Two packages shipped to Miami by a “suspicious” customer from a UPS store in Las Vegas led federal agents to detect a possible South Florida methamphetamine-distribution ring, according to federal court records.

The shipments, delivered to two separate Miami addresses, led to the arrests of two suspects, Guillermo Cougles Pérez and Luis Álvarez Barcenas, who are now awaiting trial in Miami federal court.

It’s only the latest suspected drug delivery via a parcel shipping company that leads to the discovery of narcotics trafficking involving Miami. In October last year, federal agents arrested a Guatemalan in Vermont after officials in Miami discovered a $5 million heroin shipment addressed to a Mexican restaurant in Manchester, a Vermont town near the New York state line. That particular heroin shipment was detected by Customs and Border Protection officers in Miami when they decided to inspect two parcels that had arrived from Guatemala.

In the case of the meth shipment, it was Drug Enforcement Administration special agents who found the illegal shipments after a UPS store manager in Las Vegas, Nevada, contacted the agency on March 30, according to a DEA criminal complaint filed in Miami federal court.

“The manager reported that a suspicious customer wearing a white baseball cap paid to express ship two separate parcels to different locations in Miami,” the complaint said.

When agents checked the parcels, they found some baby diapers and bubble wrap, but they also found packages filled with methamphetamines weighing a total of four kilograms, the criminal complaint said.

Federal agents later created two parcels to resemble the original ones, outfitted them with sensors to detect when the package was opened and had an undercover officer deliver them to the two addresses, according to the criminal complaint.

At the first address, the parcel was opened shortly after it was delivered. That’s when agents raided the apartment and found Cougles, one of the defendants, holding the transmitter used to track the parcel, the complaint said.

Cougles then admitted to the agents that he was responsible for the drugs and exonerated other family members in the apartment, the complaint said.

At the second address, Álvarez — the second defendant — received the parcel and shortly after left his apartment carrying the package, which he then placed inside a plastic garbage bag and hid it under a fence behind the apartment building, according to the complaint.

After Álvarez was arrested, he told agents that he had agreed to receive the drugs for Cougles because he was going to be paid $100 to $200 per parcel, according to the complaint.

It added that Álvarez had been receiving parcels every 15 days since December 2015.

The complaint does not say whether either Álvarez or Cougles identified the person who shipped the parcels in Las Vegas or whether they disclosed other details.

Cougles, 39, and Álvarez, whose age was not reported in court records, have since pleaded not guilty and demanded trial.

“We look forward to our day in court,” said Faith Mesnekoff, Álvarez’s attorney. Cougles’ attorney, Gennaro Cariglio, declined to comment.






Erin Blume of West Des Moines is a lively, witty, self-assured 37-year-old, an adoring, attentive mother and a recovering meth addict and former dealer.

Unsavory as the juxtaposition of meth and motherhood is, public officials are finally recognizing we can’t condemn or imprison our way to ending addiction. Sometimes it takes punishment, but first it takes treatment.

Nothing in Blume’s childhood propelled her to addiction. There were no addicted parents, no abuse. She says she had “the best childhood,” raised by loving and supportive parents in tiny 635981369314006411-erin2Charter Oak. It was boredom and a spirit of defiance that drove her to drugs. “I was just naughty, goddammit,” said Blume, who has retained the salty language, if not the other vices.

Everyone needs their own motivation for getting and staying sober. For Blume, that is the chubby-faced, golden-haired, blue-eyed baby named Casey, whom she learned she was in carrying in jail. She said she has never used since.

When Hillary Clinton was doing listening tours in rural Iowa and New Hampshire before announcing for president, a top concern she heard from voters was substance abuse, specifically meth and heroin. She heard it so often, she came up with a $10 billion proposal to combat it. This is significant because, to the extent that the drug epidemic has featured in election campaigns, the impetus was crack and crime in the 1980s and early ‘90s. Candidates, including Bill Clinton, were elected vowing to be tough on drugs. Bill Clinton kept that promise.

But decades later, communities and policymakers — including Bill Clinton’s spouse — are recognizing that harsh mandatory minimums linked to the war on drugs have only helped fill prisons and create a permanent underclass of ex-offenders. Hillary Clinton found that 65 percent of federal and state inmates have substance abuse problems, and should be in treatment. Her plan focuses on rehabilitation for nonviolent drug offenses and collaboration between public health and criminal justice officials. For every dollar a state committed to addiction programs, the federal government would commit $4.

But maybe Clinton’s most important contribution is urging people to think about addiction as a disease rather than as a moral failing.

Blume was 35 when she was arrested that time in June 2014. She had already lost custody of one child because of her drug habit. Now pregnant again, she was looking at up to 75 years in prison. By then she had been addicted to meth for 15 years, and before that, to alcohol for about seven years.

When asked how often she was getting high before that last arrest, Blume stared at me as if she didn’t understand the question. But it was I who didn’t understand: She never came down from it. “I never had a day I didn’t use until I was in cuffs,” she said. “It cost me my whole life.” That and $200 a day. So she took to dealing.

She married young and only after getting pregnant with her first son, who is now 14. (They have since become close again). She quit using while pregnant but started again when he was 2. The marriage ended the following year.

The meth made her “very irresponsible and always sidetracked,” she said. “I couldn’t keep a job or look for one. I was very rude.”

Her parents begged her to stop. “I never put anybody else first. It was always me, me, me.” In 2009 she went through treatment again, staying clean a year. But she was back in jail in 2014. With the help of Broadlawns hospital, she got into Prelude Behavioral Services drug treatment center, where she stayed 30 days as an inpatient. That was followed by 90 days at the 17-bed Bernie Lorenz Recovery House in Des Moines, a halfway house for women in recovery. Her treatment was covered by Medicaid.

But there were still criminal charges, so her parents hired her a good lawyer, who got her into the drug court diversion program. As the court required, she did six more months as an outpatient at Prelude. About a third of the 5,000 addicts who go through treatment each year are women, according to Prelude CEO Ron Berg. But women make up half the patients who abuse drugs other than alcohol.

When she started treatment in 2014, Blume says she had never felt more hopeless. But she was determined not to give birth in prison, or to an addicted child. Instead of berating her, the counselors “made you feel worthy,” she said. In group sessions, addicts also praised and supported each other.

Though alcohol has been the primary drug of choice, since 2008 meth has shot up to the No. 1 drug for 25 percent of patients admitted to inpatient treatment programs in Iowa. The median age of incoming clients (male and female) has inched up from 27 in 1999 to 33 in 2013. That’s according to a 16-year study (1999 to 2013) by the Iowa Consortium for Substance Abuse Research and Evaluation.

Blume says she’s the only one from her group who hasn’t fallen off the wagon since leaving treatment. She said one of the women she was with at Bernie Lorenz was Tosha Hyatt, the 32-year-old mother of four killed recently, along with two officers, riding in a police car. The accident was caused by a young drunken driver, who also died.

Blume and her boyfriend live together; both work and share caring for Casey. “I enjoy and appreciate every little thing that he does,” she says of her son.

Still spunky and irreverent, she finds support from Alcoholics Anonymous and church. “I finally, for once, feel successful in my life,” she says. The charges against her haven’t gone away but if she obeys the law, she can stay out of prison.

No one would recommend having a baby as a quitting-drug strategy. But Blume sees her son as a gift from God, presented on “the very worst day in my life.” A gift worth staying sober for.



Whether or not drug cartels were involved in the deaths of eight Pike County family members last month, they are active in southern Ohio, where three Mexican cartels have been tied to the distribution of heroin, cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamine.

Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer said the cartels involved in drug distribution and sales in the area include Sinaloa, La Familia and Los Zetas, all Mexico-based crime syndicates.

The Mexican Mafia, a U.S. prison gang, is tapped for security on the drug runs, Plummer said. RacistTextPresser025His deputies routinely encounter cartel members, he said, some of whom have been deported numerous times.

Plummer’s deputies participate in the Bulk Currency Task Force, a combined effort with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office and Homeland Security.

Over the past 2 1/2 years, the task force has seized 99 pounds of heroin, 67 pounds of cocaine, 1,351 pounds of marijuana, 41 pounds of methamphetamine, and 4,938 pills — about $14.6 million in value for all the drugs.

They’ve also seized $3.94 million in currency and 39 firearms. There have been 243 arrests associated with the seizures.

Lately, Plummer said, the cartels have been trying to create a new market for meth, with more of that drug flowing into the region.

“It’s a multi-billion-dollar industry for them and they have resources to do anything they want,” Plummer said. “We lack the resources.

“Now that we have become a source city for drug distribution, we need more resources to combat this problem,” he said, frustrated at being turned down by the Montgomery County Commission following requests for more funding.

“I ask for more people and they turn me down,” he said.



  • Plastic bottle recyclers in Maine are being warned of residual traces of methamphetamines in bottles across the state—a result of the “one pot” method that is being used to make the drug.
  • The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency has confirmed that many bottles have contained this toxic and flammable drug, causing recyclers and collectors to be more aware while working.
  • Heightened awareness in Maine has had a ripple effect across the country, spreading as far as Houston where school teachers are now hesitant to let their students collect roadside plastic bottles in recycling efforts.

Dive Insight:

While recyclers face many hazards when collecting and processing certain items, such as hazardous cathode ray tubes (CRT) from old televisions, worrying about man-made hazards is an inconvenience that must be stopped. A similar situation has been surfacing for medical waste e691533c36730927499f999fab4251cbrecyclers as more and more consumers have improperly disposed of hypodermic needles.

The state has warned bottle collectors to be aware of visible red flags on plastic bottles, such as burn marks or disfigurement. Otherwise, it is a matter of public education and employee training to ensure that recyclers stay safe.

“We have all watched the news, so we know that methamphetamine manufacturing can be very dangerous,” said Maine’s Parsons Street Redemption Center owner Barbara Nardone to Bangor Daily News. “All of our employees are trained on what to look for and what to do just in case a bottle does come in.”

As the issue gains nationwide attention, it is hopeful that federal agencies such as the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) will help devise a more in-depth plan to keep these bottles out of the hands of workers.

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Bangor Daily News: Warning: Maine recyclers should watch out for bottles used to make meth



The air freight service operated by the Sinaloa Cartel could be considered bigger than Mexico’s largest airline, according to an investigation by the newspaper El Universal. – Aeroméxico,owns 127

Between 2006 and 2015, military officials seized 599 airplanes and helicopters allegedly belonging to the cartel, dwarfing the fleet of 127 aircraft operated by Mexico’s largest established airline, Aeroméxico. If a legal company, the cartel would also compete as the most lucrative N-A12-AEROCARTEL_Drupal_Main_Image_var_1462257406airport company in the country, operating 4,771 clandestine airstrips between 500 meters and one kilometer long, nestled in the heart of the mountains in northern states. The leader of the organization itself, Joaquin El Chapo Guzman Loera said in his interview for Rolling Stone, released in January: ‘I supply more heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana than anyone else in the world. I have a fleet of submarines and aircraft.’. In recent years the Sinaloa cartel has added many ultra-light aircraft to their fleet to continue moving their cargo north across the border after the larger planes have brought it to the clandestine along the border.  Ultralight aircraft that can carry more than 500 kilos of drugs and have been piloted   by senior elements of the Mexican Air Force. According to reports by federal prosecutors in the United States.

The route drug pilots followed is where most of the aircraft seized.   Out of the states of Sinaloa, Durango and Coahuila, in the Golden Triangle.  The Sedena provided data about where the planes are taking off and landing. Since 2006 they have discovered 4,729 clandestine airstrips. In the last three years they were recorded 894. particularly in Badiraguato, Guadalupe y Calvo, Guachochi and Tamazula, municipalities nestled in the Sierra Madre Occidental were located.

However, many of them concentrated on the northern border of Mexico, specifically in the int_aerocartelnorthwest. In the case of Baja California they were discovered 1025. and in Sonora, 1,564 Even though there have been a lot of seizures of aircraft over the last 10 years, the drug trafficking by aircraft continues.  So far this federal administration has managed to detect 894 clandestine airstrips in the Mexican border, which have ceased to operate as such.  Guachochi Guadalupe y Calvo, Chihuahua; Tamazula, Durango and La Paz, Baja California Sur, concentrated 50.7% of all clandestine airstrips in Mexico, according to this information.

According to information obtained by EL UNIVERSAL-through requests for information and resoure impugnación- from 2006 to 2015, 599 aircraft were seized that were running drugs for the Sinaloa Cartel, 13 were helicopters and 586 airplanes. During the period from 2006-2012 the govt. confiscated 544 aircraft, and in just 2008 the figure was 284.  Under this administration, In 2013 they secured 19 aircraft and during 2014 were 14 and in 2015, 22 aircraft.  Although the data from the Secretariat of National Defense remains classified regarding specifications of seized aircraft, Management Service and Property Disposal (SAE) drugs-400x273provided to El Universal through the Transparency Act, a list of aircraft auctioned from 2006 to date, ie units that could not prove their legal origin.  In total, according to the SAE 105 seized aircraft were sold at auction. The most common models: Cessna, Rockwell, Gulfstream, Piper and Beechcraft. The sale of the seized aircraft also brought the federal government, according to the institution, income of 81 million 654 thousand 707 pesos.   Between 2010 and 2012, the SAE list showed that the top planes seized drug trafficking,Cessna aircraft have become the main tool used because of it’s characteristics us by gangland drug traffickers.   Of the 105 aircraft, 60 were Cessna. The most popular: the model 206, having side doors and allows double loading and unloading packages faster. In addition, there are kits to expand its reserve fuel, allowing you to travel long distances, up to 1,300  kilometers.;   Another advantage for drug dealers is that the Cessna just need a stretch of land between three and four blocks for takeoff and landing, which have made the most popular aircraft in the last decade.  Of the 105 aircraft, 60 were Cessna. The most popular: the model 206, having side doors and allows double loading and unloading packages faster. In addition, there are kits to expand its reserve fuel, allowing you to travel long distances, up to 1,300  kilometers.   Another advantage for drug dealers is that the Cessna just need a stretch of land between three and four blocks for takeoff and landing, which have made the most popular aircraft in the last decade.  Arevalo Kessler 44, from a wealthy family and a native of Germany, acquired Mexican nationality. In 1987 he graduated as Military Aviation Pilot Military Aviation School Number 5, in Jalisco. That afternoon would be arrested for drug trafficking in a plane that flew from Ecuador to Toluca. The pilot was jailed in the prison of Almoloya de Juarez, where he only stayed 22 months, until February 24, 2010 left the maximum security prison to be extradited to the United States. Federal authorities Texas  had collected evidence for years, proving that Kessler was one of the senior pilots in the service of the Sinaloa Cartel.     Since 2010, Arévalo Kessler has remained imprisoned in a detention center in Texas. -thatr judgment like that of other high-profile- drug traffickers remains classified by the US authorities, but in August 2015 they made public some documents: transcripts of hearings in which the pilot pleaded guilty, and sentencing trial. UNIVERSAL Documents provided by the Attorney for the Southern District of cockpitTexas show how Arevalo Kessler reached an agreement with the US government. No details of the data which provided are revealed, but the judge would offer as an argument to reduce his sentence was due to a plea agreement that included exchange of information. The transcript of his trial, unsealed on August 19, 2015, states that in January 2011 t the pilot was admitted he was carried away by greed.  “I am praying and I just ask the Lord that I want to change and speak the truth. What I did was wrong. I was acting, blinded by greed. In trying to give a better life to my family, I did it the wrong way. I have not seen my children for three years. I made a wrong decision and I am fully aware that I did the wrong thing. I’m sorry, I really mean, what I can say?”

The Texas prosecutors gathered evidence that proved that he belonged to an organization of senior pilots working for the Sinaloa Cartel.  He allied himself with Alejandro Flores Cacho and Ricardo Garcia Sanchez, aviator pilots and graduates of  Escuela Militar de Aviacion de la Secretario de Defense.  Since 2003 they trafficked drugs from South America to the cartel. The US Treasury Department reported that the pilots were operating narcotics trafficking by air through maintenance companies, Aviation, Transportation and Air Services, SA de CV, an aircraft hangar and maintenance located in Toluca; Aero Expreso Intercontinental, SA de CV, an air cargo company based in Mexico City. The most important is Professional Aviation Training, a flight school in Cuernavaca they used to train new pilots who participate in drug trafficking. García Sánchez Flores Cacho and remain at large.  During the trial, the defense argued that Kessler Arévalo his crimes were ‘a mistake’. He asked the judge to consider that he was not Mexican. The document was provided to El Universal by the Attorney for the Southern District of Texas , including the statement of his attorney; “‘He’s a very well educated man who reached the level of captain of the Mexican Air Force (FAM). He also trained hundreds of pilots. Also has his wife and two children waiting for him. He has had the opportunity to travel around the world. Not only is he Mexican, he is also a German citizen. He has had many privileges and good education, is also a fighter. I mean, he has flown fighter jets, commercial aircraft, small and large jets. Unfortunately, as he said, he was blinded by greed. But he is a man who has tremendous talent. He speaks three languages and I think the Court should be compassionate to give him the credit he deserves. ‘  Before the arrest, the airline Emirates Airlines, Dubai, had offered him a job as an aviator pilot. The defense managed to reduce the sentence of 20 tp 11 years..  . .

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A 29-year-old Tucson woman was arrested Thursday after U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers found nearly $5,700 worth of methamphetamine stuffed in her bra, according to a Border Protection news release.

Officers questioned her at the Port of Nogales’ Dennis DeConcini pedestrian crossing and then asked her to undergo a secondary inspection, according to an agency spokesman. Multiple packages with almost 2 pounds of meth were found.

The drugs were seized, and the woman was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, the news release stated. The woman’s name wasn’t immediately available.



Sand Springs Police found a bag of heroin, a bag of marijuana, three bags of methamphetamine, various paraphernalia and $4,359 in cash during a search of a home Thursday.

Police and a Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics agent searched the home in the 400 block of S. 54th W. Avenue and found the bag of heroin under a bed in the first bedroom, the bag of marijuana in a second bedroom, and the methamphetamine and 17 Buphren pills in a vanity drawer in a third bedroom, according to an incident report.mary cravatt

Mary Cravatt, 55, admitted to using and selling heroin, but told officers she didn’t know who brought the methamphetamine into her house, according to a report.

Cravatt told police, “if you find anything illegal, it’s mine and will be on me,” when she was presented with a search warrant, a report states.

Cravatt was arrested on complaints of maintaining a house where drugs are kept or sold, possession of heroin with intent to distribute, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, failure to obtain drug tax stamp, possession of Buphren, possession of paraphernalia and warrants and taken to the Tulsa County Jail.



32-year-old Heather Nicole Swanson of Donihue Place in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (May 4) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s ICE Unit Officers. She’s charged with trafficking in methamphetamine.

A joint investigation between the Caldwell and Catawba County Sheriff’s Offices resulted in Swanson’s arrest after authorities in Catawba County intercepted a package addressed to an abandoned trailer on Edsel Circle in Hudson.47893b7a47017ffdce092ff1b64aec4c_XL

The package was opened and contained over 1-1/2 ounces of methamphetamine hidden inside it. ICE Unit Agents formulated a plan to make a controlled delivery of the package. Prior to the delivery, Officers were deployed to watch the abandoned trailer.

An undercover officer delivered the package at the front door and afterwards Swanson was apprehended without incident after taking possession of the package. Narcotic Agents state they have been monitoring Swanson and suspected her of mail ordering drugs. The methamphetamine seized has a street value of approximately $6,825 according to NC State Drug Guidelines.

Swanson was confined in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $150,000 secured bond. She was scheduled to make a District Court appearance Thursday. Her next appearance is scheduled for May 26 in District Court.



The sighting of an unsupervised toddler led to the arrests of four adults who were allegedly intending to distribute methamphetamine in Catoosa County on Wednesday.

Catoosa County Sheriff Gary Sisk said deputies were in the area serving a warrant when they spotted the toddler alone. A short investigation led them to the child’s apparent home in the 300 block of Everglades Boulevard.

When deputies got to the home, they found four people, Michael Lee Housley, Shannon Michelle Barnes, Daniel Lee Clark and Melissa Ann Schillins, using methamphetamine. They also found some of the methamphetamine had been packaged in an apparent attempt to distribute.



BREMERTON, Wash. – A man and woman are behind bars Friday after officers seized methamphetamine, firearms, cash and bullet-proof body armor from their residence in Bremerton, police said.

The bust followed a cooperative investigation involving Bremerton and Poulsbo law enforcement, Bremerton Police Chief Steven D. Strachan said Friday.a46ed09e-d34d-45a0-8449-525e41160beb-large16x9_160506_pio_bremerton_bust_1200

Detectives conducted a series of controlled buys from a suspect, then executed a search warrant at an apartment at 610 Washington Ave.

The warrant resulted in the seizure of 137 grams of meth, four firearms including a sawed-off shotgun, bullet-proof body armor, a vehicle and $688 in cash, Strachan said.

A man and woman were arrested and jailed on suspicion of felony drug offenses. The 38-year-old male suspect is a convicted felon, and police are recommending an additional charge against him of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Chief Strachan said the bust shows that not all drug offenders are nonviolent.

“Everyone keeps talking about nonviolent drug offenders, but this is what drug dealers often look like – a convicted felon with a ballistic vest and four firearms,” Strachan said. “We need to work together to get these violent and dangerous people out of our community, and keep them locked up.”



Two suspects charged in April with manufacturing methamphetamine allegedly were using hotel rooms to make the drug, according to an affidavit on file with a search warrant.

Benjamin Joseph Alvarez, 33, and Jessica Dee Browning, 28, were arrested April 13 on multiple charges involving meth manufacturing.

According to an affidavit filed with an April 13 search warrant issued for a room at a Pulaski County business, an informant told police the two suspects were using “various hotel rooms” in Radford and Pulaski County as sites to make meth “due to the couple being homeless.”



MASON CITY | Three Mason City residents police say sold methamphetamine to undercover buyers face criminal charges.

Paul Nieman, 48, and Kristina Weis, 40, were each charged with one count of felony delivery of methamphetamine.

Cierra Kirsten Schmith, 26, of Mason City, was charged with two counts of felony delivery of meth.

Nieman, Weis and Schmith were arrested as part of three unrelated investigations conducted by the North Central Iowa Narcotics Task Force, officials say.

All were accused of delivering meth to someone cooperating with the task force: Nieman and Weis in October 2015, and Schmith two times in November 2015.

Nieman remained jailed on Friday afternoon.

Weis and Schmith were released on bond.


At 1:51 a.m. April 21, Tom Joseph Dixon, 26, of St. Paul rolled down his window at a stoplight and attempted to yell at a Woodbury police squad car rolling by.

The officers decided to follow the Chevy Impala to determine whether the driver needed assistance. The vehicle changed lanes without signaling, so police initiated a traffic stop near the intersection of Norma Lane and Hudson Road.

A Dos Equis beer was in plain view, as was an A&W root beer can with a plastic bag sticking out of its mouth. The bag contained several clear crystal rocks of meth, weighing 2.4 grams, according to the court complaint.

Dixon is charged with fifth-degree drug possession and is due in court May 12.



FRANKLIN COUNTY, IL (KFVS) – Two people in Franklin County, Illinois were arrested Friday after an investigation into a 911 call led police to find materials used in making methamphetamine.

On Friday, May 6, at 4:20 a.m., deputies responded to a 911 hang up call.10497809_G

Deputies had responded to a domestic violence report at the same rural Royalton address earlier in the day.

While investigating the 911 hang up, deputies saw items used in methamphetamine production.

A search warrant was obtained and evidence was collected.

Thomas E. Biggs Il, 29, of Royalton, was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of meth making materials, unlawful disposal of meth manufacturing waste, unlawful possession of meth precursor, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, and unlawful production of cannabis.

Tamara N. King, 33, of Ava, was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of meth making materials, unlawful disposal of meth manufacturing waste, unlawful possession of meth precursor, possession of a hypodermic syringe and possession of a controlled substance.

Deputies were assisted by the Illinois State Police methamphetamine response team and the Royalton Police Department.

The two suspects were incarcerated in the Franklin County Jail, pending review by the States Attorney’s office and the setting of bond by the court.

The investigation is continuing and more arrests are anticipated.



The Aroostook County Sheriff’s Department is warning residents of meth dump sites found across the county.9k=_1462544262118_2144692_ver1_0

MDEA confirms more than 20 such discoveries throughout Aroostook County since mid-April.

Deputies say a fair number of these appear to have been discarded months ago and have surfaced since the snow started to melt.

Most bottles remain safe to pick up, but if a bottle looks like it contains something other than what came from the store, skip over that one and grab the next one.

If it looks like this or is burned and disfigured, call 800-432-7842.



FAYETTE — The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office narcotics unit is looking into the discovery of a methamphetamine lab “dump site” in a wooded area off Zwick Road.

Undersheriff John Cleere said an alert Fayette town highway department worker discovered a plastic bottle with two hoses coming out of it Tuesday. He reported it to the sheriff’s office.572c8b58aa41e_image

The narcotics unit responded to the scene and confirmed the item was used to manufacture methamphetamine. The bottle was safely removed by the state police contaminated crime scene emergency response team and properly disposed of.

“The components of a clandestine methamphetamine lab are highly volatile and can cause an explosion and/or a flash fire,” Cleere said. “If you encounter an item similar in nature to this bottle, please use caution and contact your local law enforcement agency.”

Anyone with information on who may have dumped the item on Zwick Road, or any information related to drug activity in the county, can contact the sheriff’s office narcotics unit at 220-3449. Calls will be kept confidential.



CALGARY, Alberta, May 6 (UPI) — A joint investigation between Canadian law enforcement and a local prison found that methamphetamine-laced Christmas cards were being sent to inmates.

Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team released a statement saying that two people were suspected of mailing the cards, which contained traces of liquid methamphetamine, to inmates at Medicine Hat Remand Centre.cardss

The cards were confiscated by staff before reaching any inmates and tested positive for meth. ALERT was then able to identify suspects Ryan Horb, 32, and Justin Yaholnitsky, 25, who were charged with trafficking methamphetamine.

“A great deal of sophistication was employed in a case like this, and I have to credit the investigative team for their tenacity in pursuing these drug dealers,” Sgt. Jason Graham said.

Graham also told the Calgary Sun that inmates would have been able to extract the liquid meth from the cards, which featured children’s cartoon characters such as SpongeBob SquarePants and the Grinch.

“It’s becoming more and more of a problem,” Graham said.



The Franklin County Drug Enforcement Unit recently arrested 10 people related to drug trafficking, Jeff Richards, Franklin County sheriff, said.

Detectives seized more than 30 grams of methamphetamine, quantities of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and firearms after serving search warrants at residences located on Texas Road in Franklin County as well as Ottawa’s South Locust and South Ash streets, Richards said.

He said the drug unit and Special Tactics and Rescue team — comprised of Franklin County Sheriff’s Office and Ottawa Police Department detectives — expect to make more arrests.

Arrests made March 31 were:

  • Jesse Steven Sage, 50, on suspicion of distribution of methamphetamine, distribution of marijuana, and felony possession of drug paraphernalia;
  • Erica Marie Stack, 44, on suspicion of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia;
  • Tyler Ian Sage, 21, on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia;
  • Richard Gene Stack, 24, on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia;
  • Nicole Marie Allen, 30, on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and aggravated child endangerment;
  • Joshua Steven Sage, 25, on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and aggravated child endangerment;
  • Travis Eugene Bishop, 30, on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia;
  • and Brooke Danielle Phillips, 25, on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Arrests made on May 2 were:

  • Susan Gayle Swan, 54, on suspicion of distribution of methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a school, distribution of methamphetamine, using a communication device to facilitate drug sales, felony possession of drug paraphernalia and having no drug tax stamp;
  • and David Lee Asbery, 45, on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Jesse Sage, Travis Bishop, Brooke Phillips, Susan Swan and David Asbery are all still in jail, Richards said.

Arrests made March 31 were Jesse Steven Sage, Erica Marie Stack, Tyler Ian Sage, Richard Gene Stack, Nicole Marie Allen, Joshua Steven Sage, Travis Eugene Bishop and Brooke Danielle Phillips.



Meth in the News – May 6, 2016

Posted: 6th May 2016 by Doc in Uncategorized

Meth in the News

Professor Nicholas E Goeders

Last week in this Meth in the News column, I tried an experiment where I highlighted several methamphetamine-related news items that were reported during the preceding week or two without delving into them in any great detail.

A close friend and regular reader of this column wrote this in an e-mail to me when he read the results of my little experiment.

“Amazing the geographic spread of all these stories, showing no one region, culture, or age is immune! The extent and social impact of it all can be overwhelming.”

So I decided that it was worth continuing my experiment. Other readers may also soon understand why I have become so passionate about this topic.

And just like last week, some of these reports will make you angry. Some may make you cry. Some will horrify you. But once again, they are all true.

Misty Marie Cutburth, of Great Falls, Mont., was arrested on April 28, 2016, on suspicion of felony endangerment in the death of her 10-month-old daughter, who was found dead on January 19. A 911 call reported that the baby girl was not breathing.

Responding officers found the baby unresponsive in a cold room where the window was wide open. The outside temperature that night was approximately 32 degrees. Court records report that a medical responder couldn’t even register the girl’s skin temperature on a thermometer.

The baby was taken to Benefis Health System hospital where she was pronounced dead. Her body surface temperature was reportedly 78 degrees at the time!

Although an autopsy could not pinpoint an exact cause of death, Cascade County Attorney John Parker told reporters that toxicology tests determined that the baby girl had been exposed to “chronic methamphetamine use” during the final weeks of her life.

The Montana Division of Child and Family Services had received at least two reports in October 2015 from people concerned about drug use by the baby’s mother, according to court documents.

And people claim that drug use is a victimless crime!

The next case is difficult for me to believe. I cannot understand how it could have ever happened!

A 17-year-old girl, who was extremely high on meth, was being held in the Union Parish Detention Center on April 19. Somehow, Demarcus Shavez Peyton, 28, a convicted serial rapist – who was actually awaiting sentencing at the time for aggravated rape in Claiborne Parish – was put into the same isolation cell as the teenage girl.

Guess what? Mr. Peyton is now facing an additional charge of third-degree rape for raping the girl at least twice while they were in the Union Parish Detention Center.

It boggles the mind that a convicted serial rapist would be put into the same cell as a woman – much less a teenage girl high on meth – while being held in a detention center awaiting sentencing – for rape! Seriously?

I’m just getting started.

In the Express Inn motel in Hartselle, Ala., a Hartselle police officer found at least 4 people trespassing in a room that they had not rented. The Morgan County Drug Task Force was called because the officer also found drugs in the room. Methamphetamine, several syringes, meth pipes and straws were all seized.

However, Task Force agents also found an 8-year-old girl that her mother, Crystal Hubbard Riddle, 33, brought with her to the motel while she used meth. Ms. Riddle was subsequently arrested along with Colton Henderson, 23, Jordan Cole, 21, and Daniel Brown, 31.

The Department of Human Resources was called and placed the child in foster care.

In Glenwood Springs, CO, police received a call on April 23 from a 26-year-old man who was concerned that his 17-year-old cousin had been missing all day. She had posted a photo of herself holding a whisky bottle in a motel room that the man believed to be in the Silver Spruce Motel.

Upon arriving on the scene, a motel employee told Glenwood Springs police officers what room the girl may have been in, saying that numerous people had been coming and going all evening and that motel staff had received several noise complaints regarding the room.

Jose Salvador Medrano, 33, of Carbondale, and Abran Gutierrez, 19, of Rifle, were subsequently arrested for providing methamphetamine, alcohol and cocaine to three underage teen girls who had been in the room with the two men. Mr. Medrano and Mr. Gutierrez were charged with several felony crimes.

In Pamelia, NY, Michael J. Desormeau, 27, was charged with third-degree manufacturing of meth in his Royal Inn motel room on April 26. The New York State Police had been investigating Mr. Desormeau as part of a petit larceny complaint from a Wal-Mart store back in February.

The State Police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team, the Community Narcotics Enforcement Team and uniform troopers recovered items commonly used to illegally manufacture meth, including an HCL gas generator, lithium batteries, lye, Sudafed packaging and blister packs, ice packs and straws from room 209 at the Royal Inn.

On April 28, Michael Dean Yepma, 58, and Robert Allen Guinn, 49, were arrested after officers with the McLennan County Sheriff’s Office Organized Crime Unit, its Fugitive Apprehension Special Tasks Unit and K9 team served a search warrant at the New Road Inn in Waco, TX.

The authorities seized about 443 grams of methamphetamine from the motel room.

On April 16, an Indiana State Police trooper stopped a maroon vehicle for following too closely to another vehicle. When he noticed that both occupants of the vehicle were acting unusually nervous, he requested a K-9 unit to respond to the scene.

During a search of the vehicle, troopers found six bricks of meth, weighing a total of 6 kilograms, in the trunk. The driver of the vehicle, Lorenzo Eaton, and his passenger, Holly Nivens, both from Michiana, were subsequently arrested on meth-related charges.

Apparently, Ms. Nivens met a fellow inmate, Hilda Lopez, while incarcerated in the St. Joseph County Jail who told her where to find the meth. Ms. Lopez told Ms. Nivens that the meth was buried at a house in Vandalia, Mich.

Ms. Nivens told State Police investigators that after she was released from jail, she, Mr. Eaton and Ms. Lopez’s son, Brandon, went to the home in Vandalia and dug up the meth. She said that their plan was to sell it and split the money.

Like I have said so many times, I could not make this stuff up!

Remember, no one is immune from the effects of meth. Don’t try it – not even once!

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FENTON, LA (KPLC) – Three people were arrested after police recovered meth during a routine traffic stop in Jeff Davis Parish, authorities said.

Fenton Police Department arrested Juan D. Ramirez, 33, of Roma, Texas; Katelyn A. Tate, 28, of Pineville and Felisha A. Oglesby, 29, of Marksville.10486940_G

At approximately 7:45 p.m., Wednesday, May 4, an officer conducted a stop on a car on U.S. 165 for a traffic violation, said Sgt. Vernon O’Quinn, Fenton Police Department spokesperson. The driver, Ramirez, did not have a driver’s license. While speaking with Ramirez, Tate and Oglesby began to act suspiciously. The officer asked for permission to search the vehicle, to which they refused.

The Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office K-9 was called for assistance, O-Quin said. After the dog indicated a positive alert on the car, deputies conducted a probable cause search of the car. The deputies found 43 grams of methamphetamine, with an estimated street value of $4,300, inside two clear plastic bags that were in a black briefcase in the trunk of the vehicle. Deputies also found a black case with a semi-automatic handgun in the truck. When an officer patted Ramirez down 10487456_Gfor safety, he was in possession of a stolen loaded firearm that was concealed in his waistband, as well as a small jar of methamphetamine located inside his pants pocket.

Ramirez, Tate, and Oglesby were arrested and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia; possession of illegal drugs with intent to distribute; and possession of a firearm in the presence of a drugs, O’Quinn said. Ramirez is also charged with a traffic violation. Oglesby is wanted on an active warrant for unrelated charges. Their bonds are still pending.



Kentucky State Police Troopers say a man was arrested for endangering the welfare of minors after he was found driving a tractor trailer while under the influence of Methamphetamine with two juveniles in the tractor trailer.

They say that KSP-Vehicle Enforcement officers stopped the 2001 Freightliner on I-75 at the Northbound Weight Station in Laurel County for a commercial vehicle safety inspection.


The officers say they noticed a foul odor in the tractor trailer. They located an adult female passenger and two young juveniles, ages 7-years-old and 16-months-old. The woman and her children were located inside the passenger/sleeper compartment which was not properly secured, according to the officers.

They say Williams R. Eichhorn, 36, of Louisville, was operating under the influence of Methamphetamine. After investigating further, they found he was in possession of a concealed firearm, alcohol and that he was placing the two juveniles in an unsafe environment.

He was arrested and charged with Federal Motor Carrier Safety violations, Failure to use Child Restraints, Endangering the Welfare of a Minor, Carrying a Concealed Deadly Weapon, DUI and an Outstanding Warrant out of Jefferson County.

The juveniles’ mother, 27-year-old Samantha L. Whittenburg, of Louisville, was arrested for Endangering the Welfare of a Minor and Public Intoxication.

The children were placed with child protective services as the investigation continues.




A Florida criminal defense lawyer has been stripped of her license to practice law after it was discovered that she had reportedly been having sex with her clients and abusing cocaine, crack, ecstasy, methamphetamine and other drugs, state bar officials announced on April 29.

Former assistant public defender Linda Dawn Hadad, 43, allegedly carried on sexual relationshipslawyer5n-1-web with her clients at the Volusia County jail. She was having sex with the inmates so often that the warden had restricted her access to the attorney visitation area, according to the New York Daily News.

Hadad also engaged in sexually explicit phone conversations with her clients. Many of the conversations were recorded by the jail, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

She confessed to using Xanax, Adderall and oxycodone without prescriptions, as well as cocaine, crack, ecstasy, marijuana, meth and acid. The drugs were procured by one of her clients, for whom Hadad would rent cars, according to the New York Daily News.

Hadad is reported to have shown up late to a number of her clients’ court appearances. She also neglected to attend five clients’ cases, at one point even changing law offices without notifying them.

She has been arrested five times since 2010. Charges include petty theft, driving under the influence and driving with a suspended license. Her most recent arrest occurred in August 2015, when she ran from Daytona Beach Police. The police had tried to stop her for an expired license plate and had to use a helicopter and stop sticks in order to catch her, according to the Daytona Beach News-Journal.

Hadad pleaded no contest to driving with a suspended or revoked license and to fleeing or attempting to elude police. She was found guilty on both counts and given five years of drug offender probation.

Judge J. David Walsh also ordered her to undergo a program at Palm Beach Behavioral Health in Palm Beach County. She is to stay there for 90 days, reports the Daytona Beach News-Journal.



MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A 41-year-old St. Cloud man was sentenced to 27 years in prison on Thursday for sex trafficking two women in Stearns County.

Israel Davis was convicted on Jan. 20 of 10 counts of sex trafficking. In October of 2015, Waite Park police say investigators from several metro area agencies working with the Central iklfykkfkMinnesota Sex Trafficking Task Force established probable cause the a man identified as Davis was actively recruiting and promoting prostitution.

According to court documents, Davis recruited a woman in January of 2014 and convinced her to engage in several acts of prostitution over the course of six months. He also assaulted the woman on at least one occasion during that period and regularly provided her with methamphetamine while taking most of the money she made.

Davis recruited another woman to work as a prostitute in March of 2014.



Haskell County, Okla. — Multiple people were recently taken into custody in Haskell County, after an extensive investigation.

We’re told the investigation lasted three months and involved the FBI and the District 18 Drugs and Violent Crimes Task Force.

Law enforcement say they recovered meth, meth materials, and hundreds of dollars in fake bills, within 1,000 feet of a school.

In fact, one of the people arrested, Janet Ross, is a middle school teacher in Stigler. District officials say Ross has been put on paid administrative leave during the investigation.

Dennis Youngman was also arrested.

Interesting Factoid: So far this year, the task force has issued 30 warrants and at least eight of them have led to drug arrests near area schools.



Four men face nearly a dozen felony charges combined including drug trafficking after police seized a pound of crystal meth in an undercover operation.

Wilson police began an investigation into a large crystal meth distribution ring on April 25, officials said.


Two days later, investigators conducted an undercover operation where 7 ounces of crystal meth was seized and two suspects were arrested, according to Sgt. Steve Stroud.

Police said a search warrant was executed the same day on April 27 at 1702 Augusta Circle, Apartment D in Wilson. Detectives seized an additional 9 ounces of meth at the home. Police estimated the street value at $20,000.

Stroud said due to the quality of meth investigators seized, officials suspect that it originated from either Mexico or conversion labs established by Mexican drug trafficking organizations in the United States.

Those labs are used to convert liquid meth into crystal meth, police said.

Police arrested Ruben Piedra, 22, Joshua A. Mullis, 22, Ronnie Ramirez, 29, and Forylan I. Gomez-Gonzalez, 16, in connection with the case.

Piedra, of Wilson, was charged with four counts of trafficking methamphetamine, maintaining a place for the sale of controlled substances and conspiring to deliver methamphetamine. He was given a $50,000 secured bond.

Gomez-Gonzalez, of Wilson, was charged with trafficking methamphetamine. He was given a $20,000 secured bond.

Mullis, of Wilson, was charged with conspiring to deliver methamphetamine. Ramirez, of Edinburg, Texas, was charged with conspiring to traffic methamphetamine.

Mullis and Ramirez were each given a $5,000 secured bond.

“The success of this operation is the result of teamwork involving the Wilson Police Department, Tar River Drug Task Force and the U.S. DEA Raleigh Resident office,” said Wilson Police Chief Thomas Hopkins. “Drug violations reach across all jurisdictional boundaries and the partnerships we have at the local, state and federal levels are key to addressing drug violators in our community. The Wilson Police Department is committed to working with the community in the problem-solving process. These types of arrests and operations depend on the development of our partnerships with these agencies and our community. We believe in, foster and support that type of teamwork.”