Two people were arrested in San Bernardino after allegedly using a toddler’s “sippy” cup as a meth pipe while the child was nearby, authorities said.

A sheriff’s deputy initially went to a home in the 3000 block of Harrison Street on Thursday to serve a felony arrest warrant, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.ergergeRGQ

The deputy found a man and a woman smoking methamphetamine while a 2-year-old was in an adjoining room, said Cindy Bachman, a spokeswoman for the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

Deputies arrested Ronald Clayton Steel, 31, and Laticia Rose Williamson, 35, on suspicion of child endangerment and drug use. Steele was also arrested on suspicion of drug possession. Both were being held on $100,000 bail each, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

The 2-year-old child was temporarily taken into protective custody before being released to the child’s grandmother, Bachman said.

It was unclear if Steele or Williamson had an attorney.

 

 

 

 

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LOUDON, Tennessee – A single mother of two is searching for a new home after discovering she was living in a former meth house.

According to WATE, Shelly Underwood thought she was getting a good deal for her home since it was in a nice neighborhood in Loudon, Tennessee.sdWGsgGw

She had only been living in the house since early December.

“My oldest son started getting nose bleeds that would not stop. They both had diarrhea real bad. So I thought they may have the flu. And later on, I couldn’t sleep. I was up all night. I was up all night having hallucinations. And when I did fall asleep, I had really bad dreams,” Underwood said.

Underwood tried to figure out what was wrong and eventually just looked online. That’s where she found a 2013 story about the former meth house being listed for sale for just $8,500.

She then called the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

“They originally emailed and said there was a Certificate of Fitness that the home had passed for the landlord to have someone move in. They next day they called me and said they wanted to have someone come out and do a field test. They found the home was meth positive,” Underwood said.

Officials told her to take what she could and get her and her children out of the home immediately.

“I grabbed what I could and left because of safety. I don’t know what to do. Everything we own is in the home,” she said.

She said she hasn’t decided yet if she will sue her landlord.

 

 

 

 

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LOUDON (WATE) – A family in Loudon was forced out of their home after signs of meth contamination. The struggling single mother of two says she didn’t know about the home’s history when she moved in.

Shelly Underwood thought a four bedroom, two bathroom home for $650 a month in a decent neighborhood on Crock Road was a good deal. Underwood moved into the house in early December.

“My oldest son started getting nose bleeds that would not stop. They both had diarrhea real bad. So I thought they may have the flu. And later on, I couldn’t sleep. I was up all night. I was up all night having hallucinations. And when I did fall asleep, I had really bad dreams,” Underwood said.

Underwood tried her best to figure out what was going on, with theories of everything from medical issues to a ghost.

“I’m very spiritual so I thought it’s a spirit. I called someone from my church asking them what to do,” she described.

That’s when she hit the Internet and found a 2013 story WATE 6 On Your Side published that said the home was a former meth house that had been listed on the market for only $8,500. Her next step was calling the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

“They originally emailed and said there was a Certificate of Fitness that the home had passed for the landlord to have someone move in. They next day they called me and said they wanted to have someone come out and do a field test. They found the home was meth positive,” Undewood said.

That was a preliminary test. TDEC asked her leave the residence immediately as they wait on the final lab results. She is now staying with a friend. Underwood’s landlord did not wish to comment.

“I grabbed what I could and left because of safety. I don’t know what to do. Everything we own is in the home,” she said.

Underwood isn’t sure if she’s going to get an attorney or where she’ll move to and is open to suggestions from the public. She can be reached at shelly2273@yahoo.com.

If a renter or buyer finds him or herself in a similar situation, TDEC had a few tips:

  1. A prospective tenant or buyer of a property can obtain some certainty that a property is not contaminated with methamphetamine by following a few guidelines.
  2. Search the Tennessee Methamphetamine and Pharmaceutical Taskforce webpage at http://www.rid-meth.org/
  3. Search the Division of Remediation web page at: http://tn.gov/assets/entities/environment/attachments/rem_meth-quarantined-properties.pdf
  4. Check for methamphetamine related paperwork on the property at the Register of Deeds Office.
  5. Call the Division of Remediation at (865) 594-5444.

 

 

 

 

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A traffic stop in Rankin County has resulted in the seizure of methamphetamine with a street value of over $1 million, Sheriff Bryan Bailey announced.635878681757857746-image002

In a news release, the department said the discovery was made by a Pearl police officer, who belongs to the county’s drug interdiction task force, when he pulled over a 2010 F350 on Interstate 20 East for careless driving. Authorities say the man behind the wheel, identified as Domingo Avila Jr., told the officer that he was heading to Atlanta. After consenting to a vehicle search, a deputy identified as Lindley found 15 kilos of methamphetamine and 14 liters of liquid methamphetamine, the release stated.

“This is definitely the largest meth bust in a while,” Sheriff Bryan Bailey told The Clarion-Ledger. “This is a very large arrest especially for Rankin County … These drugs aren’t destined for Rankin County. The drugs are just passing through.”635878682787314944-image001

Avila, who is 28-years-old, was arrested and charged with aggravated trafficking of a controlled substance. He is currently being held at the Rankin County Jail, where he will await his initial court appearance scheduled for Tuesday at 9:00 a.m., before County Court Judge Kent McDaniel.

 

 

 

 

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TAVARES — A major drug bust in Lake County landed 117 people in jail, one of whom is linked to an unsolved murder.

Since March 2014, investigators have been working to round up various drug dealers in 1452311280303Lake County. What they found was a major meth lab, an accused murderer and a sex offender.

“I’m confident that we made a significant impact on the drug trade in this county,” Sheriff Gary Borders said during a news conference Friday.

The arrests took place in two different drug operations called “Safe Neighborhoods” and “Ice Breakers.”

While “Safe Neighborhoods” focused on lower-level street drug dealers throughout the county, “Ice Breakers” broke down a major meth lab in the northern part of the county.

Investigators believe the meth labs busted were putting out about 1 kilo of methamphetamine each month. The investigators believe they successfully arrested the five ring leaders, including the meth cooks and distributors.lake-drug-bust-guns-drugs-010816

“I would tell you that if you are going to make meth or buy or sell drugs in Lake County, we are going to team up like we have done and we are going to find you and throw you in jail,” Borders said.

While the first operation, “Safe Neighborhoods” led them to the most arrests where they successfully seized guns and cars, one name kept popping up.

Kenneth R. Reed caught the eye of investigators during the drug bust because he was a person of interest in an unsolved murder case.

“With this task force and his name popping up again, it gave us another chance and we were successful this go around,” Borders said.

Reed was a person of interest in the 2007 Mayola Houser case. Houser was murdered inside her home after reportedly having a house party. Reed attended the party, and investigators believed he may have been connected but couldn’t prove it so the case went cold.

Now, more than eight years later, investigators say they have DNA evidence which links Reed to the crime. The case is back open, and detectives are continuing to investigate.

Although they successfully arrested 117 people, they are actively searching for 33 other people they say are involved in similar drug dealing crimes.

Sheriff Borders provided this breakdown of cases and their approximate locations in Lake County:

Leesburg: 44 cases

Mount Dora: 26 Cases

Eustis: 20 Cases

Clermont and Southern Lake County: 13 cases

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The capture of the world’s most wanted drug lord less than six months since his cinematic tunnel escape from a Mexican prison will likely do little to stem the flow of drugs across the border into the United States. Experts say it may actually contribute to violence and instability in Mexico’s lucrative drug-producing market.

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto announced his administration’s second arrest of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán triumphantly on Friday. As the news of the capture spread, a gathering of Mexican ambassadors and consular officials broke into a spontaneous rendition of Mexico’s national anthem in celebration. US Attorney ryjrjrjrsjGeneral Loretta Lynch called the arrest “a victory” for citizens on both sides of the border.

Yet while Mexico’s political elite gloated — and his lawyers prepared a vigorous court battle against possible extradition — leading analysts and critics of the US-backed drug war in Mexico noted that Guzmán’s capture means little to the actual street-level drug market in America or to violence in Mexico.

Guzmán’s Sinaloa cartel is believed to be responsible for delivering the vast majority of narcotics — mostly marijuana, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine — that are used in the United States, according to the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

‘He will be too dangerous in a trial.’

At one point, the success of the Sinaloa drug empire propelled Guzmán into the Forbes list of the world’s richest and most powerful people. Meanwhile, homicides spiked in Chapo’s home state of Sinaloa between 2009 and 2014, rising to a peak of 2,423 in 2010, as different factions from the cartel fought for regional control.mexico-el-chapos-rise

“It will do absolutely nothing,” said Russell Jones, a retired anti-narcotics detective who worked for the DEA in the 1980s and is a member of LEAP, or Law Enforcement Against Prohibition.

“You look at the prior drug traffickers, the cartel leaders, Manuel Noriega, Pablo Escobar — I could go on and on — ‘Freeway’ Ricky Ross, and every time we arrest one, it does absolutely nothing to the flow of drugs,” said Jones.

US authorities seem to already know that. In an internal document, the US Customs and Border Protection agency found in 2011 that there is “no perceptible pattern” to show that the capture or killing of a top Mexican drug lord increases or decreases drug seizures at the US-Mexico border. Such seizures are the primary indicator used to predict drug production and its profits.

Guzmán’s arrest in the Pacific city of Los Mochis comes amid a rise in recent years in heroin production in Mexico, particularly in regions of the country considered under the Sinaloa cartel’s control or influence. More Mexican-made heroin is making its way to US streets, fuelling an ongoing opiate abuse crisis.

Measuring the volume and profits linked to illegal narcotics is difficult. Most figures on drug production are based on projections generated by decommissioned drug loads, which authorities believe represent only a fraction of what actually makes it across the border from Mexico to the US.

But experts consulted on Friday agreed Sinaloa cartel’s trafficking apparatus appeared not to be affected by Guzmán’s previous capture in February 2014, or by his notorious July 2015 escape from the Altiplano federal prison near Mexico City.

While Chapo was in prison in Mexico between 2014 and 2015, little apparently changed in the Sinaloa organization.

Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada, another top Sinaloa cartel leader, remains at large. Rafael Caro Quintero, one of the godfathers of Mexico’s drug business who was released by a judge in the state of Jalisco in 2013 after more than two decades behind bars, was said to be back in the business. Caro Quintero, 63, is now considered a fugitive by the US and Mexico.

“The Pacific organization [Sinaloa cartel] didn’t dismember itself,” said Guillermo Valdés, the chief of Mexico’s intelligence agency under former President Felipe Calderón, who made battling the cartels his top priority during his six-year term that ended in 2012. “It has a more collective direction, and historically it has demonstrated that it’s very stable.”

All that landscape could change if Guzmán is sent to the US to face drug charges.

The almost cartoonish escape through a tunnel burrowed to his shower stall in Mexico would be much more difficult to pull off in a US facility. Guzmán could also offer information on rivals or corrupt government agents in both countries in exchange for some form of leniency.

‘That little neighborhood phenomenon is happening on a global scale.’

The US government formally requested Guzman’s extradition in June 2015, just before his tunnel escape. Wary DEA officials had already warned Mexico that Guzmán could plot a prison break, but authorities in Peña Nieto’s government appeared to have ignored the possibility.

Then in October 2015, with Guzmán at large for three months, a Mexican judge ruled in favor of a request by Chapo’s lawyers to prevent a possible extradition if he were re-captured. The move hints at a legal tussle in the coming days through Mexico’s labyrinthine justice system.

A former Guzmán ally who later turned into a bitter enemy, US citizen Edgar “La Barbie” Valdez Villarreal, spent five years in Mexican custody before he was sent home last September to face charges in US federal court in Atlanta. Last week La Barbie changed his plea on drug charges to “guilty” from a previous not-guilty plea, suggesting a deal had been made in exchange for leniency from the US authorities.

One prominent former law enforcement officer who is against the war on drugs expressed skepticism that Chapo would be extradited swiftly, if at all, due to the potential information he could disclose on corruption in anti-drug agencies.

“He will be too dangerous in a trial,” said Stephen Downing, a LEAP board member. “As he moves in his defense, and the dealmaking starts, I think he would ‘roll over’ on a lot of American and Mexican officials. … I think he’s a danger to a lot of people in the American Drug Enforcement Administration.”

Downing is a retired deputy chief of the Los Angeles Police Department who launched and headed the LAPD’s anti-drug efforts in the 1970s.why-chapos-capture-wont-stop-the-flow-of-weed-meth-cocaine-and-heroin-body-image-1452364675

“I started the drug enforcement for LAPD when Nixon announced the war on drugs, organized all the divisional units, set up the intelligence systems and coordination with the feds,” Downing said.

The former official added that his experience taught him that arrests do little to address the violence and death associated with drug trafficking.

“If there’s a raid in South Central Los Angeles and you pick up 15 or 20 street corner drug dealers, the immediate aftermath is a spike in violence and a spike in overdose deaths,” he added. “That little neighborhood phenomenon is happening on a global scale.”

 

 

 

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KANSAS, Okla. – Five people were arrested at a Kansas residence following a drug raid by law enforcement.

Taken into custody are Derrick Wayne Campos 31, of Kansas, Joseph Johnson 51, of Kansas, Swain Vann, 20, of Kansas, Krista Renee Glass 30 of Kansas, and Jeremy Foreman, 33 of Watts.Krista Renee Glass

According to the affidavit for arrest signed by District #13 Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force Investigator Mike Eason, on Thursday, Jan. 7, agents and officers arrived at the Campos home located at 910 Vicki Street in Kansas after receiving an anonymous tip concerning possible illegal drug activity at the residence.

Authorities put the home under surveillance. At one point, a vehicle arrived at the residence and left shortly thereafter. The vehicle was stopped and a K-9 officer alerted on the vehicle for drugs. The driver, Jeremy Foreman, was discovered to have methamphetamine on him. He was arrested and transported to the Delaware County Jail, according to the affidavit. He is incarcerated on two cash bonds amounting to $7683.35 and a warrant bond of $7,750.

Investigators were forced to enter the home when those inside refused entry after officers announced themselves. Three people in the home tried to escape out the back door, but were captured by officers. A total of seven people were discovered to be in the residence at the time. Campos is currently on probation in Delaware County for possession of methamphetamine, and has two active warrants for his arrest, according to the affidavit.

According to the officer’s report, during a search of the residence, numerous items of evidence were found including a loaded firearm, numerous edged weapons, methamphetamine, marijuana, baggies, bullet proof vest, scales, a client list and cash.

While officers were searching the home, Vann tried to escape custody from the residence and was quickly captured after a physical confrontation with officers, according the affidavit.

Campos was arrested for possession of methamphetamine with the intent to deliver, possession of methamphetamine, possession of firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of firearm during probation, and maintain a dwelling where CDS is kept and possession of drug paraphernalia. He is incarcerated in lieu of a $47,500 bond.

Johnson was arrested for possession of methamphetamine with the intent to deliver, possession of methamphetamine, and maintain a dwelling where CDS is kept. He remains incarcerated on a $35,000 bond.

Glass was arrested for possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. She is incarcerated on a $6,250 bond and on hold for Kansas P.D. on a cash bond.

Vann was arrested for possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, escape custody and resisting arrest. He remains incarcerated on a $7,500 bond.

Vann is currently on probation in Delaware County on charges of domestic assault & battery by strangulation, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, sodomy, all felonies and a misdemeanor charge of domestic assault & battery in presence of minor.

Jeremy Dwight Foreman from Watts was arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and False personation of another. Foreman, is on probation in Delaware County on charges of possession of contraband in jail by an inmate 2X, and possession of cds-marijuana (CM).

 

 

 

 

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CINCINNATI —An active methamphetamine lab was found while police were serving a warrants to a man who failed to register as a sex offender, U.S. marshals said.

Richard Saylor, 54, was arrested Friday in the 3000 block of Robertson Avenue.Richard Saylor, 54,

Officials said Saylor was convicted of sexual abuse in Kentucky on a girl under the age of 10. He failed to register as a sex offender in Cincinnati, officials said.

While serving felony warrants for a sex offense registration charge and a probation violation, U.S. marshals said they found an active meth lab and drug paraphernalia inside of the Cincinnati home.

Officials from Cincinnati’s meth lab remediation team were called to rid the house of hazardous materials.

Saylor was taken to the Hamilton County Jail. In addition to probation and failure to register charges, Saylor faces charges of illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for manufacturing drugs.

 

 

 

 

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DOWAGIAC (WKZO-AM) — Cass County Sheriff’s deputies say a 27-year-old woman is jailed after the search of a home on East Division Street in Dowagiac turned up multiple one-pot methamphetamine labs, paraphernalia and ingredients used to make the drug.

Drug enforcement officers made the find after serving a search warrant at the residence on Thursday.

Detectives, according to a press release, say the investigation is still ongoing and additional charges are being sought against other people who live at the residence but were not present at the time of the search.

 

 

 

 

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A man was recently arrested in Mitchell and charged with forcible rape of a teenage girl.

Kristian Slaybaugh, 41, of Mitchell, was arrested on Dec. 23, stemming from an Oct. 12 incident in which a girl said Slaybaugh forced her to have nonconsensual sex, court documents state.

Slaybaugh denied the incident, but Slaybaugh’s DNA was allegedly located on the girl’s clothing.

Slaybaugh was soon granted a personal recognizance bond, which allows him to leave custody without payment. A few days after his release, Slaybaugh was again taken into custody, charged with possession of illegal drugs.

At about 6:30 p.m. Dec. 31, Slaybaugh was arrested in the parking lot of Cubby’s Convenience Store on South Burr Street in Mitchell.

A Mitchell police officer searched Slaybaugh’s vehicle and allegedly found two plastic bags of marijuana, a digital scale with methamphetamine and marijuana residue and trace amounts of marijuana on the driver’s seat.

Slaybaugh said his passenger, Becky Skovbo, 38, of Mitchell, possessed drug-related items and that he didn’t know anything illegal was inside the vehicle. Skovbo refused to speak during the incident.

For the first arrest, Slaybaugh was charged with second-degree rape with use of force, coercion or threats, a class 1 felony punishable upon conviction by up to 50 years in prison and a $50,000 fine.

For the second arrest, Slaybaugh and Skovbo were each charged with possession of a controlled substance in schedules I or II, a class 5 felony punishable upon conviction by up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine; possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, a class 6 felony punishable upon conviction by up to two years in prison and a $4,000 fine; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a class 2 misdemeanor punishable upon conviction by up to 30 days in jail and a $500 fine.

Slaybaugh and Skovbo made their first appearances in court for the drug charges earlier this month. Slaybaugh is scheduled to make his first appearance for the rape charge on Jan. 21.

 

 

 

 

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LAPORTE — An explosion powerful enough to lift up the roof and blow out two walls resulted in a fire early Friday that destroyed a home containing a suspected meth lab.

Flames were showing from all four sides of the small single-story residence at 1410 Scott St. when firefighters pulled up before 2 a.m.568fef685b6f6_image

LaPorte Fire Chief Andy Snyder said a variety of materials commonly used in the manufacture of methamphetamine were found inside the structure between the downtown and Patton Cemetery.

Not only were two interior walls blown out, but a portion of the roof at the rear of the home was lifted up from the blast and fell back down a few inches off center, he said.

”It’s a pretty forceful blow to lift a roof up and blow some walls out like that,” Snyder said.

A man and woman inside the home were not seriously injured, though, refusing medical attention at the scene, Snyder said.

LaPorte Metro Operations coordinator Harlan Williams said the initial results of the investigation showed that meth was being made inside a small plastic bottle when a mattress caught fire.

There was an attempt to carry the mattress to a bathtub to try and put out the flames when the explosion happened, he said.

Snyder said the source of the explosion was not known and the structure was too unstable for firefighters to safely go inside to try and locate the cause of the blast.

”There’s a lot of things in an everyday house that can cause that,” Snyder said.

No arrests have been made and the investigation was still in its early stages, authorities said.

A nearby neighbor, Nicole Kovalcin, said she woke up to the sound of fire trucks going by her house.

She said the house is a rental.

 

 

 

 

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WILSON, N.C. (WNCN) – Three people have been arrested for operating a methamphetamine lab out of a camper in Wilson, the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office announced Friday.tghathqetyhqyh

Wilson County authorities executed a search warrant and “dismantled a clandestine methamphetamine lab in the Boswellville community” on Tuesday. The meth lab was located in a camper at the back of the property located at 4521 Saint Mary’s Church Road.

According to authorities, the person responsible for the manufacturing of methamphetamine was Kyle Robert Perry, 25, of Lucama.

Authorities said two people living at 4521 Saint Mary’s Church Road were involved in the manufacturing of methamphetamine by purchasing and distributing pre-cursor chemicals (pseudoephedrine). Pseudoephedrine can be purchased from a pharmacy in the form of cold medication.

Perry is currently a wanted person with outstanding felony warrants for felony manufacturing methamphetamine and five felony counts of possession of a pre-cursor chemical.

Detectives also charged Lance Christopher Matthews, 33, and James Madison Parker, 26, both of Wilson.

Matthews was arrested and charged with two felony counts of distributing a pre-cursor chemical and Parker was arrested and charged with four felony counts of distributing a pre-cursor chemical.

“Methamphetamine is a dangerous drug and the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office has done a great job in preventing such outbreaks in Wilson County,” Wilson County Sheriff Calvin Woodard said. “I am so proud of the women and men of this Office for initiating my vision for a safer and drug-free Wilson County. With their specialized training and work ethics, they are able to catalyze positive and proactive results for the citizens of Wilson County.”

 

 

 

 

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RAPID CITY, SD – Rapid City investigators have looked into seven homicides this past year, while authorities outside city limits in Pennington County have investigated two more.

It’s a record for the county in a calendar year, according to prosecutors. It’s also stirred up speculation and concern about homicide, aggravated assaults and robberies in Rapid City.

Looking back on a year that saw him go from a retired Rapid City Police chief to mayor, Steve Allender can’t deny the obvious about crime in 2015.

“This year in Rapid City is a bad year,” Allender says. “Robberies were crazy and other incidences of violence got a lot of attention.”

There was a string of casino robberies, flurries of aggravated assaults and strong-armed robberies and seven homicides in the city, plus two more outside city limits in Pennington County.

“Nine in Pennington County in a calendar year, that’s an all-time record,” said State’s Attorney Mark Vargo.

It’s also a problem that Vargo suspects has a base in escalating drug traffic, particularly for methamphetamine.

Methamphetamine brings with it violence,” Vargo says. “Even in those cases where there isn’t a direct meth connection, I honestly believe what frequently happens is that you’re expecting violence. People engaged in criminal behavior, drug dealing, whatever, you start to predict violence then you start to preempt with your own violence.”

Vargo is especially worried about the quadrupling of methamphetamine traffic in the area over the last five years.

“And if those numbers stay high, I think we’ll see violence stay high as well,” he said.

Sgt. Tony Harrison of the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office deals with the drugs and violence every day as coordinator of a city, county, state narcotics enforcement team.

“So we’ve had many deaths in the area, more than we’ve had in a while anyway, and they’re not all necessarily tied to drugs,” Harrison said. “But there’s probably some foundation behind some of those assaults, and some of those homicides, that do have ties to drugs.”

Alcohol use is part of it, too, and long has been. But illegal drugs often add an element of money, danger, and weapons that merges with a society that seems more tolerant of extreme violence.

“Just dangerous, or assault violence, in terms of clubs and bats and stuff, I think that’s just America has changed,” Harrison said. “There’s more violence. It’s more accepting of violence. People are more willing to do that to another human being whereas years ago I don’t think they were as willing to do that.”

The killing of 56-year-old Edward Lowry in what police called a violent assault in a parking lot in northeast Rapid City was an example of such concerns.

“I will say that in the 23 years that I’ve been here, you see things escalate more quickly and to an even higher degree than when I initially moved to Rapid City and started prosecuting,” Vargo said.

Allender shares the concerns about violent crimes from the past year, but stops short of seeing it as a trend.

“This kind of stuff has been going on for decades. I was police chief when aggravated assaults went over 300 in one year. That’s a terrible statistic,” he said. “Most of those 300 are one more stab wound from being a murder or one more swing with the baseball bat from being a murder.”

Allender thinks drugs are just part of the problem.

“Drugs are out there. Poverty is out there. Dysfunctional families, there’s certainly no shortage of that,” he said. “So with all these ingredients out there in the community, they’re all going to come together and cycle up, and I think they’ll cycle back down again.”

“We can hope it’s a spike,” Vargo says. “But we won’t know until a few more years have passed.”

Allender says law enforcement alone can’t solve the crime problem in Rapid City. He says it will take a community effort to identify key causes for criminal behavior, a process likely to take many years.

 

 

 

 

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WAKE COUNTY (WTVD) — Three small children were found inside a Wake County home Thursday that was used as a meth lab, according to authorities. Five people are now charged.1150360_800x450

Following a weeks-long undercover investigation, Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison told ABC11 that two boys and a girl, between the ages of 4 and 6-years-old, were found in the 6200 block of Silver Springs Ct. near Fuquay-Varina.

Michael Curtis Jones, 29, Jessica Jenny Nunez-Jones, 29, Charles Scott Jones, 33, Chelsea Lynn Nye, 28, and Jason Neil Wall, 33, are all charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine, amongst other charges.

Nunez-Jones and Jones are also charged with child abuse.weqfWGwgwg

“Anytime you are dealing with a meth lab, you’ve got explosives, you’ve got chemicals that can kill people,” Harrison said. “With those kids in the house, it really angers me that they are in there – first of all it angers me you got a meth lab in a neighborhood or anywhere – but when you got kids, it’s really a no-no for me.”

Hazardous materials teams had to be called to the scene to decontaminate anyone who was inside the home.

Harrison said the meth lab discovered in the southern Wake County subdivision could have been dangerous to surrounding homes if something had gone wrong.CYIdMnSWcAEjx1-

“If it explodes, you got a house fire,” he said. “Look how close (the houses) are, before the fire department can get out here you are looking at a danger to your neighbors.”

 

 

 

 

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WILLOW SPRING, N.C. (WNCN) – Three small children were found Thursday in a house being used as a meth lab on Silver Spring Court in Willow Spring.

Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison said the meth lab was discovered after a tip and a search warrant was executed Thursday at 9:15 a.m. Authorities had been watching the house since October.

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“I’m not a happy camper when I see three kids in a home with a meth lab,” Harrison said. “I’m not a happy camper when I see a meth lab in general but especially when there are children in involved.”

Five adults were arrested and charged, the Wake County Sheriff’s Office said.

  • Michael Curtis Jones, 29, of 6208 Silver Spring Ct., was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine precursors, maintaining a dwelling, child abuse, possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • Jessica Jenny Nunez-Jones, 29, of 6208 Silver Spring Ct., was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine precursors, maintaining a dwelling, child abuse, possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • Charles Scott Jones, 33, of 1817 Bowling Rd. Fuquay-Varina, was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine precursors, maintaining a dwelling, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • Chelsea Lynn Nye, 28, was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine precursors, maintaining a dwelling, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • Jason Neil Wall, 33, of 325 C.P Stewart Rd. Lillington, was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine precursors, maintaining a dwelling, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The three children are ages 4, 6 and 8 and have been taken to Child Protective Services. Neighbors told WNCN the children were the Jones’.

“For the life of me, I don’t understand this,” Harrison said. “It’s just sorriness.”

One neighbor, Bridget Roberts, recalled seeing the children often.

“The kids are always playing outside,” she said. “You just wouldn’t think anything like that was going on on the inside.”

But another neighbor, Mike Hudson, said it was odd that “a lot of adults lived in here.”

To him, that “didn’t make sense when you live in a small house like that.”

Harrison said his office began investigating in October after receiving a tip.

Since then they’ve been gathering the probable cause they needed to move in.

Investigators wearing special protection gear gathered evidence from the home. Some of the chemicals used in that meth lab could be seen on the lawn.

Authorities also set up a decontamination trailer, which all five suspects along with the children went through.

“It was small but it was actually working. Cooking, what we call cooking, and with those vapors flying through the air we don’t know what’s what. We don’t take any chances,” Harrison said.

According to court record, Charles Jones, Nye and Wall all have criminal backgrounds.

Charles Jones and Nye have each been arrested 10 times in Wake County.

Charles Jones’ parents said he has been addicted to drugs since he was 14. They said they’ve tried to get him treatment but it never worked.

Charles Jones and Wall were friends from high school, Jones’ parents said.

 

 

 

 

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Overcoming struggles with drug addiction, Jodie Sweetin has had her ups and downs between the 1995 “Full House” series finale and its 2016 reboot, “Fuller House.”

“My life is amazing,” the actress, 33, told People magazine, which published Sweetin’s comments online Thursday. “I will have five years [of sobriety] in March. It’s given me a lot of gratitude.”jodie-sweetin-today-160107-tease_8d5c1d49424d9f8165abc0fd9e2c0e28_today-inline-large

As part of the magazine’s Jan. 18 “Secrets of the ‘Full House’ Stars” cover story, Sweetin — who started playing the spunky Stephanie Tanner when she was 5 years old — discussed her struggles with crystal meth.

“I speak [at colleges] about my experience growing up in the entertainment business, what my life was like after, some of the struggles and things I went through and where my life is today,” she said. “It’s a story with a message of second chances and turning things around and being able to overcome some adversity.”

One source of positivity has been reunions with the rest of the “Full House” cast, which haven’t been limited to the studio.

“We’re together all the time,” Sweetin added. “Not only are we all really close but our families are close. It’s pretty cool.”

Fellow “Fuller House” star John Stamos expressed similar sentiments in the same cover story.

“You can’t cast chemistry, and we never stopped loving each other,” he said. “The magic you saw 25 years ago? It’s still there because it never stopped the day that we ended the show.”

 

 

 

 

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A man with bikie links has been arrested after 60 kilograms of methamphetamine, bound for the streets of Adelaide, were intercepted in a shipment of stones, the Australian Federal Police (AFP) said.dgujdtjktghjude

Police estimated the drugs’ street value at $40 million, and said they were hidden in a shipment of stones, sent from Indonesia, intended for use in tiles and floors.

The joint operation involved officers from AFP, Australian Border Force and South Australia Police.

South Australian AFP Commander Peter Sykora said it was “one of the largest seizures in South Australia’s history”.

“The ice was broken up into 60 lots of one kilogram each,” he said.

Police charged a 43-year-old Flinders Park man with the importation of a commercial quantity of drugs and said he was an associate, not a member, of the Hells Angels.7076794-3x2-340x227

Police at that stage substituted the narcotic and replaced it with an inert substance, and then put [that] back within the consignment.

“We believe that these drugs were going into the South Australian market, in both metropolitan and country areas,” SA Police Detective Chief Inspector Anthony Crameri said.

Commander Sykora said the drugs were found just before Christmas before police hatched a plot to track them.

“It was within those four cardboard boxes that the ice was located,” he said.

“Police at that stage substituted the narcotic and replaced it with an inert substance, and then put [that] back within the consignment.”

Officers tracked the drugs to a business at Royal Park where police alleged the man checked on the delivery yesterday.

He left the premises before waiting officers swooped.

Police also searched his home at Flinders Park and a storage facility at Royal Park that was allegedly being used as a drug lab.

“[There] we located 10 kilograms of cannabis and various items including chemicals that are associated with a clandestine laboratory,” they said.

Commander Sykora said the man dropped on to the AFP’s radar after travelling to Indonesia last year, prompting them to carry out checks on the man’s business background.

“I would suspect he has used his company and a similar method of importation previously,” he said.

He said South Australia may be considered a soft target, but said the bust proves “that’s not the case whatsoever”.

Police said they were unsure if there would be further arrests, and the 43-year-old would appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court.

 

 

 

 

 

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A Mosheim man sought on charges of statutory rape and contributing to the delinquency of a minor was taken into custody Wednesday night following a traffic stop.

Dillion Dakota Boyd, 23, of 125 Wisecarver Road, was also charged by sheriff’s deputies with criminal impersonation and theft of property by possession.568e8cb707da1_image

Between July 1 and Aug. 30, 2015, Boyd allegedly engaged in sexual intercourse three different times over a two-month period with a 14-year-old female, Sgt. Chuck Humphreys said in a report.

Boyd also supplied the juvenile with methamphetamine “on at least two occasions,” a report said.

The offenses occurred at the house where the alleged victim lived at a time Boyd was also staying there.

The alleged victim is in the custody of the Department of Child Services.

TRAFFIC STOP

Boyd was a passenger in a car driven by a woman that was pulled over about 8:45 p.m. Wednesday on Weems Chapel Road for having a headlight out, sheriff’s Lt. Mike Fincher said in a report.

Boyd gave deputies a false name, the report said.

Headphones, wireless gear, a designer phone case and a cellphone found in the car were allegedly stolen earlier from the Dollar General store in Bulls Gap, the report said.

The driver, 26-year-old Ashley Louise Brown, of 2360 Little Warrensburg Road, Midway, told deputies she had just picked up a man at another convenience store, and used the name for Boyd that he had given them earlier.

Investigation showed that Brown was with Boyd at the Bulls Gap Dollar General store when the merchandise, valued at about $60, was taken, the report said.

WARRANTS DISCOVERED

After Boyd’s true identity was learned, it was found he had active warrants for the statutory rape and contributing to the delinquency of a minor charges.

He had earlier given deputies two different names, dates of birth and Social Security numbers and was identified at the Greene County Detention Center, the report said.

Bond for Boyd was set at $50,000 pending a first scheduled General Sessions Court appearance today.

Brown knew statements she gave to deputies were false and made with intent to obstruct or hinder the investigation into the shoplifting incident and into Boyd’s true identity, the report by Fincher said.

Brown was charged with theft of property by possession and filing a false report.

Brown was out on bond for a domestic assault charge at the time of her arrest. Her first scheduled General Sessions Court appearance is on Monday.

 

 

 

 

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Penn Yan – Katrina R. Bick, 31, of Sloansville, N.Y. was arrested Jan. 5 by Penn Yan Police on a Superior Court Warrant for two counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the fifth degree and two counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the fifth degree.Katrina Bick

Penn Yan Police Inv. Thomas Dunham reports Bicks is accused of selling and possessing methamphetamine in the Village of Penn Yan on two dates. Her arrest was the result of a several month long investigation into the sales and manufacture of methamphetamine in the area. She was arraigned in Yates County Court and remanded to the Yates County Jail in lieu of $20,000 cash/$40,000 bond.

 

 

 

 

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LANSFORD, Pa. – Police in Carbon County have uncovered a suspected meth lab.

Lansford police executed a search warrant late Tuesday night at 102 Spring Garden St. in the borough. Authorities uncovered what they say appears to be a small methamphetamine cooking operation. Pennsylvania State Police were immediately notified and went through the home to complete the search warrant.

Police took woman into custody and are searching for another man lives at the home.

Lansford police Sgt. Jack Soberick said the borough saw a spike in meth labs last year.

“We are dealing with an influx of high quality methamphetamine,” he said. “Not just these small one-pot cook labs like you’re seeing (Tuesday), but of crystal methamphetamine.”

 

 

 

 

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West Virginia State Police have arrested a White Sulphur Springs couple who allegedly cooked meth while a toddler was present.

Robert David Jarrell, 39, was arrested Sunday and charged with purchasing pseudoephedrine to manufacture meth, manufacturing methamphetamine, conspiracy to commit a felony, child neglect causing risk of injury, simple possession of marijuana and obstructing, according to a criminal complaint filed in Greenbrier County Magistrate Court.

Brandy Renea Oney, 21, was also arrested Sunday and charged with purchasing pseudoephedrine to manufacture methamphetamine, manufacturing methamphetamine, conspiracy to commit a felony and child neglect creating risk of injury, the complaint said.

State Police responded to a home in Valley Heights Trailer Park about 11 a.m. to serve a felony child support warrant on Jarrell.

Oney answered the door, identified herself as Jarrell’s girlfriend and said her boyfriend wasn’t home. Police searched the home and found Jarrell hiding in a closet.

Jarrell was put into handcuffs and police searched his pockets, where they found marijuana.

As police searched Jarrell, they noticed a toddler in the home. Jarrell said he had cooked meth on Dec. 31 with Oney while their daughter was home. Jarrell said he had cooked meth about four times at the house, the complaint said.

Police determined that Oney and Jarrell had both bought pseudoephedrine from Wal-Mart in Covington, Va., and the two told police they had bought the medication to make meth. Oney said their daughter was home when they made meth, the complaint said.

Police searched the home and found several items that are used to make meth.

Both Jarrell and Oney were arrested and taken to Southern Regional Jail, where they remain without bond.

 

 

 

 

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920x920yioyoAccording to the Crockett Police Department they executed a search warrant on the home of Adrian Harold Pounders, 47, on Sunday after a traffic stop in the area lead authorities to his residence. There was credible suspicion that Pounders had a large amount of illegal drugs in the home.

According to news outlet KYTX-TV upon entry into the home investigators uncovered methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia inside. Pounders was quickly arrested and taken into custody, facing possession charges. He’s now in Houston County custody.

In addition he also faces charges of endangering a child after it was also discovered he had a young son living at the home where the drugs were.

In his booking photograph, Pounders is wearing a gray T-shirt that says “Don’t meth with me,” which is the slogan of a Texas-based anti-meth campaign. The shirt apparently came from that very program.

It’s also the title of a 1999 episode of the hit ABC cop show “NYPD Blue,” according to IMDb.

Sadly meth use continues to be a scourge in East Texas. The addition of easily-transportable liquid meth into the drug trade isn’t helping matters, giving law enforcement fits.

 

 

 

 

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GREENSBORO, N.C. —Police are investigating the discovery Wednesday of what it called a small meth lab in a motel room.

The discovery was made around noon at the Cavalier Inn at 312 W. JJ. Dr. near Randleman Road and Interstate 85. No arrests have been made, though Greensboro police said they are pursuing leads.

Officers responded to the motel after a worker reported a suspected meth operation taking place in a ground-floor room, police said. Officers confirmed that meth was being cooked in a one-pot operation in the room, police said.

Investigators believe the meth lab is isolated and not connected to any large-scale operation. SBI and Greensboro fire officials also responded to the scene.

If you have any information that can help investigators, you’re asked to call Crime Stoppers at 336-373-1000 or text the tip to 27463 using keyword badboyz.

 

 

 

 

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VALLEY MILLS — 3 suspects were arrested for distributing methamphetamine from a Dollar General Store.

The Bosque County Sheriff’s Office had been conducting an investigation into possible drug activity at the Dollar General Store located at 1202 Texas Highway 6. During the investigation,kl;hi;ghi;ghiol narcotics were purchased from inside of the store from store employees on 2 separate occasions.

On January 5, 2016, officers executed search and arrest warrants at the store at 9:15 a.m. During this time, officers found 3.6 grams of meth inside of a vehicle along with a firearm. A suspect was taken into custody.

A short time later 2 more suspects delivered a large quantity of methamphetamine to the store and were arrested in the parking lot.

Danielle Jones, 27, Sarah Singleton, 25, and Glenda Skains, 52, have been identified as the suspects.

All 3 were transported and booked into the Bosque County Jail.

The case remains under investigation and the names of the suspects will not be released pending further investigation.

 

 

 

 

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SOUTH HAVEN | Seven people were arrested Tuesday after the Porter County Drug Unit discovered a meth lab in a home.568db1d1308a1_image568db1d16a228_image

Members of the Porter County Drug Unit, assisted by the Porter County Sheriff’s Department and Indiana State Police Clandestine Drug Lab Team, executed a search warrant about 2 a.m. at a home in the 300 block of Clear Creek Drive.

Drug Unit director Laurie Jolley said they received a tip about possible active methamphetamine manufacturing at the home.

A search of the home turned up a meth lab, Jolley said. Evidence to indicate other criminal activity was also gathered, she said.568db1d143018_image568db1d0b5186_image

Seven people in the home were arrested. Donald Samuelson, Joshua Buckmaster, Jennifer Russell, Carrie Highlan, Emily Mathews, Diana Buckmaster and Martin Camp have been charged, by the Porter County Prosecutor’s Office with possession of a narcotic drug, possession of methamphetamine, visiting a common nuisance and possession of a hypodermic needle.

Jolley said Samuelson and Camp face the more serious charges involving the manufacturing of methamphetamine.

Jolley said the Porter County Drug Unit encourages residents to report suspected drug activity by calling (219) 465-3629.

Due to the extremely dangerous and toxic nature of methamphetamine manufacturing the Drug Unit warns residents to avoid contact with such suspected activity and immediately report this information to your local law enforcement agency.

 

 

 

 

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McCOOK, Neb. — A registered sex offender who groped a local flower delivery woman was subsequently convicted on his second offense for sexual assault in Red Willow County in less than two years.

The offender, 29-year-old Robert E. Propp of 712 E. Third Street, was sentenced to 90 days in jail in late October following his most recent conviction for third degree sexual assault. The 2512980-Lconviction stemmed from an offense occurring in McCook in February of 2015. Propp was also ordered to serve 24 months probation and was given credit at sentencing for 52 days in jail already served.

According to court documents, the 26-year-old victim was attempting to deliver flowers to Propp’s mother when he grabbed her buttocks and then her crotch.

Propp was already a registered sex offender at the time of the assault and the Nebraska Sex Offender Registry indicates he has since relocated to Grand Island. The registry lists a Grand Island address for Propp as of July of 2015.

Red Willow County Court documents list his address as 712 E. Third Street and investigators indicated he was residing at the address with his mother at the time of the assault.

Propp was ordered to register as a sex offender in June of 2014 following a similar groping of a McCook woman working at The Bottle Shop. Propp was subsequently convicted of third degree sexual assault and ordered to serve 45 days in jail.

Propp has a lengthy criminal history in Red Willow County dating back to 2002 and including convictions for theft, attempted possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, drunk driving and other offenses.

The Hall County Sheriff’s Department filed a felony complaint against Propp in September alleging he failed to report a change of employment in Grand Island, as required per his status as a sex offender. Propp was subsequently arrested for the violation and is facing a Class 3A felony.

A show cause hearing is scheduled in the case at 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 23, 2016, in Hall County.

 

 

 

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Law enforcement responding to a possible domestic violence call on Tuesday afternoon located an alleged one pot methamphetamine lab at the residence.

Athens County Sheriff Rodney Smith said that his office responded to 9310 Stagecoach Road on two occasions Tuesday regarding domestic violence and a possible methamphetamine lab.

While at the residence Lt. John Morris was reportedly alerted by witnesses to a bottle in the refrigerator that was potentially a meth lab. Morris was able to identify the bottle as a 568d85be5a8e0_imagesuspected one-pot methamphetamine lab and cleared the residence.

Twelve juveniles, ranging in age from five months to 17 years of age, lived at the residence according to Smith.

Evidence of the suspected meth lab and statements from witnesses were collected, with Lt. Morris and Lt. Jimmy Heater turning the scene over to the Major Crimes Unit for processing.

Chemical samples were collected from the scene with charges expected to be presented to a future grand jury. Illegal manufacture of drugs is a second degree felony, which can be elevated to a first degree felony due to the presence of children at the residence.

The suspect in the case was not at the scene at the time, but has been identified.

“This is the first methamphetamine lab of the year and I would like to thank everyone who responded to take care of an unusual situation that involved a lab in the home with this many juveniles,” Smith stated in a news release.

Athens County Children Services and the Richland Area Volunteer Fire Department were also called to the scene.

 

 

 

 

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