigation pertaining to the welfare of the infant is continuing and being handled by CPS.

Sheriff’s detectives, meanwhile, said no arrests were made Tuesday, but the investigation will be submitted for review to the county prosecutor’s office at a later date with requests for charges against the man and woman of operating/maintaining a meth lab, possession of meth, possession of marijuana, maintaining a drug house and child abuse.





Rather than teach her how to cook dinner, Kayla Wilks-Willford’s mother taught her how to inject methamphetamine.

“That’s all she did, so that’s what I wanted to do too, I guess,” Kayla said.

Seven years later, following her most recent visit to jail — from July to October — Kayla said her mind is set on a drug-free future.5654d6671b1dc_image

At 25, Kayla is just learning to lead a stable life, she said. Working full time, washing dishes, making dinner, sleeping in on weekends and restoring a car with her husband, she also is hoping to regain custody of her son, who will turn 3 in January.

“You can change,” she said. “It takes a lot of dedication, devotion and hard work, but it’s so much better being sober and being high on life.”

In two years of living in Franklin County, Kayla discovered how methamphetamine plagues the area. Local authorities say it’s one of the most widely-used illegal drugs, along with marijuana.

Methamphetamine can be smoked, injected, snorted or eaten. Bought from a drug dealer, it comes as crystalline shards or powder commonly known as meth, glass, tweak, crystal, chalk and ice. The drug’s promise of euphoria makes it agonizing for users to quit.

Of the people who try meth, 95 percent become addicts, Rick Geist, Franklin County undersheriff, said. For comparison, five percent of people become alcoholics after drinking alcohol, he said.

“They’ll be the first ones to admit that they can’t get away from it,” Geist said of meth users. “You have no idea the power this has over you.”

Addiction spiral

Wake up, shoot up, sleep, repeat — this seemingly inescapable cycle is most of what Kayla remembers about the first seven years of her adult life.

“Life is so sporadic and crazy,” she said. “It’s like, I can’t even really tell you honestly what I’ve done for the last year and a half.”

Memories of the first night she used the drug, however, are crystal clear.

In a desperate attempt to reconcile with her mother who had just been released after nine years in prison, Kayla stopped trying to be the good one in her family, she said.

She gave in.

Surrounded by her mother and her mother’s friends in a garage in Arkansas, 18-year-old Kayla inhaled from a glass meth pipe. Energy pulsed through her body, making it impossible to sleep, she said.

“You just kind of have to wait until you wind down and, you know, just crash because you can’t go anymore,” she said.

The next time she got high, her mother showed her how to use a syringe to inject the drug’s liquid form straight into the veins of her arm, a method she was told was cleaner.

Statistically, the children of parents struggling with substance abuse are three to four times more at risk for developing their own addictions compared to other children, whether they’re living together or not, according to the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress.

For Kayla, meth rapidly became a remedy for everything — weight loss, an instant social circle and the hope that she’d feel whole having a relationship with her mother.

Staying employed was infeasible, but the meth supply was steady because her parents were dealers, she said.

Kayla was able to get sober and stay on the right track for brief periods, she said, but then something always would tempt her to return.

“Just one more time,” she would try to convince herself.

“One is one too many,” she said. “If you entertain that one craving, then it’s going to trigger and it’s hard to bounce back.”

Addicts yearn for a repeat of their first euphoric episode, known on the streets as “chasing the dragon,” even if that means losing everything — a job, children and a spotless record.

Three years into addiction, in 2011, Kayla went to prison on what she said should have been charges leveled at her mother.

Since Kayla had less of a criminal record, she said, her mother begged her to take the blame for writing fraudulent oxycodone prescriptions because she thought Kayla would get off easier. Instead, the dutiful daughter was sentenced to four years in a Fayetteville, Arkansas, prison.

Compliance in a drug treatment program minimized her time to a little more than a year — until she was transferred to an Oklahoma jail and charged with an earlier offense of seven counts of drug trafficking (also partly her mother’s doing, she said).

Healing recovery

On the day of her release about two years later, Kayla said, she was kicked out in the cold with only a few belongings stored in a plastic bag.

“It wasn’t a good thing to me,” she said. “I was scared to death. It wasn’t like I had planned for it or anything. I almost questioned it like, ‘Do I have to go? Because I don’t have anywhere to go.’”

She went to work in Little Rock, Arkansas, where she met her husband, Dan Willford, who had grown up in Pomona. Soon after, they moved to Ottawa.

Drugs didn’t enter her veins again until almost a year later when life proved challenging.

She got high. She even got high with Dan, who was a consistent on-and-off user. But in her sobriety today, she said he’s her biggest advocate.

Support is essential in any addict’s recovery, addiction specialists say. At Celebrate Recovery, a faith-based nationwide program organized 7 p.m. Thursdays at Ottawa Community Church, 824 W. 17th St., Kayla and Dan said they’ve found a community. Group leaders share their own stories of alcoholism, domestic abuse and even losing family members to addiction.

“Nobody dreams about being an addict as a child,” Lesa Liggett, one of the support group’s leaders who lost her son to drug addiction, said.

The purpose of meeting is to unearth the root of the pain — hurts, hangups and habits — that often lead to addiction. Unlike Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, Celebrate Recovery’s 12 steps are centered on Bible verses.

“We give it all to God,” Sherry Lewis, another group leader, said. “He’s the one who can heal you on the spot.”

Lewis, who helped relaunch the program two years ago, said she hopes to welcome more people by playing host to an informational movie night early next year. In envisioning the community’s future, she said, there have even been conversations about organizing year-long living accommodations where people like Kayla can start over.

Renewed family focus

Kayla has been consecutively sober for almost four months in tandem with her mother, who checked herself into a year-long rehab facility, she said. But that change only came after Kayla told her mother she was prepared to cut ties.

“I just pretty much wrote my feelings on paper and told her … ‘When I get out, if you’re not clean and you’re not doing something better with your life, then you might as well just consider that you don’t have a daughter anymore,’” Kayla said. “Two or three weeks later, I got a letter from her saying that, you know, my letter had really changed her heart.”

Kayla said her mother wants to be a family again and to see her grandson, who is in the care of Dan’s parents in Pomona.

The anger she holds toward her mother for choosing drugs gives her even more incentive to change and set a positive example to help ensure her son doesn’t walk the same road, she said.

“She didn’t, so that’s why I need to,” Kayla said.

Kayla and Dan see their son for one supervised hour every week at KVC Behavioral Healthcare, 416 S. Main St. No. 2, Ottawa, only after they’re drug tested and shown to be clean and sober, she said.

KVC Behavioral Healthcare serves children and families in the Kansas City metro and eastern regions. KVC provides ongoing case management, therapy, family education and support, as well as transportation and aftercare services.

In 2014, KVC supported 5,003 Kansas children who had experienced abuse, neglect or other challenges that resulted in their removal from the home, according to a 2015 annual report.

Eventually, Kayla and Dan’s KVC visits will be unsupervised, she said, then their son will live with them on weekends and finally for a 30-day at-home trial period before fully reintegrating him into their newly stable lives.

“My love … my life,” she said in the caption of a recent photo with him posted to Facebook Monday.

Rebound or bust

Part of rebuilding her life means stable work, but the re-employment process provides challenges for felons. Kayla said she started last week at the American Eagle distribution center, 1301 N. Davis Avenue, Ottawa, because she was fired from a different job when they completed her background check. She and Dan both wonder how are people supposed to change if they aren’t given the chance, she said.

“You can’t get a job, so you might as well get high with your buddy,” Dan said.

If she ever had the hankering again, Kayla said, she could simply walk through her backyard to a house where she once was buying methamphetamine. Dan said there’s a house like that on nearly every block.

“Within walking distance you could go, any time, day or night,” Dan said.

But Kayla said she doesn’t need to be high to feel happy anymore.

At the gas station, when she has seen former friends high, she said it both disgusts her and breaks her heart.

“I’m sure I looked like that, but I don’t look like that anymore,” Kayla said. “I don’t want anybody to ever look at me in that state ever again.”

Though the drug-induced paranoia has faded, Kayla said she worries every day that her spotty criminal record will give law enforcement a reason to level suspicion and pin her as a drug addict.

“No matter where we go, if we get pulled over, I’m probably going to jail for something because they’re going to find a reason,” she said.

To someone who isn’t strong in their recovery, Kayla said, a thoughtless or judgmental comment like, “What’ve you got on you that’s gonna stick me this time?” could trigger the person to feel unworthy of change.

If Franklin County wants to be successful in its fight against drugs, she said, it will take the whole community — law enforcement, the court system, outreach teams and people who have never touched drugs — treating drug addicts as people who need help.

“You have to start with the people,” she said “You can’t just stop the meth.”






JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – A woman who went to sell her clothes at a Jonesboro resale shop should have checked her pockets more closely.

Just before 2:30 p.m. Tuesday police were called to Plato’s Closet, 2100 Red Wolf Blvd., after an employee reported finding a meth pipe in a bag of clothing.

According to the incident report, the suspect brought in the clothes to sell.

Workers took the clothes to the back of the store where they found a plastic container inside a cardboard box.

Inside the box, according to the report, was a “glass pipe with a burnt end on it commonly used to smoke meth.”

An employee attempted to stall the suspect while another called police; but the suspect “became impatient” and left in a white Ford Explorer.







November 30th is National Meth Awareness Day. Detective John Higgins of the Kennett Police Department was willing to take the time to talk a little about his experience in combatting the drug problem in the Bootheel.

According to Higgins, methamphetamine is the second largest problem in this region. ” For ninety percent of people that have a true meth addiction, it is a life wrecker. They put everything they hold near and dear on the back burner to get the fix.”2488804-L

One of the saddest stories that he has encountered during his nearly 20 years career as an investigator is the story of a young woman in Randolph County that was involved in a car accident. “She had three young children in the car with her. After the accident she was found walking several miles down the road and had several ounces of methamphetamine on her. She had left her children in the car. When people say that nothing can break the bond between mother and child, meth is the one drug that can,” explained Higgins. “I use this story a lot when I go an talk to schools.”

In his experience, Higgins says that he has never once seen anyone just selling the drug to make money; they are trying to support a drug habit.

There is hope for those that have an addiction to the drug although it is so highly addictive that one use can oftentimes lead to a downward spiral.

“If the person wants help, that is the first step,” said Higgins. “Although it is rare to see someone to seek help on his or her own. They usually have to hit rock bottom before they receive help. At that point it is usually court ordered, and the person oftentimes does not want help, they are just going through the motions.”

He said that he has seen dozens of death that are in some way related to the use of the drug whether it be a car accident, homicide, or drug overdose.

There has been a change in the demographics on who uses what drugs. Now cocaine in any form is nearly obsolete and the current issue they are facing is a problem with Mexican ice that Hispanics are bringing in from Old Mexico.

Southeast Missouri took a major hit when the funding was cut for the Bootheel Drug Task Force. Some of that reason was because due to the fact that legislation took stringent measures and passed laws that made it more difficult for meth cooks to purchase ingredients they used to make meth. It was called the Nazi method and included such ingredients as cold pills containing the ingredient pseudoephedrine and anhydrous ammonia, which is a chemical used by farmers. Laws limiting the amount of certain cold medications were passed and co-ops began putting ingredients in the anhydrous ammonia that made it impossible to be used for making meth. These clandestine labs are now nearly obsolete and meth cooks now use a shake and bake method.

Without the Bootheel task force, investigators continue to fight the war on drugs, but with limited resources.

“The task force enabled us to follow a case wherever it went. We followed cases to Houston, Chicago, and Atlanta. We were allowed the leeway to continue the investigation as needed. It was a huge loss that funding was cut so drastically.”

There is some light at the end of the tunnel and sometimes there are success stories involving people who were deeply entrenched in that sort of lifestyle. “I attend church with an individual who was about as deeply entrenched in the life as deeply as anyone could be. He is an awesome person. He said that he was not only using, but making and transporting. One day when he was transporting the drug, the Hwy patrol got after him. In that moment he literally saw the grim reaper after him and knew that he would either die from using the drug, or get shot by the police while transporting. He changed his life completely after that experience,”said Higgins.

No matter what the laws are and in spite of the fact that they lost the valuable resource of the Bootheel Task Force, Higgins made this simple, yet powerful statement. ” We will continue to fight the war on drugs with what resources that we have.”

 TWIN FALLS • Six people inside a Twin Falls motel room were arrested and arraigned on drug charges ranging from misdemeanor frequenting to felony possession with intent to deliver.56563098b398a_image56563098e8095_image

Christopher Daniel Maddox, 43, and Russell Eugene Andreen, 23, both of Twin Falls face the most serious charges of felony possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver; Maddox also faces two more felony drug charges, while Andreen faces two other misdemeanor drug charges.

Sumor Myrene Handcock, 36, of Twin Falls and Teresa Bennet, 34, of Burley are each charged with one count of felony possession of a controlled substance.

Alan Mark Kosek, 22, of Buhl and T’Grae James LaVerne Dotson, 24, of Twin Falls are each charged with one misdemeanor count of frequenting a place where drugs are being used.

Twin Falls police responded to the Motel 6 on Blue Lakes Boulevard for a complaint about a large number of people coming in and out of a room there about 2:15 p.m. Monday, a police report said. Hotel staff told police the room was rented by Handcock, and police discovered that Handcock had a warrant for her arrest.

Three officers went to the room, arrested Handcock on her warrant and then searched the room, court documents said. The officers found several other people in the room, including three men hiding in the bathroom.

During the search police found a syringe in Maddox’s pocket, court records showed. Police also found a cell phone belonging to Maddox with several text messages in which Maddox was making arrangements to sell drugs.

A backpack belonging to Andreen held two used syringes, two digital scales, a glass pipe with drug residue, a bent spoon with drug residue and 60 clear, plastic baggies that were empty, court documents showed. The backpack also held two plastic baggies with methamphetamine and one plastic baggie with marijuana.

Officers also found methamphetamine in Bennett’s purse and bags of methamphetamine and pills lying on a bed, court records showed.

Kosek and Dotson are being held in Twin Falls County Jail in lieu of $500 bond, and pretrial conferences for both men are scheduled for January.

Maddox is being held in lieu of $15,000 bond, while the other three who were charged with felonies are being held in lieu of $5,000 bond; all four are scheduled for preliminary hearings Dec. 4.







Hamilton County (WTVC) — The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department arrested a U.S. Postal employee while on duty Thursday, and charged him with possession of heroin, methamphetamine and assorted drug paraphernalia.2afce9de-80bc-4bf3-9a01-8eba3803aa40-large16x9_GaryLeeThompson

HCSD Spokesman Matt Lea says after a several month investigation, agents from the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General and Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics and Special Operations Division arrested 50-year-old Gary Lee Thompson of Ooltewah.

Lea says deputies arrested Thompson in his postal truck on Tuesday in the parking lot of the Christ United Methodist Church on Brainerd Road, just before he tried to inject himself with what agents believed to be heroin.

Authorities with the U.S. Postal Service Inspector General say, “The vast majority of the 600,000 postal employees nationwide are honest, hard-working individuals who would never engage in such conduct. Special agents with the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General (USPS OIG) aggressively investigate allegations that involve postal employees putting the safety of the general public at risk, as in this case. The USPS OIG is grateful to the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department for working with us to bring this matter to a quick resolution.”

A search of Thompson’s truck yielded a small amount of heroin and methamphetamine.

Thompson was booked into the Hamilton County Jail on various possession charges.