EL CENTRO- U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a suspected drug smuggler at the Greyhound bus station on Monday and seized more than 2 pounds of methamphetamine estimated to be worth more than $67,000 found hidden in an overhead luggage bin, according to a press release.

Around 7:15 a.m., agents were questioning a suspicious 25-year-old woman who was in an outgoing bus during a transportation check.

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The woman, a U.S. citizen who sometimes lives in Mexicali, was nervous and couldn’t answer the agents’ questions.

She gave permission for her luggage to be searched, and a search of her luggage uncovered six plastic-wrapped, baton-like objects containing methamphetamine.

Authorities arrested the woman, and she was transported to the El Centro station for processing.

 

 

 

 

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Officer Neitherutt was patrolling NewPark Mall on a bike Saturday when he encountered April Hope, 38, and Jahan Kaccem, 43.

Kaccem was arrested on multiple outstanding warrants and lying to a police officer about his identity. Hope was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. The amount of meth they had is unclear, according to Newark Police Commander Michael Carroll. He said the officer used a chemical test similar to a litmus paper test to determine that the substance was methamphetamine. The meth was sent to a lab get weighed.

 

 

 

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Two women were arrested on Tuesday when police raided a drugs factory in Meyerton, in the Vaal Triangle, said a spokesman.

Acting on a tip-off, the crime intelligence gathering and K9 units raided the premises at 4.45pm, said Captain Augustinah Selepe.

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They found large quantities of chemicals, buckets and flasks used to produce cat (methcathinone) and meths (methamphetamine).

Two women, aged 38 and 41, were arrested on the premises. They would appear soon in court.

Selepe said the house apparently belonged to an elderly couple on holiday in Cape at the moment.

She said the drugs found were thought to be worth about R1 million on the street and that more arrests were expected.

 

 

 

http://www.thenewage.co.za/115739-1009-53-Police_raid_drugs_factory_in_Meyerton

 

 

A Eunice man and an Avoyelles Parish woman are in jail today in Eunice, charged with operating a clandestine drug laboratory.

Arrested on that charge and a second charge of possession of drug paraphernalia are Sean Babineaux, 25, of 100 Crestview Loop, Apt. 204, and Jamie Herrman, 19, of 3573 La. Highway 107 in Plaucheville.

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According to Eunice Deputy Police Chief Varden Guillory Sr., the pair were arrested after police received a tip that someone was manufacturing methamphetamine in an unit at the Windcrest Apartments in Eunice.

“Upon arrival, officers noticed the chemical smell and fumes as they stood near the door. Officers then knocked, and the door was opened by Jamie Herrman, who allowed officers to enter,” Guillory said.

He said the officers then observed Babineaux exiting the bathroom.

“Both were detained and advised of the complaint. Babineaux admitted to manufacturing the methamphetamine,” Guillory said.

He said a search of the apartment turned up equipment and ingredients used in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

As the chemicals are highly explosive, he said the fire department was notified to come to the scene as a precaution.

“The apartment was then cleaned and processed by trained individuals due to the hazardous nature of the materials,” Guillory said.

The pair currently are being held on $26,500 bonds.

 

 

 

 

http://www.dailyworld.com/article/20140108/NEWS01/301070013/Pair-accused-making-meth-Eunice

 

A United States senior citizen is being held in custody in Auckland after Customs allegedly found methamphetamine valued at up to $6 million in the lining of his suitcase.

The 72-year-old man appeared in the Manukau District Court today charged with importing about 6.2 kilograms of methamphetamine or “P” with a street value between $3m to $6m into the country late last year. He will remain in custody until his next scheduled appearance in March.

Customs investigations manager Maurice O’Brien said the man was questioned by customs officers when he arrived in Auckland from Bangkok on December 28.

He was arrested after officers found 6.2kg of a white crystalline substance concealed in the lining of his suitcase. The substance tested positive for methamphetamine.

O’Brien said it appeared criminal syndicates were targeting older people to carry significant amounts of drugs across borders.

Two other US nationals, aged 70 and 55, were arrested and charged with importing methamphetamine into Australia last week.

A 68-year-old Auckland man was arrested in November after he arrived from Papua New Guinea carrying 1.5kg of methamphetamine concealed inside two bags.

The maximum penalty for importing class A controlled drugs into New Zealand is life imprisonment.

 

 

 

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/9588841/Meth-worth-6m-found-in-mans-suitcase

 

 

MCCRACKEN COUNTY, KY (KFVS)- A McCracken County couple was arrested after a methamphetamine investigation.

Robert Buck, 47, was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of meth and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Patricia Branham, 46, was charged with possession of meth and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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Both were taken to the McCracken County Regional Jail.

According to the McCracken County Sheriff’s Department, deputies received a tip January 5 from a concerned citizen. The tipster said that residents of a trailer in the Beltline trailer park were making meth. The tip was passed along to the McCracken County Sheriff’s Department Drug Division.

On Jan. 6, detectives looked into the tip. During the investigation, they identified the residents at the trailer park as Robert Buck and Patricia Branham.

During a search of the home, detectives found numerous items used to make meth, as well as multiple items of meth paraphernalia. They say it was determined that Buck had been buying Sudafed to cook meth, and had been making meth himself.

 

 

 

 

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Sapulpa and Tulsa Police joined together to arrest a Tulsa male on several complaints including kidnapping after serving a warrant at a motel where they found 12 grams of methamphetamine on West Skelly Drive early Saturday morning.
Booking records showed Brandon Pigeon, age 31, is facing formal felony charges for possession of methamphetamine, convicted felon in possession of a firearm, possession of paraphernalia, domestic abuse that resulted in great bodily harm, and kidnapping.
Police records showed Patrolman Derrick Clayton was dispatched to a motel on at 1:15 a.m. to assist the Tulsa Police Department with serving a warrant.
Clayton made contact with Tulsa Officers Angela Bax, Kip VanHoozer, Dean Montgomery and  Matt Hart. They told Clayton they were investigating a felony domestic assault and battery and kidnapping. They told Clayton that the suspect, identified as Pigeon, was staying at a room in the hotel.The victim had told Tulsa Police Department the room was registered in her name and signed a search waiver for it.
As the officers approached the room Pigeon opened the door and was immediately placed in custody as officers searched the room.
Clayton said as soon as he entered in to the room he saw several small, clear plastic baggies lying on the bed.
Officers also located a glass pipe containing burnt residue lying in a chair. Police recovered approximately 12 grams of a crystal like substance from the bathroom trash. The substance field tested positive for methamphetamine.
Officers also found digital scales under the mattress. Pigeon was read his rights and agreed to speak to officers.
Pigeon told officers that the substance was methamphetamine and was considered to be “high-grade.”
Pigeon said he was selling meth to make money, because he could not find a job.
Pigeon admitted to being in a dating relationship with the victim and said she was pregnant with his son.
Pigeon confessed that he hit and slapped the victim on numerous occasions, but did not know what he was doing because he was “high on meth.”
Pigeon said he did not remember all the details, but he did point a gun at the victim’s stomach and “dry fired” it. Pigeon said he told her he was going to kill her, the baby and himself.
Pigeon also admitted to owning a knife and had assaulted her with it. Pigeon said he could not remember strangling her but he was high and had been up for a four day period.
Police recovered a Smith and Wesson 9mm handgun.
Officers said the victim had strangulation marks around her neck, her left ear was severely bruised, had lacerations on her legs, and had bruising to her left arm. She told officers she had wanted to leave and asked Pigeon if she could leave, but he would not let her.
Pigeon was transported to the Sapulpa Police Department.
According to court records Pigeon has plead guilty or been convicted of multiple charges starting in 2002 including breaking and entering, larceny from a retailer, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, unlawful purchasing of Pseudoephedrine, and possession of drugs in a jail in Okmulgee, Seminole and Tulsa Counties.
As of press time Pigeon is in custody at the Tulsa County Jail on bonds totaling $130,250.

 

 

 

 

http://www.sapulpaheraldonline.com/articles/2014/01/07/news/doc52cc3cdb8ffe9277327300.txt

 

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Two people were arrested after police uncovered a meth lab in an attic above a North Ridgeville woman’s garage.

Conni Miller, 27, was taken into custody on outstanding warrants from North Ridgeville and Avon police, and Robert Reed, 37, was taken into custody on drug paraphernalia charges.

A woman called police to 33124 Glenwood Court Monday morning and reported that she believed someone might be living in the attic above her garage.

Police discovered Miller, who they determined had been living in the attic for about a week. Reed, who lives at the home with his parents, had been hiding Miller in the attic without his parents’ knowledge, according to police.

Officers discovered indications that crystal methamphetamine was being manufactured in the garage. When the Detective Bureau and Lorain County Drug Task Force were called to the scene, it was determined that there was an active methamphetamine lab in the attic area as well as several components for manufacturing methamphetamine in the garage.

The lab was removed with the assistance of the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigations mobile response team.

Reed was found to be in possession of items used for smoking methamphetamine.

The investigation into the lab is ongoing.

 

 

 

http://www.wkyc.com/story/news/crime/2014/01/06/meth-lab-ridgeville/4350683/

 

 

BOISE — Four people have been charged with drug trafficking after Ada County Sheriff’s deputies seized more than 200 grams of methamphetamine at a west Boise home last week.

Devin Ponte, 27, Caley Proctor, 25, Joyce Richardson, 29, and Jeremy Courtade, 38, are all charged with felony counts of trafficking in methamphetamine.

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Charges are pending against a fifth suspect, 29-year-old Douglas Langley, who was arrested Monday for a parole violation.  Police found a semi-automatic pistol and just under five grams of meth inside his car.

Detectives began their investigation in November after learning that drugs were being sold at a home in the 3200 block of S. Featherly Way, which is near Maple Grove and Victory roads.

During a search of the home, officers found at least eight guns and 145 grams of meth.

A search of Courtade’s pickup truck also found nearly a half pound of marijuana and 55 grams of meth.

Langley will make his initial court appearance Tuesday afternoon.

The other four have preliminary hearings set for later this month.

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.ktvb.com/news/crime/Deputies-make-meth-related-arrests-in-W-Boise-239147551.html

COLUMBIA COUNTY, Fla. – Two arrests were made during a methamphetamine lab investigation by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office detectives Tuesday afternoon.

Detectives with the Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force discovered the lab during an investigation of a residence in the 1200 block of NW Ashley Street in Lake City at about 2:30 p.m. The hazardous meth lab material was dismantled and removed from a shed in the backyard by the Drug Task Force while the Lake City Fire Department and Lifeguard ambulance personnel assisted.

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Ashley Nicole Tanner, 23, and Nicholas Hampton Cason, 32, were charged with manufacture of methamphetamine. According to a CCSO press release, the investigation is ongoing and more charges are pending at this time.

 

 

 

 

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Bonneau police arrested two suspects early Saturday after a meth lab was discovered in a traffic stop, authorities said.

According to Police Chief Franco Fuda, officers pulled over a black Dodge Charger around 3:50 a.m. The car was driven by William Clifford Casselman, 42, of Main Street, Fuda said. Destry Sweatman, 49, was identified as a passenger. Both suspects are of Bonneau, Fuda said.

Authorities searched the car and found a meth lab, he said.

Casselman and Sweatman were charged with possession of methamphetamine, attempt to manufacture methamphetamine, manufacture of methamphetamine within a half mile of a public park and playground, simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, Fuda said.

Casselman received an additional charge of failure to use a turn signal. He was out on bail regarding a previous arrest by Berkeley County sheriff’s deputies on Dec. 9. In that incident, Casselman was charged with possession of methamphetamine and attempt to manufacture the drug, Fuda said.

St. Stephen police and sheriff’s deputies assisted authorities in the most recent arrests. State Law Enforcement Division agents were notified of the incident and the meth lab was secured, Fuda said.

Casselman was held at the Berkeley County jail in lieu of a $222,933 bail, Fuda said. Sweatman was also held in lieu of a $122,933 bail, he said.

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Walter Jack White, 53, said dealing wasn’t part of his character — his dealer  made him do it. The judge said, ‘Thirty two-and-a-half pounds of methamphetamine  coupled with guns and violence is about as serious as you can get.’

Montana man who got into a shootout with his son over a drug dispute was  sentenced Monday to more than 12 years behind bars, authorities said.

Walter Jack White, 53, got nine years for meth possession and  three-and-a-half years for a firearms conviction, local media report.

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Authorities discovered that White was part of a drug trafficking ring after  his son, Brandon Jay Joseph  White, shot him over a $10,000 drug debt in his driveway last January, the Billings Gazette reported.

Officers searched White’s home to reveal that he allegedly brought roughly  32 pounds of methamphetamine to the town of Billings and the Bakken oil fields,  the local paper said.

White was arrested in March.

“He ended up getting shot by his son,” the judge said. “Thirty  two-and-a-half pounds of methamphetamine coupled with guns and violence is about  as serious as you can get.”

White begged forgiveness in court and insisted that drug-dealing was not  part of his character. He said he got addicted and the pushers refused to let  him go.

He pleaded guilty to possession of meth for distribution and to possessing  two firearms. But — as part of a plea agreement — the judge dismissed a third  charge of conspiracy, according to local media.

Brandon Jay Joseph White, 23, was arrested and charged with two counts of  assault with a weapon and tampering with evidence. He pleaded not guilty, the Billings Gazette reported.

White told the court that his meth supplier was Tomas Alvarado, of Turlock,  Calif. He was sentenced to 30 years in prison for his part in the drug  trafficking ring.

 

 

 

 

 

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Two Oregon diners were cuffed on drug charges after they left a waitress an  envelope full of methamphetamine as a tip.

Ryan Bensen, 40, of Beaverton, and Erica Manley, 37, of Cascade Locks, were  having drinks early Friday morning at the Twisted Fish in Seaside when they left  a gift card to cover the tab — and a bunch of meth as gratuity.

The shocked waitress called police about 1 a.m. when she found the white  crystalline powder, Seaside Police Chief Robert Gross told the Daily News.

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Erica Manley of Cascade Locks, Ore.,  was found to have more meth in her purse after she and Ryan Bensen were cuffed  for leaving an envelope filled with the drug for their cocktail waitress.

“I think the waitress was stunned and probably offended that somebody would  think she was a user of a methamphetamine,” Gross said.

Responding officers recognized the drug as meth and placed both patrons  under arrest, Gross said. A subsequent search of Manley’s purse uncovered even  more of the drug.

Cops searched the couple’s car and motel room and found more meth and items  used to make the highly addictive drug.

The waitress at Twisted Fish in Seaside, Ore., realized two patrons had left what appeared to be meth as a her tip, and she called the cops.

The waitress at Twisted Fish in  Seaside, Ore., realized two patrons had left what appeared to be meth as a her  tip, and she called the cops.

Both were booked on charges of possession of methamphetamine and manufacture  of methamphetamine, while Manley faces an additional charge of delivery of  methamphetamine.

They’re both being held at the Clatsop County Jail awaiting arraignment.

Gross praised the waitress for “making the call to police and saying ‘no’ to  more methamphetamine in our community.”

“It speaks volumes of the business community doing their part” to stop the  drug’s spread in the small town, about 80 miles from Portland, Gross said.

 

 

 

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A SYDNEY woman has pleaded guilty to smoking methamphetamine from a glass pipe at a Maryborough motel – allegedly to help her lose weight.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Chris Elder told the Maryborough Magistrates Court police went to the Lamington Hotel on November 26, where Dan Li admitted to smoking 0.1 grams of ice.

“She stated she got the ice from Sydney,” Sgt Elder said.

The court heard the woman told police she smoked the drug to lose weight, as that’s what all her friends in Sydney did.

The woman’s lawyer, Travis George, said his client had no prior convictions.

The 41-year-old was fined $550 and was ordered to surrender the pipe.

No conviction was recorded.

 

 

 

 

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Deputies found a methamphetamine lab dump site Saturday, according to a Warren County Sheriff’s Office news release.

Deputies responded to a complaint of meth lab-related trash at 4:17 p.m. Saturday in the 800 block of Duncan Road near Drakes Creek, the release stated.

A deputy trained in clandestine labs investigated and cleaned up the dump site, according to the release.

The Bowling Green-Warren County Drug Task Force assisted WCSO. The investigation is ongoing.

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.bgdailynews.com/for_the_record/police_news/deputies-investigate-meth-lab-dump-site/article_5a5b33c0-1a1b-5bda-90b0-e5e70c72f080.html

 

A Marion woman was charged with three felony drug offenses after authorities discovered a stash of meth and pot in her home, according to a report released Monday by the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office.

Capt. Shanon Smith, of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office, charged Holly Rose Suttle, 30, of Sugar Hill Road in Marion, with one felony count each of possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine, trafficking in methamphetamine and maintaining a place to keep a controlled substance.

 

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On Dec. 10, McDowell County sheriff’s deputies, Marion police officers, N.C. Highway Patrol troopers, N.C. State Bureau of Investigation agents and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents went to Suttle’s home to arrest a man wanted in a federal narcotics investigation.

Smith said they observed controlled substances inside the residence and obtained a search warrant. They seized 29 grams of methamphetamine and two ounces of marijuana.

Suttle is in custody in lieu of a $30,000 bond.

 

 

 

http://www.mcdowellnews.com/news/article_7540869c-7720-11e3-b046-0019bb30f31a.html

 

 

LAWRENCE COUNTY, AR (KAIT) – A Cherokee Village man pulled over for a traffic violation is now behind bars on drug charges.

According to Lawrence County Sheriff Jody Dotson, David Adams, 37, was pulled over on January 2 by Black Rock police.

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Adams told police he did not have anything illegal in his possession. A K9 unit with the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department was called to the scene and ran a check on the car.

The K9 alerted police and officers found meth, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia.

Adams was charged with possession of meth, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and some traffic violations.

He was taken to Lawrence County Jail where he awaits a bond hearing.

 

 

 

 

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A record-breaking amount of meth was seized in South Dakota last year.

Authorities confiscated nearly 80 pounds of the drug through December 1, 2013. That shatters the old record of 48 pounds set in 2012.

The increase is largely due to the popularity of the one-pot method of making the dangerous drug.

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“Technology has allowed the process to be much more simple and easier to manufacture with lesser amounts. Often times someone in the personal use of methamphetamine is also involved in manufacturing for that personal use,” South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley said.

Sioux Falls found many meth cooks in 2013 using this method of combining the cold medicine pseudoephedrine, fertilizer and lithium from batteries in pop bottles to make the drug.

Jackley says the popularity of this process combined with an increased effort by law enforcement resulted in South Dakota seeing a record amount of meth arrests and seizures in 2013.

“It is also attributable to the increased use of methamphetamine; that if it’s easier to make, it’s easier to have access to it,” Jackley said.

Jackley wants to make it harder for meth users to make the drug, so he’s proposing legislation that will set up a new electronic database to track the sale of pseudoephedrine. Right now, some South Dakota pharmacies track purchases on paper through monthly logs, but the method has proven to be ineffective as meth numbers spike.

“I think we saw those numbers drop the first few years after the law was passed (to track pseudoephedrine purchases) but now we’re steadily seeing an increase. So I think pharmacists feel we have a responsibility to react to that,” South Dakota Pharmacists Association Executive Director Sue Schaefer said.

Officials hope an electronic system called National Precursor Log Exchange, or NPLex, could help catch offenders in the act because as meth cooks go from store to store to buy the two boxes of pseudoephedrine allowed per transaction under South Dakota law, their name would already be in the system.

“They’ll know in real time whether they’ve already accessed another drug store in the neighborhood,” Schaefer said.

And by tracking purchases more quickly, authorities hope they can cut down the record-breaking meth numbers.

North Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa are three of the 29 states that are already tracking purchases electronically.

Jackley says drug companies will pay for the system. He plans to propose the changes during the upcoming legislative session that starts next week.

 

 

 

 

http://www.keloland.com/newsdetail.cfm/record-sd-meth-numbers-prompt-proposal/?id=158345

 

Former NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield was convicted of possession of stolen goods and possession of drug paraphernalia in Catawba County Court on Monday.

Mayfield’s 45-day sentence was suspended, and he was instead placed on unsupervised probation for 18 months. He was also ordered to pay $88,124.41 in restitution to victims and $1,100 in fines and other costs, according to a press release from prosecutors.

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In a statement, District Attorney James Gaither said the sentence was in part due to the death of one of the state’s key witnesses “and the likely result should these cases have been presented to a jury without this witness.”

Mayfield’s problems started in 2009, when he was suspended by NASCAR, which said he twice tested positive for methamphetamine use. He has denied illegal drug use, but after two appeals the suspension was upheld.

Mayfield was charged criminally after a Nov. 1 police raid at his house turned up stolen property.

Authorities say they found heavy machinery stolen from nearby companies and equipment taken from a racing operation.

Mayfield and his wife were evicted from the house in November 2012 after the home went into foreclosure.

In December, firefighters in Catawba burned the 12,000-square-foot mansion as part of a practice drill.

Mayfield drove in 433 Sprint Cup races over 16 years. He had five victories.

STORM LAKE, Iowa | Eighteen people have been arrested as part of a series investigations into drug sales in Storm Lake.

Arrests were made Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Details were released Monday.

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Arrested on felony charges were:

– Kevin Yang, 20, and Doun Yang, 22, of Storm Lake, for felony possession with intent to deliver marijuana and felony failure to affix a drug tax stamp.

– Raul Martinez-Lozano, 35, of Storm Lake, for three felony counts of delivery of cocaine and felony ongoing criminal conduct.

– Macdonald Hoskins, 31, of Storm Lake, for felony counts of possession of heroin – third offense and possession of methadone, and a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.

– Heidi Sippel, 38, of Galva, Iowa, for felony counts of conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and possession of pseudoephedrine.

– Bryan Brock, 32, of Schaller, Iowa; Mindy Baughman, 28, and Taylor Maschino, 32, of Fort Dodge, Iowa; Shane Schimmer, 39, of Ida Grove, Iowa; Dennis Franzmeier, 54, of Newell, Iowa; and Casey Beckman, 35, Odebolt, Iowa, for felony counts of conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and possession of pseudoephedrine.

– Adam Taylor, 26, of Schaller, Iowa, for felony conspiracy to deliver psilocybin mushrooms.

– Amber Apolito, 23, of Alta, Iowa, for felony delivery of psilocybin mushrooms.

– Stephen Campbell, 40, of Odebolt, Iowa, for felony conspiracy to deliver methamphetamine.

Three others, Albernard Clinton Jr., 20, Josue Garcia, 21, and Edward Fowler, 31, all of Storm Lake, were arrested on misdemeanor charges, and Bouasone Sihachak, 35, of Storm Lake, was arrested for a probation violation.

Police seized 2.25 pounds of marijuana packaged for street sales, cash, drug paraphernalia and a vehicle believed to be used in the transportation of drugs, officials said.

 

 

 

http://siouxcityjournal.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/arrested-in-storm-lake-drug-sweep/article_d99a4a47-c875-578d-b7b7-d69a46eac8fa.html

 

 

The Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force began a  concentrated effort to curb meth production in the state early in 2013

Tennessee law enforcement has been  targeting methamphetamine like never before. In 2013 police investigated 1,504  meth labs, the second most in the country. The investigation and crackdown on  meth production looks to continue to be a high priority in the coming year.  Tennessee Bureau of Investigation chief Mark Gwyn recently notified the governor  at a budget meeting that the state may soon become the nation’s leading meth  producer and may also soon have the most meth busts of any state.

The Tennessee Methamphetamine Task  Force began a concentrated effort to curb meth production in the state early in  2013. While police may not reach the estimated 2,000 meth busts anticipated at  the beginning of the year, there is no denying that there has been significant  focus on reducing the number of labs in the state.

In addition to the police response,  several cities in Tennessee have made cold medicines that contain  pseudoephedrine available by prescription only. This likely violates state law,  Attorney General Bob Cooper recently wrote in a legal opinion. State law  provides that the regulation of products containing source ingredients for  methamphetamine is the job of the state general assembly, he noted. However, the  cities have no plans to repeal these laws and many maintain that they are valid.  The attorney general’s opinion does not automatically invalidate these measures.  The cities modeled these laws based on similar mandates in Missouri cities,  which then saw a decrease in the production of the drug.

The General Assembly passed a law in  2011 requiring that pharmacists keep a meth offender registry. Pharmacists can  refuse to sell cough medicine with pseudoephedrine to anyone with a meth  conviction within the last seven years and should have a list readily available  to consult. However, not all people with meth convictions are currently on the  registry.

Also at the state level, when the  General Assembly reconvenes in January it will have legislation to consider that  would hold parents accountable for having meth in the presence of children. Even  if the child does not show any apparent injury from exposure, the parents could  be charged with child abuse or neglect if meth is around a child.

Meth charges in Tennessee

In Tennessee, the penalties associated  with methamphetamine possession or distribution charges can be serious. Sentencing depends on  a variety of factors, including amount, whether there was intent to sell and  previous convictions. However, even a first-time meth possession conviction can  carry devastating consequences. As a result, those facing meth charges of any  type should seek the counsel of an experienced criminal defense attorney to  discuss their legal options and protect their rights in the legal system.

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On Saturday, Jan. 04, at about 7 a.m., the Paso Robles Special Enforcement Team served a narcotics related search warrant in the 1500 block of Via Arroyo in the City of Paso Robles.

During the search of the residence 1 gram of methamphetamine, prescription pills, 10 grams of marijuana, scales, indicia of packaging for sales of narcotics, and drug paraphernalia were seized.

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Helen Kim Record, 47, of Paso Robles, was arrested and later booked into the San Luis Obispo County jail after the execution of the search warrant. She was arrested for felony possession of a controlled substance, felony possession of narcotics, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The Paso Robles Police Department encourages anyone with information regarding criminal activity in Paso Robles to contact Crime Stoppers at (805) 549-STOP (549-7867) or submit a Web Tip from the Crime Stoppers website at http://www.slotips.org. You can also submit a “TEXT TIP” by texting “slotips” and your message to CRIMES (or 274637). You may also contact the Special Enforcement Team directly at (805) 237-6464. You do not have to give your name.

http://pasoroblesdailynews.com/police-seize-meth-pot-pills-drug-arrest/11941/

(Stillwater, Okla.) — A 42-year-old man from Drumright and his girlfriend have been jailed on charges of endeavoring to manufacture methamphetamine at her residence in Cushing on Dec. 27.

Charles Vance Shipman and his girlfriend, La Verna Lee Christians, 43, remain held in the Payne County Jail on $7,500 bail each pending their court appearances, his set for Jan. 8 and hers on Feb. 3.

Payne County Sheriff’s Deputy Brandon Myers wrote in an affidavit that two days after Christmas at about 8:15 a.m., he and a team of deputies served a search warrant at 910 E. Walnut Street in Cushing.

Christians opened the door and the only other person in the house was Shipman in the living room, the affidavit alleged.

Outside in a toilet, the deputies found a yellow bag containing a peeled lithium battery and two used 12-hour pseudoephedrine blister packs, the affidavit alleged.

Also found was a camouflage backpack containing items used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine, the affidavit alleged.

In the house, drug paraphernalia was located, the affidavit alleged.

    “In the nightstand next to the bed was a piece of mail in the name of Laverna Christians and a purple notebook that was a drug ledger for prescription pills,” the affidavit alleged.

“In the northeast bedroom in the closet, I located an opened syringes bag containing eight syringes,” Myers wrote in his affidavit.

“In the dining room trash can, I located a used syringe and small snort straw,” the deputy alleged in his affidavit.

After being warned of his Constitutional rights, “Charles denied all items. He did admit that he and Laverna are boyfriend and girlfriend and share the southeast bedroom,” the affidavit alleged.

    “He advised there are several people that come and go out of the backyard, yet there is a pipe that is across the gate and it can only be opened from the inside — and the gate has not been opened for some time,” the affidavit alleged.

If convicted of the felony, endeavoring to manufacture methamphetamine, Shipman and Christians could each be given a prison sentence ranging from seven years to 20 years and a fine from $50,000 to $100,000, court records show.

If convicted of an additional misdemeanor count of possessing drug paraphernalia, each could be given an additional $1,000 fine and a one-year jail term, court records show.

 

 

 

 

http://1600kush.com/story.php?id=6584&section=1

 

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ The Medical Examiner’s office says a Yale University professor who died in detention in November overdosed on methamphetamine and amphetamine.

The office said Monday that Samuel See died of acute methamphetamine and amphetamine intoxication with recent myocardial infarction, a medical term for heart attack. His death was ruled an accident.

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See was an assistant professor of English and American studies at the Ivy League school in Connecticut.

He was detained by police who were responding to a report of domestic dispute. He was charged with violating a protective order, threatening and interfering with police. Police said that during his arrest, See and officers fell and See was cut above his left eye.

Chief Dean Esserman apologized for a three-day delay in releasing information about See’s death.

 

 

 

 

http://connecticut.cbslocal.com/2014/01/06/m-e-yale-prof-o-dd-on-methamphetamine-amphetamine/

 

 

An Oklahoma mother faces serious charges after authorities say she sexually abused her children in the presence of other adults.

Natalie Lynn Webb, 30, was arrested in Elk City, Okla., and charged with sexual abuse of children under 12, and child neglect. Police said she abused three of her children from December 2012 to March 2013.

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Webb is due in Beckham County Court Jan. 6 for a preliminary hearing, and is being held on a $2 million bond. Her four children now live with their grandparents.

A Dec. 18 police affidavit, obtained by The Huffington Post, contains accounts of repeated rapes, beatings and deplorable living conditions through interviews with Webb and her children.

Warning: The following details are graphic.

Webb’s 9-year-old son told investigators that his 8-year-old brother and two 3-year-old sisters were repeatedly raped by their mother as other men and women looked on, according to the document. The boy told police that he saw his sisters resist as their mother dragged them into a room, then he could hear his sisters screaming and crying.  Police also wrote that the boy told them he saw his mother using a foreign object in the abuse and that people may have paid his mother to watch the abuse.

One of Webb’s 3-year-old daughters corroborated her brother’s interview, telling investigators that it felt “nasty” when she was being molested, according to the affidavit. The 9-year-old said he also saw his brother being abused, but was able to avoid being sexually abused himself by running and hiding in a dumpster. In interviews with police, Webb denied sexually molesting her children.

Webb told authorities that she often took methamphetamine and sold it out of her house; the 9-year-old described seeing needles around the house.

“[The child] said these things would happen lots of times. He thinks when mom took the needles it would make her act different … she would act weird and… her arm would have little dots where it was bleeding,” the affidavit says.

Along with the allegations of sexual abuse, the children told investigators that they were often subjected to beatings and being thrown against a wall over and over again.

“[The 9-year-old] said his mom would not feed them and he would have to find stuff and cook it in the microwave or pop tarts and stuff,” the affidavit reads. “If there was nothing [the children] would just scavenge the floor. On the floor they would find crumbs or cookies that were there from a week ago.”

Webb admitted to authorities that she sometimes traded her food stamps for meth. During past interviews included in the affidavit, she demanded to take a polygraph test to prove that she had not sexually molested her children. In late November,  Webb told officer Steve Bonds, of the Beckham County Sheriff’s Office, that she did not want to talk with the polygraph examiner after the examiner told her she failed the test.

“Somebody hurt ‘em,” Webb said to Bonds. “I’m supposed to protect my kids.”

“Natalie, you didn’t,” Bonds replied.

According to the affidavit, Webb has past felony convictions for child endangerment and possession of a controlled substance, along with misdemeanor convictions of unlawful possession of paraphernalia, bogus checks and unauthorized use of a credit card.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/03/natalie-webb-sexual-abuse_n_4536569.html

Mother faces felony charges for alleged sexual abuse of her three children

ELK CITY, Okla. – A mother of four was arrested by authorities after she was accused of sexually abusing her children.

According to a report by KFOR-TV, Natalie Lynn Webb, 30, of Elk City, Okla. was arrested by police who said she was involved in the “sexual abuse and exploration” of her own kids.

In an affidavit from police, it was discovered that over the span of three months, Webb had allegedly abused her children on several occasions. Police said Webb’s 9-year-old son told authorities that his mom had molested his younger brother and two younger sisters, and claimed he had at one point walked in on the abuse.

According to the Elk City Daily News, a report of forensic interviews conducted with the 9-year-old boy revealed statements accusing his mother of sexually exploiting her three youngest children by “selling sex” from them to other adults.

The repost stated, “when asked who was doing that to (his brother), he said he did not know but Mom was getting paid. He said she was selling sex from (his sisters and brother). (The 9-year-old) said he would run and hide in the Dumpster. … When asked who she was selling sex to he said, ‘Like her friends.’”

The affidavit also went on to include statements from the 9-year-old boy that alluded to intravenous drug use by his mother.

“(He) said these things would happen lots of times,” the report stated. “(He) thinks when Mom took the needles it would make her act different. He thinks that because she would act weird and her breath would smell funny and her arm would have little dots where it was bleeding.”

According to News Channel 4 in Oklahoma City, the children were put in protective custody, and their mother is being held on a $2-million bond. Webb is facing charges of sexual abuse of a child under 12-year-old as well as child neglect.

http://fox4kc.com/2013/12/31/mother-faces-felony-charges-for-alleged-sexual-abuse-of-her-three-children/

Oklahoma Mom Accused Of Raping Her Three Children While Adults Watched; Natalie Webb Held On $2 Million Bond

Natalie Lynn Webb, 30, was arrested on charges of sexual abuse of children under 12, and child neglect, according to The Huffington Post. Webb is being held on a $2 million bond.  Her four children are now in the custody of their grandparents.

Warning: Graphic, disturbing details from the police affidavit below

According to the police affidavit, Webb’s 9-year-old son witnessed his 8-year-old brother and two 3-year-old sisters’ abuse.  The boy explained he saw his siblings be repeatedly raped while men and women watched.  The 9-year-old accused his mother of using foreign objects during the abuse, stating he heard his sister yell, “Momma stop it hurts.”  He added his sister would “always” be bleeding after the abuse.

The 9-year-old told authorities he was able to escape from the abuse by hiding in a dumpster.  One of the boy’s three-year-old sisters told police she felt “nasty” during the alleged abuse, according to The Huffington Post.  The boy also told police he say needles around his home.

“[The child] said these things would happen lots of times. He thinks when mom took the needles it would make her act different … she would act weird and… her arm would have little dots where it was bleeding,” the affidavit stated.

The 9-year-old said his mother would physically abuse them, beating and throwing them against walls.

“[The 9-year-old] said his mom would not feed them and he would have to find stuff and cook it in the microwave or pop tarts and stuff,” the affidavit stated. “If there was nothing [the children] would just scavenge the floor. On the floor they would find crumbs or cookies that were there from a week ago.”

Webb told police she did not sexually abuse her children and asked to take a polygraph test to prove her innocence.  The mother of four failed the polygraph test.

Natalie Lynn Webb Probable Cause Affidavit

http://www.hngn.com/articles/21207/20140104/oklahoma-mom-accused-of-raping-her-three-children-while-adults-watched-natalie-webb-held-on-2-million-bond.htm

Meth head mom, 30, ‘raped three of her four children and charged adults to watch’

  • Natalie Lynn Webb, 20, of Elk City, Oklahoma, has been charged with sexual abuse of children and child neglect and is being remanded on a $2 million bond
  • The charges are based on an interview with her eldest son, 9, who claims his mom would engage in sexual acts with her three other children – an eight-year-old son and two three-year-old daughters – in front of male and female adults in exchange for money
  • Webb demanded a polygraph test following her arrest and failed
  • She admitted to being a methamphetamine user and that she would trade food stamps for the drug and selling it from her house
  • The four children are now in the custody of their grandparents

A brave nine-year-old boy has given a graphic and detailed statement to Oklahoma police about his mother, who allegedly sexually and physically abused her three other children repeatedly as her friends paid to watch.

Authorities in Beckham county were alerted to the accusations against Natalie Lynn Webb, 30, in August after a Department of Human Services investigator spokes to the eldest child and reported that Webb was ‘selling sex’ with her kids to other adults.

According to the police affidavit – obtained by The Huffington Post and almost completely based on an interview with the nine-year-old – the victims were an eight-year-old boy and his two three-year-old sisters.

The affidavit says Webb would usher people into her bedroom or bathroom and ‘drag’ in both three-year-old girls.

Natalie Lynn Webb, 30, was arrested in Elk City, Oklahoma is accused of engaging in sexual acts with her three children in exchange for money

The adults were both male and female.

It claims Webb would be naked during these incidents, which are said to have occurred on numerous occasions from December 2012 to March 2013 at her home in Elk City.

The nine-year-old said Webb would lock the door and that he would hear his sisters screaming ‘stop Momma, stop, it hurts’, the report says.

He witnessed the abuse on one occasion and described a foreign object being used, the affidavit says.

One of three-year-olds was interviewed by police and corroborated the nine-year-old’s story, saying it felt ‘nasty’ when she was abused.

The nine-year-old said he also saw his brother being abused, but was able to avoid the molestation himself by running outside and hiding in a dumpster.

After her arrest, Webb denied the allegations and demanded a polygraph test, which she failed.

The Huff Post reported the mother said to Beckham County Sheriff’s investigator Steve Bonds: ‘Somebody hurt ‘em. I’m supposed to protect my kids.’

Bonds then replied: ‘Natalie, you didn’t.’

The allegations are said to have occurred inside Webb’s home in Fairview Village, Elk City

Webb confessed to police she often used methamphetamine and sold it out of her house.

She told authorities she sometimes traded her food stamps for meth.

The nine-year-old said he would find needles but never saw his mom using drugs.

He also found pipes that ‘smelt really bad’ and that ‘her arm would have little dots where it was bleeding’, the affidavit says.

He said his mom would act ‘different’ and ‘weird’ when she used drugs and would often fall asleep on the couch

The boy said she would also leave the children alone overnight for two days and that he would after his siblings.

‘[The 9-year-old] said his mom would not feed them and he would have to find stuff and cook it in the microwave or pop tarts and stuff,’ the affidavit reads.

‘If there was nothing [the children] would just scavenge the floor. On the floor they would find crumbs or cookies that were there from a week ago.’

There are also claims of beatings and that Webb would ‘throw the children against the wall’ and hit them with ‘a bat that has holes in it’, a spoon or her fist.

Webb has past felony convictions for child endangerment and possession of a controlled substance, along with misdemeanour convictions of unlawful possession of paraphernalia, bogus checks and unauthorized use of a credit card.

She has been charged with sexual abuse of children under 12 and child neglect

Webb is being held on a $2 million bond and is due in Beckham County Court on January 6.

Her four children are in the custody of their grandparents.

http://www.gadailynews.com/news/regional/203776-meth-head-mom-30-raped-three-of-her-four-children-and-charged-adults-to-watch.html