The Walton County Sheriff’s Office is continuing its investigation into the poisoning of a 4 month old little boy from Freeport, FL. At this time, the investigation shows the nasal spray was given to the baby inadvertently by the baby’s grandmother.

The bottle used on the baby contained acid of some type and was submitted to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for testing.  Preliminary tests were positive for acid but the Sheriff’s Office is still waiting on results to confirm the exact chemical.

The investigation indicates the storing of acid in nasal spray or eye dropper bottles is consistent with the activity of persons who manufacture methamphetamine. However, at this time the person who placed the acid in the bottle is undetermined.

During the investigation it was determined the grandmother who administered the spray did so without any intent to harm the child.  After reviewing all the evidence gathered in the case and conferring with the State Attorney’s Office, there will not be any charges filed in the case at this time.

The Sheriff’s Office will continue to follow any available leads as they develop that may enhance the case.




DECATUR – An 11-year-old boy suffered second-degree burns to his legs and arm after his clothes caught on fire during an explosion in a methamphetamine lab on the city’s northwest side.

The boy was treated at Decatur Memorial Hospital and then transported by helicopter to St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

Rachel Starr-Hollgarth, 38, and Taylor M. Potter, 33, were arrested at about 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, at their residence on the 2800 block of North Fairview Avenue.

Potter admitted to police he was engaged in manufacturing methamphetamine when chemicals exploded in a two-liter bottle, causing the boy’s injuries, says an affidavit by Decatur patrol officer Andrew Wittmer. Potter said he put out the fire on the boy with a fire extinguisher.

Both suspects were booked into the Macon County Jail on preliminary charges of aggravated participation in meth manufacturing, meth-related child endangerment and use of property to violate the Methamphetamine Control Act.

Two other children, 8 and 4 years old, were in the home at the time of the explosion. They were taken into protective custody by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.

Associate Judge James Coryell set bond for Potter and Starr-Hollgarth on Thursday morning after they spent two nights in jail because of the court holiday Wednesday.

When Assistant State’s Attorney Nrupa Patel recommended a bond of $300,000 for Starr-Hollgarth, she exercised her right to request a lower bond. Starr-Hollgarth told the judge she needed a bond to enable her to leave jail because she was disabled – she came into court from a holding cell with a walker – and was in the middle of a move to a different residence. She also mentioned that her children were taken by DCFS but “that was OK with her.” Coryell set her bond at $500,000.

Coryell also set Potter’s bond at $500,000, after the prosecutor requested that amount for him.

During a police interview Tuesday, Potter said “he had been manufacturing meth at this residence for several months,” the affidavit says. Potter also told police “he allows other people to use the residence to manufacture methamphetamine.”

Starr-Hollgarth told police “when Taylor makes methamphetamine she usually sends the children to their rooms to protect them.”

Both suspects are due in circuit court within a week for their arraignments.




Oklahoma City police arrested two people Wednesday after a search warrant led to the discovery of methamphetamine, marijuana and firearms, authorities said.

Monte Wampler, 39, and Ashley Wampler, 21, were arrested on complaints of trafficking methamphetamine, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, use of surveillance equipment in commitment of a felony, possession of a firearm in commitment of a felony and possession of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school, according to police reports.

Police executed a search warrant on Wednesday afternoon at 1120 NW 13 and found more than three ounces of marijuana, two grams of meth, 12 grams of “a crystal substance,” scales, plastic bags and more than $1,000 in cash.

Police also found surveillance equipment, two handguns, a shotgun and multiple types of ammunition, according to police reports.

Monte Wampler was being held Thursday in the Oklahoma County jail in lieu of $112,000 bail. Oklahoma County jail records did not show that Ashley Wampler had been booked into the jail, a sheriff’s office representative said.



BOONE COUNTYA Columbia man was arrested after authorities found a meth lab in Boone County.

At 8 p.m. Tuesday night, the Boone County Sheriff’s Department found it in the 7700-block of La Porte Avenue.

The bust happened after authorities got several reports of suspicious purchases from area businesses.


While talking with the residents, deputies found a small but active meth lab near railroad tracks behind the apartment.

Deputies said tracks in the snow led back to the apartment.

They also found components of a meth lab inside the apartment.

Deputies arrested Christopher Chaney, 34, for manufacturing a controlled substance.



A fire at a suspected meth lab under construction in a shed in Assumption Parish led to an arrest Monday, authorities said.

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Kevin Pintado, 36, of Pierre Part, is charged with operation or creation of a clandestine lab, the Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Office said.

Pintado was also using the shed, at 3246 La. 70, as a living quarters, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Investigators said the blaze started after a plastic bag containing a fuel-like substance caught fire and Pintado threw it into a mattress.

Pierre Part Fire and Rescue responded to a call about the fire about 4:30 a.m. Monday, authorities said.

The so-called “shake-and-bake” meth lab was being assembled, and the illegal drug was not being manufactured at the time, authorities said.

Pintado is in the parish jail Tuesday awaiting hearing to set bond.

He is on five years’ unsupervised probation for a 2012 conviction for operating a meth lab in Pierre Part, the Sheriff’s Office said. He was arrested on that charge in 2011.



A a 27-year-old Bismarck woman who admitted using methamphetamines while pregnant has been charged with ingestion of a controlled substance.

Sgt. Mark Buschena of the Bismarck Police Department said a summons to appear in court for Belinda Ann Enzi was signed Tuesday.

According to an affidavit from Bismarck Police Department Detective Dustin Miller, the Burleigh County Social Services filed a child abuse neglect report Jan. 11.

The report indicated Enzi’s newborn tested positive for meth. According to the affidavit, Enzi admitted to a social worker she had used meth during her pregnancy and had done so “shortly before giving birth.”

According to the affidavit, Enzi said she had smoked meth at least twice while pregnant, possibly a month before giving birth.

The charge is a Class A misdemeanor. Enzi has a criminal record of possession and delivery of methamphetamines and theft.

Court documents show the child has been placed in foster care.




COLLIER COUNTY, FL – Law enforcement uncovered 18 meth labs in the last 12 months in Lee County.

Now, there are fears the disturbing drug will make it’s way south into Collier County.


Poisonous chemicals, flammable fumes, and deadly reactions- these are very real threats meth labs pose.

“You really don’t know what you’re getting into,” said North Naples Fire Department Deputy Chief Michael Swanson.

Emergency responders and the people who live around the labs are all at risk. It’s not only chemicals those responders have to look out for.

“A lot of times they’ll put trip wires in. They’ll put explosives somewhere, or something that falls and breaks something that releases a poisonous gas,” Dep. Chief Swanson said.

If it’s serious enough, local officials call in the National Guard.

“I can say to the chief that right now this is your worst case scenario. We can recommend road blocks, shelter in place, things like that,” said U.S. Army National Guard Colonel Joe DeFee.

When the lab is a potential ticking time bomb, responders must take their time dismantling the operation.

Inside a hazmat suit, responders lose up to half their dexterity – almost 50 percent of their vision, and 80 percent of their hearing.

On an hour tank, they’ll typically spend about 45 minutes inside the suit, but even that can be extremely taxing on the body.

“You have a heat load on you. Obviously that suit can be 100 plus degrees inside,” Natl. Guard Deputy Commander Mark Sittery said.

Not to mention the danger for any homes and businesses near a meth lab.

“Mass contaminations or starting a fire, which endangers everyone in the building,” said Swanson.



A search warrant Thursday evening resulted in the seizure of a shake and bake methamphetamine laboratory.

The West Central Illinois Task Force and the Adams County Sheriff’s Office began the investigation with a  traffic stop in the 300 block of Broadway at approximately 7:00 p.m.  The traffic stop resulted in the arrest of Brittanny R. Stratman, age 20 of 309 Locust  for outstanding Adams County warrants for FTA -Domestic Battery, and FTA- Leaving the Scene of an Accident and Improper Lane Usage.
The investigation lead to a search at 309 Locust.  Stratman  was arrested for new charges of Methamphetamine Conspiracy and Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine Manufacturing Material.

A second resident of 309 Locust, Dustin D. Ellis,19, was arrested for Methamphetamine Conspiracy and Methamphetamine Precursor.  Stratman and Ellis were both transported to the Adams County Jail where they were lodged.
The Illinois State Police  Meth Response Team was utilized to discard of the lab materials.



POMEROY — The second person charged in connection with the rape of a juvenile and a methamphetamine lab in Middleport last August has pleaded guilty to lesser charges.

Brenda A. Stewart, 43, of Middleport, entered a guilty plea to one count of illegal possession of chemicals for the manufacture of methamphetamine and one count of child endangerment. Both charges are felonies of the third degree.

Stewart was scheduled for a jury trial next week.

Per the plea agreement, the remaining charges of rape and illegal manufacture of methamphetamine, both first-degree felonies, will be dismissed. Case 13CR164 will also be dismissed. Stewart was originally indicted under that case, but was re-indicted to clarify the charges against her.

Victim’s Assistance Director Theda Petrasko addressed the court, stating that the victim was in agreement with the plea and did not believe her mother had knowledge of the rape taking place.

Stewart did not address the court other than answering direct questions from the judge.

Judge I. Carson Crow sentenced Stewart to the maximum of 36 months on each of the two counts, to be served consecutively for six years total.

Joseph Stewart, 39, entered a guilty plea to three of the eight counts he was facing in connection with the case during a hearing Feb. 6.

He pleaded guilty to illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of methamphetamine, a felony of the third degree; rape, a felony of the first degree; and sexual battery, a felony of the third degree.

Stewart was indicted last year on five counts of rape, each one a felony of the first degree; one count of illegal manufacture of methamphetamine, a felony of the first degree; illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of methamphetamine, a felony of the second degree; and sexual battery, a felony of the third degree.

In accordance with the plea agreement, five counts of the indictment were dismissed, along with case 13CR163. Stewart was originally indicted under case 13CR163, but was re-indicted to add additional charges and clarify the charges.

Joseph Stewart was sentenced to 17 years in prison and must register as a tier III sex offender for life.

The Stewarts were arrested Aug. 21 following the discovery of a methamphetamine lab at 60 1/2 Cole St. in Middleport.

At that time, deputies, along with Department of Jobs and Family Services-Children Services workers interviewed a minor female who alleged forced sexual abuse by her stepfather, Joseph G. Stewart. After interviewing the minor child’s mother, Brenda A. Stewart, along with the stepfather, it was determined sexual abuse had occurred, according to law enforcement.

Middleport Police Chief Bruce Swift and Meigs County Sheriff Keith Wood have said officers with both departments responded to the residence, following up on a tip received through Meigs County Children Services regarding a methamphetamine lab and possible sexual abuse of a minor at the residence.

The Stewarts live in an apartment at that address, according to Swift.

While searching the residence, deputies allegedly located a one-pot reactionary vessel and white powder that tested positive for methamphetamine, along with chemicals used in the production of methamphetamine.



PUTNAM COUNTY, Fla. — A man is facing charges after he allegedly tried to hide a one-pot methamphetamine lab in a truck on Friday.

According to a release from the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, Ricky Wesley Comer was arrested and booked into the Putnam County Jail on charges of:

- Production of methamphetamine - Maintaining a drug vehicle – Possession of listed chemicals – Possession of drug paraphernalia – Resisting without violence


Deputies responded to Comer Road in Bardin on reports of methamphetamine production. While there, they observed Ricky Comer holding and shaking what appeared to be a one-pot meth lab.

When deputies approached Ricky Comer, he allegedly threw the pot into a truck he was standing next to and grabbed a beer can to make it appear as if that’s what he was holding.

In addition to the meth lab pot, chemicals used to make meth were also discovered in the truck. The PCSO Methamphetamine Response Unit responded to render the area safe.

Comer’s bond was set at $9,020.


LANCASTER — Members of the Fairfield-Hocking Major Crimes Unit, the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and the Street Crime Reduction and Apprehension Program arrested two people and were looking for another person Wednesday after raiding a house they said contained chemicals for making methamphetamine.

The house was in the 500 block of South Columbus Street.

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“We actually do not have what we’d refer to as a reacting laboratory at this point,” SCRAP supervisor Sgt. Jared Collins said. “We just have all of the chemicals and equipment assembled to manufacture (methamphetamine). We’ve also got scales, finished methamphetamine product, suspected methamphetamine product and anything and everything you need to make it.”

Collins said officers discovered a decent amount of chemicals used to make the drug.

Collins said the units arrived around 11:30 a.m.

“We received several complaints from neighborhood sources that drug manufacture was going on here, drug traffic was going on here,” he said.

Police said four adults lived in the house, along with a 17-month-old baby.

Collins said the house had bed bugs, and officers were spraying themselves to kill the bugs.

NEW MARTINSVILLE, W.Va — Officials with the New Martinsville Police Department said two people have been arrested in connection to manufacturing methamphetamine.

Around midnight Thursday, officers went to room 210 at the Plaza Inn in New Martinsville to serve a warrant and found traces of the items used for making methamphetamine. With the assistance of West Virginia State police, New Martinsville police arrested 24-year-old Michael Briggs and 29-year-old Amanda Long.


The owner of the Plaza Inn told officials the couple check-in earlier Wednesday afternoon. Officials say the owner has been cooperating with them in this investigation.

“Shake and bake is what it looked to be,” New Martinsville Police Chief Tim Cecil said. “We backed out as soon as we seen it. We notified state police and had the fire department on stand-by.”

Long and Briggs were scheduled to be arraigned Thursday afternoon.



Sheriff’s deputies said they stopped a bicyclist Tuesday night and found 37 bindles of crystal methamphetamine.

Sammy Gonzales Magana, 54, was booked into the Monterey County Jail on drug and probation charges.

Deputies said they saw Magana riding a bicycle at Crane and McDougall streets about 11 p.m. and stopped him for a probation compliance search.

Besides the bindles of alleged methamphetamine, deputies said they found two drug smoking pipes and a Golden State Advantage electronic benefits card that belonged to someone else.

CLARKSVILLE, TENN. — Two Clarksville women have been arrested after Drug Task Force investigators found evidence of a methamphetamine lab in a home where three children lived.

On Monday, a DTF agent searched 1460 Dotsonville Road, Lot 17, after the Department of Children Services received complaints of meth use in the home.

Two women, Nancy Kay Cohen, 34, and Tamara Leann Dennis, 19, lived there.

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The agent determined that another person was allowed to make meth in the home while three children – ages 5 months, 1 year and 14 – were present.

Cohen and Dennis were charged with promoting the manufacturing of meth and child abuse and neglect. They were booked into the Montgomery County Jail on $30,000 bonds.

The women also were arrested Saturday on meth-related charges after a traffic stop on Dotsonville Road.

Cohen’s car contained a gallon of camp fuel, lithium batteries and coffee filters commonly used in cooking meth, according to a previous article.

Additionally, 1.2 grams of methamphetamine, three Xanax pills and one Adderall pill were found, along with three syringes, but none of the occupants claimed ownership of them, the warrants said.

Amber Nicole Lehman, 29, of Cumberland City, also was charged Saturday. Dennis, whose infant son was in the car, was charged with reckless endangerment.

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BEREA — Berea police arrested three people Friday after uncovering an active meth lab in a Knights Inn motel room.


According to a BPD report, officers were dispatched to the motel after a complainant reported possible drug activity in one of the rooms.

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At the motel, they made contact with Lewis Bishop, 43, Bobby Saylor, 23, and Catherine Hogwood, 25, all of Berea. The three gave officers consent to search the room, where the officers found the active lab, five small baggies containing methamphetamine, several syringes and other items used to manufacture the drug, the report stated.


All three were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, first-degree wanton endangerment, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.


In addition, two warrants were served charging Bishop with first-degree possession of a controlled substance and Saylor with unlawful possession of a meth precursor, the report added.


The suspects were lodged in the Madison County Detention Center, where Bishop and Hogwood remained Tuesday afternoon, according to the jail’s online records. Saylor was released early Tuesday morning on a $15,000 bond, according to a detention center officer.




PORT ORANGE, Fla. (AP) — Three people are accused of running a meth lab out of a central Florida motel.

Port Orange police say they got a call Monday about drug activity at the Town and Country Motel.

The Daytona Beach News-Journal ( ) reports officer detected a strong chemical odor in the room. They found an active methamphetamine lab.

The area was evacuated because of the potential hazard.

Police Lt. John Jakovenko says the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office methamphetamine team was called to help remove and dispose of the material.

The people — ages 21, 39 and 66 — are charged with the manufacture and possession of meth.



The drug methamphetamine has been popping up all over the place lately, with four meth labs found in the county so far since only the beginning of the year.

Most recently, Lebanon police meth technician Chris Luna said two meth labs were found last week; one at Timberline Campground on Murfreesboro Road in Lebanon and the other in a backpack in an abandoned vehicle.

Additionally, meth labs have become more common in area motels and hotels, as Luna said they located one at Knight’s Inn in Lebanon and another in a small motel behind the former Ellie Mae’s Bar at 941 Carthage Highway within the past two weeks.

Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan said the influx of meth labs, not only in Lebanon but also in the entire county, was a concern.

He said meth labs could affect everyone from those people who have to respond to the scenes where they’re located to children ingesting and being around the harsh chemicals.

“What bothers me is seeing all the dangers it causes, for the responding officers and the people staying in the motels that we’re finding them at. It’s dangerous,” Bryan said. “The numbers are increasing so much something needs to be addressed, probably at a state level.”

Bryan said numerous pieces of legislation concentrating on meth, and materials used to make it, would be seen in Nashville in the form of House and Senate bills to attempt to alleviate the meth problems in the state.

According to Bryan, the Sheriff’s Association is involved in trying to get a bill passed to require a prescription to purchase pseudoephedrine, an ingredient used in meth and also a common over-the-counter decongestant.

Other pieces of legislation offer the option to put a restriction on the amount that can be bought.

Overall, Bryan said he believed the legislation was good and something that needed to be considered to end the meth influx.

“It’s bad stuff, and too many people are going to get hurt,” Bryan said. “It affects too many people.”

Lebanon police Chief Scott Bowen agreed and said meth manufacturing has definitely picked up in the last two to three years.

Bowen said the dangers of the drug and the manufacturing process were obviously the biggest concern, but the department also has to spend thousands of dollars in order to properly equip and train themselves to be prepared.

“It costs us significant money in preparation, but with the dangers and hazards there’s no way around it,” Bowen said.

Bowen also said he didn’t see the meth boom slowing down.

“The system we have in place is not working, something definitely needs to be looked at,” Bowen said.

With legislation proposed for pseudoephedrine to be available by prescription only, Bowen said he thought that might have to be an option lawmakers go to.

“Right now the legitimate use versus the criminal use, I think way more people are buying pseudoephedrine for the criminal use, and it needs to be balanced,” Bowen said. “The bottom line is that we’ve got to do something, you can tell by what’s going on that what’s in place now isn’t working.”





CADILLAC — A Mason County man facing drug charges who was being brought into the Wexford County Jail received an unexpected surprise — more drug charges.

Albert James Brooks, 40, of Freesoil, was arraigned in 84th District Court in Wexford County on Feb. 5, according to court records, on a count of possession of methamphetamine, second or subsequent offense.


Brooks was being processed into the jail when what is suspected to be a controlled substance was found in his clothing, according to Jail Administrator Lt. Greg Webster. As a result, Brooks was charged with drug possession.

Prior to the discovery of the suspected drugs, Brooks already had faced a felony charge in Wexford County of possession of methamphetamine, second or subsequent offense, which is punishable by up to 20 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $30,000. Brooks has a second offense notice, according to court records, due to a previous conviction for possession of’beacon_b38e71efb6′ style=’position: absolute; left: 0px; top: 0px; visibility: hidden;’>

Bond was set at $100,000 cash or surety.

A 38-year-old man was arrested Friday on charges of production of methamphetamine after deputies found someone shaking a container of chemicals under a street light on Comer Road in Bardin, according to the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office.

Ricky Wesley Comer, who lives on Comer Road, was being held on $9,000 bail on that and other charges of possession of listed chemicals, possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting arrest and maintaining a drug vehicle, the Sheriff’s Office said.


Deputies received information that someone was cooking methamphetamine at the end of the road and walked down it to find . As they approached they observed a white male, later identified as standing next to a green Chevrolet truck with the passenger side door open. Deputies stood in the shadows and observed Comer walking away from the truck and towards a light pole holding what appeared to be a one pot methamphetamine lab in his hand. Comer was observed holding the object up to the light and shaking it.

As deputies approached Comer while identifying themselves, Comer took the object and put it behind his back and began back peddling to the truck where he then threw the object into the truck. Comer then grabbed a beer that was sitting on the tool box and acted like that was what he had in his hand. After briefly struggling with the deputies, Comer was detained and secured in a patrol car. Deputies then looked into the truck where Comer threw the object and an active one pot methamphetamine lab and chemicals used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine were discovered.

Members of the Methamphetamine Response Unit at the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene and rendered the one pot methamphetamine lab safe.

Comer was placed under arrest and booked into the Putnam County Jail.  His bond was set at $9,020.00



BULLHEAD CITY, AZ (CBS5) – Operation Wagon Wheel rolled through a Bullhead City trailer park Monday, resulting in eight narcotics-related arrests.

Numerous complaints were received leading up to the crackdown about methamphetamine use and sales inside the Wagon Wheel Trailer Park in the 400 block of Moser Avenue.

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Acting on the tips, the Mohave Area General Narcotics Enforcement Team conducted search warrants on four trailers on the property, with help from Bullhead City police and SWAT officers, police in Lake Havasu City and Kingman and GIITEM, the Gang and Immigration Intelligence Team Enforcement Mission.

During Monday’s crackdown, detectives said they also noticed numerous code enforcement violations. The city’s Code Enforcement officials notified police that they, too, had been conducting their own investigation on the property because of dangerous building issues.

Code Enforcement declared about 14 trailers, mostly vacant, as uninhabitable for violations, such as sewage line breaks, dangerous electrical wiring and unsafe flooring.

Those arrested were:

  • Melanie Lee Kuehmann, 30. Police said they found her to be in possession of hypodermic needles and other meth paraphernalia.
  • Berl Ralph Lolmaugh, 59. A useable amount of methamphetamine and a meth pipe was located in his bedroom, officers said.
  • Charles Waukene Campbell, 56. Police said they found a useable amount of meth and a scale, spoon, hypodermic needles and several plastic baggies containing meth residue that belonged to Campbell.
  • Kaela Jayne Davis, 21. She had about 4 grams of methamphetamine, two glass meth pipes, a baggie containing a small amount of marijuana, and a firearm in her bedroom, police said.
  • Gary Eugene Coker, 52. Police said they found used syringes in the vicinity where Coker sleeps.
  • Jared Marcel Ary, 32. Officers said they found he had a syringe in his pocket.
  • Steven Thomas Williams, 47, and Kellie Marie Davis, 45. Police said they located methamphetamine paraphernalia, including a scale inside their residence.

All were booked into the Mohave County Jail in Kingman. Ary was taken to the substation jail in Mohave Valley.



A former King County Sheriff’s deputy who lost his job last year after accusations surfaced that he stole drug evidence while working undercover for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency has been indicted by a federal Grand Jury on three drug-related counts, KIRO Radio has learned.

Mitchell J. Wright, 33, was arrested earlier this week after agents with the DEA witnessed him sell methamphetamine, according to statements made in federal court on Tuesday.

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Wright, who was escorted into court in handcuffs and was wearing a tan jailhouse uniform, pleaded not guilty to one count conspiracy to distribute meth and two counts distribution of meth in amounts exceeding five grams.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Brian A. Tsuchida ordered Wright be held until a hearing scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 20.

Should Wright be convicted on all three counts, he would face a maximum sentence of 40 years in a federal prison and a $5 million fine, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Leah K. Bolstad.

The federal charges released Tuesday are separate from those filed against Wright in King County Superior Court last year after Wright was arrested at his Bothell-area home for investigation of possession of stolen property, possession of narcotics, theft, and tampering with evidence.

Wright was assigned to the DEA field office in Seattle in 2009 to work with a task force dedicated to investigating federal and state-level drug crimes. He was reassigned from that position in February 2013 and resumed work as a patrol deputy out of the sheriff’s office in Shoreline.

Concerns about misconduct on the part of Wright first surfaced in May 2013, when a Bothell police officer caught a woman injecting heroin into her arm in the parking lot of a McDonald’s restaurant. According to court documents, the woman was in a Dodge Ram registered to Wright and told the officer that she worked for him as an informant. The woman also told the officer that she lived with Wright, according to the documents.

A subsequent search of the vehicle uncovered drugs and drug paraphernalia, the documents read.

The King County Sheriff’s Office launched an internal investigation into the incident and Wright was placed on administrative leave on July 3. He resigned from his position as a deputy with the sheriff’s office on July 9.

On July 20, King county deputies cleaning out Wright’s previously assigned patrol car found three “small plastic baggies” marked with DEA case numbers. Residue inside the baggies tested positive for heroin, according to court documents.

It was later determined that between $36,450 and $52,490 worth of narcotics seized by Wright during his time with the DEA were never placed into evidence, according to the documents. Those drugs included hundreds of prescriptions pills, including Oxycodone.

Wright joined the department in November 2002. In 2006, he was named “Shoreline Police Officer of the Year” by his peers. That year, Wright was credited with making more than 150 arrests, “including numerous arrests of suspects in stolen cars, felony narcotics violations, and other serious crimes,” according to a City of Shoreline annual report.

Wright is scheduled to go to trial in April on state charges.

A defense attorney for Wright declined to comment on the federal case Tuesday.



SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A 35-year-old Mexican woman tried to smuggle nearly $500,000 worth of methamphetamine through a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint in Pine Valley while driving a minivan with her 11-year-old son inside, authorities said Tuesday.


The drugs were found secreted in the gas tank late Saturday, and the woman, whose name was withheld, was arrested at the Interstate 8 checkpoint, according to a statement from the U.S. Border Patrol’s San Diego sector.

A service dog alerted agents to something suspicion in the woman’s 2005 Chrysler Town and Country minivan, and authorities found 27 cellophane-sealed packages of meth in the gas tank.

The total haul was more than 40 pounds, valued at $490,820, according to federal agents.

The boy was taken to San Ysidro and turned over to his father.



This goes hand-in-hand with the post immediately before this one – methamphetamine hidden in the vagina (or “groin area”) is usually found during the booking process.  Or is it?

Scotts Bluff County Detention Center jailers discovered seven bags of methamphetamine concealed “in the groin area” of a woman arrested early Tuesday morning.

Katrina Ramos, 25, of Scottsbluff, was arrested at about 12 a.m. Tuesday after a police officer stopped a vehicle in the 1400 block of Eighth Avenue. The officer was aware that a warrant had been issued for Ramos’ arrest.

The officer arrested the woman after she allegedly provided a false name and date of birth. He used photo identification to identify the woman. As she exited a police cruiser, she told the officer that she dropped a digital scale on the floorboard. While transporting the woman to jail, the officer said in an arrest affidavit, she appeared to be “digging in the rear of her pants.” He also heard a clinking sound in the back of the cruiser, locating a pipe with white residue believed to be methamphetamine, on the floorboard of the car.

Because of the pipe and the scale, he directed jail staff to conduct a strip search of the woman. After the search, the jailers provided the officer with a clear plastic bag which contained several smaller bags that had been concealed “in the groin area” of Ramos. The officer tested the substance inside the bags, which tested positive for methamphetamine. A total of four grams of methamphetamine was seized during the search, the affidavit says.

Ramos was jailed on charges of possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia and providing false information to an officer. Formal charges had not yet been filed in Scotts Bluff County Court Tuesday, but Ramos is expected to be arraigned Wednesday.




This was recently published in a medical journal (Forensic Sci Med Pathol. 2014 Feb 11.) by Jones P, Mutsvunguma R, and Prahlow JA.

Inserting methamphetamine into the vagina is a common way to “hide” the drug from the authorities.  Usually the drug is found when the woman is strip searched when booked into jail.  But what happens if the drug leaks out into the vagina?  It is quickly absorbed into the blood, and this medical study shows that that can be quickly fatal!

In this paper a drug fatality that involved an unintended drug delivery route is described. The decedent, a 23-year-old female in custody in a county jail on suspicion of a felony drug offense, was discovered in a holding cell unconscious and unresponsive. Following unsuccessful cardiopulmonary resuscitation attempts she was pronounced dead at the scene. At autopsy a wad of multiple small loosely wrapped plastic packages held together with another layer of clear plastic was found in the decedent’s vagina.

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The smaller plastic packages contained an off-white pasty substance that was later identified as methamphetamine.

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Toxicological testing of specimens collected during autopsy revealed methamphetamine in the decedent’s subclavian blood, vitreous fluid, and urine at extremely high concentrations (42.6, 20.1, and 771 mg/L, respectively). Amphetamine, the active metabolite of methamphetamine, was also present in the subclavian blood, vitreous fluid, and urine at significant concentrations (1.3, 0.5, and 20.4 mg/L, respectively). The cause of death was attributed to toxic effects of methamphetamine and the manner of death was ruled accidental. This report suggests that lethal concentrations of methamphetamine may be distributed to the systemic circulation via intravaginal absorption.

PRYOR, OK — Selling methamphetamine to cops is bad. Four Mayes County residents did it twice.

After making two controlled purchases of methamphetamine, Mayes County Sheriff’s Investigator Jason Treat, along with Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics agents and Locust Grove Police, executed a search warrant on a residence in Locust Grove.

The residence, near Locust Grove High School, was home to Melanie Williams, Gregory Mellowbug, Gina Mellowbug and Bryan Phillips. The search, combined with the amount purchased, yielded officers 10 grams of methamphetamine, valued at over $1,000, according to Treat, who is also an OBN agent. The group was selling methamphetamine out of the house. The residence was also home to a minor, 9 years old, who is not the biological child of any of the adults living there, according to Treat.

Gregory Mellowbug and Williams are each charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance within 2,000 feet of a school and possession of paraphernalia, according to Treat. Williams has an additional felony count of possession of a firearm after former felony conviction.

Gina Mellowbug is charged with two counts of conspiracy of delivery of controlled dangerous substance, unlawful use of a communication device, child neglect, possession of a controlled dangerous substance within 2,000 feet of a school and possession of a firearm after former felony conviction.

Phillips is also charged with two felony counts of unlawful delivery of a controlled dangerous substance as well as possession with intent to distribute within 2,000 feet of a school and unlawful use of a communication device.

The two women are in a relationship having met while they were cellmates in prison. The two were released less than six months before this arrest. Gina Mellowbug has multiple prior felony convictions; in Mayes County she has been charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, aggravated assault and battery, petit larceny and feloniously pointing a firearm. Williams has formerly been charged with three counts of concealing stolen property, five counts of forgery and two counts of obstructing an officer.