GEORGE TOWN: An Indonesian man has been sent to the gallows by the High Court here for trafficking in more than 1.8kg of methamphetamine.

In reading out his judgement, Justice Zamani Abdul Rahim said the prosecution had managed to prove the case against Adhy Tedjajadi, 35, beyond reasonable doubt.

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Adhy, a computer programmer from Bandung, Indonesia, was found guilty of committing the offence at the Penang International Airport arrival hall at 5.40pm on Aug 15, 2012.

The offence under Section 39B(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 carries the mandatory death sentence upon conviction.

Adhy’s wife, who was a defence witness in the case, was also present in the court.

DPP Siti Fatimah Talib prosecuted while Adhy was represented by lawyer Azura Alias.




GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – Authorities say a drug bust in Mesa County has netted a large amount of methamphetamine.

On Tuesday night, deputies conducted a traffic stop on a car that pulled into the North Avenue Wal-Mart.

Officials say two men inside the vehicle were found to be in possession of meth with a street value of about $5,500.

Benjamin Myers, 25, of Grand Junction and Jeffrey Rosenthal, 45, of Delta were taken into custody.  They are both facing charges of possession of methamphetamine, intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.


OGDENSBURG — The Saturday arrest of a city man alleged to have been producing methamphetamine at his home is the third meth-related arrest in St. Lawrence County in the last three months.

“It is definitely a growing problem in our area that is very concerning to law enforcement, and should be to the general public as well,” city police Detective Sgt. Robert H. Wescott said Tuesday.

City police arrested Mark A. Brossoit, 51, for allegedly possessing “numerous components” used in the manufacturing of meth. Mr. Wescott said more arrests are likely.

He said Mr. Brossoit allegedly had been manufacturing meth out of his 821 Main St. home and was under investigation for a few days before his arrest.

“His lab is what is considered a ‘one pot’ or ‘shake-and-bake’ lab,” Mr. Wescott said. “They are typically for personal use, and on average may produce about one to two grams. That is not to say that they may not share or sell what they are producing with other people.”

When investigators executed their search warrant at Mr. Brossoit’s residence, his lab allegedly had three “pots,” Mr. Wescott said. A “pot” is the size of a two-liter soda bottle, Mr. Wescott said.

The investigation was conducted by the city police department’s Criminal Investigations and Narcotics Unit, the St. Lawrence County Drug Task Force, which includes members of the county sheriff’s department, and the Gouverneur Police Department.

Additional arrests may be pending.

Mr. Brossoit was arraigned Sunday in City Court and sent to St. Lawrence County jail, Canton, without bail.

His arrest follows the Jan. 27 arrest of Eric S. Lalonde, 29, of 4555 Route 812, Heuvelton, and the Feb. 26 arrest of David R. Woodward, 41, and Jordan M. Gleeson, 26, both of Heuvelton, and Terry P. Pitts, 37, of Lisbon.

Mr. Lalonde was charged with third-degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine and third-degree criminal possession of marijuana, both felonies. The three men in the latter arrest were each charged with felony criminal possession of precursors to manufacture methamphetamine.



North Korea has long used illegal enterprises (drugs, counterfeiting, smuggling, espionage), run out of their embassies as a way to earn more foreign currency. This caused a growing number of countries to threaten a shutdown of the North Korean embassy they hosted and after the 1990s (a particularly desperate time for North Korea) a lot of the illegal activities were either shut down (like drug smuggling) or done a lot more discreetly (smuggling of non-drug items and distributing counterfeit American hundred dollar bills) to avoid losing these foreign embassies.

Despite that since 2000 illegal drugs have still been coming out of North Korea. The difference now is the government is not producing the drugs. While technically illegal the North Korean government sort of tolerated non-government manufacturing of methamphetamine, if only because the drug was so popular among so many North Koreans who had money. But that tolerance has turned into a problem with a growing number of methamphetamine producers exporting their product. Like the government, all North Koreans want more foreign currency. Most of these smugglers are being caught in China, where methamphetamine addiction has become a major problem. But it goes farther than that. In late 2013 five men were arrested in as they prepared to smuggle 100 kg (220 pounds) of 99 percent pure North Korean methamphetamine to the United States via Thailand. North Korea has long been a major supplier of methamphetamine in the region, but using Thailand as a jumping off point for methamphetamine smuggling into North America was new. Because of the U.S. connection Thailand extradited the five (who are British, Filipino, Taiwanese and Slovakian) to the United States for prosecution and, one presumes, intense interrogation.

Meanwhile there is a growing problem with North Koreans obtaining meth and becoming addicted. This is a serious problem because most of the people with enough money to support a drug habit are from the small ruling class and the growing number of market entrepreneurs. In the last few years the government has ordered the security forces to crack down on drug dealers. Peddling this stuff is very lucrative, as a gram of meth goes for over $250 on the street and it costs a lot less than that to get it from corrupt officials in the meth production operation. Addicts within the government are more prone to steal government assets, or even sell information to foreigners.

Tribal drug lords in northern Burma are the other big source of meth, which has become hugely popular in China and throughout East Asia. China wants to keep the Korean and Burmese meth out and is having more success on the heavily guarded North Korean border. This means non-government North Korean meth producers have to find another market and some have put more meth into circulation within North Korea. Thus the effort to establish an American connection.


JEFFERSON COUNTY, Alabama – The arrest of a trio of men in western Jefferson County should put a dent, at least for a while, in the crystal meth market in Jefferson County, Sheriff Mike Hale said Wednesday.

The abuse of crystal meth, or ice, is on the rise in the county, the sheriff said, and starting to rival heroin. Lawmen said they hope they have slowed the trend, temporarily anyway. “It was a major hit that these ice folks took, Hale said. “It took a mid-level dealing enterprise out of the supply chain.”


Earlier Wednesday, sheriff’s officials announced arrests following a four-month investigation into methamphetamine trafficking.  The suspects, they said, were buying the illegal drugs from a dealer in Atlanta and bringing it back here to sell locally.

Those charged with drug trafficking are: David Leigh, 34, of Mulga; Bradley Gipson, 23, of Edgewater, and Matthew McGaha, 32, of Morris. McGaha has already bonded out of jail. Leigh and Gipson remain in lockup.

Sheriff’s officials said they launched their investigation in October 2013 based on information from residents in the community who complained about traffic in the area and possible criminal activity. On Feb. 28, 2014, deputies carried out a search warrant at Leigh’s home in the 4600 block of Birmingport Road. Inside they found 19 ounces of methamphetamine, heroin and GHB.

Chief Deputy Randy Christian said methamphetamine is usually sold or used by the gram. The value of the seized meth is roughly $106,500. Authorities also confiscated 532 individual doses of heroin.

McGaha was released from jail after posting $50,000 bond. Gipson’s bond is set at $52,500 and Leigh’s bond is set at $152,000.

Hale said ice is on the rise in Jefferson County. “I can assure you, crystal meth is starting to take the place on the investigative front of being the drug of choice in our community,” he said. “While heroin is physically addictive, crystal meth has a real psychological addiction. My investigators tell me this is the new wave coming.”

Hale said investigators have identified the dealer in Atlanta, and the investigation is ongoing.  Leigh and Gibson, he said, were major players in the drug dealing community here.

“We believe it will take three to six months for someone to gain the trust of who is manufacturing the ice,” he said. “Distribution in Jefferson County will be disrupted for a while. The users, quite frankly, are going to have to go out of the county to buy crystal meth.”



For Florida authorities, it was a trifecta of sorts.

Sheriff’s deputies found meth in a man’s shorts, a woman’s bra and a baby’s  shoe during a New Year’s Eve bust in Port Charlotte.

Driver Manuel Angel Rolon, 20-year-old mom Dodie Allyson Albritton and  passenger Bret Alexander Rule were charged with trafficking in meth and put in  jail.



A Charlotte County Sheriff’s deputy pulled over Rolon’s SUV a couple of  hours before midnight on Dec. 31 after he was seen driving erratically.

After finding Rolon’s registration was for a different car and that his  license had been suspended three times, deputies made a more startling  discovery.

Authorities found a plastic baggie with white powder and nearly $800 in  Rolon’s shorts pocket. Tests would confirm the powder was methamphetamine,  according to reports.

Authorities then recovered a white plastic baggie sticking out of the top of  Albritton’s bra. And during a search of the SUV, deputies found nearly two grams  of meth in one of the baby’s shoes, which was hidden in Albritton’s purse. The  purse was within reach of the infant, according to Fox 4 in Florida.


The third suspect, Rule, was seen by deputies trying to hide meth under his  right thigh while sitting next to the child in the SUV, according to  reports.

Rolon and Albritton were additionally charged with child neglect. Rolon was  also charged with driving a suspended license.

The baby’s father took custody of the child, authorities said.



A drugged-out Florida couple was arrested Friday after abandoning their three  young children in woods near a Punta Gorda RV park, cops said.

Michael and Sarah Butcher, both 30, drove to the Water’s Edge resort on  Florida’s Gulf Coast on Friday and started yelling, banging on doors and “acting  strange,” residents told WZVN-TV.

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The park’s security guard called the cops on the raucous couple after they  refused to leave the private park.

“He was high, he was on something, that’s for sure,” the security guard told the TV station.

Responding officers found meth and syringes inside the couple’s red truck and  booked them on drug charges.

At the jail, cops found more meth in Michael Butcher’s pocket, according to WZVN.

And then, the station received a call from another cop who found three kids,  aged 10, 8 and 6, “very dirty, hungry and cold” in the woods near the RV park, the station reports.

The wandering youngsters, who had walked for two miles before they were  found, said their parents were named Michael and Sarah.

it’s unclear how long they’d been abandoned.

The Butchers each face child neglect without great harm and loitering or  prowling, while Michael Butcher faces additional drug charges.

The family of five was reportedly living in the truck, which cops found  jammed with old food and dirty syringes.

The kids have been taken into custody by the state while the parents remain  in Charlotte County Jail.

“That’s terrible that these young children have to put up with a couple of  parents that are that neglectful of them,” one neighbor told the TV station.



The number one crime prosecuted by Linn County in 2013 was no surprise for District Attorney Doug Marteeny.


Once again, methamphetamine possession was at the top of the list, with 494 separate charges.

“I think you’ll find that statewide, probably in every prosecutor’s office, that’s the same,” Marteeny said.

Meth possession frequently is tied to more serious crimes, as well, Marteeny said, adding that’s true of intoxicants in general.

“You take away mind-altering substances and my caseload will go way down,” he said.

As if to prove his point, the number one misdemeanor in Linn County for 2013 was driving under the influence of intoxicants, with 428 cases.

(The Linn County District Attorney’s Office statistics don’t include many misdemeanors that are handled by municipal courts in Albany, Lebanon and Sweet Home.)

Prosecutions for meth possession and DUII, though at the top of the charts, were actually down slightly from 2012, according to Linn County District Attorney’s Office data.

The most serious crime to make the top 10 list of felonies for 2013 was first-degree sex abuse, with 129 separate charges.

“The fact that sex abuse I is in the top 10 bothers me very much. Sexual abuse of children is a problem that plagues our society much more than people realize,” Marteeny said.

The average age of first-degree sex abuse victims in Linn County in 2013 was 9 years old.

Marteeny added that one in four girls is the victim of a sex crime, and one in six boys is, as well, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Regardless of age, “These take a toll on victims. … And there are a lot of victims who have to work really hard to deal with the emotional burden that comes with these evil, evil crimes,” Marteeny said.

First-degree sex abuse, first-degree theft and first-degree burglary  generally  rank near the top 5 of felony crime prosecutions, Marteeny said.

Unauthorized use of a motor vehicle surged into third place in 2013, with 170 cases. That was up from fifth in 2012, when 110 such cases were prosecuted.

Albany Police Department and other agencies reported an uptick in stolen cars last year.

In other trends from 2013, heroin possession climbed two spots to number seven.

Marteeny said that heroin has replaced prescription medication possession in the list of top 10 felony crimes for Linn County.

“(Drug users) are graduating to heroin is what I think is happening,” Marteeny said.

In previous interviews, detectives said heroin is easier to acquire and cheaper than prescription opiates.

“When I first started prosecuting, I might get one or two heroin cases a year,” Marteeny said.

At about 9:30 p.m. Sunday, a caller reported a man with a pickup truck was possibly stealing items in the back of a business in the 1000 block of Atlas Peak Road, according to the Napa County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies spotted the pickup truck at 7-Eleven near Silverado Trail and Clark Street, Capt. Doug Pike said.

The driver, William Paul Steen, 43, of Napa, was on probation with search and seizure terms, Pike said. Steen allegedly had a baggie containing suspected methamphetamine and a glass smoking pipe, he said.

Steen was arrested and booked into the Napa County jail on suspicion of methamphetamine possession, narcotics paraphernalia possession and a probation violation, Pike said.



WALPOLE – As drugs in Massachusetts continue to dominate the public safety discussion, a Walpole detective got out ahead of a potential issue at a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) training on methamphetamine labs.

As depicted in the award winning AMC show Breaking Bad set in New Mexico, methamphetamine labs are mostly a reality in the southwest, Deputy Police Chief John Carmichael said. However, with the drug he called highly addictive creeping into the northeast, Walpole sent narcotics detective Timothy Sullivan to a clandestine labs training in case methamphetamines become an area issue.

Methamphetamines- called meth for short- is a stimulant powder that can be made into pill or rock form. It is a schedule II drug, meaning it has a high potential for abuse. Because it is relatively easy to make, people produce meth in pop-up labs, called clandestine labs, which can be dangerous to the neighborhoods around them, Carmichael said.

Meth labs are known for sudden explosions and toxic fumes.

Sullivan attended the week-long training with fellow Norfolk County Police Anti-Crime (NORPAC) taskforce detective Chris Connolly in Quantico, Virginia, to learn how to properly deal with clandestine labs. Put on a team of New England responders, Sullivan was trained on how to spot potential labs and take them down, Carmichael said.

“We’re concerned with it, we want to be prepared to deal with it if we start to see a clandestine lab pop up,” Carmichael said. “You can make it in your kitchen, its very dangerous and people get hurt. There’s a serious public health and safety concern there. If someone were to set up this kind of lab in their home or in their camper, we want to be sure we have someone who’s trained. “

Called clandestine labs because they are hidden in plain sight, Carmichael said they are commonly found in homes, rented storage spaces, apartments and campers.

Currently, the drug is not popular in the northeast, Carmichael said. Its prevalence in the Southwestern United States sparked the premise of the show Breaking Bad, which chronicles a teacher-turned-meth maker who produces a purer product than ever seen before in various homemade labs, including his notorious camper.

Because opioids like heroin are the biggest drug threat in the northeast right now, the training was mostly preventative, Carmichael said. The potential for a shift in meth popularity, however, is what spurred Sullivan’s involvement.

“Not a lot of people in this area are trained in it because we don’t have a serious issue with crystal meth yet, but it has popped up around here,” Carmichael said. “We see it, it’s admittedly not to the level of the opiates in Massachusetts. It’s here and it’s a very addictive drug that has kind of plagued other parts of the country.”

In Walpole, the DEA, state police and NORPAC apprehended a car filled with 10 kilos of crystal meth imported from California in 2012, Carmichael said. Aside from one other bust in East Walpole, Carmichael said the town has not really had problems with the drug. Police have never discovered a clandestine lab in Walpole, he said.

Sullivan’s training will be deployed throughout the northeast if necessary, and not just locally, Carmichael said. Working with other detectives from the region, Sullivan will be part of a team designated to finding labs and destroying them safely throughout the six New England states. Along with Connolly, the two were the only detectives from Massachusetts to be accepted to the training.

“We’re very happy that Detective Sullivan went,” Carmichael said. “It’s more of a cautionary approach, we want to be prepared if we come across this.”

ARGOS, Ind. — Heroin and Methamphetamine are two drugs becoming a growing problem in cities across Michiana. Last Friday, an employee at an Argos gas station found meth in an unusual and surprising place—a candy box at her convenience store.

“It’s destroying everybody. It’s destroying families, children, friends,” says Founder of Northern Indiana Meth and Heroin Watch Linda Clevenger.

Clevenger is talking about drugs.

Specifically meth, that an employee at an Argos BP says was found wedged between some big league chewing gum.

Police told a local radio station it was actually found on the floor.

But the employee told ABC57 it was in a gum box on a shelf where anyone—even a kid—could grab it.

Clevenger says either way it’s disturbing.

“It really upsets me because that could have been a child.”

It’s the reason why she created a Facebook page to fight drug use in her community.

“We’re seeing things happen in the community that we never thought was going to happen in Marshall County or in Plymouth,” she says.

The site posts mug shots of alleged meth cooks and dealers. It also accepts tips from residents.

“Our main mission is actually cleaning up our neighborhoods and letting people know what to look for in their neighborhoods,” Clevenger explains.

And Argos Police say they are happy to have her help.

“The more eyes that are out there and the more eyes that are watching, the more tips they’ll get and the more they’ll be able to take care of the problem,” says Clevenger.

A problem that is showing up in places many never thought it would, the candy aisle at convenience stores.

“If we have to fight it this way we will fight it this way and take care of the problem sooner or later. We may never clean it up but it won’t be as bad as it is now.”

We are told the investigation into how it got on that candy shelf has now been turned over to Indiana State Police.




WEST SACRAMENTO – Four gang members were arrested Tuesday morning in connection with selling  methamphetamine and criminal street gang activity.

Officers from West Sacramento and Sacramento Police Departments, the FBI, the  CHP, and other agents took part in the warrant searches and arrests. Cocaine,  marijuana, meth and ammunition were confiscated during the searches.

Richard Mancha, 29, Richard Posada, 28, Ricardo Garza, 37, and 37-year-old  Robert Sanchez are facing drug and gang charges. The four arrested men are known  members of the Norteno street gang.

Tuesday’s arrests are the result of an investigation into the sale of  methamphetamine in West Sacramento.





Idaho Falls Police found much more than they expected when investigating a theft at Walmart.

Police were called to the business, located at 500 S. Utah Ave., just before 10 a.m., Monday, after a man and woman were allegedly caught stealing a baby seat cover and a computer mouse.


Police were in the process of arresting Von Lane Fisher, 39, when they found he also had 5.9 grams of Methamphetamine packaged into separate baggies. Fisher also had syringes in his possession. He was booked into the Bonneville County Jail for possession of drug paraphernalia and petty theft.

The woman, Katy L. Weiershausen, 32, was also arrested for petty theft.



A Garden City man and woman have been indicted on drug charges, according to U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom.

Jeremy L. Landon, 49, and Crystal A. Castanada, 27, each have been charged with one count of distributing methamphetamine and one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. The crimes are alleged to have occurred on Jan. 24 in Garden City.

If convicted, they each face a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $1 million. The Drug Enforcement Administration investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mona Furst is prosecuting the case.





A woman was arrested Friday night in the 2500 block of Vine Hill Court during a welfare check for allegedly being in possession of methamphetamine, according to Napa Police.

Police were responding to a report the woman’s 2-year-old child was not receiving medical treatment for an undisclosed illness and her 6-year-old child was a truant from school, police said.

Noelle Christine Blackmon, 22, of Napa, allegedly was under the influence of a controlled substance, police said. Officers found a small baggie of suspected methamphetamine in her purse, police said. “The purse was located within easy access to the children,” Capt. Jeff Troendly said.

The children were with their grandparents at another address. Napa County Child Welfare Services took custody of the two children.

Blackmon was booked into the Napa County jail on suspicion of cruelty to a child, possession of a controlled substance and being under the influence of a controlled substance, police said.



SANTA CRUZMethamphetamine and its effects on the human mind were the focus of testimony Tuesday in the trial of Aptos mom Veva Virgil, who is charged in the death of her 3-year-old daughter.

Nancy Enkema, a forensic toxicologist with the Department of Justice, testified about tests she conducted on samples of Virgil’s blood. The blood was taken shortly after Virgil was arrested in San Jose on Nov. 16, 2008. The same day, housekeepers at a Watsonville motel found the body of Virgil’s daughter, Isabella Grace Martinez, covered with bed sheets inside a motel room. Virgil and her daughter had checked into the motel the day before.


There were measurable amounts of methamphetamine and amphetamine, a related drug chemical, in Virgil’s blood, Enkema said.

While she couldn’t speak about Virgil’s case, Enkema said that in the aftermath of someone coming down from the euphoric effects of the drug, the person could hypothetically feel paranoid, delusional and have violent tendencies.

“It inhibits people in their trouble-shooting judgment and risky behavior,” she said.

A large amount of the drug wasn’t needed to trigger the negative after-effects, Enkema said.

“Basically, concentration does not signal impairment or psychosis,” she said.

Earlier in the trial, prosecutors played a electronic recording of an interview between a Watsonville police officer and Virgil after she was arrested. In the interview, Virgil told the officer she smothered her daughter because she thought the world was ending and wanted to send her daughter to heaven.

Prosecutors contend Virgil had methamphetamine-induced psychosis that led her to her daughter’s death.

But when James McMillin, Virgil’s attorney, asked if the tests showed the exact amount of methamphetamine, Enkema said she did not know.

When asked by McMillin, Enkema said the test could not confirm whether psychosis was brought on by a drug or an underlying mental illness.

Testimony is expected to continue Wednesday.

Virgil is being held in Santa Cruz County Jail in lieu of $750,000 bail.



LOCKPORT – Niagara County Sheriff Deputy Raymond Needle said when he walked into a Walnut Street apartment on Saturday to serve a warrant, he recognized the smell and spotted many of the things used in methamphetamine manufacturing.

Matthew D. Bennett, 23, of Walnut Street was arraigned Monday in the City of Lockport on a misdemeanor criminal possession of a controlled substance warrant and was remanded to the Niagara County Jail on $2,000 bail. Felony drug charges are pending following forensics testing.

Needle said he detected the aroma of “Coleman” fuel and as he looked around the apartment, he noticed hypodermic syringes, coffee filters and plastic baggies on the floor. A Mason jar with a clear liquid was in sight and next to the jar was a white powder substance and a razor blade with white residue. A large container of table salt was also in the room.

The Niagara County Drug Task Force was called to the scene and obtained a search warrant from City of Lockport Judge William Watson.

A check of the apartment found plastic bottles in the garbage can used for manufacturing methamphetamine, coffee filters with residue from the drug and cold medicine.

The substance in the Mason jar tested positive for methamphetamine and deputies also found a scale and suspected heroin.



MIDWEST CITY –  Midwest City Police say the man they arrested for trying to rob IBC Bank told them he was up for four days using methamphetamine prior to the incident.

Christopher Fulton was arrested Friday, one day after the attempted robbery at IBC Bank on N. Air Depot Blvd in Midwest City.
According to court documents, on Thursday Fulton entered the bank and handed the teller a personal check with the personal information scribbled out and a threatening note written on it. The note read “You know what to do or we all die, I will shoot you first $500 $100 $50 $20 $10″.
Police say Fulton thought the bank had triggered the hold up alarm and ran from the bank. He climbed into a black sports car and left the scene.
The next day, the FBI contacted Midwest City Police and said Fulton was confessing to the crime. According to the report, Fulton said he saw the robbery suspect’s picture in the newspaper and it looked like him.
Police say he told them he thought it was his body in the bank, but not his mind. He then told police that he was up for four days and using methamphetamine.
Fulton told police he stole the check from his mother. He also said a friend owed someone $1,400 for two ounces of methamphetamine and that his girlfriend influenced him to commit the crime. According to Fulton, the plan was to rob the bank to get the money to pay back the debt.
He told police that he chose IBC Bank because he had previously banked there.
He was booked into the Midwest City Jail on robbery charges.



Wichita, Kan. – Two women from New Mexico have been indicted  on charges of bringing more than 8 pounds of methamphetamine to Wichita.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Wichita says 37-year-old Annabell Romero and 43-year-old Pamela Y. Meier, both of Tucumcari, N.M., are charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and one count of traveling in interstate commerce in furtherance of drug trafficking.

A Sedgwick County Sheriff’s deputy stopped the pair on Kellogg near 119th Street West back on February 28.  Investigators found the methamphetamine in duct taped bundles inside four brown paper sacks that were hidden in the lining of the trunk of the car.

If convicted of all charges, they could face up to 15 years in federal prison and fines totaling over $10,000,000.



SPRINGDALE – A man and a woman were arrested Monday at a hotel on Airport Boulevard.

The Springdale Police Department began an investigation at the Carolina Lodge after receiving an anonymous complaint about drug activity. When officers arrived, they arrested one on outstanding warrants before observing methamphetamine-making materials in plain site, according to the Springdale Police Department.


Officers executed a search warrant on the room and found multiple methamphetamine making items to include multiple reaction vessels and additional evidence.

Samantha Driggers, 26, and Shane Lempp, 37, were both were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of altered pseudoephedrine. Driggers is also charged with petit larceny from a previous warrant.

Both were then transported to Lexington County Detention Center.

Members of the Lexington County Multi-Agency Narcotics Enforcement Team assisted the Springdale Police Department with dismantling and properly disposing of the lab.


MURFREESBORO — Murfreesboro Police recovered an active methamphetamine lab in the early hours of Saturday from the McDonald’s parking lot on South Rutherford Boulevard, according to an arrest report.

Officer Randell Gaines discovered the meth lab during a routine welfare check he conducted around 2 a.m. Saturday on a man who was asleep in a running car, the officer reported.

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Gaines tried to awaken the man by knocking on his window, which was when he noticed the man, later identified as Tracy M. Strawn, was missing his pants, Gaines said.

“Mr. Strawn had his penis wrapped in his shirt, but his buttocks were exposed,” Gaines wrote.

As Gaines placed Strawn, 39, of Madison, Tenn., under arrest for indecent exposure, he began an inventory of Strawn’s car.

“Before I did my inventory, I asked Mr. Strawn if there was anything in the vehicle that I needed to worry about doing me bodily harm,” Gaines said. “Mr. Strawn then stated ‘There might be a meth lab in my car.’”

As Gaines opened the front passenger door of the car, a “gasser bottle” fell out, the officer said, adding he immediately called his supervisor and a methamphetamine cleaning crew was dispatched to the scene.

Gaines said an active meth lab was found and Strawn then admitted to cooking meth in his car.

Strawn was also found to have “a quantity of meth in his possession,” along with plastic baggies consistent with selling drugs, Gaines said.

Strawn was arrested and charged with initiation of methamphetamine, felony possession of a schedule II drug, possession of drug paraphernalia and indecent exposure.

Gaines also noted that Strawn was within 1,000 yards of Black Fox Elementary School, which could enhance the charges.

Strawn was booked into the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center where he is being held on $42,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear April 9 in General Sessions Court.

STRONG family connections and kinship within south-west Aboriginal communities is facing one of its biggest-ever tests from the drug ice.

“More and more it’s breaking up family units and causing dramas and troubles never seen before,” Aboriginal programs manager Allan Miller told a parliamentary committee inquiry yesterday in Warrnambool.

“The family process has never been challenged as much as with ice.”

He cited a 28-year-old Warr-nambool district woman’s response to a recent survey carried out by the Ngunnung committee, established specifically to tackle ice in south-west Victoria. She said her family and children had been separated because of her addictions.

“I can’t have a convo (conversation) with people, I’m always nasty,” she said when describing the effects of the drug.

“There are the false promises and the fear of not knowing where I am.

“For other family members it’s like they go through the drug habit without using it.”

Parliamentary committee hearing chairman Simon Ramsay said earlier sittings in Mildura and Shepparton revealed links between ice addiction and lack of parental control, high truancy and how dealers offered ice at low cost or for free as introductions to indigenous communities with previous alcohol and cannabis addiction problems.

“Users become beholden to dealers and develop habits of up to $3000 a week,” he said.

“Outlaw bikie gangs were leaning on particular indigenous communities, particularly relating to trafficking.”

Mr Miller said there was minimal evidence of pressure from bikies in the south-west, but there was supply from Mount Gambier and Melbourne passing onto small-time dealers.

“Aborigines who have used other drugs are using ice through injection — at the high-risk end of the scale,” he said.

Mr Miller, with fellow Ngunnung committee member and Aboriginal community liaison officer Joey Chatfield, said there were no rehabilitation facilities west of Melbourne and none elsewhere that were culturally appropriate.

They were supported by Mark Powell, diagnosis clinician with Headspace, in calling for locally-based referral bases, known as healing centres, to provide early intervention and mentoring. Magistrate Peter Mellas also supported the concept of healing centres.

“If Aboriginal people are connected with their traditional country there’s a better outcome,” Mr Chatfield said.

Mr Powell said there was anecdotal evidence of a link between broken families and substance abuse.

“We need to engage with families early regarding bringing in young people for treatment — to get them before they go down the wrong path,” he said.

According to Mr Chatfield some people were switching to ice because it was cheaper than alcohol. “I don’t think users are fully educated on what impact ice has on them,” he said.

“We need to target kids we see are at risk and develop role models and leadership programs.”

According to Tanya Dalton, regional co-ordinator for the indigenous family violence program, there were examples of girls using ice to lose weight.

She agreed with Mr Ramsay there was evidence to show the drug was also a sexual stimulant which could lead to prostitution.

Ms Dalton said racism in the general community was a barrier for Aborigines in finding employment.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say 15 pounds of methamphetamine have been found in a car pulled over near Lincoln.

Two men in the car were arrested Sunday night alongside U.S. Highway 77 just off Interstate 80. They’re being held in Lancaster County Jail pending charges.

A deputy had pulled over the car and issued a warning to the driver about a traffic violation. A search dog taken to the scene alerted deputies to the drugs. Sheriff Terry Wagner says 15 1-pound packages of meth were found inside a hidden compartment in the car’s dashboard.


CHICKASHA, Okla. – Authorities in Grady County say a woman smuggled meth inside the county jail after hiding the drug inside her vagina.

Carmen Sue Swafford was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance.

She was arrested after a traffic stop for an expired paper tag.

According to the police report, Swafford told the officer she had been to prison for meth charges.

Swafford gave the officer permission to search the vehicle she was driving.

A K-9 unit alerted authorities to pills, marijuana and a meth pipe inside the car.

After Swafford was booked into the Grady County Jail, authorities say Swafford acted like she was in pain.

Jail authorities then noticed her on camera remove a baggie and lay it on the ground as she used the restroom.

Swafford admitted meth was inside the baggie and said she flushed it down the toilet.

Swafford is now facing additional charges of destruction of evidence and bringing contraband into a jail.



Whatever is flushed, that goes down the drain, or into a manhole – none of it just disappears and that’s quite a problem when toxic chemicals from the suspected manufacture of meth end up in a sewage system.

Jenny Williams, with the Baldwin County Sewage System told us, “For every one pound of meth there are six or seven pounds of waste. That includes toxic chemicals, acids, and all kinds of stuff and they have to put it somewhere so they’ll dump it down the drains of directly into the sewer system.”


Chemicals like brake fluid, drain cleaner, and hydrochloric acid among others are used in making meth. Recently the Baldwin County Sewage System has seen high levels of similar chemicals at its Lillian plant.  Testing done shows the amount of the toxins has stayed below permit levels but they make it hard for the facility to work properly.

“It can off balance the treatment process of all of our waste water which can cause problems at our plant and problems with the waste water process,” Williams said.


In order to contain the chemicals the plant had to dig another settling pond. It’s an extra step they had to take to make sure the substances don’t get out into the environment.

“You’d have to be silly to not be concerned.”

Ralph Ward lives across from the sewage plant. He retired to the area to fish and hopes chemicals like these don’t get into the environment.

“If it got down in that bayou, it would go right down into the bay,” Ward said.

Baldwin County Sewage doesn’t want that to happen. They’re offering a $500 reward to hopefully stop the contamination. You can contact them at (251) 971-3022.

This is not the first time chemical dumping has been a concern at the Lillian plant. Officials say this at least the third time high levels of contaminants have been detected.