A Vanderburgh County woman is in jail after her child’s grandparents turned in videos of her allegedly smoking meth into authorities on Wednesday.

Lisa M. Saubier, 34, is preliminarily charged with child neglect and three drug-related charges. According to the probable cause affidavit against her, the investigation into Saubier started Wednesday after the grandparents of lisasaubier_1435276098208_20331244_ver1_0_640_480at least one of Saubier’s five children reported that they had videos showing the woman smoking meth last week.

Deputies, along with a Department of Child Services caseworker, went to Saubier’s residence in the 7100 block of Marx Road. According to the affidavit, Saubier declined to take an official drug test, but reportedly admitted that she had used meth earlier on Tuesday as well as two other times in the past week.

A man who was at Saubier’s home when investigators arrived — identified as Aaron W. Loesch, 40 — was also arrested and preliminarily charged with possession of paraphernalia, a misdemeanor. According to the affidavit, deputies found a glass pipe in his pocket. He was released after posting bond, according to jail records.

During a search of Saubier’s home, authorities found multiple pipes and a box containing different prescription pills. All of Saubier’s children were placed in the custody of a grandparent different from the two who alerted deputies, according to the affidavit.

Saubier bailed out of jail on $1,500 surety on Thursday afternoon, according to jail records.


MARSHALL COUNTY, OK— Oklahoma narcotics agents say they discovered a lot more than they bargained for when they busted a local woman for meth.

Undercover agents say they were tipped off that a woman living on Soward Road in Marshall County was selling methamphetamine from her home.Pickens+Karen+mug

They posed as customers, but during the exchange they say she asked them to do more than just buy drugs.

“The defendant said she was looking for somebody that she’d like to hire, to kill the ex-husband of her niece,” Mark Woodward, OBN Public Information Officer said.

Agents say she offered the drugs as payment in exchange for their acceptance to be hired hit-men.

“She provided methamphetamine as a down payment for him carrying out this murder for hire,” Woodward said.

59 year-old Karen Pickens was arrested Wednesday.

She’s charged of solicitation to kill in the first degree, as well as distribution of methamphetamine.

Narcotics agents stayed in constant contact with Pickens throughout the whole process as well as notifying and warning, the person she wanted to have killed.8165912_G

Neighbors who know Picken’s say they’re shocked to hear what went on so close to their homes.

“I know the lady and I never would’ve dreamed that she would do anything like that,” Allen Henry said.

Pickens was taken into custody after the second meeting, her bond is set at 1 million dollars.

“Can’t believe she’s been involved in it and now she’s messed up her life,” Henry said.

Pickens is set to be back in Marshall County Court tomorrow morning with a hired attorney.


Marshall County woman arrested in murder for hire scheme

MADILL, Okla. — A Marshall County woman is in jail after allegedly hiring an undercover agent to murder her niece’s ex-husband.

Karen Pickens, 59, of Madill offered an Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics officer methamphetamine and cash to kill Darren Bailey two days ago. Her bond is set at $1 million.

She faces two felony counts, distribution of a controlled dangerous substance, and soliciting for first degree murder.

“Our undercover agent met with the defendant again on Wednesday of this week at her home and she provided methamphetamine as a down payment for him carrying out this murder for hire,” OBN spokesperson Mark Woodward said. “After the exchange she was arrested and taken into custody without incident.”


Blowing past cocaine to No. 2 in usage across Texas, methamphetamine poses the greatest drug threat to Southeast Texans, say local undercover agents tracking illicit drug trends.

Marijuana remains the most seized drug in the state, according to a recent annual report by UT-Austin.

Meanwhile, the state is reporting record numbers of meth-related deaths and seizures, the Houston Chronicle reported.

Jefferson County’s proximity to Houston, a major distribution hub for drugs coming into the U.S. from Mexico, makes Southeast Texas a permanent target for illegal drug trends across the state.

“We’re getting an awful lot of cases,” said Senior District Judge Larry Gist, who presides over Jefferson County’s Drug Impact Court.

From 1999 to 2006, the drug was linked to about 650 deaths. From 2007 to 2012, the number increased to 985 deaths, according to data from the Texas Department of State Health Services.

In 2009, the Jefferson County Regional Crime Laboratory detected methamphetamine in 97 samples taken from drug busts in Jefferson County. In 2013, the number jumped to 246, according to previous Enterprise reporting.

The lab also analyzes samples from Orange, Hardin and Chambers counties, though it gets few from Hardin and Chambers.

From 2009 to 2013, the number of samples that contained meth more than doubled, from 162 to 382, across the four counties.

Meth, known for its toll on the bodies and teeth of users, is cheaper and more pure now that the drug is mass-produced in Mexican superlabs rather than bathtubs in rural areas, said Capt. Troy Tucker with Jefferson County’s Narcotics Task Force.

In 2006, the state and federal governments placed strict regulations on the sale of pseudoephedrine, a compound found in cold medicine that is used to manufacture meth, the Houston Chronicle reported.

The crackdown worked, but only for a while.

Jane Maxwell, who authored UT-Austin’s report, said the restrictions had an adverse effect in that the sudden drop of domestic meth production created a demand Mexican cartels were willing to fill.

Maxwell recently testified to the state Legislature that the meth problem is even greater now than when pseudoephedrine was outlawed.

About seven years ago or more, meth labs abounded in rural parts of Jefferson County, Tucker said. But they became rare as manufacturers’ accessibility to the ingredients decreased, he said.

Orange County averages about two home narcotics searches a month, said Chief Deputy Clint Hodgkinson. Traffic stops account for most drug-related arrests in the county.

“It does seem like we’re dealing with a lot more meth than any other drug right now,” Hodgkinson said.

Meth usage is associated with property crimes, including burglaries and copper theft, he said.

Maxwell said methamphetamine affects a wide demographic. She said that men often decide to use meth because it can boost sexual performance and stamina, but it comes with a heavy price tag – an increase in STD and HIV cases among men who have sex with other men and by high-risk heterosexuals, who use mobile apps to meet sexual partners.

Local treatment programs say they’ve seen meth, which is cheaper and now more potent than cocaine, flooding the streets.

Other trends Maxwell noted in her report included an increase in the number of younger heroin users as well as a surge in cocaine’s popularity in Europe at the same time it is dipping in Texas.

Pill mills are trending downward, but they still remain a problem in the state.

Another growing threat is the use of designer and synthetic drugs, which are difficult to identify and which change often.

“It’s hard to warn our kids when parent don’t know what bath salts are or when new types of drugs are made every day,” Maxwell said.

Jefferson County’s Tucker said most overdose deaths in Jefferson County are caused by prescription pills.

Bath salts, a synthetic drug with stimulant and mood-altering properties often found in crystal form, and synthetic marijuana also are trending in Jefferson County, he said.

In early January, Beaumont Emergency Medical Services responded to more than 50 overdoses linked to a batch of synthetic marijuana that police were referring to as “particularly vile.”

“You get rid of one drug, and you get a new one,” Tucker said.


In 2013, 246 million people worldwide—one of every 20 people between the ages of 15 and 64—used an illegal drug. Some 27 million of those are problem drug users suffering from addiction, dependence, or other disorders.

Combined, they would make up the 27th largest country in the world—nearly the size of Malaysia’s population. So how do drugs get delivered to market?

According to the annual World Drugs Report released Friday by the United Nations Office on Drugs & Crime, traffickers are evolving their routes in ways unique to the type of drug being smuggled.

Synthetic Drugs: Synthetic drugs, which include ecstasy, amphetamine, and methamphetamine, are believed to be produced all around the world. While they have been primarily trafficked within regions, significant increases in seizures over the past five years indicate new routes are being created to connect regional markets. From the UN report:628x-1ds

“New international supply channels [link] major markets in North America and East and Southeast Asia. … West Africa in particular appears to have become an established source of methamphetamine trafficked to East and Southeast Asia via South Africa or Europe. Turkey may have emerged as a transit point for methamphetamine smuggled from West Asia to Western and Central Europe. Recently there have also been reports of methamphetamine trafficking from Western and Central Europe to North America, South America and East and Southeast Asia.”


Opiates: Major producers of opiates (or narcotics derived from the poppy plant, such as opium, morphine, and heroin) include Afghanistan, Myanmar, Laos, Mexico, and Colombia.

Afghan opiates are generally smuggled to Europe on the “Balkan route” through neighboring Iran and overland to Turkey, a major transit point. Or they move north via central Asia to Russia, south through Pakistan, and onward to southern and eastern Asia.

New seizures made in Armenia and Georgia, countries never featured on the Balkan route, indicate that trafficking networks are experimenting with new trajectories, the UNODC said.


Cocaine: The world’s three major suppliers of cocaine are Bolivia, Peru, and Colombia. Coke usually flows north from the Andean countries to the U.S. and Canada and across the Atlantic to Europe via the Caribbean or Africa. Cocaine traffickers increasingly transport large quantities via sea, accounting for about 60 percent of the total quantities seized in 2013, according to the report.




New UN Report Shows Marijuana Is Getting Stronger and Cocaine Is in a Bear Market – Coke is dying out, while weed is innovating

Thanks to innovation, illegal marijuana users are getting a stronger—and possibly more harmful—high today than they did 10 years ago.

The potency of cannabis, commonly measured by concentration of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, has steadily increased over the past decade in the U.S. and Europe, the two major marijuana markets, according to the annual World Drugs Report by the United Nations Office on Drugs & Crime.

High THC intake has been associated with anxiety, depression, and psychotic symptoms in users, and it affects the lungs and the heart. The conditions more frequently occur among regular users, although anxiety or psychotic symptoms may also occur in recent and inexperienced users, the UNODC said.

The rise in THC content is driven by “rapid advancement in cannabis plant cultivation techniques,” such as selective breeding and improved harvests in both yield and potency, according to the report.

Europe, the largest market, reported an average cannabis potency of more than 10 percent in 2012, with most European countries seeing an increase in THC content since 2006. There has also been a rise in cannabis-related health problems during those same years, in which the number of individuals seeking help for cannabis use rose from 45,000 to 59,000. Nearly half of them were daily users.

In the U.S., THC levels increased from less than 3.4 percent in 1993 to 8.8 percent in 2008, the UNODC said. More recent federal data from the U.S. of seized illegal cannabis shows that the THC content of marijuana has increased in the past two decades from 3.7 percent in 1993 to 12.6 percent in 2013.


As more U.S. states start legalizing marijuana, cannabis use among Americans above the age of 12 increased in 2013 to 25.8 percent of that demographic, from 24.7 percent in 2012.


While one recent survey showed that weed prices in Colorado, one of the four U.S. states that legalized medical and retail marijuana, are falling faster than expected, that didn’t seem to have affected last year’s profits. Monthly tax revenue last year ended at $8.5 million in December, nearly triple that earned in January, according to the Colorado Department of Revenue. Total monthly revenue, including licenses and fees, is poised to net approximately $76 million for the 2014 calendar year, according to the report.


The horizon isn’t as green for cocaine. Coke supply is now at its lowest level since estimates from the mid-1980s, and demand is shrinking as well.


As authorities intensify efforts to eradicate coca bush fields and dismantle cocaine-producing laboratories, global coca bush cultivation fell 10 percent in 2013 from a year earlier. The fall is driven mainly by cuts in the three main cocaine providers—an 18 percent decrease in Peru and a 9 percent cut in Bolivia. Potential production of pure cocaine in Colombia is estimated at 290 tons, the lowest level since 1996.


Cocaine markets are shrinking the most in the U.S. and, most recently, in Canada. Cocaine use among high school students has nearly halved since 2006, and the proportion of young people who feel that cocaine is easy to obtain has also declined in recent years, according to the UN report:

“Supply reduction measures may have led to a reduction in the size of the cocaine market in some areas of the world, reflected in the number of seizures made and in the decline in the prevalence of cocaine use.”



SANTA ANA – A man accused of killing a transgender woman told police he accidentally strangled her during a sexual encounter in the backseat of his car, according to testimony Wednesday.

Randy Lee Parkerson, 39, is charged with one count of felony murder in the death of 28-year-old transgender activist Zoraida Reyes, whose body was found behind a Dairy Queen in Anaheim on June 12, 2014.nqh4o4-b88444122z_120150624171211000gdlaha83_10

In a preliminary hearing Wednesday, Orange County Superior Court Judge Scott A. Steiner found sufficient evidence to continue with Parkerson’s trial. If convicted, he faces 25 years to life in prison.

Anaheim police arrested Parkerson in October. On the stand, Detective Julissa Trapp said Parkerson began to open up in a six-hour interview when he told her details of the killing.

“As we started to discuss what had happened, he was crying,” Trapp testified.

The detective said Parkerson, a drug addict, told her he doesn’t consider himself bisexual, but said he prefers sexual encounters with men when he’s high on methamphetamine.

Parkerson said he was clean for years but went on a major meth binge after he lost his long-time job last June. He’d been up for days on drugs when he met Reyes on a website and agreed to pay her for sex, according to testimony.

The two met in an area of Santa Ana and began having sex in the backseat of his car. During the encounter, Parkerson told police he wrapped his forearm around Reyes’ neck and began choking her. He said he stopped at one point but Reyes told him to keep going.

“He told you Zoraida wanted him to continue with the arm around her neck?” asked Deputy Public Defender Sara Nakada.

“Yes,” Trapp replied.

The encounter was “quick and intense,” he said, lasting about 10 minutes. Afterward, Parkerson told police he went to the front of his car to get his clothes and asked Reyes, “Are we good?”

When he didn’t hear a response, Parkerson said he checked on Reyes and realized she was dead.

Parkerson panicked and drove to Diamond Bar and Temecula looking for a place to hide the body before he eventually dumped Reyes behind a Dairy Queen on North State College Boulevard.

Trapp said Parkerson has expressed remorse for his actions and wrote a letter of apology to the victim’s family.

Reyes was a Santa Ana resident who immigrated from Mexico with her family at age 12. She was active in local and national groups advocating for the rights of transgender people and undocumented immigrants.

Deputy District Attorney Stephen McGreevy said there is no evidence that the case was a hate crime.

Parkerson is being held in lieu of $1 million bail. He is scheduled to appear in court again July 8.


BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — A man suffered chemical burns and other injuries in the explosion of a methamphetamine lab at an apartment attached to a Bozeman motel.

Police Capt. Jim Veltkamp says the victim called 911 at about 7:45 p.m. Wednesday to report the explosion. Officers say the man had injuries to his torso and arms and chemical burns on his face. Veltkamp says the man was taken to a hospital outside of Bozeman for treatment of his injuries, which he did not believe were life-threatening. The meth lab team from the Missouri River Drug Task Force responded and processed what remained of the lab.

The drug task force is investigating. No charges have yet been filed.


MARTIN COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) – What started as a meth lab complaint, turned into a larger problem.

Martin County sheriff’s deputies are investigating a fire that happened in the Beauty community Wednesday night.martinmeth

They do not know if the fire was caused by an explosion or arson.

Martin County officials were called to a suspicious camper Wednesday night.

Sheriff John Kirk said, “We had received a call from another deputy that had gotten a tip of a meth lab, a possible meth lab.”

When they arrived, they saw five people run into the heavy brush near the camper.

Inside, they say they saw items to make meth.

Then Thursday morning, the camper caught fire around 7 a.m.

Kirk said, “We believe that possibly either they went back and cooked meth and possibly there was an explosion or that they went back and burned the camper to try and cover up the evidence”.

Sheriff John Kirk said meth continues to be a problem in Martin County.

Meth is a very dangerous drug. its deadly and its proven that its deadly. you have fires, you have a lot of explosions during meth cooking.”

Deputy Chris Todd said there’s two reasons it is now more common. They say they relay on you for help in these cases.

Kirk added, “We are cracking down on it. were finding more and more every day. were getting more and more tips. we just hope that the public will continue to give us the tips.”

Officials said they have strong leads on who they believe is behind the meth lab.

If you have any information that can help, call the Martin County Sheriff’s Department at 606-298-2828.


The Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement team Wednesday arrested three people on drug charges and outstanding warrants after investigators served a search warrant at a motel in Medford.EP-150629754

According to a Medford Police Department news release, MADGE investigators served a search warrant just before noon on a room at the Motel 6 on Biddle Road after receiving a tip about possible drug trafficking and wanted persons in the area.

Detectives arrested David Dewayne McDaniel, 37, and John Lawrence Thomas, 38, on charges of unlawful manufacture, delivery and possession of methamphetamine after discovering almost 2 ounces of methamphetamine and $1,700 in cash, along with scales and packaging materials, the release said.

In addition to the drug charges, McDaniel was held on charge of violation probation stemming from a previous conviction for unauthorized use of a vehicle.

Also arrested at the motel room was Ashley Renee Scott, 28, who was arrested on a charge of failing to appear on a charge of criminal mischief.

Scott was booked in the Jackson County Jail and released on her own recognizance, while Thomas was lodged on more than $1 million bail. McDaniel is being held without bail on the probation violation, jail records show.


In 2014, the adult market for pharmaceutical stimulants in the US overtook the long-reigning children’s market. Thanks to the eagerness of many doctors to prescribe so-called ADHD drugs, every high school in the country is sloshing with enough amphetamine to keep five Panzer divisions awake during an extended Africa campaign. But now, for the first time, you are more likely to find drugs like Vyvanse and Adderall in a corporate office park than a classroom.ADHD drugs are as dangerous

There is something unsettling about this continuing growth in prescription stimulants. Even though the pills are as strong as street meth – which in any case metabolizes quickly into dextroamphetamine, the main active ingredient in most ADHD drugs – nobody seems to call this class of drugs by its name: “speed.”

For those who have experienced the dark-side of regular amphetamine use, it has been a curious and concerning thing to see speed developed into a boom market extending well beyond narcoleptics and those suffering acute ADHD.

I first used speed while living in Prague during the mid-1990s. The city was awash in “pico”, or Pervitin, the name of the local methamphetamine inherited from the Nazis during World War II. Pico was cheap, strong and easy to get. I used it mostly to hit deadlines, but also as a party drug. The usual cycles always threatened: tolerance; the temptation to fend off deep crashes with another rail; the creeping sense that I couldn’t really be productive or have fun without it. I never got hooked hard, but those speed-fueled years were part roller coaster, part haunted house. I saw a lot of kids go off the deep end. When I returned to the US in the aughts, I saw more kids harmed by Ritalin and Adderall — pills prescribed to them basically for the asking, and which I found to be every bit as powerful, and ultimately dangerous, as bathtub crank.

During our recent industry-guided speed renaissance, “speed” has been turned into “meds”, reflecting the idea that amphetamine for most people remains some kind of safe treatment or routine performance-booster, rather than a highly addictive drug with some nasty talons in its tail. The full extent of this cultural forgetting hit me several years ago, when I asked an otherwise sophisticated street dealer what kind of speed he was holding. He stared at me in utter incomprehension. When I clarified my request with brand names, he said: “Oh, you mean meds.”

The trend in adult speed prescriptions has been driven by what Flemming Ornskov, the CEO of the drug-maker Shire, describes as his company’s “shift[ing] more effort into the adult ADHD market.” This “effort” by Shire and other drug companies has taken many forms.

In the US, it’s involved direct marketing on television using celebrity spokespeople like pop star Adam Levine and tennis great Monica Seles. The industry also sponsors conferences and funds research that encourages more testing, diagnoses and prescriptions. To push these ends, it has recently (re)discovered new adult uses for stimulants. In January, Shire won FDA approval to prescribe its leading patented stimulant, Vyvanse, as a treatment for “binge eating,” suggesting a return to the post-Cold War decades when the “Dexedrine Diet” turned millions of women in the US and Europe into amphetamine addicts.

Shire has fuelled this oblivion with its aggressive marketing of Vyvanse, a slightly modified d-amphetamine extended-release rocket fuel. The active patented ingredient in its new bestseller is something the company calls “lisdexamfetamine.” Note the “ph” has been replaced with an “f” in a crude but brilliant gambit. The company’s neo-phoneticism is intended to put more distance between its new golden goose and the deep clinical literature on speed addiction, not to mention last century’s disastrous social experiment with widespread daily speed use, encouraged by doctors, to temper appetites and control anxiety.

Many people signing up for Vyvanse and other new-gen daily regimen speeds are happy to buy into this illusion of distance between past and present, between street dealer and doctor’s pad. Poor people do dirty drugs like “meth” and “speed” and ruin their lives. Middle class strivers do “meds” and succeed while slimming down. But the truth is all speed is addictive. And all speed, even elegantly designed concoctions like Vyvanse, leaves users crashed out and riddled with anxiety and depression that deepens with time. (As those crashes get worse, it’s worth noting, they increase the allure of prescription opiates and benzodiazepines — two other booming drug markets that pharma has done much to cultivate.)

By all means, let adults buy speed if they want it for working, for partying or for losing weight. But let’s be honest with ourselves. The US is on track to becoming a nation of speed freaks, no matter how we choose to spell it.


May 24, 2013

CHATOM — James Ryan Booth will spend the rest of his life in prison after pleading guilty to 11 sex-abuse julie-guyjpg-becf99a6d13f7551charges and one drug charge earlier this year.  Bound in neon yellow handcuffs and wearing standard black-and-white stripes, Booth, 34, of Wagarville said little on Monday as Circuit Judge Robert Montgomery sentenced him to seven concurrent life sentences, five without the possibility of parole. When asked if there was anything he would like to say to the court, Booth responded with a dry “no, sir” before Montgomery read him his fate.

Booth’s sentencing closed a sordid ordeal involving Booth and his common-law wife Julie Ann Reed Guy committing sex acts with their young children. Guy, 21, was also sentenced to life in prison in February after she entered blind pleas on multiple charges of sexual abuse of children under 12, production of pornography, sodomy and rape.

In stark contrast to Guy’s tearful apology during her sentencing, Booth was unemotional, sitting with his hands folded or adjusting his handcuffs and looking up routinely. Deputies sat Booth away from other prisoners in the courtroom before the sentencing. When Montgomery asked him if he understood his sentence, Booth answered with a simple “yes.”

Officials said the children involved were daughter under a year old, a female cousin who was 4 years old and a 6-year-old son.

On a conviction for:

  • One count of production of child pornography, Booth was sentenced to life imprisonment.
  • Two counts of sexual abuse of a child less than 12 years old, Booth was sentenced to two 20-year terms for each count.
  • One count of incest, Booth was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
  • Two counts of first-degree rape, Booth was sentenced to two life terms without the possibility of parole.
  • Three counts of first-degree sodomy, Booth was sentenced to three life terms without the possibility of parole.
  • One count of pornography involving a parent and minor, Booth was sentenced to life imprisonment.
  • One count for possession of child pornography, Booth was sentenced to five years in prison.
  • One count of unlawful manufacture of a controlled substance, Booth was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

All sentences are to run concurrently, Montgomery said.

Booth and Guy were arrested in March 2012 at their Wagarville home after Washington County Sheriff ’s deputies were alerted to the sex crimes by the Washington County Department of Human Resources, which in turn had been informed by a concerned citizen, according to chief deputy Ferrell Grimes. Guy was sentenced to life in prison on two counts of production of obscene matter, two counts of first-degree rape, two counts of first-degree sodomy and one count of permitting or allowing a child to participate in the production of obscene matter.

Guy also received 20 years each on three counts of sexual abuse of a child under 12 (to run concurrently with the life sentences), five years for one count of incest (to run consecutively), and five years for one count of possession of obscene matter (to run concurrently).

Current guidelines make Guy eligible for parole at some point due to her age.

At Guy’s sentencing, Washington County District Attorney Spencer Walker entered into evidence a disc that he said had been prepared by the Alabama Department of Forensic

Science and which contained all the videos showing Guy engaged in acts she was eventually charged with.

The evidence was seized when Guy and Booth were arrested, and Walker requested that it be sealed. Prosecutors at Booth’s hearing also entered the disc into evidence and requested that it be sealed due to the graphic nature of the images and the ages of the victims.

Booth has the right to appeal within 42 days of his sentencing, Montgomery said.



Officials satisfied with outcome of ‘worst case’ of abuse they’ve seen

Washington County officials say they are satisfied with the outcome of a child sex-abuse case that resulted in life sentences for a Wagarville couple.

James Ryan Booth, 34, and his common-law wife, Julie Ann Reed Guy, 21, both received life sentences for convictions on a combined 14 charges involving the first-degree rape and production of child pornography of three children. Both entered blind guilty pleas.

“I was pleased with the result,” District Attorney Spencer Walker said. “Mr. Booth received the maximum sentence of life without parole as far as the Class A felonies are concerned. He will never be able to abuse another child.”

Washington County Sheriff Richard Stringer also said he was satisfied with the outcome of what he called one of the worst cases of child sex abuse he has seen.

“I don’t know that we’ve seen anything as severe as this,” Stringer said. “As far as a failure of morality, this is probably the worst case I have ever seen, people abusing their own children. Everyone involved in this case suffered.”

Walker expressed a similar sentiment, saying that since he started with the DA’s office in 1989 as an investigator, this case is “by far the worst example (of child sex abuse) I’ve seen in all those years.”

“All are terrible, but this was certainly one of the more extreme ones I have seen,” Walker said.

On several of the charges, Booth was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole while Guy’s age leaves open the possibility of parole.

Federal authorities are considering bringing charges against Guy, according to Spencer. Stringer said that Guy has already been transferred to a state prison after being sentenced in February and Booth will be transported sometime this week.

“It’s sad to say, but in most instances people who are eligible for parole are paroled.” Walker said. “I really don’t think they (the Board of Pardons and Paroles) will grant parole to her based on the facts of this case if they look at it carefully. But you never know.

“The thing to remember, this wasn’t just one child. There were three children that we know of, that we have video evidence of them being abused,” Walker added. “I think they (Booth and Guy) were predatory, and I hope they never have the opportunity to do it again.”

Walker said a young girl who had been babysitting for Guy asked to use Bluetooth to move some songs from Guy’s phone to her own and in the process transferred a video that detailed some of the abuse and was later used as evidence against Guy.

“This young lady was brave for a girl that age. She really held it together in a difficult situation. She didn’t let on and she waited until she could tell her parents,” Walker said.

After warrants were issued, officials from the Department of Human Resources, the DA’s office and the sheriff’s office collected digital evidence from cell phones, computers and a thumb drive that detailed the sexual abuse. That evidence was sent to the Alabama Computer Forensics Lab in Hoover, Walker said.

In a rare move, Walker called the grand jury back into session to consider the evidence for indicting Booth and Guy.

“That’s the first time I’ve done that as district attorney,” Walker said. “I felt there needed to be expedited action.”

The couple was indicted and arraigned before entering blind pleas, meaning no bargain was on the table in exchange for admitting guilt, Walker said.

Guy and her defense attorney alleged that Guy fell under the influence of Booth, but Walker said he was not sure that was the case.

“Honestly, I don’t think that the evidence that we extracted substantiated that claim.

It looked like both were, for lack of a better term, willing participants just from the video evidence,” Walker said.

“They both claimed they were under the influence of methamphetamine at the time, and that may have been the case. However, I have prosecuted by now hundreds of people who have been methamphetamine addicts. I’ve even been present when doors were kicked in, and in most of those cases those people still have the instinct to protect their own child. In this case, that didn’t seem to be present.”

Despite his stoic demeanor during his sentencing on Monday, Walker said Booth seemed remorseful during the interview with police after his arrest and cried during questioning.

“I have not experienced a case where the child has been so young in this area. I don’t recall there being a case with an infant,” Walker said. “I would say it ranks up at the top as far as depravity is concerned.”

Stringer said sex abuse of children is rare in the area, and he has not seen any sympathy for the couple from the public.

“The more severe the punishment, the better,” Stringer said.


February 23, 2012

Child sex abuse investigation against couple leads to Methamphetamine charges as well

WAGARVILLE, Alabama — A 31-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman were charged today with sexually abusing 2 children and manufacturing methamphetamine in Washington County, authorities said.

James Ryan Booth and Julie Reed Guy were each charged with manufacturing a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and 2 counts each of rape, sodomy, child sexual abuse and chemical endangerment of a child, sheriff’s Chief Deputy Ferrell Grimes said.

The couple, who Grimes said were living together but not married, will have a bail hearing Friday morning at the Washington County Courthouse in Chatom. Meanwhile, both were held at the Washington County Jail, Grimes said.

The investigation of the couple was primarily intended to look into the sex abuse allegations, Grimes said. He said that deputies executed a search warrant at their home in the Wagarville area of northeast Washington County.

Besides confirming the allegations of sexual abuse against 2 children, deputies also found components of a meth lab in the home, as well as the drug itself, Grimes said.

The Washington County Department of Human Resources took custody of the children and placed them in what Grimes described as safe homes.


April 09, 2012

Wagarville couple indicted on sex abuse, rape charges

MOBILE, Alabama — A Wagarville couple have been indicted on several charges accusing them of raping three young children, including their 8-month-old daughter, and recording the abuse on a cell phone video camera, authorities said today.

Julie Anne Guy, 21, and James Ryan Booth, 33, are each charged with three counts of rape, three counts of sodomy, three counts of sexual abuse of a child younger than 12, possession of obscene matter, production of obscene matter, allowing a child to engage in production of obscene matter, manufacturing a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, chemical endangerment of a child and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Guy is also charged with two counts of incest, while Booth is charged with one count of incest.

Washington County Sheriff Richard Stringer said the couple were arrested in February after someone reported seeing a video of the abuse on Guy’s cell phone.

A grand jury issued the indictments late last month.

The victims are the couple’s infant daughter, Guy’s 5-year-old son and a 4-year-old girl, according to Stringer.

The couple made videos of the abuse on a cell phone camera, Stringer said.

“It’s our opinion they were making the videos possibly for re-sale,” Stringer said. “It really does indicate they were making them for a purpose.”

The couple were also manufacturing meth, the sheriff said.

Court records show that the cases are pending in Washington County Circuit Court. Both defendants have been ordered to undergo a mental evaluation by a forensic psychologist.

Defense attorney Jason Darley, who is representing Guy, said she will be pleading not guilty during an arraignment tomorrow.

An attorney for Booth couldn’t immediately be reached for comment today.


MARION, Kan. – People in Marion County, one hour north of Wichita, say they are stunned by the rape of a 13-year-old girl over the weekend.

It happened in a rural part of the county at 7:30 in the morning.

Sheriff’s officers arrested two suspects, ages 19 and 21.  KSN is not naming the suspects to protect the identity of the victim.

Marion County Sheriff Robert Craft sys they have a strong case against the two suspects.

He says the two suspects in this alleged rape of the girl are in the jail and have been charged here in Marion county court with rape and child endangerment.

Meanwhile, residents say they are stunned and concerned at the young age of the victim. Some parents also say they are concerned that at least one of the suspects may have been using meth at the time of the crime.”

“They’re both very serious,” said Sheriff Craft. “They’re both felony charges and they would both carry substantial prison time if the court sees fit for that.”

Sheriff Craft says in the charging documents two adult males were riding around in a car with the young girl when the rape happened.

And there was drug use, specifically meth, at the time the alleged rape happened.

In fact, the sheriff says one or both of the suspects may have been using the drug methamphetamine at the time.

Now parents in Marion County say everyone is talking about the alleged crime.

One of those parents is Shelly Schale.

“Yes and no. You hope that you wouldn’t see it here, this small of a community.

Shelly Schale says she has her own 13-year-old daughter, and a 16-year-old, and says since it happened, parents are talking about their kids and how to keep them safe.

“This has made me think twice about checking with my girls to make sure they are where they need to be and see who they are hanging out with because this is scary,” said Schale. “Could have been my child.

Shelley says she’s seen problems with meth and other drugs in her neighborhood… And says she wants parents to be on the lookout.

The sheriff says they are dealing with drugs, fighting that fight.

But, he reiterates parents can help with the drug issues in any Kansas county.

“They can get wrapped up in it easily and it can spiral out of control pretty quickly.” Said Craft.

The sheriff says there could be more charges on the way because the incident documents claim there was meth use by at least one of the suspects at the time of the rape.


A La Farge woman who was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia reportedly smuggled a methamphetamine pipe into the Monroe County Jail.

An inmate reported on June 6 that 26-year-old Cassandra M. Carmody produced a pipe and a small plastic bag after hiding it inside herself, according to the sheriff’s department report.

The inmate also reportedly had a note from Carmody to another inmate asking if that inmate wanted to buy meth from her, and she said she saw Carmody break the pipe and flush it down the toilet.

Carmody reportedly told authorities she was not hiding any drugs or objects when booked on June 5. When she was later questioned she admitted to bringing in the pipe, according to the report.

She was referred to the district attorney’s office for delivering items to an inmate. She currently is facing two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting or obstructing an officer and being party to possession of marijuana, all of which consider her a repeat offender.


Fargo police say a man high on methamphetamine murdered two people this week, and one attack appears random.

Officers responded to the first killing on Monday afternoon. They found 45-year-old Clarence Flowers dead with more than 50 stab wounds. Early Tuesday morning, police were called to a second location where 24-year-old Samuel Traut, a Sartell Minn., native, was found beaten to death with a hammer.

Ashley Hunter, 35, faces two felony murder charges. Police say Hunter and Flowers knew each other and had been involved in drug deals.

Traut, however, appears to be a random victim — “A good young man unknowingly opened his door to a monster,” Interim Police Chief Dave Todd said.

“We do believe Ashley Hunter was using methamphetamine which produces symptoms such as paranoia and for some reason he ended up at the back door of Samuel Traut’s residence,” Todd added.

Traut graduated from North Dakota State University in 2013 and took an engineering job in Fargo. He was active at the NDSU Catholic center where he led Bible studies, said the Rev. James Cheney, who called Traut “a man of tremendous courage and virtue.”

Police say Hunter has admitted killing both victims.


A Huntington Beach man who police said ran naked through a neighborhood while high on methamphetamine was cited and released Saturday night.

Police officers responded to a call about a naked man running from yard to yard at about 10:25 p.m. near Hartford Avenue and Delaware Street, said Police Department spokeswoman Jennifer Marlatt.

Officers detained a suspect, later identified as Donald Ray Ingram, in an alley.

Police said Ingram, 58, told officers that he had used methamphetamine for the first time in a while, which caused him to act irrationally.

He was arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance and was later cited and released, Marlatt said.


Deanna Bargeman, 27, of Lakewood Drive in Jacksonville was arrested June 23 by Onslow County Sheriff’s Office on two charges of possession and distribution of a methamphetamine precursor; possession of drug paraphernalia; conspiracy; and possession with intent to manufacture, sell or distribute methamphetamine.

Bargeman and two others are accused of making methamphetamine and of possessing sulfuric acid, plastic bottles, syringes, plastic bags, tubing and coffee filters, according to warrants.

Bond was set at $200,000.


CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) – One man arrested Tuesday night after police said he crashed his car into the Water Garden at 1901 North Shoreline Boulevard and fled on foot, trying to hide drugs behind the seawall before police arrived.8150865_G

It was around 11:50 p.m. when officers were called out to the Water Garden. A silver car had left the roadway and crashed into the shrubbery around the location, and the driver had fled on foot. However, witnesses identified him.

Police caught up to driver as he was walking away and said he was trying to hide something behind the seawall. Officers took him into custody and recovered the hidden object, which they determined to be a bag of methamphetamine.

The driver, identified as 43-year old Trent Cerrito, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and his vehicle was impounded.


In a twist on border drug smuggling, an El Paso woman was arrested Tuesday for allegedly smuggling crystal methamphetamine into Juárez, officials said.

Chihuahua state police arrested Jennyffer Rodriguez, 23, after she was allegedly found with a kilo of crystal meth in downtown Juárez, the Chihuahua attorney general’s office said. Police had received information that a woman from El Paso was crossing the border to sell crystal meth.

Rodriguez told police that she was in Juárez to visit a friend, officials said. She initially refused to let officers search her purse and claimed that she was going to return to the United States instead. Police searched the purse and found the meth inside, officials said.

Officials said that Rodriguez allegedly told investigators that the meth came from a friend hospitalized in El Paso. The friend planned to transport the meth to New Mexico but was unable because he was in the hospital. He asked her to sell the drug.

Rodriguez told police that she decided to take the meth to Juárez because she had “contacts” in the city.

Rodriguez was arrested and handed over the Mexico attorney general’s office, or PGR, and will be turned over to U.S. authorities because she is a U.S. citizen.


The Medicine Hat Police Service and the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams have arrested and charged 12 suspected methamphetamine dealers in the city.

The suspects were arrested Tuesday, and two homes were searched in relation to the investigation, which was aimed at street-level methamphetamine trafficking in the city.

“We’re heavily intelligence based, and we receive a lot of intelligence on a daily basis,” said Staff Sgt. Jason Graham with the organized crime unit. “That, in conjunction with several files our patrol members have had in recent months, lead us towards this project that we had.”

Graham noted police have been seeing more instances of methamphetamine in the community.

“We’ve seen a lot of increases in our violent offences and irrational behavior as a result of methamphetamine use,” he said. “What you’re seeing here today is our approach and our response for that, trying to address the issue and be proactive.”

He later added, “It’s a concern to our community because of the social issues. Not only are the social issues broad in that it affects children, it affects treatment and it also has an effect on crimes rates.”

Michael Poitras, 49, was charged with four counts of trafficking in a controlled substance, one count of possession for the purpose of trafficking, and six counts related to breach of recognizance.

Shawna Taranko, 30, was charged with three counts of trafficking in a controlled substance, as well as charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking, possession of methamphetamine, and proceeds of crime.

Chad Ogema, 22, David Marthaller, 37 and Kyle Duchcherer, 21, are each charged with two counts of trafficking in a controlled substance.

David Lehner, 35, was charged with four counts of trafficking in a controlled substance.

Matthew Perini, 25, was charged with four counts of trafficking in a controlled substance, possession of proceeds of crime, possession of a dangerous weapon, possession of a prohibited weapon, possession for the purpose of trafficking, and possession of methamphetamine.

Ezra Cox, 37, faces one count of possession of methamphetamine.

Amber Baxter, 28, faces a charge for possession for the purpose of trafficking, and two counts breach of recognizance.

Lisa Mook, 40, faces a charge of trafficking in a controlled substance, and two counts of breach of recognizance.

Daniel Sparks, 39, faces two charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking and a one count of possession of proceeds of crime;

Wayne Shrubsall, 42, faces charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of cocaine, possession of cannabis marijuana, and three counts for breach of recognizance.

Graham said eight of the accused have made court appearances but could not comment with further details.

A search warrant was executed in a home on Seventh Street SW, with ALERT seizing 27 grams of methamphetamine and securing evidence consistent with drug trafficking. An earlier search warrant, executed on June 12 at a home on Sage Road, yielded 23 grams of methamphetamine and 14 grams of cocaine. The street value of the drugs seized from both searches is an estimated $18,000.

Graham says the meth seized is believed to have been imported from the United States or Mexico.

Last year, ALERT teams seized nearly eight kilograms of meth from across the province.


The state’s Department of Child Safety is looking into who knew what and when in a deadly child abuse case. A 4-year-old girl from Surprise, Ariz., weighed just 15 pounds when she died.web1_azabusedeath_2

It was back in 2011 when DCS was contacted after methamphetamine was discovered in 4-year-old Alexandra Torcerro’s system. Her mom, Rosemary Velazco, admitted to using the drug. It now appears that 2011 case wasn’t the first time.

This past May 23, dispatchers took a call that would lead to an extremely disturbing case of child abuse and neglect. By the time paramedics arrived at the Surprise home, Alexandra was dead. Her parents now sit in jail awaiting trial.

But there are new revelations that DCS might have known about Velazco as far back as 2009. Velazco’s 6-year-old son would likely have been a baby.

“I can only say that there was nothing in the record that indicates a child, this was a situation in which an adult was brought to our attention and we do not have jurisdiction over adults,” said DCS spokesman Doug Nick.

A newly obtained Surprise police report says in August 2009, Velazco was arrested for using meth, that DCS was contacted but that DCS only took information and never investigated.

Surprise police said it was the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office’s case. MCSO pointed to the El Mirage Police Department. But none of those agencies could figure out why DCS was contacted back in 2009.

“There are very strict guidelines under the law as to when we can intervene,” Nick said. “There has to be an allegation of neglect or abuse and the ‘09 case is something I really can’t comment on.”

Both Rosemary Velazco and the baby’s father, Carlos Cruz, entered not guilty pleas. They are due back in court July 28.


MONETT, Mo. — The Monett Police Department has submitted information seeking murder charges against a Monett man after the deaths of two women who were found in their homes on Saturday.

Charges of second degree murder and delivery of a controlled substance will be sought against Alexander Calhoun, 35, according to Tim Schweder, Monett police chief.5589ef914a879_image

According to the police investigation, Calhoun admitted supplying methamphetamine to both women, using it with them and leaving both of them alone after they suffered “a severe reaction” to the drug.

The deaths of both women were reported by 911 calls between 5:53 and 6:04 p.m. on Saturday. The body of Anna K. Smith, 37, was found by her husband in the kitchen of their home at 519 E. Scott St.

Calhoun reported the death of Tosha M. Norris, 25, whose body was found in her bed, covered with blankets, in the bedroom of her home at 104 E. Bond St.

According to Monett police, Calhoun, Norris and Smith all used methamphetamine purchased by Calhoun on Friday and Saturday.

Police said Calhoun used the drug with Norris at her home early Saturday. He said Norris had a severe reaction to the drug and that he left at her home and went to Smith’s house.

Calhoun and Smith used more methamphetamine, police said, between 5 and about 10:30 a.m. Calhoun said Smith also had a severe reaction to the drug and he left her there alone. When he left, she was lying on the kitchen floor. Calhoun returned to the home, police said, finding Smith dead.

In the case of both women, there was no obvious cause of death. Autopsies were performed Monday and the medical examiner found no conclusive evidence to establish the cause of death for either woman, police said. Blood from both victims will be submitted for toxicology tests.

Calhoun was arrested Saturday on a felony domestic violence warrant. He and Norris had been in a long-term relationship and Norris was the victim in the case, police said.

Schweder said he did not know whether two counts of murder will be filed. Charges, he said, will be up to Amy Boxx, Barry County prosecuting attorney. No charges had been filed on Tuesday, according to online court records.


Alexander Calhoun is being held in the Barry County Jail, accused of failing to appear on a second degree domestic charge. No bond has been set.


ROCKINGHAM — A woman already facing felony drug charges recently picked up three additional misdemeanors.

According to a magistrate’s order, 22-year-old Lindsay Blake Polston was arrested Monday after Deputy Danteaus Williams of the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office found drugs and paraphernalia on her.Polston

Polston, of Dockery Road, Rockingham, was allegedly in possession of spoons, needles, wrappers, a grinder and an unspecified amount of marijuana — as well as a stolen license plate.

She was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, simple possession of a Schedule VI controlled substance and possession of stolen goods or property and booked into the Richmond County Jail under a $1,000 secured bond. As of 3:10 Tuesday afternoon, she was still in jail.

Any amount of marijuana more than half an ounce is a felony in North Carolina, less than a half-ounce is a misdemeanor.

Polston was arrested on Jan. 20 for allegedly selling meth to deputies.

Online court records show Polston is currently facing two felony counts each of selling methamphetamine, delivering methamphetamine and possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver methamphetamine.

According to the N.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction, she has no criminal convictions in North Carolina.


WASHINGTON COUNTY – Two of four remaining suspects wanted in the Washington County Drug Task Force meth round-up, which has taken place over the course of the last several days, are now in custody. Christon wantedFaith Patrick and Larry Martin Mercer were apprehended in Washington County without incident. William Lowell Rogers and Bridgette Teresa Ward are still at large. Both are wanted on charges of selling methamphetamine. Anyone with any information on the whereabouts of these individuals is asked to contact the WCSO at 850-638-6111.


WASHINGTON COUNTY – The Washington County Drug Task Force reports it has executed the largest meth specific roundup in the county’s history, with the arrest of eight and warrants issued for four additional suspects.

Arrested and charged with the selling of methamphetamines were: James Louis Spivey (three counts), Ashley Lynn Street, James Dalton Davis, Lillian Street, Leah Kathryn Miller (two counts), and Wendy Irene Riley. Also arrested was Leonard Paul Pouncey, charged with possession of methamphetamines and possession of marijuana, and Johnny Elmer Finch, charged with possession of listed chemicals and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The task force has also connected two individuals currently incarcerated in the Florida Department of Corrections to the drug activity, also charging Dallas Payne and Alex Payne with the selling of methamphetamines.

“What makes this round-up unique is the potency of the drug we’re dealing with,” said Washington County Sheriff Bobby Haddock. “What we seized is a high powered version of the drug, commonly referred to as ‘ice’.”

The task force is currently seeking more suspects in this case as well.

Wanted in connection with the selling of methamphetamines are: Christon Faith Patrick, Larry Martin Mercer, Solon Lee Earnest, William Lowell Rogers, and Bridgette Teresa Ward.

Anyone with any information on the whereabouts of these individuals is asked to contact the WCSO at 850-638-6111.


BEIJING –  China says Southeast Asia’s lawless ‘Golden Triangle’ region remains the overwhelming source of the heroin and methamphetamine used in the country.

A Cabinet report on China’s drug situation released Wednesday underscores the threat posed by the region incorporating parts of Laos, Myanmar and Thailand, despite efforts at cross-border cooperation.

It said that 90 percent of the 9.3 tons of heroin and 11.4 tons of methamphetamine seized in 2014 came from the area that borders China’s southern province of Yunnan.

The report is the government’s first comprehensive look at drug use in China, where synthetic drugs such as methamphetamine and ketamine have overtaken heroin in popularity. It said China has about 3 million registered drug users, but estimates of those who have tried drugs run as high as 14 million.


LINN — Two inmates of the Osage County jail are facing charges of Delivery of a Controlled Substance after one of the women allegedly attempted to smuggle methamphetamine as she was being booked into the jail.martin%20melissa

According to Osage County Sheriff Michael Dixon, 38-year-old inmate Sammi Shockley of Vienna spoke to an incoming inmate, 33-year-old Melissa Martin of Meta, who was to serve jail time for a drug arrest.  The two made arrangements for shockley%20sammiMartin to serve her time while Shockley was still incarcerated.  While being booked into the jail, investigators discovered methamphetamine and illegal prescription narcotics concealed on Martin’s person.

Both women were charged with Delivery of a Controlled Substance at a Jail Except with a Prescription.  Another $25,000 was added to Shockley’s bail amount in addition to her other two warrants.

Martin is being held without bond.


A glass smoking pipe and a container with a white crystalline substance fell out of an overturned green Honda as a wrecker service was turning the car right side up.

The car was directly in front of the Ace Hardware store on 4th St. in Chickasha.

Chickasha Police responded to the scene earlier. The driver, Peyton Quillin, told Officer Preston Hodge that she thought she had fallen asleep and wrecked.

Quillin refused medical treatment and signed a waiver saying she did not need treatment. Hodge reported Quillin was unsteady on her feet, had slurred speech and was acting restless and nervous.

Quillin denied consuming any alcohol or illicit drugs. Hodge reported that Quillin performed poorly during a field sobriety test.

A Chickasha Police Officer took inventory of the car later and found a green leafy substance and a metal smoking pipe.

Quillin was placed under arrest for driving under the influence. She agreed to take the state test at Grady Memorial Hospital.

While at the hospital, Quillin told a Chickasha Police Officer that she had consumed methamphetamine three days ago and admitted she “popped hot” for methamphetamine when she gave the hospital staff a blood and urine sample.

Quillin was transported to the Grady County Jail where she was booked for driving under the influence, possession and other drug related charges, according to the incident report.