An Iowa City woman faces charges for child endangerment and hosting a gathering for drug use after police allegedly found meth and pot in her apartment.

Caryn M. Freeman

Iowa City Police responded to a caller who indicated that 27-year-old Caryn M. Freeman was using drugs in the presence of her six-year-old son in her Lucas Street apartment, according to police complaints.

Upon contact with Freeman and three other unnamed adults at the apartment at about 11 p.m. Sunday, police noticed hypodermic syringes and prescription pills lying on the floor and marijuana and meth residue on low tables, within reach of the child, according to police.

A search of the apartment, of which Freeman and her child are the only occupants, turned up additional quantities of meth, pot and prescription pills, police say.

Police also searched Freeman’s car and found more meth and paraphernalia, according to police.

Freeman has been charged with a class D felony count of gathering for use of drugs, a serious misdemeanor count of possession of a controlled substance and aggravated misdemeanors for child endangerment and keeping a drug house.

Freeman is being held in the Johnson County Jail.






Dubai: A nurse and an employee have denied possessing a tiny quantity of methamphetamine for trading purposes.

The 34-year-old Filipina nurse, J.T., was accused of possessing 0.53g of a mind-altering substance (methamphetamine) for trading purposes.

Drug enforcement officers were said to have seized the methamphetamine, which was hidden in the nurse’s underwear.

Meanwhile her 33-year-old countryman, R.J., was accused of possessing 0.46g of the same banned substance, also for trading purposes.

The nurse was solely charged with consuming methamphetamine and amphetamine.

Drugs prosecutors have asked for the defendants to be given a life sentence and a maximum fine of Dh200,000.

“Of course not… I did not posses any substance for trading purposes. I did not consume any banned material,” said J.T. before the Dubai Court of First Instance on Monday.

R.J., also entered a not guilty plea before presiding judge Urfan Omar.

The employee was cited admitting, according to prosecution records, that he purchased the methamphetamine from the nurse.

Meanwhile the nurse was quoted confessing, according to prosecution records, that she obtained the methamphetamine from a person called Louis and then sold it to R.J. for Dh4,500.


A drug enforcement officer testified to prosecutors that an informant alerted them that R.J. was in possession of a mind-altering substance that he intended to sell for Dh2,500.

“We arranged with the informant to set an appointment with the defendant and we provided him with money to purchase the methamphetamine. We photocopied the money to use as future evidence against the suspect in court. The informant met the defendant in front of a mall in Al Muraqqabat. As soon as the informant sealed the deal with R.J., police raided the location and arrested the Filipino employee. The police money was seized in his right hand. Upon confrontation, he immediately admitted that he sold the banned substance to the informant,” said the officer.

A policewoman testified that she arrested J.T. in Ajman. “When I searched her, I found two plastic pouches that contained methamphetamine hidden in her underwear,” the policewoman told prosecutors.

Presiding judge Omar said the court will appoint two lawyers to defend the suspects when it reconvenes on March 31.



A growing German craze for crystal meth is spreading to stressed-out workers and students, a government study suggests.

School pupils and university students are among a growing number of groups outside the typical drug scene found to be regularly using crystal meth, according to the health ministry study out this week.


In the first government commissioned survey of its kind, scientists from the Hamburg Interdisciplinary Centre for Addiction Research asked 400 crystal meth users to list their reasons for taking the drug, Der Spiegel reported on Monday.

Beyond the “pleasant effects of the substance,” half of those asked listed stress caused by their jobs or studies as the reason for using it, the magazine said.

One third of participants said “school and studies” was a motive for using it. Stressed parents were also at risk of sliding into drug addiction, the study said.

The highly-addictive synthetic stimulant is known to cause serious, long-term health problems and can have devastating effects on regular users’ physical appearance.

The drug, the use of which several studies have indicated is becoming more widespread in Germany, attacks the nervous system.

Long term, it can lead to nerve damage, memory and concentration problems as well as heart problems and psychosis.

  “We need more information [on use of the drug],” Marlene Mortler, the government’s commissioner for drug related issues told Spiegel.

There is “evidence that the drug has spread from the German-Czech border into other regions, especially larger German cities,” she added.

Figures indicate growing numbers of crystal users in Germany in the past few years, with 2,556 new users coming to the attention of authorities in 2012 – a 51-percent increase on the year before according to Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) numbers.



Youth outreach workers and counsellors say they aren’t surprised an increasing number of young Albertans are seeking help to overcome addictions related to crystal meth.

Data provided by Alberta Health Services shows that 1,116 people between the ages of 12-24 sought treatment for meth-related addictions during the 2012-13 reporting period, a spike of 45 per cent over the four-year average.

pouch containing crystallized methamphetamine

Calgary police, meanwhile, also encountered meth more often in 2013, with 122 cases involving the drug compared to 90 the year prior.

Danene Lenstra, a program lead at the Alex Youth Health Centre, said she’s seen a substantial increase in clients addicted to meth in recent years. She said the drug is often used as a “coping mechanism” or “escape” but often leads users down an even darker path — paranoia, aggression and inability to sleep are just some of the short-term side effects.

“The kids I’ve seen over the longer term I would say are absolutely changed forever,” she said. “Even when I’ve seen them cleaned up, they were never the same.”

Calgary police have consistently come across increasing amounts of meth in recent years. Total cases involving the drug have jumped 335 per cent over the past half-decade when you consider meth was encountered just 28 times in 2009. But investigators have suggested some of the increase could be attributed to stiffer crackdowns on dealers and traffickers.

In September, city police touted a meth bust that saw $1.2 million worth of the drug taken off city streets, making it the single largest seizure of the substance in the city’s history. Investigators followed up that haul with a $210,000 bust the following week.

But answers as to why the dangerous substance appears to be more popular in recent years among young adults and even minors are tough to pinpoint, according to those helping people combat addictions.

“Ultimately, I just think it’s curiosity,” said Peter Baka, program co-ordinator with The Last Door Recovery Society, which aids clients from across North America. “Other kids are doing it, they want to see what it’s like so they experiment.

“The problem is you don’t really know you have a problem until you do,” he continued. “That’s the pitfall of someone experimenting with drugs.”

Alberta meth addiction clients ages 12-24

  • 2008-09: 811
  • 2009-10: 681
  • 2010-11: 726
  • 2011-12: 851
  • 2012-13: 1,116



MUNCIE — Four people were arrested at a downtown Muncie apartment Sunday afternoon after a methamphetamine lab was discovered.

Joshua D. McClellan

Arrested were Heather R. Miller, 36, Bobby J. Strunk, 37, Joshua D. McClellan, 38 and Benjamin J. Nixon, 35, at an apartment at 619 N. Madison St. at 12:10 p.m. Sunday after being found with an active “generator” and meth precursors on the second floor of the residence.

County officers stand outside

An investigation into the location of Heather R. Miller, wanted in connection with a variety of charges including possession of illegal substances, led county officers to the Madison Street apartment where Miller was staying.

According to police, a ”burned marijuana” smell was emanating from the apartment while Miller was being questioned at the front door, prompting police to search the building for evidence of illegal substances.

Upon entering the apartment, a chemical smell consistent with meth cooking was apparent, and items commonly used to manufacture meth led police to the discovery of the active meth lab.

After chemical testing, state police confirmed Nixon had methamphetamine in his pocket at the time of his arrest.

All four suspects were preliminarily charged with dealing meth.



Four arrested after meth bust in Muncie apartment

MUNCIE — Police say a methamphetamine lab was found cooking in an apartment across the street from a Muncie church in the middle of its Sunday school services.

The incident was reported just after noon Sunday at an apartment at 619 N. Madison St., where Delaware County sheriff’s deputies were reportedly looking to serve an arrest warrant on Heather Renee Miller, 36.

According to a probable cause affidavit, police were greeted by Miller at the front door of her apartment, which was emitting a “strong odor” of marijuana. As she was taken into custody, Miller requested officers take her upstairs to put on some shoes, and when they got to the second floor, they found three men:  Joshua D. McClellan, 38; Bobby J. Strunk Jr., 37; and Benjamin J. Nixon, 35.

Upon clearing the apartment of other possible occupants, police reported finding an active methamphetamine lab, as well as “materials … consistent with manufacturing methamphetamine” in a room upstairs.

The Indiana State Police’s Methamphetamine Suppression Unit was called to the scene to properly dismantle and dispose of the meth materials. The incident occurred while The Ambassador’s of Christ church was conducting its Sunday school services across the street, Deputy Anthony Johnson wrote.

According to court documents, all four of the subjects inside the house had purchased pseudoephedrine – the key ingredient in meth – at least once this year.

When interviewed by police, Miller allegedly admitted she was “attempting to cook a batch of meth” on Sunday, but “she wasn’t able to get the meth to ‘cook off.’” She’s preliminarily charged with dealing and possession of meth, possession of meth precursors, maintaining a common nuisance, possession of a syringe and possession of marijuana.

McClellan, 1808 S. Mulberry St., is preliminarily charged with dealing in meth and visiting a common nuisance. According to the report, McClellan allegedly told officers he had purchased pseudoephedrine because he was sick, but police noted the pack in his possession had not yet been opened. McClellan said “he was so sick that he was not able to take the tablets because he ‘went to sleep’ after he bought the pills,’” Johnson wrote.

Nixon, 1920 E. DePauw Ave., is preliminarily charged with dealing and possession of meth, possession of marijuana and visiting a common nuisance. He allegedly admitted to police he had purchased pseudoephedrine and went to Miller’s apartment “for an hour while (they) produced methamphetamine.”

Strunk, 11613 W. Ind. 28 in Redkey, is preliminarily charged with dealing in meth and visiting a common nuisance. According to the report, Strunk allegedly admitted he had used meth and purchased pseudoephedrine recently to make meth, but denied being involved in the production of meth Sunday.

Miller (no bond), McClellan, Nixon and Strunk ($50,000 bonds) were each being held Monday at the Delaware County jail.



TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – A multi-agency task force dismantled a Terre Haute methamphetamine ring Saturday that was responsible for distributing more than $1 million worth of the drug across Indiana, according to police.

Officers from the Indiana State Police, DEA and the Vigo County Drug Task Force arrested five individuals Saturday as the result of a fourth month investigation, police said.


Marcus McKinley Pizzola, 35, of Terre Haute, is accused of importing 4-pound shipments of methamphetamine twice a month from suppliers in Georgia, according to police. Pizzola then transported the meth to Vigo County for distribution by mid-level and street-level dealers.

State police say Pizzola distributed more than 50 pounds of meth, with an estimated street value in excess of $1.1 million, over the past eight months.

Pizzola was arrested Saturday on U.S. 41 in Vigo County on a return trip from Atlanta, Georgia. Inside his vehicle, police say they found 3-and-a-half pounds of methamphetamine and one pound of marijuana.

Police also executed search warrants on four accused associates of Pizzola, netting a total of 4 pounds of methamphetamine, five pounds of marijuana, $12,000 and 12 firearms. The marijuana was estimated at a street value of $16,000.

Along with Pizzola, suspects preliminarily charged with felony dealing methamphetamine were: Stacy L. Holden, 32, Terre Haute; Robert E. Richey Sr., 54, West Terre Haute; Steven Scank, 42, West Terre Haute; and Jon Bryan, 48, Terre Haute.

Additional charges were expected to be filed against all five, according to police.



Nguyen Van Tha got high on crystal methamphetamine and wanted to kill his friend Ngo Thanh Hoang while the duo and their girlfriends partied a little too hard at a hotel in the beach town of Vung Tau on Wednesday.
Ba Ria-Vung Tau police arrested Tha, Hoang and two women, Nguyen Thi Tham and Nguyen Thi Phuong – all from Ho Chi Minh City – at around 8:30 a.m. on March 5 after Tha had held Hoang hostage for almost five hours.
Drug convicts watch music
All four arrestees subsequently tested positive for the drug.
Police have warned about increasing cases of people committing crimes under the influence of methamphetamine, especially “ice” (crystal methamphetamine), as the drug trade has grown in recent years.
“Ice use is spreading from big cities to industrial zones and rural areas,” Major general Nguyen Anh Tuan, director of the Drug-Crime Police Department at the Ministry of Public Security, was quoted by the government website as saying.
Ice age
Tuan said methamphetamine is being smuggled into Vietnam from Laos and China as well as being made locally.
“Many criminals are those who had been sent to work abroad where they learned how to make methamphetamine,” he said.
On March 5, Nghe An police arrested Truong Ngoc Duong after three years in hiding after his drug-production ring was busted and several of his subordinates were arrested in Hanoi in 2011.
In another case, Quang Ninh police on February 25 arrested Lam Truong Giang, also on ice-production charges.
Police seized his equipment, chemicals and documents with methamphetamine formulas at his apartment in the province’s Ha Long Town.
Giang confessed that he had been making methamphetamine since last July, selling it to local drug users in town.
Police have also engaged in several methamphetamine drug busts at airports and border gates recently.
On February 26, border guards at Quang Ninh Province’s Mong Cai Border Gate arrested Nguyen Phu Cuong for smuggling nearly five kilograms of methamphetamine from China into Vietnam.
Cuong confessed that he bought the drug from a Chinese man in Guangxi’s Dongxing City and hid them in two speakers to smuggle into Vietnam.
Killer dose
On February 27, a 21-year-old man in Hai Phong City’s An Duong District severed part of his penis with a razor after using methamphetamine.
The man, identified only as B., was admitted to the Viet Tiep Hospital before being transferred to the 108 Military Hospital in Hanoi where doctors managed to reattach a severed part of his organ.
In another case, Tran Tuan Khuong of Hanoi was arrested on January 2 for cutting off his hospitalized sister’s leg while high on methamphetamine.
Khuong, 43, said his sister was screaming about being possessed by a ghost, so he severed her leg, thinking the massive flow of blood would release the ghost from her being.
The sister, Tran Thanh Dung, 50, was being treated at Saint Paul Hospital for her cervical cancer, which had spread to her brain.
He claimed to have had no intention of harming her.
Nguyen Cong To, deputy director of the hospital, said that Dung was rushed to the emergency department with her right leg cut off at the knee but they were unable to reattach it.
‘No available rehabilitation plan’
A Hanoi-based police official, who wanted to remain anonymous, said the use of crystal meth has become more common nationwide despite media campaigns to the contrary.
“Crystal methamphetamine causes paranoia and aggressiveness. Many people assume that every one is their enemy after using drug and the begin to attack or kill,” he said.
“The delusion is even stronger in those who had used heroin before,” he said, adding that drug users may harm themselves or others under the influence.
He said it is difficult to monitor methamphetamine users because they are not categorized as a group of drug users that must undergo mandatory rehabilitation when caught using.
“Moreover, there is no available rehabilitation plan for methamphetamine users,” he added.