FULTON, Mo. – A Fulton woman was arrested Tuesday morning after Fulton Police and the MUSTANG Drug Task Force searched a home at 1416 Monroe Street.New-Documentggg

Officers found meth and drug paraphernalia inside the home of 30-year-old Mindy Cook.

Cook was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance and was released on a $5,000 bond.

Police said further charges could be pending.





SHELBYVILLE, Ind. (WISH) — An Indiana woman and her family are being forced to move out of their home because it may be contaminated with methamphetamine residue leftover from a meth lab bust three years ago, according to a letter I-Team 8 obtained from the Shelby County Health Department.

A copy of the letter states:

“The Shelby County Health Department recently found out that you are living in a residence that was previously vacant due to the fact it was used to manufacture methamphetamine. The manufacture of meth causes a residue that coats surfaces, absorbing into porous materials, and contaminating the forced air heaters/cooling (HVAC) system. If not decontaminated, the drug lab can leave toxic residue behind indefinitely.”

Karen Hoyt and her family have to be out by Dec. 30.

An Indiana state police meth lab database shows that Hoyt’s current residence in Shelbyville had been involved in a meth lab bust in November of 2012. Hoyt says she didn’t move in until September of 2015 and was totally unaware that the home had ever been contaminated.

A copy of a state police report states that authorities discovered corrosive acids and bases, lithium and ammonia both in and outside of the home during the Nov. 16, 2012 bust.

Hoyt’s problem highlights a larger issue – that Indiana’s storied struggle with drugs like meth continue to create ripple effects that plague those even not directly involved with the drug.

In 2014, Indiana authorities discovered more than 1,400 meth labs across the state. That figure was down from 2013, when more than 1,800 labs were discovered.

According to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, property owners are responsible for all cleanup costs.

  • Failure to clean up your property leaves you open to liability for injury to others from exposure to toxic chemicals.
  • You must clean up your property before you reoccupy it, allow anyone else to occupy it, or sell it.
  • You can also get information about the inspection and cleanup of illegal drug labs from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM), by calling 317-234-7937 or visiting the IDEM website.

Captain Dave Bursten, a spokesman for ISP, said generally that residences listed on the agency’s meth lab database have not been properly cleaned.

That database, which dates back to 2007, details thousands of homes, apartments or businesses that have not been certified as being cleaned within 180 days of the meth lab bust.

Properties that are cleaned are eventually removed from the list, Bursten said.

“The idea is to not blacklist properties,” he said.

No one answered the property management office at the mobile home park on Chestnut Street in Shelbyville where Hoyt has lived with her daughter, son and grandchildren since September. Hoyt said she initially learned about the meth after calling the local health department to report concerns about mold and water leaks in her trailer. It was then that the health department warned her that her current home on Chestnut Street was considered uninhabitable.

The property manager did not return repeated calls from I-Team 8 seeking comment.

“Words cannot describe the feeling of being told that your home had been used for a methamphetamine lab,” Hoyt told I-Team 8 during an interview.

Karen Hoyt says Christmas in her Shelbyville home just wasn’t the same.

“We just had no interest in the holiday,” Hoyt said.

Just ten days earlier, Hoyt was told she and her family would be forced to move. The stress has been overwhelming, she said.

The family has started a GoFundMe page in hopes of finding a new place to stay.

Crisis Cleaning, a contractor that specializes in meth lab clean ups across the state, said they can run between $3,000 to $4,000 – possibly even more. When asked if they had received a specific work order for Hoyt’s address, the company representative said the property manager at Hoyt’s mobile home complex had asked that the company not speak to reporters.







It would appear meth lab components are once again hot Christmas gift items in Talladega County.

Six people were arrested early Tuesday morning at a residence in Sylacauga and are facing charges of manufacture of a controlled substance in the second degree and felony possession of drug paraphernalia.

No bonds had been set in any of the cases as of Tuesday evening, according to Talladega County Drug and Violent Crime Task Force Cmdr. Jason Murray.56832c7423af3_image

The arrests were made at the home of Jeremy Allen Scott, 35, on the 400 block of Smith Avenue in Sylacauga. In addition to Scott, the people arrested included Preston Lee Butler, 20, of Sylacauga; Anthony Ray Meeks, 22 and James Meeks, 23, both of Weogufka; Keith Anthony Taylor, 30, of Sylacauga; and Anna Marie West, 18, of Sylacauga.

The drug paraphernalia involved were the equipment and chemicals needed to make methamphetamine, Murray said.

Unlawful manufacture of a controlled substance is a class B felony in Alabama, punishable upon conviction by two to 20 years in prison. Felony possession of drug paraphernalia is a class C felony in Alabama, punishable upon conviction by one year and one day to 10 years in prison.







A man was arrested Monday after he was allegedly found injecting methamphetamine in the bathroom of a Missoula grocery store.

Danny Carlson, 32, appeared in Missoula County Justice Court on Tuesday, charged with felony possession of dangerous drugs as well misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to an affidavit, Missoula police were dispatched to the Missoula Fresh Market on West Broadway on Monday after two people called 911 to report a man injecting drugs in the bathroom.

An officer found Carlson sitting on a toilet in the bathroom, holding a hypodermic needle with the tip in a bottle cap, the affidavit stated. He also saw a plastic baggie with a white crystalline substance in Carlson’s other hand.

After handcuffing Carlson, the officer asked what he had been doing, to which Carlson allegedly replied he was using “ice.”

Carlson confirmed the drug was meth and told the officer there was more liquid meth in the syringe, and more syringes in either his jacket or the backpack on the floor next to him, the affidavit stated. A search of the backpack turned up four empty syringes.

The material in the syringe Carlson was holding, as well as the substance in the baggie, tested positive for methamphetamine, the affidavit stated.

In court Tuesday, Justice of the Peace Marie Andersen set Carlson’s bail at $5,000 and scheduled a preliminary hearing for Jan. 13.







Detectives with the Webster Parish Sheriff’s Office have solved a multi-parish burglary spree.

A Minden man was charged with several counts of burglary after he reportedly admitted to stealing thousands of dollars worth of tools, guns, oilfield equipment and other items from Webster, Bossier and Claiborne parishes.weeks-mug

Cody Alan Weeks, 24, of the 1500 block of Shreveport Road, was arrested Friday, Dec. 18, for four counts of burglary, three counts of felony theft of a firearm, felony illegal possession of stolen things, felony theft, possession of a firearm by convicted felon, possession of Schedule II CDS (methamphetamine) and possession of Schedule I CDS (marijuana). A hold has been placed on him by Probation and Parole.

Detective Scott Tucker says the first burglary was reported around mid-November.

“People were reporting that they’d go outside and their car door would be open or their toolboxes would be left open on their trucks with stuff taken out of it,” he said. “The weekend of Dec. 6, we had four burglaries. One was on Germantown Road; we had some up on Methodist Camp Road, areas north of Minden.”

Tucker says Claiborne authorities were reporting similar thefts.

“We had a theft on Highway 518, and the description of the truck reminded us of Cody Weeks, who we’d arrested last on Dec. 23, 2014, for basically the same type of stuff,” he said. “These were done late at night, usually between 12 and 4 in the morning.”

Tucker, Maj. Dustin Reynolds and Det. Bobby Igo III went to Weeks’ residence Dec. 14, after receiving information that he was possibly involved. When they arrived, detectives noticed underneath his carport items they knew to be stolen.

By that time, three firearms had been stolen, and Tucker says following his arrest, Weeks admitted to stealing and trading the weapons for drugs.

“Weeks admitted he was the one who was doing the burglaries,” he said. “He then told us he traded the firearms for four grams of methamphetamine at a residence in Shreveport.”

The U.S. Marshal’s Service assisted the sheriff’s office in recovering the firearms along with some tools that were stolen from Webster Parish.

Tucker and Reynolds went on to say Weeks’ arrest solved four or more burglaries in Claiborne Parish and four additional burglaries in Webster and Bossier parishes.

“We recovered some items and we were able to track down victims, some of which hadn’t even reported or didn’t realize that they’d had a theft,” Reynolds said. “He would take things from shops and vehicles that you might not need today or tomorrow, and you may not realize for two months when you need that item that it’s gone.”

Tucker and Reynolds say he was selling the items at various truck stops and other places to support his drug habit. Further investigation revealed that Weeks has not been employed since he was sentenced for simple burglary in April, the detectives said, and he is behind on his probation fee payments as well as paying restitution for roughly $5,500.

In April, according to court records, Weeks pleaded guilty to simple burglary and was sentenced to three years at hard labor suspended and placed on three years active supervised probation.

“Last time, he hit a shop and stole about $20,000 worth of stuff, but he had several people with him,” Tucker said. “This time, he was by himself, going and stealing what he could get.”

Detectives are asking anyone who purchased items from Weeks to call the sheriff’s office and make arrangements to return them. If they do not, Reynolds says they face the charge of illegal possession of stolen things.“We’re going to give an amnesty period for anyone who bought things from Cody Weeks to contact us and let us get them back,” Reynolds said. “We won’t ask any questions; however, if we have to track every item and find every person, we will. Then they will be charged.”

Tucker says additional charges are pending in this case and they are still recovering items as the investigation continues.







  • The body of Carlos Rosales Mendoza was found early on Monday
  • He had been severely tortured before his body was dumped, riddled with bullets, alongside three other men
  • Rosales Mendoza, better known as ‘El Tísico and ‘El Carlitos,’ had been a key member of the La Familia cartel since the 1980s
  • He then founded La Familia Michoacana in 2000, which had been in recent years run by his protegee Servando ‘La Tuta’ Gómez Martínez
  • He was said to be in the process of attempting to reactivate a new cartel at the time of his death and was on the DEA Most Wanted List

A major Mexican drug cartel founder has been killed, with his severely tortured body dumped on the side of the road.

Carlos Rosales Mendoza, one of the founders of La Familia Michoacana, was one of four bodies found on a highway in Morelia early Monday.2FAB57A200000578-3377599-Carlos_Rosales_Mendoza-m-20_1451401236346

The bodies of all four men were riddled with bullets, and authorities have yet to identify the other three who were found alongside Rosales Mendoza.

The 53-year-old, better known as ‘El Tísico” and ‘El Carlitos,’ had been on the DEA Most Wanted List for federal drug violations and had just been released from a Mexican prison in May 2014 after serving a decade behind bars on organized crime charges.

Mendoza got his start as part of La Familia in the 1980s according to the BBC and quickly moved up the ranks thanks in part to his ability to form key alliances with members of other cartels.

He founded La Familia Michoacana in 2000, which led to a wave of violence and assassinations as his cartel attempted to displace a rival from the Michoacán state.

Members of La Familia Michoacana believed that they had a divine right to kill, and that their work was helping the poor while also defending traditional values.

Rosales Mendoza was arrested in 2004 after he organized a massive armed raid on a maximum security prison in order to free an ally.

He was released last May, and was said to be in the process of trying to reactivate another cartel.

It is also Rosales Mendoza who is believed to have trained Servando Gómez Martínez, better known as ‘La Tuta.’

Rosales Mendoza was Mexico’s most-wanted drug lord before he was arrested last February while hiding out on a farm.

He had been running La Familia Michoacana at the time, which controlled some 50 methamphetamine labs across Mexico while also making millions from a variety of illegal activities, among them extortion and kidnapping.

The United States charged Gomez Martinez under the Kingpin Act in 2010, making it illegal for any Americans or American companies to do business with him, and freezing all his assets in this country.

Martinez is now being held in a maximum security prison. He had long said that he would rather be killed than put behind bars.











Living with Other People’s Meth

Posted: 29th December 2015 by Doc in Uncategorized

Check out the new page on this site at: http://fav-meth-head-of-the-day.com/living-with-other-peoples-meth/

Since this started this site, I have received many e-mails from people sharing their experiences with other people’s meth. By that I mean people who were sickened and had to move because they were living where meth was being cooked and were overcome by the toxic fumes that were produced during the manufacturing process.  Others have experienced various illnesses when traveling when they inadvertently stay overnight in a motel room where meth had been cooked or smoked.

This happens far too often, and people feel powerless to do anything about it. If they report the problem, they face potential retaliation from the people cooking the meth ‒ they don’t want to get caught.

And the authorities can’t be everywhere either.

So I decided to create this page. People can report their experiences here without fear of retribution.  Maybe if enough people speak up, the authorities will begin to take this problem more seriously.

You can post your experiences by adding a comment in the “Have Your Say” box. You will have a voice!

ROCK HILL — A woman found passed out in a Rock Hill motel room was arrested on drug distribution charges after officers found methamphetamine and heroin in the room, according to Rock Hill Police.

Maintenance staff at the Quality Inn and Suites on Cherry Road called police after they couldn’t wake an occupant at checkout time, according to a police report released Monday. Officers found 36-year-old Leslie Dawn Cooper of Blackstock inside the room.IMG_1753

Cooper was “severely intoxicated” and smelled of alcoholic beverage, police said. She gave officers permission to search the room. During the search, police say they found about .60 grams of heroin lying on the night stand in plain view and 1.68 grams of methamphetamine in a cigarette case.

Cooper was then placed under arrest, police said. They also found cash, a digital scale and several plastic bags commonly used for packaging and selling drugs, all of which were in her jacket.

Cooper was charged with possession with intent to distribute heroin and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, according to the report. She was placed in the Rock Hill city jail and released Thursday under $10,000 bond, according to jail records.









TRAVERSE CITY — An Interlochen woman could face charges after authorities said they found items used to make methamphetamine in a Green Lake Township residence.

The incident began Sunday when Grand Traverse County sheriff’s deputies responded to an unrelated matter at the home, authorities said. They contacted Traverse Narcotics Team detectives after they found items used to make meth inside.

A warrant search uncovered chemicals, “components and apparatus” used in making meth, according to a news release. Authorities arrested the woman, 24, on requested meth-related charges.







A woman who allegedly attempted to smuggle methamphetamine concealed within propane tanks through a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint was indicted this week in a Laredo federal court.

An indictment filed Tuesday charges Lisa Valdez, 20, with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine.







Banana_methSomeone found 12 kilos of meth in a banana box

Police say the street value was around $1 million

Tahlequah Oklahoma police spent the morning investigating a discovery made in a local Reasor’s.

Police confirmed that 12 kilos of meth were found in a box of bananas at the store.banana_meth_use

Officers said the value of that find was around $1 million. The discovery is under investigation.

Tahlequah police said the substance may be cocaine, but they’re waiting on test results. They said similar discoveries in the state have been cocaine.










A mother and her son are facing charges after two meth labs and methamphetamine, with a potential street value of $5,900, were allegedly found at their Johnston County home.

Johnston County sheriff’s narcotics agents assisted NC Probation and Parole officers during a search of a home in the 600 block of Winston Road, outside of Clayton, on Monday.Matthews-Rojas-Mugshots-FI

Matthews-Rojas-Mugshots-FINarcotics Captain A.C. Fish said officers had conducted undercover surveillance of the residence before agents moved in to conduct the search. Two meth labs were found, along with 59 grams of meth, and other meth making items, Captain Fish said.

One meth lab was reportedly found in a trash can in front of the home, while the second lab was found behind the residence.

Brian Anthony Matthews, 25, was the alleged meth cook, according to Captain Fish. His mother, Bobbie Jean Rojas, 55, of the same address, was a meth user, he said.

Both the son and mother are facing charges that include trafficking in methamphetamine, felony conspiracy, possess-distribute meth precursors, and maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for a controlled substance. Matthews was also charged with manufacturing methamphetamines.

Matthews was given a $251,000 bond on his charges. Rojas was confined under a $126,000 bond.








STUARTS DRAFT – The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office has charged a Stuarts Draft woman who is suspected of giving drugs to her teenage granddaughter, according to a report.

Two others, including the teen’s brother, were arrested last week in connection with the case.

The sheriff’s office said a 15-year-old girl recently reported to Child Protective Services that her grandmother, 56-year-old Sharon Claytor, had been providing her with drugs for at least a year, the sheriff’s office said.635869018850762892-Claytor-Sharon

The girl reported she had smoked marijuana, consumed pills “and possibly meth,” said Investigator Michael Roane of the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office.

When authorities arrived at Claytor’s home in the 300 block of Mill Creek Lane in Stuarts Draft, two bags of marijuana were allegedly spotted in the open. A search of the residence also turned up methamphetamine, a gun and ammunition, Roane said.

Claytor faces charges of distribution of drugs to a minor and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

“We have zero tolerance for this type of activity,” Roane said.

Michael Claytor, 19, the grandson of Sharon Claytor, also was arrested on charges of being a non-violent felon in possession of a gun and possession of ammunition by a convicted felon.

A third person, Leonard Bolin, 38, was charged with methamphetamine distribution.

All three suspects, arrested Wednesday, live at the home.

Michael Claytor is being held at Middle River Regional Jail. Sharon Claytor and Bolin are free on bond.







Tulsa, Okla. — We’ve learned two people were taken into custody on Saturday, after officers found around 25 grams of meth inside their vehicle.

We’re told the bust happened around 3:50 a.m., on West 8th Street.Simpson

Tulsa police say 60-year-old Billy Simpson and an unidentified accomplice pulled into a dirt driveway, after an officer caught up to them. They reportedly had to be yelled at to return to their vehicles, after it appeared they were going to run.

When officers searched their vehicle, they found 11 plastic baggies containing meth. Also, they recovered scales, a loaded syringe, and a large amount of money.

Both men were taken to the Tulsa County Jail.







Police arrested a woman after they discovered a meth lab at her Grand Traverse County home.

Sheriff’s deputies had originally gone to her home for an unrelated reason.

That’s when they called in drug investigators.

The Traverse Narcotics Team arrested the woman at a home in Green Lake Township.

During a search, they say they found several chemicals and other materials used to make meth.

The Interlochen woman was arrested on several drug charges.

Monday morning she’s being held in the Grand Traverse County jail until she is formally charged in court.







FARGO, N.D. (AP) – A Fargo man accused of distributing large quantities of methamphetamine in Fargo and in Sisseton, South Dakota is being held without bond.  api_image_web_pkg_29

Roble Hernandez is charged in federal court with conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance. He has waived his right to a detention hearing. Authorities say Hernandez’s residence was being used as a “stash house” for an out-of-state drug trafficking organization. A woman who lived with Hernandez had allegedly stolen five pounds of meth and members of the cartel came to Fargo and assaulted her to gain information about the missing drugs. U.S. Magistrate Judge Alice Senechal (SEN’-ah-shawl) says she may reconsider Hernandez’s bond at a later date “if additional facts are available.” Trial has not been scheduled.

A federal public defender could not be reached for comment.







LECANTO, Fla. — A woman is accused of shooting up meth and riding a motorized cart through a Wal-Mart while eating chicken and drinking wine.

WFLA reported that 20-year-old Josseleen Elida Lopez faces charges after the incident reported at a Wal-Mart in Lecanto, Fla. on Tuesday.w3rtgqergqerg

The suspect allegedly shot up meth and then ate sushi, cinnamon rolls, rotisserie chicken and drank wine while driving a motorized shopping cart at a Wal-Mart.

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office has arrested the suspect on charges of shoplifting and drug paraphernalia.

She’s accused of consuming about $32 worth of food and wine at the store. Authorities said she took sushi, wine and other items off the shelves and consumed them.

Two empty syringes were reportedly found in her purse.





A woman injured in a car wreck was charged with meth possession after a Floyd County deputy noticed two bags of meth and marijuana in her boot at the hospital, reports stated.567f9577213ce_image

According to Floyd County Jail records:

Clory Rochelle Smith, 30, of 807 Moore Ave. in LaFayette, is charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor pos­session of less than one ounce of marijuana.

Smith was transported to Redmond Regional Medical Center after she wrecked her car in Chattooga County. The sheriff’s officer saw the drugs in her left boot.

Smith, who was charged with the crimes on Friday, was released on a $5,700 bond.








JACKSON— A Jackson man has been indicted for allegedly committing sex and drug crimes.

Jackson County Prosecuting Attorney Justin Lovett has released that Michael T. Westenberg, 56, of Jackson, was indicted by a Jackson County Grand Jury in November for two first degree felony counts of rape, four third degree felony counts of sexual battery, corrupting another with drugs and illegal manufacture of drugs, both third degree felonies.

According to the eight-count indictment, the alleged crimes took place between December 20 and 22, 2014 with a 16-year-old female, who was substantially impaired. The indictment said that the victim, whose identity was not released, was not the spouse of Westenberg.

The indictment alleges that Westenberg and the victim, a minor, engaged in sexual conduct, when the victim was unable to appraise the nature of or the control of her conduct. It also listed that Westenberg was in a position of temporary or occasional disciplinary control over the victim, who was a minor. The indictment further revealed that Westenberg knowingly furnished or administered methamphetamine to the 16-year-old. He was further indicted for the manufacture of methamphetamine.

The case is set to proceed in the Jackson County Common Pleas Court. As of December 24, future court dates had yet to be scheduled.

Eric Michener, an Assistant Attorney General – Special Prosecutions, with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office has been assigned as the special prosecutor in the case.







Holiday travel sucks. Then again, so does trying to give all your relatives bags of meth. A 33-year-old named Chanele Pauley was fairly close to doing just that before she was pulled over in Rogers County, Oklahoma, earlier this week.

NY Daily News reports that Pauley blew her cover by passing gas and breathing heavily, presumably chanelepauley-640x423because her anxiety was about to asphyxiate her. She also had a super-lame partner in crime who couldn’t agree on where they were going. Dude said they were driving to North Carolina, Pauley claimed they were en route to Missouri, and unless they were going off a magic meth map that was drawn by Ben Carson, both were damn conflicted about their destination.

Deputy Scotty Moree was initially going to let Pauley off with a warning after he’d pulled her over because it’s the holidays™, but chick was so panicked that he had to take action. A drug-sniffing police dog led Moree to a stack of wrapped presents that turned out to be lots of meth. All told, Pauley was hauling over eight pounds of drugs to wherever the hell it is she and her passenger were going.

Pauley was arrested and continued passing gas in the cop car. Her PIC, Walter Rawls, was also detained but reportedly far less gassy. The two now face drug trafficking charges.








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MANKATO — A Mankato woman was arrested on drug charges as a result of an investigation by the Minnesota River Valley Drug Task Force.

Ashley Schluter, 26, sold 0.7 grams of methamphetamine, six pills of a narcotic, 10 pills of an ADHD drug and five pills of a muscle relaxer, according to a Blue Earth County District Court criminal complaint. Officers obtained a search warrant Monday for her residence, which is in a city park zone. In her bedroom, they found nearly a gram of methamphetamine, 2.7 grams of marijuana and many prescription drugs, including an antipsychotic, a narcotic and a muscle relaxer.

Schluter was charged with two counts second-degree drug sale, third-degree sale of narcotics, third-degree possession, fourth-degree drug sale and two counts of fifth-degree drug sale.







BELLINGHAM — Deputies investigating a robbery conspiracy ended up busting two people at a Samish Way motel for possession of methamphetamine and stolen credit cards, according to the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies conducted a traffic stop on a man who had several outstanding warrants early Tuesday morning, Dec. 22. The driver was arrested, but he tipped the deputies off about a home invasion robbery planned for a house on East Smith Road.

According to the driver, whose name was not released by the sheriff’s office, a man named Larry Lee Major, 42, planned a robbery at the house on Smith Road. The occupants of that house, the driver said, had large quantities of meth.

The man told deputies that Major was staying in a room at the Motel 6 on Samish Way, and that it was a spot where he and others used meth. Major, he told deputies, had a handgun, stolen credit cards and a stolen passport in the room. He said a woman named Kasandra Cruz, 28, also was in the room while the robbery was being discussed, according to the sheriff’s office.

Deputies got a search warrant for the room where Major and Cruz were reportedly staying. Major tried to escape the motel on Tuesday, the sheriff’s office said, but was taken into custody along with Cruz.

Deputies found a small quantity of meth, a scale with residue, pipes used to smoke meth, stolen credit cards and a passport. Major and Cruz were booked into jail on suspicion of four counts possession of stolen property in the second degree and possession of methamphetamine. No handgun was found.

The robbery investigation is ongoing, the sheriff’s office said.

In March 2014, Major was sentenced to more than three years in prison for first-degree robbery and reckless driving. He was released from prison earlier this month, on Dec. 7. Charges from that case state Major, in July 2013, held a gun to a man’s head and hit him with the barrel while he and others stole money and marijuana from the house.

As part of his sentence, Major was put on Department of Corrections probation for 18 months following his release from prison.

Cruz has convictions of forgery, first-degree criminal impersonation and unlawful delivery of meth.









After months of investigation the SSCENT drug team arrested a Wellston woman for making meth.

The drug team started investigating Sarah Fitzgerald in October of this year.9516831_G

Detectives learned that Fitzgerald was involved in making meth at a home in Norman Township.

Fitzgerald was arraigned Tuesday for aid and deliver, manufacturing meth.

Fitzgerald was on probation for a prior controlled substance charge at the time of her arrest.







GULFPORT — A Texas woman has admitted supplying crystal meth, or ice, for sales in Harrison County in one of three related drug-trafficking cases, including one that involved shipments of meth hidden in ice coolers.

Rachel Esparza Saenz, 50, of Webster, pleaded guilty Friday to a meth-trafficking charge in a Drug Enforcement Administration investigation.BI_bilo_1224_rachel%20esparza

She faces up to 20 years in prison for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute meth in May and June. She will be sentenced March 22.

Crystal meth is meth in its purest form.

DEA agents identified her after Harrison County deputies stopped a vehicle May 19 on a littering violation. Court papers show two men in the vehicle had a black bag containing a pound of meth, and a small bag of meth and a pipe concealed in a flashlight.

The men said a woman named “Poca” or “Pocahantas” sold them the meth earlier that day at Shady Glen Motel in Channelview, Texas, a DEA agent’s criminal complaint said. One of the men remembered the motel room number.

Court papers show undercover police in Houston raided the motel room later that day, seizing meth and crack cocaine and arresting Saenz.

A federal grand jury indicted Saenz on June 23.

Two delivered ice

In a related indictment, Joseph W. Moran Jr., 38, of Saucier, and James D. Byrd, 51, of Vancleave, have each pleaded guilty to interstate travel in aid of drug racketeering enterprises.

Court papers say they were the men in the littering traffic stop that led drug agents to Saenz. Officials said security cameras at the motel where Saenz was arrested show Moran and Byrd leaving the hotel with the bag of meth they were found within Harrison County.

Moran and Byrd each face up to five years in prison. They will be sentenced Jan. 28.

‘Ice’ in coolers

Another indictment, filed Dec. 8, accuses James Michael “Jimmy” Robinson, 35, in a related meth-trafficking conspiracy. He’s suspected of delivering more than 10 pounds of crystal meth from California to Harrison County from summer 2014 and throughout this year.

A criminal complaint alleges that, on one trip, Joseph Moran used a van rented in D’Iberville to take money to Los Angeles to buy several pounds of crystal meth hidden in ice coolers. Pictures provided by an unidentified source allegedly show Robinson holding meth and the coolers.

Robinson was arrested in his vehicle Sept. 29 at the Albuquerque International Airport, where he allegedly was found with meth hidden in the side walls of a cooler. He also was wanted in Harrison County on a meth charge.

Robinson is set for trial on a court calendar that starts Jan. 25.








MISSOULA — A man with white supremacist ties who’s charged with murders 500 miles apart in Montana told investigators he was on methamphetamine when he stabbed a Missoula motel housekeeper to death Monday.

Warrants were issued Thursday in Missoula County for the arrests of Scott Austin Price, 37, and Sarah Rae McKnight, 32, who’ve been in custody in Kootenai County jail in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, since Tuesday.567c816601ebe_image

McKnight told detectives she was Price’s accomplice in knife attacks that left 56-year-old Lonette Keehner dead in a room at the Super 8 motel on Brooks Street and another Missoula woman wounded in the parking lot of the Missoula Fresh Market nearby.

Price was identified by authorities as a transient from Billings. McKnight’s arrest warrant said her last known residence was on Marten Creek Road in Trout Creek.

Both face five felony charges and $1 million bail in Missoula County.

Price was also charged Thursday in the Dec. 14 stabbing death of 78-year-old Ed Martin in Miles City. He’d previously been charged with the assault and kidnapping of Martin’s wife, who was found beaten and locked in the basement.

Missoula County Attorney Kirsten Pabst said Thursday warrants from other jurisdictions complicate extradition and she didn’t know yet when Price and McKnight will appear in Missoula.

“The Missoula police did a great investigation under extreme time constraints to bring these two to justice,” Pabst said in an email. “The MPD worked cooperatively and efficiently with several other law enforcement jurisdictions to track these offenders and facilitate the arrests.”

According to Missoula County complaints filed in justice court by Pabst and Chief Deputy County Attorney Jason Marks, Price has confessed to killing Keehner.

“He attributed his actions to his methamphetamine use,” the complaint said. “He was unclear about what he had done in the Fresh Market parking lot but did admit to striking a woman while holding a knife in his hand.”

McKnight provided Missoula detectives with an unsettling story of events leading up to and after Keehner’s murder.

According to charging documents, she said she’d met Price in Great Falls last week while she was there for an appearance in federal court.

“It was her understanding that Price was on the run after committing a murder in Miles City,” the complaint said. “She knew Price through her husband and, according to their presence on social media, all claimed white supremacist ties.”

McKnight said both she and Price were “regularly using methamphetamine through the ensuing events.”

The two drove McKnight’s dark-colored Honda to Missoula, where they determined they needed money and a more reliable vehicle. McKnight said they bought duct tape and zip ties with intentions to kidnap someone with a vehicle they wanted to steal. They planned to force their victim to disclose personal identification numbers for any debit cards they might have.

Their first attempt was in the parking lot of Fresh Market, formerly Safeway, on South Reserve Street. The unidentified victim told Missoula police she had finished shopping and putting her groceries in her car. A man later identified as Price was standing by the Honda, which was parked next to the woman’s vehicle.

When she walked around to the driver’s side door, Price was partially blocking her way. The woman told police she said “excuse me” and Price moved out of her way. When seated in the car she turned to her right to place her purse on the passenger seat.

“When she turned back around, Price was standing at her door,” the complaint read. “He then began stabbing her in the abdomen with a knife.”

The victim said she didn’t remember Price saying anything before he stabbed her. She screamed at him to stop and offered him her purse, thinking he was trying to rob her. But he got into the passenger side of the Honda. As the car slowly drove off, the wounded woman stepped from her vehicle and tried to read the license plate. She screamed for help and another female was able to take a photo of the Honda.

The victim, identified in charging papers as Jane Doe, was stabbed in the stomach above the diaphragm and also had two defensive stab wounds on her left hand. She was hospitalized and has since been released.

McKnight told detectives she was driving the Honda. She hadn’t heard Price’s exchange with the woman but knew that he’d stabbed her then got into McKnight’s car with a bloody knife and “told her to drive.”

They crossed Brooks Street and parked behind the Super 8 motel then went inside looking for someone to rob in order to get a new car. They found Keehner cleaning a room and, according to the complaint, Price “physically assaulted Lonette and forced her to empty her pockets and describe her car.”

He took her car keys and hotel pass key, handed them to McKnight, and told her to open the door across the hall. Price forced Keehner into the other room as McKnight reassured a guest attracted by the noise that “everything was fine.”

She then went outside and transferred their belongings from the Honda to Keehner’s car. Price ran out of the motel, and they drove away in the stolen vehicle, identified by police as a red 2009 Chevy Malibu.

McKnight said Price told her he’d killed Keehner. As they drove through town, he threw a bloody knife out the window. Based on information provided by McKnight, the knife was recovered Wednesday by Missoula police on Stephens Avenue near its intersection with Franklin Street.

Price and McKnight were arrested in Idaho after a cooperative effort between Missoula and Coeur d’Alene police and the U.S. Marshals Service’s violent crime task forces from Montana, Idaho and Washington.

The Billings Gazette reported that Price has been sentenced for four felony convictions in Custer County. He was convicted of forgery and theft in February 1998, and criminal production or manufacture of dangerous drugs and theft in August 2013. The latter two sentences were partially suspended.

The Montana Department of Corrections’ Offender Network website describes Price as a 5-foot-9, 185-pound man with multiple tattoos, among them a skull, barbed wire, devil head and a “tribal design.” “Outlaw” is tattooed on his back, “Why” on his right arm, and “Try” on his left arm.

He faces felony charges in Missoula County of deliberate homicide, attempted deliberate homicide, conspiracy to commit aggravated kidnapping, tampering with or fabricating physical evidence, and solicitation to commit a theft.

McKnight is not listed on the DOC offender website. She’s also charged with deliberate homicide and conspiracy to commit aggravated kidnapping, as well as accountability for deliberate homicide, tampering with or fabricating physical evidence, and the theft of Keehner’s car.

Deliberate homicide, attempted deliberate homicide and accountability for attempted deliberate homicide are all punishable by not less than 10 or more than 100 years in Montana State Prison. A conviction of conspiracy to commit aggravated kidnapping carries a punishment of two to 100 years in prison.

Keehner had worked as a housekeeper at the Super 8 motel for 21 years, according to her obituary received Thursday by the Missoulian.

She grew up in Blackfoot, a small community near Browning, and received a degree in criminal justice from Dawson Community College in Glendive in 1983.

Keehner is survived by her husband of 28 years, Dave Keehner of Missoula, and three children. Services will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at Garden City Funeral Home.