The Metro Narcotics Unit found several active and in-active methamphetamine “cooks” inside a Summerville residence Tuesday.

The unit executed a search warrant at 607 Old Golf Road “as a result of a methamphetamine investigation,” according to Cpt. Jon Rogers of Summerville Police Department.

Methamphetamine manufacturing and consumption equipment, along with meth itself, were also discovered.

Four suspects were arrested: Brandon M. Komara, 29, who Cpt. Rogers reported is on probation for manufacturing methamphetamine, was charged with distribution of methamphetamine and manufacturing methamphetamine; Russell D. Embry, Jr., 31, was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine; Amanda M. Finkbeiner, 27, was arrested for manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine 2nd offense; and Shelly J. Flinchum, 51, was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine.

Summerville Fire Department, its Haz Mat unit, and Dorchester County EMS also responded and assisted.

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A man was forced to smoke meth at gunpoint in a bizarre robbery in the Mission early Tuesday morning, police Sgt. Danielle Newman said.

The 40-year-old victim was standing in front of a hotel in the 3000 block of 16th Street about 1:30 a.m. when a pregnant woman in her 20s asked him to help her get into her hotel room, police said. The victim agreed to help her because she was pregnant.

Inside the room the victim saw there was another woman in her 20s and a man who looked to be approximately 30, Newman said. The pregnant woman then pulled a handgun from her waistband and handed it to the male suspect.

The man then demanded that the victim smoke crystal meth out of a glass pipe and to turn over his wallet and cellphone, Newman said.

The male suspect put down the gun to look in the victim’s wallet and the victim grabbed the gun and attempted to shoot at the suspect, but the gun didn’t fire, Newman said.

The male suspect then assaulted the victim, Newman said, before the victim was able to flee the hotel and call police.

The victim told police he was in pain and was worried about the effects of the meth, Newman said, so paramedics were called and treated him at the scene.

No arrests have been made. The victim told police that he saw the male suspect get into a cab at 16th and Mission streets shortly after the robbery. The hotel manager told police that he had heard a struggle in the room but that the room was now unoccupied.

 

 

 

 

 

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KOTA — Law enforcement officers say they have seen an increase in small-scale meth cooking operations across South Dakota.

Marty Jackley, South Dakota’s attorney general, says there have been 39 meth labs found in 2013. Compare that to the 27 discovered two years ago.

Jackley says meth dealers are moving toward a one-pot method, also known as the “shake and bake.” Which means using a bottle and ingredients that dealers can get from a convenient store to make meth.

He says this method makes it easy to create meth and even easier to distribute.

“Part of the reason that the labs have increased is the technology in the method to make the methamphetamine,” Jackley said. “Because it’s easier and less complex to make methamphetamine, we’re seeing a little bit more of it.”

Jackley says law enforcement is pooling resources to send a strong message to meth manufacturers.

 

 

 

 

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MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) — A Muskegon County man is behind bars for allegedly making methamphetamine and ditching lab components behind a bar.

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Deputies arrested 27-year-old Benjamin Babcock Monday; he’s set to charged with manufacturing meth.

Last week police found meth lab equipment inside a gym bag in a dumpster behind a bar on Apple Avenue, near Wolf Lake.

Babcock is in the Muskegon County Jail awaiting arraignment. If convicted, he faces 20 years in prison.

 

 

 

 

 

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A husband-and-wife duo was among four people arrested in the small town of Berlin Monday night after authorities uncovered a suspected meth lab.

The Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office drug team, which received a tip about an active meth lab at 101 S. Madison St. in Berlin, made the arrests. Berlin is located about 15 miles west of Springfield.

According to the sheriff’s office, several people were outside the home in a vehicle. When officers approached, the occupants threw items used in meth production out the window, the sheriff’s office said in a statement.

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Brian K. Bennett, 43, and Donna J. Bennett, 39, are facing four meth-related charges. The owner of the home where the suspected meth lab was found, Jerry L. Patterson, 50, faces the same charges.

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A fourth person at the home, Kenessa B. Gibbs, 34, was arrested on an outstanding warrant, the sheriff’s office said.

Authorities found other items used to cook meth inside the home, as well as toxic waste left over from a suspected meth lab, the sheriff’s office said.

The evidence was sent to the Illinois State Police Crime Lab for further analysis. Sangamon County State’s Attorney John Milhiser will decide final charges.

The incident was the first meth arrest by the DIRT team since it was reactivated last March.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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VANDALIAA Vandalia woman was arrested after authorities searched her home and found meth.

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Monday night, the Vandalia Police Department, Audrain County Sheriff‘s Office, and the East Central Drug Task Force served a search warrant at the 200 Block of West State Street.

During the search, officers found methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

LaRita Mae Jennings-Brink, 57, was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Jennings posted a $15,000 bond.

 

 

 

 

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A DRUG mule who transported up to $50,000 worth of ice in a bra into Launceston was trying to clear a drug debt, the Supreme Court in Launceston heard yesterday.<

Leah Jean Woolley, 21, was caught with 60 grams of methamphetamine at Evandale in September last year.

The bust came after detectives from Tasmania Police’s Operation Webb were tipped off that Woolley was bringing drugs into Tasmania that day.

The officers missed her at Launceston Airport, but received news she was at Evandale and quickly detained her.

Police found 6.4 grams of methamphetamine and 53.8 grams of the crystallised form also known as ice on Woolley.

Crown prosecutor John Ransom said the drugs were worth between $20,000 to $60,000 depending if it was sold in ounces, 8-balls or points on the street.

He said Woolley played an “important role” as a “courier in relation to a highly addictive drug”.

Defence counsel James Oxley said Woolley had begun abusing meth in January 2013 to overcome anxiety.

After relocating to Melbourne she collated a $2000 drug debt.

Woolley turned down initial requests to smuggle drugs into Tasmania, but eventually agreed in return for having her drug debt wiped clean, he said.

Woolley, who has no prior conviction for drugs and pleaded guilty to trafficking early on, was not a major player, he said.

Mr Oxley asked Justice David Porter to consider a wholly suspended jail term given her age.

Justice Porter remanded Woolley on bail until April 30 for sentencing.

 

 

 

 

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Two people were arrested on drug charges Saturday night after DeKalb County sheriff’s officers were called to the Twilight Inn in Corunna, according to a news release.

Officers responded to the inn, 2056 U.S. 6, about 9 p.m. to investigate a tip about possible drug activity. They made contact with two suspects at the inn, according to the statement. During the investigation officers located two active methamphetamine labs, finished meth product and items used in the manufacture of meth.

Michael D. Hughes and Sara K. Smith, both of Corunna, were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of meth, possession of precursors, possession of a controlled substance, and maintaining a common nuisance, according to the statement.

Hughes was also charged with possession of a synthetic drug and invasion of privacy. He also was in violation of a protective order with Smith as the petitioner, according to the statement.

The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department was assisted by the Waterloo Marshal’s Office and the Indiana State Police Meth Suppression Team.

 

 

 

 

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Lake Area – The Mid-Missouri Drug Task Force has had a busy March. Assisted by other local law enforcement agencies, the task force recently announced the arrest of 12 residents in the region on drug-related charges.

A drug interdiction traffic stop by the task force and Eldon Police Department on Highway 52 led to the arrest of Robert Farr, 28, of Sedalia on March 3 for Possession of Heroin and Possession of Methamphetamine. He has been charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance. Bond was set at $35,000.

On March 6, the task force, assisted by the Miller County Sheriff’s Office and the Eldon Police Department, executed a search warrant at “Dave’s Small Engine Repair” located at 227 West 7th Street in the City of Eldon. David Bradshaw, 55, of Eldon was arrested and charged with Distribution of Methamphetamine. Bond was set at $50,000.

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On March 19, the task force along with the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at 22111 Highway T in Morgan County. Earl Fields, 52, of Stover was arrested and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine. Bond was set at $30,000.

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On the same day, these agencies along with the Stover Police Department also executed a search warrant at the residence located at 218 South Maple Street in the City of Stover. Angela Connell, 49, of Stover was arrested and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine. Robert Redden, 46, of Stover was also arrested and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine and Resisting Arrest. Martin Wayson, 37, of Stover was arrested and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, and Anna Wood, 58, of Stover was arrested and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine. The bond for each was set at $30,000.

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On March 20, the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, assisted by the Mid-Missouri Drug Task Force, executed a search warrant at 4543 Butterfield Trail in the town of Florence. Roger Lewis, 54, was arrested and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine. Bond was set at $30,000.

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Another bust in Stover occurred the same day after the task force, assisted by the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office and the Stover Police Department, executed a search warrant at the residence located at 403 North Oak St. in the City of Stover. Wesley Muller, 24, was arrested and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine. Bond was set at $30,000.

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Arrests in Morgan County continued on March 21 with the sheriff’s office and task force executing a search warrant at 24008 Highway TT. Kenneth Schumacher, 65, of Versailles was arrested and charged with Distribution of Methamphetamine and Possession of Methamphetamine. His bond was set at $250,000.  , 36, of Versailles was also arrested and her parole was revoked for testing positive for Methamphetamine after giving birth to a child two days before on March 19.

Finally on March 22, a search was executed by the task force and the Benton County Sheriff’s Office at the residence located at 27699 State Road OO in Warsaw. Methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia were located in the residence along with a sawed-off shotgun. Kenneth Wombles, 36, was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of an Illegal Weapon. Bond was set at $50,000.

 

 

 

 

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KILGORE, TX (KLTV) – An East Texas man attempting to evade arrest led authorities to a home where 25 grams of methamphetamine was located.

The Kilgore Police Department said 26-year-old Dustin Rhan Lay of Kilgore tried to evade officers before he was located Tuesday at a residence at 502 Higginbotham Road. Kilgore PD’s STAR team was assigned to the residence to locate Lay.

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Lay was located in a back bedroom and taken into custody. He was found in possession of 0.5 grams of methamphetamine. A search of the residence revealed 24.5 grams of methamphetamine and led to the arrest of two additional individuals.

Kristan Noelke, 25, and Brandi Nicole Foster, 19, were arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance.

Lay is charged with evading arrest with a motor vehicle and possession of a controlled substance.

 

 

 

 

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BATH | A Savona couple are facing several charges after allegedly manufacturing methamphetamine in a residence occupied by a child, State Police in Bath said Monday.

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Christopher R. Bidwell, 35, and Kristy L. Bidwell, 29, both of 7256 Chrisler Road, were arrested March 21 after an investigation by the state police Bureau of Investigations and Steuben County Child Protective Unit uncovered evidence of a possible meth lab at 7250 Chrisler Road, troopers said.

 

A search of the residence by the state police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team discovered meth-making material and equipment and two firearms, troopers said.

 

The Bidwells were each charged with endangering the welfare of a child, second-degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine, second-degree criminal use of drug paraphernalia, second-degree criminal nuisance and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

 

Both were arraigned before Bath Town Justice Chauncey Watches and sent to Steuben County Jail on $50,000 cash or $100,000 property bond.

 

More charges are pending.

 

The state police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team assisted with cleanup of the site.
 

 

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LAKE OF THE OZARKS, Mo. — The Mid-Missouri Drug Task Force has placed 12 people in custody during a string of methamphetamine-related arrests throughout the month of March.

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The task force reported:

  • On March 3, the task force, assisted by the Eldon Police Department, conducted a drug interdiction traffic stop on Highway 52. Robert Farr, age 28 of Sedalia was arrested for Possession of Heroin and Possession of Methamphetamine. Farr was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance with a bond set of $35,000.00.
  • On March 6, of 2014 the task force, assisted by the Miller County Sheriff’s Office and the Eldon Police Department, executed a search warrant at “Dave’s Small Engine Repair” located at 227 West 7th Street in the city of Eldon. David Bradshaw, age 55 of Eldon, was arrested and charged with Distribution of Methamphetamine. A bond was set at $50,000.00.
  • On March 19, the task force and Morgan County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at 22111 Highway T in Morgan County. Earl Fields, age 52 of Stover was arrested and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine. Bond was set at $30,000.00.
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Earl Fields, age 52 of Stover was arrested on March 19, 2014 and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine.
  • On March 19, the task force, assisted by the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office and the Stover Police Department executed a search warrant at the residence located at 218 South Maple Street in the city of Stover. Angela Connell, age 49 of Stover was arrested and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine. A bond was set of $30,000.00. Robert Redden, age 46 of Stover was arrested and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine and Resisting Arrest. A bond was set at $30,000. Martin Wayson, age 37 of Stover was arrested and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine and a bond set at $30,000.00. Anna Wood, age 58 of Stover was arrested and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine and a bond set at $30,000.00.
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Angela Connell, age 49 of Stover was arrested on March 19, 2014 and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine.
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Robert Redden, age 46 of Stover was arrested on March 19, 2014 and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine and Resisting Arrest.
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Martin Wayson, age 37 of Stover was arrested on March 19, 2014 and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine and a bond set at $30,000.00.
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Anna Wood, age 58 of Stover was arrested on March 19, 2014 and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine and a bond set at $30,000.00.
  • On March 20, the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, assisted by the Mid-Missouri Drug Task Force, executed a search warrant at 4543 Butterfield Trail in the town of Florence. Roger Lewis, age 54 of Florence was arrested and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine. A bond was set at $30,000.
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Roger Lewis, age 54 of Florence was arrested on March 20, 2014 and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine.
  • On March 20, the task force, assisted by the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office and the Stover Police Department executed a search warrant at the residence located at 403 North Oak Street in the city of Stover. Wesley Muller, age 24 of Stover was arrested and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine. A bond was set at $30,000.00.
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Wesley Muller, age 24 of Stover was arrested on March 20, 2014 and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine.
  • On March 21, the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, assisted by the Mid-Missouri Drug Task Force, executed a search warrant at 24008 Highway TT in Morgan County. Kenneth Schumacher, age 65 of Versailles, was arrested and charged with Distribution of Methamphetamine and Possession of Methamphetamine. A bond was set at $250,000.00. Stacy Schumacher, age 36 of Versailles was also arrested on this date and her Parole was revoked for testing positive for Methamphetamine after giving birth to a child on March 19, 2014.
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Kenneth Schumacher, age 65 of Versailles, was arrested on March 21, 2014 and charged with Distribution of Methamphetamine and Possession of Methamphetamine.
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Stacy Schumacher, age 36 of Versailles was arrested on March 21, 2014 and her Parole was revoked for testing positive for Methamphetamine after giving birth to a child on March 19, 2014.
  • On March 22, a search warrant was executed by the Mid-Missouri Drug Task Force and the Benton County Sheriff’s Office at the residence located at 27699 State Road OO in Warsaw Missouri. Methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia were located in the residence along with a sawed off shotgun. Kenneth Wombles, age 36 was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of an Illegal Weapon. A bond was set at $50,000.00.

 

 

 

 

 

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Clinton police have arrested two women after finding meth labs in the basement of a home.
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Nicole Pillers, 34, and Ashley Woolwine, 26, are charged with conspiracy to manufacture meth.
Police say there was a strong chemical smell and the fire department used exhaust fans to clear away the chemical vapors. That is when the meth labs were found.
Clinton police say there were no children in the house, but a dog was there.

The Friendswood Police Department’s investigation into buying and selling crystal methamphetamine, which included officers pursuing a suspect on the Gulf Freeway as he threw objects out a car window, has resulted in the arrest of 12 people in one week.

March 18

At 3:15 a.m. on March 18, police stopped Ryan Ellison Dillon, 33, of Alvin, on a traffic violation in the 1700 block of FM 528. He was arrested for driving without a valid driver’s license, according to a Friendswood Police Department news release.

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Police searched Dillon and found he had a small vile with two pieces of cotton that tested positive for methamphetamine, the release said.

His passenger, Nickie Webster, 30, of Hitchcock, was found to have an outstanding warrant in Brazoria County for the manufacturing and delivery of a controlled substance. Police also discovered Webster had prescription drugs in her purse and in the vehicle door compartment.

Dillon’s bond was set at $20,000, while Webster’s was set at $30,000. On March 21, Webster was given three years deferred adjudication in the 179th State District Court. Dillon has a return court date for April 24 in the 179th District Court.

About half an hour after the first incident, an officer spotted a suspicious vehicle at an apartment complex in the 1800 block of FM 528. The vehicle circled the complex and then stopped in a secluded area in the parking lot, the release said.

The two occupants, Mindy Lee Lucas, 32, of League City, and Travis Earl Wooldridge, 21, of Lake Jackson, tried to hide by reclining their seats, police said.

Lucas attempted to throw a marijuana pipe out of the driver’s side window, but the window was still rolled up, leaving the pipe inside the vehicle. As she tried to retrieve the pipe, Wooldridge got out and dropped a baggie containing four prescription pills, the release said.

Inside the vehicle, the officer saw a wad of cash, a marijuana pipe, a digital scale and several small baggies.

When Lucas got out of the car, police searched her outer clothing and found a bag of crystal meth. Another bag was found in her purse and a third bag next to the driver’s seat, the release said.

Lucas and Wooldridge were taken into custody with bonds set at $30,000 and $4,000, respectively.

March 19

Friendswood police witnessed a drug transaction in the parking lot of a fast-food restaurant in the 100 block of East Parkwood Drive and tried to stop the suspects as they left in two vehicles.

One vehicle was stopped in the 200 block of East Parkwood, where police arrested Crystal Ann Manning, 32, of Kemah, and Brian Allen Buck, 36, of Alvin.

In that vehicle, police found 1.4 grams of meth, two marijuana pipes, a meth pipe, five apparently stolen credit cards and a gun stolen from Salt Lake City, Utah. Buck said he received the gun in a trade for speakers. Buck appeared to be under the influence of methamphetamine and was unable to stand still, police said.

Meanwhile, an officer tried to stop the other vehicle, a tan Chevy Tahoe, in the 400 block of West Parkwood for a traffic violation following the alleged drug transaction, but the driver drove off, the release said.

Two unmarked cars got in front of the Tahoe to slow it to a stop, but the driver, Christopher Hearen of Texas City, sped ahead, proceeding eastbound on FM 528 to the Gulf Freeway, the release said.

As Hearen made a U-turn under the NASA Bypass, he threw a bag with 14.8 grams of crystal meth out of the window. The bag was recovered by a Webster police officer, and Hearen, 37, later admitted he was selling it, the release said.

Hearen was eventually stopped in the 200 block of South 74 1/2 Street in Houston’s East End, where he was arrested by Friendswood police. The passenger, Daniel Rodriguez, 39, of Austin, was detained by a Houston officer, the release said.

Rodriguez told police he was the “middle man” who helped to set up the transaction, according to the release.

Hearen, who is being held in the Harris County Jail on no bond, was found to be on parole after a 2010 charge for delivery of methamphetamine. His parole was due to expire in August 2015.

March 21

At 4:30 p.m. , Carina Nicole Partridge, 29, of Houston was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of a dangerous drug. She was stopped for a traffic violation in the 400 block of East Edgewood Drive and showed signs of drug use, including nervousness, constant picking of her fingernails and moving around.

She had a bag of meth as well as prescription medications for which she did not have a prescription, the release said.

March 22

Richard Wayne Napper, 44, of Houston, was charged with possession of a controlled substance.

Police found Napper at the back of an apartment complex in the 4900 block of FM 2351, standing outside a vehicle with the door open. The officer checked Napper’s identification and found that he had a warrant from Pasadena. He was taken into custody for the warrant and later admitted to having marijuana inside the vehicle. The officer also found meth, the release said.

Friendswood police arrested two other people for meth-related charges on March 17, the release said.

 

 

 

 

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California has become the nation’s top entry for methamphetamine coming into the country, with over 70 percent of the U.S. supply of the drug being brought across the border into the Golden State by Mexican drug cartels, a new report states.

The report, entitled “Gangs Beyond Borders: California and the Fight Against Transnational Organized Crime” and released by California state Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris, details the growing criminal alliances between Mexico’s drug cartels and California’s street gangs along with revealing that maritime smuggling and money laundering are viewed as major public safety concerns in the state.

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“The harm done by transnational criminal organizations to communities all across California is hard to overstate,” the report states. “Not only do these organizations threaten public health by driving the supply and distribution of harmful narcotics, but their alliances with violent prison and street gangs have sparked a rash of violence in a period of otherwise declining criminal activity.”

While drug enforcement on the U.S. borders is mainly dealt with by the Drug Enforcement Administration and other federal agencies, state and local agencies have stepped up enforcement along the border regions in recent years.

“State and local law enforcement officers are on the front lines of this fight every day,” Harris said, according to the Los Angeles Times. “Our response must include sustained funding for their work and strong coordination at all levels of government.”

The report details the rise of methamphetamine coming across the California-Mexico border, with the amount seized coming through the San Diego Port of Entry tripling between 2009 and 2013, to more than 6,000 kilos, or 13,200 pounds.

The Los Angeles Times cites the rise to power of the Sinaloa Cartel in Mexico’s Baja California state as the main reason for this rise in the drug’s prevalence in California. The Sinaloa Cartel formerly headed by captured drug boss Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán imports precursor chemicals from China and India, refines the drug in Mexican superlabs and then brings it in vehicles into San Diego.

The drugs are also not staying just in California’s border region but making its way to the state’s Central Valley and northern sections before heading to other parts of the U.S.

Eleven people were arrested in January in a Modesto-area drug bust of a ring that had ties to the Sinaloa Cartel.

Two ranches in Stanislaus County were among the searched properties. During their investigation into the drug trafficking scheme, agents found meth, five indoor marijuana grow operations, nearly 60 pounds of processed marijuana and more than $20,000 in cash.

Officers believe the organization was growing marijuana and distributing methamphetamine. Evidence found Wednesday morning leads them to believe the group was using sophisticated methods to hide and smuggle the drugs, including in hollowed out trucks, with hidden compartments.

 

 

 

 

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A Weatherford woman was arrested Wednesday on a felony child endangerment charge after her then 2-year-old son reportedly tested positive for methamphetamine.

Delena Pool, 38, was charged with engaging in conduct that placed a child younger than 15 years old in imminent danger of death, bodily injury or physical or mental impairment after she reportedly admitted to smoking methamphetamine around the child.

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CPS reportedly received a report of neglectful supervision of the child in April 2013.

During a meeting with CPS in April, Pool admitted to using methamphetamine on the weekends and Monday, and that she smoked the illegal substance while the child was in her residence, according to court records.

Pool also tested positive for methamphetamine use several weeks prior to the child’s removal, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Pool agreed to a safety plan requiring a family member to supervise contact between the mother and toddler, according to court records. However, CPS reportedly discovered during an unanounced home visit in May that the mother and child were not supervised overnight and the boy was removed.

The child’s foster parents reported that when they received the boy, he slept for 12 hours and then took a three-hour nap the same day he awoke from the 12-hour sleep, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Several days later, a drug test using the boy’s hair was performed, according to Weatherford police. The child tested positive for amphetamine/methamphetamine at a level that was at the high end of the scale for “low” or “recreational” use, Weatherford police detective Troy Leucke wrote.

Pool was released from the Parker County Jail Friday on $40,000 bond, according to jail records.

CPS also found reason to believe Pool neglectfully supervised her three children in 2006 after Pool tested positive for methamphetamine use and missed an important medical appointment for one of her children, according to court records, which state a family member was caring for Pool’s older children when the boy was removed in May.

 

 

 

 

 

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An anonymous tip led to a Beaver Dam Lake home on Monday night, and police said a number of one-pot meth labs were found inside.

Officers from the Kosciusko County Drug Task Force, Warsaw Drug Task Force and Mentone Police Department converged on the residence on the southeast side of the lake on County Road 750 West.

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Shannon Mitchel Callahan, 30, was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine, according to a statement issued by the county sheriff’s department. He was being held at the county jail on $10,000 bond.

 

 

 

 

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Two people were arrested on drug charges Saturday night after DeKalb County sheriff’s officers were called to the Twilight Inn in Corunna, according to a news release.

Officers responded to the inn, 2056 U.S. 6, about 9 p.m. to investigate a tip about possible drug activity. They made contact with two suspects at the inn, according to the statement. During the investigation officers located two active methamphetamine labs, finished meth product and items used in the manufacture of meth.

Michael D. Hughes and Sara K. Smith, both of Corunna, were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of meth, possession of precursors, possession of a controlled substance, and maintaining a common nuisance, according to the statement.

Hughes was also charged with possession of a synthetic drug and invasion of privacy. He also was in violation of a protective order with Smith as the petitioner, according to the statement.

The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department was assisted by the Waterloo Marshal’s Office and the Indiana State Police Meth Suppression Team.

 

 

 

 

 

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EMPORIUM — Residents of Altoona, Hyde and Clearfield have been arrested in St. Marys and charged with conspiring to manufacture methamphetamine.

Court documents obtained from Emporium Magisterial District Judge Barry D. Brown II on Monday indicate that four individuals — Katarra Monique Valimont, 28, of 1719 Susquehanna Ave., Hyde; Scott Ryan Moore, 27, of 293 Flegal Road, Clearfield; Kevin Lee Straw, 32, of 314 Williams St., Clearfield; and Megan Sharpless, 20, 830 Sixth Ave., Altoona — are in custody at Elk County Prison in Ridgway and charged by police with making a string of purchases of cold and allergy medications containing pseudoephedrine, a key methamphetamine ingredient, at St. Marys and Clearfield retailers over the weekend.

The diversion method known to law enforcement as “smurfing,” is meant to circumvent federal limits on sales of pharmecuticals containing pseudoephedrine and ephedrine.

The foursome was arraigned Sunday on felony charges, including conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and possession of precursors and chemicals with intent to manufacture methamphetamine, according to paperwork on file with Brown’s office. Preliminary hearings are scheduled for 3 p.m. April 15 in St. Marys District Court.

An affidavit of probable cause in the case said that between March 21 and 23, the group made six successful purchases of cold and allergy medication containing pseudoephedrine and ephedrine, a precursor chemical used in methamphetamine production, at Giant Eagle and Rite Aid in St. Marys and a Clearfield Walmart. A seventh purchase attempted by Sharpless at 6:57 p.m. March 21 at a St. Marys Giant Eagle was blocked, according to court records.

Those same court records indicate the group purchased 14.4 grams of pseudoephedrine in total.

An affidavit of probable cause filed in the case by patrolman Gregg McManus of St. Marys City Police states, “The weight of pseudoephedrine used or purchased for the illegal manufacture of methamphetamine is equal to the weight of methamphetamine that can be manufactured.”

On Monday, Brown said he signed two search warrants in connection with the case — the first leading to the four arrests as well as the issuance of the second search warrant. Copies of both warrants have yet to be released by Brown who declined to release further details.

Brown said the case is being investigated by St. Marys City Police and agents with the Attorney General Office of Pennsylvania. Calls to St. Marys City Police were not returned by press time on Monday night.

Bail has been set at $25,000 cash for Sharpless, Moore, Straw and 10 percent of $25,000 for Valimont, according to court records.

Purchases of pseudoephedrine are regulated by the federal government and can be used by law enforcement in investigating methamphetamine production.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said the Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act (CMEA) of 2005 incorporated into the Patriot Act signed by President George W. Bush on March 9, 2006 banned over-the-counter sales of cold medicines that contain the ingredient pseudoephedrine, due to its association with methamphetamine production. The FDA said the legislation restricts the sale of cold medicine containing pseudoephedrine to behind the counter sales and limits the amount of pseudoephedrine that an individual can purchase in a 30-day period. It also requires individuals to present photo identification to purchase products containing pseudoephedrine and requires stores to keep personal information about purchasers for a minimum of two years.

Law enforcement said persons engaged in the illegal manufacturing of methamphetamine adapted to these new limits by engaging in covert activity known to law enforcement as “smurfing.”

In his affidavit, McManus writes, “Smurfing is a tactic in which persons circumvent the CMEA mandates by using multiple persons to acquire the precursor chemicals, pseudoephedrine and ephedrine. People gathering these precursor chemicals are aware of the limits placed on the sale of cold medications containing pseudoephedrine. To reduce the chance of suspicion or detection these persons monitor their purchases, shop at numerous pharmacies and will travel a great distance while gathering the pseudoephedrine.”

McManus goes on to state the four defendants purchased pseudoephedrine in a manner consistent with persons engaged in the illegal manufacturing of methamphetamine.

 

 

 

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A Spokane Valley woman with a history of drug-related arrests was again taken into custody Saturday after investigators said she was dealing methamphetamine from her residence near a school.

Melanie Richart, who also goes by the name Christopherson, was booked into Spokane County Jail this weekend on drug possession and delivery charges. Richart, 44, has several drug-related convictions dating back to 1999 in Spokane County, according to court records.

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office used an informant in January to make multiple purchases of meth from Richart at an apartment near the Dishman Hills Natural Area and Valley Christian School. When confronted with evidence suggesting the sale and use of the drug, Richart told police she sold meth because she was addicted to the drug and needed money for food, according to court documents.

A search of Richart’s apartment and car yielded a scale, a pipe and drugs that tested positive as meth, according to investigators.

Because her apartment is within 1,000 feet of Valley Christian, Richart faces a potential enhanced sentence on two counts of delivering a controlled substance. She also faces one count of possessing a controlled substance. Prosecutors will ask for bail of $50,000 at a court appearance this afternoon, according to jail records.

 

 

 

 

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PERU, Ind. — What started as a traffic stop for speeding turned into the discovery of a meth production, according to a new release from the Indiana State Police.

 

At about 3 a.m. on Sunday, March 23, Indiana State Police Sergeant T.J. Zeiser pulled a Saturn over in Peru because it was going 34 mph in a 25 mph zone. A 17-year-old was driving and 22-year-old Peter Buffington was the passenger, the release said.

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While speaking with the 17-year-old girl, Zeiser, who served for nine years on the Indiana State Police Clandestine Laboratory Team, said he smelled a chemical odor consistent with methamphetamine manufacturing. During a search of the car, officers found methamphetamine and chemicals associated with its production. Further investigation indicated the pair “had allegedly been at a Miami County campground were they tried to make methamphetamine inside of a camper. They apparently could not get the formula right, so they packed up and left the campground.”

 

Buffington is being held at the Miami County Jail and faces felony charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of chemical precursors, conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The 17-year-old girl was taken to a juvenile facility in Lafayette and she faces felony charges for possession of chemical precursors with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine.

 

Those who have information on meth labs, or meth production and distribution can report tips anonymously by calling the Indiana State Police Drug and Gang Hotline at 1-800-453-4756.

 

 

 

 

 

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WASHINGTON, N.C. – Narcotics officers call it “one of the most dangerous crimes to commit” – cooking potentially explosive methamphetamine in homemade labs. It’s on the rise here in the East and has law enforcement working overtime to track down the criminals behind it.

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You can buy most of the ingredients over the counter at your local drug store. Everyday items like cold packs, starter fluid, crystal drain opener and lithium batteries. Cooked together with pseudoephedrine, it produces methamphetamine.

“It’s almost like putting a bomb inside of your body and waiting for it to explode,” explains Capt. Russell Davenport of the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office’s Narcotics Unit.

Capt. Davenport says the process releases invisible toxic gases into the air, contaminating your home and potentially your family members. Plus, he says half of all cases end with a meth cook accidentally igniting an explosion – a risk more people in the East are willing to take to feed their addiction.

“Back in 2006, we only had one meth lab,” Capt. Davenport says. “Now in 2014, we are averaging one a month. Surrounding counties, I know they’ve had 40-50 already this year.”

Attorney General Roy Cooper says it’s a state-wide epidemic that’s cheaper and more risky than crack cocaine. In 2003, there were just 177 meth lab busts here, compared with last year’s grand total of 561 busts.

“The labs themselves are very dangerous, explosive, toxic, so we need to make sure law enforcement is trained to keep an eye out for these meth labs,” Cooper says.

Capt. Davenport says recent crack downs involve several strategies, including educating the public and providing better training for officers and firefighters. He also says it helps to have a state-wide electronic database called NPLEX that tracks when and where someone buys a lot of cold or allergy medicine containing pseudoephedrine.

Another important component of the crackdown is cooperation with the district attorney’s office. Capt. Davenport says they’re working together to ensure all meth dealers and users get an active prison sentence of at least 44 months.

 

 

 

 

 

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Two people were arrested Monday after a search of two rooms turned up methamphetamine at the Palms Motel in Leesburg, police Capt. Rob Hicks said.

Thomas P. Rutig, 48, was charged with possession of meth with intent to sell within 1,000 feet of a church, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of oxycodone, and possession of ammunition by a convicted felon, with no firearm. Dylan East Tolin, 23, was arrested for burglary and grand theft warrants, and was issued a misdemeanor citation for resisting without violence after reportedly running from police officers.

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A third individual was detained during the search, but was released without charges, according to Hicks.

Hicks said the motel search took place after police “gathered intelligence that (people) were either cooking and/or selling methamphetamines.”

As of late Monday afternoon, there was “no evidence of cooking at this time,” he said.

Police at the scene observed hand-to-hand transactions, one of which involved Tolin, Hicks said. Officers approached him across the street from the motel, in front of the Dollar General store, where Tolin ran from officers back across the street to a house near the motel at 1412 S. 14th St., Hicks said.

“He actually ran back to us,” he said.

Hicks said they did not find anything on Tolin when he was taken into custody on the outstanding warrants after police used a stun gun on him.

All three individuals, including the one not charged, were removed from the property by the motel owner, Hicks said.

 

 

 

 

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 MARIETTA — A couple was arrested Thursday evening just west of Dobbins Air Reserve Base on charges of trafficking a half pound of methamphetamine.

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According to the warrant, Wilmer Caballero of Smyrna and Esther Guadarrama of Marietta were stopped on the corner of Old Concord Road and South Cobb Drive after traveling more than 40 mph, 20 mph over the posted speed limit, through a crowded residential apartment parking lot.

The warrant states the couple was stopped as part of an investigation by a MCS Narcotics unit, a Marietta-Cobb-Smyrna task force working undercover to investigate organized crime and the illegal drug trade.

Police say Caballero and Guadarrama tried to sell 228.1 grams of methamphetamine to a Cobb Sheriff’s deputy assigned to the MCS Narcotics unit.

The warrant stated Caballero attempted to flee from a uniformed police officer, causing cuts and abrasions to the officer’s hands while he forcibly placed Caballero in handcuffs.

Caballero and Guadarrama face charges of trafficking methamphetamine and willful obstruction of a law enforcement officer.

 

 

 

 

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BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — A Danforth couple being charged with the sale of methamphetamines this past weekend once again shed light on the issue of meth in Maine. It’s a drug that state officials say can carry a lot of danger to produce.

The Maine Center for Disease Control assisted in investigating 13 meth labs across Maine in 2013. So far officials there say this year they’ve been looking into at least two labs each month.

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Chemistry experts say it doesn’t take much to manufacture meth. All a person needs is a small container and simple ingredients that you can find at most stores.

Health officials say the danger comes when those chemicals are cooked together. ‘Cooked’ lithium can give off ammonia gas and other irritants that can damage a person’s lungs. Experts also say cooking meth can cause explosions that can easily start a fire.

“They {scientists} have tested where they’ve taken one pots {containers}…that’s what the term is called…and poked a hole in them and you can see a flame shoot out the side of that vessel,” said Chris Montagna, whose team at the Maine CDC assists law enforcement in assessing illegal meth labs, “so it’s almost as if a flame thrower has gone off. So it {cooking meth}won’t ignite the air around you…but anything that’s combustible in the area will definitely go up in flames.”

Experts say in the last year meth labs have been discovered mostly in rural parts of the state although some were found in more populated areas like Waterville and Lewiston. Officials say if you have real suspicions about a location near you contact the police immediately.

 

 

 

 

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