CARSON COUNTY, TEXAS — During an April 23 traffic stop on I-40, a Department of Public Safety trooper discovered 22 pounds of liquid methamphetamine being transported from coast to coast.

At approximately 6:30 p.m., a trooper pulled over an eastbound 1995 Toyota Corolla for a traffic violation near Conway in Carson County.

The driver of the Corolla was identified as Leonardo Moreno-Aguilar, 26, of Sunnyvale, Calif. During the traffic stop, the trooper discovered liquid methamphetamine in plastic containers.

Moreno-Aguilar was placed under arrest for possession of a controlled substance, a first-degree felony, and booked into Carson County Jail. The illegal drugs were allegedly being transported from Los Angeles to Charleston, S.C.


PUNTA GORDADeputies called to investigate people trespassing on private property wound up arresting two people on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine on Tuesday.

Deputies were called to an area off Burnt Store Road in Punta Gorda because a property owner learned that people were living on private property owned by the caller’s parents.

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When they checked the area, deputies found Richard Thomas Parsons, 39, and Jennifer Motta-Guedes, 32, both of whom listed no home address, in a tent on the property.

When the deputies announced themselves to the pair, Motta-Guedes knocked over a bowl and a paper towel containing numerous yellow pills.

Deputies saw a can of acetone in the same area where both Motta-Guedes and Parsons were located. Recognizing these as items that could be used to produce methamphetamine, the deputies asked the couple to exit the tent.

When the deputies checked inside the tent, they located several items with residue and ashes that tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine. Among the items were several used syringes.

They also located a bucket outside the tent that contained camping fuel, crystal drain opener, lighter fluid, tubes and other apparatus. Beside the bucket was a bottle of muriatic acid.

As a result, deputies arrested both Motta-Guedes and Parsons for Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Motta-Guedes was being held on a $62,500 bond and Parsons was being held on a $60,000.



FRESNO – A federal grand jury returned a two-count indictment today against Edwin Rigoberto Mayorga-Fajardo, 42, of Bakersfield, charging him with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

According to court documents, on April 8, Mayorga-Fajardo attempted to distribute five pounds of methamphetamine to a government informant.

When law enforcement officers attempted to stop the Mayorga-Fajardo’s vehicle he sped off and a chase ensued. While attempting to flee, he was observed throwing packages of methamphetamine from the vehicle. Eventually Mayorga-Fajardo was stopped and arrested and approximately four pounds of methamphetamine was recovered.

This case is the product of an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Kern County Sheriff’s Office, and the Southern Tri-County High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force. Assistant United States Attorney Brian K. Delaney is prosecuting the case.

If convicted, Mayorga-Fajardo faces a maximum statutory penalty of life in prison and a $10 million fine.




SYLVESTER, Ga. (AP) — Officials say the parents of an infant who was found dead at their Mississippi home drove with their 2-year-old daughter to Georgia, where they are being held on felony drug warrants.

Police in Sylvester, about 170 miles south of Atlanta, say 2-year-old Maliah Harris was found unharmed at 12:09 a.m. Thursday in a traffic stop after an Amber Alert was issued. Police Chief Robert Jennings says 34-year-old Donald Boyd Harris and 31-year-old Allison Studdard are wanted on warrants for possession of methamphetamine in Mississippi. Jennings says drugs also were found in the car, with additional charges possible.

Maliah’s 7-month-old sister, Alyssa, was found dead early Wednesday. County Coroner Greg Merchant says an autopsy didn’t reveal a preliminary cause of death. A toxicology report is pending.

Sheriff Mike Arledge tells WCBI-TV ( methamphetamine was found at the scene.



The San Luis Obispo County Jail inmate who was found unresponsive in his cell and later died had succumbed to a methamphetamine-induced heart attack, among other factors, according to a toxicology report released Thursday by the Sheriff-Coroner’s Office.

Generally speaking, the report said, Josey Richard Meche, 28, died from methamphetamine toxicity, as well as contributing factors such as hyperthermia — or core temperature overheating — and a fatty infiltration of the right ventricular wall heart muscle.

Hyperthermia can be caused by drug toxicity or an infection, according to Sheriff’s Office spokesman Tony Cipolla.

The manner of death is being considered accidental.

Meche was booked into jail following an incident on the 700 block of Mountain View Street in San Luis Obispo, where he was found in a residence’s driveway “acting bizarre,” according to San Luis Obispo police Capt. Chris Staley. He later became combative with officers and had to be placed in a “control hold.” Staley said he calmed down after the arrest.

Jail staff also reported that Meche was cooperative during his booking just before midnight March 11 and did not complain of any medical problems before he was found in his cell at 1 a.m. March 12.

He was taken to Sierra Vista Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 1:49 a.m.



BALIK PULAU: An underage Malawi national was charged with trafficking 4.3kg of methamphetamine at the magistrate’s court here today.

The 17-year-old allegedly committed the offence at the international arrival hall of the Penang International Airport at about 10.30am on Oct 5, 2013.

Meanwhile, a 38-year-old Indian national was also charged with trafficking 3.1kg of methamphetamine last year.

Sangeeta Sharma Brahmacharimayun allegedly committed the offence at the domestic arrival hall of the Penang International Airport on Oct 7 at about 1am.

Both were charged under Section 39B (1) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, which is punishable by death under Section 39B(2) of the same act.

Magistrate Muhammad Najib Ismail set June 25 for mention pending reports from the Chemistry Department.

No plea was recorded from both accused, who were not represented, while Deputy Public Prosecutor Inspector Noraini Ahmad appeared for the prosecution.

In another case, a 56-year-old mother who allegedly passed drugs to her son after he was sentenced for drug possession had her remand order extended until April 29.

She was reported to have committed the offence on April 18 by passing 9.4 grams of heroin wrapped in tobacco leaves to her son as he was being escorted by policemen to a lock-up.

Alert policemen on duty noticed something amiss and detained her.



PORTLAND, Ore.Oregon State Medical Examiner Dr. Karen Gunson released 2013 drug-related death statistics Thursday reflecting one fewer death from last year and a near 7 percent drop from 2012, when deaths reached their highest level since 2000.

Preliminary drug-related death statistics showed the lowest number of cocaine-related deaths and highest number of methamphetamine-related deaths since 2000.

Drug-related death statistics indicate 222 deaths in 2013, down less than 1 percent from 223 deaths reported in 2012. These deaths are associated with the use of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, or a combination use of those drugs.

In 2011, Oregon reported the highest number of drug-related deaths. when 240 people needlessly died from the abuse of illicit drugs.

A review of last year’s 222 reported deaths and their frequency of use reflected:

* 123 methamphetamine-related deaths, a 32 percent increase over the previous year’s reported 93 deaths and the highest recorded since the beginning of 2000. More than 55 percent of all drug-related deaths were associated with methamphetamine use. Multnomah County noted a 62 percent increase in this category with 45 recorded deaths, up from 28 deaths last year.

* Heroin-related deaths (111) were a 25 percent decrease from the previous year’s reported 147 deaths, which was the highest number since the beginning of 2000. More than half (65) of heroin-related deaths happened in Multnomah County, and Clackamas County recorded 13 deaths which is an increase from last year’s eight recorded deaths in this category.

* Cocaine-related deaths (12) were the fewest recorded since the beginning of 2000 and a 35 percent decrease from the previous year’s 19 reported deaths. The highest number was reported in 2000 when 69 people died from illicit use in this category. Cocaine-related deaths occurred only in Multnomah (9), Lincoln, Malheur, and Yamhill counties.

* Combination of drug use deaths (26) dropped 20 percent and was the second fewest since the beginning of 2000.

In Central Oregon, four drug-related deaths were recorded — all in Deschutes County, two from heroin and two from methamphetamine.

Dr. Gunson noted the majority of methamphetamine-related deaths are not overdoses but actually related to some other event such as traffic crash, drowning or other traumatic event. Methamphetamine use is also linked to seizures and sudden elevation in blood pressure, which can cause strokes and heart attacks.

Forty-five percent of drug-related deaths in 2013 happened in Multnomah County, a drop of one death compared to last year’s 103 deaths.

Counties with notable increases include:

* Clackamas County: 13 (2012) to 17 (2013) – all 13 were heroin-related
* Columbia County: 1 (2012) to 4 (2013) – three were methamphetamine-related
* Coos County: 4 (2012) to 8 (2013) – six were methamphetamine-related
* Josephine County: 1 (2012) to 4 (2013) – three were methamphetamine-related
* Lane County: 15 (2012) to 20 (2013) – 13 were methamphetamine-related
* Linn County: 1 (2012) to 6 (2013) – five were methamphetamine-related
* Polk & Umatilla County: 0 (2012) to 3 (2013) – five of their six combined deaths were methamphetamine-related

Counties with notable decreases include:

* Clatsop County: 4 (2012) to 1 (2013)
* Jackson County: 19 (2012) to 11 (2013) – seven were heroin-related
* Marion County: 19 (2012) to 6 (2013) – five were methamphetamine-related
* Washington County: 17 (2012) to 12 (2013) – nine were methamphetamine-related

Oxycodone use surpassed methadone in topping the list of major drug prescription deaths. In 2013, the 150 opioid-related deaths in three noted categories dropped from 170 in 2012 and 193 in 2011. Decreases in methadone-related deaths accounted for the yearly decreases. The noted prescription drug categories are:

* Methadone-related deaths dropped from 78 (2012) to 58 (2013)
* Oxycodone-related deaths dropped from 66 (2012) to 60 (2013)
* Hydrocodone-related deaths rose from 26 (2012) to 32 (2013)

Note that prescription drug overdose death statistics are statewide and not included with the information provided on the State Medical Examiner’s website charts.

Information for all counties with at least one drug-related death and a comparison of categories is provided in links with this news release. Similar statistics since 2002 is available on the State Medical Examiner’s website at




Calexico, California – Customs and Border Protection officers at the Calexico downtown port of entry Wednesday arrested a female border crosser after discovering about a half-pound of methamphetamine concealed inside her body cavity.

The incident occurred shortly before 5 p.m. on April 23, when a CBP officer referred the 24-year-old U.S. citizen for additional inspection after she entered the port on foot.

During the inspection, a CBP narcotics detector dog alerted to the woman, leading officers to the discovery of a single wrapped package concealed under her clothing, hidden within a body cavity.

The substance inside of the wrapped package field-tested positive as methamphetamine, and has an estimated street value of more than $3,400.

The woman, a resident of Indio, California, was placed under arrest and turned over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations agents for further processing.

She was later transported to the Imperial County Jail to await arraignment.

CBP seized the narcotics.



Three people were arrested and more than a pound of methamphetamine was seized after a monthlong investigation by the Palestine Police Department.

The department’s SWAT unit and drug enforcement unit executed a search warrant at a home in the 1100 block of North Fort Street, according to a news release.

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Police seized about 1 pound of methamphetamine, approximately a quarter pound of crack cocaine, as well as marijuana and other narcotic-type pills, according to the release. About $1,800 in cash also was seized.

“This large of a seizure, unfortunately, is a direct result of how much dope we have within our community,” Police Chief Herbert said in the release.

Palestine residents Willie Leon Barnes, 44, and Donald Drew Nixon, 36, were arrested for manufacturing and delivery of a controlled substance between 1 and 400 grams. This charge carries a potential of between 15 and 99 years in jail and a fine not to exceed $250,000.

Mattie McDonald, 46, was arrested for felony possession of a controlled substance, according to police. Ms. McDonald was released on a $7,500 bond.

Barnes and Nixon are being held in the Anderson County Jail on bonds totaling just more than $1 million.

Two people were released without charges.

“I’m very proud of our tactical team, getting in and securing the scene,” Herbert said in the release. “Again, I’m proud that we got drugs off the street, and we will continue our efforts to rid drugs from our community.”

The Palestine Police Department was assisted by K9 units from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.


ROANE COUNTY, TN (Knox News) — A man caught making methamphetamine in two one-pot labs while his 6-year-old son slept in the unfinished, rodent-infested house they occupied has been charged with aggravated child abuse and manufacturing meth.

Christopher Michael Raby, 39, is also charged with violating probation and remains in the Roane County Jail. Both he and his son were decontaminated at the Dogtown Road scene in Ten Mile, and the child was taken to Roane Medical Center’s emergency room for a checkup.

Deputy Mark Steinmann said he and another deputy received information of an active meth lab at Raby’s residence, learned that he had a history of buying pseudoephedrine — a key ingredient in meth-making — and went to the home Tuesday.

After getting permission to enter the residence, Steinmann said he detected the “strong chemical odor” of meth and saw Raby’s son asleep on a living room chair.

The East Jakarta Police have launched an investigation into Cipinang Penitentiary following information from an arrested prison guard, identified only as FM, who claimed that the prison was host to a crystal methamphetamine factory.

FM, 28, who was arrested for smuggling drugs into the prison, told police that smuggled crystal meth would be processed in the prison before being distributed, the head of the drug unit at East Jakarta Police, Adj. Sr. Comr. Afrisal said as quoted by on Wednesday.

He said the police also expected to arrest other suspects in the case.

“We still have targets, we will uncover the network,” he said.

Afrisal said the police were still waiting for the green light from the Justice and Human Rights Ministry to question a convict, identified only as HY, who was allegedly the leader of the prison’s drugs syndicate.

FM was arrested after allegedly being caught red handed carrying about 500 grams of crystal meth into the prison.

The deputy head of East Jakarta Police, Adj. Sr. Comr. Abrar Tuntalanai said that for every meth delivery FM received Rp 2 million [US$172]. The money was transferred to FM’s wife’s bank account.



(WBIR) A meth lab, methamphetamine, and needles were found inside a bedroom Thomas and Melanie Hamby shared with their two children, ages 14 and 7, according to the Knoxville Police Department.

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The couple along with Joshua Lyons are facing meth-making charges after police discovered the illegal items inside their south Knoxville home at Stonewell Apartments on Sevier Avenue Tuesday night.

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Officials said they believe at one point a meth lab also started a fire in the apartment. Officers found scorched areas in the kitchen and freezer where it looked like someone tried to put out the fire with a broom but eventually threw it into the freezer.

Authorities said they’re continuing to investigate, but three of the four adults found in the apartment are facing the following charges: manufacturing of methamphetamine, promotion of meth manufacture, and drug paraphernalia. Additional charges are pending, said police.

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Crews took the children to East Tennessee’s Children Hospital for evaluation. The Department of Children’s Services have since placed the children in a family member’s care.

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Knoxville police found a meth lab in South Knoxville Tuesday with two children inside.

They investigated a unit at Stonewall Apartments on Sevier Avenue shortly before 8 o’clock. Police say they found evidence of a meth lab. Four adults were inside, and so were a 14-year-old and 7-year-old child.

The Knoxville Fire Department is decontaminating the scene and checking the health of everyone in the apartment.

The Family Crimes Unit and the Department of Children’s Services are investigating.

Knoxville police say charges are pending in the case.



MURFREESBORO — Murfreesboro Police officers discovered disposable meth labs in a vacant rental property Wednesday morning on East Northfield Boulevard, according to a statement sent out by the department.

MPS spokesman Sgt. Kyle Evans said officers discovered four single-pot meth labs, commonly referred to as mobile labs or shake-and-bake labs, during a routine patrol check at 6:40 a.m. Wednesday.

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“Officer Mic Rea and the Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force rendered the labs safe and prepared for disposal,” Evans said.

Meth can be made in a single two-liter bottle when pseudoephedrine, lithium batteries and other ingredients such as drain cleaner and camping fuel are mixed and shaken. Once dried, the mixture yields about 10 grams of methamphetamine.

To report suspected meth activity, visit the Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force’s website at




A woman described as a large-scale ice methamphetamine dealer is facing federal charges.

Hilda Trujillo-Rojas has been ordered to be detained pending the outcome of her case.

Two men who were with her at the time of her arrest were also taken into custody.

Authorities said during the week of March 24, law enforcement identified a cooperating source in the Chattanooga area who was buying large amounts of ice meth. Agents conducted controlled communications between the CS and “Hilda.” At the direction of law enforcement, an arrangement was made between the CS and “Hilda” for the CS to purchase approximately 1.5 pounds (approximately 680 grams) of ice methamphetamine from “Hilda.”On March 28, in anticipation of the methamphetamine delivery, surveillance was established on the pre-arranged meeting location in Chattanooga. Agents observed an individual fitting the physical description of”Hilda” arrive at the location, at which time agents approached and detained her.

A search of her vehicle resulted in the seizure of approximately 1.5 pounds of a crystalline substance, which field-tested positive for methamphetamine.Ms. Rojas-Trujillo declined to make a statement to law enforcement.

While she was being arrested, a vehicle with Georgia tags occupied by two men was observed slowly driving by the meeting location. Once the scene was cleared, the vehicle returned to the meeting location, slowed down, and the occupants appeared to look around the scene. Suspicion aroused, agents stopped the car and received permission to search it. Nunchucks were found inside the vehicle.

Curtis Ross Steele (driver) and Yerhel A. Caballero-Mejia (passenger), were taken into custody. Steele acknowledged that he has known Ms. Trujillo-Rojas most of his life and that she approached him and asked him to follow her while she made a drug delivery to Chattanooga. Both Steele and Caballero-Mejia stated that they were aware that Ms. Trujillo-Rojas was transporting methamphetamine and that she had agreed to pay them each $500 to follow her and provide security as needed, with payment to be made after delivery.

Agents said among their directives were to intervene if law enforcement began following Ms. Trujillo-Rojas by speeding or performing some other traffic infraction to distract law enforcement from her.

Law enforcement checked the call history of Caballero-Mejia’s cell phone and found recent calls between it and Ms. Trujillo-Rojas’ cell phone.Ms. Trujillo-Rojas was charged with knowingly possessing with the intent to distribute more than 500 grams of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine, Schedule II controlled substance.

HUDSON, N.H. — A 37-year-old Hudson woman is being held on $75,000 cash bail after Hudson police and agents from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency say they discovered a methamphetamine lab in her apartment on Wednesday afternoon.


Rachelle Bourassa, 37, of 1 Burns Hill Road, Unit 3, was taken into custody after agents and police went to her apartment about 1:30 p.m., according to Hudson police.

A biohazard team from the DEA removed all potentially hazardous items and materials from Bourassa’s apartment, according to Hudson police.

Bourassa is charged with a single count of manufacturing methamphetamine.

Bourassa is scheduled to be arraigned in Nashua District Court on Thursday.



JASPER COUNTY — A woman was arrested by local officials this week for selling what is described as a “look-alike” drug to an undercover law enforcement officer.

According to the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office, an investigation was initiated on March 9 when the JCSO Drug Interdiction and Investigation Unit received information that a female subject, later identified as Kristin Wireman, 33, of Highland, Ind. was in possession of methamphetamine. According to officials, additional investigation provided reliable probable cause that Wireman in fact, wished to sell the drug methamphetamine.




U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers found nearly $236,000 worth of methamphetamine concealed inside a vehicle at the Calexico downtown port of entry on Thursday.

CBP Finds $236k Worth of Meth in Vehicle

A canine team screening vehicles around 11 a.m. on April 17 alerted officers to a 2008 Chrysler Sebring. A CBP officer found anomalies with the passenger side rocker panel, after which 36 pounds of methamphetamine was discovered in all four rocker panels of the car.

The driver, a 25-year-old Mexican citizen, and passenger, a 22-year-old U.S. citizen, were turned over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations agents for further processing.




ROSEBURG, Ore. — Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Green District couple early Wednesday morning, after authorities say a toddler was brought into the hospital with meth in her system.

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On Tuesday night at about 11:30 pm, officials say Michelle Lynn Burke, 40, and James Timothy Pohl, 44, both from the Green District of Roseburg, took their 2-year-old daughter to Mercy because she was not acting normally.

The Sheriff’s office says blood tests showed the child had methamphetamine in her system.

Deputies went to Burke and Pohl’s residence on Rolling Hills Road, where they say they found a glass pipe with methamphetamine residue, syringes and bindles containing methamphetamine residue.

Burke and Pohl were both arrested and charged by deputies with child neglect, endangering the welfare of a minor and unlawful possession of methamphetamine.

Both were lodged in the Douglas County Jail.

The Department of Human Services was contacted by the Sheriff’s office, and authorities say they are working to ensure the safety of the victim and the other two children in the home, a 10-year-old girl and a 5-month-old girl.



Brazos County jurors on Wednesday heard from the ex-wife of a former Madisonville police sergeant on trial for allegedly planting methamphetamine on the woman he twice married.

Jeffrey Covington’s ex-wife testified that when she was arrested in November 2011 after a Texas DPS trooper pulled her over and found drugs in a magnetic key holder under her vehicle, she immediately suspected Covington was somehow responsible.

“Is this because of my ex-husband?” Laura Covington could be heard asking the trooper in a video of her arrest played for jurors on the second day of Jeff Covington’s trial. The pair was first married in 2004, then legally separated and remarried before being divorced for a second time in December 2010.

The defendant was indicted in February 2013 on felony charges of delivery of a controlled substance, obstruction or retaliation and official oppression, and is accused of working with another former Madisonville officer, Justin Barham, to have a police informant plant drugs on Laura Covington.

The trial was moved to Brazos County based on change of venue requests from the state and the defense granted by Judge Donald Kraemer of the 12th District Court.

As the result of her arrest, Laura Covington said her two older children were taken away from her for more than a month after Jeff Covington, their father, informed a judge she was arrested and requested temporary custody. At the time, she said, she was about seven months pregnant with her third child whom the defendant is not the father of.

The drug possession charge against Laura Covington was dismissed based on a lack of evidence.

Through their questioning, prosecutors have asserted that Jeff Covington’s motive in planting the drugs was to gain custody of the couple’s two children, whom Laura Covington said rarely saw their father even though he had visitation rights. In November 2012, he voluntarily terminated his parental rights, stating that he believed it was in “the best interest of the children,” according to court documents presented during the trial.

Based on evidence from the state, including testimony from Covington’s OB-GYN, Laura Covington did not use drugs during her pregnancy, though she did admit on cross-examination to using methamphetamine on a regular basis in 2010.

Assistant attorney generals David Glickler and Jonathan White, who were appointed to prosecute the case after Madison County District Attorney Brian Risinger recused his office, rested their case late in the day. Bryan-based attorney Jim James will begin presenting the defense’s case Thursday morning.

In addition to Laura Covington, state attorneys called on several Madisonville police informants, including Jeremy Kidd, who testified on Tuesday that he’d planted the drugs on Laura Covington’s car after being asked to by Barham.

Another state witness, James Richards, told jurors he was approached about being an informant after being arrested in summer 2011 for violating his probation terms and not long afterward had a phone conversation with Jeff Covington in which the defendant implied he wanted Richards’ help in setting up his ex-wife.

DPS Trooper Carl Clary, who arrested Laura Covington after finding the drugs under her pickup, was one of several law enforcement officers who testified for the state that Jeff Covington had mentioned he believed his ex-wife was driving with drugs on her and encouraged them to stop and search her.

Clary said Jeff Covington suggested that, if the trooper were to get consent to search her, he look under her vehicle.

While cross-examining law enforcement officers, James pointed out that it was not unusual for police to tip off other officers if they believe someone to be “riding dirty” and that Laura Covington was not the only individual his client had mentioned that might be carrying drugs.

The trial will resume at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in the 272nd District Courtroom.



OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA) — Four people face federal indictments for attempting to bring methamphetamine into north Mississippi.

Arthur Langster Fenderson, Jimmy Ray Grimes, Tamatha Lamb, and Claude Collins with conspiracy to distribute the drug in Lee, Tishomingo and other counties across the northern part of the state.

The indictment says Grimes and Fenderson were arrested after Grimes drove to Nashville and purchased 27 ounces of methamphetamine from Fenderson.

Fenderson left the hotel and was stopped by agents, who recovered $30,000 in cash.

Grimes was arrested at the hotel with the drugs and $11,000 in cash.

The indictment says Lamb and Collins had differing roles in the conspiracy, but did not give specific information about what those were.

Fenderson, Lamb and Collins have all pleaded not guilty, while Grimes is scheduled to be arraigned Monday.

All four remain in the custody of the U. S. Marshals Service.




MANSFIELD — The death of a 3-month-old baby boy took a surprising twist when Mansfield police found a meth lab inside the infant’s home.

One man is under arrest, and police say there could be more arrests coming.

Investigators say that the mother took the baby to OhioHealth MedCentral, but he was pronounced dead on arrival.

News of the child’s death is spreading along West Fourth Street.

“I’m surprised. I’m really surprised,” said neighbor Albert Twyman.

Twyman has lived across the street from where the baby died for almost two decades.

He says he had no idea what was going on inside the home. He said he didn’t notice any unusual activity.

“They pretty much kept to themselves,” said Twyman. “The children played outside, and that was it.”

While police were investigating the child’s death, they stumbled onto a meth lab upstairs.

They had to evacuate immediately, not knowing what volatile chemicals were inside.

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“For safety of all those involved we retreated from the residence and detectives from the METRICH drug task force and Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation neutralized the meth lab,” said Sgt. Doug Noblet with the Mansfield Police Department.

Police don’t know if the lab contributed to the baby’s death.

Police arrested 29-year-old Alexander Dickson for making drugs and possessing the chemicals to make them.

The neighbor next door — who didn’t want to be identified — feels bad about the family’s loss.

She is also angry that there was a suspected meth lab just feet away from where her children sleep.

“It’s sad. I have kids, and it’s sad that something could take place so close to kids in the neighborhood, and it could blow up anytime. They have kids, newborns around here, and it’s just sad,” she said.

The medical examiner is doing an autopsy to help give them an idea of what caused the infant’s death.

There were three other children inside the home, and they are now in foster care.




It might look like a simple styrofoam custard cup, but police say what it is used for is a recipe for disaster – a portable methamphetamine lab known as a “one pot” or “shake and bake” operation.

“The chemicals involved in a meth lab are highly combustible, highly explosive,” said Scott Bonno, St. Lawrence County undersheriff.


Authorities say meth lab seizures in St. Lawrence County are up 500 percent.

Officials have been gearing up in what they describe as a proactive attack on meth makers.

“The user who’s producing meth is even more dangerous because often times they’re high and they’ll knock over chemicals – creating fires, explosions or placing fumes into the community which are dangerous. The meth producers are equally dangerous to the community because they’re providing cheap drugs to users and it’s a very, very dangerous drug,” said District Attorney Mary Rain.

A total of five active labs have been found since January, including two found on the same day in Canton and Ogdensburg.

That is raising new concerns about the lethal drug’s availability, impact and safety not only for the meth-makers, but the public.

“We’re in fear of this becoming an epidemic, if you will, and we don’t want it. We had a heroin problem last summer and now we’re on to meth,” said Sean O’Brien of the county’s Drug Task Force.

Mixing cold pills containing pseudoephedrine with substances such as acid, toxic cleaners, lithium batteries and other ingredients in a plastic 2-liter soda bottle or small sytrofoam cup can make small batches of meth with little odor in a house or even a car as part of a portable or rolling lab.

The explosive fire from a portable meth lab is not only fast but dangerous.

County Drug Task Force members say the increase in meth manufacturing, using and distributing is a dangerous sign and needs to be addressed before the problem gets out of hand.

In addition to the meth labs being very dangerous, toxic and highly explosive, anyone convicted of the highest count of making meth can face up to 25 years in state prison.





Shawn Lindsey was bound and tortured by a group of men at a west Wichita auto shop before he was injected with a lethal dose of meth, a prosecutor told a Sedgwick County jury on Tuesday.

“They taunted him, they tortured him, and they shot him with BB pellets for their own amusement,” Assistant Sedgwick County District Attorney Tyler Roush said.

At one point, Roush said, the men wrapped an electric fence around Lindsey, and one of them fired pellets at the on switch.

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Roush said it was all done because Lindsey owed money to the owner of the shop, Dang Sean – a man that a defense lawyer described as “a scary guy” with a volatile temper.

Sean, 33, and two other men, brothers Jason and Justin Jones, both 31, are charged with first-degree murder in Lindsey’s death. Jason Jones is the first of the three to stand trial.

Wichita police said Lindsey, 34, was killed on the night of Jan. 11, 2013, in an auto repair shop at 116 S. Vine. Police said his body was then taken to a wooded area near K-96 and Hillside and dragged into the brush, where it was found five days later by surveyors.

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Roush said police initially didn’t know the cause of Lindsey’s death.

“There was no obvious sign of trauma,” he said. “There was no bullet hole in head or anything like that.”

An autopsy later found meth in his system.

“The amount of methamphetamine is not just a lethal dose,” Roush said. “The amount found is eight to 10 times what you’d expect to find in an overdose.”

Defense lawyer Carl Maughn told the jury that everyone in the shop used meth. He said Lindsey was a former co-owner of the business who had been using the company credit card for personal expenses. He said Lindsey was a meth user and dealer who sometimes got his drugs from Sean even after their business relationship had ended.

Maughn said his client was at the shop on the day Lindsey was being tortured, but was not a participant.

“He was in the wrong place at the wrong time in the company of the wrong people doing bad things,” he said.

Maughn said Jones last saw Lindsey on the night of Jan. 11, 2013, when he was loading him into a pickup to be driven to the hospital.

“At that time, Shawn Lindsey was awake, alert, alive and talking,” he said.








Authorities on Saturday arrested two suspects at a Scotts Valley auto repair shop on suspicion of possession of controlled substances.

The suspects are Lonni Locatelli, a 52-year-old resident of Scotts Valley, and Lauren Lotz, 23, of Ben Lomond.


Locatelli was arrested on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine and being a felon in possession of a stun gun and ammunition, while Lotz was arrested on suspicion of possession of controlled substances, Santa Cruz County sheriff’s officials said.

Members of the Santa Cruz County Anti-Crime Team Gang Task Force and Narcotics Task Force, along with members of the Scotts Valley Police Department and the Santa Cruz County Auto Theft Reduction Task Force, made the arrests as they served a search warrant at about 11:05 p.m. Saturday at an auto repair shop in the 5300 block of Scotts Valley Drive.

Police had received various nuisance complaints about the property and the shopkeeper, Locatelli.

The auto repair shop was also found to be operating unlawfully, according to the sheriff’s office.



ROGERS COUNTY, Okla. — Small children were found living in a meth lab operation. Now, a dozen people are behind bars. FOX23’s Morgan Downing spoke exclusively with sheriff’s investigators about what they found on a rural Rogers County ranch. Of the 12 people arrested, six of the people were family members. Sheriff’s investigators say this meth addiction spanned over three generations and was growing. The Rogers County THUG Task Force had been investigating two homes on the Bates ranch for six months. Sheriff Scott Walton said there was a lot of illegal activity going on behind closed doors.

“They help a lot of people in this community feed their habit of meth addiction,” Walton said. Investigators served a search warrant on the homes and found a large amount of meth, marijuana and several guns. Walton says the most concerning thing was the small children, a 2-year-old and 8-month-old, who were living inside the home. “These people have no concern for small children whatsoever. Their focus is on feeding their addiction,” Walton said. The children are in DHS custody.

The lead investigator told FOX23 thanks to a database that tracks who buys pseudoephedrine, they knew exactly how much people were buying and bringing to the homes. In the last year, investigators say more than 150 packets of pseudoephedrine were bought and used to make meth at the homes; more than 15 packets just his month.

Deputies say Helen Bates, Marty Bates, Vicki Bates, Londa Bates, Derek Bates, Briana Bates, are all family members who played a role in the illegal operation. Nicole Noble, Warren Harper, David Thelin, Rosemary Burrows, Billy Bob Thornton and Travis Bitting were arrested too.

“Even while we were in the process of serving the search warrant, there was customers pulling up to the driveway and driving off. Some of them which we made contact with,” Walton said.