Clayton County police seized more than $5 million worth of methamphetamine Thursday during the search of a home near Morrow.

The house in the 1800 block of Candlelight Court had “been under investigation for some time,” Clayton County police spokeswoman Charlene Watson-Fraser said.

“The Clayton County Drug Task Force observed that the location was used as a drug stash house,” she said.

Investigators obtained a search warrant Thursday and found 93.26 pounds of meth, which carries a street value of $5.3 million, according to Watson-Fraser.

Police have not released the names of two people arrested at the home during Thursday’s bust.

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has arrested one Ayoola Ayodeji Adebayo, a Pretoria, South Africa-based Nigerian grocer, for being in possession of 3.920kg of substances found to be methamphetamine at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos.

A statement by the NDLEA spokesperson, Mitchel Ofoyeju, said the suspect, who is married with two kids, was arrested during the outward screening of passengers on an Ethiopian airline flight to South Africa.

Speaking on the arrest, the NDLEA commander at the Lagos airport, Ahmadu Garba said:

“A Nigerian living in South Africa by name Ayoola Ayodeji Adebayo was found in possession of 3.920kg of methamphetamine on his way to South Africa. The drug was found in a false bottom of his luggage while he was trying to check-in the luggage. The case is being investigated”.

Ayoola Ayodeji Adebayo-NDLEAAyoola, who holds a Higher National Diploma in Estate Management at Osun State College of Technology in 2006, regretted getting involved in drug trafficking and promised to turn a new leaf if he gets out of his present predicament.

“I am a grocer in Pretoria. I have lived in South Africa for over three years. I am married with two children. My friend in Pretoria asked me to bring two bags to him. He bought my return ticket and gave me one hundred and fifty thousand naira. I thought the drug would not be detected because it was neatly concealed. This is a big mistake on my part because I have sustained my family with the grocery business. It will not happen again if I can get out of this problem”, Ayoola stated.

Chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA, Ahmadu Giade, said that the agency has taken additional measures to detect hidden drugs at all exit and entry points in the country.

“The Agency has taken additional measures to detect hidden drugs at our exit and entry points in the country. This is in preparation for anticipated increase in drug trafficking at the airports, land borders and seaports towards the end of the year. The arrest of Ayoola whose drug was neatly concealed, is an indication that more drugs shall be detected”, Giade stated.

The suspect will soon be arraigned in court.

A man accused of making and using methamphetamine, as well as putting it into the hands of a 15-year-old girl who suffered a possible overdose, is facing a slew of charges.

Douglas Matthew Thomas, 22, Midland, is charged with two counts of delivery or manufacture of methamphetamine, operating or maintaining a meth lab, possession of meth and two counts purchasing or possessing ephedrine or pseudoephedrine to make meth in two different cases.

Delivery of the drug, as well as operating a lab, are both felonies punishable by up to 20 years in prison. Possession of meth is punishable by up to 10 years in prison, and purchasing ephedrine to make meth is punishable by up to five years.

Documents in one case state Douglas is accused of supplying the homemade drug to a 15-year-old girl who wanted to harm herself and might have suffered an overdose after ingesting it on March 17 in Mills Township. She told detectives she received the meth from Douglas.

The other case is filed in connection with a meth lab that was discovered at a South Castor Road address in March. Both cases were investigated by the Midland County Sheriff’s Office and handed over to the Bay Area Narcotics Enforcement Team.

Thomas was arraigned by Midland County District Court Judge Michael D. Carpenter, who set bond in the first case at $50,000 cash or surety, and $150,000 cash or surety in the second. The cases have been bound over to the Midland County Circuit Court.

Douglas is being represented by attorney Lee Burton of Midland, who was appointed to the cases.

Cody Wayne Thomas, 25, of Cowpens, South Carolina, was charged with two counts of trafficking methamphetamine and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon by the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday night.

Sgt. Doug Bryson of the Cleveland County Sherriff’s Office was on patrol at 11:20 p.m. when he noticed Thomas’ burgundy SUV in the parking lot after business hours at Bellwood Grocery, 5737 Fallston Road, Lawndale.

The press release states Thomas was asleep when Bryson approached the vehicle. During questioning at the scene, Bryson noticed two firearms in the vehicle – an assault-style rifle with a magazine inserted and a loaded pistol. When Bryson removed Thomas from the vehicle, he then saw what he believed to be a large quantity of methamphetamine. Bryson detained Thomas, pending further investigation, and contacted Cleveland County EMS to evaluate Thomas to ensure he was not suffering from a medical condition.

Vice/narcotics investigators were also called to the scene and took custody of Thomas, the firearms and the methamphetamine, according to the report.

The sheriff’s office seized seven ounces of methamphetamine, worth $18,000 and ready for delivery and/or sale, according to Sheriff Alan Norman.

“This incident is an example of how our deputies conduct proactive patrols in order to protect the citizens of the county and their property,” Norman said. Norman said the investigation is on-going.

Thomas is being held in the Cleveland County Detention Center on a $250,000 secured bond. At the time of his arrest, Thomas was on probation in South Carolina for first degree burglary.

LAUREL HILL — Scotland County Sheriff’s deputies made an arrest Wednesday after they said they recovered a pound of crystallized methamphetamines mailed to a house in Scotland County. The drugs had a street value of $45,000 to $60,000, deputies said.

Janet Denise Norton, 33, of 21840 Bunch Road in Laurel Hill, was processed and arrested for level III trafficking of methamphetamine on Wednesday. She placed in the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center under a $1.5 million bond.

The arrest was made after the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office Narcotic and Criminal Division was contacted by the Fayetteville Police Department Interdiction Unit. The unit identified a suspicious package that was intended to arrive at Norton’s address on Tuesday, deputies said.

The package was delivered to Norton’s address on Bunch Road on Wednesday and she identified as the recipient of the package, according to deputies.

“The package came from a known narcotic state within the United States, which is one of the things we spoke about during the investigation,” said Sgt. Earl Haywood of the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office. “I developed a lot of intelligence for certain regions and where narcotics are located and the package came for a state that is known for highly addictive narcotics.”

Haywood said it is hard to track a package back to where it came from in cases like this. Most times, packages are sent from a fraudulent address.

“Once they send out narcotics, it’s hard to track them back, unless you go through it federally,” Haywood said.

After specific indicators were identified, lawmen obtained a search warrant for the package and located the methamphetamine inside, according to a report The arrest made as part of joint operation with the Sheriff’s Office and the State Bureau of Investigation.

A Gwinnett County sheriff’s deputy tasked to “develop officers of the highest caliber” was arrested Wednesday after colleagues found methamphetamine inside his home, authorities said.

Gwinnett jail records show Trenell Bullock, a 15-year veteran of the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office, was booked at about 1:20 p.m. on a single count of felony drug possession. Sheriff’s office spokeswoman Deputy Shannon Volkodav said Bullock’s arrest came after fellow deputies went to his Norcross home to serve him with “administrative paperwork.”

They “observed what appeared to be methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia in plain view inside the residence,” Volkodav said.

Volkodav did not know how much of the drug was allegedly found. She said she was not at liberty to release information about the paperwork Bullock was being served.

Bullock has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation. As of 6 p.m. Wednesday, he remained in jail in lieu of $5,700 bond.

Volkodav said the deputy was assigned to the support services division. According to the sheriff’s office’s website, that division’s mission is “to develop officers of the highest caliber for the purpose of serving the citizens of Gwinnett County.”

COOKEVILLE — A Cookeville woman who was operating a meth lab in the presence of her 5-year-old child has been charged with aggravated child abuse.

Tara Mullins, 40, of North Dixie Avenue, was arrested yesterday on that charge and for the initiation of methamphetamine manufacture.

The arrest came after Cookeville Police Officers identified the woman and stopped her for outstanding warrants.

According to reports, officers attempting to serve her with those warrants found Mullins in possession of a small container of methamphetamine in her purse.

In her home, they further found “a drinking bottle containing ingredients used to manufacture methamphetamine, liquid acid, pseudoephedrine pills and digital scales,” according to the report, and other items of paraphernalia were also found.

Field tests of the residue from the crystal substance yielded a positive result for ephedrine.

That apartment home is one she shared with her 5-year-old child, and according to Haley’s law, Mullins was charged with aggravated child abuse in the incident as well.

Haley’s law applies to several instances when officers may charge suspects of other crimes with child abuse, and it specifically allows officers to charge suspects with child abuse when they are found to be manufacturing methamphetamine in the direct presence of a child or children.

The child has reportedly been removed from the home and placed in the care of a relative.

Mullins was transported to the Putnam County Jail, where she was booked on a total bond of $20,000.

She was scheduled to make her initial appearance in Putnam County General Sessions Court this morning.

Los Angeles (CNN)—For two years, investigators decoded text messages, conducted surveillance and leaned on informants to unravel a drug trafficking network that allegedly distributed heroin and methamphetamine in a city park and California prisons.

The painstaking work resulted in a sweeping federal indictment of 52 alleged members and associates of a Southern California street gang with ties to the Mexican Mafia. The bust generated press releases and headlines.

Today, however, it’s the government’s case against the gang that’s under threat of unraveling. That’s due to the arrest this summer of an FBI agent who was part of the investigation.

When Scott M. Bowman was charged in June, media accounts focused on his alleged theft of more than $100,000 in drug money and an ensuing spending spree on sports cars, cosmetic surgery for his wife, and a Las Vegas getaway with his girlfriend.

The former agent, a 10-year-veteran of the FBI, has pleaded not guilty. His attorney, Antoine F. “Tony” Raphael, declined comment on the allegations.

Raphael, a former federal prosecutor who once worked alongside Bowman, accused the Justice Department of “going out of its way to include inflammatory allegations in the indictment” in an effort to try the case in the media.

Four months after Bowman’s arrest, the agent’s former colleagues are continuing to assess the impact of his alleged crimes. The prosecution of an FBI agent for on-duty criminal conduct is rare, and the fallout could be significant, with time-consuming, costly, multi-defendant cases at stake.

David Bowdich, who oversees the FBI’s Los Angeles field office, acknowledged that the allegations against the fired agent are serious.

“We see this as a big deal and we are dealing with it as such,” he said. “The public expects more from us.”

Bowdich declined to discuss any details of the pending criminal investigation.

While the indictment against Bowman is limited to alleged crimes that occurred in 2014, a letter sent by prosecutors to defense attorneys representing clients whose cases may be tainted by the agent details potential misconduct dating back to 2009.

One case against members of a Bloods street gang operating east of Los Angeles and involving the seizure of several pounds of methamphetamine and cocaine, along with 11 weapons, has already been dismissed. Money seized during the investigation may have been pocketed by Bowman, prosecutors disclosed in a letter to defense attorneys following the dismissal.

In another case potentially tainted by the agent’s involvement, Bowman is criminally charged with stealing more than $15,000 in drug money that was seized during the investigation.

Also pending is the 52-defendant gang case in which, the defendants allegedly smuggled heroin into various California prisons, dealt the drug in San Bernardino’s La Plaza Park, and funneled some of the proceeds to members of the Mexican Mafia.

Prosecutors have turned over thousands of pages of discovery related both to Bowman’s role in the investigation and his alleged criminal acts. Those documents are subject to a protective order barring participants in the case from sharing them.

Several sources familiar with the case said Bowman played a key role, including conducting surveillance and taking part in the seizure of a large quantity of methamphetamine linked to the primary defendant, Michael Bustamante.

“He was instrumental,” said one source who, like the others, sought anonymity due to the sensitive nature of the ongoing investigation.

Thom Mrozek, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles, addressed the two pending cases in an email, writing: “At this time, the government has not moved to dismiss any portion of either case.” He said prosecutors have sought to comply with rules requiring them to disclose relevant information to the defense “since first learning that former agent Bowman was under investigation.”

DOJ attorneys prosecuting Bowman declined comment.

Bowman was assigned to a task force of local, state and federal agents called the Gang Impact Team. Agencies with officers on the team include the San Bernardino Police Department, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and the California Highway Patrol.

According to the indictment, Bowman stole more than $15,000 in cash seized by investigators on two separate occasions in June 2014 while investigating the methamphetamine distribution case. In August of that year he went into an FBI evidence safe containing hundreds of thousands of dollars in seized drug money and “withdrew a substantial amount.”

He then wrote false reports “to conceal his actions,” the indictment states.

It also accuses Bowman of writing an email to a fellow task force officer, identified in the indictment as “Detective A,” in which he provides the officer with a cover story to tell in case anyone asked about missing money. Bowman had earlier given the same detective $2,000, the indictment alleges. The indictment does not explain the source of the money or why it was given. The detective has not been charged with a crime.

In the letter sent to defense attorneys earlier this year, prosecutors disclosed that Bowman might have made false statements to a telecommunications company in an “exigent circumstances request” in 2009. Such request are made by law enforcement when agents require immediate access to records for reasons including someone’s life being in danger or the monitoring of conspiratorial activity such as organized crime. The letter said Bowman might have submitted the request “for personal reasons and not related to a case.”

That allegation is not contained in the indictment against Bowman, which is limited to conduct occurring in 2014. If true, it could significantly turn back the clock on the period in which defense attorneys seek to question the integrity of his work on cases.

The letter also noted that Bowman might have improperly left seized drugs and guns lying around the task force office as opposed to securing them in an evidence locker.

Bowman’s attorney declined to discuss information contained in the letter.

Lt. Rich Lawhead of the San Bernardino police department, supervised two officers who worked on the task force alongside Bowman.

Lawhead recalled the day he and fellow officers were told of Bowman’s arrest. Before that moment, he said, he thought of the agent as “well respected” and “on the up and up.”

“We were in shock,” Lawhead said. “Nobody knew anything.”

Lawhead said he’s been told that his department has been given “a clean bill of health” and that federal investigators have determined “we had no idea anything was going on.”

He said that applies to “Detective A” in the indictment, who works for the San Bernardino Police Department.

Dave Thomas, an attorney who represents defendants in multiple cases in which Bowman was an investigator, did not have such a fond recollection of the agent.

“He’s very cocky — loose with the facts to say the least,” Thomas said.

The lawyer said he found it hard to believe that his misconduct went unnoticed by everyone around him.

“There’s no way he did it all himself,” Thomas said.

Bowdich, the FBI’s top agent in L.A., said the Bureau took immediate action once learning of Bowman’s alleged misconduct and that he was unaware of any evidence pointing to systemic problems.

“Unfortunately, it did happen. We cannot rewrite history, Bowdich said. “What we’re working on now is: How can we do better to make sure this never happens again.”

An American Drug Lord Comes Home

Posted: 22nd October 2015 by Doc in Uncategorized

Borderland Beat Reporter dd

In 2006, a Texan named Edgar Valdez Villarreal was at an inflection point in his drug-smuggling career. Valdez was thirty-three and known as La Barbie for his blond hair and blue eyes, the fair-skinned look that Mexicans call güero. A former high-school linebacker from Laredo, he had spent about fifteen years shipping marijuana, and later, cocaine, to Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee. During the late nineteen-nineties, he was one of many smugglers operating across the border, in Nuevo Laredo, the largest inland port in Mexico. The drug trade had been relatively peaceful. Each smuggler paid sixty thousand dollars a month to the local plaza boss, a man named Dionisio García, known as El Chacho, who in turn paid the bribes that insured the trafficking routes.

But in 2000, the Gulf cartel began to take over Nuevo Laredo, and gave every crook in town an option: join or die. El Chacho was killed, and La Barbie fled to Acapulco. He joined a clan from western Mexico, the Beltrán-Leyva brothers, who were associates of the powerful Sinaloa cartel, led by Joaquín Guzmán Loera, known as El Chapo. La Barbie prospered with the Beltrán Leyva cartel, a group of four brothers led by Arturo Beltrán Leyva, known to authorities as A.B.L. Government sources say the group imported about forty tons of coke per month through the southern port at Zihuatanejo. La Barbie, together with the Beltrán Leyvas and the Sinaloans, warred against the Gulf cartel for control of Nuevo Laredo. La Barbie orchestrated a bold public-relations campaign on behalf of his crew: he placed newspaper ads and editorials denouncing their rivals, and was supposedly responsible for making a viral video documenting the execution of four assassins who’d been sent to Acapulco to kill him. Soon, he acquired a global reputation as a top player. But by 2006, as the new Mexican President, Felipe Calderón, promised an assault on drug cartels, it became clear that La Barbie’s side had lost.

La Barbie scrambled. He separated from his first wife and married Priscilla, the teen-age daughter of a drug-smuggling associate. He was losing friends and money. Through his attorney, he contacted the Drug Enforcement Administration in Laredo, which wanted an informant to help capture A.B.L. and El Chapo Guzmán. La Barbie offered to help the D.E.A. get A.B.L. or Guzmán, but not both, and he had several requests; among them, he wanted to bring six million dollars into the United States and get a case against his cousin dropped. The agents he spoke to were eager to strike a deal, but their boss quashed the negotiation. “It got to the point,” a retired D.E.A. agent who was involved in the talks told me, “where management said, ‘He’s a fucking doper; if he doesn’t want to coöperate, screw him.’ ”

Undaunted, La Barbie shopped his intelligence at other federal agencies—the C.I.A., Immigration and Customs Enforcement—and found a receptive ear at the F.B.I., which, coördinating with Mexican law enforcement, used his information to reach A.B.L., who died during a capture attempt in 2009. “At that point, he would’ve loved to come to the States and get a big sentence reduction,” a government official who worked on the case said, of La Barbie. “But there was never an explicit agreement where we told him, ‘Yes, we can help you.’ It was complicated. Too many jurisdictions had charges on him. There’d also been some executions of police officers in Mexico.” La Barbie was controversial, his lawyer at the time, Michael McCrum, told me. “The agents wanted to work with us, but we hit roadblocks from the upper levels of D.O.J. There’d been too much publicity.” He added, “That video didn’t help,” referring to the filmed execution.

When the remaining Beltrán Leyva brothers realized La Barbie had set up A.B.L. with the F.B.I., they marked him for death. He went into hiding, moving around Acapulco, Cuernavaca, and Mexico City. In 2010, he was captured by Mexican federal police. Last month, after five years in prison, La Barbie was extradited to the U.S. in a group that included his father-in-law and eleven other fugitives.

When someone is indicted in a U.S. court and flees to a country with which the U.S. has an extradition treaty, the prosecuting attorney can request extradition. A provisional arrest warrant, known as a PAW, gets the ball rolling: it’s a simple form with the defendant’s name, the issuing court, the agent or investigator, and a factual basis for the charges. The prosecutor sends the PAW to the Office of International Affairs at the Department of Justice, which reviews it, and sends it on to the State Department, which sends it to officials in the country in question—in this case, Mexico’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who passes it on to the Attorney General’s Office. They pass it to the appropriate Mexican court. If that court finds probable cause, and the fugitive is arrested or is already in custody, the Americans have sixty days to compile an extradition package, which can include affidavits, fingerprints, witness lists, and coöperating defendants.

Extradition from Mexico is tricky. U.S. prosecutors and defense attorneys said they believe that if a fugitive has a corruption deal with the Mexican government, or simply knows too much about corruption, Mexico may prolong extradition until a new administration is elected, or just prosecute the defendant itself. Another potential tactic: if Mexico lacks charges of its own, the Mexican prosecutor might use the charges from the Americans’ PAW, then later refuse extradition on the basis of “double jeopardy,” the legal principle that prohibits a defendant from being prosecuted twice for the same offense.

Some fugitives actively seek extradition to the U.S., either for safety reasons or because they believe they have valuable information to trade. Hanging over every Mexican extradition is the precedent set by Osiel Cárdenas Guillén, the former Gulf cartel leader. Extradited in 2007 and sentenced in 2010, Cárdenas, who was eligible for a life sentence, is scheduled for release in 2025. His plea agreement remains sealed. But law enforcement sources say that Cárdenas, through his own informant, passed along information about drug loads and the whereabouts of underbosses—the kind of meaningful, real-time intelligence that only a top capo could possess.

“Cartel cases often rely on coöperators,” Angel Moreno, a federal prosecutor in Texas, says, of the general nature of these prosecutions. “To many people that coöperator may be the devil, but if he’s going to help us get five other archangels, we’ll probably still use him as a witness.” The worst guys are positioned to make the best deals.

After La Barbie’s arrest, in 2010, Mexican authorities summoned his new lawyer, Kent Schaffer, to discuss an agreement through which La Barbie would be extradited in return for information about several Mexican officials. La Barbie was eager to come home, and confident about his negotiating position. “Shortly before the exchange was supposed to take place, the strangest thing happened,” Schaffer told me. “The government lawyer we were negotiating with, Marisela Morales, suddenly cut off the talks, and said, ‘No deal.’ They went from being gung-ho about extradition to refusing our phone calls.” Schaffer guesses that the Mexican government initially wanted information on officials from the opposing political party, the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), but then worried about collateral damage to their own party, the National Action Party (PAN). Months later, Morales was appointed the first female attorney general in Mexico’s history. (She couldn’t be reached for comment.) La Barbie was left in his Mexican prison cell.

Years passed, and La Barbie grew pessimistic about his ability to make a favorable deal with U.S. prosecutors. His information about drug routes was becoming stale, and the associates he might have snitched on were dead or in prison. As a legal strategy, he began fighting extradition: under the U.S.-Mexico extradition treaty, the “rule of specialty” says that if you’re extradited over your objection, you cannot be tried for cases that aren’t provided for in the extradition request. Many agents and lawyers started to argue that La Barbie was never a very powerful drug lord in the first place. Even within the Beltrán Leyva family, many underbosses ranked above him, including Sergio Villarreal Barragán, known as El Grande, a former member of the Mexican federal police. In 2012, El Grande was extradited to the U.S., where his information led to the capture of Mexican military officials. He remains an informant, still un-sentenced. “El Grande is going to get a sweet deal,” the retired D.E.A. agent told me.

La Barbie’s situation remained unchanged. Rumors of mistreatment and hunger strikes surfaced. In 2012, when the PRI took over the Mexican government, La Barbie still wasn’t moved from his cell. From the American perspective, there is little logic to the timing of an extradition; it’s in Mexico’s hands, and all a U.S. prosecutor can do is speculate. Schaffer expected the extradition would come eventually, but the wait was becoming awfully long. Then, one day in late September, La Barbie found himself on a plane with a dozen fellow-fugitives, flying back to his birth country. “I think the Mexican government finally released him now only because Chapo Guzmán escaped,” Schaffer said. “If one of these other guys escaped, it would be too damaging to the relationship with the U.S.”

La Barbie is being prosecuted in Atlanta, on charges related to drug trafficking and money laundering. He’ll probably seek retroactive credit for his help with A.B.L. The court may have to determine whether he gave up A.B.L to curry favor with law enforcement or to move out a competitor. Without an explicit agreement that conferred a benefit on La Barbie in exchange for coöperation, he’s unlikely to see a significant sentence reduction for help he provided six years ago.

Should La Barbie consider going to trial, he’ll have to contend with the witnesses lined up to testify against him, including co-conspirators who’ve already pleaded guilty, and one of his top customers, Craig Petties, a.k.a. Lil Dude, the half brother of DJ Paul from the rap group Three 6 Mafia. Lil Dude is serving nine life sentences for a raft of murder and drug charges related to his affiliation with La Barbie and the Beltrán Leyvas.

Among the other twelve fugitives extradited in September is Jorge Costilla Sánchez, known as El Coss, a former Gulf Cartel leader who was arrested in 2012. Charged in Texas for drug trafficking, money laundering, and threatening federal agents, El Coss’s future will probably depend on how many associates he can help the U.S. government capture and prosecute.

El Coss and La Barbie are both in their mid-forties. El Coss is by all accounts the more accomplished drug lord, but he’s being prosecuted in the Southwest, which sees more cartel cases than anywhere in America. In Georgia, by contrast, La Barbie will be a blockbuster. La Barbie has new representation, two Atlanta-based lawyers. When he appeared in court earlier this month, they met for the first time. Kent Schaffer suspected that the U.S. attorney they are facing will have concerns about granting La Barbie leniency. “His attitude is, ‘Why should I cut a deal? I’ve already got the biggest guy I’m going to get.”

DD; Maybe its Karma, but La Barbie seems to be particularly unlucky.

By Borderland Beat Reporter Lucio  

Sometimes when reading a report or an article, one will spot “facts” that are not so factual, leaving the  reader questioning the integrity of the remainder of the story, especially when the article is threaded with additional, questionable “facts”. Those frustrating articles, leaves dedicated students of the Mexican drug war, organized crime, and capos, with some head serious head-shaking, due to the absurdity of certain speculations or reports substantiated from anonymous sources.

For starters, CNN is reporting that 3 days before a confrontation with Mexican Marina (Navy) Chapo was seen riding motorcycles with a son, and with another riding in a Ferrari. The CNN report also alluded to 3 weeks earlier “Chapo’s son” tweeted a photo with his son while they were dining al fresco at an eatery.

CNN did not say the location of the dining setting, only that the photo depicts “El Chapo brazenly eating at a restaurant.”  When the photo went viral it named Costa Rica as the location.

CNN did not name the son, but the young man in the photo, did not appear to be any son of Chapo   that narco news followers could identify.  Issues such as that, and the use artistic liberty, can be fed to most people north of the border, because most people north, use one source to educate themselves on Mexico drug war issues and news and that is U.S. mainstream media.

Chapo is many things, but stupid is not even on the mile long list. And he is an astute student in learning lessons from mistakes. He was captured in 2014 after he became a little complacent with his security, making more frequent trips down off the mountain.  And he and his crew, were remiss with those troublesome cell phones and radio interceptions the U.S. Drug Administration are so good at.

In the case of Mazatlán, his son and bodyguard were two of the cell interceptions that aided the capture.

Riding around in Ferarri’s eating in public view, when the nations forces, backed by U.S elements, are in hot pursuit, pulling out all stops, at all cost, is how a stupid man would conduct himself, fresh after a made for Hollywood underground prison escape, it’s doubtful it would be the behavior of Chapo Guzman.

The aforementioned is a bit of a qualifier, leading into the report of CNN. Which I believe has some degree of credibility, at least with respect to El Chapo being injured.

And since the story has flooded mainstream media, more than a few readers have been requesting information regarding the article and asking the opinion of BB as to its validity.

The injuries were first reported by NBC. Telemundo is a part of the NBC Universal family and NBC has published some credible articles on Mexico’s narco war, their sources appear to be relatively good. With Mexico’s confirmation about Chapos injuries, the report is more than likely accurate to the extent of he being injured.   I am going with the theory that medical personnel may have given information.

But that is just conjecture on my part.

It happens more often than one would think.  An example is in the Iguala case, it was the medical staff that reported information including the command from the army and other authorities not to send ambulances to the injured and to turn victims away.  They ignored the command. And supposedly a doctor in Culiacan provide information about Chapo must prior to his 2014 arrest.

The first reported violence attributed to Chapo’s capture attempts by the Marina using DEA agency intelligence. The scene was in Tamazula de Victoria is a small town and seat of the municipality of Tamazula in Durango, near the Sierra Madre Occidental mountains. The town is located about 1.5 hours east of Culiacán, Sinaloa.  Reports initially came from the terrified citizens of Tamazula who fled their homes, into the forest, when Marina forces in helicopters and on foot were firing upon their homes in search of Chapo.  The search, which authorities and The Marina initially denied.  It was the U.S. media who was reporting information given to them, most likely from sources within U.S. federal agencies.

The search then moved near the Pueblo Magico town of Cosalá, Sinaloa. Nearby lives Dep. Lucero Sanchez, the lady of congress, who visited Chapo in prison, allegedly using false identification, and who the PGR agency has declared is the mother of Chapo’s baby son.

What is known, is that intelligence was used to determine that El Chapo was using a ranch near Cosala for refuge. Federal forces discovered that Chapo was being protected by several layers of security, intelligence and a narco army of CDS soldiers. There was a shootout that became so intense it drove back federal forces that were on foot to reach the clandestine ranch.

What was reported by U.S. and confirmed days later by Mexico, is that El Chapo sustained injuries to the face and leg, while escaping the clash.  Mexico stressed twice in their presser that El Chapo was not injured by federal forces.  This information broke from NBC Universal who cited sources within the DEA.

Neither the U.S. or Mexico; offered details about the injuries, addressed how they were able to confirm the story, or in what circumstance were they sustained.

There were reports of an ATV accident while escaping. Other reports said medical personnel had forwarded information to authorities, another saying medicine, clothing and cell phones were left at the ranch.  And yet another saying Chapo’s so called “escape pilot” is singing an opera to authorities, the pilot who we know nothing about, no name, not even the date of his capture or how he was captured.

Ricardo Ochoa Beltrán, mayor of Tamazula, Durango, is the brother in law of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán.

The   mayor is married to Érika Guadalupe Coronel Aispuro, sister of Emma Coronel Aispuro, wife of the leader of the Cártel de Sinaloa. –he is legally married to only his first wife by his own admission when giving personal information at time of 2014 arrest

That brings us up to date, and to the breaking Chapo news of the day.

CNN is reporting additional details in the “near capture” of Chapo in Cosalá.

“A Mexican official, with knowledge of the manhunt said, “Mexican Special Forces had spotted ‘the ruthless’ drug dealer near the town of Cosalá”.

They report; authorities were reluctant to close in on Chapo, because, according to the source, there was a child with him. Decision makers decided against a firefight because of the child.  In the world of Mexican decision makers, it is perfectly within in reason, while searching for Chapo, to fire into the homes of innocent people, from helicopters, without regard to the small children inside, but a child with Chapo, can cause federal forces to  slam on the brakes in a massive operation.

The report continued, “later, when El Chapo was spotted without the child, Mexican Marines gave chase. That’s when El Chapo either fell or jumped off a small cliff, injuring his face, and possibly breaking his leg. At that point, the official says Guzman’s bodyguards rushed to the bottom of the cliff, carried him out and got away through the dense forest.

“They have him pinned in if you will, right in his area, his backyard,” said Carl Pike, Former DEA Special Agent.”

One source says Mexican Marines weren’t able to catch El Chapo at that moment because they were on foot as well.

It continues:

“CNN has also learned, three-days before that chase, the drug kingpin known for killing thousands of people was spotted in a nearby town on a motorcycle and in a Ferrari, with his sons. Weeks earlier, one son allegedly tweeted a photo, supposedly showing El Chapo brazenly eating at a restaurant.

Now, however, he may no longer be as bold because of his injuries falling from that cliff.”

“This involves bringing in people who weren’t in the normal ring. So now they got to find a medical person or a nurse or someone like that- that can actually tend to his injuries. And it slows him down, puts him in one particular spot that he wasn’t planning on being in before,” said Pike.

“El Chapo is known as a master of high-stakes escapes. He broke out of a high-security Mexican prison in July through this elaborate tunnel. Previously he eluded police, through a trap-door hidden under his bathtub.”

“Authorities could be tracking him through his wife, Emma Coronel, a former beauty queen, believed to be seen in some photos posted online.” (-props for this time,  getting photos that are of Emma and not any ol Sinaloa beauty queen,  as in the past-)

“I would imagine that U.S authorities, intelligence services, and Mexican authorities are tracking her very, very closely. And that they have good ways of doing that. So I would have thought that it’s in most likelihood that they are separate for the time being,” said Duncan Wood, The Woodrow Wilson Center. (–especially with Lucero and the new kid around-)

Chapo’s wives, children and mistresses

No aspect of Chapo’s life is boring and that includes his family and love life, here is an overview of his familial relationships.

In 1977, Joaquin Chapo Guzman married his first wife is Alejandrina María Salazar Hernández. Chapo remains legally married to her, and her only, as he never divorced her. When he gave his personal history to prison authorities in 2014, he listed Alejandrina as his wife.

Their sons are Ivan and Jesus

In 1980 El Chapo Guzman “married” his second wife Griselda López Pérez, mother of their 4 children Édgar, Joaquín, Ovidio and Griselda Guadalupe. Edgar was gun downed in a parking lot at a Sinaloa shopping mall in 2008.

It was at Griselda’s home in Culiacan in 2014, that El Chapo fled before capture, escaping under a hydraulic spa tub hatch system, that opened to a ladder and tunnel running through a drain system.  He barely made it out, thanks to the steel entry doors that required more than 5 minutes to penetrate and gain entry, by that time El Chapo was nowhere in sight.

Griselda filed a complaint with the Human Rights Commission because of the damage caused by the raid.

In 2001 Chapo married for the third time, to 18-year-old beauty queen Emma Coronel Aispuro in Canelas, Durango. Emma gave birth to their twin girls in a Los Angeles, California.

In July, 2010 Emma Coronel’s uncle Ignacio “Nacho” Coronel, a one-time partner of Guzman, was killed in an epic shootout with the Mexican army and Navy.

Aside from the eight children acknowledged above, Chapo has an unknown number of children through various affairs with mistresses.

The most famous of his mistresses was Zulema Hernandez she was serving time at the Puente Grande maximum-security prison outside Guadalajara, where El Chapo was also serving his sentence, they fell hard for each other, and became pregnant but suffered a miscarriage during the second trimester after a beating by prison guards.

She was released in 2003 and arrested again after she was caught with two tons of cocaine. After her second released in 2006 she became a part of the Sinaloa cartel, until she was killed by the Zetas in December, 2007

Her body was found inside the trunk of a car, she had been shot in the head. Carved into her breasts, stomach and buttocks was the letter Z.

A resident’s discovery of a duffel bag in woods near a popular Lincolnton-area walking trail led to the arrest of three men on methamphetamine manufacturing charges.

The resident found the bag last Wednesday in the 2600 block of Laboratory Road. Narcotics detectives found items in the bag that make up a “one-pot” meth lab, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Lt. Jon Propst said Tuesday.

After a nearly week-long investigation, detectives charged Ricky Nelson Denny Jr., 23, of Bessemer City, and Michael Scott Hester, 36, and Jordan Elizabeth Bingham, 23, both of Crouse, with one felony count each of manufacturing methamphetamine and conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.

Bingham also was charged with simple possession of marijuana.

“Depending on the stage of the lab, a ‘one pot’ can be very dangerous if not properly neutralized and disposed of,” Propst said in a statement announcing the arrests. “This bag and its contents were just thrown into the woods near an area where the public routinely visit to walk.”

“Thanks to an observant citizen, we were able to contain the chemicals and dispose of them properly before any innocent party was exposed,” Propst said.

(WASHINGTON) – Washington Police arrested three Daviess County women early Saturday morning on various drug related charges.

39-year-old Melinda Edwards of Montgomery and 35-year-Tabitha Leake of Washington are facing charges of dealing meth, possession of meth and possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and a syringe.

A third person, 54-year-old Sandra Winiger of Washington, is facing charges of possession of meth and drug paraphernalia.

Edwards and Leake are being held without bond in the Daviess County Security Center. Wininger is being held under $2,500 bond.

A Quakertown woman will spend some time in Bucks County prison after pleading guilty Tuesday morning to attempting to make crystal methamphetamine in a microwave while her 8-year-old son was in her apartment.

Jennifer Haas, 44, received a six- to 23-month sentence in the Bucks County Correctional Facility from Judge C. Theodore Fritsch Jr. for one count of manufacturing a controlled substance. The judge also ordered her to undergo an evaluation for drug and alcohol abuse.

Court documents say that Quakertown police originally investigated Haas and an ex-boyfriend in May 2014 in a response to a fire alert a few days earlier at their apartment.

A search of the apartment showed equipment and chemicals that are precursors for the manufacture of methamphetamine, including antifreeze, lithium batteries, funnels and hypodermic needles. Police also found red phosphorous commonly used to make the drug.

While under questioning, Haas admitted to police that she and her ex-boyfriend had attempted to make methamphetamine in the apartment microwave for personal consumption while her son was in the home.

Zachary Michener, 23, pleaded guilty to charges of manufacturing a controlled substance and endangering the welfare of a child. He has been serving a six- to 23-month sentence in Bucks County prison since May 15. He must also serve five years’ probation when paroled.

On Tuesday, Haas told the judge that she was kicked out of the apartment shortly after the search and left homeless. According to her testimony, Haas had her sister take custody of her son. She said that he is now thriving in his new environment, and she plans to sign papers that would allow her sister and her husband to fully adopt him.

Fritsch also added three concurrent probation orders, including a one-year sentence for endangering the welfare of a child. Haas received a two-year probation sentence for a separate incident of theft that occurred in April, when she stole a man’s wallet and passport. Another six-month probation sentence was added for a separate charge of possessing heroin during her arrest in June.

Two people accused of breaking into an east Tulsa home were taken into custody after reportedly running from police and dropping a backpack filled with components for a meth lab early Tuesday.

Officers responded to a residential alarm in the 9400 block of East 40th Place shortly after 5 a.m. and found a shattered window in the back of the home and the door open, Tulsa police spokesman Leland Ashley said. Several items inside the residence were turned over, and a jewelry box also was open.

Police said they spotted a man and a woman in the backyard, and both ran away.

During a short foot pursuit, the man dropped a backpack on the corner of 41st Street and 94th East Avenue, Ashley said.

A search of the backpack revealed components for a meth lab, prompting a hazmat crew to respond to the scene and remove the bag.

Both suspects were taken into custody.

St AUGUSTINE, Fla. — The St. Augustine Police Department is investigating a possible meth lab at the Scottish Inn on San Marco Avenue.

Police received an anonymous complaint on Tuesday night from someone that people may be producing meth at the motel, according to SAPD Public Information Officer Mark Samson.

Officers went by, knocked on the door of a room and asked the occupants of the room about the complaint. The four people inside said nothing like that was going on in the room, and they were asked to step outside.

The officer found that the room smelled of meth cooking, Samson said. That officer called other officers and the four people were detained for questioning.

SAPD said it will be working with the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office and its HazMat equipment.

A supervisor at the motel said that no evacuations have been ordered and just one room is involved.

The rise of methamphetamine in Colorado and the U.S. 15-20 years ago brought increased awareness of the stimulant and its devastating impact. The spotlight has dimmed in recent years, but use of the drug has persisted — and in Garfield County it remains a leading illicit drug of choice, according to local law enforcement and health care providers.

“It’s not going away,” said Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario. “It’s clearly a product that’s going to stick around for a while just because it’s so easy to produce anymore, it’s relatively inexpensive, it gives you highs more than any other drug out there.”

Data from the Two Rivers Drug Enforcement Team, a multi-jurisdictional task force known as TRIDENT, shows an increase in the supply of methamphetamine.

In 2010, TRIDENT arrested 65 narcotics violators and seized 81 grams of methamphetamine, along with other drugs. In 2014, arrests totaled 77 and the task force seized 4,578 grams of methamphetamine. That same data show 14,745 grams of cocaine seized in 2010 compared with 19,866 in 2014.

“I think the reason (methamphetamine) has taken off is more the socioeconomic issues surrounding it,” said Levy Burris, Silt police chief and the current chair of TRIDENT. “Your cocaine was considerably more costwise per gram and the cocaine … would take a little while to get the high. Well, that’s not the case, studies are showing, with methamphetamine.”

In the realm of substance abuse treatment, the ebb and flow of substances, excluding alcohol, appears to be tilting locally toward meth, according to Jacqueline Skramstad, a licensed clinical social worker and regional director for Mind Springs Health, one of the few mental health and substance abuse treatment providers in the region.

“We didn’t have as many people for a period of time seeking treatment related to meth … but then that seemed to cycle back up again, and I would say right now we are in the middle of one of the surges of methamphetamine probably in the last year and a half,” Skramstad said.

Officials are quick to say that Garfield County’s meth problem is not entirely unique or necessarily more severe than for other communities. An analysis by Colorado Public Radio earlier this year showed the number of methamphetamine possession arrests in Denver, Aurora and Colorado Springs all trending upward since 2010.

“I wouldn’t at all say it’s an epidemic,” Vallario said of the situation in Garfield County. “It’s obviously very impactive because of crimes that are committed and resources that are needed to combat that.”


Those far-reaching societal impacts run counter to the misconception that substance abuse in general is a victimless crime.

Griffin J. knows those impacts well. Today he lives in Carbondale and works as a certified addiction counselor for Mind Springs Health in Aspen. It is quite the contrast to his life a little more than two years ago when he was homeless in Austin, Texas. The Post Independent is withholding Griffin’s last name to allow him to speak openly of his addiction.

In early 2012, Griffin said he had a good job and two cars. He had already gone through treatment for abusing a range of substances that included Xanax, oxycodone, Valium, Ativan, methadone, Suboxone, cocaine, alcohol and Vicodin. From 2006 to 2010, Griffin said there wasn’t a six-hour period of his life that he wasn’t on pills.

“Over that time period I started engaging in things like stealing and dealing drugs and things like that in order to maintain a habit,” he said. “Really when you’re on that much stuff and you’re addicted to that many substances you cannot afford it. That’s a three, four hundred-dollar a day habit, and where are you gonna get the money to do that? You’re going to steal, you’re going to do whatever you can.”

In 2010, he entered a 30-day detox treatment and left feeling “pretty good.” He relapsed after a stretch, but managed to get sober again and maintain that for another nine months. That was until he met a woman and began a rapid descent. The first night they went out drinking. The second night they bought some cocaine. When he came home from work the third day of their relationship, she had a pipe and bag of methamphetamine, which at that point Griffin said he had never tried.

“From that moment on my whole life became centered on methamphetamine and everything it encompassed.”

Over the course of 14 months, he was fired from his job and lost his apartment, along with a significant amount of weight. He did not sleep and rarely ate. His two cars were repossessed. He stole from his family and others, as well as defrauded the IRS.

“I literally had one pair of clothes … and a vicious drug habit,” he said.

In the summer of 2013, still in the throes of meth addiction, he had enough and his father was willing to throw him one last lifeline. He checked into Carbondale’s Jaywalker Lodge in June 2013. Now, with the clarity that accompanies two-plus years of sobriety, the viciousness of methamphetamine addiction is not lost on Griffin.

“More so than any other drug I’ve ever done (methamphetamine) takes you into that flight or fight mode, you know? ‘I need this drug to live or I’m going to die,’ which is actually a false belief system … but what it does to the brain is it literally tells you it’s right up there with food, it’s right up there with sexual desires and right up there with basic living needs. … It’s flight or fight and it becomes king and there’s nothing you can do to stop it unless you get clean.”


Providing effective treatment for substance abuse is a challenge. Part of that problem in Colorado, said Skramstad of Mind Springs Health, is that the state does not provide Medicaid reimbursement for residential substance abuse treatment, in effect forcing that population to pay out of pocket.

“Most folks who have that serious of an addiction, it’s really impacted their ability to work and make money so they don’t have the thousands of dollars to pay out of pocket for that level of treatment,” she said.

Rural areas, such as Garfield County, experience additional barriers in the form of transportation. Mind Springs has offices in Glenwood Springs and in Rifle that provide expanded outpatient care, which consists of twice-weekly group meetings and other services. However, if a drug abuser, who may not have a driver’s license or vehicle, lives outside those areas, it can be extremely challenging.

Adding further to the hurdles in Garfield County is the lack of a detox facility, which for many people is the first step in recovery. Years ago, Mind Springs, then known as Colorado West, operated a facility in Glenwood Springs, but the funding model was not financially viable, according to Skramstad.

As the community engaged in dialogue over the needs for detox, the service shifted to the Garfield County Jail, where Vallario said he offered a small corner of the facility to Mind Springs. But that move was intended to be a temporary “Band-Aid,” Vallario said, and as broader talks fizzled, the decision was made to pull the operations in October 2012.

The lack of a detox center leaves the question of where to send intoxicated people.

Some end up in local emergency rooms, where they can pose safety issues to medical staff in cases involving methamphetamine, said Dr. Matt Skwiott, director of the Emergency Department at Grand River Health. The stimulant can make people anxious, paranoid and aggressive. In one instance, a nurse was punched in the face.

“The physicians and nurses working there, they’re painfully aware,” Skwiott said of the prevalence of cases involving methamphetamine.

A number of community stakeholders, including health care providers and law enforcement, still support bringing detox back to Garfield County. A team made of representatives from Mind Springs, Valley View Hospital and Grand River Health plans on approaching the county commissioners in November to try and resuscitate those efforts, Skramstad said.


Years after efforts such as the Colorado State Methamphetamine Drug Task Force (which has not released an annual report since 2011), and locally the Garfield County Methamphetamine Task Force (which no longer exists) were formed in the mid-2000s, use of the drug and the impacts that accompany it persist.

For law enforcement, the effort is geared toward removing large quantities from the supply chain, which it has had some success in doing. In April, TRIDENT, in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration and the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, seized 3 pounds of methamphetamine and arrested a man believed to be Rifle’s main meth dealer. While significant, such busts typically have a limited effect.

“Obviously when there’s supply and demand and there’s a lot of demand out there people are going to find suppliers,” Burris said. “So somebody gets taken off, they’re out of action for a little while and somebody else seems to step up.”

Similar to drunken driving, domestic abuse and other crimes, law enforcement is never going to be able to end drug use, Vallario said.

“We’re never going to eliminate drug usage as long as there is a demand and supply,” he said. “We have to recognize it exists and be there to hold that line and combat that. That’s what law enforcement does.”

The continued success of TRIDENT — which has seen federal funding all but disappear since it was first formed in the 1990s — as well as efforts outside of law enforcement, such as the 9th Judicial District’s long-running Drug Court, which offers an alternative to the standard criminal justice process, serve as examples of the continued effort locally to address drug abuse, Vallario added.

“We’re not afraid to recognize a problem and go after it and specialize in focus, and I think that’s why, although you’re always going to see drug usage, we’re able to keep the water level at a steady pace in Garfield County,” he said.

A massive Mexican cartel methamphetamine (meth) ring has been busted by U.S. authorities in the state of Oregon that spanned from the Mexican state of Michoacán through Texas, California, and Oregon. Court documents obtained by Breitbart Texas reveal that 24 defendants have been charged and many of them are illegal aliens. The case involves hundreds of pounds of meth and shows collaboration between several Mexican cartels and U.S. gangs. The case also highlights that Mexican cartels are manufacturing meth on U.S. soil–not just importing the substance any longer.

The court documents provide details as to which individuals were allegedly operating with the cartels and getting the meth into the U.S. and which individuals were considered the local dealers by authorities. This reporter wrote in 2013 about an unprecedented Mexican cartel presence in Oregon, in addition to Washington State. From previous research, the cartels appear to use the Pacific Northwest as a staging ground to supply meth to U.S. oilfield workers in the Bakken region of the U.S. Dakotas.

As the oil began to flow in the uppermost regions of the U.S., indictments involving Mexican nationals and meth operations began to surface. In most cases, a Mexican national was sent from Mexico to the U.S. to lead a narco-ring which consisted of hired U.S. citizens. Though these cases clearly involve a Mexican cartel, the assertion couldn’t be proven with the available information.

In this instance, the press release from the U.S. Attorney’s office contained no hint that the operation was a cartel enterprise. The indictment was helpful, but the government’s effort to deny bail to the defendants contained proof of cartel involvement. The motion for pretrial detention specifically names the Knights Templar cartel and the Sinaloa Federation (cartel).

The Sinaloa cartel controls the U.S.-Mexico border from roughly the Big Bend Sector of Texas all the way west to the Pacific Ocean, though some regional cartels control various cities along the way. They are by far the most professional of the criminal groups along the U.S.-Mexico border. The group has highly trained and well-equipped scout teams who operate deep within the U.S. border regions to help get Mexican cartel drug loads into the interior of the United States. A recent case reported by Breitbart Texas revealed that the Sinaloa cartel scouts have the ability to dispatch armed squads within the U.S. to stop competitors from using their territory or drug lanes. In that instance, an illegal alien believed to be a drug mule was spotted by scouts and armed men arrived and then anally raped the man to send a clear message. U.S. medical workers spent hours removing shards of wood from the man’s anal cavity.

The court documents did not specify which U.S. criminal gangs were involved. Breitbart Texas will continue to investigate the matter.

Breitbart Texas provides court documents pertaining to the vast Mexican cartel meth ring below.

Vast Mexican Cartel Meth Ring in US Indictment

An Upper Milford Township woman admitted Friday that she was selling methamphetamine “to make a couple of bucks” in order to support eight people in her home, police said.

Emily Sue Gruver, 42, was arrested Friday afternoon after the Lehigh County Drug Task Force raided her house in the 5200 block of Churchview Road, in the village of Zionsville.

Detectives and other members of the county Municipal Emergency Response Team went to Gruver’s house, 3 miles south of Emmaus, at 11:30 a.m. to serve a search warrant, according to the police arrest affidavit.

Gruver was found in the home’s master bedroom and, after being read her rights, she told investigators she had been dealing meth, the affidavit says.

“Gruver admitted that she was selling a small amount of methamphetamine ‘to a couple of people to make a couple of bucks,'” according to the affidavit.

“She indicated that she was trying to support eight people, who were living in the home.”

Gruver told investigators that, in her bedroom, they could find a bag of crystal meth inside a pink purse, and a small bag of marijuana and two scales inside a locked box, the affidavit says.

The suspected drugs field-tested positive for meth and marijuana, county Detective John Gill says in the affidavit.

Police also found small plastic bags, rolling papers and pipes used for smoking drugs, the affidavit says.

Gruver was arraigned Friday night on charges of possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance, possession of a small amount of hashish and marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

District Judge Jacob E. Hammond sent her to Lehigh County Jail under $25,000 bail.

A woman who participated in the days-long sexual abuse of a teen girl in the Yuba river bottoms was sentenced to 13 years in state prison Monday, despite her defense attorney’s argument that the defendant too was a victim of abuse.

“If I could give her more time, I would,” said Yuba County Superior Court Judge Julia Scroggin in sentencing Esther Rose Campbell, 36. “This was a callous and heinous crime.”

Marysville police learned a teen runaway was raped, injected with drugs, and sold for sex in April by Keith Eugene Crouch, who shared a tent with Campbell. The victim knew Campbell through family.

Campbell pleaded no contest in June to felony counts of furnishing methamphetamine to a minor and lewd acts with a minor.

Crouch has pleaded not guilty and is scheduled to appear in court Oct. 21. The victim told investigators the situation began with her using drugs for free, but transformed into a situation in which every time she used drugs, she had to engage in a sexual act, the probation report says.

Crouch injected the girl with what she thought was methamphetamine, but she then became dizzy and passed out. Campbell and Crouch took turns touching the teen and refused to allow her to leave. The girl said Crouch raped her as she yelled in protest multiple times, while Campbell told her things like, “it’s OK sweetie, you’ll be fine,” and “it’s OK, he’s not going to hurt you.”

The victim told officials that at one point, she hoped she would overdose because she felt there was no other way out, the report says.

During the sentencing hearing, defense attorney Douglas Tibbitts, argued that Campbell did not have “free will” due to the severity of abuse she was suffering.

“For many years, she was hooked up with a monster who took advantage of her,” Tibbitts said.

“He broke her teeth, broke her wrist, abused her.”

“Campbell had free-will,” argued Deputy District Attorney Shiloh Sorbello.

“She knew the vulnerable nature of that minor’s history and she used that and offered her to a man she was with,” he said.

Scroggin said Campbell aided and abetted in what was a hellish experience for the victim and did nothing to intervene.

In addition to prison time, Campbell was ordered to register as a sex offender and pay restitution, fines and court fees.

The victim was transferred out of state and is in a home for victims of sex trafficking, Sorbello said.

A Bostwick man suffered burns to his upper body and both arms late Sunday night when a meth lab caught fire at his home, authorities said.

Jason Aaron May, 38, told police that he was “cooking meth” when it caught fire and exploded.

May was treated at the scene by Putnam County Fire Rescue, then flown by helicopter to UF Shands in Gainesville.

Lynn Renee Clouse, 30, who also lives in the home, told police that she heard May screaming and tried to put out the fire with a blanket.

Clouse was taken to the Putnam Community Medical Center, but did not appear to be burned.

“There was an explosion-type effect. We got up, the dog started barking, and I walked outside,” neighbor Jesse White said. “There were four people inside that house at the time, which I knew, and one was running around stark naked and hollering, ‘I’m burning, I’m burning. The meth burnt me.'”

“That’s horrible. I can’t believe it,” Cora Smith said.

Smith knows the owner of the house. She told Action News ever since May started staying there, the place went downhill.

White told Action News Jax that the Department of Children and Families recently removed children from the home.

“People could have died. Meth is horrible and I’m so thankful that no one died though,” Smith said, “That’s God watching over them people even though they shouldn’t have been doing that stuff.”

Officials say the property is a complete loss, and all evidence of a meth lab was burned. The State Fire Marshal’s Office is taking over the investigation.

LA PORTE CITY, Iowa — A man faces several methamphetamine-related charges after calling police early Monday morning.

Officers received a call for assistance around midnight from Randall Wagner, 39, at a home in the 300 block of Eighth Street. They arrived and observed items used for a meth lab around his house, according to a release from Chief Larry Feaker.

Police secured the home and investigators obtained a search warrant. After searching Wagner’s house, authorities found all of the items needed to have a meth lab, though police said it was not functional at the time the warrant was served.

The search also uncovered two bottles with pills inside, but no prescription information, the release said.

Wagner is charged with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, possession of pseudoephedrine and two counts of possession of a controlled substance, third or subsequent offense.

Online court records show a judge set his bond at $200,000. He remains in the Black Hawk County Jail.

MERRILLVILLE | A former drug addict who shot himself in the face while high on meth in 2003 is bringing a powerful message to the region to assist youth workers in preventing young people from becoming addicted to drugs, especially methamphetamine.

David Parnell, 48, who has lived in Tennessee and Texas, said he began smoking marijuana when he was 13 years old. He said he moved to Texas at 21 following a short marriage.

He said he moved in with family members, never realizing that everyone in the house was addicted to meth. He said he was hooked on a variety of drugs, including meth, for 23 years before he reclaimed his life and has been clean the last 12 years.

Parnell will be the featured speaker at an Indiana Youth Institute forum Wednesday exploring drug abuse among teens and how to combat the problem. The forum will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Geminus Corp., 8400 Louisiana St., Merrillville.

More than 1 percent of high school freshmen and sophomores in Northwest Indiana reported using meth at least once, according to a 2014 study by Indiana Prevention Resource Center. The numbers continue to climb for region high school juniors and seniors.

The Indiana Youth Institute said meth is a highly addictive, physically damaging drug that is gaining popularity among adults and young people alike.

Parnell wrote the book, “Facing the Dragon,” recounting his battle against meth and his road to becoming sober.

“I had never heard of meth when I moved to Texas,” he said. “I was already a drug addict. When I tried meth, it was much more potent than cocaine. I knew immediately it would be my drug of choice.”

Parnell said he liked it in the beginning. But in the end, when he was high on drugs, he shot himself in 2003 while lying in bed with his wife. That is when he knew he had to change.

“I hadn’t eaten in about four days, and my wife told me that she and my six children were going to leave,” he said by telephone. “I reached over her and got a rifle and laid it on my stomach and pulled the trigger with the gun under my chin.”

Parnell said when he awoke three days later, he was in the hospital with a bullet wound that had split his face. He said he’s had 30 operations in the last 12 years.

“When I sobered up, I realized I didn’t want to die. I asked God to come into my heart and change me. I haven’t used drugs since 2003. My wife told me she was pregnant with our seventh child. I’m really glad I didn’t die and have been able to meet my last son,” Parnell said.

Parnell stayed off drugs by visiting churches and organizations talking about drug abuse and meth abuse, in particular, which he says is on the rise. He now travels across the country talking to teens and adults about drug abuse.

“My kids range from 12 to 23,” he said. “I’m a new granddad, something I thought I’d never see.”

DAYTONA BEACH — Three people were arrested after police said they found a meth lab inside the residence the trio was staying in, Daytona Beach police reports state.

When narcotics investigators entered the house at 267 Morningside Drive at 9:15 p.m. Sunday, they saw Sudafed in plain view, arrest reports state. Then a strong chemical odor led the investigators to a coffee grinder on an end table with Sudafed inside of it, as well as another container that held sludge and burnt lithium that was spotted on top of a TV, reports state.

Investigators then went through the house and found several other materials and ingredients used in the manufacturing of meth, reports state. That included batteries, liquid and solid Drano, empty packages of Sudafed, and other items, reports state. Police did not say why investigators came to the home.

Roger Aylor, 35, and Lindsey Pobst, 25, were both charged with trafficking amphetamine/methamphetamine, manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of listed chemicals, while suspect James Addison — who police said was renting a room of the house to Aylor — was charged with renting a structure/conveyance for drug traffic.

All three were being held Monday at the Volusia County Branch Jail.

Aylor and Pobst were being held on $25,000 bail, while Addison was being held on $10,000 bail.

SALTON CITY, Calif. – Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio Station arrested a 21-year-old man at the Highway 86 checkpoint in Salton City after they found $253,000 worth of methamphetamine stuffed inside his car’s frame.

The man was stopped at the checkpoint at about 6 a.m. Monday.

Agents said a Border Patrol canine alerted agents to the Nissan Altima and 22 cylindrical-shaped packages of meth were found stuffed inside the car’s frame near the rear wheel well.

According to the release, the narcotics weighed 25.3 lbs and are estimated to be worth $253,000 on the street.

The suspected drug smuggler is a United States citizen. He was turned over to the DEA for further investigation.

El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents seized more than 445 lbs of methamphetamine in the fiscal year 2014.

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) — Seventeen people from the La Crosse area are now suspected in what’s been described as a large meth ring with a possible link to a Mexican cartel.

The West Central Metropolitan Enforcement Group said Tuesday morning that drug conspiracy charges had been filed in La Crosse County Court. After a year of investigating, the agency said it found a meth distribution network that brought hundreds of pounds of meth from the Twin Cities in Minnesota to La Crosse and the surrounding area. The investigation involved several controlled buys, surveillance, and other measures. Investigators ended up seizing high-grade meth, cash, and guns from La Crosse, Jackson, Monroe, Trempealeau and Vernon County. They also found “links” that indicate “the source of the drugs to be related to Mexican cartel activities.”

The Drug Enforcement Administration, other drug task forces, and law enforcement agencies in Wisconsin and Minnesota helped out with the case. The La Crosse County District Attorney’s Office is leading the prosecution of the case. Investigators said it is likely that more arrests are coming in the case, and have scheduled a news conference for late Tuesday morning. A news release did not identify the 17 suspects.