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LIVE OAK — Suwannee County Sheriff’s Office charged Kenneth Ray Barnhart on Sept. 8 with possession of Methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and stalking.57dd8019d0e19_image

According to the police report, police were dispatched around 8:30 a.m. to investigate a suspicious green Honda parked across the street from the caller’s home.

When the police arrived they found two white males sleeping in the car. The officer ordered the men to get out and they allowed the officer to search the Honda, the report states.

The officer found three used hypodermic needles. One needle had a small amount of liquid inside and tested positive for Methamphetamine, the report states.

Later, the officer spoke with the caller who said Barnhart had been stalking her and showing up at her home uninvited.

According to the report, the caller was in a relationship with Barnhart. They have a child together, and the night before, he came by her home under the influence of a narcotic, the report states.


Comments Off on Drug cannon used to launch drugs across the Mexican border discovered in Sonora

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Translated by El Wachito

Mexican police have found a ‘homemade cannon’ used to launch drugs across the border


According to the CNS (Comisión Nacional de Seguridad), the federal police seized a vehicle modified with a cannon that was used to launch packages of drugs across the Mexican Border.

The agency stated through a bulletin “CNS, through a joint effort with the federal police, detected a vehicle with modifications which were apparently used to launch packages of drugs through the Sonoran border”.
The confiscation of the vehicle occurred in Agua Prieta, were security elements detected the vehicle parked with no licence plates and with the doors open. “An air compressor was found in the inside, a motor tank, an air tank, and a metallic tube that was three meter long (resembling a homemade bazooka)”, detailed the CNS.

The rooftop of the vehicle was cut open in order to allow the metallic cannon to launch the packages.

The CNS stated, that the cannon was most likely to be used around the border area into the United States.

According to an investigation the vehicle confiscated was reported as stolen during July 1, 2016 in Hermosillo, Sonora. The vehicle and the modifications were secured by the Public Prosecutors Office.

Comments Off on How Mexican Drug Cartels Operate Like Silicon Valley Startups

Tunnels, catapults, drones, and manned semi-submersibles.

Breast implants, fake carrots, and puppies.

These are just a few examples of smuggling tactics used by Mexican and Central American organized crime groups to move illegal drugs and people across borders and past law enforcement. But they also exemplify the kinds of innovative behavior and problem-solving prowess that in other, legal contexts, such as Silicon Valley, often result in groundbreaking businesses.


However, reductionist and neocolonial theories of Mexican cartels have for too long hamstrung efforts to properly understand these complex entities and capture the vast potential therein, according to Dr. Rodrigo Nieto-Gomez. We, in essence, have failed to study these organizations within the right framework.

Nieto-Gomez, a research professor at the Center for Homeland Defense and Security and at the National Security Affairs Department of the Naval Postgraduate School, has spent much of his time over the last few years reconceptualizing our notion of this mysterious world. He has found that far from anything resembling The Godfather, the behavior of organized crime in Mexico more closely resembles the entrepreneurs and startups of Silicon Valley.

I caught up with Nieto-Gomez to talk about criminal entrepreneurship, the potential for capturing these innovation skills, and how organized crime in Mexico really works.

Motherboard: What are you currently working on?
Nieto-Gomez: My key research agenda right now is based on analyzing criminal entrepreneurship. When you see what it takes to smuggle drugs from Mexico to the US, those are the kinds of skill sets we go and admire at a maker’s faire in San Mateo [California]. You take a compressor and mix it with a potato gun and you start shooting cocaine or marijuana … over the border. It’s freaking amazing. It’s completely unhindered by regulation. If you want to see what true libertarian, Ayn Rand capitalism looks like, don’t look at the US, but Mexico, and specifically the drug cartels.

“Sorry Amazon, you aren’t the first to deliver products via drone.”

What kind of innovations are you expecting to see from drug traffickers in the next few years?
If you want to get funky and think about the future of drug smuggling: UAVs [unmanned aerial vehicles] or unmanned semi-submersibles. You can send them from Colombia or Venezuela and program the coordinates all the way to the US. If you send 10 of them and only one makes it, you are still making a hefty profit.

What we are actually seeing are off-the-shelf drones bringing payloads of cocaine. Sorry Amazon, you aren’t the first to deliver products via drone; the Gulf Cartel did it first. Cocaine is the perfect product for a drone payload. It’s compact, stable, and highly profitable.


Organized crime, and organized crime in Mexico especially, is often portrayed as a top-down enterprise. What have you found through your research regarding these “cartels” or organizations?
It’s not the one that Mario Puzo sold to us in TheGodfather, with the puppeteer’s hand controlling every puppet. I don’t think that’s a good representation of organized crime and I don’t think it ever was.

What we see in Mexico is more akin to Silicon Valley, and the relationship with venture capitalists and startups. You’re good at what you do so I’ll fund you. I’ll give you access to the narcotics, you sell them for me, and you make some money. Out of that money you hire somebody else to help. You start to create your small little enterprise. If one day one part of the operation is captured or killed it’s just one start-up. The different organizations in Mexico will have hundreds of operations like that operating at the same time and in the same chain.

So I imagine you see a lot of innovative potential in many of the kids who have already been absorbed into organized crime or exist on the peripheries of society?
Honoré de Balzac had this great saying that “behind every fortune there is a great crime”. Now, I don’t know about a great crime but certainly an act of deviance. If you do business like everyone else is doing business you will only be one more. Then we see the Steve Jobs, the Elon Musks, the Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerbergs that come and break the rules, sometimes literally.

Napster was a criminal activity, people went to prison for it. It was shut down by the Department of Justice. Hackers, ooooo, evil. Yeah, except that it opened up the business model to companies such as Netflix and Spotify.

Maybe the next Steve Jobs is a girl in Oaxaca.

Kids are fairly comfortable breaking the rules, especially in the tougher areas of most countries. Normally your challenge in the general population is to teach them entrepreneurship. The problem with the kids involved in organized crime isn’t teaching them entrepreneurship but rule-following, to come back from where they went when they went too far. But that’s a good place to be.

Maybe the next Steve Jobs is a girl in Oaxaca. Will she have the chance to expand and create or will she be trapped in a shitty job in a maquiladora because she didn’t have the opportunities and became stuck?

And what about the fighting of local gangs in the US? If there was one drug supplier—let’s take the Sinaloa Cartel as an example—to two gangs in the US, wouldn’t this single supplier bond them? Or at least inconvenience the Sinaloa Cartel?
Not necessarily. The one supplier doesn’t necessarily care as long as they are getting their drugs across the border. They don’t care if these gangs are killing each other. What we’ve seen time and time again in Mexico is that cartels will sell to rival gangs without a problem. You’ll have rival gangs buying from more than one supplier.

One way of thinking of that is that it isn’t the cartel that is selling it to them, it’s the cartel that is funding operations. It’s almost like the internet. You have packages that go from this computer to that computer. Frankly, I don’t care how it gets there. I just need it to get there. A lot of drug smuggling happens like that. I have a drug here and I’ll send it there. What happens in between, well, I really don’t care, at least not that much.

So I’ll be funding different chains. For example you have operations that specialize in smuggling on the US border. That’s all they do. Or I move drugs within Mexico, from Chiapas to Guadalajara; these are the famous plazas that are terribly misunderstood. A plaza is an area where X cartel has enforcement forces to limit mobility to competition. We think of them as territories and they are more like supply chains. These are not marching armies; these are UPS carriers. It’s about maintaining access to the highway system, for example. The reality though is that supply chains of competitors do overlap.

And is this when we can expect waves of violence in Mexico?
A lot of these fights we get, when the levels of violence spike in Mexico, it’s mostly because one member of one chain crossed the supply line of another member. One of the explanations of increases in violence becomes then not so much a matter of someone trying to take a plaza. It’s that somebody found another supplier and started piggybacking on the supply chain—they start moving drugs for more than one supplier.

But waves of violence tend to be complex phenomena and as such, they rarely have a single point of origin.


Don’t you think if people really knew the odds of being captured or killed while working as a drug dealer they might reassess their career choice?
But what are the odds of becoming the next Steve Jobs or Elon Musk? They are tiny. But they fuel the dreams of 90 something percent of entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley that will probably fail. It’s ambition. These are low probability high reward kinds of environments. And that is highly ambitious behavior that you want to encourage. Those are the people that see a problem and don’t get deterred. They change everything.

One of the biggest missed opportunities on the War on Drugs is that we haven’t identified a way of filtering out these high-risk tolerant people that we are losing to organized crime. We aren’t providing any alternatives for them to take the exit and leverage some of the skill sets they acquired in a way that would be both high-risk and high-reward and also legal.


Comments Off on Erik Lee Nugent, 47, of Missoula, arrested for plying underage girls with Methamphetamine and drugs and sexually assaulting them

MISSOULA — A 47-year-old Missoula man is facing a host of felony charges for allegedly drugging underage girls as young as 12 with meth, alcohol and ecstasy and violently raping them.

Erik Lee Nugent appeared in Missoula County Justice Court on Thursday. He is charged with 12 felonies, including sexual abuse of children, sexual intercourse without consent, 57dc9918c46c2-imageendangering the welfare of a child and sexual assault. The incidents are alleged to have occurred with multiple girls dating back to 2008.

Nugent was reported to Missoula police detectives by coworkers who were concerned about his sexualized comments about children. A witness told detectives that Nugent told her that he had videotaped a 17-year-old performing oral sex on him, and that he also “had a thing” with a 14-year-old.

In an interview at First Step Resource Center, the 17-year-old told investigators that Nugent “got her high, fed her drugs, called guys over to (expletive) her, choked her, cut her up, tied her down and bruised her.” She said this occurred in his basement, and he would also use objects such as a hammer to have sex with her and make her call him “daddy.”

The girl said she used meth and alcohol with Nugent while he took pictures, and she said he told her he’s done this type of thing with a bunch of other girls. She said that while she did not protest to engaging in sexual intercourse at the time, she was high on meth. She often communicated to him on Facebook.

Another witness told detectives that Nugent was bringing girls aged 14 and 15 into the woods and having sex with them. On March 3, detectives spoke with an alleged 14-year-old victim. She said she met Nugent when she was 13 and he got her hooked on meth. She recalled watching porn with him on a laptop computer, and he had asked if she wanted Adderall via the social media app Snapchat.

In one conversation, Nugent allegedly told the girl not to tell anyone that he had “smoked up” with her because he was afraid “they would call the popo” on him.

Another alleged victim who is now 15 told police that she explicitly told Nugent that she was 14 when they first met. She said she was living with Nugent and he provided drugs such as acid, mushrooms, Ritalin, ecstacy, marijuana and meth. She disclosed that when she once did molly with Nugent while several other people were present, he put his mouth and hands on her private parts. She said Nugent also took a photo of her topless with his work cellphone.

Detectives executed a search warrant of Nugent’s Facebook page on March 23, and found that most messages were deleted. They did discover that he had sent another victim a photo of a glass pipe with the words “I love meth” written on it.

In December of last year, detectives interviewed alleged victims who were 12 and 13 during an incident the previous July. They stated that an unidentified male “about 40 years old” picked them up at the skatepark and then they took some white pills and smoked marijuana. The girl said she was “messed up” but at some point the man touched her genitals and tried kissing her.

She reported in the following days after being assaulted, the male found her on Facebook and sent her messages. She later identified Nugent as the assailant from a police lineup.

Nugent is being held on $150,000 bond at the Missoula County Detention Center.

Comments Off on Children’s exposure to Methamphetamine via parents is growing; Missouri Children’s Division seeing effects

A former Cape Girardeau pediatrician told a crowd of area law-enforcement officers Friday they may have a decision to make.

They may have to determine whether to allow children to keep teddy bears coated in methamphetamine contaminants that could make them sick, or allow them to keep the stuffed animals because they served as a comfort while they were being neglected by their addicted parents.

“A parent who is high on meth is not a good parent,” Dr. James Hoffman said. “I saw a story about parents who slept for days and did not feed their kids.”

The 32nd Judicial Circuit Court Juvenile and Missouri Children’s Division officers have become familiar with decisions related to removing children from homes where methamphetamine use is a regular reality.

Juvenile officer Randy Rhodes, a 32-year veteran in the field, said 383 children were placed in foster care in the 32nd circuit in 2016 — more than double a typical year.

Of the 275 children placed in foster care from Cape Girardeau, Rhodes said about 175 were removed because of drug use in the home, and methamphetamine is the top drug in the area.

“We’re hearing there’s no end in sight,” Rhodes said.

Rhodes enlisted Hoffman to speak during a training session for juvenile officers and the Missouri Children’s Division officers at the Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center so the officers could become familiar with symptoms of methamphetamine exposure in children.

Cape Girardeau law-enforcement officials said methamphetamine use has increased in the county, based on an increase in arrests.

In Cape Girardeau, the number of methamphetamine arrests nearly doubled from 2014 to 2015. SEMO Drug Task Force director Mark McClendon said almost all the methamphetamine in Southeast Missouri is imported from Mexico.

The influx of children exposed to methamphetamine is creating challenges for foster families, Missouri Children’s Division circuit manager Susan Bundy said.

Children who are exposed to methamphetamine in the womb are prone to tremors, seizures and sudden infant death syndrome, Hoffman said.

When those children grow into toddlers, they are prone to speech and language difficulties, hourlong temper tantrums and extremely aggressive behavior, Hoffman said. By the time those children are in elementary school, they often have trouble reading because of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and dyslexia, and they are more prone to psychiatric disorders, Hoffman said.

Children also are exposed to methamphetamine by parents smoking the drug in the same environment. Bundy gave the example of a 10-year-old who tested positive for methamphetamine, although he had never seen his parents use the drug.

“It goes throughout the whole house; it’s on clothes,” Bundy said. “Meth users excrete chemicals when they sweat. When they pick up an infant, it could transfer.”

Hoffman differentiated between congenital and acquired methamphetamine exposure, parents using methamphetamine around their children. He gave lists of physical symptoms for acquired exposure from headache and nausea to jaundice and hallucinations with high amounts of contact with the drug. Harrison said children who suffer from acquired exposure are more prone to anxiety, depression and ADHD.

Long-term affects of chronic methamphetamine exposure still are being studied. But central nervous system damage, liver and kidney damage and cancer could be the result, Hoffman said. He defined chronic exposure as lasting four or more months. Juvenile officer Krystal McLane said some children suffer methamphetamine exposure for years before they are removed from a home.

“We haven’t watched these kids long enough,” Hoffman said of the need for further study.

Bundy expressed some concern about uniformly applying symptoms as Hoffman described. A Missouri Children’s Division officer may not know whether a child is being hyperactive and throwing hourlong temper tantrums because of a lack of discipline at home or because he was exposed to methamphetamine in the womb.

“We just don’t know, really,” Bundy said. “Is it meth, or environment instead?”


Comments Off on Methamphetamine will take you ‘dark places you couldn’t even dream existed in your worst nightmares’
A 45-year-old Bay of Plenty man who first tried P aged 26 says the Bay scene is “the worst its ever been”, with meth “easier to score in Tauranga than cannabis … you can get some pretty bloody quick, in half an hour.” Clean now for 8 years, he regrets his “soulless, immoral” years on the drug which catapulted him into a murky world of crime and violence, and supports calls for a rehabilitation centre in the Bay.

Forty-five-year-old Shane looks like a man you wouldn’t want to mess with.

Heavy set, tattooed, he has scars where once he smashed a wall in a P-fuelled rage, and another time he attacked a mate with a wheelbrace when he had pinched one of Shane’s smokes.

Shane (not his real name) and his mates used to get “fried” on meth and watch episodes of Breaking Bad and laugh, “because it was like a comedy to us”.

In the downtown Tauranga cafe where we meet, an elderly woman comes over to ask Shane to unscrew the top off a bottle, saying, “You look like you have muscles, dear, can you help me with this?”

When she moves away, Shane chuckles, baring missing teeth. “If only she knew.”

In the years Shane was addicted to meth, he admits he was violent, involved in crime, and “lost his morals”.

Those in his circle met various fates over the years “some got busted, went to prison. Lost custody of their kids. Disappeared. Overdosed…”

Addicted to methamphetamine on and off since he was 26, Shane has now been clean for eight years, has turned his life around, gone to university and works in the alcohol and drug addiction sector.

Meth is is not a game, this is not Breaking Bad … this is not a drug you can mess around in thinking it is just fun. It will get you. It will take you down dark places you couldn’t even dream existed in your worst nightmares.


He wanted to share his story at a time when he said the region is in the grip of the worst meth epidemic he has seen, far worse he says than back in 2007 when he was an associate “meth cook”, filling capsules to supply. His good friend, the “main cook”, worked from his rural farm.

It was a world, he said, in which guns and other weapons were the norm.

“I had guns, and a crossbow … in the farm there were guns everywhere, and cameras. You get paranoid.”

The farm where his friend cooked up large quantities of methamphetamine just looked like any other rural property he said.

“If you went up the lane you would never know … but inside there were containers and containers of it. That was his full-time job, cooking it … and he was good at it. He would mainly cook for rich business clients. He would make $50,000 a week easy and that was on a slow week … he had one guy, a business guy who would buy an ounce a week at $20,000.”

Shane said the meth scene was not about guys wearing gang patches.

“Sure, some people are involved in gangs, but the big players are business people.”

Shane says he never cooked himself, but would fill capsules “of freshly cooked stuff” for his own use, and to on-sell.

“I don’t know how many I would make, I was so frizzled, I would be just filling them and filling them. I didn’t care really as long as I had enough.

“I had no soul … I did bad things. I hurt my parents. I stole, lied, cheated, hurt people.”

He had first tried the drug when a flatmate offered it to him.

Sure, some people are involved in gangs, but the big players are business people.


“Back then I had never even heard of it. My flatmate put it in a glass of water and I drank it. I had this old ute that I had been doing up for ages. After I drank that water within 24 hours I had the whole thing cleaned up and painted. When I started coming down and he said, ‘mate do you want a bit more?’, I said, ‘hell yeah, this stuff is good.'”

At first he thought it made his life better. “I got things done, was good at my job.”

Soon he was taking 1g a day in water throughout the day. Within three months he was injecting. In three years he had lost huge amounts of weight, and his job, and had started to do house burglaries to fund his 3g-a-day habit.

He would have regular rages, including attacking a flatmate with a wheelbrace after he had pinched one of his smokes. Malnourished, and injecting in all parts of his body, he had a bleeding, pus-filled infection from a gaping wound in the back of his head. “I didn’t even remember how I got it.”

He ignored that, but couldn’t ignore a letter from his mother who pleaded with him to stop.

“She asked me what had happened to her boy, where had her son gone who used to talk and laugh. I cried solid for two days. I still have that letter, and pull it out now.”

He would try to stop using, but would be lured back in by friends.

“It was just everywhere, and that is the problem for kids today … that it’s even more around, so if you do become addicted, it is hard to get off it as it is just all around you.”

When his friend’s farm was raided by police, and Shane’s supply cut off, he “lost the plot” and punched the wall in a P-fuelled rage, breaking every bone in his hand.

“I lied to doctors but my family doctor who had known me since I was 10 wasn’t fooled. He put me on these pills. I thought they were for my arm, but they were anti-depressants.”

The doctor referred him to Hanmer Clinic for intense therapy but Shane said because it was outpatient, he was still tempted.

“In the end the doctor said to me, there is is no rehab in the Bay so why don’t you go to university. It was such an ‘out there’ thing to say, I thought he had started on the P too. But he told me that they need qualified people who have real understanding of what addicts go through.”

In the end, going to university saved Shane, as he started to move in different circles. He shifted back to his parents’.

“To get off P, you need the support of family, change your circle of friends, treatment, but also you have to want to do it … I was lucky I had my parents, without them I wouldn’t be here. Not everyone has that, so that [shows] we really do need a residential place here.”

Now 45, Shane is clean, his employer knows his history and he enjoys helping others in the throes of the addiction that took so many years of his own life away. He continues supervision and counselling himself.

“Any former addict can struggle … if you put it in front of me now, it would be hard.”

That is a worry for everyone he says in the Bay where meth is now “easier to score than cannabis, in half an hour, you can get it pretty bloody quick”.

As well as his visible scars, Shane has ongoing stomach and liver problems which doctors link to his years of drug use. He suffers from depression, and has never had a long-term relationship.

“Meth is is not a game, this is not Breaking Bad … this is not a drug you can mess around in thinking it is just fun. It will get you. It will take you down dark places you couldn’t even dream existed in your worst nightmares.”


Comments Off on William Edward Chalfant, 29, and the girl’s aunt, Michelle Dawn Pfoutz, 34, kept teen high on Methamphetamine, heroin for 8 straight days, sexually assaulted her

MUNCIE, Ind. — Police say a Muncie man and woman gave a teenager heroin and meth. The man is also accused of sexually assaulting the girl while she was under the influence of the drugs.

William Edward Chalfant, 29, of the 2100 block of South 636096262205544019-william-chalfantArlington Road, was arrested Thursday on preliminary charges of rape, neglect of a dependent, attempted child exploitation and theft.

Chalfant’s aunt, Michelle Dawn Pfoutz, 34, of the 2400 block of South Vine Street, was also arrested on preliminary charges of battery resulting in serious bodily injury, strangulation, neglect of a dependent and theft.

In an affidavit, city police investigator Kristofer Swanson wrote the alleged victim in the case was brought to the emergency 636096263190534333-michelle-pfoutzdepartment at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital in early August, “hallucinating and going through severe withdrawal.”

The girl said she had spent several days with Pfoutz and Chalfant, and was given heroin and meth, “continuing to keep her high through the time she was staying with them.”

She said they took her to local drug houses during her “eight-day binge,” at one point injecting her with a “speed ball,” a combination of meth and heroin.

She said Pfoutz “attempted to get her to have sex and give nude massages in exchange for money.”

The girl also said Pfoutz had choked her until she lost consciousness.

Swanson reported the girl’s cellphone contained text messages from Chalfant in which he apologized for having sex with the teen.

Chalfant also sent the teen — who is under the age of 18 — photos of his genitals, the document said.

When interviewed by police, Chalfant  “admitted to supplying (the girl) with heroin to keep her from going through withdrawal.”

Pfoutz, meanwhile, denied “any knowledge of drug use,” he wrote.

Chalfant was being held in the Delaware County jail on Friday under a bond of $80,000. Pfoutz’s bond was set at $40,000.


MUNCIE, Ind. – Muncie authorities say Michelle Pfoust and William Chalfant kept a teenage relative trapped in a drug-induced stupor for eight days.

According to court documents, the 17-year-old victim told investigators she initially only wanted to smoke marijuana with them, but was pressured into using harder drugs like meth and heroin.

Court documents also reveal that during those eight days, Pfoust and Chalfant took their young family member to area drug houses, where she was encouraged to perform sex acts in exchange for money. The victim told investigators things were a blur during what she described as an “eight-day binge” and also told authorities at one of the houses she was shot up with a speedball, which is meth and heroin combined. At one point, Chalfant is also alleged to have had sex with the teenage victim.

“You know it’s just an ongoing struggle,” said Investigator Kris Swanson, of the Muncie Police Department.

Authorities say this is just one example out of many related to families and drug abuse that are happening more and more around Muncie and Indiana.

“Its just an ongoing effort,” said Swanson, “for law enforcement and social services to just combat that.”

The victim was eventually taken to a hospital with withdrawal symptoms so severe she was put into ICU. Pfoust and Chalfant are behind bars facing a number of felony charges including neglect of a dependent and theft. Chalfant also faces a charge of rape.



Police: Relatives kept teen high on meth, heroin for 8 straight days

Comments Off on Mother, Samantha Green, of Woodland, found guilty in killing of her 20-day-old son, ‘Baby Justice’ while high on Methamphetamine

A Woodland woman has been found guilty of killing her 20-day-old son.

Samantha Green was found guilty of second-degree murder 635823982102864806-635608845566829444-green-samantha-mugshot-back_127288_ver1-0Friday in a Yolo County court. She faces a sentence of 15 years to life in prison; sentencing is set for Nov. 1. The jury deliberated for three days and returned with a unanimous verdict.

“There’s no winners in this case,” said Yolo County Deputy District Attorney Ryan Couzens. “That little boy didn’t have to die. The case and the meaning to take from it is taking methamphetamine is not a victimless crime. Just as shown in this case, it can devastate families, steals anything worth having in people’s lives. That little boy didn’t have to die, but for the choices Ms. Green made.”

The body of Green’s son, Justice Rees, was found in a thicket on the south bank of Ridge Cut Slough west of Knights Landing Feb. 25, 2015 by the Yolo County Sheriff’s Office marine patrol search and rescue unit. Autopsy reports said Justice drowned or succumbed to hypothermia due to exposure to cold water and air. Justice had been dead for several hours when his body was found, authorities said.

“There wasn’t a lot of disagreement on the facts, really. It was just a matter of presenting the facts to the jury and then having them decide whether it was murder or manslaughter,” Couzens said. “We talked about Ms. Green’s upbringing, her history with methamphetamine, we talked about some of her family history. Actually, the defense brought a lot of that in.

Green was found Feb. 24 near the slough by a citizen who heard her calling for help. She was described as cold and dehydrated and later tested positive for methamphetamine. Green told investigators that she and her son were abducted on Feb. 23. Investigators were not able to substantiate the abduction claim, and Green was arrested Feb. 28.

“Murder is, showing under these circumstances, a conscious disregard for life,” Couzens said. “In this case, Ms. Green got high on methamphetamine, and then she took her son in his most vulnerable state, into the slough area, where she ultimately ended up crashing out on methamphetamine. In our opinion, the fact that she was aware of the effects of methamphetamine, which came out in the trial, meant she was consciously disregarding that risk. Ms. Green knew methamphetamine affected her. She had a lifetime of experience with methamphetamine and knew it would impair her. She decided to take methamphetamine that day and take her son into that slough area.”


Comments Off on Jacob M. Gibson, 22, of Cave City, accused of holding runaway teen girl as ‘sex slave’ while he used Methamphetamine

A northeast Arkansas man is accused of making a runaway teenage girl his “sex slave,” repeatedly raping her while she lived with him and his family, officials say.

The Sharp County sheriff’s office arrested Jacob M. Gibson, 22, of Cave City on Sept. 4 after his mother, Rossann Gibson, responded to a “frantic phone call” that afternoon from the 17-year-old victim, who was incomprehensible, according to the affidavit.

He faces three counts of rape, one count of kidnapping and one count of trafficking of persons, all class Y felonies, records show.

When the call abruptly ended, Rossann Gibson told officials she “raced home” from church to the home where she, her son and Jacob Gibson’s stepfather lived on Brickle Springs Road in Cave City. There, she found Jacob Gibson and the girl locked in a shed.

Rossann Gibson was able to convince her son to open the shed door, at which point the teenager ran in the direction of the woman’s vehicle.

Away from the home, the teenager told Rosann Gibson her account of what Jacob Gibson had done to her over a week-long period, including forcing her to perform numerous sexual acts.

Jacob Gibson told the sheriff’s office that their sexual encounters began two months after they met, adding that when a request for her to perform sexual acts on him was not met on his birthday and nearly three months after, he “collected what he was owed.”

The teenager and Gibson met after he was unable to meet up with his biological father in Washington, authorities said. They then traveled to Arkansas together.

Soon after arriving in Cave City, the teenager said, Jacob Gibson cut off contact with her family and began to dictate her interactions with his own family. She added that her living arrangement at the home became increasingly worse with the man’s abuse of methamphetamine.

Rossann Gibson said she began to fear for the teenager’s safety when she began to see the girl less frequently and believed that “something hadn’t been right for some time” but didn’t have enough evidence to seek help.

Gibson tested positive for methamphetamine and THC at the Sharp County jail, where he remained as of Friday afternoon.


Comments Off on Brashear High School teacher, 50-year-old Adam Deutsch, arrested on child porn, Methamphetamine charges

HAMPTON TOWNSHIP, Pa.A Pittsburgh Brashear High School teacher was arrested on child pornography and drug-related charges after a search warrant was executed at his home, the District Attorney’s Office said on Friday.brashear-jpg

Three images of infants in sexual acts or poses were found on a laptop belonging to 50-year-old Adam Deutsch, and three more images of male children were on the Hampton Township man’s flash drive, according to the criminal complaint.

“He stated that he may have 50 to 60 images of child pornography and 20 to 30 videos of child pornography on his flash drive and/or laptop. He stated that the ages of child pornography are from infants to 13 to 14 years old,” the complaint said.

Agents from the DA’s office also found suspected “meth” in Deutsch’s room, according to the complaint.

“He has worked for the district for approximately 25 years, and has spent the past five years at Brashear,” said Pittsburgh Public School spokesperson, Ebony Pugh.

Pugh said Deutsch has been placed on paid administrative leave.


Comments Off on 21-year-old woman busted with 43 pounds of Methamphetamine by El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents working at the Highway 86 checkpoint in Salton

SALTON CITY, Calif. – El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents working at the Highway 86 checkpoint in Salton City arrested a 21-year-old woman suspected of smuggling methamphetamine on Thursday.9-16-border-meth-jpg

Agents said the woman pulled up to the checkpoint at about 4:45 p.m. in a Nissan Sentra. A canine alerted agents to her car for secondary inspection.

Authorities said they found 35 packages of methamphetamine wrapped in cellophane hidden under the front and rear floor mats of the vehicle. The meth weighed 43.87 pounds and agents said it’s estimated to be worth $175,480 on the street.

Border Patrol said the woman is from the United States and the DEA is now investigating the incident.

Comments Off on 21-year-old woman busted with 43 pounds of Methamphetamine by El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents working at the Highway 86 checkpoint in Salton

SALTON CITY, Calif. – El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents working at the Highway 86 checkpoint in Salton City arrested a 21-year-old woman suspected of smuggling methamphetamine on Thursday.

Agents said the woman pulled up to the checkpoint at about 4:45 p.m. in a Nissan Sentra. A canine alerted 9-16-border-meth-jpgagents to her car for secondary inspection.

Authorities said they found 35 packages of methamphetamine wrapped in cellophane hidden under the front and rear floor mats of the vehicle. The meth weighed 43.87 pounds and agents said it’s estimated to be worth $175,480 on the street.

Border Patrol said the woman is from the United States and the DEA is now investigating the incident.

Comments Off on 10 pounds of Methamphetamine seized in Malin home

KLAMATH COUNTY, Ore. – More than ten pounds of methamphetamine, a semi-automatic handgun and packaging materials were seized from a residence in Malin on September 15.

Basin Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Team (BINET) served a search warrant at 22102 Harpold Road.

Although no one was home, and no arrests were made, the large amount of methamphetamine is valued at nearly $55,000-60,000.

This 10-pound seizure of methamphetamine is the largest BINET bust to date.


Comments Off on U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers find more than 3 pounds of Methamphetamine inside Xbox

NOGALES, AZ – A teen was arrested Thursday for trying to smuggle drugs inside a video game console.

A release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection says officers referred a 16-year-old for further questioning when he tried to enter knxv-meth-inside-xbox-1-9-16_1474062571434_46448162_ver1-0_640_480through the Morley pedestrian crossing, which separates the U.S. and Mexico sides of Nogales.

A narcotics-detection canine alerted officers to the possible presence of drugs inside an Xbox gaming system. Authorities said they found more than three pounds of methamphetamine inside, valued at nearly $10,000.

The drugs were seized and the teen was turned over to immigration and customs enforcement officials.


Comments Off on Richland Parish teacher’s transfer brings light to faulty Louisiana child protection law regarding possession of Methamphetamine

RICHLAND PARISH, La. – Lucille Wade taught at Start Elementary for seventeen years. She loved it there.

“That was my home school. I loved everybody. I loved the kids. I loved the faculty,” Wade says.

On August 31st of this year, she got a call to the principal’s office.

“I was just told that after seventeen years at Start, that I was going to Rayville,” she says. “I was devastated, absolutely just devastated.”

Enrollment was down at Start, leaving the school with a surplus of teachers. Instead of releasing a new hire, they transferred Wade, but that’s not all that upset her. Wade is furious about who the school decided to keep… a teacher she feels should not be teaching at all: Toni Pruitt.

Pruitt has been a teacher for years, but according to minutes from the Franklin Parish School Board meeting, she resigned mid-year in 2014 for personal reasons.

In April of 2015, Pruitt was charged with possession of methamphetamine. In June of 2015, Pruitt was also charged with obstruction of justice for influencing a young girl to write a contradictory statement to police about a sex crime involving that child, according to Louisiana District Attorney Mack Lancaster.

Pruitt pleaded guilty to two felonies in August of this year, and one week later was hired to teach second grade at Start Elementary.

“They’re bringing in a felon to teach children. Who on Earth, what parent, would want their children being taught by a felon?” asks Wade, outraged.

KNOE asked The Richland Parish School Board about the decision to keep Pruitt on staff despite her convictions. In an e-mail, the superintendent declined to comment, citing personnel laws, only saying, “The board does not knowingly hire anyone whose employment would violate provisions of the Louisiana Child Protection Act.”

Pruitt’s convictions do not violate the Louisiana Child Protection Act, a Louisiana law with specific statutes that teachers would have to violate for them to be disqualified from employment. The act prevents persons who have been convicted for the manufacture or distribution of meth from being hired by the school district, but does not prevent persons convicted for possession of meth.

Wade says this makes no sense “because she’s a felon, and she was hired to teach that second grade position that got cut.”

Parents have also reached out to KNOE, saying they would not allow their children to stay in Pruitt’s class.

Wade tried pleading with the superintendent when she first heard the news of her transfer.

“All he would tell me was it’s not written in stone,” she says.

At the last Richland Parish School Board meeting, Wade pleaded again. Some of her former students, and their parents, even came to support her.

The school board voted to approve this year’s personnel transfer, officially transferring Wade to Rayville, and leaving Pruitt at Start.

KNOE has attempted to contact Pruitt through Facebook, as well as through her family members, but she has not responded to our multiple requests for comment.–393797561.html


Comments Off on Montana sees most deaths by suicide – driven in part by the Methamphetamine epidemic – according to Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

GREAT FALLS – “Montana has the highest rate of suicide in the country.” says Eileen Zeller , The Lead Public Health Advisor for Suicide Prevention, with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration Services.

In the past year Montana has been the state with the most death caused by suicide, but even national rates are at a  historically high level

“This has to do with loss of income, loss of jobs, loss of homes, and we’re still looking to come out of the great recession.” said Zeller.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has related peaks in suicide to the recession that started back in 2008. But the Montana Department of Health and Human Services has a few more reasons why suicide is so prevalent here.

“Access to lethal means, alcohol sense of being a burden, social isolation ..”are just some of the reasons named by DPHHS Public Information Officer Jon Ebelt, And then there is our large number of veterans…

“22 Veterans commit suicide each day.” said Cascade County Veterans Court Judge Greg Pinski.

“We work very very closely with the department of Veterans Affairs we talk with them several times a week to make sure we are providing them with the best service possible.” said Zeller.

And then there’s another epidemic that drives Montanan’s to suicide, the use of methamphetamine. SAMHSA reports show that nearly 22% of methamphetamine users consider suicide.

“We know that people who have substance use disorders are at increased risk for suicide.” said Zeller.

As September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month SAMHSA is hoping to get $88 million in federal funding. Part of this funding will go to suicide help at the University of Montana and the Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribes.


Comments Off on Michelle Martens, 35, her 31-year-old boyfriend Fabian Gonzales and his 31-year-old cousin Jessica Kelley all face first-degree murder charges along with other charges in the death of Martens’ 10-year-old daughter, Victoria

The three suspects arrested in connection to the vicious rape and murder of a New Mexico girl — including her own mother — have pleaded not guilty to all counts at their arraignments Friday.

Michelle Martens, 35, her 31-year-old boyfriend Fabian Gonzales and his 31-year-old cousin Jessica Kelley all face first-degree murder martensdocs-640x506charges along with a slew of other charges in the death of Martens’ 10-year-old daughter, Victoria, authorities said.

Charges against the trio include intentional abuse of a child resulting in death and rape of a child under 13, KRQE reported.

Kelley was hit with 23 charges, while Gonzales faces 20 and Martens faces 19, according to reports.

Instead of celebrating her 10th birthday on August 24 with cake and manicures, police said Victoria spent the day being tortured, first injected with methamphetamine by Gonzales and Kelley “to calm her down” so the pair could sexually assault her, according to a criminal complaint obtained by the Albuquerque Journal.

Fabian Gonzales, 31, is accused in the killing of 10-year-old Victoria Martens on Wednesday, August 24, 2016. Marten's mother, Michelle Martin, 35, and and another woman, Jessica Kelley, 31, are also accused in the crime. (MDC) Thu Aug 25 17:38:07 -0600 2016 1472168287 FILENAME: 217400.jpg

Fabian Gonzales, 31, is accused in the killing of 10-year-old Victoria Martens on Wednesday, August 24, 2016. Marten’s mother, Michelle Martin, 35, and and another woman, Jessica Kelley, 31, are also accused in the crime. 

Her mother stood by as the attack went on and continued to do nothing as Gonzales allegedly strangled her and Kelley stabbed her before dismembering her body, the complaint said.

Victoria had endured multiple sexual assaults leading up to her death because her mother “enjoyed it,” police said.

Martens told authorities she had set up encounters with at least three men to abuse her daughter before the little girl’s death, using the dating website Plenty of Fish to find men who would have sex with her children, according to search warrants obtained by theJournal.

Men may have also raped Victoria’s younger sibling as well, police said.

Gonzales and Kelley’s bonds were set at $1 million cash only, while Martens’ bond was set at $1.5 million cash only.


The violent sexual attack that ended Victoria Martens’ life apparently was not the first time she was raped.

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Jessica Kelley, 31. 

The 10-year-old’s mother, Michelle Martens, told police she had allowed other men to sexually assault her daughter and said she had sought out the men online and at work. She told police she had set up encounters with at least three.
One of them was a co-worker. Two others she met online, including Fabian Gonzales, 31. He was to be the last.

That’s because Gonzales is accused, along with Martens and Gonzales’ cousin, Jessica Kelley, of killing and dismembering the little girl in one of the most gruesome crimes in Albuquerque history.

Martens, 35, told police she didn’t do it for the money. She set up the sexual assaults because she enjoyed watching.

Martens’ statement to police is included in nearly a dozen search warrants obtained by the Journal. Investigators sought DNA evidence from the suspects, as well as multiple electronic devices and a camcorder they believed may have been used for sexual exploitation of children.

The documents offer a more complete picture of the late-night and early-morning hours when Victoria was reportedly killed and provide a glimpse into Martens’ alleged repeated abuse of her children. The Journal chose not to include some of the most disturbing details from the documents.

Martens told police she used the dating website Plenty of Fish to look for men to have sex with Victoria and possibly Victoria’s younger sibling, according to the records.

“Michelle said ‘yeah’ when asked if she would agree with them over the internet or over the phone that they would come over and have sex with her children,” an investigator wrote in one of the documents.

It’s unclear how long she’d been arranging meetings before Victoria was killed or if police have identified any of those men.
Officer Tanner Tixier, a spokesman with the Albuquerque Police Department, said investigators are working with federal agencies to determine whether Martens or anyone else will face federal charges for alleged online activity.

He said he doesn’t know whom police have interviewed and said if other arrests are made, it could take awhile.

“This will be a very thorough, long investigation,” he said.

The timeline of events that led to the girl’s killing is unclear, but neighbors saw and heard portions of it.

Around 10 p.m. the night of Aug. 23, multiple people reported seeing one of the accused, Kelley, 31, carrying Victoria in her arms down the stairs from an apartment.

It’s unclear if the girl was alive or dead.

“Are you ready?” a neighbor overheard Kelley ask Martens.

Around 3 a.m. the next morning, the same witness heard screaming coming from the apartment.
Martens told officers the group gave Victoria methamphetamine orally for her to swallow.

Martens said she believes the methamphetamine was what killed Victoria, though police disagree.

Tixier said police believe she died later from strangulation or stab wounds.

Martens said she watched Kelley hold Victoria down while Gonzales raped and strangled her. Kelley then stabbed her, and she and Gonzales dismembered her body and set her on fire in the bathtub, according to the court records.

Witnesses said that around 4:30 a.m., Martens and Gonzales went to neighbors and said they had been attacked by Kelley. Martens said her daughter was still in the apartment. Neighbors called police, who found the grisly scene.

Investigators are looking into whether Martens ever videotaped or photographed the sexual assaults. They seized a camcorder and nine minidiscs, five smartphones, a thumb drive, iPod, cellphone, tablet and Kindle.

“In my training and experience, those who are interested in the sexual exploitation of children are also interested in exploiting images of children for sexual gratification,” an officer wrote in one of the search warrant affidavits.

Investigators are looking at the phones to see with whom Martens communicated prior to her daughter’s death.
Tixier said he didn’t know what investigators found on the devices.

No incidents of physical or sexual abuse were ever reported to the Children, Youth and Families Department, according to a spokesman.

Through his attorney, the father of Martens’ other child said he had no knowledge of Martens’ alleged actions involving her children.

He is seeking orders of protection against all three suspects to protect his child if they are released.

“The petitions he filed are based on the evidence released about Victoria’s murder as well as information his son has disclosed to him since the murder,” said attorney Michelle Cortez in an emailed statement. He “is both saddened and sickened by the events that have occurred, and he will do what he needs to do to protect his son.”

At the time the warrants were issued, investigators had not found the weapon used to dismember Victoria, according to the records.

Two days after Victoria was killed, her grandparents told a detective they visited the apartment and found a gallon-size bag with a white, powdery substance that appeared to be a “narcotic of some type” in the apartment.

They also found a safe.

Police have said they could not determine whether the suspects were high on drugs during the rape and killing.

All three suspects are charged with kidnapping, child abuse resulting in death, tampering with evidence, conspiracy, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Kelley and Gonzales are also charged with criminal sexual penetration of a minor.


Service set for Victoria
The Martens family will hold a public funeral for 10-year-old Victoria on Oct. 29 at 11 a.m. at the Copper Pointe Church at 10500 Copper NE, near Eubank and Interstate 40, said Laura Bobbs, a family friend.
She said they are hoping the Office of the Medical Investigator will have released Victoria’s body by then, but if not they will still hold the service.
“It’s going to be a public celebration for those who want to come and pay their respects,” Bobbs said. “There are going to be hymns that Victoria liked and a slideshow with music in the background.”

Victoria’s nightmare began before fatal night

Comments Off on Bag of Methamphetamine falls from crotch of 29-year-old Misty Dawn Powell of Decatur, during drug arrest in Lawrence County

The Lawrence County Sheriff said agents observed a “zip lock type” bag of ICE – a pure, powerful form of meth –  fall from the crotch area of a woman they were taking into custody on drug charges in the Kitchen Mill Community.57db3a753f05b_image

Agents also said that the woman, 29-year-old Misty Dawn Powell of Decatur, told them she had several other bags of ICE concealed in her vagina.

Powell’s arrest came after deputies were investigating reported drug activity in Kitchen Mills. On a tip, agents contacted 28-year-old Cody Kube at his home. During a pat-down, Lawrence County Sheriff Gene Mitchell said his agents located a small bag containing ICE.

Agents said Kube told them he did not use the ICE, but was planning to sell it to pay for food for his family since he recently lost his job.

Three other people were inside the home with Kube at the time, including Powell. A search of her purse revealed a straw with power residue. Sheriff Mitchell said Powell originally denied owning the straw. However, agents were familiar with Powell from a prior investigation that lead to drug charges being filed against her. Further investigation of the purse revealed additional items commonly used to package or consume drugs.

Both Powell and Kube are being held in the Lawrence County Jail without bond. Kube was being held pending a possible community corrections violation. Power was being held on a motion to revoke a previous bond that was issued for her.


Comments Off on Tressie Felker, 25, of Lincoln, arrested with more than an ounce of Methamphetamine hidden in her bra

A 25-year-old Lincoln woman was charged Thursday with possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver and possession of a controlled substance. 57db26e9da77e_image

A Nebraska State Patrol trooper stopped Tressie Felker for driving 83 mph on Interstate 80 about 2:30 Thursday. Troopers searched the car after they smelled marijuana, according to an affidavit.

They said they found a marijuana joint and a plastic bag with eight oxycontin pills and arrested Felker.

At the jail, Felker changed her clothes and handed officers two Ziploc bags holding a total of 1.4 ounces of meth, according to court documents. Her bond was set at $50,000, and she remained in jail Thursday evening.


Comments Off on Model Simone Farrow, 41, jailed for smuggling Methamphetamine into Australia

A FORMER Penthouse Pet has been sentenced to a minimum six-and-a-half years in jail for helping smuggle the drug ice into Australia concealed in bath products.

A Sydney District Court judge today found Simone Farrow, 41, played a principal role in helping to smuggle methamphetamine into the country over a seven-and-a-half-month ­period before her arrest in October 2009.34919d8ab4a229b3fb3f5d8e4afbb4d5

She left Australia for the US after escaping a parcel bomb addressed to her, and used her time in California to pursue a career as a pop star and model under the name Simone Starr.

Prosecutors claimed she was a drug kingpin who posted top-quality meth to buyers in Australia and used staff from her music and modelling business to run the operation.

But Farrow claims she was duped by her employees, who took control of her bank accounts, email addresses and mobile phones without her knowledge to run the drug network.

They included her assistant Jessica Petit and Xander Rian, who killed himself in a Hollywood apartment after US investigators arranged to interview him before ­Farrow’s arrest in 2009.2416b48291abaf74803afda087e49280

Judge David Arnott said Farrow derived substantial income for her role, which involved communicating with customers, creating invoices for consignments and devising false names and ­addresses. When arrested she had $45,000 in two NAB accounts and $US93,000 in a Citibank account, the court heard.

Farrow, the judge said, used her proceeds from the smuggling racket to fund an extravagant lifestyle.

“Whilst I’m not able to find that she was the principal behind the criminal ­enterprise, I find she played a principal role,” he said.

“She played an essential and important role in a significant (criminal) enterprise using her image as a model for a cover.”

Since her arrest seven years ago, Farrow has skipped bail twice and spent four years behind bars on remand.

She pleaded guilty to importing a marketable quantity of a ­border-controlled drug.

Judge Arnott took into account her sad childhood, which included sexual abuse at the hands of a stepfather, and her mother introducing her to prostitution at 17. Farrow will be eligible for parole in February 2019.


Comments Off on Scooby Doo van driver, Sharon Kay Turman, 51, of Redding, sentenced to prison – Blamed Methamphetamine for her bad behavior

A judge on Thursday sentenced the Redding woman who pleaded guilty to leading law enforcement officers on a high-speed chase in a “Scooby Doo” Mystery Machine van to two years, eight months in prison.

Sharon Kay Turman, 51, asked Superior Court Judge Cara Beatty to place her on probation instead of sending her to prison.r0016507407-952306

“I am not the same person,” Turman said, admitting she was high on methamphetamine at the time of the chase.

But, she vowed, she will lead a sober and law-abiding life from now on and also apologized for the conduct that got her arrested.

“I am really sorry for my actions,” she said. “I am going to stay sober and accountable.”

While Beatty commended her for wanting to turn her life around, she said she could not grant Turman probation due to the nature of her crime.

“It was horrifying,” she said, noting that Turman put many people at risk.

And, she said, Turman needs to continue to battle her methamphetamine addiction.

“Methamphetamine opened the door to your soul and let the devil out,” she said.

Turman, who admitted Thursday that she was an everyday methamphetamine user until her arrest, pleaded guilty in May to felony flight from officers.

She did so under a plea bargain that stipulated she would not serve more than two years, eight months in prison.

Although she later sought to withdraw her plea because she was apparently confused about its terms, she recently dropped that effort.

Police have said Turman was on supervised release for theft and suspected of violating her probation in the deactivation of her ankle monitor when officers spotted her March 6 in her colorfully decorated 1994 Town and Country minivan at California and Shasta streets in downtown Redding.

She reportedly took off in the van when officers tried to pull her over. Turman reportedly later told officers she did not stop out of fear they would hurt her.

Officers said she sped down South Market Street without any concern for motorists and nearly hit four other vehicles before she abandoned the van, which had run out of gas, on Highway 36 off Bowman Road in northwestern Tehama County.

Turman got away, but turned herself in at the Shasta County Jail on March 16.

She must serve 50 percent of her sentence before being eligible for parole.


Comments Off on Carrie Whitford, of Manistee County, Accused of Running Methamphetamine Lab

A Manistee County woman is facing charges after she was accused of running a meth lab.trhwthwrywry

State police and SSCENT drug team detectives began investigating in April when they found a portable meth lab in the parking lot of the Manistee Hotel.

Now, Carrie Whitford is charged with having drugs to make meth and running a meth lab.

She could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.


Comments Off on Federal judge orders Robin (Lott) Thompson, 25, to prison for 20 years for sex trafficking of 15-year-old girl from Madison – She blamed Methamphetamine addiction

EAST ST. LOUIS • A woman who conspired with her husband to coerce a distraught 15-year-old girl from Madison into prostitution at truck stops and trailer parks last summer was sentenced Thursday to 20 years in federal prison.

Chief U.S. District Judge Michael J. Reagan told Robin (Lott) Thompson, 25, that her crime was one of the worst he has ever seen.

“What you and your husband did was strip an individual of the right to feel secure, control and trust what she did with her own body,” Reagan said at a hearing here. “He was one of the enablers in your case but I think there were numerous times when you could have said, ‘Enough is enough,’ and ‘Stop.’”

In addition to 20 years, Robin Thompson was given 10 years of supervised release and fines.

Thompson and her husband, Marcus D. Thompson, 29, of Park Hills, Mo., admitted in May that they used the girl for prostitution in at least three states, advertising sex encounters by posting explicit pictures of her on the website

The victim reported the couple to authorities in July 2015 from Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center in St. Louis, telling police she believed the four other girls enticed into the operation were 12 to 18 years old. She told authorities that one of the girls died in her arms and that they were beaten and threatened with being fed to alligators in a swamp if they tried to escape.

The teen had been missing since June 9. She was walking down a street in Madison when Marcus Thompson approached in a white pickup with the four other girls inside, court documents said.

She had been contemplating suicide that day by jumping off a bridge after arguing with her father over becoming pregnant, Reagan said Thursday.

Federal investigators subpoenaed and found that the Thompsons’ cellphone was used to place ads in Orlando and Pensacola in Florida, as well as Atlanta, Nashville, Tenn., and Dallas in June and early July 2015.

As part of an agreement with federal prosecutors, Robin Thompson pleaded guilty of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of a child by force, fraud or coercion. Her husband pleaded guilty in May to the conspiracy charge and child sex trafficking. At his sentencing hearing set for Sept. 29, Marcus Thompson faces 27 to nearly 34 years in prison.

Robin Thompson’s lawyer, Gary Milone, argued for a lighter sentence, saying Robin Thompson had never run afoul of the law before meeting her husband. The lawyer said she “had an uphill climb all her life” and pointed to her lack of criminal record, and her drug-addicted mother, history of child abuse and methamphetamine addiction.

Milone said she dropped out of high school her junior year, and at the time was ranked 232nd of 239 classmates.

Robin Thompson said Thursday in court, “My biggest mistake was not being able to tell people no.” She added, “I admit I was wrong, but I’m not this horrible person everyone makes me out to be.”

She told Reagan she didn’t know the teen was underage until later on. Reagan said he didn’t believe her.

Robin Thompson negotiated prices, arranged meetings at truck stops, booked hotel rooms, provided condoms, kept a ledger of the transactions and threatened to harm the girl if she tried to escape.

The girl told authorities she brought in about $1,000 a day for having sex with men, some of whom took pictures and videos.

Reagan read excerpts of the girl’s “victim impact” letter, in which she described long-term emotional and physical trauma, loneliness and fear of being re-victimized: “It’s hard to wake up every day and remember the people I had sex with … ” she wrote.


Comments Off on Mariah Lynn Barham, 24, Emily Catherine Hardin, 22, Randall Casey Thomas, 41, and Erick Douglas Thomas, 38, arrested in connection with major Methamphetamine drug trafficking and gun theft in Paulding County

PAULDING COUNTY, Ga. – Police have arrested four people in connection with drug trafficking and stealing guns from a sporting goods store.

Randall Casey Thomas, 41, Erick Douglas Thomas, 38, Mariah Lynn Barham, 24, and Emily Catherine Hardin, 22, have been changed with methamphetamine trafficking, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, and multiple firearms charges.srhhgsetsthsf

Police began investigating details about a burglary at Academy Sports in Hiram, Ga. on Aug. 2.
During the burglary, 13 guns were stolen along with other merchandise.  Following an investigation, most of the guns were recovered on August 9.

Detectives with the Hiram Police Department, Deputies and Detectives with the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office, and Agents with the Haralson-Paulding Drug Task Force were able to work together to recover the majority of the stolen guns from the Academy Sports burglary and seize a large quantity of illegal narcotics in the process.

On Aug. 9, detectives executed a search warrant at 488 Roberson Road in Rockmart, Ga., which was the culmination of a 2 month narcotics investigation into that thw4hwrhtwhresidence and its occupants. Approximately 8 pounds of crystal methamphetamine, 4.5 pounds of marijuana, and 36 firearms were located, according to a police report.

Twelve of the firearms that were recovered during the search warrant were stolen from Academy Sports in Hiram, Ga.

Randall Casey Thomas Jr, 41, is still being held in the Paulding County Detention Center on a $15,000 bond and he also has a hold through the State of Georgia Parole Board.

Erick Thomas, 38, is currently being held at the Paulding County Detention Center with no bond.

Mariah Barham was booked into the Paulding County Detention Center on Aug. 10 and was released Sept. 8 on a $2,950 bond.

Emily Hardin was booked into the Paulding County Detention Center on Aug. 10 and was released Sept. 8 on a $4,600 bond.

If you have any information about narcotics use, distribution, or trafficking in Paulding County, please call the Haralson-Paulding Drug Task Force at (770) 6469175.


Comments Off on Crystal Methamphetamine poses new risks to drug users, law enforcement in Ohio

CAMBRIDGE, Ohio — The abuse of heroin and other opioid painkillers has claimed a staggering number of lives in Ohio over the last several years, receiving the apt label of “epidemic” from health and safety officials alike.

And while opioid abuse presents many perils to those in its grips, law enforcement agencies say a surge in crystal methamphetamine use is also posing increasing risks to the officers working to remove dangerous drugs from the streets.

The Cambridge Police Department is among law enforcement agencies reporting a drastic increase in the use and availability of “ICE,” the crystal form of meth, and with it an increase in the aggressive and unpredictable behavior that crystal meth often produces. Crystal meth reportedly can induce restlessness, irritability, aggressiveness, paranoia and psychosis, increasing the “fight-or-flight” reaction of its users in stressful situations.

As recently as Thursday, one officer suffered a broken hand and a police canine’s leg was injured in an altercation with a suspect who allegedly consumed “ICE” before breaking into a number of cars on N. 6th Street. The suspect, 23-year-old Joshua Williams, reportedly told police after undergoing medical treatment that he did not remember anything about the struggle. Williams now faces charges of theft, obstructing official business, resisting arrest and possession of a hypodermic syringe, and will likely be subject to felony charges related to the assault of the officer and canine.

Cambridge Police records show that officers have responded to 334 meth-related incidents in 2016, so far, most of which involved the “ICE” form of meth. That’s a marked increase over the 258 incidents reported in all of 2015, nearly all of which concerned the less-potent powdered form of methamphetamine.

The influx of crystal meth into Cambridge and surrounding communities underscores the larger addiction epidemic in our listerning area. The Cambridge Police Department has assisted medical personnel on 90 heroin and opiate overdose calls so far, this year, including seven in the past week. That’s nearly double the 52 opioid-related calls reported in 2015.

Officers from all local agencies urge residents to report any information related to the suspected sale or manufacturing of illicit drugs to the relevant law enforcement agency. In Cambridge, call the Police Department at 740.439.4431.



Crystal meth poses new risks to drug users, law enforcement in Ohio