WALNUT RIDGE, Ark. (AP) – Authorities say they’ve seized methamphetamine, firearms and other drug-related items during a drug raid at a home in Walnut Ridge.

Prosecuting Attorney Henry Boyce said that three people were also arrested during the raid conducted RTHTWRTRWTYRFriday by the Third Judicial Drug Task Force, Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office and the Walnut Ridge Police Department.

Bobby Scott Glenn, 30, of Walnut Ridge will be charged with possession of methamphetamine with purpose to deliver, manufacturing, simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms, possession of firearms by certain persons, proximity to certain facilities, tampering with physical evidence and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Brianna Askeland, 21, of Walnut Ridge will be charged with possession of methamphetamine with purpose to deliver, manufacturing, simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms, proximity to certain facilities and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Hunter Swindle, 19, of Jonesboro will be charged with possession of methamphetamine with purpose to deliver, manufacturing, simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms, proximity to certain facilities and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Boyce says one of the three tried to flush the meth down a toilet, but a glass smoking device became lodged in the toilet and the drug was recovered.







An Attalla man was arrested Thursday after authorities say they discovered 95 grams of methamphetamine at his residence.

Etowah County Drug Enforcement Unit Commander Randall Johnson said Roy Claude Farlow Jr., 56, of Attalla, has been charged with trafficking in methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.roy-farlowpng-9ec53025bc72aa2b

Johnson said agents received information that “a large quantity of drugs” had been delivered to an address on Whispering Pines Road in Attalla. Agents then found approximately 95 grams of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia at the residence.

Farlow was taken the Etowah County Detention Center and released on $51,000 bond. This case remains open and additional arrests are expected, Johnson said.

Agents with the Alabama National Guard Counterdrug Program and the FBI North Alabama Safe Streets Task Force participated in the arrest.

If you have any questions, please contact Commander Randall.







A “routine traffic stop” ended with the seizure of approximately 80 pounds of methamphetamine in Jasper County on March 17, reports the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office.

According to a news release from Sheriff Mitchel Newman, Narcotics Investigator S. Duncan and Patrol Supervisor J. Cooper, along with the assistance of Deputy J. Blueitt and K-9 Officer J. Neel, initiated a search of a vehicle on Highway 96 in front of the Boot Barn in Jasper. The multi-agency effort was based upon a routine traffic stop performed by Lt. Duncan, the sheriff’s office said.qduyqgod

The driver granted permission to search the vehicle, and that’s when investigators found approximately 80 pounds of meth in a hidden, sealed compartment in the under structure of the truck.

Sheriff Newman said that he and his deputies “will be continuing this team effort to rid Jasper County of the drug problems,” and added, “With the interstate shut down, there is no telling what kind of drug traffic is flowing through our county.”







Some of the readers of my Meth in the News column may ask why I continue to report how some publications appear to be so insistent on downplaying the serious problems that can be produced by chronic methamphetamine use.

You may say, Carl L Hart, Ph.D. published his paper comparing low, oral doses of d-amphetamine to methamphetamine in 2012. And Jacob Sullum published his little op-ed in Forbes regarding the “truth” about meth all the way back in 2014. Isn’t this ancient history now?

On the contrary, these same “facts” about meth continue to be disseminated. And the more that I investigated this phenomenon, the more convinced I became that all of this misinformation was being produced and “reported” simply to fit some political agenda. But my friends, people’s lives are at stake!

Then I got mad!

Case in point. In February of this year (2016), Dr. Hart published another report, this time on theinfluence.org titled, “A Neuroscientist Explains How He Found Out Meth Is Almost Identical to Adderall.” Of course this article described the same data from the same 13 men studied in the 2012 report.  It’s amazing how much weight those 13 subjects continue to carry.

Then just last week (March 7, 2016) AlterNet posted a report called “America Totally Misunderstands Speed: Here Are 5 Things You Should Know About It.”

The title was followed by a subtitle, “Amphetamines are no more harmful than any other substance taken in proper dosages.” True, but I’ll come back to that in a moment.

I had never heard of AlterNet before. I only stumbled across this website because I try to remain current with the “news” regarding methamphetamine.

AlterNet is labeled (not by me) as a “progressive activist site.” And posts on AlterNet (including the one mentioned above about meth) are picked up and reposted by what I presume are “sister” sites, such as salon.com, fem.news and who knows where else.

And as is clearly stated on the About AlterNet webpage, “AlterNet’s aim is to inspire action and advocacy on the environment, human rights and civil liberties, social justice, media, health care issues, and more.”

That certainly puts things into perspective, doesn’t it?

And guess where else Dr. Hart’s theinfluence.org piece was reposted. You guessed it – on AlterNet on February 10, 2016.

Furthermore, did you know that one of the major “foundations” that supports AlterNet, but does not wish to remain anonymous (I’d love to see that list), is the Drug Policy Alliance? It’s listed right there on the AlterNet Foundation Support webpage.

The front webpage of the Drug Policy Alliance site boldly states, “The war on drugs is a failure and it’s time to bring it to an end. Join the movement today.” And guess who is on the Board of Directors of this “foundation!” None other than Carl Hart, Ph.D.

Clearly anything published on any website supported by the Drug Policy Alliance will be required to downplay the negative consequences of drug use. Why have a war on drugs if they cause no harm, right? It wouldn’t fit their agenda otherwise!

You know, I did not start this week’s column with the intention of getting so caught up in the “weeds” (pardon the pun), but as I have said repeatedly, don’t blindly believe everything that you read on the Internet (or anywhere else). That holds true whether you are looking for a recipe to “cook” meth or trying to justify why using meth is no different than taking any other drug that your doctor prescribes. But the more I uncovered, the angrier I became!

OK, back to the March 7, 2016 AlterNet post “America Totally Misunderstands Speed: Here Are 5 Things You Should Know About It.”

First of all, the authors claim that meth is a prescription drug. Yes, it is – Schedule II. The post claims that makes it different from those bad Schedule I drugs such as heroin. Maybe they don’t realize that heroin is converted to morphine (a Schedule II drug just like meth) once it enters the brain.

They also fail to mention that most people illegally buy bulk quantities of meth (powder or crystal) that is most likely made by the Mexican Drug Cartels or someone else, or they just “cook” their own. I have yet to hear that someone crushed a handful of Desoxyn tablets to inject.

The second claim is that meth is very similar to other amphetamine-like drugs. Also true. But as I pointed out last week, you cannot smoke Adderall. And how easy is it to acquire a sufficient number of Adderall tablets to crush for injection? Finally, Ritalin (another drug used to treat ADHD) does not release dopamine like meth does. That’s an important distinction that I will get to in more detail below.

In addition, most long-term users that I have talked to report that they regularly smoke bowls containing a quarter gram of meth. Others report that they will slam a quarter gram of meth through a needle several times a day if they can get their hands on it. That’s the reality folks – and it is quite different from the controlled laboratory setting described in Dr. Hart’s 2012 paper.

Next the AlterNet report claims that there are only “about half a million regular meth users at any given time.” They base this (as most do) on the surveys conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). I have addressed the problems with these surveys many times before, especially since their survey data go against reports from multiple and diverse agencies, including the DEA, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, and the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board.

Sheriff’s offices and police departments across the United States will also refute the SAMHSA survey data.

Why do I think that these SAMHSA survey data are skewed toward the extreme lower end? Have you ever met a meth user who was not paranoid? In addition, what user on a meth binge is going to stop what they are doing to answer a survey?

As I stated above, methamphetamine results in the release of dopamine from brain cells – massive amounts. Not even crack cocaine releases dopamine.

You may not be aware of this, but in addition to producing pleasure, increases in brain levels of dopamine are also associated with the delusions, hallucinations and paranoia associated with some mental illnesses, including schizophrenia. So the same dopamine that produces pleasure when meth is used also produces paranoia. You tell me – what ongoing meth user is going to open their doors to a representative of the government? Get real!

The fourth claim is that meth is a multibillion-dollar-a-year industry. OK. I’m not sure what to say.

Finally, they claim that most of the profits now go to the Mexican cartels. Right you are. Again, I am not sure what to say. Would it presumably be better if Americans were still cooking all of the meth that is now manufactured in Mexico and, thereby, contaminating more homes, apartments, hotel rooms and children than are already being contaminated today? I just don’t understand their logic.

They do claim that meth is no more harmful than any other substance taken in proper dosage. Very true. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that more than 14,000 people died from overdosing on prescription opioid drugs alone in 2014, while two million Americans were dependent. On January 19, 2016, the New York Times reported that “Deaths from drug overdoses have jumped in nearly every county across the United States, driven largely by an explosion in addiction to prescription painkillers and heroin.” Everyone agrees – prescription drug addiction is at epidemic levels! So much for prescription drugs.

My friends, it is just criminal to try to convince the American public that meth use is not addicting. Who knows how many people have died as a result of strokes, heart attacks, and related health issues that were actually produced by chronic meth use? How many children were harmed or removed from their families? How many people had their lives changed forever?

It’s time to stop the rhetoric – stop the lies – just to fit a political agenda. Meth use is addicting, and it is affecting the lives of many more Americans than the Drug Policy Alliance and the people that this “foundation” supports want you to know. Every single meth user that I talk to tells me that I would be astonished if I knew of all of the people from so many diverse backgrounds who are also using meth. Are they all lying?

I agree that we cannot incarcerate our way out of this problem, and the authorities will actually agree with me.

But we cannot just turn a blind eye to this problem either. People’s lives are at stake. And we must address rehabilitation as well as treatment. People have to relearn how to live their lives without meth and reconnect with their families and society. Just pretending that the problem does not exist – pronouncing that the war on drugs is a failure – will help no one!

Yes, I am angry, and you should be too. And I dare someone to prove me wrong!

Sex-trafficking survivor Jane Doe lay in an Arkansas hospital bed, pale and thin. Her eyes were darkened from fatigue. She did not remember screaming or convulsing. She could not remember the firemen arriving to perform CPR on her, or becoming unconscious.

Jane Doe, now 36, was addicted to narcotics and a victim of sex trafficking for 13 years. She was first pulled into the sex industry at 23 by a methamphetamine dealer who provided her with drugs and flattered her with gifts.

Jane Doe had been staying with Partners Against Trafficking Humans (PATH), an organization that provides shelter and services for sexually trafficked and exploited women in Arkansas. It was the Fourth of July, and she had come back to the safe house from an outing to celebrate the holiday.

Louise Allison, founder of PATH, visited Jane Doe in the hospital as she recovered from the Seroquel and Tramadol overdose that almost killed her. Allison had been at the shelter when Jane Doe coded and used her skills as a nurse to help revive her. Jane Doe said she only wanted to harm her body enough to inflict pain – she wanted to feel something.

“You can live with us, but you can’t die with us,” Allison said before walking out of the room.

Jane Doe said she was forwarded to Mid Ark Substance Abuse Crisis Center, a treatment center in Little Rock, Arkansas, where she underwent detox. She said she seemed to have visited every other psychiatric and medical hospital already, and she hoped this one could help her.

She was released after three weeks. She first found refuge in the homes of friends, but as relationships became strained, she was forced to live on the streets. Months after leaving the center, Jane Doe said she was introduced to a man who promised to care and provide for her.

Jane Doe moved in with the welcoming man, but soon learned she had been deceived into the same trap she had fallen for prior to her first introduction to PATH.

 “I thought I was his girlfriend,” Jane Doe said.

Jane Doe said after six months of being in the relationship, the man demanded she repay him for every gift he had given her.

“From then on I became his sex slave and did what he wanted when he wanted me to do it, or he said he would kill me,” Jane Doe said. “I did what he wanted me to do because I wanted to stay numb.”

Jane Doe said she relied on meth to suppress the pain of her two failed marriages and the loss of custody of her three children prior to entering the sex industry. She said her reliance on meth forced her to stay close to the trafficker who provided it for her.

Jane Doe described her condition as “animalistic” and called the pimp her “puppet master.” She stayed with other women in several hotels and houses where people sold, bought and used illegal narcotics. Sometimes there was no electricity or running water.

“I got beat-on on a daily basis and told that I was no good,” Jane Doe said. “(I was told) the world had given up on me and my children had given up on me, because I had chosen a life of doing drugs, and (men) pretty much called me a whore all the time.”

Jane Doe said she believed it was God who pushed her to call for help after a night of sexual assault. She used the pimp’s phone while the people in the house were asleep and called her parents, who took her to the hospital.

“I had given up on everything,” Jane Doe said. “My body was ready to give up, my mind was ready to give up, but my heart wasn’t ready to give up, and so I just prayed out to God because I couldn’t even walk … I was so messed up from (men) sexually assaulting me.”

Jane Doe was introduced to PATH by her mother. She entered the program and was hospitalized three times and left the program without completing it after her accidental overdose. Approximately six months after leaving the hospital, Jane Doe called Allison to return to PATH. She was committed to completing the program this time, and, unlike her previous stay, she wanted to change.




Erick Wesley Olson, 33, formerly of Thief River Falls, is currently held on $30,000 bail without conditions or could be released on $1,200 cash with conditions.

A Crookston man is charged with four counts of Threats of Violence and four counts of fifth-degree Criminal Sexual Conduct – Lewd Exhibition after exposing himself and threatening to rape and kill four elementary students as they were on their way home from their bus stop. Erick olsonWesley Olson, 33, formerly of Thief River Falls, is currently held on $30,000 bail without conditions or could be released on $1,200 cash with conditions. Olson has an extensive criminal history from both Minnesota and North Dakota, and a delinquent with a number of felonies as a minor in the late 1990s and early 2000.

According to the complaint, on Monday, March 14, at approximately 2:35 p.m., Crookston Police Officer Don Rasicot received a report from a mother of a 10-year-old (M.B.) and an 8-year-old (T.B.) that ride the school bus together with neighbors who are also ages 10 and 8 (K.R.E. and K.L.E.) and these students got off the bus at their stop in front of the apartment building, located at 822 North Main Street to go home to the 800 block of North Broadway when a naked male adult came out from behind the building at North Main Street and began masturbating in front of them. He also threatened to rape and kill them, said court documents. The children immediately ran home and told their mother what had happened.

Officer Rasicot then responded to the mother’s location and spoke to M.B., who stated that she, T.B., K.R.E. and K.L.E. walked behind the big apartment building at North Main Street and as they did so, a white male, who was in his 20s or 30s and had short black or dark brown hair and tattoos all over his arms, chest, and neck, came out from an apartment door and stood on the balcony totally naked waving his shirt or underwear over his head. M.B. then said the white male yelled at them that he was going to rape and kill them. The victim said the male was playing with his penis and then started “humping the railing on the balcony.”

Rasicot then spoke to T.B., K.R.E. and K.L.E. who all gave him similar explanations of what had occurred at the 800 block of North Main Street, where M.B. pointed out the main floor balcony which faced east from the apartment building (which turned out to be Apartment #3.) Officer Rasicot then conveyed this information to CPD Officers Darin Seller and Lee Tate, who continued to observe the apartment building.

Officer Rasicot subsequently returned to 822 North Main Street, and he and Officer Tate went to Apartment #3, while Officer Seller continued to observe the balcony of that apartment. Rasicot knocked on the door to Apt. 3, but no one would answer the door. After a few more minutes of knocking, Officer Rasicot noted that a male, identified as Erick Wesley Olson, answered the door wearing a tee shirt and shorts. Rasicot noted that Olson appeared to be in his late 20s to early 30s, had short dark brown hair, and had tattoos on his arms and neck. Officer Rasicot told Olson that he would like to speak with him. Before Rasicot could tell Olson why he was there, Olson began to apologize and stated that he walks in his sleep. Olson also stated that he was not a pervert and didn’t remember doing anything outside, but that his brother, Tim, saw what happened. Olson then advised Officer Rasicot and Tate that the officers could enter the apartment and speak to Tim. Officer Rasicot then detained Erick Wesley Olson, while Officer Tate went into the apartment, said the complaint.

Inside the apartment, Officer Tate spoke to the other occupant, identified as Casey Olson. Casey Olson advised Officer Tate that he was the only person in the apartment; he does not live in the apartment; he came over to keep an eye on Erick Olson because Erick “kind of went off the deep end”; he believes Erick is on drugs and assumes it was methamphetamine; he did not know if there were any drugs in the apartment; he didn’t think Erick would have any meth in the apartment because Erick doesn’t have any money; he had been at the apartment for a couple of hours; he did not see Erick go outside; and he was folding clothes when Erick walked into the bedroom naked.

Officer Rasicot then returned and took a taped statement from Casey Olson, who stated the following: he does not live at the apartment and is basically homeless; he has been staying at the apartment for a couple of days now; he currently dates Erick Olson’s sister and that is how he came to know Erick; regarding the incident, he first saw Erick walking inside the apartment naked; he asked Erick what the hell he was doing and told Erick that he needed to get some clothes on; Erick seemed “out of it”; he first saw Erick coming from the outside deck area naked; he did not hear and did not know what Erick said or did when Erick was outside on the deck; prior to the incident, Erick seemed normal and then all of a sudden Erick “wigged out”; and he wasn’t sure, but thought that maybe Erick was high on meth because Erick has a history of smoking meth.

According to the complaint, Officer Rasicot then proceeded to the Northwest Regional Corrections Center (NWRCC), where he took a taped statement from Erick Wesley Olson. After being advised of his rights, Olson agreed to speak to Rasicot and stated the following: when the police officers came to the door, he immediately began apologizing many times for running around naked; he doesn’t remember anything and doesn’t know why he was naked; he doesn’t remember talking to any children while he was naked; he was not on any drugs at the present time; he remembers something about his roommate telling him to come back inside from the deck naked; he remembers Casey pulling him inside the door where the deck is; and he doesn’t remember what he did outside. Officer Rasicot then asked Erick if he would consent to a urine test to see if he was on drugs, but Erick refused.

Erick Wesley Olson made his first appearance Thursday and is currently held on at the NWRCC in Crookston. If Olson were to be released, he may not be within a one block radius of the 800 block of North Broadway or have contact with the four victims. He faces a maximum sentence of 24 years in prison, a $52,000 fine or both if convicted of all charges.







Concerns surge in meth supply could lead to drug epidemic.

A lifetime Black Power member says he is concerned about a surge in the availability of methamphetamine.svSVDVSWV

Community advocate Denis O’Reilly says he’s noticed a surge in the availability of the drug, and fears the country could be on the verge of another methamphetamine epidemic.

“We’ve got to try and insist that our own houses are meth free, and then our own street and our own little community. But it is very, very, very hard; it sneaks in real fast,” he says.

Mr O’Reilly says he believes methamphetamine, or P, is now more readily available than cannabis.

Meanwhile, a woman caught up in a P contamination saga is calling on other families to get their homes tested for the drug.

Belinda Hughes from Pollok, near Auckland, is suing her former landlord for $50,000, claiming she moved into a contaminated house.

“Unless you get it drug tested first you’re going to be in the same position as I was: move into a house, live there and it’s like ‘oh, hello, it’s contaminated’,” she says.

“All your soft furnishings have to go, all your clothing, everything.”

Ms Hughes says the family has been forced to burn many of their possessions, including furniture and clothing.










CHEROKEE COUNTY, N.C. — Cherokee County Sheriff Derrick Palmer says deputies have arrested three people after they were discovered in possession of drugs while a child was present.

Palmer says 37-year-old Joel Lee Trull of Marble, NC, 23-year-old Tasha Savannah Eller of Murphy, NC, and 20-year-old Breslin Drake Allen, also of Murphy, NC, were all arrested on Wednesday.dddad626-711b-4cbf-9c54-b928ccd43d9d-large16x9_CherokeeDrugSuspects

Deputies responded to a report of a truck that was sitting up in the field behind the Cherokee County Department of Social Services Building.

The report also said there were two men who appeared to be armed and were acting suspicious.

The deputy who responded found an extended cab pickup truck. Palmer says Trull and Allen along with Trull’s minor child were found inside the vehicle.

With the arrival of Sheriff Palmer, Chief Deputy Thigpen and Investigators searched the vehicle and Palmer says they found a quantity of methamphetamine, marijuana as well as paraphernalia.

Palmer says investigators also found a bag of syringes and methamphetamine that were within arm’s reach of the child. Eller was located at the Social Services building where she was transacting business.

Trull was arrested and charged with Misdemeanor Child Abuse, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Methamphetamine. Trull was set a $10,000.00 unsecure bond and was released and is scheduled to appear in Cherokee County District Court on March 30th, 2016.

Both Eller and Allen were also arrested and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of methamphetamine, and other charges. Both were released on a $5,000.00 unsecure bond each and both are scheduled to appear on March 30th, 2016.

Sheriff Palmer said “These people are no stranger to the justice system for violations of the controlled substance laws. It is our duty to continue to protect our community and especially areas like the Department of Social Services so that it is safe for our children. This demonstrates the continued disregard for the safety of children when you have drugs and needles so close in proximity them.”









DUNKIRK, N.Y. (WIVB) — Various law enforcement officials in Dunkirk arrested two men, Joshua J Hammer, 28, and Walter J. Doyle, 48, on drug charges after police searched their home on Lake Shore Drive early Wednesday.m,dctgujkdtjd

Authorities report that their arrests mark the end a three month investigation of Hammer and Doyle, who investigators suspected to be using the location for the production of methamphetamine and the storage of stolen property.

Law enforcement officials say that they recovered more than two dozen methamphetamine labs as a result of the search. Also found during the search were large quantities of stolen property consisting of tools, jewelry and other stolen items that were linked to a recent residential burglary in the town of Hanover, according to authorities.

Hammer was previously charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and criminal possession of a weapon in February of last year.

Hammer and Doyle were taken to the City of Dunkirk jail and are being held until their arraignment. From there, they will be transported to the Chautauqua County Jail where they await further action. Additional arrests are anticipated as a result of the investigation police say.







Redding police arrested a 20-year-old woman Wednesday for allegedly possessing methamphetamine, her second arrest for the crime in a one-month span.

Cpl. Chris Jacoby said it started on Feb. 18, when officers conducted a probation check on lemon-garrity-picRichard Garrity, 45, at the Ponderosa Inn. Garrity allegedly blocked officers from coming in while his girlfriend, 20-year-old Tearney Lemon, tried to destroy some methamphetamine, Jacoby said.

Both were detained and officers seized 2 ounces of the drug, Jacoby said.

Lemon posted bond, though, and officers learned she was still selling methamphetamine when she got out, Jacoby said.

Wednesday night around 9, officers stopped her after seeing Lemon leave the Ponderosa Inn on her motorcycle. The officers found 1 ounce of meth on Lemon this time, Jacoby said, and she was again arrested on suspicion of possessing the drug for sale, as well as transporting methamphetamine. In addition, her bail was increased because of the new felony committed while out, Jacoby said.

Her February arrest included a charge of maintaining a residence where narcotics are used or sold, while Garrity’s arrest was based on that charge, violating his probation and possessing methamphetamine.



The Redding Police Departments Neighborhood Police Unit has been conducting a long term investigation of narcotics sales at the Ponderosa Inn, located in downtown Redding. On February 18th the unit conducted a probation compliance check on Richard Garitty, 45 years, who was renting a room at the location. Garitty obstructed officers entrance into the room while his girlfriend, Tearney Lemon (20 years old), attempted to destroy Methamphetamine. Both subjects were detained and approximately 2 ounces of Methamphetamine was recovered. Garrity was booked at Shasta County Jail for violating the terms of his probation, possession of Methamphetamine for sale, maintaining a residence where narcotics are used and sold, and resisting arrest. Lemon was also booked at Shasta County Jail for possession of Methamphetamine for sale, and maintaining a residence where narcotics are used and sold.

Garrity remained in custody but Lemon posted bond. The investigation revealed Lemon continued selling Methamphetamine. On Wednesday 03/16/2016 at approximately 9 p.m. Lemon was observed leaving the Ponderosa Inn on her motorcycle. A traffic stop revealed she was in possession of approximately 1 ounce of Methamphetamine. Lemon was arrested again for possession of Methamphetamine for sale, transportation of Methamphetamine, and her bail was enhanced due to the fact she committed a new felony while out on bond. Lemon is still in custody at the time of this press release.




Drug bust nets two pounds of meth and two arrests

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A drug bust in Shasta County netted agents more than two and a half pounds of methamphetamine and two arrests. Tearney Lemon, 18, and Richard Garrity, 43, were arrested Tuesday at a home Redding.

Investigators with the Shasta Interagency Narcotics Task Force served a search warrant in the 1700 block of Milo Avenue at 7:20 a.m. Tuesday.   Investigators said they found methamphetamine inside the home along with 10 pounds of marijuana, prescription pills, evidence of drug sales and cash.

Garrity and Lemon were booked into the Shasta County Jail on a series of charges including possession of methamphetamine for sale, maintaining a residence for the sale of narcotics, and possession of marijuana for sale.




A 39-year-old Sheboygan woman was arrested on felony charges of methamphetamine possession after being reported by a former roommate.

In addition to the felony possession charge, Naomi M. Cerda also received misdemeanor charges including resisting an officer, disorderly conduct, and possession of drug paraphernalia 635938244377957067-Cerda-Naomi-Mstemming from the March 16 incident.

According to the criminal complaint:

Officers were sent to an apartment on the 2400 block of Camelot Boulevard in the City of Sheboygan for a report of possible drug use at 12:30 a.m. on March 16.

A former resident of the apartment had arrived to remove his items from it and found his former roommate, Cerda, and another man allegedly doing drugs. When confronted, the man left the residence and Cerda went into the bathroom.

When officers arrived, they observed drug paraphernalia in various places throughout the apartment and a pea-sized, crystal rock that appeared to be methamphetamine in the living area. Cerda told officers the meth belonged to the male that was with her, but provided no information on how to contact or locate him.

Cerda became physically uncooperative and resistant to officers when she was placed under arrest and officers had to hold her on the couch until she calmed down.

Cerda was previously convicted of possession of methamphetamine last November stemming from a March 2015 case, according to state court records.







CROSBY—Four people were arrested, 3 ounces of methamphetamines with a street value of $9,000 was confiscated and four children were placed in emergency foster care following the execution of a search warrant Tuesday in Crosby.download

Agents with the Lakes Area Drug Investigative Division executed the search warrant at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at a residence on the 800 block of Pine Street in Crosby, the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office reported. The search warrant was in connection to an ongoing investigation involving the sale and distribution of methamphetamine.

As a result of the search warrant, agents located 3 ounces of suspected methamphetamine, numerous baggies and scales related to drug sale, a video surveillance system which was active at the time agents made entry into the house, a firearm and numerous items of drug paraphernalia. There were four children present at the house ranging in age from 2 to 11 years old. The children were placed in emergency foster care.

Arrested in connection with the drug investigation are: Curtis Lee Hiltbrunner, 32, Melissa Sue Hiltbrunner, 28, and Nicholas John Schuman, 35, all of Crosby; and Trishanda Joelle Rude, 30, Garrison.







Alleged ringleader held under no bond; arrests continuing

Authorities believe they have nabbed the primary sources of the meth supply flowing into Central Louisiana.

The Vernon Parish Narcotics Task Force, Louisiana State Police Alexandria Field Office Narcotics Unit, and the Office of Homeland Security were assisted by the Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Task Force, DeRidder Police Department, and Louisiana State Police, Lake Charles Field Office Narcotics Unit, in the January 28 arrest of two suspects from Artesia, N.M.AR-160319732

Christopher Granado, 31, and Felisha Hernandez-Quezada, 26, were taken into custody without incident.

Granado and Hernandez-Quezada were identified as the alleged source of supply of methamphetamine in the central Louisiana area as the result of an investigation initiated by the Vernon Parish Narcotics Task Force in April 2015.

At the time of their arrest, Granado and Hernandez-Quezada were in possession of just under three pounds of methamphetamine and just under $10,000 cash.

Granado was booked into the Beauregard Parish Jail where he remains under no bond. Bond was set for Hernandez-Quezada at $500,000.

Granado and Hernandez-Quezada were later transported to Vernon Parish and charged with criminal conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Their bonds were set at $500,000. (cash only).

The methamphetamine seized at the time of their arrest has an estimated street value of $150,000, according to a Vernon Parish news release.

The Task Force started an investigation into the influx of methamphetamine in Vernon Parish.

Nathan Robertson, and Carey White, both of Simpson, were quickly identified as the alleged local connection for the New Mexico drug trafficking organization.

The Task Force and LSP Alexandria Field Office Narcotics Unit’s joint investigation of this drug trafficking organization identified and included other local dealers connected to Granado and Hernandez-Quezada

Information obtained from the investigation suggests this organization was responsible for distributing over 100 pounds of methamphetamine in the Vernon Parish area from April to November of 2015.

On February 2, 2016, the Task Force and LSP Troopers, assisted by the Simpson Police Department, arrested six Simpson area residents allegedly connected to this organization.

Nathan Robertson, 38, Carey White, 34, Wilmer Stewart, 43, Amanda Stewart, 32, Robert Keen ,Jr., 35, and David Dowden, 43, were all taken into custody and booked into the Vernon Parish Jail.

Robertson was charged with criminal conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, two counts of distribution of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of crack cocaine, and possession of marijuana. His bond was set at $86,715.

White was charged with criminal conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Her bond was set at $40,000.

Wilmer Stewart was charged with six counts of distribution of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine. His bond was set at $185,000.

Amanda Stewart was charged with two counts of distribution of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, and possession of schedule IV. Her bond was set at $81,715.

Robert Keen, Jr. was charged with possession of methamphetamine. His bond was set at $10,000.

David Dowden was charged with six counts of distribution of methamphetamine. His bond was set at $250,000.

As the investigation continued, the Task Force and LSP arrested Russell Cole, 44, of Rosepine on March 9, 2016. Cole was booked into the Vernon Parish Jail charged with criminal conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

His bond was set at $125,000.

More charges can be expected for those already arrested and more conspirators will be arrested as the investigation continues.







Police arrested a husband and wife Tuesday on methamphetamine and child neglect charges after a sting operation led officials to their suburban home in southeast Salem filled with drugs, money and designer handbags.

Mark Anthony Porras, 35, and Hilda Porras, 35, were arrested on charges of delivery of 635937158983647920-500586methamphetamine and two counts of first-degree child neglect. The couple’s children, a 13-year-old and 15-year-old, lived within the “immediate proximity” of the drugs, police said.

Salem Police Lt. Steve Birr said police think the teens knew about their parents’ alleged drug sales.

Officers arrested Mark Porras in the parking lot of Shari’s Restaurant & Pies near Lancaster Drive SE and Highway 22 shortly after 2 p.m. Tuesday. A “cooperating defendant” worked with undercover officers to send text messages to Porras and arrange to buy methamphetamine, according to a probable cause statement. Members of Salem’s street crimes unit took Porras into custody and discovered a quarter-pound of methamphetamine in his sweatshirt pocket along with $1,200 cash in his vehicle.

The man’s arrest led police to execute a search warrant at the couple’s home, in a neighborhood near Cordon Road and Highway 22.

Police arrested Hilda Porras and uncovered 2 pounds of methamphetamine worth about $12,000. Steroids and 1,400 oxycodone tablets, valued at $42,000, were also discovered.  Birr estimated that police seized about $80,000 worth of assets during the arrest. Most of the drugs were found in the home’s garage, but Birr said a large amount of money was found in one of the teen’s room.

The Porras were arraigned Wednesday and are being held at Marion County jail on $1 million combined bail. A plea hearing for Hilda Porras is set for 8:30 a.m. March 28 at the Marion County Courthouse, 100 High St. NE. A plea hearing for Mark Porras, who also faces an additional methamphetamine delivery charge, is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. March 25 at the Marion County Courthouse.







Bledsoe County (Tenn.) Sheriff Jimmy Morris on Saturday jailed his own 26-year-old son on methamphetamine, manufacturing, drug paraphernalia, gun and assault charges.

James Michael Morris was found with 11.1 grams of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and a loaded weapon when officers raided his Upper East Valley Road home on March 12.Bledsoe County Sheriff Jimmy Morris

He was booked on charges of possession of a schedule II controlled substance, methamphetamine, manufacturing/selling of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a firearm while in commission of a felony, and assault. The younger Morris is being held without bond until a bond hearing that could be held today, according to officials.

“You know, he’s my son. But when it comes to the law, he’s no different than anyone else,” Morris said Thursday.

The sheriff said he accompanied deputies when they went to his son’s home but stayed back to allow them to do their jobs unfettered.

Morris said he has tried to make it a point to speak to young men in Bledsoe County when he heard one of them was having problems “to try to get them on the right side of life.”

Then his own son needed that talk.

“I went to my son, personally, nine months ago and sat down and talked to him,” Morris said. “I’d been watching him for nine months to a year, and it all came into play and it finally got him busted.”

The sheriff said he had been suspicious something was wrong for a while.

“You notice changes in anybody when drugs become part of their life, whether it’s pills, meth or whatever their drug of choice may be,” he said.

Morris said his son and others who face drug problems can rise above them with support from their families.

“The biggest thing for a family or a father or mother is to take it upon themselves to admit that they have a problem,” he said. Parents and families should resist the impulse to deny a problem or to try to hide it, he said.

“I think he’s a good young man and he always has been a good young man till he let drugs get to be a part of his life,” the sheriff said. “I don’t think this is anything him or anyone else can’t overcome in life. Everybody makes mistakes, and he’s not the first and he sure won’t be the last.”







80-90 % of the Methamphetamine in the United States today is made by the Mexican drug cartels

Weapons linked to the controversial US anti-gun trafficking operation “Fast and Furious” were found last spring at the scene of a bloody clash between Mexican police and a group of alleged cartel gunmen that left 43 dead, according to documents obtained exclusively by InSight Crime.

The previously unpublished documents, obtained through a freedom of information request, show how US and Mexican authorities traced weapons from the shootout in Michoacán to the now infamous operation, which saw US authorities allow thousands of firearms to cross into Mexico in a failed attempt to trace them to arms dealers.16-03-11-Mexico-FastFurious

The clash took place on May 22, 2015, at a farm known as Rancho El Sol, near the border between the western states of Michoacán and Jalisco. According to the Mexican government, a group of gunmen from the Jalisco Cartel – New Generation (CJNG) fired on a convoy of federal police. The police then chased the men back to Rancho El Sol, where they waged a three-hour battle that killed one police officer and 42 presumed CJNG members.

The lopsided death toll, however, raised suspicions. Family members of the slain suspects accused the soldiers and police of carrying out a “massacre.” And in August, the prominent Mexican journalist Carlos Loret de Mola wrote that an ongoing government investigation had uncovered evidence suggesting that the security forces had committed extrajudicial killings.

According to Loret, many of the bodies of the suspected CJNG members had point-blank gunshot wounds in the back of their heads, while others showed signs of tampering. Some of the weapons found among the dead appeared to have been planted.

The documents obtained by InSight Crime show that Mexican authorities reported recovering 42 firearms, one .50 caliber rifle and one antitank rocket at the scene of the bloodbath.

The Mexican federal police submitted the weapons for tracing to the agency that ran Fast and Furious, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tabaco and Firearms (ATF), which determined that two of the firearms were “related” to the operation, though “it is unclear if the [Fast and Furious] guns were used during this event.”

US laws prohibit the ATF from publicly disclosing most details about the weapons it traces, and the documents obtained by InSight Crime are heavily redacted, making it difficult to determine how the guns ended up at Rancho El Sol.

The Mexican Attorney General’s office, which is handling the probe of the incident, did not respond to a request for comment.

The discovery of firearms linked to Fast and Furious at Rancho El Sol has not previously been publicly reported. But this is not the first time authorities have recovered weapons connected to the operation at a high-profile crime scene. And it’s unlikely to be the last.

Fast and Furious began in 2009 when agents working at the ATF’s Phoenix field office were instructed to let suspected gun traffickers “walk” with weapons destined for Mexican crime groups.

In theory, rather than arresting the suspected gunrunners, ATF agents would monitor them in order to obtain more information on illicit arms trafficking networks that would lead them to higher-level players. In reality, the agency lost track of as many as 2,000 of the guns that “walked.”

ATF agents involved in the operation told Fortune magazine in 2012 that they never purposefully allowed guns to be illegally trafficked. Rather, they said, their attempts to take down suspected traffickers were stymied by agency higher-ups and prosecutors unwilling to pursue cases made difficult by loose US gun laws.

Fast and Furious developed into a scandal, sparking congressional investigations and internal inquiries after it was revealed that weapons that had “walked” were recovered at the scene of the December 2010 murder of US Border Patrol agent Brian Terry.

Since then, weapons tied to Fast and Furious have continued to appear at numerous crime scenes in Mexico and the United States and have been traced as far as Colombia. In January, for instance, authorities found a .50 caliber rifle linked to Fast and Furious among a cache of arms seized at the hideout of the recently captured drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

InSight Crime Analysis

Fast and Furious has been widely criticized for allowing dangerous weapons to fall into the hands of some of Mexico’s most violent criminal groups. But experts consulted by InSight Crime said the botched operation also highlights larger problems associated with gun trafficking.

Stopping gun trafficking is not a priority for either the US or Mexican governments, said Sarah Kinosian, a security expert at the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA).

Kinosian added that the discovery of weapons connected to Fast and Furious at the scene of the bloody battle at Rancho El Sol serves as a reminder that weapons from the United States have long fueled high levels of violence in Mexico.

“We’re literally arming both sides of the conflict,” she said, referring to the billions of dollars’ worth of US arms purchased by the Mexican government in recent years and the estimates that the majority of illegal guns used by Mexican crime groups come from the United States.

Kinosian described Fast and Furious as “a dangerous gamble,” and said that even if the operation had worked out as planned, it would not have addressed “the root of the problem, which is the extremely lax US gun laws that are allowing [illicit arms trafficking] to happen.”

Alejandro Hope, who served in Mexico’s civilian intelligence agency during the time Fast and Furious was underway, pointed out that the ATF has a smaller budget than most other federal law enforcement agencies, and speculated that Fast and Furious may have been an effort to boost the ATF’s reputation by scoring high-profile arrests.

“They were very, very keen on carrying out these sting operations,” Hope said. “It was a good idea, very poorly performed.”

In response to a request for comment from InSight Crime, an ATF spokesperson said the agency “has accepted responsibility for the mistakes made in the Fast and Furious investigation” and has “taken appropriate and decisive action to ensure that these errors will not be repeated.”

The spokesperson did not specify what steps ATF has taken to track down and recover weapons tied to the operation, but did acknowledge that “firearms related to the Fast and Furious investigation will likely continue to be recovered at future crime scenes.”







Three Cartels battling for Tijuana

Posted: 18th March 2016 by Doc in Uncategorized
80-90 % of the Methamphetamine in the United States today is made by the Mexican drug cartels


As part of the struggle between criminals for the territory of  Tijuana, the Sinaloa Cartel publicly exposed the Lieutenants of the Cartel Arellano Felix and the representatives of the Cartel Jalisco Nuevo Generacion in Baja California, because of the existence of an internal fracture in the society of these mafia cells.


Reporter: Zeta Investigations and Cortesia We reflect of a Police analysis of the executions, confrontations and a manta with a narco message hung this week in Tijuana. On the 23rd of February,anonymous people located on a foot bridge close to the Parque Morelos, in the Insurgents Boulevard. He explained in an interview with Zeta: “In reality there exist a fracture between the Cartel Arellano and the Cartel Jalisco Nuevo Generacion and their associates, provoked by Arturo Gomez Herra, we consider it not to be profound and that they are going to resolve this by eliminating the Lieutenant that provoked it. “El Gross” in whatever moment he will appear dead. In the manta, one can read, and before the security elements they reiterate: “Communicated by the pearl for Los Arellano we are finished with Los Aquiles and Ranas, extortioners, rats and kidnappers we know who their friends are and members of the plaza they want a new war. This message is for Los Pilotos Manuel Lopez Nunez (Don Balas), Crescencio Murillo Beltran (El Chencho), Adan Rodriguez Guevara (Guero Chihuahua), Mario Rodriguez (Compa), Fausto Esteban Nides (Karateca), Arturo Cosme Espinoza (Cosme), Enrigue Jorquera Guerrero (Jorquera), Prospero Medina (Pablito), Pedro Quintero Velazquez (Jaguar 58), Luis Medina Garcia (Focu), Edgar Ruiz (Chore), Roberto Parnas (Paras), Jose Medallo (Mesien), Juan Lorenzo Vargas (Chan). Signed El Tigre, El JP, El Gross CTNG-Mencho-CJNG The consultant for this magazine added: “Logic indicates that the content of this message is real, what is more probable is that it wasn’t hung by the CAF nor those from Jalisco, but a third party in discord, the people of the Sinaloa Cartel that decided to expose the principal Lieutenants of the two groups for the attention, and not to focus on the leaders of the Sinaloa Cartel. They want to move the brand.”

Fausto Esteban Nidez Valdez, Oscar Adan Rodriguez Guevara, Mario Rodriguez
For those from Sinaloa, one refers to Alfonso Arzate Garcia “El Aquiles”, with order of apprehension for kidnapping, and Rene Arzarte Garcia “La Rana”, already detained for assaulting his wife, actually without charges. The phenomenon of the struggle between the three Cartels, was not analyzed by the Secretary for Public Security of Tijuana with the same dynamics; the declarations of Alejandro Lares Valladares, were an unfortunate event, knowing what the information contained ” already we knew that we are behind time”, and in respect of which, they have evidently done nothing necessary to combat it. After a rest, he spoke of the relevance of the threats, related to events at a time of Political elections. Lares, who collected 110,000 pesos per month, which is 17,000 per month more than the Mayor evaded his responsibility of prevention, and forgot that the most likely period these messages appear is end of August and beginning of September 2015, far from the electoral period in Tijuana. Like other messages from criminal groups, the criminal message is contained in a manta on media more than a meter in height and three in width, written by hand, with perfect lettering and without accent (words particular to a region ), with red and black letters to highlight particular parts of the criminal message, it has been analysed as a struggle between three cartels that have converged in Tijuana: the CAF, the CJNG and the Sinaloa Cartel. Suspects without arrest warrants It is usual when criminals hang a manta and the authorities remove it, it is the that the seconds its hanging that gives it importance or credibility. That did not happen on this occasion. Investigators, both State and Municipal consulted by Zeta, referred to the threat: “Its good” but there are some mistakes.” They emphasized: “The majority of the protagonists in the manta already have been detained and set free and continue being criminals”. Effectively, the majority are common suspects. “In the areas of intelligence that is shared in the interior of the operational groups, in that these men are Lieutenants of some Cartels and continue to be active, but they are not fools, we follow them and its difficult to detain them with drugs or weapons because they operate on another level, crossing drugs to the United States”, commented a member of the Counsel for Security. He detailed that the prosecutors have not built charges against those mentioned, despite them being fingered by other juvenile offenders in various preliminary investigations. “But even when they try to obtain arrest warrants, in the case of Lieutenants, such as “El Gross”, the Judge rejects any that we promote.” For example, in recent months the PGJE has solicited four arrest warrants against Arturo Gomez Herrera, all were rejected. One of the elements from the intelligence section of the Corporation of the Counsel for Security commented: ” In some moment we have located in the State, Jose Antonio Soto Gastelum and Manuel Lopez Nunez, but there is nothing judicial against them, but we keep following them in the hope that they will arrive closer to the arms or the drugs, but they haven’t done it. “The truth, some of them we detained for minor infractions for nothing more than to take current photos of them, because there is not much else we can do.


Prospero Medina Avilez, Jesus Ruiz Dominguez, Enrique Jorquera Guerrero

“Also like the majority of those, for security reasons leave the State and take refuge in other States, we are sharing information with the Federal Corporations in order to see the possibility of detaining them outside of Baja California, like we did with Armando “El Gordo” Villareal in July of 2011 in Sonora and with Alfonso Lira Sotelo “El Atlante” in Jalisco, in September of 2014.” Of the errors in the manta, they explained who was second in command of Fernando Sanchez Arellano “El Ingeniero”, “El Meisen” is Jose Mellado, not Jose Medallo, and that the nickname of Roberto Parnas is “Parnas” and not “Parna”, and that the ex ministerial Policeman Fausto Esteban Nides is not a criminal  Lieutenant identified with the nickname of “El Karateca”. “El Guero Chihuahua” and “Don Balas” Inside information that they already knew, like the manifested Alejandro Lares, there are various situations that if the authorities knew of them, they have not manifested that publicly. One is the ascending criminal Adan Rodriquez Guevara “El Guero Chihuahua”, on whom there is a series of confused messages that the authorities received over the past two months. His people and subalterns have orders to give erroneous information to the authorities, to say that it is pertinent to a contrary criminal group and that his boss is one of the Lieutenants of the Sinaloa Cartel. “Its one of the bad things that they try,” said a policeman in reference to the executions. The first time that the was detained was in 2004, when the State Preventative Police identified him as head of sicarios, for a group headed by Jose Manuel Nunez Lopez “Don Balas”; with a team of killers nicknamed “Los Omegas”. His most relevant capture was on Friday 26th of September of 2008, when the car in which the Director of the PEP was travelling in was attacked at the top of the Guaycura Fraccionamiento in Tijuana, and all the different Police forces responded with support. In the zone, the then Secretary of Public Security of Tijuana, Julian Leyzola, detained four men in a vehicle in possession of four firearms, one calibre 5.7 x 28 know as the cop killer in Mexico due to its ability to penetrate body armor, and the pistol of choice for many capos and their families), one Colt pistol in .45 calibre, a .38 super and a 9mm. The detained were Guillermo Chavez Garcia, Andres Ulises Alvarez Baldovino, also Adan Rodriguez Guevara “El Guero Chihuahua”; they were accompanied by whom was first presented as Luis Ernesto Guerrero Bustamante and later was identified as a Lieutenant of the CAF, Manuel Lopez Nunez, known as “Don Balas”.

On the 11th of January of 2009, the PGJE release a bulletin that said that the Public Ministry of the Federation executed a penal action against the detained and that Judge of the 3rd District in the State of Nayarit had dictated an auto of formal prison against all of those presumed responsible in organized crime. But they were set free, the exact date that they left custody is unknown. In November 2011 the local authorities gave account that “Don Balas” was already back in the streets, they had seen him. ” There have been rumours that he had been converted into a collaborating witness in the United States, but we could not corroborate that. Actually, the United States authorities had identified “El Guero Chihuahua” as someone that trafficked large quantities of drugs to their country, starting originally with marijuana, and cocaine and now also crystal, “but he continues to operate with a low profile.” They let “El Tigre” go free Another fact that is highlighted in the manta, is the incorporation of the nickname of Jose Antonio Soto Gastelum “El Tigre” to the Cartel Tijuana Nueva Generacion, who are allegedly integrated with the Lieutenants of the AFO, identified in the manta as “Los Pilotos” and accountable to the son of one of the Arellano brothers, currently in charge of the cartel. Soto had been identified as a trafficker from the Sinaloa Cartel for many years, with a presence in Mexicali and Tecate between 2006 and 2010, in which he was aligned in the internal struggle of the CAF, “El Tigre” supported a cell run by Eduardo Garcia Simental “El Teo” that combated against “El Ingeniero”. When some groups saw a reduction in their economic profits as part of the confrontation, the Sinaloa Mafia offered to lend them and supply drugs that they could pass to the United States to recuperate some capital.

EL Cosme                  El Piolin                                El Gross

Alfonso Arzarte negotiated with Fernando Sanchez Arellano and Jose Soto with “Los Teos”, they had no problems, said a Zeta contact and added ” he is well connected and in with the Sinaloa leaders.” After the positioning of the Sinaloa Cartel, they left “El Tigre” the East zone of Tijuana and after starting to loose territory in the plaza wars. In December of 2015 the version that was received by the areas of intelligence in Baja California was “those from Sinaloa released “El Tigre” to his fate, they are killing all his people and already he does not know what to do.” For this reason, their alleged affiliation with the CJNG is novel. The CJNG in Baja California Until now, the most visible face of a local criminal linked to the CJNG has been, according to intelligence reports from the area, Arturo Giovanni Gomez Herrera “El Gross”, who has been previously manifested as “El Volteon” of the CAF and later they said that he was from Sinaloa. However, in the most recent criminal organogram carried out by local authorities, Gomez Herrero was considered a Lieutenant of fourth rank of the Cartel led by Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes Ramos “El Mencho”. As subalterns of “Mencho” they would be under Jose Lira Sotelo “El Atlante”. With this man in prison, the most representative would be his brother Javier Lira Sotelo “El Carnicero” and his sister Alma Delia Lira Sotelo, who collaborates with the administration of exchange, who’s agreement is to the Government of the United States, and are under investigation for laundering drug money. Below those mentioned above, continue two of the signatories of the manta of February the 23rd: “El Gross” and Juan Jose Perez Vargas “El Pioliin” or “El JP”, who was born in San Diego, United States was detained in 2010 on possession of weapons for exclusive use of the Army and crimes against health. In December of 2012 they were captured again in possession of three bales of marijuana and 34,000 US dollars. For March of 2015, the authorities knew that they had been set free and added them to the list of those most sought for his alleged participation in killings, even though his principal criminal activity was transiting drugs to San Diego, with the support of other family members. CAF, Jalisco and Sinaloa: Relations and Fractures “El Atlante” and his links with the CAF and relation with Sinaloa is what actually keeps the authorities busy. Basically the analysis of exchange houses that they utilize to launder money. “There exists new data that reveals the possibility that those exchange houses that are linked to “Los Lira” are in reality the property of Gustavo Rivera Martinez “El Pi”, the old Lieutenant and financial operator of the CAF detained in March of 2008.

El Pedro                    El Jaguar 58             El Tigre                   El Chan

As well as investigating that data, it also refferes that Osvaldo Contreras Arriaga and Omar Guadalupe Ayon Diaz( are related with exchange house administration for Los Lira Sotelo, the youngsters detained in August of 2015 in Colombia, as part of a convention with United States authorities, they are related, criminally and in blood with Manuel Lopez Nunez “Don Balas”, also a CAF leader. They were previously presented as being part of the Sinaloa Cartel. The reality is that there are many relations that crumble, said one of the investigators, who remember that the people of “El Atlante” and “El Tigre”, who now are apparently on the same side, were in a death struggle against each other since the 11th of May 2013, when they assassinated Jose Antonio Beltran Cabrera “El R4”, the right hand man of Jose Soto “El Tigre”. “But we know they are criminals and what is important to them is business”. Without charge or freedom Of the subjects mentioned in the manta, Jose Mellado, Roberto Parnas Mendez, Crescencio Beltran Murillo “El Chencho” and Mario Rodriguez, are considered Lieutenants of the CAF, they have served no prison time in Baja California. In the same case one find the ex ministry policeman Prospero Medina, Enrique Gabino Jorquera Guerrero and Fausto Esteban Nides Ayala. Those who have been captured and released from prison area: Manuel Lopez Nunez, Oscar Adan Rodriguez Guevara, Juan Jose Pedro Quintero Velasquez; also the ex ministerial Juan Lorezo Vargas Gallardo and the ex municipal policeman Luis Arturo Cosme Espinoza. Original article in Spanish at Zetatijuana




80-90 % of the Methamphetamine in the United States today is made by the Mexican drug cartels

WARNING: extremely graphic image


This violent clashing of Old School Zetas and CDN, is beginning to appear much like the Tamps war3_heads

2011 The decapitations, and dismemberment had tapered off and not often seen, now it has again become a daily occurrence, terrifying the populous.

The latest is a triple decapitation deposited at the Soriana Palmas parking lot in Cd. Victoria.

At around 9:30 this morning, a white Ford F150 was left at the Soriana with its doors wide opened, not caring that anyone, including children may wander by and see the horror left by Zetas.   Inside the truck was a body with a narco cartulina message.

The three decapitated heads, all three of males, were left in a large cooler in the truck bed.

The message is addressed to; Boss Werko Tiki Tiki, Cucho, Veloz, and all CDN. The threat/promise is the same fate awaits them.tiki_tiki_rolando_zeta_cdn_cdvictoria2

The “Tiki Tiki” mentioned in the message, is Rolando Gonzales, a Tamaulipas native and second in charge of the Victoria plaza.

He and his brother are attributed with the “disappearances” of numerous people in Jimenez, Tamaulipas.

Gonzales sold cars in the same Soriana shopping center where the grisly deposit was made today.

He was once a member of the Tamaulipas Acreditable State Police.










80-90 % of the Methamphetamine in the United States today is made by the Mexican drug cartels


On the evening of January 9, 2012, the Mexican actress Kate del Castillo poured a glass of wine, sat down at her computer, and opened Twitter. She had just returned home, to Los Angeles, after a Caribbean cruise with her sister and her parents. The previous year had been difficult: in November, her marriage to the actor and model Aarón Díaz had ended. Del Castillo had spent much of the year starring as a drug trafficker in “La Reina del Sur” (“The Queen of the South”), a sixty-three-episode telenovela on Telemundo. Her character, Teresa Mendoza, a small-town Mexican woman whose love life enticed her into the narcotics trade, was given to ruthlessly practical observations. “Life’s a business,” Teresa once said. “The only thing that changes is the merchandise.” The series had dominated ratings in the Spanish-speaking world, and made her a household name, particularly in Mexico, but for del Castillo, who is forty-three, the experience had been overwhelming; at one point during filming, she had received medical treatment for exhaustion.160321_r27824-690

Now she thumbed through a few notebooks filled with song lyrics and observations, and then started typing in an app that allowed her to write longer tweets. “Today I want to express what I think, and if it suits anybody else, great,” she began, in Spanish. During the next half hour, she proceeded to free-associate on love and politics: “I don’t believe in marriage, I believe in love . . . I don’t believe in either punishment or sin . . . I don’t believe in the Pope and the Vatican and all their wealth . . . I am alive and for that I thank God every day, for who I am, for good or bad.”

Then she turned to Joaquín Guzmán Loera, known as El Chapo, or Shorty—the leader of the Sinaloa drug cartel. El Chapo had escaped from prison in 2001, and had been at large since then. He was widely understood to be the most powerful drug lord in Mexico, if not the world, and was considered responsible for the deaths of thousands of people. Yet many Mexicans saw him as a populist antihero rather than as a murderer, because of his humble origins, his defiance of a corrupt and ineffective federal government, and his reputation for benevolence to Sinaloa’s poor and downtrodden. Del Castillo wrote, “Today I believe more in El Chapo Guzmán than I do in the governments that hide truths from me, even if they are painful, who hide the cures for cancer, AIDS, etc., for their own benefit. MR. CHAPO, WOULDN’T IT BE COOL IF YOU STARTED TRAFFICKING WITH THE GOOD? . . . COME ON SEñOR, YOU WOULD BE THE HERO OF HEROES. LET’S TRAFFIC WITH LOVE, YOU KNOW HOW.” She signed off, “I love you all, Kate,” pressed Send, brushed her teeth, and went to bed.

Shortly afterward, Del Castillo went to Tijuana, where a friend was undergoing breast-implant surgery. In the hospital, the popular talk show “Tercer Grado” was playing on TV, and del Castillo and her friend watched as the guests took turns denouncing her tweet. Carlos Marín, the editorial director of the publishing company Grupo Milenio, was particularly savage. “This actress wrote a truly stupid thing on Twitter,” he said, “and she displays an abysmal ignorance about the problem of cancer, the problem of AIDS.” He added that this “beautiful, lovely, great actress” was “encouraging the commission of crime.”

For weeks, the Mexican public obsessed over del Castillo’s tweet, debating whether she was an apologist for the cruelty and bloodshed committed in El Chapo’s name. Her father, Eric del Castillo, who is also a well-known actor, defended her to the media but then e-mailed her a line-by-line critique of her manifesto. Her older sister, the journalist Verónica del Castillo, says that she angrily reminded Kate, “You are not Teresa Mendoza.”

Last month, I met del Castillo at her house in a gated community in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles. She was sitting on a sunny terrace beside an infinity pool and an array of saguaro cacti. She poured two glasses of a reposado tequila called Honor, a brand she is a part owner of. She wore tight jeans, a blouse, and very high heels, and had a small gold earring in her right lobe that read “Fuck.” “I was so upset,” she said, of the reaction to her tweet. “You know, why are they crushing me? I’m not saying all of this is true. This is just what I believe!”

Four years after the fact, del Castillo still seemed bewildered. Her mother, who is also named Kate, told me, “Everything she does is that way—without thinking about the consequences.” The consequence that del Castillo had least anticipated was that the man she had addressed in her tweet might actually respond.

As del Castillo tells the story, in the late summer of 2014 she received an e-mail from one of El Chapo’s associates. Through the Mexican actors’ guild, he had found her parents’ telephone number in Mexico City and told her mother that he was a movie producer who wished to speak to Kate about a project. The first messages he sent del Castillo were vague. Only when she replied that she was too busy for such inquiries did the man state his business: Soy licenciado de Señor Joaquín Guzmán Loera. (“I am Señor Joaquín Guzmán Loera’s lawyer.”) He told her that the drug lord, who had been re-arrested that February, was interested in making a movie about his life. He asked if she would come to Mexico City to discuss the prospect. (Del Castillo says that her computer has not saved these e-mails, and that she is relying on her memory of the exchange.) “I immediately said yes,” she told me.

The lawyer, Andrés Granados Flores, had approached del Castillo at a propitious moment. She was in Miami, filming another “narco-series” for Telemundo. Despite the success of “La Reina del Sur,” most people in the U.S. had never heard of her. She had moved to L.A. in 2001, to break into the American movie industry. Patricia Riggen, who cast del Castillo as an undocumented immigrant in her 2007 film, “Under the Same Moon,” told me, “She went from a place where everyone knew her to a place where no one did.” She added, “I think it took a lot of courage.”

For her first U.S. role, in the 2002 PBS series “American Family,” del Castillo says that she was made to dye her brunet hair black, so that she would appear more Latina. She was turned down for other roles, because her accent was too pronounced. In an effort to burnish her acting credentials, she sought out edgy roles, playing a transgender prison inmate in “K-11” and a Bolivian prostitute in “American Visa.” She also appeared in the Showtime series “Weeds,” playing a nefarious Mexican politician who is killed when she gets whacked with a croquet mallet. But such opportunities were rare. She said, “I’d go to auditions, and all the time it’s ‘You’re too Latina,’ or ‘You’re not Latina enough.’ ” Meanwhile, she continued to act in telenovelas like the one she was filming in Miami, in which she again played a wily and glamorous drug trafficker.

On September 29th, del Castillo took a private plane from Miami to an airstrip near Mexico City. Before boarding, she photographed the plane’s tail number and sent it to a friend with instructions to trace the plane if she did not hear from del Castillo that evening. As she emerged from immigration, two men in suits smiled in recognition. One was Granados, who had a youthful appearance, with a wide face and close-cropped hair. Accompanying him was another lawyer, named Óscar Manuel Gómez Núñez, who was short and chubby, with a mustache. El Chapo, they said, had instructed them to take her to dinner at one of the nicest restaurants in Mexico City. Fearing possible encounters with the paparazzi, del Castillo suggested that they go to a nearby taquería instead.

“Señorita, if he knows we’ve taken you to get tacos, he’ll kill us,” she recalls one of them saying. When she blanched, they laughed and assured her that they were joking. They settled on a restaurant by the highway, where they ate at a secluded table. The attorneys told del Castillo that, while El Chapo had received numerous offers from Hollywood producers, he trusted del Castillo and wanted to give her the rights to his life story.

“I was, like, ‘You are kidding me,’ ” del Castillo told me. “ ‘O.K., hold on. First of all, is he interested in a movie, a book, a documentary, a series?’ They said, ‘Anything you want. He’s giving you the rights.’ ” After a minute, del Castillo asked the inevitable question: “Why me?”

According to del Castillo, the lawyers replied, “Because you’re very brave. Because you’re outspoken. Because you always tell the truth, even when it’s about the government. Because you come from a great family. And because he’s a fan of yours from ‘La Reina del Sur.’ ”

Del Castillo and the lawyers talked for two hours. After lunch, one of them told her, “You know what—we first tried to contact you right after you wrote on Twitter. He wanted to send you flowers.” But they were unable to find her address.

In the next several months, del Castillo wrapped shooting for the Telemundo series and then, in early 2015, began rehearsals for “The 33,” a film directed by Patricia Riggen and based on the Chilean miners who were buried underground for two months, in 2010. (Del Castillo played the wife of the main character, portrayed by Antonio Banderas.) All the while, del Castillo imagined visiting El Chapo and conducting a series of interviews to develop the film project. “I was still deciding between a documentary or a movie,” she says, though his preference was clear: “He wanted a big movie, and he wanted me to star in it.” It was not clear to her what strong female roles existed in the life of El Chapo.

She mentioned her new project to almost no one. One exception was an Argentine producer named Fernando Sulichin, whom she had met in early 2012, at a reception hosted by the director and screenwriter Oliver Stone. Sulichin had told del Castillo that he was a fan of her work. Later, the two had lunch at the Polo Lounge, in Beverly Hills, where del Castillo recalls Sulichin telling her, “I read your tweet. Please, please—if you ever have contact with the guy, let me know.”

After she told Sulichin about her meeting in Mexico, he introduced her to another Argentine, José Ibáñez, who had produced the Oliver Stone documentary “South of the Border” with Sulichin. She conveyed their interest to El Chapo’s attorneys. In December, 2014, El Chapo sent del Castillo a handwritten letter:

Thank you so much for what you did for me, because, paisana, you did me the favor of speaking for me. Thanks, amiga, I cannot pay you back for what you did for me. I’m letting you know that I’m O.K. . . . With respect to the rights, you and my lawyers should come to an agreement. With respect to the rights, I want it to be clear that you are the one that decides everything that is done, what you want and what you don’t want.

Then El Chapo referred to “Visitantes,” a Mexican horror film in which del Castillo played a doctor driven mad by apparitions:

On another subject, some friends told me that they went to the movies to see a horror film you were in, amiga. They told me it’s really cool. Hopefully they’ll play it soon on some TV channel. . . . I love your acting, you really go for it. I congratulate you. I imagine acting can’t be so easy, amiga. I hope to say hello to you in person someday. Hopefully soon. Say hello to your dad, and your whole family, for me. I watch your father very often, because they show movies where he’s the main character. O.K., amiga, my respects to you. You’re a love. Thanks so much. Your friend, Joaquín Guzmán.

On January 9, 2015, Guzmán signed over his story rights to Kate del Castillo, for a project to be co-produced by Sulichin and Ibáñez. A notary at the Altiplano prison witnessed his signature. Around the same time, he wrote her a second letter, in which he described his Christmas meal (turkey and Coca-Cola) and also his New Year’s Eve dinner (pork and Coca-Cola). He wrote, “I tell you, that series that you made, I saw it and I loved it. I’ve seen it many times—you’re a great actress in it. I’m referring to ‘La Reina del Sur.’ ”

That one of the world’s most cunning criminals would entrust his life story to an actress he had never met would seem fantastical even in a movie. But, del Castillo told me, “maybe he thought I could understand his world, in a way.” El Chapo’s apparent conflation of truth with fiction—Kate del Castillo as La Reina—suggests a flicker of innocence. “When you meet an actor, you think you know that person really well,” Patricia Riggen said. “So I’m sure El Chapo believed he knew Kate. It’s like John Gotti saying, ‘I’ll only give my role to Al Pacino. He’s the only one who would know how to play me right.’ ”

On July 11, 2015, del Castillo attended a prizefight in L.A. with the boxer and promoter Oscar de la Hoya. Afterward, as she was having a drink at a downtown bar, a friend called and told her that El Chapo had escaped from prison, using a tunnel that ran directly to his cell. The trafficker’s attorney, Granados, later texted her, “I’m celebrating!” She responded, “Me even more.”

Del Castillo insists that she was shocked by the news—her exclusive story had just vanished. When she told Sulichin that their project was now worthless, he assured her that this was not the case. “It just got juicier,” she remembers him telling her.

Sulichin had been discussing El Chapo’s prison break with a friend of his, the actor and director Sean Penn. Penn was known for his interest in Latin-American politics—he had met the late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chávez and Fidel Castro’s brother Raúl—and his denunciations of the war on drugs. Del Castillo and her two producers believed that their project stood a better chance of being picked up by a film studio if a major figure in American movies, like Penn, was attached to it. When Sulichin told Penn that he knew a Mexican actress who was in close contact with El Chapo, Penn requested a meeting with her.

Penn, Sulichin, and del Castillo met for lunch at Fig, a restaurant in Santa Monica’s Fairmont Hotel. Because del Castillo had an appointment at the U.S. consulate early that afternoon—she was about to take the oath to become an American citizen—she cut their discussion short. Penn did not indicate any interest in del Castillo’s movie project. Instead, referring to El Chapo, he asked, “Do you think we can go and see him?”160321_r27825-320

She says that she replied, “That sounds really dangerous. The guy’s on the run, you know. But I can try.”

“Ask him,” he said.

Three days later, on September 25th, del Castillo flew to Guadalajara to attend a friend’s birthday. That evening, she met Granados and Gómez. They handed her a BlackBerry and told her that their boss would like to hear from her directly. In these text messages, which were later leaked to the Mexican press—not by del Castillo, almost certainly not by the drug trafficker, and therefore likely by someone inside the Mexican government—El Chapo said that she could come to the Sinaloa resort town of Mazatlán and spend a day with him at a nearby ranch. Then he wrote, “Amiga, if you’ll bring the wine, I’ll also drink yours. . . . I’m not a drinker, but your presence will be a lovely thing and I very much want to get to know you and become very good friends. You are the best in this world. . . . I will take care of you more than I do my own eyes.”

Del Castillo replied, “It moves me so much that you say you’ll take care of me—nobody has ever taken care of me, thank you! And I’ll be free next weekend!”

Del Castillo then left to join her friends, while the lawyers stayed on the BlackBerry to tell El Chapo that she was planning to bring along the two producers as well as Sean Penn, “one of the most famous actors in Hollywood.” El Chapo had never heard of Penn. Gómez then explained that “he made the film ‘21 Grams’ ” and was a “political activist” who had been a critic of the Bush Administration. El Chapo did not object.

The following day, the lawyers gave del Castillo a BlackBerry, so that she could contact El Chapo. They began texting again just after 11 P.M. He told her that he would be glad to welcome her and her friends. She was effusive but also strategic: “Thanks to you I’ll get to meet you—you have no idea how emotional this makes me feel. Thanks for your confidence. I’ve been putting together an important team with people who are highly respected in Hollywood. I want you to hear them out.”

“Amiga,” he replied, “have confidence that everything will be fine—otherwise I wouldn’t be inviting you. I’ll take care of you, you’ll see that when you come, I’ll get to drink your tequila with you. As I told you, I’m not a drinker, but with you I’ll drink to the feeling of being together. Thanks so much for being such a fine person. How beautiful you are, amiga, in every way.’’

Del Castillo flew back to Los Angeles the next day. On October 1st, Penn came over to her house in the late afternoon. He stayed for several hours, even joining a tasting of her tequila that del Castillo was holding. He gave her his passport information so that her assistant could book a charter flight to Guadalajara the following morning. (Del Castillo wired the fee for the plane—$33,720.37—from her bank account. Penn later reimbursed her for a portion of the sum, though their memories differ on the amount.) Penn was eager to hear every detail about how she had come to form a bond with the world’s most famous fugitive. Del Castillo interpreted these inquiries as coming from a potential partner in her film project.

In fact, Penn was asking as a journalist, though he was not taking notes or recording the conversation. By this time, he had contacted Jann Wenner, the founder of Rolling Stone, and told him that he was about to take a clandestine trip to meet El Chapo. Rolling Stone was struggling. In 2014, the magazine had published a story about a gang rape at the University of Virginia. After an investigation by the Columbia Journalism School determined that the article had not been sufficiently fact-checked, the magazine retracted it. Three lawsuits have been filed against Rolling Stone.

Wenner assigned Penn the story, and on October 2nd del Castillo, Penn, and the two producers, Sulichin and Ibáñez, boarded an eight-seater jet in Van Nuys. Del Castillo had put together a gift package for El Chapo. It included a novel she had written, called “Tuya” (a fictionalized account of her first marriage), a book of poetry by Jaime Sabines Gutiérrez (with her personal favorites underlined), a bottle of her tequila, and two movies on DVD: “Under the Same Moon,” in which she starred, and Penn’s “21 Grams.” Penn was carrying a letter of assignment from Wenner, saying that Penn, Sulichin, and Ibáñez would be the story’s authors. (Del Castillo says that she did not know about the letter.) On the plane, Penn read “ZeroZeroZero,” the Mafia narco-trafficking best-seller, by the Italian journalist Roberto Saviano.

El Chapo’s son, Alfredo Guzmán, met the group at a hotel in Guadalajara, where they left their luggage and their cell phones. At a nearby dirt airfield, they boarded two small planes. During the turbulent two-hour flight, Penn and del Castillo took turns drinking from her gift bottle of tequila to steady themselves. After they landed, in a marshy area, two S.U.V.s drove them seven hours through mountainous forest until they arrived, at about nine in the evening, at a spot near the city of Cosalá, in Sinaloa. Del Castillo saw a few run-down buildings that, it appeared, had been sparsely furnished for this meeting. El Chapo, who wore a clean long-sleeved shirt and jeans, was standing outside and embraced del Castillo immediately.

The group sat outside on metal chairs around a wooden table, while several other men hovered nearby. Del Castillo pulled out the tequila bottle, apologizing for its being half-empty, and introduced her companions to El Chapo, adding, “We still don’t know what we’re going to do—a documentary or a movie.”

“Whatever you want, amiga,” El Chapo assured her, smiling broadly, as he did throughout the evening.

Over tacos and tequila, del Castillo and El Chapo exchanged small talk about her family and his life on the run. Then Penn asked her to translate on his behalf. He said that he was there to write a story for Rolling Stone, and that he would like to do a series of interviews with the drug trafficker. Del Castillo says that she was taken aback. Penn later said in a statement, “Kate was a valued partner in our journey, which was embarked upon with total transparency and full knowledge of our collective interests. From our first meeting, I discussed with her my intention to interview Joaquín Guzmán for an article in connection with the meeting that she facilitated. We discussed it again during the flight and the trip to Mexico with our partners.” Sulichin believes that the article was discussed on the flight to Guadalajara; Ibáñez believes that it was discussed at their hotel in Guadalajara.

Del Castillo says that Penn’s claim that he told her about his idea for an article at their first meeting is “total and complete bullshit,” and that his mention of the story to El Chapo was the first she had heard of it. “This was not how I was expecting the night to be,” she told me. “But at the moment I thought, Maybe we can base the movie on this article.” For several hours, del Castillo served as translator. They discussed Hugo Chávez, the Mexican government, and Donald Trump. El Chapo seemed genuinely curious about whether the American public knew who he was. Penn told him that he would like to hang around for two more days. El Chapo replied that this was impossible. He suggested that they reconvene eight days later. Penn said that he would be happy to do so. He also offered to give their host final approval of the story. Of that decision, Wenner told the Times, “It was a small thing to do in exchange for what we got.”

Throughout, El Chapo was solicitous of del Castillo—pulling out her chair for her, pouring her tequila, asking why she was not eating. “Amiga, I think you have to go to sleep,” he said, eventually. He stood, telling the others that he was going to escort del Castillo to her bedroom.

As he led her down a corridor, he held her elbow. They stopped in a doorway to a room filled with several beds—one of them, presumably hers, behind a screen. She believed, she said, that El Chapo might assault her: “So I say, ‘What the fuck, I might as well say my last words.’ I told him, ‘Amigo, you know why I’m here. And you know what I wrote about you. You’re a very powerful man. And you can do a lot of good. There’s a good man inside of you. So let’s do it.’ ”

“You know what, amiga?” she recalls him replying. “You have a big heart.”

He gestured to the bed behind the screen. “This is where you’ll sleep,” he told her. “You’re not going to see me after this, because I don’t sleep where my guests are. It’s for their security.” He added, “Thanks for giving me one of the best days of my life.”

Penn and El Chapo never met again. A few days later, Mexican troops began conducting raids in the area. One evening in early November, del Castillo and Penn met with Ibáñez at the Beverly Hills Hotel, where he was staying. On his iPad, they filmed a video in which Penn proposed to El Chapo that he be interviewed on tape. Later, Penn sent del Castillo an encrypted e-mail with twenty-two questions for her to translate and send to El Chapo. She did so, while telling the trafficker, “After this article, we’ll begin with the movie.”

On December 5th, a package from El Chapo was sent by courier from Mexico to New York, where del Castillo flew to retrieve it. Inside an envelope was a cell phone with a seventeen-minute video of the drug lord nervously and perfunctorily answering only some of Penn’s questions, which were read aloud to him by a man off-camera. Some of the questions Penn had submitted were pointed, if open-ended: whether his products “contribute to the destruction of mankind,” how he justified the use of violence, whether he regarded his business as a “cartel,” whether the Mexican government and the United States Drug Enforcement Administration were corrupt, how he laundered his money, what he thought of the movement to legalize drugs. To most of these El Chapo responded indirectly or not at all. Other, more fanciful lines of inquiry—did he have recurring dreams, how would he describe his relationship with his mother, what kind of future did he wish for his children—elicited game but uncomprehending replies.

Before receiving El Chapo’s responses, Penn had begun writing an initial version of the story. Rolling Stone translated a draft into Spanish, and del Castillo sent it to El Chapo for his approval. He texted back, “Amiga, I approve.” She took this message to Penn’s house in Malibu, where Jason Fine, the managing editor of Rolling Stone, was helping him with revisions.

A few realizations began to dawn on del Castillo, she says now. One was that though she and Sulichin had hoped that Penn might eventually show interest in joining their movie project, it had become clear that he had no such desire. Moreover, El Chapo had given his approval to a version of a story that was still being revised by the writer and his editor. Most of all, del Castillo had been slow to recognize the trouble that awaited her. She had been surprised when Penn told her, early on, that she should retain the services of a criminal-defense attorney. But now she did so.

On December 19th, del Castillo spoke by phone with Alonso Aguilar Zinser, a prominent criminal-defense attorney in Mexico City. Del Castillo described in detail her interactions with El Chapo, including the meeting with Sean Penn and the imminent publication of the story in Rolling Stone. Zinser advised her that he did not think she was guilty of any crimes. He said that he would be back in touch with her after he returned from a two-week vacation. But on Thursday, January 7th, Zinser told her that he would not be taking the case, citing a conflict of interest with existing clients. (In response to my questions, Zinser did not elaborate, beyond saying that he was not representing anyone in the federal government or any of Guzmán’s associates.)

That evening—the unofficial beginning of Golden Globes weekend—Penn invited del Castillo to join him and two friends for an after-dinner drink at the Sunset Tower Hotel, in West Hollywood. When she sat down, Penn handed her his phone. On its screen was the final layout of his story, “El Chapo Speaks.” In this version were details that had not appeared in the earliest drafts that she had discussed with a lawyer for Wenner Media. Penn had apparently misheard her description of how El Chapo’s lawyers had been unable to find her mailing address. Penn’s rendition in the story—“She nervously offered her address, but with the gypsy movements of an actress, the flowers did not find her”—made it seem, in her mind, that she had been encouraging Guzmán’s courtship even before a movie project had been on the table. (Penn maintains that his version is correct.) Del Castillo scrolled through Penn’s article, and, according to his friends, she gave no indication that she was upset. She says that she left the bar without reading the story in its entirety.

Later, she noticed a scene that had not appeared in the version that had been sent to El Chapo. In a draft that had been sent to del Castillo around Christmas, there was a note from Fine, remarking on the long drive to see El Chapo: “DESCRIPTION FEELS A LITTLE TOO GENERALIZED. LET’S ADD MORE DETAILS OF THE RIDE, THE EXPERIENCE, THE TERRAIN, WHAT PEOPLE SAY—BLOW BY BLOW OVER THAT SEVEN HOURS.” The final version included this addition: “And then, as it seems we are at the entrance of Oz, the highest peak visibly within reach, we arrive at a military checkpoint. Two uniformed government soldiers, weapons at the ready, approach our vehicle. Alfredo lowers his passenger window; the soldiers back away, looking embarrassed, and wave us through. Wow. So it is, the power of a Guzmán face. And the corruption of an institution.” This scene, del Castillo maintains, did not occur: they didn’t go through any military checkpoint, much less one where government soldiers waved them on. Sulichin and Ibáñez, who were in the car ahead of del Castillo and Penn, also have no recollection of encountering a military checkpoint. (Penn maintains that his version is correct.) The lawyer for Wenner Media apparently did not bring up this incident to del Castillo, but a representative for Rolling Stone pointed out that she saw the final version on Penn’s phone and did not mention the discrepancy before publication.

The following day, January 8th, at 12:19 p.m., Enrique Peña Nieto, the President of Mexico, exulted on Twitter. “Mission accomplished: we have him,” he wrote. “I wish to inform the Mexican people that Joaquín Guzmán Loera has been captured.” A few hours later, Arely Gómez González, the country’s attorney general, told reporters that the government had been tracking El Chapo’s whereabouts for months, thanks in part to his interactions with people who had no obvious connection to his drug empire. Gómez said, “He established communication with actresses and producers, which is part of a new line of investigation.”

When del Castillo heard that, she said, “I wanted to die.”

The next morning, Gerardo Reyes, a reporter with Univision, called her. Reyes had learned from a source in the Mexican government that one of the actors the attorney general had referred to was del Castillo.

She hung up on Reyes. After a second reporter contacted her, she recalls thinking, I’m calling Sean, I’m calling everybody. She told Jason Fine that her name had been leaked to the press. That evening, two days earlier than planned, Rolling Stone posted Penn’s story on its Web site. The article, which was ten thousand words long, was widely circulated, but criticism quickly followed. In the San Francisco Chronicle, John Diaz wrote, “For those of us who care about the profession, and the daily threat to our brethren who practice it in one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists, Penn’s scoop was nothing to envy.” On Twitter, people used the hashtag #NoSeanPenndejos—which can be roughly translated as “Don’t be stupid assholes”—to heap scorn on the actor. This January, during a lengthy interview on “60 Minutes,” Penn said, “My article has failed.” He added, “The entire discussion about this article ignores its purpose, which was to try to contribute to this discussion about the policy in the war on drugs.”

Penn conceded that the story was what he termed “experiential journalism,” a characterization that the press picked up on. “You’re talking to the biggest criminal in the world, and you ask him if he loves his mother,” Sabina Berman, a Mexican essayist and playwright who has written extensively about El Chapo, said to me. “And you don’t ask him, O.K., is the Army working with you? Who distributes the drugs in America? Who are your partners, or are you distributing them yourself? How about the police in America, the D.E.A.—is it true that they have a pact with you? What about the heroin trade that is growing in America—is it you or is it someone else?” She added, “This was no interview. This was a publicity stunt.”

Later, Fine texted del Castillo and asked if he could meet her in Los Angeles and interview her for another Rolling Stone story. “I didn’t even answer him, I was so mad,” she says.

Del Castillo “has always been impulsive and straightforward,” the Mexican TV host and clothing designer Montserrat Oliver, one of del Castillo’s closest friends, told me. During the 2000 Presidential election, she had vocally supported the opposition candidate, Vicente Fox, incurring the displeasure of her employer, Grupo Televisa. A few months after del Castillo’s initial tweet, she played a starring role in “Colosio,” a historical drama about the Mexican Presidential candidate Luis Donaldo Colosio, who was assassinated in 1994. The movie’s release coincided with the 2012 elections, and it was widely thought to have been timed to embarrass the country’s powerful Partido Revolucianario Institucional. “This time, I think it went further than what she thought might happen,” Oliver continued. “The government must be very mad at her. If I were the President and these actors come and make a fool out of me, I’d be pissed, too.” The Mexican historian and essayist Enrique Krauze told me, “There’s an immense risk in approaching a person that has done such harm with a sympathetic view. Even as a biographer, I can tell you that. I don’t care if his father didn’t like him—I’m not moved by that, any more than I’m moved by Hitler’s pathetic past. The main point is that she was talking to a mass murderer. And, in the process of doing that, reality became fiction. While travelling to see him and exchanging messages, she was living out her most outrageous and extraordinary film work.”

After the capture of El Chapo and the publication of Penn’s story, it soon became evident that the Mexican government was singling out del Castillo as a target of investigation. Though El Chapo may well have exchanged texts with a number of people while in hiding, only the conversations with del Castillo were leaked to the Mexican media. In an interview with El Universal on January 19th, Attorney General Gómez said that her office was investigating del Castillo for money laundering. Gómez referred to the actress’s tequila business and to the movie project as potential areas of financial collusion with the drug trafficker. Asked if other people were being investigated in connection to the movie project, Gómez replied, “For the moment, no. The only person involved for the moment is her, and the investigation will inform us if there are other persons.” As for Penn, Gómez said only, “The federal attorney general’s office affirms that he is not being investigated for anything.”

This public statement appeared to be a violation of Mexican law, which forbids disclosure of any information pertinent to an ongoing investigation, including the name of the person being investigated. Indeed, a spokesperson for Gómez declined my request for an interview with her to discuss the case, writing, “Under the guarantees of the law and of due process, we are barred from fulfilling your request.”

In Mexico, the saga of El Chapo y Kate has provided a distraction from far graver domestic issues: the unsolved disappearance, in 2014, of forty-three students in Guerrero; the deaths, that year, of an estimated eight thousand people in activity related to organized crime; the decrease in value of the peso against the dollar to all-time lows.

The charges that del Castillo could face—all of which she vigorously denies—are nonetheless serious. Money laundering, for example, carries a penalty of between five and twenty-five years, and the wording of the law is unusually broad. According to one of del Castillo’s Mexican lawyers (who, fearing reprisals from the government, requested anonymity), “It’s so broad that anyone can be found guilty under that definition. As an actual example, she used the planes of El Chapo to go to their meeting.”

On the advice of her attorneys, del Castillo has remained in Los Angeles. Federal law in Mexico permits the authorities to place her under house arrest, without bringing charges against her, for up to eighty days. She had been expecting to be in Mexico now, filming scenes for a new Netflix series, “Ingobernable.” It features del Castillo as Emilia Urquiza, the First Lady of Mexico, whose husband is mysteriously killed, prompting her dangerous quest for justice. A representative for Netflix told me that del Castillo will remain in the series. Epigmenio Ibarra, the creator of “Ingobernable,” said, “We thought about the series with Kate in mind for over a year now.” He added, “Through her past roles, she has redefined what a female character can be in Hispanic television.”

Following the publication of Penn’s article in Rolling Stone, del Castillo spent two weeks sequestered in her house, in order to avoid reporters and photographers. To cheer her up, friends from Mexico sent her images of piñatas bearing her likeness and YouTube clips of balladeers crooning reverent corridos about her exploits with El Chapo. When she finally ventured out with a friend one Saturday night, to the Mexican restaurant El Coyote, on Beverly Boulevard, she was confronted in the parking lot by a cameraman from TMZ.

During three days of conversation I had with del Castillo, she was always wearing casual but elegant clothes. She was at times contrite, lamenting at one point, “See, I just do things, and I never see the consequences.” She repeatedly emphasized that she condemned El Chapo’s criminality. But she also echoed the affinity for him that she displayed in her initial tweet. She seemed sympathetic to El Chapo’s frequent claim that he fell into the drug trade because his impoverished community in Sinaloa offered no economic alternative. Del Castillo told me, “I can relate to that. Because I should be in Mexico. I love Mexico and I’ve been an actress since I was nine. It’s been a heartbreak to me to leave my country to have to find something else because my country didn’t provide me with those opportunities.”

Del Castillo regards the Mexican government’s investigation of her as “a witch hunt.” She sees elements of sexism in the media’s depiction of her: “They always mention my age. They don’t talk about Sean’s age, or him being in love with or admiring El Chapo.” Though she clearly wants to avoid making enemies in Hollywood, she worries that Penn, Sulichin, and Ibáñez might have somehow left her exposed when they did not insist on including her as a journalist on assignment in the letter that Jann Wenner gave to Penn. Her movie project with a notorious criminal has not turned out as planned, but del Castillo maintains that the endeavor is a worthy one, and that she intends to see it through to completion.

She can apparently still count on the support of El Chapo. Last month, one of the trafficker’s lawyers told the Associated Press, “I know that Kate is Mr. Joaquín Guzmán’s representative. . . . And he told me Monday that the movie has to go forward.”






After she was pulled over, a report says, Valerie Helene Godbout gave an excuse about why she was driving on the wrong side of Colonial Drive.

Godbout told Oakland police Officer Charles Streetzel she lives in Canada.os-driver-cat-20160316

“She tried to explain how traffic worked in Canada,” Streetzel wrote in an arrest report Thursday. “After listening to her I explained that the roadway she had been traveling on operated under the same principles.”

In other words, both the U.S. and Canada are “right-side” driving countries.

“At this time I noticed her eyes were bloodshot and she seemed to be confused,” Streetzel wrote.

The cooperative 33-year-old Montreal native was later charged with possession of marijuana, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia and booked into the Orange County Jail.

A cat found in the car was turned over to Orange County Animal Services for “safe keeping,” a police report says.

The pet, Mia, was reclaimed by Godbout on Saturday after she bonded out of jail.

Godbout was also cited for wrong-way driving and running a red light.

The encounter happened just before 12:10 a.m. Thursday.

Streetzel was driving a police vehicle eastbound on Colonial Drive when a corporal in the passenger seat spotted the wrong-way driver run a red light.

“In an attempt to prevent a head on collision with other vehicles, I made a U-turn at Tubb St and placed my vehicle in the path of all traffic,” Streetzel wrote. “The vehicle heading east stopped, as well as the traffic heading westbound.”

Godbout followed Streetzel’s orders and pulled off Colonial Drive and into a nearby parking lot, where she tried to explain why she was driving on the left side against the flow of traffic.

She told the officer she drove from Canada, stopped in New York and Miami and was now heading to California.

Streetzel asked if she was on drugs. She glanced over at a small glass container with a red rubber lid covered in jewels and said, “No,” repeatedly.

“I could plainly see some sort of leafy substance in the container,” the officer wrote. He asked what was in it and she said, “Nothing! It’s a friend’s. It’s not mine.”

She later said “it’s weed” but it belonged to a friend.

After she got out of the vehicle for a weapon pat down, officers searched and found a bag with substances later determined to be marijuana and meth.

No weapons were found.







ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – A meth operation that included multiple cookers inside a home was dismantled Wednesday in what the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office called one of its largest meth busts.

Deputies and SWAT team members served a search warrant at a home on Ravenswood Drive near Masters Drive, which is blocks away from Crookshank Elementary School. The school was not placed on lockdown, district officials said.Four men and a woman were inside the home when the raid took place. One man ran away as deputies

Deputies said they found multiple meth cooking labs in the home, which had been under investigation for some time.

Four men and a woman were inside the home when the raid took place. One man ran away as deputies approached, but the other three are in custody.

The men arrested were Adam Barber, 34, Christopher Hicks, 28, and Christopher Demarco, 22. They were all charged with possession of methamphetamine.

The woman, 47-year-old Angela Price, was taken away in an ambulance because she was sick, deputies said. She was booked after she was released from the hospital and was charged with manufacture and possession of methamphetamine.

Investigators spent hours sorting through everything from water bottles to paint cans to pinpoint exactly what was going on inside the home.

Even after the investigators clear out, the home will remain blocked off because it’s considered not livable.meth operation that included multiple cookers

“You don’t want to see that anywhere. Unfortunately, in every neighborhood, it can be in the nicest neighborhood or the poorest neighborhood, it’s there,” neighbor Dennis Conley said.

Conley has been living in the neighborhood for more than 25 years. He said it’s upsetting that the raid had to take place down the street from his home and just blocks away from an elementary school.

“It’s sad that it’s not an age thing anymore. You see young people doing it. You see older people doing it,” Conley said. “It’s just sad that people have developed into that nature that think it’s just normal, and in the real world, it’s not normal.”

The narcotics unit, the special investigative unit, and the special hazards operations team worked for hours taking items outside into the yard and processing each material, all while the suspects sat by and watched.

“With all the stuff that’s in this particular house, we have to figure out exactly what is trash that’s been used that is not hazardous versus the stuff that is hazardous, chemicals and stuff that can be harmful to the environment or harmful to the people,” said Sgt. Mike Hartsell, of the Clandestine Lab Team.

Hartsell said the sheriff’s office takes fingerprints and DNA from the evidence, so investigators can connect it to the suspects. Those suspects were taken away after they were decontaminated.

The sheriff’s office said this is one of the largest, if not the largest, meth lab it’s busted in the county.3-16%20meth_1458146752869_2418229_ver1_0_1280_720

Hartsell said about 20 meth labs are busted every year.

“The last couple of months, we seem to see an upswing of labs,” Hartsell said. “We’ve had quite a few in the last couple of weeks, so hopefully, it will be another couple of months before we find another one.”

The sheriff’s office said the men and woman will face charges of possession of meth or manufacturing meth or both.







Bound, gagged and thrown into the boot of a car.

Kidnapped and having their lives threatened.

Beaten close to death.

These are just three examples of an escalation in shocking P-fueled domestic violence against women in the Tauranga region, and support agencies say they are alarmed.e86357cae830e9d1cf160b1e1c6d963bce3e3796_620x310

The revelations come in the week Justice Minister Amy Adams announced new public services supporting measures aimed at revealing the scale and impact of family violence and the number of re-offenders.

Tauranga Women’s Refuge manager Angela Warren-Clark welcomed the move and hoped the Government would pour more financial resources into tackling domestic violence.

The brutality is mind-numbing, there doesn’t appear to be any empathy for these women. Children can be present, other people can be present – it doesn’t matter.”

-Tauranga Women’s Refuge manager Angela Warren-Clark

In the past six months, the refuge had dealt with cases where women reported they had been bound, locked in the boot of a car, driven to a secluded beach or forest location and had been threatened with death.

“There is a steady increase of women being abducted, being tied up, put in the boot of cars, taken away to the bush or the beach, or their partners having utensils to bury them …

“It seems a terror tactic, but we have to take it very seriously.”

Mrs Warren-Clark said there was also a high rate of women being subjected to extreme violence after a partner had used methamphetamine.

“Beaten black and blue. Beaten to a point they can’t run or get away.

“We have women tell us stories of having electric drills held to their eyes. Women who are subject to the most horrific sexual assault. Multiple rapes by multiple people as part of a punishment for their choice to leave. There is some very dark violence happening in our community – women who are being held captive and by the skin of their teeth they manage to get away.

“The brutality is mind-numbing, there doesn’t appear to be any empathy for these women. Children can be present, other people can be present – it doesn’t matter.”

Mrs Warren-Clarke said the increase in violence came at a time when the refuge was struggling. “Financially we are in as much need as we have ever been.”

The refuge used to be allocated clients who were most at risk of death weekly, now they were receiving referrals on a daily basis. “But I cannot pay my staff. We are allocated $185,000 a year from MSD. So far this year we have received 565 crisis calls, we are only paid for 320 a year.”

Te Tuinga Whanau Support Services Trust Social Services director Tommy Wilson said methamphetamine and domestic violence went hand-in-hand and had been a problem in the Bay of Plenty for about 15 years. He said in one case a man tried to kill his wife (both parties were on methamphetamine) after tying her up and putting her in the boot of his car.

Bay of Plenty District Health Board chief executive Helen Mason said there had been 123 presentations of methamphetamine use between July and December last year.

Tauranga Living Without Violence manager Mary Bedford-Jones said whenever P was involved in a case it always increased its risk and complexity.

A third of the men who came into the service would have addiction or abuse issues.

Mrs Bedford-Jones said their men’s programs were full.

Western Bay of Plenty area commander Inspector Clifford Paxton said there were normally between 80 to 90 domestic violence calls a week in the Bay. That was then broken down into no offences being disclosed, those where offending is identified, breaches of protection orders with some resulting in arrests and others being dealt with by partner agencies.

Mr Paxton acknowledged methamphetamine was an issue but alcohol was more prominent along with issues of unemployment, housing and financial concerns.

A Ministry of Social Development spokesperson said the National Collective supported 37 separate Women’s Refuge groups around the country. The ministry funded Tauranga Women’s Refuge $185,000 for 2014/15 financial year and have provided the same funding for 2015/16.






Agents of the U.S. Border Patrol continue to discover child predators and other dangerous criminals crossing the border. This week, in the Rio Grande Valley Sector alone, three convicted child predators, an alleged rapist, and two gang members were arrested. Another man was arrested with nearly $2 million worth of methamphetamine.140901895-640x480

“Border Patrol agents remain vigilant in their efforts to protect this nation from all threats, including predators and convicted criminals attempting to illegally enter the country,” said Chief Patrol Agent Manuel Padilla Jr., in a statement obtained by Breitbart Texas.

In what the Border Patrol listed as “significant arrests,” agents arrested two Mexican nationals and a Guatemalan national crossing the border who had previously been deported for criminal sexual acts against children. Those crimes include lewd or lascivious acts with a child, four counts of sexual assault of a child, and child rape.

Another alleged rapist was arrested near La Grulla, Texas. The Mexican national had previously been arrested and charged with rape in the first degree.

A Salvadorian man and another Mexican national were captured near Hidalgo, Texas. The Salvadoran man admitted to agents he was a member of the dangerous Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang. The Mexican man confessed to being a member of the 18th Street gang.

All of these men were processed by Border Patrol agents and turned over to the Rio Grande Valley Sector’s Office of Prosecution, the statement revealed.

All of these arrests occurred during a four day period this week, agents confirmed.

“Thanks to the hard work of Border Patrol agents, these dangerous criminals were unable to make it into our communities,” Chief Padilla concluded.

Officers of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Service (CBP) arrested an 18-year-old Mexican male who was discovered transporting $2 million worth of methamphetamine in horse shampoo bottles. The Mexican national was from the border community of Reynosa, Tamaulipas where an on-going civil war has been raging between members of the Gulf Cartel.

The suspect was attempting to cross the bridge from Reynosa into Texas in a taxi cab. When CBP officers noticed the three boxes of horse shampoo bottles they directed him to a secondary inspection point. At that time, they discovered 98.6 pounds of methamphetamine valued at $1,980,000.

“Finding hard narcotics hidden in shampoo bottles may seem strange but it is not unique,” said Port Director Efrain Solis Jr., Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry in a statement obtained by Breitbart Texas. “Encountering drugs hidden this way illustrates both the creativity and desperation of the drug smuggling organizations and the skill of CBP Field Operations in shutting down these attempts.”







Jeanetta Landrigan, 38, Bunker, was arrested at 3:52 p.m. March 14 after a traffic stop resulting from a theft incident at Wal-Mart reaped a bonanza of illegal drugs, according to a press release from the Salem Police Department. 56e97fbf7fb95_image

Walmart contacted the Salem Police Department Monday afternoon in reference to a woman who opened several packages and concealed them on her person before leaving the store in a blue Pontiac Grand Prix. The Pontiac was located traveling east on Highway 32 and pulled over near the entrance of the Sears and Parts-Tek parking lot.

All of the stolen merchandise was located during a search of the vehicle as well as several glass pipes used to smoke methamphetamine, numerous small plastic baggies containing methamphetamine, plastic baggies containing marijuana, a pint jar containing marijuana, a bag with 1.1 ounce of methamphetamine, a loaded 9 mm pistol and numerous items of drug paraphernalia.56e98060b877e_image

According to the press release, Landrigan was subsequently arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) with intent to distribute, possession of a controlled substance (marijuana) with intent to distribute, possession of synthetic narcotics, unlawful use of a weapon, possession of drug paraphernalia and shoplifting.

The release states Landrigan is currently being held in the Dent County Jail on $100,000 cash bond.

The driver of the vehicle, a 32-year-old Bunker man was also arrested and issued a summons for driving while suspended.







An unregistered sex offender was charged with possession of syringes for injecting methamphetamine after he attempted to flee a sheriff’s deputy, according to arrest warrants.

Marlon Monroe Taylor, 39, of Davidson Drive, was arrested Wednesday and charged with failure to register as a sex offender and failure to report a new address as a sex offender, both of which B9316680853Z_1_20150320184020_000_GDOA9HUKF_1-0are felonies, according to arrest warrants. Police also charged him with misdemeanors for two counts of resisting a public officer and possession of drug paraphernalia, the warrants state. Charges are pending for two felonies and a misdemeanor, according to court documents.

On Dec. 9, the warrants state, Taylor moved to Davidson Drive but did not update his address in the Buncombe County Sex Offender Registry.

On Dec. 28, he was due to register as a sex offender in person, but he did not, the warrants state.

On Wednesday, the warrants continue, a Buncombe County sheriff’s deputy made contact with Taylor during a traffic stop. Taylor gave him a false name – Kevin Merslack – according to arrest warrants. Eventually he ran from the deputy, and when he was apprehended, the deputy found syringes used for methamphetamine in his possession, according to arrest warrants.

Bond is set at $12,000.