A registered sex offender pleaded guilty to a charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor after smoking methamphetamine with an underage runaway.

Craig A. Dorn, 42, appeared in Gage County Court Tuesday for the class 1 misdemeanor charge stemming from the April incident, which involved a 16-year-old girl.


Court documents state that Dorn picked up the juvenile, who is from the Crete area, in Lincoln and drove her to Stagecoach Lake near Hallam where they both smoked methamphetamine.

Before going to the Beatrice residence, Dorn received a call from Beatrice Police officers regarding a different case concerning a shoplifting charge.

Documents state he dropped the minor off at Burger King while he went to meet officers and picked her up after.

While at the Police Department, Dorn asked officers if he could get leniency for bringing in a runaway child and was told that decision would be up to the county attorney.

Court documents state Dorn indicated it was his intent to take the minor to his house that night to use as leverage when speaking with the Gage County Attorney’s Office.

A Gage County Sheriff’s deputy and Beatrice Police officer went to the residence and could see the juvenile identified as a runaway through a window.

A press release stated that during post arrest interviews, both Dorn and the juvenile admitted to smoking methamphetamine together. Dorn also admitted to driving with the juvenile as a passenger after smoking methamphetamine and knowing the juvenile was a runaway.

Court documents state Dorn was sentenced to 60 months probation in September 2010 for possession of child pornography.

Dorn was arrested in August 2013 when officers found several pill bottles in his home during a routine search following a shoplifting conviction in Lancaster County.

He was again arrested in December for possession of methamphetamine after the vehicle he was a passenger in was pulled over for having expired license plates.

Dorn also entered a guilty plea in a separate theft case. He’s scheduled to be sentenced in both cases June 30.








A man was injured and an infant is missing after a methamphetamine lab exploded in a Richland County home Tuesday morning, according to law enforcement.

Richland County Sheriff’s deputies are looking for two suspects and think the two might have the 3-month-old baby with them. The suspects are driving a silver four-door Pontiac, according to deputies.

The meth lab exploded around 8 a.m. in a home in Alpine Regency Mobile Home Park on Alpine Road. Sgt. Curtis Wilson said deputies called to the scene determined the explosion was caused by meth and that three men drove away from the home with the infant after the explosion.

One of those men, the child’s father, was injured in the explosion. The other men dropped him off at a local hospital, where he was arrested. His name has not yet been released.

Wilson said investigators do not know whether the child also was injured in the explosion.








NEWTON, N.C. — Police in Newton were following up on leads in a rape investigation when they found methamphetamine precursors and heroin, officials say.

Around 4 a.m. Monday, Newton Police responded to a reported rape in the 2300 block of North Anderson Avenue. The victim told officers she’d been raped by a person known to her at the reported location, then went to an apartment nearby to call police.

Officers went to the address of the accused suspect while the victim was taken to the hospital by EMS for examination.

When officers arrived at the alleged location of the rape, they encountered the accused suspect, 69-year-old Troy Daniel Hamilton, and the renter of the residence, 38-year-old Christopher Lee Killian.

While speaking with Hamilton and Killian, Newton Police say they found a large amount of what they believed to be methamphetamine. They received permission to search the home and requested the assistance of the department’s narcotics team.

Narcotics officers searched the house and surrounding outbuildings and found several meth precursors and four “units” of heroin.

All of the drugs and precursors were seized.

The investigation into both incidents is ongoing, police say.

At this time, no arrests have been made.








A Tribesman gang member, a Highway 61 associate and a Mongrel Mob associate have been arrested following a year long drug investigation into the methamphetamine trade in the Wellington region.

Detective Senior Sergeant Chris Moore from the Organised Financial Crime Agency of New Zealand (OFCANZ) says in total seven people were arrested this morning during the termination of Operation Fantail.

“This morning Police executed 16 search warrants in Wellington City, Auckland City, Porirua and Masterton,” Mr Moore said. “This was the culmination of a year long operation involving staff from OFCANZ, Wellington District and specialist tactical groups.”

Mr Moore said a patched Tribesman member, a Mongrel Mob associate and a Highway 61 associate were among those arrested.

“The termination of Operation Fantail shows that rival gang members are actively co-operating in the sale and supply of methamphetamine within the Wellington District and lower North Island.”

“During Operation Fantail we have recovered 150 grams of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of up to $150,000.”

In addition cash and assets with a value of up to $50,000 have been seized and will be restrained. This includes a Chevrolet corvette car, a Harley Davidson motorcycle, and a Toyota Altezza.

“Operation Fantail sends another powerful message to the criminal community that Police will use every legal avenue at our disposal to target organised crime in New Zealand,” Mr Moore said.

The seven suspects arrested this morning are due to appear in the Wellington, Masterton and Auckland District Courts this week.








SARASOTA — A homeless couple has been charged with making methamphetamine at their campsite on the grounds of a Sarasota County public library, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office.

Responding to information that a man was making the drug near the Jacaranda Library, 4143 Woodmere Park Blvd., in Venice, an undercover sheriff’s detective walked the property Monday and saw a woman sitting on a mattress, according to a news release.


“As he continued surveillance a man rode up on his bicycle, removed several items from his backpack, and began mixing liquids,” the release states. “Due to the inherent hazard of manufacturing meth and the risk to citizens at this location, deputies took the suspects into custody.”



Detectives arrested Raymond King, 28, and Tiffany Stoltz, 23 on felony counts of possession of listed chemicals with intent to manufacture and attempt to manufacture methamphetamine. The sheriff’s office said both suspects have a history of drug-related arrests.

After the arrests, detectives found several items commonly used to make methamphetamine, including Coleman fuel, lithium batteries and tubing. The county fire department’s hazardous materials unit analyzed unknown liquids also found on the scene, according to a probable cause affidavit.

The sheriff’s office said King had been living at the library for about a month, and that his girlfriend, Stoltz, admitted to buying pseudoephedrine, a common precursor when manufacturing meth.


“Detectives learned King sent associated to buy pseudoephedrine at local pharmacies and provided them with meth in exchange for their services,” the release states.

King and Stoltz were each being held at the Sarasota County jail on bonds totaling $15,000.









A maintenance worker at the Luther Luckett Correctional Complex in LaGrange was arrested Sunday on charges of smuggling methamphetamine into the medium security prison.

Robert Massie, 45, of Louisville, was charged with two counts of conspiracy to traffic in controlled substances, bribery and official misconduct after an internal affairs investigation at the state prison.


Massie has worked at the prison as a maintenance and operations technician since 2011, according to a press release from the Kentucky Department of Corrections. The prison houses about 1,000 inmates and has a staff of about 250.








A Brevard County Sheriff’s agent was taken to a hospital after he was burned while dismantling a meth lab on James Avenue on Merritt Island this morning.

While responding to 1450 James Ave. the deputy suffered a minor chemical burn to his left arm, according to BCSO Spokeswoman Deputy Maria Fernez.

Agents responded at about 4:15 a.m. and they will be clearing the scene soon. Fernez said no arrests have been made yet and the investigation is ongoing.









(Stillwater, Okla.) — A Cushing woman who was arrested three times for methamphetamine possession within a seven-month period pleaded guilty to all three drug charges Friday.
Dawn Lennette Ryan, 45, who has been jailed since May 10, was ordered to return to court on Sept. 5 for sentencing on all three methamphetamine possession charges.
In her latest case, Ryan was arrested shortly after 6 p.m. on May 10 by Cushing Police Officer Matt Piatt, who saw her riding in a car and knew she had a bench warrant for her arrest on an earlier drug case for failure to appear in court.
After she was arrested, “Ryan began crying and stated ‘I can’t do this.’ Ryan stated ‘it’s in that bag.’ Ryan stated she had methamphetamine in her pillow case with her clothing,” Piatt wrote in an affidavit.
“During the book-in process, Communications/Jailer Roy Ivey found a pink zipper bag wrapped in silver duct tape.
“Inside of the bag was a Cimarron Casino card holder with an elastic bungee cord, three empty syringes, one syringe with 20 ml. of a clear liquid, one clear baggie with traces of a powdery residue inside, one clear zip lock baggie with a crystal substance, one black baggie with gold skulls, and one cotton ear swab,” the affidavit said.
The liquid in the syringe tested positive as methamphetamine, the affidavit said.
Two months earlier, Ryan had been freed on a personal recognizance bond after being arrested at 3:27 a.m. on Feb. 28 by Payne County Sheriff’s Deputy Nick Myers at a convenience store on E. Main Street, court records show.
The deputy had arrived at the store at about 1:10 a.m. and saw a car belonging to Ryan, who spoke briefly to him before going into the store, the affidavit said. After leaving the parking lot, the deputy was notified that Ryan was wanted on an outstanding felony Creek County arrest warrant, the affidavit said.
When the deputy returned, Ryan was still inside the store, the affidavit said. When Deputy Chris McKosato arrived, Myers explained he was attempting to contact a relative of Ryan to pick up her car and a dog inside it, the affidavit said.
“Deputy McKosato pointed out that he observed a hypodermic needle in the front driver’s side floorboard of the vehicle in plain view.
“The syringe was used and I could see a crystal-like substance around the plunger and the top portion of the syringe,” Myers wrote in his affidavit.
“During the search, Deputy McKosato discovered multiple different type of pills located throughout the vehicle,” none of which were scheduled narcotics, the affidavit said.
The substance inside the syringe tested as methamphetamine, the affidavit said.
About four months earlier, Ryan had been arrested at 3:38 a.m. on Oct. 22, 2013, by Deputy Myers in a hotel room in the 2200 block of E. Main Street, court records show.
The deputy had received information that Ryan was in the room with syringes and a pill bottle containing “ice,” a common name for crystal methamphetamine, the affidavit said.
With Cushing Police Officer Adam Harp, the deputy went to Ryan’s room where she was told they had received information she possibly had narcotics, the affidavit said.
“Officer Harp asked Ms. Ryan if the pill bottle containing the ‘ice’ was inside her jeans and she said yes and pointed to a couch on the east wall,” the affidavit said.
“Officer Harp retrieved the bottle that contained small baggies of a white crystal substance. I asked Ms. Ryan if she had any syringes located inside the room and she advised me they were in the trash can in the bathroom,” Myers wrote in his affidavit.
“I located 12 syringes that appeared to be used,” the deputy wrote in his affidavit.
“Ms. Ryan advised she and a man had both used the methamphetamine’s. Ms. Ryan further told us that they had spent $200 and bought about two grams of ‘ice.’
“I asked Ms. Ryan if she wanted us to gather all of her property from the motel room to take with us and she advised yes. While gathering the property, Office Harp located four unused syringes,” the deputy wrote in his affidavit.
“Once at the jail while inventorying Ms. Ryan’s property, I located a blue zipper bag containing a set of digital scales, four empty small ziplock bags, a short blue straw with a white residue, and a small glass cup with a piece of cotton inside,” the deputy wrote in his affidavit.
The substance in the loaded syringe tested positive as methamphetamine, the affidavit said.
At the time of her latest arrest, she had been freed on a personal recognizance bond on that charge, court records show.








OREM — An Orem man was arrested Sunday after police say he sexually abused a teenage girl about 350 times over the span of four years.

Michael Lee Christen, 52, was booked into the Utah County Jail Sunday for investigation of sexual abuse of a child, unlawful sexual conduct with a 16- or 17-year-old, forcible sodomy, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession or use of a controlled substance.

Michael Lee Christen, 52

A woman reported that her 17-year-old sister told her that she had been abused by Christen for the past four years, a police affidavit filed in 4th District Court states.

Christen had been dating the girl’s mother for years, the teen told police. She said the abuse began in 2010 when she was 13, and started with inappropriate touching over her clothing.

For the first three years, the girl said the conduct was limited to oral sex, but escalated to sexual intercourse in early 2013. She reported that the abuse occurred once or twice a week, but occasionally a week would pass without any abuse, the affidavit states.

“Based on the time frame and frequency provided by (the teenager), incidents of sexual abuse would be near 400 total,” according to the police affidavit. “(She) estimated the total number of incidents was likely closer to 350.”

The girl told police about other incidents of alleged neglect and drug abuse on the part of both her mother and Christen. She said the two used methamphetamine and investigators located drugs and a glass pipe at the home.

Christen admitted to using methamphetamine but denied the sexual abuse allegations, the police affidavit states. The girl’s mother told police she had suspicions about the abuse, had confronted Christen, but he denied the allegations.

No charges had been filed against Christen Monday.








Orem man arrested on suspicion of child sexual abuse

OREM — An Orem man has been arrested on suspicion of sexually abusing a teenage girl more than 300 times over the past several years.

Orem Department of Public Safety police arrested 52-year-old Michael Christen on Sunday after receiving a report he had been sexually abusing a 17-year-old for the past four years. Based on the timeframe and frequency of events provided by the teen, the incidents of the sexual abuse totaled about 350 times, according to police reports.

During an interview with the teen, other issues regarding neglect and drug abuse were also disclosed. The teen identified a specific location where methamphetamine could be found.

Police reported a search warrant was executed, and a usable quantity of methamphetamine and a glass pipe were found in a lock box.

Christen was arrested and booked into the Utah County Jail on suspicion of sexual abuse of a child, unlawful sexual conduct with a 17-year-old, forcible sodomy, possession of drug paraphernalia in a drug-free zone and possession or use of a controlled substance.

According to police reports, Christen admitted to using meth on a regular basis and admitted the meth found in the home was his, but he denied any allegations of sex abuse.

Court records indicate Christen is being held on $25,000 bail.








(WBNG Binghamton) The Cortland County Sheriff’s Department arrested Ramon Velazquez, 45, of Cortland, and Candida Velazquez, 38, of Groton, just before 7:00 p.m. Saturday.


A CCSD police officer stopped a vehicle on Morgan Drive in the Town of Cortlandville that the Cortland City Police Department was attempting to locate on a separate investigation in the City. During the interview of the occupants the CCSD officer observed contraband within the vehicle.

The officer used his K-9 partner and the K-9 alerted on the vehicle. The officer was then able to further his investigation which resulted in locating several other items used for manufacturing of methamphetamine. Ramon and Candida Velazquez were taken into custody.

A Cortland County Sheriff’s Department Investigator was called to the scene.

Candida was taken to the Cortland City Police Department and arrested on their investigation and then she was turned over to the Cortland County Sheriff’s Department where she was processed along with her husband Ramon for Unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine in the third degree, which is a class D Felony.

A small amount of methamphetamine was also located in the vehicle.

The two were arraigned in the Town of Cortlandville Court and remanded on $2500 cash, $5000 bond.

They were both remanded to the Cortland County Sheriff and were due back in Court on Monday.

The investigation is continuing and additional charges are possible.








An Augusta woman was arrested Friday on charges of simple battery and possession of methamphetamine after deputies spotted the drug in her purse as she looked for her ID.

About 2 p.m., Richmond County deputies were called to the 4100 block of Daisy Lane to investigate an altercation between two women. One of the women said she was leaving her house to pick up her children when her sister, Tammy M. Ivey, 46, chased her into the front yard, pulled her to the ground and started punching her, according to a report from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office. The victim said she escaped to a church across the street.

When deputies asked for the suspect’s ID, Ivey opened her purse and they noticed baggies and glass pipes, the report said.

Deputies searched the purse and found eight small baggies, two pipes and two cut straws with a white bowl. A field test confirmed the presence of methamphetamine.







EFFINGHAM COUNTY, GAA Guyton man has been charged with Arson after allegedly setting a house on fire early Monday morning.

Sheriff’s deputies and fire crews were called to 134 Second Street in Pineora at approximately four a.m.


They say Ronald Heath, 58, was high on methamphetamine when he lit a paper towel on fire in the kitchen.

The blaze spread throughout the home and caused extensive damage, authorities said.

“Heath told deputies he started the fire because he was high on methamphetamine and was upset because his drug dealer would not come back and party with him,” Sheriff’s spokesman David Ehsanipoor said.

Heath was arrested and booked into the Effingham County Jail.








SALEM –Four adults were arrested in Salem on Friday night after a search of a home turned up drugs and an explosive device.

According to a police report, 39-year-old Andrew Whiteman, 31-year-old Jessaca Barker, 45-year-old Michael Hart and 32-year-old Jennifer Hart were detained as a result of the search.


During the search of the home and vehicles, officers located methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia on a bed in a room with correspondence to Whiteman and Barker, according to the report. Police stated that the methamphetamine and paraphernalia were in an area easily accessible to an 8-year-old child who was also in the home. Police also searched Jennifer Hart’s purse and located marijuana. Police also found a keg during the search, which Michael Hart allegedly stated was his.


While searching the vehicle, police found a device which appeared to be an explosive device. Whiteman allegedly said the item was his, but that it wasn’t an explosive device. A bomb tech was called and analyzed the item and advised that the item appeared to be an explosive device.

Whiteman was arrested and booked into the Utah County Jail on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of methamphetamine in a drug free zone, child endangerment, possession of an explosive device and an AP&P hold.

Barker was arrested and booked into the Utah County Jail on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia in a drug free zone, possession or use of a controlled substance, child endangerment and illegal possession of a keg.

Michael Hart was arrested and booked into the Utah County Jail on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia in a drug free zone, possession of methamphetamine in a drug free zone and child endangerment.

Jennifer Hart was arrested and booked into the Utah County Jail on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia in a drug free zone, possession of marijuana in a drug free zone and child endangerment.







Dave Dench got his first taste of the Kimberley 12 years ago as a police officer stationed in Broome, where beach side tourist resorts contrast with the third world living conditions of some of the town’s Aboriginal communities. He got a feel for a different Kimberley with similar themes in the mid-2000s in Halls Creek, the Central Kimberley outpost on the edge of the desert with a history of Indigenous disadvantage.

Now as a Senior Sergeant, he’s in charge of policing for the 4,000 people living in and around Derby in the West Kimberley. More than half of the population are Aboriginal and it’s an area with some of the nation’s worst rates of alcohol abuse, domestic violence, and suicide.

But there’s a new factor contributing to the community’s problems and Senior Sergeant Dench has seen it grow over his years of service.

“In the early and mid 2000s in Broome and Halls Creek from my experience, we were seeing alcohol as the only causal factor for domestic violence incidents. We’re now seeing evidence of hard drugs, or methamphetamines and such-like being a causal factor as well,” he says.

While the Australian Crime Commission’s Illicit Drug Data Report 2012-13 detailed record rates of methamphetamine use and the impacts in Australian cities, the meth or ‘ice’ story in the Kimberley has mostly been limited to quietly spoken rumours of a nasty drug that can turn people truly evil.

Grim tales of teenagers threatening to rape a mother and daughter at a quiet beach on a sunny afternoon; a morning robbery at a shop where a female customer was almost beaten to death; and a man described as quiet and pleasant by colleagues who almost killed his new flatmate with a kitchen knife – they are all anecdotes attributed to growing methamphetamine use in the Kimberley.

And it’s not just gossip and rumour. Senior Sergeant Dave Dench says methamphetamine use is a real problem that has found fertile new ground in North West Australia.

“We have a very high rate of methamphetamine use in the Kimberley now. And when I say ‘high rate’, what I mean is…the Indigenous community is overrepresented in that regards,” he says.

It’s a problem that police are all too aware of because of the tendency for methamphetamine to produce unpredictable and aggressive behaviour in heavy users.

“The erratic behaviour exhibited by people who take methamphetamines, as opposed to what you would class as more predictable behaviour from people partaking in alcohol, is certainly a real concern for police across the agency,” Senior Sergeant Dench says.

It’s not just the families of drug users and police bearing the brunt; the growing methamphetamine problem in the Kimberley is being blamed for an increase in violence across the community.

“Some of that rise in assaults against police officers and other public officers such as nursing staff or hospital staff, teachers even… Some of that can be attributed to the erratic behaviour caused by methamphetamine use; definitely,” says Senior Sergeant Dench.

Methamphetamine and mining


It’s Andrew Amor’s job to work with those people who have lost control of their methamphetamine habit. He’s the CEO of the Milliya Rumarra Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Centre in Broome, which specifically caters to Indigenous clients.

As an Aboriginal man who has worked with substance abusers in the Kimberley for 16 years, Mr Amor has seen the devastation alcohol and cannabis have wrought on his community. His experience makes his warning about the rise of methamphetamines in the Kimberley hard to ignore.

“There should be whole of community concern… The problems associated with its use are devastating upon the person themselves…but also on families and then the wider community.”

Methamphetamine was first synthesised in the early 20th Century, and grew in popularity as a recreational drug through the 1970s and ’80s. Mr Amor says that while methamphetamine use is now at record levels globally, the growth of the resources industry in North West Australia has brought the drug to the region.

“Drugs such as amphetamines only stay around in your body for a few days, and that becomes attractive for people working in the mining industry who are subject to drug testing regimes… What we were hearing, particularly from our client group is that it became a drug of choice because of its availability…and it was a drug that was favoured in the mining industry,” Mr Amor says.

His observations fit with the findings of the Federal Government’s 2010 National Drug Strategy Household Survey report that the resource rich state of “Western Australia had the highest proportion of recent users of meth/amphetamines.”

Bad drugs


While alcohol and then cannabis are by far the biggest causes of drug problems in the Kimberley, Mr Amor says if you wanted to pick the worst possible drug to inflame the situation then methamphetamine is it.

“It is a highly addictive drug likened to crack cocaine in the US… What the community needs to be very concerned about is the level of violence and aggression and criminal behaviour associated with its use.”

There’s also a growing health problem rarely seen previously in the Kimberley due to the tendency of users in the region to inject methamphetamine.

“The clients that come to our service, they invariably use amphetamines or methamphetamines by IV, and what we’ve seen over the years is an increase the incidence of hepatitis C,” says Mr Amor.

Department of Health records show a doubling in the number of syringes distributed in the Kimberley in the last two years from just over 20,000 to 44,780 in 2013. The Department cautions against directly attributing this to a rise in injecting drug use saying it “may indicate reduced rates of needle sharing or increased access to services.”

The particular vulnerability to methamphetamine abuse of disadvantaged people in the Kimberley is echoed by Derby’s senior police officer.

“Social issues within Indigenous communities are fairly significant: we’re dealing with high unemployment rates, health problems, suicide issues, self-esteem issues. And so the use of methamphetamines has become a way for some people in those communities to escape the realities of their lives.”

Both the police officer and the drug rehabilitation expert are urging action to be taken before the methamphetamine problem grows any further. But word on the street suggests that use in the Kimberley is already out of control.

“There’s anecdotal information to suggest that we’ve got kids as young as 12 using methamphetamine which is a massive concern for us,” says Senior Sergeant Dench.

The Kimberley cop acknowledges the big part policing plays in stemming the spread of methamphetamines, but he’s appealing to the community to fulfil an essential role.

“The role of the community is quite profound in tackling drugs in the Kimberley… Without community interaction and cooperation, we’re fighting a losing battle.”









A picture is starting to form about the two shooting suspects who are accused of killing two police officers and a female civilian before turning the guns on themselves in Las Vegas over the weekend: They were a husband-wife team, reported white supremacists and reputed methamphetamine users who were obsessed with conspiracy theories, investigators say.


The duo also boasted of having spent time at Cliven Bundy’s Nevada ranch during a recent standoff between armed militia and federal agents over a grazing-rights issue embroiling the West, the Las Vegas Sun reported.


The suspected shooters — now dead — were identified by a neighbor as Jared and Amanda, the Daily Mail reported. Their last names are still not released.

They reportedly stormed a Cici’s Pizza on the northeastern edge of Las Vegas, where two police officers were eating their lunch. They shot the two officers — both at point blank and one in the head — and then ransacked their bodies for ammunition and weapons, the Daily Mail reported. The couple then reportedly tossed a “Don’t Tread on Me” flag over their bodies.


The dead officers have been identified as Alyn Beck, 42, and Igor Soldo, 31.

The suspected shooters then yelled to nearby diners: “Tell the police the revolution has begun,” before running from the scene to a nearby Walmart, he Daily Mail reported. One of the suspects then shot a female civilian in the entryway to the store, police said.

SWAT officers arrived on scene and the female suspect reportedly turned the gun on her male partner and shot and wounded him, before killing herself, police said. The male suspect then shot himself dead, police said.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that the suspected shooters were likely white supremacists.

Neighbors who knew the two suspected shooters told police they were obsessed with conspiracy theories and had actually been talking of killing police weeks before the Sunday attack, the Daily Mail said.

The neighbors also told police that the two were methamphetamine users.






Swastikas found in apartment of Las Vegas cop killers

A man and a woman who shot two police officers and then a civilian in Las Vegas on Sunday may have been white supremacists, according to Las Vegas newspapers.

The Las Vegas Sun quoted neighbors at the couple’s apartment complex saying that the two “had a reputation for spouting racist, anti-government views, bragging about their gun collection and boasting that they’d spent time at Cliven Bundy’s ranch during a recent standoff there between armed militia members and federal government agents.”

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that police found Swastika symbols in the apartment.

If the two are involved with neo-Nazi or white supremacists groups, the Vegas slayings would be one of several linked to hate movements.

Among recent killings: A former Ku Klux Klan “grand dragon” killed three at two Jewish facilities in a Kansas City suburb in April; a man killed six before killing himself at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin in 2012; and a man killed three officers in Pittsburgh in 2009.

The tragedy in Las Vegas unfolded Sunday afternoon as two police officers ate lunch at CiCi’s Pizza — a world away from the glitz and glamour of the Las Vegas strip.

Without warning, they were fatally shot at point-blank range by a man and a woman who then swiped the officers’ weapons, ammunition and badges, according to the Review-Journal. “This is a revolution,” one of the suspects shouted, according to witnesses.

The couple then reportedly covered the officers’ bodies with a cloth showing a Revolutionary War-era flag.

The newspaper reported it was the Gadsden flag, a yellow background with a coiled snake above the words, “Don’t tread on me.” Named for Christopher Gadsden, the Revolutionary War general who designed it, the flag has been more recently associated with the American Tea Party movement and, by some, with the Confederacy.

Sheriff Doug Gillespie identified the slain officers as Alyn Beck, 41, and Igor Soldo, 31.

“They were ambushed,” Gillespie said, but he did not provide information about the shooters’ motive. ”My officers were simply having lunch when the shooting started.”

The shooters, who have not been named, then fled to a Wal-Mart where they killed a third person. Police responded, exchanging fire with the shooters. During the shootout, the female suspect killed the male suspect and then turned her gun on herself.

The Wal-Mart patron who was killed has not yet been publicly identified.

Although still sketchy, details have emerged about the shooters.

On Sunday night, investigators searched the married couple’s apartment, just four miles from the scene of the shooting. Police allegedly found swastika symbols and are looking into their links to the white supremacy movement, the Review-Journal reported:

Neighbor Krista Koch described them as ‘militant.’ They talked about planning to kill police officers, ‘going underground’ and not coming out until the time was right to kill.

Brandon Monroe, 22, has lived in the complex for about two weeks. He said the man who lived in the apartment that was being searched often rambled about conspiracy theories. He often wore camouflage or dressed as Peter Pan as a … street performer. A woman lived with him, Monroe said, but he didn’t see her as often.

They were weird people, Monroe said, adding that he thought the couple used methamphetamines.

Neighbors did not know the couple’s names.

The killings come less than a year after the Las Vegas Police Department’s most recent death. Officer David VanBuskirk died in 2013 while rescuing a hiker by helicopter.

Also last year, 115 people were killed in Vegas, but the AP reported that an officer has not been shot on duty since 2006.

In 1999, a man opened fire in an Las Vegas Albertsons and killed four people. A 2013 FBI report ranked Nevada second in the nation for violent crime — but the state’s large number of tourists may skew the data.








Las Vegas cop-killing couple left swastika-stamped manifesto on officer’s body, previously warned of Columbine killing: report

A neighbor of accused cop-killers Jerad and Amanda Miller claims the couple openly spoke of carrying out a ‘Columbine’ attack before police say they armed themselves with ‘hundreds of rounds of ammunition’ and killed three people before killing themselves Sunday.

The married couple accused of fatally shooting two Las Vegas cops and an innocent bystander before killing themselves left a swastika-stamped manifesto on a slain officer’s body and warned neighbors of their planned attack days before, it was reported Monday.

A neighbor of suspected killer Jerad Miller claims the 31-year-old openly spoke of his plans to carry out a “Columbine” attack against police before cops say he and his 22-year-old wife, Amanda, armed themselves with “hundreds of rounds of ammunition” and killed three people.

“They were handing out white-power propaganda and were talking about doing the next Columbine,” Brandon Moore told the Las Vegas Sun of Jerad Miller’s alleged forewarning.

A second neighbor has also since claimed hearing similar threats from the couple.

“They were going to kill as many officers as they can, and then they were going to do away with themselves,” Krisa Koch, told KTNV. They said “they just wanted to get rid of as many of them as they can.”


In addition to openly sharing plans to kill, Jerad Miller allegedly boasted of his gun collection and having recently attended the armed standoff between cattle rancher Cliven Bundy and the Bureau of Land Management, which put militia members and federal agents precipitously head to head.

On Facebook Jerad allegedly wrote that “one of the reasons why he was kicked out of the Bundy ranch was because of his criminal history and background,” according to Asst. Sheriff Kevin McMahill at a press conference. That criminal history, said McMahill, was a vehicle theft offense in Washington state.

McMahill said they are now looking into the Millers’ connection to that standoff and whether Jerad Miller “told a neighbor that they were going to go out and kill police officers” — claims, apparently not reported to police.

The suspects had some kind of ideology of “anti-police and anti-government,” said McMahill.

“We don’t necessarily believe that they were white supremacists,” he said. Instead, “they believed that law enforcement is the oppressor” — like Nazis.

After Officers Lyn Beck, 41, and Igor Soldo, 31, were fatally shot while they were eating at CiCi’s Pizza on their lunch break, their bodies were pulled from their booth and onto the ground, said McMahill.

Both were then covered with their own yellow Gadsden flag, which features a coiled snake and the words, “Don’t Tread on Me”.

McMahill said Jerad Miller also placed a note featuring a swastika on Soldo’s body, “that basically said that this is the beginning of a revolution.”

It spoke about “tyrants” and “suicide,” a law enforcement source told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Armed with “hundreds of rounds of ammunition” in one backpack alone, police said the twisted couple then marched across the street to a Walmart as though “ready for a lengthy gun battle.”

There Jerad “told people to get out and that this is a revolution and that the police are on the way,” said McMahill.

That’s when 31-year-old customer, Joseph Wilcox, who was standing near the checkout area with a friend, pulled out his legally registered pistol and “told his friend he was going to confront the suspect,” said McMahill.

“He immediately and heroically moved into a position,” McMahill described. Unfortunately, he didn’t realize Amanda was with Jerad.

“Amanda shot him in the ribs area, where he immediately collapsed,” said McMahill. Wilcox didn’t fire off any shots at either of the suspects.

The couple then went deeper into the megastore, where one witness recalled a frightening encounter with the gunman.

The witness, Hector Garcia, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that he was shopping in an arts and crafts aisle when a man dressed in camouflage and carrying a duffle bag suddenly pointed a gun at him.

“Don’t run,” the gunman calmly told Garcia before walking to the back of the store.

Garcia fled the store with several other shoppers who were inside during the rampage. Meanwhile police said they were just paces behind the suspects, whom on several occasions they conversed with while exchanging gunfire.

Once the suspects made their way to the back of the store, with Jerad Miller carrying various items from the store with him, “the sergeant at the scene made the determination that they had the suspects contained,” said McMahill.

Officers surrounded the couple who had built a kind of “tactical” fortress around themselves with store items. Amada Miller, who had suffered a gunshot wound at some point, was protectively moved behind her husband, said police.

But the spree ended a short time later when police say Amanda Miller “fired several rounds into Jerad” before turning the gun on herself.

Police said she was still breathing when they got to them. She was transported to the University Medical Center for treatment, but died from her self-inflicted wound.

The couple recently moved to the area from Indiana, but neighbors said they were too spooked to get to know them.

Jerad was often spotted outside the couple’s Bruce Street apartment wearing camouflage when he wasn’t dressed as Peter Pan to go to work as a street performer, and he typically ranted about conspiracy theories.

He and his wife also dressed as the comic book villains Joker and Harley Quinn, neighbors said.

Brandon Monroe, 22 — who also moved to the complex in the past few weeks — told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that he avoided the couple, who were in their late 20s, because they usually appeared to be high on methamphetamine.

Krista Koch told the paper that the couple talked about a plan to kill police officers and “going underground” until the time to attack. But she never took their remarks seriously.

After the shooting spree, police raided the apartment and found swastika symbols amongst other white supremacist paraphernalia.










Blaming The Constitution For A Meth Head’s Rampage

June 11, 2014 by

Jerad Miller, a felon and reported advocate of crystal meth use who — along with his wife, Amanda, fatally shot two Las Vegas police officers and an armed citizen who tried to intervene on Sunday — is anything but the patriotic Constitutionalist he purportedly fancied himself. Rather, Miller was a miscreant abandoned by his family — likely due to behavioral issues stemming from his drug of choice — who, grasping for something to be a part of, was infatuated with the most extreme conspiracies that plague the far-right in America.

Unfortunately, little has been noted in the media of the deeply troubled individuals the Millers were, even as an hour’s worth of piecing together evidence about the two provides an exemplary illustration of a couple most Americans wouldn’t want to have as neighbors.

Instead, the meme adopted by most network media outlets is that provided by the far-left Southern Poverty Law Center, which didn’t waste a moment pinning the Millers’ repugnant actions on an entire group of Americans who wholeheartedly agree with the Constitutional principles of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness — three things the deranged couple denied their victims.

We can’t expect agenda-driven provocateurs to focus on anything that doesn’t fit the agenda they seek. For the SPLC, that agenda entails anti-2nd Amendment activism and the demonization of anyone who has a modicum of distrust for government. Because the group serves as a sort of go-to for media wanting to discuss what the Millers did, Americans can also not expect to get the whole story solely from the major news networks.

The SPLC and mainstream media have focused on the fact that the shooters were present at Cliven Bundy’s ranch earlier in the year as he quarreled with Federal agents from the Bureau of Land Management; they’ve noted that the Millers were fond of calling themselves “patriots” and spouting revolution rhetoric on their social media profiles; they’ve noted that the two criticized government overreach and supported patriot and Constitution advocates from across the Nation; and they’ve attempted to implicate Constitution-friendly public officials like Constitutional Sheriffs founder Richard Mack and David VanDerBeek, a gubernatorial candidate for the Independent American Party of Nevada.

In short, the message is that the Millers weren’t unlike any other freedom-loving Americans who defer first to the U.S. Constitution. To the SPLC, any conservative is likely to be the next person shooting innocent people in a shopping center in an effort to spark a new American revolution.

But here are a few facts that the SPLC and the talking heads who’ve sought its input are ignoring.

The Millers were asked to leave Bundy’s ranch because of their bizarre behavior.

Via The Associated Press:

Ammon Bundy told The Associated Press that Jerad and Amanda Miller were asked to leave his father’s ranch after being there for a few days this spring.

He said that while details were still sketchy, the Millers’ conduct was the problem. He called the couple “very radical” and said they did not “align themselves” with the protest’s main issues.

“Not very many people were asked to leave,” he said. “I think they may have been the only ones.”

Jerad Miller was a criminal who disobeyed existing gun laws.

Also from the AP:

Jerad Miller, 31, was convicted of felony vehicle theft in Washington state, police said. He also had a criminal record in Indiana.

Conservative candidates had turned down the Millers’ offers to volunteer on campaigns because their psychological problems were obvious.

The Las Vegas Review Journal reported:

Gordon Martines, a former Las Vegas police detective and candidate for Clark County sheriff, said Jerad and Amanda Miller, who died in an apparent suicide pact after the shooting rampage, tried to become involved in his campaign months ago. They began showing up for debates and campaign events so often that they were noticed.

They freely offered all the resources available to them, Martines said, which struck him as odd because he didn’t see any reason why they would be such strong backers.

Martines checked into the couple. When he discovered that Jerad Miller had a criminal history that included DUI, assault, theft and mischief charges, he asked the Millers to back off.

“I said, ‘Look, I appreciate your support but I can’t be associated in any way, shape or form with you,’ ” Martines said. He noted that from the start, there was something strange about Jerad Miller. Though he couldn’t immediately identify what it was, his gut feeling was to keep them at arm’s length.

“After a while, you can just smell it,” Martines said of the couple and their strange presence. Looking back, he said he suspects the Millers wanted to be associated with a long-time law enforcement official to add to their credibility and access to the department.

Even after the candidate told the two that he didn’t want their help, they reportedly persisted.

Jerad Miller — and likely his wife — regularly used crystal meth.

VanDerBeek, the conservative Nevada gubernatorial candidate, described the Millers as “polite and friendly,” but also noted that there was something off about the couple in an interview with Daily Mail. The candidate, who is also a licensed counselor, described the two — whom he recalled meeting on at least five occasions — as “sick human beings who should have been locked up” long before.

VanDerBeek also noted that Jerad Miller was a “crystal meth user obsessed over the belief that all recreational drugs should be legalized,” according to the article.

The candidate’s claim is corroborated by an interview with one of the Millers’ neighbors published in the Las Vegas Review-Journal:

Residents of the Bruce Street apartment complex gathered outside the building to talk about the couple whose unit was being searched.

Several neighbors identified the man as Jared, while one called the woman Amanda.

Like many of the neighbors contacted, Krista Koch said she didn’t know the couple’s last names. She described them as “militant.” They talked about planning to kill police officers, “going underground” and not coming out until the time was right to kill.

Brandon Monroe, 22, has lived in the complex for about two weeks. He said the man who lived in the apartment that was being searched often rambled about conspiracy theories. He often wore camouflage or dressed as Peter Pan to work as a Fremont Street Experience street performer. A woman lived with him, Monroe said, but he didn’t see her as often.

They were weird people, Monroe said, adding that he thought the couple used methamphetamine.

If you still aren’t convinced that Millers were drug-addled freaks whose actions were sparked by their addictions, watch a few minutes of the video below. It was reportedly taken last year before Jerad Miller was scheduled to go to prison for a drug conviction.

Anyone who has been forced to deal with a drug-addicted friend or relative can quickly point out some of the more obvious indicators of Miller’s substance issues: his unfettered and often-misplaced emotional outbursts, his propensity for blaming others for his problems, his incoherent rambling and visions of a “f*ck the world” future in which everything will miraculously fall into place.

Given the facts that have been conveniently ignored by the SPLC and its adherents, the Millers’ violent rampage had little to do with American Constitutionalists. It was a product of mental illness and the paranoia that results from methamphetamine abuse.







Florida woman Sara Barnes avoided jail time after she burned down a 3,500-year-old tree so she could see the methamphetamine she was trying to smoke.

“The Senator” was the fifth oldest tree in the world, standing at 125 feet high and 17 and a half feet in diameter.


The tree went up in flames around 5:30 a.m. on January 16, 2012 after Barnes lit a fire inside of it. She admitted to frequently visiting the tree when she used meth and described herself as a “tree enthusiast.”

Within hours, the tree was reduced to nothing but kindling.

Police later found pictures of Barnes lighting the fire on her phone and laptop. She was arrested after bragging to friends that she had burned something down “older than Jesus.”

Barnes pleaded no contest to unlawful burning of lands, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. She will perform 250 hours of labor and pay more than $12,000 in restitution.

Barnes has admitted to being a meth addict and plans to participate in drug counseling as part of her sentencing.








A 50-year-old Tulsan was arrested Sunday night after a reported spree of selling controlled drugs to several people under 21-years-old, and encouraging the buyers to pay him back with sexual favors.


Tulsa police report the suspect sold Meth and Xanax to a 19 and 20-year-old male, along with a 16-year-old female. The suspect, Clay Niddifer, 50, would invite the subjects to his residence on South Sandusky Avenue, make the drug exchange, then encourage sexual favors in return. All of these incidents were reported to have occurred Saturday.

Nidiffer was also accused of providing alcohol to three individuals under 21 this past weekend at his home.

On Sunday, the TPD pulled the suspect over and reportedly found methamphetamine inside his vehicle.

Nidiffer was arrested on several complaints of possession of a controlled dug with intent to distribute and selling alcohol to minors. He is being held on $68,000 bond.







Police have charged 26 people in WA’s South West after executing a series of search warrants targeting drugs.

Police said they uncovered 210 cannabis plants, cannabis, methamphetamine, knives and firearms after executing 23 search warrants in areas including Bunbury, Busselton, Margaret River, Pemberton, Collie and Waroona.


A total of 63 charges have been laid, including eight charges of possessing cannabis and methamphetamine with intent to sell or supply.

Police said it was part of their efforts to continue to put pressure on drug dealers in the South West.

Superintendent Peter Hatch moved to the South West district in January last year, when crime in the region was up 19.4 per cent on the previous year.

He vowed to target drug use and drug dealers in the area, citing the link between drugs and other crimes in the community.

“There is a knock-on effect; by reducing the amount of drugs in the community, we reduce those other volume-crime type of offences,” Superintendent Hatch said.

“We said when we first came here back in January 2013 that drugs was going to be a focus for us in the South West district.”

“I think we’ve shown here that we’re continuing on and that is our focus and we’ll continue to make this a focus across the South West district.”









NEW PHILADELPHIA A homeless couple have been sentenced in connection with a methamphetamine lab that exploded and burned a vacant New Philadelphia house in January.

Shaun M. Pfister, 34, was sentenced to six years in prison during a hearing Thursday by Judge Edward O’Farrell in Tuscarawas County Common Pleas Court in New Philadelphia.

Pfister and Theresa Kenner, 35, both pleaded no contest to a bill of information in April and were found guilty of felony charges of burglary, illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, vandalism and two counts of receiving stolen property involving vehicles.

On Friday, O’Farrell sentenced Keener to four years in prison, but put her directly on probation that includes serving six months in a community-based treatment facility. Currently, she is in drug treatment through Harbor House in New Philadelphia.

Pfister was sentenced to the maximum term in prison for the illegal assembly and burglary charges, which were merged for sentencing purposes for a combined total of three years. For the vandalism and receiving stolen property charges, he was sentenced to a combined total of three years in prison to be served after the other three-year term. He received credit for 135 days served in Tuscarawas County jail.

After the hearing, he was returned to prison to finish serving an 18-month prison sentence that began in April after being convicted of felony counts of receiving stolen property. That incident occurred in another state and involved a truck and license plates from another vehicle, according to Assistant Tuscarawas County Prosecutor Patrick Williams.

Williams recommended the six years in prison, pointing out that when the fire occurred, Pfister was on bail pending a court hearing for the receiving stolen property charges. Pfister also has an extensive criminal history, the assistant prosecutor added.

Pfister will be eligible for judicial release after serving three and a half years. He then is to go directly to a community-based drug rehabilitation program for six months. If Pfister is deemed ineligible for placement in the rehab facility, he will return to prison for those six months before then again being considered for judicial release.

Pfister and Keener also were ordered to pay, together or separately, total restitution of $97,812 plus interest to the estate of James R. Barnhouse. Pfister and Keener were using the unoccupied former residence of the late attorney at 1237 Independence Circle SE.

On Jan. 21, Pfister and Keener were seen running from the house by neighbors and were apprehended by police a short time later on Goshen Hill Road, just outside the city limits.

New Philadelphia police have said they learned during interviews with the pair that the fire was caused by an explosion of chemicals used in the making of methamphetamine. Investigators determined that the fire was incendiary from the illegal manufacturing of meth in the basement.

Police have said the pair were familiar with the house, as Pfister and Keener had been there previously with a relative of the deceased owner.







Clay County authorities found ingredients to make methamphetamine Sunday afternoon in an Orange Park motel, according to Orange Park police.

Police went to the Rodeway Inn at 300 Park Ave. after someone complained of a chemical smell drifting from the back of the motel. A Clay County Sheriff’s Office police dog alerted on room 165, according to a news release.


Three unidentified people allowed law enforcement to search the room. Police found chemicals commonly used to make methamphetamine, a news release said.

Methamphetamine wasn’t being made at the time police found the chemicals, police said.

The three people who were in the room are being questioned by police and charges are pending, police said.









Meth lab bust at Orange Park hotel

ORANGE PARK, Fla. — City and county law enforcement agencies worked together Sunday to break down a meth lab inside an area hotel room.

First Coast News spoke to Clay County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Joey Jett on the scene at the Rodeway Inn in Orange Park as an inactive meth lab from room 165 was dismantled.


Lt. Jett said two to three people were being held for questioning and may be arrested.

Authorities found meth making paraphernalia including batteries and items one would find under the kitchen sink.

“Items commonly used to manufacture meth were found in the room,” said Orange Park Police Chief, Gary Goble.

Lt. Jett also said one of the individuals, a man, being held for questioning had a small amount of meth on him.

Lt. Jett said the people who were in the room had thrown most of the meth-making materials away before police arrived.

James Jackson and his family are guests at the hotel. “It doesn’t come to me as a shock or surprise because you’ve got all types of people in the world.” he said. “Somebody could be doing that right next to them and that could cost them they life.”

Jackson said he was glad police were there doing their jobs. “They’re doing a great job and I’m glad about them doing their job,” Jackson said.

According to Lt. Jett, this is the second meth lab the CCSO has worked in three days. Lt. Jett said the other was an active meth lab found on Thursday in a home in the Hidden Hills area of Clay County. Lt. Jett said three people were arrested in that incident.

Lt. Jett also said meth making, in general, is a problem in Clay County and authorities, including the CCSO, are working hard to combat. Goble said authorities work together and they’re ready.

“Any type of drug activity, any drug problems we have in the town, we now have more than 1 person. We have the whole team that will respond like we did tonight,” he said.

No one was in danger in this incident and no one was evacuated.








Several Coffee County Jail inmates had the opportunity Tuesday to meet Selena Humphrey, a recovering methamphetamine (“meth”) addict who survived a nearly fatal meth lab explosion at the age of 15, leaving her face badly disfigured and her neck and mouth partially disabled.

Humphrey has appeared in video and print media in recent years to tell her story, including videotaped appearances on the Oprah Winfrey show and the USA Today website, as well as on the front page of The Tennesseean.

Despite extensive treatments at Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s burn unit shortly after the accident in 2000, her facial scars are so thick and severe that her neck movement is limited and her mouth cannot fully open.

“My hope is that, by looking at me, maybe you’ll think twice about ever using meth,” Humphrey said, “or maybe you’ll at least tell someone else not to.”

Her presentation at the Coffee County Jail’s annex building was arranged as part of the jail’s participation in the Middle Tennessee Rural Re-Entry program.


Under the direction of Christine Hopkins, an award-winning rehabilitation counselor with the Tennessee Department of Human Services, Middle Tennessee Rural Re-entry (MTRR) has yielded substantial returns on the investment of grant funds to train, coach and prepare qualifying inmates for successful re-entry into society and productive jobs upon their release.

The program started in Franklin County and has now been expanded into Coffee and Warren counties.

“We first met Selena when she was part of Franklin County’s Rural Re-entry program,” said Dawna Baker, director of technology for MTRR, “so that’s how we initially found her.”

Coffee County Sheriff Steven Graves has stated repeatedly that a large percentage of county jail inmates are incarcerated for drug offenses, particularly meth.

“We’re always looking for guest speakers and employers to come in and talk to our participants about anything related to survival in the real world,” Baker said, “whether it’s employers who can talk about interviewing skills and resume writing, people recovering from addiction, like Selena, or mental illness, or just people who can help explain how to keep a clean house and manage a household budget.

“We teach a lot of these concepts in the program, but having guest speakers from the real world come in and do it too helps reinforce it.

“We also appreciate donations to help with expenses to keep the program going, since grant funds only cover so much.”

Fortunately for Humphrey, her recent coverage in The Tennesseean caught the attention of laser specialist Dr. Brian Biesman, of Nashville, who is currently providing pro-bono laser treatments in an attempt to help her regain movement and function in her face and neck.

Humphrey said she feels fortunate for the assistance she is receiving and, while nervous and shy about speaking in public, she wishes to do whatever she can to give back.

“My motivation now is to keep someone else from walking in my shoes,” Humphrey said, telling inmates how her addiction had started at home with her mother and mother’s boyfriend who were both using and “cooking” meth at the time.

“They didn’t make me do it or anything, but I wanted to do it and I wanted to learn how to cook it and they didn’t really stop me,” she told The News.

Despite the explosion, however, Humphrey admitted she has continued to struggle with addiction and has been in and out of jail as a result.

With tears in her eyes, she told the small group of female inmates the story of her four children, all of whom have been taken from her by child protective services.

“I miss my kids so much, and I’m so sorry I couldn’t be woman enough to watch them grow up,” she said, “but I’m trying to make something good come from this.

“Y’all deserve a chance to raise your kids, and I just hope my story will touch something in you.”

While she has remained “clean” enough in recent years to hold various jobs, including a 17-month cleaning stint at a Winchester motel, which also provided her a place to stay, she said she still feels vulnerable to the drug and is not sure that will ever change.

“I feel like a hypocrite standing here telling y’all not to do it when I know that if there was meth here, I’d do it myself,” she said.

“Mind over matter just doesn’t work with meth. Just thinking about doing it sometimes will make my heart start racing and I can’t control it.”

She said her main strategy for staying clean is to stay away from the people who use and supply it and surround herself with non-users instead.

“I hate the power of addiction, but if I can’t stop myself, I feel like maybe at least I can help you stop, or you can help stop someone else from doing it by learning from my mistakes.”

Although the weekly laser treatments have been free of charge, Humphrey still has to pay for transportation, food and other expenses. She told The News on Thursday that she had left her job at the hotel to seek the weekly laser treatments in hope that improving her appearance might also help her find work.

She said she feels fortunate for her supporters, including her doctor as well as friends and family members.

“Society keeps you down, being disfigured, but right now I’m staying with a friend who’s been kind enough to let me live there for free while I’m getting the treatments and until I can find a job,” she said, adding that she is trying to get back on the third shift at an auto parts manufacturer where she has worked before.









   GRAYSON COUNTY, TX — Police say they’ve busted a drug dealer living near Gunter, and that they found cash and meth in her home.

Marilyn Parker, 57, was arrested on Friday and booked in on several drug manufacture and possession charges.


Police say a traffic stop led to the discovery of a meth distribution operation at her home off Mackey Road.

They also seized prescription pills, marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and about $20,000 in cash.


Parker was taken to the Grayson County Jail and her total bond is set at about $62,000.

A New Zealand woman has been charged with importing five kilograms of crystal meth into Sydney hidden inside machinery parts.

Customs officers at Sydney Airport searched the 53-year-old’s bags as she got off a flight from India on Saturday afternoon.


They allegedly found eight cardboard boxes containing lathe chucks.

Hidden inside the chucks was five kilograms of methamphetamine, or crystal meth.

The woman was charged with importing a commercial quantity of the drug and will face court in Sydney on Monday.

The maximum penalty for the offence is life imprisonment or a fine of up to $1,275,000.








The good news is meth labs in Springfield appear to have practically disappeared.

The bad news: Mexican meth distribution in the city has grown exponentially — so deeply infiltrating the area drug market that addicts seem to favor buying the more potent and less expensive drug over cooking it themselves.


In exclusive interviews with the News-Leader, local, regional and federal authorities described Mexican drug organizations like multinational corporations — working hard to capture the Springfield market by flooding the area with a better, cheaper product.

Mexican meth has taken over,” said Dan Banasik, a task force member assigned to the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Springfield office.

“I think they are trying to take over the market.”

Despite the apparent halt of local production, Springfield police continue to find and seize meth at historic levels.

“I’ve never seen the amount of meth being seen here,” said Sgt. Bryan DiSylvester, who has investigated drugs in Springfield for more than 20 years.

“Back in the day — in the mid-90s — we used to seize an ounce and that was a pretty good pop. An ounce is nothing anymore.”

Police recovered more than 22 pounds of meth in 2013, which is more than a 1,000 percent increase over the year before. And the trend continues.

DiSylvester, who now heads the department’s narcotics unit, said that although meth from Mexico is imported into the city by the pound, it is distributed mostly by locals.

“We haven’t contacted the true, Mexican organized crime,” he said.

“We know people in other cities have contacts with people here, in the area, to distribute Mexican dope.”

DEA agents are intercepting growing amounts of meth as interstate shipments continue to head for the Springfield area.

Banasik said most shipments are believed to originate in Mexico and cross the U.S. border into Texas or California before traveling by courier to the Midwest.

Banasik said a recent investigation resulted in the discovery of about six pounds of meth.

“That used to be unheard of,” he said.

The drugs coming across the border are also more potent than homemade, Banasik said. Many recent seizures were found to be more than 90 percent pure. The highly potent meth, known as “ice” or “crystal,” has a more crystalline appearance than locally made powder.

On the street, buying Mexican meth might help users avoid detection, Banasik said.

Cooks risk getting caught buying acetone at the hardware store or getting pseudoephedrine at the pharmacy.

The drop in meth labs, Banasik said, might simply be a matter of convenience — buying the drug is less hassle than manufacturing it.

“Why bake cookies when you can buy them?” Banasik said.

Springfield police give at least some credit to enforcement efforts for the recent drop in labs.

Working with police, prosecutors have been trying to keep chronic cooks locked up while a case moves toward trial. But success has been limited.

Despite the drop in labs, there is no evidence that meth use has declined at all.

In fact, meth-related emergency room visits at Mercy Hospital have increased significantly in recent years.

In 2011, there were 76 cases in which meth was listed as the cause — either for use, abuse, dependence, addiction or poisoning.

So far this year, there has been 145 and, traditionally, the numbers peak during the summer months, according to data provided by Mercy.

Common trend

The trend isn’t just in Springfield.

Sgt. Jason Grellner is former president of the Missouri Narcotics Officers Association and head of the drug unit in Franklin County, an area that is historically plagued by a large number of meth labs.

But today?

“There has been a huge ramp up of Mexican meth — flooding the market at a low price,” Grellner said.

Over the last several years, Grellner said, Mexican drug cartels have invested heavily in developing new procedures for creating large quantities of highly potent meth.

“It took them a while to get the price down,” he said.

“They had a lot of money in research and development.”

Grellner sees a direct relationship between the flood of Mexican meth and the drop in local labs.

As an example, Grellner described a recent three-month stretch without a single meth lab discovered in his jurisdiction.

Then, the drug unit seized a shipment of Mexican meth weighing more than a kilogram.

Within days, multiple meth labs began popping back up in Franklin County.

“The minute we got rid of a large amount of meth, we saw the labs again,” he said.

That’s why Grellner still supports prescription requirements for pseudoephedrine. It is used by meth cooks to make their products in small labs.

He credits, at least in part, the cities and counties requiring prescriptions with helping to reduce the number of labs found across the state.

Down from No. 1, Missouri now ranks third for meth lab incidents behind Tennessee and Indiana.

Those states are also struggling with an influx of Mexican meth, Grellner said, but only Missouri has 70-or-so communities that have outlawed pseudoephedrine without a prescription.

If Missouri law enforcement officials are able to disrupt the flow of imported meth, Grellner suspects addicts will quickly adjust by ramping up local production with meth labs.

“People who haven’t been addicted to drugs don’t know the power of that addiction,” Grellner said.

No measure in sight

A year ago, Springfield City Council was headed toward a vote that would have required a prescription for pseudoephedrine.

On the day of the vote, council members instead voted to delay the measure for a year. Councilman Craig Fishel, who led the effort to delay, said he believed the state legislature might take action against the main meth ingredient. Fishel said then that council should take up the issue again in June 2014, after the legislative session ended.

The legislature, as many predicted, did not pass any bills that would have further controlled pseudoephedrine in the state.

Today, with only five meth labs discovered so far this year, council is not expected to take up the issue.

Councilwoman Cindy Rushefsky strongly endorsed a citywide prescription requirement last year. She chided her colleagues for delaying action on the measure.

She and others argued that the city should address the hazards of meth labs in the city. They’ve led to kids being exposed to toxic chemicals. They’ve exploded and caused fires that threatened the occupants of hotels and apartment buildings. They are expensive and dangerous to clean up.

So far this summer, Rushefsky and other supporters of a prescription requirement have been silent — citing the recent drop in meth labs.

“I don’t see any point in creating a controversy when there doesn’t seem to be a pressing need at the moment,” she said.

“If the situation deteriorates, then obviously we will have to look at it again.”







A big breakthrough after months of drug investigations for the North Central Iowa Narcotics Task Force and the Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities have made several arrests.

Christopher Black, Jeremy Collins, Duane Robinson, Edward Walter and Jonathan Wheeler all from Mason City are being charged with delivery of methamphetamine.

Toccara Delaughter of Clear Lake was also charged with delivery of methamphetamine.

And Roger James Foat was charged with two counts of delivery of hydromorphone.

All suspects are on $10,000 bond each.

The following suspects have not been located and are still wanted by law enforcement:

Lewy Lee Curtiss, Daniel Lee Vavrik, Broderick Christopher Vollbrecht, Christopher Michael Winters and Adam Andrew Mertz all from Mason City, IA; and Derek Anthony Demory of Albert Lea, MN.

If you have any information on any of the suspects, please call authorities at (641) 430-4701.